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Wasted time

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I know I waste way too much time on this dang computer! SparkPeople, Pinterest, Facebook, Edison Nation, email and more. Some computer time is OK (hello, I'm here!), but if I find I spend more than 2 hours total, I need to seriously talk to myself. I want to try to keep it closer to an hour.
I am going to start accurately tracking my computer time to see what it costs over the next week, not really trying to change my habit yet. It will be tricky because I jump in and out all day, so I'll need a timer and a tally sheet of some kind. When I'm done, I'll report back with the results.

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Women: Live your whole life!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I've been talking with friends at work about "the change". Menopause! One of them said her doctor actually told her that once you hit menopause, you can't lose weight any more. Can you believe that? It was as if he was saying we will magically maintain our mass no matter how little we take in. The equation of 3500 calories per pound no longer applies and no amount of diet and exercise will help. I couldn't believe a physician would set someone up with that expectation. He could have just said it might be harder to lose weight than it used to be, instead of being so dramatically pessimistic.

I've been on this particular stretch with Sparkpeople since 1/1/2012 and am noticing that it is more difficult to lose weight and gain distance with my running than when I was in my 30's and 40's. My thoughts about it tend to focus more on the fact that I spend more time on my computer, less time planting, painting, redecorating, fixing and puttering around than I used to. I don't have to lift a toddler or carry my child around with me all day, lifting them in and out of a car. My movements in my home are more efficient and my activities are chosen more carefully. I've learned to say "no" to things that are too much for me to accomplish well, so my baseline caloric expenditure is less now that I'm at the ripe old age of 52 and going through menopausal symptoms. I've still lost weight though! And I've still gone from not being able to run a half mile straight to being able to run 6.2 miles. My muscles are stronger and my body is gradually getting back to the way I prefer to see myself. I'm going to run a 10K this month and a half marathon in the fall.

It has taken a bit longer than it used to, that is true. But I'm doing it!! I don't accept the idea that women who are going through the "change" are destined to be out of shape and miserable. We have a whole new chapter for which to prepare ourselves. Do we want to run and play, travel and dance when we're in our 80's? Or do we want to sit quietly in a recliner at home, wishing someone would come to visit? If we want to be able to move, we have to keep moving and not let anything stop us or discourage us from trying again and again. And again if necessary. We only have one life. We need to live it the whole way through. Don't listen to anyone who tells you to forget about your dreams of becoming fit and strong after menopause. Prove them wrong with me.

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BUGMANMOM 5/6/2012 11:20AM

I don't need happy cream or a whole book about menopause. I'm not really having any distressing symptoms, just a few hot flashes. emoticon
Thanks, though. Feeling strong and running farther and faster makes me happy. emoticon
Maybe others who see this will be interested.

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EJHEINRICH1 5/6/2012 10:12AM

    Get a book called What your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John R Lee

And then get yourself some Progesterone Cream by Emerita and let me know how you are doing. I can also let you know what my Naturopathic doc told me about where to put it so it absorbs 100% of the time. And it works I have been doing this for almost 2 years and I love this stuff!
I call this my Happy Cream! It balances you out and lets you loose weight naturally .

Have a super day!

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Superwoman Can't Touch This

Saturday, February 04, 2012

OK. I feel really good today.

I'd become a blob. I was to the point where I didn't move any extra muscles because that would have reminded me of how out-of-shape I had become. My belly was un-suckable. Sad. I felt like a sad mess.

I've been exercising every day since the first of the year and I am beginning to wonder why everyone doesn't make this an extremely high priority. I mean... I feel so much better now!!! I've noticed a lot of nice changes just from 60 minutes of daily aerobic activity (30 minutes of walking!? hello!! Plus 30 minutes... or so... of jogging/walking as prescribed by my "Couch to 5K" plan 3 days/week).

For one, I am quicker on my feet. I am able to run up 3 flights of stairs without a thought. I find myself stretching for pleasure instead of a dreaded assignment. I think of the morning's run or walk as something I get to do instead of something I wish I didn't know I should be doing. I look forward to mornings now! How weird is that!!!?

I've been getting up in the wee small hours... 4:50am, before anyone else even has to get up to pee. I get out of bed and drink water and take my vitamins. I get into my "gear" (ugly t-shirt and old sweat pants) and stretch, enjoying every muscle I encounter. I look up Sparkpeople and spin the wheel, look up my Active.com assignment (Couch to 5K running program... very similar to the Sparkpeople plan, but I'd started it before I resumed Sparkpeople this time!) and I turn on my treadmill and my Kindle. At the very least, I walk 30 minutes at a 15/minute mile pace (on the days I work) or 30 minutes of my 5K training program + 30 minutes of additional walking. I play with the incline feature and adjust the speed to keep it challenging. I drink lots of water. I read my book-- all before anyone even hits their snooze alarm!! 5 days per week, I end up with 60 minutes of fitness to record!! The other 2 days I have 30 minutes to count (I only work weekends).

Accomplishing so much in the early morning hours has freed me. I know I've done the essentials for myself. I am taken care of. When I get my shower, I feel like I've earned it!! If I get a sunny day with time in the afternoon, I can add a walk on the bike trail or even another run. Why not? Putting myself first on my list makes me feel worthy of more time. I feel good! I'm strong again because my health and fitness have become priority ONE. It's amazing what a shift in priorities can do.

Thanks to Sparkpeople.com for making the accounting possible. I am now accountable to ME. I am defining myself as a fit person. Who'da thunk it? lol! I've found my waist again. My muscles are familiar parts that I actually like. My thighs don't embarrass me. My hips are shrinking into proportion with all the rest. I have no joint pain what-so-ever. My wardrobe presents no "too little hip coverage" type-problems. I'm 52 years old, but feel like 39 again... starting to see the unwanted "love handles" melt... for the LAST TIME!!

Inside I knew there was another chance left for me. I just had to start again and give it a serious shot. I only had to take a few intentional steps onto our treadmill and a few purposeful steps outside the door to call myself a runner again. Anyone can actually be a runner by doing that! If I can do it, seriously-- anyone can! I actually ran 2 miles straight this week. Superwoman? No... but she can't touch this feeling!! I'm super... me. Again!!

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STUDLEEJOE 2/4/2012 10:39PM

    Great post. You are diffently a super woman

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