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My 6-Word Success Story

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

YOOVIE, who if you don't know (what? go visit her spark page immediately) is a very inspirational Sparker and writer, wrote in her blog today about a wonderful Spark article about 6 word stories. The Daily Spark story can be found here:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=wha ts_your_6word_success_story

In this article the author challenges us to come up with our own 6 word success stories.

I came up with a few:

"From couch potato to joyful runner."

"Lost World's Largest Ball of Tape."

But my favorite one is depicted in the picture below:

"Lost 80 pounds. Gained new life."

In oh, so many ways than one. I love my new life. Thank you, Lord.

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GRACEISENUF 2/26/2011 2:20PM

    That's good stuff...VERY good stuff!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/23/2011 8:16PM

    Love it!

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ANNEKATHLEEN 2/22/2011 11:54PM

    You are simply fantastic!

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FREES1 2/22/2011 10:09PM

    Live that new life to the fullest while you are still young!
And congratulations!

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JENJESS48 2/22/2011 7:53PM

    Very cool. I'll have to cogitate some more on this one; I'm not the natural writer you and Jenn are. :)

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TEMPEST272002 2/22/2011 5:53PM

    Love it! "Transformed by commitment and healthy choices."

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YATMAMA 2/22/2011 5:50PM

    Mine was something like: Accountability + Activity = A Brand New Me!

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PPLUNICORN 2/22/2011 5:06PM

    Awesome!! Love this!

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    LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! You are amazing partner!

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KITHKINCAID 2/22/2011 4:26PM

    I'll have to think about this one...perhaps "Buff Body Born From Fatty Flesh" - hehe. I like alliteration.

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CHICAT63 2/22/2011 4:20PM

    emoticon so fantastic, amazing that we can and our doing it !

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JMEPAYNE 2/22/2011 4:13PM

    awesome! emoticon

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My boot camp workout

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our challenge this week was to create our own boot camp workout. Here's mine, enjoy!

MAIN CHALLENGE: Create a Boot Camp Workout
Create a HARD workout for the main challenge this week. Think Level 2 or 3 of 30 Day Shred, Cathe, Turbo Jam, The Firm, HIIT - things that REALLY push you. You can create a cardio routine, a strength routine, or a blend of both, but it should be challenging and at least 50 minutes long.

BONUS: Do Your Workout
For bonus points, do your workout and blog about it. I will do this on Wednesday or Friday and blog about it.


(Feel free to steal this and use any part of it that would be helpful to you).

• Warm up with light cardio (Coach Nicole’s Walking workout, Leslie Sansone 1 mile, Walking, marching in place, etc.) (10 minutes)

• Cardio: Coach Nicole’s kickboxing workout (10 minutes)

• Boot camp: Complete all 20 exercises for a 20 minute workout, performing each exercise one after the other for 60 seconds each. (You can also repeat the series 2-3 more times for a longer workout.) Perform 10 reps of each, march in place for a few seconds and repeat 10 more reps until you've hit the 60 second mark.

o Jumping jacks
o Push ups
o Triceps dips
o Biceps curls (using 2-5 lb. weights)
o Side bends (using 2-5 lb. weights)
o Side planks
o Standing abduction
o Side twisting
o Burpees
o Walking lunges
o Jump rope
o Squat jumps
o Squat thrusts
o High jogs
o Stairs: Run up and down the stairs at my house
o High knee drill (running in place, elevating knees with each step)
o Ski jumps (lateral jumps keeping feet together)
o Crunches
o Reverse crunches
o Bicycle crunches

• Cool down with 10 minutes of light cardio and stretching

Total workout time: 50 minutes.

Images from South Florida Sports Leage and USMC fitness boot camp.

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SKFEREBEE 2/24/2011 3:15PM

    This is perfect timing! I was trying to come up with some exercises I could do in the backyard while my son is outside playing, and many of these will fit the bill. emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/22/2011 6:51PM

    Nice job! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 2/22/2011 6:05PM

    You are going to emoticon this workout! Can't wait to hear how it went.

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SGTSUNNY 2/22/2011 4:20PM

    WOW! Great workout! You go girl! I think I will attempt some of these.

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UNICORN212 2/22/2011 2:52PM

    LOL - What are Burpees? Not sure if I have heard that term used in conjunction with exercise...

I wish I could do all of these! You rock!

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YATMAMA 2/22/2011 2:48PM

    You GO girl!!

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OFFDREA 2/22/2011 1:38PM

    BRUTAL!!!! Great job kathy!!!!!

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KITHKINCAID 2/22/2011 12:51PM

    holy crap. i'm gonna stick with running around the block :) i'm an ST wimp!

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BONJI40 2/22/2011 12:12PM

    Wow! Thanks for the ideas....I'm trying to come up with my own workout for the challenge too, and I'm at a loss!!

Great work!

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FREES1 2/22/2011 12:07PM

    awesome workout! you go girl!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 2/22/2011 11:25AM

    Great job! I love it!

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    Oh my goodness I love the picture! What an AMAZING workout! Reminds me of p90x and bootcamp mixed. Ya girl! ROCK IT!

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Musical Inspiration - 2 Play Lists (PUSH Challenge)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our challenge this week was to create two playlists that are 60 min. each, mine may be a few minutes over that, but I've included warm up and cool down songs.


Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)/3:01/B.o.B/Warm Up 1
Opposite of Adults/3:14/Chiddy Bang/Warm Up 2
Huddle Formation/3:11/The Go! Team
Bump/5:19/Spank Rock/
Jerk It/3:52/Thunderheist
Rock That Body/4:29/The Black Eyed Peas
Northshore/2:04/Tegan and Sara
I Like It (feat. Pitbull)/3:52/Enrique Iglsias
Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)/3:28/Kanye West
Wolf Like Me/4:39/TV on the Radio
Crown On the Ground/3:49/Sleigh Bells
Pump It/3:33/Black Eyed Peas
Favourite Colour/2:38/Tokyo Police Club
Mountain Top/3:16/Bedouin Soundclash
Block After Block/2:56 Matt & Kim/Cool Down 1
Sexual Healing/4:36/Hot Chip/Cool Down 2

Cameras/3:33/Matt & Kim/Warm up 1
Here We Go (feat. Q-Tip)/3:21/Chiddy Bang/Warm Up 2
Boom Boom Pow/4:11/Black Eyed Peas
Break Ya Neck/3:51/Busta Rhymes
Like a G6 (feat. Cataracs & Dev)3:38/Far East Movement
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes/ Could See/3:15/Busta Rhymes
It's Worth Eight Dollars/4:23/Hot Panda
Cha Ching (Cheque 1, 2 Remix)/4:49/Lady Sovereign
Stronger/5:12/Kanye West
Break Your Heart/3:06 Taio Cruz & Ludacris
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go/3:51/Wham!
Jump Around/3:36/House Of Pain
U.N.I.T.Y./4:13/Queen Latifah
Ladyflash/4:16/The Go! Team
Years (By One Thousand Fingertips)/4:04/Attack In Black/Cool down 1
This Year/3:53/The Mountain Goats/Cool Down 2

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CARILOUIE 2/20/2011 8:54PM

    What great playlists! I MUST get some new music... I'll be using your lists for inspiration!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/20/2011 6:02AM

    Great Playlists!

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ANNEKATHLEEN 2/20/2011 1:01AM

    Great things are bound to happen when you have Busta, Enrique, and Taio on a list! These look like fantastic running lists!

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UNICORN212 2/19/2011 12:46PM

    LOL - I think I even recognize a group or two! I must be getting old!

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OFFDREA 2/19/2011 11:09AM

    great list!!!

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SMALLERMELORIE 2/19/2011 11:06AM

    Great Job Kathy, rockin that body.

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MOMFAN 2/18/2011 9:46PM

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ADYLEIGH 2/18/2011 4:14PM

    I love that your kicking it a little ol'school with Wham! and the Pixies for that matter. Debaser is a great workout song. Wolf like me is a good one too. Have fun!

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ADYLEIGH 2/18/2011 4:13PM

    I love that your kicking it a little ol'school with Wham! and the Pixies for that matter. Debaser is a great workout song. Wolf like me is a good one too. Have fun!

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KITHKINCAID 2/18/2011 3:52PM

    Stealing a few of these!

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YATMAMA 2/18/2011 3:42PM

    Good job!!

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    love it partner!

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XTMONT 2/18/2011 12:42AM

    There's some bands here I've got to check out! Thanks!

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PPLUNICORN 2/17/2011 10:28PM

    Nice! Lots of good music!

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FREELADY 2/17/2011 10:25PM

    Thank you for passing this on!

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KSGROTHE 2/17/2011 10:07PM

    They look good! I have to admit that I don't know many of those songs, though.

Good job!

- Karen

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MY_HEALTH_BABY 2/17/2011 10:03PM

    Oooh yeah, I love the Black Eyed Peas....especially diggin the U.N.I.T.Y, emoticon

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PUSH Food Blog - Saturday (Day 7)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There were Krispy Kremes in my house and true to my word I didn't have one! There are STILL Krispy Kremes in my house. But I ain't bitin'.

For breakast I did take a photo of one Krispy Kreme to show that for almost 200 calories I could have had ONE of these...

(doesn't that look greasy?)

Or for a few more calories had...

I chose the latter. More fulfilling and nutritious!! I had some coffee with it.


Then for a snack I did a fun project with the kids and made healthy "Heart Tarts". They are made with Pepperidge Farm whole-wheat deli flats, some light cream cheese and some sugar-free jam. You use a heart cookie cutter to cut a heart in the top piece of bread. (I got this recipe from a great cookbook for kids that has easy recipes).


I had a healthy sandwich with some not-so-healthy Trader Joe's mac & cheese, but I only had a quarter cup of it. It was fulfilling.


I had a healthy smoothie we made with the girls that had fresh strawberries, greek yogurt, a touch of honey and some orange juice and ice chips. I also had just half of a heart cookie.

(couldn't figure out how to rotate it without photoshop)


Some Trader Joe's sushi and my husband and I split some green curry and jasmine rice. I also had a Blue Moon beer, it just goes really well with sushi! (I had eaten one piece of sushi before I took the picture).

p.s. I didn't realize how many calories were in the beer, - 171!! That's nuts. I barely ever drink beer and I don't think I'll have another for a LONG time!

Me with my girls decorating for Valentine's Day today.

p.s.s. I know we use paper plates too much. I do care about the environment...my hubby is our dishwasher and right now with the baby and our toddler it's just easier sometimes to go with paper. But we are trying to change :)

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TEMPEST272002 2/17/2011 10:11AM

    Wow, I'm getting hungry just looking at your blog. Love the heart toast. As to the paper plate issue... when my son was a toddler, I switched to paper for a whole month. I just couldn't stay on top of the dishes with everything else. Cut yourself some slack. This stage won't last forever.

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    awww heart tarts! PRECIOUS!!! such a good job partner!

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FREES1 2/13/2011 2:28PM

    great choices!

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CARILOUIE 2/13/2011 1:59PM

    I love these food blog!
And that donut looks so sad on the plate... the waffles look much better.

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KITHKINCAID 2/13/2011 1:19PM

    Haha - I didn't even notice the paper plates. Hey - you gotta do what you gotta do. And if you could look at MY kitchen right now (I'm single, I'm usually out for at least one meal a day and I don't have children) and realize that it's likely messier than yours will EVER be....hmm...maybe I should invest in paper too. No, no....doing the dishes, right now in fact. Thanks for the boost!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/13/2011 10:10AM

    Everything looks really good. I don't know if I would have been able to take a pic of that donut without eating it! lol Good Job!

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    There is a beer out there called Budweiser Select 55, it only has 55 calories a beer. A real treat.

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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 2:50AM

    Love the pic and the tart!

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YATMAMA 2/12/2011 11:22PM

    You and your babies are so beautiful!!

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PHOENIXK26 2/12/2011 11:01PM

    I love this food blog challenge! Wish I had managed to keep it. It has been so interesting seeing how much folks were eating and the different foods that were being tried. It's really inspired me to get back on the band wagon.

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XTMONT 2/12/2011 10:59PM

    Love those Heart Tarts! Great idea!

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GRACEISENUF 2/12/2011 9:41PM

    Food looks yummy, i love food blogs....my hubs loves Blue Moon when we go on vacation.

Kiddos are way too cute!


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MESEATURTLE 2/12/2011 9:15PM

    I am slipping so much .... The thoughts r driving me insane but I am eating like a pig!!!!
I just open my computer and this is the first blog I read ... Just what I needed to see ... Perfect portion sizes .

Thank u . Lots of hugs!!!!

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PUSH Food Blog - Friday (Day 6)

Friday, February 11, 2011

I was in my calorie range today.



My go to salad at the deli downstairs at work when I don't have time to pack a lunch. Grilled chicken, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm. All the good stuff!



Whole wheat, whole grain spaghetti with shrimp and lite texas toast


I *heart* Valentine's Day...in moderation :)
A yummy salad from the deli at my work, was running late, no time to pack lunch.

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POSITIVE-FORCE 2/13/2011 10:10AM

    Your making me hungry!

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KROLES55 2/12/2011 8:20PM

    Looks yummy!

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    I'm so proud of you partner!!!!!

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TODAYIAM 2/11/2011 11:33PM

    all of that looks yummy!

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XTMONT 2/11/2011 10:41PM

    Salad looks yummy! I'm going to have to rip off that idea!

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