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Bore Away the Pounds

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I had all the best intentions in the world to get to the gym this morning for my 9 a.m. BOSU class. However, I got completely sidetracked and missed the time I was supposed to leave. It's a snowy day so I decided to stay home and do my Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVD.

I know I've blogged about it before...but it doesn't get any better, people. Nope, each time it's worse than I remembered, even with her voice muted. March in place. Step from side to side. Walk backwards. Walk forward. Kick. That's about it. Gaaaaaaaaaaaah, it was soooo boring. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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I chose the 5-mile continuous option from the menu, and I couldn't wait to be done. I wanted to quit so badly, but made myself stick with it. An hour and 10 minutes later, I burned a whopping 300 calories. Although typing this feels like I am burning more calories than I felt I was burning during this workout.

I think I need to just give this workout DVD away to someone who will appreciate it. Any takers? I am supposed to be receiving some Turbo Jam DVDs in the mail sometime soon. I anxiously wait for the mail every day. LOL!

Sorry for the rant, I'm just truly annoyed with myself for missing my class. Winter has not been kind to my workout routine. I've got to stop using bad weather as an excuse. But I am giving myself a pat on the back for at least doing something today.

P.S. I did yoga on Saturday. I've decided I am NOT a Yogi. It's hard for me to keep my balance with the poses. I didn't feel "in tune" with my body. I wasn't burning many calories ( I know that is not the point, though). Anyway...I left the class halfway through. I did give yoga a fair shot. Three times. What is wrong with me? I'm just not enjoying any of my workouts lately. LOL!! :) :)

  
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SSANFORD1 1/28/2009 9:28PM

    I totally agree with you on the Yoga thing. I tried it a couple times as well and just could not get into it either. Good luck w/the new Turbo Jam DVD's. Hope they arrive soon.

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SIMPLEJOYS 1/28/2009 6:35PM

  You will LOVE Turbo Jam! It ROCKS, it MOVES...too quickly for this old broad...but my daughter likes to laugh at me when I try and keep up with her! (She actually told me "afterward" that it takes a while to get up to speed! Picture me red-faced and bent over-like this red - emoticon )

Unfortunately for me, she has her DVDs at school with her!

Maybe you could donate your DVD to your local library - ours has an exercise section, circa 1986...but you know...it's there!

As always, you make me laugh!

Karen

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DNJEN471 1/28/2009 3:55PM

    I think that it is good to have a different routine from time to time... but once you have tried it and know you hate it, why torture yourself. There are so many options out there... give away the DVD and try something else ;)

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THEMIS27 1/27/2009 8:24PM

    Sounds like you're ready for something more intense than Leslie Sansone. I'm with you on the yoga, though! I've done it a few times, even had a good instructor once, but my thinking is -- if I'm going to spend an hour at the gym, I'd much rather spend it burnng off a ton of calories.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/27/2009 6:20PM

    I'm still waiting for you to accept my challenge to do a run together this spring.


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ASTER2606 1/27/2009 6:03PM

    I think this is actually good. About the walk away the pounds anyway. You need to ditch that video. I'm not familiar with it but just think that in the shape you're in that tedium isn't actually exercise...

I liked yoga when I did it. I slept the best I'd ever slept and I was really surprised at how I was really flexible in some ways and not at all in others. I definitely felt like some instructors and approaches were more flaky than others...

Go back and read your earlier post about how much you loved the Bosu Ball class and remember that the days are getting longer and eventually warmer weather will show up.

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LOGANDRYLSMOM 1/27/2009 5:31PM

    emoticon This is a funny blog.. i don't think i would be into yoga either.. Great job getting some exercise in tho!!! Keep up the good work!

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My workout today

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today was kind of a weird day for me in terms of fitness. It's the first warmer day we've had in a while, so I had no excuse not to walk to the gym. It was a nice walk. Once there, I had planned to do 1 hour of the Arctrainer, which usually is no problem. However, after 10 minutes, I just wanted to get off the thing! Grrrrrr.... I made myself stay on for 25 minutes. I played a Jillian Michaels podcast on my iPhone and tried to just concentrate on that to pass the time. Then I did 15 minutes on the Stairmaster and 10 minutes on a stationary bike. This really helped to break up the monotony and keep me interested enough to get in a decent workout. I hope tomorrow will be a better, more energetic day. I might do yoga, followed by circuit training. Haven't done yoga in about a month.

  
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SIMPLEJOYS 1/27/2009 3:54PM

  At least you had Jillian! I turned on the 80s music channel (thinking it would be a hoot) and then hopped on my bike...only...the music I had to endure was so painful! (Not enough for me to stop my pedaling though!) I ended up with the odious Bret Michaels and Poison of all things. (sorry if any of you are fans)

It was different though! hahahaha

Hope you're back in the groove - I have "off" days as well. Doing the circuit thing helps me too.

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DNJEN471 1/26/2009 7:20PM

    It's amazing how listening to Jillian can really make you keep going!

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GONABFIT 1/25/2009 3:10PM

    Yea I have had those days when I am soo bored in the gym. I usually resort to music or reminding myself that it's only 30 mins... etc. You did great! Sounds like you got a great workout and you pushed it out!

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STARTSPARKING 1/23/2009 6:10AM

    I usually love my step aerobics class, but the last one I took on Wednesday was lackluster. I guess we all have those days. I'm glad you still pushed hard to get a good workout. Let's hope we will get more energized, and I hope you will enjoy your yoga and circuit training. emoticon

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KARALVS2SCRAP 1/22/2009 4:47PM

    Eh, we all have those days!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/22/2009 2:52PM

    I only listen to podcasts on my laptop. I'll have to borrow a kids' MP3 to try listening while I work out. Maybe I'd like my elliptical trainer more then. Thanks for the idea.

...Pam

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Too fat to adopt?

Friday, January 16, 2009

I just heard a story about a couple in London who wanted to adopt a child but weren't allowed to because the husband's BMI (42) is too high and he is considered morbidly obese. The adoption agency is concerned that he might die.

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Hmmmm...I don't know what to say about this. I can _kind of_ see their point, but how can they know when anyone will die? (I wonder if they also deny smokers the opportunity to adopt.) And how many obese people have children every day? If they are otherwise loving and caring parents, I don't think this should be a huge issue. I'm sure there are many, many skinny people out there who are unfit parents. Seems a bit unfair to me.

What do you think?

  
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PUPPYWHISPERS 1/27/2009 6:37PM

    I think this could be seen as discriminatory, as biological parents can have as many children as they want, despite their weight class. Having been adopted at birth myself, I wouldn't have wanted my parents' qualifications to have been judged based on their weight alone, when they had so many other positive qualities. Nor do I think children should be denied a loving home environment because their isn't a healthy weight family available for them. I understand what they're trying to accomplish, but we're all going to die sometime, and it's not always clearly written when.

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ARGHLITA 1/19/2009 10:10AM

    I think it is beyond ridiculous that there are children out there without parents and someone would think to deny an adoption for this reason. They are basically saying that having one fat parent and one not-fat parent is worse than having no parents *at all*. How absurd is that statement? How many orphans would turn up their nose at a few years in a loving, two-parent home because one of their adoptive parents *might* die?

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DNJEN471 1/17/2009 4:00PM

    I don't think it should play a factor.

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STARTSPARKING 1/17/2009 5:37AM

    This is indeed a very complicated issue. Like you and Pam have mentioned, if they are denying the adoption based on this applicant's obesity, how about other factors such as smoking, traffic tickets, credit rating, school records, and other medical history? On a somewhat related subject, I read that some employers are looking at job applicants' credit ratings to make judgement if they are responsible individuals.

This adoption case does seem a bit unfair, but that's the way life goes sometimes. It's important for us to do our best to live a healthy lifestyle and make best choices in life. That way we know we are giving our all, and no potential employers, creditors, or anyone else will have to make these questionable judgement calls on us.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/16/2009 11:33AM

    Wow. That is a dilemma. I haven't read the article, but my hope is that morbid obesity is among many lifestyle risk factors that the adoption agency looks at. What about the number of speeding tickets someone has had, how much overtime they put in or their credit rating? Gosh, its a good thing the government doesn't look at those things for biological parents or I might not have been allowed to take my babies home from the hospital.

...Pam

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Toxic people

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Anyone on Facebook? If so, maybe you have the same problem.

Lately, I've been thinking about people I've lost touch with over the years. The reason I am thinking of them is because ever since I joined Facebook many months ago (so much fun!), I've been reuniting with old friends and classmates.

There are people we lose touch with accidentally, either because we move away and somehow lose their contact information, or for whatever reason life takes you in different directions. Those are the people I am THRILLED to reconnect with.

But unfortunately, there are people we lose contact with on purpose — because you find you are no longer compatible, or their personality traits don't mesh with yours, or because you just don't have much in common anymore. The drawback to Facebook is that there is a good chance those people will also find you, even if you don't want to be found.

Of course, you are under no obligation to add them to your list of friends, and unless you do, they won't be able see your profile. But then the situation becomes sticky in terms of Facebook "etiquette." Do you respond to the request with a message telling them you do not wish to be in contact and the reason(s) why? Do you just click "ignore" (is that rude)? Or do you accept their friend request (thereby granting them access to your profile) but never interact with them?

Currently, I have two such "friend" requests hanging out in my Facebook queue because I haven't yet decided what to do. I need to consider what the circumstances were that brought our relationship to an end, whether they still matter all these years later, whether the person might have changed, and whether having the person back in my life would truly make me happy. It's a tough call sometimes, but in the end, the most important thing is one's own well-being.

You might be wondering why I am writing about this here. What does it have to do with healthy eating and fitness? Well, I believe that in order to be happy and healthy, it is sometimes necessary to weed out toxic people from your life. If someone isn't supporting you, or is bringing you down, or doesn't value or respect you as a person, you have a right to choose not to interact with that person. By eliminating your exposure to people who sap the positive energy out of you, you will be happier and better able to focus on living a healthy and fulfilling life.

It's important to surround yourself with positive people, those who genuinely want the best for you!

  
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LAURENSL 1/27/2009 10:13AM

    I have a similar situation, but I'm the one that friend requested an old friend thinking that maybe she changed. She sent me a message after my friend request and it kind of brought me down just reading it. I think it is because she is a very sarcastic person. Anyways, now I don't really even want to respond but I always feel rude. We don't really have anything in common anymore so I think I will just let it go.

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WORDSGAL 1/16/2009 8:34PM

    If they're toxic, don't let them back in! I have ignored (repeated!) requests from someone over the last several months. If someone is toxic or untrustworthy, I don't want them to be able to send me messages, see my life or be exposed to their status updates either!

BUT: People can change. If this is a person that was once close to you, and became toxic, I would consider giving them a chance. You can always "unfriend" them if being their Facebook friend is more harmful than happy. If the person has always been a bad influence, tread carefully.

There are lots of privacy settings on Facebook that you can set so you can control what is posted on your wall... you can approve messages before they are posted to your site, limit what kind of information is posted about yourself and limit how often you are notified about what other people are doing. It's VERY handy!

I find your post to be very timely for me. A goal of mine this year is to look at each of my relationships, what I give and get and determine if that person/relationship is healthy in my life. I've got one friend in particular that has, um, sparked, this hard look at my friends, but I think it's good to step back and think about the positives and negatives people bring into our lives.

Thanks for the blog post!

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STARTSPARKING 1/16/2009 6:38AM

    I think you have a gut feeling telling you to not reconnect with those two people. Since they are toxic, don't let politeness force you to let them back into your life. Hit "ignore" and be comfortable with that decision. You need to respect yourself, and I doubt those two people will be too hurt about this.

Thank you for the reminder to surround ourselves with positive people who care about us!

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SHAREBEAR74 1/16/2009 3:04AM

    It's funny you brought that up because just a couple of days ago, I started having the same problem. I used my email list of contacts to make friend requests, and thought I'd deleted certain people before sending it. Long story short, I forgot to remove one person's email address, and now she's all over my facebook page, and annoying mutual friends, as well. I guess we can look at it like this; is it a battle worth fighting? If people are truly toxic, I'm going to ignore their requests, and if they push the issue, I will tell them why. Otherwise, I'm just going to make polite small talk with them. Facebook is alot of fun, though. Good Luck!

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DNJEN471 1/14/2009 6:02PM

    I actually just joined as a request from my boss. As many of my associates have memberships, it was strongly suggested as a way to get to know them personally. So, yes- I have had the same problem. I have had some great old friends get in touch with me, that I have missed and am so happy to catch up with. But I have had about 4 requests from people I hardly knew in High school and 2 from old friends that I purposefully 'cut-out' of my life. I simply pushed the ignore button and did not respond. I don't think the button would be there, if it wasn't meant to be pushed from time to time ;)

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VANESSAANN83 1/14/2009 9:29AM

    I am on facebook, and I personally reject their request AND send an explanation. No one has responded unkindly. Good luck!

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ASTER2606 1/13/2009 9:45PM

    I totally agree with you that emotional health is important and sometimes it is necessary to keep the toxic people gone. I'm not on facebook and I've been resisting mild pressure from my sister and when I got a friend request from someone I do know, I explained that I'm happy to hear from her, but I don't want to be on facebook. I've just made a greater effort to email her now and then. I also know that I am at an age where a lot of people get on facebook to monitor what their kids are doing on facebook, but then it takes on a life of its own. Besides that, my maiden name is really unusual (probably les than 20 people in the U.S.A. with that name) but my married name is fairly common. Funny that you should post about this today, because my office mate and I were talking about facebook today since someone that she knows through a dance class that she takes one night a week after work is connected to a whole constellation of people I knew 15 years ago. Now, true, this is only a town of 200,000 people, but it sure firmed up my desire to remain facebookless.

At any rate I don't know that my rambling helped, but I am sorry about your dilemma, but do what you want. Just because people were trolling facebook for your name among others doesn't mean they are worth your time.

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LOLAGEEK 1/13/2009 8:04PM

    Don't deal with them if you don't want to. I don't Facebook and am hesitant because of "stalkers" from my past. Recently some guy contacted my husband because he found me through our wedding website and it was a unsettling. He was a serious stalker of my BFF trying to find me to find out how she was doing. I found the whole thing kind of freaky.

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LOLAGEEK 1/13/2009 8:04PM

    Don't deal with them if you don't want to. I don't Facebook and am hesitant because of "stalkers" from my past. Recently some guy contacted my husband because he found me through our wedding website and it was a unsettling. He was a serious stalker of my BFF trying to find me to find out how she was doing. I found the whole thing kind of freaky.

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KARALVS2SCRAP 1/13/2009 7:09PM

    I like facebook to reconnect to old friends as well. You do not have a accept anyone you don't want to. You can always let them hang out in your inbox.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/13/2009 6:33PM

    I've had a few people who SAY they went to school with me hanging out in my friend request box, too. Gawd, I must have oldtimers because, for the life of me, I cannot remember them. We have friends in common, but that's about it. I'm not going to waste my time on toxic people, but I'm not going to extend myself for people who weren't significant enough to be memorable, either. Unless, of course, I really do have oldtimers, then I'm puting the onus on them to message me and remind me all about the fun we used to have. I won't let Facebook become Wastebook. Ditto for Sparkpeople. If it ain't productive for me or my teammates... why bother?

...Pam

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JCALCAYDE 1/13/2009 6:22PM

    You answered your own question.... Don't let in the toxic people... I have one person "hanging out" in my facebook too.... just click Ignore and be blessed!

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The maintenance 'sweet spot'

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I have to figure out my calorie range now that I am in maintenance mode. Spark has my range between 1530 and 1880, but how do I know that this is truly the range I need? I guess I have to trust the process. But I am scared of going too high in calories; lately I find myself at the top end of this range. I am just wondering how to figure out the sweet spot -- the perfect daily caloric intake that will keep my weight in check.

On another note: It is a nasty, rainy day today. I WILL NOT let this derail my plans to go to the gym. I walked to the gym in rain, sleet or snow last year. I don't know why it's so difficult this year.

  
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BLONDEGIRL10 1/11/2009 9:29AM

    It's gonna take some trial and error on your part. You'll find what works for you. I have no doubt!

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STARTSPARKING 1/9/2009 4:25AM

    I can understand how you'd be scared to go too high in calories. I guess only some experimenting and giving it some time will help you figure it out.

The last few months has been tough for me in terms of keeping up good habits that used to be easier. It's just tough to keep pushing ourselves over an extended amount of time. However, with determination, we WILL persevere. Keep up your great work!

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ROBYNEGG 1/8/2009 7:24AM

    Congrats on being in maintenance mode! I hope to be there at the end of the year emoticon It is hard to get motivated to go workout when the weather is nasty outside, but once you get there, you'll feel better about it! Have a good day!

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SSANFORD1 1/7/2009 7:10PM

    I am about the same weight as you are, and I find that if I keep my calories between 1500 -1800 (higher on the days I workout) that I can maintain my weight. I also like to allow myself 1 cheat day a week - usually on the weekend. I really think it is just about trial and error for each individual person to find out what works best with their metabolism. Good Luck!

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DNJEN471 1/7/2009 6:45PM

    When I was tracking, I would go in about every month or so to make sure it was calculating correctly based on my BMI. I seem to remember in the initial spark set up that they calculate based upon how much you are wanting to loose and your BMI.

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BINEMELLES 1/7/2009 11:28AM

    i figure i will have a hard time too, finding my maintenance range once i have met my goal weight. over the holidays i ate at the upper end of my weight loss calorie range, while at the same time exercising less. that alone was enough to make me gain 5 lbs, but i managed to work off one of those already.
keep us updated how you're doing finding your "sweet spot" - i guess it needs a little experimenting and changing things around.
good luck and all the best!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/7/2009 11:12AM

    I find I maintain at the high-end of my weight-loss calorie range (about 1500 calories) if I don't workout. I imagine that working out would give me 300+ more calories per day, so the numbers Sparkpeople have given you look quite realistic. Experiment and tell me how it goes. I KNOW I need to work out consistently to take off -- and keep off -- that LAST FREAKIN' POUND I have to loose. Finding new motivations at the end is so hard. I thought that the C25K and planning to compete in a run would do it for me, but I didn't consider the possibility of us having the worst winter snowfall since 1992. There are no sidewalks here right now, so I guess I'll just have to look at myself naked again to scare me into action.

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...Pam

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