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Two updates: The can workout and The Under Armour problem

Friday, July 13, 2012

Update 1: The Stick It to It Workout: On plan was to do it twice this week and do one round of my regular strength training workout. That went okay. For my real life challenge I have to do Strength Training three times a week (Saturday-Friday) to get full Strength points (3). I do strength on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have not done strength today. Here's my other problem...I did not take into account doing our challenge mid-point test tomorrow, which involves some weights and a plank. I do NOT want to be totally weak for my test so I am NOT working strength today, at least not a BIG workout. I'll do it later tonight, when it cools down. I have the option to count my Jillian workout as cardio and strength so I might go with that, I might do a light strength avoiding the things I'll work tomorrow. So, the can workout went REALLY well, I even decided to do the circuit option on top of my regular cardio. I did Jillian first and then after the last circuit instead of following her cool-down went straight into the circuits from the can. I opted for the lite version this week, doing one rep of two sticks from each area. It's been mega hot and my energy levels at an epic low. Adapted to my needs the workouts went great and I even faked my way through some burpees. You have to know that a) my balance is HORRIBLE b) my coordination worse and c) I've got a bit of gut that gets in the way of a burpee. So after nearly killing myself on the first one I created an adaptation to get me through the last 9. Once crouching instead of trying to kick both feet out and back I remained balanced on two hands and one foot while stretching the other foot back and out and pulling it back in. Odd, but it worked well enough. I am still loving my can :) and will continue to work back and forth between it and my regular strength (which is due for an overhaul not that I've been doing it six weeks, just to keep things fresh).

The Under Armour problem....I don't have time to bounce over there and link it, but if you have NO clue what I'm talking about find my blog on My Efforts to Change the World Fall Flat (or maybe it was Make a'll find it). After quite a bit of jumping through hoops (tell this division, no tell this one, submit it like you invented something-OMGosh could you make it any harder). This is the response I FINALLY got that made sense:

"Thank you for taking the time to tell us about the need for expanded women's sizing. As you suspected, this is a common suggestion/idea that we hear from consumers like yourself.

We have brough the idea to the attention of the women's producty managers, and hopefully they are going to take action. What we hear frequently from women is that although they do not like it, they are forced to buy men's garments to get the fit they are looking for while they are striving towards the appropriate women's size.

The good news that we can report is that we are currently in development for larger sized bras. Our new ArmourBra, which is available online is purchased by band and cup size, which ensures as good a fit as possible.

If we have an update on expanded sizing, we will reach back out to you. Thanks for your support and loyalty to UA and best of luck"

Not bad, I'm satisfied I did my part. If I ever see larger sizes at UA I will give myself a pat on the back :).

Okay peeps, make it an awesome weekend, reports are that much of the country will be experiencing a slight break in the heat wave soon, hope this applies to you. Hope you make it a productive and wonderful weekend, if you can believe it July is almost half over!! And I just earned 5 extra credit points....100 more crunches (no problem that's as good as done) and I'll make it 10 extra credit. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like my sis is anywhere near taking a misstep so I can regain those 3 points I'm behind (really she just needs to miss two and then I'll "win" the week and get the third). I'm gonna hide her water bottle-lol. See ya later alligator :).

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ENDUROVET 7/26/2012 4:30PM

    There's a brand new UA bra sitting in my dresser drawer; hopefully -20 lbs I'll actually be able to WEAR it!?!

But for now I'll continue to brag on my good ol' "Brunhilda" Enell sports bra: a $70 investment, but about 8 yrs old now & still holding up (all puns intended)


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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/16/2012 1:12PM

    Sounds like it was a good week for you, overall! You got stuff done even though the heat and humidity were just horrible AND you made your voice heard! Good job!

And're a funny girl!!! Not gonna happen, sister dear...not gonna happen. ;-)

(BTW - I am SORE this morning from our fitness test exertions...and I thought about it for about half a second this morning but your breath on my neck convinced me otherwise and I did the workout anyways!)

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FUNFROG79 7/14/2012 8:51AM

    I'm glad you wrote them and put a bug in their ear! Great job on your workout! Have a fun weekend!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/14/2012 6:20AM

    Always amusing

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2012 2:49AM

    emoticon Heather, glad you got such a positive response!

Have a great weekend hun emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/13/2012 11:23PM

    You have been a busy lassie !! Well done on the exercise .. there is always a way to adapt .
Hope the weather cools down for you soon ..
We are in winter here and our temps are between -4 to 17 celsius ..
looking forward to Spring !!
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 7/13/2012 7:21PM

    Thanks for fighting the fight with UA! I'd love to wear some of their things if they came in larger sizes.

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GABY1948 7/13/2012 6:46PM

    Hope you have a great weekend too and I sincerely hope you are right about it cooling down a bit...I don't like being a hermit! emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 7/13/2012 6:36PM

    Keep going! You're doing great!


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Taste the Rainbow

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I am barricaded inside my home hoping that the heat is not as predicted for today and we don't all simply melt away. I'm thinking we will be vegetarians for the rest of summer, at least, hoping to avoid turning on the oven unless absolutely necessary.

I live in Southern California, but not the beachy, warm during the day, then cold at night So Cal. I live in the desert. At least not way into the desert, sort of a mid-desert (lol). We've been hitting 105 or so the last several days and predicted to be right around there for today too. Now, before you go saying "but, it's a dry heat". Whatever. A) Hot is hot and B) it is muggier than all get out. It is raining, but not raining today. Those of you who know humidity know exactly what I mean. If you stand outside it definitely feels like it is drizzling, but you look at the ground and there is no evidence of the rain. Not fun. As long as we don't have thunder and lightening we'll be hitting the pool later (not private, a community pool that is for residents only and not too crowded if you go at the right time). We've gotten in the habit of going swimming around 1:00 for an hour and then coming back and everyone crashes in the coolest spot they can find. The kids, lucky kids, put on underwear and that's it-lol. We've turned into an almost nudist colony-lol. The second we are back in the house the kids ask "are we going anywhere" to determine the level of dress or undress they might indulge in.

Pretty much, I hate summer where I live. It is hot and miserable and yucky and I've always hated the heat anyways. I'd much rather be cold (to a point).

That all being said there is one aspect to summer that I LOVE. The amount of produce that is in season and available is staggering!!

A popular candy carries the tag line "Taste the Rainbow". Catchy and cute, but should have been grabbed by the produce industry long before the candy was invented! In my fridge, right now, are nectarines, green grapes, cherries, yellow grape tomatoes (off the vine from a friend), two huge dark green zucchini (also off the vine from the same friend) and strawberries. YUM. There is a veritable rainbow of food in my fridge! All fresh and all ready to be nibbled on when the heat makes us grumpy and hungry and we can't bear the thought of eating anything hot.

So, sparkies, keep cool, keep hydrated and enjoy your summer. Don't forget the sunscreen, wear a hat, stay inside when it is the hottest part of the day and workout early or late not during the heat of the day unless you are inside with some awesome air conditioning and don't forget to taste the rainbow to your heart's content as long as it is nature's candy and not the other kind!!

Update on my sizing crusade and the can workout coming soon.

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DOKEYOKEY 7/13/2012 9:33AM

    You have my sympathies on the heat. I got two exercises in yesterday (a walk and a dance) before the heat is scheduled to get intense again here. But, frankly, I have nothing to complain about compared to what's happening the rest of the country. I'm guessing mid-90s might feel downright cool to you!

Way to go on the rainbow!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/12/2012 8:41PM

    I agree. I hate the heat too. We are living on frozen fruit. I have to run no later than 6am

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FUNFROG79 7/12/2012 4:20PM

    I immediately thought of Skittles emoticon

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LASARRE 7/12/2012 3:02PM

    I know how you feel about the heat. We have had the hottest summer I can remember. We were actually in the 100's and now we are supposed to go back into the 90's. I live in Wisconsin. I'll take the 20's over this. emoticon

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MSBATMAN 7/12/2012 1:40PM

    You are so right about the fruits and veggies in our area. The fruit here is amazing! I have eaten more fruit and veggies since I moved here 3 months ago from Florida than I have all of my life. I am with you on the heat. It sucks, but we could be living on the East Coast with that horrible humidity that makes for "bad hair days" everyday. All in all, we are very fortunate to be living in sunny (not so sunny today) California.

Stay cool girl! emoticon emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 7/12/2012 1:23PM

    I so wish I could do something to ease this heat for you. Your hubby helped us last Summer with our AC issues. I feel indebted.

Love your rainbow of colors. emoticon

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GABY1948 7/12/2012 12:21PM

    I feel so bad for you! I live in MI, surrounded by water and lakes and more water so I kow exactly what you speak of feeling like it was raining but it is not. I plan to move to AZ for that very reason.

One thing that may help, take a bandana and wet it in cold water as often as you need to and keep it around your neck as a thermostat! HUGS

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NEW-CAZ 7/12/2012 11:56AM

    Sorry you're suffering in the heat Heather- I'd be only too happy to snap it from you and bring it over to the UK. We've not seen hide nor hair this summer of the great yellow ball in the sky- and we've had severe weather warnings for the coming month, emoticon

Enjoy your rainbow emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/12/2012 11:47AM

    Yes - it is just GROSS these days. I ran this morning and it felt like I was trudging through soup. UGH!!! And you know how I always complain about my lack of sweat? That was NOT the case today!!! ;-)

Stay cool and enjoy your rainbow!

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The Stick It to It Workout (or the I Can Workout).

Monday, July 09, 2012

Okay, this is one I've been wanting to post for awhile now, but things just wouldn't line up. A camera battery wasn't charge (neither of the two cameras we own), kids needed attention, house needed attention, the 4th kept us busy...anyways, FINALLY, I get to post about my birthday present.

We are still extremely poor so I didn't get much for my birthday. My kids made me presents and that was awesome. Youngest in particular, was very creative. She gave me a ring that came off a charm bracelet and is way to small for anyone to wear, a rock with FR (From R) written on one side and TM (To Mom) on the other, some pictures she drew and a pink pipe cleaner bracelet she made all by herself (she is almost 6). Middle child wrote me an awesome card addressed to Heather Reid-lol (umm, daughter, to you that would be MOM). My mom took us all (my sister and her daughter included) to see Brave. That was FUN!! Then when we were leaving we stopped by sis's car so she could give me her present.

A quick side note: If you have not yet signed up for and are actively using Pinterest, you are missing out on an awesome way to spend an afternoon :). I say this because a short time before my birthday my sister pinned this idea that I thought was kind of cool, to put Popsicle sticks with exercises on them into a cup and create your workout by pulling sticks from the cup. In the original pin there were two cups (green solo cups, I suggested they should be red to increase the party factor in working out) one to hold the sticks and one to put the discarded sticks into. Sounded fun, but when it comes to things like this I get brain freeze and wouldn't have known what to actually write on the sticks-lol. I vaguely suggested on my sister's pin that this would be a great birthday present. Vague in the way a smack up side the head is vague-lol.

This is what I got (sorry in advance for the pics, I waited until dark to take the pics, the lighting in this part of the house is horrible and I did what I could-including holding it up against the ceiling for contrast and to allow the flash to not totally wipe out the details and using the light from the computer screen to light the sticks-lol).

You can see she ditched the two plastic cups idea (she credits her husband with that idea, how cute and awesome he got involved in the project) and went for a cute metal pail picked up at the craft store and dolled up with a ribbon and some stickers (Super Star and "Go" and some little stars scattered around).

Tucked inside is a tall piece of paper, I'm just going to type out the whole thing for you in case you decide you want to copy this awesome idea.

Stick It to It Workouts!

Full Body Strength
5 sticks each of yellow, purple and green-2 sets

Upper Body Strength
All green sticks-2 sets, weight of choice

Lower Body Strength
All purple sticks-2 sets, can add resistance when preferred

Core Strength
All yellow sticks-2 sets

Circuit Training
3-5 sticks of each color, starting with pink-2-5 sets

Short on Time?
2 sticks of each color, starting with pink-1-5 sets

So there you have HOW each workout works and lots of choices and no excuses to not do strength training...on to the sticks...(oh, one second, please ignore my nails, I let my almost 6 y.o. do my nails, they were really cute hours before I took these pics-orange with white polka dots, very summery-lol. What you are seeing in the pics is a 5 y.o. painting U.S. flags on my nails (her own idea btw.))

There is a sample of each stick. I did not photograph the yellow, they are a little on the light side and probably would look like a blank stick so I'll save you the eye strain trying to figure it out.

I have to confess the pink sticks kind of scare me a little-lol.

Here is what is in each color:

25 Butt Kicks (not too bad)
30 seconds Jumprope (if I had to ACTUALLY jumprope for 30 seconds I'd die, but I can manage the rope free imitation)
15 Mountain Climbers (eek)
25 Skaters (meh, do-able)
60 seconds jog (no prob)
25 High Knees (wait a sec, does that say 25?)
10 Burpees (throwing this one away (not really, but so tempted))
20 Jumping Jacks (kill me now-actually thanks to Jillian I can sort of manage 20 if there is less jump than jack)

Green: Upper Body

12 Hammer Curls
10 Push-ups
12 Chest Press
12 Triceps Extensions (each side)
12 Biceps Curls (each side)
12 Front Shoulder Raises
12 Lateral Shoulder Raises
12 Standing Rows
12 Triceps Kickbacks
12 Chest Flys
U Pick Upper

Purple: Lower Body

Wall Sit-Max Time
15 Abductor (each side Standing, lying, w/wo resis.)
15 Adductor (each side Standing, lying, w/wo resis.)
20 Hamstring curls
15 Lunges (each side)
15 Calf Raises
20 Leg Extensions (each side)
20 Squats
15 Lateral Lunges (each side)
20 Sumo Squats (I got this one already and those KILL)
U Pick Lower

Yellow: Core

20 Reverse Crunches
20 Oblique Crunches (each side)
20 Supermans
20 Dumbbell Side Bends (each side)
25 Crunches
Plank-max time
20 Back Extensions

So, there you have it, everything you need to go create your own Stick It to It Workout!! Go get your popsicle sticks and markers and get busy already!!

I hate to admit I've only used it once and now I've mixed them up from what I've done and haven't done...oh well. I had planned to do a second can workout on Friday, but it just didn't happen. The goal is to get in two of these this week and that will use nearly every stick. I have to confess, too, that I cheated, just a little, when I got two similar sticks I put one back and drew again-lol. You make up your own rules :).

This is so fun that I'm thinking I need a few blanks for each area so that when I find a new move that is particularly effective or fun I can add it to the mix. I can attest, this is an AWESOME tool. You can be as fancy or simple as you want and the exercise demos here on Spark contain most of these moves. The down side, the interface between the demos and the new tracker sucks so you can't figure it out while in the tracker. But, if you want to try something different on your sticks there are LOTS of moves you can choose from listed here on Spark (should have thought of that myself earlier, huh!). Anything you don't know how to do you can find through google (it's on ehow or somewhere on the web-lol).

Love my can!!

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AKATUJE 7/16/2012 6:46PM

    Wow!! What a fabulous idea!!! It really wipes out boredom!! And it is a fabulous gift!!

Enjoy it!!

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SHERYLDS 7/14/2012 7:56PM

    great idea.....I WANT ONE. emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 7/12/2012 1:21PM

    Your can workouts are unbeliveably awesome. You are truly blessed.

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SHAKENBAKE 7/11/2012 9:32PM

    Thanks for sharing, what a great idea! May have to use this for anything/everything..what's for dinner, who's cooking, what to do today :)

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GERIKRAGH 7/11/2012 11:08AM

    What a wonderful sister and what a wonderful idea.

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SHAWFAN 7/10/2012 8:54PM

    Great idea! Will have to impliment this idea for myself, that's for sure! Need to do more ST and this would get me to do it. Thanks!!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 7/10/2012 11:57AM

    What a great idea.

I frequent this website called and in an old post they mentioned that they put exercise material in each room or designate a room without an exercise.

So everytime they enter that room they do a set of exercises.

For example if they have free weights in one room they do arm curls, when they go into the living room they do another type of exercises and so on. It's a must if they enter that room.

I think that's a great idea too.

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MOMSFIVE1028 7/10/2012 10:21AM

    Great Idea! I love the kids presents. Sometimes we get to wrapped up in the "present" and forget to show the "love" for the person instead. Handmade stuff is so much better anyways (and cute).

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/10/2012 4:49AM

    great fun idea thanks a bunch very creative Happy Birthday and I love how your kids made you presents your siser is way lucky to have asupportive creative husband also. thanks a gain

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MICKEYMAX 7/10/2012 4:02AM

    Great and love the whole family involvement! Rah!

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MILLISMA 7/9/2012 7:00PM

    Thanks for the great ideas. By the have some great kids!

emoticonMary Anne

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PATRICIAANN46 7/9/2012 6:27PM

  Great idea.............. emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 7/9/2012 5:55PM

    Caz sent me the link to your blog, and I'm really happy that she did.
I've thought for a while that I should have options for upper body, core and lower body available as a tick list - sort of the same idea.
I also want to do something is liar for cardio, just so I could get some variety there as well?

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CATLADY52 7/9/2012 4:20PM

    Caz sent me a message to drop by to read your blog. Fantastic idea! I can think of several areas that can use the same concept. Like meal planning, housework (maybe), just a thought. emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 7/9/2012 3:35PM

    Cool idea for those who need to motivate and don't have access to a gym.
Might also come in handy on vacations....

: )

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OREOSMILE 7/9/2012 2:52PM

    love it! what a great sister you have!

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ROSIE777 7/9/2012 2:39PM

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/9/2012 1:48PM

    Wow...your sister is so cool! ;-)

See Lisa's comment below about how she hopes that I made one for myself while I was at it? I didn't!!! And there's already been a few times that I've been "man, I wish I could do a stick it workout right now!" I guess I'd better go ahead and do that soon...LOL

I'm SO SO SO glad you are enjoying it! And I don't think it's cheating that you changed to get an alternate for a similar exercise. That's just being smart, silly!

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MNGIRLIE 7/9/2012 1:18PM

    This is an awesome idea and I am a total Pinterest addict. I can binge on Pins all day long. LoL

Thanks for sharing this one. I hadn't stumbled across this particular pin yet, but I think I might do this can idea! Thanks!

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ESILBO 7/9/2012 1:16PM

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LISAW/3 7/9/2012 1:09PM

    What an awesome idea and gift! I hope Sis made herself one while she was at it! I love how it is colored coded- very cool!

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BRAVEONE92 7/9/2012 1:07PM

    Caz sent me over to read your Blog. I
loved your description how your children
celebrated your birthday. They are
great! I was in awe as I read about the
Stick to It Exercise plan. I think you
could market these to gyms and other
weight loss groups and make some
money. I loved it! Thanks for sharing.

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ELSEEBEE 7/9/2012 12:14PM

    I'm so glad Caz sent me here, too. What a fantastic idea! One of my problems is I get used to a certain routine and don't change it up often enough. This is a perfect solution!!! Thanks for posting and giving such great details. (Sounds like you are very rich- you have a wonderful family!!!)

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DEE107 7/9/2012 11:36AM

    what a great Idea thanks and good luck with your journey

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GARDENCHRIS 7/9/2012 10:27AM

    what A COOL IDEA! emoticon

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AKELAZ 7/9/2012 9:51AM

    Excellent idea - DEF going to try it because as Caz (sent me here) knows, howI complain endlessly about my lack of motivation. Sounds like this would really help!! AND passing it on to a few other folk here who will appreciate it too.

Thanks for posting.

AND . . . glad you had a good birthday - your kids sound very resourceful with their fun ideas.

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SENATOR9 7/9/2012 9:24AM

    Great idea emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 7/9/2012 8:58AM

    Totally emoticon! What a emoticon idea!

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JOYINKY 7/9/2012 8:54AM

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday! I love ALL of your gifts! Your family sounds terrific and I love that they are so supportive. Happy Birthday!

I also love the Stick to It exercise system! I think it's a marketable idea!

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LKWQUILTER 7/9/2012 8:31AM

    Caz sent me to your page too. I am copying your blog to share with my TOPS group, as it would be a great way for us to get our exercise in everyday. Thanks bunches. ((HUGS))

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    Caz sent me over to. Awesome idea! Have you ever thought of selling these??

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BIRKIE528 7/9/2012 8:23AM

    What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.!!

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GABY1948 7/9/2012 8:17AM

    CAZ sent me too! And I am SO glad she did! This is an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing! And Happy Birthday! Belated!

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MOSTMOM1 7/9/2012 8:14AM

    This is SO cool! What a brilliant idea. Way to go, Sis.
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BEST_LIFE_NOW 7/9/2012 7:58AM

  Great idea! And happy belated birthday!

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HEALTHY4ME 7/9/2012 7:49AM

    Awesome Idea, Caz must have figured I needed motivation! LOL which I do. A neat easy idea. Have fun doing them.

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DEBBIEDAY 7/9/2012 7:44AM

    emoticon I mentioned needing a consistent exercise routine and CAZ sent me this link what a neat idea!......Printed out the list and will have to make myself a set of these!!

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DFROMTX 7/9/2012 7:12AM

    Caz sent me! Interesting and "sounds like" fun way to get in some exercise time.



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IDLETYME 7/9/2012 7:00AM

    This is a wonderful blog - you went to a lot of trouble to share this with us. You are lucky to have such a great family - a lot more important than having a lot of money!
You will always remember this birthday! emoticon

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KARVY09 7/9/2012 6:58AM

    Yay! She pinned that from ME! :)

I gotta get off my ass and make those.

Happy belated birthday!

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HILLRUNNER 7/9/2012 6:35AM

    Great idea... thanks for sharing!

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LEXIE63 7/9/2012 6:04AM

    That is just brilliant!!! Should be relatively straightforward to adapt to each individual's needs in the exercise department. A real winner!
You are going to have so much fun with that, and a pack of those little sticks would be easy enough to buy and colour to add to the collection as you find more exercises to use.

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ANNEMAC5 7/9/2012 3:19AM

    very clever, Caz directed me to your page

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ARTJAC 7/9/2012 3:14AM

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SUSIEPH1 7/9/2012 3:08AM

    Sounds just great!!!
Hugs Susie emoticon

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JENNYBAKER247 7/9/2012 3:03AM

    Love this!

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NEW-CAZ 7/9/2012 2:53AM

    What a great idea to keep the workouts interesting, hope it works for you Heather emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HANDYV 7/9/2012 2:27AM

    Hope it works out for you - sounds pretty cool.

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Spark Motivator of the Day? July 6th, 2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Interesting choice spark, but okay, thanks for the recognition which I really don't feel like I deserve. There are SO MANY motivation sparkers and I definitely have my less than motivating moments (eek). But, since the magic wheel came up with my name today and I'm still not ready to post the blog I've been meaning to post all week and it's a great and I think motivating one, but in a totally unexpected way...come back next time I post (fingers crossed for Saturday, but more likely Sunday or even Monday depending on how the weekend goes). So, in honor of being MOD (love that, kind of like the MOD Squad) I'm treating you to a repost of the blog that got me to motivator status in the first place.

Since I wrote that I have not done any additional 10Ks, but I have done multiple 5ks and 2 half-marathons, one I finished, one I did not (but it's okay, there were lessons learned so it's all good). I will someday repeat a 10K, I'm forcing myself to do it next June if not sooner, no more letting that distance get into my head. And, everyday I am learning what it means to be strong, even if that is not, currently, slim. Keep your head in the game sparkies and who knows what you could accomplish!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/9/2012 1:26PM

    Woohoo!!! It's funny that the wheel pulled up my name not that long ago too! LOL How random is it, I wonder????

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ENDUROVET 7/8/2012 1:43PM

    Wow, congratulations! (& yes you ARE a great motivator; take it from ME! ;-)

Looking forward to your next post...


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NEW-CAZ 7/7/2012 2:51AM

    emoticon emoticonWell deserved hun emoticon

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RIVADERCHI 7/7/2012 12:48AM

    Congrats and thanks for this bit of inspiration! Go, girl! emoticon emoticon

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Adventures in Running (or Babysitting or Poop Scooping or....)

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I have a goal to hit a 16 minute mile by September 1st. This is a time I've hit in the past, but not on a regular basis or really all that often (sad, right). This is one of my goals for the real life challenge we are doing this summer. On September 1st we actually have a 5K...the Awesome 80's Run (time to bust out the neon). Sounds like SO much fun and there is a finisher's medal (rare for 5k) shaped like a cassette tape (like, totally awesome duuuuuuude! ) If I hit the time and sustain it for 3 miles I'll 5K PR. Awesome, right?

So, I'm not fast AT ALL and I need to do something to try and get faster. Fartleks are great, but I'm terrible at them. The long, slow run, helps with endurance and just plain old getting out there is the best training. This week I'm trying something new and not recommended for the most part. Running (almost) every day.

I'm giving it ONE week to see how it goes. My goal is 1 mile, that's it, 1 mile, running. Sticking to the 1 mile will be the hard part. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is a day off in preparation for a "long run" on Saturday (this week probably only 3 miles), and I'll probably walk part of that (maybe not, see how it goes, Saturday is a ways away).

It actually works out great. I live on a really big block. I can walk a good distance to the corner as warm up. Then down the street and back is 1.03 miles. Perfect! Then a nice slow cool down walk, which tracked at .35 miles, home. Tonight's pace was a 16:58. My initial pace was 17:34 (shin splints slowed me WAY down).

The good news is that a) I had no shin splints today and b) I felt good today despite some muscle soreness left over from Saturday's hike. The majority of the remaining soreness is settled solidly in my calves and once I started running was not noticeable at all.

Now, the REALLY interesting part of today's run was that the dog AND all three kids were along. The kids were the easy part, except having to yell at them for not stopping and looking at a street where a car wanted to turn in (not actually a "street", this is an entrance to a mobile home park and more resembles an extra large driveway, but still street enough that they should have known how to behave). The driver, fortunately, saw the kids from a long way off and was totally prepared to stop and wait for them to cross. I don't think they'll make that mistake again. The dog was super sniffy tonight (a beagle, this is a common ailment, but more than average tonight) and I had to keep yanking his leash (number one reason we switched from collar to harness, not choking the dog when yanking the leash to encourage him to move after "go" or a whistle fail) and occasionally stopping still while he did his "business" (I jogged in place, like an idiot, but didn't want to lose my momentum-lol). The dog (Baxter) is going to have to learn to a) empty all in one shot and b) not be quite so sniffy-lol. The kids LOVED being out on their scooters and had a great time on our little excursion. So, I'm thinking that Monday and Wednesday evening will be our time to get out and have fun. I love the road I can take them on. This street we travel has no houses facing the road AT ALL, not one. There is a big open field on one side and on the side we travel there is an extra wide sidewalk (like 1.5 of a normal side walk) and only that one drive for cars to pull into so it is a great, long expanse of NOTHING to cause problems. I feel very safe taking my kids on this road and letting them go. Especially after reminding them, forcefully, about stopping to look at the drive.

That's what I'm up to this week and we'll see how my 1 week of daily (almost) runs works out. If I decide to keep them they'll stay short and only grow gradually. Not sure daily running is my thing, but I'm looking into new ways of upping my fitness level and there are TONS of people who run daily so....maybe. We'll see :).

Hope everyone has a great week ahead :).

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ENDUROVET 7/8/2012 1:52PM

    Hmmm, from all of the research I've done, seems like EOD running is "best" for injury prevention...

But obviously your mileage may vary ;-) !

Your fellow turtle,

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2BEABETTERME 7/3/2012 10:51AM

    I love fitness with my kiddos. Your 80's 5k sounds like a blast!

Keep up the great work!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/3/2012 10:39AM

    Hey, it never hurts to give it a try as long as you take it slow and listen to your body...if it starts to wail then it's tellin' you something! :-)

Glad you and the kiddos had a good time!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/3/2012 9:59AM

    Awesome! I ran two days in a row, never thought about doing it every day. Maybe I will try that too! You go, girl!

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KARVY09 7/3/2012 9:06AM

    Keep it up, girl. You'll get there!

80s run sounds awesome!

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NEW-CAZ 7/3/2012 3:18AM

    I can see you and the kids and your dog on your run Heather, must have been fun and certaintly worth repeating for the entertainment value as well as the exercise LOL.
I love that you set such a great example to them to be active.

Have a good Tuesday! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 7/3/2012 2:51AM

    16 is good, I'm about 20 min.

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