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28 days!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I put in over 1000 minutes of exercise during the 28 day bootcamp just finished. It's so rewarding to feel the new strength in my body, along with the creaking joints of arthritis! I sort of ended with a stumble, though, because I simply forgot to do yesterday's video, though I got in 45 minutes of cardio. I was going to go ahead and claim the reward, but on second thought.... you don't get first place if you lead all the way till right before the finish line, so I think I'll just do the boot camp over again, starting next week (I'm going to leaving town in two days).

I'm sure I'll get some walking in while I'm gone, and I'm going to take my stretch band and my laptop so perhaps I can take advantage of some of the SP videos, but my experience with hotel rooms tells me there's not always room to stretch out on the floor and do anything.

Will be with my husband, who's been gone for 3 weeks. So looking forward to spending time with him, though he'll be working.

Happy summer to everyone!

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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 11:36AM

    Sometimes it's cool to read a lot of blogs at once, kind of like reading the book all at once instead of a page a day. I'm really proud of you for finishing this challenge.
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TRUCKERSMRS 5/31/2012 2:08PM

    Well done on your success with the boot camp and hope you have a lovely time away.


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REXTINE1 5/29/2012 10:49AM

    It's a lifestyle change, so falling off the wagon once in a while is normal, and starting over quickly will be part of the journey. Good luck.

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Day 22 - almost there!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I've been doing way more cardio exercise than is "required" but I'd already started that habit. The daily videos are much easier than the first time around, but I still feel my 68 years when I do them. It's a little sad that when I moved easily and could go all day, I didn't appreciate what I had. Now my body constantly reminds me that it's wearing down.

The consolation is what is driving me.... use it or lose it. Stories about a 94 year old woman still practicing medicine and a former WW II fighter pilot still teaching "barnstorming" and tricks with a bi-plane... that's rewarding to hear. It's been a while since I read those stories, but the year I read it... I almost walked a 1000 miles (984 miles - stopped by too many late night walks and the resulting bronchitis).

My own grandmother lived to be 97, twenty years past my more sedentary and overweight OTHER grandmother. Both fell in their old age, but the active one did not get a broken hip like the other one did... stronger bones because she was more active and took supplements her whole life. This Spark People area if full of those active engaged people. Love it.

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P.S. To those people who like to write really long blogs.... shorten them a little, please? And add some white space.... I see a huge long blog and my eyes cross. I truly enjoy reading blogs.... make it easier! I don't have a lot of time to read blogs, and as much as I like them, the really long ones are daunting! Thank you for considering my plea.

  
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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 11:34AM

    My maternal grandmother was 97 too when she died, and she'd always been active, too.

I know what you mean about not appreciating what we had when we had it, why is that? They need to teach classes about appreciation in school. My daughter is going to start her student-teaching this fall with 1st graders, I'll have to mention that to her.

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BECCASINGSLEAD 5/23/2012 5:50PM

    I know what you mean about the long blog posts! It's kind of hard to read them sometimes. My eyes skip lines!

I, too, am on a quest to stay active! My maternal grandmother is not as active as my paternal grandmother was and there is a real difference in their health and ability to get around and take care of themselves...I so do not want to be a helpless little old lady when I get up in years.

Keep it up, Yvonne!! Whoot!

Becca

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Day 17

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Down 1.6 lbs. since starting. That doesn't sound like much, but it's the first real loss in a month or more... I keep bouncing up and down.

The really cool thing is how much stronger I am. In some ways, I'm in better shape than I was while I was in college, where I existed on a candy bar in the afternoon before I went home for dinner, or maybe some custard... can't believe I ate so poorly.

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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 11:30AM

    I plan on being in the best shape of my life by next January when I turn 60. You are giving me real encouragement!

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TRUCKERSMRS 5/17/2012 1:25PM

    You're doing really well - borne out by how much better you are feeling. Well done. Love the new picture - you look fab.
Keep it up.
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Day 10 - Feeling more fit

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Just watched Dr. Oz and yet another fitness expert on his show. He seems like he's throwing mud on the wall--get a big handfull of information and throw it out there--some will stick to someone somewhere. He seems really fit himself. I've noticed something, though. Watching TV shows about fitness doesn't actually make any changes in MY body. emoticon

I experienced drinking a protein drink the other day that seemed to give me a lot more energy. Going to try it for supper tonight. I'm out of fresh fruit but I've got some frozen blueberries I can put in the mix. With my husband out of town, I'm struggling to cook real meals. It just seems to be pointless when I'm not cooking for someone else, too. There's tons of single SP people out there, I know. Gotta pretend I'm one of them and get serious with these healthful meals.

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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 11:29AM

    I have never tried any of those drinks...I need to get a blender, gave mine away a few years ago cause I never used it. Of course, if I get another one I may never use it either!

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BECCASINGSLEAD 5/11/2012 2:25PM

    I love protein smoothies. I don't make them all that often though because I find myself having them instead of eating real food and I don't want to get into that habit. I realize that they can be as nutritious as a meal but I still don't want to end up relying on liquids for my calories.

Happy Mother's Day!!
Becca

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Day 7 - 83 minutes!!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Just as the day before was a no-energy day, day 7 was a full-of-energy day. It pays to rest! I did 30 minutes of Curves, 45 minutes walking with Leslie, and day 6 and 7 of the bootcamp videos.

I'm gratefully aware of how much more easy the videos are than when I first did them. Definitely more fit, although if you were to meet me, I'd just look like another aging lady. That means..... get acquainted with those aging ladies in your life... they might be pretty cool!

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SILLYHP1953 6/7/2012 11:28AM

    You are right...some of the most open-minded, spiritual, fun-loving people I've ever met did not look like they were. It makes me realize I have more work to do on my pre-judgments.

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