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Slowest Looser to Great Things

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I was reading Geminisue's blog-one of my butterfly sisters-about the little things bringing inspiration. I instantly related to what she was stating. I am always amazed when I discover something new about what I can do or how I look. Maybe I have trained myself not to look in store windows and mirrors. What a change from the time I would glance frequently at them.

I began this journey because of my belly. I was gaining way too much belly fat. Health hazard! But, what upset me was that it interfered with my gardening. Honestly, it was that bad. So one day when I glanced into a store window and discovered I actually had a waist-what a lovely surprise. Today I began the 28 Day Challenge and in the video Nicole has you bend forward and touch the floor. Really didn't think much about it until I realized I was touching the hardwood floor.

To some this is probably not that amazing, but to me it is these little things that inspire me to dream of someday maybe looking like the picture of the woman from the Kettle Bell team. It will be okay if I never met that perfection but I can now dream-something I let go of long ago.

I am willing to continue to be a proud member of the Slowest Looser Team knowing it is finishing the race that is the most important thing to me and along every step of the way the little things will continue to inspire me to dream.

  
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GOHUSKERS2 8/30/2010 5:42PM

    You'll do it. You have a lot of determination and gusto.

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DARKKAT 8/26/2010 3:58AM

    Good luck with the 28 day challenge and may you cross the finish line at your own slow pace.

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LEAKAY59 8/25/2010 8:04AM

    I get my dose of your visual by realizing that my pants are getting looser! I've been plateaued at 230 since last October (until this week! This team is GREAT!) and the only thing that kept me going was doing my measurements and seeing losses there. Now I'm moving again, albeit slowly, but as you say, it's finishing this race that counts, not who goes the fastest!

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CAROLYN0107 8/25/2010 5:58AM

    Yes, finishing the race is the important thing, no matter how long it takes! Thanks for blogging.
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PJMATH 8/24/2010 10:33PM

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I too just recently discovered that my waist is returning, all with only losing 2 pounds. However, those 2 pounds were over a 3 month period, so the visual encouragement was just what I needed.

Good luck in the 28 day challenge!

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JKTENTATIVE 8/24/2010 6:08PM

    Go, go, go! You are clearly making this healthy approach a part of your everyday life...and that means it is yours to keep! Yes - me too - slow...excruciatingly slow...but that does seem to make the difference for longevity...both to stick with it...and hopefully for a longer life. (Sounds like I may have the makings of another blog...around this longevity theme...Go Butterflies!)

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LEXIE63 8/24/2010 3:19PM

    I totally understand that feeling of touching the floor. Every time I try something after knowing in the past I couldn't do it, but now I can, is a wonderful feeling! You should have been there a few weeks ago when I ran up the stairs. I can't remember the last time I ran anywhere, and I still don't run as such, but that day I suddenly got it into my head to run up the stairs and I did it! Colour me astonished! and with a Cheshire Cat grin to boot!
Well done!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GEMINISUE 8/24/2010 2:44PM

    So happy my blog, inspired you to write this blog. Each day is new and what we discover in/from it shell benefit us.

Have a great journey!

Hugs
Linda

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JOANOFSPARK 8/24/2010 12:27PM

    oh yeah....great blog..:) it is so awesome when you realize that you actually have a waist again....good for you....keep on tracking, butterfly sister....:)

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NEVERSAYNEVER! 8/24/2010 10:29AM

    This was a great read what a inspiration this was Good luck on your 28 day challenge but I know you will do it !! It is an every day journey.
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THENEWCINDY 8/24/2010 7:19AM

    good luck in the 28 day challenge

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NEXT30YEARS 8/24/2010 6:39AM

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Great blog. Continue to reach doe the sky, knowing you can touch the floor!

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Goal Review

Monday, August 23, 2010

I sit here tonight very humbled. During my last goal review I mentioned being on my pity pot. Life has a strange way of providing some prospective and balance. This week I was confronted with a true crisis. Somehow I did manage to loose some weight and get some exercise in. We are never as fragile as we think. Nor do I have the resources or energy to waste them on events that don't require it. Although I wish the crisis never happened I still accept it with thankfulness as it was a learning experience that will be remembered.

I mention in my last review I bought a kettle bell and was a little fearful of it. This week on SP I found a great kettle bell group eager to help each other and giving out sound advice. I should have listen a little closer to the comment "just because you can do more doesn't mean you should" as I got so much into practicing my swings that I cannot call it a burn -I am sore!

I joined the Twenty-eight Day Boot camp hoping it will help me reach the 5% weight loss goal for my Butterfly Team Challenge. I have been loosing one pound a week and I want to step up as I need to loose 5 pounds in 3 weeks if I am going to meet my goal.

For my Spark Buddies and my Spark Teams, my apologies for being absent so much this week. I value you all!

  
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JKTENTATIVE 8/23/2010 8:09PM

    If I could lose one lb a week, I would have a celebration. Perhaps due to my thyroid issues...it is excruciatingly slow...and my body has NO forgiveness...I lose weight only if I am pristine and exercise like a fiend. Take the pound and run with it!!
I just read about kettlebells and watched a video...sounds like it is the hot new exercise...looks like it could be dangerous if one has joint or back issues...hmmm...

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MCSNYDER1 8/23/2010 7:18PM

    You ARE losing! Even if we don't all reach the 5% (and I may not!!!), we are all still winners (or losers). We are here. We are supporting each other. We raise each other up. We kick each other in the rear when we need to. I may be alone in that attitude--maybe I'm not competitive as some, but just being here is what it's all about for me! Although, I must admit, I keep plugging along because I don't want to let my teams down.

As for the pity party----I believe that's what I did on
Saturday and I blogged about it too.

Hang in there, girl!!!!





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JOANOFSPARK 8/23/2010 5:19PM

    I've thrown a few of those pity parties myself....it happens....but you're right, we can not or should not...waste time worrying over something that might or might not happen or for some imagined slight..that said, we are human and we do strange things sometimes.....what we have to do is get back up and get back on track, check out some friends' blogs on here or message some friends to help you through it.....I know that just reading some of these amazing blogs at times really gets my spirits up and gets my flame which may have been flickering to shooting sky high....

The truth is we are amazing people, who have more strength and courage dealing with real crisis than we often give ourselves credit for.....we have an inexhaustible core of strength that stands us in good stead in times of crisis.....you are an awesome and powerfully strong and determined person.....:)

We can do this.....we are butterflies who soar the skies....you are a part of the butterflies....we all have some down times so don't worry about it....just continue to be a part of the team....
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LEXIE63 8/23/2010 4:29PM

    I'm sorry to hear you have been in a crisis situation this last week. I hope that whatever it is has been resolved now, and that your life is back to normal.

It is only too easy to overdo playing with new toys, as I have found out myself. I hope the sore eases quickly for you. Take a day off if necessary to give it a chance to heal. :-)

Good luck with the Bootcamp!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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NEVERSAYNEVER! 8/23/2010 11:37AM

    Good luck and the goal you are setting for your self are realistic you can do it!! Keep up the great work. I am trying to stay focused on one pound a week and if I lose any more that is a bonus but I am just staying focused on eating the right amount of portions and exercise just about every day!.


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GEMINISUE 8/23/2010 10:06AM

    We value you too, we need your responses, on the posts, we need your exercise minutes, blog & comments pts, we need your weight lost, to help the team, but MOST IMPORTANT WE NEED YOU as a BUTTERFLY. We fly together, We soar those skies, We face each challenge with a competitive nature, We will all succeed!

Togetherness is Good

Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda

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MOUNTAINMERMAID 8/23/2010 9:15AM

    GO GET 'EM BUTTERFLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THENEWCINDY 8/23/2010 8:33AM

    1lb a week is great!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/23/2010 6:26AM

    Congrats on the focus of your goals and 1# a week! They add up. :-))) Hoping for God's grace to carry you during this crisis. {{{hugs}}} Susan

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DRASADAF 8/23/2010 3:42AM

    slow and steady wins the race...well done on the 1lb/week ...

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CAROLYN0107 8/23/2010 2:17AM

    Congratulations on the weight you've lost. Also, 5 pounds in three weeks sounds reasonable. You seem focused so you should be able to make your goals.
HUGS

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Vacations

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We were challenged to write about vacations today. I enjoy my vacations because....

In the fog of an early summer morning you discover why the mountains are called the Smokies.

You marvel at all the beauty and the diversity -of mountains covered with ferns and vines, to mountains covered with pines and colorful aspens, and mountains stark and red climbing straight and bold to the heavens.

You listen to the aspens whispering, the waves crashing, and the stillness of the desert and the calm envelopes you and for a moment you remember what it was like as child to be awed by this wonderful world surrounding us.

  
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LEXIE63 8/18/2010 7:43AM

    That childlike awe is a wonderful thing to recapture as adults. :-)
I'm glad you had a memorable holiday.

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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(((Sending Skinny~Vibes)))

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Blog 8/16/10

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I am sitting here trying to think of anything I could add to the thoughts of the blogs I have read on the Butterflies team. I have seen some cute pictures, read some inspiring tales, read about people reaching out for help and with each of these blogs I grew a little bit on my journey. Thank you all for sharing. Isn't life and the people who occupy it sweet!
I had no ah ha or WooHoo moments today as it was very ordinary. That is okay as it shows that I am beginning to make my new fitness goals a part of my life so they are no longer out of the ordinary. From where I started that is an accomplishment in itself.

  
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LEXIE63 8/18/2010 7:41AM

    Gotta love the ordinary days too. They can sometimes get overlooked in the not so good days and the great days, but ordinary days are what balance our lives, I feel. They are the solid centre of the scale. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MCSNYDER1 8/17/2010 9:00PM

    I love ordinary. That is when it becomes a lifestyle!!!

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FRANKLY5 8/17/2010 4:43PM

    ah give yourself a whoo hoo from me. We joined up and all.
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YOSOYLINDA 8/17/2010 2:31PM

    I too think it's the ordinary days we all have to watch out for--the ones that don't stress or stretch us, so we don't think about what we're doing!

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JOANOFSPARK 8/17/2010 1:28PM

    oh, yeah, when it become ordinary, then you have accomplished a very great thing. It has become an integral part of your life and that to me, is extraordinary...a significant change in attitude...that our lives can be changed in such a way by such small steps......but in reality they end up being huge steps for us.....all....keep tracking.....and keep reading....it's what keeps me going...along with all my SP friends.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TMCK-40 8/17/2010 9:56AM

  You know, sometimes just reading others success as well as struggles gets up through. Have an incredible day.

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MOUNTAINMERMAID 8/17/2010 9:52AM

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GO ERMYLIFE!

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JKTENTATIVE 8/17/2010 12:39AM

    ...and that is the great thing about blogging...it helps you to be reflective of what you are experiencing. congrats on making exercise a regular part of your healthy lifestyle!


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Weekly Goal Reviews

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Today while sitting on my pitty pot, I finally realized that using life events as an excuse not to do what is best for me is simply dumb. Life will disappoint at times as things will not always be as I wish, people will say and do things they probably shouldn't and sometimes my best efforts won't be rewarded. I know these things so I was a little startled to discover that I felt I was entitled to a life without its' ups and downs. I also wonder how much of life I wasted waiting for it to be prefect.

Yesterday I bought a kettle bell. It was an interesting experience as doing the exercises really are a total body workout; however, swinging around an 8 pound weight left me visions of dropping it on my head or through a window. We really do not know how much we think of the worse until we step back and take a close look at our thinking patterns.

Progress-
I did loose 1.4 pounds last week
I was startled to see in a window's reflection that this marshmallow body is developing a waist
I will continue working on my goals with special emphasis on dealing more effective with things I 'think' are stressful. I need to revamp my thinking as some of it is not as "awful" as I think it is.

  
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LEXIE63 8/16/2010 7:56PM

    Good grief! I doubt I could lift that kettle bell, never mind brain myself with it! Might drop it on my foot, assuming I could get it off the floor LOL

My mind is creating weird and wonderful images of what a 'pitty pot' might look like. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SEATURTLE86 8/12/2010 7:13PM

    Hey, You have a pitty pot too! I enjoyed reading your blog. I have to stop and remind myself that life is up and down. I just hate the down!, but I guess we need the downs to appreciate the ups! My problem is expecting people to do things or love me in a certain way that I think is "right". I am learning that they do the best they can and love you the "best" they are capable at the time. It doesnt mean they dont love you just because they don't show you in the way you think they should. Another thing I have learned (took me FOREVER!) is that I can give to one person and receive back from another. I always expected the person I GAVE to GIVE back to me. It wasnt happening! LOL Hang in there.

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