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Increased Fitness Minutes

Friday, September 24, 2010

This month I decided to try to get in 1,000 fitness minutes. emoticon

Yesterday I met my goal for the month - and it's only the 23rd! This is double my usual amount of fitness minutes for a month, so I'm really proud. emoticon I set the goal because I joined the Determination and Accountability team, and I'm very pleasantly surprised at how well I did. I'm losing weight slowly but steadily, and that's just fine with me.

As a reward, I bought myself a blue SparkPeople shirt and a pair of socks. I got DH a red shirt and a pair of socks, too, because he's been making tremendous progress. Now we have our shirts for the Hot Chocolate 5K SP meet up! emoticon

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SLIMSOLO10 9/27/2010 11:01PM

    You are inspiring me! emoticon

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PARAMAGIC66 9/24/2010 6:14PM

    Great Job!!!!!! I am thinking of taking an extreme fitness class at the Y. Need to get a little more info first and then a little more nerve. I wouldn't exactly consider myself extremely fit. If my spark friends are pushing themselves harder, maybe I can.

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KITHKINCAID 9/24/2010 5:42PM

    Yeah!!! I still have to figure out what colour I need to get for the run.

I stopped leading the 1000 Fitness Minute Challenges this month and wouldn't you know it, I'm at 850 for the month with all of my workouts already scheduled for next week and I don't know if I'm going to make it...urgh. Going to try to squeeze in a walk on Sunday, but I really need to stick to my rest days with my running schedule cause I don't want to overdo it.

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Spread the Spark to my Doctor

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today I had a routine annual check up. As I expected, I'm perfectly healthy but my doctor wanted to talk about two things: family planning and my weight. The good doctor knows I'm a newlywed, so he wanted to know what my family plan is. Fair enough. He assured me that I have "a little time," which is exactly my take on it. (I'm 32.) His main issue, in general and particularly in regard to pregnancy, is my weight.

Now, I fully expected him to get after me about my weight. He usually does. But the pregnancy thing is a new angle for him. I'm at 189 right now, and he'd like to see me in the 160s or 170s before I get pregnant. I told him my goal is to be in the 150s, and he reiterated 160s or 170s. So that made me feel better - my goals are higher than what is medically necessary. emoticon

The doctor asked me a series of questions about my exercise and nutrition habits. I told him what I'm doing and then mentioned that I'm using SparkPeople. He'd never heard of it, so I explained it all and told him how useful it was to me. And that he might want to recommend it to his other patients. He wrote down the web address and said he'd check it out. emoticon

Oh, and the doc also said that my plan is right on the money. He was pleased by the type and quantity of my exercise and happy with my nutrition habits. He also seemed impressed by the fact that I'm signed up for a 5K and he liked my overall goals.

emoticon I couldn't have made this much progress without it!

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SLIMSOLO10 9/24/2010 12:27PM

    Doesn't that make you feel sooo good! He is right about family planning. I felt so much better with my first 2 pregnancies being only about 10 pounds overweight than with our last 6 years later when I was about 40 over. You are smart to be losing it now.
I have told several of my patients about spark. So many of our breast cancer pts. struggle after treatment or while they are on oral meds. I tell them to cut themselves a break for a while but if they are ready, to try Spark. Several have had success.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/15/2010 8:04PM

    Yeah! It's great when the "professionals" sit up and take notice. Good for your doctor for being supportive too.

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PARAMAGIC66 9/15/2010 7:59PM

    Sounds like a fabulous visit. Good for you. And thanks for encouraging comment on my status. It always helps to know that I am not alone.

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KITHKINCAID 9/15/2010 7:03PM

    Wahoo! I love it when you can educate your doctor!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/15/2010 7:03PM

    YAY !!!!! emoticon

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Back on Track

Saturday, September 11, 2010

This week was a real struggle. But I stuck to my fitness and nutrition goals all week, racking up 4 100% days and losing 2.5 pounds. emoticon This morning DH and I started C25K over again with W1D1 and the run went very well for both of us. DH even said that he's committed to doing the whole program now, which was not the case before. emoticon emoticon

So now I'm much more energized and am not going through the motions; I'm actually enjoying the journey to health and fitness. This was really what I was aiming for and I successfully faked it until I made it. emoticon

We stopped by REI this morning and I got myself a reward for my 100% days: a new Camelbak and bike helmet. The bike will be my reward for dropping from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI scale - which is only 2.6 pounds away!!! I'm not sure which I'm more excited about: the weight loss or the bike. Hmmm, definitely the bike! emoticon

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SLIMSOLO10 9/11/2010 2:26PM

    You go girl!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DPTHEIS 9/11/2010 1:26PM

    Great progress! Congrats on almost meeting your bike goal!

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KITHKINCAID 9/11/2010 1:20PM

    Love it! Way to go Jen!

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PARAMAGIC66 9/11/2010 12:35PM

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

August was a lost month. I didn't gain anything, but I didn't lose either. I started the C25K program but then traveled and haven't done anything since Week 1. I did some other exercise, but not consistently or in a focused manner. My food choices were not good. My motivation was nil.

I decided to start over in September. And I did great for two days. Then I went on vacation to Texas. Despite doing a TON of walking, I still gained 2 pounds. That should tell you what my food choices were like. And DH and I had an embarrassing moment at a water park where we realized we couldn't share a tube on a waterslide: the total allowable weight was 400 pounds. DH is nowhere near 210 pounds; I wish he was. But he's got 50 pounds before he gets there. So we switched wives with another couple we were with, and that worked just fine. Still, it was pretty humiliating.

Despite all this, I still don't have much motivation. Yet I'm tired of this rut I'm in. Hmmm. The crux of the problem is that I want to get fit and slimmer, but don't want to put in the work. And I know it doesn't work that way.

Today I did a great job doing everything I know I need to be doing to get fit and healthy. My mood and thoughts about this are decidedly neutral. So I guess I just have to fake it til I make it. I figure if I just keep going through the *correct* motions, the results will get me motivated. At least that's what I'm telling myself for now. Because I'm not giving up.

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KITHKINCAID 9/9/2010 11:39AM

    So you had a momentary set back in Texas...the first line of your blog says it all..."I didn't gain" - so you're doing SOMETHING right. It doesn't always have to be HARD work. At least it shouldn't have to be. Sometimes we need to just "be" for a while - but we're still making progress. You started C25K - you're doing so well!

Go back to your fast break goals and just start with the water or something. Pick one thing that you can focus on and build from that. Your spirit will come back - I know it!

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LADYSHERRY 9/9/2010 10:32AM

    Sorry you're in a slump. But today is beautiful outside. Maybe the better weather we are having will help to jump start you again. Hang in there emoticon

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SLIMSOLO10 9/8/2010 11:06PM

    You sound so like me right now about feeling neutral- I think you are right on with faking it until you make it. I'm trying to be happy with myself that I at least check into sparks every couple of days even on my bad days. We need to be proud of any baby steps we do even though feeling proud is hard right now.
These things too shall pass.....right?!

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DAISYGRL2 9/7/2010 11:57PM

    Don't give up. I like that 'fake it til I make it' attitude. You'll get there!

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PARAMAGIC66 9/7/2010 8:14PM

    Don't give up. you did it before, you can do it again. Stick with SP so you can get the motivation you need. Take one step at a time until you are back on track. Slow is better than not at all. emoticon

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New Goals

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 5 K on November 6 in Chicago. By that time I want to:

1. Finish the C25K program.
2. Be able to run the whole race without walking.
3. Be in 170ville.
4. Touch my toes. I have never been able to do this, but neither have my brother or sister so short hamstrings might be genetic. Still, I'm gonna try.


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LADYSHERRY 8/23/2010 2:37PM

    Great Goals emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/19/2010 6:00PM

    Those are awesome goals!
I'm so jealous about the end of season 5K! Enjoy the journey and the hot chocolate.

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KITHKINCAID 8/19/2010 4:17PM

    Little bits every day!

I'm determined that we're ALL going to run the whole thing.

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