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Oh so thats what they mean by Hip Hop Battle!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yesterday I had my first hip hop class...well not really class...I missed the first one do to work, so my daughter came by to teach me the choregraphy I missed. So for an hour we worked on it.

It was super fun, we had several laughs...My brain to body messages seemed to be on a time delayed system. lol

I was amazed how much of a workout this was...after running I thought I'd be good as far as the cardio goes, but I was breathing hard.

Then I woke up this morning and oh my...I'm sore "everywhere". There is just no place on my bod that doesn't hurt, so I know not only is this fun...its a major workout.

Hip hop crews battle it out thru their dance...but I think for me...just doing the hip hop is the battle. lol I definitly feel like i've been in a battle today...or run over by a truck or something. lol

Still looking forward to doing it again,

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MA2DAPPLES 9/20/2009 7:19PM

    Use those muscles! I wrote to a Zuma teacher to find out the cost and time of classes but am still waiting for her to respond. It is a combination of Latin and hip hop dancing. Maybe we should get a dance theme on the team for one of these months! LOL

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CACTUSCATNZ 9/20/2009 4:32PM

    I've watched a few movies lately about hip-hop crews battling - "Step Up 2: The Streets" is my favourite so far, and it's got me wanting to learn. :-)

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Clothing sizes must have gotten larger over the years.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Maybe thats why we have a size 0. Or have you even seen the 00 size. I mean what is a 0 or a 00. Probably my sons little girlfriend.

Anyway I went shopping today at Suzy Shier for dress pants for work and jumped in, zipped up, buttoned up...without any problem size 7/8,

Well I was excited about this of course., but upon reflection I it doesn't seem right to me. Right now I weigh 156, but I remember clearly being a size 9/10 in junior high and weighing 126.

So I'm happy to be 7/8 but at the same time I think the 7/8 now is probably like a 11/12 was back then.

What do you guys think?


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ERINCAPPEL 6/21/2011 10:52AM

    I'm SURE sizes have gotten bigger. I used to be a solid size 8 (I think I weighed in the 120's) and now I'm a size 0 or 00! I do weigh a little less now (partly thanks to SparkPeople!) I'm around 5'5" and 115 lbs, but STILL...that's not overly small and I'm starting to shrink out of the store sizes...grrr...(good problem to have, though annoying).

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SELECTIVEGIRL 10/29/2009 2:35PM

    I so agree with you but in Canada it is a little different. The size 8's I buy here would be a 6 down there. maybe even less. Also in Canada junior and women's is differentiated by the number. The teenagers clothes are odd numbers like 7, 9, 11 etc. and the women's are even numbers 8, 10, 12 .........

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JULISABROCAR 9/19/2009 1:45PM

    I vote that sizes have gotten fishy!!

I've always been active but in high school & college I was a size 5 or 7. Now I'm at least 10lb heavier (depending on how my thyroid is acting) and I have pants in my closet that are size 4!!! Get real! I'm really debating donating a pair of comfy but not loose black jeans because they say size 10 and it makes me feel, well, larger... Obviously I get sucked into the size game they're playing... I collect vintage clothes and the sizes in my closet run the WHOLE gamut. I can tell when something's truly old because it's usually a larger size

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KANSASGAL3 9/19/2009 8:07AM

    I'm just happy to see a smaller size on the tag this year than last year (and a smaller number on the scale). Most importantly, I'm breathing easier after walking up a flight or two of stairs and my knees aren't hurting!! Also, I bought a new pair of jeans last night and went down two sizes. I've decided to never wear those old fat jeans except outside working in the yard.

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KACYBEE15 9/18/2009 9:35PM

    I've definitely noticed this a lot at American Eagle. Their jeans run at least a size bigger than they are labeled, which does kind of make me feel a little better, but I always try to remember that they size isn't exactly accurate.

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JIBBIE49 9/18/2009 9:07PM

    NO, it most certainly does NOT depend on the store, because ALL of the clothing stores do it. YES, sizes are pathetic how they have changed for FAT people to not think they are FAT. You are right. When I was in high school in the 60's I was 114# and wore a size 5/7 and when I got in my 20's in the 70's I was in a Size 9 junior and I was about 128 and I was 5'4", so sizes are really ridicules now. A Misses was a size for "mature women" and the JUNIORS was for the you girl with high breasts and a small waist. I was 34-23-37.

I read that Colleen Corby who was THE fashion Supermodel in the '60s was 5'7" and 107# and a size 5.

What is even worse is how they changed sizes to 1X, 2X, 3X, etc. rather than have 18, 20, 22, 24 etc like they use to have. I would never go into a Lane Bryant because I knew that I'd be 300# before I knew it with their clothing sizes. I was 214# and busting out of a 16P that left red marks around my waist. NO MORE EVER!

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DJ4HEALTH 9/18/2009 8:09PM

    The fashion industry has been putting smaller labels on bigger clothes for some time now and now that they are running out of numbers they are putting Zeros on the clothes. If you really want to know what your size is measure yourself and go to a fabric store and look up you size on a pattern. They only changed the size once and when they saw what the fashion industry was doing they said that they are not going to do that and have not changed the sizes since. So yes you are not the size that is on the clothes and you can not go by what the fashion industry is telling you. There is no size zero in real life just in fashion industry that want you to think that you are smaller than you really are and that is also part of this countries problems too.

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MA2DAPPLES 9/18/2009 8:08PM

    I found size really depends on the manufacturer, what country the clothing is made in and the material it is made out of. I wore a wide range of sizes from a 6 to 12 when I weighed 150 pounds. As an overweight person I can still wear 3 sizes of clothing depending on the material and manufacturer.

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BABYFACE26 9/18/2009 6:52PM

    Oh, this is a complicated subject! I have found that it really depends on the store, and the brands. Certain stores, like Old Navy, are ridiculously larger...but in general, Yes - they really Are bigger than they used to be! I shopped at Mervyns for awhile, until they closed, and the clothes were way larger. I was so thrilled to fit into a size 16 at the time, until I realized it wasn't really.

And then, some high end clothing is fit larger as well...on the other hand (there just is no consistency here!!) sometimes I'll find, when its a Small, Medium, or large - that the Large is NOT. false advertising! Also, in Jeans, it depends on the brand, too.

Its a Plot.

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IM-SO-WORTH-IT 9/18/2009 6:27PM

    Oh noooo! That means I really am this big (16). emoticon

I remember shortly after graduating high school, I was ill and dropped 80 pounds in about 3 months to a weight of 82 pounds. (Way to skinny - worked with the doc's for 5 years to get to a healthy weight)
I was shocked and slightly disturbed when a sales clerk told me that I was a zero and maybe even a double zero. Imagine being told "You are a Zero" by someone you don't know! emoticon

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GRACE2GRACE 9/18/2009 4:52PM

    Ah thats was junior sizing...forgot all about that. So hurrah...I'm really a 7 and a 7 really is a


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STINA44 9/18/2009 4:16PM

    Well if it was Junior High it is possible that you wore a 9/10 Juniors and now you wear a 7/8 Womens? I have a pair of jeans I wore at 140 pounds when I was 14 that are a size 13/14 and looking at them now they look like a Women's size 9/10. That might be the difference. Love your blog!

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KYMANN1 9/18/2009 2:37PM

  Now you got me curious; I've done a little internet snooping - I hope I found reputable sites.

Supposedly, Marilyn Monroe was 5' 5 1/2" tall and weighed about 120 pounds; her dressmaker claims her measurements were 35-22-36. Today this would put her in a size 6-8 and says she wore an 8 when she was younger and grew into a 10.

Twiggy measured 32-23-32 which would put her in the 0 range.

Cindy Crawford is reported to be 5' 9" tall, measures 34-24-35 and wears an 8.

It appears that clothing sizes have stayed fairly true - we've just gone to extremes; either 0 or 24! I found an article that said Twiggy was shockingly thin when she came on the scene but that now this is fairly normal for models.

I was never a skinny kid (I didn't think) - as a teen I was 5' 7" and weighed around 140 pounds. I can't remember what size I wore - I thought it was a 10. I wore a 12 when I weighed 160.

Just to make this clothing thing more fun go to 3 different stores - there's a good possibility you'll wear 3 different sizes! My Mom has been trying to get me to ignore this whole 'number' thing all my life...

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JONAHSADIE 9/18/2009 12:32PM

    I have heard of size 00. I have a 47 year old friend who wears them if they are small enough, lol.

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JONAHSADIE 9/18/2009 12:32PM

    I have heard of size 00. I have a 47 year old friend who wears them if they are small enough, lol.

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YANKEECHICK1 9/18/2009 12:27PM

    People have gotten bigger over the years, so I guess the #'s have to be re-sized??? A couple of years ago I went to get a dress, which I knew it was my size, but I could not get into. At that time I was a slimmer and that WAS my size, but for some reason it was too small.

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Our Bodies are so Weird!!!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

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I decided today I need to mix up my workouts and get the furnace burning. Our bodies are so weird. Last year I couldn't run to the end of the driveway and now although I'll never be a marathoner I can run enough to impress myself. I'm pretty proud of that by the way! lol What i've come to realize though which came as a bit of a shock, although I've gained in the this area of fitness, I'm totally and completely out of shape in other areas and using other muscles is a real challenge. The worst being my core. After 3 c-sections I simply have no abdominal strength at all. I started doing a few crunches on the ball because on the floor it killed my back, but trust me if I do 25 in a row I feel like I'm on fire and about to die!!! lol

So today I picked 4 different workout videos from sparkpeople and did them. 2 were dealing with the core. OMG....I'm glad they were short

One thing I learned was I was actually doing the crunches on the ball wrong, by the way I held my arms. When I did it the way Couch nicole said to do it...Holy Toledo batman within 3 crunches...I thought...I'm going to die and it really hit me, this is worse than I thought! Having a strong core is key to everything eles so I've got my work cut out for me. I'm going to try to do that workout every second day...oie its only 5 minutes...but OIE again! Just like I couldn't run last year but can now, I know if I'll just buckle down and do it, I'll see progress there too and I'm looking forward to that. Its so embarrassing to be able to do three perfect crunches and think I'm on fire and not in a good way. lol

On the bright side...I caught a glimpse of myself today in shorts and t-shirt and it was like being smacked upside the head. Thru the summer I haven't lost a huge amount of pounds but my body is changing so much. I haven't been this small in 20 years maybe more. My stomach where I held most of my weight is pretty much flat now, but its pretty jiggly not toned so the abdominal workouts should tighten everything up.

It still blows my mind sometimes when I look in the mirror. I know intellectually I did the work and it was quite a long time...but its like in my mind all that is forgotten and when I see myself sometimes...I'm just struck dumb...Is that really me.

But it is...teehhhheeee and I'm thrilled. People keep asking me around town "heather what did you do to lose all that weight and I'm so happy to share the how, the where, and let them know...Hey...this really can be done...I tried and failed a zillion times, but once i started focusing on a lifestyle rather than a quick fix it all fell into place and before I knew it...I was looking like I do now.

Anyway I'm babbling....My scale is doing this wierd vibrating needle thing the last few days it keeps shaking between 158-157....Come on all ready!

The best thing about this year is I got "FREE". Free of the kind of fatalistic thinking that kept me overweight the last 20 years. This is as good as it gets, might as well turn on the TV and eat another cookie, try to live with it, try to accept yourself in this body you don't like, just get comfy and don't dream toooo big. Thats no way to live....and being trapped in that fat suit...makes that lie seem like reality. But thats it...its a big Fat Lie! You can be healthy, fit and strong no matter your age, you can be the one doing the fun things, the adventurous things rather than watching on the sidelines. It really can be you...So get free of that Lie...and by taking small little baby steps, the weight will come will get more fit, and as you do this...suddenly the opportunites of life, the adventures of life...will start appearing as something you can actually do too.

Whooo Hoooo I'm freeeeeeeeeeee!


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CZARINA_TV 9/20/2009 11:13AM

    That's awesome! I did an hour-long Pilates class for almost a full year at the gym and I still have nice core muscles. Once you build up your core a bit more, you might look into something like that. I've seen a lot of workout videos for Pilates and a lot of ballet DVDs focus on it as well.

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KYMANN1 9/18/2009 2:42PM

  I hope you won't mind if I tape that last paragraph to my mirror. I'm pretty horrified that I've become one of the folks who sits in front of the TV with a cookie (or 30). Thank you for sharing your journey - I have a feeling I'll be stopping in here fairly often.
Kim emoticon

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BROWNSUGARVAL 9/17/2009 10:01PM

  I am sooo inpressed with your weightloss success. I am at the the beginning of my journey for umptenth time. You have beccome a shero for me and i am going to go back and read more of your blogs to encourage myself......Thanks for sharing !!!!

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EMERGENTME 9/17/2009 1:19PM

    Wow - you go, girl!

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SMARTLADY66 9/17/2009 11:32AM

    Hi! I've been dieting for 11 months and have lost 120 pounds. I already thought I had a positive attitude about the way I've been changing my life but after reading your post, I have gained new inspiration! Thank You so much for sharing. I am genuinely happy for you.


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IM-SO-WORTH-IT 9/5/2009 1:31AM

    I'm INSPIRED! Once again one of your blogs has just zinged in my mind. Grace - will you be my hero? emoticon

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IVMAR1 9/3/2009 2:54PM

    I'm very glad for you. You must be very proud that your hard work is paying off. Congratulations!! Way to go!!


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    That's awesome! I'll tell ya, if you ever want to get a good core workout dvd, we do Core Rhythms. Hoo-cha!! It's not even hard but it's repetitive so it really gets those muscles. If you want core, back and arms, Forza Sword Workout. (Nope, ya don't even need a sword, we use wrapping paper roll cores to keep good form!)

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MA2DAPPLES 9/2/2009 6:13PM

    I am so happy for you. Looking in the mirror and seeing the person you used to be, or the one you knew you could always be, is huge. Reshaping the body takes a lot of work and you certainly have put in the hours!

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JEAN524 9/2/2009 6:03PM

    That's an amazing story. Congratulations. emoticon Jean

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Boogie Boarding in the Pre Hurricane Bill Surf!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

All provincial beaches here in Nova Scotia were closed as of 5 pm today.

Before that though we loaded the family and headed out for Rissers Beach in hopes of some great waves for boogie boarding. Whooo hoooo did we find some. Some though I must admit were pretty scary and slammed into you with alot of force. All of us took a few tumbles, but the fun out weighed the bad. Now were home and tired out and yes I'm gonna hurt tomorrow...but I had a ball, made some great memories with the kids, and food tastes so much better on the beach doesn't it!

So now we are getting ready to batten down the hatches for Bill who is arriving around 11 am tomorrow morning. I have to work alone at the hotel tomorrow so I'm really hoping Bill will just go back from where ever he came from. lol

Heres a picture of the surf at Rissers Beach today around 3pm. They closed all the beaches at 5 pm. and won't be opening them again until next week.

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    So the rip currents weren't too bad I take it? I would love to boogie board again. Maybe someday soon. So much fun. You're making me think a trip to NS in the future would be a great idea, minus the hurricanes of course.

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GRACE2GRACE 8/23/2009 2:20PM

    So far Bill has been nothing more than some rain and mild wind. It even looks like we may see the sun sometime soon. Other parts of the province are getting hit harder, we are lucky here in the valley we are nestled between two mountains, and we usually do make out pretty good dering these kind of things. I think the hype surrounding Bill is falling flat just about everywhere. There are quite a few power outages even here...but nothing remotely resembiling hurricane conditions. So I'm relieved, bored, and a little frustrated that we were worrying about this all week. lol

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    Nova Scotia??? Wow.. how cool is that! That part of North America is beautiful.. although I've only been as far North on the East as Maine.. on the West, I've driven all the way to Alaska through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

I suppose I need to watch the news because I didn't even know a hurricane was headed your way! Please be careful.. but for now HAVE FUN!! Great pic!

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MA2DAPPLES 8/22/2009 9:36PM

    Iíll be praying that Bill leaves you alone. My grandson and daughter love to go surfing and boogie boarding. Since I live in the middle of the USA all I get to see is flat land! Iím jealous.

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IM-SO-WORTH-IT 8/22/2009 8:11PM

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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I thought I'd fell into the Twilight zone for a moment.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Today was a crazy day, I had to run a gazzillion errands and get the groceries. I'd like to say I was doing this in a healthy way but truth be known I grabbed a boston cream filled donut my husband had picked up, scarfed that down and a coffee and ate that sugary mess and called it breakfast.

Around 2pm I realized I was starving and still a long way from finished. So I go into a MacDonalds and decide to grab a couple jr. chickens. As I'm waiting for my order I pick a nutritional guide and see that just one jr. chicken is 380 calories and here I was all set to eat 2 of them. Snapping to my senses I decided on the spot I'd only eat one.

Now heres the twilight zone....I remarked to the Lady beside me about how many calories I nearly ate by not thinking and she said...."Well dear its not like you have a weight problem". Holy Toledo BatMan!!! I just looked at her...deer in the headlight kinda thing....what do you mean I don't have a weight problem???

I've had a weight problem my whole adult life. Then it hit other people I no longer look like someone with a weight problem. Isn't that great!!! Whooo hoooo and watching my calorie intake will keep me from having one again.

It was just this wierd moment...sounded so strange to me. Its true though...Yippie!!!! Just another precious reward for fighting to get here. Its funny how even though we know we've lost the weight...we still kind of have a mindset that thinks on one level like we did when we were overweight.

Does that make


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MWRIGHT8 8/2/2009 10:22PM

    Yahoo!! WooHoo! Doesn't that just make your day! or your week!!
Congratulations. I love it!

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JEAN524 8/2/2009 2:40PM

    emoticon emoticon I can see that happening but a long way down the road for me at the moment I'm afraid. I shut my eyes to my size for so long that I am still shocked when I see a photo of me now. I feel so much healthier and can do so much more. Thanks for sharing the story with us. You must be feeling so proud of yourself. emoticon

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WALKMAMA 8/2/2009 7:39AM

    Loved this story!

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