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Sunday, July 10, 2011

I have been married for 24 years (to the same man, I might add emoticon) and can count on ONE hand the times I have helped mow our grass.

Our lawnmower has been broken and the rains have fallen and the end result was a huge yard that was knee-high in some places and butt-high in others. My husband got the mower repaired and since we don't have a weed eater he began the task of mowing. Last night he said that I should be the one mowing since I was the one working out "all the time." I didn't say anything then, but this evening I decided to surprise him and ask him to let me help. He jokingly said I really was trying to give him a heart attack--first by making him do it alone and then by offering to help. emoticon

I now have a new respect for that man! My WHOLE body got involved in the process. I am already sore from my toes to my head. Our teen-aged son even tried to help a little. It was one of our nicer, prouder, "FAMILY" moments.

But the grass is now at a manageable height and will need to be mowed again soon. I am actually looking forward to helping. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???

I am still going to Zumba and aiming for 5 days a week. This week I am also going to try to add 2 morning classes to the routine. The scales are not budging. I have technically gained a pound, but my clothes are feeling looser and...drum roll please...

I ALMOST danced my skirt off in Zumba class Friday evening!! emoticon

It was actually harder to "shake-it" while holding my skirt up, but I was SOOOOOOOOOOO PROUD. I pre-apologized to the ladies behind me that if my skirt fell off I was sorry. One girl said "you are going to turn this into a Zum-BUTT class." Then she added, "YOU GO GIRL!!"

I like that I am fiercely protective of that precious hour each day. It is the one thing I am doing for myself this summer. I help my parents all day and then take out my frustrations at Zumba. Right now it is a winning combination. Mom is doing better and I know she is being well-cared for. I am doing better knowing that I am being cared for, too.

Happy Sparking!

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    Taking care of the lawn is exercise! Hooray for your family moment of togetherness, working on the lawn.

You are the Zumba queen. Loved your funny story about your skirt.

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AUNTIEANNE22 7/11/2011 11:18PM

  I'm glad you are taking care of yourself. Being a caregiver is very hard work and can easily drain a person.
If your clothes are feeling looser, you are probably developing muscles which take up less room, but don't make you weigh less.
Keep up the great work!

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PENNEYV 7/10/2011 11:19PM

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Just a touch of withdrawal...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

So this morning I took a walk since I won't get to do Zumba today. As a matter of fact, the earliest I will get to do it is Tuesday, so I am having to be creative with my workouts. At first I thought it would be awful, but then I took off walking with my MP3 player.

Now, 3 years ago, my hubby had loaded some upbeat contemporary christian music and I used to enjoy the walk on so many levels. The music would bless me, the walk would energize me...etc...

Today I discovered that my teenage son has re-loaded the MP3 player. emoticon I spent my time listening to some of his music choices and I was pretty surprised! He likes mostly country but there were also some big-band tunes, jazz, and some acapella gospel. I walked for 2 miles just listening. I felt closer to him...isn't that strange?

I also had time to think during this walk. You don't get much time to think during Zumba--it is fast paced and I have to constantly think about what I am doing.

At first I was upset with myself. I started this journey 3 years ago (June 18, 2008) and I was SURE that by this time in my life I would weigh around 160 and be in "maintenance." I would be giving weight loss advice and prancing around in my MUCH smaller clothes. I have watched many of you drop tons of weight and here I am, still in the 240's. I KNOW I SAID that this was a "lifestyle" change, but I am going to be brutally honest with myself for a moment. I MEANT THAT FOR EVERYONE ELSE. I just wanted to get skinny.


I said it.

Now I have new motivation.

I am blessed to be able to care for my mother. She has had diabetes for 40+ years. I've watched it ruin vacations (she would always get a yeast infection and couldn't ride very far), I've seen it mess with her eyes, her heart, and cost her a leg. I spent lots of my teen years "running the house" because mom was in the hospital. Back then, they put you in-patient for routine testing. I remember learning how to give injections into an orange and then run when mom would ask me to do it for her because it hurt her to do it in her belly. Hind sight is 20-20 and I wish I could go back and do it for her.

Now she is recovering from a stroke and I get to be part of this adventure, too. She doesn't get to do anything by herself. Someone has to be there ALL THE TIME. She can't even go to the bathroom alone because she can't manage her underwear and hold on at the same time. She is still bright and alert which makes her angry and aggravated at the whole situation.

When I stare into the future, will this be me??? Will my son have to take care of me?

I have diabetes, too. And so help me GOD, I want to fight a little harder, learn a little more, eat a little better, exercise a lot and finish this race STRONG!

Who's with me?

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    I'm a little late responding, but I am certainly with you. I've been doing the same thing, seeing everyone pass me up. I joined a Challenge team this Fall, and I'm sticking with it.

Your mother is so fortunate to have you. I take care of my Dad now, and we can't leave him unattended.
Hugs, my friend.

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NEWSTART127 7/3/2011 9:52PM

    Glad that you made the most of your walk and the surprise tunes!
Becoming aware of what we're doing will get us there... maybe not as quickly as we'd like, and there are all kinds of detours and back roads, and even some backtracking...
But it's the journey that we're on, and we'll get where we are meant to be when we're meant to be there.
I'm so glad that you can be there for your mom.
Hugs, Audra

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The Zumba Floozie...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's no secret that I love Zumba. So when I decided to recommit to getting healthier, that was the one form of exercise that appealed to me. I used to do quite a bit of walking, but I just can't seem to get out the door and do it. emoticon Same goes for swimming--it is just too hot to do much more than just splash a little in the pool. emoticon

When I started doing Zumba 2 years ago, it was offered in just a few places. I chose to do it at the YWCA and pretty much stayed there faithfully. At one point I ventured to the YMCA for variety. Well NOW there are Zumba places EVERYWHERE!! What's a Zumba-girl to do?? Try them ALL out, that's what!

I went to Brick House Cardio and took a few classes. They are great and I knew a lot of the people there. They offered to let me join for $35 a month AFTER the one time fee of $33 OR I could pay the $5 as I go. All they offer there is a Zumba class each day. I decided I could get a YWCA membership for the same price and could have more variety. So I went to the YWCA and told them I was looking at Brickhouse Cardio and they IMMEDIATELY gave me a week's free trial. Woo-Hoo!

In the meantime, a local community center was offering a four-week session (twice a week) for $20. That's $2.50 a class. I was intrigued. So I showed up for class one night and because of where it is located, most of the Zumba-ers were beautiful, athletic, black women. Good Lord could they ever "shake it!" My everything got sore, but I was a good sport and I shook just as hard as I could. Tonight I signed the official papers to go to 7 more classes this month. emoticon

I am just amazed at the amount of variety that is offered in the classes. It's fun to do 3 different routines to one song. It keeps me interested and it keeps me moving. Enough said.

My blood sugar is coming back down to where it should be. I am sooooooooo glad. I've been taking my medicine faithfully and the exercising is helping, too. I was already eating lo-carb and lo-sugar.

I love the way I feel. I love that I am finding ways to carve "me" time. My parents agree that I should really fight this fight with EVERYTHING that is in me. They are cheering me on and I LOVE that!

Happy Sparking!

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    Your descriptions make me smile and laugh. You go, girl.

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KIRANICSMOM 6/28/2011 4:01PM

    I love Zumba too! I just get caught up in the music and the 60 minutes goes by so fast! So glad that you found a class that pushes you and you love. My Zumba instructor is trying to get pregnant and I fear for my Zumba fix when she gets pregnant! emoticon

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MOWEIGHTLOSS 6/28/2011 3:53PM

    I have been going to Zumba at the YWCA and in Cross Lanes, I love Zumba Lynn, her story is amazing! Which community center is offering the Zumba twice a week?

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SMILINGEYES2 6/22/2011 3:52PM

    Liz, emoticon You are really taking care of business. You deserve a medal emoticon. Those pound will be flying off the emoticon and in teh meantime, you are having so much fun emoticon. Most importantly, it sounds like you are doing so well on being a healthier you. emoticon emoticon

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COODLEBUG 6/22/2011 2:39PM

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Zumba Rocks!! That is wonderful you have some many options!! I know of 4 diffrent places in my town but the times are almost identical...Never knew there was so much variety in the dances thought...Maybe I should go try diffrent places and see which one makes me sweat the most....LOL Have fun keep up the great work!! Glad to hear your surgar is doing better!!!

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NEWSTART127 6/22/2011 12:08AM

    Generally, we'd say that you're a "Zumbaholic" - isn't it great?
Glad you've found so many great local options!!! emoticon

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JDELEON81 6/21/2011 10:21PM

    I have zumba for my xbox 360 Kinect it's a game played by sensors that follow your body movement this way I get points for the correct moves I make. Man it is a workout. I haven't played it in a long time but your blog made me want to get back into it. THANKS!

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FINALLYBEINGME 6/21/2011 10:11PM

    emoticon I love zumba as well. It doesn't feel like exercising. Great job with keeping up with exercise!

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Food Play

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have learned things about myself in the past 3 years.

The biggest one, I think, is how most of weight loss is a mental battle. My body won't move unless my brain can convince it to. Once we get started (my brain and my body) I am almost unstoppable!

I learned very early into this lifestyle change that I get bored with exercise easily. I CANNOT just walk on a treadmill for 40 minutes. TV doesn't help and music helps a LITTLE but then there's the other 35 minutes I have to trudge through. That's why Zumba works for me. You have two or three moves that you do over and over until the song (only 2 or 3 minutes) is over. Then you get a drink of water, and learn the next sequence of moves. And just when I start to feel a little bored with the movements in the song, the instructor will inject "a little choreography" that spices it right back up!

I love to look at foods and recipes and "tweak" them. It's just something I do. I have been obsessed with making the perfect oatmeal "drink." I don't like stiff oatmeal. I prefer to have it thin and drink it on the go. So far, my favorite thing to add to plain oatmeal is a packet of raspberry sugar free drink mix.

I didn't have any raspberry mix today so I improvised. I used sugar free peach jello. I didn't add the jello until the oatmeal was hot (1 min 30 sec in microwave) and the jello clumped up and didn't want to dissolve. I finally got enough in there to make it sweet enough to tolerate and it will do for today. Since this is my life, I will keep looking for the perfect flavors and textures. This is how I keep going. I have to keep my brain involved!

As for exercising in between Zumba? I have been trying to put my own moves to Mandisa's "Good Morning" song. As soon as I heard it on the radio I KNEW I could Zumba to it. Mandisa has lost a lot of weight and she said that her Zumba instructor uses the song in her routine. All I know is that I was moving and doing "Zumba" moves for 20 minutes to figure out what would fit to the music.

What are your little tricks to keep going??

Happy Sparking!

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COODLEBUG 6/21/2011 4:46PM

    I too love Zumba!! It is lots of fun!! I am in my 5th week of Zumba and I am seeing the inches fall off!! As for liqud oatmeal, I sometimes drink it too....I use it in my protein shakes...peanutbutter oatmeal cookie, and also bananna oatmeal shake... both are good!! Keep up the great work!!!

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NEWSTART127 6/20/2011 11:53PM

    Okay, had to check out the song! Sounds like a great warm-up... lots of side steps with arm movements, grapevines with knees, hamstring curls, v-steps, pivots...

But liquid oatmeal - Ewwww! emoticon

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Going toe-to-toe with my momma

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I think I have mentioned that my mom had a long hospital stay from April 6 until May 26. She is recovering from a stroke that affected her left side and a portion of her brain.

Two days ago, we decided that we would make salmon cakes for dinner. When I make them, I use salmon, egg, flour, little bit of onion, ketchup, and mustard. I don't know WHERE I came up with that, but I THOUGHT it was from my mom. She and I went round and round about what goes into those salmon cakes. She said "all I EVER put in them was salmon and flour." So I am picturing little pieces of fried salmon instead of a hamburger-sized patty of fish. She was adamant so I let her do it her way so that I could prove her wrong. Welllllllllll, those fish patties were WONDERFUL. Just a can of salmon and some flour to hold them together. She wouldn't let me salt and pepper them, either. I officially stand CORRECTED. emoticon

I went to my doctor's appointment. I knew my sugar was "probably" running high. Well, I was right on that one! It was very, very high. My A1C was 10.4. I was very depressed when I left there. I know that the medicine she gave me will bring it back down, and I know I am eating right and exercising. I just HATE Diabetes. I hate what it has done to my family and now what it is doing to ME. emoticon

I noticed a big difference while exercising today--I am getting less winded. YAY! Time to step up the intensity! emoticon

Happy Sparking!

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PENNEYV 6/18/2011 6:19PM

    I make salmon patties the way you said at first because that is how an aunt of DH taught me. I'll have to tr y them your "new" way. Certainly simpler.
Glad to see that the exercise is having a positive effect. Keep it up. emoticon

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