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Fab Fattie Challenge #2 WOOHOO!

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 The Long awaited Fab Fattie Challenge #2 has finally arrived!

This will be a 2 week challenge based on point system.  You can earn points by living healthy, being kind and eating well.  We are excited to kick this challenge off and hope you will join us!

*Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily- 5 points

*Drink 8 glasses of water a day- 8 points

*Exercise- 1 point per minute

*Do a random good deed- 5 points

*Stop drinking soda pop for a day- 1 point

*Actually read someone else’s blog post and leave a comment- 1 point

* Answer our Fab Fatties random bonus questions about us- 5 points

            -Bonus questions will be posted daily on our blog.

* Recommend 2 fabulous friends from twitter and tell us why we should follow them- 2 points

* Eat a healthy breakfast-1 point

* Lose weight- 1 point per pound

* Keep a food journal for the day- 5 points per day

* Take a walk during you lunch break- 5 points

* Have a friend join this challenge- 25 points per friend

            -make sure your friend tells us you recruited them!

How to join:

Email us: fabfatties@aol.com

Email us your name, twitter name if applicable, your blog or website on or before 12:00 a.m. MST Thursday May 28th 2009. 

The challenge will run from May 29th to June 12th at 12:00 a.m. MST  You can submit your points and story between June 13th to June 14th at 12:00 a.m. MST

Points and Story Information:

            *You are responsible to keep track of your points and how you got them

            *Your story has to be 50 words or less on how this challenge helped you.

So send us your email RIGHT NOW go get friends on board and get ready to have fun!

XO Shannon & Angie

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And the Winners ARE…..

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To heck with American Idol and Dancing with the Stars!  We have the winners of our first ever Fab Fatties Challenge!  WOO HOO!  This past week has been so much fun and so inspiring.  We have had so many people tell us that we inspire them but the truth is you all inspire us 1000 times more 🙂  When we threw this challenge out there we had no idea that so many of you would respond and participate the way that you all did.  There were a lot of miles covered ladies!  For all of you who have been asking…YES we will be doing another challenge!  We will announce it on Tuesday May 26th so keep watching!

The 2 winners were chosen by covering the mile minimum (FYI they both covered more.)  They also had to submit a short story of what the challenge did for them.  This was not an easy task we had fantastic stories and experiences to choose from and to us everyone that participated is a winner.  We use twitter id’s quite a bit so if you are not on twitter, get on and follow these FABULOUS Friends of ours!  Along with the winners we wanted to share a few things that some of the other participants sent us so please enjoy the inspiration they have shared and use it to stay motivated this week!

Winner of the 50+ Bike Miles…seventy_eight!!!!!
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I am @seventy_eight on twitter and here is my story.
 
At the start of the challenge the most I had ever done on a bike was about 20 minutes and I wasn’t really sure what my potential would be for this. I feel like up until now I have always set myself challenges and never had the power to finish them properly. I decided that this time would be different. The support I got from you and everyone else was amazing – I loved taking photos of the display of the bike because it meant I had to be honest with myself.
 
When I started to get close to 50 miles I knew I had to step it up to keep it challenging. I chose 78 miles because I knew it would take an extra push (and oh my goodness it did) and the number 78 has been important to me on my journey. I am so pleased I got to 78 miles. This week has been tough (hectic at work, couple of big social events and have had my little heart broken too) and the fact I did it this week is testament to how strong I am getting now.
 
Thank you so very much for organizing this and showing me that if I dare to dream I might just be able to achieve that little bit more than I thought I would.
seventy_eight  Thank you for inspiring us!  You are absolutely amazing 78 miles! WOW! 
Winner of the Run/Walk 15 Miles…Kathy!!!!
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I ran (and sometimes walked) 22 miles this week. That is about normal for me, but your challenge came at just the right time to give me the inspiration I needed. I have a strained right hip abductor muscle. It happened at the gym, on a resistance machine that I have been doing for a while, but not as regularly as I should. It’s funny, because that machine seems easy to do compared to many of the machines. I had just run a race a few days before, and I guess I just overdid it. Anyway, my hip was sore, and I was feeling old. I started to think that I might be too old to be running. Many of my non-running friends and relatives are always telling me that I am ruining my knees or my hips by running. Just as I was thinking that maybe they were right, your challenge came along. So instead of giving up, I did all the research I could on the hip muscle strain. Most people think it is better to keep moving on a strain if you don’t overdo it. So I kept going, iced a lot, took some ibuprofen, and even tried substituting spanks under shorts for compression shorts. Now my hip is better, so thanks! I have a 10 mile race this Saturday that I didn’t have to give up on.

Biking 50 miles sounds a lot harder to me than running 22 miles. I was thinking more about biking because of you and the nice weather we’re finally having here. So I bought a bike helmet! I haven’t actually ridden the bike yet – it is hanging on hooks on the garage ceiling! But I’m going to get it down soon and start biking more. I know it is good cross training for running, and I will probably stay healthier if I mix up the exercise more. So thanks for the inspiration there too!

Kathy @KKirkscey on twitter.   Thank you so much for being a Fabulous Friend you are so motivating to us!

More fabulous friends who did an AMAZING job!

Our official Cheerleader Terri @tee_tee on twitter she got injured and had to stop but still has a ton of heart!)

Ok…so I didn’t really get to participate except for two days.  Good news it encouraged me to get in 3.5 miles when I was able to.  What a motivator this was for so many people.  Although I had to stand on the sidelines, as the official cheerleader, it is tremendous to see people perform!!  Everyone did a great job!   A huge thanks to you two gals for putting this all together.  Sign me up for the next one! 

Our Fab Friend @foodiemcbody on twitter WAY TO GO!

I completed (Tues-Tues) 21 miles of combined walking and running this week.  I learned to listen to my body this week. I had some aches and pains so I really tried to walk when it hurt, but I never stopped.  At this point I feel great and ready to do another 5k run on May 30th!!
You two are wonderful support for each other and such a great example of what real Community means.
oxoxo

Fab Friend @DietGirlMel on twitter

Wish I could tell you I did all 15 miles, or more, but I didn’t. 😦 I only did 13.66. Still WAY more then I would have done on a treadmill in one week though. I think the hardest part of all this for me was that I’ve always opted to take the easy route, and use the elliptical. Not because I have any kind of knee problems, but it’s really just easier. But doing this challenged me, and though I didn’t do all 15 miles, I’m really proud of myself. I always seem to wuss out after about twenty or so minutes, but I was forced to challenge myself and keep going, and push myself as hard as I could. Doesn’t happen too much when it comes to my cardio. So thanks a bunch for doing this! I hope you do it again because next time I won’t disappoint you!  **FYI No Way could anyone dissapoint us you ROCK! xo FabFatties

@ladaun on twitter AKA Shannon’s Mom

I did it!-almost.   I am lacking just under a mile!   ** Mom, you are an inspiration to me thanks for participating! -S

Fabulous Friend @DebraMazda on twitter  ** If you have not seen what this Fabulous woman does, visit her site! 
The challenge helped me in that I got to meet some great women who not only allowed me to motivate them but more so they motivated and inspired me with their energy, commitment and enthusiasm. I felt a tremendous sense of community and sisterhood from women coming together with a common goal to move into better health/fitness. I also knew that this challenge would tap into larger, plus size women and allow them to understand that they could be an athlete without being a size 2 or 4. I have always beleived that ”FITNESS COMES IN MANY SIZES” and this challenge has helped my vision to certainly become a reality. I want to give fabfatties a special thanks, because of this challenge I think that more women have begun to move and breathe. Here is a picture of my Hannah, who did the 50 mile challenge with me by running and power walking to keep me motivated. My thoughts and feelings are on  my website: www.debramazda.com
“FITNESS COMES IN MANY SIZES”

Debra is the top one on the left!

Debra is the top one on the left!

Hannah, Debra's running partner!

Hannah, Debra's running partner!

 

 

 

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Exercise vs. Activity

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I have always wondered why I am not thinner because I have always been active.  I coach sports, play sports and am always on the go.  I hardly ever sit down and watch television and the only time I really sit is at work or when I am blogging.  I was convinced my active lifestyle should burn lots of calories and I didn’t necessarily need to set special time aside for exercise.  Well… we have all heard the saying… “You will always have what you have always had if you do what you have always done.”  So something (or everything) needed to change as I embarked on this weight loss journey.

The first few weeks I would take a few casual walks while chatting with my amazing diet buddy Shannon.  My weight loss was decent, but I realized there still was some missing pieces.  While I enjoy taking a casual walk I was not challenging myself and not feeling any pain.  You may be wondering why I wanted  to feel pain… there is a saying for that too “no pain, no gain” or in this case loss.  I was still not extremely convinced strenuous exercise was something I wanted to participate in.  Let me just add a little side note here… I have always loved exercise and challenging myself.  I guess with this journey I am in worse shape than I have ever been and I have been very intimidated by exercise.  Okay, scared of  failing might be a bit more accurate. 

  • When I am exercising I feel like my body is amazing! 
  • I feel like I look fit and toned and that is why I am wearing my bikini right now!  NOT REALLY!! I don’t own a bikini and if I did I sure as hell would get a major reality check trying to put it on.  Back to the real stuff…
  • I am motivated to eat healthy and drink more water when I exercise. 
  • I look at food and think what will that do for my body instead of how it will taste. 
  • I am much more confident when I exercise. 
  • I feel stronger and like I can accomplish more in all areas of my life.
  • I am happier (gotta love those endorphins)!
  • I feel like there is nothing in the world I can’t accomplish and that is huge for me right now in my life.

I will always live a busy active lifestyle, that is just who I am, but I am learning the importance of adding exercise and making it a priority.  I am so grateful to have Shannon motivating me through this.  She is a super-hero in my world of Dr. Pepper kryptonite!

  “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability.” Tony Robbins

Angie, sore and strong!

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Today is the Last Day for the 50/15 Challenge

We are wrapping it all up today!  If you haven’t gotten your miles in yet you have today to finish it all up.  We are so glad that we did this little challenge.  It has gotten us up and moving that’s for sure!  If your wondering what to do now…you just need to complete your miles and send us a short email fabfatties@aol.com of how many miles you covered and what this challenge has done for you by 12:00 p.m. Wednesday 5/20.  That’s it, simple enough!  

1 kids on bikeThere will be 2 prizes given out.  1 for the 50 miles on a bike and 1 for the 15 run/walk.  So if you are chosen to win you will have to provide us with your info. so we can get your fabulous prize to you 🙂  The winners will be announced on Thursday as our Fabulous Friend of the Day.  So if you want to include your blog/website and photo in your email that would be wonderful, but it is optional. 

Thanks for all of the participation and motivation you all have given us! 🙂

XO Shannon & Angie

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I am a Survivor!

The inspiration for today’s post came while taking my kids on a four wheeler ride up in the hills by our home.  Out of nowhere the song by Destiny’s Child, Survivor came to my head.  This is after having a down day.  I was super tired today and just feeling overwhelmed by life in general.  Then BAM!  That song came to me and changed my entire outlook.  I took my boys to one of my favorite spots in the world which is this beautiful overlook of Utah Lake.  From this spot you can see forever, or so it seems, and it is so peaceful and beautiful.  It was here I realized, once again, life is meant to be enjoyed.  Stuff will come up and things will be hard, but in the picture most of the time life is great!

My house is a disaster… lately this is the norm.  I am NOT mom of the year when it comes to doing homework every night and reading as much as we should.  This list could go on and on, but there are a lot of things I am good at.  I spend a lot of fun time with my kids, I am teaching them to eat healthy and live active lifestyles.  I am involved in my community and am lucky enough to have a wonderful family and amazing friends.  Right now is a time of learning and growing for me.  I am learning how to be a single mom and balance all the many areas of my life and I am adapting a new healthy lifestyle to lose weight and gain health, but I have decided to make this a positive journey; to enjoy each moment and appreciate each breath.

I am a survivor!  Saturday Shannon dragged, and I mean literally dragged me on a bike ride of epic proportions.  I whined and cried and gave her every excuse I could think of, but she still made me go.  This wasn’t a wimpy ride in the park, for me at least.  We rode our bikes 11 miles, on bumpy roads and up hill both ways (or so it seemed).  I really, truly and honestly didn’t think I could make it.  I complained about it and had a negative attitude till about half way through the ride when I realized… I was doing this!  I felt so thankful for the experience of enjoying the beautiful scenery around me and am able to go out and ride a bike that didn’t have a motor.  I had to change my thought process from a torturous bike ride to building muscles and imagining me with a toned fit body.  The great news is I was still able to walk today… I am not even that sore.

Looking back at all the things I have survived this past year… I realize I am a true survivor and I can accomplish everything and anything I choose to!

So far in my weight loss journey I have lost 4 1/4 inches and 6 lbs!  Each week will bring new challenges (or new experiences to learn from).  Weight loss is not easy, but I believe it is worth it and very attainable.

Angie, the survivor

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Last Chance to Join Our 50/15 Challenge! *Update

Today is the last day you can join our challenge.  We have had a fantastic response!  Right now we have 30 people participating, wow. 🙂  Yesterday alone there were over 51 miles covered, what a great start!   This closes tonight so make sure you sign in today and let us know you will be participating.  Thanks everyone for motivating us we just love each and every one of you!  XO Fab Fatties

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 This is a challenge that will be going on the week of 5/12 to 5/19 It is open to join until wed. night 5/13 so join us!  The point is to ride a bike at least 50 miles or run/walk at least 15 miles in this week.  At the end of the week tally up your miles and let us know the total.  We would love to hear your progress as you go along as well so drop us a line via twitter or here 🙂

*Due to the different fitness levels of everyone who wants to participate we are going off at least meeting the mile requirement and we are going to have to ask that you give us a short story of what this challenge did for you at the end of the week.  We will choose the winners out of that criteria.  This keep the playing field even and fun for everyone!

If you want to join us please put your name in the comments and what you will be doing.  You can use exercise equiptment as well so NO EXCUSES!  Tell everyone you know and we are excited to get moving!

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Fabulous Quote of the Day

“Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So…get on your way.”

Dr. Suess

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