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Friday, October 30, 2009


This past weekend, all 191 pounds of me, hoisted myself into an unassisted back bend!!! emoticon

Yep! A back bend! I still can not believe it myself. I haven't done a back bend since I was young. It's scary to try at my 39 years of age. I was scared I would conk my head and break my neck. But, man-o-man- my arms are strong-my legs are strong-my core is strong! Yipee!!!

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BUTTERCUP76 11/2/2009 2:40PM

    I applaud you, cause I think they would have to take me to the emergency room after that. LOL
Not something I think I'm ready to try yet, I'll let you know when I try it, we can laugh together!

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AMYJO323 10/30/2009 10:15PM

    Awesome, I think I would seriously injure myself!! emoticon

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VALI_T 10/30/2009 6:07PM

    emoticon Good for you! I'm not even going to try to figure out how long it's been since I could do one of those... emoticon

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WE_PA_FIT 10/30/2009 11:35AM

    how awesome! i've never done that! just the other day I was thinking this whole journey is much more than weight loss-- it's what can u do now that you are fitter, lighter, healthier? So I revised some of my goals. This is an achievement all in itself. I'll have to attempt this now. THanks for the idea. Congrats!!!!

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DIXIED88 10/30/2009 11:17AM

    OOOoooh! GO JENN!!! WOOHOO!

Now I wanna try to do, if I wasn't at work, I'd try right now! LOL, they look at me funny for stretching after the stairs....wonder what they would think if I did a back bend!! Hee hee!

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DREAMNSCHEME 10/30/2009 11:13AM

    Holy smokes! GOOD FOR YOU!

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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 10/30/2009 11:04AM

    Woot Woot! I am seriously impressed!
I think you have motivated me to try one......

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CAALAN23 10/30/2009 10:57AM

    Oooo, very cool. You are bendy!

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DEBINNY 10/30/2009 8:22AM

    I am impressed! I was just telling my ten-year-old daughter the other day that there's no way I'd try one of those again; only young people can do those. Awesome. emoticon

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USEANDLOSE 10/30/2009 6:46AM

    You are amazing! I would never dream of trying this! But then...I never dreamed I would train for a 5K and I'm doing that - you never know what your future dreams may be. A BACKBEND though - wow, you must be working on your flexibility big time! If I ever found myself in a backbend, I would have no hope of getting out of it again! How in the world did you get back up?

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ZEE1960 10/30/2009 6:40AM

    way to go

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Lessons from Polly

Thursday, October 29, 2009

As I was walking this morning and all the dogs on my path were barking their hellos, I was remembering Polly the dog. I possessed Polly for all of 2 and half days. She was a doberman puppy. Cute! Smart! A spur of the moment possession. My brother and sister-in-law decided to get another dog**Polly**and had a week to decide if she was right for them. They figured it wasn't going to work about half way though the week and asked me if I would like her. I jumped at the chance. I'd seen how they were with their dog**Ziega**and I wanted a piece of that for me. And, the fact that my daughter was begging me to say yes didn't hurt. As I ran a day care at the time, I quickly found out just how scared of dogs parents can be. Many expressed immediate concern and threatened to put their kids elsewhere if I kept her. That was strike one against Polly. I was good about follow through on discipline and enjoyed walking her: the first day. The kids loved her and she them. But then, that night, I wanted to relax. Puppies don't relax. They play hard and they sleep hard--No in between. This was strike two for Polly. Crating her at night and having her cry was strike three. Then came the final blow--Rain! Walking a dog in the rain is not fun. It was not in the dog owning dream I had been having. You know the one--you and your dog are inseparable. The dog behaves and knows what you expect of it before you even command. Your dog is a miracle worker. Your dog saves your life and the lives of many others... Umm... Wet dog is horrible! Polly went back to where she came from. I'm sure some more loving family adopted her, 'cause she was sweet.

Flash back to my walk this morning. It occurred to me, in all my pondering, that none of my excuses were valid. I gave Polly back, Not because of relaxation, crying, crazy parents, nor rain. I gave Polly back because I had absolutely ZERO discipline myself. I was wondering if maybe someday I might try dog ownership again. And I kept coming back to the same phrase: "If you can be disciplined with exercise and change your life--then maybe you can handle dog ownership." How can I teach a dog to have repetitive good behavior if I don't have repetitive good behavior myself? What an inspired correlation! I do in-vision a dog as my own someday. I realize now though, that I need to be better behaved. Have better habits. Be in more control of me. And, folks, I'm on my way!

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CAALAN23 10/29/2009 10:25AM

    You ain't kidding about puppies playing hard and sleeping hard! *sigh* I haven't convinced mine that "duties" come before "play" when going outside yet.

Good for you for recognizing the need for being the good role model before making that choice. It would be an amazing reward though! Furbabies give you so much in return for what you do.

I hope you aren't feeling too bad, (doctor), feel better soon!

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DREAMNSCHEME 10/29/2009 10:12AM

    Interesting blog and I can see how the two can go hand in hand.
For me (I have 3 dogs) it's more about being able to do the things for another living creature and a lack of being able to do them for me.
Either way, owning dogs is a HUGE committment! And I do think you are really on your way!

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sexy knees

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In my thoughts about my knees, I couldn't help but notice the areas both above and below them. They all work in conjunction with each other. And, quite frankly, I love them all! I am going to have to change my body part from knees; to the entire leg. (for those who don't know, I pick one part to love each week) Last week I had a fat calf moment. I was hating boots that zip up! And the manufacturers who make them! But, I searched my closet for a fabu pair of boots I have and I put them on. I then faced the mirror. Hot Damn! I was S-E-X-Y! I was lovin' my legs, knees and thighs in those boots! I actually searched my closet to see if I had any short dresses or skirts that I could possibly wear with said boots. Alas, losing weight has not made me grow tall, so all my "short" dresses and skirts hit just below the knee. I really can't be walking around in heels anyway (bad feet-Podiatrist would kill me-and I would be in super pain). It was nice to try though. The image of me all sexy is still in my brain and I can conjure it up anytime I need it.

Yep--that's me this week--Sexy Legs Jenn!!!

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STOPTHECRAVING 10/28/2009 3:40PM

    I have to get a working camera! I'll try to borrow the BF's, soon.

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 10/28/2009 2:16PM

    I Love your pick the body part to love blogs. They make me smile and take a better look at my own body. What do I see?? How has it changed since going full foce at the Gym? I'm seeing a lot of good changes about my body parts:)

And I vote for knee pics to with the boots:)

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DIXIED88 10/28/2009 1:37PM

    I second the demand of a pic of the sexy knees!! WOOHOO!

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CAALAN23 10/28/2009 12:41PM

    I demand a pic of sexy knees, LOL! You go girl!

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DREAMNSCHEME 10/28/2009 10:18AM

    You go girl!!! Feeling sexy! What a great feeling... enjoy even if it's just in your house, WHO CARES!!!

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Freaking Out

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yesterday I changed my workout routine (strength 6 days, alternating upper, core and lower body) and plan to do 45 min of cardio 6 days per week. My plan was to encourage myself to do healthy habits everyday. But then I noticed that my calorie range had changed to compensate for the increase in exercise. I've been trying really hard to stay at the low end of the range daily to allow for some wiggle room on my weekends. But when I realized that I needed to eat something like 600 calories to make the minimum last night--it set me on a freak out mode! I can't wrap my mind around the fact that I need to eat MORE to lose weight! And now I am stressing that I won't be able to workout as much as I programmed. I don't want to give up on this plan after one day. But I'm freaking out!

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    11 pounds AWESOME.....did you notice I stopped asking

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BUTTERCUP76 10/27/2009 1:12PM

    Stop with the freaking out young lady. There now the motherly side of me has spoken! LOL Don't get freaked out, it happens to us all. There are days that I don't hit into my calorie range cause I just don't want anything more to eat. As long as you don't fall short everyday I don't seriously think it will hurt you.
A spark friend once made a comment to me when I had trouble hitting my fat goal range that I always think of in situations like this and it makes me laugh, "Who are they to tell me, a fat girl to eat more fat!"
I say live in the moment and don't stress it anymore! You will make the right choices for you and it will all work out.

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DIXIED88 10/27/2009 10:20AM

    LOL! Look at you freaking out for nothing! Make sure you update your weight silly! Then we can congratulate you!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Good job!!

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STOPTHECRAVING 10/27/2009 9:58AM

    UPDATE: I have lost 11 pounds and changed the weight on the start page--which then adjusts your nutrition needs, and I'm back to where I was last week, nutritionally (even with the increase in exercise).

Holy Cow Patties!!! I've lost 11 pounds and I am over half way to reaching my goal for December 1st!!! Yea ME!!!!! emoticon

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CAALAN23 10/27/2009 9:21AM

    Don't freak out, it's a good thing to eat more when you do more. And it's okay that you missed a calorie range the first week, your body hasn't figured it out that quick anyway. I did notice that when I was fierce about maintaining the tougher exercise regimen that I lost more when I ate more at the high end of the range.

I adjust that range all the time. If I know my week just blew up and there's no way I'm going to get 6 days of cardio, just tweak it and kind of aim for the average.

Breeeaaathe. LOL!

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AJANNIE 10/27/2009 8:20AM

    That is what my doctor told me i have to eat to lose weigh because you body will hold it if you dont eat enough you can do it after i started eating more i lost the weigh emoticon

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Much to my horror, I discovered that the path I walk around my neighborhood is only 3 miles, not the 5 I thought. I guess knowledge is power. Now I know. I can be tracking correctly from now on.

I have no will-power on the weekends at restaurants. I think I'm making better choices, only to look stuff up when I get home, and find it was still waaaaay more calories than I thought. I told my BF no more eating out all weekend. Ooooo...I was encouraged by the fact that my friend gave me a "Tony Little Gazelle" and my BF said he wanted it--and he has started using it! Maybe we'll both get slim.

I'm switching up my workout this week. I'm going to do a 6 day rotation of lower, core and upper body strength training. That way I'm doing some strength stuff everyday. Makes me feel like I'm doing even more to be healthy.


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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 10/28/2009 2:25PM

    I use to enjoy eating out on the weekends, but now with my new way of looking at things, my tummy just turns at the thought of eating out. My hubby and I do eat out at Logan's on Fridays. it's kind of our end of the week, relax time, date night:) I watch everything I eat all day, then I enjoy a grilled pork chop with a salad, and broccoli. And to be honest, I still don't enjoy it as much as I use to. I prefer my home cooking above everything

And the walking.. Don't you just love the walks? Does it not bring peace to your mind and body as you stretch your legs?? just thinking about it makes me long for this evening with a walk with my furry friends...

Wishing you the best...

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SHEENADEE 10/26/2009 5:35PM

    Eating out is a tough one for sure. So many restaurants now have their menus online that I try to use that and make my decision on what to order in advance. I find I make better decisions that way most of the time. Best wishes!

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DIXIED88 10/26/2009 10:58AM

    Have you tried the fitness map feature? It's really handy for wandering walks and kinda fun to use (I put it on the bird view to make it easier). It's on your start menu...there's a link in the fitness tracking button.

Resturants are hard! We just have to make the best choices possible and learn from our mistakes. Baby steps!

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CAALAN23 10/26/2009 9:47AM

    I know! It's hard to resist at a restaurant, everything looks and smells so good.

Awesome that BF wants to get active too!

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USEANDLOSE 10/26/2009 8:50AM

    REALLY - Yeah for you! 3 miles is a good route! Don't count yourself out - now you can track reality. I have trouble eating out too - if I'm REALLY dedicated, I look up the menu choices ahead of time - but it's a constant struggle! Glad to hear you have a partner in your journey!

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GABBIE00 10/26/2009 8:37AM

    I know what you mean about eating out.we went to breakfast with my sister,sister in law and my brother.I had a ometta,1pc of toast and 2pcs of french toast.I done better than I usally dobut still yet.but 1 good thing I had save calories durning the week for this.

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ROCHELLERED 10/26/2009 8:26AM

  I can really relate. Thanks for blogging about this. Amazing how the brain can be misleading. Good luck with the switched workout routine. Please make sure you let us all know how it works out for you.

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