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Need help motivating others on a team-Suggestions?

Friday, September 20, 2013

The company I work for has just started a "Lose 2 Win" 12 week weight loss challenge. First ever for us!
I was very excited to hear of this! It seemed to be just what I needed to get up and get moving again after my knee surgery which had left me less than motivated.
What's the catch ? This isn't a solo event. You HAVE to be teamed up with 3 other people and the teams that lose the highest % of Body Fat win 1st,2nd and 3rd place prizes. VERY nice prizes too I might add.
1st prize is a $300 gift card and a polar f7 heart rate monitor for ea team member.
2nd is a $200 gift card each and 3rd prize is $100 gift card ea. Not bad I thought. I'm totally IN!
I really think we have a shot at winning this but relying on others is not my forte.
In order to even qualify for prizes every team member has to officially weigh in monthly. If anyone misses the weigh in, it will negatively affect the rest of us.
One person on the team already seems to be having second thoughts based on comments made and we're not even 1 week into this!
Once you sign on the dotted line you're in and we're stuck together.

I am the team lead and looking for anyone who has done this before with their office or company. How did it go? What was done to keep you all working together? Did your team win ? Did you plan fitness together on your off time? Doubters?

This challenge runs from now until mid December so there is plenty of time for suggestions.

I did give them the SparkPeople website for tools, tips and tracking and all the other great things this site offers. That's about all I could think of for now.

I really need ideas about keeping everyone motivated and moving towards our common goal.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and posting your thoughts!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/24/2013 6:39PM

    if you can have breaks together or lunch or a walk . maybe weigh in together . call and talk often I never have done this . I bet it is fun let us know how it goes

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CERULEANTEAR 9/20/2013 1:12AM

    I'm glad you're fired up about the competition!

The only thing I can suggest is create an exercise team. Try to make time for everyone to meet up and exercise together (ex. walk, go to the gym, do a DVD, play a sport). Then maybe go eat a healthy meal together.

If you spend some extra (outside of work) time keeping your team focused you stand a much better time of winning a prize. Best of luck! emoticon

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What I Learned While at Home Recovering from Knee Surgery

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Some of you know I had a total knee replacement March 18th, 2013 so here's some things that I learned a long the way.

1. NEVER schedule any surgery the day after St.Patricks Day if you are Irish...(what the heck was I thinking?)

2. It is totally possible to gain a ridiculous amount of weight in a short period of time.

3. There are too many court shows on tv..I could have a degree in law I swear!

4. I could have easily re-addicted myself to World of Warcraft. Luckily I couldn't sit at the computer too long! Hehe

5. Always, ALWAYS, try on your work clothes (and jeans) periodically to make sure you can still fit in them. Not cool finding out the DAY you go back to work. Take my word for it!
(Some dummy I know wore gym shorts and sweats with the elastic waist band the entire time she was recovering--huh? what?!!)

6. Make sure your significant other knows how to cook. Nutrition is vital!
Mine knows how to pick up Blubber King on the way home from work. Cooking? Eh, not so much. Though he did make pretty good scrambled eggs for me once....who knew ??

7. Percocet is NOT your friend.

8. My FAVORITE days were when my family and friends came by for a visit, texted or called to check on me.
It was during this time of vulnerability, that I realized HOW important family and friends are and I'm so happy to have them in my life.

So there ya go...Some important observations and lessons learned for any future surgical procedures. Hopefully you will not have to go through any of this. Keep your parts for a long as you can! I'm finding out the fake ones aren't nearly as good as the real ones though I'm glad I finally had it done.
If you've had surgery and learned a thing or two while you recovered, feel free to post away. I love reading the comments !

Have a healthy day emoticon

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OOLALA53 9/23/2013 9:16AM

    I was lucky. Everyone cooperated with bringing only smart food. I ate better that month than many in previous years. (Now I eat like that almost all the time, but it took a few years to get it right.) Plus, I live alone and it was just too hard to get up and down to eat! I don't want to depend on being in pain anymore to keep from overeating. The pleasure of hunger and satiety work just fine now.

Hope your recovery is progressing as it should! Including lessons learned.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/18/2013 6:51PM

    1 my daughter had her pacemaker put in two days before thanksgiving no doctors or nurses around 2 you can gain quick without surgery3,4 lol 5 make sure dress clothes fit before you go to the funeral and cant breathe or move 6 before surgery if you can cook and freeze your own good stuff ,people only drop off blubber food.7 when I pulled my rib cage tripping on the dog the doctor only gave me a few Percocet and then no more ,He was my favorite doctor lol no he still is. even though I was still in a ton of pain that aspirin did nothing for . Here is one you did not list do not babysit someone's kid the day after surgery. and don't decorate the tree if you are not supposed to lift your hand over your head. lol. I am so glad you are doing better . fun important blog.

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LINDA! 7/17/2013 12:19AM

    I can definitely relate to some of your issues. I had a shoulder replacement after a nasty fall in 2011. Although my family was awesome with keeping up with cooking and laundry...I did find it extremely boring to not be able to get out of the house. I "lived" in a lazy boy for several weeks even sleeping in it because a bed was not comfortable. I woke up many times watching anything on cable including infomercials. I have not watched another one since regaining my mobility and strength.

I didn't gain any weight because I felt so bad so often I did not eat much. Also, I only had one hand/arm to use so many times it was just too hard to eat. Although hubby did cut my meat, since I couldn't.

I am so happy that you are recovering. emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/16/2013 1:17PM

    emoticon Very Valuable Lessons, but I hope none of us NEED to use them any time soon, LOL!!

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SHIRLA7 7/16/2013 12:05PM

    I totally agree with no. 3, 6 and 8 of your blog! I had my first knee replacement three years ago and most recently the other knee on Dec. 10th.

I actually lost weight, so my clothes were fitting great when I went back to work, but I sure did gain that back fast!

I had both my surgeries done in Dec. right before the holidays, it was best for me because I didn't have to take as many sick days, but I sure was depressed, all of my friends were enjoying the holidays and I was holed up in my house by myself in pain. Very depressing!

Another thing I learned was that pushing yourself to get back to work after only 4 weeks just isn't worth it, I could have used another week or two if I had had the days to spare.

My dh can't cook, so I froze a lot of meals before I went into the hospital and he brought home a lot of fast food too unfortunately.

I also realized that even though I had the same surgeon each surgery and recovery was totally different.

The best days were not having to wear those darn socks anymore, getting the staples out and the day that I could drive myself somewhere!

Hoping I won't have to go through this again. I enjoyed your blog and it made me giggle! Thanks!

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1TOBFIT 7/16/2013 10:51AM

    LOL yeah the spanx for your leg or leg girdle....fun times emoticon

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BLUESTARMOM 7/16/2013 7:37AM

    And those sock put-er on-er things are one of the greatest inventions ever! emoticon

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ALICIA214 7/16/2013 12:17AM


Glad you are on the mend......time now to emoticon

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Its NOT a good deal if its crap.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This is just a random conversation I had with my longtime boyfriend who is 6'ft and weighs MAYBE 175. He eats "whatever" without gaining weight ! UGH!!

Yesterday we drove past a well known breakfast restaurant chain who was offering all you can eat pancakes for a real cheap price.
My boyfriend commented on how we should go one morning .
I looked at him and said, " Really? It doesn't matter if its 99 cents its junk and we're not eating that". He said "yeah but it tastes good!" then he went on to describe adding blueberries (as if this would somehow dramatically shift the nutritional value of the pancakes) Logic ? emoticon
Then I reminded him of all the nutritious food we do eat that tastes good that doesn't require a drowning in artificially flavored syrups and that you would actually have to CHEW rather than just slide down your throat.
No reply. (He may have been thinking what a buzz kill) But, I think I actually won that round. emoticon

Anyway, my point is, in another time, I would have bought into that "deal" and been more than willing to join him for a pancake slammin contest (Im very competative-lol)

But Im kind of proud of myself because this time the idea didn't even phase me and I've actually gotten good at looking at food for the nutritional value and as fuel for my workouts. (Sounds boring but its not)
Its truly not worth it to me to eat that, no matter how cheap it is.

My goal this month is to continue to live and learn a healthier lifestyle, eating good real food and to lose 13 lbs.

I don't see where pancakes fit into that plan and I don't subscribe to the everything in moderation theory. Ive read enough data on the hormone insulin to throw that idea out the window.

Wishing all who read this great success in your JUNE GOALS! If you don't have a goal this month make ONE or a few and go for it!

Please feel free to share your goals and ideas with me. I love to read them !


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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/6/2013 2:25AM

    This is awesome -- it is great when you realize that you have changed your eating habits for the better! Way to go.

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GINGER_BEAR 6/4/2013 7:47PM

    Great goals! I just read a quote somewhere that said you can not expect to feel like a million dollars eating off the dollar menu...My dh can eat all and anything and NEVER gain weight. I am forever talking him out of eating at buffets..Good for you for not having the pancakes.. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/1/2012 12:48PM

    just got back here after doing a lot of want your blog said not to glad you are here leading te good fight and leading the way

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TGEVING1 2/7/2012 12:29PM

    I wanted to thank you for your inspiring blog. I know I replied earlier but since I restarted my journey your words helped me keep good eating habits. It really helped me when my work would bring in free bagels from Einstein bros for breakfast and then pizza for lunch.


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TGEVING1 6/23/2011 7:05PM

    That is awesome! Congrats!

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FLGIRL1234 6/23/2011 2:30PM

    "I don't see where pancakes fit into that plan and I don't subscribe to the everything in moderation theory. Ive read enough data on the hormone insulin to throw that idea out the window" LOVE IT!

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DARKTHOR 6/13/2011 5:17PM

    My version of moderation involves putting very little 'garbage' into my body these days. I think too often moderation seems to include a little of lots of junky foods. It all adds up. Even if it isn't adding weight (which it often is) it can still affect our health.

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SYLVIE_RUNS22 6/10/2011 12:42PM

    I can't help but laugh because Joe and i have this conversation regularly! It's like the time he tried to convince me that dominos pizza had some great nutritional value because it had bread, cheese, and meat. Or the time he tried to tell me that Panda Express was okay because it had vegetables in it; failing to realize that the stuff is coated in oil and extremely salty and fatty sauces. Some men are so silly!

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SHAR140 6/1/2011 9:14PM

    Bravo!! Isn't it amazing how it's not just less food + more exercise, it's how we think about it too - I definitely also think of food as fuel now, especially when I run or have a rugby practice or game (I learned my lesson, don't EVER eat BK breakfast wraps before a game! emoticon lol)

I do believe is moderation *somewhat*, but at the same time I know there are some foods I just have to avoid completely or I'll go overboard (you know, "once you pop you can't stop!" lol). But if I have a craving for something like pancakes, I'll try to make my own, healthier version at home - like with whole wheat flour, fruit to top it, etc.

Anyway, I am glad I can help motivate you and help you reach your goals - I know posting mine here and updates every month definitely help keep me accountable and on track!


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BARBARASDIET 6/1/2011 2:02PM

    Congratulations! I do believe in moderation, and it has helped me keep off 75 pounds for over three years. You have to know what works for you.

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JENNJO322 6/1/2011 1:22PM

  Good for you!!! Glad you stayed your ground!

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JNSM08 6/1/2011 1:12PM

  I keep saying this too! Plus I see lots of people are on the coupon crave but all they buy is crap, crap, crap! Oh well, I can only take care of myself! Good luck on your June goals!!!! emoticon

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Meeting Ali Vincent

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today was one the most incredible days for me. This afternoon I got to meet The Biggest Losers first female winner Ali Vincent !
I have to say, she is the kindest, sweetest person you would ever want to meet ! Here's how it all started.
While I was reading blogs and doin my "spark thing" this morning, she was on a local news broadcast and they said she would be at Famous Footwear today signing books. Well, I already read her book that I got from the library and I didnt really want to buy one for her to sign. I already wanted to get a new pair of crosstrainers so I figured, I'd buy a pair of sneaks and if the crowd wasnt too bad, I'd get to say Hi to her and if allowed take a pic with her.
When I got to the store (after getting a little lost) I saw the line to meet her wasnt too bad so I decided to get a pair of shoes first. A nice young girl named Heather helped me with what I was looking for and when I went up the the register to pay, the girl at the register said I get a free book for being in the first 50 people who bought something. That was cool, buy some shoes, get a free book AND get to meet someone who seems totally awesome.
The line was moving pretty slow so a lady next to me in line and I started chatting. I noticed she had a 24hour fitness badge on. I told her I am a member and at which one I workout. She said she teaches aqua and some other classes and invited me to take her class. I shared SparkPeople with her and invited her to come check us out. I let her know she would not be disappointed !
The more this lady and I chatted, soon we discovered that we both work for the same corporation, she at a different location, pretty much across the street from where I work!
The lady ended up having to leave because she still needed to get to work, so I agreed to ask for Ali's autograph for her and bring it to the gym for her.
By the time It was my turn to meet Ali, I asked her if her cheeks hurt from smiling so much. She said "no, Im a smiler" (she truly is) and a hugger. She didnt shake hands. She gave every person who stepped up, a big warm hug !
I told her a little about my journey and asked her if she had ever heard of Spark People.com and she said "yes!". I told her that she has a lot of fans here and fans of the show and would be cool if she ever created an account. I told her I had occasionally visited her web page to see whats new and she apologized for not keeping up on it as much as she'd like. She said she has been very busy but asked that I be patient. Her website will be getting better she said.
She handed me two packets of her "Protein 2 Go" product which I will try in a day or so. She autographed two photos, one for me and one for the fitness instructor and here is what she wrote in my book. "Jackie, congrats on your journey and always remember, its every day for the rest of our lives. Love you, Ali Vincent FFBL" (first female biggest loser)
She is remarkable, she has that "spark" about her and she was just as chipper and fun at the end of the signings, as she was at the start.
She definately has a fan here !

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OOLALA53 2/13/2012 7:43PM

    That was meant to happen!

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N_STITCHES 7/12/2011 11:09AM

  How fun for you! It was meant to be, huh? I love the pic of you two!!......Patti

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/13/2011 12:44PM

    Really cool!!

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GIVINGINOW 12/18/2010 11:50AM

    How neat! I did not realize she had a book out. I am heading to the library today to look for it!

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ALOHAEV1 7/20/2010 6:59AM

    This is a great payoff for watching TV!!! And you met two new friends, Ali and a water buddy, kewl...

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SHAR140 7/18/2010 5:22PM

    That's emoticon Jackie! Too bad she's not going to be here anytime soon, I'd love to meet her too!


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ALEXSGIRL1 7/18/2010 9:40AM

    wow how very nice i love how you didnt have this planned it just fell into your lap awesome.

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SHELLY-ELLY 7/17/2010 10:34PM

    Aw how wonderful! Thats awesome you got to meet Ali. She seems like such a wonderful person. Hey girl, thats a great pic of you too! You're looking Good! Glad you had such a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Shelly
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FHAMWEY 7/17/2010 10:05PM

    Very Awesome!! I had read about that and then totally forgot. It is right near my house too! Glad you had such a great experience with her!

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REFUSETOFAIL 7/17/2010 8:22PM

    How incredibly awesome!

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Finally, using my noodle!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Never underestimate the power of a pool noodle. If you havent seen them they are long foam tubes that you can use for resistance in the pool or just float on them OR as my neice and nephew do, beat each other about the head and face without mercy...

I spent about an hour yesterday at the pool with a pool noodle I recently bought. I have never taken a water aerobics class so I wasnt sure exactly what to do with this "thingy". I knew I didnt want to beat anyone with it. (well, there was this one time-hehe)
I went to YOUTUBE and watched different videos of instructors doing various moves in the water with these noodles.
It was helpful for sure but I actually made up a few on my own too. I almost exclusively used my upper body. (Im working on these bat wings-lol )
Here are a few of the things Ive done. I did the length of the pool 10x for each of these.

1. Sit on the noodle you can use your arms, shoulders and chest muscles to "swim" upright through the water in a forward motion.
2. Sit on the noodle you can use your arms, shoulders,triceps and back muscles to "row" backwords. I really liked this one ! I swear I could row to China.
3. Hold the noodle length wise in front of you and use your legs ONLY to propell yourself forward the length of the pool . Very slow going but effective !

Swimming really helps take the pressure off my knee and today I feel the burn as if I lifted some heavy weights !
I would like to gradually increase the amount of times I cross the pool.

Im new to these types of workouts so, If you work out in a pool or have taken water aerobics and have any ideas to share please do !
Im open for any and all suggestions- Thank you !

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ALOHAEV1 7/20/2010 7:09AM

    Huh, didn't know you could find stuff like that on YouTube, thanks!

My kids are avid swimmers, they turned me on the swimplan.com
site. Also, while visiting them in sunny Florida used daughter in law's swim belt and hand weights so recently got that it's not doing me much good still in the box and back of the car though. (I do have a doc excuse but not for much longer)

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/17/2010 6:44PM

    sounds like a cool easy form of exercise will have to give it a try up until now i thought noodles where only for hitting other people with now i know better

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/16/2010 12:01PM

    Sounds like great exercise! Good for you.

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