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My Elliptical

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This is the elliptical my husband bought for me back at the end of November. He put it together for me last weekend (finally!) Below is a photo and review I found on this particular model. I currently should be working out on it, but my 2 year old daughter is in her room NOT taking her nap! Grrrrr!!!!! I really wanted to get in my cardio today! emoticon

(3:39pm....My daughter finally fell asleep and I got in a Level 1 beginner workout which challenged me quite well 1/2 way through the workout when the machine was at a resistance level of 9 & 10....not sure I am ready for that yet!)

Product Review
Who says that bigger is necessarily better? With the Proform XP 420 Razor Elliptical, you can combine compactness with sophistication.

This elliptical from Proform tones your upper and lower body at the same time thanks to the upright arms. With a mechanism designed to be only three and three quarters of an inch wide, itís about half as wide as the typical elliptical. The benefit of this is that you can perform strides that feel much more natural. Should the stride length not fit you, try adjusting the stride until it meets your needs. Or, to get better results, you can simply adjust the stride so your muscles get a different workout.

There are a few freebies that come with this elliptical trainer as well. You can set the resistance on this machine via a digital mechanism. You can utilize the target pacer or the six different exercise routines to give you the most heart pounding workout yet. For the home owner that doesnít have too much excess space but needs to do cardio, the Razor thin XP 420 by Proform is going to be perfect.

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SMYLEERED 1/22/2009 6:53PM

    Nice lookin' machine. Good luck with it!

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A Fresh Start

Monday, January 19, 2009

Today was a fresh start. I've moved back to the 1st stage (Fast Break). I've entered my weight again (since I gained 5 lbs over the holidays) and set a new goal date to lose by (the date of my 20 year class reunion). I now have an elliptical machine and exercised for 20 minutes on it
this afternoon. I know there will be bad days. I know there will be good days. I'm hoping I can make the good out number the bad. I am being as optimistic as I can be.

Tomorrow, the United States of America will swear in the the very first African-American President. It's a new start for our nation and, I am hoping, for myself as well.

The SparkPeople site has so much to offer and I'm hoping to learn all about the opportunities and tools I can use here to help motivate and educate myself.

For those who have been following my blog, thank you. I hope to provide more entries here on a more regular basis. I have been away and not focusing on what I want for myself for quite some time.

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GETFITNLEAN 1/20/2009 2:33PM

    emoticon for the kind words. Annie, you are so right. The hardest critics are ourselves. I personally need to not give up just because I make a mistake in not eating the right hing one day, or not exercising. Each moment is what you make it and you always, always, always can start over. I've been giving up too easily and need to give myself some wiggle room. We are all human and make mistakes. I need to allow myself to make those mistakes, learn from them, and move on and do better. This is the only way I can achieve my goal. I realize it. I need to make it a reality.

Thanks so much for the positive & encouraging comments ladies! emoticon

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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 1/20/2009 12:38AM

    Hi! It's sooo easy to put ourselves 'on the back burner' of life and neglect our needs... it's one of those things that mommies do best. Sometimes, if we give ourselves a 'fresh start' we give ourselves a beginning, but watch this 'new' beginning because sometimes we get CAUGHT in a 'loop' that spins us from one new start to the next. I think we 'do' that because our 'measuring sticks' are too hard- too unreasonable, and if we were coaching someone else... would we use that SAME measuring stick on them that we use on ourselves?

I hope you have FUN on your journey... and if it's not... PLEASE reach out!
Annie emoticon

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SMYLEERED 1/20/2009 12:26AM

    I'm so glad to see you back and raring to go. You have a good plan, now you have a goal to strive for. Good luck! You can do it!

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Looking Forward

Sunday, December 28, 2008

As you've probably noticed, I have been absent from SparkPeople for over a month now. Life for me in October, November and December is always extremely busy. This year was a little more so, for so many reasons. Now, I am ready to move forward and try to focus on my goals. I know in the beginning it's so exciting to be trying to eat healthy, exercise and have good intentions to do everything just right. But sometimes (most of the time for me), falling off that wagon happens too quickly and we never get back on and continue on our old path.

With the new year just days away, I am trying to establish the mindset I want to maintain throughout the new year. I want to try to approach things with a sense of humor. I'd like to take myself and my life a little less serious. Be a little less sensitive. I'm hoping this will help me relieve some of my stress. I'm hoping that this carries through in my posts to my blog here at SP. We shall see.

Wherever the new year leads you, I hope you reach for the stars and try your best at whatever you are trying to achieve. Be healthy, be happy and, be the you that you long to be! emoticon

Below you will find a little message that LORI*48 shared with her Sharing Healthy Recipes Team:

Tis the day after Christmas
and all through the house
are enough dinner goodies
to tempt any mouse.

Momma in her nightie
and Dad in his tee
share cookies
and candy
with brother
and me.

The feasting continues
all through the week
gobbling down food
until we can't speak.

Crackers and dip
the left over cake
surveying the
'fridge to see
what else to take.

Finally the last
of the crumbs we
do lick.
Amazed we admit
that we feel a bit sick.

Turn on the TV and
what do we hear?
A cheerful reminder
for a Happy New Year!

We toss and turn
along through the night
Could this be the year
Where we get things right?

A New Year ahead
We know what to do.
Its out with the old
and in with the new.

Turn on some music
you know how to go
Start moving your feet
ok just start slow.

Slowly a grin spreads over your face
You find yourself able
to pick up the pace.

A plan you now see
Just what you will do
toss out the old fat clothes
and buy a few new.

As you change yourself
one pound at a time.
You run, jump and dance
feeling just fine.

A New Year ahead
get out of that bed
There's so much to do
starting today
to see that NEW YOU!

ARE YOU READY for a NEW YOU in 2009???

Don't wait another week.
Start today to clean out those tempting leftover goodies, dips, chips and cakes.
Get out take a walk and make your plan for the NEW YOU looking fit and fine in 2009!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 12/31/2008 9:03AM

    Welcome back, sounds like you have your plan in place!

Thanks for sharing the day after Christmas post, I actually was laughing out loud!

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Healthy Habits-----For Life!

Monday, November 03, 2008

I truly need to establish healthy habits. Not just for a period of time and then slip back into my bad habits, but healthy habits I can keep for the rest of my life.

I've probably said this before, but I'm good at knowing what I'm supposed to do to get the lbs. off, but I'm so lazy about it. It's easier to keep indulging in the same 'ol bad eating habits and lack of exercise because I'm too tired and too stressed to do anything about it all.

My kids went trick or treating on Halloween and I ate too much of their chocolate. (My oldest daughter cannot have nuts/peanuts, and my 2 your old has never had peanut I ate too many Reese's peanut butter cups!) I think it's because there is never this much candy & chocolate in the house and I was just craving it (time of the month). It gives me a real wake-up call when you eat that garbage and then your stomache feels so awful.

I hope to get back into the swing of things again with Sparking & blogging here. It does help me to have a place to come to just jot down things I am thinking.

Lastly, since tomorrow is the big Election Day, please go out and VOTE!!!!!

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HEIDI14DAN 11/14/2008 4:55PM

    Boy your comments about the candy really hit home. Though my kids don't have the allergies...having all that chocolate in the house right at TOM was a horrible temptation. I ate way too much chocolate and then regretted what I had done later. Now the candy and TOM is gone so time to get back on track and focused again.

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SMYLEERED 11/4/2008 8:49PM

    Now that Halloween is over, phew thank God, you'll be okay and over the chocolate cravings. One day at a time does it!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 11/4/2008 4:36AM

    It's funny, I think 99.9% of the people here would agree, we know what to do, it's a matter of doing it, I know I have the same issue, do great for a while then slip....but....I keep coming back, one of these days it will stick, at least I hope so!

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LULAROCK66 11/3/2008 10:49PM

    I love the food pyramid
I can soooo relate to the knowing what to do but not doing it because....

Lu (a LIL mommy member)

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    I am in the same boat. I know how to eat and exercise but I continue to go back to the same habits that got me this way. I hope you are able to get back on track. Cross your fingers for me!

Amanda {who wouldn't miss voting for anything!}

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CRBEDELL 11/3/2008 12:31PM

    It's hard to get our sensible logical side to control that "I want it" side, isn't it? LOL Spark is a great help in this area - best of luck to you!

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SUSIE581 11/3/2008 11:08AM

  I relate so much to the sweet eating I binged and I am having such withdrawals headache, sluggish feeling not to mention the guilt. But I am starting to get back on track. I appreciate the help- healthy habits for life!!!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Before I was a Mom, I was really together. By that I mean I dressed pretty nice, wore make-up most of the time and my memory was pretty good. I became a Mom for the first time in December 2002 and now I barely recognize myself . I need to work on my self-image, as well as trying to regain some memory power!

1:30pm and I realize that I'm not wearing my pedometer! Uggghhh!!!! I know I've at least walked 3,000 ( maybe 5,000) steps by now, since I was outside playing with the kids. I wanted to continue on a streak for today for tracking my steps. I need to put the pedometer somewhere so I put it on right after I get dressed.

Yesterday my blog title was stressed and today I found an article entitled: "Why You Get Forgetful When Stressed". So, it all ties together, huh?
Here's the link to the article:

Right now I gotta work on getting more steps in for the day! emoticon

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HEIDI14DAN 8/26/2008 9:38PM

    I'm very much that I am constanly making lists and writing things down. I know if I didn't I wouldn't remember anything. Maybe it will improve after our children are grown...doubtful but hopeful.

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L.I.L.MOMMY 8/22/2008 7:56AM

    I have a theory, having ckildren taxes every ounce of brain power so there's not much left for remembering much of anything else! LOLOL

I often wonder how I ran a multi franchised car corporation everyday when I often go out the door without one essential or another!

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