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Nothing in the Fridge Entices Me....What to do, What to do........

Monday, August 01, 2011

Hello all - I've felt this general sense of unease coming all day, and it finally arrived when I got home from work. Trying to think back to where it started from will only reinforce my icky feelings, so I don't want to dwell on it too much. However, I DO need to figure out how to help it on its way.

Before I put the brakes on figuring out why this happened, I was making my grocery list. I'm up and down about going to the grocery store. If I have a recipe I'm excited about making, my list is ready and I'm hustling to get there. Today is not one of those days, and as a matter of fact, I'm ticked cause I bought the wrong kind of meat for something I WAS excited about making. Ughhh....I hate when that happens, but anyway. Today, my grocery store sparkle isn't shining, and I found myself thinking of foods that are no where near healthy or the grocery store for that matter.

So now I'm at a crossroad - and it's exactly what's driving my icks. My path is already twisted because not only am I contemplating eating bad, I'm not working out either, because I'm supposed to be at the grocery store! I need to get back on track, but getting back will likely take me through someone's drive-thru.

I realize I'm hard on myself - I should be able to miss a workout and not feel bad, eat a meal that's a little unhealthy and not put it up there with the debt crisis. I should be able to do those things. How do you do it?!

I know I'm going to be okay - I'm not worried too much about not working out or eating bad becoming a habits. But I sure wish I never felt icky again - I don't like it!

Anywho - here's a screenshot of my calorie burn and step total from yesterday. I did so much! TurboFire, Walk it Out (6 plus miles), power walk around the neighborhood for another 3 miles - I burned 2999 calories and took over 30,000 steps! Maybe I deserve an order of Chinese fried chicken, shrimp fried rice and an egg roll?



  
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DEECEEWIS 8/1/2011 11:04PM

    Hello Evelyn (my fave aunt's name!) and thanks for your comment. I eat pretty clean most of the time, I just have to be careful when I do have a snack meal that it doesn't turn into snack meal plural! HaHaHaHa....thanks again and have a great evening! DC

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EVELYN5877 8/1/2011 7:39PM

    Yes you most certainly do! Take a look at intuitive eating, or Paul McKenna spark groups. No calorie counting and eating what you want to eat. Since I have lost over 30lbs since march, I can confirm they work., and I would eat all of that list!

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EEEK! My Reward System is Busted!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hello all - I was having a healthy breakfast preparing to play Wii's Walk it Out and feeling pretty darn guilty about it, when I realized I needed a better way to reward myself for working out. Here's why.

What I currently do is for every day I do my main workout (right now TurboFire and Brazil Butt Lift), the next day or the next time I workout, I get to do whatever I want, whether it's a power walk at the lake, quality time on my treadmill (which I love love love) or playing Walk it Out. I consider all my physical activity beneficial, however, I know my main workouts are where I get the most bang if not the most enjoyment. The problem occurs when I don't do my main workout, then I get bummed because I don't get to do my fun workout, so I do nothing! Sometimes this nothing can last two or three days and that has got to stop!

I need to make it okay in my mind to miss a main workout or do two fun workouts in a row and not feel guilty about it. I'm very close to my goal weight and even if I don't lose another pound, I have to admit I look great! Having said that, I do want to tone up more and know that strength training is where it's at for me right now and not the cardio, which is my favorite thing to do.

So, how can I fix this? I'm writing this now because I'm playing Walk it Out this morning darn it, and I don't want to feel bad that I didn't do my TurboFire yesterday. I'm wondering how others feel about my reward system; should I just do away with it all together or is there another method that would keep me on track? Curious minds and all.....

Thanks for the look-see and talk to you soon! DC

  
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MINIUM 8/25/2011 2:06PM

    I find it difficult to find a reward system that works for me too. It must not be related to food (or healthy and expensive fruits and veggies maybe) and must not take a lot of room because we live in a flat in Paris (and it's already crowded). So I've been thinking of rewarding myself with hammam, spa, massages, manucures and so on... What do you think? Have you found a new system since you posted your blog?


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DMAHONE1 7/31/2011 9:36PM

    Hi DC,
I use a system that really appeals to my inner kiddie: gold star stickers! (Go ahead and snicker, I know it sounds silly but it works.) I stuck a calendar on my fridge and for every 15 minutes of (any) exercise I get a gold star. I also am allowed 1-2 days of rest each week. (Depends on how hard the workouts have been.) Hey, EVERYONE is entitled to at least one day of rest p/week, right? Some days I manage only 1 star. I've had up to 6 stars in one day. Doesn't matter. I just want to "get on the calendar" most days. (On a rest day I actually write "rest" in the square. I've earned it.)

This calendar creates a tangible and highly visable/visual reminder of my goals and progress.

Now, here's the really REALLY fun part... I pay my inner kiddie a quarter (25 cents) for every gold star! This month we got $17.25. The only rule I have is that the money cannot be spent on food-stuff. (I'll be buying yarn for my autumn crocheting projects.)

This works for me. Love peeling and sticking another gold star on the calendar. Maybe it'll give you ideas for what might work for you. emoticon

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DEECEEWIS 7/31/2011 4:08PM

    Hey - I just read this post back and want to say I hope my "I look great" comment didn't grate on anyone or be taken the wrong way. I try to be totally positive about everything, and when I tell myself I look great, I FEEL great, so that's all I meant by that. Please don't think I'm an egomaniac - far from it - but I do believe in the power of positive thinking. Now when I remove all the guilt I feel out of the way, I'm going to be awesome! HaHaHaHa.....Happy Sunday everyone and let's have a super week. DC

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TRUKELEO 7/31/2011 2:13PM

    Okay...

1. You ARE working out when you use WIO. So...no guilt there.

2. What you have done has worked for you so far...BUT aren't you now heading toward maintenance? Maybe this "step down" is exactly what you need so it will become a lifestyle instead of a means to an end?

I have been using WIO all summer (BUT EATING LIKE A CRAZY WOMAN) and therfore haven't lost any weight. I KNOW I have to back off the eating if I want to see results in my waist. However,I wore capris the other day and my husband surprised me by telling me how TONED my calves were. Wow..that made a light bulb go off, you know?

I just want to say..I follow your blog and am really INSPIRED by your dedication and positive attitude:)

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JENNB149 7/31/2011 12:44PM

    "I'm very close to my goal weight and even if I don't lose another pound, I have to admit I look great!" emoticon

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Unsupportive Spouses / Significant Others

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hello all - I've been busy working out, but haven't tracked the workouts yet, so maybe next blog I'll have some stats to look at. I just read a post by someone who said their husband laughs at her efforts to get in shape and it made me so upset! I will never understand how the people who love us the most can be the least supportive. In the interest of not repeating myself (and hopefully this isn't breaching some kind of netiquette rule I don't know about), here's my response to a fellow Sparker; please be encouraging whenever you can - it might make the difference between someone giving up or pushing forward! DC

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Posted today in a Spark Team forum:

Hello all - hubby won't be laughing when you're super fit! It's good that you're trying new things - the elliptical wasn't my thing either, but keep trying. Maybe you'd enjoy some Leslie Sansone or another workout dvd. It is hard in the beginning, but the weight is going to come off - don't give up!

After not working out at all yesterday, today I did my TurboFire Fire45 workout - whew! Love those Chalene Johnson workouts! The rush I get after finishing one is wonderful - and I can hardly wait to do another one.

I bought a new water belt and am looking forward to using it soon - hopefully the weather will cooperate and let me get outside - if not, my treadmill has been looking at me crazy since I haven't used it in a few days lol.....gonna fix that soon too.

Have a great day everyone - the weekend is sooooo close! DC emoticon

  
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TRUKELEO 7/28/2011 8:58AM

    It can be so discouraging if you focus on what others think. I think we need to do it for ourselves. I know that sounds selfish, but you just have to get this mindset, you know?

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2BEEFIT 7/27/2011 10:39AM

    YEP...I have been down the same road. No one really believes I will get fit.

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HEIDIB2935 7/26/2011 10:24PM

    It is certainly harder without spouse/significant other support, but in the end, we all need to do this for ourselves.

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Theme for the Week: Exercise Variety!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hello all - I haven't seen you since last Friday, but I've been working out a bunch! My theme for today is "variety". It's so dangerous for me to get bored with a workout and not have an alternative ready that I have a bunch of workout gear - Bosu, stability ball, a nice (and growing!) workout dvd library, treadmill, Trek bike, Wii with Balance Board (I want the Kinect though - how cool is that thing?!) - you get the picture right? Variety!

I'm motivated by a lot of things- having gadgets, tracking my fitness stats (calories burned, heart rate, step count and pace, etc.), and how my body is responding, but more than anything else - you know it - I need variety! And this past week was killer! Check me out:

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Saturday, July 9 - Bike Ride (went to a new park - didnít ride much but it was fun!)
BodyBugg:
112 cal burned
5.2 cal burned per min (highest rate)

Heart rate monitor:
23 min / 123 cal
107 avg heart rate / 149 max heart rate (84% of my max heart rate)

Bike speedometer:
3.03 miles
17.2 mph max speed

Saturday, July 9 - Walk at Lake
BodyBugg:
370 cal burned
6.4 cal burned per min (highest rate)
6096 steps
1hr 8mn of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
1:06:55 / 400 cal
112 avg heart rate / 145 max heart rate (82% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer (didn't wear urghh)

Monday, July 11 - TurboFire Fire30
BodyBugg:
376 cal burned / 8.5 cal per min
10.0 cal burned per min (highest rate)
4544 steps
43min moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
42min 33sec / 300 cal
128 avg heart rate / 212 max heart rate (must be an error)

Tuesday, July 12 - walk during my lunch hour
BodyBugg:
154 cal burned / 5.9 cal per min
2887 steps
25min moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
23:49 min / 130 cal
108 avg heart rate / 144 max heart rate (81% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
1.46 miles
81 cal
3.67 mph / 129 steps per min / 3089 steps

Tuesday, July 12 - TurboFire HiiT 15
127 cal burned / 7.4 cal per min
9.0 cal burned per min (highest rate)
1463 steps
17min moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
16min 25sec / 112 cal
120 avg heart rate / 147 max heart rate ( 83% of my max heart rate)

Wednesday, July 13 - walk during my lunch hour
BodyBugg:
253 cal burned
6.3 cal burned per min (at the end of my walk)
4679 steps
38min of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
37:49 min / 288 cal
127 avg heart rate / 156 max heart rate (88% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
2.33 miles
129 calories
3.71 mph / 130 steps per min / 4925 steps

Wednesday, July 13 - Shrink Your Female Fat Zones DVD (Denise Austin)
BodyBugg:
148 cal burned
3.5 cal burned per min (at the end of Workout)
423 steps
17min of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
19:15 min / 125 cal
117 avg heart rate / 144 max heart rate (81% of my max heart rate)

Wednesday, July 13 - Wii Walk it Out
BodyBugg:
422 cal burned
6.1 cal burned per min (at the end of my walk)
9532 steps
1hr moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
1hr 6 min / 274 cal
97 avg heart rate / 115 max heart rate (65% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
4.50 miles
4.56 mph / 160 steps per min / 9506 steps

Wii Walk it Out Stat Manager:
3.3 miles
256.3 cal
10,779 steps
8320 perfects (one point for each step that I was in exact time with the music)

Thursday, July 14 - TurboFire Fire30
BodyBugg:
353 cal burned / 8.2 cal per min
10.0 cal burned per min (highest rate)
4463 steps
41min moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
42min 38sec / 330 cal
128 avg heart rate / 157 max heart rate (89% of my max heart rate)

Friday, July 15 - Walk during my lunch hour
Heart rate monitor:
26:37 min / 153 cal
112 avg heart rate / 134 max heart rate (68% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
1.54 miles
85 cal
3.57 mph / 126 steps per minute / 3259 steps

Friday, July 15 - TurboFire Fire55
BodyBugg:
587 cal burned / 8.0 cal per minute
10.0 cal burned per minute (highest rate)
7914 steps
1hr 10min moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
1hr 11min 09sec / 520 cal
124 avg heart rate / 148 max heart rate (84% of my max heart rate)

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What I love about my workouts this week is all the different ways I got exercise while doing my core workout (TurboFire right now). I also like the consistent approach I've taken to tracking the results. It's really gratifying to look back at this information and know why you can see your abs a little more or watch your bodyfat decrease. Motivates me.

Now, Iíd be on something if I could just get the same thing going tracking my food! Even though I eat pretty clean most of the time, I still think it's important to track what I eat. Sometimes Iím not getting enough and others I might be eating too much, so it's best to be sure! Tracking what I eat has gotten smacked around since I stopped doing Nutrisystem and have had to rely on my own cooking - hopefully I can turn things around soon and get back to weighing and tracking everything I eat, no matter what it is.

An idea I've been kicking around to get me back on the food tracking track :) is to get a bigger magnetic white board - I have one now, but it's not big enough to keep more than a day or two's food intake - I want a huge board that's big enough for me to do a lot of writing and calculating weights, etc., and that can hold at least five day's food intake - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and anything else I eat. Did someone say shopping trip?! HaHaHaHa

See, there are so many benefits to working out! Getting in shape allows me to indulge a bunch of things that make me happy and make me tick. My wish is that everyone can find something healthy that encourages them and makes them feel good - how awesome would that be?! Take care and thanks for listening! DC

  
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MINIUM 8/25/2011 2:10PM

    Now that is impressive! Way to go!
Have you bought that new magnetic board yet? How is it going?

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Lots of Exercise - Feelin' Good !

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Hello all - it's been a busy couple of days for me, but I'm glad to report that my workouts haven't suffered too much for it. Since I was last here, I've done a couple different workouts, and that makes me happy because I need variety to keep me interested.

I may have mentioned what a gadget and stat freak I am, and since I find it so interesting, posted below are the numbers from my workouts since the last time we talked (I think of this as a conversation with someone - not sure who). My thinking is some folks will find it interesting to compare my numbers against theirs, and some people may not know what kind of calories they're burning during their workouts and reading mine might give them a idea. There's a third possibility - and that is that I'm a weirdo for capturing all this data in the first place! lol...oh well - it's too late for me to change now. Check me out

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Wednesday, July 6 - walk during my lunch hour
BodyBugg:
170 calories burned
5.4 calories burned per minute (at the end of my walk)
3199 steps
25mn of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
25:59 minutes / 178 calories
121 avg heart rate / 151 max heart rate (85% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
1.51 miles
3.62 mph / 127 steps per minute / 3203 steps

Wednesday, July 6 - TurboFire Fire30
BodyBugg:
335 calories burned
7.6 calories burned per minute (at the end of my workout)
4417 steps
42mn of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
42:33 minutes / 275 calories
116 avg heart rate / 172 max heart rate (97% of my max heart rate)


Thursday - no workouts emoticon


Friday, July 8 - walk during my lunch hour (same route as Wed minus a small leg)
BodyBugg:
158 calories burned
5.4 calories burned per minute (at the end of my walk)
2634 steps
26mn of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
23:21 minutes / 153 calories
117 avg heart rate / 147 max heart rate (83% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
1.39 miles
3.70 mph / 130 steps per minute / 2942 steps


Friday, July 8 - TurboFire Hiit 15
BodyBugg:
141 calories burned
7.8 calories burned per minute (at the end of my workout)
1663 steps
16mn of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
17:54 minutes / 126 calories
122 avg heart rate / 149 max heart rate (84% of my max heart rate)


Friday, July 8 - Wii Walk it Out
BodyBugg:
577 calories burned
5.9 calories burned per minute (at the end of my walk)
12460 steps
1hr 29mn of moderate activity

Heart rate monitor:
1hr 36 minutes / 261 calories
86 avg heart rate / 110 max heart rate (62% of my max heart rate)

Pedometer:
4.97 miles
4.17 mph / 147 steps per minute / 10500 steps

Wii Walk it Out Stat Manager:
4.6 miles
384.1 calories
15,522 steps
10,518 perfects (one point for each step that I was in exact time with the music)

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That's all for now but what jumps out at me is that based on the info from my heart rate monitor, I'm consistently working out at right around 80-85% of my max heart rate, and as my body adjusts to the intensity of the workouts, sooner rather than later I'm going to stop seeing results if I don't kick it up a notch. Boooooo!!!

That's basically what I use this info for, to get a picture of what my body is really doing. I also notice that I use my arms quite a bit when I'm playing Walk it Out, and the BodyBugg captures that movement, but the game, pedometer, and heart rate monitor don't. That's why I believe the BodyBugg is the more accurate device and I use its numbers to gauge my progress.

Anyway - enough for one night (or two right?!). I have BodyBugg screenshots, but until I figure out how to make them viewable, I'm going to hold off posting them. Maybe there's another set of folks that like pictures emoticon

Have a great weekend and thanks for listening! DC emoticon

  
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DEECEEWIS 7/10/2011 9:15PM

    hiya MistyBlue & Anelakanoa - Misty - I LOVE TurboFire! I started a couple weeks ago and you can't beat the calorie burn, not to mention it's so much fun. I also have Supreme 90 Day, which is a P90X imitator, and I think I'm really going to like it. Supreme 90 uses a stability ball for a lot of the workouts and I love my stability ball. So, between all my workout dvds, walking and my treadmill I'm in business! Thanks for asking and have a great week! DC emoticon

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MISTYBLUE716 7/10/2011 5:13PM

    emoticon how do you like turbofire???

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ANELAKANOA 7/9/2011 7:47AM

  WOW can you rub some of that exercise vibe this way??? lol You are killing it!! emoticon emoticon

Angie

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