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Ribs on the lips, meat on the hips

Monday, May 23, 2011

This was waiting for me in my Inbox this morning. Yes, this should be everyone's motivation...lose weight so you can eat more!

One ($38) or Four ($99) Weight Loss Injections
Center for Medical Weight Loss

Thankfully, we're finally getting to the season of basting and burning baby back ribs. But before you humor honey mustard and teriyaki, don't forget your long-term weight loss goals. Head to the Center for Medical Weight Loss in Troy or West Bloomfield where today's deal gets a medical weight loss consultation with body composition analysis, as well as one B-12 injection and one fat burning shot for $38 (regularly $124). For $99 (regularly $496), get the same consultation and composition analysis with four B-12 injections and four fat burning shots. This is the first step in a physician-directed program dedicated to helping you pinpoint and ultimately reach your weight loss goals. Thanks to this deal, ribs on the lips won't mean more meat on your hips.

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NINJA_SMOO 5/25/2011 1:13PM

  @ KittyB77 - Dr B is available in Canada. There's an office just across the street from where I work in downtown Vancouver. I know a couple people who've been on their program - it's those shots coupled with a VLCD. Scary! I honestly can't imagine eating only a couple hundred calories a day :\

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VYVIENN 5/23/2011 10:30AM

    Yes! And I know someone who's selling the bridge under which we can all meet for that BBQ! emoticon I think someone needs to have a serious conversation with her spam filter. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 5/23/2011 8:59AM

    MAN! WHAT A DEAL!!!!



These are real doctors???

What an amazing racket!

I notice they don't actually promise losing weight...

(and boy, do I love good BBQ ribs...which I budget for in my eating plan, and still enjoy, even without B-12 shots)

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KITTYB77 5/23/2011 8:52AM

    that sounds like Dr Bernstien...

if only we could take B12 pills daily and have it help like the shots...

Unfortunatly that program isnt'available in canada....

Are you going to go for it?

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TIGGERJEAN 5/23/2011 8:32AM

    *palm smack*

I'm sorry...but that sounds so unnatural and unhealthy! Besides...what's wrong with eating ribs?

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Gardening = Strength Training

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today the weather gods were benevolent and gave us another beautiful no rain day. 3 in a row now!

So I made my final dirt run today, to get the garden soil to fill up the last 1/2 raised bed I added to the garden this year. There is more dirt in my future as I create the bed along the side of the garage and box of around the pear & kiwi trees but the garden is officially all dirtied up LOL!

Being a curious type I added up all the garden soil, compost & topsoil I bought so far and realized that in 2 weeks I have lifted the equivalent of 6 tons!

Yes, 6 tons....12,000 pounds.

Now that is not 6 tons of dirt in my garden. This counts every time I had to lift one of those bags, each of which weighed either 40 or 80 pounds. Most of the time I had to lift and move each bag a total of 4 times....from the pallet to the cart...from the cart to my car...from my car to the cart...from the cart to the raised bed.

Still, that is A LOT of lifting!

And I thought my newly visible muscles were the result of the gym equipment.

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MCJULIEO 5/25/2011 11:52AM

    Somehow "Pumping Composted Manure" doesn't have the same cachet as "Pumping Iron"....

You are going to have SO MUCH to show for all your hard work!

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LIOCORO 5/23/2011 1:40AM

    Isn't it awesome! You're gonna look awesome and your garden will, too - and yes, gardening definitely is one of the best workouts :D

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VYVIENN 5/23/2011 1:36AM

    Heehee, that's awesome! Can't wait to see pics of your beautiful garden when it starts waking up.

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IMREITE 5/23/2011 1:06AM

    i've started looking at my workouts as functional fitness. i am even looking at biking to run errands this summer if i can. i don't see the pint in trying to avoid physcial work to go to the gym.

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NICKIEBH 5/22/2011 11:35PM

    emoticon Your garden and your arms are going to look great!

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WEBBLL 5/22/2011 9:18PM

    Gardening is stinkin' hard work! emoticon

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Saving the Manatees..or Run, Jacq, Run!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today there was a 5k race sponsored by the Save the Manatees club at a local high school. All money raised is donated to a group in Florida that...saves the manatees.

Upon learning that I was going to register for the race my daughter Jacqueline, 12, wanted to race too. Actually she only wanted the t-shirt and since I wasn't going to share mine she bit the bullet and agreed to run for her own t-shirt. She announced she intended to walk most of the way.

She has only just started running at all in the last 4 weeks for track. Prior to track, nothing. The longest continuous distance she has run so far in the last month is 1 mile...once.

Today she ran 1.25 miles without stopping to walk! And she did it a lot faster than me. Right from the beginning she was way ahead of me. I finally caught up to her at the 1.25 mile mark, when she started walking.

She finished the race in a very respectable 34:48 minutes, doing the rest of it walking, then running, then walking, etc.

I am so very impressed with her today. And beyond proud...for the last part of the race the course turned back on itself so you had people going north in one lane until the turnaround and then south to the finish line in the other lane. After the race she said "You know, it would have been really easy just to get into the (south) lane when we came around the corner without having to go all the way to the turnaround. But I didn't want to do that because I would only be cheating myself. And I wanted to be able to say I did the whole race."

THEN she said..."That was kind of fun, I want to do another one."

Run, Jacq, Run!

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MCJULIEO 5/22/2011 8:16AM

    Yay for both of you!!!! You BOTH ROCK!

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VYVIENN 5/22/2011 6:32AM

    emoticonQuite the awesome kid you're raising there! Glad you both had fun!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/21/2011 9:17PM

    Good on both you! What a great thing for the two of you to do together! Keep at it!

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My favorite songs - What a Wonderful World

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This is probably my all time overall favorite song. No matter what kind of bad mood I am in listening to the song calms me down, slows me down enough to appreciate just how wonderful life can be and how fortunate I am. This is the song I chose to dance to with my Father at my wedding years ago. It is short but powerful. Louis Armstrong’s gravelly voice is absolutely perfect for it; I cannot imagine hearing anyone else do it justice.

What A Wonderful World, sung by Louis Armstrong
Songwriters: George David Weiss, George Douglas aka Bob Thiele

I see trees of green…red roses too
I see them bloom…for me and you
And I think to myself…what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue…clouds of white
Bright blessed days…dark sacred nights
And I think to myself…what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow…so pretty…in the sky
Are also on the faces…of people…going by
I see friends shaking hands…saying…how do you do
They’re really saying….I love you

I hear babies cry…I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more…than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself…what a wonderful world.

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/20/2011 12:28PM

    *nods* great tune. I have it on my "quiet" mix... It comes right after Mel Torme.

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    Very popular and beautiful song. It brings tears to my eyes.


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TAYLOR_M 5/19/2011 7:11AM

    I also LOVE this song. It is what my husband and I danced to at our wedding 4 years ago.

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I am normal!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I’m Normal!

OK, not really, not by common definitions of the word. I remain securely off-center and unique. It’s impossible to be normal when you hear voices in your head (aka Crazy Me) whispering utter insanity (run the half marathon Rebekah, sign up for the local triathlon Rebekah)

But according to the SP BMI calculator…I am finally “normal” after starting out as “obese”…well, the calculator calls it “healthy” but “I’m Normal!” was a better blog title LOL.

So overall goal #1 – to get healthy – is met.

My May goal – to reach the 50 pounds lost milestone – is met.

And I totally left in the dust my other May goal to run 2 miles in 19 minutes. As GETSTRONGRRR said, I OWN that treadmill! I feel like I should slap it and say “Who’s your Daddy now?” (see, I TOLD you I wasn’t really normal!)

Three goals down and I still have half of May to go.

I’m at the point where I know the light at the end of the tunnel I’ve been seeing is not the local freight train about to squash me. Although I am up for leaving Crazy Me tied to the train tracks.

So where do I go from here?

I still intend to lose at least another 20 pounds although I suspect I just might add some more on to that goal once I reach it. I’m playing with the thought that I can get down to what I weighed in my early 20s.

I need to be able to maintain the 2 mile run speed throughout the rest of the year. But more importantly I need to be able to get to that same speed running outside. That will be my next running challenge.

I need to step up work on the pushups. I’ve held steady at 30 so far this month and have not really been working on them. Now that I know I can do the run this is the next hardest piece of the testing. I need to do a minimum of 50, I think in 2 minutes, without stopping.

And I need to really focus on getting the rest of the moves signed off to get ready for black belt testing.

I want to be able to earn my black belt by the end of the year. My stretch goal is mid-October. The testing date in October is just a few days before my birthday and it would be awesome to earn black belt in time for the b-day milestone. So that is what I’m shooting for right now, as long as I am comfortable that I will not re-injure myself to meet this goal.

And then…I need to figure out how to maintain everything I have learned this year into a sustainable healthy lifestyle. I’m concerned that once I leave the “weight loss mode” and enter “weight maintenance” that I will not be able to find the right balance and will end up a permanent resident in yo-yo land, gaining and losing the same weight over & over instead of just holding steady.

What is certain is that I would not have gotten this far without all my Spark Friends and community. You have all been a wonderful inspiration and help in keeping my focused & motivated. I do not have words adequate to tell you all just how much I appreciate all of your support.

Crazy Me, however, feels her words are adequate so I will put her on – be warned, she dances around like a cheerleader on speed & channels Dora the Explorer…

emoticonWe can do it! Yes we can! We can do anything! We WILL do it! We will do it together! It will be fun! We will love doing it! We can do it! emoticon

OK, New (Normal) Me back again. If anyone wants to take a speed-freak perpetual Pollyana insane alter ego off of my hands I would be more than happy to start the transfer. I am deathly afraid that I will wake up one morning to find that, in a moment of weakness where I combined caffeine & sugar, Crazy Me took over & signed me up for a marathon or worse. I am quite happy with my 2 mile run, thank you very much, and hope I have learned my lesson about the dangers of caffeine & cookies when sharing head space with the certifiably insane Crazy Me.

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ATURTLESPACE 5/20/2011 4:54AM

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You know, I have a bumper sticker on my car that says "normal people worry me", but I think in this case I can make an exception emoticon
You have worked so hard for this, way to go!!! Congrats!

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CALIKIKI 5/18/2011 7:20PM

    Woo Hoo for you!

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MCJULIEO 5/18/2011 9:41AM

    Crazy Me makes life SO interesting......

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DOODIE59 5/18/2011 9:22AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work and focus. Who knows where you'll go next!

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FREECANDY 5/18/2011 8:20AM

    So have made so much progress! Yay for being normal! emoticon

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TIGGERJEAN 5/18/2011 8:11AM

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INIT2LIVEIT 5/18/2011 7:59AM

    I have said it before and i will say it again - you are a machine
Good job!!!

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ASEXYWITCH 5/18/2011 7:40AM

    I am so happy for you reaching the BMI "normal"! I dream of the day! But please don't go normal in any other way! Love ya just the way the you are! I feel that Black Belt is yours as you can accomplish anything! As far as maintaining, you just stick with what worked to get you to where you are now! I personally am a Sparker for life!
And really, Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!

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VYVIENN 5/18/2011 7:19AM

    Waait, wait... let's not put Crazy You out to pasture quite yet... I think... we should consider... CONSIDER, I said!... possibly-maybe-perhaps running a half marathon with Natalie next year. The Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon which she's doing in Vegas in December also has an event in L.A., and the SPCA has an open team for anyone who wants to participate. Now, I have two obvious problems with this at the moment: it's in L.A., practically on the other side of the world from me, and it's more than even the threepointone miles I'm training for right now. But... MAAAAAAYBE... the Crazies could mull it over... in the back of the head someplace away from the light for a while... (duck! sssssssst! and cover!!)

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LINDYPAINTS 5/18/2011 6:41AM

    LOVE this Blog! So happy to hear you are "normal", but also understand that there is no such thing! emoticon
Well done on all that hard work and good luck as you go on to new goals!!
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