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ActiveLink Is Helping!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Last week, I made a decision to do shorter, more intense morning workouts. I also made an effort to stretch more at the end of my workouts. My plan was to decrease my morning workout and increase my activity during the rest of the day, so that the same workout time is spread out over the course of the day. The information that I got from my ActiveLink told me that when I work out for too long a time period in the morning, I become too tired to do activities in the afternoon.

The ActiveLink showed me that even though I worked out like a maniac for 2-3 hours in the morning, my daily cumulative calorie burn wasn't that much. I was resistant to the idea at first and felt very frustrated. I was stuck thinking that working out for 2-3 hours should be enough to lose weight even though I did very few other types of activity during my day. I decided to experiment with my workout lengths. My weight loss had already stalled so I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

What happened, surprised me! Just cutting down my morning workout time and increasing it's intensity, gave me more energy later in the day. For example, after I left water exercise today, I
did some shopping, went to a doctor's appointment, came home, vacuumed the house and folded laundry. I'm still not experiencing the exhaustion that I often feel and it is almost 5p.m.!

Last week when I did this, I lost 2 pounds and I said goodbye to a two week plateau. No wonder my weight loss had stalled. I don't need to work harder, I need to work smarter. I can see now that I was resistant to change and it was stalling my own weight loss plan. Pacing myself has always been an issue because I've consistently been the type of person who works at 100% effort. By working at 75-80% percent instead, I could add additional activity later, after taking a break.

I read in a Spark article that you get the same benefit from three 20minutes workouts that you get from one 60 minute workout. Plus, my ActiveLink tells me that I get more overall calorie burn because my cumulative daily activity level increases. Now I've got a new plan for myself!

  
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L*I*T*A* 11/8/2012 11:24PM

    what fantastic results.....................

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SLENDERELLA61 11/8/2012 7:57PM

    You are doing a great job analyzing the information you get from Active Link. Your strategies sound very solid. Spreading your activity throughout the day has got to help you. I'm so glad you are feeling energetic in the afternoons. I think that is a wonderful sign of increasing fitness!!



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LADYPIXEL 11/8/2012 6:58PM

    Good for you I'm still trying to determine what the best exercise time is for me, yet. :)

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11TERRY20 11/8/2012 4:53PM

    Yay! Isn't it cool when you learn something that really helps.The key is not giving up before you find something that works for you. Before SP I would just say, "It's no use." then give up before exploring mor options. You seem to have that problem solving ability already built in to your personallity. Good for you!

We are alike in that I push too hard and wind up (down) exhausted by 5:00. I found out by trail and error that shortening and intensifying myAM workout was more productive in so many ways. It pushed me off the plateau and gave me more energy. Double win.

ActiveLink sounds great. A great way towards working smarter.

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Tired Today - Good Workout!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I'm feeling a little tired this afternoon after a good morning workout. I think I'll go take a well deserved nap!

  
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Exercise Opportunities

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Sunday is my day off from working out. Instead, I've come up with a variety of ways to push myself into being active without doing an actual workout. One of those ways is to tackle my "to do" list. I use this as activity opportunity time. There were several things on my list today and I got all of them done. I started off by putting together a bookshelf that I purchased last week. All of the bending and contorting to assemble it, made me work up a good sweat. After about 55 minutes, voila! My shelf was complete. Hubby helped me to move it into the front parlor. Next, we went through our collection of records - 33s, 45s and some 78s. We organized them so that they would sit on the bottom shelf of the bookcase, open side facing the back of the bookcase. This meant adjusting the other shelves so that the albums could fit. After we had the albums arranged hubby left the rest of the organization to me. I arranged the 45s in a small record stand and put the audio tapes next to them. I was on a roll! Hubby put our newly purchased turn table/radio/CD player/tape player/CD burner on top. It looks great. We cleared all of the boxes and bags that held the records out of the room and I broke down the giant box from the bookshelves and put it into the recycling bin.

I decided to put part of my collection of paperback books on the top shelf. This required me to walk the lenth of the house about 10 times, carrying armloads of books. The task enabled me to completely clear all the paperbacks off my dresser and nightstand. Who knew that my dresser and nightstand were actually that big! LOL By this time I had worked up a real sweat which made my skin glow, my hair curl and my shirt stick to my back. As long as I was sweaty anyway, I decided to go one step further. I stripped the bed, changed the towels in the kitchen and bathroom, started another load of laundry and remade the bed. Hubby folded the laundry (He is such a keeper!) that was in the dryer and I put another load in the dryer before starting the washer for the sheets and towels. So with the washer and dryer humming, I fixed myself a giant romaine lettuce salad, with a little shredded cheese on top, for lunch. It felt great to sit down to eat. I drank lots of water too!

After lunch, I clipped coupons and went through my stack and pulled out all of the expired coupons. I balanced my checkbook and set up my weekly schedule. Thank goodness we're having leftover turkey chili for dinner because I'm pooped! My tracker says that just by doing the items on the list, which took beween 2 and 3 hours, (I logged 95 minutes) I burned 945 calories. And this was done on my "off" or "rest" day! I'm so grubby that I'll have to take another shower before going to sleep tonight! I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and got in lots of activity at the same time.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 11/4/2012 8:13PM

    Very good day!! Good for you. I bet you lit up all the lights on your Active Link!!

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DMEYER4 11/4/2012 6:18PM

  awesome job. I also did massive cleaning this weekend. I took all drapes down through the wholew house and washed them and rehung them. Cleaned the bathroom including all the walls and cleaned and washed the whole inside of the fridge. Also on my day off.

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I Lost 2 Pounds This Week!!!

Friday, November 02, 2012

I'm so proud of myself! Today I weighed in and I lost 2 pounds this week. I'm doing a happy dance! One person at our WW meeting earned her 25 pound pin. When asked what it was that was making the biggest difference for her, she said exercise. I agree but what is even more important is tracking your food and measuring your portions. I've also built in some rewards for myself to re-enforce positive behaviors and successes! I am worth all of the time and energy that I spend to get healthy!

  
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DIDMIS 11/4/2012 3:39AM

    Congratulations

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SLENDERELLA61 11/3/2012 1:41PM

    CONGRATS on that 2 pound release! YOU are just doing great, Cyndi!! -Marsha

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    Great job!

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    Great!

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Have a great weekend!

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Very Sore Today

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I was very sore this morning when I woke up and almost didn't go to water class. Hubby suggested that I might want to go to paddle around and stretch. I got there half way through the Healthy Back class. This is a great class for strengthening and stretching. It was just perfect for me today. I also stayed for the Aqua Fit class but I modified everything. When the rest of the class did arm weights, I swam to the other part of the pool and jogged, then stretched. By the time I finished, the worst of the pain was gone. I topped off my workout with a nice warm shower. Doing a light workout and warming my muscles actually was more beneficial than not doing a workout at all. My pain level has been manageable all day too!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 11/1/2012 7:18AM

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L*I*T*A* 10/31/2012 11:18PM

    some days are like that ..............
great that all turned out well in the end.....
it is great you know when to continue and when to stop with the pain as we exercise....
blessings and hugs............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 10/31/2012 5:58PM

    Sorry for your pain. Glad that you made did a reasonable workout. Sounds like a wise move (or many wise moves??) for your body. Take care, Cyndi. Don't push it. Get rested. Hope you know what you did to cause that soreness so you can avoid it in the future. Hope to see you tomorrow eve!

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