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SparkPeople Works

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I posted this on facebook today, in regards to a Sparkpeople blog post that a study has proven Sparkpeople works. I wanted to share here too.

I'm not sure how valid the study/survey is, but I've seen this site's effectiveness demonstrated in my own life. As of today I've rolled back my body 10 years. Keeping track of everything I eat and do has been essential to every pound and inch lost for the last 81 pounds. Sparkpeople provides basic tools to track all of that. I've paid for other tools that did a little more, but SparkPeople is free (ad-supported) and has one thing all the others dont: a really good support system. The user community is excellent. It's a lot like facebook, but for health and fitness.

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DIANESNEWLIFE 12/17/2009 7:02PM

  You're so right! I've been trying to get the team to understand that as well! You are living, breathing PROOF that it works. Your success is phenomenal, and well earned! emoticon I'm proud to have you on my team!

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Progress Report

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's been over 2 months since I last blogged on SparkPeople. I think I'm finally reaching a point where it is time to analyze what I am doing and decide what changes need to be made.

I've been making a big mistake by getting on the scale more often than I should. It's an addiction and a gamble. I could get up and see a lower number (yay! instant gratification!) or I could get up and see a larger number (doh! am i retaining water?) or I could get up and find that everything seems pretty much the same. It all averages out in my head, and that's why for the last few weeks I have thought that I wasn't losing weight anymore. I checked out the SparkPeople "Stay on Track Calendar" in the Reports section (at the bottom) and sure enough, I've lost 7 pounds in the last few weeks. So, I'm doing fine. Everything is fine. Everything is working out just as it should. I'm getting on the scale every day and risking disappointment, for nothing.

I know the drill - water retention, exercise, sodium, hormones, blah blah blah. I know it is normal. I know I'm not supposed to get on the scale every day. I just do it anyway.

My eating is going well. I am coming in my target range - or under it - on most days. I set up the nutrient tracking for all my vitamins and minerals so I can keep an eye on that, too. It's shocking to see how I am still "deficient" in some areas, despite taking a multivitamin and eating so many fruits and vegetables. There's something to work on.

The fitness side of things is going OK, but I could do better. I am exercising regularly, but I don't like that I have so many days this month that I didn't exercise at all. I know I'm entitled to an off-day once or twice a week, but I have it in my head that I could at least take a walk on off-days. Low intensity exercise is OK for off days. I am not pushing myself to the limit, nor do I expect myself to do so in the future. I just think I need to be walking if I am not at the gym. So, I set up a goal tracker in SP for "take a walk" as one of my daily goals. If I don't go to the gym, then I need to at least go for a walk. Nobody was meant to sit on their but all day and not even go for a low intensity walk.

My daily activity minute average, according to bodybugg, has gone down. My average steps per day has gone down. My caloric deficit is OK, but the other stuff needs to improve. If I keep losing steam, I'm not going to finish this fight. I don't have an excuse. I'm not too tired, I'm not injured, I'm just getting lazy. It's time to fix that!

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BIBLIOMANE40 10/30/2009 11:38PM

    I have that check-the-scale-every-morning obsession lately! I am trying to stop doing that as well.

Best of luck!

Sherry emoticon

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TAREN584 10/27/2009 4:53PM

    Gosh, i know what you mean about wanting to check the scale every day. I have the same problem. I want to check it multiple times a day. I hide my scale so i'm not tempted. I put it in the closet and then on the day i'm supposed to weigh in every week, i get it out. It has worked great. It's the whole "out of sight, out of mind" thing. Good luck, and keep moving!

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Gaining instead of losing

Thursday, August 20, 2009

So I've been carefully counting my calories and monitoring my activity with Bodybugg. I know I have been eating way less than I burn, but I've actually gained weight this week! I may have overdone it by a bit (ok, a lot) on the sodium this week, so I'm thinking that is where I screwed up. If that's the case, I'll lose it as I improve things. Or it could be hormones. Anyway, I'm not going to let it get me down. Stuff happens. I took my measurements this week so that I can re-check in a month just in case the scale is still playing tricks on my head.

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DIANESNEWLIFE 8/21/2009 12:02PM

  You're doing everything right, except maybe for sodium, so don't panic. It's likely water weight; or it could mean that you've built more muscle mass. Just keep eating right and exercising and you'll get there! If you're concerned that you're eating too much sodium. you can track it separately in your nutrition tracker. You might want to try that (if you're not already) for a few weeks just to see how much you're eating. Whatever you do, DON'T lose your positive attitude! You're doing great!


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WALLFLOWER86 8/21/2009 10:02AM

    I never trust the scale more than measurements for reasons like this :) It most likely just is gaining muscle, or water retention, since your being so careful with your calories and you are exercising. Keep working hard!

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SUSIEMT 8/20/2009 9:55PM

    Keep up that good attitude! Never ever ever give up!

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POMLADY1 8/20/2009 9:35PM

    Do forget that muscle weighs more than fat and if you are exercising you couldbe adding muscle. This is a good thing because muscle burns more calories. I'm sure you will start to see positive results soon. Keep up the positive attitude.

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CHRISTYK08 8/20/2009 9:17PM

    Sodium can really mess things up and I've found that it takes 2-3 days of eating lots of fruits & veggies and drinking 8 or more glasses of water to flush the sodium out. Stay on track and you will see positive results.

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JAMIEW3700 8/20/2009 9:05PM

    I like your postive attitude!!! Keep at it and the results will show up soon enough. Its how you feel that counts most. emoticon

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I just tried a workout video

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I just tried the biggest loser "boot camp" workout video, and it totally kicked my butt. I've been doing strength exercises for about a month now, but I guess I was doing something wrong. I haven't felt like I worked this hard since I was a teenager. I wonder if I will be sore tomorrow?

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JAMIEW3700 9/4/2009 2:51PM

    ever tried "leslie sansones walk away the pounds" videos?? they are great!!

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/6/2009 7:14AM

    I do not use to work out too much. If I got sore I will not go to gym next day. So I do limit my time in gym club.

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AALYA3 8/2/2009 9:48PM


i foresee that with your perseverance and consistency, you will be reach yr goal soonest! good job!

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ANTOINETTA46 8/2/2009 9:24PM

    congrats on trying a workout video! you may be a bit sore tomorrow. take it easy,exercise wise tomorrow. have a wonderful day! you can do this! you are worth it!

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8 cups of water isn't enough for me

Friday, July 31, 2009

Today I learned that you can change the "cups of water" goal from the nutrition page under "change nutrition goals."

I changed my water goal to 15 cups of water a day. Does that sound like a lot? It actually might be on the low side of what I need.

The "8 cups of water" recommendation we have heard all our lives is based on the average person at a healthy weight and some other factors. However, most people have higher water requirements because of their weight and perspiration levels.

People who don't drink enough water can have a lot of health problems. Personally, I used to drink about 10 cups of water a day and I had a lot of trouble with my health, including problems with my vision, headaches, and strange sensations in my skin. My doctor recommended a different water requirement for me, and it has worked for me for nearly a year.

What I do is I take my weight and divide that in half, then I aim drink that number of ounces each day. We get some of our water from food, such as soups, cereal etc. I probably don't have to drink a full 20 cups of water, but I definitely need considerably more than 8 cups a day. So, I aim for about 15, and drink even more when I exercise or spend a lot of time outdoors in the heat.

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/6/2009 7:12AM

    Drinking too much water is not very good idea for me. It makes me hungry. Needless to say it is very inconvenient, I have to marry toilet bowl. So I do use recommendation of my Weight Lose Company and limit my water intake to 64 Oz daily. My philosophy is: not too little, not too much.

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SKINNEE_MINNEE 8/1/2009 11:54AM

    Mine is set for 16 cups a day and I try to drink 1.5 gallons. Once I started that it made a big difference. It took over a week to get used to it though, but I can tell I don't retain water now.

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WALLFLOWER86 7/31/2009 9:16PM

    Oh I didn't realize you could change that on the nutrition page, lol. I just got used to seeing my little 8 oz cup spill over :) I make sure I drink atleast 9 a day, but I usually just always have water with me and drink all day. My body lets me know when I've had enough, which seems to be between 10-11 8oz glasses. I guess that's a little low for my divide my weight by two, but if I force myself to drink after my body says no more I feel ill, lol. I guess my body knows what's best for it :)

Off to change my little glass on the nutrition page!

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VGIMLET 7/31/2009 7:45PM

    I have noticed that once I started drinking 8 a day, it was almost as if my body wanted more. I didn't know you could adjust the water, that's a great tip.

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MCOMBS01 7/31/2009 7:31PM

  I'm in a nutrition class, and we learned the same thing about dividing your weight by 2 to figure out how much water to drink. I'm struggling with getting in the 8 glasses, let alone the 15 I should drink... and I have been in the bathroom constantly, but it seems to be getting less often over the past couple weeks. I'm excited when I only wake up once a night to pee.

My husband jokes that it is a conspiracy to make sure we get in our exercise by walking to the bathroom all the time.

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SECRETMUSIC 7/31/2009 7:29PM

    Oh, my, I've been drinking 64oz. daily now for about 5 weeks, and I have to pee very, very often. It is disrupting my sleep, even though I've tried drinking most of the water in the morning, and just a little more in the afternoon. How would I manage twice that amount? Maybe a catheter... emoticon

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GUMBIEMAMA 7/31/2009 7:28PM

    hi Shick, I do use the bathroom every hour, and as long as I don't drink too much before bedtime, I don't get up to pee at night. You have to build up to drinking larger amounts of water so your bladder can get used to it.

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BUTTONS973 7/31/2009 7:26PM

    Yep that's correct. Take your weight, divide it by 2, and that's how much water you should be drinking in ounces. You got it!!

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SCHICK66 7/31/2009 7:20PM

    Wow do you live in the bathroom? I drink about 10 cups a day and go to the bathroom almost every hour. I even wake up 2-3 times during the night to pee.

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GUMBIEMAMA 7/31/2009 7:14PM

    I don't usually feel thirsty either. I just try to make it a habit to drink all the time.

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ASANDERD 7/31/2009 7:11PM

    I never knew that. I suffer from chronic migraine headaches that I have been able to control with Feldene, that helps with knee pain as well. Thanks for knowledge, I will definitely tuck it away and keep it. I have a hard time drinking just 8 cups aday... I'm never thirsty, but ever since I can remember I have been a huge sweater. I mean I can just be standing in a store and my forehead is just wringing wet. But I'm never thirsty...

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