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Friday Fit Tip: Shake up your routine

Friday, June 13, 2008

Did you know that your body quickly becomes used to exercise, any exercise? That's why if you're a runner and you start playing tennis, you'll discover muscles you never knew you had.

This is especially important when it comes to strength training. You need to change your routine at least every 2 months. If you've been doing the same exercises, in the same order, with the same amount of weights, since the dawn of time, it's time to change.

I change my strength training routine every 6-8 weeks. You don't have to break the bank, either. You can follow the strength training routine laid out for you by SP (I don't, but maybe I should give it a try someday). There are free exercise videos right here. There are bootcamp sparkteams. Most fitness magazines have a variety of exercise routines on their Websites. There's so much available, for free!

The same is true of your cardio. You need to mix it up and have some fun. Try a different class or sport. Introduce intervals into your routine (go as fast as you can go for 1 minute, recover for 2, and so on; or some interval of your own making). Try to beat your best time one day, and your distance the next.

Variety is the spice of life when it comes to exercise.

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KIMMERQU 6/14/2008 12:02AM

    This is so true. I change my workouts all the time. Depends on my mood.

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I won't suffer to be thin

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I have another analogy for you. Yesterday I wore another of my "skinny" jeans. They're called Not Your Mother's Jeans, and they suck everything in and really make you look great. They ain't cheap, either; I never spend that much on jeans, but I did on these.

Unfortunately, though, they make me feel uncomfortable "down there" (as if I have a bladder infection). No, they aren't skin tight. In fact, they're quite comfortable, and they make me look great. But I'm just so uncomfortable after wearing them for a few hours. I keep hoping that will change as I continue to lose weight, but it doesn't seem to.

So I won't wear them, even though they are probably the jeans that make me look the best (and cost the most). Because I won't suffer to be "thin" (not that I could be considered to be thin now, but anything that will give the illusion of being thin-ner is welcome).

Just like I won't pick too low a goal weight. I'm not sure what my ultimate goal weight will be. Yes, for WW, many years ago, I had to pick one. It might still be doable. But I'll see when I get there. It's far enough away that I'm not much worried about it yet.

And I wish I could just reach through this computer and shake some of the people who are my age and really think they can weigh what they did in high school again. Especially if they've had kids, as well. I've no doubt they can do it, but can they maintain it for the long haul? Probably not.

It is classic to choose too low a goal weight. You feel so good when you're thin for the very first time in life. I know I did. When I became a WW lifetime member all those years ago, I was thin. For the very first time. I weighed less than I did when I got married. But it was too hard a weight for me to maintain. Instead of realizing that, I just continued to struggle, always beating myself up for not being able to maintain that weight; eventually upping my goal weight, but not being able to maintain that, either.

Instead of relaxing a little about it all, I just struggled. And what you resist, persists -- boy, did it ever!

Hopefully I will have the good sense to be more content with any number this time. I'm already happy with the little weight I've lost. Sure, there are times I look at the road before me and get discouraged, but they're few and far between. I celebrate every little victory, and it really helps having my SP team celebrate along with me. Thank you, all my SP buddies! You mean the world to me.

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SIDNEYGIRL 6/12/2008 11:08AM

    Note to self ~ don't buy Not Your Mother's Jeans! lol ~ that's so weird that they are uncomfortable in that way.

I agree with you about not striving for an unrealistic goal weight. At 50 my goal weight is probably 10-15 pounds higher than I would have chosen at age 35. I have no need to be skinny anymore...now I'm into being fit and having plenty of muscle and eating healthier.

Good blog!

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WOODLANDMYST 6/12/2008 10:41AM

  I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be wearing those jeans much either! Who wants to feel like that?! I'll go for comfort every time.

Thanks for your words of wisdom. I'm happy with the goal I've set. It's doable and I won't look like a stick. (far from it!)

Toodles, Cyndy

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MTER67 6/12/2008 9:41AM

    I almost ordered a pair of those jeans a while ago, but chickened out when I saw the price! Goals are good, but you are right, we can set them so far out of reach that we get discouraged and give up. Better to keep celebrating smaller achievements all along the journey.

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KARBIE18 6/12/2008 9:37AM

    How annoying about those jeans. I wonder why that is. I had a pair that did that, but they didn't fit me very well, so I was perfectly happy to give them to Goodwill. I'm glad you won't suffer to be thin, because I don't want you to suffer!

I know what you mean about not picking a final goal weight. I will make my decision when I get down there.....and that could be a while. I, too, and content with the weight I've lost, and I owe a lot of my patience to you. You are a great role model!


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Login points are like weigh-ins

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I really do see analogies everywhere! If you're like me, you spin that wheel every morning, chanting "c'mon 5" or whatever the highest amount might be. You feel so good when you hit it . . . and are sort of upset when you only get a 1 for days on end.

Weighing in is like that, too, isn't it? You're so happy when you lose weight, especially when it's more than you anticipated. And so bummed when it's a small amount or nothing at all, even when you know you did everything "right". And you're really upset when you gain.

One of the differences is that I don't spend some portion of my day obssessing about what my login points will be. Was I good enough on SP to get good points today? If I don't read that article, does it mean I'll get less points?

Which ought to teach us a lesson. The scale will do what the scale will do, and sometimes what the scale does doesn't really seem to correlate to what we do.

If you're creating healthy habits, and you're really being true to them, the scale will move in its own time.

And I am bummed -- not about weight -- but about my Turbojam DVDs. Ebay, for some reason, ended the sale. I've never had this happen before. I've already paid (it was a buy it now, with multiple sets available). I don't know what will happen now, but I was looking forward to getting them soon!

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MTER67 6/11/2008 6:08PM

    What a great analogy! Of course, number on the scale is a little less random and a lot more "personal" than the log-in points! Have you ever nailed the 25 points on the wheel? I got it once. The T-shirt would be nice, too. Someday, maybe. I applaud your positive attitude. You are going to do it this time. And, you are helping so many others at the same time. It's wonderful. (And, BTW, thank you for my SP goodie. I really needed the encouragement this week. You sensed that, I guess, and I really appreciate it!)

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LSFBOOK 6/11/2008 2:41PM

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. I hope you get your DVD's from Ebay!

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MARTY19 6/11/2008 10:18AM

    Boy do I agree with you. But I used to be one of those people who got on the scale EVERY day and when I didn't see a drop I got depressed. Now I only get on the scale once a week. I am learning to measure success based on the way I feel - not on what the scale says.

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Choosing rewards

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I felt I needed a reward for doing so well over the last couple of weeks. Not that I'd really met a goal, but I just lost more than I usually do, and I've lost over 5 lbs now so it's time.

I struggle with rewards, I admit. In some ways it seems silly. If you're going to get it anyway, how is it really a reward?

I spent some time thinking on what my reward ought to be. I went to the farmer's market this weekend. We have an excellent farmer's market, and not just for food. We have cool artisans there, too. One guy comes occasionally with his jewelry. It's nice, simple, silver, and relatively inexpensive.

I came really close to getting myself a ring as a reward. Unfortunately, the one I wanted was the only one that couldn't be sized (it needed to be sized down, too!).

I kept thinking. I'd been wanting to buy another hat for a while. I wear hats a lot. It's hot here, and I'm very fair and burn easily. If you meet me for the first time, you'll know me by my purple hat (if that's the one I'm wearing, but as you can see from my photos, I have a thing for purple).

Then as I was driving somewhere, Daughtry came on. I've been wanting to buy his album for some time (no, I don't watch Idol, but I love his music). Cheaper than a hat, too. Good idea, I thought.

What I ultimately decided on was the Turbojam Beachbody 5 DVDs. How's that for healthy? I'd never heard of Turbojam until I read about it on several people's blogs. I like kickboxing. I've got to be a bit careful with it, because it has a tendency to make my tennis elbow flare up, but when that happens, I just lay off it for a while and do other things.

I just bought it today on Ebay. Ebay is a great place to get exercise DVDs at a good (sometimes great!) price. I didn't get a great price, but I did get a good one. It took several days of following auctions, though.

If you're a Ebay newbie and want to give it a try, here are a few tips:

1. Get yourself a Paypal account. Otherwise you're going to have a hard time paying for things.

2. Do an advanced search. Check "only completed auctions" -- this will give you a general idea of what that iten is typically going for, if it's an item that is sold a lot.

3. Make sure to look at the feedback -- and read it! -- for the seller, no matter how good their rating. I bought a DVD from a seller a while back. Apparently they went down hill pretty much at the time I bought it. I did finally get a DVD, after much haraunging & little communication, but it wasn't what I ordered. If you look at the seller's feedback now, you'll see some who gave them positive feedback even while saying it took a long time to ship or wasn't the correct item. When I gave the seller negative feedback, they immediately posted negative feedback on me -- then told me they'd remove theirs if I'd remove mine. As if. I'm not that easily intimidated, but apparently, others are.

I don't buy things off Ebay all that often, but it's a great resource and most transactions go very smoothly.

I'm trying to decide what my reward for losing 10 lbs should be. I'm getting close.

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KRZYKAT3 6/10/2008 10:35PM

    other rewards can be pedicures or manicures.

One lady in another team is aiming for new flip flops!

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KIMMERQU 6/10/2008 10:14PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. Great job! You are going to love Turbo Jam! Chalene is very good about showing techniques so you won't hurt yourself. Every DVD has low impact options. There are a couple of Turbo Jam Teams here at SP too. Great challenges and info. If you go to my Sparkpage you can click on the group I belong to and check it out.

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MTER67 6/10/2008 5:34PM

    Congratulations on your 5 pound loss. Great eBay advice, too--my husband is our eBay person. I check it out from time to time, but I have never bid on anything or purchased anything, except through my husband...He and I both know that I would become addicted to the shopping aspect of it, as well as the thrill of winning! I know my weaknesses; spending money is definitely one of them, so I stay away from eBay. It's a tangent I know, but have you ever listened to Weird Al's song, "eBay?" Hilarious!

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KARBIE18 6/10/2008 3:36PM

    Hooray for losing 5 pounds, and for getting a healthy reward. I had a hard time choosing my rewards, too, but I decided they should be things I wouldn't normally go out and buy myself. I refused to use clothes, because I need clothes anyway. I did finally figure it out, though - I've got a whole reward system selected for every 5 pounds lost until I reach my ultimate goal, and then even for maintenance (six month, one year, five years). They aren't my ultimate motivation, but they make it fun! Keep up the good work!


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Wanted: a motivational buddy

Monday, June 09, 2008

Going along with my theme of you have to do the work, many sources have pointed out to me that I need a "diet" buddy. I am not blessed with one in real life, so I am going to ask for you.

First off, I already have a lot of buddies on SP now, and I am incredibly grateful to them all. You are what makes SP so powerful, giving of your time freely & unselfishly.

In my favorites is a recent SP article on the types of motivators you need to surround yourself with. There's all different sorts. I never thought of it that way before.

But here are my buddy specifics. Read carefully, and if you think it sounds like something that will be mutually beneficial to both of us, shoot me an email:

1. I am already pretty motivated. I've been going at this hard for the last almost-half year. In some ways, I've been going at this my whole life. Sure, there are times I feel down & need a hand, but in general, I don't need a whole lot of pushing.

2. I am also self-motivated to exercise. And even though I'm not athlete, I'm even just a little bit compulsive about it -- but not too much. Future blog post.

3. I am looking for someone to check in with every single day. I do travel several times a year, and then I don't always have access to a computer.

4. I am definitely in it for the long haul. No matter how long it takes or how hard it gets, I will get to my goal. I have somewhere in the vicinity of 30 lbs to lose now, but I plan to stick around after I've got to my goal, too.

5. I am a Weight Watchers member. You don't have to be.

6. I typically do not lose weight very fast. Usually less than a pound a week, although the last couple of weeks I've been really pleasantly surprised.

7. I am a morning person. You don't have to be, but you will never find me on my computer late at night. And I am not online all the time, either. I log in in the morning, and I don't log out usually until I shut down my computer, but I'm not sitting here all the time, although most days I check in fairly frequently.

8. I love to read, paint, knit, be with and train my animals, cook (but hate the prep & clean-up), read cookbooks.

If you'd like someone to check in with every day, motivate you, try to help you come up with solutions, and just plain listen to you -- and you think you're a good fit with me -- please shoot me an email.

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MTER67 6/9/2008 8:34AM

    Hey, I check in with you almost once a day already! I guess that means we're already buddies! Good luck on your search.

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