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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today I was evaluated by my gym for my 6 week fitness check. I started at 185 and today weighed 183 (and that crazy weight has fluctuated all over the place, never getting higher than 189.5 and no lower than 184.7 on the home scale, once a week) I tried not to worry about it, I stuck to the plan they gave me. My fat % went from 38.7 to 38.4 ... apparently not the progress they wanted to see after 6 weeks of 30-60 cardio 5 days weekly and 4 days/1 off of Strength Training. Then came the question, how do you eat. I told my new evaluator the same thing I told the staffer that he replaced, and he re-taught me some label reading tricks (some stuff I did when I lost the BIG amount of fat way back in 2009! ) Sigh, I was making very little progress because I was eating wrong for the ST I was given (no wonder I was hungry all the time!) I just thought it was the renewed exercises. I was feeling stronger but frustrated with the slow plod of progress.

Well, my hubby and I discussed it, he said, try the new plan for a few weeks and see how you feel! Good plan... except I am heading out of my house for a week of summer camp leadership in a few days! Yikes! Much harder to try something new when you are away from home and the gym! I will not give up without a fight. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and all that jazz. Phew. I feel like I am starting over AGAIN!
LOL, at least I am never ever BORED with my life! What an adventure to start again, in the middle of craziness and potential stress... Friday I get my new exercise plan. Then I won't be on SP for over a week (no wireless at camp) but I will post my progress... eventually!

SuperHero Cub Camp is where I am heading. Wish me luck!

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SHERREMAC 6/8/2012 1:03PM

    That is so frustrating! I know you and I know giving up is just not in your vocabulary! So have fun at the camp and don't stress yourself out about the food and exercise that just was not going to happen when you were away. sherre emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISLEEB 6/7/2012 10:41AM

    if we didn't have all these twists & turns in life, we'd get bored!!!

Have a super great time at Cub Camp. My DH is Camp Director for our Cub Camp in August. He's Sheriff Wanna-Beard....LOL

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

One of my team challenges focuses on physical needs, and my personal challenge is to get enough sleep, which for me has always been 8 hours. I have been focusing on this the last week. But it is a struggle. One night I was in bed by 10:30pm, only to wake up exactly 6 hours later. So I got up and quietly did stuff around the house so the kids wouldn't wake up. At 5:15 am, my 10 year old woke up and wondered what I was doing wide awake working in my living room.
So the next night I tried going to bed at 11:30, and woke up 6 hours later...
The rest of last week, no matter what time I went to bed, I woke up 6 or 7 hours later. Granted, I have preparing for an important project, and I wake up ready to work, with all my ideas and last minute prep! So it is no wonder I get up so early.

We all needed a break, so this weekend we went family camping, and I finally slept one night for 8 hours. Last night I woke up many many times, so now I am so tired I am ready to go to bed right this minute at 8:30pm,
unfortunately, I have to get kids to go as well LOL!

I want to sleep in on my own cool sheets and pillows....and I think I could get 8 hours of sleep, no problem!

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JENIFIREHARP 6/4/2012 11:35PM

    Note: I slept from 9:30pm to 5:30am, which was nice! Of course, tonight I am still going at 11:30pm, but I am now logging off to get some sleep. Maybe I need to work on consistent bed times?!?!

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K-PO110 6/4/2012 7:52PM

    A great goal, I hope you achieve it - rest well!

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KRISLEEB 6/4/2012 12:28PM

    I think I remember reading somewhere that everyone's body has a different sleep requirement. I would say that if you wake up after 6 or 7 that maybe your body has it's fill.....from what I remember it's more about the routine. I, myself, hit the hay around 11:30 (if I'm not working the 2nd job) and I'm up at 7:15, not by choice. I'd LOVE if my body would just say "okay, let's get this thing started" rather than listening to the stupid buzzer. You're lucky in that aspect!!!!

Good luck!!!

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LJCANNON 6/4/2012 10:42AM

    emoticonIf only it was as easy a glass of Warm Milk! Getting enough sleep can be a huge challenge, but it is important enough to keep working at finding a way to get your ZZZZ's in.

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SHERREMAC 6/4/2012 7:12AM

    I hear you . Hope you had a nice restful night.

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YB0511 6/4/2012 6:10AM

    Sleep is so important. I have also been struggling with sleep for the past few weeks. One of my problems is that the birds keep waking me up between 4 and 5am. Then I've have 5 or 6 hours of sleep and my mind is racing with all the things I have to do at work. So annoying. I hope regular full nights sleeps are soon yours.

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STILLFLYIN 6/3/2012 11:12PM

    There is nothing like your own bed at home. Sleep well!

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Dinner Out Victory

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I just had the most delicious salad at a restuarant... a spinach, strawberry, walnut, apple, blue cheese, bacon, and grilled chicken salad... yum!

Very Satisfying.

Usually when I eat a restaurant salad, it tastes bland, doesn't satisfy, and all I can think about is how I could be saving money by eating at home. Today I knew we were eating out with family, so I planned ahead by looking up the menu and calories. No guesswork, no shock later.

I still feel satisfied several hours later, so, I am patting myself on the back for a job well done. I love little victories!

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SHERREMAC 5/22/2012 6:47AM

    Wonderful!! Love it when I go to a restaurant and order a healthy choice. Way to go!

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KRISLEEB 5/21/2012 2:30PM

    That's GREAT!!! Congrats!

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LJCANNON 5/20/2012 10:27PM

    emoticonI LOVE Spinach and Strawberry Salad!! Congratulations on a WIN Today!!

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DEBULACLARK 5/20/2012 10:18PM

    That sounds delicious!!! Great choice!!!

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Who am I, anyway? (A birthday reflection)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Today is my 38th birthday, and this morning while I was working out I was reflecting about my life, something I typically do on birthdays.

Where did I come from?
Well, my past wasn't always pretty. Divorced parents, depressed mom, crappy houses, no utilities, at times living in cars & shelters, jailed mom and step dad, foster care, leaving high school, sick mom, taking care of all my brothers and even being a mom for my newborn baby sister...

Things were not always bad! Foster care was the best thing for me: I had stability, I gained moral values, I received a decent education. After being sent back home, struggling with school, and eventually leaving, I went back to school on my own, worked hard, and raised my grades so I could earn several scholarships and go to college. I didn't earn a college degree, but that is another story. After leaving college, I worked a job where I met my my husband, who is still my best friend! As an adult I establised a positive relationship with my birth dad. Before I became I stay at home mom, I worked a decent job at a large bank.

My past can be described as quite an interesting blend of learning experiences. It made me who I am today.

So where am I now in life?
I love who I am right now. I am aging gracefully. I am healthier than I was in high school. I am wiser every year. I vote, I contribute to my local community, I volunteer. My mom still struggles to the point that I am raising my teen sister. I married well and have a terrific family.
Despite the tough economy, my husband works a solid job, we are homeowners, we have savings, we have a decent vehicle... life is good!

So who am I?
What I care about makes me who I am! Nature, Family, God, Music, Reading, Writing, Singing, Volunteer work, Exercise, Goals, Cooking, Home, and even our family dog. My husband would probably describe me as caring and pretty, my sister would say that I am funny and silly, my 10 year old son would say I am cuddly and warm, my friends would say I am 'random' since you never know what I am going to talk about...

As I reach another birthday milestone, I am pretty proud of who I am. I have grown up to become an amazing person!

ONE MORE THING: Traditionally I spend my birthday doing whatever I really want to do. I am not always able to get the day off, but most years, I enjoy taking extra time to enjoy myself. TODAY It all worked out. One hour of Cardio, outside time to enjoy to nice weather, play with the dog, go shopping for something just for me, visit husband at work during lunch, delicious favorite dinner currently cooking in the crockpot, and I just purchased my ice cream birthday cake (half price from dairy queen, great deal!)

Today is my 38th birthday, and I am very proud of the fact that I am healthy, happy, and blessed!

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MARTY19 5/11/2012 7:38PM

    Happy Birthday a bit late. I loved this blg - so positive and self-affirming.


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K-PO110 5/10/2012 1:20PM

    I love this review! And I love that despite very tough beginings you turned out an incredible person.

I too came from a hard start (story similar to yours) and it reinforces to me that life is a choice, you can be who you want to be.

You choose well and are reaping the best of life. A celebration indeed!!

You warmed my heart!


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LJCANNON 5/9/2012 10:27PM

    emoticonHappy Birthday!! And Congratulations on all that you have accomplished!!
emoticonYou have a LOT to be Proud of!!

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MINDY41479 5/9/2012 9:46PM

    You are emoticon! Happy Birthday! emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 5/9/2012 7:33PM

    You forgot, happy, blessed and AMAZING!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!


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NEILITHICMAN 5/9/2012 6:18PM

    Happy birthday, wow you've been through a lot!!

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SHERREMAC 5/9/2012 5:27PM

    What a wonderful Blog! Happy Birthday to my friend! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 5/9/2012 3:53PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Congrats on it all!!!!

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mmmm... green smoothie...

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Yeah, it looks a little scary...
But yesterday I wanted to try it out as an afternoon snack.

This recipe called for spinach, strawberries, banana, and orange juice.I was a little nervous about that combo, but I have tried many a strange new thing when exploring healthy eating! I didn't have orange juice, so I subbed a couple of clementines and half a cup of water. After blending, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to drink this!

But actually it was quite tasty!

Here is what my 10 year old thought of "the Incredible Hulk Drink" after making a hideous face when he saw the strange green stuff in his cup:

Yep, every drop was gone!

I think it would have tasted a little sweeter with actual orange juice, but otherwise, I will be serving this at snack time again!

Here is the link to the SP recipe if you want to try it yourself:

By The Way: the "incredible Hulk" name came from a comment under the recipe, I thought it was a great way to think of this smoothie!

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LJCANNON 5/8/2012 11:34AM

    I WANT to like Green Smoothies, but I haven't found one that I like. This recipe sounds delicious, and with Your Son's endorsement I think I will try this as soon as I get to the store for some Orange Juice.
Maybe sub some Naval Oranges? emoticon

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NEILITHICMAN 5/7/2012 6:32PM

    I'm not really into smoothies myself but my kids love them. Good way to cheat in a couple of fruit and veggies into their diet.

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TEMPENATIVE 5/7/2012 6:10PM

    loooove green smoothies, just forgot about them for a while. thanks for the reminder emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 5/7/2012 6:50AM

    Looks good. I think I need to try one!

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STILLFLYIN 5/6/2012 10:04PM

    I almost didn't make it past the first photo. Glad I did. I might try it sometime.

I'm not much into smoothies so it might be a while.

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