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Back on Spark

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I am finding myself spending less time on the computer lately, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, this has also kept me off of Sparkpeople for quite some time. However, I feel that it is time for a return.

In part of the down time from Spark, I have allowed myself to slip from healthy eating habits. However, we are doing a weight loss challenge at work. We started a week and a half ago, and while my eating is not perfect, it has improved immensely and I have already lost some weight and feel healthier.

As part of this challenge, we are all wearing pedometers, and I am proud to say that on most days I reach 10,000+ steps. For those days that I don't, I try to make it up on one of the other days. So far, I have been doing very well.

So this is my return. It may not be thrilling for anyone else but me, but I am glad to be back in the community after almost 2 months. I am happy to see everyone is still doing great with their efforts, and I am also glad that I am able to help cheer others on to their success.

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LIV2RIDE 6/7/2010 9:20PM

    Welcome back! I think group challenges are a great way to meet your goals. It helps push you farther than you could go yourself. I'm impressed with your pedometer results. I walk a lot and only do about 7000 on a normal day. Good for you!

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GRYFFINSONG 6/6/2010 7:46PM

    Welcome back!!! I'm so glad that you're feeling motivated. It's amazing what a challenge, whether at work or elsewhere, can do to inspire us.


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SUNNYH99 6/6/2010 7:40PM

    Welcome back! The tools we have here make managing eating much easier for me than when I try to ride solo. I make an effort to enter in my meals as I have them, and in advance if I can, and that lets me know if I have enough calories to have a dessert or evening snack. I go to the gym in part because I enjoy logging it in. My SparkFriends encourage me, and we root for each other. I'm rooting for you!

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CKAYT56 6/6/2010 7:30PM

    Welcome back! Being part of a challenge can be a great incentive to work hard at it. A biggest loser contest at work is what jump started my weight loss. Good luck to you.

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Childhood Photo

Friday, April 09, 2010

On my Facebook page, I have an application that automatically posts a Photo of the Day for me. Each day it's like a little surprise when I log on to facebook and see one of my old photos that I may have forgotten about. I get to see family, friends, holidays, and events that can help keep me smiling and happy.

Today's photo was of myself and my siblings, from the very early 90s. I was probably around 7 or 8. We were all smiling and happy- my sister with her huge 80s hair, my little brother stretching in his pajamas, and me playing dress-up in a Hawaiian outfit. It was a wonderful picture, especially since there aren't many pictures of all of us kids smiling together. Or just of me as a child in general.

When I remember my childhood, I can't remember a time when I wasn't overweight. My mom tells me that I've always been big; I was even her biggest baby. But there is photographic evidence to the contrary. In this picture, I was so thin. Maybe I was still a little bigger than my classmates, but definitely not as big as I always remember being, and definitely not obese. My ankles and calves, poking out from under the Hawaiian Barbie skirt, are so thin, it is hard for me to imagine.

This is inspiring me. I have always thought of myself as someone who was always obese and would never be able to get down to a healthy weight, no matter how hard I tried. My goal was to make myself feel healthier, not really to get to a healthy weight. But now I see that my body wasn't always made to be obese. It can be thin. And if I work hard, it WILL be thin again. It won't be fast- it's taken me almost 20 years to get this large. But it will be worth it.

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MONAKIN314 4/13/2010 3:28PM

    I look at the few pictures from my childhood and it also reminds of the fact that I was once a normal sized healthy person (in high school I ran and workout all the time). I know I can be there again, and so can you!!

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SPARQUEE 4/10/2010 7:38PM

    Maybe your mom saying you were 'always big' and you were a 'big baby' made you think you were always 'fat'. Now you know better and it has given you some more incentive. Good luck.

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LIV2RIDE 4/10/2010 8:29AM

    You are in the right place to live that healthy live and get to a healthy weight. SP has so many tools and such great support that it makes fitness and making healthy choices something I look forward to. Just remember this isn't a race. emoticon

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Fashion Show

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Today I participated in the Fashion Bug Fashion Show for the second time. It was a wonderful and fun time. It is great being around so many women who feel confident about themselves in beautiful new clothing. I sported a peach top and khakis, and I received many compliments from both people in the show and others who had watched the show. Fashion Bug also offered hair stylists and makeup artists for some of the models, and I got a free makeover. I rarely wear makeup, and it was nice to get some pointers for when I do wear it. I felt incredibly beautiful, and it was an amazing boost to my self-confidence. I recommend it to anyone brave enough to participate in this event.

One of the other perks of this event, other than the boost in self-confidence and the pleasure of being around other women who just want to have fun and feel good about themselves, is that we got 40% off of our purchases after the show. I got some beautiful clothing, and I bought some jewelry for a wedding that I'm going to this summer. I bought the shirt I modeled in the show, and I got this amazing 70's-style dress that I might wear to work this week. So not only did I get to feel beautiful for a day, I'll get to feel beautiful for a long time to come :)

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MONAKIN314 3/28/2010 6:33PM

    Sounds like a great day!!

Way to Go!!

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MAEBYZIM 3/28/2010 2:49PM

    Sparquee, the only way to find out about the fashion show, at least in my area, is to happen to go to the store when they are advertising for needing models. I've tried looking at the Fashion Bug website for a heads-up, but it has never said on there. I suppose you could also call Fashion Bug and ask if they have one planned any time soon, I just never thought about that option until now. I hope you find out about one coming up soon and get to participate, because it is wonderful.

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SPARQUEE 3/28/2010 9:32AM

    Wow, what an awesome day you had!! All those positives are so good for our morale. Kudos on the courage to get up there and model.

How did you hear about doing this? Sounds like something I might be interested in next time they do it.

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LIV2RIDE 3/28/2010 9:23AM

    Good for you! emoticon It takes a lot of courage to get up there and be a model. I love that you got a makeover too. I've always wanted one of those but in the same turn hoped I didn't need one. emoticon The discount was awesome too. I love that you got the top that made you feel so great. Enjoy your new purchases. I hope that you remember that confidence each and every time you look at them.

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Doing Better with Exercise but Worse with Diet

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I have both a positive and a negative to blog about today, and they are both in the title of this entry. My positive is about my exercise. I am doing a lot better with exercise lately. I still haven't been back to the gym (I need to cancel my membership, it's only $10 a month but I haven't been in six, so why keep paying?). However, I have bought an exercise bike, and I use it every couple of days. Combined with my several-times-a-week hike and my daily walk with my dogs, I am doing decently with exercise. I have also pulled out my five-pound weights so that I can work on weight training, and my arms are feeling stronger than they have in a long time. I've also bought some small ankle weights and wrist weights... though the ankle ones don't fit my chubby ankles just yet, but they will when I lose a little weight. In the end, I think that I'm doing pretty well with both aerobic and anaerobic exercise lately.

However, like I said, I do have one negative to share. Unfortunately, that negative has to do with my diet. It has basically gone in the garbage. I don't follow any sort of discernible diet. I give into cravings for fast food and sweets, and I turn to a lot of frozen pizzas and macaroni and cheese when I just don't have the time to throw something healthier together. But I am ready to change this. I think the first step to changing is to realize what you are doing wrong, and I definitely know what I am doing wrong. So now I need to try to get back to my healthier ways- more vegetables, more stir fries, less saturated fat, less sweets. Way less sweets. If I could just limit my sweets and only my sweets, I'd be worlds healthier than I am now.

I am thinking of joining Weight Watchers. I'm not sure that my husband and I could swing the cost in our budget right now, although if I finally end my gym membership it would only be about $30 more a month to pay. My mom says that many of her coworkers have joined and lost a lot of weight- and, more importantly, they've kept that weight off. I would love to learn how to do that. I know that many people have done this through Spark People, but I think that I need meetings and people to own up to. I figure I could try a meeting and see how it goes.

So here's to change!

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KAIDA72 3/23/2010 7:22PM

  Exercise bikes can be so much fun but lack the fresh air so walking with your dogs is such a a great idea. I find when I combine exercise with fun I get so much further. My new strategy is to wear a pedometer and I don't go to bed until I reach 10k steps. I tested it for a month to find out where my starting point was at then looked at where I could improve....little steps to get more activity into my life. Like using 1/2 my lunch time to walk instead of eat.

Weight Watchers helped me lose 30 lbs and they do teach the same portion and tracking principles that you can find here but what I found though was that when I went to WW meetings we just sat the whole time. I already sit a lot during the work week. So instead of a meeting my suggestion would be to take your dogs on a nice walk at a local park with a friend....every couple of days. Your dogs need the workout and you can use that hour to catch up with the people you care about and who can also offer support. The great thing is you will enjoy the company so much you may not even notice how far you walk. Plus when you are out of the house more you have less chances of snacking. :)

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PATTYCAKE49 3/21/2010 5:40PM

    I hope that you find what you need with WW. Remember to take small steps to bigger steps. It is possible to work with both WW and SP.

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FITKAT2010 3/21/2010 5:25PM

    Joining WW would be fine and it works for many. It helped me at the beginning phases of my weight loss.

However, it won't help you with the issues of 1)needing to increase your calories when you increase your exercise. 2)with emotional eating.

There are 2 basic reasons we binge on refined carbs: 1)Our bodies aren't being provided with the necessary nutrition to work the way we want our bodies to function. That throws us into starvations mode and we simply grab the first and fastest thing available to us. 2)We aren't eating enough of whole foods which provide our bodies with the necessary nutrients.

And, yes, it can be stuffing emotions also.

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Seeking a Stationary Bike

Friday, January 29, 2010

Well, I think it's finally time to seek out a stationary bike. I have a membership at a gym, but I can't stand the crowds, and that place is busy every minute it is open. It has a pool, which is the main reason I joined, but almost every time I've gone it's been full of families with their kids, regardless of the time. My favorite exercise lately is hiking in the woods with my dogs, which is great on the weekends. However, during the week, I don't get off of work until 5, and it's basically nighttime at that point during this season. So what happens is I get home, take the dogs for a really quick walk in the dark, and then sit and watch TV.

So I figured- why not manipulate that TV time with just a little bit of exercise? I know plenty of people who have stationary bikes that they use while watching TV. It might be time for me to join the ranks. I'd really love to get one that both my husband and I could use (not at the same time, of course), but we are both very very overweight (OK, I'll say the word- OBESE!) and basically all of the affordable bikes only hold people from 200 to 250 pounds. I don't know if we have the arm and the leg to spend on a good one for people our size, so I will be checking out all of the thrift stores and sales.

Am I the only one who thinks it's ironic that much of the exercise equipment on the market won't work for people who are overweight, the ones who need the equipment more?

Another problem is deciding the type of bike to get. I think a recumbent bike would be more comfortable for long periods of times. Also, since we are big, I think the seat on these bikes would be more comfortable. However, my husband isn't a fan of this type of exercise bike; he wants the upright version. I guess whichever type I find first and cheapest is the type we'll get.

Hopefully it won't take too long to find one, and I will keep you all posted. It might not be that exciting, but I can't wait to get one. I think it will kickstart my weightloss in a way it refuses to do on its own.

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LIV2RIDE 1/30/2010 9:24AM

    I LOVE my recumbent bike. I ride it all the time. It has programs on it for "ride in the park" and others. I've been getting into interval training on it and that has taken things to a whole different level. Do your research though. I got the Schwinn 230. I think it was $500 at the time but when you figure it out it was well worth it. I tend to divide things by use. If you ride it every day for one year that's $1.36/day. And if both of you ride it every day for one year that's $0.69 per day. Good luck!

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MOOKBALL 1/29/2010 10:09PM

    Look in the thrift shops for an exercise bike. At their prices you can get one for yourself and another for your hubby. Most of them are bought with great intentions and rarely used. emoticon

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