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This is the Best Winter Workout Ever!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snow shoveling. I got a cardio workout in and I used every muscle in my body ( I can feel it). I did it for 45 mins this morning and am scheduling another workout this evening. Can't get better than that. And the best part? Totally Free! Wahoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTENRPH 12/31/2010 4:55PM

    Hahahaha!! Love your positive attitude!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/23/2010 7:22PM

    Yup. That is definitely hard core.

Personally, I like when the sun melts it for me.


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MAGA99 12/22/2010 6:52AM

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CHOESCH 12/21/2010 5:51PM

    This is some heavy snow too! Way to go! I did the BL Power Sculpt this morning - but I have been tempted by the piles of snacks and goodies here are work. About every hour we get another treat from someone. I gave in and ate 3 chocolate covered cinnamon bears (YUM)! I can't even justify it! LOL! Maybe I'd better do some shoveling tonight! How many inches of snow did you guys get? We had about 6 when I left my house this morning. I will be glad when the holiday is finally here! Hope you are ready!

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LINDA! 12/21/2010 4:32PM

    Yes, shoveling is a tough workout!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/21/2010 3:06PM

    Way to go! I love shovelling snow for an extra workout.

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CARLA-216 12/21/2010 1:58PM

    Shoveling snow is a workout and a half! While I love to workout, I'm glad snow shoveling is not something we have to do a lot of here. emoticon

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THEATERCHICK18 12/21/2010 1:09PM

    fun! Wish I could shovel the snow but we live in a townhouse area but its not snowing here yet either... come on winter weather!! hehe.

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TDLEE9674 12/21/2010 12:34PM

    Shoveling is a great workout

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 12/21/2010 12:30PM

    That is hilarious because I now have to shovel my snow and my uncle told me it was a good cardio workout. So true. I totally forgot how much work it really is!

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K10BETH 12/21/2010 12:18PM

    Definitely a wonderful workout! I did it plenty when I lived up north. I'd rather run when it's still 68 today in December. Shovel sunshine emoticon

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KLONG8 12/21/2010 12:17PM

    Well, that's the best take on shoveling snow out there. It does burn those calories! Dress warm!

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Count Your Blessings and a Plea to see your doctor

Friday, December 17, 2010

Last night my daughter was in our church Christmas Pageant. It is always a rendition of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" It warms the heart to see your kids really get the reason for the season.
After the pageant was over we enjoyed a Happy Birthday Jesus cake and some Christmas goodies. As we congregated, one of my friends came over and reminded me of a dear lady who was suffering.
We had found out on Sunday that a dear member of our congregation had brain cancer as a result of her breast cancer she had had several years ago. She had been unable to stand or walk and they finally found 20 lesions in her brain. This in itself is a sad and sorrowful outcome but that is not the worst of it. This dear, dear lady has a heart as big as all outdoors. You see, she is a foster mother. A few years ago she was awarded Foster Mother of the Year for our state. She has adopted 8 foster children, making her the mother of 10. Her two oldest children are hers by birth but the other 8 were children of her heart. The youngest is 2 or 3. She is a very special lady and now her prognosis is terminable. They gave her 4 months.
So as I sit here this morning grateful that I have good health I ask you to go see your doctor. I am also grateful that I have good health insurance. My dear friends diagnosis has been alarming to say the least. As woman we tend to put our own health on the back burner and say I'll get to it. Please, Please, please. If you have been having any kind of symptoms or if you haven't been in for your annual checkup, schedule one now. If you haven't taken the time to do your mammogram or pap test please call your local health department. If you don't have insurance they can give you vouchers for free screenings. I have been losing inches in height recently so I have made an appointment to see my doctor to determine if I have osteoporosis, which is hereditary.
Strength training I here is one of the best ways to battle this so I am grateful I have been doing this as well as the other exercises to keep me strong and vital.
I value my time on Spark with you all and hope you take the time to value yourselves.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

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DAWNO64 12/17/2010 5:04PM

    What a wonderful woman, to love so many children.

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CHOESCH 12/17/2010 3:36PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend - it sounds like she is an amazing woman who has touched many hearts and saved many lives. I will pray that she is comforted at this time and that her children will rally around each other and be there to take care of the little ones. We just never know what life is going to throw at us. Your advice is sage...we truly do need to take the time to take care of ourselves. I appreciate you and your willingness to share your heart with us. Thanks so much for being my spark friend!
I wish for you an amazing holiday!

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LILY_SPARK 12/17/2010 1:20PM

    I'm sorry to hear that she is having to go through pain and treatments again.

As you said, it's a wonderful thing when people can be treated like humans and have the health coverage we all deserve.

I enjoyed that kind of care greatly when I lived in Europe in my early 20s. As my health care is whittled away more and more, I surely don't get to the doctor, dentist or eye doctor as often as I should. I don't have the $200 to see the dentist (it has now been over 2 years) for the full xrays, cleaning checkup. When I got to the eye doctor this year, it was just because I really couldn't see out my old prescription anymore! I used all my $2k emergency fund with my 2 injuries (for medical copays) and am living paycheck to paycheck. If anything else happens, I'll be at the mercy of welfare.

So, yes. Thankfulness for health and coverage for those who have it is something to remember.

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SCS9261 12/17/2010 12:19PM

    We often forget to take care of ourselves as women because we are so busy taking care of others.

I am keeping your friend, her family, and you in my prayers.


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It's Bread and Jam Day

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My work team has a tradition at Christmas time. We provide a somewhat healthy breakfast for our department. It is called Bread and Jam day! We all pitch in and purchase yummy bread from the local bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company. All of the ingredients are listed on the label and there are no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.

The department favorite is the Cinnamon Burst loaf. It is already gone! We also bought Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread ( the most decadent loaf and my personal weekness but I only had a small piece!), White Bread, Light Cracked Wheat Bread, Dakota Bread ( a bread full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds) and High Fiber Bread. I think I will have a piece of that with my two hard boiled eggs for lunch, nummers!

We also bring in our favorite topping such as peanut butter, apple butter, homemade jam, etc.
It is a great way to say "we appreciate you" and I personally feel good about giving something healthy and not a bunch of empty calories and sweets.
This is one of my favorite holiday time work traditions. What about you? Do you have any holiday traditions at your work?
Keep Sparking, Paige

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CARLA-216 12/16/2010 2:28PM

    What a neat (and yummy) tradition!

We have a bakery here that makes Dakota bread and I wonder if it's the same/similar. It's really good!

No special holiday traditions at my current office...

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I am a convert to eating more protein and my thoughts on RACHEL_MAC's Progress Pic challenge

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ok, so for a while now I have been stuck at 150 lbs. I would like to get back down to 146 but the scale isnt cooperating. I have upped my ST to about 40 mins almost every day and my cardio to three to four times a week. I have tried to get in more protein. I am averaging this week about 100 grams a day. My cal range is 1200-1500. I have noticed on my nutrition tracker that I am at about the top of my range but I have been sooo hungry!! Argh!
This might explain why I haven't lost any weight. I have noticed a lot of inches lost though. Funny, huh? My clothes fit so much better right now. My pants fit like they did when I weighed 146. As a matter of fact, my skinny jeans were loose. I think this is a victory in itself.

Have you seen the RACHEL_MAC Progress Pick Challenge? I have been following the people who are participating and I am amazed at how well everyone is doing. What an inspiration. If it wasn't for my cottage cheese thighs and stretch marks I would be tempted to post pics too!! LOL.
I did challenge myself to a running skirt challenge a few months ago. You can find that blog here...

I have been taking pictures ( not weekly, more like monthly) and if I get a chance I will post the picc. NO, I WILL POST THE PICS! NO EXCUSES! So stay tuned. I'll get em up there!! My husband took the last set and we compared them side by side and you could see some improvement. I haven't taken the next set yet, but I am determined to do it. I may not be brave enough to join RACHEL_MAC'S challenge but I am brave enough to finish my own challenge.
What about you? have you seen the challenge? Have you been inspired to join or has it inspired you in any way? Just the progress alone of eveyone was very inspirational to me. Here are a few pictures of me in the running skirt after I ran a 5K! Keep Sparking friends! Paige

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/16/2010 11:24AM

    Yup, I definitely get more hungry if I am rocking ST hard. But it always pays off. I do have to nail that protein or I just feel out of whack. 100 grams a day - that is way impressive. Good for you!

I love the Rachel Mac-ers - those folks are really demonstrating the spirit of this battle. Reading their blogs and seeing their progress is very inspirational. I love reading about what other folks are doing here to keep that fire in their belly burning.

Congrats to on loose skinny jeans! I can't think of a better Christmas present.


Go gorgeous.

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CHOESCH 12/14/2010 5:54PM

    I too have found that eating more protein helps stave off the hunger pangs and gives added energy. I have been eating hard boiled eggs for my morning snack along with 5 seed bread toasted. It is amazing how long I can go before I feel hungry again. It has especially worked for the holidays - there is so much junk everywhere at work and home that I could find myself snacking constantly! I have adjusted my training to an every other day schedule - run one day - ST the next. It is amazing how good I feel. I'm so proud of you! You have accomplished some amazing things and you are still going strong! Thanks for your great inspiration!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/9/2010 11:08PM

    You should totally join the Rachel_Mac team! Take a look at my blog as to my week one pictures went. I don't put my face in the pictures as its too personal for me. I was totally scared but it's an amazing tool to see how everyone's body transforms. It's totally personal and hard to swallow your pride but once you do it everyone's positive comments helps you to view your own body in a different way. Thanks for commenting on my blog by the way! The hair curling technique works! I'm lazy so anything simple makes me happy.

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LILY_SPARK 12/9/2010 1:03PM

    Protein *is* super-important, especially if ST.

For *me* and everybody might be different, the BIG change happened when I stopped that low wt/ high rep program for high wt, low rep. You have to be smart, though, and take your rest days, make sure joint pain is NEVER an issue, etc (cos as you well know, I broke myself in 2 places and still can't do the program that works best for me, although I can now do some things).

I'd rather have lower body fat and toss the scale out the window!

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NO Zumba= Stress= FAIL on my nutrition tracker, BOO!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Last night I got home from work a little later than usual and rushed out the door to my zumba class. I have a deal with the instructor. If I am not there by 15 after she leaves. A lot of times I am the only one in the class, which makes for a private zumba class, its great that she will do this for me, but its so much fun when there is more people. Anyway, I just missed her last night. I was so disappointed. I haven't missed Zumba in months and I really needed a good cardio class to beat my stress with after a long Monday. So guess what I did instead? I went home and made dinner and snacked throughout the entire process. GEEZEOPEEZO!! I had no self control. I was stressed from my long day and I was hungry and I let that get the best of me!
I made a wonderful healthy dinner but by the time I actually sat down to eat it I think I had already consumed more than my alloted cals for the day. I munched on semi-sweet chocolate chips, tortilla chips, anything I could find. I know it was bad. I knew it was bad when I did it. I did it anyway. Sometimes you just can't help yourself. Also, I knew it was stress eating.
Just when you think you have something licked it comes up to bite you on the butt!!
Oh well, today is a new day. I have planned my meals for the whole day, I have done my am workout routine, and I have my night planned out. Now if everything just goes according to plan I should be fine!
Take Care Spark Buddies. Its going to be a long week!

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CHOESCH 12/2/2010 3:22PM

    Hey Cute Stuff;
Sorry I have been AWOL my life has been extremely stressful. I have the whole stress eating thing down pat. LOL! Luckily I have stuck to my workout routine - I don't think I could make it without my daily workout - then the stress would really get the best of me! Hang in there at least you recognized that you were on the wrong track! I'm sure the ship has righted since then and you are back on the right track. Hope all is well with you and your family and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate your goodie! You are AMAZING - don't ever forget that!

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 12/1/2010 10:46AM

    No zumba is so sad. That is great though that your teacher will do it with just you. Our class is always super packed which makes it sometimes hard. I like it when there are a little less people there then normal but I agree that it is way fun with others. That is part of the energy that is so fun about it. I am actually getting Zumba for Wii from the kitty for Christmas (isn't he so thoughtful :)) so hopefully it will be just as fun.

You know we all have those days and I am so glad you see it for what it is and are ready to move on. Hope today is an even better day!

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TAFODIL24 11/30/2010 2:16PM

    Chalk it up as over & done with ~ today is a NEW day ~ NEW challenges ~ go for it 100%

You are such an inspiration!

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KIRSTENRPH 11/30/2010 12:51PM

    Hey Paige,
I know EXACTLY how you feel!!! I LOVE Zumba class the most after a long stressful work day! It's strange that an intense cardio workout is fun after a day on my feet when I feel EXHAUSTED...But it really drains the stress right out of me! What a bummer that you missed class! Why don't you try making a ZUmba playlist from Youtube--it's a great free way to get your Zumba-fix! Or--even better--get some Zumba music and learn some routines (from your instructor or Youtube) and make your own personalized workout! It's so NICE for me when I can just put on my ipod and dance in the kitchen or basement or on the deck!! That's really the main reason I took the instructor certification class--to get Zumba music and choreography I can learn and do at home!! I still love my classes and rarely miss one--but on the other days, it's fun to be able to do it on my own! Sure beats the treadmil!!!!! LOL!!!

BTW, I can't believe that you are the "oldest and biggest" in your Zumba class!!! Wow!! In our class, you would be the average age, and one of the slimmer ones. We have mostly women in their 40's and 50's and even a very energetic fit 62- yr old! All the instructors are awesome and fit--but all in their late 40's to 50!! You would love our classes!! Too bad you don't live near my gym!!LOL!!
Maybe you could encourage some of your 40-something friends to join you at Zumba?
They're sure to get hooked, don't you think?

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LILY_SPARK 11/30/2010 12:37PM

    Aw, pooh!

I know what you mean: intense exercise REALLY does (dur) help combat stress. The good thing is you're normally on top of stuff and since this was a timing issue, that's something you can correct.

I know you missed your lovey wo emoticon

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GOCELTICSGO 11/30/2010 12:02PM

    It;s a new day as you said!

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