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ERINPATRICIA Posts: 6,192
5/6/05 6:37 P

You are using slim in six? I jsut got Yoga Booty Ballet. I cant wait till it comes. I want to try it out and have fun with it.

Erin

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5/6/05 6:19 P

I know I planned to do the Slim in 6 tape but I'm putting it off. Again. I think tonight is going to be a couch potato night.

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

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5/6/05 1:29 P

Just finished my session with the personal trainer. She set up an "upper" body routine and it was hard. She's tough! The evil girl forced me to use the 10-pound weights. So I guess the poor 5 & 8-pound weights will be abandoned to the bottom of the pile again.

She worked on my form and I now know that I'm supposed to do 3 sets of 10 reps. I’m to increase the weights when doing the sets get easier…. Right.

Next Friday I’ll meet with her again and she’ll set up a lower body routine and then about a month from then we’ll meet again to re-evaluate.

She took my measurements and then used a little metal thing that pinched to measure my BMI. It was 38 …uggggg.
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I’m still solidly in the “obese” area. I thought it would be closer to the “overweight” section than that. It’s sad when you work hard to move to “overweight”. My BMI was 40 in October of last year when she measured for a heath fair so I guess it’s getting better. I have a long way to go. She told me that BMI numbers go down slowly. Sigh. When I do finally get back into shape I’m NEVER going to let myself get this bad.

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,958
5/6/05 11:09 A

Hi Donna!

Woo hoo for you! Sounds like your weigh in went great!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Coach Jen

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5/6/05 9:53 A

Today has been great! I weighed this morning and I'm down two more pounds ... 188 now. I've lost 17 pounds since I started. Three more pounds and I'm taking those scuba lessons. I think I'll pick up few copies of the scuba schedule so I can tape them on my mirror and on my frig as extra motivation to stay on track.
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I did my Pilates tape this morning. The backs of my legs were stiff when I first started but the stretching worked it out. I really like Pilates. I've told the boys I'd like the Intermediate tape as either my Mother's day gift or my birthday gift.

At lunch today, I meet with the personal trainer. Hope it goes okay.

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

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EVILPSYCHOKITTY Posts: 139
5/5/05 11:32 P

Sounds like you had a rough day to but you made it through. Glad you did a bit better then me on the cals and you made it doing you excersize that I didnt. I hop to make it to the gym tomorrow.

Thanks for the sugestions I will have to pick those oreos up I have pudding for my lunches but I didnt know oreos made the hundred cal packs.

Keep up the good work and just remember tomorrow will be better.

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5/5/05 11:04 P

I did the treadmill tonight and it felt as if I were walking through mud. I kept checking to make sure I wasn't walking on a 7 or 8 incline because it felt like it the whole time. I managed to do my 4 3-minute runs and then walked until I completed 4 miles but it wasn't a pretty sight.

The Race for the Cure is coming in June ... it's going to be tough to be ready for it.

Exercising after I got home meant we had a late supper again tonight :( and meant I got the boys to bed late tonight. It's going to be a rough morning tomorrow because my youngest NEEDS his sleep or he is a king crab all day.

Tracking and planning my food is now a habit and I remain on the lower part of my calorie range every day. Drinking my water is almost to the habit stage. But exercise is still something I have to squeeze sideways into my day.

Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/5/2005 (23:07)
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5/5/05 5:10 P

Well I didn't do the Slim in 6 tape this morning as I planned, nor did I do my Pilates tape. :( I don't have a good excuse because I had lots of time to putter around this morning. I'm going to force myself to do the tape just because I'm avoiding it. I won't do it tonight because tonight is my treadmill night. (Gotta get those run minutes bigger!) I will do the tape on Friday night. I promise.

I helped teach the class again today and couldn't eat a morning snack in front of the class and we didn't take the lunch break until about 12:30. By then I was starving. I really didn't want to work out but I ate the banana I brought for snack and went anyway.

I don't like working out so late. The room was crowded and of course the weights area was filled with guys, only these were the older, more serious guys.

I did the upper body machines and then I grabbed the 5 and 8 pound weights (which were on the bottom of the stack) dusted them off because I'm sure I'm the ONLY person who is using them and did as many of the exercises as I could while I waited for a bench.

It took a while until I could claim one. Once I had one I felt like there were several guys hovering around waiting for me to finish. I guess they thought I was the most likely person to finish. I disappointed them because I ignored them, ignored the not very nice comments one guy kept muttering about wasting my time as well as his and stayed until I was finished. Maybe this was why there weren't any other girls in the weights area, maybe they've been driven off.

Today I used 8 pound weights and did 3 sets of 20 reps on most of the arm and shoulder exercises. I've decided that I'll keep with the current weight (8 lbs) until I can do 3 reps of 20 without killing my arms and then I'm going to increase.

I can see some muscles in my arms now, especially my "triceps" (see I know a new word, even two weeks ago I didn't know what the muscle was called ... okay ... I didn't know I had a muscle there!)

I wonder how long it takes for the wobbly fat/skin/wimpy muscle under my arm to firm? I wish there was a magical way to make it disappear but I suppose I should be patient since I put it there over many years. It will be so wonderful to wear short sleeves shirts and feel good about how my arms look.

I'm joining a new challenge on the board, a points challenge, and I had to take my measurement. I was kinda embarrassed to post those where everyone can see them but I did it. Maybe this is like those AAA programs where you have to admit that you have a problem before you can really solve it.

I was very pleased to see that in the 35 days I've been using Sparks, I've lost 4 inches in my waist, 2 in my hips (wish more was gone there), 1 inch from my thighs, and 1 inch from my bust (wish that wasn't gone!).

Well the system updates are almost finished loading on my machine so I have to get back to work.


Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/5/2005 (17:15)
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5/5/05 5:02 A

I went to bed on time but I woke at 3:30 and I can't go back to sleep. I thought I'd plan my food for today since I didn't do it last night. The Wellness for Life site is down (again) so I've got to post a message so I can go in the back door so I can get to my food log. What a pain!

Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/5/2005 (05:29)
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EVILPSYCHOKITTY Posts: 139
5/4/05 9:02 P

Hey

Yeah I do need to do better even if its only a walk and some strength training maybe some crunches or something.

If you have a messenger email it to me we can talk about diet stuff.

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5/4/05 9:00 P

Thanks for the words of encouragement everyone! Flowerchild, I wish I looked like your picture ... it's been about ten years since I was that thin.

I was supposed to do my Slim in 6 tape tonight but decided I was too tired. It has nothing to do with the fact I hate the lunges & crunches ... okay maybe a little. I'm going to go to bed very early tonight, I haven't been getting enough sleep this week. Tomorrows a new day and I'll force myself to do the tape then.
Till tomorrow!

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

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AMYELI Posts: 3,013
5/4/05 8:17 P

Oh, I love your rewards! I gave myself a backpacking trip as my 20 pound reward. I need to come up with some new rewards to look forward to.

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EVILPSYCHOKITTY Posts: 139
5/4/05 8:09 P

Hey Donna

Great going. I satified my fried food craving yesterday with some crunchy chicken fingers. They are backed and made with cornflakes and really good with honey mustard also special recipie.

I made it with some succhini and corn curry that craving was gone now if I could get rid of the darn choclate craving

Keep up the good work.

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5/4/05 5:07 P

Donna, I haven't gotten a chance to read all of your journal yet, but I have to tell you that your journal is already so inspirational to me. I can really see that you love and value yourself, and that's a great thing! Keep up the good work!

Dani

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5/4/05 4:43 P

I did my Pilates tape this morning and for the first time could do all the moves. Hurray. I'm still doing the Beginner tape but I'm almost ready to go to the Intermediate. I'm getting more limber. I can now lay my hands flat on the floor when I stretch. A month ago I couldn't touch my fingers to the floor. Making progress :)

I worked out at lunch. Did 10 minute treadmill to warmup, 30 minutes of weights, and then 20 minutes on the bike. It was a good workout. I'm going to do my Slim in 6 tape tonight and I'm really dreading it. I HATE lunges and squats.

The class I'm helping teach finished early today so I have time to get real work completed. Things are piling up and will get worse before the class finishes. I haven't stayed late this week. I'm enjoying going home on time so I'll just have to work hard next week to get caught up. I might bring some work home to do this weekend, just so I don't stress too much. BUT I'm going to limit it to no more than three hours.

I decided on my "reward" for reaching my first mini-goal of losing 20 pounds. I'm going to take Scuba lessons. I've always wanted to scuba dive but haven't done it, partially because I was so heavy and I didn't like being in a swimsuit in front of others. My "reward" for losing 40 pounds will be to take one of the scuba trips that the local dive club offers. I can't wait!!!
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AMYELI Posts: 3,013
5/4/05 8:55 A

Real life doesn't always let you eat dinner early. In the winter I come right home and eat dinner, but in the summer I tend to stay out and have fun until the sun goes down, which means dinner is very late. It all works out. :)

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5/3/05 10:37 P

Sounds like you are in the swing of things. Good going

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5/3/05 10:22 P

Dinner was yummy. I did a taco salad with tortilla chips, taco meat, cheese, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and some of my homemade salsa. I planned it into my food plan because I've been craving Mexican food and I'm been terrified to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant. I know if I step foot in that place I'll loose all will power. I LOVE Mexican food.

I just wish we didn't eat dinner so late tonight. But after work I had to make a choice between eating dinner on time or exercising (the boys had to go to karate class at 7:30). I should have planned my day so I could have gotten home from work early enough to do both. :(

Oh well. At least I've satisfied that food craving for a while.

Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/3/2005 (22:23)
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5/3/05 9:30 P

Everything is okay having some trouble installing something on my system but other then that.

I ate a lot less today but I have had raging horomones and my calorie intake was up but in my limits. But I am surviving

Good to see that you are doing well though Keep up the good work hun your doing great. I wont weigh in till friday.


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5/3/05 7:54 P

Got on the treadmill tonight and it was very tough to get started. I completed a 5-minute walk to warm up then four 3-minute runs with 2-minute walks between. I’m supposed to repeat this all week and then next week 4-minute runs.

I think I will start feeling like a runner again when I can go 5-minutes without stopping.

After the run/walking I walked on the treadmill at an incline for another 60 minutes. I always feel like I get a very good workout the nights I get on the treadmill.

Still staying on my meal plan and drinking my water. I really want to lose another pound this week.

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5/3/05 5:07 P

Hello Kitty. I'll e-mail you tonight cause you can't have too many buddies.

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5/2/05 9:53 P

Donna

I have only been going about three weeks now on and off but while it is hard at first I only can do 15 minutes start off slow. I started at 15 on the tread and fifteen on the elyptical now I am up to 30 and 15 it really makes you feel good after awhile


If you want we could be buddies :)

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5/2/05 8:36 P

Hello Amy. I've been to the big gyms before also and didn't like them. There were too many people and it always felt as soon as I started to use a machine someone would be hovering around waiting for me to finish. I used to be too embarrassed to stay.

I decided this year that I don't care what anyone else thinks ... and I'm finding that no one cares that I'm out of shape and everyone is very supportive.

I did my Slim in 6 tape tonight. I hate the lunges and squats but at least I could do everything tonight. I'm getting stronger.

One good thing happened today, I could wear one of my rings I haven't been able to wear in a while. My fingers aren't swollen anymore. Hurray!!!! I'm sure it is because I've been drinking water and no soft drinks.


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AMYELI Posts: 3,013
5/2/05 7:56 P

That's so nice that the guys in the gym were supportive. I went to a Gold's Gym for a while and eventually stopped, in part because the people there were so cold. Nobody would ever catch your eye.

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5/2/05 1:45 P

Forgot to add that I've signed up for the personal trainer for Friday. She's going to help me set up a good workout for upper body and for lower body. She also told me I could try the exercise classes for free the first week to see which I might like.

I won't try the classes this week or even next. I've got to get this weight lifting thing down first before I try to add anything else.

Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/2/2005 (20:25)
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5/2/05 1:39 P

Thanks Coach Jen for stopping by.

I got up this morning and did my Pilates tape and at lunch I did my upper body weights and machines. My arms are tired and quivery as I type.

I was a little intimidated when I went to the free weight section because there were several guy who were lifting the very heavy weights that make the floor shake like an earthquake when they drop to the floor. You know the type of guys, large muscles without a smidgen of fat, all wearing the weight lifting belts and gloves.
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Extremely embarrassed, I almost turned around to do something else but gathered my courage and my 5 and 8 pound weights and took the bench in the back corner.

It didn't take long before the guys were talking to me and correcting my form. By the time I finished working out I was no longer embarrassed. They all thought it was great that I was working out and they claimed (although I doubt it very much) that they were in bad shape when they started.

I still have to do the Slim in 6 tape tonight. I'm dreading all those lunges!

I'm on track for my water and my food so far. I should lose another pound this week if I keep with my exercise plan. :)


Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/2/2005 (13:41)
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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,958
5/2/05 9:25 A

Hi Donna!

Just checking in to see how things are going! If you need anything, let me know!

Have a great week!

Coach Jen

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5/1/05 9:42 P

Another day without real exercise :(

I worked on cleaning the house this morning ... but nothing that could count. Most of the time was spent sorting through my younger son's toys and clothing and organizing his room. He's supposed to keep it clean but periodically I have to help otherwise things like dirty clothing and food wrappers (which he's NOT supposed to eat upstairs) and dirt gets hidden in strange places.

I told myself I'd exercise after lunch. And then after lunch I decided my toes needed redoing because I have to teach a class tomorrow. So I went to get a pedicure instead of exercise.

Tomorrow I will get up and do my Pilates tape and at lunch I'm going to do weights. No more excuses!

I'm still on track on my meal plan and today I drank my 64 oz of water so that's good.

I'm ready for tomorrow, lunch and snacks and bottles of water are packed and waiting in the fridge and I've packed my gym bag.

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4/30/05 10:41 P

I've stayed on my meal plan but have only drank 5 8oz glasses of water. I'll make myself finish at least one more before I go to bed. This is the worse I've done on water for weeks. I don't know what happened.

I didn't exercise today because my body is feeling tired and my foot is bothering me again. I think I need to get a new pair of running shoes. The ones I'm using now are getting older and I suspect they are part of the reason my foot hurts after I do the treadmill.

I went shopping with a few friends and we had a great time. While we browsed in the bookstore, my younger sister called. She told me to buy "The Ultimate Workout Log". She's been using the log for a while and loves it.

When she was telling me about the book she was also complaining about all the weight she's put on in the past two years ... 5 lbs. She's determined to get back down to 110 so she fits in her size 3 jeans better. As I listened to her, I knew I don't want either of my sisters to EVER know how much I weight.

Until then, I'd been feeling great about the weight I'd lost so far. I didn't say anything but after I got off the phone I felt almost depressed. Getting to 130 will take so much time and effort, it almost seemed to be an impossible goal. And when I do finally get to 130, then I'll STILL be the fat sister.

I've thought about it since then and decided that at 130 lbs I'll be the healthy, athletic sister. emoticon

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4/30/05 10:30 A

Thanks Coach Jen and Amyeli!

Amyeli, I've read part of your journal and really enjoyed it. Taking time off to walk part of the trail is one of my dreams. Hopefully next year.

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,958
4/30/05 9:25 A

Woo hoo, Donna!

You are doing great! Keep it up!!!

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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4/30/05 8:49 A

Between the healthy pizza and the running intervals, you rock! Way to go. :)

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4/30/05 8:45 A

I survived last night's brownie temptation. Hurray!

I ordered pizza last night from Pizza Hut and noticed that they now have a Fit & healthy Pizza on their menu. They are lower in calories (150 calorie per slice) and fat than the normal pizza. I ordered the greasy pizzas for the boys and the lower fat ham, mushroom and tomato pizzas for me. It tasted wonderful and I didn't have to feel the least bit guilty.

While we waited for the pizza, I walked and ran on my treadmill. I walked five minutes to warm up then ran the 5 2-minute intervals with 2 minute walks between. I know 2 minutes doesn't sound like long for people in shape but I'm very proud of those 2 minute runs. After the run/walk intervals I walked on the treadmill another 50 minutes at an incline.

Sweat was dripping down my face when I finished but I felt good. By the time I showered and went back into the kitchen to get my pizza, the brownies didn't tempt me. I think working out made me not as hungry or maybe it was because I watched how long it took to get to 200 calories consumed on my treadmill!

I cheated and weighed myself this morning and I'm down to 190 pounds. One more pound and I'm in the 180's!!!!!! emoticon

Edited by: DONNA999 at: 4/30/2005 (22:10)
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4/29/05 6:22 P

I'm home from work ... my older son has a friend over and the boys begged me to make brownies. I made them and they smell sooo good. emoticon

I'm trying hard to resist. I wish warm chocolate didn't smell so darn good. I'm going to go out and walk/run. By the time I get back the three boys should have finished the pan. I hope! Otherwise I don't know if I can resist.

Edited by: DONNA999 at: 4/29/2005 (18:23)
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4/29/05 9:45 A

Did my Pilates tape this morning and was feeling good until I peeked at the baby birds on my front door.

I have a "winter" wreath on my front door which has a "fake" birdnest. A pair of small birds with bright orange beaks took it over and laid three tiny eggs (which meant I couldn't trade it for the spring wreath).

The baby birds hatched. We tried not to use the front door but we could watch the bird family because the wreath lays against the glass of the door. What a joy it's been to watch the babies growing!

This morning when I peeked out at the babies they flew out of the nest. I hated to see them fly away.

I guess I'm feeling mellow because my own boys are getting so much older. Brent's so much taller than me, as he is soooo quick to point out every time he gets a chance. He starts high school next year. When did he get that old???

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4/28/05 10:21 P

Thanks for the support and suggestions. I have a long way to go before I'm in good shape but I'm feeling so much stronger than I was even a month ago. emoticon I've even begun to enjoy exercise ... what a strange feeling when it used to be something I dreaded!

Hope everyone has a great evening!
Donna

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4/28/05 3:41 P

Good job Donna - Jen has good suggestions. One thought I have on the philosophy of this is that it's sometimes hard for people to realize that fairly short workouts done consistently will be way more valuable than longer workouts not done regularly.

Consistency is sooo important for this challenge - and it's a big key for people to even start liking exercise.

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4/28/05 3:36 P

Hi Donna!

Good for you working out at lunch today!! I think that is awesome! One way to get the most out of your workout is to do interval training. An example of that would be walking on the treadmill. Instead of walking at a good pace for 30 minutes, you would walk at regular speed for 2 minutes (or whatever time you decide), then walk as fast as you can for 1 minute, then go back down for 2. You keep repeating this cycle, and since you are working at a higher level overall, you can either shorten your workout or just get more out of the time you have available. You also might want to divide up your workout days so that you only have to do cardio or only have to do weights, not both.

Just a suggestion! Keep going with this! You are doing great!!

Coach Jen

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4/28/05 3:21 P

Today has been a great day. I dragged myself out of my bed in time to do the 25 minute Pilate tape. I really enjoy Pilates in the morning. It seems to give me so much energy the rest of the day. It doesn't seem very intense when I'm doing it but I can already see a difference in my tummy. I actually have a few muscles under the skin now ... how amazing! Of course they're still buried under fat but they are getting stronger.

Work's been busy. Lots going on. I've set up a priority list and every time the PM gives me something new to add, I've been making him give me the priority and when he'd like it. This way I put off less important things or things not due for a while. Hopefully this will help me manage my work better and still get the most important items complete. I will complete the top two items on my list today so I feel very productive.

I signed up for the site gym yesterday. The gym has lots of weight machines, bikes, treadmills, free weights, etc. They also have exercise classes and an onsite personal trainer for additional cost. Didn't add them now but might in the future. Right now, I want to add weights to my exercise schedule three to four times a week.

I implemented "take back my lunch" today. My project manager wasn't worried when I told him I was going to work out several days at lunch. He told me "good for you". I admit I was a little amazed.

Of course the assistant PM (female) came to me a little later and told me that she didn't feel she could spare the time to work out at lunch because there was so much to do and she didn't want to let the project down.

Feeling a little guilty but telling myself I didn't want to let myself down, when lunch time came I took my workout bag and went to the gym. I worked out using the free weights and machines for my upper body for 40 minutes and then biked for 30. (I have limp noodle arms right now as I type)

I ended up staying for about an hour and half by the time I showered and dressed again, longer than I planned. I'm going to continue to go but I will have to adjust my time on weights and bike. If I'm only gone for an hour then I don't think anyone can say anything. If anyone has any suggestions I'd welcome them. What's the best use of about 50 minutes workout time?

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

Beg weight 205/Current 159/goal 125
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4/28/05 8:14 A

Hi Donna,
My biggest change at work is going to work out at Curves at lunch. My employer is very people friendly and they don't care if we come back with wet hair!:)
The other thing is going to fill my water bottle downstairs--I try to use the stairs at least 3X a day. Its hard to come up with productive ways to leave the desk. I do try to pick up my letters from the printer often--at least it gets me away from the screen more. Not as time efficient, but it sure helps my body not stiffen up.
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4/28/05 8:10 A

Sure thing Donna. Congrats on doing the treadmill and adding in the running!

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4/27/05 10:41 P

Thanks Cindy! And special thanks to you Sparkguy. I have loved the site. As you can tell from my rambling posts, I've especially enjoyed the boards and the food planner.

I got on the treadmill tonight and completed 75 minutes total, 10 of which was running in 2 minute intervals.

The Race for the Cure is in early June. When I signed up I thought I'd walk it, but now I keep having thoughts of being able to run at least half of it. emoticon

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

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4/27/05 9:51 P

Hi Donna

Wow, I'm amazed at your posts so far. You are making changes that will affect the rest of your life and your kids lives too!

This is just why I started this company, to build a place where people can positively help each other reach all kinds of goals.

Thanks for becoming part of our community!

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4/27/05 7:28 P

Donna,
I appreciate your journal. You did it! You left work early! I'm proud of you. Your family will be so happy too. But most of all you made more time for yourself. You had the courage to pack up and leave and helped that poor girl who was feeling guilty about working too late. Look what you are doing. Your journal is helping me and your actions are helping others. Keep it up!
I need to do Pilates today. Thanks for the reminder it's been a month or more.

CINDY

Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Anna Quindlen: "If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your soul, it is not success at all" (Loud and Clear, 212, )


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4/27/05 5:07 P

Thanks Coach jen and Marmalademoon for the words of encouragement! I was surprised to see so many responses, I guess I didn't think people really read these (especially long ones like mine) but I love the connection it gives me ... quite a lift actually.

Linloseandwin, how have you been dealing with the health issues of being bound to a computer? Let me know if you've come up with any strategies that have helped you stay active.

Cindy, congrats on the weight you've lost so far! There is no reason you can't reach your goal of 205 by June. You are welcome to share this journal with me. I'd love the company!

I agree with you that the support from the board has been wonderful. I have a very close family and several very close friends. But all of them are thin and athletic! It makes it very difficult to discuss the issues I deal with in my efforts to struggle out of the cocoon of fat that surrounds my real self.

Tracking the calories and measuring what I eat has been a major eye opener for me. It was very scary at first but it has also freed me. I now know that I control my weight. There isn't any magic, has little to do with my metabolism, or hormones, or fate or anything but what food I put in my mouth and how active I am.

If I eat 3500 more calories than I burn then I gain a pound. If I use 3500 more calories than I ate, then I lose a pound. Such a simple concept and one I'd heard before BUT didn't really "understand" until I saw the numbers of calories ... which was very evident in my weight!

Planning and tracking my food calories has enabled me to control my weight gain or loss to a very great degree. There is very little guess work now when I get on the scale. I know I will be down two more pounds the next time I weigh and that is a wonderful feeling. I love being in control!

I've found that I don't have any problems if I plan my food in the food tracker at least the day before. It took time the first week but gets easier.

Because I'm determined not to be the "fat" sister or Aunt anymore, so far there has been NO food in the world that can tempt me to go over my calorie range. Several times I have adjusted my plan ... once when I was CRAVING chocolate I added in one of those mini dark chocolate bars and then spent a very, very long time eating slivers of it. I enjoyed it all the more because it didn't make me go over my calories.

When I face temptation, I look at the food and ask myself if eating it is worth being overweight? So far the answer has been a loud no.

It took time the first week to plan my food but it gets easier. Now it only takes about 5 minutes a day ... and it makes it so much easier during the day. When I start feeling hungry, I already know what I can eat. And my weight loss is worth the time to plan! I have lots of "favorites" saved and lots of meals saved as "groups". I plan things I like, try new things, and also plan special things.

So far I haven't had to struggle with that empty hungry feeling, nor do I feel as if I'm denying myself things. In fact, this week I've had to watch to make sure I'm eating the minimum calories. I've found that I'm not as hungry as I used to be.

Sorry for the rambling ... I didn't mean to do that again!

Today I got up later than I planned and didn't have time to do my Pilates tape before work. :( (I stayed up too late last night writing my earlier post!) I couldn't go in late because they had an early morning meeting planned. I'm surprised how much I enjoy the Pilates in the mornings now. I still feel very uncoordinated and I'm sure I look like a beach ball when I'd doing the rolling exercises but it is now easier.

I'm much more limber than I was before ... I can now easily bend over and touch the floor. What a major improvement in a month. I suspect it is time to move from the beginner tape to the intermediate tape. I've written down some tape recommended on other boards so I'll have to look for one of them next time I'm out shopping.

I've just gotten home. Since we had to go in to work early, I decided to leave early also so I could exercise. (I've already put in nine hours today since they needed us to work through lunch.) I was feeling guilty since everyone else were still at their desk but I packed up anyway.

As I reached the door of our area, one of the other girls called for me to wait. She packed and left with me. She told me she was glad I was leaving, since she needed to leave also. Her husband has been giving her a very hard time about her work hours but she has been afraid to work shorter hours than everyone else. I wonder how many other still sitting in that room wished they were leaving with us. I suspect there were more than one.

I've now changed into my workout stuff and I'm about to attempt the treadmill again. I hurt my foot this past weekend cleaning house of all things! I haven't run on it because I was waiting until I didn't feel pain any more. Today's the day I hope. If it hurts then I'll do the Slim in 6 tape instead and then just walk on the treadmill afterwards so I put in at least 60 minutes of exercise today.

I really would like to increase my running time! Everyone else on the Running Challenge is progressing faster than me and that drives me crazy ... okay, I'm a little competitive!

Enough time on the computer today! Time to exercise before the boy's get home from school and then stand around laughing at me!

Donna

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Edited by: DONNA999 at: 5/13/2005 (09:45)
I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

Beg weight 205/Current 159/goal 125
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4/27/05 9:58 A

Hiya Donna,
I too was absolutely shocked when I totalled up what I ate in a day, I mean it was NOT much, but lemmeee tellya it was action packed with calories, carbs and fat...I put into the spark calorie counter I ate the day before I joined Spark, I could have just fallen over, it was unbelieveable yet not enuff to really keep one alive you would think...apparently I was not thinking...*laughs*

Thanks for sharing!

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4/27/05 9:15 A

Hi Donna!

I'm glad to see you started a journal! And your first post was an AWESOME one!! It's so exciting to see people learning things about themselves and how to be more healthy every day! You are doing great!

If you need anything, just let me know!

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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4/27/05 8:41 A

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Good for you Donna! With your priorities straight, you are bound for success, as you can see from your 13 pound weight loss.
Your story is an inspiration for the rest of us bound to our computers, keep up the great work! emoticon

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4/27/05 6:32 A

Donna,
Thank you for your inspirational Journal entry! I relate to so much of what you said! I'm now the largest of my three sisters. I think they lost their weight in ways that are not quite normal though. I love and care for them deeply regardless of their skinny bodies. But I don't want to be the fat sister anymore! My aunt has three sisters and she has been the one that stands out in my mind since childhood. When we were little as sisters we would say don't eat seconds you'll look like Aunt" "! Well I found myself looking more and more like her. She is about 350lbs. But when she was my age I think she was about 250. I weighed in at the doctors office in Jan. 05. 233lbs!!! I was on my way to being just like my poor aunt. I started sparks seriously in March. I'm now about 215. Still a size 20 but a very loose 20. My goal is to be 205lbs by the first week in June! I desire so much to be under 200lbs! It's been 4yrs that I have stayed around 225! To finally have a break-through last month is so incredible!
I'm so glad I read your journal page. I haven't tracked one calorie but I think I needed to read about your ah ha moment. If it worked for you maybe it will for me too! I have been mostly losing weight by the support I get here and tracking my cardio. My goal is to burn 2000 calories each week. Haven't reached that yet but it's really fun to watch the calories burned add up. Now I need to track my food. I guess I'm to scared to find out that I eat too much. Has it been stressful to think about your intake? Does it ruin your day if you over do it? Or have you been able to forgive yourself and move on if you mess up?
It's late, well early here in WA. I need to go back to bed and rest. My little 17m old girl had a bad cough and I was up with her. Now she's asleep I better take her to bed. Sorry if I rambled too much. I hope to check in on you again sometime. Okay?

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4/27/05 1:01 A

I decided to start a journal today because I had my second "ah ha" moments today and I've realized I need something to keep me focused on what I have to accomplish. So I'm going to do this for me and it might be long and rambling but I'm going to be brutally honest with myself.

For the last eight years I've been involved in software implementation projects for my company. This involves long hours at work, most of it sitting in front of a computer. To keep us from leaving the office, the project managers provide lots and lots of food and snacks within easy reach.

Okay, okay, most people realize that lots of sitting and lots of eating adds up to lots of weight. But while I "knew" it had a lot to do with my weight gain, I didn't really "realize" the impact. Not really.

The first "ah ha" moment came on the first day I recorded my food intake in the Sparks meal planning section. I remember the date very, very well. March 29th.

I THOUGHT I had been doing well during the day not eating nearly as much as I normally would. After all, I only ate one of the donuts and didn't snack on several additional ones while I worked. I skipped the jars of candy, passed up the cookies and chocolate cake, cut back on my cokes from three or four to only two. I didn't have a BIG lunch, just ate one of the cheeseburges provided and only half my fries.

I got home from work and cooked dinner for the boys and helped them with their homework and then watched a little TV to relax. Just before I was going to go to bed I remembered that I planned to log my food for the day. Since I didn't want to forget, I logged onto the computer and pulled up the Food Log and started recording.

The numbers piled up and up. It was a major shock to see how quickly the calories and fat grams and carbs added up. I was over the suggested limit by lunch and the numbers kept piling up and up.

I stared at the screen and then took off some of the food so it wouldn't look as bad, I adjusted quantities, traded fully-fatted for fat-free, and changed and changed and changed. I put food in and then took it out again as if that would take the calories out of my body ... oh wouldn't that be a wonderful thing. Over and over I played with the food list.

After a while, I stared at the screen and I knew I was wasting my time if I didn't record what I really ate.

I couldn't stay in denial any longer as my first "ah ha" moment bounced through my brain like a rubber ball in a small enclosed place.

I ate too much.

It was as simple as that I thought. I need to learn to control my portions and control the number of calories I ate.

I thought of how much I weighted that morning, 205 pounds. More than I had ever weighted in my life. Every month I seemed to put on another pound or two until the weekend before I'd had to break down and buy a size 18 dress to wear to Easter brunch. Buying that size had been such a shock. I still thought of myself as I was when I wore a size 5 or 7. But I wasn't that size any more. I hadn't been in about eight years.

So I sat and I thought and I stared at the food log. I did okay in the morning at breakfast and even did okay at dinner. The massive number of calories were eaten while I was at work.

Eating at work was a problem. The long hours sitting at my desk with jars and jars of chocolate M&Ms and Reeses pieces and jelly beans and small candy bars and boxes and packages of cookies, and containers of cake, and buckets of chips and pretzels and frosted animal crackers sitting in colorful rows right at my fingertips. There were also the boxes of warm donuts and bagels and sausage biscuits brought in the morning which always smelled so tempting, and pizza and cheeseburgers and Chinese food brought in at lunch.

The job was stressful and the food was there and I nibbled while I worked. Thinking back, I'm lucky I didn't weight 500 lbs!

Another issue were the cokes. Why did they have to have so many calories? They were so necessary to keep me awake.

I've always been a good planner and scheduler. It's one of my strengths. I decided that I was going to take the time to PLAN my food a day early and then stick with my plan. Again, a simple thought but then no one ever said eating healthy was complicated.

That night and every night since, I have created my food plan for the next day. I scheduled three meals and two to three snacks for work. Worked to ensure that there were at least two fruit and two veggies and two dairies every day. I also vowed I would drink my 8 glasses of water BEFORE I drank a single coke.

I've stuck to my plan like cement glue to paper. If I wanted to eat something not on my plan, I went to the computer and adjusted the food before a crumb crossed my lips. If I could eat the item and stay within my calories and fat and carbs then I would eat, if not, not.

It was hard at first. Planning my food. Drinking my water. But it became easier over the weeks. It took almost three weeks for me to drink 8 glasses of water in a day. By the time I managed to do it, I no longer craved the cokes.

The results of "scheduling" and tracking my food and adding exercise into my week have been great. I'm down to 192 pounds as of Monday and I'm now wearing my looser size 14s.

I'd thought I had the whole "getting into and staying in a healthy weight" thing down and was feeling smug and proud... this was something I could do.

I was rocking along and then today, I had the second "ah ha" moment.

I was enjoying the boards and the challenges on Sparks because it made me feel as if I weren't alone in this struggle. I had seen the 10,000 to 20,000 step challenge and thought that since I walked a lot this would be something fun to do ... and not too much effort. Okay, I admit I was feeling a little lazy.

So decided to join the 10,000 to 20,000 steps challenge. I bought one of those Pedometers this weekend and I remembered to put it on this morning before I left for work.

About 6:00 this afternoon, still sitting at my desk at work, I remembered I was wearing it and thought to check the steps I'd taken. I discovered I had only put in about 4000 steps. This was after 10 hours of work!

I had thought that I'd moved a lot during the day, after all I felt as if I were always walking even if it was only to the printer or bathroom. I thought that the Pedometer must be broken or not accurate so I got up and walked and counted my steps and then checked again. To my horror, I realized that the stupid thing was accurate. It was my perception of how active I was which was wrong.

And the realization hit me that I don't really move much during the day, that the only exercise I've been getting was due to the challenges I've joined on the Sparks boards.

So I packed up my stuff, told everyone see you tomorrow, ignored the shocked looks, and went home to exercise.

I've been thinking and worrying about my work and what it does to my weight and health all evening.

The project I've been assigned to work on just started last week and will go through Feb 2006. The hours are already ramping up and will get worse.

I've sat and thought and made some decisions and promises because other things are more important than work.

* Hours in my day: I am going to schedule time off to enjoy life and my kids. I am not going to let my work hours get out of control no matter the pressure the deadlines place on me. If I can't do my work in 8 or 9 hours then the project manager is at fault not me. I will not start working 12+ hours every day as I normally do and as I know other will expect me to do. The maximum I'm going to work is 10 and I'm going to work very hard to make sure that doesn't happen more than once a week. I am not going to plan to work every weekend. I will take that time for myself and my family.

* Food: I will not give into temptation and start eating the fattening food provided. I am going to continue to log and watch what I eat.

* Staying active: I am going to schedule time to exercise at least five times a week and then I'm going to stick to my schedule. I am going to find more active things I enjoy doing so I am not always sitting and so they become a way of life for me.

* I am going to record my progress in a journal at least once a week so I remain focused and honest. And I'm going to re-read my promises to myself so I don't forget them or let work pressure bury them.

Okay, that's enough rambling. I've got to get some sleep. emoticon

I have only one life to live-and I'm not going to waste it. I'd rather burn out than rust out. JUDY SHEINDLIN,b.1942

Beg weight 205/Current 159/goal 125
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