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Monday, Monday... Ba Ba, Ba Ba da dah...

Monday, December 20, 2010

I love Mondays. Call me sick, but it's true. It wasn't always like this, but I am now.

Monday is a day for frolicking in the early morning hours before my daughter gets up.

Monday is a day for checking in with my Spark Buds to look at fun Christmas pics, catch up on reading blogs, and gain inspiration and strength from their examples.

Monday is a day of new beginnings. This weekend, I ate hot chocolate and cookies on the North Pole Express train ride to see Santa with my Mom and daughter. I had Eggplant Parm and Spumoni at a Ma and Pa Italian Kitchen in Globe, Az before we left. I had fudge on the drive home. That, combined with a week of grazing on Christmas treats at the office leaves me with an extra 5 pounds to show for it. But Monday is a day of new beginnings.

On this Monday, this day of new beginnings, I'm going to treat my body like a temple, and gift it with things joyful, healthful and beautiful.

On this Monday, I am going to look for and acknowledge things that I am grateful for throughout the day. Starting with my Spark Community. You guys keep me honest, and I am totally present to the POWER and LOVE of this community. Thank you, and Happy Holidays.

Namaste,
Barb

  
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KELLIGIRL523 12/20/2010 1:42PM

    I love Mondays too!

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ADDYW1 12/20/2010 10:38AM

    Happy Holidays! Love your Blog! Best of luck on your journey!

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Seven Years of Neglecting My Body

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

It's not surprising how 7 years of neglect left my body obese. But its time to celebrate now. I'm celebrating because I have lost a total of 40 lbs since May of this year. Even though its been up and down 5-10 lbs over the last couple months, I am doing a maintenance dance this time - something I've never done before.

With the help of my SparkBuds, I have refocused my attention on my exercise and living by the 80/20 rule. I started Jillian's 30 day shred a month or so ago, and quit after about 6 days. But I started back up, and I'm glad to say tomorrow I'll be on Day 8.

What IS surprising to me is how after 7 years of complete neglect, I'm seeing results after only 7 days of shredding. I'm so happy my body remembers how to build muscle and show definition!

That said, I want to re-state my vision: My body WILL be unrecognizable by my 48th birthday, May 4th, 2011! How could it NOT!???

Ta-da,
Barb

  
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CIVIAV 12/20/2010 2:51PM

    Isn't it great what Monday brings!

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KELLIGIRL523 12/17/2010 12:19PM

    Way to go!!

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MAGGIE805 12/9/2010 10:22AM

    emoticon You'll love Napa. I have a cousin there and try to make it out there as often as I can to get some of Napa's finest. I live in San Fran. which means I go and sample a lot! Have a great weekend. :)

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CIVIAV 12/9/2010 9:28AM

    40 lbs since May! That's all the proof I need. Weight is going down and here's to 48!

Know who are you again?!

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BETHKK 12/9/2010 8:08AM

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LOVE this attitude!

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I'm Back... Again

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

As my SparkBud Pam reminds me, inviting a public a$$ whoopin' is a good way to get honest with myself and the world.

I've been on an inexcuseable vacay from the healthy life for a few weeks. Not all is lost. Still making lots of healthy choices, but I certainly could have done a lot better.

I started back on track yesterday. This morning I re-started Day 1 of Jillian's Shred. Only made it to Day 9 the first time I tried, and quit for some lame reason. Yesterday I challenged my coworker again to the shred, and we both started today. I intend to finish the shred by New Years.

After Christmas and before New Years, I'm going to finish cleaning out my basement and transform it into my workout room, And at the beginning of the year, I'm going to start P90X. My body WILL be unrecognizable by my 48th birthday in May.

That's all for now. I'll be logging in everyday again, and blogging at least once a week. I'm requesting support from my SparkBuds, and hereby grant permission to all of you to kick my a$$ if you catch me slacking.

Thanks for the support you guys. Can't do this without you.

Love,
Barb

  
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CIVIAV 12/1/2010 8:59AM

    You blogging once a week is gonna be good for us too! Speaking for this group of Sparkers - we'll be watching!

Welcome back!

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Releasing big girl clothes leads to Ghandi's presence in my life.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sunday I went through my big girl clothes, and was amazed at how much "stuff" came up for me. I've been "hiding" in those clothes for years. I became resigned to life as a chubby, invisible, middle-aged woman.

No more.

I have taken the first step in releasing all of it - the clothes AND the baggage. And I can see at least $300-$500 of ebay profits on my performance wardrobe - enough to purchase a new wardrobe.

My goal is to get to my goal weight of 134 by Thanksgiving. I will also sell all my clothes by then, and go shopping for new pieces for performance.

But it's already started. I've already released some of those clothes. And next Friday, November 5, I'm doing a concert with an amazing group of artists at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). All of us are committed to Peace and Love, and the concert theme has a "We are the World" type of feel to it, and our dress theme is Eastern Indian type clothing. I found a lovely churidar kameez with a dupatta in purple and aqua, and ordered it a couple weeks ago.

Here's the really amazing part: Yesterday morning, I learned that the garments left Ahmedebad, India, less than a 20-minute drive from Ghandi's home in Sabarmati Ashram! My garments travelled over the Sabarmati River on the Ghandi Bridge Saturday night as they left on their journey to travel halfway around to world to me. They passed through Guangzhou, China before heading overseas to Alaska, and arrived this morning at the distribution facility here in Phoenix - ready to come home to me here in Gilbert, Arizona.

I love my life, my purpose, and holding a space for peace and love in the world. And I love that I can live it in my healthy new body.

Namaste,
Barb

  
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SOUL_LOVE 11/5/2010 11:08AM

    yes, would love to see pictures!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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BTINTERNET 10/27/2010 1:47PM

    What an inspiring 'journey' for your garments! We must have pictures! :-)

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DRB13_1 10/27/2010 11:47AM

    "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in perfect harmony."
Mahatma Ghandi

Namaste

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BJW-FARMGIRL 10/27/2010 11:31AM

    We want to see pics! Keep up the good work. Thanksgiving maintenance, here you come!

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CIVIAV 10/27/2010 11:29AM

    WOOHOO no middle aged lumps here!

Your new wardrobe sounds lovely even in my imagination. Have fun!

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PAMATX 10/27/2010 11:27AM

    I have a really hard time letting go of big girl clothes. Which means I need to set a date, and go through a closet or two. Once again, the Barb push. Thanks, sweetie!

I too would love to see photos of your churidar kameez. They're so beautiful. And I bet you will look just gorgeous in yours.

Pam
xxooxx

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/27/2010 11:21AM

    Congrats, gorgeous. It so cool that you will buy new clothes with the profits from your old ones.

You are one smart cookie.

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See ya baggage. Adios!

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BETHKK 10/27/2010 11:06AM

    OH, those colors will look AMAZING on you! Can't wait to see pics!


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BORIQUANMAMI 10/27/2010 10:37AM

    That's amazing! I can't wait to see how fabulous you'll look!

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KELLIGIRL523 10/27/2010 10:36AM

    Sweet!

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Coming Clean...

Friday, October 22, 2010

I've been struggling with consistency the last few weeks. Between exercise and eating healthfully, I have not found a good balance.

Thank goodness for my SparkBuds - Dee & KelliGirl & Pamatx - thank you so much for not giving up on me. Its your gentle guidance, blogs and check-ins that keep me coming back. So now it's time for an all-out Come-to-Jesus meetin'. Or Buddha. Or Jehovah. Or whoever or whatever it is that you honor in your spiritual connections.

I've gained 7 pounds over the last month. I haven't weighed in because I don't want to admit failure, but withholding and hiding is one of my stupid-jerky-human games I play when I don't want to take responsibility for my actions. So I'm giving that up today. I'm going to start today by logging my weight.

I don't know why I'm struggling for balance. It seemed so easy a few months ago. Now I'm asking more of myself on exercise. Remember, I went from Queen Couch Potato to walking 15-25 minutes a day. I'm still doing that, but then I took on Shredding with Jillian. While I was shredding, I was eating like a teen - with reckless abandon - as though my extra 20 minutes a day justified the behavior. Don't get me wrong - Thanks to my buddy, Dee, I'm still making more healthful choices than I have in years, but not 100% and certainly eating more than I should.

I made it to Level 1, Day 8 with Jillian. I had some chest pain a couple weeks ago, my doc ran a bunch of blood tests (all fine) but last week he grounded me from shredding with Jillian until I could see the cardiologist for an echo and stress test on Wednesday (I'm sure he would have grounded me sooner had I told him).

That Stress-Echo test was an experience in itself. They really need to come up with a bra that works with that test - let me tell you it wasn't pretty. The girls were footloose and fancy free on that treadmill.

The really awesome news is that the cardiologist reads the results immediately and says everything is fine. Exercise restriction is completely lifted. Of course he gives me the standard disclaimer - he says the warranty expires the minute I step out of the office. But, for now, I'm clear.

I say, "Awesome. That's what I was looking for - a clean bill of health."

And he says, "Oh, we'll send you a bill alright..." (Bah dump-BUMP!)

So what does all this mean? NO EXCUSES. That's what it means. Today is a new day. As Chris would say, "One step back, two steps forward". I'm ready for those few steps forward now. I'm back on track to reach my goal weight by Thanksgiving.

Namaste,
Barb

  
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STICH232 10/22/2010 3:16PM

    Girl you made me spray water all over my monitor with this comment "That Stress-Echo test was an experience in itself. They really need to come up with a bra that works with that test - let me tell you it wasn't pretty. The girls were footloose and fancy free on that treadmill."

I'm glad everything is well with your health. You seem to know what you need to do, now do it! You have proved you can, so no excuses.



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PAMATX 10/22/2010 12:12PM

    "The girls were footloose and fancy free on that treadmill." You created quite the humorous picture in my mind. Bare ti$$ies with legs and running shoes.

Barb, thank you for this blog. I've been out of balance, also. And reading this has helped lead me back into the fold. I know what I need to do now. Write my own Coming Clean blog. Which I shall do before this day ends. Thanks for the motivation, sister!

And, I am very happy to know all your tests came out okay and you got a clean bill (Bah dump-BUMP!) of health. Great news!

Okay, so we're back in this together. Blog to follow later. . . .

Pam
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KELLIGIRL523 10/22/2010 10:48AM

    I'm happy to hear you received a clean bill of health!
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The visit from my family got me off-track with little boys, eating out and such, and I haven't managed to get back on track this week. My plan is to get up tomorrow morning and get shreddin' once again.

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BJW-FARMGIRL 10/22/2010 9:54AM

    Woo hoo! No excuses. Now, you go girl!

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BETHKK 10/22/2010 9:09AM

    Barb, I posted a blog just a couple of days ago with EXACTLY the same title!! So I'm with you, girl! I've also been where you are with the whole chest pain, stress test thing, although they found something weird on my stress test so I had to have a heart cath done, too. Luckily they didn't find anything. But it did set me back a month or so last year...and just when I got the clean bill of health I broke my ankle and had to have surgery! But anyway, the point is, you just have to do what you can with what you've got at the time. Now you know you're cleared to get back on track fitness-wise and today IS a new day! Hope it's an awesome one for you!

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