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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I ask myself why after a good day of on track food and exercise:
- do I feel taller
- do I feel thinner
- do I feel happier
- do I feel proud

Because I've accomplished something. That's why. The first two... eh... those are probably just psychological, but whatever keeps you going right?

Got up this AM and did a pretty serious core workout... my #1 trouble zone right now... well, duh, right?? :) Did all my morning rituals and even got over to Mom and Dad's in time to visit before I left for work.

Last night, I opened up my old paper journal and read it. I really enjoy keeping paper journals. Here's what it said:

9/3/2003 - Wow! I lost 4 pounds this week. I am excited. I can't believe I am going to be under 180 pounds soon. I need to stick to it....

How fitting that I found this now since I am currently in the 180s. That was almost 1 year after starting to change my life when I was too big to fit in my bridesmaid's dress for my best friend's wedding (see my photos). 2002 marked my heaviest... I stopped weighing myself at 225.

I think I need to listen to myself. Myself from then, myself now. I need to stick to it.

Maybe I should listen to my former coach... Jeff used to say to me, "You know how to lose weight and train up, now DO IT". So, I guess that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to just do it.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/17/2012 9:58PM

    For a while, I went thru a really lazy spell and had to tell myself "do it sloppy, lazy, silly, whatever, as long as you do it at all." You can do it, I know you will!

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SPLYNNE 4/17/2012 7:29PM

    You should be so proud you did not gain any in all those years. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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GOLFCHICK2-0 4/17/2012 4:19PM

    Day by Day the accomplishments become habit. Soon, you will be standing tall, smiling big, and being healthy every day!!
Keep upt the good work!

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JOHNTJ1 4/17/2012 2:17PM

    Within that simplicity lies so much wisdom!!!

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ERH12275 4/17/2012 2:16PM

    Good luck to you!

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BARCLE 4/17/2012 2:14PM

    emoticon A great workout (or pretty much any workout) can leave you feeling fantastic.
Congrats on all your hard work - keep up the great work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDBEYOND 4/17/2012 2:07PM

    GREAT, I am in the 180's also! Praying to reach 170's!

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So far so good...

Monday, April 16, 2012

meds - check
coffee - check
water - check
pushup challenge - check
breakfast - check
weigh in - check
working from home - check

Looking forward to a jog at lunch. The wind is really ripping out there, but I am stronger than it. :)

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/16/2012 11:15PM



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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/16/2012 2:45PM

    The wind kept me in on the treadmill this morning. Kudos to you for braving it!

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JOHNTJ1 4/16/2012 2:16PM

    Success - Check

You go girl!!!

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/16/2012 12:45PM

  You go girl...watch for falling limbs though!!! Here's to a week worth of motivation, determination, and success! We can do this! Hugs...Robin

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I seriously need to get motivated...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I have no excuses. I have no justifications. I haven't exercised. I need to be exercising.

Today, I am writing down my daily and weekly goals - from exercise to nutrition and weight goals. I will make them realistic. I will make them achievable.

I know there has been a lot going on in my life and I am back to working on the weekends now, but I need to take time for myself. I need to say please watch the baby while I go workout... although it is getting nice outside and I do have a jogging stroller!

My nutrition has changed. I am trying something different. I'm liking it so far, but when it all comes down to it, I need to journal, be accountable and be consistent.

I haven't gained any weight, but I haven't lost any either. I am still 38.5 pounds over my goal and 22.5 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I have to remember, I am 27.5 pounds lighter than I was 3 months ago!

Jane is growing like a weed. Dad called this morning to say she rolled onto her tummy by herself. I miss getting to see those things, but Mom said she stuck a sticky note to her baby book so I would have the date.

Love to all and here's to an on track week!!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/22/2012 1:16AM

    My Dear friend John sent me over here, and I'm glad he did.

Janette, you can so do this. The start is hard... no doubt... no lies... it's hard, BUT as soon as you start feeling how much stronger you are getting, how much more energy you have, how proud you feel of looking after yourself and become the best you can be.

When I joined spark, I started walking pushing the buggy with my twins, then 21 month old. It was hard and at times I had to drag myself out there, but you know what... the feeling and just seeing my legs were getting stronger and stronger, my self esteem was rising after years of non existence.....

Just start walking... take that baby, she'll love you for it. Great relaxing time for her.

Strap those shoes on and out you go!


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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/16/2012 10:11AM

    You can do it, Jeanette! Get into the habit of taking the time now. You deserve it!

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MARCYNA 4/16/2012 4:45AM

    You can make it, you've already started to make big changes and you would not feel this way if you hadn't...you have to find your own pace in doing things, not easy but takes time & patience.

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VEACHXCL 4/15/2012 11:28PM

    You will get there! Hope you, hubby, and baby are all doing well.

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CARTOONB 4/15/2012 11:15PM

    Your goals sound totally doable. Remember, you are worth it! You can do this.

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GEEMAWEST 4/15/2012 8:15PM

    Hi there Janette,

Our mutual dear friend, John, sent me over to have a gander at your blog. I'm so glad he did.

First of all, I checked out the photos of your beautiful baby girl. She's absolutely gorgeous!

Secondly, I agree with John (which I do often). You have a lot going on in your life. It's not easy being a new mom and trying to do everything else that life requires of us.

Hang in there and give yourself a break. You'll get there, you're obviously a very strong person.

Cheryl aka G-Ma

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BEATLETOT 4/15/2012 7:52PM

    For goals, you could check out the FastBreak goals. You could pick one for nutrition, for fitness and for motivation.

Good luck! You can do this!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/15/2012 4:26PM

    I think it's great that you sitting down and assessing your life and your goals and making a plan.

Just remember that if you are still in the "new mommy sleep deprived stage" that getting enough rest should be your first goal. After that, the rest will be easier.

I know that you will do fine.


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AJDOVER1 4/15/2012 4:19PM

    It sounds like you already are motivated! Now you just need to make exercise a habit. Keeping a journal is a great idea. You can make this happen. Keep blogging and don't hesitate to ask for anything you need.

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DEE797 4/15/2012 4:16PM

    Just do a little bit each day. It takes time for the body and mind to adjust to all the changes you have gone through. Wishing you success on your journey....I know emoticon

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HDHAWK 4/15/2012 4:03PM

    You are a busy lady and your sleep probably isn't up to par right now. Try to squeeze in 10 min. of exercise here and there or focus on your food. You don't have to do this all at once. Congrats on the baby!

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JOHNTJ1 4/15/2012 2:57PM

    you need to remember that you have a lot going on in your life. you are a mom, a wife, a professional and athlete and like the rest of us you only get 24 hours in any given day to do all of this stuff!!!

Part of your issue may deal with the simple (No pun intended) stress of living life in the year 2012 and adjusting to all the changes you have been through in the past year. Your body will deal with its new environment when it is ready. I have been through some similar changes and when I sat back, took a deep breath and did the things I knew would help me through all of this things slowly started to change.

Hang in there dear friend. you are a hero and a warrior and you have gotten through a lot more than this.

You inspire me!!! (Dont forget that.) You are still here and still plugging away.

Much Love


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JOY73YL 4/15/2012 11:49AM

    Talk to your doctor first. You may have a physical problem. Next ask yourself if you want to die young or to live to a ripe old age

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My week...

Friday, March 09, 2012

Oh my... If you don't want to read a "vent", I suggest not reading this blog...

Tuesday my dogsitter calls. He's taking care of my husband's dog while I'm home and husband is away on business. The dog ate about half a block of rat poison. She's a small dog (about 30 pounds), so he took her to the emergency vet. I guess they had her vomit many times and put her on vitamin K for a month.

My granny fell Tuesday at some point. My mom tried to get granny back into her chair and threw her back out. Mom called 911 because granny was talking out of her head. Fortunately, my dad was the medic on duty and took granny to the hospital. She had a fever, leg pain, high blood pressure, low SpO2. Fortunately again, the hospital is between my office and my house (and I happened to be in the office that day) so I went and sat with her until they admitted her into her room for observation (I got home after 11PM). All of her tests came back normal. They brought the physical therapist in to work with her leg and she was released Wednesday night.

I am not proud, so when my Mom called to say my granny was on her way home, I called a few of my firefighter buddies to help get her out of the car and into the house. We spent all of Wednesday afternoon/evening getting granny settled and trying to get my mom comfortable.

I still hadn't made hubby's birthday dessert (his birthday was 1 March). I spent last night making it. Tiramisu is a long, tedious process, but it is so good (and so bad for you). I make everything from scratch, including the ladyfingers. I finished it around 9PM last night in anticipation of his return on Saturday.

On top of all this, Jane has a cough and a sneeze. I am having to suction her nose a couple times a day. She does not like it.

I have NOT worked out since Monday. At least I have been eating okay.

HOWEVER! I have a date with a personal trainer set in April. She's also a physical therapist so I am looking forward to bombarding her with questions!! I can't wait to workout with a trainer again. Its been years!!

Anyway, thanks for "listening". Have a wonderful weekend!

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DONNAKOVAC 3/29/2012 9:05AM

    I'm also a bit late catching up here, so first of all (((hugs))) and I hope everyone is recovering well from that day!


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JOHNTJ1 3/26/2012 8:33AM

    I apologize for not writing sooner. There is an irony here thats not lost on me. The day of this posting, Friday, February 9, 2012 is the day my dad passed away. I understand how you feel as if everything is sort of spinning out of control. Life has a way of doing that, lol.

It appears that Friday was a bad day for both of us. Hang in there dear friend, life indeed does have a way of working itself out, even if it is not as quickly as you and I choose.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/10/2012 1:32PM

    Wow, Jeanette, venting is understandable! So sorry to hear about your mom and granny and dog. I'm glad to hear they're recovering.
I know you'll find success, even if it takes some time! Good for you for setting up the trainer, that's awesome. Enjoy your weekend!

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/9/2012 12:18PM

  Sounds like you need to put your feet up this weekend and drink some herbal tea and have some Jane time. Take care sweet lady! Hugs...Robin

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/9/2012 10:33AM

    Hopefully the next week will be much calmer.

It's great that you (and your family) have such a good support system to call on when things like this happen.

Give that baby an extra hug from me.


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Fitness derailment...

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I'm either sick or have bad allergies... either way, cardio is out for now. I can't risk another round of pneumonia. Trying not to be discouraged.


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DONNAKOVAC 3/29/2012 8:50AM

    Cardio requires the ability to breathe, so if you lack the ability to breathe, you need to take it easy. (((hugs))) been there, done that, fully understand. I've had my fair share of pneumonia, bronchitis, respiratory infections - turns out most of it was all triggered by food allergies. Have it mostly under control, now. I have to say, other than dealing with the food allergies, lots of rest and lots of orange juice have been the most important factors to my recovery - oh, and learning to listen to my body when it's telling me that it's time to take it easy! Not easy, but so worthwhile!

(((hugs))) and I see you posted this a while ago, so I hope you're already well on your way to recovery!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/5/2012 10:36PM

    Hang in there, its temporary. Take care of yourself.

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/4/2012 4:00PM

    It's time to concentrate on getting your body well. The cardio will always be waiting in the wings. Maybe you can do a few minutes of light walking in place. That would help, I'm sure and shouldn't stress your body too much. And of course, dealing with a baby is good ST.

I hope this week sees you feeling better.



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