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Lunch with Mom

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Visited my spectacular Mother today.
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Took her for a fish lunch (broiled) with salad and baked potato (not French fries), no bakery treats, and water instead of sweetened soda. PROGRESS!

We spent time picking out the plays we want to see during the biennial National Black Theater Festival held in my home town of Winston-Salem, NC the first week in August.

I'll have to make up my exercise minutes tomorrow. With all the driving, I'm tuckered out tonight.

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IAMDESSIE 7/13/2011 11:52PM

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STRINGI719 7/13/2011 10:35PM

    How wonderful!!!

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CANDOK1260 7/13/2011 2:49PM

    sound like a great Festival hope you enjoy it

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/13/2011 9:37AM

    Yeah too much driving can really mess up my exercise plans. Glad you & mother had a good lunch. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/13/2011 9:20AM

    spending quality time w/mother is wonderful, that is what it's about...love and relationship

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/13/2011 7:19AM

    Good times with family... doesn't get much better! And it can be done, as you blog, with healthier choices. Well done!

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DETERMINEDJANET 7/13/2011 12:00AM

    Sounds like a nice day!

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MEYLOSE 7/12/2011 11:54PM

    Lunch sounds yummy and would love to hear about the plays once you've been to them, ENJOY!!!

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3IN4YO 7/12/2011 11:00PM

    Glad you had a good day!! Having a good lunch with a great Mom is the best!! Rest well. emoticon

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coping with the heat

Monday, July 11, 2011

I added tips to avoid heat stroke to the Secrets of Success yesterday, and as I look at the weather forecast, they are expecting triple digits tomorrow.
It's important to do what we can to arrange our day to take advantage of the cooler times in the early morning and late evening, and to hydrate and take additional precautions in the heat of the day.
I'm such a night owl that sometimes it is hard for me to get up early to see a sunrise or go for a walk, but by making small changes (15 minutes earlier, etc.) eventually I can reset my body clock in order to take advantage of early morning exercise followed by a good breakfast and be more successful and productive all day long.
Hope you all are having a good summer - be careful out there!

  
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MOMMYBYCHOICE 7/15/2011 9:31AM

    we have had a heat extreme here to... heat index of 115 - its dry and humid what a combo....

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CJGASSER 7/14/2011 10:13PM

    I'm a morning person but my husband isn't and it's frustrating that he doesn't get to enjoy the cooler weather at sunrise with me.

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CANDOK1260 7/13/2011 3:26PM

    thanks for the tips I exercise at 4:30 am but that me

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ME_HERE_NOW 7/12/2011 10:53PM

    i do late nites because of my work schedule, there is no way for me to be up in the morning,it's not always cool, but definitely cooler and no sun beating down baking the pavement is always helpful! i am also working some indoor workouts in every week so i am not battling the heat every day, stay cool, friend!

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CATIATM 7/12/2011 11:48AM

    Heat exhaustion is something I deal with in a lot of races. I start at the back, take longer on the course, and really heat up when I exert myself. I keep hoping that will improve when I drop some pounds.

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/12/2011 9:05AM

    Luckily today it rained and cooled off a bit in the Adirondacks. The grass was really beginning to dryout but now is greening up again beautifully! emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT014 7/12/2011 9:00AM

    Yeah, it's been miserable here(TX). Triple digits for over a week now! YUCK! If nothing else, tho, I have EXCEEDED the 8 cups of water!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/12/2011 8:53AM

    Yes, running in the evening in Houston can be miserable. It was down to 95 at 7pm when I headed out...... emoticon

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REJ7777 7/12/2011 8:15AM

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/12/2011 6:42AM

    You too! Stay hydrated and cool!
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not invincible

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July is moving on, and I wasn't as active this past week as I planned. Today I went out to mow the grass (it's been raining for the past several days, so this was one of the first opportunities to handle the growing jungle). Unfortunately, I went in the early afternoon - the hottest part of the day. Felt it, too! My heart was pounding and I could feel myself gasping for breath - my nose was running from the grass allergens, and even using my Chilly Pad and drinking water weren't much help. I finished the front yard and escaped into the air conditioning, putting an ice pack on to help bring my body temperatue back down to normal.

Reminds me that I'm older, and have to make allowances for my exercise. My 5K PR is probably behind me. I doubt I'll be able to do a full split like in my teen-aged cheerleading days. My back will always have some degenerative changes.

But that doesn't mean I should stop testing my abilities and make the most of what I CAN do!
That's real living - being able to explore, accomplish and participate.

"Age is a case of mind over matter - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

  
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IAMDESSIE 7/11/2011 8:57PM

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PATTIE441 7/11/2011 5:27PM

    I think you're awesome! You are doing great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMINISUE 7/11/2011 2:11PM

    You made good choices, did what you could, and then cooled off and re-hydrated and rested!

We need to remember to use it so we don't lose it and sure looks like you know this!

Welcome back
Hugs
Linda

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/11/2011 9:53AM

    Excellent...making the most of what you can do!

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COLD_GOLD 7/10/2011 11:45PM

    keep up the good work! you might not beat the young cheerleaders, but just think, when you're 70, you'll be one of the fittest people in the room!

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DETERMINEDJANET 7/10/2011 8:42PM

    I stopped in to read your blog and my little guy (he's 6) said "Hey! I recognize her." Naturally I thought he was talking about SetaGoal's photo as that's what was on my screen. I told him "No, you don't." Turned into a small "yes" "no" battle and then he pulled out a sports book and sure enough...your wallpaper was on the cover of the book. It was so funny!

Good luck with your goals this week!!

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SETAGOAL1 7/10/2011 7:00PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You

now know you are the only one that can

make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed. emoticon

Janet

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/10/2011 6:05PM

    Do what you can and when you need a break take one. You keep going and you can accomplish anything!
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None of us are invincible, would be nice though wouldn't it? LOL


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REJ7777 7/10/2011 5:32PM

    Sometimes our aging bodies remind us that we aren't 20 anymore. emoticon

But you're right, we can put the accent on what we CAN do, not on what we can't do. In fact, we can be healthy and fit at 60, 70 and beyond. We just can't get away with as much as we did when we were 20. I'll be 61 next month, and I'm fitter than I was at 45!
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IAMDESSIE 7/10/2011 5:16PM

    I do like your attitude. Go out and do what you have to do and get it over with. I like to do my yard at sometimes. I would mow the yard every other week, when I feel like it and especially when it rains and the grass grown, other than that I have a lawn care guy who does mine. Doing the lawn in that sun, sure had you drinking water, which is awesome, as you would drink more due to the sun shining down on you. You have done a emoticon job!

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NWLIFESRC 7/10/2011 4:55PM

    even some ovement is better than none keep moving

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small victory

Friday, July 08, 2011

Today I made a seven layer salad INSTEAD of going to Firehouse Subs for a Philly Steak sandwich.
Every little step counts!

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 7/10/2011 8:07PM

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REJ7777 7/10/2011 7:17AM

    emoticon Great choice! Victory indeed! emoticon

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/10/2011 6:50AM

    Good for you!!
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CATIATM 7/9/2011 11:29AM

    emoticon Awesome recipe, btw - I loved it! emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/9/2011 11:12AM

    You go girl!

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ME_HERE_NOW 7/9/2011 11:02AM

    you are right, it is a series of small changes that add up to create a glorious bigger picture, keep up the great work!

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STRINGI719 7/9/2011 10:41AM

    Way to go! Every single healthy choice adds up!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/9/2011 10:27AM

    your right, every small step can make a big difference for us

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TURTLETALK 7/8/2011 10:27PM

    Awesome...sounds yummy!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/8/2011 9:51PM

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ERLYWA 7/8/2011 9:39PM

    I saw your blog title, and before I even read it my first thought was, "There is no such thing as a SMALL victory!" You did an awesome job of eating healthy and fighting off your craving today...that is definitely a GIANT victory :)



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AMOHAME2 7/8/2011 6:59PM

    And I bet that salad tasted better than anything you could have gotten at Firehouse Subs!!! Great choice!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/8/2011 6:48PM

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Every victory is a victory!

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IAMDESSIE 7/8/2011 6:34PM

    You are so right and that heps you to save in. It would work out cheaper if you mke your own salad 4 days a week for the price you would pay at Firehouse. Way to go, Girl!

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7PASTORMIKE7 7/8/2011 6:27PM

    You got that right ! Every little step counts to great success !

Have a blessed weekend !
Pastor Mike

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Circuit training class highlights

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

For an hour, a circuit training class is offered twice weekly at my gym.
We walk around the indoor track for five minutes to warm up, then rotate through eight stations - each has a cardio portion for 2 to 3 minutes, and a strength training portion for one minute. Each station has suggestions for appropriate fitness levels (1,2, or 3). After going through the stations, we cool down on the track, and end with core exercises and stretching.
Cardio could consist on using any of the various machines - elliptical, bicycle, rowing, etc. - or using a step platform, boxing or kickboxing, jumping jacks, jumping rope, going around the track, and shuttle runs (like suicides in basketball). Strength training could involve hand dumbbells, resistance bands, balance balls, etc.
We did planks during the core portion, and I could feel my out-of-shape muscles quiver as I tried to hold the posture. Doing some of the other challenges also woke up muscles I had forgotten I had!
It was a lot of fun, and we took heart rate readings a couple of times during the class.
A good, solid workout that I can use to keep my routine fun, interesting, and challenging.
Thinking about adapting it to playground exercises duringn some of my walks this summer.

Have you ever tried a similar class? How did you enjoy it? Would you like one to be offered in your area?

  
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HAPPYSOUL91 7/8/2011 1:52PM

    Never have done it but it sure sounds like fun and will keep you interested

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KERRYG155 7/7/2011 10:24PM

    We had a park that had different stations with recommended exercises but that was before I lost weight and started exercising. Sounds like a great workout. I have tried something simlar but not quite that hard. Keep up the good work!

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IAMDESSIE 7/7/2011 9:24PM

    This is emoticon! I think we both enjoy the gym a great lots. emoticon I attend a military gym, and I have a military trainer, so I get excellent work out sessions.

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TURTLETALK 7/7/2011 8:06PM

    I live in a small town 15 miles from a gym so my workout is whatever I make it. I think I could use the push of a trainer or at least some peers to keep me sweating.

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GWENWARING 7/7/2011 4:36PM

    That sounds wonderful! My gym doesn't offer it, but anyone can do it at their own gym. I see both men and women once in awhile do it. They do a set of chest presses, then get up and do 30 seconds of jumping jacks, then another set of chest presses, etc. Many of the personal trainers (I watch to learn) have their clients do similar. May jog in place, or 20 seconds of sit ups, etc. between sets/reps on the strength machines.
Thanks for sharing.

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FRANCESCANAZ 7/7/2011 4:01PM

    This sounds like a real challenge but lots of fun at the same time. ENJOY!

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STRINGI719 7/7/2011 9:19AM

    That sounds amazing - I wish my gym offered something like that!

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TXGRANDMA 7/6/2011 8:43PM

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