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4 mi Hike w/Pics

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Since today was one of the first sunny days in over a week, we decided to get out of the house!

We went to a nearby state park and hit the trails.

It was a bit longer than it looked on the map - in all 4 miles - but I made it! No small feat considering I haven't walked that far all at once since before my accident. In total I burned over 500 calories! It felt awesome!

Break time!

Highlight of the day! This pretty girl was only about 20 yds away from us and she didn't even care that we were there. She just munched on her grass.

A hill at the END of a hike is pretty evil... just saying.

Now I'm relaxing and elevating my poor swollen foot. It's sore, but it doesn't hurt near as much as it used to just walking a little bit. So that's definitely progress!

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KALISWALKER 6/12/2012 1:17PM

    I am sure you all had fun. Great pictures!

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    Beautiful place to walk!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/4/2012 4:00AM

    emoticonWell done! Love the pics!

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MICKEYMAX 6/3/2012 5:20PM

    GREAT JOB! I love the background of your page!

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YOSOYLINDA 6/3/2012 5:16PM

    Good job on the 4 miles! Glad you all had fun.

I got as far as one of the lakes yesterday, but no good walks. I did get to handle the rudder on a sailboat (my first time on a sailboat), and I thank the brave gentleman at the Thunderbird Sailing Club who allowed me to "sail" his boat.

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BABYBARNEY 6/3/2012 2:43PM

    Congrats on your forest stroll...There's truth in the saying...What doesn't kill you will make you STRONGER...keep on sparkin,

Sandi emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/3/2012 10:22AM

    Its alway nice to go for a walk in the forest. Don't you just love the smell of the trees and crisp clean air? Loved it when I hiked while on vacation. wish we had a trail close to us. (Its about 20 miles away from my house and I hate spending the gas.) You have cute kids! Its good when you all exercise together, then it does not seem like hard work! More liek FUN! Great going! susana

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123ELAINE456 6/3/2012 7:51AM

  Awesome!!! A day out in Nature on Trails walking is some thing you don't get to do that often. Glad you had a good time. Have a very enjoyable day today also. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. You are doing great.

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LESLIELENORE 6/2/2012 8:44PM

    I love the pics!

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BOGUSANNIE 6/2/2012 8:04PM

    ice your foot too...that'll really help.

Great job! emoticon

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TARAH85 6/2/2012 6:15PM

    It's sounds like you had a great time. :)

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LINDAK25 6/2/2012 5:56PM

    Beautiful pictures. FOUR MILES! WOW! emoticon

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CHRISFROMCT 6/2/2012 5:32PM

    I think you met several worthwhile needs by taking that walk - two thumbs up!

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IBECCA 6/2/2012 4:53PM

    oh Yay! thanks for sharing

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VALYNN26 6/2/2012 4:52PM

    Looks like you had a nice time. Thanks for sharing the pics. emoticon

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10 Strength Moves You Can Do Without Even Getting Out of Bed

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I'm not one with lots of fitness equipment. I have a core ball, a scale, 2 weighted sand balls, and the 3 resistance bands you see above. I had a stability ball and pedometer at one point, but seem to have lost them somewhere between moving 3 or 4 times.

Sure there are lots of gadgets I want (like a fitbit), but that doesn't mean I can afford them. It also sometimes means I have to modify workouts to make my equipment work for me.

For example: I saw Coach Nicole's Inner & Outer Thigh Toner video today and I wanted to try it ( www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
), but I don't have the right kind of resistance bands for many of her moves. Shes uses the tubes that have handles. Its mildly annoying because MANY of the exercises she suggests are impossible, or impractical at best, to do with my type of bands. But I digress.

I made do with the bands I have by tying them around my feet and a little bit of improv.

But it got me thinking... there are lots of other ways I modify workouts, a big one being that I generally don't do workouts on the floor. My lower back/butt/spine area has always been sensitive. Laying down on a bare or carpeted floor is really painful to the area that "pokes out" (the part that starts the curve that becomes the top of your butt- no clue if this has an actual name). And since my accident, it's become down right hell to lay on hard surfaces - it even hurts to sit that part on my core ball. So this means that if I didn't modify, many, many exercises - like a basic crunch - would be a no-go for me.

So.... I modified instead of giving up. At first I would pull my couch cushions onto the floor, but now I have a leather couch and cushions aren't removable. Then, I used the mattress from the hospital bed I needed after my accident... but it was too springy and still hurt a little bit. Now I have the perfect thing for me - my bed. It's a firm to medium mattress so I don't sink in, and can still maintain a correct position.

Which comes to the point of this long entry - I thought I'd share some of my moves since some people may be in my situation, or are completely bed ridden and need to keep from losing muscle.

*** 10 Strength Moves You Can Do Without Even Getting Out of Bed***

Equipment: resistance bands (I keep mine right next to bed)

I'm sure some of these are named moves found in the tracker, but I honestly don't know - I generally only use the tracker for my cardio.

Upper Body:

1. Lie on left side with left arm extended upward toward the head of the bed, gripping one end of band. Grip other end of band with right hand and right arm in a bicep curl position. Band should be tight. Curl right arm as if you're curling a normal dumbbell. Go slowly. Do several reps. Switch sides and repeat.

2. Lie face up, arms up toward ceiling holding band tight. Press arms outward slowly and then back in. Do several reps.

3. Flip over onto your stomach, repeat #3 holding arms a couple inches above back.

4. Maintain position, now pulse arms up and down in small motions. Several reps.

Lower Body - Probably should wear shoes for these moves.

6. Remain on stomach. Bend legs up so that they are close to your butt. Loop band around your feet. Attempt to straighten feet to about 45 degree angle. NOTE: Do not straighten all the way or bands will slide right off your feet. Hold 15 secs. Do several reps. As it gets easier, increase time.

6 & 7. Do moves from video above. Modify as necessary. With first move, I just held the band at waist level a bit wider than my body. Probably not as much of a workout as using the step in the video, but it worked.

8. Flip over onto back. Loop band around right foot with left leg either bent (like for crunches) or straight out. Hold band taught, press out with leg for several reps, then up in the air for several reps. Switch sides and repeat.


9 & 10. Finish off with several reps each of traditional crunches and your choice of twist crunches and/or bicycle crunches.

Then hop in the shower, you've earned it!

*******Disclaimer!! This is what I DO.... I'm not a trainer, I'm not an expert, just thought this would be a helpful post for those who need extra ST but are limited. As always talk to ya doc.

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KALISWALKER 6/1/2012 1:59PM

    What a great idea! How easy can it get to do your exercises early in the day. I make my bed while I am still in bed, sort of like making a snow angel.

Have a great weekend!

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MEAG9686 6/1/2012 8:53AM

    Great tips! Good for your for modifying the exercises to fit your needs. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 6/1/2012 1:24AM

  Doing exercises on the bed would be a lot eaisier on your body than down on the hard floor carpet or no carpet. This is a very good blog with a lot of things you could try. I don't have any bands so Im limited in what I can do. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week. This is the WAY TO GO.

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LINDAK25 5/31/2012 6:15PM

    Thanks for the ideas. I'm just starting the strength exercises. Right off the bat I realized that there are some I simply cannot do because I have to be on the floor. And yes, my tailbone is sensitive, too.

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DONNAJEAN2277 5/31/2012 4:21PM

    I love doing ST in bed. Sometimes before I even get out of it in the morning, I'll do leg lifts and some straight legs lifts or crunches. There's nothing like the feeling you've already gotten in 10 minutes of exercise before you've even gotten up to brush your teeth!

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CANDOK1260 5/31/2012 3:41PM

    great exercisde routine i might tried it

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GODWINJAL2 5/31/2012 2:56PM

    sometimes the bed is the only option I have done leg exercises in bed more than once and stretching too. emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 5/31/2012 1:18PM

    Hehehe...GREAT idea!!!

I LOVE bed...although I may not as much if I start exercising there too!!

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Vitality Prompt 5

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I saw this photo today and I realized I'm not a complete couch potato anymore. Yes, I do spend a lot of time sitting.... BUT I'm exercising at least 5 days a week and I'm finding more and more ways to get off my tushie. It's doing wonders for foot by the way.

Anyway, on to the prompt - Write a letter to your future self at your goal.

btw, I am going to be sad to see the end of this challenge! I love the prompts. I want more!


Dear future Butrfly,

First of all I just want to say how freaking awesome you look! Smokin'! I want to tell you how PROUD I am of your accomplishments! You hit your goal weight, which you've been wanting since middle school.... but aside from that, look at everything else you've gained!

Your diet is awesome. Look at all those veggies in your fridge! And sheer number of recipes you've tried since beginning the journey is astounding. Can you even count the number of foods you now love that you hated before?

I love that you exercise as much as you do - but you don't even think of it as exercise -- you honestly look like you're having fun... and you are aren't you?? Yeah, I could tell. Tell me, is the couch still sending you "missing you" emails, or has it finally given up hope of you coming back?

Wow. Can I just take this moment to thank you? I want to thank you SO much for all of your effort, especially the mental effort. I am so happy that I'm no longer lugging around all that mental dead weight. I am happy that you learned from all of your experiences and you treat yourself like a treasure - not a landfill. I feel so alive without all the garbage you used to fill me with - hate, anger, sadness, daily junk food, chemicals. You're always so happy and full of energy. You really figured out all the good ways to feed me.

I'd also like to say congrats for climbing Grandfather Mountain and for teaching yourself how to run again. Ssssh, don't tell the doc, but I always knew you could do it. Girl, I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us!

Your Body

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JFROGSPYDER 6/2/2012 3:37PM

    WOW!!!! What an awesome blog!!!!
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SPARKGIRL32 5/31/2012 4:35PM

    LOVE !!! :) And don't worry, we'll have another round next month :) I will be adding at least two different prompts.

You're awesome, girlfriend!!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 5/30/2012 10:37PM

    Terrific letter to future self.. Lauren (SparkGirl), a Sparklive coach, told me I should write one of these, but I haven't yet.

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 5/30/2012 9:37PM

  This was so inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CEKER9 5/30/2012 8:58PM

    Wonderful insightful letter!

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DONNAJEAN2277 5/30/2012 6:01PM

    What a fantastic idea! Everyone deserves to have a love letter from themselves like this :)

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PINKYGALMISH 5/30/2012 3:58PM

    OMG LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!! Great job! Your letter gave me goosebumps. I was having trouble thinking of how I was going to write mine, but yours is so inspirational. I'm sad to see this challenge end too, but that doesn't mean we won't keep challenging ourselves and holding ourselves accountable in other ways!


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123ELAINE456 5/30/2012 3:53PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Very well written. You are doing good. WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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PATRICIAIN2014 5/30/2012 3:39PM

    Awesome, awesome blog! emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 5/30/2012 3:07PM

    Well done!!!

I have to say...it took me a bit to realize it was a couch potato...I thought it was a turkey at first glance...DOH!!! emoticon

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Days 9 & 10 Plus Storms and Veggies~!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Update for days 9 & 10:

Nutrition: emoticon
Fitness: emoticon
Self-love: emoticon


In other news...

Tropical Storm Beryl been unloading lots of rain on us for the last few days. I'm not complaining, though! I love rain. I love storms. I turned off my a/c today, opened my sliding glass door and listened as the rain pounded my porch. If I closed my eyes I could imagine myself on a lush tropical island standing next to a sparkling waterfall. (I really WAS that loud!)

That's not fog!

Puddles off my porch.

Swimming anyone?

Also on my porch are the veggies I'm growing.

The row against the glass door are cherry tomatoes.
The front row was newly seeded basil (which sprouted today!)
And the bigger plant on the right is an unknown plant the step daughter brought home from school (she couldn't remember what it was.. and I certainly don't know!).

And now I'm settling into watching a movie with my honey. Peace!

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KALISWALKER 5/30/2012 1:59PM

    We get a lot of rain and I don`t really notice it. I notice the days the sun is shining.

You will have lots of cherry tomatos! You have inspired me to look for some seeds today!

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BOGUSANNIE 5/30/2012 10:11AM

    Rain is great...we have had a few storms too over the last couple of days.

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CELIAMINER 5/30/2012 7:26AM

    Love the rain, too! We're considering retiring in Washington state.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/30/2012 6:42AM

    We were supposed to get rain yesterday.... send some my way? My garden needs it. I to love the sound of rain but hate it when it rains hard and the winds whip up and my roof shingles get torn off.... love a sprinkle, just send me enough to water my garden is all, thank you!

Great progress! I am so jealous of your progress and that you can keep on a challenge. Hope the sun comes out for you. susana

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CEKER9 5/30/2012 3:06AM

    A fellow rain lover! There are a few of us left... rain and storms are so peaceful and invigorating. Enjoy!

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AEROGIRL1594 5/29/2012 10:55PM

    Congrats on keeping up with and meeting your goals! :) That's very exciting for you! We've had a ton of rain here too lately, and today we had a huge down poor it was really kind of scary actually. Good luck meeting your goals! I know you can do this!

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PINKYGALMISH 5/29/2012 9:50PM

    Yay for meeting goals!! You're doing FANTASTIC! I love your page background, by the way :)

I just planted some veggies today too - I can't wait for them to grow.

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VALYNN26 5/29/2012 8:51PM

    Great!! Congrats on your veggies emoticon. I sure wish you could send some of your rain my way way (Ohio). My son likes storms also. Enjoy your movie & your storms.

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123ELAINE456 5/29/2012 8:45PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Enjoy the Storm, Rain And Movie. Have Fun. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Your Veggies Plants looks nice. Take Care.

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Vitality Prompt 4

Monday, May 28, 2012

On to prompt 4!

emoticonHow has negative self-talk affected you up until this point?
---Let me count the ways! lol It has prevented me from getting the things I want. It has prevented me from being happy - not just with how I look, but with life in general.

emoticonHow do you think your journey would be different if you didn’t participate in negative self-talk?
---I have gotten such a glimpse of a negativity free world. Not whining and complaining at every turn ... but there is always more to learn - more to figure out. And it's never black and white - old habits die hard right? What I mean is that while one area of my life and thinking has progressed in leaps and bounds, that doesn't mean that all areas do too by default. During this challenge, I've been complimenting myself every chance I get, thinking strong, lean, sexy. And I gotta tell ya, it works. The adage is true - say something enough and you eventually believe it. Can you imagine the mental power you could have if this process is transferred to every facet of your life???

emoticonWhat would that mean for your weight loss?
---ENORMOUS progress! Nothing could stop me! (and nothing WILL either!)

emoticonHow do you think it would change how often you ate a hefty amount of calories because you felt like a “failure”?
---Well, I can't say that I've ever overate/binged because of feeling like a failure directly... but maybe indirectly. What I mean is, I'm not an emotional eater in the sense that I cope with pain/failure/stress with food. I've always had a very good grip on that -when I'm stressed, food just isn't what I think of. That said, I can't tell you how many times I used to say "I blew it. I might as well just quit now rather than later." I've always been a very logical person... so I'm not sure how that thought ever passed muster.

emoticonHow would you feel about yourself if you made a conscious decision to eliminate the negative self-talk?
---Pretty much what I said above. I would feel powerful!

emoticonWhat kinds of things do you catch yourself saying to yourself that you would be absolutely horrified to hear someone saying to your best friend?
---THIS is the important question, now isn't it?
*You are ugly.
*You are too fat to do that.
*You'll never be anything.
*No one will love you looking like that.
*Bosses won't respect someone who obviously has no self-control.

emoticonWhat are you going to do the next time you catch yourself participating in negative self-talk?
---Two things: Tell myself to stop AND tell myself the opposite of the negative thing. ex: "You are ugly." .... NO, YOU are beautiful.

emoticonHow are you going to remind yourself to stop?
---I've been finding that the more I tell myself the opposite.. the less I talk negative in the first place.


Day 8 went well. Kept track, was one of my days off for exercise, and I said my affirmations!

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LOSINGLINNDY 5/28/2012 10:26PM

    Very thought provoking questions. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/28/2012 6:05PM

    I try and do the reverse negative talk..my mantra is... "calling those things that be not as thought they were" Romans 4:17 Believe me it may sound like a lie, but its not wrong to believe and achieve this way. I am seeing myself THIN even though it seems to go slow... I did lose a pound since yesterday, so it must be doing its job; even though I know it takes a long time. I am trying to eat less, and think I am not really hungry as much as I like to chew; because Life seems so sour when you hear other peoples negative chat. (I get angry at negativity from others! ) so I stopped seeing negative people....until I can fully get past my own negative inner voice. It does take time but sometimes it changing how you think ... is easier than you think it is. Begin with, "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me, " does help me. Mantras like Bible verses are quite positive in approaching the negative mind speak. Negative Chatter is slowly being replaced with positive verses but does takes time. I started by writing them down and then memorized it. Slowly one can change that negative to positives. Try it, you will like it. Read the Bible verses. They help a lot. Very positive thinking! Susana

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123ELAINE456 5/28/2012 3:19PM

  Awsome Blog!!! Be Positive in all worthwhile things. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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MTRAUTWE 5/28/2012 2:14PM

  thank you for a great blog - this is really inspirational and i love the fact that you are focusing on the true foundation of real change - mental and spiritual change. I have lost weight in the past only to gain it all back; thinking on this now, I realize that i didn't make the changes on the inside which would lead to permanent change in my life. keep up your positive attitude as well as your posts - you are inspiring to others and you will achieve your goals. We bring about what we think about!

BTW - do not worry about loose skin. if you lose the weight slowly, you are young enough that it will not be a problem and you are not starting from such a high point. imagine yourself in the way you want to look at the end of this process and you will naturally gravitate to do the actions that will get you there. take a good fish oil supplement and multivitamin/mineral supplement - it will help your skin retain elasticity (make sure supplement has zinc and selenium)

thanks again - great blog. keep it up even when you feel down; many of us relate to this and you are helping others as well as yourself!

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DSJB9999 5/28/2012 1:12PM

    emoticon thinking! There is no place in anyones lives for negative thinking or believing other people having them!


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SEATTLE58 5/28/2012 12:56PM

    You said it! It really does make a difference in a positive way if we talk positive to ourselves. I truly want to do that more too! Good luck to you! emoticon emoticon

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