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It's All About the Shooz

Monday, January 23, 2012

Enjoyed a FANTASTIC weekend, structured workouts fell by the wayside just a tad, but I improvised and still got in the exercise, glad to report I'm back on track today.

FANTASTIC Friday: morning started with a WOW !!! Got on the scale and this is what I saw, a two pound loss...


This is the lowest I have been since high school, looks out 130's I'm heading your direction, FINALLY!!!!

FANTASTIC Food: Cooked my BFF's famous pork bbq recipe, it was my first attempt, and man-ole-man was that the best BBQ I've ever had, sooo yummy (not as good as hers, though). Slow roasted for 11 hours. Had the kids over for dinner and it was a huge hit. Not as many leftovers and I would have like to had, but still some to freeze for meals later on.




FANTASTIC Saturday: We were visiting a family member at the hospital on Saturday, and my husband dragged me into the gift shop. I couldn't figure out why in the heck he wanted to stop in there, but then I realized why. Holy Ham, they had a whole shelf of collectable shoes. How did my "shoe radar" not detect this? I collect miniature shoes (I'm sure this is not a surprise to those who know that I'm a shoe fanatic), but he was so sweet to buy me this one to add to my collection.



Stopped into Target to get some essentials and just happened to pass the shoes, haha. I always "just happen" to pass the shoe department and Holy Ham, my favorite four letter word... S A L E !!!, even better "CLEARANCE SALE". I got three new pair of shoes for $25.00 (total)(, how's that for a bargain? I just couldn't resist.





And Harley likes shoes too, boxes that is.



FANTASTIC Sunday: Enjoyed football playoffs at Maria's - Yeah, the Giants are heading to the superbowl. Great end to a great weekend.

Looking forward to a great week of workouts, nothing on the calendar this week, except lots of ME time.

  
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MZSLYDE01 1/25/2012 8:47AM

    Gosh girl I am soooooo jealous = I love your new shoes and look at the price. REALLY I AM GETTING SICK OF THIS - I need to do some retail therapy with my sister. Gonna happen this friday. I have a $5.00 off coupon that I can also use with this 15% off coupon at my local Sally's Beauty Supply. Gonna get some deals I really hope. Wish me luck with it. BUT I LOVE SHOES TOO and want to find some deals like that - Makes it so you don't feel guilty for buying them. LOL
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CSIENK 1/24/2012 9:18AM

    emoticon on your two pound weight loss. emoticon
And great job on your shoe 'find'. I especially like the last pair, but holy cow lady... those heels are tall!
emoticon I don't know if I could walk in them without wobbling!
Keep up the awesome work.
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SAMI199 1/23/2012 8:40PM

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SAMI199 1/23/2012 8:35PM

    emoticon Your Shoes...awesome sale!

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SUEAZZI 1/23/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon on your weight! Congrats! The BBQ looks scrumptious and the shoes, oh the shoes, spectacular bargains and love the collectible one. I can't imagine walking in that high of a heeled shoe!! I LOL because my kitty does the same thing with my boxes... and bags, paper etc... you know! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 1/23/2012 3:20PM

    Love the shoes but would kill myself trying to walk . Congrats on your progress!

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DGIBSON02 1/23/2012 12:54PM

    Annual super bowl party?

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RIKKI572 1/23/2012 12:24PM

    Way to go, you're doing great. Thanks for sharing!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2012 11:19AM

    YAY!!! YUM!!! Ooooohhhhhh.....shoes :-) Harley is so cute :-)

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/23/2012 11:17AM

    Ohhh! I want to be 140 just like you! I'm going to get there. I'm determined! Love the shoe hubby bought for you AND I love the shoes you bought for you! Sweet weekend! Hope your week is just as nice!

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JLITT62 1/23/2012 11:05AM

    I am trying so hard to reign in my shie habit & there you go with the shoe porn. And wouldn't you know I have to stop by target?

So happy for your most recent scale sighting (even if a bit envious, thought I'd be seeing something like that last week but no it had to go the wrong way - still happy for you!).

Sounds like a lovely weekend. Bette then slogging 9 miles thru snow . . .

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LISAINMS 1/23/2012 10:06AM

    Congrats on the loss! Your shredded beef looks delicious. Your DH is so sweet to encourage your collecting habit and I wish I had that miniature in my size!

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Day 4 Report and Ramblings

Thursday, January 19, 2012

emoticonI did my 22 minute Spark workout before heating up leftovers, last night. Then I decided to get on the treadmill before American Idol, did 40 minutes on that. Ate well within calorie range today, so I will call today another SUCCESS.

Well tonight is my night to stay up late since Iím off tomorrow emoticon. I WILL do my Spark DVD Cardio-Sculpt workout late tonight and I WILL walk on the treadmill while watching Greyís Anatomy.

Notice the capital "I WILL", which brings me to an article I read...

"You are more likely to follow through if you say "I will" do my workout rather than "I will work out this week".

It's a pact you make with yourself, and we wouldn't want to let ourselves down. I WILL, You Will, We all Will.

emoticonTomorrow on my day off and i will be attending my sisterís graduation ceremony, she is graduating from nursing school as an LPN, yeah for her, sheís done a great job, so proud of her. Only 8 more months and she will be an RN. Stop by her page (GR8CGRM) to give her a Woo Hoo and Congrats.

I mighthave time to hit up our local thrift store to see if they have good bargins and anything I can't live without and do the grocery shopping, this FREAK is out of fruit, lol. Canít live without my fruit.

emoticonGonna cook some salmon tonight, itís my first attempt and ppl tell me itís hard to cook since you donít want it under cooked or over cooked, so it may just wind up in the trash, emoticon but thereís always the good old back up plan Ė Grilled Cheese sandwiches.

I will be MIA for the weekend, but return on Monday for a full report and accountability, until then.... enjoy your weekend, love to all. Keep on SPARKING yall.

  
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HAPPYCUPCAKE 1/22/2012 10:45AM

    Wow, you're doing AWESOME! You're such a motivator :) I really admire much you have accomplished and all that you are doing. SPARK ON!

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MYLADY4 1/20/2012 2:28PM

    We LOVE salmon. I put a little bit of olive oil on it, put lemon pepper seasoning on it and put it under the broiler for about 10 minutes or until it looks like it is starting to flake apart. Super easy and so so good.

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DDOORN 1/20/2012 11:36AM

    Salmon, yum! Great to fix up something special now & then!

Don

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SUEAZZI 1/19/2012 1:19PM

    Thanks for the I WILL pep talk; reinforcement is always welcome!!

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JLITT62 1/19/2012 1:07PM

    If it's good quality salmon - AND you lime sushi - undercooking slightly isn't a problem.

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DGIBSON02 1/19/2012 11:34AM

    if you over do it, it will be very dry. it's just like cooking a tuna steak. you can actually cook it on the grill too.

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SEEAMANDARUN 1/19/2012 10:28AM

    Yummmm Salmon. My hubs has learned to smoke salmon at home and it is completely delicious. Hope you have a great weekend too!

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ELAINEROSE5 1/19/2012 9:56AM

    Salmon is not hard. It will turn out great. Just set your timer. Yum! I love Salmon.

I like your I WILL. I need to do more planning instead of taking each day as it comes. That just doesn't work!!

Happy Friday (for you!!!) I'll be celebrating my Friday on Friday.

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon Successful day!!
Congrats to sis!!

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RIKKI572 1/19/2012 9:04AM

    Enjoy the salmon, it's not as difficult to cook as some make it out to be. Have a great day off, I know you WILL !!!!
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The Oscar Mayer Weiner

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

You can call me the Oscar Meyer Weiner, cuz Iím hot and on a roll Ė muahahahaha.


I couldnít wait to get to blog this morning, Iím so excited. Hereís how day 3 went.

I got home and hubby had bought me some beautiful flowers and a balloon for our anniversary, he wasnít supposed to get me anything, but I was happy he did.


We decided to go out to dinner anyway, I had the chicken salad plate and it was yummy.


After dinner we went home, he layed down to watch TV and I decided to hit the treadmill for an hour.

I did three miles, fairly slow but I eventually worked up to jogging a mile, and it felt great, no pain. I felt like I could have run forever. I decided not to overdue it and stopped after running the mile then I did another mile as a cool down. I was so excited that I finally ran a little. After the treadmill I stretched out really good and iced the hip and knee, just as a precaution. Boy did I feel great after that.

This morning I got 20 points on the spark wheel and 25 on the bonus spin Ė holy ham, doesnít take much to excite me, lol. And my daily shoe calendar features one hot shoe today, woo hoo again Ė and itís in PURPLE, my fav, but where would I ever wear those if I had a pair? a little too fancy for the office.



So day three was a smashing success Ė I ate within range and got a jog in, did I mention how excited I was to jog emoticon emoticon

Tonight (Day 4) is the 22 minute cardio blast workout with SPARK DVD, then I was going to ride my bike while I watch American Idol.

Did I mention how estatic I am, can you feel the excitement? Sheer elation, over joyed to the max. Look out...... I'm back with a score to settle with myself.

  
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RIKKI572 1/19/2012 9:14AM

    Wow, I can feel the energy just vibrating off you page. Way to go!!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/18/2012 11:40PM

    Way to go womans and so glad you hubby surprised you with a little something for your anniversary. Sounds like you really kicked butt today. My knee PT was a hard one and worked up a sweat...not too happy so didnt get any extra biking in today but looking forward to it tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!

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SUEAZZI 1/18/2012 1:28PM

    Great progress! Your excitement is contagious! I'm bundling up and heading outdoors after work today; can't wait! Love the shoes!! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 1/18/2012 10:06AM

    Woot Woot - I am feeling the excitement. It's rubbing off on me - even through all the miles between us. I love the hotdog pic. You are cracking me up. I love it.

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2012 9:58AM

    Happy Anniversary!!
Dinner looks yummy :-)
Yay for a run!!
Ooooohhhh...nice shoe :-)


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JCBRITT 1/18/2012 9:57AM

    I think you need to play the lottery today...you're on a roll!!!

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SAMI199 1/18/2012 9:26AM

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You're excitement is contagious!!!! Thanks. emoticon

Happy Anniversary-how romantic-Your flowers are beautiful!

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PARKERB2 1/18/2012 8:43AM

    You are on a roll. Love the weiner. You are great! Keep up the good work.

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BILL60 1/18/2012 8:30AM

    You're doing fabulous. Hang tough!!

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DGIBSON02 1/18/2012 8:22AM

    that dinner looks good

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ELAINEROSE5 1/18/2012 8:21AM

    Hoping some of this excitement is contagious!!!!!

You rock! So glad to hear the running went well. Stretch, stretch, stretch!!

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GROEDER 1/18/2012 8:19AM

    Sounds like a GREAT day!!!!! I am very happy for you and I hope today is as good!!!

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WELLNESSME09 1/18/2012 8:11AM

    emoticon emoticon I do feel your excitement, good for you!!!
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JLITT62 1/18/2012 8:11AM

    Sooo happy for you! Great job on not pushing to much. DH seems like a keeper.

I would not be able to walk in a heel that high so at least I wouldn't be tempted!

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Day 2 of 28-Day Bootcamp

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Last night I did the Short Cardio and Tone workout on the SPARK DVD for a total of 26 minutes and burned 158 calories, not bad for a short workout, however I did find myself huffing and puffing, so it was definitely a good workout.

After the SPARK workout I hopped on the Nordic Trak for 25 minutes, woo hoo.

I think I've found my exercise mojo again, FINALLY !!!!! I need to keep the momentum going.

What keeps you in the mood for exercise? How do you stay motivated?

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/17/2012 11:36PM

    Glad to hear you are back at it again and inspired to make some marks. I usually do my biking in front of the tv at night but in order to keep my PT in the morning going I listen to Turbojam's Cardio Mix one. Chalene is very enthusiastic and I hear her tell me one more or keep it up, breathe and tighten those abs...all the things I need to hear when working on the abs to support my back. Great music on there too. Keep up the great work!

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LAURELSPARK 1/17/2012 1:07PM

    What motivates me? You just did....I'm headed to the basement right now to work out......

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2012 11:51AM

    That's a great burn for 26 minutes and knowing SP workouts it included a warm up and cool down stretch as part of the time.

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DDOORN 1/17/2012 10:44AM

    I really need to get an outdoor fix to stay motivated...which is a challenge this time of year as I'm increasingly averse to cold weather! So lately it's been just plain determination that drags me to the fitness center. Mixing it up helps...love the Spinning class, which I usually trade in for getting out on the road with my bike when the weather improves.

Don

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SAMI199 1/17/2012 9:16AM

    Awesome-I'm so glad your back in fighting form.Moving it is the
Best!

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MZSLYDE01 1/17/2012 8:47AM

    Yes I definitely agree with everyone. The more you move the more you want to move. It's just the getting up and doing it that is hard.
Good for you for getting on the Nordic after the DVD workout.

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JLITT62 1/17/2012 8:08AM

    I agree: when I don't exercise, I'm MORE tired.

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VEUVEGIRL 1/17/2012 8:06AM

    For me it is exercising and feeling good. The more I do it, the more I want to!

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The "Secret" You've All Been Waiting For

Monday, January 16, 2012

The moment of truth...... My new "secret" workout is about to be revealed. Drum roll please.........

I have challenged myself to do 28-days of an exercise plan.


I started the 28-day Boot-Camp DVD with Coach Nicole on Sunday, January 16th.

I was chosen from SparkPeople for a special opportunity to receive the new SparkPeople 28-Day Bootcamp workout DVD for free and to post a review of this product. Thanks SparkPeople, I appreciate the new DVD and the opportunity to provide my opinion. The following is my review:

I think the term "Boot Camp" can really scare the bejeezies out of most people, me included. The Boot Camp is a 28-day program chosen from the workouts available on the DVD, a mix and match of workouts for each day. Each segment is broken down into 10, 20 and a 30 minute workouts, designed for a boost of cardio, combined with toning exercises.

I wanted look at this DVD from a beginners point of view as I have friends and family that will benefit from a beginner's exercise program. I liked the 30 minute workout, it provides just enough to get the heart rate up and it has toning moves incorporated. If also offers three modifications of the same exercise so the workouts can be done by beginners, intermediate and advanced. You only need a mat and some hand weights, which makes exercising at home economical.

Even though I would consider myself an "advanced exerciser" I feel I can also benefit from this DVD - I can do the high impact version and it's still a fun workout - and I can sure use some toning in just the right places. I saw a lot of the basic, fundamental exercises being performed on this DVD...

YES, basics and fundamentals do WORK !!!!

And I won't lie.... my thighs were pretty sore the day after (I haven't worked those muscle groups in a while), which means I did it right, lol.

I recommend this DVD to everyone - get yours today, and share with your friends. It can easily be added into your current fitness routine or it can be used as a solitary program, your choice.

We all have seen and know the difference that SparkPeople has made in the life of millions of people, MYSELF included. Let's support SparkPeople in their efforts to reach the masses by spreading the SPARK and purchasing the new DVD. It's available at Target and you even get 250 SparkPoints for buying the DVD at Target.

"I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review."

  
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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/17/2012 9:24AM

    WooHoo!!! I can't wait to hear about your progress and results! They picked you because your emoticon!!!!!!

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JCBRITT 1/17/2012 8:28AM

    The down side is living in the sticks...the closest Target is over an hour away. I'll have to ask my sister if she can get it for me.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/16/2012 11:04PM

    Sound like a great workout and you have me amped to give it a try. Thanks for your inspiration to keep doing it!

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SUEAZZI 1/16/2012 7:44PM

    I'm so proud you were chosen by Spark to review the boot camp dvd! I love my boot camp class and hope they add a second class soon. Can't wait for your review at the end of the 28 days. emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 1/16/2012 7:32PM

    Thanks-I am happy to hear you like it so much! Very nice being asked to review it...

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KATIEEMMA5 1/16/2012 6:15PM

    what a lovely January motivational gift you have, I think you sound ready for the challenge so good luck to ya!!!

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MADKAPKID 1/16/2012 4:32PM

    woo hoo...great plan......YOU can do it!

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DDOORN 1/16/2012 3:32PM

    Way cool they chose you for this...! I'm sure you are MORE than up to the challenge! :-)

Don

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NATPLUMMER 1/16/2012 3:25PM

    YAY!!!

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MZSLYDE01 1/16/2012 1:41PM

    OH WOW - That is awesome you were chosen to review their workout DVD. I am so proud to be a part of the Spark community. This would also be a great gift for some of the people in my life.
Thanks for the review and hope you have a very beneficial 28 days. You will have to post the results at the 28 days. I am sure you are already on that.
Have a great day.

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