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Great Bouncing Exercise Balls Batman!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I am officially 43 and part of my birthday gift was an exercise ball. Being 5:10 I wanted the large 75 cm one. Well you should see this thing..its humoungous. Its the mother of all other exercise balls I swear. lol

My husband being the sweety that he is told me I don't look any different than I did at 42. haha
However, I do intend to look a great deal different when I turn 44. I intend to be fit, healthy, and at a proper weight with a normal BMI.
Yesterday I had my monster meal at Swiss was delicious and I don't regret a thing...but today...its back on.

I'm going to do 35 minutes on the treadmill, and I plan on going to the hotel this evening and getting in at least the same in the pool. I also plan to use my new exercise ball to start doing crunches on.

I'm not ready to commit to a full strength workout 3 times a week. I'm still figuring out everything. So my goals for this week are.
1. Track my food everyday.
2. Track my exercise everyday
3. Track my water Everyday.

I plan on at least 35 minutes cardio 5 days a week,
and as many crunches on the ball as I can do 3 days a week to start.
I may do more exercise but this is my minimum and if I do it right I'll be some proud of me. Baby steps...thats how I'm going to do this.

Hope you all have a great day.

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MICHELLEM42 1/14/2008 12:06PM

    Heather thanks so much for your comments in my blog. You are right we can't be perfect; but we can make continual progress.

I hope you had a Happy Birthday. You can do this have a great day! God bless.

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COFFEYBEAN 1/13/2008 12:54PM

    You go're older and wiser (haha) I can't do crunches on my ball, it turns my stomach....but I can do everything else...or at least what I have tackled I can do...I hope you enjoy your exercise is fun.

Have a great day birthday girl....and I'm with you all the way to 44.

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My Birthday Lunch, the stuffed Pig and Perky Rappers.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The plan was...go to lunch at Swiss Chalet and treat ourselves to chicken and ribs I purposely had not eaten a thing so I'd have many calories in my arsenal that could be used. Then we were to go to Canadian Tire, then get the grocery's and come home. Not quite what happened.

We went to swiss chalet, and I'm glad I saved my calories, because I haven't tracked them yet but I'm thinking I'm probably not going to be eating again until some time in March. I had the chicken and ribs combo but, we ordered the garlic stuffed with cheese bread. OH MY GOSH...thats good. Its also got to have a days calories right there.

The girl comes to clear away the dishes, and asks us if we'd like desert. You can gain 10 pounds just looking at the pictures of their deserts. We both are looking at her like two stuffed pigs. I mean where did she think we'd put it. So we both said we had no room. So were waiting for the cheque and all the sudden there is this horrendously loud clapping and marching, and oh my gosh the entire wait staff is there in front of our table, doing this happy birthday rap. lol Glenn turned beat red which completely alarmed me, I was soooooo embarrassed I wanted to hide under the table, then to my horror this stupid grin that wouldnt leave spreads over my face and tears came to my eyes. OH my mortification. lol I was so and I mean Glenn was just there and i thought he was going to die. They did a really good performance, and marched off leaving sundays with whip cream on the table. Glenn said we couldn't not eat we did. I'm not sure they really worked there even, though they were posing as waitress's they were all little sticks, and I don't think you could work there and not eat there food, and if you did eat the food, you would not be a little stick! So they may have been imposters, or spys, either way they had their rap down...dude.

Eat again...Did I say March?...I mean april I will legitimately be entitled to eat again. lol
Food was delicious though...mmmmmmm yummmy.

We made it to Canadian tire yawning all the way, those carbs kick in fast. Didn't find my birthday gift. So we went to Wallmart found my birthday gift and a couple more. I got weights, an exercise ball and dvd, a yoga mat, and a pilates resistance band set. My weight are really kewl they have this soft foam around them and feel so much nicer than the metal onces I had.

Okay fun stuff is over lets get serious...Now we go to Super store to forage for food for the children...except...we didn't make it. We were so stuffed it was nearly putting us in a coma, so we came home, fell into bed had the best nap, its 3 hours later, I'm still not hungry. Grocery shopping tomorrow. lol Course can't quite get excited about it now that I know I won't be eating again until april.

hope you all had a fun day., going to track my calories...I'm afraid...very afraid.

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COFFEYBEAN 1/12/2008 8:54PM

    Happy Birthday....and glad you had such a good time...You shouldn't neglect yourself of food allllll the time...but you do know you had to watch it ...and you realize your consciquences, so I'm all for you celebrating....I believe in you and I know you'll get back on track....right! Again happy Birthday...they only come once a year (Thank Heavens)

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"43 Fit and Free" Quitting smoking and Getting Fit.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I decided to cheat a little here and use a post I made from the quit smoking support forum as it really sums up whats running thru my mind today.

I was laying in bed this morning thinking about next november. Yup! Novemeber is going to be a great month. I will become a fogey, and I will also be fit and healthy. It feels so good to not be smoking, to wake up in the morning and not be coughing, or to have that awful taste in your mouth. Three cheers for Fresh Morning Breath. This past year between work and smoking I really let myself go. I gained weight, I wasn't exercising anything except my right to chocolate and plenty of it. I wasn't eating healthy, and usually ate at the hotel, pretty much unhealthy food.

2 years ago, I was fit, I was running miles every day, I had fun because I hung out with girls who loved to run, bike, swim, or go to aquafit class. Somehow with the smoking, I got away from all of it. I felt awful. I'd have dropped in my tracks if I tried to run, theres also something about smoking that makes you tend to not look after yourself...I mean why worry about eating healthy when your poisening yourself with cigs, then there is the shame that a lot of us feel. Your outside smoking a cig and you think they probably are thinking bad about me, and you feel smaller, a bit worthless. So again, why bother to take care of yourself. I also noticed how isolated I had become since becoming a smoker. I went from having an active life with lots of laughs to a life that consists of the hotel and home. The end.

I love my job, but its not my life. So even though my boss approached me last week, and as of Feb. I will have more responsibilities. I'm going to be making time if I have to schedule it for fun.

This is going to be a new year in many great ways. I feel as though I'm waking up to life. That since I began smoking again, in many ways I stopped living for one reason or another. Since quitting, I'm starting to get excited about life again., I want to take care of myself and live fully and completely. Its like one positive change is leading to so many.

I'm so thankful to all of you for all your support and for being there in my crisis the other night. Life is never without storms, but with great people like you, you start to learn how to dance in the rain.

We get life once people, and its short so lets make the most of it.

I look at how unfit I've become and think...whoa its a long way to where I want to be...but, I'm determined to run that marathon next summer. I decided I'd get there the same way you quit smoking... baby stepping thru one day at a time.

Newbies, get prepared, quitting smoking is just the tip of the iceburg it will inspire you with confidence and a vision for a better future on many levels. I hope you all have a great smoke free day.

I'm going grocery shopping for all kinds of healthy things, and Glenns buying me some new weights, and a new exercise ball for my birthday and we are going to go out to dinner and celebrate my birthday which is actually tomorrow.
43 Fit and Free....whooo whooo thats my motto this year.
Big hugs,
Who has not put a deathstick near her lips in 1 month 2 weeks, 6 days, and who has been living a healthy life style since new years day.


Well hold on to your hats boys and girls....

Friday, January 11, 2008

I'm down 3 pounds...whoooooooo hooooooooooooooooooo.

This was one tough week I gotta say. I have aches on top of my aches. I've been stressed more than a little with other things, and quitting smoking as well.

However, it was all worthwhile cuz I have said good bye to 3 pounds and I'm that much closer to finding my missing waist.

I also have not touched a sickerette for...
One month, two weeks, five days, 13 hours, 17 minutes and 47 seconds. 991 cigarettes not smoked, saving $465.80. Life saved: 3 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes.

Sunday is my birthday...I'm going to be 43 years old, and I want it to be the year I take my life back.


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COFFEYBEAN 1/12/2008 10:19PM

    Bless you Bless you Bless you!!!!!!! And happy birthday a day early.....

How does it feel to be a winner in two areas....weight loss and no smoking....

I use to smoke and I know it's hard...especially if there are others around you that do...but you just keep going will get easier and easier for both the weight loss and the cigs.

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JENNYALL4HIM 1/12/2008 1:27AM

    Okay, duh on my comment to yesterday's blog.... Sounds like today did go MUCH better for you! Congrats on the pounds lost and ESPECIALLY for the not smoking. ~Jenny

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KEENIEBOY 1/11/2008 11:27PM

    I'm proud of you Grace!!! Well guess what, I need your help with the cigarette smoking!! I have smoked for 11 years now and longest I have ever quit is two months and I went right back when I got stressed out. Even when I was fat if I had to chose, I would chose cigarettes over food, isn't that sad!! It seems like it would be easy to quit knowing how terrified I am of the word cancer, but I haven't. My doctor said that he would prescribe me some Chanix, I think it's called, if I wanted him too. A couple of people at work have quit using this! Since it's relatively new, I'm scared of the side effects. I'm not a medicine taker. You are supposed to continue to smoke while you take this medicine and then you lose the taste for it. I heard it has also made people lose weight because it is almost like an appetite surpressant. I don't want to lose anymore weight so I'm kinda scared to take something that will make me feel like I'm not hungry!!!! Did you go cold turkey? I did that the first time, and I didn't gain any weight because I ritual smoke. I have to have one when I wake up, while I drive, after I eat, and while I iron. I don't smoke for the sake of smoking, I have conditioned myself to smoke during these activities!! So when I do them, if I'm out of cigarettes, I'm like a mad woman or a crack head....LOL!! Help me!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

I started really hurting yesterday, aches and pains everywhere, but when I woke up this morning...I could barely get out of bed. Work called me in AGAIN. I was going to get up and make myself do the treamill but common sense prevailed. This is real life and I feel like I'm about to drop. So today I'm going to listen to my body and just get thru work. Hopefully tomorrow my strength will have returned and I will actually have enough get up and go to do my cardio. I can tell the last day I was starting to get really overwhelmed with everything. Last night you couldn't fill me up, I didn't go over my top calorie limit but it was some close.
Hope all you other sparkies have a great day.

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JENNYALL4HIM 1/12/2008 1:25AM

    So how was your Friday? MUCH better, I hope!

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DJBLA13 1/10/2008 6:25PM

    I'll be praying that you feel better. Listen to your body and don't overdo it.

Have a great day!

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