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Today's Pros & Cons

Sunday, October 03, 2010

This morning I felt motivated and optimistic, so I decided to walk to the pharmacy instead of drive there to pick up a prescription I needed. It was a 20 minute walk there and back. As soon as I got home, I refilled my water bottle that I had taken with me and got on the elliptical for another 20 minutes. I was feeling pretty good. As the day wore on, my IBS was creeping back again, so I decided that I needed to tackle some paperwork, so that's what I did.

Today's Pros and Cons:

PROS~ Did 40 minutes of cardio, took my multi-vitamin, drank eight (8oz) glasses of water (that pitcher trick is sure working for me!), I went through paperwork on my desk and feel a little more organized and I gained a Spark Buddy for the next 12 weeks in the 12 weeks 'til Christmas Challenge!

CONS~ I wanted to do some strength training, but did not fit that in. I'm baking brownies as I type this, so I hope I can resist and use them for the reason I intended - to put in as a lunch snack for my kids & hubby's lunches this week.

Good Luck to everyone in the 5% Challenge on drinking their daily amount of water this week!
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Best Wishes to everyone in the 12 Weeks 'Til Christmas Challenge on pairing up with a buddy!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LILIVW 10/3/2010 10:43PM

    Great job walking instead of driving and getting organized. It sounds like you had a successful day! We had family over tonight and I too had to resist the yummy smelling treats (chocolate chip cookies). Have a great Monday!

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SMYLEERED 10/3/2010 8:35PM

    The water pitcher is a good idea to get in your daily water. Thanks for sharing that. You're really motivated. Resist those brownies girl!

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TIGERJANE 10/3/2010 8:10PM

    Way to go on choosing to walk instead of drive to the pharmacy! Every bit counts!

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EGRAMMY 10/3/2010 7:08PM

    Thank you for the good luck wishes.

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Feeling Blechy!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Yesterday my IBS symptoms were acting up. This is why I did not get on the elliptical yesterday. Today, I am extremely tired because my husband was called into work at 3am last night and I had a difficult time falling back to sleep. I have a headache right now, so most likely I won't be stepping on Mr. elliptical again today. But, tomorrow, we must have a date! I need to lose at least a pound this week. I've started out so good and do not want to mess up! I want to keep looking ahead.

Tonight we are having pizza. And the kids will probably watch a movie with some popcorn. I will try to only sneak a handful, although the kind of popcorn I have right now is light and not real buttery, so I may be able to have a little more than a handful.

I want to wish everyone who is participating in a challenge to continue to look ahead and forget about and mess up's you may have made. Tomorrow is a new day and you can continue on in your team challenges even if you made a mistake. See you all tomorrow, when I hope to have a more successful day!

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2BEATIT1 10/2/2010 2:44PM

    I sympathize with your medical issues. It has a way to prevent some things we want to do. Hope you are able to do your walk tomorrow.

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KARBRUCE 10/2/2010 8:18AM

    Hope you feel better real soon and get some quality rest!

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ANITA012 10/2/2010 7:37AM

    Sending you wishes for good health too! Listen to your body and do what is right. Rest is sometimes the best medicine! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 10/1/2010 7:50PM

I am sorry you are not feeling well. Sometimes it is necessary to take a break. My personal experience has been not to push too hard too soon-it simply takes longer to resume normal activity. Most challenges will allow for unexpected life events. Perhaps you may inquire. The pounds will come off. Be patient.
Take care of yourself.
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Good luck with your challenge and success if achieving your goals. emoticon emoticon

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EVILBUTTERFLY 10/1/2010 7:07PM

    Just wanted to wish you well in your sickness, and in the challenge : )

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JMCADE 10/1/2010 6:28PM

    Hope you get to feeling better. Thanks for the good wishes to us 'challengers' and the same is sent back to you.

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SAISHA100CJ 10/1/2010 5:35PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Have a nice weekend and continue to enjoy the challenge. It really is a lot of fun & a great way to meet others and stay on track. You are right... tomorrow is a new day. Keep up the good work.

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OKCPAM 10/1/2010 5:18PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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KENDALL7261 10/1/2010 4:59PM

  Wishing you emoticon days!

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CINSROAD2HEALTH 10/1/2010 4:32PM

    I have IBS, and go through the belchy spurts every so often too, sometimes it gets to the point where my chest hurts...but, luckily it goes away. Anywho....I just wanted to say that I feel for ya, and I hope it goes away fast! Have a great first week with the challenge!!!

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EGRAMMY 10/1/2010 4:32PM

    Thanks for the best wishes in our challenges . That is so kind of you.

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Tough Work Out & Water!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hello out there in Spark Land! How are you doing today? I'm positive and just did my most challenging emoticonelliptical emoticon workout ever! Up until today, I've only done Manual Mode or the preset workout for Beginner Level 1. Since I took a day off from exercising yesterday and I had a half decent night's sleep, I decided to step it up a notch. And emoticonWoW emoticon, did I ever.
This was the first time I ever pedaled backwards on the elliptical and I'm not sure I like it too much. I know the program probably does it to target different muscle areas, but it did not feel too great right above my knee. Also, this was a 30 minute workout and I'm used to the 20 minute. I don't think I'm quite ready to add that 10 minutes on a regular basis just yet. But I did it today and I feel good about sticking it out! emoticon

I also wanted to share a tip I learned from fellow Spark member LavenderLilly. She posted on her blog a few days ago about how she gets in her daily water consumption.

"I have always been of the opinion that when counting daily water consumption, you could count any tea and coffee you drink. According to Dr. Oz, whose advice I consider to be reliable, not only should you NOT COUNT IT, you should replace it with an equal amount of water. The reason being that both are diuretics and cause you to lose fluids.

My custom has been to measure out a pitcher of water containing the eight recommended glasses and the using some of that water to brew my cups of tea during the day. I don't include my morning cup of coffee. My goal today is to add an additional glass of water to replace the morning cup of coffee and make my tea from water not included in the eight glasses. This will be a challenge because I have to remind myself to drink water when I don't feel thirsty. "

Two days ago I started her method of filling up a pitcher containing my eight daily glasses and for two days I have drank my daily amount! My pitcher only fills to 7 glasses, so I add the extra glass one on my own, but this is an awesome method and I am so grateful to her for sharing it on her blog! emoticon

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SMYLEERED 9/30/2010 11:18AM

    emoticon emoticon on the exercises and way to drink your daily water.

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KENDALL7261 9/29/2010 8:44PM

  emoticon + emoticon + emoticon + emoticon = wee wee all the way to the washroom!
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EGRAMMY 9/29/2010 5:18PM

    Dr. Oz also told of using ice water and that you can use 70 calories drinking 8 glasses of ice water a day.

Love Dr. Oz Show Fans team for the info.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/29/2010 5:03PM

You have had quite a workout! As I have been getting back into a routine I have also been trying new things and increasing the time. I have found I am not ready yet for some of the activities, but will try to build my strenght with an Easy does it approach. emoticonYour persistence is inspiring.
emoticonThank you so much for sharing your timely reminder from your friend's blog. It is a difficult habit to cultivate-replacing our caffeinated beverages such as teas with plain water. emoticon
I wish you the best as you continue moving towards your goals.
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JUST74 9/29/2010 4:29PM

    Way to go on your exercise.
I think green tea is ok. Even Dr.Oz recommends green tea.
I also tried the pitcher of water. That is great idea.

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2BEATIT1 9/29/2010 3:09PM

    Thanks for your advice about the water.
On my daily logging, I added the water consumption on my daily report. Ever since then I often get the message that I am over in my water. However, I think they are including the coffee.
I agree with you about not counting coffee or tea or even cola (if you still drink it).
Thanks for sharing.

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SCAROUSEL1 9/29/2010 12:54PM

    Love the water idea!
Congrats on your awesome workout!

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ANITA012 9/29/2010 12:02PM

    Great Suggestion on drinking water and Great Job on the Eliptical! emoticon emoticon

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MIZZSB 9/29/2010 11:31AM

    great job on the elliptical! I dont like the backwards motion either hihihi

Here in Holland the specialist say that you can count coffee, tea and other beverages to your 8 cups of fluid intake. I am not a big fan of that. But i definatly add tea and coffee to it. And that coffee causes to lose fluids is a not true they say here.

So who is right...i think Dr Oz means if you drink 8 cups of coffee a day.

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MISSLOIS 9/29/2010 11:05AM

    good idea for the water

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Been There, Done That

Monday, September 27, 2010

When I was pregnant with my 1st daughter I drank a lot of water and ate pretty healthy. With my 2nd daughter's pregnancy I didn't drink as much water or eat as healthy. After my 2nd daughter's birth my water intake declined, as did my eating habits. (Which isn't good because she was 100% breastfed).

For those of you just starting to follow my blog, I invite you to take a look back at my past journal entries. If not all of them, at least my very 1st one, located here:

Right now I weigh the exact weight I was when my 1st daughter was 4 months old. That was April 2003. My highest weight (when not pregnant) was in January 2008....I weighed 159 lbs. I am only 5'1, so that is a lot of weight for a small frame. I am sharing this information with you because as I look back over the years I think "I knew then what I know now". I wasted time by not exercising and not eating healthy. I do know that I was depressed and in a rut. The differences between now and then are:
1. My kids are a bit older and I am trying to explain to them that Mommy wants to be healthier, so she needs some time to exercise and to plan healthier meals/snacks. It's still not easy, but it's 'easier' than it previously was.
2. I am looking ahead instead of feeling sorry for myself all of the time. This is difficult sometimes, but I keep trying to focus on the future.
3. I want to change my eating habits for good. This is a challenge because I need to find new recipes and snack ideas. But I am working on it.
One thing I can tell you about myself is that I am pretty good at motivating others, but when it comes to myself, I lack that knowledge on how to 'pep' myself up. Not all the time, but most of the time. I need to learn to follow my own advice.
For those of you new to blogging, I must say that blogging is therapeutic. I am not one to 'air' my weight or photos of myself online. I do so sparingly. I don't mention my actual weight too often on SparkPeople and when I do share a photo, I either crop my head off or blur my face. I guess you could say I try to keep private, but in reality, when blogging, you do have to share some pretty deep stuff. I commend the Sparkers who have shared their full photos....they are very brave.
So, back to the now. I've done the elliptical 3 days in a row for 20 minutes each time. I wasn't planning on doing it today because I was a bit sore, but there was no reason for me not to get on it, so I did. I plan on doing some hand weights this afternoon since I haven't done that for awhile. I usually take my measurements on a Tuesday, so I will do that tomorrow. (I haven't measured myself in awhile.) My main concerns right now are sticking with the exercise, finding new meals/snacks and staying motivated. I've fallen back into the bad habits so many times that I am afraid. I want to succeed this time. I'm hoping my desire is enough to pull me through.

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BIBS4664 9/28/2010 1:13PM

    Keep ongoing. You will do it!!!

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ANITA012 9/28/2010 7:26AM

    Falling down during the journey to getting healthy is a normal thing and does not make you a failure. You just get up and start over again. If you find yourself slipping here and there, put it behind you and say..."I'm getting up again"...and keep going forward. The fact that you continue to make the effort regardless of little slips is half the battle.
Try to think of this as one big journey. Maybe today, scroll through some Spark Recipes and plan something new and different for the weekend. Every new thing you try will bring you a little closer to the goal you are seeking.
Also know that you have the support of many! We are all in the same boat...on that journey to good health!
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KENDALL7261 9/28/2010 3:43AM

One step at a time!

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FITXFORTY 9/28/2010 1:29AM

    I can relate in so many ways. All I can say is take it one day at a time and sometimes one moment at a time.... and the moments you spent today exercising and writing things out will make you stronger for tomorrow.....

I spend alot of time sayin " I am Stronger than I think" while the other part of me is sayin....ugh. I do not think I can do 15 more minutes!...its kinda interesting.... i find this mantra is stronger than the "ugh" alot of areas is my life. so far, so good....

Great job on your streak! KEEP IT UP!

Words are very powerful.... Thank you for sharing them!

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JMCADE 9/27/2010 9:35PM

    Putting down in a blog just reinforces the facts that you know where you want to be and that you need to push yourself a little. You can do this. Keep it moving.

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LAVENDERLILY 9/27/2010 6:48PM

    Recognizing what needs to be done is a step in the right direction. Your goals are right on target and with Sparks help you will surely achieve your goals. Best wishes and thanks for sharing.

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MCS2008 9/27/2010 6:06PM

    I commend you on your efforts. Realizing the problem is the first step to solving it. It sounds like you have a great plan in motion. I can totally relate to everything you said. I can help others but usually fail to help myself. Hopefully we can both overcome this obstacle on our journey to healthiness! Good luck!

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Looking Ahead

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today is my 12th emoticon wedding anniversary. Just like trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, marriage has been a challenge. But like trying to lose weight and eat healthier, the challenge is worth it. I just keep looking ahead.

This morning I woke up, got the kids ready for Sunday School and then my husband took them there. We've been to church services the past 2 weeks and decided today would be a break. So, I decided while the kids were at Sunday School, I would get on the elliptical and do my thing. I feel ahead of the game since I have that done. I do want to do some strength training today, so I may fit that in while my husband is watching his football games on TV.

Sunday is usually our restful day (not always), but I wanted to get some exercise in because I was so bad about eating this past week. I feel more energized and hope I get in the strength training later.

I'm going to take today to plan my exercises schedule for this week, peruse the internet for healthier meal/snack ideas and of course give some time to my kids. We'll probably play a few board games. The next 2 days are supposed to be rainy, so I need to prepare myself for the lack of motivation that usually sets in for me when we have 'lazy' weather. I am positive for now and hope to continue with this outlook. It really helps to look ahead and know that what you are doing today is going to benefit you in your life tomorrow. emoticon

**UPDATE** I also took a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood with my 7 yr old and did 10 minutes of strength training! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 9/30/2010 1:41PM

    emoticonHappy Anniversary. Loved your sign for your blog. Seems like you are really planning ahead. I am working on Dr. Oz 10,000 steps but I'm not here yet. So I'll take your advice and plan for it. Thanks.

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SCAROUSEL1 9/27/2010 1:03PM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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KARBRUCE 9/27/2010 10:38AM

    You GO girlfriend! Keep it up!

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CHASGAL1211 9/27/2010 9:09AM

    Happy Anniversary!! emoticon

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SMYLEERED 9/26/2010 10:20PM

    Happy 12th Anniversary with many more to come! Days of rest sometimes include exercises because moving the body makes it feel better. Keep up the good work!

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THENEWCINDY 9/26/2010 4:46PM

    happy anniversary!!!

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FITXFORTY 9/26/2010 4:01PM

    Happy Anniversary!
I feel your!....I have the same motivation issue with rain...and planning works for me too!
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Looking ahead is soooo important, just as important as Doing it and did it today! YAY!
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JMCADE 9/26/2010 2:02PM

    happy anniversary. Make it a great day. Sounds like you are off to a good start.

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JAS1990 9/26/2010 1:34PM

    Happy anniversary! :D

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JUNEBUG1944 9/26/2010 12:42PM

    Happy Anniversary to you! I hope you have a great's starting great with getting your exercise in early! You go, girl!

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