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Down with the scale!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the TV show, "The Talk" today, they were discussing whether they were slaves to the scale. I liked what one viewer tweeted (paraphrased closely): "I won't be a slave to the scale; I know I'm overweight--I don't need a reminder."


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COLUMBINE2 2/22/2013 2:11PM

    When the scale went up & I was exercising my brains out, I just couldn't deal with it. So.....for the first time ever, I've stopped weighing in daily. In fact, I'm not weighing at all. Watching for non-scale victories & I'm starting to see them!

My current plan:
I'm eating better than ever. Have given up(again!) the really bad "old" habits that caused me to regain so much last summer/fall, doing ST frequently & increasing weights steadily and exercise of some kind at least 30 min. every day with 1 day of rest/week.

So if I saw the scale go up (even water retention) while I'm working this diligently...I'd probably shoot the scale (or whomever was standing nearby). The only thing I'm not doing (which I read is ineffective anyway) is excessive cardio.

I wish there was ONE truth for everyone about the effectiveness of mega-cardio for weight loss. But there are dozens of theories. Guess we just have to find what works for us, personally. emoticon

Of course, I'd prefer a "simple", clearly-define way to lose weight! Silly me! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/13/2013 7:01PM

    I have a love/hate relationship with the scale. I think NSV may actually be a more accurate barometer of how you are doing.

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WILSONWR 2/13/2013 4:27PM

    The scale can be a good thing -- it can gauge the progress you're making. It can be a bad thing, though, if that's the only thing you look at!

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MERRYMARY42 2/13/2013 4:24PM

    I am almost a slave to the scale, I seem to have to weigh myself 3 or 4 times a week, silly I know, and seldom is there a change, but I keep hoping emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 2/13/2013 3:59PM

    Everybody has their own personal needs for weighing or not. The main point is not whether or not you weigh, it's about how it affects you when your weight goes up or down. I weigh every day. It's a habit I got into years ago. But I only count what I weigh on Tuesday, after yoga class while I'm still in my yoga clothes. Weighing helps to warn me that I'm going off my eating or fitness plan and tells me I have to ratchet up how much I'm paying attention, but the only thing that would scare me is if my favorite jeans become uncomfortable.

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ANDYINBC 2/13/2013 2:42PM

    Because the NSV aren't always apparent I like to use the scale to help keep me pointed in the right direction.

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SNP_27 2/13/2013 2:33PM

    Well I like weighing myself and now it has become a habit...
I weigh myself now just to make sure i'm still on the right track
As long as you know how to use it, you won't be a slave to the scale emoticon

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Time for a hearty laugh!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Don't read this if you've just had surgery; you'll bust your stitches. emoticon


Dear Diary,
For my birthday this year, my husband purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god-- with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines... I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT! It 's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.

Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.
Bu_t hole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being a half an hour late-- it took me that long to tie my shoes.

He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine-- which I sank.
I hate Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.

Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.

The treadmill flung me off, and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun-- like a root canal or a hysterectomy.

I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

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COLUMBINE2 2/22/2013 2:01PM

    Love this! I get the shakes when my former personal trainer walks into the gym!!!!!! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 2/11/2013 1:26PM

    emoticon Love it!

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    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! That was funny!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing it!!!

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SONYALATRECE 2/6/2013 7:47AM

    LOL! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/6/2013 12:53AM

    I'm there in feeling your pain! -- funny but yet not too funny. I honestly don't know how these Biggest Loser folks keep up the pace that's demanded of them other than the cameras demand it of them. Give me a slower nature trail to manoeuvre or cleansing to chi routine and I'm so there!

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WILSONWR 2/5/2013 11:30PM


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    That is too funny! Thanks for sharing.

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5% Challenge is open to old and new members!

Monday, January 28, 2013

If you have already indicated your intention to join the Winter 5% Challenge, you need to go to the site below and officially join.

If you would like to join this challenge for the first time, or after having been away for a while, you also may join now by indicating your desire at the site below.

See (a little less of ) you soon, 5 percenters :)


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ADRIENALINE 1/29/2013 3:37PM

    I'm ready!! Thanks for the reminder!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/28/2013 9:47PM

    I am ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WILSONWR 1/28/2013 7:57PM

    Look forward to being on the team with you again!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/28/2013 2:33PM

    I in...already joined the Winter 5% Challenge. Sooooooo happy to be back!!! Hope to be a emoticon again, but whichever team I am placed on I will give it my all!!! Good to see you still moving ahead in your journey to optimum health JazzeBear.
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FIT4MEIN2013 1/28/2013 12:58PM

    I am ready! 10# more, here I come! emoticon

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For 2013 ...

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

What will I strive for? A better me, physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally. The older I become, the more I find of me that I need to work on. In 2013 I hope to make some serious progress toward a better me.

Here's hoping for good health, personal satisfaction, love, joy, and prosperity for all my Spark Friends in 2013.

Happy New Year!

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FLORIDASUN 1/21/2013 10:20AM

    Hey there darling friend...I think you are pretty awesome as you are...but we always need to keep striving don't we! I'll be your biggest cheerleader..on that you can depend! emoticon emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/17/2013 10:03AM

    Happy New Year!

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COLUMBINE2 1/4/2013 12:19AM

    You, if anyone, are THE ONE who can meet your very ambitious goal. And don't let anyone stand in your way.....'cause you're one tough dudette!

If you hear a loud, obnoxious, but enthusiastic bellow...it's me standing on the mountaintop with my megaphone calling to Michigan...Go, Jonne, go, go, go!
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2013 11:03PM

    Happy New Year, girlfriend! Anxious to see the 5% groups get back up and running. I confess, I'm probably the biggest multitasker -- when it comes to eating -- there is. I think I'll wait and see what the next LTGL challenges are before I add them to my current plate. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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IMIN2GENES 1/2/2013 6:33PM

    emoticon Here's to an awesome 2013!

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    Jazzejr, I am glad to be on this journey with you. Happy 2013!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/2/2013 1:37PM

    Being a better me...is always a wonderful goal...we are all works in progress!!
So thankful for your perspective and encouraging words!! Hugs Barb

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/1/2013 11:37PM

    Thank you. I know you accomplish all of your goals.....by the way I think you are a wonderful person.

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WILSONWR 1/1/2013 10:24PM

    Good luck in all your endeavors this year! Happy New Year!

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ANDYINBC 1/1/2013 5:17PM

    I hope 2013 brings you great success in your health, fitness and other life goals. Good luck. Enjoy!

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MAGGIE101857 1/1/2013 8:50AM

    The best part of your goals - there isn't anything materialistic about it! I find that as I get older, my dreams for being rich are centered on those you mentioned - health, wisdom, and spiritually fulfilled; a better me and better able to help others!

Wishing you the best in the year to come!

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RSSSLHB 1/1/2013 8:50AM

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MERRYWON 1/1/2013 8:49AM

    That is wonderful, you are so right. Part of my resolution is to try and live by the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

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End of the Fall 5 % Challenge

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Well, yesterday marked the end of our Fall Challenge, and after doing our final weigh-in today, it's all over.....until the Winter 5 % Challenge. I had an ambitious goal, and didn't make it, but I'm vowing to make it for the Winter Challenge. With holiday eating, and work making it hard to find time to exercise, it is indeed a challenge. But when is there not an excuse to overeat and under exercise? So if you're up to the challenge, let me know, and I'll clue you to when the Winter challenge is taking new members.

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BBONET 12/9/2012 9:20PM

    Please count me in!! Challenging as this has been with all the things going on with my DS, I feel connected and find solace in my spark friends!!!!So please count me in as a Teddy Bear!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 12/9/2012 5:07PM

    Oh boy...I'm in...my new fitbit is my new exercise buddy...love her Fiona Fitbit..she's my girl! BUT ...I have missed my teddy's GREATLY...ready to rock it out! emoticon emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 12/2/2012 10:24AM

    I'm in! Let's kick butt & take names.
Will you post for the Pretty Girls team again.
Using my cell phone today for "sparking".


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JAZZEJR 12/2/2012 9:18AM

    Evelyn is so right: I've got to have higher expectations for myself and fewer excuses if I want to meet my goals!

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MLKDUD 12/1/2012 11:01PM

    I'll see ya there, we can do this!!

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LYNCHD05 12/1/2012 10:40PM

    Count me in!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/1/2012 8:57PM

    Well if there was doubt let me quiet it now. I will be back for the Winter Challenge!!!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 12/1/2012 7:07PM

    Im in! I want to be more diligent with posting my progress this time around! emoticon

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WILSONWR 12/1/2012 6:56PM

    I'll see you there! I wasn't going to participate because I will be without internet for 2-3 weeks during the challenge, but a couple of the members convinced me to sign up anyway. This will definitely be a challenge for me as we have a cruise planned in mid-January (can you say "all you can eat" food?).

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BRAVERUDE 12/1/2012 6:06PM

    Ditto....!!! emoticon

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BARBANNA 12/1/2012 4:24PM

    Keep it Up!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/1/2012 4:08PM

    I'm looking forward to the Winter challenge . . . something tells me it will come after Christmas with the four-week interim period. You can do this. Even if you maintain during the holiday season, you're doing well, but higher expectations is what we should have.
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