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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 6: Blowing Out the Candles
You’re another year older!  How did you celebrate the passage of another year?  Did it turn out the way you had hoped?

I love birthdays! My own and everyone else’s.  From the time I was a young girl my parents always made birthdays my own private holiday. (For both my sister and me). There’s nothing more special than feeling like the entire day is dedicated just to you.

This year, I had a nice, quiet birthday.  Since it was a year without an 0 or a 5 in it, I spent the day doing all the things I love.  I woke up to my parents on the other end of the phone, singing me “Happy Birthday.”  Then I got on the scale, and saw a nice weight loss (great gift!).  Then Sofi and I went on a long walk, followed by some pool time.  Later in the afternoon my sister and I had some sister time getting a pedi.  And then the evening was spent opening presents and going to dinner at a great seafood dinner with my family.  My friends took me out for dinners and drinks and coffee dates the days before and after.

It was wonderful to spend the time surrounding my special day with everyone I love.  Sure, I would have loved to have a huge surprise party with tons of friends and family, or go on a trip to Vegas with all my girlfriends, but spending a quieter day doing all the little things that make me smile was fitting for the year I’ve lived.  This year I’ve spent so much time making my life better through health and fitness, and while the overall changes have been dramatic, they came about in small, subtle ways.

They say the way that you spend New Year’s Eve is the way that you’ll spend the year ahead.  Since I consider my birthday my own little “new year’s day,” I guess the same can apply.  I spent the day doing all the little things that make me happy, and this year has been my happiest yet.

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bilbl_mainLast week a friend of my on MyFitnessPal wrote about how she had just purchased a great new machine for her home gym.  It was a ProForm Elliptical/Recumbent Bike Hybrid that HSN was selling for $399.  The thing that got me to look at it was that they were offering it for 5 payments of $80, which is much more manageable on my budget.  Plus, free shipping!

I was SO tempted, but could I justify buying it? I already have a great membership to 24 Hour Fitness that I have at such a great deal ($99/year) that I will never give it up.  Plus, I really like the classes (Zumba, Aqua, among others that I want to try) and the interaction with people that the gym offers.  But the thought of being able to roll out of bed, put on my sneakers, and just hit this machine was really too much.  And those two machines are my favorite cardio machines at the gym.

I  checked out all of the reviews I could find online, and the only negative people found was the time it takes to put it together.  All the other reviews were positive, mentioning how solid the machine was, how smooth, how much they enjoyed it.

I’m sure you can guess where this is heading.  I’m not one to deny myself much if I can help it. And after all the factors mentioned above, I was sold.   So I ordered it, and as of today, I am the proud owner of a great new piece of workout equipment.

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I can concur that it is a b!tch to put this thing together.  My dad is a master at stuff like this and it took us about 2 1/2 – 3 hours to put it together.  It wasn’t difficult to follow the directions because everything was outlined and organized so perfectly, but it just had SO MANY STEPS.  Luckily for me, my dad is a patient man who will do anything for his daughters, so we got it done and all it cost me was a 49ers sweatshirt.  (Yesterday as I was purging and organizing my closets I found a sweatshirt that I’d purchased for myself long ago but never worn.  Now it’s too big for me (:)!!) and so I gave it to my dad).  Yes, I know just how special my dad is.

After recovering from putting it together, grabbing some lunch, and answering some school emails, it was finally time to give it a go!

I loved it!  It’s not as easy as the machines at the gym, but it does work really well.  The elliptical mode especially got my heart rate up in no time.  The bike was great, too.  This machine is really built solid, and is worth much more than the $399 price tag.  I’ve seen ellipticals on Craigslist selling for $400 – used.  This is a MUCH better option. All told, I was on the elliptical for 15 minutes and the bike for 25 and I burned 570 calories, which is great!  I can definitely see myself using it in the morning before school.  That way, my after school workouts can be more focused on strength training/C25K (more on that in another post).

I love that I was able to reward all of my hard work and success on the scale with a piece of equipment that will spur me on to even greater success.

What’s a reward you’ve given yourself recently to celebrate a success or to motivate you?

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as great as mine was.  The weather around here was wild – 100 degrees on Saturday and then incredibly windy and mid-70s on Sunday. Our weather never fluctuates that dramatically in just one day, so it was really strange.  I did get a chance to hit the beach to beat the heat on Saturday, and it was a really fun time.  I love seeing the joy that Sofi exhibits the moment her little paws hit the sand. And really, is there anything better than walking along the beach? Yesterday I met up with EH, who had been subbing for my classes while I was on medical leave, and it was great to catch up.  I’d gotten her a really special thank you gift, and she loved it.  It’s so much fun to get someone something you know they’re going to love.  Then my sister and I spent most of the day together, acting goofy, cooking, and taking the pups for a long walk.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: How Do You Celebrate?

1. When is your birthday?  July 2 – it’s coming up fast!  :)

2.  Do you like to celebrate it or do you prefer to keep it quiet?  My parents were great about always making my birthday a fun celebration, even if it was just our immediate family.  Now that I’m older, each year the level of celebration differs – my sister organized a fabulous party for me when I turned 40 two years ago, but then on years like this one (which don’t end in a 0 or a 5), I’ll probably celebrate with a quiet dinner with the fam. But when in doubt, I say CELEBRATE!

3. Have you ever had a surprise party?  Not yet…. This is actually one of my secret bucket list hopes.

4. What sign are you?  Does it represent you well?  I’m a Cancer, and while there are parts of it that are SO like me: nesting, being emotional and intuitive, showing loyalty, and loving family and friends.  But I’m definitely not introverted, or someone who is scared of conflict.

5.  Do you tell the truth about your age?  Absolutely! I’m going to be 42 in less than a month, and I am really proud of that.  No one ever guesses my age, and are usually shocked when I tell them.  I think it’s a combo of being young-at-heart and having good genes/great skin (no wrinkles).

6.  Share your best birthday memory.  Every birthday something wonderful happens, so I don’t think I could choose just one “best.” The best thing about every birthday is the love that family and friends show by spending time to celebrate me.

7.  Share a few item that could be on your birthday wishlist.  I actually have quite a few things on my Amazon Wishlist.  So many of them are practical: Fitbit Flex, Eggface’s Bento Box for lunches, and some new sneaks.  If it were an “anything goes” wishlist, it would include: an iPad, a Sephora shopping spree, and maybe a little something from Tiffany.

8.  What is your favorite kind of cake?  Believe it or not, I really don’t like birthday cake. I’m much more of a pound cake or carrot cake type of person.

9.  If you could be anywhere on your next birthday, where would you be?  I’d be on a Hawaiian beach, with my friends and family.

10.  Do you make a wish when you blow out the candles?  Every year!

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions! And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments! I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM. You never know who you’ll meet today.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 4 – How Will You Celebrate You?
How are you going to celebrate yourself this festive season?

To me, the holiday season is about doing for others – buying presents, sending cards, getting together to connect. Which is why I love today’s prompt; it’s so easy to lose ourselves in the rush of the holiday season.

One thing that I do to celebrate myself is decorate my house. I live alone, and I’m sure many people wouldn’t bother going through all the trouble. But to me, making my surroundings festive adds “sparkle” to my life.

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Another thing I do for myself to help celebrate is to buy some new clothes to wear to the holiday festivities.  I love the incorporation of sequins into everyday items like sweaters, because it makes  it so easy to create a special look.

I use makeup to help get myself dolled up for the holidays.  I’m planning on pampering myself with a pedicure, because looking down and seeing red toes makes me smile.  I think I may just buy a special holiday nail polish, as well, so that I can add a bit of glitter to my nails as well.  Of course I love breaking out red lipstick during the holidays – red is a great color on me, but I only wear it this time of year, because it seems like a bit too much during other months.

How will you celebrate YOURself this season?

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I absolutely LOVE Valentine’s Day! It doesn’t matter whether I’m romantically entangled or single (more often the case), this is a day worth smiling about.

It all started with my mom (doesn’t everything lead back to our moms?). She made Valentine’s Day really special for us growing up. Heart-shaped poached eggs for breakfast, a sandwich cut out in a heart shape, a sweet greeting card waiting for us after school, some cute little trinket at dinner. The house was decorated with hearts and pink and red, and we always had special candles on the dinner table. She instilled in me that Valentine’s Day isn’t just a corporate over-commercialized holiday, but it’s a time to show those you love that they’re important to you.

And that’s how I’ve looked at V-Day forever after. It’s a day to tell everyone I love just how special they are to me. How my life is better because they’re in it. And having a significant other (or not) doesn’t change that, because I have lots of love in my life even without a boyfriend to share it with (right now).

So…

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...from the heart on my top...

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...to the "amore" on my coffee cup...

…I wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  Go tell someone you love them today.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 25: Celebrate

What did you celebrate in 2011? Are you looking forward to any celebrations in 2012? Inspired by Kaileen Elise.

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2011 brought my 40th birthday!  I wanted to do something fabulous to mark the occasion,and had big dreams about going on a destination vacation with my friends and sister to Hawaii or Vegas, but in the end we decided that something quieter, and more local was more fitting, given these financial times. Plus, it doesn’t really matter where you are, as long as you’re with the people you love.

I do hope to go to a destination vacation for my birthday one of these years, but all in due time.  Maybe for my 50th.  The other “wish list” thing I’d like to do for a birthday in the future is have a surprise party thrown for me.  I’ve never had one before, so it would be fun to experience it.  Although I am a nosy Nellie sometimes, so actually pulling off the surprise might not be too easy.

For this year’s party, my sister took on the preparations for everything, which was so special, because as a single mom time is one of the things that’s in short supply, but she made the day fabulous for me.  My birthday is on July 2nd, and as always, we had to contend with the 4th of July holiday.  A few people who might’ve attended weren’t able to because they were away for the weekend, but the ones who did attend more than made up for it.

We went to my favorite wine bar first, then walked to another bar, and finally, we were back at my house with an impromptu cake and candles celebration.  I won’t go into all the details, but it was a very memorable birthday, and I felt very loved.

The entire  weekend was full of celebrations, food, family, and friends.  What better way to usher in a new decade than that?

In 2012, I’ll be celebrating weight loss: my plan is to do a zipline once I hit Onederland.  And of course, meeting Scale Warfare will be a celebration, too.  Oh, and one of my best friends is having a baby in March.  And my mom will be turning 65 in 2012.  2012 will be filled with celebrations.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone!

There is so much to update you all on, but I did want to mention how fun it’s been to see so many new bloggers join in on our HYC.  Welcome everyone!

Can you believe it’s already January 11?  Today marks several milestones and mini reasons to celebrate for me.  On the 11th day of 2011…:

  • …Lulu is 11 months old!  Her 1st birthday is on February 11, and I want to throw her a little puppy party.  My sister thinks the idea is very “chi chi,”  and sort of scoffs at me, but I told her that I really don’t need an excuse to celebrate Lulu any day of the week, so we might as well have a party when she’s a year old.  I wish more of my friends had puppies of their own; that way we could make it a real party.  I don’t know enough people at the dog park or the doggie daycare to feel comfortable having them in my home.  So I  guess it’ll just be my family and close friends and Lulu will have to soak up the spotlight by herself.  Actually, I think she’d prefer that option .
  • …I’ve been a non-smoker for 5 months!  153 days, to be exact.  And I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t miss it.  And the cravings have pretty well subsided too.  And when I calculate the money I’ve saved – 22 weeks X $24/week = $528.  Wow!!!  That’s a lot of money.
  • I’ve been doing the MeYouHealth Challenge for a few weeks now, and I’m loving it.  Each daily challenge is something that’s easy to do, but makes a significant impact on my well-being.  Plus it’s #2 on my 2011 Goals.This past week I’ve:
    • turned a negative into a positive
    • shared a healthy breakfast idea
    • acknowledged two things I’m really good at (two positive traits of mine)
    • went credit-card free for a day
    • bought a first-aid kit for my home and an emergency first aid kit for my car from the Red Cross Store
    • cleaned out a kitchen cabinet
    • created a sleep plan for the week
  • My HealthyLoserGal Be True to You Challenge isn’t going quite as well as I would’ve hoped.  Ever since this back pain became a more serious issue, I’ve been hesitant to attend any group exercise classes.  My plan was to go to aqua aerobics last night, but my sister got home later than expected from work, so I missed it.  This week is her first week back to work so the normal routine is going to be a bit off.  Plus, I really want to hold off and see what the doctor says in terms of exercising. But, I have been walking for at least 30 minutes each day, so that’s a positive.  And I have my doctor’s appointment today, so at least I’ll begin getting some answers/solutions to the back pain and arm numbness.
  • I also want to brag about 2011 Goal #1 – writing a comment a day on at least one of the blogs in my blogroll.  I’m happy to announce that I’ve been averaging 4-5 comments a day.  I’m enjoying completing this goal because reading those blogs helps me feel so connected to everyone.  Plus, I figure that the adage of “doing unto others” will work and I’ll start getting more comments on my blog in 2011.  I love reading comments and always appreciate the time it takes for you to leave your thoughts.

So there you have it.  What seems like a regular Tuesday to some is filled with NSVs and milestones for me.

What’s one thing you’d like to celebrate today?

 

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