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Please help Haiti

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I have never been to Haiti, but I know that when I get there someday I will fall in love with it.

It's so sad to hear & read about the effects of the earthquake in this the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere. I am planning the January 17 service at our church, & of course we'll be raising special prayers for Haiti. We will also be giving special offerings for the work of Mennonite Central Committee there:

Please give to MCC (a very trustworthy organization), or to another organization that works in Haiti. Please pray.

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SHANSHE 1/14/2010 1:47AM

    Thanks for the link to donate, I wish I could... I will be saying prayers for sure though.

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GETHEALTHY231 1/13/2010 8:55PM

    My prayers are with all of them. It is hard to fathom such devastation, but God hears our prayers. I pray that people rely on Him to get them through this and all things.

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Sore waist-area muscles

Monday, January 11, 2010

This weekend I was REALLY sore in my sides & back in the waist area. That doesn't happen very often, & for a while it perplexed me . . . made it so hard to bend over that I felt old!

But it meant I had to always bend at the hips instead of the waist, & that's much better anyway.

On Sunday I finally realized the reason: doing the Leslie S. videos, I had been turning my torso very energetically with all the marching & kicking steps. My sore waist proves that those muscles really do engage when I make that twist!

Now that I know, I am continuing to twist but a little more gently, so that I can build up my strength instead of punishing myself. emoticon

Love handles begone!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/12/2010 9:41PM

    emoticon You be careful over there, especially with overemphasized movements. LOL



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GETHEALTHY231 1/12/2010 11:41AM

    At least you know it works! Now, you know you need to work up to that intesity and those muscles are gonna rock when you get there.

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SHANSHE 1/11/2010 7:47PM

    build, not punish, I LIKE that! Sooo glad it is working for you!

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Leslie will serve me well for a while

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Picking Leslie Sansone's 5-mile workout from among her many walking-workout DVDs was a smart choice for me. Tuesday night I did the first 2 miles; Wednesday night I repeated those & added the 3rd; this morning before work I did the 4th.

I really like the variety of steps & of core & arm movements. Each mile just flies by. I DON'T care for Leslie's patter, but this morning I found that I could follow along just fine with it turned almost all the way off while I listened to the news on NPR.

The movement segments are short enough that they don't bore me or wear me out. And as I get stronger I can intensify my movements so I still get a good workout.

When I came to the "boosted walking" (two minutes of jogging at the end of each mile), it felt SO good . . . & I found myself nostalgically remembering the running I used to do. I'm so glad to have a little bit of running as part of my new routine.

Yesterday I was down another pound. Today I sneaked a waist measurement--down 3/4 inch already! Gotta love the bootcamps, even though I'm a bit sore. It's GOOD soreness.

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SUZYWM 1/15/2010 12:45PM

    I have come to really like Leslie's dvds, but started out really annoyed by her chatter as well. At least one of my dvds has the option of muting her voice while still broadcasting the music! : )

I did finally get over the irritation and now just put it on and go with it.

Wishing you a year of great walks! Have fun!

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SHANSHE 1/9/2010 11:34PM

    I hear many people who like her tapes really well. I have an OLD VCR tape of hers from way back when, before her last name was Sansone and it was called Walk Aerobics - I too HATED her yapping and her laugh drove me INSANE! I used to turn it down and play my own music, LOL!

Have fun with this bootcamp, it sounds like you are though.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/7/2010 1:28PM

  I just received my first "Leslie Tape" in the mail yesterday, and am glad to hear such a great review of her workout.
Sounds like you are doing a great job. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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TRIGFROST 1/7/2010 1:13PM

    Your moving right along...good for You Lady...
I like Leslie and work out w/ her because I don't have to get down on the floor, Up and down hurts my knes...

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Good results, we love them

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

As in two pounds down. Yay!

And yesterday I officially graduated (again) from physical therapy. My left arm/shoulder's range of movement is MUCH greater than it was when I started. I will be continuing the stretches daily; the upper-body strength training I'm doing twice weekly in the current bootcamp will also help maintain my shoulder's healing.

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RASLALIQUE 1/7/2010 12:15AM

    Hurray! That's what we like to hear!

I'm happy to hear that you are healing and graduated Physio.

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TABBALOOSA 1/6/2010 9:10PM

    Woohoo! Good for you! And take good care of that shoulder.

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SHANSHE 1/6/2010 5:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETHEALTHY231 1/5/2010 8:30PM

    I'm so happy you are doing so well. Just keep moving! Don't let anything stand in your way - beat a path through or around. Just move!

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The dreaded stats

Monday, January 04, 2010

For the bootcamp, I was supposed to post these beginning measurements yesterday. I did take them yesterday, but I wasn't organized enough to post then.

I have never posted my measurements publicly before. Gulp. I'm glad you are all so sweet & encouraging. These measurements are in inches.

waist 34
hips 43
upper thigh 25
chest 32.5
bust 38.5
neck 13.5
upper arm 13.75
wrist 6.75

I especially hate to see my waist that large. At my comfortable lower weight of a few years ago, it was around 29-30. So that's something to work toward. It's not normal for it to be larger than my chest!

I'm motivated to get these numbers down via the bootcamp strength training--& of course through eating right & doing my cardio.

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GETHEALTHY231 1/5/2010 8:28PM

    Just think how awesome it will be to look back on these numbers and see a major change toward a healthier you! You are so worth it! Can' wait to share the satisfaction of your goals being accomplished. Now, move it, girl! We're with you!

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SHANSHE 1/5/2010 3:11AM

    You will do it Ruth, I have no doubt, by the time this bootcamp end, you will have your waist back!

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