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Tennis (yes, there is a picture).

Monday, March 26, 2012

So today I played tennis for the first time in oh, maybe 30 years? lol. It was a lot of fun and I ran and swung and bent and threw... it was a good time. When I logged it, it said I burned over 11oo calories. I feel like that was overkill so I backed it down to something I thought was reasonable. Then, I ate that many calories in cookies.

DOH! head smack! Yesterdays victory, today's defeat...lol. I am not tripping about it but I did stick the cookies in the freezer.

We are going to play again on wednesday and I would like to do this a couple of days a week. It was a heck of a workout and we laughed so much. How can that be a bad thing???

Knees held up but back is pretty sore but I will live...

Thanks for all your support, you guys, and here is a picture for you...

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 3/30/2012 4:35PM

    You better go girl!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/28/2012 11:57PM

    Love it! We tried to play tennis a few times last year and we call it "one ball pick up" because the chances of a volley are slim to none! HA!

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CANNIE50 3/28/2012 10:39PM

    Fun, fun, fun. Great photo, by the way. emoticon

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CALIKIKI 3/27/2012 5:20PM

    So cool. I am thinking of taking tennis at the college next fall as one of my PE classes (i take them at the college because the attendance rule forces me to be there and it is cheap!!)

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IMIN2GENES 3/27/2012 12:18PM

    Cool! You're lookin' good. Hope you have just as much fun today!
Chris

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1CRAZYDOG 3/27/2012 12:17PM

    Good for you!

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 11:20AM

    Love it!!

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CALLIKIA 3/27/2012 9:42AM

    Yay! I love workouts that don't so much feel like "work." ;)

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/27/2012 7:34AM

    Ha - LOVE IT! :)

- Michelle

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DAISY443 3/27/2012 7:26AM

    Big, big way to go!

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GRACEISENUF 3/27/2012 12:19AM

    emoticon emoticon

so fun to do something we haven't done in a long time isn't it?

GO YOU!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/27/2012 12:05AM

    Awesome! I bet tennis is a big workout!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/26/2012 11:20PM

    Love your arms!!!! Great mixing it up!!!

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CELLISTA1 3/26/2012 11:13PM

    Totally cool!

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HGSGUY 3/26/2012 10:31PM

    Great job! I hope the sore muscles are not too bad and playing again will make them feel better!

great job!

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LESLIES537 3/26/2012 10:19PM

    You friggin' ROCK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/26/2012 9:57PM

    I am so proud of you lady!!!

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KAYECAN 3/26/2012 9:57PM

    Jan, you might be sore but you soared today!!! Just look at how happy and energetic you look. Hard to believe you haven't played for over 30 years. You look like the healthiest person on the court!! (yes, I know you are the only one on the court, but you still look the healthiest). WooHoo for you!!!
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BAYBELIEVER 3/26/2012 9:50PM

    Jan! So glad you had an awesome time...but if my eyes don't deceive me, you need some new workout clothes. These look way too big to me! Or maybe they just grew as you were running around?!?

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I ate A cookie!!!!!!! wooohoooo!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Not a typo. I ate A cookie, not 2 not 6 not a dozen. Not licking the bowl, the beater, the spoon. I ate 1 cookie. This is a Christmas miracle for those who don't know me. And for those who do know me (which means you know I have no control over fresh, homemade cookies) I accept the standing ovation I am sure you are giving me right now!

We went to the movies today and saw Hunger Games which I knew nothing about. I really liked it (and hubby and I shared a small unbuttered popcorn...penance for yesterdays pig out? Perhaps). Now I want to read the books, too. Other movies I saw this weekend...
Crazy stupid love( loved it..love Steve carrell and Ryan gosling is just, um, drool!)
Jack and Jill(surprised I liked it as much as I did!)
In time (liked it and that timber lake kid? He is just awesome!)
Ides of march ( um, I wanted to like it but thought it could have been better...maybe it was just me or my mind frame that night)


So that's it for Mama on movies! I wanted to make you guess what I am doing tomorrow but you never would in a million years so I will go ahead and tell you....

I'm gonna go play tennis with my neice and my daughters boyfriend, Artie...lol. this will be so hilarious. It I wanted to try and it seemed like good exercise chasing the ball I won't be able to hit so off I go. Will report back on that tomorrow if I am not in the hospital...lol

You may be wondering why I am gonna play with Artie and not KD, well that's because she got a job! A big, super grown up perfect job...she got hired at Safeway in the bakery! She is cake decorating at a union job with good pay, advancement and in 60 days UNION BENEFITS and retirement which since she has crohns disease is a huge issue to have health care. I'm so proud of her and she loves it so much. My baby has more than a job, she has a career in her field of passion. Does it get better than that? Only if her sister did too! We are working on that one.

So that's it for my stuff tonight. Tune in tomorrow and see how I did at tennis...good night!

  
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TERRYT55 3/28/2012 10:53PM

    Hi Jan.......I want to know how you managed to eat just ONE cookie. I don't seem to be able to do that. For me one cookie turns into a binge.

I can't wait to see the Hunger Games! I loved the books and hear the movie stays true to the book.

emoticon that you can eat just one!

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SARAWALKS 3/26/2012 9:01PM

    emoticon You da ONE COOKIE QUEEN!
Great to hear about KD's job! Keep on rockin' y'all! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/26/2012 7:20PM

    emoticon to KD on her new job...how perfect a job for her! Also way to go on the one cookie, now that is some kind of willpower Jan.

I have been watching alot of movies lately...I love Red Box! I also have Netflix so that gives me some options. I saw a pretty funny one with my DD called "What's your number?" I think that was the name...it was a pretty funny comedy. We had a girls night at the beach.

Let us know how that tennis turned out okay?

Hope you have a great week ahead Mama!

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CALIKIKI 3/26/2012 5:48PM

    Good news all around! Yay!

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CALLIKIA 3/26/2012 2:42PM

    Yay for the great news (both yours and KD's)!!

BTW - In my family we don't even call it tennis anymore. We call it "chase the ball around that we can't hit" so...nail, meet head. Still a great workout and tons of fun (and when you do, by mistake of course, actually hit the ball, it's a great thrill and certainly time for some trash talkin'). ;)

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DAISY443 3/26/2012 12:23PM

    Great news all the way around! Congrats!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/26/2012 11:27AM

    Woohoo on the single cookie! I am very impressed and so happy for KD with her cake decorating job!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/26/2012 10:42AM

    emoticon Good job! One cookie!

Ryan Goesling . . . yup . . . get me the "drool bucket" too! LOL

Have fun playing tennis.

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BAYBELIEVER 3/26/2012 9:41AM

    Awesome! 1 cookie!! Awesome!
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And just a note...I liked the Ides of March at first. Until it ended. And then there seemed to be so much missing...

Hope tennis goes/went well!

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RSANDBERG 3/26/2012 8:55AM

    Wow, I am truly impressed about eating only 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cookie. That is fabulous. Well done. It is a great feeling, I am sure.
Keep up the good work.
Becky

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/26/2012 8:16AM

    Clap-clap-clap!! GREAT JOB on eating only 1 cookie!!! :)

I went and saw the Hunger Games too. I loved it and picked up the book over to the weekend to get all the details I know the movie left out.

I can't wait to see Crazy Stupid Love. I heard it was really good.

Good luck with the tennis.

And a HUGE congrats to KD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome!!

Have a fantastic day.

- Michelle

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BIGMAMAT 3/26/2012 8:12AM

    That deserves a big Woohoooooo! ONE COOOKIE! Bravo!!! emoticon
(Insert applause here!)

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MADEMCHE 3/26/2012 7:53AM

    That is awesome, so happy for you on all fronts! And really, one cookie is AMAZING!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/26/2012 7:33AM

    Way to go Jan!!! Only ONE cookie certainly is an accomplishment, nice! Congratulations to KD, that's fantastic, and I know she'll be amazing = )

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STRIVER57 3/26/2012 3:07AM

    that is all amazing news. yes, applause for a single cookie. i can sometimes manage only two, but ... and what an exciting union job! enjoy chasing the ball.

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CELLISTA1 3/26/2012 2:17AM

    Wait, you saw 5 movies in one weekend???

Having never in my life eaten ONE cookie, I salute you!

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CANNIE50 3/26/2012 2:14AM

    Yay on the one cookie - I bow to your strength - I am not sure this is a feat I have ever actually accomplished. I tend towards none, or too flipping many.... Wholeheartedly agree on the Ryan Gosling drool-factor. Yippee for your girl - that is so great. emoticon Tennis, anyone? Sounds fun!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/26/2012 12:10AM

    I loved In Time!!

WooHoo to just one cookie!! Yes I am applauding you!!

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MARTHROID 3/25/2012 11:46PM

    Sounds like an all around great time you're having!! Hope your week is just as good! emoticon

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it started innocently enough.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My day began at 9 which is really late for me. I am usually up by 6 or 7. Anyway, frank and I walked Stitchy then decided to go to a bigger town and hit a movie and go to lunch. We decided to go to Outback steakhouse which didn't open till 3 so we walked around a mall and killed time. Went to the restaurant and I already knew what I would have which is a 500 calorie steak and veggie meal. Anyway, the drink menu looked really tempting so I ended up with a captain Morgan maitai (210 calories), then frank ordered the blooming fried fattening onion. It serves 6 people for 2000 calories. I still wasn't worried. I figured I would have a few prices. Uh huh. We both just about finished it off, then my meal came. Ate all of that. Oh yeah and a loaf of that yummy brown bread. Then the devil appeared asking about desert. Normally I do not order one. Ever. Too dangerous but frank asked if I wanted to share and of course I said yes, and I would just have a few bites. Yeah we ate that too. So a nice little lunch turned into a 2 days supply of fat, calories and sodium. We were too full to even go to the movies so these little piggies headed home and rented a movie (ides of march). I guess we did have a nice day together but damn, I cannot eat like that anymore! I have food remorse and feel like crap.I did burn a few calories "thanking my husband" for the nice day but geez,eating like that used to be our life!

I am happy we have changed 99% of the time anyway!

  
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TREASURINGLIFE 3/26/2012 8:09AM

    Oh Dear God, you crack me up!!! LOL!!!

- Michelle

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GRACEISENUF 3/25/2012 4:29PM

    Oh have we been there and done that! Maybe next time you can start the date by thanking him and burning some calories before you go! LOL

Today is a new day Mama...don't beat yourself up, we've all been there.

LET'S KICK SOME BOOTY THIS WEEK!

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/25/2012 2:43PM

    Gosh, I miss the Outback ! I haven't been their in ages, loved their breadbasket.

Don't worry, everyone has days when we eat a bit more than we'd like. For the rest of the week, you eat more mindfully. As long as you don't eat at the Outback every single day, once in a while is fine.

Just so that you don't feel too badly, last week when I was visiting a friend, I over indulged in the tiramisu ! Boy, was that good stuff ! Made with real marscapone cheese.... !

A person's gotta live a little !

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RUNNER12COM 3/25/2012 2:26PM

    I think that we need these moments every now and again to remind ourselves how we used to be. The good thing is that you see it for what it was and have already switched back in your head to the person you want to be!

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SARAHSTARTSOVER 3/25/2012 11:26AM

    LOL great blog! It's one day, move on and don't dwell on it, you are doing great and one day in a long string of great ones is nothing.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/25/2012 11:05AM

    hubby!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 3/25/2012 9:33AM

    Oh, that's sooo easy to do in restaurants. But as you said, I used to eat like that ALL the time. Hooray for moderation.

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TARANITUP 3/25/2012 9:10AM

    We have days like those - just gotta keep moving forward! The breadbaskets are usually my downfall - if I blow it on there I seem to then think I have license to continue to blow it! The best laid plans and all that...

By the way I LOVED that movie (Ides of March).

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/25/2012 9:01AM

    I had a reminder yesterday when I ate something I rarely do anymore and was sick all afternoon. You had a nice day together and you learned something so all around good day!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/25/2012 8:14AM

    I'm, glad you had a great day with Frank, and it sucks that food got in the way. I think sometimes we need to have those overboard moments to remind us of where we've come from and how much better our lives are now.

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PJH2028 3/25/2012 7:09AM

    the old ways are interesting to visit. they gave us 'something'. yet the new ways now Feel Better. Hallelujah groovy for that! Go today with what feels better!

my beautiful, remarkable, joyful friend. Onward toward into the new day!! xxop

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CELLISTA1 3/24/2012 11:32PM

    I blame the booze. A margarita or other cocktail is just enough to turn off the switch in my brain that makes me make sensible decisions. Suddenly, I'm just like: oh, sure, I'll have an order of sweet potato fries!

But since it makes us feel like crap - and we are Spark people now - we just don't go there too often, right?

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1CRAZYDOG 3/24/2012 10:09PM

    Well, at least you thank you DH for a wonderful day! HEE HEE

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CANNIE50 3/24/2012 10:02PM

    You crack me up, Jan. What is the saying about the road to emoticon? It is paved with good intentions, and waiters bearing baskets of bread and drink and dessert menus. I loved Ides of March - such a smart, "grown-up" movie. I will be seeing you soon.....

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TERRYT55 3/24/2012 9:46PM

    I do the same thing when my hubby & I go to a restaurant. I almost always have the best of intentions until I see the appetizer menu and all of that fried deliciousness. I'm happy we are good about 80% of the time.

How was the Ides of March? I've been wanting to see it!



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LESLIES537 3/24/2012 9:41PM

    That emoticon appeared...LOL! You crack me up! emoticon Sounds exactly like me everytime we eat at Outback, too! At least you were able to burn some of those calories off...hubba hubba emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Has anyone done CURVES?

Monday, March 19, 2012

What was your experience? Did you like it? What didnt you like about it? Do you still go? Why did you quit?

  
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GRACEISENUF 3/23/2012 12:31AM

    Tried it, hated it. I must admit though it wasn't the exercise it was the gossiping women in the building all around me. I live in a small town and apparently, (unbeknown to me) my local Curves was the hub of "gossip central".

They were literally huffing and puffing and still telling tales. So not the environment I prefer to be in.

I like fresh air. :) I do know people that love the workout and I have seen results on my own Mom when she went years ago.

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NINJA_SMOO 3/20/2012 10:55AM

  My mom goes and has been going for years and she loves it. I've never been myself, but I have enjoyed other circuit-style gyms in the past.

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STSCOTT11 3/20/2012 10:54AM

    I did it and I lost a nice bit of weight years ago.
For anyone who says you don't lose...they weren't eating right along with coming regularly cause IT WORKS.
You go in circles...a few times to music alternating from one machine or exercise to the next.
As for a final decision as to invest in it or not...I think it depends on your fitness LEVEL and WHAT your trying to accomplish.
If your going to spend the moolah...might as well go ahead and get a full service gym membership that has a pool and EVERYTHING.

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/20/2012 10:45AM

    I never tried it so I can't comment if it is any good. I thought about trying it, SP has the e-mail occasionally offering the free trial period but Curves REQUIRES a phone number to take advantage of it which indicates they are going to be pushy and I don't like being pressured.

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CHRISTINA006006 3/20/2012 10:30AM

    I did it when I was just starting out... great for a start up but not challenging enough.

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CANNIE50 3/19/2012 11:50PM

    I tried it years ago and I realized it is better for people who are going from completely sedentary to a beginning exercise program. Get a guest pass and give it a whirl - maybe it is more challenging now. One problem I foresee for you - you will become instantly popular and so many people will be chatting with you that you won't so much as break a sweat! emoticon PS Your girl is a witty one emoticon

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HGSGUY 3/19/2012 9:40PM

    My wife does Curves and loves it. She has been doing it for about 4 years now, or is it 5? She likes a routine and nothing changes there (I think, no boys allowed so I am not sure I know what i am talking about) and she does the same routine every time. She goes 3 times a week. I would like her to work out with me and push herself a bit, I think she would get more results. But she likes what she does there and does not work out at home or spark!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 3/19/2012 6:45PM

    Don't do it! Yes, it did me some good (of course I was 300 pounds so ANYTHING would do me good). It is SOOOO boring! Nothing changes. Ever. The weight doesn't change. You do the same aerobic moves on the little platforms between the machines. Mostly it is a social gathering for old ladies so they can get out of their houses and chat. For fitness purposes, it is an absolute failure.

Have you tried Zumba? That is the only exercise I ever did that I really, really liked. Plus you can usually just do drop-in classes at community centers or somewhere so you're not locked into a contract. I googled "Zumba" and my hometown and found a couple of churches that had Zumba classes at night that only charged $5 per class. It was worth it.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 3/19/2012 4:57PM

    i only went on a guest pass and I like the circuit and the ladies working out, but I didn't think it was much of a challenge. Now this was about 6 years ago and I understand now they have higher resistances available for machines. A friend of mine does zumba @ curves and she loves it.

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TOFUCUTIEPIE 3/19/2012 3:47PM

    And remember, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it with Curves. Just going and carrying on a conversation with the lady next to you while you work out isn't going to cut it. I would work up quite a sweat and be spent when I was done. That's when I knew I had had a great work out. On average I was burning 600-700 calories a workout.

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TOFUCUTIEPIE 3/19/2012 3:44PM

    I did Curves on and off for a few years. My last time there was when the Curves Smart program started. That worked wonders for me. It was like a little personal trainer pushing me on. I got in fantastic shape and consistently lost month after month. I owe Curves for helping me to drop at almost 40 lbs. I stopped going because getting there was a little more involved (walking then taking a bus and needing to leave work exactly on time every time or I would miss the bus and not get there before they closed, another reason for stopping.) It did get boring and monotonous after a little while but the results I was getting was worth it.

I got a free membership to the Y for a month and really liked the location, convenience of the hours, and variety. I love the Y but I don't have the self control to do what I need to do when I go. In the last year, I have only lost 10lbs. and have pretty much stalled out for the past 8 months or so. I am trying to keep with it (been going a year) because to make this a life style, I need to know what to do to at any given chance. I need to know what to do if I can't go to the gym. Curves tells you what to do, when, where, and how. You determine the reps. 30 minutes in and out.

I was one of the few people who really liked Curves and got results. I am younger (early 30s) and not horribly heavy.

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MAMADWARF 3/19/2012 3:09PM

    Thank you everyone for your comments. It really helped. I was telling my daughter some of the comments and she said, "maybe that's why they call it curves, because you will always have them if you go there" bahahahahaha!

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BEHAPPY0201 3/19/2012 3:07PM

    I go and have lost 15pds in 3.5 months. I work up quite a sweat. I do the Curves Smart that ups your intensity as you loose weight and as the computer sees you doing better. I like it, but the year contract is annoying as they are moving and are holding me to the contract. I love that I can go on my lunch as I have a little one and I would get to exercise otherwise.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/19/2012 2:56PM

    I didn't like it. It seemed too easy - so I guess it depends on your fitness level. I can say I liked the structure of their circuit training, because it took all the thinking work out of that part of it but I didn't like that it wasn't hard to do. I was never winded. It seemed more social to me.

Some are different than others - maybe the one by you is a bit more intense? I'd ask for a free one week trial

~Irish

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/19/2012 2:52PM

    It's not very challenging. I went for a while, but I wasn't getting anything out of it. You can't adjust the machines or anything, so the weight that's on them is all you can do.

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/19/2012 2:48PM

    The Curves circuit isnt' much of a challenge. When I started exercising, it was the first thing I did. It definitely can be good for beginners, but won't challenge the normal person or probably give them very noticable results. I know I wouldn't have achieved the 60 lbs I've lost had I stuck with Curves.

The reason I quit was because I didn't like the social aspect of it. I went to three different Curves gyms and at each one, the ladies there were mostly interested in chatting. I didn't like listening to the chatter and I didn't like being talked to because that's not why I was there.

My mom is 55 and enjoys it very much. She's pretty fit, but has admitted that she doesn't like to sweat when she works out, hence why it's a good place for her. She also has made friends and goes to catch up with them. Her gym offers some Zumba classes, where you follow a Zumba instructor on the "recovery stations". They recommend going around the circuit twice for a 30 minute workout, but she often goes around more to get in more of a workout.

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KATESMASH 3/19/2012 2:46PM

    I liked it at the beginning, it was a fun workout.. but I got NO results. Like NONE. I know some people who have had good results (my aunt and her friends).. but I was not impressed.

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DAISY443 3/19/2012 2:16PM

    I love the Y!

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MISSFORTE 3/19/2012 2:15PM

    I heard not great workouts too short time

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BAYBELIEVER 3/19/2012 2:13PM

    Great question! I wondered too and am appreciating the answers.

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TARANITUP 3/19/2012 2:13PM

    I've heard the same as others... not so great feedback.

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JITZUROE 3/19/2012 2:11PM

    Hmmm, no Curves for me. I've heard good stuff, but we live in Pacifica, hence, no Curves (yet).

You gonna give it a whirl?

Bren

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PAMMY222 3/19/2012 2:05PM

    Both my mother and my daughter have been members. They liked it in the beginning, but no further effort or increased intensity was introduced. They both also had trouble with memberships when they wanted to quit! They threatened my daughter with a $220 surcharge if she tried to get out of her "contract" early. I would rather join the 'Y'.
The free week offered to SP members is with a year membership, no exceptions. I've asked a couple different locations if I could try it out--the answer was always 'NO'!
Good luck.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/19/2012 2:00PM

    Curves had lawsuits because pretty much no one who works there has any real training and they have a very limited scope of what you can do there so after about 3 months you will have to join another gym. I wouldn't say I would recommend them.

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Determination. Consistancy. Victory.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

When I started my spark journey here on March 10, 2010, I weighed 291 pounds. I found out later that in fact, my doctor had me weighed in at 304! I blanked that out becuase I always told myself, "well, at least you are under 300". Snort. The lies we tell!!

Anyway, my first year here, I was fired up. Determined. I had all the tools I needed. I used my tracker faithfully, even on vacation. In fact, my very first vacation, I came home and had only gained .6 pounds. I was so happy. My plan was to get my eating under control first, then add excercise. I have a replaced knee, the other one needs it and I have two bulged discs in my back. I took alot of pain meds just to get through the day. I did not walk nor do any kind of excercise for the 4 years prior to getting healthy. Before that, I went to the gym 3 days a week. In all that time, I only lost 20 pounds because I kept eating like it was my job. I knew I had to do both to be successful but I knew I would need to ease into it when I "tried" again to lose weight.

After the first 15 pounds, I announced I was in a program to help me lose weight. With every success, I posted it on facebook. I got a lot of "keep it up!".
That pissed me off. What if I didnt want to keep it up? What if all I wanted to do was lose 10, 20, 30 pounds?
I kept it up, lol, but because I wanted to, not to please or show off to anyone else.


Then I started walking with my husband and dog. We went 3 nights a week and gradually, I actually walked a mile. I cannot tell you how exciting that was. Now, we walk 4-5 times a week and average 2-3 miles. It is nice. We talk. We watch the dog chase critters that she has no hope of catching. I dont think of it as excercise. It is just a peaceful time of day for us.

By the end of that year, I had lost 62 pounds. Nobody told me to keep it up anymore. They were in shock and awe that I acheived that and I looked so much better and felt so much better and I was alot more fun to be around. I was very proud of myself and felt wonderful.

By the beginning of the 2nd year, I started to struggle. Every pound was harder to lose. I got to where I had lost 70 pounds and that was a huge milestone. Keep in mind, my original goal was to lose 111 pounds and then I was going to reasses how much more (if any) I was going to lose.

In that whole 2nd year, I lost 100 pounds. Unfortunatly, it was the same 5-10 pounds, back and forth, back and forth. But I learned something. I can MAINTAIN! So that gives me hope that when I do lose the rest, I will be able to maintain it. I am consistant. I eat about the same calories every day, still go on vacation and gain 5 pounds, then come home and lose it almost immediatly. I still walk almost every day. I do some occasional kickboxing video's or Frank and I play Kinect and kick each others butts virtually which is always fun and I do some strength training. We have an old weight machine that had gathered dust for years and I am happy to say it is back in working order.

But I realize, going into my 3rd year, that to see change, I have to change. I have to do something different to get different results. I can not go back to what I used to do. I can only move forward into victory.

I have to leave my comfort zone and I have to push myself. I need to step up my workouts. I have to perhaps eat less or calorie cycle. I need to discover what is going to work NOW to get where I set out to go.

I have a blog, way back, about my visual. I am walking down a 2 lane highway, in the desert. I am between 2 mountains. The mountain behind me is where I started. Every 5 miles is a marker and I keep going, getting closer to the mountain of completion. But I have been camped out so long at this marker, I am officially living there. It is time to move. I need to leave these markers behind and get closer to my new place. I am moving out and moving on.

So I am going to take what I have learned these last 2 years, tweak it, use it, apply it and change it. I am going into my 3rd year here at spark with deterimination behind me, consistancy beside me and victory ahead of me.

Through it all, you have been here with me, by me and for me. I seriously could not have done it alone.


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOONBIRD 3/24/2012 2:29PM

    I think you are doing awesome and have learned a lot. This is not an easy thing, it can complicated and harder the further we get into it. I have also done the gain/lose thing, and while I would rather have lost more weigh by now, I am happy with what I've learned, and also happy that I have been able to maintain instead of steadily gain, which is what I've done all my life. I am excited for my 3rd year also. It's gonna be awesome, for both of us, I just know it!

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CALIKIKI 3/19/2012 1:18PM

    I restarted about 2 months ago with the exercise and about a month ago with the nutrition. It is a hard battle and I am coming to grips with the emotional eating thing I usually do and realizing this is a change in my lifestyle not a simple weight loss strategy like before.



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JOMAMA99 3/19/2012 12:23PM

    I hear you and I am right there with you. Let's march forward and achieve what we set out to do!! emoticon

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PJH2028 3/19/2012 8:47AM

    I believe in you, Jan. Your journey and your soul so honest and joyful and wise. Thank you for the dream image... and the "encampment" metaphor which I so totally understand and relate to in many areas of my own life.

Yep. It iS! time to repack the camels... or the just our rucksacks... and put out the little old campfire. Believe in the walk, believe in the next oasis ahead, along the road, believing in the road, smelling the flowers, hearing the birds, watching the dogs play... in the mountains. Gotta do some different things. Gotta find out what they are.

THANK YOU for your comment on my recent unwinding blog.
Sending you love light and a song to sing with every step.

xop

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BIGMAMAT 3/19/2012 3:08AM

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GRACEISENUF 3/17/2012 1:42PM

    I am going to finish what I have started too. Durn vacays screw me up but I know what I need to do.....I just need to do it and quit procrastinating. Thought of you yesterday when I was in Pismo :)

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COSMOS 3/16/2012 11:34AM

  So inspiring! I am in about the same place, struggling to do all the steps necessary to lose again.

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7WORSHIPS 3/16/2012 3:26AM

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CELLISTA1 3/16/2012 1:24AM

    I hear you -- I support you -- as always.
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ROOSTER72 3/15/2012 11:38PM

    Good on you - trying something different is a great way to shake yourself out of your pattern! Good luck

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JMARIES51 3/15/2012 10:59PM

    I love your background (I think this is safe to say) :-) Just teasing, I do love your background though. Gosh, I think there are a lot of us that have had success at getting off some pounds and then reach that plateau of feeling more comfortable but not reaching where we really want to be. I am right with you in having maintained a 30 plus loss for several years, and now I am ready to jump in again and work on some more pounds. I don't want to say anything stupid, like keep it up, or we can do it, or way to go, etc... so I'll just say, I hear ya! How is that for neutral? emoticon

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SARAWALKS 3/15/2012 10:43PM

    All of us squatters know what you mean, no matter what weight we are squatting at. You go, Jan, and I know you will. Sometimes it just takes a bit of SPRING...
to make us spring forward and change habits.
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With ya here,
Sara

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DIVASPARK 3/15/2012 10:34PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/15/2012 8:43PM

    This is a great blog! This is going to be your year, and I have no doubt that you're going to meet your goals! I'm so glad to be doing this with you *HUGS*

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MUSICALLYMINDED 3/15/2012 8:24PM

    You and I started out at almost the same weight...I was 303. It has been so hard for me since I lost 50 pounds. I am working my @$$ off at the gym and it just doesn't wanna budge. Getting under 200 is going to be soooo hard! We can do it!

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JITZUROE 3/15/2012 5:54PM

    Get moving, I agree! I think this was meant for me today, as I needed to hear a nice solid holler of, "moooooooove it!". I too cannot workout like I used to, so I need to make adjustments elsewhere. I unfortunately gained back almost all of the weight I lost this past year, so I am super frustrated with myself. BUT I am also not in the best health these days (har har), so I need to get creative. My old routine of eating like there was no tomorrow through each weekend (after being good all week) is just no good for anyone.
I deserve more than that and need to treat myself better.
Thanks for this!
Bren

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/15/2012 5:47PM

    Great blog--and great insights. We do have to change things up in order to keep going; I'm quite sure you will find the right combination and make it all the way to where YOU want to go!

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CANNIE50 3/15/2012 5:17PM

    I was always so glad you told me about your reaction to the "keep up the good work" or similar responses because I hadn't thought about it as a negative thing to say, but once you told me, I could totally see it from your perspective. I, too, have been camping (but at the 30lbs lost marker). I have been camping here long enough to be called a squatter. While squats are a great exercise and, not to brag, but I am pretty good at them, I don't want to continue to be a squatter. I, too, need to pack up and move ahead. Even my doctor is telling me that until I get my hormones and thyroid straightened out, I should just stay put for awhile. I am trying to find the place between feeling good about what I have accomplished without being content to rest on my laurels. This is a really good blog, Jan, and, as always, you make some excellent points. I am SO excited to see you in a few weeks. Payton is excited to meet you because he was talking about cake-pops and I told him you make them so you are now a bit of a celebrity for him.......So, I will continue to follow your inspiring journey and I feel privileged to be able to to so.

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PIXIEMOM13 3/15/2012 2:55PM

    Great Blog!! I think I've been camping with you.. hehehe ... I lost 50 fairly quickly the first year... then 10 a bit more slowly..and been at the same weight, give or take a lb or two for the past 6 months. Only recently it dawned on me I could legitmately call this a plateau. :P (I'd never experienced one before..and frankly could have done without it! LOL)

You have a great attitude! Better than I felt mine was/had been! ;)

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TOFUCUTIEPIE 3/15/2012 2:31PM

    Great blog! I am in the same place. I have been stuck at the same weight after losing almost 50lbs. and I can't budge...well at least not without making some changes to what I am (and have been doing for too long).

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KKINNEA 3/15/2012 2:30PM

    Enjoyed reading your journey and interested to see what you do to change!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/15/2012 1:54PM

    I never had a doubt you will be successful and I am really proud of you! I am so glad we are doing this together.

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REBECCAMA 3/15/2012 1:43PM

  You can do this! I know so many of us will relate to what you are saying. In the first few months I lost 25 pounds, and then I got up to 30 pounds, and then I gained and lost the same 3 pounds over and over and over again.

I am trying to better this year. We shall see. Good luck to you!

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TUCKERKT 3/15/2012 1:13PM

    Thanks for sharing. When I need a little boost I browse random blogs and it never ceases to clear my mind and remind myself slow and steady and I will get there. Though, I mean I woke up one day and the weight was there, shouldn't it come off that way. LoL, no I know it didn't happen overnight, but it seems like it sometimes because you get so comfortable in your body that you don't really see yourself! Now that I am shrinking I want to wake up one morning and see the new me.

Again, thank you for sharing and many Blessings on your determination. I know you will achieve it, you have the right attitude!

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/15/2012 1:11PM

    Great blog Mama!! I know you can do this and I'll be right here with ya, cheering you a long, building you up, and supporting you every step of the way!! YOU WILL DO THIS!!!! :)

- Michelle

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