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FitDesk 2.0

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friday was my 5-year wedding anniversary. My husband surprised me with the FitDesk stationary bike, which had been on my Amazon wishlist for a couple of years (and also on his wishlist, as we discovered a few weeks ago). We assembled it together on Saturday, and on Sunday, I rode it for the first time.

Now, this may seem like a strange anniversary present to some people, but he knows that I have been sitting a lot, using my laptop to use Facebook, check my mail, play some games, even do my homework when I have some to do. The FitDesk makes working out more convenient for me because it has a desk surface on which to place a laptop.

My husband found that Coach Nicole had reviewed the FitDesk in a blog about fitness-friendly alternatives to your desk chair a while ago. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po

It turns out that the FitDesk we got is actually a newer version (2.0) which includes a height extender (which addresses a complaint that Coach Nicole had) and a chair back. Although Coach Nicole said not to expect much in the way of a workout while using the FitDesk, I have found that at my current weight (nearly my highest ever) and fitness level (which is pretty poor), I can only ride about 20 minutes before I am too sweaty and out of breath to continue.

The good news is that I have used the FitDesk four of the last five days, pedaling for about 20 minutes while browsing Facebook or my email. (I did not do any pedaling yesterday because I walked to the Farmer's Market, about 15 minutes each way, and was pretty busy the rest of the day.) I hope to work up to 30 minutes (or more) of pedaling each day as my stamina increases. This is a start to getting this weight off. I have to start somewhere.

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LINDA! 8/15/2014 10:27AM

    What a great gift!! Glad that you are enjoying your anniversary gift!!

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Good Decisions for Today

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Well, I haven't blogged in quite a while. I haven't been following the Spark program in a while (more than a year?), and I gained weight. I haven't been avoiding SparkPeople entirely - I have been reading some articles and the emails I get - but I haven't been participating in SparkTeams or reading blogs. I think I've felt guilty (and ashamed) that I haven't been living a healthy lifestyle for so long and have gained back all the weight I lost plus about 10 pounds. I struggle with motivation and feel depressed sometimes as I struggle to deal with the emotions of being unemployed.

All that being said, I decided to write this blog because today I made a few good decisions:

1. I sometimes walk with a friend from my church on Saturday mornings. We meet at the church and walk for about an hour through a nice neighborhood and through Palisades Park which overlooks the ocean. The walk time usually seems to go by fairly quickly because we talk about all kinds of things going on in our lives while we walk. Sometimes, through a miscommunication, one of us my show up at the church to walk and the other doesn't show up. Usually, my friend will walk the route anyway for her exercise for the day, but I usually just go home if she doesn't show up. Today, I walked the route by myself after realizing that she wasn't showing up. It was a nice morning, and I stopped to watch hummingbirds briefly and looked at the rose garden in the park, and walked close to the fence so I could see the beach most of the time that I was in the park. It was a great walk, and ended up being about 60 minutes of walking.

2. I decided to track my nutrition today. I've tracked my breakfast so far. Hopefully, I'll remember to track the other food I eat. I haven't tracked much over the last couple years, and I tend to track breakfast and lunch and leave out my snacks and dinner (the times when I tend to get way off track).

3. I decided to write this blog. I had some Facebook status about the walk churning in my head, but decided to make a longer blog post ... and get some SparkPoints in the process. emoticon

I hope everyone else is making some good decisions today. We just need to take it one day at a time, right?

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AMBER281 2/18/2013 5:28PM

    Great blog!
It's so true that this process is one day at a time!

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AUNTC321 1/15/2013 12:40AM

    Good for you. I also got myself off track but have started tracking my food again and find it encouraging. We can do this.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2013 7:05PM

    Welcome back, happy New Year, and I hope this walk was the "spark" that will get you back on the right track!! (I'm just getting back on track myself...so cliche this time of year I know!)

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UNICORN212 1/5/2013 2:53PM

    One day - even one hour at a time if needed! If tracking on SP is a problem, get a little notebook to keep in your pocket with a short pencil. If you write it all down it really makes a statement!

And - it is good to see you back on SP!

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Time for a SparkPage Redesign

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Here's the introduction text I'm replacing:

The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. -- Steve Young

From 7/31/2011 to 11/19/2011, I am participating in Season 9 of the Done Girls seasonal challenges - INSPIRE (Ignite New Strength, Passions, Inspiration and Reflect Everyday). I am a member of the Sunny Gals team, a wonderful group of inspiring women!

Sunny Gals Shine Lighter and Brighter All Year Round!

We've got Sun!
Yes We Do!
We've got Sun!
How about you?

Here are some of my reasons for wanting to lose weight:

1. I want to fit into seats better -- at movie theaters, on airplanes, at amusement parks...
2.I'm tired of shopping in the "Plus" size sections of the store. The selection there is usually terrible.
3. I do not want my knee pains and occasional back pains to turn into something more serious.
4. I'd like to have more energy.

Quotes that Inspire Me:

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-- George Bernard Shaw

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
- Lucille Ball

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.
-- William Shakespeare

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
-- Maria Robinson

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
-- William Londen

Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
-Herm Albright

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
-- Henri Matisse

Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.
-- Anthony Robbins

The more you have, the more you’re occupied; the less you have, the more free you are. -- Mother Teresa
(This one is good for me because I am working on decluttering.)

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for. -- Epicurus

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. -- Jim Rohn

If what you are doing is worth doing, hang in there until it is done.
-- Nido Qubein

[Y]ou must make the decision to change your life and
you must make the commitment to change your life. You must make a PIG COMMITMENT: “The chicken and the pig agree to co-host a barnyard breakfast and the chicken suggests they serve bacon and eggs. The pig replies, -For you that means involvement. For me it is total commitment.-”
(Taken from Gung Ho! By Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles).

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
- Hill Harper? (Not sure if he got this one from someone else or not.)

"I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it -- I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know -- but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me. However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay."

--Virginia Satir


1. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

2. Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

3. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

4. Thou shalt face each problem as it comes; you can only handle one at a time anyway.

5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.

6. Thou shalt not borrow other peoples' problems. They can better care for them than you can.

7. Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, for it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now.

8. Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.

9. Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

10. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones -- for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one!

-- Author unknown

From 3/27/2011 to 7/30/2011, I am participating in the Fat Equals Funk, Fit Equals Fabulous! (FEF Squared) Done Girls Seasonal Challenge as part of the Sunny Gals!

From 1/2/2011 to 3/26/2011, I participated in the Pump Up Strength and Health (PUSH) Done Girls Seasonal Challenge as part of the Sunny Gals, losing 7.8 lbs!

From 9/26/2010 to 12/25/2010, I participated in the Winter Is Near (WIN) Done Girls Challenge as part of the Sunny Gals!

Earlier SparkPage Intros:

The 8/14/2011 to 8/6/2011 SparkPage:

This one covered most of 2009 and was last updated in Jan. 2010, saved in Blog Dated 8/14/2010

2/22/2008 Intro, saved in Blog Dated 2/28/2009

Very First SparkPage Intro, circa August or September 2007, saved in Blog Dated 2/22/2008

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S318830 9/12/2012 11:46PM

    What a great idea to copy and paste your old pages into a blog.

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AUNTC321 9/11/2012 5:58PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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AMBER281 9/8/2012 8:44PM

    Glad you save them

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WOLFKITTY 9/8/2012 3:06PM

    :) I'm glad you save them.


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NORWOODGIRL 9/8/2012 2:49PM

    Wow! emoticon

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Friday's Food

Sunday, October 02, 2011

For the third food blog for the INSPIRE Done Girls Seasonal Challenge, I photographed my meals on Friday. It was a strange day for me because I slept late and went through a box before I ate anything. Since I was eating so late, I decided to have scrambled eggs instead of my usual cereal and fruit. I also tried lentil vegetable soup and the Fage Greek yogurt with honey for lunch.

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, and seasoned salt plus 2 small tangerines

Lunch: Trader Joe's Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup and Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt with Honey

Snack: Roasted garlic pistachios, Kirkland Real Fruit Slices freeze dried apple slices, and Peanut M&Ms

Dinner: Hamburger on Orowheat Sandwich Thin with lettuce, tomato, and BBQ sauce, extra tomato slice, medium ear of corn, and 5 Dove Promises chocolates

Although it looks like a lot of food, I estimate that I stayed in my calorie range for the day, although since I didn't measure everything exactly (specifically the M&Ms), I'm not 100% sure.

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AMBER281 10/3/2011 12:31PM

    Looks yummy!

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ROEANDGO 10/2/2011 6:14PM

    Your dinner looks sooo yummy!!! Great job Karen!

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    good job! lots of chocolate tho! i love chocolate mmmm

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/2/2011 2:51AM

    WOW good plan!

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Wednesday's Food

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This is the second of three food blogs I'm doing this week for the INSPIRE Done Girl Seasonal Challenge. Today, I went over my calorie range by almost 200 calories, but I feel like I still ate less than I have been lately (before yesterday). I guess I shouldn't've had that second bowl of stir fry at dinner, though.

Breakfast: Same as yesterday - Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal, blueberries, 1% milk

Lunch: Baja Ensalada with chicken, chips and pico de gallo from Baja Fresh

Afternoon Snack: Roasted Garlic Pistachios and a plum (I counted out one serving of pistachios - 47 nuts.)

Dinner: Stir fry (rice, ground turkey, broccoli, carrots, snow peas, veggie broth, soy sauce, worcestireshire sauce, garlic, herbs & spices) - 2 bowls, Dove Promises chocolates (1 serving = 5)

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ROEANDGO 10/2/2011 6:13PM

    LOVE your lunch!! Way to go Karen!!

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UNICORN212 9/29/2011 3:56PM

    I love your dessert! :) The rest looks good too!

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