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I eat breakfast with SparkPeople. Sometimes lunch too

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bet you didn’t know that you’re my meal companions.

Does this lead to “mindless eating?” Not for me. I know that this defies the conventional wisdom that to be successful in weight loss/maintenance you should not do anything else while eating. I found that to be true for watching TV or even reading a magazine, but not for my morning SP ritual.

DH & I are always up before 6 am. We don’t even need an alarm clock. Maybe it’s a residual effect from all those years of work, but our internal clocks are permanently programmed this way.

He makes coffee, just as he’s done for 45 years. He eats breakfast #1. I just have the coffee. I’m never hungry first thing in the morning. He will return for breakfast #2 and sometimes #3. I prefer not to see that.

Then it’s on to email and favorite sites. Obviously that’s where I am right now.
SP accompanies my coffee refills. I sip, I read, I sip I blog, comment, post etc etc.
Finally I get my breakfast, the same one I’ve eaten for 15 years.
Back to SP. I take a bite, I read & post, take another bite, and repeat over and over.
It takes a long time to finish peanut butter on WW toast with OJ when you keep stopping to type.

If my hands are occupied, they’re not holding food or a glass. That’s off to the side. I keep my keyboard clean. I was a technology coordinator after all, and I practice what I preach.

Sometimes lunch follows the same pattern with the same result. I find this method actually slows down my eating. Plus, the SP reading is motivation to continue a healthy routine. When I’m entering my daily meal and snack plan in the tracker, it discourages going back for more food.

Perhaps this is just one more example of my “oddball” behavior or a retired person’s version of “eating at your desk.”

Note, this doesn’t work for dinner. DH & I always eat together at the table like normal people.

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SADWHITEWOLF 1/30/2013 11:56AM

    I eat my breakfast and have my coffee Mon-Friday with SparkPeople!

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SWEDE_SU 1/30/2013 5:50AM

    for me it's the morning coffee and SP. i spend the first hour before starting work like this, like you...

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GINIEMIE 1/29/2013 7:12AM

    I'll be having breakfast here shortly, and my lunch when Erik is out is with you. I found when I was teaching that was the best time for me to get my recording into the tracker. I weighed stuff, put a sticky note in my lunch bag and then recorded what I ate. I find that I too eat less if I'm recording foods or reading blogs on SP.

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SUNSET09 1/28/2013 10:48PM

  I'm there with you having breakfast, and definitely agree about not overindulging while tracking! It's good company for me as well. Whatever works for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 1/28/2013 9:01PM

    I just had lunch with you too!

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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2013 8:04PM

    I tend to read the newspaper with my morning coffee . . . and I eat lunch at work, dinner with the evening newspaper.

DH loves to read too so it's really pretty companionable, reading stuff out to each other!

But: eating and Spark clearly work for you and nothing wrong with that at all! You've clearly got lots of people here who agree . . .

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CHESAKAT41 1/28/2013 7:55PM

    I eat at the keyboard many mornings also as I am Spark'in! I enjoy it and I am accountable for what I put into mouth. Nice blog. LI, NY sends you a wave...

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WILSONWR 1/28/2013 7:54PM

    I don't do it every meal, but my breakfast is usually eaten while reading/posting (whenever I'm home anyway). As long as you don't just eat mindlessly, I see nothing wrong with it at all!

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MNNICE 1/28/2013 4:13PM

    Meal times is about the only time I have to "spark". Besides, if I log my food while I'm eating I won't forget what I ate!

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POINDEXTRA 1/28/2013 3:47PM

    So that's the secret to eating slowly. I eat WAY too fast, but never seem to be able to slow myself down. I often eat at my desk at work, but I tend to bolt it. Perhaps this will help me. Take a bite, type a few sentences, take another bite. It's too late for me to try this for lunch today, but I'll definitely try it for tomorrow's.

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JESSICABOOTY 1/28/2013 3:29PM

    Fantastic idea and one I'll try myself. I have a tendency to eat too fast so this should give me some inspiration!

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BOILHAM 1/28/2013 3:17PM

    Sometimes I have to brush Cheerios off the keyboard in order to type. I've learned that banana favored milk is a good conductor of electricity.

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CELLISTA1 1/28/2013 12:59PM

    Having tea with honey and lemon right now. Oh, excuse me, got to get the muesli off the stove before it burns!

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KANDOLAKER 1/28/2013 12:45PM

    I should really try this, as I eat much faster than I should. I don't like foods that should be hot/warm to be cool, and visa versa - so I eat fast. Thanks for the tip!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/28/2013 11:24AM

    I realized the other day that it takes longer to eat when I'm occupied on the computer too. The computer keeps me busy, so it takes longer to eat, therefore I'm full on less food than if I were to just sit and eat.

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OHSNAPITZKAT 1/28/2013 10:58AM

    Wow, I might try this. It's seems like a great way to start the day encouraging and inspiring people and letting other people encourage and inspire me.

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LINDAKAY228 1/28/2013 10:58AM

    I do pretty much the same thing!

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DR1939 1/28/2013 10:05AM

    I have an established routine in the morning. Rise, void, weigh. Make coffee, take blood sugar, get first glass of water to drink while coffee finishes, Spark, drink coffee. When my husband gets up I take medicine that needs to precede my meal by 30 minutes, then 15 minutes later begin to prepare breakfast--always the same thing, mini bagel, low-fat cream cheese, salmon, 6 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 red bell pepper, 2 mushrooms (last 3 broiled), 1/2 grapefruit, and my morning medication. We eat these in the family room while we discuss the day's plans.

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CELIAMINER 1/28/2013 9:51AM

    I hadn't really thought of Sparking over meals like that, but it makes sense, so I need to let go of the mild guilt I feel for not eating "mindfully." Since I have no problem enjoying a good dinner and conversation with DH, how much different is it to enjoy my breakfast or lunch with Spark buds?

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SUZYMOBILE 1/28/2013 9:15AM

    Usually me, too, but this morning I changed my pattern in order to eat breakfast on the lanai with my hubby and dogs. It worked out well.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    It's what works for you that is important, and no better companions to eat breakfast with than Spark People! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    It's what works for you that is important, and no better companions to eat breakfast with than Spark People! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    It's what works for you that is important, and no better companions to eat breakfast with than Spark People! emoticon emoticon

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MOOSLADY 1/28/2013 8:05AM

    I usually get up before 7am, weigh, get my coffee and check facebook and sparkpeople before I cook breakfast for the family. I look forward to seeing your morning blog before breakfast. Since the kids are at home all day, we often eat breakfast as a family. Lunch I eat at my computer. I prepare my planned meal and sit in my chair in the living room and nibble my way through it. Because I only take with me what I planned to eat, I don't overeat. So I guess I eat lunch with you! Supper is at the table with all of us. My husband, before he switched to night shift, used to do the dinner #1 then another small meal in an hour then a snack before bed, just like your husband's breakfasts.(Could your husband be part hobbit? don't they do second breakfast?) Of late he has been trying to control his blood sugar by measuring carbs and using less medication so no more of that. All meals/snacks are carefully planned. I think he still feels a bit like I am micromanaging his life sometimes. See you her for lunch...

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PMRUNNER 1/28/2013 7:39AM

    I am usually up with baby Henry, eating some oatmeal or cereal, drinking a cup or two of coffee and enjoying my morning spark!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/28/2013 7:22AM

    I haven't tried that. Not sure it would work for me, but really glad it works for you!! Thanks for posting. Keep up what obviously works beautifully for you.

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LOSE4LIFE47 1/28/2013 7:21AM

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/28/2013 7:21AM

    Lunch sometimes.

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MAGGIE101857 1/28/2013 7:05AM

    I usually have breakfast with Sparkers too!! It's a nice way to start my day!!

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KANOE10 1/28/2013 7:04AM

    That was cute. I drink coffee and get hot refills while I Spark. Enjoy your Spark meals!
You seem happy and are enjoying your life. I find Spark keeps me focused on maintaining my weight, Plus you usually learn something!

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The ice melted. I wonder what she did with 7 loaves of bread

Sunday, January 27, 2013

You gotta love winter in central Virginia. You get to see some snow and ice and if you are able to wait awhile, you don’t even have to shovel it. It just melts.

On Friday as I left the gym, it began to snow. Temperatures have been in the 20s so it started to stick. I stopped at the supermarket as I had planned. I needed only ground turkey for my meat loaf and English muffins for DH.

The parking lot was jammed and I briefly considered an alternate vegetarian dinner and offering DH my whole wheat bread as an alternative. However, I’m retired and I have time, so I grabbed my 2 items and got on the express line.

Behind me was a woman with a few items in her cart along with 7 loaves of white bread. I wondered if perhaps I had missed a weather report about the impending storm of the century.

We got about 4 inches of snow. The main roads were well salted/cindered in advance, but as expected the little country roads had accumulation.

When we retired to our lake house, this city born and raised woman learned to keep a supply of staples in the house just in case. We’re 3.5 miles off a main road. You don’t want to run out of toilet paper, right?

Yesterday morning my road was ice covered and my blog entry involved my dilemma of dusting off my lifecycle or waiting for the sun to do its usual thing.

I waited and by 11 am it was 44* - off to the gym. So our entire weather emergency was over in less than 24 hours.

This brings me back to the woman with all the bread.
Was it panic buying or did she have a good reason?
Did she have a lot of children at home? Was she entertaining a girl scout troop for the weekend? Was she shopping for a neighborhood of elderly residents? Was she planning to make a lot of stuffing? Maybe she intended to feed a flock of birds?

It’s none of my business, but I am curious. Do you observe this behavior in other parts of the country/world?

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NANA2JONEMIMAT 1/29/2013 10:25AM

    The announcement lady at our church comnented on surviving the storm of 2013 ( we didn't even get the sleet that was a possibility). Then asked what is it about a storm forecast that wants us craving french toast and beer. If we had a power outage we couldn't make the french toast (all electric homes) but we could put the beer outside to keep cold.

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LOLATURTLE 1/28/2013 12:47PM

    My mom calls people who do that (stock up before a snowstorm) The French Toast People.

Because they always seem to be buying eggs, milk, and bread. emoticon

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MOOSLADY 1/28/2013 7:55AM

    I was at the store that morning too for my usual weekly trip. I agree it was crazy, usually a weekday morning is well stocked and quiet but that morning I saw a lot of bare shelves. Funny thing was, there was many men there stocking up on football food. The brat shelf was nearly empty! There were 2 men in front of it looking as serious as if they were deciding the fate of the free world while picking several packs of smoked sausages. So yes, not only had people stocked up on bread and milk, but football snacks. I am not a fan of football so I really don't get this, although I enjoyed your grandson posting the play by play on Facebook last night.(Future Sportscaster?) For the record, I only bought one loaf of bread, in spite of there being 7 of us at home now, and only because my husband requested it.

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DEBBY4576 1/27/2013 8:35PM

    Haha, well, if it'd been me with the 7 loaves of bread, I would be feeding birds. Behavior here is snowbirds here for the winter. I call them locusts. It is almost impossible to find sale items after a stroe is open a few hours. The snowbird locusts have hit the store and left the shelves of the sale items gone.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/27/2013 4:38PM

    Here in Georgia, if the weather report even mentions snow or ice there is a run on miilk, bread and eggs; not to mention beer, chips, and snacks. Usually if you wait 24 hours, it all goes away. It is funny to watch and like you I try to make sure we have enough in the house to last a week if we need to.

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MERRYMARY42 1/27/2013 4:13PM

    I have seen lots of panic buying over the years, not often, but it does seem scary when it happens. The Cuban crisis in 1962 was my first and largest one, I had a 2 month old baby, and made his formula with Pet milk and Karo syrup and water, anyway, there was nothing in the stores, and I lived in Southen California, a suburb of Los Angeles, so lots of stores (and people) it only lasted a few days, otherwise, not sure what I would have fed my son, I have also seen it other times, when we heard on the news something was going to be hard to get, (there it would go) earthquakes have a way of emptying them too, as well as this yearly (be prepared).

I hope you enjoyed the short season of snow, I do miss it, but that is the way to have it, I think

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JESSICABOOTY 1/27/2013 4:12PM

    There's something I read that when people hear the words "disaster or shortage" they immediately run out and buy everything they can get their hands on. I mean with two cats why would I rush out and buy dog food? And yet people do it all the time. No one buys a snow shovel in June. Snow has to fall to set it in motion.

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GINIEMIE 1/27/2013 11:07AM

    When I lived in Ohio, I didn't notice it. When I moved to Florida, at every threat of a hurricane people went nuts. Here in GA I notice it more too. Now I left Ohio in 1983, and I lived in a rural town. Most people canned or froze their garden produce. We bought in bulk as we had five young children-and I hated grocery shopping with them. I frequently baked my own bread, we made our own treats and always tried to keep an extra gallon of milk in the freezer-just in case I ran out before "grocery day" If Steve wanted chips or junk, he would stop and buy it on his way home. I still maintain the mentality of being prepared-I wasn't a scout until my daughter became a brownie-just the eldest of ten children.
So I was a person who might have a large order, but not just because a POSSIBLE storm.
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LINDAKAY228 1/27/2013 11:02AM

    Because I've been involved in fundraisers around here over the years I have one other thought. Maybe she was buying it as her donation to something some group she was involved with was doing. Could be a fundraiser or a project. For example when I workd for a nonprofit agency, we often had enchilada dinner fundraisers that were big sellers here in southern New Mexico. The plate had enchilladas, rice, beans, and a slice of bread. We would all volunteer to bring some of the items so we didn't have to spend so much on buying the ingredients. Or maybe she's making sandwiches for some group. Who knows. But when I see someone buying a large quantity of one or two items that's what usually pops into my head. The woman buying all those muffins mentioned in on of the responses might be for a snack before a race or for some kind of open house of some new business or something else. Or maybe they are just going to freeze it all!

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    Here in PA, people do the same thing - I think it's a mix of drama, fear and survival sprinkled with a healthy dose of "seriously? get a life". Milk and bread is gone quickly from the shelves when an impending storm is looming overheard........ridiculous!

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CELIAMINER 1/27/2013 10:30AM

    Down in my neck of the woods (Woodbridge, VA), we were in the snow minimum last time. We stayed up in Tyson's Corner for a wine dinner and saw a dusting, but not even that when I got home the next morning. And the drive down 95 was the fastest I have ever made (good thing VA doesn't have speed cameras...yet).

As for panic buying, I do see that, and for major storms, the grocery stores will even empty their freezer sections into backup freezers that can run on generators to prevent spoilage from long power outages. Our only panic buy was a snow blower several years ago when major accumulation was forecast, and my back just wasn't holding up. We got about an inch. But the NEXT season was the season of Snowzilla, Snowmageddon, and Snowpocalypse, so the panic buy really came in handy.

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KANOE10 1/27/2013 9:50AM

    I watched a woman in front of me at Costco buying 30 packages of muffins, nothing else. I wondered what she was going to do with them. I more often watch people in front of me buying junk food that I no longer eat!

You are lucky that you warm up in Virginia. Our ice does not melt and it is a struggle to walk to the gym.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/27/2013 9:38AM

    I hope she wasn't bulimic. (Not funny, I know.) Once I saw a large ewoman in the supermarket with a cart piled high with nothing but junk food. The same thoughts were going through my head. Was she going home to consume it all? Feeding a day care center? Had a husband like yours?

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DR1939 1/27/2013 9:37AM

    We live 8 miles from a small city (15,000) and try to limit how much driving we do, thus I try to shop only once a week. In addition we live 90 miles from the nearest medium-sized (200,000) city and 150 from Minneapolis/St Paul. So about every 4-5 weeks we drive the 90 miles and stock up on items that we cannot get in our small city. This includes 6 bags of mini-bagels and 6 packages of salmon. People in line often remark on the size of our order. There are advantages to living in rural areas but there are significant problems also. If I didn't have the internet for shopping I would really be in trouble.

As an example of one of the advantages, I never have to wait in line at the post office, even at Christmas. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/27/2013 9:15AM

    I would wonder, too. I probably have been around panic buying, but didn't notice what others were buying. Occasionally I do. Wish we could just transport (ala Startrek) up to snow for a day or two for the grandkids. All the school curriculum in Florida includes heavy doses of falling leaves for fall and snow for winter, when our kids are experiencing very different signs of season change. My mom recently moved to South Dakota full time (she used to just summer there) where snow stays on the ground a long, long time, but since she's in assisted living, it is someone else shoveling. I would like to visit, but I haven't driven in snow for decades and own no cold weather clothing, either. Will have to figure it out.

Anyway, enjoy your winter treat. You are smart to keep some staples on hand. Take care!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/27/2013 7:13AM

    Oh, yes. I see panic buying all the time.

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The “beast” in my basement - Out of sight, out of mind

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DH saw me typing this title and thought I might be referring to him. His office is in the basement and he does spend a lot of time there. He also shows up in my blog now and then.

No Joe, the beast is not you, but this old behemoth that we bought 20 years ago. Remember how we figured that it would save a lot of money on gym memberships and you would use it too? It didn’t work out as planned, did it?

It was the first of the generic “Lifecycle” models with a computerized display for terrain. It replaced the recumbent cycle that also seemed like a good idea at the time. We gave that one away when we realized that reclining on a cycle was not a natural position for either of us.

At least these 2 experiences kept me from buying my own treadmill. I knew I wouldn’t use it – not enough to justify the cost anyway.

I never gave up my gym membership and regularly workout there. I prefer the outdoors, but as a weather wimp I often seek my fitness in an air-conditioned or heated environment. I have a climate controlled house that I could fill with personal equipment and yet I don’t want to. What’s the difference?

For me it’s the solitary nature of cycling in the basement going nowhere. At home I always saw something else that I’d rather be doing. Even after retirement with more free time, that mindset continued.

Outside I take in the sights and enjoy nature. At the gym I people-watch and carry on a conversation with the regulars. Twice a week classes are important to me too.

SP had an article recently about deciding if a gym membership is right for you, along with tips about choosing the right one for your lifestyle. Purchasing home exercise equipment is in the same category. Great for some, not for everyone and hopefully we know which group we’re in before we lay out the cash.

So why am I writing about this today? We got snow yesterday, not much by northern standards, but enough to cause dangerous road conditions around here. Unless the sun melts the ice I shouldn’t drive to the gym. It’s probably closed anyway.

So beast, it’s just you and me. You’re better than nothing so we’ll see how it goes.

I’m not alone in owning an unused fitness machine. That’s how “Play it Again Sports” makes a profit. Some people use theirs as a place to hang clothes. I admit that mine occasionally has served as a drying rack for blankets and comforters.

Anyone else out there in my situation?

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CAROLCRC 1/28/2013 8:41AM

    Lots of miles on my Treadmill and recumbent bike! Helps that we set up a dvd player - you can get in a lot of mileage watching movies.

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STRIVERONE 1/27/2013 11:34AM

    I have a Nordictrack that I bought in 1983 for $800. In today's money, I think that's about a million dollars. Anyway. In the first 25 years, it got less than three hours use for its intended purpose. In the last three years, I have been using it semi-frequently as a warm-up tool.

A good friend of mine bought a pretty nice treadmill a year ago with similar intentions and follow through to those I had with the Nordictrack. Anyway, he's facing his reality and lack of space, and passing it on to me. to date, the only time I have used a treadmill is to take a stress test. If I can use this one to supplement road and trail running and develop a more efficient running technique, it will be a gift. If it keeps me inside when when the weather is not ideal, then, not so much.

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GINIEMIE 1/27/2013 11:17AM

    My treadmill has had more miles on it in the last year than in the three years prior, but still not enough to have warranted its purchase, and it takes up a lot of room in my sun room. The exer-cycle Steve and I had bought many years ago,at a garage sale, rarely got any use and was frequently used as a clothes dryer, or a place to hang clothes as I finished ironing. I got rid of it when I downsized. I regret that almost more than buying the treadmill. I had wanted a treadmill I could fold up when not in use but my 4th child, who found it for me, did not take into consideration my small space when he and his BIL went to check this out for me and purchased it. Erik won't use it because it does not have long enough safety rails, I can't use it when Erik's up because it interferes with his TV and it is too noisy to walk on when he's sleeping. Sooo when the weather is nice I'm outside, when it's not I look at my beast and wished I'd never bought it.
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LINDAKAY228 1/27/2013 11:07AM

    I have to admit my stationary bike and my elliptical do get clothes hung on them a lot LOL! But I do use them at times too. I put them in front of the tv and watch shows on Netflix or something to pass the time. Not my favorite forms of activity (especially the elliptical) but they have come in handy at times when I couldn't get out for one reason or another. But it's true, our national (and probably some others) pay a fortune for exercise equipment we don't use very often.

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MJZHERE 1/27/2013 10:35AM

  I have the exact same model that was given to me. It lives in my office, and I have occasionally got on a streak of using it rather consistently (in the summers we have 115+ temps). Too cheap for a gym membership that I am concerned I won't truly use on a consistent basis, especially since we have beautiful winters where I can be outside.

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ROSEWAND 1/26/2013 10:15PM

    I love my treadmill. I keep it, not in the basement,
but in my office. It faces a window; so when I workout
I look to the outside. I use it three days a week.
I love that I can without effort exercise on my
own schedule. If I had to get into a car and
go to gym. It would not happen. This fits so
well into my life style. Rain or shine, cold or
hot, it is always there waiting and ready.

It and interval training changed my life nearly
five years ago. My treadmill brand is Spirit.
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Here's to: to each her own. Whatever keeps
us moving. emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 1/26/2013 6:28PM

    I too have a treadmill, and I do use it, not often, I much prefer walking, and do it daily, but when it rains, or just too darn hot, I will use it sometimes, as well as going to the gym 3 times a week, I do not love my treadmill, but real glad I have it, in fact my DH has been venturing on it once in awhile, and he will not walk with me, (and he really should. emoticon )

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FFRSKI 1/26/2013 6:17PM

    I promised I'm going to get back on mine treadclimber this week. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 1/26/2013 5:32PM

    We have one just like it...and it still works! I don't use it often, preferring the treadmill or the elliptical, but I sometimes cycle while watching a show or I plug in a Tabata DVD and try not to have a heart attack.

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BOILHAM 1/26/2013 12:22PM

    World's greatest clothes rack. I think DW used hers 2 or 3 times before it was relegated to clothes rack status.

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CELLISTA1 1/26/2013 12:16PM

    Where I live it's warm most of the time. I recently bought a recumbent bike and put it outside where I can breathe fresh air and enjoy the view and listen to NPR while I pedal. I used to belong to the local Y, and I always felt like a lab rat on the treadmill, with all those other lab rats alongside me (there were about 20).

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MOOSLADY 1/26/2013 12:04PM

    I thought the beast was your husband, too, when I saw the title! My kids would use the mini trampoline, if it needs a home. They bounce a lot in the house even without them. Someone gave n a stationary bike a few years ago and I did use it when I was getting started. I can read while I use it so I don't feel like I am wasting my time. My problem is that it takes up so much room! I put it in the garage and still use it occasionally but being outside is definitely more fun, the gym is boring, my venue of last resort. There is always something loud and stupid on the TV and people at the next treadmill doing weird stuff like leaping up onto the sides and back again. I keep the membership for the use of the kids gym. My husband is trying to convince he me would work out if he had a home gym machine but I am reluctant.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/26/2013 10:46AM

    I don't have enough room for anything fancy like that, but I have some resistance bands I haven't used in a while. I plan on getting a weight set to sit in the living room (hubby claims he'll use them too, we'll see). I also have several video games that sit unused most of the time, waiting for me to be hard up enough to use them.

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HAYBURNER1969 1/26/2013 10:41AM

    Of course I owe half of my genetics to you, and I obviously inherited this trait. I cannot work out at home. Like you, I always see other things I'd rather (or need to to) be doing.

I've got an idea... Church YARD SALE!!! I think you even have a mini-trampoline down there in the basement, too...

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DR1939 1/26/2013 10:29AM

    I'm a home-gym person. We have very bad weather in the winter, and the closest gym is 6 highway miles full of drifting snow plus unplowed rural roads. I use my treadmill and cycle daily. I have book racks on both and read my Kindle while using them. In the summer we walk outdoors most days, but when it is too hot and humid (yes, we get extremes for both winter and summer) I use my home equipment.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/26/2013 10:28AM

    You are definitely not alone! Two treadmills (up north) later, and I swear I'll never have a beast like that in the house again. No need, in Florida, in any event. I miss maybe two days a year because of rain or hurricanes.

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KANDOLAKER 1/26/2013 9:44AM

    I hope your ice melts so you can get outside! We've had our share of "good intention" exercise pieces around our home over the years. They do start with good intentions though. All the best!

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_LINDA 1/26/2013 8:39AM

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Not me -I love and use my elliptical regularly as not having winter transport to my gym means home workouts and the fact that our winters are bitterly cold and long necessitates doing something indoors for a lot of the time. My Mom's elliptical is a clothes horse -I have to unload it every time I stay there to use it. She is definately an outdoor person and hates being inside. She too, had a recumbant bike she got rid of it. Indoor exercise is not for her. She did get used to the idea of exercising in a gym and loves her aquafit -thanks to the free membership I gave her. But come summertime -its all outdoors, no gym -she has a huge yard so gardening takes over and with a new dog -walking her is her regular daily exercise now.
At least that bike has a nice comfy seat -you could put a TV down there to keep you occupied while using it.

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HOLLYM48 1/26/2013 8:06AM

    I am the type that wants my own home gym because when I get home from work, I don't want to go out again and I would probably waste my membership. So glad that going to a gym works for you but what a great fallback it was to have the beast to work with for a while!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 1/26/2013 7:33AM

    I am a weather wimp as well! We bought a really nice elliptical machine three years ago when my husband wanted to loose weight.

It's great, I like it and yet I still left the house three mornings a week to go to the free gym I had at work at the time. For some reason it was easier to get my stuff, get in the car and go to the gym than it was to walk in the next room and jump on the elliptical.

I need the fresh air to hit me!! Now I like the gym I go to, I'm a people watcher. What a place for people watching!!!

I force myself to the use the elliptical a couple times a week because of the money we spent!

Have a good day with the beast!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/26/2013 7:16AM

    That's 'normal' for fitness machines. I need to use my exercise bike.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/26/2013 7:16AM

    That's 'normal' for fitness machines. I need to use my exercise bike.

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MARYJOANNA 1/26/2013 7:14AM

  Thank goodness you have something to fall back on!

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LEANJEAN6 1/26/2013 7:09AM

    LOL---It made me smile!---Oh--if I only had a gym close to where I live--and it has been minus 40C--too cold to run too far outside--so--its me and the dreadmill---but, it does do the trick----I prefer the outside tho!--enjoyed yer blog--Lynda emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/26/2013 6:59AM

    I love the solitude of my workout room! Even so, some pieces sit idle for a while depending on my mood. The one I really neglect is my ST machines - I need a personal trainer to come to the house and PUSH ME! But instead, I picked up a copy of the New Rules of Lifting for Women (recommended by another Spark friend) and I will be coming up with a plan this weekend to use it, and the dumbbells, and the kettle bells and so on and so on!!!

Have fun on the bike, and don't forget to count the calories you burn removing all that dust! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mean girls/women come in all sizes

Friday, January 25, 2013

The horror stories of abuse hurled at overweight girls/women are sadly numerous. I read them all the time here on SP. They are very visible in movies and on TV as well.

Unfortunately, mean comments about our bodies aren’t limited to cheerleader types.
I regularly hear remarks about being flat-chested and having no boobs. Sometimes it’s directed at me. I prefer a serious sports bra which squashes down whatever I’ve got. I’ve even heard it directed at Michelle Obama. Granted that was probably sour grapes and politically motivated, but still, when will we stop putting down women based on some ideal body image?

Would I accept a few extra pounds of fat if they could be deposited right on my chest? Sure I would, even if it increased my body fat percentage, but we know our body puts the extra fat where it wants and for me that’s my hips and thighs.

I could buy myself some bigger boobs. I understand they cost about $4,000. Nah, Victoria’s Secret gives me options a lot cheaper and I can put them in a drawer and happily sleep on my stomach or run comfortably.

For the record I’ve never responded with “too bad those boobs come with a big stomach and a butt that could stop a Mac truck.” And I never will. Negative comments about our bodies are hurtful no matter who is making them.

Then there’s the backhanded compliments.
My related blog entry: “That’s a great suit for someone small on top”

Is this just a gender thing?
Do adult men treat each other this way?

I’ve heard opinions that this sort of ill treatment teaches you how to deal with life and makes you stronger. I can understand wanting to be strong enough to “take it,” but I don’t understand the mindset of someone who wants to “dish it out.”

Note: I make an exception for military drill sergeants. Their environment and goal is quite different from those of civilian life.

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MJZHERE 1/27/2013 10:30AM

  Well, not to get too graphic, but having some fat on top, now that I am older, they have to be rolled up and deposited into my bra (maybe that was a little too graphic lol). And believe me, mean comments are made for either big or large - maybe because it has nothing to do with the receiver of the comments and everything to do with the speaker. Kind of sad isn't it?

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BOILHAM 1/26/2013 12:19PM

    Oh yeah, we men are notorious for ripping each other apart. Then we laugh and call it "male bonding". But, I was pretty good at putting down my friends when I wanted to. I've seen gotten older, and don't do that kind of stuff anymore. Believe me, I took a lot for being a skinny kid, too. I even wrote a blog about it a while back, so yeah, I guess it bothered me.

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HAYBURNER1969 1/25/2013 7:44PM

    I was running on a TM at the gym yesterday and there was some kind of fashion makeover going on... maybe on Rachel Ray? I don't know, not a show I ever watch. Anyway, they were making over these two twins and it was a contest for these fashionistas. When asked to describe why she chose the outfit for one of the ladies, the fashionista said something along the lines of, "She's got an athletic build, straight up and down, so we wanted to give it some curves." It didn't make me mad to hear it, but I wondered how many people might hear that and think, "Oh gee, I don't want to become athletic because I'll lose my curves!!!!"

In terms of my own body, I kind of smiled inwardly and thought, "Well, whaddya know... I look athletic. Cool."

33-27-34, and small on top just like her mother.
Thanks for the genes! emoticon

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WINDSURFNERD 1/25/2013 3:10PM

    emoticon blog! As one who has passed the "Pencil Test" my entire life, I can heartily agree that we all have our insecurities! Now that I'm older, I can "compensate" for those past insults by thinking of my body as the athletic marvel that it is, and celebrating the achievements that it delivers me.

p.s., my running group (almost exclusively women) are very kind to each other about "body issues"...most of us have been through the cycles of life and know that boobs, legs, booty, etc all are fashion focus...they come and go with the decades. A strong working body lives on.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/25/2013 1:33PM

    I found it was other women that judged me. It was the worst in my teens and early twenties. After that, it stopped outside the very infrequent rude person yelling from a car. I had been called "fat, ugly chick" by frat boys at that age. The comments to my face about how fat, ugly, unlovable were done by other girls/women. Men occasional hurled insults from a car, but never said that I was too fat to ever marry and have a family or other things just as vicious to my face.

In addition, I'm rather large chested. When I was in junior high, the other girls teased me and said that I stuffed my bra. I wore the wrong size bra for almost a year since my mother didn't want to believe that I was bigger in that area than her. I've never had anyone tell me that more than a handful was a waste.

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SOUTH_FORK 1/25/2013 11:49AM

    This sort of crap makes me angry and sad at the same time. You have indeed touched a nerve with this one... As someone who was bullied from the time I was in kindergarten, and as someone who replicated that pattern for a brief stint when at my absolute unhappiest (shameful, but true), I truly believe this stems from a place of deep insecurity. Sometimes people are awful to each other; most of the time those people are hurting too. Sometimes people don't even notice how hurtful their comments are... sheeesh! way too much to say here....

Yes, I know the grass is always greener, but if there was a way to trade a bit of what I've got up top for some of what other women have on the bottom, you could sign me up in a heartbeat! But, overall, I've grown to satisfaction with my body - and my happiness isn't determined by how well I fill out or if I can fit into a particular garment.

I hope we can all be kind to each other and to ourselves- and that kindness will trickle out into the universe, giving people regardless of gender, age, weight, color, sexual orientation, financial status, etc. a gentle reminder that we can all be better to each other. a gal can hope, right?

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CASEYTALK 1/25/2013 10:38AM

    In my experience, women are often far more vicious to women verbally. It's a stereotype that has some basis in fact that men are more physical and women are more verbal. Whether that is culturally created or innate is not entirely clear, but it is true. Those are sweeping generalizations, of course -- some men are very verbal and some women are very physical.

When dressing for a special occasion, who is looking at what the women look like with a critical eye? The women. Men are usually looking at women appreciatively. They ALL look good to them! (Again, generalizations here.)

Our society is so heavily appearance conscious that it's going to be very hard to change how mean women can be to other women.

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WE_PA_FIT 1/25/2013 10:01AM

    women hating on women is awful. no wonder so many are plagued with low-self esteem and insecurities! I embrace my double AAs!!

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TIGGERJEAN 1/25/2013 9:58AM

    I can not stand the attitude that breaks a woman down into her parts - as if a woman is some sort of object to be special ordered according to the user's desires. It's demeaning - and yet women even perpetuate this attitude as they lament the size of (--fill-in-the-blank-). You are more than the sum of your 'parts' - you are a beautiful whole and your worth is not regulated to the size of whatever.

Promote positive body image by refusing to break yourself down to fit someone else's ideal.

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KANSASROSE67 1/25/2013 9:58AM

    My husband is overweight now (wasn't as a young man) and yes, other men make very hurtful comments, passing them off as jokes. DH carries his weight in his stomach so guys will ask "When are you due?" or pat his stomach and make some comment. He has said to me that he doesn't understand why people think it's ok to make comments like that to men but not to women...neither of us has ever heard anyone put down a woman to her face about her weight, although from what I've read on Spark, it certainly does happen.

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-AMANDA79- 1/25/2013 9:57AM

    Nice blog. I've heard bigger girls describe healthy girls as "rail thin" with a look of disgust on their faces. It isn't nice no matter who is saying it.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/25/2013 9:42AM

    Although I hear it more from women, I've gotten if from men too, I had this boyfriend that told me straight out that "more than a handful was a waste" and they already were that big, then he told me point blank that if I gained weight he'd drop me like a bad habit. Needless to say I broke up with him shortly after that.

It doesn't matter your size, someone will have something negative to say about it, especially since the media tells us what's supposidly beautiful.

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CELIAMINER 1/25/2013 8:55AM

    Now that my weight is down, I prefer what I have "on top," because it is easier to exercise. I also like exercise bras for workouts and T-shirt bras for a smooth profile otherwise. The only change I am seriously considering right now is a tummy tuck, though I would not rule out a gentle facelift at some point. These changes are for me, not for anyone else.

I asked DH about men commenting on men's bodies. His response was some occasional crude locker-room talk (because men do peek), but the only derogatory comments he could recall had to do with fat. My own experience with men commenting on women's bodies (including mine) has been along the lines of what others have said. I am a pear shape, and it has taken me 5 and a half decades to be at peace with that, thank you unkind men and unrealistic social expectations. I recall when I was a teen working behind a deli counter, a cute-ish guy placed an order and flirted while I put it together. When I stepped around the counter to hand him his order, his face totally changed, and he said, "Oh, I didn't know you were so heavy below the waist." I weighed all of 130 pounds then at 5'7" and was already insecure about my weight and body type. I can look back now and recognize he was an @$$, and think smugly that I have most likely done way better in life than he has, but at the time it hurt...bad.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/25/2013 8:39AM

    Well, well. I think you hit a nerve with this blog!

I love my practically nonexistent boobs and couldn't imagine going around with two huge sacs bouncing around attached to my chest. I do have a tendency to get hung up on my belly, though. Don't like much protrusion, and I just can't get over that reaction.

BTW, I have no problem with my first sexual experience. I figured it was high time, and I got it over with, with a guy I didn't much care about. It was underwhelming.

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DR1939 1/25/2013 8:25AM

    I taught a gender issues course at the university level for many years. Students wrote a variety of papers responding to development of gender identity, body issues, sexual experiences. Almost every woman, regardless of size, was unhappy with something about her body and had had comments made about it, usually by men. Men on the other hand tended to be happy with the body they had but quite critical of women's bodies. I remember one young woman who was rail thin but dieting to lose enough weight that her thighs did not touch. Her boyfriend had told her she needed this. I used to tell the women if their boyfriend didn't like the way they looked to get rid of them immediately because they were not always going to be thin and wrinkle-free. I told the men if their girlfriend worried about her weight or her looks to reassure her that he loved her not what she looked like. I don't know how many took my advice, but I felt I had to try.

BTW, almost every woman felt she made wrong decisions about the timing of her first sexual experience, either too soon or too late. OTOH, every man reported when he had his first sexual experience without comments.

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KANOE10 1/25/2013 8:16AM

    My sons were overweight as teens and were regularly bullied about their weight. I do not understand the mindset of someone who needs to denigrate someone's body either. I think they are insecure and try to control others by putting them down for their bodies.

I had the opposite problem..I was overweight and huge on the top. Now that I am thin, I have shrunk and like it. I also love my exercise bras also..for exercise and they are warmer!

What surprises me is the number of young women who are doing plastic surgery to look more beautiful..teens and twenties. A girl in her 20s had a boob job and tummy tuck after her baby. She just had another baby and plans for more plastic surgery.

I am sorry people have made unpleasant comments to you. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 1/25/2013 8:01AM

    Well said! Unfortunately, most of the comments I hear aren't from men...they are from women. I think magazines and "movie stars" put an image in the mind of women that they think they need to be like! I've heard a couple stars state that they had to put on weight for a role and they "just ate normally!" Right there tells me that they eat unhealthy the rest of the time just to stay stick thin.

I think each of us can help this! We must strut our stuff and be proud of who we are. Men like strong women that are comfortable with themselves. I've lost my weight, but now I get to deal with middle age skin that is losing it's elasticity and boobs that are racing south. emoticon I should say that I am not well endowed, either.

However, I'm healthy and I've come to accept my body! I feel strong and I like the feel of my skin...saggy and all! My wish for all women is that they try to be the healthiest they can be for THEMSELVES! Not their friends, their family or their spouse, but for them! (I'm sure family and spouses want health so they can keep their mom/wife as long as possible.)

Here's to a weekend of wellness and acceptance!

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NELLJONES 1/25/2013 7:59AM

    People have exalted their own status about something I think since they started living in tribes. For most of time it was blood, status was conferred by birth. The founding fathers of the US eliminated hereditary class, but people found other ways to feel superior. If we eliminate judgement based on appearance, there will be something else to take its place. Human nature, I guess.

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MOOSLADY 1/25/2013 7:50AM

    So true, and it is truly not about body shape, it is mean spiritedness, or maybe their own insecurities.. If you are larger than average in the chest, like me. they tell you more than a handful is a waste. High School boyfriend complained about that and he was so heavy, the military wouldn't take him. I had a girlfriend tell me that my husband only loves me because we were both overweight. I lost 50 and he lost 30 and haven't changed our feelings. She was as overweight as I am and had just ended a really bad marriage.
While you can use surgery to change your body, it wouldn't take away the feelings that caused you to do something drastic to be someone you weren't. There is something hard about every body shape and you have to accept it. I have small wide feet. It is hard to find shoes in a 6WW, they often have to be special ordered and dress shoes are not existent. Yet I am not considering foot augmentation!
My husband works in a 90% male environment and no, they don't comment on each other's weight or body shape. They hassle others about intelligence, what social class they are from, whether woman like them(but not based on their looks) and what car they drive. Maybe these things bother men as much as body image does women(although my husband was teased by girls as a boy for being overweight). As an example, we have a Volvo wagon, an 84, and someone told my husband it suited him because it was square, boxy, and boring but dependable. I think that counts as some sort of back-handed complement.
And while perhaps we should be strong enough to "take it" should we have to? It is not a mentally healthy pattern for either the giver or the taker.

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MAGGIE101857 1/25/2013 7:07AM

    Well said indeed! Rarely have I heard a man talk about another man in such negative ways; my BH said about Governor Christie recently "I hope he can pull it together and lose some weight because he's a walking heart attack". True, not necessarily mean spirited or derogatory, well meaning. But I hear men make derogatory comments all the time about women. I used to just stay silent, now I respond with positive comments about the person; less confrontational and hopefully makes the speaker think. One step at a time, slow progress.

By the way, I'll trade a bit of my upper for less of my middle! emoticon

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PAHOOT 1/25/2013 7:05AM

    It's true! I often think of a friend from high school. She was gorgeous. Long blonde hair, perfect skin, beautiful features. Now in our 60s she says she hated high school because she felt so insecure with the barbs thrown her way about her looks. People, like children, can be mean and often are. Good for you for not responding to the negative comments!

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WILSONWR 1/25/2013 7:04AM

    Guys can be just as cruel to others when it comes to weight. Although I was hopelessly skinny in high school, I definitely saw the prodding given to those that were overweight. I wonder if that still goes on since almost everyone is overweight?

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JGRAY76 1/25/2013 7:01AM

    I right there with you on this one. Flat chested and don't understand why people feel the need to comment on it.

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BLUENOSE63 1/25/2013 6:59AM

  Well said ! emoticon

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Shut up, Jillian! I know my body better than you do

Thursday, January 24, 2013

And the question is: ”What will you never hear on the “Biggest Loser?”

But you will hear it in my living room. I have one of Jillian’s DVDs. My daughter gave it to me along with the weights I wrote about last week. I love cardio, but the other stuff? There I need all the motivation I can get.

I assume some people must need or respond to Jillian’s “in your face” method. Not me. Perhaps I’m just too old and ornery or too much of a free spirit. Come to think of it, I doubt I would have made it in the Marines either.

I know Jillian has her fans and even a team here on SP, so let me say that I do like her workouts and completely support “different strokes” and doing whatever works for you.

I prefer SP’s videos, but lately I’ve has issues with them freezing. Of course, I’ve also had problems with heat, electricity and Internet access, so I can’t blame SP and a DVD is an alternative.

I have no problem with most of Jillian’s routines, except for jumping jacks. My body considers that a most unnatural motion. Maybe it’s my flat, over-pronating feet, but thrusting my legs out sideways and hopping back in again, over and over, feels very stressful on my knees. I don’t have knee problems (sound of me knocking wood), but if I make them do that, I’m afraid I soon will.

Jillian loves her title of “world’s toughest trainer,” and to her credit she does point out modifications for some of the exercises. NOT for jumping jacks! There she yells that even 400 lb people can do jumping jacks – NO MODIFICATIONS!

I wonder how she reconciles her attitude, with the disclaimer at the beginning of the video. Basically, they are not responsible for any injuries.

I understand personal responsibility and I’m grateful for all the resources I’ve had that have allowed me to get to and remain in maintenance without verbal harassment. For me that would have been counter-productive.

As for Jillian’s DVDs, I’ll still use them. I’m just glad I have a mute button.

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MJREIMERS 1/27/2013 8:38PM

    Well said. I don't think people need to be yelled at, but I'll admit I can't stand the "mushy" ones either. Denise Austin just about drives me crazy with her too sweet and too encouraging voice. "Come on you can do it," is fine, but over and over again...UGH! I guess that's why I don't use a lot of videos.

Thanks for the blog. It looks like many people agree with you and it's nice to see that others have similar feelings and experiences. emoticon

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DUCKTURNIP 1/26/2013 3:15AM

  emoticon I fully agree with you. I don't like the "in your face approach"-- it's not gonna work for me.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/25/2013 1:40PM

    When we do jump jacks in Zumba the instructor has modifications that including jumping and ones without. I jump but I don't spread my legs as far and I modify the arm movement so it's easier on my shoulders. Jumping jacks may require modification for the older crowd. No shame in that.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/25/2013 10:01AM

    I find she comes across as a fat hater, not a motivator. That could just be my point of view though. No one should be crying because they're in pain and someone else wants them to "do 5 more".

Of the 2 original trainers, I prefer Bob, he seems calmer and more receptive. Either way, I don't watch the show anymore, even with it on Netflix.

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MERRYMARY42 1/24/2013 8:59PM

    I agree too, those jumping jacks are just not my natural thing, makes everything hurt, even my head emoticon

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DEBBY4576 1/24/2013 4:41PM

    I don't like to be yelled at. Don't like watching it on Biggest Loser either. I suppose it has it's place. But not in my life.

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WILSONWR 1/24/2013 1:53PM

    The drill sergeant routine may get you going and help you to see your potential, but I don't believe you can depend on it for a lifestyle change. It also wouldn't work for me at this stage of my life. Yes, it did lots of good when I went through basic training in 1970, but there would be too much resentment now -- I don't respond well to intimidation tactics, and I have never thought too much of the people who use them in their regular jobs.

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CELLISTA1 1/24/2013 12:31PM

    Jillian on mute. Perfect.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 1/24/2013 10:39AM

    Thank you. I will no longer feel guilty when she shouts that I must do the jumping jacks because even her 400 pound clients on BLC can do them. I'm not doing the jumping jacks (yet, if ever). I DO modify them by running in place and doing the arm movements and do the same thing with the "jumping rope" action. Doing the jumping makes my knees AND ankles both crack and pop on every single jump--not to mention the discomfort. I have a history of knee problems and since losing 80 pounds and developing a consistent exercise routine, my knee problems have virtually disappeared (except for Zumba nights). You are right on the money. Know your body. Know when you should push your limits and know when you are avoiding damage.

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BOILHAM 1/24/2013 10:28AM

    I suspect the drill Sargeant routine works in real life much better than via DVD.

I will never forget Navy boot camp, which was just about 50 years ago. It works on the toughest and weakest recruits, and will force you to reach deep inside for that last fibre of effort. You emerge stronger than you'd believe possible. Thanks to those bastards in boot camp I found out how strong I really was.

Perhaps it must be witnessed first hand to appreciate.

Hey, I am glad we can disagree from time to time, it got boring aggreeing with almost everything you wrote. :)

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DR1939 1/24/2013 9:25AM

    I agree wholeheartedly.

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MJZHERE 1/24/2013 9:03AM

  Made me think of my children - with DD you couldn't even raise your voice (once DH and I used "elevated voices" (truly not very loud) with one another and we looked over and she was cowering in a corner). She was the "perfect" child and it was easy to speak quietly with her. Then DS came along and what a handful. I would find myself yelling and he would yell right back (at age 2). Different strokes for different folks. I don't like hearing someone else being yelled at little long anyone yelling at me.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/24/2013 9:01AM

    I have a bit of a hip problem, and I KNOW I can't do jumping jacks any more! I have no problem adapting whatever exercise videos throw at me, or dropping them altogether.

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MOOSLADY 1/24/2013 8:57AM

    I am sure some 400 pound people can do jumping jacks but this 158 pound person with a bad knee and DD chest does not. Way too much impact and shouting at me wouldn't change that. I have never watched one of her videos but shouting at me is more likely to make me work less than more. I have a Petra Kolbert video that is has some encouraging to work at your own pace but mostly just very straight forward. I am with Kanoe, mute button and some music.

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LRSILVER 1/24/2013 8:53AM

    I am with you. Tell me I am doing great and I respond better.

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OJ_2_OK 1/24/2013 8:40AM

    i was told you don't have to thrust your legs out very far to get the benefits of a jumping jack. Just make sure you have good shoe support. However, if your knees feel discomfort, don't do them.

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NELLJONES 1/24/2013 8:18AM

    I don't like to hear anyone yelling, not even on news discussion shows.

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FITFOODIE806 1/24/2013 8:18AM

    Another great blog! I did the 30 day shred after both pregnancies and I have all her one liners memorized. I prefer my peaceful runs over her screaming voice any day.

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AMARILYNH 1/24/2013 7:54AM

    LOL - I say YOU decide!! And while Jillian may not offer them, there ARE modifications for JJs -

As you said, YOU know your body!! And its up to you to keep it healthy!! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 1/24/2013 7:46AM

    I agree, she can be over the top but apparently it works for me at times. I couldn't listen to her all the time. I have the 30 day shred DVD that I love, just not all the time.

I was watching the biggest loser the other day and she was getting into it with a woman on the treadmill who broke down saying she couldn't do it and apparently she had before. Jillian was going on and on to her that she has to stop the crying, she has done this before, she has to stop saying she can't, yadda yadda.

I thought that was rediculous. The next night, I was on the treadmill at the gym and I just didn't have it, I was extremely frustrated after I pushed myself and had a great run a few days before. Jillian popped in my head yelling at me... "you've done 5Ks, you're run obstacle course races, you have run 3 miles on the treadmill before, what is the matter with you, shut up and run!"

Okay that was all me but in my head, I put Jillian voice to it and I got moving and I pushed myself just a little harder to finish.

She's definitely not for everyone!

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WATERMELLEN 1/24/2013 7:36AM

    I've never responded well to drill sargeant . . . or to excessively cheery "encouragement" . . . or for that matter to huge dollops of sympathy. Probably the reason I haven't worked very often with a personal trainer.

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KANOE10 1/24/2013 7:32AM

    I would use that mute button also. Nor do I like jumping jacks. However, in this cold weather, we are forced to use alternative exercise. Good for you keeping on track and exercising! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 1/24/2013 6:54AM

  I agree and if I was skinny I would not be working out as much any way

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