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That was yesterday

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My daughter and i were watching the first episodes of The Biggest Loser. The very first one and we were giggling over the different changes that occurred over the seasons. We had only just begun watching the Biggest Loser a few seasons ago so these are all new to us. We wondered if Bob and Jillian knew how "big" (no pun intended) they were about to become. We giggled at the mattresses in the contestants rooms and marveled how they now have temperpedics. Then we held our sides as we laughed that product placement was in fact, still there from the get go and gawked as Allie was in fact Caroline. If this is all Greek to you,that's okay, it was to us too. They were all such subtle, yet noticeable changes.


"it's time to cut the fat" Caroline Rhea Biggest Loser Season 1

The point is, as the days start to blur together we tend to forget why we started or even where we came from. Time is so irrelevant to what we are doing and yet we are constantly using it against ourselves. How many times do we say "ugh, I didn't lose any weight this week"? We tend to forget that our bodies have adapted to what WE created for it and therefore we need to give it time to adapt to our new lifestyles. Along the way, we can look back and laugh at the small changes that created such a great journey.

Changes such as: Remember that clothing mishap last week? My hubby went out and bought me new shorts. Yeay right? After watching the Biggest Loser my daughter and I feel inspired to work out. Let's go do this "again" we say! (and again is good as long as you keep doing again, right? right.) I pull my hair up into a ponytail and out the door we go.

I begin walking and get no more than halfway up the block when I ask her: "silly question, but are my shorts riding up my Yahoo?" to which she replied
"I'm not looking at your Yahoo"

So, I look and sure enough there are my brand new shorts every time I walk a few feet riding up in between my legs. Really? Really?

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I then begin the process of horseback walking. You know the one, where you walk with your legs way out and your thighs don't mush together like you just finished horseback riding for several hours. (or in my case, the spin cycle at the gym)

I think I'm going to have to invest in some bike shorts though or something. My clothes just don't want to cooperate with me. It's no wonder I never want to leave my sweats and tee shirts. They may sag and look terribly tacky, but at least I know they're gonna stay put!!

Tell THAT to "What not to Wear".

OH.....gosh I got waaaaay off track today. All I wanted to say was I finished Week 2 of C25 finally. Really, that was the whole purpose of this blog, to get on here and hold myself accountable for finishing that doohickey and moving on to week 3 and something about cookies or...

I forget.

I have been feeling mucho better. All my blood work came back and says since I've lost 20 pounds my blood sugar dropped. woo hoo!! So, just gotta watch the HB pressure. Which I have been, I think doing really well on watching what I eat. and LOTS of water.

and a cup of coffee a day.

I'm weak, sue me. (don't......really..... I have no money)

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I'm going to go finish up my daily duties now and plan for our weekend camping trip at the ocean. I'm so excited! Hubby even promised me he would take me to see the "Murder She Wrote" house. Squeeeeeeeeeee!!

So, for anyone who happens to be peeking at my page. Remember, take it easy on yourself mentally during this phase. Changes occur over time and our brain doesn't want to recognize that until the time has passed. Make it fun. Make it something you want to do the rest of your life. Make it yours and have a great weekend.

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WHITNEYLD 5/31/2012 7:20AM

    Great blog girl! Keep up the C25K, and congrats on another successful week!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/26/2012 8:26PM

    emoticon I am sorry, but the whole shorts riding up problem ... I don't remember any weight, light or heavy, when I didn't have issues with some shorts. I wonder sometimes if it's the way they are cut or the way my legs are shaped or what.

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TWNOMWE 5/25/2012 3:35PM

    GREAT BLOG. SWEATS STILL BEAT MOST WORK OUT GEAR.
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LEAELLEN07 5/24/2012 5:00PM

    I love the humor in your blogs. Small victories are sometimes the most satisfying but they're the hardest to focus on!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 5/24/2012 9:58AM

    Loved this blog. I was actually going through my nightstand and saw a sheet with my numbers written down from February I believe, and I found my Stat's spreadsheet from when I started on spark through mid last year, and I want/need to see how far I've come since I'm not moving much these days... at least that's what it feels like.

Congrats on another day of C25K! Rock on girl!

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RUFFIT 5/24/2012 9:17AM

    Love your blog!!! I remember those days with the thighs rubbing and me getting huge red rashes.... UUUUGGGHHHH!!! I think there is NOTHING wrong with sweats and t-shirts. They are comfy and you can MOVE in them... I also got a pair of yoga pants - They are the best!! Hugs, Moni

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BAKER1009 5/24/2012 9:03AM

    Way to kick some butt Cori!! Keep up the great work!
I don't care if you got way off track with your blog, I always love reading them...they always make me smile! emoticon

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KAY-SUPREME 5/23/2012 9:44PM

    Look into Sparkle Skirts and Sparkle Shorts .. they're expensive but apparently they do not ride! I'm going to get some myself soon.


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When a lightbulb smashes into your head, it's time to think.

Monday, May 21, 2012

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Hypertension.

That's the verdict thus far and can it cause pain? uh yep, depends on how high the blood pressure gets so as my Dr put it "for you to being feeling well at 142/96 (which is high) you must have been very high to be sick"

We are going to be doing a lab workup in the morning to measure my cholesterol, blood sugar (poss diabetes) and thyroid.

I asked her as I 've been reading a lot about nutrition and watching Food, Inc and Forks over Knives what her thoughts were on using plant based diet as a treatment.

She said I was young enough and still relatively healthy to use this as an option. For now. However, she also recommends incorporating the Dash Diet into it as it is meant for lowering blood pressure. She asked me to buy a cuff and come in several times during the next two weeks so we can measure it. I don't know if two weeks will be enough time to notice a difference, but we will see. It's nice she wants to keep me monitored anyhow and is willing to try this rather than just putting me on meds. She actually sounded happy I was willing to do this over asking for meds.

She also wanted me to drink one 4oz glass of red wine a week. For women it is supposed to greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks/strokes. I told her I didn't think I could do this as I didn't want any alcohol in the house with a recovering alcoholic. She said "you are a good wife" LOL However, I can still drink my coffee in moderation, so that makes me happy. Yes, I know that means two cups, and NOT two pots. Got it. I think, however, with how I had been feeling and wanting to go all or nothing that green tea and water will be my friend. Yup, I said it.....out loud. Did you ever think you'd see the day? I know I sure freaking didn't.

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Hubby goes in today for a catscan on his kidneys. They've discovered some cyst on them. I'm pretty sure it'll be okay, but I am a little worried.

So, driving home today I was processing all this information in my head and have come to two conclusions.

One, if this isn't motivation to get into a healthy lifestyle, and fast, I don't know what is!

and

Two, being over forty sucks.

period.

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MIAJOEB 5/24/2012 11:49AM

    I can only drink tea in the mornings because it keeps me up.
So I decaf everything and keep in moderation.
But I just love the taste.
I will most likely be walking at Sunrise Mall with my friend on Saturday..
So looking forward.
Want to start lots of meet ups this summer and get to goal this year.

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BAKER1009 5/22/2012 10:26AM

    Coffee has been one of my constants through everything too. I know I should cut it out, but for now I have at least cut it back. Instead of a pot a day, it's just 2 cups a day. Need to get that down to 1 I suppose. Hubby still drinks it, and will continue to do so, making it harder for me to cut it completely.

Keep us posted on your progress with everything. Keeping your hubby in my prayers today with his kidney tests. Keep me posted on that too!

Hugs,
Beth

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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 2:11AM

    Good to know what the issue is - and to have a doctor willing to work with you and let you try the food way first.

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SEXBOBOMB 5/21/2012 4:36PM

    Question: could you get your glass of wine in outside of the house? Have it with lunch or stop into a restaurant one night a week?

That way, you could have your glass without tempting the hubs! :-)

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MONICA_W 5/21/2012 4:30PM

    The DASH diet is really sensible and it's the kind of thing that would go hand-in-hand with a low-animal-product diet quite easily. There's a lot of room for a healthful diet that includes animal products wisely without having to constrict yourself by going 100% vegan. Part-time vegetarian works well too, in terms of health benefits! You'll want to do a lot of research before you commit to something like that, as it can be hard to meet all your nutritional requirements when you cut out all animal products (or even just meat) - I assume that's what you mean by a plant-based diet. Why not start with what you currently eat today, and modify that, rather than trying to toss that out the window and make brand new habits? You haven't got your nutrition tracker shared, but you might be partway there already, which would make things easier for you!

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/21/2012 4:11PM

    I cut out coffee for over a month and went to green tea....the last week I brough coffee back in and I have to say I actually feel more slugish then when I am off of it...kinda like wanting a smoke and feeling horrible after having one. LOL

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What IS this?!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I have not been feeling well.

At first I thought I had slept on my neck wrong. Woke up and my neck and head ached to the point of nausea. So, I stayed down.

Four days went by, 2400 mg of Ibuprofin a day and it wasn't getting any better. Hubby suggest I try Claritin. His thought that they were allergies clogging my sinuses so desperate, I try it.

Began to feel better. Yeah! Even went to the gym so youngest could swim.

Yesterday I wsa feeling pretty good and began making plans for this week. I'm making a Word Calendar of Workouts that I want to accomplish this month. I've gained back up to 180 and this does not please me.

Actually, this is a major "booooo"

BOOOOOO!

I went to my daughter's AA graduation yesterday. Took her to dinner. I'm so proud of her. It's not a big deal to a lot of people, but I know the hours she put into this. I know she hasn't had a summer off yet in over 2 years. I know she took course overloads TO finish in two years and she did it with honors. This, after having such a rough time from 13-18....I just cannot express how proud of her I am to do such a 180.


**with honor tassel**

Came home after dinner and went to bed.

Woke up dizzy, in pain....in sooooooo much pain. I came out and hubby tried making me coffee but I was so nauseated I went back to bed.

Took a Claritin and two Excedrin

It was 2:30 before I was able to face the day.

Man I am SO SORRY!! So sorry for ever having doubted anyone who said sinus pains or allergies were painful. Im normally one to kind of "scoff" at pain. Get over it and move on type of gal, but Holy Smokes!! Trust me, this chick has been through open heart surgery, kidney surgeries, and more. I know what pain is. THIS though. OMan!!

I guess I will go collect stock in Claritin or something. Maybe start taking it before bedtime. Maybe that will help.

But that's what's happening. That's what is going on. Give me a couple of more days and I will be back to body in progress :o)

Now, where's my "morning" coffee?

  
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BAKER1009 5/22/2012 10:29AM

    Sorry, I missed this blog. Now I've read your other blog, so guess I'm up to date.

Congrats to your daughter...that is awesome. Call me stupid, but what is AA graduation. I mean, I know AA, but I doubt that's what you meant.

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ENDUROVET 5/21/2012 5:37PM

    Ouch! but glad you have a DIAGNOSIS (ahem, ahem as I straighten my stethoscope & smooth out my lab coat ;-) !

I have done a lot of research on the DASH diet; trying to convert my dad since he is on not one, not two, but THREE anti-hypertensives! but this is an extreme uphill struggle... The man loves his cereal, hamburgers & Ritz crackers!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/21/2012 4:21PM

    I love my niece and I am SO proud of her! As for you Missy...I know that you will do the steps to get your health in line, we have a vacation to go on in 5 years and we both have to be in tip top condition! (that includes the hubby's...we have to be their role models.)

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 5/21/2012 2:32PM

    Wow, all that pain caused by high blood pressure? I'll be reading that blog of yours later; I never would have thought of that!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/21/2012 2:08PM

    Went to the docs this morning. High blood pressure. will blog about it later :o) Although if that isn't a good reason to get healthy, I don't know what is!!

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MIAJOEB 5/21/2012 1:29PM

    Not to be bossy but have you been checked by a doctor lately?
My neck pain was partially allergies but I also have arthritis in my neck and that plus the allergies made me miserable. So going to the doctor helped me find other solutions that helped with the pain. Keep in touch.


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SHIRAROCK 5/20/2012 4:46AM

    Oh no! I wish you medicine that works!

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KAY-SUPREME 5/19/2012 8:20PM

    Allergies / Sinus Headache prevented me from doing a fun community 5K this morning... it definitely can ruin a day or two. Hope you feel better and congrats to the daughter on her graduation!

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Remotivating myself

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I am one of those people who are GREEEEAT starting out of the gate. It doesn't matter what the project is I'm on it.....for a bit.

Then excuses win and I peter out.

It started to happen this year and that's why I put up the dress. School's just about over and this summer will be mine.

This morning I had weighed myself and was at the peak of 179, yet again. My own fault ... I even LOOK at taking days off and snacking and this is what I get. When I put on my workout clothes and looked in the mirror I almost cried. My belly stuck out like I was 7 months pregnant and far exceeded my breast area. I had to take action .... FAST!

I walked to the gym with the youngest so she could go swimming. I looked over at the dumbbell section and told myself I would get there, but had to work on cardio today. So I did. I did my W2D2 of C25 and decided not to push it to an hour (pretty warm in there) and then decided to try a new machine. I did this Arc thingie that looks like a gazelle lunge? At least that's the best way I can describe it. I worked on that for about 10 minutes when the youngest came up and said she was ready to go.

When I came home from the gym today I glanced through my photos and noticed that they were from March of 2010. I asked my girls to take a picture of me now and see if there was a notable difference with a little over 15 pounds gone. Well, the hair for sure is different....the rest is for you to see :o)


not too bad. Starting to get a little waist there :o)


My swollen tummy went down (I'm not sucking it in, promise) so that made me feel better. Maybe it just wanted a good run.

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okay, so I still need to work on squats.

But, it was a good start to motivation. If I can notice the slight 15 pounds I can surely notice it when I get down to 169 (again!!)...then, 159, then start looking like I want to good...then really FEEL good....yadda yadda..

OMGoodness Golly! I was rocking out to my 80s music yesterday when I told my oldest..."okay, I have to go and before I do I shall play my all time favorite video"

I did and I cried...what the heck is WRONG with me?! LOL I was so happy jumping up and down, singing and pointing to the screen "aren't they BEAUTIFUL??" ...sighs Duran Duran are to me what the Beatles were back in the 60s. My daughter, being the sweetheart she is, cropped the photo and put it as my desktop. I squealed like a little kid and said "screw it, that tattoo is going on my leg"

LOL


**Duran Duran/New Moon on Monday**

I love being a dork. It's clearly my thang.



  
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CHOCOHOLIC2276 5/14/2012 6:41AM

    If that's not motivation, I don't know what is! You can definitely see the difference! emoticon Can't wait for the next 15 lb blog emoticon

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DMBEECHAM 5/12/2012 10:51PM

    This weekend was the 30th anniversary of the release of the DD album "Rio." I was 12. I feel oooooollllllllldd. Where's my cane????? ; )

Congrats on the progress!

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RUNNINGAL425 5/12/2012 9:59PM

    Don't sweat the reset. Concentrate on the new start......YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 5/12/2012 9:00PM

    emoticon You rock!

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LALMEIDA 5/12/2012 8:58PM

  emoticon on the progress you have made. I can see a difference. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/12/2012 8:53PM

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Ah, Duran Duran brings back memories of when Alternative Rock actually was different.

There's definitely changes with those 15 pounds. emoticon being determined to stick it out. Our lives are too important to give up and let them slide back toward something we don't want.

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CAMROLA 5/12/2012 8:24PM

    I think you look awesome, and you can absolutely see changes, but most important is how you feel! Remember, it's a journey and not a destination, and there are always bends in the road but you'll find amazing things along the way. Keep it up, and keep rocking to DD--one of my all-time favorite groups!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 5/12/2012 8:21PM

    I see a huge difference!! You're doing great!!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/12/2012 7:59PM

    You can see it in your face too...look at how defined your jaw line is in the new pictures. It is a journey and one we have to work one everyday. We will get to the finish line.

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Coffee and dumbbells

Monday, May 07, 2012

Some days I tell ya...

so I had given away my coffee pot. It wasn't a very good coffee pot but it made 8 cups of coffee. We wanted to cut back on the caffeine intake so I moved my hubby's Keurig in as it makes one cup at a time. Great incentive right?

Yup....one small, tiny, insee, weenie, cup at a time.

and let me tell you, those little plastic doohickey things that you put in there are EXPENSIVE!!

So, I'm pouting as I've already gone to Starbucks a couple of times this week and ordered "just a large venti or two of regular coffee" to take home and I thought "I wonder if I can reuse these bad boys" I add the water to the top and re-close the gadget for coffee.

did you know that if you don't close it all the way, the pressure builds up and it makes this loud BLAM!!! noise and coffee explodes EVERYWHERE?!

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I'm talking the walls, the ceiling, the floor, the other side of the kitchen...we're still spooning out grounds...

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I went to the gym to do the treadmill so I want to catch up on my C25. My youngest loves to swim so it's nice to go there and get what I need done. I get done with the treadmill and go downstairs to attempt some ST. I look at the rows of dumbbells and head towards them when I stop cold in my tracks.

Depending on which kid you were in high school will determine your relation to this story: I was the nerdy one, the beat up one, the geek, the wallflower, the totally "uncool" one.

So, I'm looking at the benches and dumbbells and all these well, frankly they were all beautiful people. Muscles flexing, scanty clothing gripping, clearly liking what they see in the mirror. I slowly back away as if I had come across a rattler in my path...fear gripping at my very soul and I know I must have had the look on my face to prove it.

How is this possible? I'm freaking **cough cough** years old!! I'm not in high school anymore....why did I just assume these people would even care if I was there?

I'm pretty sure my mutant ninja fat cells played a hand in this conspiracy!!

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Tried to do my Hip Hop Abs this morning.

I really really really tried. There needs to be a 1-800-WTH-HELP line. I mean, do I just dance? Do I grunt tuck and tilt? It's frustrating to do a DVD and have it say "check your form" How? Where? With Who? With What? The Mirror with all the cool people next to the dumbbells???

I'm glad Limelight had that inspiring video of Arthur, the man who couldn't......otherwise I would feel defeated. Freaking inspiring people irk me today.

Sighs.

Life should be unlimited peanut butter and celery with no a$$ consequences.

and maybe carbs.

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SMACK!!

Thanks....I needed that.

I'm going to go pick up the girls now. Take the dogs out for a walk. Work on Shape it Up today and really really really work out this frustrated fear of whatever. And I'm gonna see me....in this dress......with those shoes.....it can happen..right? Even at my age?? with resistant mutant ninja fat cells?

Sure, it can happen. totally.

Draw your celery swords!! Abandon peanut butter!!!

(leave the chocolate frosting though............just in case)



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LOOKINGUP2012 5/9/2012 3:37PM

    I never heard a coffee nightmare story before. I had to laugh, but I feel for you cleaning up the mess. emoticon Found this quote on my new team page - Leaving 170-ville. So when at the gym "Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best." - Andrew Carnegie I'm a senior citizen, I've been to that gym and noticed that some of those old ones like to boast on how much weight they can curl. It's so relative. Best wishes.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/9/2012 12:24AM

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If I drank coffee ... that would probably describe at least one mishap I'd manage to have.

Et tu Keurig?

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CORINA-MOMOF4 5/8/2012 10:33PM

    reading this gives me another reason to say "I'm so glad I can't stand coffee" But so sorry for all you are going through.

Don't let those people get to you at the gym - I'm sure many of them too a long time to get where they are now :)

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LYNNA7499 5/8/2012 1:00PM

  Hang in there - hopefully today is a better day. Sorry about your coffee mess - what a pain. I prefer to work out at home because I do the same thing at the gym - I don't want to work out in front of people. I agree with TRISHNOODLES - they probably are not paying any attention to you. Good luck with your dvds. I was pretty lost when I started, but after a while you get the hang of it.

Good luck!

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BAKER1009 5/8/2012 7:44AM

    Seriously, who gives a $hit what those other people in the gym think? Do you really, really care?
I hate that people feel awkward in the gym, even though I was that person for a short time. Then I realized, why do I care? Anyone who is in the gym is at least trying to do something about their health. Well good for them!!
Go in there, do what you want to do, and just pretend you are the only one in there (just don't fart, cuz really, you're not alone!)!!

I don't have perfect form all the time, but I try my hardest and just keep going. You can do this too, I know it!!
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 5/7/2012 8:20PM

    OMG....I'm pissin my pants I'm laughing so hard! Girl we all look a hot mess doing the DVDs, it's just that you admit to it. LOL As for the weights, get your A$$ in there and just do it. You know your form and you know what to do. If anything these youngins will look at you with envy and want to be just as dedicated as you when they get "cough cough" old!

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SAMMIANNI 5/7/2012 6:21PM

    I used to feel like that at the gym, until I overheard one of the beautiful people talking to the trainer about the girl who is always in the bright tops.. Who? Me..? They were talking about how I can walk on the treadmill at a 5 incline without feeling the need to hold on.. It appears the beautiful people have problems too.. Who knew.. Just do your workout and let them watch you rock it!
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TRISHNOODLES 5/7/2012 5:41PM

  Don't bother even looking at the beautiful people. Just do your work out. I am the oldest and heaviest person in my muscle up and spinning class. I can't keep up, but believe me. They are all looking at themselves--- Not anyone else.

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