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Reflections of the way life was

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Someone else's blog entry inspired me to write this. The person posted pics of their Christmas tree. It reminded me of the fact that my Mom bought me a new tree this year. It reminded me how much this new tree was gonna mean to me. There have been a lot of new starts this year. My old Christmas tree was in my basement, my basement was in my house, my house is in Cedar Rapids, IA, in June 2008 my city, my house, my basement, and my tree were flooded. Not by a little flood, but by the mother of all floods, Iowa's Katrina. The basement was filled destroying all Christmas ornaments, decorations, momentos, and the tree. The first floor was filled to just shy of 5 feet of nasty, stinky, muddy, water, sewage, chemicals, who knows what was in that water. I returned to my house a week after evacuating to the most awful mess. Everything that I had bought just 2 years prior destroyed, tossed around like it was in a washing machine. There was no Christmas last year I was paying a mortgage and rent and paying utilities and miscellaneous bills on both. One survivor of the flood a lone string of lights that was on a top shelf in a kitchen cabinet served as the lights strung around my dismantled staircase those lights and the snow outside the only reminder that Christmas was coming

It has been a long sad journey of me, my dad, and my uncles fixing this place up. In April of this year I moved back in to a mostly done house many things still left undone, those things left undone until September. Left undone so long because on May 4th, 2009 there was another major change, a long awaited phone call from the Mayo Clinic. At 3 am on May 5th my Mom's heart transplant was completed and the next 4 months of recovery meant my house was left in a partially done state whiled Dad stayed with Mom in Rochester. I had moved in just in time and had enough done to get by until then. It was a pain using the bathroom sink as the only sink but I made it through. A week ago we finished up siding the outside, trim work is left to be done, the carpet on the stairs will have to wait until I have more money, and there are a few other odds and ends, but I will be home this Christmas and I'll have my new tree compliments of my Mom who might not be here if it weren't for some great soul who checked yes on their donor card. The tree will only have the prelit lights on it, ornaments will have to wait. the only one on it will be one I dug out of a mud filled box and painstakingly cleaned "Baby's First Christmas 1980"

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MARIPOSA68 11/25/2009 6:23AM

    Your strength and attitude are inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/25/2009 4:54AM

    well you have alot to be thankful for and alot to be proud.also your tree doesn´t have to be bare of ornaments you can always make your own there are lots of cheap craft ideas around to make it more festive.you can to christmas cookies and put them on a string to add on to the tree.just cut out christmas shapes with the cookie dough.trees,stars,angels etc.and decorate.everytime you need an egg instead of cracking try blowing the egg out and then decorate with glitter,silver foil etc,with a christmas scene.who said eggs are just for easter.our favorite chochlate decoration on the tree as kids was quality sweets.we used to sit together in the evenings with needle and thread threading the quality sweets to hang on the tree.it was cheaper then the chocholate brought novelties and to me tasted better.you can get a cheaper version of the sweets as long as they have brightly covered sweet papers.for house decorations can twigs of holly or pine collected from outside.pine cones,conkers.do nice fruit decorations.put some cloves in an have as a room decoration or tie red ribbon round it and hang on the tree.stringing plain popcorn on a string and put on tress outside for the birds if you have trees will also make the outside of your house more festive.either way enjoy christmas either with or without decorations as it is not about the decorations but about the love,peace,joy of live ,people surroundings etc.all the best.karen

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P90X Day 59 Cayenne Pepper

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Since I didn't do plyometrics yesterday and my achilles was feeling better I did both plyometrics and Shoulders Arms. Wow my strength has increased since the first workout. The first one I used 5s its all I had then I moved to 15s for weeks 2 and 3 now I am using 25s. Grr I'm getting way buff again. It feels great. Seeing the scale move this week also was a big boost. I actually think part of it is my obsession with cayenne pepper lately. I've been downing it like crazy without realizing all the health benefits. From lowering blood pressure to cleaning the colon, and of course a little metabolism booth either way I am feeling great!

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HEZLIZZIE 11/24/2009 5:37PM



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FIT911CHICK 11/24/2009 5:35PM

    Great job! That's awesome! emoticon

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Reflections on P90x Thus far

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Starting weight 300 (yes that is not a typo)
Current weight 275
Inches lost so far waist 5, hips 2, neck .25, bicep .25, belly pooch 3
energy level super increase even doing a lot of additional fitness and work around the house.
confidence huge increase in my confidence
Nutrition seeing major improvements going to really focus on this area in round 2.
Wish I had taken day one pics because I am seeing huge changes I have the beginning of abs.
the biggest thing with p90x it has given me structure with a variety of workouts that I actually enjoy. That is a huge key to my success it is easier to push play when I am unmotivated because I know that once i get going I will feel so much better.
I have seen huge increases in strength with the number of push ups etc. In the first 2 weeks I was doing most of my push ups on my knees now I will do 20 regular before I even go to my knees.
the intangibles the confidence and energy are the greatest accomplishment so far I've needed the confidence with going through a break up in the middle and I really love the energy I do other exercises I get stuff done around the house I run circles around people now when it comes to getting things done, I'm not totally exhausted every day after work and I don't have any trouble staying awake at work (night shifter).

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TESSA321 12/4/2009 3:12PM

    Keep it up! Mountain911 has helped me also see that i can tackle this challenge the same way you are. Thank you for your blog!

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FIT911CHICK 11/24/2009 1:00AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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P90X Day 58

Monday, November 23, 2009

My achilles has still been a little tweaky and my energy for dealing with it was low today so I rode my bike instead. Had an interesting encounter with the ex yesterday. We went to watch some football one he couldn't help but notice how good I'm looking--ha! But then he wanted to be all touchy and flirty grr. So I made him take me home and told him how sucky it was that I was in love with him and its not easy for me to be just pals, but it seems pretty easy for him (although not so much since all he wanted to do was be touchy and flirty). I've moved on but the feelings still pop up especially when someone is being all touchy flirty like that. I was strong couldn't have done that before I got my sense of self back. Working out has given me that sense of self back. The best news is while I came home and ate something it was just dinner no massive emotional pig out session. The even better news I lost 3 pounds 7 more till my Turkey day goal of 10 who knows I might make it.

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THEQUEENBEE333 11/23/2009 8:23PM

    Way to go!

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MISSIFELTNER 11/23/2009 4:49PM

    Good for you. Old feelings are hard to resist even when you know you should. Really interested in the P90X and how it is working for you! Keep it up!

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P90X Day 57 A lot more energy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Started the day by raking leaves for 2 hours which is a nice little calorie burn. I haven't had the energy for yardwork since I've moved in this house (3 years) Now that I have been doing p90x I have tons of energy (most days) and I feel like it is no big deal to do this kind of stuff. I am finally getting healthy. I like this feeling I like not feeling lazy. I like my energy level feeling high for once I was so tired of being the low energy person who couldn't rake their leaves. I went for a 3.5 mile walk after raking and it is now time for Chest/Back & ARX. I may also go for a short jog after doing the p90x workout. Made the most awesome meal today it was veggies and chicken with a spicy peanut butter sauce mmm...loaded with protein which these hardworking muscles need and a reminder that i'm still an awesome cook. To make my day seem even better my lousy Detroit Lions pulled off the victory of the year today!

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HEZLIZZIE 11/23/2009 2:53PM

    Awesome news all around! I'm loving having more energy to keep goinggoinggoing every day, too. The feeling that whatever gets thrown at me, I'll be able to handle it. Very empowering!

Keep it up, P90X buddy :D

p.s. Today's my day 60, so it's time for another round of progress pics. Are you planning on taking day 60 pics, too?

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KIRSTY1306 11/22/2009 5:55PM

    It is so great to hear that you are finally getting your energy back , you seem to have gone from one extreme to another which is FAB. Well done! That dinner you made sounds delicious! Yummy !
Kirb xx

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NIKKIWOOD 11/22/2009 5:50PM


I'm on like day 36 or so and I too have noticed a huge increase in energy.. It's great

Congats on the win! I'm Pats all the way!!

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