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Whoever Says This is Easy...

Sunday, April 22, 2012 delusional.

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ITCANBEDONE2013 5/13/2014 9:35AM

  Great minds think alike... ok mine is a bit later than yours but this quote is inspiring me at the moment too :)

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COLLIMA 6/29/2012 1:38AM

    Undeniable truth....I wish we could have talked before I gained all of my weight back....


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LASARRE 4/26/2012 2:30PM


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    Why can't it be easy!

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-LINDA_S 4/22/2012 8:41PM

    I just read some of your previous blogs. You look and are doing amazing!

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LINDAB4HIM 4/22/2012 3:04PM

    emoticon FANTASTIC, that hits it right on!!!

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SALEX52 4/22/2012 2:50PM

    so true.

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This says it all...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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KENTUCKYGIRL01 3/29/2012 10:55PM

    I do like this.It says it all !! emoticon

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What a Difference! New Name for a New Life!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The above pictures were taken in December 2010 and just recently, March 2012. I can't believe the difference. In December of 2010 I was at my highest weight ever...within a good binge of 300 lbs. I was in constant pain and my mobility was really suffering. My body was in revolt because of the load I was putting on it. I was seeing myself as a fat old lady driving my scooter around the grocery store because I was physically unable to walk. It scared me. I will NOT spend however many years I have left disabled and in pain.

So now, 40 lbs lighter, I have changed my name from "SPARKLYOLDBAG" to "KETTLEBELLJUNKY". I have turned into a kettlebell believer. I am trotting up and down stairs where just a few months ago I was holding on to the handrail with BOTH HANDS and taking one stair at a time. I am no longer in chronic and constant pain, and as I get stronger and stronger, I am actually believing that I can do WHATEVER I WANT TO DO!

That includes becoming a certified kettlebell instructor by the time I turn 54 (in November). I am going to be able to share my passion with others who are old and overweight, and believing that they will be that way the rest of their lives. That's exactly where I was, and I will NEVER be in that place again, because I am strong and powerful and getting healthier by the day. And I'm going to pull every person I can out of that place and show them what their lives CAN be like!

I am going to be fit and healthy and able to do whatever I want, even paddleboarding and zip-lining when I'm 70 years old!

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SANDJIES 4/22/2013 4:33AM

    You look great! I needed some inspiration and you have inspired me today. Thank you for this blog post. emoticon

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***LISA*** 4/1/2012 10:17PM

    Great post!!! Such a wonderful attitude and amazing changes you have made in yourself! You are an inspiration!

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SCAROUSEL1 3/25/2012 12:56PM

    I love this! I love you! I am so freakin' proud of you! We need to get together soon!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 3/25/2012 10:18AM

    Fantastic post! Way to go !! Finding an exercise that works for you inspires passion to be consistent. The fact that you are becoming an instructor to help others is so inspiring ! I wish you the best :)

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1CRAZYDOG 3/25/2012 9:55AM

    Wonderful! On thing, though . . . 54 isn't OLD! HEE HEE (being said from ME who is 58 and enjoying life like I never have before!

Keep doing what you're doing. It's so wonderful to find your passion AND help others too!

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MAVERICK59 3/24/2012 7:57PM

    This was delightful to read!
You Go Girl!

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BARBARASDIET 3/24/2012 4:28PM

    I remember when you started with the kettlebells! THey just got them at the gym, but I have no idea how to use them. I guess I need to check it out.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/24/2012 1:33PM

    emoticon and good to see you back. keep up the Positive Attitude. I am told that once I have my knee replacement I will be out walking the 35-50 miles per week again without pain.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Today I earned my 25 lb washer back from Weight Watchers!

In 2011, I earned it and quit WW and refatted. So when I re-joined, I gave it back. I earned it again. And then I tore my ACL, quit Weight Watchers, and refatted again.

On January 1st, I rejoined Weight Watchers yet again, and once more, I gave the washer back. My leader told me that I didn't have to, but I told her I didn't want it unless I'd earned it. And that I WOULD earn it back.

I am NEVER EVER giving it back again. This time I'm keeping it!

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DEE1221 3/18/2012 6:39PM

    you go girl!! you can do great things!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 3/18/2012 5:01PM

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Functional Strength

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The definition of functional strength the ability to do everyday activities more easily and without injury. I have been dealing with an ACL tear for over a year, and for the first 6 months, I was in almost constant pain, barely able to walk across the room, let alone up or down stairs. With the inactivity I got more and more fat as I soothed my frustration with my immobility and chronic pain with food.

Finally I started physical therapy, and I became functional enough to be able to enjoy my trip to Japan. When I returned, I had regressed quite a bit with the injury, and I started a different kind of physical therapy, which included trigger point and Pilates. It’s been 4 months since I started that, and I am noticing every single day that I am doing things with ease and NO pain…the same things that would have been impossible or excruciating 6 months ago. I’ve also started training with kettlebell again, something that I LOVE, but I gave up over a year ago when I first injured myself.

For me, functional training is simply training to improve my everyday life. Going up and down stairs, carrying in groceries, loading and unloading supplies for conferences. I don’t care if I ever wear a single-digit size, or a two piece swimsuit, but I *DO* care if I’ll be able to be active and healthy for the rest of my life, including going zip-lining when I’m 70! My priorities and motivation for losing weight and getting fit have changed very dramatically.

Pilates and Kettlebell are the major components of my functional training and are noticeably leading to better flexibility, balance and stability, as well as amazing core strength. I hope to become certified in kettlebell before the end of the year, provided I can lose enough weight to be able to perform a “flexed hang” for 15 seconds. A flexed hang is basically hanging on a bar in the chin-up position for 15 seconds with your chin not touching the bar or going below it. I practiced a little at the gym yesterday on the assisted pull-up machine, and if I weighed 100 lbs I could pass that little strength test right now – *snort* My Pilates trainer has already agreed to exchange private Pilates training for private kettlebell training! LOL!

Something else that I’ve discovered to be true for me: standard resistance training machines like they have at the gym are of limited use for functional training – their fixed patterns rarely mimic natural movements, and they focus the effort on a single muscle group, rather than engaging the stabilizers and peripheral muscles, as Pilates and kettlebell do. They also caused my leg to flare up pretty bad, so I don’t do them anymore at all, except a few of them for upper body.

I am getting stronger by the day. Both physically and mentally. The stronger and more flexible I become, the more I truly believe that I WILL achieve my dreams: a strong and fit body that is no longer “plus-sized”, certification in kettlebell, and zip-lining and paddle-boarding when I’m 70 years old.

And THIS is what I am going to get to commemorate the occasion of earning my HKC!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/11/2012 10:24PM

    Thanks for the good blog. I am getting ready to have knee surgery again. This time they are doing a knee replacement. Just waiting for the state to OK all the paperwork.

Good luck on your recovery.


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THEHEALTHY3 3/11/2012 12:06PM


Functional Fitness is the only way to go!!

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SCAROUSEL1 3/10/2012 1:16AM

    Love this blog and love you too!

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