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Its always a struggle.

Monday, February 01, 2010

I am completely motivated!
Every day, I wake up and the first thing in my head is how I'm going to work towards improving my life -- physically and mentally. Does this mean I always hit EVERY workout, or that I eat the most healthy, clean foods; or even logging in to Sparkpeople everyday? No. Quite often, I will miss a workout, I will succumb to the clarion call of a soda and fries, or completely ignore the computer...
This isn't the end of the world, it's life. I have stuff to do, I get stressed, and quite frankly, I get TIRED! Again, its ok. I will continue, and I will succeed---as long as my successful days don't outnumber my "bad" days.
I guess what I'm trying to say is this:
We all mean well; some of us are amazing, sticking to everything the first time, every time. There's more who have to try again later on, but I think that the majority of people out there are similar to me---we try, we keep working at it, and eventually, we will succeed.

Don't ever give up. Together, we all will succeed!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MIAJOEB 3/23/2010 1:19AM

    Are you still active on Roseville Spark as a leader . I am still frustrated by the number of newcomers that I am unable to welcome to our team because they have private pages. I do not know how they can benefit.
OH well it is none of my business. I continue to welcome to any newcomer who wishes it a goodie from the team and from me. Let me know how you are doing.

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WOLFSPIRITS 2/3/2010 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon AND ME TOO!!! I'M JUST LIKE YA.

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SHASTA11 2/2/2010 9:15PM


We CAN do it, too!!

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COACHMEG 2/2/2010 11:11AM

    Well said.
Take care

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ASOPA21 2/2/2010 10:20AM

    Good for you! It is really hard to finish all of our tasks/goals for the day, but as long as we acknowledge them and really aim to do them then you can do anything!

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MISS_VIV 2/2/2010 8:57AM

    Keep up the good work. One day at a time, baby steps sometimes are a requirement. Working wiser, not harder. You will succeed.

Have a super day.

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A new year, a new beginning..

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It happens every year, over the next few weeks, people decide that they are sick of being fat, tired, embarrassed, and sad. As a result, there are mad rushes to gyms, fitness stores, and exercise classes. After about 2 monthes, there are very few of these people who stay on that track, returning to their old ways, and getting back or beyond the point they were the year before.

Are they weak? Are they lazy?
NO. Its hard to stick to a new lifestyle, especially when jumping into it both feet first. Its also hard to stick to it when there is little change seen; again, this is not weakness or laziness---this is human nature. You have to want to change so much, that difficulties and lack of change becomes only a minor bump in the road.
I don't claim to know a lot, but I do know about what I wrote above. Why? Because I wrote about myself. I have done this every year for many years. I strive to change every year, believing THIS will be the year that I will reach my goals--that I will lose all the weight and finally be comfortable in my own skin. Then soon after, I give up--I see no changes, that fast food calls to me, or I just feel too dang tired!
That's it.
No more.
I will re-start my journey, I will stick with it, and I WILL succeed!

I know there are others out there like me....many of us...so who's willing to step it up and change their life?

We have great resources here at Sparkpeople, yet sometimes we (I am so guilty of this) don't take advantage of them--we don't want to spend five to ten minutes a day recording our foods and physical activiy--its just a hassle--My life is not "just a hassle", it is worth every minute on this machine. So the first change I will incorporate into my new lifestyle: I will spend at least ten minutes a day on Sparkpeople recording my foods and activity.

Again, who's willing to change their life with me?

Well....Let's get started then....



  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

K-GECKO 12/29/2009 10:52PM

    That's the spirit!!! WE CAN ALL REACH OUR GOALS THIS YEAR!!!!!

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GETDONE 12/28/2009 6:56PM

    Here I go--if I only lose 10 more pounds next I will still be healthier emoticon

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VMOMMA 12/28/2009 11:39AM

    Let's do this! This past year has been a remarkable weight loss journey for me, I plan on making 2010 an even better one! New Year, New Me! Let's go!

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TEACHEROF4TH 12/28/2009 1:21AM

    I'm with you on this one! I am totally ready to keep the momentum going and see what victories the New Year can hold for us... even way beyond that slump in February. Let's go! Thanks for the challenge!

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/27/2009 3:29PM

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MIAJOEB 12/26/2009 11:19PM

    I want to step it up and keep what I have lost off and exercise more in the new year.
Would you like to join as a team co-leader here?

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The workout monster is BACK!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I let myself down. I'm not thrilled about it, but I understand that these things happen.
There were multiple reasons. I was under a lot of stress, I was trying to do SO much regarding my fitness lifestyle---primarily, joining too many challenges, etc., and I got lazy.
That's ok, I can handle that. So now what? Time to start fresh.
I didn't stop all of my activities, in fact, I now regularly walk at lunch on work days, and also do an after work walk with some spark friends! I wasn't eating great, but I did actually eat less.
So I have returned--not that I truly left Sparkpeople, I just hadn't been entering my food or fitness, among other little bits of activities.
I began working out today, I logged it all, I ate food I shouldn't have today, but I did log it! I'm glad I enjoyed the foods, 'cause that was it for now... I also went through and cleaned out my goals. Multiple ones that I was just wasting time entering are now gone; especially, if I was regularly reaching them--after all, if I am still reaching the goal without logging it, then it has officially become a part of my lifestyle--the purpose of that goal!
I think I am going to stick to this better, just doing my workouts and logging them (although, not making them planned to the last detail---I know what I need to do, so I will set up a rough guideline and follow that!), eating right, but still logging it, and keeping up with my new friends and my groups.
I am making this fun again, not a "thing" that I have to spend multiple hours on the computer with every day--after all, college starts at the end of next month--I'm sure it will add a bit more work to my schedule!
That being said, I am SO glad to have started over! I Love the feeling a good workout gives, and I am SO glad that I am making new friends here!
Thanks for all of your motivation!
Kate, the workout monster, aka, K-Gecko!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MIAJOEB 12/26/2009 11:22PM

    Keep moving. Do just a little more every day..

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SPARTANJAI 7/9/2009 10:32AM

    Great job, it's so easy to get frustrated and quit, it's quite an accomplishment to stand up and say "I'm not going to quit!" Congratulations on a job well done! Keep up the good work!

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MIMULUSBUG 7/9/2009 8:53AM

    Hey Kate! I try to look at every day as a fresh start; another opportunity to do better than I did the day before. To me it sounds like you are doing fantastic.

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MSCANDICE25 7/9/2009 6:17AM

    Wtg on starting over again.. Keep your self going and yesthat is a good idea to have moved goals that you are meeting all the time since you have now added thenm to your everyday life.. Im also glad to see that you want to keep this fun instead of you have to do it because when you make it a have to then you wont want to do it so Keep up the good work and keep moving in the right path

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A bootcamp challenge...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Today's bootcamp challenge was to write a blog entry. ok, I can do that, I've written them before... I have no idea what to write about though. I guess, I can write about the experience....
I really didn't know what I was getting into when I joined this team, I just thought it might be fun, and that I might get some cool free stuff. I have actually enjoyed the workout videos and I feel that my fitness routine has improved due to the video variety. I also like the length of the videos--I usually have time to fit them in before work, even if I oversleep--which happens a lot!
I have to say, the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp team gets a "thumbs up" from me!


Its got to be an all-around thing...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

So I have been on this site for over a month now....and I have lost a total of 1.5 pounds from my original starting weight(180). I am not thrilled about it, but I am hanging in there. I have worked out more in the last month, than I ever have over an extended period of time, and yet its all very s-l-o-w. Anyway, I stepped back to take a good look at what I have or haven't been doing...
Working out: I have been doing a half hour of cardio(at least) every day, usually with some additional active type thing--walking, etc. I do strength training 4 days a week-my heaviest weight day being Tuesday, for a full body course, and then just legs, abs, and upper body on other days. My job is fairly active too, so I know that my body is used to being active--which means I do have to work out harder. I also do a daily quickfire challenge, the daily bootcamp video, and a couple martial arts challenges.

Food: Here's the issue....I eat usually under 1650 cals per day--exactly what my guidelines say; unfortunately, there is a difference between eating the right calories and just eating enough to fulfill my daily quotas. I need to change up my eating---the guidelines are correct, but I have to eat better--not less, not more,---just better...So here's my plan...EAT CLEAN!!!!
I can have my usual oatmeal for breakfast, just not the instant stuff. I can have my apple and p.b. snack, just use all natural p.b., and of course, rather than eating some packaged salad full of croutons and other junk, eat a hand made salad, with the veggies I like--no extras. And of course, the hardest part: No more candy bars, and --sigh--no more pepsi...

So that's the plan...I'll keep up on the workouts that I have been doing, and I will change up my eating habits to encourage more weight loss. I am sure that eventually I will find the right formula to kick my body into full weight loss gear!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CREOLEEM 5/18/2009 1:12PM

    Keep it up. Sounds like just about everything is in place and you sound more focused than ever.

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KARITIGER 5/15/2009 1:14PM

    You can totally do it.. just make it easy to grab that apple or melon or what have you .. keep it visual in the fridge.. . I keep a brita filter in there too and I find I want water over most everything else most times I'm thirsty.. you really stop missing the junk food when you eat more fruits and ahve at least one salad a day... it's all good.. it's really not that hard! emoticon

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LISAW/3 5/14/2009 11:01AM

    It sounds like you've got a good plan. I, too, am a pepsi lover and have now been 3 full weeks without a sip. I miss it, but it is getting easier to resist!

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SENSEI_BILL 5/14/2009 10:29AM

    You have a great attitude about it all!
Keep up the hard work,and stay focused .
Also remember that muscle weighs more than fat, and since you are doing that much strength training you are building muscle.
Try not to focus as much on the weight loss as to how your body feels and your clothes fit.
In time the muscle will take over and your body will start burning more calories on it's own.

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