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Exercise Video for someone who only currently walks.....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

...but aspires to run. Someday. Down the road. Sooner than I think but not today.

ANYWHOOOO! I have been walking every morning for about 3 miles and LOVING IT! But I know that even in San Diego, we get rain. And sometimes, believe it or not, it comes down pretty hard. And since I have about a millisecond to get from the Park, changed deodorized and into my desk chair at work, I do not need to come to work smelling like a wet dog. SO on rainy days, I thought that I'd ask my wise and wonderful friends if you know of a good, maybe 20-30 minute video that I can do at home on rainy days. Now none of these videos where I'll feel like my "last day of living has occurred and I'll never walk again after doing this" video sorta stuff! :-) Something that can challenge someone who's just under (yes UNDER - by a couple of pounds but whatever) 200 lbs.

Thanks bunches for your ideas and encouragement!

Loves and hugs and blessings to you all!

~ Molly :-)

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LIV2RIDE 9/23/2011 1:34PM

    You should check out www.collagevideo.com. They have just about every exercise DVD you can think of with extensive reviews.

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MIIMA-ME-MY 9/23/2011 9:48AM

    I don't know any walking videos but I have heard of "Walk Off the Pounds" - not sure how good it is though...

One thing I know, is that Spark People offers a FREE program for walkers, it is called "5K Your Way" and there are 4 options: walk, walk/jog, Rookie Runners (for beginners) and Runners (more advanced)

I did the Walk/Jog and it safely eased my way back on my feet after a long injury. I am doing now the Rookie Runners.

Maybe you could try the 5 weeks Walkers program... (?) Here is the link

com/myspark/training-plans.asp -- Good luck! emoticon

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    You guys ROCK!!! Thank you so much for this recommendation! I may even see if someone's selling a video on eBay to perhaps save a couple of dollars! Thanks for having my back once again, ladies!

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SWEETLIPS 9/22/2011 8:34PM

    Yup Leslie is the go to one for that inside workout and you will be challenged. I think I am oulling mine out this weekend. emoticon

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55WALKER 9/22/2011 6:42PM

    I also recommend Sansone; she has a huge variety of to fit any need.

Good to hear from you!

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LIV2RIDE 9/22/2011 5:38PM

    Check out Leslie Sansone. She has walking videos that you can do at home. That's the first one that comes to mind. Good for you for looking for options! emoticon

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Undone by a candy bar...

Monday, August 29, 2011

I wanted a candy bar. I most certainly did not NEED a candy bar. I knew I should have waited it out for the feeling to pass but well..

So I go to the vending machine - which, to my credit I have not visited in well over a year, if not even longer. And I put my dollar bill in. And it said "coins only". So you'd think now, wouldn't you that my mind would immediately say "now Molly, obviously you're not supposed to have that candy bar. In fact, dear Molly, this is a sign from God that you are not meant to have a candy bar because you'll eat it and regret it."

But no, my peanut-sized brain said - must find way to get candy bar at all costs!

So clever me (NOT) put her dollar bill into the drink machine thinking hahaha I'll TRICK the machine and just get my money returned in coins. Umm..nope. I pushed the coin return and got nothin'. ARG! So there I am, talking like a pirate to the drink machine. So me, being all virtuous, of course, selected the water. Sold out. The other water selection? Sold out. By now, my dear unsuspecting friend Erika comes over and asks what's up. I explain the situation, which AGAIN should have alerted me to the fact that I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE CANDY BAR MOLLY and says, well push something else. I do and get that gross pink lemonade that I would NEVER drink. Sigh... So I don't have a candy bar and I have this icky liquid fake looking pink stuff. So Erika buys it off of me (she's a skinny mini!) and gives me coins. For the chocolate bar. Which I shouldn't have bought. But did. And ate. And now regret.

So the moral of the story Molly: keep coins at your desk at all times? NO don't get the chocolate bar! :-)

(((HUGS)))) my Sparkly Sparkers!

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WINNIE1978 9/3/2011 1:38PM

    I have lived that exact same scenario before! It's crazy how far we'll go sometimes to satisfy a craving.

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BETHJRN 9/3/2011 12:21PM

    CURSE YOU, VILE VENDING MACHINE! Love this blog, Molly!

We had the great idea at work to replace half the snacks with healthy alternatives, raisins, and dried fruit snacks, and nuts, etc. Guess what we found out? NOBODY WANTS THAT! If we do, we bring it from home! We want the M&Ms and the Snickers bars!


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TERTELLE 8/30/2011 12:47PM

    LOL! I had a very similar situation recently with cigarettes...after not smoking for almost 2 years...I feel your pain. :)

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TOOFATFORFORTY 8/30/2011 11:36AM

    Your story made me smile on a morning that has been less than ideal, so thank you!
I'm sure that if you managed to avoid the vending machine for a whole year, then one measly candy bar is no threat to you.

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WILD4STARS 8/30/2011 4:11AM

    We all have our demons. One candy bar is just one candy bar. One small blip on the radar.

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WOLFKITTY 8/30/2011 1:41AM

    Haha! Good one! Who can't relate to this?!

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    Oh you guys are the BESTEST!!! I really wasn't too upset over the candy bar - maybe a bit but -- mostly I wanted to vent my crazy thinking with a bit of tongue in cheek humor. I can't take myself too seriously or else I'm finished!

The lesson I did learn is that I need to be prepared at all times. Yes, I'll crave some chocolate so have a couple of squares of dark chocolate in my desk..that sort of thing.

I love you guys and I'm ALWAYS learning from you! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me! ~ Molly :-)

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TEDDYBEAR4788 8/29/2011 10:33PM

    As others have said, the candy bar doesn't define you. Log it and move on. Great writing style. Love it. Just wish I wouldn't have eaten the pound of fudge over the past two days that I did. I will never be able to workout extra for the calories it cost me. But it is gone and so are my feelings of guilt about it.

You go girl!!

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GR8CATSBY 8/29/2011 10:05PM

    What does your Status say right now, and the blog you wrote last week? Progress, not perfection!!! emoticon
(I love how you write, by the way!)

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SUNNYH99 8/29/2011 9:41PM

    "What have we learned?" If you see a pattern of forgetting what you know, or talking your wise intuition out of guiding you in the right direction, then it wasn't for nothing! I have found that a Nugo Organic Dark Chocolate Pomegranate protein (10g) bar will satisfy such an urge. Molly, you're wonderful! Don't let this experience define you negatively.
emoticon emoticonSunny

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LIV2RIDE 8/29/2011 9:28PM

    Forgive yourself and move on. emoticon Maybe walk an extra 30 minutes tomorrow. I heard a podcast that talked about making it worth the "cheat". How many calories was the candy bar? Now workout until you burn those extra calories. That was how they suggested you realize what the cheat cost you.

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    I've had those times myself....all the signs say NO NO NO...but I just keep saying I WANT I WANT I WANT. The key is having this happen less and less....which it will!

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LORENVER 8/29/2011 7:58PM

    Saw your post scrolling on the feed and thought I'd drop by. So glad I did! You are a fantastic writer :). I'm sorry the candy bar won, but maybe this set of events will give you pause next time.


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55WALKER 8/29/2011 7:02PM

    Not "undone" just briefly derailed.

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DISP715 8/29/2011 4:17PM

    It's just a chocolate bar. It doesn't define you or minimize your efforts. It has no power over you. I had to laugh because it is amazing the dialog that goes on in my head to justify stuff. Back and forth and back and forth. Yikes, shut up head! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Onward girlfriend, that candy bar ain't the boss of you! HUGS!

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CURIOUSGP 8/29/2011 3:53PM

  Moral of the story? Log it and move on! :-) You can't go back and fix it so you might as well accept it and plan the rest of your food accordingly. You haven't failed yet!

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My a-ha moment for today.....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I saw on Rip Esselstyn's FB page a link to a blog of a woman that's struggling with over eating. He posted the sweetest reply but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quote he gave her as well:

ďOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wonít feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itís not just in some of us; itís in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Ē

Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech

Thank you Rip for taking the time to put this there and thank you God for having me (happen - yeah right!) to stumble upon this! I needed to hear these words and I thank You! :-)

((((HUGS))))) and love my wonderful friends!

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LIV2RIDE 8/28/2011 7:45PM

    Thanks for sharing that. I think more of us need to realize those words are true. emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR4788 8/28/2011 7:38PM

    Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear this today.

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BETHJRN 8/28/2011 7:27PM

    What a beautiful thought. Thanks for sharing it. Love and prayers are sent your way.

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TEACH4110 8/28/2011 3:59PM

    That is a wonderfully beautiful quote. I too love it. So amazing.....Marianne Williamson is the author. She is truly fantastic.

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Good Enough! :-)

Friday, August 26, 2011

I've realized that in certain areas of my life, particularly places where I struggle terribly, that if I don't do it perfectly, then I won't do it at all. Now one might assume I'm a perfectionist and that's what I thought too until I came up with a revelation (this morning while walking, ironically!) I'm using the "perfect" thing as an excuse to quit! That's not a perfectionist, that's a quitter!

If I don't eat perfectly the whole day well, then what's the point? It's not good enough. If I don't go four miles for a walk but only two, well, what's the point of doing it at all! GADS! I need to get rid of this stinky, self-destructive thinking! The point? The POINT is that at the end of the day, I did a lot of good! I walked! Maybe not as far as I could, maybe I turned around before I should have but I did it! Okay so maybe I had too much of that dessert but I had my super healthy oatmeal at breakfast and lots of veggies and that's good enough!

~ Progress, not perfection! ~

If I was a woman who wasn't deathly afraid of needles, I might have that tattooed somewhere so I could see it everyday (well, I guess that would dictate where I WOULDN'T tattoo it! :-P)

So here's to the progress we make every day! Humongous or itty bitty microscopic - it's ALL good enough! Yay my Sparkly friends! I love you so much and I hope you have a wonderful and VERY good enough weekend!

~ Molly

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GR8CATSBY 8/28/2011 9:08PM

    Thanks for this reminder!!!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/26/2011 8:09PM

    You are so right. That is your AHA moment for the day. It is ALL good. If you eat less than normal or better than normal, that's progress. BAby steps are just that. Baby steps, not 4 miles of baby steps. ANY baby steps. Keep up the great attitude and focus.

Good work girl,


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BETHJRN 8/26/2011 8:08PM

    You are so special! Hang in there!

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LIV2RIDE 8/26/2011 4:06PM

    That's really a great realization. I love that walking makes me think and helps me work through things in my head. I often return from walks with great ideas. Good for you Molly! Here's to your progress! emoticon

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A Radical Change!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wow, that title seems a bit... mmmm.. radical! But that is what I've done and what I desperately need - a radical change!

Hi my friends! I have missed you all so very much! I'm so sorry I dropped out of this amazing world we have here! I have been BLESSED beyond measure with the kindest notes and Sparkgoodies from my AMAZING Sparkfriends! Thank you so much for not giving up on me because honestly, I had given up on myself!

Things got worse since my last check-in. I've finally settled into the fact that it probably won't get better for us for some time to come. BUT (smacking myself on my head!) that is life so get over it and don't let it conquer you, Molly! Yes, money will be beyond tight for quite a while but I'm so blessed in a bazillion ways! Whining over this is like getting every present imaginable on Christmas morning and still looking for that plastic toy that I didn't get. Not very grateful at all. I don't want to become bitter and ungrateful. I want to be happy in my space and joyous over my blessings. :-)

So the radical changes:

1) I cannot let my circumstances dictate what I eat or what I don't do (read: exercise and take care of myself!) I cannot let my guard down for a moment. It is my nature to always choose the path of non-effort. Honestly, that lazy sloth I see at our local Zoo - we have the exact same genes, I'm sure!

2) This is the big change - I'm getting up early (and I adore my sleep!) and going to our local park and walking for an hour before work. This decision to alter my schedule is such a radical change and I couldn't be more excited. Talk about thinking outside of the box! I always say I'll walk after work but that does not happen. It's too hot, I need to run an errand, I don't wanna :-0 any old excuse will do. Again, the sloth - aka: me -will always choose to not act rather than exert any effort.

I knew that I had to get everything together ahead of time so I could be super successful and not give myself a "well I forgot that so I can't exercise" excuse. Honestly, if a single sprinkle falls, I'm telling myself that a monsoon is coming so I can't exercise. Really Molly? Is your foundation so shaky that you can't even withstand one inconvenience?? So I packed up all my supplies to walk and then go to work and get changed and cleaned up and pretty-fied (read: don't smell like I've been walking for an hour!) and then up to the office by 7:30. It worked perfectly this morning and I know it will continue to be the most ideal situation for me.

One thought I had when I was looking for excuses (I tell you it's a gift - I should list on my resume!) I thought - ooh it's dark and maybe no one will be there except for random strange people. Umm...no, there were people running, walking their dog, it wasn't dark AND the best part - there were two groups of Marines and Navy probies running through the park and doing their cadence! And actually that made me cry. Twice! If they are there, willing to put their lives on the line for me and this amazing country, well dang Molly stop your sniveling pity party and get your attitude firmly adjusted!

And you know what? Walking in the morning makes me want to walk more during the day! And it makes me want to choose my food more wisely! And it makes me want to consider running. Really? Me running? So excited! So it's a win-win-win-win-win-etc. situation!

Thank you for letting me blab on over this. You guys are the best therapists, listeners, encouragers and friends a girl could ask for! Now I'm back and off to find out all the wonderfulness YOU'VE been up to! Thank you and I love you!

~ Molly :-)

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BUELLRIDER 8/26/2011 4:59PM

    Sounds like you are taking the right steps to get back on track. Keep up the good work. Glad your back. emoticon

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GR8CATSBY 8/25/2011 9:36PM

    Welcome back, Molly!!!
When I was on vacation in June, on an organized tour so not on my own schedule, I got up early every day and hit the treadmill. I was amazed I could pull that off, but I "had" to do it because of the tour schedule. But now, these past two weekends... - I've gone out jogging in the morning! It's nice to get my exercise done first thing and it does make the rest of my day go better.
So keep up the excellent work! I'm rooting for you!!!

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GYPSYLDY 8/25/2011 3:20PM

  I think we are related! ---I have discovered I have some SLOTH in me too! I need to practice early morning exercise. I have listed it as my goal. If you start first thing, there are not as many reasons to miss it as there are later! Thanks for the inspiration! And God bless you!!!

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TEDDYBEAR4788 8/25/2011 2:24PM

    Hello teddybearfriend. I'm a Teddy too. Getting up early in the morning is the best thing for me as well. My mom was always an early riser and I often thought she was nuts for getting up so early!! lol. Now I'm the one doing it. I seem to have much more energy in the morning and I like being awake when the day is the coolest. With the getting up early, just be sure you are getting to bed at an earlier time too. You still need those 7-8 hours of sleep. emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 8/25/2011 11:08AM

    Good for you! I think it helps to shake it up - gives one a whole new perspective. Keep going!

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LIV2RIDE 8/24/2011 9:58PM

    Good for you Molly! Getting up early and adjusting your schedule will take some getting used to but I promise you it will be worth it. Here are some tips that helped me. Get your lunch packed and ready the night before. That way you don't need to spend any time doing that and can spend it on exercise, pretty-fying etc. Set your workout clothes out the night before and put them in the bathroom or where you get dressed. If you drink coffee or tea have it ready to go for when you get back. While you are walking figure out what you are going to wear. Now you have nothing stopping you. I'm the queen of getting up early so if you need help let me know. Glad you dropped in. I've missed you.


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FORMYDARLINGS 8/24/2011 8:28PM

    Hi Holly. Glad to meet you. You are starting me thinking that a morning walk would be a good thing for me too. Thanks,

Gini emoticon

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BETHJRN 8/24/2011 4:41PM



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55WALKER 8/24/2011 3:22PM

Welcome back. Missed you!

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BIRCHCAMP 8/24/2011 2:22PM

Congratulations! Each of us has to find what works for us. And if we need to adjust some element of what is working to make it work better, so be it. You are on your way!

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    You sounds very motivated! emoticon

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