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Boot Camping Mama!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I decided to start the New Year out right by joining the 28 day Boot Camp.

The first week was easy, and I was wondering if this was going to make any difference at all. But I completed the first week anyway.

I even read the articles and stuff at the end of the week.

Good on me.

Then Week Two came along.

I had gotten myself "too busy" to keep up every day, and had several days of doing more than one Boot Camp in order to catch up.

This week we added 30 minutes of cardio along with the video. I had better luck keeping up with the cardio, but am all caught up now.

Today is last day of Week Two. I can already feel my body getting stronger, and am actually enjoying the process of doing strength training more than I ever have.

My abs are tighter, my stomach muscles are firmer, my arms are vastly stronger. My back is letting me know that it appreciates my efforts.

Yes, this Boot Camp thing is working.

Imagine the surprise when I got on the scale today and found out I lost 2.3 pounds this past week!

HA! Made a Believer out of me, I assure you!

Now I am a Boot Camping Mama, all enthused at finally getting some progress going! Won't be long before I get to wearing jeans again!

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NOTFATCAT 1/15/2011 10:58AM

    There you go! Head down, heart pumping, eating good and exercising.
What a way to lose!

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GCHUNG 1/15/2011 8:58AM

    Good for you - you go girl!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/15/2011 4:06AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss but even more so on getting stronger and keeping up with and enjoying the boot camp.
I should be seeing Colby today and will get that picture for you. His mom said she was mailing you one also. Thank you so much for all you do for the kids.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/14/2011 9:48PM

    You go! You are rocking this challenge! I can tell s difference too, though I haven't lost that much (I am trying to not be too jealous!). Way to go!

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WYOBZM 1/14/2011 9:44PM

    emoticon emoticon I am on my second round. Did it in August. Thought I was gonna die. The results were fabulous. Wait until all four weeks are finished and you earn the reward.
I am so happy you are "lovin it" Stay strong and stick with! emoticon

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JILB618 1/14/2011 9:39PM

    YES! I'm doing the bootcamp too. I also weighed in today. I didn't weigh in at the end of week 1 (stupid scale broke), but I lost 5lbs in 2 weeks! GO US!!!

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I need to STOP

Monday, January 10, 2011

So far today I have shoveled snow for 205 minutes. I got our West driveway all shoveled out, the tarmac done, and the road about 1/2 way up to the mailboxes.

My DH has a dicey heart, and since we are on a private road, the county does not plow for us. Therefore, I want the road cleared in case I need to get him to the hospital or call an ambulance. Better safe than sorry.

Now that I have wrecked myself, it is time for me to stop, take a couple of Aleve and lie down.

You will probably hear me griping all through the rest of the week.

You know what? It is worth it!!!

Now just don't ask me to do any push-ups! emoticon

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/12/2011 4:05AM

    WAY TO GO...do hope you soaked in a hot tub or had a nice long hot shower. I am with you on this one for sure as I shoveled today for over three hours. By the time I got home and finished, I could hardly move. Was drinking water but didn't pay attention to my blood sugar. DUH to me. Had a glass of orange juice which was delicious!! Then made dinner and had a warm shower. Blissful to say the least.
Praying for you and DH that you won't need to use your clean drive and road for any medical emergencies. Glad you have it done though!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LOUANN22 1/11/2011 1:41AM

    great job! You burned so many calories! I've only gotten to shovel snow once so far. I'm lucky but then again I liked the exercise emoticon

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GCHUNG 1/10/2011 8:39PM

    WOW - I'm impressed - I shoveled for 45 min the other week then was in pain for 2 days. Hope Aleve helps.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/10/2011 8:03PM

    Know that feeling. I also shoveled, because my hubby also has a heart condition. I am now sitting with heating pack on my neck and all evening ! But the shoveling has to get done. I say its my exercise time when I am shoveling! I am just grateful that it was not a foot deep! lol Just an inch or two, but I am feeling it. (I have a neighbro who coems around with his snow machien when it gets way over my ability, hes a sweet ehart!) Just had to shovel 40 minutes and I feel it, so I can imagine 205 minutes of shoveling. That much would have put me in bed! Hope your feeling better tomorrow. Try warm heat or a soaking in a warm tub with magnesium! I use a microwave heat pack on my neck and back. I have all sizes! Warm moist heat is the best for sore muscles when its worst I will use my Tens unit if it is worser. Hope your feeling better tomorrow! If not I hope you invest in some heating pads for those aching muscles!

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BEVPRESLEY 1/10/2011 7:38PM

    Lots of cardio for you today. Sounds like it is time to buy a snow blower. Take it easy the rest of the day.

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WHITNEYMARIES 1/10/2011 7:31PM

  GOOD JOB Lady! I'm proud of you!

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MOMMAPANTZ 1/10/2011 6:21PM

    Wow! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/10/2011 6:12PM

    You know, I do believe that qualifies as your 30 minutes of cardio activity for the bootcamp challenge.

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In fact, that should count for about a week's worth of cardio exercise! Take a break and rest, my friend. You earned it!


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NOTFATCAT 1/10/2011 6:05PM

    You are a bulldog!!
You should look into having a local with a snowplow on his truck come take care of this for you since you have a bad back.

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TENNESSEENIGHT 1/10/2011 6:02PM

  lol good job on the workout I guess you could say but yes YOU DO NEED TO STOP and take a hot shower before you go to bed either wise you'll be so sore and you won't want that.

Take a load off you deserve it emoticon

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I'm Finally Old Enough

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Yesterday DH and I went over to Seattle to look at a car. A Chrysler 300, to be exact.

It was a nice enough car, but just didn't ring my bell.

Across the parking lot was a Cadillac/Buic dealership. I wandered over there while DH was listening to the Chrysler salesman. I just didn't want that car.

Mind you, I was no interested in buying a NEW car. I wanted a good, reliable used (they call them pre-owned now) car that will transport me around without having to have DH along.

I found a car....a 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL. It was a nice, mature, adult looking white car. A pretty car, and the size car I like.

Now you need to know some more of my background.

I was raised a Lutheran in the state of Wisconsin. We went to church every Sunday, as well as many pot lucks and other activities in the church. My father's cars were always Buicks. My Mother's cars varied.

In those days, the cars were BIG, expecially the Buicks. HUGE back seat for my brother and sisters to silently fight with each other on our way to church.

Some of you may know what I am talking about. The fights always begin with who got to sit next to the window. My brother, being the only boy at the time, always got the window, and my oldest sister the other window. You know where I sat.

Yep. Right in the middle of that big back seat bench. I couldn't see out the window because my brother and sister would deliberately lean forward and block the view.

And so it began. First, a little shove to get them out of the way. Nothing. They just scooted their butts toward the middle to get more room and to block the window even more.

Then an elbow jab. They would jab back. Then a harder jab. Harder jab recieved.

The pinch was next. Find some place on their bodies where the big winter coats were leaving pinch room, and pinch away.

Whirling away from the window and toward the center, a bigger, harder pinch would follow.

Now the Twist Pinch! usually aimed at inside the thigh. Twist, pinch, then use both hands.

One to push their hands away, and one to keep the deadly pinch going.

This lasted all the way to church. In silence, for the most part.

We wouldn't dare get noisy about it, or Dad would "stop this car this very minute and give you all a spanking". That never happened, but for some reason, was always an announcement that induced great fear.

At the church parking lot, we would pile out, faces all red, eyes filled with tears from the pain of the pinch area, and grit our teeth at one another with the "You just wait! I'll get even with you after church" glare.

Then we would have to file on through the parking lot to enter the church.

There were Buicks in the parking lot. I mean BUICKS. Lutherans liked their Buicks. They were "steady, reliable cars", as I heard them all say over and over.

For the most part, the Buicks were blue. Some were blue and white. A few were black, but I always thought they looked like herses. They gave me "the wilies" to walk past.

I always wanted to see the other kinds of cars. The sportier looking ones. Especially RED ones.

You won't see a lot of RED SPORTY looking cars in a Lutheran parking lot in Wisconsin.

So the years went by, and I had a variety of cars. Of course, I started out with the sporty looking cars. I had sporty looking chevies, for the most part. I had Mustangs, Dodges, and my favorite was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham. White with a red top.

The years passed by, and one day I was ready to buy a new car. I bought a silver Volvo with a sun roof. Still a LITTLE sporty, but also a more "reliable" than what I usually looked for.

Unfortunately, that got totalled in a car accident. Then there were the used Jaguars, the Volvos, Audis up to Cadillac. I loved the Cadillacs.

But my Cadillac died after over 200k miles, and it was time to get another vehicle. I knew I wanted an American made car.

DH, as some of you know, is an eccentric engineer. The high light of his days are the ones where he escapes from home and goes thrift shopping. In his mind, if it is old, it is good.

So he wants to spend about $1500 tops for a car. Mind you, he already has 8 or 9 cars in his big shop, the hangar and 2 rented storage units. All of them are "classics", at least in his mind. We don't drive any of them. They just sit around, costing insurance money and dust. (That's MY opinion, not shared by DH!)

I am not going to get a car that I will have to replace in a coupld of years. I want a car that will be my LAST car.

At first I wanted a fancy car. Bossy Daughter and I rented a Chrysler 300 when we took our Mommy and Me trip to Vegas, and we loved that car. So that's what I was looking for, which led us to taking the ferry over to Seattle to look at one.

Up to the present. I didn't like that Chrysler.........I don't know why....just didn't like it. So, over to the car lot next door.

I look over this white Buick, and really like it. I peek in the windows, and like it even more. It is pretty. It is the right size. It is classy.

I have spent weeks pouring over Consumer Digest and Auto Trader, studying cars. The Chrysler wasn't getting very good reports. DARN.

ALL of the Buicks were getting GREAT reports. I would just skim over them, not wanting to know what I already know.

I have never gotten a Buick because Buicks are for "Old" people, in my mind. I think I believed that if I drove a Buick, then I would be OLD.

But that Buick was sure pretty, and it was calling to me. My mind raced over all those pages of Consumer Digest where they rated the Buicks as "Best Buy" or "Great Buy" and "Most Reliable".

Yes, I wanted that Buick. After an intermidable 2 hours, all the paper work was finally done, and I got into the Buick, following DH in his Cadillac, heading for home.

The car was stable, reliable, and "sure footed" under my hands. It had a very smooth ride, and the gas mileage was very impressive. I felt secure in that car.

Parking it in the garage upon arrival home, I realized something:

I'm finally old enough to drive a Buick. And I'm okay with that.

The Lutherans will be proud of me.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/12/2011 3:58AM

    So glad you got the car you wanted. Happy to know you are old enough now to have it...you will really enjoy it. AWESOME!! I remember being the child in the middle. UGH!! I only had two daughters and still occasionally used that "You don't want me to have to stop this car," do you?
I am proud of you too!!
Hugs,
Helen

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QUILTINGB52 1/10/2011 6:19PM

    I love it!!! Know exactly what you mean....my first car was a 1968 Buick Wildcat, they sure don't make em like that anymore!

BTW: I was the youngest that always got stuck in the middle too. Only our threat was..."do you want me to stop the car & make you walk"???

Which happened once...we walked for a mile behind the car, then got back in & acted like angels!! lol

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/10/2011 6:10PM

    I am glad you got the car YOU wanted--even if it means you're 'old enough' to drive one, LOL! Only had one sister so the fights in the back seat were not quite so, um, fun; we had enough space to separate and each had our own window, but I do remember the rides done with silent battles to keep the parents from stopping the car 'this very minute' because they WOULD have, we knew for sure. Yes, I'm sure the Lutherans would be proud of you!

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NOTFATCAT 1/10/2011 11:14AM

    You were the 'pickle in the middle' back then.
Hope you like you 'new' car and it lasts you forever.
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I'm Finally Old Enough

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Yesterday DH and I went over to Seattle to look at a car. A Chrysler 300, to be exact.

It was a nice enough car, but just didn't ring my bell.

Across the parking lot was a Cadillac/Buic dealership. I wandered over there while DH was listening to the Chrysler salesman. I just didn't want that car.

Mind you, I was no interested in buying a NEW car. I wanted a good, reliable used (they call them pre-owned now) car that will transport me around without having to have DH along.

I found a car....a 2007 Buick Lucerne CXL. It was a nice, mature, adult looking white car. A pretty car, and the size car I like.

Now you need to know some more of my background.

I was raised a Lutheran in the state of Wisconsin. We went to church every Sunday, as well as many pot lucks and other activities in the church. My father's cars were always Buicks. My Mother's cars varied.

In those days, the cars were BIG, expecially the Buicks. HUGE back seat for my brother and sisters to silently fight with each other on our way to church.

Some of you may know what I am talking about. The fights always begin with who got to sit next to the window. My brother, being the only boy at the time, always got the window, and my oldest sister the other window. You know where I sat.

Yep. Right in the middle of that big back seat bench. I couldn't see out the window because my brother and sister would deliberately lean forward and block the view.

And so it began. First, a little shove to get them out of the way. Nothing. They just scooted their butts toward the middle to get more room and to block the window even more.

Then an elbow jab. They would jab back. Then a harder jab. Harder jab recieved.

The pinch was next. Find some place on their bodies where the big winter coats were leaving pinch room, and pinch away.

Whirling away from the window and toward the center, a bigger, harder pinch would follow.

Now the Twist Pinch! usually aimed at inside the thigh. Twist, pinch, then use both hands.

One to push their hands away, and one to keep the deadly pinch going.

This lasted all the way to church. In silence, for the most part.

We wouldn't dare get noisy about it, or Dad would "stop this car this very minute and give you all a spanking". That never happened, but for some reason, was always an announcement that induced great fear.

At the church parking lot, we would pile out, faces all red, eyes filled with tears from the pain of the pinch area, and grit our teeth at one another with the "You just wait! I'll get even with you after church" glare.

Then we would have to file on through the parking lot to enter the church.

There were Buicks in the parking lot. I mean BUICKS. Lutherans liked their Buicks. They were "steady, reliable cars", as I heard them all say over and over.

For the most part, the Buicks were blue. Some were blue and white. A few were black, but I always thought they looked like herses. They gave me "the wilies" to walk past.

I always wanted to see the other kinds of cars. The sportier looking ones. Especially RED ones.

You won't see a lot of RED SPORTY looking cars in a Lutheran parking lot in Wisconsin.

So the years went by, and I had a variety of cars. Of course, I started out with the sporty looking cars. I had sporty looking chevies, for the most part. I had Mustangs, Dodges, and my favorite was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham. White with a red top.

The years passed by, and one day I was ready to buy a new car. I bought a silver Volvo with a sun roof. Still a LITTLE sporty, but also a more "reliable" than what I usually looked for.

Unfortunately, that got totalled in a car accident. Then there were the used Jaguars, the Volvos, Audis up to Cadillac. I loved the Cadillacs.

But my Cadillac died after over 200k miles, and it was time to get another vehicle. I knew I wanted an American made car.

DH, as some of you know, is an eccentric engineer. The high light of his days are the ones where he escapes from home and goes thrift shopping. In his mind, if it is old, it is good.

So he wants to spend about $1500 tops for a car. Mind you, he already has 8 or 9 cars in his big shop, the hangar and 2 rented storage units. All of them are "classics", at least in his mind. We don't drive any of them. They just sit around, costing insurance money and dust. (That's MY opinion, not shared by DH!)

I am not going to get a car that I will have to replace in a coupld of years. I want a car that will be my LAST car.

At first I wanted a fancy car. Bossy Daughter and I rented a Chrysler 300 when we took our Mommy and Me trip to Vegas, and we loved that car. So that's what I was looking for, which led us to taking the ferry over to Seattle to look at one.

Up to the present. I didn't like that Chrysler.........I don't know why....just didn't like it. So, over to the car lot next door.

I look over this white Buick, and really like it. I peek in the windows, and like it even more. It is pretty. It is the right size. It is classy.

I have spent weeks pouring over Consumer Digest and Auto Trader, studying cars. The Chrysler wasn't getting very good reports. DARN.

ALL of the Buicks were getting GREAT reports. I would just skim over them, not wanting to know what I already know.

I have never gotten a Buick because Buicks are for "Old" people, in my mind. I think I believed that if I drove a Buick, then I would be OLD.

But that Buick was sure pretty, and it was calling to me. My mind raced over all those pages of Consumer Digest where they rated the Buicks as "Best Buy" or "Great Buy" and "Most Reliable".

Yes, I wanted that Buick. After an intermidable 2 hours, all the paper work was finally done, and I got into the Buick, following DH in his Cadillac, heading for home.

The car was stable, reliable, and "sure footed" under my hands. It had a very smooth ride, and the gas mileage was very impressive. I felt secure in that car.

Parking it in the garage upon arrival home, I realized something:

I'm finally old enough to drive a Buick. And I'm okay with that.

The Lutherans will be proud of me.

  


HOW TRUE IS THIS!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Homeless, Veterans,
Orphans, etc. ?????

This is so pathetically true...in the last months we have provided aid
to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey .

Our retired seniors living on a fixed income receive no aid while our
government and religious organizations pour hundreds of millions of
dollars and tons of food to foreign countries.

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room
for the adoption of foreign orphans.

Why are so many American citizens, and the American government, so star
struck they won't provide for our own?

America: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children
going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and
mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of
Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and planes lining up with food, water,
tents, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if we gave ourselves the same support that we gave all other
countries.

I feel bad for them but I also care about America and our Seniors who
developed this great country only to be forgotten.

Sad isn't it?
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/7/2011 4:23PM

    Amen!! It is very sad but true.
Hugs,
Helen

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BEACHBUMDB 1/7/2011 11:59AM

  Couldnt agree more.

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STALEYK 1/7/2011 5:34AM

    How True!

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KAROUSELL46 1/6/2011 5:26PM

    emoticonWELL SAID!

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TRIPLETIGGER 1/5/2011 11:16PM

    You said it so well! And now they are giving Americans a break by reducing Social Security taxes. We already don't know how to fund SS! I encourage everybody to take that 2% and deposit it right into your personal retirement account where it belongs. What are they thinking in Washington, anyway?!

I'll get off my soapbox now. Your blog really rings true for me, thanks for speaking out.

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/5/2011 11:02PM

    Thank You for putting into words what My thoughts are....I never thought about writing a blog about it....thanks so much. I hope that lots of people read it. Right on Lovely Lady!!!!!

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TEDDYBABE 1/5/2011 10:00PM

    Well said. Thank you for voicing!

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JAYWETHERALD 1/5/2011 8:42PM

    Yes

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SYMFONY 1/5/2011 5:28PM

    Amen!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/5/2011 4:11PM

    Charity begins at home. I believe in giving locally & I would love to adopt a child. If I did, it would be an American. I know other countries are suffering & people still believe we get alot of aid here for ourselves. I don't think alot of deserving people recieve it though. . .

God bless & thanks for sharing!

Dee

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NOTFATCAT 1/5/2011 1:42PM

    YES!

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