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In a lovely day of unsedentary moves....

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I really do not like yard work. I KNOW that's a negative start to a comment and what not, but for the past 24 years my husband talks me into yardwork and for the past 24 years I pretend I like it, but only cuz I have to. LOL

It's a running joke at my house that if we lived in a condo, we wouldn't have to do yardwork...and someday I will get my condo.

Some years, I really try. I know it can be a great bonding moment for us and I know how much he loves it. I'd rather be on the computer, in a good book, maybe even working out or running....

Now, I have convinced myself over the past few years that gardening can be theraputic...I mean, look how much he loves it. So, I joined the gardening team, picked out some flowers and veggies with him and the girls and we were going to do this! He builds the veggie boxes and I spent the day weeding and what not when 5 oclock came around and I say "time to clean up"

Kids disappear, Tom and I are putting things away. I am babbling as I put the planter boxes aside and fail to somehow see the green LARGE mower next to the green green grass......

That's just the start of it....I'm pretty sure I wouldn't own on of these in a condo. Hey, do you suppose you get like, extra fitness minutes for the earning of one of these?

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/10/2010 7:15PM

    I really do try to enjoy it. And some days, I really DO enjoy it. But, I still think a condo would be more adventageous. LOL

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KIRSTEN 3/10/2010 6:44PM

    My dad used to say there are 2 kinds of people: ones who call it "gardening" and the others who call it "yard work"!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/8/2010 2:50AM

    Pink Me Up: This is on my upper thigh....I tried to crop it to where you didn't have to see my panties or "unmentionables" but there it is. You can see my sweats that I pulled down on the bottom if that helps...but basically upper right hand thigh. Ouw!!

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COLE771 3/7/2010 4:35PM

    I'm not big on yard work either. I like how it looks when I'm done, but I'd really rather be doing something (anything) else! Today, it's getting ready to rain, so I'm cleaning out cupboards - no complaints here! :)

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PINK_ME_UP 3/7/2010 4:30PM

    OUCH...where is that on your body?

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/7/2010 4:22PM

    Isn't it though? I think I'm most "proud" of it because a) it was while doing yardwork and b) because I don't bruise. well, I thought I didn't. emoticon

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    Oh wow, lady, now that's a pretty bruise! ;0)

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My time....

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Hubby began swing shift recently and I really didn't think it was going to affect anything. Until recently. I noticed that I had planned out all these workouts but for some reason seemed to not GET to them and I thought it was simply because I didn't have time. I would begin something and tell myself "yup, going to do that exercise......"

After a couple of days it hit me: I was avoiding spectators. With husband on swings that meant he was home in the morning. The girls get shuffled off to school and hubby gets up. Then when hubby goes to work, the oldest gets home. When she goes to work, the other two trail in and by that time, well, it's homework, dinner, and start over.

Finally on Monday I thought: This is not going to work. I just need to do this and make my own time. After all, I AM doing this for me, right?

Okay then!! On Monday, I ran the C25. That was easy enough as I just told the girls I was going for a run. Then, I came home and did the hard part. I ventured upstairs to restart my Slim in 6 program. I push play and begin. Kids came up and down the stairs, but I keep pressing on. Occasionally one of them giggles and I keep pressing on. The oldest daughter's boyfriend comes up, and although mortified, I keep going. He watches for a minute and says "yup, work those abs" before I say "bugger off". and finish with a cool down.

There, I did it. emoticon I had conquered my fear of working out "publically".

Yesterday was a bit harder. I was very sore and did get in some workouts, but not as much as I hoped so I made up for it today.....

Did the C25, shins immensely sore, but pressed on and came home to do Slim in 6. Kids cheered me on and then comes in the oldest's boyfriend...AND SHOWS ME A VIDEO OF ME WORKING OUT!!

At first, I was horrified. There I was....large and in charge doing those dreaded lunges. emoticon

Then I quickly thought about it.

That lady was scared, mortified even, of working out in front of people for this very reason; but she did it. That woman continues to work out even when people tell her it's silly or she's becoming too obsessed with it, or that it won't work. That woman is doing something for herself for the first time in a long time. and yes, although that woman was larger and perhaps even silly looking, she was DOING it. She was going through the physical and emotional barriers to emerge as a healthy person.

I just smiled at the video and asked for a copy.

That woman will remind me that it's okay to step up and say "I'm going to do this!"
I will NOT fail myself!! I will eventually look good, or at least better. If not, I will be healthy, strong, and proud. Traits not all can just inherit, but must work for. This woman will no longer be terrified, but rather, intensified! She will keep on!

This, after all, is MY time.

Thanks kids.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/6/2010 2:05AM

    You said it Phoody! LOL

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HERCULEA 3/4/2010 10:01PM

    This post is hilarious! That boyfriend is a stinker. It's hard to work out in front of people, especially teenagers. If you can maintain your focus (and your sense of humor) after that experience, there's nothing stopping you now!! emoticon

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LOREN009 3/4/2010 8:39PM

    I struggle to make myself do lunges even when no one is watching! You rock!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/4/2010 6:39PM

    IAJoeb, it turns out it wasn't the time...but the spectators....or rather fear of. :o)

It's amazing what "fear" puts you through. Not wanting pics taken, not exercising (because you aren't skinny enough to? LOL) Crazy. I guess it's true... a healthy lifestyle IS more mental than anything.

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MIAJOEB 3/4/2010 5:25PM

    Keep doing it! You know you could find the time.

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2010TRIATHLETE 3/4/2010 2:16PM

    emoticonYou keep on rocking!

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COLE771 3/4/2010 11:39AM

    That's awesome! Keep it up! I ran the track the other day and have some strong feelings about running in front of thin people. But like you said, I did it. I have to get past that stuff and then maybe someday, I['ll be one of the "thin ones"! :)

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PINETREEGIRL 3/4/2010 12:25AM

    Good for you!! That's the attitude that will get you power abs and strong long legs!

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WANDAC2013 3/4/2010 12:00AM

    You go, girl!!!!! emoticon

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SUNNYFICTION 3/3/2010 11:46PM

    Great blog! Take YOUR time and run with it (literally)! Good job, keep doing it!

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More for me than anything....

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The power of 90 days. Three monts, almost 13 weeks. Seems so short, yet sooo endless when doing something big such as weight loss.

I called in a mulligan. After being on hiatus for so many weeks I thought the only way to ease my scrambled mind was to simply start from scratch. I'm glad I did.

So, here goes:
I am back at W1 on the C25 program and I ran in my new shoes. The shoes did provide assistance on shin pains. They was still pressure and hints of pain on the shins, but didn't crumple me to the ground like before. I can live with that. While on my run, because I wasn't in pain, I could focus on my breathing. AND, while focusing on my breathing, I found....I could think. And I did. I ran and thought about my oldest daughter. Hoping she graduates. I thought about my husband and his moods: how he hates his job, hates California and keeps trying to hint to move (jobless or not)back to Washington and wondering if I should worry about his drinking....and that got me to thinking about how we lost our house in Washington and how much the girls love it here and sacrafices and my eye surgery and money and quitting school and ....

I didn't get any answers, but it felt nice to sort through the drama in my head. I didn't realize I was carrying around so much weight!! And not just on my body!! It was just a nice feeling of, well, clarity, I guess.

After coming home and digging through more of the chaotic confetti of the mind, I found my motivation poster. It's rather simple. It's a Chadwicks catalog with pretty knit dresses, simplicity & vogue patterns, and shoes.


I created my calandar and this is what it looks like:

M/W/F: C25- running first thing sets my tone. This will play nice in the California summertime.

Tues: AB Ball. I have a big medicine ball with a pretty intense AB routine.

Thurs: Prevention Walking DVE. I thought this was going to be easy. I should know better! She makes you sweat!!

Sat: Pilates (ABs)
Sun: Yoga with my Slim and Limber

Daily: Slim in 6 Series. This will play nicely as it seems to set the tone for the day. I want to do the ABs daily too, but we'll see.
**Wii fit maybe in the evenings.

Hmmmm, that's a lot. But, so far that's what I've got. As far as the diet, that was tricky. Do I go vegetarian? What one diet works better than another? I settled on a book called "The Fat Smash Diet". My oldest had originally picked it out, but reading it, it makes sense and as I have a huge issue with portion control, it was doable. It sounds flexible enough with a family of five...Also, it too was a 90 day program. Oh the power of 90!!


So there it is. All layed out nicely. Up on my wall, written on my calendar. My family thought I was becoming obsessed with this before? Ha! Wait until I do lose a few pounds and gain momentum. Maybe I will get so motivated, I become a coach! Eh, let's start off getting out of the gate. Focus Corinna, Focus!!

Oh, Chadwicks has the swimsuit (skirtini) I want. There's a contest/challenge in one of my teams. Gotta remember to download that. I'm going to go do that now.

Then my Wii...


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DAWNMARIE4825 2/26/2010 9:09AM

    I love running there is something about the "me" time you get while running. You don't have to talk to anyone and you can just zone out. Of course I run on a treadmill and that is way easier than outdoor running but I figure by the time summer rolls around out here I will be good to go. I will complete my first 5k sometime this summer. Keep up the good work sounds like you have everything in order and under control. I am finding it hard to fit so much exercising into my schedule but I manage to do the s in s everyday.

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LEZETTE125 2/26/2010 8:11AM

    i LOVE HOW you have planned everything all out.... that makes every thing work better......i can't wait till nice weather so i can begin jogging again... today my car was frozen shut and it is snowing out side no jogging for me.. keep up the great work and we all can do this... emoticon

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LOREN009 2/25/2010 9:03PM

    Wow your plan sounds great... really motivating! And if you have to take a day off, you've got plenty of other stuff scheduled, so it won't be a big deal.

Also - that dress is BEAUTIFUL.

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Setting goals for the disorganized mind

Friday, February 12, 2010

That's my brain. Colorful, wistful, but totally scattered everywhere.

I've been neglecting to do goals. I don't know why. Timing, I guess but that's also my new motivator. I have a wedding to attend in Vegas in July. Then there's camping with family I haven't seen in a year in July. July. That's the finish line and the goal weight of 135? timing says "nope. it ain't happening girlie."

With that I'd normally quit. I've done soooo bad the past few weeks and I'm really kicking myself in the tush. I know better! Every day I think "I'm gonna do this" and another passes in a blur.

Today, Friday the something something I say write my goals...baby step goals.

1. 2 pounds a week until July puts me at a respectable noticeable difference :o)

2. No soda! No Whiskey in the soda!! (that one is hard only cuz I LOVE the taste) Save it for Vegas baby!!

3. Get back to exercising! I'm so surprised that I've managed to keep the weight in the 180s (barely).

4. Motivation poster

5. make a fitness calendar. I have 20 fitness DVDs that I stare at and wonder which one to do. Put them on a calendar. It will add variety and organization.

Now that the hips have been taken care of and such, time to get to work. I've got a goal in mind. Two pounds. I can do that...The Bigglest Loser does 10 in a week and that's with 6-8 hours of workouts!! I can totally do 2 with an hour or more a day. Go girl go!!

Two pounds, come back tomorrow and push play again. Do it! You want it!!

Go make your motivation poster, hang it on the wall, eat your oatmeal, push play, run go....

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DAWNMARIE4825 2/16/2010 11:01AM

    Just don't quit!!! The hardest part is pushing that play button (I feel your pain there, I struggle with that everyday). emoticon emoticon

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UNIONDIVA 2/12/2010 8:24PM

    you can do it! I am doing mini goals of 30 days leading up to my first big goal in May (Cruise to Bahamas!) I am hoping to lose 25lbs by April 14..... we can do it!

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TERRIFICLYFIT 2/12/2010 7:32PM

    Love the pic of the girl you posted--it's so fun and cheerful! Same with the first pic, too--even though you feel disorganized, it certainly looks like fun chaos! ;0) Good for you in making goals and drawing up an action plan. It's all about little steps to reach your bigger goals!!

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FRESHSTART028 2/12/2010 5:20PM

    Good for you. I struggle with goals too. Post where you can see them everyday.



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ROOSTER71 2/12/2010 5:01PM

    Hang in there you can do it! By writing this blog shows you can set goals and live up to them. Good luck!

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I can't wait!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

That's right. I said it. It's been such a crazy week and man, I actually look forward to working out tomorrow!! I was just advised to give my hips a rest and to check into new shoes. There was some concern that one leg is shorter than the other, but we may just have to look at a lift for that.

In the meantime, it just means this is going to be toughter, harder, and I must be more determined and WANT this. and I DO!!

Thus, Tomrrow....Burning it Up baby!! Yeah!!

Ms. Cori is back!!

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TERRIFICLYFIT 1/23/2010 11:30AM

    Yay! You're gonna feel even more awesome after your workout!!!!

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CGYANDRLY 1/23/2010 8:41AM

    Wow! If I had half your enthusiasm.

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KAY-SUPREME 1/23/2010 8:02AM

    AWESOME! Keep it up!

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KMILLER990 1/23/2010 3:41AM

  Have a great workout! You go girl!

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