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One More Week!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Where to startÖwhere to startÖ Christmas day! Breakfast with Mom and youngest brother since we are all the single ones. IHOP! It was yummy and nice to catch up with my little bro (who had spent the previous day in Seattle at the Seahawks game! The bum!) Later in the day was dinner with the whole family. I have 2 brothers and a sister and 4 nieces. Young, loud niecesÖsighÖ.but I try to be tolerant and not the cranky olí Auntie! Lol! We also watched Home Alone 1 and 2. Which I found to be a little torturous but the rest of the fam seemed to enjoy.
I tried to be good on my food since I had breakfasted at the ihop, and I think I pretty much succeeded. I havenít had the best week ever, food wise, but it wasnít too bad either. I now have 1 week to still get my goal. Normal people probably say I shouldnít shoot for 3.5 lbs in one week but for me itís not that unusual. For example, earlier this week I weighed 4 pounds more than my weigh in this morning. I stepped on the scale and a momentary wig out. But then I remembered - I fluctuate like crazy. Sometimes it makes it tough to figure out what the heck's going on, but for the most part Iím heading in the right direction so I donít stress about it too much. Anyway, Iím still shooting for my end of year goal!
Iím not really a new years resolution kind of person so Iím not sure what Iím doing come January, but I will set a new goal to shoot for at the beginning of the year. After I have my pizza reward for making the current goal of course! Hereís this weeks weigh in:

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2
Week 11: 267.6
Week 12: 263.2
Week 13: 264.2
Week 14: 263.6

Have a spectacular New Year everyone!! I hope you all get the new years kiss you want! Mine will be from 3 furry gentlemen named Luke, Zeke and Eliot!!

  
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STILLFLYIN 12/28/2011 11:52AM

    Your puppies are so cute! You are doing well on your journey. Enjoy it as much as possible.


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DEC2DEC 12/27/2011 9:33PM

    Hey, you're doing GREAT!! I'm so impressed with how long you've been doing this. Can't wait to hear about your January goals.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/27/2011 9:26PM

    IHOP, that is a fun place for a get together. I haven't been there for a long time, and we have one so close to us lol. Glad you had a good time. As usual, your fur babies are adorable!

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MELIVA 12/27/2011 9:18PM

    Best New Year's kisses ever! I plan on being in bed by 8pm on New Year's Eve...gotta be up and on the road by 5:15am on New Year's (agility trial). Good luck on reaching your goal...you've done fabulous so far!

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GROKGRANNY 12/27/2011 6:27PM

    You have such a great approach going on this, and an equally great attitude! I say you did AWESOME over the holiday's just to hold your own, girl. WOOT-WOOT!

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PINKBEANBOO 12/27/2011 3:08PM

    Wow, you've done so great on getting to your goal. Your so close, even I can taste it, LOL!
You make me laugh talking about your nieces & watching the movies. Home Alone 1 I really like, the 2nd is a big NO, the 3d = kill me PLEASE!

PS: You've got such good boys, and handsome. You should be proud!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/27/2011 1:40PM

    Great pic of the pups (Aussie sandwich) and congrats on the great weight loss!!

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SHIROIHANA 12/27/2011 1:16PM

    Luke's smile in this pic always makes my day. The chihuahua bellies have been rubbed. Congrats on your progress and continue doing great on your goals!

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MOMFAN 12/27/2011 1:12PM

    Happy New Year! Great progress!

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KITKAT717 12/27/2011 12:50PM

    The dogs are cuties!! Good luck with your program!

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Twas the Week before Christmas...

Monday, December 19, 2011

The week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a Ö..oh wait I do have mice. Yeah, donít get me started on that one. Other than the pitter patter of tiny little mouse feet, all was quiet at my place this weekend. I had a rough week food wise and had actually gained two and half pounds before I was able to rein it in by Sunday. I still have 12 days to make goal. (260 by Dec.31st)
In other newsÖ.I finished my Christmas shopping (except for a small something I need to find for a co-worker), and I groomed Eliot, who was looking like a little homeless doggie! I also cooked prime rib for the first time ever and it turned out great! Scrumptious in fact! If it wasn't terrifyingly expensive, I'd have it on a regular basis! Alrighty, on to the purpose of this blog - Hereís my weigh in for the week:

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2
Week 11: 267.6
Week 12: 263.2
Week 13: 264.2

I wonít have another blog til after Christmas so I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday in whichever way you celebrate!!


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GROKGRANNY 12/23/2011 7:23AM

    LOOK at your progress from the beginning, girl! That is significant!

The holiday's are always a challenge and most of us struggle with a bit of re-gain. But we can nip that in the bud before it turns into a slide!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. So honored to have you in my life :)

Talk soon!

GG

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MELIVA 12/19/2011 11:15PM

    You are doing awesome!! WOW! Merry Christmas!

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MOMFAN 12/19/2011 8:50PM

    Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!

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DEC2DEC 12/19/2011 6:37PM

    Merry Christmas. Remember -- this is a JOURNEY. Don't beat yourself up about a hill or a curve or a detour. Enjoy the view where you are.

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KURTBAMF 12/19/2011 12:25PM

    You can do it! All it takes is a little magic, a little trust, and a little bit of pixie dust ;)! Merry Christmas!

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PINKBEANBOO 12/19/2011 12:07PM

    4 lbs! Michelle, you can do it.
YOU CAN DO IT!
YOU CAN DO IT!!
SO, twas the week before Christmas & you are going to lose a little, then the week after you are going to lose some more & MEET THAT GOAL!
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Hibernation is Good

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hibernation. I go through it every winter. Sometimes I fight it and make myself miserable, but not this year! This year I am embracing my inner Grizzly! If I want to stay home all weekend and sleep in Ė thatís what I do! If Iím not feeling particularly social Ė I donít! No more making myself miserable. So this Grizzly got home on Friday and didnít step foot outside of her house until this morning for work. I slept in both Sat and Sun, I read a lot, watched a little tv and ate smart. It was lovely!! Now if I could just get a little more sleep during the week everything would be even better. I stay up too late, knowing darn well that Iím going to pay for it the next day. Gotta stop that. But - no more guilt over hibernation.
Another good week for my weigh in Ė I seem to be on a bit of a roll! Since I joined Spark, this is the first time that I might make a goal I set. Itís very exciting and gives me great enthusiasm for what next year will bring!

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2
Week 11: 267.6
Week 12: 263.2 (3.2 more to go to make that end of year goal!)

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/14/2011 8:44PM

    I hibernated for 3 whole days! I am a firm believer in it.. Yeah for us Bears.



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PINKBEANBOO 12/13/2011 1:36PM

    Your soooo close! This is so exciting!!!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 12/13/2011 1:10PM

    I firmly believe that humans were built to hibernate . . . and I'm not joking when I say that. I think your plan is a good one!

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SHIROIHANA 12/13/2011 8:40AM

    Hibernation is one of life's simple pleasures. Glad to hear that it will no longer be a guilty pleasure for you. :) Way to go on setting a new goal!
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CHERIRIDDELL 12/13/2011 3:04AM

    Congratulations that goal is within reach

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/13/2011 1:18AM

    Look at you go. Your going to meet your goal!! emoticon

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MELIVA 12/12/2011 10:28PM

    Wow! Hibernation is working for you! I have an old email that someone sent me about wanting to be a bear...I'll hafta see if I can't find that for you. Keep up the awesome work!

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DEC2DEC 12/12/2011 7:56PM

    Oooh. Hibernation sounds lovely!

Congrats on being so close to your goal. You've worked hard!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/12/2011 3:03PM

    I am with you on hibernating, I also tend to stay up way to late on a work night!

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STILLFLYIN 12/12/2011 2:16PM

    Throw in a dab of exercising to dvds and it sounds like a perfect winter weekend to me! Be proud of your grizzlyness. :-)

And congrats on the weight loss.


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MOMFAN 12/12/2011 1:54PM

    emoticonI know I stayed up way too long last night and am paying for it today!

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Dvd Review and Weekly Weigh in

Monday, December 05, 2011

I did one of my new workout Dvdís this weekend: "Cardio & Strength Interval Circuit Workout with Angie Gorr". So, I thought Iíd give a short review for anyone interested. Here's a summary with Proís and Conís, starting with the Conís:

Summary: Itís a weight/cardio circuit dvd broken into 3 twenty minute sections.

Conís:
1. Each 20 minute section has itís own ab routine, but itís in the middle of the workout. This was actually my biggest con about the video, you just start getting your heart going and you break to get down for abs.
2. Overly simple cardio. For those of you who are choreography challenged, this may be a pro, but I found it to be a bit repetitive and a little boring.
3. Not enough use of weights. I thought she could've been a lot more agressive with the weights and getting your cardio going.

Proís:
1. There were three assistants. Each assistant showed a different intensity level for every single exercise, and it wasnít confusing because there were big exercise balls with numbers on them to remind you who was who. And plus number 2 for the assistants...they all looked like average women. Not your typical video super-chick.
2. Angie herself is not annoying. No over-cheering, not over-perky
3. You didnít have to worry about cuing. She just did an exercise for a certain length of time stopping at a buzzer, plus there was a count-down timer on the screen.

So all in all Iíd have to give the video an average grade. If the ab workout hadnít been plopped in the middle of the cardio it would have gotten a better grade.

On to this weeks weigh inÖend of year is getting close! And then Iíll have to pick a new goal! Eek!

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2
Week 11: 267.6

Yeah I finally broke the 40lb barrier! (from where I started originally, not this particular goal) Iíve been trying to do that for weeks! So Iím happy about that and going to try my darndest not to go back over 270 ever again!!

  
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MELIVA 12/7/2011 11:29PM

    Fantastic loss! I'll take summadat! Thanks for the review too, it always sucks, getting a video only to find out that it is not what you needed/wanted. I am pretty fortunate that when Blockbuster went out of business a local rental place went in and all of their fitness videos are FREE! I can try it before I by it. Let me know if you want me to review something before your next purchase; willing to do that.
Again...awesome job with the lost, WOW!!

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DEC2DEC 12/6/2011 11:43AM

    Very helpful review -- thanks! Congrats on breaking the 40lb mark!

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/6/2011 4:32AM

    Woo Hoo. 4o pds. is great. I like the pro and cons the DVD. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/6/2011 2:22AM

    Amazing progress you go girl!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/5/2011 9:47PM

    So proud of you Michelle keep up the good work.
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SHIROIHANA 12/5/2011 7:20PM

    40lbs down! That's awesome!! emoticon
Thanks for the review, I actually saw that DVD on Amazon and was wondering about it. It's always best to have DVDs that have a separate abs section (like Billy Blanks having DVDs that focus on abs). Yup, time to pick a new goal... so excited to hear about it! You will continue to break more barriers.
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COACH_CUJO 12/5/2011 4:57PM

    Congrats on breaking 40 lbs! Keep up the great work!

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MOMFAN 12/5/2011 4:09PM

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PINKBEANBOO 12/5/2011 1:48PM

    emoticon You are really getting close to your end of the year goal! Wow!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/5/2011 12:57PM

    Congrats on breaking the 40lb barrier!!

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Nice Long Weekend & Weigh in

Monday, November 28, 2011

I very much enjoyed my long weekend. Didnít do too much, in fact, two of the four days I didnít step foot outside the house. It was nice and relaxing though. I got to read to my hearts content and I was good with my food. Even on Thanksgiving with the fam. Not quite so great with the exerciseÖbut Iím okay with that. I needed a nice slow weekend. No Friday holiday shopping for me! I donít think Iíve ever gone shopping after Thanksgiving. Fighting through shopping crowds is one of my least favorite things. So while I envy those of you who got your shopping all done, I donít envy you enough to actually step foot inside a store that weekend!
So weigh in this week is interesting, another big bounce. I am cautiously happy. Because I seem to be all over the place lately. However, it is my lowest bounce lately, so Iím still happy.

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2

I just noticed that every week ends in an even numberÖwhat are the odds of that?!

  
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GROKGRANNY 12/3/2011 11:25PM

    LOVE your background photo! ha ha Is that Eliot? What a stud muffin! lol Sounds like you are doing great. Thanks also for commenting on my blog. We are missing little Hossa. Weather was so great....now it is CHILLY. We may not even hit 40 tomorrow. Work is crazy and I've been coming home tired. Doc appt. on Wed. to go over adrenal results. But, tomorrow Grok Gramps and I will bundle up and carve out time for a nice long walk. Then I have to tackle med savings and laundry! Yippe ay kayay! lol Keep up the good work!!

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SHIROIHANA 12/2/2011 5:48PM

    I cannot see myself participate in Black Friday shopping. I took advantage of the online sales (free shipping!) and am still not done. My brother's girlfriend starts shopping on the night of Thanksgiving! The good thing is that we can hand her a list and she will do some shopping for us. That's the perk of knowing a shopaholic. :)
Do you weigh yourself at the same time consistently? I weigh myself once a month and do so early in the wee morning. I also make sure not to eat the night prior so I can weigh myself while my system is empty. Congrats on the weight loss! Bouncing or not, ten pounds is ten pounds and is worth celebrating.
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KLAD_COCKERS 11/30/2011 11:58AM

    Well done! Especially being careful with your food on Thanksgiving, cause that's always tough.

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MOMFAN 11/30/2011 1:37AM

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/29/2011 10:12PM

    Congratulations!

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MELIVA 11/28/2011 6:35PM

    Congrats on the loss. Even if you do bounce around a little bit, at least the long term swing is downward. Glad you had a nice relaxing weekend; could that have had something to do with your loss? I find the more sleep I get, the better I do on the scale. I hate Black Friday too...I left my house, but only for the dog park and car wash (no lines there!).

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STILLFLYIN 11/28/2011 2:58PM

    My weight bounces a lot, too. That is one reason that I keep an EXCEL file and try to weight almost every day so that I have more data over time. A single reading has virtually no meaning for me. With the EXCEL file, I can chart it and see if I am trending up or down. I don't claim a weight loss until I have readings showing it for a while.

I have found that I need to weigh at the same time (right after I got up and after morning bathroom stuff), under the same conditions (no clothes), with the scale in the same place on the floor, and anything else that I can think of to make it the same. And even then I still get wide swings!


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PINKBEANBOO 11/28/2011 12:00PM

    Your weight does bounce around from week to week. I've never seen anything like that! Oh well, as long as when it bounces down it is lower than the previous low, IT WORKS! Congrats!

Black Friday shopping: Last year was the first time I did it & I must say it was NOT worth it. Standing in line for 2 hrs to save a few bucks - I'll not do that again.


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