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OhioRaven - Monday May 30, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 184.0

Good Morning. Down another pound last week. Must have been Granny's Dirty Dozen. I couldn't finish the challenge. I really couldn't find any time for myself for just a few minutes. So, my hat is off to you Granny. Your workouts are pretty tough, and so are You. You Win. Have a Healthy Day.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2016:
Busy man...no time at all for yourself!? ugh - i hate when that happens lol :)

OhioRaven - Friday May 27, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 185.0

Good Morning. Day4 of Granny's Dirty Dozen. I watched videos on both the calf lift and a plank. I did 36 of the Calf lifts with my big dumbells, slowly trying to tip-toe as high as I could and still keep my balance. It was good and my calves were as tight as bark on a tree. The planks seemed easy enough. I slowly counted upward and them started to tremble until I finally got to 60 seconds. Three times of this and my little beer belly was tight as a drum. I've got a couple more exercises left to try. Stay tuned for the next adventure of, "Granny's Dirty Dozen". Have a Healthy Day .

Horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2016:
Lol...sorry not to comment as much, been such a busy couple days OMG!

Anyways, I was really LoL-ing because of the "tight as bark on a tree..." because for some reason i thought back to my old childhood home where we had Sycamore trees but they were actually all old, diseased and sick! and the bark was the opposite - loose on the tree, always peeling! jajaja too funny. but yes, i know the feeling of a tight calf!

and nice analogy for your ab muscles. lol, i did used to be a music teacher....so, i guess they were as tight as a tight drum lol, not a loose one where the springs underneath (like a snare drum) are loose...lol....I'm having a weird moment lol.

OhioRaven on 05/30/2016:
Your a fun kind of Girl, HP. I'm glad I can bring a smile to ya'. I like reading your stuff too.

OhioRaven - Thursday May 26, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 185.0

Good Morning. Day 3 of the Granny Challenge. Or as I like to call them, "Granny's Dirty Dozen". I did 36 of the Tricep dips. I watched the video listened to the instructions. The hardest part for me was finding a chair without wheels. I didn't feel too fatigued afterwards but there is no way I was going to breeze through them. I did a dozen and stopped so I could feel which muscles I was using. I attempted another dozen but had to stop at 7. I finished the rest of them in little spurts, and my legs hurt a little but I think that it was from yesterday's Lunges. I was going to do another exercise but my life got in the way. Hope everyone is doing good. Stay tuned for more adventures of Granny's Dirty Dozen. Have a Healthy Day.

innerpeace on 05/26/2016:
Impressed! I was showing my husband exercise videos and he suggests we go get ice cream!

OhioRaven on 05/26/2016:
Sounds right.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/26/2016:
I LOVE the challenge name :)

Yes, take your time doing them. More important for somewhat correct form than injuring yo-self!

I think it's so cool you are doing this Dirty challenge!

OhioRaven - Wednesday May 25, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 185.0

Good Morning. Day 2 of the Granny Challenge. I had to YouTube how to do lunges, and do them correctly. My dumbells were Big bolts and nuts I put together at the warehouse. I'm guessing they weigh close to 20 Lbs. I did 36 with a step, and 36 without a step. I started slowly trying to get The form right and do the lunges like The trainer did on The video. I found my flexibility was really stiff. It took me all day to recover enough to finish. The front of my thighs are killing me. I'm being real careful of my knee. It hasn't acted up in quite a while. Hope everyone is doing good. Have a Healthy Day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/25/2016:
Proud of you for challenging yourself. Make sure to schedule in recovery time...and to take 48hrs between doing the same exercises on the same muscles / body parts. :)

Nice job dude.

I am also continuing to strive and maintain my weight and challenge myself to new exercises. Keep on going, never stop. Maintenance is hard and it's a good feeling to continue looking good & feeling good, rather than go back in a 180 to old ways. no good :)

so keep on, i'm keeping on with you. doing my absolute best to continue to look good & feel good OR.

happy-1 on 05/26/2016:
Good job!

OhioRaven - Tuesday May 24, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 185.0

Good Morning. We'll so far, trying to do just 1 of GrannyAnnie's workout, I've done 36 push ups and 36 Squats. At this rate you'll have to time me with a calender. Have a Healthy Day.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2016:
Hi OR! so glad you are experimenting with her workout. It does sound good to me too :)

I am challenging my own self, especially in June, with working out my lower body more.

I have a good friend traveling to see me in July from Canada and he's doing a photo shoot of me on the beach! That's a good reason enough to finally start working out the lower and not just upper body :)

OhioRaven - Monday May 23, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 185.0

Good Morning. Down to 185 this morning but I don't know why. I know I cut a few calories but not 4 lbs worth. My only exercise is staying off my ass and walking. I've accepted a challenge from Granny Annie. The workout she does in a day might take me a week. As of the posting I've put in 12 push ups. Have a Healthy Day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/23/2016:
that's so cool you are doing a challenge with Annie! There used to be a really cool member here that i loved - her name was WorkingIt...and she always challenged us too! I used to enjoy trying to keep up with her challenges. She'd have "WorkingIt Points.."

Happy for your weight down. Mine is still partially up and it's been really frustrating me! I know after a few good weeks, i'll be back in the game though :)

cybermom4 on 05/24/2016:
Way to go OR!! Hey , what ever works Right!! It is amazing what little waling would do. I agree with you about granny - she's a tough act to follow!! I printed her schedule once in the hopes that I would do all the work out - but did not happen - I'm reading a book about the Power of Habits - hoping to learn a few things here. So far it is all about the brain and how it enhances when it is challenged. Hoping to get to the application soon. Have a good day OR!!

puddles on 05/24/2016:
Congrats Raven... good work and good luck at trying to keep up with Annie. I think that workout would kill me... lol Have a great week.

OhioRaven - Monday May 16, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 189.0

Weighed in 2 pounds heavier again. Next week will be better. Have a Healthy Day.

grannyannie on 05/16/2016:
Hang in there. You'll get back down. Have a good week.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/16/2016:
yes, get it down and feel good about getting it back down....that's my plan too...feeling too bloated and ready for the change back down again!

puddles on 05/16/2016:
Hi Raven I also have to be a good girl this week the weekend at the cottage are hard the drinking not the food...lol The cottage could easily be called a cabin because it is rustic far from it being anything like a house. Not one piece of furniture resembles the other.... odd and ends but all comfortable. Have a great week Raven and get those lbs down.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/18/2016:
Sometimes maintenance is harder than weight loss. It's also hard for me....you can do it. Weight is always going up & down.

to help motivate you, i'm bringing my weight down this week & next until the end of this month!...and down next month too!

OhioRaven - Thursday May 12, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 187.0

Good Morning. I ate bad things last night. Went to a Cincinnati Reds game with a Vendor in his skybox. I really didn't Over do it, still, I ate bad things. Have a Healthy Day.

OhioRaven on 05/12/2016:
Back to my routine !

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/12/2016:
hey...i am going thru a brief period of giving into my temptations...it's so not worth it OR. so not worth it. overeating in the evenings when i don't have gym, waking up so bloated, all stuffed up and can't even poop before coming to work bc everything is all backed up...ugh.

it's not worth giving into temptations, i'm also getting back on track. i've learned so much that even binging on vegetables is FINALLY getting a little old. ... seltzer, i'll have to stick with seltzer and extra stevia to sweeten...i'm going to learn how to use liquids to my benefit more...even salty broths?....and not stuffing myself anymore. it's finally starting to grow old! amazingly!!!....but still will enjoy big veggie meals.

OhioRaven on 05/12/2016:
Thanks, HP.

puddles on 05/12/2016:
Raven so good to see you posting I have miss you. So you were a bad boy well today is another day and you are back on track today. Have a great weekend.

OhioRaven on 05/12/2016:
Ha-ha !

grannyannie on 05/12/2016:
Missed you OR! Don't worry about it. Tomorrow is another day.

happy-1 on 05/12/2016:
Back on track! You can do it!

OhioRaven - Monday May 09, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 187.0

Good Morning. 187 again this morning. I'm ready to change my name to FatBoy. I'm eating the same things every day. But I really feel Beat Up and have really low energy. I feel like I'm just mailing It in with my performances. It may be this allergy thing. I don't know. Too tired to post any more than this. Hope everyone is doing good. Have a Healthy Day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/09/2016:
Hello OR! Good to hear from you today. I am sure I speak for the group when I say we have missed you!!

Congrats on being back down again on the scale. I’m constantly up and down on the scale myself. Right now, I’m actually in maintenance mode myself. Not thinking about weightloss this month at all. Maybe for summer I will, but doubting it somewhat. I am just looking for feeling good, at the moment. I may try in mid-June if I need to for a lower weight as my friend is coming from Canada and I have a photo shoot with him at the beach! (Nude beach actually!!!!) If you feel low energy, maybe google things that you can eat to feel better. I usually start to feel low energy when I get into a rut (nothing new in general in my life ) or when I’m really trying to hard / getting run down / not enough sleep & rest. Overtraining, also, will make me feel very low energy…

Also, part of the low energy thing is in our heads. I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY good at telling myself how tired I am. This Sunday I laid around till around 3pm telling myself “how tired” I was. I did laundry way early around 8-9am and then just laid around. Laid around so much that I went back to bed from noon till 1pm! Hey, we all have those days and it’s ok once in awhile to feel tired, just remember that it’s not forever.

I get tired this season as well – allergy season. My body gets tired I guess with all the symptoms from the pollen & all the fighting off these allergens kills me lol. so don’t worry, maybe get your rest for a lil bit, but remember, it’s a HUGE mental battle.

And you are better off and feeling better than you think you are doing.

OhioRaven on 05/09/2016:
Please send plenty of pictures...You, not him.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/09/2016:
LOL LOL lol...thought you'd like knowing that.

happy-1 on 05/09/2016:
Rowr Horn_of_Plenty!

puddles on 05/10/2016:
Loved your comment on H-O-F.... I think you need a holiday Raven maybe another road trip... Miss your posts... Have a great day.

cybermom4 on 05/12/2016:
Good going Coach - O-R you got this, but don't be too hard on yourself, with the weather changes and so much pollen in the air - you are allowed to just be tired and sleep a little. You work hard and you are diligent. Hang in there - we are rooting for you!!

OhioRaven - Monday May 02, 2016
(Clean eating. Calories under 2000)
Weight: 187.0

Good Morning. At today's weigh-in I was the same 187. I thought for sure I had gained quite a bit. My belly is Pooching out and my Elvis pants are a little snug... I'm sorry I'm not posting a lot. I haven't been exercising at all. But according to FitBit I'm walking about 7 miles per day and burning about 2500 calories per day. This is mostly walking in the warehouse. My knee has neither improved or gotten any worse. I just know I'd better not press my luck with it. Hope everyone is good. Have a Healthy Day.

innerpeace on 05/02/2016:
OMG I think this is the most I've ever seen you post! Have a great day. And good steps with the fitbit. I think mine lies!!

puddles on 05/02/2016:
So good to see a post Raven miss then every day. I always looked forward seeing your list of food that you use to post it was always interesting to see the list of items and of course always ending with pickles... Congrats on maintaining. Have a great day.

OhioRaven on 05/02/2016:
I haven't had a pickle in months, but I gotta say they helped get me where I am today.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/03/2016:
yes, so baby your knee till it gets better. maybe stretch it.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/08/2016:
Missing you here OR! I hope everything is OK by you!

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