17th February 2013
Shared Food & Fitness Trackers
I have been yo-yo dieting for over half my life and by the end of October 2012 had got to the highest weight I had ever been and decided I really had to do something about it before I began to have really severe health problems. I found SparkPeople in March 2008 and made good progress during the first six months but fell by the wayside when my father died and I became responsible for looking after my very demanding stepmother. I must have tried about 4 or 5 times to get back on track and sparking again, but it just didn't seem to happen.
After a trial couple of weeks at the beginning of November 2012 getting in a bit more exercise and tracking my nutrition I finally got back on track with Sparking and have kept it up ever since. I am really determined now to keep on going, come what may. If I have bad days, I am not going to abandon the battle, but will put it behind me and get back on track taking one day at a time.
I seem to have been dieting for most of my adult life and the mistake I made in the past was to eat too little and cut out most fat from my diet. Spark has taught me that this isn't the way to go and I use the nutrition tracker every day to help myself eat healthily.
I was 60 on in June 2012 and struggled until the end of October to try and get back on track, and then it just seemed to happen overnight and I managed to keep on track for over year, but then I fell and haven't managed to stay on track for any length of time since. My goal is to be at my target weight by the time I am 65, if not before.
In January 2013 I joined Spark Coach, invested in a set of Withings scales and fitbit one to make myself more accountable. I also joined a gym with a swimming pool.
My aim is get get in 10,000 steps a day and hit the gym twice a week if not more. I want to begin cycling again and I dig over the garden and grow vegetables in the summer.
I am from the Cotswolds in the UK and work from home teaching music - piano, flute and more recently violin which keeps me busy for up to 50 hours or more a week what with preparation and practise on top of the lessons I give.
I don't like exercise much, but love gardening. I do enjoy swimming and cycling, but would still prefer sitting reading a good book, or my Kindle, or on the computer. Maybe this will change as I get fitter. We'll see.
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 233.7
Karen R (ADALOUISE) from the Scarlet Dragons would like you to join her this month in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Challenge! Breast cancer has touched the lives of so many of us, and we all know early detection is the key, whether male or female!
So before you give the tatas a once-over, letâ€™s get in a workout first! The exercises listed have a modifier with each, so you can join in at any fitness level! If thereâ€™s still something you are unable to do, please modify to meet your specific needs! The point isnâ€™t to show your strength training prowess and be the best of the best. The point is to PARTICIPATE! Now letâ€™s get a little hooter sweat going before we hop in the shower to do our self exams!
S-50 SQUATS (50 Adductor/Abductors)
E-50 FRONT JABS (50 Seated Biceps Curls)
L- 30 LATERAL LUNGES (30 Seated Hip Extensions)
F-30 FORWARD LUNGES (30 Squats, holding the back of a chair)
E-50 JUMPING JACKS (50 Seated Jumping Jacks)
X-30 PUSH UPS (30 Wall Pushups)
A-30 ALTERNATING HAMSTRING CURLS (30 Standing Hip Flexion/Extension holding the back of a chair or wall)
M-50 HIGH KNEE MARCH IN PLACE (50 Seated High Knee Marches)
Do what you can, modify what you need to, but try your best, regardless of fitness level! If youâ€™ve got a suggestion on an exercise youâ€™d like to see incorporated into the challenges, please let us know!
12 days ago
Mon: Chat OR Topic OR Game Day in your Common Room
Tues: Chat OR Topic OR Game Day in your Common Room
Wed: Chat OR Topic OR Game Day in your Common Room
Thurs: Visit OR Hostess your Sister-House Day
Fri: Meet in the Crossed-Crests Thread with your Deputy Headmistress Day
Sat: Catch-up in your Common Room OR Crossed-Crests if you haven't dropped by
Sun: Catch-up in your Common Room OR Crossed-Crests if you haven't dropped by
P.S. Ms Rosa, I am waiting for your response to my *owl* about your SIL Sir Jimmy joining Hogwarts. The *owl* was sent to him, as well as to your Head of House and your Deputy Headmistress. Please see to it that he makes his decision soon.
18 days ago
Look up and to the right where there's a blue box that says:
My SparkPage Actions:
Click: SparkPage Settings
Click: Edit Text
Scroll down to:
Right now, you have:
Place either a 'dash' or a tilde ~ and your House, like this:
Rosa ~ Gryffindor
The SparkGoodies are are in a 'box' located under whatever pictures we've uploaded on our SPpage - on the left side - just above the Awards 'box' and...I think you 'click' the:
Give _______________ a Goodie
(It's under 3-pictures displaying 3-goodies - on the SPpage of the person you want to gift.)
I hope that helps. It's takes a little maneuvering after SP changed our SPpages.
38 days ago
The Dragons challenge you today!
Spell your name, repeat 2 times:
A = 50 jumping jacks
B = 20 crunches
C = 30 squats
D = 15 pushups
E = 1 min wall sit
F = 10 burpees
G = 20 sec arm circles
H = 20 squats
I = 30 jumping jacks
J = 15 crunches
K = 10 pushups
L = 2 min wall sit
M = 20 burpees
N = 40 jumping jacks
O = 25 burpees
P = 15 sec arm circles
Q = 30 crunches
R = 15 pushups
S = 30 burpees
T = 15 squats
U = 30 sec arm circles
V = 3 min wall sit
W = 20 burpees
X = 60 jumping jacks
Y = 10 crunches
Z = 20 pushups
Let me know how you do!
38 days ago
Ms Rosa Gryffindor,
Thank you for displaying our Team Logo on your SPpage!! If you haven't put your
Name ~ House
DOWN in your Signature, please do.
I've just made a cauldron of butterbeer. Fly by when you get the chance!!
HM Annie Hoggywarty
40 days ago