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A running surprise

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well, I'll be...
I've been doing the walk/jog program for 4 weeks--faithfully, no skimping , and now here in the middle of week 5 we were to run 20 minutes straight--no stopping to walk. "Isn't that rushing things a bit?" I whined. "I don't think my endurance or my knees are ready for this quite yet."

Competitive spirit that I am though, I decided I was just going to huff & puff my way through it so I could at least say I did it once. Well, surprise, surprise. It wasn't hard AT ALL. The previous weeks' training really does prepare us to do this.

Now I wouldn't have won any race at the slow pace I ran--I was determined to last, so it was a s-l-o-w jog. I ran in the cool of early morning, music playing in my ears-- and I didn't even get winded! It looks as if I really will be able to eventually run a 5k. Well, well....

What a confidence builder.

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    Congrats to you Jazze! Slow is good because you did it. The SP coaches always preach that quality is better than quality and you showed that you can do it, speed will come later!

Great job and I am so happy for you girl!



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COLUMBINE2 8/27/2011 12:30PM

    Wow! I am SO impressed with your success! And you were wise to take it easy & succeeding instead of too fast and getting bummed. 20 minutes is a long time to jog (in my humble opinion!)

A 5k is definitely in your future...I'd better stock up on gold stars to award our blossoming runner!
Big hugs!

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Progress Report: You Sparkers were right!

Friday, August 26, 2011

End of my second week as a Sparker

After being downright discouraged by my lack of weight loss (although I tried to laugh it off), I can finally say that I lost a pound. But that's only half the story: what I think is making the difference in the way my clothes are fitting is the inches lost--I've lost 1 inch off my waist, 1 off my hips, and 1 off my thighs (I hardly had it to lose there). None lost off the arms (I tend to see results of weight training first in my arms.)

I am super pleased with the Spark program. Yes, I've spent a lot of time planning meals and tracking each one--but I must say, I was rarely hungry. And I've pushed my limits with the exercise: walking 4-5 miles when I'm not jog/walking (which is about to become all jogging), Bootcamp Shape-up (a video each day); Yoga video, cycling (the days before I jog/walk--have to save those knees). Whew! Can you see why I was expecting results! And I got them.

My picture is from 2009 showing me the way I want to look in that outfit again. The blouse doesn't fit as loosely yet, but the pants are zipped up and hooked. Not so 2 weeks ago.

Thanks to all of you for cheering me on when I was whining about no weight loss. I think I've figured out what's important now.

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    Wahooooooooo great job. Doesn't it feel wonderful to know you made the difference in your own body! You are powerful!!! emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 8/26/2011 9:35PM

    Outstanding! 3" ---that's a LOT in a very short time! And your work outs sound very ambitious!

Sometimes we think we're hungry when the body is actually thirsty. Drink a big glass of water & wait 20 min. and see if you're still hungry. Lots of times you're OK!

You're makin' big tracks toward your goal! Yahoooooooooo!

BTW, love the photos of family...what a handsome group! Cutey grandson!

Comment edited on: 8/26/2011 9:40:19 PM

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MOBYCARP 8/26/2011 9:33PM

    emoticon emoticon
You can do this!

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BBONET 8/26/2011 8:19PM

    Congratulations and keep tracking!!! The same thing happened to me I have not seen so much wwight loss but my clothes are fitting better. Just stay focus and continue to track!!!! emoticon

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There's more progress to look at than the scale.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I just realized that even though the scale hasn't budged (I don't think it has, actually I've stopped looking), I have attained some really important milestones.

1) I'm staying with this program, and haven't gotten tired of it;
2) I'm in stage 4 of my jog/walk training and am jogging 16 of the 23 total minutes 3 times a week;
3) (You ladies can appreciate this one) Yesterday I had to hook my bra in the next smallest hook! Yea!!!

Now I call that progress.

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BBONET 8/26/2011 8:21PM

    Try not to get hanged up on the scale. Try on clothes that were to tight!! You will see that slowly but surely things will happen!!!! emoticon

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VETTRANGER 8/22/2011 12:06AM

    Yep, you keep jogging like that and the scale will only tell the story part of the time, as we've discussed back and forth before. As a guy, I have to say that's a shame about the bra hooks, but that's just the male chauvenist pig point of view. LOL

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MOBYCARP 8/20/2011 9:27PM

    You go girl! The real goal is fat loss; weight is only a proxy, because weight is easy to measure. It isn't always the right measure.

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LIMASTAR 8/20/2011 7:55PM

  Great consistency. Weight loss isn't the only measure of healthy living as you've learned. Losing inches is great motivation for staying the course of healthy living.

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COLUMBINE2 8/20/2011 4:52PM

    Yay! Now you're talkin' like a SP lifestyle change person --- unlike a temporary dieter! Congrats on all the progress! Those are important milestones!!!!!

Keep up the great work!

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One-half pound gained! Oh well...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

After 1 1/2 weeks on the Spark program, zealously tracking my meals (staying within or just under calories, etc.), adding to my exercise almost to the point of injury (my right knee is starting to ache), reading articles and blogs and feeling so educated, I stepped on the scales today to find not the pound or two loss I was expecting, but a 1/2 pound gain.

OK, I'm going to call it muscle, and stay with the program. I have to remember that I was already "dieting" before I started this more healthful program and my body must be trying wildly to adjust to all the changes I've put it through. I've got to calm down, stop joining so many exercise challenges and find a good range of carbs and activities that works for me.

Another Spark blogger gave the following website as a resource. I'll list it here as I found the speaker gave very plausible explanations for how the body's internal system determines weight gain/loss—beyond calorie intake,etc., and tips for permanent, sustainable, weight loss.

Click on the video to hear the podcast:


¡Ciao amigos!

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JAZZEJR 8/19/2011 11:14AM

    Wonderful wisdom from all my SparkFriends. Thank you so much. I am hereby filing divorce papers for my relationship with my scale--from now on we'll just have an occasional "date."

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VETTRANGER 8/18/2011 5:59PM

    Jazze, as long as you are in your calorie range, you are not really gaining weight. I measure my weight each time I hit a new low. I know that it is GOING to go back up anywhere from a half a pound to two pounds just based on eating and drinking and patterns of elimination. If you're in your calorie range daily, that half pound is going to disappear quickly.

However, this is one reason why it works best for us to be good about tracking ALL our calories. If you DO exceed the calorie range, the weight gain could be real. So you want to reign that back in if it happens. I have a feeling that isn't your issue, however.

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COLUMBINE2 8/18/2011 5:12PM

    The sooner you "divorce" yourself from the scale, the better you will be. Take your measurements on a regular basis, take photos, but please, please learn NOW that the scale is not accurate. And if you give it POWER, it can kill your whole effort, truly! Nothing can be more discouraging and more inaccurate.

Become accustomed to the scale going up and down...look at the numbers and say, "Yeah, well, I'm going to keep learning and adapting this new lifestyle no matter what you say."

I also wanted to caution you about the 'vette fellow's incredible success in a very short time with no fitness adjustments. I've read here and elsewhere and lived it in my own life: men lose weight much more quickly than women do.

You are doing great and the weight will come off. When weight comes off quickly though, it comes back quickly..so try to be calm and look at it as what it is....a change in many life-time habits. You can do it.....stay pumped up and keep learning and adjusting your life. And DO NOT let the scale frustrate you. I "gain" weight every single meal I eat out...now I know it's sodium and travel bloat....after a couple days seriously Back On Track, the pounds are gone. Every time. So I don't even weigh after a day of travel or eating out...I know what the scale will say and I refuse to give it power over me.

Stick with us! You'll be soo glad! emoticon

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DEBBIEG8S 8/18/2011 9:23AM

    Thank for the info. As far as gaining 1/2 pound, don't worry it will go away. I gained 2 pounds a few weeks ago, you can read about it in my blog, but it all went away in a matter of days.

As far as the knee pain goes, I too have bad knees and mine ache a little bit most of the time now that I'm exercising. My trainer says this too will go away with time. But if your knees really, really hurt then you might need to back off some of your exercises. You didn't say what type of exercises you're doing, but if they involve weights and reps maybe you want to use less weight for your leg exercises and fewer reps until your body adjusts, then up the weight and reps.

The old belief "no pain, no gain" is wrong! A little soreness is okay, it lets you know you used muscle that wasn't used to being used. A lot of pain means you over did it and did some damage to that muscle. The muscle will repair itself, but why put yourself through that much pain?

Keep up the good work, don't beat yourself up over 1/2 pound, and don't exercise to the point of extreme pain.

Have a great day and a better tomorrow.


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JazzeJR's Spark for Life

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hello Everyone!

This is the end of my first week with SparkPeople, and the only activity I haven't done is to write a blog---EVER, in my life, so here goes. I have never been on a more supportive and encouraging site so I feel empowered to share my thoughts and goals.

Since I'm a teacher (and in the grandmother years), I did plenty of traveling and eating, and socializing and eating, and preparing for fall classes and eating during the first part of the summer. Notice that you didn't see exercise mentioned among those activities. You just can't carry on like that at my age and not pay a terrible consequence. I looked at the 15 pounds put on since May and the zippers that couldn't push over my tummy, and decided I had to get on it. I tried just reducing the calories and walking 3 miles a day and managed to lose a few pounds--then the scale wouldn't budge, no matter what I did.

I'd heard about SparkPeople on a morning show a couple of years ago, but all I could remember was SPARK, so I googled that and found this amazing site. I've spent this week tracking my nutrition and exercise, reading articles, recipes and blogs--the whole bit. Whew, there's a lot of info here!

I've dropped a couple of lbs already but more importantly, that zipper has come up ALMOST to the top of those jeans. So it's time to make a commitment and get serious. I don't want to go through this pain again and again; I want to practice good habits (don't we all already know what they are!) and make a new healthful lifestyle.

My Goals

Lose 12 lbs
Gain some muscle
Stay active
Enjoy eating healthfully

My Daily Activities to attain those goals

Track my nutrition & exercise on SparkPeople
Look for additional activities to have fun being active
Rack up as many Sparkpoints as possible (will keep me reading & learning)
Ask for help when I need it
Encourage others (be a Spark myself)

I've seen the lbs lost by many of you, so I know I can do it too! I just have to stay the course.


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VETTRANGER 8/14/2011 4:06AM

    Thanks for the note on my blog, Jazze. emoticon

I try to write those in case somebody sees them and they help, so I hope I did! I did the very same thing you were talking about just this morning. I've lost 18.5 pounds since the middle of June on the program I've started and this site has helped with. During that time I've been able to get into a couple of sizes of clothes that had either been pretty tight or unwearable for years now. This morning I zipped up and buttoned a pair of shorts that I honestly never thought I'd get into again. LOL They were still a tiny bit tight, but in May they wouldn't have buttoned by four inches at least.

We're grandfolks around here too. We just had our grandaughter's 11th birthday party this week. Its REALLY hard to believe, because my wife and I are still 25 at heart. Now we've got to get back to that for the rest of our body.

If there's anything I can ever do to help, just come to my page and give me a shout. If I've got a clue about it I'll be happy to chime in.

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COLUMBINE2 8/13/2011 9:28PM

    Hi, again! Maybe I typed it incorrectly....we had snow on June 20 (not 30th)!! And when we returned from CA on May 4th, we still had 44" of snow around our home. I wanted to go right back to CA, believe me! We live in the Rocky Mtns of CO (you can see a photo of our home & surroundings on my page). I hear MI can be "chilly" (to put it mildly!), too! It's easier to put on our snowboots when we weigh less...when we're lifting our forks to our mouths, we want to remember that fact! LOL

Congrats on your weight loss already! Good job! I found that building muscle (strength training w/ resistance bands or weights) really kicked my weight loss into action. I'm "grandmother-age" , too (although no grandkids) so we have to work harder to make this happen!

SergeantMajor (on SP) is a long-time professional trainer (before it became "cool") ) and he says that cardio builds endurance and ST builds muscle which uses the stored fat (instead of the lean muscle) and increases the ongoing metabolism which continues after the ST session. (at least that's what I think he means...he's frequently over my head). He's a friend on my spark page if you want to read his blogs.

I understand how traveling and leading the good life causes zippers to"malfunction" (she says, clearing her throat). I retired early and we travel a lot. My dh (that means dear husband) had some health issues that motivated us to "travel NOW while we can". But traveling , eating on the road & getting enough exercise are tough! It CAN be done.. It requires new priorities and lifestyle changes. And it's worth it!

Keep learning!! There's a section called "Secrets of Success" with tips from SPs on different topics. Also check out Portion Distortion article. If you can't find it, let me know & I can direct you there. It's THE best! And can change everything for you!

Keep on truckin' ---- you're doing great!

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JAZZEJR 8/13/2011 7:59PM

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for such positive responses. You guys really know how to light a spark under a Newbie! emoticon

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DARKCHIIFREYA 8/13/2011 7:40PM

    Hi Jonnie! =)
Just saw this post, and I have to say you WILL SUCCEED - you have the power to succeed, no matter what, always keep that in mind :)

I'm looking forward to come to your page more often to know how close you«re getting to your goals! :D


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SUETEA 8/13/2011 3:38PM

    Hia - and thanks for sharing your story - I hope you find that writing things down helps. Well done on the weight loss so far and good luck with your goals!

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BERGBA7 8/13/2011 3:28PM

    Welcome Jonnie! Have fun and yes, you will reach your goals!


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