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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another loss, although a small one. At least the scales are going in the right direction. I'm still struggling with the water intake, but am doing a little better. Only made it to the pool twice last week because of weather...too chilly to submerge my body most days. I plan on going this afternoon because temps are crawling to the 80s today.

I've been faithful with tracking but I don't think I made the wisest choices this past week. I didn't eat junk, just didn't eat the right foods to help me lose.

Struggling with side effects from a new medication so low energy. Prefer sleeping. Hope I adjust soon.

Boring Blog....sorry about that.

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SNUZSUZ 4/13/2014 8:59AM


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MARTHA-ANN 4/13/2014 3:25AM

    You're doing very well, keep it up emoticon

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RHOOK20047 4/12/2014 2:00PM

    Nothing boring about it. Keep working on everything you are doing and you will see success. It took time to gain the weight (40 years in my case) so it won't come off overnight. But I think you are doing great!

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MOM2ACAT 4/12/2014 11:33AM

    I think you are doing great! You are not letting setbacks stop you, and that is the important thing!

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MEME102 4/12/2014 11:26AM

    Any loss is a good loss in my book - heck even maintaining is a loss in my book b/c you at least didn't go the other way!! Hope the meds thing straightens out soon for you - that can be a real debbiedowner!!! Congratulations on your tracking and hard work you will see results -- keep it going!!

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CAROLYN0107 4/12/2014 11:23AM

    You're doing great. Congrats on you weight loss! Keep it up.

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

emoticon emoticon I had a very good week, but only a .8 pound loss. I'm not discouraged though because the scale moved in the right direction. I started doing water aerobics this week as well as getting out with my walker. The water aerobics made my body feel so good, the walker just about kills me but is necessary. I bought the Spark Tracker and was shocked to see just how little I moved in a day's time. No wonder my muscles are's because I don't move enough. Goals for the coming week are; start using Walk Away the pounds 10 minutes a day and work my way up; pool three to four times a week, and once a day get the old walker on the road and move it. I stayed on track last week with calories, etc. but I don't get in enough water. I need to set a daily goal for that, too. I'm very motivated to take off this weight and by golly, emoticon

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RHOOK20047 4/11/2014 7:26AM

    Good job and keep working at it. Slow and steady gets the prize! I need to get to the pool and do the water walking. Just finding the time. I must make it a priority, and I will succeed like you! emoticon

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SCOTMAMA 4/10/2014 8:42PM

    It is shocking to see how few steps a person takes on days when they are stiff and sore from arthritis or similar ailment. Some days I see 2000 or 3000 steps, while my normal is 6000 or more. In the middle of the night when I got up and ironed and cleaned, I was again shocked to see how many steps I put in during that short time, it was well over 1000, so I had a big boost on my steps today, so I should easily get in my 6000 plus today. Also went to Walmart and had a couple of things I was looking for.

You say you lost .8 pounds during the week and that is great, because I used to figure a half-pound loss each week was a good goal, that would work out roughly to 4+ lbs. per month, and it wouldn't take long to see a big difference. Maybe not if you had really a lot to lose, but if you had only 10 or 20 to lose it would count up quick.

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MARTHA-ANN 4/6/2014 4:07AM

    Great plan Sharon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 4/5/2014 5:40PM

  WTG! You can do it!!!

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MOM2ACAT 4/5/2014 2:37PM

    Even if it's slow and steady, you are winning the race!

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CAROLYN0107 4/5/2014 10:41AM

    It sounds like you're MOVING RIGHT ALONG!!!


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MAINEALI 4/5/2014 10:08AM

    I love water exercise! I'm glad you have access to it. I know you can do it!


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EBONYSOL 4/5/2014 9:11AM

    Good for you. Water exercise is really good exercise as water acts as a natural resistance. Keep on moving!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

This was my first week back at Spark and I feel it was successful. I ate right, tracked every morsel that went into my mouth, and even got in a little cardio. It's tough walking, but managed to do so using a walker as an aid. AND...drumroll please...I lost 3 pounds! Temptation seemed to be everywhere, but I smiled and said, "No thanks, not at this time." I only had one hungry day and looking back at my tracker I discovered I had eaten too many carbs. I didn't let that happen again.

My head seems to be in the right place and I will keep reinforcing myself with making the right choices and relying on the support I get from my Spark friends. Sometimes one little word or sentence can make the difference in a person's day. Also, I joined a couple of teams which will help me stay on track.

I'm hoping next week will bring more positive energy and that I'll be able to add to my cardio. If the weather cooperates, I plan on getting to the pool 3-4 times a week. It's amazing what I can do in the pool that I can't do on land.

Hope you all had a good week. emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 3/30/2014 3:45AM

    Congratulations, glad you're back emoticon

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KINEPS 3/29/2014 8:30PM

    Outstanding Sharon!!! emoticon

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SCOTMAMA 3/29/2014 2:20PM

    That is a wonderful achievement to lose 3 pounds in one week. So you think having too many carbs causes a person to feel hungry? What did you need instead, more protein? Sorry to be dumb about some of these things. I try to keep my carbs on the low side, but I didn't realize too many could cause hunger.

Way to go! Good for you!

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MARAGRAM 3/29/2014 1:19PM

    emoticon back! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 3/29/2014 12:30PM

    Way to go! I'm so glad to see you back on Spark, I've missed you!

Love your new page background too, it's beautiful!

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CAROLYN0107 3/29/2014 12:27PM

    emoticon on the 3 pound loss!!!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Day four and I'm doing great! Thanks to everyone for helping me out with my question about walking with a walker. That's what I love about Spark People...instant support and encouragement. I used the Quick Tracking option and put in my own activity. It works for now and eventually I'll be able to put the walker away and move on my own. I've ordered a Spark pedometer as I think that will help and keep me motivated to do a little more each day.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday.

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CAROLYN0107 3/24/2014 10:35PM

    I'm glad you're able to track now. Thanks for stopping by my page. I don't need further surgery on my left knee. That leg already had 5 surgeries back in 2012 after breaking my knee. I hope my other knee will be ok for years to come as it has arthritis but has not been giving me too much problem. Back in 2012 though I was in a wheel chair, walked with a walker and then a cane so I know what you're going through using a walker. Keep walking though!!!!

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SHANSHE 3/24/2014 6:57PM

    Sorry i missed your question, but glad you found the option that works for you for now! :) Glad you are doing well!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Does anyone know how I can track my walking when I'm using a walker as an aid? When I click on fitness, it shows like a 15 minute miles, etc. and I'm not doing nearly that. My back is weak and so are my legs, so I need to use the walker until I become more fit. I'm back to Spark, one day at a time. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.


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RHOOK20047 3/28/2014 11:10AM

    I would also suggest a pedometer, as you can track your steps that way.

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FITFRIT 3/24/2014 1:01AM

    Other than adding it manually, I'm not sure. I use a app on my smart phone but I'm not sure if it has a "walk with walker" option.

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CAROLYN0107 3/24/2014 12:03AM

    Use the Quick Tracking feature on the Start page. You write in your own activity. You can write, "Walk with Walker". Then as you are able to walk without it, on that same screen the activities will show up.

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SCOTMAMA 3/23/2014 7:47PM

    It seems to me that if you use a FitBit or the SP Activity Tracker either one should be able to track your exercise. I use the Fitbit and it records my steps as well as the distance, and when I enter that in the tracker it figures out the calories used. I think the faster you are walking the more calories you are using.

But then there are times when I'm shopping in a store, sometimes I may zip down a whole aisle and not stop, but then there are other times when it is stop and go, so while I may have been out shopping and moving around for 3 hours or more, I kind of go by the amount of steps I've done, so when I enter it on the tracker here on SP, I put down the fact that I walked 1 mile, but instead of entering the 3 hours, which would have me hardly moving, I take credit for about 1 hour of actual walking. And it seems to work out best to enter the reduced time for walking under "favorites" walking, and just choose the slowest speed they have listed.

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CATLADY52 3/23/2014 6:59PM

    Adding your own exercise would cover your use of a walker. Do ten minutes of walking with the walker and use that as your baseline. Then plug it in as blocks of time. As you get more proficient with the walker you can up the time. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 3/23/2014 4:49PM

    Do you have a pedometer? I think there is an option where you can just track steps.

Glad to see you back! emoticon

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AALLEY2 3/23/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon at least you are moving! I didn't see anything on the tracker either. But there is an option to add your own exercise. Hang in there, maybe someone will know the answer. emoticon

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