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LeslieM
05-02-2014, 08:52 AM
I'm starting today.

weight-136(edited to say that because I waited a day to start, weight dropped to 135.4 teehee!)
shoulder-16.5"
chest-36"
waist-26.5"
ab. across bellybutton-32"
hips-36.5"
rt thigh-22.5"
lft thigh-22"

Goals-
-Fat loss primarily in the stomach and hips
-scale weight of 125
-increased flexibility and strength

Programs I'll be Using:
TT2K4
Thermo 30
??(figure this out when I get there)

Shaun Hadsall's 14 Day Fat Loss(I'll repeat this until I reach my goal weight)

Personal Non-Fitness Goals-
-I've had small children or have been homeschooling for 18 years. I "retired" form that this year. After a year-long break, I'm ready to move forward with whatever the second half of life will be. I'll be going through a "Creating a Life PLan" curriculum to assess my strengths and weaknesses. I sort of know what they are, but they are all kind of disjointed kind of like a junk drawer. I need help organizing them.

-Just for fun, I'm learning to play the Tin Whistle!

That's all! Have a great weekend everyone. Leslie

shawnss711
05-02-2014, 10:00 AM
Awesome, Leslie!

I look forward to seeing your final numbers.
Great to attach some goals for this contest :)

Radz
05-02-2014, 10:10 AM
This is great Leslie!!! I think I'll follow your format with goals too when I post! I plan to measure and photo on Sunday (paper only comes once a week)!! What's Craig going to do when newspapers are extinct?! LOL :O)

LeslieM
05-02-2014, 03:21 PM
I'm actually going to start tomorrow. I forgot I had an appt. to get my hair did and we are dangerously low on food. I'll not get to the lovely pictures until tomorrow.Adios, Leslie

Gorilla-Strength
05-03-2014, 05:00 AM
Hi Leslie,
I noticed for your measurements you took the circumference but not for your shoulders. I think to get a better perspective take it around your shoulders. For example, I measure about 10" inches different from shoulders, chest and waist. My shoulders measure 51", chest 41" and waist 31". It may be off a slight amount. The only one for me is my waist from day to day. Anyways, that way you can say how much you want to increase or decrease but keep the same numbers. I plan on increasing my shoulders by 2" which will possible increase the rest to keep a balance. I like your game plan. Keep attacking that body fat and your body will start looking good. I get compliments almost everyday from people so once you get going you will gain more confidence. I cook most of my food in coconut oil and consume EVCO on the side when going low carb.

LeslieM
05-03-2014, 09:32 AM
Hi Leslie,
I noticed for your measurements you took the circumference but not for your shoulders. I think to get a better perspective take it around your shoulders. For example, I measure about 10" inches different from shoulders, chest and waist. My shoulders measure 51", chest 41" and waist 31". It may be off a slight amount. The only one for me is my waist from day to day. Anyways, that way you can say how much you want to increase or decrease but keep the same numbers. I plan on increasing my shoulders by 2" which will possible increase the rest to keep a balance. I like your game plan. Keep attacking that body fat and your body will start looking good. I get compliments almost everyday from people so once you get going you will gain more confidence. I cook most of my food in coconut oil and consume EVCO on the side when going low carb.


Thanks for the tip on the shoulder measurement. I have pretty bony shoulders and don't really expect them to change much, but we'll see. My problem areas are the stomach,hiips, and to a lesser degree the thighs. Thanks also for the diet tips! I appreciate it. Leslie

Radz
05-03-2014, 11:16 AM
Craig's new contest rules show show measuring width of shoulders not circumference, but it sure won't hurt to measure both!!!


Hi Leslie,
I noticed for your measurements you took the circumference but not for your shoulders. I think to get a better perspective take it around your shoulders. For example, I measure about 10" inches different from shoulders, chest and waist. My shoulders measure 51", chest 41" and waist 31". It may be off a slight amount. The only one for me is my waist from day to day. Anyways, that way you can say how much you want to increase or decrease but keep the same numbers. I plan on increasing my shoulders by 2" which will possible increase the rest to keep a balance. I like your game plan. Keep attacking that body fat and your body will start looking good. I get compliments almost everyday from people so once you get going you will gain more confidence. I cook most of my food in coconut oil and consume EVCO on the side when going low carb.

Gorilla-Strength
05-03-2014, 11:48 AM
I think your trouble areas are quite common for most females except for a few. Most women tend to have thin shoulders and low muscle mass. You may want to add on some muscle mass in future after dieting down. You will look so much better. According to your measurements and your goals then yes you should strive for fat loss. Some exercises that you may want to look for involve static holds. These tend to burn a lot of calories. You might want to train your abs directly with a little more frequency but with not that many sets. The main thing is your diet. Try to eat less processed foods and drop your carbs when you can. I think you should do a carb reset which means dropping your carbs really low and use EVCO and oils. This will at first make you a little fat but once you start reintroducing carbs you will start to see better results. I did this when I was working with John Romaniello. You do not need to fast to do it but some people try to combine the two. The carb reset last about two weeks and then you start increasing carbs and reducing fat. Have you read "Engineering the Alpha"? It is geared towards men but may want to check it out if you have not. I did not do well on the 16/8 diet protocol since the meals were so big. I prefer smaller meals and spaced out throughout the day.

LeslieM
05-03-2014, 01:18 PM
5/3/14

Pictures have been taken. I did yesterday's workout today.(I accidentally put my face in a puddle of someone else's sweat at the gym) Today is a carb up day. It's beautiful here in Texas, so I'll probably take a walk later and then relax some in my backyard. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Leslie

CUH-RAP! I forgot the paper. I'll try again in a little bit! See! I need a TT trainer to move to Texas so I can hire you. I can't be trusted on my own! 8 )

LeslieM
05-03-2014, 01:33 PM
I think your trouble areas are quite common for most females except for a few. Most women tend to have thin shoulders and low muscle mass. You may want to add on some muscle mass in future after dieting down. You will look so much better. According to your measurements and your goals then yes you should strive for fat loss. Some exercises that you may want to look for involve static holds. These tend to burn a lot of calories. You might want to train your abs directly with a little more frequency but with not that many sets. The main thing is your diet. Try to eat less processed foods and drop your carbs when you can. I think you should do a carb reset which means dropping your carbs really low and use EVCO and oils. This will at first make you a little fat but once you start reintroducing carbs you will start to see better results. I did this when I was working with John Romaniello. You do not need to fast to do it but some people try to combine the two. The carb reset last about two weeks and then you start increasing carbs and reducing fat. Have you read "Engineering the Alpha"? It is geared towards men but may want to check it out if you have not. I did not do well on the 16/8 diet protocol since the meals were so big. I prefer smaller meals and spaced out throughout the day.


Wow, thanks for all of the advice. I really appreciate it! I love talking nutrition. I'm using Shaun Hadsall's carb cycling/timing materials. I have not read that book. I have read a few things that John Romaniello has written online and facebook. He's obviously a very knowledgeable,buff and funny guy. I guess I just prefer Shaun and Craig's delivery style. I'm a recovering potty mouth and try to avoid that whenever possible. I also try to avoid folks that make porn jokes as human trafficking and at risk girls is an issue close to my heart.I may have caught him on a bad day! Sorry for the "more than you asked for" answer! I have lost 3 lbs on the scale since Monday using TT and Shaun's stuff! From a competitive standpoint, I should have waited until today to start, but I couldn't wait! Thanks again! Keep the tips coming. I need all the help I can get! Leslie

Gorilla-Strength
05-03-2014, 10:51 PM
I know what you mean. John is a funny guy but sometimes he is over the top. I do like him though. I think he means well. As a recovering potty mouth, myself included, we should try to avoid situations that involve such language. According to a close friend of mine, He said "I talk like a sailor." Well, my grandfather was a sailor. LOL. Maybe that explains it or it was all those action movies I watched as a kid. : ) . I am originally from Texas but now reside in Indonesia. What city are you living in? I am from San Antonio area. I lived in San Antonio off and on for 8 years.

LeslieM
05-04-2014, 11:29 AM
I know what you mean. John is a funny guy but sometimes he is over the top. I do like him though. I think he means well. As a recovering potty mouth, myself included, we should try to avoid situations that involve such language. According to a close friend of mine, He said "I talk like a sailor." Well, my grandfather was a sailor. LOL. Maybe that explains it or it was all those action movies I watched as a kid. : ) . I am originally from Texas but now reside in Indonesia. What city are you living in? I am from San Antonio area. I lived in San Antonio off and on for 8 years.

Awesome! I grew up in and around Houston. I left in 94. We are stationed here for 2 years on Galveston Island, but live on the mainland close to NASA. I'll be spending all day next Saturday in San Antonio chaperoning a field trip to Fiesta Texas. I've not been to San Antonio in 20 years. We've tried a couple time to get stationed over seas. The closest we ever came was the Caribbean. (not complaining!) Thanks again for all the tip. When I get through the books currently on my list, I may check his out. I'm not Tim Ferris' biggest fan, but I did learn a lot from 4 Hour Body. It at least got me pointed in the right direction of minimalist exercise.

LeslieM
05-04-2014, 11:36 AM
Although I started the contest on Saturday, I started dieting and the next group of workouts on Monday. I'm down 3 lbs and already feel stronger. Shaun insists I take a cheat day. Who am I to argue with the expert?! I'm not going to overdo it. I'm not going to graze either. I'll probably just have 2 meals. One with dessert. We usually have breakfast for dinner on Sundays. I'll be having g-free maple pecan pancakes and bacon. I can't have gluten even on a cheat day. I wake up feeling like I got hammered AND hit by a train. Hope everyone enjoys the day. It is ,amazingly, still spring in Texas. Any minute it will be 100 degrees w/100% humidity so I'm going to spend most of the day outside! Leslie

LeslieM
05-05-2014, 09:04 AM
My cheat day was quite nice. I had a tiny amount of weight gain this morning(less than 1 lb). Now we'll see if my weight loss does in fact rev up like it's supposed to. I imagine that means I have to be a good girl and follow the diet today and work my tail off on the workouts. I believe today is the dead lift day. Those are fun and I really look like I know what I'm doing!

Personal Goal Update:
1.I'm almost finished with Man's Search for Meaning. Tomorrow or Wednesday I'll start the Creating a Life Plan curriculum.

2. I'll be learning and practicing Mary Had a Little Lamb on my whistle! I wonder if Beethoven and Bach started with Mary Had a Little Lamb? I'm pretty sure Mozart just skipped right to concertos.

Oh! And this time 15 years ago I was giving birth! Beethoven,Bach and Mozart can't list that as an accomplishment!!

hal1
05-05-2014, 01:34 PM
My cheat day was quite nice. I had a tiny amount of weight gain this morning(less than 1 lb). Now we'll see if my weight loss does in fact rev up like it's supposed to. I imagine that means I have to be a good girl and follow the diet today and work my tail off on the workouts. I believe today is the dead lift day. Those are fun and I really look like I know what I'm doing!

Personal Goal Update:
1.I'm almost finished with Man's Search for Meaning. Tomorrow or Wednesday I'll start the Creating a Life Plan curriculum.

2. I'll be learning and practicing Mary Had a Little Lamb on my whistle! I wonder if Beethoven and Bach started with Mary Had a Little Lamb? I'm pretty sure Mozart just skipped right to concertos.

Oh! And this time 15 years ago I was giving birth! Beethoven,Bach and Mozart can't list that as an accomplishment!!

I don't know about Mary Had a Little Lamb, but my son started with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on violin in the fall and is now playing Minuets! :)

Happy Birthday to whichever child (children? I know you have twins) was born 15 years ago!

You are the only person here to read up on right now! Going solo on the contest journals - so odd! I haven't decided if I'm going to start a thread here or not. Clearly I'm not competing since no pro category - which is fine-don't need a contest to make progress, although it does create a certain mindset which is why I may decide to come over here and start a thread. I'm kind of getting used to posting in the other area, though, and it's a little less intense over there with trying to keep up my posts. :) I haven't felt like posting everyday these past few weeks (too busy) and I feel like I need to post almost daily when I'm sitting over here in the contest thread... ;)

LeslieM
05-05-2014, 01:42 PM
I don't know about Mary Had a Little Lamb, but my son started with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on violin in the fall and is now playing Minuets! :)

Happy Birthday to whichever child (children? I know you have twins) was born 15 years ago!

You are the only person here to read up on right now! Going solo on the contest journals - so odd! I haven't decided if I'm going to start a thread here or not. Clearly I'm not competing since no pro category - which is fine-don't need a contest to make progress, although it does create a certain mindset which is why I may decide to come over here and start a thread. I'm kind of getting used to posting in the other area, though, and it's a little less intense over there with trying to keep up my posts. :) I haven't felt like posting everyday these past few weeks (too busy) and I feel like I need to post almost daily when I'm sitting over here in the contest thread... ;)

I hope someone joins me! I can't handle the pressure! My daughter started with the twinkles too. I assume he's doing Suzuki? She went all the way through Suzuki. We loved it. The 15 y/o is the child that takes almost all of my parenting energy. At 18 months, I wasn't sure he would make it to 3. He was already swan-diving out of his crib.

shawnss711
05-06-2014, 08:58 AM
I don't know about Mary Had a Little Lamb, but my son started with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on violin in the fall and is now playing Minuets! :)

Happy Birthday to whichever child (children? I know you have twins) was born 15 years ago!

You are the only person here to read up on right now! Going solo on the contest journals - so odd! I haven't decided if I'm going to start a thread here or not. Clearly I'm not competing since no pro category - which is fine-don't need a contest to make progress, although it does create a certain mindset which is why I may decide to come over here and start a thread. I'm kind of getting used to posting in the other area, though, and it's a little less intense over there with trying to keep up my posts. :) I haven't felt like posting everyday these past few weeks (too busy) and I feel like I need to post almost daily when I'm sitting over here in the contest thread... ;)

I am going to officially start tomorrow so I can finish on my son's birthday :)

Another one of my sons just started violin lessons. He is super excited. In the fall I am going to join the community orchestra with him. That will be fun. A friend of mine plays trumpet in the community orchestra as well.
Shawn

LeslieM
05-06-2014, 09:15 AM
Weight was up this morning. After the 1st 14 day cycle I will decide if a cheat meal instead of entire day would work better. Today's exercise will be a quick walk in the sun.

eduardo84
05-06-2014, 03:47 PM
Weight was up this morning. After the 1st 14 day cycle I will decide if a cheat meal instead of entire day would work better. Today's exercise will be a quick walk in the sun.

Hi Leslie. Don't sweat the daily changes in your weight. Actually, I would recommend not to weight yourself in a daily basis but once a week instead. :)

Keep pushing. You're doing a great job!

LeslieM
05-06-2014, 04:36 PM
Thanks Eduardo! I am a scale addict!

eduardo84
05-06-2014, 07:11 PM
Thanks Eduardo! I am a scale addict!

Just keep in mind that your weight fluctuates from one day to the other. ;)

Don't stress, get distracted or make second guesses because you're 1 pound heavier than yesterday and don't rely solely on the scale either: take measurements every week or every other week, take pictures, see whether your clothes are looser or not, etc.

You have a good plan, so stick to it.

LeslieM
05-07-2014, 09:28 AM
Today is a TT day and a higher carb day. I'm actually struggling on the carb days to make all the numbers work.I'm supposed to have 1 fruit and 1 starch, but also get about 100 g of carbs. The fruit and starch are w/in an hour of working out. I've been doing blueberries and sweet potato. I can't seem to get enough carbs the rest of the day without more fruit or starch. I'll try today to add higher carb veggies today.

LeslieM
05-08-2014, 11:18 AM
I'm fasting today until dinner. I need a break from thinking about food. I don't think I could do a 24 hour fast on a heavy workout day. If the weather holds, I'll go for a walk. I'm also going to do some pre-planning for the weekend. I'll be chaperoning a trip to an amusement park in San Antonio so need to scout out my food options. I can't bring anything with me into the park. I'll get lots of walking for sure.

shawnss711
05-08-2014, 05:37 PM
I'm fasting today until dinner. I need a break from thinking about food. I don't think I could do a 24 hour fast on a heavy workout day. If the weather holds, I'll go for a walk. I'm also going to do some pre-planning for the weekend. I'll be chaperoning a trip to an amusement park in San Antonio so need to scout out my food options. I can't bring anything with me into the park. I'll get lots of walking for sure.


Have Fun!
Field trips are cool. My son is going to the the zoo and science center in Cleveland. It's a 5:30 am trip until 11:00 pm trip. Cleveland is about 5 hours from us.

sbgal
05-08-2014, 06:08 PM
Just popping in to say HELLO!!! Glad to see your plan is so tight. I did Shaun's plan during the 18th contest for several weeks, at least 8, but I still followed a 16/8 protocol with it :) Shaun's plan is WAY easier than Extreme Fat Loss - that about killed me and I lost no weight (humph) although I probably re-comped so...

Good Luck

LeslieM
05-08-2014, 06:21 PM
Just popping in to say HELLO!!! Glad to see your plan is so tight. I did Shaun's plan during the 18th contest for several weeks, at least 8, but I still followed a 16/8 protocol with it :) Shaun's plan is WAY easier than Extreme Fat Loss - that about killed me and I lost no weight (humph) although I probably re-comped so...

Good Luck

Hey Hey! I am using the 16/8 fasts on TT days(except when I'm not!!) There has been 1 day when I had to eat something so I didn't die! Today I decided to do a 24 hour fast because I was just tired of thinking about grams of carbs and I was starting to fell a little pissy. I coincided nicely with me feeling a little pukey and it raining all day. I have been a complete slug today. My minions will want to go to the gym, so I'll do something there! Thanks for stopping in. Come by often, since your like a lifetime member now!

LeslieM
05-09-2014, 09:14 AM
I just typed out a novel and then got booted off the internet. That happens to me at least 3x a week when I'm on this forum. It's starting to hurt my feelings! I'm not gonna re-type it all! Have a great weekend everyone! Make sure you call your Momma and tell her that she is the wind beneath your wings! Also-you Mommas should watch the last couple of minutes of Kevin Durant's MVP acceptance speech. That sweet little kid made me cry! Be back on Monday. Leslie

Radz
05-09-2014, 10:30 AM
I hate when that happens!!! (getting booted!!). "little kid"!! :) You made me laugh!!! Have a great Mothers day!!!

shawnss711
05-09-2014, 12:46 PM
Have a happy Mother's Day, Leslie :)

LeslieM
05-11-2014, 10:43 AM
Yesterday went pretty well at the amusement park. I was able to keep my carbs under 25(assuming there were none hidden in meat). I walked a lot including some hills and stairs. Today I'll cheat a little with a Mexican food lunch and probably a drink at the Houston Dynamos soccer game we'll be attending. Tomorrow is back at it hard. Have a great day y'all!

LeslieM
05-12-2014, 09:09 AM
Today I'll have to work out at home. I'm driving to Baylor to pick up my sweet baby girl and all her stuff. This week will be a break from the 14 day fat loss so I'm going to concentrate on three healthy meals with lots of protein and veggies with a small amount of fruit. I won't be doing a cheat meal this week.

When I get home tomorrow, I'm going to have the Create a Life Plan workbook printed and start that on Thursday. Hope everyone has a great day. Leslie

LeslieM
05-12-2014, 09:16 AM
Oh my goodness! I just found this on twitter and I'm literally shaking! This is the kind of thing I'd like to help with in the second half of my life!

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/survivors-sex-trafficking-learn-cooking-skills-workshop-article-1.1788641

shawnss711
05-13-2014, 09:51 AM
Great idea.
So many great causes to get involved in.

LeslieM
05-13-2014, 06:02 PM
Had a whirlwind trip to pick up and drop off my daughter. I came home with all her stuff, but left her in another part of Texas for 2 weeks.

I took back roads to get home. I drove for hours with wildflowers, barbed-wire and cows(lots of cows) for company. I didn't even turn on the radio and it was wonderful. I have a couple of quotes that have stuck with me the last few weeks that I was "chewing on" all the way home. I think these stuck with me because I've been reading Man's Search for Meaning and I'm about to go through the process of making a second half of life plan! The first was from Eric Metaxas. "God didn't just create you, He invented the idea of you. Your life matters and has purpose." The second one was from Shawna Niequest. "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”


Fitness and diet are going pretty good. Today I'll probably take my boogers to the gym and just do some sprints on a bike or the treadmill. I ate a large-ish lunch at a lovely diner in somewhere-in-the-middle of nowhere,TX so I won't be eating much for dinner. Hope everyone else is having a super day! Leslie

LeslieM
05-14-2014, 01:14 PM
I started wearing a pedometer today. My goal is to accumulate 10,000 steps daily. I'm thinking of getting up earlier and heading to the gym early before my kids are out of bed. That will free up a good chunk of time in the day for other stuff. I used to get to the Y at 5:30 in highschool. If high school Leslie can do it, then 42 y/o Leslie can! I've not weighed myself in several days, but all of my clothes are fitting loosely.

After the gym, I'm swinging by Staples to have my Create a Life Plan Manual printed. Pretty stoked to get started on that!

I've really let my veggie consumption slip since the last contest. Tomorrow is food shopping so I'm going to load up on veggies. I did plant a little garden this year, but it is coming in so slowly! Alrighty, time to head to the gym for 2k4 workout B! Have a great day. It's beautiful if Texas today. Leslie

concetta27
05-14-2014, 03:31 PM
I started wearing a pedometer today. My goal is to accumulate 10,000 steps daily. I'm thinking of getting up earlier and heading to the gym early before my kids are out of bed. That will free up a good chunk of time in the day for other stuff. I used to get to the Y at 5:30 in high school. If high school Leslie can do it, then 42 y/o Leslie can! I've not weighed myself in several days, but all of my clothes are fitting loosely. Leslie

Great progress on all fronts! I also go to the Y in the am before work. Wouldn't have it any other way. Loose cloths rule! Congrats. Concetta

mocombes
05-14-2014, 10:49 PM
I started wearing a pedometer today. My goal is to accumulate 10,000 steps daily.

Several years back they gave pedometers out at work, and I was amazed at how little I moved, even with a half-hour lunchtime walk every day, parking far away from the door, etc. With a desk job it has to be a concerted effort to get those steps in, but I know you'll do it! The meters are a great feedback tool.

hal1
05-15-2014, 02:00 PM
I took back roads to get home. I drove for hours with wildflowers, barbed-wire and cows(lots of cows) for company. I didn't even turn on the radio and it was wonderful. I have a couple of quotes that have stuck with me the last few weeks that I was "chewing on" all the way home. I think these stuck with me because I've been reading Man's Search for Meaning and I'm about to go through the process of making a second half of life plan! The first was from Eric Metaxas. "God didn't just create you, He invented the idea of you. Your life matters and has purpose." The second one was from Shawna Niequest. "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”


It sounds like a wonderful, peaceful drive home. I like both of those quotes and can definitely see how you could dwell on those for awhile.

Thanks for your encouragement in my journal - I'll try to make my way over here but it may be a little while before that happens. Through this weekend, life is still a bit busy. Then next week I need to finish up some of my work organizing and such (I've been ignoring it since the semester ended) before the kids get out of school at the end of May. I've been spending time here and there with household organization and need to continue that, too, next week and the following week. I've worked on both of the linen closets, our laundry cabinets and our pantry, plus a little bit on our bedroom closet.

This is the first time in almost 2 years where I've had time at home w/out both kids and in-laws to get some of this stuff done! So my big goal right now is organization!!!

LeslieM
05-15-2014, 03:37 PM
Good Afternoon Lovelies! The weather is so freaking amazing right now! It is may 15 and 75 degrees in Houston!! It's usually about 800 degrees by now. We're all happy and smiling and talking to each other at the grocery store. I had 2 different people offer to take my cart back up to the store for me! I'm sure in a few weeks we'll all be sweating, mumbling under our breaths and ignoring one another. I'll enjoy it while it lasts!

Day 2 of my pedometer experiment and I have 5300 points of my 10,000. That's w/out actually going for my walk yet! Grocery shopping is hard work man. I stocked up on lots of fresh produce at H E Butts. I also made an impulse buy. I bought a Chia Pod. The ingredients are chia seeds, coconut milk and blueberry puree. It tastes like flavorless purple goo. I won't be buying it again. Have you seen that scene from the Hobbit where the dwarves raid Bilbo's kitchen? That's what it looks like here in the afternoons! I can't keep food in the house.

My boys have been wanting to go to the gym every night. Since I've already worked out, I just walk on the treadmill. Last night I watched the travel channel. We don't have cable and I only have 2 shows that I watch online so it's a treat to watch cable. Anyway, one of the shows was set in Seattle. I think that's where I want to move next! Looks lovely. We'll find out in December where we'll be moving to. My wishlist is Seattle, Alameda(CA) and Honolulu.

I got my Create a Lifeplan manual printed. I'll watch the first "pod" tonight and start working on that. I'm a little nervous about it for some reason. Still have not stepped on the scale. I'm feeling good and I know if I weigh myself only to find that I've not lost any weight, I will be sad. I just don't have time or frankly feel like being sad! This is getting long and I promised that this contest journal would not be as wordy as the last! Have a great Thursday. Leslie

LeslieM
05-16-2014, 10:56 AM
Concetta,Maureen and Heather,
Thank you for the encouragement. It means so much to me! Hope you each have great weekend. Leslie

LeslieM
05-16-2014, 11:14 AM
I have a busy day today and won't have time to be online until tomorrow. I'm about to head to the Y 2K4 for workout C. I forgot my notebook on Wednesday and had to wing it. I was reminded why I like TT. I really enjoy allowing someone else to be my brain in this part of my life! I won't forget my notebook again. (although I did put together a pretty tough finisher for myself)

I was cleaning out one of my 10,000 binders(I'm so old school!) and came across a quote I had written down. I didn't write the author so ,if you said it, thanks! It's long, but I'm going to share it anyway!

"Most of the depression we experience isn't rational.It's just that our brains are too tired to think accurately about life. The brain is complicated, and when it's tired or not functioning at it's best, we begin to believe things, subscribe to ideas that make no sense."

This hit me again today because, as I've shared before, I struggle off and on with depression and to a lesser degree anxiety. I found long ago that giving full vent to my depression didn't make it better and only served to make other people miserable which then made me more depressed. Anyway, the last 2 nights I have had the most amazing sleep. I actually slept in my daughters room. It is really cold in that room, there is not a dog in that room and no one snores in that room! My overall mood has been great the last 2 days. What does this mean for the future?? I don't know. Sleeping in separate bedrooms probably isn't good for the marriage, but upping the ac, wearing ear plugs and kicking Cali out of my bed might be!

Okay, enough rambling! Time to get to work. Have a great weekend you guys and be good!

PS I have a Military Ball to attend on Saturday. I will have some wine. I do better at one on one conversations than lots of small talk. The wine helps. Leslie

Radz
05-16-2014, 11:08 PM
I agree with your brain quote. My dad always said, when the brain is tired exercise the body! Hope you have fun at the ball!!!! Maybe do a short HIIT workout earlier in the day to rev your body up for it (and help burn the wine calories!).

LeslieM
05-17-2014, 12:45 PM
I agree with your brain quote. My dad always said, when the brain is tired exercise the body! Hope you have fun at the ball!!!! Maybe do a short HIIT workout earlier in the day to rev your body up for it (and help burn the wine calories!).

Thank you Mark. It is still so beautiful here. I'm gonna go visit all my little friends down at the pond and then do a TB extension finisher. I like to do this periodically using Celebrate by Kool and the Gang! I have a sore throat today.(first time since 2007!, I think my teenager has been using my toothbrush!!) so I'm going to sort of fast and drink chicken broth with garlic all day to try and knock that baby out. I should be smelling really nice for the ball. Some gum may be in order! Have a great weekend and be good! Leslie

LeslieM
05-17-2014, 01:01 PM
Gonna take a walk and do a 4 minute total body extension finisher. I really love that exercise. My diet will be pretty bland today cause I'm fighting a sore throat. I will win the fight! I checked out the menu for the ball tonight. Plenty of healthy options. I could go psycho and carry my own salad dressing to avoid veggie oil, but I won't!

Not totally related, but I really do not like getting dressed up. It's just not my thing. I do have a lovely dress to wear, but sure wish I could wear my chucks with it!


Amazing quotes just seem to be dropping in my lap these days. Here's today's from one of my favorites, C. S. Lewis (who has over a million twitter followers even though he's been dead since 1963!) "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'." You obviously have to be real and not hide your true self for these moments to happen. It's so easy to go through life just trying to impress people and never really connect. I love honest, transparent people.(who aren't rude or mean)

My tin whistle learning is stalled, because I can't find the blasted thing. We had 2 and now they've vanished. I may have to buy a new one.(that is the surest way to find the old ones)

Have a great weekend y'all. Leslie

LeslieM
05-19-2014, 09:33 AM
Morning Y'all!

I sure hope everyone had a great weekend and you contesters behaved yourselves! If not, lets start again today. I did "okay". I moved everyday this weekend. I did have a few off plan eating episodes. Tip: If you are gonna do ese the day of a big event, don't break your fast with 2 glasses of chardonay! Just trust me here.

Today is day one of my second cycle of the 14 day fatloss plan. I'm also starting my last week of 2K4. I've not weighed myself in a while. If I weigh and don't find spectacular results I will go looking for a new plan. I want to break that cycle so I'm going to push through with exactly what I'm currently doing.

I'm knee deep in Creating a Life Plan. I highly recommend it. Something that they mention a lot is living your life like a story or a movie for the non-readers! Is it (the life you're living) a good book? Is it a movie that people want to watch? Would they want to watch it again? Is it meaningful? I want my movie to inspire people. I don't want to my movie to be boring or to be a cautionary tale! Hope you guys don't mind if I share what I'm learning as I go trough it. I realize that most of it won't be fatloss related. Have a good day! Leslie

mocombes
05-19-2014, 10:58 PM
I'm knee deep in Creating a Life Plan. I highly recommend it. Something that they mention a lot is living your life like a story or a movie for the non-readers! Is it (the life you're living) a good book? Is it a movie that people want to watch? Would they want to watch it again? Is it meaningful? I want my movie to inspire people. I don't want to my movie to be boring or to be a cautionary tale! Hope you guys don't mind if I share what I'm learning as I go trough it. I realize that most of it won't be fatloss related. Have a good day! Leslie

Not everything that's important is related to fat loss, so bring it on! Sounds great so far. I hope my movie is inspirational, too!

LeslieM
05-20-2014, 02:58 PM
Fitness: I felt so great at the gym yesterday. I felt much stronger with my slplit squats. The only thing I did differently was have a protein shake before I left. (almond milk,whey and stevia). I need to improve my conditioning for sure. I can manage about 10 burpees before it feels like my heart is going to explode! I did weigh myself and have actually gained weight. Blah!! I only need to lose about 10 lbs and I know that it’s easier to lose weight when you have more to lose. I know that. I’m still a girl though, and that scale gets me down. Today is carb deplete day. I actually prefer the deplete days cause I can kind of eat on auto pilot.

Create a Life Plan-I’m currently going through what they call my “Life Turns”. These are events that changed my life forever. These can be big events are even seemingly small events that had a big impact on my life. They describe them as doorways that you can never walk back through. As a 42 year old I should have somewhere b/n 10-12. Right now I’m just listing them and rating them on a significance scale of -10 to positive 10. I won’t be sharing them all with you I promise! I will share one in hopes that it might help you Dads.

My parents divorced when I was a toddler. I spent most of my childhood with a horrible man for a step dad. He did lots of crappy things. One of the biggies for my sister and I was that he continually made fun of our looks. For my sister it was her weight. For me it was my smile. I had a mouth full of buck teeth until I went through puberty and my head caught up. He would constantly call us names like fatty and Bugs Bunny. As you can imagine, this led to a lifetime of self-consciousness for both of us. I covered my mouth when I laughed until I was well into my 30's. Dads what you say repeatedly to your daughters becomes what they repeatedly say to themselves. Be careful with your words.

After we’re done listing the big events, I think we go through and list the potential positives. I’m looking forward to that. Off for a big long walk. Have super day! Leslie

shawnss711
05-21-2014, 10:04 AM
Leslie,
great insight. My step dad played favorites. He was an awesome dad to me but not as good with my brother. For whatever reason he treated us girls better than the only boy. My guess was maybe ego...My brother was named after our real dad. Could be the name that intimidated my step dad.

My insecurities stemmed more from the physical abuse and name calling from my ex husband.
He was heavy into porn and it totally trashed my self esteem.

Shawn

LeslieM
05-21-2014, 08:32 PM
Shawn-I'm sorry for what you've endured and your brother. It's so easy to say something mean when we're angry. It feels good for about 2 minutes to zing someone. I know because I'm very talented at quick comebacks that cut right to the quick. It's something I fight every day, though not as much anymore, thank God.

The porn issue really gets my blood boiling. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it is an epidemic. I read recently that 75% of children 12 and older report looking at porn on a somewhat regular basis on their phones. Martin Daubney is a British journalist that's done a good bit of research on the way it is destroying lives. I find his research interesting because as far as I know he's not religious so his findings are not so much along the lines of morality, but hard data. Your average female can't compete with the disgusting images that boys and men are filling their heads and fantasies with.(yes I've seen plenty of porn. My uncle was an addict an my sister and I used to sneak his movies when we were little) Now add to the mix that fact that women's bodies change(sometimes I guess for the better as I looked like a porn star when I was nursing!) after they have children. It's a losing battle. I also have a heart for the girls that are in the industry. No little girl dreams of being in porn. She wants to be a princess or an astronaut! Somewhere along the path she got the message that she wasn't good enough. I could go on and on! Your ex-husband's problem was his not your's! You are beautiful and smart and one of the nicest people I've ever met online! Leslie

mocombes
05-22-2014, 02:18 AM
I read recently that 75% of children 12 and older report looking at porn on a somewhat regular basis on their phones.

This is scary. It creates a totally twisted view of reality, and one that incites degradation of and violence against women.

shawnss711
05-22-2014, 08:37 AM
Thank you, Leslie.

All that stuff is in the past. I have learned from it and will move onward and upward :)
If I can one day help someone else from what I have gone through then I will be more than happy to encourage and empower.

Sometimes we go through things and our experience can help others. I am grateful to still be here.

I do enjoy talking with you as well. I love being online....I don't watch tv unless it's a hockey game.

LeslieM
05-22-2014, 01:26 PM
This is scary. It creates a totally twisted view of reality, and one that incites degradation of and violence against women.

Exactly-The gentleman that I mentioned above actually interviewed teen boys. They overwhelmingly admitted that they had little interest in real life girls anymore because they just didn't compete with the porn girls. He also showed brain scans of porn addicts. That was frightening.

LeslieM
05-22-2014, 01:28 PM
Thank you, Leslie.

All that stuff is in the past. I have learned from it and will move onward and upward :)
If I can one day help someone else from what I have gone through then I will be more than happy to encourage and empower.

Sometimes we go through things and our experience can help others. I am grateful to still be here.

I do enjoy talking with you as well. I love being online....I don't watch tv unless it's a hockey game.

I have 2 TV shows that I watch online. I have to admit that I've been watching TV at the gym when I take the boys in the evening. I'm not a nigh time work-outer! I'm really enjoying the Travel Channel!

LeslieM
05-22-2014, 04:04 PM
Nothing much to report from the front lines. I'm doing the workouts and following the diet. I have seen some incremental losses on the scale and my calves are a little bit smaller!!

Create a Life Plan-Still working on recording Life Turns. Some of them are hard to think through.

I'd like to do the 28 day challenge.(would have to do it differently since I am my assistant!) I already have my 3 goals ready to go! I sort of started the first one today. No laptop until I've logged 10,000 steps on my pedometer.

Mike Whitfield
05-23-2014, 11:12 AM
Nothing much to report from the front lines. I'm doing the workouts and following the diet. I have seen some incremental losses on the scale and my calves are a little bit smaller!!

Create a Life Plan-Still working on recording Life Turns. Some of them are hard to think through.

I'd like to do the 28 day challenge.(would have to do it differently since I am my assistant!) I already have my 3 goals ready to go! I sort of started the first one today. No laptop until I've logged 10,000 steps on my pedometer.
Great rule there - no laptop until you've logged 10,000 steps.

You're in cruise control!
Mikey

LeslieM
05-23-2014, 03:40 PM
Great rule there - no laptop until you've logged 10,000 steps.

You're in cruise control!
Mikey


Thank you Mikey. I really do appreciate the support and encouragement! I also really appreciated your facebook testimonial today. I'm gonna keep at it. Leslie

LeslieM
05-23-2014, 03:50 PM
Workout-check
10,000 steps-check
morning science experiment(aka breakfast)-check
3 loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away-checkity,check,check,check
entire castle vacuumed-check
2 new entries in Create a Life Plan manual-check
Started lacto-fermented ketchup-check (we eat a LOT of ketchup)(may have to put it into a heinz bottle and see if they notice)
catch pot holder on fire-check
get call that child was in a fist fight in gym-check

I plan to lose weight this weekend. I will only be having a cheat meal on Sunday instead of entire day. I will not be having any liquor.(Red wine or vino sounds refined. Liquor sounds tawdry so that's what I'm gonna call it until this belly fat is gone. Might start calling it hooch)Have a good Friday everybody. Leslie

LeslieM
05-24-2014, 04:36 PM
I'm feeling very energetic this morning.I started the day with a long walk. Our neighborhood is looking quite patriotic with flags in most of the yards. The gardenia bushes are in full bloom so it smells great too. The no internet before I log 10,000 steps on my pedometer is working out nicely. It forces me outside before the day gets too hot and the forward motion is helping me get more things done that I have been procrastinating on. Nothing earth shattering, just stuff that's a part of my world.

Today is a carb deplete day. I had bacon, eggs and broccoli for breakfast.

I am going to be doing the "28 Days of Awesome" challenge.(had to change the name since no one will be texting me! My 3 goals are:

1. I will pray for someone each morning, write them a note and mail it.(no texts or facebook messages-sorry, I don't know any of your addresses!)

2. I will not turn on my laptop until I have done the above and logged 10,000 steps on my pedometer each day.

3. I will practice my tin whistle for 30 minutes everyday.

mocombes
05-25-2014, 12:13 AM
Started lacto-fermented ketchup-check (we eat a LOT of ketchup)(may have to put it into a heinz bottle and see if they notice).

this is a new one on me. I'll be interested to hear of the kids' reactions. If it's good, I'll have to try it myself. My boys are also of the opinion that anything and everything is better with ketchup.

I am going to be doing the "28 Days of Awesome" challenge.(had to change the name since no one will be texting me! My 3 goals are:

1. I will pray for someone each morning, write them a note and mail it.(no texts or facebook messages-sorry, I don't know any of your addresses!)

2. I will not turn on my laptop until I have done the above and logged 10,000 steps on my pedometer each day.

3. I will practice my tin whistle for 30 minutes everyday.[/QUOTE]

I also jumped in on the goals, sans assistant:

1) Call 2 people per day (it's easy for me to be a hermit when I'm working)
2) Meditate 5+ minutes per day (already doing this, but I still need to remind myself)
3) Stretch 5+ minutes per day (I NEED this, but oftentimes skip it)

Looking ahead, getting rid of something vacuous will tough. I'm pretty bare bones already, but I think I'll ditch a piece of clothing.

LeslieM
05-25-2014, 04:06 PM
this is a new one on me. I'll be interested to hear of the kids' reactions. If it's good, I'll have to try it myself. My boys are also of the opinion that anything and everything is better with ketchup.

I will let you know how it goes. The recipe called for fish sauce, which was a little concerning! It is currently sitting on the counter doing it's fermentation thang. Now I could leave the conversation here, allowing you to think that I am making the ketchup for my kids. The truth is I eat ketchup on everything! Well, not when I'm trying to lose weight and I have switched to organic to nix the corn syrup. I guess you can take the girl out of the trailer park, but...! If I ever write a cookbook or nutrition book the title will be something like, "The Trailer Park Hippy"! I eat pretty healthy now, but my taste buds are still pretty unrefined.

I guess kombucha is my version of sweet tea!(which we drank for breakfast,lunch and dinner!)

LeslieM
05-25-2014, 04:13 PM
Looking ahead, getting rid of something vacuous will tough. I'm pretty bare bones already, but I think I'll ditch a piece of clothing.

Okay, I'm an ig-no-ray-moose so I had to look up the meaning of vacuous! The irony is thick!

I have plenty of junk to get rid of and de-crapifying is one of my favorite past times. I'm a minimalist surrounded by pack-rats. I have to get rid of stuff when no one is looking. I actually don't have any clothes to spare. I hate shopping and have terrible fashion sense, so my wardrobe is pretty sparse.

Are you going to be posting each day in your transformation journal or starting a new one?

LeslieM
05-26-2014, 02:47 PM
My 10,000 steps are done for the day. I'm keeping the calories and carbs pretty low for most of the day so I can enjoy the same meal my family does for dinner.(minus the bun)

I will do a modified 2K4 workout A later. The gym is closed here today.

I had zero liquor this week and did not buy any for today.

Create a Life Plan: I have 2 or 3 more entries to go through in the "Life Turns" section before I move on to the next section. I also plan to finish the last bit of "Man's search For Meaning." The create a life plan curriculum is based on Viktor Frankl'e Logotherapy. The first half of the book was his story. The second half is describing what logotherapy actually is. It's a little more slow-going than the narrative part.

New addition to transformation journal 30 Days of Awesome!

Day 1 – Monday, May 26th
Create Your Code. List 3 rules that you will live by for the next 30 days. These rules are NOT meant to be broken. Could be: I will wake up at _am every day. I will meditate or pray for ___ minutes first thing each morning. I will drink ___ cups of water or ___ cups of tea each day. I will exercise ___ minutes per day. I will call __ people every day. I will eat this ___ food every day. I will do ___ every day before bed. Etc. Anything. Just write out your 3 simple rules. Live them. And use your commitment to these 3 rules to grow stronger in all areas of life, discipline, commitment and love.

My 3 Rules Are:

1. I will pray for a new person each morning and mail them a handwritten card.(no texts or facebook messages)As a part of this, I'm meditating on and memorizing Philippians 4:6-8.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."


2. I will do the above and log 10,000 steps on my pedometer each day before I turn on my laptop.

3.This is a change-up. After thinking about this challenge over the weekend, I decided to change number three. For the next 30 days I will not read any fitness or nutrition blogs. I really have all the information I need for now. I have a workout plan. I have an eating plan. I have nutrition books at home. I am finding more and more with blogs in general that the majority of the time one of two things happen. 1. I am tempted to despair and/or spend more of my limited budget on a book or expensive food item. I have enough of both and what is considered a healthy food item won't likely change in the next 30 days. OR 2. I find myself getting sad or even irritated by how shallow, narcissistic, debased and downright mean we've become as a society As this doesn't fit with the criteria of the above verse, I'll find better things to do.(like go for a walk!) There are a few blogs that I'll still read. My favorite is Donald Miller's Storyline blog.

Radz
05-27-2014, 12:12 PM
Awesome stuff Leslie!!! :)

LeslieM
05-27-2014, 04:34 PM
Fitness-10,000 steps done. I suspected that my free pedometer was underestimating my steps. I bought one for $14 this morning and I was right! It was not counting half of them! Oh, well. I go some really long walks in. This is the second week of the 2nd cycle of 14 day fat loss. My results have not been what I hoped. Next week is a break week from that as well as a new workout cycle. I'm thinking about taking a break from the weights for a week and just doing conditioning.


30 Day Challenge

Tuesday, May 27th
Go without. Get rid of something materialistic and vacuous from your life today. Then list 2-3 of the simplest things in life that bring you joy. Get 1 of them back in your life today. Experience ALL of them over the upcoming weekend. It's easy. They are simple. Remember what matters.



I took quite a bit of usable stuff to a battered women's shelter. They run a resale shop. I don't struggle too much with materialism. (although I would not turn down a nicer car) I took the ladies a box full of scarves. I only wear scarves with my coat if it's cold, that's it. I can't figure out how to get people to stop buying them for me without sounding like an ungrateful snot. The things that bring me the greatest joy are walking/hiking, reading, and theater. The first two are a daily part of my life. I have not seen a play in a long time. I probably won't get to see one in the near future. I have this weird habit of making up dialogue in my head, especially when I'm walking.


We are in the midst of making the excruciatingly painful decision to possibly send our oldest son away to school for a year. It would probably mean that I will need to go to work. He is the person I prayed for and wrote a note to this morning. Parenting is the hardest thing I've ever done. Leslie

mocombes
05-28-2014, 03:13 AM
We are in the midst of making the excruciatingly painful decision to possibly send our oldest son away to school for a year. It would probably mean that I will need to go to work. He is the person I prayed for and wrote a note to this morning. Parenting is the hardest thing I've ever done. Leslie

My heart is with you on this one. Whatever you do will be the right thing, because you're doing it with love. Remember nothing is permanent; if it doesn't work then you can always change it.

LeslieM
05-28-2014, 10:52 PM
My heart is with you on this one. Whatever you do will be the right thing, because you're doing it with love. Remember nothing is permanent; if it doesn't work then you can always change it.

Thank you Maureen. We have tried everything to help him. This is a last resort effort while we still have a voice in his life. I've cried most of the day. I may have to back away from the forum. Not giving up on my health,though. I took one of my littles to the gym tonight and it felt really great to work hard.

Radz
05-28-2014, 11:05 PM
Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers Leslie!!

LeslieM
05-28-2014, 11:26 PM
Fitness: It took me forever to get my steps in today because we have had one "gully washer" after the other. I finally got them in along with my TT workout. I've found that if the fellas at the gym "forget" to wipe their puddles of sweat off the benches leaving me to do it for them, my indignation causes me to do really awesome split squats. I was a beast. I did some sprints on the treadmill and then ended up staying on it for over an hour because I got sucked into The World Wars on the History Channel. Now I have to get the entire series. It is SO good. My diet went a little wonky today. Not terrible, but not exactly on point either.

I prayed for and wrote a card to my sister. She has never married and would really like to. No fit/nutrition blogs, though I was tempted to, just to zone out for a while.

30 Day Challenge

Wednesday, May 28th
Take 7 minutes and set 3 short-term and 3 long-term goals for your Personal Transformation. Then spend 5 minutes in deep breathing meditation where you visualize yourself reaching your goals. Keep a positive attitude and you will remain motivated and you will continue to make progress.

I'm lousy at following directions. I don't know if I took 7 minutes. I have to be completely honest here. This was hard for me today. We are dealing with some hard stuff with our son. As I was trying to think through my goals, that ugly accusing voice in my head kept saying things like,"Why bother? Who are you to make plans, you're a failure." I stopped and prayed. I was reminded to hope for a better future for my son. I was reminded that I indeed have three other children who are striving. I was reminded that, although I'm not perfect, I have been a good mom. So here is what I came up with.

Short Term Goals:
1.Get my body fat down to a healthier level.(no handsful of fat on the belly)

2.Complete the Life Plan curriculum.

3. Begin working through my days from a to-do list rather than flying by the seat of my pants and allowing myself to be carried through the day by the "tyranny of the urgent."

Long Term Goals:

1. Find meaningful volunteer or work opportunities outside the home. I may need to begin working for pay next school year, but I want it to be valuable work.

2. This is not so much a goal as a dream. I've wanted for some time to live in a more rural setting. In my dream, it's a blueberry farm. I'm willing to part with this dream if meaningful work lies somewhere else.

3.??No idea

shawnss711
05-29-2014, 09:34 AM
I will keep your family in my prayers. Hang in there :)
Parenting is a very tough job!
I have made many mistakes....
My youngest is my challenge child. He was suspended 3 times in the last 3 weeks! I am not sure what is going on with him. He is high functioning autistic(PDNOS)... we didn't have as many bad days in previous school years. He has been having lots more behavior meltdowns recently.

Stay positive.

LeslieM
05-29-2014, 04:44 PM
Confession: I got online yesterday and today before I had my steps in. It started out innocent enough. I needed recipes. It ended with me on facebook. It won't happen again! Oh and I deleted my twitter account. One less distraction. I did get my steps in and I did pray for and write a card to someone today.


Thursday, May 29th
"Make today a WOW-day," says Seth Godin, where you do something for someone that makes them say, "Wow!" Do this for one adult family member, one child family member, one long-distance friend, one person you see everyday, and perhaps most important, for someone that least expects anything from you at all. Deliver the WOW. Keep on pushing, my friend, make every day a little better. Little bets lead to bigger steps and BIG wins!

1.Adult Family Member- Gave my poor college student some unexpected cash.

2.Child Family Member- I don't do my kid's laundry anymore. I try not to remind them about it. If they want to wear dirty clothes, well...today though I told one child that he needed to put all of his laundry away this afternoon before he was free.(they like to use their hamper as a dresser) I'm about to fold it all for him as a surprise.

3.Long-Distance Friend-still thinking on this one

4. Our neighbor Robert lost his partner in March. There was a huge turnout of support then and for a couple of weeks. Everyone has gone home now and he's in a huge house alone. I'm not sure what he thinks we think of him. We barely know him. He knows we go to church. I'm sure I know what he thinks we think. I just want him to know that we care about him and hurt with him. I made him dinner and will take it over when he gets home.

LeslieM
05-29-2014, 04:52 PM
I will keep your family in my prayers. Hang in there :)
Parenting is a very tough job!
I have made many mistakes....
My youngest is my challenge child. He was suspended 3 times in the last 3 weeks! I am not sure what is going on with him. He is high functioning autistic(PDNOS)... we didn't have as many bad days in previous school years. He has been having lots more behavior meltdowns recently.

Stay positive.

Thank you Shawn. I'm sorry also for the trouble your son is having. My son does okay in school. He's super smart so could do much better. He likes baseball so has to at least pass to play. He's gotten into trouble some for his mouth. Most of his stuff is at home. He seems to be completely lacking in empathy. If he wants to say it, do it, or take it, he will. The feelings of others don't factor into his decisions. He is also fearless and does not learn from mistakes. He's probably make a good stuntman! We all need a break. The schools we are looking at are about 30,000/year. We really can't afford that. When we are old though, that 30,000 dollars will seem like nothing if our son is living a good, meaningful life. I'll get a job at Wal Mart if I have to!

shawnss711
05-30-2014, 12:34 PM
Thank you Shawn. I'm sorry also for the trouble your son is having. My son does okay in school. He's super smart so could do much better. He likes baseball so has to at least pass to play. He's gotten into trouble some for his mouth. Most of his stuff is at home. He seems to be completely lacking in empathy. If he wants to say it, do it, or take it, he will. The feelings of others don't factor into his decisions. He is also fearless and does not learn from mistakes. He's probably make a good stuntman! We all need a break. The schools we are looking at are about 30,000/year. We really can't afford that. When we are old though, that 30,000 dollars will seem like nothing if our son is living a good, meaningful life. I'll get a job at Wal Mart if I have to!

Thank you, Leslie. We know he is a special child :) Yours sounds a bit like mine. So smart but challenging...to say the least.
My youngest is fearless, too. It is almost as if he doesn't sense danger. I just got back from our annual education review. I was half expecting him to be moved to another school...We are all scratching our heads to figure something out...

I do wish you the best in whatever you decide for your family.

The challenging child reminds me of this quote...

“Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires” Marcelene Cox

Children are such a blessing :)

LeslieM
05-31-2014, 11:35 PM
I'm still standing!(Anyone remember that video? Lots of painted dudes in tight speedos)

I got about 20,000 steps in yesterday because I didn't have a car. I did not get my TT workout in. Next week will be a break from the 14 day fat loss. I finished 4 weeks(minus yesterday) of 2K4. I think I'll just do conditioning stuff next week with some fasting and start the Thermo 30 program week after next.


I've been keeping up with my daily praying/card writing.

30 Day Challenge (2 days)
Friday, May 30th
You have a friend that needs your help. Talk to them. Call them out, if you must. Get them to Man-Up. Do that first, then realize that you must Man-up in your own life. What is that one thing that must change that will make the greatest difference in you living your life to the full? Make a Man-up pact with your friend. And Man-Up!!! PS - Make sure you set aside 10-minutes tomorrow morning to answer your Saturday Summary! (See the appendix below for your weekly Saturday Summary to fill out.)

I have no idea what to do here. With what is going on with my son, I won't be calling anyone out.

Saturday, May 17th
Kid day. 30 minutes in the presence of kids, being mindful of their joy, energy, and innocence. This is a NO phone experience. Leave it elsewhere. Be present. Watch them experience joy, excitement, learning, frustration, tears, and overcoming obstacles. Take a lesson from the kids and live the rest of your day with youthful abandon and innocence. Never lose the child inside of you. PS – Fill out your Saturday Summary!

I spent the entire day with my younger sons. We went to the Astro's game.(they lost)I did not bring my phone.(I have to admit that I can rarely find my phone, so this is not a challenge!) We had a blast doing all of the cheers and talking about what our "walk-out" song would be. Mine is Crazy Train. I embarrassed them dancing to all of the rap songs that the young batters walk out to. We jumped in the air trying to catch these little chic-fil-a cows they were throwing into the crowd and tried to get the cow to come over and take a picture with us. I will do my Saturday survey tomorrow. Nighty night!

Radz
06-01-2014, 10:24 AM
Shawn and Leslie, I read your posts about your sons, mine are 8 and 5 and I already see parallels to yours. Both of mine are being pushed academically beyond their grades by their teachers... we had to dial them back on for my youngest because his behavior, sleep patterns, chewing clothes, etc became so much worse. He used to love school now says he hates school. Only 2 weeks left fortunately!

My oldest is so competitive, loves baseball and HATES to lose and totally has respect and anger issues with that (in baseball, games, school, etc).

Parenting can be so tough!

Going to try the little guys in martial arts this summer to see if that helps them out.

LeslieM
06-01-2014, 10:39 AM
Mark-Thanks for sharing. I'll pray for your boys. I hope this summer is relaxing and fun for everyone. Leslie

LeslieM
06-01-2014, 10:42 AM
Hey transformers. We are going to be sending our son to private school. I will need to cut my budget down to the bones so , unfortunately, the forum has to go. I'll keep posting until my current month expires. I didn't want to just disappear on ya. My plan is to continue with the contest and current challenge. I'm starting an accountability challenge with some of my friends on face book today to stay on track. Hope everyone is having a super Sunday. Leslie

shawnss711
06-02-2014, 11:02 AM
Hey transformers. We are going to be sending our son to private school. I will need to cut my budget down to the bones so , unfortunately, the forum has to go. I'll keep posting until my current month expires. I didn't want to just disappear on ya. My plan is to continue with the contest and current challenge. I'm starting an accountability challenge with some of my friends on face book today to stay on track. Hope everyone is having a super Sunday. Leslie

Sorry to hear you won't be on the forum. We'll miss you.
I do understand and wish you the best with your son. I will keep your family in my prayers.

hal1
06-02-2014, 11:16 AM
Hi Leslie - I'm so sorry to hear that you are having problems with one of your children. I hope that this school that you are planning to send him to will help him get back on track. You need to do what you think is best for him, but it is certainly called tough love for a reason. Hang in there!

We will definitely miss you here...

LeslieM
06-02-2014, 12:14 PM
Thank you Heather and Shawn. I appreciate your kindness. I really mean that! The challenge of praying for someone else and then sending a card has helped me to get out of my own brain a little bit. I will miss the accountability here for sure! I know that even this hard thing can have a positive impact on the world. I hope when I'm on the other side of it and my son is living a great life, I'll be able share some wisdom with other people going through it. For now, being G's mom has made me so much more compassionate to the people around me. You really never know what battles other people are fighting. Anyway, thank you guys. Leslie

LeslieM
06-02-2014, 12:30 PM
This week is a break week from the 14 Day Fatloss plan. I'll be doing a modified version of ESE today and Thursday. On the non fast days, I'll just concentrate on lots of fruit, veggies and healthy protein. I will be doing my walks with the four minute body weight circuits for the week. I feel like my elbow and left knee needs a break.

I have finished logging my "life turns" in the Create a Life Plan manual. I'll watch module 2 later.

I'm starting an accountability contest with friends on facebook today. We get points for sleeping at least 7 hours, drinking water, journaling our food, no junk food, having a morning quiet/reflection time, core work, stretching, vigorous exercise, stopping when satisfied and completing 2 personal goals. Should help me stay on track.

Day 7-I didn't do this one. Consistently keeping a journal would be a good habit.

Day 8 – Monday, June 2
Stop procrastinating. There is ONE big thing that must be done, addressed, attacked. Wait no longer. Do it today. Begin taking the steps, baby or big, that will fix this major issue in your. Make the call, fix the issue. PS – Pray. It doesn't matter to whom. Just focus on what you would say, whom and what you would pray for. Did you learn anything? Write down how you felt and what you realized REALLY matters to you.

I'm making the calls today to get my son enrolled in an out of state school. The big decision is whether to send him as soon as school is out or allow him to stay here for the summer. He will likely not see his friends here again as we will be moving again before or right as he gets home. This is almost all I do pray about. Honestly I feel like my prayers are hitting the ceiling a lot these days.

mocombes
06-02-2014, 07:26 PM
Leslie, we will miss you! Your challenges are great right now, but you're very wise already in looking forward to the day you can pass on the wisdom gained from this hurdle.

I went through a rough time in my early 20's with some major health issues that I think greatly increased my ability to be compassionate as well. You really don't know what others are going through. And if you're ever confused, I find that kindness is usually the best path until you do know what to do.

Good for you in getting accountable with your friends. You'll still have a social support, even if it's not the TT forum. But we get you for one more month :)

LeslieM
06-02-2014, 10:51 PM
Thank you Maureen. Going through Man's Search For Meaning has helped tremendously to keep things in perspective. The compassion part was already there as I've been parenting a child whose brain works so differently for 15 years. I'm starting to see possible good things that can come of this beyond just the refining of me! I may need to be reminded of this on my dark days though.

Radz
06-08-2014, 09:58 AM
Hey Leslie,

I haven't been on in awhile and hope I haven't missed your last day on here! Your positive encouragement, posts and "smiling masked face" will be missed! Wishing you, your family and your son the best through these life challenges!

Mark

concetta27
06-12-2014, 09:19 AM
Blessing to you and your family Leslie.
Concetta

LeslieM
07-01-2014, 12:22 AM
Hey Guys
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm still trucking along. I have 1 1/2 weeks left of the Thermo 30. I really like that one. My only issue is that my quads seem to be growing faster than my rear end. I'm trying to play around with the foot positioning and stuff and really concentrating on make my butt do more of the work. If any of you have a suggestion for which workout I should finish up with, I'm all ears. We're having a pool party tomorrow. I'm determined to be a good little girl. Since it's my party, I got to plan plenty of healthy options. Great to be back. I thought of you guys often. Leslie

shawnss711
07-01-2014, 07:02 AM
Hey Guys
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm still trucking along. I have 1 1/2 weeks left of the Thermo 30. I really like that one. My only issue is that my quads seem to be growing faster than my rear end. I'm trying to play around with the foot positioning and stuff and really concentrating on make my butt do more of the work. If any of you have a suggestion for which workout I should finish up with, I'm all ears. We're having a pool party tomorrow. I'm determined to be a good little girl. Since it's my party, I got to plan plenty of healthy options. Great to be back. I thought of you guys often. Leslie


Glad you are back :) I hope all has been well.

LeslieM
07-01-2014, 08:38 PM
Today was celebration day for our family. I did not get any exercise in. Food was pretty much on point, but I had way more wine than is typically appropriate for a Tuesday. Cheese was consumed, but in a small quantity. I did not cheat with any gluten even though donuts and kolaches( a weird donut/pig in a blanket, Texas/German creation) were part of the morning festivities and cake was part of the afternoon. I did have about 3-4 solo cups of wine!(because when it comes right down to it, I'm a trailer park girl living in the suburbs!)(and I didn't want any of my pretty glasses getting broken by the pool)


Weird experience yesterday-(for your entertainment)(absolutely nothing to do with fatloss) I was sitting in my backyard telling my mother-in-law about a weird thing that happens to me. If I get hit hard enough on a reflex point or on a funny bone, I faint. Once I fainted and hit my head so hard that I had about 30 minutes of memory loss.When I came too, I was DRIVING!! While I was telling her this, I got a text from my son telling me he had passed out while playing baseball. He was batting, got hit by the pitch on the funny bone. He ran to first and then fainted. He did a face plant on 1st base. He came home looking like he'd been in a fight. Freaky!

I actually looked at the calendar. I only have 2 days of the thermo 30 left. I need to figure something out by Monday!!

LeslieM
07-02-2014, 11:03 AM
Today is day 2 of family celebrations. Yesterday my husband was promoted to what will likely be his final rank in the Coast Guard. Today we celebrate 20 years of marriage. Being around family in a festive mood can easily turn in to diet derailment, but I actually lost weight yesterday. I did drink some wine, even though it was supposed to be low-carb day. I knew I probably would, so I tried to keep my food carbs low. It also helped that I planned the food and had plenty of healthy/treaty kind of food to choose.(like hummus and bright bell pepper strips)

Tonight we're going out for dinner. We are eating seafood so eating healthy should be easy. (growing up in TX, I never tasted fish that was not fried until I was in my twenties and cooked it myself.

I'll be heading to the gym to do Thermo workout B for the last time after my coffee starts working it's magic. I'll explore around the site this weekend and decide on a new workout for the remainder of the contest. Have a great day!

Mike Whitfield
07-02-2014, 11:15 AM
Today is day 2 of family celebrations. Yesterday my husband was promoted to what will likely be his final rank in the Coast Guard. Today we celebrate 20 years of marriage. Being around family in a festive mood can easily turn in to diet derailment, but I actually lost weight yesterday. I did drink some wine, even though it was supposed to be low-carb day. I knew I probably would, so I tried to keep my food carbs low. It also helped that I planned the food and had plenty of healthy/treaty kind of food to choose.(like hummus and bright bell pepper strips)

Tonight we're going out for dinner. We are eating seafood so eating healthy should be easy. (growing up in TX, I never tasted fish that was not fried until I was in my twenties and cooked it myself.

I'll be heading to the gym to do Thermo workout B for the last time after my coffee starts working it's magic. I'll explore around the site this weekend and decide on a new workout for the remainder of the contest. Have a great day!
Happy anniversary to you and your husband! 20 years - that's AWESOME.

LeslieM
07-03-2014, 09:57 AM
Happy anniversary to you and your husband! 20 years - that's AWESOME.

Thank you. It's been a wild ride.

LeslieM
07-03-2014, 10:03 AM
Today is fast day. I'm trying to keep the the meal that I eat at 500 calories so have started compiling some 500 and under meals and recipes on pinterest. The fasts are getting easier. I wouldn't say enjoyable, but easier. I wore a dress to dinner last night that was kind of snug the last time I wore it. It fit perfectly last night. I did have about 6 bites of cake to celebrate my anniversary. Because we are stationed in TX, we were able to celebrate in the same restaurant my husband proposed in. The building is different because it was destroyed by a hurricane(common tale around here), but the location was the same. Pretty fun.

LeslieM
07-04-2014, 10:45 AM
Another celebration day! We're keeping it low key for today cause Mom's tired from all the partying. We will grill for our little family later and then head into the city to catch a soccer game and fireworks.(one of my anniversary presents was a Houston Dynamos shirt) My weight is down to 130. I'll be heading to the gym in a bit to do my last Thermo workout. Have a great day y'all! Leslie

LeslieM
07-05-2014, 02:13 PM
Yesterday I went off the rails a bit with my eating. There was minimal damage on the scale, but not a good day at all. I tried to make my family some favorites, telling myself that I wouldn't have any. Are any of y'all able to do that, or do you just force your families to eat what you eat? On a day to day basis, I'm not tempted by their stuff. Special occasion food is harder though. We had a fun night watching the Houston Dynamos play the New York Red Bulls. Our captain was on the world cup team and he's back now. He scored an amazing penalty kick. He seriously made their goalie look little league. In the end, it was a tie. It was military appreciation night so a lot of my husband's guys got to walk out onto the field. During the final note of the National Anthem, a Coast Guard Dolphin did a full speed low fly-by. At the end there were fireworks. It was not the best I've seen. The best fireworks display I've ever seen was in a field in Sonoma,CA. It's all about the BOOM, baby!

I'll go for a walk in a bit and then do the 10 minute booty workout. We have one more picnic event this afternoon with friends. I'm not in charge of food, so I think I'll bring a veggie tray to be safe. Have a great weekend! Leslie

LeslieM
07-06-2014, 12:27 PM
Morning healthy folks! Happy Sunday. After church I'll be dropping my 3 lb 2oz baby off all by himself at week long band camp. (He's gained some weight, but he'll always be my 3 lb 2 oz baby) I'm also going to clean all the party food out of the fridge and meal plan for the week. Another Sunday routine has become walking to the high school track and doing 8/ 30 second sprints and then walking home. The track feels really good on my aging joints. I have just under 3 weeks left of this contest. I'll start a new workout tomorrow.

Question: I've had a friend ask if she can come to the gym with me and workout!(hehehehe)She has seen me go from 145 lbs to 130 lbs in the year that she's known me.(again,hehehehe) Anyway, I'm not sure if that is appropriate as: 1. I'm not a trainer 2.I'm probably at a different fitness level than she is 3.They are not my workouts to be giving away. How would y'all handle this?

Radz
07-06-2014, 08:42 PM
I had a similar situation happen this weekend. July 4th was my 47th bday and to celebrate, I decided I wanted to do 300 pushups via an email Pushup challenge good ole' CB sent out a couple of weeks ago! I did it last week and did 240, so decided 300 would be a good bday present to myself!

We were at a family cottage and my 28 year old nephew said he wanted in on the challenge. He's tall and thin, runs a bit and plays golf. I told him his ole' uncle had been training consistently for a year and had prepared my body for this. Of course he didn't listen and came along for the ride anyway.... He did like 200 or so and was paying the price in his triceps and chest the next two days! Me... I nailed the 300 (yippee!!!) and felt just some good afterburn! And then I followed up with a finisher of punisher squats and then to rip my calves, 4 minutes of 20/10 calf raises... those calves, I'm still feeling!!! :)

LeslieM
07-06-2014, 10:37 PM
I had a similar situation happen this weekend. July 4th was my 47th bday and to celebrate, I decided I wanted to do 300 pushups via an email Pushup challenge good ole' CB sent out a couple of weeks ago! I did it last week and did 240, so decided 300 would be a good bday present to myself!

We were at a family cottage and my 28 year old nephew said he wanted in on the challenge. He's tall and thin, runs a bit and plays golf. I told him his ole' uncle had been training consistently for a year and had prepared my body for this. Of course he didn't listen and came along for the ride anyway.... He did like 200 or so and was paying the price in his triceps and chest the next two days! Me... I nailed the 300 (yippee!!!) and felt just some good afterburn! And then I followed up with a finisher of punisher squats and then to rip my calves, 4 minutes of 20/10 calf raises... those calves, I'm still feeling!!! :)


First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looks like you entered the world with a bang! Second, way to whoop the youngin! I guess I deleted that email! 300 push-ups holy cow! I don't think I could do 300 push-ups if my life depended on it! Congratulations!

LeslieM
07-07-2014, 11:54 AM
I’m feeling like I was hit by a mack truck over the last several days. I don’t look around for some hidden meaning in everything, but I also don’t believe that life is just random and meaningless either. Over the last several days, I’ve really tried to pay attention to what is going on around me by listening to what others are saying, re-reading passages if I’ve zoned out, and thinking deeply about the things that are currently going on in my life.

The first conscious memory I have after doing this is something my sister said to me while at our family party last week. We were talking about exercise and diet. She shared a quote by an unknown source. “You are not a body with a soul, but a soul with a body.” The body is temporary. The soul is eternal. This spoke to me of motivation. Why am I forgoing the donuts and cake while everyone else celebrates? It’s with great embarrassment that I have to honestly admit that it’s so my BUTT looks good in jeans. My motivation for being healthy and fit ought to be so that I am healthy and strong. Healthy so I can care for my family. I need a strong butt so I can get up and help others. I need to lose belly fat so I can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes so I can be of value to the world! I’m still thinking through my motives, knowing that vanity may well be a battle I fight until the end!

I’m also still going through the Create a Life Plan curriculum. Previously we listed all of the major life events, both good and bad and placed them on a timeline. Now we go through the negative life turns and look for a “redemptive perspective” on each. Dr. Frankl said ,”When we find a redemptive perspective on our sufferings, they cease to be suffering.” This is not about sugar coating our pain, but leaning into it and looking for ways that good can come of it. I’ve been trying to do this with my son.

It is so much easier to hold onto the anger and bitterness and scream,” It’s not fair!” The hard and better work is in accepting what is with grace and moving forward with hope. In just a short time, by doing this, I already have some fuzzy images of what can be. Already, I am more compassionate to the hurts of others. Grief makes you feel alone and somewhat insane. You feel like no one has ever felt this and no one understands. That’s a lie. If nothing else good comes of my son’s rebellion, I commit to making sure the people I come into contact with will be met with humility, kindness, compassion ,a sympathetic ear and the knowledge that someone understands or at least wants to. I don’t have to have been through someone’s exact pain to know what pain feels like.

I commit to not judging others. That is a huge thing in the parenting world and even more so in the Christian homeschooling world that I was a part of. A rebellious child does not automatically mean that parents were not doing their job. Sometimes it means that, but sometimes it means you are raising a human being with a free will, not a puppy. Anyway, there was a lot more that hit me over the last few days, but this is turning into a novel. I’m not able to separate my life into compartments so I thought I’d share a tiny bit of what’s going on in my mind and soul while I transform my health. Hope everyone has a great day. Pay attention to those around you!

LeslieM
07-07-2014, 12:54 PM
After I posted above I watched the following talk by one of my all time favorite speakers(I'm a little partial as he's a local boy!), Chuck Swindoll on the Value of Vulnerability. Some here may appreciate his message. Chuck is a pastor and the Chancellor of Dallas Theological seminary. He's talking to seminary students, but everytime he says minister you could just as easily substitute trainer or teacher or whatever you do to help people. I realize this won't be everyone's cup of tea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mpSiQvMhFk

mocombes
07-07-2014, 06:19 PM
The first conscious memory I have after doing this is something my sister said to me while at our family party last week. We were talking about exercise and diet. She shared a quote by an unknown source. “You are not a body with a soul, but a soul with a body.” The body is temporary. The soul is eternal. This spoke to me of motivation. Why am I forgoing the donuts and cake while everyone else celebrates? It’s with great embarrassment that I have to honestly admit that it’s so my BUTT looks good in jeans. My motivation for being healthy and fit ought to be so that I am healthy and strong. Healthy so I can care for my family. I need a strong butt so I can get up and help others. I need to lose belly fat so I can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes so I can be of value to the world! I’m still thinking through my motives, knowing that vanity may well be a battle I fight until the end!

I’m also still going through the Create a Life Plan curriculum. Previously we listed all of the major life events, both good and bad and placed them on a timeline. Now we go through the negative life turns and look for a “redemptive perspective” on each. Dr. Frankl said ,”When we find a redemptive perspective on our sufferings, they cease to be suffering.” This is not about sugar coating our pain, but leaning into it and looking for ways that good can come of it. I’ve been trying to do this with my son.

It is so much easier to hold onto the anger and bitterness and scream,” It’s not fair!” The hard and better work is in accepting what is with grace and moving forward with hope. In just a short time, by doing this, I already have some fuzzy images of what can be. Already, I am more compassionate to the hurts of others. Grief makes you feel alone and somewhat insane. You feel like no one has ever felt this and no one understands. That’s a lie. If nothing else good comes of my son’s rebellion, I commit to making sure the people I come into contact with will be met with humility, kindness, compassion ,a sympathetic ear and the knowledge that someone understands or at least wants to. I don’t have to have been through someone’s exact pain to know what pain feels like.

I commit to not judging others. That is a huge thing in the parenting world and even more so in the Christian homeschooling world that I was a part of. A rebellious child does not automatically mean that parents were not doing their job. Sometimes it means that, but sometimes it means you are raising a human being with a free will, not a puppy. Anyway, there was a lot more that hit me over the last few days, but this is turning into a novel. I’m not able to separate my life into compartments so I thought I’d share a tiny bit of what’s going on in my mind and soul while I transform my health. Hope everyone has a great day. Pay attention to those around you!

Leslie, I'm inspired by your journey, your introspective realizations and your commitment to being a kind and compassionate person, even though you want to scream. It's so very true we cannot know what others are dealing with, we can only try to be kind.

And don't feel guilty about wanting your butt to look good! Even though it may seem more virtuous to talk about the physical health reasons, what about mental health? People who are fit and look good are treated differently than those who are overweight; that's how our society is. You can rationally defend the mental health benefit of being treated better, feeling confident and proud of yourself for being in control of your body, and having others be proud of you.

You go, girl!

LeslieM
07-07-2014, 10:01 PM
Leslie, I'm inspired by your journey, your introspective realizations and your commitment to being a kind and compassionate person, even though you want to scream. It's so very true we cannot know what others are dealing with, we can only try to be kind.

And don't feel guilty about wanting your butt to look good! Even though it may seem more virtuous to talk about the physical health reasons, what about mental health? People who are fit and look good are treated differently than those who are overweight; that's how our society is. You can rationally defend the mental health benefit of being treated better, feeling confident and proud of yourself for being in control of your body, and having others be proud of you.

You go, girl!

Thank you for your kindness! Now, as to my buttocks, you are right. In re-reading my post, I do sound like a pious prude.(my words, not yours!) Sorry to anyone who is reading this who wants a firm butt! You get no judgement here! This is my own issue. I've struggled w/ vanity and tying my worth into my looks for as long as I can remember. Oddly, I've done the same with my brain. I want to be pretty and brilliant! Oh, and funny. I'm really ready to be done with that! Thanks again for your thoughtful encouragement. Leslie

LeslieM
07-08-2014, 03:52 PM
Today is a fast day. I got my walk in before it was too hot. At 8AM, I was already pushing it! My booty and hamstrings are sore today and seem to be getting more so as the day progresses. I'm often tempted on "off-days" to go rogue and workout. I am NOT feeling that temptation at all today.

I decided to indulge in a little junk-tique-ing today. It is 50 cent day. I now need a valium or "nerve pill" as my Grandma used to call them. I'm in need of some hold-me-over clothes until I get to my desired weight. I did score 5 pairs of cute shorts, but I thought I was going to have to call a group meeting a couple of times. People act CRAZY when good deals are involved.

LeslieM
07-09-2014, 09:13 AM
I'm starting another get healthy challenge with some of my friends on face book today. It all helps. I'll be healthy food shopping this morning and doing Carve Your Curves this afternoon. Doing a new workout for the first time is a always a little exciting!

I read a interesting article this morning in our monthly wellness newsletter we get from the Coast Guard about brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It's a protein that promotes brain cell growth and strengthens the nerve connections in the brain.(among other things )It is made in the body. The interesting part of the article to me was the idea of strategic exercise. BDNF floods the brain when you workout. The suggestion was to preceed any "heavy thinking" or problem solving with a workout to boost the BDNF. Interesting stuff. I'm going to do some more reading on it later. The brain is an amazing/complex thing.

I don't know what my weight is right now. I've not weighed myself for several days. What I do know is that the muscles in my hips and and upper legs are stronger than they have ever been!

LeslieM
07-11-2014, 11:05 AM
Fasting today. I have exactly 2 weeks left before the end of this challenge. I'd say the biggest physical changes this go around have been increased upper body strength and a definite difference in leg appearance. I never have to do my push-ups on my knees anymore and know I could push myself to do more reps than I've been doing. That's a new goal. My pull-ups have suffered a bit because I joined the gym and I think have relied too heavily on the assisted pull-up machine.

The biggest mental/spiritual changes have definitely been in a new willingness to look things head-on. Going through the create a life plan materials in conjunction with Dr. Frankl's book have been life altering; the kind of stuff you can't unlearn or forget!

Now, for this weekend, I will have a reward meal. I am going to be Dancing on the Ceiling with Lionel Richie and my sister Saturday night. We'll go to dinner before the show and probably have a drink. Texas women love those bathtub size margaritas. I think I'll have a glass of wine. The real test for me will be keeping my face out of the queso. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Leslie

LeslieM
07-13-2014, 05:45 PM
I am taking it easy today. I had one too many glasses of wine, stayed out late and had to get up early. I will go for a walk later, but won't be doing my Sunday sprints. I'm researching yoga a little to add that to my week. I need more flexibility and mental relaxation in my life. Speaking of relaxation, we have a free airline ticket, which usually means that I get to take a mental health break. I've done San Diego, Charleston, and Cape Canaveral in the past. I'm also researching retreat centers. I'm looking at CO, New mexico and Montana. Mountains are a must. I would prefer it be a self-guided retreat center or even just a cottage or cabin without a particular ideology. I don't mind if it's a "spiritual" center. I'm just not looking for classes or anything. I'm looking for quiet, solitude, beauty, and time to hike, breathe deeply and think my own thoughts. I also have some future planning that I've been dragging my heals on. (skeered I guess) If any of y'all know of a place that fits the bill, I'd love to hear about it. Oh! and safe. I don't want to end up a criminal minds episode! Hope everyone is having a healthy Sunday! I am sort of alone today as 2 of mine are at the Astros/Red Sox game, one is glued to the world cup and one is life guarding. Oh and my only girl is camp counselling in Virginia. It's just me and my only girl-doggie, California Sunshine(Cali). Hope everyone is having a healthy Sunday! Leslie

LeslieM
07-14-2014, 10:41 AM
This is the second week of Carve your Curves. I'm going to make some improvements this week.(in my performance, not the workout!) I've changed my fast days to not fall on weight lifting days. I don't know how people do that!

I got the go-ahead to plan a little retreat in August. I'm pretty excited about that. This afternoon after chores are done, I'm taking the boys to get some critical need items for The Star of Hope. It's a large mission organization for the homeless here in the city. They are critically low on deodorant,diapers bath towels and razors. This group not only meets immediate physical needs, but the meet the spiritual need to have someone to listen to you and care about you. They also offer transitional housing, job training, and counselling in life issues.

Hope everyone has a spectacular day! Leslie

LeslieM
07-15-2014, 10:51 AM
Fasting today. Morning walk has been completed. Yesterday I went to the store and bought some 50 SPF face lotion. It's not completely natural, but my face can not accommodate any more freckles! It's full. The sun down here is bright! I am on the look out for a natural sunscreen that won't make me look like Casper the Ghost and actually works.

I'm trying not to focus on the scale, but did want to mention that I have SMASHED below 130. I think my joints will be happiest b/n 120 and 125. I'm short. We'll see.

Today I'm taking Thing 1 and 2 to see the most recent Captain America while we can still find it on a big screen. They have to clean their rooms, scrub their DISGUSTING toilet and get a tutorial from mom on how to properly clean a bathtub first! 8) I'm going to type up the steps for them and put it in a page protector on their bathroom door with a dry erase marker. If they ever tell their wives that they don't know how, their little noses will grow!

Have a fan-tabulous day y'all! Leslie

mocombes
07-15-2014, 06:06 PM
Fasting today. Morning walk has been completed. Yesterday I went to the store and bought some 50 SPF face lotion. It's not completely natural, but my face can not accommodate any more freckles! It's full. The sun down here is bright! I am on the look out for a natural sunscreen that won't make me look like Casper the Ghost and actually works.

I'm trying not to focus on the scale, but did want to mention that I have SMASHED below 130. I think my joints will be happiest b/n 120 and 125. I'm short. We'll see.

Today I'm taking Thing 1 and 2 to see the most recent Captain America while we can still find it on a big screen. They have to clean their rooms, scrub their DISGUSTING toilet and get a tutorial from mom on how to properly clean a bathtub first! 8) I'm going to type up the steps for them and put it in a page protector on their bathroom door with a dry erase marker. If they ever tell their wives that they don't know how, their little noses will grow!

Have a fan-tabulous day y'all! Leslie

Leslie, you are so awesome! You're doing great on so many levels; you're very inspirational. I have a new natural sunscreen I'm trying that doesn't make you look like Caspar, but I need to check the name when I get home. It was developed by a woman living in the AZ desert.

Congratulations on smashing through 130! Scales are still good reinforcement for the fit of our clothes and the look in the mirror. I love numbers, I have to say.

And the ol' cleaning thing... I'm definitely working on simplifying my life/clearing my plate/delegating right now, and my poor boys are the recipients of a lot of my work. LOL. I just made a new chores list this past weekend to account for all the jobs that need to be done, all the way out to the ones that need completing every 6 weeks. The boys are plenty capable and need to earn the voluminous quantity of food they ingest :) The list is on the fridge in black and white. Now, to get out the figurative carrots and sticks. That's the moving target for me, and I really despise the policeman's role. Any creative ideas are welcomed.

LeslieM
07-16-2014, 10:59 AM
Leslie, you are so awesome! You're doing great on so many levels; you're very inspirational. I have a new natural sunscreen I'm trying that doesn't make you look like Caspar, but I need to check the name when I get home. It was developed by a woman living in the AZ desert.

Congratulations on smashing through 130! Scales are still good reinforcement for the fit of our clothes and the look in the mirror. I love numbers, I have to say.

And the ol' cleaning thing... I'm definitely working on simplifying my life/clearing my plate/delegating right now, and my poor boys are the recipients of a lot of my work. LOL. I just made a new chores list this past weekend to account for all the jobs that need to be done, all the way out to the ones that need completing every 6 weeks. The boys are plenty capable and need to earn the voluminous quantity of food they ingest :) The list is on the fridge in black and white. Now, to get out the figurative carrots and sticks. That's the moving target for me, and I really despise the policeman's role. Any creative ideas are welcomed.

Thank you for your kind words. They made my morning. I would love to know the name of your sunscreen. In particular, I need one that is appropriate to wear under makeup on the 2 days a week that I decide to wear some! Most days, the thicker kinds are fine.

Now as to the chores. I admit that I'm very inconsistent. They have stuff they have to do every day, but the quality is lacking because I don't check on them. One thing that has helped is a conscious effort on my part to "emotionally disengage" from the process. I tend to over think things and get myself worked up into a lather if they are not doing their jobs. I can go from ,"Hmm, Ben didn't do his chores again" to "Oh my lord, he's going to be on welfare or never leave home" in a matter of minutes"! I have to be an unemotional boss. No work, means no privileges, period. I do tell them regularly something along the lines of, "You do chores because that is just how life works. When you leave this house in a few short years, you will have to WORK to eat." Anyway, this is every parents battle and thankfully most kids get it at some point. One thing that did work best for us earlier on(I have 4 kids) is individual chore sheets divided by day. This accounted for things that were daily and weekly. They could be kept in a chore binder with typed up instructions for more complicated jobs that have multiple steps.

mocombes
07-17-2014, 06:19 AM
Okay, the sunscreen is Devita Solar Body Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30+. It's active ingredient is zinc oxide - no nanoparticles, though. You can wear it with make-up; it just feels like putting lotion on your face.

The chore thing... The one pretty easy consequence, when I remember to check, is no dinner until chores are done. We've actually started eating dinner while one of them headed off to clean the bathroom (poor dear). But I need to be more clear and consistent, so I'll modify my chart to include that consequence clearly on the top. It's been enough to motivate them in the past.

But the quality thing, that's another story. One is very thorough, the other I call 'Mr. Minimal' -- as in do the absolute minimum to get by in any situation whatsoever. I do have to check his work, even if it's spelled out.

Okay, I've got a plan. Thanks :)

LeslieM
07-17-2014, 10:22 AM
Okay, the sunscreen is Devita Solar Body Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30+. It's active ingredient is zinc oxide - no nanoparticles, though. You can wear it with make-up; it just feels like putting lotion on your face.

Thank you! I'll look for that one.

LeslieM
07-17-2014, 10:31 AM
Today is off day. I'll try to squeeze a walk in between rain showers or maybe head to the Y and ride the bike. I've been getting lousy sleep so I may need a nap too!

On the agenda for healthy food today is making up some fresh turmeric "vitamins" in my lab. I've been reading that it is absorbed best when consumed with black pepper so I'll sprinkle some pepper in for good measure. (maybe some eye of newt!) Speaking of eyeballs, I've been looking for a local source for high quality beef bones and chicken feet for making bone broth.(found them!) I went to a Mexican grocery store here and they not only had those, but also an entire goat's head with the eyes still in it!

I reserved my airline ticket for my retreat for the first week of September. I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to the CO Springs area. I'm thinking of staying at the Air Force Academy. Not exactly a retreat center, but cool nonetheless. Now to plan the hikes! Have a healthy day y'all! Leslie

LeslieM
07-18-2014, 12:09 PM
One week to go to bring my contest career to an end! I will post some pics here for closure. I can't figure out how to re-size pictures so they will fit here. The big difference for me is b/n the beginning of the 19th contest and now. I'm proud of the progress I've made. For the spirit, I'm more thankful than ever, for the mind, I have a plan forming for what lies ahead and for the body, well I am STRONG baby! I'm also wearing a 2 piece bathing suit for the first time in 20 years and can see a 2 faint lines where my abs used to be! I have a new found love of fasting.(that's a miracle right there!) I listed my 3 nutritional weaknesses at the beginning of the last contest as wine, cheese and sugar. I now go days and even weeks without any of those.

Although I am having some parenting challenges with my beautiful, smart, talented boy I believe that finding this TT way of doing things has made all the difference in how I'm handling it. Okay, off to the gym before I make myself cry! Have a great weekend everyone. Leslie

LeslieM
07-20-2014, 12:10 AM
I am STILL working through the Create a Life Plan materials inspired by Dr. Viktor Frankl's work and writings. I've completed the process of going through my big life events, placing them on a timeline and looking at the negative events to find a way to redeem them. I highly recommend this curriculum.

In re-looking through my life turns today I was again reminded of of big positive. In 1984, my mom divorced my step-dad. He was a factory worker who dreamed of having his own land. His big "ranch" was a trailer house on an acre of land out on the Texas prairie about an hour from Houston. It might as well have been another planet. I lived out there in his redneck paradise for 1/2 of elementary school. (there were positives there too, but that's a different story!) In the middle of the 6th grade, my mom divorced him and we moved back to the city. I went from what I knew in the country to the big city over a weekend. I walked into class that Monday in wrangler jeans and a western shirt. I did not fit in. I knew it. I could feel the stares and I imagined in my 12 year old brain that everyone was laughing at me. Oh, I also had really big teeth. 8 ) I somehow managed to get through 6th grade. Over the summer, my single mom paid someone to shop lift school clothes for me. I started the 7th grade sort of looking like everyone else, though I would never quite felt like I was one of them. The very first day of 7th grade I met, by divine appointment, another "new girl". Her name was LeAnn. LeAnn's dad was a baptist preacher and he had taken a church in the dumpy neighborhood where I lived. We became friends. We are still friends. Looking back now, as an adult, I am so grateful for the sacrifice that family made for me. I was at their house ALL the time. They didn't do anything spectacular or out of the ordinary. They just lived their lives and let me be a part of it. I now can look back and see that their life was not perfect. They had TWO sons that were wild. They did not let the stress of dealing with rebellious children keep them from doing good. They didn't try to pretend that everything was awesome either. They just loved me and let me be a part of their life. They were the difference between me surviving or crashing and burning. I am forever grateful to the Farris family and hope I can do the same for someone. Have a great Sunday y'all! Leslie

LeslieM
07-21-2014, 09:58 AM
4 days left! I'll spend about 45 minutes with my new friend Carve Your Curves Workout A in a bit. I've written all of my meals in my journal already, so I can just turn that part of my brain off. I've found what is working and I'll just keep workin' it until the last of the body fat evacuates.

Today's assignment for the Create a Lifeplan is defining my 5 "roles" and then my ambitions or desired direction for each. It doesn't mean that I completely cease other roles, like friend, I just won't be creating a plan for that role. Some roles I will completely drop though, like school store worker! They talk about good movies or books not having too many characters. I agree for the most part, which is why I can't stand to read Charles Dickens. I feel like I need flash cards to keep up! This assignment I'm sure will cause disappointment from some when I stop doing some jobs that I was never really meant to be doing in the first place.

Okay-I'm off! Hope it's a great day for "all y'all"! Leslie

LeslieM
07-22-2014, 09:43 AM
This made me laugh! "God, I hope that's cheese" was one of my favorite lines. I think I would have been game for everything except duck embryo. (says it best served with beer. Right, lots and lots of beer or vodka, whatever!)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1465308966943314

LeslieM
07-22-2014, 12:12 PM
My cursing has been off the charts in the last couple of weeks. (I think I learned cursing before english as a child!)I normally keep it in check, but I've been cursing like a trucker lately.(not in front of other people and usually only in traffic) Thought I'd add that to my last 3 days of the contest! If I can go from now to Friday without calling someone a jack*** or worse, I will allow myself a reward meal Friday night! It's a lazy way to communicate. I don't like it. I will stop it.

shawnss711
07-23-2014, 09:17 AM
My cursing has been off the charts in the last couple of weeks. (I think I learned cursing before english as a child!)I normally keep it in check, but I've been cursing like a trucker lately.(not in front of other people and usually only in traffic) Thought I'd add that to my last 3 days of the contest! If I can go from now to Friday without calling someone a jack*** or worse, I will allow myself a reward meal Friday night! It's a lazy way to communicate. I don't like it. I will stop it.


That is a tough one for me sometimes....
I am fine when writing and in general but when I get angry, stressed or in pain.... that is another story. My husband has been known to say, "Easy, sailor girl!" and that usually makes me stop and think :)


You can do this :)

I have been so busy with business I didn't take the chance to congratulate you on the 2 piece bathing suit. Nice work,Leslie!!!

LeslieM
07-23-2014, 09:55 AM
That is a tough one for me sometimes....
I am fine when writing and in general but when I get angry, stressed or in pain.... that is another story. My husband has been known to say, "Easy, sailor girl!" and that usually makes me stop and think :)


You can do this :)

I have been so busy with business I didn't take the chance to congratulate you on the 2 piece bathing suit. Nice work,Leslie!!!

Thanks Shawn! I didn't curse at anyone yesterday! I did have a few lengthy, one-sided conversations on I-45, but no cursing! Next week is Coast Guard Day.(a really Big deal in Michigan, BTW!) The base here is celebrating at a waterpark. I've not decided if my 2 piece will make an appearance yet! At home for the family is one thing, but in front of my husband's co-workers is a different matter! Busy with the business is a great reason to stay off the internet! I'm proud to know you! Leslie

LeslieM
07-23-2014, 10:03 AM
I'll be walking through beautiful old Friendswood again later while one of my children has a music lesson and then hitting the gym for C your C's B. My diet is going really well with cravings for junk at an all-time low. I'm fairly convinced now that focusing on getting fermented food/drink into my body a couple times a day has killed the sugar monster.

LeslieM
07-23-2014, 05:25 PM
I did a little experiment today. I decided to try my own pre-workout concoction. I'm losing my desire for many cups of coffee. I still have it, but very little. My workout was pushed back today so it had been a while since my caffeine.(5 hrs) I didn't want to eat a meal before I went so I decided to test the theory that coconut oil gives quick energy. I made a cup of peppermint green tea w/ about 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and stevia. I WAS A BEAST in the gym today. I was able to up every single rep and didn't feel tempted at all to short-cut the workout. Could this be psychological, sure. Those push-ups don't lie though! I always struggle with push-ups but had to up the angle for my declines and was able to crank 12 close grips.(I can usually do 6 and probably don't have my hands close enough together.) They just felt right today! Now the question is, do the added calories from the oil justify a great workout? I think so. I even had a couple of lady's want to talk to me about the workout I was doing!(carve your curves)

LeslieM
07-24-2014, 09:22 AM
Picture day is tomorrow. I'm a few shades darker than fishbelly white, but oh well. Going for a walk here shortly followed by Viniyoga therapy for the hips. I like the yogi's style in the video. He's very calm and repeats complete instructions for every rep. After I learn the names of the movements, I won't have a need for that much detail, but it's nice for a beginner. I have a relaxing song cued up for when the flow is complete and then just hit play and lay there for about 5 minutes relaxing and practicing the breathing.

I've determined what my 5 primary roles in life should be and created my goals/ambitions for each. Today starts the actual planning for each role to make sure I'm working toward the goals each day. These roles will obviously change some during different seasons of life. Here is an example of one: Mom-One of my goals is to re-gain the playful/goofiness that I had before motherhood. My kids see this sometimes and love it. I want that to be one of the things they remember and say about me when I'm gone. "She was so much fun to be around." I want them to want to find a wife like that, someone that makes them laugh.(cause your whole life is a long time to make small talk!) In order to reach this goal, I have to schedule in time to just be goofy with them.

LeslieM
07-25-2014, 09:43 AM
So if 36-26-36 is a Brick House, what is 35,25.5,35?? 8 )

I guess I'm a cute little Cape Cod. (On a hill, overlooking a blueberry farm)(and maybe the ocean)

I'm having a little fun. I do want to announce that I saw a weight on the scale today that I have not seen in 20 YEARS!! If I squint my eyes, I think I can see my abs.(a little) I'll take some pictures later when my camera men wake up. Gonna go do my TT workout in a little bit. I get to celebrate by watching the Astros probably get trounced by the Marlins tonight. I might even have a glass of bad ballpark wine! They do have gluten free beer so maybe I'll give that a try. Be back later with evidence. (I've been here 6 months and don't get any creepy stalker vibes from anyone, so I'll even take my mask off!) Leslie

LeslieM
07-25-2014, 10:08 AM
Oh..and I seemed to have nipped the cussin' in the bud. I won't be able to have a cheat meal because I have 1 more week of my facebook contest though! (I get 100 "free" calories a day and never use mine, so a glass of wine is okay!)

Now in traffic when someone does something dumb, I talk to them like they are a child instead of calling them an ugly name. So instead of, "You bleepity, bleepin', bleep." I say something like, "Hey there little buddy. That was a good move zipping in front of me IN THE RAIN so you could get to the red light first!" or "Hey sugar lump, I don't think you're going to be able to afford another speeding ticket, what with the car payment on that mustang and all." I'm actually having a good time making up dialog. What was making me cuss like a drunk sailor, is now making me laugh. (I guess it would be a monologue, not a dialog)

concetta27
07-25-2014, 10:53 AM
Love the monologue idea, stealing that! Concetta

LeslieM
07-25-2014, 01:37 PM
I really should have been born 100 years ago! I'm having some trouble getting my photos on here.

In the meantime I thought I would share a pic. of my latest crop harvest. Some of us were just born farmers!

shawnss711
07-25-2014, 01:47 PM
Oh..and I seemed to have nipped the cussin' in the bud. I won't be able to have a cheat meal because I have 1 more week of my facebook contest though! (I get 100 "free" calories a day and never use mine, so a glass of wine is okay!)

Now in traffic when someone does something dumb, I talk to them like they are a child instead of calling them an ugly name. So instead of, "You bleepity, bleepin', bleep." I say something like, "Hey there little buddy. That was a good move zipping in front of me IN THE RAIN so you could get to the red light first!" or "Hey sugar lump, I don't think you're going to be able to afford another speeding ticket, what with the car payment on that mustang and all." I'm actually having a good time making up dialog. What was making me cuss like a drunk sailor, is now making me laugh. (I guess it would be a monologue, not a dialog)

Haha...That's great! Love it!

shawnss711
07-25-2014, 01:48 PM
Oh....
And an awesome job on your progress!
Way to go, Leslie!!!

LeslieM
07-25-2014, 05:15 PM
Oh....
And an awesome job on your progress!
Way to go, Leslie!!!


Thank you Shawn. You've been a real encouragement to me. I will be ordering my books next week to begin studying for my first certification. Maybe I will see you at some fitness seminar someday!

LeslieM
07-25-2014, 05:23 PM
Alrighty-no pictures coming! Here are my final numbers

weight- 135.4............................................. 125.6
shoulder-16.5".............................................??
chest-36".................................................. ..35"
waist-26.5".................................................. 25.5"
ab. across bellybutton-32"...............................30"
hips-36.5".................................................. ...35"
rt thigh-22.5".................................................2 1.5"
lft thigh-22".................................................. ..21"

Goals-
-Fat loss primarily in the stomach and hips(lost a visible amount)
-scale weight of 125(pretty darn close)
-increased flexibility and strength(yes to the strength, getting there for the flexibility)



I still have some fat to lose. I will continue with what I'm doing. I've also decided that in addition to my interest in nutrition, I'd like to help other ladies get healthy and strong through fitness and a caring community. Thanks for the support and encouraging words. Leslie(smaller and stronger in TX)

P.S. I'll still be around posting my workouts and food journal. I'm sure i'll have some questions from time to time too! Have a great weekend.

concetta27
07-26-2014, 11:30 AM
Congrats on your results Leslie. Your commitment to helping others will continue to drive your own success. Look forward to your "wise words" in the workout forum. Happy weekend. Concetta

LeslieM
07-27-2014, 05:54 PM
Congrats on your results Leslie. Your commitment to helping others will continue to drive your own success. Look forward to your "wise words" in the workout forum. Happy weekend. Concetta


Thank you! Hope your weekend was great as well!

pageboy9
07-31-2014, 11:13 PM
Congratulations on your results!

I can't help myself, if you're not a brick house are you a "Love Shack?" (The best song reference I could thing of.)

Either way, those numbers look great.

Glad to hear that you will stick around the forums: we're a pretty tame bunch I suppose, what with The British Gentleman setting a good example and all.

LeslieM
08-01-2014, 11:20 PM
Congratulations on your results!

I can't help myself, if you're not a brick house are you a "Love Shack?" (The best song reference I could thing of.)

Either way, those numbers look great.

Glad to hear that you will stick around the forums: we're a pretty tame bunch I suppose, what with The British Gentleman setting a good example and all.

Thank you! Love Shack is perfect! That song came out the summer before my senior year of high school and became the beach anthem. I like you tame folks!

mocombes
08-02-2014, 06:30 AM
I just read your results, and you did GREAT! Congrats on your achievement and your drive to help other women. You'll be an inspiration to them.

Yeah, the Love Shack is perfect :)

LeslieM
08-02-2014, 12:30 PM
I just read your results, and you did GREAT! Congrats on your achievement and your drive to help other women. You'll be an inspiration to them.

Yeah, the Love Shack is perfect :)

Thank you! I am definitely living proof that if you keep pushing, the weight does come off. I can sympathize with the folks who lose weight at a snail's pace!