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Friday, January 21, 2011

When I left for work this morning, the plan was to go to Curves after work and focus on my strength training. Well, I left work much later than I expected. Plus I didn't have my change of clothes with me, so I wasn't able to go straight to Curves from work. And Curves closes earlier than it used to (winter hours?) so that wasn't in my favor either.

I really wanted to get my strength training in mostly trying to get points for a team challenge. What was a gal to do?!? I came up with a substitution. I dusted off some videos I have with strength training exercises on them and did some of those for as long as I could stand them.

Hooray for being resourceful...and Go Ice Cicles!! emoticon

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/23/2011 11:58AM

    Way to go for the back up. It's great not to let obstacles stop you!!

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45ANDFIT1 1/22/2011 6:17AM

    Great backup plan! emoticon

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Good Weigh In This Week

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ok, sometimes "Good" is a relative term, but I was rather pleased with my weigh in. I'm down 1.6 pounds this week. It might not sound like much to some (especially avid watchers of The Biggest Loser, this total will sound puny).

But I don't live on their ranch. I don't train with Bob, Jillian or the now known Unknowns. I don't use a Biggest Loser diet or workout DVD or any of their marketing products. I VERY LOOSELY try to follow the Curves Food Management System. For those who follow it, they wouldn't even recognize that I'm actually on it... I don't like to sweat, yet I get my exercise in. Clearly, I have my challenges, but I'm still losing weight (and inches). So, I'm very pleased with my 1.6 pound loss this week.


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QDUEIAEDT215 1/21/2011 8:26AM

    that's awesome!!!! keep up the good work AND the positive attitude! emoticon

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MAMABUGAZ 1/20/2011 9:17PM

    I average between 1-2 lb weight loss per week. (Lost 25 lbs in 18 weeks.) That's pretty close to you 1.6 lbs. And, like you, I feel good about that.

In addition to me not following a Biggest Loser diet or exercise regime, I tend to believe that a slow and steady weight loss is healthier, and more likely to stay off.

We're doing the right thing!

~ Faith

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Seasonal Count Down

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A local weatherman said the other day that there are close to 60 days left before spring is officially here. Personally, I liked the sound of that. I'm more of a spring/fall gal myself. My comfort zone is between 60-75 degrees.

I miss the days where I can go for a walk outdoors without having to worry about slipping on ice or snow or not have to wear so many layers I can barely move. I don't want to be mistaken for the marshmallow stay puff gal.

I won't miss the days of shivering myself to sleep (with the heat on and up!) and then getting "hot" (under the collar) after getting the heating bill.

I look forward to taking drives wherever with the windows down having the wind whip through my hair.

I welcome these wonderful warmer temperatures. Then come the seasonal allergies, but that's another blog... emoticon

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/19/2011 2:29PM

    I'm ready for summer to get here. . .

so I can complain about the heat.

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WAIANAEGAL 1/18/2011 11:57PM

    I so agree with you... looking forward to the spring summer fall of the pacific northwest.
We are supposed to have sunny weather over the next 5-7 days which is totally unheard of in the winter up here. I look forward to outdoor walking every day that the sun appears.

wishing for you a great spring... just around the corner.

Keep Sparkin'
Carlene emoticon

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...but it's a manual treadmill

Monday, January 17, 2011

When I tell people how much time I've walked on the treadmill they usually look at me funny and wonder what my physical limitation is. That's usually a sign that I didn't explain that my treadmill is a MANUAL treadmill and not an electric one.

On an electric treadmill, it goes before you're even on it. On a manual treadmill, it doesn't go until you make it go; resistance is involved. It's not nearly as easy to just get on and go like an electric one. If you slow down, it slows down. If you stop, it stops. So, it may not sound like much, but I did a whole 20 minutes on my manual treadmill today.

Yay me!! emoticon

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TARANITUP 1/18/2011 6:13PM

    I think I have done one of those before - you're right NOT easy!

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45ANDFIT1 1/18/2011 4:19AM

    I haven't walked on a manual treadmill in 20 years but remember how hard it was. Great job!

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/17/2011 9:53PM

    Yay you!!!


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TIPHEY2003 1/17/2011 9:18PM


I've never done anything but electric...but goodness knows you impressed the heck out of me with that description!! Keep up the excellent work!!!!


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Good problem to have

Saturday, January 15, 2011

So I'm at the point where I've lost so much weight that I need to get more clothes for work. I've put this off because my budget is not agreeable with a shopping spree right now. Tax return time is more weeks away than my need is and my car is vying for some attention, too. I've started walking around the office with one hand affixed to my pants (to keep them up) and the other doing some sort of distracting motion so no one notices the hand holding my pants up. It's a good problem to have, yet a problem all the same.

And I'm one of those short full-sized women; petite with an hour glass figure. If you don't have these dimensions, going clothing shopping is not always an easy task. I was never one for much shopping anyway (it's true, not ALL women are shopaholics!) and now I'm in between sizes to boot.

Heavy sigh. It looks as if I'll just have to bite the bullet, use the recommendation of a blog I read earlier, head to the Dress Barn and a few other places and see what I can see...and try to catch a good sale in the process.

Admittedly, I did pick up one pair of pants today and I'm really excited because they're a size 16! I need to fix the hem, but that's very doable. I haven't fit into a size 16 in YEARS, a very long time, ions, since gas was under $2.00/gallon. Clearly, it's been a while. I know sizes vary, but I'm still excited that I got into a 16!!!! That was a goal for me and I'll take it however I can get it.

Wish me luck on my shopping spree!

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CIVPRO1 1/16/2011 3:20AM

    good for you....I am going to have to buy new suits when I get back from Afghanistan! It is a nice problem to have!

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MAMABUGAZ 1/15/2011 8:02PM


~ Faith

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LADYBIRD82 1/15/2011 6:56PM

    emoticon I love when you get surprised by the size of clothes you wear. Its like it just sneaks up on you and Wow. You can see thats its really working. emoticon emoticon

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TARANITUP 1/15/2011 6:48PM

    I agree about it being a great problem too! I am having the same problem with work pants. My solution was to go to Salvation Army - I know I'm not done losing so I dont want to pay full price on anything! I am so psyched I got size 8 jeans - never wore that size before... I actually got 6 pairs of pants for $35.

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