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Yes I CAN!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Today I read a post by PREDFAN in BLC#9 and she pointed out that even doing only 1 repeat of an exercise in a video that seems to be too difficult is better than not using it! Wow, such a simple concept and I never thought of it. Going to dig out my Zumba, Hip-Hop and 30 Day Shred and see what I CAN do instead of worrying about what I cannot do.

Thanks PREDFAN! One day at a time!!

  
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HPLANDER 3/9/2009 12:15PM

    I agree with everyone, you look great. It is always hard to learn something new, but your body will learn how to do the exercises. I can do a lot of things in my personal training sessions that I couldn't do a month ago. It was hard doing even one set, but now I can do three no problem. Your attitude will help you succeed.

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_VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:22AM

    You look amazing!

Do one rep of one exercice, and in no time you'll be doing all the reps!
Jillian Michaels' DVDs are sometimes too challenging for me, it took me days to be able to perform the exact number of reps -even the modified version-, so I follow what I learnt during Coach Nicole's videos, I step back and walk till the next exercice.

Comment edited on: 3/9/2009 9:07:19 AM

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CAROL_ 3/8/2009 4:08AM

    Yep that comment helped me, too; thanks for passing it on. How is your better half?

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JERSEYGIRL24 3/8/2009 12:41AM

    I often tell myself , "Yes, I can." NO political connotations whatsoever.

You really, really look awesome!!! I take it you have had a couple of difficult days. Don't let it get you down (doesn't sound like you really have). I am very proud of you.

Leslie

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PREDFAN 3/7/2009 4:51PM

    I know you can!

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SUPREME5 3/7/2009 2:27PM

    YOU LOOK SO GOODDDDDDDDDD I AM JELOULAS.
GUESS IT TIME TO REALY KICK MY BUTT OR I'LL BE STILL LIKE THIS NEXT YEAR.
ALL KIDDING ASIDE YOU INSPIRER OTHERS TO KICK IN THIER ACT AND GET WITH IT
THANK YOU
DORENE emoticon

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MARTY19 3/7/2009 12:40PM

    Do your best and don't worry about the rest. I was killing myself on bootcamp until I realized that. LOL Slow learner.
I cannot get over how wonderful you look. Ray has a new wife. Make sure he appreciates her. LOL

Marty

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WALKING_GIRL 3/7/2009 11:43AM

    OMGosh Raylin you are looking AMAZING!!!!!!! I am so proud of you, you are such an inspiration for me!!! {hugs}

Keep on walking!!!

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VICKI-B-1956 3/7/2009 11:41AM

  You can do it!! You look terrific in the photo BTW!
Vicki

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DINA:-) 3/7/2009 10:28AM

    very true! something is always better then nothing!

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I really love SparkPeople and everything on it!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Yesterday was just such a blah day. Didn't want to treadmill or anything else for that matter.

Then nighttime comes and I must go to Other Goals and log my day. Well, I logged and logged and then I came to the BLC#9 Team Goal, 12 week Streak and I looked, and looked, and decided I just couldn't let 6 weeks go down the drain because I was in a funk.

I got on my treadmill and did 34 minutes with the arm exercises I do while walking. Then I did the Towel Bending and Straight Leg Raises for the By The Numbers Weekly Challenge.

It was an "aha" moment since logging my Other Goals kept me in check and got me back on track!

Thank you SparkPeople for setting up this site in such a way as to have checks and balances to keep us on track.

I saved the streak and also my 10,000 steps streak!

  
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_VALEO_ 3/12/2009 5:33AM

    Thanks for this blog! I kept it in mind last Tuesday when I had my blah day too -and finally, I got on my Wii Balance Board, I did my Hip Hop DVD and my yoga!

Thanks for the motivation!

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_VALEO_ 3/9/2009 5:24AM

    emoticon!

You can be proud of yourself!

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SUPREME5 3/6/2009 7:37PM

    NOW YOU CAN HOLD ON TO YOUR TRACK RECORD WAY TO GO PROUD OF YOUDORENE emoticon

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DINA:-) 3/6/2009 6:50PM

    wow, way to go for getting back on track! i guess it's never too late!

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VICKI-B-1956 3/6/2009 6:16PM

  Good for you Linda. Glad you saved your streak goals too and you probably felt a lot better afterwards too.
Vicki

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MARTY19 3/6/2009 5:55PM

    Blah days happen to the best of us. I'm so glad you were able to get back on track.

Marty

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Stuck in the 131's!!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Not looking for sympathy but I am stuck again! I have bounced around 131 for a while now but I know it will move eventually.

Might be because of trying to step up my ST again. Every time I step up my ST, I slow down my losing. *sigh* But I still lost a pound according to the weigh-in at BLC#9 yesterday so that is fantastic!

Onward and upward! Oops, shouldn't that be Onward and Downward?!

On a lighter note, I tried on everything hanging on my closet door and everything fits!! Only one pair of shorts is snugger than I like - but everything now fits!!

Hugs y'all!

  
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GRALLEN 3/6/2009 11:45AM

    Oh my kingdom to be bouncing around 131. You've sone so well with your weight loss. It'll come back down.

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DINA:-) 3/6/2009 12:43AM

    love it: onwards and downwards :)

hang in there, linda- you are so close to your goal and it's the last few lbs that are the hardest.

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/5/2009 2:12PM

    Hooray, hooray. Your clothes almost all fit. Be ecstatic, be delighted. Wallow in the delicious knowledge that you have done a fantastic job so far and that YOU KNOW you are going to get to where you want to be. Celebrate your triumphs, my friend,

Gini emoticon

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MARTY19 3/5/2009 11:42AM

    It really isn't bad being stuck at 131. It would be worse and more frustrating to be stuck at a high weight. Now it takes longer to lose a pound because you don't have alot to lose. You are still shining.

Marty

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_VALEO_ 3/5/2009 11:40AM

    You're almost there, you might have some kind of plateau. The last pounds are always the hardest! Take it easy!

The great news is that you can now wear your clothes, and it fits! emoticon



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VICKI-B-1956 3/5/2009 9:27AM

  You're getting there. That's great you've lost another pound and all your clothes fit; even the one that's still a little snug. It still fits. WTG!!
Vicki

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I cannot *spot reduce* but can I *spot stay*?

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I cannot *spot reduce* but can I *spot stay* the damages?

I am trying *desperately* to maintain the level of flabbiness I am seeing on my inner thighs and upper arms! So far I am winning the battle, lol.

What I would really love is to lose the battle and lose the flabbiness.

I am doing Triceps Kickbacks and Inner Thigh exercises - I am using a ThighMaster and feeling a little foolish, lol.

So, at least if I am not winning the battle over the loose skin, it isn't getting worse.

Perhaps by exercising my trouble spots I am keeping the muscle there so that when my body chooses to take energy from these areas it will take the flab instead of more of the muscle?

Sounds logical but it is as yet unproven.

Stay tuned for the future me to enlighten!

On a lighter note my loving DH has informed me that gravity is taking effect in my ripe old age of 57!

Another "hug him or slap him" moment!

  
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_VALEO_ 3/2/2009 12:15PM

    Are we married to the same man???

If you know a technique to tone up the "lower part" of the arm, I'm all ears!

-I was showing off my little muscles I gained on the top of my arm when my husband shaked my "below part" of my arm to make me notice the gravity effect of my 40! emoticon

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THININSIDE847 3/2/2009 2:22AM

    ha yeah don't they always say the right things?

From what I've read there's no way to spot reduce, just continue to burn fat and hope that eventually your body takes from those areas and continue to strength train to build muscle.

Don't feel foolish about using a thigh master, Suzanne Somers eat your heart out!

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KENDRAO 3/1/2009 7:04PM

    Haha men they always know exactly what to say emoticon

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SUPREME5 3/1/2009 2:12PM

    IF YOU SLAP HIM DON'T HIT TO HARD AS YOU STILL WANT TO HUG HIM TO DEATH.LOL. HOPE YOUR PLAN WORKS AND YOU LOSS SOME OF THE LOOSE SKIN. ONLY TROUBLE WITH WIEGHT LOSE BUT HEY ILL TAKE IT IF IT KEEPS US BREATHING.GOOD JOB.
DORENE
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DINA:-) 3/1/2009 11:25AM

    those are my trouble spots too... is it flab or mostly skin? just keep working those areas- that's about all you can do!


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LIFES*2*SHORT 3/1/2009 11:14AM

  Yeah... it's amazing what losing weight can do to a body... lol

Naomi

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FLORIDA-BISHOP 3/1/2009 10:18AM

    Definately a hug him or slap him moment. LOL!
Vicki

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MARTY19 3/1/2009 9:13AM

    Slap him first and then hug him. LOL But since he just got home you might want to save it for another day.
I still want to win the lottery so I can have "smart lipo" to finish what dieting cannot. It's never gonna happen so it means more hard work. Yuck! LOL

Hugs
Marty

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If you have a replacement knee or know someone who does...

Friday, February 27, 2009

If the knee starts to make noise when you move - not the normal clicking but sort of a grinding/squeaking sound - and it has been in your leg for longer than 10 years, go to your surgeon and have it x-rayed.

Ray's knee actually wore out 2 years ago and it was steel on steel and half the replacement metal was already worn off, very dangerous.

He knew about it making noise but didn't want to go to the doctor because he didn't want another surgery and didn't want to have to do therapy. When he started complaining about pain it was time and I called the doctor against his wishes.

His knee was so bad that he was worked in as early as possible.

They last 10-15 years and Ray's was implanted 20 years ago.

Since even our GP didn't know about what the noise meant I wanted to let others know. Surgery and/or therapy is better than losing the leg to metal shavings poisoning.

  
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FLORIDA-BISHOP 2/28/2009 11:52AM

    Hope he's going to be ok now.
Vicki emoticon

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DINA:-) 2/28/2009 2:26AM

    that is so dangerous! i'm glad you called the dr against his wishes before anything really bad happened.

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MARTY19 2/27/2009 7:13PM

    That is a pretty scary notion. Thanks for the heads up.

Hugs,
Marty

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CAROL_ 2/27/2009 6:59PM

    Wow! It even SOUNDS painful. Yep, just think of all that stuff in his body. You did the right thing. He is fortunate to have you and fortunate to be doing so well.

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