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Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'm learning about my ups and downs and roller coaster rides. I just want to feel great and eat right and exercise regularly but it's a challenge! It's like fighting with myself. I want to exercise for 4 hours or not at all. I want to eat everything or nothing. My friend jokes with me that I have two personalities. I was told today that I need to do the opposite of what I feel. It is so much like a rebellious child except I am suppose to be rebellious toward my feelings. Pretty funny to me.


It's just balls...

Friday, February 06, 2009

With one eye closed I got on the scale. 190? Hummm. How did that happen? I have been avoiding Spark emails, website, like the plague but finally, I reminded myself that it is a good thing. I am getting upwards of 75 emails a day. How did that happen? I turned off my email account because I was bombarded with encouragement. Isn't that strange? I so appreciate everybody and the support they have given. Please don't get me wrong; i just have been going through a cloudy time. I miss my family in San Diego and after a great talk with my sister I decided to get back to what I have been avoiding. It's amazing how I can go from Strong Will -- Strong Body to avoiding life completely. Though I've continued to excercise some and keep tabs on my eating I am encouraged that what I have learned continued to help me even though I wasn't living on the SparkPeople website. I am an extremist it seems. I can be 100% devoted to one thing at a time. For 3 weeks it was my Spark goals. I'm looking around and laundry is growing like the plague and meals started to go out the window because I was trying to keep up with blogs, meals, eating, excercise and gaining Spark Points. Before I knew it my plane crashed (see blog from 1/20/09. Yes, that was me. Flying, soaring.... I still crashed. I've been trying to be perfect at everything. It's exhausting. Deep sigh.

This week, I will aim for balance, doing the juggling act that all women do. We juggle 6-10 balls at any given time...Some of us (like my Aunt Dr Lott) can juggle 20 balls at once. So, how do we figure out how many balls we can juggle without dropping them? Am I allowed to put some balls down while I juggle the rest? I wil remember my promise to myself. My New Years resolution -- My health is my priorty. So, it's ok to hold on tight to the balls that contribute to better health. It does feel great knowing I can drop the ball and still meet my goals. I'm not perfect. I fumble. But I can pick it back up again.

How do you juggle? Any cool tips I can use? emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NVSHEILA 2/6/2009 3:42PM

    You must schedule yourself some time. Time to exercise, time to spark. I truly believe SP is a vital tool for my success. However, as much fun as it is, the points don't matter. The nutrition tracking does. For me...The teams are great, but it's the people who are my friends and read my blogs and I read theirs that are my motivation. I also have an all or nothing personality. I'm counting on it to get me to my goal. But my all has to be eat, exercise and motivation. I cannot do it without all 3. So allow yourself some time. Pick what motivates you and keeps you on track and FOCUS on that. The rest of us will understand. We all have to find what works. Love Ya and am sure glad to hear from you again!!!

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BRIDEN79 2/6/2009 6:02AM

    Just here to tell you - you are doing great! If you need extra support, DONE being teh Fat girl- has a great support system called Buddy Support System. If you haven't tried it, its a monthly group where you are on a team of girls that help support each other. Its a great way to gather support and motivation through this journey of weightloss. If you are interested in joining- go to this link-
You are going to have to copy and paste the link! Sorry about that. Also- if you want- tell them Briden79 sent you! ;)

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Airplane needs both wings to fly...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thank you for visiting my Spark Page!!! This is now my second week and so far I'm amazed. I was thinking about how Excersize and Food are like wings on an airplane. You need both wings to fly and I am soaring. Thanks to all who said Hi to my sister LESHICCUPS23 & DEROSIAM. My Aunt just joined because my sister LESHICCUPS23 inviter her. I love to see the SPARK become a brighter light. Go DRLOTT!!!

Doing the Cardio Cycle on the Treadmill. I punch in the spead I want and then put my hands on the heartrate grips. It has me right around 140 (beats per minute -- unfortunately that is NOT my weight) and I burn about 200 calories, 4 mph, for about 20 minutes and then a 5 min warm down. Also focussing on strength training and core excercizes. A trainer once told me that the more muscle you build the more calories your body will burn on a daily basis. I like that!!! She told me that your body continues to burn calories long after you stop your weight training. emoticon emoticon check out the link below; I like the way they described the importance of Strength Trainnig.

Heart Range (in beats per minute)
55%: 132 bpm 60%: 138 bpm 65%: 143 bpm 70%: 149 bpm 75%: 154 bpm
80%: 160 bpm 85%: 165 bpm

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LESHICCUPS23 2/4/2009 1:17AM

    Hey beautiful...
No new Blogs?
I like reading about your days...

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LVKITKAT 1/25/2009 10:37AM

    Hi Cathy,
I was going to blow off my Sunday spin class today for the first time since before the holidays. Then I read your blog---gotta keep my plane in the sky! Thanks for the motivation!


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NVSHEILA 1/20/2009 7:32AM

    You nailed it! You need both exercise AND healthy eating to make the change permanent. Plus exercise FEELS good!!!

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Strong Will -- Strong Body

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I read an artilce today about deciding my outcome. It makes sense. If I decide to do something, when I decide to do something it will bring only two things:

Blessing or a Curse

In my mind I'm thinking "Well this piece of chocolate cake is a blessing emoticon." LOL--Until I step on the scale for my weekly weigh in emoticon with my Spark Buddies. I've never seen a week willed strong person, have you? Usually, people that are in shape are determined, focused individuals with goals and a plan. It takes energy and time to be in shape but I think being unhealthy and overweight robs MORE energy and TIME from my life. I think of the times I didn't go swimming because I couldn't find a bathing suit that fit right or that I was just too embarrassed to wear.

What movie was it that said "Choose wisely..." -- Karate Kid maybe? Anyway, I WILL choose wisely. Won't you? It is our WILL that chooses. Cathy

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NVSHEILA 1/15/2009 9:27AM

    As I saw on a fellow spark person's page - Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Pick your hard.

It seems pretty profound to me if you dwell on how HARD it is to be fat.

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XSHEWOLFX 1/15/2009 6:20AM

    HELLO YOU emoticon

I do believe that "Where there's a Will...There is a Way!" I have struggled over the past few days and am pretty disappointed in myself because of that, but i'm feeling better, i need to be Stronger in Will.


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XSHEWOLFX 1/15/2009 6:20AM

    Oooppppss...double post. Have a great day my friend.

Comment edited on: 1/15/2009 6:22:04 AM

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Dancin' on the ceilin' (or at least on the scale)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wiping sleep from my eyes and pulling my Mufasa hair out of my face I stepped on the scale just to take a peek. If I was heavier I was going to jump off real fast and pretend I didn't see it so I could remember my weight from Sunday (195.2). Yawning I step on the scale and wait while the circles on the digital scale danced around. The red numbers finally showed on the reader. I bent my knees to to take a closer look to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I hopped off and started dancing because the scale showed 192.4 in bright red letters. If you are new and just starting will soon be dancing too if you follow the meal plans and the automatically generated strength training. I know I won't lose 7 or 10 pounds every week. That would be unhealthy but I am so encouraged to see that hard work really does work. Please share your victories (or struggles) with me. I'd really love to hear from you. Thanks Spark Friends.! Oh and Leslie...I do want you to be my buddy!

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LESHICCUPS23 1/17/2009 6:28PM

    Hi my sister...
I have good news too... I haven't lost weight but I lost and inch and a half in my hips.
Whooo Hooo! I also returned to my original weight of 160lbs ... (I had mysteriously gained 5 lbs. after entering my goals.) Thank you for helping me catch my eating errors before they got too extreme!
O.K. Spark Buddy... here we go!

Congratulations on the loss... You are shakin' off those pounds... keep on shaking!
You always did dance well. emoticon

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NVSHEILA 1/13/2009 10:14AM

    And another hidden benefit....dancing on the ceiling burns calories!!! Keep doing that happy dance. You're doing great!!!

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