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Wow--has it really been so long...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

...Since I blogged?

I was determined to stay on track, and I let down after vacation. Does anyone else need a vacation to get over their vacation???

I truly must get it back in gear and go FORWARD. I lost 2 pounds on the 10/10/10 challenge and then I heard a (small--but that's no excuse) bag of potato chips call my name...

...and I answered the call. But---one bag won't knock me over. I just need to get back to:

* tracking my nutrition every day

* moving more (I'm using my pedometer) even when I don't officially "exercise"

* blogging!! I do MUCH better when I know my friends are checking up on me, so the accountability factor is huge on this journey

* and one new goal--GET OVER MYSELF!!!!

Everything that happens is not a Crisis or a reason for Drama. Life just throws some curveballs at times, and I have to learn to deal with them. Easier said than done, but from now on I am finished with:

* perfectionism

* denial

* negativity

...and I am retiring my Traffic Police badge; getting cut off in traffic is an opportunity to bless someone, not to let myself get upset!

Life keeps giving me reasons to stay on my knees; obviously I need to accept that.

Theme song for today:

Back in the Saddle Again!!!

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CKKCK1 9/10/2010 9:12PM

    Apparently, I need to follow your goals, too, because I've not been around much myself since you were on vacation! Hope you had a great time on that cruise. Oh, and the traffic police comment -- how I can relate to that one! Scoot over sweetie because I need to be on my knees, too!

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CHINAGAL 9/5/2010 10:42PM

    You and I both have some catching up to do, but we can and we will!

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QUEENIE2U 9/3/2010 8:12PM

    Yes, it HAS been a long time! I was getting worried about you. I am glad you are back and ready to continue on.
Take care my friend!

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YELLOW09RED 9/2/2010 10:02AM

    good morning,
I like your song "back in the saddle again."
I Love your page, it is beautiful.
I have been leaning on him, our Lord, lately. He is wonderful in all his blessings.
Your are a great motivator. It is nice to be on this team.
Blessings today for all you do,
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HANAVAS 9/2/2010 9:16AM

    I LOVE your positive attitude! The" traffic cop" thing is soooo funny, I need to tell my hubby to do the same! I have only been sparking a few weeks but I look to my new sparkfriends for inspiration and you certainly are an inspiration.


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CASEYANN1 9/2/2010 1:53AM

    I love your Get Over Myself goal....could use a little bit of that myself! Good luck on your goal and getting back in the saddle again! And maybe try an MP3 player and some earbuds to block out the sound of those potato chips calling. Sometimes works for me!

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Boot Camp—day whatever

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I am officially on Island Time (even though there is no eye-land in sight). We are on the second day of our cruise, and our status is:


That’s how I feel, too; it is possible to go to the gym and do my cardio and strength exercises, but I am not sure I can follow the boot camp videos in a room the size of a tortoise’s shell. AND—without relentless tracking, I feel a bit unanchored. (Ergo, tracking to follow).

I also feel the need to read some blogs and comments and success stories and articles, see some pix and connect with my Spark friends.

Whoa----! Is this me talking?

I am not complaining, just being realistic and trying to do what I can this far from shore.

So, I am doing the resistance band thing and the full body stretch and walking Everywhere. Wish I had my pedometer so I would know how many steps I have taken from one end of the ship to the other and back…. But I’d guess it is at least 10,000 per day.

There’s no sitting on your posterior with my sisters!

I am in no hurry to do anything right now though. Just relaxing, chillin’, taking it easy…

I watched the sun rise over a silver sea this morning, and the clouds above were muscular with promise. The azure sky stretched to the horizon, and I had that feeling children seem to be born with---that anything is possible.

Could I just maybe possibly really walk on water????


But a girl can dream.

Tracking for day 2 of the cruise:


30 minutes, 5 miles (on the stationary bike)

Full body stretch after workout

Breakfast: ¼ banana nut muffin
1 cup mixed fruit (melon, grapes, pineapple)
Coffee with 1 teaspoon honey and scant ½ & ½

Lunch: 3 ounces baked tilapia
Small salad, no dressing
Small slice dolce de leche cheesecake (OMG)

Dinner: 3 ounces baked fish
½ cup steamed green beans
2” square chocolate cheesecake
4 ounces chocolate pudding w/ whipped cream

AND I discovered that it is possible to do the boot camp video in a closet! Who knew???

Theme song for the day:

I'm Sailing Away (Styx)

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SOBEKNOFRET 8/23/2010 2:14PM

    Dang! I wanna be where you are right now! Hope you're having lots of fun and relaxing! And the dulce de leche cheesecake? Heavenly sounding!

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    You forgot to give the address. I am betting several of us would race there.

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CHINAGAL 8/12/2010 10:41PM

    You make it sound so wonderful. I'm picturing myself there with Tom Selleck. lol

Good job.

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Boot Camp-day ???

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My 2 sisters and I went on a Carnival cruise two weeks ago to celebrate my mom's birthday. Although she died 4 years ago, we get together once a year to celebrate her life and do something she would enjoy.

I have been quiet for some time now, just reflecting on this journey (and recovering from my vacation).

Have you noticed that vacations can sometimes be as strenuous as a 9 to whatever job lately??

...the airport (enough said)

...the overbooked plane (with seats designed by LITTLE people--Very Little People)

...the crowds (talk about a seething mass!)

...the edible temptations (especially on a cruise)

...the weather (hot as a firecracker in the Bahamas, but I survived LOL)

...did I mention that four letter word, the F.O.O.D.?

But I feel so blessed to have a few days away from everything, and to spend time with my beautiful sisters. (Can you say DIVA? The two of them together can stop traffic!)

So--back on track...

Believe it or not, I tracked my food and exercised everyday. I printed out the boot camp video instructions, used the fitness room on the ship, AND drank my water daily. I even blogged (I'll post one of them later).

It's just that, on this ship, Internet access was expensive and unreliable, so I couldn't post any thing , or keep up with my Spark Friends.

Bummer with a capital B.

Am I on track, though? There's good news and there's not as good news:

...I didn't gain any weight!

...I didn't lose any weight!

But I feel like a million bucks inside from all the exercise (mostly walking), water, sun, camaraderie and---

...Did I mention FOOD? Fresh fruit everyday, luscious meals, attentive service---and I didn't have to clean up after myself. (That's a blessing right there!)

Thanks for all the goodies and encouraging comments while I was gone; it was great to come back to all that positive energy!!

I am glad to be home, though, because, as we all know....

...THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHINAGAL 8/11/2010 11:02PM

    Welcome back! I missed you and your boot camp blogs! Sounds like a wonderful vacation with your sisters. What a grand idea to honor your mother's memory.

And, OK, I've been on a cruise. The fact that you did not gain weight with awesome food available pretty much 24/7 is incredible. Terrific job!

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QUEENIE2U 8/11/2010 7:27PM

    Good to have you back my friend! Wow, I am proud of you to keep up your diligence with the exercise and food temptations. Not gaining is a MIRACLE. Your trip sounds so nice with your sisters, what a great thing to do to celebrate your mom's life.
Dang, I wish I had a sister, only a brother and both my parents and my brother have passed away, so I am an orphan.
Luckily I have my great husband and kids to keep me from missing everyone too much.
Have a lovely rest of the week.

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Boot Camp-day 14

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I can't believe it has been 14 days! I've never stuck to anything H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. that long before. The Boot Camp videos really are doable--I encourage any hesitaters to jump in and go at your own pace. You CAN do it.

Spark People makes it easier. I read in an article today "It’s tougher to quit when someone else is counting on you. In fact, with a team that’s pulling for you, it’s less likely that you’ll want to quit." It was a Spark article and I don't remember the writer's name, but I get what he means.

Today I had to ride the stationary bike indoors because we had Chicago-like rain/wind/lightening! But, I managed 14 miles and the sweatiest T-shirt you'd ever want to see. Phew!! I didn't get real close to anyone until I showered!

Right along with that super exercise, I ate at the top of my 1550 calorie range and I needed every calorie today.

Ancient Chinese saying: With great exertion comes great hunger, grasshopper.

Tonight I am packing for a cruise (don't hate me!!) 5 gorgeous East Caribbean days with my 2 sisters and a boatload of Carnival atmosphere.

I am soooo looking forward to it!! I need the break. I do intend to exercise and continue eating right on the ship, but I am not going to obsess about it. The sun will be shining, the pool will be sparkling, and the cold beverages are waiting!

Oh, yeah......

I met all my goals today: water, fruit and veggies, exercise. It's starting to feel natural to make a good choice, and even when I don't, I am no longer beating myself up about it.

That's progress with a capital P.

You know, there is lots of time for reflection when you are riding a stationary bike (going nowhere fast). I found it soothing, and I think I'll do it more often in the future.

Congratulations to all my Spark Friends--I'm checking out your blogs and your comments and your weight trackers--you are all awesome!! I feel blessed to know you!!!

Theme song for today: Come In From The Rain (Melissa Manchester)

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QUEENIE2U 7/25/2010 12:47PM

    Awesome Blog!
I am SO jealous, but am very happy for you to get to go cruisin'! I have never been on a cruise, I will want a full report when you get back.
Have a very restful time and laugh a lot with your sisters. Have something sinful for me while you are there!
PS: Don't forget your tiara! ::wink::

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CKKCK1 7/24/2010 10:35PM

    Way to go! Sounds like that cruise is well deserved! Enjoy your time!

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Boot Camp-day 13

Friday, July 23, 2010

Not my best effort today.

I woke up with a head ache, a back ache, a stomach ache--if anything could ache, it did today!

"Work within your own range of motion" as Coach Nichole puts it turned out to be V-E-R-Y limited today!

But I believe tomorrow will be better.

You only fail if you quit--and I'm not about to do that!!!!

Thanks, Spark Friends, for keeping me in your thoughts, and for all the goodies and encouragement. I know we're going to make it, no matter how long it takes or how challenging it gets!

Theme song for the day: Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire)

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CHINAGAL 7/24/2010 8:55PM

    Hey, the pain is just to remind us that we're still alive. lol
You're doing great. Keep up the good work.

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