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Day 53

Friday, January 20, 2012

Only 20 min on elliptical, but I got it done!

Busy day, got to go. Have a great weekend everyone!

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BRANDTSGIRL 1/20/2012 12:22PM

    Your doing wonderful!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/20/2012 12:08PM

    Woo hoo!

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Day 52

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I had a rough night sleeping last night. Bridget came in about 2:30am with a tummy ache. She then became my bed buddy. She's a tosser and a turner, so my sleep at that point wasn't the best. I managed to get a nap in after everyone got off to school and work. Bridget in her own bed napping, so I could get some rest. I got to the chiropractor, which I really needed. I haven't been in a few weeks. This time I had him concentrate on my neck and shoulders, although I still got my knees, feet and wrists adjusted too.

My workout today was 30 total min on the elliptical (10 min intervals), weights (chest press, delt press, bicep curl, quad extendors), crunches (regular, bicycle, reverse), and stretching. I've been eating really well still, lots and lots of veggies, mostly in their raw form. Hubby has started eating well too, and has created his spark page. Soon he'll start the exercising too. I'm really proud of him for really making an effort.

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KPETSCHE 1/19/2012 11:57PM

    Good job, Chris. See you tomorrow.

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ALLISON145 1/19/2012 8:36PM

    Awesome! You're both making really good progress!!

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ELISADENK 1/19/2012 7:50PM


I had no idea a Chiro could adjust knees, feet, and wrists.

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/19/2012 7:20PM

    Way to go! Hope that your daughter is on the mend.

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BRANDTSGIRL 1/19/2012 6:30PM

    Good for you:)

emoticonto you my emoticon

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Day 51-A sad day, but I kept going.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I managed to get a good workout in today. I did the elliptical (30 min total, 10 min intervals), weights (various tricep and glutes), my non-crunch ab routine, and stretching.

I got the call around 9am this morning that my uncle Bobby passed away. He was only 56 (12 years older than me). He was also my God Father. My grandmom called me; she's in her eighties. It was pretty sudden. I guess he just found out in the last couple of weeks that he had cancer of the lymph nodes. Chemotherapy wasn't even set up yet. He went into the hospital for fluid on his lungs. While there, he had a heart attack and died. He may have been sick for a long time and may have kept how sick he was from Grandmom and my mom (his sister). We aren't sure. The funeral is in New Jersey, too far away for me to attend.

It's been 20 years since I've seen my uncle Bobby. It never dawned on me that that was the last time I'd see him. I was in college then, and my brothers and I road-tripped to New Jersey to see our Grandpa one last time. We had lots of fun with Uncle Bobby too. We went to Philadelphia and saw Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell (memories from childhood trips there too). I also remember "Joe's", a great place to get a Philly cheesesteak. It may be the original Philly cheesesteak, I'm not sure. We saw a Phillies game at the Vet and I remember my uncle yelling, "Lenny!!" for Lenny Dykstra, one of the players back then. He loved his Phillies.

My kids are being great. They are helping me out right now, doing some of the chores. We will dedicate our rosary to Uncle Bobby and pray for the repose of his soul. Please pray for him too.

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KPETSCHE 1/20/2012 12:00AM

    I'm sorry to hear your bad news. Our thoughts and prayers will go out to you and your family. It's so hard to lose someone, especially when they weren't that old and it was so unexpected. Sounds like your memories of your last visit with him are good ones to remember.

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BRANDTSGIRL 1/19/2012 2:34PM

    Oh my dear friend I'm so sorry.
I know this can't be easy for you lots of emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon& my prayers to you as well.

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/18/2012 9:59PM

    I will send more prayers your way. Sending hugs too!

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ALLISON145 1/18/2012 8:15PM

    I'm so very sorry to hear this. :( It's a great reminder to spend time with the ones we love while we can, because you just never know.

Big Hugs,

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DIVEGODDESS 1/18/2012 6:28PM

    My sympathies to you. I'll be praying for your Uncle Bobby and sending you prayers as well. Cherish the memories. It's sad when people that are relatively young pass away quickly..I commend you for keep going and working out. emoticon

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Day 50! WooHoo!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wow! Have I really done 50 straight days of 10 min of exercise per day? I really try to make my minimum 20 minutes, so I am rocking this challenge!

Today I got a full workout in:

Elliptical total 60 min- pretty fast for most of it (16 +16+16+12)
Weights Set one (chest press, delt press, bicep curl, quad extension)
Crunches (regular, bicycle, reverse)

In those 50 days I've completed 2119 fitness minutes, and I've traveled 63.8 miles (walking, jogging, or elliptical). I've also done a lot of swimming, which takes away mileage since I don't know how to convert my strokes to miles yet. Keep in mind I have an Endless pool where I swim in place. In January, I've made the commitment to do weights at least three times per week. That added to my swimming has increased my upper body strength and endurance. I've also eaten really well since January 2nd, eating tons of vegetables. I hope to weigh myself on Friday if I get a chance at work. My clothes seem to be fitting better, although I don't think I can get back into the size 16s I bought last spring. If I keep this up, I will fit into those clothes before I know it!

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ALLISON145 1/17/2012 11:30PM


You can do it! Keep it up!!

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JAMARIEHICKEY 1/17/2012 10:21PM

    Great job!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KPETSCHE 1/17/2012 9:43PM


Look at those miles and minutes!! Way to rock the exercise. Keep it up!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/17/2012 8:28PM

    You are doing awesome! Keep it up!

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GUNDAD 1/17/2012 8:12PM

    Good job, you inspire me! Let's make 012 the year we reach our goals!!!!!! Juice up! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/17/2012 6:48PM

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Your streak is so much fun to watch!

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Day 48 and I survived the sleepover

Sunday, January 15, 2012

What a busy Friday it was! I managed to get a workout in to keep my streak going, but I had lots of picking up to do around the house to get it ready for Stevie's party. I also had to get some groceries and party gifts and be sure I was at the school to pick up all the kids. Four of the boys came over right after school. Four others showed up at various times in the evening. Seven boys spent the night. We let them splash around in our pool for a little bit. They also played video games, some football in the yard, ate chips and pizza and watched "The A-Team." We got Stevie a giant cookie from Eileen's in Omaha. My kids prefer a birthday cookie to a cake. Mary and Mikey helped put up streamers and balloons. Mary drew on the balloons to make them look like aliens. The boys tried to sneak in a second movie after 11pm. I put a stop to that and told them to get some sleep. The next morning we had donuts for the kids and I made scrambled eggs. All the boys loved the eggs and said they were the best ever. That made me feel pretty good. Everything went really well and Stevie had a very special tenth birthday.

I've kept up my exercising through the weekend. Yesterday I swam for 30 min. Today was beautiful, so I went for a walk/jog. I jogged a total of 3 miles (one mile intervals) and walked a total of 1.5 miles. I'm pretty happy I can go so far.

My eating has been good all weekend. My only diversion was a little bit of homemade ice cream. I tried to make creme brulee with eight egg yolks I had left-over from making coconut maccaroons. It never set. When I tasted it, it tasted like melted ice cream. I found our old ice cream maker and put the canister in the freezer. The next day I made it into a very rich vanilla ice cream. It had double the egg yolks from a regular recipe. I had a small serving of that, but it really didn't have all that much sugar in it. Other than that, I've stuck to my plan.

So week three of the new year is getting off to a good start. 4.5 miles down already this week, and I'm still eating right.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/16/2012 4:36AM

    A birthday cookie sounds amazingly good. I like the texture of cookies better than most cakes. Hmmmmmm ...

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ALLISON145 1/15/2012 9:29PM

    Way to go!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/15/2012 7:46PM

    Sounds like a great time was had by all! Way to stick to your healthy eating and your exercising. Have a great week!

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FREELADY 1/15/2012 6:29PM

    The double-yolk frozen creme brulee has lots of iron . . . so good for us moms!!

Sounds like a delightful party! You built many joyful memories for them! Three cheers for you eating mindfully, moderately, ,and squeezing that exercise in. Impressive!

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