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BLC11 - Are you ready to get SPARKED?

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's just 11 days until the Spark Convention! Are you going to be there?

I will! I'd like to know who I might see there.


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KPACE7 9/18/2009 9:30PM

    It is great that you are going!! Let us know all about the convention when you return!! emoticon emoticon

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MASTERCARE 9/18/2009 9:11PM

    so wished I could! Have fun!

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OUBACHE 9/14/2009 7:30PM

    I'll be there and I'm ready!!!!!

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

So the company I work for is having an employee health fair. Lots of information about available health programs, screenings. A few free pens, that kind of stuff. I go, wander around, I learn a few things.

I get my blood pressure checked. High. Terrific. Did I remember to take my medicine this morning? Possibly not, so no big deal. Then I decide to take the fitness evaluation. I have been exercising pretty regularly for the past several months. Bring it on!

3 minute step test. They check your heart rate immediately after then again after one minute. You are then rated on a scale of poor to excellent (5 steps). I step for 3 minutes, feel pretty good. Sit down, they take my heart rate twice and I land in the bottom - Poor - category. Well that is just peachy. This 20 year old skinny minny ranks me as in the poor category of fitness - I wanted to say, well geez you should have seen me a year ago when I weighed 45 pounds more - how would you have rated me then!

After that, I declined to take the BMI assessment. I have a pretty good idea where that is and didn't need a kid in diapers to tell me I need to work on it.

I'm not sure why this bothers me so much. I know I am making progress. My current clothes, most of which I bought last summer after losing the first 35 pounds are all loose. I feel better, I look better.

It could be because I know my eating is still not quite on target and there is another family dinner/holiday/excuse for fattening junk in the house coming up this weekend. Or it could be because I am still having to push myself to workout - that little flu bug in March totally threw me off and I feel like I am still struggling to regain my momentum. Or it could just be that I don't put enough faith in me yet.

I still need to learn to put myself first. I am important and worthwhile. I know what I need to do. I know that I am doing it (most of the time) and I know that I am making progress.

I AM DOING THIS! It doesn't matter that I'm not 20 or a size 2! I don't have to fit into their narrow idea of fit! I just have to become the best me I can! Right? I mean, RIGHT!

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DOINFINE 9/9/2009 10:10AM

    Amen to that! You're right! You can do this because you know what needs to be done. You will succeed in this event-filled weekend coming up! I believe in you! emoticon

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    Right! You go girl. I wouldn't take crap from anybody, especially someone who is barely born. You just keep doin what your doin and you'll be just fine. :)

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Happy its Friday, looking for other positives

Friday, April 03, 2009

Nothing but bad news about my Mother-in-law unfortunately. She started radiation for brain cancer and the radiologist seems optimistic, but now they've seen "something" in her lungs. Since that's where the cancer started 5-6 years ago, we're not real optimistic.

She still can't feel anything in her right foot so even using a walker, she's kind of hazardous walking around right now. However, she has told us that she doesn't want anyone living there with her. I think her 2 daughters who have been there since this started have been hovering too much. When I mentioned that, the daughters weren't happy with me, but MIL was.

Daughter breaks into tears anytime Grandma's name is mentioned. She should be fun when we are at Grandma's house this weekend. If we leave her home, it will hurt Grandma's feelings, but if we take her and she can't stop crying, that might be difficult too. We'll see.

Son is the strong silent type. He's been upset and crying too, but I think its related to school and he's not talking yet. He said he wants to fix it himself. He's a strong kid and will be fine, but its hard to see them upset.

I'm far behind at work and should be working on cleaning it up, but have to clear my mind first, so here I am. Tomorrow, Daughter and I are going to one of those charity walks. It is a very small charity (hope its legit), but it's a five mile walk and the price was reasonable. I have been wanting to do one this spring and I think it makes sense to start small. There are some huge walks in the St. Louis area, but I don't want to do this the first time with 50,000 other people. We're both looking forward to it and it should be nice if a little cool tomorrow morning.

My calories have been a little high all week, but closer than the week before. And I have exercised every day this week, which is also a step in the right direction. I feel like I'm wading in mud, but at least I'm wading the right direction.

It's disappointing that I only lost 3 pounds last month. I'd really like to do better in April, but I have to do the right things--

Post my foods and exercise
Eat within my calorie range
Exercise 45-60 minutes a day - lots of cardio! and yes, dancing!

So I'm starting April a little late, but I'm here and I'm hoping to make it a good one.

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MOB8/2009 4/3/2009 1:23PM

    It's hard to think about "calories" and "cardio" when someone you love is in failing health. And it DOES affect the whole family. I love that phrase you used...."slogging through mud, but at least I'm moving". GOOD FOR YOU! Exercise is one of the few things that I can do to totally lose myself for a bit. I just get on the elliptical, start working, and blank out everything. I've heard others say that they use a punching bag to take out all of their anger, worry and hurt. Makes sense. I used to do the same thing with bread dough!

It's going to be rough for a bit, but I'm glad to see that you are not allowing yourself to be completely swallowed up by the situation. Keep on track, even if that track wanders off a bit!

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Lining up for my kick in the butt!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Not enough exercise, eating not too good and way too much stress. Started with a dirty house and lots of relatives coming for dinner on Friday. Spent Thursday night cooking instead of doing my usual strength training to boost my gym activity. Friday was a "vacation" day spent cleaning house - no time for real cardio.

Friday night went well until, on the way out, my mother-in-law, who's been dealing with some numbness in one of her feet, fell and hit her head - hard. We called paramedics, who were very good with her and she decided not to go to the hospital (she did that earlier in the week when this started). Saturday we found out that the cause of the numbness is not the pinched nerve we were hoping for but a return of cancer - in her brain. That's a tough one. She had gone through a couple of years of chemo for lung cancer, but her CT scans had been normal for quite some time now. So of course, we were all hoping the good news would continue. My MIL is a strong, independent woman and at almost 87, an incredible role model for her health and activity until she got sick and her dignity and strength dealing with the cancer.

So Saturday was a tough day. We haven't told the kids yet; we're waiting to find out the prognosis and treatment plan. I was really tired and upset - worried both about MIL and my husband, who has health problems of his own and has taken this latest blow pretty hard. Sleep was difficult to come by Friday, so we were both pretty worn out all day Saturday. No exercise at all Saturday.

Sunday, I ate way more calories than I intended - over 700 at breakfast! Followed by french fries at lunch - Ow! But, I made myself get on the elliptical and spent half an hour there, then did a couple sparkpeople workouts - one on abs and another called the Butt-Blaster. It felt good to be active again.

I think I need a weekly weekend kick-in-the-butt! Is there a subscription program I can sign up for anywhere? Weekends are tough under the best circumstances, but when the stress level is up can become unmanageable. It is so frustrating to work hard all week and then erase my progress by a weekend of poor eating choices.

I don't want to start this cycle again. Accepting all suggestions (and kicks) offered!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 3/30/2009 9:48PM

  HEY... didn't you just give me a kick in the butt? Well... I am back on track now... you can do it too.. Maybe a friendly little competition? Let me know if you are interested...


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Exercising in the dark (clean)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Life has been interesting. To save money, my husband decided to disconnect our home phone and set up to have someone come out to make sure that we'd still have DSL-this was last Friday. The technician called and told him that he didn't need to come to the house, but it was all taken care of. It wasn't. We didn't have DSL all weekend and despite multiple calls to ATT, couldn't get anybody out until Monday.

Internet finally reconnected yesterday, just in time for our power to go out - high winds in St. Louis. This could have been a good excuse to skip yesterday's workout - too windy to walk outside (spring allergies, you know) and too dark/no fan/mp3 needs recharging-no tunes to workout indoors. However, I'm proud to report that I did work out on the elliptical for 45 minutes (new personal record) and did OK in the dark. I found some tunes (on my phone) and actually enjoyed the experience (OK, the fan would have been a nice touch). It was relatively dark, so rather than focusing on the timer and how many calories I burned (700!), I focused on the music and kept going because a song I really liked came on. And of course, by this time it was dark in the house and there wasn't anything else to do.

All in all a good night.


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