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Doing yoga and loving it

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This is doubly thrilling because I usually hate exercise. Well, okay, that's not entirely true, I don't hate exercise. I hate getting on a treadmill or any other repetitive sort of routine. Hmm. So does that mean at some point I will get bored with yoga? Not sure, but it's something to be aware of. Hopefully I can just change up the routine and that will keep my interest. But at this point, probably because it's new to me, I'm really enjoying it.

I am also enjoying the feeling of taking care of myself. That should be enough alone, right? But after just the first session I notice it relieves a lot of the stress in my neck and shoulders from sitting at a computer all day. I haven't taken any ibuprofen in days. Hurray.

So, I've made two 15-min yoga sessions as SparkStreaks. Let's see how long I can keep it up!

  
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DIANEPW3 5/2/2013 2:28PM

    Way to go!

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MJS1960 5/1/2013 5:54PM

    I am glad you found exercise you enjoy! emoticon

I also like the pictures on your page. It look like you have taken some wonderful hikes!
I hope you get a chance to get back out there soon. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 5/1/2013 5:46PM

    I'd be bored with a treadmill too. But I've been doing yoga for almost a year now, and I never get bored with it, because I'm always being challenged and always seeing improvements.

Its good to switch things up. In addition to yoga, I look for other workouts that I enjoy. I sometimes do cardio kickboxing, or kettlebell, and just recently I started doing a cardio workout with stability ball.

Good luck with your yoga streak!

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Another lightbult moment?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Reading Moonbird's blog this morning, which I highly recommend if you haven't read it already, what I realized when looking at the dramatic before and after face pix, that I have always had a disconnect of what I look like in reality and in my head. I look at pix of myself in my 30s when I thought I was fat and I would love to be that size now. I look at myself now and I know I'm overweight, actually closing in on pre-birth weight of any of my children (cringe) and I honestly don't feel that heavy.

I took measurements this morning, but more than that, I need to take pix. I know it's an old tried-and-true strategy, and I've always tried to steer clear of the tried-and-true (just the rebel in me, I guess), but there's a reason it's tried-and-true, it works!

Project for today: Find an outfit for before and afters and take pix!

  
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GRAMMY_22 4/26/2013 5:55PM

    To me measurements are the biggest sense of how I'm doing. It's really cool to be able to see your progress that way. I have been overweight since high school. I would love to be the weight I was back in my 30's!!! Starting point pictures work great too especially if you keep a running record of pictures so that you can actually see how much you've lost that way.

I hope that you have a great weekend!!!

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ONTHEPATH2 4/26/2013 3:18PM

    Yep, those visuals do it! I didn't want to take a before pic - I want to hide all those before pics! So, I let go of the shame and guilt and took the before pics (ugh). Now I am trying to stay focused so I can post some after pics!!!

Not to mention I kept the before pic on my phone and when I go out to eat, I sneak out my phone, bring up the pic to remind myself of where I am and where I want to be. Makes it easier to order those healthy choices when I know it is indeed a choice. Then again, there are those times I purposely ignore the pic and order something crazy. We are human!

Would love to see your before pics..... and celebrate your after pics too!!! emoticon

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Two birds one stone?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Well, I finally got fed up with the clutter in my bedroom and decided yesterday was the day to clear away the dust from the top of the dresser and the corners of the room. As usual, that turned into cleaning windows and floors and relocating a book shelf. Not only am I enjoying the lack of clutter and dust, the scale dropped a couple of pounds since my last weigh-in. WooHoo!

Lessons learned: Glad I didn't succumb to the momentary thought of throwing in the towel and opening that bottle of wine, something I gave up on the 1st of the month. Reminder that movement, ANY movement is exercise, even if it's walking back and forth between the bedroom and the kitchen countless times for brooms and mops and dustpans!

Looking for my next cleaning project!

  
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DEBORAH2180 4/26/2013 10:13AM

    I did a moderately major cleaning of my kitchen and my bedroom. I still have more to go with my closet. Twice a year I swap out my winter and summer clothes. I so wish we had bigger closets!

Congrats on your cleaning project to free up the clutter and to your weight loss!

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GRAMMY_22 4/25/2013 4:15PM

    Congrats on your weight loss and tackling your bedroom ... you want to come and tackle mine ... lol

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Watch out for the banana peels

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Inevitable, I know. To err is human? I am very human.

It had been a terrific 10-day run. I had kicked the sugar cravings pretty easily and I think was feeling overconfident and not checking myself. Wednesday evening I was feeling very relaxed after a lovely evening with husband and became suddenly ravenous. There was trail mix involved. Finally, this morning, I'm back to pre-slip weight. Phew!

Lesson learned. Be prepared.

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AZMOMXTWO 4/13/2013 1:01PM

  we all slip and we all feel bad but not all of us learn from it

keep moving forward you can do it

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MAMISHELI53 4/13/2013 1:00PM

    It's a process. You may take a step back - but you take two forward.

As my fellow-sparker DD and I have begun to incorporate more vegetables - a more vegetarian, though not vegan diet - we find our cravings change. In the grocery store, instead of going for chocolates, we grab stuff like BRUSSELS SPROUTS! emoticon

Blessings on this journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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The things you notice when you pay attention

Friday, April 05, 2013

So I get on the scale this morning -- yes, I know I shouldn't focus on the number but I still need that affirmation that I'm going in the right direction, particularly at the beginning when visions of sugar plums are dancing in my head, but I digress. I am down 3 pounds since Monday, half of it yesterday. Hmm, interesting. Went back and looked at my food for yesterday and yep, the majority of my calorie intake was before sundown. emoticon

What's that saying, Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Great idea and new protocol. Where's the bacon?!

  
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GGCHET 4/5/2013 12:06PM

    Wonder why they continue to tell us it doesn't matter, that it is total calories!
I have always felt better to finish early as well!

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