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Rock Bottom (Picture)

Friday, December 07, 2012

I found my rock bottom photo while going through my six year olds camera. I nearly deleted it, but I'm saving it, because if I don't it will be easy to continue believing I'm not "that big". Here I am in all my glory. (I'm on the couch...that handsome dude in the chair is my hubby. lol) I guess you can't really see it well, but I have about six chins, no jawline, a big belly, and uber-big thighs. *sigh*

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 12/29/2012 12:05AM

    Keep this as the old you. The one you are leaving behind.

We can do this. We can do this. We CAN do this!


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Foot Pain

Friday, November 30, 2012

I've been dealing with foot pain since March of this year. It's been pretty mild unless I did a lot of high impact cardio, until recently. It had gotten so bad I couldn't walk without a crazy amount of pain. I finally went to the doctor and got an x-ray. Turns out I have a fairly large bone spur and they want to operate. I can't do that and be laid up for a minimum of six weeks if I am going to take care of my kids, and I can't just stop working. My hubby's hours were cut at work in August and we need my income to make ends meet (just barely). He hasn't had luck finding another job, either. So...what exercises can I do to ease the pain?

I guess I need to just get much more strict on my diet if I'm going to lose any weight without the amount of exercise that I'm used to doing to lose weight. Once I drop some of these pounds that should ease the pain...I hope.

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LUVLYLORELEI 12/2/2012 3:00AM

    Some stuff that might help based on my own experience with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis:

I attached a video link at end of post for exercises.

Try a small plastic bottle with ice and roll your foot over it. It serves two purposes, icing it and massaging it. Theraband also makes foot rollers if you like that but don't want to use a plastic bottle. They have ridges to add to the massage affect. I just bought one the other day. I prefer it to the water bottle business, but I would start with the bottle because it's cheaper and you can find out if it helps.

A night splint might help. Insurance might pay if a doc writes a script.

I used to stretch my foot for 30 seconds against the window sill when I woke up because it used to hurt first thing in the morning.

One thing to do is to make sure that you have good shoes. Arch support is what you'll need to look for, but the best thing is to consult with someone who knows orthopedic shoes because they know what you'll need, orthopedic or not.

Anyway, here's some links:


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BETH_46 11/30/2012 10:54AM

    You can go to youtube and do a search for Chair Aerobics and find lots of work out clips there that you can do off your feet that are true workouts. I hope you'll be able to get your foot surgery soon. I suffer foot pain, too and it does make it heard to do exercises on your feet. I hope your hubby finds another job soon, too.

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W1D1 C25K Complete!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Well, I went and listed a ton of lofty goals for myself last month and then never came back. Whoops! I wish I could say that I have spent the last month kicking butt and taking names, but I would be lying. Instead, I spent the last month doing the bare minimum and while I haven't gained any weight, I haven't lost anything else, either.

I have been thinking about it, and how I need a partner to hold me accountable. I have started up exercising and eating healthy with a friend that wanted to lose weight, too, but we always started together at the beginning of our journeys, and one of us would start slacking, and it was too easy for the other to follow. This time I decided I needed someone that had been in it for a while, and I went to my friend Val last night. Val has been through so much in the last year and a half. She has an (almost) four year old son, and a one year old daughter. Her daughter has short-gut syndrome, and has spent much of her life in the hospital, or sick at home. (She currently has pertussis.) Anyway, back to the the last 9 months Val has lost 40 pounds, and gone from a size 20 to a size 12. Amazing. She is determined and motivated, and just all around incredible. So, like I said, I went to Val last night. (I tend to ramble when I tell stories...) I told her that I wanted to have an accountability partner, and would she want to help me out. She said yes immediately. Then came my next request. I needed someone to start (and complete) Couch to 5k with me, because I've started before and never finished. Despite her already hectic schedule she immediately agreed, and we completed our first workout this morning. It wasn't bad at all, aside from some shin pain, but I feel fine now.

Last night while we were discussing when we would do our workouts, etc. I mentioned that we would be finishing the program right before Thanksgiving, and that I have always wanted to run a 5k. She said it's been a dream of hers, too, and I told her about the Turkey Trot we have here on Thanksgiving day. I have wanted to do it for YEARS. I have never signed up because I've made excuses, or waited until the last minute when we don't have the money. This year...this year is different. Because TONIGHT I REGISTERED FOR MY VERY FIRST 5K!!!!! I am so scared and excited and I just can't even believe that in 9 weeks I am going to be a week away from competing for the first time. I don't have high hopes for my first 5k. I would love to run the whole thing, but mainly, I just want to finish. Now I can't quit. Val is going to register tomorrow, and we are going to do it together. I can't even believe that I did this.



Second Goal Met! (And Measurements)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

So, I showed up at a MOPS steering team meeting this morning (and if you are a mom of young children and have never attended a MOPS meeting you totally should!) and when I got there I sat down next to a friend that I haven't seen in over a month and the first thing she said to me was "have you lost weight?" So, that's my second goal met. I wanted someone who didn't know I was losing weight to ask if I had lost any. It just made my day. emoticon And because I was in such a happy mood after that, I made it a point to compliment someone else, and you know what? It made her smile, and it made ME feel good. So, I think I'm going to make it a point to compliment someone every day. emoticon

Now, onto measurements. It wasn't especially pretty, BUT the numbers are only going to get smaller from here on out, so it's nice to have a starting off point.
Chest: 40"
Waist: 37.5"
Hips: 42"
Thigh: 26"

I'd love to see my waist drop to a 35 by the first of September. We shall see.

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PLAYINGGAMES 8/3/2012 12:40PM

  It's great when someone else notices your progress!

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August 1st - GOALS!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It's a new month, I've been at this for almost one month, and I'm already seeing changes. Slowly but surely. I thought now would be a good time to set some goals for myself for August.

First, this is what I accomplished in July:

*Took the first step and got on my way to a healthier me
*Lost 5.2 pounds
*Hit 500 fitness minutes
*Removed all soda from our house (this is HUGE for me. We have not been a soda-free house in YEARS! Since before my daughter was born!!)

SW (as of my last weigh-in 7/27) is 169.8

I didn't do my measurements this morning, so I will do them tomorrow morning when I get up and then post them.

*I would love to lose 6 pounds this month.
*I want to hit 750 fitness minutes
*I want to lose 5 inches this month
*Start 30 Day Shred and don't give up

So, that's it. I am so proud of how far I have come in such a short time. I'm not giving up. I have kind of coasted for the last week or so, and I am planning on kicking it up a notch starting next week. This week has been crazy because I'm volunteering at VBS at the church and we haven't been getting home until 9:00 every night. I'm behind on my editing, and I'm too exhausted to be editing. I guess it's just thankful that I haven't turned to soda, and I've been drinking my water and been more aware of what I eat throughout the day.

What are YOUR goals for August, everyone??


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