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Bad Day

Friday, March 26, 2010



I haven't added a blog entry for quite awhile, even though I've wanted to. I've had a lot of good days in the past few weeks, but haven't had the time to blog my thoughts.

Today I lacked motivation. I was tired and just felt blah. The weather has turned cold again and I just feel like I needed a day of rest after a pretty hectic week. Unfortunately, my eating habits went into the toilet too. We went to my mother-in-law's 78th birthday party tonight and I had cake and ice cream. Pizza was dinner. I haven't been eating healthy all of the time lately, but have been making conscious decisions to NOT eat ad foods into my mouth whenever I feel like it. Today was just a set back.

Tomorrow I plan on drinking more water, getting on my elliptical and getting to bed earlier (since it is Palm Sunday and my daughter is singing a solo @ church).

One thing I have really learned the past few weeks is that all these things that SparkPeople helps you to do is create new habits. It is all about forming habits and keeping with them. If I get on the elliptical 3-4 x's a week @ 10:30am for 20 minutes...it becomes a habit for me. It can't happen everyday, but if I can fit it in I want to do it again and again and again.

Today was not that kind of day, but I will make tomorrow a good habit forming day!
I hope tomorrow is also better for all my Spark Friends. We can do this and we will! Make tomorrow a better habit forming day!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LSCHULER72 3/27/2010 9:37AM

    I hope your day is better! I'm feeling sort of similar right now. Let's both of us have better days!

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KRP1435 3/26/2010 11:41PM

    thats the idea keep trying and if you slip up just pick yourself and keep going all those baby steps can pay off and some times we make mistakes but we learn from them hope it gets better for you blessings karen

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House Cleaning/Calories Burned

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Yesterday my 3 year old had a stomach virus, so today I felt like I needed to clean up around the house a bit. That meant not doing my elliptical. I changed the sheets in 3 bedrooms, did 2 loads of laundry, vacuumed 2 bedrooms and the living room. I moved out the sofa, love seat and recliner so I could vacuum behind and underneath them. I also dusted the end tables and entertainment center. Tomorrow I will conquer the bathrooms.

So, the question is, when I have days like these when I do a lot of cleaning/catching up on cleaning, how many calories do I record as a workout. It IS a workout....I would not be tired from doing all I did if it wasn't some kind of workout!

So I did a quick search and found some links with answers:

www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/01/26
/tem_tem2a.html

wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_calories
_burned_doing_house_work

old.swivel.com/data_columns/show/552
5863

weight-loss-methods.suite101.com/art
icle.cfm/housework_burns_calories


Here is a calculator:

www.bitterpoison.com/calories-exerci
se/


So I'm going to estimate that I burned around 300 calories from housework today. Do you think that is too high a number?

(Edited To Add: I went to the Cardio section and found Heavy Housework and I entered 45 minutes and it calculated 219 calories. So I was a little high on the estimate.)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SCAROUSEL1 3/5/2010 11:30AM

    Isn't it great to know you can burn calories without always doing what is deemed traditional exercise?

Another great website for determining how many calories you have buyrned is:

www.caloriesperhour.com<
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I use their activity calculator when I can't find something I am looking for on SP... Such as washign the car, washing the dog, mowing the lawn with a riding mower, rototilling the garden... LOL!

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SMYLEERED 3/3/2010 11:54PM

    Hope your little one is feeling better...and yes housecleaning is exercise glad you found it in the cardio section. Add it every time you do it.

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 3/3/2010 11:09PM

    Cleaning house is definitely exercise. It sounds like you got a lot accomplished today - good for you!

Lori

P.S. I hope your little one is feeling better - I know it's not fun when the kids are sick.

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SPARKLYMOOSE 3/3/2010 9:14PM

    I was glad to read your blog. I madly cleaned house yesterday and recorded it as exercise..but then I was feeling guilty about it as though it didn't really count. Then I thought, to heck with that, I worked hard, so I did count it. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one...might as well kill 2 birds with 1 stone!

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2010 Mix It Up In March Challenge

Sunday, February 28, 2010

3/4/10- 20 mins on elliptical: calories burned! emoticon

3/2/10- 20 mins on elliptical: 301 calories burned! emoticon

3/1/10- 31 mins on elliptical: 447 calories burned! emoticon
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This challenge runs from March 1st - 31st, 2010.

*3 part challenge in which the goal is to mix up your exercise routine, try new things and educate yourself about other kinds of exercises that you could be doing.

emoticon MIX IT UP!

Try new exercises, workouts, read more about a topic (like Yoga, Pilates, something you've never done but you might like if you try it out),watch a Spark demonstration online for an exercise you've never done---then do it!

emoticon- USE IT!

This is where my inventory list comes in.

See my inventory list here:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=29
31395


Use 3 things from my inventory list per week.
This will help me to incorporate things I have that I haven't been using. At the least, use the SparkPeople demonstration exercises and do one of them. DO something new & different!

emoticon- LOG IT!

Keep a log for the month in '1' (one) blog entry on your SparkPage.
Blog about how I mixed things up for the week, what I tried that was new, what I used of my own). Use 3 different things from my list per week.
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SCAROUSEL1 3/2/2010 12:02PM

    Great challenge! You can do it!

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 2/28/2010 10:04PM

    Love it!
Lorraine

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2010 Take Inventory Challenge

Friday, February 26, 2010


I am the team leader for the Pushing 40 Team. For the last 2 weeks in February our team challenge is to compile a list of things that can aide team members in their weight loss.
(I did this challenge last year, but not a lot of members participated, so I brought it back for 2010).
I knew my list would be long, as I have acquired things over the many years of trying to lose weight and then giving up. I just didn't realize how much I have. There should be no reason for me to not lose weight and utilize the resources (magazine articles, books) and equipment I own. Well, the only reason I can foresee right now is making the TIME to use all these items. So, here is my list (*Updated for 2010) :
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**Equipment**

-Elliptical Machine -Ab Max/Ab Roller -Mini Trampoline -Exercise Ball

-Weighted Jump Rope -Weighted Ankle/Wrist Weights -(1) 15 lb hand weight

- set of 3 lb hand weights -resistance bands for ankles -resistance bands for hands

-resistance band/pully that attaches to door knob

-pedometer -workout mat
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*Countless articles ripped out of magazines & stuffed in a folder

*Binder of Exercises - ripped out of magazines and in page protectors

*Book-Buns Of Steel Total Body WorkOut

*Weight Watchers Flex Points Information - an online fiend of mine had re-joined and sent me her extra information

*Personal Training Work Out sheets from 1995 when I belonged to a gym and lost 15 lbs
(includes Body Fat Analysis print out, which they did by placing electrodes on my body)

*Original Deal A Meal Program (cards)
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**DVD's**

Prevention's:
Dance Yourself Thin
Slim, Strong & Firm
Fight Cellulite Fast
Walk Yourself Fit
Get Moving
Personal Training
The Abs Advantage

Dancing With The Stars - Cardio Dance
Body For Life Women Workout
Walk Away The Pounds- Walk & Jog Power Series
Vicky's Weight Off Workout
8 Minute Abs
Pilates Workout For Dummies
Yoga Booty Ballet-Hip Hop Abs
Yoga Booty Ballet-Core
Crunch Fat Burning Yoga
Complete Yoga Fitness For Beginners
Just My Size Yoga
Balance Ball Core Cross Train
Yoga For The Kid In All Of Us

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SCAROUSEL1 3/2/2010 12:05PM

    Great list of tools! Have fun using them and mixing things up in March! You can do it!

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SMYLEERED 2/26/2010 10:41PM

    Good luck using all the tools you have to lose weight. Coming in here to SP and tracking your food and exercise helps too.
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ASH72461 2/26/2010 1:51PM

  it sounds like you have the right tools
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SPATTEN2001 2/26/2010 1:36PM

    I totally encourage you to make use of all those inventory items and do it before you turn 40. I have turned 60 and it is so hard to get it off!!!! Wish I had taken notice and started much sooner on this journey!!!

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Re-Booting!

Thursday, February 18, 2010



So last month I was optimistic. This month, I need to 're-boot'. You know, like you do after you update your computer with software? That's how I feel right now. I want to gather information (new food ideas, learn to menu plan, make up a schedule for exercise, etc.).
A new outlook. I have to. Now.

This past month I was about Girl Scout cookies (my daughter is a Daisy Scout) and chocolate (Valentine's Day). Well, we are past those two humps and now I want to start fresh. Who cares if we're a few months into the new year. I can start over whenever I want, right?
And I am vowing to myself now, that there will be very little candy for Easter. Jelly beans and maybe something else. I'd rather give the kids something crafty, clothes or a new toy (I think my 7 year old will get a new bicycle helmet). I'm trying to think a little outside the box and go by my own rules.

So back to my 're-boot'. I am re-doing my Inventory Challenge for my Pushing 40 SP Team. I did this last year, but will re-post my 'inventory' because I am sure between then and now I have acquired some more exercise DVD's. Then next month's challenge is to use as many of the items I own. I didn't do so well with this last year, but plan on finding a DVD or two that I enjoy so I can implement them into my exercise schedule (which I need to figure out).

So the re-boot list includes:

-gather new food/snack ideas (anyone have a good replacement for that chocolate craving?)
-learn how to menu plan better (incorporate with grocery shopping)
-create a better schedule for myself/family

This is just the start. After I figure these things out, then I need to start eating healthier and exercising more. I've said this before, but in my heart I know what I need to do and can help and encourage other people what to do, but the actual 'doing it' part and sticking with is where I fail. And then I return to old habits. If I could just change the bad habits and create the new ones I think I would finally shed the pounds I need to. Less talk and more action!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SMYLEERED 2/19/2010 12:33AM

    Finding healthy snack foods can pose a problem especially with youngsters in a household. Commercials on TV, fast foods, candy on the store shelves everywhere all make it a tough chore to do. I think any kind of food that has low fat, low sugar and tastes half decent is the way to go. OK, what kind of food would that be? Fresh/canned fruit, raw veggies, half cup portions of pudding, jello or yogurt, low fat cottage cheese mixed with applesauce or pineapple chunks, dry cereal in a cup, or any of the 100 calorie snack packs as long as they're low sugar. Read labels. To satisfy a chocolate craving, try no sugar Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa, it's very tasty and only 50 calories.

Action is the answer to all our weight problems. Good luck with your re-booting. Very interesting blog.

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