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Back Exercise Class

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I've started a new class called The Healthy Back. I've done three classes now and it's apparent to me that I have a lot of work to do on some of my core muscles (not all of them, just certain ones). The really great thing is that my back is starting to feel a little bit better in some places. That is actually saying a lot because it has hurt me for years. This isn't to say that I'm pain free by any stretch of the imagination. As the supporting muscles get stronger, the pain is somehow different for the moment. I've noticed that my posture is much better too. Since I have a progressive disease, I'm hoping that the support of the muscles will at least help to slow down the degeneration a bit. We shall see.....

  
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RUTHIEBEAR 9/10/2010 10:18AM

    I wish my gym had that class. I go to Core and More class and train with a trainer to work on those muscles to give my painful back some relief. I am glad you are feeling some improvement. emoticon

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/9/2010 11:32PM

    more power to you for helping yourself. on can only hope and pray.

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WILD4STARS 9/9/2010 5:56PM

    Awesome! emoticonAwesome! emoticonAwesome! emoticonAwesome!

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NAMSMOMMY 9/9/2010 4:34PM

    woo hoo! Take care of that back!

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LONGWINDINRD 9/9/2010 4:24PM

  I too have experienced the benefits of core training. The great thing about a little core work is it starts to show right away. Before you know it people are complementing about weight loss even when there hasn't been any. Your class sounds like a good fundamental training plan.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/9/2010 4:23PM

    So glad you are making progress! That is wonderful. You are very wise to work on strengthening those muscles that need it. Are these classes at the Y??

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Getting Back To Basics

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've decided that for the month of September that I'm going to do a refresher course on portion control. This means that I will try to measure things that are not pre measured and that I will log my food into the food tracker. Sometimes when you think that you're in a plateau, you're really just sliding on portion control and you need a little refresher. So that is what I plan to do. Is there anyone out there who would like to join me???

  
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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2010 3:06PM

    going back to basics is a great idea.......
am with you.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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TBRANCH2 8/31/2010 11:10PM

    I have already been doing this and am now concentrating on more cardio and staying within my sodium level...good luck to you all! I guess, I am there too, but have been doing this all along!!! : )

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SLENDERELLA61 8/31/2010 7:43PM

    I'm going to concentrate on the 100% tracking and staying in my calorie range in September. Good tracking requires strict portion control, so count me in!!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/31/2010 12:18PM

    I agree! I think my "estimates" are way off and are sabotaging my calorie counts. There is only one way to find out. It has to be done!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/31/2010 11:22AM

    Yes, I need to do this again. I've been stuck for a while now and it's time to move on.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2010 9:32AM

    Yes, I will join you. I have been thinking a lot about how out of control my portion distortion is lately.

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I Found The Perfect Dress!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I must admit that I've been looking around for quite some time for a dress for my step daughter's wedding. I wasn't even sure what it was supposed to look like or what the length was supposed to be but I was looking. Then, my hubby finally remembered to ask her for more details. It had to be long and blue or purple. She would have preferred black (she's having a black and white wedding - very chic) but I couldn't bring myself to wear black and neither could her mother. What mother wears black to her daughter's wedding??

The search was on for "the perfect elegant dress". The first problem I ran into was that most stores don't carry long gowns, especially in larger sizes. Macy's told me to order one online. I looked online and found a nice dress but wasn't too sure about sizing. Then I found another upscale department store that carried the same dress. I tried on what I thought would fit only to find out that it was way too big (A round of applause here! emoticon emoticon) Not only that, but without the jacket, it just hung on me and looked like a sack. Perhaps something besides the scale is showing my progress! That would be the the 5-10 hours a week of exercise that I'm trying to do!

I found a very elegant purple dress that was off the shoulder and sparkly on the top with a chiffon skirt which I was sure that I'd end up with and couldn't wait to try on and I grabbed this other strange looking one on my way to the dressing room because it was hanging on the end of the rack. The purple one was elegant but I wasn't sure of the fit so I came out of the dressing room and amid the oohs and ahs asked the sales ladies what it looked like in the back. They thought it was lovely.
Keep in mind this was something I would never have done two years ago when I first joined Spark People because I was so self conscious. They asked me if I had any others left to try on and I said yes the odd looking one with the bias cut skirt and I pointed to another one. They asked me if I would mind modeling it because nobody had ever tried it on because of the way it looks on the hanger. Honestly, I could see why. It just didn't look that great on the hanger but I figured what the heck. So back into the dressing room I went. The dress is a navy blue knit type material that was cut on the bias in layers with a jacket. The bodice of the dress has iridescent jewels sewn in one small area in the front. The jacket has complementing jewels sewn along the neckline and down the front edges. The bottom of the sleeves are slightly flared. The effect of the bias layering with the strategically placed jewels was stunning. I was shocked! It looked like nothing on the hanger. When I walked out to model it for the sales ladies, it had the same effect on them. Both of them said at the same time, this one wins, it's stunning! They were both glad that they got a chance to see someone wear the dress because it looks kind of odd on the hanger. If anyone would have asked me if I would be buying that dress when I went into the dressing room twenty minutes earlier, I would have said no! Yet, here I was walking out of the store knowing that I found the perfect dress and in a much smaller size than I could ever have imagined I could ever wear!

  
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RUTHIEBEAR 8/27/2010 10:06AM

    COngrats! Can I ask where you found it (what store?) I need to get a dress for my neice's wedding in October and have no idea what size or where to look. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2010 10:11PM

    That is exciting! It is a great confidence booster to have something you feel good in and look good in. So happy you found it!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/25/2010 10:11PM

    I am so proud of you and excited and well I had goosebumps reading your blog. I am so proud of you and I can not wait to see pictures.

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CHINAGAL 8/24/2010 5:10PM

    I can't wait to get to where I can enjoy shopping for clothes again! Yes, we must see pics!
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DONNABRIGHT 8/24/2010 4:18PM

    When is the wedding? We'll look forward to seeing pictures. Doesn't it feel good to buy those smaller sizes? I'm hoping for my next step down by late Fall. Let yourself feel good about how well you are doing on your fitness and that you have an important dress purchased and ready to go for the big day.

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EILEENV3 8/24/2010 3:49PM

    The dress sounds intriguing. I hope you'll post some pictures.

So glad that you're showing progress in a way that counts way more than the scale.

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A Great Team Walk

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Initially I was afraid that with the back to school shopping rush going on I would be the only one at the team walk yesterday. I was wrong. To my delight, AMANDAJC and OLDMOM3 and their children and grandchild came too. We had so much fun that before we knew it an hour and three brisk laps and passed and we were all finished. What a great group! The kids were too cute for words and made it the whole way! The thing that I love about the team walks is the fact that it gives the whole family a chance to be involved in a Spark activity. The children don't have to wonder where mom or dad is going or what they are doing, they can come along and see for themselves. It also models great behavior - exercising and drinking water - and gives them a chance to participate too.

  
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AMANDAJCD 8/22/2010 10:32AM

    I'm so slow catching this -- good gracious! Yes, it was a great walk, and like Marsha I feel like a celebrity now LOL

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SLENDERELLA61 8/15/2010 1:50PM

    Great Walk!! Thanks for the mention. I feel like a celebrity!! Thanks so much for organizing our group and keeping us all going in the same direction!! Just love our local team! -Marsha

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MSPOOH404 8/15/2010 12:33PM

    I like the idea of Team Walks. One of my teams does monthly walks and I'm very interested in attending one. I think it would be helpful for me to get to meet some of my teammates in person and get some inspiration and encouragement.

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Water Aerobics In the Pouring Rain

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

We tried to squeeze in as much of our water aerobics class as possible this morning before the rain hit. We completed a solid 30 minute workout. Then, it started to sprinkle. One of the ladies said to me, "Just wait until you feel this. It's the weirdest sensation! It's almost like getting an all over body massage with water" I thought it couldn't be that bad because we were in the pool and already wet! All of the sudden the rain started coming down harder and it was the strangest sensation I've ever experienced! It was like standing in a hot tub (the water temperature turned way down) with the jets coming down on you from above and the pool swirling all around. Over the next 5 minutes, the rain increased, the guards blew the whistle and they closed the pool area so we had to get out. They closed it because you have to be able to see the bottom of the pool for safety reasons and it was raining too hard to see it. I've decided that I don't like the sensation of hard rain when I'm in the pool trying to move about. It bothered the nerve endings on my skin. For me it was akin to running my fingernails down a chalkboard. The next time it starts to rain harder, I'm not going to be a hero and tough it out. I'm going to do what feels good and safe to me and get out of the water!

  
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TBRANCH2 8/12/2010 12:07PM

    better to be safe than sorry! How many people each year are struck by lightening by doing dumb things!!!

Glad you at least got the water aerobics in, though.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/12/2010 9:55AM

    Interesting experience - at least now you know. I've always been afraid lightning would be around somewhere (you know how it is in central Florida) so I've never been comfortable in a pool when it started raining. Good for you to follow what feels right to you!

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