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Nutrition Shake Update

Thursday, August 11, 2011

As promised I am providing a review of the Body by Vi nutrition shakes. Last night I attended an informational party. I found it mostly to be about how you can make extra money, kinda like Amway or Shackly kinda thing - seems like a really great company if you are into that kind of thing. That's just not for me, I'm rather shy and introverted, not much of a business type.

The products were absolutely delicious. So I decided to try some. I had been wanting to purchase some from Beachbody for a while but never did, but these seem to be just as healthy. Lots of vitamins and nutrients. They do offer weight loss supplements, but we all know that is not they way to go to lose weight. I will be drinking the shakes for added nutrition, I seem to be lacking a lot of essential vitamins, etc. I eat healthy, but in order to get the recommended daily dose of all that is essential, I surely need a supplement. So we shall see how it works out.

Met some very motivational people there. I just love "go-gettem" type of people. Had to skip the workout last nightsince we got home from the meeting after 9:00 p.m. so thank goodness I got in a lunchtime run yesterday. Will have to double up this evening. Gonna be one crazy night. My grandson has his first high school football scrimmage this evening, he's the starting center - woo hoo, I love football and even better my grandson is playing. So gonna have to grab dinner on the run to the ball game and then for a late night workout, but I am determined to get the workout in today.

I will let everyone know at the end of my 30-day nutrition shake trial what my findings are.

  
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SAMI199 8/11/2011 4:29PM

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JLITT62 8/11/2011 3:23PM

    Thanks for the update! Interested to see how you feel about them.

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SKEETER13887 8/11/2011 2:58PM

    I looked at the web site in an effort to find some nutritional information but was unable to find anything concrete. I would be interested in seeing the nutritional label to see what the breakdown is!

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DGIBSON02 8/11/2011 2:28PM

    See ya at the game. I plan on getting my workout in before hand and then eating afterwards.

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SUEAZZI 8/11/2011 11:27AM

    I'm always leery on protein shakes etc so I'll be interested to see what you think at the end of the 30-day trial. Thanks for the info!

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NATPLUMMER 8/11/2011 10:30AM

    Good luck with the shakes.
Have fun tonight. It does sound like a rather busy day.

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POLKADOTREVIVAL 8/11/2011 10:09AM

    Awesome. I'm very interested in whether you liked them. You'll have to keep note of how full you feel with them.


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30 Seconds at a Time

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

As the famous Tony Horton (from P90X) would say.... "you can do anything for 30 seconds". Well that was seriously my approach to the most grueling P90X workout I completed last night. For those of you who know me, I would rather go to the dentist and have teeth pulled than to do the Plyometrics workout. It involves a lot of jumping and squats, a truly grueling way to tone the legs. My quads were on fire, burning like the Dismal Swamp Wildfire, ouch !!!!


Each segment is 30 seconds long, so instead of thinking how am I going to make it through one hour of this torture, I literally took it 30 seconds at a time. When each exercise was over, I would silently cheer myself along.... "Yeah, you made it thru that 30 seconds". It was the only way I could conquer it, a little at the time. I really wanted to quit, but I pressed on for another 30 seconds, and then another 30 seconds. I am proud to say I made it thru the "mother of all workouts".

Hopefully you feel inspired to do a challenging workout.... take it 30 seconds at a time. We can do anything for 30 seconds. Hope everyone has a sparktacular day.

Tonight is the big nutrition meeting I spoke of yesterday, and thanks everyone for your input. Will let you all know how it goes.

  
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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/11/2011 9:53AM

    I think that's why I love P90X plyometrics. It's short and sweet...LIKE US! emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/11/2011 12:22AM

    Glad to hear you made it...I had to really push myself too but I got my PT done and even went down the ramp at the parking garage rather than taking the elevator.. Yeah me, though my pedometer wasnt working right today and so that little bit of motivation was missing. Hope you enjoyed the meeting and cant wait to hear about it

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WONDERWOMAN 8/10/2011 11:02PM

    Way to go! P90X has me scared. Really don't think I'll ever try it. Jumping and lateral moves just kill my knees and I want to save them for running. lol - way to justify not doing it, huh? You are AWESOME!

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SAMI199 8/10/2011 12:17PM

    Who knew how long 30 seconds could be-lol. It is a great tool-
Thanks & Keep it up-it can only get easier-( I hope)

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CBAILEYC 8/10/2011 10:59AM

    Whatever it takes.. 30 seconds at a time.. love it! Live it! Celebrate it!
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CDK210 8/10/2011 10:54AM

    great job! and it's true, you can do anything for 30 seconds.
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SEEAMANDARUN 8/10/2011 9:42AM

    Nice Job! I like to use that trick too. Keep up the good work!

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SUEAZZI 8/10/2011 9:38AM

    Awesome mind set; you inspire me so Skinny! I have tried dvd's but have a hard time sticking with them for the long haul... perhaps P90X is something to consider... although I may bite the bullet and join my local gym this fall/winter. Thanks so much for always encouraging me by your actions!!

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BILL60 8/10/2011 9:28AM

    I go through it when I do speed intervals and hill repeats on my bike. I take it one at a time.
Congrats on finishing the grueling workout.

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NATPLUMMER 8/10/2011 9:00AM

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Awesome job!!!
Have fun at the meeting.

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ELAINEROSE5 8/10/2011 8:48AM

    IDK about doing the P90X..... makes me kinda nervous.

Is that a dvd you had to purchase?


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2HAMSDIET 8/10/2011 8:37AM

    emoticon emoticon I will give it a try.

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ERLYWA 8/10/2011 8:28AM

    What a great philosophy that would apply to really ANY kind of workout! I do that as well when I am running intervals and just want to quit. I don't think abou how I have 12 more intervals to do, I just think about getting through the ONE I am on.

Great blog! And congrats for making it through the workout :)

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DGIBSON02 8/10/2011 8:06AM

    That's my favorite workout from the entire set of P90X DVDs. I usually burn between 1000-1200 calories when doing it.

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JLITT62 8/10/2011 7:53AM

    Sometimes 30 seconds can seem like an awfully long time!

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Calling all SPARKERS - Need your input

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Wanted to throw this out there for all my fellow sparkers to offer comments and opinions, etc. What you say really matters and I wanna know....

I was invited to a ViSalus Sciences nutrition party this Wednesday nite. Some very close friends of ours are distributors of this program and are very health conscience people. They all work out at the gym, eat healthy, etc. They are totally raving about this program, so I agreed to come see what all the rave is about. From what I can gather, it's nutrition shakes that help in weight loss, muscle building and perfectly complete and balanced nutrition. I did go the website and read a little information on it, but you have to log in and I didn't want to sign in just to read the info just yet. I want to wait and see what the presentation is like, then do a little more research on my own.

Anyone ever heard of or tried Body by Vi program?
What do you think?
What were your results?

I would appreciate honest responses, good or bad?

  
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2HAMSDIET 8/10/2011 8:15AM

    I haven't heard of it either but I do know if any one has any on going health concerns or is on meds to be careful with any "shake" program. People that have concerns should get on a "shake" program with there Dr. so he can weekly check. You can try goggling reviews of ViSalus Sciences nutrition and see what pops up. emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/10/2011 12:49AM

    Never heard of it but think you do an amazing job on eating the right things and following a healthy program...seems like that would be better than doing some kind of supplement, after all, what they are supplementing are healthy choices and from my point of view you have that all over. Keep up the great work!

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WOMANCHEF 8/9/2011 8:11PM

    Sorry, never heard of it.

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SAMI199 8/9/2011 2:56PM

    I haven't heard of them,either. i have found that those types of programs do not work for me-I have done Herbalife & a few others...They may be just the thing or some people-I thought they were expensive,too. Let me know what you find out.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/9/2011 1:13PM

    Sorry I haven't heard of it.

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NOTHIN2IT 8/9/2011 1:09PM

    Sorry, I haven't heard of it.

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LAURALOVESSPARK 8/9/2011 12:20PM

    Sorry I can't help. I never heard of it either.
Good Luck!


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REABOSA 8/9/2011 11:41AM

    Have never heard of it...

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NATPLUMMER 8/9/2011 11:26AM

    Never heard of it. Curious to hear what you think about it after you hear the presentation.

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BOOCH6 8/9/2011 10:41AM

    I haven't heard of this one, but a teacher at school gave some free workout classes, followed by a free sample of their shake. I think it was put out by beach body. It sounds similar. I didn't like the taste of the shake and it was expensive. I'm always looking for that quick fix and bottom line ? There is none. I'd say go to the presentation and keep your wits about you. Don't drink ! That's when I make my most costly mistakes ! LOL !
Please do come back and let us know what happens !

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/9/2011 10:04AM

    Honestly, I think it's another way for a company to make money. If you want a shake, go grab some protein powder and fruit and make one. I think you know enough that you'll be able to make an educated decision once you hear all the facts.

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SKEETER13887 8/9/2011 9:38AM

    I would have reservations if they expect you to ONLY take in their shakes and not anything else. Liquid diets have a great track record for very fast weight loss but they also have no sustainability. I would also be interested in hearing more about the product. I used nutritional shakes a lot when I was doing competitive power lifting - but only as a single meal replacement or as a supplement. Be sure to post your opinion once you hear the pitch!

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SUEAZZI 8/9/2011 8:39AM

    I never heard of it. If you pursue it I would love to know more; do share!

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DGIBSON02 8/9/2011 8:01AM

    Never heard of it. You will have to let me know how it is. No idea here.

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JLITT62 8/9/2011 7:50AM

    A new one to me! Looking forward to hearing more about it.

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Weekend Report - The good, the bad and the real ugly

Monday, August 08, 2011

Started my day off Friday with an 8-mile run. It was so nice outside and it was even better that I didn't have to be in a hurry, I just took my time and enjoyed the run, and surprisingly I wasn't sore at all on Saturday. Did 40 minutes of Yoga after my run. I find that the yoga stretching really helps with recovery, you get super great stretches of the quads and hammies, aahhhh felt so good. Then I got 4 hours of relaxation in my lawn chair, being bronzed golden brown by the sun - woo hoo, life is good.

Saturday - well it was a horrible eating day and I mean horrible. We attended an all day party. It was a special tribute party for my husband's best friend that passed away two weeks ago. A big gathering of friends at his country property for a day of four-wheelers, great food, good friends and two live bands, an awesome way to say goodbye to a great friend. We arrived at 11:00 a.m and didn't leave until 11:00 p.m. - chips, dips, lumpia, hotdogs, and lots of adult beverages - ooooh heck, a true diet train wreck but it was one of the those "once in a lifetime" parties.

We stopped at the farmer's market on the way to NC on Saturday and got some fresh produce, so Sunday I cooked a pot of fresh snap beans in the slower cooker with potatoes and onions we had purchased. I am also looking forward to a giant plum for snack today that i got at the market. I told my hubby, you know you are a SPARK-freak when you can't wait to stop at a fresh produce market, lol. I never in my life imagined doing that, but it's become a necessity - fresh squash, zucchini, plums, tomatos, peaches, etc. Love fresh produce. My son and his GF stopped by for a visit, always nice to have them come by. Spent the rest of Sunday watching movies with the hubby.

Today is going to be super hot, so don't know if I can get a run in tonight or not, and I have to go to doctor this afternoon for a ingrown toenail - ooooh yucky and gross but that's one of the joys of being a runner, lol. Looking forward to at least doing my P90X workout and maybe spend some time on the stationary bike tonight - INDOORS !!!!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful week and is ready to get back in the groove today - start the week off right !!!!

  
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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/11/2011 9:55AM

    I live for Saturday mornings at the Farmers Market! I spend most of the afternoon prepping my veggies and fruits in little grab bags for the rest of the week. The first thing I do is make a frittata for weekday breakfasts. LOVE ME A GREAT FRITTATA!!!

Hope your toenail is better. Dang girl! You're tough!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/9/2011 12:02AM

    Glad you guys had such a great send off for your friend. What is lumpia? I have had a nice couple days and though I didnt get everything I wanted in I did do some of it. Ate well and got some exercise in so you continue to inspire me...Thanks!

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ENCHANTEDDAISY 8/8/2011 9:12PM

    Wow- busy weekend!
The party sounds like a very nice way to celebrate someone's life!
How do you like the P90X workout? I have been reading about it and think I might get it.

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2HAMSDIET 8/8/2011 3:12PM

    sorry about the lose of your husbands friend emoticon I don't know if it is Sparking but we too are loving the fruit and vegetatbles this summer. Can't seem to get enough. emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 8/8/2011 12:12PM

    Im with you on the fresh produce! We found a stand at the County Fair that we went to on Sunday and we walked away with our arms full of watermelon, nectarines, corn on the cob and tomatoes! I was so excited!!!

The eating... well, I too had bad stuff. My favorite thing to eat at the fair has always been the corn dogs!!! I love them and can't help it. (I only had one though.....) Sometimes, you just gotta do that stuff and then we get up and get back on our bandwagon with eating the healthy stuff cause we know that it does make a difference. I used to be so afraid to slip up and know am starting to believe that I can handle those types of things and still be true to my body overall!



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HALFFAST 8/8/2011 10:29AM

    A tribute party is a GREAT idea! A much better way to celebrate someone's life IMHO! The heat here has also been out of control - I only made 5 of (what was supposed to be) 7 miles yesterday. On the other hand, I was able to get 6 shorter runs in during the week :) Good luck with the doctor!

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NATPLUMMER 8/8/2011 10:16AM

    YAY RUN!!! emoticon
A once in a while food blowout is okay :-)
Good plan for today...I hope the dr's appointment goes well.

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SUEAZZI 8/8/2011 10:02AM

    Party sounds like it was a lot of fun; a very nice tribute indeed! Gotta have those train wreck nutrition days every now and then. You are doing awesome with your running! Have a great day and enjoy that plum; I brought one for a snack today too!

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DGIBSON02 8/8/2011 9:50AM

    I forgot about the party this weekend. Glad you all had fun.

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SAMI199 8/8/2011 9:36AM

    emoticon I 'm sorry about your friend-what a wonderful idea to have a tribute party-I'm sure it meant so much to your husband that you were there by his side-not worrying about calories-there is a time & a place for everything...

Your poor toe-major ouch! Have a great day & stay cool...

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JLITT62 8/8/2011 9:25AM

    We all fall off the wagon occasionally . . . you got right back on it & I'd say that's what's important!

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If you wanna be a runner...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

If you wannna be a runner, you have to look the part. Dress for success, that's my moto. Walked to Walmart on my lunch hour to buy a pair of danskin shorts, I just love these for running, but I ended up getting a couple of much needed items and some that were not so necessary. I hardly ever hit the jackpot when I go shopping, so today was my lucky day, everything was on the clearance rack and they had my size, so that was definitely a sign I needed to purchase.

Got my fav shorts, in grey, black and navy. I bought mediums, but I did get one pair in a size "S" - hooray for "S" as in SMALL !!!!!!!!!!!!


Thought this was a cute outfit, the shorts are mesh and fit kinda loose, never had a pair like that so I will have to try them out to see if I like them and the shirt was too die for - it came with matching headbands. I should definitely look the part in that.

The rest are just super, super deals. They are bringing in the fall stuff so they let these tanks and cotton tops go for a measly $3, couldn't resist.




The black floral one is my absolute favorite, it has a ruffle on the bottom. Can't wait to wear it this weekend to visit some friends who haven't seen me in a quite a while.

Can't wait to get home and wash all my purchases so I can wear the new shorts for tomorrow morning workout. Hope everyone is celebrating the small things in life today.... like a super clearance sale or a size "S", which stands for Smaller. emoticon

  
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/9/2011 1:16PM

    Everything looks very nice. I love good deals!

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NOTHIN2IT 8/5/2011 7:30PM

    Looks like you had fun. Very cute stuff. I guess I better get over to Walmart and see if they have some great clearance stuff here too! You are doing amazing....size S! Great job!

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SUEAZZI 8/5/2011 3:00PM

    There's something about dressing the part of a runner; call it motivation or fuel ~ it lights my fire! Love the new items and emoticon on the "S"... it's the smallest things that brings such happiness!

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HALFFAST 8/5/2011 7:49AM

    I have that black floral blouse! I used to run in those Danskin shorts until I found Nike Tempo shorts - they are the most amazing and comfy shorts ever! I got the first pair from the local running store, but since then I've found them at Marshalls for only $14.99 per pair. Seriously, you have to check them out!

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DORIS32 8/4/2011 11:58AM

    I have the same running shirt! I like the stripes on the sides make you look even slimmer -- and like racing stripes! lol

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DGIBSON02 8/4/2011 7:59AM

    Go for a size SM for SCHMEDIUM, lol.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/3/2011 10:23PM

    Woohoo, what a bargain hunter and what a great deals too. Love all the loot and cute too!

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SAMI199 8/3/2011 9:21PM

    Very Nice! You will look Fabulous,darling!

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JLITT62 8/3/2011 4:59PM

    Looks lime ya done good! Congrats!

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/3/2011 4:52PM

    Cute stuff! I have so much running apparel, it's kinda sad.

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2011 2:44PM

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Yay for new clothes especially when they're on sale and smaller :-)

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