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Friday, July 27, 2012

Well, I got back to mowing the back yard today. Because it hasn't rained much, the parts I had relatively recently mowed didn't need it today, but the parts I hadn't mowed recently were pretty bad. I think I got a pretty good workout, for me, anyway. Over 12,000 steps on my pedometer!

I am hoping to get more mowing done tomorrow. Sigh. Why did I have to buy a house with such a big back yard?

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PURPLELVR7 7/27/2012 7:40AM


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FITANDFIFTY2 7/27/2012 12:35AM

    I mowed today too! It is a great workout!! Awesome on your steps!!! emoticon

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CHIBIKARATE 7/27/2012 12:29AM

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New Scale

Friday, July 20, 2012

So I bought a new scale for cheap from an online site. The reason I bought a new one was because I got tired of the old one consistently weighing everyone about ten pounds lighter than his/her actual weight. Of course, knowing that, you could get a pretty good idea of the real weight, but I decided I wanted a more accurate scale.

Ha! So the scale came, nice and lightweight, easy to use, and the first time I used it, it was spot on. Hooray, right? Then we moved the scale upstairs to the bathroom, and the next time I tried it, it was showing me at not ten pounds below the real number, but twenty pounds below the real number. Grrrrrrrr... Moved the scale back downstairs and it showed about 15 pounds too low. Moved it back upstairs and again it was 15 pounds too low.

Now my kids are laughing at me for trying to get a deal because I got what I paid for, which is not much...

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DIANNEJEANINE 7/20/2012 4:26PM

    It sounds frustrating! I hope it has a roller adjustment so you can fix it. It really helps to have a dependable scale. I am not brave enough to step on one in public so I HAVE to count on my scale...and the one at the doctor's office.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/20/2012 3:48PM

    You could be accidentally moving the roller tab when you move it. Too, different areas and surfaces will cause it to read different. If you can, put it in a spot that is dead on and leave it there. If not, put the roller thingy to adjust for the difference.

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DIET_FRIEND 7/20/2012 3:27PM

    That's weird. I bought my scale at Walmart or Kmart. I step on it 2 or 3 times and it's usually close to the same thing each time give or take a half-pound. My local Publix has a big scale I step on once in a while that I trust. Good luck getting the right scale!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Frustration! I had been doing pretty well maintaining over the long term a ten pound weight loss. Now, I need to lose much more than that for my health, but at least I wasn't gaining and I was feeling good about that.

Then I signed up for a research study to lose weight and got a consultation with a dietitian - a very sweet young lady. But what she wants me to do is so totally not me, and not what I am comfortable with. She wants me to eat every three hours, a meal or a snack, a very tiny amount of food for the snacks, and not that much bigger for the meals. And the amount of added fat for frying or spreading on bread - 1 teaspoon.

Now, I am sure that if I could do that, it would be very effective. But I just tried adding the snacks, and found that I can't just eat a tiny amount of food and be satisfied. I ended up gaining weight over just one week - more than two pounds! Not good. So I cut out the snacks and went back to the pattern that is more natural for me. I did add in a lot of veggies and even some fruit. And I have already lost a pound of the weight I had gained.

This is good. But I still don't know what to do about the study. I promised to try to eat the way she wants me to, but it just isn't something I am comfortable with, and I am not willing to gain weight just to keep in the study. Nor do I think I can ever eat the way she wants me to. To quote another sparker - it needs to be a lifestyle, not a life sentence.

I guess I will keep trying with the fruits and veggies, and see what she says when I check in with her next week.

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LADYJ6942 7/19/2012 9:01PM

    Hang in there, any changes takes 6 wks to be come permenant and can take a few weeks to be come comfy with too. When I first changed to 3 meals and 2 snacks a day I too thought it was too much but I've found that as long as the snacks are protein high with some fruit I'm all good. It really helps reduce those sluggish moments throughout the day. It'll get easier, weight will maybe go up then again as women there are so many variable reason for it that it is not always food.

Good luck!

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Not an inspiration

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last Saturday I participated in a cardio tennis class taught by someone I have known for years - a really nice guy. Unfortunately for me, of the eight people in the class, five were very good - two or three of them were extremely good, two were not great, but not terrible, either, and I was - well, just terrible. I wouldn't have done the class at all, except for the fact that it was free as a sample, and Eric assured me it was just for fun and not competitive. Well, it wasn't competitive for me, but a few of the other people must not have gotten the message.

And it was complicated for me even further by the fact that I am left-handed - of course I was the only one - and that meant when everyone else was doing forehand, I was doing backhand, etc. , and it complicated things for Eric, because he had to remember to feed me the ball a different way from everyone else. I wouldn't normally have cared, but on top of being so bad anyway, it made things worse.

Anyway, I had kind of planned to go back for class next week, even though it will cost $15, until Eric told me that I was an 'inspiration' to others in the class. I think he meant it as a compliment, but I found it mortally embarrassing. Gee, the fat, crippled lady is even trying to play tennis. We feel so sorry for her, but gee, she is an inspiration that she'll go out there and try, no matter how awful she is.

No thanks - I think I'll try to find some other way to exercise. Sigh...

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Car/Weight Loss Study

Friday, July 13, 2012

I can't believe it - I was just in the middle of a long blog post, and I accidentally hit a key - I think it was either the 'control' key or maybe the caps lock. Whatever it was, it deleted my entire post. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr...

Well, I had written an explanation of how the unlocking system in my car does work, and how it is indeed possible to unlock the car when one is locked in, but I don't feel like typing it again.

I also wrote about how I am doing this research study for weight loss, and they are wanting me to make a ton of lifestyle changes all at once - times of eating, amounts of eating, what is eaten, and when I eat what. I knew at the time and told the dietitian that it was too much to try all at once, but I would do what I could. So far that has meant adding in some fruits (I am definitely not a fruit person) and adding more vegetables than usual. I will keep trying, but I am not a schedule-loving person, and I just never do anything at regular times. I have a long way to go.

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DATMAMA4 7/13/2012 3:27PM

    You can do it! Before you know it, consistency will be second nature to you.

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