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Giving My Work-Out Routine a Face Lift!

Friday, February 10, 2012

This week I decided I needed to make some changes to my winter time, indoor walking routine.
I love walking with Leslie Sansone and use her DVD's faithfully each week.
But I seemed to use the same 2 or 3 week after week and I was 'just going through the motions' some days. So this week I discovered three samples on Leslie's website:
The first one is a "Beginner One Mile 15 Minute Express Walk" - which is really fun as it's Leslie with a group of her walking instructors. The second one is a "Get up from your desk and walk for 3 minutes" walk. The final one is a "Five minute, 500 step advanced walk."
23 Full Minutes of Fun Walking!

I also pulled out an older DVD of Leslie's and have used that the last couple of days too. It's her "5 Day Slim Down." It has a great Warm-Up (5 Minutes) and super Cool-Down (9 minutes) that stretches every muscle. I did the "Classic Walk" with the Warm-Up and Cool-Down today for 28 minutes and I feel so good in just that little bit of time. It has me feeling refreshed and stretched...ready to go to work at the library where I do alot of standing, stretching and reaching. So a good warm-up for work this afternoon, too.

Have a great weekend, SparkFriends. If you haven't checked Leslie's DVD's out yet, stop by her website and see and try the samples there.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/12/2012 12:47AM

    Good for you! We got to keep our workouts interesting and change them all the time! I love to exercise now more and more each day-makes me happy! After about 20 minutes I can feel that high you get-it is great!! Love to feel fit and my body getting leaner! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/11/2012 2:17PM

    Love, love, love Leslie's DVD's - but you already knew that.

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SMARGED 2/11/2012 12:05AM

    Thanks, Maria, for sharing. I do want to try her DVDs again, but I think I'm not ready yet - still having a lot of pain in my knees - especially the left one. Maybe after I lose some more weight, it will be better. I still do lower body strength exercises, hoping to strengthen my leg muscles so that there will be less strain on the knees. And I use my MBT shoes all the time. Thinking about it, maybe I could start with the short ones.... and see how it goes.

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ROSEWCI 2/10/2012 9:14PM

    emoticon Thanks Maria!!!

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MEADSBAY 2/10/2012 6:38PM

I've never even seen one-
wondered why she is so popular here.
I will def. be trying out these free samples.


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THINRONNA 2/10/2012 2:08PM

    I am bookmarking the page. Thank you so much for the link! I am glad that you found a way to change things up. I think I will try this in the morning tomorrow. emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 2/10/2012 12:50PM

    Thanks Maria! I'm still struggling a bit with regaining my momentum. Your positive attitude and reinforcement are very encouraging! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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What Leslie Sansone DVD's do I Use?

Monday, January 23, 2012

What Leslie Sansone DVD’s do I use?

Recently, I had a Spark Friend (NPDSLEUTH) ask what Leslie Sansone DVD’s do I have and like to use.

So I thought I would write a blog about that today.

The first one I ever bought was a VHS tape titled: “Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone.”

It was done in 2001 and included two blue inflatable rubber balls that you filled with water. It was a 1 Mile Walk and I still use it from time to time. Yes, I still have the blue balls filled with water and have them close to my work out area.

Another set I purchased from Home Shopping Network ~ QVC . These were part of Leslie’s “Walk Slim” program. They include:
Walk Slim – Fast Start! 1 & 2 Mile Walk. 3 Fast Miles.
Walk Slim – Fast Firming! A Total Body workout to FIRM and SLIM your arms, legs and flatten your tummy!
Walk Slim – 4 Fast Miles!
Walk Slim – Fast & Firm! 4 Really “BIG” Miles!

In January 2011, I purchased a new set of Leslie’s DVD’s from QVC and really love these.
They included soft 2 pound hand weights. And have really helped with firming my arms.
These are from her “Total Body Slimming System.”
Burn Body Fat & Sculpt Your Arms: 1 Mile ~ 2 Mile ~ 3 Mile. For a total of 6 Miles!
It also included; “Power Walk with Friends.” This is my current ‘go to, favorite’ DVD. It’s 30 minutes long, it uses the soft hand weights for part of the work out and it’s FUN! I just finished it before I sat down to write this blog. Love It!!! I do add a pair of 1 Pound Weights that I purchased separately so that sometimes I work out with 3 Pound Hand Weights – like Leslie does in some of these DVD’s.

In December 2010, I got “5 Mile Fat Burning Walk.”
I love this one too. It has a Mile Maker that Let's You Choose:
1 Mile
2 Mile
3 Mile
4 Mile
5 Mile
It too is fast paced and FUN!

I also have “5 Day Slim Down.” A Mile Each Morning.
Day 1: Classic Walk
Day 2: Sculpt Your Arms
Day 3: Slim Your Legs
Day 4: Trim Your Tummy
Day 5: Speed Walk
It also includes a “Super Breakfast Meal Plan to Kick Start Your Metabolism in the Morning.”

A DVD that a purchased recently, but have only started using is: “Walk Slim 5 REALLY BIG MILES.”
Where you choose a 1,2,3,4 or 5 mile INVIGORATING WALK. It includes a Toning Band.

I also enjoy Leslie’s DVD titled” “A Closer 2 Mile Walk.” It’s from her “Walk By Faith Series.”
It’s a very enjoyable way “to complete this connection of mind, body and spirit.”

Two DVD’s that I always have on top of my “Leslie pile” are ones that she produced in cooperation with the American Heart Association. They are “Leslie Sansone START WALKING At Home ~ 1 & 2 Mile Walk. Which is for Beginner/Intermediate. It has One 20 minute Gentle Walk & One 30 Minute Brisk Walk. Love those!!!
The other one is s 3 Mile Fast-Paced Walk that includes a Bonus of 5 Mini Workouts. I use these often to get a good workout that is fast and enjoyable. I always feel so good after I do them!

My younger sister started using Leslie’s DVD’s last winter when she couldn’t run due to an injury. She said that she has never toned up and lost as much from her waist and inner legs as she had when using Leslies’ DVD’s. I know I have thinner thighs at the weight I am right now than I have in the past when I weighed this amount. So I have to give the credit to doing these DVD’s regularly. They also have “excuse-proofed” my reason for not exercising in the winter: “I live in Minnesota and it’s too cold; too icy; etc. to go out and walk.” Not any more. For the past 2 winters I have been a faithful Leslie follower and it has helped me lose weight and now, maintain my weight.

I keep hearing it said that if you find an activity that you enjoy, you will ‘stick with it’. And sticking with it is key for me. I love to walk – outdoors…but when I can’t – I can walk with Leslie!

Have a great week and take a walk if you can!
~ Maria

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SHANAN824 2/26/2012 4:42PM

  Thank you for the information about Leslie's videos. I am brand new to her program so it is very helpful to find out what she offers and what has worked for others.

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    I only have two. Thankfully a friend loaned me some of hers so I could see which ones I wanted.

I have "The Ultimate Collection" which has a 1,2, 3 and 4 mile walk.

And I have "Five Fat Burning Miles" - this has 5 miles broken down into 1 mile segments so you can do as many or as few as you wish. It has two minutes of boosted walking (jogging) in each mile so you get a 12 minute mile.

I mix and match these to mix it up so my body doesn't get accustomed to one.

I love Walk at Home. Have you taken any of her monthly challenges? I just finished the December challenge and the January challenge. I haven't seen one come out yet for February, so I made out my own schedule and am using it for my challenge.

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THINRONNA 1/31/2012 5:18AM

    Thank you for writing a blog on the Leslie Sampson DVD's! You make me think I should check them out...I wonder if I can get them through Amazon.UK...hmmmmm.....

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1BEACHWALKER 1/28/2012 11:44PM

    I would love to use these, but for the bad knees. But, you know trying the new Coach Nicole's Bootcamp DVD- I was able to do 22 mintues of walking in place and really didn't have any problems. So maybe all the walking outside has helped me to be able to do this type of exercise now!!
Good for you! You really are a Leslie S. Fan! emoticonYou sure have come a long way! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/27/2012 7:14AM

    emoticon I, too, LOVE Leslie! And have many of the same videos! My go to DVD is the Five Mile Fat Burning Walk & I take it out on the road w/me when ever we travel...just in case I don't have access to gym equipment or the weather is bad!

Keep up the GREAT work Maria! I think of you often & am sending you some Florida sunshine to warm your days til spring arrives! Love you!!!

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NPDSLEUTH 1/24/2012 10:37PM

    Great blog girlfriend! Betty mentioned you answered here. Thanks so much for sharing.

As you know, you got me hooked on Leslie and I can't thank you enough! I wrote about it some today on our groups' chat.

that is so interesting about her 2 pound hand weights in the one DVD set. I didn't know she had a set like that. Believe it or not, to make the walks more challenging I began using 2 pound weights about a month ago. Really works great.

Thanks so much again, girlfriend! xxxxx

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SMARGED 1/23/2012 5:45PM

    Hi, Maria! Thanks for sharing. I have about 4 of Leslie's DVD's, but when I bought them about two years ago, I only used them for a short while, because my knees hurt too much. But your blog makes me want to try them again. Maybe now that I've lost some weight, and I think my legs are a lot stronger due to the strength exercises, I would be better able to do them.

I'm in Florida now at my sister's... I think when I go home, I will try again.

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-KATHERINE- 1/23/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thankyou for sharing! I love that you and your sister have smaller thighs now with that Leslie's walking, that's encouraging me to get out my dvd of her and start it. emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 1/23/2012 1:48PM

    Thanks for sharing all this info Maria!

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Recipe for a Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

This was posted in my church's weekly bulletin.

I wanted to share it with all of you.

Recipe for a Happy New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

May the New Year be one full of good health and much happiness for each of you!
~ Maria

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SMILEYBEE 1/12/2012 11:58AM

    Somehow I missed this earlier Maria. Glad I came across it ... I love this message! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/12/2012 6:55AM

    I call this a recipes for success! Happy New Year Maria!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/9/2012 2:50PM

    That is awesome-great advice! Thanks for sharing! Let's make this one of those! emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/8/2012 12:01AM

    Sounds like a great recipe for a year filled with JOY!

Thanks for sharing Maria.


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    Good stuff!

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THINRONNA 1/4/2012 5:17PM

    What a wonderful recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I hope that you and your family have a very Happy New Year!

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NPDSLEUTH 1/4/2012 10:57AM

    Nice -- thanks so much for posting this. Happy New Year! xx

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SMARGED 1/3/2012 9:31PM

    Thanks for sharing this, Maria. Lots of food for thought!

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-KATHERINE- 1/3/2012 5:08PM

    Love this!!! That is a great recipe, thankyou for sharing, I need to follow this! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/3/2012 4:51PM

    That was very sweet.
Best wishes to you, too, Maria!

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SEATTLE58 1/3/2012 1:55PM

    So nice and sweet! Thanks and we hope you have a wonderful 2012!!

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Believe It to Achieve It!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I just got the January, 2012 issue of Fitness magazine and saw the compact article titled "Believe It to Achieve It."

What it said is: keep up your can-do attitude for three weeks and it may be enough to snap your motivation into autopilot.

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign "found that among former couch potatoes who consistently worked out three times a week, those who scored high on a scale of confidence in their capabilities on day 21 stuck to their new regimen for the rest of the year."

"Planning when, where and how you're going to exercise eventually causes a shift in behavior to where exercising becomes more automatic," says lead study author Edward McAuley, Ph.D. - professor of psychology.

Or other things I hear myself saying are:

"Fake It Till I Make It!" And "Act as If."

"Believe It to Achieve It!"

You Can DO IT!

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ROSEWCI 1/3/2012 6:09AM

    I'm a big fan of "fake it till ya make it!" Happy New Year Maria!!! May all your wishes come true in 2012!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/24/2011 11:08AM

    Good stuff.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/22/2011 12:45AM

    I believe that wholeheartedly! That is why I make sure I get out and walk at least 3x a week-even if I have to hobble! I know it makes me feel good and It keeps me motivated to achieve my goals-to keep going! Some weeks I have to fake it or act like it, but so far so good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPDSLEUTH 12/21/2011 10:11PM

    Isn't that so true? What a great reminder. Some of you might know that one of the "Biggest Loser" winners (!) wrote a book called "Believe it, Be it."

Say Amen somebody!!!

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SMILEYBEE 12/21/2011 3:28PM

    I believe this, now I just need to start acting on what I believe! ;)

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IMADOTCOMDIVA 12/21/2011 11:24AM

    Very good points! I was looking over you spark page. You and I appear to have a lot in common, in fact you even look like my sister!

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MEADSBAY 12/20/2011 10:32PM

    I really and truly believe this!

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SMARGED 12/20/2011 3:49PM

    I believe that's true - I was doing fine for over a year with exercise almost daily. Then I stopped when I got so busy around the second week on November, and now that turned into a habit, and I haven't exercised in almost a month and a half!! I really need to start again - every day I promise myself I will - but I just can't seem to get started again. Maybe tomorrow....

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GRACEISENUF 12/20/2011 1:29PM

    I believe and I am stretching my FAITH to the finish line!


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RECIPE: Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I just made an interesting recipe for dinner this evening.

It's a brunch recipe from Cooking Light called: Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits.

What I really liked about the recipe was the way the eggs were prepared.

I have to wonder why I didn't know about this technique before.

Here's a short-cut way to prepare poached eggs, perfectly, I might add - just like short-order cooks do in diners - it said.

From the recipe Preparation Instructions:

"To prepare eggs, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Break 2 eggs in the pan; cook 1 minute or until the whites are set. Add 1/4 cup ice cubes to the pan; cover and cook for 2 minutes or until eggs are done. Remove from the pan..."

These were perfectly shaped, perfectly cooked poached eggs. And so easy!

From now on this will be my 'go to' method of poaching eggs.

And they only took 3 minutes!

The recipe was very good, too. I used quick cooking grits ~ so the meal was ready in UNDER 10 minutes.

(My husband added a left-over pork chop to his plate. I had V-8 juice and will add a fruit as a snack before I go to bed to create a balanced plate. I had mega veggies with my lunch today.)

Nutrition Information ~ A serving contains:
Calories: 184
Fat: 7 grams
Protein: 9.8 grams
Carbohydrates: 20.3 grams
Fiber: 0.6 grams

Here's the link to the recipe:

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SMARGED 12/3/2011 11:53PM

    Hi, Maria. I just saw your blog and this recipe looks great. I copied it and will try it soon!

Thanks for sharing!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/3/2011 4:30PM

    Ice cubes! Wow-interesting. I will tell Bob about this and try it out! He is really picky about his eggs too! And he loves grits! emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 12/3/2011 4:16PM

    Who would have thought? ice cubes!

thanks for sharing

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SMILEYBEE 12/1/2011 7:20PM

    Thanks for the tip Maria! Another winner! emoticon

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FREELADY 12/1/2011 6:52AM

    Wow! I love learning new ways to do things. Thanks!

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MEADSBAY 11/30/2011 9:20PM

    Can't wait to try this- sounds so strange!
(will skip the grits entirely)

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    Be careful adding ice cubes to a hot pan- over time, this could warp the metal. Use a pan that you don't mind eventually tossing!

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