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Friday, June 25, 2010

We switched providers. Oh well, guess that's what they wanted. I guess in their mind people are too lazy to switch to get the "new" discounts. Didn't happen. Still got my free smart phone... well.. yeah, it's been shipped anyway

  
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PAIGESMAMA 6/28/2010 10:38AM

    Well myou got the free phone. Sorry the old company wouldn't take care of you. I know how that goes.

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Frustrated Again

Friday, June 25, 2010

I hate my body. I wish it was a mathematical machine. I should have lost 20+ pounds by then if it was that. I've done the requisite cut out 500 calories a day. I burn well over 3500 calories per week in exercise. Why is the scale stuck? Yes, I've lost 14 pounds in 14 weeks, but it needs to be a little faster than that. I'm on a 2 pound a week diet/exercise plan but that's not happening. Has my metabolism stopped? I am so freaking frustrated with it all. The only good in it... at least I love working out. I just wish I could see some changes from it. I still feel dumpy and frumpy and I hate that. Boo hiss.

and no the inches aren't coming off either although I'm weight training. I'm not cheating, I don't get it.

  
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40PLUSANDFIT 6/28/2010 2:47PM

    Hopefully my dead computer can be salvaged and I can post some before and after pictures. They all seem to be on Facebook where I want to kill my daughter for posting (at least the before). My hubby is trying so hard to keep me motivated. Last night I was dozing off and I feel him poking on arm... 'look there's a dent, it is cutting' (talking about my biceps and deltoids starting to show up again and look cut.

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GINGYCAT40 6/28/2010 2:42PM

    Ok, I know how frustrated you are. I think if you have not done so, go over your logs and your reports for the past few months, see if there is anything you have changed or should change?

Also I would seriously look at the number of calories vs the amount of exercising. Maybe you are not consuming enough calories, therefore, your metabolism would go into the
"starvation mode" and hence the no weight loss.

Another thing.. I am not sure how old you are, but apparently losing weight gets even harder when we get older.

Do you have some "BEFORE" pictures you can post around to remind yourself how far you have come. How wonderfuly you look, how much better you feel ? Focus on the POSITIVES.

This journey will take time. The patience and the strenght we have to find deep within us.

Hang in there..Hugs
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40PLUSANDFIT 6/28/2010 2:28PM

    Well the losing seems to have come to a complete grinding halt in the last month. I've switched up workouts, lot more cardio since I'm banned from lifting for upper body for one more week. Dunno. I just did my legs and want to throw up, but then again I'm not sure if it's from the workout or a continuation of the fact I was really nauseous last night.

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 6/28/2010 12:27PM

    if you are loosing you are heading in the right direction.... are you being to hard on yourself?

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PAIGESMAMA 6/28/2010 10:46AM

    You body will catch up to all you are doing. A pound a wek is good.

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FUNTIMES2 6/25/2010 5:45PM

    I think we can all relate to your post. I know I can!! I hadn't lost any weight in what seemed like the longest time!! I tried not to let it get to me, but it did. I did what gingycat40 suggested and changed up my workout, and it helped - I still have about 10 pounds to lose but at least I see the scale moving. Keep at it emoticon

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40PLUSANDFIT 6/25/2010 4:54PM

    Thanks... I have a minimum of 20 more to lose, prefer 32, but I know at that 20 pound mark I looked fine as long as I was weight lifting. I try to change my routine around each week, drop sets or like you said jogging during a walk and I do a lot of elliptical, but try to add the stair climber or switch to the treadmill every other day. I think it's just more of the frustrating part of only 0.5 lb in the past three-four weeks that's getting to me. and I drink water out the ying yang. I'm even being better at it at home (where I don't have my jug). I just wish it wasn't all lost in my back and upper hips because NOBODY seems to see it. Which of course doesn't help my own body image, because now I'm thinking I don't see anything changing.

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GINGYCAT40 6/25/2010 4:33PM

    Hey girl. I am with you on the same freaking boat. I am tracking/logging and exercising the only thing I lack some days is I do not get in the full 8 glasses of water. The 14 lbs in 14 weeks is great... One pound a week is healthy and stats say that losing it slow like this you will be bound to keep it off this way.

So some spark members told me sometimes your body gets used to the same exercise. I guess if it was me I would look at the reports for the last 14 weeks and the kinds of evercise and the intensity and see if there is anything there that could be changed to trick the body/metabolism so to speak. Some people who walk start incorporating jogging into their walks. I have changed mine from just walking to walking/turbojam and strength training. (Still up one down one for me kind of deal :)

Also I am not sure how much weight you are wanting to lose, ometimes it takes a bit more time if there is not too much that the body has to lose it is like it just wants to hold onto
those pounds like bloody murder.

Another thing I was told, go to the grocery store and hold onto 14 lbs of potatoes... and she how good that feels that your body is not holding those pounds any longer. I bet also you feel different now than 14 weeks ago..

Hang in there.. it is not an exact science..but..
14 lbs in 14 weeks, I would take that my friend. I don't want to do the math for 14 weeks for me :) I know I am no wheres near 14 lbs... so if you wanna trade..I'm game.. LOL

Hang in there.. YOu are doing everything right..

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It's Almost Friday

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Well the weight loss seems to have come to a slow crawl..like it was actually moving very fast to begin with. Whatever!! This elbow thing is getting to me a bit, but I'm still thrashing away in the gym. Did my leg workout today. Had to move weights on the leg press (totally forgot about that), so was very careful with the weight distribution on the right arm. Made sure that the left arm did all the work and the right was just a guide. Upped some of my weights YAY, and overall felt it was a good workout. Felt a little weak at times, but I think that's because my calorie count is low. I didn't eat last night because I was justifying my lunch (with cherry cobbler), so I wasn't sure where I truly was on calories, although I guestimated. Except for the cobbler (which was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good), my overall selections were heavy on the protein (sirloin kabob and beans), so I feel fairly confident that I didn't go over.

Played a little sand volleyball last night. It was fun and frustrating. I'm not very good at it and then the last two years of not playing at all because of my feet just didn't help matters any. I have to admit I think I moved a little faster this time than the last time I played (few weeks ago), but that's about it. Hubby just says I get too tense when the ball is coming to me so that's why I screw up. So I have to learn how to relax. It's that I think I have to be perfect at everything mentality that is just lying in the back of my mind. and on another note, practiced a bit to make sure the elbow could handle the game. Then of course did the requisite Aleve and heat after we got home. I had fun anyway. Sat out the last couple of games when my foot started hurting in the area where the plate was. I still have some calcium undergrowth there where it hasn't filled all the way in.

I'm just babbling here because I haven't posted in awhile. Nothing much truly going on. Slow weight loss, trying to stay on track and not get frustrated and not let the scale bully me into a bad mood. Noticed it was a little slow at least in my friend group.

Keep on moving people, that's where the stuff happens!!!!

  
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40PLUSANDFIT 6/28/2010 4:58PM

    I did think about that and thought possibly I wasn't eating enough. I added some back in my diet, but that hasn't worked, so decreasing the calorie count back again. I try to shock my system, but it's hard to do when you work out at lunch and have a timeline. I know my upper body will be in shock when I get to work out again.

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HILDABRAND 6/28/2010 4:54PM

    After reading all you are doing, I'm wondering if it is too much. Some times when we get in a hurry we do more than our bodies are ready to accept so they go into preservation mode and won't let go of the fat. I was reading Ed Montana's blog about how he's going to take a week off to try to reset his system. Maybe it's time to change what you're doing. Keep your system off balance :o)

Whatever you decide, hang in there. It will get better.

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Pain, Pain Go Away

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I broke down, went to the doc yesterday. Already had a follow up with the foot doctor, so thought I would kill two birds with one stone. This tendinits in my elbow is worse than I've ever experienced. I go to scratch my head and totally lose my arm in pain. WT heck is going on?

He does the requisite poking and prodding, making me writhe in pain. Asks if I had heard a pop, no, no pops. Okay, you have triceps tendinitis. Sherri, most people get biceps tendinitis (tennis elbow). Told him, well I have to be different. Anyway, two more weeks of absolutely NO arm weight lifting Just when I was getting my arms to start looking pretty again. UGHHHHHHHH I HATE IT.

I guess that will force me to do much more cardio and work on my legs harder. Will have to drop some of my exercises for my legs but can always make up for it with the machines.

I hate the body failing on me. It's not supposed to happen to me. No, no, no. Well, I didn't get too upset, went and did over an hour of cardio. The elliptical and treadmill and I are about to become great friends. I would like to be able to brush my hair without screaming in pain.

  
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40PLUSANDFIT 6/28/2010 11:54AM

    I take a supplement for the arthritis in my knees. He felt that the tendonitis in the elbow was caused by pushing too hard (too heavy weights), especially since I had been out of the weight room for such a long time. Typical behavior for me emoticon

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SIMPLY-EVA 6/28/2010 11:45AM

  Did the doctor say anything about taking supplements? Ours recommended Glucosamine w/ chondroitin (sp?) for my hubby and me. It helps a whole lot with the joints and my husband started to feel relief within a week. We have tried the brand Osteo-Biflex but GNC has a good one too.
Funny thing is that when our old dog was getting stiff our Vet recommended we try it on her. She got the spring in her step back within a few days...

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40PLUSANDFIT 6/22/2010 11:31AM

    Thanks... I have it in my wrists occasionally too. I've had it in my elbow before, but the biceps side. This has been very weird, but it seems to be a common thing for people who strength train.

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PAIGESMAMA 6/22/2010 11:25AM

    I hope you are feeling better soon. I have tendinitis in oth wrists so I go through tough time when I do to much writing and typing. It gets tough sometimes because that is what I spend my day doing at work, lol.

Do what you casn and take care of the tendinitis it will get better. It just takes time.

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Setbacks

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My over 40 friends and collegues and fellow Sparkers can probably relate better to this than you "young" folks, but.. isn't it frustrating to be doing so well in the gym or out running or whatever exercise it is that you do, possibly just coming off an injury, sickness, sometime of setback and the body FAILS you again. So frustrating, so inconvenient. Last two years, two foot surgeries and one knee surgery, arthritis beyond belief in my kness. So, I've healed from the surgeries, still have a few issues in the feet, gotten the requisite shots in the knees and have been back in the gym. Down 14 pounds, starting to tone up and look like I work out again. Yay me. Couple of weeks ago.. few twinges in the elbow. Oh, it's tendinitis, I get it about every four or every five years because I've been typing my whole life. It'll go away, little heat, little Advil. Working out in the gym in Cancun (oh heavens it was horrible emoticon), trying to do an exercise for my shoulders, omygosh, I can't lift my elbow all the way up, the pain!!!!! Hmmmm, it was last exercise no biggie.

So go to the gym on Monday, get through most of my chest exercises without too much of an issue, had a little with the cable crosses, but lowered the weight. Okay, dummy, why don't you quit lifting and just do cardio. Give your elbow a rest. Helllllllllllooooo anybody home. Yesterday... omygoodness gracious, every move I made with my arm caused pain and weakness. What the heck is wrong with me. I tossed and turned and cried last night because every time I moved my arm (yes of course it's my right arm and I'm right handed), I was awakened. Stupid elbow, stupid elbow, stupid elbow.

So, now it's braced, I'm going to do CARDIO only for two weeks to let it heal. Stupid body failure. WHY, WHY, WHY NOW. I don't want to get derailed. Why isn't there a magic potion to make me feel better. Finally got my brain over the hump of this isn't happening fast enough and then my physical status gets thrown off.

But I am a stronger person now. I can work through this little setback. It's not going to knock me off the course of being a totally fit HOT 47 year old mother of two. It might slow me down a little bit, but hey a little extra cardio won't kill me.

Life's challenges are there for a reason. To help you grow. To make you stronger. To provide a lesson. Don't let the setbacks throw you for a loop or derail your plans. They may divert you to a different path, or they may just delay you some, just don't fall back into your traps of thinking...

Oh well it's wasn't meant to be
I gues somebody is trying to tell me that I can't be fit
Why does this always happen to me
Screw it, I'll just go back to what I was doing, it didn't hurt as much

Delete all those negative thoughts. Stay on your positive track. Life happens. It's how you react to life's events that determine your course.

so while I was writing this, I'm drinking my water, with my bent injured elbow... and almost dump a 32 oz cup of water on my keyboard emoticon...oops... It will get better emoticon

  
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PAIGESMAMA 6/18/2010 9:00AM

    Thank you!! I had back surgery at 25 and have issues from time to time with my back. I have been having issues for awhile now and am doing what I can right now. I had been doing the all or nothing thing, but realized like you I need to do what I can.

Reading this blog makes me feel like I am not the only one out there struggling with their body doing what it takes to lose weight.

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DONNA47FMFL 6/16/2010 12:52PM

    I can so relate to your blog. I had a similar set back with my elbow earlier this spring. It was right when I was really starting to make progess with my workouts. I was so worried that it would derail my progress but I did not let it (as frustrated as I was) I know you can do it too. Mine was able to heal with some rest then I slowly started back with the weight training using lighter weights it's now almost back to normal. Good Luck! Our 47 year old bodies seem to "break down" more than they used to. emoticon

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40PLUSANDFIT 6/16/2010 11:43AM

    Usually I get a Medrol Dose pack and am good to go for awhile and a splint on my arm. I haven't made the effort to go to the doctor, was trying to avoid the steroid route, but if it doesn't heal with rest, will go to see him. He so loves when I come in with some crazy injury

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MOMSCRZR 6/16/2010 11:06AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling such pain in your elbow. I know how it feels. I've had several instances of this. Two times I got a shot of cortisone which took the pain away for at least 6 months. The third time the doctor gave me a shot, but said to more and sent me for physical therapy. It's been 5 years since and no pain at all. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

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