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Running on the Treadmill

Monday, April 01, 2013

Yesterday, I had planned on making it to the gym, but with a busy schedule, I never made it. We were out and about, but when we got home, I made a focused effort to get a good workout in on the treadmill. Therefore, I tried a new program on the treadmill at home. Mind you, this is not something that I've done before!! This program had me running at 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0. I couldn't run the whole time, but I was able to run for some of it... that was huge for me!!! Honestly, I really could've used an oxygen tank!! :)

Tonight, I was bound and determined to get back on the treadmill after our family Easter visits. Although I wasn't really feeling it, I changed clothes, got my tennies on and hopped on the treadmill. I tried another new program. This program was longer in length of time, but not as high in speed. My daughter was encouraging me and rooting me on. When I was done, my daughter jumped on and did the same workout. After we talked about it and took a breather, I got back on to try another workout and was able to actually run for longer at 6.0. I can't tell you how awesome this made me feel!!! I was actually doing it and doing it for longer without taking a break. I've always dreamt of this, but never been able to do it, not like this! I had done it once or twice just to try it, but this felt totally different. Additionally, the support, motivation and co-participation by my daughter was an incredible plus! After my second time on the treadmill, she got back on and did it again.

Together, we had a great workout and it was so awesome to see my daughter really succeeding on the treadmill right there with me!!

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CALGIRL80 4/1/2013 3:05PM

  Yay! Small victories add up to major ones. keep up the good work.

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SCUBAGAL07 4/1/2013 5:42AM

    That's awesome. Setting good examples for your daughter too..WTG!

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SPSPSP1 4/1/2013 2:59AM

    Right on!

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FitBit or BodyMedia ???

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I'm so ready to purchase a fitness tracker and I'm a little confused as to which one to purchase. It's a big purchase for me so I want to get it right.

Just over a year ago, my daughter bought me a New Balance DuoSport Watch that has the heart rate monitor on it and a few other things. I think she thought it was a fitness tracker, but I've never really been able to figure out how to work the darn thing. There's too many buttons and flashing things and I never know what it's doing or how I got it to do it.

I'm thinking that I want a health/fitness tracker, but the two that I hear the most about are the FitBit and the BodyMedia.

Do you have one? Do you wear it all the time? Does it help you to track?

Which one do you recommend and why? Why not the other?

I'm anxious to hear! Thanks so much for your feedback!

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JUSTFOXXY 3/6/2013 9:43PM

    I looked into BodyMedia and there is a monthly or annual charge. Not for me. I am looking at getting the Fitbit Flex which is the one you wear on your wrist. I wanted the Fitbit Ultra which is the same price for the Flex so now I am waiting until it is released this month

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MERRYMARY42 2/28/2013 9:07PM

    I am no help because I have yet to buy one, and I really am looking at all the writings about it, I will get it, just can not decided if it should be for my birthday or what, you know I have to have a reason, and my pedometer is perfectly good, but want one badly

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UNICORN212 2/28/2013 7:36PM

    I just got the FB One, but I see a new version is coming out - the Flex - it fits in a wrist band. I am still getting used to mine (got it Monday), and I think I prefer the One to the Flex. So fat, I have been tucking it in the little jeans pocket, if I don't have pockets, I will tuck it in my bra.

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SWANATOPIA 2/28/2013 6:58PM

    I purchased my Fitbit Ultra at the beginning of the year and just love it. I wear it 24/7, only take it off when I bathe (place it on charger). I keep it right on my bra by my chest so it goes unnoticed and I cannot lose it! It is my ultimate motivator as I can see my progress in I like that the Fitbit is small and not so large. I haven't used the BodyMedia but it just looked so bulky and was way to expensive for me. I paid $80.00 for the Fitbit Ultra but the new ones are around $100.00!

The website shows you how many steps you have taken in percentage and your sleeping. At night, you hold down the button to start the timer to "sleep" mode and in the morning, hold it down to stop it. I haven't had any problems remembering to do that but if I ever forget, I just make the change on their website. Then, you can see how many times you woke up during the night and how long it took you to fall asleep.

The website is really interactive as well and it's free. Of course, there is an option for a "coaching" upgrade but the basic looks good to me! I have four friends and it has us all lined up and shows me how many steps they have taken in real time. The website updates every 25-20 minutes with the Fitbit if you are near a computer so everyone sees real time. There's no fancy buttons at all, just set it and forget!

I love mine. I was hesitant at first to buy it but would do it again in a heartbeat :) It's probably the best little tool I have had that keeps me on track and encourages me to stay active, not just exercise. Staying active is important, especially for when we hit maintenance stage.

Hope this helps and feel free to add me as a friend if you buy the Fitbit. My link is on my page!

PS you might still be able to find the Fitbit Ultra for $79.99 in some stores. I found mine at Target!

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DLDMIL 2/28/2013 6:14PM

    I have the Fitbit Ultra (no longer available, replaced by the One). I have worn it everyday on my waistband and have never had a problem with it. I use it as a motivator to get as many steps in each day, as I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and refuse to take the meds. So I have to exercise everyday and walking is the easiest thing to do. I also do ST 3 times a week. I looked at the bodymedia and didn't want' that big thing showing everyday and didn't want to pay to be on their website.

I would argue to the fitbit, but I have a friend who just got the fitbit one and the carrying case is already strechted out so much that the fitbit wont stay in the case. She is emailing the company about it. So I am not sure what I will do when I have to replace my Ultra.

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BOXER-MOM 2/28/2013 2:47PM

    I had the original fitbit from years ago...loved it, it was my initial motivator!
I now have the fitbit one, and I love it even more (the first one didn't count stairs)! I have 35 fitbit friends, I log in daily to see where I stand in the doesn't matter where I am, I just try to catch up to the person ahead of me. Like today, I am #8 out of 35! I am 10,000 steps behind the #7 person, it's a full day of steps for me as I try for 10,000 so I guess I will bump up my steps to 11,500 and see if I can catch her! My motivation :)

I LOVE that the fitbit is so small, I wear it on my bra under my shirt and it isn't noticeable. When I had my first fitbit I use to wear it on my jeans, but I found it came off with my seatbelt in the vehicle a couple I find wearing it on my bra or shirt if I am home safer!

I considered BodyMedia, but I find it big and inconvenient having to wear it on my arm. Also and I may be wrong but a couple years had to pay a monthly fee or something for the web site use? Not sure if that is still the case, but it was a huge deterrent back than and still would be for me.

They both seem equally as depends on your preference :)

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MELISSAD71 2/28/2013 2:36PM

    I have never had a FitBit but I do have a BodyMedia Band and I like it. Generally I do not use it to keep track of what I eat but I do use it to monitor how much activity I am getting in and how much active sleep I am getting. It always encourages me to work out harder and longer. I think they both basically do the same thing so you probably will be happy with either one! Good Luck!

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My Birthday Family Hike - 02/17/13

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ok, so I started getting back on track about 4 weeks ago. I started out mentally, then saw my doctor for a physical, started my new healthier eating and then last Friday started to incorporate my physical activity into my lifestyle change. Friday, we walked / jogged with the dogs and one of my daughters. Saturday, my other daughter went and played tennis with me. On Sunday, my oldest daughter took all of us hiking for my birthday. She knew I wanted to do something active, the weather was beautiful here in Phoenix and it would be a great experience. I was up for it, confident (yet a little concerned as my lack of experience). I had wrapped my knees, been drinking my water, stretched and was ready to conquer!

We went to this park called Usery Mountain and they mentioned something about going up above the yellow lines on the mountain, but I just wanted to get started. I understand that it was only 1.5 miles in (or up), so it makes for a 3 mile hike. The Wind Cave is the shadowed area just above the cactus on the right and that was our destination.

I can't tell you how many times I had to stop and take a breath or take a sip of water. I can't tell you how many rocks you have to climb over or around. I had to rest a few times and every time I thought we were close to the top, I was wrong. They kept telling me that we were almost there (well, they lied!!!). LOL...

I had gotten about 15-20 feet from where some of my party was which was at the top and I had said, "I'm good with this. I can consider that I made it... I'm close enough." My 2 youngest daughters were with me so we took a minute to catch our breath, and then they encouraged me to finish it out. "You've come this far mom, just take a breath and finish it," said my oldest. "Mom, you can't unmotivate yourself now... look how far you've come. This part is nothing compared to what you've already accomplished," said my youngest. That was it... those were the words that I needed. Another 20 feet and I made it to the top.

This is my family at the top of Usery Mountain at the Wind Cave. Although I accused a few of them of trying to kill me on my birthday, I can't tell you how much I appreciated this challenge, the support and encouragement that I got! This is truly a birthday that I will never forget!

This is me (shadowed) as we looked out over Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona. That day has now encouraged me to go for at least a small hike every week. Next year, on my birthday, I think I'm going to set a goal to hike Camelback Mountain because I will be in better shape and weigh less!!! :)

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DESERTJULZ 2/21/2013 11:04PM

    What a lovely way to spend your birthday! I've never hiked at Usery. Looks lovely.

Love the quote from your daughter, "Mom, you can't unmotivate yourself now..."

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LJCANNON 2/20/2013 10:04PM

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What a FABULOUS Birthday AND a Plan for next year!! Although it wasn't nearly the Hike you did I climbed my own "Mountain" on My 55th Birthday and I would LOVE to make that a Yearly Tradition. It is an Incredible way to celebrate your Birthday

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ANGELA76H 2/20/2013 3:42PM

    Congrats! It's like the saying....Trust me, I've seen what's up ahead & it's BEAUTIFUL! Keep going! Your pictures are beautiful, & I bet in real life it was breathtaking. ;)

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ASHLEYUNF 2/20/2013 1:37PM

  Happy Birthday! and Congratulations! You are very lucky to have such a supportie family!

Great job on making it all the way up. Thev iew is amazing!

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Had a bad dream... or was it?!?!

Monday, February 11, 2013

I had a horrible dream last night and I didn't feel as though I could get out of it. I hate those!

You see, I have been gearing up to start my journey again, but since I've done this so many times, I feel like it's just a routine. When am I going to really make it stick? I mentally started about 3 or 4 weeks ago, went for my physical and talked to my doctor about 2 weeks ago and since then, I've been doing really pretty well. I've lost 7 pounds in less than 2 weeks and last week, I went to a medical weight control clinic and began getting a serious of B12 shots along with a few supplements. However, over the weekend, I just didn't have the energy like I wanted. I took a walk and we went places, but I really just didn't have the energy that I was hoping for. I didn't eat enough and I think that's because I was mentally aware that I wasn't being as active.

So, last night, I had a dream that I had gained back the 7 pounds plus more. I remember seeing myself in the mirror and horrified that I failed at my weight loss journey again and I was so miserable. I didn't feel like I could move and I was very uncomforable. I remember thinking in my dream that "I was feeling so good and was able to move so much better when I didn't have this weight on me (as little as it was)"... I can't imagine how good I would feel if I lost the weight that I really need to.

This morning, I'm geared up... again... still!!! I started my morning with ice water (which is such a hard thing for me to do) and planned my day/week really well. I'm excited to see how good I feel with more weight off... for good!!!

I'm a DONE girl!!!

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UNICORN212 2/12/2013 9:50PM

    Sounds more like a nightmare! I heard that water with lemon - not cold, but warm or lukewarm - in the morning can help wake up your metabolism. It might be worth a try. But kick the heavy image to the curb and start visualizing yourself at your goal weight - the mind is a powerful thing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/12/2013 12:27AM

    It's all part of the process - starting again You will do it when you're ready. And I think you're ready. Best wishes for success.

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LJCANNON 2/12/2013 12:23AM

    emoticon Congratulations on the Progress you have already made!!

Use the Dream as a Motivator, to remind you WHY this Journey is worth it when you are wanting to skip a Workout, or take that Second Helping of Something Delicious!! It can become a Valuable Piece of Ammunition in this Battle!

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DESERTJULZ 2/11/2013 9:56PM

    Thank goodness it was only a dream! You were able to wake up and do a reality check to see it was not true.

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ARIZONASHELL 2/11/2013 2:50PM

    @KTACKEBE and @BESTMEPOSSIBLE - Thank you!!! You're right, I can do it. I just really need to stick with SP and make myself accountable!!!

@NIKKICOLE83 - Thank you!!! I appreciate your words and great advice!

@TRACYNES3 - Thanks so much!!! I appreciate how you guys have been able to offer some understanding and that "we've been there" type of support. It gets frustrating when you see how hard you worked to achieve something and then have to turn around and do it again... only when you're older! LOL... We actually live here in Phoenix and I work downtown at Chase Field. It's been rather cold this year, but nothing compared to what some others have gotten!! Canada must be beautiful though. Will you ever come back to AZ?

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TRACYNES3 2/11/2013 1:20PM

    Dreams like that are scary! I understand about the starting and restarting so many times, it's like a revolving door. I used to lose weight for a reason, wedding, vacation, reunion, my hubby finally said this time why don't you lose weight and get in shape because you think you're fat and not for a specific moment in time. And I realized he was right, I don't need an event to look good and feel good, but need to go it so I can enjoy everyday. Where in Arizona are you? We lived there for the last 4 years and came back to Canada so my daughter could go to university, I miss it everyday!

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NIKKICOLE83 2/11/2013 1:01PM

    That is a scary dream that can become reality if you aren't careful. All of us have tried and failed and tried and failed again, but one time, it sticks. This may just be your time. That nightmare may have been your mental trigger saying, Enough is enough! Use that momentum to make good choices and move more. Dont expect perfection because you will have those days where you will be too tired to workout. You will also have those times when you want that sweet treat. That is okay. Just make 3 times as many good choices as bad ones and you will do great!

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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 2/11/2013 12:31PM

    Sounds like youa are using that dream to feul your goals. You CAN do it!

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When will they notice???

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

When I lost 25 pounds last year (before gaining it back), I had made it clear to my family that I didn't want them telling anyone outside of our home (including extended family that we see every week) about my journey that I was starting ONCE AGAIN. I didn't want to hear the "here we go again" or "yay, good luck... one more time" as it would just make me feel like I was setting myself up for failure (which is the way I was feeling already). Therefore, I was feeling good about myself after I started eating right, working out and losing 25 pounds.

One day, my father-in-law, God love him, said "Shelley, there's something different about you. You look good." I remember how excited I was that he was going to say that he could tell that I had lost a few pounds, great job, keep it up... and then he said it "oh, that's it, I think you've done something different with your make up." emoticon I just wanted to tell him that I had lost, but I think, at that point, it was too late. What he thought was a compliment, I took as being just short of one.

This time, I'm trying to be a little different with my journey. I'm not keeping to myself, but I'm not shouting it from the rooftops either (I will definitely do that after I become successful with my weight loss and healthier eating again).

It's funny because it's only been about 5 pounds and it's only my first week back on track, but I feel GREAT!!! I have been wondering though ... how long will it take for someone to notice a weight loss? Will I have to wait for 50 pounds for someone to notice or will someone catch a clue by my happier and more radiant self at 30 pounds? I wonder how it is for other people that have lost weight (and started with a bit more to lose such as myself)?

I think this time, I'll start telling people after I lose 20 pounds so I can get the feedback and encouragement that it seems as though I need. Then again, I don't know... this is ALL FOR ME!!!

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LILSHINE 1/13/2011 3:56PM

    I agree with the others, it varies from person to person. It took me about 30-35 pounds before anyone really noticed. Those that see you more frequently are less likely to notice or to say anything. If you really want to know if it's noticeable, go visit someone or go some place you hadn't been in a while and see what happens (that's if you're strong enough to handle the outcome if no one says anything). Sometimes I think those that we see more often don't want to say anything because their not quite sure like your father-in-law what has changed. Being sensitive your feelings and not wanting to say the wrong thing. Rejoice in your accomplishments and when they notice they notice. I've had strangers (see on walking paths) notice before people I know say something.

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WEEONE6 1/12/2011 3:01PM

    I am going to tell you a story about the last time I lost! I had lost just over 20 lbs and we went to a family dinner with my fiances family not one person noticed or said anything but when my sil who is bigger then me who they see more came they all went on about how great she looked and how she had lost weight (5 lbs) I wanted to yell at them all "hello look at me, what about me" I also don't tell everyone for the same reasons as you but it is nice to have people notice. Im starting again and also am wondering how much I will have to loose before anyone will notice.

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SHARBEAR100 1/12/2011 2:58PM

    Sosaystara is right. When you see someone often, you don't notice the changes. After all, you don't look that much different today then you did yesterday! And you should let people know, and let them know your progess. Besides, this may encourage them to get going on their own healthy life style.

Besides, if you already lost 25 last year, gained it back and then lost it again, it may not seem that much different than what is normal for you. As you continue to lose weight, people will notice! Just hang in there and keep up the good work. emoticon

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SOSAYSTARA 1/12/2011 2:07PM

    I've found that it really varies. The biggest thing is that people who see you every day or even every week will NOT notice right away (unless they are looking for it). It's hard to notice gradual changes.

I'm a teacher, and people usually notice the most over breaks.. like over summer when I'm apart from all my coworkers for 3 months or after Christmas break when I'm gone for a month, those types of things.

Although, when I went through a really fast period of weight loss (minus 15 pounds in about 2-3 weeks), people took notice then too.

Or, I had a friend who I hadn't seen in months, and I had lost 25-30 pounds and she was blown away.

So try to judge based on people you DON'T see all the time. It's hard to notice the little things, does that make sense?


You CAN do this!

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