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Two For Tuesday

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Radio stations do “two for Tuesdays” so I’m doing it too. It’s a double shot of Kellie blog today, comin acha live from the Midwest.

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Last night was the first yoga class at my library since before Christmas. I have been fine doing the SP yoga videos but I really missed my Monday night “me” time at the library. I always went a little early and read a book for a bit. The instructor’s soothing French accent has a wonderful effect on me.

I forgot how challenging some of the poses can be but my body quickly said “no problem, we’ve got this” so I found my focal point, tightened up my core and let my body respond. As I pulled off a rather nice tree, the instructor talked about how we all come from different backgrounds, we are all strong and should never be afraid to stand up and be noticed. I felt my tree pose improving as she spoke. That moment is my lesson for the week.

When I got home, my Labrador was begging for the walk I didn’t have time for before I left. I got MAJOR Labrador pouty face on my way out. I grew up with so much catholic guilt that a Labrador can give me a guilt trip in my 40s!

Since it wasn’t quite dark yet, I threw a hoodie over the light jacket I wore to yoga and we were off. I REALLY should have changed into jeans instead of going out in my short yoga pants, AND brought a pair of gloves. HOLY ICICLES batman! That was a COLD 15 minutes!


I was looking for another challenge to join last week so I picked this one since sometimes I get a major sweet tooth. I gave up chocolate and pop for lent but didn’t feel like it was much of a sacrifice since I did so well. I then felt a little bad joining the sweet tooth challenge; not much of a challenge I thought.

Well, Easter Sunday woke the monster that has been asleep for 40 days! As Gene Wilder said in Young Frankenstein…. “It’s ALIVE, it’s ALIIIIIIVE!”

We got together Saturday for Easter with the family; DH had to work Easter Sunday so I spent the day cleaning, doing laundry and walking the dog, not even a flicker of a thought of junk food. I finally decided to relax for a change, catch up on shows I recorded.

It hit me, ‘hey, I can have pop with some Tostitos and salsa!’ After I polished all that off, the monster said, “hey, there’s still some Reese’s peanut butter eggs left!’ After two of those, the monster sang sweetly to me, “ooooo DH bought nutty bars” so I had one of those and a big glass of milk. I stopped and thought ‘what HAPPENED to me?!’ I quickly went out for another walk.

I made a ham, mashed potatoes and corn for DH when he got home from work and went WAY overboard eating the potatoes. As Jim Carey said in the movie Mask…
“Ssssssomebody sssstop me!” I was really angry at myself and had a bad stomache ache going to bed!

So it looks like I need this challenge after all. I am finishing week one by jotting down my thoughts about my cravings. Onward to week two!


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FITMAMA_ 4/8/2013 2:27PM

    Hope you're back on track this week! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/6/2013 8:36AM

    Hey we all fall off the wagon sometimes. You had a good time with your folks.
Just balance it out over the coming week, you'll be fine.

Have a great weekend my friend emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/5/2013 8:05AM

    We all win some and we all lose some. I just had a snack attack myself yesterday ! What matters most is that we don't beat ourselves up too badly and that we have more good times than bad ones. Keep the Spark going emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 4/3/2013 6:32AM

    This is life and you enjoyed it with your family : ) Tomorrow just do a little extra in your workout or walk just a little longer- You are an inspiration emoticon

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TINYRUNNER-GIRL 4/2/2013 11:00PM

    Awww- this stuff happens. April will be great - I think sometimes it's good to have a taste so you remember how icky it makes you feel? I had some jelly beans and I looked like a kid on the monkey bars with a juice box. Now even that has lost it's lustre:)
Love the treepose lesson - will try it tonight and see if my stability improves!

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MAGGIEVAN 4/2/2013 8:05PM

    It is great that your yoga is back on. As for the sweet monster, you know what to do. Find something without the calories to replace that stuff with e.g. sugarless gum etc. Every moment is a new beginning. Make sure yours count.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2013 4:47PM

    It just goes to show that our demons may be dormant, but they NEVER die!

Now that Easter is over I bet you will be getting back on track. April is going to be a GREAT month!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/2/2013 3:17PM

    Yoga sounds great . Glad you got your class back.

Labs can make ANYONE feel guilty. It is one of their talents!

Chalk yesterday up to experience and just learn where and how you fell off track. You can then have a plan if you find yourself in that situation again.

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LORILEEPAGE 4/2/2013 3:16PM

    You can fight that monster! He came by my house on Easter too. Except mine came at me first because I was angry, which evolved into eating from my disappointment in myself, which led to going for comfort foods. A three part binge. The week is off to a good start! We can do it!

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Dance Walk

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The leader of a fitness challenge I am a part of for charity, recently emailed a link to a video about dance walking. I have watched this video every day for a week, wishing I had the courage to dance walk in public.

Since it was FINALLY sunny and felt like spring today, I went for a run. At the end of my run, as the nice lady on my Map My Run app announced my time, I did a little dance move in celebration. Then I remembered the dance walk video and for the last couple hundred feet home, I danced.

I felt completely rediculous for a a few seconds and then, I just felt really really good. I also thought about the Friends episode where Rachel was too embarrassed to run with Pheobe because she ran like a small child, arms and legs flailing around.

As Rachel learned by the end of that episdode, who cares who's watching. Let yourself go and feel happy.

If you have never seen it, here is the link. Go ahead, dance like nobody's watching....

Each day I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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LEVELPATHS 4/6/2013 9:22AM

    Cool dance walk! :-)

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BIGPAWSUP 3/31/2013 1:38PM

    I'm such a nut - I've done stuff like this. I actually got caught dancing through the office one morning my boss came in early (I open on Tues and Thurs and am USUALLY alone for about an hour.)

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DARLY55 3/31/2013 11:52AM

    That is so neat! Looks like fun let's go! emoticon emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 3/31/2013 8:52AM

    OMG I love that video :D Thank you for sharing woo hoo : )

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NEWLYWEDSHED35 3/31/2013 5:19AM

    I so loved this blog and the video. I'm very inspired.

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NEW-CAZ 3/31/2013 2:34AM

    emoticon idea. Such fun just to let it all go and enjoy!
You'd probably get arrested for it over his emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 3/31/2013 2:20AM

    Loved the idea!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/30/2013 11:16PM

    Yea for you! Great job! Sounds like you had fun too!

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A Night At The Gym

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Our story begins in the group classroom where trainer boy brings out the Bosu and the 8 lb. weights. I step up with my right foot and do a shoulder press, switch legs, 10 reps and then same thing with bicep curls, repeat three times.

Next we hit the floor for ab torture, I mean work. I use the word “we” loosely of course. First up, holding an 8lb. ball, knees bent, I do full sit-ups, pushing the ball overhead as I come up 10 times. I actually love this because a year ago, I could not sit all the way up.

Then, legs up at a 90 degree angle, sitting up, leaning back at an angle, keeping back straight, abs engaged, twist right, left right and then left, right, left etc, 10 times. THEN the killer, lay down, arms outstretched overhead, pull in abs and bring straight legs up and arms to meet, 10 times. Does anyone hear the chainsaw across my abs?? Then repeat all of the aforementioned ab moves three times. By the last three reps in the third set, the chainsaw gets louder and I look like a fish floundering out of water.

After trainer boy peels me off the floor, we are off to the main part of the gym to what I affectionately refer to as the “he-man area” (many large-muscled men in this area) for TRX and kettle bell. I have graduated from the 15 lb. kettle bell to the 26.4 lb. Three sets of squats holding the kettle bell in front of me, then bringing the kettle bell up to shoulder height in front of me as I stand.

Some of you may have seen previous status updates where I profess my love for TRX. It is SO hard and SO rewarding! For those not familiar, you can see TRX advertised on the SP website or google it. First up, holding on to the handles, I lean back at an angle, arms straight out in front of me. Keeping everything in line and tight I pull myself up to standing 10 times.
Then, still holding on to the handles, one leg out in front of me, I do one-legged squats and pull myself back up to standing. Here comes that chainsaw across my thighs. 10 times. Then lunge back and pull myself back up to standing 10 times each leg.

Next I do pushups using the TRX straps… holding on to the hand grips, leaning towards the floor at an angle and do pushups. I hope that makes sense, I’m essentially doing pushups in midair. It takes a lot of work not to let my arm fly out to the sides. Then lather, rinse and repeat all moves three times. At this point I am a sweaty mess, even my hair.

Trainer boy leads me back to the group classroom; I’m now following him around a little more slowly with my jell-o legs and my knuckles dragging the floor. Out comes the bosu again, flipped upside down. I had to hold on to the sides, in plank position, pull right knee in towards left elbow, then left knee toward right elbow, 10 times, and repeat this set three times. My hands kept sweating so much I almost slipped off but I held it together.

Then he gives me the band, unfortunately not the Beatles or Van Halen. bah ha! I step on the band and lift arms straight out the sides, then out in front, then bicep curls, 10 each, repeated three times. To distract myself from my burning shoulders, I watched a very petite young girl in very small, tight pants, teeny sports bra and high-heeled silver shoes. The trainer with her was guiding her through different poses, I overheard “judging” and “competition” so I watched intently, imagining what she was training for and admiring her muscle tone.

As you can imagine, my arms are like jello at this point so of course, on to the chest press machine, one arm at a time. I bumped it up to 50 lbs and OY VEY!!! I focused on the TV overhead. NCIS Los Angeles was on and John Corbett was on. What a wonderful distraction!

But wait there’s more. I can’t remember what it’s called but it has a platform, maybe five or six inches off the ground and it vibrates. For about ten minutes, I did a mini step aerobic workout on this thing. It is very odd stepping on and off this vibrating platform.

This concludes this broadcast of My Night at the Gym. I am proud to say I am long past being self-conscious at the gym. I look like a dork doing these moves and I embrace my dorkiness. Looking like a dork at the gym is better than how I look when I’m vegging on the couch with snacks and the remote.

To distract myself from the pain, I used the he-men and the teeny tiny girl in high heels as focal points; I look at the colors of their shoe laces, how their shorts and t-shirts match or do not match etc. oh yeah, and John Corbett on tv!

Have a wonderfully wicked wild Wednesday!


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    HEHE:) Sounds like one of my gym adventures!

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MESEATURTLE 3/31/2013 2:22AM

    very inspiring!!!!! emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 3/28/2013 6:59AM

    WOW! you ROCK : ) I am sweating just reading what you did :O emoticon PS your not a dork your AWESOME :D

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BIGPAWSUP 3/27/2013 3:40PM

    Wow - color me IMPRESSED!! I couldn't do Half of that!

Way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 3/27/2013 1:17PM

    emoticon emoticon you're amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TORTISE110 3/27/2013 1:14PM

    You are pushing! I bet you are surprising yourself and I doubt the dork thing, but if you insist, I am proud of you for keeping on keeping on. emoticon emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 3/27/2013 1:09PM

    Kelli! OMG you tired me out in the first paragraph! You have amazing stamina! You should feel SO GOOD about yourself!

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Remember Time for Timer?

Friday, March 22, 2013

If you grew up in the 70s, you may remember good ol Timer. I enjoyed those Saturday morning PSAs between cartoons when I was a kid. Those little ditties still bounce through my head every now and again.

Timer taught us to eat breakfast, put together a quick snack, that we are what we eat and how to make sunshine on a stick... among other gems.

I just caught the extended weather forecast and it was quite the downer to say the least. Time to stop griping about the weather. I've been a broken record about it for days so enough of that!

I decided to treat myself to a little childhood distraction, jumped on you tube and searched Time For Timer.

I just took a quick trip down memory lane. If you remember Timer or even if you have no idea what I'm talking about, take a break from the day and walk with me down memory lane...

As the Partridge family sang.....Come on Get Happy!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/23/2013 8:14PM

    Thanks for the fun trip down memory lane. So cute!

I hope the weather forecast is it often is around here!

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TDEMAIO2 3/23/2013 9:53AM

    WOW I remember :D I just went back in time :D Thank you!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/23/2013 9:36AM

    thank you so much! That was awesome! I just felt like I was 6 again.

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NEW-CAZ 3/23/2013 4:05AM

    Remember the Partridge Family well!

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GRACEANNE46 3/22/2013 11:32PM

    I remember these. We used to make those ice cube tray treats. Wow, these PSA's have been burned into my brain. Thanks for the blast from the past. (Now I really hanker for a hunk o' cheese. )

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St. Patrick's Day 5K

Saturday, March 16, 2013


I hope everyone is having a fantabulous day! This will be my first blog adding pictures. I hope I do this right.

Today was the second time I ran in our local St. Patrick's day 5K. Last year it was a beautiful sunny morning, about 72 degrees at that time of the day. It was so much fun, I vowed to get better for next year.

This is what I was hoping to look like for another 70-degree race:

I believe it was a balmy 28 degrees this morning. So this is what I ended up wearing (I am on the right):

My daughter (she's on the left) did it with me this year which was wonderful. She lives in the city and I am out in the burbs so it's always a thrill to spend time with her!

She recently landed a job as the general manager of a local fitness center. It was great to have her there to keep me moving!

I didn't think too much about the temperature since I was too worried about being late. Her train came in this morning with just enough time to park and walk a few blocks to the gear check and line up.

We made it in plenty of time to get in line and dance around to songs on my Iphone. Okay, I danced a bit and sang a bit, she shook her head and laughed a bit. It's what we do. I have only done a few races and I just LOVE the thrill of taking off with everyone!

I lost her at just over two miles. I slowed down a bit, the cold air finally got to me. I picked it back up and was thisclose to catching back up to her and I got snarled in a slow moving group.

With about two blocks to go and the finish line in site, my legs were done but I channeled spark member BIGPAWSUP and told myself "oh HELL no you are NOT slowing down now!" I pushed it, grunted and chanted 'COME ON" "COME ON" out loud until I crossed the finish line.


My time, drum roll please...... 34:19, six seconds fast than last year!!!! WHOOOO!! I'll take it considering it was such a beautifully, comfortable day last year and today was cold, damp and a little sleet thrown in at the end for an extra good time. I had a huge smile on my face and a tear in my eye when I crossed the finish line. I am SO happy I am strong and active and that I shared today with my wonderful daughter!

Next up, a charity 5K next month. Fingers crossed for better weather and a few more seconds off my time!


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FITMOMINNJ 3/26/2013 3:20PM

    Congrats Lady:) Love the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 3/18/2013 4:12PM

    Yes, yes, yes! You go for it, girl! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/18/2013 9:40AM

    Fantastic! Great job!!

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-AMANDA79- 3/17/2013 10:23PM

    Great time and super cute pics!!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/17/2013 11:49AM

    You and your daughter are so cute! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day! And congrats on your improved time in less than the best conditions!

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DARLY55 3/17/2013 8:50AM

    Great account of a fun day, great accomplishment made even more special by having your daughter with you! WOW! I'm excited for you!
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TDEMAIO2 3/17/2013 8:29AM

    WOO HOO Your AWESOME emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2013 3:59AM

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May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows your dead..
An Irish Blessing

Have a wonderful day babe
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HOLLYM48 3/16/2013 10:11PM

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I just signed up for my first 5K because after reading all these blogs, it just seems like such a fun thing to do. Great job! Way to rock that St. Patty's Day 5K! emoticon

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AM_MORRIS87 3/16/2013 10:11PM

    YAAAAY! I'm so proud of you! It's also so great to see pics of you and your daughter! I'm glad you had a great time, and I wish I could have been there to run it with you lol!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/16/2013 8:41PM

    Oh I am SOOOO proud of you! How awesome! Oh HELL YEAH!!!!

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_LINDA 3/16/2013 8:28PM

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That is great! You look awesome as does your daughter! What a fun way to spend the day! No races here -huge piles of snow and ice on the ground and -9 F temps :P A good day for indoor exercising. Our winter has lasted six long months and counting, with the first heavy snowfall happening Oct 15. There are some bold, hardy runners that get out in it, but its just too bad for any races to be held.
Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!

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    That's awesome!


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