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2010 is OUR Year!! Let's KICK BUTT!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Okay. So all the eating too much of the wrong stuff and not exercising when we should have is behind us. All the procrastination, rebellion and just plain "not feeling like it" is over.

We have arrived at a New Year.

In honor of the new year, I reset everything. I checked on goals, and changed some of them.

I added a new goal. I am going to walk 700 miles this year.

Today, I began that journey. I walked 3 3/4 miles today, and it felt good. A bit chilly, and we got rained on, but Winsten and I walked.

I only have 693.25 miles to go to reach my goal!! emoticon emoticon

That's IT for my resolutions for the year.

I am not going to promise myself crap that I would never fulfill or achieve.

I am not going to set myself up for future guilt.

I will live One Day at a Time, and take what Life offers.

I just wish I could figure out how to get the total of last year's walking off the record. It is disturbing to me that I have to carry those miles over. If any of you know how to get rid of last year's miles, please let me know.

I want to see at a glance how much I have gone each time I walk, and how far it is to my goal of 700 miles.

I don't give one hoot as to my progress/lack of progress happened last year. I am only interested in the NOWness of life.

I printed out the 31 days to unbreakable resolutions sheet for January, and it was a very good feeling to be able to cross of January 1 as completed.

So there you have it. No looking back. Only upward and onward!

You all have been the "Wind Beneath My Wings", and all of the success I enjoy is mainly due to your constant encouragement, humor and understanding.

You have succeeded in changing my life, and changing it all for the better!

Humble thanks to all of you!

  
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WEKIMER 1/4/2010 8:22PM

    great goals for 2010! You will succeed and you have a great attitude. that is the most important way to succeed! keep me posted. I am aiming for 600 miles myself. i only got 406 miles this year and that wasn't very good. I let the weather derail me a lot this year. kim

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KAROUSELL46 1/2/2010 7:34PM

    I don't make new years resolutions. I think I have commitment issues. LOL I know you'll reach you goal. You are destined to wear out 3 pairs of shoes for walking. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh NOOOOOO!!!! Not AGAIN!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I did it. I "done myself in".

I gained 1.5 pounds, which is not all that terrible, but not good either.

What I am mad at me about is what those 1.5 pounds added did to my measurements.

INCREASE!!! Everything INCREASED including my neck!

How can a measley little 1.5 pound gain increase all of my body so dramatically?!

I'll tell you why.

I gave up honestly tracking my food, gave up doing my workouts and gave up eating wisely for the most part during December.

Sure, I got some good walks in, but not enough. I didn't touch my bike or rowing machine or weights. I did not dance.

Instead, I ate. And I ate. and then I ATE. Piggishly, I ate many times. Especially snacks that I have no business eating in the first place, not to mention repeated helpings of them!

Today I did 15 minutes on my rowing machine, and 45 mintues of strength training.

It's been so long since I did strength training that I forgot how to even do most of the ones I have on my favorite list.


While on the rowing machine, I looked at my arms. Good grief! They were flapping away so much I am amazed I didn't get air lifted! I intended to do 10 minutes on the machine, but watching the arm flaps, I increased it to 15 minutes.

I chose to work out with Bob Marley's Reggae music today. It actually has a better rhythm for strength training that my usual choice, Rock and Roll. I don't go as fast as I do with R&R, which gives me a better workout.

I weight lifted, exercised with the ball and full body stretch.

I need to get back on the beam and get back into shape.

I am considering....................remember, I said "CONSIDERING" putting a goal of walking 700 miles in 2010. That equates to 1.92 miles per day.

I can do 3 miles rather easily, so this number seems quite reasonable to me, considering some days I will not be walking at all due to varying weather conditions, family visits, vacations, the like.

So YES. I will commit to 700 miles in 2010. There you have it.

I will clear my charts on January 1, and begin my new year out with a clean slate.

Before you say anything, I KNOW I DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO PIG OUT BETWEEN NOW AND THEN!

I will behave myself for the rest of the year, Promise! Just get the goodies out of my sight!

  
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ANUT4DISNEY 12/31/2009 3:04PM

    You will do good in 2010.

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/30/2009 6:50PM

    Darn...I could have written that mtself with the exception of dancing to Bob Marley's Reggae music. Much prefer my "old fashion Rock and Roll".
Good goal, 700 miles a year...I can't do that as due to my bad back can't walk more than maybe a mile a day...so maybe I'll try for 300MPY. That may be do able for me!!!!! Thanks for the insperation.
emoticonand HAPPY NEW YEAR emoticon emoticon

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SCOUTHARPS 12/29/2009 8:14PM

  OK, you ate. So did most people! You are forgiven. Now, lets all get back on track!

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PENNYROYALTY 12/29/2009 6:54PM

    sometimes it take one little pound to break the camel's back! hope that this 'little' gain is what it takes to get you back to being healthy! good luck with your walking goal! happy new year!

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/29/2009 6:16PM

    OMG - if you truly "pigged out" like that, you would have gained more than 1.5. Don't overblame yourself! I over ate thru the holidays, too, but not every day and not more than 2100 cal on those days (my range is up to 1850 per day).

OK, I confess I had not recorded my weight since Thanksgiving - been weighing myself, but I was wandering up and down in a 5 pound range. Finally, finally lost from my last recorded weight, and recorded my new weight today.

As for the increased measurements - uh, sudden lack of pressurization? Phase of the moon? Er, lack of exercise, maybe? Row, baby, row!

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DARCEYOH 12/29/2009 3:38PM

    I tried to get the cookies out of my office yesterday. After noticing that I was frequently visiting them, I packed them up and handed them to my boss with the instructions to take them home. Alas, my butthead of a boss kept them here!

You'll get back in the routine. and 700 miles is a perfect goal!

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TWAN68 12/29/2009 2:09PM

  Awww!! Don't beat yourself up too much. I think we all can safely say that around holiday times we tend to 'fall off the wagon'. The main thing to remember is how to get back on and keep going. 1.5 lbs isn't a lot but I know how it feels to see what you worked to get off, come back on, it seems, within the blink of an eye. Just hang in there and know that we're rooting for you!! emoticon

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Oh NOOOOOO!!!! Not AGAIN!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I did it. I "done myself in".

I gained 1.5 pounds, which is not all that terrible, but not good either.

What I am mad at me about is what those 1.5 pounds added did to my measurements.

INCREASE!!! Everything INCREASED including my neck!

How can a measley little 1.5 pound gain increase all of my body so dramatically?!

I'll tell you why.

I gave up honestly tracking my food, gave up doing my workouts and gave up eating wisely for the most part during December.

Sure, I got some good walks in, but not enough. I didn't touch my bike or rowing machine or weights. I did not dance.

Instead, I ate. And I ate. and then I ATE. Piggishly, I ate many times. Especially snacks that I have no business eating in the first place, not to mention repeated helpings of them!

Today I did 15 minutes on my rowing machine, and 45 mintues of strength training.

It's been so long since I did strength training that I forgot how to even do most of the ones I have on my favorite list.


While on the rowing machine, I looked at my arms. Good grief! They were flapping away so much I am amazed I didn't get air lifted! I intended to do 10 minutes on the machine, but watching the arm flaps, I increased it to 15 minutes.

I chose to work out with Bob Marley's Reggae music today. It actually has a better rhythm for strength training that my usual choice, Rock and Roll. I don't go as fast as I do with R&R, which gives me a better workout.

I weight lifted, exercised with the ball and full body stretch.

I need to get back on the beam and get back into shape.

I am considering....................remember, I said "CONSIDERING" putting a goal of walking 700 miles in 2010. That equates to 1.92 miles per day.

I can do 3 miles rather easily, so this number seems quite reasonable to me, considering some days I will not be walking at all due to varying weather conditions, family visits, vacations, the like.

So YES. I will commit to 700 miles in 2010. There you have it.

I will clear my charts on January 1, and begin my new year out with a clean slate.

Before you say anything, I KNOW I DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO PIG OUT BETWEEN NOW AND THEN!

I will behave myself for the rest of the year, Promise! Just get the goodies out of my sight!

  
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KAROUSELL46 12/30/2009 11:39PM

    I know what you are talking about. I'm afraid I gained back the 4 lbs I lost b/c I only went to the gym once so far this week but have done alot of walking. Went to Silverdale. I think you may have something there -- a clean slate. So look out 2010--here we come!(walking not flapping)lol

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NOTFATCAT 12/30/2009 7:29PM

    I believe you have 'seen the light'..........!
Good luck with that walking goal.
I want to walk a large section of the ODT this summer. Perhaps you would be interested in joining me, or getting some of the PA team together to do it.
Either way, good luck. You have a doable goal that will really help you.

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Jig, Jig, Jiggling

Monday, December 28, 2009

I have not been doing my Spark program well at all these past couple weeks.

I had all kinds of excuses, but they all fell rather flat when I thought them. None were valid.

Not walking was excused by saying "It's too cold". That is baloney, because I have warm jackets, gloves and furry earmuffs. The truth? I didn't FEEL like it.

Not eating correctly was excused by "It's the holiday season." The truth? I wanted to eat all the yummies of the Season with impunity. And I did, knowing all the while what I was doing, but just didn't FEEL like stopping.

Not tracking my food. "I'll do it later" or "I've already spent too much time on the computer." Truth time: I don't WANT to know or SHOW my Spark buddies how much I am pigging out.

No Strength Training. Again, I didn't FEEL like it. Truth? I didn't FEEL like taking the time.

The past few days I have begun FEELING little jiggles that used to be there, but had been Sparked off. My butt began to look like it was ready to grow again. I can feel jiggles coming in. My stomach doesn't look as trim as it had. I can see little jiggles there. My arms seem like they have more to flap about.

If I don't get out of bed, pee and then immediately into my walking shoes, I put it off and don't get around to it at all, other than walk over to my neighbor's for coffee and to the mailbox.

The past two weeks I have even had DH walking to get the mail.

Winsten has been wondering when he and I are going to hit the road. I ignored his messages that it is time. It is really pretty ridiculous when you start ignoring your DOG so you don't have to walk!

Today I turned away from all that nonsense. I got up, peed and put on the walking shoes. Grabbed the pedometer and timer, and out the door we go.

Yes, it is briskly cold out, but it felt good. We charged to the road, noticing that there are icey patches on it, and noting to stay on the side where the gravel is a little crunchy. Don't want to fall, you know!

We are cruising right along, and I notice that my breathing is more labored than it was when I was walking daily.

I keep pumping my arms to maximize my cardio workout, and notice the arms don't swing QUITE as freely as they did before. harumph!

Mile Two: Brain begins to kick in that "perhaps two miles is enough to begin again" when Smarmy Bitch kicks in for her comment. "Two miles?? TWO miles??? What are you THINKING? We will do no less that THREE miles, Chicky Babe!"

I haven't heard much from her lately, but today I actually smiled when she challenged the distance. Yes, we would do three miles.

Mile Three: My butt is really jiggling along. Now I can really feel it. I feel the muscles trying to push the fat away. My legs are straining a little more than usual, too.

But again, I feel the muscles trying to force the jiggles off my body.

Then I reflect on when I first started walking in September, 2009.

It was a true strain to get in one mile in about 35 minutes. EVERYTHING hurt and BOUNCED, not jiggle.

But I had committed to accepting a mile a day challenge for September with my Spark buddies. I doubted I could do it, but I was sure going to give it a try.

To my utter amazement, I learned to look forward to those walks. Then, even MORE astonishing, I INCREASED the distance, while cutting down the time!

Walking was becoming a wonderful thing for me.

And today, I learned that it still IS a wonderful thing for me! From experience, I know the jiggles won't take long to go away. But more importantly, I now know how easily they slip back.

Thanks Sparkies! You are changing my life..............for the better!

  
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BEA-N-ME 1/3/2010 11:27AM

    OK. I have no excuse! Even through the Rochester winter, I WORK AT THE MALL!! So, back to doing two laps on my lunch break. Two laps=two miles/half hour lunch, it all adds up! Thanks for helping me remember! Now if I could just start logging my food again....

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NOTFATCAT 12/28/2009 9:57PM

    Your poor dog!

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SCOUTHARPS 12/28/2009 9:39PM

  Yeah for you! Now I need to follow your example.

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DARCEYOH 12/28/2009 5:45PM

    I have trouble getting into the walking mood during winter. If I stay in the cold for too long, my teeth will start bothering me. Even if I'm bundled up, blocking the cold away from my face, It'll still bother me. I commend you on your walking efforts. Trust me, I'm right there with the excuses.

But it's time we get back in action and back to jiggling away!

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KAROUSELL46 12/28/2009 5:06PM

    Walking? I am a procrastinator when it comes to that. I was just talking to DD about I wish I could like walking. The main reason I don't is b/c I'm afraid I'll fall and can't get back up. Its happened to me before. I'll just have to recruite someone to go with me. You are an inspiration to me for all the walking you do. Keep up the great job! emoticon emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/28/2009 4:40PM

    Walking is great and easy~ Glad you are back - and is is so easy to make up flimsy excuses - I think we all do it. Stay focused!

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ISEW4UANDME 12/28/2009 3:20PM

    Yes, walking is crucial. I, like you procrastinate. But I feel so good afterwards, so why don't I just do it!?! Well, I'm going to !! You're doing great!

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ROSEMARDORF 12/28/2009 1:30PM

  Glad you are back to walking!! Wish i could say the same for myself!!!
You are back on track with your walking, and walking 3 miles: you are amazing!!

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BELIEVE

Monday, December 21, 2009

Believe in the goodness of life. Believe in the power of time to heal and to renew. Believe in the power of forgiveness and gratitude. Believe in the gift of rainbows and butterflies. Believe in the laughter of children.

I found this when I was reading my emails. Isn't it wonderful?

Sometimes life gets going at such a rapid speed that I forget to believe. I get so focused on my little ant-sized world and don't remember to lift my head and look at all the wonders that surround me.

I hold a one person Pity Pot Party. It goes like this:

I have all these things to do, and no help
My knees hurt
My back hurts
DH is driving me nuts
It's raining
I don't like the music on the radio
My desk is getting cluttered, and I don't want to clean it.

AH! THAT's what is going on! I am ignoring the fact that I am ignoring something I am procrastinating about getting done.

Procrastination is an evil force, and it lives inside me.

It says "eat, and you will be comforted."
"Stay too long on the internet until it is time to make lunch."
"Avoid anything that requires substantive thought".
"We don't FEEL like it".

On and on it goes, until it is the end of the day, and nothing but making the bed, getting dressed and eating has been accomplished. Facts of some of my days!

Today is a brand new package. It has never been here before, and will never come again. I must remember to open the package entirely, and not let it sit beside my on the floor while I burn daylight at this computer.

That being said, I am signing off now so I can see what is in the box.

I believe I will see some wonders I have ignored for a while, and surely, there will be new ones added!

  
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ANUT4DISNEY 12/22/2009 3:20PM

    Great blog.

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KAROUSELL46 12/21/2009 5:20PM

    This is food for thought today. Some days I feel like the UPS guy ran over my package.

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NOTFATCAT 12/21/2009 4:03PM

    I like the package part of that. Thanks.

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DXTREME45 12/21/2009 1:08PM

    Thank you for this. I really have been sitting on my own pity pot today. I feel so much better after reading you blog. Thank you again.

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DARCEYOH 12/21/2009 12:13PM

    Ah the joys of procrastination. I'm procrastinating about my work here in the office. I just do not want to do it.
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