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Ready 2 Get Back In The Saddle!

Monday, April 23, 2012

This is a photo of a basic English Saddle. I know nothing about saddles or riding horses for that matter (although I would like to try horseback riding one day emoticon)
I'd like to relate this saddle and it's parts to my journey to getting healthy:

Seat- I MUST get OFF of my seat in order to shed pounds. Move, moves, move, instead of sit, sit, sit.

Twist-Twisting is good---it most certainly will work my waist and loosen me up a bit.

Saddle Flap-Uh, yeah, I guess you could say I have a touch of 'saddle flap' in my saddle area.

Panel-My panel would be my brain. I need to connect my panel to the way I'm feling in order to motivate myself to get going!

Cantle- the definition is:
1. the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
2. a slice; a broken-off piece

I guess the cantle in my life would refer to the slice of success I experienced last year when I completed 2 SP challenges and lost 10 lbs. The broken off piece would be that I have gained that same 10 lbs back and feel guilty about it.

Pommel- the definition is:
1. The upper front part of a saddle; a saddlebow.
2. Either of the two rounded handles on top of a pommel horse.
3. A knob on the hilt of a sword or similar weapon.

Since a pommel is something that seems you hold onto, I would have to say right now SparkPeople is my pommel because of the SparkFriends here, the challenges I participate in and the tools the site gives me. All these things help me hold onto the hopes that I can reach my goals and become a healthier person.

Skirt-In relation to losing weight, the 'skirt' would have to be the way you can easily 'skirt' around the issues at hand and easily fall back into your old habits. I want to avoid this.

Stirrup Bar (under the skirt)-I would have to say that this relates to underlying feelings, past letdowns, or old baggage that we carry around with us. Although difficult to let go of these things, it is a good idea to try to let go and move forward in your life so that you can move forward and reach your goals.

All of that said, I am preparing myself to get back into the saddle. The BLC19 begins on Wednesday. I definitely am not at the fitness level that I was at last year at this time. I hope it doesn't take me too long to get back to where I was and then to get even stronger from there. I will be relying on the support of my fellow BLC19 team mates (Teal Troopers), as well as my current Spark Friends and team mates from my other teams. I also have a blog outside of SparkPeople and would encourage any follower from there to show their support and encouragement for me. (Every bit counts, believe me.)

And speaking of my other blog, I posted about SparkPeople there today in hopes to encourage others to use the site and get healthy. You can check my post out here:
If you're interested in becoming a follower of that blog (All Around The Circle), feel free to link up with me there (RSS Feed, Google Connect, NetWorked Blogs, Blog Frog).

Wishing everyone @ the BLC19 a successful round! It's going to be tough, but sometimes tough is what it takes to rev us up to get going! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/24/2012 8:36AM

    Good blog :)

Don't forget to ask your teammates to kick your booty if it seems you are falling off the horse
emoticon oh- no I didn't lol

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**RENEE** 4/23/2012 5:45PM

    What a great post! The saddle flap made me laugh. I got a little somethin' somethin' going on in that area, too. lol You have a great blog, too!

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SONYALATRECE 4/23/2012 1:39PM

    Great analogies for your circumstances!
You really are creative!

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Pain In The Neck/Shoulder

Monday, February 27, 2012

First of all, I am sorry I haven't been around. I've wanted to be, but so many things have kept me away. The basics of the past 2 weeks are as follows.

The beginning of the week of 2/12 I was feeling tired and kinda down. Just frumpy I guess. By Thursday night my 5 year old had a stomach virus, which took me into Friday all day and very tired. My 9 year old had off from school Friday/Monday for President's day and had a sleepover Saturday night and then had to sing in choir Sunday. Monday (2/20) she had her 9 year well visit and then afterwards we went to a few stores. This is where my problems begin.

After we checked out at the last store I lifted my 5 year old out of the cart and we headed to the car. As I adjusted myself in the drivers seat I felt a kind of crampy pain in my left should area (collarbone). As the evening went on it persisted. I put a heating pad on it. I did not sleep well this night. The next day I woke up and the left side of my neck was really stiff and I had to turn my body so that I could look left/right when I drove my daughter to school. Tuesday night my 9 year old gets the stomach virus. I would've called my husband's chiropractor on Wednesday, but I had to be home with my sick daughter. My other daughter was signed up for a Pre-K class for the afternoon that day, so I did take her to that, but that was just for a quick drop off and run to the store to get some ginger ale for my sick daughter. So, after 3 nights of barely any rest and taking Ibuprofen that did nothing for me, I called the chiropractor and find out he is not in the office on Thursdays. So I make an appointment for Friday morning at 10am. So I went and was diagnosed with brachial neuralgia, which the Dr. said could very well be an onset of osteoarthritis. Could be, but also may not be. So he cracked my back, neck and gave me muscle stimulation while icing my upper back muscles.
I went again this morning and my shoulders are BURNING. Right now I am sitting on the sofa with a bean sock I made and put in the microwave for some neck relief. The ice I had been putting on doesn't seem to be helping too much right now, so I thought I'd go to heat.

Anyhow, I am missing my elliptical and workouts and feel awful that I am in this state right now. My eating has been poor and I just feel helpless. I hate not sleeping well because it makes me so cranky. I just want to be back to my normal self.

Thanks for listening to my rant today. It feels to just get all this out and also to let all my SparkFriends know that I haven't given up, I am just in a rough patch right now.

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    Sorry you are having this problem. I had something similar in 2007. My neck completely locked up, couldn't sleep, couldn't move my head in any direction. I went to the chiropractor everyday for a week and haven't had the same problem since. I hope you are feeling better soon. Chiropractors can work miracles.

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MRSMILLER777 2/27/2012 9:30PM

    Oh no! Get better soon!!! emoticon

Prayers & hugs headed your way!

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JUNEBUG160 2/27/2012 2:02PM

    Oh crap that's terrible! Constant pain is an awful thing to endure. Get that under control ASAP! Did you see a GP yet and get some good anti inflammatories. Sometimes a combination of muscle relaxants and anti inflamms work well, at least you should be able to sleep. Hope you feel better soon. You could alway try the SamE that I'm using, it's suppossed to be really good for osteo too.

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/27/2012 1:30PM

    Gosh Sorry hon!
Feel better soon. I am glad that you are finding ways to try and deal with your pain. Keep us posted and I pray it is temporary.

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JMIRROR 2/27/2012 1:21PM

  Hang in there. Healing takes time. emoticon

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*2012* February Challenge

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


Goal To Lose In February: 5 lbs
Beat 863 Fitness Minutes This Month! (that was last month's total fitness minutes)

Weight: 150.2 lbs Measure your Waist: 35.5" Measure your Hips: 41.5"
Measure your Neck: 13.5" Measure your Thigh: 22.5" Measure your Upper Arm: 12.5" Measure your Waist to Hip Ratio: .85
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Intermediate Level
*Aim for 15 minutes of cardio 3 times this week ~DONE! emoticon
*Choose 2 SparkPeople videos that focus on your chosen body part that you want to focus on this week and do those 2 videos 3 times this week. ~DONE! emoticon
*Peruse the SparkPeople recipe area of the site and start choosing some meals that you want to try out. Next week you will be required to make 1 meal and 1 snack out of recipes you have chosen.~DONE! emoticon
*Leave a comment on a fellow 40 & Fabulous team mate's blog or SparkPage 3 x's this week. They do not need to be participating in this challenge in order for you to post a comment to them. ~DONE! emoticon

Videos I chose Week 1: 9-Minute Arm Sculpting Workout (
) and Day 6 New YOU Bootcamp Workout
Friday's 8-Minute Upper Body Workout (

2/1- 35 minute walk w/dog around the neighborhood; Posted on MARABOU's SparkPage
2/2- 30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 1
2/3-30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 1
2/4-30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 1; SP 9-Minute Arm Sculpting Workout;Day 6 New YOU Bootcamp Workout---8-Minute Upper Body Workout
2/5-10 minutes walk w/dog & kids; Posted on BSANKOW's and FABGIRL39's SparkPages
2/6-30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 1; SP 9-Minute Arm Sculpting Workout;
2/7-30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 2; SP 9-Minute Arm Sculpting Workout; Day 6 New YOU Bootcamp Workout---8-Minute Upper Body Workout (did this 2x's since I missed it yesterday)

Meals I Am Interested In Making: Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche, Grilled Cheese Pizza Sandwich, Coach Nicole's Mini Vegetable Frittatas, Mini Eggplant Pizzas, No Guilt Cheese Enchiladas: SparkRecipes Un-Chained Recipe Contest Finalist , Spaghetti Squash Marinara , Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie, Shrimp Pasta (adapted from Kraft recipe, shrimp-in-love), Meatloaf Muffins, Stuffed Pork Chops, Topless Chicken Pot Pie, Cottage Pie, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Parmesan Tuna Patties, Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf, Fried Zucchini Patties, Spaghetti Squash, Steph2003's Eggplant Lasagna, Stacey's Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings, Chef Meg's Creamy Green Enchiladas, Butternut Squash Fries,Slow Cooker Pork Chops & Sweet Potatoes

Snacks I Am Interested In Making: Pumpkin muffins, Beth's Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Coach Nicole's Chewy Oat & Nut Granola Bars, Practically Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, Strawberry Cheesecake Shake, Single serving chocolate brownie, Cream Cheese and Salsa PinWheels, Chocolate Cookie Dough,


Weight: 152 lbs Measure your Waist: 35.5 Measure your Hips: 41.5
Measure your Neck: 13.5

*Aim for 30 minutes of cardio 3 times this week
*Choose 2 different SparkPeople videos that focus on a different body part this week and do those 2 videos 4 times this week
*Use 1 of the meal recipes and 1 of the snack recipes you chose last week and make them sometime during this week's challenge.
*Post 4 times at the 40 & Fabulous Team this week and send a Spark Goodie to a team member of your choice.

Videos I chose Week 2: Day 7 New YOU Bootcamp Workout
Saturday's 9-Minute Core Workout (
) and Day 4 New YOU Bootcamp Workout
Wednesday's 10-Minute Core Workout (

2/8-Sent STEPHANIEPOWELL a SparkGoodie & posted 2x's @ team
2/9- 30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 2; Day 7 New YOU Bootcamp Workout
Saturday's 9-Minute Core Workout; Day 4 New YOU Bootcamp Workout
Wednesday's 10-Minute Core Workout
2/11-30 minutes on elliptical Inermediate Level 2; Day 7 New YOU Bootcamp Workout
Saturday's 9-Minute Core Workout; Day 4 New YOU Bootcamp Workout Wednesday's 10-Minute Core Workout
2/13-Posted 1 x @ team

Meal I Made:

Snack I Made:


Weight: 151 lbs Measure your Waist: 35.5 Measure your Hips: 41.5 Measure your Neck: 13.5

2/15-30 minutes on elliptical Intermediate Level 1

Meal I Made:

Snack I Made:


Measure your Waist:
Measure your Hips:
Measure your Neck:


Meal I Made:

Snack I Made:

Measure your Waist (weekly)
Measure your Hips (weekly)
Measure your Neck (weekly)
Measure your Thigh (monthly)
Measure your Upper Arm (monthly)
Measure your Waist to Hip Ratio:

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*2012* Day 30-31

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

1/30- This was a not a very productive day for me and it could have been. I was very positive upon waking and then around 10am a message was left on our answering machine that ticked me off! Without getting into it here, it was someone 'pretending' not to know something that they very well do and 'playing' the part of 'poor me'. So that just peeved me off for the rest of the day. I should've used my negative energy to work out, but I had so many other things I had to do around the house that I focused on those things.

1/31- My Mom has the cold that my daughter and I had last week, so she couldn't watch my 5 yr old. I decided to get some shopping done for things that have been long overdue (kitchen place mats, tablecloth, and a bunch of other odds & ends). I got most of the items on my list including a heart rate monitor. However, after reading reviews on the one I bought, I think I will be returning it today and try to get a different one. Apparently having a chest strap is important, and the one I bought was just a wrist watch type. I am surprised at how expensive heart rate monitors are! This is the one I am thinking of getting:

So, although I don't believe I lost any weight in January, I did jump start my exercise again, which was my main goal. I DID earn the January JumpStart Challenge Trophy and I am focused on LOSING this extra weight this year. Not giving up, not giving in, just moving on! emoticon

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GETFITNLEAN 2/1/2012 11:37AM

    Glad to hear that Samaara! I don't know a lot about HRM's, but I think it will be a good investment. Apparently the one I linked to isn't sold in the store, but I can order it online for in-store pick-up, so after I return this one, I think that is what I will do. Just trying to stay focused!

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INIT2LIVEIT 2/1/2012 10:00AM

    Woohoo on the the HRM - it is an invaluable tool and the chest strap is soooo important.
You are doing great!

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*2012* Day 29~ Xbox Kinect WorkOut!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

So,instead of doing the elliptical today and strength training videos from SparkPeople, I decided to tell my kids that we would play Xbox Kinect games this afternoon. We played from 2:30pm until 4:45pm! The various games we played are pictured below. I have no idea how to track the fitness minutes for all of these games, but let me tell you, I was sweating and drank 40 ozs of water in that time period. So, I decided to enter 45 minutes as low-impact aerobics and another 45 minutes as high impact aerobics on he SP fitness tracker. I think what I need to buy is a heart rate/calorie monitor. This way I can accurately see how much cardio exercise I have gained from these games. It was a lot of fun and now I am thinking about buying one of the Kinect fitness games. (Gee, we've only had the Kinect since December 2010 and we haven't used it to its potential. emoticon I think I just decided I am going to use this gaming console as another fitness tool in my arsenol emoticon)

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KARU76 1/29/2012 7:20PM

    Love this! I am tossing the idea around about getting Xbox kinect for the fitness games- think you sold it for me. Workouts that are fun and get the whole family involved are great. emoticon

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