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Thursday, February 04, 2010

This week has been a hard one, thanks to the lovely part of being a woman, so I have been seeking out motivational things to get me in the mood for stronger workouts next week. I absolutely love to watch You Are What you Eat on BBC (well, on you tube). As I was looking up some recipes for next week I came across a new series on BBC 4 called "My Big Fat Diet Club"! I love it! Basically it shows everything that us here at Sparkpeople already should know and be practicing but it really puts more into prospective when you watch someone else do the diet and exercise plans. I highly suggest it! There are a few episodes on you tube right now... www.youtube.com/user/annawillpower#g
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K-DIVA 2/4/2010 9:03AM

    Thanks for sharing. I am going to check it out.

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SUGIRL06 2/4/2010 8:50AM

    Favorite show ever! (You are what you eat). I will check out the other show tonight when I'm at home! Thanks!
~Ang
PS. I'm looking forward to being snowed in this weekend, baking bran muffins, BBC on the tv!

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Motivation; Am I Strange?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I was just reading an article written about motivation here on the site. It was about positive reinforcement that all of us should be giving ourselves during our workouts and life changes. I think I'm strange though because I do the exact opposite... When I'm working out I'm like an evil boot camp instructor, yelling at myself and telling myself that if I want to lose the "chubby bunny buns" I have to run another mile or go faster... Yes, I do this quietly inside my head - otherwise I might get kicked out of the gym... does anyone do this too? hmmmm emoticon

  
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SUGIRL06 2/2/2010 5:49PM

    Haha. You aren't strange! I tell myself I'm not allowed to quit or stop. That I have to do it! Think like not doing your homework. Yeah you could not do it but then you FAIL and do you want to fail? NO! So you're not that crazy!
~Ang

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MYSCHYF 2/2/2010 3:47PM

    No it's normal. I'm sure after you do push that extra mile or so your quite happy and tell yourself you've done a good job. Sometimes we need a kick in the pants, sometimes we need to forgive ourselves when we mess up and sometimes we need to reward ourselves when we do good. We are afterall just kids at heart.

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LISSA1976 2/2/2010 3:46PM

    No, I am like you so maybe we are strange together. I get very competitive with others (who have no idea they are competing with me) in the gym. I even spin with my eyes closed at moments to focus and visualize those smaller body parts, pushing myself harder. Of course my instructor also does a good job of yelling at us like a cheerleader on crack too. LOL Heck, I even repeat the line from the Lily Allen song in my head "Everything is cool as long as I'm getting thinner"...
I say go with what works for you. But I will say, that after it is all over, I congratulate myself too, and do my little inside pep talk. So that is my positive moment I suppose.
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SPEEDWACER 2/2/2010 3:45PM

    I totally do that. Coming from anyone else, I would punch someone in the mouth for saying things that I say to myself all the time.

I do it most while I'm running. A car will drive by, and I'll say to myself "Hey, the guy in that car wants to see you fail, are you going to give him the satisfaction?" Hell no I'm not.

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KIMSCCR7 2/2/2010 3:44PM

    I agree with the music. Upbeat music gives me an extra spring in my step but when I'm running I'm always more like yelling at myself. I always think, really you're tired already that's not very good is it. I beat myself up so I get mad and run longer or faster. So no you're not very strange.

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WHYNOTROCKIT 2/2/2010 3:30PM

    I have to admit that I do. I don't do it all the time, but it helps me to work harder. I also find that fast paced music gets me to work hard too. Without that I don't think I would work as hard. I find that the more a push myself to do better, I do. Not to mention I like to work towards my 10 pound rewards. I say if it helps you in the long run why not!!

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IMVEGAN 2/2/2010 3:28PM

    Yes, you are definitely strange! LOL Good for you though. That is a great kind of strange to be.

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Remember to Eat...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I've been a little un-motivated lately so I decided that I would take a few extra minutes today and look around at other blogs here on S.P. It sometimes motivates me when I see other people losing weight and I am not... reminds me that I need to get my butt to the gym. haha

I feel a little angry, confused and cheated though by another members' blog. I noticed that she is encouraged to lose weight for her wedding that will be this year. Wonderful! I love the idea of wanting to look wonderful for your future spouse. Unfortunately I am not sure that is the case for all people, looking good in a dress is more important for the special day. But that is another pet peeve of mine... haha My issue that I had a problem with seeing was this dieter was eating around 600-900 calories a day.

If you know my personal story, I lost weight a few years back very fast because I was eating very few calories a day similar to this dieter. It was hard but I managed thanks to diet shakes and other supplements. My personal image was wonderful but I felt a little under the health after a few months of eating so few calories. I could catch a cold very fast and my body was not up to par as I had wished for working out two hours a day at the time. I have learned from this dieting mistake and hope that no one would ever have to endure through this either.

I just wanted to remind everyone that eating is good for the body. And although you may see the weight scale go down, you will also see a decline in your health if you eat too few of calories. Trust me, you will not survive if you eat only around 600 calories a day! Especially if you are taller than 5 foot! Eating so few calories is a eating disorder, not a diet/health plan. Caution people! Remember health is the most important thing! emoticon emoticon

  
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ANYATAY10 2/3/2010 4:04PM

    Also...you gain the weight right back!! Possibly even more weight than before. I've learned that the hard way as well. For me, it's not only keeping my calorie deficit consistent, but also, eating often throughout the day (before I feel like I'm starving) helps battle the urge to binge eat or reach for unhealthy food. In fact, I'm eating right now even though I don't feel ravenous. Zone Perfect Chocolate Mint bar...mmm...

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PAPRINIKA 2/2/2010 10:44PM

    Good that you know this now and will do it the healthy way! :D

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HAPPYNSMILING 2/2/2010 9:35AM

    Amen to that...I completely agree and I also get upset when I hear of people not taking care of themselves correctly. Everyone needs to read your blog.


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MARLA_S 2/2/2010 9:32AM

    Right you are! We all need to remember that HEALTH is the name of the game, not just the numbers on the scale.

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SUGIRL06 2/2/2010 9:14AM

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You are so right! And its so hard to encourage the person to eat more for their health. Hopefully she will figure it out! Personally, I could never understand how people could eat so little. I love food!

And as for wedding motivation, that is great and all but what about after the wedding. What is your motivation to keep it off? I never lost any weight for my wedding (I was actually at my highest) because it wasn't a good motivation for me. I knew it would end and then what? Wanting to be healthy is my motivation!

~Ang

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5 Miles!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yay! I did it on Friday! 5 miles! I had the intention to run about 4.5 miles however I was running and felt wonderful so I just decided to go ahead and run the extra .5 and make it an even 5 miles! So thrilled to run that much. Amazingly I wasn't tired and I could have gone more. I made it in 57.39. I ran the first two miles at around 11-12 minutes and the others around 10ish. Making goals is a great idea but it is even better when you feel good and go beyond them. Hoping for 4-5 miles again today! emoticon

  
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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 2/6/2010 1:09PM

    Excellent! I love breaking new mileage barriers


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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 2/6/2010 1:07PM

    Excellent! I love breaking new mileage barriers


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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 2/6/2010 1:07PM

    Excellent! I love breaking new mileage barriers


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LALAFLOWERS 2/6/2010 9:03AM

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!

I love that feeling!!! Keep it up!

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KARVY09 1/31/2010 5:34PM

    Congrats on the 5 miles... I'm aaaaaaaalmost there. I am starting a 10K training program in February and can't wait to be at that point.

You are killing it!
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ANEPANALIPTI 1/31/2010 4:34PM

    Doesnt it feel absolutely friggin awesome?!!?? NICE !!!!!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/30/2010 5:51PM

    YEAH!!! I did the same thing this morning! I thought it was just over 4 but apparently, I'm not too good at math. I felt great,too!


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ELISEL 1/30/2010 4:40PM

    Good for you!! Keep it up.

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Runner Humor

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just a few to read... You Know you are a runner when...
*you wear your running clothes for pajamas as to not waste any time getting out that door in the morning.

*you always wear running shoes, your old running shoes are now walking shoes, you have a pair of running shoes just for racing, a pair of trail running shoes, two pairs of trainers to alternate every other day, and you know the exact mileage of them all. Nothing like the smell of new running shoes in the morning.

*you have more race tee shirts than all the clothes the rest of you family has put together.

* you would rather run 10 miles than have your wife take you out for a nice steak dinner and a movie.

* you can start anywhere in your home town and be able to tell your wife where the next mile marker is.

*even your church shoes have something to do with Asics, Nike, New Balance, etc.

*the only time you call your Mom and Dad is to tell them about your recent 5k time.

*you are still eager to run and to learn about running every day although you've been running for more than 30 years!

*applying medical tape to your nipples is just a routine, everyday procedure that seems perfectly normal.

*you're giving directions to someone and you tell them it's just a 5k up the road.

*your laundry room is always littered with running stuff you're drying out, because you never put it in the drier.

*you can say things like "I'm just running an easy 6 miler today" and you really mean it.

*your body aches the whole time but you're thinking of that next run.

*you start to carry your fanny pack as a handbag wherever you go -- throwing it over your shoulder on your way into town or out walking, only to find that it's around your waist by the time you get home.

You know you're a female runner when...

*you forget how to put on a bra with hooks, and you have running bras in more colors and styles than regular bras.

*you choose a dress for a special occasion that has to be worn with a racing back bra.

*you are confident you could escape from Houdini's straight jacket because it is probably easier than getting out of a sweaty running bra.

*you have ever run in public with nothing on top BUT a bra!

Taken from: running.about.com/od/runninghumor/a/
moreyouknowrunner.htm

  
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LAURAKOHORST 1/29/2010 1:45PM

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/28/2010 10:31AM

    Love it!

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