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Workout Buddies Are Motivating!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yesterday, I carefully tried out slow water jogging again with one of my workout buddies. I felt good but tired last night from the workout. I was very careful to guard my left arm/shoulder as I worked out. I really had to reign in my tendency to work at a vigorous pace. It was hard but necessary. Today, I will meet one workout buddy at the gym and we will do the treadmill and the bike. I'm really loving these new pieces of equipment that have individual televisions. I get to catch up on reruns of my favorite shows that I seem to regularly miss. I look forward to working out with my buddy. She keeps me on track and I miss very few workout sessions! She says the same about me! emoticon

  
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    emoticon workout buddies are great!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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It Was So Chilly At The Gym That.....

Monday, February 18, 2013

It was so chilly at the gym today that when I road the bike for 2 hours, I wasn't sweaty. Normally when I ride for a little over 60 minutes I'm drenched but not today. The air was so dry that my sweat band was barely moist. My guess is that my sweat evaporated immediately due to the dry, cool air. It was cold outside for Florida this morning. The temperature got down to around 32 degrees. The Y itself was chilly inside and with the door constantly opening as people came in, it was even cooler.

My new medication schedule is really helping. I'm tired after working out but no headaches. I was careful to rest today when I got home. Of course I rested after I put dinner into the crockpot and made myself a salad for lunch. I earned 9 activity points with my ActiveLink today! WooHoo!

  
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    My hat's off to you....on the bike for 2 hours. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/20/2013 7:46AM

    Great job!! A little chilliness is not stopping you! Whether rain, sun, wind, or sleet, you will find a way to get that exercise in!! It was great to see you back in the pool yesterday, too. Way to go!! -Marsha

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YMWONG22 2/18/2013 9:00PM

  That was something. Biking for 2 hours.
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I Put On A Pair Of Jeans Today........

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Four years ago, I bought two nice pairs of jeans. I weighed about 5 pounds less than I do right now. The jeans were snug when I first put them on, but loosened a little bit once I had them on for a while. Well, this morning I put the jeans on and they were nice and roomy! I'm going to wash and dry them again and then try them on just to check and make sure that they are really that big. Since I don't really like tight jeans, I'm really enjoying these two pairs now. I know that I'm looking better because I'm starting to get comments from people. This morning a lady, who knows about my weight loss, saw me for the first time since December and she told me that she could really tell that I'm smaller! I'm just loving this!!! It made me track, track and track some more today. Success breeds success! emoticon

  
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    Congrats on the jeans!! Congrats on people noticing!! BIG CONGRATS on building more success upon your success!!!

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NEEDBU66 2/18/2013 8:36PM

    wonderful! The best of the best. Jeans fit. People notice. emoticon

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NELLJONES 2/18/2013 8:00AM

    Jeans are hard to find. They fit so well when clean, then stretch out as you wear them. I don't like them skin tight either, but I do hate the saggy butt.

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/17/2013 9:32PM

    Woohoo! Excellent job. Enjoy the compliments - you've earned them!

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Non Scale Measures Of Progress

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sometimes I become so fixated on the number on the scale that I forget it is only one measure of my progress. This week, for example, I had a 1.2 pound increase when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. I was disappointed but I knew that I had changed my workout routine so perhaps that had some effect on my weight. I was surprised when I tried on a fairly new top and it was way too big on me. That was a very pleasant surprise too!

That got me to thinking about non scale measures of progress. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, the way your clothes fit is one measure of progress. Some others are lab numbers, energy level and improve immune system. My lab numbers and energy level are much better that they were just two months ago. I decided to measure my arm, chest, waist, hip and thigh and compare the measurements that I did on October 4, 2012. The results were very pleasing to me!

10/04/12 Measurements:

Arm 16 7/8 in.

Chest 47 3/4 in.

Waist 45 1/2 in.

Hip 53 3/4 in.

Thigh 27 3/4 in.

Neck 15 in.

02/16/13 Measurements:

Arm 15 7/8 in. (-1 in.)

Chest 45 in. (-2 3/4 in.)

Waist 39 in. (-6 1/2 in.)

Hip 49 in. (-4 3/4 in.)

Thigh 26 1/2 in. (-1 1/4 in.)

Neck 14 in. (-1 in.)

Total Loss = 17 1/4 inches

Oh my goodness! A total loss of 17 1/4 inches is a lot! No wonder I'm able to fit into much smaller sizes. Plus, with such a big loss around the waist, my overall health must be greatly improved.

This just shows that sometimes a weight gain will show up on the scale and it is easy to let that number define you. When you look at other measures of progress, you get a much better picture. Although I had a 1.2 pound gain this week, my body was busy making changes inside, where I couldn't see them. I am actually making great progress. Now that I can see the progress, I'm motivated to continue to strive to meet my goals and become more healthy.

  
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    That is wonderful! I, too, have learned that I need to measure success in non-scale ways also. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/17/2013 12:11AM

    You definitely are making progress! It shows in person a lot!! So glad you did your before measurements so you could post that wonderful progress you have made. The loss in your waist is just great! Yes, it would indicate you've made some great health progress.

I struggle to use the scale properly as a tool myself. It is easy to get too focused on it. It is an important measure, but just one measure. It fluctuates and sometimes you go up for no reason, when you know you've done well. Occasionally you expect a gain and don't get it. At least not the day you expected it. Also, you are not in total control of what the scale says in the short run, but eventually the scale will reflect your behavior.

Again, congratulations on your very significant, and I know, hard earned inches lost!!!



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Feeling Better And Have A New Pain Plan

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I feel much better today after following my pain plan yesterday. I did fairly slow exercise for 2 hours and just barely broke a sweat when I was finished. The exercise did help my headache recovery. I know that I looked like I was exercising hard to others, but I was at level 5 or below the whole time I was riding the bike. When I walked on the treadmill, I kept the speed at 2.6 or below for an average of a 24 minute mile. For me, that is taking it slow. Since I can't feel certain types of pain until it's too late, I have to use external controls such as the clock or exercise equipment speeds to keep me from hurting myself. I also have to make sure that I warm up and cool down sufficiently to avoid injury. I did both today.

I stopped and picked up a prescription and purchased some fruit at the grocery store and then arrived home. My cell phone rang and it was my neurologist's office. My neurologist wants me to take my medication 3 times a day until my shoulder is fixed. I had started getting migraines from the referred pain from my shoulder. We will review my plan in August, once we know how to treat my shoulder. So far today, the new treatment has really helped both my headache and shoulder spasms. Because of that, I would have to say it was a good day.

I'm wishing everyone a happy Valentine's Day! It is a great day to tell your family and friends that you love them!

  
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    take care...........
wishing you a happy Valentine's Day
blessings and hugs............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 2/14/2013 6:28PM

    Yes, you looked like you were going vigorously on the bike to me!! But seems like you truly know what you are doing. So glad it was a better day. Smart to use the information on the machines to regulate your activity when you can't use pain cues. So hoping you get total and forever relief soon!

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