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Day 69

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Today I did 40 minutes on the elliptical before getting ready for work. It was hard to get going. My body sure felt the effects of shoveling and sledding yesterday. Climbing repeatedly up a snow covered hill really was a great lower body workout, and the shoveling a great upper body workout. OUCH!!

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KAYTIE22 2/5/2012 3:05PM

    You sure got a workout during the past couple days but then you are always dedicated and "full steam ahead" which I really admire. It's a lot of hard work but it's so worth it in the end. (Easy for me to say when I really need to step up my program A LOT!) Glad the snow has moved on. Quite a storm over there but at least you had fun with the kids and got some good exercise in.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/5/2012 1:20PM

    Glad to hear that you got another great workout in today! Have a great Sunday!

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Day 68- Shoveling snow and sledding

Saturday, February 04, 2012

What does a crazy, 43 year-old, mother of six do for cardio when a major snow storm hits? She helps the family shovel the double wide, quadruple long driveway... and then is crazy enough to go sledding too. Today I shoveled for 45 minutes and went sledding for 35 minutes. I was a sweaty mess under all my snow gear when we got home. I'll probably have to go to the chiro again to straighten my hips and bum out from the sledding. My crazy kids built a ramp to get airborn while sledding. No one got hurt, thankfully.

Does anyone know a good place for a woman to get snow pants? This winter I invested in good snow boots for all the adult sized members of our family, five pair from Lands End. We are all happy with those. I am the only person in the family without snow pants, and I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on them. What I do now is use a pair of my fat jeans and wear a pair of thick leggings and a pair of sweat pants under them. The good thing is that I still have room in the fat pants after adding two layers under them!

I almost forgot to mention that hubby helped shovel and went sledding too! He's starting to be able to do more things, and he's noticing that! I'm so happy he was there with us today!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/5/2012 1:19PM

    Sounds like a fun day!

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ALLISON145 2/4/2012 9:19PM

    LOL yup, that was my cardio today, too! Well, the shoveling, not the sledding. I did make half a snowman, though. LOL! How much did you get up north? I'd wager we got almost 8 inches in Bellevue. The nice thing is that once it was shoveled/plowed it melted off to water because the concrete was residually warm. SWEET!


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BRANDTSGIRL 2/4/2012 9:15PM

    OK how much snow did you get & what area of Iowa are you in?

And good for you!
I don't have any winter snow pants either...son bought his at Thesons here in Iowa Falls. His got the best winter cloths of all of us coat and all.

And emoticon emoticonfor being able to get all those cloths on.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/4/2012 6:22PM

    I think of shoveling snow as being my equivalent of playing in the snow. I also like that I get to enter in my shoveling minutes in the fitness tracker. I wasn't able to find an affordable pair of snow pants for myself, but what I use is a big pair of wind pants OVER my sweatpants or jeans. They work perfect, as far as I'm concerned. They keep the wind off my legs, which keeps me warm enough for when I'm out in the cold. I found my wind pants from the mens section of the store. Adult snow pants CAN be found from catalogs like LLBean and/or Land's End. (Think ski pants). But, for my purposes, the wind pants have lasted me a LONG time & didn't cost me much at all. A perfect combo in my mind! It's good to have them a size bigger than you normally wear, so they'll comfortably fit over another pair of pants.

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Day 67

Friday, February 03, 2012

Today I was able to fit in 35 minutes in our Endless pool, 31 of those minutes were backstrokes (1800). I only stopped twice during the swim (goggle adjustment, and re-turn the motor on).

Right now I'm at work, taking my break. The computer system we use for working is getting and "upgrade." Everything just went down, so there's not much work for me to do right now. I'm hoping the snow storm holds off until I make it home. I've got someone to cover my shift tomorrow, so I won't have to commute through all this bad stuff.

I have to say that I'm feeling a little thinner. Hubby has even commented on that. I can't step on a scale. It doesn't show a difference frequently, so I avoid it until I can fit into smaller clothes. I'm glad that I feel good, though.

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/4/2012 8:42AM

    Hope that you made it home safely. Glad you were able to find someone to cover your shift. Have a great weekend!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/4/2012 1:17AM

    emoticon for feeling thinner.

I find it amusing to have those moments where some little thing just makes me feel different somehow. Maybe the way I stand or how my arms relax at my sides, how tight or loose certain items feel, even a sudden closer look in the mirror while washing my hands.

Congrats on day 67!

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Day 66-My Two Year Sparkversary!!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I'm glad I picked Groundhog day to join Sparkpeople. It helps me remember my Sparkversary. So, no matter if the Groundhog sees his shadow or not, I'm celebrating today.

I've actually been in a down mood. I think it was all the clouds this morning, and the impending snow storm coming our way this weekend. I managed to do a full workout, 30 min elliptical, weights, crunches and stretching, even though I really wasn't in the mood for it. I do feel much better now.

I'm so glad I joined SparkPeople. It has made me stick with it through these two years of ups and downs. I've been on a plateau for a while, but think I'm going to break it with the 10 min/day of exercise challenge. And even though I'm plateauing, I still feel better than I did two years ago. I also see less of a shadow now too, about 25 lbs less!

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KPETSCHE 2/2/2012 9:54PM

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Just can't say enough - Great job, Chris. See you tomorrow at work.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/2/2012 7:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have been doing great!!!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/2/2012 7:36PM

    Has it really been two years? I still can't believe that I've been on here for 4! You have been doing great. Keep it up!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/2/2012 5:59PM

    Happy emoticon!

I'm sure with all these days of 10 minutes, even if the scale is cranky and not moving much, there's lots of other improvements - like just how much you can do now!

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Day 65 January wrap up

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Today I had to swim for my exercise. I managed 40 minutes in the pool, five doing various kicks, 35 swimming the backstroke. I had to stop three times, twice to adjust the current speed, and once to adjust my goggles, so technically, it wasn't 35 straight minutes of swimmin. I totaled 2000 backstrokes (a new record for me).

Here are some of my January numbers:

1851 fitness minutes
70.7 miles (elliptical and walking/jogging)
16 weight lifting sessions
7 swim sessions
7200 total backstrokes

I'm happy with these numbers, and I feel like I'm starting to make progress again.

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/1/2012 5:34PM

    You are doing awesome!! Keep it up!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 2/1/2012 5:12PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

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LUXITTA 2/1/2012 5:09PM

    emoticon It's crazy that you tracked all that, but a good idea as well that way you can see what you're doing as a whole! Keep it up and I'm sure this month will be even better!

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