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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When I changed my status to "CeeGee is really back this time," I had no idea what I was in for. Part of my new commitment was to join a gym. Saturday was my first appointment with a personal trainer. He is a really nice young man, previous college football player, and is still extremely fit! Saturday he showed me the type of workout I was going to be doing. All of the exercises are for my core. They didn't seem too difficult, but I was still stiff in a few unusual places on Sunday. Today, Monday, I was back for another personal training session. Oh my goodness, all those exercises that didn't seem too difficult, completely wiped me out. It was a bit embarrassing. I was sweating profusely. and I do mean profusely. My hair was drenched, from the top of my head to dripping off the ends. I honestly don't think I have ever sweat that much. I was rolling around on the floor, practically grunting as I struggled to do a few leg lifts. When I finally staggered into the locker room and looked in the mirror, I was really taken aback. My face was so red, it looked like I was about to explode. How humiliating. It all just goes to show me how badly out of shape I am. I am determined to keep this up and get stronger and more fit. It helps having a personal trainer there telling me what to do, correcting my posture, and not letting me give up. I bought a package of 8 personal training sessions. I know I won't be done at that point, so I hope that I will be able to afford more sessions.
It was a good feeling to exert myself to such an extent.

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CHATTIEGIRL 11/8/2011 10:28PM

    Hi Cathy;

I wish I could have afforded a trainer but I joined the gym for 2 years and the second year I was doing chemo and so wiped out I went and could not move the machines and never went back because that was the year I almost died. Took too long to gain my strength back but I am there now. I walk 15 minutes in each hour that I can and make anywhere from 5 to 15 miles. Stay healthy and happy, live your life well. Learn something new each day. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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EMMIT99 10/11/2011 12:55AM

    Good choice going with the personal trainer! They really work you hard, and are seriously inspirational and motivating! I'm super fortunate and was able to get one free through a project at my college, and I am loving it. You will too! It's super.

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SALEX52 10/11/2011 12:30AM

    It is so valuable to work with a personal trainer. Maybe after this first set of sessions, you'll be able to work with him leass frequently--like once a month--just to keep your form in good shape.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Today was such an up and down day. First of all, I stepped on the scale and it was UP by almost 2 pounds. That started the day off on the wrong foot. Then, we got a letter from the homeowners insurance saying that we needed to replace our roof in order to renew our insurance! That is something that I never expected! I didn't realize that that was even something that a homeowners insurance co. would get involved in. I can understand it, but have never heard of that happening to anyone else before. That threw me for a loop, as I have been trying so hard to pay off our debts, but these kinds of things are always happening. I had to go into town for a doctor's appt., so decided to look around for a dress to wear to my step-daughter's wedding. I actually found one! That was a very positive event. I didn't think I would ever find one that looked half way decent. It is actually pretty, and I don't think I look too chunky in it. I hope it will look good when I try it on at home. While I was in the under garments department looking for a body slimmer slip type of thing, my cell rang. Some man asked if it was Cathy, I said it was. He went on to say he was an old friend, one of my first friends and kept telling me stuff about how we knew each other, but I just couldn't think of who it was. He wanted me to guess. Finally he said he had a cat named Crazy Babies, then I new instantly who it was. We had become friends when I was 13, and had just moved here from North Dakota. He was 18. WOW! We are now 56 and 61! I haven't seen him or talked to him in 36 years! It was really bizarre, to be standing there looking at undergarments and talking for about 30 minutes. Then I finally get my stuff and go in the dressing room and my phone rings again! It is another old friend, who had just been called by the same guy who called me. So we had to talk for about 30 minutes also, while I am standing in the dressing room trying to compress my body into a slip the size of a preteen!
I set a record for the longest I had ever been in one department store. It was good talking to them, though a bit surreal! I was finally on my way home when my daughter called me and said she had been out to eat with her boyfriend, and now they can't get her car started. She said the air conditioning would not turn off, even when the car was totally turned off. I told her to call AAA, and I would be there in a few minutes. It was right on my way home. I stopped and tried pulling fuses, to no avail. I left her waiting for AAA. She came home about an hour after me. The air conditioning was STILL on. My husband and I tried everything we could think of, but could not get it to turn off. So we drove it to the mechanic, put the key in the door and left it out front, with the air conditioning running, and left. We did not know what else to do. I hope it will stop when the battery goes dead. I hope we didn't cause any worse harm. By the time we got back home it was 11:00 p.m. What a day! I am not too pleased with the progress I am making sticking to a low calorie plan. I mess up every night and have a bowl of cheerios with a banana. EVERY NIGHT! That's about 310 calories, and makes the difference between staying under my calorie intake level and going over. I just crave those carbs. Any suggestions on how to get beyond these cravings?

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/23/2011 9:21PM

    Hi Cathy;

Your day sounds some what like mine do. Busy from one thing to another every day. I start my day with cereal. a banana and orange juice almost every day. I eat my 3 meals and have a lot of fruit and veggies. At night for my snack it is mostly a cup of grapes. My calories go from 1200 to 1500 and mostly stay under 1300.

We are around the same weight and I am 5' 7", 67 years old. I keep myself slender and active. I was married to my husband for 36 years and he died a month after our anniversary in 06.

Stay strong in your focus for a healthy life style and continue your healthy eating and exercises. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people every day.

Have a wonderful Easter with family and friends.


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WESTERWURL 4/22/2011 1:47PM

    Hi Ceegie!
I've been off the grid here for a while, too. It seems that school kind of consumes teachers that way, and when spring comes we poke our heads out for a little air once again!

In response to your night time snack, I have a suggestion. My sister just told me about something called a "green smoothie." You take any kind of greens (I usually use spinach, because it's always around) and blend it with a fruit (I like a banana) and water. I know, it sounds awful, but it's really good. You get the banana calories (about 90, depending on the size) but the rest is just those last servings of vegetables that you might have missed during the day. I find it very satisfying. Google "green smoothie" and you'll get lots if ideas.

Let me know if you like it.

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ILOVEPEOPLE 4/22/2011 1:15PM

    My goodness, you certainly had a busy and stressful day.
One tip that has helped me to curb cravings is to start my day off with 16-20 ounces of water. It is said to cut calories consumed by 20%. I have to say it does work. emoticon

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It's Been a Long Time!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I haven't posted a blog since school started this year. My caseload has been very consuming this year and, just like I quit exercising every year when school starts, I guess I quit blogging too. I was hoping that I would have grown beyond this fault of mine, but unfortunately that's not the case. Nevertheless, here I am. Spring has sprung and I am ready to work on my weight and fitness once again. My stepdaughter is having a big wedding at Lake Tahoe in June. So far every dress I try on looks horrendous on me. My thighs have expanded by about an inch each. It's awful. I am so disgusted with the way I look. And to make it even worse, the mother-in-law is fitness fanatic. She is older, like me, but is in tip top shape. She is a fitness trainer and eats hardly anything but salmon and salad. Then here comes me, same age, but a matronly, dimpled, out of shape mom. So, I want to try, in these last 2 months, to do the best I can to trim down even just a little. We are all, both families staying in this big house on the lake shore for 3 days and nights. The week before the wedding my twin daughters will be graduating from high school. It's going to be an emotional couple of weeks!

Today (I am writing this on Sat. night, even though it is posting on Sunday), the first day of spring break, I went for a 4 mile walk. The weather was perfect and the walk was enjoyable. Later in the afternoon, I worked in the garden for about an hour and 15 minutes. I kept my calories down, within range, so I am off to a good start. I spent most of the evening reading peoples blogs, logging in calories and fitness and now, writing this blog.

I really want to commit to the spark-plan . I want it to make a difference in the way I look and feel. I am going to use as many of the tools Sparkpeople has to offer and go for it!

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    Yay! So glad you are back. With your positive attitude and hard work you can accomplish anything. I totally see you reaching your goals for the wedding. Good luck!

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SWEETROSIE2 4/17/2011 11:08AM

    Sounds like you are very positive, I am sure you will do really well and you have a Goal to look forward to. All the best to you.

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The Fun Begins!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Today was the student's first day back to school. The day seemed like a whirlwind of activity. I have 13 students with varying degrees of disability and 2 more students scheduled to come in the next couple of weeks. I've got a feeling that I'm going to have my hands quite full this year.

I finally took a walk this evening. I haven't walked in 4 days. This is the first day all week that I've gotten home before 6:30, and still had energy to do something besides chores. It felt SOOOO good. I walked my 3.78 loop in record time, 60 minutes. I was pretty impressed with myself, for feeling so strong and keeping the pace up the entire walk.

I've been staying within my calorie range, for the most part, all week. The good news about that is that the fat, carbs and protein levels are also all within range. Usually before I would be way over in carbs and fat and under in protein.

Unfortunately, no weight loss. I am still holding at the same darn weight that I've been for about 3 weeks. In my 7 weeks on spark (it seems like A LOT longer), I have lost approximately ONE pound. Well, at least I am going in the right direction. I just never thought it would be so slow going!

All in all, I'm feeling pretty good. The anxiety of the anticipation of school starting has subsided, now that it has actually started. I have also proved that I can exercise during the school year. Now, I just need to prove that I can lose weight during the school year. That is yet to be seen!

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CHATTIEGIRL 11/16/2010 10:33PM

    Hi CEEGIE;

I have stopped by to see how you are doing as you are 1 of my Spark friends. You are doing good and you only have 9.5 pounds to loose to meet your goal. My daughter is a school teacher so I know what you are going through. Stay focus on your healthy eating, routine exercise to reach your final goals. Love the Spark people, teams, friends and learn them. God bless and watch over you.


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CHERYLE51 8/26/2010 11:52AM

    Sounds like you are holding your own. All of my kids don't go back until next Tuesday. My sons are going to the technical school now, but regular high school doesn't start until next week. I am feeling a little better, not as depressed. I have sent out resumes to a lot of places, only one t/c so far. I am just hoping something will come up.

Good luck with the school year. Sounds like you have your hands full.

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MIMULUSBUG 8/25/2010 2:42PM

    In my book you are doing great, especially to be able to maintain during such a hectic time of the year; AND you got a walk in!!!


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    I hope your caseload doesn't increase too much. If you keep taking good care of yourself like you have been; you'll breeze through the year! emoticon

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MIAJOEB 8/20/2010 12:47AM

    I have been the same weight for the last month but my pants that I got at the garage sale for 1 dollar each and were tight are now all too big and I had them falling off all shift today. So I am getting a belt.
I was so sore from the 3 hour whale watch, I only walked too slowly to be aerobic.
but I will get back out there over the weekend. I only promise to walk 4 xs a week at an aerobic pace. at least 3 and most days 5 miles.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/20/2010 12:15AM

    Great that you were able to get out and walk--once you're in the habit, you really miss it when you don't get to do it, I know I do! Great pace, too; 3.78 miles in 60 minutes, that's walking at a pretty quick clip! Weight loss can be very slow (sadly) when you don't have a lot to lose, but know that as you make lifestyle changes by staying within your calorie range and getting some activity in, the weight will come off.


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A Mixed Up Day

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Today was a mixed bag of emotions. While I was walking this morning, I suddenly was gripped by this overwhelming sadness that my daughters will soon be leaving for college (they're seniors this year). I felt better by the time I finished my walk, but throughout the day, that little feeling would come over me again. My daughters were away at a retreat this weekend and the house was unnaturally quiet. The anticipation of being an empty nester is probably more difficult than the actual experience will be. People get through this all the time, and I will too.

On a happier note, my walking time is getting faster. I am starting to think of how I can incorporate some more mileage into my walk. I finished an audible book on today's walk and ordered up another one. I look forward to listening to my books while I walk.

On the nutrition front: Not such good news. I went over my calories today by a whopping 500 calories. It's hard to believe, considering I don't even feel that full. For some reason, I don't feel that bad about it. I am feeling like I just need one of these kind of days every once in a while. I'll be back on the wagon tomorrow. No doubt about that!

Well, goodnight all! Tomorrow is the big day. Back to work. Up at 5:00. Thank goodness I'm tired, it won't be hard to get to bed early tonight.

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    I don't want to think about my kids leaving yet and I'm so sorry that you HAVE to think about it! Sounds like you've done a great job and it's time to let them fly.

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MOLS626 8/16/2010 12:08PM

    Your dedication and love for your daughters is GREAT to read about.

GOOD FOR YOU for increasing your walking time.

Are you skipping breakfast? Not getting enough protein? Those are the two biggies for me when I go over on calories.

Tomorrow is another day!

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