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A couple of questions for my American friends...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Of course, you don't have to answer but I am curious.

You just elected your first African-American President and I, for one, think it's about time!

Who did YOU vote for and why?

I was just wondering if anyone voted for Obama partly because of his colour? Or, maybe because McCain picked a running mate who so very obviously wasn't the right woman for the job? Or whatever?

As I say, I'm just curious. Answer at your own risk.

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SQUIRTZIE 11/11/2008 8:25PM

    I voted for a 3rd party. I do not even remember which one. This is the second time I have done this when I did not care for either candidate. But I agree President-elect Obama does appear very calm and confident. Hopefully he will bring a brand new perspective to the government.

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MAESTRO3 11/10/2008 7:02AM

This election was a difficult one for me-almost daily, I wavered between my choice. Mainly because my father was strongly for one candidate, and my husband was strongly for the other one, plus we have such huge problems to be resolved. I don't want to say which candidate got my vote; that's just something I never do. However, since the election, I have been reading the news stories and watched President-Elect Obama's news conference, and to me he offers a calmness, confidence, and hope which we need.

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Over 1 Million Steps!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Our Race to Paradise team (6 of us) now has over 1 million steps since the beginning of the challenge at the beginning of October. This equals 796 kilometres (495 miles)!

My personal contribution to this number is 258,450 steps, which equals 196 kilometres (122 miles)!

We're 40th out of 65 teams and I'm 170th out of 378 individuals.

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MOLLIEMAC 11/5/2008 10:26AM

    emoticon MJ

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ARRRGGGGHHHH!!! 1 Frigging Pound!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Well, at least I didn't go up but 1 frigging pound lost for a whole month of exercise every day except one and staying in my calorie range most days is very, very frustrating! I mean, what's the frigging point of being good if it takes one month to lose one pound?!? It will take years for me to get to my goal weight at this rate!


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    I can see that you're really frustrated. I wish that I had loads of advice, but I don't.

What is your heart rate during your workout? You don't have to purchase a heart rate monitor (if you don't already have one) but you can stop to check your heart rate periodically. Search Spark for your target heart rate and make sure it gets there during every workout. From different friends ( not on spark) I've heard what their doctor's have said must be done to lose weight.

One said you have to walk 2 miles every day to make a dent...doesn't matter how fast, but you need to do at least 2 miles.

The other doctor ( which is how I believe) says that in order to lose weight you much exercise enough to sweat at least 4 days a week. The part I really buy into is the sweating. If I don't have to wipe the sweat off my face and don't have wet hair when I'm done, then I've not done "cardio". Period.
I couldn't go out into public without a shower after I've exercised. That includes aerobics or walking on a treadmill. That's what works for me. It's harder when your joints ache, but you've got to sweat that fat off.

I hope next month goes better.

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MOLLIEMAC 10/28/2008 9:15AM

    Joanna, celebrate that one pound loss- you worked hard for it, now keep it going down. As others have said, it's not just the pounds lost but the strength and fitness gained that really count...MJ emoticon

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WITMER30 10/28/2008 7:19AM

I know how frustrating it can be! But keep at it. I was 208 lbs I went to 205 then I started spark. I lost 5 lbs pretty quick and then for 2 months...yes 60 days! I loss NOTHING!
I was mad, and upset and I was ready to quit! I worked out everyday for about 45 min a day, I did strength training everyday! I drank water til it was coming out my ying yang! And still I didn't lose a single lb!

I felt healthier though and less winded, I also found my skin had a special glow to it, it looked healthy.

Over the last 3 wks I've lost 5 lbs...Sure it's not melting off like butter, but it's coming along. I didn't gain it quick so it will take time to lose it.

I also found that it took me awhile to get my metabolism in gear once that happened I found it worked better.

Check to make sure you are eating enough as well. I've also found over the last month that I am going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. All these things are suppose to help in weight loss.

Don't give up you are worth it. And that one pound you loss, is one less you have to worry about.

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ASCONAMAUS 10/28/2008 6:48AM

    Hang on in there. It'll work out in the end. It's not ONLY losing weight that matters, but I can bet my little Finger that you feel a lot better and that you have more energy. And thanks to the work out I can bet you look Fantastic! So heads up and think about the other benefits.

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I'm going to slit my throat if....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I don't lose weight this week. Our Living With RA Challenge only had us weigh in once on October 1st and we'll be weighing in again on Tuesday for the final weigh-in. I've exercised every single day this month EXCEPT October 1st with most days being a minimum of 30 mins of cardio and lots of days being 60 mins or more.

I went over my calorie range 5 times but not by huge amounts. With my luck, that's what will be the problem for not losing weight.

I hope and hope and hope that the scale is kind to me this week.

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    Wishing you the best for Tuesday...come on scale ! - show us the number !!!!! ( Lower than before please)

FYI - I never lost more than 3 pounds in a month. I was a half pound a week girl. We'll take any loss for you. You've been burning up the calories.

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Race to Paradise Update - Week 2

Monday, October 20, 2008

Since my last update, I'm now 167th out of 352 participants in this race and I have walked 111335 steps, which translates to 84.34 kilometres (52.4 miles).

However, our team has moved from 48th out of 64 teams to 36th out of 66 teams, largely because our 6th member wants around 12,000 to 17,000 steps every day, which translates to 366.9 kilometres (227.98 miles)! emoticon

I also bought and assembled (DH really did the assembling) a Freestyle Gazelle elliptical machine yesterday and am planning to use it at night when I'm watching TV.

I really hope that all this activity will have me finally losing some real weight since I'm currently 8 pounds heavier than when I joined SparkPeople back in September 2007!

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LINDAJOYWK 10/23/2008 6:27AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticonLinda

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