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  • I gave myself a really good laugh this morning. I am just glad hubby was still in bed! I have upper body strength and do lots of heavy lifting without a problem. This morning I decided to see how many pushups I could do. Halfway down on the first one I just collapsed! Whole different set of muscles to do a pushup and they couldn't support the weight of my upper body! I was a bit surprised when all of the sudden I was face-to-face with the carpet!

    I have a new AM plan. I get up at least two hours before hubby, 5am vs his 7am. I usually sit with the laptop for a couple hours with dogs asleep on either side of me. I came to the realization that I could do some workouts in that time frame, even if they are just as simple as stretching. Well, duh.
    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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    • hope you have a good trip and good weather - it can be sketchy this time of year - especially at the border of Oregon/Cali. Make sure you're carrying chains for the pass. Blankets, water, food......... you know the drill.
      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
      2. Eat to heal
      3. Move to live
      4. Embrace today
      5. Live with intention
      6. Respect my body
      7. Cultivate joy
      8. Find my passion
      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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      • I do not like shopping for clothing. Legs are really long, butt is much larger than it should be (right?), arms are long, feet are big AND wide............and trying on things gets discouraging. I am getting much better about what works with my body type. I did contribute two bags of clothes to the Union Gospel Mission today of things that I just didn't get right. The sad truth is that the fitting room tells all. Oh, sure, you can't see that the shirt isn't quite long enough but you can sure see the back fat, the muffin top, the saggy baggies.............denim fools me into believing that I am looking good, the fitting room mirror takes all that away. The only thing worse would be if they had a 3way. Given that I traumatized myself at Goodwill today, I am going to start thinking about how to tone up. Walking in the hills does my lower body just fine but does squat for the rest of it.
        Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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        • UGH........ I went bra shopping a couple days ago! After 15 tries I found a good fit and bought 2 of the same style in different colors. Nude and black! I'm so boring.

          Why is it when they are trying to sell clothing they give you the most unflattering light in the dressing rooms? All that light coming from the ceiling is just going to make shadows beneath the rolls of fat and make them look even bigger and rollyer than they really are!!! I look so much better nekid in my bathroom then I do in those danged dressing rooms!
          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
          2. Eat to heal
          3. Move to live
          4. Embrace today
          5. Live with intention
          6. Respect my body
          7. Cultivate joy
          8. Find my passion
          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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          • I hate dressing room lights! They are the worst. I've found that places like Nordstrom (the expensive stores) tend to have much nicer lighting though.

            Commerical clothing is built to fit "average" sizes. Average doesn't mean that a majority of people are built that way! The clothing should fit you, not the other way around. Don't be so hard on yourself for the body that you have. I've learned recently that the old-school big name brands tend to have much better fits than most. Levi's have lots of style with plenty of butt coverage and no muffin tops. Lots of jeans have L inseams too, making them 34" instead of the usual 32".

            As to push-ups, I can definitely relate to that! I started with assisted push-ups (on my knees) and got up to 40 of those in a work-out (3-4 sets), then tried regular ones again. I guess that worked the muscles enough that I can go most of the way down now and do about 5 at a time (can do 10+ kneeling push-ups)! I usually do a set, stretch for a minute or clean up the apartment for a minute, do another set, make the bed, do another set etc.
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            • The problem with most jeans and pants is that a 34" inseam is too short for me. I can sneak by with a 35" but a 36" is ideal for wearing with flats. I'm only 5'10"! Obviously I am mostly legs. I was looking yesterday at tall women clothes websites and the clothes can be freakin' expensive! $200 for a pair of jeans? Not on the planet I come from!

              Due to my pushup failure, I have been researching easy wall and floor exercises. Once I master those I'll move up. Some of them seem like they aren't doing anything but I woke up with some sore muscles today! I can do most of them while DH is still asleep, but when I try the floor exercises I have two big dogs washing my face!
              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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              • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                I hate dressing room lights! They are the worst. I've found that places like Nordstrom (the expensive stores) tend to have much nicer lighting though.

                Commerical clothing is built to fit "average" sizes. Average doesn't mean that a majority of people are built that way! The clothing should fit you, not the other way around. Don't be so hard on yourself for the body that you have. I've learned recently that the old-school big name brands tend to have much better fits than most. Levi's have lots of style with plenty of butt coverage and no muffin tops. Lots of jeans have L inseams too, making them 34" instead of the usual 32".

                As to push-ups, I can definitely relate to that! I started with assisted push-ups (on my knees) and got up to 40 of those in a work-out (3-4 sets), then tried regular ones again. I guess that worked the muscles enough that I can go most of the way down now and do about 5 at a time (can do 10+ kneeling push-ups)! I usually do a set, stretch for a minute or clean up the apartment for a minute, do another set, make the bed, do another set etc.
                HAHAHA!!! after reading the first paragraph about clothing --- I went into the second paragraph thinking "push-up bra" ......... and I couldn't figure out what an assisted push up bra could be!!!!
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • That would be hands as well as bra...........someone else's hands.
                  Last edited by honeybuns; 03-21-2013, 04:16 PM.
                  Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                  • I tried some exercises that looked fairly simple to work on the back fat area. LOOK simple. Three sets of 20. Well.......after ten I had to quit. I will be working up to the count on these as they are harder than they look!
                    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                      That would be hands as well as bra...........someone else's hands.
                      exactly!
                      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                      2. Eat to heal
                      3. Move to live
                      4. Embrace today
                      5. Live with intention
                      6. Respect my body
                      7. Cultivate joy
                      8. Find my passion
                      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                      • I figured out that mass-market clothing rarely fits very well when my aunt gifted me with paying for the expense of having my wedding dress tailor-made. I chose a regular dress pattern (tailor lengthened it to floor-length) with a bolero jacket, and not a cream-puff typical wedding dress, so it was like tailoring a Sunday dress. I bought the pattern, fabric, notions and trim to my taste and the tailor then did the rest.

                        I had never been in the position of getting something made just for my bumps and curves and shape and all, and it was a revelation. Honeybuns, the biggest problem is in clothing made for fictitious averages, not you. Had I the money, all my clothing would be made this way!!!
                        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                        • I started sewing when I was four and Mom and Grandma started me right out on garments. No little-kid projects for me! Now that time is becoming more mine, I may experiment with making pants. I'm studying some great tutorials and am ready to learn how to fit a pattern. I just never wanted to take the time to make a muslin one first before the actual garment, but I now see where that would be extremely helpfu.When my brother got married in Manhattan I was one of the bridesmaids. I took my dress in to be tailored before the event and I am very glad I did. This was a hoity toity society wedding and my dress fit the best of all the attendants. Custom tailoring is worth EVERY penny!
                          Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                          • O...kay. Simple exercises are not so simple. Oh, they are simple movements but I can feel the muscles used this morning. Wall exercises are safer for me to do but when I did the floor exercises I discovered two things. One, I get my face washed by a couple of big dogs and two, not only do my carpets need cleaning but they could use a good deodorizing. Yuck.

                            Geez, I just realized that I am repeating myself. No excuse.

                            Last night, without thinking, I put cottage cheese on my plate. Scarfed it down before I went "well, duh, dairy". Yup, bloated this morning so dairy is definitely the culprit. Next thing to ditch? Coffee. I am so close to having it gone.
                            Last edited by honeybuns; 03-22-2013, 06:59 AM.
                            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                            • 185.9 Definite downward trend. I'll take it.

                              Heading up into the hills with Tabi this morning. The boys will not be happy but trying to do three does not give me what I need. Tabi will stick close and we'll get our fix. Snow this morning!
                              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                              • Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                                That would be hands as well as bra...........someone else's hands.
                                This really is my favorite kind of bra.

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