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Getting Prepared to "GET IT DONE"

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

emoticon Well, I've been thinking and talking about doing this so I accumulated all the information today. I have two wonderful workout facilities available for myself and one is an OK price but the other is "kinda" free....
1. Aquatic Therapy Facility for $55/mo. with classes, free swim time and one on one as needed. There is a $90 assessment, one time fee for evaluation as to what I will need. I have fibromyalgia so this should be awesome. As I told the woman there, I can't wait, but my main concern is getting into a "bathing suit". She said no problem because they allow shorts and shirts over the bathing suits!! Go figure.
2. Senior Center: $22/year!! All kinds of exercise classes, equipment, painting, trips, food, etc. etc. etc. Classes include Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Line Dance, Tone 'N Stretch, TOPS, cards.... the list goes on and on
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I really wanted to share this information especially for the "older" (50+, which I don't consider older) because the Senior Centers and food programs are "crazy" good! Check them out!!
Life is Good..... I think SparkCoach lit a few extra Sparks under my behind... Something happened.
So I'm filling out the paperwork tomorrow and moving forward.
It's amazing what you find out there.... WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING!!! emoticon

  
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LINDAK25 8/8/2012 6:41PM

    That's fantastic! Good for you.

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DIET_FRIEND 8/8/2012 5:57PM

    Sounds like you will be getting your fit on!

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DESERTJULZ 8/8/2012 10:05AM

    Get 'er done, Hapinana!

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Remember you are only as old as you feel - and with all that socialising and exercise you will feel like a kid again!!
Go and enjoy!!

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I HATE IT....What should I do?????

Friday, July 27, 2012

emoticon Ok, here it goes! I do not have a problem with my eating, there I've said it! I really really have my food in check according to what amount of carbs, fats and proteins I ingest for the day. What I do have a problem with is I cannot make myself eat as many calories stated on the nutrition tracker. Call me crazy but 1700-2000 is way way way too much for me to take in. emoticon too many groceries for me!
Now here is where the problem kicks in.... emoticon I have a hard time working out! It's not that I don't have the time, cuz I do. It's not that I don't have the equipment, cuz I do. It's not that I think I don't have to, cuz I know I do. I HATE IT.... HATE IT.... HATE IT!!
emoticon I don't know who just said that???
I try to follow my schedule of workouts to do and I succeed for a few days and then the "fun" is over. So I try something new, (this is why I "have" the equipment).
Am I the only one with this problem. Am I missing something here.
I am losing weight, I am feeling better, I do have more energy....... I just feel like I'm letting myself down and hitting a brick wall over and over and over again.
I'm now chair dancing and just received a Malibu Pilates Chair to add to my new gadgets. I like them all; treadmill, resistance bands, free weights, dvds...etc. but just HATE to workout, I would rather sit on my butt and read a good book (I'm a bookaholic)
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BRAVENEWGRL 7/29/2012 1:26PM

    Oh! And I just thought of this! I recently found Fitdeck - which basically just exercises on playing cards that you can do whenever. I didn't want to pay the money so I've been making my own (I'll blog about it soon). What if you made yourself a Fitdeck and then worked in 10 minutes of exercise here and there throughout your day? On the Fitdeck website they have some suggestions like if you want dessert, you draw 4 cards and perform the exercises. So maybe you could do that for your reading. For every hour you want to read, you have to draw cards and do those first. That way you get your workout in and your reading and things are never the same...

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/29/2012 1:22PM

    I haven't read all of the comments - so this might be redundant. You need to find something you love doing. I hate running. Hate hate hate it. I made myself do it. Then after I ran my 5k, I promptly gave it up and could care less if I ever run again. Sure it's fun to jog with the dog every now and again but it's not something I ever want to do on a schedule. I realized just taking the dog for a walk around the block was ok.

I don't have to like or love running.

Then I met yoga. I looooooooooooooooooooove yoga. I love how there's not a single day where the flow is the same and I am constantly being challenged. I can go to yoga 6 days a week and still not get sick of it.

So find what you love doing. Even if it doesn't seem like 'enough'. Start there. Baby steps. Maybe it is just taking the dog for a walk around the block. Maybe it is just walking around the mall and extra time or two. If you don't enjoy it, you aren't going to stick with it! Maybe look into something like yoga or crossfit or something that has a 'workout of the day' so you don't get bored. Personally, there are only so many times I can take the 30 Day Shred before I want to poke my eyeballs out with boredom. Find something that doesn't make you nuts and have fun with it!

And maybe you could get some audio books from the library so you could walk and listen....

As for the food - well only you can tell what your body needs. I would say maybe consult a nutritionist or dietian if you can to make sure that you are meeting your daily dietary needs adequately.

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DIZZYCOCOA 7/29/2012 1:13PM

    I hate working out too and try to mix it up, like you but just get so bored with everything.

I finally bargained it out and I get TV shows on DVD (from the library for free) and watch one per workout on the treadmill. If it's a good series it keeps me coming back and I don't allow myself to watch it any other time - just on the treadmill. I also let myself walk slowly and always seem to ramp it up as I go along. The show keeps my mind off the monotony of walking but I still get a workout every day and know it will be at least 45 minutes.

I find it difficult to read on the treadmill, but I would think you could do something similar by getting books or downloading them to an electronic device and let yourself walk leisurely while you read or even listen to them on CD/ipod etc.

Basically, I realized that I'm going to get bored with workouts so I just picked one where I can kind of feel like I'm sitting back and being entertained but still get some movement in my day.
I noticed that it really helped though, last weekend i went camping and we were out hiking and I never got tired or sore.

Agreed on the SP calorie ranges. Mine is absurd too.

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MOBYCARP 7/28/2012 5:16PM

    There are times when I love *having exercised* but really dislike the idea of *starting to exercise*. Sometimes I dislike it all the way through the exercise, sometimes I warm up to it when I get going.

And there are many, many times when I want to give so much time to reading books that I don't have any time for exercise.

I've become accustomed to using the bottom end of my calorie range as a target that I *have to * eat up to. But I'm in maintenance, and I pick that bottom end to avoid losing weight.

If you're still in weight loss mode, there's a real possibility that SP is picking the wrong range for you. After all, the SP program is based on a broad average. Many people will be close to the average, and have the SP estimate work for them; but some won't. You need to know whether the SP estimate is good for you, or biased in one direction or the other. It sounds like you have a good handle on that. I'd encourage you to think about changing the range to be something that your body tells you is more appropriate than the SP estimate.

You are not alone. Many of us face the same issues.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 7/28/2012 2:59PM

  For me its all about finding an exercise that I like. I love boxing with the Wii. I do Walk Away the Pounds and my reward that the diligence is boxing. I go back and forth on the weight training. Sometimes I like it sometimes 10 minutes a day is better than nothing. We all need some cardiovascular exercise to be our healthiest and weigh bearing exercise such as weight training to strengthen our bones. I'm almost 43 so I think as if I am preparing my body to do extra innings in my old age. I want to be the best I can be and see my niece and nephew's have kids.

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DESERTJULZ 7/28/2012 10:51AM

    Oh you are not alone! I love to exercise, now. It wasn't always so...

The pounds were creeping on, a few here, a few there. I'm not the person to let things get totally out of control, so when I got to 20% over my ideal weight, I knew I had to do something. That was in May, this year. One of my friends is a personal trainer and was hosting a 4-week weight loss challenge as a fundraiser for her charity. $25 to participate. I joined. She recommended SparkPeople to journal & track nutrition and exercise.

I joined and committed to do the steps required, whether I liked it or not. Oh how I hated the exercise those first four weeks! I made myself do it though, six days a week. At the end of the challenge, I was the winner both in pounds and percentage lost (percentage determined the winner, though). Winning motivated me, and I decided to keep on with the program, because I still had over 10% of my weight to lose.

Then, she hosted another challenge this month. Weigh-in is tomorrow. I've been at this since May, and because I have forced myself to exercise six days a week, whether I want to or not, my attitude has actually changed! Last Thursday, (my official rest day), I WANTED to exercise! It felt WRONG not to. However, I know that rest days are a value to the body, so I didn't. How odd it was for me to be longing for a workout. :D

Bottom line: set a goal of exercising at least three days a week, perhaps more. Set the goal to go for several months. Set up a reward for you that you can have *only* if you keep the goal. Then do it. At the end, I bet you 10 Spark goodies that you'll have a different attitude toward exercise.

Want to take my bet?

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WIZINTN 7/28/2012 8:11AM

    "I am losing weight, I am feeling better, I do have more energy....... ' - REJOICE!

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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 7/27/2012 5:33PM

    I'm not crazy about exercise either. Just start where you can and go from there.

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LINDAK25 7/27/2012 12:01PM

    Boy, that does seem like a lot of calories! Of course, I don't know any other specifics, so I can't tell you it should be different. I find it hard to eat a lot of calories, too. I'm not eating as many calories as you, but with eating mostly whole foods, it's a lot of food. I get very full. By now you should be able to tweak things. But if you're losing weight at the level you want and not feeling exhausted and grouchy all the time then you're right where you should be for the moment.

I'm a bookaholic, too. Spending all the time I spend on Spark takes me away from my reading and I'm not liking that! I would much rather read than exercise. I find I procrastinate when I should be exercising. Once I start though, I'm fine. Sorry you get bored with your workouts! I feel a whole lot better when I exercise, as long as I don't overdo it. I keep over-training and then I have to rest for a couple of days and restart my exercise program at a much slower pace. It's very frustrating!


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EMMABE1 7/27/2012 2:22AM

    I remember a time a bit ago when I hated exercise!! Everyone will tell you - no way would I move myself!!
Then I started Curves - and Zumba - and pump and found that in a class situation I could exercise and have fun!! I am banned from Zumba now because of my knees (I tore a cartilage - again!!) but I still do Curves and pump - I meet friends - we do the circuit - and have fun with each other and then go for coffee (no cake) and I have made huge strides in weight and fat loss - and I wrote a blog - and admitted I actually ENJOY exercise now and more than that - I enjoy what it does to my body!!
It took 2 1/2 yrs or more though to get to that stage!!

Find something you really enjoy - maybe with others in a group rather than alone - and let them encourage you to keep going as you encourage them!!
You will see the difference in how you look and feel - its not just about weight loss - its also about strengthening those muscles and toning them and looking the best that you can - instead of having heaps of hanging flabby bits, and having no strength and balance and stamina and flexibility because you lost weight but didn't exercise!!

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DIET_FRIEND 7/27/2012 2:13AM

    I am in hour exact shoes! Now that I'm tracking, I am eating conciously and NOT making my minimum calorie goal according to Spark. I am not into working out and I have DVDs, dumbells, etc., too. I am losing some pounds despite being kind of sedentary. Well...no one is perfect so there. I do sometimes break out and do a workout, but I also feel like vacuuming is fitness or any other regular movement--and I like to sit around reading and stuff too. I think I can lose weight without fitness for a while until I get to a plateau. Once I lose 20 or so by diet alone, I might actually feel like doing more fitness. I have made it a goal to drop 2 pounds a week from careful eating. If I can't do it that way, I may try something else, but so far so good.

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WOO HOO SUCCESS!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

emoticon This is a short little "big" blog sharing with everyone that since I've almost lost 20 Lb. (5 oz away), I made a quick stop at my doctors office to check my blood pressure... It read 134/76, which is the lowest ever!!! One of my goals is to someday get off of all my medications. I'm now taking 2 meds for my blood pressure and the nurse said to come back at least every week. If it starts getting even lower (and my weight), then I will talk to my doctor about it.....I'M SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW! Never thought I would be so happy over my blood pressure being low.
Just FYI it usually ran about 145/90.....See what I mean Yes Yes Yes!!! emoticon
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CHANGEISGOOD 7/24/2012 8:46AM

    YAY!!! Good for you! You are doing a great job taking care of you. Hope you have an awesome day.
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WIZINTN 7/21/2012 7:33PM

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Here's to healthier you!!!
Sandy

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 7/21/2012 10:08AM

    Fantastic news!!!!!! Twenty pounds can make a huge difference. I am so happy for you.
Congratulations!
Have a wonderful weekend
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D_4RECOVERY 7/19/2012 5:56PM

    emoticon that's emoticon!!!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/19/2012 5:54PM

    I see you have a BP issue, I did till I took 1200 units of garlic a day and a few months later dropped to 500 when my BP dropped from 220/110 to 120/79 and has stayed @16 years now. After a huge amount of stress it went back up to 210/100 so I went back and now take 2400 units in the AM and it's down to 127/78. Maybe you could try adding it to your morning pills and see if it doesn't help. emoticon

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WHEW.... HERE I GO !!!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

emoticon Ok... first day of my 5K walking program! I can't believe I'm doing this. Talk about "going for the gold"... that's what it's like for me right now! Never in a million years did I think I would do something like this... Oh I love this place emoticon
I am losing weight.. emoticon..ok not that much yet! LOL
I am very very motivated emoticon and all the information on this site is crazy emoticon
I have my good days and bad days, like most, but mostly good!! I suffer from fibromyalgia, but with medication and a positive mind it will get better. I can already feel it!
I'm kinda addicted to SPARKPEOPLE!!! I live alone, don't work... so why not is what I say.
And, right now, this time in my life, what I say goes!! IT'S "MY" LIFE to live as I wish!
Whoa, enough of this stuff. I was just going to tell you about my 5K walking program... hmmm, got a little off track, I think.
What I'm trying to say is I'm on my way to a new me and not ashamed to say I'm very proud of ME right now and wanted to share, I guess emoticon
Have a positive week, and I'll keep you posted on my 5K adventure emoticon

  
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CHANGEISGOOD 6/12/2012 5:34PM

    I am excited for you! How is the training going? Good luck.

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Good luck in your quest for the gold!

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KINDYW 6/3/2012 7:32PM

    Hey good luck on your quest. i'm working on a similar one and am in kind of the same place weight wise. Lost some..still lots to go. Getting going is the hardest thing and it sounds like you are well on your way!

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I SURPRISED MYSELF !!!......

Sunday, May 20, 2012

emoticon First of all, I've just started exercising, hmmmm .... tomorrow will be two weeks. Just a short tidbit :o), I started at 228.5 Lbs ( emoticonnow everyone knows), I have fibromyalgia emoticon (pain 24/7) and I haven't exercised for probably 20 years ( emoticon)....
What "sparked" me to get going, was that my sister just died on Christmas Day, which was very upsetting. I have two brothers left and one of them (my baby brother) told me you need to get healthy.... (and this is what got me... emoticon "I just lost one sister and I do not want to lose the only one I have left"
Well, that did it! Someone actually cared.... emoticon. So he is my "little baby brother coach"... He has always been healthy and he wants to help me. I was touched...... so this is why I joined 'SPARKPEOPLE". To help show me the way and another place to gain knowledge and be accountable to yet another person (persons emoticon.
I'm so happy to be here...... oh, I remember now what I was going to say (fibro-fog emoticon) I've been doing this exercising stuff for two weeks now and finally yesterday I did a 26 min mile and I was SO SURPRISED emoticonthat I "COULD" actually accomplish that in just two weeks time.
I AM PROUD OF MYSELF...... emoticon
My family is so happy, my two boys, their wives, my 3 grandchildren and my two brother!
I'm bound and determined to get this horrible weight off emoticon, be a healthy eater emoticonand be a continuous exerciser emoticon
I'm a happy camper right now emoticon and I can't believe I just wrote all this.....
Until next blog, I guess!
Your SPARKFRIEND FOREVER
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CTUPTON 8/25/2012 7:36PM

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JESSIG5 6/4/2012 6:43PM

    Go for it! I walked a 5K exactly one year and one month after leaving rehab. I spent months in hospital and rehab and became so weak I couldn't walk at all so I know it can be done. Good luck to you on your new program. (Love your wallpaper).

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/27/2012 10:29AM

    you're doing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/22/2012 10:17AM

    Congrats on your accomplishments to date, hugs to your wonderful brother and best wishes to you as you work your way back to good health!

Keep us posted as you go along...

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GEEKSMEGGLY 5/22/2012 8:46AM

    That is wonderful!!! emoticon

Welcome to the world of exercising with Fibro. Usually ups emoticon and downs emoticon as we travel toward our healthy goals.
Wishing you only the Ups emoticon and wonderful results. emoticon

Bonnie

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 5/21/2012 1:54AM

  Good job! emoticon

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SWTHRT4UDRLNG4 5/20/2012 2:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonKEEP IT UP emoticon

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BHOLMAN1005 5/20/2012 1:56PM

    Good luck in your quest for good health emoticon

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