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Sparkly People, I really NEED your help

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hi there!

I've been absent-ish, again. I do this. I go into SP-hiding when I don't get my exercising done. *embarrased*

Last week I worked out Monday. and that was it.

This week I'm starting today.

On and on it goes.

Spark Peeps, I've been doing this now for a year and a half and I'm not getting anywhere. I've been very discouraged lately. Trying not to beat myself up, because I know, its LIFE, but good grief! Two Years!! I still can focus on my POSITIVES:
--I drink water now... --I lost one inch in my waist... -- My grey pants fit... -- I have a gym membership... -- I am less stressed.... and those are great, but they aren't the main goal. The main goal is to lose these 15 pounds so that my BMI declares me "healthy."

I've discovered recently that my eating habits are similar to my Dad's... which are terrible. I tend to do the same things that drive me crazy in him. Eating too fast. Eating too much and not stopping. I'm trying hard to work on these.

I've wondered if I need to go join Weight Watchers so there's accountability.... but I could have that here, WITH YOUR HELP.

I'm going to start Wednesday weekly weigh-in posts on my blog. I AM. And I want you guys to INSIST that I do them. Would you? Every Wednesday, if you are my friend, would you come to my page and say, "WHERE ARE YOUR NUMBERS?" Maybe that is the kick in the pants I need. So this starts tomorrow!!!

Or, if there's a great team you're on that has a weigh-in, please tell me in the comments. In fact, HIT ME: give me your favorite tips and tricks in the comments, would you?

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BRIDGIEEE 6/20/2012 10:57AM

    My suggestion would be to join a challenge team so that way you are held accountable for your workouts and weigh-ins. The two I'm on (Biggest Loser & 5% Summer Challenge) both just started but there will be sign ups again in the fall, if you're interested. If you go to the Spark Teams page there is a section for "challenges" and you might find one that you can join right now. It definitely helps me!

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MOSTMOM1 6/20/2012 10:43AM

    Can you do something to make it fun? How about starting a little streak? See if you can go five days in a row with at least ten minutes of exercise. It's a start and sometimes that's all it takes.

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TAYLORAT 6/19/2012 9:31AM

    I started weighing in every Friday morning. I enter that number on this site, whatever the number is...water gain, whatever. I actually weigh myself every day. I do this to reward myself or to back off eating and exercise more...depending on which way the scale is moving. I bloat up after the weekend because I don't "diet" on those days. That is why I weigh in on Friday. I keep a strict diet throughout the week, which is easy for me b/c I have to focus at work. That has been working for me. I did have a week recently where I actually gained (Memorial Day weekend). However, slow and steady by being accountable most days has worked for me. But, I have been very disciplined on my "diet" days and I go very low calorie, as close to 1200 as I can. Sometimes, I eat 1700 or 1800, but I strive for 1200. Hope this is helpful.

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Weekend workouts

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I did manage to workout both Saturday and Sunday!
Hiked with my daughter a little on Saturday, and took a walk around my hilly neighborhood Sunday.

I'm in Week 2 of the Spr into Sum Challenge; trying really hard to do SOMETHING every day and grateful for Coach Nicole's 10-minute videos!

I haven't given up on the C25K. It's been about 6 months since I started it, and I'm still in Week 6. LOL. I just haven't had time. And I know that's an excuse, but I'm really anxious to start it back up once the kids are in summer camps and my lunch breaks aren't so crazy. I need to find a 5K for this fall and SIGN UP. That's the next plan of action to kick me back into gear.

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MOSTMOM1 6/18/2012 10:49PM

    Just checking in to see how you're doing!

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/22/2012 12:29PM

    Good job on the weekend workouts!

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Spring into Shape Bootcamp

Friday, May 18, 2012

I joined the Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge this week. So far I've stuck to it -- done my 10-minute video every day, and managed to do cardio as well. (Except Wednesday, but I'm making it one of my 2 Off days.)

I've had a great week mentally. That sounds weird, doesn't it...? What I mean is, this week was quite stressful with things to get done and places to be (mostly for the kids' schools winding up for the last 2 weeks), and of course my job is *regularly* annoying. Despite all that, I managed to keep a healthy, positive outlook. This is not easy for me; I've really had to work at it. Being mindful that the moment I'm in right now is GOOD; that my job is for the GOOD of my family, and it isn't the most important thing in the grand scheme; that the people I come in contact with deserve my BEST kindness... it's hard to explain, but mindfulness has been a great friend to me this week.

Check out zenhabits.net, if you don't know about it. It's one of my favorites.

Anyway, that's where I am. Haven't been reading blogs here on SP to try and maximize my time. Miss you all! Here's to an awesome weekend (TWO WORKOUT DAYS - can I do it??) Wish me luck!

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/18/2012 8:33AM

    Sounds like you are in a great place!!!

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Hello, Sparkpeeps!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Just had a lovely 2-drink lunch on the company dime! We enjoyed "Skinny Citrus Coolers" and fish tacos al fresco. I only had one-point-five drinks, BTW. Not the most calorie-friendly lunch but it could have been worse, and there's definitely something to be said for a morale-booster with your team.


Now I'm unsure I'll get ANYTHING done this afternoon! LOL!

V8 and pickles for dinner tonight, that's for sure. (Kidding, kidding. A nice salad ought to do the trick. )

My week is going okay, calorie-wise, and I think I can even stay in-range today if I work at it. Slightly worried about getting in my workouts the rest of the week/wknd because my parents are coming to stay with us for the next 4-5 days. It's always crowded and busy with them here, not that I would trade it. I'm so glad they are able to visit frequently and I know the kids love it.

Ten Minutes, right? Just aim for ten minutes....

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STARWARSFAN2 5/2/2012 9:41PM

    I'm with BESCATS: take a walk with the folks. Have fun!

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LUVS2BIKE101 5/2/2012 7:21PM

    Enjoy your visit with your parents. What a gift!

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BESCATS 5/2/2012 2:33PM

    Only 2 on the company dime?? LOL We all are entitled to cheat once-in-awhile. You can easily get back on track. Get your Mom & Dad involved & go for a walk to keep up with your exercise !! Good luck & have a good time. emoticon

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NSV! and Qs about diet drinks

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just trying to keep myself accountable by blogging every day. I made up for Wednesday with two workouts yesterday, 1 cardio and 1 strength. And I ate below my range yesterday, around 1300 cals, to average my week. We'll see.

I need to workout today AND Sat and Sun in order to truthfully say I had a good week, but I think I can do it.

One good bit of news: I measured myself this morning. Have lost an inch in my waist since last measurement in January! Have lost .5 inch on my arm! .75 inch on my thigh! Seem to have gained an inch on my hips but I'm not worried about that one -- the losses are nice to see. emoticon

By the way, does anyone reading this drink diet soda? I haven't had the full-sugar versions in YEARS, but every few days (sometimes every day) I do like a cold Coke Zero or a Diet Coke or DP. I've felt like it's a safe "treat." Recently I was reading that even diet sodas can make you crave more sugar and processed food so it's best to avoid them, too... what if giving up diet cokes was the key to success? I suppose it's possible.... so I've been skipping them lately. Maybe I can get it down to one a week and do unsweet tea and water instead (and my crystal lite... but is that causing the same problem as diet drinks)...? Would love to hear what you think.

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ELISOS 4/29/2012 9:06PM


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HEAT7918 4/27/2012 9:01AM

    Congrats on your NSV!

I haven't had a soda yet in 2012. I never used to drink them every day though and when I did, it wasn't the diet kind anyway. I've read enough articles about diet drinks that I think those studies are probably right.

I'm lucky that I LOVE water with no added flavors so it hasn't been too difficult for me.

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ANKLLOYD 4/27/2012 8:25AM

    Way to go on the inches loss! That is wonderful! Yeah, the article on sodas. I pretty much have cut all of that out of my diet and it has worked out. I really would like to have another one but just won't do it. I haven't had a diet coke in probably 3-4 weeks now.

Have a great weekend and keep up the great work!!! You are doing it!

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SANDRAREGINA 4/27/2012 8:21AM

    I think the key to diet soft drinks is 'moderation'. I have one or two occasionally - usually on the weekend - while during the work week I drink water or tea (unsweetened). I have noticed that if I drink a lot of diet coke it throws me off and I don't feel as good as when I stick to water and tea, so that is motivation to make it an occasional treat.

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MOSTMOM1 4/27/2012 8:02AM

    Way to go on the inches! That's fantastic!
I'll have a Coke Zero or something like that every once in a while, but not like I used to. Seems like plain water is all I ever want to drink anymore, like, that's what I actually WANT to drink. I gave up Crystal Light. I know this sounds weird, but it always seemed to make me even thirstier. I don't know if that was just in my head or what, but that's the way it seemed. Strange.

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