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Boot Camp-day 12

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Funny thing--after almost 2 weeks of this, it doesn't feel like a chore anymore to do the boot camp videos. They are so short and intense that they go quickly.

I'm glad I started this, and I can see myself doing it again.

If anyone has any doubts about their ability to do the Boot Camp challenge--don't!! If I can stick to it, anybody can! So jump on in and try them--go at your own pace and don't stress. If you miss a day, just move on, or do 2 the next day! Just do what you can, and it slowly but surely gets better.

(Don't even think it's anything like the military. It's not. But it does require a little discipline).

Nothing big happened today--I just realized that, no matter what the results (or apparent lack of them), I still feel better for making an effort to live healthier. It's good to be good to yourself, So--

Theme song for today: Try a Little Tenderness (Al Jarreau)

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NAMSMOMMY 7/22/2010 11:21PM

    I totally hear you on the boot camp challenge. I am on week 4, day 1. :-) I am ready to be done with it though and move on to a new one :P

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SLIMN4ME 7/22/2010 10:37PM

    You're getting results, even when they aren't visible on the scale. Your body is loving the fruits, veggies, and extra fiber you are giving it. Give yourself a little time and confidence and you'll show yourself a new you before you know it!

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Boot Camp-day 11

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I am so disappointed!

I've been going along (fairly) smoothly and today--wham--lupus/arthritis flared up and I couldn't move at all.

So--tomorrow I'll be doing 2 boot camp videos (at my own pace) plus a cardio workout. Gently and slowly! Hopefully my joints will let me do that. If I have to I'll jog in the pool at the fitness center, because the water takes all the stress off of my joints. At least that's my plan tonight.

I also ate over my calorie range today because I felt sorry for myself. That will never do! I must keep a list of alternate activities for days when all I can do is lie in the bed. It's odd that I eat more when I am incapacitated than I do when I am on the go.

I can always: read, knit, crochet, daydream, write in my journal, pet the cat--I don't have to eat just because I'm in the bed!

This is a no self-pity zone, and if I am going to stick to this lifestyle change, I need to stop the inner whining when it starts!! SO--

I can do this. With...

... prayers

...support of my friends

...a daily plan

...be kind to myself (that means silence the inner critic)

Tomorrow will be a healthier day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you, Spark Friends, for your help--you are so supportive, and I am grateful for you all!!

Theme song for today is: Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce)



Boot Camp-days 9 & 10

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I forgot to blog yesterday, but nothing exciting (or even remotely interesting) happened. I'm a little disappointed in myself, since I made it one of the things I want to do every day.

I've been doing the 7 day boot camp videos, and they really do provide a good overall workout. So far I feel just enough of a challenge to keep me motivated, and I can make them easier or harder, depending on how I feel. That's a blessing when you have arthritis and diabetes.

Today I weighed myself and Ms.Scale was as silent as a doorknob! But--I kept my cool. I didn't scream or cry or eat a pint of rocky road ice cream. My revenge on that stubborn scale was---

I rode the bike for 20 extra minutes!

There--take that, Ms Scale!!!

Besides, I was able to wear (comfortably wear--not just squeeze in to) a pair of pants that have been collecting dust in the closet for a year or so.

So I'm counting my blessings, and I am thankful for another day of healthy living. It's worth the changes even if weight loss itself progresses slowly. I have so much more energy than I did 6 weeks ago, and that feels fabulous!

Thanks, SP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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QUEENIE2U 7/21/2010 12:27AM

    Hi there!
Love your blog. You have a way with words! Congrats on the pants that fit! That is a big deal for me. It really shows that I have made progress.
I'm proud of you for sticking with the Boot Camp. I have never seen those videos. They sound challenging! Since my dad was a drill sergeant in the Marines I think I am scared of them!
Have a great day tomorrow!

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CHINAGAL 7/20/2010 9:49PM

    The idea of boot camp video intrigues me. Must find that.

I guess you showed Ms Scale. Good for you!!!


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Boot Camp-day 8

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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I had a very restful day today with family. Looking forward to another week of SP. This really is a commitment to a complete lifestyle change, and I am determined to meet my goals! Thank you, friends, for all the support and advice--it is appreciated more than you know!!

Step by step...

Day by day...

Prayer by prayer...

Theme song for the day: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy weekend!

Be blessed!!



Boot Camp-day 7

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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My weight and my health are my responsibility, and I am taking control of :

What goes in my mouth

What moves my body makes

What thoughts I allow to reside in my head, and

What words I let come out of my mouth

Today I heard myself speaking negative words about my progress--I saw my reflection in the glass door of the gym and almost cried!!

How did I let myself get to this state???? I'm the size of a baby hippo!!! I started life at 7 lbs, and I've been adding to that amount exponentially through the years. BUT---

I have news for this body. It is officially:

God's property

What would I do, how would I behave, what choices would I make if God handed me a pair of pants and asked me to wear them and take care of them until He returned to pick them up?

I think I'd take V.E.R.Y. good care of them!!! No problem! They would be cleaned and ironed and hung up and worn with love and pride!

So why is my body any different? It's something I have been entrusted with, a gift, and I am going to go forward as if God personally delivered it to me and asked me to use it and take care of it until He comes back to get it!

From now on I am committed to giving my body the care and respect it deserves, and that it was designed for:


NO BLAMING ANYONE (and that applies to me, myself and I)


I started doing this when I joined Spark People, and the spark is just getting stronger with every member's story that I read, with every goal I reach, and with every time I log in and participate in this community of like-minded journeyers (is that a real word or did I just make it up?). No matter:

I can't change the past, but I CAN leave it behind where it belongs

So what if I saw my reflection in the gym and almost cried--at least I was In The Gym, exercising.

And if the scale doesn't move like I think it should, I'll just keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep reading encouraging blogs and informative articles and following in the footsteps of folks who have "been there, done that". People who can help lift me up with words and examples.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Spark Friends--I wish I could hug you all for the kind words, helpful suggestions and continued support. Thanks for letting me go on and on and on--almost as long-winded as a preacher (-:


Since I can't, I'll say good night to the sound of the theme song for the day:

You Raise Me Up


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QUEENIE2U 7/22/2010 9:14PM

    Great job keeping up with your Boot Camp workouts! I think we are all too hard on ourselves, we are worth the work and effort even if it is a slow process.
I can remember the days when losing 5 lbs was a snap....not so much anymore!
Good job Queen!
PS: Love your song of the day!

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NAZIRITE4GOD 7/18/2010 6:13PM

  You deserve a emoticon and a emoticon!

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CHINAGAL 7/17/2010 9:01PM

    Reading this was definitely the inspiration I needed today. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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QUEEN56 7/17/2010 8:22PM

    BTW, I reached my goals today for sleep, water, the boot camp video, other exercise (Yes, THE GYM!!!), fruits and veggies, prayer and Gratitude!

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Hmmm--You think this qualifies as "WooHoo" abuse???

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