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Getting in the exercise!

Monday, June 11, 2012

So I just got a 250 fitness minutes award yesterday. I must confess I have only done one day of exercising this month so far lol. Yesterday I went to toronto with some friends. We walked up and down yonge street shopping.

I know most everyone is from the US on here, so you may not be familiar. anyway we shopped for about 5 hours so I logged 5 hours of walking, at a slow pace to make up for some of the time we spent in stores and not walking. it was the easiest way for me to approximate what we actually did as I have no idea how much time was spent walking. the majority of the time anyway lol.

so I tracked 300 minutes in one day ^_^ I feel pretty good about it. now I just need to keep at it and not stop exercising lol.

My mom is thinking about paying for a personal trainer for me. only twice a week and he's a friend of my sister's who also trains with him. he's going to give me a discounted rate. I'll need to go to the gym once a week as well but that's ok, even if I don't go to the gym, the 2x a week every week will be an improvement on what I do now which is pretty sporadic.

I did end the day yesterday with a pretty wicked blister on my foot, and I'm limping somewhat from it today lol. I need some new sandals lol, good ones ^_^ mine are somewhat cheap and a bit old. I also got some sun but overall the benefit greatly outweighs the downsides I'm experiencing today ^_^

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/12/2012 9:48AM

    I'm pretty sure no pair of sandals is designed to allow you to walk around for 5+ hours blister free! Even in my expensive, fancy running shoes I'm sure my feet would be in some discomfort after THAT much walking!

The personal trainer thing sounds cool. I always wondered how much of a difference it might make for me if I invested the money in a trainer. I think you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity. Even if you don't stick with him forever, I'm sure you will learn a lot.

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Signed up for Sparkpeople Live!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

I tried out one of the sparkpeople live meetings yesterday, part of the free trial. Today I signed up for 3 months of sparkpeople Live.

I thought it was great ^_^ and its not very expensive at all so I thought it would be worth trying it out for a few months. I'm hoping it'll help keep me working at it cus I usually stop trying after a month or so.

I've already got lots of plans of things to change, of course I'm not implementing them all at once as I know that's a recipe for failure. I'm just trying to eat at home right now and stop eating out. That's going to be the biggest hurdle for me. Once I beat that I've made a huge improvement already, even if I'm not eating very healthy yet lol.

I'm planning to come on spark and visit my sparkteams and track my food at least monday through friday. I may on weekends as well but I plan to be at the cottage a fair bit this summer and there is not internet there ^_^ also it's the weekend so if I get busy I'm allowing myself a couple days of lax or no tracking. I'll still be careful what I eat of course but some treats on the weekends are allowed.

I can't say I'm never allowed of course lol.

Me, my mom and my sister have some plans for this summer to have some healthier options at the cottage as well. lots of veggies and fruit and lighter snacks. in the past we tended to have lots of bbq and it was mostly meat and potatoes lol. It's good that at the cottage at least now I will have some support and won't be doing it alone. It was always difficult before to tell them I want to eat something different so I usually didn't lol.

anyways, lots of good plans in the works and I'm on my way to a healthier life ^_^

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/7/2012 10:32PM

    I love that you are starting out with reasonable and achievable goals like eating in. Something like that can make a big difference and it's definitely easier to make gradual changes than to try to change your whole lifestyle all at once.

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VAMACKGIRL 6/7/2012 6:45PM

    I am going to have to look into this!!!!
Sounds pretty sweet!! Any encouragement helps!
We ALL need it!!
luv ya!

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Making Changes

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I had a great May long weekend. The weather was nice, a little hot for my liking, and I spent the weekend at the cottage with my family. I actually didn't spend too much time in the sun this time and I didn't get burned. I am so sensitive to the sun I almost always do lol. The bugs are not bad at all this year too, its been very dry so not too many mosquitoes, again a nice surprise as I always get eaten alive lol.

I did however indulge a little too much in the junk food like chips and chocolate. I gained 2 lbs this week. I do plan to spend a lot of time at the cottage this summer so me, my mom and my sister are making plans to eat healthier. My dad and brother in law always eat so heavy and so much, like steak and baked potatoes often. Like eggs and toast and bacon and fried potatoes for breakfast but no fruit and limited veggies at dinner time.

We're going to have things like salad, fruit and veggies, yogurt and granola, and crackers and cheese. We'll be cutting up all the fruit when we arrive so its ready to eat or buying pre-cut fruit. we'll make some things like potato or macaroni salad ahead of time and take it, a light version of course.

I am also stopping by the hardware store tonight to buy an electronic timer. I will use it in my kitchen for my slow cooker. I find every time I use it to cook, what with work and commuting everything is always over done when I get home and its not that great, especially chicken. My slow cooker is a fairly cheap one and doesn't have a timer and I can't afford to replace it. I also have a mini slow cooker I like to use to make steel cut oats for breakfast, but again it doesn't have a timer and I tend to sleep a little more than 8 hours and its always a little over done in the morning. This way I don't have to worry about that ^_^

I think using my slow cooker on a regular basis is really going to help, cus I'm always hungry when I get home and I never feel like cooking, now I can't use that excuse lol. Everything will already be done and I won't even have to wait for food when I get home. so I think I'll be less likely to order in or go through the drive thru. I'll have much better tasting and better for you food already ready ^_^

Now I just need to get on the exercise part, which I have not done at all recently lol. well I guess one thing at a time is a good strategy for making changes if we want them to stick.

anyway that's all for now, I'll be trying to post more often to keep myself at least kind of accountable lol.

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/23/2012 11:14PM

    We've really started using our slow cooker a lot lately. There are some great recipes on SparkPeople and in the new SparkPeople Cookbook if you're willing to invest the $17 in that.

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SLJWATTS 5/23/2012 4:53PM

    Me to with the slow cooker- I don't have a cheap one- I think they just cook things to death- good job problem solving and thinking out your food. BTW- they can't eat stuff if it isn't there- My husband doesn't naturally eat veggies- but he does when i cook. I had a dietician who said fix what makes you happy and they will eat- or go out. You know what- I was fixing a lot of stuff he shouldn't eat and I would eat it- but now we both eat better... take care of you- you are worth it.

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MS_PERCEPTION 5/23/2012 1:45PM

    I've had the same problem when using my slow-cooker. My work day is too long for me to use it on work days, so it kinda defeats part of it's purpose! Someday I'll get a nice one with a timer...

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Frustrated with Work

Thursday, May 10, 2012

So this is mostly gonna be a vent cus I am getting so pissed at someone here at work.

So I worked for my dad a couple years ago for my coop. About a month ago my manager, who is not my dad, called me and asked me to come back. Now that I'm done school right. well it pays better and its a monday to friday job with regular hours. I used to do shift work which really screwed with my sleep schedule.

Well now I'm here working in the production office, and one of my main duties is printing drawings for the shop guys, we do structural steel. My managers are great I have no problem with them.

When I have a problem with the drawings like a missing drawing or a wrong drawing or I can't open it or something then I would contact Natalie, the engineering manager, who is supposed to help me or assign someone in the engineering dept to help me.

Usually she just gets mad and tells me she's too busy to help me. Once in a while she does actually help me but she's never nice about it. So she had someone in the engineering dept help me the other day, Elena, who I emailed afterwards and asked her if I can contact her when I have a problem rather than bothering Natalie. She said yes. So I thought great now Natalie won't yell at me ^_^ so today I emailed Elena for some help. Well Natalie gets all the emails cus she's the manager, she immediately called me and told me I shouldn't do that cus it's not her job.

So now I have to deal with Natalie continually and get yelled at whenever she's in a bad mood, which seems to be all the time. and when she refuses to help me I have no other options.

I really don't want to go to my dad cus that's going over her head and using that personal relationship to my advantage. I don't want to do that right, so I'm at a loss and I don't know what to do.

I also hate being confrontational so I don't really want to go my manager here and complain about her. I'm way too much of a chicken to complain so I'll just deal with getting yelled at I guess :(

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/10/2012 4:52PM

    I think you should go directly to the source first before going to any manager. I think if you are straight with her she will get the point that you're not going to just take her crap. We teach people how to treat us. Teach her you are to be respected and you will respect her as well.

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/10/2012 4:37PM

    Regardless of whether or not your Dad works there, the proper thing to do in a situation like this would be to go to Natalie's manager. Or, if you feel more comfortable, discuss the problem with YOUR manager and have him/her contact Natalie's manager. If this person is keeping you from being able to do your job, then that's a problem that needs to be addressed with management.

I know you're in a delicate situation, since it seems your Dad is one of the higher-ups there, but you need to be able to do your job and right now it sounds like you can't.

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ARNETTELEE 5/10/2012 4:29PM

  Sorry for your frustration..... SMILE. It will do a world of good. Take a deep breath and go forward.

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May 7th, Getting Back on Spark

Monday, May 07, 2012


I haven't been on spark in quite some time. As a result I have gained quite a bit of weight. I am at my heaviest now and really need to get on track. It is unhealthy for me to be at this weight. Currently 416 lbs. This is a huge number and so I have set my goal at 300 lbs, I don't even want to think about how much I have to lose in total! So when I get to 300, or close to it, I will reevaluate my goal.

I joined a gym again, though I've never really gone reliably before, and plan to work on going on a regular basis. I plan to come on spark almost every day. When I do come on regularly, even if I don't lose weight, I usually don't gain.

I need all the support I can get so plan to go on my sparkteams pages and at least read a couple threads every day. I will try to post at least once response each day on my teams forums as well.

I do generally track sporadically and will be trying to track on a more regular basis, both food and exercise.

The past year has been really hard on me, and it shows on the scale. I have had several deaths in the family and may be expecting another soon, hopefully it doesn't turn out that way. I've moved jobs and have been dealing with depression. The job move was good though, better pay means less stressing about bills lol, also my hours are now always the same. Yay no more shift work ^_^ that's good for sleeping lol.

I do also plan to explore my spirituality a little, I think an improvement in that area would help the depression.

Sorry if this is completely boring. This blog is more about putting on record my goals and plans so that I feel at least somewhat accountable. I am hoping this summer will work out really well for me ^_^ and for everyone else too :P

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KARSTASAURUS 5/9/2012 5:15AM

    I'm so glad to see that you're back on spark too! I had a big hiatus as well and just started back a few weeks ago. Good luck with all of your tracking and I hope you kick some serious butt at that gym! Like JAMIELOGICAL said, we really do need a good support structure in order to succeed in lifestyle changes! I also think your want to explore your own spirituality is really key to it as well. So go for it!

Hope you have a wonderful first week back! emoticon

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/7/2012 2:22PM

    I am soooooooooo glad you are back! I can't even tell you how wonderful it is! We can do this! Both of us have gone off track and put on weight, but we're here now and we can help each other. Please, if you ever need any support or motivation or you just want to vent, do NOT hesitate to post on my page or my blog or send me a SparkMail. As I posted on my blog today, it's a long road and we need all the support we can get if we want to make it to the end!

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