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Mojo Queens: report for spring training!!

Posted by celticmoon (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 28, 07 at 17:01

For those who don't know: last year (almost a year ago to the day!), Sweeby posted a call for any and all to fire up your Mojo and work on being healthier, stronger, saner, more fearless, well-rounded, connected - basically to step up and commit to trying to be the person you want to be.

Led to hundreds of posts and many folks celebrating steps forward and confessing steps back. Good threads. Then came fall, and we all faded into winter doldrums.

Well folks, spring is upon us!! Let's go!!

Who is in?

-Celtic (who darkened the door of the Y twice this week after missing months, who phoned a long lost friend today, and who is now madly culling excess socks, scissors, cups, lipsticks and other 'stuff' to make breathing room for spring.)


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I am SO GLAD you posted this. I had just begun to believe that my MOJO was completely gone. This started about 2 weeks ago. I had designed and planned and sweated through this remodel and then ...nothing. I needed to get pictures hung and get started on our landscaping outside...nothing. No ideas no plan no motivation no confidence in my decisions. NADA !

DH said let's hang just one picture...nope can't decide. He said why don't you ask for help on one of those forums...uhhh , well I don't need help , I have never needed help for this stuff...but my MOJO is gone so...I posted and got help that was FABULOUS from great folks on the Home Decorating forum. Then we started on the yard...so I posted on the Cottage Garden forum and got GREAT help there too. Then there was the great responses on the Cooking forum to my posts of pics and recipes and my DS's successes .

I always work out but I decided on March 20th to get in the pool...mind you I usually get in by mid April...but I decided I was so hot and sweaty from working outside that surely the water would be great. Well it was for one lap LOL ! But I started getting in everyday and did 1/2 mile today. The yard is coming along slowly...but my MOJO is back and I have these forums to thank for it. Without all the kind thoughts about my DH and all the support from the confidence building members in the decorating and gardening forums not to mention the outstanding food lovers on the cooking forum who are ALWAYS so complimentary about photos and menus and recipes...

Well that is my story and I'm stickin' to it...all of it. I am so glad to be here and alive and able to get sweaty and dirty and frustrated 'cause the alternative is not good. Thanks to all of you ...Caroline


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Yes ma'am! Awm03 reporting for duty: I've put in 56 miles on the bike this week so far :)


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This is so funny. I went for my first walks of the spring (unseasonably warm weather in MN recently) and it reminded me of the mojo group from last year. I was wondering what happened to everyone and if anyone else was feeling renewed interest with the coming of spring. Celtic - how nice of you to get us going!!


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Count me in this time! I was so jealous of all you last time and I am so glad you started this again.

I have an almost 4 year old boy (in April) that I have to keep up with. I'm 44 years old and definately need my mojo back! My DH is so cute and still has his mojo, so I need to buck up and catch up with him.

I literally got about 3 hours (if that) sleep a night for 3 1/2 years because DS woke up all night. So, I ate the next day to keep awake and gained 40 pounds. Oh, we also built a new home and moved twice, so we are finally all done with everything mostly and I have no more excuses.

I'll be checking in with you guys!


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My goal was to lose 10lbs before the fundraiser ball for my dd's school in Feb. Guess what? Instead of losing the weight, I came up with an excuse not to go. How pathetic is that. I missed out on a fun night out with friends and hid at home - something I'm doing more and more. If I didn't have kids, I swear I'd be a hermit by now.

Okay, lose weight and get my resume together and stop pretending I never have to go back to work.

Here we go! I'm in.


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Welcome all, especially to new Olliesmom! (how weird to be the subject of jealousy - I was never in the cool crowd in school.) -
And Budge - were you in or lurking last year, I forget. Caroline, Gibby, and awm (Sue, right?) glad you are back on board. Missed you.

Room for all on the MOJO train. We are now 6 strong! Feel the power!! Yeah!!! Step up and fall in, anyone who wants to grow! (You know who you are)

Do something different tomorrow and come on back to strut!


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Just reading your posts inspired me. I have started working out with a trainer once/week and trying to go to the gym at least 2 more times/week. Knowing there are others out there on the same path will help me, I'm sure. I just need to stop finding excuses -- we're all so busy these days -- and work on getting to where I want to be. I'm in.


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I'm in! My Mojo took a dip for a few weeks, but with the start of spring, I'm back on the mojo train... (Need to get my hormones checked again -- they feel out of whack -ugh!)

Thanks Celtic!


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I took my big step October 20th, and haven't looked back since!


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Post Script

Oops-- should've read the WHOLE title!! Does this make me a....... QUEEN?


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Bill, you can be a 'MOJO King' - doesn't that sound hot? I am inferring you are still smoke free. Five months now! That is some kind of MOJO there. Congratulations! What's next, a marathon?

Brach1, welcome aboard. Sweeby good to hear from you. (BTW, when DH wants to know what I'm up to on the internet, he's taken to asking, "Ya talkin to that Squeeby again?" Always makes us laugh.)

Today I bought daffodils. 3 bunches. No reason.


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Congratulations! What's next, a marathon?

That might actually be something to work toward. When I first got out of the service, I was running several miles every morning. I'd be shocked, even now that I've quit smoking, if I could make one at this point.


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Squeeby - that's a good one!

If I ever get Disney'ed, that'll be my reincarnation.


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I am in...I have gained 2 lbs per month since the remodel. Way too much eating out, way too little working out. I cant tell you how long the remodel has been going on because then you could do the math..oh what the heck. 10 pounds. This is really hard because i spent 2 years getting a handle on some serious body image issues and feel them rearing there ugly head. whatever..no more excuses. thanks for the motivation.


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THANK YOU Celtic - I am sooo in need of a Mojo overhaul. Budge, you wrote "If I didn't have kids, I swear I'd be a hermit by now." Well, I feel like I've gotten to that point. My kids are launched and gone and I feel lost - I just mope around feeling blah (and eating). Something's gotta change. So far I haven't had the energy, but maybe if I have some company along the way, the going will be easier. Just hearing that others are facing similar stuff makes me feel a little less defective.

I missed out on last spring's Mojo-fest, so maybe someone can clue me in. Are there Mojo secrets??? All advice gratefully accepted.


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Welcome all!

Hpneyb2, the old threads from last year are still available - much less action/turnover here than on the other side. Try typing in 'Mojo' in the search box at the bottom of the conversations home page. That will pull them up. Started off focusing mostly on fitness and diet goals, then later broadened. I think many did share motivation tips, maybe not secrets though ;-)

I'll link to the first one...

Here is a link that might be useful: Early Mojo


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Thanks Celtic - yup, it's still there and I'm reviewing for both info and inspiration. Thanks! I lost 50 lbs 10 years ago and have put every single one of those little buggers back on as of last fall. I know some of what worked for me then at the tender age of 43 will not work for me now - namely the running 3x/week. But other parts could still work if I could stay on task for more than a week. When I try, seems like I get stopped in my tracks by one of 3 problems: 1) discouragement due to sloooow progress; 2)exercise program gets derailed because of injury, illness or schedule demands; 3) eating 1300 calories a day is fine for the first 7 days, then I get utterly ravenous. Things that have worked well for me in the past include becoming a gym rat with a small group of friends, so that exercising becomes a form of socializing; writing down everything that goes in my mouth to cut down on mindless eating; not entering the kitchen (literally) after 7 pm; and positive visualization of how nice it will be to (fill in the blank - there are so many of them - I'd like to be able to have my picture taken w/o being embarrassed for one!) Does this derailment happen for others as well? What have you done to keep get past these barriers? I'd love to hear about what you've done to keep motivated after the first blush of enthusiasm starts to wane. Just writing this stuff down helps. Guess I'm gonna take a deep breath and jump in!


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Don't know if this is empowering or embarassing -- both I guess!

On Monday, I actually went down to our local sporting goods store and bought a footlocker and combination padlock to store our 'junk food' in. It wasn't expressly to help my diet, but rather to curb my son's pantry-raiding. He has food sensitivities that manifest as behavior problems, and he's been 'sneaking' the gluten-containing snacks instead of the expensive gluten-free stuff I get just for him. Well not anymore!

The plus side is that when I mindlessly wander into the walk-in pantry, deciding to spring the padlock and crack open the junk food is a much bigger decision. So no more "mindless" junk food binging for me.


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ROTFLMAO

It wasn't expressly to help my diet, but rather to curb my son's pantry-raiding.

I saw that and had to do a double take!! I thought it said something ENTIRELY different!!


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Hey, hey, hey now, honeyb, being 53 doesn't necessarily mean you cannot run/work out like you did 10 years ago! Lots of us are older than 53. Ain't gonna stop us. Adjust yes, abandon no. Start with some brisk walking. Excellent exercise.

Of course derailment happens. Exhibit A = dead MOJO thread over the winter. I'm guessing lots of people fell off the MOJO train besides me.

Listen up all, after 5 days of MOJO including: exercise, eating better (though I was seriously loving that binging on pretzels), titrating workload, reconnecting effort (two reach out phonecalls, one visit), and tackling some reorganization/ culling (cf my thread in home organization forum. 2 people do not need 225 pairs of socks!), after just 5 days, I feel a thousand times better than I did on Sunday. The extra pounds are still there, I still have no upper body strength, and my house is still stuffed with stuff.

But I know the tide is turning. I feel the MOJO.

And Bill, get your mind out of the gutter!


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Yikes! Where did this thread come from? And how did you know that I joined a woman's gym in February and haven't gone now for 2 weeks? I rarely look at Kitchens Discussions and now know why. You people are absolutely Too Motivational for me.

Seriously, everyone at work is trying to lose weight. So....in absolute contradiction to everything I stand for, to my lifelong vow of keeping my own goals to myself, and never talking about weight or jean size or anything similar to people outside my own home, (except for a tiny moment last year where I confessed online that I did, in fact, want to lose weight........) I am getting on that stupid digital scale each morning at breaktime and tracking my progress. I am down about 6 pounds now and trying to add excercise. I MAY even go back to that gym. It's almost 2 minutes away from my house and most of the women are Older than me and Heavier than me................How Cool is That??!!

Bill, I had forgotton about your smoke-thing. Sorry and congratulations to you for keeping yourself motivated. Interestingly enough, I have a new male boss and he is a smoker..........the only one in our office. I am working on him to quit. He loves the encouragement but hasn't set a date yet.

Red


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I don't come to the KF very often any more (the Cooking Forum is my usual haunt these days), but I saw this thread Wednesday, and I've been fighting with myself about whether or not to climb aboard the Mojo train again this year. Last year, I was SO VERY motivated! I started walking every day, posted with great enthusiasm, researched, learned, shared info and experiences...I could not have been more committed. In 3 months, I lost 11 pounds. Then, I had a foot infection and ended up in the hospital. For the next month, my foot was still too sore for taking walks, and then it was summer and too hot. Gradually, I slipped out of the mindset and began to backslide. My regular eating was mostly on track, but I occasionally binged, for days at a time. Over the winter, I regained ALL of the weight; today, it's exactly what it was a year ago! As I write this, I am swamped in frustration. I don't know whether I should even TRY again. What's the use? And yet, if I don't, I'll keep on gaining...and I know where that leads (BTDT). So ... reluctantly, red-faced with embarrassment, I'm joining you *in spirit* and, I hope, *in action.* But I won't be as rah-rah as last year; I am humbled by my own history.

Sue


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Dear Mtnester...........I understand "swamped in frustration". If you could see my nails! But that's a completely different problem. So.....I'm working on this thing because I want to have enough energy to break into a run if I have to, I want to wear a reasonable dress size instead of the one that makes me want to scream, and I DON'T want to go in the 'other' direction. All three of my sisters are extremely heavy. Only one of them is working on her weight right now and last I heard, she had lost maybe 80 pounds. That doesn't even get her to the 300 mark, but I am so proud of her. And I realize that if she needed to do what I need to do, maybe lose 40 or so, she would feel very happy. So I'm going to do it.
Today you may be depressed. Take a deep breath, think about good things you can stock in your refrigerator that you will enjoy having, but that won't contribute to the Old You, get out your tennis shoes, and tomorrow, That's Saturday, March 31st, 2007, let's start again.

Let me know what you think.

Red


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Red, that is so sweet of you! Thanks for the encouragement! I DO want to get started again, so I'll accept your invitation/challenge. Tomorrow, I'll dust off my walking shoes and get outside for a walk. But this is a very busy weekend for me, as Passover starts Monday night, and I have lots of cleaning, shopping, and cooking to do. I'm going to try to stay on an even keel for the next week (no bingeing on chocolate-covered matzoh) and then start trying to reduce as soon as the holiday is over. (I know that Mojo has other aspects, too, but I won't go into that now.)

Eleven years ago, I lost 80 pounds, and I remember how hard it was. Congratulations to your sister!

Sue


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I havent gone to this side but once or twice but I kind of feel like I dont have any business on the other side as my kitchen is done now.
I came here 3 days ago and searched for weight loss and got a long thread about Mojos and all their inspiration. I was so excited and then I saw that it was dated March 06 not 07! Then I just came back and saw this thread. What good timing.
I read alot in the last 3 days and have been very good both trying the white diet and walking every day.
I would love to loss 8#s in 8 weeks.
My youngest graduates from college May 30th. That is my goal.
What is it about a remodel that makes one gain weight??
Spring is here and we are on a roll! Right?


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I want to dip my feet in the MOJO pool.
I was an regular exerciser for 20 years. I have a red sash in KungFu. Two years ago my martial arts school closed. That was about the time I started my kitchen remodel. I stopped exercising altogether and have not gone back. I used to have a great body and now I am very out of shape. I eat very well at home but I am a flight attendant and work is a problem. We have potato chips, M&M's and all kinds of fattening foods on the plane. I work a 14 hour day and eat everything in sight. When I'm home I don't seem to have ANY energy at all.
I keep telling myself that I will start lifting weights and riding my bike but it's not happening. I seem tired all the time. I'm 52.
I don't know if you guy's can motivate me but I hope so.
Donna


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Red and Sue, so good to hear from you!!! And welcome Donna and Justadncr! Step up you other lurkers. I know you are there.

Seven days ago, I was right where you are: stuck. And had I seen this thread, I would have waved wistfully at the MOJO train pulling out without me.

Please. Just a walk. Just one pass on a treat or one less forkful. One phone call. One drawer tidied. One little action, that's all it takes to get unstuck. Just one and you are onboard.

You can do this. We are holding the train for you.


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Sue, 80 pounds? Wow. You are inspirational. And if you did that great once, well............Let's hit it again. And don't worry too much about this weekend. I had a bad setback myself about 10 days ago and I am not going to obsess about it like I usually do.
Well, I've been tall and fairly thin all my life. I say 'all my life' even though this weight started creeping up on me 10+ years ago. When I see myself in a store window, I almost stop in shock. I'm NOT that woman with the thick waist, I'm the 5'8" size 10 that most people think is an 8. I went all the way to my late 30's, had 3 kids and had never dieted or spent a lot of time on excercise. I couldn't understand why people put on so much weight. I saw it as "letting themselves go" because it was easy for me to stay thin. Well, now it's not.
I still won't D*i*e*t. I won't. I work with a gal who is 48 and says she has been on a diet since she was 15. She looks great and the guys think she's hot. Well, that's fine for her but she is dieting Every Day. I would go mad.

What I WILL do........Try to add some walking, working out, or weights at least 3 days a week, even if it's just for 10 minutes down the street with my dachshunds.
NOT eat anything I don't really want. So, if there's an open bowl of M&M's (OMG Donna, that has got to be hard!) I won't even take one if I am not dying for an M&M. Potato chips? Don't love them, so why waste my fat grams on that? But by the same token, if I have a real yen for chocolate, then, I will carefully allow myself a nice truffle or a small handful of chocolate chips or something similar. But I have been known to make chocolate chip cookies, eat my weight in batter, then, still eat 6 hot cookies. Well, no more. Not worth it.
I am working on ONE plate of food and not getting more even if it's pot roast. One packet of sugar in my iced tea and absolutely no creamer in coffee or Caramel macchiwhattos whatever from the green coffee place. Why spend calories and fat grams on something that my mother had never even heard of in 1965? Seriously.
Now, I think it will take me longer going this route with no dieting, but I think I can do it. Today I'm in a pair of jeans that I thought would have to go to the thrift shop and they are zipping without the use of any tools purchased from Home Depot.
I have one more Mojo related problem that I hope light activity and weight loss will help with.......I have that heel pain, plantar fasciitis, that so many people develop in their 40's, where you need an orthopedic insert in your shoes (Powersteps work great!!) or even custom orthopedic inserts. Well, I WANT to wear my slides. They don't work with inserts. And I think that taking weight off my feet will help with that. My shoes are all sensible looking right now and that's just not right.
(Yes, I know that all of Bill V's shoes are sensible looking and he's happy about that, but I'm not, ok??)

Red


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Celtic, thanks for the warm welcome! You're right about taking just one little action, one first step. Today, I took a 45-minute walk because I had made a promise to Redbazel. Who knew it was that easy to push myself out of inertia? For the next walk, I'll make a promise to mySELF.

I've been cooped up in this house all winter ... I didn't know, till today, that the forsythia are starting to bloom. I also saw daffodils, crocuses, pansies, hyacinths, dandelions, and blooms on the cherry trees and magnolias. I saw three houses that still had Christmas decorations up and one with a snow shovel on the porch. Good news, folks: it's Spring! Time to get outside!

Anybody else out there who hasn't gone for a walk in months? What's going on in YOUR neighborhood?

Sue


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Red, I see that we cross-posted. You have a good point about the potato chips and candy. Sometimes, we eat those things just because they're available. I'm thinking particularly of the birthday cakes and snack foods at the office (my department was always eating in someone's honor or celebrating a holiday). It was an epiphany for me to realize that I didn't need to eat junk just to be sociable. The key was to have something else as a substitute: a piece of fruit, diet soda, etc, to keep my hands and mouth busy. Nobody else really cares what you eat.

What you mentioned about your foot problems reminds me that my original reason for losing weight, 11 years ago, was a health problem (venous stasis disease), not vanity. Some other health bonuses: when I lost the weight, my blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved tremendously, and there was less pain in my arthritic knee. I felt fit, and I could walk long distances or climb stairs without getting out of breath. But wearing the size 8's and hearing the compliments sure motivated me, too!

p.s. I'm in your Mom's generation; I never heard of Caramel macchiwhattos either! ;-)

Sue


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redbazel-- I too have had plantar fasciitis, two bouts, as a matter of fact. Both times it happened because I was walking (on cement) regularly and when I quit that activity and wore the inserts, it went away. Bummer. I'm 45+ and dread to think what 50 will bring! I try and get to the gym a couple of times a week, but it should be more; I'm not one for dieting. Lots of heavy breathing when climbing steps and hills-- not good. As for inserts, I found the best ones are Birkenstocks, which are about $50 at a medical supply store. They're very stiff and really hold up my arches well. Yes, it's a struggle, and one I'm not trying very hard to win. Sigh.


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No walk today but I did walk 3 days and took power yoga 2 days. No sweets for 3 days. You guys are all an inspiration.
It helps to be held a countable even if it is only on this blog.


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My mojo left me and I have no idea where. I was reading this post for some inspiration to find or catch up to my "MoJo". You should all be proud of yourselves!


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Hi guy's,
I just got back from a 14 hour day of flying. I did not do very well. I am so addicted to potato chips. When we first started to sell them I said to myself, "don't even think about them or you'll never be able to stop. I was doing really well for a while. Once I opened that first can I lost my resistance. They are 1000 calories a can. You have to understand, I fly 5 hours to San Juan and turn around and fly back. All the flight attendants are eating constantly out of shear boredom. Well yesterday I ate chips and M&M's. I don't know how to stop. They just call my name. Like I said, when I'm home I'm really good.
Donna


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I was reading about the foot pain several of you are experiencing and wanted to share the info on a brand of shoes that will fix your feet. try looking at the MBT Masai shoes...I know they are EXPENSIVE but my DIL walks on concrete at the restaurant and she was facing foot surgery. Her MD suggested she try these first. She did and she said it is like walking on a cloud and she has NO pain now. No I am not a sales rep for them but I sure can't bear to hear that folks can't exercise due to foot pain. I hav ecustom orthotics and they have eliminated my foot problems too. Either solution is worth whatever it takes as you don't need the stress of pain ! Hope this helps even one of you that is having problems. Caroline


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Very interesting, trailrunner! I don't see that they mention anything about heel pain, but I guess your dd's testimonial covers that. Did she have plantar fasciitis? I will consider these.


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My mojo took a turn for the worse when the baby was born and hasn't seemed to return. Probably something to do with getting less than two hours of sleep in a row for 17 months :)

But, I'm determined to find it somewhere around here! Part of the mojo attempt is to get this darned remodel off and running (something more than spending $50 grand on crap that is piled up in my living room waiting for a contractor!). So, for my first mojo steps, I'm going to get off the net and set up three interview appointments with contractors for this week.

And, while I'm at it, I should start eating the Nutrisystem food I purchased for the remodel period. How about mojo step two being nutrisystem beginnings :) and then the hard part...no wine on week days!

I shall begin those three slow but difficult steps to mojo heaven and hope for more to come with encouragement and success.

I'd love to add exercise to the mojo, but it's still snowing outside, so walking will have to wait. Someone pray for another 10 degrees for us so the snow will melt and I can melt off some of this bumm? :p


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Those sound like three excellent steps, Igloochic. Good luck with them.

How are the rest of you doing?

-Celtic (trying to get back on track after a little slide related to a busy weekend then Opening Day festivities yesterday).


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Greetings, your majesties :)

Just a note to those who want to walk but the weather precludes it: Try Leslie Sansone videos/cds. We got them from the library (and then goodwill)...she does a walking program to what passes for music, but it lets you know how far you've walked AND you do arm and other little movements that give you more than walking would. You can just do the walk, you can do the rest of the moves, you can make the moves harder if you want--just do what you feel most appropriate and you'll know by the end of the tape that you've definitely walked that many miles.

I love them.

Not that I do them regularly enough.

But they're good :)


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Thanks again for (re) starting this celcticmoon.

I am pleased to say I have been swimming Friday evenings with a very active and extremely fit neighbor. Lost 5lbs but have to admit that it was mostly due to a bout of stomach flu. And yesterday I had a botched root canal which has left me on fluids for at least 2 days that should be good for another pound or 2! - how's that for looking on the bright side.

honey2b, we have to get you out! that hermit thing is such a depressing hole to get out of. Do you have a dog? It seems that the people on our block that socialize all have either kids or dogs. The ones that don't are never seen. They both force you to get out of the house at least twice a day. Good luck!


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I have my first contractor appointment at 4 today, and then one tomorrow and one the next day :) Mojo step one completed!

I really like guy number 2...and hope he's not terribly unreasonable for cost. He's an architect and runs a large firm, and he actually knew what our range was and had installed many of them in Europe! What do you bet his bid comes in at $100 grand LOL


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YO, YO, I NEED SOME MOJO! Say, all, don't forget the spiritual, in fact, it needs to be your "core". Any Seekers or Doubters? Check out my post.


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Well, my post I referred to previously in this thread got pulled. But if you are looking for a greater understanding of this holiday season and what it represents, then feel free to e-mail me.

Julie


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Contractor number 3 today :) So far I'm on track on mojo, although I must admit that interviewing contractors is a major mojo killer! (See post in the remodeling threads). I think I'll be setting next weeks goal to interview two more, and continue on the nutricrap :) Oh and I gave up wine for a week...although giving up wine on the week you're interviewing contractors is a STUPID thing to do! But I shall continue....argghhhhh


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My main entertainment reading is suspense, decorating magazines, and the daily newspaper, but I picked up a copy of Glamour this week 'cause I was in a rut and wanted something mindless. Well, the "Don't" photo of the couple in thongs on the beach was pretty mindless for sure, but I was struck by a couple of other things too. They did a little thing on Jessica Alba, who, evidently, is the body everyone wants for themselves, (at over 40, maybe that's reaching for me!) but she works out constantly. Jennifer Garner, another cutie, said she had to 'get her biscuit to the gym' as well, to lose the baby weight. And the article about the young woman who dropped 15 lbs in 9 weeks, (she already went to gym and walked) without dieting.........struck me the most. How did she do it?? But cutting out alchohol. Hmmmmmm. Now, having never been a huge drinker, I would have normally skim-read that one, but for the last few years, I've taken to keeping wine on hand and also doing mixed drinks several times a month. I rarely relax in the evening without a glass (or two) of white wine. The article said that in those small amounts, it doesn't hurt your health, but it was clear that the calories count. So, that's next for me, I think. I'm going to drop down to maybe 3 glasses a week or less and see if I get a difference there too. Anyone else think this makes sense?

Red

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Tell me, tell me, tell me do.
Magic mirror, tell me today.
Did all my friends have fun at play?"

Donna, how you doin'? Trailrunner, I looked up those shoes but they won't work with my dress clothes, so Powersteps have to continue.....Sjerin, get your inserts or Birkenstocks and get going. eandhl, I just found your Mojo. If you get up and do something for 10 minutes today, I'll mail it to you! Sue, my neighborhood is blooming and the weather is in the high 70's low 80's. The dogs are loving that I'm out with them, and my knee and legs are getting more used to the extra movement every day. Buy a new lipstick and keep going. Justadncr, I'm so glad you're in. And Celtic, thanks again for getting the bees out and loading them into our bonnets.

To all...............I hope this weekend is good for you and helps you get a new spring in your step.


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Hi all - here's my update. I've stayed the course since my original epiphany on 1/25/06 - the HBP that finally was enough to get me off my butt to start exercising regularly and clean up my act in terms of diet. I've been exercising 4-5x a week since then and I've completely stopped all junk food like chips - anything heavy on the salt.

Organicdonna - just tell yourself those chips are poison. That's pretty much what I've convinced myself of - and all that sodium probably is in my case - not to mention the useless nature of all those refined carbs. Over the past year I've really changed my thinking about food and I think twice before I put something in my mouth - I ask myself what's in it that is of nutritional value. If nothing, I pretty much don't eat it - and I've just gotten used to eating that way.

Redbazel - I lost about 12 pounds without really trying - aside from starting to exercise, quitting all junk food, and thinking twice about what I eat.

I've slacked off on the stability ball routine - which annoys me. I need to get back at that. I was so busy at work the past three months that it was all I could do to ride my exercise bike and get to the grocery store to make sure I had decent food in the house.

Today I had a major mojo boost. I had to have a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound for a lump discovered during my annual internist appt. I've never had this happen before so of course I've been freaking out about that since it was discovered - seriously distracted from my normal routine. Anyway, it all turned out to be normal (love that word) so now I'm back on track. Thankful to be deemed healthy again and anxious to keep it that way!!

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Red, I am not the huge drinker I make myself sound like :) and I'd guess I'm about where you are (a couple of glasses of wine with dinner). I don't drink hard liqour (HUGE CALORIES and I'm a lush) but do like a port on occasion. I find that when I knock off the wine during the week I lose much faster than when I keep it in my "diet". Wine (and any booze) is sugar filled, so it is full of calories. So letting a couple glasses go un drank (is that a word?) is good for the bottom line...or the bottom :)


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Hi all,

I found the conversation side last year after the mojo threads had dropped off, but I *loved* reading them. Celtic, THANK YOU for getting the mojo flowing again!

I'm in my mid-30's and have two little girls. This past winter I packed on some lbs. A double-whammy of a cold winter (after several years in warmer climes) and the first winter I wasn't pregnant or breastfeeding (great calorie-burner) since 2001. I was freaking out about it and finally decided there was nothing I could do about it until it got warm out and I could exercise again.

So I've just started running again. I try to go 3x/week but it's hard with the girls. Right now I can run with a single jogging stroller but not with the double, so I go while my older daughter is in preschool or speech therapy. I try to walk on the other days, with the girls in the stroller and one of the dogs. But I have a horrible sweet tooth so that's what I'm always battling. Plus, we're having a cold snap and I hate going outside if it's under 50.

Donna, try this trick. Before you can eat any chips, you have to drink a whole bottle of water in 5 mins. It gives you time to really think about eating those chips, and drinking the water quickly should fill you up a bit. In fact, drinking tons of water always helps me shed a few lbs, but I have to pee all the time and that's a pain.

Red, the booze is a diet killer. Besides the calories, there is something having to do with the liver or kidneys and that when they have to process alcohol, they can't process fat as well. Plus, it's a diuretic and the body just does everything better (and feels better) when well-hydrated. I love a glass or two of wine in the evening, but I know I have to cut back. Plus, even just a glass can disrupt your sleep.

I was visiting my sister and tried Jazzercise. It was a great workout and I recommend it to anyone! You can adjust the moves to your fitness level -- there were couch potatoes and really super-fit women there, everyone having fun!

Bill, I am so psyched to hear you are smoke-free. How is your wife doing? That is no easy road to walk -- you're awesome for doing it!

Choo-choo! Mojo train pulling out of the station! I'm going for a walk? jog? tomorrow!

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Amy, I kept my weight down for years with Jazzercise. Wish there was a class here.

After my post yesterday, I made margaritas and we ate tri-tip with baked potato on the patio. How weird is it that you are trying to focus on what you really want to do and then do exactly the opposite. You should have SEEN the size of the butter pat I put on my potato, and 4 slices of beef aren't too much are they??? Plus, the margarita disrupted my sleep and gave me dry mouth.

Well, today will be so much better.

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You guys don't understand, I'm really addicted to chips. Let me ask you a question. Let's pretend you are working on an airplane for 10 hours, you are really tired(up at 4:30am), you are bored out of your mind, and everyone else is eating chips and M&M's in front of you. You can even smell the chips! Could you resist? We'll see, cause I'm flying again tomorrow. I'll think about you guy's when I'm tempted.
Donna
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Donna, I totally understand. Sweets are my daily downfall, but chips sound and are so GOOD once in awhile. Any chance that the baked kind will do it for you? If so, maybe you can pack a bag. Or Trader Joes (and others, I'm sure,) sells vegetable chips that my daughter thinks are pretty good. I tell myself that in general, TJ stuff isn't quite as bad as the "regular" junk food. What a dope I am.

Redbazzle, there's nothing like seeing one's name in print connected to a "Get going"! My current excuse is that my dh is in the hospital with complications from diverticulitis, but he should be coming home in a couple of days in which case I won't be hopping in the car so much. Yes, I'll get going. Thanks for the kick.


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Yes - Donna - I know exactly what you're saying. And I can tell you I wouldn't pass up the M&Ms - even now. Chocolate is one of my few remaining food downfalls. The chips I would not have passed up in the past - the lime Doritos were my favorite. However I wouldn't have a problem doing it now. I just don't eat chips - at all. I now abstain from chips - I seriously think of them as poison - not good for me - going to make me seriously unwell (HBP). I now eat things like unsalted almonds or walnuts instead. I NEVER thought I would eat an unsalted nut let alone either of those two - my least favorite nuts. Now I really like them - and they're very satisfying. Can you bring your own stash of nuts? While they're high in fat/calories, I think they're much more filling than chips so you don't want to eat as many - plus they're good for you. I also think salty snacks make you want to just keep eating too. I think it's all a matter of convincing yourself you can either have chips or you can have something else - but you can't have both. Chips or good health - chips or a smaller waistline - etc - then deciding which you really want the most.


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I think that's the problem....I don't know which one I want the most.
Donna


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I have no idea what you all are talking about.

-Celtic (chomping down the last of a ONE POUND bag of pretzels bought yesterday....)


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OK, maybe I do know about craving. All too well. I have a pretzel hangover this morning. And a number of extra pounds water retention thanks to all that salt. Yikes, once I yeild, I unleash the the carb craving beast in me and it is all over. I made the mistake of walking down the snack aisle Wednesday and heard the siren song of Tom Sturgis Pretzels for 48 hours until like a zombie I succumbed Friday. Now I see I was in a premenstrual perimenopausal hormonal hurricane. What is with THAT surprise? I'm 54 freakin years old! Sorry, I digress, topic for another forum...

Seriously, Donna, You likely are feeling hungry and tired as your blood sugar is dropping. I would consider carefully a plan that uses snacks to maintain your blood sugar evenly during those long flight days. Otherwise, once you snack on refined sugar and/or flour (= candy, chips, pretzels, etc), you will get your nice little needed bump in energy due to the quick boost in blood sugar. Yay. Followed by an equally quick drop and craving for more carbs. Boo. Vicious cycle.

IMHO, the best snacking combines protein and dense (not refined)carbs. Pear and cheese. Grapes and turkey. Celery and peanut butter. There are low carb wraps out now and healthy breads (I like Natural Ovens of Manitowoc) you can use to enhance portability. Not huge snacks. Maybe 100 caleries or so. That would be like 1/2 piece of fruit and a couple dice size pieces of cheese. A slice of turkey and a carrot. Not a lunch, just a little snack. Bag them up, and eat one snack every 2 hours or so and it should be enough to help sustain your energy, stamina and willpower. In a pinch, milk is excellent. In a crisis, go for the Peaniut M&Ms as they have the least blood sugar imact of all the bad stuff.

Stable blood sugar is your ally.

Celtic


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I almost didn't come by here...it's still Passover, I'm eating way too much matzoh spread with butter, and my weight has gone north, not south. So this is still the "before" picture. I'm hanging onto the train's caboose by a thread! But next week, folks, next week I hope to be back on track. (How long can we keep this metaphor going?)

Celtic, you are oh, so right about blood sugar. For years, I chose the wrong kinds of snacks (too sugary) and had those rapid increases and sudden drops in blood sugar. I was usually a wreck by late afternoon and stuffed myself before I could cook dinner. One taste of sugar, and I'd be set for craving and bingeing. Too much salt, and the bloated feeling also resulted in craving/bingeing (see how easy it is for me to fall prey to the poisons?).

I discovered that protein foods and denser carbs (fruits, veggies) keep me on a more even keel. Even plain bread is better; it fills me up and doesn't make me crave another slice.

I KNOW all this, and yet...it's still hard! Donna, if you can pick any of Celtic's suggestions and bring something from home to munch on, the change in routine may help you break the habit and resist the temptation. Good luck!

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Sue, I'm laughing at your "it's still Passover" comment; it mirrors my "it's still Easter" attitude. I went a leeeetle overboard on some leftover Easter candy tonight... :(

We always give up sweets for Lent, so come Easter, we usually go overboard on chocolate. Yesterday, DH & I managed to eat 1/4 of a gooey chocolate cake, looked at each other with a "what are we DOING?" look of horror, then we THREW THE CAKE OUT IN THE BACK YARD. It was gone by this morning -- I hope the animals enjoyed it. (Should have done the same with the candy.)

Well, off to the basement for step aerobics. Gotta burn off some candy.

Here's to us both getting OFF the holiday track! Is broccoli sounding good to you yet?


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celtic,
I myself am VERY knowledgable about nutrition and natural health. I know exactly what I SHOULD be eating. Where do you think organic_donna came from? I know what foods I should be bringing to work and eating instead of chips.
This is emotional eating. I can stop but I'm not trying very hard. I flew on Sunday and sold all the chips so I didn't need to control myself. I did eat a bag of M&M's though.
What I really need to focus on is getting back to an exercise routine. If I go to a claas I'm fine, I'm just not motivated to do it by myself. I am so tired when I get home from flying that if I don't have someone to push me I don''t do anything. Luckily I live in the city and have always walked a lot.
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Yeah, Donna, knowledge and control are truly very different. Didn't mean to sound condescending. Just trying to make a helpful suggestion that bringing those balanced small snacks along and eating them q 2 hours might help you resist the temptation. I'm a believer in precise dosing and balancing of protein and carbs. Organic or not, too little carb leads to loss of energy; too little protein leads to mental dullness. Took me a while to feel and differentiate those two kinds of hunger/need/craving. I know I feel better and don't have cravings when I preplan and force myself to eat well. And often (small amounts).

And I admit this is 'Do as I say, not as I do' talk. I THINK I'm done with my record carb binging over the last 72 hours. (awm, my first though on reading yesterday you tossed the cake in the yard was to ask your exact address. Sigh.) I announced to DH this morning that the 2lbs of pretzels and the 3/4 lb of jelly beans were "out of the house". He was proud of me for tossing it, until I clarified I'd EATEN all of it.

Key for me today is starting with berries, bran and a turkey slice. Vs. skipping breakfast and diving into junk ravenous at 10am like the last couple days.

It is a brand new day. May we all move a little extra and keep our glucose stable!


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celtic,
The other hurdle for me is the cost of bringing food to work. I shop at Whole Foods and they are very expensive. I live alone and budget $100.00 a week for groceries. I have a hard time finding foods to fit in my budget. I love berries but they cost around $5.00 a pint. Most of their fruits cost $2.99 a pound. Today I bought some frozen Amy's dinners to bring to work and they were $2.99 on sale from $3.99. If I buy 10 at regular price that's $40.00! Almost half of my weekly budget. That's why bringing food from home is not alway's feasable.
A lot of times I eat on the airplane to save money. Even when I do bring healthy foods the chips still are a strong temptation to me.
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Donna, the enemy is formidable, but it is not the Mojo way to speak too much of hurdles, or the prospect of defeat. A Mojo Queen engages the beast thinking only of victory. The Mojo sword slays the enemy, be it lethargy, disorder, isolation or the evil snack, striking down the power of chips, M&Ms, jelly beans, and, yes, even the mighty pretzel! Without the weapon of princely priced berries, the Mojo Queen battles with celery and peanut butter.

Besides, those chips and M&Ms ain't exactly organic...

Be strong. Find your inner Mojo. Celebrate that it was only one bag.


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celtic,
Now THAT is what I needed to hear. I am a warrior at heart. I will follow the Mojo creed! (do we have a creed)? No more chips or M&M's while flying.
I have been going out for marquaritas, chips and guacamole though. That treat I won't give up, it's the only fun I have.
When I'm home I eat very healthy, flying is my only problem.
celtic, can you motivate me to start lifting weights?

May the force be with you,
Donna


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I don't often check in with this thread or the old "Get Fit #x" threads (perhaps those are all gone), but I wanted to share some good things that have happened to me in the past few weeks.

I have struggled with my weight all of my life, being thin only when in my 20s, when I met my husband. Well, seven kids and eighteen years later, I was huge, exhausted, and feeling quite hopeless about ever being fit and thin.

About 10 months ago, I joined Curves. And though I really lost very little weight, I did feel better. But at Christmas, I gained five pounds, and realized that I realy needed outside help. So I joined Weight Watchers.

In eight weeks I've lost 26+ pounds, just about effortlessly, in other words, I haven't struggled with overpowering urges to overeat. Normally, I couldn't deny myself the smallest food sacrifice in order to lose weight. Now, I'm committed to doing whatever it takes to reach my goal. And I just had my annual check up. My cholesterol, which I can not remember ever being below 200, went from 234 down to 167! Thank God, because if that didn't change I would be on medication today. My blood pressure has gone from 124/78 (which is good) to an even better 113/65. I should add that I usually go to Curves six times a week. I will also add that I am a SAHM at this point, and that I never eat in restaurants. From what I'm seeing at Weight Watchers, dining out makes it very hard to lose weight, but some people dine out due to circumstances beyond their control, like business-related engagements. It seems like those at WWs who must eat out the most work the hardest to lose weight.

This has all been thanks to the Weight Watchers program. It is incredible, and I'm so grateful. This has been a very blessed time for me, so many good changes. Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Weight Watchers


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Wow - Cup - that is awesome!! Congratulations! You must feel so great about this accomplishment. You are an inspiration to all.


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Knowledge and control are two very different things. Very true, Celtic. And therein lies the crux of the matter. I know what to eat, I am informed. I know that adding even a very little bit of exercise to my routine will reap massive benefits. I know that if I keep fiddling with my nails they will hurt and I won't be ready for polish in May when I want to look nice. But the self-discipline, the ability to Stop and make a decision, to walk away from empty calories, to drink a glass of ice water at night instead of the glass of white wine, is hard sometimes. Your little motivational speech is powerful stuff though. I feel it working.

Red


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Thanks Gibby! Now all I have to do is keep it off!


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Mojo report...contractor bids at this point ZERO grrrrr Mojo is down. I guess interviews must begin again. One did call and tell me he could do a bid, if I just cut a check for $4,800 so he could "fix the design flaws" and do drawings as well as "fix" my color issues. COLOR ISSUES????? If there's one area I have no concerns with it's color! People ASK ME to do their colors when decorating because it's so easy for me. Sheesh! He did mention during the tour that we should replace the pocket doors with french doors and that white was nice in a small room.

So if ya'll want to chip in for his design, please send 400,000 box tops to "Idiot In Alaska" so we can see his french door options on a powder room that is 3x7. (I think that would leave pretty much no walls on one side...which would be really private for the guests I invite to pee in my little closet) :oP

Somebody shoot me...oh heck, not me, somebody shoot an idiot designer for me today??? Please???* (see appropriate disclosures if they apply)

*Appropriate disclosures for crazy people:
Squirt guns only, colored liquids are allowed in the following states MA CA WA and NY


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igloochic-- Wow, I would be going nuts too. Why is it so darn difficult to find a decent gc?? You do make me laugh, though.

Donna-- Do you have Trader Joe's where you live? MUCH better prices than Whole Foods, and very interesting snacks.


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OK I have a game plan! I'm going to call a contractor on Monday and offer them an outrageous sum to come and do a bid. I'm then going to duct tape them to whatever portion of the wall isn't going to be removed in the demo...perhaps where we plan the powder room so he has a place to do his business....and keep them hostage until the job is done! Thank god for MoJo! (and Cabernet).

Actually there is a reason it's so hard. This is the season where snow begins to melt and fish start whispering into men's ears (many women hear them as well). "Halibut, paycheck, Halibut, paycheck HALIBUT" A terrible time to try to hook a contractor with anything but a barbed hook and a strong line :) (Ok I fish too) Most contractors do the big indoor remodels in the dead of winter when it's too cold to do outside stuff without freeziing their mojo's off :) So most of the firms have jobs lined up that involve outdoor work that they've been putting off. This would be why we were going to start this job in November 06...

But good news. I received a late bid from the one contracting firm I really liked (ok I liked two but one of those was the $4,800 guy). He's going to come out next week and do a final bid (with a guaranteed cost attached) and then...we can start working!!!!! Yeah!!!


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Cup, that's great news about your weight loss. 26 pounds is a LOT of weight to lose! I'm so happy for you :)


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Where do the cravings come from? Old angers? New angers? (translate remodel woes) couldawouldashoulda escapism? Fight or flight stress??

God wants to help us if we would only seek Him (on His terms.) Then we can get fat because M n Ms are just so darn joyful!


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Jubilee - I think your religious references are probably going to get you in "trouble" here again......


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It was warm here today - 70 degrees I think!! I'm not sure if this has anything to do with mojo but it seems like it must. I have the porch open (only about the second time I've been able to open the windows so far this year) and I'm listening to the swamp sounds. And there's an owl hooting out there. It's so cool. Enjoying the simple, priceless things in life that money can't buy......I love spring!!


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Count me in!

I've enjoyed reading this thread and it may be just the boost I needed. Exercise, weight loss, decluttering the house and expanding my mind would all be great things.

Honeyb2--I could very much relate to your first post.

Cupofkindness--the link to WW may have started me on my way. I checked out local meetings--I have to wait until NEXT Monday--it figures that I would read this thread hours after the last weekly meeting. Most of the people I know who have been successful at weight loss have done it through WW. I tried it a decade ago but the meetings were just too far away and my motivation wasn't there.

We just gave up our Y membership a few months ago--we couldn't justify it any longer (it's about 20 miles away and we just didn't make the trip very often.) So I think I'll start small with walking and putting in a little time with hand weights. Maybe if I start small, I'll be able to grow a plan.


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...Hey Donna, two things:

1) I seem to remember a martial arts school in Evanston when I lived there a few years ago. How about dusting off the red sash and giving it a go again?

2) I completely empathize with and share your hopeless addiction to the chips that come in a can and M&M's. And I have no easy answers for how to get over it. The only thing that I try to do is the "balance" thing...if I indulge one day, I'll have salads and yogurt the next. Seems to even things out a little, for me anyway. You're lucky that at least the evil snacks aren't lurking on top of your refrigerator!


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Can anybody recommend some good Mojo podcasts? I love listening to my iPod while on the elliptical & thought it might be great to find something upbeat & inspirational. Would save my ears from blasting rock 'n' roll into them all the time, too :)


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halfdecalf,
Evanston is too far to go without a car. I miss martial arts so much but I don't know if my body has the strength anymore. I used to love the physical rush from KungFu. I really miss that part of my life.
Donna


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Uh, what is a podcast? A playlist? A radio station? A book on tape?

-Celtic (who favors iRiver over ipod)


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It's a downloadable audio file that you can listen to on your computer or mp3 player. You'd be amazed at the variety of topics: news, language lessons, sports, book reviews. NPR, the NYTimes, the Wall Street Journal, for example, offer free podcasts, often with further commentary or interviews that aren't available in the original medium.

From Wikipedia:
"Podcasting's initial appeal was to allow individuals ... to distribute their own "radio shows," but the system quickly became used in a wide variety of other ways, including distribution of school lessons,[3] official and unofficial audio tours of museums, conference meeting alerts and updates, and by police departments to distribute public safety messages...

Podcasting is becoming increasingly popular in education. Podcasts enable students and teachers to share information with anyone at anytime. An absent student can download the podcast of the recorded lesson. It can be a tool for teachers or administrators to communicate curriculum, assignments and other information with parents and the community. Teachers can record book talks, vocabulary or foreign language lessons,... music performance, interviews, debates. Podcasting can be a publishing tool for student oral presentations. Video podcasts can be used in all these ways as well."

There are lots of free podcasts for iPods on iTunes. Another free podcast program, Juice, works with a variety of portable players. Odeo is a Web-based podcast player.

Anyway, they're so popular these days, I just thought maybe somebody had a favorite to suggest. Something in keeping with the mojo theme.


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Thanks awm.

Here I was thinking I was current for having an mp3.

I bow to your way MOJO hipness!


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LOL! Not hipness, celtic -- geekiness :)

Hope you give podcasts a try. They're a nice change of pace from music.


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What are all you mojo-ers doing this Saturday morning? "Yard" work here - well, I don't really have a yard as in grass but the grounds need spring cleanup none the less. It's a nice day - not too sunny but almost 70 degrees. I'm always more enthusiastic about that kind of thing in the spring after being cooped up all winter. My enthusiasm diminishes as it gets hotter and weedier.

I got a nice walk in last night - such a nice diversion from a long winter of the exercise bike. What is everyone else up to?


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Well...after newspapers and coffee, GW perusal. Then did some work writing I'd been avoiding and got that in the mail. (Whew. A good thing, as I actually had a nightmare about it last night!) A little housework, billpaying, laundry, etc. Then DH and I took a bike ride. Beautiful day for it. Grocery stop for a pot luck tonight. Worked on a GW kitchen plan and posted that. Biked to the Y and worked out. More GW as I work on my dish now.

A good day.

DH and I are thinking of biking to a baseball game tomorrow - it is a 30-40 minute ride, mostly bike trails, from home to the major league stadium. We biked there only once last year. Shameful, as it is such fun. Supposed to be nice tomorrow again!!

Get out there, everyone!
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Another fine day - in addition to the monotonous exercise bike I did my 40 minute exercise ball routine today!! Whoo-hoo - haven't done that in a long time. And now I can see how good that thing is for you. Lots of tight things got loosened up - not to mention the ab routine. I wonder if the after effects of that will be as bad as when I first started using that thing. I could not even sit up in bed without lifting myself up with my arms....I gotta' keep at this thing. I hate the idea of getting old and stiff and it really is great for stretching and not at all difficult to do - just another forty minutes to squeeze into the day.

Celtic - did you make the bike ride to the stadium?

What did everyone else do this weekend?


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YES!!! Absolutely perfect weather today.

It was more like 45 minutes ride there and over an hour back. Only eight miles or so each way, but the city traffic and hills slowed us down (the stadium is in a valley and we live on a high point). Obviously we are *not* speed demons on our bikes...

I'll be a little sore tomorrow too.

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No go Mojo for me this week. No Y. Extra wine. Cold rain every day. And the capper: McDonalds Quarterpounder with *large* fries for lunch today.

Not my finest hour...

Is this thread quiet because of a universal Mojo ebb? Anybody have any inspiration or celebration to share?


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Hi, I'm a lurker but have fired up my mojo this spring and it's going great - thanks for all the inspiration.

The question about the podcast got me out of lurkville. I've been using the podcasts called Couch to 5K, they are free at itunes. Over the course of 8 weeks, you work up to running 30 minutes. The music isn't my favorite but having a little man in my ear telling me when to walk and when to run is great. I've got a substantial amount of weight to lose, so if I can do it anyone can. I've signed up to do a 5K in July so that's my motivation to keep working out with the podcast 3 times a week.

Maryp


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Hi everyone,

I've stayed away from this thread because, immediately after rejoining it, I *gained* a couple of pounds over Passover and decided that I wouldn't post again until I shed them. Well, as of today, I'm back to my original starting point.

To put things in a positive light: I realized that I had to take this in stages. The most important thing was to get sugar out of my system so that I could stop bingeing. Then I tried to get myself on a more regular eating plan of having small, safe snacks between meals instead of going too long and then falling apart because of hunger (the only binge I had was after a long day at the library, when I came home "starving" and couldn't wait to make dinner). The next thing is to reduce portions at dinner (this depends, of course, on having had a substantial snack* midafternoon). I'm fairly satisfied with my general meal planning and preparation, as it has worked for me in the past. I think I've been getting adequate nutrition, but I ought to resume taking my vitamins anyway. My next goal is to get outside and walk on a regular basis. I've done it a few times but stopped during a spate of bad weather. My problem here is that I'm working on a writing project that's very important to me, and I'm usually most productive and wide awake during the time that's also best for walking. I've got to figure out a way to rearrange my work habits so they don't stop me from getting outdoors. So that's my story. How about the rest of you? Where IS everybody?

Sue

* Snack idea: For years, I've avoided cheese because I'm lactose-intolerant, but I recently purchased some Lactaid cheese (American-style slices). I was amazed to see that they're only 25 calories per slice! And one slice "holds" me better than many other snack foods. Three or four slices makes a good grilled cheese, too.


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Better late than never here.
I've taken the same 7 pounds off every spring for so long that I can't remember when I started.
Redbazel - I come from a "physically big" sized family too.
All the more initiative to keep the weight off.
A friend of mine lost 50 pounds by doing this - she was a size 18, so she went to the Goodwill store and bought a size 16 pair of blue jeans. That was her visual reminder to stick to the diet and eventually fit into those size 16 jeans. About a month and a half later, when she could fit into the 16's, she went back and bought a pair of size 14 jeans and did the same thing and so on... She is now in a size 10.
I eat alot of fruits and veggies. I treat myself on the weekends if I maintain weight that week.

Celticmoon - are pretzels bad on a diet? I eat the little ones all the time.

All my boys will be gone in the fall too.(unless a nephew comes back to live with me) I'm going to clean and sort this house from top to bottom and have a huge yardsale next spring. I wonder if I will feel lonely.

Trying to locate old friends, but alot of them don't seem to know how to carry on a conversation. I gave an assignment to one of our IT people, to find the email addresses for a list of people that I have lost contact with. It's really sad when other people don't seem to have time to keep in touch.

Working out everyday for an hour on company time (it's a perk)


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Well, I was super-MOJO'd up when I wrote on April 6 -- and then woke up to COLD rain & SNOW on April 7. Major MOJO killer for me. We lived in San Diego for 4 years and that is my ideal climate. Maryland was killing me.

But I digress. Once the snow melted, I got out running again, and I've been running about 3x/week ever since. I met a nice woman in my neighborhood to run with and it's so much better with a buddy! Last Saturday, I was really feeling good and ran 5.7 miles -- the farthest I've run since getting pregnant w/DD2.

And.... we've decided to train for a 1/2 marathon in September. Which means all the training will be in the hot summer, and while my older daughter is out of school, so I'll have the double stroller to push. But I'm feeling really good about it. I turned 35 last month and I kind of want to do this to get a feel for myself and where I am as I pass this milestone.

And to that end, I've started volunteering for a great nonprofit. I'm a lifelong animal lover and used to work at a humane society, but since my girls came along, I've been out of touch with the animal community. So now I'm volunteering with a nonprofit that provides emergency funding for sick and injured labrador retrievers (and lab mixes) in rescue. Talk about a niche market. :-) But with labs being the most popular breed for so many years, there's unfortunately quite a demand for our funds. I've linked it below in case anyone is interested. I've really enjoyed using the "professional" side of my brain as opposed to just the "mommy" side. I spent my birthday at a dog show manning an info table and it was just wonderful.

And our kitchen starts... tomorrow! This weekend's workout has been marching up and down the stairs a zillion times as I empty the kitchen. Later I will walk the dog.

Donna, I've been thinking about you and how, as halfdecaf suggested, maybe it's about balance. If you can't give up the chips, you just have to really balance it out on the days your home. Also, find a walking buddy. I can't tell you how much my jogging buddy is keeping me on track.

And celtic, that was about the best peptalk in history! I LOVE IT!

Amy


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Correction!

Amy, I'm also in MD, and that return to winter really froze my resolve, too. Anyway, it's getting nice out, so no more excuses (I'm saying that to myself).

BTW, a correction on my post about the 25-cal cheese: it's SmartBeat, not Lactaid (though it is similar).

Sue


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I've been busy painting - trying to get some things done at my lake place before Memorial Day and I only have a few weekends to get up there and do this stuff. It's cut into my workout time on the weekends but I've still been exercising during the week. I have pretty much been prepping, painting and cleaning up from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. I think I'm done now. We're having a wood ceiling put in and new counters and sinks and a few new appliances. I have no fridge there so I haven't been eating anything too great either - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!! It's supposed to be done by next weekend so then we get to do major cleanup and put everything back. That is not as time sensitve as the painting was though so hopefully I'll get back to my weekend exercise routine next week - and maybe a decent meal.


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Amy, you had me go back and read my own pep talk, LOL. I am hereby making a committment that I will get my butt to the Y tomorrow. Need to end this two week slide. Half marathon! Impressive.

My only good news is fantastic progress on purging clutter from my home in the last month. Folks over in the Organizing the Home Forum have been very helpful. So I will take some Mojo pride in that accomplishment.

Momcat, welcome. I love pretzels. But they are just salt and refined carbs. So they just make me swell up with fluid then crazed with carb cravng hours later. I find I am much more level if I can stick to protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. I do love chowing pretzels though. But they are not good for me.

Sue, good to hear from you. Do you suppose others are quiet because they also slipped into a spring slide? I know the brutal return of wet cold weather was very depressing and disheartening here...

Tomorrow starts a new week. Let's each try to do one thing, just one thing, to start it right.


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Talk is cheap. Having an incredibly hard time making myself go to the Y...


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Well, me and my Mojo have been MIA for the past month,though I have been following the thread. I loved the throwing the cake out story, awm. Many times I wished I had done the same. Anyway, I may be having one of those "come to jesus" (no offense intended, jubilee) experiences on the horizon. I am supposed to go to a COTILLION in a BALLGOWN. Not to mention we will be sitting at a table with my DH's (thin) EX. Yikes!!! Seriously, the thought is making my hands sweat. Even the hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon that I'm doing in 2 weeks seems like a cakewalk compared to stuffing this bod into evening wear. Crikey. The good news is that it's not till next February, so I actually have time to lose that pesky 50 lbs. But only if I cut out the whiffle-waffling and get with the program. I did it once before, 10 years ago, and I can do it again.

So, spring is returning. Amy has a 1/2 marathon to train for, I've got a cotillion to train for. What do YOU dream about that gets your Mojo juices running?


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honeyb - I got my mojo going a little over a year ago and it's still going. I didn't really have a dream - other than not getting old and unable to do anything. My mojo got going the day I found out I had high blood pressure.

Aside from staying fit and healthy and wearing smaller clothes and looking good in them and actually feeling thin for the first time in years, here's a new thing that's keeping me going! I'm going to be 50 next week and last week DH referred to me as HOT!! Can you believe that? I can't - I've never been "hot" in my life - plus we've been married 29 years! So honeyb, if I can be hot you can definitely be HOT in that ballgown - plenty of time.


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I'm callin' you ALL out. If I could drag myself to the Y today, (and I did get there, and feel really good about it) then you can do something tomorrow. It is only fair.

That had to be a great upper, Gibby!! At my reunion a couple years ago the college kid bartending told me with such sincerity: "You are hot. Really." Sigh. I think he just wanted a big tip, LOL. But it did feel good. Would feel even better from DH though...

Honeyb, wow. A cotillion?!? I'm not even sure what that is. Would strike fear in my heart too. Fortunately you have plenty of time to get hot (and more important, to train DH to say you are - and mean it!).


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Just asked DH, "Honey, am I hot?" He said, "I don't know. Why, is it hot in here?"

Such a kidder.


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Celtic, you crack me up!! Glad to hear you made it to the Y - good for you. It does feel great once you get out and do it doesn't it? I was back on track tonight - rode my exercise bike. I wanted to walk but it was pouring rain. I felt terrible after skipping the weekend and eating all those peanut butter sandwiches. I'm happy about the painting though....


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That's inspiring, gibby, that you've been able to keep the weight off. As hard as it is to lose, I find it even harder to keep off. I read once that there's a sort of high when you are losing weight and everyone is noticing and giving you compliments. Then you reach your goal, everyone stops paying attention to your weight, you realize getting thin didn't solve all your problems, mmm those brownies look good...oops. Hey, I'm a size 18 again?!? It's gotta help to have a hubby who tells you you're hot though!

Celtic - I'm not sure what a cotillion is either, but it sounds pretty scary to someone who didn't even go to her prom (it didn't fit in with my flower-power agenda), and whose idea of fun is identifying edible wild plants or doing crossword puzzles. Oh well, life is about growth and change - maybe I'm ready for my first manicure! (nah, no sense in going overboard.)

Glad to hear you got to the gym. It does always feel so good, why do we have to be dragged there kicking and screaming? I'm on a roll - today will make it 3 gym days in a row. And the weight is starting to drop. The tipping point will come in about a week, though. That seems to be how long my "diets" usually last before I run out of steam. But the cotillion looms, and I'm trying not to cut my calories back so drastically this time and am vowing to keep going to the gym even if I have a "bad food day".

Before I go, I would like to lead us all in the Mojo chant, "It is not the Mojo way to speak too much of hurdles, or the prospect of defeat. A Mojo Queen engages the beast thinking only of victory. The Mojo sword slays the enemy, be it lethargy, disorder, isolation or the evil snack, striking down the power of chips, M&Ms, jelly beans, and, yes, even the mighty pretzel" (thank you Celticmoon!)


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honeyb - I know what you're saying about staying motivated to keep it off. Somehow that has to come from within. For me it's being healthier that really keeps me going. The older I get the more concerned I become about having chronic medical conditions preventing me from having a reasonable quality of life. For some reason that just got me off my lazy butt and I'm still at it almost a year and a half later. My eating is a bit healthier than it was before (mostly change in sodium consumption) but what's really impacted my weight is exercising 4-5x a week - compared with about 1-2x the last few years. Definitely hang in there with the gym visits - no matter what happens with eating!!


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Amy,
I'm on a different route this month so I don't have to worry about chips. OK, this is what I've had on the London-Chicago flight: lots of various cheese, fruit, bacon, (extra crispy), Rice Krispy treats, Toblerone chocolate, ham and cheese croissant, and cold shrimp.
How am I doing?
Donna


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Gosh, Donna, you're making me hungry! :-) That's pretty much all my favorite foods.

I think work can be so hard for eating healthy. There's stress and fattening food -- a killer combination. And I can come up with a million advice tidbits that I've read in magazines, but I remember the days of eating nothing but doughnuts for breakfast and lunch, and no apple sitting on my desk was going to stop me.

My husband is very confused about me asking, "Honey, am I hot?" He sheepishly says, "Yeah," but he's definitely wondering what kind of website I'm on!

Honeyb2, formalwear can be so intimidating, especially if you're not a fruffy girl (and if you've never had a manicure, it sounds like you're not too fruffy). A friend of mine got to go to the Grammy's this year. She was "between babies" and not at her goal weight. She went to Saks or Neiman Marcus and splurged on a designer dress that made her feel fabulous. She said it cost more than her wedding dress, but she felt beautiful in it. I'm not saying you shouldn't get your Mojo going -- but that if you're feeling not-great about wearing a formal gown, finding a fabulous one might help. Or maybe that just works for us fruffy types. :-)

I jogged a little over 4 miles yesterday and felt great. I'm going to try to go Saturday morning with the double jogger -- wish me luck.

We are on day 2 of the kitchen reno and my meals are totally thrown off. My girls are of an age where I really need to feed them on time (hungry toddler, anyone?) and keep the meals somewhat healthy, but I can see that in this crazy setup (most of the kitchen in the living room, fridge still in the trashed kitchen, cooktop in the basement) it's going to be hard to keep it up. My meals are suffering -- I feed them on time, but yesterday I ate lunch at 4 pm. Fruit. Repeat after me. Fruit.

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Tonight I was at a figure drawing class (live nude models) and we had a new model. Gorgeous woman. Long, shiney, dark wavy hair, luminous skin...and easily 50 or more pounds "overweight". Exuded confidence and comfort with herself. My favorite live model ever.

Absolutely beautiful.

I guess I learned something besides 'volume shading with contrast color' tonight.

PS, Gibby, I just want to tie my own shoes when I'm 85.

And Donna, good to hear from you. I'd go with the cheese and fruit and shrimp. Ham and cheese croissant in a pinch, but ditch half the croissant. That combo should keep you clear, sated and with steady blood sugar. Sounds like much better pickings on the international flights, hey?



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celtic,
I brought my own fruit too. I ate so much different fruit that I had really bad stomach cramps. LOL The bacon is the hardest to resist. Also, the Rice Krispy treats. You can be kind of proud of me cause we had hot Cinnamin rolls with frosting and they are great. I didn't eat any!
I ate the croissant sandwich before landing in London. We get in at 11:00pm London time but it's 5:00pm Chicago time, so that is basically my dinner. I don't eat much when I get to the hotel. I need something that will stick with me.
Donna


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Hi all - The weather couldn't be more gorgeous here in New England. Everything smells of apple blossoms. It's very conducive to getting out for a walk or run. Today will be 4 days in a row exercising, so I'm pleased with myself.

Amy - yup, I'm not very fruffy. Though I don't leave the house without eyeliner and mascara. Since I reached a certain age, my face just doesn't look awake unless I put on a little make up. I do plan on getting help with the evening wear decision. There's a "personal shopper" that I know at one of the upscale department stores around here and I plan to enlist her help once I get closer to my goal weight.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the "diet-friendly " treats that I love and maybe others would like to do the same. My favorite no-cal is to put a big slice of lime and a 1/2 tsp of vanilla in a diet coke - just delish. For dinner in a hurry, I think nothing beats sushi - only 200 calories for 6 oz (6 - 8 pieces) of spicy shrimp roll with avocado. For dessert I like to cut up an apple and dip it in a tablespoon of caramel syrup (100 calories total) Mmmm.


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Gorgeous here in the midwest too. Pear, apple, cherry, lilac - everything is exploding with color and fragrance. A walk or bike ride is just glorious.

Get out there. It'll all be over in a couple weeks.


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Whooooooaaaahhhhh!

Are we STILL doing this? My goodness. I thought that when I got myself going, almost immediately lost 6 pounds, and started at a gym, (in March) that things were cool.

Well, I haven't been inside the gym in a month, am barely walking my dogs once a week again, and re-gained 3 pounds. My 25th anniversary party (given by best friends and my DDs) is Saturday.
T....R...U....L....Y thought I could lose about 10-15 and grow out my nails before this ridiculous deadline in mid-May. Not sure if I'm reading you guys right, but I have a simmering, sinking, sneaking, feeling, that many of you are still...on track/trying to be on track/working at being on track/keeping track? I think I feel ill.
Good news is, my nails look better.
What does that mean? Well, it means that, if any of you saw them, you would just think "That crazy woman bites her nails." I don't. But at least they are not awe-inspiringly bad right now. They only look....................not good. And, I am once again, starting this past Tuesday, watching my food intake, cutting back again on evening drink, and starting (AGAIN) to exercise.

Someone should have told me we were still doing this!

Deep breath. O.K. I have a whole week off work. Starting this Friday, the 11th. Here's my plan. I walk Every day. I can do that, right? And since I'm paying for the women's gym, do you think I should go?? No?? I didn't think so either. Thanks.

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Red, does it count as staying on track if I followed my run yesterday with almost an entire bag (LARGE bag) of Guacachips? Argh! I should know better than to buy them -- I can't stop once I start. Especially if they're sitting next to me in the car while I drive around all day and skip meals. :-(

Keep walking! No reason to go to the gym when it's so beautiful outside! Save that for rainy days or the heat of summer. Get the dogs out there. A tired dog is a good dog.

Hey, does anyone know what happened to koala_em? Wasn't she the original Mojo queen? I never saw her finished kitchen, haven't seen a post from her here...

Amy


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My biggest incentive for winter/hoilday weight control is having 3 boys on the wrestling team. Right after football, they start to work on their "football fat" and "cut weight"
to the weight class they want to wrestle. I do monotor this because I don't want them to get sick. Oh to have the eating control of a teenage boy trying to "make weight" really puts me to shame, but they make good diet buddys.

Work is hard too. Alot of neighborhood people drop off "goodies" at the fire department as a thank you for a job well done. I've seen boxes of donuts sit for 3 days at a time, not a one touched because these guys are SERIOUS about staying buff. Well, if the guys can do it, I can too.
I do notice that the fireguys work out every shift and my boys will work out every day at the YMCA. We have such nice gym/workout rooms at work, it makes it easy to do an hour 4-5 times a week. My only problem is not being able to shower after my workout, so I usually do it late in the day (by that time, we are all smelling a little ripe) I know many larger businesses/companies have nice workout rooms for their employees.
Also, dieting helps me loose/maintain weight, not workouts. But workouts help tone/firm up the "jiggly" parts, and at 50yo, I could have alot of "Jiggle"


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Yikes,
I ate too much fruit and now I'm sick. I went to Whole Foods yesterday and bought my weekly fruit. I ate most of it in one night. I ate a whole container of tomatoes! Needless to say I'm not leaving the bathroom much since last night. LOL I went shopping and barely made it home without an accident. I guess you can eat too healthy.
Donna


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Reporting for 10 May 2007.

Ran 2.4 miles.

Ate a cupcake. A doozey of a cupcake.

Anyone see a pattern here?

Amy


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Reporting in too:

OK, trying to kick the ol' fitness up a couple of notches after being sick in late April. Friday biked 18 miles; Saturday biked 28 miles; was wiped out on Sunday, so did an easy 30 min. on elliptical w/ 10 minutes of interval; Monday did 30 minutes step aerobics; today biked 18 miles.

I gained back 6 pounds this spring, so those have to go. Back to counting calories & using DietPower nutrition tracker.

We have a biking trip in Brittany planned in late July, so I need to get thinner, fitter, & stronger. Younger, too, would be nice :) :) :)


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Hey - I just had my cholesterol checked for the first time since my epiphany on Jan 25, 2006. That is when I started exercising regularly due to the HBP diagnosis. HBP did not go down without medication but my cholesterol is way better. Total down to 190 from 217, HDL up to 63 from 57 and LDL down to 113 from 145 and LDL/HDL ratio 1.8 from 2.6. No Lipitor for me - YAY!!


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My, my - the mojo-ers seem to have lost their mojo. I went for a lovely walk tonight which reminded me of this thread and made me wonder what you are all doing these days....


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I've lost 4 of the 6 pounds. Still biking, stepping, elliptical training. Did anybody see the series that aired all day last Sunday on TLC about the Brookhaven obesity clinic and the patients there? It will be shown again June 25th through July. Watching 400 to 700 pound people talk about their need for cookies, fries, chips, pizza, ribs, fried chicken, chocolate and seeing the disastrous health consequences of these habits is a great motivator to "eat clean."

Here is a link that might be useful: Inside the Brookhaven Obesity Clinic


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Gibby, WAY TO GO on bringing the cholesterol down! That's wonderful news! Do your arteries feel happy? All clean and smooth? :-)

We are in week 6 of reno, and I've barely been online. When I have been on, I've been spending a lot of time doing stuff for the nonprofit I volunteer with (I spent a lot of time trying to rework that sentence to not end with "with," but I got too tired and gave up).

The good news is that my MOJO is still flowing! I ran the National Race for the Cure -- along with 65,999 other people -- on June 2. What an inspirational event.

I've been running 3x/week with a friend, usually about 3-4 miles at a time. But last week I ran 5 miles -- twice! One time in Charlottesville, where my parents live. The hills there are killers, and I was dog-tired when I finished but excited, too, that I had improved my fitness level so much from when I first hit the road back in Feb.

I start official training for a 1/2 marathon in two weeks. To beat the heat, my running buddy and I are thinking about running at 5:30 -- in the morning. Personally, I think doing *anything* before 7 is uncivilized, so I'm interested to see how this will work out.

Come on, ladies -- lets hear about all the great things you've been doing in the warm weather!

Amy


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Hi. I haven't really posted but I'm proud of my recent fitness/weight loss program so I guess I'll do some boasting, since other aspects of my life seem depressingly out of my control right now.

I *somehow* managed to gain a bunch of weight over the winter. I don't have a scale, so though I could tell that rolls were spilling over my waistband and I had given up altogether on several articles of clothing, I was unaware of the actual damage until a doctor visit brought the truth home. Yikes! I was 136 lbs, which is a lot for me (I'm 5'2" and have always been petite, except when pg). About the same time, I had a visit from an old friend who looked at me and said, "Wow, I never thought this would happen to you!"

That's when I went back to the Diet Nazi that helped me shed the weight after my kids were born. He had me climb on the scale and announced loudly, "How'd you get so FAT?" Ok, so that approach doesn't work for everyone, but it seems to motivate me.

I started his diet and got serious about riding my bike. I stopped going for visits after 5 weeks, when I'd lost 19 lbs. (weight at 117). Since then (about a month), I've gone down to 112. My goal was 115 so I feel pretty good about it. I actually had a secondary, wishful goal of 110 so things are working out, though my husband doesn't want me to lose any more weight. I'm keeping his opinion in mind but tempering it with what I decide is my best comfort zone, *grin.*

I've had a lot of stress during this period, but I don't think it assisted my weight loss because I was blaming the same stress for my weight gain :)


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seekingadvice - I'm so glad you checked in with your good report. Sorry to hear other things are not going so well. It sounds like perhaps you had your "epiphany moment" too - you never know what it is going to take to give you the motivation to make some good lifestyle changes. Gee - I'm not sure I have any friends who would be so blunt - must be either a really good friend or a not so good friend. I hope your other stressful situations are improving.....


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Gibby, good of you to ressurect this thread.

I've been lax in the working out - though eating well (no more pound bags o pretzels). Weight is OK. Work is good and under control. Making progress on organizing, spending time on that forum actually. And took a cue from you in Finance to deploy some funds to address some needed work on the home front. Though somehow gutter/fence/garden work seems to have bloomed into a hot tub project for DH's birthday in July.

Igloochic, I now understand your frustration with finding contractors. Angie's List saved me - do they have that by you in Alaska?? I went from dealing with wacky, edgy, unreliable weirdos to a plethora of stable, competent bidders vieing to work for me. What a change!

How's by the rest of you??


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gibby, thanks for the kind thoughts! Things, overall, are very good. There is only one area that has been a bit of a challenge, but that's life!


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Well, yesterday I did something I've never done before, in the name of health, wellness and bathing suit season...

I woke up at 5:10 am to go running.

Basically, I don't like to get up a minute before 7. In an ideal world, I'd sleep until 8. Or 8:30. So voluntarily getting up, and then, on top of it, jogging (without my performance-enhancing two cups o' joe first) was really something else. I think DH is still in shock.

Of course, getting up and out was only half the battle. I was a bit of a grouch in the afternoon and even took a nap while the girls napped. But I will be doing this three times a week for the rest of the summer to avoid pushing a double stroller in the heat. Who knows? Maybe I'll reprogram my body to become a morning person. HA!!

Once the kitchen reno is over (the guy is here sanding the floors as I type), home organization is going to be my next PIP (personal improvement plan). So Celtic, I'll be seeing you on the home org forum! I'm also going to throw myself into PR for the nonprofit I work with -- we have a great story but we're not getting it out there.

There is light at the end of the kitchen tunnel. Floor stain goes down tomorrow. Poly on Monday, granite Tues morning, more poly on the floors tues afternoon and maybe Wednesday? Complicating all of this -- on Thurs we leave for NJ, where my siblings and I are hosting a 50th anniversary party for my parents. We usually have our dogsitter stay at the house, but I don't think we can ask her to do that with all the chaos.

Off to buy backslash tile -- I've made my last major decision -- hurrah!

Amy


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chmpgntst - boy, I could have been writing that stuff about not being a morning person. I'm sure there's no way on earth I'll ever get up at 5:10am to exercise in my lifetime. Very impressive that you do that - of course I wouldn't want to run in the heat pushing a stroller either.

I had a rare occurence this week - six days of exercise. I think I've only done that once or twice before. One day of walking, four days on the exercise bike, and my first day of kayaking for the year - an hour of that. Went way better than I expected for the first time out - like I never went a whole winter with no kayaking. I'm in MUCH better shape this year - a little muscle soreness the day after but not bad at all. I turned fifty last month and I think I'm in the best shape I've ever been - I'm still amazed - and I still say if I can do this anyone can.


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Gibby, I *love* this quote:

"I turned fifty last month and I think I'm in the best shape I've ever been..."

I'm going to print that out and put it on my wall. It is inspiring.

I'm also jealous of the kayaking. Are you going on a lake? I've only ever kayaked in the ocean, and I love it. I wonder how old the girls would have to be to go? For sure my little one couldn't be trusted to stay on board at this point.

Amy


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chmpgntst - yes, I kayak a lake - no ocean kayaking here in landlocked Minnesota but lots of lakes. It is so fun - peaceful - I love doing this on Saturday morning after a long, grueling week of work. I just found out I have "shoulder impingement syndrome" and need to have some PT for that so it doesn't lead to a torn rotator cuff. Not sure if I'll have to forego kayaking for awhile or not - I hope not.

Gee - I don't know that I've ever been "quoted" before especially with anything inspiring......


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I'm still not doing what I know I must. But I am so proud of all of you. And you are all inspiring, because as long as some of you are motivated and working on your plans for a fix, there is still that hope that, tomorrow, or maybe the next day, that will be me.

Red


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You can do it, Red! One foot in front of the other -- even the longest journey starts with one step (or some hokey cliche like that). But truly. Try one new thing. Just once. Maybe it'll take!

Amy


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I was out for a lovely 45 minute walk tonight - an absolutely beautiful evening. Some days are good walking days for me - some days aren't - some people may recall that I'm an above knee amputee.

Anyway, every time I go out for a walk like this I'm just giddy with delight and seriously thankful I can go out and do this. Alot of people in my situation can't. So tonight I'm out and I only see two other people the entire time - they're out walking their dogs. I just could not help but keep thinking - why is it that NO ONE is out for a walk and enjoying this fabulous evening? And then I was thinking about a friend of mine (age 53) who has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder that now makes it very painful for her to even stand let alone go for a walk.

So why do you think it is that lots of able bodied people don't take 30 minutes out of an evening and go for a walk -alone or maybe with their family - while they're still physically able to do so? Maybe they were all out during the day while I was at work????


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Well, gibby, people get through the day by their routines. And in the evening after a long hard day of work, it's hard to muster the energy to break the ol' routine. It IS relaxing to fuzz out in front of the TV.

Also, the women I know who work take care of necessary chores & family responsibilities in the evening. When I mention to coworkers that I exercise at night, they often respond with a smug "I wish I had time to work out in the evening, BUT I DON'T," implying that taking time out to exercise is a neglect of housework & family needs for vain, self-centered reasons. And yes, my house is a wreck. But at age 52, I keenly feel the importance of getting my health & fitness in order as I head full steam into old age -- so what if the laundry is in a pile on the floor? Also, my "kids" are old enough that they don't need Mommy supervising them every minute. But they do need the examples of: working hard for self-improvement; stumbling through exercise videos (looking like a fool), but not giving up; reading labels & being careful with food choices; setting long-term goals and sticking with them; not stagnating. Finally, my wonderful husband has worked & worked & worked to provide a nice life for us. I don't want to saddle him in his old age with a fat, broken down, useless partner -- diabetic, arthritic, high blood pressured, weak hearted -- with outrageous medical bills to boot.


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My husband and I went for a run this morning with the girls in the double stroller. Later we talked about how important it is to us to set an example of an active lifestyle. I am the youngest of five and my siblings are all, for the most part, sedentary. Sad, considering my father is a gifted athlete and is in fabulous condition at 79.

I don't know what it is that divides the inactive from the active. I know with running, I often have to convince myself to get up and go -- I hate *getting* out there, but I love *being* out there. So if I don't remind myself how happy I am during/after the exercise, I just might talk myself out of doing it. So for those who have never tried, they don't know what they're missing. Maybe?

I think a lot of people do not appreciate their physical health. A friend and I were just discussing the other day that when we're feeling sorry for ourselves with all our "burdens and responsibilities" and "financial pressures," we try to remind ourselves that so, so many people live with far more difficult burdens, and under far greater financial strain. (I put our stuff in quotes because really we are both blessed and our troubles are not many). Anyway, I think many able-bodied people do not take time to think of what could happen -- and illness, an injury -- and how they should use their wonderful, beautiful, healthful bodies in a joyous way everyday -- because they can.

Gibby, I didn't know you are an amputee. A dear friend of ours lost his leg BK in a motorcycle accident. He is very active with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and is an accomplished triathlete. Are you familiar with that foundation? We just got their newsletter and it is incredible what people can do in the face of adversity -- and makes the sedentary "ablies" even that much harder to understand.

Hmmmm....

Amy


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I just ate a pint of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt for dinner. I'm not proud of it but boy was it delicious. I guess there are worse things I could have eaten......I think I'll go for a walk now.


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Ooooo, Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt is my favorite flavor. I can see why you couldn't resist :) Hope you enjoyed your walk.

I just got a heart rate monitor watch. A nice feature is that you can take your heart rate while exercising, and the watch will compute the number of calories burned. That way you'll know if you've burned off the Ben & Jerry's yet ;) I think it's going to be a handy thing to have.


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Red said "...there is still that hope that, tomorrow, or maybe the next day, that will be me."

Today it was me. Finally got to it and worked out. (It's been a while). Felt really good all day. And just now, hearing all this hooting and hollarin' down the street, toodled over on my bike to check it out. Just a big office party.

Point is, would not have thought to move to satisfy my curiousity yesterday.


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Bump ...
Hi everyone, I stumbled on the original(?) "Gettin' our Mojo Back' posted by Sweeby in March '06, and was intrigued to read the thread (by stumbled, I mean I was searching for water alarms and got side-tracked, LOL). I think this is the most recent Mojo thread. So whats happening out there? Is this the end?

I'm so enthused, I'm going for a walk while the sun is still shining ...


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It is never the end, napagirl.

I am OK. Especially after starting OTC Profema last week to mitigate outrageous sweats/hot flashes. Yowza, that was something. I feel so much better with improved sleep.

Troops, report!


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I'm still here. Ironic this just surfaced after my worst week in over 18 months. One week of no exercise and bad eating - traveling for work then having sedentery guests at the lake cabin for a long weekend. The good news is that I can't wait to get some exercise after work tonight and I'm looking forward to some nice, light healthy food. So I guess the one week off is not the beginning of a dangerous slide into old habits.


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Gibby, you will be back into your healthier routines in no time.

One of the healthy eating systems, maybe Zone, actually counsels you to go ahead every now and then and eat that giant plate o'pasta, just to remind your self how crappy and lethargic you can feel after some really bad (or good?!?) eating.

Bet you aready feel better today!


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Well, summer's over - school has started - kind of a transition time. What's going on with everyone - what happened to all the mojo people? Napagirl - what are you up to?

Celtic - I'm pretty much back on track - though I still have a little Costco cake left from the weekend with the sedentery guests. Fortunately it's in the freezer at the lake cabin where I won't be for a couple weeks - maybe DH will eat it while he's there without me. I'm now eating 1/4 of a watermelon instead.....


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Well, I have some exciting Mojo to report -- I completed a 1/2 marathon last weekend and beat my goal time!!!

Of course, it was a pretty practical goal. I wanted to finish under 2:10, which is 10-minute miles. I crossed the line in 2:08:32 -- yea for me!

Before August, the farthest I'd ever run was 6.2 miles -- so ramping it up to 13.1 was a big deal for me. Better yet was the feeling of setting a goal, working hard to get to it, and REACHING it! Now I'm trying to figure out how to fit running into my schedule without waking up at 5 am.

MMM, gibby, do you have any of that cake left?

Amy


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