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Looking For An ACTIVE Spark Team~ I Just Stared PiYo~ Anyone Else???

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I started a great new program calling PiYo, by Chalene Johnson. Its all about flexibility and health. No jumping or high impact moves! Its TLC for your joints, muscles and bones! I'm IN LOVE with PiYo. I hope anyone readying this will at least think about trying it out. Look it up and watch the short clip that tells about it. If you already have it, message me and lets do this together! I need a spark team that is active and supportive! I promise to be there and support anyone who is ready to take this journey and stick to it!

I truly hope that I can find some great "spark buddies" to help keep each other motivated, inspired and even accountable- I'm the kind of person that thrives on team work and I know that having friends to do this with will help keep me on track. So please add me as a friend, check out my spark page- I'd love to tell you my success story too. My journey to fitness has been interesting with ups and downs, but PiYo is a way for me to find some peace of mind for a change while getting back on track with my fitness. I'm excited about becoming more flexible and limber. I also love to swim and do cardio kick-boxing [Turbo Jam/Turbo Fire]. But I've been off track for a while and I felt that a new excited DVD workout would be just the boost I needed as well as a new team of people that are interested in the same goals as I. So what do you say? Let's inspire each other the spark people way!

I'm also on face book under Joenetta Sunrizing Gresham- look me up!

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SUNRIZING 8/14/2014 10:44AM

    Thank you all for your comments! emoticon

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JEO4550 8/5/2014 12:36PM

    I just started day 2 today. I loved it so much that I was sad the video was over so quickly!

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POINTAFTER 7/11/2014 1:19PM

    I'm doing PiYo also. This is the toughest low impact program I have ever done! Chalene outdid herself this time.


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PATTYKLAVER 7/9/2014 9:38AM

    I will definitely look into this. I know I need something that is on the gentler side for my body. This sounds like the ticket.

A SP Buddy from one of my teams has started a Team called Accounta-Buddies. We were both looking for someone to help us be accountable.

I will look you up on Facebook. (I'm listed as Patricia Bunner Klaver)

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

About 4 years or so ago, I would have never dreamed that I'd be able to lose almost 80 lbs and become a lean, fit person that could run circles around people half my age- BUT I DID IT! It took a lot of hard work and determination, but I did it. I have my moments when I tend to want to give everyone but myself the credit for all that I accomplished, and indeed I realize that I did in fact have a great support system in my wonderful husband. But the truth is he was a "support system" and so was my faith [Jehovah God] as well as this website, SPARKPEOPLE.COM. But a support system alone isn't what helped me to change my life. The truth is, at the end of the day- it took ME being determined. I took ME getting up off my butt. It took ME putting away bad habits and sticking- no CLINGING to new healthy ones. And -as I sit here in this moment I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, I can do this again. I WILL do this again. I will use the support system I had before but this time- THIS TIME I will remember how important it is not to rest for one second. Not relax for even a moment. Vigilance is imperative and I will not succeed with out it.

With every battle we fight there must be a plan set in place. I too have a plan. After these past few years I've discovered what works and what doesn't. I have more knowledge starting out this time than I did before so honestly I ought to be very positive and comforted, b/c all the hard part of researching and learning HOW to do this is already done. But one can never have too much knowledge so one of my goals is to endeavor to continue to learn more and more about the things that are important to me.

Enough time has been wasted in my life! Its time for action!!! TODAY IS DAY ONE OF MY NEW LIFE. I couldn't be more excited. Re- implementing healthy habits will be a fun and excited welcomed change. Its time to get focused. And, while I know initially this may sound selfish, its truly not. But here's the bottom line. I have to start taking better care of ME. If I do that then I'll be better able to take care of my loved ones.

So here's a run down of my immediate plans:

*Awhile back I went thru a program called the I am going to get out all my notes from that, re-read them, and if necessary re-do the program so that I can center my life again.

*I remember when all this started a few years back. I was taking supplements to help me feel up to doing my workouts [things for my mood, my joints and my over all energy and health. Also I was taking fiber religiously- every single day before my biggest meals. Not to mention I supplemented a protein shake as a snack or meal after doing a vigorous workout to help my body recover faster. The point is I know HOW and WHAT to take, now I just have to DO it!

*When it comes to my workouts, there's a saying: "if it's not broke, then don't fix it!" Well I have a work out that I LOVE doing! TURBO JAM and TURBO FIRE. I used them to lose 80 lbs of fat before and replace it with muscle and I can do it again!!! So I'm going back to my routine of cardio on even days and strength training on odd days [and one break day a week].

*Last but not at all least~ #SPARKPEOPLE.COM has been one of the BEST tools to helping me get back into shape. I will be here every day from now on, logging in, tracking and trying to support others- in doing so I will also be encouraged to reach my goals.

I'm very excited about all this, but now its time to get up off my but and get started! PM me if you're interested in being SPARK BUDDIES!!! B/c I fully plan on sticking around for the long haul! I'm going to get down to 110 again!!!!

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AJDOVER1 5/14/2014 4:30PM

    Best wishes to you!

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PATTYKLAVER 5/14/2014 9:12AM

    I love your attitude! I myself have put a couple pounds on and am not happy. You have given me motivation.

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STEVEN2GO2 5/13/2014 9:06PM

    Once I was telling my Uncle for all the wonderful people who helped me overcome so many obstacles in my life. He looked me in the eye and said you did 99% of the hard work and learned and grew as you broke through those hurdles in life!

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BLUEROSE73 5/13/2014 7:31PM

    You can do this.

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Waking Up Slowly Is Nice, but Not Always Best

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ah, I slept really well last night!!! This morning, no headache- so nice, no neck or back ache- very nice! The windows are open so I woke up to the sound of the birds. So calming! So peaceful. Days like this I feel like I have all the time in the world, but, the truth is, I know that's not true. Every day that passes is another day that we can either come closer to our goals or move farther away from them. So I think, its nice sleeping in, waking up slowly, not hurting- possibly because I slept so long- feeling so relaxing this morning... But there is so much to do! Do you ever feel like you have so much to do and even though it seems like maybe time is just standing still that its actually FLYING BY... you just cant seem to feel it? Like being on an elevator and not being able to tell if you're on the 1st floor or 10th...? I know, I'm not really on the 1st floor, but, I know I'm moving whether I want to or whether I like it or not. Just hoping its in the right direction and that I make it to the right place...

So contemplating my goals and desires~ I want to get back on track. What does that mean for me? Making better, healthier choices day by day and being consistent. It sounds easy enough. I think, honestly, it really its complicated, its just a matter of getting motivated and being positive. Why is that so hard?! Well, on beautiful pleasant days like this.... it seems a little easier!

Todays agenda:
* Eat a healthy brunch
* Workout- possibly go for a walk?
* Work around my house
* Make it to the meeting
* Get to be at a decent time so I can get up early tomorrow

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YUDEL6024KA 4/23/2014 7:56PM

    Hi ! Those are excellent goals.

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AJDOVER1 4/23/2014 4:55PM

    I wish you all the best!

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JAPITTARD 4/22/2014 7:58PM

    It always seems hardest to get back on track, but it looks like you have set some great goals to help you along. AND it feels so good once you are there. You can do it! Great job!

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. Itís a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesnít show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we donít have to be FB friends if I add you by emailÖ.. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend ( Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Since its a new year I figured now would be a great time to try to "re-join" some of my groups and get involved. I'm really excited about getting back on track this year. Back in 2011-2012 I lost about 80 lbs and changed my whole life... But then 2013 seemed to be a disaster! Long story short, I went from 105 lbs to 131 lbs and I've lost so much of the muscle that I put into my body. I had gotten to the point where I had more energy than my kids and was in the best shape of my whole life. My daily habbits were healthy and I was saticefied with myself.

Things are different now since I stopped taking care of myself. I got a promotion at work---which is where the worst of my downward spiral began. So now I have to pick myself back up and get back on track... Its almost like starting over in a way---BUT I know that that's not true b/c I'm not 187 lbs, I'm 131. So that's a 55 lb head start from where I was 3 years ago, right?

Here is a short run down of my plan:
1.) I started today on something called 30DayPush Challenge. is where I signed up for free. And every day for the next 30 days I watch 1 inspirational video on how to prioritize and set reachable short term, mid term and long term goals. (I'm super excited!!!)
2.) I'm going to start tracking my food -and other things- here on sparkpeople the way I did 3 years ago- FAITHFULLY- I'm going to let myself get obsessed. (I know how important balance is, however for me focus is very important. I have to "keep my eyes on the prize" so to speak.)
3.) Its time to dust off my favorite workout DVDs (Turbo Jam & Turbo Fire.) They were my secret weapons for 2 years and I just have to get back into the habit of pressing PLAY.

I know HOW to do this- anyone has only to read my blogs on my spark page to know everything I went thru these past couple years. The ups and downs. But if I've learned anything,... its that no one is perfect. And I cannot be an "all or nothing" person. I have to find a way to forgive myself when I slip up and move on.

So that's my story. Now I'm ready to hear everyone elses. I want to help support other people on this road to fitness. I've found that by supporting others it helps me to feel supported to. Please message me and visit my spark page!


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YUDEL6024KA 1/9/2014 1:18PM

    emoticon hi. Great post emoticon

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KIR13EAR 1/9/2014 12:44PM

    Your take on your current weight is truly a motivation in and of itself. Your optimism made me smile and I'm looking forward to cheering you on to your success!

I saw you in the News Feed of the Turbo Fire group - if you're about to start up the program again, perhaps you'd like to work together? I'm on Day 3 (REST, woo hoo) and am really enjoying it so far.

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AJDOVER1 1/8/2014 12:02PM

    Best wishes to you!
Let's make 2014 a great year.

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    It's so good to have you back with us. emoticon

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Interesting Tuesday 6-25-13

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trying to get back on track...finding that I remember now why it was so hard in the beginning... It's because when you start these things its hard to get the momentum going.. Soooo, our water was shut off! That was not good timing either. (For several reasons: 1) We have barely enough to pay the bill! Let alone a reconnection fee!!! 2) Tonight is meeting night and we all needed baths!)

So... at the risk of sounding (pardon my terminology..) ghetto- I shall tell you all what we did- what I took the initiative to do-... See...we have a lovely pool surrounded by a nice privacy fence ...and well....see...since it DOES have a privacy fence...- LOL-I'm sure ppl already know where this story is headed but Ill say it anyways- I got myself and the girls to go for a swim. After we was done swimming, we one at a time, took buckets of water behind the pool (with our swim suites still on!) and lathered up, shampooed, conditioned, shaved, the whole 9 yards-! and rinsed with buckets of clean pool water. After ward we sat on our towels in the sun to dry. I actually really do feel really clean! I even smell really clean, not at all like chlorine. Its funny what you will do to get clean when you have to!

Tomorrow...somehow...we will get the water turned back on. But to say the least, today was interesting. It got me to thinking on how lazy I am. How much I don't have a clue that I'm pampered! I was talking to the girls about how they had to do things back in the old days and it got me to realize that I'm so spoiled as a parent and as a mother! I mean I'm so thankful for many of our technical advances, yet at the same time I would like to keep myself in check more on how much I rely on them and how literally lazy I have allowed myself to become.

At least before I went out for a swim I got a 20 min cardio workout in. It totally reminded me how much I love working out! I'm really ready to do this. Except once I get back on track I do not plan on ever letting myself fall so far away from being on track again!

Going to go get ready for the meeting now. There's nothing I can think of that could make me feel better than to be around my spiritual family in times of hardships.

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CELEST 7/4/2013 12:17PM

    I love your ability to smile even when things are tough. Its something I always try to do as well. I do really think about days gone by or even how people who lives in the rural areas or below the bread line have to do things and I can cheer up. Hope things turn around for you, because while you did a stellar job of handling the water off situation, life is faster than it used to it would be so much easier if the water was on. emoticon

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JANLYNN32 6/27/2013 9:57PM

    Take it one day and a time and you can do it. sometimes you have to think outside the box to solve a problem, way to go!!!! emoticon

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SUNRIZING 6/26/2013 10:00PM

    And thank you ONLYTEMPRORARY & MCJULIEO for your positive feed back emoticon

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SUNRIZING 6/26/2013 9:59PM

    Thanx MJRVIC2000... And you are right, which is why my blog is obviously good since I'd like to be more active, however, when I use the word lazy here I'm sure the blog explained that I meant compared to women long ago.. As far as compared to everyday people I'm sure I'm ok. Just need to remember that WE are pampered these days. I was thinking that point was obvious in my blog, but maybe not, LOL

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MCJULIEO 6/25/2013 11:39PM

    What a creative way to overcome a temporary setback! Way to go!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/25/2013 8:09PM

    But your all clean and got exercise.

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MJRVIC2000 6/25/2013 6:46PM

    The Bible warns us that those who are lazy will have a hard time in life. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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