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In a Bad Place

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I'm in a bad place right now. My one-year anniversary on spark made me realize that although I have done great on the exercise front, and made my eating a lot healthier, I have barely lost any weight. Frustrating to no end! So I have been falling off the wagon a bit lately - still exercising a lot, but bingeing more on the eating side. I've been feeling like, what the hell, I do all this stuff and don't lose any weight, so why bother. But now I'm afraid to get on a scale, because I feel like I've gained a few. Ughhhhhh. I know I need to just get my head back on straight and get back to working at it so I don't lose any progress I've actually made. It's hard though.

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KAYDOOMOM 8/16/2009 7:54PM

    I hear you. I really try to watch my eating, but there are times when that ice cream calls my name...and I answer. I need to get more involved in the exercise part of it, but it is really hard for me to do much of anything what with knees, back hips, etc. that screamm at me when I just go for a walk. Getting old is not for sissies!

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LINDA0229 8/16/2009 11:28AM

    Success is just not skating through the easy times but persevering and pulling yourself out of the pits. Acknowledge your mood but don't wallow in it and begin again, one day at a time. Hang in there.

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Is Weight Work a Waste of Time?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

So, this weekend I did a weight workout for the first time in ages, and I was still so sore today that I did another one this morning in hopes of easing the aches. I work out five days a week, but I feel like I'm "wasting" a day if I spend it doing weights and no cardio. I know you're supposed to do strength training, but I usually do yoga for that (which I don't do often enough either!). I don't consider yoga a waste of time because it really gets my heart going and I feel like it's great mentally too.

Anyhow, just curious what others think of weight you do it? Do you do cardio in the same workout?

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ERIN1128 8/13/2009 3:56PM

    Thanks for the pep talk, that's helpful! I've been frustrated about the lack of movement on the scale, maybe incorporating weights more will help. :-)

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LILMISSRED79 8/12/2009 3:30PM

    Weight training is NOT a waste of time!

First, it helps you tone and shape your figure and prevent that icky loose skin phenomenon. Second, if you structure your lifting routine it actually WILL keep your heart rate up. Third, muscles actually burn more energy than fat, so by building up those muscles you'll actually burn more Calories even when you're just sitting there!

To keep your heart rate up, don't rest in between reps. Instead, do your exercises in groups of two and switch back and forth. So do a set of curls, then a set of squats, then curls, then squats again. No resting! Also, try to alternate so that you're working large muscle groups every other set- that helps keep the heart rate up as well.

For great workout ideas, you can check the Oxygen site or the Shape site- they have tons of ideas!

Good luck with the training. I promise it's worth your effort!

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Been here a Year now...

Monday, August 03, 2009

Well, July 30th marked one year on spark for me. In the past year, I have made exercise a part of my life, not optional - I even exercise on vacation now, which I never used to do. I am really proud of that. I feel much more fit, and I can't believe how rarely I get sick now - even when I do get sick, I get over it much more quickly. Definitely gives me motivation to get up and work out in the morning!

I have also improved my diet - definitely more fruits and vegetables, though probably still not as much I should be eating. I also make a lot more effort to snack healthier now - even if I snack on something like crackers, I check the portion size on the box first and count that out. I still eat too many carbs, and I still need to lower my portion sizes, especially at dinner, but hey, it's a work in progress, right?

My big frustration continues to be my weight. When I joined spark a year ago, I was at 190. The last time I weighed myself, on July 12th, I was at 183. I do think I have built some muscle, but the belly doesn't go away! But I guess that can be my big goal for Year Two, since my goal for Year One was to really incorporate exercise into my life and I have really achieved that.

Keep on sparking everybody!


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SHOAPIE 8/3/2009 12:19PM

    Sounds a lot like my first year. I need to make a more determined effort to log food which unfortunately I find to be very time consuming. But I have found it gets easier as I add favorites foods. Just keep at it as I will too. emoticon

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

So, I've been feeling really frustrated lately that I've been working so hard and not seeing any results for it. Not only do I exercise 5 days/week, but recently I upped my workout times to 45 minutes, plus I've been changing up the type of exercise, i.e., trying not to do the same thing two days in a row.

Anyhow, I was complaining to a coworker about this today and she looked taken aback and said, "yes you have lost weight, particularly this year!" and I said no, less not more than about five lbs in the last year, according to the scale. And she said, "well, maybe you haven't moved on the scale, but you certainly look a lot more fit, you don't look like you need to lose weight."

So that was nice to hear...I am definitely in a lot better shape, I took the stairs today from the 2nd floor to the 6th floor and I was hardly huffing at the top! And I can walk all the way around the entirety of Land Park in 50 minutes, 45 on a good day. So I guess I have made progress...just not the visible scale-kind that I'd like!


Note to Self

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Note to self: Do not decide, when hunger pangs hit at 10:45, that "I don't need a snack to tide me over, I can gut it out till lunchtime." Because what happens at lunchtime? I want to eat everything in sight!!!


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