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Forget Making Fitness a New Years Resolution

Saturday, January 01, 2011

The term "New Years Resolution" sounds temporary- Like it is only supposed to last through the in new part of the year. Instead, make your fitness goals a "Life Time Resolution".

The problem with making weight loss and being more fit sound like temporary goals, even if you reach those goals, is that they aren't temporary at all! Who wants to lose the weight just to gain it back? Or get fit just to lose all of the progress they have made and go back to what they were before they set the goal? "Not I!", said the cat! These are goals that we want to be permanent, and to make them permanent you have to start patterns and habits that you will employ for the rest of your life. Otherwise, you are going to find yourself right back where you started.

So save your New Years Resolution for one-time good deals, like buying a new house or re-doing the spare room. Your health-related resolutions should have nothing to do with the New Year and have everything to do with being resolved to live a healthier life from this point on out.

  
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LUVYA04 1/3/2012 9:27AM

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Thanks for Posting Nancy. You are right Your health shouldn't be a New years Resolution.!!!!!!

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TIAGAYEPFA 1/2/2012 4:55PM

    Totally agree!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/2/2012 4:52PM

    Sounds good!

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KAMAPERRY 1/2/2012 3:01PM

    Yes maam! Still perfect!

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MZKAY25 12/26/2011 8:51AM

    Sounds like a much better plan u have here love it!

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SUNSHINE667 1/8/2011 1:49AM

    AMEN! I never make resolutions becasue I set goals year round!

Hope your New Year is off to a great start! emoticon

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TEJAS1291 1/5/2011 3:21PM

  Not me said the flea!!! LOL and Amen said the choir!!LOL I was visiting a friend and noticed your pic and comments on her page and came by to check out your page.
I am trying to get buff and then some with the muscle,but this body is NOT cooperating.How DO you look so good?? I mean, I'm 50 and have had this thing going on with this weight for 4 years,slowly adding up the Lbs,until I reached 50 Lbs over my norm of 104.I had always been lean and had good muscle tone.Now I'm going for a lean but not skinny look and I want to add more muscle...You are probably sick of giving free advice but I'd LOVE to know what your program consists of.I see you are a personal trainer too!! I try to surround myself with friends that have a positive attitude and you seem to fit that bill perfectly.I'm in Texas too!! I live on South Padre Island about 30 miles south of Corpus Christi!! Can I add you as a friend?? I'd love to pick your brain about fitness!!!LOL

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 1/3/2011 9:28PM

    Excellent point!

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CHARLIESANGEL10 1/2/2011 10:04AM

    Losing it & gaining it back--are the worst! My only New Years resolutions this year are gonna be 30 % more fruit eaten( in place of large bread portions) & I am gonna add organize closet b/c I haven't done it yet, I have procrastinated so long that I forgot where one of the organizers I bought to do it is, hahaha)

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THEHONESTME 1/1/2011 1:07PM

    Well said! Yesterday I thought about writing down my 2011 GOALS -- then I realized I normally write down my resolutions -- this year I had referred to them as GOALS without even thinking about the difference. I intend to reach my maintenance goal weight and stay there once and for all. Happy New Year, NancyAnne!

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A Little Holiday Tough Love

Friday, December 03, 2010

Remember: It's a Holiday Season, not an Eating Season.

If you don't want to derail your own weight loss efforts, you are going to have to take ownership of your eating for the next month. Scratch that..... You are going to have to take ownership of your eating for the REST OF YOUR LIFE!

Yeah.... I know this reality sucks, but it's where we are- We didn't get fat by being careful throughout the Holiday Seasons prior, so we sure as heck aren't going to get (or stay) skinny by eating whatever the devil we please until January 2nd. Plus, if you DO eat whatever you desire for the next month it's going to be even harder to lose the cravings for the simple carbs when the four-week binge is over.

I have so many tempting food thingys coming up I can't even tell you. But I don't need to, because you can identify- You have them, too! Look folks, we can't make the tempting foods or fancy schmancy occasions with butter and sugar dripping from them go away. We are going to have to deal. And most of the time we are going to have to say "It looks marvelous! So tempting, but NO, and thank you very much for your efforts"- sometimes over and over. We're going to be confronted with food pushers. But if we cave it isn't their fault, it's our own: WE are responsible for the bodies God has entrusted us with, not them.

The fact is that we are going to have to develop backbones if we aren't going to seriously derail our own efforts by January second, and potentially longer if we have a hard time getting back on track. It's tough to say "No" when faced with yummy food you only get once a year. But what do you want more? The yummy food, or the yummy body? It's your choice, but personally, I'll take the bod, thank you.

So I'm allowing myself a few MEALS this month where I am allowed to eat and not count macro nutrients. But the rest of the time I am going to practice complete avoidance, starting with tonight: I have a cookie open house that I will take my daughter to and I am drinking either unsweetened tea or water, and I am eating NO COOKIES or goodies whatsoever. Yes, you heard that right: I will be avoiding the yummy little things all together. Because tomorrow I have to weigh and report it to my FaceBook Holiday Weight Loss Challenge I started. (If you want to join, Click here: www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.p
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It's open to anyone.) And next week I have to take progress photos for the cursed thing that RachelMac started and I committed to! (What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment!)

I seriously doubt any of us will look back a few months from now and say "I so regret not eating more garbage this past Holiday season".

So if you've been binging, knock it off! Stop! Today! Right now! Go back to the basics! Claim whole, clean foods as your friend, and treat the next minute like a new chapter in life.

The year is too short to spend more than a full month of it destroying your health.

  
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APMAC_D 12/7/2010 10:19AM

    Great blog- you are 100% right. Thank you for being such a great sparker. I am going to stay dedicated over the holidays! No regrets

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PINKBEANBOO 12/6/2010 11:00AM

    I didn't say NO this weekend. My goal is to only have sweets on 12/18, 12/25, & 01/01. BUT I had 7 little butter cookies over the weekend. Dang. Ok, back to saying NO THANK YOU.
But thank you for the great blog.

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DEVORA4 12/6/2010 1:08AM

  GREAT blog and I hope the folks will pay attention to it!! I voted for it.

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ROCKNBUTTERFLY 12/4/2010 9:23PM

    Great blog, so very true... I'll take the yummy body too:)

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HDHAWK 12/4/2010 11:43AM

    Excellent! I seem to do best if I tackle one event at a time. Make a game plan, get through it, then on to the next event. Seems to help instead of looking at weeks of events all at once!

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FLEXCHEF 12/4/2010 11:33AM

    Awesome blog as always girl. Love ya

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MCMOM11 12/4/2010 11:29AM

    emoticonThanks for the spark girl!!!!! Just what I needed;)

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CICI510 12/4/2010 10:13AM

    Your blog always inspires me!! Thank you so much for the reminder. :)

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MAJORMOM68 12/4/2010 10:04AM

    This was real good. We like to give ourselves excuses to eat crap we aren't suppose to. The holiday season is just another excuse.

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PRYCELESS1 12/4/2010 4:52AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm trying to keep my food and exercise on track for the rest of this month,then i will allow myself Christmas day (but i won't go overboard). I know you don't need it but good luck saying no to the cookies. emoticon

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NONNATAMMY 12/3/2010 11:57PM

    I hope you don't mind if I quote you on my spark page. Your first paragraph just slapped me in the face and I need that. The holidays just sneak in and seem to take over my eating without me even realizing it. But you are definately right it isn't the eating season. Thank you so much for the tough love. You deserve the popular blog award for this. Tammy

Comment edited on: 12/4/2010 12:15:26 AM

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MISSYGEEN 12/3/2010 7:36PM

    So far I have been tempted very little this holiday season and have kept my commitment to working out and pushing myself to work harder at the gym. For a long time I could not look at myself in the big mirrors at the gym to watch my form and now that I can look and smile at how far I've come there is no way I'm going backwards for a month of oil and sugar. Thanks for the reminder.

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 12/3/2010 6:59PM

    This is an excellent blog! Thank you for posting it. You are so right. I joined Rachel's challenge too. I know it will help keep me honest over the next month and beyond.

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Enjoy Your Weight Loss Journey

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This may sound ridiculous, but try to enjoy the process of losing your weight and obtaining fitness.

No, I have not lost my mind. emoticon

Celebrate the little victories: Relish being in the next size down, at the 5-pound mark you were waiting to get to, being in the 190's and 180's and 170's (or whatever numbers you need to get through). Gloat a little about the scale going down. Look at your emerging waistline or trimmer arms or thinner face with admiration. Enjoy the process! Because if you don't, that's going to be a lot of time you spend half-living, and I can't think of one good reason to do that willingly. Can you?

This is a journey that is uniquely yours. No one else will have the experience of traveling it but you. Enjoy it.

It took me about a year to lose about 45 pounds of excess weight, and although there were some moments of angst ("Why can't I get down below 166???"), I am glad that overall I enjoyed the process and celebrated little victories along the way. Otherwise, it would have been a year of wasted negativity.

No matter how much weight you have to lose, chances are you aren't going to lose it quickly. Life is too short to be waiting for "When I lose this weight". Live life RIGHT NOW, at your current weight, to it's fullest potential. Don't wait to have nice hair, wear stylish clothes, learn to do your makeup, or anything else that you think could make you feel better about yourself. Regardless of your weight, you have every right to feel good about yourself right where you are. And besides, it's good for you! Like I said in my blog "Love Yourself In Your Current Condition", posted back in April, the better you feel about yourself right now, the more likely you will be to see your weight loss efforts through.

How much of your life are you willing to live miserable?

  
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MISSYGEEN 12/3/2010 7:55PM

    I agree! I am actually enjoying this journey. I celebrate the small things like passing up the donuts in the break room today. I did not have to talk myself out of eating them, it just didn't appeal to me and for that I celebrated. I almost felt like teasing the donuts and sticking my tongue out at it. I win!

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LOVE_2_RUN 12/1/2010 10:35PM

    Thank you for this blog!!

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KOOZIE1 11/29/2010 8:22PM

    THANK YOU! You have helped more than you know thru this post!

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DEVORA4 11/24/2010 10:02AM

  Hi I was web surfing and came accross your page. So glad I did! I loved your blog and totally agree. I have lost thr weight but now need to get buffed up. Happy Holiday!

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LASHAY74 11/23/2010 7:02PM

    Just what i need to hear as my journey is definately slower than most! I am enjoying seeing the changes. Although as i take my weekly pics, it usually takes my supportive husband to point out the changes and his encouragement! emoticon

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SUNSHINE667 11/22/2010 10:17PM

    Soo true and I am enjoying every minute of my journey! I enjoy the small victories along with the big ones. We enjoyed our great but slow journeys that took time ( pregnancy, college, etc)so why not enjoy our weight loss, GREAT BLOG!!!!



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HONEYBUNCH24 11/22/2010 9:28PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy that I found your blog post!!! I needed to read this....YOU are such an inspiration...

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TKADEEPBREATH 11/22/2010 8:46PM

    You are so right . . . I'm in total agreement with you.

Good job with this reminder to live to the fullest!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Jan

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MLAYESKI 11/22/2010 12:45PM

    Thank you! I agree, sometimes when you're in the moment you just look at how far away your final goal is. emoticon

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1000PENNIES 11/22/2010 8:01AM

  I agree completely with your take on the situation. I have alot of weight to lose and I refuse to wait until I get a certain weight before I start buying things that make me feel and look good. I have every intention of enojying this journey!

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CICI510 11/21/2010 8:32PM

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MTP717 11/21/2010 7:59PM

  Great reminder. emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 11/21/2010 7:05PM

    I loved this - especially since I've been thinking lately, why can't I hit and get below 166!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 11/21/2010 6:20PM

    This sounds like good advice to me.
And, I think I'll try to avoid misery whenever possible.

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Rules Are Sometimes Meant To Be Broken

Monday, November 15, 2010

I love rules and find contentment in knowing I am following them. I think it's the German in me. At any rate, even I believe that there are times it's beneficial to break the rules, particularly when it comes to exercise. So, as promised in my last blog, here are some general rules of weight lifting and why I like to break them sometimes.

Rule: Work specific body parts together. (Back with biceps, Chest with shoulders and delts, etc)

When you work the bigger muscle groups (Quads, Hams, Chest, and Back), the smaller muscle groups assist you in the motion. So, it stands to reason that working the Quads and Hamstrings with the Calves and Abs is a wise idea (calves get pulled into most thigh exercises, and abs are used to stabilize heavily on them, as well). Similarly, the "pushing" motion of chest exercises engages the triceps and shoulders, and the "pulling" motion of back exercises engages the biceps, so working those muscle groups together can thoroughly exhaust the smaller muscle groups and require less exercises to finish them off, therefore saving time. This rule of thumb is terrific, but sometimes you may want to break the body parts up differently based on your goals and objectives.

For instance, I am always working to thicken my shoulders, which are naturally very slight, so I keep my shoulders as far away in my weekly split as possible from chest day (shoulders are now Monday and Friday with my thighs, and chest is Wednesday). This not only gives me two days to work shoulders (most of my body parts get hit once a week), but it also give them a "mini" workout between my two "big" shoulder days, with ample time to recover between all of them.

Rule:Work the big body parts first, then work the smaller ones.

For instance, when working the chest and triceps, always work the chest first. The reasoning here is that if you work the triceps first, they will be too tired to fully assist in your chest and you won't get as good a chest workout. Breaking this rule makes sense when the assisting muscle is the one that you want to build up more than the bigger muscle group. So if you are someone with underdeveloped triceps but your chest is coming along pretty good, I'd advise working triceps first, while they are fresh, to get maximum muscle stimulation in them.

I did something similar this morning: Generally it is advised to work quadriceps before hamstrings, but I hit hamstrings first so that they could give lift the most weight with the best form possible on an exercise isolating them away from quads (hyperextensions). I couldn't have given the effort I did on hyperextensions had I done the hack squats and plie squats that came later on in the workout first.

Rule:Work each body part at least 2 times per week.

For a beginner, this is a fine rule. But once you start really pushing your muscles this one doesn't work out very well for a couple of reasons: The first one is that its hard to find time to work every muscle group to the point where it will reach peak growth twice a week. The second reason is that often, after a grueling workout session, it takes a full week to recover the muscle group enough to hammer it again.

The fact is that most body builders and figure gals work most body parts once a week. This is proof that you can achieve muscle growth by breaking the minimum-twice-weekly rule. Like I mentioned above, my thighs and shoulders get hit twice a week, but everything else just once.

There are more, but this blog is long enough............

It might be worth noting that my weight lifting partner, the most muscular man I have ever known personally, breaks just about all of these rules routinely. He works legs together, but chest, back, and shoulders each get their own day. Abs get tossed in at will, and he does arms by themselves. When he works his arms, he usually works biceps (the smaller muscle group) before triceps. (And his horseshoe is the size of a Clydesdale's!) He never warms up with cardio (another weight lifting "rule") and he frequently goes more than a week between body parts, since they are broken down into just one or two muscle groups for each workout session (However, I have never seen him do less than 5 exercises per body part, and multiple sets per exercise). He might work his legs every two weeks, and they are the size of tree trunks! He spends a majority of time on his chest and shoulders and (this makes me nutz!), he has virtually no weight lifting schedule. I'm walking around with my training notebook that has my pre-planned routine, and he struts into the gym and says "I think I'll work back today!". He's doesn't care about the rules because he's been doing this long enough that he knows what works for him.

The point of this blog is this: When you hear a rule or general guideline for exercise, ask yourself if it is conducive to your own goals and objectives for exercise. As long as it does not compromise your safety, you may find you need to adjust accordingly. And sometimes it's nice to change the rules simply to break the monotony and keep things interesting. Even my lifting partner will take a routine out of Flex magazine and do it for several weeks, just to change things up.

Any other rules you've heard that you'd like me to address in this blog? Please ask- I'm sure I'll have something to say about it. :-D

  
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KOOZIE1 11/29/2010 8:20PM

    You are SOOOOOOOOOOO helpful and explanatory! Many, many thanks!

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AKMAMA08 11/17/2010 4:40PM

    Great blog! I like to break the rules too...shhh!
Sounds like my bodybuilder friend. He's the biggest guy in the gym, probably in town too. He pokes fun at me and my notebook! I don't know what I would do without it. I'm a list girl. I like to track and see progress in writing to reflect on and smile when I see my gains. Those darn men! I'm very thankful for him when I need a spotter though. =) I'm glad you have someone to break the rules with and be living proof that it's okay!

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AMC120 11/17/2010 12:13PM

    Great blog, as always!!

Thanks NancyAnne!!!

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CICI510 11/16/2010 12:28PM

    Thank you so much for this blog! There are a few things that I have wondered about and you've cleared them up for me a bit.

Is there any way you can help me with my fear of weight training? I'm not sure what is holding me back but I have been catching myself making excuses for weight training. I think its because I've never seriously trained before and am scared of looking stupid because I don't know what to do. I've been going on bodybuilding.com trying to find workouts for beginners and am just overwhelmed as well. Do you have any advice for me?

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WORKINGOUT12 11/15/2010 4:04PM

    Some of this really sounds good. Like the part of working arms...I want to increase my triceps more than my chest so of course I do them first. Thanks for the validation.

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44th Birthday Progress Photos

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

NewNarayan asked me to post progress pics, to see any potential muscle growth from my increased weight loads in my workouts. Honestly, I've been lifting like a fiend (for me), in an attempt to build up muscle in the places that needed a little size to make my whole body match. So this morning, on my 44th birthday, I had my daughter take pics.

The first thing I want to point out is that I did NOT do any "tricks" before having her take these. I did not dehydrate yesterday (actually drank some water before these pics were taken and 1 1/2 gallons water yesterday), or reduce my sodium (had a Taco Casa Taco Light and Frijoles for dinner last night), or restrict my diet in any way in prep for taking these pics. And I did not apply self-tanner. If I'd of done these things I probably could have been 5 pounds thinner and less "puffy", therefore showing more muscle definition. But I wanted these pics to give an honest representation of what I look like on a daily basis.

I've posted these pics on my profile, too, but here they are with some explanation:

This is me standing (semi) relaxed. For some reason in these relaxed photos it is more apparent to me that I am bigger through the upper body muscles than it is in the flexed ones:


Here's a close-up, still relaxed (my fav of all the pics):


Side Chest pose. I can see my chest muscles have a little more definition in this one:

Front flexed more traditionally:

I see good and not-so-good things in this. Can anyone see a dif from several months ago?

And here is a rear photo of me flexed:

I am still NOT happy with my hips and the backs of my legs. I have a feeling that unless I did severe and unsustainable diet changes, there simply won't be a dramatic change to this area of my body. I'll always keep working on it, but it's time to stop beating myself up and just congratulate myself for working hard and focus on the parts that I really like. Me thinks it's genetic.

I made some of my own discoveries when these pics were taken. First of all, I was hoping to see a lot more muscle in my legs than the pics taken at the end of my cutting diet, and I don't. That's kinda a bummer.

Second of all, it's apparent, at least to me, that my chest muscles are finally starting to come around. I don't like a hugely developed chest on a busty woman (I just think it looks silly, when thick muscle is topped off by big boobs), but the neglect of my pectoral muscles was apparent and I needed to put SOMETHING on there to make my shoulders and arms look more justifiable.

And thirdly- Holy Bicep, Batman! My arms and shoulders are bigger! Funny thing is, I was never trying to get more developed arms. I guess when I upped the weight load on my chest my arms kinda got drug along for the ride.

Which leads me to the conclusion that bodies are just gonna kinda do what they are gonna do when it comes to weight lifting. I've lifted like a mad woman on my lower half twice a week for months now, without great muscle gains as I had hoped for. I aimed to make my chest muscles more apparent, which I did manage to do (my upper body responds quickly), but my arms and shoulders showed greater gain than my chest did.

At any rate, I'm happy with the overall progress, and don't intend to give up. I'm still in the process of losing about 9 or so more pounds, and I'll get there. I'll keep trying to improve my legs with my best efforts. They're big muscle groups and use a lot of calories, so even if I never do get the hard-leg look I'm after, working them hard will do nothing but benefit me.

Anyway, not too bad for 44, huh?

I feel like Dori in Finding Nemo.... "Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!........."

  
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RB5656 11/29/2010 12:58PM

    LOL @ the nemo quote

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HEALTHDUDE 11/16/2010 10:25PM

    Smokin.

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MISSYGEEN 11/12/2010 9:42PM

    Great Pics. I will be 44 in March myself and would like to tone up some. I do hit the weight room but have not pushed myself to work as hard as I should or can. I look at you and think if she can do it I can too but then I hit the gym and start to lifting after a few reps I change my tune. One day I'll have the guts to push through it.

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LADYGWEN25 11/10/2010 1:42PM

    You DO look great.. I can't wait to have biceps like that! lol.. AS for your backside... WEll cardio would take care of that. Have you tried swimming??? it's great for an all over body toner :)

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CHAOTICMOM4 11/10/2010 12:08PM

    You look great, Happy Birthday. Your hard work has paid off and the reward is evident in your beautiful smile!

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LJCANNON 11/10/2010 11:14AM

    "Holy Biceps" is right!! You look AWESOME!!!
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DRB13_1 11/10/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticonHappy Birthday! emoticon
emoticon You look emoticon and pretty much everyone would be envious, so just keep taking care of yourself and know you are a emoticon

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WENDEECOURTNEY 11/10/2010 10:17AM

    RAWK it out, girl! You look FABULOUS!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! emoticon

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BNSPIRD 11/10/2010 12:18AM

    wow! You are amazing! and I love that you have 7 kids!! I have 5 and am working my butt off to get lean and ripped! I do not think I will ever do shows, but still want to get really lean! I have come a long way, but it seems like the more progress I make, the more progress I want to see and the farther it seems like I have to go! CRAZY!

anyhow... WTG! You look amazing! You are a real inspiration to me! Thanks!
Rachelle

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COCOAMARIA 11/9/2010 10:48PM

    You look great! One day for me ! Keep up the hard work!

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DBUCK10 11/9/2010 9:45PM

    Nancy, You look amazing!!! 44~doing a happy dance for you and know that we are our own worse critics!! You are and have done a phenomenal job with your workouts!! I will be 44 in March and I am working hard to look as great as you do!!! Thanks for sharing such inspirational photos of your hard work!!! Keep swimming chica~you are making great strides!

Dee

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DBUCK10 11/9/2010 9:45PM

    Nancy, You look amazing!!! 44~doing a happy dance for you and know that we are our own worse critics!! You are and have done a phenomenal job with your workouts!! I will be 44 in March and I am working hard to look as great as you do!!! Thanks for sharing such inspirational photos of your hard work!!! Keep swimming chica~you are making great strides!

Dee

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/9/2010 8:58PM

    Happy 44th birthday!! Your progress pictures look totally awesome, as usual. In your 2nd paragraph I think I see way to much qualifying? emoticon I don't think the water or the tacos are reflected in your pictures. You look great. emoticon I think you definitely qualify as a "hardbody". Keep up the dedication and consistency. You have been my inspiration from the first time I joined Spark.

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FITPRIS 11/9/2010 8:55PM

    Great job!!

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TIAGAYEPFA 11/9/2010 6:00PM

    Great blog Nancy and what a great thing to do on your birthday! I think you look awesome. I feel about my stomach area the way you do about your hips and back of legs. Unless I do an unsustainable diet, I'll never keep a flat stomach. You're such an inspiration and I love how you mention about not doing any "tricks" and you just keep it real! Keep up the great work! - Tia

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AKMAMA08 11/9/2010 5:43PM

    Happy 44th Birthday!!! I hope to look as great as you when I'm 44. =) I have the same problem, like most women. The hips/thighs/booty. I chalked mine up my entire life to genetics until I did BFL. I literally cried for about 3 days after I finished the 12-wk program while looking at my "afters". It can be done! Just keep going, err, swimming. ;)

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HARISHABAD 11/9/2010 4:17PM

    You look emoticon!!! I have the same problem, thigh and butt fat. Thay are the last to go *sigh* But if you get down another 9 pounds like you plan, you should be in great shape!! Hit those squats hard!!!


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MAJORMOM68 11/9/2010 4:12PM

    You've done great! It's been interesting to see you go through this journey. I'm really proud of you!

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SOCKS117 11/9/2010 3:48PM

  Damn, you tiny abs are inspiring!

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SEORSA 11/9/2010 2:26PM

    Happy Birthday- you look amazing. Very inspirational :)

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FELLE442 11/9/2010 2:19PM

    Happy Birthday!!! I celebrate you today... You look amazing!!!


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HISARTIST 11/9/2010 2:11PM

    Like I keep saying...I wanna be like you!! AWESOME!! Happy Birthday.

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VIXEN2188 11/9/2010 2:06PM

    You are looking amazing!

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RACHEL_MAC 11/9/2010 2:03PM

    You look amazing, REALLY similar to the pics at the end of your cutting diet! Amazing!!

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CICI510 11/9/2010 1:53PM

    Happy birthday!!! You look AMAZING!!! I want your arms! LOL You continue to be such an inspiration to me. :)

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LASHAY74 11/9/2010 1:16PM

    Happy birthday! Your results are awesome! Have fun this b-day celebrating your results!

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HDHAWK 11/9/2010 12:59PM

    Happy Birthday! Celebrate your successes for all your hard work!

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LDY_ALI_79 11/9/2010 12:53PM

    Nice progress & pictures! Have a happy b-day
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FLEXCHEF 11/9/2010 12:38PM

    Great changes and muscle gains, and I know your body pretty well.

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NEWNARAYAN 11/9/2010 12:13PM

    oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWNARAYAN 11/9/2010 12:09PM

    thanks for sharing!! when i first looked at the pics i thought maybe you did the whole no salt, dehydration thing because your torso looks even more ripped than it did when you were at the end of the cutting diet, wow! and yes your upper body has definitely muscled up and is very well defined! you say you are a little disappointed with your lower body but all i noticed were bigger quads compared to the last photos. you have def put on more muscle! thank you sooo much for updating us and also for continuing to do more and more, it's so inspiring!! i don't think i've ever been more pumped up to work out! here i go!!

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MCMOM11 11/9/2010 11:02AM

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy To YoU!!!!! You look AWESOME emoticon What an Inspiration, thanks for posting!!!! I'm thinkin you are giving wonder woman a run for her money!!!! emoticon

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TWALKER0475 11/9/2010 10:20AM

    Happy Birthday, Nancy Anne! You look amazing, even if your body has not exactly cooperated in the ways you hoped it would! Thank you so much for sharing your real life results, and setting a great example for how to keep it all in perspective!

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