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Varying the exercise routine

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I've enjoyed the January Jumpstart Challenge. Using the new challenge videos and checking out new cardio videos at the library have helped me mix up my exercise routine. As a result I've lost another pound. While I'm in maintenance I wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds. It would be amazing to get closer to what I weighed before our daughter was born!


Weigh-ins: good or bad?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I see lots of advice on SparkPeople about the pros and cons of weighing. And I know weight can fluctuate. I had been discouraged about a couple of pounds that I had put on about a week ago--and those pounds remained until yesterday when they were gone.

I realize that I sometimes put too much emphasis on the scale. The reason I weigh most days is because in the past when I've gained back weight it's because I've stopped getting on the scale. I've let myself lose track and let those pounds creep back on.

So I'm going to give a weekly weigh in a shot and see if that's better than weighing in on most days. Even though I'm in maintenance, I still log in food and exercise everyday. The logging of food keeps me from going back to mindless snacking. The logging of exercise keeps me motivated since I'm not someone who naturally looks forward to exercise.

One of these days I hope my habits will be so ingrained that I won't feel the need to monitor so closely. For now, I'm trying to avoid another yo-yo experience. I've taken off weight before and can do that when I put my mind to it--but maintenance is something I still need to learn to master.

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ATGOAL135 1/8/2012 10:17AM

  My vote: weighing often is GOOD! If you stop tracking your weight you are much more likely to gain back weight. I know from my yo-yo experience over the years, from everything I have been reading and from asking others who are successfully "maintaining". I weigh every day and post it on my tracker. Weekly would be the bare minimum (my opinion).

I joined the team here on Spark for members aged 50-100 who have met goal weights and are maintaining. It's a great upbeat, positive group! I have only maintained my current weight loss for 3+ months but several on this team have a number of years of success. I am learning from them!

The key to keeping weight off, I believe, is to continue to track weight, eat healthy 90% of the time, track foods when you start to gain too much so you become accountable and cut back if you gain more than 3 to 5 lbs, track fitness for same reasons.

Once at goal, you are not "dieting" anymore but need to create a total lifestyle change. A big motivator and part of my successful 30# weight loss was watching my weight on the tracker as it went down....and I firmly believe in order to maintain I will need to keep tracking.

If you stop watching/tracking you are very likely to drift slowly back to former bad habits. For me (until it has been several years maybe)I will need to be watchful. I have lost before and gained it back....this time with the help of Spark Trackers and support from various team will be different! Diane

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Ringing in a Healthy New Year!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

A year ago today I went to my brother's New Year's Eve party. The next day we flew home; I stepped on the scale and had added a couple of pounds of holiday weight. Given that I was already at my all-time high weight, I knew I had to do something and went with the old-fashioned New Year's resolution.

So on January 2, I began watching what I ate and exercising. An email reminded me that I had joined SparkPeople months earlier (doing nothing with it but reading an occasional article). I decided to log in and track my exercise and weight. Sometime early that week, I noticed a "bootcamp" and decided to join.

The result of using SparkPeople to support my goal is that I lost most of the weight by April and slowly took off the rest. I've been in maintenance for over two months and have logged in more than 12,000 exercise minutes for the year.

This year is going to be about maintenance: maintaining an exercise routine and maintaining my weight. No more yo-yo!

As I begin 2012, I'm a happier person than I was a year ago. I am happy with my weight and happy that I exercise regularly. I feel in charge of my health rather than out of control.

I'm thrilled to see a new bootcamp--the January Jumpstart Challenge. I'm in! Here's to a healthy 2012!

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JOANNA202 1/2/2012 6:09AM

    Congratulations and a Happy New Year! It's so wonderful to see everyone starting the new year positively and I'll be interested to watch your progress through the January challenge.
I'm looking forward to sharing the journey (and some more exercise tag) with you in 2012!

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MNNICE 12/31/2011 11:43AM

    Congratulations! You've come a long way, and continue to maintain! Happy 2012!

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TOPAZROSE 12/31/2011 9:25AM

    Congratulations on making that decision and then seeing it through using this wonderful SP resource. Your determination to maintain comes through clearly in your writing. I know will maintain for 2012 and see yourself becoming stronger and fitter as you go.
Happy New Year SP Friend

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Anyone up for 10-minute exercise tag for the rest of December?

Friday, December 23, 2011

I've almost reached a year with consistent use of SparkPeople. I lost the weight I intended to lose and am now into maintenance, which means that I'm trying to maintain this weight loss. Now I'm fighting a bit of boredom with my routines.

I was thinking today about how to make exercise more interesting. I do it at home because I have no time to go to a gym and find that exercise first thing in the morning before my shower is the best way to get my exercise in.

I've liked that SparkPeople offers a social network of encouragement. I came up with this crazy idea this morning and want to see if anyone wants to play exercise tag during the rest of December (to get us through the dangerous obstacle of holiday food). Maybe this should be one of those teams, but I thought I'd start out small. The idea is that if you comment on this blog I'll send you a "goodie" challenge ("tag you're it") to complete one of Nicole's 10-minute videos or a 10-minute walk/run. First, I'll complete the 10 minutes myself and then tag someone else. If you are tagged, you have to complete the tag within 24-hours and then within the next few days you have to tag me back with a 10-minute exercise challenge (when you tag me back you have to verify that you completed my tag within the 24-hour time frame). Then, of course, I can tag you back with a new 10-minute challenge.

I figured I'd limit this game to December and see how it goes. Maybe exercise tag could be a new way to motivate people on SparkPeople.

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JOANNA202 12/23/2011 1:31PM

    Not sure I quite understand the rules but I'm sure I'll figure it out. I'm in!

VWSteph and I have challenged each other to get a workout in on Christmas day. Wanna join that challenge too?

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SPARKCHANTAL 12/23/2011 12:47PM

    oh this is funny! i certainly would like to be part of the game, and 10 minutes now is fair enough! i consider myself 'tagged' within the next 24 hrs...
ok off those buns now! move! hut!

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Maintenance means shifting your perspective

Sunday, December 18, 2011

At different times in my past, I've set a goal to lose weight and reached the goal. And I've always eventually put the weight back on. I'm very tired of going through this pattern, so this time I'm really trying hard to keep off the weight that I've lost.

So far so good.

Since this time is the first that I've taken maintenance as seriously as weight loss itself, here are some insights that I've had.

--You have to figure out how to make maintenance feel rewarding. When you are losing, the change in the scale is rewarding. You see yourself progressing towards a goal. I'm still tracking exercise and my food and using Sparkpoints and exercise minutes as my reward.

--You have to contend with boredom. I've been exercising for almost a year now and am bored with some of my exercise routines. Exercise at home has been my strategy because I need to get it done in the morning before work and don't really have time to hit the gym. I don't love exercise, which is probably why I've so easily quit exercising in the past once I reached a weight-loss goal. I'm still figuring this solution out.

--You still need goals. My pledge to avoid the candy dish at work has been one of the best goals that I've set. I check off every day that I attain this goal. I've felt the compulsion on many days to reach into that dish--and then I remember my goal and snatch my hand back. That candy dish was part of my problem a year ago.

--You can splurge on occasion as long as you limit the splurge and get back to healthy habits. I always think through first whether the high calories in any given dish or dessert are really worth it. On occasion, I do indulge--feeling deprived would be counter productive. I do limit these occasions and try to be sure that the taste is really worthy of making an exception. (I just thought about the Seinfeld episode where Elaine would judge whether a sexual encounter was "sponge-worthy.")

--I'm blogging through this process. Losing weight--been there. Maintaining weight loss--just now figuring this one out. Losing weight seems to get harder as you get older, so I'd like for this time to be the last time that I have to go through that process. That means I have to be strategic about figuring out what you do to maintain weight loss. I have to continue to build on the healthy habits that I've developed during the past year.

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JOANNA202 12/18/2011 12:10PM

    Very interesting indeed. I'm struggling with the occasionally splurging most as it somehow feels like you can splurge that little bit more often than when losing, but then the 'little bit' creeps up to 'quite a lot' and before you know it you're back to square 1. I guess the key is finding new goals as you say.

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DOGSRFIT 12/18/2011 8:44AM

    Your blog really hit home with me. I've added you as a friend and will follow your blogs.
I've been disappointed that maintaining has been as or more difficult than losing, but in a lightbulb moment reading your blog, maybe that's just the way it needs to be.

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