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Christmas Streak - Day 3

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Nailed it!!!!!!

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NUTRON3 12/7/2012 7:07AM

    Yea!

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-LINDA_S 12/7/2012 5:56AM

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WEBEZE 12/6/2012 10:24PM

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1CRAZYDOG 12/6/2012 6:42PM

    Good job!!!!! HUGS

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Some Days the Pigeon -- Some Days the Statue

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I heard that expression a long, long time ago. I always interpreted it as some days you "crap" on people (hopefully, not intentionally) and some days you get "crapped" on!

This isn't directly related to my healthy living journey -- or even to my "streaking to Christmas" incentive. I came home for lunch and took my adorable pal, Aldo out for a little walk, and while he was doing his business on a tree, a bird pooped on me.



UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You're probably thinking ... why is this LOON writing about this. Well, indirectly it can be applied to every day life. Sometimes we just have a crappy day. Maybe it's because we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Or perhaps it's a cranky co worker or family member striking out us or not appreciate us. Quite possibly we just lost our mojo. It's at times like those we can feel ... "put" upon for various reasons.

Let me assure you ... being *HIT on, err ... being the statue ... really STINKS!!!!

Hopefully we can all have a little chuckle mulling over the image of bird poop hitting me on the head and rolling down my face.

Seriously, I thought was going to HURL!

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WEBEZE 12/6/2012 10:28PM

    Yuck. Happened to me once, only got it on the arm. Glad you can laugh about it. emoticon

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-LINDA_S 12/6/2012 7:44PM

    "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes it all comes together, baby, sometimes you're just a fool in love."

"Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you're the ball. Sometimes it all comes together, sometimes you're gonna lose it all."

The Bug, written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and nicely done by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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LADYJNAR 12/6/2012 4:23PM

    Aren't you glad cows don't fly? emoticon Seriously though, I do hope the rest of your day is fabulous and "doody" free! emoticon

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SHERRYGAYL 12/6/2012 4:16PM

    Ughhhh I had that happen to me once when I was 8 or 9. I've never forgotten how nasty it was. I was traumatized. For life!

I'm glad your day got better after that! And, yeah, Aldo is pretty adorable... for a dog emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/6/2012 1:42PM

    AWWWWW . . . Aldo is soooooooo cute!

Sorry the bird *HIT on you. Lord, I had that happen once, but at least I had a hat on my head! don't you wish you were a bird sometimes and could do "that"!

Ah well, as you say, it can do nothing but be a better day, right!!

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SPARKABELLA13 12/6/2012 1:36PM

    Yes, Monty ... it's only going up from here! At least I laughed about it!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/6/2012 1:34PM

    Aldo is so cute!!Couldn't stay in a bad mood too long looking at that face!! Glad you didn't post a picture of the bird crap rolling down your face. If that happened to me, I'd have to tell someone. Pretty yukky, but you'll be okay.

Hope your stent as the statue has ended!! -Marsha

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3016DEBRA 12/6/2012 1:33PM

  Awww....at least it washes off, lol. I hope the rest of your day is alot better! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 12/6/2012 1:32PM

    uh, thanks for sharing?
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"Some Days the Pigeon -- Some Days the Statue" is such a great line. Hey, Bella, the rest of your day has got to be fabulous, right?
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SQUIRRELLYONE 12/6/2012 1:32PM

    SO gross! I have a friend who is hyper-vigilant about that because it never fails: if a bird poops in her vicinity, it poops on her :P

I hope you are rarely the statue!

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ALICIA214 12/6/2012 1:31PM

 


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Streaking My Way to Christmas -- please come with!!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I have promised myself the fact that it's December is no excuse to backslide. My plan is to streak my way to Christmas (but not in the naked sense)! Today is officially day 2 (I would have started sooner but .. well, actually, I didn't think of until yesterday)!

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For the second day, I have tracked EVERY bite. I got 64+ oz. of water, and I exercised. This is a gift to myself. I am totally rocking my blood sugar: FBS this morning was 87; before lunch 81; before dinner 97! I can't remember having a day where all 3 premeal tests were under 100 since my diagnosis in 2008. That is a huuuuuuuge victory!

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Elliptical Trainer
35:00
253 cal
Avg HR 135 (included warm up & cool down)
Max HR 157

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Expresso Bike
17:28
4.4 miles
124 cal
Avg HR 135
Max HR 150

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Dumbbell Squats 3/25 - 8 lbs
Forward Lunges w/ Dumbbells 3/15 - 5 lbs
Lateral Lunges w/ Dumbbells 3/15 - 8 lbs
Crunches 3/30
Bicycle Crunches 3/30
Crunches on Fitness Ball 3/30
Vertical Crunches w/ 5 lb Dumbbels 3/30
Scissor Crunches 3/30
Leg Lifts with Fitness Ball 3/15

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All I want for Christmas is to lose 3 lbs. this month!



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JLLOVETT 12/7/2012 3:43PM

    Keep it up!!


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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/6/2012 9:45PM

    Streaking is a great thing, if your NOT naked!

I'm streaking too, but I'm streaking on Advent and serving others. Awesome!

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NUTRON3 12/6/2012 7:38AM

    Great attitude!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/6/2012 6:01AM

    Great job!!!!!! Hugs.

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SWEDE_SU 12/6/2012 4:39AM

    what a great idea! and you are doing terrific!

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WEBEZE 12/6/2012 2:24AM

    Your plan sounds awesome. You are warrior strong. My plan is to maintain during the holidays. That was my plan last month for Thanksgiving and quitting smoking. I surprised myself and lost 2 pounds anyways.
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DEBBYFROMMT 12/5/2012 10:50PM

    Streak away! LOL!!

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MIRAGE727 12/5/2012 10:32PM

    You can do this, Bella! Last Christmas, we went on a two week road trip through N'awlins to Lincoln, Nebraska. I ended up losing 3 pounds after the trip! Portion control, exercise, H2O, and cardio! You can do this and still enjoy Christmas!
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NEWKATHYNOW 12/5/2012 10:09PM

    That's awesome!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/5/2012 10:04PM

    I was gonna be excited about 1 pound this month, given parties and weddings, etc. And I already lost it! So, now I have to shoot for a second one... Only right now, being sick, I barely have energy to eat, much less exercise. Today's my third day barely making the bottom of my calorie range...and that's only because I'm making myself eat late to get up there.

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LADYJNAR 12/5/2012 9:54PM

    Great plan for a December to remember! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/5/2012 9:23PM

    You are doing GREAT! Love your "streak in December" philosophy!!

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SPIRALDOWN 12/5/2012 9:18PM

    Sounds like an awesome plan. Good luck You Can Do It!

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Taking Back Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I've been fighting "the crud" since Thanksgiving. Somehow I managed to get 3 cardio workouts in last week, but it's been about 2 weeks since my last strength training session. I don't really "like" the act of exercising -- but I LOVE the way it makes me feel, and the effects it has had on my health, especially my blood pressure and T2D. I exercise because it's part of the healthy lifestyle I committed to last June. I do it because it's good for me. And again, for the great feeling that seems to wash over me every time I do it.

I had a great workout today after work!

40 minutes on the arc trainer (we enjoy a love/hate relationship):

5 mins on level 25
5 mins on level 30
5 mins on level 35
5 mins on level 40
5 mins on level 45
5 mins on level 50
5 mins on level 55 (the highest level I've ever attained)
5 mins on level 25

40:00
309 cal
average heart rate 144
maximum heart rate 157

Then it was on to the weight room!

Seated Chest Press 3 sets/15 - 42 lbs
Seated Lat Pulldown 3/15 - 46 lbs
Abdominal Crunch 3/15 - 30 lbs
Seated Back Extensions 3/15 - 140 lbs
Triceps Pushdowns 3/15 - 50 lbs
Seated Row 3/15 - 80 lbs
Shoulder Press 3/15 - 42 lbs
Squats on Leg Press 3/15 - 102 lbs

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I felt so amazing at the end (and sweaty and stinky)!

Then I came home and made a killer salad with fresh turkey breast and lots of colorful fresh veggies.

I own this day. I drank 64+ ounces of water. I had a great workout. I tracked EVERY bite.

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JLLOVETT 12/7/2012 3:51PM

    You are such motivation!

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SWEDE_SU 12/5/2012 5:41AM

    impressive!

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WEBEZE 12/5/2012 3:03AM

    emoticon The warrior is back. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/5/2012 12:05AM

    I am sooo glad you are feeling better! You are back to the animal you are!

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LADYJNAR 12/4/2012 11:37PM

    Way to SPARKLE! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2012 8:29PM

    Excellent!

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HEATHERECUMMINS 12/4/2012 7:33PM

    Wow! I'm really glad I read your blog today - it really inspired me. I hate exercising, but I know how good it feels afterwards. I try to get outside to get active but it's so cold and snowy up here!

Sounds like you're doing a fantastic job! Keep it up :)

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CATTUTT 12/4/2012 7:32PM

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There's No Room for an All or Nothing Attitude in a Healthy Lifestyle!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

How many times have your woken up feeling pumped and motivated to succeed and as you progress through the day, something goes terribly wrong?

That's a repeated occurrence for me. If I'm looking for an excuse to go off track, I'll seize the opportunity and tell myself I've blown it and I may as well start over tomorrow, or Sunday, or some other time--better yet, AFTER the holidays! That's more than likely one of the behaviors that brought me to this point!



We have the ability to be in control, no matter how much we derail. The key is to shorten the turnaround time. The slope is slippery and when we give in and allow ourselves to slide, it's more difficult to return to the top where we deserve to be. We need to stop telling ourselves that we can't or that we don't deserve to be healthy. Some of us may struggle more than others, but we're all capable of living a healthy lifestyle to our full potential.

That doesn't mean we compare ourselves to those around us. Let's compare ourselves to where we used to be -- or better yet, where we aim to be. I've learned this is a never-ending process. There's nothing magical about it other than looking deep within ourselves and harnessing our own desire and our own strength to be our best.

Healthy living is a journey ... for life! I'm in -- will you join me?

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WHITTLED-WAIST 12/6/2012 9:25AM

    This is *exactly* what I needed to read this morning. Thanks for reminding me there's no shame in starting over and, more importantly, there's no time like the present to do so. Happy Thursday to you!

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KSCRAP363 12/3/2012 10:28PM

    Well said emoticon !!! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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JLLOVETT 12/3/2012 11:20AM

    I'm in...no more "later" for me either!!

We all rock!!!!!! So let's do this!!! emoticon emoticon



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-LINDA_S 12/2/2012 5:51PM

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/2/2012 3:26PM

    You're right. Healthy living is a journey. Life is a journey. Where you want to be is the rest of your life!

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ALISHAB3 12/2/2012 12:52PM

    Instead of looking for an excuse to go off track, try looking for an excuse to stay on track.

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BOILHAM 12/2/2012 10:32AM

    I'm with you! I agree, it's better to not compare yourself to others but to strive to be the better "you".

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2012 9:58AM

    Wonderful blog! On the journey with you.

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LYNNIERN 12/2/2012 9:24AM

    Excellent, excellent blog! I'm in and I'm joining you, no more stinkin' thinkin'. emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/2/2012 9:12AM

    Yes! This is for life, a never ending journey, unless you stop it. Everyday is a new day to do better. If yesterday was a bust, just pick yourself up, and focus on today. It isn't necessarily starting over after a non-so-great-day, we will have those days throughout our lives, even in maintenance. Some days will be much better than others, but not off the tracks completely. I might have a few lazy days, but I re-adjust quickly. One thing about it, once you are living this healthy lifestyle, it's difficult to give it up. It's a habit. I can't be lazy for long, I want to get moving again. 1 day of poor eating isn't going to last long, because it makes me feel bad. I'm not used to junk food, and it doesn't take long to disagree.

I've definitely learned not to compare myself to others, as I'm unique, my goals are different, my life is different, what's important to me is different. I look back to my beginnings and can't believe how I've changed. We are in control if we choose to be!

Great blog! Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day.
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MIRAGE727 12/2/2012 8:53AM

    What a great observation! Thanks for sharing! Bella, I'm so happy for you and glad to be sharing the journey with you. I love life warriors and you're one of the best! Stay strong!
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