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Bootcamp Challenge

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today I finished week 1 of the 28-day bootcamp challenge. Wow! Some of those exercises were too much for me. Definitely had to do the less strenuous/beginner version (not sure of the proper term) of some of those moves. However, I feel great for doing it. It's so easy to work in the 10 minute videos each day. Then to get in my cardio I would follow up with some Wii exercises (I love Just Dance) or one of my Leslie Sansone walking DVDs. I wish I had measured my arms, calves, etc. last week when I started this journey (again) with Spark to help me see results. It's never too late though I guess so I will do the measuring tomorrow.


Body, soul, spirit

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I do believe we are all 3 of those. Yesterday marked the beginning of my church doing a 21-day fast. I'm not able to completely fast from food but I am giving up some foods and some other things that occupy my time. This goes so well with me starting Spark again. I'm feeling better physically, which helps me mentally and it's all a cycle. Instead of spending hours each evening cruising Facebook and the internet, I've been exercising and then reading my Bible, praying, and doing a devotion. The last few days have been a real wake-up call to me. I can't wait to see what He has in store for me this year. Happy 2011!

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KIRBS18 1/11/2011 9:30PM

    Its nice when everything seems to be working in the right direction in all aspects of life, happy sparking in 2011!

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STEPHANI68 1/11/2011 9:11PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. We've had a tragedy in our family before Christmas that has me really rethinking things in my life. Also allot of praying. More so now than in a long time. I think prayer and reading the bible really help though I've never done a fast before. Thank you for sharing, I might just start doing a devotion a day myself. Stephani

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Count your blessings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What are you thankful for today? I'm thankful that even though I come from a dysfunctional family with a seriously alcholic father, I broke the cycle. I married a man the complete opposite of my father. My husband tells me he loves me, is hands on with the kids, provides for us financially and does not drink!
I'm writing this because last week I was away working at a summer camp for foster kids and other at-risk kids referred to our camp by Social Services. It's tough emotionally and physically, but I wouldn't trade my time there. However, I am so glad to be back home with my family. I get homesick very easily. The kids were 7-11 years old and have experienced more in those short years than most of us will in a life time. Some of them have never even had a birthday party, so we make sure to have a birthday party - complete with cake, ice cream and gifts - for all the kids. Their faces just lit up. It's a life changing camp, not just for the kids but the workers too. This is the 6th years I've worked the camp.
Count your blessings and hug your kids tighter, tell em you love em everyday. It does make a difference!

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    What a wonderful way to give back!

I have spent a great deal of time, over the last 18 months or so, making a a conscious effort to remind myself of the things that I am grateful for. It's a powerful motivator, and a humbling experience.

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JULIAJEAN2 6/29/2010 10:31PM


I too have worked with abused/neglected children and understand the difficulty believing others could treat children the way they do. Bless you for taking the time to make these children feel special.

It sounds like you have succeeded in breaking the cycle of dysfunctional-ism and have succeeded in choosing a healthy and loving mate. I like your advice to hug your children as often as possible. Could I add, please, tell those in your lives how special they are and that you love as them as often as possible.

Remember to take care of you as well. Great post.

Julial emoticon

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J2740LOU 6/29/2010 10:21PM

    Those kids are blessed by having you in their lives. Make sure you tell that husband how much you love him, too. emoticon

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Getting back on the Spark wagon

Friday, May 28, 2010

If you read my post yesterday, you know I haven't been on Spark the last 2 weeks. I haven't done much in the way of exercising either. But last night I got back on Spark, wrote the blog (journaling has always been therapeutic for me), did a bunch of things to earn points, and most importantly - today I got back to exercising! It felt SO good.

One of the main motivating factors for me to start this journey was to lose weight for my high school reunion coming up this fall. I'm on the planning committee for it and we've got a meeting coming up in 3 weeks. I'd like to lose 3 pounds to make a total of 20 by that meeting. It's not gonna happen with me sitting on the couch every night.

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I've been MIA

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This isn't really for anyone else. I'm just rambling and need to get some thoughts out. I haven't done much sparking lately. It's a vicious cycle. I get tired one night so I don't exercise, but exercise will make me feel better. Once I get out of the habit of exercise, it's hard for me to get back into it. Although I know how good it is for me. The past two weeks I haven't worked out on the Wii at all and have done maybe 2 Spark routines. We have gone for walks in the evening though. At least I haven't gained any weight back. I am still doing well with the food part. And drinking 8 glasses of water is just a no-brainer now, it's just part of my life. We got a water cooler from a local company, so we no longer buy bottled water. Good for the environment, our pocketbooks and our health!

Today I had my yearly check-up with one of my doctors. It's been almost a year to the day I saw her last - May 22, 2009 was last year's appt. Well, I know I've lost 17 pounds with Spark since Feb. 2010. I just had no idea I've LOST 28 LBS IN THE LAST YEAR! Wow! I was shocked but so pleasantly surprised. I wanted to do a happy dance. :) My blood pressure has been the best it's been in years also. My dr. gave me a little round of applause she's so proud of my weight loss. I don't know if I forgot how much I weighed this time last year or just blocked it out. I did go back tonight and look at pics from then. I do see some difference.

So writing this has helped me get back "in the zone." I'm ready to get Sparking again!

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ECAT77 5/28/2010 10:08PM

    Thank you all so much. Your encouragement truly means a lot!

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WESLEYV 5/28/2010 12:02PM

    Good for you. Hope you can get it back in gear.

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TIMELESSCRONE 5/28/2010 8:47AM

    Congratulations! Weight loss PLUS improved bp! That's wonderful!

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ROBOLIZ 5/27/2010 11:31PM

    Congratulations! Try getting Just Dance for the Wii. It's a blast, and it makes you sweat! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CRICKETBEAR23 5/27/2010 11:28PM

    Way to go!! It is hard to exercise for me too, I forget to track my food. But congrats on the weightloss. Keep up the good work and remember, It's not about how hard you work today or not, just pick up where you left off and move forward.

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