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Could it be...?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I have been on Sparks for nearly four years!!! I find that astounding. I also am still pretty close to the same weight I was when I started! I have actually lost 17 lbs, but some of that is gaining and losing the same few. Not too long ago I was up several pounds and they weren't retreating. I finally decided to try to kick things up and felt I had to reset my trackers. I was not pleased...especially as I see so many who have lost literally hundreds of pounds in much less time.

So, what have I accomplished other than making some WONDERFUL friends here? (FRIENDS have been the BEST part of this journey!!!)

When I started I was living a sedentary lifestyle. I could tell I was not exercising enough and knew I wasn't eating very well. My blood sugars were gradually climbing and my Dr. was wanting to add more prescriptions to try to help me. I resisted.

A friend, in an effort to motivate herself and others, issued a walk a mile a day challenge for one month. I could do that...and I did. Knowing what I know now, I think that challenge probably saved my life. I hadn't started trying to fix things soon enough and ended up with two stents in my heart that Fall.

NOW I am exercising daily...some days more than others but something EVERY day! I have learned where my diet was really a mess and how many extra calories I was consuming each day...sometimes just with mindless munching. I realized that the things I was doing still, despite much improved health, weren't getting me the desired results so I felt I had to kick things up.

I had to add more variety to my workouts..and make them longer. Still, the scale just sat there. I keep tweaking my diet...trying to adjust it for better choices and to fulfill the dietary requirements for good health. Tweak, Tweak, Tweak. Still, the scale just sat there.

I decided to join the 8 week Diabetes Challenge. More exercise...more tweaking and logging. Week one...week two...week three...still no change. Blood sugars are dipping a little..but not enough yet.

I had a Dr app't to renew my two Rx. I honestly could tell him I FEEL TERRIFIC! But still the scale mocks me.

I am now nearly to the end of week four on the challenge. I still have room for improvements. I know my clothing is fitting differently though the measurements belie that. I KNOW I feel good...really good.

My "official" weigh in day is Monday..but this morning...could it be? finally? Did the scale give in on this battle and nudge...two pounds...maybe?

I've lost these two before...and didn't manage to stay put. This HAS to stop. BE GONE!!! Could it be...this time? We will see Monday!

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CINA-MINI 2/21/2011 3:55PM

    Asta, That is wonderful that you are FEELING great! The scale is a terrible thing! It seems my scale was on the "blink". It said I was up 7 pounds! The next day, I was back down to "normal". The next day, my scale kept saying "err 01". I just bought another scale. It's analog. It LIES!!! lol

Hugs to you!

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LOVE2WALK1 2/20/2011 2:02PM

    I know my scale does just go up and down, not just down. But, just like you we are healthier and blessed to have met and come to know our dear Sparkfriends. I think you are amazing!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/19/2011 11:56PM

    It takes time. Some make drastic changes and lose a ton and then revert back to the old way. Some take baby steps to ge t where they are but wherever they are they KNOW its a good place. YOU are in the good place. You may hav ework to do and changes to make but one thing is you are WILLING to make them and two you are ABLE to TRY! Many hugs Laurie

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/19/2011 3:52PM

    Asta, I know what you mean. I was sedentary too, not exercising except house and yard work.

I haven't had the heart issues though and I am so glad of that. As a matter of fact, my tests say it is in great shape along with my kidneys, lungs and liver. I was afraid about the liver because of the daily meds for the FMS pain.

Oh the munching. And always chips or the like! The last month, I've been doing the 2 pound thing too. I just need to pull up my boot straps and get with the program of more fruits and veggies, something I have slid on this last month.

It's always nice when we KNOW we are doing better because of the way we feel and the way our clothes fit or fall off emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 2/19/2011 3:43PM

    Ugh this weight fight is a tough one at best. But at least we are getting healthier with the food changes and the exercise. And for me, I have met some truly marvelous sisters who are now my friends. I look forward to logging in daily and see who says what and does what. Love you all to bits.
Hope your weigh in speaks the truth or tickles your ears depended on your state of desperation by now. emoticon

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"I'm in Love...I'm a believer..."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Most everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE T-Tapp workouts.

I firmly believe in the techniques Teresa Tapp teaches. I also recently have begun trying to change up my workouts and I only have a small collection of T-tapp..some of which I can barely do!!! But, I can't work on those every single day.

Today, I stumbled across a Leslie Sansone ~Walk at home 5 mile Fat Burning Walk ~ DVD. It wasn't expensive at Sam's Club, so I figured I would try it. It has mile markers so you can choose one, two, three, four or five miles. I figured, I would try for one mile.

I liked it right away...and as we worked that first mile, I tweaked, using T-Tapp principles ..just little things that are now practically second nature to my mind.

I walked one mile...and the video segued right into the next one, so I kept going. I had no trouble with the breathing, the steps...and I kept going...all the way through five 12 minute miles! THEN, after the cool down stretches, I got on the gazelle while I listened to the interview at the end of the DVD.

I am delighted with this find. What I hope to do is alternate this (and perhaps others of Leslie Sansone's) with the T-Tapp, continuing to use the T-Tapp techniques.

I attribute T-Tapp training with the fact that I could DO this routine. I never got breathless. I never hurt...and except for one step that I stayed confused on.(.mind understood but body acted like it was a foreign language..but I will get it next time) I was able to do EVERYTHING.

I am just in love with this...and am a believer! Thanks to everyone who has mentioned the Leslie Sansone products along the way (I have no idea who you are!).

SO, THANK YOU, Teresa Tapp and THANK YOU Leslie Sansone!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 2/19/2011 2:22AM

    I also use the Leslie Sansone's walking dvd, it's a great way to do exercises at home if you can't get out. Love it!

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BOOKYETI 2/18/2011 5:21PM

    That's awesome Asta! It's great you have stumbled upon your 'eureka' exercise...something you enjoy and that you'll stick with! It sounds like a lot of fun! You're doing great! *hugs*

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MARIE4950 2/12/2011 4:35PM

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You are inspiring.

YEA !! emoticon

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LOVE2WALK1 2/12/2011 1:36PM

    I knew you'd love Leslie! Her workouts are so much fun...I have the 5 mile mile one you have and LOVE it. I probably have 8-10 of her workouts I've accumulated over the years, and rotate them. My hubby will even do them with me. Have fun, it's just one more weapon in your weight loss arsenal!

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/12/2011 11:45AM

    emoticonI have Leslie Sansone's "walk your belly flat." It's fun to do but thusfar I can only do a mile. Living in SoCal we get a lot of sunny days so I am privy to walking outside. Today is one of those days!

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HODGESLOVE 2/12/2011 1:08AM

  I am so happy for you. You have found something that you are going to enjoy while getting your exercise and that will keep you going with your exercise routine..

Keep up the good work...
I have heard only good things about Leslie Sasone..

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AMJSATURN 2/12/2011 1:04AM

    I too use Leslie's dvd. I have borrowed from others also. BTW: T-tapp is awesome I borrowed form the library. It is fun.
The change is what we all need to do. Glad you liked her.

try web collage to preview just about any fitness dvd before you buy unless you could borrow from the library.

Exercise, Workout and Fitness videos & DVDsInstructional and follow-along videos specializing in exercise, from aerobics to Pilates to yoga. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMYNURSE 2/12/2011 12:43AM

    I love Leslie. I have done her videos off and on for years. When my 12 yr old was younger - probably around 6 or 7, she would do the videos with me. She made a little book with stick figure drawings...and she wrote little word balloons "in hell, ex hell" it was so funny. I wrote Leslie telling her about how much my kids absorbed her videos. She wrote back and sent me her kids DVD walk before it was released.

5 miles..way to go! The most I've ever done at one time is 4 miles But Leslie does make the time go by fast. And she has so many videos...they are all the same basic moves but she uses different things like some use weights and some use stretchy bands, etc.

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 9:02PM

    I do remember the song, but couldn't have told you who sang it! The title just popped into my head the second I decided to blog about this. emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2011 8:58PM

    Leslie rocks! Love2Walk told me about her years ago... and when I actually do the walks, they are a great help! Sadly, you do actually have to walk the walk to get the benefits! emoticon

So, are you a Monkee's fan or just couldn't resist the headline?

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ENDURANCEWINS 2/11/2011 7:33PM

    It feels good to find things that we can do and that work. I'm happy for you and I'm sure you'll see even greater progress now.

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 5:54PM

    I really had fun with this one. Already thinking of getting some more to "change up" these walk days.

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/11/2011 5:48PM

    You scared me Asta! I thought you had propelled yourself back to the Sixties again! Glad you were talking about fitness and not Monkees! lol. Glad too (seriously) that you found something you loved. Not many do that and that is why they quit.. HUGS Laurie

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Scam to beware of!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My daughter is taking a self defense class. There she was told of a new scam to beware of. Here is our conversation about it:

Shutterbelle says: btw... at my RAD class the police told us to tell everyone about a new scam
its pretty slick
you get a call from someone saying they are with the (credit card) fraud department
they want to know if you made a purchase for $x at (store) recently
you say no
"okay, we'll credit back your account." just to verify its the account ending in #### (that happens to be correct) ....
and the last four digits of your social are... (again, correct)
and your address is ... (correct)
Asta says:
how can they have those nos?
Shutterbelle says:
Okay - all I need now from you is to verify that you are in fact holding the card in your hands. Can you give me the three digits on the back of the card
because that info can be found.
Asta says:
the security code
Shutterbelle says:
and those three digits are all they need to use that info
They said the appropriate answer is "Here is what I'm going to do. I'm going to get your name, and your employee number, and your telephone extension. I am going to hang up, and I'm going to call the number i have for my credit card fraud department, and ask for you. When I get you back on the phone - I'll give you those three numbers."
if they have your name, they can look up your number and address.. and if they have your credit card number from someplace they've scammed - they have your name and probably the last four digits of your social even if not the full number

PLEASE beware of this telephone scam...and pass along the warning.

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/12/2011 11:42AM

    Thanks for the info!

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2011 5:27PM

    Thanks for the info. It is so annoying how hard people try to rip us off.

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 10:01AM

    Laurie, when you reply, you verify that you are a real person...which may just open you up to many more people attempting to scam you. They pass your address around. Safer to not reply, so I am told.

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/11/2011 9:58AM

    I know lately i have been beseiged by uk lotteries and inheritances. Now I know my uncle who was well off just died but I also know i am not gonna recieve a dime. So I have "replied " to some of these idiots and asked them when I became part of their family cuz thats usually who inheritences go to. and then I spam the original letter!

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 8:25AM

    Marie reminds me also of what I do online with all the stupid scam efforts re: credit card warnings, bank account warnings, Paypal warnings, etc.

NEVER click through the email!!! I always go directly to the bank, credit card or whatever to check if there is any question in my mind about the account warning. THEN, I report the the company in question as well as to the us government and another place that is working to shut down such online abuse.

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MRE1956 2/11/2011 5:51AM

    I ALWAYS screen calls (thanks to the wonder of caller ID), so that strongly decreases any likelihood of that hitting me ..... I guess I should also be thankful that I'm not a "real" employee, so I'd immediately question "employee nunber" - especially as it relates to a PURCHASE - WTF?


emoticon for passing this along! One can never be too careful in this horrible world we live in.....

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CELEST 2/11/2011 5:10AM

    Its terrible. I dont answer anything on my phone, not even text messages for anything. If I truly did win something....I guess I'll miss out, but I'm not taking any chances.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/11/2011 12:33AM

    They are more and more crafty, thanks.

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MARIE4950 2/10/2011 11:40PM

    Never believe craziness over the phone. Go to your bank/ credit union to find out the problem in person.
Thanks Asta.
emoticon stranger danger

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Working on working harder

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I have been feeling REALLY good lately. Last visit to chiropractor was interesting..I don't think she could find anything that needed adjustment!

In an effort to up my exercise levels, I have been trying different workouts that I already have in my possession. Most are from T-Tapp...a program that I LOVE and that I credit with WHY I feel so good.

That said, I think I am going to be working a lot harder with the one I tried today for the second time. I don't do well with things that require floor work. I used a stopwatch to time myself in and out when I had to skip parts I knew I couldn't manage ..yet. I tried nearly everything, but it sure shows me how much I need to work on! YIKES! I timed 63 minutes of a 67 minute workout...and some of the exercises, I only could do a couple of times rather than keep up with Teresa.

I figure, though, that with perseverance, I will eventually build up the muscles and stamina...and master the all important form, to do this workout through...someday!
emoticon eventually!

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2011 10:05AM

    On the Step Away the Inches workout, Teresa says that some of the moves we do help to get rid of lactic acid which builds up when we exercise...or over indulge. She mentions doing these moves if you are sore from over working muscles at the gym or too much housework or whatever.

Since I was sore yesterday, I decided to choose that workout as part of my exercise yesterday...and, I can report, it worked. Most of the soreness did disappear!!! I am very pleasantly surprised! Yea T-tapp!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/11/2011 9:52AM

    Doesnt feeling good feel GOOD? HUGS

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BOOKWERME 2/10/2011 8:30AM

    I was pleased the next morning to not be sore...but THAT didn't last. I am not aching all over, but definitely know the muscles that got more of a workout than usual. Tender sore...that's enough. lol

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CASJ57 2/9/2011 11:06PM

    You are correct - keep at it and before you know it, you will be doing it all.
Great job!


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BOOKYETI 2/9/2011 1:52PM

    I'm so glad you've been feeling so good, Asta! *hugs*
You can do it! :)

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CELEST 2/9/2011 7:10AM

    Yes you will. Maybe it will creep up on you and surprise you the way the fastening of your jacket did. emoticon
Keep going, this is such exciting reading and seeing where you are going with this.
T-tapp is tops!

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HODGESLOVE 2/8/2011 11:34PM

  You will get over this tiny hurdle. Just look back from when you started to where you are now.....

You can do it...... emoticon emoticon

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BABYKANGAROO30 2/8/2011 11:14PM

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    Yes, you will do it. You have managed to do so much already to improve your health and you'll do this too. emoticon emoticon

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Here's that jacket pic!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Yesterday I wore a jacket that I have had for a while..but yesterday, I could wear it with all the front hooks done up...could even sit comfortably with it hooked. It was a nice surprise.

Here is the pic I took...then couldn't find. Thanks to my daughter for helping me with the technology.

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/12/2011 11:47AM

    emoticonThe jacket is very flattering on you too! emoticon

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AMJSATURN 2/12/2011 1:08AM

    You look gorgeous .

Setting and meeting your goals is what that is the site is all about.

Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/11/2011 9:50AM

    Wtg on the jacket but the proud smile on the face is even more lovely! HUGS

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MARIE4950 2/10/2011 12:30AM

    emoticon You are BEAUTIFUL.I love it. Looks very nice.

Love you

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BOOKYETI 2/9/2011 1:53PM

    You look great Asta! That jacket looks absolutely lovely on you!

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NTSOHLTHNT 2/8/2011 8:06PM

    What a great looking jacket! Way to go--you look fabulous!!!!

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    That is an awesome jacket, so beautiful! You must feel great!

Good job!

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CELEST 2/8/2011 3:19PM

    OOh LA dont you look fabulous and all buttoned up. Congrats!

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CINA-MINI 2/8/2011 12:20PM

    That is a GORGEOUS jacket! It fits so nicely too!
Way to go!

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    Very flattering, lovely jacket.

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    Very pretty and it will go with so many things emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/7/2011 8:31PM

    Wish you could see the detail on both the jacket and the skirt. Both are bargain finds from one favorite store ( I usually refuse to pay their prices!! but I shop their 70% off sales!)

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LOVE2WALK1 2/7/2011 8:27PM

    Oh what a wonderful feeling...and it looks lovely on you!

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YIDDLE 2/7/2011 7:37PM

    Marvelous!! I am hoping to get back into some lovely clothing in my closet, too. This is grand!!

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