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The Day Ahead

Thursday, February 12, 2009

9:41am---I am not motivated. At this time yesterday I was cleaning the bathroom and was really focused on getting things done. It was a warm, beautiful day. Today, it is extremely windy outside, still sunny, but the cold is on it's way. My daughter has her Valentine's Party at school today and this evening I'll be going to church with her for her youth groups' Valentine Party. Just hoping I can resist the temptation of the snacks they'll have there.

I'm hoping to get in an elliptical workout this afternoon. My 2 year old hasn't been napping, but today I am focused on getting on that elliptical since it's been awhile since I did a workout on there. I also need to start stretching more. I woke up kind of sore this morning from all that I did yesterday I think. I also need to incorporate strength training. I need to get my flabby arms more toned! Sleeveless tops will be the order of the day before I know it and I want less flab jiggling under there!

I'll be back later on to report back on what I accomplished today. I'm going to try to get in 8 full glasses of water today.....I was soooooo close yesterday! This picture is how I feel most days about drinking my seems like so much!

1pm--- Well, the church's youth group Valentine's Party has been cancelled because the woman who was in charge has the nasty stomache virus my family had over the past few weeks. I sent one of the bags of shortbread heart cookies (that were supposed to be for the party) to school with my daughter, but we still have another bag to celebrate with on Saturday.

Right now I'm having some tuna on wheat crackers and I've already snacked on some fresh pineapple and a few pieces of golden delicious apple. Working on the water intake....not doing so well, but I'm sure if I get my elliptical workout in I will start drinking the water more easily.

Make it a great day everyone!

2pm--- I did 20 minutes on the elliptical on Manual Mode. I knew I would not be able to do a pre-programmed workout. I made it to resistance level 7 and burned 277 calories. emoticon

I just checked my Spark Exercise 605 Minutes for 2008 and I did a pitiful 605 minutes for the YEAR!!!!! emoticon How embarrassing. I should have got this elliptical last year at this time because I know having this piece of equipment in my house is going to make a difference for me. With having two young kids, no one readily available to watch them for me (one is not potty trained & the other has 1/2 day Kindergarten) going to a gym right now is not an option.

Anyhow, thanks for reading! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEWINSIDEOUT 2/12/2009 4:05PM

    I'm not in a gym either but they do have gyms with daycares. Diapers aren't an issue... they would just interrupt your precious work-out time to come and change if necessry!

I'm muddling thru with no major equipment and no gym membership. If I ever do join one it will be the "Y" because they have a pool. They also have daycare for 1.5 hrs so that would be a bonus.

I have a jogger-stroller so that has been my lifesaver. I bundle her into that and off we go. It gives her a new outlook and I get exercise too.

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SUEKKY 2/12/2009 2:59PM

    Just be positive! I waited almost 2 years until I was able to start going to the gym, actually it was a little more than 2 years. Until then I used my stationary bike at home or DVDs. Most of the time it was my bike.
Also remember you dont have to do 30 mins at a time. Alot of the time I would break it up,, 15 mins here and there. Slowly you will be able to increase your time. Other options, when your little one is playing get on then. If she interrupts you then stop, do what you have to do to take care of the little one then get back on. I did that too sometimes.
One thing with drinking water... I try to start as soon as I wake up. I find that I get alot more water in that way.

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SCAROUSEL1 2/12/2009 2:01PM

    Darn weather! Shoot for just 15 mins of something... ANYTHING... today and you will fel better! You can do it!

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INGODSLOVE 2/12/2009 10:58AM

    You can do it!

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Back To The Grind

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

As you may have noticed, my last blog entry was on January 21st. I was really motivated and into working out on my elliptical. Then, my 2 year old got a stomache virus on 1/28. I started with the virus on 2/1. My other daughter got the virus on 2/4 and my husband got it on 2/6. Two weeks of cleaning up puke, non-stop laundry (most of the time at 3am....pajamas, sheets, pillowcases, etc.)
So needless to say, the last thing that has been on my mind is exercise and eating. Actually, nobody in my family has been eating much while they were sick. We've all been eating together as a family again and eating normal food again (not just soup, toast, crackers, etc.)

You'd think I would've lost some weight from all of this. No. I blame a slow metabolism for this. So, it is now back to the grind for me to try and get 6 lbs off of my body by the end of February. Probably not going to happen, but I'm going to try.

Today was a gorgeous day for the middle of February. In the mid 60's!!!! The morning started out with me opening up all the windows in the house to air out all those pesky germs. Then I cleaned the bathroom and washed the bathroom & kitchen floor. I did a load of laundry and before I knew it I had to take my 6 year old to Kindergarten. When I got back home I put my 2 year old in the wagon, put the leash on the dog and went for a 35 minute walk around our neighborhood. I even conquered a big hill while having the dog pull me and me pulling the wagon. By did I feel it in my legs when I returned home! I'm looking forward to getting back on my elliptical, but today I just had to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Because by the weekend, there may be snow on the ground again. Today was great though and now I have SPRING FEVER!!!!!

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SUEKKY 2/12/2009 1:52PM

    I understand cleaning up puke in the middle of the night. Not the funniest thing to do. When my little ones get sick with a cold they usually cough everything back up.

I am jealous that you had some good weather. The last few days have been really cold and windy. I am really ready for spring.

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SMYLEERED 2/11/2009 11:14PM

    It's sooo good to see you're back in the groove again after being worn out with the bug making itself known in your household. A diet of soup, crackers, jello, and all the bland food can make your metabolism go into starvation mode because it thinks you're starving....and you are! You're making a strong're doing great!

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SCAROUSEL1 2/11/2009 8:46PM

    The nasty stuff sure has been going around. Glad to hear you and yours are feeling much better. I've got SPRING FEVER too... WOOHOO!

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DEZE509 2/11/2009 7:56PM

    We'll all getting over colds. Much easier to deal with than the stomach bug. Glad you're getting back into the swing of things. I had a similar walk myself today, but I was dragging my DD6 while trying to teach an 82 lb shepherd to heel.

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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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