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Overdue Update

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Whoa! So it's been a month since I made a blog entry. Not good.

The month of October was filled with preparations for my 5 yr old's surprise birthday party (which includes present shopping, among the food prep shopping), my 40th birthday (and eating out at a pricey restaurant), getting together my daughters Halloween costumes and buying trick or treat candy, church functions, a 2 day power outage from a snow storm (Ahhhh!!!!), contractor building a roof on our concrete patio and the weekly errands and appointments that I have.

Needless to say, I have gained weight because I did not exercise or eat healthy at all! Halloween candy, a big birthday dinner out, the surprise party.....not good for keeping healthy eating in check. My motivation is lacking as well. I know I messed up big time by not exercising at all and that of course played a part in eating badly. Time to move on though.

Yesterday was beautiful here in PA and my daughter had off from school for a teacher in-service day. I went with her and her Brownie troop yesterday delivering meals to 9 clients of Meals On Wheels. Then afterward the girls in her troop donated some of their trick or treat candy to a local orthodontist who is giving $2 per pound of candy to the diabetes research. We asked the Dr. if we could split that and use $1 per pound for the diabetes assoc. and $1 per pound to buy side dishes for a local ministries Thanksgiving dinner sides. The girls gave 25 lbs worth of candy! Very proud of them!

Last night I felt the symptoms of an on-coming cold. So today I have been drinking tea, eating soup and restingin bed because my head feels like it is going to explode! Unfortunately it is another beautiful day and I can't get out to enjoy it. :-( I'm hoping this is short lived so I can get back to focusing on exercising and eating healthier. I have to or I will soon be up to the weight I was at at the beginning of 2011 and I cannot let that happen! I just cannot believe how little time it takes to put on the lbs and how much time it takes to take them off!

I've also changed my username form GetFitBFor40 to GetFitNLean since I now am 40! So, here's to starting over and being successful!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/10/2011 7:23PM

    Wow, you had a busy October. Life gets in the way of your plans sometimes. Tomorrow is a new day so you have to leave the past in the past and start from where you are now...that is what I have been doing when I fall off the "spark wagon". I have waned with my motivation as well. I eat well doing the week and get in my exercise; it is easy to do with the kids in school. But every weekend I get derailed on my motivation and eating which in turns causes me to undo all my hard work throughout the week. You are not alone in this healthy journey plan.

You sound like an awesome mom...doing lots of fun things with the kids. That is what they will remember when they look back on their childhood; all the things (making Halloween costumes, going to Brownie meetings, etc. I look back on my childhood and remember having fun at my track meets with my team, but wishing my mom was in the stands cheering me on to the finish line. Once my kids get involved in activities, I will make it a point to attend their events.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend. I hope you are feeling better. I was starting to come down with a head/chest cold.....I exercised it away. Lol!!!!!


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Thinking Out Loud Today

Monday, October 10, 2011

I realize I haven't blogged for quite awhile. I've been busy with life and most recently, digestive issues. I felt like blogging today just to get out some of the things that have going through my mind lately.

1. Challenges
I have done a few challenges on Spark People in the past and succeeded. They are great for keeping me on track and motivating me to get in my exercise. However, when signing up for a challenge I need to keep in mind the time of year/month that this challenge is happening. I am currently going into the 5th week of the BLC17 Challenge and the past two weeks I have not done so well due to digestive issues. I am trying to get back on track this week because I am trying to stay committed to this challenge. There is barely any breaks with weekend challanges (Fri-Mon), LCW (Last Chance WorkOut) on Tues, and TNT (Tone N Tighten) on Thursdays. Wednesdays are weigh in days and this challenge requires you post on the team thread at least 3 x's per week. I am extremely impressed at how organized and how well thought out the BLC is. I personally am struggling now because I am planning/getting ready for my daughter's surprise 5th birthday party, heading up my daughter's Brownie nut sale, trying to figure out what to do for my 40th birthday and countless other things. The one thing BLC does promote is "participation, not perfection". I need to remember this and not be so hard on myself.

2. Food Tracking
I currently do not have the time to track calories into SP. I am having a hard enough time remembering to write the foods down that I ate for the day in my food journal (I'm trying to do this to see what foods are triggering some digestive issues). I feel guilty about this.

3. Water Intake
Not great, but not bad either. I also feel guilty when I see how much more water some people drink in comparison to myself. I literally would be in the bathroom peeing all day if I drank as much water as I see some SP members drink!!!!! I am in awe!!!!

4. Spark Socializing
I so want to be more involved in reading others blogs, leaving goodies for members and being a motivator for others because I find it very encouraging when others do that for me. I feel guilty because I do not have the time I would like to be more involved here in the social aspect. I am going to work on it. (Side Note: I have stopped posting my fitness for the day on my FaceBook page because barely anyoen comments. It's so nice to have the support and encouragement on SP that no one could care less about on FB----and those people are in-real-life friends and family!)

5. Turning 40
This could (and probably will be) a separate blog post in itself. I will turn 40 in 11 days and will not be making my goal weight by then. Yes, I am upset with myself that I did not make my goal in time for my 40th birthday. But, I am happy with the exercise routine I have added to my life this past year. I have dropped weight. I am continuously learning new things. I am slowly getting toned, stronger and trying to have a better outlook on what I can accomplish.

Question: Should I reset my weight tracker and goals after I turn 40? Kind of like a fresh start on SparkPeople? I know my tracker will no longer show the amount of weight I have lost since starting on the site (member since 10/4/07), but it might be nice to leave the past in the past and start fresh @ 40? Thoughts on this?

Well, that's enough thinking out loud for me today. I guess a lot of this has been on my mind for awhile and I just wanted to come clean on here. I am participating, I am not perfect, I am trying to do my best each day. Some days are harder than others, but I am trying to stay focused! emoticon

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SPARKPEG11 10/11/2011 4:25PM

    you feel guilty about things that are out of your control. I think you should stop feeling guilty about the things you are not doing and focus on the things you are doing. If you don't have time to do it all... you are still moving forward. Water is important, but you know when you can drink it and how much, not on a scale with everyone else. Consistency, I believe is the most important to focus on first. So there's my 2 cents.... emoticon

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MAUREENMOZ 10/11/2011 11:05AM

    It's wonderful you're making the time to continue with SP despite all the other things go on right now. The other readers made good points for resetting the tracker, and not! Either way, you're heading into your 40's healthier than before. That's a great gift to yourself and your family:)

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/11/2011 5:43AM

    They are very organized. I understand that all the teams are experiencing glitches. Not sure if it happens every time or if its specific to this round.

You are doing great. I can't imagine how much harder this process would be if I had the same obligations of most the sparkers I read about here. Seems to me moving in the right direction even if its slowly is something to be very proud of!

As for the ticker, I did reset mine. I needed to clear things out and felt like I wanted to start fresh. the losing now is so different from how easy it was a few years ago. Plus I am reminded of my accomplishments every time I look in the mirror or run to catch the bus, or bend over to pick up something heavy. But that is just me... to be honest some days its not enough, but on those days the ticker wouldn't have helped anyway... ;)

Going to take this opportunity to wish you an early
emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/11/2011 5:42:37 AM

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SUZIEW27 10/10/2011 5:51PM

    I agree with you on being impressed with how well organized the BLC17 challenge is. Although my team has had a couple of hiccups along the way.

I don't think you are alone in feeling like you are struggling for the past couple of weeks with the challenge. That seems to be a theme throughout right now. BUT, I think if we keep with it, and keep checking in, we'll eventually have that turn around!!

You are doing great!! Keep up the good work!

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JENNJO322 10/10/2011 4:28PM

  Congrats on the upcoming birthday! i just turned 40 in March! Don't feel guilty about what you haven't done it defeats the purpose, but focus on what you have accomplished.

I was going to re-set my tracker too, but it reminds me of how far I've come so far and I'm proud of that. I don't want to look at it as a negative and see how much further I need to go, but that's what works for me. Who knows I may change my mind.

You're doing beautifully, keep smiling and keep up the good work!

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BLC17 Hustle Weekend Challenge (Week #2)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16th until midnight Monday, September 19th

H = Hydrate your body (1pt. for every 8oz.)
U = Unite on the thread (5pts. per day).
S = Stimulate your muscles (1pt. for every 12 reps).
T = Track everything you eat (10pts. per day).
L = Live a little by doing at least one small thing for yourself (5pts. per day).
E = Entertain yourself by doing the Hustle (5pts. per day).

(Note: Participants don't have to do the actual Hustle moves for "E" as long as they dance somehow the whole time the song is playing. Also, the points for “H” and “S” are unlimited! Oh and Unite on the Thread simply means, post on your team’s chat thread!)

Friday 9/16: H-2pts U-1pt S-0- pts T-0 pts L-5 pts E-0 pts
Saturday 9/17:H-3 pts U-5pts S-0 pts T-0 pts L-5 pts E-0 pts
Sunday 9/18:H-5 pts U-5 pts S-T-L-5 pts E-
Monday 9/19:H-3 pts U-S-T-L-E-

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SUZIEW27 9/19/2011 11:14AM

    It took me all weekend but I am finally able to get all of the steps in the Hustle down!!

Great job on the weekend challenge!!

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FITNFUNJEN 9/18/2011 12:31PM

    Hustle! Hustle! Hustle! Keep it up!

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BLC17 TNT Thursday Week #1

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The BLC17 TNT (Trim & Tone) Thursday challenge for today was to do:

1. 5 Minute Cardio Warm Up - 5 points

2. Choose 4 Upper Body Exercises – 2 sets of 10-12 reps – 5 pts per exercise = 20 pts total

3. Choose 3 Core Exercises – 25 reps of each - 5 pts per exercise = 15 pts total

4. Choose 3 Lower Body Exercises - 2 sets of 10-12 reps - 5 pts per exercise = 15 pts

5. Cool Down Stretch - 5 pts

BONUS – Get 40 bonus points for drinking at least 8 glasses of water today.
I did not plan on doing my elliptical today, but when I saw I had to do 5 mins of cardio and
I didn't know WHAT to do, I figured I'd just do my elliptical. This was a bonus.

These are the exercises I did:
Side Plank on Ball, Alternating Dumbbell Biceps Curls, Boxer,One-Arm Dumbbell Rows, Seated Dumbbell Triceps Extensions, Low Mount Abduction with Band, Lying Hamstring Curls with Ball, Wall Squats with Ball, Dumbbell Side Bends, and Crunches with Ball.
So, I got my 60 points for doing the toning challenge, but I'm not sure I am going to get the last of my water in for today. So far I have 48 ozs done. I will try!
S [10][10][][] M [5][][][] O [][][5][5] R [5][][5][5] E [20][20][][] = Total Points 90
Friday Points=40
Saturday Points= 30
Sunday Points=10
Monday Points= 10
TNT Thursday Week #2 "Basic" 70/70/70. That's 70 squats, 70 crunches and 70 pushups (any style) to be completed anytime in your time zone on Thursday, September 15th. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/9/2011 12:30AM

    emoticon Way to go - we are going to rock this!

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Free Exercise E-Books Today!

Monday, September 05, 2011

If you own a Kindle, the above link will lead you to 4 free exercise ebooks.
If you do not have a Kindle, you can always download the free Kindle for PC here:


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LADYANDREA2012 9/7/2011 12:00PM

    Thanks, so much!!! I really appreciate it!!! I just downloaded them all!!! That was absolutely wonderful!!!! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 9/6/2011 10:19PM

    ThaNKS so much!

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CYCLEGIRL5 9/5/2011 11:40PM

    Thank-you very much !!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZARAH140 9/5/2011 8:42PM

    Thanks so much. This is great. Free is for me.

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JMCADE 9/5/2011 6:46PM

    Thanks I will download and check these out. I am all for free!

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JOYCERN12 9/5/2011 6:17PM

    awesome thanks, i'll check 'em out later but grabbed 'em while they were hot!

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