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DIY Challenge: Summer Sweat-Off

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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DIY Challenge Entry Form
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emoticon My Challenge Name: Summer Sweat-Off
emoticon My Starting Weight:154
emoticon Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: (body measurements, race times, crunch max, jeans size, whatever YOU need to track)
1. Body measurements
2. Max distance in a workout
3. Jean size
4. Crunch max
emoticon If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because: I want to lose the jiggle around my mid-section and be able to wear all my "skinny" clothes again.
emoticon I feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because: I've been crappy about sticking with my eating plan.
emoticon This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that: I look and feel better when I am working out and the whole losing weight part isn't so bad either.
emoticon I'm scared of: sabotaging myself.
emoticon I want to: be able to run.
emoticon But I have faith in: my ability to finish this -- I have done it before, I can do it again.
emoticon And THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME: is the right time.
emoticon My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. Fitting into my skinny clothes
2. Looking better naked
3. Boosting my confidence
4. Getting the fat off my face
5. Having people call me "little" again.
emoticon The best way to motivate me is to: leave notes of encouragement, check in and see how I'm doing, etc.
emoticon The best way I can motivate myself is to: stay plugged in to SP, remember that eating the way I'm supposed to ISN'T painful and it WON'T kill me and in the end I'll be the right size again.
emoticon My name is Liz and I will finish this challenge and be fit again!

--Want to join? Go here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me
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BECSABOO 7/6/2011 5:59PM

    It's amazing how wanting to lose the jiggle will totally motivate us to go workout and eat right! I know it's the easiest way to motivate me. Good luck!

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SOJOCHICK 7/3/2011 11:15AM

    Go Liz! I think I'll use this as a template for my July/end of summer goals.

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CHANGE_4_ME 7/1/2011 12:28PM

    I tried the address but couldn't get there, so I will post it as a blog I guess.~~ In other words I'm stealing this. =]

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CHANGE_4_ME 7/1/2011 12:22PM

    I think I will do this too. Maybe it will be the "key" to what I've been looking for. I've been at a standstill or lose/gain the same 8 ponds for a year now. I'm tired and almost burnt out. I don't want to quit. Good Luck!

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The Proving Grounds - May Challenges

Friday, May 20, 2011

Playing catch up as I just started a few days ago...

4. Do something that makes you feel strong. - Worked on the seated row pull weight machine and pulled 50lbs...that's a big step up for me!

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5. Do something that makes you feel free. - Prepare yourself for cheesiness -- I pushed myself to my limit on the treadmill while listening to Carly Simon's "Let The River Run"...try it! Being a child of the 80s MIGHT have something to do with it though emoticon

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6. Do something that makes you smell really bad. - Bathed the dog and she needed it something fierce.

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7. Do something that makes you think hard about your goals. - I am challenging myself to one month solid of working out every day. We are headed to the Bahamas in the middle of June and I want to do everything I can with the time I have between now and then.

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8. Do more than you think you can handle. - Maxed out my incline and went as fast as I could a few nights ago on the treadmill. Doing more than I "think" I can handle and finding out that I CAN handle it is one of the best feelings in the world.

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9. Do something to release excess tension/stress/anger. - Treated myself to a detox foot soak. I feel SO MUCH BETTER. And I gave myself a pedicure.


Reward system?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Do you use a reward system to keep yourself motivated? I've thought about this before, but I don't have the funds to treat myself to many things that cost a lot of money.

A few things I've got on my list so far...
--a massage (purchased through Groupon)
--a special dinner
--a relaxing weekend in the country, working in the garden

Now, this next one may sound weird, but I think it may be something that will keep me truly motivated for the long haul because, frankly, I'm obsessed.

I think I'm going to make myself "earn" my TV watching time. Specifically for one of my guilty pleasure shows -- the UK's EastEnders. I've decided that I must complete 20 minutes of exercise to earn one episode of the show. Here goes!

How do you reward yourself? Do you set up any challenges for yourself before you get your reward?

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CHANGE_4_ME 5/12/2011 11:04AM

    rewards are great- they don't have to be expensive and NO reward if I don't meet my goal. I have a running list so I can pick from the list if I meet the goal. Earning TV time, I think is a wonderful reward! Some of the things on my list are....
weekend away, hair color, mini trampoline, Spark t-shirt, 8# weights, book, Wii points......that way if I meet a goal on a week that I can afford a cheap book I can pick that but if it's a week where I can actually afford the mini trampoline then I can get that. The "tramp" and the weights can only be bought once of course then I'll put something else in that place but things like a weekend away or a book or a new t-shirt can be rewards over and over. Good luck!

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BUTTERSBUNNY 5/11/2011 8:25PM

    You Bet! I have a reward system for EVERY week I reach ALL of my goals. They are NOT food related though. I gave myself the first reward of a diamond necklace for making the promise of weight loss to myself, & for taking the first step. I just bought my second one today, diamond stud earrings to match the necklace for losing 4 lbs this week. I will continue to reward myself ONLY if I reach my goals. If not, well no reward for me till next week! I think rewards are important & how you choose to give them to yourself is even better. emoticon

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MISSWISABUS 5/11/2011 7:00PM

    Jonica, yes, it is exercise, but for me it's a reward because it means I get to go home and visit my family and I find it very relaxing.

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    Sounds like a lot of rules...isn't gardening exercise? Don't be too hard on yourself! Rewards, yes, every day. It helps take some of the stress out of weight loss.

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KAIZEN7 5/11/2011 6:42PM

    I'm just getting started so I haven't set up a reward system. I think the personal pampering is ideal and may copy your mani/pedi/massage and add in facial to my list of possible rewards.

Thanks for the ideas!

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Back to My Way of Eating (WOE) - Week 1

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Last week, I don't know what it was, but I finally realized (again) that eating "balanced" meals is not what works for me. I knew this already. Went through this whole thing once before back in 2008 when eating "balanced" meals gained me 25-30lbs.

And so, I am back on my prescribed way of eating (WOE, from this point forward) and already I feel so much better. I've lost 7.5lbs and I can feel the changes. I know this is what I have to do.

Also, I have a little incentive to look good again...this summer we'll be heading to a resort in the Bahamas! We've been trying to plan a little pre-"starting our family" vacation for a while and finally decided on this. I know I can get down to a weight I feel comfortable with by then and now I can't wait to bask in that sunshine on the beach.

I'll keep you updated on my WOE.

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MRSBERG135 3/9/2011 1:37PM

    whatever works for you is the best way!

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NUTMEG1125 3/8/2011 11:39AM

    I also limit a lot of what SparkPeople says is right, and it works for me. I do have hypothyroidism, but medication alone did not help me lose weight, not at all. I spent over 3 years eating the SP way and although I didn't gain wieght I surely didn't lose any either.

I limit my carbs because it works for me.

The thing is that a 'balanced' diet meas you get all of your required nutrition from the food you eat. Even though I only eat about 10-20% of my calories from carbs, I actually get more nutrients from food now then I did following the normal dietary recommendations by SO and the dietitian I was seeing for years. So, although I have low carbs, I am still eating a balanced diet.

An aregument can be made toot hat getting balanced nutrition from a moderate to high carb diet like SP can be very difficult. Look how many people on the Diet & Nutrition Board are constantly lamenting over missed nutrients in their diet.

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    Compared to some of my friends, my WOE is a lot different. People think a "diet" is restricting everything and you can't eat anything fun, but I eat everything I want. I just measure it/eat a small amount. I feel better eating this way than I ever did cutting out the fun things, and I know some people who diet think that I'm crazy because I eat Nutella with my breakfast sometimes. You do what you think/know is best for you, and you'll see success! emoticon

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MISSWISABUS 3/8/2011 10:47AM

    WOE = way of eating

My WOE isn't something that I tout around SP very much, because I've been met with unkind reactions and opinions in some circles.

I have an "unnamed metabolic disorder." It took me years to be diagnosed, though my diagnosis isn't as definitive as I was hoping for. When all my problems started I was sure that it was just my thyroid, that I would go in, get a prescription, and be better.

Not the case.

Turns out my disorder means that I cannot process sugar (in any form) like most people. I sometimes describe it to people like this -- when I eat too many carbohydrates, my body goes into a pre-hibernation type mode. It's like a bear. I pack on the pounds eating "HEALTHY" things!

I've learned a lot in the past few years. Even the balanced meals that SP suggests can make me very ill and cause me to gain weight quickly. My diet is very strictly modified.

I know it doesn't work for everyone, but there are many people out there caught in a trap who may not know that they have metabolism problems or insulin resistance. This WOE has been a godsend for me.

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 3/8/2011 10:05AM

    Sounds like you have a plan that works for you. emoticon

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    I'm not sure what WOE is, but I know the balanced meal thing is taken way to literally anymore. Yes, we need a balanced diet, but that doesn't mean "three square meals". I break my 'balance" up through out six meals during the day. I am glad to see that you are doing so well.

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Snowed In

Thursday, February 03, 2011

3 days now. Looking like tomorrow and maybe on into the weekend we'll be stuck here too. Then they're saying another chance of snow on Monday with an even bigger storm brewing to bring MORE on Wednesday. This is weird for around here and ugh...so tired of it! I love a good snow day here and there but it's looking like we could be here for a while and since I work for the public school system, we WILL be making this up.

How's the weather where you are? Are you snowed in as well? How do you make the most of your time inside? What do you do for fitness activities?

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MADDIE_82 2/7/2011 3:33PM

    I live in Canada (Toronto, Ontario), so we are used to a lot of snow and it doesn't keep us home-bound. That being said, I CANNOT wait for the winter to be over this year. The amount of clothes (parka, boots, scarf, hat, mitts, etc) that I have to lug everywhere with me is ridiculous - not to mention try shoving all of that into the small lockers at the gym! Also looking forward to spring/summer this year for the first time in a long time, as *fingers crossed* I can buy some new clothes to fit a smaller body!

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    I am a substitute teacher and the snow is keeping me from working as well. Weds and Thurs were canceled all over the state. This morning I was scheduled to go into work, but the school I was suppose to go to is canceled today as well. The school in the town I live in is open though. I have decided to take the opportunities to get great workouts in. I hope you are able to be productive on your days off because I know how it feels to be when you are unable to.

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LETECIAF 2/3/2011 6:10PM

  Here in Oregon we are having unusual weather too, but the complete opposite, sunny and 60 degrees!!! I have moved my exercising outdoors with my kids, which is good because there were getting cabin fever with the cold and rain. Hope some of the sunshine reaches you!

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    I've been going somewhat crazy with Cabin Fever... I did NOT want to get out of bed this morning. Not one bit. The SO and I bought the EA sports Wii Fitness package today and it's pretty intense for a video game. I've been trying to work out and keep active, but I made the horrible mistake of making cookies this past Tuesday. I'm just ready to go back to work, and I'm curious as to how the school district is going to figure out how to make up the days. I'd rather just tack them on in June then to make them up on holidays/add time to the school days.

Stay warm!

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KIMBERLY2313 2/3/2011 5:14PM

    I'm outside of Boston and its been snowing like crazy! At least 4 feet in my front yard right now!! I've been doing the free exercise on demand videos. They arent to bad actually. I had shoulder surgery 2 weeks ago so i cant do anything intense but I've been doing the walking videos bc i want to stay active even though I'm forced to be stationary. Dont know if you have On demand but check out the exercise tv on there. The yoga ones are pretty good as well. Good Luck! emoticon

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 2/3/2011 5:07PM

    I have friends in the Oklahoma City area and I commented to them that "I didn't know Oklahoma ever got that cold and had that much snow". We ended up with approximately 10-12 inches of snow with high winds so we've had a lot of drifting. Many people had they're vehicles buried under snowdrifts. The wind chill has been below zero so I haven't been outside much. I've continued to get my exercise with a stationery bike and resistance bands.

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