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Time To Start Again

Friday, April 25, 2014

I did SO well last year. And then... stress, mostly, from an intense, long-term project at work combined with the coldest and darkest winter I can ever remember (and that's saying something!) de-railed me. I didn't feel like getting out of the bed in the cold and dark (I sense a theme here) to hit the treadmill, didn't feel like going after work to the aqua aerobics and get out into a cold car in the dark. Hmmmmm. It is so easy to fall out of good habits and back into old not-so-good routines. I know this. I knew this. And yet.

I stepped on the scales this morning and .2 of a pound would have pushed me back into a range I never want to see again. So it's time to renew, revitalize, revamp and re-lose. Today. Now. Forever. Time to stop the need to start over. I will do this for once and for all.

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MELITAG 6/17/2014 9:13PM

    I can relate to the winter - ours was bad also and I easily packed on 10 pounds - but the sun is shining again and it's a great time to start over. Good luck to you - keep those visualizations and someday they will be real - not just a goal. emoticon

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LOBOSMOMMA 4/29/2014 11:52AM

    Welcome back! I'm right there with you. I'm making more of a habit to track my food, and it's already helping me stay accountable. I'm really needing that! emoticon

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TRAVELGO 4/25/2014 6:34PM

  Good for you!!!

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AKATHLEEN54 4/25/2014 8:21AM

    Welcome back. So glad you are committed to staying healthy!!

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JANET552 4/25/2014 8:08AM

    It is easy to go back but, good for you for stopping it NOW!! Good luck!

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JAROL7 4/25/2014 7:40AM

    DECIDING is 90% of the process ... the rest is just following your plan.

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TIME-4-TINA 4/25/2014 7:17AM

    Glad to see you are back! (I'm assuming you haven't been on here) Staying active on spark can only help you. I know it helps me. I had to quit the gym back in January. I haven't lost any weight since then. which is disappointing. However, I still come on here and track my food, so I have not gained anything. I can thank spark for that. Now that the cruel winter is over, I am getting out and exercising a lot more, so I am hoping the scale will move soon. I know starting over can be tough, but you've taken the first steps. Good for you! Keep sparking!

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Random Observations This Morning

Thursday, August 08, 2013

And they all took place in the bathroom. Hmmmmm.

I noticed as I was putting lotion on my legs that I have a lot less leg to cover. Hence, less lotion will be used emoticon

When I opened the medicine cabinet, I saw a box of Prilosec. I honestly can't remember the last time I needed to take one because of heartburn. I'm thinking it was before I committed to a healthy lifestyle and stopped eating foods that caused me to suffer heartburn. Stop eating at least in the quantity/frequency that I used to eat them. I deny myself nothing and that's why this is working so well for me. emoticon

Random observation from yesterday: As I was walking out of my office building to my car I suddenly noticed that my skirt had slipped down to just above my butt. Ruh roh! Guess I really do need to buy a few clothes to tide me over. Guess I will have to break down and go into a store and try things on because I have no idea what size to buy. I hate to shop so this will be a sacrifice. Oh well...

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AKATHLEEN54 8/9/2013 11:17PM

    I so love when people have those types of amazing NSV's!! That made me laugh as I hope you did too when you almost lost your skirt!! We are usually so focused on the scale that we don't notice the small stuff like no longer needing antacids etc.
I actually came home today and found two new pairs of jeans on my kitchen counter. My sister bought them and left them here for me because she said all my pants are too big for me. She found a bargain and though of me. Sweet!!
Anyway congratulations on such a great job. Life is good when we are doing the right things and get such great rewards!! emoticon emoticon

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So Important To Keep Exercising!

Monday, July 29, 2013

I have the day off today so I'm still at camp. There's a lovely little gym which is really a physical therapy/rehab center 2 miles away in town that I joined so I could work out on weekends. This morning as I was on the treadmill, I saw a larger than usual population of seniors, probably because it's a week day and the younger set frequents the gym more on weekends which is when I'm usually there. Anyway, I watched senior after senior totter in, struggle to get on a recumbent bike or recumbent stepper and thought to myself, "Holy cow, THIS is why I need to keep working out, get stronger, get more flexible and stay really active. Use it or lose it!"

I give them credit for even being there, don't get me wrong. They weren't at home in their recliners or rocking chairs which is where I always was prior to January this year. I am so grateful I started changing my life style before it was too late!

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BESSHAILE 8/1/2013 7:35AM

    Too True. I'm inspired every time I visit my mama in the nursing home. Thank goodness I also enjoy it. But I'd do it even if I didn't - or find a way to enjoy it, because the pay off is so great.

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AKATHLEEN54 7/31/2013 10:59PM

    I can't agree with you more. One of my primary motivating factors to exercise is having seen my Grandmother struggle with walking and moving about with joint pain related to arthritis and inactivity and now I see my Mom going through the same thing. Neither one of them has ever been terribly active and I certainly don't want that to be me. Let's keep moving!! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 7/29/2013 3:19PM

    Yes, I think it is better to work out and stay active, rather than hobble along in life and being able to do what you want to do! That is the best reason of all to stay active and exercise~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANET552 7/29/2013 3:03PM

    I totally get why you are out there doing what you need to do to get healthy. I'm 60 and fully appreciate all that I can do. I was sidelined with surgery on a couple of tendons by my ankle this winter. I don't ever want to be sidelined like that again! Do what you gotta do. emoticon

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    I totally agree and this has been a primary motivator for me. I am 52 and watching my 83 year old Mom get weaker and more unsteady has really pushed me to develop and maintain strength and flexibility now rather than trying to hold it together later. Also, they now know that there is a direct connect between remaining active and maintaining cognitive function. I am all for doing things before you HAVE to when you are still in control.

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HANSBRINK 7/29/2013 12:58PM

  I know what you mean. When I visit my father at his retirement center, I try to use their gym facility. There seems to be two types of people exercising. Those that are rehabbing and are there because their doctor or PT told them to exercise. The second type are those that are there enjoying themselves because working out is part of their life style. I hope to be one of them when I get older.

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I Know, I Know. It's Just A Number.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

But geez, Louise. Allow me just a minute or two to whine and then I'll be good. emoticon

I'm losing about 1 pound every 2 weeks. Yes, I'm going in the right direction. No, I didn't put it on overnight. Yes, I have success in other areas than the scales. Yes, I'm almost 60 and can't lose weight quickly as I did when I was in my 20's but but but...

I track my food, I track my workouts, I exercise at least 5 days a week, I keep my calories between 1200 & 1500, and yes, my clothes are all falling off me and I get lots of complements.

Ok, I'm done. See? I told you I'd be ok in a few.

What's the opposite of whining? Whatever, I'm about to do that too.

I feel freaking GREAT. AWESOME, in fact. Better than I've felt in over 20 years. I JUST WANT TO GET BELOW 200!!!! I haven't been below 200 in over 20 years. I know it's on the horizon and I'm doing all the right things to get there and then keep going.

I visualize myself retired in a couple of years and being so active that no one can keep up with me and enjoying life to the fullest. I visualize myself next year in a kayak and sometime soon on a paddle board. Maybe even a jetski emoticon

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WETPTARMIGAN 7/28/2013 12:47PM

    Amen to everything you said, sister! I've just crossed over to One-derland and I can tell you from recent firsthand experience that the view from here is GREAT! The view, and the knees, and the muscles, and the endurance, and the new clothes, and the compliments and the confidence! Keep on keepin' on and we'll see you over here soon!

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TIME-4-TINA 7/28/2013 10:53AM

    Well, Geez Louise, great job! I think you need to get in that Kayak now! I went for a ride in the Kayak last week and it was Fabulous!

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AKATHLEEN54 7/27/2013 10:51PM

    Love those visualizations!! You are doing a fabulous job! I think jet skiing, paddleboarding ... all of it would be great fun!! Congratulations on your success!! Keep at it. I'm so happy for you and so glad that you are feeling so great! I do so appreciate your rant that things are moving so slowly, but I am a firm believer that the weight that comes off slowly will stay off longer. You are fabulous and will be even more so very soon!! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/27/2013 9:37PM

    Be glad you are going in the right direction versus the wrong direction!!

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PATJOONWW 7/27/2013 1:55PM

    emoticon on all your successes so far!

Keep up the good work and much success on your journey!

emoticon~Pat~ emoticon

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JLPEASE 7/27/2013 12:24PM

    If you can't rant here, where else can you do it?
And you are having a ton of non-scale victories. What a great attitude you have. You are moving in the right direction, and feeling better is the best end result!

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LETHA_ 7/27/2013 11:54AM

    Keep on keeping on and you'll be fabulous!

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JANET552 7/27/2013 11:44AM

    emoticon It'll happen but you have a right to a mini rant about it. emoticon

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My Knees Say "Not Yet"

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I've been doing a little web research on C25K and downloaded an app to my phone that helps you keep track of the time for walking fast and the time for jogging. I gave it a go last weekend but my knees started hurting immediately. I've learned to listen to my body and my body was telling me "You're not ready for this quite yet, Kay, so keep walking. When you've lost some more weight you won't be stressing us this badly and we'll see."

Ok, then. We'll lose some more and then try it again.

This morning I was more tired than usual and didn't feel like my perky self getting on the treadmill at 5:00 but I forced myself to do just 10 minutes. My pace was slower than usual, but I did 12 minutes. It's really hot and humid where I live right now and we don't have air conditioning so at 12 minutes I was pretty heated up. You know what? I went out and jumped in the pool! Gave my arms a workout and enjoyed the 76 degree water, the quiet of the morning and the peacefulness. What a beautiful way to start the day! I feel great.

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TIME-4-TINA 7/18/2013 1:11PM

    ok, so I saw on your sparkpage that you've lost 44 lbs. already? Amazing!! You go, girl!!!

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MJREIMERS 7/11/2013 9:54AM

    My left knee, or should I say my left IT band is still saying no. It's good to listen to your body because if you don't, it will "retaliate." Hang in there and keep walking. emoticon

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JANET552 7/11/2013 9:20AM

    It sounds like you made the best of a hot situation! You are so wise to listen to your body. emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 7/11/2013 8:51AM

    I know exactly how you feel. I really want to do a 5K but my knees frequently hurt when I jog/run. We definitely have to listen to our bodies. I usually end up doing a walk/jog intervals session and for now that works.
I love your alternative. Swimming is such an excellent form of exercise. I tried creating my own water aerobics the other day..... did some kicks, jumping jacks, lunges. I could still feel my muscles working minus all the pressure on the "old" joints. When it is so hot and sticky the water is an excellent substitute!! emoticon emoticon

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DWSCHUYLER 7/11/2013 8:45AM

    Sounds like a perfect workout for the day and the fact that you were so flexible and made it work is emoticon . emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a great day!

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