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Today, I am enough...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I needed this today - maybe you do too.

(just cut and paste the link into your browser- sorry I don't know how to make it "live")

Stay strong -


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    Tear jerker! :'(

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IMIN2GENES 9/25/2014 6:58PM

    Oh yeah! That's a good one. Thanks for sharing it!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/25/2014 9:48AM

    Oh how I needed this. Thanks.


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STRONG_SARAH 9/25/2014 6:28AM

    I'm all teary now. That's such a great video!

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STRONG_SARAH 9/25/2014 6:27AM

    I'm all teary now. That's such a great video!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/24/2014 11:19PM

    OMG!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!!!! You have no idea how much I needed this today!! Thank you

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ELRIDDICK 9/24/2014 2:05PM

  Thanks for sharing

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April 28 to August 8 - injury and all...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Just a reminder that I AM making progress...

April 28th 248.6

August 8th 227.1

Screw the scale - it can move as slow as it needs to - I'm building muscle and taking back my healthy, one step at a time.


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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 7:36AM

    You're a superstar!

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IMIN2GENES 8/12/2014 9:47AM

    Way to go!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/11/2014 8:35AM

    Woohoo! Take that silly scale! You look beautiful!


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CHEETARA79 8/10/2014 5:06PM

    SUPERSTAR!!!! You lost 20 friggin pounds! MY HERO!!! I'll have what she's having!

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LYNCHD05 8/10/2014 4:41PM

    You've got that right girl!!! There is more to health than the. Umber on the scale. Keep up the good work!!m

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/10/2014 2:02PM

    Good on you.....if you're in it for the long haul, then no need to rush results!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/10/2014 11:46AM

    Impressive! So glad things are moving the right direction for you!

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Keep up the great job!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/10/2014 1:33AM

    Looking great!!!!

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Update to injury, life, etc

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First - I'm not looking for anyone to recommend a new "treatment" - this is just an update

I started PT for my shoulder/arm/wrist . I've been to a Neurosurgeon, an orthopedic specialist, and now I'm in Physical Therapy. I have some spine/shoulder alignment issues, and PT is helping. A LOT! I'm back to lifting with minimal restrictions (no overhead press stuff) and I'm not allowed to do anything that hurts. Simple enough - time to get busy!

My Nutrition/Personal Trainer continues to be a great source of help with getting things moving in the right direction. Now all I need to do is get myself out of the way. Literally. I tend to over-think, and justify, etc... I need to remember "KISS" (Keep It Simple, Stupid...) and just work the program. It works. And it's something I'm willing to do on a regular basis... so, stop FUSSING and get busy (personal pep talk over...)

Lastly, I'm just anxious to get things MOVING... I'm impatient for results, because of the stall. Now that I'm moving forward, I feel like I want to do anything and everything to make it go FASTER (instant gratification please... )

Thanks for all of you that have checked in on me. Sorry to be a bit MIA, but I had lots of things to do with the injury. I hope to be a bit more sparkly from this point forward.

Be well!


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EJOY-EVELYN 8/1/2014 12:49AM

    I'm so glad you're beginning to see some relief. Keep up the good work. I hope this therapy brings about the results you're looking for. Hug, hug - Evelyn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/31/2014 10:45PM

    I am glad you are healing!!!! I am going to borrow the KISS thing...... love it

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ADRIENALINE 7/31/2014 1:35PM

    Glad to hear you are on your way back to health!

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/31/2014 12:29PM

    Glad to hear things are moving in a good direction. Yupp - KISS works, as long as you follow it. Do what is right for you and your condition and don't push it to any place that does damage or re-injures. Keep up the good work and glad you're back with us.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/31/2014 10:36AM

    I like the "KISS" method too except I say, "Keep It Simple, Sweetie". My momma didn't like us to use the other S word. It got us in big trouble. (grin)

I'm glad things are working. I've been worried about your arm and what they were saying. I'm hopeful that you will see some changes as you work your plan.

Keep going! I'm cheering for you!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/30/2014 11:24PM

    Thank you for the update. I've been wondering about you. So glad you can get back to a more lifting! All the best to you on your continued healing and getting things MOVING!

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IMIN2GENES 7/30/2014 6:47PM

    KISS... that's my favorite acronym. LOL! I love that one!! I try and remind myself of that frequently. I'm with you on the instant gratification. Let's go!

Glad to hear that the PT is working! That's great news. Still sending lots of wishes for speedy healing!

I'm looking forward to getting started on my own program. I should be getting the first part of it tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
PS - How were you able to ever focus on training with trainer #7? I saw his website and I would have been totally distracted by those abs!

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/30/2014 5:48PM

    Welcome back! Stay strong, but remember, first do no harm! Do what you're comfortable doing, but remember that you're in it for the long haul....keep yourself strong & healthy enough to work out over time

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MRS_EVA_K 7/30/2014 4:10PM

    I'm glad the PT is helping Irish. And I'm glad the new plan is something you can stick with. Keep us posted. I know you'll be moving in your preferred direction very soon. (((Hugs)))

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    Glad to hear you're still able to lift. Keeping kissing your way to success :)

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The challenges of an injury... a little help please?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I LOVE to do strength training - heavy lifting, squats, deadlifts.

My injury has sidelined most of this... Now I am able to do only the following:

squat holds
body weight squats
single leg hip thrusts
glute bridges
body weight walking lunges
hip thrust holds (I can hold a weight plate on my lap with my good arm for this)
hip thrusters
body weight side lunges

nothing upper body.. this is INCREDIBLY frustrating...

And, of course, as much cardio as I can stand (did I mention that I really don't like cardio much???)

My doctor's appt is on July 8th - and while I will be glad to (FINALLY) get some news, I don't anticipate them clearing me to start up on my upper body weight program right away (although I guess miracles CAN happen).

Funny thing, and I plan to talk to the doctor about this, none of the upper body exercises make the injury hurt and/or make it better either... so I am going to see what I will be allowed to do (if anything)... I figure it can't hurt to ask.

All of this, has, in turn, stagnated my weight loss...

I have a super nutrition program - and we are tweaking it to fit the lack of training.

But I AM FRUSTRATED BEYOND BELIEF.... I finally had it movin'... and now I'm stalled, again.

But you know me... never gonna quit, never gonna die... so here I am...

question - what do YOU like to do for HIGH intensity cardio??? I'm open to ideas...


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PARASELENIC 7/3/2014 1:22PM

    I have to trick or bribe myself: Watch a tv show online while on the elliptical and develop rules-- eg: whever music plays in the background, up the elliptical to break neck speed.

I love swimming and that makes really good intense cardio-- get a pair of underwater headphones and just let go... swimming is nice, too, as you can break up the speeds and intensity by lengths or minutes.

I hope that your injury is healing well. Can't wait to hear about the 8th!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/30/2014 10:43PM

    I agree, being limited is quite the test and I'm not all that crazy about cardio either . . . but the heart wants it. My personal favorites are Tai Chi and healing Qi Gong. As much as I've come to enjoy long walks, I now must limit them to 10-15 minute segments. Being adaptable to new limitations will continue to break ground in changing our focus.

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IMIN2GENES 6/30/2014 8:46PM

    Just for fun, I LOVE to use Coach Nicole's videos. Her short 10 - 15 minute cardio ones are lots of fun especially when you don't have a lot of extra time. They pack a punch! I also like kickboxing too. It's something more interesting than the treadmill for me...
Finger's still crossed for good news from the docs! I'm still thinking of you even though I've been on the quiet side. I'll explain later...

Keep thinking happy thoughts and hold tight to that determination!
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GETSTRONGRRR 6/30/2014 5:54PM

    Hmmm, hopefully it's some type of tendonitis.

I guess kettlebells are out. (although if it is tendonitis, swinging KBs are gently stretches out your joints).

Spinning may be your best option for could also see if they have any weighted vests at your gym.....weighted walks can be good

Hope you have a speedy recovery

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ADRIENALINE 6/30/2014 1:17PM

    Love hiking, jogging with music outside and cycling. I personally hate strength training. Between the two of us we'd make one great fitness trainer

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MRS_EVA_K 6/30/2014 8:29AM

    I hike. i hate gym cardio. I don't get to go as much as i would like to but i personally am not overly athletic but hiking is something i can do. at this time of year you just have to make sure you stay hydrated.

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CHEETARA79 6/30/2014 7:41AM

    I love hiking. Cardio indoors on one of those dang machines generally makes me feel like a hamster on a wheel.

Swimming is also great cardio and it's the season right now!

If you have to do indoors, I'd do Zumba or some other dance aerobics class.

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SLOWDETERMINED 6/29/2014 11:42PM

  emoticon I love biking, both stationary and riding the road. I can challenge myself on the bike, I like to do interval training, and recently tried Tabata intervals which are intense. I have learned to tolerate the treadmill, but I really like to cycle with music. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/29/2014 11:39PM

    Do you like cycling? I like to cycle long and fast

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First day of injury training...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I got my "injury" workouts today -

Shame on me for thinking it would be light...

We are going to do leg and core work, alternating with cardio sessions. It will look like this:

Day 1 - session A + cardio session
Day 2 - session B + cardio session
Day 3 - session A + cardio session
Day 4 - session B + cardio session
Day 5 - session A + cardio session
Day 6 - session B + cardio session
Day 7 is a cardio session only to allow for recovery

then we repeat... until I'm cleared to work upper body, which hopefully will be within the next 2-3 weeks.

To give you an idea of what this looks like, here's what each session will entail

Session A

1a- squat holds 4 x 40 seconds (add 5-10 seconds each week)
1b - bodyweight squats 4x10

2a single leg hip thrusts 4 x 12 per side
2b glut bridge holds 4 x 45 seconds each

3 bodyweight walking lunges - 3x10 per side (20 seconds rest between each set)

4 Elliptical Intervals - 15 seconds fast/45 seconds moderate/slow x 10 rounds

Session B

1a - Hip thrust holds with weight plate on lap 4 x45 seconds (add 5-10 seconds each week)
1b - bodyweight hip thrusts 4x10 (with 1 second squeeze hold at top)

2 - body weight squats (5 second negative) 4 x12 - 30 seconds rest between each set

3 - bodyweight side lunges 3x10 per side - 30 seconds rest between each set

4 - Elliptical Intervals - 15 seconds fast/45 seconds moderate/slow x 10 rounds

Cardio session

30 mins of brisk walking (usually at 3.0mph) on a "10" incline - I will need to keep my heart rate at 125-145

I will be working out 7 days a week, and he's encouraging any extra cardio I can slip in - we will be keeping the diet the same, except the lowering of my carbs by 5g each meal that includes carbs.

The goal is to keep the weight loss moving forward while we work through the injury.

I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE GOOD SUPPORT - I was worried going in, but as my coach said "Don't worry, I got you... we are not going to fail"...


I trust him to carry me through this...

No excuses, no whining... Just some hard work ...


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IMIN2GENES 6/19/2014 8:19AM

    Wow! You really are lucky to have that extra support. You're trainer sounds really awesome! I like the plan you've got. It sounds really good and like it will work without hurting you more. That's a major win!

Finger's crossed for good news with the docs. Keep up the awesome work!

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/18/2014 5:29PM

    Oh this sounds good! I predict some lower body soreness in the weeks to come.....Enjoy!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 6/18/2014 10:11AM

    I so long for someone to say to me, "Don't worry, I got you... we are not going to fail"... and really, truly mean it. It's hard to do this thing (practically) alone. Sigh.

Sounds like they are going to keep your body moving and your heart pumping. Your injury, except for the pain receptors, will barely be a blip on your lifestyle radar.

Lots of hugs coming your way!

I'm cheering for you!


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MRS_EVA_K 6/18/2014 7:40AM

    I like your plan. Keep going girl. You'll make it through this injury just fine.

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