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Like a moth to the flame....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

That used to describe me and my attraction to foods that I should have eaten less of, as well as my love affair with my couch, when I could have been active.

Now, I visualize something else…

Since mid December, I’ve been working out almost daily, sometimes 2 hours plus per day. Zumba (2+) times per week, Group Power (weight lifting/toning to music, 2 X per week), contact cardio kickboxing, yoga, walking, weigh lifting machines, dreadmill, recumbant bike… Whatever it takes, whenever I can.

And until the last two weeks, I hadn’t been losing weight. And I am truly okay with that. I even had to do something COMPLETELY CRAZY and eat MORE food. Some people call this a plateau, I call it storing power. I KNOW that I am losing inches, that I am feeling stronger, that my muscles are getting more defined. I KNOW that my fat is going away and being replaced by “fit”.

The way I picture it, fat cells are like lazy, stupid, slow moving moths. Just sitting there, hanging around with no purpose other than to make me unhealthy.

Muscles are like a bug zapper. My muscles before December, were just sitting there, unplugged, at a wattage that was too low to zap even the slowest of fat cells. Right now my muscles are gaining power, getting charged up and ready to start frying fat cells, left and right.

I can’t wait (weight?) till the end of our fitness challenge that I joined at my gym. (-3 lbs and 1 dress size in 4 weeks with 4 more weeks to go!)

When my body gets to the point where I have built my muscles up to “full charge”… Let the Fat Fry begin!!

Spark on!! Or would that be Zap on?!?
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KWB4747 3/24/2011 8:57PM

  Gretchen- Can TOTALLY relate to this- my trainer and I are trying to find the right "formula" of exercise and calories- I have been losing inches, not a lot of weight, and it is FRUSTRATING!!!. But as long as I am losing inches, I guess. I am still waiting for the fat fry.... emoticon

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DFROMTX 3/19/2011 9:15AM

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Love the comparisons!!

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CHRYS13 3/19/2011 8:51AM

    Love the analogy! You're so right about the muscles! I've lost my 30+ lbs mostly through strength training! emoticon to you!!

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COMAMABEAR 3/11/2011 6:33PM

  Great post! Thanks for the encouragement.

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NEWDAYGIRL23 3/11/2011 5:33PM

    Thanks for this! I have really been struggling with this today and I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one and that there is actually a good reason for it. I have to keep reminding myself of that! so important to keep up the good work!

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SUCCESSIN2011 3/11/2011 5:04PM

    Great blog - just what I needed - I am "stuck" but my clothes are definately fitting better and I bought a size today that I haven't been able to wear for a long time. I like the reference to "Fat Fry" - can't wait for that to happen. Thanks for your blog.

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CHEETARA79 3/11/2011 2:04PM

    Slow and steady wins the weight loss race!

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ERIKO1908 3/10/2011 11:49PM

    so great that you know that even if the scale isn't doing anything major all of this is wonderful for YOU!! keep up all your hard work!! you are doing an AMAZING job!!

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TINATC26 3/10/2011 7:05PM

    well, to spark is to zap, or to zap is to spark, so either way, you, and we, win!! You go girl!!

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SWEETNEENI 3/10/2011 2:28PM

    SHAZAAM! emoticon

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CHAMPAGNEKISSE7 3/10/2011 2:01PM

    great blog!!!

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This one's for " The Girls"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

There are two discussion that come up at the gym almost every day:

1. What is the best shoe to wear for Zumba, treadmill, Group Power, or whatever exercise class you are doing?
and more quietly
2. What is the best *ahem* "support" to wear?

Today, I'm addressing the second question. Those of us that are more endowed know how bad it can be with the wrong kind or lack of support. The regular, step-through type of sports bra tends to give what has been termed "uni-boob", both sides, squished together and still, bouncing around. Since even my very fit Zumba instructor needs to wear 2 of this style at the same time to keep her girls from roaming, it's sure not going to work for my 38-D's!

Frankly, if I can find one of the step-through style sports bras that can fit over my curvaceous hips, it's too wide/loose to fit around the middle, and if I can pull it over my head, it ends up a twisted mess. So, I have to find a serious "fitness bra". I MUST have a brassiere that has clasps, a wide band, adjustable straps, and a whole lotta support. I know, they cost more $$ than Victoria Secret pretty thing, but I am worth it!!

Here's a great article that I found on

There are also a few different articles and conversations on Sparkpeople... here is one message board post and there are more

This one, however, has become my favorite. And not just because of the name... the Ta-Ta-Tamer by Lululemon
I was lucky to find a color that was going 'out of season' so it was on sale. Since my bra is covered... I don't care about the color!!

Get out there, try on something new. Let the lady at the shop measure you!!! Most women are already wearing the wrong size bra, wrong width, wrong cup. It is a free service in most stores. It will make you more comfortable. It will make you feel better. It will help you to exercise better and more efficiently.

Just remember when the price is wrung up at the counter that YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

Keep on Sparking!! And don't forget to keep 'the girls' in line!!

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CORKY982 4/7/2011 2:55PM

  That's what I wear!!! Love them!! The Bust Stops Here is also fantastic from Lulu :)

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DRPOOH63 2/20/2011 7:38PM

    Love lululemon - great stuff - not quite my size but will definitely keep in mind for when I get there. Thanks for sharing!

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TINATC26 2/17/2011 7:24PM

    oh Gretchen, the Ta Ta Tamer!! I just about fell off my chair when I read that!! Great blog with lots of good options and advice, and you are so right, we are ALL worth it!!

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PHEFEY 2/17/2011 3:42PM

    I wear a combo - adidas seperate cups/clasp in the back/normal straps & danskin uniboob/halter straps/compression. Holds them, seperates them, and compresses them so my shoulders don't ache when I run
So very true..we are worth it!

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Keep it Simple. Eat Less, Move More...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Sometimes we get caught up in the details of calories, BMI, when to log activity/exercise as cardio/strength training or "other". How much, how long, pounds and minutes, weight and size. The numbers can drive you crazy.

A friend of mine and I were joking around the other day and thought about how "simple" weight loss should be. Eat Less, Move More. It is much of the attitude that I have taken, since this is a life change, not a diet.

To get to the size that I was over a year ago, I ate more (quantity and poor quality, than I should), and I sat on my ever expanding posterior (moving less). So it *should* be simple. If ate more, moved less got me to my "before" stage, then Eat Less, Move More should get me to the "After" stage. And that is what I am doing now.

Things to remember:
1. I can eat a couple of cookies ON OCCASION, just not the whole bag
2. It is okay to throw away ice cream (also known as, it is NOT okay to finish a pint in one sitting)
3. Veggies are your friend (just don't drown them in cheese sauce)
4. Chocolate is good in LIMITED amounts, so it might as well be the good stuff
5. Pizza is okay, just not the whole pie! (homemade with veggies and turkey pepperoni... YUM!
6. Protein is good for you, as long as it doesn't come deep fried or through a window.
7. It is okay to ask for dressing on the side. And even better if you leave most of it behind.
8. It is okay to say "NO!" when someone asks "Do you want fries with that?"
9. Despite what Grandma always said I do NOT have to finish everything on my plate.
10. Just because someone brings a box of Krispy Kremes to the office does NOT mean I have to eat them. If they are offended, that is THEIR problem NOT mine.
11. "I don't have time for exercise" is an excuse, not a reason. I have time. I MUST put in the effort (This comment is for me, myself, I, GolfChick 2-0, not anyone else. I won't make assumptions or presumptions of anyone else's life or lifestyle)

So there it is. EAT LESS, MOVE MORE!!!
Be Healthy, Spark On!!

The following comedy skit may be offensive to some people. If you are one of those people, DON'T OPEN THIS LINK! I will not apologize. It is meant to be humorous. I am poking fun at ME, not anyone else.

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TINATC26 2/17/2011 7:29PM

    awesome blog, my friend!

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TINKSMOM1 2/14/2011 9:31AM

    So true- thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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LILYBELLE8 2/9/2011 8:07PM

    I think you've got the "formula" figured out just right - less (food) + more (exercise) = A NEW YOU - or me, or anyone else who has the self-discipline to follow your steps. Good blog!

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NURSESUSIE51 2/9/2011 3:42PM

    Soooo simple emoticon At least I don't attack cookies quite as badly as she did emoticon

Thanks for the reminder. Anything (almost) in moderation as long as we keep MOVING!

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PARKERB2 2/9/2011 3:12PM

    Thanks for reminding me of these two simple solutions to my weight problem. emoticon

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Vacation... California, Disneyland... *slight* food panic...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm heading out for 8 days of fun, sunshine and roller coasters. What does a person eat at Disneyland to not send body into a calorie/fat laden tailspin???

Here's my plan so far:
1. Staying in condo with kitchen, cook at least one meal a day
(already mapped nearest grocery store)
2. Take power/protein bars with me
3. I have been told they have fruit options in the park
4. I am staying 1 1/2 miles from the park and will walk there in addition to walking around
5. Only have 1 (one) Churro while on entire vacation (not per day) (a girl's gotta live!!)
6. Drink lots of water at the park

Anyone have any suggestions on how to help food planning on vacation???

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CHRYS13 1/23/2011 7:44AM

    You'll do'll be walking ALOT!! You're ready to make the healthy choices, so with all that walking, I'm guessing you'll be just fine!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/21/2011 10:51AM

    I think you have a good plan, which is key. I haven't been to Disney World in many years, but I was trying to do and see so much that I really didn't spend a bunch of time eating. Have a wonderful time!

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DRPOOH63 1/19/2011 8:51PM

    I am interested to see what you find as I am going to Disneyworld in June. Actually I am not worried as I will have my little nephews to chase around. Very excited!

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SANDYBRUNO 1/19/2011 8:19PM

    I went to Disneyland last year and they do have a lot of healthy options. I found that even though I didn't always eat healthy that because of all the walking I did I didn't gain. I ended up losing around 5 pounds. It is fortunate that you are staying in a place you can cook some.

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TINKSMOM1 1/19/2011 5:33PM

    First of all, let me say I am aboslutely jealous of you! Disneyland is the #1 thing I miss in California! k-thats out of the way...Disney does have fruit options, and they also seem realize people want healthy and try to give other options in their resteraunts. Dont forget the walking is a huge part of your vacations, so dont limit yourself too much! Make sure you try the mint julips in new orleans square..if they still have em! they are awesome! Eat a good breakfast so you dont go to the park hungry (Mickey pancakes are soooo tempting!) and try to snack on something decent like what you may bring so you dont feel starving all of a sudden....Enjoy!!! Have fun!! Say hello to mickey for me! emoticon

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A year in the life… of me.

Monday, January 10, 2011

1/10/2010 I signed up for SparkPeople under the moniker of golfchick2-0. I had been on about 1 ½ years previously as golfchick and decided that I needed a fresh start. I specifically didn’t sign up on New Years full well knowing that, for me, resolutions don’t work!

I just had a check up on 1/6. I was 232 lbs; healthy range of blood pressure and no sign of Type 2 Diabetes (a concern with my family history on both of those) but my cholesterol was over 210.

Several years ago (2002-2004), I was on Weight Watchers. I managed to get down to 168 lbs. and then I had major surgery, abdominal hysterectomy, which put me into a physical and emotional tailspin. I gained back every pound… plus a couple. When I look back at my time on WW, I did well, but I found a way to cheat. I would weigh in on Friday morning, eat, drink and be merry all weekend (within reason) and then half starve myself until weigh in on Friday again. Of course now, I realize that I was only cheating myself!

I am doing SparkPeople right. I am following the guidelines. I am exercising. I won’t say that I am doing perfect. But I am doing better.

Followed the program to the letter, food wise, I Made my goal of losing 30 lbs. by July 31st (my 25th High School reunion) and then I petered out a little. Even then, I should have been more active.

After making my major goal, I still kept in touch. I didn’t let SP slide away. I kept active posting responses, blogs and Team posts. But I let it slide some.

I did regain about 5 pounds, but made a challenge to myself that I would not gain any weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. I did that by still eating Holiday food and drinking Holiday cheer… but I started moving more. I joined a gym and got into some good active habits.

Now, I’m back on track. I already have started working out on a regular basis. I found classes that I enjoy for both aerobic and weight lifting/toning.

Here’s the tale of the tape as of today:
Weight 202 (Still at -30)
Cholesterol under 180
Stamina WAY up
Sleeping much better
Eating much healthier
Down 2 pants sizes

emoticonThank you Chris “Spark Guy” Downie and all of the staff and sponsors of SparkPeople for giving me a way to take back the power and responsibility of being in control of my life, my weight, my health and my well being.

emoticonThank you to all of my SparkFriends. Those of you who respond daily with your hints and support, with your suggestions and your “I failed too, and it’s okay” stories. Those of you who have made a comment on a blog, those of you who have inspired me to be a better person.

Here's the basic philosophy I need to live by "Eat Less… Move More!!!"

Spark on my Friends!! Be healthy, be happy.
Gretchen (golfchick2-0)
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CHRYS13 1/23/2011 7:42AM

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You're well on your way! Love the "eat less, move more"!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/11/2011 4:17PM

    Congratulations on your Spark anniversary, and thanks for sharing your success story. I'm happy for you! Thanks for my Spark Goodie, too.

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ERIKO1908 1/10/2011 8:37PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! I really wish I hadn't taken a good chunk of the year off!! Spark does really help a person stay on track - It's AMAZING!! Going to try my best to not let it slide in the next year...and perhaps year two will bring about my vision collage!!
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7777BEV 1/10/2011 4:57PM

    Congrats on the one year! I didn't realize we almost hit joining on Sparks on the same day - my one year is tomorrow! You have a great outlook on the past year and I'm proud of you for keeping off that 30 - I hope you are too because that is really tough to do especially with the holidays. Keep up the great attitude and all the wonderful ways you're finding to move more. This is a life journey and you're doing it right!!!!!
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