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Eight Days In and a Hula Hoop question

Friday, June 01, 2012

So here we all are at the beginning of a new month. I wish you all a happy and successful June.

This is the month when I intend to make some measured and serious progress here. I've said that before many times in different ways and failed to get to where I want to be, but I never quite give up. After dithering around on the edges of Spark for a while after my most recent weight gain, I made a new start here on May 25th. I can be positive today altho it's only a week I'm happy to have been staying on track with calorie consumption and nutrition, done strength exercises and kept up my very basic walking programme which I MUST MUST MUST perk up - for the sake of variety and to save me from boredom. I need to walk faster and longer but also find some other cardio to do. Bought a hula hoop but its so light I cant keep it up for long. I used to love hooping but have no recollection of the weight of my hoops when I was a child. I've found that I can actually buy a weighted one so unless anyone knows of a way to weight the one I have, Ill be investing in another. Of course it may be just a question of forgotten technique and muscle tone. Any suggestions/advice gratefully received.

I made a resolution not to hop on the scales too much because they can freak me out not to say obsess me. Its weird not weighing in weekly though, because that can be a measure of progress but I know it isnt to be relied on. Ive taken body measurements but nothing has changed in the last week obviously. I know from experience that if I get on the scales weekly and see no change Ill be very tempted to give up so Im resolved to leave well alone until 4 weeks after the start of this new effort. Thus June 25th is weigh-in day. In the meantime I'm tracking fitness minutes but I do need some other motivation. I hope my clothes will get a bit looser soon thatll make me happy in so many ways. I do have a particular pair of jeans that are on the small side(for me!). I did get into them before Christmas but alas they cause a big muffin top now so they will be a measure of a non-scale victory.

A wise and supportive SP-friend left me a message : Don't focus on getting there (referring to my goal) soon if you are doing so. Make the small changes that can most easily become permanent. You know who you are and I thank you for the timely reminder.

Most of my good friends here know that I get excited about progress towards goal when its going well and that I then let it all drop (despite these friends' best efforts to keep me going) when progress is poor so I give myself no chance truly to establish new habits. That is my principal reason now for not weighing too often.

Plod on with determination seems to be the way forward. Wish it didnt sound rather boring to me but I know it certainly wont be boring at all when I eventually get there. The sense of achievement will be huge. Need to focus on that thought.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 6/5/2012 7:50AM

    "altho it's only a week I'm happy to have been staying on track with calorie consumption and nutrition, done strength exercises and kept up my very basic walking programme which I MUST MUST MUST perk up - for the sake of variety and to save me from boredom"
* Congrats on sticking with it.

"so unless anyone knows of a way to weight the one I have, I�ll be investing in another. Of course it may be just a question of forgotten technique and muscle tone. Any suggestions/advice gratefully received."
* Sorry, I know pretty much nada about hula hoops.

"I made a resolution not to hop on the scales too much because they can freak me out � not to say obsess me. It�s weird not weighing in weekly though, because that can be a measure of progress but I know it isn�t to be relied on. "
* Good move.

"Plod on with determination seems to be the way forward. Wish it didn�t sound rather boring to me � but I know it certainly won�t be boring at all when I eventually get there. "
* See, now I ask, "why wait?". I'm American and, ergo, extremely impatient. There's got to be some physical activity that you enjoy or would enjoy even if you wouldn't win a national or international championship at it today.

Something you can learn, practice and get in shape whilst trying/learning. Tennis, softball, hiking, Roller Derby, Pro-Wrestling (Ladies and Gentlemen..."The LAZ!!!!" (crowd applauses))?

I dunno. What is it that you've always wanted to do? Do you children, neices or nephews play sports? Help them practice?

Me, personally, I'm starting a crazy revolution that's really crazy (chack out my blog on the matter), but as part of that I'm thinking of going for kettlebell certification. May or may not last, but hey, I'll get in shape.

Just thinking out loud.

Hugsies,

- Trent

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/1/2012 5:04PM

    You can do it. I know you can. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 6/1/2012 8:15AM

    You can totally do this! Set as many non-scale goals as you can, so you have more to celebrate. Make some of them fun and not necessarily fitness related--is there something you'd like to learn? I think the more fun you're having on the journey, the more successful you'll be.
As far as the hoop goes, if you're trying to hoop with one of the kid ones you get at the toy store, you're probably going to be frustrated. They're next to impossible for adults to use. Heck, most teens I know can't even keep them up. If you want some suggestions for adult-sized hoops, holler and I can shoot you some info. Lots of folks make their own.
SPARK ON!!

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SUSIEPH1 6/1/2012 5:46AM

    You can do this Sonia my friend ..
Baby steps and changing your exercise around frequently ..
Walking is great .. Try to walk fast for a while then slow down then fast again .. I find this really works well for me .
I very rarely get on the scales, I go by the fit of my clothes and how I feel ..
Putting to much pressure on yourself will only lead to failure .
Don't forget this is a lifestyle change not a diet ..
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/1/2012 4:36AM

    Morning Sonia
love your positive outlook!
If you want tips on hooping speak to JOYINKYshe has become an expert as has
MOSTMOM1

Keep up the good work and good luck hun emoticon

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Good days

Monday, May 28, 2012

So the first weekend of my renewed efforts. A good few days of food and exercise and I spent a happy weekend on the beach setting up BBQs with my students (I find it really easy to enjoy barbecued fish or meat and salads without overdoing it) and not a drop of wine passed my lips. Had to legislate for it with homemade crushed fruit drinks mixed with sparkling water but all went well. Must be a first!

Another good thing is that - very typically - I had somehow failed to calculate correctly the number of pounds I had to lose when I reset my tickers at the end of last week and find that its not 50-ish pounds to lose as I mentioned in my blog but actually 35 pounds. (Yup Caz you were right as always! Not as bad as I thought!) So I could be at goal sooner than I expected provided I keep on track. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/1/2012 5:00PM

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TRENTDREAMER 5/28/2012 9:23PM

    "Had to legislate for it with homemade crushed fruit drinks mixed with sparkling water but all went well. Must be a first! "
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"I reset my tickers at the end of last week and find that it's not "50-ish pounds" to lose as I mentioned in my blog but actually 35 pounds. "
* Double :)

"So I could be at goal sooner than I expected provided I keep on track."
* Don't focus on getting there soon if you are doing so. Make the small changes that can most easily become permanent.

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NEW-CAZ 5/28/2012 9:39AM

    As McCloud would say.........there you go! emoticon
Sounds like I can lock the door of the shed back up and remove the "put-me-up" bed away.

Keep positive hun emoticon because you WANT to do it emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/28/2012 8:01AM

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Creeping back - rather shamefaced

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ive been absent for a lot longer than I intended although I have been logging in and tracking as much as I could not that that saved me from regaining some of my hard lost pounds and I knew that I either had to start again or give up altogether. What I know, however, is that if I dont stay with Spark then Im going to be in real trouble and that my intention to get healthier in my later years is lost road to hell is paved with good intentions, they say, so I need to make my good intentions become a reality.

Ive been messing around on the edges of Spark for nearly two months now taking consolation and inspiration from so many who fall dust themselves off and start again and from various Spark blogs. I knew that eventually something would re-Spark me and yesterday it did.


I read a blog by Michelene Cleary in which she said: -

Getting out of a rut can be hard work. You get tired of fighting to change yourself or the ''thing'' in your life that needs changing, and you just want to lay down in the rut and give up. Accepting "what is" becomes easier than struggling to get to "what could be." The vision or dream becomes lost in the midst of everyday life.

This is totally what happened to me I lost focus because I was very busy with the last stage of renovations to my extra little house in the country and blew it all. However thanks to Micheline and other friends who have been both tolerant and encouraging I am embarking on yet another attempt to lose my excess 50-ish pounds resetting my ticker and ploughing on. For the moment Im concentrating on exercise minutes because Im so bad at being consistent with exercise and in any case the scales are sending me demented so Im focusing on healthy calories both in and out - and letting my clothes tell me how Im getting on.

The weather here is wonderful so Ive walked by the sea this morning and am embarking on some strength exercises shortly. The only things about the walk by the sea is that there is an open air exercise class (should I join?) and lots of marquees being set up for our annual Brighton (UK) food festival.(should I go?) Endless delicious food and Pimms on top of an open bus!! Oh dear a test in itself!!






  
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TRENTDREAMER 5/27/2012 11:47AM

    "Creeping back - rather shamefaced"

* There is no shame in being at the bottom of the mountain. Start climbing and climb to the top. 1 step, 1 minute of exercise, 1 serving of (heathy food group) at a time.

This isn't religion. It's life.

Live it

Love it.

Live

Love


Just sayin'

(I did read the whole blog. It's just that I've seen more people die on the vine health-wise by guilt and shame than from the all-you-can-eat-buffet.)

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 5/25/2012 6:55AM

    emoticon back. Great to see you back in the swing of things again. Yes you should give the outdoor exercise class a go as long as you put sunscreen on. And as Caz says one sample of the food won't cause a big problem. Well done on making the decision to get back on track. I need to do likewise!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/25/2012 6:29AM

    Welcome back Sonia,
you're back on track and more determined than ever to take care of you. I think you're right to concentrate your efforts on one thing and we have the perfect weather to get out and about and be active-so you have that on your side....no longer the rain that bought you down emoticon. That sea is tempting you in for a swim.
And as for those food joints....give them a wide berth or allow for something from one of them on your tracker. That way you can feel virtuous emoticon

It's lovely to see you posting again.........and my shed has been emptied...just in case emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/25/2012 6:03AM

    Welcome back Sonia ...
We all fall by the wayside at some time or other so don't worry about it ..
Just get back into the swing of things and reap the rewards .Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Great Birthday - no damage done!!!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Excellent birthday fun yesterday. emoticon

Thanks to all here for their good wishes.

I had loads of cards and really great and unexpected presents, which gave me huge pleasure. Several cookery books among other lovely things how well my friends know me! Am resolved not to overuse them wont help me on the weightloss front! - but once a week with tweaks shouldnt hurt.

Lunch and supper out in different company. Lunch in a pub with partner and friends on the South Downs behind Brighton all locally sourced and freshly cooked. Supper with other friends in a restaurant which has it's own field elsewhere - which is left to its own devices - where the resident expert forages for wild greens and they also cook well sourced beautifully cooked meat and fish. All delish!!

Both these places have calorie-counted menus SO . . . with some considerable restraint on the wine consumption, I managed to scrape in marginally under my calorie allowance emoticon

Extra emoticon emoticon emoticon in view of my partner's card to me!!!

  
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 3/10/2012 9:22AM

    Glad you had such a great birthday and enjoyed your meal out. Great card. emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/8/2012 9:28PM

    I love the card! Glad you enjoyed the day. emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/8/2012 6:56PM

    Happy Birthday Sonia !!...
Glad you had a good one!!
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 3/8/2012 5:49PM

    Glad you had a lovely day, and many happy returns for yesterday. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/8/2012 7:06AM

    Glad you had a great day Sonia, love the card!
Got the soup hun and glad of it, it's chilly if sunny today.
Pistachio now a peanut LOL- but will still get a check done by Anthea next week!

Have an equally great Thursday

Gotta dash, busy busy busy
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'Must be meant'

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ive been so very bad lately emoticon
No excuses - 8 pounds up - emoticon emoticon will do that!
I know better I just dont DO better. I intended to be 30 pounds down by this, my birthday week. HUH!!!! I was doing well more or less on track and, as always, I blew it! Need to have a serious talk to myself about self-sabotage.
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Yesterday I was about to quit and spend some time re-focusing for a while. Had plans for getting in touch with a number of my good and supportive Sparkfriends before I left so they would know what was what. However a good friend of mine who faded away for a while some time ago re-appeared with a message on my most recent blog and in reading that I also re-read some such kind comments from other friends that I just thought it was mad to leave a site with wonderful people and great facilities both of which are in fact my only hope for a healthier life.

All that was compounded this morning by 500 Spark Goodie Points at log-in and 25 Bonus Points. Yeah- I know - but it's easy to get ridiculously excited about that stuff. 'Must be meant as my Granny used to say. So here I go back in the fold and trying to get on track again.

Any emoticon emoticon emoticonwill be gratefully received in the spirit in which they are meant.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/8/2012 12:29AM

    I share your thoughts, thinking about leaving spark because I never succeed anyway... then I think "what is success?" Success is all the people I met on spark and can share things with, success is getting new ideas and trying new ways to get healthier.

I am glad that you are still around!

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CATLADY52 3/6/2012 7:28PM

    emoticon For every two steps forward you fall back one. The secret? Keep going! Just never give up. emoticon

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FUZZYMOTO 3/6/2012 4:05PM

    Just remember that you are worth the effort. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/6/2012 1:55PM

    Glad you are still with us !!
We all have times like this !!
It is just human nature !
Hope you find your spark really soon !!


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IAMANDARAMA 3/6/2012 12:44PM

    I'm glad you're sticking around and thanks for the goodie. Yes, let's kick it back together. emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 3/6/2012 8:11AM

    Great blog. So glad you're staying. Could you try Zumba. I could do little bits of it. You probably are more mobile than me and it sounds like FUN!!


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NEW-CAZ 3/6/2012 6:49AM

    WTG Sonia, glad someone has motivated you, but I reckon you have some self motivation too or you wouldn't be here!
So you want some butt kicking huh? Okay you asked for it emoticon

I know you can get to your goal weight hun, focus, baby steps, eat well, stay off the grape juice LOL and move that tush!
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