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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oh, my gosh!!! I am so excited!!!! I feel like a six year old girl with ruby red slippers, Tinkerbell wings and a pumpkin coach all in one!!!! Those would all be very good things, in case you didn't get the magical references there! I just found out TODAY that my fitness role model, Tosca Reno, is going to be at the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend!!!!! I don't know why I didn't think about her possibly being at the expo.

Oh, and the Arnold Sports Festival is only 3 hours from my house!!!!! I am going! Well, I am going to the expo! I am going to meet Tosca! I am going to purchase her new book and get my picture taken with her!!! Can you even tell I am just a tad excited!!! This is the woman who influenced me the most and continues to influence me in my health and fitness. She first gave me a glimpse that there was hope for those of us over 40 and frumpy. I saw her and read her story and thought . . . well now, if she could do that, I could too. She is only human. I am human. It gave me hope.

Now with the festival just a week away, I am so glad that I have been very diligent in my workout efforts lately and in my clean eating. And you better believe, I have even more motivation now!!! Oh, this feels like a magical pivotal moment for me.

In other related news. Last week I put the scale away and quit weighing myself. I had gotten in the habit of stepping on it every day again and it was messing with my head which was impeding my progress. What I am doing cannot be measured by the scale at this point. I am intentionally on a muscle GAINING phase right now. I want the muscle size and strength in my upper body to increase pretty significantly. My clothes are looser. I feel amazing. My workouts are going very well. I have a couple changes in my routines and I will share those with you in the next couple of days. My measurements have gone down in the past three weeks.

Waist is down 1/4 inch
High is down 1/4 inch
Thigh is down 1/2 inch
Chest (at bra band) down 1 inch

I will be trying to figure out what to wear to the festival and will need your help!!! I will post some pictures tomorrow for you to help me choose!!!

Live beautifully!!!
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    In my world, you and Tosca are on the same level - that's big!

    LOVE you!

    emoticon Kelli
    3497 days ago
    Dang lady!!! Look at you gorgeous :). How exciting to be going to the expo. I can't wait to hear how it went and what it was like to meet Tosca. She is definitely an inspiration and I love to read Oxygen to get good workout ideas and clean eating tips. Have a great time!!!!!
    3501 days ago
    You are definitely living beautifully, my friend - it shows all over you - inside and out! Thank you for spreading that all around to all of us! emoticon
    3501 days ago
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    WHOA!!! You look fabulous girl! So beautiful. How awesome that you're going to meet Tosca Reno. WOOT WOOT!! Can't wait to see those pics.
    3502 days ago
  • JEA1668
    you look absolutely amazing :):):) you are such a rolemodel!!
    3502 days ago
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    I just adore reading your blogs - they always inspire and motivate - just by hearing how you feel about yourself and to see how your body changes and how happy you are.

    love it!!

    3502 days ago
    Woohoo! Way to go. Love that shirt. Looks amazing on you!
    3502 days ago
  • TWALKER0475
    I'd really like to go one of these years...Tosca was also my inspiration, can't wait to buy her new book next week! Looking forward to hearing all about it and living vicariously through your blog!

    BTW, you are really looking amazing in your latest pic!
    3502 days ago
  • LASHAY74
    Wow! I wish i could meet her too! I enjoy her books and advice!

    Oh yeah....your looking great:)

    keep it up!
    3502 days ago
    How exciting...can't wait to see the pictures.
    3502 days ago
    Whooo-hooo!! How awesome. It wouldn't surprise me if she offered to put your story in Oxygen magazine!!!
    3502 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    How exciting!!! Have fun!
    3502 days ago
    How very cool... I could only imagine meeting her! You inspire many yourself!
    3502 days ago
    emoticon OMG, you lucky girl you!!! I wanna go! I would love to meet her. I have all of her books and am in waiting for her new book as well. I love her stuff! And like you, she was my inspiration for clean whole eating along with Angela Liddon of ohsheglows.com. I can't wait to hear your report on your meeting and see pics.

    She's an amazing woman and I absolutely think she is sexy and gorgeous and for those of us in our mid-40's, this goes a LOOOONNNNGGG way!

    Thanks for telling us about this! Oh and by the way could you tell Tosca that she has a friend in Rowlett, Tx. emoticon
    3502 days ago
    Look at you!!!! Such an inspiration!!
    3502 days ago
    emoticon I love Tosca! Looking forward to hearing all about it. Post your changes to your routine when you can. I wanting to gain strength in the upper as well just because I think it will help with swimming and other aspects of triathlons. My legs have enough mass I think!!!

    I think of you when I'm rockin' at the gym. Last night every time I wanted to stop at 12 things you have said came to mind and I pumped out three more reps!!!

    Lift heavy or go home!!!
    3502 days ago
    I am so excited for you! It sounds absolutely magical. Hooray!

    Well, since you asked --
    The blouse is a great color and emphasizes your flat tummy and hour glass shape. I can't tell about the pants/skirt? Can the sleeves go up just a tad? I think that would better emphasize your "guns and wings."

    BTW, my 4-year-olds now run around the house asking me to pull down their arms (elbows are bent in a 90 degrees angle) and when I pull down they resist, which makes their "guns" pop. They love that! "Mommy, help me pop my guns!" LOL. So dang cute. As are you!

    3502 days ago
    You look terrific!! My measurement results are blah... as usual... not much changes around here.

    So exciting that you're meeting your idol!!
    3502 days ago
    Look at that bangin' bod!!! You look WONDERFUL! I'm so excited for you!
    3502 days ago
    How exciting-and you look great! Have fun!
    3502 days ago
    Sounds fun AND you look fantastic! What a wonderful thing, to be able to put the scale away. AND, is their a role model out there for us 55+ gals to save us from the frump? ;-)
    3502 days ago
  • B-N-ME
    How exciting for you Carolyn!! I hpoe you get to meet your inspiration. Please know that YOU are an inspiration to many!
    You look fabuous, and have worked hard to get there!
    Be proud, enjoy life and never look back!
    3502 days ago
    Twirling around with the Pixie Dust spreading, doing the happy dance for you. Yes, I read that Tosca Reno will be at the expo booth and will be signing her new book Stripped ! You are proof, over 40 is the new 20 *wink*. You will have so much fun, enjoy ! Looking forward of seeing outfits photos....
    3503 days ago
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    3503 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8689328
    You look sooo incredibly amazing!
    3503 days ago
    You look more and more fabulous all the time. I am so excited for you! What a cool thing to meet Tosca Reno!!
    3503 days ago
    Sweetie, you look SO DARN FIT!! I have loved watching you change and evolve over these past several months that I've been reading your blog! You are an inspiration! :)
    3503 days ago
    I used to think... what the heck... all these tight fitting shirts these girls are wearing... I will NEVER be able to wear those!

    WELLL now I can... AND YOU SURE CAN!!

    LOOK at you... WOW ... so trim and lean and SEXY ...WOO HOOO~~~~!!!!

    I love that outfit on you! GIRL you have ROLLED BACK THE CLOCK!!!!

    I love Tosca too! I love looking at her pictures on her site! SHE look so hot.. amazing!!
    3503 days ago
    I am SO excited for you!!! I hope you will post all the details with lots of pics...Tosca rocks! BTW...you look like a dang teenager in that picture! Have a wonderful time and enjoy every minute!! emoticon
    3503 days ago
    Yeah! I'm excited for you!! and you look BEAUTIFUL!!! AND SOOOO HEALTHY!!
    3503 days ago
  • no profile photo DEVORA4
    Am I jealous! PLEASE Tale pics and tell us what she had to say. LOVE her so much. emoticon
    3503 days ago
    I know you will have a blast! Congrats on putting the scale away. I too step on it all too often.
    3503 days ago
    Oh - have so much fun at the Arnold!!! And you get to see Rachel on stage. Have a great time!
    3503 days ago
    PHENOM! All of it!
    3503 days ago
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