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Started my training and DH's good influence on me

Sunday, September 05, 2010

So I started the training for being able to do a chin-up yesterday. I did some reps on the thingy (Gravitron +) and then I did the "explosive" moves on the lat pull down. I did not do the lower-yourself-slowly thingy cos I didn't have a spotter to do it in real life and i didn't think about using the Gravitron + to do that part.

Let's just say that I am feeling it today! I have never been able to make my biceps or triceps sore with the exercises I've done in the past. I found that I can be sore in those areas! OUCH! Oh...and guess who found her core muscles! LOL!

On top of that, I pulled weeds for an hour yesterday. Lots and lots and lots of squats in that activity. Today, I am sore from the neck down. I am fine if I am moving. I am fine if I am sitting still. It's those darn transitions that are killing me! LOL!

Now, on to my DH's good influence. We have a habit of going out to dinner most every Saturday night. Going out to eat is still a treat for me and so I think of it as a celebration. An excuse to eat whatever I want, as much as I want. And, to top it off, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings (so we could watch the TCU vs. OSU football game).

DH has started eating more healthily (is that a word?). And he's dedicated to it and been doing very well with it. (He's lost 22 pounds in just about five weeks. Men! Ugh!) Anyway, he decided to order the grilled chicken sandwich. Because he was ordering healthy (or at least relatively healthy) I felt that I needed to do so as well. I had the Garden burger. (Turns out it wasn't AS healthy as I thought, but it was better than some of the other choices there!) He hasn't had a cookie in over a month so he hasn't bought cookies. If he doesn't buy them, I (generally) don't buy them and thus don't eat them. I really want to eat the rest of the stew in the crock pot (about half!), but I'm holding back because I want to be supportive of him.

So, anyway, he's being a good influence on me so I will try to be a good influence on him. Or at least not be a bad one! LOL!

Time to go have some popcorn... emoticon

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STEVENGO2 9/6/2010 12:28PM

    Congrats on motivating yourself to try the chin-up challenge, sorry that you are sore. But at least now you know you have biceps and triceps. Congrats to your husband on his weight lost. It has taken me four months to loose 17 pounds~so I guess not all men are created equal!

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NEWNAC304 9/6/2010 10:34AM

    Good for you! I think it's awesome that your husband is now eating more healthily (not sure if that's a word or not). It should help you eat healthier too.

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BKNOCK 9/6/2010 10:11AM

    You continue to amaze me! Keep up the good work and you will be doing that chin thingy in no time! Maybe your husband will join you at the gym and spot you?

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 9/6/2010 8:13AM

    Of course"healthily" is a word - what sort of illiterates are you?! Bloody Yanks, butchering the English language!
Good on you for working towards your chin-up goal and for making efforts with your diet - it's more than I've been doing lately. You'll be looking like Demi Moore in GI Jane before long.
Keep up the good work.
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AUNTIEANNE22 9/5/2010 11:04PM

  It isn't fair that men can lose weight so easily. It does make it easier for you, if he is also watching what he eats.
I am not using enough weight on the machines at the gym. I have not been sore at all. I know I shouldn't work until I am really sore, bu no pain?
I'm rooting for you to be able to do a chin-up. You'll do it!

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GEEMAWEST 9/5/2010 10:59PM

    No Heathily is not a word. I'm sure your spell check let you know that.

That's really awesome that you have the support of DH.

As for your muscles being sore because of that thingy, well that's just totally awesome. So keep on moving, or sitting, whichever. Just pick one.

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More podcast insights!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Today, Jillian Michaels was in my ear. I was only half listening because I was also working. Also, she preaches pretty heavily for organic meats, milk and thin-skinned veggies and against trans fat. I get where she's coming from but cannot afford to follow all of her advice...especially about organic food.

BUT, she "teased" the topic that was coming up after the break. BTW, since I don't listen live, the breaks are at most 10 seconds. Sweet! Anyway, the tease was how to train to be able to do a pull-up or chin-up. emoticon Wait a minute...that's one of my goals! I'd better pay attention.

I ended up listening, rewinding, listening again and then writing down which podcast and where in the podcast the info was. I want to do this! How do you do it? I'll list what I can remember, but please don't do this based on my description. Find this podcast (free!) and listen to her instructions. Jillian did recommend that if you have weight to lose, do that first and THEN train for this.

The first step included using the Gravitron or whatever that machine thingy is called in the gym that offsets some of your weight. Offset some of your weight and do the recommended number so reps and sets. (See why I bookmarked it? The details are very sketchy! LOL!) If you don't have a machine thingy in your gym, you can use some band thingys (yes, that IS the technical term for it!) Second, you should do "explosive" (at least I think that's the word she used) lat pull downs. Set the weight to a level that you can only lift it four times. If you can lift it five times, up the weight. Hold your hands in the same position as you do for the chin-up. Then pull down REALLY fast (thus, the explosion!) and slowly lower the weight. Repeat for four reps and do three or four sets. emoticon

Lastly, you're supposed to hang from a chin-up bar, start in basically the up-position and then slowly lower yourself. And by slowly, I mean take 30 seconds to lower your body. Huh? I don't even think I can make that last for one second, let alone 30! LOL! If you follow her plan, you should be able to do about 10 chin-ups after a month of training.

So guess what I'm doing in the gym tomorrow! Yep...listening to the podcast again to try to get the instructions! LOL! Okay...that and I'm going to try at least the first two parts. I think you need help on the third part and I don't know how that will work.

I'll let you know how this goes!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/9/2010 7:27AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/4/2010 10:46PM

  Good luck. I don't think I've ever been able to do a pull-up. Too much eight on the lower half of my body. I guess it works better if your weight is evenly distributed. My son has always been able to do bunches of them.

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STEVENGO2 9/4/2010 1:45PM

    I hope you understand the thingies and do those Pull ups. Good luck and let us know if you can do those pull ups a month or sooner from now!

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    Ya! Can't do a single one either... My 20-yo daughter does 15 of those. Crazy kid. I say I want to be able to do one by the end of the year but so far I haven't started training for it...

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NEWNAC304 9/4/2010 10:41AM

    Good luck! I've never been able to do a chin up.

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GEEMAWEST 9/4/2010 10:23AM

    I will be real interested to see how this works for you. Then tell us if thingy's or thingies work best.

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CARLANNIE 9/4/2010 9:30AM

    I am so pod-illiterate - how do you find those pod casts? I have a Nano that the kids downloaded a bunch of our songs onto, and I listen to the iTunes radio on the computer, but that's about it.

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CAROLEHZ 9/4/2010 8:43AM

    Yesterday my son, who is very into fitness and kept telling me that I should do pull ups. I told him there is no way that is possible. His plan for me ( because I will be trying this at home, our gym doesn't have Gravitron anyway) is to string a bar between two chairs and lie down and try doing it that way. I'll try it. This all came up because I want to strengthen different muscles for golf. Good Luck on your Pull Up attempts. Can't wait to hear if Jillian's plan works.

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BKNOCK 9/4/2010 7:30AM

    You sort of confused me with all of your thingy's or thingies?

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Eat like you're already the weight you want to be

Friday, September 03, 2010

I discovered podcasts that I can download onto my iPhone or iPod. I have found quite a few that are about health, nutrition, exercise, etc. and are, most importantly, free! One of the ones I listen to is Fat 2 Fit (sorry, can't remember the people who host it).

There big theory/belief/push is that it is very important to determine what calorie intake would have you maintaining at your goal weight. Hmmm....if I eat enough food to maintain my goal weight, I will lose weight and continue to do so until I meet my goal. As I get closer to goal, the weight will come off more slowly. Okay. That makes sense to me.

In fact, before I started listening to this podcast, I had just increased my calorie range on Spark from 1200 - 1440 to 1400 - 1750. And as soon as I did that, I started losing weight. I had been plateaued for quite some time. Wait! I'm eating more food AND losing weight? No, I did not increase my exercise. My theory is that my food intake was just a little too low and my body was seriously considering switching to survival mode...if it hadn't already! LOL!

So, maybe there is something to this theory. All I can say is that I like it! I can fit in a less healthy snack, not feel deprived or guilty, and STILL lose weight. Sounds like I'm a winner, winner, winner! LOL!

I just rechecked the BMR calculation that they have on their site. Based on my activity level, I could/should be eating closer to 2000 calories per day. Does that mean I can eat even more food? Dare I? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 9/9/2010 7:24AM

    OMG, I can't believe I've missed a bunch of your blogs. I went through this maybe a year ago, and it was a huge success and a revelation. You and I are the lucky ones, though. There are lots of people on Spark with thyroid or other issues that thwart the logic of eating within a good range.

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SKMINNY 9/3/2010 4:20PM

    I think i will give it a try. thanks

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DAISYBELL6 9/3/2010 11:56AM

    Great idea! I;ve noticed a similar trend.

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KENDRACARROLL 9/3/2010 10:45AM

    I, too, am leaning towards the theory that if you're stalled and you increase your calorie intake a bit it's beneficial to your weight loss.
"Dare I" is the big road block for me.
I've been vowing to start eating towards the top of my calorie range and see what happens but "dare I"?
Great blog.

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CARLANNIE 9/3/2010 10:44AM

    You know you are a dare devil - go for it!

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/3/2010 8:59AM

  I have used that theory on another weight loss program. It does work. Last summer when I was doing a lot of walking I had to increase my calorie intake because I was burning so many more calories.

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STEVENGO2 9/3/2010 8:25AM

    It sounds like you have touched on something interesting here! Going to starvation mode seems to cause your body to hold onto every calorie it can. You are fighting your own body and what it wants. This idea seems like a good plan.

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BKNOCK 9/3/2010 5:55AM

    Awesome! I have to find those pod casts!

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ADZY86 9/3/2010 5:04AM

    Great blog. Last time I was on Spark, 5/7 days I was eating way below my calories range, cos it seemed crazy to methat I could eat 1600 calories a day and still lose weight! This time around, i'm trying it the Sp way. It's worth a go. And everyone on here seems to say it works, so i'm gonna stop fighting the system and just go with it lol x

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JOURNEYOF3 9/3/2010 12:15AM

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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As promised, baby stripper boots

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sorry, I'm not wearing them. Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of shoes while they are on your feet?

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BKNOCK 8/30/2010 12:26PM

    Your so nice to post us pictures of your stripper boots! Very cool! Now how about a picture of you in them? Asking too much right?

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CATHERINEL66 8/30/2010 6:20AM

    Cute boots! I love the laces!

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STEELKICKIN 8/29/2010 10:40PM

    **Clapping in glee!** Those look my ridin' boots! LOL!! You went through all that trouble to take pics of your boots FOR US. What a great friend you are. Now, I want to see you in them standing next to a pole.


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GEEMAWEST 8/29/2010 10:09PM

    So this is what all the fuss was about, eh? Hmmmmmmm, very interesting.

I like how you took the picture next to a work boot. Are those stripper work boots?

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MNNURSEKATIE 8/29/2010 10:09PM

    Cute I like the back!!

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Do you have a "thing"?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Today I met my dad and his new wife (okay, so they've been married for over ten years. She's still new to me! LOL!), my brother, his wife and their two kids at a state park a little over an hour from where I live. It is also an hour from where they live, but in the opposite direction. Nice halfway point for us all.

Anyway, as we were heading into one of the centers, I saw my dad hold the door open for his wife. Sweet, right? There was a second door. She stepped to the side and waited for someone else to open the door. emoticon emoticon emoticon Okay, whatever. When it was time to leave, we all started gathering up our chairs. My dad had two or three chairs out and I had three. Each of my kids got one and I got one. One, two, three, done! My dad was putting one back in it's case and I saw another chair still sitting on the grass. His wife (not my stepmother - long story) was just standing there. She continued to stand there while Dad put away all the chairs.

Tonight, after DH and I had eaten dinner, I grabbed the bag that had our leftovers...even though it was closer to him. Made me start thinking about "things." We each have our own thing. When DH and I eat at a restaurant, I carry leftovers. I don't know why, I just do. When I go grocery shopping, he carries in the big heavy tub (if he's home). I can carry in the tub. he can carry leftovers. We just don't. Obviously, my dad and his wife have their things. She doesn't open doors or put away chairs. And it works for them. I'll have to just let that go. Deep breath.....and moving on. emoticon

So, what other things do I have? Glad you asked. Here's a list.

I don't do dishes - usually. There are a few I will do or I will wash dishes if I need something for dinner. But I complain about it very loudly! LOL!

I feed the dogs in the morning.

I don't take out the trash. That's what kids are for.

I trim the lawn before mowing (yes, before! It doesn't look right if you don't do it or do it after.) I like the way the lawn looks if it's been trimmed first and I like enough that I will do the work to get the look.

I don't leave trash, pop cans, etc. in my truck. It is NOT a trash can!

I fold my towel into thirds after every shower (and when I'm putting them away) before I hang it up.

I use the same water bottle for every workout. Always.

Okay, that's enough excitement for tonight! LOL!

Do you have a thing? Do you and your SO have definitive things you do (or don't) do? Am I the only one? emoticon emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 8/30/2010 6:33AM

    LOL, yes, I think we all have our 'things'.

I used to do all the housework, cooking, shopping and laundry -- but now we have a housekeeper one day a week because it's cheaper than a divorce, LOL. Now, I just do the shopping and cooking. And I wash my own "delicate" laundry. If it's workout clothes or casual stuff the housekeeper won't wreck, it goes in the big pile. I work full-time at a really demanding job.

DH eats, does lawns, makes messes, and we pitch in on gardens, and he's a contractor so he does most of the house renovations (we're doing our whole house - just bought it last year), and I "crew" for him on certain jobs, typically painting (I don't do ceilings).

When we go out on dates, I expect him to open doors and do other gentlemanly things ... which he does :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/29/2010 10:55PM

  I do it all.I don't have a DH and my DS is too darn lazy. He is supposed to take out the trash and do the dishes. I'm only home one day a week, but somehow it still all falls on me. I have tried waiting him out but the fuzzy science experiments attract too many flies.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/29/2010 3:35PM

    I understand. Because your dad and his new wife are of an earlier generation, that's the way it is with them. You and I don't stand back and wait at a car door or a restaurant entrance, nor do we necessarily expect the gentleman to throw his coat over an offending puddle for us. We're all about semi-equal division of labor.

In our house, Bill does all the hot tub cleaning, yardwork, shopping, cooking, laundry, rubbish removal, and vacuuming, as well as half the dog feeding. I go to work, feed the animals in the morning, the cat in the evening (for some reason, wet cat food is too much for him to handle), clean up animal messes of any kind, dust, wash the floors, and clean the bathroom and kitchen. From time to time I feel as if the division of labor's a bit uneven in my favor, but it seems to work!

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BKNOCK 8/29/2010 9:06AM

    That sounds like an interesting story about your Dad's wife! I hope that you have a restful Sunday!

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CARLANNIE 8/29/2010 9:04AM

    I never trim before I mow.
I never mow if I have to bag the grass (i.e., if grass is too long to mulch.)
I do all housework; dh does car work and fix-it things.
Dh always drives when we're together, even in 'my' car, as he calls it.
Dh does outside, two-story windows. I do the rest.
Dh packs his own suitcase when he travels (how do I know what he wants to wear the day after tomorrow? And, he travels a lot!)
Dh does help clean house when his parents are coming for a visit, lol!
I do not clean his garage - it's his space and is very messy.
Dh cleans gutters; I take care of gardens.
Dh makes most of the money; I spend most of the money.
Probably a lot of other idiosyncrasies that I don't even realize, but you get the picture. But sounds like you had a good visit and were keeping an eye out for your dad!

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CAROLEHZ 8/29/2010 8:19AM

    I also trim before I mow the lawn. I thought that was how it's done. Now I will have to pay attention to how others do it. We split many chores. I always did cars but my husband now has a golf buddy who owns a shop so he does that( Woo Hoo). The one thing that I refuse to do...can't make way.. now out ice cream. My sons learned to do it for themselves at very early ages. I don't like touching things with ice crystals ( don't like meaning it makes my skin crawl)...touching frozen juice cans equals torture. So the people in my house know to never ask for ice in their drinks or ice cream with cake or pie( they are free to get them for themselves and they do).

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LMB-ESQ 8/29/2010 7:39AM

    Oh yeah..... things. I do laundry. I'm picky about laundry. I don't want anyone else touching my clothes. Here's the funny thing though. I do my laundry, my son's laundry and my BF's laundry. (My son does his own laundry when he's away at school, but I do it when he's home. Don't ask me why.) But I won't touch my BF's son's laundry. Looking in his bedroom gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. He has piles of laundry EVERYWHERE. Big, round, deep piles of laundry. And most of it stinks! emoticon He's worse than a teenaged girl and he's only 11. I don't know where it all comes from. But I can't stand to look at it or smell it. My son is 20 and works out a fair amount. But even he doesn't stink that badly, nor does he create that much laundry! So my BF does his son's laundry and I do everybody else's laundry.

When I fold towels, I fold them lengthwise first, then crosswise. It makes them easier to hang that way when you take them out of the closet.

I recycle all paper and cardboard containers. I break down boxes and store them in a paper grocery bag until trash day and then they go out with the recycling in our recycle bin that the city provides. It makes me crazy to see empty cereal, cracker, and pop boxes in the regular trash. I've trained the family to automatically recycle cans and bottles, but they haven't quite caught on to the paper thing yet.

My BF grocery shops. Not because he wants to, but because I despise grocery shopping, I need the time to study, and he can do it on less money.

And I delegate and direct. My family calls it nagging. If I don't nag it won't get done because they all claim they "can't see it." I absolutely do not understand how you can't see it, but that's what they say. Sometimes I think it would be nice to live alone just so I didn't have to look at everybody else's mess! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 8/29/2010 1:33AM

    I don't do mornings.
Other than that I do everything else around here 'cause it's just me and 17-yo crazy DS and DD, who's 20, but basically only sleeps here, showers here and uses the washer and dryer here.
DS will help if I ask, but sometimes I'm just too fed up to do that.
Besides, you want it done right, you've got to do it yourself.
(I wouldn't miss it, however, if somebody took over car maintenance, pest control, and lawn care...)
Windows, anyone?

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GEEMAWEST 8/29/2010 1:13AM

    Oops! I forgot one.

DH fills the ice cube trays, which makes me crazy. He overfills them because he thinks he gets more ice that way. In reality, I have to run so much hot water over them to break them apart that it wastes a lot of water and energy. But he won't admit that and that's something I can live with.

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GEEMAWEST 8/29/2010 12:41AM

    Oh, you are definitely not the only one. We have lots of "things". DH cooks dinner and does the dishes. (He is disabled and is home full time). However, if things are rushed or he has something else going on I take care of that stuff.

DH doesn't open the car door most times, but he does when we are out on a "date" and spontaneously, which is nice. I do the grocery shopping because DH can't do it as good as me and would buy way too much "junk". LOL However, he gets miffed at me when I carry in the groceries.

DH takes care of the cars. (That's a good thing, trust me.) He also takes out the trash and gets miffed if I do it.

I do the gardening because he doesn't give a hoot. Same with the lawn, but we don't have one anymore.

We have lots of "things". However, they are always negotiable when necessary.

P.S. I really want to hear the long story about "his wife - not my stepmother."

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