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Love this quote

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

- Shira Tehrani

Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. Too often we don't relish the path of and enjoy the details instead of just pounding the pavement of life. All of life contains bumps in the road. But it is up to us to determine the quality of our lives. Remember, we don't always determine the distance, but we can determine the path.

This is what I live by now! I will determine the quality of my life from this point forth! That's a great feeling to finally have and take that control. I also will decide to choose to be happy and focus on that happiness each day, as doing anything else would be cheating myself of quality of life!

  


A good day in Jersey!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Today the temp is going to reach 70! We may break records for the month of January. I went to my spinning class this morning and I just love the class this particular instructor runs. I burned more calories in her 50 minute class than I did yesterday for the same amount of time. If I hadn't stayed and did my own spin after class yesterday, I wouldn't have burned enough calories! But, after class I decided it was too nice to run back indoors. So, I went for a jog/walk in the park for 36 minutes. I was beautiful and I was glad I got out in the bright sunshine and warm weather.

I'm trying to up my cardio to at least an hour or more each day. I think it will help me get back on track. I'll try it for a week and then back down again and possibly trade days between running and spinning or maybe even use some of the other cardio machines at the gym depending on the weather. I am not a real fan of the ellipitical or the stair climber machines, but if I want to kick-start my cardio I'll force myself to use them.

I've done much better with food. In fact I stuck to my self-imposed limit of night-time snacking last night. I seem to have the right mind-set again-the one that doesn't "allow" me to have "just one" of things(like dry Special K or Cheerios for snacks). I seemed to have fallen victim to my own successes as I felt I look good now and so I'd have the extra helpings of pretzels, along with an apple with peanut butter, and maybe even a hundred cal snack each night...it all adds up folks, and it's best to keep the snacks at no more than 200 calories!

Lesson learned for now...stay tuned.

  


A new Week!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Well, due to circumstances that I haven't controlled, I now have 15 pounds to lose to reach goal. I have little by little allowed my weight to get back to 160 pounds. I've stayed around 157 for about 2 months now, but in the past week I've had a horrible time with eating at night. I never eat anything unhealthy, but I just eat way too much after dinner. So today has been a brand new start with my food. I've recommitted to the stricter ways I was adhering to while I was in the losing phase. I've also decided on a new weigh in schedule of every morning. I've never lapsed even once on my exercise and in fact had a really good week with additional cardio sessions, I know there were some other factors affecting my weight (bowl movement, TOM, increased water intake) but it's time for me to get to my goal so I need to make further adjustments.

This is a lesson for when I finally get to goal and try to maintain. It doesn't matter what you eat, if it exceeds your calories than you will gain weight.

  
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CYD1057 1/7/2008 4:47PM

  Sigh. Lessons for all of us.....reality strikes whether we like it or not, and we have to face it if we expect to achieve the results we want. One of the things I like most about your posts is your acceptance of this, and that you constantly point it out. No whining, no poor me, just stating the facts and moving forward.

I am wrestling with finding the right caloric intake. There are age factors (50) that go hand in hand with hormonal changes that make it a challenge. I guess we become those Stradivarius violins, sensitive to the changes in our environment, external and internal!

Interesting that you commented recently on seeing yourself as obese, no matter what your weight. I have never been as heavy as I am now, and I struggle with seeing myself as obese! It's only when there's a photo that I wonder who on earth THAT woman is?! Same syndrome, different expression. Maybe we should both look at more pictures of ourselves...you to realize you look fabulous, and me to get more inspiration about the changes I need to make!

Have you looked into shaking up your weight program to help your body overcome its adaptations? Or trying cardio that uses more muscle groups than spinning? I have found I really stall when I don't mix up my cardio styles.

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HEATHERSCOTTTN 1/7/2008 4:27PM

    You've come so far and you know how to do it and do it so you can be healthy and feel great. Glad you are making the adjustments to get you back on the track you want.... You deserve the body and health of your dreams for all your hard work. Keep at it and great lesson learned.....

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What a disappointment!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Last night I watched (well I haven't finished watching yet) the E Hollywood Fad Diets show. I was really annoyed and disappointed that SP would advertise this program on their site for us to watch. The problem is that too many people, even SP members are still attempting to lose weight through some of these extreme diets. It's very disturbing to me that people don't realize that the nutrition recommendations that Spark gives are the only way to lose weight. Even if you don't follow the your plan given by SP, if you use the daily guide to make sure you eat the right amounts of carbs, protein, fats, than you will be eating healthy and properly. You absolutely cannot hope to lose weight through any DIET! A diet that is structured to eliminate one food group, cannot be sustained for the rest of our lives. And in order to get and stay healthy you absolutely, positively, must take the approach that this is FOREVER! If we allow ourselves to think there is an ending point to how we are eating now, than we will GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK! It will not happen overnight, but it will happen.

So, listening to the people who were touting the various crazy diets, and books, was infuriating to me! It is just another way to victimize overweight people. Even if the each diet was followed by an experte explaining why it wasn't the right way to diet, I guarantee that people stopped listening beyond the example person's speech about why this diet was so wonderful and how much weight they've lost in 21 days or whatever. Desperate people are just looking for something they can do to get the weight off now. (We were all desperate when we began.) It was depressing to see this show and realize how people would buy into the fads not understanding that the point was to show how wrong they were. Like I said before, people join SP but still try these things, in fact there are people on here who use this site and still pay the likes of The Biggest Loser trainers, to get their workouts, or nutrition plans. I ask, WHY? Everything you need is right here on this site. I admit that after some time I needed to do my own research about lifting weights, and I would like to see SP add programs for people who have moved beyond the bands, balls, and dumbbells phase. But, even if I only stuck to the workouts here, I would still have lost the weight.

So, I hope that everyone on this site will understand that they are the ones who can do this. The program is good, and sound and can be sustained forever. We can all reach the point where you no longer think about what you eat, it's a new healthy way of eating, and you like it. We can all get to the point where we enjoy our exercise and look forward to doing it. Honest, I know, I'm there and it's a really good place to be.

  
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JOANNAGLOWS 1/6/2008 7:10PM

    I agree with you 100%. All the adds, even on FIT TV, for pills and quick fixes do a real dis-service to sound living. Sure, you can have a measure of weight loss with some of these things but what have you learned that you can live with? Making healthy lifestyle choices to move more, eat sensibly, and keep at it result in sustainable victory.

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ADORABULLDOG 1/6/2008 11:31AM

    I agree with you. I'm recovering from an eating disorder (several actually) and if I saw that program 6 months ago, I probably would have ran out and tried to find that juice diet or the tapeworm thing (disgusting!). I think they should have done a better job on showing the CONS of these diets, not just reporting on them. OR, better yet, dedicate a whole show on the RIGHT way to lose weight.

Thank heavens I found SP. It's helped me two fold with my eating disorder and I'm actually eating right and feel much better about myself. I also agree that SP needs to add more strength training programs beyond the bands, balls and dumbbells.

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Make your dream come true

Saturday, January 05, 2008

turn your wishes into goals. You get practical results when you apply "what if" to your own life. Your desire to see it through grows as your idealistic vision takes hold.

Success doesn't happen without a vision and hard work. When you have both, they sprout from a passion that's rooted in idealistic thinking.

In the end, the grander the vision, the greater your accomplishments!

My vision from the start was to have a body that would allow me to do whatever I wanted to do. One that was healthy and could battle against time to allow me to enjoy my days on this earth! I'm there, but I still have some work to do...

  


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