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Saturday, March 05, 2011

So, I needed to do a blog for yesterday.. today.

Why? Because it's a commitment I made to myself.

So, yesterday was my usualy half-day friday at work. I was done at 11:30AM.

At a couple of points during the day I came up with a few things to do. I thought about treating myself to a massage or maybe going out for a pedicure. I also thought about going to the movies. However, I did something I rarely do - I chose to be active. While I wasn't as active in the formal sense (I didn't go for a jog or do a work out video) I spent from 12:00 until 6:00PM cleaning. I didn't stop moving. I did my windows, polished my furniture, vaccuumed my car. I just went balls to the walls trying to keep on moving.

The side effect of that was come 8:30 or so all I wanted to do was sleep.

And sleep I did.

Until 8:00 this morning.

For the first time in ages I woke up before 11 on a Saturday and I Felt like moving.

I'm actually starting to feel healthier.

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GEMINI-ROSE 3/5/2011 7:45PM

    emoticonI always sleep better after a day of eating heathly and exercising. Isn't nice? emoticon

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2011.03.03 Weekly Video Blog

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Just a daily thought and saying Hello!

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RACKETMOM 3/4/2011 5:33PM

    Hi, saw your post about restaurants-your username caught my eye because I'm a SH Lewis too! I'm glad you told your name-I'm not a Shannon but a Shelia!

Keep SParkin-sounds like you're definately headed the right direction! Small changes will lead to huge successes later!!


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    Great BLOG!! I love the videos where I get to really see you! It is ! Okay so way to go on incorporating extra movement in your day! whoo hoo on the boot camp day 2 !! Go you!! You keep it up! emoticon emoticonSAUCE!!

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

It's easy to think I won't compare myself to other people - I mean, really, they have their own lifestyle and what they do to be healthy. On the other hand, it's hard not to compare myself to myself.

I wasn't always 'obese.' I mean, I have been overweight my entire life, but I was 'healthy' once upon a time. I could run, and do football style field drills, and I felt good. I know that this was over a decade ago now, but I can still remember how that felt.

Now I struggle to do moutainclimbers.


I'm having a bit of a down day - nothing terrible. I mean, I accomplished a lot today! I admitted that maybe now wasn't a good time to eat out. I did a good amount of cardio and I did my bootcamp vid. I also took the stairs even when I wanted to be lazy. I'm taking small steps, and I feel like I can keep this momentum going.

It took me a decade to get out of shape, it's going to take me more than two weeks to get back in.

Today's BEST thing: Not eating out.
Today's CHALLENGE: Not being too hard on myself.

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KAZINMICH 3/3/2011 8:56PM

    I hate mountain climbers! I still can't do them after a month of biggest loser dvds! I am getting there though. My favorite high school basketball thing was those suicide drills - start line, free throw line, start line, half court, start line, other teams free throw line, start line, end line, then race to start line.. that and those squat stance, running sideways with your hands up, then backwards, then sideways the other way, then back up.. lol.. following the lines. I'm planing on cleaning up the basement enough to do some of those same drills.

Anyway, one step at a time, one day at a time, and pat yourself on the back. It wasn't until I lost 30 lbs that I actually felt like I started to accomplish something!!! Ugh!!!

Wishing you the best!

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Of Starbucks Coffee, 28 days, and the munchies

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

So, today started with visiting the snooze alarm again. I had such high hopes of maybe making another day! Oh, well, tomorrow is another chance at not snoozing. I think part of the problem was that I had stayed up so late last night. Well, tonight is another night and tomorrow another morning.

One thing that has improved is my timeliness to work. Usually I'm about 20 minutes late - lately I've been right on time! I don't know if I'll ever be the sort to get there -early- per se; but, this is certainly an improvement!

Speaking of work routines I have to say that I think my taste buds are changing. I'm a Starbucks Junkie. My friends and family know that I love the place. Well, loved. I don't even usually get the over priced crazy specialty drinks, either. No, just a Tall (small) coffee in a grande (medium) cup and I'm happy. Throw in two splendas and a couple ounces of half and half and I'm usually ready for my day,

Not this morning.

This morning I had my coffee and it just didn't taste like what I wanted... Maybe I just got a bad batch. Please don't take my love away from me!

In other happenings I've joined a bunch of challenges. First is the MARCH challenge through the Determination and Accountability group. Points are earned as follows (1 point per letter) M: Motivate 2 members per day; A: Accountability through blogging; R: Rest at least 7 hours; C: Crunches (25); and H: Hydrate with 8 glasses. So far I've got eight points. The Motivation bit was the hardest for me because I hadn't interacted with anyone in the group. I hope I haven't creeped anyone out with my random notes! Oh, and I totally stowed away in a conference room to do my crunches over lunch...

The other challenge I joined was the 28 day bootcamp. I'm super stoked for this one. After 10 minutes I really feel like I can do something. Though, I can't say I'm too pleased with my performance so far. It was disappointing to think I used to be able to do squat thrusts and mountainclimbers and now I'm struggling. Well, in time, I'll get those skills back.

Last topic of tonight is the munchies. The worst sort of munchies I realize are just boredom. UGH. Well, I'm trying to curb them by eating only fruits and vegetables as snacks. Here's hoping it works. Well, that's kind of a lie.. I wanted chocolate like a fiend today. So, I broke into one of my favorite Swedish chocolate bars (I had like twelve once upon a time, let's not speak of the deceased...) and curbed myself at six squares. Sure, it was indulgent, but it tasted so good...

Now for the Best thing of the day and my challenge

The Best thing of Today: Discovering Orange Bell Pepper. OMG, how have I lived my life without it?

Today's Challenge: Staying out in the cold to walk the dog!

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IRONGRANNIE 3/3/2011 7:40PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well. I hate those late night munchies. I go clean my teeth because it makes everything taste awful!

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ANGELSDAWNING 3/3/2011 10:51AM

    emoticon on your decision for new challenges! emoticon

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EVILPASSION 3/2/2011 8:14PM

    ah....i find that things i liked.....i don't. vienna sausages are pretty much gone for me :-(( I feel your pain

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Turning the key in the engine

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Alright, this morning was the first time I managed one of my most difficult quick start goals - waking up without the snooze.


I laid there for a minute after I turned it off and thought about 1) how early it was, 2) the fact I was actually awake and 3) that I couldn't believe I was actually awake.

I'm using an app on my phone called sleep cycle, and I have to say so far, so good! It also shows how restfully (or not so) that I've slept. I like it.

Best thing today: Actually cooking breakfast
Biggest Challenge today: remembering to take the stairs.

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DHINDS2 3/9/2011 3:29PM

    I thought that not hitting the snooze button was up there with hitting the New York lottery.. longed for but with a low probability of occurring. There goes my latest excuse for hitting the snooze button. Now that you have proved it can be done I will attempt to do so tomorrow. LOL emoticon

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LEN_VERSION32 3/2/2011 8:20AM

    Great going!! Soon it will be a habit!

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A_ROBY 3/2/2011 8:08AM

    Wow. I hit my snooze twice this morning. emoticon

I didn't realize you could get up without hitting the snooze. I thought it was all part of the process. OK, maybe I'm kidding there. A little bit.

Hope you succeeded in not hitting the snooze this morning.

Another member of the Determination and Accountability Team,


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IRONGRANNIE 3/1/2011 10:20PM

    Great blog! I hope you remebered those stairs!

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