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Blackburn's "Super Fan"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I've been dubbed the "Super Fan" by my the women's basketball team of the college I graduated from, Blackburn College. I tend to get a little long-winded sometimes, but I'll try to make this short.

Years ago, I was a mainstay at the basketball games home or away games and was known for my distinct way of rooting my team on (both guys and gals). As time passed by and the players I was familiar with graduated, I stopped going.

A few years back, one of the players I used to cheer for worked as an Alumni something or another and sent an invite for folks to attend a women's conference game. I was able to make it. We only had eight players in uniform and one of them was injured. We were outnumbered, but not outplayed! Those ladies played their hearts out and I was hooked!

Since then, I try to make it to the games I can. It's always funny at the beginning of the season because many players don't know who I am and wonder who's Mom I am or which player I'm related to. The answer is none. I just come out to support the team. The women's team in particular never got much support, even when we won the Division III NSCAA National Championship in 1993 (which is a BIG deal!).

Blackburn College is over an hour from where I live. I try to make it to the weekend games there. Several of the conference games are near or in town where I live, so I can make it many of those games. The team never knows when or where I'm going to show up, but can always tell when I'm there. I have good volume! emoticon

Blackburn College is one of the few unique work study colleges in the nation where each dorm student MUST work an on campus job, working 15-20 hour per week, in addition to maintaining their academic load. I admire anyone who plays sports on top of all this! Many of these athletes are on the Dean's list!! So, me going to a few games to yell support for them is nothing in comparison to what they're doing. They call me their Super Fan, but truthfully, they're MY heroes.

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FUNNINFIT 1/30/2011 5:46PM

    You never know who you'll inspire and reach just by your dedication & encouragement!!!
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Into the ordinary

Friday, January 28, 2011

I've decided that I've hit an exercise plateau. I think my body is ready to lose more weight, but I keep doing the same exercises, limiting my body's weight loss options. Overall, I think I'm doing good with not taking in too many calories (I'd know for certain if I did a food journal regularly!)

But my bigger point is that I was thinking about my exercise and it's been pretty routine for the past several months. I need to change it up a bit if I want more/different results. Here's where the excuses come in! My list of things I don't like or don't want to do is lengthy, but I've just got to get over all that if I'm trying to reach my goal. To be realistic, I can't "Tiger Mom" me and force me to do something I wouldn't normally, though. I know me. I've lived with me a long time. If I don't want to do something I won't do it!

I'm going to think on this a bit and see what I come up with. At least I'm open to new options. In times past, that hasn't always been the case. I have a sneaking suspicion you'll know the outcome in a future blog.

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MAMABUGAZ 1/29/2011 12:37AM

    I posted a recent blog about exercising too. Set some small goals. Hoping that I'll be motivated enough to reach them. HATE exercise!

~ Faith

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Regular Attendance

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Not long ago, I blogged that I use a manual treadmill. One of the things I've been working on is trying to walk on my treadmill for a little bit before work each morning. I'm happy to report that I'm doing better with this than I expected.

My treadmill is in the very cold, cold basement and I think I mentioned it's a manual treadmill. How much more of a turnoff could there be? I can't think of much.

A little after the new year, I started setting my alarm clock a little earlier so I would have time to spend some time on the treadmill before work, yet get my morning routine in. More often than not, I'm successful. I've been pleasantly surprised with my "winning percentage" on this. I have regular attendance! And I hear walking is one of the best exercises one can do. I don't have good knees and ankles, so I'm not much into the jumping up and down exercises, but I CAN walk...and on my manual treadmill...in the morning...in my cold, cold basement.

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MAMABUGAZ 1/26/2011 9:25AM

    Good for you. That's one thing I'm not good at -- getting exercise in. I do log my pedometer every day, but, it's often only 2000-3000 steps. If I go for a short walk (20 minutes or less), sometimes I get up into 3000-4000.

I also should do some strength training. Would be good to add some muscle mass, because my body fat %-age indicates that I'm "fatter" than my my BMI indicates. So, I probably really have very little muscle.

I might add some small goals in Feburary to start me on a better exercise plan.

~ Faith

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CATWOOMAN 1/25/2011 11:54PM

    Good for you! I'm suppose to be integrating exercise in my routine this week but I can't seem to get it going. Haven't decided to either get up early or after work. My treadmill is in my bedroom so I have less excuses than you. Way to go to motivate yourself and be regular in attendance. Well done!
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I went shopping!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Well, this isn't worthy of a news crew or anything, but in my world, it is a news flash. I don't do much shoppping...at all. In times past, this has been a task about as frustrating and as much fun as exercising. emoticon I dreaded shopping for clothes with a passion!! Nothing fit right. If I could get anything to get around me it was too long. Why would I want to pay out money for that? Heavy sigh.

Well, I've lost some weight since that last experience (I'm down nearly 20 pounds since mid September whoo-hoo!!) and most of what I picked up to try on either fit or was TOO BIG. Tee hee! Don't get me wrong. I still need to pick up items that are at least an XL, but I'm making progress.

I went looking to buy tops for work only and ended up with a couple of pants, too. I got some 16Ws. I know these are really 18s, but I'll play along with the psychological game of feeling good seeing the 16 on the tag.

AND it's almost 24 hours later and I'm still pleased with all of my purchases. No regrets.

Can you tell I'm a little giddy right now? emoticon

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TINKSMOM1 1/24/2011 7:58AM

    Thats awesome! I hate shopping too...but I am hoping to one day enjoy it! I'm so glad you did! Giddy is Great! Hope you can do some more shopping soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TARANITUP 1/23/2011 7:02PM

    That's great news! Just be careful of buying too much, I think the weights going to keep falling off you! When it comes time for 12s let me know, I have plenty to get rid of :)

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Alumni Day

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Today was Alumni Day at my college alma mater for the men's and women's basketball teams. I got a chance to see some of the people I went to school with so many (very many) years ago.

To make a long story shorter, when I attended school, my on campus job title was assistant sports information director (SID), but I did all the work the SID was supposed to do AND my job. Apparently, I gained a reputation for being an avid fan of the basketball teams.

Fast forward to today. I still passionately and unmistakably root for my team and this was recognized by one of my former classmates!! I thought that was kinda funny. After all these years, I was easily picked out of a sizable crowd by my "verbal encouragement". I have good volume!!

It was great to see the former classmates, catch up on what they have been doing, share what I've been doing...and to boot, our basketball teams won!! Hooray!!

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