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Fitting in exercise...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I have a crazy, busy schedule. I know that I am not the only one with this problem. Before I discovered Sparkpeople and became "DONE" being the fat girl, I let my busyness stop me from exercising. Of course, I also let it stop me from eating right and doing other things that might improve my health and quality of life. I work 2 jobs, 60 hours a week. 8-5 M-F at one job, then 7p-6:30a Fri and 9am-7pm Sun at the other job. Plus my BF gets up at 4am for his job, so my sleep gets interrupted a lot.

I started by adding a daily walk to my regimen. Sometimes it was just 20 minutes after work. Sometimes I bullied others into walking with me (love my sis & friends!). I gradually worked up to 30-40 minutes per walk, depending on the variables. If I was walking at the mall with my sister, it was generally 30 minutes, but if I was walking by myself it was 40. I started using Coach Nicole's "10 minute jump start cardio" video at work, during my morning and afternoon breaks. Then my work disabled anything associated with youtube, so I could no longer use that video.

Right around the same time that I lost the Spark videos, a fellow "Doney" posted a thread about a free 6 month trial to Leslie Sansone's online Walk Club. www.lesliesansone.com/walkclub2/
I immediately went and signed up - Leslie posts 2 cardio workouts each month, a short one (10-15 min) and a longer one (30-60 min), plus a strength and a stretching video. For 6 months free, I love it!

I also started walking with a spark friend, Jessi, every day. Originally we were walking after work but had to switch to mornings since it gets dark so early this time of year. We walk my dogs (2 rotties) and they love it. Of course, they actully walk (or shoud I say PULL) us, but it's a good workout. Now that it's getting colder, we aren't doing that as often.

I'm taking an 8 week belly dance class that meets every Wednesday for an hour. It is a great workout, but the class is almost over and I don't have the money to take it again at this time.

Soon after I started using the walkclub videos, my sister mentioned her treadmill that was just sitting in a spare room at her house. Since she lives outside of town 20 minutes away, I asked her if I could borrow it and put it in my garage to use when we can't make it to the mall to walk, or when it's just too cold to walk the dogs. I also have a HealthRider cardio rower set up in the garage. I try to use the treadmill 30-40 minutes 4-5 times a week. I am also setting up a TV/DVD in the garage, and have ordered "turbo jam" so that I can get a little variety into my workout. Right now I am dealing with a power issue (there is no outlet near where I need to set the TV up) but as soon as I get a longer power strip and receive the "turbo jam" videos, I will be good to go. I can hardly wait!

When I'm too tired to get up and exercise in the morning, I use the short online walk videos. Sometimes I dance in my living room during my lunch break (this is known as the "Done Girl" dance, 15 min of craziness that keeps my doggies vastly entertained...). Sometimes I walk at the mall, sometimes walk the dogs. I go out to the garage and get on the treadmill with my headphones on and go-go-go (the dogs like to watch). And if I'm tired of the treadmill I will switch over to the HealthRider for a while, which incorporates strength training with cardio.

So you see, even someone with a crazy schedule like mine can get in exercise every day. I am on a 57 day streak of exercising at least 20 minutes every single day. How do you get your exercise in?

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SHERADIATES 12/19/2008 4:19PM

    Oh I so need to come up with something! January and February are going to suck because I am going to be working more and taking a class 4 days a week. I'll be leaving before 9 am and getting home at 12:30 am! It's only temporary, but it's going to kick my butt! I will have to find time on my days that are not as busy and do what I can on those days.

Thanks for posting this!

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MOMMYMACT 12/3/2008 10:53PM

    I love this blog! I have the time to exercise, I just get bored with it very easily. I was also afraid if I was not doing an hour a day, then it would not be effective enough for me to lose weight. But you are steadily losing weight and on some days don't complete an hour so maybe I should try cutting down a bit for awhile and see how it goes. I dread the hour a day, I usually hit the 30 or 40 minute mark and want off the treadmill! I think I will make a goal for the next two weeks of being on the treadmill every day for 30 minutes. Thank you for inspiring me once again! :)

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Sodium...it's getting the best of me!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

So I am having a terrible time keeping my sodium levels in check. I work a lot, so I rely on a lot of prepackaged items - salad dressings, side dishes, canned veggies (even the reduced sodium kind) and even my turkey kielbasa has tons of sodium. I know that if I get too much sodium, it makes that scale go up instead of down. I also know that if I drink tons of water, the pounds go away again. But you would think that I could control this aspect of my life!

I can keep my calories, fat, fiber, carbs, protein in the recommended ranges, but sodium is tougher. It seems like the only way to control it is to eat ONLY whole foods. But I LOVE canned green beans (don't like the frozen kind) and I LOVE my turkey kielbasa and my low-fat Bernstein's salad dressings. Not to mention, my BF loves his mac-n-cheese, flavored instant potatoes, rice-a-roni (and if I'm going to cook it, then I'm going to eat a little bit of it). And I can't seem to make any sort of soup or casserole without putting some chicken base in it - and that one has TONS of sodium.

I know that I just need to find alternatives (and I'm already using sea salt instead of table salt) for some of these things, but it is tough!

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AXELKNOWS 4/9/2009 3:54PM

    Sodium is my weak link too... I add lemon juice to my H2O every day to help "eliminate" some of that... It can really interfer with weight loss (in my case for sure)... BUT I rinse repeatedly any canned stuff that we use to help rinse... ALSO, I use lemon pepper (which has sodium too) but it has less than salt per se... I sprinkle it on my steamed broccoli... YUM~ Good stuff... emoticon

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GODDESSELLIE07 11/4/2008 2:05PM

    Just came across your blog. I have the same problem! Sodium always gets the best of me. I am working really hard at keeping it lower. The only veggies I eat are canned... but I have found no sodium added green beans (only 10mg per serving). They took a little while to get used to, but I love them now. Also, yesterday, while I was out shopping, I found something called "Simply Potatoes". They had several types of potatoes, I don't remember them all. But I bought diced potatoes with onions, mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar, and hash brown potatoes. All three of these have less than 100mg of sodium each! I've only tried the one so far, but it was delicious!

Good luck with finding your alternatives... know they are out there, just have to search a little harder to find them!

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DAGNY99 10/21/2008 2:21PM

    I had/have this same problem. I found a website, I think it is lowsaltfoods.com or something like that. It helps you compare foods and brands with salt content.
I understand how work can cause you to have to rely on packaged foods. I go to college, and most days I am stuck eating stuff in the cafeteria, and having to just make healthy decisions. But I try to make other meals on the low sodium side. I like eating fruits, apples, bananas, kiwi, and others which have very low sodium content. I also cut out things I knew had high sodium, and were not worth it, like sweet pickles.
It took me about a month or two, but I get better at keep my sodium intake to 2300 a day. (Some days I do mess up). What helps me is planning what I will eat in a day, and seeing where the sodium content and calories are ahead of time.
Good luck!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oh my goodness...I'm getting teary-eyed again. My BMI is 41.9, which puts me in the Obese category. This might not seem like something to celebrate to a lot of people, but to me it is incredible! I have been in the Morbidly Obese category for so long that I never really thought that I would get out of it. For so many years I let myself believe that I COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! That I wasn't strong enough, courageous enough, smart enough or deserving enough. But I am - I am powerful, I have control of my own body and my own actions - and I am DONE being Morbidly Obese.
I knew from the moment I joined Spark that it would change my life, but it wasn't until I became DONE that I really started believing it would happen NOW! (Not in some distant "someday" that I dreamt of...) I can't believe how blessed I have been to become a part of this team of powerful, supportive, loving women. I could have done it on my own, but it would have been so much harder, and taken longer. And it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun!
This has been the most life changing journey I have ever embarked on. I have tried to change my lifestyle in the past, but just did not have the tools and information that would give me the power I needed to make it a success. I also did not have the determination or the courage that I have now.

Today, I met two of my short-term goals - I broke the 275 pound mark, and I left the Morbidly Obese category. Can my day get any better? We'll see...

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UKMIRANDA 11/15/2008 11:07AM

    Hey! I just stumbled across your blog and am wondering.. what is the BMI range for morbidly obese? I know I'm there, but I'm not sure when I'll go from morbidly obese to just obese.

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CRIMSON26 11/5/2008 12:13PM

    I am proud of you! fellow done girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon You give me hope, and a realization I can do it. That we are important enough, smart enough, and most of all STRONG enough. We deserve this! thank you.

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AIMEE89 11/4/2008 3:39PM

    I know this is an old blog but I still have to comment on it.
What an inspiring entry. It's incredible how far you've come and you should be very proud! emoticon
After reading this, I feel stronger. I sometimes feel like I'm not strong, courageous, smart, or deserving enough to strive to lose this weight, but now I feel that I am. Soon we will both be completely DONE!
I hope you don't mind that I've added you as a friend, I'm sure you'll reach all your goals with your determination and courage
emoticon Aimee

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WENCH21461 10/19/2008 10:00PM

    Thats great ! im going to try my best and not give up , I know we can do it together

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ALLELUIA525 10/10/2008 11:31PM

    Congratulations!!! That is an amazing accomplishment! Keep up the hard work.


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LORRAANN77 10/7/2008 10:56PM

    That IS something to celebrate! Good for you, keep up the great work! You can do it!

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CONNIEJOJO 10/2/2008 2:26PM

    hello from michigan,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,good for you,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,keep it up girl,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
,,,,together we can achieve anything,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,connie in michigan....dahhhhhh already told you that,,,,,,,heheheh

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LUCKY8GAL 10/1/2008 1:55PM

    You are so awesome! emoticon

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DONEPAT 9/29/2008 11:41PM

    Cute dog!
Congrats on being out of the morbidly obese range, and I'm glad you're having fun along the way too!

You can do this. The rewards will be great- not only in weight loss, but other areas as well. I'm a 1/3 of the way there. I never thought this could encompass so much, but it does.

Love your page! and again, congrats on being new leader!
Lead on!
xxxoo Patty

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AXISLADY 9/29/2008 8:39PM

    Your poem on your page was so needed today. It was calling my name and for that I emoticon

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DEBWALKING 9/26/2008 7:35PM

  I came to your page to thank you for the nice welcome and noticed your blog. Congrats, I am sooooo happy for you! Look forward to seeing your continued progress. I'm going for 5% at a time too. Let's keep on keeping on!


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NUM1GOOFYMOM 9/24/2008 3:56PM

    I have a doggie just like this...

I love your page and blogs, they just make me smile. Your determination is contagious. Thank you for that! I wish you continued success.

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FRIZGIRL 9/23/2008 11:20AM

    Wow! Congratulations! You are amazing!!!!!

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SQUASH57 9/21/2008 6:00PM

  you are the strongest person I know, I love you. you have made me see my true self. I want and need to change my life. I can have the best family and friends, but if I don't care about my self and my health .Then how long will I have to be with them. Thank you again, I spend hours reading and looking at all the coments on sparks. love sharon

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KIYOSHI04 9/17/2008 9:02PM

    i love this picture!
and good for you girl!
keep it up!!

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ILVCMP 9/17/2008 5:40PM

    Wow, what a landmark. I can tell by your blog how strong and excited you feel. CONGRATULATIONS!

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CHELLEBELLE104 9/17/2008 2:44PM

    congratulations. I am so happy for you! I can't wait to be out of the obese catagory. I have been in it for what seems like forever. I am clapping really big for you! woohooo.

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LUSKS1 9/17/2008 1:58PM

    YAY!!!!! Good for you!

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EM_CLARK1 9/17/2008 1:22PM

    Congrats on making it out of the morbidly obese range! AND, for breaking the 275-mark! That's fantastic news!

I'm with you, I didn't realize that it would be such a short amount of time before I would start realizing goals. I thought it was always a "some day in the distant future..."

Congrats again!
:) Erin

P.S. I'm glad you're having fun with this, too.

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Quarter of the way there...

Friday, August 29, 2008

I was just looking at my ticker and realized that I am almost a quarter of the way to my goal! I'm having a really hard time not bursting into tears right now, I am so happy. I can hardly believe that I've come this far already. After all the years of wanting to make a change, but never really doing it, I have finally found my inner strength. I never really thought that I was strong enough, or deserving enough, to do this. Oh, I went through the motions and said that I believed those things, but deep down inside a part of me didn't.

I know that I have been doing well with changing my eating and fitness habits, and the scale has been moving, but it hadn't really SUNK IN, until just now, that I am actually achieving my greatest goal. I have finally defeated my own deep seated fear of failure, and am taking control of my own life! I am overwhelmed right now with so many feelings: joy, amazement, grattitude, anticipation and excitement.

And yet I also feel sadness, because there are so many important people in my life who haven't made the decision yet, who are still afraid of change. They cannot know the joy that I am feeling right now, until they conquer their own fears and change. I hope that I can be an example for them and inspire them to improve their lives!

As some of you may already know, Thursday night is my karaoke night with friends. Last night, my ex-husband Paul (who is also one of my dearest friends) came out with his girlfriend Colleen, whom we haven't seen in more than a year. I think she was a little intimadated when she first met me, because Paul and I have such a close relationship, so she didn't want to be around our group for a long time. Last night she was so sweet to me, she commented that she can see how happy I am, and how much energy I have, and how healthy I am getting - she said I was glowing with energy. It really made me feel good, in more ways than one. Just the fact that she came out and enjoyed herself made me feel good. And the fact that she actually took notice of the changes I've made was huge for me! I even told her about Sparkpeople, and she said that she is trying to become more healthy so she will check it out. How awesome is that?

I'm looking forward to the long weekend. I still have to work tonight and Sunday, but I have Saturday and Monday off. I think I'm going to take my man on a picnic Monday. Most of the city will be out of town or downtown at "pig out in the park", so I'm pretty sure this gorgeous secluded little waterfall at a park nearby will be practically deserted. I might pick up a small portable grill to take with us, and maybe even take the dogs - they deserve a treat too, right?

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

The photo above is one I took with my camera phone while pulling up to a stoplight a couple of years ago - the sunset was just so beautiful, and the reflections on the road and cars was amazing. It reflects how I feel right now, just shining beautiful color onto everything.

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LUCKY8GAL 9/10/2008 2:03PM

    I am so happy for you! You have become such an inspiration to me. Keep it up you are doing wonderful! emoticon

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SHERADIATES 9/9/2008 6:12PM

    I was just perusing Sparkpages and blogs and came across this one. I love your new found strength - it just radiates from this post! I was so excited for you while I read this. You're really doing well - and you're a real inspiration. I know you'll reach your goal!


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    emoticonWhat a wonderful feeling!!
You're doing great! I hope you'll treat yourself to something very special soon to celebrate. :)

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RSKLCH 8/30/2008 5:05PM

    I'm so happy for you...the commitment you have made to yourself is paying off and it's wonderful. Perhaps the happiness you radiate will help your other loved ones to get on board to improve their lives too. Don't despair if it takes them awhile everyone has their time and right now it's yours. Heartfelt congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EM_CLARK1 8/29/2008 4:15PM

    It's a fantastic feeling, realizing that you're actually doing what you haven't full accepted as being possible! I'm in the same boat, just marveling at stuff.

Where's the waterfall? I'm taking a trip up there soon and would like to take my mom there...or at least find out if she knows about it.

And it's fantastic that your ex's girlfriend came and enjoyed herself! That shows a lot of growth on her part. Hopefully you'll get the chance to hang out with her some more and you can encourage each other on your journeys.

:) Erin

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DREAMNSCHEME 8/29/2008 3:08PM

    I'm so happy for you! Congrats on making your goals a reality! emoticon

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Special reward

Saturday, August 23, 2008

It's 4:20 am and I'm at work, wide awake thanks to 2 large cups of coffee. I have been up since 6:30 am, worked 17 hours so far, and have managed to stay within my calorie range for the day. Usually I go over on Fridays because of my long shift, and I just log part of it to Saturday, since technically some of it is eaten after midnight. I'm feeling pretty good about that!

Last night (Thursday) I went out for karaoke and was talking about Spark with my friend Joe (we call him Joefy). He is going to school for massage therapy, and he charges us $30 for an hour of massage. I have a 2 hour session listed as my reward for reaching my 275 lb goal, and I was telling him about it at the bar. He was interested and wanted to know more about what I was doing, what my specific goal was for the reward, etc. When I told him what it was, and how close I am getting, he gave me a big hug and said "I'll do it for free, since it is a reward."

I am very blessed to have such wonderful friends! I have only had one other session with Joefy before, and he was utterly professional. His lovely wife, my Heather-Lou, said he was very professional even with her. I did recommend to him that he not kiss all his clients on the forehead when he's done though! :D

Now I have even more incentive to reach my next goal. I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday!

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PIXIEMOMMA 8/27/2008 7:47PM

    That is so great to have that kind of support. Your heart jumps for joy when you have people like that on your team. You are a very lucky person.

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MOONLITCHELLE 8/23/2008 10:24AM

    How WONDERFUL!!!!
That's a great friend! I'm glad you have such supportive people around you and that they understand your goals and how important they are.

You're going to LOVE that massage!!!
lol @ not kiss all his clients on the forehead. :P

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