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Keeping that exercise streak alive

Sunday, October 02, 2011

I'll admit that curling up with a good book is far more interesting and desirable to me than exercising. I've never developed a passion for sports or exercise. And my life is hectic--I really don't have time to be going to a gym.

So when it comes to exercise, which I need for health and maintaining a good weight, I have to be very strategic to keep myself motivated to keep going. I've been on a nine-month streak and have logged in 9250 minutes of exercise since the beginning of January. SparkPeople bootcamps and those bootcamp trophies have helped a lot. In nine months, I've completed five bootcamps (repeated a couple of them). I credit my use of SparkPeople to helping me get here!

So as I was looking ahead to October, I wasn't sure I wanted to repeat one of the bootcamps I've already been through. I could feel a little boredom setting in. However, I did much more exercise during those five months of bootcamps than the other four months this year when I was more or less on my own. Having another challenge and SP trophy looming ahead seems to help me.

Here's my plan for October. I found this set of free videos on the ExerciseTV website. The videos are called the "10 Pound Slimdown"--it's a month-long plan like the bootcamps. You have a different video each day with about two days off per week. The videos take a circuit training approach--combining strength training and cardio. I did the first 25-minute video yesterday. They are rigorous--but I managed. Exercising with the Coach Nicole videos on SparkPeople for the past nine months has prepared me for this next level.

I'm going to go for another Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Trophy/Award in October and use these videos as the basis for my exercise plan and I'm aiming for 1000 minutes of exercise again this month. Cheer me on--I've felt my exercise motivation lagging lately. I really want to get to January 1 and be able to declare a one-year streak of regular exercise, and I want to log in 12000 exercise minutes by the end of the year.

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TOPAZROSE 10/3/2011 12:17AM

    Great to read about what has worked for you and your goals for the future.

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131 for a morning

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I wonder if anyone else shares this feeling. You get on the scale and see a new low--but you are afraid to believe it because sometimes that new low weight only lasts for a morning. You know it's in sight--but not quite. My weight sometimes fluctuates a pound or two from day to day.

Yesterday, I glimpsed 131--today it's 132.5. Now you'd think that seeing 131 would just motivate me to exercise that much more or eat that much more carefully throughout the day. Well, not quite. Sometimes it seems to translate into giving me more freedom to eat. So while I had managed to stay out of the Halloween candy dish at work all week, I had no trouble accepting the free piece of Chocolate Carmel Mocha Walnut candy from the Sees candy lady at the mall last night. And the second bowl of homemade taco salad at dinner last night was pretty good, too.

However, I would like to see 131 on the scale again this week. I'm so close to my goal of 130. So I've decided that the "no Halloween candy at work challenge" now includes the Sees candy lady at the mall.

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INDICARGIRL 9/27/2011 5:37AM

  At least you have a scale - I still need to get one!
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TRYINGTOLOSE64 9/25/2011 8:08AM

    Not on a day to day basis because I don't want to obsess over the scale by weighing daily. Too much fluctuation!! However I will do that on a weekly basis.

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Halloween candy challenge

Sunday, September 18, 2011

For me, the fall is like a food obstacle course. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas goodies. At work, people already are putting out the dishes of candy for the students. I pass one of these dishes every time I go back to my office. Chocolate is the big temptation for me. I know that part of my weight gain last fall was a result of eating too much of that candy from that very candy dish.

I need a strategy. Logging those calories on SparkPeople will help. Maybe today can be the first day of the Halloween candy challenge. I will not dip into that dish for the next month. I'm adding this pledge to my SparkPeople goals!

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NANCYBOAT 9/18/2011 8:21AM

    I need to do this as well. My kids are too big to trick or treat, but we still end up with TONS of candy in the house. And I love it all!!

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BAILEYAN 9/18/2011 8:01AM

    A food obstable course is a good way to describe the holidays. It's though for everyone, I think (at least me anyways). I'm one of those people who with eat pretty much anything if it's there, so I'm kind of trying to think about how I'm going to maintain some control in the coming months and not completely ruin all of my hard work. Good luck!

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Still Flying Despite the Fast-paced Fall

Saturday, September 10, 2011

During the past two weeks, I've struggled to find time for my bootcamp workouts. But, by golly, I've succeeded. Now that I'm in the midst of another very hectic semester of teaching, I remember so clearly why it was so easy in the past to ditch my exercise routines every fall.

I've also managed to keep a handle on the calories, but I'm eating on the run so much. I was much worse this past week about making sure I ate fruits and vegetables. And I still need to work on getting those eight glasses of water in every day. Still--the overall feeling I have is that I can stay on track this fall.

I see now why having a strategy is so crucial to continued success--setting goals and tracking exercise and food have been useful tools. But I confess that something else is helping me stay motivated. I loved the stars and certificates that teachers would dole out for good behavior and performance in elementary school. And guess what--I still like those things. I would really hate to miss a "consistency" award or another bootcamp trophy. These SparkPeople awards remind me that I'm sticking to my plan and that I'm on a positive path for my good health.

Another thing works for me: my brother once told me that I have a kind of stubborn pride--I like to finish something I've started. So I know that once I start a month-long bootcamp, I'm going to finish it. A month is just long enough to get results and just short enough to feel manageable. Month by month I get healthier!

And thanks to my SparkPeople friends for your encouragement! We don't know each other personally--but we help each other so much.

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TOPAZROSE 9/11/2011 9:50AM

    You have articulated how I feel about SP. It's such a great resource. Great to see you being focussed and motivated. Go for it!

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INDICARGIRL 9/10/2011 8:21PM

  Good on you for staying with it and finishing're an inspiration and seeing you on bootcamp helps me stay on track - or get back on it if I've become waylaid.
I also like the positive feedback and encouragement we get from SP and the manageable time chunks.
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Surpassed my original goal!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I learned about SparkPeople and joined in June 2010 but really didn't do anything with the site. On January 1, 2011, I got on the scale and was at my all-time high weight. So, yes, I did make a New Year's Resolution--and I've kept it.

I originally wanted to lose 19 pounds and yesterday I reached a loss of 20 pounds from what I weighed on January 1.

After being on a plateau for months, I gained a couple of pounds during vacation during the first week of August. Luckily, I joined another bootcamp and lost five pounds in August. I confess that my loss was helped by starting back on my teaching schedule. This past week was so hectic that I barely had time to eat--which meant that I didn't overeat.

After I gained a couple of pounds on vacation at the first of August, I readjusted my goal to lose three pounds more than I had originally set as a goal. Now I'm two pounds away from this final weight-loss goal! Maybe setting a new goal reenergized me.

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G8RGRL91 9/7/2011 6:04PM

  Congratulations!!!! Best to you as you start back with your teaching. It sounds like you've got what it takes to stay on tack with your goals despite the hectic schedule.

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INDICARGIRL 9/4/2011 4:16PM

  Congratulations and well done! 20lbs is a lot of weight - 20lbs of butter I'm visualising and you've blitzed it.

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SPBETTERWAY 9/3/2011 7:31AM

    Totally wonderful! emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 9/3/2011 7:11AM

    That's *awesome* - Congratulations!!!!!!

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TOPAZROSE 9/3/2011 6:45AM

    What an awesome achievement to get to where you are now. Thank you for sharing your success. I look forward to hearing about you reaching your readjusted goal in the near future.

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