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No Excuses!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I planned to go to the gym last night after 7:30 when the crowd starts to thin. After dinner my husband and I watched Hawaii 5-O that we had recorded. I was chilly and curled up with a blanket then our lab curled up next to me. A great end to a hectic day!

That's a bad move when you plan to go to the gym! I had just posted on Facebook to another fitness challenge "no excuses Tuesday". Not even sure where that came from, just popped out.

After Hawaii 5-O, I drug myself off the couch, pulled a sweatshirt over my tank top and put jeans and boots on so I would be warm and dry for the drive home.

I got to the gym and noticed they still hadn't corrected the hot and humid temp in there they messed up last week. UGH! I told myself to suck it up, good practice for the Warrior Dash I am registered for in the summer.

I noticed in the locker room that I forgot my workout pants. ARGH! I thought 'I'm skipping this, I'm tired anyway!' Then I remembered my Facebook post, "no excuses Tuesday". Grrrr! Blast my stupid Pollyanna attitude!

So I went home, got the pants and went back to the gym. Running back and forth through the cold parking lot woke me up.

i decided I'd only run a mile but actually I had a good 3 1/2 mile run. A little bit of walking to catch my breath for 30 seconds here and there but then I pushed myself to hit 6.0 and 6.2 for speed which is unheard of for me. A few times when I knocked the speed down to 5.0 it felt slow! SHUT UP! SO COOL!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, some of my best workouts happened when I thought I was too tired or conditions were not quite to my standards!

I have to remember my "no excuses" post each day!



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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/8/2013 12:13AM

    LOVE THIS! Good for you for breaking out of the warm couch! That really is something to be proud of all on it's own. But then you overcome obstacles and had an even better than planned work out! This is the best kind of exercise. It's makes you strong on the inside!
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TDEMAIO2 2/7/2013 5:57AM

    WOW that is emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 2/6/2013 1:12PM

    That's awesome! emoticon

That happens to me, too! (having the best workout when I've had to push past tiredness or lack of motivation to work out)
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LANSELMI 2/6/2013 11:59AM

    Great job!

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Turning it around!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

It's been a whirlwind couple weeks. So glad to say buh bye to January.


I work full time and then some most days. My husband works evenings so he takes care of a lot of household and dog chores.

Two weeks ago, right before he went out of town for a week to visit his ill father, a tree branch crashed through my back car window. I worked from home while waiting for the glass guy to fix it.

Since our dog is not used to being home alone all day, I left a little later in the morning to go to work and came home a little earlier in the evening then worked from home to keep up. Then there was laundry and a workout here and there! Thank goodness for spark people videos!

The day after my husband came home, he got sick. So I handled dog duties again this week (we do not have a fenced in yard, I have to go out with her in the cold, on the lookout for coyotes, skunks and possums. I'm a big scardicat!), leaving work early and working from home.


Last night after I got home from work, for some reason I could not get warm so I bundled up on the couch and the eating frenzy began plus falling asleep off and on.


This morning, the dog woke me up at 5:30 so I pushed myself to get it in gear and got to the gym for a three mile run and worked the leg machines!


I feel better now. My husband is finally starting to feel better after all week. I'm going to brave the snow and the crowds shortly to go grocery shopping. I'm crazy going out there the day before Super Bowl. Since we can't make it to the party we usually go to, I told my husband I would make him chili for the game. The anxiety should help burn a few calories!

I have 42 more days until the St. Patrick's day 5K in my area! I need to keep pushing!

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Keep moving!


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TDEMAIO2 2/3/2013 9:25AM

    I am with you on bye bye January emoticon emoticon I found out the past (1999) is coming back to hunt me emoticon STRESS LEVEL is off the charts emoticon THANK GOD I workout!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/2/2013 10:04PM

    WOW! What a January. February surely will be much smoother for you and your hubby.

Wishing you awesome training runs as you prepare for your 5k!

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LORILEEPAGE 2/2/2013 6:43PM

    I appreciate you mentioning your gratitude for SP videos, since I will be trapped at home without a car for two weeks and no way to get to the gym. Plus my membership is on hold from FEB15 to MAR 15, so I will remember now I can spice things up with the site workout videos.

Have a great February!

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AM_MORRIS87 2/2/2013 5:43PM

    Wow wow wow that's a lot! I agree... January was a bust. Thank God it's over!!! I was thinking of doing this St. Patricks Day 10K in Columbus. I wish it was free lol! Thats the only thing holding me back. What's your time goal for your 5K?

I hope you have a fantastic RESTFUL weekend!!! :)

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Congratulations to everyone!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I'm watching a couple episodes of The Biggest Loser. I've caught a few minutes of the show here and there over the years and my admiration for all of the contestants over the years continues!

I have been working on my weight and fitness for over 20 years but I have never had the weight issues that they have all faced. They put themselves out there to get the help they need in such a public way.

It's amazing to me. They get on a scale in front of millions of viewers in shorts, bra tops and bare chested! Such drive, such courage. Every time I watch, I'm pulling for all of them to succeed and cry when the get sent home.

It reminds me of all of you, everyone on this website. Everyone is on here to improve their health and self esteem. Some days it works, some days it doesn't. Some people have a little to lose, some people have a lot. Some people stick with the website tools consistently and some people keep starting over.

I just want to say to everyone reading this that you are amazing no matter where you are in your quest to get healthy. I read posts and blogs and I think it's truly wonderful how hard everyone works and keeps coming back.

I congratulate all of you and I hope you have a great week!

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    And congrats to you, as well!
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CHAQUITA73 1/21/2013 5:54AM

    The show is pretty inspiring, isn't it??!!

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The countdown is on!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I have 58 days until the St. Patrick's day 5k and spring will be here in 62 days! Cue the Swedish band Europe singing Final Countdown!

No more winter hibernation mindset for me! I am going to focus on a springtime activity mindset from here on out.

On my bulletin board over my desk at work, I have the 5K flyer posted and I wrote my time from last year on it (34:25). I also have two inspirational quotes: A year from now, you will wish you had started today by Karen Lamb and Being an athlete is a state of mind which is not bound by age, performance or place in the running pack. by Jeff Galloway.

Now cue Alicia Keys singing This Girl Is On Fire!

If you don't already, pick a goal to achieve by the first day of spring, even if it's as small as organizing your junk drawer or as large as running a marathon. Take baby steps every day to get there!

Happy Springtime Thoughts!

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TDEMAIO2 1/18/2013 6:41AM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/17/2013 3:42PM

    Great advice! I have my goals and training plan written down. One of these days I should actually post them on my page. That should keep me accountable, just like that food tracker!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

I've been called for jury duty three times in my life and this time was the first time I had to do more than sit in that big room reading.

I've always been afraid of serving. I don't feel I'm intelligent enough to decide anyone's fate but I know it's my civic duty and I take that very seriously.

I got a book out of the library a few days before and settled in for a day of reading. That lasted about an hour and a half before my name was called with the second group they came to pull in. My stomach did flips.

We were all seated in the jury box and the voir dire began. We all had to tell everyone our names, where we lived, worked, spouses, kids names and ages along with where they worked or went to school. Public speaking of any kind is NOT my thing!

I sound like I'm under water when I speak in front of any kind of audience. When I told my kids ages, I had to stop and think for a second and then wondered if I said the right ages after I said it. After a couple hours, they dismissed a few people and I wasn't one of them. With a big smile on his face the judge said "To those of you that are still here, congratulations you have been selected."

Inner dialogue started... what congratulations, there's no congratulating me, I'm a nervous wreck, I don't want to decide anything, what if I'm wrong, what if nobody agrees with me, I'll be Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men or Edith Bunker on All in the Family when she served. I'm like Rex in the movie Toy Story.... "I hate confrontations!" I will go out of my way to avoid an argument. My ex-husband may disagree but that's a horse of a different color.

Then I started to worry about my spark streaks.... my water intake, walking every day, 5 fruits and veggies. How will I accomplish all that sitting in a jury box all day???

They showed us to the jury deliberation room where we would meet each day, where we would get sent to when lawyers needed to talk about things we shouldn't hear and then finally to deliberate. We were to only use the bathroom in that room, we could not be out in the halls at all unless we were coming and going to lunch. Let me tell you, I have a bladder the size of a pea and that bathroom was WAY not sound-proofed enough for my comfort!!!!!

Since I didn't have to be in court till 9:15 each day, I got up at my usual time about 5:30am, had some fruit and two glasses of water, then showered, then breakfast that included another fruit or vegetable or both.

We had to leave our cell phones in our cars, no devices allowed in the building with photo capabilities. So each day at lunch time, I walked up the 60+ stairs of the parking garage to call my husband to say hello before walking to get something to eat.

I ate at Subway and was very proud of myself. I ordered the chicken breast sandwich with some veggies, no condiments, a bag of apple slices and a bottle of water. I ate slow and read my book some more.

After I ate, I went for a brisk, 10 minute walk since we are having unseasonably warm weather here in the Chicago area. I made good use of Subway's bathroom before and after lunch so I could avoid 11 people listening to me at a time that you don't want strangers listening to you!!!

The case lasted three days. So for two nights and three days, I worried that I must be missing something. Each day I listened and waited for some amazing piece of evidence and it never came.

I lost sleep. It was killing me not to discuss it with my husband to get some insight as to what I should be thinking about but that is a Bozo no no!

So each day, I managed to get all my water and fruits and veggies in, ate healthy at Subway, climbed the 60+ stairs to call my husband and got my workouts done in the evening. I also continued to stress about the fact that I do not want to vote in favor of the plaintiff!

Both sides rested their cases and we were told to come back the next morning to receive instructions and begin deliberations. They said to let our families know that once we start deliberating, we will not be allowed to go home until we are done. I felt acid in my stomach. This is it, I thought, the story will hit the evening news, "lone juror holds up deliberations on a simple civil case."

When we were sent to deliberate, everyone started giving their opinions and they were the same as mine. It was the first time I felt I could breathe for three days. What a relief! While we documented our verdicts, they gave us Giordano's pizza. Sorry to say, I scarfed three pieces, sausage and pepperoni and a large bottle of Pepsi. It's rare that I can finish a can of pop these days, let alone this big bottle.

My relief came to an end when the bailiff led us back to the courtroom to give our verdict. My heart pounded like a cartoon character. I felt like people could see it thumping all the way down the hall ahead of me! I worried about the plaintiff getting angry but they showed no emotion which of course made me nervous too. I'm always worried.

When I got home, my husband took me out to Lou Malnati's.... more pizza, beer and bruschetta. I felt like a bottomless pit! All that anxiety released in a day full of carb glory! But I really worked the muscles all week so I didn't worry too much about it. I screwed up my fruits and veggies streak but I'm starting over!

I think I have two years before I can be called for jury duty again and I have a lifetime to keep at my spark streaks!


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    I had never heard the term "Bozo No No" before, but I do remember the clown.
Speaking of which, you're no clown for doing jury duty. I've been called a few times, but was dismissed due to moving out of the County, work conflicts, etc. I actually want to do it when I can! I'm glad to hear that you took it as seriously as you did. Everyone deserves that (on both sides) in any matter.
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KELLIEBEAN 1/12/2013 10:19AM

    I'm glad someone got the Bozo reference. Funny, I'm afraid of clowns but. Love me some Bozo! emoticon Thanks for the support!

Judy, I would love to read Sallie's story. I looked through your friends but wasn't sure which one she was.

Thanks for stopping by you guys!

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JUDYAMK 1/12/2013 8:50AM

    I was picked 3 different times for jury duty ,but never served. The first time I remember the judge telling all of us, that every single American should be on jury just to see how the judicial system works in the United States. In Mexico you are guilty until proven innocent the system there is horrible. My friend Sallie an American was falsely accused of doing something she had to spend $12,000 to fight for her case, then she had to worry about the judge taking bribes,which is very common there. She is a spark friend you need to read her story. I hope one day I am picked to serve. You did well on going Good for you

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TDEMAIO2 1/12/2013 8:36AM

    You did very well : ) and pizza every now and then is OK :D I have not herd BOZO NO NO in years lol :D

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