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A Little Extra Effort

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

So a couple of weeks ago I decided to burn a few extra calories a day by marching in place while brushing my teeth in the morning and before bed. It's been working out really well, because in addition to giving me a bit of extra exorcise, it forces me to brush my teeth for the full two minutes.

I've also made a rule that every time I go up the stairs in my house (only 6 at a time, since it's a split level), I have to RUN up them unless I'm carrying something that might spill. This is a challenge sometimes because our exercise equipment is in the downstairs family room, so after working out on the treadmill or bike for 40 minutes, I then have to run up both sets of stairs to the bedroom to change. But I make myself do it every time!

These might seem like little things, but I expect my weight loss journey to take close to a year or more, so if you consider that I'm doing things a few times a day, over the course of a year it could add up to a lot.

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PINKCHEETAH175 12/23/2009 2:29PM

    Great Ideas!!!!! I love taking what might seem like a minor thing and imporving it. It definately makes me feel like I'm accomplishing more....totally gonna steal your brushing and marching idea!!!

good luck and happy holidays!

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One Month Down

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I officially began my SparkPeople journey on November 23, so tomorrow will be my one month "spark-a-versary". I'm going to do a mid-week weigh in so I have an official number to post on my SparkPage. However, I'm not going to take my measurements and do my step/push-up/crunch tests until the 27th, since that's when I took them last month.

I am feeling great about my first month! While I probably will end up a little shy of my goal of losing 11.5 pounds, I am incredibly proud of how well I've done with my exercise and nutrition. Assuming I exercise today (which I will!), I will have only missed one day of cardio in my first full month (Thanksgiving day) and I will have done strength training every single day. In addition, since my first week when I was tracking food but not trying to stay in my ranges, I have not gone over my max calories a single time. I have gone under my minimum a couple of times, though, and that's one of the things I'm trying to work on.

Plus, I am really starting to feel a difference! My arms have like real muscles in them now! And under the fat in my upper abdomen, I can really feel some muscles from my crunches. And I'm no longer sore every day after I work out, like I was for the first couple of weeks. I can't wait to do my step/push-up/crunch tests over the weekend and see how I've improved, because I really think I'll see an improvement in all three areas. Even though the scale isn't showing me as big a change as I'd like, I can feel and see the differences in other ways.

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PRINCESSNURSE 12/22/2009 12:10PM

    Way to go!!

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SEATTLESIMS 12/22/2009 12:08PM

    congrats!! That sounds like a great month.. nothing like a little spark to keep you trucking along on your journey!!
Good luck with your text on teh 27th!!
Have a great holiday too!

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TWEETS9401 12/22/2009 11:55AM

    Good job!!! Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. It all takes time.

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WHITNEYFL 12/22/2009 11:41AM

    Yeah wow!! Im impressed.. my first month I was incredibly lazy when it came to exercise! WOOOHOO! Can't wait to see your results!

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LOOZINITNOW 12/22/2009 11:39AM

    You are starting to see the awesome results of commitment! Congratulations on making it one month! emoticon

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KEEPGOING87 12/22/2009 11:35AM

    wow those are some AMAZING accomplishments for your first month! you should be super proud! strenght training every day? wow! awesome!

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Not Giving Up!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Well this morning's dreaded weigh-in only showed me down 1.6 pounds for the week. While it's my third week in a row with a less-than-stellar loss, I'm not givng up! I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing for the rest of this month and I'm going to make sure I meet all of my December goals. Then I'm going to step things up a bit in the month of January by starting the EA Active 30-Day Challenge, in addition to my normal cardio and weight training and then I'm going to do the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels in February, and then in March and April I'm going to do the EA Active More Workouts 60-Day Challenge and then in May I will find some new and exciting challenge to pursue (maybe Couch to 5k?).

I'm going to stay focused! I'm going to keep setting and meeting goals for myself! I'm not going to let a little thing like the scale discourage me. I need to lose this weight, whether it takes me 10 months or over 2 years. I'll keep plugging along one day, one week, and one month at a time until I am the me I know I can be.

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IPA-RAY 12/21/2009 1:11PM

    I agree with the other Sparkers. Any weight loss at this time of year is a good loss. I found the 1.6 pounds you lost and am glad that was the extent of the damage I suffered last week.


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PRINCESSNURSE 12/21/2009 12:45PM

    I have been working toward my weight loss goal for almost a year. Any loss is a good loss-sometimes we have to accept the fact that the changes we make on the inside do not always show up on the outside right away. Celebrate the good choices you are making everyday!

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FAKESNOW 12/21/2009 12:41PM

    I love your positive attitude. :D

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WHITNEYFL 12/21/2009 11:50AM

    That's still an awesome loss!! ANY LOSS IS A GOOD LOSS!!! That's weight you no longer have burdening your buns!

Btw- have you measured your inches? I love measuring inches instead of the scale because you see exactly where you're shrinking. If you haven't do so yet- I suggest it big time!

Great job, keep it up !

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LOOZINITNOW 12/21/2009 11:43AM

    1.6 lbs is great considering what time of the year it is! You are doing wonderful! What that scale doesn't show you is the muscle you are gaining, the energy you are gaining and all the other wonderful benefits of this lifestyle. Keep at your mini goals and before you know it you will be at a bigger goal!

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Getting Stronger

Saturday, December 19, 2009

So I noticed yesterday that when I flex my bicep, it's like all hard and strong. I guess my strength training is paying off! Still haven't decided about the home gym. We went and looked at it today and looked at the "Exercise Guide" it comes with. It has 30 different exercises you can do, which seems pretty good. I'll probably make my final decision sometime tomorrow or Monday. I told the couple who is selling it that I'd decide by then, but we wouldn't be able to pick it up until after Christmas.


Home Gym?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tomorrow morning Dan and I are going to look at a home gym we found through Craigslist. It seems like a good deal, but I'm not positive I want it. I really like being able to work out in the privacy of my own home, but we had been talking about joining a gym in late spring/early summer to have access to more strength training equipment and racquetball courts. I figure that, by then, I'll be feeling the limitations of what I can do on my own at home with just a set of 5 lb. hand weights and the light/medium resistance band from my EA Active.

If we get this home gym it might alleviate some of that need for a gym membership, which would save us money in the long run. But at the same time, we still might decide to join a gym for the racquetball courts and additional weight machines, since even with the home gym, our options would be limited. Plus, the thing is BIG. We already have most of our downstairs "family room" occupied by our treadmill and stationary bike. Adding the home gym down there would require us to move some things around and limit the open floor space we have to use for things like push-ups and crunches and any exercise DVDs we want to do (like the 30 Day Shred I plan to do in February).

I guess we'll go and take a look at it and if it turns out to really offer a good range of exercises and seems to be in really good shape, we can work on figuring out how to get it home and where to put it.

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TURBOAMIE 12/18/2009 6:01PM

    I don't know you but I read this thinking you don't really want it. You gave a lot of reasons NOT to get one and not very many reasons why you should.

My parents got one when I was a teenager and I think they used it twice. It was a great, heavy dust collector.

Heavier hand weights and thicker resistance bands would be cheaper and take up less room. Target has good adjustable Reebok weights that go from 5 to 25 lbs.

good luck!

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