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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

That is what my breasts are going to be come tomorrow! I am going in for a mammogram. It has been several years since I have had one (I know I slack!). Now that I have lost this weight, I have also lost alot of the chest. With that loss, I clearly have some lumpy glands that made the doctor raise an eyebrow. So come tomorrow I am going to get my booby squishing done so we all can be reassured that I just have lumpy breasts! I am a fan of Nip Tuck which new season started last night. One of the main story lines is about breast cancer. The gal who works with the two plastic surgeons wants to have a breast reduction and on the exam, they find a lump. So she goes for a mammogram. The surgeon tries reassuring her that the lump is nothing, even he has had a lump. Her mammogram ends up to be normal but they tell the surgeon he needs to get a mammogram - and of course it ends up to be breast cancer. I think it is great they are going to follow this story line thru the season since breast cancer in men is just not talked about.

On another note: Boot Camp is going well! I have had to adapt a couple times since I can't do certain positions due to my physical limitations. My knees called me all kinds of dirty names when I got down on them. I almost considered buying some knee pads...but then I would have died laughing at myself in the mirror. Instead I doubled up the exercise pad. Much less humiliating. emoticon

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TSOLECKI 2/16/2009 2:07PM

  Do you have a Burlington Coat Factory any where near you?? They have these super duper thick work out mats like an inch thick! I have one because I have bony everything (even with fat on my the bones stick out lol), knees, hips, back and the little thin mats left me with bruises in those areas.

Anyways, just thought I would add that :) Way to go and getting the girls checked out. My mother has never gone and she's 52! I went to school for ultrasound and learning all about that stuff freaked me out knowing she hadn't gone...has she gone since NO! Ugh that stubborn woman! lol

Pam is right about young girls, I was surprised how many I saw when in school..not all cancer but still we have to stay on top of this. The sooner you catch the better chance we have of surviving.

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BKWERM 1/8/2009 6:31AM

    Hope your mammogram goes well without too much pain and with no negative results. I can't do anything on my knees because they hurt so much. That's why I've given up floor exercises and baths.

Take care.

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BINEMELLES 1/8/2009 4:36AM

    i'm scheduled for my first mammogram this year, not looking forward to the squishing too much. but i'd always rather be safe than sorry.
hope yours goes good and you'll rest reassured!
i had to grin about the picture of you wearing knee pads for bootcamp. i usually have very little troubles with my knees, but they make terrible cracking noises when i go too deep into squats. my bf (who ruined his knees before he was 20) always gets the horrors at the sound!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/7/2009 9:10PM

    Happy squishing--just went through mine--and they did the ultra sound too on my lumpy spot. All is well. My mom died from BC and my aunt and cousin (mom's side) both had it and were treated successfully. So go get checked everyone. emoticon

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    Breast cancer is also more common in young, twentysomething women than many might think. Everyone, touch your boobies! Its important for your health. Good luck with your boob-o-gram, Kierae.


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Day 1 Boot Camp

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Boot Camp started today. I actually started yesterday with the new work out routines. I am rotating upper and lower strength exercises with core every day. My goals for this bootcamp is to meet the fitness goals and just tone up. I don't care if the scale moves, although hey if it does BONUS! I just am hoping to add in some variety into my routines via the bootcamp so that I can change things up as the weather waxes and wanes.

Current measurements:
chest - 35.5
waist - 27
lower waist - 30
hips - 34
left thigh - 20
right thigh - 20
left upper arm - 11
right upper arm - 11
left calf - 14
right calf - 14

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    Its time for me to measure myself again, too. Thanks for the reminder and good going on starting a new fitness routine. I have to get back at mine.

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/4/2009 9:48PM

    You go gal! I can't wait to hear your progress!

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CAKEBAKER05 1/4/2009 8:39PM

    Hurray for you!! Sounds like good advice!! I started the Boot Camp today and did my first blog! It's kind of scary!!

Take care!!! emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/4/2009 8:24PM

    Yea Kierae! emoticon

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Reaching for the Sky

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Today while I was walking Abe on the beach, my neighbor was out on the water kite boarding. As I watched him surf the air currents, the sound of the waves crashing, the sun glistening off the water, I was wishing it was me - even though it was 35 degrees outside. When I was in Alaska, I was suppose to go windsurfing until I got sidelined with a couple surgeries (my total hip replacements). The surgeries took me out of the game and all I could do was watch from the land. So once again, today as I watched from the beach, that yearning came back. I am so drawn to wind, water, and that ability to soar. Pierce and I talked when he came back to shore. He knows how I feel about it since we both talked about growing up on a beach. We came to the conclusion that it may be possible that I can attempt to kite board with some accommodations. I will have to work for the next several months to build up some muscles, particularly in the core - which is part of my plan anyways. If I can do that and if we can find the equipment to adapt, then I am so going to try. Just don't squeal me out to my docs okay? emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 1/4/2009 12:09PM

    That sounds like so much fun! Plan, train, and then just do it!! But is there room for Abe to do it with you? emoticon

My goal for 2009--have more fun--and you should too!

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BINEMELLES 1/4/2009 12:08PM

    wow, this would be wonderful if it was possible!
my bf has ruined both his knees skateboarding in his teens and has a strict "no-no" on everything that is an impact on his knees today. but i can still feel that little tug and pull on his heart every time we see somebody skateboarding or surfing.
i soooo hope your dream will come true!

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/3/2009 10:16PM

    That sounds so fun! I hope you get the chance to do this! You go gal!

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HUGS2013 1/3/2009 9:30PM

    I think with muscle building, some solid planning, the right accomadations and a little luck I can see it happening. Just make sure we get to see the picture cos it will be ....or course...PRICELESS! Go get 'em girl! Hugs

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/3/2009 9:19PM

    Make it happen! Yea!

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    That is a terrific goal. If anyone can achieve it, you can!


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Muscles...what muscles??

Friday, January 02, 2009

I went to a physiatrist today. I have been having tailbone pain for the last month and my doc wasn't sure how much was related to my arthritis and lower back issues or if it was something else. She expected him to inject me with cortisone (which lets face it - did NOT sound like a good time). Now if I had this appointment 2 weeks ago, I would have gladly taken the injection. As it was, between cancellations due to being snowed in and holidays, the pain resolved on its own by a good 50-60%. Enough in my book to not do an injection. The doctor confirmed that it appears to be arthritis and all part of the lower back issues. Of course there isn't a cure but there is a way to hopefully avoid further episodes and that is to build up the musculature. Which I have NONE. I am already referred to a physical therapist to try to come up with an upper torso strengthening program that will take in all the bionic joints with their respective weight and range of motion (or lack of) issues. I already have core exercises I am doing for the lower back. And now I get to sort out the lower half - again working around limitations. Good times - I foresee myself doing daily strength exercises now along with my daily cardio.

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    I have no doubt that you will come up with the best program for you. Your determination and motivation are inspirational.


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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/3/2009 9:31AM

    You are the bionic woman and thank G-d you are the motivated, determined person you are that will DO these exercises in order to stay active. Blessings to you in the New Year.

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New Years Anniversary

Thursday, January 01, 2009

In the past, I was never big on resolutions - only because I never followed through on them. Let's face it. Most folks make resolutions and then within a month/days/minutes - they have tossed them out the door. On January 1, 2007, I was asked if I was going to make any resolution for the new year. I had been really unhappy with my weight, watching the scale creep up and afraid that I was going to see 200 pounds in the near future. I had been researching various diet plans the week prior. I knew I wanted a lifestyle way of eating. Something that wasn't so black or white in rules or at least not so concrete that I couldn't figure out a way to adapt it. I did not want to be on a DIET. I needed to make this a permanent way of eating. On that first day of 2007, I began the South Beach diet. It was the first time that I fully embraced the lifestyle thinking versus the diet mentality. And it was the best decision I made for my health and for my future. I look back on these last two years and see how much weight I have lost. I can see all of the things I now can do that I haven't been able to physically do. Is this journey over? Not by any means. I am now focused on the exercise component since it too is necessary for me to be truly healthy. My resolution for 2009 is to continue to lead by example for others and be as healthy as I possibly can be. Oh and to eat another 1642 1/2 cups of veggies again!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/1/2009 9:44PM

    Yummy picture! Movement is a big part of the picture for me too!

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