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ADOPTMOM1 Posts: 8,660
1/28/09 12:50 P

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Yeah, I get to my exercise somewhere between 11 and 2pm. Usually when the toddler is down for a nap so he's not terrorizing the world. LOL First thing in the morning I don't really need to wake up, per se, because I become instantly alert, but I don't really want to do anything except eat breakfast, check e-mail and give myself an hour to get it together before starting the chaos that is my life. The day goes so much better if I can do that.

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1/28/09 11:52 A

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Same here-- swimming is one of the few kinds of exercise I don't think of as "exercise" because I enjoy it so much, and it's so great for joints. But I just can't get to one often enough to make it part of my regular workout. I think if I could I'd swim every morning, first thing, for about half an hour. I bet I'd be a more relaxed person. But I can't even imagine doing anything else first thing out of bed, except drinking coffee... and catching up on e-mail. Hardly "exercise", unfortunately. (If it were I'd be an Olympic champion.)

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1/28/09 10:39 A

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I would love to have year round access to a decent sized pool. When my kids were in preschool at the YMCA I swam a mile 3 times a week. Now, it's just too far away to pay for the membership.

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1/27/09 10:49 P

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At one stage all I could do was the pool. No weight bearing or I was a mess.
I like pools, and they are work outs, but I don't do as much in them. I kind of..burn out faster.
Maybe if I had a waterproof Ipod? Tee hee, that would help.

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1/27/09 11:24 A

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My break and surgery were right over the ball of my foot so yeah, I couldn't really do anything that put any sort of pressure on my foot. Even many upper body strength training positions were hard on it because of the balance I had to maintain.

I think one of the reasons I'm sticking with the Wii Fit is because it really is more of a game and therefore fun than a chore. I did 75 minutes on it (30 boxing and 45 yoga) on Sunday and then played 18 holes of golf and bowled 3 games with the kids on the Wii sport later in the evening. Probably why I was so sore yesterday but it was fun and I really didn't even notice that I worked that hard.

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1/27/09 10:33 A

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I can relate; I have patellafemoral syndrome, aka "floating kneecap"... holy hell, if you can't put weight on your legs or parts therein, how're you supposed to exercise, eh? In my case it's a matter of losing weight and strengthening muscles (to hold that pesky kneecap in place) but I can't run, or do a lot of stairs, or anything else that "puts weight on the bent knee" (yeah, and what does that leave?). But walking is our salvation, apparently. Three hours slow, 30 minutes fast-- the slow way you get to see more. ;-) I love wandering. If fitness is about quality of life, there's a lot more to be enjoyed in a long, peaceful stroll than a half an hour on a treadmill.

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1/27/09 9:35 A

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Nice to walk that long when you have such inspirational views. I have corn fields. LOL Plus this time of year, I'm dodging snow plows.

I can relate to not being able to walk. Still can't do too much of that. I'm beginning to think this stupid foot is never going to get back to normal. I push through the pain because it doesn't hurt WHEN I walk just after but I can't imagine walking or running for fitness right now. I'd be on the couch with ice packs for days after.

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1/26/09 9:55 P

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Hey, don't get too blown away on MY part. I can put in time, what I don't have is speed. So, somebody else may be burning more calories in 30 minutes than I do in 2 hours.
But, hey, 2 years ago-- I couldn't walk a block without crying, my hip was so bad. Speed, schmeed, I'm happy with me just moving it.
I walked for 3 hours today- slow, mellow, chatting walk. Along a beach (level) then up a bazillion stairs to the Golden Gate Bridge. Back down, down, down the stairs, along the beach.
Yum. Who needs speed?

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1/26/09 10:58 A

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I'm exhausted just reading about all the exercise you guys are getting!!! I'm happy if I get 30 minutes of aerobics every other day with strength training in between. Mind you, I'll probably have to step that up (no pun intended!) as my body gets used to it, but I can't imagine doing two hours of anything besides sleeping and still feeling like a human being the next day. So: wow! Impressive! Having been a smoker for most of my life a lot of these activities were out of reach-- boxing, for example, which is something I've always wanted to do... So maybe when my body says it's time and I'm ready I'll find myself doing cardio and step and boxing and hours of everything... but right now I'm just blown away! I'm intimidated AND inspired!! :-)

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1/26/09 10:31 A

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I've been alternating 30 minutes of step and yoga with 30 minutes of boxing with yoga for the past 4 days. Plus playing multiple rounds of Wii golf and bowling with the kids at night. Today, I'm sore and tired. Think I'm going to either just rest or do just some fun stuff like the golf and bowling or some balance games to recouperate. My back needs a break!

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1/26/09 1:16 A

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I did 2 hours of puffing and panting and grinning cardio today.
Know what I really like? I can do something tomorrow, too. 2 hours of exercise, and I won't be sore.
Now, that's progress!

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1/24/09 1:30 A

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Sheleby! You're going to lead the way, right? Blow some whistles, shout when you get there!

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1/22/09 11:38 P

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That's a big step, FUTURESELF! emoticon emoticon

I'm down one more pound. I'm a mere 10 pounds away from that pesky 200 mark. I'm feeling pretty good about that!

Goals and Rewards
192 (1st 10%): Shred those size 18 jeans
173 (2nd 10%): Pull out my size 14 wardrobe.
156 (3rd 10%): Sign up for a dancing class
141 (Goal): Queen Anne For A Day spa package


Luxury is a glass of wine, a steamy romance novel, a bubble bath and the knowledge that the kids and the husband are asleep so you can soak in uninterrupted bliss.


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Hey, I'm going to be dancing in the streets when I move from obese to overweight- you should have seen me when I moved from 'morbidly obese' to 'obese'....
Hey, I already dance in the streets.... I dance 2-4 times a week walking around the lake.....
Congrats, Futureself ! I was going to give you a goodie, but you don't have a Spark page yet... I owe you one.

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1/22/09 1:49 P

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NICE JOB!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm not going too many places in the weight dept. right now but I have been consistant in my exercise missing only 3 days out of the past 27.

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Well, this is the sort of thing I could only "celebrate" in a place like this-- it sounds horrible, but it's really good:

I've "officially" (i.e. scale is consistent) passed the line between "obese" and "overweight" on the BMI table.

I know the BMI, along with all the other methods of calculation (along with scale weight itself) isn't necessarily really meaningful or indicative, but every time I went to see my doctor and I was waiting in his office, I had the BMI chart staring me in the face and I had to acknowledge I was "obese", which is an ugly word. "Overweight" is still not *healthy*, but it sounds like something that could happen to anyone, not just a freak like me. I don't think anyone I know, however supportive or non-judgemental they are, would understand crossing that line, and what it means to my self-perception. But I'm so delighted about it, I had to tell *someone*-- it was either you guys or the check-out girl at the grocery store. ;-)

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1/2/09 5:14 P

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Still hanging in here. I exercised 6 out of 7 days this week and I have a "do something good for me" streak of 7 days going. (the day I missed exercise I went for my yearly checkup. Whee! But hey, I have stellar numbers for glucose, cholesterol, ratios and everything but B12 which is easy to correct.)

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I am making progress. The attitude is shifting. I have lost a pound of what I gained and not beating myself up over the gaining.
It is so great that I have such a wonderful support team and I want you all to know that I appreciate you greatly.
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12/23/08 1:48 A

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Nice Julie. I agree. I love to do the 'no problem, I'm not in a hurry' style- at lines.
So much more fun that way.

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Magical? I never expect it or try for it. Just unpleasant yesteryears that come to haunt. I used to get lots worse when we lived in Oregon. AZ is much better, but the days are still shorter and it's just something I have to get through each year.

I have some odds and ends to buy at the grocery store and that is all. It will be hit and run shopping. That means dh takes part of the list, I take the other. No cart, bobbing and weaving we grab what we need and meet at checkout. Dodge through cars, carts, and people to the car and get out of there.

I do take the time to smile and let people know they are welcome and not in my way and oh I am sorry that I got in their way. This is the time of year that I put on my most patient ways. Not because I am religious, but because so many people get so stressed and upset and angry. Being kind is my way of bringing peace to my corner of the world.

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12/23/08 12:28 A

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I'm so sorry to hear you've been down in the dumps and in pain, JULCAT51. I've read that the winter holiday season is the most common time of year for people to feel down. Part of it is due to the expectation that it's a magical time when all should be joyous. If all isn't joyous, then it makes sense to feel bad. Some of it may be due to a scarcity of sunlight. Who knows?
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You are all very funny and clever.
I haven't been posting much. Been down in the dumps and back pain to boot. Not much progress, but staying in the game.
The big day is upon us and all of a sudden the whole town woke up to it. I'm glad I'm not a perfectionist, gotta go whole hog, type person. No panic for me unless I start getting trampled beneath the crowds.

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I'm as easily entertained as ADOPTMOM's son. At our house we celebrate LEON.

Our middle daughter arranged the letters of a set of candlesticks (meant to read NOEL) backwards, resulting in an homage to LEON. We were amused and adopted the practice for our immediate family.

My husband is a Baha'i (believes in one creator of the universe and many paths to truth) and I am a spiritual atheist. When our devout Christian relatives would visit over the years, they would surreptitiously rearrange the candles back to NOEL. The job of our children was to quietly put them back to LEON.
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The holiday I'm now looking forward to is the vernal equinox in March (New Year's day for those who use a lunar calendar).
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Thanks! Happy Yule to everyone. We had to miss going to the vigile because my husband's family had their christmas yesterday. That's ok. My oldest son got the hugest kick out of knowing that his christian family was celebrating Yule and they didn't even know it. ROFL. He's easily entertained.

It was a while high of 10F here yesterday and supposed to be a heatwave of 20 today. Can't wait until the end of the week when it's 50. Might have to break out the shorts.

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Happy Solstice to you and the rest of the team, too. How wonderful that our days will be getting longer.

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Ahh, but when I was living in Minneapolis, I loved to get on the 100 miles of groomed ski trails and go for very long and happy cross country ski hikes. Yum. Xcountry rocks... and the cold was drier. It's just like the humidity in heat- the humidity in cold is harsher.
And...I know I need to get on some hiking shoes and get into the trees. Trees and I have very good conversations in the rain. I know full well that getting out there is the hard part... psyching myself up, and dressing the part, and then doing it. So much easier to sit in front of the heater. Ah, well, the sun will probably be out soon..
Speaking of which!
Happy Solstice! First day of winter, and return of the sun, yeah!

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12/21/08 11:58 P

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Measuring out a hockey puck of V8 juice is kind of tricky, too. And my meat portion usually contains TWO decks of cards. Does that make me a card shark?
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And the biggest ball used to measure servings is a baseball, not the more familiar bowling ball or beach ball.

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Yes, but you get 3 servings of that portion...
so, that's 6 pair, or 12 dice...
or no dice on the days you skip cheese.
No dice,
oh, well. Just feeling silly. Nice of you to post the link- I didn't think about doing that. I do like that article, and have it in my oh too many favorites on my Spark Page.
A baseball of milk- hey, yeah, I found that measurement on my cup, you betcha!
A billiard ball and a ping pong ball... tee hee. But, yes, they are easy to think of and real time sizes.

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I forgot about ROYALETBONE's weather comment. We received a foot of new snow in Wisconsin this weekend. And I'm wishing for RAIN instead of snow.
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I spent my early years in the Smoky Mountains, so I miss the rain. I learned to love walking in the rain with an umbrella.

I'll trade you some snow for your rain.

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I looked up the Portion Distortion Guide. Here's the link.

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I never knew before the difference between a portion and a serving. As the article describes it, a portion is whatever amount a person decides to eat. A serving is the amount that experts recommend that a person eat.

Since those servings are kind of puny, I guess we're expected to decide how many SERVINGS it takes to equal our own personal PORTION for a given meal.

What kind of SERVING is cheese that is equal to a pair of dice? I call that a BITE!

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I printed out the 'Portion Distortion' guide, and posted it at my desk.
What drives me crazy is the whole way it is written up. Does this whole 'serving size' then you read you are supposed to have 6-10 servings a day thing drive anybody else nuts, too? I figure, maybe they are thinking that people are eating 6 course meals or something. Why not have a 'serving' that is about 1/4 of what you should eat a day? Like, a meal size. 'Cause a serving, then eat 6 of them, that seems contrary to what makes sense to me. Oh, well. Having the guide around helps me.
It's cold and raining, raining, raining. I've lived most of my life in snow country, and can honestly state that rain is nastier than snow to me. I like long hikes in the snow... but I don't seem to be doing long hikes in the rain. Arthritis sucks.

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It's great that you have a Wii and WiiFit waiting for you, TAMI. I'll be experimenting with my daughter's (she lives two blocks away) on Christmas day. I'm curious to see how they work.

It's good to hear that your foot is improving, thanks to your consistency with the pedometer.

I have a new gadget to help me, too. I found a bodybugg for half price ($149 for a discontinued model---sale is over now). I have wanted one for a while but thought they were too expensive. It comes with an armband, which enables me to wear it on my right uppper arm all day. It registers my calories burned; I plug it into my computer to upload the data.

Once a week, when I weigh in, the computer tells me what my daily calorie deficit or surplus was for that previous week, based upon my weight loss or gain, giving me a fairly accurate estimate of my daily calories consumed. I can compare that information with my actual logged "calories consumed" figures from my tracker to find out if I'm eating more than than I think I am. I'm told that research shows that people underestimate the number of calories they eat by 20& to 40%.

I also took the SparkPeople quiz about portion sizes to try getting more accurate. PROGRESS! Lately, I HAD been eating some pretty big portions.


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Hey, still hanging in here. My computer was down several days due to the weather and I'm going back WAY up the list to get caught up. Ugh! I had almost 300 sparkmails when I got back online. LOL Perhaps I "talk" too much.

Still using my pedometer and walking every day. The foot is doing better. I had a shot in my neck (ouch) yesterday that will hopefully help right some of that pain so MAYBE I'll get myself back in gear for the new year and be able to do some real workouts.

WE bought a Wii and Wii Fit for Christmas so I intend on knocking the kids off that and using the Yoga mat and some of the other programs. I should be able to do alot of it without boogering up my foot, at least. Just have to wait 4 more days to use it.

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I weighed this morning and have lost 2 lbs of my holiday weight gain. So, I'm feeling much better. I'm going in the right direction again. I'd like to aim for 6 days out of 7 in the correct calorie range, since I accomplished 5 days this week.

I feel bad for anyone who feels the pressure to lose weight that Oprah has been feeling. Our culture is unkind to people who carry around extra pounds. And shame always seems to enter into the equation. I'm sure Oprah feels personally relieved that her "guilty secret" is out in the open. Her crime: gaining weight and trying to hide it. She's human.

When ANY of us gain weight, we try to hide it by wearing something "forgiving". Forgiving? For what? Eating too much is not exactly the crime of the century. And yet, somehow, we and others make it into a moral issue.

One of the best things I'm learning gradually to change, with the help of SparkPeople, is to look at food intake and exercise more objectively. I'm working hard at not beating myself up for choices where I'd like a do-over.

This challenge should help with that because we not only aren't beating ourselves up, we're tooting our horns when we "make progress" towards goals that we want more than we want unmanaged eating and careers as couch potatoes.
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What do others on the team want to achieve this week?
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His knee is pretty good. They made three holes in his knee and put in a tool to take out the calcium deposits and spurs. Then sanded the rough edges. He walked out of the place with a cane.
I am having a hard time keeping him in the recliner as he wants to do too much at once. This is nothing like a knee replacement which is extremely painful.

I am sorry for Oprah. People have not been kind to her about her weight and she hasn't been kind to herself. To give up now is just awful. She has set herself up as someone to inspire others and then she lets them down.
I hope she will at least continue to try to be healthy. Poor thing! I think she needs you to motivate her to keep trying.
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I wish you could go to pilates with me, too, JULCAT. I call my instructor DOCTOR Michelle because she has helped me get rid of lots of aches and pains.

I'm happy to report that I was able to successfully follow my plan yesterday. I planned out my menus for today, too, since I think it helped. Tomorrow morning is my big weekly weigh-in. I'm proud of my week, since I've only been over the top of my calorie range (1200-1550) on two out of the seven days. Or, a better way to state it is, I was within my calorie range for five out of seven days.

I hope your husband's knee feels better quickly. It sounds painful.

I like your sugarfree popsicle idea. I had one tonight for dessert. Delicious.

You are so right about the importance of consistency. I will not give up, either. I'm watching CNN, and they're saying that Oprah has said she is 200 lbs and has given up on being thinner. If she has truly given up, the Spark Guy needs to have a chat with her.

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Thank you for your kind words. I really want to stay motivated. A plan is important and I try to follow it and sometimes I fail. I think the consistency of going forward and not looking at the failure is important. Otherwise, I would have thrown up my hands months ago like every time before.

This time I will not give up. I am 57 years old and I don't want to die sooner than I have to. Like you BooSue, this is for my health.

Stretching and walking went well Tuesday. Today DH had a knee ultrascope op. So lots of waiting. I'm going for a walk as soon as I finish this.
Planning your foods is wonderful. Even if you don't do perfect, you will stay on track more often than not. Just don't focus on the not.

I circle the whole kitchen in the evenings. So I bought some sugarfree popcycles for a snack. Sometimes I eat light flavored yogurt with wheat germ for a snack before bedtime. It helps keep my blood sugars level during the night and does wonders for the digestion. And sometimes I go hog wild.

Good luck! I will think of you circling the frige and maybe that will help me abstain. I wish I could go to pilates class with you. It sounds like a good workout.
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I hope your stretching and walking are going well today, JULCAT. Your hard work and planning is a good reminder of how strong we can be.

I thought about you when I read today's Healthy Reflections, "What do you do to motivate yourself?"
Among other things, it says "The secret to staying consistent with your goals is to stay motivated. That means finding ways to fire yourself up on a daily basis." I love the example you are setting for us on how to do that, as you discuss your plans and how you are doing at accomplishing them, bumps in the road included.

I'm still working on my daily efforts to eat better this week. I wasn't exactly "present and accountable" last night. I ate some extras to celebrate having such a good day. DANG it!

I'm back from my pilates workout, and my food tracker is looking good today. I have planned what I'll be eating for the rest of today, which will help me avoid celebrating with food tonight. Acting quickly to stop my deviation from my food plan and to find a strategy for doing better tonight is today's "making some progress" for me. If I start circling the refrigerator late tonight, I'll drink some water and go to bed.


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I really did great on Sunday with the standing tall, stretching program. I felt good by bedtime.
Today at work was very frustrating and I just slumped through the day. Working on that tonight.
Tomorrow, I will be better. Stretch every hour and walk around more. I am going to make some notes this evening to put around my desk, so that I remember.
Will walk for 15-20 minutes during lunch.
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WooHoo! Dancing!!! Sounds great, as does the singing. I hope we get to see some photos.

Dancing is my thing. You don't want to hear me sing, though. I'm back from tap class and in about an hour I'll leave for my dance team practice. So, exercise is taken care of for today.

In all my years of yo-yo dieting, I NEVER exercised, until I discovered dancing, back in 2003. Now, exercise is easy for me. I get a positive check mark on my healthy lifestyle chart (don't really have a chart) for exercise. Friends and family would never have thought such a change was possible for me.

I'm pleased with my progress with food today. By weigh-in day on Friday, I feel like I'll drop some pounds.

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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 12/8/2008 (16:37)
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OOOh- yeah, singing! I have the sheet music for the Messiah (in storage in Illinois...don't have it this year) so I can practice my part before I go. I used to be a sopranso- now, an alto. I have to mind the notes so I don't try to climb so high that I crack and fall. The songs that I sang frequently as a soprano are the ones I mess up on.... automatic pilot kicks in.
I've been so psyched about the dance I haven't checked on the Messiah. You can go in costume or rent tutus and wands and stuff... I'm making my costume. Fun, fun, fun.
The Lesbian Gay Band puts it on here in San Francisco. Chicago has one now as well. Don't know who else does.
Yeah, participatory shows!

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OMG - Dance Along Nutcracker! That's a new one for me! I've been to Sing Along Messiah, of course -- what singer hasn't?

"Do What You Love; the Money Will Follow." (That's the title of a book I love -- and I'm working on getting the gumption to believe it!)


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This Saturday I go to the "Dance Along Nutcracker". I've been doing stretches and bends----and have my pants and vest sewn, will do the blouse and veil thingie this week.


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Today I am working on stretching, being aware of posture, walking with purposeful strides.
I have already stretched in the shower, did squats while putting on my deodorant, emoticon dressing and now sitting straight, shoulders down, holding in tummy while typing this.
My back has been giving me fits and I tend to be lazy on weekends.
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For my week, I'm working on doing something physically active every day. I'd like to think that I could walk at least 4500 steps (my average for the last 2 days without much pain) AND do something else but swelling will be the determining factor.

I'm off shopping in a little while. That should rack up alot of steps today.

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NOTE FROM ADOPTMOM1:

I'm just coming back from foot surgery. The only kind of challenge I could even take part in is the "make progress every day" kind. LOL

For right now, my main focus is to do something to get this foot (and the legs, hips and back that are all out of whack because of it) back into gear without doing damage.

I'm still doing physical therapy but I am starting to do some yoga and I made it onto the bike once last week but really paid for that. Instead I decided to throw on my pedometer and focus on steps for a while.

So anyway, that's where I am but if anyone wants to join me in the "make some progress" campaign they're welcome to join. At least it's something for this crazy time of year.
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I think Tami has a good idea for a cold weather challenge. Each person could post what he/she wants to work on for the week OR day and then report on the PROGRESS made. It's inspiring to share the success of our daily small victories. Why not give it a try and see where it takes us?

As many of you know, I'm working on staying within my calorie range this week. So, for now, that is my personal target for progress.

In addition to this idea:
If you think of other challenges that you think will knock our socks off, be sure to post them.
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Edited by: BARBARA_BOO at: 12/7/2008 (00:09)
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