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Progress!!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Finally, after a week and a half of workouts, I am noticing an increase in my fitness level. Yesterday, for the first time, I did my walk/jog on the treadmill and my shins weren't hurting so badly that I thought they were going to give out on me. I actually ENJOYED it! I was even able to increase the length and speed of my walk/jog! I'm so proud of myself! I'm not sure if it was the app I installed called Zombies, Run! (which is super fun!) that kept me so entertained or the rocky road brownie from Cafe Zupas that I had eaten earlier that motivated me to move my ass but WOO HOO!

5k, here I come!!

  
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KAYPRIME 10/2/2014 4:16PM

    Thank you both! WE CAN DO IT, INDEED!

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GERRYH2 10/2/2014 4:06PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you are headed in the right direction. Keep it up!

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LADYGSC 10/2/2014 3:38PM

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Round 3... FIGHT!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I am back for the third time. Incentivized and energized to make it work this time. I have a gym membership, a trainer, a sister who is also trying to live healthier, and a bunch of goals. Also, there is money on the line! I'll be damned if I throw all of this away!

LET'S DO DIS!

  
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KAYPRIME 10/2/2014 2:01PM

    Thank you LJCANNON! They are certainly keeping me focused!

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LJCANNON 9/29/2014 11:11PM

    emoticon Welcome Back!! I know you'll do Great with your Sister and the Trainer in your corner!!

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HEAVY!

Monday, March 11, 2013

I joined this site almost 2 years ago and a few weeks in, I quit. And not because it was hard or inconvenient or unhelpful. I quit because I didn't want to continue to be made aware of or be held accountable by this (wonderful!) community for my food and exercise choices.

However, in the last few months I have dealt with some very difficult life events that are really putting my life into focus and that are helping me to realize that I need a complete reboot.

I'm ashamed to say that I am much heavier (30+ lbs if we're counting) than when I initially joined because I lost sight of my goals and my motivation. It's time to get refocused and to work towards happiness. But I know that I can't do it alone! I need the knowledge, encouragement, and support that I know this community is capable of providing.

I'm ready.

  
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LADYGSC 3/14/2013 3:37PM

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LJCANNON 3/11/2013 6:11PM

    emoticon WOO-HOO!! I am thrilled that you are Back and that we will be seeing a Wonderful Change in your Life!! It won't be Easy, and there will be Detours along the way, Maybe even some Tears.
emoticon But YOU are Worth It!! And - as you already know - You Are NOT Fighting This Battle Alone!!

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BLUEANGELLK 3/11/2013 5:33PM

    Welcome back. You have taken the hardest step by admitting things need to change. Hope you have extraordinary success!

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JMSA67 3/11/2013 5:26PM

    Welcome back! I was on here a few years ago, too. I stopped at he end of my pregnancy. I enjoyed the site, just got lazy, I think. But what I had learned then, stuck with me. All the information was and is great. I just didn't listen to my conscience. So I gained back what I had lost in weight.
But, we are back, and that is what matters. You can reach your goals and so can I. You are right. This community is very motivating. Get inspired!
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FYRAM45 3/11/2013 5:13PM

    Welcome back! And welcome to my world, looking at my life and what I have done and what am I willing to do for a better, healthier me. This year it's all about me.

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Help! Too Much Sodium!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

From Day 1, I decided to track my Sodium intake. And from Day 1 I have exceeded the suggested amount by HUNDREDS and just as often THOUSANDS!

I grew up with and enjoy very salty, flavorful food. As an adult I reduced my intake but not by enough it would seem. I'm afraid that if I reduce it more, I won't enjoy the food I've been eating which could possibly sabotage my journey. But if I don't reduce it at all, I'm not moving towards the healthy lifestyle that I am working so hard for.

Has anyone else had this issue? Are there alternatives to sodium that won't leave my food flavorless and bland? A different combination of spices perhaps? I don't want to move on to Step 2 until I get this under control.

  
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CHAINEDFAYE 8/17/2011 7:58PM

    Try experimenting with different herbs and spices. I don't think I've ever seen my D. put salt in anything and it tastes amazing. Bulk food stores usually has them so you can try a little at time and figure what you like! Its usually cheaper than buying a spice rack too!

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FOXFIRENDTS 8/17/2011 2:04PM

    Hi Kay,

Yes have have to be fearful of salt, you have to reduce and not have to worry about high blood pressure. Mrs Dash is a good alternative but it can be very expensive and possible "no salt" you have to experiment to find you liking and once you start to reduce you will find you don't crave it as much. Good Luck
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CRYSTAL8488 8/17/2011 1:40PM

    Ahh Sodium!! I use to cook with salt, then add more salt and eat things with tons of salt already in it. It's not an easy thing to stop. I know many people use Mrs.Dash, it has no sodium and it has a blend of seasonings in it. For me, I use Mccormick grill mates, it does contain salt but just in lower amounts. I add it to veggies and on all meats, even fish..its sooo good but without puting pure salt on the food. Defintely check out the spice isle at your grocery store, you can find a lot better things with less sodium and you won't sacrifice the taste. Best of luck to you!!

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SAFIYAH9 8/17/2011 1:37PM

    I am very sensitive to sodium. I'm not allergic to it, but if I overdo it then I swell up and bloat and worse. So I HAVE to keep my sodium levels within a healthy range. Over time, experimenting and reading labels has shown me some really good choices.

For instance:

Triscuit crackers are relatively low in sodium but taste like they're not.

Lays Classic Potato chips are the lowest in sodium chips there are, and not TOO bad on calories.

There is a product available in the spice section of most grocery stores called "NoSalt." I believe it's potassium or something like that, and a little goes a long way, but it tricks your taste buds and sort of 'tastes' like salt. With this stuff I just make my food WITHOUT salt and then add a little of this on top.

Also, Mrs Dash has some really good spice blends.

Over time, by restricting your salt intake your taste buds WILL adapt to where food tastes good without all the extra salt. May not help you now, but this MIGHT help you stick with it.

Get some freezer bags or small containers, and prepackage your snacks into serving sized containers. Plan the food and salt in to your day, keep tracking. Don't try to cut ALL your salt out now, just take it down by 500 mg increments each week. Get creative in how you do this! I have given you some options.

Another place to watch: Salad dressings are LOADED with sodium. Find low sodium alternatives, or just switch to apple cider vinegar and a little olive oil. Olive oil has healthy fats, and the apple cider vinegar has a great twang that mixes with salads really well. There is a salad made by Ken's Steakhouse (I got it at walmart) that has very little sodium in it. It's "Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinagrette" dressing. 2 tablespoons only has 120 mg of sodium and is a pretty good choice too.

Another one, fresh salsa added to the top of a salad in place of dressing. Walmart sells a "Sweet Onion Salsa" that has only 50 mg of sodium in 2 tbsps, and is only 5 CALORIES! it tastes wonderful, too. I have eaten salads with cottage cheese on the top, which is ALSO good in place of dressing.

Think outside the box, don't be afraid to explore and try new things, and don't try to do everything at once. Tackle the sodium issue one step at a time, you can do this!!!

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Unstoppable!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I lost 7 lbs for my first week! I am in total disbelief!

I have been persistent about my evening walks with my pooches and getting on the Wii Fit every day. (I just love the yoga, Advanced Step, and Free Run.) Before, my life was extremely sedentary. I'm guessing this last week of activity has shocked my metabolism into overdrive.

Keeping track of my food in the Nutrition Tracker has also been a HUGE help. Before, I was eating WAY more calories than I ever needed to be full. Now, I feel accountable for what I put into my body. I have been recognizing where to make smarter choices without denying myself the things that I love to eat and the importance of moderation and portion sizes. It's not always easy (take the incidence with the ribs, for example lol) and I don't always stay within my allotted limits but I'm LEARNING and I WANT this! I feel so in control!

I realize these results are not typical and not something I should expect in the future but it feels good to be off to such a great start!

  
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CHAINEDFAYE 8/17/2011 7:52PM

    Congrats and keep up the good work!

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CFULLINGT 8/17/2011 11:59AM

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Keep up the good work! I found that the nutrition tracker really helped me make smarter decisions. It's easy to make better choice when you know how many calories are in some of your favorite foods....and help you steer clear of them!

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FREE2CHANGE 8/16/2011 9:52AM

    way to go...keep it up

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KACYISWINNING 8/15/2011 7:28PM

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