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Making Adjustments...

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

emoticon A lot has changed for me in the last month in terms of my activity. I started a new job and the change in activity hasreally had an efffect on me. My job is in retail so I spend all of my time walking or standing. I love the fact that I am more active but I am concerned about making the proper adjustments to eat well and maintain my current weight loss and continue to my goal.

Not surprisingly I have gained about five pounds over the past month. I have become irregular again and I've even been to McD's a few times. I can pretty much put my finger on the mistakes I've been making so now it's just about discpline. I have to get back on track so I don't get all blowed up again. emoticon Now is the time and today is the day. Here we go!!! emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 12/4/2012 7:46AM

    Hang in there! You can do it!

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CAROLIAN 12/4/2012 2:57AM

    emoticon It will sort out when you get into a routine xxx emoticon

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KATIEEMMA5 12/4/2012 1:38AM

    Good luck, you can do it!!!


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Diet, Exercise or Both?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I talk to people everywhere I go and I find so often the conversation turns to health and weight loss. There may be a comment about someone on a magazine or a story about a friend or even (and most likely) a personal experience. What I have found though with each new conversation is a varying response about how the attempt was carried out and what the best method is for getting results. The one consistency though is that is you don't do anything you won't lose any weight.

So my question is should a person just go on a diet or just do exercise or do both? What has worked for you and what would you suggest? Oh and don't forget to tell me why. Thanks in advance for all your comments. I look forward to chatting.

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LILREDKEVETTE 10/23/2012 3:11PM

    Hi RUNGRL2013! Sooooo glad you could benefit from the comments made here. emoticon
Be sure to check out some of the cool articles in the SP library and maybe even google "metabolism". Running is an awesome way to exercise and I know you will truly enjoy getting back to it. Please keep in touch so we can celebrate your wins!!! emoticon

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RUNGRL2013 10/21/2012 12:25PM

    Thanks for this blog, learned a lot form the replies. I myself love to exercise:/, but while there are so many changes to how my clothes fit, my fitness level, how I look, etc, the scale is not playing fair emoticon .
13610511's reply gave me insight--I think I should make my eating a priority. Good luck on all your journeys!. emoticon

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LILREDKEVETTE 10/21/2012 8:23AM

    Hey Paige! That is an awesome perspective. Finding a healthy normal! That was really hard for me to do at first but with almost a full year of practice under my belt I surprise myself with the healthy cravings I'm having. Just yesterday I passed on a double chocolate brownie and had a garden salad with red wine vinegarette instead! emoticon We must celebrate the little victories.

However for those who are still struggling I hope this provides at least a glimmer of hope that your patience and persistence will pay off in the end!

Keep fanning the flame! emoticon

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    It needs to be a combination of a change in eating habits and exercise. Dieting is usually a temporary deprivation of certain foods or quantities of foods, resuming "normal" eating after losing a certain amount of weight. I've learned that I need to change my eating habits for good and not deprive myself. However, in making exercising a habit, I find that I choose to eat healthy foods and do not feel deprived. Good luck on your healthful journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILREDKEVETTE 10/20/2012 5:30PM

    Thank you Ladies !!! I love all of your answers! There seems to be a consensus here that watching what you eat should come before exercising which I too have learned from experience.

For me it only seemed to make sense that I would change my diet and get off the junk to lose the extra fat. I didn't do too much exercise initially because it was tiring but also because I didn't want to risk turning that fat into muscle and keeping the weight. So after losing a reasonable amount of weight first from improving my eating habits I then added sensible exercise to tone up and stay fit.

I've found that many people have figured this out after trying and failing on their own after nearly killing themselves with exercise and starvation with no results. It's hard work because it takes discipline along with trial and error to set in strong new healthy habits but definitely is doable.

Let's keep in touch! I'd love to celebrate your continued progress with you. emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/20/2012 2:58PM

    No diet.
The thought and the idea of 'dieting' need to erased from your mind.

For anyone, the focus needs to be on a healthy lifestyle.
That means eating better foods in manageable quantities.
Less processed junk (Frankenfoods!) and less sugar.
It is all about finding a balance that works for you.
Everyone needs to be incorporating exercise into their day.

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13610511 10/20/2012 1:16PM

    I recommend both diet and exercise, but for different reasons. Diet will help lose weight and but for me is much more important to weight loss than exercise. Exercise is very important for many other reasons, and it does help burn calories, but the benefits go well beyond weight loss.

I have had long periods where I exercised a lot, improved my fitness, and but did not lose much weight, even though I was watching my calories but probably not consistent enough. I have done this many times over my life, increase exercise and decrease calories, and SLOWLY, SLOWLY lose some weight.

Than I had to have hip surgery and was not able to exercise. On crutches for 7 weeks and restricted activity after that for months. I did not want to gain weight while recovering, so I knew I had to carefully watch and count every calorie. I reduced my calories, making sure I had extra protein in my daily calories, and I actually lost more weight during that time than when I was exercising a lot.

It took me 7 months to lose 10 pounds before surgery with more focus on exercise, and 3 months to lose 12 pounds while recovering and focusing on the diet.

That was a big learning lesson for me.

So, my answer is BOTH, diet for weight loss and exercise for fitness.

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ANDREAG89 10/20/2012 1:03PM

    First and foremost, 'diet' (meaning the food you shovel into your mouth) is the most important.

Second, exercise.

Third, mix the two. :-)

The reasons - diet/food and plenty of water first.
You need good fuel to have optimal health. Just like you wouldn't put sand into your car's gas tank and expect it to run optimally, we shouldn't put bad fats, refined sugars, and junk into our systems and expect it to work well. I find when I eat healthier that my mood is better, I sleep better, my skin is clearer, and my time-of-month symptoms are practically non-existent. Note I still eat what I want (and some days aren't great, I admit), but overall I watch portion sizes and count calories. Thank goodness for that nutrition tracker!!! It works great when I don't ignore it.
Second, exercise.
Our bodies are not designed to be sedentary. For me (and I am a really good athlete...formerly) I have opted to begin with walking. Since the end of July I have been walking almost exclusively as my form of exercise. I have felt such a difference in this - my core is stronger, my knees are stronger, my hips and legs are stronger. I can be on my feet for a longer period of time without my body aching.

Third, mix the two.
Good diet and an energy burn with some sort of activity you can stick to will put you on the road to losing weight each week, and better yet, gets you on the right track for a healthy lifestyle you can stick with for the rest of this earthly life we are blessed with!

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Inches & LBS down ! Oh Yeah!

Friday, February 10, 2012

emoticonFor the past month I have been losing weight like crazy. In the past 2 weeks I've lost over 6 inches all over my body. Being on my cycle kind of stunted my loss of pounds but I am so ecstatic about being able to fit into some of my old clothes. YAY! I can only imagine what progress will be made over the next few days not to mention the next few weeks.

I am so grateful! emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/10/2012 10:54AM

    Congratulations, Sparkgirl and keep up the great work!!!!! emoticon

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BABUHROW 2/10/2012 9:21AM

    Awesome...share your secrets!!!

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Start Where You Are....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

So many times we hear people say they are starting over. Well, until you realize that you are not a time traveler nor a manipulator of the laws of physics, you may find yourself starting over again and again. To me that just seems a little redundant so I'm taking the advice of one of my business mentors (Chris Gardner) and I encourage you all to do the same and "Start Where You ARE". That basically means that you recognize the past as having to led you up to this point. At the same time you realize that there is no need to try and go back there to undo your choices that led to today. If you are anything like me, the problem = beating yourself up with the constant woulda, coulda, shoulda....right? Well those days are over and today is a NEW DAY! So start right where you are and breathe deeply as you embrace the opportunity to make new choices, to choose differently and move forward because of what you have learned in the past. Allow all that energy spent and all the decisions done to catapult you into the future you want because TODAY YOU KNOW BETTER!

Start where you are and be your personal best...not measured against someone else or based on their ideas. Take the time REQUIRED to get to know yourself and embrace all of who you are to get to be where your dreams will take you. Today you have an opportunity to choose what you will do with the rest of your life.....create the circumstances that will allow you to achieve your dreams. MAKE IT GOOD!!!


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Wishing You All The Best,



Strawberry Lemonade

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Since my last blog entry I have regained my motivation and been much more active over the past almost 3 weeks now. I joined the Biggest Loser Lemon Team for support and motivation and I am really getting into the challenges now. This week has been very busy but very good and I'm determined to keep up my progress. I have a new smartphone (Android) and the SP App was one of the first I added. I love the convenience. I don't always get on to log in for the day but now I know I won't miss a beat. So here I go. 15 lbs in 10 weeks. Definitely an achievable goal. See you in the after. ENJOY!!!

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JOURNEYTO60 6/23/2011 12:17AM

    Great news! Looks like a terrific drink.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 6/21/2011 9:46PM

    Glad you are back on track.....we look forward to you being an active/participating member of the Lemon Team!!

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HYACKLE25 6/20/2011 7:27AM

    Well, I happy to hear that you are getting back on track, I have fallen off myself, and getting back on track, I wish you the best, and please stop by the lemon team and be active in conversation, we have a lot of fun and a lot support for each other!

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PJGABRIEL 6/19/2011 10:21PM

    The drink looks really good, and happy that you are recommitted.

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