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Party Hearty! (with pics)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I can't begin to describe my cabin birthday party this year. It was absolutely the best. The most important thing is that my friend who was in the hospital last year at the time of the party with a new diagnosis of colon and pancreatic cancer was at the party this year..looking and feeling great.

The second is that another friend who underwent a nasty divorce a few years ago is getting married in 2 weeks and we held a wedding shower for her to celebrate her joy.

Life is good!

We continued our tradition of everyone bringing and preparing one healthful meal for the weekend ... Except my friend with the cancer who is a gourmet cook...she brought a fantastic gourmet meal including a birthday cake. She wanted to give it to me as a special gift. I accepted with love although I have not eaten cake for 3 years I had a small piece at the party and a small piece with her and my DH when we went home Sunday night.

We talked, laughed, watched DVDs, played games (including making my bride friend a tissue paper wedding dress!), and hiked. It was joyous.

PS This morning my weight was the same as before the party because as soon as I got back I went back to my usual healthy eating plan.

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CARLANNIE 5/28/2012 6:55PM

    Happy birthday! And what good news to hear that your friend is doing so well after her bout with cancer - awesome!

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AELARLEE1 5/25/2012 10:56AM

    Happy, happy belated birthday! You look WONDERFUL and I rejoice with you the joy of your friends and family!

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RURAL3 5/25/2012 12:36AM

    That looks and sounds fabulous. What a way to enjoy friends each year.

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KOFFEENUT 5/24/2012 10:09PM

    How wonderful - and what a terrific tradition! I can already see some new activities to include in the annual Girl's Club get-together I do with my friends.....

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JOYINKY 5/24/2012 4:46PM

    What a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/24/2012 9:42AM

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing time together! Memories to cherish :)

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NELLJONES 5/24/2012 9:27AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate!!

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OURELEE1 5/24/2012 9:10AM

  Sounds like a great weekend.

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Positive Steps

Monday, May 14, 2012

One of the beauties of maintenance is that you have the experience of success to bolster you when you struggle. Losing 90 pounds is a feat I want to cherish and protect. I sometimes forget that everyone has ups and downs. Its part of being human. I know what it feels like to be down, but more importantly, I know what it feels like to be up and feel successful. That is the feeling to focus on. Success can be contagious and consistent success brings more!

Small steps are just as important when we are struggling as when we first begin. I remember thinking I would never reach 250 pounds after being so close to 300 pounds. Small steps (consistently) brought me to 250 and below. I can use those small steps to keep the "dreaded" 5 pounds off and then to work toward my final goal.

Today those small steps are:
Drink water
Walk daily
Measure my portions
Keep below 1600 calories

That's it folks. Onward and downward in weight one small step at a time. I know what to do and I can do it.

Added after original post on the advice of a friend:
No mindless eating!

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MARTHANWTN 5/15/2012 12:02AM

  Thanks for your inspiring comments!! You reminded me to take baby steps and be patient with myself.

Congrats on your success! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 5/14/2012 9:16PM

    You're so right - every small step counts, and good for you for REMEMBERING that!

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RURAL3 5/14/2012 11:23AM

    you can do it Nancy. I think life gets in our way and we lose our focus but we just need to review and revive and get back to it. I am sure you can do this. Maintenance is doubly hard. emoticon

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AELARLEE1 5/14/2012 10:38AM

    You are so right! Success is contagious and the way to begin feeling that successful feeling is conquering things one small step at a time. I will be remembering this today.

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JOYINKY 5/14/2012 10:27AM

    emoticonNancy! Only thing I would add is "No mindless eating." For me, that means writing it down (in my own brief shorthand) before I eat it. Yes, don't be in a hurry; that's a set up for disappointment. Make the small changes and it will happen. Hugs.

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DDOORN 5/14/2012 10:23AM

    Maintenance IS a struggle and requires such lifelong vigilance...but it is SO worth it!

Keep up the super efforts!


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DARRLENE13 5/14/2012 9:42AM

    Congrats on your weight loss!

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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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    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!


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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

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!


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

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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!


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NANCYRUBIO 1/7/2012 9:53AM

    Great graph! Can I borrow it? emoticon

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    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


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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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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RURAL3 1/4/2012 5:02PM

    You rock emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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