Thursday, April 24, 2008
By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
Dieters: This news should make your day.
The conventional wisdom is that dieters regain most of the weight they lose. But a growing body of research, including data released today, suggests some dieters keep the pounds off, especially if they exercise regularly and don't watch a lot of TV.
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined weight reports of 1,310 adults who were overweight or obese and had lost at least 10% of their highest weight. They were participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative sample of adults who reported their current weight, their weight the year before and their highest weight ever.
Researchers found that over the course of one year, more than half of those surveyed regained less than 5% of their body weight. One-third regained more than that percentage, according to the findings in July's American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Those who reported spending an average of four or more hours daily watching TV, playing video games or using the computer outside work were more likely to regain than those who spent one hour or less a day doing those activities.
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"Regular physical activity has consistently been associated with weight-loss maintenance," says Edward Weiss, a CDC medical epidemiologist. "We don't know the optimal dose of physical activity for preventing regain, because it may depend on individual characteristics we didn't analyze, like caloric intake or resting metabolic rate (calories burned while sitting still)."
Another government study released last year found that people are more likely to keep off weight if they weigh themselves daily and do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Readers who participated in USA TODAY's Weight-Loss Challenge this year exercise one to two hours a day to maintain their weight loss. Some have dropped 100 to 200 pounds.
No cardio so far, did some yard work and got some sun...will do my game and perhaps go for a run after dinner...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
How Well do You Roll with the Punches?
Change is the natural order of the world. When something tries to stand against the force of change, it's eventually destroyed. Cliffs are eroded, trees are uprooted, granite cracks. People can crack too. For us to grow and live--to flourish--it takes adaptation and learning. Stubborn attachment to a single set of "knowledge" or way of doing things leads to stagnation of the mind and spirit. Remember to keep an open mind to new people and new ideas. Challenge yourself to always be learning something new. Focus on the possibilities of a fresh start, instead of hanging on to old frustrations. Sails are made with cloth for a reason. When they're stiff, winds beat against them until they tear. But if the sails are relaxed and workable, the wind can take you to places you've never been before.
Being flexible was difficult in the beginning, but it's become more easy to adjust and change in order to fit healthy living into everyday life.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Well, today I decided it was just too nice outdoors to go to the gym for cardio(aka spinning class)so I got up nice and early and put on my gear and headed out the door(plus it is earth day so not driving to the gym was good)for a 4 mile run! After about 5 minutes I was thinking..."what was I thinking" I haven't run for a while and 45 minutes seemed like an eternity, but of course, as is always the case, around the 1/2 mile mark I started finding my rythm and was on my way. I felt so awesome to have the sun shining on me and be out in the fresh air. So, when I get back, and hit the end workout button on my iPod Nike+ Tiger Woods comes on to congratulate me for having my personal best for the mile!! WhooHoo! It was an 11 minute mile. Which for me is really good.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thanks to all who have posted saying they are inspired to continue/start; you are the reason I agreed to have the story put out there. I'm still uncomfortable sharing my "before" self with anyone, let alone the whole country. But everyday I find a new reason to convince people that surgery is not necessary, and we are all capable of taking the weight off, and keeping it off, if we stick to our Spark plan. That is the only reason I did this story so publicly, in order to show people that they can do this. I don't know if I'll ever stop flinching when I look at my old self (or someone jokes about how big I was) because it's still such an embarrassment to know how far I let myself go. I don't think I'll ever stop being critical of the way I look, but I'm doing better accepting the compliments; that's progress.
So to anyone who reads this that may be struggling, please continue to work and stick with your plan, you can do this, and if you do, than it will make this all worth if for me.
I have to say, again, that my family is the most amazing! My youngest son, called me at 7 AM to see if I had gotten the paper yet, then he texted me later after he had seen it, his text was followed by those of all 4 of my other kids and each one meant so much to me. My husband, who means the world to me, e-mailed everyone he knows, and told them to check out the article. I would never have been able to do this(the weight loss)without all of them. From day one, they gave me support and confidence and helped me every step of the way. Knowing that they can finally feel proud of me, is the most rewarding part of this entire journey. They have been a huge inspiration to me, and never allowed me to lose focus. Even in the beginning when the losses weren't apparant to anyone but me, they would always have a kind word or compliment, that encouraged me to continue on. And my husband is still a constant source of support. When I pick apart my appearance, or say I want to change this or that, he is always telling me that it will come, that he sees improvement, or just says something nice that makes me realize how self-critical I can be.
My life began when I married my husband 32 years ago, and it's grown and improved everyday since then. My children are my greatest achievement in life, and I'm proud that I have made them proud!
Forgot to post my workout(sorry I've been very lax in logging both my food and exercise since umpiring started-I've not missed a workout and I'm still kicking my butt with the weights!)
decline chest press 3x15 80lbs
cable crossover 3x15 35lbs
pec deck flye 3x15 45lbs
shoulder press machine 3x15 40lbs
front raises 3x15 10lbs (each arm)
straight leg bench dip 3x15 10lbs
kickbacks 3x15 10lbs (each arm)
wrist extensions 3x15 8lbs
30 minutes treadmill intervals
1:45 minutes umpiring
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