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Monday, July 20, 2009

On my rest days I really need every point I can get so here I am.
I try to get 100 sparkpoints every day but don't always make it.
I went for a 30 min stroll before dinner
and am doing 15 min of ST while watching the news.
I DVR the news every night to watch later so I can fast forward the commercials, which I just hate.
I'm doing a lowcal day (11-1200 cal) so no wine for me. emoticon
Yesterday's high cal day (2200) was fun;
I ended the day with my first ice cream cone of the summer (maple walnut). emoticon
Have a sparkin' great week!

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SCHATZI4MO 7/21/2009 1:42AM

    did u say ICE CREAM! i scream, you scream ... we all scream for ice cream. i want some ice cream!! emoticon how did it taste? smell? ... do you chew your ice cream, or let it melt slowly on your tongue. i'm sure you can tell, i'm trying to live vicariously through you since i can't have any. emoticon

3 points for blogs ... pretty cool since i blog now. emoticon

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MSDIBS 7/20/2009 10:57PM

    I swear by low cal and a day or two of high once in it working?
I'll have to check it out.
hope you are well - have missed you!!


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BVICTORIOUS 7/20/2009 9:57PM

    I will blog more often, if we get 3 points now! That's cool.

I am watching with interest how your CC works for you. It does sound a little complicated, but if it works I want to try it.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/20/2009 9:00PM

    Ok now i have to have a maple walnut cone. I ahven't tried that yet but it sounds yummy.

Yep 3 points for a blog. Cool, huh?

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MARTY19 7/20/2009 8:10PM

    I had my first ice creme last night. But I used light ice creme so I didn't feel to bad. You have to enjoy some good things.


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KALATHIA 7/20/2009 7:47PM

    Sounds like you're getting the hang of this calorie cycling thing, Elizabeth! That ice cream sounds pretty good, too! I bet you really enjoyed it! Good for you!

Keep Sparkin'!


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I don't care what others think

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Let me clarify.
For years, I was a walker who might run a few steps
when nobody was looking;
like on isolated roads when no houses or cars were nearby.
If a runner passed me I was so self conscious. emoticon
I was sure people were thinking,
look at that old lady trying to run.
I could just picture my fat body shaking and jiggling. emoticon
But I am now SO beyond that!!!
I could care less what people think.
I am all about ME, my body, my goals, my health.
When a runner passes me, and they do,
I smile and joke 'slow down, you're making me look bad!'
I'm sure I look funny when I am walking as fast as I can
or running on my little stubby legs emoticon
but I am so happy to be out there doing it!
Spark on!

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MACGIRRL 7/24/2009 11:10PM

    emoticon Thank you!
I've given up my pride for my health lately too.

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BIOFOOL 7/22/2009 9:00PM

    I can so relate. When I first started this thing at 310 pounds. I would go to the gym feeling less than worthy. All those meaty guys and stick girls. Plus I work out at the university gym where almost everyone is 21 and beautiful (Miami). So at first I felt very self conscious... Now??? I don't care either. I let my fat butt flap all over that gym and in the classes too. And if someone thinks whatever they want to think, who cares? Your doing fantastic. More power to you. Thanks for posting this.

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STICKINGWITHIT 7/20/2009 10:11PM

    LOL, love it! I used to say, "I'm just doing this to make y'all look good..."

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DIANESWMBO 7/20/2009 8:33PM

Who cares what other people think. I realized that most of the time people don't even notice what you are doing. It is true what everyone else has written, when you get to a certain age, you have to do what is right for you. I know when I go to the gym, I do my best. I might not be the one who can lift the heavier weights, run up and down stairs or do all the push ups, but I sure try. And I keep getting better with each class I take. Thanks for the blog, it got me thinking.

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BVICTORIOUS 7/20/2009 5:29PM

    I so agree - we need to embrace our lives and live them the way that makes us the most fulfilled and joyful. You are doing a great job at that!!

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    I wish I could run... lol (any bouncing/running activity doesn't seem possible for me because of incontinence issues - sneezing is also challenging). I wish I could find a resolution to the problem so I could step it up and run - but opting to do other activities.

Your attitude is a great one! I agree with another comment that now that I'm over 40 so over worrying about what others think because it's all about doing what is good for our body and reaching our goals.

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SCHATZI4MO 7/20/2009 12:05AM

    AMEN! ... the best thing about turning 40 is that i became VERY comfortable with being ME. i don't wear the latest fashion just because it's hot ... i wear what looks hot on me. i have no need to "fit in"... with others' actions, opinions, or expectations.

well as you know i've got 10 more years under my belt at "doing me"... and i'm just getting better and better at it.

enjoy you new moxie, chutzspa, cajones, huevos rancheros ... etc emoticon hugs ~

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KAYAKID 7/19/2009 11:07PM

    Elizabeth, Who cares what others think!!! You are doing this for you and not them.... I am runner as you know and when I see a walker, I am not thinking why don't they run. I am thinking Good for them they are out moving!!!

in my last race it was a 10k and the 5k went out 15 minutes before us and I was on the back part of course about mile 2 1/2. there was a runner that was really struggling! I knew she was running the 5k. When I passed her I said you are doing a great job keep it up. Later after the race was over she came up to me and thanked me for my encouraging words. Its all about us! and helping others along the way!!!!

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ACOGAN 7/19/2009 9:12PM

    Love you & love your attitude!

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TRUEFIT 7/19/2009 4:42PM

    You are exactly right. You can't worry about what others' think!
From your photo it doesn't look like you have stubby legs. I admire you!!! emoticon

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MARTY19 7/19/2009 4:36PM

    emoticon you are simply rocking. Who cares what others think. You know what you are doing and why. Keep on doing it.


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KALATHIA 7/19/2009 4:18PM

    As usual, you're right on the money, Elizabeth! Keep jogging, Sister!


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CPCJONES01 7/19/2009 3:42PM

    You go girl!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/19/2009 3:42PM

    What a great blog ehre! You really inspire me, Elizabeth! I know, it's been a while. I hope you are doing well.

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HARRINGTON5 7/19/2009 3:37PM

    You are SUPER! I just love that attitude because you are doing it. I'm sure the people passing you didn't get that way without working up to it. Pat yourself on the back (that is an actual exercise) because you are out there making yourself healthy. You are doing it for the right reasons! You go girl!

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HONEYLADY 7/19/2009 3:23PM

    You go girl. We all need your attitude. We have to put ourselves first or we will fail. We are what's important and so first we go.

Comment edited on: 7/19/2009 3:23:13 PM

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LATVIAN_SANDY 7/19/2009 3:18PM

    emoticon Yay!

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PEPCEA 7/19/2009 3:05PM

    Good for you! There a wonderful freedom in not giving a hoot what others think! Congrats to you!

Alex emoticon

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calorie cycling report

Saturday, July 18, 2009

So, like I said I'm still learning how to CC and found out I should have been coordinating high/low workout or rest days with high/low calorie days
and I should have had low cal days for a few days before and after high cal days, none of which I have been doing,
or, I should say, I have no clue if I have been doing emoticon
I've been trying the last few days to get into the routine.
For example, yesterday was a medium calorie day and I just did wii and a little ST for under an hour. That's about right.
It's funny, I went back and wrote a list by week of all my calories and then averaged it by the week and they were SO close: 1487,1457,1523
So this is an my daily average caloric intake within my CC range of 1100-2100.
I SHOULD be losing 1-2 pounds a week with my activity level but have not.
So, that's why I am trying to coordinate my workouts better.
I also moved my ticker to more adequately reflect my starting weight in Jan., so I have gone over the 20 pound mark-
halfway to my first goal! emoticon
Thank you so much, my wonderful sparkfriends!

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TRUEFIT 7/19/2009 4:46PM

    You're doing a great job!!!

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SCHATZI4MO 7/18/2009 8:50PM

    this is exactly what i like about you ... you try, review, analyze, and adjust. you aren't afraid of change...

what's that saying ... doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is ... CRAZY!

20 pounds ... half way ... by Christmas you'll be at GOAL #1 ... now that's something to shout about emoticon emoticon

p.s. DIL ... please note ... a back washing bribe probably doesn't apply?! emoticon

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WILDFLOWER- 7/18/2009 11:17AM

    I've been switching to a calorie cycling program too. Sometimes the numbers get confusing to me -- but keep up with it. I was amazed to learn that I just wasn't getting enough calories consumed. And I'm happy to report that after doing this for about 10 days - I'm seeing a consistent steady loss. I'm feeling much better about the whole thing.

But Harrington5 has a very valid point - one program does not work for all when it comes to weight loss - and it sometimes takes several trials & errors to get it right. Keep up the great work. I think your doing great --- and congrats on getting halfway to your first goal -- that's awesome!!

Enjoy the weekend! emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 7/18/2009 10:59AM

    Elizabeth, That sounds very close to what I am doing. I went months without doing any movement at all. Maybe it takes some time for your body to figure out what it should be doing. I had gained weight and two weeks ago, lost what I had gained. This morning, I'm starting to lose weight than had not been lost before. (I threw it out, but somehow, it kept creeping back in) I think I have the door shut and locked this time! Congratulations for being so dedicated and trying to figure out the exact system that works for you. We are all so different, I have tried many many times to do something that worked for someone else, but it never worked for me. You are well on your way. Go girl!

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MARTY19 7/18/2009 10:49AM

    I am rooting for your success. If it works for you, then I am going to try this. My scale hates me and it isn't moving. LOL


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I'm sparking along

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I got out for a nice long sweaty powerwalk today and ran maybe 25 min of it. emoticon
I'm trying not to because of my knee but I like to get my heartrate up periodically.
Then I came home and did strength training. emoticon
I messed up on my calorie cycling plan because I'm still learning how to do it.
You're supposed to have long workouts on high cal days and rest or shorter workouts on low calorie days, which I didn't know until recently and it's just worked out the opposite for me lately.
For example, yesterday I managed to eat a bit over 2000 calories emoticonbut did not get a workout in
so today I did a low cal day emoticon
and ended up having a long workout!
Hope I'm not negating the plan but I don't know how to fix it.

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TRUEFIT 7/19/2009 4:53PM

    You're a real trooper. 25 minutes is a long time to run. That's wonderful you are consistent and reaching your goals. Good to hear!

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KALATHIA 7/18/2009 11:18AM

    Congratulations on making it to the halfway point, Elizabeth!

That calorie cycling thing sound complicated. I'm not sure I could manage it. Hopefully, it will work for you and you'll start seeing better progress on the scale.

Keep Sparking!


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MAINEACK 7/17/2009 11:56PM

    Way to go and get your workout in Elizabeth! It is hard to get into the groove of a new routine, but I know you will get it done. Just keep working towards your goal and it will come together.

It has taken me all the years of my life to FINALLY realize that Rome really wasn't built in a day emoticon. And, that I didn't gain all of this weight in just two days, which is all that I usually gave a diet to magically make them go away. After only several days I would throw my hands in the air and say...see it doesn't work.

Now why do we do that? I certainly didn't stop trying to learn to drive after only two days. Or, water ski, or bike ride, or my job, or anything else that has been worth while. Why do we put such pressure on ourselves when it comes to this? I'm pretty sure if any of us were able to find that easy answer to that one, we'd be pretty rich.

So, keep moving forward, keep working to get the routine down and then one day soon, it will just come together. You are doing GREAT, keep up the good work!

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    What made you decide to do this 'calorie cycling' and where do I get info on it?

You do keep sparking along in every sense ... I need something to push me out of 160Ville - I keep yo-yoing in the same range for the past 3 or 4 months now - need a boost/change to get things moving again!

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KAYAKID 7/16/2009 10:13PM

    Elizabeth, looks like your struggling a bit with cycling calories. You can do it just have to plan those meals out. Its not easy. For me the best I have done it when I exercise 6 days a week and keep them pretty even so the calories are the same. Not everyone schedule allows for 6 days fo working out. Its what has worked for me.
How is my motivation buddy!

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KALATHIA 7/16/2009 8:52PM

    I don't know anything about calorie cycling, Elizabeth, but it just sounds to me like you're going through the learning process. You're a smart lady! I know you'll figure it out and make it work for you. The important thing from where I sit, is that you're still trying to lose the weight you want and be healthy and that's more than half the battle.

Keep going, Sparkler!


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2 days in a row of no cardio!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This is SO not like me.
Yesterday was a spectacular day but I worked a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the late afternoon with a wonderful celebration picnic lunch (with champagne!) at a Newport yacht club with my two best friends, one of whom joined us in retirement this year, taking up most of the afternoon.
Wednesdays are my busiest work day and then some old friends we hadn't seen in a while called and asked us to go out to dinner.
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. emoticon
I did 30 min. of strength training in front of the news yesterday. emoticon
I WILL be out there for a long workout tomorrow, rain or shine. emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 7/16/2009 2:50PM

    I liked this blog, it sounds like a real person and I was beginning to think you were super woman! I'm glad you had a good time.

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SHEILASMILES 7/16/2009 1:21PM

    Elizabeth, you totally deserve to take some time with your friends. You are doing awesome. Relax and be kind to yourself. How's that little cutie, Lucy? I bet she's getting big!


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RO2LOOSE 7/16/2009 10:28AM

    sometimes you just have to make allowances. I'm on vacation for the next 3 weeks, but worry about how i'll fit the daily exercising into my 40 hr work week, and carring for my sick husband. It's going to be a challenge. You're an inspiration to someone like me who still doesn't feel guilty about not exercising. Hope you enjoyed every second of your day off!

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IDEBORAH 7/16/2009 9:07AM

    When I saw the blog title I immediately asked: What, are they serving ice tea in hell today? But now I've read the blog and I'm really happy for you. The whole point of getting healthy (we'll just gloss over the vanity part for this conversation) is to better enjoy life and our loved ones, which it sounds like what you are doing. WTG.

Besides it gives me time to rest before I have to run over here and congratulate you on ANOTHER fitness minute milestone. emoticon

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MARTY19 7/16/2009 8:27AM

    I have been wondering lately if all the exercise I have been doing is actually hindering my weight loss. I don't intend to stop but I do wonder.
Life is so short that when you have the opportunity to spend qualitity time with friends grab it with both hands and enjoy it. You never know what tomorrow will bring.


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KALATHIA 7/16/2009 6:56AM

    Did you have a good time? That's what matters. You just pick up with your fitness today and you'll be fine! Anybody who stays dedicated to their new lifestyle while on vacation in the islands can take a day or two off to visit with friends!

You're doing great, Elizatbeth!


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    You are doing so well and I agree - Life Happens and we have to enjoy the company of good friends when we can!

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SCHATZI4MO 7/16/2009 1:48AM

    choosing quality time with friends over cardio ... i think you made the right choice. moments spent with people who know and love you are move valuable than any amount of calories burned. ... besides never miss an opportunity to show off your fabulous new/fit/toned bod! emoticon

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KAYAKID 7/16/2009 1:06AM

    Elizabeth, Lif e happens - why do you think the busiest day at the gym is Monday!!!! do an extra 15 minutes of cardio for us....

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RKSPICY 7/15/2009 11:37PM

    And so your problem with Life is???? I think this stuff happens all the time and we just kick butt more the next, next day when we can and not let it bother us. Because we know that living real life is out there but still taking care of ourselves is important! emoticon

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LEWISCANDACE 7/15/2009 10:56PM

  Everyone needs a break every once and awhile and it sounds like you are willing to make up for it tomorrow!!! Good Luck!

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