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moving is the key!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

When I decided to get fit, I bought the Wii with the Wii Fit. This made working out fun, not work. I know some people say it isn't a real workout. I guess it depends on which programs you do. For someone who didn't do ANYTHING just moving was a good start! I've bought most of the exercise programs that are available for the Wii and I like some more than others. I think the EA Active Sports is my favorite - it gives you a workout, but it is fun. My Fitness Coach is possibly more effective, but it is mostly just work, not a game. I know I was losing weight at a better rate when I was using MFC.

I also use the Leslie Sansone Walk At Home program. When I first started it was tough to do just one mile. Now I routinely do 4 miles and can do the 5 mile DVD's.

I joined a gym, but to be honest, I don't go there as often as I should. I'll get back to it soon (I hope!)

I think that no matter what you choose to do, the main thing is to do SOMETHING! I was a real couch potato (even shaped like one!) but I am better now!

  
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ASTORRES1 3/7/2010 9:42AM

    MOVE MOVE MOVE....is the key

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PERFECTVELVET 3/6/2010 11:08PM

    Agreed - in the beginning, every little bit helps.

Definitely look into Walk It Out for Wii -- it's a lot more fun than Leslie (no offense to her!). It's probably my favorite fitness "game"! [Edited because you probably already have this, lol.]

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MITECU 3/6/2010 9:40AM

    So true! emoticon on your progress! I was thinking about the Wii Fit, but haven't gotten around to buying it yet. I do the WATPs DVDs too.

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 3/6/2010 7:34AM

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Need to get started again

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I've had a tough time staying with my program recently. At the beginning of October my brother wasn't feeling well. He thought he had a kidney infection and went to the doctors. He was diagnosed with leukemia. They told him at first that the prognosis was good, then it wasn't then it was.... a real roller coaster. He had some complications and passed away at the end of November. I live on the east coast and he lived in the pacific north west. He was feeling good, so I didn't go out to see him, I figured I would go once I could get the H1N1 shot because that was one thing he didn't need. (That ended up being one of the complications, but he recovered from that!) He said that if the doctors weren't telling him he was sick, he wouldn't know it. He felt great - right up till about the last 10 days or so.

After he died I ended up going out there for the memorial service and that took me away from my program.

I know it isn't an excuse.... but it is the reason.

I just haven't been able to get motivated to get back to it. The last few days have been good. On Saturday I had the highest ever step count on my pedometer. 18,562 steps!! So I am getting back on track now. I've only gone to the gym twice this year, but my bag is in the car and ready to go. I've been using the Leslie Sansone DVD's and the Wii so I am getting some exercise. I haven't been sticking to a healthy diet either, but that is also been better the last few days. I know that I won't go back to the old me. I like me better when I am sticking with a program. I feel better, I have more energy, and I'm more productive. There isn't any down side - why is it so hard to stick to!
Oh well... that is my rant for the day!!

  
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TRACEE5 2/17/2010 9:52AM

    emoticon You needed time to heal and mourn the loss. Now it's time to make your brother proud! You can get back on track, just need to find your motivation!! emoticon

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AMITAI 2/17/2010 4:26AM

    So sorry about your brother.
Take each day slowly. Don't beat yourself up over the things you are not doing, but give yourself a pat on the back for the things that you are doing. Like walking or exercising, that is still better than eating not on program and not exercising. Find the positives and keep focused on that and keep making strides for more positives. The negatives will only bring you down and out. Hang in there. We have all been there and still go there. We are here for you if you need us, just call.

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UNIONDIVA 2/16/2010 10:18PM

    So sorry about your brother :( Please accept my condolences

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ELKAY6 2/16/2010 10:14PM

    GreatGrace,
I agree that each day is a clean slate. That is the only thing that is keeping me going! I used think that there wasn't any use in being on track if I couldn't STAY on track. Missing my goals for a couple of days would make be give up. Why bother?? I know better now and if I fall down, I just get back up. If I fall again, I'll get up again. No reason to stay down!

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GREATGRACE 2/16/2010 10:06PM

    Dear Elkay6-

I am sorry for your loss of your brother. We all need time to morn loss and I hope that you have given your self that time.

I am an emotional eater so I understand how our emotions can knock us off track. For me I have to identify why I am eating what I am eating, and usually it slows the process. And sometimes I eat it anyways. But tomorrow is another day with a fresh start, and I chose not to be burdened with what I "did wrong" today. Each day is a clean slate.

This journey is life long. Make each day count! Smile at everyone you meet! The Blessing of a smile always returns!

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Conspiracy Theory

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sometimes things conspire against me! I've been really good going to the gym 3 - 4 times a week. But not last week. I went on Sunday, Tuesday and was all set to go on Thursday, but ended up working 12 hours and didn't go. Ok, I figured I could go on Friday. But then my daughter called and asked me to take her food shopping as she is having some financial issues. Ok, I figured I could go to the gym on Saturday. But I had pre-existing plans with my sister in the morning and just didn't get back out to go in the afternoon. By the time Sunday came I was just disappointed at my lack of enthusiam and I didn't go. Of couse, I knew if I did go I would have more energy. It is that vicous circle.
BUT my gym bag is packed so I am off to Planet Fitness (my gym) today after work. If things do not conspire against me again. I hope to get at least the 3 visits in this week.

By the way... I did watch what I ate and did some exercise so the week wasn't a total loss.

  
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BETSYBEACH 9/23/2009 6:59AM

    Linda - You made it to the gym today and I just know tomorrow you are going to spin 20 points on the wheel!

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JANTWO 9/18/2009 12:41AM

    Don't give up you are doing great!!!! You can do it!!!!

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MYCATIZZY 9/14/2009 10:47AM

    I know the feeling. Something out of the ordinary pops up and has to be dealt with changing your good plans for exercise. keep up the good work and don't let it get you down.

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SUZYBGOOD 9/14/2009 8:30AM

    You are doing fine, as long as you haven't given up you are keeping on track. Sometimes life happens and if you keep moving that helps burn calories as well.


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ALBA06 9/14/2009 6:32AM

  i think you are doing great, sometimes life just happens and changes are plans. you are doing a great job and don't beat yourself up for missing one day. i hope you get in your 3x this week, but don't fret if you don't. you can always go for a walk. best wishes, melissa emoticon

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todays workout

Friday, September 04, 2009

I am so frustated! I have lost and gained the same 2 lbs for several weeks now. I just can't seem to keep the weight off. I don't snack. I do have much smaller portions - even just have a lean cuisine for a meal a couple of times a week.
This is the workout that I've been doing 3 times a week. Seems like I should be seeing more progress!
First I do the Arc Trainer for 30 minutes (about 1.2 miles) using the weight loss program. That burns 300+ calories depending on intensity. I've been watching my heart rate so I've been closer to the 300 calories most days. If I do a higher step rate or increase the resistance my heart rate goes too high (over 150 sometimes). At least I think that is too high - I am 54 years old and I think that is too high. I have high blood pressure so i do try to be careful.

Then i do the CYBEX V3 weight machines. Usually 2 sets of 10 reps on each machine - sometimes more reps in each set.
Each excerise is followed by the weight setting.

Chest Press 30
Overhead Press 35
Pulldown 75
Arm Curl 40
Arm Extension 40
Abdominal 80
Back Extension 120
Leg Press 120
Leg Extension 100
Seated Leg Curl 80
Fly 35
Deltoid 35
Torso Rotation 30
Hip Adduction 110
Hip Abduction 90
Row 75
Calf Extension 100
Glutes 70

After the weight machines I go on the treadmill for another 20 minutes using the weight loss program. I did 1.2 miles and burned another 207 calories.

I'm trying to increase the weights on the upper body exercises, but I have a bad shoulder and can't do much more now.
it is not just the scale - I've done other measurements - waist, thigh, etc, but no change. I feel better than I did a year ago, but I don't think I'm feeling any better than I did 3 months ago. I WANT SOME IMPROVEMENT!!!

  
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CHERYLRG 9/8/2009 12:40PM

    Aww, that's really frustrating. But it sounds like you're doing a great job with eating and fitness. Some people just have slower metabolisms or need more time to speed them up. Keep at it, and believe that you will see the results you're looking for!

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Time to work out

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I was always a morning person and worked as soon as I got up. Since I joined Planet Fitness this summer, I have been working out after work.

Problem 1 - you are supposed to eat about an hour before working out. I am on medication that must be taken on an empty stomach so I take that when I first wake up. I can't wait for an hour to begin a workout - I have a job I need to get to. I did lose a fair amount of weight working out in the morning but hit a plateau so I joined PF when they had a special deal of $99 for the full year.

Problem 2 - you are supposed to eat supper 3 hours before going to bed. I went to the gym last night after work. I didn't get home till 8:00. Fortunately my son had cooked supper, so it was ready, but even that is too late to eat.

Neither is ideal - I'm going to buy a lottery ticket - If I win I can work out whenever I want!!!

Oh well. This time last year I was much heavier and didn't work out at all. I feel much better this year!


  
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NURSESHARK 9/4/2009 9:25AM

    You are right, working out is better than not, even if it isn';t at your favorite time. I like working out in the evening, and they all tell me to work out in the morning..

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CHERYLRG 9/3/2009 3:49PM

    You're making progress, and in my book that is something to celebrate!

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DEECAPUANO 9/3/2009 9:41AM

    I love working out in the morning before work also. I go to Planet Fitness at 5am when it opens. Heck I am there somedays before the doors get unlocked. I have tried going after work but there are just too many people there. I most often do not eat before going to the gym. The only time I do that is if I know my workout will be extremely strenous. 60 minutes at the gym is not bad and I eat a good balanced breakfast after the gym. Maybe you can try not eating before going to the gym and then still make the morning work out.

I agree that winning the lottery would be the best alternative though. I would be working out with my personal trainer on my portico in Greece. Dream Big or don't dream at all!

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