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Getting Sparked, A New Motivating Motto

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I just re-read over the "secrets of success" that Sparked Me. I had forgotten most of them. One that sparked me again today was suggesting to exercise in 10 minute spurts throughout the day, doing a variety of mini workouts, and by the end of the day realize that you exercised an hour or maybe more. Of course you'd have to do it on a relatively free day to get that many minutes accomplished. But even 3 sessions would add up to a nice amount for me.

Today I got angry about something, and in my anger I declared (to myself) that I wasn't going to work my plan for the day, in regard to exercise. I told myself "who cares if I don't meet my star quota for the week" (my week ends on Sundays) I surprisingly didn't go for food in anger. That, in my mind would cause more grief than neglecting to work out. But one thing I did after my episode of anger was to get on SP. Maybe subconsciously I wanted to be motivated to go ahead and get a workout in. This Secret to Success, is getting my juices flowing...I just might do some spurts of activity! I also was surfing around SP and came across some random Sparker's SPage, and read one of her mottos. She said "any exercise is better than no exercise".

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KATD13 8/22/2012 9:23PM


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_JODI404 8/19/2012 8:04PM

    Glad you got on Spark ~ that was a great decision!!

I *love* 10 min spurts of exercise. I often do that on breaks, lunch, pm on my work at home days. It adds up to quite a bit by the end of the day and is the best way for me to make sure it happens!

I hope you work through what was upsetting and have a fabulous week ahead!

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POPSY190 8/19/2012 3:22PM

    Good response to the anger. I'm making a list of sayings to use as mantras at critical moments. Sort of version of counting to ten.

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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2012 3:18PM

    that is indeed good advice! you never know where the motivation to get back on track will come from, but there it was! emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/19/2012 2:51PM

    Great One! emoticon

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SHERIO5 8/19/2012 2:49PM

    Isn't it nice when you do something productive instead of something destructive? I love SP for that, many times, like you, I've Sparked instead of eating or getting angry and found myself in a much better place, even "sparked" like you.

Good for you! I hope this gives you a boost!

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No Running for Me, but I'll Walk!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I am so impressed with the ability of the soccer players on the Olympics. How can they run for almost 2 hours straight and kick etc. They must be so fit. I think they have had the most impact on me of all the olympians. Track runners, a close second. I am not a runner and am afraid to run at all due to the impact it would have on my unstable back. I also have large breasts. You rarely see a marathoner or soccer player with large breasts. They must have low Body Fat Composition. Although I'm sure I'm just stereotyping! I am envious. I want smaller breasts and a stronger back so I can run like the wind.

I've heard it said that if you can walk a 13 minute mile you are doing as well as running. I think if I could do that pace I would just run instead! My 17 minute mile seems to be as fast as my short legs can carry me. I get frustrated with this, but I am what I am. And that is a 5'2, 53 year old with a weak back! I know it's getting much stronger as I can now lift my grandchildren. But I'm not getting any taller, though I may be shrinking a little!

Happy weekend to you all!

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MLH148 8/18/2012 1:22PM

    Ditto previous. I contend duration is important so if your 2 miles takes 35 minutes, you get more exercise than the 10 min/ mile runner's 20 minutes. And I move 200+ lbs --they move 110. What's more work?
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POPSY190 8/17/2012 10:00PM

    Walking is so easy to make a habit compared with a lot of other exercise. It can be done most times of the day, requires very little specialised equipment (shoes), alone or in company, at a pace to suit terrain/health. Hard to beat! emoticon

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SHERIO5 8/13/2012 2:48PM

    I've tried running, and will "wog" (run a bit/walk more!) sometimes, but it just doesn't feel as good to my body...I think we are all different, and the important thing is to get your heart pumping, however you enjoy most!!

I think you are doing great, wasn't it amazing to see some of these Olympic athletes?!!

BTW, enjoy picking up those grandkids, they won't be getting any smaller!!!


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BLUE42DOWN 8/11/2012 11:16PM

    While my back is fine, I'm with you on the big girls on top and not running. I'm coming close to a 14 minute mile, but the only "running" I get caught doing is hurrying to catch a bus.

The important thing is comparing where you are now with where you were when you started. That 17 minute mile may not sound impressive to some, but I'd wager it's better than you were managing before and it can very gradually become a 16:45 minute mile and so on.

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_JODI404 8/11/2012 10:37PM

    Walking is good enough for me! I hurt my knee originally when I was 18 and that was the end of that! It's OK. Lots of alternatives!

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LARISSA238 8/11/2012 5:46PM

    I heard that walking=running a mile is false. I don't know, though. I would prefer to run if I could. I just can't yet... I'm working my way up there, though. One step at a time.

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SCOTMAMA 8/11/2012 2:00PM

    Well, you know the old saying "It isn't that I'm overweight -- I just stopped growing too soon"

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LUCINDARW 8/11/2012 12:37PM

    I don't run either because of my back and knees but I do walk and use to power walk. They say running is hard on your joints so may be we are better off walking. good luck with your journey. Lucinda

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AZMOMXTWO 8/11/2012 10:48AM

  I do not run either but it is because I prefer to walk I can walk 2.5 miles in 20 to 25 min depending on what dog I have with me so I think I am doing great

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Motivation problems!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Where has my motivation to work out gone? I've been doing so well. For a whole year I've done well with it. I have been really concentrating on my intake and doing well with that. But I feel I can't have one without the other.

Yesterday I was supposed to get in 45 minutes of aerobic exercise. I didn't want to do anything. I don't know if it had anything to do with it being Sunday and my hubby was around the house. Sometimes the only thing I can get myself to do when he's around is go for a fast walk at the mall or outside if it's nice out. Yesterday it was too humid for me to wanna walk. The mall was very busy, being NC's tax free weekend, for school. That would've made it difficult to keep a good pace.

I carry a pedometer, and I have a medium goal of 5000 steps a day, and a high goal of 10,000. I keep a calendar where I give myself color coded stars for each goal I reach, so when I get 10,000 steps it turns out to be two different stars, one for 5 and one for 10 thousand steps.

This motivated me to at least get my 5000. My hubby and I walked around a grocery store (less busy) and also Lowe's. If you go up and down all the aisles, you can really rack up the steps. Granted, this wasn't an aerobic level of walking. It was just movement. I ended up with 7000 steps for the day.

My star calendar is an academic calendar, since I wanted to start it this August. It was perfect timing for a calendar that will last a year. I'm giving myself a green star for getting 5 freggies in per day, a gold star if I stay within calorie range, a silver star for getting 45 min of exercise in that day. (of course I still take a day off) Then it's red for 5000 steps and blue for 10,000.

I heard about doing this from PINKHOPE's blog one day. I may also give myself a reward for making it to 250 stars or something like that. Maybe a fitness magazine or a new workout DVD. I'm not sure how many stars to shoot for at a time. I'm averaging 3-4 a day. How many would you aim for?

I think maybe talking about my stars has gotten me in the mood to complete a workout today. I had recently begun to decide right when I woke up which workout I'd plan for the day. This had been working quite well. Today I woke up late and neglected to do that, which may have led to my lack of motivation. Now that I think about it, the same thing happened yesterday, thus no motivation. Well there's no time like the present. I can decide now! I'm going to hop on my indoor bike and go for my 45 minutes. Who knows, maybe I'll crank out an extra 15!

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LUCINDARW 8/7/2012 1:11PM

    I like blue45's down idea about rewarding yourself with a smaller goal to reach But whatever works for you do it. Lucinda

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MSANITAL 8/7/2012 12:18PM

    I know for me I have to change up my work outs and do something diffrent.. and they say that is a good thing to do ... so I have been biking and walking/jogging all Summer and I think I will start my swimming again at the Y.. just to shake it up..

Keep up the good work.... you can do it

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SHERIO5 8/7/2012 10:24AM

    I like how you talking yourself into moving anyway! Good job!

I like the calendar idea as well, maybe I need a trip to the office supply store or dollar store today?!

I hope your motivation continues to improve! I think you are doing great, even if you had an "off" day for you! You were still pretty darn active!


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KATD13 8/7/2012 12:32AM

You're gonna get back on track!

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BLUE42DOWN 8/6/2012 4:41PM

    == I'm not sure how many stars to shoot for at a time. I'm averaging 3-4 a day. How many would you aim for? ==

Well, at 3-4 a day, it could take 6-9 months to reach 250. If you might lose interest before then, a lower number with a small reward might help keep up the interest. I personally tend to aim for month or season (3 month) goals because they stay more fresh in my mind.

You could also do something like have a big or different colored start or sticker for a smaller number so that you can see your progress - kind of like those thermometers people use for fund-raising to show how much has been gathered so far by various lines.

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No Magic Pill

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I'm happy. I've gotten back on track after babysitting two of my grandkids. I did some baking with them and got into the sweets. I made pink lemonade cookies with Abi, and they both helped me make ice cream that tastes like Wendy's Frostys. I made them poppy seed mini muffins. And we also ate sno cones, though I used sugar free syrup on mine. But after they left I had a binge, which always happens before they arrive and after they leave. Oh all right, it happens while they're here, too! Something about watching other people's kids gives me a stressed out feeling that I smother with food. I recognize that and I think I've made headway on eliminating it most of the time. But OY! I hate when it happens. The day after they left, I ate lots of cookies and other snacks we had on hand for them. But the next day I renewed my efforts at staying within calorie range, and got back to exercising. While they were here for 4 days, I only did push ups and planks for 10 minutes one day. I've had 6 days in a row of exercise, and I've even upped my intensity this week. I lost 1 pound, which has motivated me even more to stay on track. I haven't gone over my calorie range for 7 days so far.

This all happened the week that I had my Sparkversary, which also motivates me.

I went for an hour walk at the mall with a friend. She's the same size as me or at least she was, but she started taking green coffee bean extract, recommended by Dr Oz. She has lost 18 pounds! Now that is tempting (to try it) but I'm on lots of medicines, so I called my pharmacist and asked about taking it with them. She said I never should mix herbal supplements with my meds. Then I posted a message on a board for, I don't remember which one, but it was for health and fitness or something like that. Maybe nutrition. Well, EVERYONE who responded said negative things about it. But my friend said three other people she recommended it to have also lost weight. SO tempting, as all HOAXES are.

I have decided that I am happy with my weight. I think I only considered it because she and I seem to have a competition. We're basically the same size, and she always says I look great. That I'm skinny. When people comment on my weight, I get a complex thinking that all that matters to them in my size. EVERY time we are together she expects me to tell her she looks great. I know she is insecure about her looks. She's 55 and in the dating world and is worried she'll be alone till she dies. But now that she's losing weight and she keeps asking me if I tried the green coffee stuff, I wish I could at least try it. What if it works? Well, my answer to that for me is that anything that would cause quick weight loss is not helpful, because it's better to lose slowly, so it will stay off better. There's no magic pill. She says you don't have to exercise or change the way you eat. How does that help you get healthier!

I'm hashing this out with you so I can convince myself that this is NOT for me!

BESIDES, I'm happy with my weight. Or am I??

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_JODI404 8/1/2012 7:46PM

    You are too smart to fall for a gimmick, good for you! emoticon

I believe that you are happy with your weight, and would like to lose just a bit more, but without stress and pressure to do it! If it happens... it happens.

Comparisons with others never leads to anything good! Compare yourself to your old self and be delighted with your awesome results!!

Congrats on your 1lb weight loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 8/1/2012 7:41PM


I hear ya....I don't have the answers either...the longer I stay with this journey to be healthier, the more "answers" there are out there. I think the biggest place I need to "lose weight" is between my ears!! There are so many plans out there, and they often contradict one another, what's a girl to do?

I can't answer for you, but for myself, I'm going to keep working towards a balance of healthy exercise (not obsessive), healthy portion sizes, and maintaining my weight within the healthy BMI range for my height. If you are within your range, and you feel good in your clothes...CELBRATE!!!

BTW, I have a friend who is my height exactly, and she weighs less than I do...so mentally, I'm always comparing myself to her. I might be stronger and more fit, but I still compare myself...now you'd probably be telling me not to worry about it...can you tell yourself the same thing? Just a little "devil's advocate" here!

I know some folks here on SP who reach goal, but then decide to go lower before finding the "right" weight....maybe that's you? Maybe it's another reason which has nothing to do with how much you weigh?

Anyway, whatever YOU decide is right for you, I'm right here in it with you!


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Planning for a Second Year with SparkPeople

Saturday, July 28, 2012

For probably the last half of my first year with SP, I've doubted that I was getting anywhere. I felt like I was spinning my wheels. But when I wrote my last blog and saw that I have changed, and that those changes are largely permanent, I'm feeling very encouraged. Just by persevering and keeping up with tracking (food and fitness) eating with a goal for the day and exercising with goals for my week have turned into habits that have really become a part of me.

My attitude toward food and fitness the last two days since the anniversary has become kindess and gentleness to my new self. I respect myself for how far I've come. I decided that though I originally thought of my weight loss as "only" 16 pounds, I need to be excited over what those 16 pounds represent. Success.

To begin a new year looks exciting from that vantage point. It tells me that I can be surprised this next year with continued growth and strength. I haven't got many goals to report. I'm not sure what more I want to accomplish. I suppose I will work on eating less sugar and eating even more fruit and vegetables. This past year I went from eating 2 freggies a day to eating 5-6. I went from no ST to doing it 3 days a week.

Today I asked my hubby if there were any goals he could think of for me. He suggested I plan to rejoin the Y in the winter (when our budget will allow it again) and attempt to involve myself more in programs that include other people instead of doing things alone all the time. I'm not sure how I feel about that, I kinda like to sweat alone. But I'll consider it. That's one more thing that has changed about me over the year...I have become more willing to listen to others' input for my life. I know that comes from all the interaction we have with SP.

I am actually content with the way I look and my Body Fat Composition is at a healthy point for me. How many women, who have ever been overweight, would be sad to find out they had lost a few more pounds? I am one who will gladly accept loss of another 5-6 pounds, but if it doesn't happen, I know I'm doing my best. Because my goal is no longer weight loss, but healthy lifestyle maintenance.

I want to thank everyone who congratulated me on my Sparkversary, and encouraged me on my blog about it. I cherish all your friendships to me.

Thank you all for being my biggest fans!

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SLUDERCATS 7/29/2012 3:53PM

    Lori...What a wonderful attitude you have! It is time to celebrate your loss and make those goals for the upcoming year! You can do this. I believe in you!


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    Lorilee - congratulations on sticking to your healthy lifestyle goals. It takes determination and dedication to do what you have done. emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 7/29/2012 9:32AM


I'm so encouraged by your blog! You have made so many lasting changes in your lifestyle this year...I really like that you are treating yourself with respect and kindness, I think that's the best part. If we honestly do the self-care, we will be healthier in so many ways.

I started my second "real" year in June as well. Let's do this together, my friend! emoticon

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_JODI404 7/28/2012 10:04PM

    Maintaining your healthy lifestyle is goal enough really! Keep making great choices.

Best wishes for continued fitness, health and happiness in the next Spark year!!

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