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One week of new focus far , so good.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Yup, gotta say this week went pretty good. Biked to and from work ( about 11 km each way) 4 of the 5 days. Worked with my trainer 3 x for an hour each time..And did not exceed my calorie range. I joined the 10 week summer challenge and and am on team lemon ( hence the background choice on my page). Meeting new folks, trying new things ..a bit at a time..So far good
Still miss running..I know the results of my workouts will take longer to see than when I was running..but I WILL get there..

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AMANDA_08 6/15/2011 10:44AM

    Wow great job on being active! I'm sure you are going to get great results with that pace. Glad we are on the same team and hope you have a awesome week!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 6/14/2011 10:16PM

    Love your attitude!!! Great job with the biking and hopefully you will see positive actions as you did with running! Thanks for sharing your blog!


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LINDAKAY228 6/13/2011 6:45AM

    It looks like you have a good solid plan in place. You are doing very well. Be proud of what you're accomplishing! You're awesome.

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ELLEN0407 6/13/2011 6:06AM

  great job

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Time to face reality and renew my program

Friday, June 03, 2011

Okay..Here goes..I have done amazing really. Its been just over a year I HAD lost 86lbs...An injury a few months ago has sidetracked my running. That was the start of a bit of a backslide or detour..For various reasons ( less intense exercise, a bit more eating out, more snacking...okay, a lot more snacking, prolly 'cause I wasnt out running or exercising as much, so more time on my hands..I am a bored eater ( a spark discovery ;-)....and back came some weight..
Today, I have committed to a personal trainer for 6, with the financial commitment made, its time for me to re-commit to the healthy lifestyle way..
So, I have updated my stats..Yup, have gained 15 lbs, from lightest weight..ouch...feeling the "softening" around my middle..the tone has gone..
But, I am ready to go. I have turned on meal plans, have my focus back, have started with this blog...and am ready to go!! emoticon

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TACONES 6/5/2011 7:36AM

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LINDAKAY228 6/4/2011 8:03AM

    I've been there, done that, and am on my way back down again and on track. Good luck and you can do it!

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Are $ for a personal trainer worth it? Opinions welcomed!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

So Spark friends..looking for some opinions..I have had some forced adjustments to my workout regime. I can no longer run ( at least for the next 6 months), which has always been my "go to exercise". I am doing some biking, but the knee is very unpredictable..I have tried doing the gym thing on my own, but have been sporadic...
I have discovered I tend to be successful when I have accountability..I joined the local running room , which meets 3 x week, so that gave me that accountability..I joined SparkPeople for the weight loss..Connecting , blogging and making challenges with others gave me accountability..
So my question..I have a gym membership..I have been assessed and presented with a 6month program to attain my goal of loosing my last 20-30 lbs, and getting toned..It would give me a specific time period 3x / week with a personal trainer ( all to myself for one hour)..Sounds great,,, its expensive..
Is it worth it? Would love to hear from anyone who has tried this route ( plus and minus). Thanks!!

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BEANPOD77 6/3/2011 6:10PM

    Thanks all for taking the time to "weigh". I have made an intermediate decision so have booked a trainer for a shorter period of time..Looking forward to getting started on a new part of my journey..!!

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MARYALICE411 6/3/2011 12:02PM

    You might need a few sessions with a trainer to learn what is out there you can do. I don't think you need one long term. Be careful, I tried looking for a trainer after I was injured, and most of them just looked at me like I was crazy. Get your Dr's OK, tell your trainer what your limitations are and listen to see if they really understand before you agree to anything.

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KRISTINKP 6/2/2011 10:45AM

    I personally wouldn't do training sessions every single week. It's hard for me to know when exactly I'm going to fit my gym time in during the week. I purchased 5 training sessions from a specific trainer at my gym. I schedule an appointment withbhim when in feel like my workout needs a shakeup. I tell him the areas I feel like I need to focus on more and he develops a new plan for me. I bought these sessions last summer and I still have 2 left! It's actually time for me to shake it up...better go set up an appointment now! :-)

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GODDESSELLIE07 6/2/2011 9:20AM

    I'm like BubbleJ... I use my classes for accountability because I've become a "regular" and if I'm not there, I get "harassed" by the instructor (in a joking manor).

I think whether its worth the money is totally up to you. Each trainer is different, so make sure that if you do decide to get a trainer, that you mesh well and that you actually want to meet with them each week. If you don't get along, you'll dread going to the gym, and that's not good at all.

Good luck with your journey!

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DARACOX 6/2/2011 6:19AM

    It depends on your situation, your goals, and the trainer. If you are completely new to strength training, I absolutely recommend a trainer, at least for a few sessions, so you learn everything correctly. If you are working towards a specific goal like training for a marathon or a specific sport or trying to lose stubborn weight, then the insight of a (qualified) trainer can be very helpful. I am a trainer and when I lay out a plan for someone I give them options. The first option is the most expensive one as it includes having the trainer work with you 2-3 times a week until you reach your goal. I also give two smaller options that would have someone working with me more often at first and then scaling back as they become more confident on their own. So after the first 3-4 weeks you may only need the trainer 2 times a week and then after a few months maybe only 1 time a week. You still get the guidance and regular check ins but you spend less money. Any trainer who is not willing to work within a client budgetary constraints is not worth it in my book. The other thing I would ask of your potential trainer is what kind of success they have had with helping their clients lose weight. Also, do they do nutrition for their clients? Nutrition is 80% of weight loss so if they know nothing about it (you'd be surprised how many don't) then it's not worthyour money. Don't feel embarrassed to ask these questions, you are about to spend a lot of money, and if they are a good trainer they should have no problem answering them. Good luck!

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BUBBLEJ1 6/2/2011 4:07AM

    Personally, I think they are not worth it. At my gym a trainer does a programme for you for free, and it gets changed pretty much whenever you want, plus they are around for advice, so I would never pay for one. Maybe do a few sessions to get some ideas and then go for it yourself. I understand liking the accountability, which is why I do classes. The other regulars expect me in the class and give me a hard time if I skip one (unless I tell them I won't be there). That gives me accountability, and the trainer in the class mixes it up for me!

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DISP715 6/1/2011 9:48PM

    I have been using a Trainer since November. At first, it was 2 to 3 times a week. Once I got established and was working out on my own, I cut it down to once a week. Now, I am pretty sure I could do without her now, but, decide I am worth it. First off, she weighs me and does my body fat. So I know that once a week, someone else is looking at the scale. It keeps me on track. Secondly, she pushes me harder then I would myself. There are certain exercises I hate and she doesn't care, she makes me do them anyway, no excuses. (Like burpees, yuck!). Finally, she checks what I am eating, reviews it, makes suggestions. I would tell you to go for it. Use a Trainer for 6 months, I bet the results will be amazing. Interesting fact, it takes a full 6 months to get into shape and only two weeks to get out. So, good luck with your journey. PS: Just thought of one more good reason, trainers shake things up, so easy to get into an exercise rut, but, a trainer will constantly throw new things at you and who knows you might find something you like even more than running.

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My take on Pittsburgh’s Just Another Short Race ( JASR)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Well, to keep it really simple, I had a blast!!
Okay, for a few more details..Met some wonderful people ( fellow Sparkers).
The local contingent was friendly, funny and very welcoming..BobbyD when I saw you in a pink tutu, I knew I was among friends 
I arrived too late to catch the Friday night dinner, but was actually in the same restaurant! If only I had walked a little farther through…
Saturday dawned sunny, but oh so cold! I was nervous. I had run 5K before, but I have not been running for several weeks due to a knee injury..Would I be able to do it? Would I re-injure?
Met at the Rose Barn with all the other Sparkers..great idea..Got some great pictures..Wonderful keepsakes, and got to stay warm before the start!!.
The course itself was a challenge. That first hill..Wow! I almost stopped and went home..
I actually took a picture on my phone. In SW Ontario, we just don’t get hills like that!
It was quite a sight to see 2500 runners snake their way up and out of sight..
Met a fellow Canadian Sparker ( shout out there GoeGirl!) and was given a beautiful felt patch in the shape and colours of the SparkPeople logo..Thanks Britt & Bonnie..What a keepsake..and it was wonderful to be able to spot other Sparkers through the race course. I enjoyed chatting with you at the start ..
Janice thanks so much for taking the pictures..I don’t have any others of me actually running. Can’t say I present an attractive view when running, but it’s me in action:-p
Made a respectable time, but most important, I finished.
It was fun to cheer others on..Mega congrats Bill on finishing that 30K. What an accomplishment!
I couldn’t make the lunch..was just too tired..hit the hottub and pool for some r&r.
The post race event at Second Sole was a nice touch. Thanks to Jen and her staff ( and Bobby, Ann , Jan). I wish I was just a little braver to approach those I hadn’t met yet, but that will be my goal next year.
My big thrill was meeting Coach Nancy and Coach real life. ..Cool!
I have made lots of new Spark friends..and look forward to keeping in touch and cheering them on through their journeys..I am re-energized and ready to tackle these last stubborn 20 lbs.
To anyone reading this who has the opportunity to attend an event where other Sparkers are meeting I say GO! It’s an experience to remember.

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2WHEELER 4/10/2011 7:29PM

    That was such a busy weekend with so many new people to meet. I'm glad I had a chance to meet you.

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LINDAKAY228 3/31/2011 7:03AM

    Sounds like so much fun and such a great opportunity to meet fellow sparkers! Wish I was there LOL! Well maybe not for the hills!

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LYNNANN43 3/30/2011 8:27PM

    I like the idea that Frank had about "speed dating" to meet everyone next year! What a great way to get to know each other:-)

Your pics from JASR are wonderful!

I'm so glad that you could make it the Burgh! I hope our paths can cross again soon:D


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MRSSMITH622 3/30/2011 7:53PM

    I was pumped to meet Coach Nicole, I missed Coach nancy. I was also too shy to introduice myself to people. Next year Ia m going to work on being friendlier...or more outgoing.

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MIAMIA7 3/30/2011 7:52PM

    You are such a sweet woman! Loved meeting you and your pals! I hope you come next year also!

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JOPAPGH 3/30/2011 7:51PM

    Glad you had a great time in our Pittsburgh area and hope you join us next year for JASR 12. I got to chat with your fellow Canadians but never got the chance to meet you.


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BILLALEX70 3/30/2011 7:44PM

    Great to read others accounts of the weekend.

You did great! I always say that it's not about the time on the course, but having the guts to show up. I'm glad that you and your 2 guys were able to make it and it was a pleasure to meet you all. Walking into a group of us who've known each other for years is overwhelming for anyone (just look at a majority of others blogs), but I think everyone found people to hang with. The next time it'll be just like old times with good friends.

From all the pictures I saw of you I'd say you're quite striking! Don't sell yourself short. Thanks for the shout out in your blog. I hope that we'll all be able to do lunch on May 15th after my marathon. I'll keep you in the loop of the where and when.

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BOBBYD31 3/30/2011 7:31PM

    fantastic blog!!! like the pink tutu, do ya LOL. it was great to meet you at this weekend and please bring more of your friends with you they were great also.
here is the link to race photos take that day there are some pretty good pictures there. hope you stay healthy and look forward to seeing you again next year. are you on FB?

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LAURIE5658 3/30/2011 6:44PM

    I did not have a chance to meet you but I am thrilled that you were a part of a very special weekend. This the second time I have personally been with several of the Ohio/PA are Sparkers and it was like old home week. It is my hope that you also have another chance yourself to get together with Spark buddies. There will never be a more understanding and awesome bunch. See you again next year? I certainly hope so!!!


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DREBENEZER 3/30/2011 6:40PM

    It was an incredible time! Wish we would have had a chance to meet and chat.

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A-NEW-PAULA 3/30/2011 6:25PM

    It sounds like you had a blast!!! Thanks for sharing because I don't know if I would have attended a SP event if I had a opportunity or not but I think I would now!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 3/30/2011 6:21PM

    Awesome Blog & great to see your smiling face AGAIN :) I wish we all had more time to mingle! It was a blast indeed!!

So cool you came all the way from Canada! I'm impressed :) Hope you stay healed & enjoy more good & healthy races this year!!

Will look forward to seeing you again & chatting next Spring (if not b4) who knows where our journeys will take us :)

Keep the Spark burnin' !!! ~Deej

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Reflections of 2010: Successes, support, sharing, re-starting..( and a few pics :-)

Monday, January 03, 2011

The start of a brand new year has prompted me to take steps to re-energize my commitment to a healthy lifestyle. The first step is to focus on what I have accomplished and put it all together and allow myself to celebrate.
This celebration is also a way to acknowledge and thank family, and the many friends ( Spark and nonSpark) that have played such big part in my success to date. Their encouragement, suggestions, sharing, shoulders, and yes, sometimes even kicks have all contributed to the new and improved me.
I was tired and frustrated with shopping at plus size stores..Being a 6’ tall woman, it was always a struggle…tall shops think you only come in size 8 , plus stores think you aren’t any taller than 5’6”…
I had been feeling depressed, low energy, being treated for high blood pressure, was struggling to tie my shoes , put socks on…you name it..I became afraid of developing diabetes..Everything was making me winded, more tired and more depressed. Many of you know that vicious cycle I am talking about.

I started with making a New Year’s resolution January 1, 2009.

I realized I wanted a future full of health, happiness and love. I looked at myself in the mirror and said. “ My fat, my fault” . Some may read this and think those are harsh words and we should be kinder to ourselves…But it’s different for everyone . I respond better to specific reality statements. Too many “non –Harsh” views/ statements had given me the excuse that it was okay to be the way I was…I was a good person inside and that was what was important…While being good on the inside is a great place to start, in truth, noone else makes me eat, noone else makes my food choices for me, noone else is going to pull me off the couch, put my shoes on and walk around the block..noone else can make me feel better about myself. Changing the outside would also mean a healthier “insides”
I do not remember whose quote this is, but it is very applicable…
“If the change is to be, it’s up to me”…
And so I started… with small goals: walk up to the next road and back every day ( about 2.5 km total). Not speed walk, just walk, get out there..breath some fresh air.
I knew drinking water was important..Next step: 8oz glass water before each meal and at least one between meals… Increase the amount of fruits n veggies I was eating and decrease the amount of bread, cheese and pasta…The last one, and biggest for me…stop snacking on chips/ chocolate and cookies after supper..
It doesn’t seem like a large number of changes, but it was a start , and not so many that I felt over whelmed.
Gradually, as I incorporated my walk in to the end of my work day, I felt more energetic…I actually had a decreased appetite. I think that broadening my foods gave me a better balance of blood sugars, so there was less craving, fewer moods swings, and I started to feel more positive about everything..
Those that are on their journey will understand what I mean when I say…the better I felt, the better I did ( eating, exercising , tracking). And the pounds started to come off.
A co-worker sent a note around in Feb with a link to this cool health/ fitness/ weight loss website called SparkPeople. I was intrigued and “clicked in”…
That was the real start of my journey!
I found tools that were so useful..So much information to read and apply to my situation..Finding others who were exactly like me, who had the same ultimate goal, who were struggling with the same challenges..people of all different shapes, sizes, starting weights..It didn’t matter..we were all in this together…
The teams I could join allowed me to find others with the same hobbies, pets, weight goals etc. I think the biggest mantra I have adapted is that our journey is about consistency, not perfection..So, there are days when I eat junk, don’t exercise..but you know what?’s only one day or maybe two..I don’t dwell, don’t tell myself I am a failure and that it’s no use and I will start again another day…I acknowledge it..say “It happens”..and move on…start back on track the very next meal..
I discovered my “beginner fitness buddies” (BFB) here..and have developed relationships that have carried beyond SparkPeople and weight loss. Although we have never physically met, they are a part of my life and have become my family and it is to them I owe so much of my success! A big shout out and hugs to Tammy, Brenda, Donna, Leah and Paula..I love you all!
How could I forget my favorite Kiwi...BubbleJ, you have given me laughs, lots of positive encouragement and remind me so much of my daughter! I always look forward to your notes and blogs! Keep Sparkin' you CAN do it too!
I found the couch to 5K program via Spark and my walking progressed to running..It was not easy, I did not fall in love right away…but I kept at it..I now consider myself a runner..I still struggle some days, to get out there..but I love how I feel afterwards..amazing. I joined the local running room here and have met another great support network…Jackie, Bev, Lucy, Nancy and have more influence on my success than you will ever know..Thanks!! In June I ran my first 5K..I was down 70 lbs and felt great..
Still some way to go to be considered a healthy weight..but the difference in 6 months in not only my physical appearance, but my mental attitude, my approach to eating, planning and getting involved in activities that kept me off the couch, was truly amazing to me.
And are a riot and give me such encouragement..10K is a huge stretch goal for me, but if anyone will get me there, it will be you!

Checking in on blogs of JOHNTJ1 , MONTANA ED, CS4JWS, NativeOne on a regular basis gave me inspiration, hopes, ideas, laughs ( and even tears)..These folks are truly inspirational. I encourage you to not only helps you, but you may inspire others and there is no greater feeling..
My non Spark friends ( Sandy, Nancy, Carol, Patti) your words of encouragement unsolicited compliments, celebrations of accomplishments serve to give me that ongoing push to keep at it. My family has continuously celebrated my successes, and while we do not see each other all the time, I know they are supporting me.
My biggest personal challenge happened in November …I can’t pick a specific date, or reason, or event that caused this ( although I did suffer a recurring sciatic issue that interrupted my running routine)…I started to feel low, unmotivated, was finding tracking food too time consuming..Didn’t feel like posting..and my final blog captured my thoughts..It felt like it was all slipping away…And yet, I still log in as often as I can, touch base with BFB, and am mindful of what I eat. I found some new physical activities ( zumba, muscle up, mixed martial arts bootcamp) at a local gym that have become a part of my weekly routine. So while I may have felt things were slipping away, I have obviously ingrained what is needed to stay healthy into my normal thoughts..or I would have headed straight back to the couch and the cookies 
This last New Years Eve I ran the 5K resolution run. I did not feel great during the run ( anyone knows what those days feel like !) but I finished with a personal best. It was not a record a formal runner would celebrate..but when I look back and realize 1 year, a mere 365 days ago, I could barely say the word run…could not imagine ever running..and look at me now!!
My resolution is to return to tracking food, blogging in SP and keeping up with my BFB…I also joined the “Just another short run” team and have set a goal to do a roadtrip to Pittsburg to run with fellow Sparkers in March..That’s about a 6 hr road trip for me..and I might be on my own getting there, but I know once there..I won’t be!!
Of course, as I near the end of this blog, I have neglected to mention the one steadying, constant source of support during this whole year ( and the 26 previous years) to my dear husband Ken who has loved me in all my sizes, through all my mood swings..your unwavering love and support means more than you will ever know. I have tried to thank you , when I remember, but words will never be enough. To my son Drew & daughter Ryley : your high fives and “Way to go Mom.. good job!” are important to me and give me an extra boost when I need it!
To those that have read through this lengthy blog, thanks for reading..
If you are starting, I hope you might find something here that will give you that push to go, and belief that you too can do it..If you are part way through your journey and are struggling…I hope this gives you heart to know that that too is “normal” and you will find your way..There are twists, turns, bumps in the road..If it was easy..there would not be a multi billion dollar diet/ exercise industry out there..But you and Spark are the key..You WILL do it!
Congrats to all and I wish you all continued to success , health, happiness in 2011 and beyond!!

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BTINTERNET 1/5/2011 10:34PM

    You are so amazing and inspirational! I'm glad you'll be blogging in 2011!

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BUBBLEJ1 1/5/2011 5:07AM

    You. Look. Amazing.

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A-NEW-PAULA 1/5/2011 12:54AM

    You look very happy and healthy! This is a great blog! I hope some of the new sparkers get to read it because I think it is very inspirational!!! You are living proof it works, if you work it! Here is to an even happier and healthier 2011!
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Your B.F.B.

for the shout out!

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NATIVE_ONE 1/3/2011 11:58AM

    You look absolutly sexy, beautiful and shinning! Reading your blog gave me all kinds of running emotions. I had tears, chills and felt so proud for you. You have accomplished so many goals and successes, big and small!

Thank you for sharing, thank you for being an inspirational, encouraging and supportive friend to me in 2010 and I am looking forward to doing it all again with you in 2011!

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SMATHEW 1/3/2011 11:35AM

    Congrats to you for a great year! If 2010 was any indication, you will surely accomplish your goals for this year :)

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