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Spark People 28 Day BootCamp DVD

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I started using the Spark People 28 Day Boot Camp DVD just after Christmas and I absolutely love it. That's saying a lot for me because I've never been especially fond of exercising inside. Instead, I prefer to get outdoors whenever I get the chance.

I think one of the reasons I've always hated it is because I've bought a lot of VHS tapes and DVD's in the past only to find they are far beyond my fitness level. I would quickly get frustrated, put them on the shelf and let them collect dust.

I've found this DVD to be different because it gives you more options for working out. You can follow their 28-day plan or you can choose from all the different workouts to create your own plan for cardio and strength training. You also have options within each workout to take the exercises to a more difficult level or to stay at an easier level until you're ready for a more challenging workout. (I have to admit that many times in the beginning I was staying at a lower intensity with Jewel, but as time passes I'm getting stronger and can more often step it up to the higher intensity.)

The best part is that I'm already starting to feel results. I love to hike for exercise, and in the month I've been using it I am already becoming a stronger hiker. It is definitely helping to strengthen my quads and hamstrings allowing me to sail uphill and downhill with greater ease than I have in many years. I went hiking with my 28 year old son today and he was impressed with how much stronger I've become.

Thank you Spark People and Coach Nicole for a wonderful DVD!

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GOLFGMA 2/6/2012 8:56AM

    You are giving me ideas! I haven't tried it , but, sounds good! emoticon emoticon

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SHFELKEY 2/3/2012 2:52PM

    Way to go!

Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking!

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CANDOK1260 2/3/2012 1:56PM

    thanks for ther review

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    Keeping an exercise streak is all about finding what you love,... emoticon

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CHUEYSMOM 2/3/2012 11:04AM

    Awesome news....I don't mind working out indoors...it just gives me something different to do in bad weather. =) emoticon

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DOODIE59 2/3/2012 9:50AM

    Great news, and thank you for sharing:)

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/3/2012 1:09AM

    Glad to hear you are enjoying it, and that it helps for your outdoor fun!

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_JODI404 2/2/2012 11:12PM

Great review, and AWEsome results!!!! Way to Go!!!!!!

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MJ7DM33 2/2/2012 11:08PM

  I'm glad the DVD is working for you!

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A Great Day at a Wildlife Preserve

Sunday, January 29, 2012

We got up this morning and headed south for Huntington Beach State Park, a wildlife preserve. What fun we had. The park has several boardwalks that take you out over the saltwater marshes and a couple of nature trails that also lead past a marsh. There is also beach access to a more remote area of beach. The weather was beautiful again and we needed only a light jacket outside.

Sandpiper at Huntington Beach

This Cormorant really seemed to be showing off for the camera.

Tommy on one of the boardwalks over the saltwater marsh.

Blue Heron


Brown Pelican

After leaving the park, we had a nice seafood dinner and then stopped back by Broadway at the Beach to walk around the lake.

Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach

What a fun day. Now it's off to sleep so we can head home tomorrow.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/31/2012 3:19PM

    Oh, I'm jealous. What a beautiful area. I'm so glad you went. I have to get down there someday. Wonderful pictures. Especially the birds in flight. That isn't always easy to capture. The Heron is gorgeous!

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CARLA-216 1/31/2012 1:18PM

    Sounds like you two had a great weekend away. I love wildlife preserves, and you got some nice pics there.

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TXGRANDMA 1/30/2012 7:12PM

    What beautiful pictures! You captured the birds perfectly! So glad that you are having such a good time! emoticon

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    Just gorgeous - what a day!

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DOODIE59 1/29/2012 2:46PM

    Wow! Your always wonderful photos have taken us on your day trip to the park! How very beautiful:) Thank you so much for sharing your holiday with us.

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LIBBYG7 1/29/2012 9:27AM

    Hi there.....
You are making beautiful memories!!!

and.....you're a great photographer!


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GOLFGMA 1/29/2012 8:08AM

    As usual, your photographs are a work of art! I could not select a favorite although seeing the sand piper I immediately looked for the shadow of his other leg. They are so amazing. Do you think yoga or palates would enable me to stand on one leg like that? lol Thanks Cindy for sharing. Be safe on the way home. Mel

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/29/2012 7:47AM

    Oh, so beautiful...for a minute I thought they were pictures from a book...not something you took...amazing! So glad you had such a beautiful day together!
May you have a safe trip home with your lovely memories!
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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/29/2012 7:30AM

    A beautiful place to visit - thank you for sharing your photo's emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 1/29/2012 2:12AM

    Great pictures. Glad you had good weather for you get away!

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PINKHOPE 1/29/2012 12:35AM

    I love waterfowl. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

Press On!

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Another Beautiful Day at the Beach

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wow, I thought yesterday was nice, but today was incredible. When I woke up this morning it was raining lightly outside. We got ready and went for breakfast (actually an early lunch since we slept late). By the time we finished eating the sun was popping out and it turned into a beautiful and warm, breezy day.

After lunch we drove down to Murrells Inlet to check out some of the marshy areas.

Murrells Inlet

Seagull at Murrells Inlet

After we left there, we drove back up to Myrtle Beach and went to Broadway at the Beach. We got in a lot of walking there, so I was happy about that.

Me and Tommy

Tommy at Broadway at the Beach

After that we came back to our hotel where a very nice man who works there offered to take me to the roof of the hotel so I could get some pictures (not sure I was supposed to be up there, but I really appreciate his kindness).

Looking north from the roof of our hotel.

Later I went out for a walk on the beach to get a little more exercise and some sunset pictures. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen.

Looking south from behind our hotel.

Tomorrow we're heading to Huntington Beach State Park (recommended by the nice man who took me on the roof). He says there are supposed to be lots of opportunities to photograph different birds and wildlife there. It should be fun.

I'm trying not to eat too much this weekend. We did have Coldstone Creamery ice cream today at Broadway at the Beach, but we split it so not as many calories.

Off to take a night walk along the boardwalk!

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CARLA-216 1/31/2012 1:16PM

    Beautiful photos!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/28/2012 11:03PM

    Loved the pictures! Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! Just think moderation with food...And ENJOY! Looking forward to more pictures!
Be safe!

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GOINGTOBEFIT 1/28/2012 8:39PM

    This place looks wonderfully relaxing! Enjoy your ice cream - its ok to have a treat now & then :)

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LIBBYG7 1/28/2012 12:05PM

You two must be happy and rested. What a beautiful place to get away to.
I love your photos.....what kind of camera and what setting did you use to get the night shots?

How's Thor? Well I hope. I'm sure he misses you.

You two are a true inspiration....
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GOLFGMA 1/28/2012 8:13AM

    Again, beautiful photographs. The close-up of the seagull is my favorite in this group, though they all make me want to be there! I love the beach, any part of it. Have stayed north, south and in the middle and so many beautiful golf courses are there! Keep having fun and enjoy your time there. We are loving it too. emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 1/28/2012 1:40AM

    Looks like you are having a great time and I loved the picture of the ferris wheel.

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WORLDSERIES11 1/28/2012 1:38AM

    So glad you're having a great time and what a beautiful place to spend time together!!

Thanks also for taking the time to write and be so supportive. I appreciate it more than you know.
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PENNYAN45 1/28/2012 12:17AM

    What a beautiful setting for a long getaway weekend! It looks so relaxing.
Thanks for sharing the photos with us.
You two look great together!

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DOODIE59 1/27/2012 11:31PM

    What a lovely trip! Extra special because it's not so crowded. Your photos really take us there -- thank you again:)

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CHUBRUB3 1/27/2012 11:21PM

    Your holiday sounds wonderful!
Beautiful pictures.
Love the one of you & Tommy.

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MARTYLYNN1 1/27/2012 9:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your get away with us. Beautiful!

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_JODI404 1/27/2012 8:55PM

    That is a stunning sunset!!

So glad you & Tommy are having a wonderful time!

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Our Late Christmas Gift

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back before Christmas, Tommy and I decided that we would take a trip to the beach as a gift to each other. Well, this is our weekend to enjoy our trip. We were a little unsure a few days ago because the weather forecast wasn't looking very good, but yesterday the forecast changed. Except for some rain in the forecast tonight and in the morning, the rest of the weekend is supposed to be great.

So, here we are. We left this morning as I have a four day weekend from work. The sun came out about halfway here and was great the rest of the day. We had no reservations since we weren't sure we were coming until yesterday, but no worries since it's January and not a lot of people here. When we arrived we found a fantastic deal at a fairly new hotel.

Bay View Resort Hotel

We have a great oceanfront balcony and the new sidewalk that connects to the boardwalk is right behind our hotel. The pavilion area is within walking distance so we were able to get out and get in a good walk this evening.

The view from our hotel room balcony

When we were here last year they was working on a new, huge ferris wheel. It's now finished and it's called the Sky Wheel.

Sky Wheel at Myrtle Beach

They've really made the boardwalk so much nicer now.

Tommy stopped to call his family and let them know we were here.

Tommy talking on his phone to his sister

Now we're tired and relaxing in our room with our balcony door opened enough to hear the ocean. It just doesn't get much better than this!

Tomorrow we plan to sleep in late and then head to Broadway at the Beach to find something to get into.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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TXGRANDMA 1/28/2012 2:17PM

    So glad that you and Tommy are there, having a wonderful vacation! It couldn't happen to nicer people. Your pictures are wonderful, and the memories will be too!
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DOODIE59 1/27/2012 2:57PM

    Wonderful photos. As someone here has already said: The look on Tommy's face says it all. Oh, You're going to have fun:)

Having just come in from shoveling and scraping for two hours, just the fact that you're only wearing windbreakers seems like heaven. And the sound of waves through your door? Priceless:) It does not get any better than that.

Enjoy yourselves to the max:)

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LIBBYG7 1/27/2012 1:14PM

    I'm so jealous.....
What a lovely get-away for the two of you.
Loved the photos.

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GOLFGMA 1/27/2012 7:45AM

    The smile on Tommy's face tells it all. Wonderful pictures. You are such an artist! Love that you are having this time for just the two of you. emoticon emoticon Melrie

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/26/2012 11:56PM

    what a wonderful gift to share with each other. and perfect weather to boot! enjoy!

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EMPTYNESTER60 1/26/2012 10:52PM

    You & Tommy have a great weekend. Relax & enjoy, Cindy!

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MARTYLYNN1 1/26/2012 10:12PM

    Looks wonderful! Enjoy your time away!

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_JODI404 1/26/2012 10:03PM

    It looks and sounds incredible!!!

I am so longing for a beach vacation!

I hope you two have the most special, fabulous, memorable time together!!

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Goals and Rewards

Monday, January 16, 2012

My sister, Terrie, in the Gila Wilderness. Hope to be there in a few months.

In the past, Iíve found that the reward system works well for me. It doesnít have to be anything major, just something to look forward to. It makes it easier for me to keep working toward my goals. Thatís why I have planned a reward for myself.

Okay, maybe Iím putting the cart before the horse. After all, I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal weight, but setting a series of smaller goals also works better for me. I let myself get way off track the last couple of years and I have no one to blame except myself. But, with the help of my family and friends, including all my Spark Friends, Iím back on track and heading in the right direction.

Iíve always loved hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking - anything outdoors. So now Iím back out hiking every day that I can. Itís my favorite way to get in some cardio exercise, and Iím fortunate to live just minutes from Pilot Mountain where I can go and hike up and down hills. On the days I donít go, Iím using the new Spark People 28 Day Boot Camp DVD, which I love.

So what is my goal? I want to lose 15 pounds by April 15th. No, it has nothing to do with tax day; rather it has everything to do with a trip I have planned.

I know I absolutely have the greatest husband in the world. I try not to let my stress show around him. After all, he has enough to worry about just trying to keep himself healthy. But Tommy knows me too well and hiding anything from him is impossible. He also knows how much I love to hike, especially in the southwest. Thatís why, just before Christmas, he suggested to me that I fly out to New Mexico so that my sister and I can go camping and hiking. He thinks I need to get away for a break, something everyone has been telling me. While he feels pretty good these days, he knows he cannot hike the distances we can and he said this should be a girlsí trip. We discussed it and I agreed that if his next scan looked good, and if he agreed to go to the beach with some of his family while Iím gone (I donít want him sitting at home alone), then I would make plans to go.

Well, his last scan was better than I expected, so I called my sister and the plans are now set. Iíve requested and received the time off work, Iíve purchased my plane ticket, and Iíve begun to pull out my backpacking gear to see what I need to take. Iím flying to Albuquerque on April 16th and me, Terrie (my sister) and Louanne (another friend in New Mexico) are going to head out and spend eight days hiking and camping. Weíre all three really excited about this girlsí trip in the desert.

Now back to reality. I have about 12 more weeks to prepare. While I wonít be at my goal weight (losing weight that fast would be too unhealthy), I hope to lose at least 15 pounds. Thatís only a little over one pound per week, and is a very reasonable goal, especially for such a wonderful reward. So no more excuses. I will get in some exercise every day and continue to eat sensibly, using my nutrition tracker every day. I hate my scale, but Iíll weigh in once a week to be sure Iím staying on track. I WILL REACH MY GOAL!

Now Iím off this couch to go workout with Coach Nicole!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/26/2012 1:45AM


Good to read your back on track emoticon Have a safe journey, a wonderful trip and good luck with the weight loss I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 1/19/2012 8:04PM

    Oh, I can't wait to hear that you have reached your goal. I just know that you will! Bet you will lose weight while doing all that hiking. Have a wonderful time with your sister. They're the best (I have two)! emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/19/2012 5:23PM

    Goal setting is very important. we have to care for ourselves both physically and mentally/spiritually, so the goal setting fits right in with that. you will do great and you will have fun! YAY You!

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ELLENEAL 1/17/2012 10:23AM

    And in case you haven't heard this about a gazillion times today, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

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ELLENEAL 1/17/2012 10:22AM

    How wonderful! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!

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MARTYLYNN1 1/16/2012 10:06PM

    Enjoy you time with your sister! Sounds like a wonderful trip.

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WORLDSERIES11 1/16/2012 3:43PM

Sounds like a wonderful trip and something to look forward to.

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HEALTHDUDE 1/16/2012 3:00PM

    Go for it.

When I prepare for a ski trip I wear heavy boots and a weighted back pack around the house and at the gym. (At the gym people look at me like I'm nuts but when they ask they usually say, "that's a great idea.") So wear your hiking boots and pack as much as possible. And don't worry about the 15 pounds, muscle weighs more than fat. Work on shedding the fat and building the muscle. Muscle is much more attractive!

Have Fun,

Your Dobe Buddy

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BON500 1/16/2012 3:00PM

    you'll be in shape by then

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CHUBRUB3 1/16/2012 1:36PM

    Great news.
Hugs to you both and have fun planning your trip.

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CHUEYSMOM 1/16/2012 12:43PM

    Great news about Tommy!

The trip sounds wonderful and perfect reward if I ever heard one =) Stay strong in your efforts. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/16/2012 12:19PM

    So glad that your husband is doing well and his last scan was good!!! Great news!!!
Enjoy your hiking and camping trip with the girls...what a super reward. Your goals are doable...ENJOY!!!

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_JODI404 1/16/2012 12:14PM

    What an awesome reward that will be! I am sure you will have a blast on your hiking and camping adventure!

Best wishes on reaching your goal! You are motivated, determined, and focused, so I think you will do it!!

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