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Today's numbers...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Army Numbers---Sit Ups (min 32)---Push Ups (min 12)---Running (min 2 mi/24 min)

12/29/09---33---12---1 min every 10th min x 4 @ 6 mph

Slight improvement today... on the push ups. No backsliding on the sit ups. Running, added 1/10th of a mile.

The Plan: every other day I will continue doing push ups and sit ups and strive for current improvement. I will add one more 1/10th mile to have a total of 5 and then will increase to 1.5 mins running/10 minutes on treadmill.

Day 3 in a row! emoticon

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RITAROSE 12/30/2009 7:03AM

  SUPER JOB! You inspire me to do dailies too! Thanks! Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 12/29/2009 10:59PM

    Yea for Day 3!! You're looking good. I'm going to pick up the push-up, sit-up tracking & increase myself.

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Yeah Yeah Yeah... compulsive blogging...

Monday, December 28, 2009

What really is on my mind tonight is an old boyfriend of mine from high school... he is in the hospital after having had a heart attack... he is looking at a quintuiple bypass later this week due to 5 blockages in his heart, 100%, 95% & 90% are the worst three.

He's 43.

We'd not seen each other for 25 years when we reconnected in August. He was rather overweight. Now I hope he will get healthy.

Inspiration comes from weird places. So here I am just working to get back up on horse and one of the main reasons I put the saddle on the horse in the first place rears its ugly head smack dab in front of me.

Healthy for Life. I don't want another round of open heart surgery due to stupid choices I made unwillingly... mind you, my open heart was due to a rare defect and aneurysm.... but it's still open heart surgery...

I wish him the best, but I can see it as a culmination of choices. This may sound hard, but reality is a harsh mistress.

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SUCHAHOOT 12/29/2009 10:57PM

    Wow. I hope you friend is OK and recovers well. Reality is a harsh mistress. Sometimes just the one we need. Here's to improved health in 2010!

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ANNIEONLI 12/29/2009 7:28AM

    Whoa! Sorry to hear that Jenni - I hope he recovers quickly and gets healthy & fit too...fit for LIFE, like you said. We all have our ups & downs...I don't know if you recall, but mid-maintenance, I disappeared from Spark too and tracked NOTHING & did NOTHING & maintained my weight, but not my fitness for about 6 months. Sometimes a break is needed, but the beauty of Spark is that it's here & we know that it works and we know what to do to get back on track. Remember...we will be that 10%..better yet...5%. Support..we got it, so let's use it!!

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KAYOTIC 12/28/2009 11:10PM

    Hope your friend pulls through ok. And that you can be a source of strength and inspiration for him to turn his life around. It never hurts to see what changes can do for a person and their health.

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Well the State hasn't taken Spark away yet...

Monday, December 28, 2009

The State govt, through which we get our internet, has pretty much locked down access, but apparently SparkPeople is still considered a worthy website... YAY!

But anyway. I gained a couple of pounds back over the holidays. Done with that!

I am going to try to blog every day or every other day and really track my progress in my blog and on my fitness and nutrition pages. This is the best way I can think of to keep myself accountable... especially since I have been barely semi-accountable the last few months.

So for my baseline... I did 33 sit ups last night, 11 push ups, and 40 minutes on treadmill with 3 minutes run every 10 minutes. These numbers will be going up.

My minimums for the Army are 32 sit ups, 12 push ups and max 2 mile run in 24 minutes. So hooah! I'm reporting in, even though they have yet to get orders for me.

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COOP9002 12/28/2009 10:56PM

    Stay after it!

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ANNIEONLI 12/28/2009 7:29PM

    I'll be cheering you on!!One CAREFUL pushup at a time emoticon Oooo...ooo...baseline numbers - there's food for thought. I don't even want to go there...I'm abysmal with that as well. Back to the TRACK!!!

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MARYMAC45 12/28/2009 6:43PM

    Sounds like a plan. Good luck & Happy New Year.

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NEED2GETFIT09 12/28/2009 3:43PM

    Wow, your baseline numbers are way better than mine. Use SparkPeople every day and you will do great. Good luck. emoticon

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THEMANSLAYER 12/28/2009 3:31PM

  Good job. Keep it up! :D

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Looking back and forward.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009... well if you've been following my blog, you know it's been quite the year for me personally. It's gotten increasingly harder all year to stick to my eating right and my exercise. December actually was the worst for that.

I am REALLY getting myself back up on the horse as of today. No excuses. Just stop stewing and start doing.

The good news is that a few things have really been laid to rest in the past few weeks. Miss M graduated early and has moved out with her godmother... in some ways it's been hard, but in some ways it's a relief too. I love my daughter, but she is hugely demanding and very energy draining and when you combine that with all the problems this year from the not passing the drug test with the National Guard to the suicide attempt... It it hurtful, though, that I wasn't able to provide her with what she needed, so much so that she was out the door right after her early graduation.

Mr A has more typical problems, but he's in counseling too. Just trying to keep him motivated in school is a huge challenge. But he's getting straight A's in cello. Just not sure what to do.

I am still waiting for orders from the Army... 5 1/2 months and counting. Just joining is enough... without the stress of the wait I've had to experience.

Then there is the financial situation that has been actually starting to get better, inch by inch.

There are other, more personal things, but they have resolved to an acceptable point now too.

I've had the last week off and it's back to work tomorrow. I think that will be a welcome resumption of normal life after a wonderful holiday of doing almost nothing.

It was a quiet Christmas and you know, that's okay. I didn't bake a cookie... plenty of people sent us goodies, so we didn't need them anyway. I totally enjoyed things as they were. I got a few small gifts... and that is fine too. I asked for a new water bottle to replace my SparkPeople one... which accidentally rolled under hubby's recliner and got a hole in it. I also got a $10 gift cert for Target, a bath set, a picture frame... and some fun things in my stocking.

I got $50 from my dad, which I used with some of my personal spending money to get a new digital camera to replace the one that died on Dec 23rd. I first chose a Nikon L20, but I didn't like it at all since the pictures were often too dark and blurred... it had no image stabilization and the indoor pictures were dark. So I got up some gumption and exchanged it for a Samsung SL30, which is a much better camera that takes better pix... it has image stabilization and much better up close and indoor picture capabilities.

So today, I did 40 minutes on the treadmill and managed 33 sit ups and 11 push ups. I had my push ups to 19 at one point, but my left shoulder has been dealing me a fit intermittently since just before Thanksgiving. So I just need to rebuild.

The good thing is that even though I got kinda deconditioned, I didn't fall so far back that I am out of shape. I just need to get myself to a higher level of maintainence and work off the few pounds that have crept back on especially in the last few months.

It will be okay. I will keep maintaining. I will be a great nurse in the Army Reserve.

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RITAROSE 12/28/2009 7:24AM

  I love the resolve and focus that shines through your blog and I applaud you for accepting the things that you can't change and working on the ones that you can and appreciating the good things! Have a great week! Ritarose emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Stop Stewing & Start Doing...

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's been a rough year, as my friends know all too frakking well. Many of them have had rough years of their own.

My daughter threatened suicide... my son is back in counseling... it's been 4 months since I was sworn into the Army and I still have no orders... plus trying to maintain... this doesn't even begin to recount the myriad of other things that have been going on... any of which would have been big enough individually, but all of this in close succession has made for a very difficult year.

My stress has been leading back to my old eating and non-exercise habits... and while I've never totally stopped, I have certainly slacked off. So as the title of this blog suggests, I'm taking the power back again... like I did in January 2008...

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IVORYGIRL1776 11/17/2009 10:25AM

    Considering all you've been through I think you have done a great job at keeping your weight undercontrol.

This year had many emotionally and tramatic events in my life and I didn't fair so well. I medicated myself with food and inactivity. I'm still procastinating about many things. Thanks for this blog I needed it!

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SUCHAHOOT 11/16/2009 8:34PM

    HI Oakborn!
You have certainly shown me over these months what you are made of! You are a strong, intelligent, resilient woman who will get back on track doing the things that she knows makes her strong & resilient!! You are an awesome woman. Do remember to take care of yourself. Sending uplifting, heartwarming thoughts your way.

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ANNIEONLI 11/16/2009 3:04PM

    That's a girl!! You have the power and the tools and the will to succeed! You will do it and come back with a vengeance!! Remember - ARMY STRONG!!! Bravery is acknowledging a slippery slope when it happens and then taking back control again. I have faith in you just as you have always had in me. You can do it!!
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This isn't Weight Watchers...or Jennie Craig...or the Grapefruit Diet...or Slimfast. It's Spark and Sparking works! We ARE that 5% that will make it work and prove to everyone that it works for once and for all.

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