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Monday, January 07, 2013

What a slug I was yesterday! Hubby and I did an NCIS marathon ALL day. Besides all that couch time, I took the dog for a brisk 10 minute walk. I went to the library and then Walgeens. I parked at the other end of the parking lot and walked everywhere like I was late.

That was it, then WAY too much eating all day. It felt really good UNTIL I read a story on line last night about the oldest marathoner about to retire after a marathon in Hong Kong I think in February. He's over 100 years old!!! Boy did I feel like a lazy slug.

So I'm back on track today. I got up early and did the 10-minute SP kickboxing workout! I have two walking breaks planned today during work. I have to go grocery shopping tonight so we'll see what tonight brings and which workout I can fit in.

Just had to get this out there to make myself accountable!

Happy Monday!

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KELLIEBEAN 1/8/2013 7:00AM

    Thanks guys! I got active on Monday and ate wisely. I love me an NCIS marathon!!


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TDEMAIO2 1/8/2013 5:55AM

    Don't beat yourself up! You spent the day with your husband that's AWESOME and an NCIS marathon woo hoo : ) just get active the rest of the week and your good :D

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Good News, Bad News!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Hello and happy Saturday, time for another....... installment......... of......... GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS..... take it away.....

Bad news, I've been on call this week 24/7 for the first time since starting my new job last May. I still have a lot to learn so I have felt like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs all week waiting for a page.

Good news, I won't jinx myself as I have till Monday morning to go, but it hasn't been bad. My last job, OY VEY! That thing was going off all the time. I even went to the gym one night this week. I would have never attempted to leave the house while on call at my last job!


Bad news, got all of the Christmas decorations put away this week. The house seems cold and desolate!

Good news, it was a great workout up and down the basement stairs, bending and stretching for two hours. My husband and I had a few laughs.


Bad news, after my husband left for work this afternoon, I sat curled up on the couch all comfy cozy. As I forced myself to get moving to the gym like I had planned for today, he pulled back into the garage, something was in his tire causing a flat, he had to take my car.

I guess I could have bundled up and walked the two miles to the gym but it was 37 degrees today. Nuh uh!!

Good news, I pulled out my ipad, did a 10-minute SP cardio video, jumped on my elliptical for an intense 22 minutes and then did some assorted upper body and core SP videos. Always must have a plan B!

Bad news, I'm doing laundry now, scrubbing bathrooms and floors.

Good news, it's one heck of a workout on top of what I've already done today!

Good news, my husband and I packed up three very large boxes of stuff to give away to charity this morning.

No bad news here. We cleared out a LOT of cabinet and closet space and some people will get some nice things that we never used! It felt REALLY good to de-clutter after the hustle, bustle and clutter of the holidays!

I hope everyone is having a mostly good-news day!


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CHAQUITA73 1/6/2013 3:08PM

    Awesome!!! So jealous about the decluttering! Every time I start, I get interrupted, walk away and have to start over. Boo. Need to change that...soon!

Have a great weekend!!

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TDEMAIO2 1/6/2013 8:29AM

    Now that your house is clean don't you feel GREAT and house work is an AWESOME workout woo hoo :D

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/5/2013 8:17PM

    I think all of your good news more than makes up for the bad! I hope the rest of your weekend is nothing but good news!

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MJREIMERS 1/5/2013 7:40PM

    I like how you have a good news "off set" the bad. Maybe not in each part of your blog, but at least you have some type of good. You must be a "the glass is half full" type of person. Nice blog and good for you for finding a way to workout today! emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 1/5/2013 7:07PM

    Cleaning is good exercise! I had a rest day planned today, but feel like I worked out sweeping, mopping and folding laundry!


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Friday's Thought for the Day

Friday, January 04, 2013

If you do not change directions, you may end up where you are heading.

By Lao Tzu

This is similar to another quote, If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.

Not sure who said that. I've seen a few people credited with this quote.

I hope everyone tries to travel a new course this weekend. Try a new workout, eat smaller portions than you normally do, think outside the box and try new changes every day no matter how small!

Happy weekend!


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TDEMAIO2 1/5/2013 7:38AM

    I am such a routine person :O I know I need to get out of my comfort zone! It is harder than we think and I will give it a go : )

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy new year!

I'm normally a little blue around this time of year. I always wonder if I did the best I could with the last 365 days and wondering about the year ahead made me want to crawl back in bed!

Not so much on this New Years. Sure I had quite a few bad moments last year that made me feel like I would be selfish or wasting my time to stick to healthy habits that I have worked on for many years. I always did well for a few weeks or months and slide back down the slippery slope.

Last January I committed to logging exercise three days a week for the project Linus charity. That really kick-started the year. Then I found a website about a program our governor started... Walk Across Illinois. I put my pedometer on and walked as much as I could. I finished walking 167 miles by August last year.

I ran a St. Patrick's Day 5K last year in about 35 minutes. That was amazing to me since I took a few walking breaks!

I didn't make the Warrior Dash last year because I threw my back out five days before. I recovered in time for the Beach Dash 5k obstacle course race on Chicago's lakefront. They put more obstacles at the end in the sand and water than the previous year so I didn't beat my time but it was a blast!

In August last year I got back on spark people for the second time. I got more into it this time, taking quizzes, polls, hitting the message boards and blogging. Never ever thought I would ever in my life blog. I always thought that was for the young, hipsters. It feels good to throw thoughts out into the wind.

I hit my goal weight about a month ago and lost three more pounds after that which I never ever thought I would see happen. I'm much stronger now than I ever have been. I really push myself more than I used to. I'm still working on my endurance to be able to run the 5Ks without walking breaks. I never used to be able to run a half block!

So I feel good starting this year for a change. My biggest goal now is to maintain all of the good work I did last year... Make this a lifestyle!

Lets all go forth into the year with our eye on the prize!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/4/2013 3:49PM

    Awesome that you are starting the year off with successes under your belt to help drive you to your next accomplishments!

Good luck to both of us as we keep our eyes on our prize!

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TDEMAIO2 1/2/2013 5:48AM

    emoticon you have done a GREAT job woo hoo emoticon

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AM_MORRIS87 1/1/2013 12:34PM

    This is so great to read, Kellie! Congratulations on all that you have accomplished last year. I can't wait to see what you in 2013. :)

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An afternoon at the gym

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I had a great workout yesterday. Now if only I could turn my brain off at the gym, maybe I'd get a lot more done.

I'm a people watcher and wonderer. I wonder what they do, where they were and what they were doing before they came to the gym and what they will be doing later. You could plant me in the middle of a mall and I'd be entertained all day.

I started out with 10 minutes on the elliptical to warm up. The TVs mounted on the machines are in my way rather than entertain me. I need to look around!

I then hit the weight machine room. At first it was just me and a lookalike of the late great Michael Clarke Duncan (Green Mile). As I'm struggling with my third set of 10 lb bicep curls, the internal dialogue starts in my head as I watch him.... "wow, that's a lot of weight. No way, ANOTHER set???! those muscles are gonna pop, hey, focus, keep good form."

As I started doing standing wood choppers at 30 pounds, another guy comes in, stands in front of the mirror, stares for about 30 seconds and walks out. The internal dialogue starts in my head again.... I picture the SNL skit... Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smily pops in my head... "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and doggon it people like me." I have to tell myself to focus again as I start to lose my balance remembering how funny it was when Michael Jordon did that skit!

I get done with the weight machines, upper body feeling sufficiently depleted and find a treadmill in the back for a 35-minute run. The gym is pretty crowded! I pick a treadmill only to find it's not working GRRR. The only other treadmill open is between two guys. I've lost some weight but still very self conscience. I have to be in the back, preferably not right next to anyone!

Not only am I getting waves of sweat smell from both of them but obviously one smokes as that smell was wafting over me as well. No offense to any smokers reading this but that smell nauseates me. I tell myself to suck it up and soldier on.

I clip my ipod to my new workout pants and start a slow jog. With every step, I felt my ipod flapping, then I felt my pants sliping down. Internal dialoge starts... "NO WAY, I just bought these! MY PANTS ARE SLIPPING DOWN, MY PANTS ARE SLIPPING DOWN, EVERYBODY CELEBRATE!"

Six years ago, I started trying to lose weight to get slender (I hate the word skinny), to lose the 40 pounds I put on after I moved in with my husband. In the past three years, I stopped thinking about slender and just wanted to get strong. I don't want to age like my mother.

After running (can't really call what I did running) the Warrior Dash in 2011, I became even more determined to work on strength and endurance. I still have a ways to go but I see slender has come with all the cardio and strength training I've been working on lately.

I set my goal on spark people back in August for 140 pounds. All the charts say I should be 128-135. I always figured that would be impossible to achieve. So I set 140 thinking I may not even get to that. But I did about a month ago. This morning I am 137. I can't remember the last time I saw anything in the 130s on the scale.

That feels really good but what feels even better is that I can run up 34 stairs in the parking garage at work to my car, which I do every day, and I no longer feel like I'm gonna die or that my thighs are gonna snap. While Christmas shopping a couple weeks ago, after every store, I ran to the car (I purposely parked far from the stores) and I wasn't panting like an overheated dog for a change.

It feels really good that I can now do three sets of 8 pushups ON MY TOES! Yesterday, I did full situps! FULL SITUPS! I don't think I have ever in my life did full situps. Even in high school gym class, My feet were all over the place trying to pull myself up.

I didn't get to this point overnight. It took me three months of doing those stairs every day before I could run all the way up. A year ago, I started doing pushups before bed at night, two every night for a couple weeks, then five for a couple weeks etc. They were't pretty but I forced myself into the habit. I also started doing planks a couple years ago. Those things still kill me but I keep doing them every other day.

If you are still reading this far (God love ya) whatever your goals are, take them in baby steps, every single day. Lifestyle changes are THE ONLY way to reach your goals. Stop watching instant weight-loss infomercials, go for a walk, climb stairs, lift soup cans, eat three cookies instead of half the bag, drink water. Then walk farther, then lift gallons of milk, eat one cookie and drink more water.

Subscribe to the KISS mentality.... Keep It Simple Stupid.

I hope you have a wonderful day!



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TDEMAIO2 12/31/2012 8:06AM

    WOW you are an inspiration emoticon Thank you emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/30/2012 10:22PM

    Congrats on all of the accomplishments and most of all for sticking with it to reach each milestone and goal!
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DLDMIL 12/30/2012 3:59PM

    Great Blog, thanks for making me feel like i am not the only one having those same conversations. Here is to a great 2013. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 12/30/2012 9:20AM

    This reminds me of why I like working out at home - now if i only had a sauna, pool and whirlpool at home I would never need the gym! With you on the smoking smell; funny when you think of it.....trying to get fit on the outside with the treadmill but slowly killing themselves inside with the cigarettes. Hopefully he'll learn!!! emoticon emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/30/2012 8:20AM

    I'm with you on the reek from smokers. Yech.

And congrats on your sliding pants!


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CARILOUIE 12/30/2012 8:16AM

    What an inspiring blog!

I do the same thing at the gym - I am frequently losing my balance because I think of something funny.

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