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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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Jonnie

  
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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!
Nancy

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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 youĞre 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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