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A friend's challenge!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My friend SALLIE51, just put a new challenge out for herself and I think it's a great idea. She wrote a blog about her "20 week New Years challenge", and I LOVE it! It's 20 weeks until New Years day, what can YOU do by then? My goal is to weigh less than I did when I met my husband. That would mean I have to lose 30 lbs, that's 1.5lbs a week. I can do this, it's great motivation for me, thanks Sallie! Who's with me?

My starting weight will be posted after weigh in, and I'll keep updating here.

8/15 - 210.5 I've got 20 weeks to meet my goal!!!
8/22 - 209 ( - 1.5)
8/29 - 208 (-1 fell short this week, have to make that up!)
9/5 - 207 (-1, still behind)
9/12 - 205.5 (-1.5, still behind. I need a REALLY good week)
9/19 - 203 (-2.5)
9/26 - 207 (+4, CRAP! I may have to revamp these goals)
10/3 - 205 (-2)
10/10 -
10/ 17 -
10/24 -
10/31 -
11/7 -
11/14 -
11/21 -
11/28 -
12/5 -
12/12 -
12/19 -
12/26 -
January 1, 2012 -

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 8/29/2011 1:10PM

    I love it...and that fits with my general goal to lose a pant load before the new year.

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MEMEME75 8/29/2011 9:08AM

    Love this idea. Of course, I am just reading it now and will need to start at 18 weeks until New Year's. I am going to post this as well and set my goals. Thank you!

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DRFALCO 8/19/2011 12:17PM

    count me in !! Twenty weeks = 40 pounds...I want to lose 30 pounds by January 1, 2012 :) emoticon

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KIKI0531 8/17/2011 12:04PM

    That's a great challenge. My overall goal from my first day on Spark in March was to lose 100 lbs by January 2012. SO, I will just keep plugging away over here and keep you posted ;) 36.5 more to go !!

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PEGGYMAS1 8/17/2011 8:46AM

    I'm in we can do this I'm going for 20 by the 1st of the year emoticon

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WIGIME 8/17/2011 7:35AM

    Good luck girlie! I KNOW you can do this! I am cheering for you!

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SCOUTMOM715 8/16/2011 10:06PM

    30 lbs is very doable. emoticon Count me in too!! emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 8/15/2011 1:31PM

    I am with you!!! Great challenge!! My week will start Saturday, August 20th! YAY!!! I can't wait to check back in with the progress!

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ESHERRILL3 8/15/2011 11:44AM

    I've been looking for a challenge. By golly, I think I found it. Count me in too! emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 8/15/2011 10:16AM

    emoticon You can do this! 30.5 lbs is a wonderful goal and very doable. We each are going to be forces to be reckoned with come New Year's Day when we meet our goals. It will be a great way to begin a new year. Best wishes my friend!!

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MADTHENURSE 8/15/2011 8:01AM

    I am with you!!! 30# by the New Year!

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ELISOS 8/14/2011 10:30PM

    great idea!!!

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MOM4407 8/14/2011 8:25PM

    I am in with you. I am going to post the challenge on TOPS Friends.

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SUSANS_TURN 8/14/2011 6:21PM

    Great idea! emoticon emoticon

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PWAYLA 8/14/2011 4:08PM

    This is GREAT! A medium-range goal is a nice step for those of us who have lots to lose. Good luck with your goals -- I will also be participating!

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TEMPEST272002 8/14/2011 2:39PM

    emoticon Countdowns are a great way to stay focused!

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SAILING2GOAL 8/14/2011 1:27PM

    Count me in!

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HOTRODSANDY 8/14/2011 12:21PM

    What an awesome challenge. 20 pounds in 20 weeks seems very doable. However if I could lose 29.6 I'll find myself in Onederland! Now that would be an awesome feeling to ring in the new year below 200 pounds!!!
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LISAWASHERE 8/14/2011 12:07PM

    I'd like to at least weight what I did before my baby boy was born - 20 years ago! That means as of today, I need to lose 35 lbs. I don't know if I can lose quite that much by then, but I'd love to get pretty darn close. I could weigh less in 20 weeks than I have in 20 years!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/14/2011 11:39AM

    What a great challenge! Hm, for me, in 20 weeks I would want to lose at least 20 lbs, which would put me at 183 and weighing less than my husband - that would be awesome! I might just join you guys.

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LOSTLIME 8/14/2011 11:27AM

    I am in. I can do this. My goal is for reaching 172.

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LETTINGGO85 8/14/2011 11:25AM

    Love this idea. I am going to check out her blog and come up with my goals for a "20 week New Years Challenge" Thanks for sharing this.

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BOOKWORM27S 8/14/2011 11:19AM

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/14/2011 11:16AM

    I love this idea! I have to go check out her blog now.
I am so in for a 20 week challenge. Count me in!

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JENNYBAKER247 8/14/2011 11:08AM

    I'm in. We CAN do this!!!
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LESLIES537 8/14/2011 11:06AM

    emoticon You can do this!!

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TIME4AMY 8/14/2011 10:50AM

    20 weeks huh?!

That's about 4 months...at an average of 5 lbs. in a month (lb./wk.), when I'm not in a gym routine...which equals about 20lb loss...even more if I'm more active...

That would bring me to 262lbs. I like the sound of that, but I WANT MORE!!

Looks like my challenge will be to pump up my game plan! GYM GYM GYM AND MORE GYM! Hoping to take off more than 20lbs. by New Years. That's my challenge!

I'm in!!! emoticon (I hear cans a crashin' down!!!!)

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FIZZYBALL 8/14/2011 10:48AM

    Wow. Really? Only 20 weeks left to new years. Where does the time go? But I like the challenge. I am in. I will set a goal of 20 pounds. Thanks.

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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/14/2011 10:38AM

    I am 1000% with you! That was a great blog she wrote. :)

My goal for the end of the year is to be in under 220 so that puts me needing to lose 37 pounds.

Lets do it!!!!

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Fitness test

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

So how did I do on my fitness test... I wouldn't know because I didn't get to do it! Our appointment was at 4pm, I was there, he wasn't. I looked in the trainers room, and he wasn't there either. The gym isn't very big. There was 1 girl in the cardio room and me and 3 guys in the ST room. Pretty sure I would have seen him. I keep my eyes on the only entrance to the gym, while I'm getting an extra workout in. At 4:30, I go to the desk and wait for the 1 employee who works there, and he looks at me and says "Isn't he in the other (ST) room?" No, I've been there for half an hour, he's not there. "Well, I just saw him at the desk." Really? Because I'm standing here, and I don't see him. "Are you sure he's not over there?" Really? So employee started calling him with no answer. He was looking at me like he didn't know what to say. So I told him that our appointment was at 4 and it's 4:35, I' need to leave. I'll have to reschedule (NOT). So I came home a little mad and a lot hurt. Why? I'm not sure, but eh, whatever! 20 minutes later trainer calls, I know it's him so I let the machine get it. He's calling asking to reschedule. Not an apology, not sorry I missed you, not even, my hair was on fire and I had to jump in the lake to save myself. Just left his number and available dates and times. Well, now I'M sorry jacko, that I won't be calling you back. A great end to the day!

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MAMADWARF 8/17/2011 11:58PM

    im with MOONBIRD...exactly!!!!

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MOONBIRD 8/17/2011 10:56PM

    Geez. What an ahole. I hope you can find someone better to work with!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/14/2011 8:31AM

    I am so sorry that you were disappointed. When you're really looking forward to something and it doesn't materialize, its very upsetting. I give you big kudos for handling the situation that way you did. I don't know what I would have done, but I'm sure I would have carried that anger for quite a while. I hope that you're over it by now.

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 8/11/2011 5:54PM

    well that sucks.....although better to learn that they are flaky now then after you are paying for it.

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TIME4AMY 8/10/2011 10:13PM

    Not cool and certainly not professional! I know why you were mad. You dragged yourself there, slightly excited/anxious and ___________________________. I would've been too. Not a good way to spark up a trusting relationship. Trusting in the sense that you are relying on him for support/education.


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MOM4407 8/10/2011 8:45PM

    go to the punching bag and punch out his skinny, muscles right now.
emoticon You deserve better than that. You are the client and you did nothing wrong.

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WIGIME 8/10/2011 1:13PM

    If this is the guy you had the training session with previously it sounds like he's irresponsible and (stay with me on this one): If he were in a field of horny clues, wearing clue musk and doing the clue mating dance, he STILL wouldn't get a clue!

You did the right thing Holly.

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KIKI0531 8/10/2011 11:36AM

    JERK. I would be ticked too. But don't let it discourage you. YOU were there waiting for him. Can you get another trainer there? Or do you think you will go elsewhere?

I wouldn't have picked up the phone either ! grrrr

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MCJEN2010 8/10/2011 11:17AM

    Isn't it frustrating when someone clearly thinks their time is more valuable then yours???! I can't stand that! Sorry you were unable to get your fitness test in! Will you be looking for a different trainer to do it with?

Hope you are having a great day!


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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/10/2011 7:39AM

    Gosh Holly I probably would've went off on him! I'm so sorry that happened to you. What a jerk!

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-POOKIE- 8/10/2011 4:39AM

    jeez, way to go to be a motivational figure for you.

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HOTRODSANDY 8/10/2011 2:09AM

    The nerve of some people. Can't imagine blowing off an appointment like that and not even apologizing!

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WONDERBUG381 8/9/2011 9:48PM

    Sorry you didn't get to take your fitness test & that you wasted your time.
Some people are so rude

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SCOUTMOM715 8/9/2011 9:47PM

    What a jerk!! Sorry he didn't think your time was important enough!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 8/9/2011 9:32PM

    Jerk. What is the deal with that?? You DO deserve better. As a matter a fact, any trainer would be lucky to be able to work with some with your commitment level. Any other gyms in the neighbourhood you could try?

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NEVERGIVEUP1969 8/9/2011 8:36PM

    Can anyone say 'bad customer service' Like ur time isn't worth anything!!! Hate when ppl do this!!! emoticon

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COUNTRYAPPLE2 8/9/2011 7:17PM

    Hey Holly....you deserve better

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JENNIFER_67 8/9/2011 5:43PM

    That's awful!! He won't be getting many return clients that way.

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    What an asshat!! Find someone else who actually gives a crap about their clients! Sorry you wasted your time.

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BLACKROSE_222 8/9/2011 5:28PM

    That sucks. Sorry to hear it. emoticon The nerve of some people!

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The heat and humidity didn't ruin my workout, it actually made it better

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I had planned to go to the gym this morning, but because of festivities last night, I failed to get there. NOT an excuse, the alarm went off, and I turned it off. Just giving you all the info. Well, because I got up late (7am) I decided to enjoy coffee with the hubby, a rare event, while the kids were still in bed, an extremely rare event. When coffee talk was over and the kids were up and motivated, I decided to go for a 2.5 mile walk. Just as I got my Ipod on, the skies opened up and it poured. Ok, so I'll do the treadmill. I don't love it, especially in the summer. I do it ALL winter, so I avoid it at all costs when it's nice out. And, no, I had no intention of going to the gym, people would be there at this time of day. 20 minutes later the rain stopped and I thought I could go for a walk after all... NOPE! So hot and humid I didn't even make it around the block without wheezing. This is NOT good weather for my asthma.

Downstairs to the treadmill I went. I didn't just want to walk, I thought maybe I'd try running a little. Then I thought, I have new shoes, maybe that wouldn't be a good idea, I haven't even broken them in yet. I have a treadmill that came with Jillian Michael's iFit program. I haven't done that in a while, lets give it a whirl. Some of you have been friends of mine since the beginning, and you may remember my first experience. If not, check out the blog.


This time it was a very different experience. It was a great workout, actually better that I remember. She was going a bit too slow for me, it only went to 3.2, but the incline was fine between 5 and 7. It's a 20 minute program, so I decided to do it twice. I really enjoyed it! I actually got a better workout in then if I went for a walk. I love walking, but I definitely would NOT have sweat like I did with Jillian. See what she did to me?!? I hope everyone has a great week!

40 minutes with Jillian Michaels!!!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 8/11/2011 5:52PM

    hahaha...I do the same purple look like I"m in imminent danger of a heart attack thing. It lasts ages too. Good on you for doing the work out though. :)

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TIME4AMY 8/10/2011 10:17PM

    haha... love it!!!

Sweaty and all red in the face! AND in the comfort of your own home. I don't think I can get myself to get so sweaty and ugh at the gym in front of people...such a waste of money.

You get all hot and sweaty, you hot momma you! haha... emoticon

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ESHERRILL3 8/10/2011 8:00AM

    emoticon You look fabulous!

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LADYANDREA2012 8/9/2011 10:29PM

    Awesome, you inspire me!!! Way to go!!!

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MOMOMMA622 8/9/2011 9:12AM

    Way to go!

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SCOUTMOM715 8/8/2011 10:25PM

    emoticon Looks like you had a great workout!! emoticon

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    Love this!!! You are lookin good girl!!!

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TEMPEST272002 8/7/2011 7:23PM

    Love your sweaty workout pic! Look look healthy & glowing. Did you see my pic today? I did walk/run in the humidity & you can sure tell. lol

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SUSANS_TURN 8/7/2011 2:36PM

    emoticon You go girl! emoticon Amazing! emoticon

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WONDERBUG381 8/7/2011 1:32PM

    emoticon You rock!

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JENNIFER_67 8/7/2011 1:32PM

    emoticon Now I'm off to the treadmill too.

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POOKASLUAGH 8/7/2011 1:14PM

    Great job!! :)

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MADTHENURSE 8/7/2011 12:55PM

    I am SOOOOOO proud of you!!!!!

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It was SO worth it!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

So I went to the gym to tonight for a free training session. I didn't have very high hopes because the last time I went, the guy (different trainer) spoke with me for about 7 minutes, weighed me and said "I charge $75 a session, are you interested?" Never put me on a machine or showed me anything. When I got there, this new guy seemed very nervous shuffling papers and not really making eye contact, which I hate. I was nervous being there and his silence wasn't helping.

He took me out to the gym and there wasn't anyone there, thank God. I work out at 4am for a reason! He said "why don't you hop on the elliptical and we'll get started." I told him I was happy with my cardio and I was really interested in ST and learning what I needed to do. By me saying that, it was like I threw off his whole "routine." He looked at me and looked at the elliptical and looked at me, and said "you don't want to get on the elliptical?" I could see he didn't know where to go with my defiance, so I quickly explained my weight loss, and AGAIN, I enjoy my cardio routine I need to work on ST. "So you don't want to get on the elliptical?" UGH!!! SO glad I came... "NO!" I told him the areas I want to work on (bat wings, stomach, not sure about my legs) and we finally got started.

He handed my a pair of 5lb weights, psshhh, whatever! He said, "you seem to be Ok with that, they aren't too heavy?" Um, NO! I explained that this is not my first trip around the block, I just need to know that I'm doing it right, and that I'm using the correct weights and doing enough reps. So then it was like a light bulb went off (finally) and he wanted to see exactly what I could do.

He handed me 15lb weights and we started doing bench presses, tricep kickbacks, rows, curls, etc., you can check out my "shared exercise log" to see exactly what we did. I used the cable cross machine, as well as a few others. Then we talked about how I wasn't sure about wanting to do anything else with my legs. The only exercise I do is bike, elliptical and walk. That's ALL leg work, and I'm not sure I want to do "extra" leg work. He said for me to tone my legs and not "bulk up" I should be doing squats, not machines. Cool, I do squats at Zumba, no problem. Well, apparently I've been doing them WAY wrong. He watched me do 2 and said, "put your weight on your heels, not the balls of your feet." HOLY CRAP, what a difference. I felt it immediately!

So at the end of the session, while I was wiping the sweat out of my eyes (nope, don't sweat that much while doing my own ST) we talked about his fee, and he can see me 3 times a week, he's here to motivate and keep me on track, blah, blah, blah. If I wasn't motivated, I wouldn't have gotten this far on my own, thanks! Then he asked what my fitness score was, which was the disaster I had with the first trainer. I quickly explained that fiasco, and he scheduled me for "another" fitness test next week, if I can walk. I'm telling you, those squats killed me!

So, what have I learned? I should be doing more free weights instead of machines. I can up the weight as I get more comfortable, but do more reps to burn more fat. If you do the exercises the correct way, it WILL hurt, lol!

I can't afford to meet with him 3 times a week, or even once a week. But when I go for the fitness test next week, I'm going to find out if I can meet with him once or twice a month, like a check in of sorts. To make sure I'm on target and change things up if I need to. If that's not something he's willing to do, that's fine I've already written down all the exercises, so I can do it ALL on my own.

I have to say this was a much better experience with a trainer. It started off a little rocky, but it was well worth the time. I'll let you know next week what my fitness level is and whether or not I'll have a trainer! Cross your fingers that my legs are no longer in a jello-like state so I can actually DO the fitness test! On to bigger and better things sparkfriends!

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SALEMGRL 8/7/2011 8:51AM

    Good it got better after he actually realized what you wanted from him! He can be a big help, and it sounds like he knows what can work for your body.

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SUSANS_TURN 8/5/2011 8:20PM

    Yes! Sounds incredible Holly! So happy that you are pursuing alternatives so that you can meet with him! It sounds like he could really help you get to where you want to be and kudos to you for going through with it, even after a first time bad experience!
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    Awesome !!! This was very informative for me. I had my free session - I showed - he did not. I never re-scheduled. Good to hear your input. I think I shall try the Medicine Ball Squats now. Thanks & keep up the good work. IT DOES PAY OFF!! positive.........

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GOOFIERNU 8/3/2011 10:12AM

    Good for you for speaking up and telling him what YOU needed. And so glad he finally listened. Good luck on the next go-round!!!

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TEMPEST272002 8/3/2011 9:40AM

    Good for you for insisting that he work to your actual needs, not some routine he's devised for all the ladies. You are a kick-butt kind of girl & I'm glad he finally understood that & was able to give you the feedback you needed.

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WIGIME 8/3/2011 7:20AM

    I'm glad you stuck with your guns and didn't go with the flow. Good for you! As you said, you definitely have something to take away from this session.

Good luck next week my friend!

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RITZIBROWN 8/3/2011 6:14AM

    You definitely made the best of what could have been negative situations & learned a few lessons. emoticon

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-POOKIE- 8/3/2011 4:30AM

    Glad things seemed better!

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HOTRODSANDY 8/2/2011 11:11PM

    Glad he had the light bulb go off and the session ended up on a good note!

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LEAFSGRL 8/2/2011 10:51PM

    Happy to hear that this time went better for you. :)

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KIKI0531 8/2/2011 10:39PM

    I still have to work up the courage to go into the gym to even discuss a trainer. I dont know why I feel as if I walk in there - sirens and bells will go off and a booming voice will bellow "NON-ATHLETE ENTERING .. NON-ATHLETE ENTERING"

Gotta go .. gotta go. Hubster has been tellin me I should for a month now !! I wont tell him, I am a big fraidy cat !!

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ROCHELLE62 8/2/2011 10:17PM

    when you are paying him, you are the boss. great jog explaining to him what you have hired him for.

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LITTLEKIM4 8/2/2011 10:15PM

    I'm glad to hear you got some beneficial information out of your meeting this time! I'm sure you'll put it to good use!

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SCOUTMOM715 8/2/2011 9:57PM

    Happy to hear things went better this time around. I need to ST the same areas as you. I do my own at home too, but i'm sure it's not enough, because I never break a sweat either. I'll have to check out your exercise log. emoticon
You are doing awesome!! Good luck on the fitness test!!

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FITKITTYMAMA 8/2/2011 9:53PM

    Glad your training session went well... and that you took control and let him know what you needed him for!

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MOMOMMA622 8/2/2011 9:45PM

    way to go girl! I think when my baby starts kindergarten next September I am joining a gym.

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JADE465 8/2/2011 9:33PM

    Good luck during the fitness test. I hope you can get exactly what you want with the trainer, once a month or twice. That would be fantastic. Good luck with that!

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MOONBIRD 8/2/2011 9:07PM

    Wow! I think you are doing awesome! I also want to get stronger arms and stuff, and never know if I am doing the correct things, but can't afford a trainer, so I try to do the machines, but I never know what else is good. I bet you'll do awesome on your test!

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 8/2/2011 8:59PM

    I was getting a little frustrated for you at first...lol glad he finally "got it". Happy to hear it was better than the last time.

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JENNIFER_67 8/2/2011 8:46PM

    Glad things went better this time. My experience with trainers has been hit and miss - some are great, others are just completely off the mark. The key is to know what you want and need, and be clear about asking for it. And you seem to have a great handle on that. emoticon

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WONDERBUG381 8/2/2011 8:42PM

    I am so glad this went well for you and you learned a few things.

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HOLLYBELLE77 8/2/2011 8:38PM

    Glad things went a little better this time! I can't afford a gym at all right now, so it's hard to know the most effective things to do at home. I'm stalling out on videos.

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A weekend with amusement parks, Santa, a carnival, a redneck water slide and overcoming obstacles.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

We had a crazy, busy, awesome weekend! Friday, we went to Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Pa. It is, in my opinion, one of the best amusement parks for kids anywhere. It's not too big, it's pretty shaded, and most of the rides are completely kid friendly. It may not be Cedar Point caliber as far as rides, but it's VERY family friendly. I was so worried that the weather was going to ruin our fun, but the storm managed to stay away until we were actually done for the day. Mike and I talked about "this being the last ride, getting souvenirs and snacks, and we'll head out" just as the skies opened up and we got dumped on. SO lucky! It was, however, about 90 degrees with very little breeze, and we sweat just standing still. But, we didn't get rained on!

Not only did we get to visit the park, but we were very lucky that Santa was also on vacation and he was there at the park this week. So while we were visiting Storybook Forest, which is a walk through the woods that has a lot of your favorite storybook creatures scattered throughout, Raggedy Ann and Andy, The three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, etc., we got to stop at a workshop that Santa set up while he was visiting. The kids thought that it was awesome that Santa was on vaca, and came to Idlewild.

After Storybook Forest, we went to another part of the park that's filled with rope brides, and slides. The rope climb was HUGE, and I didn't think Jake was going to go, he's not very adventurous, but he jumped up there and started climbing. I was nervous about it that I sent hubby up with them. They had such a great time. I really wanted to go, but was scared I wouldn't make it to the top. It was really big, and the very end is almost straight up, at least it looks that way from the ground.

**OK, I tried to download 3 different pics of the rope thing, but apparently they're all "too big" for SP to download. Sorry no pic : (

We also got to see an "Extreme Circus" that had planted itself there for the week. I was excited to see the "Extreme Circus" and was surprised it only consisted of 4 acts. The first "extreme" act was a woman with "5 four legged, animals, doing things you've never seen" which turned into a lady with 5 poodles jumping through hoops and barrels, hmmmm... the second "death defying act" was a woman swinging herself around on a rope, meh... The third act was actually pretty cool with 2 VERY bendy woman doing contortionist type things and squeezing themselves into a super tiny box together. Katy thought that was "the coolest thing ever!" And the final "extreme act" was a trio of tight rope walkers, again, fun to watch, but not exactly "extreme." I think they need to work on marketing!

We went through the rest of the "kids park" and visited Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Raccoon Lagoon, and finally ended up in the "adult" area of the park where hubby and I actually got to ride with the kids, lol! We had an awesome time and I recommend it to anyone in the area. They also have a water park, which we have not visited. You can check everything out at


Now, I know you all want to know about the redneck water slide. Or at least that's what my BiL calls it. My husband's family lives down in Clymer, Pa a little town in the backwoods, which is about a hour from Idlewild, so we decided to make a weekend of it, and spend time with Mike's family. The closest thing to the town, is IUP ( Indiana Univ. of Pa) which is where I went to college and met Mike. They told us that when we came down, we should bring the kids suits because they have a slip and slide, SWEET! That's great, we'll go over on Saturday, after spending all day at the park on Friday, the kids will enjoy some down time. When we got there, I was expecting the see a bright yellow "slip and slide" and instead we saw...

HOLY CRAP!!!! I've never seen anything like it. Black plastic sheeting with a hose laying on it. A far cry from the yellow slip and slide that we're used to. All I could do was laugh. The kids had a blast!!! For 2 hrs I watched them hurl themselves down the hill, going even faster when the used a pool ring. Then hubby joined in.

Then I decided that *I* HAD to do this. For once, I didn't care that there were other people there, that I looked bad in shorts, or that I had to eventually hoist myself off the ground. I wanted to have that kind of fun. I asked my SiL if I could borrow a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, which made her want to do it too.

My SiL Julie (in blue, who has lost 25lbs, WOOT! and me in the purple) watching and waiting...

After finally getting the courage, I threw myself down the hill and had a blast!!!

I did it 3 more times after that, never face first though, lol!

So we had a fantastic weekend, and as I mentioned in the title I overcame some barriers for myself...

The first, being a HUGE issue for me, wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts in public. I know how hot it would be at the park on Friday so I bought shorts (which haven't been on these legs in 11 yrs) and a sleeveless shirt (which has NEVER happened) and wore them to the park... where people could see me... and judge me... However, I didn't die of embarrassment, and was uber thankful I was wearing them when the temps hit the boiling point.

The second was that goofy water slide. I had to, again, wear (even shorter) shorts in public, and put myself into a situation that would have totally been out of the question a year ago. There would have been NO WAY I would have done this a year ago. Because that meant... shorts, wet clingy clothes, trying to get up off the ground gracefully, and in my mind, general embarrassment all around.

When all was said and done at the park and with that slide, I was actually pretty proud of myself and not embarrassed by any it. I guess you have to take growth in whatever form it comes. Even if it is a "redneck water slide!!!"

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MADTHENURSE 8/7/2011 1:32PM

    This is late, cause I'm catching up from vacation, but WOW!!!!! Sleeveless @ Idlewild - YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

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LITTLEKIM4 8/5/2011 3:48PM

    You look so darn happy in that pic of you going down the slide. I'm so happy for you that you conquered your fears and sense of shame regarding wearing shorts, a sleeveless top, etc. You're going to be so much more comfortable, being able to wear clothing more suited to summer!

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MOONBIRD 8/2/2011 9:09PM

    I am so happy reading this! It sounds like you had such a wonderful time, and I am glad you got to participate, and wear some shorts too! Way to go!!

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VLYNNKED 8/1/2011 9:05PM


That slide looks fabulous! And you look like you really enjoyed it. How fun:) Have you heard of the natural water slide at Ohiopyle State Park (somewhere in Western PA)? There is a channel formed from smoothed out rock and the creek rushes through it. You can check it out on YouTube. I am hoping to increase my fitness level by next summer and venture out there. You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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MOMOMMA622 8/1/2011 9:06AM

    You are awesome! My aunt dee had a water slide like that in her back yard. I went head first a bunch of times and the next dayu I couldnt walk from the impact of my body off the ground. You look great!

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-POOKIE- 8/1/2011 6:48AM

    OMG I want on that slide NOW!!!!

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ANGELEYES67J 8/1/2011 5:42AM

    Looks like you guys had a blast. I agree with the other poster that your face tells what joy you was having. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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TIME4AMY 7/31/2011 11:45PM

    Isn't "living" wonderful. No more watching on the side lines! Live it up baby! Sooooo glad you had a blast. Memories to last forever...

P.S. sexy legs! (whistles) emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/31/2011 11:11PM

    emoticon Yeah for having fun! We're really so much more critical of our bodies than any one else would ever be. You've worked so hard to get where you are now. Glad you're enjoying it!

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MCJEN2010 7/31/2011 11:11PM

    Sounds like you had a great time, Holly! Congrats on the accomplishments of conquering the shorts and sleeveless shirt. I am working toward a sleeveless shirt goal, as well. Hope you are doing well and gearing up for a successful week!

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WONDERBUG381 7/31/2011 11:04PM

    Looks like everyone had a blast. Love your face on the red neck water slide. pure joy. makes ya feel like a kid again when you can have fun and not worry about what others think. Way to go!

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BRENDABUNNY 7/31/2011 10:40PM

    Wow Holly looks like you had a blast emoticonon acting like a kid again..I love it..and the homemade slip n slide I remember when I was a kid my dad made us one outta the same thing and we had so many hours of fun..this brought back great memories emoticonfor sharing with all of us..big emoticon emoticonBrenda

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LETTINGGO85 7/31/2011 9:17PM

    Sounds like a great time. Love the homemade water slide. Great that you joined into the fun! We can't wait until we are at our "ideal" weight to enjoy our lives!

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KIKI0531 7/31/2011 8:55PM

    Does sound like a good time was had by all !! I am heading off to Idlewild next Friday. I live about an hour away from there towards Pittsburgh. Hope I have as good a time as you. I know my 3 yr old is going to have the time of her life !! I just might have to go get myself a cute sleeveless shirt ... lol emoticon

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HOLLYBELLE77 7/31/2011 8:44PM

    Redneck or not, that water slide looks FUN!! :) Sounds like a great weekend!

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 7/31/2011 8:42PM

    Love the pics! Happy to see/read that you had such a great time. Lovin the waterslide too! It is a great feeling when your not so worried about other and what they think. I've gone to Kings Island now twice wearing my bathing suit top. Lol. And I was so happy I did too, so hot! You look wonderful! Hands up goin down the slide...priceless!

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SCOUTMOM715 7/31/2011 8:29PM

    So glad the weather held out for you at idlewild and oh, I love the redneck waterslide, you all look like you had such an awesome time, the smile on your face is priceless!! emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds like you had a great time and the look of utter glee on your face is warm fuzzy inducing!

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