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Day 177: Mantras and Mojo

Thursday, December 13, 2012

So, yesterday was quasi-amazing.

First, I must report on the FitBit-BodyMedia comparison. To my surprise the readings were pretty close.

BodyMedia Stats: 3071 calories burned, 14805 steps
FitBit Stats: 2724 calories burned, 14727 steps

We'll see if they continue to be so darned near close to one another.

Yesterday was a really active day for me. First, I went for a run over lunch. Just my 3 miler. Did it in about 30 minuntes, which is awesome. I felt pretty good during it, too. I took two small walk breaks, just because I talked myself into them; but, I talked myself out of several more. Sometimes, if I just convince myself to do 'one more song' I'll find that when the song finishes I don't want to walk so badly anymore. Sometimes I just need to find my stride ;)

Then I went to the gym for a short 30 minute bonding session with the elliptical. It felt good to do, let me tell you.

The mantra of yesterday: It feels so good to move.

Have you ever thought of it like that? Some people want you to think of exercise as play - like sugar-coating celery, I say. But, when you think that your body is meant to move and how wonderful it is to get those muscles doing what they were built for, well, I find it gives me a bit of a motivational kick.

Today is an 'off' day. I'm going to go for a quick walk over lunch and then take the evening easy. Tomorrow is going to be a quick trip to the gym day before I meet up with my friend and we go see the Hobbit! So excited.

Now it's time for you guys to tell me: What's your mantra? What keeps you moving?

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FATHINSN 12/13/2012 10:43PM

    Wow, that's really awesome! I want to start my jump rope in our recreation room sometime near the lunch hour but so far, I can't because lots of people sleeping in the massage chairs LOL But it will be nice to have somewhere to have a quick exercise, a good break from work :D

Right now, my mantra is "get enough rest if you want to recover faster, to loose weight!". Because I have major problem with my sleep (not because I've trouble with sleep but I have trouble to go to bed!), I need to fix that first so that I can my goals!

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LIBBYL1 12/13/2012 10:17PM

  wow...and love your celebration of moving

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REFFIE1 12/13/2012 11:34AM

    Well yesterday one of my son's gave me some simple yet effective advice. You don't have to enjoy exercise just reap the benefits of it!

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CATTUTT 12/13/2012 10:57AM

    I love your positive attitude towards exercise! Maybe it will rub off on me a bit!

My motivation is "It's more important to get healthy than skinny." It's not directly exercise related, but it helps keep foremost in my mind the reason I want to get moving. That every walk is one step closer to being healthy.

Hope you're having a great day!


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FITWITHIN 12/13/2012 9:19AM

    Very impressive between the two devices. Excellent run time! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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Day 176: The First day of Double Tracking

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gooooood Morning!

Going to be pretty quick as work is continuing to 'splode everywhere.

Double Tracking of zee foods starts today. Last night I input an entire day's worth into My Fitness Pal and it took me about five minutes. Today I'm going to live track there, just like I do with SparkPeople. I should have day 1's graphics comparing BodyMedia to the Fitbit tomorrow.

Other than that I've made a promise to myself that I will be at the gym today. Or I will go for a run over lunch. Either way, I will be making one of those two things happen. I can't have another barely-anything-day. Especially not when I want to see just what the BodyMedia armband wants to say about me.

If everyone could just take thirty seconds to send calm, peaceful vibes my way, I'd appreciate it. Things are absolutely driving me insane at work for reasons I'd rather not discuss at the moment. So, just kinda say the serenity prayer and think about keeping a cool focused head.

In other marginally distressing news the study had me weighed in at 196.6 on November 21 (I weighed myself on that date at 193.2....) So, now here I am three weeks later weighing myself in at 191.8.... and yeah... not happy about seeing that higher number on all my assessment materials.

Alright, back to work.

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SKEETOR 12/12/2012 6:11PM

    emoticon oooom, oooom, oooom

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GRACEOMALLEY 12/12/2012 3:13PM

    It is only a machine - don't let it take over your sanity or inner peace.

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REFFIE1 12/12/2012 2:47PM

    Sending peaceful vibes your way. emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/12/2012 2:38PM

    Deep breaths, keep calm.

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POMATOJUICE 12/12/2012 1:02PM

    I posted on your vlog entry!

I hope work calms down soon. I'm just ready for this year to be over so I can feel like maybe Jan will be a return to normalcy!!! Provided the world doesn't end next week or whatever.

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CATTUTT 12/12/2012 11:22AM

    Calming vibes coming your way! Hope you manage to survive the day without too much stress.


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Day 175 - FitBit v. BodyMedia (AKA Spark v. My Fitness Pal

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Well, the study results are in and I have a conundrum.

(And I whine.)

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GSPEIRS 2/8/2013 7:20PM

    Thanks for sharing ;-)

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POMATOJUICE 12/12/2012 1:00PM

    Thanks for the review! I've been curious about both, and I had no idea you got a bodymedia through the study! That's pretty awesome. As for the tracking... (and I know you have more recent blogs than this).. if it gets to be a huge pain in the ass, I'd probably just track where needed for the study. I, personally, view most of the spark features as supplemental. I think I only tracked my food & exercise on here for like a week. I do it all through the calorie counter app on my ipad! I freakin' love tracking on my ipad because I can do it while I'm cooking& eating, etc.!

I'm finding accuracy a challenge, too, though. And I don't even have a fitbit or bodymedia! Trying to figure out exactly what you are eating and how much you are burning is a pain! When I started, losing was easy and I didn't even think about precice maths :( I think that the further you progress, the more important precision is for getting the right deficit. So.. .I can definitely understand your frustration!

Dump as much of Spark as you want, but keep your blog for me ;O

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JWELL2011 12/12/2012 8:38AM

    I have been struggling with exactly the same issues. I have a BodyMedia fit and was using it regularly for about 6 months or more and I hit a LOOONG plateau and gave up. I didnt want to pay the monthly Bodymedia site fee any longer. (I am on a tight budget.) So I decided (after gaining 30lbs back) that I needed a new gadget. I have the fitbit zip and have been using and syncing to sparkpeople. I have noticed the same calorie burn inflation. I should be losing weight and I am just not. Its telling me I am exercising at work when I am not. I think the Fitbit system is more for beginners who are not as obsessive as I am? I might go back to using the Bodymedia armband because, lets be realistic, it's brutally honest. I can just use my wrist readout instead of the website. I don't know. I have been referred to my doctor (because I got so upset about my weight gain) to the Geisinger Weight Loss Clinic. It is the largest hospital in Northeastern PA, so hopefully they can get me moving. I really enjoyed hearing someone with the same issues and will keep up with your Vlogs. Also I am sure you will get vastly different numbers between the 2 systems, based on my experience. THANKS! emoticon

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FITWITHIN 12/11/2012 9:56PM

    This is the one thing that I don't like about my Body Media is the double tracking. So, I decided that I'm just going to track on Sparkpeople. I will only plug my monitor to the computer to download my data. Thanks for the input on the Fitbit, because I was thinking about buying one and comparing the two monitors. I don't have the wrist band for Body Media.

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Day 174 Part Deux: My fist Zumba class

Monday, December 10, 2012

You tell me - was my experience typical?

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SPARK-PPL-GIRL 2/11/2013 4:42AM

    I've never done Zumba but I've taken step aerobics classes for about a year a long time ago and yes I was so lost for the first week. I was sort of babied through it anyhow because I was in high school at the time and everyone else was in their late 20's and 30's and so I got a bit of extra attention from a view people in the back who showed me more in detail how to do things.

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ATKERSAJ 12/11/2012 5:26AM

  I hear Zumba is fun.

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REFFIE1 12/11/2012 1:24AM

    I love zumba but unfortunately have to avoid it when my arthritis is active as it is right now. Enjoy all the fantastic rhythms. It makes exercising fun!

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ERW001 12/10/2012 11:11PM

    I have only been to one Zumba class before and was totally lost. I even had an instructor who explained a couple of steps. I used to be an aerobics instructor, so I thought I might catch on kinda quickly, but like you said I spent most of the time just hopping around. But totally off topic, I must say you are a very entertaining blogger to watch. I guess I just like the randomness. I feel like we'd get along in real life...anyhow, congratulations on your accomplishments this week, and keep up the vlogging emoticon emoticon

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LOSING30TOWIN 12/10/2012 10:21PM

    I do Zumba Gold twice a week. It is a little slower than regular Zumba but all the same steps. Most of the instructors just do the steps and you have to "pick it Up." Sometimes you will get an instructor that will demonstrate a step first. If you like Zumba you can purchase a zumba disk that gives you instructions. In fact I have seen instructions demonstrated on YouTube as well. I think the fun and challenge is mastering the steps. It's one of those things that you just have to keep going and you will conquer the steps.

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DAy 174 - Half Pound Battles

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Goooood morning Sparklers and welcome to the start of another week!

This weekend was pretty good here. I went to that run with Mr. Galloway (which was definitely an interesting way to train.) I found myself trying to keep up with people who ran at a faster pace than I usually run. It was nice to see that I could in fact do it.

Saturday's dinner with my parents went nicely as well. My dad, bless his heart, did put up my Christmas lights; but, they look a little.. ghetto. First off (and this is my fault) I bought two different colored strands of icicle lights (clear and multicolored) so only half my porch has icicles. Second, my dad (and brother who helped him) aren't very attentive to how things look - they're more the "Slap it up there and get it done" types... So, I'll have to fix a few things.. like the dangling garland that is half up the column because that's how far it's cord allows it to dangle...Still, I can't say how much I appreciate the help. I'm generally afraid of heights and don't stand on ladders well. So, they did what's going to take some major guts for me to do!

Yesterday was an okay day. I didn't get the workout done that I wanted to do :( Frankly, I talked myself out of it. It was cold. It was rainy. Then it was dark. Ugh. I need to get on top of this lazyness! I also did come in to work yesterday for like five hours. I just had crap I needed to get done :( Which means I have more crap to get done today, unfortunately since I didn't have enough hours in the day to get everything done I wanted to. Boo.

Now onto the topic of today's blog. You see, I've come to determine that each half pound from here on out is going to be a battle. It's going to take effort.

The first 40 pounds of my weight loss, I hate to say it, was easy. It required me to stop eating in the horrible way I had been and to commit to being active. In one month of being active (doing a run-walk for 25-30 minutes, biking for 30 minutes) I dropped 10 pounds. Another 10 came off the month after. Then 10 pounds over the next two months. From October to December I've lost 9. (I've also gained 3-4 back to lose them again here and there...)

No more dramatic weigh-ins where I find that three pounds have escaped me in a week. Or a pound a day. Those were crazy, motivating times.

Now, I see the scale fall in .2 or .3 increments. I find that half a pound a week seems to be reasonable. Still, those half-pounds require diligence now. When I start to get even close to 1500 calories I know the scale doesn't move. More than one day a week of getting lunch out is like eating an entire salt-lick (apparently) and keeps the scale from moving. I certainly HAVE to do around 250-300 minutes, too. I mean, my chart makes it abundantly clear what happens when I don't get enough exercise minutes:

My little red-line of loss flattens out.. or worse, goes upward.

Sometimes it sucks knowing what you need to do to reach your goals.

I mean, I think it was so much easier when I knew what I needed to do - and then had the immediate gratification of seeing results nearly immediately. I think when I dropped from Obese to Overweight is really when I saw things slow down. I'm certainly not happy here in 14/16 land - so, I'm going to need to keep working at it.

Also, in honesty, I'm tired of not looking like a runner. Before you comment and say something like "Runners can look like anybody!" Please allow me to clarify. I was just in a room with people who run marathons for fun, do triathalons like it's nothing, and have a level of physical fitness and activity I want to attain - and none of them are built like me. That's not to say I want to be a waif (Hex no - I like my boobs and booty!); but, there was one woman in particular who looked fit, strong, toned, and like a woman. I want to be her.

So, right this second, I weigh 191.6. I'm still aiming to be in the 180's for the end of the year. 20 days an a pound and a half to go. I have soooo much further to go before I'm done, though.

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SWANATOPIA 12/10/2012 10:48PM

    I can so relate! It seemed like the first half of my weight was easy to get off and now I am struggling to keep my fitness minutes. I had to burn at least 1000 calories a day to get 2 pounds a week off and now I am having to up that calorie burn to 1200 a day just to see the scale mess with my It's okay though because I really think that our bodies are redistributing the fat all around. Kind of like when a house starts to settle on a foundation! I actually sprung up 2 inches in height as I had lost those 2 inches after being pregnant for two years and gaining 70 pounds. So, our bodies are improving but the scale cannot show us that improvement!


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LALMEIDA 12/10/2012 8:39PM

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REFFIE1 12/10/2012 10:34AM

    When I see photos of you, you look like a runner to me. I have been on a plateau for a longtime but it is better than gaining. I empathize with the patience you have to have when you no longer have the reward from the scale. Don't give up and keep pushing yourself. emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 12/10/2012 10:03AM

    It's no consolation at all, but I think you look fantastic in all your running pics :X I know what you mean, though. Some of those women look like gazelles on the Serengeti. They bound effortlessly down the road in long, graceful strides. I thought that would be me when I did my 5k, but I pounded down the road like a hippo unused to walking on land :P

It is my hope, one day, to look like Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2 :X Aww yeeaahh. That part where she's running down the hall? Total gazelle.

I was going to say something deep and profound about weight loss, but I got distracted with my Linda Hamilton google image search.

I really do feel that I'm getting to a place where it's a struggle for every pound. I know that unlike you, I'm doing plenty wrong that's stalling me. But I know I'm going to get to that point sooner than I'd like... and it's definitely going to be many, many pounds away from my goal! Honestly, I'm so glad I found Spark before things started getting hard. If I hadn't, I probably would have quit by now!

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SPRINKLEMELOLA 12/10/2012 9:44AM

    I don't look like them either...but I'm working on that! I wish you luck!

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