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Christmas party tonight!

Friday, November 28, 2008

(I found this picture on-line that is VERY SIMILAR in color and style to my actual dress that I'll be wearing tonight! The differences are: my dress is knee length and on the back, instead of those chains draping down her back, mine is made out of the same satin as the dress! PRETTY!) I even decided, that with the state of my current finances, I am going to wear my pageant shoes with the dress! (clear 5" heels!) I'm going to feel like Cinderlla! The belle of the ball! ... in a size 2 green dress, I might add!)

I will be sure to get a bunch of pictures from the party! We are even planning on getting a room at the hotel so we (Collin and I) can both enjoy the spirits that will be flowing throughout the evening and not have to worry about how we are getting home safely! (PS... I haven't drank since Stampede week: July 5th... so I will be careful to watch my limit! I know my tolerance will be WAY down! No need to make myself sick, right? That is my current plan... but seriously who knows what the night will bring! Again, this is another night I will enjoy thouroughly... no limit on food, beverages or fun! Life is too short and who doesn't love a party???
I definitely don't do this very often, so I know I can afford any "damage" it may cause. It's only temporary, right? (And if I'm lucky, it may even KICK start my WL again! WOO HOO! HAHA... wishful thinking!)

Anyways, here's to a great weekend... Happy American Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
I hope you all got to enjoy some special time with family and friends!

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RUNSTEPHRUN 12/1/2008 10:33PM

    Sounds like a great plan! And a plan any of us can follow with the right focus through-out the year!

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CAROLISCIOUS 11/29/2008 4:55PM

    How exciting. The dress is gorgeous! A well-deserved reward for lots of hard work. I'm sure you are hung over this morning...but not too badly I hope.

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THECITYMOUSE 11/29/2008 8:28AM

    Where are the pitchas?! I gotta see these shoes, too. Five inches is kinda hard to walk in. Hope that you and Collin had a blast....of course you were the belle of the ball!!!


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JIBBIE49 11/29/2008 2:31AM

    Like I tell my dd, Maggie, who is 18,


Enjoy that dress.

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/28/2008 10:58PM

    Ooooh, a hotel room for the night! It sounds TOO fun. I can't wait to see pictures of you in your gorgeous size two dress - and the pageant shoes!!

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_FITMAMA 11/28/2008 10:25PM

    The dress and color is beautiful! Hope you had a great night out!

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KELLYFIT4U 11/28/2008 9:51PM

    That dress looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see pictures of you in it. I wish I had a fancy Christmas party to attend. That sounds like a blast. I hope you had a good time.

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LEANVIXEN 11/28/2008 4:12PM

    I hope you have an amazing time at the party. The dress is gorgeous! Can't wait to see pictures. Have fun this weekend :-)

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SEEHOLZ 11/28/2008 3:39PM

    Totally agree: Life is too short and I love the fact that you're going all out and dressing up! You'll look gorgeous- no doubt about it! Have fun!

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GEOGIRL 11/28/2008 1:44PM

  You are going to be smokin' hot tonight! I LOVE your dress, the color and cut are fantastic! Our xmas party isn't until the 19th but I'm already excited with the dress hanging in the closet. Enjoy your night! emoticon

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I decided to take my own picture yesterday because I thought I looked pretty darn cute in my work outfit and newly cut hair! (well, I got a trim!)

After doing a little PS manipulation on the picture, I realized "I have the Alien eyes!" LOL (They just appear to be very slanted upwards in this picture... very reminiscent of this:


... I think I have too much time on my hands!

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WENDEECOURTNEY 12/1/2008 10:35AM

    Of course, you look GREAT!!!!! You do not look like an alien!!!! lol That DID make me laugh, though.

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TEENIEWEENIE 11/29/2008 8:19PM

    I love the hair! You do look very cute and not alien like

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KELLYFIT4U 11/28/2008 9:50PM

    You do look pretty darn cute and tiny might I add. I love the outfit.

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LEANVIXEN 11/28/2008 4:10PM

    Haha! I agree with the 'out of this world' comment. You look great!

Oops about Thanksgiving ;-)

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GUNGHONIA 11/28/2008 12:26AM

    Alien, no. Unless by alien you really meant 'out of this world.' *wolf whistle* ;)

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SEEHOLZ 11/27/2008 10:01PM

    HA HA HA!!! You are too funny! I thought I was the only one who posted a rather "strange" blog out there- till I opened up the one called "Alien"---- heck, looks like you have your Halloween costume figured out for next year-LOL!
Seriously, you look anything but that Alien to me- I think I'll so go with the "so darn cute" thought any time!

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***LISA*** 11/27/2008 5:08PM

    You are adorable and not at all alien like!!!!

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THECITYMOUSE 11/27/2008 12:44PM

    Ehm.....1. you h ave too much time on your hands; 2. you do not look like an alien; 3. but I love you anyways.

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GEOGIRL 11/27/2008 12:17PM

  You are hilarious! You do look "pretty darn cute" in your work outfit, good for you for noticing and taking a picture!

Thanks for your comment on my blog, I do feel like this is a turning point and I really want this for myself. Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration!

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DANNI10 11/27/2008 12:06PM

    You crack me up!!

You do look cute in your picture and your eyes are gorgeous!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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RICE really IS the best medicine

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

And I'm not talking about the RICE that you eat... LOL
I'm talking about the keys to injury recovery: R.I.C.E

(well... when your injury does not involve an open wound, you really only need to follow R.I.! LOL)

For the past 2 days I've been icing my shoulder/back area (the place that my shoulder injury stems from) and WOW, have I noticed an improvement or what??? I kinda thought this injury was past the point of helping but I was WRONG! I've been icing it for only 20 minutes in the evening, but what a difference I wake up to! My arm no longer feels dead and sore and usually it feels this good for the entire day! (Unless I lift something the wrong way!) Not to forget the fact that I'm giving the body some well deserved rest! (I could be downstairs spinning away right now but instead I'm writing this blog! What a good girl I am! LOL)

REST & ICE... that's a simple formula to remember!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/26/2008 3:26PM

    Hmmm....the RICE you eat is pretty good stuff, too. :) Sorry to hear you're injured - what'd you do? It must be so hard for a fitness instructor like yourself to allow yourself to rest - I'm sure you are fighting the urge to go and exercise. Someone on my blog just advised me to give myself some rest days once in a while and I get this weird guilt/anxiety thing about it! Oh, by the way, thanks for the Cornicopia...that was cute! :) Jess was very proud of himself for being a yoga natural. I tried the crow too but just couldn't support my whole weight with my arms. I'm glad to know it doesn't just come naturally for everyone like it did for Jess. I was very amused to see you calling him my fiance, by the way...although he ALMOST is, I hope! Thanks to your suggestion I will be on the lookout for Vinyasa yoga...I had no idea about the different kinds but the little blurb on my gym's website about Hatha sounded good and the timing was right, so that's why we went with Hatha. By the way, I am so impressed that you TEACH yoga - is it typical to teach so many different kinds of classes where you are? At my gym some people teach Body Pump and some cardio classes, but I think the yoga instructors don't typically cross over to the main studio. You sure do get well-rounded workouts, don't you!

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ABIZZLE7 11/26/2008 1:07PM

    I'm somewhat accident prone, and seem to twist an ankle or pull a ham or strain a quad once a sport season. Therefore, RICE is very familiar to me. The C & E are just as important in the first 24 hours of recovery time even if you don't have an open wound - compression and elevation help keep the area from becoming too inflamed and reduces the swelling.

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RA4945 11/26/2008 12:30PM

    I'm so glad that is helping you! I'm still having issues with my achilles but only think to ice it when it hurts. You mentioned that you've had this injury in the past. What did you do for it? I cut back running to just once a week (my long run, perhaps not too smart) but I guess that is not enough time to heal. I'm not going to go on my long run next weekend (maybe a long walk instead) and see if it helps to have 2 full weeks off. I want it to heal quickly as I'm training for a half marathon and need to increase my mileage! Anyway, I hope your shoulder is completely better soon!

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LEANVIXEN 11/26/2008 9:59AM

    RICE is soo important. I didn't have any major injuries when I played sports, but whenever something happened RICE made it better. Good job getting some rest. It is much deserved!

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KELLYFIT4U 11/26/2008 9:27AM

    I'm glad your feeling better. I really need to try to ice my leg more often. I've been trying. It is starting to feel better. I was able to light jog 1/4 mile twice today on the treadmill. I didn't want to push it so I stopped at that! I might go ice my leg right now!! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 11/26/2008 9:14AM

    Glad to hear your shoulder's feeling better!

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What a morning!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Have I mentioned how much I HATE taking the bus to work? It just puts me in a FOUL mood in the morning... Why do I endure this?
Oh right, because parking downtown is ridiculously expensive and I'm all about doing my part for the environment. (But on days like today.. is it really worth it? ... Let's just say I ended up flipping the bird (both hands!) to a bus driver this morning!!!

Yeah... One of THOSE days! :(

I finally got to ice my bum shoulder (back?) last night. It feels really good this morning too! I need to make a point to take better care of this injury! It's been around for too long already! (Since November 4th!)

I have been trying really hard this week to take it easy and only do the bare minimum as far as exercise goes. (I'm basically exercising like I used to, before I got a personal trainer)
I still manage to track more then 360 minutes (6hrs) of exercise in a "regular" week!
Wow! No wonder I was starting to burn out! I was tracking between 450-720 minutes (7.5- 12hrs) in the past!
(I'm sure my basement gym and bike trainer are feeling neglected but soon enough they will be working overtime! :) I think I'll give myself Decemer to relax and just exercise like I used to... Then January is time to start ramping things back up!!! And February, it's ON Baby!
I'm going to be a machine for February thru April! Once I really get started I am going to make every day count!

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 10:55PM

    When I lived in Peoria, Illinois and then in Chicago, I rode the bus all the time. I had a car, but I didn't want to deal with parking, so I really understand what you are talking about. emoticon

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WENDEECOURTNEY 11/25/2008 4:37PM

    Hope that your day has gotten better!!!! I have those BIRD DAYS a lot!!!! LMAO!!!!! And, if it was a DOUBLE and you did it HARD when you flipped them, then I know the morning totally sucked!!!!

Gahhhh, you are a freaking tracking some excercise QUEEN!!!!! emoticon Dang, no wonder I am not losing weight. I don't think that I have enough time to get THAT much in, Dang, girl! lol You are a freaking MACHINE!!! YAY!!!!!!

BIG emoticon Hope that your day has been better! You are awesome!

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LEANVIXEN 11/25/2008 3:59PM

    Dang girl! 6 hours a week is easy?? You are so hard core. I wish I had that much time to workout. I usually get in about 4-5 hours of cardio. 6 on a tough week. I'm glad that you're taking care of yourself and icing that injury. I know it's difficult, but sometimes the body just needs time to recover. I get antsy after one day of not working out.

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_FITMAMA 11/25/2008 3:49PM

    So sorry to hear about the jerk bus driver! That is terrible!

Sorry to hear your shoulder/back is still an issue. I, too, am taking it slow. I haven't been able to do ANY cardio, which really blows. I am starting to feel a little fluffy around the middle! But I am right there with you, get thru December and BRINGIN' IT in January!

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SEEHOLZ 11/25/2008 2:09PM

    The bus brings back "OLD" memories of school days...
Let's just say, I haven't been taking it much myself lately-LOL! I wanted to do that at this bus driver yesterday. I was running in the street straight at him ( as far to the side as possible- it was snowy after all and I wasn't about to fall on the sidewalk) and this person did not move an inch. I had to jump on the curb ( no big deal- I was in his way, so he was right, but he totally could have moved and I still woudl have moved--- you could tell, he would have rather run me over!!!)
I've come to realize that people always have some "dramatic" bus ride!!!
Either day, the environment thanks you and maybe just go and buy yourself something for the money you're saving in parking,so you have a good reinforment!!!
Glad to hear your shoulder is better, btw!

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FITGIRL15 11/25/2008 1:10PM

    Ladies... this is how it went down,
I was running for the bus. I even sprinted across the street to catch it! The bus literally pulled away from the stop as I got right beside the door... I was PISSED (becasue this means I'll be late for work) so I in my emotional state, flipped him/ her both birds!
The bus then stopped, as if to have noticed me... and be waiting for me to let me on. So I ran again to catch it (eventhough at this point I felt like crap for flipping the birds to the driver!). I got close to the bus door again and then the bus pulled away!


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ABIZZLE7 11/25/2008 12:24PM

    yes, i'd love to hear more about the bird-flipping incident.

unfortunately, that occurs more than i'd like to admit around here... the DC area just attracts so many STUPID drivers, in addition to the A-holes who totally believe that their time is worth WAY more than yours. lovely...

anyways, i hope you're destressed and have a great rest of the day.

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RUNNINGWILD 11/25/2008 12:01PM

    Both hands?! omigosh. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm giggling. I just wouldn't think you'd have it in you to do that. I'm also wondering if s/he will let you back on their bus tomorrow.... better bring them a coffee. emoticon

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Focus for the day: POSTURE!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I thought this comic was very well representative of my current state of being (not to mention the state of the economy!)

The hazards of working at a desk job are many fold... but the 2 big ones are
a) growing a big A$$ and 2) building BAD POSTURE!

I have since combatted problem 1 (losing 25 pounds sure has reshaped my backside!)
But the posture problem still plagues me! ...Now more then ever!

My chiropractor mentioned I have a pretty pronouned forward slump (shoulders cave in). He suggest that there are many factors that have attributed to this: sitting in a desk all day, being a woman (top heavy), lifting weights (to a smaller degree but this sure has helped to pronounce some of my muscular imbalances), etc!
I never really paid much attention to this, until this weekend. the friend that I was out shopping with physically pryed my shoulders back and said "Woah girl... you need to STOP slouching!"
emoticon ...I was doing it without even knowing it! Ugh!

Bad posture is UGLY... and I don't want to be ugly... especially as I get older!

It's frustrating though because I already DO yoga... actually do so many things that they say will help to improve your body awareness as well as your posture! I feel like "What else can I do besides get adjusted?" I guess I have to think outside the box on this issue and really become aware of where my shoulders are at all times!

So, if you meet me on the street today and I'm not walking tall and proud (which will probably be the case!), please, don't hesitate to give me a friendly reminder to "Stand straight, Girl Friend!" The more I'm reminded, the more I'll do it and the more it will become a new habit to stand tall and straight!

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 10:53PM

    Hon, keep doing YOGA. I never realized how fast the years would fly by and I'd get this age. emoticon

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LEANVIXEN 11/24/2008 4:08PM

    Sitting at a desk all day reaks havoc on our posture. I have an ergonomic chair, but it still doesn't really help. I have to crack my back every night before bed, otherwise things feel out of place. I'm going to try to sit taller to see if that helps. Just think about sticking your chest out. That should help ;-)

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WENDEECOURTNEY 11/24/2008 3:43PM

    Omgahhhhh!!! I know, girl! These desk jobs are KILLER on your posture. When I was younger and first started a desk job, my supervisor commented to everyone that they could stick a board behind my back because I sat up so straight at my desk. BOY, how times have CHANGED!!! I catch myself slumping ALL the time now!!!! Now, I also have lower back pain from sitting in this freaking chair all damned day at the computer, lol. At this moment, I am sitting tall! I bet everyone is going to ask me if I am okay. LMAO!!!!!

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DIANEMARY126 11/24/2008 2:51PM

    hey jess!!! i agree thanks for this reminder- as i began reading i was slouched over so i immidiately fixed it...posture has always been an issue for me, especially while sititng down!

your blogs are the greatest and so informative! chiropractor adjustments are great! i think as you build muscle and your upper back & shoulders become even stronger, your posture will become better too-

keep up the great work, you are doign amazing!!


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SEEHOLZ 11/24/2008 2:33PM

    I think most people do not naturally focus on posture. If you notice, it's something that we are "trained" to do. Dance instructors, ballerinas etc. are the only people I really met who were "obsessed" with proper posture... they just have a habit of focusing on this. My DH and my MIL both slough and whenever I stand behind either one of them, I cannot help but pull their shoulders back-LOL--- I'm the back-adjuster in my family-LOL!
My main posture problem is "pulling up my shoulders" without realizing. I guess I tense up and they creep up on me. I am always told to "relax" my shoulders. Part of the problem is that they are already pretty wide and high up, so it also looks worse than my "action"... it annoys me that I don't even notice this, but I am also thankful for being "adjusted".
An alarm of some kind would be nice--- please adjust your form--- but mine would probably go off 24/7-LOL...
I also know how you feel about "already doing all this stuff"... one MORE thing to add to the list, huh? I think it's kind of like stretching.... we tend to just "ignore" it, until it shows its ugly little head!
How's the shoulder???? I saw your comment about it killing you--- man, please make sure to ice it and take good care of it!!!

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RA4945 11/24/2008 1:44PM

    This is a good reminder! Thanks!

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