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September Plans and Goals and New Gym

Sunday, August 31, 2014

So I've joined a new gym. It's called Life Time Fitness and it is truly amazing. It's like belonging to a country club/spa/elite gym, and with everything it offers, it really isn't any more expensive. It has 3 indoor pools and 4 outdoor pools. 400 pieces of cardio/ST equipment plus oodles of free weights. A dedicated yoga room, 2 exercise rooms, a gym, a rock wall, and 2 racketball courts. Fully outfitted locker rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and eucalyptis steam rooms. Awesome!

Two of the things that Life Time offers is your Health Score and metabolic testing. I've done both. My Health Score is 84/100, which is pretty good considering the amount of weight I need to lose. The metabolic testing showed me the workout zones I need to target in order to lose fat, and not just burn carbs. It's a very different way of working out. I know I'll be pushing myself harder, and I've felt I needed to do that.


I read an amazing article here on SP about the different types of goals you should set for yourself. Here are mine, not necessarily only for the month of September.

Performance Goals
1. Improve swim time
2. Use HR zones during cardio

Real Life Goals
1. No more airline seat belt extender

Health Goals
1. Lower fasting glucose level
2. Lower BP/get off BP meds

Movement Goals
1. Minimum of 10 minutes of continuous movement EVERY day
2. Cardio 3 times a week-recumbant bike, swimming, and rowing
3. ST 4-5 times a week, rotating through different muscle groups

Feel Good Goals
1. Have more energy
2. Wake up better in the mornings

I'll be meeting with a nutritionist/dietician next Saturday so I hope to get a better idea of my nutritional needs with my new workout plan. Right now:

Calories between 1430-1740
Protein between 72-87
Carbs between 179 - 218
Fat between 48 - 58

It's already been recommended to me because of my thyroid condition to try to eat smaller meals more often through the day. That's hard because I'm a teacher, but it was suggested making a protein shake and just sip on it during the morning, which I can certainly do. Three meals and 2 snacks, trying to eat every 4 hours or so.

I'll be participating in BLC26 this round too!

I'm looking forward to seeing some changes!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEBSZOO74 9/9/2014 2:37AM

    Congrats on joining a new gym, Karen! Their equipment and programs sound great! Your goals sound very well thought out and doable! emoticon

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CLUMBOY 9/8/2014 7:27AM

    WOW! how lucky you are to have found this place! what a great opportunity! I like the way these goals are broken out and defined--sometimes I think we don't define goals correctly--and you can't respond to something that your mind doesn't really understand. the way these goals are defined as to their purpose and their clear language is really good! I am planning to get myself a journal today and start setting some new goals and this was a big help! have a lovely Monday, and thanks so much for you comment on my "definition" blog. it was a great comfort to me.

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LINZEE118 9/3/2014 9:39AM

    wow! I would give anything to have a gym like this near me! We don't even have a pool close to me!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/1/2014 11:12AM

    I was so envious of your new gym I had to check out where you live. Ah, NJ - lot's of fitness options there. Down here in rural VA, we've got the YMCA and lucky to have that.
Congratulations on your success so far and your well organized goals. You deserve to be very proud of yourself.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/31/2014 9:16PM

    Thyroid disease does indeed complicate losing weight, and it is a challenge, but that being said, it is not impossible! I have thyroid disease and type 2 diabetes. I eat 5 times/day. So, they're small meals. That really does help me. I have energy and don't feel ravenous.

Good luck with the protein shake. Just be careful about the sugar.

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ADARKARA 8/31/2014 6:18PM

    Great goals! Your new gym sounds awesome!

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TERRACOTTAGE 8/31/2014 5:43PM

    Looks like you've got a sound plan there, very doable. I'm sure you'll get the results you want and have fun too. emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 8/31/2014 5:21PM

    Happy to hear that you are back on the BLC team. I love it. The gym you belong to sounds wonderful. Not only the facility and the amenities including the Health Score and metabolic testing.

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MJRVIC2000 8/31/2014 4:43PM

    When one door closes on you, God opens another door just for you. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Is It Just Too Much?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I had a thought today.


Scarey, I know!

Then I was reading another SP friends blog, and she made a comment about how she decided not to blog every day because the daily thing just got to be too much, and it resonated with me.

When I come onto SP, and I LOVE Spark People, I can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours updating everything, earning points, logging in my trackers, checking my teams, responding to spark mail, reading articles (and yes, I DO read them!) - even longer if I decide to update my Spark Page!!

On busy days, I resent the amount of time I spend here. The daily checking in.

BUT THEN......

I wouldn't get the support from friends that I need.

I wouldn't learn the correct way to do my exercises.

I wouldn't know how many calories I was eating every day.

I wouldn't learn about health and wellness.

I wouldn't know how much fitness I was doing daily, weekly, monthly.

I wouldn't be able to give encouragement to other people who need it.

I wouldn't be encouraged to move beyond my "comfort zone".

I wouldn't be pushed to do more.

I wouldn't try new foods, new recipes.

I most likely wouldn't have lost the weight I've already lost.

So, is it really just too much?

NO, I don't think so at all!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CLUMBOY 8/20/2014 8:25AM

    very true words--on the flip side I wouldn't have all your kind words right now, and they mean so much to me! have a lovely day!

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JUSTSILVIE 8/12/2014 9:22AM

    Well said! Spark is very helpful!

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LINDA! 8/8/2014 6:50PM

    emoticon I have occasionally wondered why am I here? Why am I on Spark so often - but you said it all!

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GINNABOOTS 8/7/2014 10:41PM

    emoticon , love all the information and the tools we have to help us succeed in our healthy lifestyle, however I do limit my time on here. Not more than 30 to 45 minutes a day.

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ADARKARA 8/7/2014 10:27PM

    emoticon I don't think so either!

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TERRACOTTAGE 8/7/2014 10:16PM

    Great Blog... you said it all in this blog. Spark helps us everyday in so many ways, and the bonus is meeting other great people here with the same struggles and solutions. Spark has become a routine I can live with and do better with it, than without it. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/7/2014 10:07PM

    For sure it's worth it. Balance, moderation, though.

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August Goals

Friday, August 01, 2014

It's August already!!
So, I've been thinking about what I want to do differently this month. I've slowly been increasing my sets of ST exercises that I do and still working up to get a small amount of cardio in every day. For the month of August I will:

1. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of calf raises.
2. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of leg abductions.
3. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of knee high leg raises.
4. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of moderate incline pushups.
5. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of squats.
6. Go for a walk or some other form of cardio for at least 10 minutes.


I track my nutrition using SP, and I still have trouble making my goals. The tracker constantly tells me that I'm not eating enough for my activity level. I am making an effort to eat real food, and to cook more. Can I tell you that the SPCrock Pot Salsa Chicken is AWESOME?!!

Goal: Make 1 new recipe each week.

Hope you have a good August! I'll post at the end of the month to let you know how I did.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CLUMBOY 8/5/2014 6:22AM

    those are terrific goals!

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LADYHYJINX 8/3/2014 8:37PM

    Excellent goals! I just joined a fitness center and am starting exercising with machines, so will be joining you.


Take care,
Lady Carol

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DIBANANA 8/3/2014 12:02PM

  You are my hero! Keep going girl

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2014 12:17PM

    Have fun with the recipes. I love to play with my food! emoticon

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LINDA! 8/2/2014 10:28AM

    emoticon You have a great goals!!

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TERRACOTTAGE 8/2/2014 8:23AM

    Great commitment... emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 8/2/2014 7:19AM

    Yes, the salsa chicken IS awesome! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 8/2/2014 12:20AM

    Great goals. emoticon

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What I've Learned from BLC25

Friday, July 18, 2014

I've participated in the BLC 4 rounds in a row (BLC 20, 21, 22, 23), and then took a break for a variety of reasons and returned for BLC 25. Some observations:
1. I benefit from the commraderie of teammates.
2. I don't like being told specifically what I have to do and when I have to do it.
3. I'm an adult. I don't feel that there's a place for scolding in the BLC. We all have our weaknesses and I feel the BLC should be a place to come for support and encouragement. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
4. There is truth in the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." I came back expecting to see the same team, and I did not. I miss some of the old team members, but I am thrilled to have made friends with new team members.
5. I enjoy the opportunities when we're challenged to change our diet/nutrition/foods. I tend to get into major food ruts and this helps me.
6. I enjoy hearing about the successes of my teammates, and I love to cheer them on!
7. I'm a good water drinker, although I don't always update my water tracker.
8. I love riding the recumbant bike at the gym. I need to make this more of a priority, especially once school starts again. It helps me manage my stress.
9. Sleep is VERY important!!
10. I've learned I still have a lot to learn about losing weight and getting fit. I hope continuing in the BLC will help me with this.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHALLENGER15 7/24/2014 7:54AM

    I think it is always good to step back and reevaluate once in a while.

I am planning to come back for BLC26.

Are you all better now?

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CLUMBOY 7/23/2014 7:09AM

    I'm with terra--what's blc? is it biggest loser challenge or something?
sounds like you have learned some very valuable lessons--and I HEAR you about the recumbent bike. for me its the running--but its so very true that regular physical activity helps manage stress. I think part of it is "hey--I am going through a lot, but I am still getting this important thing for ME done!" and you don't feel bad or guilty for missing it.
let me know what you find out about cuddles. keeping her in my thoughts.

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TERRACOTTAGE 7/18/2014 10:27PM

    Sorry, but I had to Google BLC 25 to find out what it was. Glad you enjoyed it and want to continue. emoticon

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AHTRAP 7/18/2014 6:41PM

    Was returning to the BLC a good experience for you overall? I'm kind of burnt out on the challenge thing, it really hasn't worked for me (mostly due to travelling for work), so I'm considering taking a round off, myself.

Put another way, was the break from BLC beneficial to you, in terms of how you interacted/responded to the challenge?

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 5:45PM

    I don't think we every stop learning about how to help ourselves get and maintain a healthy lifestyle! It's good to find a place where we can learn and support each other daily.

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New Meals, Yumminess, and a Nutritional Victory!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

First off, the yumminess! I am SO in love with this recipe that I have it once a week! Yes, it is high in fat, but it's a good fat and if you eat low fat the rest of the day, you're ok. It's easy to prepare. And it tastes so, so good!!

Second, my nutritional victory. I had posted earlier about wanting to try plain yogurt. I have, and I now think that there's no way I could go back to eating flavored yogurt. I'd think it would taste too sweet to me now. This is a good thing for me! I've been using Fage 2% plain in the morning, with a cup of fresh blueberries. Gotta have my blues! It almost has a sour cream-ish taste to it, which is surprisingly pleasant. So, less carbs and sugar from yogurt. WooHoo me!

Meals for next week:
Breakfasts will either be yogurt, blueberries, and Kellogs Bran Buds, 2 hard boiled eggs mashed with about a tsp of mayo and 1/2 tsp of dijon mustard (makes it taste like deviled eggs!) on 1 slice of bread, or my protein shake that tastes like a creamsicle.

Lunch: Pure Protein bar, 14 baby carrots, 20 cherries, 1 apple (same thing every day - still teaching!)

#1 - Chicken saute with peppers and onion, and zucchini
#2 - Large salad with shrimp
#3 - Beans and corn bread, spinach
#4 - Pan sauteed tilapia, green beans, baby yellow potatoes
#5 - Turkey burger, kale salad, carrots
#6 - Veggie burger (no bun), small salad, spinach and rice, red cabbage
#7 - Large salad with shrimp

Here's to a great week!

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/22/2014 4:05PM

    I am gonna fave to try that plain yogurt you mentioned!! And your melas looked yummy!!

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DIBANANA 6/17/2014 3:37PM

  Good job as usual!

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CLUMBOY 6/16/2014 7:26AM

    oh I am SO making that avocado feta thing! feta is on my list this week and I always have avo's lying around.
here is a wonderful salad--again--the fat content is high but no carbs to speak of and MAN is it good:
spring mix
gouda cheese (how ever much your calorie allowance can tolerate)
lean bacon made crisp
celery if you have it
that's the salad--just mix it all up however you like it.
for the dressing:
juice of half a lemon
about 1/4 cup of a light flavored oil or evoo if you like the flavor
a big handful of fresh dill or a couple tsp. of dried
a bloop of honey mustard
salt and pepper--I always taste this after I make it to be sure the oil and juice proportion is what I like. the size of the "bloop" depends on your taste too.
dress the salad and eat right away. this salad does not store well once it has been dressed--but if you kept it undressed in an airtight container you could get a day or two more out of it.
yes gouda is a fatty cheese--but it also packs a lot of flavor, so you can get away without using so much.
we eat this salad a LOT in the summer and I make the dressing from time to time and put it on other things. I think it would be HEAVENLY on shrimp or fish.
have a LOVELY Monday!

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TERRACOTTAGE 6/14/2014 10:40PM

    I enjoy Greek Yogurt, Liberte. It's thick and delicious with sliced fruits. Looks like you've got your weeks recipes all lined up. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2014 7:26PM

    Delicious! I read the recipe and thought . . . .I have to try this for supper, and I did.

You have a good meal plan for the week. That will lead to success!

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