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New Gazelle Exercise Machine - Looking for Big Changes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My son came over this weekend and set up my Gazelle and everyone had to immediately try it. My grandkids were here and were on and off it for at least 3 hours each day.

My daughter and I are starting slow with big changes in mind. Both of us are looking to lose weight, tone up and get a lot stronger. What we love about the Gazelle is that it there is no impact on your joints (she had a knee injury) and totally quiet so you can enjoy tv or your favorite magazine.

The grandkids think it is a blast - they think it is the best exercise ever!

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MAMALISA1975 2/8/2014 7:34AM

    I've never heard of a gazelle exercise machine before, had to look it up to see what it was. It looks pretty interesting. My mother has serious issues with her knees and she might like something like this. Please keep us posted on how this works out for you. emoticon

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    I emoticon my gazelle! Enjoy yours!!!

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BOOKWERME 1/28/2014 6:35PM

    Good for you...and daughter. Wishing you success!

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KPETSCHE 1/28/2014 1:37AM

    Love my gazelle! Enjoy!

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Back Again and Trying Again - Never Give Up

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I didn't give up while I was gone, but I did just coast along. Made all the usual excuses, too busy, etc.

On the positive side, my daughter and I have joined Curves. I have been totally unsuccesful in getting her to do any exercise with me at home, she doesn't even like to go for a walk. (She has physical and mental challenges) But she LOVES ZUMBA - so finally some exercise that she really loves and wants to do! Wow - what a break through. I am thrilled to see her exercising and smiling at the same time!

I like doing the circuit, but find it a little monotonous. So if she is doing Zumba class at the same time I do the circuit, I try to get into the music as a distraction. But the machines definitely work some muscles that haven't been worked for a long time. And it is easy to start out with, moving along in difficulty as you progress. So it is a positive start for us, and we are signed up for a year so we will definitely be committed to that time period - for cost reasons if nothing else

My weight is up 4 lbs but I know that will change, so not focusing on the weight, more on the nutrition and exercise because I know those are areas where we need to make life-long changes.

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PEARL-LADY 2/28/2012 7:21AM

    Welcome back! I have been away too so catching up with everyone....glad you have found something you both can do...I have started exercise again and aqua once a week...so my friend step by step we will get there!

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/8/2012 5:45PM

    welcome back! Sparking is definately "for life" so we are all here for you when things are tough. If you have only gained 4lbs since your last blog you can be very proud!
It's good you are able to go to the gym with your daughter as long as it doesn't mean the coffee shop with cake to celebrate!
best wishes, Sandra

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2012 4:11PM

    That's great that you both are going. Zumba really sounds like fun too.

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    emoticon emoticon it's so good to see you back again. emoticon emoticon

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DEEDAYE 2/8/2012 1:03PM

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JUDYHELP 2/8/2012 12:07PM

  emoticon Have fun and enjoy the exercise with your daughter. You will be seeing results sooner than you think. ++++++++ vibes on your new journey exercising. You can do this both of you because you are worth it. emoticon Judy

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Broken Arm - Bummer Summer

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 9 - Carrying Snowball bouquet in one arm and 6 ft pruners in the other I fell face first over a strawberry jar I was planting to take to mom and a bucket full of blooms. I didnt even have time to register the fall, saw my arm come up in front of my face and then hit the ramp. It was the wheelchair ramp not concrete or I would have been knocked out or worse.

I laid there for a couple seconds and then thought I better figure out if I'm going to be able to get up or I might stiffen up and not get up. So I dragged myself inside and yelled for my daughter and she came to see what I wanted and got a littlw freaked out because blood was dripping down my legs and I was slumped in the chair holding my arm. She got me a cooler of ice water and I soaked the arm and tried to figure out if I wanted to go to the hospital. No, I thought not that much pain, maybe a sprain. Blood was just scraped knees and a totally purple big toe from tripping.

I did go to the dr next day and they saw a fracture in one of the wrist bones and told me I got lucky and told me to come back in a few days for a cast. I went back, new xrays show the large arm bone is fractured all the way across so now I'm in a cast up to the mid-arm above the elbow and typing with the left hand.

I've been going for walks but my garden dreams are over for this summer. I had made a big (25 containers) garden at the nursing home and had my hanging baskets and deck pots done but not my new beds or veg garden. Those of you who garden will understand how much I will miss playing in the dirt. The cast is coming off a few days before our beach trip in August - YAY! I am driving one handed and very warily but am finding I am more adaptable than I thought I would be even tho it really slows me down, is seriously annoying! But enuf whining - 7 weeks to go!

Next I get to treat myself to a mani - pedi -- I cant figure out how to do nails with my left hand.

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AMJSATURN 6/23/2011 7:10PM

    Rest up and get better soon. The vacation will be a welcome treat for you

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PANBOOKS 6/20/2011 10:29PM

    Sending good thoughts your way and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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BOOKWERME 6/20/2011 8:23PM

    You may not be able to do all you had planned garden-wise, but I wonder if, as you get used to using your left hand/arm, you won't find you can do more than you think now. You have in interesting challenge now. AND I would think, better your arm than your leg. Hope things mend fast. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/20/2011 4:43PM

    Ow! I am so sorry but also so glad it wasn't worse. It's going to be a rough 7 weeks especially with summer but your arm will be stronger than ever before. I never could understand why a bone that has been brokes is supposed to be stronger when it heals.

At least we have the promise that in paradise, we won't have any more broken bones etc. emoticon

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SUSIEGKORN 6/20/2011 10:57AM

    Sorry this happened to you but so happy that you are still at it Spark-wise! Typing with your left hand and taking walks, GOOD FOR YOU! Love how you are turning a negative into "adjusting" by treating yourself to a mani-pedi! And, the cast will be off in time for your beach trip ~ what a good attitude! I have a feeling you'll be discoing other things you enjoy this summer besides gardening with that attitude! Proud of you and sending hugs and well wishes!

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AJCHARTERS 6/20/2011 9:27AM

    Oh no. I'm sorry. emoticon

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MIMO11 6/20/2011 7:56AM

    Nasty break WDW!!!! Can you convince your daughter to do some of the digging, so you can just seed and weed? That might be workable left handed. I know how disturbing it is not to be able to get into your garden. Good luck to you.

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TREVUG 6/20/2011 1:31AM

    I posted a comment about how I knew what you were going through because I had an injury last year when I sprained (twice) my ankle. Ugh! Then I hit a wrong key and "poof" it disappeared. Any way... the convention was miserable and I almost had to take crutches. Couldn't go walking or biking. didn't even get my bike out. :(

I am really glad the cast will come off before your trip though. that will make the Summer better. Take care.

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JANLEH 6/20/2011 12:59AM

    Oh you poor thing! OUCH! Please take care of yourself.

So emoticon this happened to you! emoticon emoticon

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DJHS121655 6/20/2011 12:14AM

  i had a similar break last summer and also am a gardener i too was really upset but with me i use crutches due to a knee disability so i was stuck in a wheelchair all summer emoticon

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Back Injury - Back on Track Soon

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I overextended myself rototilling a couple weeks ago and my body made me pay for it. Have had a lot of back pain and constant headache ever since. Have gone to the chiropractor a couple times and am using heat packs to help loosen up the muscles between my shoulders.

I have heavy clay soil and it was so hard to till through it was bucking the tiller up and down and all around and my shoulders along with it. Of course, I couldn't make the wise choice and work it for just a few minutes - oh no, I don't remember that I am long past the age I was when I last used a tiller and have to go at it for at least an hour and follow that up with another hour of crawling around planting.

Well, live and learn. After some healing time, the other afternoon I used the tiller for about 15 mins and still had back spasms all night and for two days after. We are leaving for Vegas for a few days on Monday so I'm hoping the enforced "no tilling rule" and the hot tub and pool will finish up my healing period because the yard and garden are calling my name!

Definitely did not do well tracking on SP during this period but tried to eat wisely except for at least one day when I tried to drown my pain with food and figured out that was not going to work either!

Will be back in touch after we get back - happy spring and take it easy if you haven't been out in the garden/yard for a while - and you're on the wrong side of 60 like me! emoticon

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PEARL-LADY 5/23/2011 5:44AM

    Hi there, hope you had a great time in Vegas...and that the pain in your back is better?

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BOOKWERME 5/8/2011 10:16AM

    Hope all the back pain subsides...AND the headaches. No fun..and you sure don't need that stuff on vacation. Have fun. We look forward to hearing about your trip.

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SINGAGAIN 5/8/2011 3:09AM

    Aww, I'll be sending you love & healing prayers. Have fun in Vegas!! Love & hugs, Jodee

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Results First Week - 4 Hour Body Plan

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Down 4.2 lbs and am very grateful to be below my lowest previous weight since starting SP. emoticon

Am sick of beans but will continue on for a while. Don't plan to do long-term because it restricts you from eating fruits except on your treat day. And summer fruits will be coming soon!

But have re-discovered that for me low carbs are the piece of the puzzle that makes me lose weight. Have always known I am a carb-aholic and can see by trying this method that when I add fruits back into my diet will have to keep a close count on my carb counts.

If you've been stuck on a plateau for a while and want to try something else to see if you can get your body ticking again, I'd recommend giving it a try. My previous blog gives an outline of the plan.

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KADEJAH 4/18/2011 7:39AM

    Congrats on weight loss, but it does sound restrictive. The end of Feb. I joined WW and have been averaging a lb a week. I LOVE the point system, which allows me to basically eat whatever, but I get more food eating balanced. After you come off of the 4 hour diet give WW a shot, you can go for a week free to see if it's for you, keep up the good work SIS

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JANLEH 4/17/2011 1:59PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I definitely need to make sure I get enough protein every day - that is always a struggle for me. I, too, am a carb-o-holic.

Keep us posted! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 4/17/2011 12:18PM

    well done, is it "Blazing Saddles" in your house?

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AWESOMEANI 4/17/2011 8:27AM

    I know what you mean about summer fruit. Yum!

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VELVETKAT 4/17/2011 7:44AM

    Glad to hear it's going well for you!! Keep up the good work!

Kat emoticon

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TREVUG 4/16/2011 9:36PM

    Very happy for you.

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SINGAGAIN 4/16/2011 7:26PM

    Woo Hoo, good for you! I'm glad the puzzle pieces are coming together for you. Will you join me in that wonderful song from Paint your Wagon.... "Hand me down that can of beans... "

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    That's great that you are seeing good results with your new diet! It doesn't sound like something I could do, but I'm glad its working for you! emoticon emoticon

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PEARL-LADY 4/16/2011 5:36PM

    well done!

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DARKANGEL062 4/16/2011 2:45PM

    GREAT JOB ON YOUR 4.2 LBS. emoticon

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