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Fitness

Saturday, January 04, 2014

I am really trying to focus on trying lots of different exercises so that I am never bored.

Here is what I enjoy:

Strength training: a stability ball & dumbbells.



Cardio: Stationary bike, or biking outdoors in the summertime



Swimming! Laps, or simply floating in around the pool :)



Yoga.



Wii Fit



And of course, walking!




Other goals:

Hula Hooping: I don't know if it's because I'm overweight, or because I simply can not get the hang of it, I have never been able to hula hoop ever!! I bought a sparkly blue hoop that lights up and plays music but I am going to keep trying and one of these days I know I will figure it out.

And Pole Fitness dancing, the actual sport of it: There is a dance studio not far from where I live. I want to take lessons eventually. Or maybe other types of dance. I love to dance.

This is going to all take time, but maybe exercise can actually be kind of fun.

-Amy

  
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    Great job!!!! How did you do all those pictures.


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    Always good to try new exercises! Never know what with encourage or inspire you. emoticon emoticon

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/6/2014 1:05PM

    What a fun and well rounded fitness plan. Hula hooping is great exercise and I've been wanting to get one. Can you recommend one?

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LIZZK80 1/5/2014 11:59PM

    Great plan!! I want to do the same at the gym!! I want to work on the ellipticals twice a week and at least make it to 2 workout classes whether it's zumba or kickboxing, etc.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/5/2014 10:12PM

    That is a great plan, to have a wide variety of exercises!
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ONTHEPATH2 1/5/2014 7:02PM

    WooHoo! Way to get some variety in your exercise. It is so easy to get caught up in the rut of doing the same things. I have made it a goal this year to try some different things. Keep working that hula hoop - you will master it!

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REFFIE1 1/5/2014 3:05PM

   
I have tried many exercises and my favourites are Zumba and weight training. You will probably find a few that really speak to you. It is good that you are having variety that way you can't get bored. emoticon Way to go!

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PURPLEBIRD63 1/5/2014 3:05PM

    Great Blog....
I love many of the same that you do...
Walking, Biking (recumbent and outside), Yoga, Strength Training....
and my newest found "passion" :)
GOLF :)

I'd like to start hula -hooping or jump roping too!!

I USED to be an amazing hula hooper when I was a teen.... LOL

Lets get fit together .... and stick with it!
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AGOALOF150 1/5/2014 12:25PM

    I love doing things outdoors. I like taking my dog for a walk-its good incentive to get outside and make sure we both get exercise. He loves it too! I want to learn to hula hoop as well. Let me know how you make out!

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CAMEY13 1/5/2014 10:51AM

    Trying to lose weight is a battle but since I incereased my exercise and watch my portions, I am losing again. I lost before but then fell off the wagon but back up again riding the waves of good health again.

On Tips for Writing and Weight Loss, my team, we have lots of people there trying to lose weight. Some struggle with it, others manage to take some off, and others put it back.

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COOP9002 1/5/2014 9:57AM

    Love the creative way you shared your progress. Blessings.

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SGTSUNNY 1/4/2014 11:48PM

    The hula hoop is a hard one but you can do it! With practice anything is possible. 2014 will be a success!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/4/2014 10:30PM

    I love having variety when I workout because I an get bored to. You've got some good things in there.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/4/2014 8:45PM

    Get a weighted hula hoop from a fitness store. It is larger than the average hula hoop and weighted. I love mine!

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BLUEROSE73 1/4/2014 8:00PM

    That hula hoop sounds like fun. Enjoy. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it again.

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BAREFITNESS 1/4/2014 7:46PM

    Those are some great exercises! I was thinking about joining a belly dancing group, noticed a team or two hear on Spark.

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LOPEYP 1/4/2014 7:24PM

    Glad that you have found so many different types of fitness that you like. That's what keeps you going!! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 1/4/2014 6:53PM

  I love walking. Next time I go for a walk, I'll think about you and you'll be my walking buddy!

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KKTODAY 1/4/2014 6:30PM

    Very nice! I'm trying to try some new things, too. May have a swing dancing lesson and spin class in my future! I feel you on the hula hoop! I have one in my garage but I'm so bad at it! haha It's the same with jump rope... I can only do it for a very short time! Hopefully one day we'll get the hang of the hoop! Seems like it could be really fun!

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UMBILICAL 1/4/2014 5:25PM

  Good ones.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/4/2014 5:24PM

    everything can be fun if you go out to do it with the right attitude.our brain is such a remarkable thing that with enough practise we can see whatever we want to see.that is what makes an optimist and optimist and why because a person is a pessimist it doesn´t mean he has to stay a pessimist.if you look for fun from the bottom of your heart you will find it.dance always sets me free if you haven´t already guessed so dance away my love and go with the flow of the music. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Goals

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I started the January Jump Start program today and the first workout video was not as easy as it looked, when you are a beginner and very out of shape. I can really feel it in my legs, but I am happy that I did the video twice today. I feel great! I got through it. There is such a strong part of me that is like Exercise!! Blaaah! But then when you do the workout, afterwards you really feel like, wow! That was so worth it!!

Food wise I did well today too. I had a healthy breakfast, a light lunch, and some chicken & veggies for dinner. I drank a lot of water today, and that too really helps to fill me up. I am reading a great book as well titled: Weight Loss for people who Feel too Much. It is a great book if you are very sensitive emotional person who feels like you might be taking on the very "weight of the world." There are meditation exercises in it, ones that you are supposed to practice right before you eat, to help you become more aware of the reasons why you overeat. It really helped me today to become more aware of discovering the difference between true hunger, and emotional hunger.

I have so many things I want to do when this weight comes off. I want to run marathons. I want to dance without being so out of breath. I want to wear a swimsuit and not feel self conscious thinking oh my gosh, do I look terrible, instead of just enjoying being in the water and at the beach! That's the thing about low self esteem or insecurity. It distracts you from enjoying your life and the simple pleasures because you are only focusing on yourself. I'm tired of that, and I just can't do that anymore. Granted, you should love your self regardless, self esteem comes from within and not how you look. But I really want to aim for both, and think of weight loss as the by product, not the complete reason for all of this. Weight loss is not the prime focus this year as it was the last. I am focusing on the healing aspect, and to simply love myself and my body.

*~*2014 Goals*~*
1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water
2. Complete the January Jump start
3. Continue to eat healthy meals/moderation
4. Join an arts and crafts class
5. Meditate, Pray, and read the bible



-Amy

  
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MYHANDS4GOD 1/5/2014 7:02PM

    Great Job

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    I'm with ya on all your 2014 goals (plus a couple more),
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2BDYNAMIC 1/4/2014 5:03PM

    You are off to a good start and the main thing is that you did get started ........... do physical activities you like and enjoy and the rest will all happen for you! So glad to become Spark friends .............. I will be pulling for you .................... stay in touch! and yes--good blog! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/3/2014 7:15PM

    Pace yourself but revel in the victories of each and every day!

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BARBIE042 1/3/2014 10:52AM

    Awesome Goals ! I have no doubt that you will succeed in meeting everything you set out to achieve to do in 2014 : )

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K-AUSTIN 1/3/2014 9:48AM

    Great goals!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/3/2014 2:45AM

    amy have to disagree with you on the dance part.i dance TO BE breathless lol.dancing to me is something you can do whatever size you are and should be done till you are brethless.you should be able to live and breath the music and match your heart beat to the beat of the music.it should exillerate you,lift you on a differant leval and plain.sorry that is the dancer in me. but i do hear you on the low self esteem and how it can effect your whole life.that is the great thing though when you start to take control of your eating and start doing exercise you start to feel better and start to believe in yourself and your abilities though i would always suggest baby steps so that you don´t get too overwhelm.no that you and only you has the power of what you put or don´t put in your mouth.you can do this emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 1/3/2014 1:52AM

  Great goals!!!

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43MELANIE 1/3/2014 12:11AM

    That book sounds interesting. I love that you added join an arts and crafts class to your goals - such a great addition to the list. Great blog - thank you for writing. emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/3/2014 12:02AM

    Loved your blog, you can do all of those things that you want, you are taking the steps to get there! I'm doing the jan challenge too, had to modify day 2 a bit. emoticon

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EGRAMMY 1/2/2014 10:43PM

    emoticon Impressive blog. thanks

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BETZYGIRL 1/2/2014 10:24PM

    Sounds like you have a well thought out plan for 2014. Way to go on the Jumpstart Challenge. This was also my first day, but I only did it once. Have a wonderful 2014! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/2/2014 10:19PM

    Great goals for 2014, Amy, they are attainable, and you can do them!

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My Fresh Start

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

January 1st is finally here! I'm so glad that it has finally arrived! This is a year of new beginnings for me, the year of CHANGE. Last year didn't go so hot, but that is all in the past now. I have many goals, many plans, and things that I wish to accomplish starting today, but little by little taking baby steps. I realize that many people start out their new year's resolutions, very psyched, very excited, only for the motivation to wear down as time goes by. I really don't want to be that person. I want to make changes in my life that last.

I want to really start to eat fruits & veggies. I don't want to feel deprived of eating right, and on the other hand, I don't want to feel over stuffed all the time either. I need to find a balance. I also want to start eating mindfully, and for nourishment. I am tired of running to the kitchen when I feel over emotional or sad and using food as a strategy to cover up what I'm truly feeling.

Then exercise: I want to look forward to it, and to feel good about myself. I want to feel energetic and healthy! I don't know if I will ever get to a point in my life where I can say I'm just crazy about exercise and love it, but I do know that I want it to be a routine, something I do not dread, but something I know will leave me feeling good & rejuvenated. When the workout is over, I'm glad that I did it.

And last but not least, I miss feeling comfortable in my body. The truth is, it's been so long, I don't think I have ever truly known what that feels like. I have always felt self conscious and ashamed of the way that I look. No more negative talk this year. I refuse to feel sorry for myself, or beat myself up, and I will love myself as I am, overweight or thin, I'm still me. I realize that this is all going to take time, it won't be easy, there will be moments that I will make mistakes. But every morning when I wake up, I am going to make an effort to treat my body/mind/spirit with healing, with kindness, and to make healthy living a lifestyle. This will be the year that I really begin to focus on taking care of myself.



-Amy

  
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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/6/2014 1:04PM

    Like Nike says, JUST DO IT! You have great plans and goals so let NOTHING get in your way! I think you will have a wonderful 2014 with your attitude. You go girl! emoticon emoticon

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This could have been me writing this blog for the last 4-5 years!

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RYDERB 1/4/2014 12:24PM

    Great blog Amy! Thanks for sharing that image. It's perfect!
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JULIEPIZZ 1/2/2014 9:49PM

    I really want this to be your year! I want you to accomplish these things! They are simple and very meaningful, so I know you are not going let these things fall by the wayside. There is no perfect day, just doing a little better than the day before- this is progress.
Fitness can be fun...try the spa team challenge: join our virtual walk across the U.S. to board our virtual cruise ship! ;)

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/2/2014 3:03PM

    You can do this, I also want to get more freggies in, and to feel more comfortable in my own skin. Here's to 2014!

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FITGRANDMA120 1/2/2014 9:24AM

    I agree with the others, this is a great blog and your attitude is right on for success. You remind us that our lives can change. I actually love the working out part but like you mentioned, routine is important and I need to work on that. Thank you for offering some eye openers to me.

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/2/2014 8:05AM

    You can do it, because you're awesome : )

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08ESCAPE 1/2/2014 7:18AM

    Happy New Year Amy!! You can do it!!
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TERRY0217 1/2/2014 6:46AM

    If you need help with the veggies...watch Dr Fuhrman on YouTube...he wrote the book "Eat to Live" I know it will help you out...I also got a nutrabullet to "drink" my veggies....Best of luck to you

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GRANDMABABA 1/2/2014 6:42AM

    Beautiful! Great success to you!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/2/2014 5:57AM

    Wonderful! If you want it; you'll find a way to accomplish it. Be patient with yourself and remember to love yourself and know that you are worthy emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/2/2014 4:25AM

    great blog love and i love all of it.all seems very doable and the baby steps way always work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REFFIE1 1/2/2014 2:17AM

   
I know from personal experience that consistent exercise is a goal you can definitely accomplishment. I have and now consistently exercise. I never liked exercise and some days I still don't but your key phrase is the key to it all. You make it a routine and just do it, just like any other routine like brushing your teeth. Eventually it becomes a habit and thought you may not always love it you actually feel like something is missing on days you don't do it. You will also love the changes it makes in your body. You will feel stronger and see some muscles come to the surface. You have got this girl! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/2/2014 1:57AM

    Amy, you can do this. Your resolutions are so doable.
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TRIPLE_EMME 1/1/2014 10:19PM

    You can do this!!!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014.

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MSLZZY 1/1/2014 9:57PM

    And that is how is should be! Happy New Year, New You!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/1/2014 9:31PM

    You are the only you you've got. So glad you've decided to re-commit to yourself and your goals!

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NANCYPAT1 1/1/2014 9:25PM

    You can do it

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Let's do it!

You might try a Spark tracker to keep you invested in the process. I love mine!

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SILVER1369 1/1/2014 8:23PM

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ILOVEMALI 1/1/2014 8:09PM

  Happy 2014! Great start to a new year!

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LILYDOG11 1/1/2014 8:07PM

    I'm so glad you've come back .... Yippee!! I started my resolution today too to move more, so I took down the Xmas decorations !! Hey it's a start I calculate calories everyday which I feel is really important. I know 2014 will be great. emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/1/2014 8:02PM

    This is a wonderful blog!

I know in 2014 you will reach your goals, my friend.

Happy New Year!

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My Food Blog # 3

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Breakfast: Lemon Drop Smoothie and French Toast Sticks




Lunch: Fruit Salad & Chewy Bar




Dinner: Spaghetti



Snack: Orange Jello

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/2/2013 2:05AM

    oh i love jeely we just can´t get it over here well not the ones without gelitine anymore .used too but they stopped.them smothies look delicious what is in them?can i have the recipe? emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/20/2013 5:42PM

    Curious about the smoothie!

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    Lemon drop smoothie!!??!! emoticon

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MANDIETERRIER1 11/19/2013 12:17PM

    Sounds good

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IAM_HIS 11/18/2013 10:53AM

    Yummy..thanks for postings these!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/17/2013 1:55AM

    Oh wow, the smoothie sounds delish!

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SINGINGLADY47 11/16/2013 11:14PM

    Yes, great job. PLEASE share the smoothie recipe. Thank you. Judi

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-GOT2FINISH- 11/16/2013 9:55PM

    Lemon drop smoothie, please share!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/16/2013 8:05PM

    Awesome job with the food blogging!

Can you share the lemon drop smoothie recipe?

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JUDYAMK 11/16/2013 7:45PM

    will you share the lemon drop smoothie recipe? Good idea about the pictures
Judy

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SEVERINA418 11/16/2013 7:11PM

    So creative!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/16/2013 7:05PM

    Way to go with blogging your food with pictures. GREAT JOB.

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My Food Blog # 2

Saturday, November 16, 2013

From yesterday:


Breakfast: Cereal & Toast




Lunch: PB Sandwich, Fruit Salad, Chewy Bar, Water






Dinner: Pot Pie



Snacks: Cookie and Sparkling Ice Drink





  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/2/2013 2:02AM

    those cookies look delisious.what are the white things in the fruit salad trying to work it out.maybe i should start doing a food blog. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/20/2013 5:41PM

    Tasty!

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COOP9002 11/17/2013 3:21PM

    Looks great.

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