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Exercising is Great!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I am really starting to enjoy and even look forward to my exercise sessions. I just HAVE to get at least 30 minutes walking in every day. Then I also usually work out with Exercise TV. I really like Jillian Michaels. I also use the Yoga sections occasionally. I just found out that my hikes in the mountains on the weekends should be tracked as cross country hiking rather than just walking and I record about 2 x the number of calories burned for the same amount of time.

I was doing my modified pushups this morning and noticed how much stronger my arms are. I can bend my elbows almost to the 90 degree mark and sustain the pushups for 2 reps of 15.

I feel so much more energetic and capable and realize that this part of my program is just as important as the weight loss.

I remember one time years ago when I lost 60 pounds on a diet and was smelling the ketones coming off my breath. I had no energy or enthusiasm. I certainly wasn't healthy.

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RURAL3 9/2/2009 7:34PM

    I struggle with it alone sometimes but if I have a friend I am good to go.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 9/2/2009 7:18PM

    Strange as this may sound, since I have lost some weight and have been exercising, I actually enjoying exercising, especially when I can walk outside. I live in the country so I always take a cane. I do not need the cane to walk, but I can deal with things like snakes, armadillos, rabbits and squirrels. Go Girl!!!!!
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GRANDMAZ23 9/2/2009 9:00AM

  Are you feeling OK? Do you want to sit down or something? Did I hear you right? You LIKE exercise????? :-)

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My Reward

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

After hitting the 20 lb loss mark yesterday,
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I decided I needed to reward myself. I don't want to use food and I don't want to spend excess money, but I do want a reward. So I decided to take a personal day off work. I asked my supervisor for a personal day and she said yes. emoticon

Then I invited a girlfriend who doesn't work out to lunch. emoticon

I'm going to go to the gym and swim emoticon
then work on the machines emoticon

I'm also going to go shopping Just to look and try on -- I'm only down 1 size and I have plenty of clothes that size. emoticon

I might walk around Golden Ponds or Macintosh Lake depending on the weather.

Then I'll do whatever else the heck I want! LOL

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WATERMELLEN 9/1/2009 10:51PM

    Sooooo smart, to reward yourself; and what a great day you've set up! Hope it was lots of fun: you deserve it.

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DINAH-MITE 9/1/2009 6:08PM

    Well, you had a beautiful day!! Good for YOU! WAY TO GO!!!!
Did you try on clothes? Did you go for that walk?

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RURAL3 9/1/2009 11:10AM

    sounds like a great reward. A personal day for an exceptional person. emoticon

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Monday, August 31, 2009

I did it! I reached my first 20 lb goal. I am happy and proud. I have learned so much along the way. As a person who has been overweight and dieted since she was a child and as an RN I thought I knew it all about losing weight. I may have known some nutritional principles and some "diet" strategies in my head, but I didn't know how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am learning now. I don't feel like I am on a diet. I don't feel deprived. I do feel healthy and energetic. I am learning to plan my meals according to the "best" choices and more appropriate amounts instead of eating whatever I want and in whatever amounts I want or are served to me. I told myself that I "deserved" it. I didn't deserve it...I deserve to be healthy. I am worth it. I often kidded myself that I was happy at the weight I was so I didn't "need" to lose. That is selling myself short. I need to be at a weight that allows me to enjoy life and to feel good about myself.

Thank you God, Spark People and friends and family. You let me know that I deserve to get healthy.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 8/31/2009 3:18PM

    Congratulations on your achievement. I am also a nurse even though I am retired. I totally agree that we sometimes know these things in our head, but actually doing them is another whole thing. You are to be commended. I am at almost 20 lbs. When I hit that mark, then I will feel I have actually done well.
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SUPERSNAZZ 8/31/2009 10:51AM

    Congratulations! Keep up the great work! :-)

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GRANDMAZ23 8/31/2009 9:10AM

  Congratulations! I'm so proud of you - 20 pounds!!! You are my hero!
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RURAL3 8/31/2009 9:05AM

    emoticon You are doing a fantastic job. The first 20 lbs. What a feeling of accomplishment. It's hard but we learn so much along the way. And we never stop learning. Keep up the good work. Did you give yourself a reward?

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JULIEQ2011 8/31/2009 8:23AM

    Congratulations! And not just on the loss but on your new attitude toward being healthy. I could relate to almost everything you said and it feels SO good to be losing and not feel deprived. I too thought I knew enough about losing, etc and have been dieting forever. This is the best I've ever felt and done with being healthy and I know that its a permanent change. Cheers! And keep up the great work!

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DOLLY_37 8/31/2009 8:18AM

    WTG!!!! That's awesome you have met one of your goals! emoticon

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Beautiful Weekend

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Had a wonderful weekend. Went on 2 hikes. The 2nd had a 200 feet elevation rise - which is a lot for me and I did well. I was a little out of breath (we're at 8,000 feet and I have asthma) but my legs were strong and my nordic walking poles really helped. I wished I had brought my camera to share the wonderful mountain views. I feel so much stronger and am enjoying life more. I feel great!


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RURAL3 8/30/2009 11:10PM

    The mountains are so beautiful. You can definitely see God's creation in it all. Glad you had a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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Happy Productive Day

Friday, August 28, 2009

We can't leave early for the cabin this morning because our new guest room furniture is going to be delivered this afternoon. So I have a day at home in town without having to go to work. I am going to swim this am, maybe go to the library, start cleaning my husband's office space (it has all my junk from my last 2 jobs in the file cabinets ) Ugh. I should get out the linens for the new bed. I'm also going to the store to look for Greek Yogurt and Yoplait light whips as well as some hand weights. Oh my, my head is reeling! I also need to eat right. I hope you all have happy productive days. emoticon emoticon

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    Hope your day was fun and as productive as you wanted it to be.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 8/29/2009 7:08PM

    I hope you have a safe and happy weekend. Sounds like you will need it to get some rest from all youor tasks from today.
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PATRICIA441 8/28/2009 10:42AM

  Hope you enjoy the swim, get some great books to read and enjoy the day!

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RURAL3 8/28/2009 10:38AM

    Don't think about all those things you should do. Have fun taking each thing as it comes. Have fun swimming and at the library. When you come back go on from there. You will be getting up to your haven in the woods soon.. emoticon

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GRANDMAZ23 8/28/2009 9:49AM

  Sounds like a fun day as well! Hope you enjoy yourself!

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