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Traveling on the Spark

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I traveled far this weekend, a driving trip from Ohio to Maryland. 6 hours of driving each way.

Now, long drives have always translated to junk food binges for me - you have to keep your energy up, right? Driving is hard work, right?

Well, not if you're honest with yourself.

On the way there, I didn't even consider junk food. But after a long weekend, not enough sleep, and an impending cold, the refueling stop presented me with serious temptation. I wandered in the convenience store, looking at chips and candy, determined that I "deserved" something salty and fatty and sweet.

Then I stopped and thought. I listened to my body. I wasn't hungry. I didn't need fuel to get home. I would be feeding the power of habit, not nourishing my body.

So I walked past the junk food. I grabbed a bottle of water, paid for it, and walked away from all that temptation. And I felt better about myself than a whole bag of Ghardettos would ever taste.

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MISSG180 10/19/2011 9:55PM

    Subway is a great idea. I will definitely keep them in mind next weekend when we go to San Diego for World Fantasy Con. I am hoping the hotel will have a workout room. I do love cons, but they are not great for the diet!

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COLEENCOLE 10/19/2011 8:27PM

    I make a point of only stopping at Subway's and get the subs without any sauce and minimal cheese and lots of veggies.

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NANNIE4 10/17/2011 6:41PM

    You are doing GREAT!! keep up the good work! Travel safe and have fun.

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EUPHRATES 10/17/2011 4:52PM

    Didn't realize you were in Ohio! :)

I also traveled this weekend (to Con on the Con in Hudson, OH actually) and made some very specific choices in terms of eating - particularly my mate's birthday dinner at Long Horn Steakhouse. For me the occasional intentional indulgence keeps me on track the rest of the time, actually. I would have liked to get more salad in over the past several days, but since we spent most of our time at a hotel for a convention, and the hotel salads didn't thrill me, I did the best I could. Happily there were TONS of carrots and celery in the con suite to munch on. All in all, a 4 lb gain when I was stuck without a gym or any real way to get in exercise and being away from home for 4 days isn't bad. :)

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MISSG180 10/17/2011 7:33AM

    Thanks! I really feel good about it today. If I'd given in, I know I wouldn't feel good about that.

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/16/2011 9:16PM

    Very very nicely done!

I'm on the road a lot and have the same temptations. Every time we say is a victory, so give out a big victory cry, you deserve it!

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The race is only with myself

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I am kind of a geek for the Spark Points, and love to see myself get over 100 points each day. But I only give myself points for things I actually do, when I do them. So when I see the leaderboard for points starting the month with over 2000 points assigned on day one, I'm irritated by people gaming the system.

Then I happened to follow through to the leaderboard for fitness minutes. Apparently there are people who are working out for 3.5 hours every single day.

Every. Single. Day.

Pardon me if I'm just a bit cynical about this. I've had days with 3.5 hours of exercise. I've had days with more than that, on century rides.

But every day? I'm suspicious.

Then I realize: it's not really my business, is it? If they are working out that long daily, that's their business. And if they are gaming the system for the points, that doesn't impact my own progress, does it? I'm in this only for me. Other people aren't "ahead" of me or "behind" me. They are simply on their own paths.

My childhood sense of fairness and outrage at what I perceive to be potential cheating are immaterial here, because my journey isn't about that. I can't let such things get in my way or trip me up.

I'm always going to be somewhere in the mid-back of the pack. But as long as I'm making progress on my own goals, that's just fine.

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MISSG180 10/16/2011 7:09PM

    You have a good point about fitness instructors. I hadn't thought of that.

But I still don't believe them all, either. ;-)

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THECOZE 10/14/2011 12:35PM

    i too get kinda upset when i see people milking the system for points, but then again i can play devil's advocate. When my sister worked at Curve's, she was constantly working out. Employee's there get to know those clients that need a 'little bit of motivation' so she would jump up with them and work out right next to them. In her 6-8 hour shift, she would work out probably 6-8 times, usually working out and then taking a half hour break, etc. Do i think this is the case for everyone on here that is logging 3.5 hours a day, heck no, but as you pointed out, it's only about me and nothing about them... if it's meant to be, it's up to me!

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BHOLBY 10/13/2011 4:26PM

    Great point! Totally agree! Hard not to focus on others when we need to focus on ourselves first! Great reminder.

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I should be committed

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I am fortunate in that I get to work from home, so I am able to structure at least a good portion of most of my days. But that's not always the best thing for someone who is a natural procrastinator. I went for most of this year without working out at all because in the morning I would tell myself I'd do it at the end of the day, and at the end of the day I would tell myself I'd do it tomorrow.

I'm changing that. My workout is now my number one priority. Most days I do it after checking into Spark People, before the rest of my day gets going. That kind of commitment is already making a difference. Yesterday I felt that elusive exercise euphoria for the first time in a long time.

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MISSG180 10/19/2011 10:01PM

    Lori, I absolutely have to do it first thing in the morning, or I'm just done for the day. Tomorrow is an example: I have a court docket at 9am and a client right after that, so tomorrow will be a rest day.

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MICHIGANLORI 10/14/2011 4:57PM

    Enjoyed your post. I actually thought you were describing me. emoticon I'm also a natural procrastinator that works from home. I've been trying to make working out a #1 priority. It's tough at times.

Good Luck to you.


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    you know getting on sparks always helps me cause I see everyone else doing it and so happy about it only thing is I have a hard time getting off sparks cause there is so much to do here but If I dont get up and exercise I feel like Im not supporting everyone else and letting you all down


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Infuriating advice

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Want to know why it's so hard to figure out the right exercise plan? Consider the fact that the experts themselves don't agree on what you should do. An article in the "Everyday Health" emails I receive here stated that too much cardio was a culprit in plateaus and suggested much shorter interval training. www.everydayhealth.com/weight-pictur

Okay. But at the end of that very article was a link to another article that recommends increasing the length of cardio time for quicker weight loss! www.everydayhealth.com/weight-pictur

What the heck is a girl to do?

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EUPHRATES 10/17/2011 4:55PM

    I have to agree with Dottie - it's all a matter of trial and error and figuring out what YOUR body responds to. For instance, I've learned over the last year that if I slack off on strength training, all weightloss comes to a screetching halt for me. No matter how much cardio I do, I get stuck. The moment I start adding in ST again? I'll drop like 4-5 lbs. It's freaky. :) But having figured it out, I know what's going on when something comes up and I can't get the ST in. :)

You'll figure it out!

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MISSG180 10/16/2011 9:11PM

    Suzanne, I can ignore the crazy miracle stuff, but when it's allegedly reliable sites, it makes me crazy.

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MZSUZANNE 10/11/2011 8:39PM

    It can be very frustrating when you don't get a straight story! I crack up with all the quick weight loss magic pills and fad diets that get adervertised. They try so hard to suck you in!

Good luck!

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MISSG180 10/11/2011 8:28PM

    Hi Dottie. You're right, of course. Thanks for the encouragement!

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/11/2011 7:25PM

    We all are different, find what fitness works for you ,ask yourself what activities are you willing to do . What is fun ? THIS IS A LIFESTYLE , (YOUR LIFE ) NOT a experts thoughts . Remember to change your fitness every few weeks .Change can be higher intensity if you want to keep the same routine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSG180 10/11/2011 10:55AM

    It's the contradictory nature on the same site that set me off today. But I worked out hard and feel good about that.

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AZMOMXTWO 10/11/2011 7:20AM

  I just find a routine that I like and do it but I have to change it once in a while or I get to set and loose intrest
sometimes there is just too much advice

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The stress of changes

Monday, October 03, 2011

This morning my husband pointed out that I have been a bit unresponsive to him and wondered if anything was wrong.

My reaction was to burst into tears and sob for almost half an hour.

I'm making a lot of changes in my life right now. Working out, changing my eating habits, changing my work habits, changing my social habits.

It's a lot right now. It's taking all my energy and resources, and even though he was trying to just check in with me, I interpreted it as criticizing me and asking me to do yet one more thing. I was closer to the end of my rope than I realized, and that knocked me right off my grasp on the knot.

Fortunately, he is a very good guy, and just held me while I cried. I realized that I was at my boundaries and need to be good to myself. It's good to know that, and it will help me be stronger.


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