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I want to be stronger and last longer.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Today we started a new session for Group Power. For those of you who don't know, GP is a strength training class, set to music, using weights and barbells. Over the course of an hour you pretty much work every muscle in the body... And then some! The class runs in 3 month cycles but my gym didn't provide the summer cycle.

Other than free weights (which I admit I didn't do enough of this summer) I've been mostly Cardio and Golf Girl.

My gym was doing a big kickoff for the new GP cycle, with 3 instructors, extra energy and even some good give aways. When we entered the classroom, written on the mirrors in big letters was the phrase "I want...".

None of us new what it meant until we started class and one of the instructors yells "I want to rock hard abs!". Another says "I don't want to have to be in biggest loser every year". The third said " I want to turn my flab into fab!". Each statement was written on the mirror. (**edit after going back to class today, I confused 2 of the instructor 'I Wants' one was "I want a healthy addiction", 'rock hard abs' was one of the class members. The other was "I want to turn my fluff to tough". Heck, I remembered mine correctly, and for me, that was the most important one!!)

Okay, I get it now. They're going to ask us all. No worries, I'm in the middle so I'm going to
have time to think of what I want to say to make it clever and..."Hey Gretchen, what do you want??" yells one of the instructors.

"I WANT TO BE STRONGER AND LAST LONGER!" was what I said. No time to think. It just
came out. There was clapping, some giggling and my sentence was written up on the mirror.

I looked at it all class long as more "I want..." statements were added. And the realization hit me. I meant what I said.

I want to be stronger and last longer. Stronger in health, strength, will power, in making and sticking to my goals. To last longer, longer walk, longer workout, longer life, longer *ahem*
(sorry, that one would be TMI), longer time playing with my nieces.

It's true, I want to be stronger and live longer. It is one thing to want that. It is entirely another thing to DO! I am the only one who can do this for me. The instructors can stand there and clap and pat me on the back and say the wonderful inspirational things that they say. But in the end, I must lift the weights, eat healthy and move my body. I must put the
effort forward. No magic pill. No quick fix. Effort. Strength. Sweat.

It's amazing what a little on the spot panic moment can do. Today, it brought me clarity and a renewed focus.


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SWEETNEENI 10/10/2011 11:06PM


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CHRYS13 10/8/2011 12:50PM

    Fantastic! I have no doubt that you will! I love your statement (and the "fluff" one, too!)
It's mantra time!!
Keep us posted on how you're doing...thanks for the SPARK! emoticon

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BOBINVA 10/4/2011 4:39PM

    Great list of wants. (including the TMI ;) )
Now believe you can. I believe you can.

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LABOSOXGIRL 10/4/2011 2:28PM

    Great Blog! My I want...."I want to be healthy, happy and hot lol"

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EMRALDIZE 10/4/2011 12:21PM

    Great blog!!!!!!!! I will have to think on my I want. The first thing is a very superficial i want to look good in a bikini... but I want to be healthier and have stamina and energy be more athletic. very inspiration post. thank you for sharing

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LOPEYP 10/4/2011 6:31AM

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 6:09AM

    there is no magic pill for this...amazing how that is missed by so many. you've got what it takes to make your on-the-spot honesty your reality!! we can all learn (and live better) by taking your words & running with them!! happy sparking!!!

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JANTWO 10/4/2011 12:46AM

    Yes you will!!!! emoticon

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Waking up full of awesome...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I saw this blog today

and it made me think... Yes, I had it. Yes, it was taken away. Yes, I let people take my awesome.

But the best part is, I'm getting it back. I know that I'm beautiful. I know that I stand up for myself. I know that I stand up for others. I know my body is a work in process, a temple being built from the bones up. I know that I am strong and fit and smart and bold.

"All I know is that if you aren’t waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out."

Look at your daughters, neices, neighborhood children and let them know that they are AWESOME. Tell them they are smart. Tell them they are strong. Tell them they are loved. Tell them they are special every day. Don't let them lose their awesome.

And when you're done talking to them, look in the mirror and repeat after me... "I AM AWESOME!" Because YOU ARE.

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CHRYS13 9/17/2011 11:30AM

    I am emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!
You, my friend, are emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for the link ...

Comment edited on: 9/17/2011 11:36:51 AM

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AGASSIFAN 9/11/2011 7:12AM


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LABOSOXGIRL 9/8/2011 5:27PM

    In the words of Abilene...

You is kind
You is smart
You is important


You is strong
You is beautiful
You is awesome!


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JSPIN74 9/8/2011 3:10PM

    SO so awesome! thx for sharing this with another girl who is seizing her awesome again...i'm going to show this to my daughter later...i already tell ehr she is so awesome everyday ;)

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/8/2011 3:05PM

    Awesome blog! If we give away our self worth, we've given everything away.

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Let them eat cake!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My friend had a wonderful 30th birthday party last night. Dinner, drinking, dancing and of course... cake. It was beautiful 2 tiered chocolate with buttercream frosting. My favorite!

I'd heard my friend talk about the cake several weeks ago. I was going to eat a piece. I planned for it before going to the party. Logged in my tracker. Fork in hand, cup of coffee at my side.

And then, it was time for the first bite.

One word can describe the taste... Meh.

It's not that it was bad. It just didn't meet my expectations. Not chocolaty enough, a bit dry, frosting wasn't right. It wasn't bad it just wasn't good enough. Whatever it was that I was expecting, it wasn't on the plate in front of me.

Lots of people ate theirs. They were happily chowing down. I did something that I would have never done a couple of years ago. I put down my fork and didn't take another bite.

It just wasn't worth it. Dumping unsatisfying calories down my throat just didn't appeal to me.

My old self would have eaten one slice and maybe gone for another one so somebody else wouldn't have to eat alone.

I don't deny myself food. I don't use food as a reward. I love food. My relationship with food is
a healthy one now. I can't be one of those people who totally gives up sweets. I have learned
to eat and appreciate food. Good, healthy, fresh, real food. And some times, that includes

But if I'm going to put that food in my body, it sure better taste good enough to be worth

So for now... Let them eat cake. 'Cuz I'm not gonna... Til next time!

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AGASSIFAN 7/26/2011 7:31AM

    emoticon...I would have done the exact same thing!!! I got some of my favourite food (clamcakes), and did the exact same thing last week....but since I had paid for them, I called the place and got a promise of Free ones to replace the bummer, uncooked ones I got...

No matter how much I love (or not love) a food now, if it isn't worth the calories...IT ISN'T WORTH THE CALORIES!!!!

GREAT feeling, isn't it!!!!! WE ARE WINNING THIS BATTLE!!!!


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DRPOOH63 7/25/2011 10:32PM

    emoticon Sounds like it was a great experience.

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TINKSMOM1 7/24/2011 2:16PM

    Good for you! I am with you...if its not good, its not worth it! But even before you ate it, good job on planning for it! Very smart...just a bummer it didnt quite live up to your planning! emoticon

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STLOUISWOMAN 7/24/2011 1:50PM

    Sounds like you're making progress. It's something we all (me) need to learn - if it's not delicious, it's not worth the calories. Thanks for sharing!

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VICD25 7/24/2011 1:29PM

    you are my hero! I must learn this lesson.
Thanks for reminding us!

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PAMNANGEL 7/24/2011 12:33PM

    I agree. Lackluster food of any type just isn't worth wasting our time and tastebuds on.

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SWEETZMIX 7/24/2011 12:18PM

    That is the worst, when you have the taste of something & then when you finally get it. It's just not worth it! You did the right thing. Sounds like your friend would of done better with a Carvel ice cream cake, now who doesn't like ice cream & crunchies lol

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Suck it up Buttercup!! DIY Challenge entry

Thursday, June 30, 2011

DIY Challenge Entry Form

emoticonMy Challenge Name: Suck it up, Buttercup!!

emoticonMy Starting Weight: 190 lbs

emoticonFour Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. Energy level (4)
2. Clothing size (14)
3. Time golfing and practicing (1X a week is not enough!!)
4. Tracking and measuring food.

emoticonIf I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because:
I'm either getting food or exercise under control, but it seems like I can't (won’t) do both at the same time.

emoticonI feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because:
I have been making excuses to eat WAY too often.

emoticonThis time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that:
People are watching!! (Just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean they are not watching me!!)

emoticonI'm scared of:
Gaining it all back.

emoticonI want to:
Be healthy, fit, sexy and happy with my body.

emoticonBut I have faith in:
Me. I am the one who put the weight on. I am the only one who can take it off!

emoticonAnd THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME:
I will cross the finish line.

emoticonMy top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. I will be going shopping with my favorite 8 year old fashionista. emoticon
2. I pledge to NEVER have to shop in the “women’s” clothing area again.
3. I want to date more, and I know that it will help to look and feel better. emoticon
4. I want to look good and play better at golf.
5. I will be going to the water park and I REFUSE to wear a t-shirt over my suit.

emoticonThe best way to motivate me is to:
Let me know you care. Let me know you care enough to notice when I am struggling.

emoticonThe best way I can motivate myself is to:
to be responsible, accountable for what I eat, and how much I move.

emoticonMy name is Gretchen and I will Suck It Up and Succeed!!
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CHRYS13 7/9/2011 7:54AM

    Hey, yes!!!! "Suck it up, Buttercup"!!!
Love this....and you will do this!!!

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NURSESUSIE51 7/1/2011 5:48PM

    I'm behind you!!! In fact all five of your "motivations" were at one time on my list....and some still are for that matter. Probably all but the dating more - my hubby would frown on that, I imagine.

We're in this together!!!!

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TINKSMOM1 6/30/2011 8:20PM

    I want to motivate ya!! I care!!
Great blog! Great motivation! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Father's Day, a tribute to my Dad who passed away 17 years ago.

Monday, June 20, 2011

{This Blog was written last year. One of my Dad's sisters asked me to share it.}

It's been 16 (now 17) years worth of third Sundays in June since my Dad passed away. I miss him daily. I was the baby of the family, and the only girl. Yeah, as much as I could have been, I was "Daddy's little girl". My Dad wasn't perfect. But I have come to a place where I choose to see the good parts and not the other stuff. My parents were divorced when I was in High School. I'm not sure how they ever got together in the first place. I know that there were some good times. But they never fit together right. It was a good thing. I'm not one of those kids who couldn't deal with the divorce; I think I loved them both more for having the strength to admit that it wasn't working

My Dad was a Jack-of-all-trades. He was a mechanic, truck driver, cook. He was that guy who everyone in the neighborhood called when they needed help and he was always there. He was big and loud and friendly and had loads of friends. Dad had his first stroke in October of 1989. When you take away the physical ability of someone who works with their hands, they start to crumble. He wasn't one to sit still and read or work a crossword puzzle. But, even in the rehab hospital, he was doing okay, as long as there was someone else that he could help, someone that he could cheer up with a bad joke.

I stayed with my Dad when I graduated college in May of 1990. He was getting out of the rehab hospital right about the time I got a job in Boston. He needed help and I needed a place to live. Eventually, he was okay on his own again, for a while. I ended up moving out, but staying close. Long story short, there were more strokes, worse health issues and Dad ended up in a nursing home. There were so many times that we talked about things. I had said my peace with my Dad many times, not knowing if this would be the last time. I didn't want to have any regrets, any words left unsaid. And there were none. My Dad was gone for a long time before he finally passed, November of 1994.

Father's Day can be difficult for those of us who have lost our fathers. I decided to celebrate my Dad's life instead of continuing to mourn. Every year, I do something in his honor. I buy a new tool in his name. This year, I will be replacing the well used cordless drill I bought 10 years ago. I think of my Dad and smile every time I look at the art desk that I designed and built for myself. I remember when I bought my first car and he sat in the lawn chair and had me jack up the car and learn how to change a flat tire. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty when I replaced my alternator, with Dad over my shoulder. Working with my hands, getting them dirty, fixing something instead of replacing it. I got that from my Dad.

He is with me still, in my heart. Happy Father's Day Dad!!

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CHRYS13 6/25/2011 11:54AM

    So beautiful....
I'm glad you shared this! emoticon

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SWEETNEENI 6/20/2011 11:11PM

    I love the tool thing. Great blog.

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SCIFIREADER 6/20/2011 7:13PM

    I lost my Dad 10 years ago, November 2001. I too miss him and every year on Fathers Day I wish him a Happy Fathers Day. My birthday is June 19 and once again Fathers Day was on my birthday, it makes it bittersweet. I also celebrate his life, and remember all the things that he taught me. My dad and I had some good times and I know he is watching over me still.

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