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The Biggest Loser: Motivational or Discouraging?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I am using this weeks blog prompt about the TV show The Biggest Loser. I think the show is very motivational. It is really interesting to see these people lose so much weight over the weeks the show runs.

  
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VIVRE5 8/28/2009 4:20PM

    I love the show and find it highly motivational! It was a first step to looking at myself and beong aware, and seeing how big of a health difference one can make!

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SANDYMAE3 8/17/2009 6:23AM

    oh its motivational but i dont watch it. to many reality shows going on these days.

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MOMMA48 8/16/2009 12:04AM

    I'd say I'd go either way -- no definite yes or no vote for me. But, if others find it motivational and it helps them -- that's great! Whatever motivates and keeps that determination going, I'm all for it!

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TWEAVER0715 8/15/2009 11:52PM

    I have only watched it a couple times and when I do I think it is motivational. I wish I had someone to push me the way they are pushed. It sure would help.

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KPACE7 8/15/2009 9:17PM

    I find it motivational except for the athletic challenges. I think they lose a little dignity sometimes. That may be the part some people like to watch, but I don't enjoy the challenges.

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ROBLAINE1 8/15/2009 3:54PM

  I love it. I think it is very motivational, because I only have about 25 pounds to lose, and those people have 100's....and they do it! Of course, they are watched 24 hours and have personal trainers, the food is there for them, etc....but still, they are human just like us, and need to lose weight.

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ASMPP1 8/15/2009 11:38AM

    Most people find it motivational. We have to remember they undergo a way of life that most of us do not while they are losing the weight.

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GGRANLDY 8/15/2009 7:26AM

    I have only watched the show one time. I really could not say if it would be either one. It seems that they go thru a lot of stuff to loose that weight... Do they keep it off. And are they learning a new lifestyle? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thank You

Friday, July 31, 2009

I would like to thank everyone that nominated me to be a spark people motivator. This really made my day. All the people I have met on spark people is what keeps me motivated every day to live healthier and lose this extra weight. You are all wonderful inspiration.

  
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LESSOFMOORE 8/1/2009 9:48PM

    A well-deserved accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

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NEWSMARTLADY 7/31/2009 8:31PM

    emoticon on being Spark Motivator!!

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ALMAGGIE 7/31/2009 6:53PM

    emoticon From me to your ...You are a great person..Keep up the good work..

Your friend, Maggie, co Leader of Stressed out moms/women gettin' healthy

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MOMMA48 7/31/2009 5:26PM

    You so deserve it, Deb! You're a fantastic friend and supporter to all! Congrats!!! emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 7/31/2009 4:35PM

    Congratulations on being a spark people motivator Deb! emoticon

Tim

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WILDCARD1 7/31/2009 3:25PM

    You deserve it Deb! Keep up the great work!

Hugs!

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GLORYLIGHT57 7/31/2009 3:08PM

    You're welcome...you do a great job leading your teams and you are an awesome motivator.

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Even More Motivation...A New Team!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I've been co-leader of two teams for awhile now, and have found the experience extremely motivating. I decided last week to "brave the high seas" and start my own team. Before I even started, I made sure that my new team didn't "take over" any from my other two teams...which it doesn't.

My new team (OFF: Ongoing Fun & Fitness) has what is one of my favorite parts of Sparkpeople: getting to play games and ongoing challenges. I have got two "ongoing" and "never-ending" challenges...in one, we're drinking enough water to fill a swimming pool (a small one)...when we fill that up, we're going to fill a hot tub and maybe even some day an Olympic swimming pool!! We're also walking across the United States, mile by mile. Then around the world. Then to the moon! You can see I have some high expectations, but one thing I've learned on Sparkpeople is that we can do anything we set our minds to!

The other team I am co-leader of is still motivating to me, of course. Creative Challenges & Saintly Souls has some great bible readings and challenges for every week and every month.

I think that Sparkteams are one the greatest thing about Sparkpeople!!
I meet great people, get motivated, and even learn to believe in myself more.

Have a great day!
Deb

  
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ABIGAILSING 8/7/2009 4:15PM

    Sounds great, Deb. I wish I could handle more, but I am at my limit and beyond, feeling constantly behind. But you will do well. You are an encouragement and will go far with your team. May God bless your faithfulness.

Blessings to you,
Darlene

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SHERI1969 7/20/2009 12:56AM

    Sounds like you have some work on your hands, but it can be fun work. CCSS is a great group, but I had to downsize. I will vouche for it anyday though. Best wishes with the teams, that they get moving and people respond to what you put out into it!!!

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GGRANLDY 7/16/2009 2:50PM

    Hey I will have to check those out. I like games and challenges. We have done the walk the miles to places on BLB before but not in a very long time!
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MARINEMAMA 7/16/2009 7:36AM

    emoticongoing to check it out!!!!

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MOMMA74 7/15/2009 11:31PM

    These teams sound great. will have to check them out.

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MOMMA48 7/15/2009 8:49PM

    Congrats, Deb! I know you love to play the games at Stressed Out Moms -- so I'm sure your new Team is going to be a Winner!! I'll come and check it out, don't be surprised if you get a new Member!
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NEWSMARTLADY 7/15/2009 7:12PM

    Good Luck on your new team! Congrats!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/15/2009 6:37PM

    Congrats on your new team. Looks interesting!

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WILDCARD1 7/15/2009 6:13PM

    Congrats Deb! Good luck with your team!

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9 months on Spark People

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I was checking my Sparkpage today and realized I had been with Sparkpeople for 9 months now! There is so much that has changed simply due to me joining Sparkpeople.

First, I'm exercising!! I have 6,800 fitness minutes. If I hadn't joined, that total would really, literally be "0". I've never really been a fan of exercising, but I tried out a few things and found something I really love- the Leslie Samson "Walk Away the Pounds" DVDs.

Second, not sure if it is the exercise, eating different foods, or just being more aware of my health, but I feel much better physically, emotionally, and mentally. It's amazing how by treating my body a little better, I feel so much better!

And third, but probably my favorite thing: I've made a ton of friends on Sparkpeople and am even the co-leader of two teams now, and belong to many more. I also enjoy being a community team member. I can't imagine not knowing and getting to interact with all of the great people I've met.

So, 9 months gone. It's been great and I know one thing for sure: I'll still be here another 9 months from now!
Hoping you are all doing well,
Deb

  
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon It is great!

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FUELINTHEFIRE 7/11/2009 11:29PM

    So glad you are here for 9 months, and looking foward to the months ahead!
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/11/2009 1:26AM

    emoticon Happy emoticon!!!!

You're doing such a great job! Keep that up!

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INDYBUTTERFLY 7/10/2009 12:06PM

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Congrats!

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GGRANLDY 7/10/2009 9:37AM

    Congrats on 9 months anniversary! Keep on sparkin emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PLAYFULLKITTY 7/10/2009 4:00AM

    Congrats on coming so far in 9 months :) it's such an awesome feeling.

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2CUTE2BFAT4EVER 7/9/2009 11:50PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!! I love you're attitude. You're always so positive and upbeat. You bring a smile to my face everyday!

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CAROL_ 7/9/2009 10:29PM

    Happy SPAnniversary! How is the job situation? I'm glad you're feeling so much better all over!

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SANDYMAE3 7/9/2009 9:59PM

    its wonderful to hear that people are actually not only exerciseing and watching what they eat, but that they feel good too. that is what i have been looking for, for someone to actually say "i feel good" great job, its not an easy job, but you are getting there. bel of rome.

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MOMMA48 7/9/2009 9:35PM

    How wonderful, Deb!!! Congrats for those 9 months and congrats for your super upbeat commitment to being happy and healthy! You're doing just the greatest and we all luv ya at "Stressed Out Moms/Women Gettin' Healthy" -- and especially me! Keep up that progress!!! You're doin' it and stickin' with it!!!
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HERE2BME 7/9/2009 9:17PM

  That is so wonderful! Congrats to you! Isn't feeling good great? Yeah!
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ARTHURTOM 7/9/2009 9:11PM

    Happy 9 month anniversary, but so much more it is GREAT to hear that you're feeling better!

Tim

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An Airplane Giving Me Motivation?

Friday, June 26, 2009

My mom just invited me to fly to Colorado with her on August 4th. Though I've been motivated before, and continue to try to lose weight, I have new motivation now.
Have you ever flown before? Were you "overweight" when you did it?
I can tell you from personal experience (and a bit of personal embarrassment) that the seat belts and seats are not designed for people who "weigh a little bit too much."
I think that this trip will be perfect motivation for me. They say that keeping an image in mind helps you to lose weight. I'm going to be focused on that little seat and tight seat belt...ha-ha.
As for you, have you ever had to deal with the seats in airplanes? Let me know if you have, and if it was a good or bad experience!! I might do a round-up for a later blog....wouldn't it be interesting to read all of our different experiences?

God's blessings & good luck to everyone,
Deb

  
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ROMNEY3 7/29/2009 3:54PM

    I so can relate. That is what started me on this journey to begin with. The day I was to fly to Florida and could not get the seat belt around me was one of the most embarsing wake up calls I could ever have. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN


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JULESGL 7/3/2009 8:00PM

    Go have fun my friend!

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SHERI1969 7/1/2009 9:12AM

    To be honest, I have never in my 40 years been in any plane but a Sesna plane with my dad's co-workers when I was just a child! I think this is a great motivation for you and if you put up a HUGE LETTER note about the date of your trip and perhaps a picture of a plane, it may keep you motivated even more. It's sad that seats are fit for size 6 people only. They should all be comfortable enough for anybody to move about, shift from one side to another etc. But in anycase, it is a great motivation for you. I encourage you to put up a large print piece of paper with the date of your trip with a picture of a plane under it as a reminder how those seats feel for you when you are overweight. Maybe it is just the key to get you where you want to be, not just for theh trip, but for your healthy journey!!!!!!!!!! emoticon I couldn't find a plane so try imagining fitting into a race car seat. emoticon

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CAROL_ 6/27/2009 8:49PM

    Deb, if you go, be sure to book your seats in advance (right away for Aug!!!), do it yourself do not rely on a third party like a travel agent or family member, and do it online, so that you can choose your seat electronically. If you wait to book, or book any other way than online, then everyone else will have already chosen either the window or the aisle seat. You do NOT want to be squished in the middle seat. Take a dif row, a dif flight at a dif time that day, or take a dif day, dif plane, dif airline, if the only seats left are in the middle. Some airlines (Southwest) don't let you pick your seat. I pick another airline.

If you sit next to the window, you will not have to leave your seat when others have to go to the bathroom. (There are window covers you can slide closed if looking out the window makes you nervous.) If you sit in the aisle, they won't be able to get by you when they need to go, so you get up to let them out & again to let them back in. Either the window or the aisle, is better than the middle.

Don't wear bulky outer layers. Wear the thinnest clothes you have. Keep the sweater or blazer in the luggage. I'm 288 and the seat belt just barely fits. Some airline now charge an extra fee since I last flew, or charge you for an extra whole seat, if you ask for a seat belt extension. (More fuel costs to fly a heavier person. Riiiiiiiiight.) You do NOT, however, get the luxury of actually having the empty seat you paid for - no someone's still sitting there, they just charge you for it. The plane is not allowed to take off until your seatbelt being buckled has been confirmed by flight attendants. So you'll have to ask for an extension if it doesn't fit, and be charged extra. The arm thingie in the middle, between the seats, where you plug your headset in to watch the movie - you fit better with that flipped up if you're a big person, so, some airlines have now said they charge for two seats if you can't push that down comfortably because of your size.

Read the fineprint on the air carrier's website as to current regulations and fee policies. They change daily.

Go early, so there is time for unexpected traffic, time for an unexpected security problem (that has nothing to do with you) that holds up everyone in line for hours, time for an unexpected flat tire on the way. Allow for extra time to hunt a place to park when the parking facilities are full so you can't park your car anywhere (maybe that doesn't happen in Iowa though). You do not want to miss your flight. I missed my flight once, and they put me on the next plane, but I lost my inside window seat on the flight I missed.

And of course because I HAD NOT CHOSEN MY SEAT FIVE MONTHS IN ADVANCE FOR THE NEXT FLIGHT, I was stuck in the middle between two guys.

I had a few hours to pray while waiting for the next flight. God took care of me; the guy on my left looked puny, he was fully adult but he must have been the runt of the litter or something. The guy on my right was Asian and tiny, miniature. I still felt like a mountain in the middle. And I was. Don't wear perfume. Wait til you're off the plane to put it on. You're going to be stuffed in like sardines by people who might be allergic. It's bad enough to be resented for your size. (Most people are very kind and cultured enough to have good manners, and won't resent you. I'm just saying.) Be aware you're going to be stuffed in like sardines. If you're larger than most, you're going to be closer than most. Scope and no perfume are good ideas.

I book the window seat, and I don't move after I get in it. Do not drink anything before you go, go as soon as you get there whether you need to or not, and go again two times after you're through security before you board the plane. You can get bottled water at the other end and drink it while you're waiting in baggage claim.

I pay extra for non-stop flights. It is soooooo worth it to only have to catch ONE plane, only having to deal with booking ONE seat by the window, only having to go through security ONE time, and they have less opportunity to lose your luggage in different cities you stopped at along the way. You'll never be stuck at the airport waiting for the next connecting flight (because a delay with the first plane, made you miss your second plane). And when they put you on the next avail flight, guess what; you're lucky to get a seat, so forget trying to request a location.

Go and have fun, just be prepared in advance and go in advance. Check the rules and optional fees policy, once before you book, and again 24hours before you board the plane.

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NANCY1204 6/27/2009 12:47PM

    I've only been on a plane once, years ago, before I was this large. But I do hate public restrooms. Sad, but often I use the handicap stall just so I won't feel trapped. I hope you enjoy your visit with your mom emoticon


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FINDINGSANDY 6/27/2009 8:46AM

    Good motivation, Deb! I haven't flown in a while, but there are lots of "tiny spaces" that it easier to get into when you're thinner. How about public restrooms! It's hard to get the door opened sometimes in there! And seats at the ball park. I hate when the person next to me is taking us his seat and part of mine.

Live is easier all the way around when you're thinner. So Here's to Motivation!! When is your trip?

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L3DESIGNS 6/27/2009 12:42AM

    Have a great trip with your mom! Sounds like fun.

As for airplane seat belts - No they aren't fun. Depends on the airline... Sometimes I've needed to ask for the extender - let just say that is embarrassing!

I may be flying to Saskatchewan this summer and I am looking forward to going as a thinner me!

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MOMMA48 6/26/2009 6:06PM

    Love it, Deb!! The vacation with your Mom and that fantastic motivation! You're going to do it -- I know you can! That airplane seat is going to be nice and comfortable for both you and your Mom by August!
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