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SPY 2; Day 65: A Personal Best!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I got on the elliptical this evening. Last time I did that was weeks ago, maybe even a month a go and my best time was 4 minutes, I think, Tonight I made it to 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am tired this evening, but I feel great! I am exhilarated!

I can't wait to be doing so much more that I look back at this blog and laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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CARRAND 4/6/2011 9:14PM

    Wonderful! You're really back on track!

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MYSTERY4EVER 4/6/2011 3:54PM

    Fabulous!! You are looking ahead, not back. Keep up the good work!

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WONDEROONA 4/6/2011 2:28PM

    Great Job!!!! I know when I first started using the elliptical I could only go a few minutes. Keep it up and you WILL be looking back and laughing!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 4/6/2011 6:49AM

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ROX2013 4/6/2011 12:50AM

    Awesome!!! The elliptical is one monster machine I have never tried.. However, the tired part I understand Only to well, I just have started getting my treadmill walking done. Isnt it a great feeling being tired bacause you accomplished some so great!! Have a great day!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 4/6/2011 12:31AM

    Wow!! Way to go!! That is awesome!! Especially after being ill/ and or tired for so long!! Keep up this fantastic start!!

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SPY 2; Day 64: Zero!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Zero cardio today. I was counting what my pedometer said, but I learned that's not cardio. That was hugely deflating because even walking is more than I used to do!

I'm putting in long hours this week and came home late. BF moved my kettlebell and so I just ate dinner. Yeah, what a lame excuse! All day long I was intending to hit the mini gym at work, but I was tired and just came home.

I did get in over 11K steps today!

  
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CARRAND 4/5/2011 8:04PM

    I wore my new heart monitor to the gym today while I did strength training and was surprised to find that I didn't burn that many calories (120). I didn't even get my heart rate over 100 so it's not cardio either. I lifted over 12,000 pounds, too. I guess strength training is not done primarily to burn calories anyhow. I'm getting stronger and I enjoy it and that's what counts. But I've got to stop counting it as cardio.

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MYSTERY4EVER 4/5/2011 2:38PM

    Ditto what others have said about walking. Is it possible you could do a little exercise in the morning before work? Even 20 minutes would make a difference. Hopefully this will all work out for you soon.

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JHADZHIA 4/5/2011 1:05AM

    Walking is good exercise and can be considered cardio if you walk fast enough to get your heart rate in your training zone.. Doing it daily can only be good for you as its great weight bearing exercise! Some people have lost their weight doing nothing but walking! May be slower, but steadier and easier to commit to..
Hope you have a less tiring day tomorrow..
Hugs,
Linda

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/4/2011 11:19PM

    Whoops! I had 0 cardio yesterday, but did better today. Walking is cardio if you walk steadily for longer intervals - not just daily steps, but purposeful walking.
We just need to hang in there and do the best we can every day. If you're like me, you expect too much of yourself and get frustrated when you don't meet your expectations! We need to stop doing that!
Sheila

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SPY 2; Day 63: It's Not Like a Light Switch

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Resetting is not as easy as I wish it were. I was over on some food metrics, low in others and within range otherwise...

Going to bed early. I tried to rest a lot this weekend as last week was exhausting. This coming week will probably be more of the same...

Thanks for the comments, goodies and support. emoticon

  
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CARRAND 4/4/2011 6:12PM

    I don't always get everything right on my food tracker, but I think it balances out over time. I'm still maintaining, so something is working.

It will work for you, too. Remember that exercise is a great stress reliever. What happened to those kettlebells?

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WONDEROONA 4/4/2011 2:23PM

    Take it easy. Come back slow. It's working for me. You know that. You've seen the proof!! LOL I'll hang with ya every step of the way!!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 4/4/2011 2:59AM

    emoticonEvery meal is a new start.

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MISSY455 4/4/2011 12:26AM

    I hope you have a good week ahead!

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JHADZHIA 4/3/2011 11:52PM

    Its always hard to get everything exactly right, I sure don't get them all always..
I hope you get a good night's sleep.
Keep on trying, that is all you can do!
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PERKINSSISTERS 4/3/2011 11:33PM

  Hope you have a good week and you're smart to rest up for it!

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SPY 2; Day 62: Hitting the Reset Button

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Hitting the Reset Button
This is the blog I tried to write last night. It kept disappearing. When it disappeared while trying to do a cut n paste, I gave up!

I’ve been floundering for a while. When I was on vacation, I discarded good eating, water drinking and exercise even though I had good intentions. That was proof positive that SparkPeople’s statement that being around people who _______ make it more likely you will do the same. I was sick on that trip. It seems as if I have been sick most of this year. Nothing serious, just nagging and continual crappiness. I’ve used most of my sick time for the year already!

Then there’s work. Don’t get me wrong. Glad to have it, but I am in a state of constant overload. I have a new boss, but I still support my old one and management has yet to decide how much of what I used to do can be skipped. I still have more than 40 hours a week worth of work to do for him! AND I am supposed to work with the new IP Paralegal, training her on the how-tos of the company in exchange for learning about patents. On top of that, the company had to respond to a subpoena (we are not a party to the action) and I got the opportunity to work on that. That is really fun and interesting work, but it completely consumes everything. My VP knows that changes need to be made but wants to wait until my former boss’ group is more fully staffed. My current boss said that he thinks the company wants to burn me out!

It just about goes without saying that money pressures are unrelenting. I am considering making changes in my personal life with respect to my BF. We’ve been together off and on since September 1989. As I made progress in my SP journey, I began to look at other areas of my life and realize that wholesale change might need to happen. I am not ready to make those changes yet, but I feel the time coming!

I have read blogs where SparkFriends set up goals and posted them. When I started SP, it was almost as if I were immersed in a new culture with a new language – it was so overwhelming that I did not really set short and medium goals.

Now seems to be a good time to do that. As I was driving home last night, a thought dropped in my head. I want a new or newer car, but that desire is a want and not a need. That sort of took the pressure off. There are much smaller wants, too. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series last year and I have yet to augment my pin collection to commemorate the event. I can set some short time and achievable goals and chip away at those small wants as I “earn” them.

Water

Real Exercise (strength and cardio)

Food

I had no trouble with water once I got up to 8 glasses of water a day and am very surprised that I am starting over again. I think I will start today with 5 as my goal, 6 tomorrow and so on.

Eating within range has generally been achievable, but there have always been areas where I am both too high and too low (usually too high in carbs, too low in calcium, for example). I will focus on staying within calorie range for the first week and go on from there.

Exercise has always been my biggest challenge. I was stunned to discover recently that I have been doing things “wrong” for my entire SparkPeople journey. I read an article that said something about how SP already figures you’re going to walk about doing chores, etc. I had been counting that because it represented more movement than I had been doing before SP. That means most of my exercise minutes are fraudulent! It also explains why I have been losing weight so slowly and confirms my suspicion that I need to do more. I need to do a LOT more! But I don’t know if I can! This has thrown me back into my whole lifelong aversion to exercise. What if I can’t sustain it? What if it hurts? What if I don’t like it? What if I fail?

On the other hand, failure is still not an option. Doing nothing differently means I would very soon “suddenly” find I had regained the weight I have lost and then some. My reasons for wanting to change my life are large and abstract and yet real. I must do this to save my life, to improve my life and to make the rest of my life worth living.

For exercise, I am going to start very small. I will do 10 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and will do the same amount of strength training. As I succeed, I will add more. On the weekends, cardio will be brisk walking (not the turtle walking I have done!) and, during the week, use the elliptical, treadmill and exercise bikes at work – assuming they are not in use!

So, this first week: within calorie range every day, 5-8 glasses of water every day, follow through on my exercise commitment for cardio and strength training. My reward: add one to my pin collection! Then, I can do that each week for the next four weeks. If I string those together for a month of consecutive success, then I will get the DVD of the series.

As one of my SparkFriends says in her blogs “move, lift, repeat”.

  
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MAWRTIAN 4/3/2011 2:55PM

    Found your blog after reading your Secret to Success rec. Thanks so much for this posting, I'm going through lots of the same things. I'm in a new job and feeling lots of stress. One day at a time and I need to hit my own reset button soon! Best of luck!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/3/2011 4:18AM

    All realistic and achievable goals. emoticon

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CARRAND 4/2/2011 10:43PM

    You can do anything you set your mind to! I know you can meet the goals you've set.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 4/2/2011 6:08PM

    Failure aint no big deal.... to me, you don't fail if you don't take a chance... so if you fail at least you risked!

Great goals!

Annie

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MSKIZ69 4/2/2011 3:33PM

    Kudos to you for taking the bull by the horns and showing him who's boss! You are going to keep that streak alive!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHRYS13 4/2/2011 2:26PM

    Keep on keeping on!!

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MYSTERY4EVER 4/2/2011 2:09PM

    I want you to remember all those wonderful positive thoughts you had about yourself around the time of your charity walk. You had a goal; you met it and you felt good about yourself. That is the you that you can be. Keep that outlook on life. You sound like you are back on track - just aim in the right direction.

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SPY 2: Day 61; I Got Nuthin'

Saturday, April 02, 2011

I keep trying to write the blog and it keeps disappearing. Not doing well, but it's due to apathy and poor decisions knowingly made.

  
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PERKINSSISTERS 4/3/2011 1:10AM

  Crazy computers. They just like messing with people to annoy them! Hope it gets better soon, there's nothing like a smart alec computer to get a person frustrated!

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CARRAND 4/2/2011 10:48PM

    I've had that happen to me before. I do it in work now, and then cut and paste.

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JHADZHIA 4/2/2011 1:52AM

    So sorry :( Can you save it to word then copy and post? That way if it goes you can try again.
Try to make this weekend yours. Just get out and do it, don't give yourself time to talk yourself out of it.. You can do it. You have the strength to do it..
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Linda

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