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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Saturday, January 07, 2012

This past month I read the book "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin and in this book she creates Twelve Commandments for her self. Every month she would work on one of the commandments to become happy. It got me thinking and I'm going to create Twelve Commandments of Becoming Healthy. I'm planning on every week to work on one of the commandments to help create a healthier me. I'll try and keep you updated every week on how my Ten Commandment plan works!

Twelve Commandments
1. Be Fast
2. Be Strong
3. Be Mindful
4. Be Flexible
5. Nourish Thy Body
6. Be Financial Savvy
7. Love Thyself
8. Be Less of a Drunk
9. Keep Track of Thy Food Intake
10. Spend Time With Thy Friends and Family
11. Be Less Stressed
12. Last But Not Least Be Me aka Be Karissa

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TAFODIL24 1/7/2012 8:04PM

    emoticongoals ~ I look forward to seeing your progress.

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Coming back...

Saturday, September 03, 2011

It has been way to long since I have really been on here. I'm getting back into action! Now I'm just trying to figure out when to work out with my busy schedule. I'm going to a part time night nursing program and going to Bridgewater State during the day to get my bio med major and babysitting for various people. I'm looking forward to coming up with plan I can stick to everyday to get in the best shape possible. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good dvd workout program I can do. I'm thinking if I get into a program it will keep me going but I'm not sure which one will be right for me, I need one that is easy on my knees. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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L*I*T*A* 9/5/2011 11:48PM

    welcome back...........
wishing you all the best with your journey...
blessings and hugs.............lita

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LIVEYOURLIFE143 9/4/2011 8:15PM

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

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DDOORN 9/4/2011 11:26AM

    Welcome BACK!

Water is your knee's best friend...swimming or water bet!

No water? Experiment...see what works: elliptical, cycling, recumbent stationary, all worth a whirl!

Just keep 'er SPARKIN'! :-)


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AGASSIFAN 9/4/2011 7:10AM

    You are going to be very busy....check out the GREAT 10 minute videos here at SP....YOU CAN SNEAK THEM IN BETWEEN work/school sessions...

emoticon emoticon BACK!!!!

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DIZZYDOC 9/3/2011 11:22PM

    This is not a DVD workout but a great option. I am just finishing the 2011 Summer 5% challenge and have signed up for the Fall one which is starting in a few weeks. This challenge is a lot of fun, flexible on time and a great lifestyle changer. In addition, the motivation is fantastic. Here is the link in case you are interested in checking it out. It works great with my busy schedule.

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First blog of 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It has been a long time since I have really been on SPARK PEOPLE, a lot has been going on. I ended up trying out for my college's basketball team. I ended up making the team and becoming Captain. Since I was not physically fit to just jump into it, I wasn't surprised that I ended up getting hurt. I ended up with a hairline fracture. I was unable to workout for a month. Before I stopped working out I ended up dropping my weight down 10 pounds. But since then I gained 5 pounds back. I got the okay on December 23rd to work out again. Since I was laid off back in September and can't afford a gym membership anymore. So I need to use what I have at my house in order to get in shape. I have a bike and have been doing that. On January 1st I also lost my health insurance so when I work out I need to take it easy. I got the okay that I could play in my last basketball game and to start practicing in football. Of course I did to much at once and ended up with a torn hamstring. It is all black and blue and twice the size. I'm so frustrated knowing that I push my self to far. I need to start learning I need to work my way into things. I can not just jump into things like I use to. I really hope I will be able to play football this year. I need to do a lot of thinking and figure out what is best for me.

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DOROTHYBERO 1/12/2011 5:14PM

    One step at a time - one day at a time - I think we all find it hard to admit we can't do what we use to!!

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Every Little Step Counts

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I have finally lost 5 pounds today! Woo-Hoo! I also ended up buying some whey protein to get more out of my workout. I'm so excited to start getting focus about exercising again. The only down fall I started class on Tuesday and Thursday and it is right after work so I'm out and about from 9 am - 10 pm. Such a long day! At least I can work out on the other days!

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LIVEYOURLIFE143 7/11/2010 12:46PM

    Awe thanks guys and I'm from hanson!

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CANIBEANEWME 7/11/2010 4:31AM

Stopping bye to wish you a good day. emoticon

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CANIBEANEWME 7/11/2010 4:07AM


Where are you from in south shore? emoticon

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HAPPYNHEALTHY15 7/8/2010 10:21AM

    WOO HOO! Just don't focus on the down falls. Focus on the fact that you've made it a goal for yourself to work out and to really do something great for yourself. You can do it! Don't beat yourself up if you can't find the energy to workout on Tuesday and Thursday either. Like you said Every little step counts, so focus on the fact that you're working out at least 3 days a week and you're doing something great for your brain on Tuesday and Thursday. Good luck!

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FITTGRRL 7/7/2010 11:26PM

    emoticonThat is a big step!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I Feel Defeated =(

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Last year before my knee surgery I was put on wellbrutrin and abilify for depression. Apparently abilify makes you gain weight, well being inactive because of knee surgeries and being on the abilify basically doubles it. In about half of a year I went from 180 to 220. I have a tone of stretch marks on my thighs, hips, side of stomach and to top it of my stomach looks like I'm pregnant but I'm not (thank goodness). I have brought my weight up to my Nurse Practitioner a couple of times she said it's not the medications. Well she finally listened to me and took me off of abilify last month. I have been exercising and trying to eat healthier and in moderation before getting off the medication. I'll be honest I'm not exercising everyday but at the same time I'm doing more activity than I have been but I'm not losing any weight. I'm getting so frustrated I'm ready to cut my stomach off or even starving myself or purging but I'm not going to I have never done this before and don't plan on doing it. I would rather write out that I want to do and not doing it. I wish I would really just start losing some weight I feel all alone on this, I know I'm not but I don't know what to do anymore. I need to start coming up with a new way to approaching this. Any ideas?

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KIRSTY1306 6/21/2010 5:45AM

    OK first ... calm down, dont get upset and lets start again. emoticon

Now I could write a whole ton about medication and weight gain , the reason I came to Spark in the first was desperation after putting on 2 stone fairly quickly, after a broken elbow caused a chronic pain and nerve condition called CRPS. The medication I am on (23-25 a day now) and the fact that a lot of exercise just doesnt work for me (because of not being able to use my arm and the jolting etc And the fact that I just get so damn tired) meant that the weight went on fairly quick and I couldnt get it off. Spark helped me immensly , because you have people walking you through it , supporting you, offering advice and ideas every step of the way.

I came off some of the problem tablets and had them switched to alternative ones, which probably helped me lose the 20lbs I lost on Spark (unfortunately i'm heavy again BOO, but I know I can do it again) , but I always say that my determination and grit , and the fact that I had my Spark friends there kept me on track and MADE me lose some weight.

It is HARD, really HARD, but keep your head down, and things will fall into place. When I came off some of my medication and switched them, my doctor said that it would take a while anyway before my body responded to the change - so therefore it wouldn't miraculously start losing weight. Of course it is a lifestyle change too though , which is something we need to be bear in mind.

I know you can do this, its hard but you can do it. If you need to chat one to one feel free to email and I can offer some advice no problem.

Please stick it out , and keep your chin up

Kirb xx

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SWEETNSKINNY 6/19/2010 12:01PM

    Just relax, breathe and reboot. Start with small changes so you dont overwhelm yourself. What about joining the spark bootcamp team? They post workout videos for you to do daily and its only 10 minutes long..get your water in and your fruits and veggies and just take everything one day at a time. And I think most importantly, Blog blog blog!! It really helps to get all your feelings out. you CAN do this!

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    Please know you are not alone. I have decided that my heart and diabetes issues come first.When the scale is slow to move down and it for me due to insulin,i stop and think of all the good things i am doing.for my health. I want to see my grandkids grow up. I know it is so hard but we are all here with you. emoticon

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YASMINSHORTER 6/18/2010 3:15PM

    First things first, take a deep breath! The fact that you are stressing out could be keeping that weight stuck to your ribs! If you're already doing everything right -eating well, exercising when you can; then try to relax (I know! Easier said than done!)
Try incorporating some meditation or yoga classes into your routine once or twice a week, when your body realises that it cant control your mind and in fact your mind controls your body, then perhaps it will start giving up the weight!

If you can't make it to a yoga class try there are plenty of yoga routines that you could try to help quiet and calm your mind in order to help you be in a better head space to control the weight!

But most of all, have faith in yourself that you can do this ... because you can!!!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/18/2010 11:08AM

    Hang in there ! I know things seem daunting right now, but they will get better. First, don't try to do everything at once. take small steps. literally. It's not the exercise that will help you to lose weight, it's your nutrition. If you do your best to eat as healthfully as you can, you will see results, but you have to be patient. Let's start with exercise. Can you walk without any discomfort ? At least, did your doctor give you the okay to walk on your knee ? If so, take a daily walk. Walking is excellent cardiovascular exercise and it's a great way to ease into a regular exercise program. Cardiologists will tell you that taking a daily 30 minute walk can reduce your risk for heart disease by over 30%. Not bad for a 30 minute walk. If you can't walk for 30 minutes because of your knee, then break up your workouts into shorter segments. Walking for ten minutes three times a day still adds up to a 30 minute walk.

Do you do any strength training ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start with a day. increase your lean muscle. muscle burns fat. the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. You don't have to do a lot to start. Check out the fitness section. the software can create a simple program for you based on your goals. All you'd need would be a set of resistance bands or hand weights.

Personally, I recommend that you buy a set of resistance bands. You can find them at any Walmart, Target or Sears for cheap.... they provide a much more versatile workout than hand weights. Increasing your lean muscle will help your body burn fat more efficiently. Don't worry. You will not look like a body builder if you start strength training.

As for eating, do your best to eat as healthfully as possible. You don't have to be perfect. In fact, you shouldn't try to be perfect. If you do, you'll end up frustrated. How many servings of fresh fruit and veggies do you eat ? For optimum health, it's recommended that people eat 6-9 per day. if that seems like too much, start with 2-3. Honestly, that's a start. in time, you keep adding more and more servings until you are eating 6-9 per day.

Do you drink water ? If not, there's another simple way you can improve your health i.e. swap a can of soda for two glasses of water. Drinking water can do wonders for your health.

So, hang in there !!!


-- karen

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ANDYLIN90 6/18/2010 1:22AM

    ANGELLYBELLY had some very good thoughts for you and I totally agree with her. I set a goal for myself to lose 50 pounds in 2010. I don't think I will make that goal because my weight loss is so slow, less than a pound a month. And as difficult as it is to not receive reinforcement from the scale, I look at the other ways I'm seeing improvement; clothes fitting better, endurance and strength increasing.

Are you using the food and exercise trackers everyday? Many research studies confirm weight loss and weight maintenance are substantially improved with tracking.

There are also some encouraging articles in the Spark library about the stubbornness of the scale in not moving down.

You may also find the blog on my Spark page called " Just Don't Quit" to be helpful. I did not write the poem, but it really speaks to me when I want to throw in the towel and give up.

You CAN do this. You are surrounded by a huge body of people who understand and know exactly the frustration you are feeling. I applaud you for writing this blog...admitting to being stuck, frustrated and asking for help are exactly the things that will help you reach your goals. Stay in the game!


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ANGELLYBELLY 6/17/2010 11:29PM

    Dont. Give. Up.
I can't tell you how many times.. in my 4 years of actively trying to lose weight i said I was done..only to back to the ring to battle it out.

I have metabollic issues and losing weight for me is like.. damn near impossible it seems.
I've tried everything. I mean..everything.. just short of an eating disorder.
I was put on medical grade "shakes" and did 800 calories.
I did low carb. I did no grain. I did cardio. I did strength training.
The only difference I saw in the 4 years was going from 166 to 174 (this year!! :( )
But you know what..I"m not giving in.

I've changed my perspective.
If my medical issues won't let me "lose weight" that isn't any reason I shouldn't be the FITTEST chunkymunky!

So for's no longer about the scale (though I admit it does get to me at times..) and it is ALL about becoming more fit and more healthy.

And with that as my goal I've made serious life changes. More water. No High Fructose Corn Syrup. No processed foods. More fresh fruits. I even have started trying to go more organic.

So I know you are fighting a tough battle..and not seeing the scale move is downright defeating. But it's time to reach deep..and pull out strong.

You CAN do it!

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AMAS92568 6/17/2010 9:52PM

    I haven't taken those prescriptions but I have a friend who has. You're fighting a tough battle right now.

It's possible that it will take some time for the drugs to get out of your system and let your metabolism get back in gear.

Don't give up. It's good that you made the nurse listen to you.

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