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A HUGE reality check!!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

I'm working with a wonderful group who gets together with a personal trainer every Saturday morning. This AMAZING young lady is helping us on her own time FOR FREE! God bless her!! Today I got my body fat percentage and body measurements done. Oh. My. GOSH. I am mortified!! If this dose of reality doesn't keep me on track, then NOTHING will!

I bought a new pair of running/walking shoes to make it easier on my back, which hasn't been too bad lately, thank God! I figure that I can always walk a few miles even if the back is acting up. I did two miles just running errands yesterday morning! LOVE this little SPARK activity tracker!!

It's going to be an interesting 2014. I will be 50 on July 20!! I was telling Gaylynn (the trainer) that I can't wait to turn 50 and see how I look then! emoticon emoticon

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!!

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NEENSTER1 2/11/2014 10:26AM

    You are going to be 50 and Fabulous!!!

You are on the right track. emoticon Your emoticon's are rooting for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 2/11/2014 10:04AM

    Turning 50 is a biggie! (I've got ya beat by 10 years - I'm 60)
It's a good time to re-assess your body and your mind. Having a trainer to aid you is a real blessing!

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LJCANNON 1/8/2014 12:27PM

    emoticon I started my Journey at 52 and my experience is that the Back and Knee issues go away gradually as you GRADUALLY Increase your Activity.
emoticon Listen to Your Body honestly and if it feels like you are doing Too Much Too Fast back off a little.

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NOTFATCAT 1/6/2014 5:14PM

    Part of the learning process.
Keep up the workouts. What a great treat to have someone that is willing to give to you their experience in order for you to better yourself.

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3016DEBRA 1/6/2014 2:54PM

  emoticon Great attitude!!!

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KARRILEE 1/5/2014 12:05AM

    How awesome that you not only have a GROUP - but that you have a group that has a volunteer Personal Trainer!! and yeah... I weighed and measured yesterday... oh boy! Reality Check indeed!!!

(I used my Tracker today - the first full day... and it was all lit up! Nice!)

Spark On! Let's see how much we can change those measurements by your birthday!


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    I would love to have a trainer. You are so fortunate!! Good luck with your goals.

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BATCHICK 1/4/2014 6:30PM

    you're going to be HOT 50 year old!


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It's hard to start over, even after a few weeks!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

It's been a few weeks since I did much of anything on SP. Even my working out has fallen by the wayside. No good reason to speak of, just life in general. Allergy season has been kicking my butt, and the last 2 weeks have been HORRIBLE!!

I also learned that one of my best friends passed away in her sleep on March 16. I last saw her in October when my husband and I went to Kansas City for a visit. She'd been suffering from depression, and it seems that she lost her battle. Here is a photo of the two of us. Cherie and her husband were in Vegas for a visit. She's the lovely lady on the right.

It's been a rough few weeks but I'm getting back on track. I did a 3-mile Leslie Sansone walking workout and 30 minutes on my stationary bike today. I have another fun 5k coming up in a few weeks (the Bubble Run) and I would like to be able to jog at least part of it! I did learn today that, even though it's only been a few weeks, I am fairly sore after today's workout. NO MORE SLACKING OFF!!!

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FRANKLY5 6/24/2013 5:23PM

    I am so sorry that you lost your friend. It must be terrible for you.

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NOTFATCAT 4/12/2013 5:17PM

    I am so sorry for your loss of a good friend. It's always difficult to lose someone we care about but especially so when it is too soon. You will get through this. Let yourself grieve.
Take non drowsy allergy pills every day and try to get back on track with slow and steady food and exercise. You'll be fine.

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    I hate allergy season. Mine usually peaks in mid May when I'm miserable.

I am so sorry about your friend! She was beautiful!! I had a friend die last year on March 10 so I can relate. I hope memories of her comfort you.

Good luck getting back up to speed.

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ARMATTHAEI 4/9/2013 8:56PM

    Just a reminder. You are not necessarily starting over. You have learned a lot on your journey so far & all of us have detours in life.

So know about the allergies. When the allergist tells you that he thinks you've won the "most allergic" prize for the day & it is only noon, I just had to think to myself, why didi I put this off so long.

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WILLBEA10 4/9/2013 7:29PM

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. :(
You sound a lot like me with getting back on track. I am in the same boat! Lets do this!!

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BILL60 4/8/2013 11:29AM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Hang tough!!

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BECCAZEN7 4/8/2013 4:51AM

    Oh no! So sorry about your friend. I guess we never really know what is going on inside another person - even our close friends can be suffering in silence. I really hate depression. I also suffer from it and have been on medication for 10+ years (it really helps me). Thanks for sharing this with us, I know it must be a shock to hear that kind of news. We are here and ready to lend you support and encouragement - hope you check back often and let us know how its going. Good luck on your 5K! My first one is coming up way too soon also! I tell myself that I can walk it if I need to. I just need to do it.
Missourians! Team

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SHAMROCKY2K 4/8/2013 12:05AM

    Sorry for your loss. A shame at such a young age. We had something similar happen to a 40 yr old inlaw March 18. The thing that kept me on track fitness wise was this exercise at least 10 minutes a day streak I am doing. It is totally motivating to me and continues to. Just a walk takes you away from everything.

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January 1, 2013--Starting over again--AGAIN!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Another year is starting. Another chance for a do-over. I love New Year's Day, and I love SP for having so many resources available to us. It's just a matter of staying on track, once and for all......

I haven't done nearly as much activity-wise as I would like to have done. No excuses, just an inherent laziness and ability to be easily distracted. Plus--I hate to sweat because it takes me forever to cool back down to a normal temperature!! Must look for information about this....

I recently talked with a friend that I hadn't seen in several months--she had lost quite a bit of weight and looks AMAZING!! She asked me if I had kept up with my bike riding, and I told her that I hadn't, but recently bought a dual trainer (combination elliptical/exercise bike) and am enjoying using it. I mentioned something like "I should sign up for a 5k", and she told me about the Las Vegas Color Run, and that she and a few of our other friends were doing this in February. I went ahead and signed up for it--it's February 16!!! OhmiGOSH!! That's a month and a half away!! Good thing this is non-competitive. or I would be in BIG trouble!! So, looks like I am committed to this....

I am also committing to a few other things. SP is an amazing community of wonderful, encouraging people--plus great information and tracking devices for us to gauge our progress. I am committing to being a better me in 2013! A year from today:

emoticon I want to be at or near the weight I was when I got married (somewhere in the neighborhood of 150#!)

emoticon I would like to be able to quit my high-cholesterol medicine!

I am committing to exercising on my days off of work. Zumba, dual trainer, walking, riding, whatever! 30 minutes is NOTHING in the grand scheme of things!!

There may be a few more things added to this, but I have to start somewhere!

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SUNSET09 1/9/2013 11:34AM

  A emoticon , that's a great start and now that you're in training, it's going to be easier for you to commit as you've made the goals/ resolutions to prove it! you're accountable and we are for you as well. One day and one step at a time, Sweet Jesus! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OAKBORN 1/9/2013 10:11AM

    Hang in there! It's one step at a time! You can do that 5K! At least it will be warmer in Vegas than here.

Good luck!
I put in a rainbow since it's the closest thing I could find to an Arch!

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LJCANNON 1/7/2013 8:26AM

    emoticon PLEASE Keep Us Informed about The Vegas Color Run! I did the one in Oklahoma City last Summer and it was TON Of FUN! If at all possible, Take Camera because people will be dressed up in so many Colorful Outfits that it is hard to describe.
emoticon Every Morning is a New Chance to re-commit to Your Goals. Keep your eyes on the Prize and step over any 'Obstacles' in your path.

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    Great goals!! I hope you can achieve them without too much sweating.

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BILL60 1/2/2013 10:01AM

    Good luck. Hope you get over the sweating.

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A year from today....

Monday, June 28, 2010

I am completing a ((((SKINNY VIBES))))team challenge a few days late.

Here goes:

A year from today---

emoticon I want to be able to run a 5k!

emoticon I want to be at or near the weight I was when I got married (somewhere in the neighborhood of 150#!)

emoticon I want to cook more meals at home, and eat a more healthy diet in general! I've been a junk food junkie for years!

emoticon I would like to be able to quit my high-cholesterol medicine!

emoticon I want to be rid of the jiggle in my arms, abs, and legs!!

That would be a flying start!

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/2/2010 1:34PM

    This is a great list and I am sure that you can meet all of them! You have so many things to look forward to. Good luck with everything this year!


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    Great goals!!!

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FITKAYTI 6/29/2010 12:18PM

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Great goals! I know you can do it!

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JILLWILSON2102 6/29/2010 8:55AM

    Post it, put it on your refrigerator, mirror, in your wallet. emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/28/2010 11:45PM

    Great goals !
All the best on your SparkPeople journey !

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/28/2010 11:39PM

    Good luck in meeting your goals. I just have to comment on that sweet little cat of yours. Adorable.

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SPARKIE1964 6/28/2010 11:34PM

    Great goals...You can achieve what you believe...

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KNITTABLES 6/28/2010 11:31PM

    emoticon emoticonGoals. Good luck, Hugs Sandra

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KSHAGGY 6/28/2010 11:13PM

    Good luck, you can do it!

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KARLAMG86 6/28/2010 11:13PM

    Best of luck! A lot of things can change in a year, and I firmly believe we can do anything we set our minds to!

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Father's Day 2010-In memory of my dad

Sunday, June 20, 2010

John W. Gergel
Loving husband and father
Feb. 2, 1928--Sept. 26, 1991

This photo was taken when we celebrated his 60th birthday in 1988.

I am the youngest of 3 kids, and had my parents all to myself after my brother and sister left home. Those were three of the best years of my life. I grew very close to both my parents, and am still very close with my mom. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family. We went to a lot of Cardinals games together at the old Busch Stadium, and he taught me how to keep score with a scorecard. He couldn't stand to watch the games on TV, though! Mom and I would be watching a game, and something exciting would happen--he'd hear us screaming, and would come in the room and say something like, "Okay--that's nice!!" Dad also taught me how to fish, and we spent a lot of time on Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri doing just that. Dad loved to golf, too--he played nine holes a week before he died--and a year later, my mom found his watch in his golf bag :) I'm thinking of him as I watch the US Open this weekend.

So many random things remind me of my dad. He loved the Muppets, the movie "AIRPLANE!!", Sherlock Holmes movies, but most of all--his family. He had a quiet strength about him that was such a blessing. I never heard a cross word come from him. One thing that always made me sad was that he died before I met my husband. What's funny is that my father-in-law Tom was a lot like my dad, in so many ways! I've told my hubby that if he wanted to know what my dad was like, all he had to do is look at his own. My mother even noticed the similarities.

So, every day, but especially today, I honor my father. I am truly blessed to have had this wonderful man as my dad. Love and miss you, Pop!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/26/2010 11:40PM

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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LOVEMYPETS 6/22/2010 1:40PM

    What a beautiful post. Your father must have been a very special man who loved you very much. emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 6/21/2010 1:19AM

    What a lovely tribute to your father. and what an accomplishment for your father....
to have raised children who honor and respected him and your mother.

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    I loved your blog and know I would have liked your dad. I share many of his favorites including Table Rock Lake.

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HHOUSE8 6/20/2010 8:31PM

    Lovely post. I think I would have liked your dad! So glad you had such a wonderful dad with such good memories.

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KNITTABLES 6/20/2010 4:16PM

    Beautifully written and thanks for sharing.

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TYGRLILY 6/20/2010 2:55PM

    this is such a beautiful post, your father sounds like an amazing man!


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