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Sunday Babble...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Well, its been awhile since I have blogged … its been awhile since I have done anything too spark like.
Today the sun was shining and it was so sparkly outside that I just had to get out and get some fresh air and sparkle into my life…. So I FORCED my behind out the door and went for a run. I was thinking I was gonna be slow but I ran the 5km in and about my usual time… today it was 34 minutes… NOT bad I says to myself as I rounded the corner for home.

I have been having a lot going on both at work and at home the past few months. Its been very hard to keep up my Spark life online. I had to bail from the last BLC… as I just couldn’t manage to keep up and my rah rah cheerleading for my BC Girls team has been at an all time low for me as well, like I said I just don’t have time to get online and participate in everything I want too.

I haven’t been stepping on the scale everyday, I haven’t been tracking my foods, I haven’t been working extra hard to lead the healthy lifestyle I have grown to so love and so Im a little scared that I will lapse into my old ways. I mean I know that I WILL NEVER go back to that close to 200lb girl but I really don’t even want to gain back 10lbs of that… I don’t mind the lags in life but I have to learn how to maintain things until I can get back to my full on self.

I am planning to weigh in on Friday this week to see where I am at but I AM ALSO planning to hit the gym at least 2 times this week before then…. Plus today’s run makes 3 times this week…

Im just babbling here but sometimes a good babble is all it takes to get me back on track.

My youngest daughter tells me today on the way to her diving class that she wants to come to the gym with me this week…. This is a good thing….

My middle son is in need of getting to the gym or getting physical activity into his life as part of a solution to help quell his anxiety. SO… the plan is to get him in the gym and start him slowly… I told him for the month of December he must go twice a week… for 30 min minimum… then in January the plan is to up the amount of days we go by one… and then the amount of time we spend there… and so on and so on…. I think this will also help me get back on track as well.

So Mondays and Tuesdays are a given for both kids and me to get there….. I MIGHT be able to hit it Wednesdays but it will be tough unless my Hubby can pick up our Son from the tutors… And Thursdays is out because we have music lessons after work and Fridays are out because I teach a class after work… so then we are back to the weekend where it is harder than dragging Hades out of the warmth of hell to get anyone to do anything other than sit around… LOL

Such is life… seems as the years go by we just get busier and busier and we have to find new and more creative ways to keep our lifestyles healthy and active….

Christmas is upon us and it is my favorite time of year. I love everything about the holidays except that it marks the first year anniversary of my Dad’s passing. I will miss him desperately this year… and am intending on spending a lot of time with my Mom and my Whole family…. Weather they like it or not… HAHAHAHA

Here is to a most fantastic week ahead for me… for you… for everyone!

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SOOKGAL66 12/2/2011 12:48AM

    Great blog! Life sure is busy for many people! I am finding that by looking after my health needs ie exercise, I am happier and less grouchy at home and that is good on so many levels! Taking time for me and taking time for exercise has become almost a priority for me now. I am glad to hear your kids are taking an interest in doing such with you too!

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HOMATA 11/28/2011 9:34AM

    Hang in there Heather, you have accomplished so much and you can get past your life 'lags'. You've been here for so many of your Sparkfriends with support and words of encouragement, I am sure the community is happy to do the same for you.
And how wonderful that you are working out with your kids! I know that it makes a HUGE difference to have my family on track with me.

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LIFEASMRSA 11/28/2011 12:37AM

    Hey heather! Good to hear from ya! Glad you're getting the kids involved with going to the gym! That should be great motivation for yourself to stay in shape too!!

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KALISWALKER 11/28/2011 12:00AM

    Great to hear your son will be exercising. I am sure he will feel better. You do have a lot going on, I hope you can relax a little next month. Have a great week!

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New Normal!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Feeling pretty good these days.... but not progressing much lately.

I am tired, working too much and not tracking properly every day. My workouts are feast or famine... workout hard for three or four days and then nothing for the next 3...

Im holding my own but I know I need to get a grip and get back into the hard core Spark life if I want to meet my lifes weight goal.

I am hoping once things at work slow down and get back to normal that I will be able to get back to my normal too.

Funny, my normal has changed so much! Normal used to be sitting around and stuffin my face with all things that I LOVE to eat... Normal used to be lazy and tired and watching tv after work.... Normal used to be cooking with full fats and real butter, fatty cheeses and carbs galore...Normal used to be the chillin on the weekends and eating brie and drinking red wine... lazin around in the evenings and watching movies....

NOW... normal is hitting the gym almost every day after work or going for a run... getting out and being active on the weekends, hiking, running, bowling... AND THEN maybe enjoying a wee slice of brie and a beautiful GLASS of red wine.
Normal is not being exhausted every day by 7 and having more energy than I know what to do with (most days) Normal is cooking with grape seed oil instead of butter and low fat cheeses, portion control and skim milk!

I LIKE the new Normal... its all good, and guess what? I look good too! LOL


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WESTCOASTGIRL2 10/5/2011 12:40AM

    You really are awesome! You've come such a long way that looking back doesn't seem right anymore. Good job! I too am finding a new normal, and I must say, it's amazing how I NEED to exercise now, and how I hate having too much to eat. I've not come as far as you (yet), but I totally understand. And once again, thanks for inspiring!!! emoticon

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JUNEBUG160 10/4/2011 1:13PM

    That's emoticon Heather!

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FITAT50 10/4/2011 9:23AM

    emoticon Sometimes those changes are so gradual and you don't even think about them, then one day you put all those good habits in a row...Congrats on your New Normal Heather!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 10/4/2011 1:56AM

    I was thinking the same thing at the grocery store yesterday...how great the new normal is!!!!!

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DROPLET 10/4/2011 1:45AM

    Congrats, Heather. It's all about balance, isn't it, & being your own best friend. Nobody knows how you really feel, and nobody else can say whether you have to get up off the couch or whether you need a rest. Imagine how good you'll look and feel this Christmas and you'll be there! You Go Girl!!!

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SOOKGAL66 10/4/2011 12:07AM

    Great blog, Heather! Isn't it great how healthy living becomes second nature once we've done it for awhile and how it becomes easier all the time to make healthy choices! Woo hoo!

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Panic attack and a plan...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well.... I have been sitting here watching and being inspired by SOUL SURFER... and reading and also being inspired by Spark blogs and goofin around tonight. Generally just taking it easy.

I have had a busy September, last week was an insane week... the next four more weeks are going to be equally insane. Work is really pushing me to my limits and I THANK GOD for exercise cause it is my sanity. WORKING out is what is helping me hold it together.

Im telling ya... its true....

but it is also exhausting me between working 50 hours a week and trying to hit the gym and also be home and do home stuff, running kids to their programs, keeping on them about homework blah blah blah and try to eat properly and and and and......

Last night Hubby and I went to the local pub with some friends and blew off some steam... tequila is my favorite but I really just like to do shots.... so I did! I ate too ... and I didn't count any of it and it's ok because I will work it all off and its a non-issue for me where my Spark journey is concerned... I mean sometimes you just have to let loose a little as long as its only every so often and not every day or even every week.

This morning I was laying in bed and hubby got up... I said good morning and we said a few words and I rolled over... I hear the front door open and close but never thought anything of it because I figured he went out to water the flowers... SO.... I get up and go make coffee and go looking for him, WE ALWAYS have coffee together on the weekend mornings.

HE IS NOT HOME.... neither is the car... he didn't take his phone and he didn't leave a note..... so what right?

NOT! Its 8am ish.... by 9amish I am having a bit of a panic attack... by 10am I have called the local hospital 3 times and run down to the clinic to see if he was there... (he is having some knee and neck issues and we have been both places a few times in the last two weeks) by 1015 I AM a complete mess and having a total panic attack, the sweats and breathing issues , with all sorts of bizarre scenarios running through my mind.... 10:30 he walks thru the door and I broke down in uncontrollable tears and he can't figure out what the hell is wrong with me because he just went to the GYM!

So leaving without telling me where he is goin or even if he was leaving is out of character... me blowing everything out of proportion like that and completely freaking out is also totally out of character.... I think Im just STRESSING out a wee bit.... ACK!

Anyhow, I think I need to just concentrate on me for the next four weeks until I can get some control over my work hours.... SO the plan is to work out EVERY DAY and let the stress sweat itself out of me.

Sunday... Morning RUN emoticon / if raining hit the gym for a ball class...

SUNDAY Evening... emoticon BOOTY WORKOUT @ gym during Kaity's Diving lessons * didn't get to this cause Diving got canceled and so we did some errands that needed doing instead. *

Monday... Evening Run / if it's raining hit the gym for cardio emoticon and added weights... booty workout

Tuesday ... Spin Class / Didn't make it on time for Spin class SO... I did weights and cardio again!(arms this time) emoticon

Wednesday ...Circut class

Thursday ... Spin Class

Friday ... Resting day... only because I have to teach a class this night

Saturday.. Morning Run

Now, lets hope I can make myself stick to the plan!

Nope... wrong words right?



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NINJA_SMOO 9/27/2011 10:28AM

  My goodness you sure are one busy lady, Heather! You make my excuses of being too tired look especially LAME.

Have I told you lately, you rock?

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WRITEFROMHOME 9/26/2011 1:07AM

    YOu are busy! Great that you can commit to your workouts and I agree they are my sanity, too. Great stress releivers. Prob helping my marriage and keeping me from getting depressed ... exercise is so wonderful. I'm glad to be on this program and keeping with it. Glad you are, too. emoticon THanks for keeping in touch. You have a full plate and you keep on giving.

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DROPLET 9/26/2011 12:14AM

    Hi Heather,

"Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die," is playing softly on the radio. It made me think of how everybody wants to be fit, but hardly anybody wants to pay the full price.
Really, getting in shape is not easy, especially if you already are feeling the time crunch - and who doesn't? - but, you are willing to pay the price. I think that is the biggest battle won, right there. So, congrats, you are already there. Just keep lifting yourself higher day by day.

Love your effort, Droplet.
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WESTCOASTGIRL2 9/25/2011 11:40PM

    Yeah, I would have done the exact same thing. Totally and completely. Remember to come up for air now and again -- its only just September!
emoticon I like your plan.

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COLEOPTERRA 9/25/2011 8:06PM

    I have no worries that you can do it! Hope this is a good routine for you and fits into your busy life!

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LIFEASMRSA 9/25/2011 11:52AM

    You're busy as a bee! but YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! :)

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/25/2011 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticon for 1 week, you might love it or decide it is too much and modify the schedule....rooting for you!!

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FITAT50 9/25/2011 9:51AM

    Heather, how scary when a loved one "disappears" I would have panicked too! You have a tough schedule planned...don't beat yourself up if you don't make the gym every night, you need rest too.

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USFBULL 9/25/2011 12:20AM

    emoticon emoticon Power. slow and steady emoticon emoticon

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Disco Fever BLC

Saturday, September 17, 2011

DISCO FEVER Challenge (70s Week) Friday through Monday, Sept 16-19

D Drink Your Water 70 oz - 10 pts
I Intake Track ALL intake, every bite - 10 pts
S Strength 70 strength exercise reps, any mix- 10 pts
C Cardio, 30 min - 10 pts
O Overdrive, do a total of 70 min of fitness: cardio, strength, stretching (including above) 10 pts

*POST a DISCO or 70s GOYBAD for 10 pts
*DO a posted GOYBAD for another 10 pts

***GOYBAD - get off your bum or behind and dance

Possible points per day- 70

F (20 ) S (20) S(10_) M (_50) total (100_)

Yikes.... no fitness minutes since last Tuesday... Hubby became in-capacitated by a pinched nerve or a slipped disc on Tuesday and there has been no sleeping really until last night... so have just been WAY too tired after full days of work and no sleep to force myself to work out...

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JANNEPERRY 9/20/2011 7:08PM

    What fun! You are so creative! emoticon

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MOMMY_ASH 9/19/2011 7:55PM

    Hey Heather! Hope you are doing great with the challenge! Hope you are having an awesome week! Don't forget to jump on the disco challenge. Today is the last day of the challenge. Even if you only got exercise points in they are something! Make sure to add your name and points for the challenge! Good Luck for the Last Chance Workout today or tomorrow!


Rock on Pink Vikings!

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FREECAL1 9/18/2011 12:42AM

  I'll have to get my disco music out too! Stayin alive! Just love those Bee Gee boys!

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RUTGERSM0M 9/17/2011 8:16PM

    Looks like a great challenge. I know you will get those points. Hope your Hubby is feeling better. Keep up the emoticonwork.

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Weigh in Wednesday...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I have met and exceeded my goals for this week. I am down 3.5 lbs this week believe it or not! I would like to say that is due to switching up my exercise, doing something different than I normally do. THAT and tracking my food and really watching what goes in my mouth.

This past week I have added Spinning emoticon into my weekly workouts. NOT my favorite but it definitely is an added bonus in shaking up the weight loss and tricking my body out. I am intending to Spin once or twice a week.... The instructor says it will give me buns of steel! As funny as I find that.... I intend to keep going to find out if that is true!

I would like to shake it up a litle more and take the Zumba Gold class that is on Thursdays at my Y but it starts at 635 and it would mean I would have to have someone else drop off my kids to their music lessons and I don't think that is gonna happen.

I am really really missing my Yoga classes, they switched up all the times and now they are all during the mornings when I am working or right at the end of the day... at 8pm and by 8pm I REALLY don't want to be out of the house.

So lets see my goals for the week ahead are :

emoticonto keep tracking my foods
emoticon make healthy choices.

emoticon take two spin classes
emoticon get in two good runs
emoticon get in two good strength training



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RICKYDAF 9/20/2011 10:22PM

    Just thought I should pop in and say hello! Your blogs are always so uplifting to read!

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LIFEASMRSA 9/16/2011 2:09AM

    Wow!!! Congrats on the loss! :)

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MARNSTAR 9/15/2011 12:42AM

    I love reading your blog. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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SALLY_MANDER 9/14/2011 2:31PM

    Congrats! Way to rock it, girl!


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JANNEPERRY 9/14/2011 1:40PM

    you are doing such a great job! I hope you enjoy your new routines. I can't fit yoga into my schedule right now--and miss it. I haven't been doing it long enough to feel like I can do it on my own! emoticon emoticon

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FITAT50 9/14/2011 11:40AM

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    Great job with your weigh-loss this week. Wooop-wooop!! :)

And I hope you have a FANTASTIC week ahead.

- Michelle

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