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Exercise and Change

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I love the fact that you HAVE TO CHANGE up your exercise routine for it stay effective. There is no way you can say, "I have been riding my bike for 1 hour every day at 11mph and that is what has worked, so I am not going to change it." Because, eventually, it stops working and something has to change. If nothing else, your body could just get really bored with it until you no longer want to continue the same exercise, so you have to take days off and make at least a few little changes. (Kind of like sex, if you did the same thing, the same way, at the same time of day every single day, you coud get really bored and who wants to be bored with that!!)
Today, as I was doing my normal hourly bike ride, I thought, "I really want to get on the Gazelle." And even though I normally do an hour of steps after the bike, I wasn't about to say no to the Gazelle. I mean how often do you think that you really WANT TO get on an exercise machine like the Gazelle!? So, I figured that if I'm motivated enough to want to do it, then I'm doing it. I can always do my steps later.

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STACYH73 10/5/2011 12:51PM

    I can relate!

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5 years into this new LifeStyle and still learning

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I started out with WW after my first baby and eventually switched over to Sparkpeople and it has been great. I feel like I have been doing this for all of my life. For the last two years our small town had a free session called "Get Fit" that lasted about 8 weeks. They would have weekly meetings and free Zumba classes and each person had to team up with another member for our weekly weigh-ins. (I loved it!) I've read so many of the same things over and over that I'm always surprised when, at a meeting, someone brings up a very, very basic point and everyone seems to be amazed. Really? Really, is it that shocking that you should try to eat 3-5 servings of fruits/veggies a day? And YES, exercise is important!

Oops. I almost went on an off-topic rant there. To get back on topic, I don't mind hearing and reading the same things over and over because
1) sometimes it has to be repeated over and over before it sinks in. When I first started my lifestyle change, I was sure that as long as I stayed in the right calorie range it didn't matter whether I ate veggies or chocolate cake all day! (So, yes, I was one of those.)

2) Eventually I run across things I didn't know and I still need (and will always need) all the help I can get on this journey.
Today I read this in one of the SP articles.
45% to 65% of calories eaten should come from carbohydrates.
20% to 35% of calories eaten should come from fat.
10% to 35% of calories eaten should come from protein*.
I'm sure I've probably read it before, but I think my mind was ready for it this time so now I have something else to watch for on my daily tracker report. I'd seen the pie chart for this but was not really should where I should be in each area. Now I know.

So, even if I think I've read something a hundred times, I'll read it again, just in case.

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MJMONE 10/4/2011 9:41AM

    Thank you for this, I've been on Spark since 2008, though did not get serious till Nov 2009...keep feeling like I should have 'got it' by now. But though I am better, I still need to get back to basics

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NOREGRET2010 10/4/2011 8:44AM

    I am a slow learner, LOL. I need lots of repetition...my biggest problem is putting what I've learned to USE! :)

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JANTWO 10/4/2011 12:45AM

    I think we see different things that are important to us each time we read something. I am still learning too!!!!

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Ready for a New Month!

Monday, October 03, 2011

I'm ready to start this new month! I didn't really want to move today but talked myself into 2 hours of steps. Hopefully, I can keep it up the rest of the month! I'm looking forward to proving to myself that I CAN do this!

Good luck everyone and have a great month!


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NOREGRET2010 10/3/2011 8:48AM

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Why I Love My SparkTeams!

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's bed time already but I wanted to get a quick blog done. I like keeping up the routine with my Sparkpage and Sparkteams.

Sometimes I worry that I may be overstepping my bounds on the teams, so I try to remind myself to step back and just participate. They are so much fun and it helps to keep me accountable knowing that I have a team where I can post my actions.

The Wii fit team helps keep me motivated to exercise because even if I don't feel like exercising, I KNOW I can do a few things on the Wii. Usually, that makes me feel much better and I can move on to more strenuous exercise.

The scrapbook teams help to keep me focused on my family and hobbies that I love. They help keep me grounded, so I don't over-focus on exercise, eating or anything else. Basically, they help me remember what is most important to me and why I do this - my family!

The Slowest Loser team reminds me to take it easy, while helping me to stay accountable and to feel good about my efforts no matter what happens so that I just keep going!

Finally, the team stats help to motivate me to stay more involved in SP and to complete my exercise! I love seeing the improvement in my stats each month!


Back to a Normal Day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We're finally back to a normal day! I was a little under the weather Monday and Tuesday and was woken up multiple times those nights but no one woke me up last night, so I got to sleep until my alarm went off this morning and it was wonderful!! (Plus I took some cold medicine last night.) My whole family thought I was crazy as I woke everyone up with a smiling, "Good Morning!" My 4 yr old told me she was going to go to sleep on time tonight for Mommy. Sleep is definitely a must for me to function properly. The previous two mornings I would get my husband and 6 yr old ready and then go back to bed so I could get enough sleep. I would wake up feeling better but then I had lost another 2 hours of my day! Uninterrupted sleep is so much better!

Assessment of my Goals:

1) I have managed to log in to SparkPeople 40 days in a row!
2) I have tracked my food for 43 days, only missing one Sunday when we were in the middle of nowhere.
3) I have done at least 6 hours of exercise every week for the last 7 weeks (my original goal was only 90 minutes/ week!)
4) I have remained involved with my SparkTeams

I lost 3 lbs last week. Friday is my official weigh in day, but I also weigh myself on Monday which has been fairly effective in helping me to control my weekends. This past Monday I weighed exactly the same as I did on Friday. Hopefully, the last two days did not throw me too far off track. If they did, it won't take me long to make them up!

Today's Nutrition:

I am having my normal breakfast but I am out of spinach for my regular lunch, so I'll be eating stuffed squash for lunch today. I think it will be pretty good. For dinner we're having Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Pasta, broccoli and homemade bread.

I'm trying to get used to having dinner ready early so I can get the kids to all of their afternoon activities! Tuesdays and Wednesdays are ballet and Wednesdays and Thursdays are Art. Next month we start swimming and I start exercise classes. I'm trying to just add one thing at a time so we can get used to the schedule without wearing ourselves out to much or overdoing it.

Have a great Wednesday!

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