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My Shiny New Toy

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The elliptical arrived on schedule Thursday. I spent three or four hours putting the thing together by myself and I still wasn't finished, so my husband helped me finish the assembly Friday night, which was incredible, considering how terrible our Friday went.

When I went to bed Thursday night, I heard this weird hissing sound near the front door when I was locking up. I couldn't figure out what it was and thought maybe it was the weird acoustics of that corner and the high ceiling. So, I didn't mention it to my husband until the next morning as I was leaving for work. He started poking around and sure enough, the drywall was wet. There was a pinhole leak in our water pipes. I don't know how the heck a pinhole occurs, but I hope like heck there aren't any more in our near future!

It took us twelve hours and three attempts with different materials to solve the problem. What a stressful fiasco! But my husband saved the day after our third trip to the hardware store, when we found liquid flux instead of paste. I've never used solder before, but Tony has. He was used to using the liquid flux, but Home Depot didn't sell any. In fact, their selection for everything we needed just sucked! So, after the first attempt with the paste didn't work, we tried a local hardware store called Johnson's. Wow! Their store wasn't as big as Home Depot, but it was packed with lots of options for everything, including this two-in-one solder/ flux combo. If you ever have a solder project, steer clear of this product! There is a reason not to take a short cut sometimes! Long story short, we were able to find the traditional products my husband is used to using and were able to repair the repair and it's holding like a charm. Now, we have this cute little skylight into the upstairs bathroom. Lol! That, thankfully, is an easier fix than plumbing. Whew!

So, coming back to the elliptical, it's right at home in my recreation room. I fired it up this morning for a half hour spin. I LOVE it! In fact, I'm going to put my workout pants back on and take another spin!

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JCARDINAL 4/21/2014 1:04PM

    I like your new toy, and I'm glad you like it! emoticon

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TRINIITY1 4/20/2014 1:29AM

    So jealous!!! Enjoy!! Now get to ONEDERLAND!!

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TTLEELEE 4/19/2014 9:20PM

    Yay for Hubby, "local" hardware stores, You and your new toy!!

I got one last year and it really created some opportunities for cardio over this brutal winter that wouldn't have happened if I hadn't had it right here.

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MEGAMITENCHI 4/19/2014 9:09PM

    Wow, go you and the hubby! Working out all those problem solving skills :) Have fun on the new toy!!

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TANYA602 4/19/2014 7:58PM

    Thank goodness you got the leak fixed - we had a pinhole leak and it turned into a nightmare because we went about it all wrong. Live and learn. I hope you are loveing the elliptical!

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DIANITAH 4/19/2014 6:41PM

    Sorry to hear about the plumbing but glad to hear you love your new machine!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/19/2014 6:00PM

    Plumbing problems are the worst! Sounds like you have a handy hubby.

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MJ7DM33 4/19/2014 6:00PM

  Nice new toy! Continue to enjoy it! emoticon

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36 Weeks to Go!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

36 weeks and some change left in 2014. Do you have a lot of weight to lose too? Is ONEderland in your sights? It's been one of my goals for the past three years. We could make a significant dent in that goal by chipping away at it, one pound at a time.

I just reset my weight goal on Sparkpeople. I needed to figure out what the dates are that I can reasonably get to ONEderland. I could get there by August, October, or December, depending on how hard I work. I have this crazy dialogue going on in my head. I'm fearful to commit to 2 pounds per week. What about 1.5 or even 1 pound? One pound seems so reasonable. What's one pound? Well, one pound is significant. I'm a pro at losing and gaining one to three pounds week over week.

I think I just talked myself out of working toward a number. It's frustrating. Instead, I have to focus on the things in my control: fitness and nutrition. The scale will respond if I'm doing the right things. If you've been like me and treading water lately, keep your head up. The healthy choices you are making ARE making a difference!

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PERSISTENTTIM 4/18/2014 12:01PM

    Good luck!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 4/17/2014 9:37PM

    Great blog and yes, you can do it.

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KAREN608 4/17/2014 6:56PM

    I've been focusing on getting more exercise as the things that judge that say I am still a snail and so working on better exercise and more of it, and keeping calories in the low range. The scale can take care of itself.

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KIMBERTA99 4/17/2014 1:50PM

    I think that setting a number is too stressful. Focusing on your exercise and eating is the way to go because that is what is going to get the scale moving!! emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/17/2014 1:26PM

    I have been really frustrated the first four months of this year...between the PF and getting one cold after another. I have been thinking of getting up an hour early and getting some fitness in before the work day. I'm hoping I will be better by Monday and can start at least on getting a half hour walk in. We can do this....we've done it before...we just need to be consistent!

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TRINIITY1 4/17/2014 12:42PM

    You CAN do it girl!!! I am right there with you as well!! I am SO ready to get there!! Just reading this blog is going to get me up off of my butt and do some double kettlebell swings!! I am 15 lbs away and I am going to get there ASAP!! Are you with me?! Let's DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cedar River Trail Session 1 - No Falls!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

After an hour and a half of driving to scoop up my daughter, meet her new boyfriend, drive to her old apartment to pick up her skates, then all the way back to the bike trail, my first ride lasted 30 minutes, replete with many stops and flailing arms! Regrettably, I'm not as steady as I once was, but I'm also sporting 70 extra pounds! Similar to the rink experience, my shins lit up right away. Thankfully, hopping off onto the gravel was easier than the rink, where there was no mid-lap escape!

I did remember pretty quickly that the key to balance is a bit like driving a car. Find a focal point off in the distance and do not stare at the space directly in front of your feet! Once I did that, I loosened up and was able to cruise for a bit, picking up speed and only flailing my arms occasionally.

30 minutes and no falls leaves a lot of room for goal setting! After the ride, I wasn't sure how to lower myself down to the ground to get the skates off, so I put my hand on the front of the car, which was still locked, so I set off the alarm. What a dork!

My husband did a once over on me when I got home, searching for scrapes and bruises. Since I struggle to stay upright in land shoes, you can imagine his concern! I'm looking forward to strapping on protective gear, which should be arriving soon.

The elliptical should be here Thursday. We went with a $600 Nautilus. I'm hoping quality comes with the price tag. There were lower end options, but I want something that will last.

Today promises to be warmer than yesterday. I transplanted my radish seedlings to the garden yesterday and it looks like the turnips and cucumbers are ready to go next, followed by the carrots and lettuce. The bell peppers are still quiet. I did this gardening thing once and only harvested three radishes that were hot because I didn't water them enough. Oops!

I also need to put a final coat of polyurethane on my door trim, so I can get it hung and out of the garage. I also would like to tackle the embarrassing flowerbeds in the front yard. They have more grass growing in them than the lawn! Time to weed and make more growing space for the stuff that belongs there!!

Happy spring, everyone. I really hope no one gets the snow that's forecasted this week. That's just crazy!

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JANEGSN 4/14/2014 11:38PM

    I am like you, I buy my exercise equipment to last and have had recumbent bikes/treadmills for decades (with some on and off use but more on use).

Great job on the skating and relaxing enough that I hope you enjoyed it.

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/14/2014 11:54AM

    Great job on roller blading....I would have challenges as well with balance. Happy spring and happy planting! Hugs...Robin

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EMSSBEARS 4/13/2014 1:05PM

    Great job on the skating. Good luck with the new elliptical. Hope there is no snow either we are supposed to have thunderstorms followed by 34 degree weather- yep crazy weather since it was 78 yesterday -lol.

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JCARDINAL 4/13/2014 12:39PM

    Glad you got to go skating, you'll get better with every outing. I bet you can't wait for your elliptical. Sounds like you have a lot of spring projects going. Have a great week!

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RYDERB 4/13/2014 11:27AM

    Brenda, great job! 30 minutes of skating is a long time! Congratulatons on your new eliptical! Hope you love it!

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20 Years

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My husband and I are celebrating our emoticon wedding anniversary next week. Seriously, where did the time go? He ordered just about every goofy thing on my Amazon wish list today: an elliptical, a rowing machine, protective gear for my skating adventures, gardening gloves...and I'm not sure what else I had on there.

I'm excited to get the elliptical. I debated whether or not to get that or a treadmill. Since I have some cranky knees, I thought it best to go for the lower impact option. And the rowing machine...well, I just like rowing! How cool that he did that for me! Now, I'll need to honor his patience with my fitness obsession by putting them to good use and not letting them become another fixture that collects dust. emoticon

I wanted to get him a PS4, but he talked me out of it. He bought himself some expensive Transformers to add to his collection and would rather get some much needed computer hardware in the near future.

BLC24 wrapped up this week. I had a net loss of 3.2 pounds over the course of 12 weeks...not much to write home about. But I created some new healthy habits. I workout in the morning every day and have a healthy breakfast. I'm currently working on limiting my evening snacking and making sure I eat a veggie with each meal. These habits are mine for good.

I proved that I CAN survive the entire 12 week season of the BLC. I don't even know how many times I joined the BLC, only to throw in the towel mid-season. What was different this time? My commitment, but also the changes to the weekly challenges. I was on the CAMO team (which is just an amazing bunch of friendly people) and their challenges were the perfect recipe of structure and flexibility. There were some group focus challenges each week and then it was up to you to create your own individual challenges for the week. It occurred to me yesterday why this worked so well and previous seasons did not. My previous BLC experiences included weekly challenges that were always totally different, some of which took quite a bit of time and planning to collect points. Doing something different each week was counter-productive for me and was a bit overwhelming, since I didn't have the time. What I really needed was some consistency to build healthy habits. I don't know if the changes were global across the teams, or if it's just something the CAMO team does, but I'm grateful, emoticon emoticon , it works!

BLC25 will be my season. I have something to prove to myself. My BLC24 experience tells me I can lose weight! Even though my net loss was only 3.2, I had five weeks of losses, three of which were over 3 pounds, well over my one pound per week goal. I'm going to get serious about my food and fitness during the break. It should be fun! Skating with my daughter, trying out my new gym equipment, gardening, just getting outside! Oh yeah! I'm so glad spring is finally here!!

One last bit of news before I hit the hay: I enrolled in school again! I'm taking advanced project management courses online at Stanford Center for Professional Development. So far, the instructors are interesting and the pictures of the campus really make me want to be in sunny California!!

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TANYA602 4/14/2014 4:54PM

    Congratulations! I love that DH has taken care of your wishlist! What a sweetheart. It sounds like you will be busy between school and fitness. How fun!

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EMSSBEARS 4/12/2014 10:49PM

    Congratulations on your Anniversary

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POOKASLUAGH 4/12/2014 5:42PM

    Ooh, what fun gifts! I would LOVE to have access to a rowing machine!

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JCARDINAL 4/12/2014 11:31AM

    Happy Anniversary!! Congrats on the weight loss and the new life style! emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 4/12/2014 11:30AM

    SOOO PROUD OF YOU!!! emoticon
You have always been emoticon and amazing you just needed to believe it!!!
Look at you....celebrating an huge anniversary, completed a BLC/CAMO round! AND a home gym etc etc etd!!!
There is NO stopping you!! emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 4/12/2014 10:42AM

    way to go!

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Congratulations on your anniversary!

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Out Like A Lion or a Lamb?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

We're approaching another end of another month. How did you make out this month? I feel like I made some headway, despite the lack of movement on the scale. I think that's about to change because I'm making a concerted effort to avoid evening snacking. I just put that plan into action, so I'll keep you posted on the progress. I just really need to practice some discipline in the evening. Otherwise, the 1,000 plus hours that I racked up this month is a loss. I'm tired of treading water. I think the cliche feels more like mud, but you get the idea. I can't wait to share my calendar with you. To look at it, you might wonder why I didn't lose weight. I'm mildly curious about that too, but I don't want to spend anymore time dwelling on it. It's done, I can't control it, I can't learn anything more from it. I'm moving on.

Below is how I measured up to my goals for the month. I can honestly say I'm going out like a Lion this month! Working out each morning really helped me achieve my fitness minutes goal.

My plan for March:
1. 1,000 fitness minutes emoticon
a. 12 strength sessions (30 minutes) emoticon I'm two short right now, so I plan to do JMs 6 week 6 pack Saturday and Sunday emoticon
b. 20 cardio sessions (at least 30 minutes) emoticon

2. Track nutrition emoticon Tracked all but 7 days this month. On the days I tracked, I stayed in ranges all but 6 days.
a. Eat a veggie at each meal/snack emoticon
b. Practice mindful eating, especially at night emoticon This is my determined face! I had a rough patch, but I'm finishing the month strong. When I get munchy in the evening, I'm checking myself and really evaluating whether or not I'm hungry or just tired or bored. Usually, I'm just tired.

One other skates! I went to the rink with my daughters earlier this month. It was hard! I was paranoid of falling and the rink was slick! My inner thighs were really sore from the few laps I managed to do. But it was every bit as fun as I remember, so I went out and got a pair of roller derby quads. I can't wait to hit the trails! I may hit a deserted parking lot for some practice first!

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YAEME79 3/30/2014 4:12PM

    My month was a lot like yours. I upped my exercise; but didn't lose but GAINED! Nighttime snacking is my biggest weakness.
I wouldn't say all the fitness minutes are a waist, because you are getting in shape from it. You are improving your heart; respiratory system; digestive system; and muscles!!
Since I didn't lose anything this month I started to get depressed and then told myself but now I am more motivated for more challenging workouts and actually miss it if I do skip. So now I just need to work on food intake.

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TANYA602 3/29/2014 5:33PM

    What a fabulous plan and review! You inspire me to be more serious about logging what I am doing. And I love the skates! I am terrified that if I give it a go I will fall and never again get up. Have fun!!

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JCARDINAL 3/29/2014 2:26PM

    Great goals for March and I love the skates!! emoticon

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KAREN608 3/29/2014 2:20PM

    Skating!!! I'd need a helmet, knee/elbow guards and maybe a foam rubber suit to cushion me.... but sounds like great fun!!! I would love to skate someday. Inspiring!

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TRUNKJUNK 3/29/2014 2:10PM

    Good for you. I remember skating, jumping rope, riding my bike and hula hooping for hours as a kid. I was so much thinner then. I bought a weight hula hoop, I have a bike and jump rope all I need now is some skates.

You Go Girl!

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100LBLIGHTER 3/29/2014 1:16PM

    just be the cracks....sometimes they can throw ya. Knee pads or long heavy pants would not be bad either. Have Fun.

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TRINIITY1 3/29/2014 1:03PM

    Girl, you are doing so awesome, don't worry about the scale. Just keep doin what your doin! Have you taken measurements? That maybe where the loss is. The scale and measuring tape are both equally important when it comes to body re-composition. I am going to start measuring once a week myself with the weekly scale.
emoticon You are ready to rock and ROOOLLLLL!!!!!!!! Yee-haw!

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