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day 1 ... starting anew

Sunday, September 23, 2012

i have been sick for three weeks.
the first 8 days i had a fever ..upper respiratory infection....that wasn't going away on antibiotics ... and then it did ... til i got another fever ... ear infection (so immature!) ..... and then just when i started to feel a bit better, my youngest got very ill .... so i wasn't doing more than walking my dog for exercise .....

i still have a cough ... and i'm pretty run down ... but i ran today ... two and a half mile walk/jog in 35 minutes ... good to do it ... not as good as i've been doing ... i'm wondering how long it will take me to work back up to where i was ....

i didn't gain weight though ... i'm proud that with little to no exercise that i didn't gain .... but i'm way behind now in goals ...

so ...i'm a little discouraged at my setback ... and a little optimistic that i get a fresh start ...that my learning curve won't be as steep as i get going this time .....

today is day 1 in what i plan to be a very long exercise streak.

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2BEABETTERME 9/24/2012 7:42AM

    Glad you are on the mend! You will get back at it and feel great. I have been a huge slacker the last several weeks. I am surprised every time, despite lengthy breaks in exercise, I can get back close to where I was. You CAN do it!

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CLEENBEEN 9/23/2012 4:25PM

    As a bit of encouragement, I had joined a group about 6 months ago where we started walking 2 miles each morning with working the stations on the second mile. The first day was tough but the next day was unbelievably easier.

Then my partner started some college courses and dropped out on me. I wasn't strong enough to stay motivated myself yet :(

Anyway, about a month ago a friend of ours who is a personal trainer came into town and took us out to the same park. I was amazed; after being out of the routine for about 4 months it was still easier then that very first time.

You can do it and you will be back up to snuff in no time! I just pray that because you didn't gain weight you don't lose your steam and intensity.

Keep going and I am so inspired by your story because it reminded me of my story which has given me motivation to get back on the track.

Thank you!

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RAPUNZEL53 9/23/2012 4:10PM

  Good Luck! You will be back to speed soon! I am glad you are feeling better!

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still going ...

Friday, August 24, 2012

after a summer of vacationy feeling with my children, i am behind on my weight loss .... my weight is no longer below the line on my graph of where i'm supposed to be ... it's a bit above ... but i'm ok with that ... because, though my weight loss seems to have stalled out a bit (i hate the word plateau now) i am rocking the exercise ... i have a plan and motivation and a well used gym membership and a need for a new pair of running shoes ... wow... i've worn out some running shoes! so, though the weight loss is slow going, i can still feel my shape changing (for the better!) ... i feel strong ... i don't feel fast so much, but i do feel like my endurance is picking up for sure ....

i've done cardio more than 40 days in a row .... i mostly run ... i have longer run days ( i've worked up to ALMOST/not quite five miles) and i do shorter days (2.2 miles is my favorite loop) ... and i mix it up ... days i do shorter and try to go faster ... days where i plod it out and go as far and as long as i can ... days i just think about distance ... days i just work on speed .... and then, on my days off from running, i do the elliptical ... because it seems easy and happy and i read while i'm doing it ... i did 45 minutes on the elliptical this morning at the gym .... when i first started this journey, i was SO very proud to do 20 minutes of reading on the elliptical ... and now i experiment with intervals and fat burner and cardio and hill settings ... all while in my happy reading place ...

then, there's my strength training ... kinda my bugaboo ... i just don't love it ... january to may i went to a trainer once a week .... and liked it/her well enough .... but for summer, with the kids home, i stopped going .... i kept up with cardio ... and did some spark videos ... followed all the way through on spring into shape videos .... but never loved it ... just did it .... but now, i think i have it figured out ... i'm not a video girl! such an odd revelation ...

i found (while on pinterest) a prevention magazine workout .... 14 days to lose a dress size i think it is called ... now, i'm not into promises like that ... i don't buy in ... but i read through it and the exercises seemed hard enough and seemed to cover most everything ... so i've been doing it ... almost two weeks now ... and i think i'm going to keep doing them ... no videos, just a print out ... i do them in front of the tv usually ... i like that list ... i like my pace ... i don't like pacing with a video where i'm slower in some bits, faster in some bits, or want to do more in some bits .... today the reason i'm proud (and blogging about it) is that i did my day 2 workout twice ... it felt good ... i did it again.... that's a first .... instead of begrudgingly working through the exercises, i liked it. i liked how it made me feel. i liked that i felt strong. i liked it enough to want to do it again ... 30 minutes of strength training instead of 15 ... and all that after 45 minutes of the elliptical ... yay yay yay ....

so i've not been losing weight at quite the clip i want ... but i'm ok with it .. cause i'm working hard, living right, eating right, feeling happy .... and i'm certain that a blip of a plateau isn't really going to slow me down .... i can do this.


half way

Friday, July 27, 2012

i started the year with a vague "i'm going to lose weight" .... i exercised more, i joined a gym, i started eating even more fruits and veggies .... and i lost about five pounds .... it took about a month ... and then i lost nothing .. even though i told myself i was still trying .... so .. by march, i was searching and figuring and had LUCKILY bought a spark people book on my kindle just cause i found it on a kindle list ... and there ya go ... i found spark people dot com and slowly and steadily figured it out ... in the first couple days of joining i decided, and put in print on my spark page, that i was going to lose 40 pounds .... it seemed absurd and unlikely at the time ... but, i'm an optimist and decided there's no harm in trying.

and it is working.
that's worth saying again.
spark people dot com is working for me ....
not even counting the five pounds i lost this year before i joined spark people, i have lost 20 pounds. i have lost 20 of the declared 40. you don't even have to be an optimist to know that's a totally cool thing.
i'm not doing it fast.
i'm not great at tracking my food ... i eat mnm's regularly, just two or three, and never log them .... i keep cinnamon candies in my car and i don't log them either.

but, i do have something working in my favor ... i LOVE to exercise ... that's made it easier for sure ... and it counter balances the chocolate chip cookies...
but spark people has helped me figure out exercise ... i have totally amped it up ... i play a lot of tennis, have run in my first 5k in 25 years (first i had to train up to that), i adore the elliptical and never would have tried it prior to the spark, and i can do push ups now ... and all sorts of things that i've built up to using the spark exercise videos ...
i try to exercise every day ... that's so spark people doing that for me ... i rest by alternating hard days and easy days ... easy days are 30 minutes on the elliptical ... yesterday was a hard day .. i jogged three and a half miles in the morning and played two and a half hours of tennis in the evening ....
today i did 15 extra minutes on my easy ellip day just so i could finish my book ... yay!45 minutes and i get to start a new book ....

so, the eating thing, i'm muddling through .... eating more mindfully ... even if it is sometimes mindfully eating a cookie ..... and i'm rocking out the excercise .... i'm proud of how far i've come ..... and ... i've lost 20 pounds.....

20 more to go ... no problem.....
pass me a cookie ... wait ... make it just half a cookie.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/8/2012 4:24PM

    You go girl!!


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A-NEW-TARA 7/28/2012 12:24AM

    You're doing emoticon! Keep it up!

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    Great job! That's really impressive!


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2BEABETTERME 7/27/2012 9:02PM

    Life is meant to be lived and sometimes that means eating a cookie...or two. I actually love the Kashi cookies (I log them). One with milk satisfies my cookie craving. I also eat a few semi-sweet chocolate chips nearly everyday, and I don't log them. But, I bet you are like me and are mindful of the calories and stay in range anyhow. That is the beauty of spark and getting healthy, being mindful and aware and making better (not perfect) choices. I have learned it isn't all or nothing. And, everything in moderation.

Keep up the great work!
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LOOKINGUP2012 7/27/2012 7:42PM

    Wow! You sure are getting the fitness minutes in today! emoticon

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BALLOUZOO 7/27/2012 7:36PM

    emoticonon your progress so far!

Yay you!!

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wooooooohooooo on the 4th of july.....

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

i did it.
happy fourth of july!
i ran a 5k.
i hadn't run one in 25 years.
my goal was better than 40 minutes and i did it in 38 ... i was hoping i could do 12 minute miles but i did them in 12.30ish .....
so there's my time to beat for my next one ....

the best part is that my whole family did it with me ...
husband: 24 minutes
older daughter:36min.
son:37 min
little girl: 44

yay yay yay

and ...
i jogged the whole entire way ... every single solitary step ... never walked .....
that made me double happy ...


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TEENY_BIKINI 7/21/2012 9:29PM


You rock!!!

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2BEABETTERME 7/4/2012 11:28PM

    Impressive! I hope to jog a whole one yet this year.

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LALMEIDA 7/4/2012 4:20PM

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Happy 4th

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looks ...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

my clothes aren't fitting well any more ... every thing is a little too big .. but i'm still wearing it .... i am at a 16 pound weight loss for the year and 13 since early march when i started the spark .... i'm not willing to buy new clothes yet when i know i'm going to keep getting smaller ... yay ... i like that i KNOW i will ... really, there's no doubt in my mind ... i wonder if the risk now is over confidence ....

when i look at myself, i don't seem to be shrinking ... but measurements, clothes fit, and PEOPLE say otherwise .... i played in a tennis round robin and a few friends and acquaintances said i looked like i'd lost weight ... so at least someone can tell just by looking at me, right?

so it looks like i've lost weight ...
it looks like i'm going to lose some more ...
and it looks like i have new clothes in my future ... the question there is how long can i put it off!

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HSMAMAOF2 5/17/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon That is awesome! I know how you feel about buying clothes since you will be losing more, but you should reward yourself! Even if it's just one new outfit! I agree with the others about the thrift stores, you can get some great deals!

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2BEABETTERME 5/17/2012 9:28PM

    I buy a few inexpensive things along the way, it keeps me motivated. I have bought from the Good Will in the past. But, lately, I have been finding really good deals at Kohls that will last me through the summer. I also am willing to have the things I really love tailored when the time comes.

Congrats on the weight loss and inches gone!
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MDWSTRNR 5/17/2012 9:27PM

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(And i second CHACHAOREO's idea about thrift shops. Goodwill is my favorite place to buy clothes!)

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CHACHAOREO 5/17/2012 8:00PM

    I feel the same way-- why spend money on new clothes when "I AM" going to lose more weight. So I shop for smaller sizes at the Salvation Army Store in my city. I love it. Every Wednesday is 1/2 price day on certain colored price tags. I buy something different every week and I usually don't pay more than $3.00 and when it's too big--I can donate it back or give it to someone else who's losing weight!!

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LEITEIT 5/17/2012 7:27PM

    I lost 7kg and nobody has noticed yet!! Not nice at all, cause it is a reaction very motivating.. Hope I hear it soon enough and I believe if you hear it a lot, it means you are doing something very right! Keepmup the good work!L

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