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Stats and a couple questions for you...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Just a few stats:

Inches lost since the end of July
Waist: 5"
Hips: 2.25"
Thigh: 3.5"
Arm: 2"

went from 28% BFC to 25.5% between 11/11 and 2/12. (Over 3 months)

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Went swimming today for 30 minutes at a vigorous rate. I am now officially exhausted.
I want to get a second wind to get some walking in.


I walked 16,700 steps yesterday. Really enjoying my new pedometer. I find myself parking farther away from stores to get in extra steps. At work when it was quiet, (no customers for the last 90 minutes!) I walked laps within the store some of that time. I'm tired today though, but I'm planning to still get a walk in.

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How often do you find yourself taking naps? I don't mean if naps were a part of your routine before you started exercising. I wonder if it would help to eat more? Maybe I'm just low on energy because I need more calories. Does that work for you? I don't necessarily feel hungry...though now my stomach is feeling hunger. I drank 4 glasses of water and I had a carb/protein snack within an hour of my workout, but now it's only been another 1.75 hours since I ate. It's not lunch time yet... it's 10:45.

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BSEANACAIN 3/1/2012 11:49PM

    always get sleepy after swimming not sure why

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_JODI404 2/29/2012 3:05PM

    G*R*E*A*T* job on your stats!!! & your steps yesterday!

You are doing so awesome!!

I find that I have to use my lunch hour to take a nap much less often since I have been working on getting more sleep. For me, a nap was needed because I did not get enough sleep overnight.

I have been wearing myself out so good with my exercise that I am exhausted by bed time. I sleep like a rock and get a wonderful nights sleep. It's those nights I stay up too late that I have trouble the next day... tired.. crave bad things etc. Good sleep is so key!

I'm really not sure about the calories part. I just think of it as gas in the gas tank.... and if your body is telling you it is low on fuel... you need to give it something no matter what the clock says. More exercise will need more calories to support it -- even if you keep your differential going to lose.

Congrats on all of your awesome success!!!

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    I never take naps but sometimes, I think I should. My opinion is that our bodies ask for what they need and we should listen. So, if it says, "Give me a rest," by all means, do it!

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SHERIO5 2/29/2012 12:16PM

    You are doing some great work here, lady!!! Your stats are impressive!

I nap, but not every day, or even every week. I think, for me, it's just monthly fluctuations in energy level and amount of sleep...I have trouble sleeping soundly during my mid-cycle part of the month. Sorry if this is TMI!!! Lots of women struggle with this though...

One thing you might look at, if you haven't already, is where your calories are coming from...you might need more protein in your diet since you are losing weight...I have trouble getting the suggested amount the tracker gives me...I'm usually at the lower end of the suggested amount....but when I really plan and work to bump that up...I have more energy...just a thought. I know eating whole-grains as a carb source keeps your energy more consistent as well.

Let us know what you figure out! You are doing so well! emoticon

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    I dont get a full night sleep so I normaly sleep in two shifts so I dont count those as naps BUT I know the more I work out the more tried(sleepy tried) I get wish I had a better answer...BUT awesome work in the 3 months your doing great

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My day, I behaved.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Used my pedometer today. Over 12,500 steps for the day. I did take an hour walk. But of course there were many other steps taken today. I'm excited that it is motivating me to walk more. I think walking is the best thing for me, good for my bones and my core strength to protect my back. Great for cholesterol levels and blood pressure. I used to walk all the time, but have gotten away from it. Biking and Swimming and doing DVDs has been nudging walking out of my schedule. I can't seem to find time to do more than one type of workout per day. Or maybe I just don't want to spend all my free time exercising. I have to have a life, too. Like today, I was able to sew a jumper for my one-year-old granddaughter. And spent a few hours with a good friend.

I ate two meals out today. Recipe for disaster, BUT I behaved! My friend took me out for a belated birthday lunch. She took me to a cafe, really just a hole in the wall. I wasn't so sure I wanted to do this because there's no documented calorie charts for their menu. I tend to only eat out at places where I can see data on nutrition. I hoped and hoped I'd be able to find a healthy choice. Turns out they had an egg white omelette with turkey and salsa! And turkey bacon was an option for the side. Plus a nice small piece of wheat toast. No hidden sauces or gooey cheese. Just a straightforward "dieters" option. Yay! My friend asked the waitress what was on the dessert menu. A long list. I'd already decided on no dessert, even though I could have said to myself that it was a birthday celebration which would only be complete with a dessert. When they told her they were out of the tiramisu, I was glad because she was going to get it and I would've been drooling. She kept saying,"you're so GOOD" (we also shopped at a store together after lunch and we walked past a huge mirror. I said,"I should buy that mirror, it's a good one-it makes me look skinny!" She said, "you are!" and then I saw her in the mirror beside me and it was showing us to be the same size! She looked normal but I was sure the mirror was distorting me. You know how some mirrors make you look fat? Well I just had bought a mirror for my closet. I had no full length mirror, and wanted to see the whole me. But the one I bought makes me look fat! I should have bought the mirror I saw today!!

I came home and took my hour walk. My hubby came home. It was date night tonight. I had a tilapia wrap. Ate half of that and some onion rings. A bit of grease, but it was my only treat for the day. And probably my only splurge for the week.

I'm happy with my day. Now I'm going to end the day with my final few sets of push-ups, and will reach a total of 250 push-ups for the day!

AND settle down with a good book and get to bed at 10 or 11.

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SHERIO5 2/28/2012 10:34AM

    Your day sounds perfect! What I love about your day is that it was "normal". What I mean is, you were LIVING, not DIETING. Does that make sense? I think that is something I would like more of for myself, more enjoying the journey and not seeing it as being bad or good, a couple of onion rings or cake can be included, right?

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_JODI404 2/27/2012 11:14PM

    Glad you are enjoying your pedometer and walking! 12,500 steps is really awesome!!

All of those various workouts you do make for awesome cross training so your body doesn't get too used to it, and keeps it more interesting for you.

Sounds like a really nice day with lunch with your friend and date night with hubby! Glad you were happy with the choices you made.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/27/2012 9:50PM

    I choose a little of both. I know I can't quit cold turkey & that's when I would crave it all at once. I find that just saying no to certain items I have balance. I am out of control cause I know I had enough but I will take one more spoonful of ice cream or another donut or slice of cake. I think just have 3spoonfuls makes satisfied. Anything more than that makes me out of control at that moment. I could stop but I just don't feel like it. lol

Glad you "behaved" & God bless!


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    I enjoyed reading your blog--you made some really wise choices--good for you!
What I find helpful is not to use terms like 'behaved' and "good" when we make healthy choices. I am really trying to reframe my thinking--choosing a dessert for example, or onion rings does NOT make you "bad"...its just a choice.
Same as choosing healthy like you did, does not mean that if you choose to eat something else--you misbehaved...ya know?
Thinking of things like that , really helps me understand that choices are just that--choices that I am in control to make.
I hope you see yourself as thin and beautiful--even if you are not at goal weight, or still have many pounds to lose ( I have not loooked at your sparkpage to know!) :)

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New gadget motivated me today

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I had some birthday money. I was in wally world with my hubby today and I saw the pedometers they have. I've thought about getting one, but a long time ago I had a cheap one that wasn't worth 2 cents, so I've never replaced it, not realizing there are reliable options. So, today I invested in one. I had started out the day not feeling motivated to work out, and had even planned to skip it altogether today. But once I got my gadget home and set it up, measuring my stride and all, I was eager to head outdoors and see how many steps I could rack up. I also wanted to see how far I've been walking, distance wise. I didn't realize how far off my calculations have been. (I overestimated) I didn't let that discourage me because now I have a way to measure my steps and can set goals. I could do that before by just spending more time walking over time, but having a new gadget and a new way to measure is motivating me to compete against myself. I've heard that a good goal is 10,000 steps a day. It took me 65 minutes to get just over 8000! I don't know yet if I'm only going to carry it when I'm on actual walks or if I should carry it throughout the day. What would you suggest?

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SHERIO5 2/27/2012 9:07AM

    Hey, Lori!

What a great way to boost your motivation! Maybe I need to get one? I think I'd wear one all day, just because I know I seldom sit still...

I like your idea! Keep us posted onyour progress!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/27/2012 1:55AM

    When I wear mine, I wear it all day. (Well, I have to take it off sitting at my desk. I have a tendency to bounce my legs randomly ... and it counts those as steps.)

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FRANCESCHA 2/26/2012 7:38PM

    I wear my pedometer all day long. I average between 2,000 and 6,000 on a good day.

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_JODI404 2/26/2012 7:38PM

    I love my pedometer.... it is very motivating to get me moving. I do aim for 10,000 steps a day.
I wear mine all day. I only count my true cardio in fitness minutes... but as far as steps, they all count towards my 10,000 goal.

Way to go on your one hour walk today!!

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Body Envy

Monday, February 20, 2012

I just saw a motivating picture of a woman who went from size 20 down to a size 0!!! How did she do it!

I know we all have different body types and structure, and a 7 is the smallest I have ever been since middle school when I was a 12. I was a 7 just before I had my first baby, and after that mostly a 12. I am 53, that woman was 42, and had had 2 kids. I have had 4. There I go comparing myself to someone else. Don't many of us do the comparison thing? I need to get over it and love who I am. Just be happy for other people who are at this stage in their lives. And be proud of what I am doing and the progress I've made. Size 14 down to 10. 161 down to 142. More confident in my personal life, eating healthier, actively involved in getting my body in shape. My back is stronger, my arms aren't flabby, my love life with hubby is blossoming. I have friends on SP who have my back. I am growing in my relationship with God, and also with my children, and hubby. I am a happier person. Yay me.

I just talked myself out of the envy I felt for that other Sparker. WooHoo! emoticon

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_JODI404 2/20/2012 9:46PM

    I guess it is human nature to compare... but I really do try not to do it. We really are all unique, so comparisons will never be legit and can tend to make you feel "less than".

In contrast, look at this wonderful list of your own awesome accomplishments that you've got going on!! Those are really great things!! Yay You for sure!!!!!!!!

You go Girl! You do YOUR thing!! You've got it going on!!!

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SHERIO5 2/20/2012 10:48AM

    Awesome! Celebrate you, Lori! emoticon

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What the heck?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What the heck is going on here? i just had a salad for my afternoon snack, followed by a handful of pistachios. A salad? who me?! Where did the real Lori go? OH, maybe this new Lori will become the new real Lori.

The last 4 weeks or so I have given in to buying more sweet junk food. I have done pretty well at limiting myself to 1 sweet treat a day until the last few weeks. At Hallmark we were selling valentine's day candy. I didn't struggle this year with sweets or pie from Thanksgiving through the new year, but once the valentine candy came out I was not doing so well. I kept my calories in check, but I substituted the healthy snacks with sugar. I haven't gained weight, but I just know this could lead to problems in that area and I've decided to get back to my 1 treat a day routine. This usually works for me.

I finally made the decision to move on from stage 3 to stage 4, and this is giving me new resolve to tighten up my reigns on goals that i had set before and of course, now I am setting some additional goals. I haven't developed them yet, since I just changed stages yesterday. Today I spent time in the Spark (book) to see what week 4 looked like. I think that is similar to the content of stage 4, if I'm not mistaken. I did start my list of 50-100 goals of things I want to do in my lifetime. I guess that's what a bucket list is. I've never written one down before. So far I have 23 things listed.

Any one have any insights or advice for me going into this next stage of my life? I want to make the most of this newfound commitment to myself to continue on my journey.

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FRANCESCHA 2/26/2012 7:46PM

    I have been doing the same as you. One sweet thing a day and it is usually weight watchers ice cream or some other treat. I blew it today though. It was my mother in laws birthday so I had lots of cake and ice cream. Oh well. I'll get back in the game tomorrow. Best advice someone gave me was don't beat yourself up over missing a goal. Tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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SHERIO5 2/19/2012 5:40PM

    How fun that you find yourself making some healthy snack choices!!!

Good for you taming the sweets with just one a day...it's hard for me!

I don't have any advice, but I think you are doing great with moving to the next stage and reading the Spark for motivation...super choices!

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