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Friday, February 27, 2009

Today's blog entry is brought to you by the letter W and the #8.


I used to drink my full (8) 8 oz. cups daily when I was pregnant and nursing. (When you nurse a baby you tend to get really thirsty.) I sometimes would add a lemon wedge or a splash of juice for flavor. For some reason I got out of the habit of drinking enough water.

Today I read Habit #4 in Healthy Diet Habits in the 2nd Stage of the Spark Diet.
For me the most important reminders in this article were that water helps you digest your food better, gives you more energy, and makes you feel fuller. Also something that I need to do more of is drink orange juice or eat fruit in the morning.

"Fresh fruits and veggies are tremendous sources of water. Fruit juices, milk, teas and decaf coffee also count Watch out for caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can actually increase your need for more water; so a lot of caffeinated coffee or soda may do more harm than good."

"Have a rule with your water glass: once itís empty, it gets filled back up right away."
I've always done this.

Lately I haven't had too much trouble getting in (6) 8 oz. cups of water....but getting to (8) is a challenge. Maybe it won't be as difficult when the weather changes and it's warmer outside and I am thirstier.

Eating On Purpose

I also read Habit #5 Eat On Purpose. Some things I need to remind myself of that were in this article: plan for snacks, don't skip meals,less night time snacking and create a regular time/place for eating at home.

Today was another day where I woke up exhausted and could barely muster the energy to do anything this morning. I truly think I have S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Maybe I will research that a bit and post a blog about it. Thank goodness the gloomy winter is almost over!
I need my sunshine emoticon

I did not think I would get any workout in today because my 2 yr old had a speech therapy session from 12:45-1:45pm. BUt after the therapist left, my little one wanted to watch 'Caillou' again, so I did the same thing as yesterday and got in a 20 minute elliptical workout. Believe me, I really wanted to go lay down, but I pushed on and burned some calories on the elliptical.
I'm still tired though. emoticon


Great Work Outs Today! STABILITY BALL!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I usually don't write 2 separate blog entries on the same day, but today I needed to because I pushed myself to workout, when I really did not have the energy to. But I obviously pulled the willpower out of me from somewhere! Believe me, all I want to do is rest and play on the computer. But I posted on one of my teams about wanting to lose weight before Summer and how NOW is the time to lose the weight. Every year it's the same story with me. In January/February I say I will lose the weight before Summer. And every year, May rolls around and I still haven't made a lifestyle change that would help me take off these pounds! emoticon Well, NOT THIS YEAR!!!!! I am determined to wear my size 12 bathing suit (or 10....not sure what it is because I haven't worn it since I had my 1st that's about 7 Summers ago!)

So, I did things a little differently today. I made no excuses that I couldn't exercise because of my 2 year old still being awake. After we came home from dropping her sister off at Kindergarten, she asked to watch 'Caillou'. I really didn't want to plop her in front of the T.V., but I knew she wasn't ready for a nap. I got her a snack and drink and put the show on for her. I then went in the basement (kept the door ajar to hear if she was up to no good), turned the radio on low and did an intense 20 minute elliptical workout. I burned 351 calories on there today! I was determined! Her show was over a few minutes after I was done with my workout. So she finished her snack in her chair in the kitchen, had a potty break and then I put her in her room for her 'rest time'. I'm calling it that nowadays because she does not want to nap. If she doesn't nap, at least she is resting /reading books/talking to her stuffed animals...whatever. At least I am able to go about what I need to do for an hour or so.

I decided that I was going to try out this DVD I borrowed from the library this week. It's called 'BallanceBall: Core Cross Training' with Tanja Djelevic. I borrowed this DVD because I have owned a stability ball for over 7 years (purchased it a year before I had my 1st child) and never really used it in a workout. I've only used a stability ball a handful of times, and one of those times was in a free class I tried at our community center. I think I was uncertain HOW to use it. Having a person show you in a workout is a great way to learn. Well, I love it and will definitely be incorporating more of the stability ball into my weekly routine. Today I did the Abs/Lower Back workout with the ball and it really felt emoticon!!!! I also like the woman in this DVD. A lot of times I will try a DVD out and not like the person leading he exercise, but this woman is very likable. I recommend giving it a try!


Back From Being Sick

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sorry I have been missing in action this past week. I received a nice head cold/stuffy nose combo from my daughters. So, needless to say, I have not been
exercising or eating properly. The past 3 days were parent/teacher conferences at school, which meant my afternoon Kindergartener went to school in the morning for 1 hour and 10 minutes Monday-Wednesday. I'm very glad we are going back to our normal schedule today. I'm hoping to get on the elliptical today.

Monday I still wasn't feeling well and Tuesday I was in and out of the house so much for appointments and errands. So, yesterday I did a lot of house cleaning. I've been wearing my pedometer every day and yesterday was the 1st day in awhile that I reached my 10,000 step goal for the day. Hoping I can do that again today!

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SCAROUSEL1 2/27/2009 11:46AM

    Yay you are back! Glad you are feeling better and the rest of your family too! Congrats on those 10,000 steps!

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SMYLEERED 2/26/2009 6:37PM

    Good to see you back healthy and full of energy, congrats on walking 10,000!

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Take Inventory Challenge!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I am the team leader for the 2006 Mom's Club and Pushing 40 Teams.
For the last 2 weeks in February these two teams will be compiling a list of things that can aide team members in their weight loss. I knew my list would be long, as I have acquired things over the many years of trying to lose weight and then giving up. I just didn't realize how much I have. There should be no reason for me to not lose weight and utilize the resources (magazine articles, books) and equipment I own. Well, the only reason I can foresee right now is making the TIME to use all these items.
So, here is my list:


-Elliptical Machine -Ab Max/Ab Roller -Mini Trampoline -Exercise Ball

-Weighted Jump Rope -Weighted Ankle/Wrist Weights -(1) 15 lb hand weight

- set of 3 lb hand weights -resistance bands for ankles -resistance bands for hands

-resistance band/pully that attaches to door knob

-pedometer -workout mat
*Countless articles ripped out of magazines & stuffed in a folder

*Binder of Exercises - ripped out of magazines and in page protectors

*Book-Buns Of Steel Total Body WorkOut

*Weight Watchers Flex Points Information - an online fiend of mine had re-joined and sent me her extra information

*Personal Training Work Out sheets from 1995 when I belonged to a gym and lost 15 lbs
(includes Body Fat Analysis print out, which they did by placing electrodes on my body)

*Original Deal A Meal Program (cards)

Dance Yourself Thin
Slim, Strong & Firm
Fight Cellulite Fast
Walk Yourself Fit
Get Moving
Personal Training
The Abs Advantage

Dancing With The Stars - Cardio Dance
Body For Life Women Workout
Walk Away The Pounds- Walk & Jog Power Series
Vicky's Weight Off Workout
8 Minute Abs
Pilates Workout For Dummies
Yoga Booty Ballet-Hip Hop Abs
Yoga Booty Ballet-Core
Crunch Fat Burning Yoga
Complete Yoga Fitness For Beginners
Just My Size Yoga

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GETFITNLEAN 2/19/2009 8:41AM

    All of the DVD's are from friends. They made duplicates for me.
Yes, finding the time to use everything has always been a challenge since having kids.
I didn't know how good I had it before I had them. I could've easily squeezed in workouts then.

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SCAROUSEL1 2/19/2009 12:20AM

    WOW! You have more stuff then me... GRIN! I don't belong to either team, but I may have to take this challenge and post it to my blog tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

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SMYLEERED 2/18/2009 8:51PM

    Your selection is extensive I think. Now, to find the time to do it, that's the secret! You can do it.

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Love Yourself!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

emoticonHappy Valentine's Day Everyone! emoticon

I woke up this morning extremely tired. Because I've been drinking more water than I am used to, I've been waking in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and then not falling back to sleep right of way. So when my 2 year old was awake at 7am I was less than thrilled. After getting the kids breakfast, putting dishes away, cleaning up the kitchen, etc. I decided that I would get in an elliptical work out this morning while hubby kept an eye on the kids. I was really proud that I pushed myself to get on the machine today because I really did not feel like it. While on the elliptical, I started to think about how working out, being more conscious about what I eat and just trying to be healthy altogether is really making me focus on myself! I've put myself last for so long and now I am finally taking strides to make me as important as everyone else in my family. Some days it's easier than others to focus on myself, but at least I am being more aware of things I want to achieve and things that make me happy.

This is your life. This is your body. This is the time to get healthy once and for all.
Love Yourself! You can do it too.......I know you can! emoticon

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SCAROUSEL1 2/15/2009 2:03PM

    This is just a wonderful blog... WAY TO GO!

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