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Bonus benefits of Sparking

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

At my job, as part of a wellness program, we get a check-up every 6 months. My numbers were so good, the nurse asked me what I was doing. She knew about SparkPeople and applauded my consistent efforts. Sure I was glad that my weight was down 6 lbs. from my last visit (what she didn't know was that I'd actually gained 10 more last summer), but the bonus benefit of all these exercise challenges and food tracking were my other heart-health numbers.

BP 108/62
Pulse 60
Cholesterol 197 (Good HDL 96 !!!)
Glucose 92
Body Fat 33%
BMI 23.7
Oxygen Uptake 40 (an indicator of fitness--off the charts for my age group)
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You will hear no more complaining from me about the slow weight loss.

  
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SM-ARTGIRL 10/28/2011 2:33AM

    Congratulations on those healthy stats!
Wow- all your hard work & consistency is paying off!
I know how you feel about the scale too, emoticon- but this result, sparkfriend, is the pay-off!!!
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VETTRANGER 10/27/2011 4:39PM

    Beautiful numbers! I'd love to have that blood pressure. I'm a type A who stays on the go. Mine has been pegged on 145/90(85) for as long as I can remember. However, I haven't had it checked since the weight loss. I could be a bit better off now.

Obviously the exercise you are doing is paying huge dividends. I'm am so VERY happy for you!!

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MAYTE1975 10/27/2011 4:18PM

    Thatīs great emoticon
Thatīs the true meassure of your success , forget the scale . Go girl , you are the Star
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/27/2011 3:04PM

    Those numbers are incredible! Way to go girl. You may not have lost all the weight you have wanted to, but you are really doing super with becoming healthy and isn't that why we are in this?

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CHELEMIA 10/26/2011 6:55PM

    That;s fantastic!! See the truth does show...just not in the way you were expecting!!!

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KAMINEKO 10/26/2011 4:37PM

    Congrats! Your numbers are all so good! That's gotta be validating!

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Fall 5% Challenge -- Week 4 completed

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weigh-in day showed 1 lb lost. emoticon I'll take it. After all that extra exercising last week, I kinda thought it might be more, but Hey! Last week I got the bounce-up, so I'm happy for the 1 lb loss.

I'm learning that this process isn't always "fair." Just because I exercised like a fiend and didn't cheat even once on my diet last week (except for some white rice instead of brown), does not mean I'll weigh-in 2 lbs down. Maybe I added some muscle; maybe my body is holding water....maybe it just doesn't want to lose another lb this week! Whatever. I really can't control anything except my activity and what I put into my mouth.

Now, on the other hand--while doing my gym workout yesterday, 3 people told me how good I looked. And, at my age, I'll take that too :)

  
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VETTRANGER 10/23/2011 1:23AM

    WTG Jazze. One pound per week is great progress. And yes, exercising like a demon will add some muscles and cause your body to retain more supplies to help those muscles work, since it knows they will need to. That about the same rate my wife has been losing at.

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CHELEMIA 10/22/2011 5:33PM

    Keep it up Time will Tell!!!

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/22/2011 3:47PM

    I really can't control anything except my activity and what I put into my mouth...I need to keep that in mind...thanks!

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BRAVERUDE 10/22/2011 3:35PM

    Congratulations - I bet you are getting toned, adding muscle, and looking FABULOUS!!!! Have a great weekend!

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MAYTE1975 10/22/2011 2:56PM

    CONGRATS emoticon FELICIDADES
You are so close to your goal that is harder to lose weight , but if you are creating muscle thatīs great because it burns more calories so it will be much more easy to maintain your new weight. Keep going strong , you are such an inspiration.

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FITMARY 10/22/2011 12:35PM

    That's so true! In fact, it can be so unfair. I worked really, really hard all summer and did not lose a single pound! But I know I'm stronger so that will have to do. Hang in there!!

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BBONET 10/22/2011 12:25PM

    Congratulations Jazz!!! 1 lb. loss is great!! Be proud of each pound and you might be right for the reasons that it is only 1, but it is a loss!!! emoticon Celebrate and keep up the great work.



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It's hard--that's why it's a challenge!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In my enthusiasm, I suggested to my A Team members that we challenge ourselves more this week --we would increase our exercise time by whatever amount we felt we could commit to.

I led the charge by challenging myself to double my daily exercise time this week. I'm determined to do it, but it's killing me. I have sense enough to know I'm not going to run every day, and when I do it's for no more than an hour. So I'm constantly looking for something to do to add up to the 120 min. Heck, I need to retire just so I can exercise.

Bet I'll drop a lb. this week though. For sure.

  
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ZERNIKE 11/1/2011 1:54PM

    I love the title of this post. Great reminder!

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BRAVERUDE 10/20/2011 11:23PM

    Mix up your activities and have fun with it! Hey...I love the idea of retiring just so I can exercise more...sign me up!!!

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AKCHELLE 10/19/2011 11:19PM

    Good Luck! Stay hydrated and keep sparking!

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MOSTMOM1 10/19/2011 10:14AM

    I'm adding extra hooping time. More miles, more fUn.
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ZEESPARROW 10/18/2011 3:16PM

    I responded with a commitment of 750 minutes for the week, which is over 100 minutes per day. I don't think I'm going to make it, given what I've done so far. It's tough to do so much!! I am going to kick it up a notch for the rest of the week... already have one hour done today and plans to do another one tonight to help make up some of my 'lost' time.

I mix it up with dog walks (some relaxed, some more spirited pace) and walks with coworkers at lunch, my C25K runs, bike rides, elliptical, Wii Fit game and Pilates! That last one is my new favorite "get more minutes without killing myself" exercise.

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MAYTE1975 10/18/2011 2:10PM

    120 min. of daily exercice is A LOT , no wonder you are strugling to do it. Bet
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CHELEMIA 10/18/2011 10:46AM

    Exercise on Demand, cable tv, the Wii and spark exercise videos are some ideas.

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Fall 5% Challenge -- Week 3 completed

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's weigh-in day. Bah-humbug! No, I didn't start out being a Scrooge about it. Even after all the cross-training I did this past week, while trying to give my hurt knee a rest, and all the meal tracking and posting every day, I knew there was a good chance the old scale wouldn't show any weight loss. It's just stubbornly evil that way.

But this morning I got clear indications that THIS time, results might be different. I looked at my stomach in the mirror--definitely DOWN. I turned to the side and bent over--worse possible angle for a stomach--decidedly smaller, a lot less flab. And those side rolls, barely a crease!

So now I excitedly stepped on the scale, and what did I get--the darn BOUNCE UP! I was prepared for no loss, but the bounce up; that's an insult!

Well, I know the mirror doesn't lie, so obviously the scale does. It's old, after all--I know not to ever step on it twice, the second time is always up a lb. Doesn't matter--I like the way my body is looking in the mirror.

Oh, I'm not giving up the fight with the scale: it's on now. I will win! I'll outbox, outfox, outrun--OUTLAST it. 'Cause I've found a way to lose weight eating in a manner that I can use for years to come. However long it takes....It's on!

  
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MAYTE1975 10/16/2011 1:06PM

    Youīre right , they are only numbers. Meaybe was caused by water retention or because you are creating muscle and it weighs more so that may be why the scale didnīt go down this time. But donīt give up , you are doing it great , itīs amazing te number of fitness minutes you have.
Congrats for the changes you feel in your body , thatīs the best.
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ZEESPARROW 10/16/2011 9:23AM

    Great attitude... the right one to have! You are doing fantastic!!!

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CHELEMIA 10/15/2011 9:13PM

    whenever there is in injury even if you see no swelling there is water weight. YOu are right. You will win out!! Keep on keepin on emoticon

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BBONET 10/15/2011 10:49AM

    Jazz... We are on the same path!!! I got on the scale and it was the same - no loss, no gain.. but just like you I like what I see in the mirror and my clothes are fitting better. However, in you case I know you have been working out like crazy so your loss has been shifted to you body in other places!! Feel good with yourself and keep going... You will win this fight!!! emoticon emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 10/15/2011 8:00AM

    Persevere!!! I've been running for 3 weeks so far with only a 1 pound loss! Depressing? Yes!!! It should be 10 for as much as I'm sweating! My friend says it takes awhile when we shock our body. It doesn't believe we are really doing this. So keep it up and it'll believe it and drop the weight. Also, the way the clothes fit tell the true story! Keep on truckin' ....to date myself!

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To cure insomnia, go to bed later!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This week I joined the Better Sleep Challenge, and I'm logging my sleep/wake cycles. It's surprising that I function so well during the day. I'm not getting any great quality of sleep. So today I see this article, and it's worth a try (notice the average age of participants--I'd better get a handle on this now:

New study: Researchers gave 79 women with insomnia (average age 72) printed material on good sleep habits or four weeks of behavioral therapy that included in-person counseling. Result: Those who received therapy significantly improved sleep by going to bed later, waking up at the same time each morning and limiting time in bed. Theory: Turning in later increases one’s natural sleep drive. If you have insomnia: Go to bed later, when sleepy, and get up at your usual time each day. Your total time in bed should equal your average amount of actual sleep plus no more than 30 minutes.

Daniel Buysse, MD, professor of psychiatry, Sleep Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Sounds easy enough, but I'll take any suggestions you have. Got any tricks for getting a good night's sleep?

  
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THISTIMEMYWAY 10/22/2011 6:59AM

    When I am 72, I will finally be able to sleep because my kids will finally have gotten out of my bed and out of my house!!! LMAO

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COLUMBINE2 10/18/2011 12:22PM

    I don't have this problem, but I recently read that using the computer before going to sleep does something to your brain that makes it hard to go to sleep. It also advised against having your cell phone on nearby (the constant light) and frequent interruptions...even if it's only an incoming text. I have friends (and also tons of twenty & thirty-somethings) who sleep with the bloody thing right at their fingertips & answer it even after they're asleep.

Put the computer to bed in a separate room an hour before your bedtime and put the cell phone in the bread drawer for the night! Good luck!

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BBONET 10/13/2011 1:57PM

    Jazz, i also belong to that team and I have no problem falling asleep, I just wake up every hour on the hour (due to the pain in my shoulder). I function well during the day, but i am exhausted at night and as soon as I sit down I am ready for sleep (which is usually late), but can't sleep all the way. Welcome to the team. emoticon

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BLUESKY104 10/12/2011 11:04PM

    Very interesting info there -- I have no problem staying up later-- it's the getting up at the same time every day that gets me -- I have no usual time to get up-- maybe that's my problem emoticon

Good luck with the Better Sleep Challenge

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GOLFGMA 10/12/2011 5:14PM

    I am one who lives on 5, 6 or at the most 7 hours of sleep. I take melatonin (10mg) and that does it for me. I also read for a while after going to bed to get really sleepy. On the days I play golf I have no trouble. I'm tired enough to sleep then. LOL

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MAYTE1975 10/12/2011 5:13PM

    Very interesting. The problem is when you wake up a lot of times during the night and you have to be at work at 7:00. emoticon
Give it a try , maybe it helps.
Something that worked for me is to avoid any caffeinated drinks during the afternoon.


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CHELEMIA 10/12/2011 9:47AM

    I have had insomnia as well. meditation helps if you are strong willed. I drift so it doesn't work for me. Although I am not near the 72 age range LOL I find that going to bed tired is right. but I also find If I am reading a good book, blogging, playing computer, I will work past the tired zone and enter Zombie stage...then I am in trouble because Zombie stage affects memory and stress modes and I ly down and review oh..what I did today, what I will do tomorrow, why I did this, what bills did not get paid, what I should have done, what could be done, what.....
and so on.
So Tired zone is important to learn and recognize.
Then I have to use music; preferably with no words. I use cable music but timed radios, CD's, MP3s, and IPODs would work too.
No words help so I don't bebop instead of relaxing.
I use oldies and zen music but thats your choice.
then I either focus on the music or on a short story line....Not life!!!!
I am usually out by second verse or after a character intro.
It doesn't matter what you occupy your midn with as long as it is irrevelant to you.....
wait does that even make sense???
Also I find once a weekish, sleeping in or even a nap isn't a bad thing.

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MBW209 10/12/2011 7:59AM

  Interesting blog! I am trying to go to bed later and restrict any naps to keep my sleep at 7-9 hours per day. Staying up later is the big challenge - especially staying up later without eating! How are you doing with this?

Marcy

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