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Fitness Test with P/T

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

So today is 6 weeks in to working out, and having met with my Personal Trainer on 3 other occasions. Today was our 4th meeting, and time for re-evaluating.
Measurements: since October 20th I have lost 4 pounds, which is OKAY. I've been using the treadmill (walking/running) and doing strength training and doing the PiYo once a week.
DRUM-ROLL PLEASE: I've lost .... 8-1/2" overall!
I credit that to the treadmill. Good, serious cardio workouts, at least 3 times a week, will make you LOSE FAT.
I feel better. I look better. I AM better!
As I sit here eating a horrible dinner (pulled pork sandwiches and fries - but homemade, not fast food bought) I reflect on what my kitchen looked like October 20th and I grin ear to ear when I look in my cabinets today. Whole grains everywhere. The only canned foods are stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, beef and chicken broths (the last 2 are technically in boxes LOL) but gone are the chips, the cookies, and other unhealthy snacks. Granted, I never really partook of those much (hubby "HAS to have them" although HE is T2 diabetic .... hm...) but it's so ... liberating. I LOVE seeing healthy foods line the cabinets, fridge, freezer, and YES, even rails in the garage (it's cold out, so I keep the potatoes, onions, apples etc on the landing in the garage) "Goodies" are my homemade granola bars or a protein shake (made with yogurt, light soy milk, banana, peanut butter & protein powder) No more cookies staring me in the face. No more chips begging me to lick them.
AND I'm back to my 20 cups water every day!!!! Oh, how much better I feel. It took me 6 weeks to get back where I was in 2008, but BY GLORY! *I* AM BACK!

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EDLEAR 12/3/2014 1:24AM

    Oh congrats! emoticon
It's great to see results, isn't it? As for the healthy foods surrounding you, I say again - great! It sure helps me not to resist having chips needing to be licked around, lol.

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Missing Annette

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I still have an email dated June 2009 from a dear friend I met here on SparkPeople. She was struggling with COPD and her fight ended in 2010. I called her on the phone a few dozen times in the couple of years that I got the chance to know her. Soft spoken and a funny gal!
Annette -
- I still think of you daily. Thank you for being my friend!

The email she'd sent me?

FINALLY - Someone is bitchy enough to say it like it REALLY is!


When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a bitch.

When I stand up for those I love, they call me a bitch.

When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a bitch..

Being a bitch means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life MY way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.

When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a bitch.

The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish.

It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I 'should' be.

I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!

So try to stomp on me, just try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won't succeed.

And if that makes me a bitch, so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.

B - Babe
I - In
T - Total
C - Control of
H - Herself

B = Beautiful
I = Intelligent
T = Talented
C = Charming
H = Hell of a Woman

B = Beautiful
I = Individual
T = That
C = Can
H = Handle 'anything'

'If you can't do something right, get a woman to do it.'

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GODZDESIGN95 12/2/2014 6:52PM

    OMG I miss her something fierce. Theres not a day I do not think about her especially while on spark. She was a true friend. One of my first friends on spark. She was a fighter. I loved her. I still send messages to her on her page. I know some may say that is nutty but I do not care. She was my special friend. emoticon I send he goodies too. Can not help it. I miss her. She was one of my biggest cheerleaders. I can not belive she is gone. emoticon

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I am REALLY loving ...

Monday, November 24, 2014

... the PiYo class! Sadly it's only on Mondays at 7:30 pm so far, but we're hoping they add in another day. I think I've been 4 times, now, and *I* see a HUGE improvement in my balance! Seeing as I'd not done ANY kind of group exercise ever before, and it had been over 5 years since I'd done any kind of yoga or Pilates, I was (quite understandably!) off balance and uncoordinated. Today the instructor used ME as demonstration for the ADVANCED moves (I'm still pretty flexible - I give the fact that I (still) run as why I'm so flexible "at my age". (I can still do that standing straddle stretch with my knees straight and my forearms on the floor *GRIN*) Of course, I sweat like a race horse on a ten mile stretch, and had to move OFF my yoga mat because it was like slipping around on a floor covered in crisco!
I'm looking forward to next Monday's class

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EDLEAR 11/26/2014 1:59AM

    This is great that you've found a new fun class, and as a first time group-class-taker! But only once a week? Hopefully they'll add at least one more day/week.
Flexibility is so very important, but I don't think many of us work at it as much as we should.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Today's lunch:
An Apple (with peel, of course!)
An Orange
A serving of my home-made Pumkin-Berry granola bar (
) It's a bit dry, so still in the developing stage emoticon
And, of course, 2-3 cups water!

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EDLEAR 11/24/2014 5:04AM

    Oh I love homemade granola bars! We have three different recipes we use at the cafe. Of course the most popular with the customers-of-a-certain-age are the espresso buzz bars.
Your lunch looks great!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Also known as "All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet". Not good. Although there are many (over 150!) choices on the Golden Corral buffet, and MANY *GOOD* choice foods, many, and certainly *I*, don't willingly choose them. Okay, so I DID start out QUITE healthy with the salad bar ...
baby spinach leaves, romaine, sunflower seeds ... then it went downhill ... bleu cheese dressing, croutons (only 3, but they weren't from a box!) black olives (which are a healthy food, but MAN, the SODIUM!) a deviled egg. And that was my first plate ...
My main meal consisted of: bbq chicken (which was nasty - I don't care for dark meat at all, and it was a back piece, so hardly any meat on it anyway, so I didn't eat it) mashed potatoes, brown gravy, bbq beans, fried okra, a yeast roll, margarine ... I had a carbohydrate RICH dinner!
OF COURSE, an AYCEB is not complete until ... you hit the dessert bar. Sweets of all kinds! They ARE my downfall. Although I was more than satisfied with my meal, I told hubby "I am going to have EVERY cake that's up there!" .... and I did. Well, not really, b/c I didn't like the look of the chocolate cake. I did have: chocolate creme pie, coconut creme pie, carrot cake, a 2" square piece (I hardly call THAT a serving!) of peach cobbler (more sauce than peach!) a coconut cookie ... OH MY! I felt my stomach muscles fighting to get that stuff OUT of there, but I continued to shove it in.
I still went to Pi-Yo, which OMG do NOT do that on an over-full stomach! Thought it was going to come out my nose!
And here is the BEST reason NOT to hit an AYCEB .. I was up EVERY hour on the hour with diarrhea ... I think my body knew better than my brain and tried like crazy to eject it all!
You know how you can get septic: when your body can create blood poisoning and stuff like that? Well, I really think I created within me Carbohydrate Poisoning - no kidding!
I will not be doing AYCEB anytime soon, let me tell you!!!!
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EDLEAR 11/19/2014 2:39AM

    I try to avoid buffets because I just can't seem to control myself around them. The different offerings usually look wonderful - especially the desserts - but they almost always disappoint me.

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