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I Found My Virtual Jillian!!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I have found a SparkFriend that I am choosing for my virtual Spark "Jillian", NANCYANNE55. This girl has not pulled any punches when giving advice and telling me very straight-on what she thinks. Most of her advice is qualified from her own experiences. She even came across with a Jillian type comment: "Why are you working your shoulders if they are injured? On second thought, why are you lifting weights at ALL if you are injured? I don't know what your injury is, but do whatever your doc says and work on healing yourself above all else"

A big emoticon to Nancy Anne (NANCYANNE55) for bringing to my senses. I am going to take her advice and step back from strenuous exercises and just do some walking. My shoulders need to heal.

If anyone else wants to chime in and be a Virtual Jillian step on up to the plate. emoticon

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CBAILEYC 11/3/2010 2:05PM

    Yea, what they said!

Do give yourself time to heal and recoup. Then you can get back at 'em and give it heck!

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WALKSFAR 11/3/2010 12:30PM

    Nancy Ann gave you great advice. You are lucky to have her for a friend.

There are lots of other exercises you can do that will give your shoulders time to heal. It is great to change up now and then anyway. Our bodies get used to the same old thing.

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LKEITHO 11/2/2010 10:19PM

    A great piece of advice from your Spark friend! I hope the shoulders recover quickly.

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GAYEMC 11/2/2010 8:25PM

    Now that we are SP friends (I thought we were for a while also)I can keep updated on your blogs. I didn't know you had shoulder injuries. How right Nancyann is, give them a rest!

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DUFFYDYER 11/2/2010 7:42PM

    Whoo Hoo! Good for you. Now find someone for me!

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NANCYANNE55 11/2/2010 6:24PM

    Honestly, I'm just being me, but thank you!

However, I'd like to point out that, since Jillian is younger than me, it is she that is like me, not me that is like her. LOL!

Oh, and for the record, I don't think Jillian and I would like each other AT ALL- She is too direct for my taste. :-P

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DORIS32 11/2/2010 6:18PM

    How awesome for you to have found her! I wish I had a virtual Jillian! Pay attention and do what makes sense!

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Back To The Drawing Board!

Monday, November 01, 2010

I just weighed in with my Team Biggest Loser Challenge Group. A 2# gain!! I seem to be working hard but lately no results. I need to step up my game. I think I need Jillian from the Biggest Losers to kick my backside (nice word for BUTT!) all over the place. I have got to get back to the drawing board and re-figure my program and make some changes. I know I need to eat more calories ( based on my calorie burn), get more restful sleep and get more serious with strenuous strength exercises. (I hate ST!!) Since my shoulders are still hurting, a lot, I will have to workout the lower body. Get those big muscles to burning those calories.

I think one of the culprits that is not allowing the fat burning is in my aerobics. My "go-to" exercise is the treadmill and train on the C25K program, but I push myself past the program. The program calls for about 25 min. of training and about 2.25 miles. I push myself to do the whole 3.1 miles for the 5K. That way I can check it off on my goal challenge. But I even push further and go for 4+ miles. I know after reading various articles running may not be the best for losing weight. I say this because my heart-rate is past the fat-burning zone the entire 60+ min. My HRM show I burn over 1200 calories, but I am out of the aerobic zone and in the anaerobic zone. So I don't think I am getting the benefit of the burn shown on my HRM since I keep my HR so high. At times my HR is in the 175-180 BPM area with an average of 160 BPM.

So this week I think I will:
1. Stop anaerobic & stay in fat-burning aerobic zone. (110-140 BPM)
2. Include more strenuous ST the lower body (build up the fat-burning furnace)
3. Be careful with upper-body exercise involving shoulders so they will heal.
4. Get more restful sleep. (Will be better when shoulders heal)
5. Find a virtual Jillian that kicks Butt!!
6. Continue C25K training but stay with program rules.

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KAJIRA4MASTER 11/2/2010 8:54AM

    I wish you LOTS n LOTS of luck Banker-chuck

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/2/2010 4:32AM

    Don't you just hate it when people make comments on their own Blog?? Well I am so excited I think I found my new plan, for me, for the next few is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I have read a couple of articles that has convinced me it is what I need to get off this plateau. One of the article is right here on Spark:

Wish me luck I will start today. Now I better get off to bed so I can get enough sleep. If anyone thinks I am wrong in my new assessment I am open to suggestions.

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NANCYANNE55 11/1/2010 3:55PM

    Why are you working your shoulders if they are injured? On second thought, why are you lifting weights at ALL if you are injured? I don't know what your injury is, but do whatever your doc says and work on healing yourself above all else.

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/1/2010 1:36PM

    I think I just woke up my "Jillian", she lives with me. My wife (MunchieMags) Maggi!! Very pointed comment! emoticon

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MUNCHIEMAGS 11/1/2010 1:28PM

    You need to stop being so competitive WITH YOURSELF. You always push past what you intend to do just because you think, "well, I've made it this far, let's see if I can go 1/2 mile more", etc. etc.

Just do a steady run the time & distance (and heart rate) that you're supposed to. And there are some fun strength training machines for the legs . . .

You can do it!!

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DUFFYDYER 11/1/2010 1:21PM

    When you find a virtual Jillian please share her! I need to change up my routine as well. I'm getting stagnant and I want to keep the momentum going!
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It's a never ending cycle!

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween is a tough night. There is so much to do to protect myself and my stuff from the bad-gremlins. I love the good-gremlins coming for candy, My dog used to announce every kid who came to the door with her incessant barking. Now that she is older and lost her hearing I don't have to contend with that any more. Poor dog misses out on her barking fun! So Sophie gets her treat also.

Now for the mischievous bad-gremlins I have to spend cautious hours into the wee morning looking after my #2 joy. Need to make sure she is not damaged or ruffed up in any way!!

My wife names the car "Candy". I find it hard to look tough in a car named Candy! But She, the car, is a lot of fun with that V8 power! I think I will call her "Evil Candy"....because it make me feel tougher?

My wife is #1 and appreciates in value every day. I love her dearly. emoticon

Our wedding day in 1987 San Gabriel Mission California. We were so young and thin! It doesn't look like the handsome guy I see in the mirror these days.

Happy BOO!!! Day.Halloween is a tough night.

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LOVEMYLAPTOP 11/1/2010 1:22AM

    My daughter's name is Candy Noel...she was due on my birthday, just BEFORE Christmas, but was a week late just AFTER Christmas.Take the hint and call her SWEET Candy! SWEET is the "mod" word for NICE, VERY NICE...just like your wonderful wife. No matter...ENJOY:-)

The entire reason for getting married soon after finding the right one is that the ticker doesn't stop...glad you found her when you did and you didn't back out! emoticon

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MUNCHIEMAGS 10/31/2010 8:09PM

    Awww. . . thanks, hon. How sweet.

And don't let him fool you people - Candi (it's with an "i" not a "y") is MY baby!!! LOL


We've got 3 of the grandkids over playing Wii Bowling - then they'll go trick or treating. A busy night. emoticon

And Chuck - you're getting a lot closer to that 1987 weight . . . keep up the good work!!



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    LOL. So sweet!!!!! I do NOT think it is against the Man Rules to drive a car named Candy. Men typically name cars and boats after women, and Candy reminds me of a hot blond chick that's sassy and has a motor that revs (if you know what I mean....) So, enjoy Candy, it sounds like your wife isn't jealous of her :) (and evil Candy sounds like she breaks down on you, btw).

Have a great Halloween!!!!! I'm going to be a kitty (the little kids love that, LOL - "Hey lady, did you know you look like a kitty?")

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BMRBUDDY 10/31/2010 3:23PM

    What a beautiful picture! Both of Candy and the happy wedding couple. Happy Halloween!

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Lack Of Sleep=Lack Of Weight-Loss?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I read an article several months ago that I ran across again today that is relevant to some issues I have been having. For the past 2 months I have been on a plateau that I cannot seem to break through. I have been having a lot of painful issues with my shoulders that wakes me up several times during the night.
I am watching my calorie intake and have a good exercise program. According to the BMR calculator I should be dropping 2-3 lbs/week, based on my calorie burn vs calorie intake. I should be at least 10-14 lbs lighter now, but I am only 5 lbs lighter.
I picked out two of the main culprits that may be contributing to my lack of weight loss for the last 8 weeks..
The article from SparkPeople, Sleepless Nights Stop Progress -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer

" How Sleep Loss Affects Weight Loss
2. Sleep loss results in less deep sleep, the kind that restores our energy levels. Losing deep sleep hours decreases growth hormone levels. Growth hormone is a protein that helps regulate the body’s proportions of fat and muscle in adults. With less growth hormone, we reduce the ability to lose fat and grow muscle.
3. With a loss of sleep, your body may not be able to metabolize carbohydrates as well, which leads to an increased storage of fats and higher levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that the body has trouble disposing of glucose in the liver and other tissues. It is a trigger for serious health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. "

I am a Type II diabetic, diagnosed 7 years ago, controlled by medication. The 60 lbs I have lost to date has allowed me to drop one of the medications and hopefully, soon, the remainder medication. I have had my diabetes under control for several years but may still play a key part of the equation for lack of weight loss. I feel if it had not been for diabetes I would have been at goal weight now. I think diabetes has caused me to work extra hard to get to where I am today.
I am a very analytical individual, by training and career, and may be micro managing my program with to much emphasis on weight-loss calculators, charts, indicators....BMR 101, BMI, MHR....etc. But I have to stay with what has worked so far and look for more tools to add to my toolbox.
So with that being said I think it is time to make a Dr's appointment and see what is going on with my shoulders. I have a feeling he will say my past dirt-bike days of racing and football days are catching up to me in my senior years. Since I am running in the C25K training program, and upper-body strength exercises, which seems to exacerbate my shoulder problem, he may tell me to back off for a while.

I need more restful uninterrupted sleep. emoticon

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LKEITHO 10/30/2010 11:02PM

    Sleep definitely makes a big difference for me. When I don't get enough sleep my exercise is not as easy, my nutrition plan is harder to follow, and the weight doesn't seem to follow the rules of physics! I hope the doc can get your shoulders sorted out for you so you can sleep comfortably. And by the way, congratulations on the great job controlling the diabetes and the great progress on the weight loss!

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/30/2010 6:44PM

    Thanks for sharing. Same thing happened to me this last week. I have gotten a LOT less sleep than usual, but eating about the same. I even gained a little. Got a few good nights sleep and my progress started to move again. That and I felt like I had stronger will power and more energy to get things done.

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SMARGED 10/30/2010 4:29PM

    i haven't lost any weight either this month, despite controlling a my calories most days, and exercising more than I ever have before. I know I am not going to bed on time - tend to stay up late on the computer - so I'm not getting enough sleep - most nights about 5 - 6 hours. Now I am wondering if that is contributing to my lack of weight loss.

I'm going to really try this week to get at least 7 hours sleep, and see if that helps.

Thanks for a helpful blog!

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    Chuck, I always stress that the sleep issue is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of your health. Not just one of, but THE MOST. My patients tend to have psychological issues and physical pain that is not typical for the general population (veterans), and sleep is usually an issue for most of them. I just can't stress how important it is to attain good, restful sleep, 7-9 hours a night. Less than that, or more than that on a regular basis, makes your body fight itself.

I cycle my calories on a regular basis. Not on purpose, but sometimes out of weakness and sometimes out of necessity. It helps me to get results a little easier. When I hit a plateau, I let go for a week and don't worry about what I'm eating at all, and I cut back on exercise for a week or two. When I say, "let it go", I don't mean donuts and sugar pop all day long, but I don't watch exactly how many calories I'm eating and I indulge a little bit more than usual. Now that I'm better aware of what I've been eating that is a problem, I try to stay away from those things and everything else just kind of falls in place (this gives me great hope for when I'm at my goal weight :)

Then, I hit it HARD after I've slacked off enough. The first two weeks, I'm a little hungry because I'm eating less, but the results? Oh, that's worth it. Usually at least 2 lbs a week the first two weeks, and then for four more weeks it's pretty steady. IF I'm consistent with the exercise and diet.

Good luck!!!!!!! I'm glad you are going to the doc. Have you been to physical therapy?

Congrats on getting the diabetes under control. Having had gestational diabetes, I was a few years away from diagnosis myself - but not anymore!!! Or EVER!!!!!!!!! (crossing my fingers that the damage to my pancreas and body cells hasn't already been done)

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DARLENEK04 10/30/2010 2:57PM

I too have a problem sleeping. Mine is my lower back
pain. It has been causing problems just turning over
in bed, so I know my sleep quality is lacking.

Thanks for bringing this up. I guess it is time to
make an appointment with one of my drs.


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BANKER-CHUCK 10/30/2010 1:07PM

    Nancy I can always count on your great wisdom. I have cycled my calories, sometimes, but not by design. I intermittently hit just below and at times I hit near the top. If I plan better for the calorie cycling, on a consistent basis, I would probably have better results. You ask if I am below my BMR? When I look back at my nutrition your point is well taken. Over the past few months I have been having trouble attaining my minimum calorie intake. In the evenings I scramble to pack in more calories to get to minimum.

Kitty sounds like a visit to the Dr. is in order for you so you can get back to those computer games.

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KITTYF54 10/30/2010 12:22PM

    Good luck with that. I'm living proof that poor sleep will get you fat. LOL now I have carpal tunnel which wakes me several times a night. not to good for loosing weight. Had to give up computer games at 56 LOL

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NANCYANNE55 10/30/2010 12:21PM

    Sleep can indeed interfere with weight loss, as the articles you have been reading state. But please also bear in mind that the closer you are to goal, the slower the weight comes off, unfortunately.

There is nothing you can do about the sleep for now (unless you want to take a med that helps you sleep, which I have been known to do in times of desperation), so the only thing you have control of is eating right and eating ENOUGH to give your body the fuel it needs to repair itself. You know your BMR. Are you staying above it? Have you tried cycling your calories? That might help, too. It's what finally got me to move past a plateau.

And bear in mind that holding steady on weight isn't all bad- Your body gains muscle better when it is not also losing fat. So there is a silver lining to the cloud.

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Getting Older really Sucks!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Am I Vain? Do I want to much? Is my past suntans haunting me? Payback is hell! I really don't want much but just a little tune-up!

Has anyone had surgery or researched surgery to tighten loose skin? I have lost 60+ lbs in the last 10 months. Since I am over 60 my skin has lost some elasticity. It may be really vain on my part, but the skin under my jawline is now hanging down with no signs of retracting. Other parts of my body I can wear clothes, but not my face and I don't like a beard.

There are several reasons I started on this nutrition and fitness journey 10 months ago. I have lost the weight, 60+ lbs and 20-30# to go until I reach goal. My 1st priority is for health reasons and secondly for appearance reasons. If I feel better, I want my appearance to look better as well. As it is when I see pictures of myself it is very disheartening. I am not looking for the fountain of youth or even look younger.

Any suggestions one way or the other would be helpful. Well after reading my Blog over....I guess I may have a touch of vaininess. emoticon

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NANCYANNE55 10/23/2010 1:02AM

    You don't have a touch of vainness- You have worked hard and want your appearance to reflect that. I understand this. As most people know here (brace yourself for TMI), I have had a breast lift and augmentation. Why? Because no matter how much weight I lifted or pounds I lost, that was one area of my body I could not improve, and, as a matter of fact, got worse as my body fat went down.

Having said that, often it just takes time for the elasticity in skin to do it's job. I've heard that people should wait at least a year after losing weight before having skin tightening surgery because sometimes the body picks up more of the slack than you though and not as much surgery is needed.

However, I've found that often people who lose weight look older because there isn't fat to take up the slack in wrinkles or droopiness (I know this is the case for me), and the sad fact is that the older we get, the less we tend to snap back from weight loss. So if you wait a year and still don't like what you see, you may want to start looking into other options.

Personally, my feeling is that if it won't hurt your family financially a little surgical intervention can help you to see what you can't do through every other means possible. I know of no other way to pick up loos skin. Sorry! I wish I could tell you differenly, but your talking to a gal who finally succumbed to surgery to mke up for what Mother Nature wasn't going to even consider letting me have naturally.

That was the only surgery I'll ever do, though. I'm just gonna let the rest of me get old. :-D

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MUNCHIEMAGS 10/22/2010 11:26PM

    I know it's bothering you, but I still think you look fine . . . love you.


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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 10/22/2010 10:44PM

    If you do massage to the area, WITHOUT PULLING THE LOOSE SKIN - it will often retract quite a bit over time. Mine tightened up significantly.

Also, there is a new gadget out called the (derma-roller) that will help a lot. First I put in a search engine "Derma Roller" so I could learn about it. By the way it was recently featured on the show "The Doctors".

Anyway, I learned about it, then found the best price on I ordered the narrow 3-Line 1mm length, Dr.Roller brand. Can't wait till it arrives. Hope it does as good as it says it will. I will be using it on my face and neck. Maybe my tummy too.


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DARLENEK04 10/22/2010 11:09AM

  I don't think it is vain Chuck. Just make sure you do your
homework and get a good surgeon.

By the way, this is better than the alternative....
Getting older, I mean.

Let us know what you find out...........


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    There are also things called body wraps that can tighten skin. they even have wraps for necks and jawlines. check out

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BMRBUDDY 10/21/2010 9:31PM

    You worked hard to get where you are at. I think if it bothers you, you should talk with a good plastic surgeon. I agree with you, I just turned 58, and I'm noticing the lack of elasticity in my skin. Especially in my neck. If I didn't have other health issues, I'd be looking into it too.

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DDHEART 10/21/2010 9:04PM

    Congrats on having to "face" this kind of problem! I'm with Kate et al in saying talk to a doc...they will be able to give you lots of options as well as the advisories as to if you should wait to stabilize etc. There are lots of available treatment modes today that weren't there when I worked with a plastic surgeon and what's wrong with being a little made a major accomplishment and you should show it off to it's best advantage....In the meantime, assume a big bug catching smile it'll pull the loose skin up...You are a winner!

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CHARLIE215 10/21/2010 7:58PM

    I have heard of something called Thermage that tightens skin using a laser rather than surgery. I don't know how well it works but it may be worth looking into. You could visit a dermatologist first for advise as they often offer laser treatments.

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LKEITHO 10/21/2010 7:50PM

    I see a lot of folks that have this type of surgery. You're certainly not alone in wanting to do this. I've thought about it myself! I wonder if they would tell you to get to your goal weight and be stable at it for a bit before doing the surgery, though? You'd hate to get it done, lose more weight and find you needed it again.

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KEAKMAN 10/21/2010 7:31PM

    I would go see a doc and find out what your options are. There could be something you can do. It might be surgery is the only solution. But I bet ANY doc would be happy to talk to someone who LOST 60 POUNDS!


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LOVEMYLAPTOP 10/21/2010 7:29PM

    It's not vain to want your outside to match the way you feel on the inside. I have used Walgreens Skin Firming Cream on my stomach. I don't know if it helped or if it was the exercise, but my stomach skin has gotten tighter. Perhaps it will help on your neck until you decide what to do.

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ME2THESHELL 10/21/2010 6:03PM

    I'm sure the loose skin can be corrected. Just talk to a plastic surgeon.

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JENNILEE27 10/21/2010 4:42PM

    First of all, congrats on the weight loss! Second, you are not vain to want your body to respond to the weight you have lost by looking good too. I just turned 50, and I will never look as I did in my twenties, but I hear what you are saying. They say that toning is a good idea, and not losing too fast. I have been doing facial exercies to tone my face, and perhaps that would help you as well.

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