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Fit, Firm, and Fired Up!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

emoticon I got this by FedEx today!! I am so excited! Happy Early, Early Birthday to me! (my real birthday isn't until after Thanksgiving weekend) but I ordered this on Thursday emoticonand it came today!

Having a dvd will work better for me since my son and I share a laptop. Now he can be on the laptop while I exercise with Coach Nicole on dvd! emoticon

Unfortunately, I worked so hard cleaning house and in 2 of my flowerbeds today I have no energy left to actually USE the dvd.

Tomorrow after church and a nap.... emoticon here I come!

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WENDYLEE15 10/30/2011 8:59AM

    Awesome..have fun !! emoticon emoticon

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HEIDISHOPE 10/30/2011 7:43AM

    I put it in the dvd player last night to take a look at the menu.

It has 7 10 minute workouts, each for a different part of the body. You can do a different workout for each day of the week.

Then there's a menu for 4-6 (I forget this morning) workouts combining some of those workouts for longer. You can choose either more concentrated workout on a body area or a more total body workout.

Coach Nicole also has a tips section (which was pretty good) and an inspirational section with interviews from people who've lost weight with SP.

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FITNFUNJEN 10/29/2011 9:02PM

    Can't wait to hear your review!

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WILDFLOWERS15 10/29/2011 8:29PM

    Yay!!! Be sure to let us know how it is!! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 10/29/2011 8:13PM

    Cool beans, Heidi! emoticon I am looking forward to finding out how you like it!
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Fall gardening!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I am thrilled!

Today a huge greenhouse near me had an awesome sale on large hardy mums.....$1

My dear husband called me from work with the news which was brought to him by a lady who works for him. He called me and told me hurry and go buy some mums! LOL

He knows how much I love to garden and how I love flowers.

I came home with 8 gorgeous mums! On Sat. , weather permitting, I hope to plant them and take a picture and share here.

I also picked up some native ferns for my dense shady bed on the north side of the house. It will be my cool summer retreat.

Gardening is one of the things I do just for ME and MY enjoyment- something I do that is not connected to being a daughter, sister, granddaughter, wife, mother, teacher, homeschooler, aunt, cousin, niece, support group leader, struggling learner coordinator, dyslexic tutor, friend.

The fact that my husband called me with the news BEFORE the green house closed AND told me to go spend money on flowers and plants really made my day and made me feel loved for just being me...not for any of the many tasks and things I do. emoticon

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SERENEMOM71 10/27/2011 8:15PM

  What a sweet DH! I am an avid gardener, too! I grow flowers, vegies, and herbs. I have a lot of shade, so my DH built me a raised garden this spring (very late spring) so I planted a lot of things that came to fruition now - LOL! - so I ended up with a lot of green tomatoes which I hope will ripen. If not, oh well! It will be there next year! I can't wait to see pics of your mums! emoticon emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 10/27/2011 7:24AM

    How wonderful!! Happy planting..I hope the weather is good for you !! emoticon emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 10/27/2011 1:50AM

    That's so wonderful Heidi! Enjoy your mums! Give your dear husband a big hug & kiss!

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DAYHIKER 10/26/2011 9:56PM

    That is really special, Heidi! How sweet of your hubby and what a great bargain!


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MRSHILL1019 10/26/2011 9:45PM

    I wish I could grow a garden.

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LADYJAKE1 10/26/2011 9:42PM

    Wow did you get lucky, they are $24 here....I love it to, it is so nice to grow and take care of things.....


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TAICHIDANCER 10/26/2011 9:37PM

    Have fun with the growing things! emoticon

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Time to celebrate!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today is my 5 month Sparkversary and I have much to celebrate!

As of today, I have lost 50 pounds! emoticon

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

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DAWN.BELIEVES 10/22/2011 3:54PM

    50 pounds!!! WHOOT WHOOT! AWESOME!!!!

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_JULEE_ 10/22/2011 11:28AM

    emoticon Good Work!

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HEIDISHOPE 10/21/2011 7:57PM

    Thank-you everyone for the encouragement and congrats! This new lifestyle is still definitely a work in progress....just today...1 day later, I ate 3 pieces of pizza for supper!!!

Fall down and get back up.

Two steps forward, one back, two forward is still progress!

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SERENEMOM71 10/20/2011 10:54PM

  That is emoticon Heidi! Praising God along side you!

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FITNFUNJEN 10/20/2011 11:18AM

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DAYHIKER 10/20/2011 10:58AM

    Praising God with you, Heidi!! emoticon

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LAURAMOM2BOYS 10/20/2011 9:59AM

    That is WONDERFUL!!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 10/20/2011 9:36AM

    Congratulations on your loss. You are doing wonderfully!

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WENDYLEE15 10/20/2011 9:32AM

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My Rejoicing List

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Here are a few things I've noticed since losing 45 lbs. and eating healthier and exercising. Some of these things I noticed at 10 lbs or 25 lbs. and put them on the Community Boards, but now I am going to make a list and put it all in one place so I can come to this list to remind myself on the hard days or if my SAD kicks in next month.

#1 I have tons more energy now!

#2 I don't HAVE to nap every day anymore. A quick 15-20 minute session of progressive relaxation sure feels great every few days. But those days of 2 hour daily naps are gone!

#3 I can reach higher up on a shelf or hook now--my belly isn't in the way!

#4 My blood pressure has stabilized at a lower 138/83 and I am off 1 med! Only a bit more to go to get it back to normal and to get off all meds.

#5 My belly doesn't rub the steering wheel anymore!

#6 I don't huff and puff walking up to the house from the creek anymore!

#7 My shirt stays clean when I eat now! Because most of my big belly is gone, I can sit closer to the table and food doesn't land on my shirt at every meal.

#8 I have WRINKLES!!!!!! My face is a lot less, shall we say, "puffy", and I found some wrinkles...but that is good news! My best friend and I used to laugh and say we look so young because we fill our faces with "natural collagen" so we don't have wrinkles. I'd rather have the wrinkles than the "natural collagen".

#9 My husband says he likes snuggling closer to ME!

#10 I can hike with my family and not have to stay behind!

#11 I have my Saturdays back! We have homeschool co-op on Fridays and it is an all day affair, plus since we live 20 minutes away from town, I use the opportunity to also run my errands and grocery shop to save on trips to town. It was always an exhausting day and I needed all day Sat. to recover...usually 2 naps and had my fibro flare up.

#12 I can crawl onto my husband's Goldwing a whole lot easier and even a gracefully now!

#13 I don't fill a chair!

#14 I can get down on the floor with my Sunday School class to do floor puzzles, games and stories now!

#15 I can get back up off the floor!

#16 I DO have something to wear to special events!

#17 I don't feel self-conscious when I walk into a room full of people!

#18 I am happier! with myself and with others and with life

#19 I am stronger! in many ways: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually

#20 I am healthier! in many ways: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually

#21 I am confident in my abilities!

#22 I am finding out who I AM!

#23 Healthy eating gives me energy, doesn't make my sleepy!

#24 I crave......... water? YES! WATER!!!

#25 I'm having fewer fibro flare-ups!!!!

#26 I'm a Pear again!!! size 12/14 on top, 16/18 on the bottom.

#27 I no longer lose my balance because of my big belly and butt and trip and fall hurting myself!

#28 I've rediscovered my joy!

#29 I've rediscovered my optimism!

#30 I want to join in on the fun now!

#31 When with my husband, I feel sexy instead of feeling like a wallowing walrus!

I will add to this list

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1CRAZYDOG 10/9/2011 8:47PM

    Love your list. Keep on sparking. You've come a kibg way.

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WENDYLEE15 10/9/2011 4:04PM

    Great list!! That's so awesome!! Getting healthy is a wonderful feeling !! Good for you !! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 10/9/2011 3:46PM

    What a great list! Congratulations!! emoticon


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DOMESTICDIVA76 10/9/2011 11:40AM

    I love this list!! You've come a long way and it's great that you can list all of these things you now appreciate. I get SAD also and I bought a medical lightbox a handful of years ago. Using that for 30 min. in the morning, daily, along with a multi-vitamin that has vitamin D REALLY helps a ton! I don't even notice the SAD symptoms anymore when I do those things. Makes winter more enjoyable for sure.

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FITNFUNJEN 10/9/2011 11:19AM

    I love this list! So many great things happen when we focus on our health! 45 lbs is a huge accomplishment! Yay Heidi! emoticon

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Personal Plateau Breakers

Sunday, October 02, 2011

I've been on a weight loss plateau for about a month....up 2 lbs, down 1, up 3, down 2, up 1, down 1, up 2, down 3.

Here's my Top 10 of what I have learned...
#1 the number on the scale does not define me (a cliche, I know, but still...)
#2 Keep moving! Don't stop now! Keep being faithful to your workout schedule.
#3 Maybe change it up, a bit, but do NOT over-do it. Just add a few new moves that are designed to increase your metabolism.
#4 Listen to your body--again, do NOT over-do it.
#5 Track your food--every day, every meal, snack, drink
#6 Measure your food
#7 Re-read the labels. Check those calories, fat grams, carbs. What may have been ok when you were 230 lbs, may not be so healthy and good for you at 180 lbs.
#8 Don't get obsessive--allow yourself an occasional break--from whatever is filling your mind too much--exercise, food, calorie-counting.
#9 Start each day by praising God and close each day by thanking Him
#10 Keep your long-term goals in front of you and keep working on your short-term goals.

I broke through that plateau this weekend! emoticon That means a short hiking trip with my family! emoticon

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VJH-W65 7/30/2012 11:42AM

    FOUND IT! emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 10/7/2011 8:40PM

    Congrats on breaking through the plateau! I loved your top 10. All of them are great advice. For me, I think tracking food is so important. I'm not sure how others can lose weight without tracking. I have to or I'll eat high calorie, low nutrient food! Have fun hiking in this beautiful fall season!

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MICRAELIE 10/3/2011 9:27AM

    Right now I am exactly where you were until today and I'm finding it is to easy to let my mind get lazy and start thinking old, habitual, negative thoughts that I know will only lead me down a dangerous path of apathy and giving up. Your blog came at just the right time for me because I have been contemplating what I need to do to break through. They are simple things, the very things you've detailed in your blog, but they are critical. Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on your courage and willingness to keep moving forward.


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1CRAZYDOG 10/3/2011 8:58AM

    Great blog, great suggestions.

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WENDYLEE15 10/2/2011 4:56PM

    That's great!!And what an awesome top ten..Really good points :) !!

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NCSUE0514 10/2/2011 4:22PM

    Excellent post - thank you for sharing.

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DAYHIKER 10/2/2011 4:07PM

    Good post, Heidi! Those plateaus can drive us so crazy! emoticon

Glad you got to go hiking!!

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