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Strange Weekend

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Yesterday I got a call from my brother and a text from my SIL asking that we take their little ones (we call them the 'babies') for even a couple of hours. My SIL is in Seattle with her mom who has recently been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer and stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - they are currently testing to see if the the cancer has spread, they have already found abnormal cells in her hip/pelvic bone but they aren't calling that cancer yet. Anyway, my older niece and nephew are both at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, so they are a great support to their mom and grandma. My brother however is here with the babies here who are 6 & 7 years old, Mae is 6 and Quin is 7. They are Kindergarten and 1st grade. This means everyday they go to school at 8:30 am, Mae has to be picked up at 11:30 and Quin picked up at 3:30. That's a lot of breaks in a day where my brother is trying to run his own disaster clean up business. The least I could do is take the kids for Saturday and return them to bro at church this morning. It was fun but tiring, fortunately my kids are troupers with their cousins! I still got to go to my Flab FIghter class and get another 50 minutes on the elliptical.

So, in church this morning, the kids had just left worship to go to Sunday School when a gentleman at the side of the sanctuary collapsed. He had a heart attack and his heart stopped! There was a doctor and a nurse in church, plus some others who knew CPR, they got his heart going again, the ambulance came, we all prayed of course and he was alive and actually told the EMT that his date of birth was "none of his business"! I've thought all day about this man, he's an older guy, he was in church, I have to think that's not a bad way to go and really, not a bad place to die. I feel like I was tapped on the shoulder today, any minute can be our last. Be careful where you die, or be careful where you spend time, it might not be where you want to die.

I had lots of chores to do today and with the help of my family, we got them all done. I decided I was just so tired, I needed a nap and I ended up sleeping for 3 hours! I never nap 3 hours! Who has 3 hours to nap anyway?! Well, fortunately, I did because I got up feeling better and I'm going back to sleep soon - it's a busy week ahead and since my SIL won't be home from Seattle anytime very soon, I'm taking some kid runs to school this week. It should be an interesting time...

I hope you are all doing well in your journey to health and fitness! I'm certainly more fit than I've ever been, but my weight loss has stalled for months now. I'm not discouraged, a little perplexed but we'll see what February brings! Blessings to you all! Karen

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MRS_TOAD 2/1/2012 8:25AM

    I'm so sorry you had such a strange weekend.

Keep up the good work! This plateau will break in time.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/31/2012 8:37PM

    A lot going on, but we do what we have to do, right? I know your brother and SIL appreciate your help. Hang in there, your weight WILL drop!! February is going to be your month!

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ID_VANDAL 1/31/2012 5:12AM

    You've had an exciting couple of days. You are so right about never knowing and that's why it's so important we do the right things right now.

I know of another Sparkperson who just suddenly lost her husband to a stroke and it just hurts to know a friend is suffering.

Keep on doing the right things and that plateau will break - but then you already know that.

Keep up the good work!



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EBEAMS 1/30/2012 9:13PM

    Wow ... Life is certainly unexpected, isn't it? I just got a call tonight that the doctor believes my brother in law has non-Hodgkins lymphoma blood cancer ... I'd never heard of it til then ... then I see it in your blog! Lots of things lately have made me realize that the old saying "Living on borrowed time" is actually pretty accurate. I tend to bumble my way through my life thinking there is "always tomorrow" when, in fact, that might not be the case. Sending you many, many hugs and prayers for you and your family members. You are a GREAT sister!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/30/2012 12:49PM

    hope it all works out for you all

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KALIGIRL 1/30/2012 8:30AM

    Sounds like an eventful few days!

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FREELADY 1/30/2012 12:38AM

    You are managing amazingly! What an interesting blog. I'll pray with you that your plateau breaks soon.

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BETTA13 1/30/2012 12:34AM

    Wow. Such trauma in your life lately. Be sure to rest (sounds like your body is tellingyou to also).
That scale will budge, because you are doing everything right.
Have a super week!

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    Just lots of things to make one thing happening around you Karen. Here's to a Fabulous February!!!

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Bodybugg, Body Media, Others???

Sunday, January 22, 2012

There are these 'tools' that you can buy and use that tell you how many calories you burn, how well you sleep, they 'interact' - I think that's not the right word - with a program where you track your food kinda like SP but with other information that you wear on your body.

Near as I can tell, you wear an armband that records a bunch of stuff during the day and perhaps a watch type reader and then there is a program where the statistics are assessed on the computer.

I have an acquaintance who wears a Bodybugg and she is marginally happy with it. I have a friend who wears the Body Media system and she loves it, raves about it. I wonder, is anyone in SP Land wearing these deals? IF you are, do you like yours, love yours? How long have you worked with it? Do you feel like the information you gain from it is worth whatever you are paying for it? What is your absolute favorite thing about your 'tool'?

Thank you!!! Blessings and joy to each of you! I feel myself getting stronger and more fit even though my scale is a stubborn beast who is rebelling against the program at the moment!


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PURESTILLWATER 2/25/2012 12:20AM

    Just wondering if you ever got any of these tools. In reading others responses I again am so happy I have the fitbit, not ugly like the others and does all the things mentioned above that bodymedia does but no monthly fee. Small, discrete, free. WAY BETTER.

wondering what you did.

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ID_VANDAL 1/28/2012 12:36AM

    Okay - I can't help either but Travelgrrl's comments sure make a case for the bodymedia.

I think I'll check it out when I get home.

Let us know what you decide! I don't need to reinvent the wheel!!



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EBEAMS 1/23/2012 11:36PM

    I love my Mio Motiva heart rate monitor that I wear when I'm walking or running! It is easy to operate (even while moving) and it is set to my gender, age, activity level, resting heart rate AND weight. I got it as a gift 2 Christmases ago from my niece! 3rd best gift I've ever received! I am interested in the one that tells you how long you sleep, how many times you wake up ...stuff like that too!

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LINDA! 1/23/2012 11:04PM

    I also must be in la-la land because I haven't really heard of these devices!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 1/23/2012 10:42PM

    I have a bodymedia I bought about a year ago on ebay. I love it! This is why:

1. After dieting my whole life I really had no idea how many calories I burn. This device tells me every day.
2. I always thought I was a decent sleeper and found out I am not. (Something I now work on.)
3. I have umpteen pedometers but I could wear 3 of them and get three totally different results. The bodymedia device is mostly accurate. (At least it doesn't add 3,000 steps when I drive on a gravel road.)
4. I track my food in a notebook or on spark and transfer the daily total to their website so I know what my calorie deficit is for the day.
5. I can run 7-, 14- or 28-day reports.

I don't wear the gizmo as a watch, it is BUTT UGLY! But it comes apart from the band and I slip it in my pocket and check the pedometer reading often to see how I'm doing.

The only thing I don't like is it doesn't measure strength training, using the elliptical, or some other exercises as "activity".

It is just a tool, like a gym membership or a treadmill. You have to use it for it to work. I spent a lot of months not wearing it consistently. As of the first of the year I've had it on over 23 hours/day. (I know, it tells me how much "on body" time!)

They also just reduced the cost: It used to be $13/month if you were on a month-to-month basis, and $7/month if you committed to a year. Now it's $7/month no matter what.

I'll be interested to see what you decide to do!

It's good for people who like a lot of data and input.

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MRS_TOAD 1/23/2012 8:30AM

    I must be living on a deserted island. I haven't heard of either device. Now I'm off to do an internet search. Thanks for the info.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/23/2012 4:37AM

    I haven't heard of this stuff but I am a bit of a technophobe! I know I have to walk at a brisk enough rate to make me rosy for 30 minutes, I can cope with that!

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PURESTILLWATER 1/22/2012 11:41PM

    I wear a fitbit and swear by it. It is much cheaper than some of the others and has no service fee. I have written a few blogs about it with screen shots of the different graphs you get (all for free). It is not quite as detailed as the body bugg but it is smaller, less embarrassing to wear and only cost $99 and no other fees ever.

Here are my blogs about it

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_RAMONA 1/22/2012 11:09PM

    Well, I'll look forward to the answers you get... I've been pretty much a failure at utilizing these 'tools' effectively. I had a pedometer to start and it crapped out really quickly. I have two heart rate monitors I can't seem to learn to use properly or to the point that they seem really helpful. Perhaps I'm just technologically/tool challenged, LOL! I have to admit, the bodybug sounds really intriguing.

I love that your questioning sparks me to self exploration! Thanks!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}

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ROXIT22222 1/22/2012 11:00PM

    I love mine. I have the body media. I also have the 'watch' like thing that gives me the read out of info instantly. I don't have to wait untill I get to a computer or look at my smart phone for the info.

I love that I know how many calories I'm really burning in a day. You'd be surprised at how 'little' you may be burning.

There is a 'bodybug' team on sparkpeople that you may want to check out. People there have both the body bug and the body media. Or gofit wear, they are now body midea.

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How Hard is Hard Enough??

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I've been on SP for almost a year. During that time I've gone from working out 11 minutes on my elliptical (1/2/11) to joining a bootcamp class for an hour this morning and doing Zumba and a ST class on Thursday evening. I not only own and love my elliptical but I have recently purchased a recumbent bike which I also love. I have a yoga mat, a collection of DVD's, barbells from 3# - 10# and resistance bands and the clothes...I've come a long way. I work out often, I enjoy 'being worked out' and the feeling of sore muscles and pushing myself to do things that I've honestly never even thought to try before.

Three times I've gone to a bootcamp class - the third time was this morning. It is honestly one hour of pure Hell for me. I got through this morning's hour promising myself that I never had to go back. I just had to survive that one hour. Push ups for a minute, alternating lunges for a minute, push ups, lunges, push ups, lunges, pushups. Squatting weight pull up things and squat jumps, then more of those squatting weight pull up things. Running outside, tricep dips on the curb - a couple of 'sets' - jumping for 3 minutes over a styro block, across the chest rear bicep pulls one minute each arm, repeat arms 3 times, sit ups, flutter kicks and planks...

The instructor is a fabulous gal, she has a GREAT body, she works hard at working her clients hard. She is knowledgeable about the body, muscles, nutrition, inspiring people to keep moving, eat right, breathe correctly and lose weight. She is NOT mean, she is not a tyrant, but she demands your best. She says (a lot) "don't give up on yourself"!!

I don't give up. Every time my arms gave out on plank or push up or tricep dip, I got back up. I got up more times than I fell down. I even ran and I'm really not a runner. Granted, the other students ran twice around the building and I ran once. But I didn't give up, I walked while they ran. hard is hard enough to push yourself? I toyed with asking, how hare is too hard? I know that no one (who is relatively healthy, has no known terrible disease) will die while working out. I won't have a heart attack or a stroke. If I were to do bootcamp type Hellish workouts every day or 3 times a week, would I lose weight or make other fitness goals faster? Is working that hard going to get me where I want to be faster? If I work out like I do at home, and I know that isn't as hard as I push myself in classes (peer pressure) and I do take classes and push myself but not to the 'bootcamp' level, will I get to my goals, just take a little longer? What is the intensity that must be achieved to be successful?

As you can all see, I don't have an answer, I have lots and lots of questions. And I'm not complaining about the class at all, I'm trying to decide if it's really for me or not. I know that ultimately it's my choice to attend or not and answer these questions for myself. Next week is tire flipping outside - that seems doable in itself but what about the other 57 minutes of the class? I'm just not sure...I don't know...


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EBEAMS 1/23/2012 11:33PM

    Whatever you decide will be what is best for you, right now, right here in your journey. I don't believe the journey is won or lost ... even really slowed down by a single decision that we make on a single day; rather it is when we start to make consistently poor decisions all strung together! Either way, I'll see you Thursday night at Flab Fighters! emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 1/23/2012 8:29AM

    How hard is too hard? Is your breathing labored to the point you can not talk? Are you in real pain? Is your heart rate above the safe range? Are you feeling faint or weak? Listen to the signals your body is giving. Congratulations on your "almost" year with Spark.

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GAILBURGESS 1/23/2012 1:03AM

    You're a great example. Thanks for sharing your successes and your thoughts

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BETTA13 1/22/2012 7:33PM

    ps, good to see you today emoticon

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BETTA13 1/22/2012 7:32PM got some great advice on here so I won't add much except to say you know your body and your goals. You can do anything! Don't ever stop pushing forward.

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LUV2RUN72 1/22/2012 1:27PM

    Hi Karen! sounds like I missed a GREAT Boot Camp workout yesterday. what I missed most was seeing you and Eda though. emoticon.....anyhow......

You gotta do what works best for you when it comes to exercise. It sounds like you are asking yourself some great questions and I have no doubt you will find the right answers for you. In my book, I gotta have at least some fun and enjoyment even if it is hard. Another very important, if not most, is to stay injury free. As your fitness level changes, what you like to do may change too.

Take care and hope to see you soon!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 1/22/2012 8:13AM

    Hi Karen, As you said you will ultimately come to your own conclusions, but here is my 2 cents worth....
I don't think that going to a workout that you feel is 'hellish' or over-stressing muscles can be good for you. You have to enjoy what you are doing, and it sounds like the equipment you have at home you enjoy. You may not get to enjoy it though if you are too sore to work out with it because of boot camp.
Good luck to you with your choice.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/22/2012 4:08AM

    I have started the "Fit over 50" plan at the leisure centre and I pootle about while others all around me break out in sweat. I am supposed to "get a little rosy faced" which is fine. If you are enjoying your bootcamp (even in an unconventional sense) then keep going. If it hurts too much give it a miss!
best wishes, Sandra

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_RAMONA 1/22/2012 1:13AM

    Hey, Karen. In direct response to your questions:

"If I were to do bootcamp type Hellish workouts every day or 3 times a week, would I lose weight or make other fitness goals faster? Is working that hard going to get me where I want to be faster?" From my own experience, I'd say no... in fact it could take longer if you injure yourself, or burn out. Going at a slower pace may take longer, but if you keep moving forward into gently increasing challenges, you will still get there, and you might enjoy the journey more.

I say let your body and heart tell what to do. From what I've seen already, you're going to be successful no matter what you do, how you do it, or how long it takes you! :)

I've been asking myself these questions for the whole time I've been at Spark... I still don't have any definitive answers. I have, however, come to some conclusions:

Like WATERMELON, whatever I develop as part of my new active lifestyle has to be sustainable for the rest of my life... so, I have to enjoy doing it and it can't overtax me (if I'm having fun and like what I'm doing I WILL push harder than if I feel overwhelmed), make me prone to injury (Karen7360, my first inspiration here - in my friends section - has some interesting things to say in her most recent blog entry) or damage my aging body (I feel I can still do anything I set my mind to, though I might have to work up to it more slowly) in the process - I already had my taste of this exactly three years ago, putting me out of commision for nearly 14 months... blog entry Jan 4/09 if you want to read about the ensuing year plus saga... and I have to enjoy it. To that end, what I do most of the time is in keeping with these thoughts, and includes my husband and daughter.

In the meantime, though, I also feel like a kid in a candy shop and I want to try everything, LOL! I will try things, I will push myself, and I'll put my whole heart into it, or walk away and look for something else if it doesn't bring a certain amount of pleasure with it. I don't feel obliged to continue, nor do I feel like a quitter, if I walk away from something that doesn't fit my criteria. I've come to be about working smarter, not harder.

Finally, I really like this quote... I ran across it my first month with SparkPeople:

"A man ought to take exercise not because he is too fat, but because he loves foils or horses or high mountains, and loves them for their own sake." G.K. CHESTERTON

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    My toughest day is when I'm with the trainer but she is mostly assisting with toning while I'm there. As long as I'm doing cardio 3 other times during the week and making it to the gym 2 more times for resistance/abs, she's happy. For the gym stuff...can't do the same thing time after time or the body figures it out and doesn't help us at all. The rest is going to come with the food intake.

Your proposed schedule for "hell" three times a week would not suit me at all. Ultimately it comes down to what will keep you wanting to go to the fitness studio or to your equipment at home. If you begin looking for ways out, it's too much. You've survived more than I would want to begin already! LOL

You're rockin' it Karen and I know you'll make the choices that suit you best!

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GIANTMICROBE 1/21/2012 7:35PM

    Well, you know, I think it's all about what you enjoy. You know I love to push myself really, really hard. Just tonight... man, you should have seen it. I was groaning and cursing and panting and gasping... took it to the max and I love it. Moderate pace=snoozeville for me. But not everyone likes to feel like they're about to explode, keel over, and die, and I get that. If it's not enjoyable to you... scrap it.

By the way, "too" hard would be when you're injured or sick and you really should rest but push through anyway only to be worse off afterward. In my opinion.

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TMW54812 1/21/2012 6:40PM

    Outstanding work! You are really rockin it. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 1/21/2012 5:56PM

    Hi My Friend,
I feel your pain and you are doing great. Truly.
I have been looking into alternate forms of exercise and diet. I am looking at the Primal Bluepriint, you may want to check if it is something that interests you or not. It is not for everyone.

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2012 5:42PM

    I'm thinking . . . I'd be looking for forms of exercise that I enjoyed more and that are therefore more "sustainable" because you're in this for a lifetime.

And: if it's about losing weight then about 70%+++ of that for me is the nutrition control thing. Tracking. Staying within range.

The exercise is about cardio, toning, mood control. But doesn't help me much with weight loss.

You've done great over the course of the year and . . . it would be absolutely OK to find exercise you enjoy more. No apologies.

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EASTENDCLAM 1/21/2012 5:35PM

    I like your effort! From 11 minutes to boot camp. I love that you might have done one lap of the building while others did two and had to walk some of it but you did it, didn't you?That's a great feeling of accomplishment. Having said all that, it might take a little longer if you back off but you'll get there with a whole lot less chance of burnout. Listen to your body!

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BALISANE 1/21/2012 5:29PM

    Great post! I find it's best when we are questioning things; it means we're always looking for the right answer for ourselves, and more importantly, open to change.

That class sounds like a butt-kicker and a big thing to ask, so you're right to ask yourself.

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Work Out Clothes - Post Workout Update

Monday, January 02, 2012

Once you take the tags off the sports bra, it becomes a little easier to get into, once sweat damp, not easy to get out of...but, wow! I was SO comfortable during my workout! The girls stayed right were they belong - I thought I had support before - now I know better. Also, the fabric that I keep touching and saying 'ick' is really neat stuff! This is NOT your Grandma's polyester!!!

I sweat, I mean, I really sweat when I work out. And I've been wearing cotton so you can imagine what a soggy mess I end up after and hour! Ok, it never took me an hour to get soggy!!!! These Tek Gear shirts and sports bras are really something else!!! I don't know how they work, like I don't know where all the sweat went but it wasn't on me! What?!?!

Ok, so the tag says it wicks it away, I just say, this stuff is cool, very cool and I love my new work out clothes!!! Now for some new workout pants....hhhmmmm...

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_RAMONA 1/17/2012 3:06PM

    Okay... I'm sold, Karen, and I'm going shopping this weekend, LOL!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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SANDYDOLLAR201 1/4/2012 6:55AM

    Good for you Karen, I love putting on my workout clothes each morning, gets me into the zone.
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BETTA13 1/3/2012 8:35PM

    I can really relate to he sweating and dripping, even my ponytail dripped (before I whacked off my hair). Where did u get your shirts?

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FAHSKY 1/3/2012 3:41PM

    Wow, sounds like an awesome sports bra! I would love to find one in my size - I have Shock Absorbers because they're the only ones I've ever found in my size, but they really don't pull away the sweat. Nothing worse than breaking out on your boobs, yuck!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/3/2012 2:18PM

    glad it all went well

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GIANTMICROBE 1/3/2012 7:19AM

    Knew you'd love it! Once you go sweat-wicking, you NEVER go back to cotton!!!!!!!

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EBEAMS 1/2/2012 10:25PM

    You go, girl! A good sports bra is like a true gift to yourself! And dry wicking technology is the BOMB! I love all of my work out gear! Loved when she said in Yoga that my skirt kept billowing out ... Still makes me giggle cuz that reminds me of my posterior ... LOL ...

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LVMAMAW 1/2/2012 9:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad to hear it. I'm off to shopping tomorrow, you have me sold! emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTOWL87 1/2/2012 9:15PM

  Isn't it amazing when we find the right sports bra! lol i actually used to tape the girls down for the workout, but then the smell of duct tape and sweat, ehhh not the best thing lol

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Work Out Clothes - Men may want to skip this blog

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today I took back a pair of 'sweatpants' that were far too large (thankfully!). I offered them to by sweet husband but they were at LEAST 6 inches too long for him. He's such a cutey!

So I decided it was a good time to get some workout clothes to better reflect my commitment to working out and show a little of how far I've come. I realized when posting my "appearances" blog that I would probably feel better about myself if I wasn't hiding out in shirts that are 2-3 sizes too large. So...I was at the store, all I need was to buy what I need, right?!?! Yah, sure, that's what I thought.

Tried on some women's workout pants, capri length, that's just not going to happen at this point.

Tried on a couple of sizes of those fancy tech fabric shirts - I'm more of a cotton girl but - found the size I was comfortable in. Many would probably buy a size smaller than I did but I'm comfortable and that's important to me.

Then, the dreaded sports bras - see men? I warned you. - They are the strangest contraptions ever created! They are hard to get on, they are SO not flattering once they are on, and honestly, they make me self conscious! Really, maybe I should keep this blog to myself until I read other blogs on sports bras. I can't be the only woman who puts on a sports bra and has nothing left of the girls but nips...this is ridiculous! I came home and told sweet hubby I need a boob job - he was not amused.

So, between wrestling into the sports bra, which I believe should count as cardio minutes, and the way I looked once in said contraption, I'm not happy but I bought a couple...there must be another answer, really, there must be....

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_RAMONA 1/17/2012 3:05PM


I've started looking for sports bras that go on like regular bras... they aren't always easy to find, but they're out there!

You have such a great attitude and such a sincere eloquent way of expressing yourself!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 1/4/2012 6:53AM

    So true.... emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/3/2012 1:46PM

    It makes me glad I'm a walker not a jogger. Thanks for sharing and I wish you great joy as you continue working out with everything where it should be!
best wishes, Sandra

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SISTERDEAR 1/3/2012 12:38AM

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    LOL .... so true that it should count as cardio!

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CHUBRUB3 1/2/2012 8:58PM

    It can be fun shopping, but yeah, other stuff would be better than sports bras. I have a bit too much up top and need the most support I can find. If your not worried about to much bounce just use a bra that is comfortable.

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    Great blog. We all have struggled with the dreaded sports bras and I can so relate.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2012 7:22PM


Every try to wrestle into one of those things all damp and pink from a bath??? You are right, it's a cardio workout!!!!!!!!!

All I can say is -- they must have been designed by men! A woman never would have stopped at that! emoticon

PS - I like your new background!

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    rofl It's the same thing here. Maybe in the Cardio Tracker they should have "Getting into Sports Bra" that we can add. emoticon

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LVMAMAW 1/2/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon emoticon OMG!! I'm trying to get off the floor!

Oh You are Soooooo NOT alone!! You described it perfectly!! I have to go shopping tomorrow for the same, Thanks for sharing, it will help me think of this blog and laugh as I wrestle the sport bras!! emoticon emoticon

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GIANTMICROBE 1/2/2012 6:56PM

    I never wear cotton. It gets so clammy and cold and awful! I just bought some Under Armour sports bras I really like. They're comfortable but most sports bras are functional and not flattering. I don't mind. I want my girls to stay put... it's not so important that they look great when I'm working out so that they look great when I'm not emoticon

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LILSWEETIE 1/2/2012 6:56PM

    Best sports bra I bought was from LaSenza (canadian victoria secrets). It keeps the girls under control but clearly identifies two not one! It makes me a size smaller but having nursed for 16 months, I don't care, those suckers are sore and need to be kept still!

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    Girl, I am so glad you posted this. I thought I was the only one. I have a couple of sports bras that it's practically an Olympic event to get me into them. It's not a pretty sight, and by the time I wrestle myself into it, I'm huffing and puffing and sweaty and...annoyed! And then I look like...I can't even describe what I look like. I need the extra support but surely bra designers can do better than this!

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