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Note to self: Don't forget this feeling!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I am writing this blog because I want to remember how great I'm feeling right this very second. I did my first Zumba class today and between it, the Jacob's Ladder and the treadmill, I scorched over 1000 calories today! I have made fantastic eating choices, am already (as of 2:45 this afternoon) at 72 oz of water and I just feel like I could conquer the world.

Here's the part I want to take away from this: in a few weeks (months? days?) I am sure there will be a day where I will NOT feel like exercising. A good book will be calling my name. Or I will not feel like eating healthy--DH loves to bring home "goodies". But I'm hoping that by writing down how terrific I feel, it'll give me motivation enough to make the right choices anyway.

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SWEETMNTHING 1/15/2010 10:25PM

    Great job, Jeni! I'm so happy you are one of our team's co-leaders-you are such an inspiration to all of us! I hope one day I can have made as much progress as you have!

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JFROGDIVA 1/15/2010 8:38PM

    WOOHOO!!!! Weigh to go!!!! It is good to remember feelings like this!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae

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ARQUETTEZ 1/15/2010 6:05PM

    WHOOT WHOOOT! You go girly!!!!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/15/2010 3:41PM

    Wow, great job Jeni!!!

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AUNTIE65 1/15/2010 3:38PM

    Way to go! Love those big calorie burn days!!! I think us spies are going to rock this challenge!!!

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GONNAB145 1/15/2010 3:26PM

    WOOHOO!!! Way to go!!! Keep up the great work!

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SWEETSPCL 1/15/2010 3:10PM

    great job

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EGRAMMY 1/15/2010 2:55PM

    emoticon Cheering for you as you are setting the best example for us.

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Our Daisy

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Our Labrador Retriever, Daisy has been a member of our family since my husband and my first anniversary. We adopted her from the pound as an anniversary gift to each other. It took a few weeks of searching, but as soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one for us. My husband was a couple of cages down, hadn't made it to her yet. I had glanced at the dogs before her, and although they were cute and sweet, that weren't the one for us. Then I came to Daisy's cage. As soon as she saw me, she had the whole body, from head to tail, wag going. A big smile came over me as I stopped to watch her. She came up to the gate and tried to lick me through the cage. I called to my husband, "Honey, I've found our dog." Three days later she was ours. She was so skinny, flea and tick ridden, but also very happy to be "home".

She's been with us since 2002, a true family member. Last week, my husband took her to the vet to have a mole on her snout looked at. I asked him to also have them check out a weird growth on her side. The vet aspirated the growth, which was a tumor, and said that it needed to be removed. They biopsied tumor and the vet called last night to tell us that the tumor was, in fact, cancerous. He said that the good news is the edges were clean and it didn't have a lot of division so they feel confident that they got it all. He told us there were two options, the aggressive, oncologist route and the wait and watch route. He said that if Daisy were his dog and the tumor had as little division and as clean edges that hers did, that he would wait and watch. I believe that is the course we are going to take, at least for now.

Through this all, she is our same Daisy. When the vet called yesterday and my husband wasn't home yet and the kids were running around, she somehow knew. She came over and put her head in my lap and looked at me with eyes that said, "It's going to be okay, Mommy." She alone saw my tears, as Mom has to be the strong tough one. Even now, as I write this blog, she is resting her head on my feet, comforting me.

I want to say thank you to all of the captains from BLC12, for your thoughts, prayers and warm wishes. They were felt and appreciated.

One more thing, I've posted this in a blog before, but seems appropriate to re-post it now:

This was on our vet's website and I liked it so much I wanted to share it with all of the dog lovers out there...

Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

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FIT_MELISSA 1/6/2010 12:27PM

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JFROGDIVA 1/6/2010 10:27AM

    Jeni ~ I know how you are feeling!!!! Both of my "boys" are close to the end of their time & I am in a bad place mentally because of it!! I can't imagine what I would have been like with kids!!!! It is so hard to lose them because they give us so much love & comfort, even when we aren't lovable!!!! My thoughts & prayers are with you & here is hoping that you have a LONG time yet with your "baby"!!!!
Hugzz & Love ~ Jae emoticon

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ANNROBERTS54 1/6/2010 8:08AM

    Bless you for this post. And I pray your Daisy does well. I have read that labs tend to get tumors pretty often. We have a dog named Daisy also, part pit bull. So I am partial to Daisy dogs!!

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EGRAMMY 1/6/2010 8:03AM

    My heart and prayers are with Daisy as she recouperates. And with you.

Thank you for the beautiful story about Shane and Belker. Our dogs are part of our family. We lost another, Dottie , to kidney problems and still think of her with love.

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This Holiday Season Put Yourself First

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Just read this great blog from Jillian Michaels...I had to share with all my Spark friends:

This Holiday Season
Put Yourself First
Health + Fitness
By Jillian Michaels

The holiday season is upon us, and this time EVERY year I write diet, fitness, and motivational tips (and now blogs) about how to not gain weight and let your health spiral out of control. In fact, I just had to write two others on this same topic.

Itís ironic that during a time when we should be celebrating the blessings in our lives, we are most prone to depression and dysfunction. The holidays bring out our co-dependency in spades: doing, buying, being for everyone except ourselves. And the symptoms of this behavior are obvious: Eating becomes gluttonous. Family issues become magnified. The gym becomes a distant memory. Stress levels go through the roof, and so on.

So I ask youÖ Are the standard tips about white meat instead of dark meat, or going for a walk before your Thanksgiving meal the answers to these problems? Isnít it obvious that if you consume healthy foods in moderation and move your body more you wonít gain weight? And since it is that simple, the real question becomes, Why arenít people doing it? The solution isnít reiterating self-evident information, but rather discussing ways of remedying the problem's origin Ė lack of self-worth.

This issue is a major one and not something we can fix overnight, but by taking small steps like redefining our holiday experience we are moving in the right direction. Letís start by shifting our thinking, behavior, and overall attitude to one of self-preservation instead of self-sacrifice so we are heading into 2010, and subsequently, many new years to come, with our bodies healthy, hearts happy, and minds centered.

Every day this season I want you to wake up and think about how the actions you take throughout your day will make you a happier healthier person. If holiday parties create temptation for you, avoid them. Find a healthier way to celebrate with your friends like a night on the town dancing. If stressful family reunions throw you off track, set boundaries and stay away. Take a healthy vacation with close friends instead. If the memories of holiday seasons past cause you to feel lonely, channel those feelings constructively instead of destructively. Take them as a sign that itís time to form new connections. Join a club, support group, or online community where you meet new people and make new friends. If buying presents for everyone and their mother crushes you financially and puts you behind the eight ball, offer the ongoing gift of your love and friendship instead.

These things might seem impossible at first. You might be plagued with concerns about what people will think. Will they be angry or disappointed with you? Stop talking to you and so on? Honestly, who cares? If someone doesnít love or appreciate you for putting yourself first they have done you a favor and identified themselves as someone you donít need in your life.

So stop wasting time and start putting your health first, physically and emotionally. Make the holidays a time of inspiration and possibility, one empowered step at a time. And remember, taking care of yourself is a gift to everyone else because everyone ends up having a happier and healthier holiday.

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NINJACHEF 11/29/2009 6:39AM

    Sage advice. Thanks. Also wishing full time employment to all SP.

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JFROGDIVA 11/26/2009 2:03AM

    Thanks for sharing!!!! Hugzz ~ Jae

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EGRAMMY 11/25/2009 12:15PM

    Thank you so much. appreciate your wisdom to focus on fitness. We've spen!t so much time on food focus that it seems most important, out of proportion and too many of my thoughts. I will focus on fitness and fill my life with those thoughts and actions. Fitness neurotransmitters galore emoticon

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SWEETMNTHING 11/24/2009 6:59PM

    Jeni, thanks for sharing Jillian's blog with us! I loved the part where she talked about stressful family's always assumed because you were born into that family you HAVE to spend every holiday with them. I know I felt a little guilty saying no to spending Thanksgiving with mine this fact last night my mom AGAIN reiterated how much she wants me home. But this blog just verifies I'm doing the right thing..beiing proactive when it comes to my health...saying NO to something that could be unhealthy means saying YES to health! Life is way too short to spend it being stressed out and unhealthy!

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SHARBABY123 11/24/2009 5:10PM

    Jeni - Thanks for posting this reminder. Have a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving Day!

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What to do when you miss (mess up?) a day

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Ok, so we are getting to that time of year when our schedules become jam packed with shopping, parties, decorating, family get-togethers (or in my case, extra bell choir rehearsals at church, lol).

And you know that old saying that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail? Well, I'm putting a strategy out here in black and white to help me remember what to do if I mess up.

So let me paint a scene for you...see if it sounds familiar. You are planning to go to the gym on Monday morning. You've got your gear ready, you have your nutritious breakfasst planned, water bottle filled, etc. And then, you get up Monday morning only to find that you have a massive headache. You can't possibly workout. You crawl to the medicine cabinet, take some medication and try to function as best you can. Tuesday comes and you have to do the grocery shopping or your family won't have anything for dinner. You get up on Wednesday and say, eh, I've missed Monday and Tuesday, I'm not going to worry about this week. I'll start fresh next Monday. Only when the next Monday comes, something else happens and the next thing you know, it's been a month since you went to the gym.

Ok, so that's a true story. That was me last December. A crazy series of events kept preventing me from getting that fresh Monday start and I missed the entire month of December.

However, I now have a different mindset. I know, it seems simple, obvious really. But now, when I miss a day, for whatever the reason, I don't feel like I've blown the week so I might as well not do anything. Now, I just make sure I go the next day. On top of that, some days, events keep me from the gym, but I've also realized that doesn't mean I have to miss working out. I've got some DVD's, jump rope, medicine ball, etc and I can fashion a pretty good workout for myself.

So that's the first part. What to do when you miss a day. But what about when you mess up a day. Oh boy. Have I been there! I never have a problem with a healthy breakfast. I love oatmeal and bananas and that's been a staple of mine for a while. And lunch, usually not a problem either. But boy oh boy, the afternoon snack munchies are just awful on me some days. I've tried the, "don't have it in the house" strategy. Yeah, doesn't really work for me, because I WILL find something some way. Usually it has something to do with a jar of peanut butter and a I've got other strategies that I use...I chew gum, I come on and Spark, I sew, etc. But some doesn't seem to matter what I do, I find myself mindlessly grazing. Here's the thing though, I no longer say oh, well I've blown today, I might as well gorge myself the rest of the day.

One of my fellow BLC Spies put forward this analogy...if you've run a red light, you don't say to yourself, oh well, I've messed that up today, I might as well run all the red lights today. No! You say, wow, I've got to be more careful and you go about your day.

So this coming holiday season, I am not going to let any setbacks deter me from reaching my goal. If I miss a day, I'll just work harder the next day (or the next day after that). If I slip up and find myself with that peanut butter and spoon, I'll just make sure that I have a healthy dinner and work harder the next day (or the day after that). I will forgive myself the mistakes I make and I will learn from them.

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BILLALEX70 11/6/2009 10:11PM

    I just hit "RESET" the next day and get right back on track.

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KJHOUSTON 11/6/2009 12:59PM

    Great blog!

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MOOSEDAWG 11/6/2009 3:04AM

    I think we've all been there. I like your red light analogy, it's very similar to the one that Jillian Michaels says on her podcast "If you get a flat, you don't go and slash the remaining 3 and sit there, no, you patch the one that was flat and keep going! I say that to myself whenever I've missed a workout, or eaten a "no-no" food. It helps me realize I do have a choice. I am SO guilty of the "oh well, I blew it, I might as well have a free-for-all day." Good for you for being able to overcome that. I, on the other hand, am still working on it, lol - some days I'm good, other days...well, not so good.

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CHRISSY1293 11/4/2009 8:34AM

    Awesome blog! I have been there too, thinking that I'll just do better the next day or week, when really, it all starts NOW! You'll be happy to know that I'm eating my healthy oatmeal as I sit here and make my plan!

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JFROGDIVA 11/3/2009 6:40PM

    Jeni, you are SO right & you have a good plan!!!! You WILL succeed!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Hugzz - Jae emoticon

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JUDYGREG 11/3/2009 2:53PM

    Every hour is a new chance to start again.
Every meal is a new chance to eat healthy.
Every day is a new day to begin or complete that exercise you planned.

Keep it going! emoticon

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    This is a great blog and great goal. Best of luck to you, YOU CAN DO IT!! By the way, your whole December has been a couple months for me this year!

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FIT_MELISSA 11/3/2009 11:11AM

    Jeni, thank you for sharing! Very wise and motivating words! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 11/3/2009 10:59AM

    emoticon These holidays are for fall fruits and vegetables. A new mindset. Thanks for your encouragement and motivation.

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BYRDSTAR 11/3/2009 9:18AM

    What a positive message! Needed to hear this as I've missed my workouts the past two days due to work scheduling. I will get back on track tomorrow for sure.

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Week 3

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We are 3 weeks into BLC 11. Our captain suggested that we blog today about our goals, how we're feeling, etc.

So, how'm I feeling? I feel GREAT! I am back on track with my eating and have been since round 11 started. My teammates are fantastic. Very supportive and energetic. I love it! The SILVER SPIES are AWESOME!

What are my goals? I have 2 "main" goals.
1. To weigh 150 or less by the end of BLC 11. I've already lost 6 and a half, so I'm right on track. Just 13.5 more to go. Within that main goal is another scale related goal: I want to weigh 156 or less by the time we go to Florida on November 7.
2. My husband and I are going to be running a half marathon the second week of December, so my second goal has to do with getting prepared for it. So far I can knock out 6 miles without too much trouble, but that's only about half of what I need. I am running 4 days a week to help increase that number.

I challenged the Spies to write down something they've accomplished in the last 3 weeks, so here's mine: I started a boot camp class on Monday. I've never done anything like it and I was actually nervous about it. But I made it through the class without having to do any modifications and I am really excited about it. I am actually looking forward to next Monday!

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FIT_MELISSA 10/1/2009 11:34AM

You are an encouragement and inspiration to the rest of us! We're so glad to have you on the Silver Spies!!

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SWEETMNTHING 9/30/2009 8:39PM

    Jeni, you are such an inspiring member on our team, with your encouraging words on the chat thread and with all that you have accomplished! I'm sure you can reach your goals by the end of your time in BLC11. You go, girl! emoticon

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LW8843 9/30/2009 4:09PM

    Jeni~ You are doing so awesome. I am so glad to have you on our team! Keep up the great work!

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JFROGDIVA 9/30/2009 2:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you!!!! You Go, Girl!!!!
Hugzz - Jae emoticon

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