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Saturday, August 07, 2010

A - Available or married? married

B- Book? any knitting book, or Tom Robbins book.

C- Cake or Pie? cake, definitely

D- Drink of Choice? tea, especially chai, but I can't have caffeine

E- Essential Item? knitting needles and yarn

F- Favorite Color? orange

G- Game to play or watch? volleyball, and just about any card game

H- Hometown? Nanaimo BC

I- Indulgence? pudding especially tapioca

J- Job? homeschooling mom

K- Kids and names? one, Isaac

L- Life is incomplete without? Joe, my husband

M- Music group or singer? Wilco

N- Number of siblings? one sister

O- Oranges or apples? oranges

P- Phobias/Fears? mildly claustrophobic

Q- Favorite Quote? "When you have wisdom that another person knows that they need, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn't yet know that they need your wisdom, you keep it to yourself. Food only looks good to a hungry man." ~ Orson Scott Care - I need to keep reminding myself of this one. I'm a chronic advice giver.

R- Reason to Smile? lost 7 lbs

S- Season? I love them all, but autumn is special - my birthday, my son's birthday (same day), abundance of good food, crisp air scented by bonfires, and dressing up for Hallowe'en.

T- Tattoos? I was just discussing this last night. None yet, I'm too indecisive, but maybe soon.

U- Unknown fact about me? hmm unknown to whom? lol I'm a portrait artist.

V- Vegetable you love? asparagus

W- Worst habit? "I'll just put this thing here fro now; I'll put it away later..." ;)

X- X-Rays you've had? teeth

Y- Your favorite food? spaghetti, perogies, pizza, poutine, yup I love carbs especially when covered in fat.

Z- Zodiac? libra with leo rising


I Can Be a Goal Setter Too!

Monday, August 02, 2010

I have so many ideas for blogs rolling around in my head, but first I want to get my goals for the month down. I'm not normally one for setting goals. I don't make resolutions either. I have ambition. There are things I want, improvements to make, but I never actually set a deadline for anything. In fact, I've never been one to respond to deadlines ever. This is why I dropped out of art school.

So now that we've established that this is very new for me, here are my goals for the month of August, along with commentary. These are not necessarily in any order of importance.
1. Get a resistance band so that I can complete the sweatsuit to swimsuit boot camp that I joined. The resistance tube that I have is not helping. My foot keeps slipping out.
2. Get some 2 lb. dumbells for use with my new pilates video (Crunch - Burn & Firm Pilates), although now that I have done the video without the dumbells I'm wondering how necessary it is to do this this month. Wow, I'm going to feel that tomorrow. emoticon
3. Figure out some reliable method of tracking exercise intensity.
4. Ask my sister if I can borrow her hear rate monitor. I'm totally not expecting her to lend it to me, in spite of the fact that she is planning on getting pregnant next month and won't likely use it for the next two years.
5. Possibly purchase a pair of running/walking shoes, depending on finances. This will allow me to walk further than I have been, and to go to the gym. I don't even remember the last time I owned a pair of running shoes.
6. Knit for 30 min. every day, or for an hour if I miss a day etc.
7. Keep on Keepin' on, and hopefully by the end of the month my only bathing suit, which is tight and uncomfortable and nearly impossible to peel off when wet, will be a joy to wear. emoticon

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OUTDOORSWOMAN 8/3/2010 10:16PM

    Congratulations on creating some goals for August!! I'm impressed!

Keep on keepin' on! You CAN do it!

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    I'm not usually much for setting goals either, but I did it last month and--surprise, surprise--it actually really helped me.

You've got some great goals. You're gonna rock this month!

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    Great goals! You can do this!!

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NEXT30YEARS 8/2/2010 3:11PM

That swimsuit will literally fall off by the end of August....

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Yea! I'm not Crazy! My husband Might Be.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Okay, I've been sparking for a month now. Recently, I've been a little concerned about the number on the scale. I've been working so hard, and couldn't understand why the dial on the scale was not moving at all. After stepping on the scale at a friend's place, I felt hopeful again. Perhaps my scale, was faulty, even though it's brand new.

So, my friend assured me her scale was accurate. I had decided to take my scale back, and get a new one.

I was in good spirits about this. Yea! Maybe I'm not crazy after all! The next morning my husband, who had overheard my phone conversation, says to me, " I stepped on that scale this morning, and it seems fine to me." emoticon Did he just say what I think he said?

Now, my husband is a sweet, albeit sometimes oblivious man, who loves to be helpful and solve people's problems, especially mine. So why wouldn't I be happy to hear that the scale I bought is perfectly fine? It saves me a trip to the customer service desk, right? emoticon He obviously didn't hear the translation that I heard, " That scale is perfectly fine, honey. I'm sure you're five lbs heavier than you think you might be."

I'm actually surprised he said anything at all. It's not as if he's in the habit of weighing himself. He honestly wouldn't know if that scale was weighing him five lbs heavier, nor would he care, (after eating his grilled peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwich.)

So he totally doesn't get it, although he did get an earful from me at the time. I can even remember his words when I first tried the scale at home, "Well, how accurate do you need it to be? So long as it's within two or three lbs..." In my opinion two or three lbs can make a significant difference.

So, I took the scale back anyway, and I"m so glad that I did. I have a lovely new digital one that shows that I weigh five lbs lighter than the other scale. So, I have lost a total of 7 lbs so far with SP! Yea! emoticon

As enlightening as this experience was, I am happier now noticing the definition in my arms, and how my endurance has improved. Plus, I'm generally feeling happier and more relaxed. I'm even enjoying the exercising, and looking forward to it, now. I don't think that has ever happened before.

Thanks SP, and all the great people I've met here for all your encouragement and information. emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/28/2010 5:01PM

    Congrats on your success so far. You're doing great!

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STARR12961 7/28/2010 3:55PM

    Wonderful story! I keep threatening to get rid of my scales! My Wii Fit shows a weight loss when my scales don't! I am so glad you got some trustworthy scales.
As for your hubby - most men just don't think before they put their mouths in drive. lol My hubby says things like "That doesn't look TOO bad". He actually thinks that's a compliment. lol

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MISSWINGS1 7/28/2010 3:51PM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work!

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Maybe I need a New Scale

Monday, July 26, 2010

Well, I've been sparking for four weeks now. I'm a little confused about the scale thing. Just before I started I weighed myself on a friend's scale. It's the first time I've weighed myself in years. It was 157 point something, but she told me it weighed people 5 lbs heavier. So I estimated my weight at 152 lbs. About four days later I weighed myself at my sister's place. It said 149 lbs. I was ecstatic. I figured I'd lost 3 lbs in four days. A week later I weighed myself at my sister's again, and I was 148 lbs. It wasn't as dramatic as I was hoping for, but it was still progress.

Then I finally I bought my own scale. I weighed myself the next morning, and it said 150 lbs. I was devastated, but I tried to reason with myself that it is a different scale. Perhaps my sister's scale isn't accurate, perhaps my friend's scale was. I really don't know.

So the last two weeks I have weighed myself again, and every time it reads 150 lbs. I haven't lost a pound in the last three weeks. I'm confused by this. I have stayed within my calorie range on average 6 out of 7 days, and my cardio has doubled from what it was that first week. Plus, I'm now doing strength training three days a week instead of only two.

My waist is one inch smaller as are my thighs; my arms even more so. So why is the scale still the same? I'm not trying to fixate. I am very pleased with my smaller measurements. It's just that on the weekend I stepped on a different friend's scale and it said I was 145 lbs with all my clothes and shoes on. So, I'm wondering if I should get a new scale. Maybe this one's just not working properly.


Strata Doesn't Want Me to be Skinny.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I was so excited when I started with SP and lost 3lbs in about four days. I was using my sister's scale as I didn't have one. I couldn't wait until the following week to weigh myself again. I was sure it would be down more. If I can lose 3lbs in four days imagine what I might lose in a week! The scale was the same.

I wasn't discouraged. I had a positive attitude. I kept at it, and the next week had the same result. I stayed positive reminding myself that perseverance pays off, and knowing that soon I will be able to follow the program the way I want to.

What I mean by that is that for the last two months strata emoticon has been shutting off our water from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday, while they replace water valves. So, I scheduled my workouts around this. Ideally I would prefer to schedule my cardio Tue.,Thurs., and Sat. with strength training on the same days, (since I work on Sun. and Mon. ) So, I've been doing cardio Wed., Fri., and Sat., but I've only been doing strength training twice a week as you can't do it two days in a row.

This week, today, was supposed to be my first week of having my home back to normal with running water. So, I can work out as long as I want, and still shower after ward. Suprise! They're not finished yet. So, today my water is being turned off at 9am, but only for three hours. I wasn't too discouraged. I figured I could still get a workout and shower in before 9am.

Did I forget to mention that strata emoticon is also replacing some of our windows? They were supposed to do it yesterday, but didn't get to it. So, I had the window guy knock on the door at 8am, right after my warm up. I was just getting into it. I can handle working out in front of people at the gym or something, but working out in front of strange labourers with my front door wide open, and my window removed? Nope, I've got to admit I'm just not comfortable with that.

The timing is especially bad since I just weighed myself, and the scale did move... up! I've gained about two pounds. I measured myself, and my hips and thighs are actually bigger. My upper arms are smaller, oddly enough.

I don't even understand how this possible. I've been measuring my food, and changing my choices. I've been using the food tracker as honestly and accurately as possible, and I've always gone over my cardio level for the week. I even had to change my fitness goals to reflect that. This is why I really wanted to work out today, but I feel like I have no control over that at all. I'm so discouraged, and confused. emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/22/2010 12:53PM

    You certainly have a bizarre road block to your routine! How original. Let's hope all the work is done sooner than later. Keep Sparking!


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REVJVH 7/20/2010 1:32PM

    It's sometimes a great mystery how our bodies behave. That's why it's so important not to fixate on the scale. Stay within your SparkPeople-generated ranges, get your exercise in and trust that it is making a difference. It is. A friend of mine who's a trainer said that doing strength training twice a week is measurably better than doing it just once a week, but you don't really get that much more benefit going from twice to three times/week. So don't worry if you don't get them all in. Do your cardio, do your strength training, stay in your ranges, and it will make a difference. Truly.

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