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Chipmunk Arms

Friday, September 10, 2010

I lifted yesterday - specifically on machines for chest press, shoulder press, upright row, and thing for your delts. I don't know the name - I think it is something "fly". Ok 15 mins of strength training. It was good. It gave me a happy buzz which I always enjoy.

Today, however, not so much. I do a lot of computer work over the course of the day, I am typing with my arms very close together to avoid the strain. I am definitely feeling the tug on my arms!!! Sure, it's still a happy buzz and burn, and I know it's a good thing --- it's just that I feel like I should be hanging out with Alvin and Theodore today. :)

No gym today. I was wiped out last night. I could have gotten up but it would not have been much of a productive workout. I have really been skimping on the sleep lately. Since I have been very active lately, when I get sleep, I am out cold. That's a bonus!

I did walk for 4o mins today so I am pretty happy with that. If the spirit strikes, I will move more later. :) Have a great weekend, Sparkies!

Happy Friday!

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MEOWMAMA3 9/16/2010 9:37PM

    OHHHHHHHH.....took me a few "duh" moments to figure out what chipmunk arms are!!!! lol!!!!!

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QUIT_SP 9/11/2010 9:03PM

  I SO relate. I used to have long graceful limbs and a lovely neck...then once I got fat, I lost my reach, them having to go 'round the bulk of me. My arms kinds shrunk, and now I have the reach of a T-rex!I used to cross my legs with ease, too. And just a few days ago, I realized my fingers look like those short & fat Jimmy Dean sausages.
Oh well, we'll get our rockin' sexy selves back yet!

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AFTERMYKIDS 9/10/2010 1:31PM

    emoticon I love the Chipmunks! If you see them tell them I said Hi! emoticon JK emoticon You are doing GREAT! I did the Lateral Raises with the 3 pound weights the other week and over did it too. emoticonJust do different types of exercise and give those muscles time to recover. emoticon Just think with that kind of pain (HOW GREAT YOUR ARMS ARE GOING TO LOOK!) emoticon
Have a wonderful weekend!
Becky emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 9/10/2010 12:21PM

    Good job! Enjoy that burn! You've got a great attitude about it as well. You are doing great!

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TERRIJ_1 9/10/2010 12:17PM

    Keep it up !!!!

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PARKERB2 9/10/2010 10:40AM

    Good to see you are staying Active. Keep up the good work and you have a very good weekend. See you Monday. emoticon

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I'm OK, You're OK

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Sure, I read the book. I think it was required reading in Psych 101. Realizations are coming fast and furious lately and I think a good bit of it has to do with me getting active, really active again. I am on a roll and through my activity, I am learning oodles about myself.

For a good deal of my life - I have thought, You're OK and I suck. My Dad would try to infuse me with God doesn't make junk, and he would say I was beautiful, but quite honestly, I did not believe him. I had a very hard time seeing goodness in myself. I did enjoy my writing skills, but if it wasn't for that, I don't know how I would have climbed out of the pain. I took a lot of heat in high school about my size (love to see a show of hands who hasn't) but if I really examine this it was more about me then them. I did not let them see my goodness. I let myself give no concern for my looks or clothes. I believed what they said about me, and I thought I was worthless.

I had some improvement over the years, and one thing I always exceled at was my job. I have worked my buttocks off in the client service field, and managed to get some good gigs including 2 or 3 that I have really loved. Happily, that includes my current spot where I have been for 5 yrs.

A few years ago, I re-discovered my inner goof. I am a prankster at heart and love to clown around. I have a big, kind compassionate heart. I am a very good friend - and have excellent listening and problem solver skills. It took a while for me to able to appreciate myself in this new light. I am actually only a few pounds under my highest weight - even though the scale gods have taken pity on me and have started to head in the downward direction. :)

Now that I am re-creating a life to love, and reflecting those great feelings back on myself, I am also seeing so many good things in myself. Pardon me if I celebrate for a moment. I love that I am embracing fashion. Even Stacy and Clinton believe you can look good at any size. My excitement in this area is only fueling my new passion for looking good. I recently bought a black dress (love oldnavy.com)! and when I showed it to DH, he lit up like an xmas tree. I have been dressless for so long. GO ME!

I've always been able to laugh at myself, and I am still doing that --- it's just that now beyond the laughter there is a love of myself also. I am really enjoying that.

I hope you all can embrace yourself and give yourself a big squeeze. We are all beautiful. Woot! Woot!

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MEOWMAMA3 9/16/2010 9:39PM

    What a joyous blog! You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRISNA 9/12/2010 2:23PM

    Wow Mickey,
This brought a smile to my face! I am so happy you are feeling so positive about yourself. Way to Go on buying the new dress!

I finally bought some dresses this spring because I went to a wedding. I waited until I fit into an old dress I hadn't worn in years. It gave me the confidence to go out and try on the two I bought.

Hope you have a great week. I have been catching up on blogs. You are a Shining Sapphire Star!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 9/10/2010 7:03AM

    Go you! WOOT! WOOT! Go MickeyMax, you're a rock star! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!! You are a beautiful person WORTH every second of time to take care of and nurture this wonderful, excited, motivational, inspiration you have become. You go girl :)
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MUGGLE_MOM 9/10/2010 6:45AM

    What a beautiful blog!
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MAMADWARF 9/9/2010 10:27PM

    You sound exactly like someone I would like as a friend. added you! wooohooo!

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BAYBELIEVER 9/9/2010 10:07PM

    A beautiful blog! Yes, we should all love who we are now and then still as we make more and more positive changes, but God didn't make any junk!

(Wish I could remember this all the time...remind me when I need it, please!)

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KIYOSHI04 9/9/2010 10:07PM

    wonderful blog. i am looking forward to getting back to dresses myself. and i am so glad that you are seeing the goodness in yourself.

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BRIGHT551 9/9/2010 9:52PM

    Awesome blog!! We all need to embrace the beautiful, wonderful, amazing person that we are Now!! We don't have to wait until we get to the size or that position or for anything else in life. Love yourself for who you are not who you or anyone else thinks you should be!!! Thanks for reminding me that I don't have to wait but can love me for me NOW!!!!

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ADELCASALE 9/9/2010 9:30PM

    Very poignant....go you! Whenever you need a cheerleader, stop by and I will be just that....a cheerleader reminding you of how wonderful you are!


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Walking Tall

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

As a matter of fact, I am a tall girl - 6 feet. For yrs I called myself 5 eleven and three quarters, because I was embarrassed to be 6ft. I'm over that, and walking taller every day.

I realized this yesterday when I was leaving work. I was walking with my head up. I felt good. I wasn't depressed or overly worried. I knew this would be a busy work week, but it was manageable.

Here's something else I RELUCTANTLY noticed. I feel SOOOO much better when I work out intensely in the a.m. If I go to the gym and give myself a half hour of endorphin spreading love on the bike or the treadmill, then I am practically woozy and giddy with a happy camper attitude through the morning and right on through the rest of the day.

Today was not a morning gym day. Mostly because I had not slept enough and I had leg cramps. I still walked and was happy I did, but it did not give me that freakin' happy feeling that settles in after I've hit the 20 min plus mark at the gym. What? Really? People always say they get addicted to exercise. I DID NOT THINK IT WAS TRUE!!!!

I looked pretty good yesterday at work. Today though, I was rocking a fashionista look including what I affectionately call, "big girl shoes." My inclination would be to live in sneakers if I could, but um, not so appropriate at work. I loved the way I looked today. I think the Mrs. called it "find your pride" --- well I found it and I hit my stride today. I was walking tall.

Next goal besides making a.m.'s at the gym a priority, is to start strength training again. I did zippo the week before last and last week hit 10 mins. It is time to pull this baby in gear. I am ready for more changes and challenges. I am enjoying a lovefest with myself. I realize I have nothing to prove. I've proved it. I am loving myself, and life, and it shows.

Spark on, sparkies!


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    I LOVE being tall! Revel in that 6' baby. My hats off to ya for working out in the morning. If it gets your day off on the right foot, that's a bonus to the calories burned! So glad to hear you found your pride! There are some days when I'm feeling like I look good and I walk everywhere with "Stayin' Alive" running through my head because who can't hear it without wanting to strut! :) What's your strut song?

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BAYBELIEVER 9/9/2010 4:26PM

    That's so funny! I have always loved being tall. I am 5'11-3/4" and mostly told people I was 6'.

And I know what you mean about walking tall. Even when I am out walking my walks, I have realized how much taller I walk. It's as if someone is pulling a string at the top of my head. Sometimes, I feel lighter than air! Okay. Not really, but I bet you know what I mean!

Great job!

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TERRIJ_1 9/9/2010 1:31PM

    emoticon Keep that felling going !!!! It's sooooo powerful isn't ?

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PROMISE2DESIGN 9/9/2010 10:50AM

    Sweetheart, I know what you are saying about 5' 11" but I actually am 5'11" and I just wanna be 6ft! It has taken a lifetime for me to come to terms with my size, but I have. Tall, sexy, amazon women rock!!!!! I'm proud of you and your progress. You can hear in your blogs how happy your journey is making you. Keep up the good work my friend!!! emoticon

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TRAINER_T 9/9/2010 9:22AM

    Wow good for you for taking it up a notch!
Also I workout in the AM and it makes my day so much more energetic and I feel lively.

Keep it up your on FIRE! emoticon

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RAINYFRIDAY 9/9/2010 9:11AM

    My favorite part of this blog was you saying you loved the way you looked. :) I often find this one of the most difficult things to do, love how I look on any given day, so I love hearing its possible!

Congrats on recognizing how great a good morning workout makes you feel! It's amazing how finding that 30 minutes makes a world of difference for the rest of our days.

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    That is wonderful and I totally agree with you: working out in the morning just sets my day off RIGHT. When I skip it, I notice it all day. I think it's more attitude and empowerment than maybe anything else, but knowing I started off with that one positive is such a boost to the rest of my day.

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BRIGHT551 9/9/2010 8:02AM

    Your blogs are so motivational and full of spirit!! I LOVE IT!!! Keep up the positive attitude and YES, LOVE YOURSELF for what you have accomplished!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 9/9/2010 7:25AM

    Wow, you write the most powerful blogs! The excitement and self respect just ooze off the screen. Talk about impressive!

You are doing an amazing job working on the inside and letting it take care of the outside. Keep up the fabulous job! I am so glad to be able to witness this journey. Thanks for taking me along for the ride.

You Go Girl!

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Start of Something New

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hoorah! I first woke up when hubby was getting ready for work. I rolled over and took another 20 mins. Not full on sleep, but just resting and rolling under the covers and doing a little praying.

I got up and left for the gym. Biked 30 mins. Surprised it was still dark when I left the gym.
Didn't have much time to get ready and be out the door for work, but enough so that I could do it without a very hairy commute. I like to leave early as to avoid much other traffic as possible. It does get me into my office much earlier than most, but that little extra time makes for a calmer drive, and for a more organized morning. I can also use my extra time to spark. :)

The BL Sapphire week 2 challenge --- of work out 5 out of 7 times this week -- has really lit a spark in me. I have worked out every day but yesterday, and even then, an argument could be made for my shopping trip. My bouts of movement are helping me to stay more organized. I always do better in planning and in executing when I have more to do. I think I am just wired that way.

My goal this week is to continue to work out by going to the gym most mornings. I'll alternate the bike with the treadmill and do weight training on shorter days. I am really proud of myself for getting it back together. I can see myself continuing on with the regimen as I used to do. It's what helped me the most to succeed. It is like one good decision begins a cascade of healthy decisions. I love where I am at right now.

I am telling myself: For best results, don't rush the process. It's taking time to develop into the cool, together person I am becoming. I'm happy that I recognize all of these things.

I'm just doing what I need to do. :) C'mon sparkies!

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PARKERB2 9/8/2010 2:33PM

    emoticonGuess what. I come in to work about 45 minutes early so I can SPARK. I don't have a computer at home so any computer work has to be done here at the office. That way I feel I'm not cheating the company. Thanks for the great blog and you go girl.

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BRIGHT551 9/8/2010 12:53PM

    You are doing an awesome job!!! Keep it up and believe me you are an inspiration to motivate me to keep going too!!!!

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    Thanks for sharing! I really love your positive outlook! emoticon

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    Consistency is what will get there! Great job. You will reach your goals with your awesome attitude!
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    emoticon Good job!

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RACINGSLUG 9/7/2010 5:10PM

    ''I always do better in planning and in executing when I have more to do. I think I am just wired that way.''

I am the exact same way, it's the law of intertia I guess... when we're at rest we tend to stay that way, but when we're in motion... look out!

I might have to steal your idea of leaving early for work (in my case, school.) I commute into Philadelphia every day during the week and sometimes the traffic makes me want to scream. If I left just an hour earlier, maybe it wouldn't be so bad (then again, it's Philly... maybe it would! emoticon)

Your can-do attitude is helping to keep me motivated... thanks for adding me!

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 9/7/2010 4:48PM

    Sounds great... emoticon the attitude!

emoticon and keep up the GREAT work! emoticon

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ROBIGG 9/7/2010 4:37PM

    Wow you are doing an emoticon job. Keep up the great work!!

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BRENDA_1975 9/7/2010 4:06PM

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Keep up the good work!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 9/7/2010 2:26PM

    Good job! You are rocking it girl!
Slow and steady, that's how you make it stick.

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BAYBELIEVER 9/7/2010 1:07PM

    Wow! What a great, cheery attitude this morning to start off the week! Way to go! Sounds like you are enjoying the day!

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AFTERMYKIDS 9/7/2010 10:46AM

    emoticonLove the attitude! When you can take your time in the mornings it does seem to help you stay less stressed through out the day. Keep it up! YOU'RE doing GREAT! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 9/7/2010 10:16AM

    You are Rockin' It Girlfriend!
Take your time. Let the process do its thing and the new habits take over. Slow and steady wins the race!

Keep up the awesome attitude!!!

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    Good for you!!! Starting the day with exercise is wonderful and can set the pace for the whole day. Keep up the good work....Terri =)

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WOLVEY1919 9/7/2010 8:55AM

    Great job!

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TEACHEROF4TH 9/7/2010 8:46AM

    You are right to be so proud of yourself! Keep this great motivation and energy going!


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PATRISNA 9/7/2010 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon you have got the plan!

We all need to just take it one day at a time and do our best. I must remember this. Great Blog!


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MEL_UNRAU 9/7/2010 7:44AM

    OH BABY YA!!!! You are so on the right track!!! You have no need to rush anything. You didn't gain weight over night and you can't lose it overnight. Take all the time you need to lose! Building a routine that you love and can live with is so important in maintaining the process!!! kudos!!!!

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All over creation today

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Hubby and I took a day trip to Gettysburg, PA today. I think I stunned him a couple of times by wanting to walk more than I sat. Late in the afternoon, we did sit for a spell, but most of the day was very active - from outlet shopping for a couple of hours, mostly all walking and just breaks to try on clothes. :) I'll come back to that. We also did a round of mini golf, and stopped to help an elderly woman who took a header on the course just behind us. I did not even hear her walking until I heard the thud and a whimper. I have very good hearing, so it shocked me. After the mini golf, we drove around the battlefield for a bit, and then went and walked around town today. It was a good day!

At the Lane Bryant Outlet, I realized I am gaining a good eye for fashion. It might have something to do with watching the Rachel Zoe project and reading magazines, but I am happy not to look like a frump. The top LB size is 26-28 and i found a few possibilities, and one sweater I liked quite a lot --- but the sweater was not on sale and I was not spending $46.50 on it.

The cooler thing about that is that I actually ENJOYED trying on the clothes. It has been quite some time where I have not left a store without feeling like crawling into the fetal position for a good cry.

The clothes were snug, but they fit, or fit close enough for me to say they fit. It was a very empowering day in the dressing room. Shoes are harder --- I have big wide flat feet and the search continues for something somewhat attractive and comfortable. that is not so easy, but I will find something.

Right now I am enjoying my accomplishment of being very active today> I enjoyed my own Project Runway moments. All in all, it was a great day! I am so proud of myself. Moving and losing!


Spark on, sparkies!

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GROOVYCHICK9 9/5/2010 10:58PM

    You go girl!!!! I am proud of you. Keep up the good work.


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MUGGLE_MOM 9/5/2010 8:36PM

    You brought tears to my eyes, thinking of you in a dressing room and being happy with you while you're in there. I know how hard those moments can be and I am beyond speechless that your experience was good. That says so much for how far you've come not only on the outside, but on the inside and how many steps you've takes to accepting you for the fabulous woman you are.

Kudos to you my Spark Friend!

Rock On!

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GIBBLES5 9/5/2010 11:46AM

    good job... sounds like a wonderful experience all around!



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DIFROMWYOMING 9/5/2010 10:29AM

    emoticon on a great day!
I buy ALL my shoes online from Womanwithin or Coward shoes or one called Maryland something...they are pricey but they go wide enough for my wide feet. Good shoes are priceless, and you feet with thank you!

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BRIGHT551 9/5/2010 8:46AM

    Glad you enjoyed your day and isn't it great to be able to be more active!!!! Keep on sparking!!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 9/5/2010 7:40AM

    It sounds like a fabulous day! Congrats on the shopping, good job!

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TINARENA2 9/4/2010 11:17PM

    Sounds like a fun day. It's been a long time since I went to Gettysburg, but I remember it being a quaint town.

Way to go on the positive shopping experience, the changes you're making are working. emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 9/4/2010 11:05PM

    emoticon on such an active day! Keep on moving and losing! emoticon

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