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Almost four weeks...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My adventure in taking on a commitment to a twelve week training program 2 weeks before Thanksgiving is going well. I find I am doing a good job at following through with each workout, watching my intake, and still allowing room for some Holiday goodies. I can see the results in my shape, my endurance, my speed, and the intensity of my workouts.

However, I am finding my self becoming frustrated with the lack of significant weight change. I would very much like to get down to 140-150 and maintain. I just keep sitting on the cusp of breaking into the 150s. My weight has been hovering at 160-162 for 3 weeks. I keep trying to trust the visible results (muscle tone and mass) and that my "when I'm thinner" pants are now too lose.

I have read the "breaking plateaus" articles, increased/decrease intake, change up my workout routines, added cardio/strength, taken it back a notch...Why are these silly little numbers so important to me? Why do you think it is, despite many positive results, we fixate on being able to tell people we weigh and not about improved fitness, better nutrition, overall lifestyle changes...Frustrating

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FREETOWANDER 12/12/2012 11:12AM

    Hang in there! It'll happen!!

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ZRIE014 12/12/2012 1:55AM

  keep it up and you will enjoy what you see!!! emoticon

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An Open Mind

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I think an open mind has been my biggest asset in my health/fitness journey. Being willing to look at things differently and rework preconceived notions of things has made this a success.

The majority of my life diet meant starving myself, exercising, and being miserable. It meant embarassing public weigh ins and a constantly growling stomach. When I did it, the meals were bland, boring, and flavorless.

Over the last nine years, my definition of diet has been changed to the way you nourish and feed your body to maintain a healthy state. This open mind and ability to learn and take new approaches has brought me to a whole new happy place.

Food is exciting and fun, there's so many varieties and options that are healthy and good. Exercise and fitness is an exciting challenge. I love seeing what my body is capable of and pushing it to new levels. This diet thing is fun, educational, and something I want to do every day.

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HARVESTER54 11/22/2012 3:53PM

    This is a healthier place to be! I love to find new recipes on the site, and try them!. I also enjoy tracking my activity, which is a motivator. emoticon

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FREETOWANDER 11/10/2012 1:32PM

    Through the years I've learned the same! Kudos to you for finding your happy place :)

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ELRIDDICK 11/10/2012 1:25PM

  Thanks for sharing

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SENIMMO 11/10/2012 1:21PM

    I'm glad you found a healthier place to be. emoticon emoticon

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Mental Health and Physical Health

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I am a 35 year old female, recovering from alcohol addiction, and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I recently came across an article in the paper that discussed the effects of working out and managing mental health (particularly depression and bipolar).

I started back to the gym when I started my treatment program for alcohol earlier this year. It seemed a natural and positive thing to add back to my life. At the time, I knew fitness can help manage mental health symptoms but did not realize to what degree.

According to this article, women in particular, who worked out 4.5-7.5 hours a week showed significant improvement in their mental health symptoms. The article also stated women over 35 that worked out regularly could experience growth in the hypocampus making them less susceptible to memory disorders.

I know as someone who has struggled with weight and mental health my entire life, that the two are often married together. What do you do to beat your depression? Have you found exercise to be one of those things?

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FREETOWANDER 11/9/2012 12:14AM

    I agree with this 100%. When I'm eating right, exercising daily, and sleeping at least 8 hours/night uninterrupted I feel better mood-wise. When I eat like poop and sit on the couch all day I feel in the dumps. Good blog!

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HARVESTER54 11/8/2012 5:12PM

    I hear you sister in suffering. Though I cannot work out more than an hour, I have significant improvement.

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I think I'm addicted...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006. This past year, I have really committed to it and have started using the site like many people use Facebook. I made the decision that if I am going to be online doing social networking, that this site would be just as appropriate as others.

I'm loving the articles I read, the workouts I learn, and the people on here. I'm also becoming addicted to tracking my foods, my workouts, getting my points and what not. I actually research, yes RESEARCH, my workouts and eating habits. I plan my workouts in journals the night before and compare the anticipated calorie burn to my meal plan for the day. Then I actually do the math, do I need to work out more, tweak my calories, and so forth.

I'm also using these tools with my family and they are getting on board. My 17 year old niece is going to the gym with me and sticking it out. She's trying new things and asking questions about how to eat better (not just dieting, but what foods are better to eat than others).

I look forward to the gym each day, have better confidence when the day starts because I know what I can eat (therefore I don't give in to temptation), and I feel good throughout the whole day. I even look forward to my pre-bedtime ritual of sitting down with a glass of water and planning the next day.

Perhaps, the next move for this site is a sparkpeople 12 step?

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FREETOWANDER 11/9/2012 12:12AM

    I "LIKE" this!! I actually decided today on my drive home from a hiking vacation that I was going to start spending more time on Spark than Facebook :) Great minds think alike!

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HARVESTER54 11/8/2012 5:10PM

    I am getting there as well. emoticon

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EOWYN2424 10/28/2012 2:47AM

    Good for you!

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What's too much exercise?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My return to regular workouts has been great. I have found the I look forward to, if not love, going to the gym. However, I am wondering, how much is too much?

I enjoy planning my workouts using sparkpeople and other linked sites. It's amazing how much I am learning about interval, varieties or workouts, supersets, and the list goes on. Problem is I want to try them all.

Currently, I do minimum 12 sets/3 reps of 15 strength training 5 days a week (the more accurate number is 20 sets on those days). Also, I like to do them as supersets so there is a cardio component to it. I also do 60 minutes of cardio interval 3 days a week. Then my weekend/rest days roll around and I plan to relax and hang around, yet I always end up at the gym.

What are your workout routines like? What do you think is too much?

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EYESOFURY 10/26/2012 1:46AM

    I can officially be labelled a gym rat myself. I like mixing things up and trying new stuff (I'm not easily embarrassed or shy so I jump right in). Besides that, I actually like my gym. People are nice and approachable. I know staff's names and other "rats" are always nice and helpful. Frankly, I'd rather be at the gym than out blowing my money on things I don't really need. And my niece and nephew have both taken and interest in it and take turns going with me, which I really like since they are teenagers.

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FITWITHIN 10/25/2012 10:51PM

    Well, I can tell you that I was called a "Gym Rat". This came out the mouth of a physician when I went in for a free health consultation. I didn't go back to that physician after that consultation. I look at it this way for me. They complained when I was stationery and now when I'm active. Go figure! I rather be active than inactive at this stage in my life. I exercise in a manner that works for me. I don't push what I do on anybody, because it would be too, much. I have toned down on some of my workout in the last past months, but I will be picking it back up again. Good luck to you on your journey.

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