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What has changed?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Like so many of us on SP, I've struggled with weight for most of my adult life. It seemed that every time I lost weight, I would gain it back and then some. Recently I decided that I would never diet again because I honestly did not want to gain again and it seemed that the only way to avoid the gain would be to avoid the weight loss!

Then I had a couple of weight related health issues come up. Boy, did that give me a kick in the butt! As a single woman, not looking for a mate, I really didn't care if I was heavy, but I sure didn't want to live with any consequences of being overweight either!

So I decided to do exactly what Chris Downie did- exercise for at least 10 minutes everyday. That seemed do-able and a good way to counteract some of the negative health issues I was living with. Well, let me just say that I see why Chris calls it The Spark! Just by committing to that small healthy change, I began enjoying the benefits of exercise right away! A month later and the health issues were gone!

Based on my success with the exercise, I decided to start working on my eating habits. I wasn't tracking my intake at first and it was very easy to lose track of my choices plus it was so much easier to close my eyes to negative food choices when I didn't have to see the calories!
I've been tracking now for about a week and a half and what a difference! The mindfulness has been wonderful and because I'm doing this slowly, my caloric range is pretty high so I never feel deprived. If I go a little over one day, I do better the next.

I guess I've answered my question- the thing that has changed this time around is that I've honestly done it the SparkPeople way- I started with super positive, easy to maintain changes and now they continue to ignite this fire to feel and look better! It has been a wonderful adventure so far- not at all like any other attempt I have made! I need to say that I am not new to SP- I've been here for 5 years! I guess it's just finally soaking in.

And I love it!

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MEGANDEL1 9/6/2012 1:52PM

  Fantastic - keep up the good work! You (and several others) are inspiring me to actually FOLLOW the Sparkpeople plan - not just read about it and Think about it - what a concept! emoticon

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    Congratulations on such a great start! emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 8/21/2012 12:44AM

    Just so you know, you're not alone in having it take awhile to sink in. I have spoke with several people on here, myself included, that joined, then walked away, but came back and then had success. One little step at a time, one day at a time, and we can do this!!

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BLUE42DOWN 8/18/2012 2:21PM


I honestly believe there's one thing more than the Spark necessary - and that's being ready in heart and mind for the change in thinking and change in lifestyle!

May you have a most enjoyable life journey!

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WAVAIRENE 8/18/2012 1:06PM

    Congratulations on your new mindset and your healthy outlook.

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Healthy Habits Progress

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I am focusing on developing one healthy habit at a time until all of my healthy habits sustain me at a healthy weight.

So far, my unhealthy habits have worked to sustain my unhealthy weight, so why I can't I turn it around? It took time to develop each of my unhealthy habits which is why it will take time to replace them with better ones.

July 2012 has been my start. I began to exercise every day for at least 10 minutes just like Chris Downie recommends, and guess what? I think I have a new habit! I did NOT exercise every day, but I did exercise ALMOST every day. Some days I only did the 10 minutes, but usually I have done 30 - 40 minutes.

I've been using workout videos in my home and it's been fun! Even my 18 year old son joins me now, but he makes me draw the curtains so no one sees him "Walk Away the Pounds"! Next we're going to try Tai Bo.

I haven't lost much or any weight yet, but I have lost an inch off my waist and I just feel better and more energetic and that is huge.

Now for August... I want to say that I will track my food everyday, but that doesn't really make sense. Is that a healthy habit or a tool? I do want to track my food, but I don't know that I want to develop that as a habit. Then I think that since I have trouble with snacking at night, that should be what I work on. I want these habits to be positive and proactive, not negative and reactionary so I think I need to be careful how I phrase this. I think I've got it:

"August's habit to develop is the enjoyment of one healthy post-workout snack each evening."

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MEGANDEL1 9/6/2012 1:45PM

  I realize I am late reading this (9/6/12) but I've just come across this blog. I think this is a fantastic idea - writing out what habits you're working on and being honest and not beating yourself up. Congratulations on 12 lbs lost (as of 8/24)! I totally find this inspiring - keep it up!

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Happy 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Here we are on the verge of another new year and I am still much too much overweight. I am going to keep trying. I did learn a lot in 2011- one of the best books I read was Mindless Eating. It really cast a new light on many of the behaviors that have been in my way.

Also, I was reading the blog, The Simple Dollar, the other day and the author, Trent, is on a similar path. He met with a personal trainer and I liked his plan so much I wanted to record it for myself. Here's what he had to say:

"First, he (the trainer) said my primary goal should be losing some of my excess weight.
As for my diet, he said that my current diet (vegetarian with occasional fish) was pretty solid but that I should work on portion control. He mostly suggested that I never take seconds during meals and a few other similar tactics.

Where he got down to business was with the exercise. He suggested that simply doing cardio – which was my main method of exercise – wouldn’t lead to long term weight loss and my avoidance of other forms of exercise was responsible for my back injury due to weak back muscles. Larger muscles lead to a higher metabolism and would then lead to weight loss if I didn’t give into eating large portions.

He said that I should spend fifteen minutes to half an hour each day exercising, but that each day of the week should focus on a different type of exercise. I should spend only a couple days a week doing cardiovascular exercise and the rest of the days should focus on different muscle groups. If I get injured, then I just avoid using those muscle groups.

The best part is that virtually all of the exercises are ones that I can do at home, with only a few weights required."

I know that this is primarily what Spark People is all about, but it was neat to see it in a different format or place- just gives validity to all of it.

I've reformulated my goals and I'm going to work on tracking my food choices and getting the 10 minutes of exercise each day. I know SparkPeople works- I've seen the proof so many times! Now I want to see it work for me!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2012 8:48AM

    Bettsi, Great plan to include strength training. I had never consistently done strength training until I came to SparkPeople. It is one of the reasons I have managed to maintain this time when I haven't so many times in the past. That said, I must admit I really kicked up the cardio, too. I believe that they are both very important for weight loss and maintenance.

I have a friend who told me something that made me giggle, but there is some truth to it: what you eat determines how good you look in clothes but exercise is what makes you look good naked! Have a great 2012!! -Marsha

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DANNIELLEMARIE 12/31/2011 12:50PM


duplicate :)

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DANNIELLEMARIE 12/31/2011 12:49PM

    So glad to have found you again online! I've missed you.

Finding what works for you is key. There is no right path for everyone, I don't think. Everyone has their "demons" lined up in a different order and the so it's not one size fits all even if we all end up doing the same thing at the end of the road.

It's always work...always a process...but you never give up and that's what matters most.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/30/2011 1:19PM

    Good luck in 2012!

Knowing how is half the battle. Actually doing it is the other half.

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Today, 8/27/2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

40 minutes elliptical - 421 Calories, small circuit of machines
1,851 Calories

Great day today! Even though my calorie count was high, I still felt in control of my food choices. We had a work party today and I stopped myself as I was putting the potato salad on my plate- I looked at how much was on the serving spoon and asked myself if that was really how much I wanted. It was a neat moment because it showed an awareness of my eating that I haven't had in the past. I was pretty darn proud of myself!

Love the SparkPeople App- it's making such a difference for me!


Walking' on sunshine!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dang, I feel good! I feel so good, that part of me is waiting for something bad to happen. Isn't that awful? But you know what, I don't even care! If something bad happens, it happens. All I can control is my own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I've been doing so well controlling those three things, that I feel like a million bucks.

Went to the track last night with my parade of partners. So cute! Even my husband is inspired now and is running. He's sore today! But I'm not! Also, I've taught my boys to cheer for me every time I go by. How awesome is that? My own cheering section! They're in training too- by the time we get to the 5K, they should be able to whoop and holler with the best of them! Anyway, I did 8 laps (yes, that's TWO miles!) in thirty minutes. I alternated walking laps with running laps. And it FELT GREAT!!! I'll continue this set all week, but I can't wait till next week when I do the full three miles. And after that, I will work on running more than walking. I am so smokin' this thing!

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MOONIUS 3/25/2008 7:55PM


I know that feeling ... when things are going along so well you think something bad must be lurking around the corner! But when we average things out the good always outweighs the bad. I have to remind myself of that periodically.

I've been slack with my food and exercise since my daughter visited. I really got off track and it's been hard to get back on. But the good news is, today I went for a walk and a bike ride. Would you believe it's already 90 here in Phoenix? Next week is vacation and that's going to be a challenge too.

I'm glad to hear you're running and planning a 5K and the weight is coming off. Good for you! Sounds like you're doing the right things!

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