Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 49, 50, 51, 52, 53 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

Lord what a week! I have been negligent in my posts, but I have not been in my negligent this week! However, I do not want to get this far of track ever again in terms of my blog because each day does in fact bring things and understandings that I want to track.

Wed, Adam let me know that he was not going to be in for training and might be out for the week. I went in and did my cardio instead and felt good about making it on my own. Wed was a huge day for me as we had our biggest speaker for my work coming in, I had a commissioners meeting which I felt might be stressful, and that night was an event for work I had been working on for some time. Somehow, it all cam off without a hitch! All along, I had a breakfast I was chairing looming for Friday as well! No, nothing can happen in my life without it happening all at once....but here is the difference this year as opposed to last...I made sure that my work out, my eating, my sleep and taking care of those things came absolutely first!!!! I did not over eat, I did not eat things that were not part of my new eating healthy and I I drank water and moved through the day! It was wonderful!

Thursday went well and I did my cardio and then Friday..oh Friday! we had a breakfast for Coastal Horizons Center, Inc that i have served with for several years.and it was the fulfillment of all our work and we raised over 40k! Coastal has the rape crisis center, youth shelter and treats thousands for substance abuse and mental health. It means a great deal to me! I was so happy and even with all that going on, I stayed true to my plan! It is so funny, eating can sneak up on me..when I am up, I want to eat thing that are not good for me, when I am down, and when I am bored. It is vigilance. After the breakfast, i wanted to go and eat eat eat and "celebrate"...I mean, that is what you do. right? Not anymore. Substances: Alcohol, drugs, FOOD don't bring about celebration...that comes from within and I was just as happy feeling the tears and feeling the good vibes from the emails and hearing the good feedback from so many...what a great day! The best part was after all was said and done...after the breakfast this morning...working all day..and then I even went to celbrate a friends b-day..I still went in in the evening and did my cardio on friday evening!

Saturday was busy as heck to...and I was almost pushed to far from the busy of hte week..but it turned out ok...we had the UNCW Women's Resource Center confernece on women in politics and I got to hear Senator Boseman, Julia, speak so beautifully and inspiringly with these young people...and Chrystal and Jacob came and I got to hold the baby for a while! I love that..then the Heart Ball sponsor party was at Parkway Volvo and Ashley, Kathy, Diane and I set it up and it was a great party to say thanks to the Heartball sponsors for all they did! Ashley did a wonderful job on that!  After we set up the function, I went to the gym and did my cardio and full additons that Adam gave me! It was so good.

Today is sunday and while I have a lot to do in the is a good day off and I am just feeling so very blessed to have had such a great week... Thanks be!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day 48 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

made it again today! got up bright and early this morning and got to the gym. Now, I don't think I have mispoken about the cardio is work and I know I talk about how much I enjoy it..and I am really enjoying the results..but make no mistake..there is a lot of mental in it is well as physical. I swear, in the first 3-5 minutes I want to get off cause I am warming up..and then when I get to 15 minutes I want to get off cause I am fatiquing..but I push on. No, there is not hurting myself...hell, my heart rate never goes above 151 and that is only when I am thinking about something that gets on my nerves or someone I need to get over (LOL!)..most times my heart rate these days stays between 138 and 141 and I am having to get it up to 7.0 miles an hour to get that! But what I mean by this post is that I am do not come naturally to pushing myself or discipline. I would imagine that there are those reading this that can relate. If I am to be successful, I have to keep my mind, body and soul in it to be successful. In other words, I have to want it each and every day....and today..I wanted it and not only made it to my 30 minutes, but was smiling at the end switching from Gospel to the Black Eyed Peas and jamming off the machine! :) I know I have to keep it in today..but I pray I do this each day....

As to eating..I do not want to get dramatic..but I have to put this in a post. I ate the rest of a bag of Wheat thins!!!! OH the police..I am RUINED!! Ok..I have already done that to myself..but the reason I am telling on myself is not because I cannot afford the calories or that I cannot have some extra every once in a while, its cause, last night, when I got the wheat thins, I was a little stressed. Instead of having a snack and having 15 of them (which is plenty). I took the remainder of the bag to my chair (probably about 40 of them), and proceeded to just eat them all. Mindlessly eating them. No satisfaction..that same filling some void that was going on before I started this new routine..when I was done, I was not less stressed and had just consumed twice if not three times the snack I usually had and nothing was solved. It just felt yucky. no beating myself up..I just needed to share it and acknowledge it..cause i do not need to be doing this. It does not help or fix. Talking about my stress with Michael, praying, taking a walk..doing something.."change a thought..move a muscle" as we used to say is so much better than consuming empty calories. is a good day and it is a blessed day and I am grateful for all this!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 47 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

made it today! It has started out a stars-aligning-and-getting-good-energy-in-place-kind-of-day! I did not sleep well last night and was dreaming alot..but got up and made it to the gym...went to the cardio get away room and did my full 15. Had some anxiety and stress to work off and got up to 7.0 miles an hour on that machine and just worked it! When i got off I weighed in and about cried...303! have mercy! So, the day was getting a little better! :) LOL!
Adam much have had his oatmeal..cause he was kicking my tail at high speed. I swear to you that he moved me from one machine to the other I could not tell you what we did. All I knwo is he added weights to me going up and down those stairs..he said I was up to 180lbs on one of the machines I was using and he had me doing that step up thing that I loathe...but i was doing it with NO HANDS thank you very much!! It was awesome!
talk about feeling better when I was leaving than when I got there! I tell you...don't let me fool me or anybody else..there is nothing better than going in and doing this stuff. It clears the mind AND the soul. I am so grateful i cannot even stand it!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 44, 45, 46 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

waited forever for the figure skating last night and fell asleep waiting! I am so mad that that snow boarding crap came before the skating and we took the gold for the first time in 22 years! Oh well..thank God for youtube! LOL!

That said, that is why I did not post last I am combining yesterday and today...needless to say I am grateful to report two more days where I got my butt up and got to the gym...yesterday I got my full 30 on the elliptical and then did 30 minutes of the exercises that Adam gave me to add on. I am not able to do all of them, but by picking up the pace a little, I got more sets in, with three sets of high/low chops, low high chops, and across chops, 12 on each side of the chubby checker machine and then I balanced a little on each foot on the bozo ball. It was very good and I had a good day.

today is Friday and it was  great workout, but after, for some reason and for the first time, my blood sugar hit the dirt...I will have to find out why and check in with the doc next week sometime now that I am about to hit the two month mark and am making some progress. It was NOT a good feeling, but I ate, rested and got my mess together.

after work we went out to dinner and I ate Salmon! It was wonderful! not a fish eater...but here might be another change! had the waitress take the rolls away and when the sauteed spinach came swimming in swam on without me!..But I left full and satified adn happy...not deprived and certainly not feeling like I was missing out! What a great feeling!

The stress is building with this coming week and my "eating monster" is definitly on the alert and ready to pounce. A lot going on at work and I have an even on Friday that we have been working for some time. Just have to take it a day at a time, but lots of things to keep in order.

Saturday slept in. Guess it was needed after the sugar drop on friday. I really never did have the energy back after that...but the extra sleep felt good on Saturday. Tried to get some cleaning done in the house and then fix lunch and off to the gym. I got in the full 30 on the elliptical and I did the extra that Adam ave me on the other exercises. It felt great, but I have to be careful not to increase weight on the exercises until I check in with Adam. I tried to doing a higher weight on the rotator cuff and it wore me out. We went out to dinner in the evening with freinds and I had my first red meat in almost two months! I was TOLD to have it! LOL..but I still did not do was lean and I skipped the potates and instead of the dessert that came with the fixed menu, i had fruit It was great.

Today we got up around 11 and it was non-stop even thought it is technically supposed to be the "day off"....We went out for breakfast and went out to eat so much before all this that it is still amazing to cook here at home. With 6 loads of laundry and cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is trying to get all this in as a routine that sometimes feels overwhelming....but it is working out! I had actual work to do today and between the two computers in front of me, did not move much until we went to cosco and before I knew it, it was 6:00 and dinner time!

Here's to the week to come!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 43 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

made it this morning, but was cutting it close. glad Adam had to do something for a few, cause i was able to get in my full 15 on the elliptical. I know, I is not news that I am making it..but folks, I am still under 60 days on this new journey...for me a life time of not waking up in the morning and being a slow started YET now getting up at 6:15 and heading straight for the gym is something to celebrate..each adn every day at a, i will keep doing it..casue it feels great and it is so awesome!

Adam made up for starting 5 minutes after 7 on the intensity of the workout. I tried and succeed in picking up my pace on the reps during my sets. He has always said not to rush it, but I also don't need to lolly gag now that I am building strength. I cannot tell you how many people I see just standing around...I don't have that kind of time and disrespect to others..but I am not all that crazy about smelling a gym for hours at a time! LOL!

It was not to run a race, as Adam says, but to work out as I am supposed to and do it at a pace that makes sense. I did the Horse (squat with weights), the chest press (my fav! LOL), the pull down thingys on the chop machine, the over my head (erector set on steroids), the curl machine, the push down machine, the back massager machine, and the chubby checker, and in between each set, I was up and down those wonderful stairs (my joy!).

Now the good news today on the stairs was I did not touch that railing not once and I was moving a little faster and still my heart rate never got over 141! It just means that I am getting better and it feels so good!
I am amazed!

I am learning so much and it is taking learning from someone who cared enough and had the integrity to make sure I got direction appropriately.

 I have decided I am going to do a special blog entry "what i have learned so far" I do not have the time to do it right now..but I will this week!

I am off to the rest of my day! It has been a good one!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 42 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

Made it today too! :) yeah! had cardio today..30 minutes on the elliptical and then the plus excercises that adam has laid out for me. I am only able to do a few sets of each in order to make it to work on time, but it does feel good to do more after the cardio.

I have added to my eating routine the water neccessary to flush out my system. Michael and I got the Brita water pitcher for home and the bigger tank for work. With this, not only will we/I have filtered water, but we are hoping to eliminate buying bottled water..a plague on the earth with all that plastic. But the bigger point is to get the water to hydrate me and to flush out my system. I know this is the right thing and so far, aside from having to go to the bathroom a little more, it is something I can add to the changes I have been making.

Well, not much else to report!
See you all tomorrow!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 41 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

made it today! Was way sleepy this morning cause I did not get to sleep till midnight! Saw Jessye Norman in concert with my mom and it was AMAZING!..worth staying up late let me tell you!..but Adam was not letting me off easy! :)  I was able to get 15 in on the elliptical and then we were off..and of course I got back on the horse that threw me on Friday...dag that machine SUCKS! but it is one that he says I need...and well..this time I thought after whinning a little he would back down some...oh noooooo...instead of 12 reps per set..I got to do 20! YEAH! how WONDERFUL! fact..i got to do 3 SETS of 20! LOL! I told michelle at the desk as I loaded up my shoulders with that thing to be ugly to him the rest of the day..of is not in her nature and he is helping me, so that won't happen..but LORD have mercy! :) I was so proud of my myself at the end of the third set though...I actually did it! (of course smart tail that Adam is..he know I could do story goes! :) ). we were on machines that I have not used. All of them look like something from my erector set days..but actually they were pretty cool...a struggle at times..but it all worked out...curls and extensions, push downs, chest presses...and in between each..I got to do five trips up and down those wonderful stairs! Oh those wonderful stairs! :)  It was a great workout..
I say great for one reason..there were times when in my mind I just thought.."this is too much" and I got through it anyway..and I remember thinking.."this is an hour out of your day that will help the rest of your life"...I am not sure if that was me thinking that or whether that was just a spirit...but it was very special..and at the end when I got in my car..I was so grateful and at peace.  I really have gotten it over the years that this...all things that lead me to things that make me a better person aren't about punishment, guilt, pain....none of that...they are about willingness..just being willing to do what is asked. that damn song form that claymation christmas movie where they sing "you just put one foot in front of the other...and soon you'll be walking out the door.." It is really like that.

 The pain has always come from the resistance to the change..the holding on to things that are unhealthy or that are not right for me...either out of fear of the unknown or just not understanding what needed to be done...

anyway..getting philisophical...but it is real. and for today..I am glad I am willing. I am glad that by being willing God has brought so much into my life to make these many to be supportive and show me so much goodness! "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear"...amazing!

btw: Adam Freeman (head of fitness at O2 and the trainer with heart and soul that has helped me so much) has changed the addresss of his blog: check it out at:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 39 and 40 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

Saturday was a great day pretty amazing here in Wilmington. It SNOWED! what beauty! we got up and walked the neoghborhood and the campus and enjoyed the quiet with the muffled crunching of the fresh snow under our feet. It was really wonderful! Of course, given that this is Wilmington, the roads were good to go by about noon, and I went over to 02 and did my cardio plus. I was able to do a full thirty on the elliptical and then get three full sets of high/low chops, low high chops, across, robo cop on the bozo ball with 7.5 weights and chicken wings on the bozo ball with the chubby checker machine on both sides! It was great!

Now, Friday, I had mentioned that I had to leave at 7:30a because of the need to open up the office. But Adam was still able to put me through intensely. Well, he did add a machine on Friday that I call the horse. The reason I call it the horse is because on saturday, the inside of my thighs felt like I have ridden across a mountain trail bareback! LOL! this machine is the one where oyu stand in it with the weight on your shoulders and then do squats. is intense...but it is a builder for sure!

Saturday night was the Heart Ball and it was MAGICAL! My friend Ashley was hte organzier for it and it as one of the best events I have ever seen done here. Everyone looked so amazing and it felt so good to be a healthier and have my old black suit hangin off of me!

Today is the day of a great day...It is Valentines Day and we are very happy and so grateful! But I am also grateful for all the love around me as well!
Thanks be to God!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 37 and Day 38 (whoops) of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

well, last night I was warm under the goose down and I thought..hmm..what have I forgotten..and the blog hit me..and I just could not get up and get it done...well, I am sure I am forgiven...cause between those cotten sheets and that comforter, there was something Holy about the peace and comfort I was feeling! HA!

I did make my cardio yesterday for the 30 minutes and the addition of the cross thingy, the bozo ball, and the chubby checker machine with the robo copo (rotator cuff) and the chicken wing out and back in side things with the dumbells. It was good! As with most thursdays though..i was just plumb tired. But it was good!

Today however, I got up with a bang after a good nights sleep..put on a pair of pants I have not worn in TWO YEARS..went in at 30 minutes of Cardio..trained with Adam until 7:30 and got to work by 8..I had to be at work a little early, so we had to cut training a little today..but he worked me hard for those was pretty amazing!

We are expecting snow and I am so glad that we might have some of that to bring some peace and beauty to our area. It is good. Lately there has been so much negativity and tragedy around me and us that that would be nice. Our lives have been great..but we see so much...I am so grateful for all I have and all I have is because of the blessings in my life!

thanks be...just thanks be!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 36 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

made it today! yeah! and michael went with me! YEAH! it was really special and there was no slacking off for sure casue i had company...after 15 on the elliptical...Adam was ret to go! :) and of course that added addition of the stairs now in between have he cirque de se bo ball against the wall doing squats, the chest presses (which I am DOING, PRAISE GOD) and the other exerices, is just SUCH joy...but what was so great was the support and the feeling of pride that I knew was in the room today! It was very cool and a real gift!....

I really am blown away by this and it feels so good. I just pray that I earn it! I am eating better than I ever have and listening. It is paying off. there are people around me following too!

Today has been super busy with work, rotary, then the public health is nice to home now, snuggled up under my carolina blanket. I hope it brings something good against Duke! LOL!

looking forward to tomorrow if I am fortunate enough to have a day like today!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Day 35 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

active day..I got up early and was determined to be at the gym by 615 so that I could add on the things that Adam wanted me to do on my cardio days without him. I did my 30 minutes on the elliptical. Like on saturday, i really had to push once i hit 15..I am not sure what is up with that, but I was able to keep it at 6.0 miles an hour, stayed on the Cardio program and I got through.

Adam has asked that on cardio days I work on things that are not worth us doing on training days. He wanted me to get on the bozo ball and do interior and exterior laterals with the dumbells as well as the rotator cuff. Then work the pull downs, the pull ups and the chops straight across on one foot with the cross thingy and then do the chubby checker machine with the twisty thing. I was able to do all the above with 15 reps for all, and 25 on each side for the chubby checker. I was only able to do one round of reps per side because I had to get to work but it felt ok. It was weird though doing that by myself. I was just proud that I did not cheat and did all the reps! LOL!

Today is one of those slammed days. I have lots going on at work, two committee meetings tonight, but I am prepared and I am taking care of me. I had a lunch today, but let it go to get some work done and make sure I got my healthy food that I needed to make it through the other things I needed to take care of. This is all such a blessing!

Tomorrow is training and Micahel is going with me! :) Talk about a valentine! Worth more than any box of candy, card of flower any day!

Alright...see you all and have a great one!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Day 34 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

wonderful day. work out this morning (oh yeah, I made it this morning! LOL)...15 on the machine elliptical, then Adam grabbed me and was down to business. I am at the next level and it was so amazing to see what I am already able to do..I was able to do the chest presses with extra weight! These are the same exercises that made my arms shake and me tear up the first time I tried them! I was also able to do the extension thing where you push the bar down from your chest and extend your arms straight down..he even added weight! It was so great! He got me on the bozo ball and took me to another level of barbells and then had me on a cirque de so bo ball against a wall doing squats...and if I could learn how to stick my butt out, these will go better...But got, I got the exciting addition of running up and down the staircase 5 times between each set of exercises! Yeah! (NOT!) lol! But, here's the thing..according to my little watchy thing that will tell me if my heart is going to explode, not matter how much I did this, my heart rate never got over 147..which means that I AM CAPABLE of this exerise..guess Adam knows when I am ready for things...I would call him names, but that is not very Christian! HA! Not to mention how amazing it is that I was able to do this! Common, some of you was a struggle to go up one flight of stairs just 35 days ago much less being able to go up and down five times BETWEEN reps of weights and after 15 minutes on an elliptical and not be being hauled off in a wagon to the emergency room!  Thanks be to God!

The rest of the day was just one blessing after another. We gave out some of the money we raised from the New Hanover County Health Foundation today and I was present to see some great people file for election. It was awesome to be there, be alive, be healthier, be with people that I come home to one I love..thanks be!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Day 33 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

I made a commitment to do this blog everyday, but I have a feeling since the superbowl is on I could type the exact time, day and location of the coming of our Lord and Savior and no one would be reading it. So suffice it to say, it has been a good Sunday. As with most, it is my day off of working out and it is a difficult day with food, but all is well. I am not watching the superbowl with friends and Michael as planned, not because of the outrage of CBS showing that damned right wing commercial, but because I did have some work I had to do this evening...a busy busy week ahead...but so many blessings. too many to count and so much to be grateful for.

THanks be to God!
Now, to settling in and watching our DVD's of Rome from the HBO series..Love it!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Day 32 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

It is late and I am just getting to the blog today. Its saturday and we have had a great day. I slept in till 11am! I could have gotten up, but it just felt good. We went to lunch at sweet and savory and I had my favority salad with blackened chicken and some minestrone then some shopping. I came home, changed, and then off to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio. For some reason I was struggling a little today on the elliptical. I am not sure if it was the machine or if it was that I went to soon after lunch, but i got in the 30 and the cool thing was that I was hard pressed to be under 6.5 miles and hour (i started at 4.0 miles an hour!) and I spent the first 10 minutes at 7.0 miles an hour! So I got over 400 calories and 3.0 miles out of it and really worked my heart. Then I came home and cleaned and burnt more calroies. I know this becasue I set up the 02 fitness online account adam set me up with and put in some of my favoirte foods, goals and read up on some tips and things! it really is a good systm and I can see why he wanted me to do it.

Anyway, we have watched inglorious basterds tonight...sorry, I still have not seen a film of tarentino's I think has any merit..I know..sacralege to the faithful...but I am just not one of his fans...but it has been a nice pleasant evening.....

Night all and thanks be for sure!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Day 31 of the new Journey: See Less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness

made it this morning, but thank God its Friday...I was a little slow this morning and did not get there until quarter of 7...but I got the full 15 in on the eliptical before we begain training and it felt great! Adam was set to keep me up to speed and in between the push, pulls and sitting squats, i was on the bozo ball with hand weights working on my upper I have said before ..these are the hardest for me..but I got through and even with heavier weights this morning! There was one more machine added today...I got to use the orange juicer...adn while i did not produce any morning beverage...saddling up in that thing crunched allowed me to crunch up and get some crunches done....actually it was pretty good....and a lot better than rolling out on that ball and doing crunches! LOL!

Any has been really busy at work today and i ahve been kind of slammed. Michael and I went to costco and stocked up on chicken and salad and got some movies! I have to say that one of the biggest changes and needed changes has been to just have the things around that I need to have in order to be healthy...keeping salad..apples, good stuff around so that I can make good choices when I need them or especially wehn things get way too busy! A little preparation goes an a long way! to the weekend and at least tonight just enjoying relaxing and listening to the raing wrapped up in my Carolina blanket and enjoying our time.....Thanks be to God for all of it!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Day 30 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

Day 30! very cool! It is weird in a lot of ways becuase on the one had that is a small milestone and on the other, it feels like I have been doing all this much longer! I am so in love with the new way we..i say we, are eating, and I am living in terms of exercise! If you had said to me 30 days again that would be able to sustain the mph on the eliptical at 30-40 minutes and still be breathing, or working out at the level we are working out and still be upright..or feeling full and enjoying spinach and pizza, burgers or rice and mashed potatatoes, I would have said you were on crack for sure! But I am Blanche! I am!!!! :)

I am still over 300 pounds..but I am down to 310..not 330! I am firmer in places that have not been firm in years! I am on the last belt hole of a belt that was barely fitting..wearing clothers already that I could not ever wear before the holidays..and I LOVE getting up in the AM to go to the gym and feel alive and part of taking care of myself!

Call it a pink cloud..whatever you want..I am truly grateful to each day...for each person..for each step that this is bringin and today was no exception..hell I had time this morning to joke around with an old friend (who kicks ass on the eliptical beside me most mornings btw)..and enjoy myself a is not all hard is fun too!

So happy day 30 amd on to day 3000 one day at a time! together!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Day 29 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

made it! :) got up bright eyed and bushy tailed and hauled off to the gym..Last night I got to bed early and fell asleep watching Matilda! be so engrossed in books..I want to be..but what a great story and I needed something just sweet and a reminder that good was nice. It is so nice to have dinner with Michael and be able to talk to other friends in the evening too. I cannot remember a time in recent years where I have actually talked to people on the phone in the evening..It is really nice. We had out new favorite dinner..Chicken with spinach and marinara and it too was perfect and filling! I coudl eat that every night!

I did 15 of cardio and had time to start even before Adam got there! I got the bozo ball, because I am obssessed with being able to balance on one foot and tried to do that for a few before he got there...I have a little more success on my left leg than my right..but I tried. I jumped on sitting squats machine and that is where Adam found me..smiling cause i was already there when he arrived! he was ready for sure to put me through my paces. I was to do 15 reps today on each squats. pushes. pulls and he put me through them 4 times, not three....and we moved at a non stop pace! It was great. The hardest being the pushes...I only could get 10 on the last round..but that was ok and I was proud as was he.

He got the circus ball and cirque de so bo was on...this time no weights..just rolling out and hands behind my head and then chin up to crunches..OWWWW! LOL! but I did it! Ladies...I will never know what giving birth is like..but I have more empathy now than I have ever had...lord have mercy!
I rolled back up and then he had me on the mat on all fours doing one leg out and one arm out and then reverse. then back on the ball and then back on the mat...I look up and its 7:29!! ARRRRGHH! LOL!
he got me on the Chubby Checker machine and I did the twist and that is where we figured out that maybe my back issues are coming from...a little twinge came we finished, but not as many...
We went over to the big boy/girl weight area and I did chicken wing lifts, then drop down thingys, curls, and step up on the leggos with weights this time....are you tired yet? LORD KNOWS it was a work out! LOL!

All in all it was amazing! I am still walking and talking and clear and so very grateful for it all still!
I just have to watch my back and keep on track.
02 has a food tracking system and I am going to start using it so that I can report back to my dietician to see if there is any changes that need to be made ot my diet...but all is good!
thanks be to GOD!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Day 28 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

Got up bright and early this morning as I went to bed very early last night! I was tiiiired. We had dinner take in from Pita Delight..I did the chicken salad with the dressing on the side, and while I ate the Pita and a little cheese, i did really well with it and it was nice.

I have another, no butter, no oil invention  that I made Sunday night and had for lunch yesterday. Since we went to hiro and I love stir fry, I was to try to make a stir fry with no oil. I cooked the chicken in the non-skillet pan. Removed it and added the onions and greenpeppers in the same pan with some ginger (I used pickled ginger) and fresh chopped garlic and sauteed it in a touch of broth just to deglaze the pan until the veggies softened. Then I added back the chicken with some steamed broccoli, poured in some soy sauce and WALA..perfect stir need for rice adn no need for oil!  It was AWESOME and we had enough left over for lunch yesterday!\

Like I said, i got to the gym at 6:30 and it was a great morning. I set my goal for 40 minutes and not only did I met it, I was at 6.0 miles an hour and I burnt over 535 calories and went 4 miles! it felt good!! My back is a little achy..and I am not sure if it from sleeping a little too long last night or what..but I am just being cautious..cause stress and overdoing it can get me out of whack very easily..

While I am doing well today..I am a little blah..probably the weather and all that I have to do...I must remember..Principles over Personalities..Love above all else...right?

K...I am off break and back to work! Thanks for hanging with me another day! It is an awesome journey!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Day 27 of the new Journey: See less of Bo: The Cape Fear Heart Walk Journey with Adam Freeman and O2 Fitness!

made it on a monday! :) and Lord knows I was tired this morning after staying up till midnight last night! (yes, I am getting old and midnight is LATE! have mercy!)..but I was up for a good reason...I was working on something special for work that I love doing and took my time to try an do it right and I was glad, as I am every year to do that was ok..and I was able to get in 6 hrs...and tonight I can relax after work and it will be fine!

Now, this morning I did take a little longer getting to the gym and only had 10 minutes of cardio before starting..but what was really hot was that when I weighed in...I HAVE LOST 17 POUNDS..can I get an AMEN! :) unreal! Adam was tickled much that he worked me out THREE times as hard as usual! LOL! and if you think I am kidding, ask my muscles right now! ouch! he got me on the squat, push, and pull down..hten on the what I affectionately call the bozo ball..and  I balance on both feet while lifting 12.5s over my head and then doing 15s on curls...I have felt little like that kind of burn before...of course in between each I got to watch the sun come up on the legos keeping my heart rate up and then doing that extension thing from my chest down...that one was the hardest..but adam got me to push 7:30, I had done twice if not three times as much as I was used to doing in a full hour! It was he put me on the Fat's domino machine and we did sets of the twists!

Incredible..and I am still walking upright folks! So very grateful! Imagine if I had started like that? I would have to knowing me, and I would have ended up in traction or gotten so frustrated i would have quit..but today...I walked out whistling! It is such a gift..I just cannot say it enough and of course I said it to Adam again today..and then to God as I walked out...Thank you Thank you Thank you!