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Month Two on Spark People: Progress Report

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Alright, I have been on SparkPeople for two whole months already! Progress was not as significant as the first month, but that's ok because I'm still moving in the right direction. And weight always comes off faster in the beginning. So here are my starting and my current numbers:

Starting Weight: 202 Current Weight: 186
Starting Waist: 38 inches Current Waist: 35 inches
Starting Hips: 45 inches Current Hips: 43.75 inches
Starting Thigh: 28.5 inches Current Thigh: 27.25 inches
Starting Upper Arm: 13.5 inches Current Upper Arm: 12.75 inches
Starting Bust: 45 inches Current Bust: 43 inches

So a total of 16 pounds in two months! 4.5 of them were in this second month, which I think is still pretty good considering there were the holidays to contend with. I will keep pushing forward and I can't wait to see month 3's progress!

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EVEMG12 1/14/2013 10:03AM

    You're doing amazing! Keep up all the great work! You rock!

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/12/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon Those are great numbers!

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JULESJET 1/12/2013 8:52PM

    You are doing great!

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    Now that is progress, keep up the good work!

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RG_DFW 1/12/2013 12:06PM

    You're doing great

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DRPOOH63 1/12/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon on your success!

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/12/2013 8:48AM

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My Favorite Piece of Exercise Equipment

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I thought I would share with everyone what my very favorite piece of exercise equipment is. It's the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer ( http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/
d&cp=4413986.4417717 )

I don't have the room for a treadmill or a full sized elliptical in my home. And I can't afford a gym membership. So I bought one of these a few years ago. It's small, can be put in a corner, and I have been using it almost every day. If I'm just sitting around watching TV, I'll pull this out and use it. Even if I'm not going fast, or if I have it set to a lighter resistance, at least I'm still moving instead of just sitting. It's a great cardio workout for when I don't feel like going outside to power walk (which is often) and as an elliptical there is no impact that hurts my shin splints.

I really love using it and just wanted to share with others. Maybe somebody else uses it too, or maybe somebody would now like to use one themselves. Anyway, it was just something that I wanted to share!

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DRPOOH63 1/9/2013 10:20PM

    That is really cool. I have little to no space but that looks like it wouldn't take much and would be great for when it is brutal cold out and for in front of the tv.

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HEATHERS_TIME 1/9/2013 5:25PM

    It does track calories, although I cannot say how accurate it is.

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EVEMG12 1/9/2013 4:15PM

    Does it track calories burned? I'm really tempted to get an elliptical in general so I can use it while I'm watching TV too!

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My New Mini-Goal

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I am happy to say that I accomplished my first mini-goal, which was to lose 10-15 pounds by Christmas. I have currently lost about 15 pounds emoticon but I seem to be stuck at this point.

I feel like I need a new mini-goal to strive towards. Something to motivate me to keep pushing. So I have decided that I would like to lose another 10 pounds by Valentine's Day, making a total of 25 pounds lost. When I think about that number, 25 pounds, I get really excited. It's only 10 pounds away, and it's totally doable! I've been having some successful days with eating healthy again and now that I have a new mini-goal to be excited about, I am going to be putting in the effort to make sure that I keep it up.

Why by Valentine's Day? Because my boyfriend and I go out to dinner that night and I have lots of nice dresses which I haven't been able to fit into for a while. With an extra 10 pounds off by then and working on toning up my body I should be able to fit better into some of them. It's been a long time since I've gone out and dressed up and didn't feel super uncomfortable because I squeezed myself into a dress that really didn't fit me.

So I'm very excited and motivated because I know I can reach my new mini-goal!

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NOSODA 1/29/2013 8:15PM

  you can do it,,,keep up the good work emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/9/2013 1:01AM

    One day at a time, one pound at a time...YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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JULESJET 1/8/2013 8:49PM

    Sounds like a great mini-goal! You can do it!

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Disconnected my Fitbit from SparkPeople

Monday, January 07, 2013

I love my Fitbit. I have worn it every single day from the moment I get out of bed until I get back in it since I've had it. I really love checking it and being motivated to move around more each day to increase my steps.

However, I really couldn't stand the absurdly high numbers it was putting into my fitness tracker here on SparkPeople. I'm sorry, but there is no way that I have been doing almost two hours of exercise and burning 700 calories through exercise each day. And I got tired of having to remove the Fitbit entry from my fitness tracker every single time I logged on, which is several times a day. I would much rather put in my own exercises into my fitness tracker, I feel that it is a much more accurate representation of how long I have been working out and how many calories I have burned than what the Fitbit showed.

Do any other Fitbit users have this same difficulty? Like I said, I still love having it and I still use it. I just got tired of it being synched up with SparkPeople and reporting very inaccurate numbers to my fitness tracker.

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GOLFGMA 1/18/2013 8:31AM

    I have not purchased the Fitbit. Still use my pedometer. I use a Nordic Track recumbent bike and a Nordic Track treadmill and notice that the number of calories burned do not match the SP numbers. Using the scale, how our clothes fit and how we feel is the best method to track our progress, I think! emoticon emoticon

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DRPOOH63 1/7/2013 11:05PM

    I am still on the fence for purchasing one of these but this is great info. Thanks for sharing!

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/7/2013 9:08PM

    Know what you mean. I don't have a fitbit, but I'm still not sure if the numbers are right for calories used on an exercise bike. Only time will tell.

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BRENDA_G50 1/7/2013 12:10PM

    Sure am glad I saw your blog! I was wondering how it worked and if users were happy with it. This is the first time I've seen anything posted about it. I thought about ordering one but never got around to it. Just ordered a MP3 player yesterday so I could listen to music instead of having to READ the closed-caption on the t.v. at the gym (I quit going to the gym because I lost my motivation to exercise. I like to listen to music because it makes me want to move to the beat). Now I will have no excuse not to exercise.

emoticon...for posting this (it saved me some money)... emoticon

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So skiing may not be for me....

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yeah, it was terrifying. I fell when I got off the ski lift at the top of the bunny slope, and couldn't get up. And then I almost cried why I looked down they bunny slope. And I fell three times (once really hard) the first time I went down. It took an hour and half to get down the first time! And it was so embarrassing because I just don't have the leg and arm strength to get up once I fall. I need to take a ski off and hobble up then put it back on.

I got better and was able to get down the bunny slope without falling, but I couldn't get over the fear of going fast. So it was a slow trek down the hill. I did start to enjoy it a little bit by the end, but it was still stressful and scary. And now my body aches and I have a big bruise on my bottom from that really hard fall.

I would not choose to go skiing again, but I have to because my mom bought ski tickets to a bigger mountain for my boyfriend, my brother, and myself (at my insistence, so I feel really bad about not wanting to go again...) Hopefully I can get over my fear and enjoy it a little bit more. At least I can say it was a beautiful day and a good workout!

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CEILIE2 1/7/2013 1:13PM

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You did very well and stuck to it for the full day.
Do not feel bad if you choose that it is not for you......give it a chance and then make the decision. emoticon Someday soon ....you just might like it.

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LOSENIT66 1/7/2013 8:19AM

    Good for you - you fell down and got right back up. Having very little control over where you are going can be a frightful thing.

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    You tried something new and that is wonderful! Give it another chance, if you want to.

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DRPOOH63 1/6/2013 4:26PM

    As a Colorado native, I completely understand your feelings! Try snowshoeing! So, so much more fun and less expensive. Sometimes trying something a second time will make it better so perhaps when you go with the passes your mother gave you it will be better! You never know.

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BER7506 1/6/2013 2:10PM

    Wow! You gave it a good shot, and from the sounds of you beginning to enjoy it towards the end, you have the potential to feeling even better the next time you go!! It is like trying new food, you might have to eat it a couple of times before requiring a taste ;) I admire you. I just went cross country skiing last week, and all I could think about was how i would never go down a hill on them!
Good luck the next time! Don't give up!

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RG_DFW 1/6/2013 12:18PM

    a beautiful day and a good workout... what's not to like!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/6/2013 9:36AM

  You tried, and that is important. With a little practice, it will be easier, and less stressful. However, if, after the 3rd try, you find it isn't for you, you should say so, and not feel guilty about it.

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