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WORK versus WORK-OUTS!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Is this kind of how you feel after a day at work? Or housework? Or, like for me right now, a full day of painting?

Whew! I feel like I must have burned off 1000 calories at the very least! But, for most of us -- every though we are tired out to the core, as far as burning calories go, working hard isn't the same as working-out hard!

I don't know why that is, probably because it's not actually cardio -- your heart isn't racing, although your brain certainly needs a rest! Sorry to tell you, but even after a hard day of WORKING, your body could still use a good WORK OUT so yes, go hit the gym. It's just what your body needs to get in shape, and to stay in shape!
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SCOTMAMA 1/30/2012 11:54AM

    I went to the gym yesterday and did the WORK OUT thing -- squeezing it in between the WORK thing. Sadly, my scale did not move! But I'll have to admit I feel better about myself.

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PSMITH3841 1/30/2012 10:24AM

    A good work out(even when I'm tired to the core) makes me feel better and clears my tired brain too! One positive to working hard though, you still burn calories and move your muscles, and I was reading an article on how you utilize your housework routine as a work out (if you are unable to fit in your regular work out), but it's not really as satisfying...

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OLDERDANDRT 1/29/2012 12:07PM

    Yeah....this falls into the category of "sad but true"! emoticon Herein lies the wisdom of doing the workout before the work! (I know, it sounds great, but I haven't seemed to be able to get that done as yet!) hehe
Have a great day! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/29/2012 7:30AM

    I know what you mean after cleaning homes all day think I am done but I know that workout is not the same so have to walk the treadmill or do my Wii
Great Blog
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STILLFLYIN 1/28/2012 9:05PM

    The body needs variety in motion.


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ARTJAC 1/28/2012 8:16PM

    i agree

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JAZZ20 1/28/2012 6:50PM

  I know how you feel. I have been helping my brother renovate a house. Although you are active, it is not the same as a workout. But the body does not want a workout after the work.

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Short-Term Weekly Goals

Sunday, January 22, 2012

emoticon I used to tear my hair out looking at that far off goal of 10, 15 or 20 pounds off by my birthday (October) or the end of the year! As a gal with a small amount of patience, it's hard to be told "slow is best" because I like instant gratification

emoticon Then I was reading this article about "short term goals" and how they could help. And as you reached each goal, you could give yourself a little reward -- or at the very least, check them off as DONE!

I am now into my 3rd week (always on Sunday) of doing that. My goal was just half a pound each week. Very reasonable and attainable! The first Sunday I was elated as I was ahead of my goal by 1.4 pounds. emoticon

The second week I didn't do as well -- it was a stressful week, and tiring. I found that I tend to stuff my face when I'm overly tired ! So when Sunday rolled around, I was still ahead of my goal, but by only .2 of a pound! But still, ahead is ahead! emoticon

This is the 3rd Sunday for my weigh-in and I'm really happy to report that I'm back to the 1.4 pounds ahead of goal weight. Woo Hoo! Truly love short goals!
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OLDERDANDRT 1/23/2012 4:28PM

    emoticon I need to actually set this up for myself, too! Isn't it funny how you KNOW the stuff you could and should do, but you still sit with your head in your hands like you haven't got a clue? (This is me, I'm talking about here.) Guess I'll get that set up now! emoticon Great blog!

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PSMITH3841 1/23/2012 10:12AM

    Oh Wise One.... I've been using your "short term" goals and it's working for me too! Thanks for sharing the idea! emoticon emoticon n your successes... emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/23/2012 8:33AM

    Short terms goals do work! Congrats on the loss!! Keep it up!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/23/2012 8:27AM

    emoticonon the short term goals I need to do more of them
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4_MY_LIFE 1/23/2012 1:35AM

    emoticonI love short term goals!

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ARTJAC 1/22/2012 10:53PM

    well done

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RASHEDAPOE 1/22/2012 10:21PM

    A 100 little victories will help you celebrate the BIG WIN... WTG on setting Short Term Goals.

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CATLADY52 1/22/2012 6:50PM

    emoticon and food for thought.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/22/2012 5:07PM

    Way to go! Short term goals work the best! emoticon

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KAYWEB555 1/22/2012 12:04PM

    Yes, you have so much fun checking off those short team goals or rewarding yourself. Keep up the great job your doing for yourself !

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STILLFLYIN 1/22/2012 11:42AM

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LIS193 1/22/2012 11:41AM

    Way to go! Love those short term goals :)

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MEME102 1/22/2012 11:35AM

    Good job!!! You said something interesting about when you're tired you know that you tend to eat more -- I need to watch the reasons for the times I do that - might give me more insight - thanks for sharing!

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I Thought Today Would Be A Great Day -- And It Was!

Friday, January 20, 2012

When you wake up in the morning you don't know if it will be a good day or a bad day. You have no idea if you will have gained weight or lost weight. You don't know how the day will turn out. You can have plans, you can have appointments and you can have schedules; but we all know that while they may help us keep on track for the day, things have a way of going astray at times.

YOU alone can decide if it will be a good day or a bad day! Sure, someone could scratch a fender on your car while you are in the mall shopping -- but no one has control over how you react to it -- except YOU! Even gaining or losing weight is sometimes due to many variables. Perhaps your sodium was just right and you made good choices, even did your exercises. Probably you lost weight. But if the scale shows a slight gain, it doesn't have to ruin your day! You could have made good choices, but your body reacted to whatever foods you ate that caused you to have a bit of extra water weight. If your body held onto just 1 extra cup of water that would be a half pound. So is it so hard to understand why your weight may vary by 1 or 2 pounds every day?

Most of the time our "bad" days add up to how we are reacting to various things going on around us. It may not even affect us personally. Seeing an accident could trigger something in you and cause you to eat "comfort" food for lunch when you were planning on being good and sticking with a salad. Perhaps you grabbed a candy bar and ate it, without even thinking, kind of a chain reaction.

YOU are in charge! Good day or bad day -- it's all in the way you perceive it!
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VITCHY-VICKI 1/21/2012 8:38AM

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ARTJAC 1/20/2012 10:24PM

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LIS193 1/20/2012 7:01PM

    Great attitude!

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I Have Ribs & Shoulder Blades!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

emoticon That sounds like kind of a weird statement, even to me; but after I gained 25 pounds about 20 years ago it took me awhile to realize I could no longer feel my ribcage. And when I would put my arm behind my back, I was so well padded there was no sharp shoulder blade sticking out. As the years went by I didn't think about it all that much, but now that I'm getting into the low 140's I run my hand over my body at night and can feel the ribcage! It's pretty thrilling!

Having discovered those, it made me wonder if my shoulder blades had made an appearance also. They are starting to emerge -- certainly not as quickly as the ribs did, but it's coming. I love the little spark you get from discovering a nice change in your body such as this!

I'll never get the waist back that I had in my teens (21 inches) but I can see it is also going down a mini-measurement at a time! Mostly I depend on my scale, but it is a different kind of thrill when you see your body changing right before you very eyes!
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ARTJAC 1/20/2012 11:21PM

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SHARJOPAUL 1/20/2012 9:19AM

    Congratulations
Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4_MY_LIFE 1/19/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon on the ribs and shoulder blades!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/19/2012 1:30PM

    ribs? Mine are very well-padded and I would love to see them in a 6 pack!
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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2012 12:22PM

    That's wonderful!! I am so happy for you! I know it may sound a bit weird, but I totally understand! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 1/19/2012 11:51AM

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I read in several places lately that our pelvic bones keep growing for many years after the rest of our bones have reached full size. This causes our waist to also measure larger. So getting back to that teeny waist may not be a practical goal for many of us.

Well done, you!

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God was looking after me -- yet again!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

emoticon I'm an impatient person! I have known this from Day 1. And if I didn't know, I'd had plenty of friends who have told me in plain English.

Most of you who read my blogs know how excited I was about getting granite counters in my kitchen. In fact, the day after the salesman came from the company I went with, I knew (from the samples) what color I was going with. The sample showed tans and a deep rusty gold with flecks of gray, etc. I just KNEW how it would look in my kitchen. I'm very visual. With that in mind, I went to the computer to shop for new window covering for our two very large windows.

The ones in there now are pinky-mauve, as you can see in the photos on my blog about the "Update on Kitchen" blog. Looks OK -- old as the hills but look good. I found online some beautiful woven woods in pecanwood. I could picture how they would look with the new counters and new paint on the walls. I ORDERED THEM! Yes, I know any ordinary person would have waited until the counters were installed to get a better feel for it. PATIENCE LACKING SEVERELY!

The next day I went to the granite store to make the final selection upon seeing the full slab of granite, not a 5-inch square! I find the one I adored in the little sample had this HUGE 2-foot wide river of deep rusty-gold running through it! It literally drew your eyes to it, overpowering! I knew I couldn't have THAT in my kitchen, or it's all you'd see! Looking behind me I see this elegant, cool gray with lots of movement, white running through it, and in places a touch of tan. It was love at first sight! I switched my choice to that one!

When I got home I was contemplating how my woven woods window covering would look with elegant gray instead of tan/rusty gold. My mind was telling me I had just made a big boo-boo! I tried to console myself by saying "wood goes with anything." It worked to a point. But deep down I was still worried. After all, we weren't speaking of pocket change -- each window was over $1000!

The granite was in. It looked beautiful. I would look at my kitchen and wonder how the woven woods would look! Then the manufacturing company called me. They were out of the pecanwood and wouldn't have in another supply until Mar. or April. Did I want to WAIT or CANCEL. Thank you, God, you've saved me yet again!
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ARTJAC 1/18/2012 10:17PM

    you can look around other shops and get a good match emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/18/2012 5:16PM

    Well, there you go! I know when the time comes, you will make the prettiest choice! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/18/2012 8:17AM

    You are so lucky now you can get what you really want - I love to decorate just wish I had the money - you have fun and keep the pictures coming
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FLYCHRISTI 1/18/2012 2:16AM

    You are lucky!
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4_MY_LIFE 1/18/2012 1:39AM

    You lucked out on that. I tend to wait and think on anything after I have researched it to death.

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LYNETTEMOM 1/17/2012 3:46PM

    I have one friend who researchs and spends months, if not years, deciding what to do and another who leaps without even a day's consideration. A happy medium is what I strive for but you know, there is no perfection in this world.
So glad this worked out for the best, as your kitchen is going to be incredible when you have everything in there! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 12:45PM

    Whew, you dodged a bullet on that one, girl! Really lucky...maybe you should take a trip to Las Vegas! emoticon emoticon

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