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Bury the past and move on

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Things have got to continue to get better. I can't let myself spend a lot of time being remorseful and get stuck in the boo-hoo state. It seems that looking at all the ground I've lost makes it hard to pick back up again. I want to take up where I left off -- but I have to travel the same road again if I want to get to where I made it before.

1. I went from 312# to 163, then back to about 201
2. My Bod Pod body fat measurement in 2006 was about 28% (a pleasant surprise); in 2008 its back up to 40%
3. I just dug my HRM back out and re-did the fitness test. The scores put you into one of the following categories:

very poor -- poor -- fair -- average -- good -- very good -- excellent

--When I first got this thing, I had been walking, etc. for about 6 months and I scored something like a 17 (very poor condition),
--then about 3 months or so later my score went up and put me into the fair condition category.
--Then about 6 months or more later (July 2006), I scored a 35, putting me in the good condition category.
--and this morning (boohoo), I tested myself again -- and scored a 22 = poor condition.

What's amazing about this is that my resting heart beat is still low (in the 40's), but apparently the variability on the beats, etc. must make the difference. That's good and bad, I guess -- good that it's showing a true picture of me, and -lol- bad that I'm not in as good of shape as I was in 2007.


This morning I was also disappointed by the scale. I KNOW it's not as bad as it looks -- I'll just have to wait it out. I was 197.4 last week, and this week it said 201.2 -- now I logged well all week and averaged 1916 total calories a day with a net (after exercise) of 1615. So no way should I have gained 4#'s.

My analysis says that I ate out too many times and had a pre packaged stir fry kit for dinner last night (lots of sodium). And I got a REALLY good work out Thursday (muscles still feeling it) -- so my muscles may be retaining extra water too.

OK - enough rambling and enough whining. I sure hope hubby decides what he wants to do today and soon -- I REALLY want to get in some good exercise today. ;-)

Everyone have a wonderful Sunday

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SJ1320 4/4/2008 9:36AM

    I'm sorry that you are having a tough time. I've lost and gained before too. Just hang in there and don't give up!

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CALENSARIEL 4/1/2008 4:00PM

    I understand your discouragement. I did the same thing. I never got back up to where I was, but I can tell I was actually in a lot better shape at this weight the first time around. That's disheartening, like you said. Please don't give up! We're all in this together, and we just have to fight through the blockades. When you start getting down on yourself, stop thinking, begin to feel your surroundings (the chair, your body, your breath) and rejoice in how far you've come. Tell yourself there's so much more to you than what you weigh. And realize this is a spiritual battle as much as anything. You are an incredible person! Love & Hugs, Calen~

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TWISTOLOMEW 3/31/2008 5:14PM

  A lot of sodium and exercise can amount to 4lbs. Don't worry about it Dee, just focus on doing it daily. You can, you know it cuz you did!!! I've shown your pic to many people as a testimony to what one can accomplish if they put their mind to it.... if I know that, then so do you.

Keep up with the logging, as if you had to show it to the trainer every week. Keep up with the trainer too.
Keep up with letting us know, so we can cheer you on. :-)


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TOONACAT 3/30/2008 11:23AM

    Hey Dee, it seems we are on parallel paths of late! But you CAN do it. I know it's hard, but try to think of today as where you start and go from here. The prior success can be a road map or an albatross - depends on how you feel in the moment. Little by little, consistency beats everything else. Ok, I'll go back to the daily accountability if you will! Think I'll simplify that for myself as well.


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HEADRICK 3/30/2008 10:23AM

    If this were new to you, then I would be a little concerned. However you've lost weight therefore; you must do what you've done before to get it off and keep it off. To me, you're an expert at this, you seem to have had a little minor setback, that's all. You'll be fine, I know it!

Enjoy your day :)

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Good session

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

He upped the reps to 15 tonight -- so I did 3 sets of 15 for most things tonight. And started out with abs, then triceps, then chest, then back -- and since the later three all involved my arms, I had a pretty good burn going right off the bat.

Then, when we were all done, I was surprised to find that the burn lasted a l-o-n-g time after the session ended. That made me feel really good.

We turned in our food diaries to him tonight -- so I'm guessing he'll give us some input on Thursday (I hope). ;)

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/28/2008 12:31PM

    Dee, I just love reading the positive energy in your blog and am so happy that this is all coming together for you. Yay for feeling the burn!

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TWISTOLOMEW 3/26/2008 2:28PM

  Oh! Hurrah! I'm really glad to hear that things are coming together with regards to your strength training as well as the relationship with the trainer himself. What a great feeling --- I'm jealous :-)

I hope the positive effects on hubby are continuing to manifest, even if only slightly.


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CALENSARIEL 3/26/2008 11:26AM

    Well, that must feel like you're finally connecting and pulling the program all together then? Burn. When my sister and I were taking the strength training class we learned what that meant! Should it have lasted that long, though? Hugs, Calen~

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Personal Training Thurs 3/20/08

Friday, March 21, 2008

Had jun at it tonight. Some things were more challenging than others. I liked that I did more exercises that didn't require machines than those that did require one.

I liked that I was using a little more weight on a couple of them. The ones that were the most fun were the ones that required more balance. -- Like lateral raises and squats on the BOSU.

I also joked a tiny bit with my daughter's trainer. I told her to really work her 7pm client hard -- to send her home 'whooped' -- she smiled and send, 'send her home dead' -- I laughed and said, yeah - that'd work. .... Then when my daughter got home, she, lol, said, 'you been talking to my trainer?' We laughed about it and she said her trainer said I had told her to work her hard and make her have to crawl home.

Overall a good day -- maybe b/c I was looking forward to three days off.

Today, my daughter and I go to a health club that is only 5 minutes away from our house to join. We had gone there before, but their summer hours are so short, AND I had slowly acquired some cardio equipment at home -- so we dropped the membership. They actually have a lot more equipment than the hospital based 'wellness center' that we go to for the personal training.

When I dropped the membership, the only weight/strength training I was really doing was the machines -- and I didn't really FEEL like I as getting any benefit from them. (I probably was --just didn't feel like it).

I feel a little guilty re-joining b/c that was the reason for getting all the cardio equipment for home. I have mixed feelings about it -- I CAN work out pretty well at home with what I have (dumb bells, a cheap bar bell and cheap bench, a BOSU, and an exercise ball). But I'm not sure I'm ready -- ???

The membership is only 30.50 a month and each month I go 8 times or more, I get 50% reimbursement from my health plan - -so my only rationalization at this point is that it will be quite inexpensive -- and my daughter will pay the extra $12 a month for have her added on. When we had the membership before it was a family plan -- that was more like 50 a month (minus the 15 reimbursement -- when only two out of four of us were going and I was paying the WHOLE thing). Long story short -- it'll be a lot less expensive this time.

Well, I've rambled enough -- better get going.

Everyone have a great Easter!

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SJ1320 3/25/2008 8:39PM

    Any investment that makes you healthier is a good one. I am glad that your personal training is working out. It really is difficult to guage the effectiveness of your workouts whether you work out at a gym or at home or anywhere...

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TWISTOLOMEW 3/25/2008 12:42PM

  I'm glad to hear that you're really starting to enjoy the training and finding the exercises that you enjoy. That feeling can be very empowering, particularly as you start feeling results in the form of being able to lift more!



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LUCKYDUCK2 3/21/2008 2:00PM

    LOL on the talk with your daughters trainer. I think it is so wonderful that the two of you are so close and enjoy this time together. Have a Blessed Easter dear friend.

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CALENSARIEL 3/21/2008 11:39AM

    Hey Dee, I'm curious as to how much you pay for the personal trainer... You have a blessed Easter, too! Calen~

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Personal training

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Well... it went okay. (I think). I'm a little more optimistic now.

He asked how I felt I was doing -- did I feel I was getting stronger?

I said, oh , so-so. I told him I was curious about what the plan was... how we would progress towards our goals. He said a lot of times it takes about 6 weeks to notice a difference. .

Sooo.... I began thinking, 'Crap!' That wasn't the answer I was looking for and was feeling rather discouraged. He did have me doing some new and interesting exercises, and I was thinking, 'What the heck, at least I'm getting in some exercise and learning some new/challenging exercises.'

Then he asked about the cardio I do at home - how long and what. Then suggested I break it up -- (ie if I'm doing 30 minutes -- do 15 on one machine, then 15 on another). I told him I usually vary it by day (ie if I do the bike today, I might do the treadmill tomorrow) -- he said that was good too.

I then asked him about what I could do exercise-wise between visits there. He asked about what equipment I had, and said I could do some of the weight exercises, etc. on Saturday or Sunday (but had to keep a day in-between) -- and suggested mainly the shoulder exercises (which would be working towards my goal) -------- :)

THEN he asked about my diet and how I was eating. Wow! that was an improvement. :) He wants us to track what we eat for a week and he will review it next week.

1. I told him about CK and SparkPeople, he had heard of CK and it sounded like he may have heard of SparkPeople too. So I'll be tracking on line and printing it out for him. (hubby will be doing his on paper)

2. Ummmmm..... I guess that's motivation for me -- I'm sure I'll be seeing more control in that area this week - lol. Bingeing on Oreos and Ice cream is a lot harder with someone looking over your shoulder.

This will be extra fun since I just got a VitaMix and am eager to try out some different combinations of 'drinks' (pureed fruits and veggies). I'm especially eager to find some veggie combinations I like -- to help me get in my daily veggie quotas.

As I reflected on the session, I realized that someone out there had to be praying for me -- so thank you, who ever you are. :)

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/21/2008 1:55PM

    This trainer sounds like a keeper! I am so glad you found a good one. I love the pic you shared. What a little doll!

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CALENSARIEL 3/20/2008 9:48AM

    You know, it could just be that it took a little time for your personalities to meld, to find their niche with each other. Or it could be you both just got more comfortable with asking good questions. Whatever it is, it's sounds like you three really are a "team" now, and that's what will get the best results. I admire you for the courage it takes to buckle down and go to a trainer. You're going to do great! Hugs, Calen~

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SJ1320 3/19/2008 6:44PM

    I hope that you enjoy the personal training. It would help me to have someone to hold me accountable. Sometimes, I skip exercise. The VitaMix sounds fun too. I really like the background pictures. What a cute kid! I hope that all your computer problems are in the past.

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TWISTOLOMEW 3/19/2008 6:28PM

  Do good juju vibes this morning count? :-)

This sounds like a huge improvement. Maybe once he saw that you were trying to ask questions, he felt it easier to engage with you in discussing your more detailed objectives.

And he is right - 6 weeks is about the time it takes for your body to figure out that you're changing things up and it needs to follow suit! But you'll feel great in the meantime and based on how you progress, the pt will be able adapt your routine from there. Heck - maybe even some of the exercise will help with some of hubby's depression (can't hurt, I suppose).

Yay, Dee! I'm proud of you - keep up the good work!


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Personal trainer - update

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ok. Overall I like the trainer and I like some of the more interesting exercises and those with free weights.

At times it feels more like I have an exercise coordinator and not a personal TRAINER b/c I don't really feel like I'm being TRAINED. I also don't feel like we're REALLY working towards my PERSONAL goals.

I have a hard time sometimes expressing myself and asking the right questions. I know. I know. I'm paying, I should speak up and get as close to what I paid for as possible.

RE: Training: I don't feel like there is any REAL training going on. Sure, he shows/tells me how to do exericses. He gives a little correction at times, but I'm not sure if there should be more corrections. I feel like I should be learning not only HOW to do specific exercises, but what each exercise does and how to put exercises together for a workout: things like putting pushing and pulling (oposing muscle groups) together for a complete BALANCED workout, and information on how to strengthen vs build muscle, etc.

RE: Personal goals: We told him our personal goals at the very first session and he wrote them down. They have not been mentioned since. He seems to have us do pretty much the same exercises (Hubby & me) - with some modifications d/t differences in personal abilities -- ie he may give DH a heavier weight or give me a more difficult ab exercise. However, DH's goal is to strengthen overall and build endurance, and my goals are to strengthen the core and lower body and build the shoulders/ upper body (balance out my pear shape) Shouldn't there be some discussion re: an overall plan of action -- so that I can carry on after our weeks of personal training are over?

The only 'training' so far - is his telling me that he will switch things up every couple of weeks or so - so that our bodies will have to adjust to different routines. The first week or two we did most exercises in 2 sets of 12, then the next week or so, we did 3 sets of 10, now we're doing 3 sets of 12. And we do not do the exact same exercises each time. There are some leg exercises that we seem to do most every session, but the ab and upper body exercises seem to vary more.

Has anyone had experience with a personal trainer that they might like to share?

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SJ1320 3/15/2008 9:49AM

    I don't know anything about personal trainers, but I hope that everything works out. I don't feel comfortable making comments either in a situation like that, but maybe you could ask questions like "What are your plans for helping me to reach my personal goals?" People often aren't offended by questions. Good luck!

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TWISTOLOMEW 3/13/2008 12:57PM

  I had a pt that I loved loved loved. He wasn't one of those who was going thru the motions to supplement his paycheque and get access to the gym. He was a PE teacher during the day and a runner and really cared about his clients. Of course, the better attitude the client had, the easier it was for him to really get involved. Maybe that's what made him different....

My training sessions with him were, at first, an hour 3x/wk, eventually an hour 1x/wk (as I moved 50 miles away from that gym but didn't want to give him up!)

Whenever we would do an exercise for the first time he would explain to me the benefit of it, beyond just the 'here's how you do this'. He always corrected my form and when I switched to seeing him once a week, he could always tell if I'd worked out on my own at my local gym based on how well or poorly I was doing. And he'd kick my butt (litterally, he'd poke his shoe on my butt and say 'you skipped the gym this week!' in a fake-scolding manner).

He always made sure my exercises were getting progressively more difficult to continue increasing my skills, he had no qualms about giving a hard time for not doing cardio too.

And the neatest part was that we actually talked during our workouts so he knew some of the junk going on in my life which eventually made it easier for him to gauge my mood and stress level and sometimes adjust the workout accordingly, or just give me an ear to bend.

I guess in the end, it's a matter of trying to build a personal relationship with the trainer (wherein the focus is on fitness). I would encourage you to talk more during the workout - ask more questions about what does this do an why. And how will this help me strengthen my core, etc. Maybe if there's more interaction he'll become more engaged in the training aspect - and if not, then maybe you need to switch to another trainer.

Hope some of this helps!


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CALENSARIEL 3/12/2008 9:24PM

    Not me, but I'm going to be watching for the comments on your blog. Did you post this in your groups? You're brave, girlfriend! Hugs, Calen~

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