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Why work hard when I could just buy a Kymara body shaper?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I saw the info commercial today. They say, "why spend thousands of dollars on plastic surgery when you could just buy a Kymara body shaper?". As if plastic surgery is our only option! The commercial has these overweight women in tight clothes and it measures them before and after they put the bra on and ..."you will have a new and improved shape instantly!" These women lose 5 inches off of their waste...and their boobs get an lift also.

So why do the work?

1) They can't wear this body shaper all the time and will eventually have to get naked.
2) The body shaper will not help them to be healthy and prevent the diseases that obesity can cause.
3) The body shaper will not give them the freedom of movement or the ability to enjoy playing with kids or playing sports. In fact, I bet they feel a little like Scarlet O'Hara and can't move much at all.
4) The body shaper will not give them a sense of accomplishment like a lifestyle change will!

I must admit I have been a little frustrated with the fact that I have not lost a lot of weight since I started meanwhile doing everything I am supposed to and then some. However, I am losing inches and in 2 1/2 weeks I lost about 3 1/2 in off of my waist. That is a loss that will stay with me even when I get naked. And I feel so much better! More energy and simply proud of myself. This is something the body shaper could never do for me. I would only feel like a cheater.

Thanks for allowing me to share!

Kirsten Mills

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FITGRL124 9/9/2009 12:02PM

    Great post!!! :) Good for you for all the hard work losing those inches and pounds. Keep it up!!!

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JUSTFOXXY 8/22/2009 10:58AM

    Thanks for posting this. I have several body shapers and there is not one I would want to remain in all day everyday. I would rather lose the weight and be done with it.

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STEPHANIE0904 8/20/2009 2:58PM

    Congratulations on the inches you are losing!!!! I'd take that over a body shaper any day.

Keep it up - you're doing great.

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KLJUHL 8/19/2009 5:34PM

    OMG - I have to go get one! (just kidding)

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SOOKIE7718 8/19/2009 1:09PM

  I agree the health benefits far out weigh the cost. Plus I can't imagine trying to hurry to go potty in one of those.

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GHETTOZGIRL 8/19/2009 12:27PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Puts things in perspective!

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FITNFABMAMA 8/19/2009 12:04PM

    I am so glad you posted this. When I saw this a couple months ago, I had thought, well maybe get one until I lose the weight, but then realized that if I push myself to get healthy by eating right and exercising, I would lose weight and inches so it would just be a waste of money. Good thing to post for those who may be waivering about whether to get one or not. Great Job!!!! Keep up your great work too!! Inches lost 4ever right!!!

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NODRAMAFORME79 8/19/2009 11:46AM

    Not to mention that I've never heard of a body shaper that caused you to be happy because it increases the release of endorphins.... I work out because it makes me feel good. If I'm having a bad day, I'll get on the eliptical machine for 30 minutes are more. I'm telling you... I have a much better two or three hours afterwards.... :)

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CONKNEE0728 8/19/2009 11:40AM

    I have seen the commercials, but in all honesty they really do not fit well with your clothing. My aunt has one and I can tell when she has it on. I would rather put the work in and look great ALL the time!

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BRITTANYWYANT 8/19/2009 11:36AM

    I watched an infomercial for there curve shaping jeans and I thought the same thing! your not gonna feel so good when those jeans come off

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SONSHINE1948 8/19/2009 11:35AM

    I agree. People are always looking for a quick fix, and there isn't one. It takes hard work and dedication to get rid of the pounds and inches

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Fear of Sodium!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

I am now two weeks into SP and today I ran across a lot of information regarding sodium. I have not put any thought into what my sodium intake has been so far. However, now I fear that my sodium intake has and or will affect my weight loss. I read somewhere today that one day of high sodium intake can prevent you from losing any weight that week. I went to my nutritional goals and added sodium to be tracked. At the end of the day I went 1500 mg over the recommended 2300 mg!!! Only my tracker didn't reflect my intake until after the day was done. I am hoping this is due to me changing the goal in the middle of the day and for tomorrow I will be able to see the sodium just like I can see calories, fat, carbs and protein.

I refuse to look at this as a reason to not care. Instead I am looking at is as an additional challenge to my new lifestyle. I am really trying to dig into every article I can find on anything that will educate me and guide me to get fit and lose weight. SP has so much information and I am learning new stuff everyday!

Kirsten Mills

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WHISKERS12189 8/15/2009 9:23PM

    Don't try to make all the changes right up front, because your body is going to start giving you a hard time about it. Think about it-- denying your body EVERYTHING it has gotten used to will send you headfirst into Cravings City, which is right around the corner from Overwhelmed Outlook and Depression Drive.

Small steps is vital. This week, tackle one bad habit-- when doing that one thing becomes a habit, then add another... You can do it, and you will get there... Trust me, we've all been there!

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BASKETLADY6 8/15/2009 8:58PM

    I can usually tell by Nutrition Tracker how much sodium I have at any time. I hope you will be able to do this as well. I find the Nutrition Tracker to be one of the best tools on Spark People. There is sodium in everything---I am now not eating processed soups because of the high amounts of sodium. emoticon

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STEPHANIE0904 8/15/2009 8:23PM

    You will learn as you go. Like Elizabeth said - baby steps. I just saved an article today on sugar that I want to print out later and read when I have time to comprehend it better. There is so much good information here. I have learned so much and hope to continue learning as time goes on.

Stephanie emoticon

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OAHARRIS 8/14/2009 10:50PM

    I'm a salt freak. I crave salt. I have challenge myself to no added salt. I never thought to track my salt but I'm going to add it. Thanks for sharing.

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MEADSBAY 8/14/2009 9:59PM

    Don't freak out over it.
Baby steps, my friend.
Try to eat mostly fresh and few processed food and it will go down.
I'm just learning about sodium myself.

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The tortoise won, the hare lost!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

My head spins of the new information I am taking in. Data in, garbage out. I keep thinking of ways to tweak the program to speed it up. I learned today that you must burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat. So there I am going into my reports and tracking what I ate and what I caloric differential. To see if I can lower calories and increase exercise. Can I adjust my carbs, etc... Point is if I try to go to fast I know I will fall. I must have patience. Slowly but surely.

In my life I have often tried to do things my own way. To cut corners. This has never worked for me. In fact, I am an addict in recovery. The only way I overcame my addiction was by learning to follow directions and taking it one day at a time. Of course, I could have never done that without God and there is no way I would be able to do this without Him either. But it is a slow process of progress and not perfection. It is a lifestyle change and not a quick fix.

Dear God,
Thank you for giving me new tools to improve my life even more than I have. Thank you for SP! Thank you for the realization that this is not going to happen overnight and no one said it would be easy however, your grace is sufficient to see me through to the the goal. In Jesus name, AMEN!

Kirsten Mills emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/12/2009 8:18PM

    It's pretty easy to tweak your way of eating and moving
and lose 2-3 pounds a month.
Sounds like nothing, right?
That's 24-36 pounds a year. emoticon
You have a toddler- can you believe how fast one year goes by?

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My house has never been so clean

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

When I first got on SparkPeople I was browsing thru the fitness and jokingly typed in housecleaning. I had been cleaning my house for about 30 minutes. I was not only surprised but extremely motivated to see that cleaning my house was considered an exercise that burned quite a few calories. This way I am killing two birds with one stone! Yeah! So, now I find myself doing more cleaning than ever before.

When I did the strengthen exercises such as push ups, I found that my toddler would roll underneath me and I had to continuously stop to remove her less I crush her. But, when I vacuum, she runs and sits on the couch perfectly still. This is great! She is a very busy toddler who is always into everything!

This is one of the small things about SparkPeople that really inspire me to keep at it! I feel a big part of my staying with it depends on feeling accomplished. To find out that I have been doing something all along that helps me stay fit gives me a great sense of accomplishment.


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I.M.MAGIC 8/6/2009 10:54AM

    I was also delighted to see that 'normal' activities can count as exercising toward our goals~ I have fibromyalgia, and even something as simple as cleaning house is a real challenge at times, so every little bit I can do is encouraging~ and I'm very glad I'm not the only one who makes good use of it! LOL

Kathy emoticon

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NANAJOYS 8/5/2009 3:30PM

  Great news! The picture is adorable!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/5/2009 2:45PM

    Good way of looking at things! Keep it up! Look for the positives, not the negatives!

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Do I tell everyone or not?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sometimes I think I should keep my diet to myself in case I fail. Then no one will say, "I told you so". But, I feel that is being negative and avoiding accountability which I need. Better to tell my friends and family so they can help to keep me on track. And I find if I spread the word about what I am doing than others might follow. Hey, I might create a support group right around me! All of us joining together for one cause. To get fit! To lose weight! emoticon

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JCMYEREZ 8/4/2009 8:11PM

    just stay motivated and enjoy the journey.....


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DASKITTY 8/4/2009 1:17PM

    Only tell those who will be supportive. It's great to share success and challenges with other people to gain feedback and ideas. Also, people will be less likely to tempt you with unhealthy choices.

You'll need to work on your own filter though. People might say something that (intentionally or not) may affect your motivation. Always consider where the feedback is coming from. Those who love you would be so happy to help you in any way possible!

You will do this!


Comment edited on: 8/4/2009 1:18:03 PM

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KAREOSEL 8/4/2009 12:17PM

    I think it is a good idea to get others involved. This way you have more accountability and also support. Good luck on your new journey here.

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  I think it is a good idea to tell people which will help keep you accountable. If you keep it a secret, you will feel like if you fail it is no big deal since you are the only one knowing you are dieting. Family and friends can help you keep accountable if you ask them to. emoticon

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KMARIA187 8/4/2009 12:01PM

  well if you don't feel comfortable telling others you are not alone but here you are amongst friends!! you can share your journey all you want we love to hear how you are doing and we love to share with you as well just keep it up !!!

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