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Turning 60.....

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On January 24th I was blessed to turn 60. I had a fabulous birthday party which everyone dressed up.

Even though I know I am 60, to me it is just a number. People are shocked when I tell them my age. The only signals time is catching up with me is that I now get stiff when I sit too long and in some places I qualify for the senior citizen discount.

To me 60 is just a number and the "new" 60 is in no way resembles my mother or grandmother's 60.

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JAZZID 2/1/2014 10:24PM

    Char, emoticon Happy belated Birthday emoticon ... I am so happy that you had a great party, you are absolutely stunning. And yes, age is nothing but a number!... My grandmother remarried at 75 years old!.. She met her husband at a senior citizens dance class. She was very fashionable; wore 3 inch heals and the style of clothes we like. As a couple, they traveled to far away places and danced many nights away ... they enjoyed 15 years together, and both lived to the age of 90. I envision emoticon you and Rodney doing the same. emoticon

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MARVELOUS50S 1/29/2014 3:30PM

    Thank you everyone for stopping by and the birthday shout out.

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CHICA_BORICUA 1/29/2014 7:26AM

  Oh well Ms Lady! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! you looks wonderful!!!

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ARNETTELEE 1/29/2014 3:10AM

  Happy birthday.... I turned 61 in December. Can't believe I hit the big 6 - 0.

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LEANNA1017 1/29/2014 1:31AM

    Wow! You look fantastic! Happy Belated Birthday! emoticon

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JUDYAMK 1/29/2014 12:59AM

    You are red carpet stunning !!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just got through with my batch cooking for the week. I love the ideal of batch cooking because I usually do not get home from work and the gym until around 7:30 p.m. and I am starving by that time. I usually do my batch cooking on Sundays.

Today I started and it took me a little over two hours, non-stop with a lot of mult-tasking to complete everything. Usually when I get through cooking, I put half of what I cooked in the freezer and take it out on Wednesday or Thursday to finish up the week. Usually, what ever I cook on Sunday, lasts me until Saturday.

Today I made the following to eat on through-out the week.

1. Grilled three pounds of skinless chicken breast - great for quick salads or something healthy to munch on while you are warming up dinner - will make at least eight/nine servings

2. Tuna Meatloaf - five servings

3. Stuffed Bell Pepper - with lean turkey and brown rice - four servings

4. Charred Tilapia fillets - three servings

5. Candied Yams - w/splenda and cinnamon - four servings

6. Green Beans - big pot - five - one cup servings

7. Broccoli - steamed - three - one cup servings

Off to enjoy my dinner.

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    Wow! I'm inspired - how do I find the recipe for the tuna meatloaf? Sounds delicious!!

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GEMINIGEM6 8/4/2012 3:15PM

    OMG that all sounds so good. Also, I had never thought of a tuna meatloaf before! Wow! i bet that's good. I love tuna. Thanks for the ideas. :)

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FREEME1980 5/30/2012 11:47AM

    Great meal planning! I sometimes boil my chicken then add cajun spice.
Preparation equals success! emoticon

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MANDYCATAZ 7/2/2011 8:36AM

  Now that my husband and I are both retired from stressful jobs with long hours, I don't have to do the same batch cooking I used to do. But I make sure whenever I'm making something that freezes well, I double or triple the recipe. It's great to look in the freezer and find pasta sauce or gumbo or a casserole ready to go for that night's dinner with no fuss or muss. It also cuts down on the temptation to buy convenience frozen food; the trade-off in retirement is that you have more time but, usually, less disposable income.

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AMERINDO0627 1/30/2011 3:41PM

    Great ideas!

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GONABFIT 10/31/2010 11:28PM

    Great idea!!! Thanks!

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TONALCR 10/30/2010 10:12PM

    Please share the tuna meatloaf recipe. It sounds yummy! emoticon

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MUSTILIDAEFURO 10/20/2010 2:00AM

    I may have to try the batch cooking...I've become master of the healthy crock pot recently, lol.

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JAZZID 7/29/2010 10:50PM

    This is great Char... I have to get some sweet potatoes this weekend and tomorrow I am getting some green peppers and ground turkey for stuffed peppers... I am going to cook them in the crock pot... You want to share that recipe for "tuna meatloaf".... sounds "yummy"... I want it ... emoticon

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IAMFIRMIN 7/29/2010 6:12AM

    i luv sweet potatoes!!!

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JAZZII4 7/28/2010 5:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. Batch cooking is something I have to learn to start doing. The meals you prepared, sound so delicious and healthy! emoticon emoticon

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MASONK 7/27/2010 9:16AM

    Your batch cooking routine is very similar to mine. I cook on Sundays and Wednesdays. Never thought about the concept of cooking it all on Sunday and freezing half of it. I might have to do that.

It just makes this lifestyle so much more doable to me. If I had to wing it every night no telling what I would be eating.

I've accepted the "you are what you eat" concept. I can't remember the last time i had indigestion or heartburn and my skin has a natural glow that is priceless.

Good job on the carb cycling.

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The Power of Carb Cycling...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Four weeks ago, I decide I was going to get back into the gym and start eating more healthy. I had taken six months off since my last figure competition in December 2009 from exercising and somewhat eating healthy. In those six months I had put on 16 pounds, which I was not comfortable with; five - ten pounds would have been more realistic after eating such a restrictive diet for figure competing.

I decided I want to get rid of 10 pounds, with no set time limit. I knew I need to get back into the gym - cardio and strength training and back to "monitoring" everything I eat.

I have heard of carb cycling but never really dedicated to the principle.

Well here is my brief testimony with carb cycling:


Week of June 27 - took measurements and weight - went to gym twice that week - one day strength training - played with carb cycling

Week of July 4 - took measurement and weight - went to gym once that week - started tracking carb cycling

Week of July 11 - took measurements and weight - went to gym three times - strength trained twice - more focused with maintaining carb cycling

Week of July 18th - total bust - preparing for vacation - no gym - family reunion - four days - Wichita Kansas - major damage -eating out - four days - barbecue/fried chicken/Doritos/potato salad/drinking alcohol and junk food galore

Junk food galore had to do alot with boyfriend attending. My boyfriend lives in a different state then I do and when ever he comes to visit, I totally deviate from the way I normally eat. He is over weight and if we ever decide to get married and live in the same state, he is going to have to develop a healthy life style.

Week of July 25th - first time in four weeks that I went to the gym five days. Completed three day split of body training/three days of cardio/one day of concentrated ab work. Tracked carb cycling - three days low/one day high/one day medium/one day low/one day medium

One month result from 6/27/10 - 7/25/10

Weight loss - one pound - it was probably more - but I refused to weigh myself after coming back from family reunion. I know I probably put on at least three pounds over those four days.

Inches loss - Total of seven inches - with the most coming from navel area - 3 inches. Almost every area measured had a lost of one inch - breast, rib cage, small waist, navel, and hips

BF% - down 2.43%
LBM - up 2.80
Body fat - down 3.8

I will not see my boyfriend again until Labor Day Weekend - so for the next six weeks I am going to kick butt with carb cycling, strength training and cardio so I can see what the "real" results are if you are truly committed to what ever program you choose. emoticon

I know this blog is "LONG" but what I was trying to say, is that even though I only lost a total on "ONE" pound in one month - I lost a cummulative of seven inches with hardly any cardio or strength training during that time. The old saying, you are what you eat is SOOOOO true.

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_RAMONA 2/2/2012 9:15PM

    This is really encouraging! Thanks for sharing!

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MTP717 1/23/2011 4:54PM

  Amazing. Great information. How are you doing now?

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MCMOM11 9/12/2010 10:29AM

    emoticonVery informative!!!!!!! Thanks;)

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JAZZID 7/29/2010 11:39PM

    Char, Great blog and info... Do do you eat more on the days that you weight train?...

~ Dee ~


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Body Age.......

Friday, July 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, I joined another gym. Yes, I have two gym memberships, for the next seven months. But the new gym I joined is fantastic.

One of the benefits of the gym is that they do a 90 minute Polar body exam which provides you with your body age.

Boy was I impressed and the trainer who provided the exam.

My blood pressure was 99/65 - which is extremely low.
My heart rate for my age was in the excellent range
The VO3 - oxygen for cardio was in the excellent range
Nutrition - excellent range
Strength - good
Flexibility good
body fat- 18% - 3-point

My body age is 42. I could not believe it. The only suggestions where to increase my strength and flexibility to excellent and my body age would be 40. I plan on taking some pilates and yoga classes for the flexibility and of course I am working on increasing my weight lifting.

Three years ago, I would have never had this type of result. I am so glad, I changed my life style. Not only do I look fantastic and can "visually" pass for 40 something, but body can actually co-sign what ever I am trying to accomplish emoticon.

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AMERINDO0627 1/30/2011 3:39PM

    emoticon emoticon
You are truly an inspiration to me.

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MCMOM11 9/12/2010 10:20AM

    emoticonCouldn't agree more that you could pass for a 40 year old!!!!! Keep motivating girl;) emoticon

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JAZZID 7/23/2010 1:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Eating lots of emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon it your all emoticon and doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon gets you here...

... emoticon and emoticon... this is where you are, and where I want to be... emoticon

Thanks for the inspiration, it really helps, more than you know...

~ Dee ~ emoticon

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NATKITA 7/19/2010 4:17PM

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MASONK 7/19/2010 3:53PM

    Wow, that's amazing and you are amazing!

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HELENAWF 7/16/2010 3:31PM

    Great job!

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LOSETHEWTIN08 7/16/2010 11:02AM

    Way to go!

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It feels good to be back......

Monday, July 05, 2010

2009, at the age of 55, I went on a quest to transform my body. I also decided to compete in a figure competition. I think I was successful in completing both tasks. I transformed my body composition and I competed in not one but two competitions. To be successful with my goal I had to "live" at the gym and eat a regimented diet. By the time 2010 rolled around I was totally burned out. I just wanted to have a normal life and it did not include the gym or watching every little thing I eat.

Well I stayed away from the gym for six months and I had my moments of eating clean. In the six months I gained 15 pounds, which isn't too bad, since a lot of figure competitors gain 10 pounds the first week. You are on such a rigid diet and doing excessive cardio just to get your body fat down, that the weight you compete at is not your "natural" weight. I say six months away from the gym and not "stressing" over what I was eating was well worth a year of hard work.

Well now I am ready to get back into the gym. I have one whole week of going to the gym, five days, weight lifting - split - three days, and carb cycling and I am LOVING IT. I have my joy back. I am back to tracking "everything". I have a love for numbers and I have all these different charts. I am also back to my "Sunday" batch cooking for the week.

I joined "another" gym. Yes, I have two gym memberships. I am stuck with the other one for 9 months but I LOVE the new one I joined. It makes a big difference if you like where you work-out at. This new gym has all kind of classes, and state-of-the art machines, the people and employees are really friendly. All of the cardio machines have their own t.v. screen, which I love, keeps me from being bored while I am doing my dreaded cardio. All you have to do is bring head phones. And finally it is so clean, man I mean really clean. The free weight room does not stink and I am so loving this gym.

My stats after one week of getting back on track:

The website I use for tracking my stats is LOCKONFITNESS.COM. You put in your measurements and it provides you with a wealth of information. The BF% is on the high side of the calibers but I use it as a source for tracking. Stats after measurements and scale weight.

Weight - down 1.6 pounds

Inches - lost cumulative of 3.25 inches

BF% - down 1.89

LBM - up 1.6 pounds

Body Fat - down 3.2 pounds

Today was Leg/Shoulder day:

With being off for six months - my weight lifting ability will need to start over again.

4x15 leg extension - 40#

4x15 jump lunges

10x10 WS leg press - 6x100#, 4X110#

4x10 Seated leg curls - 1x60#, 3x65#

4x10 Adductor - 1x85#, 1x75#, 2x70#

4x20 - Rear delts - db - 1x8#, 3x6#

4x10 Lateral raise - 8#

4x10 One arm press - 20#

4x15 Inverted laterals - 1x8#, 3x6#

I really felt good about my workout and start. Just taking everything one day at a time so I can enjoy being healthy and get back to loving my workouts.

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FINEARSESOON 7/13/2010 12:39AM

    It's good to have a break...and your body really does "remember" so it doesn't take too much to get back. It feels good doesn't it. Yep...I know the feeling. Glad you're back!

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JAZZID 7/8/2010 5:46PM

    emoticon emoticon back Char, I missed you... As usual you are doing an emoticon jog... thank you for blogging, I am trying to get back on track, nutritionally and you have always motivated and inspired me...

Keep up the good work... emoticon...

~ Dee ~ emoticon

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STYLELADY1 7/6/2010 12:04PM

    Good for you!

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HELENAWF 7/5/2010 9:45PM

    Great job!

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