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Old 05-13-2004, 05:17 AM   #31
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Good morning, ladies and Jack! Itís so great to be sitting here in the early AM with my coffee and knowing that a few hundred miles to my west, DIP! is getting up and wandering over to her computer too. A special GOOD MORNING to the Dipster and we are all so to have you back with us!

This is my favorite part of your post:
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But there are some changes this year - a smaller me and a bigger boat. Was it all worth it? You bet your as* it was, and by this time next year we may not have another larger boat, but I will be smaller yet. In all honesty, a year ago I didn't think I could do it, but I did, and the rewards are beyond what I ever thought possible. Life is good.
You said it all and let me tell you that it only gets better from here! Weíre proud of you for maintaining your weight during your gym lay-off. Youíve obviously made the eating part of this a ďlifestyleĒ rather than a diet ó otherwise youíd be back here saying you were up ten pounds. Hope you stick around for a while (in between boat excursions of course) (how about Internet access on the boat? )

Cindy, Iím really glad you had your shoulder checked out and itís not too bad. Youíre a lot smarter than I was Ö I like using DBs too for chest exercises because I can angle my hands and it takes all the pain out of the exercise for me. Hereís something fun for chest that easier on the shoulders: grab DBs and a bench that inclines. Start with the bench flat and do a set of presses, then for each successive set, incline the bench one notch (five sets total). On the fifth set, youíll be fairly inclined. Then grab whatever DBs you use for flyes and starting at that incline position, do five sets, dropping the bench down one notch each set. Finish completely flat. This way you cover every angle from flat to incline on presses and flyes. Finish off with some decline work and youíre out of there.

And big congrats on the new BF%!

Hi Sandi! Of course we all remember you! Youíve been through a very tough patch recently with your family and Iím glad youíre ready to get back to business here. The hardest part about exercise ó as youíve discovered ó is just getting started. I guarantee that youíll walk out of the gym after the first day back and ask yourself why you ever stopped going. Itís getting there the first time thatís hard. So why donít you tell us what day youíll be going and then come back and tell us what you did? And howís it going with the eating plan?

Tiki! You go, girl! Big squat numbers! Sounds like work is insane ó hang in there, weekendís almost here. Any plans? And youíre right, of course ó thereís nothing at all unusual about me and every one of you is capable of doing exactly what I did. Weíve all been around long enough to know there's no magic or secret ó except I think weíve got the secret here at LWL with the Trinity. It sure worked for me!

Leeney ó- my queenie! (does anyone call you Leeney??) on the perfect day! Itíll make today even easier for you. My legs are still sore from doing them on Monday for the first time since April 1. I went right back into track lunges and all the usual stuff (reduced weights) and have been absolutely crippled for the past two days. And loving it ó sick pup that I am! Can't wait for next Monday!

Thank you all for the second anniversary good wishes! Itís funny how that date is right up there with the other biggies in my life, like kidsí birthdays and my wedding anniversary. I guess Iíll never forget: June 1, 2001 ó last day I weighed 257 pounds/first day of new life and May 12, 2002 ó reaching goal. I may be old and gray in my rocking chair but Iíll still remember, Iím sure. Without a doubt it was my most-life changing year ever. I canít wait to see how all of you are doing by the time my third anniversary rolls around in a year! (so everyone meet back here on May 12, 2005, OK?)

Let me tell you what the sweetest guy ever did for me yesterday ó our own Jack brought two beautiful red roses to me at the gym for my second anniversary. There was a little card that he signed from LWL and Maintainers. I was so touched! Right there in the middle of doing biís! Thanks, Jack! Pat is one lucky lady to have a fellow like you.

Hi to all ó hey, if youíre lurking, come on out and play!

Off to do cardio -- it's been pretty limited for the past two days due to leg abuse.
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4:17AM MEG?!?!?

Your next few weeks sounds totally insane, and I'm glad it' s you and not me. I'd be up at 4AM too just from anxiety - whew. I *wish* we had internet on the boat, and DH too, but the cost for that (and satellite TV) is more than we can afford, especially when the equipment wish list is so long. I miss Fitday when I'm away, but learned to mentally count my grams and calories, and of course Karen's piece about "How much do you really eat?" is burned into my brain.

Jack - WTG on the roses. How thoughtful and sweet. Yes indeed, your Pat is a lucky lady, but I'm betting you are equally blessed.

Ilene - You've prompted me to make it a priority the next few days to get out the Schwinn Collegiate I bought last year and start on the restoration. Blow some of that energy down this way, will ya? I know, I know. Exercise will create more energy.

Cindy - Super-duper on that new BF%!! Gotta love and gush those pay-offs!

Tiki - I picture you running around in those heels and cringe. As attractive as they are, beauty always has a price and I'm hoping you're not messing up your feet. Long ago I worked for a podiatrist and saw some pretty sad situations created from years of wearing heels and pointy toes. That's when I gave them up and began wearing dressy flats or sandals to work. It's paid off. And I was already in the habit when I began dating DH who is slightly taller than I. Be good to yourself, be good to your feet and they will carry you many miles.

Hi Pookie and all!

Yesterday was a wash for me and I didn't lift, just did some cardio. After I took Fox to the vet, I did the mowing and some yardwork. When I came in to shower, I was pooped and felt not too good, probably from too much sun. So I laid down for awhile, and the rest of the day and evening went by like a whirlwind. But I'm going down to lift this AM as soon as DH leaves, and then do cardio later on. One thing for sure is I need to work on my time management again. It's hard for me not to be working in the yard this time of year because it's like caring for a small park. It's most pretty in May and June, especially right now with things in bloom. I'm enjoying it now because we will be getting locusts this year, and a drought is predicted. DH has his garden plowed and will plant this weekend which I think willl be futile if we don't get rain resulting in a low creek and no water to pump. I also think he'll just be feeding the locusts. Oh well!

Have a great day everyone and I'll check back later!

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Old 05-13-2004, 07:08 AM   #33
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Good Morning LGWL!

Jack -- Thank you for bringing those flowers from all of us! Geez you're considerate AND a mind reader,... Every woman's dream man ...

Good Mornin' Megster -- I love reading your posts first thing in the morning sure starts my day off right ....Such a woman, I'm happy to see your back at it almost full force... Some of my g/f's call me Ilene the bean...Or when we've had too much to drink they start singing "c'mon Ilene you're face makes me scream!" Then they with laughter... then I pick them up do a few squats with them and throw them over the balcony! There have been a few unresolved murders in these parts lately......

Today I'm taking my parents up to Ottawa, my Dad has to go for a biopsy on his prostate... This is his 4th one he gets they can't seem to find the reason why his PSA is high... Anyways it's a nce sunny day, if it stays that way I'll go biking tonite.
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Old 05-13-2004, 07:12 AM   #34
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Hey DipityDoo.... just missed you!! Love and missed your early morning posts!!o!!
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Old 05-13-2004, 07:14 AM   #35
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...Or when we've had too much to drink they start singing "c'mon Ilene you're face makes me scream!" Then they with laughter... then I pick them up do a few squats with them and throw them over the balcony! There have been a few unresolved murders in these parts lately......


Hey, Ilene, good luck with your dad. DH has a chronically elevated PSA due to benign prostate enlargement and chronic prostatitis (gets infections on and off). It's no big deal and the doc just monitors it every six months. Hope it's something that like for your dad too.

PS -- Dip -- I'm an hour ahead of you, which is why you thought I was posting at 4:17 AM (but I actually was up then!). I'm sure Karen thinks I post in the middle of the night!
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Old 05-13-2004, 08:45 AM   #36
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Good morning LWL! It's a scorcher here in Philadelphia!

Tik-Work sounds nuts! Just wearing those clothes and attempting to walk and bend in heels would be a leg workout for me. And to look good while doing it- well, you're a champ in my book For me one of the best things aboutj working in a gym is - tada- gym clothes!

Jack- What a sweety with the roses Hope Meg didn't look to silly doing track lunges with flowers clenched in her teeth.

Meg- Hate to disagree, but except for doing the vertical presses with the bench in a completly upright position, I think the rest of the exercises you described are for chest. But it sounds like a great superset- will have to try it. DB flyes are pretty brutal for shoulder victims, though, especially unspotted. You've got to have the chutzpah to just DROP the db if it hurts, regardless of the noise and embarassment factor.

Hi Dip! Missed you lately Glad you are falling in love with the new boat. I'm sure there's so much work to be done there that you stay pretty active.

Ilene- You and your girlfriends sound like quite the partyers!
Hope everyone else is doing great- Cindy! forgot to congratulate you! JC, hope you're still sane.

Gotta scoot,

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Old 05-13-2004, 08:57 AM   #37
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OMG Mel! I'm such a moron! Yes, it's all a chest workout -- I said shoulders since we were talking shoulders but of course it's CHEST!!! I'm going back and editing to say chest. You'd think I'd know it cuz I did that workout on Tuesday and am SORE -- in my chest!!!
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Hi all,

Ilene - too funny about your girlfriends. Remind me to NEVER drink around you cause I don't wanna get tossed over any balconies. and CONGRATS on the perfect day!

Jack - That was so sweet. I knew we all liked your for a reason.

Mel - Funny story about dropping dumbells. At the gym on Sunday this string bean of a guy dropped the 70 lb dumbells and scared the crap out of me and another guy. The other guy dropped an 8 lb on his foot. Well maybe it wasn't funny, but I couldn't help thinking that the string bean KNEW he couldn't lift those 70s so what in the HECK was he doing with them?

Dip - Yeah, I do try to take care of my feet. I love high heels but try not to wear them on back to back days. I also don't wear the pointy toe kind hardly at all. Today I have on flats and will also wear them tomorrow to give the old foot a rest. I don't know why you think you didn't workout yesterday, cause MOWING a LAWN is definitely a workout in my book.

Hi rest of the crew.

BOD meeting wraps up today and I'm out the door at 3:30 to return rented stanchions then off to cheerleading practice. I am learning how to spot which is very hard for me since I am only 5'2 and half my girls are taller than that. Hope I don't drop anyone.

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This is a fun day for me. I'm putting together my brand new borrowed used weight bench. It has a lat bar and a leg extension. I read on a newsgroup I think that these men were making fun of leg extensions on weight benches. Are those considered wimpy? These were the same men that really REALLY hated Bowflex and Crossbows.

I am officially on vacation and this will be a challenge to stay on plan for the week. Today and tomorrow are easy because it is just me at home, but on Saturday I meet my mother and father in law for the first time after 3.5 years of marriage. They are from Holland and will be in the US for the first time on Saturday, and will be here for 10 days. We have nothing around here for entertainment beyond 2 days worth of activities, other than restaurants. I think we have more restaurants here than they have in North Myrtle Beach, and we have no tourists! I hope they don't love restaurant food and want to go back every day. Maybe chicken, spinach and brown rice are their favorite foods in the world. We'll see!

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Hi all! Since I'm a de-lurker, I guess I should do a brief introduction.

Name: Jill
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Occupation: Um, not sure - I was hired (as an intern) at my current company as sort of a technical writer, and they've kept me on as an independent contractor doing whatever they find (mostly system testing and data verification)

Weight Loss/Fitness Journey: I decided to lose weight mid-July last year, so I started running (on a track) and eating less. I sometimes count calories and try to eat healthier (fruits & veggies, whole grain, protein, etc.), but I'm not very strict about what I'll eat. I also joined Curves to provide some additional exercise, especially over the winter since my running was restricted to my treadmill (which I hate). I've recently (March?) started lifting weights at home, starting with a dumbbell set and later adding a curl bar and a few more weight plates. (I bought a bench last summer at a garage sale for fifty cents, but I don't have a rack or any attachments.) I also kept a journal on 3FC for most of the time, but just decided I didn't feel like doing that anymore.

Well, I guess that wasn't so brief. Anyway, I love reading your posts and I've learned a lot by coming here. I especially appreciate all those sticky posts at the top of the forum. One thing that concerns me, though, is that even with all the pics of various lifts/exercises, I'm often not sure if I'm doing them correctly. Maybe I should try one of those free 2-week gym memberships so I can get them demonstrated to me?
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DIP glad you are back. Your posts add a lot to this forum. --Pookie
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Jill - welcome and congratulations on your progress thus far!

There is the one website (exer.net or abcbodybuilding.com?) that has mini videos of the exercises, but I found it invaluable to have a trainer show me what to do, and then watch me do it and correct my mistakes. So, maybe one of those 2-week memberships is just what you need.
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Hey you guys - I got a LOT o'catchin' up to do here...

So glad to see Dip's back! Have you been keeping up with the goings-on in Deadwood lately??

Tiki - first thing that came to mind about running in heels was one year when I entered the Bay-to-Breakers (an 7.5 mile annual footrace in San Francisco). People dress up in all sorts of wacky costumes (and quite a few come as 'Buck Nekkid' if ya know what I mean...). There were QUITE a few folks dressed up in drag or whatever, and yup, many were wearing HIGH HEELS. I mean REALLY high heels. Even though they weren't RUNNING, still, 7.5 miles across S.F. (and there's quite a few hills!) can really be PAINFUL. Owwiie...
Anyway MY meeting is next week - thank God I only have to go to one dinner out...and we get to order off the menu so I can stay pretty clean. (Besides, I picked the restaurant... )

Jill! Nice to see ya here (Did Ilene do her S.N.G. [special newbie greeting] yet?!?)

Today I'm rather sore...yesterday was a workin' type of day...leg training, followed by 30 minutes of moderate cardio...then a butt-kicking dressage riding lesson after work (those poor tired legs of mine...having to keep my butt IN the saddle while Dakota is cantering in a 20-meter circle ain't easy...) so today is that soreness - hurts so good! Just did 45 minutes of HIIT cardio this morning and I'm feelin' fine!

Back to work...
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Welcome Jill and please excuse me but I am about to VENT.

We have two lead admins here, me and another chick who has come to work LATE both yesterday and today, left EARLY yesterday, snuck out to lunch today 10 minutes before the meeting let out for a break (left me holding the bag to assist 12 high maintenance people plus set up a fancy catered lunch). She said she was late today because she stayed outside way after dark planting flowers last night.

THEN another co-worker that I was talking with thought it would be funny to KICK ME IN THE BUTT! WHAT DA FA???? Another co-worker that saw it thought that I was out of order for getting upset and telling the idiot that she had better not EVER touch me again.

THEN found out that my dad took two doses of insulin last night and almost went into a coma. He's fine now, but that really freaked me out.

THEN DD called from school and left me a message saying she needs her inhalers and can't breathe. She also called her dad and THAT such and such called me fussing at me for NOT taking care of HIS child and that I had better get my butt to the school and call him back. I called the school, told DD to get the inhalers out DS's backpack (where we ALWAYS keep them) and then she says "Oh, okay, that's a good idea. Can I buy pizza with the change from latchkey?"

THEN DS called from latchkey to say that he LOST the latchkey payment. $70 cash.

THEN, right after I packed up my car with stuff to return to the equipment rental company (sneaking to go home) the CEO grabs me and asks me to break down the displays in the board room Ė a job that will take about 1.5 hours. GRRRRRR!

Oh yeah, did I mention that the air conditioner STOPPED WORKING in the main board room so all the high maintenance people are also hot, sticky, ticked off high maintenance people?


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Tiki, your day sucked. I'm sorry. You deserve a long hot bath and a cabana boy!
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