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Still Sore but Still determined

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Had a new trainer last night and the only thing I said to him was, I want the good hurt. I found out that my abs were in a complaining mood(have been since I did a boxing class) but,,, pushed through it to the good hurt.

I feel a lot better today and am re focused on my goals. The new trainer is writing me up a 1/2 hour strength training program to be done 3 times a week. YAY!!

Go forth and conquer.

Hugs Bek

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WENDYJM4 6/13/2013 3:47AM

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WILSLM70 6/12/2013 8:46PM

    nothing like the good hurt.... lets you know you are doing something great for yourself.

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LOOSEIT57 6/12/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the good hurt.

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Bad weigh in

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Well did the weekly weigh in and I've gained 2kgs. (4.4 pounds) so I'm now back to being that much further away from my target.

Was I horrified? Hell yes. Why had I gained? Well it could be a lot of reason's. That time of the month, stress ( I gain when I'm stressed not lose) eating too much or maybe no "last chance training last night or this morning (I was so sore from Monday's training it was hurting to walk lol) . Probably a little bit of all of the above. I stayed within my limits but this last week, I planned my whole week of exercise at the beginning, loaded them into the tracker and then adjusted my fitness setting which in turn adjusted my calorie intake up.

So this weeks goal, reset my fitness tracker and track daily. Reduce the amount I eat back to between the 1200 to 1550 limits. Go back to what I know works. This is a setback not a fail.



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BELLES74 6/12/2013 5:43PM

    Thanks for all the encouragement

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SUSIEPH1 6/12/2013 6:01AM

    You can do this .. Keep tracking and watch your portions .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYJM4 6/12/2013 5:16AM

    It is new week. emoticon

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ZENRYAKU 6/12/2013 4:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your reflection on the week. All the best for a new week emoticon

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JOHGLO2011 6/11/2013 6:27PM

    So glad you have a great attitude about this and also a plan to go forward! emoticon

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The Grass is always Greener

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today I'm wondering why I don't even seem to be happy. From an observer's point of view, I am always smiling and laughing. I have a nice house, a good husband, a good looking son. I have a good paying job. I have lots of friends, but on the inside, well I have a horrible litany going on. If I was skinnier I'd be happier. If I was earning more money, I'd be happier. If I didn't have to work I'd be happier.

I do jump from job to job. The longest I have been in any job is just under three years which ended 2011. I didn't leave that job, the company closed down. If it hadn't have closed down, I'd still be there.

Ever since, I've been trying to find a place like it. While rationally I know that no two places are ever the same, I still want what I lost. Last year I did some temp roles. Each of them no more than 2 - 3 months. I enjoyed it but I hated the insecurity of when one job ended having to go find another one.

Where I am now, well like all jobs I started it with high hopes. I felt a bit pressured into this role as there was another possible option but the recruiter wouldn't let me have the extra time I wanted to decide between the two.

Everyone at this job has been working together for at least eight years. They are set in their ways. I was asked to streamline things and write procedures then implement them. I did this but when it came time to implement them,, the boss backed down. He continues to let things that are illegal to continue.

I am isolated because of trying to implement the changes he asked for but then wont implement. I cant talk to any of my co workers because everything I say gets twisted around. I don't talk to anyone about anything. Its kind of lonely and depressing

I have started keeping records of all the things I am being asked to do that I know are wrong. Records of all the times that I have been bullied.

I'm stuck here for at least two years otherwise, I wont be able to get another full time role. Recruiters don't want people who jump from job to job.

I don't know whats wrong with me.

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BELLES74 6/11/2013 5:26PM

    HI and thanks for responding. I kind of meant that the litany is what is holding me back. Its that horrible little voice that I'm trying to replace with good thoughts just at the moment the bad thoughts are winning.


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PHEBESS 6/11/2013 2:57AM

    I agree with the previous poster - you can't count on thinness or money to bring you happiness.

But your job situation is enough to make anyone miserable.

Can you schedule a meeting with the boss (or if there is a board, maybe include them) and explain that you did as asked, developed changes to be implemented, but are unsure why they are not being implemented - as well as point out some of the illegal actions/practices, and why continuing to do these things could lead the business into major problems? Do you think that might help change the situation?

Otherwise, it may be time to move on. You could tell a recruiter that you were hired to assess the company and recommend changes, you did that, you fulfilled the role, and there was no further position for you at the company. (Which is mostly true.)

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JOHGLO2011 6/10/2013 6:29PM

    Being more slim and having more money don't necessarily make a person happy. Just ask the rich and famous! We have to choose happiness, beginning with ourselves. :) Having said that though, your boss is really letting you down. :( I guess you must be counting the days until you can leave.

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Soap Box Time

Thursday, June 06, 2013

So I posted a blog yesterday after some advice regarding a program my trainer was pushing me to do. It has a high price tag and in my mind I was debating about whether I could justify the cost.

I have a background in sport at an elite level and the dietary side of this program, once I read the book, was what I pretty much do already.

There were some great comments but then there was one that was I thought really quite judgemental. Without taking the time to perhaps read my blog or even ask a question, I was deemed to be doing "mindless cardio". In light of the injury I have been trying to get over, this was not a helpful comment.

I AM healthy. I AM fit. I HAVE made lifelong changes to make sure I stay on this path for the rest of my life and to be a success. I joined Spark people because a) I had fallen off the wagon slightly due to a broken ankle and b) I quit smoking (a healthy life choice). To be able to continue my journey, I need to make sure I eat ENOUGH food. I love the support that is offered and all of the articles that offer so much advice.

Please next time if you read my blog and wish to make a comment, remember that we are all here to support each other and each others journey's. No two journey's are the same and we need to respect that each others journey's will be different to ours. We are here to offer support not belittle each others choices.

Rant over.

Hugs Bek

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JOHGLO2011 6/6/2013 9:25PM

    emoticon about that! This isn't a place to judge or be critical, but to encourage one another. Hugs to you!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 6/6/2013 6:39PM

    I am so sorry you received a "negative" comment like that!!!
Clearly, that person needs to season her/his opinion with mercy and love!!

I haven't been able to work out for @ 3 weeks due to a twisted ankle - I sure would work out on a broken one.

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Measurements are In and after advice on Metabolic Precision

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Everything is down by about 2 cms. I'm happy with that.

The trainer at the gym wants me to do this thing called Metabolic precision. Its very expensive and I really don't think I'll gain enough out of it to try and even justify trying to find the money for it. To be honest, I paid for the book to have a look over it. The book alone was $100. IF that didn't freak me out enough, the program is $1,200. For what you ask? Basically it tells you that if you want to eat certain foods, you can only do so if you have created a window. To create a window you have to exercise to get the burn happening. It also seems to concentrate on strength training. Because of my running, I just don't think I could fit their daily training schedule in. I'd only be doing it to get my abs defined and really the path I am on with Spark people is more beneficial.

My trainer is soooooo gung ho about this metabolic precision that I am having trouble communicating with him just what I want. He is going on holidays for four weeks so hopefully I can get him to hear what I want.

At the moment I am doing 5 days of cardio(two of these are running on the treadmill), one day trail running and then a rest day.

I want a 30 minute strength training session that I can do three times a week. On these days I also want to do some core exercises and perhaps 30 mins cardio. I still want to do some form of running three days a week and keep dong the body pump class I am doing but increase it to two a week.

Does that sound like to much?

Bring it on lol.



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BELLES74 6/6/2013 6:09PM

    Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the feedback. Jleesonaus it was good to read your take on MP.

Angelicsatan, I don't appreciate your comments and/or judgement. This trainer was training me before he became qualified to run an MP program. By reading the book, and even the trainer agreed with me, I was already eating in a MP way.

I was hoping for more comments like Jleesonaus.



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ZENRYAKU 6/6/2013 10:24AM

    My question is what do you do once you have finished the programme? That is, is it a short-term activity, to change things up for a short while. I think you would have to be very focused to be able to fit life in around it.

I think if you enjoy the amount of exercise you do that's fine, as long as you have a rest day and alternate the strength and cardio training.

Edited to add, that I'm still working out how much is enough or too much myself. But I think unless you are training for a specific athletic event, exercise needs to be more of a fun, easy, and or look forward to it activity rather than a task. In the end, it's up to you, and what you want.

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JLEESONAUS 6/6/2013 6:17AM

  I've just finished a 12 week program. This is why I started MP:

I had been going to the gym 2 or 3 times a week for over a year, but I knew there were some things I wasn’t doing right because although I was fitter than before I could not shift my excess weight. My cholesterol level was 7.0 and I’d had a CT scan which told me that I had fatty deposits in my liver. As a nearly 38 year old man I knew that I was too young for these sorts of health issues. I knew I had to do something serious about getting on the path to sustainable good health. I also have a condition called “spastic diplegia” which affects my muscle tone and flexibility in my legs. With this program I believe I can lose the flab, look like an athlete, feel like a young man and have strength and flexibility in my legs that I’ve never had before. Like many people I want to be able to look in the mirror and love what I see.
This is what I wrote when I'd finished the first 12 weeks:
Put simply MP has changed my life. I think completely differently about food and exercise now. Before bed I make sure I have planned what I’m going to eat and if/when I’m going to train the next day. My shopping lists make sure I have what I need to eat MP for the week. Since I have a young family, and a demanding career, I have only done two FIRE sessions a week. Week 4 I did my first ICE session. Fitting these in meant using an old exercise bike out the front to do interval sprints up to twice a week.

I must “earn the right” to eat high energy carbs, and never do so without training first.

While it has improved, my lack of flexibility and range of movement meant that I couldn’t do squats and deadlifts, but instead used the Leg Press, Hamstring Curl and Calf Raises. I have strength in my legs I have never had and increased confidence to go with it. To some extent this also hindered my upper body training, but I’ve made big gains there too.

I needed to have elective surgery in week 8, and I could not train, but found since I stuck to eating MP I recovered quickly. Week 9 I suffered Gastro, but I stuck with it.

Week 10 I felt my metabolism “switch on” and I’ve taken off on a journey that will never really end, but will see me in the best possible shape for the foreseeable future.

I’m starting to look like an athlete. I feel 10 years younger, and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. For me MP has lived up to its promises.

FIRE stands for Focused Intense Resistance Exercise and is the Weight Training your trainer wants you to do and ICE stands for Intense Cardio Exercisethe other exercise component of the program.
Doing no more than three hours a week I achieved outstanding results, and won a $5000 dollar prize.
In terms of my health MP was the best $1400 I ever spent.

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SUSIEPH1 6/6/2013 1:26AM

    Hi Bec! I so agree with Wendy .. She is right .. I wouldn't be bothering spending all that money. It's just a waste of money, if your trainer is insisting on this, you need to change your trainer .. That's an awful lot of money for a book ..
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WENDYJM4 6/5/2013 6:52PM

    Hi Bec, personally I think that is a lot of money and too restrictive. It might take over your life. Not sure I would like your trainer, he should be listening to what you want. You seem to be exercising enough anyway to get to your goals of losing weight and becoming stronger, healthier and fitter anyway without spending that money. emoticon

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