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Afraid to get on the scale... it's not what your thinking

Monday, March 01, 2010

I have been anxious for today to arrive so I could weigh in. At the same time, this morning I was afraid to step on it as it has given me negative feedback in the past. and So sure enough I gained .6 of a pound. I don't have an explanation for it. I swear that I look better in the mirror. I did lose an inch in my hips during February. So, at least that is a good thing.

I track everything I do and eat. I am not sure what I should change. emoticon emoticon

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TREESA57 12/22/2010 9:02PM

    The way your clothes fit shows to everyone! the little old number on the scale shows to you and who????
go for the muscle toning and slimming. The scale will follow. Its just a silly peice of MAN made equipment anyway!
keep your chin up!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/7/2010 12:01PM

    .6 of a pound is nothing to alarm yourself over and please don't let the scales be your only source of proof you're progressing.
Do your clothes fit better, have you taken other measurements to see if you're toning up (you could be gaining muscle don't forget) and are you able to walk further, manage everyday tasks easier, are you sleeping more soundly.
It's matural to want to get to your goal weight and all focus does tend to go on that, but admire your emerging new shape too emoticon


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SUEZQMD 3/1/2010 4:05PM

    Don't worry so much.... RELAX! emoticon

It's a wonderful thing when you can see the results, but it doesn't always happen. I have been up and down for the past month on the scale and hate it...BUT...I know that my body is changing. I can feel the strength, I can see the toning and I know I am healthier. So I try not to let the scale bother me too much - it does because I want to SEE those numbers go down - but if I don't I try again the next week.

Once you accept the fact that the scale doesn't always like us every week and won't always show us what we want to won't worry so much about it. Just keep doing what you are doing...your body is changing and you ARE making results! emoticon

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/1/2010 10:51AM

    Muscle weighs more than fat and you are toning if you are losing inches. The scale has done that to me too but I notice more definition all over. So hang in there. Don't go by the scale, go by your tape measure or your inspiration jeans. I am going to try mine on this weekend. Keep it up!

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Winter Wonderland

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ah yes, it is snowing once again. Fortunately, I do not have to leave the house today, if I do not want to. That means that I will explore Coach Nicole's fitness videos and jump in. That will be good as I will get a different workout.

As for the snow, I guess that is good too. This season we have received about 59 inches. We are in the process of receiving another 6-10. Our average seasonal snowfall is about 80 inches; which means we are that much closer to Spring! emoticon

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BET-ZEE 2/26/2010 2:51PM

    Proud of you for not letting the snow stand in your way of getting fit! emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 2/25/2010 8:19AM

    I'd love more snow here ( Georgia) we got a couple inches a two weeks or so ago and the grandkids loved it!

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GVLAKERGIRL 2/22/2010 11:27AM

    Have fun with your workout video! Good job not letting all this snow make you want to not do anything! :)

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I gained .... without even trying to

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Well here I go again. Been with Spark just over 1 month, lost 6 and now gained .5. I've been getting aerobic and strength training in and feeling good from that. Drinking H20 to the extent that I am ready to be catheterized (earning lots of steps going to the bathroom a hundred times a day). Tracking my nutrition, trying new recipes as I love to try new things. This is my pattern 2 steps forward and 1 back.

I need to re-evaluate my calorie intake and exercise output. I can't believe that I am not eating enough as most days I feel pretty content at the bottom end of my calorie range (1200 - 1550), other days I am at the top end. I will have to try adding more calories. This has happened to me while on WW. Oh, well I will continue to forge ahead as the alternative is not something I want.

I am off to Tai Chi and then some aerobic walking/step climbing, wish me luck for next weeks weigh-in. emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 2/16/2010 10:45AM

    I've gained a couple lbs in the past several weeks, and am trying to figure out what will help me re-lose them. I hope you don't become discouraged - hang in there, we'll both do better.

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THINAGIN2 2/16/2010 10:07AM

    It depends on what I am doing but I gain and lose all of the time. I just went out to dinner on Valentines Day so because of the extra salt, I have gained. Tomorrow I expect to be back at normal and if not, then I will get excited!

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MARENAMOO 2/16/2010 9:22AM

    I read your profile. Like me I get into big weight swings and do all or nothing thinking. That has always gotten me off track before because it is not a diet that I can live with so I give up. It sounds like you have a healthier perspective this time around so keep up the healthy thinking.

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MARENAMOO 2/16/2010 9:22AM

    I read your profile. Like me I get into big weight swings and do all or nothing thinking. That has always gotten me off track before because it is not a diet that I can live with so I give up. It sounds like you have a healthier perspective this time around so keep up the healthy thinking.

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2010 Olympics

Monday, February 15, 2010

Are any of you watching the 2010 Olympics?

Victoria, BC is a vibrant, big, cosmopolitan, beautiful city. The 90 minute drive to Whistler provides awesome, inspiring scenery during the trip and once you get there.

These athletes, whether they be the stars (medal contenders), or the first timers to compete in the Olympics are truly, truly amazing. Their athletic skill and talent is incredible. I can't begin to imagine the hours of work, focus, practice, sacrifice,and pain that each of them and their families have gone through to get to the point of being good enough to represent their country at the Olympics. Even if you are not into watching sports, especially winter sports, it is worth watching. After a few minutes of watching and listening to the commentators you will quickly learn the proper form and techniques of each event.

So far I have watched the alpine racing, luge, downhillers, and pairs skating. It has been inspiring. These athletes have trained their bodies to do some unimaginable things. Talk about solid muscle and little body fat, holy cow. Their bodies are machines which they have to properly fuel to allow themselves to train and compete. Some of them must consume several thousand calories a day to keep going. After watching them, I have no excuse to not to get my daily activity in.

My favorite is the pairs skating. Not only must they be athletic, they must be artistic. Their partners are extensions of themselves as they skate in unison, they must rely on each other to be at the right place at the exact moment to be pushed, pulled, spun, thrown, flipped, and twirled; and do it with a smile.

Need some inspiration, I say watch the Olympics. I give them two thumbs up.
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SCORPTEN 2/15/2010 11:11PM

    My favorite is short track speed skating. (I've been DVRing all of the Olympics) What I admire is even through injuries these athletes perform. Short track USA athlete JR Celski had his own skate cut into his femoral artery about 6 months ago and came back to win the bronze. A USA (I think USA) snowboarder did his first qualifying run with 3 broken ribs. It's amazing their dedication and determination.

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SUEZQMD 2/15/2010 11:02AM

    I feel the same way. I watch these athletes and see their stories and wonder why it's so hard for me to get motivated to stick with my workout routine and diet. They are empowering and so inspirational. They want it so bad. 'I' want it so bad. I need to commit and just do it, right? emoticon

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MATER123 2/15/2010 9:37AM

    LOVE the olympics. I watched Speed Skating, moguls, luge, dowmnill and short program pairs ice skating. I'm rooting for that cute chinese married couple : such a romantic story.
I'm not planing on getting much done in the next two weeks - I'll be getting in all the winter olympics watching I can! emoticon

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JLCAMBURN 2/15/2010 9:29AM

    I was glued to my tv Saturday night! I love the competition and the emotion of the Olympics. My kids love it, too. Can't wait to watch more.

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MADCITYSARA 2/15/2010 9:18AM

    Glad to see another Olympics junkie! I looked forward to the opening ceremonies a LOT more than the Super Bowl. I agree with you on pairs skating! Definitely my favorite. Happy watching!

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I didn't egg-spect this...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Learning something new everyday is a good thing. It can also be a healthy thing. I just read the article "Eggs are Egg-cellent Healthy or Not? We Crack the Case!"
-- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator

Whoa, I have still been hanging on to the apparently old myth that the cholesterol in eggs should be avoided, hence I basically avoid eating yolks (except in baked goods, etc). I did not know how healthy an egg is (everything in moderation). Well guess what we are going to have for dinner tonight? A veggie omelet. I can throw in whatever I have on hand. I will brown some onions, red bell pepper, maybe open a small can of mushrooms, I have frozen corn that I can thaw and use. Season with salt and pepper. Crack a few eggs, whip them up and into the frying pan after a few minutes, add the veggies, fold and flip, sprinkle with chopped cilantro, whola. I have some avocado salsa which I made a couple of days ago to serve on the side. The salsa will spice it up nicely for us. emoticon

This blogging is making me hungry. Time for breakfast, which will be oatmeal

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MARLENE2995 2/14/2010 10:32AM

    That sounds great!

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BOISTYJONES 2/14/2010 9:57AM

    mmmm. I had one of those yesterday, and it was GOOD! One egg, plus two egg whites. As you say, everything in moderation. :) Bon appetit

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