I'm 52, an architect/kitchen designer living in Massachusetts with my husband, our 11-yr old only son (yes, I'm on the Late in Life Moms' Team!), 3 dogs and about 25 chickens. I've done really well losing 20-ish pounds over and over again on Weight Watchers the last 3 times I joined, but I just gained most of it back AGAIN over the summer, and I've been feeling like I should probably start going back to meetings AGAIN. Then an old (sorry Sharon) high school friend told me how well she's done with SparkPeople I figured I'd give it a try. Love the workouts and the community so far.
Get to a point where Exercise really becomes a natural part of my Life.
Get a handle on Portions! (I generally eat very whole and healthy food, just too much of them!
Get rid of most of the aches and pains that have been bugging me since I hit 50.
So, far, just doing 30 mins of Cardio every day, and 10-20 mins of strength training w/ SP videos. Started up w/ the 28-day Bootcamp, and have been TOTALLY faithful for the 1st 3 weeks!
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Welcome to the Architecture and Design Team. Great to have you. I know the teams been kind on inactive for a while, but I'd like to start thinks up again. Why don't you introduce yourself?
1555 days ago
Comment edited on: 2/19/2012 5:30:26 PM
That's great that you started tracking your food. I have no pointers--just do it. You can save the recipes you cook into SparkPeople with their calories. That way you can more easily track your favorites.
Good for you with keeping up the exercise! Which 30-day workout plan are you using on ExerciseTV? Do you like it?
1661 days ago
Look at you, keeping me accountable and e erything! I'm tickled, thank you! Well, I'm actually enjoying working out every morning! I watch an episode of Sex & the City every morning on the stationary bike (never watched an episode when it was on), so that really helps get me into the basement at 5:30 every morning! And I just started another 30-day workout plan from that ExerciseTV site you recommended. AND, I tracked my food yesterday and today, and should probably keep up with that, because my weight still kept creeping up slowly all last month even though I was exercising for the first time in years. I LOATHE tracking my food--did it obsessively for months on WW, so I know it works, but it takes so much time, especially if you make a lot of meas from scratch, like I do. Any pointers on making tracking easier?
1665 days ago
So what's your plan for November? Sometimes it's nice to take a short break after a bootcamp. If you want something less time-consuming than bootcamp, try the four-week 10-minute daily exercise streak challenge. That way you'll get in at least 10 minutes of exercise per day. You can choose 10 minutes of cardio or a different set of 10-minute videos than the ones you used for the 28-Day Bootcamp.
1665 days ago
Often the exercise alone doesn't lead to weight loss. It helps. I've found that it is one of the secrets for maintaining weight loss. More importantly exercise can be very effective in addressing mood. And at our age we really need strength training to maintain muscles. My mother has been a faithful walker but she never did strength training. Given that she's only 20 years older than me, I get a preview of what I need to be doing now to prevent some of the health issues she's had.
Right now I'm in the best shape I've been in about 10 years. Exercise has made the difference. Finally, I have lost inches even when I wasn't losing pounds. I learned early on SparkPeople to record my measurements, too. Weight isn't the only way to measure progress.
So feel good about your exercise progress--keep your focus on that success. Focus on the possibilities before you. Success in life is really a very relative thing and has a lot to do with the lens you use to view yourself and others. Mastering goals in one arena like exercise can lead to achieving other goals if you let yourself enjoy the progress. No regrets--just continued learning and moving forward.
1676 days ago