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New Year, New Me~Day 19

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I just realized what a hiatus this has been from blogging-almost 10 days. That's ridiculous! However, I just finished working out for 35 minutes and had only planned to do 20. Actually I had no plans to exercise at all today so WOOOHOO! It was funny cuz DD hummed a bit of Rihanna and I ended up turning on Disturbia and we danced to that. That took me past the 20 minutes. Then I turned on Usher's OMG and went dance crazy. Then when it ended she asked me to put it on again so I got in a great workout. Now my stomach is acting up:/ I think I was drinking water too fast. Although, according to Emma, if I don't drink water I will get sweaty! How funny is that!?

After texting with LESLIES537 & DALMOMOF3, we came up with the idea of getting 10 or 20 minutes of exercise everyday from now until the end of February. I needed this push so it's a great thing! Thanks again guys!

Anyone else want to join us in exercising everyday from now til the end of February? Minimum of 10 minutes and it can be cardio or strength. SOMETHING is better than NOTHING, right?

WE WILL DO THIS emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/20/2011 5:40PM

    Good job on your exercise and good luck on your challenge!

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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 7:57AM

  I will join in the challenge! It will keep me going on the off days. The dancing sounded like fun. Good for you!

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    Great little challenge! I know you can do it!

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JETSOX 1/20/2011 6:44AM

    How fun to dance around with your daughter!!!

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NEWNAC304 1/19/2011 9:55PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I can commit to 10 minutes every day from now until the end of February! You're doing great!

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LLTS01 1/19/2011 9:39PM

    emoticon Simone. Dancing is the best.

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FUNFROG79 1/19/2011 6:53PM

    LOVE dancing!!! emoticon

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LESLIES537 1/19/2011 6:37PM

    YES, WE WILL!!!! This is EXACTLY the push I needed too! Thank you so much for this challenge....and keep on DANCING! emoticon (GREAT idea on the music and dancing, btw! My kids would love that! I'm stealing that idea!)

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LOOZINITNOW 1/19/2011 6:09PM

    You are starting what could be the start of a very good habit. Hopefully by the end of February you will be craving that exercise. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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New Year, New Me~Day 10

Monday, January 10, 2011

I am secretly calling this blog, "My co-worker tried to kill me today!" I made a suggestion to take a walk just before 2pm. We did 2 laps which equal 1 mile. Actually, she was waaaaay ahead of me which made me work harder. Then just before 4 she says, "You ready to do another mile?" I was like, "But I only need to do 30 minutes of exercise today. I could do 30 tomorrow." Enter WHINY voice here. But I sucked it up and said I needed to burn off some of the sweets I consumed. I didn't complain while I was walking or afterwards. No matter how much air I was sucking through my mouth emoticon emoticon

But today I discovered how out of shape I am. Now don't get me wrong. I was fully aware that I was out of shape. But I think I was in some sort of dream world until today. I used to be a few steps behind her but this was just play ridiculous.

Despite how out of shape I discovered myself to be, I still gave as much as I could to my walk and even climbed 4 flights of stairs back up to get to my office. And an hour later I also took the stairs to get to my car on the 4th floor! So today and in the future, was a NO ELEVATOR riding day for me! emoticon I am so proud of myself for doing this! I realize for some it may not be a big deal, but it's a big deal for me as well as a big step-especially returning for another go round 2 hours later. I'm going to keep telling myself "I'm moving in the direction of my greatest dreams and defeat is SO NOT an option"! I WILL DO THIS emoticon

Challenge yourself and LIVE out your dreams my friends!

PS I made to 10,000 steps! WOOHOO

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LESLIES537 1/11/2011 11:17AM

    WTG gorgeous!! emoticon emoticon

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DAISYANE 1/11/2011 10:38AM

    Great job pushing yourself and sounds you have a nice coworker that really cares about you. Baby steps and one day you will be speeding by her.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/11/2011 10:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work my friend!

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FUNFROG79 1/11/2011 7:48AM

    Whoo-hoo! emoticon

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HEATHERL219 1/10/2011 11:33PM

    Great job!! Continuing to walk showed that you can do this!! Sounds like you had a great day and I hope you're feeling great!!

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NEWNAC304 1/10/2011 11:00PM

    Great job! I need to join you in those stairs. Starting tomorrow, providing we don't get all of the snow they're calling for and I can get to work! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/10/2011 10:26PM

    Good for you! I bet you feel great too!

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MELISSAJUSTINA 1/10/2011 10:14PM

    Sometimes pushing yourself a little bit further, feels good afterwards! Awesome taking the stairs!!!

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LLTS01 1/10/2011 9:33PM

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You rock!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/10/2011 9:20PM

    Good for you! I have got to stop taking the elevator to my 4th floor office. But I always carry too much 'stuff' around. Need to stop taking work home, too.

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LOOZINITNOW 1/10/2011 8:34PM

    emoticon Great job pushing beyond your comfort zone! You totally owned this day!

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    Good for you and your coworker. She is motivating you. Let her.

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New Year, New Me~Day 8~Weigh In Day

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I'm sorry I've been MIA the last few days. But I'm here this morning.

I was thinking last night that I exercised 5 days this past week. My week actually starts on Saturday since that's when New Year's Day was and also when I restarted the 28 Day Boot Camp Workout Challenge. So that means Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed and Fri I did some sort of exercise. I'm very proud of me! I will not discount my progress like I was close to doing. I always tell my Sparkbuds that something is better than nothing. Well this week, I did a lot of somethings! I didn't do all the 10 minute videos for strength. But I did complete 5 out of 7. For someone who hasn't exercised in a number of months, I will take that!

What I really would like to do to challenge myself, is to be at the gym at 0430 when it opens. The cold weather makes that decision in the morning a little bit tougher. However, I think it would benefit me in so many ways. I would have energy for the work day. I wouldn't have to worry about when I would get in my exercise after work when I want to spend that time w/DD. I think that I will do this on Wednesday (which is my normal day off). Then I can get a feel for a routine on my work days. I want to be able to have time to get in a shower afterwards.

So I stepped on the emoticon a little bit ago and it said.....-7.2lbs! emoticon I'm so excited When I called and told my Mom she was happy. But again, like with the exercise, I said something to negate this loss "It's probably water weight". Mom was like here we go again! So I will NOT discount my loss. A loss is a loss. I know that I did not put forth my best effort this week with my eating. But I also had NO ice cream which is a BIG thing for me as much as I was eating of it. Also, no Doritos which another addiction of mine. My plan today, God willing and with no snow issues, is to get some light pop corn, along with freggies! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm also supposed to meet up with NOVA Sparkers at Wegman's late this afternoon. I haven't seen most of them since last September. As I've mentioned in past blogs, I like to listen to the 1st 10 minutes of the Steve Harvey show when I'm driving into work. Well one thing he said the first part of the week I really liked, " You are what you eat, and the company you keep!". The first part I'm sure you can figure out. The 2nd part really hit home. The type of people you associate with can play a big part in what you did in life-spiritually, financially, physically. Well for me I look at this in those ways. For the physical part, I know that hanging out with NOVA Sparkers today will make all the difference. That, coupled with being here on Spark and offering support and encouragement to other Sparkers? I think I'm keeping emoticon company! I also look at career and my decision that yes, I'm going to push forward and make that first step. I will have to wait about a month to pay the $99 but it will be worth the investment! I really want to help the kiddies! So I want to go for my Bachelors.

This brings me to the other thing Steve was talking about yesterday. He said, "You can talk yourself out of anything if you try". He talked about how when he comes up with an idea of what he wants to do, he goes to his team. If they start saying why it can't be done right away, he stops them mid-sentence. He explains the plan and THEN, if they want to discuss potential issues that need to be considered, they discuss them and figure out a back up plan to those. You MUST surround yourself with positive people who are where you want to be or who are working towards that same goal. I confided in a friend about my plans for school. She's gone back to college and will be getting her Master's. She's in full support of what I want to do. And she's very encouraging and positive. This is the same friend who found a potential job for me when I was out of work and I was saying "Oh but I'm not qualified to do such and such. Look at what they are looking for?! I can't do that!". Her response was "Let them work that out. Just go ahead and apply!" Actually she said that before I was in that predicament. The point is, don't let your own self doubt or negative thoughts get in the way of your dreams-DON'T GET IN YOUR OWN WAY! More importantly, surround yourself with positive people in life and ESPECIALLY on this weight loss journey. People you can turn to and who will help you when you are conflicted or hurting. Sparkpeople is such an emoticon emoticoncommunity of caring people. Take advantage of the many resources they have here. You are worth the time and investment in yourself!

Let's make this a great upcoming week filled with positive choices! Life is short, PLAY HARD!

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LESLIES537 1/10/2011 10:21AM

    Oh yeah, and I forgot to say, I'm SO PROUD OF YOU TOO! 5 x's this week?!!! That's awesome! You inspire me! It's time to get my butt in gear! We can do this!!

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NEWNAC304 1/8/2011 9:10PM

    Congrats on your loss and great job keeping up that positive attitude! emoticon

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    Congratulations on your weight loss and motivation! Good for you! emoticon

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    This is a very upbeat and encouraging blog both for you and for others. Please continue to believe in yourself and in all Sparkers and continue to write with such passion. Thanks for my step up today,


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4MYBOYSANDSELF 1/8/2011 4:44PM

    You're doing awesome! Keep up the GREAT work!

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/8/2011 4:26PM

    Don't you dare discount an ounce! I am SO happy for you.

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FUNFROG79 1/8/2011 1:12PM

    What a great blog! Congrats on your loss!! emoticon

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    You're doing great! Congrats on the weight loss, definitely take it!

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LESLIES537 1/8/2011 11:38AM

    A BIG congrats on your loss! You sound like me, "water weight." Girl, seven pounds is not water weight! lol That's YOU shedding those pounds, to da curb, gone for good! Wooo hoooo! emoticon

Have fun w/ the NOVA's and have a great weekend!
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JOE_ANNE2 1/8/2011 11:19AM

    Thanks for being my friend, and my inspiration emoticon

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    Congratulations on losing 7 pounds AND on doing all the exercise you've done this week. It's a good start to a great year! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/8/2011 9:31AM

    I'm so proud of you and your loss! Do not discount one pound of it. You earned all of it! I know that you are going to achieve all of your dreams and more. I love the excitement that I sense in this blog. This is going to be a great year for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SYMFONY 1/8/2011 9:04AM

    Yea for the weight loss emoticon

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LLTS01 1/8/2011 9:04AM

    I know for a fact that you can do anything you set your mind to. You just have to believe in yourself. And I know you can so that.
I am so proud of your accomplishment this week. Exercising consistently is no small feat. You did it. Keep doing it.
I am looking forward to seeing you this afternoon.

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    Great blog! emoticon on your loss this week! And looking forward to seeing you later today! The snow sure is pretty. Fortunately it's not enough to cause any problems.

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New Year, New Me~Day 4- A Day Late...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. I could've tried at work but people were driving me NUTS. I was so frustrated!!! This of course accounted for my not making the best choices. We had leftover sweets and the stress was going on and I ate way too many chocolate covered items that were in the office. However, today I'm off and in the process of asking my boss to get rid of them!

Also while I was at work, I decided I needed to work on the financial monkey that's on my back. No more forgetting about it. It's one of my goals for the year. Then the more I thought about it, I really needed to clean my kitchen table that had a TON of carp on it. So instead of eating or working out when I got home after 6, I worked on my kitchen table. My Mom came over and helped me which was a great help! We worked on it for more than 2 hours. Then I had a headache and slight stomach ache. I looked at the work out for Day 4 and saw it was ab work. I decided that I would combine Days 4 & 5 today and do cardio. So later today I will blog about Day 5. Gotta get DD to preschool but happy to be off from work!

Let's make it a great day!

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    Keep up the good work my friend. emoticon

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    Your doing awesome, just think positive and healthy thoughts!

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FUNFROG79 1/5/2011 11:59AM

    Hang in there! Get one thing done at a time, emoticon

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NEWNAC304 1/5/2011 11:23AM

    I understand how people at work can drive you Nuts! I didn't make good choices yesterday either, but today is a new day. We can do this!

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LESLIES537 1/5/2011 10:38AM

    One day at a time, one pile at a time....We can do this! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/5/2011 8:04AM

    Don't look back at yesterday. Just keep looking forward and make the most of today. Hope you have a great day off! emoticon

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New Me~Day 3

Monday, January 03, 2011

So I got up this morning to check on Emma because she called out. Then Mother Nature called and then she called again by bring TOM along emoticon I really don't care for TOM-not that anyone does-but it truly makes it a challenge for me and working out for 30 minutes. One part of me wants to not do it and the other part of me knows I want to and that if I don't then I'll get off track. So that takes care of that. I just need to come up with some cardio I can do while remaining seated. Without going into graphic detail, I have problems the first few days and do better when I can remain seated. So does anyone have any suggestions on something I could do cardio wise while sitting?

Yesterday I completed 30 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of lower body strengthening. I'm proud of myself for sticking to it. Leslie Sansone really whooped my butt! I am starting a 6wk challenge today on iVillage with Leslie and then next week I am doing a challenge through work. It's 12 wks and you have a team of 4 or 5 people. I'm excited to keep myself challenged and hopefully get some new ideas so I stay fresh and don't get bored. They have prizes on the one through work.

I am looking forward to watching the new season of Biggest Loser. I haven't watched in a few seasons. I always get more motivation from watching them. Don't get me wrong. I don't envision myself losing THEIR numbers. I'm just happy to see the process and get pumped for the journey! emoticon

Make it a great day!

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STEINERMOM 1/4/2011 11:33AM

  I do lots of arm exercises (punches, overhead raises, overhead pull downs) while lifting my knees when seated. Hope it helps.

BTW, love you page photos and background!

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TIME4AFITME 1/3/2011 8:22PM

    Sorry that TOM is so bad for you. I am sure you did find something and you did great at it!!!

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NEWNAC304 1/3/2011 3:48PM

    Sorry you're having trouble with TOM. I was going to suggest throwing punches but someone beat me to it. Feel better soon.

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LESLIES537 1/3/2011 12:56PM

    Here's a link you can copy and paste into your browser on seated cardio exercises. The only thing I could think of was throwing punches, like tae-bo style. The bottom of this article talks about it too. Good luck!

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FUNFROG79 1/3/2011 10:58AM

    TOM can be such a pain, hang in there! I'm excited about BL too, should be a great season! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/3/2011 10:40AM

    So sorry that TOM is reeking havoc on you. I agree...don't break your momentum. Just find something that you can do sitting down. You are on a roll and I am very proud of you! Wish I had some ideas for you.

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