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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 videos...lol

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 off...you 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!

Heather

  
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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.
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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.

Dawn

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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!!

Ivmaris

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/3/2009 1:23PM

    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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MRNOTABOUTFACE 8/23/2009 6:39PM

    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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SKINNYINMYHEAD 8/23/2009 2:02PM

    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 me...to 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 sense...lol

Heather

  
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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!
Hugs
Marion

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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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My new beach experience!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I went to the beach yesterday and had a fantastic time...so much fun!

The waves were huge and we had a ball riding them with our boogie boards.

The thing that really made this trip to the beach special though...occurred to me afterwards. It was the first time in years that the experience wasn't marred with thoughts of my weight.

I wasn't in a bikini...not ready for that...don't think I'll ever be ready for that. hahaha

I had on a one piece bathing suit that I use to swim laps in at the pool. The thing was how I looked or didn't look wasn't in the forefront of my mind. I'm at a healthy weight now, and I went to the beach to play in the water and have fun and thats what I did. No bad thoughts about are people looking at me, or seeing all the thin, beutiful people walking by and feeling bad about myself. It simply wasn't there. I was just there to have a good time and did and how I looked really never entered my mind. It wasn't until later when I thought...wow...you really weren't feeling self conscious at all on the beach.

I'm celebrating...I'm free from all that fat, that kept me hiding and not fully taking part in things I really enjoyed, because I felt self conscious. Its a great feeling and although there are days I'd rather not run, or swim, or I'd kill for a big piece of chocolate cake. I know the person was right who coined the phrase....Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. When I don't want to run...I just remind myself of the rewards regular exercise has brought into my life.

A healthy weight
More energy
More confidence
Happiness
freedom just to be myself
I dream more..things I thought were impossible to do, now seem possible.
I embrace life more
I'm not so easily overwhelmed by obsticles
and do not see setbacks as failures.

Life is good and its meant to be enjoyed...Don't let an unhealthy weight keep your from enjoying it. Do something about it. One baby step at a time and celebrate every little victory on your journey. We get one go round in this life...lets live it to the full. I wasted to many years sitting on the couch, letting one day mesh with the next day. BORING!!!!! Feeling bad about myself and my weight. I don't ever want to go back to that. Losing weight isn't easy and it takes time...but its soooooooooooooooooo worth it.

Now I need to take my own advise and get busy and lose the rest.

hugs all,
Heather


  
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WALKMAMA 7/21/2009 10:58PM

    Hurray for you Heather! Thanks for sharing this -- it is very inspirational.

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IVMAR1 7/21/2009 11:39AM

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I'm very happy for you. Congratulations on developing such a great confidence in yourself. When you discover what you have accomplished so far, you will see yourself in a new and more flattering light.

When I read your blog today it reminded me of this quotation: "We don't know who we are until we see what we can do".- Martha Grimes.

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Ivmaris

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KKP4673 7/21/2009 10:59AM

    Awesome!! Keep it up! Proud of you and your work and your new sense of freedom... Woo-Hoo!! emoticon

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SCIENCE_WRITER 7/21/2009 9:21AM

  Way to go Heather! It's so important to feel comfortable in your own skin. I'm glad you have that feeling!

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Great Motivation...

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Its day four of my quit smoking journey. On the forum I'm using to help me quit the following was posted. I decided to post it here because it not only encouraged me to keep on quitting, but to get on with reaching my weight loss goal that is so close.

I hope you will be encouraged by it too.

Do what it takes:

What if you knew that you could reach your goal by taking just one more step? Would you take that step?
At some point in the process of achievement, the final hurdle is reached. What a shame it would be to stop just short of that one last obstacle.

Achievement does not require extraordinary ability. Achievement comes from ordinary abilities applied with extraordinary persistence.

You already know you can do what it takes. To reach any goal, simply do what it takes for as long as it takes.

It's really not that difficult to take just one step, to do just a single task, to make one bit of progress. And if you can do it once, you can do it again, and again, and again without much problem.

Keep the faith and keep up the effort. Your persistence will get you there.

-- Ralph Marston

Have a super day...I'm on Vacation..whoooooo hoooo.
HeatherDawn

  
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IVMAR1 7/20/2009 5:46PM

    Congratulations on quitting smoking emoticon, it is a difficult habit to quit. When it gets difficult please think about all the years that you will add to your life just by taking that decision.

Hope you have a great vacation. Have fun!

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Ivmaris

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JEAN524 7/9/2009 10:10AM

    Congratulations on quitting smoking. I was fortunate in that it never appealed to me to start - couldn't see any sense in throwing money away and killing myself at the same time emoticon - but I know how hard it is to stop as two of my sisters have not been able to quite as yet and they've been wanting to for 20 years and more. Good luck and just keep going - one day at a time. How about rewarding yourself regularly maybe even several times a day, for the first few weeks until the addiction begins to loose it's grip? emoticon Have a great weekend. Jean

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