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~ words of wisdom...It's about Progress not Perfection

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Well I am kind of disappointed in myself because I know better. emoticon... I am so sore from working out Monday, mostly lower body; and this is not the kind of stiff like soreness you get after a good strength training workout, N-O-O-O-O-O, this is the "HURTS to sit down and walk" kind of soreness emoticon; although I am going to do workout BC2 this evening, I am going to do as CHANA aka FLOOSIEMAGOO suggested and just work my upper body and as SUE aka MELTNSUE suggested and use "lighter weights"... I would rather do this than miss the whole session. I also want to thank SUSAN AKA IZZYBEBOP for the advice and option she gave regarding Chalean Extreme, alternate each week of CE with one week of active rest doing focusing on cardio only... I will be doing this!

Isn't it funny how your mind tells you "GO AHEAD, YOU CAN DO IT" and your body is saying... "ARE YOU CRAZY, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING!"

... so this evening I will be kinder and gentler to my body... I wish I could keep up with you SUE, but it's just not happening right now... I'll catch up eventually...

Thanks everyone for your cheers, support and motivation, I need it...

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Thanks CHANA for those words of wisdom...

"lesson learned"... emoticon

... keep making it happen ~ Dee emoticon

PS: This evening I rested and I am not going to exercise until this soreness diminishes, I am just too sore right now... You are right LAURITA, Rome was not built in a day and I am certainly not going to lose this weight and get fit in "one day!" either... Thanks for the reminder... emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2010 12:16PM

    At my age and with my medical problems I have to listen to my body or risk permanent damage. There is always another day.

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 10/24/2010 2:54PM

    Good for you Dee; Onward.

Spark Baby!

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MRS_TOAD 10/22/2010 9:11AM

    You are doing a great job learning how to take care of your body and listening to its needs! Now all we have to do (and I am including myself) is learn to listen to our self-talk and not obsess when we don't meet our self-made goals and thereby obtaining "perfection".

((dancing in the fallen leaves))

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NANNER2121 10/22/2010 8:48AM

    I'm the same way - go like heck and then hit the wall. Thehardest thing is to learn moderation and patience. At least it is for me . . . .

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RENA1965 10/21/2010 9:40PM

    nice blog! emoticon

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SANDYJAS 10/21/2010 9:02AM

    My daughter's best friend and I went for pedicures yesterday! She is a really fit person, very into working out. She told me her calve were really sore from working out, and that she likes to rest each body group 48 hours between heavy workouts. Just sayin'.

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MELTNSUE 10/20/2010 7:19PM

    It's not about me darlin it's about what YOUR body is ready for. You know I'm your biggest cheerleader no matter WHAT you do. Building strength and endurance takes time and as AJ Rochester says," the only way out is through". Consistnency is what matters so as long as you are doing SOMETHING, you are doing something. I'm way proud of you for recognizing AND respecting your limitations. See why I want to be you when I "grow up" emoticon

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TURBOAMIE 10/20/2010 5:20PM

    Thanks for the green tea advice! I've got my mug of green tea right now. I do have the cold today but I'm feeling like it will be gone in a day or two.

Don't try walking up or down any stairs! owwww! :)

Pain is weakness leaving the body!

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LAURITA. 10/20/2010 4:46PM

    Sounds like exactly what I did the first time I ever attended a fitness class. I never realized before then that toilet seats are actually quite hard
The worst part is that when you hurt all over it is very hard to do much of anything and yes, there's always the risk of injury. Take the good advice and look after yourself, girl!!!
Rome wasn't built in a day...

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JUSTBIRDY 10/20/2010 4:35PM

    My fave saying: If it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly. emoticon

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NEWANNC 10/20/2010 2:45PM

    I used to strive for perfection in my weight loss endeavours. I was super human at times in the amount I could lose in a week, and ultimately in the amount I could PUT BACK ON in a week!!

It was an all or nothing mentality that I had for years. I was either 'on a diet and going to the gym every day' or 'eating everything and doing nothing'.

I made the decision 7 weeks ago that I wasn't going to obsess about it this time, and I was going to make changes that I could sustain, and if I missed a day or 2 of exercise, or ate a cake.... what the heck. It's life after all, and I want to live it.

So 'GO FOR IT', enjoy your life and make progression the important thing.

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... it's like that, @ least this evening ~

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



emoticon ... see you tomorrow!... ~ Dee emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2010 12:14PM

    Love it!!!!

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NANNER2121 10/23/2010 7:21PM

    That's my husbands fav pose after dinner!!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 10/19/2010 8:51PM

    emoticon Rest well, sweetie. You've certainly earned it!! emoticon

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PONYFARMER 10/19/2010 8:30PM

    Oh yeah, I so understand. Enjoy and no guilt. I did it on Sunday and it so helped me to feel better.

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 10/19/2010 7:50PM

    It's so exciting the rest day. You've earned it.


Spark Baby!

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XTMONT 10/19/2010 7:33PM

    I love it!

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IZZYBEBOP 10/19/2010 7:29PM

    How cute!

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... WHOA ... tell me it's going to get easier!

Monday, October 18, 2010



... Ok, tonight was emoticon of my CE 90 day program... OMG!!!!!... it was s-o-o-o-o-o hard emoticon

I know that I have not worked out in about 3 weeks so this is understandable, but this workout was brutal emoticon... This is probably why I sold it the first time... (this is my 2nd time around with this program). Don't worry, I am not going to do that this time, I promise... but someone please tell me that the program, although challenging, won't make me feel like I am going to die each time I do these workouts!!!! emoticon...

The good part is that the sessions are not long, and most will average 35 minutes or so, it took me 45 minutes to complete circuit 1 because I had to push "pause" a few times just to catch my breath. The moves that are really rough for me were:

- Lunge with Posterior Fly

- Push-up's (... no leg lifting here)... I am not able to do push-ups well right now, even on my knees, but I am modifying and I do feel like I get a good workout... hopefully in time I will be able to do more... "my wrist hurt when I do them"... "has anyone else experienced this, and if so, did you find a way to make performing the push-ups easier on the wrist?

- Fwd-Lean Lunge w/Dbl Arm Post. Fly

... my shoulders are the weakest part of my body and even with 5lb weights it was so difficult for me to raise my arms... the problem is that for the lunge I could probably use more than a 5lb weight, but for my arms 5lbs is too heavy for the posterior flys, period!


- should I use the bands until I get stronger?

- should I just use 3lb dumbbells until I get stronger?

- I think that I am going to have to use a pre-workout supplement for energy... Sue, Chana... "What do you think?"

I didn't do cardio today because I was absolutely spent after this workout... however, I did get a pretty decent calorie burn, here are my stats:

Time: 45:27
In zone: 26:00
HR Rate: 145/181 / 87/108
Calories burned: 346 / 30% fat burned

Cardio is the "Yang" to my "Yin"... tomorrow's cardio will feel like a walk in the park... looking forward to it...

... see you tomorrow! ~ Dee

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LIGHTHOUSE23 10/19/2010 8:48PM

    No advice...just cheers. Go Dee, Go Dee, Go Dee!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 10/19/2010 7:50PM

    Ms. Dee...

I suggest no weights and no bands. Why don't you spend time just getting the moves right? If something is too challenging, we will stop. Simple as that.

If you begin more slowly, even it it means repeating Burn Phase, that is good. On those pushups, please do bended-knee, or on a ball. It's all about modification until you get there. That may also mean, doing 3 in their goal of 12.

Stick with it, no weights, no bands and MODIFY. If you can't do the lunge with the fly, then just do the lunge or the fly. It's progress, not perfection.

I wish I was there with you, we could work it together. Thanks for your advice to slow it down to heal. I am officially feeling better. Perhaps in the morning, PERHAPS... I will try 15 mins of yoga. Thanks for the advice.

Spark Baby!

BTW... I still only do 5 regular push and 6 bended knee. It's so hard I want to cry... and I do.

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TURBOAMIE 10/19/2010 5:35PM

    I can't stand the posterior fly work! I do laterals instead. I have a good excuse though - the posteriors tend to flare up an old tricep injury. Go lighter on the weights to get through it!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/19/2010 4:16PM

    Lift lighter until you get stronger. You will see yourself getting stronger & stronger as the weeks go by. . . God bless & make it happen! Dee

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MELTNSUE 10/19/2010 9:35AM

    Lighter weights until you get stronger. I have to find my posts for my first time around and share them with you. I was CUSSIN' Chalene the whole way through. emoticon

I use to tell my sister that if you have the energy to do cardio after CE then you're not doing it right. Now I go for 30 min walk/runs after each circuit.

It WILL get better (just not this time round emoticon) emoticon

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    I only know it does get easier and you have to push thorough it. Learned that watching the biggest loser. I personally have no experience doing it. lol Good luck, you will be fine. Keep me posted on the updates. Go YOU!

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JUSTBIRDY 10/19/2010 9:13AM

    I am sure it will get easier when you get in better shape.

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MEMARE 10/19/2010 7:08AM

    I have no advice... just awe.

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XTMONT 10/18/2010 11:30PM

    What a workout!

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~ Day 1: my weigh-in & measurements ~

Monday, October 18, 2010

I am starting my 90 day Chalean Extreme strength training program today and as always I must be accountable and share my starting stats, no matter how depressing they may be! emoticon... ok here goes:

Weight: 165.5 (9/11/10: 160.2... +5.3lbs) emoticon


Waist: 33 (9/11/10: 31.5... +1.5)

Lower waist: 40 emoticon

Hips: 42.5 (9/11/10: 42.0... +.5)

Thighs: 25.5 (9/11/10: 25.0... +.5)

Calves: 15

Neck: 13

Breast: 34D

... there you have it, now you know what I am working with and trying to work off! emoticon

... it begins @ 5PM this evening... "both dreading and looking forward to the workout! emoticon

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LOLAGEEK 10/20/2010 2:10PM

    Good luck, have a good challenge.

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MELTNSUE 10/18/2010 9:07PM

    Don't worry baby. It's the last time you are going to have to post numbers like this. We are going to CRUSH THIS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DREMARGRL 10/18/2010 8:36PM

    Go, baby, go!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CBARRETT10 10/18/2010 8:08PM

  Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTYD921 10/18/2010 6:53PM

    Good luck you can do it!

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JOCALAT 10/18/2010 6:26PM

    You will do it because you have a plan and you are committed!!!

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BIGDAD1211 10/18/2010 6:00PM

    Good luck! I know you can do it my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 10/18/2010 5:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGod bless & make it happen! Dee

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BLASTINFAT 10/18/2010 5:16PM

    whoo-hoo!! YOU are actually inspiring me to do the same thing... I dont wanna- but I think I really need to!!

I have gained inches and weight over the summer... and I dont wanna have to face it, but I will- TONIGHT BABY!!

thnx for the push in the right direction!!

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KARDUH114 10/18/2010 5:08PM

    Good Luck and stay strong

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XTMONT 10/18/2010 3:59PM

    You can do it!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/18/2010 3:58PM

    Good luck .... I know you can do it!!! A new program sounds like a great jump start to get you back on track!!!
HUGS, Kathy

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... a cooking "video" website

Monday, October 18, 2010

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For those of you who love to cook, I just had to share this website with you... I stumbled upon it one day searching for a method on how to make garlic-ginger paste and found the most delightful woman whose name is Titli Nihaan. Her videos are not only informative but she has a great sense of humor, making them very enjoyable to watch. Here is the link "About Titli Nahaan...


... here is one of her links to one of my favorite recipes from her Indian/Pakistan recipe category, "Butter Chicken"

Butter Chicken:

... Paratha bread (... @ Rajun Cajun, one of my favorite Indian restaurants in Hyde Park (Chicago, IL) serve paratha bread with their Butter Chicken, Chana Masala and other Indian dishes... their food is s-o-o-o-o good!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon they get 5 knife & fork points from me emoticon


... Naan bread


How to make Ghee, used in Indian cooking:


... for Falafel lover's (...from her Middle East/North Africa recipe category:


... one of my favorite dishes, Chicken Shawarma; Cedars of Lebanon restaurant in Hyde Park makes a delicious shawarma... here is Titli's version of it (... I haven't tried it yet)... the video didn't work for this recipe when I tried it, but she provided the written version of the recipe

Chicken Shawarma:

Samosas: (... Titli offers a lower fat baked version of this delicious savory pastry)

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MRS_TOAD 10/24/2010 8:43AM

    A belated thank you for this wonderful link!

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NANNER2121 10/22/2010 8:49AM

    Oh wow, thank you. I have bookmarked this blog and will visit every website this weekend. Thanks girlfriend!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/20/2010 12:52PM

    Sounds fab and I will visit the site. emoticongirlfriend!

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SANDYJAS 10/19/2010 12:22AM

    Speaking of South Side restaurants, Groupon had a coupon today for Soul Vegetarian today! Love that restaurant!!!

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    Just love it, thanks for sharing!

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JOCALAT 10/18/2010 6:27PM

    Thanks for the website...I will be sure to check it out!!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/18/2010 6:06PM

    She is darling. Thanks for sharing & God bless! Dee

PS. I learned the Betty Botter poem back in 5th grade. lol

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JUSTBIRDY 10/18/2010 4:52PM

    I just bought some chicken, so I think I'll make the butter chicken tonight. (Without all that butter, of course! I think a pat will be enough.)

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MELTNSUE 10/18/2010 3:39PM

    What a great website and a delightful lady!! I am in heaven with the Veggie section. That Macaroni Cheese looks great!! Thanks hon!!

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TAYLORLIV31 10/18/2010 3:38PM

    Oh Girl! You know the way to my heart. Thanks for thinking of me.

Olivia emoticon

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TIABITS 10/18/2010 2:09PM

    Yum! Thanks for sharing this with us Dee!

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