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Stealing some computer time

Friday, November 09, 2012

Yes, I am still here. Tracking food. Tracking fitness. What I am still bad about is keeping up with blogs, groups and message boards. I don't get to play on the computer all that much these days. As such, it's not easy to Spark via phone except to track, which is actually easier -- what with the nifty scan barcode" feature.
I am going to set a totally manageable goal to blog here once a week. That I can do. So, Sparkfriends, leave me comments, check in on me, say hi, tell me what's new. I love it when you do. I see and read your comments even if I am slow in responding.
Right now, I am stealing some Spark time while baby naps. This week, I have been better about staying within my calorie range. Not too great with the fitness. I've GOTTA figure out how to survive without the gym. It's been too cold to walk and I have only done my Jillian DVD once this week. GAH!
Otherwise, this is a pretty boring blog. I'm not going to bring up the election. (Wait, I just did!) Too much ugly bickering on Facebook. But that is really all that has been interesting this week. So with that, I will sign off till next time.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/12/2012 12:23AM

    What were your favourite gym activities? Maybe your friends can brainstorm alternatives. Do you like resistance bands? I'm not a big fan of them, generally, but I love that they are so compact and portable.


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SPARKNMOM 11/11/2012 7:33PM

    Love when you update!!!!

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GAYLLYNNE 11/9/2012 2:53PM

    Sending you some good wishes. I remember how hard it was to find any time for myself when my children were babies. They grow up so fast just make sure you take time to savor the moments. Finding "me" time is also very important. Hang in there!

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SPARKONSKATES 11/9/2012 11:20AM

    Hi there thank you for stopping by my page. I have been meaning to come over to your sparkpage and check up , see how your doing. I am the same way. I don't sit still very well or spend a lot of time on the computer, in the teams anymore or join challenges. I use to. Been so busy the time just flies. I so agree with you on FB with the election stuff. My god its' so overwhelming. I almost considered taking some friends off my list. I'm ignoring it and choose not to look.
Good job staying on track and keeping the good work up. My four lbs I gained are still on me. I'm struggling but i'm not giving up. Something has to give soon. Let's just keep going and work hard. We'll get there. I started to eat less two days ago so we'll see. Do you have a treadmill at home you could use ? I will be using mine a lot more now that the cold weather is here. We ended up with 7" of snow the other day. No fun.
Stay active good luck have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wow, it has been a long time!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Well, HELLO, to anyone who is still subscribed to read my blogs. Wow, it has been almost a year and a half since I last posted a blog. Where on earth did the time go? So much has happened since I last blogged! The most exciting thing has been the birth of my second child in June 2012. He is beautiful and sweet and amazing and is the love of my life, along with my 3 YO daughter, and DH of course. Given how big a part of my life Spark has been, I cannot believe that I went through my entire pregnancy without writing a single blog. In contrast, when I was pregnant with DD, I blogged all the time.

I really have no good reason for being MIA for so long, other than life getting in the way. There has been a lot going on this year. This summer we also sold our house, and are currently "homeless." Not truly HOMELESS, but staying with family until we decide where our next move should be. This has been very stressful. We have outgrown the the house and wanted to sell it, but at the same time it feels surreal not having a house to call our own after 10 years of home ownership. So...lots of change. And I don't do well with change. Hence, many chocolate chip cookies have been consumed.

I gained almost 30 pounds this pregnancy. Currently, I have 15 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and another 5 to get back to my original goal weight. I am going to work hard to get back to that number, but at this point I am not sure if it is a weight that will be sustainable for me. TIme will tell, but if it is not, I will let my body choose its happy weight and accept it. I definitely do need to lose the 15 pounds. The last 5? Well, we shall see. These are, what Jillian would call, the "vanity pounds."

Another BIG change is that I no longer have a gym membership. We stopped it just before my son was born because I knew I would not be allowed to work out for 6 weeks afterward, then we would be moving. This has been *very* hard for me to adjust to. I do a lot of walking, but I just don't think I am pushing myself, working hard enough and burning enough calories by walking alone. I do have DVDs at home but it is just not easy with small kids around. At the gym, I was able to take advantage of the child care and have this time to myself. And truthfully, I just do not enjoy the DVDs as much as I enjoy classes. Simply being inside the gym and having other people around who are also working out, even if I do not speak with anyone, makes my workouts more enjoyable. I am a social exerciser and miss the gym so very much, as well as the wonderful ladies in the Kids Zone who watched my daughter when I would bring her to the gym.

Well, it is good to be back here. I hope to reconnect with old Sparkfriends and make new ones. On a sad note that brought me to tears, when I first came back on here earlier this week, I found out that a dear Sparkfriend passed away in August. :( I went to her page to see how she was doing and saw all the messages of her passing. She was a beautiful person and a true inspiration. I have been thinking of her every day. RIP Nicole (NICOLE12-01). I will miss you.

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    Change is stressful. I'm here for you.



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SPARKNMOM 10/25/2012 11:11PM

    Wow!! So glad to read such a great update! Lots of awesome BIG changes for you. Congratulations on the new bundle of joy :)

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*AMBER512 10/23/2012 11:22PM

    NIce to see you again! I haven't been as active on here anymore. I can't even remember the last time I posted a blog on here. Although I have started blogging on my own website ( if you want to know!) I've gained a few pounds back, but I don't want to go back, so I'm recommitting to watching my portions and getting my exercise in again!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/19/2012 11:14AM

    Hi and welcome back! I've recently found my way back here too, so I'm very glad to see you!

Congrats on your second child! It sounds like you've had a lot of transitions in a very short time, so of course, you're stressed. Are there gyms in your area that you can join on a month to month basis? Or can you up your walking routine to include some jogging, maybe with a jogging stroller?

I hope things get settled down for you soon! Keep me posted.



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SPARKONSKATES 10/19/2012 7:06AM

    Hi new sparkfriend. Welcome back !! I found your page the other day under the motivational area, I ran into your page twice. It was the second time I said I'm going to add her. You are so inspiring I love your journey and look forward to getting to know you as well. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Sparkfriend :( I have had one once on here years ago too that has passed on in 2009.
I wanted to tell you I too have 15 to 20 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight as well. I'll be fighting right there along with you to get them off !! emoticon We're going to emoticon no matter what. I have new skating dresses for up and coming events that have to look good on.
Have a great Friday and emoticon to your new addition to your family over the last year. emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/18/2012 10:35PM

    Yay! Congratulations and welcome back!!

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KATETK 10/18/2012 8:02PM

    emoticon and welcome back! Good for you for returning with all that partially still going on ! Keep up your spirit, it will see you through!

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TRENTDREAMER 10/18/2012 6:58PM

    Welcome Back. Congrats on ur 2nd child!

I've been gone for the last couple of months. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

Much success to you on the 15 pounds.

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LOVEITLIVEIT 10/18/2012 6:56PM

    Welcome back!

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JILLITA55 10/18/2012 6:48PM

    Welcome back and good luck on you weight loss!

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JSMC10 10/18/2012 6:47PM

    welcome back and congrats on your son :) things always happen for a reason and im sure there's a perfect house for your family about to come up soon :)

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Respect for my body

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last week was a tough week. Without going into all the details, I'll just say that my body failed me. Or, quite possibly, I failed it. I'll never know, but more than likely it was a combination of both.

All last week, I took a break from working out, except for walks (I feel OK with that) and ate with reckless abandon (NOT OK with that). I simply did not care what I ate, and most of it was junk. I took a break from tracking my food, which is also OK at times, but in combination with not paying attention to what I am putting in my mouth at all, it spells disaster.

As for the exercise, I was right in the middle of a super cool challenge on my Amazing Race Spark team and had to drop out. One of the members created our own little Amazing Race, in which our fitness minutes got us to our next clues and destinations, and we had fun challenges along the way. I really hope I have the chance for a do-over on that!

Today I am deciding to once again give my body the love and respect it deserves. The more I take care of it, the better I feel. Eating crap does NOT make me feel good for more than the time it takes to swallow it. Taking a vacation from the gym makes me feel sluggish, moody and out of sorts. When being fit and healthy is a priority in my life, I feel healthy and strong, like I can accomplish anything. I want that feeling back. And it starts with loving and respecting my body.

When I was pregnant I wrote a blog on this topic. I decided to revisit and reread it as a reminder of what my body can accomplish.

Breakfast is tracked, and I am off to the gym this morning.

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SIMPLEJOYS 6/1/2011 9:59PM

  You are very insightful, Mila...then and now! Here's to taking good care of ourselves!

The Amazing Race challenge is SO up your alley! emoticon


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NEWKAREN43 5/31/2011 1:16PM

    I love your insight in this blog BUT I really like that you went back to your 2009 blog to read it and reaffirm that this isn't a new thought for you, that your body is well made, well run and forgives for lots of wrongs! Good job! back to the basics!!!

The Amazing Race was wonderful! Like Tanya said - Season 2!!! It was a lot of fun. Oh, I love your Seattle picture for your background! I love that city. Blessings on your journey, and thanks for your comment on my blog as well! Karen

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SANDYDOLLAR201 5/31/2011 12:30PM

    I am SO impressed. You have been completely honest with yourself and are now taking the necessary steps to correct it. Kudos to you. If everyone did that with weight loss alone, the world would be a much lighter place!!
I agree that your body reacts unfavorably when we eat junk and don't exercise, I discovered that shortly after I joined Spark although sometimes I remember it the next day after I ate something perhaps I shouldn't have.


I am proud of you, you have been doing great and will continue to do so, you inspire me to keep going as I feel like a turtle, but I'll get there eventually.
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PS - About the race, I have already been asked and hinted at for Season 2, so there will be another one!! I am so happy I was able to motivate people and create a fun challenge. Thank you!

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*AMBER512 5/31/2011 11:40AM

    Good for you for getting back on track. You know what makes you feel good and you know what doesn't. You can do it!

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NATPLUMMER 5/31/2011 10:42AM

    I'm glad you're getting back to tracking and your workouts. I know that I feel better when I do.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/31/2011 8:36AM

    Great job on giving your body the respect it deserves! Awesome that you have been making fitness a part of your life. I experience the same sluggishness when I don't work out. You are reflecting and learning from this experience. Keep on treating yourself well and you will feel your best!


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CAM2438 5/31/2011 8:02AM

    What great insight!

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Tried a new workout today

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My gym recently added TRX suspension training. It's pretty cool and a great workout for the core and upper body, especially. For anyone who is curious what it is, here is a YouTube video (it will explain it better than I can). I mentioned, this is new at my gym. They are doing demos right now to raise interest and let people know it is available. When I dropped my little one off in the kids area, the instructor was in there recruiting people so I decided to check it out. I had seen it before at another area gym and have been kind of intrigued by it ever since but never tried it.

I had fun trying it, but unfortunately, it is something you have to pay extra for - $99 or more, depending on which package of classes you buy. This irks me because I think as members we pay enough already, and I told the instructor that at the end of the session when she tried to get us to buy a package. I told her I would gladly do it if it were free. :)

Oh well! Tomorrow is is back to same old, same old. I do need to find something new to do to keep me out of an exercise rut.

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    Good on you for at least trying it! And for staying with your exercise program. I don't exercise long enough to get into a rut!!! Which is one of the many reasons I'm loving this TAR challenge. It makes being physical and collecting fitness minutes fun.

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MHNGJR 5/20/2011 1:52AM

    I had never heard of it so followed your link to check it out. Spendy but looks like a good workout. I wouldn't pay for it at the gym though.

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ILOVEROSES 5/18/2011 9:41PM

    I agree with the others that they shouldn't charge extra. You pay enough already for your membership.

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BCARSON11 5/18/2011 9:18PM

    I tried the TRX at our gym in a demo also. They charge extra for it as well. So I bought a TRX for home. It was much more economical than buying classes. You can get it with a piece that fits over a door. It works great. I love it. I'm glad I got it.

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COUCH2FITLIFE 5/18/2011 6:30PM

    Man...what a tease to have a demo and then want you to pay that much more! Why even have classes included in the price if they're not all gonna be included?

I hope you find something to help you switch it up!

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JACKIMOON 5/18/2011 4:52PM

    My gym has some extra classes like that. It's like everyone thinks they have to upsell you. Would you liek to "Super Size" your gym membership and add X to it?

If the Pilates classes at my gym were free I'd take them too! TRX training..sounds like something I should try... too bad it's an upsell!

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*AMBER512 5/18/2011 4:34PM

    They charge extra? Maybe to recoup the cost of getting them, but that seems insane. My gym has those, but they only have eight or ten I think and the class is always full, but they also don't charge!

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NATPLUMMER 5/18/2011 4:32PM

    I hate when they charge extra for classes at the gym. It's true, you do pay enough already.
It does look fun, though.

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One slice of pizza is an hour at the gym

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When I am at the gym and not taking a fitness class, I like to listen to Jillian Michaels' podcast to pass the time on the machines. Recently she had Bob Harper on the show, which was cool! They said something to a caller that really kind of hit me upside the head: One slice of pizza is an hour at the gym. Of course; a slice of pizza is around 400 calories. But when they put it in that context, it makes so much sense why so many of us are struggling and why weight loss can be such a slow process. I often make this mistake. I work my butt off at the gym, then later in the day I will have something so small and high-calorie, such as a couple of cookies, and there go all those calories I saved. I've been at this for a while, so I know I should choose foods that give me more bang for my calorie buck, even (or especially) if I am in maintenance mode when it seems easier to slack on the eating somewhat. This was a good reminder to eat mindfully.

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/7/2011 10:03PM

    Hi Mila, I agree, we have something little and it can erase or ruin all our hard work. It's an interesting concept about a slice of pizza is an hour at the gym.
Glad I came looking for blogs, since the race is over, I now have the time to run it myself, so I am currently in Iceland, so I am reading and commenting on blogs, but most of the current ones I had already read and commented on, so this is quite the challenge for me!
This makes blog #9 for me, so 1 more to find!
Hope you can join us for Season 2 in July!
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COUCH2FITLIFE 5/18/2011 6:22PM

    That is a great reminder! It totally makes sense, but I've never thought about it that way before. I need these reminders and wake-up calls every once and a while to really help me focus on what I'm putting into my body and why.

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MTKRITTER 5/17/2011 10:23PM

    Hi, fellow TAR challenge participant! Wow, one slice of pizza is an hour at the gym. That sure puts that into perspective - OUCH! I love Jillian Michaels, she's awesome!

Have a wonderful day!

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INGEINCANADA 5/17/2011 4:30PM

    Hi there fellow TAR traveller. Love Jillian too, she is a great inspiration. Will see her tonight I guess with the almost final of Biggest Loser.

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MHNGJR 5/17/2011 9:52AM

    So emoticon = emoticon

Good visual picture

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CASSIOEPIA 5/16/2011 7:21PM

    Love Jillian! She just 'makes sense' to me.

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PALOMINOGIRL3 5/16/2011 5:49PM

    Oh sheesh... That makes me scared to eat another slice of pizza! Especially since I usually have AT LEAST 2! And the funniest thing is, I was actually thinking of having pizza for dinner tonight. Now I'm thinkin' "maybe not".

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CREATIVEJOY39 5/15/2011 4:30PM

    I'm in agreement with you. This process does require a lot of work and commitment. Eating mindfully is so important so as not to derail all that hard work. I have a slow metabolism by nature so the last thing i"m going to reach for is pizza now that I know how many calories I can handle a day.

Thanks for sharing!!


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BENDIEB 5/13/2011 7:10PM

    Eating "mindfully" is really the key. Today I am in my ranges for calories, proteins, carbs, and fats and that includes 2 pieces of pizza (my family's Friday night tradition). I get into to trouble when I do not eat to plan, but almost anything can be worked into a balanced nutrition plan occasionally.

BTW, you look great. Congratulations on your success!

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KELLEY1010 5/11/2011 8:19PM

    It sure does make you think!

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ANGIERUNNER 5/11/2011 11:21AM

    I hear ya! I have no problem getting a workout in during the day, but I love my chips and desserts! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/10/2011 10:40PM

    Great reminder. emoticon

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BABYBY2012 5/10/2011 9:25PM

    So True! emoticon for the reminder :)

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KIMFISH76 5/10/2011 11:39AM

    I cried inside when I read your headline.

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*AMBER512 5/10/2011 9:52AM

    That's so true! I know that things are a certain amount of calories, but thinking about the actual time I'd have to spend at the gym puts things into a totally different perspective! I'm going to have to remember this the next time I want to indulge :) I'll still indulge, mind you, but I'll be fully aware!

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SOKKERNUT 5/10/2011 8:42AM

    emoticon that will make me think twice before biting into a slice of pizza!

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OOLALA53 5/10/2011 7:47AM

    Just want to say that if the pizza is just part of the daily intake you need to fuel your body, it is not an hour at the gym. Your body needs calories just to exist, so any food can be figured in. As you say, it depends on how satisfying it is to you. I've had a nice slice of pizza and raw veggies for lunch or dinner and been very content. But if you feel that it's a danger food for you now, best wait until your tastes have changed so that you don't need so much. And enjoy the movement, too! emoticon

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MANDARYANE 5/10/2011 7:39AM

    Wow, that is a realization. It's something to think about before picking up that slice of pizza, thanks so much for sharing!

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