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Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year’s Eve

Posted by Susan on December 31, 2008

I am so happy ! This is my favorite holiday of all! I took some time today to think about the year that has passed and I must say it was a good one. I learned A LOT ! I had a lot of fun, good times, all in all it was a sucess I think.

My husband and I are planning a quiet night tonight. We are having a nice dinner, then we are going to play some Rock Band, maybe watch a movie and at midnight we will toast the New Year.

I am looking forward to 2009, and I am grateful for all the gifts the past year has given me and am excited for the gifts yet to come in the year ahead.

Here’s to everyone’s hopes and dreams for 2009 becoming a reality ! Happy 2009 !

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Day 1 TT

Posted by Susan on December 29, 2008

Today was my first TT workout……………I love it ! It is doable but challenging and I can see myself sticking to this for the long haul. To me that is a relief. I went to Boarders yesterday with my husband to spend some of our Christmas gift cards. I went into the fitness section as usual, but decided against even looking. I made the commitment to TT and that is where I am staying. No projecting into what what I may want to try in the future. Lord knows I have enough programs right now to never have to buy anything new for some time.

Today is also day #2 of post holiday eating. I really allowed myself freedom this year , and I paid for it feeling awful. I think I may have finally detoxed myself, although I do find myself craving more junk than I have in a long time. Probably because I indulged so much for almost a week.

I haven’t stepped on the scale and have to plan to. Why upset myself now? What’s done is done and I am back on track now and that is all that matters.

Above are some pictures of my gym space. We bought this house with a finished basement . We made a deal that he could have a “Man Room” where he could decorate anyway he wanted and he didn’t have to listen to me bug him to clean all the time. I got the extra bedroom down there for my “Gym”. The art work on the walls are all original pieces done by my niece Katelynn. I get up every morning at 3:30 am, put on my sneakers and my workout clothes , and do my thing before work. I love it. It is my favorite room in the house.

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Blank Page

Posted by Susan on December 28, 2008

I woke up this morning feeling oddly hopeful and excited. I love the week after all the holiday craziness. I love knowing that a brand new year lays ahead, full of all kinds of unknowns, all kinds of promise. A blank page for me to fill with new choices, and experiences.
I am sooo ready ! I have my goals written out and my mind set. I will make this year the best yet. I will have the body I’ve been wanting for years now, I will challenge my fears, and make better choices, dream bigger and reach further. I will be a better wife, sister, aunt, friend, and employee. I will be good to myself, and not stress over things that are out of my control. I will prove to myself that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to, and I will never quit on myself.
At the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, I will take one last look at the year that’s passed. It was a good all in all………I learned a lot. I will , from there, leave it behind me and move forward to all the possiblities that lay a head in 2009 ! It is going to be a wonderful year…for all of us !

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Committing 100%

Posted by Susan on December 27, 2008

After a lot of thought and research, I’ve finally decided on a program for 2009. (whew !) I am going to begin tomorrow, even though it is not offically 2009 yet. I will committ 100% to this program , as I did to Body for Life. I have this bad habit of jumping from program to program not doing any one program long enough to see any real results. The plan is to not over load myself with information this year and just stay with one thing.

Last year I did Body for Life for the whole 12 weeks and I would say that out of all the things I tried last year it was the one thing I got some real and lasting results from. After BFL I once again began jumping from program to program and mad no further progress…very frustrating.

What I want at this point is to burn fat and see some muscle definition (especially Abs), and I feel this program will allow me to do this. Of course I do realize that my eating is going to have to be totally cleaned up in order to do this. I will be incorporating a cleaner diet into this program as well.

I will not be jumping around this year….this much I promise myself. I tend to want instant results….something I know in my head is not possible, but I can’t help myself from wanting it anyway.

I am excited about this new program, I think it is ideal for working out at home, and I think it is perfect for me in that it is not going take up hours and hours of my day. I work 40 hours a week and my job is very physical. I am literally running around all day and when I get home from work I am in no mood for another hour or more of working out. I am an early morning (3am sometimes) get it over with kind of gal. I also have a list a mile long of other goals I would like to reach this year that are not fitness related and I would like the time to persue those as well.

These thoughs were the basis of my decision, and I feel really good about it now that it is finally selttled in my mind. So Turbulence Training it is for 2009. I downloaded a sample 4 week workout last night. Next week I will download the entire program. I feel so relieved to finally have something in place, and I WILL stick to this …..see it through to the end ………2009 here I come !

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Aftermath

Posted by Susan on December 26, 2008

The holidays are over…..I ate way too much, and last night I paid for it. I slept maybe 3 hours at most, had heartburn and reflux most of the night. This morning I had a major food hangover on top of the sleep deprivation ! Ugh!

I haven’t eaten as much white flour, sugar and fat all year as I ate the 48 hours of holiday merriment. I feel bloated, and clogged and generally gross. The holidays are offically over for me !!!!!

I spent most of the day drinking cups and cups of green tea and over a gallon of water. I am definately ready to get back to my regular eating habits. I would love to somehow bookmark this feeling, the memory of my “overeating hangover” in my mind to look back on everytime I think I want to stuff myself. The reflux, sleep loss and horrible day after is NOT worth the few minutes of pleasure I derive from the crappy food !

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Christmas

Posted by Susan on December 26, 2008

It was fun………but I am soooooo glad it is over ! I ate too much, and my schedual is all out of wack, and I am looking forward to getting back into my routine. I look forward to my oatmeal, tuna and chicken breast existance !

I will get up tomorrow at my regular 3:30 am time for my morning workout. I feel so bloated and gross right now. I wanted to eat decently, but I ended up using the stress of entertaining and the celebration with family as an excuse to eat whatever I want. Now I pay the price !

But thankfully tomorrow is another day, a new day. I am days away from 2009, something I am looking forward to. I have a lot things planned for the coming year, a lot of goals, a lot of challenges I am looking to conquer.

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Merry Christmas !

Posted by Susan on December 25, 2008

I am about to get ready to go to my mother in-law’s to celebrate Christmas Day. It will be a fun and easy day……….wishing everyone the same ! Merry Christmas !

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Negative Self Talk

Posted by Susan on December 22, 2008

Every once in a while it surfaces. That voice inside my head that asks me why the hell I am doing all this? It is usually during a 3:30 am workout, I am tired, sweaty, sometimes laying on the floor after killing myself for an hour or so.

Why is this so important? Is it really worth it? Who cares anyway? Your married, your husband loves you……..he asked you to marry him when you were 45lbs. heavier than you are now ! Wouldn’t it be nice to just live your life and not worry about what you eat? And on and on……….the voice badgers me.

I had a go-round this morning with this voice. I still , as always, continued my workout, ate a good breakfast and pretty much ignored it, but got to thinking about it on the ride to work. I think the reason why I refuse to give up this dream is pretty simple………I am just not ready to surrender, I’m unsure if I ever will be for that matter.

I did give up for a few years……it resulted in a huge weight gain and feeling so horrible about my physical appearence that I withdrew from everything. I made up excuses not to go places , I never bought new clothes because I was always “waiting until I lost weight”. I never want to return to that place in my life again.

I worked really hard and lost enough weight to feel better about myself…..now I want to go all the way. The bottom line here is I want to look good ! I want to be 45 years old and look and feel 35. I want to buy cute clothes, I want to wear a bikini and look great in it, I want to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.

So I guess that answers the questions “negative self talk” poses to me every now and then…..Yes it is worth it, I deserve it, and I am doing it for me….no one else…………. Take that !

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Snow in Connecticut

Posted by Susan on December 21, 2008


We have snow just in time for Christmas ! (I just hope it stays around for another 3-4 days) I am finally begining to feel the Christmas spirit creep up on me. I have been feeling sort of blah the past few weeks and I am glad it is finally lifting.

Another week begins , I am doing my usual Sunday planning….my food, my workouts, etc….. I am planning to eat clean until Wed. night, do my AM workouts, and take Thurs. off. I plan on eating what I want for the Holiday , but not stuffing myself to the point of being sick and uncomfortable…..just because I can. I want to concentrate on enjoying family and friends and try to make it more about that and less about the food.

I spent yesterday doing all the heavey cleaning in preparation for the Christmas Eve Party we are having. We did most of the food shopping and the house is pretty much ready. Some last minute things yet to do……..I need to make the baked ziti the night before so I can throw it in the oven as soon as I get home from work on Wed. and my husband still needs to make his famous peanut butter pie…..a tradition that family and friends insist on for the holidays.

It will be a busy week for sure , but still I am looking forward to it….finally ! The pictues above are of our home and the view off our back deck….I tried to get the lake in there but I am not sure you can see it….but is is still pretty !

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They Finally Fit !!!!!!!

Posted by Susan on December 20, 2008

I’ve been holding on to a size 12 goal jeans for sometime now. They’ve actually “fit” to the point I could button them for sometime , but not enough to where I would actually wear them proudly in public.

This morning quite by accident I grabbed the first pair of jeans I put my hands on to run out and clean off my car (a lot of snow fall last night). I noticed they fit better , my size 14 have been feeling roomy lately. Sure enough upon further inspection, I was wearing size 12 !!!!!!

That is just the boost I need right now. I have been so confused and undecided about how to proceed in the coming year. Since I’ve posted my goals , I’ve been trying to come up with a plan to get me where I want to get. I know how to eat, there is no secret to that……no white carbs, or junk, as little processed as I can manage, lean protien, green leafy veggies. Six small meals per day, lots of water and green tea.

Deciding what workout program I want to do is killing me ! I go back and forth, up and down with this one. I had results on Body for Life. I would have had better results had I not gone totally nuts on my free day. That would be something I would deffinately change this time around.

Recently I downloaded a free 4 week Turbulence Training workout . I wanted to try it out before spending the money on another e book. Well, I am going into week 3 and I will say I really like it. I like the simplicity, the variety, and I like that I can actually complete all the exercises. I also like how efficient it is. I like having a shorter workout , but an intense workout.

I am also really intrigued by Valslides. I was also toying with the idea of the Red Carpet Ready Workout, but I am unsure if that is the body type I am actually going for…….I do like the Valslides and would love to add them to my routines, some of the exercises look killer and would definately benefit me.

So…….There is my dilemma. What program to do to reach my goal most effectively. I know that no matter what I path I choose, it will work if I am consistant and if I stick to it. I worked all year at reaching goals, blurry goals, goals that changed along the way. I also spent an entire year learning through trial and error. I did endless cardio, no weight training, for a while…obvioulsy got NOWHERE ! I starved, ate too much, ate too much processed, binged because I didn’t eat enough, over did the wrong things , under did the right things.

My focus this coming year is to look at all the things I learned, and use them as tools to reach my specific goals. I am going to take another week before I make my final decision , and once I make the choice I am sticking to it.

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