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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

So this past week I've been playing video games a LOT, which meant too busy to Spark and too busy to work out and too busy too busy too busy haha. Actually part of the reason I haven't been working out is that my back got super messed up last weekend and has been made worse by sitting at my computer (another reason I haven't been on Spark really)

But after weigh-in this morning I only gained a pound while not keeping track of nutrition/fitness, and that 1 pound can easily be that TOM comes in today/tomorrow. Which means I may have been eating the amount my body wanted.

I love SP and I love all my new friends, but it's just so hard to find the time to sit down at the computer for so long each day, and it's so hard to stay within the ranges I'm given, when all I really want is to do it on my own.

I don't know, maybe it's just me. But I do think that after this week of not being on SP, I was still conscious of what I was eating, a bit worried that I was going to gain a few pounds and mess up all my progress, but all in all I enjoyed the week a lot more, I found that I went out and did things that would normally be exercise, but without ruining them by calorie counting.

So I'm planning to stay on SP, but I'd like to try this experiment of doing what my body wants me to do, so I'll be on just as a community member and as a friend.

  
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SEAOFCARNAGE 5/31/2009 9:34PM

    I have been slacking since I started school. I have also had a bunch of crap going down. I hope that this is the month that life returns to some sort of normalcy and creates a reasonable schedule. Oh and gardening I have been in the dirt for two months now.

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MORGAN!! 5/28/2009 1:00AM

    I had a very similar week last week; too busy with a project to worry about food, exercise, recording data, reading email, sleeping, etc., so I can appreciate what you're saying. However, I'm a big fan of logging food. I've been doing it for years, whether as part of a diet or not. Simply entering your food data doesn't take that much time, and I like seeing the numbers at the end of the day and knowing what I put in my body. When I lapse on my food logging I tend to get irresponsible and, eventually, gain weight. My point here is, try not to look at it as a fun-ruining chore, but as a useful tool for data analysis.

But we're all different and not every approach works for everybody. Do what works for you :)

And yeah, I think you're right about listening to your body. The numbers SP gives you are guidelines, not gospel. Again, do what works for you!

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MAKI34 5/27/2009 11:09AM

    I know it can be annoying having to log in everything but I think that we need it to help us be accountable atleast in the beggining. I wish you the best of luck and I really hope that you don't undo all the progress you've made! Don't let the 1lb start creeping in every week!

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AEMILIA 5/26/2009 11:09PM

    You know I'm a great believer in eating when you're hungry and not when a meal plan says you should, so I'm all in favor of the experiment. Good luck!

I do think that fitness challenges, trophies, and the other SP perks can be especially useful when you're building the fitness habit - when you're starting out you don't necessarily see real-world rewards for your efforts right away. Once the habit's established, though, you don't really need the online stuff so much.


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ZIRCADIA 5/26/2009 5:53PM

    Hey, do what you want. :) But you didn't lose weight so unless you're at goal...? I'd recommend still tracking your food even if you don't go by a computer method to avoid the strain on your back. So far you've just shown that you can maintain without gaining much without tracking and still keep exercising and still being mindful -- but unless you're burning more than you're consuming, you won't continue to lose, and it's hard to do that without keeping track. I'm NOT SAYING it's impossible, just speaking from my own experience. I'm glad you're still planning on being around from time to time though. :) What games? I also want to know!

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JAYMURZ 5/26/2009 4:21PM

    The beauty of this site is that you can use it however you want! I think that all of us tend to be more, or less, involved in it as Life Occurs? even when I'm not doing such a great job of tracking food and exercise, I still come in and se what's going on with my friends. Luvya n huggles!

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PSYCHEDOUT 5/26/2009 2:13PM

    I know what you mean Bel, I actually have been doing the same thing. It gets very tedious logging on to SP every time you eat something or exercise. Do what you body tells you, follow those signals but remember that sometimes (at least for me) following what I thought were signals lead to mindless munching and extra tushy padding. I think that the reason that SP works for most is the be ability to see exactly what you have been doing, because it can feel like, I really didn't eat much today so I am sure I stayed on track...ooops maybe not.

I also feel so rewarded, IDK why, to put in my workouts on the tracker. It's almost like I feel like if I wrote it down in burns extra calories. I know that isn't true but it works so whatever.

Good luck to you. I hope that you are able to keep up the good work with your new plan!
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CALOUSTE 5/26/2009 12:32PM

    Everyone needs to do something their own way to make it work, you know?

What games have you been playing?

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Slowing down a bit

Saturday, May 16, 2009

So as it gets closer to finals and the sun is out and I am super busy all the time, I've found I'm just not able to spend as much time as the gym as I used to. I'm still working out every day, but I'm burning a lot less calories than I was 3 weeks ago. But I decided that it's healthier for me to lower my nutrition calorie range to a more sensible (not over 2,000 calories) and lower my fitness calorie range (3000 a week instead of 4500).

I'm at the end of the stage 2 and part of it is reviewing my habits, and I think this plan will be more do-able for a longer period of time.

woo!

  
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KIMMY1445 5/20/2009 11:14PM

    You're doing awesome....and will still do great with these adjusted numbers!

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MAKI34 5/18/2009 6:44PM

    Oh for sure girl. You did need to slow down a little. But don't worry about the gym, instead try to find other ways to burn calories outside of the gym. And don't worry you're doing awesome!

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JAYMURZ 5/18/2009 10:08AM

    Providing those adjustments to maintain a healthy lifestyle is what it's all about baby! Glad to hear that you flexible enough to keep the journey going, as you wander thru that other Journey called Life! Hugz! emoticon

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LOBO1978_2000 5/18/2009 9:25AM

    Sounds like your finding balance with your healthy lifestyle. Good luck.

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I<3ZOMBIES 5/17/2009 9:56AM

    sounds like a good plan. and good luck on your finals!!

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MARALEE3 5/16/2009 5:37PM

    I agree adjusting your calorie intake is a good thing until your back into your regular routine.....great job recognizing the change needs to be made.

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SLENDERELLA2010 5/16/2009 4:46PM

   

Good for you, It's wise to readjust your weight loss plans to meet your more immediate needs. Keep up the good work!


Sue

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HEZLIZZIE 5/16/2009 2:13PM

    *seconded* Sounds like smart thinking to me :D


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BUTTAFLYH 5/16/2009 1:38PM

    I feel you. You have to do what works for you. I mean this is a lifestyle change, so there's no hurry right? Good for you. :)

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Ups and Downs

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I've been noticing this week that I've had some ups and downs in the motivation department. I haven't gone over my calories at all, but I haven't been eating as many fruits and veggies as I would like, and I haven't' been working out a lot this week. I took two days off of actual work outs, and just counted my walking around a lot both those days (because I was walking around a lot haha) as my fitness, which doesn't really feel right to me.

I know that two days off of from the gym isn't bad, that it won't kill me, but it makes me worried when I too easily find reasons not to work out.

I've also not been on my normal schedule AT all this week in terms of sleeping. My normal days are: Wake up at 8, SP it up for about 30-45 minutes, have breakfast, do some wii fit, go to class, come home for lunch break, go back to class, head to the gym, and then come home to cook dinner, then relax with the boyfriend.

My schedule lately has been more: Wake up at 9:30, grab some quick food, head to class, come home for lunch, go back to class, have my friend come over after class, watch horrible tv, think about going to the gym, think about cooking dinner, find other things to eat so when it's time to cook dinner I'm not hungry, etc. etc.

I've just got to get back into the groove of things a bit. But today I woke up at 8:10, which is closer to my normal, and spent some time on here, so maybe I'll be able to throw in a quick wii fit work out before heading off to school.

  
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HEZLIZZIE 5/15/2009 8:37PM

    I think that tracking your walking on non-gym days is totally valid! Every step you take is literally getting you closer to your goals. You rock! :D

Finding the time out of your schedule to work out is crazy hard when you're in class and doing homework all the time; but you're doing it!

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ITSJUSTJANE 5/15/2009 7:18PM

    I think we all have lack of motivation problems. I know I do. I have to sit down and really think about what I want. I want to be healthy... well that means I have to move my booty and eat healthy. Even when I don't want to.

I think you're kicking butt! Just to stick to a eating plan during exams is a real accomplishment!

You go gurl~!

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MAKI34 5/14/2009 10:36PM

    Relax girl, just get back to your normal squedule and you'll be fine. Don't torture yourself about it too much!

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ZIRCADIA 5/14/2009 3:16PM

    You know, I think just the fact that you're so aware of your schedule slipping a bit is just the proof that you're not going to let it slide all the way -- ya know?? Being vigilant about these little changes will help keep you on track. It's PERFECTLY ok to sometimes do as you've been doing lately, but you know that you feel better when you're more on top of things and that is the norm. So by being aware and making sure that the slacker version doesn't become the norm, you're in good shape overall and it's ok to sometimes relax your schedule/eating a bit. :) As long as you don't use those times as an excuse to go haywire! :D hehehe

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STEVEISAWESOME 5/14/2009 2:15PM

  I know what you mean about getting your routie all thrown off. But remember you ran a 5k! You have accomplished alot lately and you owe alot of it to your willingness to push yourself. Get up earlier. Don't even watch tv unless you earn it with 30 mins of ddr. Rewarding yourself is fantastic and you arent far off track. Exams will kill your motivation but honestly any excuse not to work as hard as you have been working is just that ....an excuse. You are better than that go gettem girl!
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A_RARE_BEAN 5/14/2009 2:07PM

    I find messed up sleep patterns can really mess with my motivation too. Don't worry too much at the mo about not getting to the gym and maybe focus on trying to get the sleeping pattern back to normal. You're motivation will come back up. Routines help sooooo much when the motivation dips. You can do it girl I totally believe in you! Break out those roller blades that's surely gotta be cardio emoticon

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LOBO1978_2000 5/14/2009 1:37PM

    Maybe you can cut your workouts outs more across the day. I do feel if you do some walking then thats something but try to get more in. Park farther. The more you move the around the bette.r Good luck in trying to find that motivation.

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BENCHED 5/14/2009 12:11PM

    I agree; nicer weather and more daylight has made me feel more inclined to be doing some life stuff and less to hole up in the Y. We just have to make ourselves a priority and keep it interesting!

I'm doing another 10K on the 23rd! Keep thinking about the next goal!

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CITYZOZO 5/14/2009 12:03PM

    My motivation is lacking too.. maybe it is the change of season? It will come.. just be confident and believe in your bigger self... zozo

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Weigh in, 10 lbs lost!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

So I have officially lost 10 lbs using SP!! emoticon My BMI is just 2.43 points away from no longer being obese!

I had been waiting to weigh myself because 2 weeks ago I was having a really hard time with the scale not really moving, but after that 2 weeks I am down 4 lbs and have officially lost 10 lbs!!!!

Woohoo!

  
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KIMMY1445 5/20/2009 11:13PM

    Great job!!!

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CITYZOZO 5/13/2009 7:54AM

    awesome job! zozo

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KARITIGER 5/12/2009 7:41PM

    Nice Job! Way to go on that 5k.. emoticon

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OSUSNWBRDR 5/12/2009 1:40PM

    THAT IS FANTASTIC! i am so proud of you megan. emoticon

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LOBO1978_2000 5/12/2009 11:02AM

    Way to go girl. You go!

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SUSIESHINES 5/11/2009 10:48PM

    emoticon Hopefully soon I'll hit the 10 lb. mark.

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MARALEE3 5/11/2009 6:14PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your 10 lbs that is awesome emoticon

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PSYCHEDOUT 5/11/2009 3:38PM

    You are so awesome! Good for you!
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ZIRCADIA 5/11/2009 3:17PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! :D THAT IS SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! and 4lbs in 2 weeks is PERFECT. ROCK ON! :D

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AKHAPPIE 5/11/2009 1:14PM

    YAY!!!! Congrats on that weight loss, you have been doing so well!!

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I<3ZOMBIES 5/11/2009 1:14PM

    so awesome, congratulations and keep up the amazing work!

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MAKI34 5/11/2009 1:00PM

    So proud of you! Keep that up and you'll reach your goal in no time!

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WILDFLOWER- 5/11/2009 12:58PM

    Way to go -- You Rock!!! That's great!!

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JERICAJJ 5/11/2009 12:55PM

    Congrats! You've worked hard and now are reaping the rewards!
WooHoo!

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MELIMUFFIN 5/11/2009 12:35PM

    i hate the word "obese" personally. but like you, i am. bah. (what about the weight of fabulous muscle?) but, i am at the brink to just be considered "overweight" which makes me happy. good luck and good truckin'!

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BENCHED 5/11/2009 12:27PM

    Right on! Keep it up!

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FINDINGMYWAY09 5/11/2009 12:22PM

    Awesome job!!!!

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STEVEISAWESOME 5/11/2009 12:19PM

  Go MEGAN! The 5k achievement was huge! Its nice to see positive results. I'm proud of you!

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SANDIE33 5/11/2009 12:18PM

    Excellent result - well done you!! emoticon emoticon
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First 5k, Hell Yes.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

So today was my first EVER 5k race! It was the Naral Prochoice Washington Run for your Rights recreational 5k. So the proceeds went to a cause that I care about (and also though all my work with them I knew almost all the coordinators haha). Also because apparently running for rights make Jesus very angry, we had a lot of people PROTESTING OUR RUN, which was great motivation to keep running haha.

I finished with a 38:58. I am AMAZED, when I run on the treadmill I'm usually at a 15 min/mile pace, so I was hoping for a 45 min time, so I beat my goal by 6 MINUTES!!!!

I ran with my dad's girlfriend, who is super sweet and awesome and paid for my registration fee. My dad showed up about a mile in to run with us and take pictures (once I get them I will be posting them IMMEDIATELY).

It was really really hard, but really really fun, the weather was super gorgeous (I actually wish it had been a bit cooler) but it was a BLAST! I'm definitely going to do that again!

WOOHOOO!!!!

  
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SUSIESHINES 5/11/2009 10:45PM

    How awesome! emoticon

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LOBO1978_2000 5/11/2009 9:18AM

    emoticon on your five k run. That is awesome.

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ELISA322 5/11/2009 9:00AM

    Congrats on running your first 5k! You did great!!

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SHADOW38 5/10/2009 6:57PM

    Congratulations!! Way to go on slaughtering your time goal!

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BUTTAFLYH 5/10/2009 3:53PM

    That is GREAT!!!! I'm happy for you! I didn't time my first one which was a couple weeks ago, but I'm sure it took me longer than your time. Lol. Good for you! You rock!

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I<3ZOMBIES 5/10/2009 1:10PM

    that's AWESOME! way to go on beating your own time, out in a 5k to boot! high fives! emoticon

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CHARMEDNOVA 5/10/2009 12:44PM

    Congratulations! That is great! emoticon

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DELBY68 5/9/2009 10:49PM

    way to go......... emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 5/9/2009 10:41PM

    THAT IS AN AWESOME TIME FOR A FIRST 5K!! :D Beat my firts 5K time by almost 2 minutes. :) KICK BUTT!!!!!! :D Can't wait to see the pictures. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (You're totally hooked now, aren't you??? :D hehe)

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MARALEE3 5/9/2009 7:55PM

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Great job on your first 5K and whagt a great time you had !!!!!

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MORGAN!! 5/9/2009 7:27PM

    Congrats! And awesome time!

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MJPRESLEY 5/9/2009 6:43PM

    Great Job emoticonWhat a Supper cause too. To beat you goal by 6min.
What a great way to have fun with you Dad and his friend.
To day I ran my 2ed 5K in a long time.
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HEZLIZZIE 5/9/2009 6:19PM

    CONGRATS to you and for supporting such a great cause! :D

You inspire me!

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(also LOL to the 'running for rights makes Jesus angry' part!)

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OSTUFFNFLUFF 5/9/2009 5:23PM

    emoticon Way to have an awesome first 5K!!

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