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WUB: No Results

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Don't be upset about the result you didn't get from the work you didn't do." This week has been eye opening. I write this blog with a sore body, shuffling around with pains and aches of hard workouts I completed this week. The squats, the Zumba class, the elliptical workouts for the past 4 days I have been giving my all in the gym and the week before I was doing the same thing before I got sick. However I have still managed to gain 6 lbs. I must admit I was shocked when I stepped on the scale and saw the number but in the next moment I knew exactly why that number was the way it was. My eating for last week was horrible and I think I actually convinced myself that the fact that I was working out would help in some way. It also made me realize that this needs to be all or nothing effort. What is the point of killing myself in the gym, pushing myself so hard if I'm going to eat badly and vice versa. I often find myself saying "I did really good with exercise but I have to work on my eating" week after week I say this but now I see just how important it really is.

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NBARNES 5/28/2013 7:29PM

    Hey there, don't let one little slide discourage you. It looks to me like you're on the right track. I agree that there are many ways to measure success. You seem to have the right mindset, sometimes the body just gets a mind of it's own - but I have faith that your "will" will win out in the end if you just stick with it!


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NORTHERNGAL68 5/27/2013 10:40PM

    The important thing is that you are back in the saddle. I understand how you feel about the weight. There are so many different ways to measure success. You now exercise longer and more intensely than before, this is another form of success and you stepped back and jumped back on the wagon.

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SHINING_ON 5/27/2013 3:14PM

    Although what you eat IS important (no denying it), don't forget that some of your weight gain could also be water weight (all that sweat!) and/or muscle gain. I've been going through some gain lately too to ultimately discover that it's because I've been working out so intensely that I've gained (because my diet was healthy and unchanged). I'm not saying don't control your eating, but take it one step at a time. First off, even if your eating is out of control, you need this perspective: you're STILL helping your body by exercising. You're helping your heart and circulatory system, you're helping your metabolism. You're still burning fat. So, maybe you're replacing some of it right away... but good habits take time to build. Pick one thing to master, do that, and then pick something new. That's why they call this a journey!!!

Don't give up on the intense workouts, especially if your eating is out of control. Keep fighting, and you will succeed. It takes time. I know how disheartening it is to step on that scale and see a gain, but tough it out. You've been here fighting this long, don't give up!!! Don't ever give up.

As for your eating, pick one very small thing you can easily change. Whether it's replacing one of your usual snacks with a load of veggies or salad, or drinking a glass (or two!) of water before every meal, just make a small change. Be forgiving. You are recovering from years of bad habits, and you can't expect the new habits to take hold overnight.

I'm so, so, so proud of how long you've stuck with this. I know how you're feeling because I've been going through it to, but don't forget that you owe it to yourself to keep fighting the good fight. I KNOW you can do this!!!!! Anyone who has fought as long as you have now has the grit and spunk to see it through.

Keep fighting!!!!!!!


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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/27/2013 7:04AM

    I read on some message board that 80% of weight loss is diet. So yep, the food makes a HUGE difference! Good Luck!

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How do I travel and stay healthy on a budget

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hey sparkers,

So I have a new job and next week I have to travel to train for my new job and I was wondering how I could be healthy and save money. I was thinking of doing the dollar menu for Taco Bell and McDonalds but in looking at that it's just a lot of carbs and grease so I was looking for alternative suggestions. I believe my food allowance is $20 a day however I could have misheard and it could be 20 for the whole week so I'm trying to be really really low budget just in case.

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KPACE7 4/15/2013 8:50PM

    Go to the grocery store and get a salad. Traveling is my greatest challenge.

Just do he best you can......everything is correctable when you get home. It will take a few days for your sodium levels to decrease, so don't get discouraged when you get home.

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NBARNES 4/11/2013 8:52PM

    Two good choices with the chili and Subway, just make sure you exercise your portion control, that's what gets me when I travel. You should also see if you can't stop by a grocery store for some fresh fruits and veggies - my choice carrots, blueberries, raspberries - you may pay more, but if you're looking at nutrition for your money, that's the way to go emoticon

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MNABOY 4/11/2013 7:29PM

    Wendy's chili and a Jr Deluxe Hamburger are reasonable and filling.

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LUCYDIAMONDS64 4/11/2013 7:24PM

    Subway! A deli egg white sandwich is under $4 I believe and you can load it up with as many veggies as you want!

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Frustrated non cook!!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ok I have to vent. I am trying to cook more but I swear things that take people 30 freaking mins to ccok takes me 5 hours! Like today I have been trying to cook rice for the past hour in a half! No joke, for over an hour I have been trying to cook rice! It's my first time even attempting to cook it and I have no clue what the hell I'm doing. It's just so fustrating because it makes me wanna just throw everything away and go get some taco bell or some Mcdonalds. I know practice makes perfect but its aggravating to put hours into something and then still not have it come out correctly.

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SHINING_ON 2/12/2013 10:18PM

    Kaliyah, kudos to you for struggling through cooking! If you've never done it a lot before, it really can be frustrating and time-consuming to start cooking all your meals. Even if you are used to cooking, switching your diet can be daunting and a huge time sink.

So, as far as rice goes, I have two practical suggestions that are different from what others have mentioned. First, until you perfect the art of cooking rice, why not buy frozen rice? There is the Uncle Ben's brand, but even better (if you have a natural grocers or even a Whole Foods near you), you can buy frozen, fully cooked brown and wild rice. It's not seasoned, but you can reheat it in the microwave or in a pan on the stove and season it any way you please. :) I get a brown rice and black bean frozen mix - very tasty and the rice and beans are tender. This is the brand I buy: http://www.stahlbush.com/our-produc
ts/frozen-grains-and-legumes/ .
This makes a great lunch when I've forgotten or run out of time to make a healthy lunch. I'm suggesting this to help you be able to stay out of the restaurants but still get to eat these difficult-to-master foods. :)

My second tip is to invest in a good quality rice cooker. Even though I can cook rice on the stove top pretty well, in all honesty the rice cooker saves me so much time that I don't think I could live without it anymore. It has changed the way I eat, honestly. I use it for white rice, brown rice, wild rice, beans, etc... and my model has slow-cooker and steamer options that work really well, too. I literally use this little machine all the time, several times per week. It was probably f the best $35 I ever spent!

Here's the model I have: http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Cooker-

I've been so happy having a rice cooker, that I bought ones for my dad and sister for Christmas. I don't know why I never bought one before.

You've gotten some really great tips for cooking rice on the stovetop already. If your desire is to master stovetop rice, I would like to second some of the great suggestions you've gotten already. One, you should wash your rice (this is true in a rice cooker, too). Two, it's always 2x the water to 1x the rice. Three, add the rice and water together, bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Then just leave the rice alone for ~20 min (white rice) or ~30 min (brown rice). Longer still for wild rice. To reduce the chances of boiling over from the starches (this is true when cooking beans, too!) add a little olive oil to the rice (can be only 1/2 tbsp). I realize it sounds simple, and I'm sure that makes your experience even more frustrating! But rice is one of those tricky foods that it can really take a long time to get the hang of cooking.

Hang in there! emoticon

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SNP_27 2/12/2013 2:51PM

    I cook my rice slightly different from this one.. I usually bring a pot of water to boil with salt added to it. Then I add my rice and stir once. When the rice is almost cooked, I drain out all the water (using a sieve sometimes). After draining out the water, either I cover the pot with a lid and let it on low flame for 5 minutes or I put it in a rice cooker and let it dry the excess water. I find this way easier and faster to cook. However I have heard controversial comments about throwing away the water.

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INZILANE 2/12/2013 2:25PM

    Rice can be frustrating because it's easy to "get it wrong." I've been cooking rice for forever and started using brown rice a few weeks ago and had some minor catastrophes.

I'm sure this won't help you this time, but here's my easy fool-proof method of cooking (white) rice:

1) Decide how much rice you want. (1 serving is typically 1/4 c. uncooked)
2) Measure out TWICE that amount of water. (so 2 servings = 1/2 c. Measure 1 c. water)
3) Put the water in an appropriately sized pot (I usually go small), put a lid on it, and turn the heat on high.
4) As soon as the water starts to boil, put in the rice, stir ONCE to make sure the rice doesn't stick to each other, knock the heat down to low. Recover & set the timer for 20 minutes.
5) After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, remove the pot from the burner. Keep it covered & let it "think about what it's done" for 5 more minutes.
6) Fluff & serve.

This comes out with rice that's nice and fluffy. Stirring it does weird things to the proteins & makes it all clumpy and gross. RESIST THE STIR!!

Good luck with your rice :)

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SUE5007 2/12/2013 1:21PM

    One thing that helps me save time is when chopping veggies, if I need 1/4 c. of onion I will chop the whole thing then put what I don't need in the freezer. Next time I just scoop out what I need and put back the rest. Another thing is to get some tiny bowls and get all your seasonings measured out ahead of time. Like they do on the cooking shows. So when you are ready for the seasonings, you just dump it in.
Not only does cooking take time, especially when you're new to it and you have to sit and watch it cook, but getting everything organized and two dishes done at the same time is very challenging.
Try watching a few cooking shows to see how they cook certain things, what something looks like when it's "done", different techniques, and tips. (Like when you need to boil water, set it on the stove and cover it with a lid to get it to boil faster)
emoticon Don't give up!

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LEPETITCHIHUA 2/12/2013 1:04PM

    Your not alone, I have a hard time cooking rice too emoticon

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NBARNES 2/12/2013 12:39PM

    LOL - well, you may not see yourself as a cook, but you're a wonderful comedian emoticon But SNP has it right, cooking does require practice...and patience. The only thing I wonder about the rice is did you leave it alone? Rice doesn't like to be bothered once it starts cooking, hard as it is, you have to put that lid on and trust the process!

Keep it up, cooking CAN be fun and so much better for you than the easier options! emoticon

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SNP_27 2/12/2013 12:05PM

    Cooking requires practice.. Do not despair.. I love cooking emoticon
Just start by cooking easy stuff.. Learn simple methods to cook.. There are several spark videos which will give you pretty good tips.. All the best emoticon
About the rice, how did you cook it? I mean what was your procedures?

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Do you do exercises you hate?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ok so I need advice because I'm not sure if I'm being lazy and/or dramatic. So I'm starting Insanity tomorrow and I don't know if I hate it or not and if I find that I do hate it should I do it? Now let me try to explain that a little better. Insanity is hard! And I can say its not fun lol I know that so I do dislike it...greatly, but I dont know if I hate it. I loved the fact that I lost a lot a weight and I loved that I felt so accomplished when I would finish a workout because even though it wasnt perfect I still tried my best and did what I could and it really paid off! Now I will say I did feel like maybe it changed my moods a little bit like I was more snappy and easily frustrated but that honestly could have been because of other situations so I don't know. Would you guys do a exercise that you could potentially hate?

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SKEEWEE2MEK 2/1/2013 9:08PM

    I wouldn't do any exercise I hate. Been there, done that. They key to long-term healthy living is finding stuff you enjoy, so that you can stick with it long-term. I have a couple diets I've done in the past that I KNOW work. However, they were so NOT fun, that I didn't stick with them even though I saw results. I'm much happier now that I'm using Spark, and not "dieting" anymore. The weight isn't coming off as fast, but it IS coming off and I'm not miserable in the process. Don't let yourself me miserable babe. Life is too short!

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NBARNES 1/28/2013 10:50AM

    Hang in there and give it a few days - you might find you like how you feel afterwards, or it'll get easier and you'll not hate it anymore.

I HATE riding an exercise bike. I had to do it twice for physical therapy (knee and ankle surgery) and so we bought one. I couldn't wait to get rid of it. Love bike riding out in the real world, but it's one exercise in a gym I honestly hate!

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HALINHALF 1/28/2013 9:51AM

    PS: I'm not saying you have to do Insanity per se. But many exercises are not enjoyable. Pushing yourself to go beyond like Insanity does is what a lot of programs will require. Set your goals before picking a workout. If your goals aren't aligned with Insanity, perhaps try something that is? :-) Good luck!

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HALINHALF 1/28/2013 9:49AM

    It's not about hating the exercise, it's about desiring the results behind doing said exercise. Once you start seeing results, you'll start liking the exercise because it gets easier and you feel stronger.

I hate push ups. However I wanted to build up my arms soon I was strengthening those up and it was getting easier. I didn't like lifting weights because I found it boring, however I took a weight lifting class after I realized that more muscle burns more calories. Soon I began to like lifting weights.

Think of it like homework. You may not like the homework, but you like the good grades, the success, the college degree. Realize the work behind something isn't something you may like, it just helps you enjoy what your goal is to be.

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Help!!!! How do I prepare for a Zombie 5K???

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Hello fellow sparkers! I need tips on some things to do to prepare for a 5k obstacle course with Zombies involved. I guess I would prepare for it the same way I would prepare for a 5k race but seeing as how I never even thought of doing either I have no idea how to train. I mean I know I have to start running on the treadmill but is there anything else I can do to help me prepare for this?

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DIXIEWORKHORSE 1/28/2013 11:32AM

    I did a zombie 5K back in October. When you train, adjust your incline for hills. The obstacles will probably require climbing a hill or at least some form of climbing so it is going to be easier. I did not at the time and paid for it during. You will probably get muddy and wet so that is going to add weight to your run. On the upside, they are so much fun and you want even think about the distance.

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NANCYSINATRA 1/11/2013 11:02AM

    I'm so jealous. I'd love to do one but there is none in my area. :) Have fun. I have family that has done them and are now hooked

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SBW1027 1/10/2013 1:30PM

    I did the Couch to 5k program to introduce me to running. I have never been a runner. The program itself is broken down into 8 weeks. It took me 9 weeks to complete. Good luck sounds like a lot of fun!

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NBARNES 1/9/2013 2:04PM

    There is a place on SP where you can get an interval training plan - try doing a search for Couch to 5K. It's a very doable, realistic plan that would probably help a lot. Not sure about the zombie part - but the interval training is a good start!

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ADZY86 1/9/2013 10:18AM

    OMG I did Zombie 5K run for my birthday in November with friends! It is the most fun thing ever! I just kept with my normal exercises, I didn't do any specific exercises or workout programme for it. It is kinda tough going, so as long as you're relatively fit you'll be fine. In fact, even if you're not relatively fit you'll be fine; I went with 15 friends and I'd say abotu half of them don't workout regularly. We all got through it and had a blast. It doesn't even feel like 5K to be honest, because there's so much going on. Took just over an hour and I'd do it again in a heart beat!

Hope you have a fantastic time. Good plan to start doing some treadmill exercises though, just to get you in the habit of running. But you'll be having so much fun you'll forget that you're not a regular runner. Good luck emoticon

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LOSINGAMY 1/9/2013 3:27AM

    I'm training for the same type of race. I'd research the obstacles and train accordingly. Are there walls? Work on trying to do pull-ups. (I can't do them personally, but can work on the muscle groups that help that motion ) Are there crawl pits? Work on your core.

Is it in BR? My obstacle course 5k is in March - named Foam Fest.

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