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What can you do in 15 minutes?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I made homemade pizza for supper so I had 15 minutes to wait for it to be done.
I did 10 minutes of Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds moves, 10 walking Lunges-from one end of my kitchen to the other, wall pushups using the kitchen counter, squats, hip flexor, knee lifts, a short jog, plus the side steps, kicks, knee lifts and kick backs(hamstring curls) from the WATP moves. I DID work up a sweat and I DID get my heart rate up.

Then this morning there was the weekly rush through the grocery store but today I had one of those damned carts that just wouldn't steer at all. Also there was grabbing that 14lb turkey up out of the freezer compartment in the store, putting it in the cart, taking it out of the cart and putting it on the checkout belt, taking it out of the grocery bag and lobbing it into the refrigerator freezer.

So tomorrow I will get back to my full exercises.

  
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SOFEDUPP 11/18/2010 6:51PM

    Sounds like a productive day even though you don't think you did your full exercise routine!

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BIKERBABYZ 11/18/2010 1:55PM

    Turkeys are heavy!

That sure does sound like a fully packed 15 minutes while you were waiting on your pizza! WAY TO GO!! WOOHOO!

And I sooooo hate those damned carts that won't steer! Not sure which is worse, those or the ones that SCCCRREEEECCCHHH the whole time you push them!!

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W4/D1

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Back to my 10 Minute Exercise Challenge posting.
This SHOULD be Week 4/Day 4 but I didn't get around to posting on Saturday so I started it today.
45 minutes Walk Away The Pounds Video for 3 miles
5 minutes SparkPeople Bootcamp video
10 minutes extra assorted exercises.

I made some delicious home made lemonade today, it was soo good! I used the recipe from Food Network Magazine so I don't know if I can put it in my recipe calculator and share it or not. It's not really all that healthy because I made the simple syrup and used real sugar. There are some recipes that I do not substitute ingredients and this was one of them. I muddled (pounded for you non bar flies) some mint and thin lime slices together in a cup then added it to the simple syrup, water and lemon juice. MMMMMM that was good!

I'm doing well with the exercise this week and I've met my calorie level too so hopefully something works right this week.

  
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HJFOGARTY 11/16/2010 5:22PM

    ohhh that sounds yummy! glad you had such a great workout seems like the fog has lifted for you and you are back on track! you go girl! take care of you!

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Today is my 3rd SMOKE FREE year!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I can SMELL fresh air, I can TASTE good food, I can take a deep breath without coughing and hacking, I don't wheeze when I lay down, I can sleep without hacking up a lung all because I quit smoking 3 years ago today. It was not easy by any means. My Dr. gave me a prescription for Chantix so I followed the instructions, joined their web site for support and daily e-mails. The Chantix did NOT make me want to commit suicide, it did NOT give me bad dreams or ANY of the stupid side effects the TV commercial says it does. The only things it did were make me sick if I did not eat before I took it and it caused REALLY REALLY horrible farts. (the cats even got up and moved)
So on November 15, 2007 it was the Great American Smoke Out so when i woke up, I didn't smoke that day. It was difficult for a few days but I got through it. For me it was fairly easy, since I live over seas where women can NOT drive, I couldn't just jump; in the car and run to 7-11 or the corner gas station to buy a pack. I didn't want to walk off the compound in my black drape thing because it was too hot. I gave the 1/2 carton I had left to the neighbor across the street. I cross stitched a lot and I gained a lot of weight.
We went back home to the USA for that Christmas to New Hampshire. It started snowing December 14 and didn't stop until January 1, every single day it snowed and it was cold. I did try a couple times to go out on the front porch to smoke but my lungs froze and I slipped and fell on my ass too many times. I said it's not worth it.
I know 3 years isn't much so far, but I did it and I'm proud of it. I am not one of those anti smoking zealots who rants and raves at others, I do see both sides to the anti-smoking thing and to the no smoking in certain places rules.
Here in Saudi Arabia, there is no No Smoking rules, smoke where ever and whenever you want. They do enforce no smoking on the planes though. There is nothing as bad as trying to pick out and smell fresh fruit and vegetables only to inhale some moron's smoke.
I did lose 20 lbs 2 years ago when I joined Spark People but gained 15 back, partly due to an increase in my Thyroid medication this past October. I am back to working hard to get that back off.

So please, if you know someone who is trying to quit, DON'T NAG THEM, but support them, give them a pat on the back or a hug when they reach a milestone!

I will blog later about my exercise.

  
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RAESKATES 11/20/2010 2:54PM

    emoticon I am lucky that I never started because I have seen lots of people try to quit. I think 3 years is fantastic. Keep it up!

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JLYNN931 11/20/2010 1:54PM

    Awesome blog! I am on my second day smoke free, also using Chantix. I was trying to quit on the Smokeout day, had my last one at 4PM on that day.

I can't wait to be able to say that I am at 3 years!

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THINAGAIN66 11/15/2010 8:42PM

    Good for you!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/15/2010 8:45AM

    Good for you, and you sound so balanced about it, too! This month will be my 5th no-smoking anniversary, can you believe it? Also my 2nd Sparkversary is coming up this week. Life is good!

I didn't do Chantix (patch for me), but you really cracked me up about even the cats looking cross-eyed at your farts and leaving the room!!

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World Diabetes Day!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Today is World Diabetes Awareness day. I am currently outside the USA in the Middle East, You would think that in a country with a population that is over 1/2 diabetic there would be SOME kind of activity, program, exhibit, expo or something in the malls, but sadly nothing. Even if there WAS something happening, nothing would be posted or announced until after the event took place.
I am diabetic so I try to draw as much attention to this "disease" as possible. I would love to find a magic cure!

I did get out and go for a walk this morning. I left the house at 8:40 and the temp was 80F, got home 30 minutes later and the temp was 86 but it was hot since there is no shade on my walk route. I hope the temps go down a little bit more so I can get in a better walk.

That is my story for today.

  
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HJFOGARTY 11/14/2010 7:59PM

    thanks for sharing girl and yeah for getting outside and walking! glad the weather is starting to cool a bit - remember to take care of you and keep on inspiring those around you! you are awesome!

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HOPE2BE 11/14/2010 2:21PM

    Hurray for you Robin for not letting this get you down. Thanks for the awareness.

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PK2H2000 11/14/2010 12:49PM

    Awareness is a wonderful thing! Thanks for being AWARE! My mother and sister have diabetes so I am in the loop! You are emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 11/14/2010 12:43PM

    Gratz, and thanks for sharing

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THINAGIN2 11/14/2010 12:41PM

    You are right, there is not much attention placed on this day. In fact until I read your blog, I was not aware that it is World Diabetes Awareness Day. Thanks for the information.

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November 13

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On this day 29 years ago I gave birth to my son at 2:55AM on a Friday morning. Unfortunately it has not been his lucky day. We did talk to him and wish him a happy birthday. I just hope his luck gets better very soon.

I did my 2 1/2 miles of Walk Away The pounds and about 10 minutes of dumbbell exercises today.

It feels like since the sandstorm the other day that temperature has gone down a bit and it's starting to cool off. Not much mind you but some.

DON'T FORGET: November 14 is International Diabetes Awareness day!

  
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HJFOGARTY 11/13/2010 9:55PM

    Happy Birthday to your boy - and sorry his day didn't go so well - I think you should send him a good luck charm perhaps it will change his luck?

sounds like you had a good workout today and glad the heat is lightening up a bit for you - perhaps you'll be able to walk outside soon! take care of you!

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MAREANNIE 11/13/2010 4:37PM

    Happy Birthday Blessings to your son, Robin! Good going on your fitness achievements! Absolutely gorgeous weather here, and I plan on taking advantage of it!

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