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Oh My Goodness....

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today is day 6 of the Spring 5% Challenge. I am SUPER HAPPPPYYY!!! I just tried on that dress I bought last year that I wanted to wear to the banquet...IT FITS OH MY GOODNESS IT FITS!!!!. I could lose a few more lbs but I think anymore than 5lbs it might be too big. AND ITS A 12!! I was wearing a 14/16. The last couple times I have bought a shirt over the last few weeks, I have been buying larges instead of XL. But it didn't dawn on my until I tried on this dress. HAPPY DANCE emoticon.

Day of rest was good. Woke up at 5am and got part of my workout in. I decided to spread it out today:

Strength Training
Seated Core Workout………………………………………..15
Day 4 Bootcamp Workout (core)………………….………..10
Crunches……………………………………………………...20
• 2 Reps of 20 each (so 40 each):
o Crunches
o Crunches with twist
o Reverse crunches
o Bicycle crunches
Total core workout……………………………………………..…….…45 minutes

Day 2 Bootcamp Workout (lower body)………….……….10
Total Strength Training…………………………………………………..........55

Cardio
Mowed the lawn……………………………………………20………….100 calories
Walk Away………………………………………………….45…………..274 calories
Total Cardio.............……………………………………………………………
..65

TOTAL MINUTES:………….120 wow right on the nose lol 
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Not sure what to say about my tests. I thought I was going to do well on today but after the test I went back and look in the book, and 1 problem I forgot a step, which I am so mad at myself since I knew how to do it!, But that 1 problem had a trickle affect onto a couple others. THe ACC exam yesterday, I just have no words for that test, class, or teacher. I really love this aspect of ACC but now I am not so sure. Think I may just stick with fraud and auditing!

  
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YIWEN39 3/23/2012 7:37PM

    Happy dance happy dance ;-) I hope you'll be happy with your exams results :-)

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THAIBEAUKITTY 3/23/2012 2:49PM

    Woo Hoo! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 3/23/2012 2:43PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 3/23/2012 10:28AM

    Way to go!! That's awesome and gotta make you feel great! Now you just need to share a pic of you in the dress... LOL!
Chris

PS - Hope you enjoy your weekend. I'm sure you'll do fine on your tests.
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NUOVAELLE 3/23/2012 7:34AM

    I can't think of a better motivation than a dress which finally fits! The number on the scale can't be compared to the feeling of actually being smaller than you were the last time you tried it on!
Congratulations! Enjoy your progress!!!
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GLORYANDME 3/23/2012 12:12AM

    Don't your just love the non-scale victories? I love dropping a size more than I love dropping the pounds! Keep up the good work and enjoy the dress! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/22/2012 11:04PM

    You Go Girl!!!!! Way to go on getting the dress to fit!!!

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7356WILMA 3/22/2012 7:57PM

  Congrats on the clothing size changes, I bet it felt wonderful! Glad your tests are done for now, relax and enjoy the weekend!

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JSALERNO 3/22/2012 7:41PM

    I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT YOUR DRESS emoticon HOPEFULLY YOU STILL WILL DO WELL ON YOUR TEST. I WILL FIND NEXT WEDNESDAY HOW I DID ON MINE.

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JUSTME29 3/22/2012 7:35PM

    I'm so glad to hear the dress fit. Now you just have to worry about it being too big by the time of your event. That's a much more fun thing to worry about though isn't it.

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Day5 of Spring 5%-Day of Rest (and other updates)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I decided to take today as my day of rest. I have been working my butt off not only for myself but to help my team land in Singapore. We landed 2nd woo hoo. GO TEDDIES!!!
I have been busting butt on my fitness minutes. My new daily goal is to get at least 120 min per day. (With 1 day to rest {after we land lol}).
Saturday I got 131 minutes and drank 8 cups of water
Sunday I got 240 minutes in (Spring cleaning is still not done :() and drank 9 cups of water,
Monday I got in 122 minutes and 10 glasses of water
Tuesday 145 minutes and 10 glasses
Today 0 fitness minutes and 11 glasses of water. Still drinking too (very thristy today)

I got up before 5am on those days so I could make sure my minutes were posted early. I am so proud of my team. We did an AWESOME job. Lets keep up the GREAT work!

I made the Pork Chops with Apple Chutney out of the SP cookbook last night. Wasn't too happy with the chutney. Too sweet and too much of orangey taste. Would have been better if had more of an apple taste. Kids liked it. I think I was stick with the applesauce!! ;)

I rec'd my formal invitation to the EMU Honors Banquet to be honored for a scholarship I rec'd this past fall. I forgot all about it. I am excited. It is on Apr 13. I have a nice, off white, business style dress that I would like to wear. I bought it last year from a thrift store for Easter but ended up just wearing the shirt part with some slacks since the dress part wouldn't zip up. I am wondering if it fits and if not can I loose enough to be able to wear it. I don't want to have to buy anything new. So I guess I have soemthing else to help me work harder!

Registration for Fall in on Friday. I am planning on taking Spanish 1, MGMT 490 (Business Policy) & ACC 540 (Corp Financial Reporting). I would go MWF during the day for Spanish, Acc is only offered Tues night but the MGMT is offered online YAY!

Took my AIS exam . Just don't know how I did. I studied and think I did good on the project and thought I was starting to understand these stupid diagrams but the exam, which was on these diagrams, she asked us weird questions about what kind of store/business we see these in. I don;t understand it in this way and neither did a lot of others. I really hope I can make it out of this class with my A.

Another test tomorrow in Finance and exam 2 in MGMT on Wednes. I can't wait until APRIL 30. FInals is that day and I am done til september. Boy, do I need this break!!!

Well hope everyone is having a great day! Good night!

  
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WHISPERINGPINE7 3/22/2012 11:18AM

  You are doing emoticon Keep up the great work my friend. All the best to you on your tests!!

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THAIBEAUKITTY 3/22/2012 9:59AM

    I wish I had your energy! What are you studying?

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JSALERNO 3/22/2012 6:02AM

    GREAT WORKOUTS! TAKE YOUR REST DAY AND GET BACK AT IT TOMORROW.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/22/2012 1:45AM

    Wow, kiddo. You are one ball of energy! emoticon on winning the scholarship and being honored at the EMU Honors Banquet. Let me know how the dress fits.

emoticon job on getting in those fitness minutes and LTGL - water. You are such an inspiring little emoticon? I love the 5% Challenges and am soooo happy you are in them too. They help to keep me motivated and encouraged.

Keep up the good work and you'll be in that little off white business dress in no time.
Sending emoticon emoticon BevBear

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GINGER_BEAR 3/21/2012 10:57PM

    You are a terrific bear! Thank you for all you have been doing. Good luck on your exams. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/21/2012 10:54PM

    You definitely deserved a rest day today. Maybe the next challenge we could talk to the leaders about getting some rest day points.

Sounds like school is going well - how close are you to done?

If others didn't understand the test questions either you're probably in good company. The only thing you can do is go talk to the teacher. It may not help this grade this time, but it could help you down the road.

I hope your dress fits - I have a goal outfit too, but mine is waaaay in the future.

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MAGGIE101857 3/21/2012 9:48PM

    Congrats on your team beating my team!!! You are doing awesome!! I'm working on my HM training during this challenge, so trying to figure out my fitness schedule - need to get in some additional walks to up my mileage!! It's a fun challenge - I max out at 8 on my water and switch to green tea...I'm happy with my 8 for now...!!

Keep up the awesome work - you have a busy life!!!

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YIWEN39 3/21/2012 8:29PM

    You're doing emoticon! Thanks for all those FM, you are really rocking this challenge :-)
Enjoy your day off and good luck for your exams. You have a lot on your plate ;-)

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Spring 5%-Day 1 & Teddy Bear Spotlight

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Today was day 1 of the Spring 5% Challenge. I am off to a great start. I am starting strong and will finish strong. This challenge is great and I believe it will keep me motivated right to the very end!!!

My weight went up a bit from 3/7. I gained .9 of a lb. But I am not upset. I think this challenge will really help me shed those pesky lbs!

STARTING WEIGHT: 3/17:.....150.8 (3/17/12 7:27 am EST)
5% Goal: ......150.8 * .05 = 7.54 lbs
Weekly Goal: .....7.54 / 8 = .94 lbs
Goal Weight: ......143.26 for this challenge (want to get back to 115-120)

My goal is to get AT LEAST 120 minutes of fitness minutes in per day! Today I surpassed that!

AM Yoga (Get up and Go)......16 min.......52 calories burned
Zumba.........60 min..........443 calories burned
Stress Yoga (Lower back).......35 min........74 calories burned
Strngth Training (Seated Core)..15 min..........0
Good Stretch......5 min.........0
TOTAL............131 min........569 calories burned


LTGL points are drinking water this week. So far got my 8-8oz cups of water. May have another 2 by the end of the night. (And probably a couple beers but cant add those well just to the nutrition tracker...lol)

Today I had the great honor of being the First Teddy Bear in the Spotlight. I was really taken away! I appreciate everyone who has stopped by and all of their kind words and goodies on my page! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS! This really makes me feel motiviated and encouraged and want to go that extra mile!

I hope everyone has a great evening and a fun & safe St. Patricks Day!
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NWILKER 3/19/2012 11:00AM

    Woohoo!!!
Glad you are feeling so great! You WILL be successful!

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FLEURGARDEN 3/19/2012 10:53AM

    Great job! Keep it up.

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NEWMAC2011 3/17/2012 11:42PM

    You are certainly off to a great start! Glad you had a wonderful 1st day of the Challenge and enjoyed your day in the Spotlight.

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LVMAMAW 3/17/2012 9:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So proud of you!
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YIWEN39 3/17/2012 7:37PM

    emoticon You are doing GREAT!!! Fantastic :-)

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MAGGIE101857 3/17/2012 6:42PM

    Super emoticon for you! I'm on track as well! Hard not to indulge in Corned Beef, Cabbage and all the fixings - but it will be there when I am done with the challenge! Decided to have GREEN TEA instead of wine or beer!!!

Congrats on being in the SPOTLIGHT!! You are going to shine every day!!!



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PCOH051610 3/17/2012 6:12PM

    Happy Teddy Bear in the Spotlight Day!!!!

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FLORIDASUN 3/17/2012 6:00PM

    Yay...so organized! You are rocking this challenge fellow teddy...hugs BIG time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/17/2012 5:47PM

    I'll have to add a couple beers to mine as well. It's rolling rock though and green beer doesn't count today. Right?

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JSALERNO 3/17/2012 5:34PM

    GREAT JOB!

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Wild Winter Weather

Friday, March 16, 2012

For those who haven't seen my feed from last night...It got pretty scary around here last night. As I was getting ready to put dinner on the stove the tornado sirens started going off. I turned of the stove and all the lights/tv/computers and gathered up the kids and dog and drove down to my MIL (I don't have a basement, she does and lives only about 6 or 7 streets down). As soon as we walk in the door I turned on the news just to hear that a confirmed tornado touched down in Dexter, MI. That is where DH works. He was at work! So I freaked out and called him. At first he didn't care, said that he still has to work (storms don't bother him). Then I called him again and they moved all the employees in the back room with no windows. They were in there for about 30 min and then they left to go back to work just to have to go back to the room when they heard the large baseball size hail. They reported 130 mile an hour winds with that tornado, there was 3 reports all together in MI and the Dexter was the worst.



This subdivision is literally around the corner from my DH job. Luckily his industrial circle had no damage.

My daughters dance studio is right around the corner from this too. Not sure what happened there yet. Guess will find out tomorrow when we go to dance/Zumba.
My SIL lives in a subdivision there too but I am not sure if hers was hit (there were 2 subdivisions hit the pics abv are not hers). She was at work in Ann Arbor and all I know from last night is she couldn't get ahold of her DH.

I got hit with lots of Hail, rain, TONS of lightening and some thunder.

Have a feeling this is going to be a bad stormy spring. I am not good with storms! I have a bit of a phobia from a tornado that hit near me when I was little and a bolt of lightening that hit the ground in between my house and the next door and it sounded like an explosion. I used to hide when it would storm. I have gotten better since I was little but still freaks me out. But I have to be calm for the kids. I don't want them to be afraid like I was. It helps me to have a plan-it one hits and I can't get to my MIL we are to go into the kids closet. It I can get to MIL, then we can go into the basement.

It is just killing me all the footage that they are showing and interviews in Dexter. I just made Evie turn off the news. Just can't watch it anymore.

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Tomorrow is the first day of the 5% Spring challenge. I am so excited!!! I love the format! The new friends and support I am getting already is amazing! I am still in the process of Assignment 8 (which I didn't blog). For this assignment I am going around to each one of my Bead Buddies and introducing myself and adding them as a friend. I am so happy to be surrounded with just great support and awesome people!

Thanks and TEDDY BEARS....HERE WE GO! WE CAN DO IT!!!

  
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JUSTME29 3/17/2012 10:00AM

    Tornadoes are scary. I know we always have at least a few scares every summer. It seems like the season is starting earlier and earlier.

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WHISPERINGPINE7 3/17/2012 9:45AM

  I'm so glad you and your family are safe. It's amazing how tornados can do soo much damage and sometimes only hitting a row of houses. I would be like you and turn the TV off. The media can sometimes get carried away with the news and panic so many people Hugs my dear friend.

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MISSY455 3/17/2012 2:22AM

    I spent one tornado season living in Illinois, I did not like it al all. I am so glad you and your immediate family are all ok.

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JAZZEJR 3/17/2012 1:58AM

    Sooooo glad your family and home were untouched. I was watching it on our local news channel for hours. It was very scary! Gear up for the challenge. We're counting on YOU! :) emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/16/2012 6:46PM

    Glad you're OK. I have no experience of storms, but the footage makes it look really terrible and scary! I hope all your family and friends are OK.
Have a great challenge, despite the weather :-)

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PCOH051610 3/16/2012 6:16PM

    I saw the news coverage of that storm last night and interestingly enough I wondered if any of my SparkFriends were from that area. We never have tornadoes here (well, I think there have been about three documented ones in the past one hundred years so that is practically never)so the footage was really scary to look at.

Glad to hear all is okay with your family but we are thinking about all of those who have to rebuild! My goodness, what a mess!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/16/2012 12:36PM

    Jennifer, I'm sooooo glad you and your family are OK! Looks like it was the grace of God that kept your DH and his co-workers safe. When I saw the pix on the news I never dreamed I knew someone right in the middle of the twister. Was it an F3? It's so good to know your DMIL is close with a basement for safety. You're a good mommy, not wanting your kiddos to be afraid. Whew! Now you have the Spring 5% Challenge to distract you. If you find yourself thinking about the tornado and become anxious, take it out in exercise until you settle down. Just a thought. Stay safe with your precious family sweetie.

emoticon emoticon! BevBear

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FLEURGARDEN 3/16/2012 11:31AM

    Glad you're okay! I was glued to the tv last night watching the covereage and was glad when it didn't keep heading in my direction. I'm still trying to get a hold of my cousin who lives in Dexter. The videos of the subdivision that was hit doesn't look like her neighborhood, but I'm hoping she did have any damage. I hope this isn't an indication of what the storms will be like this year.

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IDLETYME 3/16/2012 10:44AM

    It sounds like besides being worried sick and scared for you and your loved ones, You escaped pretty well. That's great!
I was raised in Kansas and know how fast those tornadoes come up! Of course we had a basement there, but here it's an inside closet or the bathtub!!!
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FLORIDASUN 3/16/2012 10:06AM

    OH my...I hate stormy weather too. Having grown up in Iowa we had some tornados that scared the soup out of me. So where did we head to...sunny Florida of course...now we only have to deal with hurricanes...oh wow! emoticon Hugs to you and thank heavens you and your loved ones were all okay.

We have been messing with mother nature for far too long...I think she's had it with the humanoids of this earth and is reminding them who REALLY is in charge. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVLNWOMAN 3/16/2012 10:01AM

    Wow, I would have been terrified! I'm glad you and your family are alright. emoticon

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JSALERNO 3/16/2012 9:07AM

    glad you're ok!

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2BEABETTERME 3/16/2012 8:06AM

    Glad you were/are safe! I too get a little freaked out from a storm (straight line winds) encounter in a vehicle as a teen. When we loved in Texas, my husband travelled, and my boys and I (& the dog) spent many moments in the bathroom under the stairs!

Have a wonderful weekend!
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SWAZY33 3/16/2012 8:01AM

    The power of nature and these storms are scary!
I'm glad your family is Ok!
Here's hoping for more sunny emoticon instead of stormy emoticonskies for you this spring!

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MAGGIE101857 3/16/2012 7:49AM

    Watching on the news this morning and saying prayers for everyone affected by this crazy weather. I lived in FL and went through hurricanes, so I know what these folks are going through. On the positive side, it is heartwarming to watch people pull together - the human spirit is an amazing thing!

Glad you and your family are safe and sound!!!

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LATTELEE 3/16/2012 7:49AM

  Wow

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Assignment 9-Spring 5% Challenge

Thursday, March 15, 2012

List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!


Diet Reason - Too Busy with family and school to exercise.

Strategy - SCHEDULE time for MYSELF!

Diet Reason - Eating mindlessly out of boredom or being tired. Having major craving during TOM

Strategy - Brush my teeth again, do a 10 min workout, eat a peice of fruit/veggie. Won't buy any junk food that I like.

Exercise Reason - No time to cook.

Strategy - . Keep easy, healthy options always available. If it does come to eating out...get a kids meal or just a side salad.

Exercise Reason - To tired to exercise, no motivation.

Strategy - Just get up and do it! You know you will feel great after. Try and spread it throughout the day instead of all at once if possible.


  
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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/16/2012 12:08PM

    emoticon job on those strategies! This pre-challenge will be so helpful to refer to when we are about to slack off. emoticon emoticon! BevBear

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YIWEN39 3/15/2012 7:19PM

    emoticon For me, when it comes to exercise, the earlier in the day the better. If I wait, I might fall into the "too tired" trap/excuse...

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7356WILMA 3/15/2012 4:31PM

  I love this!! I'm going to have to sit down and do this for myself!

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