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Thanks to You I Am Still on the Band Wagon

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

It is the end of the school year and things are in hurricane mode. Today is the last day for Seniors to present their culminating projects, graduation luncheon-rehearsal-ceremonies are Friday (which all happen after I teach from 7:45 until noon), and Prom is on Saturday night (which I am helping chaperone). Between meetings, problem-solving for individual students, and closing out IEP paperwork for the year on my students who are graduating, this chick is TOAST!

Through all this I have managed to keep my head about me because of all my wonderful friends on SparkPeople (my virtual "family") and my YMCA/Trainer family. You have buoyed me when I was down and feeling overwhelmed, encouraged me when I want to give up, and been the shoe in my rectum when no other method would suffice.

While my numbers haven't changed in about 6 months, my body has in more ways than I can address:

* Thanks for pointing out the NSVs and reminding me that they are (and I am) more important than a number on a scale!
* Thanks for pointing out that I am more fit than I have ever been in my life!
* Thanks for showing me the muscle definition in my back when I was in my baggy bathing suit and didn't know there was progress going on on my body where I couldn't see.
* Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder when I didn't make it all the way through my AMRAP because I was too tired but still had a PR on my box jumps.

There are no words to express how much I value each and every one of you and the SP website for all you are in my life!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ARTISTSBRUSH 7/28/2014 2:21PM

    Crossfit? Wow. I aspire to do what you're doing Right Now. Keep writing! Take more pictures. They are more forgiving that you would be, and that way you can compare them. If it makes you more comfortable, take them from the neck down. You will see progress. Those non scale victories are so important, and we don't give them the weight they deserve. If you're doing crossfit, you probably need most of the weight on your frame! It's muscle!

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CONFIDENTLYFIT 7/21/2014 11:42PM

    I just ran across your blog and Sparkpage. You are incredible! Not only is your weight loss an outrageous achievement, I am blown away with the fact that you have been doing Crossfit! Do I have that right? The box jumps and reference to AMRAP, that is Crossfit, right?
I am 56 and trying to lose 30-40 pounds. I was thinking I was too old to get back to some of my former exercise interests. But, look at YOU! You are indeed an inspiration to me.
Keep it up! I'm looking forward to watching your continued progress.

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AKA_GAMERMOM 6/30/2014 9:54AM

    You write from the heart. Continued success on your journey!

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WALLAHALLA 6/4/2014 2:19PM

    Don't know what I would do without SP. It is definitely a lifeline for me, in more ways than one.

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New Personal Best

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Yesterday, at my session with my personal trainer, I did something I haven't done since I was a child. I did box jumps! Granted, the box was only 6 inches tall, but , for a person who hasn't been able to jump on anything for 30+ years! a 6" box jump (repeated over 30 times) was a very big deal for me. To say I was excited when I finished the met com, which was 3 rounds of 10 box jumps, 10 barbell thrusters, 15 wall ball squats, and as many kettle bell swings I could do in a minute (29, 31, and 32 per minute), would be a huge understatement! It was AWESOME!

  
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LISAN0415 5/30/2014 12:45AM

    That's awesome! You have done so great!

Thanks for sharing!

Lisa

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/19/2014 11:47AM

    Woo Hoo...you fit mama!!!

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Relinquishing Control So I Can Grow

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I find I reach points in my life where I catch myself being an observer rather and being a true participant. These times are usually infrequent and are generally characterized by a general level of subdued behavior, less inclination to laugh or make jokes, and a lack of clarity and sparkle in my eyes. I am not particularly fond of these periods of malaise, but I know that they do occur as part of life's cyclic nature.

I have found that, while these times are uncomfortable for me (and for those around me who care about my well-being), I DO benefit from the things I learn during these episodes. I do not begrudge them, but take the time to analyze them, picking them apart to see which morsel of discomfort has been planted for me to process so I may grow stronger.

This does not mean that I have to like what I learn. Nor does it mean that the lesson will never have to be repeated. It just means that it is a need in my life that I must meet and that, if I choose not to listen to its call to learn, I will get to repeat it sooner and with a touch more vehemence than the initial summons. Experience has taught me that it is far better for me to accept the initial call than to blow it off and await the next, more vociferous harangue.

Today I am relinquishing control so I can move forward and make myself a better human being.

  
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SUSHENO 5/15/2014 9:36PM

    Your blog speaks to me as well. I, too, have had periods where issues, concerns, questions were dealt on the inside without anything being revealed. Yet, there was a change in my outlook which in turn changed how I act. I also had periods where it was super easy to learn from others' mistakes. Now, it seems the cycle is vociferous and furious. I have lots of uncertainty, darkness, and gloom. At the same time I can laugh and see the complete opposite. Like you, I am relinquishing control and allowing life / God to teach me what it / He wants.

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WALLAHALLA 5/14/2014 8:25PM

    that definitely speaks to me

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DELIA38961 5/14/2014 4:25PM

    great blog it seemed to speak directly to me . I too go through those cycles where im an outsider looking in thanks for sharing

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Sinus Blues

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For the last week I have had a flaming sinus infection. I finally caved and went to my doctor and got the antibiotics I need to kill this dizzying monster. I had forgotten how debilitating a sinus infection could be. Given the nature of the antibiotics I am on, I am presently cramming all the probiotics and yogurt I can into my system 4 hours after each dose in the hope of keeping up with the death rate of by beneficial flora in my system. Yuck!

  
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DJ4HEALTH 4/23/2014 2:07AM

    emoticon Have you tried using natural one for the sinus infections? How about a netti pot? That helps clear the sinuses out real good.

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/22/2014 12:42PM

    I highly recommend a neti pot or other sinus rinse like the Neil Med bottles. It's kind of a pain...but so worth it. I hope you are feeling better very soon!

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Rebound

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sometimes life sneaks up on you and snacks you very hard in the face. It takes you by surprise, it makes you reel, and it comes out of nowhere! Memories are like that sometimes. Especially flashbacks of a time in your life that maybe wasn't so positive and left a great effect on you. It can cause all kinds of reactions depending on who you are. When that happens to me, I need to get out of where I am and go somewhere that I can reconnect with my core. It doesn't happen to me very often, but when it does, it's pretty profound.

Learning to bounce right back up after being knocked down is definitely key to surviving these events.

  
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WALLAHALLA 4/19/2014 11:22PM

    I strive to be a weeble...they wobble but they don't stay down. emoticon

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KLONG0515 4/19/2014 9:41PM

  a majority of the time when those moments hit its consuming...but finding a healthy way to deal with it is key...glad you're able to find a way to deal with them...took me a long time and i'm glad i did. good job!!!

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