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~... beginning again...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

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I have been MIA for awhile because of some health issues, but I am primed and ready to start anew... I am still in my 90 day challenge with my team "The Heartbeats", I am a month behind, but that's ok, I have 2 more months to go...

I am starting a 90 day strength training program called" Chalean Extreme. those who are not familiar with it, it was created by my shero Chalene Johnson, the creator of Turbo Jam, a kickboxing/dancey cardio workout series... well, she has kicked it up a notch. Here is an outline of the program:

Burn Circuit 1 (36 minutes)
Burn Circuit 2 (38 minutes)
Burn Circuit 3 (32 minutes)

Push Circuit 1 (33 minutes)
Push Circuit 2 (35 minutes)
Push Circuit 3 (35 minutes)

Lean Circuit 1 (45 minutes)
Lean Circuit 2 (39 minutes)
Lean Circuit 3 (38 minutes)

... so I will start with Burn Circuit 1 tomorrow, and alternate with 2 & 3 throughout the week. I have an exercise calendar with all the circuits outlined for the full 90-days. I also have log sheet of all of the exercises and weights that I will be using, so that I can keep track of my progress, jotting down notes as I go along. I will also alternate cardio with Turbo Fire, another of Chalene's program, that consist of high intensity cardio and HIIT workouts.

Both are very challenging workout, but I will start out with lighter weights in the beginning so that I don't burn out or over-train. The movements of the exercises are precise and slow so as not to create momentum keeping the work totally concentrated in the specific muscle worked.

I am looking forward to this challenge.... Tomorrow I will post my starting weight and measurements, I know that I have gained some of the weight back that I lost, but that's ok, I will just move forward and not look back with regret...

I am starting this challenge with my Spark "Sis" MELTNSUE"...
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... it starts tomorrow!... I will post later... ~ Dee

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REGGIE2009 10/18/2010 4:29PM

    emoticonmy friend! emoticon

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CAROLDEDOO 10/17/2010 10:31PM

    Totally emoticonand you sound joyful about it! I know emoticonStick to the plan and Keep on Sparkin' We're all rootin' for you.

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RAVEN227 10/17/2010 7:35PM

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MEMARE 10/17/2010 7:06PM

    Sounds like you have a plan! emoticon
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~... up and running, finally!...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am finally up and running... wow, what an adventure.... I took off work today so that the tech from AT&T could come out, he finally made it @ 5:30pm! Basically, he did most of the work on the outside line... changing my phone connection to a dryloop, internet only one. That took about 30 minutes... when he was done, the indicator lights for the dsl/wireless connection were still blinking red emoticon... he said since the office was now closed since it was after 5PM, I may not get a connection until tomorrow!... He told me to try to get a connection and follow any prompts... ok... first I rebooted my gateway and powered it up again and all the red lights turned green.... YAY... so I went online, but ran into problems logging in. I called AT&T support technical support line, I give them credit for being very helpful in this area of service... I spoke with Terry and he guided me through the PW change and registration pages, etc... This took about 45 minutes... ok, so the internet is up and running, but I was still not getting a dial tone from my phone...

I pulled out my Vonage information and found that I had to turn off everything, my gateway and the Vonage box and hook them up in a specific way. The first few tries were frustrating, as I forgot that the 4 phone lines that I had in my home from AT&T were no longer working, but the phone in the kitchen rang... well, I certainly didn't want to talk on the phone only in the kitchen, so since I have a cordless phone with 1 extension, I removed the corded phone from the kitchen and replaced it with the cordless one... I put the main phone in the kitchen and I then got a dial tone on my extension phone in my bedroom... so with Vonage, there is only one working phone jack and you really have to have cordless phones in order to have multiple phones unless you have Vonage install additional phone lines, they even have instructions on how to install additional phone lines yourself online; I am going to investigate this... The only down side I can see with Vonage is that when the electricity goes out, so will my internet/phone connection so I will have to keep my cell phone charged...

... now for the final bill from AT&T!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2010 4:04PM

    Sounds like you are going again.

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SANDYJAS 10/14/2010 3:07PM

    Oy vey! Whatever a dry loop is! You little techie, you :), I have no idea what you are saying, but I admire your tenacity.

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~ I love my crock pot ~

Monday, October 11, 2010

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Tonight I am having country ribs smothered in low carb barbeque sauce with a large mixed green salad and raspberry vinaigrette dressing, walnuts and diced pears...

This is a photo of my crock-pot...



... tonight I plan on cooking Chana Masala for lunch ... a co-worker is bringing me a falafel wrap tomorrow... mmmmm

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JUSTBIRDY 10/13/2010 11:49PM

    I love mine, too! It's on right now, cooking beans for tomorrow.

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/12/2010 5:41PM

    Add my vote. I used my crockpot all summer and to keep it cooler in the kitchen I put it out on my screened balcony. That allowed it to stay cooler inside and kept the tempting smells outside. I also dump everything I can on grocery shopping day and let it cook while I shop. When I get home dinners almost done and I can add anything to it if needed like a deli chicken. Now I use it almost daily.

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CHARDANU 10/11/2010 8:26PM

    I'm starting to use my crockpots again for Sunday dinners, since we can't afford to go out to eat anymore after church. Week before last I made a wonderful Beef Stew, this Sunday was Swiss Steak with Spanish yellow rice and fresh green beans. Sunday coming up will be Chicken Parissiene, with sherry sauce. Mmmmm. I have to get up earlier in the morning to get the crockpot meals started and cooking, but it's worth it - and we eat the leftovers for supper. Good, nutritional and economical. I have about 5 crockpots in different sizes and shapes.

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TIABITS 10/11/2010 7:45PM

    Mmmm!! Sounds so yummy! I'd love these recipes Dee...do you have them posted on Spark recipes? Enjoy!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 10/11/2010 4:09PM

  Crockpots are wonderful!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2010 4:03PM

    I love my crockpot too.

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... no phone or internet service!!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010



I am so done with AT&T... Last month, I decided to switch from AT&T to Vonage internet based phone service because AT&T's prices were getting very expensive... Vonage offered the same features and more @ a much cheaper price... On Sept. 1st, I started the process of switching and wanting to keep my phone number, I had to apply for a "dry loop" or "internet stand-alone" account... After an hour of filling out an application, I was all set... all I had to do was sign up for 1 year of internet service with AT&T, which I already had, and I could get an upgrade to a "Pro" package for just $14.99 a month, for 1 year... after that I could pay the regular rate of $40.00 or go down a speed and pay $30.00.... anyway, everything was completed and my transfer date was set for October 4th... I was to have "NO INTERRUPTION IN SERVICE"...

.... ok, so October 4th passes and nothing happens... I am still hooked up to AT&T's phone service... I get an email from Vonage saying that my service will officially be transferred by October 8th... "WHAT????"... I call AT&T and they assure me that all is well, smooth transition... "NOT!!!!" emoticon... Friday evening I come home, and guess what... "NO INTERNET OR PHONE service"... I call AT&T and they try to blame their incompetence on me... "You weren't there when the technician came out on October 4th"... "What technician?"... I wasn't told that a technician had to come out, "wouldn't I have made sure to "BE HOME" if I had known a tech was coming out!"... in fact, AT&T mailed me a welcome package with "do it yourself" instructions, I already had the gateway setup for a wireless connection... They finally admitted that they neglected to tell me because they "didn't know" that a tech needed to come out... so much for a "smooth, uninterrupted transition.

... so I have had no phone or internet service since Friday evening, October 8th... the technician will be out on October 13th!... I am glad that I had a cell phone, but I miss going online...

I will post as much as I can @ work and hopefully I will be up and running by the Wednesday...

... for those of you who watched Saturday Night Live... remember, Roseanne Roseannadanna and what she used to say .... "If it's not one thing, it's another!"... this is so true... such is life emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 10/11/2010 5:32PM

    I too pray that the confusion ceases & you are up & running real soon. Anyway, I got Clear & they are okay except for the occasional moving the box from one position to another or turning it off & on. I like it though. AT&T were expensive but Comcast got em BEAT! So even though Comcast is fast on the internet it wasn't cost efficient for me. You just have to keep switching until you find the one that suits you.

God bless & enjoy the silence.

Dee

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2010 3:50PM

    What a pain!!!!

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LRRSNDRS 10/11/2010 3:03PM

    Sorry to hear about your phone and internet trouble. I hope it all gets worked out soon.

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SANDYJAS 10/11/2010 2:45PM

    You just need a piece of toilet paper on your shoe! I think that was Ms. Roseannadanna! :)

Sorry about the phone and internet thing! What a pain. I quit AT&T about a year ago because I thought the DSL was kind of slow. I got rid of the land line and got Comcast internet and TV. Now I have Comcast land line too, but I have never used it. All so confusing, and if you don't call them every time the bill changes, really expensive. I may end up going back to AT&T. Comcast is "ok" though, no real problems.

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NANNER2121 10/11/2010 2:24PM

    Geesh, but on the positive side, this will be the last you'll have to deal with them!

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BIGDAD1211 10/11/2010 2:18PM

    Such is life! I love that saying! I say it all the time. LOL I pray that your services are back on soon my friend. I really would go nuts without my internet. Sad but true.
See you soon
Greg

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~ ... I'm Baaaacccckkkk ~

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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After 2 weeks of inactivity, it feels so good to exercise... emoticon... While I am waiting for my Chalean Extreme to arrive, I am going to focus on cardio and light strength training to slowly regain my stamina and strength. I have noticed that although I haven't worked out in a little while, I could tell that my body is still relatively fit, however, the result of being inactive for only a short period of time was evident in my resting HR... 72 compared to 59 - 60... and it took my heart rate longer to get back into my aerobic zone... but that's to be expected, and it could have been worse!

.... so today I did Cathes' MMA Kickboxing, and I was pleased that I did the whole workout, including the high intensity drills emoticon and survived!!!!!...

Here are my stats for today:

Total HR: 40:38
In zone: 27:18
HR: 142/206... " I don't know about this, because I didn't feel winded and I am sure that if it was over 200 I should have been breathless... has anyone else had an unusually high HR reading like this emoticon

% percentage of fat burned: 85/123%

Total calories burned: 300 / 35% of fat burned

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SUNSHINE667 10/7/2010 11:18PM

    Welcome back! You go get 'em girl and kick some butt! emoticon

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CBARRETT10 10/7/2010 11:17PM

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JUSTFOXXY 10/7/2010 11:06PM

    emoticon back!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/7/2010 10:17PM

    Way to go!! I love Cathe & I have the Kick Punch & Crunch. Its tough but I love to do. I think after you get to a certain weight, you no longer burn the calories are as challenged. I use 1lb weights when I am doing pilates sculpt & when I do kickboxing. I really helps with the tensity. . . Glad you're baaaaccccckkkkk!!!!

God bless & keep it movin!

Dee

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XTMONT 10/7/2010 8:12PM

    Yes, I'm having the same problem...it says my HR is 113% but I don't feel winded OR it says my HR is 72% and I'm totally winded.

I'm blaming the Polar, but I don't know what to do about it. I'm not sure if it's the, ahem, insulation between my heart and the strap or some other problem.

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LIQUID11 10/7/2010 8:05PM

    Good Work Fighting Girl!!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/7/2010 7:51PM

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PONYFARMER 10/7/2010 7:45PM

    You go girl. Kick that leg, show your muscles who's boss.

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