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My semi-annual blog? LOL

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I guess I'm just not much of a blogger. Can't seem to get into the habit of updating this blog on a regular basis. But, hey, last time it took me a year, this time only 6 months...LOL....Progress right? LOL.

Over this past winter I got certified as a personal trainer, so have added that to my previous training certification for nutritional consulting and teaching. I've been teaching some fitness classes as well as working with individual clients.

We have made plans to go back to Scotland this summer, plus some of England, Wales, and Ireland as well. Because of the trip, have pretty much decided to forgo planting a veggie garden this spring. When we went to Scotland a couple of years ago, the garden pretty much croaked in my absence. Might still do a fall garden though, since here in Texas we can harvest pretty much up through Christmas. Really looking forward to being able to get local produce soon and doing some more canning when I can get the really good stuff.

We are in that "is it really spring or not" stage right now. Been getting back into running, outdoor cycling, and yardwork more with the nicer weather but it has been spotty since some days are still too cold, windy, or rainy for me to do much outdoors.

Another Sparker and I are working on a new Spark Team and once we have that set up, I plan to do a redesign of my Spark Page and even change my Spark user name. More on that later.

Need to cut this a bit short as I have an early morning Zumba class coming up.

  
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JOEGIRL6113 6/10/2009 1:42PM

    Congratulations on being a personal trainer. That is great! I'm sure you will be excellent at that. You may already be on your trip by now but wanted to tell you I hope you really enjoy it. I would forget the garden too if you will be gone. I'm not on SP much anymore but do want to keep in touch. Rosy

P.S. I will be in Texas in July but it will be the Houston/League City area.

Comment edited on: 6/10/2009 1:43:43 PM

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TRECECOOKS 4/10/2009 8:35PM

    Sounds exciting!! Please make sure you let us know when you change your name, so we don't lose track of you!!
How exciting to be a trainer and coach!! There really are no limits, are there?
Have a blessed Easter!!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/1/2009 9:59PM

    Sounds like you have a busy life. Congrats on being certified as a personal trainer. emoticon

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Been having too much fun to blog

Thursday, October 30, 2008

First of all, many thanks to all the folks who have commented on my page and my blogs. I do read them all even though I have gotten lax about responding to them individually. I just realized it has been almost a year since I entered any kind of blog entry. I've still been very active in keeping up with my fitness routine and my eating plan, just haven't written about it.

My biggest remaining challenge has been this erratic metabolism of mine. It frustrates me a lot, more than it should, so I am making a conscious effort not to be so focuessed on it. If I just stick with my current habits, I will stay within an 8 pound range. I have been up and down between 129 and 137 for the last year. I have gotten really fustrated when the math (calories in vs calories ou)t doesn't work for me to keep my weight stable but my variable metabolic rate just makes it jump around even when mathmatically it shouldn't. I'm just going to have to learn to trust that even with that anomoly, it will even out eventually and keep me within that 8 pound range, so I need to stop freaking out when I gain or lose a couple of pounds.

My 61st birthday is coming up (Nov 9). I feel great, in fact way better than I did on my 51st and even 41st birthday. I've actually always looked forward to getting old. All the years I spent building a career, raising a family, and saving for retirement have allowed me to be where I am today.....four grown children on their own, I work if and when I want to, and I have the time, energy, and resouces to do the things I've always wanted to with a whole lot less of the obligations and responsibilites that always made me back burner my wants when I was younger. I am literally having the time of my life.

Last year our big activity was our trip to Scotland. This year our traveling has been closer to home and we focussed more on some home improvements, putting in hardword flooring throughout the house, replacing some major appliances (including the a/c system), and getting an HD TV, wireless networking, and a laptop for me. I've also finally gotten a wardrobe that really fits for the first time in a lot of years. I'm not really much of a clothes horse and my wardrobe is small, but everything actually fits for a change.

I've also taken up a couple of new hobbies. One is becoming a writer/teacher/consultant in health and wellness. I call this a hobby rather than a job because I do it not for the money, but because I love it and it is my way of giving back for all I have gotten in the last few years. I have been teaching a nutrition and cooking classes for the county that emphasizes that feeding your family well doesn't need to be any more time consuming or expensive than feeding them junk food. I am also always developing recipes for nutrient dense foods and am enjoying cooking and even canning foods. I'm also doing personal training and weight management counselling out of a local studio where I also teach some Pilates and Yoga classes. It was there that I discovered Zumba, sort of a Latin version of line dancing. I've only been taking Zumba classes for a couple of months, but it is so much fun I may eventually train to teach Zumba as well.

Between writing and teaching and all of the home improvement projects over the summer, I am now really enjoying having more time to get back to the fitness activities I personally enjoy. I got a new bike for Christmas last year and love riding around the neighborhood and running errands. I'm still doing some running, but didn't much over the summer, so have to get myself back into better running form again. I also got a Fluidity Bar (it's sorta like a combination portable barre with attached resistance bands and floor mat). I rearranged some things when we had the floors redone so now I have it where I can leave it out and use it on a daily basis for strength, balance, and flexibility training. And I still use my trusty stationary bike which is the first exercise I started doing regularly shortly after I first joined SP almost 3 years and 150 pounds ago.

So that pretty much brings me up to date blog wise and I will try to be a bit more consistant with updates.

  
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JOEGIRL6113 12/31/2008 2:46PM

    Nancy, you are doing wonderful! I'm glad you are enjoying life and still able to keep stable with your weight by eating right and exercising. I have enjoyed the year with a lot of travel and being with friends and family but have done a poor job of eating and literally no exercise so consequently have gained about 35 pounds. I must get back on track in 2009 and I will. See you soon. Love, Rosy

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SHAKENBAKE 11/5/2008 9:32AM

    congradulations Nancy on all your accomplishments. You are truly and inspiration and blessing. keep up the good work. hugs, Wanda

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/30/2008 11:01PM

    CONGRATULATIONS and what an AWESOME journey you have traveled and continue to travel. It sounds like you are a very busy person...but what fun you seem to be having. You make even the work sound like fun. I just started the zumba and love it. It is difficult for me but I continue doing the best I can.
God bless you and thank you for sharing.
Hugs,
Helen

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A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I am most thankful for the people in my life and the health to give back to them the support and appreciation for the times they had to take care of me because I was not healthy.

Almost 14 years ago, I had cancer. That same year both my father and my grandmother died. I was a single mother at the time. It was probably the toughest single year of my life. My children and friends got me through it and for that I am ever thankful.

About 6 years ago I was in menopause. At the time I thought I didn't really have much in the way of symptoms and that I was handling it just fine. In hindsight I now realize that for a couple of years I was a crazy woman emotionally and put my husband through hell. He stuck by me and weathered the storm. He got me through it and for that I am ever thankful.

About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with auto-immune thyroiditis. The worst symptom was extreme fatigue. Simple things like taking a shower and getting dressed would exhaust me. My husband had to do everything, housecleaning, cooking, errands, etc., because I just didn't have the energy or strength to help. He took over without complaint. For that I am ever thankful.

Today I am healthier than I have been in the last 15 years. I am thankful that I can do for others what they have done for me so often in the last 15 years.

  
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RENA1965 12/27/2007 9:51AM

    Hi NancyJac,
I was really impressed at your hard work. I am in the same boat, as have lost 176lbs and am looking for a few friends whom know what it is to really lose alot of weight with the plus and minus sides it carries. If you interested drop me a note or two. It would sure mean alot to know others whom have been there and done that too.
cheers
Rena

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SUNPANTHER 11/29/2007 3:03AM

    Nancy, with a grateful list like this - one cant help but be moved to remember people who have helped us!

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JOEGIRL6113 11/25/2007 2:51PM

    Nancy, it is wonderful that you had friends and family to help you through your rough times. I know you have given back a lot in the last year just to your Spark friends, if no one else! I'm so glad you are healthy now and able to help others. You are quite an inspiration to me and I am thankful to know you. Rosy

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CROSSSTITCHNANA 11/21/2007 10:03AM

    Nancy
You certainly have a lot to be thankful for! What a tribute to your family and friends and your sweet hubby! It's great that you are healthy now and can look back and recognize how ill you really were and what you have done personally to get your life back. You are quite an inspiration for anyone visiting your SparkPage or reading your blogs and you are always ready to help anyone who asks for it!
Your Sparkfriend Sheryl

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An Odd Week

Friday, April 27, 2007

This whole week has been a series of minor hiccups that seemed intent upon screwing with my routine. No major crisis, just a series of little things that have piled on top of each other. My husband got sick with bronchial pneumonia. He is definitely feeling better now than he was at the beginning of the week. Most of the week I had to take care of him and do his chores as well as mine, but now he is starting to feel fiesty again and it is even more work to get him to rest enough so he doesn't have a relapse.

It also took all week to get the lawn mowed. Fist attempt I discovered I didn't have enough gas. Second time it started to rain just as I was getting ready to crank up the mower. Finally got it mowed today but the trimmer broke about half way through doing the edging.

I had already rearraged my schedule this week in preparation for a house guest we were originally expecting today. She called last night and said she wouldn't be coming because she didn't have her new glasses as expected (she had cateract surgery earlier this month) and she can't see too well to drive with the old ones. So now she is coming next week which means rearranging a few things again.

Also had one day that I ran into a major traffic tie up for what should have been a 30 minute errand that turned into a two and 1/2 hour one.

The good news is that while all this things left me feeling a bit out of control, my eating habits still took care of themselves just out of habit. I missed two normal meal times this week due to errands/commitments that didn't allow me to stop and eat, but I automatically took a breakfast bar and water with me so I didn't totally miss a meal. Exercise has been a bit sporatic in terms of my typical workouts but my routine activity level has been a bit higher this week just due to the extra time and work due to these schedule interruptions. I've maintained my water intake, although part of it through more coffee than usual and a little less sleep than usual.

Overall though (and in hindsight) everything has worked out well and it was a good and successful test of the maintainability of healthy habits even when things don't go as planned.

  
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ELLAEW 4/30/2007 7:08AM

    Yea! Way to go!
: )
Handling stress is my biggest issue! Knowing your habits are set strongly enough is great news! Keep fighting the good fight!
: )
Ellae


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Fitness Plan

Thursday, March 22, 2007

So now that after 15 months I am fairly close to my goal weight, I've decided I need a fitness plan. That's not to say I haven't been exercising all along, but now I think I need to have a plan for some issues that are not directly related to my remaining weightloss. Those issues are (in no particular order):

1. Body fat percentage. I've never had mine measured with calipers or even one of those scales that measure body fat based on bioelectrical impedance. But I did recently find a site that estimates body fat percentage using measurements. According to that, my current body fat is about 24%. Depending on what source I use, my body fat should be anywhere from 14-25%. The issue is not so much body fat per se as it is that I haven't lost fat evenly over my body. From the waist up, there seems to be very little, but from the waist down, there still seems to be too much, particularly on my legs.

2. Strength and endurance. My muscle strength seems to be pretty good except for my arms, shoulders, and maybe back. I've always had weak upper body strength even as a kid. My endurance levels are decent, but there is still plenty of room for improvement both in muscle endurance and cardiovascular endurance.

3. Loose skin. There may not be anything I can do about this. The loose skin seems to be concentred on my inner arms and inner thighs. This makes me a little too selfconscious to wear sleeveless tops and shorts that don't come down almost to my knees.

I haven't developed an action plan for any of these issues yet, so if aniybody who happens to read this has any suggestions, I'd be appreciative of your input.

  
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BEARINGTONBEAR 7/22/2007 1:45PM

    Some of the skin firming lotions have made a minor-moderate, but noticeable difference in the tightness of my skin and cellulite. It was just enough of a difference to get me to wear certain things I didn't used to.

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HHUSTON 7/22/2007 12:25PM

    You are an amazing woman. And I agree, loose skin does make one very self-conscious. I've had that problem with my stomach since the birth of my first son at 20. Now at 47, I can tell you the best it ever looked was when I was a little heavier than I cared to be, but also muscular The more you can build up those muscles it will help. The alternative is surgery and I am against that for many reasons. You can get some nice body shaper underwear that could allow you to feel more comfortable in shorter shorts. Try looking for strength training that focuses on the muscles in those areas that we don't use as much :) PLEASE don't let it get you down you have made a remarkable change in your life!

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