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a new focus on my loss journey

Sunday, December 02, 2012

it is sunday. i finally got up and went to chuch. i am so excited. my husband and i went to my sister church that she went to when she was alive. i loved it. i have been wanting to go for a long time. i loved the service. this is gonna be my new church. i now have a pastor!!

this is a great start to my week. i have allready had an accomplishment that i have been wanting to do. i am gonna keep the streak going.

what is bothering me is that i keep reading on weight watchers website that eating is the main component of losing weight. i agree that flat abs are made in kitchen. what is bothering me and making me re think my whole weight watchers thing is isnt reaching your goals at a certain excercise event like a 5k or weight training, isnt that a great motivation to keep going on your weight loss journey. sometime i feel like weight watchers is all about the scale. i like concentrating on other areas of my life, like a fitness goal or a nutrition goal. i feel like weight watchers is all about the scale. maybe that is just a thing with me tho cause i am paying money and i want to hurry up and get to my goal.

this week i am concentrating on planning my meals more and planning my excercise more.
i am gonna sit tonight and make several meal ideas and fitness ideas. i want to make it to some classes at the ymca this week.


  
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CATBEFIT 12/3/2012 8:30AM

    I have been convinced by my reading and listening, that in the long term, strength training (building muscle tissue) and interval training is essential to weight loss and ultimate maintenance. The term "skinny fat" is about people who have lost weight but the weight loss is in the muscles as well as the fat -- which leaves you with less calorie burning capability. So much harder to maintain or continue to lose weight.

So I think you're right to look at more than the scale! Feeding the body good nutritious foods and then using the body to move, lift etc -- is the ultimate way to great health.
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BECKYSFRIEND 12/2/2012 8:25PM

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WINNIE1978 12/2/2012 7:14PM

    I'm glad you've found yourself a church that makes you happy.

Sure, you can lose weight without exercising as long as you watch what you eat. The question though, is will you like your body? Only through exercise will you tone and tighten as you lose the weight and I think that is way more important than the number on the scale.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/2/2012 3:48PM

    I understand about being in a hurry to get to your goal, but just remember that slow weight loss is more likely to be PERMANENT weight loss. So just do your best to enjoy the journey. And even though WW is seemingly all about the scale, be sure to look for some non-scale victories along the way. To me, they are the most rewarding victories of all!

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/2/2012 3:20PM

    It's just a way of life. You have to find what works for you. Try to think of exercise is playtime. Do something you enjoy!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/2/2012 2:40PM

    I have never done anything with WW - but I do know that exercise is a key component in a healthy life. WW might help you lose weight but the exercise and effort are what is going to give you a healthy life.

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mindful eating

Monday, November 26, 2012

i am back on track full force. we buried my sister last monday. i go back to work today and i am so glad. i need to get my mind off things/

it is really weird. this is the first day that things are gonna be normal ( or as normal as normal can be), with thansgiving and all, things were crazy and very depressing.

i usually stop by and see my sister or at least call her to see how she is feeling. now that she is gone, i have to start doing something different. so i went back to gym. that felt great and i started up my spark coach again, which i love.

this week i am gonna concentrate on mindful eating. that is what my spark coach was about today. it came at a good time with thanksgiving over and christmas rapidly approaching.

mindful eating-

1. think about if i am hungry
2. stop and make sure i am eating something healthy
3. check my mood to make sure i am not eating out of emotions
4. pause and really enjoy taste of food.
5. eat slowly and savor the taste.

this is what i am concentrating on.

have a great day

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/30/2012 11:12AM

    It sounds like you are starting to focus on you again now that the first hurdle is past. The firsts are always the toughest. I like your mindful eating plan. Wish I'd done more of it on my vacation.

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PICTUREME40 11/27/2012 10:55AM

    Those are great goals to focus on. One day at a time.
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IMREITE 11/27/2012 12:45AM

    1. think about if i am hungry
2. stop and make sure i am eating something healthy
3. check my mood to make sure i am not eating out of emotions
4. pause and really enjoy taste of food.
5. eat slowly and savor the taste.

#3 is the hardest one for me.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/26/2012 3:22PM

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BIGPAWSUP 11/26/2012 1:54PM

    I'm happy to hear you are making changes to your schedule. Making things a bit different after losing a loved one can help you to adjust. I hope things work out for you and your family.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/26/2012 1:07PM

    The one thing about mindful eating that I always try ot keep in mind is stopping when you're satisfied, rather than when you're full.

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finally, got it together---sort of

Thursday, October 11, 2012

i think i finally have a routine day for my workout and food.

i do 30 day shred every other day. on days i do shred, i take my dog for a walk. on opposite days, i jog for 30 min. its not a lot of activity, but it is all i can do right now.

i am eating a green smoothie every morning and getting in 2 veggies and 1 fruit. for dinner 2 more veggies and a fruit for a snack;.

the other main obstacle i am facing is night time eating after i get off work. that i am struggling with . consuming 400 calories at night, is just too much. it still fits into my calorie range, but i dont like that many calories before bed.

i am heading to a great day tdy.

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/18/2012 5:53PM

    I find that if I eat a bigger type of breakfast along with nutritious lunch/dinner I am not hungry for anything after dinner most of the time. Glad you have a routine that works for you now.

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OOLALA53 10/14/2012 10:36AM

    I broke a 30-year habit of eating at night. It was mostly a matter of just doing it. I eat a good dinner every night and learned to distinguish between real hunger and fake hunger, or just that urge to eat. When the urge would come, I'd remind myself I had already eaten and was fine until breakfast, I'd feel better if I wait for breakfast, the urge to eat is just fake, my body did not need food, etc. Then I consciously got involved in doing something else pleasurable or productive. I even went to bed early and practiced some meditation techniques, if I wasn't ready to fall asleep. If I got desperate, I would have one decaf mocha with stevia or some hot milk, but nothing to chew. I don't count calories but mocha or some milk are the only foods I allow myself outside my meals, so it automatically keeps the count down. I find if I chew something, it sets me off, and even if I chew something low calorie one night, the next night, it probably won't be. Savor my meals, and live life in between.

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REBECCATKD 10/13/2012 10:18PM

    I read somewhere that a calorie is a calorie, no matter what time it is. It made me feel better about having a snack at 9:00. As long as you've planned it into your nutrition tracker, you may be fine.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 10/13/2012 1:23PM

    You have balance in activity and foods; it sounds like a solid base. And your healthful focus on nutrient density is great! Love that you are having green smoothies. I have a fruit/yogurt/juice/protein smoothie for one of my meals and have been interested in trying a green smoothie (kale/spinach) but haven't yet gotten brave enough to try it! Your post made me think "it's time to stopping thinking about it and make one!" Thank you for the post and inspiration!

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MIRAGE727 10/11/2012 3:06PM

    Been there! I massaged my calories to eat a solid breakfast and less at night. You can do this!
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BMW9295 10/11/2012 1:33PM

    You have a plan and that is fantastic! As far as the calories before bed... well you in range and as we all know it is metabolized exactly the same no matter what time we eat. However if you don't like ... maybe bigger breakfast,a bigger lunch or bigger snack earlier in the day might work better? Just find what works best for you. None of us are the same and not the same thing works for us.... Just emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 10/11/2012 1:00PM

    Hey, you've got a plan in place and it is working! Be proud of that. You can and will make little changes as you go but this sounds like a great baseline. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 10/11/2012 12:47PM

    Good job getting a routine together!

I'm desperately trying to figure out a routine for myself... it appears that setting the alarm clock to wake me up might be the key!

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at home excercise vs gym membership

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

i am simply overwhelmed at the support i have gotten from my spark friends regarding my sister cancer.

she is really struggling and it is breaking my heart. i really dont think i will have here for too much longer. regardless, she is still fighting and hopeful that she is gonna get better.

i am trying to focus on positive things in my life, even tho that is really hard right now. i am finding that with my current work schedule and everything i am doing for my sister, and i try to cook dinner for my son and hubby every day, that i just am not going to gym like i used to. it is a matter of every minute counts. i work afternoon and i usually work 6 days a week. my son is 22 but i do try to cook dinner for him so he will eat somewhat healthy.

i am not complaining. i am thankful that i have a family to cook for and that i have the time to help my sister.

i have been starting to do more workout dvd at home. i have always wanted to do 30 day shred all the way thru. i have always wanted to jog more regularly. so that is what i am concentrating on right now. i feel really good about it.

maybe when things in my life slow down, i will be able to go to gym, but for now, i am happy with my current progress

  
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MELROSE13 10/9/2012 4:55PM

    Just make the most of your time with your sister, exercise when and where you can to keep yourself strong and healthy for yourself and those around you. Gyms...they do offer extensive resources but your own body is resource enough to get in a great workout..you can do it!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/9/2012 3:02PM

    Sounds like you've already come to the best decision for your situation. For sure, when it adds in commute time in both directions, and carving out a block of time, a gym membership may not be as convenient.

Reminds me of something one of the Spark Coaches (Nicole, I think) said -- roughly that what is important is that we get active, however we go about it.

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MIRAGE727 10/9/2012 1:50PM

    I'm going to be honest here. My wife and I have been going through similar family challenges over the last 7 years. I totally understand the amount of time you must be giving. As for the gym, We have never used a membership. All our cardio and strength training is done on the road and in our home. You're doing the right thing by abusing all the home exercise resources! You can be successful that way.
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You also might want to get the rest of the gang into a family meeting and ask them to pitch in as well. ANYONE can cook if they can read! Cooking healthy is easier. Trust me, I do it everyday for my wife. (I also love being domestic god after 25 years of high management in the Pentagon! Yeah, I'm sick!)
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I bring reality into and wonder who will take care of each other if I was on "permanent inactive reserve!" I have to take care of myself to live longer for my wife and granddaughter. It's imperative that we take care of ourselves so we can help others. I hope you see where I'm coming from. The family has to work as a unit, especially in these times. I wish you good health and strength. Your family is in my prayers!
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/9/2012 1:16PM

    I think it is wonderful that you are able to be with your sister right now and I am sure you will never regret that choice. I don't belong to a gym either, but I do think about it now and then, especially with the cold weather coming. I am a runner and I am not sure how this will work for me in the winter months with weather and the fact that two nights a week I am having to run and it is DARK! For now, I am playing it by year. I think it also depends how much you want to use the machines, I don't think I would use them too much and get what I need from the sources I already use. I am doing the 30 Day shred, but not everyday, only two times a week, I use it as a supplement for my runs. I also have a Bob Harper DVD that I use as a supplement and then I do lots of pilates and such off of Spark and YouTube. I think you should pick what you feel is best for you at this point and go from there. You have a lot on on your plate right now and don't want to burn yourself out. Take care and will be thinking of you and your whole family.

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BIGPAWSUP 10/9/2012 12:50PM

    You are wonderful for all you are doing. I'm so glad you are getting this time with your sister. You will cherish it later.

As far as the gym, I've never had a membership so I'm not all that certain what I'm missing. Most of the video's are do are right here on Spark. Working two jobs, a 10 to 20 min video is usually all I can squeeze in.

Best of luck to you and your.

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a change in excercise routine is necessary

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

with all the current stress in my life right now, i am neglecting to excercise. i am trying to make some changes to my excercise routine so i can focus more on it.

example, i work afternoon, i am thinking of cancelling my gym membership and concentrate on working out at home to jillian michael or jogging or billy blanks or even p90x. by the time i shower, go to gym , get sweaty, come home. when i get , i have to shower all over again. that is a lot of time consumed in driving to gym and taking an extra shower and doing my hair 2 times.

it seems like 2:30 ( work time) rolls around pretty quickly. my time could be better put to use if i just got up, excercised and then showered. no more 15 min drive to gym. no extra shower. that would give me more time to cook healthy meals.

that is the idea i am playing around with

oh yeah, speaking of work, it is almost time to go. maybe it is the dreary weather, but i have been so tired and sleepy lately. esp today.

  
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SABLENESS 10/13/2012 5:56AM

    When time is at a premium and your energy is going into other things, make every exercise minute count. Working out at home saves you the time of going somewhere and dressing for it, and you can do your workout whenever you have time. I love the short SP videos. On days when an hour at a gym would be impossible, I can feel good about getting in at least a short workout according to the time I do have, not the time I don't.

You can also multi-task. See my blog Dancing in the Kitchen for some ideas of what you can do while you're cooking, washing dishes, etc for some extra fitness minutes.

Wishing you the stamina you need to carry you through this difficult time with your sister.



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DEBBYFROMMT 10/2/2012 3:12PM

    I seemed to have the same problem. I do workout here at home, expect my running, but I can do that when I want and not when the gym's open. Sounds like you have a good plan with different options! Remember, sparkpeople has some good videos too!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/2/2012 2:24PM

    I decided to let my gym membership go and exercise at home several years ago. It seems to be working for me. I get up and exercise most mornings before work (or after if I have to go in early). I love the flexibility that comes with working out at home and getting it done early. Makes me feel accomplished. It just takes some discipline to get started.

Good luck!

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JJAQUES41 10/2/2012 2:16PM

    I felt the same way about visiting the gym. With a busy schedule it's sometimes hard to allot the 20-30 minutes extra time it'll take to drive, change, drive back, shower, etc. A work out at home solves that problem. Just make sure that you work out at home and don't find excuses to keep putting it off-that's a downside to exercising at home.

good luck!

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MONAKIN314 10/2/2012 1:45PM

    Great Plan!!!

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GMO_JEN 10/2/2012 1:40PM

    I am so there with you. When stress and a weird work schedule collide, it makes the days more complicate. I think if you have a solid workout regimen, and its something you enjoy and can fit in easier- go for it! I think all three of those programs are great ones. Good luck!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/2/2012 1:10PM

    Sounds like a plan to me. You have to fit things into your life. If that works better then I say go for it.

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MICHIGANLORI 10/2/2012 12:53PM

    You have to do what works for you. Sometimes you just need to experiment. It's so important to make yourself a priority especially when you are experiencing stressful situations.

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SYZYGY922 10/2/2012 12:47PM

    It doesn't really matter where you work out as long as you find something that works for you. I've been toying with the idea of canceling my gym membership, too, but it's cheap, gets me out of the house, and the location is convenient enough.

I hear you with the stress. During the most stressful times of my life, I haven't worked out at all. It's so strange because it would have helped. It would probably be easier to work out at home because you can just take a short break and do a video.

I don't know about you, but when I get really stressed, I sort of shut down, and that makes it hard, but it's good to take a little break for yourself.

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