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#55 - Weight Watchers.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I have recently started watching the Dr. Oz show. Before I started watching, the show had a challenge called "Transformation Nation". This program collaborated with Weight Watchers to help people lose weight. I watched the finale to the program, and I was in awe. All of these women (and a few men!) had lost 30, even 100 lbs! I was truly inspired.

The reason I post this blog is because I am interested in doing Weight Watchers. I like the idea of the meetings because support is key. To be honest, my Spark Friends are about all the support I have. I need more support. Maybe I can even find new friends.

My biggest concern is that I will have to pay for both Weight Watchers and a gym because sometimes, outside activities aren't feasible. Money is tight, but if it's worth it, then I can find a way to make it work.

So, my question to you: do you use Weight Watchers? If so, are you successful? Are the meetings informative?

  
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HLTHYRNRMOM 6/7/2012 11:42PM

    I have done WW both meetings & online & absolutely think the $9.22 a week is worth it!!! I learn something new all the time at meetings!!!

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PIXIEMOM13 6/7/2012 2:51PM

    Coming in a little late on this one as well.

I'm following Weight Watchers..and have been on the program since 6/15/10. Even with having hit a plateau (within a 6 lb range) since about 10/11... I love the program. I think its very "liveable". Money is tight for me, but doing the monthly pass gives me the etools and meetings both..and my meetings are my "Me-time".

Best of luck to you no matter what you decide to do!

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/1/2012 8:38PM

    I know I am a little late to this blog, but I have done WW on and off for a few years now. At first('05), I lost about 45 pounds within a year, decided I could do it on my own and stop paying/attending meetings since I had the tools to succeed on my own... Failed. Ended up gaining back everything by binging. I re-joined again January 2011 and have been signed up ever since. I love it. The support system is fantastic. However, it really depends if you can find an AWESOME leader. I have seen SO many TERRIBLE leaders that leave me un-motivated, and actually wanting to binge because I felt like I was being lectured to. So, if you decide to join, you may want to "shop around" and see what leader/group of people fit best with you! The leader I have now is amazing and inspiring, and isn't afraid to show her flaws. For instance, she once told us that she ate a whole birthday cake out of her garbage because she couldn't stop thinking about it. Gross? Yes. But I think those of us who have food issues have all been down that road at one time or another. :)

Best of luck! I think they let you check out a meeting for free. Just look online and see what meeting fits your schedule, and tell the Receptionist you want to sit in on a meeting and see if you think it is for you. :)



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WALKING_WONDER 5/29/2012 11:20AM

    I don't use weight watchers and I don't use a gym. I can't afford it. But if I could afford one, I would go with the gym, as long as there is a pool. I have no interest in going to WW. I know it works for some people, but it's just not my kind of thing. I enjoy the anonymity of SP, and I can do it from the comfort of my own home. But that's just me. Let us know what you decide!

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TERRIPAL1 5/26/2012 11:39AM

    I do WW on my own but it is difficult! So it depends how much motivation you need1
Maybe try it for 3-6 months since money is tight and see the results??
Good L uck!

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MISTYBLUE716 5/26/2012 11:19AM

    I think WW is a good program...but I also think that working out at home in your living room is better than any gym.......the elliptical and stair master won't get you what a few body rocks or a great interval workout will get you....and it's free..just a thought!

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POOKASLUAGH 5/26/2012 11:18AM

    I haven't mentioned this to anyone, but just this past Tuesday, I joined WW online. I've never done WW meetings - flat-out too expensive for me - but I've done the online program several times in the past. This is the first time on the new system, and I'm tracking both there and on Spark, and as it turns out, it's putting me exactly in my Spark range. But for some reason, after 1.5 years of tracking calories, it's just easier to track points, especially when most fruits/veggies are free. A couple things, though - exercise calories aren't calorie-for-calorie on WW. On WW, a food point is approximately 40 calories, on average. Can be slightly more or less depending on nutritional value, but they average out to 40. Exercise points, on the other hand, are about one point per 80 calories burned. WW had always done it this way, giving you one extra food point for every two times you burn, so that you're still in a food deficit. So you can earn extra points for exercise, but only about half as much as you burn.

So far, it's worked well for me. After my sister's wedding, I was back up to 177 lbs, and dropped to 175 in two days. I didn't get to weigh in today, but I think I'm closer to 174 or 174.5 now. I'm eating less than I was before, and eating closer to 6 freggies a day, and doing less exercise (about 4-5 hours instead of 6-7). Like I said, it's putting me in my Spark calorie range every day, but on the the low end, and I'm losing faster than I was with Spark. I signed up for a three month plan, just to see, and if it's worth it at the end of that three months, I'll keep going with it. We'll see. I do like the new Points Plus program far more than their old one, which was severely calorie restricted. The last time I was on the plan, it gave me between 900 and 1150 calories per day, plus up to 200 calories for exercise max. Yikes! After I quit, I regained quickly, but I think this new plan is designed for steady, slow, healthy loss. I'm averaging around 1550 calories per day.

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#54 - PR.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I am on Day Two of getting back to my healthy life journey. Monday and Tuesday were great! I ate wonderfully, and I got in some exercise (cardio & strength training). Every morning, I got back to my food and fitness trackers to reflect on the previous day. Here's a quick rundown:

Hits (In Range):
- Calories
- Fat
- Sodium
- Protein
- Carbs
- Water
- Fruits and Vegetables

Misses (Under Range):
- Potassium
- Magnesium
- Calcium
- Folate

So I ask what is a good way to get these four in? I know I need them, but I've tried switching things around to no avail. I am thinking about taking a multi-vitamin; however, I know some experts have varying opinions. So, what do you do?

Lastly, I set a small PR yesterday with the C25K. I started with Week 1, Day 1 yesterday which consists of five minute warm up/cool down, 60 seconds running, and 90 seconds walking for a total of 30 minutes. Usually, when walking, I stay at a 3.8 mph pace, and when I run, I stay at a 5.4 mph pace. Yesterday, I worked my way up to 6mph pace for several sets! I am so happy! It was exhausting, but it was well worth it!

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Thanks in advance for your encouragement and your answers to the question above. Hope every one has a great day!

  
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WALKING_WONDER 5/24/2012 2:35PM

    Congrats on your progress!

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WINNIE1978 5/23/2012 8:32PM

    Congrats on the PR!! You walk almost as fast as I run! Having short legs sucks! LOL

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/23/2012 1:41PM

    YAY! Wheat germ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Addit in your smoothie or oatmeal! Great run!

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SPICEMWE 5/23/2012 1:41PM

    I wish I had answers for you on your questions, but alas I do not. I'm sure I'm under the suggested range for the same things too. I used to take a multivitamin and I did feel better for it - especially calcium. I may actually start doing that. I know bananas are a great way to get potassium.

Here is a list of things that are rich in

calcium:
http://www.webm
d.com/food-recipes/features/10-
calcium-rich-foods
Most dairy products, spinach, kale, turnips, and fortified orange juice are in the top 10.

potassium:
http://www.al
gaecal.com/potassium-rich-foods
.html
Bananas, potatoes (baked), raisins, lima beans, and spinach are on the list.

folate:
http://pedi
atrics.about.com/od/nutrition/a
/908_folate_food.htm
Lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, and spinach are some good sources.

magnesium:
http://www.al
gaecal.com/magnesium/magnesium-
rich-foods.html
Black beans, halibut, and spinach seem to be the front runners here.

I see one common food - spinach! Looks like Popeye was right! If you eat salads, try adding in some raw spinach. I like to make spanikopita meatballs that has a good helping of spinach in it too. It's basically ground turkey, spinach, crumbled feta, a little olive oil, and seasonings. Roll em up into balls and bake em for 30-45 minutes at 350 deg. You can pair it with greek sauce or eat them stand alone. Hubby and I like them.

Also, grats on your PR!! I really need to get back on my C25K program. I'm so scared I'm going to get shin splints again though. :(


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#53 - Game Changer.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I am a volunteer at a local up and coming museum. History is my passion, so that's why I chose here (and because I would eventually like to work there). Anyways, volunteering with them has opened my eyes to things I want and love in life. Yesterday was no exception.

Yesterday, I was a volunteer (with the museum) at the Diva Half Marathon. 4:15am came early, but I got up, dressed, and was on my way to the event despite how tired I was. It was chilly outside, and we had to fill up 4500 cups of water and Gatorade for the participants. After doing that, I was asked whether I wanted to hand out cups or fill up more cups for the tables. I decided to stand near the road to hand out cups.

After getting the hang of how to hand it to the ladies who barely stopped, I was in the game. I was providing water to the ladies who needed/wanted it, and I cheered them on. "You're doing great, ladies! Keep it up!" was my usual saying. These women were so grateful for the water and encouragement. However, they have no idea the effect they had on me. I was inspired. I wanted to be with them.

So, I have decided to start C25K again. I'm not a big fan of running, but I am going to use those ladies as inspiration because every single ladies, no matter the size, had inspired me to get back to getting healthy. To them, it may have just been a race, but to me, it was a game changer. I'm back. I want to be healthy. I want to drink more water. I want to run in races and be just as grateful for those volunteers who hand out water. I want to be an inspiration myself. No matter what, I am never giving up. I may walk off the path a little, but I am always going to come back because I know what I truly want out of life - a healthy life where I can do anything I set my mind to.

  
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ASHESS85 5/23/2012 10:00AM

    Good for you for volunteering! I also love history. Good luck with C25k!

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WINNIE1978 5/21/2012 8:45PM

    What an awesome way to find some inspiration! emoticon

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COMMUNITY10 5/21/2012 8:17PM

    You'll do amazing! Continue to think about this inspiration when you're training!!

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WALKING_WONDER 5/21/2012 1:37PM

    WOW! What a great blog. So glad that you've become inspired by others to make your life a healthier one. I could never be a runner or a jogger, which is why I'm a walker. But I'm always inspired by seeing others jog or run. So, you'll be an inspiration to me.

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MELLYBEANS0919 5/21/2012 12:14PM

  Way to go! You can do this! It is amazing how people can have a positive influence and they don't even know it.

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MNGIRLIE 5/21/2012 11:13AM

    I wasn't a big fan of running when I first started C25k but I really enjoy it now. It's such a wonderful release and I've actually enjoyed running without headphones outside since it gives me such a good opportunity to think.

I've always wanted to volunteer for a race. I think it would be such a fun experience.

You've got this!

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SBRAN833 5/21/2012 10:50AM

    Lets get it girl!!! You can do this!! :)

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FITNESSMONSTER8 5/21/2012 10:27AM

    You can do it!!! emoticon

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EMFRAPPIER 5/21/2012 10:16AM

    emoticon Go for it!! emoticon

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#52 - Monday's Reflection (Day 1).

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

So yesterday was my first day with my new goals. I have to say that I did not do too bad.

I am trying to stick to Self's Drop 10 Challenge's (in some ways) philosophy about eating. I can have about 400 calories for each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and then have about 200 "happy" calories (snacks). It seems to work well. I will have to say that I did mess up on lunch yesterday. My lunch was 600 calories! I was disappointed, but I moved on. I decided to forego the snack and have dinner after my workout. It sucked because I didn't have a lot of energy for my workouts, but I felt it was best. I ended up doing great with calories, but my fat content was over. Oh well, I will try better today.

I ended up getting ten glasses of water, so I hit that goal nicely. As for exercise, I did both Zumba and Body Pump (120 minutes total), and I was wiped out. Part of it was due to it being that TOM, but I also think that not exercising in two weeks played a part as well. I'm very sore and tired today, but it'll be ok. I can only get stronger from here!

Sleep wasn't great. I went to bed around 9:30pm, but I had a hard time falling asleep. I woke up a couple of times, so I did not wake up feeling refreshed. In fact, when the alarm went off, I hit snooze. I am not exactly proud of that since I missed my Spring into Shape Bootcamp video this morning; however, I will do it once I get home from work.

Other than that, I don't feel like I did too terribly for my first day back at it.

Things I need to work on:
1. Calories / fat content.
2. Waking up on time.
3. Getting more rest.

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Ultimate Goal Weight: 130-135 lbs

April 30th Starting Weight: 170.4 lbs

Yesterday's Weight: 170.4 lbs
Today's Weight: 169.8 lbs (-.6 lbs!)

Total Pounds Lost: 2.2 lbs!

May 30th GW: 167 lbs
June 30th GW: 164 lbs
July 30th GW: 161 lbs
August 30th GW: 158 lbs
September 30th GW: 155 lbs
October 30th GW: 152 lbs
November 30th GW: 149 lbs
December 30th GW: 146 lbs
January 30th GW: 143 lbs
February 30th GW: 140 lbs
March 30th GW: 137 lbs
April 30th GW: 134 lbs
May 30th GW: 131 lbs!


1. Get eight hours of sleep (5x/wk). - Didn't do. Wahh.
2. Get at least 30 minutes of cardio (5x/wk). - DONE!
3. Get at least six cups of water (5x/wk). - DONE!
4. Journal about my day (5x/wk) - DONE!

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This week's schedule:

Monday - Body Pump (60 minutes) & Zumba (60 Minutes). - DONE!
Tuesday - Day 2 Video (1x) & Yoga (30 Minutes).
Wednesday - Day 3 Video (1x) & Walk (60 Minutes).
Thursday - Day 4 Video (1x) & Wii Zumba (30 Minutes).
Friday - Day 5 Video (1x) & Walk (60 Minutes).
Saturday - Day 6 Video (1x) & Yoga/Rest.
Sunday - Day 7 Video (1x) & Walk (60 Minutes).

Keep pushing through, Sparkies! We can do this!

  
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DRKATZ 5/2/2012 10:27PM

    You can so do this! Just take it ONE DAY AT A TIME. Start fresh and remember motivation comes AFTER action - at least for me. That is - after I start eating well and exercising is when I want to keep doing more of it! emoticon emoticon

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WINNIE1978 5/1/2012 7:07PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/1/2012 4:20PM

    You're doing excellent so far - 120 minutes of exercise is awesome!

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SBRAN833 5/1/2012 11:56AM

    Great job!! :) I've been told even if you do go over your limits, don't cut out your healthy snacks, it will keep your metabolism up and running. :) emoticon

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MUFFIY831 5/1/2012 11:18AM

    Sounds like you're doing great, and you have a good solid plan in place to keep you on track. Keep up the great work!

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COMMUNITY10 5/1/2012 10:53AM

    Day 1 seemed pretty good! You stayed in range and the fat content happens, but you'll get it down soon enough! Great job!!

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DEEANN8 5/1/2012 10:53AM

    Good job. Great plan. Keep up the good work!
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#51 - My Goals.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Last week, I joined Coach Nicole's Spring into Shape Bootcamp. I am starting it today although I think everyone else started it yesterday. I am using it as a guideline to help get me back into my journey.

In addition, I have also revamped my goals:


Ultimate Goal Weight: 130-135 lbs
April 30th Starting Weight: 170.4 lbs

May 30th GW: 167 lbs
June 30th GW: 164 lbs
July 30th GW: 161 lbs
August 30th GW: 158 lbs
September 30th GW: 155 lbs
October 30th GW: 152 lbs
November 30th GW: 149 lbs
December 30th GW: 146 lbs
January 30th GW: 143 lbs
February 30th GW: 140 lbs
March 30th GW: 137 lbs
April 30th GW: 134 lbs
May 30th GW: 131 lbs

Basically, I am aiming to lose about three pounds a week which I think it's reasonable.

Among the weight loss goals, I have added a few extra goals. All of these are subject to increase over time.

1. Get eight hours of sleep (5x/wk).
2. Get at least 30 minutes of cardio (5x/wk).
3. Get at least six cups of water (5x/wk).
4. Journal about my day (5x/wk) - stressors, joys, etc. (They may not always be on Spark.)

I believe that all of these are attainable. If I want to lose weight, then I am going to have to fight for it. For the most part, these are easy things that I can fit into my schedule, so I believe that I can achieve them.

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This week's schedule:

Monday - Body Pump (60 minutes) & Zumba (60 Minutes).
Tuesday - Day 2 Video (1x) & Yoga (30 Minutes).
Wednesday - Day 3 Video (1x) & Walk (60 Minutes).
Thursday - Day 4 Video (1x) & Wii Zumba (30 Minutes).
Friday - Day 5 Video (1x) & Walk (60 Minutes).
Saturday - Day 6 Video (1x) & Yoga/Rest.
Sunday - Day 7 Video (1x) & Walk (60 Minutes).

So, here's to having a great week! Hope you all do too!

  
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MARVEEME 4/30/2012 8:00PM

    YEESSSSSSSSSSSS! YOU CAN DO THIS!

Ready? Set? GOAL!

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MISTYBLUE716 4/30/2012 6:58PM

    Sounds fabulous! Plan is great! emoticon

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COMMUNITY10 4/30/2012 6:48PM

    I like your goals. Very reasonable I think. Can't wait to hear and see how everything goes!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/30/2012 12:09PM

    Fantastic! I think you meant to say you're going to lose 3 pounds a month, not week, right? That's so doable! I'm right about where you are and would love to get to where you want to get to. Maybe seeing your plan take off will inspire me!

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JEANIE07 4/30/2012 11:41AM

  great goals buddy, i love the way you have it broken down, and are really going for it, im away to swim tonite and have been and done the video with the stomach curls today my poor tummy doesnt know whats hit it

we will do this, im glad you got me to enrol xx


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WALKING_WONDER 4/30/2012 11:14AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 4/30/2012 10:38AM

    You can do it! I think you have a great plan laid out.

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