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Self encouragement??

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

So I've been seriously lacking motivation, encouragement, energy, "want", you name it... I read my profile and it gave me a kick in the butt! Who knew my own words would motivate me? wow- I challenge you, read my profile and your own. Read other Spark friends' as well. You'll probably end up reading exactly what you need to "hear". We're all in this together. We all just need to believe in ourselves.

  
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CLAUDIA1333 7/28/2010 1:00PM

    Believing in yourself is key! And having some sparkfriends to kick you in the butt helps too. emoticon Motivation is key. Check out some articles too-I've found a few that are great reminders of why you're here. One I read today reminded me that this healthy lifestyle thing is about control, but not about controlling everything, but controlling what you can. This applies to life in general really, but here i think it's important to remember that sometimes when you can't control what the scale says, you can control what you eat and your exercise. Hang in there!!

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the right way is the *Spark* way

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I try different "diets" but no matter how well I do for however long, I can't stick to it. I go up and down and up and down and am still overweight and unhappy. I've successfully lost about 15 pounds, which is great, but a far cry from my goal weight. Despite all the knowledge I've gained through SP and elsewhere, I still want the "quick, easy fix"... It's not gonna happen though. The sooner I TRULY realize that, the better. A friend of mine at work lost 60 pounds with SP!! She's kept it off and looks great. I know it can be done. THE RIGHT WAY.

It's time consuming, frustrating, tiring and annoying most of the time. Being healthy isn't easy. The question is, will I continue making excuses, or suck it up and formulate a game plan? What do you think ?!

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CLAUDIA1333 7/14/2010 5:41PM

    It is a daily, sometimes hourly, challenge to be healthy, but just remind yourself of what the payout is!! I've been struggling to lose weight again myself but you can do it!!!!

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THENHEATHERSAID 7/7/2010 8:20AM

    what do i think: I THINK YOU CAN DO THIS!
it's one day, one step, one decision at a time!

don't forget that!

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Oh my aching body...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I feel the burn! It's a good burn but still, wow! I'm back to exercising and my muscles are confused lol. I've made some new, short term goals. From now until Christmas I am aiming to have a calorie allotment of 1,200 a day and I want to burn 2,500 a week. This should help me to lose 2-3 lbs a week. The exercising part I think will be very doable but the eating will be my challenge. I am thinking about replacing lunch with a slim fast or something along those lines. Any ideas?
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ANEPANALIPTI 6/5/2010 7:36AM

    Come back and blog!

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CLAUDIA1333 10/30/2009 7:48PM

    I used to do a slim fast shake and fruit for breakfast but was always hungry in 3 hours or so, and not just for a snack! lol. Sounds like you've set some great food and exercise goals, and that you know it's going to be a challenge. Damn holidays!! lol. Good luck!!

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/26/2009 8:40AM

    I wish you the best of luck, just make sure you are eating enough to have energy to get a great work out in! You have been doing this a long time so I know you get the idea of how many calories you need to eat to have enough for your workouts. Eat alot of fiber from fruit and veggies b/c they will help in your work outs and in your weight lose.

Love,
Timberlee

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KAYAKID 10/26/2009 2:30AM

    I will sometimes have a protein shake for lunch esspecially if I have exercised - good luck to you and I am glad you are back at it.



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GETTIN2OLD4THIS 10/25/2009 11:55AM

    Glad you are back on track. The slimfast substitution sounds good. I am addicted to the strawberry ones.
Sorry I don't have any advice for you. I still don't know what the heck I am doing yet.

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Hi! I miss you all

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I've been MIA on SP for about 2 months now. I got injured and discouraged and I'll spare you the sob story. I learned valuable lessons so I'm not sorry. One of my biggest struggles in life is living in the past. So I'm moving on! I've set some small goals and I'm excited to work on and meet them! I'm sure I've missed out on a lot but I look forward to catching back up with you. Happy Fall! Love you all.

  
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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/26/2009 8:38AM

    I have missed you and sorry I have also been MIA for that last few weeks but I was so happy to come back and see that you left me a message and that your back!

Don't live in the past, b/c you can't change it-- look forward with your head held high!

I love that you learned lessons from being MIA, I bet one was you realized you loved yourself more when you are working out b/c that's something I realized!

Love,
Timberlee

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KAYAKID 10/23/2009 11:57PM

    We are glad you are back! Welcome Back and good luck to you!!!
Mike


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FLYINGTOFREEDOM 10/23/2009 7:34AM

    glad you are back. Sometimes we must learn from and get past our past to move forward. Great job and great attitude!!!
Alethea

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TRICIASHELL 10/21/2009 12:22PM

    I was on an 8 month break...so 2 isn't so bad! Welcome back, and good luck! I'm sure you'll do great!

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HUMLADY1 10/20/2009 11:29PM

    I KNEW I was missing your comments here!!

Glad you're back and hope you are doing better from your injury.

I'm still praying for you and your family, as well.

Have a wonderful day!

~~Jocelyn Newton~~

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MOMSTER4DE3 10/20/2009 11:26PM

    Me too! I had a short term goal and met that and am having difficulty keeping focused on my long term goal. I'm trying to get back on track -- I hope we are all successful in getting back in the groove.

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GETTIN2OLD4THIS 10/20/2009 8:31PM

    I've been in the same spot. I've been feeling motivated lately, too. :-)

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HELP!! I need ideas!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009



As you know, I sprained my ankle last week. (ok, if you didn't know that see previous 2 blogs). There was no way I could exercise last week but I'm ready now. I'm in a "boot" and I really need some ideas of ways to burn calories/exercise for the next month that don't involve my lower body. I am accustomed to running and elliptical. They are both OUT OF THE QUESTION. This is a good opportunity for me to try new things. I just want to do something worth while, you know?! I appreciate any and all tips!!


  
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NANQ75 9/1/2009 12:17AM

    I was in a boot for 6 weeks last Oct and I found that I was able to use my big stability ball for a lot of stuff. It's great for core work!! You can do your punching while you sit balanced on the ball, can do a variety of crunches on it and even do leg lifts for glutes and quads! Lots of great options offered here already! Heal well and come back stronger than ever!!
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KAYAKID 8/21/2009 9:46PM

    Jill, I thin a pilate class would work - and I like the idea of a punching something! Some ab and upper body exercises will work also. Good luck!
Mike


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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/20/2009 4:23PM

    I agree - punches! There are so many different variations of punches you can do that you shouldn't get bored and it will also get your heart rate up.

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NEWLYWED_JENC 8/20/2009 1:41PM

    I agree with those that said punches/arms and ab work. Jillian uses the punches as a cardio exercise in thirty day shred-it does get your heart rate up! Just do them sitting on the edge of a kitchen chair-that will encourage you to keep your abs tight the whole time.



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MOMMAROLEMODEL 8/20/2009 1:00PM

    I am so proud of you for setting out of the box. Well I mentioned it before but the resistant bands, exercise ball, boxing, lifting upper body weights.

Good luck and I can't wait to see what you come up with and try!
Love,
Timberlee

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SUMMERFROMSD 8/20/2009 12:37PM

    Randoming in: A modified pilates workout might work. As long as you avoid anything that would put weight on your ankle I think it could work.

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SUPERSNAZZ 8/20/2009 9:07AM

    Focus on upper body and core strength. Do you have access to a gym? Use their weight machines.

Can you wear the boot in the pool? Would some kind of water exercises be appropriate?

Take your time with healing and you will be stronger in the long run! I sprained my ankle 15 years ago, didn't let it heal properly, and it still bothers me here and there today. It's also my weaker side, so I favor the stronger side. This has led to some problems. Eep!

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BRANDI87 8/19/2009 11:48PM

    Yes, punches, punches, punches. Abs of course you can still do. You can still work your legs in strength training by doing leg lifts which shouldn't bother your sprained ankle. Umm...also, it sounds crazy, but cleaning! haha Heavy cleaning is a really good workout..such as scrubbing the toilets, shower, etc. You can be on your knees most of the time for these or sitting but still work up a sweat! Also, I don't remember if you have a yard or not, but yard work, such as pulling weeds could be good too. Also, what about swimming? It is extremely low impact and I'm not sure what your limitations are with water. Hope this helps Jill! You get better!!!

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RACHELMARLENA 8/19/2009 11:08PM

    Do you have access to a rower? I was in a boot for 12 weeks and did a combo of rowing and abs...it definitely kept the weight off! You probably won't be able to row for very long at first so row for as long as possible, do abs, row, abs, etc. etc. You can vary the intensity and speed as well.

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-LORI-B 8/19/2009 10:40PM

    I WOULD THINK YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO STILL DO CRUNCHES.. U CAN DO THESE FRM CHAIR. U CAN DEF. GET SOME ARM WORK IN. HANG IN THERE..

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BOBBIEBLUEEYES 8/19/2009 10:35PM

    http://www.sitandbefit.org/


This is a link to a site that offers chair workouts for seniors and those who are experiencing limited mobility. I'm sure the workouts wouldn't be as intense as you are used to...but maybe worth a look.

Good luck!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 8/19/2009 9:50PM

    Sorry I can't think of any off hand. Good luck on getting moving again. My sister sprained her ankle pretty bad and was in a boot for a good 3 months and physical therapy for a couple of weeks. She still swells up on occasions.

Hope you are feeling better!

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TURTLERAE55 8/19/2009 9:39PM

    You can check out the site and look up chair exercise that might help.

Hope you get well soon.

Keep up the good work.

Remember drinking water speeds up the weight loss.

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BLUEROSE73 8/19/2009 9:31PM

    There is an incredible 6 minute butt blaster workout on this site. You are focusing in working out your glutes. You do have to lift your legs, but they are being used more as a weight than being used in the exercise. Not sure if you can do this one or not, but wow. What a workout.

http://www.sparkpeo
ple.com/resource/fitness_articl
es.asp?id=727

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MRSTEHVAND 8/19/2009 9:26PM

    I'm running a segment through my head from the 30-Day Shred DVD where Jillian says "a great way to get cardio in if you have a lower-body injury". Punches! If you can't, get into a squat and do punches. She says something along the lines of it boosting your heart rate without having to work out your lower body if you have an injury.

Arm crosses across your chest.
Windmills
Arm circles

That's all I can think of right now.

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