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Doing better with exercise

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I got back into SparkPeople last Monday. I've been working to take some weight off (notice that I didn't say "dieting") for about a month and a half. I didn't lose any additional weight this week, but I did improve my exercising. It's not particularly rigorous, but I did join the "10-minute challenge" to make sure I'm exercising at least 10 minutes every day. Some days I did some of Coach Nicole's strength-training; three other days I walked dogs at our local animal shelter as a volunteer.

I begin teaching tomorrow--so I'll be limited to Saturday mornings for walking dogs moving forward. That means I need to stay motivated regarding both eating for my health and getting at least some daily exercise as I get back into my hectic work routine.

In the meantime, my husband has lost over 30 pounds this summer and dropped a pants size. So our joint commitment is showing great results for him--I seem to lose weight very slowly....

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CANNONSMC 8/24/2014 6:22PM

    Not a bad week. Another pound came off earlier in the week. Slow and steady loss. We had family come through for an overnight visit on Friday. I taught all week--and while I didn't officially log in exercise everyday, I did stay active. I'm walking and on my feet most days in the classroom--and I'm avoiding elevators at work. I walked dogs again yesterday morning at the shelter. Friday involved some housework to get ready for guests. Yesterday and I today I shopped and ran errands.

Not delaying happiness about how I look: I find that the 9 pounds I've lost since I started trying to lose weight in early July has been enough to get me excited again about wearing clothes. I had resisted buying new clothes when I put on weight this year--so lots didn't fit. And I had the dreaded muffin top on the pants I could still wear. Last weekend, I tried on what I had in my closet. That closet cleaning resulted in taking some clothes to Goodwill, moving the clothes I want to wear again but can't to another closet in the house, and keeping what I could wear now in my closet. I bought a few extra pieces of new clothes this weekend and figured out which of my existing clothes are the most flattering with my year's weight gain. I figure that if I can feel good about how I look now, it will help keep my spirits up while I try to take off another 9 pounds.

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/17/2014 10:45AM

    Wow - good for both of you

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PUNKGIRL5003 8/17/2014 9:17AM

    Youll be moving a lot as a teacher. Best wishes on your journey

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/17/2014 8:36AM

  Losing weight slowly is usually a sign it will stay off, believe it or not! Never give up!

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HMBROWN1 8/17/2014 8:33AM

    I imagine that you will be on your feet and moving quite a lot as a teacher! Best wishes!

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JAROL7 8/17/2014 8:23AM

    Exercise is important ... but tracking the calories that pass by your lips is far more important. Good luck on your plan.

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Time to shape up

Monday, August 11, 2014

I made a not so successful try at getting back in shape in January of this year. Once my classes began again I stopped eating well and exercising. I gained back the four pounds I lost that month and even gained two more. Five weeks ago, I convinced my husband to lose weight with me. He needs to take off weight more than I do. I've lost eight pounds, and he's lost 27. I didn't blog about it because I hate saying I'll do something and then not follow through. It really helps that we're losing weight together. We don't have the snacks in the pantry, and I can buy food that enables me to cook healthy meals. I can honestly say we've had five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day since we began in early July, and we've had very little processed food and desserts. The good news is that I now weigh two pounds less than when I stopped in January. Lately, I've been losing about a pound a week--not dramatic but definitely in the right direction and at a healthy rate.

I'm blogging because I'm a week away from starting my teaching again--when my schedule gets demanding, I can lose sight of my goals and begin "stress" eating. The other thing that needs to change is exercise. The only thing I've done differently since I began losing weight last month is that I've had a few light walks, and I've stopped using the elevator at work (I take the stairs). The sad thing is that I've had the time to exercise--just not the motivation. I received an email last Friday that my University is offering a once-a-week meeting (15 meetings total) to encourage exercise and healthy eating during the fall semester. I signed up for this program that begins in September. I can use the support to keep going. I'm also signing up for a SparkPeople challenge to get myself exercising again.

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SPARKYFLOWER 8/11/2014 8:29AM

    I wish you luck with your balancing act. You can do it but it will just take time and patience until it is like drinking water. No thoughts needed. emoticon

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Half Empty or Half Full

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm doing the 28-day Bootcamp Challenge that I've successfully completed in the past. First two weeks went great; last week was marginal. I continued to track food and I did exercise but did fall short of the Challenge goals for the week. I didn't actually exercise at all on three days last week. I tried to make up for some of the loss yesterday and am caught up and back on track with the videos. I'm still behind on what I wanted to do with cardio. No weight loss--but also no weight gain.

So I'm trying to get into Spark spirit and focus on the half-full part: I'm exercising again, taming my sweet tooth, eating healthier, tracking food and exercise, and not gaining. It's too easy to give up when you don't accomplish what you intended. I am in a busy, busy time at work teaching more than I usually do, so I feel reluctant to exercise when I have so work to do. I'm also playing too much of a video game on my iPhone--time that could go towards exercise! I haven't been ready to take that game off my phone...maybe soon.


Halfway to my challenge trophy

Sunday, January 19, 2014

When I tried SparkPeople the first time, the exercise challenges were one of the biggest things that helped me. Usually, it's hard for me not to finish something I begin publicly. The goals and videos make completion so concrete; therefore, it's harder for me to talk myself out of exercising.

I'm 15 days into this exercise challenge, and I've exercised a minimum of 30 minutes per day and an average of 40 minutes per day. I have a 30-minute indoor walking routine that I'm doing 6 days a week (Leslie Sansone if you've never tried her). I find I have to make up some of the strength-training videos on other days, but I am making them up and even doing extra on the weekends. I just make sure to at least get in that 30 minutes of walking. I made up a lot of the deficit on my videos yesterday at the end of week two of the challenge. To begin this week, I worked ahead on two of my videos. That way if I have to miss a day of videos I won't be behind.

I can tell I will make it through this month with an exercise trophy--feels great!


Lost another pound--putting it into perspective

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Last night I was thinking: "Well, I'm exercising and eating better--I'm surprised I haven't lost another pound by now." Well, the good news is that when I got on the scale this morning I had lost another pound.

However, my next thought last night was: "I gained about a pound per month over the past two years--maybe I should be happy to lose a pound per month over the next two years."

Happy to say I'm losing and not gaining!

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AY_BEAUTIFUL89 1/16/2014 4:26PM

    I really appreciated this blog in that you are being so reasonable about weight loss. So many of us expect it to happen overnight. Now, it shouldn't take 2 years if you continue to exercise and eat well most of the time. However, if it takes a little longer than you hope, just keep pushing and know that all good things come to those who wait! emoticon

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WDIPIM 1/16/2014 7:52AM

  keep up the good work - losing IS better than gaining!

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