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New month, new start

Monday, May 31, 2010

I love this time of year. Warmer weather, more outside activities, loads of fresh veggies and fruit. It's an easy time for me to almost effortlessly do well.

This was the time last year that I did the best with my weight loss and fitness. I stayed with it all year, but gained some back during the winter. I only have 2 pounds to go to get back to where I was at the start of winter and then look out!

Yesterday's spinning class really challenged and motivated me. I felt SO good finishing it and it was such a challenge for me that I'm raring to go again and get better at it. Hope (GOLUCYGO) and I are looking into other classes as well. We are going to rock it this summer!

These are my "before" pics. I will post again at the end of summer so I can see the difference. The pics are SO much better than the ones at the beginning of last summer, but I still have a lot to do!!







  
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TIFFYFANNY 6/1/2010 8:58AM

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TERMITEMOM 5/31/2010 5:29PM

    WOW! Look at at you! You are doing great!

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 5/31/2010 4:31PM

    Can't wait to see your after pics. So glad to hear that the spin class fired you up for a rockin summer. Thanks for sharing...you helped get me fired up too!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/31/2010 4:01PM

    You are doing great Carla

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LLTS01 5/31/2010 3:57PM

    Well, you are just unstoppable and looking fabulous!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/31/2010 3:49PM

    Sexy Mama!!! emoticon

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MARENAMOO 5/31/2010 2:49PM

    I love this time of year too. The watermelons (at Giant) are already fabulous and soon the cantaloupes will be coming in - big salads/seafood all summer long. Great for hot sweaty walks.

I admire your diligence and tenacity to stick with your plan. And your willingness to try new things. Looking forward to meeting you all on June 12th.

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 5/31/2010 2:48PM

    You can do it!!!! Whoo hoo!!

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ANNE1123 5/31/2010 2:42PM

    Jumping for Joy in June!! Have a great month, and summer begins so soon!! Yeah!

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MY3NTHEPUNKIN 5/31/2010 2:33PM

  Go for it!! You can do it! Can't wait to see the new pics!!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/31/2010 2:30PM

    Go Carla Go! I know that you are gonna ROCK this summer! YOU CAN DO THIS! I'm so happy you did a status update about the gym. You've got me psyched too! WE CAN DO THIS emoticon emoticon

I just need to take some pics like you did!

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IDAMAE1966 5/31/2010 2:26PM

  CONGRATS

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YAFENELRA 5/31/2010 2:24PM

    Lookin' Good, girl!! Can't wait to see the next pictures. Yes, tomorrow starts a new month and by golly, I am going to do my best. And I know that you will as well.

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AVEARE 5/31/2010 2:24PM

    I love this time of year too! A big thing for me is the extra hours of daylight, it really helps with feeling like you can get out and get things done!

Here's to a great and healthy summer!

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1st Spin class

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Well, I survived the class and am here to write about it, LOL.

It was A LOT harder than I thought it would be. Neither Hope nor I had ever done it before. I forgot my water bottle at home and for some reason never thought about bringing a towel! Both were really stupid...

I started out just fine, but when we started adding resistance and standing up...wow. That was hard, but it was harder sitting on that little seat for so long. We were both sweating so much it wasn't funny and afterwards our legs felt like rubber. I wasn't sure I could get to the car :-)

All in all I think we did just fine....at least we made it the entire 45 minute class and didn't quit! We didn't always do what everyone else did, but we kept going! I wanted to quit several times but I think Hope and I kept each other going!

One day we might even look like the others who so effortlessly did the entire thing and made it look easy.

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CHANCE0719 6/2/2010 1:29PM

    Woohoo! That's awesome that you stuck with the class for the whole time!!

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DEBSZOO74 5/31/2010 12:40AM

    Sounds like a great workout, Carla!! emoticon
Sure wish that I had someone to go to exercise classes with.

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 5/30/2010 10:36PM

    Awesome! Congrats....I got a gel seat when I was doing it in Germany and it was awesome. Maybe it would help? Lol.

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 5/30/2010 9:29PM

    Spin is a good workout. I haven't taken a class in a few years, but liked it when I did. It always got extremely hot in the small room w/one fan. You definitely need to invest in a gel seat if you continue. Don't be surprised if your bottom is sore for a couple of days. If you take another class while you are sore it will be tough, but I know you can do it. Way to go trying something new! Glad you had a workout buddy to help you push through the class. Where did you take the class at? Near my end of the county?

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BIKERCHICK74 5/30/2010 9:04PM

    I never ever joined a spin class......BUT I WANT Tooooooo!!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/30/2010 8:57PM

    Yes a towel is so important and I even got one of those gel seats to use in class so my butt is not sore. The best part is knowing that I burned hundreds of calories.

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GOLUCYGO 5/30/2010 6:24PM

    It was one heck of a tough workout but so much fun to do together. I definitely could not have made it through without you! And I KNOW that one day we will be just as good as the others emoticon I'm so proud of us for making to to the end! Yay us!!

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LLTS01 5/30/2010 4:58PM

    LOL- I hope you were not driving a stick shift because I stalled my car at every intersection years ago with my rubber legs post-class.
A friend told me to give spinning at least 4 tries before it grows on you.
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MARENAMOO 5/30/2010 4:02PM

    Way to go - adding something new. Maybe it will become something that you just love (some friends of mine love it). Next time be prepared with a towel. Have a great Memorial day.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/30/2010 3:54PM

    Hey you both did great!

Hugs,
Lori

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ILLINITEACHER52 5/30/2010 3:38PM

  I have thought about taking a spinning class. Now I will know to be sure to take a towel and a water bottle. Thanks! Keep going. I'm sure it gets easier.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/30/2010 3:35PM

    Carla, just remember that everyone once started where you were today. You can do it!

You've got me thinking about joining S&H. If I enroll through my insurance discount program, it's 18.50 every 2 wks. I'm probably going to print off a guest pass on Tuesday so I can go when I'm off! Thanks for the idea!

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Update on Ashley

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm happy to say that Ashley is out of ICU and she is feeling remarkably better after her blood transfusions, antibiotics and the colony stimulating factors she was given to help her bone marrow make new white blood cells. She still has a long rough road ahead of her, but she made it through this crisis!


Thanks to each and everyone of you for all the prayers and good thoughts sent her way!

We all have either personal stories about breast cancer or know people with stories. There are too many. Our Northern Virginia Spark Team is going to make our small mark in 2 weeks at the Komen Race for the Cure and let breast cancer know we won't give up fighting for all of our family and friends and we will work for a cure so others one day won't have to go through this!

Latest update: Ashley is home from the hospital and other than feeling tired, she is doing quite well. Thanks to all of you for the prayers and good wishes!

  
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GOLUCYGO 5/26/2010 3:26PM

    That's great news! I pray that shee keeps getting stronger.

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 5/25/2010 7:15PM

    I'm so happy to hear this :) It truly does make my heart smile. Is it too late to sign up for the race?

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DEEGEE2 5/25/2010 1:36PM

    great news !

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LLTS01 5/25/2010 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing the good news. Hopefully all the money we are raising will make a difference.
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OWUTAQT 5/25/2010 10:23AM

    Praise God!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/25/2010 9:50AM

    So glad Ashley got through this. Sending more prayers and best wishes for the upcoming road she has ahead of her.

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DONNAEDA 5/25/2010 9:37AM

    you are awesome. Thinking of someone else during this time is so awesome. Make sure you make some "me" time for yourself.

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KIMSTUTZ 5/25/2010 9:32AM

    thanks for the update.

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TERMITEMOM 5/25/2010 9:16AM

    Wonderful news! I am so happy for Ashley and her family. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 5/25/2010 9:06AM

    This is good news. I hope she continues to improve and that the tumor starts shrinking. She and her family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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MARENAMOO 5/25/2010 8:47AM

    I will keep her in my thoughts. Sorry - once again - out of town for the race. Family wedding on June 5.

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DEBBIEKAY1 5/25/2010 8:29AM

    I also support the Komen race for the cure here in Cleveland WTG! I will continue to pray for Ashley!

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REILLYGIRRRL 5/25/2010 8:17AM

  Wow, great news!!

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SRFRGRL7163 5/25/2010 8:17AM

    Will continue to pray for Ashley; good luck to all of you.

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SHAYWEE 5/25/2010 8:16AM

    I'm glad to hear that she is doing well.

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My friends daughter-please send positive thoughts and prayers

Saturday, May 22, 2010

As some of you know, my best friends daughter was diagnosed with stage IIIC breast cancer a couple of months ago which later was changed to stage IV when they found it in her lungs also. She is only 23 years old...well actually, she turned 24 a couple of days ago. What a bad way to spend your birthday :-(

Yesterday, she was running a high fever and was very fatigued. It was two weeks since her last chemo, just a few days before her next was due. They recently changed her chemo drugs because after her last scan, her tumor had grown rather than shrunk. Until it shrinks, she can't have her mastectomy. Her tumor was the size of a grape when found in January and is now bigger than a grapefruit and is invading her chest cavity and pushing against her heart.

She went into her doctor with the fever and they found her WBC down to 0.2. It should be approximately 4-10. Her hemoglobin was down to 7. She was admitted to ICU with an infection, given blood transfusions, antibiotics and is in isolation.

She is very, very sick and needs all the prayers from those that pray, and good thoughts she can get.

  
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CANBDONE 6/15/2010 10:00PM

    I'm adding my prayers for her and family...I've been on vacation, so I just saw this. emoticon

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 5/24/2010 12:07PM

    It breaks my heart to hear about this. My thoughts and prayers are with her and all those who love her.

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I'm so sorry to hear she is not doing well. My thoughts are with you and your friend's family.

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INDELIBLE.INK 5/23/2010 10:12PM

    Sending prayers of healing and peace to both her and her mom. Such a sad situation.

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LLTS01 5/23/2010 10:03PM

    She is in our thoughts.
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DWHITTYONE 5/23/2010 7:13AM

    I just stopped and raised prayer to my Lord, and will continue to do so.

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OWUTAQT 5/23/2010 12:55AM

    Oh my gracious! I will be keeping her in my prayers.
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  I will be praying daily Carla. emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 5/22/2010 11:23PM

    emoticon emoticonSending Prayers and Love to the Daughter, her Family, Friends, and the Medical Team that is caring for her.

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MARENAMOO 5/22/2010 11:14PM

    You have them - keep us posted.

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CATHY_G 5/22/2010 10:39PM

    I'm praying for them.

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LMSTRAW 5/22/2010 8:46PM

    Prayers and Reiki to your friend and her daughter. I really hope they get this under control.
Linda

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/22/2010 8:15PM

    I am sending prayers and good wishes to Carol's daughter Ashley. Hoping she will get better really soon, and can have her surgery. emoticon emoticon

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DIGISCRAPPY 5/22/2010 7:42PM

    Thoughts and prayers!

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 5/22/2010 7:26PM

    I will be keeping your friend and her daughter in my thoughts and prayers.

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MOMHAWKOF3 5/22/2010 7:06PM

    My prayers are with for her and her family.

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    Sending my prayers
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GETTINGFITINKY 5/22/2010 6:32PM

    I will be praying

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KATELOSS2009 5/22/2010 6:29PM

    prayers going up... for her, her mom, and for you...

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TERMITEMOM 5/22/2010 5:20PM

    I will keep her in my prayers and in my thoughts. What is her first name?

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    In my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 5/22/2010 5:10PM

    I will keep her in my prayers, as one survivor to another. I am in treatment currently for stage IV breast cancer also, mine is in my bones.
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GOLUCYGO 5/22/2010 4:47PM

    I will be sure to keep her and her family in my prayers.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/22/2010 4:46PM

    She will be in my prayers

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    Will keep her in my prayers! emoticon

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KTOMINA1 5/22/2010 4:43PM

    Prayers going her way

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YAFENELRA 5/22/2010 4:41PM

    Prayers on their way!!

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The end of our Ruby Fit Camp Challenge-Way to go Kettlebelles!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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Our total fitness minutes for the one month challenge was: 15,201!! emoticon

Our total weight loss was 30 pounds!! emoticon

emoticon to Rorylyons for having the most emoticon minutes and for tying on the emoticon loss for the month (with me). emoticon job!


emoticon to Erin for starting her 1st ever fitness program!

Give a big round of applause for Gerri for plugging along even though she broke her ankle and was in a cast up to her knee! emoticon

emoticon to each and every one of you that participated and did the best you could.

I wish all of you continued success on your quest for a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

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You all were the emoticon and I am proud to have had you on my team.

  
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    Carla, you are very encouraging and have done a great job as your team leader for Kettlebelles. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKPIXIE 5/18/2010 9:24PM

    You were a great Team Captain! Thanks for all your hard work and congratulations to your team for doing so well.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 5/18/2010 5:18PM

    You were an excellent leader and an inspiration to us all. I'd have you for a team leader any time.
Erin

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    What a great Encourager you are...you're sharing the Spark! emoticon

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    What a great team and emoticon on your team's success.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 5/18/2010 12:46AM

    That is so nice of you to do this blog for them. Arlene and I missed the team, LOL!

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