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Exercise Rocks!!!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Yeah, I said it, and I meant it. Exercise rocks! I never would have thought when I started sparking, just a year ago, that I would ever say it, let alone mean it. I've come along way in the last 12 months, thanks to Sparkpeople and my amazing Sparkfriends.

On the way home from work today, I was feeling disgusted with myself for indulging (twice!) in some yummy carrot cake today, but I didn't stay in that frame of mind for long. Instead, I started cataloguing all the things I'd done right today, including squeezing a couple of walks into my day. I didn't stay down and get maudlin; Sparkpeople has given me the knowledge and support to make positive changes. Sure I went over my calorie goal for today, but that can't keep me down. After a ride on my stationary bike and a nice, healthful dinner, I'm too darn happy! Exercise rocks! It's such a mood lifter!

  
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DIET_FRIEND 2/5/2013 12:32PM

    A little extra cake won't blow out your program once in a while--it's when it's a daily practice. I hope to curb my overeating tendancies--at least I'm back to tracking.

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AMANDILANE 2/5/2013 10:38AM

    Awesome! I think that is one of the most important things when trying to make a lifestyle change- sticking with it even when you feel like you let yourself down. Congratulations!

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JULIA_211 2/5/2013 4:43AM

    Yes it does! emoticon emoticon You did great! emoticon

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Amazing Update!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I've still not gained weight! That's amazing!!! I'm somewhat sad that I haven't lost yet, either, but since I'm having such a difficult time staying within my calorie range, it is simply stunning that I haven't packed on any pounds!

I credit an overall better attitude and an improved activity level. Rather than just going home and sitting in front of the television, I'll chop wood, ride my bike for a while after dinner, and putter around the house for a bit before plopping down in front of that insidious device known as the "TV." (By the way, I'm up to 20 minute sessions on my bike!)

  
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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 2/4/2013 12:32PM

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JULIA_211 1/30/2013 4:49AM

    emoticon Maintaining is good, especially when one is struggling! emoticon on the exercise! emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 1/29/2013 10:17PM

    Keep on biking!

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PATRIC8 1/29/2013 6:45PM

  Way to go, girl. We all reach plateaus....my curent one has lasted for 8 years!!!! Since you're much younger than I, I'm sure your plateau will be short-lived! emoticon

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Hitting the Exercise Bike!

Monday, January 14, 2013

I'm really enjoying my new exercise bike! I got on it five days out of seven last week. It works pretty well. My only complaint is that I can't adjust the resistance enough to give me a serious challenge, like biking up a hill, as the ones in the gym do. On the other hand, it's in my house, so I don't have to drive to the gym or come up with an excuse to not use it as much as time allows. Last night, I rode for 15 minutes and made it over 5 "miles." :) Today, I created a chart to log my daily efforts. When the bike at our school gym broke last spring, I was up to a 40 minute really tough workout. I can't wait to get my butt and legs conditioned so I can do it again!

Combined with my, somewhat, renewed interest in keeping within my calorie range, I'll be back on the weight-loss wagon in no time!

  
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PATRIC8 1/15/2013 5:06PM

  Well done.....I'm getting in 30-45 min. per day combined free weights, exer. ball, etc. We're doin' GOOD!

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TIRED49 1/14/2013 10:31PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work! Have a great week!

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Met Daily Goal!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Sweet success! I met my goal for yesterday! I only had one serving of dessert! Wow, I've been eating a lot of sweets. It kind of blows my mind. I feel great, and I'm certain that I'll stay within my calorie range and only have a single serving again today. I'd forgotten how success breeds success!

  
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LILYBELLE12 1/10/2013 8:09PM

    emoticon Good Job!

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TIRED49 1/9/2013 11:01PM

    Great job! I am working hard on this myself. Made it through the day.
Have a great day tomorrow!

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NSTARSMITH 1/9/2013 11:43AM

    Yup! A little success feels good and mobilizes you to plan more goals so you can get more of that good feeling! Excellent focus!

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JULIA_211 1/9/2013 11:24AM

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Unfortunately, since then, . . .

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Since that Christmas party, I've been overindulging in sweets almost daily, and going over my caloric range by an average of 1,000! There is some good news: I've still been active: shoveling snow, chopping firewood, and getting little workouts on my new exercise bike, so the scale has not reflected my poor eating habits. I've got to break the habit of snacking for an hour every night, though. I want my calories to reflect some nutrition. I'll start by eating a single portion this evening, and I will not buy any more sweets. Snacks will be fruit.

  
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LILYBELLE12 1/9/2013 2:08AM

    emoticon I have just started my journey, and I saw your blog today and wanted to let you know you are doing the right thing to get back on track and not let the holidays derail you from your long term goal!

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