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Out of town for the weekend

Friday, January 20, 2012

I'm going out of town this weekend and I will be out of range of the internet. Unfortunately this getaway is notorious for big eating and I don't want to make a big show of not eating. At the same time I also want to stay on track. I have no idea what food will be served and it wouldn't be the greatest if I ate my own thing. So, without the ability to look up and track a big thick meal on Sparkpeople, does anyone have any non-internet tips for easily and covertly making it through 48 hours in a big eating situation? I don't think it will be a big deal if I don't fill my plate, but again, I'm not ready to flaunt it in anyone's face that I'm trying to take steps in the right direction. Any little tips or tricks for just 48 hours would be very helpful.


Addicted to the Scale

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So, I'm addicted to weighing myself every morning right after I get out of the shower. I perceive it as motivating to me but is a daily weigh-in actually worse in the long run? What is your take?

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JOEJAPAN 1/18/2012 5:12PM

  Thanks for the feedback. I'm finding the same thing. If it's lower than I thought it's really encouraging (as opposed to making me think, "Oh good, I can eat way more than usual today!") and if it's higher it's a reminder that there's still work to be done.

Stuck in a rut is no good though. Best of luck sassy5468. Sometimes when I'm doing all the right things and the scale isn't moving I find that eventually the scale responds in a big way.

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MNNICE 1/18/2012 11:37AM

    Do whatever works best for YOU! Daily weighing works for me because I know if I waited a week I could easily be up 5 pounds and not know it till I weighed. If I gain, I want to know it so I can get on top of it right away, especially since I am in maintenance. This doesn't work for everybody, though. One thing that's important to realize if you do weigh every day is that sometimes no matter how well you are doing with eating and exercise, the scale doesn't seem to know it! Just keep in mind that it's only a tool and don't let it discourage you!

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SASSY5468 1/18/2012 11:20AM

    I've been doing this as well. I've read some places where weighing yourself daily is a good thing so that you can learn what works and what doesn't. My problem is that I've been stuck at 214 for a week and weighing myself every day is bringing me down! I waited 2 days this time, and STILL 214... So, I guess it can be good and bad. I know, I'm not very helpful :)

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First Workout: Sweat! No sweat.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Just 20 minutes on the treadmill while watching Hot Shots... a classic! 15min/mile pace. No incline.

A question: My Fast Break goals are for 15 minutes of exercise a day but then my exercise tracker is saying 30 minutes. Which one should I follow?

Another question: I'm supposed to burn 770 through exercises in a week. I have it set for three cardio and two strength but it said I needed to burn 257 calories during one cardio. That's 770/3. Wouldn't strength training play into the total so It'd be more like 770/5 = 154 cal burned per workout?

In the end, I don't really care about these details now. It's my first full week and spending ANY time on the treadmill, whether I burn 150 or 250 calories, is a win.


Set up the Workout Room

Monday, January 16, 2012

I signed up 5 days ago and have yet to workout but I made a big step yesterday: I set up the workout room. After a crazy year of moving (twice), building our own home, and having a second child, it took a few hours just to clear the space in the unfinished basement where we have a treadmill and padded floor. The TV/DVD is set up too! My next plan is to start small with the 15 minute exercise a day goal.

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JOEJAPAN 1/17/2012 10:20AM

  Thanks for your support!

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WELLNESSME09 1/16/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon I have done the same in my spare room. It is so handy, you can workout at any time you want and as long as you wish. I have tried a gym and it was not as convenient as my home gym. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 1/16/2012 9:21AM

    Congratulations on getting your space set up!
That's a wonderful first step.

Starting with 15 minutes a day of exercise is very wise.

Good luck!

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