Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to take a minute to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. You all mean the world to me, and have given me the motivation to keep going on this learning experience...

Merry Christmas and Hugs from Arizona!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thank you.

I can NOT believe the outpouring of caring and fellowship I have received from you Sredders! Thanks so much for the support. This is a tough time for me, and I just haven't felt like doing the things I normally do. I am slowily coming to terms with myself. I dont' want to be sucked into a quagmire of depression and self pity. I get up every day and try to look for something good. The best thing is that...everyday, I find something good! The best part is when I come here and visit with all of you.

I love you guys. Thanks so much for being there for me.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Here I am!!! I'm back!

If you have not heard....I lost my job two weeks ago tomorrow. It sucks. It has totally thrown me for a loop. My whole world is upside down. BUT...I have faith and I KNOW there is a plan for me. I am trying so hard not to get down about it, and consider this a little vacation. All I know is that I need my Shredder friends. :) I love you guys.

I read somewhere, where someone said that only 10% of people who make New Years Resolutions ever see them come to pass.
Well I don't know about you but I'm not waiting until the New Year to resolve to myself that I am in it to win it, that's right I'm sticking with it no matter what. I'm not giving up because of some (temporary) set back.
I'm a Shredder and I'm tougher than that. I read where we are not failures unless we completely give up. That isn't happening today and tomorrow isn't looking like it either.
I'm going to need your help and encouragement, and maybe sometimes a gentle "Get A Grip" comment, but I am resolving- right here right now,
I'm In It To Win It. So there! LOL!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Progress


I have dropped 3 of the 5 lbs I gained over Turkey Day. I'm pretty happy about that!
I'm learning that it just isn't worth it to eat all this Holiday junk. I hate set backs. I hate to even imagine how much further along I would have been.

I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday. It was kinda fun to read what Lynda wrote to my son. What a sweet thing that was for me.

Today was my Aerobic Circuit.
Nutrition is good, gotta a firm grip on that
Jacket update: still VERY tight. I'll probably post a pic on Tues. I don't expect an change from the last pic, since I'm up several lbs. from it. That's okay...it will keep me honest. :)

It's so warm here, it doesn't even feel like winter. It's probably 70 some degrees outside today. Sunshiney and beautiful. Hope you're having a great day.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Not much to say today....





I worked out this morning, I'm eating right (so far so good!). My weights lifted or reps are slowly but surely creeping upwards. Each week I'm up a bit or can do one more rep. Just trying to get the 5 lbs off that I gained over the holiday.

Why don't we learn???? We KNOW what that kind of food does to us, and yet we just shovel the stuff in. Geez....I'm just sick of it.

Hoping you have a wonderful day. And here's a little something to pick you up:

Remember when I asked you all to email my son over the holiday? Well....Lynda did it! Here's a copy of her letter and my son's response: You might want to read from the bottom of this post up.

Hi Shari,
I just read your message to Margaret, and made me think that hadn´t told you that your son David wrote me an email! Isn´t that great? I was so surprised and pleased. Anyway, wanted to send it to you so you could read something from him.

Glad to see you are back. Me too. Guests are all gone home and can have a life again. Am now busy getting things straightened up around here and organizing my life.....am still tired.

Hugs,
Lynda


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:
Date: Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: Happy Thanxgiving!
To: lyndadiaz@gmail.com



Hi Lynda,
How do you know my mom? I've always wanted to go to Spain. It's where my family comes from. We had a great Thanksgiving. I wasn't able to spend it with my family but all of my Marines are like my brothers. It's getting pretty cold here as well. It warms up during the day but gets freezing at night. I like it here. Afghanistan isn't so bad. It's very pretty but I guess that comes from growing up in the desert. It feels a lot like home. Have a great day!
-David-




-----Original Message-----
From: Lynda Díaz
To: dmcopetillo@aol.com
Sent: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 20:32
Subject: Happy Thanxgiving!


Hi!
I´m an online friend of your mother, and wanted to wish you and your buddies a wonderful Thanxgiving! I live in Madrid, Spain, so we don´t have an official Thanxgiving (of course), but I do roast a chicken and whatever. The weather is below zero now every morning, but still sunny skies. Shari talks of you often and we all want to take on wishing you the very best Today and EVERY DAY! Am very proud of you guys and appreciate all you do for all of us.

=0 D
(You know you have a marvelous mother! Shari is absolutely the best and besides now is doing so well with her weights and weightloss. Know you are proud of her as are we!).

Hugs,
Lynda Díaz

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Okay.....


I'm back from Turkey Day vacation. San Diego was great. We went down to the Seaport Village and Old Town. I have never in my life seen so many FAT people. It's like when you buy a new car and then you SEE that car everywhere! I see fat people..... EVERYWHERE!!! It just makes me sick to my stomach to sit in a restaurant and watch people eat. They just SHOVEL it in...same thing down at the Port. Junk food city.

I have always been up front with my progress reports and I'll tell ya....I did not do as well as I had planned. I overate, underexercised, and under planned. I felt pressured to eat everything in sight--my problem...I know. Something I need to get an handle on. There were some good moments...the days I exercised and ate well. My mother in law actually laughed at me when I asked her if there was a gym nearby. Geez....

ANYHOO..... I am back on track. Today I ate brown rice, lean beef, salsa, apple, oatmeal and berries. Tonight will be chicken and veggies.

I worked out and did really well. No setbacks there. Was able to do a few more reps on a couple of exercises--like my bench press.

Jacket update...WELL...the buttons still BARELY button, but feel like they are gonna pop any second and that would be, well.....scary!! LOL!!! I gained 5 lbs on this little 5 day jaunt. Things are tight around the middle.

I still have my vision, and I am still aiming for my goals. Nothing will stop me. Christmas will not be the hurdle that Thanksgiving was. I know what not to do, and I will be better prepared. I don't bake much, so there won't be a lot of junk around. I can eat what I need to eat.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Love and blessings to all of you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday...2 days before Turkey Day




So what kind of plan do you have in place for this holiday? Are you gonna chuck it all and pig out, or are you gonna take it easy? I plan to eat right....Turkey, salad, broccoli, and one piece of pumpkin pie. It will be hard, but I'm doin' it!

I had a dream last night. It kind of surprised me. In this dream I saw myself at my goal and preparing to lift the heaviest weight I've ever lifted. When I got up this morning, I felt motivated and so ready to hit the iron. I've heard about visualization, affirmations, and the like, but I always kind of thought it was a bunch of crapola. Just a marketing gimmick. I'm beginning to see that maybe this is what has been holding me back. My mind and body are finally in-sync with each other. This is the first time that I really FEEL that I'm gonna make it.

I'm leaving tomorrow morning for San Diego. Won't be back until Tuesday. I'm taking my bands with me so I can work out while I'm there. I'm hoping that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you feel like it, drop my Son David an email. I'm sure he'll be lonely in Afghanistan without the family and friends. These men give up so much for our country. dmcopetillo@aol.com

Here are some tips that Carlos sent me after I told him about my dream. These are really good.


Focus Tips:

Write Down your desired End Result. It's a fact: writing down your End Result (Ultimate Goal) gives you a higher chance of success.

Read them out loud to yourself every day. This can be your declaration and confirmation of your end result, dream, goal, desires. Read out loud the process, the specific plan that you will be involved in daily so that the end result will overtake you!

Commit. Move beyond the land of "good ideas" and determine to take specific actions to achieve your end result. Consider signing a personal letter of commitment to yourself.

Tell People. Let your biggest fans in on your new commitments and goals for the year. (Maybe the Shredders)

Get Accountability. Even better than just letting others in on your "secret" dreams and goals—get some accountability. Meet for lunch once a month with a group that will ask you, "So, are you on task with the daily process to achieve your End Result?" Hire a Life Coach. Talk to your best friend. Get some support!

Make a Plan. Ensure success with a step-by-step specific plan. Work backwards by starting with the end vision of where you want to be and working backwards to where you are today. You'll find an easy plan to make your goal a reality.

Do an End Result Check-In. Before you decide on what you'll take on, make certain you can answer, "YES!" to the following questions: "Am I the primary reason for setting this End Result (vs. your mom, boyfriend, wife, boss, society)? Do I feel alive and energized by this? Is it in line with my life purpose or mission?"

Get Real! If this End Result is something that you have consistently never achieved, take a second look. What will be DIFFERENT this time? Or do you need to just let it go? What purpose is it serving you? What's a good enough reason to finally achieve this End Result?

Focus With Reminders. Once you've got your End Result and specific plan in place, figure out ways to remind yourself. Ideas: post your End Result in the bathroom or your car. Put reminders in your palm pilot, blackberry or cell phone. Figure out what works for you.

Believe and Visualize. Do you know the story about the group of basketball players who spent one hour visualizing making baskets, while another group actually practiced? The visualizing players had better seasons! So visualize yourself successfully achieving your End Result in the time period you have set. What would that look like? How would it feel? Visualize once a day and see the difference it can make.

To go where you have not gone before, to accomplish what you have not accomplished before, requires that you sacrifice more and do things differently than you've ever done them before.

– Carlos DeJesus, 1985 Natural For Life World Bodybuilding Champion

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Morning

It's been a pretty good week for me. I did my thing all week, and now I am facing the weekend....THAT's the hard part for me. Carlos gave me an affirmation that I printed off and will hang on my fridge. It says....

"So that I can maximize results with my program, I practice good food choices all week long"

Isn't that great! I like the word "practice". That means that I am a work in progress, and I am "practicing" how to be the person I see myself being. You practice your guitar, why not practice your fat loss????

Exercise Update: Today was strength training. I was able to up some of my weights on some exercises, and increase reps on others.

Nutrition Update: This morning I was in such a hurry I only had some turkey bacon and a banana..Lunch is chicken and broccoli w/a salad, snacks are a couple of apples, and Dinner will be steak and salad--maybe some salmon, if I have any. I am not as prepared for today as I usually am....

Jacket Update: pretty much the same as Thursday. Will probably post another pic on Tuesday when I get back from my weekend.

I won't be back until Tuesday so I hope you all hang in there and make good choices. Saturday/Sunday are just days.....don't let them mess you up! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My first Jacket Pic


It's not a good pic but you can see the progress. When I started this thing three weeks ago, I had about a 2 inch gap between the jacket edges. Can't wait to wear this! If you look close, you can see that my thighs look thinner also.

Exercise Update: Strength Training--squats, deadlift, b/o row, bench press, shoulder press, curl, tricep ext, and crunches. Per my program with Carlos...I do one set as heavy as I can...I actually curled 40 lbs this morning...6 times. So that was a bit heavy, but I bet I do 8 on Saturday!

Nutrition Date: Had turkey bacon and a banana for breakfast (I was in a hurry) baked sweet potato, cottage cheese, salsa and broccoli for lunch, snacks were apples, Dinner tonite will be chicken and veggies or a large salad. I did have 3 mini hershey bars around 3:00 this afternoon. Slap my hand next time would ya!?

Jacket Update: two buttons buttoned. very tight still, would never be seen in public! but I'm workin' on it!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another day....



I'm posting this pic again, I think it's important for everyone to see it.

Exercise Update: Aerobic circuit... 3 rounds of squats, pulldowns, deadlifts, and chest press... 25 reps each. Real fun. LOL!!!

Nutrition Update: oatmeal and protein pwder w/banana for breakfast, apple and string cheese for snack, Lunch was 3 oz of lean gr.beef, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers and low fat cheese on top of a baked potato w/salsa. Dinner will be salmon and a nice big salad.

Jacket Update: Guess what?!!!! I buttoned the middle button on my jacket! I still can't get the "boob" button and "belly" buttons buttoned yet. Sleeves fit better, but still a tad tight. I'm so excited! I am REALLY gonna be able to wear this thing by Christmas. BTW...got the batteries for my camera, and will post pics as we go along.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Back to work!


This is Jamie Eason...my favorite fitness gal!

...After a lazy weekend. By lazy, I mean, I stayed home all weekend. I worked out, I cleaned house, did laundry, cooked, worked on some crafts. Great weekend.

How did I do it all??? Same way I do it everyday... I got up the same time I usually do. Worked out. Ate breakfast, and then on with the day. I don't change my routine, just because it's a weekend.

I have learned that there is NEVER enough time to workout....that is why I do it first thing. If not then, I just won't do it. It has become a habit. Working out is not an issue for me. It's a priority. There are no excuses when it comes to my workout. I know when and what to do.

EATING....well that's my weak spot. I am developing a new and improved mindset. I will feel the same way about eating right as working out. There are no excuses to eat right....not anymore. I know what to do, so I am going to do it.

Workout Update: today was strength training. I benched 120lbs. woohoo! I squated w/35 lbs. I'm making small increments of progress. A little heavier each week.
I also did my Pilates video.

Nutrition Update: Today's menu: oatmeal, protein pwdr, cranberries for breakfast; apple and string cheese for mid morning snack; 3 oz of roast beef, a small baked potato and broccoli for lunch; dinner will be chicken and veggies.

Jacket Update: Still only have the edges touching, but can feel it looser in the arms. I bought some AA batteries for my camera. Got them home and they don't work. On the package they say something about Digital???? DUH...aren't batteries, batteries?????

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I just got my ass kicked....

by Carlos. Seems that I've been a tad blase about my missed workout and the two protein bars I ate on Thurs.

Here's what he said: (in bold)

Exercise Update: Missed one day this week--yesterday.

One missed workout +

Nutrition Update: All clean and simple meals, except last night--had TWO protein bars for dinner. Did not feel like cooking or eating. I don't suppose it was too horrible of a thing to eat, but put me over my calorie limit by about 400 cals. I could have done a LOT worse!

400 extra calories =
_______________________________

Stagnant progress or a reversal or progress.


Here's a thought:

I'm on steroids and am probably experiencing "Roid Rage"
I see a parking spot 100 yards away,
and some idiot- pencil neck geek takes MY parking spot-- everybody knows I saw it first
My first thought was to go over to his car and drag him out of his half-opened window
But I didn't do it.
I could have done a lot worse, but I didn't,
he's lucky today.


So I wrote back to him:

OKAY! OKAY!!!! I GET it! :) LOL!!!
I need to quit rationalizing my laziness!!!

Thank you for this email :)

So what laziness have you tried to "cover up" this week?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Look what I found!




I found this pic on someone's blog, I can't take credit for it, but doesn't it get the point across? This is so ugly, I can't stand that my body may look like this inside. I'm not 250 lbs, but still......

Look how the joints are compressed, and how her hip bones and ankles flare out. NO wonder, our bodies hurt. I can't believe all the fat inside the organs.

Yay! It's Friday!




I have gotten thru one more week of clean eating and exercise! It's getting easier and easier to "just do it!" I get up at 5:45 and do either my cardio circuit or weight training. Then just go on about my day. I take my food with me, which makes it really EASY to eat the right things all day. My only trouble area is Dinner. Sometimes I make bad choices, but most nights I'm okay. I figure if I make more good choices than bad, then I will see progress.

Exercise Update: Missed one day this week--yesterday.

Nutrition Update: All clean and simple meals, except last night--had TWO protein bars for dinner. Did not feel like cooking or eating. I don't suppose it was too horrible of a thing to eat, but put me over my calorie limit by about 400 cals. I could have done a LOT worse!

Jacket Update: Still need batteries for my camera. Will do that today. Can get the two edges to touch!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Haven't had time to post today! I did my thing...ate right, exercised, tried on the jacket. Progress in all three areas! :)

See you tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have some time to visit!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Did you see....




...the change I made to my blog title? It used to say, "Becoming Fit at Fifty". I decided to change it to a more positive, "Being Fit at Fifty". Carlos kinda gave me the "change bug". LOL!!! Even though becoming fit is a process...I thought it would be good to mentally pretend that I was already fit!

I am a tad late with the veteran tribute. Yesterday, I was reading on MSN some stories about Moms that have lost their sons. There were 3 stories, all the Sons were killed in action in Afghanistan. Well....you KNOW that is where my son is. I broke out in tears, and just could NOT read their stories. Just couldn't do it. I admire these brave men, but as a Mom, I'm having a hard time dealing with it. Pray for my son, would ya. :) Love you guys.

Jacket Update: tried it on today and I can ALMOST get the front edges to touch. I wanted to take a pic, but my batteries are dead. Will get that fixed and take one tomorrow morning. The funny thing about this jacket thing is that once it fits, the pants will be too big! In fact, I'm wearing them today!

Exercise Update: Did my Cardio Circuit that Carlos planned out for me. It takes me between 15 and 20 minutes to complete, but MAN am I breathing hard when its' done! My son said to me this morning, "Why you breathing so hard, you only worked out for 15 minutes!" Made me laugh :)

Nutrition Update: Still sticking to the 1200 to 1300 calorie range. Eating as clean as possible, fitting a treat in once per week. Still feeling good--no hunger, no weakness, no tiredness. I am sleeping well and able to get out of bed before 6:00.

All in all, I am doing pretty good. I'm sticking to my plan. I feel motivated to do well with it, and think I have come to grips with my "boredom" problem.

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So...What did you do today?




I did my weights workout. I actually bench pressed 110 lbs. LOL!! AND...I curled 20lbs. on a barbell. You may think, that's not very heavy...but it is FOR ME!!! I was impressed with myself. LOL!!! I am down 1/2 lb. since Saturday. "Pat on the back"

Now that all the 14 day shred hoo-ha is over, I have a new goal. BTW...who wond the challenge?? About two months ago, I bought a nice dark green suit for work. The pants fit, but the jacket won't even close. It's my usual size, so I didn't bother trying it on. I think someone switched jackets. ANYHOO, my goal is to wear this for Christmas. I am going to try it on every morning before work and report the results here w/pics. I WILL wear this on Christmas Eve with my family.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday Morning....last posting day for me























Day one on the left and today after my workout on the right. I know you can't SEE much change, but I'm here to tell ya there is!

Since I do not have access to the internet tomorrow, this will be my final post in the 14 day Shredder Challenge.

RESULTS:
1. I have learned that I need to get a grip on my "head". I need to kick Boredom's butt and stay focused, if I expect to make changes.

2. I have a plan that is working. SO...if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

3. I have dropped 2% body fat and about 5 lbs scale weight. My jeans fit now. They were pretty tight two weeks ago, in fact I felt very uncomfortable in them. I am wearing them today! Well...slap my grandma! Woohoo!

4. I have learned that I CAN be consistent. I have done my workout EVERYDAY as planned...I have alternated strength training with a cardio circuit. Sundays were/are my rest day. I have increased weights and reps. The cardio circuit is a LOT easier than it was two weeks ago.

Nutrition: I ate 1200-1300 calories every day. I felt full. Did not feel weak or tired or hungry. I ate whole grain--mostly brown rice, chicken, fish, fruit, and a few baked potatoes, cottage cheese, broccoli, salads. I ate 5 times per day. Small meals consisting of a protein, a carb, and a fat... Breakfast was oatmeal, berries, and protein powder just about every day. Lunch was mostly either chicken or cott. cheese, a SMALL baked potato and broccoli, Dinner mostly: chicken or fish and a salad or other veggies. I had one big cheat...my birthday. Was it worth it? Yes! :) Would I do it again in a "challenge"? Not sure...probably not.

Here's what I did for exercise the last two weeks.

October 28 thru 30 Did Pilates and Body Bootcamp vids

Oct. 31 to 11-8
Aerobic Circuit Per Carlos' instructions
Mon, Wed, Fri
Three circuits consisting of Squats, Pulldowns, Deadlifts, and Bench Presses.
I aimed for 25 reps of ea.

Strength Training Tue, Thur, Sat
As per Carlos' instructions. One set of 8-12 reps. Heaviest weight I can lift.
Squats, Bench Press, Bent over Row, Standing Shoulder Press, Bicep Curl, Triceps Ext., crunches (15 reps)

I would have loved to posted my Log, but I don't know how to make it work with this blogger program.

This was a great experience and I am happy that I did it. It has provided the momentum I need to get thru the last two months of 2008. I will make progress and that makes me happy :)

Boredom

If you read yesterday's post, you will know that I have been talking (complaining) to Carlos that I get BORED so easily and have trouble sticking with anything for long. I'll tell ya...this email from him has changed my mind! Read it, it will change your mindset also.

Boredom In Fitness

As I work with more and more trainees I hear more and more about boredom, boredom with exercise, boredom with nutrition.
Personally I never found neither nutrition nor exercise particularly exciting!
What are we expecting from our discipline?
Someone once said, I think it was Ellington Darden, it’s called a workout for a reason- there’s work involved!

Defining boredom:

bore (bor) vt. bored, boring [[ME boren < OE borian, to bore < bor, auger < IE base *bher- , to cut with a sharp point > Gr *pharein, to split, L forare , to bore, ferire, to cut, kill]] 3 to force (one's way), as through a crowd 4 to weary by being dull, uninteresting, or monotonous --vi. 1 to bore a hole or passage 2 to be drilled by a tool [soft materials bore easily] 3 to move forward slowly but steadily, as if by boring --n. 3 a tiresome, dull person or thing

Thesaurus
bore, n. ----Syn. nuisance, pest, tiresome or tedious person; see trouble 2.

bore, v. 1. [To pierce by rotary motion] ----Syn. drill, ream, perforate; see penetrate 1.

2. [To weary] ----Syn. fatigue, tire, put to sleep; see weary

Thesaurus
bored, mod. ----Syn. wearied, fatigued, jaded, dull, irked, annoyed, ennuye (French); all (D): bored to death, in a rut, sick and tired, bored stiff or silly, fed up; see also tired

So what’s really happening here?

How can we allow the very process that we need to achieve success to become something dreaded,

tedious, tiresome or uninteresting?


Sounds like we need a mind set change because the process whereby we achieve success is probably not going to change or get easier.


To be continued…..

Friday, November 7, 2008



Really crappy photo today, but it's a photo!! LOL...

An email I got from Carlos this morning. We have been talking about boredom and not sticking to our programs....I have a problem with that--BIG TIME. Tomorrow I will post part 2 of our conversation.

Shari,

As I was thinking about you I wrote this new addition to my literature.



How do you get to Carnegie Hall?



The joke has been told a thousand times. A supposedly "true" anecdote in Reader's Digest. That version had violinist Jascha Heifitz being hailed by a man on a New York street. The man asks Heifitz, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" And Heifitz replies, always "without breaking stride," "Practice!"



That’s how we get better at most anything, practice.

How do we get better at swimming?

Swim.

How do we get better at playing the drums?

Practice.



Reminds me of an exchange I had with a client who is a retired college professor. He is 78 and coming only once a week. He enjoys tennis and other outdoor activities, but his deliberate exercise and strength training were limited. So because he needed balance and agility, I had recommended squats over thigh extensions.



So one day after warming up and stretching he asked me as if I had a limited repertoire of exercise knowledge. “What are we doing today, are we doing squats again?”



I said “Doctor D, didn’t you tell me you have a granddaughter that is a competitive swimmer, what does she do to continue to be competitive?”



“Oh, she has this coach that she sees once a week and he puts her through the paces with specialized training”, Dr. D said as a matter of fact. You know what I just heard you say? He looked at me and gestured with his head for me to continue.



I just heard you say that your granddaughter goes to a coach who finds a way to get your her to do boring repetitious activity, over and over until she gets better at what she wants to get better at. She gets better at swimming by swimming.



Now since you want to maintain your balance, strength, and agility for tennis and your other interests, what’s the best overall exercise to help you achieve that, seeing that you are doing lunges and thigh extensions on your own. To that Dr. D matter-of-factly replies, “Would you shut up and get the squat bar ready?”



What’s your Carnegie Hall? What's your heart’s desire?



Here’s how it works in the fewest words possible.



What we do or don't do daily, ends up being the lifestyle that determines who we are.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Another great day!



Took this pic early this morning about 5:30 am right before my workout.

I feel so good! I can't believe how BAD I had been feeling...for months! This little challenge of ours has just given me a totally NEW outlook on my life. I feel positive and fierce! My body is changing (although you probably can't tell yet! LOL!!) My boss just came out to see me, and he said I was looking especially bright and cheery today! So I told him what I'm doing. He was so supportive.

Today was my strength training session. My chest is a bit sore, hamstrings too. Not bad, just a little soreness. I also did some pilates afterward. It makes me feel so good and STRETCHED... I used to be little miss flexible--cheerleading, splits, back bends, flips, etc. but I let that go for YEARS, and now can feel how much I really NEED a good stretch. We definitely need to keep our bodies flexible. I truly believe that will cut down on injuries as we age.

Hope you are reaching for the stars!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How many days left???




I lost track of what day it is in our 2 week shred! LOL!!

I am happy to report that what I am doing is working! I am down 3.75 lbs since I started this thing. My body fat% is down ALMOST, JUST A TAD OVER 2%. I am a happy camper. :) I can tell a difference in my face, mid section, and my hands. This is so totally motivating, I can't even describe it! Thank you, Adam...for the kick in the butt. Thank you, Shredders for doing this with me...It's so much easier to have you all doing your thing along with me.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Crap Pusher's Letter

I've seen this on a few websites, and I don't know who the author is, but it kinda goes along with the point I've been trying to make about junk. Thought you would like to read....


Hello There!

Were you trying to push someone who has taken on the challenge of a fitness goal, into eating some crap? This person has set out on a mission to get herself in the best shape of her life. This requires eating some food that doesn't taste as great as what you are offering and it is very difficult and challenging to say no . It is a very very difficult sacrifice to make in giving up all the more delicious tasting foods in pursuit of a fit body and it becomes even more difficult when people like you constantly question what she is eating and and keep offering her more crappy food to eat. The crappy food you are offering may taste so delicious but the very sad and unfortunate truth is that it makes our bodies look like total shit. I wish it weren’t the case, but it is true.

Even if this person doesn’t need to lose any weight, the crappy food will STILL make her body look like shit so it’s not only about gaining or losing weight. Here is a person trying to accomplish a very difficult goal of getting and staying in great shape, and you come along and try to throw her off course. How about giving her a little support instead ? This process is very challenging.

If you want to eat crap go right ahead,.. we all make our own choices but there is no need to try and drag others down with you. Or maybe you just don’t realize that eating crap makes you look like crap (many people don’t know that) and you think it is just genetics or aging that causes us to have dangling lard all over our bodies? It doesn’t have to be that way. Start eating right as well, and you will soon see how nice you will start to look and feel and you will see that it is worth giving up the crap. There is no doubt that it SUCKS saying no all the time to the pizzas, the cookies, the cakes, the ice cream and such. It really does SUCK.

As delicious as all the crappy foods can be, they don’t come close to being as fun as it is to walk around in a lean, hard, tight body and look good in any piece of clothing. The right food will give you this look and feeling…foods such as plain chicken, oatmeal, fish, and vegetables. It’s a hard pill to swallow in giving up all the goodies but once you accept the facts you can make the best of it. How would you like to go clothes shopping and have everything look good on you? It is completely possible if you’ll stop eating all the crap and make the right choices each day.

So there you have it. That is why you were reported as a “crap pusher”. Eating right and exercising is very hard work but very worthwhile mission and you are welcome to join in on the fun! If you don’t want to, no big deal but please stop pushing the crap on others and just keep it to yourself.

Update




I know you have been waiting with baited breath to see how I did over my birthday weekend.....Well.......

It wasn't pretty, but not as bad as it could have been! I wanted Mexican food so bad I couldn't hardly stand it. I had made up my mind two weeks ago that I wanted to go to this particular restaurant. On the drive over...my common sense finally kicked in and I asked my hubby if he'd rather go to the steak house instead. He jumped at the idea! He is a real steak and potatoes guy. So we drove over and it was CLOSED! NO WAY!!! There are like only two restaurants in this town, so we ended up at Patrick McGillicuddy's. I had chicken fajitas, no tortilla, BUT...I had a margarita. They had a one man band playing live--that was fun. Mike had him sing happy birthday to me. I was mortified! LOL!!! After dinner he drove over to Safeway and bought me some roses. The most beautiful pink and white blooms. My favorites.

The best thing about this whole thing is that I ate perfectly all day, knew I was gonna eat out, but I immediately got back on the "program" after dinner. I also exercised that morning--my cardio circuit. So, I'm pretty proud of myself for getting back on track and not letting this make me feel guilty or turn into a binge.
I weighed and measured this morning and I am right where I was on Sunday morning. The thing that does "get" to me, is that I could have been so much farther along had I not "cheated".

I made the comment below in my last post about "junk". Carlos made some observations I hadn't thought about before: My thoughts on what he had to say are in caps.

"First off, we need to simplify our lives. Get rid of the junk in our lives that doesn't work--in my mind this means relationships too. People don't "get" what we are doing. They drag us down and try to get us off course. We all know which people in our circles suck the life out of us. Eventually these people fade to the background of our lives. So let that happen, cut them loose. We'll make new friends. We need to be around people that support and are INTERESTED in what we are doing...just like Lynda said in her post yesterday. We Shredders fill the bill for each other. "

CDJ: First lets understand relationships. OKAre we REALLY having a relationship? HMMMM.....

CDJ:Are you relating with someone else? Or are you merely interacting?? DEPENDS ON WHO IT IS.....

Allow people to "Define" themselves. VERY GOOD IDEA!!! I THINK WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THIS FOR EVERYONE WE KNOW. THE BEST WAY IS TO BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL.

CDJ: Are they not interested in your highest good? NOT ALWAYS!!!
Are they not interested in your goals, and dreams? NOT ALWAYS...SOMETIMES PEOPLE CAN'T SEE ANYTHING ELSE BUT THEIR OWN DREAMS AND GOALS. PEOPLE CAN BE SELFISH SOMETIMES.

CDJ: Are they not trying to understand you or why you are doing what you are doing? I BELIEVE IF THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU, THEN YES, THEY WILL UNDERSTAND, HOWEVER, THERE ARE TONS OF WOMEN OUT THERE THAT HAVE HUSBANDS THAT DON'T SUPPORT THEIR LIFE CHANGES..SUCH AS FITNESS AND FATLOSS. THESE WOMEN STRUGGLE EVERYDAY TRYING TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT SYSTEMS. THESE HUSBANDS FEEL THREATENED IN SOME WAY BY THEIR WIVES CHANGES. SOMETIMES OUR FRIENDS/FAMILY JUST DON'T HAVE ANY CLUE WHY WE NEED TO EAT CLEAN AND EXERCISE, AND SOMETIMES THEY DON'T EVEN WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. AS WE BETTER OURSELVES THIS SOMETIMES PUTS A STRAIN ON THE RELATIONSHIP. PEOPLE DON'T WANT US TO BE BETTER, BECAUSE THEN THEY HAVE TO FACE THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR OWN SITUATIONS, WHETHER IT BE THE 50 LBS HANGING OFF THEIR ASS, OR THE "RUTS" THEY ARE LIVING IN. THEY JUST DON'T WANT US TO BE BETTER THAN THEM....

CDJ: They are "DEFINING" themselves. Let them do what ever they will do. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE CHANCE TO DEFINE THEMSELVES....I'M JUST SAYING THAT WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE JUNK...DON'T KEEP HOLDING ONTO THINGS AND PEOPLE THAT DON'T WORK IN YOUR LIFE ANYMORE....SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO MOVE ON.

CDJ: They could be AUTOMATICALLY disqualifying themselves from any meaningful relationship with you. Think about that.

SK: People don't "get" what we are doing. They drag us down and try to get us off course. We all know which people in our circles suck the life out of us.

CDJ: Once they "define" themselves you don't have to let that happen!

SK: Eventually these people fade to the background of our lives. So let that happen, cut them loose.

CDJ: I submit to you that you won't have to cut them loose, they will separate themselves from you as they define who they are !

CARLOS RAISED SOME FABULOUS POINTS THAT WE SHOULD ALL THINK ABOUT. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS....I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Who Caved to Trick or Treats????




Picture of me, ( of course!) and my front porch last night.

Hmmmmm.......did you? I am proud to report that I DID NOT!!!! I also weighed in this morning and I am down 1.5 lbs since Tuesday. My body fat is down 1% on my calipers which brings it to around 36.7 or so. I haven't checked the chart. Woohoo! Go Baby!

Just as I predicted, my ass is sore. My inner thighs and butt all the way up to my lower back are yelling at me today. I did a few stretches this morning and it felt so goooooood! I missed my workout this morning. Had to take my son to a Doctor appointment and we had to leave at 6:00 am. I will do it tonite when I get home.

EATING: Right on track. Sticking to within my calorie range that Carlos and I figured. Lots of chicken, fish, veggies, fruit, and whole grains. YUM... :)

Today will be my strength training and I am looking forward to doing it tonight. Hopefully there won't be any little mouse surprises waiting me!

Tomorrow is my Birthday. :) I will be 51. That is a fact that is really disturbing to me. I feel like I'm 25 in my head. It's hard to reconcile what I see in the mirror with what I feel. I am happy that I am a fun, young thinking "girl". Life would be so sad if I just let myself "go". So many women my age just think, "Okay, I'm 50--time to pig out and go to pot!" There are even women in their 40's that have this attitude. NOT ME!!! I will be striving to be my best for the rest of my life. I WILL attain my goal and then reach even higher for new goals.

Carlos and I talked a bit about motivation on Thursday afternoon. How do we stay motivated? First off, we need to simplify our lives. Get rid of the junk in our lives that doesn't work--in my mind this means relationships too. People don't "get" what we are doing. They drag us down and try to get us off course. We all know which people in our circles suck the life out of us. Eventually these people fade to the background of our lives. So let that happen, cut them loose. We'll make new friends. We need to be around people that support and are INTERESTED in what we are doing...just like Lynda said in her post yesterday. We Shredders fill the bill for each other.

When our motivation starts slipping we need to reexamine what our motivators are. Maybe what motivated us 6 months ago is not what motivates us now. I think it's a good idea to revise goals, PPA's, and PRW's on a daily basis. These things need to be in front of us every single day. Maybe you think I'm nuts...but if your motivation is slipping 2 weeks into your plan, then something is not working and you need to find it--fast!!

I do not have internet access in my little rural town. So....that means that I will not be able to post again until Tuesday morning. But no worries...that doesn't mean I won't be eating right and doing my workouts! Sunday is my rest day anyway, so I will only really be missing Monday. I wish you all could be here with me tomorrow for a birthday party! :)

Friday, October 31, 2008

BOO!



Happy Halloween Y'all! I finally took a picture that's decent! I kinda like this one! Must be the orange shirt. I look a tad thinner too....:)

Thank you all for the wonderful comments about my post yesterday. I am so excited and motivated by this new 2 week shred. I actually feel like I KNOW what I'm doing!

Carlos has been a huge help in getting my MIND squared away. That's a big deal for me. I actually KNOW I can do this now! I was really feeling down on myself, and just having a big ol' pity party. Well...no more of that crapola! I am a strong, self reliant, woman and I can meet any goal I set! Right?! Right.

Today was the first time I did the Aerobic Circuit that Carlos is having me do. Four exercises, 20-25 reps, and 3 circuits. It was hard, but doable. I know my butt and thighs will be screaming tomorrow. This is a different style of cardio than I am used to, but my heart rate was definitely up where it needed to be.

I ate well. I'm not craving junk, which really helps. I got up so early this morning that I actually had time to cook up a batch of chicken boobs and make a salad for dinner. I love when I get up early. I get so much done.

Anyway....I am breathing hard, working hard doing my workout, when I look down and see a dead mouse! Scared the HELL out of me! When I calmed down I realized it was a fake. My dear sweet hubbie had planted it there for me as a prank....Butthead. He'll pay for that tonight! Any ideas what I can do to him???

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 4 Shredder Challenge



Me about 1/2 hour after my workout this morning. What a nice outfit! LOL!! I love that T-shirt. It's my favorite workout shirt. It's my husbands and he laughs at me every time he sees me wearing it.

You people will NEVER believe what happened to me yesterday! I spent a WHOLE HOUR talking with Mr. Carlos DeJesus on the phone! WOOHOO!!! Coolest thing that has happened to me in a while. He is such a big sweetie. I told him that and he said, "Well...I've been called worse!" LOL!!

We talked about a ton of stuff. One of his first questions was "Did I have a plan for the Shred?" Ummmm.....NO. Well..kinda. Great answer, right!? Well, I've got one now, thanks to Carlos! Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction.

He asked me what has been standing in my way of reaching my goals. The only thing standing in my way is ME! plus the fact that I have reached information saturation/overload. Have you ever felt crippled by the inability to make a decision? I just couldn't DO anything. Well Carlos told me to concentrate on 3 things.

1. Cardio
2. Weights
3. Calorie management

That's it. Nothing else. We figured my calorie limits, developed a cardio and weight plan. I am ready, I am going forward and forgetting everything else that I have read or learned. I am letting the Pro help me.

We also talked about "unfinished business". He says we all have it...if we had a childhood, we have it! Most people need to figure out what that is and resolve it so they can move on with their lives. It's funny that he would say that to me. I just resolved a HUGE issue I have had for over 33 years between me and my best friend in high school. I cannot tell you what a load that was. Now it's gone and I don't have to worry about it any longer.

He was telling me about a conversation he had with Adam about PRW's and PPA's(powerful personal affirmations) We all have written them, but what happens if they are challenged. What do we do? I know I usually cave into what's triggering me. Carlos says we need to "learn to think when we dont' know what to do". We need to slow down our thinking, grab some water, and don't allow compromise. We need to take care not to undo all the good we've done all day. This is one thing I have a huge problem with. I eat right all day and then at the last minute I'll eat something stupid. Chocolate usually. We need to challenge our fear and doubt--basically kick it's butt ( my words, LOL!)

Another thing we need to do to succeed is to find out "what the competition is up to and then DO what THEY are not willing to do." He told me a story about a competition he was in and someone asked him what he ate--"Tuna" The guy said, "NO..everyone eats tuna, what did you eat?" Carlos said, "Tuna...Tuna for breakfast, tuna for lunch, and tuna for dinner." This is one example of doing what the competition is not willing to do.

Carlos had some great stories and I listened well and took notes! I didn't want to miss a thing!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Day 3, Shredder Challenge




Kinda have a funny look on my face...

I am so happy that I scraped under the wire for this challenge! I think Adam had some really good timing coming up with this challenge. Sometimes spur of the moment things are the best!

My report....
I ate very well yesterday, and today is starting off on the right foot. Menu for today is: oatmeal, prot.pwder, blueberries for breakfast, apple & pb for snack, Lunch will be baked potato, cottage cheese, salsa, and broccoli; another apple for snack; finally...Dinner will be Grilled Chicken Boobs, salad, and probably another veggie. Not bad...I know I have to watch my calories--not too many and not too few. I tend to UNDER eat.

I did 30 minutes of a Turbo Jam DVD called Fat Blaster. It is 15 minutes of pretty intense aerobics with 15 minutes of intervals. Lots of fun. I'm probably going to walk tonite after work--at least another 30 min.

What about you, how did your day go?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I forgot..

to tell you that all my menus for the week are planned. So are my workouts. All I have to do is follow what I have written and I'll be good to go. Takes all the worry and stress out of it. As I've mentioned before, I have a notebook that I record everything in. It's all written down. I just pick a day in my book and I know exactly what I'm supposed to do for that day. Makes exercise and clean eating a no brainer.

Plus...I just wanted to add that my beginning BF% is approx 37.6, based on my accumeasure calipers. For me, it doesn't have to be on the nose, just accurate enough to track a downward trend.

Shredder Challenge




I was away for the last two days....when I came back, Lynda had emailed me to let me know about Adam's challenge. So I frantically ran to Adam's site to get the details. I signed up...but not sure that Adam will see my request to join. I AM a day late, but that's not going to stop me from doing this! LOL!!!

I am supposed to use this time to rededicate myself to my goals. I am to take a daily pic and post daily for 14 days. Since I've already missed yesterday, I probably won't be up for any of the prizes...that's okay. I'm doing this for me anyway. How I feel at the end of two weeks will be my prize. This just could be the "oomph" I need to make it to the end of the year.

I think this would be a great "cleansing" time--time to come clean on any lack of
commitment on all our parts...I'll lead the way. I am a slacker. I haven't been working out or eating right for at least the last month. This is not new news to most of you. I have been struggling for months. This next two weeks will turn me around.

I am excited about this challenge. It's like a new start :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

What Lynda said.....

"Now see there! All you needed to do is find something that works for you. Something you like, your body likes, and you can live easily with. That now is all it takes. You can keep it going, add in as much exercise as you can, and you´ll be a super-model before you know it. So proud of you! I will be glad to walk with you...let´s go!"
Lynda


Too bad it took me almost one year and lots of struggling to do it! But I think my new eating plan is fabulous. If you're not familiar with the Zone...everything is balanced--3 blocks protein, 3 carb, 3 fat at each meal. One block of chicken is 1.5 oz. So I can have 4.5 oz of chicken at each meal if I would like. I'm eating good fats that keep me full longer and enough carbs to keep me awake and from climbing the walls starving to death!

Everyone has their own take on what good nutrition is all about. I think I'm learning that you just have to find your own way. I've read ALL the books, and believe me when I tell you there is a LOT of crap out there. Most of the menus you get are so out there...who eats like that? I don't eat a different menu every day. Most people eat the same 5 things every week. In my house it used to be Tacos, Meatloaf, Spaghetti, Hamburgers, and Pizza. I have come a LONG way in changing my eating habits. I'm still not perfect, but who is...and who would WANT to be. The five meals that we have the most now are: Chicken,Rice, Veggies; Steak, potato, salad; Fajitas and Whole Wheat Tortillas, Homemade Veggie Pizza, and Salmon veggies,Salad. My husband has lost 25 lbs this year. I've lost it and found it twice this year! LOL....oh well...onward and upward!

What kind of things are you eating these days?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wonderful Day!

Remember a few weeks ago I was telling you how tired I have been for months? I could hardly drag myself out of bed at 6:30 or seven. Well, guess what!? I feel really great now. I just realized how clear headed I am and energized while driving to work today. Here is what I have been doing:

1. Go to bed at 9:00 pm 9:30 at the latest
2. Get up between 5 and 6:00 am
3. Follow The Zone program
4. Take fish oil (gel caps--the liquid stuff is nasty!)
5. B complex supported with extra B-12 and B-6
6. Pilates, weights, and some walking--at least 5 days per week

So that's my routine. It's doable, it's something I can do everyday of my life. I feel really good. In the two weeks that I've done the Zone, I feel like a new person. Dr. Sears has a pretty good philosophy about insulin and food addictions. I am pretty sure I have an insulin problem. he talks about using food as "medication" to correct a condition. Use food the right way and it will heal you. I don't have ANY cravings now. That is the best part for me. As you know I am a Chocolate ADDICT....THERE. I've said it. You girls know what I mean...and some of you guys also! This plan makes sense to ME. It seems to be something I can stick to and make a lifestyle. I've tried a lot of other things and they either didn't fit my lifestyle, were too complicated--eat this today, but not tomorrow--or they were WAY too low in carbs or calories.

So now that my plan is in place, I can go for it again! Woohoo! Lynda girl...get your walking shoes...I'm right behind you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thanks!


To the Shredder women who visited and gave me such encouragement. I really have had a setback. It sucks. I hate when I let myself go--and I mean that by not doing what I'm supposed to do--mainly not eating right. I exercise, but the eating thing has got me crazy. Low carb, High carb, raw, low cal, GEEZ!!!!!

I really am kinda stuck on what to do next. It's not like I eat crap all day long. I have a problem on weekends--like everyone else. Today I had: Breakfast...4 eggwhites, oatmeal and berries. Lunch: chicken breast, salad, and green beans. I have an apple and a string cheese stick for a snack this afternoon. Tonight will be Turkey and veggies. Nothing wrong with that. Now if I can just do it again tomorrow. One foot in front of the other.

They say eating is 80% (whatever) of the program. So if you can get your eating plan down pat, the rest should pretty much fall into place. I believe that. I work out just about every day, except for now and then--like the last two weeks w/my back. (which feels great now, thankyou!) My eating is not good. So that is my "project" for the next few weeks--to get me back on track.

BTW...heard from the Marine...he's okay and he loves me! Woohoo! made my day. I love my kid. He's such a wonderful person. I wish more kids were like him.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm ready to go!




Today is the first day that my back hasn't hurt. I think I'm good to go. I haven't really worked out in about two weeks. Glad to get back to it.

Taking Today and Sunday to get my self re-dedicated and make plans as to what I'm actually going to do. I am one of those persons that NEEDS to have my menu and workouts all drawn out so I don't have to wake up and worry about getting it together. When it's down in writing in my binder, I can just go for it.

I hate to admit this, but where else can I feel comfy admitting my shortcomings?--I am pretty much back to the same place I was in July. My weight is up, my fat % is up. BUT....I'm not giving up. I'm getting a move on. This is truly a journey and a life experience. I just need to keep moving ahead. I don't want to be stagnant and settle for what I am. I want to be better, the best.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Went Visiting



This is a portion of a mural my son Jacob painted in a Shakey's restaurant in Auburn Alabama. Pretty cool.

I went visiting some of my blog friends today. I found out Dougal is needing our help. Please pop on over and visit him today. We need to get on our knees and pray for his recovery. He has a great attitude and refuses to give in to this horrible infection. Everyone, very simplistically, tells you to have faith. That is the ONE thing Dougal does not need, because he HAS it!

Did a short walk today, feeling better everyday. Lilla mentioned getting a massage. That sounds like a fabulous idea. I think I'll look into that.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thank you so much!




Craft Show pics....

Everyone that left a comment yesterday had some really nice things to say. Ron actually said something that I had not thought of: Stress affecting my back. All the late nights bent over a sewing machine or table making candles probably took it's toll.

Thank you so much for the warm hugs via the "net" for my son. I am trying to come to grips with his "vocation" of choice. I admire him for his patriotism and willingness to do his part. Not many kids his age (19) have a global view, much less a view outside of themselves.

I am wanting to get back to working out. I feel like a slug. I've done 2 days of Pilates this week and one short 20 min. walk. Back is still tender and need to be careful. I'm such a crybaby....I have had Dougal on my mind all week as I whine and cry about my little ouchie. Dougal...you are welcome to kick me in the ass. LOl!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm still here!




Okay....the craft show is over and so is the mad rush to finish projects. I am so glad to be done with that! It was fun, it was hard work, and I made a few bucks.

I am getting over a back thing...I'm not calling it an injury, because I didn't "injure" myself. I just woke up last Monday and could barely walk, stand up straight, or turn to the side. I'm better now, but still have tender spots when I turn to the side. Have not exercised in a week. Just couldn't bear to do anything. Today I did some pilates, and I felt pretty good. I'm gonna try the treadmill tomorrow. I have really missed working out. I never thought I would hear myself say that! I was able to keep the weight off this week, so that's good. Normally I would have used it for an excuse to pig out.

I got some really sad news (sad to me) today. I've known for awhile that my son was going to Iraq in Oct., but we just heard last week that he's going to Afghanistan instead. That bothered me, but okay....let's get it over with. TODAY...as soon as I walked in the door to work, I found out his orders have changed, and he's off to Afghanistan NOW, TODAY. I am so upset, and have been like a cry baby all day. I didn't even get to say goodbye or tell him I love him. I don't know how long he'll be out of touch, but do me a favor....keep him in your prayers.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Jesus Vs Satan

I had read this before via email, but I just found it on Jamie's site....Still funny!

Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of all the bickering.

Finally fed up, God said, “THAT’S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job.”

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused.
They faxed.
They e-mailed.
They e-mailed with attatchments.
They downloaded.
They did spreadsheets!
They wrote reports.
They created labels and cards.
They created charts and graphs.
They did some genealogy reports.
They did every job known to man.

Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell. Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and of course, the power went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed.

Finally the electricity came back on and each of them re-started their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming: “It’s gone! It’s all GONE! I lost everything when the power went out!” Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing off all of his files from the past two hours of work. Satan observed this and became irate. “Wait!” he screamed. “That’s not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don’t have any?” God just shrugged and said,

“Jesus Saves.”

Tagged!

I've been tagged by Jamie over at Bitrcountrygirl to a 5 things about me meme. Gee thanks Jamie..... :)

The rules are:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share five facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here are 5 things about me:

1. I make primitive country crafts. Been sewing since I was little
2. I sell real estate...been an agent for about 10 years. Currently working as office manager for an upscale luxury home sales office.
3. I am married to a firefighter...He's my hero.
4. I can't stand fish...but I'll eat Salmon..but ONLY if it's grilled.
5. I can type about 60 words per minute!

I am tagging:

Lynda
Debbie
Lilla
Mike Groom
Diane

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Some fun news



He's called: Freezin' my bells off! I made him for my craft show on Oct. 11th.

I measured myself today for the first time in about a month! I have lost 2 inches on my waist, 1/2 on butt, 2 in on chest and 3/4 on my thighs. PLUS I'm down 1/2 lb more! So that's over 5 inches and 5.5 lbs in one month. Woo hoo!

Here's a little tidbit I read in an article: 25 Love facts.
#9. Brain scans show that people who view photos of a beloved experience an activation of the caudate — the part of the brain involving cravings.
No wonder I'm so freakin' fat! If I would just quit looking at my hubbies pic on my desk...these pesky cravings would go away!


I have been so busy with my craft show...I am swamped! I'm sorry if I haven't been commenting so much on everyone's blog. I AM visiting, just busy. You all mean so much to me, and I can't imagine a day without any of you!

Visit my craft blog and you can see what I've been making....
Cranapple Christmas

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Walking....




Lynda says I have to walk everyday this week. Well that goal is shot to shit! Actually I walked this morning, so I'm good for Tuesday! I did a 1/2 hour walk and a 30 minute DVD--

I took a Pilates class yesterday. First time I had ever done it in a class atmosphere. Different, that's all I can say.

I am still down 5 lbs...which is good. Means I'm progressing and not moving backward.

Hope you all have a fab day!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Real Estate Classes


I have been sitting in classes for two days! I had to drive 2 hours to get here, and it really sucks. I've missed my workouts for two days also. I feel like crap. I have a headache and I'm TIRED!!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Everything's just peachy!





I've been sewing and crafting like a crazy woman for a craft show in two weeks, plus our little office opened up 4 escrows this week. Even with all the stock market and economy crap floating around, real estate still plugs away.

I've worked out and been eating right. My weight is again stuck, but it just doesn't freak me out anymore. I'll drop when my body lets me drop again. :)

Hoping you all are doing what you're SUPPOSED to be doing! Consider me your little conscience tugging at you! Do it, do it right! Don't procrastinate!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Something Funny...




As you know, my office is in the Lobby to the Fitness Center here at The Hassayampa. I see lots of people come and go. WELL...yesterday this woman came to my desk. She wanted to know what she needed to do to sign in at the Fitness Center. I directed her to the desk. She was here to work out...but get this....She was about 65ish, hair done--like just out of the salon--you know--helmet hair! She had lots of jewelry on, nails done, and perfume too! The best part of all this bling was that she was wearing panty hose under her shorts, and no socks with her shoes. She went straight for the treadmill. She walked for about 15 minutes, came out "Whew! What a workout! I'm beat!" She didn't have a hair out of place, no sweat, and off she went! I just sat there with my mouth open.....

Biggest Loser



Picture of my Daughter Leighsa and my Grandson Jacob.

I was watching the season premier of Season 6 last night. There are some HUMONGOUS people on this season! I'm talking almost 400 lb'ers. Even the women are in the 260's and up. Man....WE ARE FAT, people! America needs to lighten up...in more ways than one!

They had Dr. Huizinga showing the Losers ( I mean that nicely :) what a healthy heart looks like vs. how theirs looks with all the fat around it. He also showed how a 26 yr. old contestant was actually 49 years old internally.

My heart breaks for these people. I'm fat, but man...not like that. We all have a tough row to hoe. It doesn't matter if you need to lose 10-15 or 115 lbs. The journey is still the same hard road. Count your blessings...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Another great day!



Here are some affirmations for ya!

I am a confident, disciplined person and can achieve anything I want.
Eating fresh, wholesome food makes me look and feel great.
I love my life, and every day of it is a blessing.

I'm doing pretty good these days! I did have a "cheat day" last Friday--we had pizza. First time in a long time I've had pizza. Everytime I eat carbs like that, my weight jumps up. I know that my body stores water with it when I eat carbs. It goes away after a couple of days. STILL...it kinda psyches you out.

I did my lower body today. I am tad sore, but feel really great. Hope you are too!
Had chicken salad for lunch.

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's Official!




I am down a whole 5 lbs! Took 2 weeks to do it, but by golly I did it! I'm just so happy! That's all I have to say today! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Today is that day.



The day that we woke up to 7 years ago in horror--watching what terorists were doing to our country and our people. I will never forget it, and I hope you won't either. I just wanted to say a little something in remembrance of all those people. I am a little sad today. My hubbie is a firefighter, and I KNOW for a fact, that if we had been there, he would have been right in the middle of the fray--doing what he felt was right. Just like everyone else.

You can go online, or watch TV, or read something negative about the U.S everyday, but I 'm telling you....Americans are strong. Who answers the call when the world needs help. We're usually the first at the scene, offering services and money. America is great because Americans are great.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Progress, finally.......




I absolutely LOVED the responses I got from my last post! I learned so much about several of the Shredders! Ron said he doesn't wear his glasses when he goes out so he won't look nerdy! Juli likes hugs, Lynda speaks Spanish w/ a Texas Twang! Suzette has a BA in Psych, and Jamie hates swiss cheese! How funny! I just love learning little bits and pieces from all of you.

I have really knuckled down and I'm eating right, working out like I should. I have been slacking on the walking thing, but I plan a walk tonight if there's no rain. I will NEVER be one of those people that walk/run in rain or snow! No thank you!

My pants are a little looser, which is fabulous! That means progress. I even tried on a jacket I bought 3 months ago....it was a tad tight in the waist and chest. It fits now. I have only lost 4.5 lbs but that 4.5 lbs made a HUGE difference to me. I am on a downhill slide now! My goal of a size 10 by Dec. 31, looks reachable. I am just about OUT of a size 16 pants.

I was thinking about my PRW again last night. One thing that I fantasize about is having my hubby spontaneously just sweep me off my feet--literally--pick me up in his arms. This is really hard for me to say....I weigh just about 10 lbs less than him...but he's 6'3"--I'm 5'2. NOT good. Wow! That was hard to say. I will hit that goal New Year's Eve. I will also be wearing a size 10 pair of jeans when he does it!

Don't forget to revisit your PRW's.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Things you may not know about me.




Dougal's blog got me to thinking yesterday....Here are some things you may not know about me.

I was a single mother of 4
I majored in interior design in college
My family came from Ireland in the 1600's and settled in the Pennsylvania area and later Texas
I can play the flute
I have a charmed life...I have never had to deal with death or sickness in my family
I love to fish
I love Nascar
I was a cheerleader in high school
I was on the swim team

Leave me a comment with some things I don't know about you!

Hey Juli! The new shoes are great! They fit really well! Margaret/Lynda, thanks for the encouragement to walk. Dougal--here's a hug.

A couple of weeks ago, I was on the Red Carpet Ready site: Valerie Waters. She has trained quite a few celebs in her time. Anyway...I have her book--which is fabulous for women, BTW...

She had a little contest to enter for a "Body Assessment". She picked me! I am on her website--Lucky Number 13! Check it out, and see what she said about me.
http://www.redcarpetready.com/blog/
I think she was right on with her recommendations. I will be implementing them starting today.

I try to be consistent with my workouts, but lately I have been fighting the Sleepy Monster. I just CANNOT get up before 6:00 anymore. So....the first thing I have to do is change my mind set...."I CAN get up at 5:45, no problem!" The next thing is to get to bed at 9:00 instead of wasting time staying up til 10. I need sleep. I have a lot of things to accomplish during the day and need the energy!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Walking....




I had a really nice evening walk yesterday. It was cool and the sun was down. I went to the high school track and by the time I had finished, it was a social event! I ran into people I hadn't seen in MONTHS! I had to stop to see a brand new baby, talk to a guy I used to work with, and visit with a few ladies that also were walking. I thought I had done a mile, but I lost track of how many laps I had done! I only did a little over 3/4 of a mile, but hey! I did it! :) I am NOT a walker....but I am trying to be one! I won't be walking Miles and Miles like Lynda, but I will walk what I feel I need and how my body feels! I slept like a baby last night! I couldn't believe it when I saw the clock! It was 6:40 am! No time to do my weights, but I can do them when I get home.

I hope your day goes well...eat right, exercise, and do something for YOURSELF!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Happy Wednesday!




I just read Dougal's blog. I have been crying for about 10 minutes. My boss thinks I'm nuts--or maybe hormonal. LOL!! Pay Dougal a visit today. His blog is on my right hand side bar.

Lynda did her walk on Sunday, and made it to the end! She said people cheered when they entered the stadium! Just like the Olympics! You go girl!

I did my upper body today. Lots of biceps, shoulder lifts, pushups, chest presses, etc. Shoulders are a tad sore. They are definitely my weak link.

I bought a sectional for my living room on Saturday. My hubbie and I went to pick it up on Sunday in our old "Bronze Bertha". She's a 1971 Dodge long bed pick up. I swear! That truck is like a Timex...just keeps on ticking. Anyhoo...Mike and Bill (the man we bought it from) loaded up all four pieces on the truck. Mike strapped it down and off we went. It was like a scene from "The Grapes of Wrath"! When we got home it was threatening rain, so we had to hurry and unload. The corner piece we brought up the stairs ( I live upstairs--21 steps!) with no problem. Mike brought up the chair and recliner all by himself...he just lifted it up over his head and up he went. BUT THEN....the couch, which is a hide-a-bed, was next. We stopped for a minute so Mike could have a beer break! LOL!! After a bit he asked me if I was ready. I said "yes...but...you can't yell at me, or get irritated with me if I can't do this." He said he wouldn't--we had another furniture moving experience that just wasn't fun--I'm sure he remembered that fiasco! Any way...he edged it off the truck so I could grab it. Okay...not so heavy. I can do this! As we went up the steps, I was about 5 steps up...Mike kinda pushed the couch and it knocked me flat on my butt with the couch in my lap. I started to laugh so hard that I couldn't lift it back up! It scared Mike. He thought he had hurt me. He ran next door to get Jerry. They came back and rescued me from under the couch and carried it all the way up! I was so proud of Mike for being so patient... I have no idea what we're gonna do when we move! I guess the same thing we did when we moved in....we took the railing off the deck and used a fork lift and crane to lift it all up!

Friday, August 29, 2008

TGIF!



Man...I'm pooped! Are you? This has been a whirlwind week for me. We have been busy at work, I've been making candles and dolls for my website, PLUS working out, and eating right!

I am so excited....I weighed my self this morning for the first time in like 2 months! I absolutely hate the scale--it's a LIAR!! But just for giggles, I thought I'd weigh. I am down 4.5 lbs! That excited me so much, I took some measurements...I am down little increments all over my body. Woohoo! My body is FINALLY letting loose again! It must be due to my new way of eating and exercising plan. I am so happy. I was really getting down, because NOTHING seemed to work.

Today was lower body and abs. I am having so much fun with this Barry's Bootcamp series. It's hard, but not so hard that I can't DO it. I have to modify a couple of exercises, but not many.

I am ready to start the new Walking Challenge with Lilla, Lynda, et al. My shoes are ready, my sensor WORKS... DUH. Nothing can stop me this time! It starts on Sept. 1.--which is also the same day I am having my drawing on my Cranapple Christmas blog. So if you want to enter, you need to get a move on...only two more days!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's Wednesday! Hump Day!




I got the invitation to join the Sept. Nike+ Challenge from Lilla this morning. I'm gonna have to try out my new sensor and make sure it works! I'm sure it will...what are the odds of receiving two defective sensors??

My new running shoes fit well and feel really good. They are uglier than sin, but as I told you before...they were only 24.95! Discontinued model--probably because they were so Fugly, no one wanted to wear them. I SWEAR they glow in the dark!

Did my upper body today. My shoulder muscles--the ones down the side of your neck--are those the Traps??? Anyway...they feel really tight. Any ideas for loosening them up a bit. Also, I noticed that my shoulders tend to slump forward, probably because I sit at a computer all day at work. How can you fix that? Is is a chest thing or a back thing?

I got the best book! It is written by Alissa Cohen, and it's all about Raw Food. Some of the recipes are to die for, others sound like you'd die eating them! LOL!!
Anyhoo...I got a lot of great info from the book. I am moving more and more towards the Raw way of life. Baby steps to be exact. I do green smoothies in the A.M. some fruit before lunch. Then lunch is usually a salad packed with all kinds of veggies. I am still having some cooked foods for dinner, but even that is losing it's appeal. It's hard to dismiss all the "After" stories of people that have healed themselves of disease, obesity,and aches and pains of all kinds. I read about one woman that went to THIRTY SEV-EN doctors and NONE of them could help her. She finally went to a naturopath who tested her hair. She had LEAD poisoning and was actually on the verge of DEATH. Within a week of Raw eating she was feeling better. Who says that nutrition can't cure your body!?

Bad news.....I found out that my son David may be deployed to Iraq in October. I am NOT happy about that! My son Jacob says that I need to trust God and know that he will be allright. I said, "God may be his father, but I'm his MOTHER! and I don't like it one bit!" I do trust God. I know he will take care of my baby...after all David is his baby too! I hope that didn't sound too weird, but I'm sure you know what I mean!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hello! Everyone!



The portrait above was painted by my son Jacob for his finals at art school--University of Georgia. The girl is my brand new daughter in law, Mary Anne.


Today is a beautiful day! The sun is shining, the big fluffy clouds tell me we'll be getting rain soon....something the desert southwest desperately needs. I love this time of year...not too hot, not quite fall. It's good workout weather!

I got up at 5:30 this morning, exercised, ate breakfast, put a crock pot dinner on for tonight, packed my food for the day, showered, got dressed, and and all this by 7:00! What fun! I just had tons of energy this morning and felt great! Been a little draggy for the last two months. I guess I'm over it!

I hope Lynda and Dougal enjoy the little "awards" I sent them! They are two of the most wonderful people. I would have given them out to more of the Shredders, but I figured that Dougal and Lynda would pass them around just fine!

I did my lower body this morning--I just hate those hateful little "flunges"! BUT....they will make my butt look nice! So I just keep on doing them!

I got my new sensor Saturday....Let's hope this one works. Just in time for the September Challenge!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sleepy Time...




Got some great comments to my last post. It seems that exercise is a lifesaver! Some people reported that it has saved their lives (Dougal for one). Others say it has eased health issues. It's just an all round good thing! I grumble, grumble about doing it, but I REALLY wouldn't like to see the alternative!

I sent my little Nike Sensor back to the store I got it from. It just PLAIN DOES NOT work. At first it was me--user error, but it got worse from there! I just got sick of it not recording! Hopefully the one they send me in return will actually work!

I am so excited for Lynda...she's joining the Human Race..finally! LOL!! No, really...She's walking/running in the Nike Human Race 10K. I am so proud that she's doing it. She says that there are 7000 people registered in the Madrid Spain race.

I am struggling onwards with my workouts. I have been having about 2 times a week when I am over sleeping. Not sure what's going on there, but I'm sure it will work itself out. Sleep is a good thing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I hurt my F-ing foot.....




I was just doing my band exercises--bicep curls I think. I moved my foot to get a better stance and got a sharp pain across the top of my foot. I thought--hmmmm....what's up with that???? There's no swelling or bruising, but it hurts like hell. I was able to finish my workout and I've been able to walk. I just need to be careful making lateral movements.

I have been SO on the verge of just chucking all this fitness stuff. Then I go on all y'all's blogs and I am re-motivated. I know that I feel so much better when I workout. The aches and pains of aging are minimized and my energy is so much better. BESIDES...I like myself so much better! Don't you??? Doesn't fitness make your life better?! Leave a comment telling me how fitness has affected your life.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Team Work!




I was thinking...with the Olympics and all....who's on my team? What about you. Do you have a team? Who is PULLING for you to win? Who is motivating you to workout? Eat Right???

Do you tell your family and friends what your goals are? Do they support you?
That means: Do they try to get you to cheat, by making your "favorite" dinner, baking desserts, offering drinks at a party?

How many of your TEAM works out with you? Do they cancel on workout sessions, make excuses?

Here's a rundown of who's on my team:

- my hubbie

- my family

- my friends

- my online support group--that means you..shredders!

As one person striving to reach a goal--that's pretty good.
BUT when you have a team that backs you up…that's makes you GREAT!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Energy!


I came home last night and had so much creative energy that I was able to design four new dolls for my craft site! I also cut out several little projects and I'm ready to sew and go! My hubby was asleep on the couch when I got home, not sure if that had anything to do with it or not! LOL!!!

I have been adding more and more raw foods into my diet--following Debbie and Lynda's lead. I really just have not been a huge meat eater, and as for dairy products--plain yogurt is about it. I would be perfectly happy eating fruit all day. I have ALWAYS been that way. Too bad I never listened to my body! I have been up until 10:30 for two nights just full of it...energy, guys, energy. I just can't seem to find my off switch! I have tons of energy for my workouts AND for all the rest of the things I need to do thru the day! I have lost 2 lbs, and an inch off my waist since last week. Finally...My body is changing again. I felt stuck on pause for about 2 months. I'm a really happy camper right now!

Today was lower body: Lots of flunges, squats, and ball exercises like hamstring curls. I love this Barry's Boot Camp! I also did a "trouble spot" upper body video and abs. About a 50 min workout total. I am going to get a short walk in tonite also--if it doesn't rain again. We are in the middle of our monsoon season and you can never count on walking in the evening....downpours just about every evening. They don't last long, but just long enough to get you interested in something else, and forgetting about your walk!