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remembering not to forget..or forgetting not to remember?

Sunday, May 01, 2011

So, here's everyone's mission, if you choose to take it. I just "found out" on another team that if you go to your Spark Start Page there is a button called "my goals/progress" click on that and update your current weight with your target weight. As mine is a 5% challenge I entered:

Current Weight: 188.8
Target Weight: 179.4
By When: July 2, 2011

What I DIDN'T know was that Spark automatically adjusts your calorie intake and cardio outtake for you to maintain that goal. Don't ask me WHY I didn't know this...probably just never really paid attention... Huh...it really IS about the numbers! LOL So, now my calorie/cardio is this:

Calories Eaten: Eat between 1300 and 1650 calories per day
Calories Burned: Burn 1360 calories per week
Weight Progress: Go from 188.8 to 179.4 by 7/2/2011

For the sake of my June 1st or Bust the Swimsuit challenge (Slim in 6) I am splitting hairs ad going 183 by June 1st...

So NOW...I will really try to Burn it Up daily to reach or exceed my Calories burned. Calories eaten I clearly NEVER have a problem with...well, except in the exceeding department.

For awhile I was putting my weight on my hand to remind myself of what I was trying to lose. Now I'm gonna put my calorie OUT on my hand to remind me what I need to DO!!

My iPod is going in my pocket as it has a pedometer on it.

You know what? You know what?

Did you know that you can forget your workout?? It's true, I've seen me do it.

I was working out 5 days in a row when I took a rest day. I worked out again and went to put my sticker on my chart when low and behold....I was missing 3 days worth of stickers!! I pondered and I thought and I realized

I truly forgot.

I'm still trying to figure out where the time went and all that jazz, but I truly just forgot. So NOW my plan of attack is to work out EVERYDAY. Every flippin day even if it's just a nice brisk walk/run or the Slim and Limber or Wii workout or whatever...but there" IS NO BATHROOM!! "*


Oooooh Oooooooh Oooooooh!

Found me a pic of another dress... wanna see? I'll show you anyways.


and and and and!! The Bay to Breakers exactly TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!!

It's My very first race..... and I'm gonna walk it.....with my girls.......

emoticon and I'm so happy today!

emoticonand the sun is shining!!

Time to go burn 1360 calories for the week :o) (or more...yeah, MORE!!)

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*Kindergarten Cop w/Arnie Schwartzenegger

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AMYMOHIO 5/12/2011 7:40PM

    Oh yeah, great info to have! Off to do that now!

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GOANOTHERMILE 5/11/2011 4:11PM

    enjoy the experience, i won't be making this one but i sure will make the 2012 b2b , i can hardly wait. when you finish i sure hope that you share all the wonderful details, i'd looooooooove to hear about it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/11/2011 8:16AM

    I love you! You are the best! I got my spark calandar and so far the only one I've used is the one at my desk at work. The other one is sitting next to me at home so I understand about the stickers. I think that you can make it, with the weight and Bay to Breakers. I can't wait to hear that you made it past the finish line!

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SCOTMAMA 5/10/2011 11:13AM

    I like the way you write, had me smiling and intrigued to see what was coming next!

I didn't know about the thing on our Start Page either -- so now I'm going to check that out. Thanks!

Keep up the good work -- you'll make it.

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ENDUROVET 5/3/2011 9:01PM

    Yep there's all kind of features on Spark which I fail to take advantage of...

Seems like all I had to do was set MY 5% challenge to gain 4 lbs!?!? (I blame the Easter bunny)

Nothing else to do but buckle down & get back to it...

Hang in there friend!

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YOURJONES 5/2/2011 2:02PM


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HERCULEA 5/1/2011 2:20PM

    I like your strategies! And yes, I think it can be easy to forget a workout when you get busy with daily life. For me, water and workout first thing in the morning is my sure-fire way of making sure I stay on track. Good luck with everything you have going on. You're going to be a very busy girl. I'm excited about your first race. I will be watching for an update! Go enjoy some more sun for all of us folks up here in the northwest. emoticon

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I did it! well, sorta...

Friday, April 22, 2011


I had a really neat pic of a bandaged penguin racing through the finish line on my vision collage that I wanted to use, but can't find it.

**afterthought** I read on Spark blogs that putting visions on your vision board could produce true things...broken penguin....broken foot?? Maybe it's time to change the vision board?? LOL

Anyhoosit, yesterday I attempted a Burn it Up DVD and could only produce 20 minutes of it. I thought I would step back down to Ramp it Up this monring but after I got up I thought, "no. I can do this" and ya know what? I DID!!

Sort of.

I didn't do the lunges because that entailed bending the toes back. See, as the sprain is on the arch of my foot and the top of my foot, bending toes back is BAAAAAD....at least painful.

But, I did the rest! I squatted, oblique crunched it, and I even sweated a tad bit

And wanna hear something REALLY amazing? I used my coffee as a REWARD!! That's right...ol' Hippo here didn't drink her pot of coffee 1st but went straight to workin out!!

"giant coffee cup yeap its coffee yum yum giant mochachino" from flickr.com

I wasn't going to put my weight on my tracker, but I got a little excited from the scale today. I thought.....self, if I put this on the tracker, YOU better keep it there or I'm telling!!

There it is...on my tracker.

The sun is shining emoticon

It's Friday!!! emoticon

I have my brother and friends coming over for Easter dinner!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

and I feel like singing!! emoticon

see you tomorrow!! emoticon


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WHATAGRL42 4/30/2011 1:46AM

    You GO girl!! I am a coffeeholic too, btw.
I've been "allowing" my hubby to be my trainer these last few weeks. He has some book called, "Your body is your Gym" or something like that... all about using your body weight to strength-train. He had me do a lower body workout the other day that seemed "easy" and kind of a waste of time. Today, I can barely walk!! I guess I'm more out of shape than I thought!

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SCOTMAMA 4/29/2011 1:18AM

    You're on the right track! Keep it up!

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TRIGFROST 4/24/2011 9:25PM

    emoticon... What was the name of that Tune!!!!!!

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HERCULEA 4/23/2011 10:57PM

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AUNTIE65 4/22/2011 6:41PM

    Congrat's! It sounds like you did it to me!

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MARTHAWILL 4/22/2011 2:19PM

    Good for you. You did the max you could and sounds like you did a great job at the workout.
Sounds like a great day ahead. Have fun!

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SUPERMAMA82 4/22/2011 1:03PM

    emoticon Keep it up! You CAN do it! I never pushed myself enough while I did the slim in 6 program - never got to burn it up. But, I had all the excuses and knee issues that I didn't want to work through. After reading your blog, I'm thinking I should give it another try. emoticon

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YOURJONES 4/22/2011 12:33PM

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Is 8 weeks too long?? and bachlorette pics !!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I attempted my Burn it Up DVD workout today and forgot how much cardio was in it...I mean, jumping jacks, joggin in place, the works. I ended up turning it off after 20 minutes because of my sprained foot. It's been eight weeks now and I am STILL having trouble with it.

I have Bay to Breakers May 15th!!

Can you say frustration?!? I'm a very patient person, but I'm losing patience rather quickly.

So, tomorrow I will bump it back down to the Ramp It Up so that I can get in my hour's worth.

Until then let me see if I can upload some bachlorette pics.

This is my "ex" sister in law..I hadn't seen her since the divorce (long story) was delighted to finally meet my "nieces".

believe it or not...this is still sober....

Below on the other hand....

ahhhh...the new dooo

all for these lovely people :o)

Congratulations again Kim & Terry :o)

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SCOTMAMA 4/24/2011 12:42PM

    One thing you can't rush is healing! But, yes, it's hard to be patient -- in anything!

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BAKER1009 4/22/2011 11:11AM

    I can understand your frustration. I did day 1 of my 5k training weeks ago, and then thanks to several sicknesses, haven't gotten back to it. I have a little longer to train though. Take it easy with the foot, I know it's hard, but you have to give it time to heal.

It looks like you had a good time! I like the "new do".

Have a great day and a wonderful Easter weekend!


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TRIGFROST 4/22/2011 10:42AM

    8-weeks to long for ? (What) the Ankle....

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 4/21/2011 7:06PM

    Hey how come you have pictures I don't....think you should email me some pics there honey pie! LOVE YOU
Oh take it easy too....let it heal or it will always cause you pain.

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HERCULEA 4/21/2011 6:41PM

    I like your new "dooo"! Very flattering! emoticon Everyone looks so happy in your pics. What fun!

I understand your frustration with your ankle. Dissapointing for your race in May but sounds like it needs more time. emoticon

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Back to Life

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I tell you what. I just got back from Washington this past week and it was just what I needed.

On Saturday when I arrived my friend Bonnie picked me up from the airport and we drove to my (ex) sister in law's house. I haven't seen her since the dirty "d" word and I really wanted to meet what should have been MY nieces. What a treat that was! I had so much fun. She made this yummy quiche and I wanted to eat the whole thing but seeing how great she looked and knowing she works out every day at the P90X and well, it kept me at bay! LOL

From there Bonnie and I did some shopping so we could get ready for the Bachlorette party.

Oh the Bachlorette Party... Let's just say that when you don't drink for a really long time, like 4 months, then you come to a party and have the intentions of a couple of drinks.....that a couple is all you need to put $20 worth of Duran Duran into a jukebox and wonder where you are the next morning. Four. I apparently was pretty happy after 2 drinks, gone by 3.

*obtained from Duran Duran site...

So.... I will be back on the "no drinking" thing again. I did pretty well the rest of the trip with one glass of wine on Monday night with a girlfriend I hadn't seen in several years.

My friend Kim, by the way, was absolutely radiant with her happiness and her fiancÚ and kids are simply wonderful. If I ever thought that love couldn't exist anymore they could walk into the room and prove me wrong just by their faces. Simply stunning. I can't even describe it other than it would bring me to tears how sweet it is. The wedding was wonderful and I am soooo glad I made this trip!

Did I just do my sidetracked rambling again? yeah....I do that.

anyways. I should have pics of the trip here soon. (although I still haven't decided if I should post them or burn them....ehem....some of them anyway)

Alrightie then! So, now that I am revived from the trip and my foot is feeling a bit better I am ready to do my workouts....I think. yeah. Ready now.... really feeling the mojo motivation here.


Okay, so maybe I am not quite as motivated for some reason as before. BUT, I sortof am. When I first came back my weight jumped up almost 5 pounds...which for me is nothin honey. Already since inhaling lakefuls of water daily and leaving a doggy whittle trail as the aftermath has reduced this weight by 3lbs. I have been back to tracking and catching up on the school work. I just need to motivate one little thing.



Yup. That's right. I just pulled the LAMEST excuse out there. Dang it. Ya got me.

emoticonI don't wanna gooooooooooo, but I neeeeeed tooooooo.

But, I wanna look good. and not even slightly good but single digit pant size good. emoticon

Oh yeah baby... like 80s Duran Duran good

That's right...there it is. I'm feeling it now.

Like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston good...Like all muscular and bikini good..

I'm going to push play now!!

Good? Good!

*from www.teambeachbody.com

*taken from Sparkmember "Yoovie" blog.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 4/18/2011 11:13AM

    You are SO wonderful! I'm so glad that you not only came up for my wedding but that you were also in it. I will never forget you telling me that you are going to hook up your daughter with one of my boys. Your words above of course made me tear up again....I'm so emotional it's unreal!
I love you honey!

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MISS_VIV 4/13/2011 9:07AM

    Everyone needs a getaway sometime.
Glad you had a good trip (and that you can remember it always)

Stay well
Stay safe
Stay happy


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HEATH2 4/12/2011 11:27AM

    Fantastic!! Get to it girl and no more excuses! There is nothing better than seeing an old friend succeed at what you have been working on this whole time! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 4/12/2011 9:16AM

    Ha ha, these days I am such a cheap date, ONE generous glass o' wine will do it for me!
Glad to hear you had a great time - I'm finally marching to the edge of my plateau as well...

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GOOSIEMOON 4/12/2011 8:59AM

    It sounds like you have recharged your batteries and that is great!

Have a happy, healthy day!

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BAKER1009 4/12/2011 8:26AM

    So good to hear you are back and ready to dig in! You can do this, I know it!! So glad you had a good time. I think you needed that, and you definitely deserved it! You have to post pics!! Do you have some from the wedding?! I want to see how wonderful Kim looked!
Keep in touch!!


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HERCULEA 4/12/2011 1:58AM

    What a fun post. It's nice to hear that you had such a good time in Washington. Happy to know that your foot has healed. Now the excitement begins... emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/12/2011 1:14AM

    I just posted that last pic as my background on my computer...oh yeah!

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stress eating

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Doesn't it look inviting? The colors of cheer? and when it hits your belly you feel satisfied, if even only for a minute...

sighs...but then reality sets in. The pic of the saggin chin, the dress that won't fit.

I'm trying to remember this. I'm trying to focus on my motivation wall with the upcoming races and Slim in 6 challenge.

emoticonYou can't work out...your foot is still bummed..
emoticon You'll never fit into that dress!
emoticon It'll never wooorrrkk!

Today I took my little VW Bug to the dealership. The check engine light came on and I knew I was due for an oil change. The service person came out and said "alright, who heard the bump?" We looked at him confused....and he proceeded "someone had to of heard it" and I raised my hand (yeah, like a school kid) and replied "A rock hit my car when I avoided a pothole last week?"

"well" he said, "that rock cracked your undercarriage and fuel is leaking everywhere. I can't let you drive it and I would call your insurance company as this is going to be EXPENSIVE"


My oldest and I made it threw that no prob...no prob. The VW dealership gave us a rental for one day free so I could get home. Coolness :o)

But....I had to tell my hubby. And he is a man of blame. I just can't figure out why he couldn't blame the damn rock.

So, I look at the treats and catch myself...I may not be able to work out fully yet, but, I can take a shower instead. I can blog....I can do my homework, and I can breathe. I just need to breathe...

I did have some candy from my youngest....but then I got the diet pepsi. (Twizzlers)

I'm gonna go take a shower and breathe before I binge on something worse that candy...

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ENDUROVET 3/23/2011 12:29PM

    At least such mechanical probs are 100% fixable, even if expensive!

My DH found a similar rock (probably in our very own driveway) which cracked the oil pan of his lil' Dodge...

I sympathize w/ya on the foot pain! As I told DH last night, when your feet hurt, ALL is misery...

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    Oh no!!! I'm so sorry to hear about your car problems and that damn rock :( You're being so strong and only eating those twizzlers, Lord knows, I turn to everything BUT Twizzlers (too healthy for me).

Keep your head up, girly!

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LYNNA7499 3/17/2011 10:07PM

  Sorry to hear about your car. It is just a car and stuff happens to cars and tell your husband to get over it. Cars can be fixed easier than people can. Hope your foot heals soon!

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HEATH2 3/17/2011 11:42AM

    aww i feel ya girl... i dont know why we reach for food, its awful and the one thing I wish I could control!
keep your head up and your mouth closed emoticon

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TWNOMWE 3/17/2011 9:41AM

    Sorry about about your car. Take heart that it is only a car. Hoe is your foot. Hope that it getting better with each passing day and you will be able to work out. emoticon

The temptations are every where and when one is feeling low they call out loud to you. The rebuttal i am now using is that if I don't see them they can't hut me.
But on the other hand if you count it in your day's calorie budget ., it will not be so bad.
Also use the 20 minute rule, but I saw you already have a good one, A good soak in the tub. emoticon

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BAKER1009 3/17/2011 8:48AM

    Glad you are finding alternatives to indulging in something that is just going to make you feel worse in the end. So sorry to hear about your car! I hope that it isn't too expensive. Glad you got it in and they are taking care of it. Just think how much worse this could have been! Hope your husband sees that!!

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