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Week 8 at the gym

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just finished another week at the gym I joined a little while ago and as part of the program I'm in, that means I hit another milestone to be weighed and measured. So I step on the scale and the numbers were moving in the right direction (which is good because I'm simply trying to maintain now). Then she pulls the little machine out that does my fat percentage and plugs in my numbers... after it does it's little test I find I'm down almost another 3 percent from my last set of numbers (about 4 weeks ago). Next comes the measuring tape. Here I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was pleased with the results. Bust, calves and biceps stayed the same, waist, hips, abdomen, thighs all dropped several inches. I was pleased with my results and the staff member at the gym that had measured me congratulated me on my progress. I have to admit, I never thought that in 4 weeks I could see that much progess but it gives me more incentive to hit the gym, even if I've worked a 12 hour day!

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WALNUT5612 6/23/2009 3:59PM

    Do you go to the gym on the days that you don't work the 12 hours?

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A new Trophy!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

After just over a year on SparkPeople I've passed the 25,000 mark and got a new trophy! I've been watching the numbers when I log out eat day and notice that I'm getting closer and closer. To be honest, I thought I'd hit it a while ago... then I got bronchitis and wasn't as active in person or on the site. There were times when it seemed so far away and there were times where I'd hit a point total in a day that would make me go "wait, that can't be right"... but sure enough, slowly but surely they kept ticking away and I hit 25,000. There were no flashing lights... no ringing bells... no confetti or balloons... in fact, I'm sure I'm the only one that noticed... and even then not right away... when I looked the last time I was 13 short... when I looked the next time I was 100 over (so much for my observation skills I know). But I have to admit... when I looked and saw my total and my new "trophy" I straightened my shoulders a little bit... sat a little straighter and got a little grin on my face. Does it matter? Will it impact my life in any way? Not really. But it's given me a sense of accomplishment... the satisfaction of sticking to something and the joy in knowing that while I was gaining points I was losing weight and now maintaining it and really enjoyed the journey along the way!

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WALNUT5612 6/5/2009 8:18AM

    Good for sticking to it and not giving up emoticon

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FORSYTHIABUSH 6/2/2009 10:11PM

    Congratulations on a Job Well Done!!!!!!! emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/2/2009 5:32PM

    Good Job!!

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KAGWIZ 6/2/2009 3:06PM

    Impressive !!! Hope to follow your example !
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A rough week...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

As I write the title of this blog "a rough week" I wince, because in reality, while it's a busy, crazy, hectic, tiring week, it isn't really "rough" when I compare it to the weeks of others. Maybe this is a good thing. I started to write this blog to vent and make myself feel better about how much I have to get done this week at work, teaching and at home. But now after I've written the title, I'm thinking about the parents that have lost a child this week, the solider fighting for our country someplace and all the other people out there who are having weeks full of so much more than mine. Thinking now, instead, I should consider myself blessed that I have a family, I am able to teach, I have a job and that my struggles this week should be considered in comparison to others.
May everyone out there who is having a rough week... know that someone is thinking of them and wishing that it gets better!

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TRAMPLEDROSE 5/27/2009 6:51PM

    Rough all the way around. Long busy week, busy weekend, short busy week. But we are tough enough to handle it. We can take whatever comes our way. We are blessed with people that love us, and care about us.

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ANNANET 5/27/2009 12:17PM

    Thanks! It's a rough week here too. Good to know others are on the same boat for their own reason!!

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Whoops! Slight miscalculation!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Because I live in Michigan, yet I enjoy my summer vegetable garden, I tend to start some of my seeds inside ... you know, those things like corn with the longer growing season. The problem is, this year, we're still getting cold nights and those frosts, so I can't transplant outside yet... and in the meantime, my stuff inside has been growing and growning and growing. So while my tomatoes, okra and onions are doing just fine in their rates of growth, my corn has taken off like a middle school boy in the middle of a growth spurt and has now gotten just about knee high. With the weather looking as it has in the past few days, I see no signs of being able to transplant out doors and have now purchased bigger pots to transplant the corn.... I'm just hoping it warms up before I have to harvest corn indoors!

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GEERACE 5/23/2009 6:00PM

    I miss Michigan, the road side veg stands and cheap peaches and cream corn emoticon

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DREWOFOLE 5/20/2009 7:36AM

    well i live in central florida and i have a huge garden.i'm surprised you have much luck transplanting corn.during winter i grow limited gardens in cold frames.they are of my own design.i aquired some used house windows and built a box to mount them in.from the side they look like a pie slice pointed toward the sun.things grow with a tropical zeal inside.on real cold nights {28'f}i cover the glass with shipping blankets and on hot days i open the window to avoid cooking the crops.there is some good fishing up Michigan way.....

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RUBYSNANA 5/19/2009 8:36AM

    I live in New York and we are having the same problem. It is in the low 30's here this morning! Today it is suppose to warm up and start a warming trend. I plan to do some planting outside but I will still have to watch for more frost and cover my plants when needed. I just can't wait any longer! My bet is that we are skipping Spring this year! We will probably go from cold and wet to very hot overnight. That happens sometimes and I really hate it, but what can you do! emoticon

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Week 1 at the gym

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Joined a new gym last week and I have to say I LOVE it! It's not anything I'm used to, I mean, I've done a boot camp class through community ed, but it's always held in the cafeteria or on the gym floor and it's just not the same as going into a gym and doing my thing. I generally come in and warm up on elliptical or the stationary bike, then hit the weights, then back for some cardio and then finish up in the sauna. I can't figure out why some days the sauna seems the hardest part and on others it just relaxes me and lets me unwind.
Going to the gym hasn't been easy because I have to go after work which means I have to fit in something to eat before workout to tie me over until dinner. It also means that some nights, like last night, I'm eating dinner at 8-something at night which isn't great when I'm getting up at 5 am. But I think I'll eventually get my schedule adjusted so it is a better fit.
The good news is, I'm already seeing results. I haven't stepped on the scale yet, but I can tell when I feel that little ache in my arms and legs that I'm building muscle and burning fat. I think I'm seeing some subtle changes in my arms, legs and belly but maybe that's just wishful thinking... anyway it's enough to get me to stop at the gym again on my way home from work instead of just heading home ... which is good enough for me!


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