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  • 3/28/15 - Bedtime

    3/29/2015 12:02:52 AM, by GORDON66

    The manufacturer of my car is extending the warranty of the tail light assembly. Since I've already had to replace both of them, it means I am going to be reimbursed for about $900. 244 The new TRX instructor helps me get me feet into the straps. I so appreciates that she does that for me. ... Read more

  • 3/27/15 - Bedtime

    3/28/2015 12:00:34 AM, by GORDON66

    When I went to the gym, I wore my hoodie under my jacket. I was glad to have it. When I stopped at Jewel, I didn't bother getting a cart, so I ended up dragging a large bag of kitty litter around the store. If I can do goblet squats holding a 15 pound dumbbell, carrying a 20 pound bag of litt... Read more

  • 3/26/15 - Bedtime

    3/26/2015 10:43:12 PM, by GORDON66

    This evening I was sweating from practically the time I walked into the gym and up until the point I walked out. I was glad to get into my car and drive home. Right now I'm certifiably pooped. I wore my favorite sweater to work today. It's very becoming. I passed on the latest issue of ... Read more

  • Dieting turned me into a binge eater

    3/26/2015 10:25:58 AM, by GORDON66

    At some point in my life, I may have viewed food as something to satisfy hunger, but I can't be certain. I was a chubby baby who became an overweight child. Through forced dieting and food restriction, I blossomed into an obese teenager and have never looked back. When my mother was pregnant ... Read more

  • Change how I look at food

    3/26/2015 8:47:16 AM, by VICKI27655

    Just got back from a short out of town trip. Ate and drank more than I should have.....but not anywhere near what I used to eat. I did get my 10,000 steps the first day and half of that the next, even with spending a long time in the car. Now I'm not feeling well- I think I'm getting a cold. I t... Read more

  • 3/25/15 - Bedtime

    3/25/2015 10:34:34 PM, by GORDON66

    After reading about Bruce Almighty (the abused kitty), I'm so happy that my cats are well fed, healthy, and protected. It was a quiet day at the office, and that was a relief. I'm thankful for spell check, because spelling correctly is a real challenge for me. Sweet dreams everyone!!... Read more

  • Being proud of what you CAN do

    3/25/2015 10:15:58 AM, by GORDON66

    "Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do." It's not surprising that John Wooden said that. As a college basketball coach, he put together many championship teams at UCLA. Not all his players were equally gifted, but each athlete brought something special to the hardwoo... Read more

  • 3/24/15 - Bedtime

    3/24/2015 11:03:49 PM, by GORDON66

    I completed two ninety-pound dead lifts. 244 My evening plans were changed several times, and I'm pleased to report that I didn't have a melt down. I'm getting so much better at just going with the flow. I managed to get through a lot of paperwork at work, and now my desk is a happy litt... Read more

  • Day 9- FEELING AWESOME!!!!

    3/24/2015 8:45:06 AM, by ANIKA34

    Today begins Day 9 of my 60 day journey to a healthier lifestyle! I am feeling AWESOME! I am so proud of myself for sticking with the plan so far, and not once have I wanted to cheat! I am loving the structure of the plan, and the programs Facebook Page where I am supported and encouraged by others ... Read more

  • 3/23/15 - Bedtime

    3/23/2015 10:34:20 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm glad my brother figured out what was wrong with my snowblower, because I needed it to clear the very heavy snow. There was enough gas in the snowblower, so I could do my neighbor's walk. He's helped me out a number of times, so it was nice to give back. I was happy to sit back in the ... Read more

  • 3/22/15 - Bedtime

    3/22/2015 10:44:17 PM, by GORDON66

    I took a strength class at the Park District this morning and was very, very glad when it was over. Whew! Although I drove home in snow flurries, I stopped at Ace Hardware and bought some yard waste bags and more vegetable seeds. Whenever the weather gets warm enough, I'm ready for cleaning, ... Read more

  • 3/21/15 - Bedtime

    3/21/2015 11:55:08 PM, by GORDON66

    We have a new TRX instructor, and she is very spunky. When I woke up from my nap, I found EJ sleeping on my stomach. I had a wonderful time at Phil's going away party. We had pitchers of Blue Moon beer! Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • 3/19/15 - Bedtime

    3/19/2015 11:10:27 PM, by GORDON66

    I completed a set of 80 pound dead lifts. One of the other trainers complimented me on a one-minute plank. It's Phil's last day at the gym, and I had a nice chat with him. I'm really going to miss him, because he is such a quality young man. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie ... Read more

  • Day 4 and I am feeling AMAZING!!! Finally proud of myself!

    3/19/2015 11:31:12 AM, by ANIKA34

    Today is Day #4 on my journey! So far the cleanse hasn't been bad at all. I have had a couple mornings where I woke up with a slight headache due to not having my coffee, and have given up pop 292 days ago! I have 1 more day of cleanse and then Saturday I move on to my next 55 days! This morni... Read more

  • 3/18/15 - Bedtime

    3/18/2015 10:20:16 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm so glad to have gotten through the stack of paperwork that has been littering my table. As I'm writing this blog, my little Sami girl is sitting in my lap kneading my leg with her paws. I think she likes me. 239 I'm also thinking she would prefer being an only kitty. EJ would not agree wi... Read more

  • 3/17/15 - Bedtime

    3/17/2015 11:08:02 PM, by GORDON66

    Found something sorta green and wore it to work today. 440 The good new is that my Time magazine finally arrived. 244 The bad news is that one of the Post Office's machines took a sizable chunk out of it. At least they apologized. I thought that was very polite. Went to Walgreens and go... Read more

  • Day 2 on my JOURNEY!

    3/17/2015 10:18:45 AM, by ANIKA34

    Today is Day #2 on my journey to the NEW, IMPROVED & HEALTHY ME!!! So far so good! I stayed completely on track yesterday with my eating, and I drank 112 oz of water! The first 5 days of this journey is a Cleanse, the next 55 days I will be following a meal plan, and bumping up my exercise! O... Read more

  • 3/16/15 - Bedtime

    3/16/2015 10:19:35 PM, by GORDON66

    The temperatures were close to 70! 244 When I got home from work, I was able to spend time in the yard and pulled crab grass away from the hostas. As of yet, the hostas haven't started peeking out of the ground, but the crap grass is already making an appearance. While I was weeding, it ... Read more

  • 3/15/15 - Bedtime

    3/15/2015 10:19:19 PM, by GORDON66

    It was nice enough for me to rake leaves and start my spring clean up. I bought seeds for my vegetable garden! I have decided that berating myself is getting me no where, so the only thing that makes sense is forgiveness. Sweet dreams everyone!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • 3/14/15 - Bedtime

    3/14/2015 11:52:42 PM, by GORDON66

    In the push up position using the TRX, I completed 2 sets of 8 reps of planks to pikes. I had a lovely dinner with some of my favorite people. After going at it for most of the day, I'm delighted that my kitties are curled up together on my bed. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie ... Read more

  • 3/13/15 - Bedtime

    3/13/2015 11:51:01 PM, by GORDON66

    I enjoyed today's warmer weather. While on the treadmill, I got to watch the Cubs playing in AZ. They won!! I went to the grocery store after working out and filled my cart full of fruits and vegetables. I even bought an orange, and it was really good! Sweet dreams everyone!!! ... Read more

  • 3/12/15 - Bedtime

    3/12/2015 10:23:43 PM, by GORDON66

    Completed 3 sets of 105 pound leg presses. As I type, I'm checking out my ankles, and they are not swollen (or in horse speak, they're not stocked up). This makes me so happy, because my body has figured out that I'm moving around and eating appropriately. Funny how that works. I like av... Read more

  • Celebrate your body

    3/12/2015 10:07:39 AM, by GORDON66

    "Embrace and love your body. It is the most amazing thing you will ever own." Our bodies are ingenious creations; both unique and complex. The facts-of-life factor makes the whole process of creating life just a little mysterious. That statement is coming from a woman who experienced birth b... Read more

  • 3/11/15 - Bedtime

    3/11/2015 10:29:41 PM, by GORDON66

    When I got home, I was able to take a walk outside, and it was terrific!!! I haven't been able to say that for months. With Daylight Savings Time, I'm back to watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan. I'm finally getting my mojo back, and I'm relieved. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Le... Read more

  • Monday will be the beginning of a 60 day journey!

    3/11/2015 10:23:51 AM, by ANIKA34

    Starting Monday, March 16th I will begin a 60 day journey to a better and healthier ME! I know it will take longer than 60 days, but the program I am starting focuses on 60 days! I will be starting the Saba 60 program! The first 5 days will be a cleanse, and then the next 55 days I will be following... Read more

  • Compliments

    3/11/2015 9:59:27 AM, by GORDON66

    "One compliment can affect a whole lifetime. Be bold and speak life-giving words." As a kid, I didn't get many compliments. In general, my parents were always stingy with praise, so I was not practiced at accepting it. I still am wary of compliments, because they can often be patronizing. I... Read more

  • 3/10/15 - Bedtime

    3/10/2015 10:42:25 PM, by GORDON66

    Held a wall sit for 5 1/2 minutes!!!! I have quads of steel. 20 I found out it's Trainer Nick's birthday today and told everyone. He's 26. I've got a pair of shoes older than that. When I got home from the gym, I used a foam roller to stretch my back and shoulders. It felt wonderful. ... Read more

  • Cautious optimism

    3/10/2015 10:13:40 AM, by GORDON66

    "Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction." Given a choice, I think I would rather go to bed with George Clooney. 211 In the past, I was dismissive of motivational/inspirational/wha
    tever quotes, because I would see them only in terms of issues with my weight. When it came t... Read more

  • Back on Track!

    3/10/2015 9:36:00 AM, by VICKI27655

    Exercise and tracking.......plan...plan...p
    lan.... Read more

  • 3/8/15 - Bedtime

    3/8/2015 10:59:23 PM, by GORDON66

    Spring is on the way. I can just feel it. This Sunday I took another nap, and it felt great. I checked my work email, and an issue that has been really bothering me has been resolved. I no longer dread going into work tomorrow. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • If you have a moment, I could use a little encouragement.

    3/8/2015 10:55:41 PM, by GORDON66

    I don't often ask for help in any area of my live. If it gets done, it's because I did it; if it doesn't get done, it's because I didn't do it. That approach doesn't get my windows washed, but at least I own it. Although I don't handle my lifestyle changes exactly the same way, I tend not to be v... Read more

  • 3/7/15 - Bedtime

    3/7/2015 11:17:49 PM, by GORDON66

    I ordered my very own TRX straps and finally got around to opening the box. I was pleased to discover it included a door mount. Now I have to figure out what door I can use. It was in the mid-forties today, and the snow is melting! 244 I read another horrific story about how women are t... Read more

  • 3/6/15 - Bedtime

    3/6/2015 11:52:55 PM, by GORDON66

    Completed a set of 70-pounds dead lifts. I did another 5-minute wall sit. I could have gone longer but Nick was getting bored. Oh joy!!! Oh joy!!! The snow is beginning to melt!!! Sweet dreams everyone!!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • On being strong

    3/6/2015 10:17:55 AM, by GORDON66

    If I was a horse, it would be said that I have "a lot of bone". On my father's side, I come from good German stock. If his family hadn't emigrated from Germany in the late 1800s, I would have been destined to be a peasant working the fields from dawn until dusk. I am sturdily built with large han... Read more

  • Scars

    3/6/2015 8:58:26 AM, by GORDON66

    "Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you." Unknown Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • 3/5/15 - Bedtime

    3/5/2015 11:01:24 PM, by GORDON66

    Trainer Nick told me that I'm stronger than the average woman that is my age. Chatted with Peter, the cashier, at Mariano's, and he told me that the chicken dumpling soup is his favorite. I'll have to check out his recommendation. At the very end of my strength training session, I was ab... Read more

  • 3/4/15 - Bedtime

    3/4/2015 10:24:24 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I'm reading books on my commute to and from work, I've been checking out my bookcase and pulled out "The Adventures of Augie March". I know I bought the book used, but it made me laugh to see a cover price of $.99. I was thankful to discover that solar heat has dried most of the ice of... Read more

  • Don't give up! It's not over.

    3/4/2015 1:49:53 PM, by CHRISBEM

    Don't give up! It's not over. The universe is balanced. Every set-back bears with it the seeds of a come-back. Dr. Steve Maraboli... Read more

  • Fearing depression

    3/4/2015 10:04:45 AM, by GORDON66

    Last night, I asked my 26-year-old trainer where he wanted to be in five years. Since he likes being on his feet, he wanted to continue being a personal trainer, so he'd could have a healthy lifestyle. However, he admitted he doesn't like to answer that type of question, because he prefers living ... Read more

  • 3/3/15 - Bedtime

    3/3/2015 10:37:00 PM, by GORDON66

    I had an interesting conversation with Trainer Nick this evening. He really is a nice young man. This evening I got a compliment about my weight loss. Instead of being annoyed about paying my property taxes, I have decided to be happy about having a home in which to live. Sweet dream... Read more

  • 3/2/15 - Bedtime

    3/2/2015 10:44:23 PM, by GORDON66

    Left work today at 5:15, and I waited a long time for a train empty enough to board. I'm glad I don't have those same issue at 4:30. I walked to the train this morning without using my hood. It was that "warm". The temperatures were actually in the double digits. 211 There are Thin Min... Read more

  • The Rock

    3/2/2015 3:08:10 PM, by GORDON66

    "When I say I'm going to take care of a woman, I don't just mean physically or sexually or romantically. I'm going to take care of her emotionally and spiritually. I'm going to take care of her in all ways. I take a lot of pride in that today." Dwayne Johnson OMG - I think I'm in love. ... Read more

  • 3/1/15 - Bedtime

    3/1/2015 10:50:48 PM, by GORDON66

    Got in a nice nap this afternoon. 244 I worked hard in the gym today, so I needed that nap. Let's face it. I'm not exactly a spring chicken. EJ, one of the soap opera kitties, napped on me while I napped. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • 2/27/15 - Bedtime

    2/27/2015 11:57:49 PM, by GORDON66

    During my session, Trainer Nick played Simon and Garfunkel from his IPod. Bless his 26-year-old heart!! Completed a 60-second plank with my feet on a BOSU. The neighbor from hell dumped his snow in the street. When the plow came through, it ended up on my driveway. I didn't have a fit. ... Read more

  • Kicking unhappiness in the tail

    2/27/2015 10:23:00 AM, by GORDON66

    You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted." Ruth E. Renkl Since I have no idea who Ruth E. Renkl is, I came across this quote, because I did a Google search for optimistic quotes. This particular collection of words produces a rather profound and true st... Read more