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Colorado is Drunk

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

This is tongue in cheek, but true all the same. Saturday was a beautiful day here, warm, sunny, no wind, and 65*. We were able to work outside all day and enjoyed every minute of it. Sunday was cold and blustery. It snowed, it rained, it blew and the temps. hovered around 35*. To go outside I needed my winter coat again! Colorado springtime is always an adventure!

So I'm just holding on because I know good things are coming both in the weather and with myself.

Is it spring where you live yet? If so, share some warm stories for this poor soul freezing here! lol!

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CAMEOSUN 4/5/2014 2:06AM

    On again - off again here also. New snow on the mountains. We did get some very warm sunny days also. The weather seems confused. emoticon emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 4/2/2014 6:55AM

    Haha! That sounds about like our weather in Virginia. Hang in there. Spring WILL come ... eventually. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 4/2/2014 12:53AM

    I live in Steamboat, and you could almost change those dates on the photos to TIMES in one day!

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CASTIRONLADY 4/1/2014 9:22PM

    Texas is warm and wet, 40s in the night and 70s in the day. This is one of the two times of the year we can actually work outside with pleasure. Summer heat will hit you in the face each morning and makes you want to go inside, but you can't and so you brave the heat to work in the garden and sweat through several changes of clothing. This winter has been the coldest in several years and the heating bills reflect it. But I know you've had your share too. God bless.

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SUSHENO 4/1/2014 8:49PM

    Come my way, beautiful sunny southern California. If it gets in the low 60's, we complain that it is cold. But we have to deal with earthquakes and fires. We all have some kind of burden to bear. emoticon Hang in there. emoticon

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USMAWIFE 4/1/2014 6:29PM

    spring here in SC now..

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Say Whaaaat?

Monday, March 03, 2014

This past week was one of those weeks that you're just down on yourself. No weight loss, the weather is gloomy, and you can't do anything with your hair.

I lacked confidence all week. Since we were starting a new marriage class Sunday night, I really needed to get over the "blahs" but try as hard as I might, I just couldn't get over that hill.
My husband and I are greeters at our church Sunday mornings. There isn't much time to visit with people as others are trying to get into the building, but we try and make small talk and make people feel welcome as we hand out bulletins. As we were leaving after the service, a lady who usually comes in our door, called out to me from several feet away: "You're so slender! It must be all that snowshoeing you do!"
Yep, I pretty much looked like this guy.
"Put on the brakes, whaaaat?"

Isn't it amazing how a kind word can change your whole day around? My goal today is share some kind words and make someone's day today! Anybody like to join me?


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JAKESOMA 3/10/2014 8:57AM

    Boy, a little thing like a kind word can change the day for us. We should all be looking for opportunities to share this kindness. Thanks for sharing.

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REFFIE1 3/5/2014 11:26AM

I am in! So many times I think something nice about someone because I am a pretty positive person. However, sometimes my inside voice just stays in when it should come out. When it comes to being positive to others Cindy you have it nailed down. You are one of a handful of people on our team that keep me going as leader and make me feel that what I am doing is helpful. I thank you so much for taking the time to do that. emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 3/5/2014 8:56AM

    Wonderful blog . . . you brightened my day! Thanks emoticon

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CAMEOSUN 3/5/2014 12:20AM

    emoticon Kindness is a wonderful virtue.

Something I am trying to teach my kids & to remember myself:

Galatians 5:22-23
...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Comment edited on: 3/5/2014 12:20:32 AM

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IAMWINNING 3/4/2014 2:39PM

    Those (totally unexpected) compliments are the best kind.

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NILLAPEPSI 3/4/2014 8:53AM

    I get to do some greeting at my church, too. I'm "the hug lady." I give out hugs to people I don't even know. It makes them feel good, but it lifts my spirits, too.

That's awesome that you got a compliment. God knew what you needed, right when you needed it. He's good that way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 3/4/2014 7:42AM

    A good reminder how much kind words can mean! I am with you! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 3/3/2014 7:25PM

    A kind word can effect the rest of someone's life. You must be very proud of yourself.

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Stupid Scale ; )

Friday, February 07, 2014

I need to keep reminding myself of this:

I weighed for the first time in a couple of months and the scale had not moved. While I really wanted to be able to post the blog "GOAL!" instead of "Stupid Scale" it was not to be. But, given that it is the first time I weighed since the holidays, it could have been worse, a gain instead of staying steady. But I really want to get those last five pounds. I need to ask myself:

I WILL get there and bust through this latest plateau, it's been a long journey and I will not give up now. Besides I feel great about the progress I've made! And if you're on this journey too and have hit a rough spot, don't give up it's worth the trip and:

We can do this!

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CAMEOSUN 2/9/2014 11:43PM

    Oh yes…I can relate with this all too well. I also wait months to get on the scale. The number is the same. So, I'm not disappointed, but I really need to drop the excess 10#. emoticon Just take it "one-day-at-a-time."

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NILLAPEPSI 2/8/2014 8:34PM

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    Kudos to you for 1) not weighing yourself for a couple of months, 2) staying steady during the holidays and 3) having such a positive attitude. All NSV's in my book. Yes, we are a work in progress and each day does bring us the opportunity to get one small step towards our goals; no matter what they are.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

I ran into a good friend yesterday when I was working. She had just come from the gym and gave me a hug and I noticed something pretty important. Hence this blog.
There are certain important pieces of "equipment" you truly need when you begin working out.
Two of the MOST important, at least in my opinion are:

1) A GOOD pair of shoes. Don't go to the big box stores and try and save a few bucks. They won't last as long and they won't do your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, just follow your body up, you get the idea, any favors. You NEED good shoes to support the rest of your body. They don't just protect your feet! Your entire body is affected by your shoes. The last pair of workout shoes I purchased cost me a lot ($70-I have a brand and style I really like and keep an eye out online and in stores for sales, they're normally around $120), but I was able to wear them for almost six months and they never caused me pain even though I knew they were past their "expiration date". I suffer from shin splints (I slightly over pronate) and buying good shoes is critical. I also put a lot of miles on my shoes and need them to hold up.
Please don't chew me out because you think that's too much to spend for shoes and you don't have the budget for them, I understand, I'm just speaking from personal experience. I used to purchase the big box shoes and they'd break down in two months and I'd be in pain. I figure I'm spending about the same amount and not having to shop for them as often.

2) This is what prompted this blog: BUY A GOOD SPORTS BRA. My friend is well endowed and wasn't wearing a bra .... at all. Ladies, you NEED to take care of your breasts when exercising. And it doesn't matter if you're large busted or small, you need to protect and support your breasts. Even if you're just walking you need the support to keep tissue from tearing.
I went to an aerobics class years ago and didn't have a good supportive bra. I am "blessed" in the "girls" department, after just one class I tore breast tissue and was miserable and had long red streaks along the sides of my breasts where tissue had torn. Ouch.
Again, skip the big box, get the correct measurement and buy a good SPORTS bra. Don't just go with an everyday bra, they aren't made to hold you in place and support you during exercise. My current favorite has a sturdy underwire, a fabric sling, foam shaped cups, and a fabric over the top of it all that's high profile. The underwire and sling are critical for support, the foam pads are supportive and an added bonus I appreciate in a bra. I don't like the "headlights" look. I prefer for folks in the gym to NOT know how cold I am. The high profile I like because I'm modest and when I bend over to lift nothing is exposed if I'm wearing a v-necked workout top and that extra fabric helps hold things in place and adds to the support of the bra.
All the fabric is wicking, which is awesome, I never feel clammy or sticky even with the foam cups.
I do have one sports bra that is all this minus the underwire, but is also a compression bra. I like this one for days when I'm going fast, if you're a runner (I'm not- YET), you need to have the compression so your not bouncing. Yes, it flattens you out, but honestly, it's about the workout not how cute you look!
Like the shoes, a good sports bra is expensive, but they're worth the investment and they'll out last the inexpensive ones. Once you find one you like that FITS, shop around online. I just found two on sale ($20 off what I normally pay) because they were a funky color, but I don't care, no one sees them on me, I'm after the support and I know this bra does the job!

Okay, for a bonus, here's a couple more things you might want to consider when thinking about workout wear.

3) Skip the free t-shirts from the local grocery, service club, or other groups giving them away free. Save them for your next house painting. Most are made from cotton and get clammy, stretched out as you sweat it out, and feel pretty gross by the end of a workout. Get some shirts that wick the sweat away from your body and dry quickly. They're so much more comfortable and really aren't very expensive. Some of the big boxes do have these, look for Duo dry or tags that say wicking on them. This time of year you can find them for around $6.

4) Work out pants that are also wicking. Same reason as the shirts. In this case though, I do have an added recommendation, buy the black ones. I learned this the hard way. I sweat when I work out. I don't "perspire" or "glow" or anything close to attractive, I sweat. Everywhere. Including my legs and "rear" area. If I wear black pants, the sweat doesn't show, if they're any other color, well, it looks like I've wet my pants. Yeah, talk about embarrassing, buy the black and the fast drying and save yourself some dignity.
Since we're on the subject of "bottom" wear, skip the cotton panties. For the same reason as the shirts, cotton holds onto moisture and feels miserable next to the skin. Micro fiber panties pull moisture away from the body so they stay comfortable and dry quickly. And I've read up on them, sports experts are saying they're healthier than cotton, a change to what we've heard for years, both for their wicking and breathing abilities.

5) Socks that also wick the sweat and moisture away. If you want they even make them that are anti microbial. They have something in them so they don't get smelly. Your feet and your shoes will thank you for this. Get socks that aren't baggy and fit close to the foot, especially if you're going hiking or this time of year snowshoeing. A loose sock has wrinkles, wrinkles cause hot spots and blisters. If you are hiking or snowshoeing, wear a thin, tight pair next to the skin and a thicker warmer pair on top. That way if you do have a small amount of slipping, the socks will rub against each other instead of your foot causing blisters.

I know this is long, but the below is pretty accurate when describing me! Have some great and comfortable workouts!

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    Shoes are so important! I like the Nike dual fusion shoes because they are very comfortable and they last for a long time. The only downside is part of the coloring is BRIGHT but it doesn't matter to me what shoes look like as long as they support my feet. They are expensive as well so you have to look for sales and deals.

Bras are hard to find when you are "blessed." It's good advice though and I can't believe anyone can exercise without a bra but people do stuff like that all the time and I wonder if they know or if they even care! There is this girl who goes to my gym and she always wears leggings and when they sun from the window shines light near her, it is clear she doesn't have anything under her leggings. It is very noticeable whether you are trying to notice it or not. One of her family members of friends should tell her.

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WRITEAWAY 1/14/2014 5:04PM

    OH yes. I'm poorer than a church-mouse, but I'd NEVER buy cheap shoes (as the one example). Buying quality shoes means that I don't have to go to PT for back pain, and my overall health is at a baseline better spot.

HEY I LOVE your background picture~! Enjoy the snow~! emoticon


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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/13/2014 9:46PM

    Excellent advice! I'm with you on the shoes. I've never chinced out for all the reasons you mention. It's so true that your entire body benefits from a good shoe. Your advice about keeping your eyes on sales and special offers are excellent. I've been buying mine at factory outlet stores on the discount walls at the back of the shop. So what if they are last years style, it's the technology that counts.
Couldn't do without my sports bra.
It took me a long time to try the wicking fabric because I thought it would be much hotter than the 100% cotton. I've been converted.
Great blog.

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CINDYAST 1/13/2014 4:35PM

    Unicorn212: To answer your question my current favorite underwire sports bra is the Natori Power Yogi Convertible. I really like that you can change up the straps to get more support if you need it and the wicking is awesome. I will admit though that the first time I saw it, I thought, whoa! that's a lot of bra! But it really does what's advertised! And it is cool and comfortable. Natori also makes one that's called a Yogi Convertible Sport, I DON'T like this one, go for the POWER! lol! Seriously though, it just doesn't have the support or coverage of the first one. For a non-underwire I like the Skirt Sports Kelly C/D bra. It's a semi-compression bra and squishes me down, but it does hold me in place and I don't worry about show through. This one does have velcro adjustable straps, but don't worry, they DO stay hooked! Both bras are back hook, I can't do a pull over. They just don't give me the support I need and they're way to hard to get on and off, especially after I've been sweating! If you don't want the padding, the Shock Absorber Max Sports Bra and the Shock Absorber Run Sports bras are great as well. I like them, but they are unlined. I bought all of these the first time at Zappos. com. They have free shipping and free return shipping. After I made sure I liked them and they fit, I expanded to buying from Runners Warehouse, Her Room and still buy from Zappos if they come in cheaper. The other two sites you have to pay for the return shipping. Just a final thought, sports bras are supposed to fit TIGHT. No you shouldn't have things bulging out, but they will be much tighter and firmer than an everyday bra. Once you start your work out, they'll feel more comfortable and you'll forget about them. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I answered your question, maybe too much of an answer! lol! Good luck shopping!

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CAMEOSUN 1/12/2014 7:05PM

    emoticon post. I hear you on the perspiring…I still have yet to find a decent deodorant?

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REFFIE1 1/12/2014 2:37PM

Good advice. I can always tell when I need new runners because I feel the pain in my heels and arches. emoticon

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UNICORN212 1/12/2014 12:48AM

    I spend a lot on my shoes, too. I am curious in what type of sports bra you buy. I am not overly blessed in that department, but comfort is needed! I have tried a few but I think I need one that opens - not just pulls on over the head.

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NILLAPEPSI 1/11/2014 4:50PM

    I can't even imagine working out without a sports bra & I'm not that big. Wow! I'm thinking that must hurt!! Ouch!!

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HOBBESIS49 1/11/2014 3:29AM

    I especially liked your thoughts about the shoes! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 1/10/2014 11:58PM

    What grand advice! I'll think I'll keep it around for future use.

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To Work Out Or Not Work Out. It's Not A Question.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I heard on the radio this morning (this time of year it's all about the "resolution" shows) that it takes three months for something to become a habit. I missed a few days working out with Christmas and New Years company. It felt so good to get back to the rec center these past few days. I feel better and because I feel better, I act better! Can you say attitude adjustment?

I have also noticed that the above is true. Today I did 10.5 miles, the first 60 minutes at almost 5 mph. I remember not long ago doing a mile at 3 mph was hard for me. That's now my cool down. Improvements have been long in coming, but they will come!

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NPDSLEUTH 1/7/2014 1:45PM

    I know exactly what you mean. When I look back at what I used to do, even six months ago, and what I do now -- well it's amazing.

Congratulations on all your success!



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CAMEOSUN 1/4/2014 12:56AM

    Yes. Agree. It is worth it to get regular exercise in.

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NILLAPEPSI 1/3/2014 9:09AM

    emoticon blog!! We can do this!!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSHENO 1/2/2014 11:18PM

    emoticon That is a winner's attitude emoticon

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