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Oldie but oh so Goodie!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

After searching in vain, I finally gave up hope of finding my favorite ancient VHS workout tape. Imagine my intense delight of discovering quite by accident, that Wal-Mart had it on DVD! The original "Sweatin to the Oldies" with the ever cheerful Richard Simmons.

Now I know people smirk and make snarky remarks about Richard, but he truly cares about people and darn it, this work out is just so much freaking fun! I used to do this work out faithfully back when it was new and I loved it. Not to mention it worked!

I did it for the first time in forever this afternoon and it was like coming home. I managed to make it through the entire workout, but I had to walk part of it...It will take a few sessions to get back in to the swing of the routines, but I made it through. The only thing I really couldn't do was the whole cool down as I have such a difficult time getting up and down off the ground. I did stretching and slower walking while they did the floor work. I had so much fun singing and dancing. Then of course there was my cat who planted herself within inches of me as I was dancing(or walking) and would attack my toes.

So now I have two workouts I can do. Note to self: Turn down air conditions whilst working out. I almost passed out this afternoon. That would have been so very bad! *LOL* I can't believe I have found my Spark again. I am so tickled to feel the "need" to work out...*smiles* Life is so good!

Time to finish my laundry and have something to eat. Tomorrow I am going to see "Magic Mike" with a friend. Can't wait!

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HEYRED221 7/8/2012 9:23PM

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EVERLEARNING 7/8/2012 1:09AM

    What FUN!!

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2BFREE2LIVE 7/7/2012 11:46PM

    Of course you know I love Richard and was sweatin with him about thirty years ago. Love the man and he loves each of us. Welcome to the team.
I could only get through half the workout after I started again after not exercising for over twenty years.
I love the Renaissance fairs as well and all the dancing and merry making and of course sword fighting, or at least watching my son and his wife participate in the events.
Best wishes on your healthy lifestyle journey. Sandy

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AMETHYSTSTAR 7/7/2012 10:02PM

    One of the things I love most about this, is that he has people of all sizes dancing with him. It really motivates me. (On top of the music and Richard! *LOL*)

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ALIHIKES 7/7/2012 9:55PM

    So glad you enjoy the Sweating to the Oldies, and that you are reunited! I like Simmons energy and his encouragement to exercisers of ALL sizes. Have fun dancing! emoticon

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LOSINGITNOW11 7/7/2012 9:54PM

    I love Sweatin' to the Oldies!! Like you, I had it on VHS. However, I had misplaced it and missed doing it. One day, I found the DVD in Dunham's and had to buy it right away. I think it's a great workout. It gets your heart pumping and makes you sweat but is made where anyone of any fitness level can complete it. Plus, the music is awesome!!!

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CHEROKEE1946 7/7/2012 9:52PM

    You can mostly find all of the sweatin to the oldies on Amazon. I have went there several times to get new tapes.

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Another Saturday!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

My goodness, time is dancing by so swiftly! It is an ongoing source of amazement to me. There are times I feel as if I am running so far behind, but logically I know I am right where I am supposed to be. Speaking of which, logically I am thrilled with 9 pound loss since I started, but I have had a couple of weeks of only 1 pound losses. I know! I Know! I am doing everything I can and my body has it's own time table. (I've been spoiled! *LOL*) I also realize that since I have been exercising, I have not adjusted my calories to compensate for it. Who would ever have thought you'd need to eat a few more calories to exercise?

I made my own breakfast sandwich today with Orowheat sandwich thins, eggbeaters, nonfat cheese, and a morningstar farms sausage patty. A teaspoon of mayo and Dijon mustard. It was so good.

Oh! I discovered a substitute for my favorite summer treat. I LOVE McDonald's mocha frappe and I usually get it large. Now I think I mentioned not too long ago that a large frappe at McDonald's is ...*GULP* 600 calories! Well, luckily for me I subscribe to The "Hungry Girl" newsletter and I received one with a frappe makeover! Now she did the comparison to the BK Frappe (Which I tried once and threw it out...It was HORRID!), I think it is just about 500 calories. Anyway, I tried her makeover and Hot Diggity it was good! ANNNND...it's only 140 calories!! *DOES HAPPY DANCE* I can now stay away from McDonald's! HUZZAH!

Okay, last load of clothes... almost dry, and still working on my bedroom. Got caught up in the movie "Dear John" knowing I an going to be so sorry. I have a feeling it's another one of those stories where one of the lovers dies and I HATE that. However, since I started it, I will finish it. Grrrrrrr...




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TAZZIEGIRL 7/3/2012 12:29AM

    Congrats on the 9lb loss. The frappe sounds like a win at only 140 calories. emoticon

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Yipee!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I ordered the SP calendar with stickers last week and it was here when I got home! I was a good girl and made myself wait until I was done with my exercising before I opened it. I am so excited. It looks great and I love that they have made the months and days blank, so that you can start any month. and jump right in. I'm starting this Sunday (Ye Gods, it's almost July already! Amazing)

I am really enjoying "Walk Away the Pounds." I have no problem with the walking, sidesteps, kicks, and knee lifts. However, I have to work up to the upper body portion of the exercising. I got further along today then I did at first, but it will be sometime before I can use the weights. Baby steps and I am totally okay with it! I am exercising everyday and the fact that I am looking forward to it at the end of the work day just tickles me pink! I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror after workout and I really was pink and "glowing." It looked good on me!

So now I'm off to think over my goals, and read some more of "The Spark." love that book!

*Huggles*
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EVERLEARNING 6/28/2012 2:15AM

    WooHOOOOOOO!
Only you can determine the best pace for YOU. You'll make awesome progress!

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Today is the 1st day of the rest of YOUR life!

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Woohoo Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Change is in the air this week. Monday My supervisor called me in behind closed doors. (Don't ya just hate that feeling of "what now?") As it turns out after the loss of our COO, three weeks ago, duties and departments have been divided between four of our higher ups. Everyone is dealing with not only adjusting to Marc being gone, but now they have added responsibilities in areas they may not be familiar with.

As a result, it was decided (without my knowledge or input) to move me to the call center and focus on apparently what I do best. The phones and customer/physician service. Our website has a patient portal which I am now tech service for as well. Truth to tell, I love helping people and doing what I can to make their experience has painless and comfortable as possible. And I love making our referring doctors happy...for the most part! *LOL* As time allows I will also be helping our referral section scan referrals into our system.

At first I felt as if i was being demoted, or that my supervisor didn't want me anymore. (Moving to this office and working under her was a HUGE change for me and one that took quite a while for me to feel semi-comfortable. I used to handle change so well...I was an adventurer. But after my illness and all the changes I went through that year all at once, I don't handle it as well as I used to. However, now that I am healthy, and life has settled down somewhat, I'm handling it a bit better. ) Anywho, there are many changes being made to accommodate the shift in duties and when I asked my supervisor about the why, she reassured me that I hadn't done anything wrong, they were just giving free reign to do what they believe I do best.

I have started exercising with "Walking Away the Pounds" and I actually can do the full mile. I couldn't on the treadmill...but whereas that is so boring, this is so much fun. So I am exercising every day now and I have had no trouble staying withing my calorie range. Life is good and getting better everyday and I am SO thankful for my health, energy, and love of life that I have once again.

Have a splendiferous day!
Ame

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Woohoo!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I had the best week! Work went so well and my self confidence is growing. My boss is smiling with me and I know she is trying to figure out just what has changed about me. I wouldn't know where to begin trying to explain it to her and I don't really need to do so. A little mystery can be a good thing.

I was very pleased with myself this week. I passed up cookies on Tuesday, fast food and pastries yesterday. My office manager was quite impressed when I told her why. It is very easy chocolate miniatures yesterday, and really tasted and enjoyed each one.

I started reading "The Spark" this week and even though I'm not very far into it, I am even more inspired. I mapped out my fitness plan and was up at 5:30 this morning to walk on the treadmill. I walk half a mile and it took me 15 minutes, but I DID it! Then I did my strength exercises and plan on dancing later. Once the dancing is done, I will have accrued 60 minutes if exercising! I feel so good! I weighed myself this morning and I maintained this week! Good for me~

Today I am working on my bedroom. Weeding through all the "Stuff" that no longer serves me, putting my altar together and making my room my Goddess Haven. *grins* Also need to clean my bathroom and change the cat box. In between I will attack my cat and take little breaks. Oh! Need to go get my nails done today too!

I am so thankful for my health, my energy and finally my motivation! I am so excited to see what this day will bring. Life is so good!

Have a wonderful day!


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HEYRED221 6/24/2012 4:07PM

    It is so good to hear you so happy and doing so well! That's is the motivation we need to keep us going another week!!!! And I like the mystery with keeping your boss wondering what is up too. Have another awesome week.

Carolyn

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THALIA_RAYNNE 6/24/2012 1:17PM

    great job...I am still on trying to get up my confidence...but we can do it

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