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SparkAmerica Motivates Me!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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Iím exercising like crazy and LOVE it!!! I put on over 100 pounds over twenty years while raising my kids. Hooray for me that Iíve become an exercise nut!

I live close to a Y and go more than once a day. I knowóit sounds nuts. But Iím in the right frame of mind. I have LIMITED TIME. When I go, Iím efficient. Generally, I boot myself out if Iím over 90 minutes. And because Iím so close, if I want to run back after supper, I do it. This week, DH is on the night shift so Iím doing more evening exercises. I love to close the joint down --- itís so peaceful. I will be there a lot during football season because I donít watch tv anymore. Got better things to do!!

I also exercise during the day. These donít count toward anything. My ďmindlessĒ exercise includes squats, lunges. Quickfire team suggestions, and sometimes new exercises I learn from classes or the internet.

My appetite is changed. I prefer healthy foods over unhealthy ones. When did this happen?!!! I donít know exactlyóbut Iím glad I changed!

Anyhow, Iím thrilled to see myself lead in SparkAmerica exercise minutes. I count my blessings everyday that I am getting healthier, stronger and more fit! It is slow progress but it is finally happening!!
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MABELPIE 9/10/2010 6:43PM

    wahoo! The exercise plan you have on your front page is really impressive, and I also have to admit I enjoy that my minutes add up pretty fast.

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Family Feud Game

Sunday, September 05, 2010

This is my answers from Suecando70's sparkpage family feud game:

1. Name something you use in the shower?... liquid soap

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield?.... a smashed bug

3. Name something a man might buy before a date? .... flowers

4. What is something you cook in the microwave?.... hot cocoa

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving?.... piano

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? ... bad haircut with bad hair dye

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner?... humping guests

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for? EKG

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for?.... swimming

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it?.... Welcome Home

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? .... boxing

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day?.... pop quiz

13. Name something that can brighten your day? .... a hug

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? .... a bald eagle

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? .... pants (has holes for 2 legs)

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? .... exercised fit body



Monday, August 30, 2010

Iím pushing 110# on the glut machine today (up from 90#). Iím doing repetitive squats at home like theyíre nothing. I decreased my assist on the assisted pull up and assisted dip machine from 116# to 105# today. I am amazed at the strength in my body.
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LAGREBE 8/31/2010 5:18PM

    Isn't it marvelous how our body changes.... Way to go!

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Farmerís Market and Eating Beets

Sunday, August 29, 2010

emoticon I discovered beets!! I never thought to cook the greens and stems since my only experience with beets was the red root. But beets are a cool vegetable. I stir fried chopped beet greens along with garlic and onions and served them for supper yesterday. I boiled the beet roots and threw balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper on them overnight. I like that you can use the WHOLE vegetable. Why bother planting corn when you figure the bulk of the corn plant is inedible-- that even the harvested corn is mostly cob & silk & husks. We are growing beets in next yearís garden (along with TOMATOES).

emoticon DH and I have been eating the tomatoes whole over the sink. This is REAL FOOD. I bought so many at the farmerís marketówe just grab them and eat like they are apples. Yum.

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MASTEREDHEL 9/4/2010 5:25PM

    Just bought three different types of heirloom tomatoes. SO delicious... You can definitely eat them raw as they are.

I haven't done much with beets--that's something else to look into! Thanks for reminding me :)

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JLITT62 8/30/2010 5:51AM

    I LOVE to eat tomatoes like apples! Actually, I like to salt them a little, too. Yum!

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ALYFITN 8/30/2010 2:55AM

    I threw some of the beets in pickle juice after I finished the pickles in the jar. Now, I just have beets that taste like pickles! The pickled beets and non-pickled beets tasted good overtop sauted spinach greens. None of the dishes was spectacular alone, but the combination of flavors was excellent.

I am enjoying eating healthy. We gardened when I was a kid. My neighbor lady back then was the best gardener and she did different things than my mom. She collected tender dandelion greens in the spring and wild mushrooms. I think of her a lot lately since I am now tending to cook like her. It is very basic--- very whole food oriented.

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BANDMOM58 8/29/2010 7:38PM

    I'm hoping to get some beets and roast them. Never thought about the greens. hmmmm............We have been doing the tomatoe sandwhich thing alot lately.

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MAGGIE805 8/29/2010 1:28PM

    I have to admire you. I don't like beets very much no matter how they are served. But I did have the same discovery this week with figs. I'm in love I think. I can't get enough of them. :)

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MIAMILAW96 8/29/2010 10:25AM

    Cool. I'll have to try it!

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Core Muscles I Didnít Know I Had

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Core Muscles I Didnít Know I Had

emoticon I used to think abs when I thought core. Not anymore. My core is SORE! And I CONTROL my core muscles. I can contort my thorax and abdomen like a worm in front of the mirror.

I started ďreverse flyísĒ with 3 pound weights laying on a 45 degree incline. Iím now doing 5#. At first, I could not believe that I could only do 3 pounds with this exerciseóbut these are ignored muscles. As Iíve strengthened, I notice those back muscles in other exercises and activities I do. Itís like they are waking up.

I do low rows at 45# with a cable machine. I keep good posture and lean slightly forward then slightly back with each row, SQUEEZING those shoulder blades together. When I run now, I engage that core that has been getting stronger. I am more upright, my chest is open, I breathe deep into the abdomen AND I FEEL FREE!! It has brought new joy to my cardio workout.

I had no idea that this is what core exercise would do for me.

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MJMONE 8/29/2010 10:48AM

    wow, I'm impressed, I can barely do planks! emoticon

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