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Struggling

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I'm in a rough place right now and I don't understand it. Life is great! I just turned 65, got off unemployment and retired, and got all my insurance issues resolved. I and all my family are healthy, we have enough money...Life is good. But I am struggling with food again after a long period of smooth sailing. I am having cravings and this last week have given in to them. I know I am an emotional eater, but my emotions seem calm. I don't know why I am having problems. I have started to write a daily journal in hopes that I can see what is bugging me. Meanwhile, I am drinking more water, walking more, and stopped my trigger foods completely for a while at least. I don't like to deny myself any foods but I am not handling my trigger foods well right now, so I am going to stop them. I know all the things to do but sometimes it is harder than others to do them! I haven't blogged in ages so I am blogging.

I am still dealing with the same 5 pounds but I know I could easily go up more if I don't watch out and life is too good at this weight to let that happen. I am keeping my new lifestyle choices...exercise, natural foods, water, sparking but I am eating too much. I believe I have kept my 90 pound weight loss because I haven't gotten discouraged when I have slipped and have just jumped right back into eating the right way. That is what I am going to do this time. I don't need to be perfect just consistent.

  
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AELARLEE1 5/13/2012 9:00PM

    Good move to begin dialoging with others. It sure seems to have an impact on me and when I would have normally really given in, I am more reserved (at least) when I am tempted because of the accountability. Hang in there and good idea to avoid trigger foods for a bit.

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JOYINKY 5/12/2012 8:55PM

    It helps for me to focus on fitness minutes and think less about food. I think we all go through these phases. For me, the change of seasons always throws me for awhile. I eat different foods in the summer than the winter. Strange. Just stay consistent; you're absolutely right; that is the answer!

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ADRIENALINE 5/12/2012 7:44PM

    When I have eating issues I go for a walk, so far it's worked everytime.

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KOFFEENUT 5/12/2012 5:43PM

    You're right - you don't need to be perfect, just consistent. Sounds like you're still making the healthy choices you need to make, just eating more than you need. Some small adjustments and you'll be right back where you need to be. Hang in there!

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OURELEE1 5/12/2012 5:36PM

  So glad to hear from you. We are in the same boat. You can do it. Happy Mother's Day.

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Am I Working Too Hard? Trying to be Honest

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I bought myself a new treadmill (its actually used but new to me) right after Christmas. My old one was 20 years old and very wobbly. It has served me well and is now in a friend's home serving her! Anyway...Along with the treadmill I received a card for a free "Fitness Evaluation" from a trainer. She came over, weighed, measured, and put me thru a strength training routine. I liked her and appreciated the data she obtained for me. She offered me training sessions for $60 an hour. Well there was no way I could afford that and I told her so. She then offered me 8 sessions (2xweek) for the price of 4 sessions. I really wanted to do it and DH said I should go for it ..so I did. I have had 4 sessions now and have learned what ST can be. She has me working out a lot harder than I ever did. I push myself as much as I can (which I thought I always did) to the point of muscle failure. At my last session we did a 30 minute boot camp ST/cardio session that completely wiped me out. Then we did more ST for 30 minutes. I was exhausted for 4 days after. I couldn't even do my 30 minute daily cardio sessions that week. I had trouble sleeping, thinking and getting thru my days. We missed Fridays session because of the blizzard and I am due to see her tomorrow morning. I plan to tell her how exhausted I was and that I would like to modify the sessions. I am thinking of asking her to reduce the weights I use and decrease the number of reps. I am planning to ask her to focus on making sure I am doing the exercises with good form so I don't hurt myself when working out without her. I know I can't afford any more sessions and I am sure she wants me to continue with her so I feel a little uncomfortable but I want to be honest with her. What I'm wondering is "Am I copping out? " Should I continue to work out the way she is doing and just suck up the exhaustion. My gut tells me that this is a life style issue. I don't believe I can continue to work out this way on into the future. I do think I can work out hard but not to exhaustion and continue that way thru my sixties and maybe even 70's. I would appreciate feedback from my Spark buddies.

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/7/2012 9:16AM

    I agree with DDORN! YOU know your body better than anyone, and it really sounds like you have a very good grasp of what works for YOU. Let us know how it goes, ok? emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/6/2012 10:46AM

    I think you definitely need to speak up too! Another sparker friend of mine had the same issue about a month ago with a trainer she started working with that left her so sore she could hardly walk. She talked to him the next time they met and he modified the workout a little bit so she still gets a good workout but isn't beyond exhaustion and normal muscle soreness. If the trainer is a good one, she will listen to you and work with you. If she is dogmatic about doing the intensity you are doing now then maybe she's not for you. It should push you but sounds like it's pushing you more than it should. So let her know! Good luck with the conversation with her.

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DDOORN 2/6/2012 10:00AM

    Definitely speak up! Clearly the path you are on is not sustainable. Something in between what you were doing and what she has you doing sounds more reasonable, yet is still pushing the envelope. GL and let us know how it turns out!

Don

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ROOBEARZ 2/6/2012 12:08AM

    I don't think you're copping out. I do think you should discuss your level of exhaustion with the trainer and see what her suggestions are. Some questions: Do you use a good multi-vitamin? Were you hydrating enough during and after the workout? Are you getting enough protein in your diet for your muscles considering the increased intensity of exercise? It was recommended to me to use a protein supplement (whey protein) following exercise. There are many forms - drinks, bars, powders available. I use the powdered protein -vanilla-and mix 1 scoop with 1/4 c. frozen blueberries (thawed) and 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt and sometimes throw in a 1/4 c. of Go Lean Crunch - yum! There are recovery drink mixes available also. If you desire to workout at this increased intensity level, perhaps you'd like to explore some of these options, but, it sounds like you're still in the evaluation process and do need to decide if this is the direction you want to go. Good luck to you!! : )

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TOPS-TORTOISE 2/5/2012 6:18PM

    I have 4 words for you. Moderation in all things. This trainer sounds like Gillian Michaels, and you're not on The Biggest Loser. If you continue working out so hard you're setting yourself up for a major burnout. You need to push yourself a little bit for a challenge, but not to the point of muscle failure. From what I have read recommended workouts are 30 minutes 3-5 days a week. That is enough exercise to be healthy and lose weight. You need a day off in between workouts especially if you are doing a lot of strength training for your muscles to rest. Find things that you like to do and be realistic about it. Best wishes for success.

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AELARLEE1 2/5/2012 3:40PM

    No, you are not copping out. I think the key is that we do more than just maintain, but you aren't on BIGGEST LOSER so I am not sure why she is pushing you so hard. It is possible to train slower with a more steady gain than exhausting you all the time.

BTW, I haven't run long in a while and Saturday's 9 miler took a toll on me. Age does cause us to exhaust faster, but it is a combination of pacing ourselves and not being afraid to push a little.

Hope the talk goes well!

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KOFFEENUT 2/5/2012 12:21PM

    I'm with Joyinky - listen to that inner voice! Get what you need from the trainer to be able to go forward on your own with good form, but don't feel you have to work out at the same level you have been. Although it's good to push yourself beyond what you believe you can do from time to time, being exhausted for days afterward is your body telling you you've gone too far!

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RURAL3 2/5/2012 11:08AM

    It is her job to work you hard and that she is doing. But it doesn't sound like she is taking into consideration things like age, lifestyle etc. Yes if you continue this it is something that you would have to keep up with on a consistent basis. You need something that you can live with and still have fun doing. It sounds like this would become a drudge and lose the fun. Don't let her talk you into something you don't want to do. Your body is yelling at you right now. You have been doing great and have gotten more information from her it sounds like so come up with a plan you can live with long term. You should not be so tired that you can't even do 30 min of cardio daily. Should we say overkill.
If you want to work hard you will on your own. We will never work as hard or push ourselves as much as we do for the trainer. We don't want to disappoint them and that is their job to make us do it. But unless you want to do it longterm, let it go. Another thing you have tried, succeeded at and said not really for me. emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/5/2012 10:36AM

    Nancy,
I think you've answered your own question. My feeling; especially at this time of life, is to listen to your body and trust your gut! We didn't get this far without picking up some wisdom along the way. I know if I don't enjoy it; I'm not going to continue and if I push to the point of exhaustion; I'm going to crash!
We're supposed to be working towards a healthy lifestyle to enjoy these years! Moderation is the key! Good form with light weights is only part of the wisdom you are sharing here. With so many ways to work out and no disability (yet) why not find and explore things you enjoy and can make a part of your life.
No, you are NOT "copping out"!
Yes, you should take charge and be honest with her! You are paying her, of course she wants you to continue. I, for one, bet there are other things you can do with the money that you'd enjoy a LOT more! Be well. Hugs, Joy

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One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Wednesday, January 04, 2012



Although it wasn't my plan I appear to have been in maintainance mode since last January which means I have maintained a 90 pound weight loss for 1 year!

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Now, I have to decide if 180 is my new goal rather than the 170 I had originally hoped for!

  
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3RDTIMECHARM11 4/12/2012 10:31AM

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ROOBEARZ 1/16/2012 2:25AM

    Nice job!! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/9/2012 9:34AM

    Awesome deal! Check out my latest blog for info on the challenges maintenance involves...daunting stuff, but heck you've already been nailing it! Congrats to you!

Don

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NANCYRUBIO 1/7/2012 9:53AM

    Great graph! Can I borrow it? emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/5/2012 3:03PM

    emoticonThat is one pretty graph! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/5/2012 8:56AM

    Awesome job!!!

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GRAMMYEAC 1/5/2012 5:57AM

    Excellent!!!

It's always those last few pounds that are the most difficult!!!

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AELARLEE1 1/4/2012 7:33PM

    You are a continual inspiration to me!!

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CHRIS5258 1/4/2012 7:24PM

    You're awesome!
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JRSWHIMSY 1/4/2012 5:55PM

    WOOHOO!!!!

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CATLADY52 1/4/2012 5:33PM

    That's super! emoticon

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CARLANNIE 1/4/2012 5:23PM

    Considering how easy it is to regain lost weight, that's fantastic - WTG!!!

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TRYING A FEW NEW THINGS

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I recently read a book by Geneen Roth about compulsive eating and thought some the ideas she presented made a lot of sense. So I am trying a few new things.

1 . Only eat when I am hungry (what a novel idea! lol)

2. Eat the food I enjoy (I am just eating small portions. I have heard that 3 bites is enough to satisfy an urge and the 3 bite idea is working for me)

3. Leave a little food on the plate (This is very difficult for me. I didn't realize I was part of the "clean your plate club" but I guess I am. I am trying to be aware of when I stop eating out of hunger and am just "eating")

4. Eat out in the open...don't hide and eat "guiltily" (I can have a small bowl of ice cream with DH in the evening. I don't need to "sneak" a big bowl when he is not around. I deserve a treat NOW AND THEN. I am "good enough")

I am trying a few more of her ideas, but these are the Big Four.

It is nourishing to me to know that I am not eating compulsively very often. Food is a pleasure and a nourishing thing, not a blinding compulsion like it was. I wish this for all of us that are stuggling with our eating and our lifestyle.


  
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DANCINGELEPHANT 12/21/2011 9:50PM

    These are good points - definitely worth thinking about and trying out!

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JOYINKY 12/13/2011 10:46PM

    I like these. Thanks for sharing!

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MTNGRL 12/13/2011 6:43PM

    You are so right, your deserve it and have always been good enough! Wise points, well said!

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 12/13/2011 4:59PM

  I am interested in seeing how you do with this. Her books have helped a lot of people. Everyone has to find the way that works the best for them. I commend you for trying new things while finding your way. Great job! Blessings emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/13/2011 1:53PM

    Her books are very eye-opening! Good reminders you've got there.

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AELARLEE1 12/13/2011 12:59PM

    Such wonderful reminders!! I too clean my plate.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/13/2011 12:19PM

    I'm in the group who eats all on their plate, too! I try to counteract this with not putting more on my plate than I believe I need. It usually works, so that's good! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/13/2011 11:27AM

    Great ideas...! Might try some of them myself!

Don

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3RDBABYWEIGHT 12/13/2011 9:37AM

    Those are great! Thanks for sharing!

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I'm Feeling the Season!

Thursday, December 01, 2011



We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our daughter's family in their new house, came back home and decorated our house inside and out. Today we are having a lovely December snowfall and DH wanted to take a picture.

Looking at it, I feel the season!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

  
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SMILEYBEE 12/7/2011 12:58PM

    Lovely! You've really made wonderful progress in your healthy approach to life! Have a blessed Christmas! emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/4/2011 3:01PM

    The photo is great - snow does wonders to get you in the Christmas spirit! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 12/1/2011 10:54PM

    Your home is beautiful - and you look AWESOME!!!

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 12/1/2011 8:42PM

  You did an amazing job with your home! It looks beautiful! We are expecting snow in the Chicagoland area on Sunday. Your photo had a great nostalgic effect on me. During the spring, summer, and fall I forget how beautiful the snow is. Thanks for the reminder.
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OURELEE1 12/1/2011 7:18PM

  Glad to hear from you. I'm starting to feel the season also.

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JOYINKY 12/1/2011 1:55PM

    Wow! Beautiful picture! I love it on your wall; making me "feel the season" too! We get snow in Jan/Feb but rarely for Christmas. Enjoy!

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RURAL3 12/1/2011 1:10PM

    I'm feeling the season just looking at it. Beautiful pic. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/1/2011 1:09PM

    Oh, my GOODNESS!!! That picture should be FRAMED! You should get one with both you and your husband and use it for your Christmas cards! BEAUTIFUL! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/1/2011 12:06PM

    Looking great! Good to hear from you!

Keep savoring those wonderful holiday moments!

Don

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AELARLEE1 12/1/2011 12:05PM

    Absolutely beautiful and love that you and hubby did this together!! Merry Christmas -- early :)

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