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Body Scan- you may have already seen this on SP

Monday, June 25, 2012

You might have already come across this picture and info on another Spark Blog or elsewhere. I know the first time I saw it- it was on another SP blog, but I had to seek it out speaks to me so loudly...while I was working on losing my excess weight and now that I am working to maintain everything that I have gained for myself. This is a body scan image comparing the body of a 250 pound woman with that of a 120 pound woman. Notice especially the crowding of the organs and the strain on the joints. The alignment of the knees and ankles is dramatically altered by the excess body weight.

The first time I saw this image, I thought to myself, "that is what I could easily look like inside! What have I allowed to happen?" (I was 248 at my heaviest) I had to change it! That image has remained with me, and helped to motivate me to change how I treat my body. Now it gives me another visible reason to keep what I have worked so hard to achieve.
Here is a link to more info...there are several places on the web that have this posted.

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PURPLELVR7 6/27/2012 7:28AM


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NYARAMULA 6/27/2012 12:51AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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JUDYAMK 6/27/2012 12:41AM

    Wow thanks for posting this

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COCHESE321 6/26/2012 2:32PM

    This is a great visual. Also notice what a funny position the arms are in to go around the body. Arms should hang down from the shoulder, not have to be bent around the torso.

Thanks! It is good to see what we are trying to accomplish. emoticon

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PARKERB2 6/25/2012 7:04PM

    Thanks for sharing. It speaks volumes.

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RMARSH07 6/25/2012 4:43PM

  Thanks for sharing this. I hadn't seen it before. I recently had a hysterectomy and this was something I saw in numerous CT scans and ultrasound tests.

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Great Read for Losers and Especially Maintainers

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I'm reading the book, "Weight Loss Boss," by current Weight Watchers CEO, David Kirchhoff, and I am LOVING it. He writes in an easy-to-read way with plenty of humor (which I love). I especially like that he concentrates on not only the dynamics of weight loss but also the special struggles of maintenance after a particular a substantial loss. I am learning some new things, or in some cases, acknowledging some things I already knew, but didn't recognize their importance, for example, the differences in how naturally thin(never having been overweight) people view food versus the way formerly obese turned thin people view food, and how we don't automatically change our perspective to that of the naturally thing when we become thin. He gives some great insight to coping with this as well as a number of other really important and key elements to maintaining a healthy weight/lifestyle.
Read a snippet here:

I resisted this book for the first 3 or 4 emails I got from WW about it, even though the WW program has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I was afraid this book was just basically advertising for the program, but while he obviously mentions his work with the company and his experience using the program for his own weight loss, he has delivered his message in a manner that is useful to those who are using any kind of sensible approach to gaining a healthy life (or aspires to).

I'm almost finished with the book (that I purchased for my Kindle-my reward last year for reaching my half-way there goal), and this is the first time I have used the highlight text feature. There are some really great messages that I want to go back and remind myself as I travel down the road of maintenance...especially when I'm struggling, so I wanted to be able to easily go back and find that inspiration as I need it.

I definitely recommend this book!

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KAYOTIC 6/22/2012 11:33PM

    Thanks for the review and recommendation, I had not heard about this one.

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JO88BAKO 6/21/2012 11:31PM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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GORIANA 6/21/2012 8:17PM

    Thanks for the review. I have heard a similar reference about the mindset of a thin person and I am working on getting into that mindset.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 6/21/2012 8:11AM

    Thank you for sharing...I read the snippet in the new WW Magazine and it did interest me. I think I will pick it up on Saturday when I weigh in. I have Jean Nidetch book which I was not too thrilled with.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/21/2012 7:53AM

    I'm going to get it. Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like just what I need.-Marsha

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I've learned to live a varied, active life

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This is from a message board response, and after writing it, I decided it would make a nice blog entry as well, so if you've already read the message board post, this will look familiar to you.

You are right, Johanne, about me biking more than running now. I have still signed up for and competed in several 5k races and a few 4 milers. This past Saturday morning was the first time I had gotten up and went for a run from home in a while. I do a lot of walking with friends too. My best friend and I recently started "mentoring" another friend of ours with this program, and we have weekly "meetings" where we have a meal that we all contribute to, she discusses her week's strong moments and moments that she felt she needed more control over, and we go for a walk with her. She has another group of friends that she has walked with too, but the pace they take is more than she is comfortable with. Our walks with her are ones where she sets the pace, and we are fine with that. I vary my activity throughout the week, and that works really well for me. I have come to a point where I am fine with not doing scheduled intense workouts...but I do find something very active to do most days every week as part of my regular life. Yesterday, for instance, I spent a little more than 2 hours cutting pieces from a roll of rubber matting to apply to damaged areas of tile at my grandma's house at her request. I didn't put on as many miles as I would have walking or running, but believe me, it was strenuous work- especially when one considers that it's not part of my regular daily routine emoticon It makes me feel really accomplished though. My agenda for today includes more of that kind of thing for my grandma. It's in the 90's here the last couple of days too, and my boyfriend and I did get a chance to get out and have a walk in the evening yesterday. It wasn't particularly rigorous, more like relaxing and therapeutic...but it's also activity. I have done so much better now that I abandoned the "all or nothing" mentality that I had used so many other times in the past. Extra activity in any form is beneficial, and isn't that the goal--to learn how to automatically become a more active person?
I think of it this way too...our predecessors didn't plan out runs or weight workouts, etc- they just worked really hard all day long, and they--generally speaking-- had no problems with excess weight. Obviously I don't have to do the same kind of hard manual labor day in and day out in my world today, so throwing in some walks, runs, and weight workouts helps to replace that along with a good dose of the heavy manual labor throughout my days.
Well...that got a little long winded once I got on a roll emoticon I must have needed that little pep talk to myself- I have to do that sometimes- remind myself that I'm doing good things for myself, even if I'm not doing the exact same things I had done before. I have kind of moved to an auto-pilot kind of mode, but I don't want to get too easy on myself either, because I'm afraid if I skip too many planned workouts and justify it too often by telling myself I'm working hard in other areas that I will become less than honest about that- It helps to keep mentally re-evaluating what our routines are and asking ourselves "what am I doing that is truly good for me?" If we have to dig too deep to find good answers, then maybe it's time to get ourselves back on track- but if the answers come easily (and are honest) then we should be proud of our continued diligence.

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/19/2012 10:18AM

    Movement is movement.We do not need to spend 8 hrs doing back breaking work as our elders have in past years. Diet playes a HUGE part in the fat America that we live in today . Have a great week .

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Loving Summer Break

Thursday, June 07, 2012

School has been out 2 1/2 weeks now, and I've just had a great time! Getting so much done at home, getting lots of activity in, and enjoying the flexibility of my time!
Today (and for the rest of summer on Wednesdays) my best friend and I worked out at Planet fitness, had lunch at Panera Bread (our favorite!!), and shopping at the Goodwill quarter sale (have to replace our wardrobe ya know!). We had such a great time, and we found some things for another friend who has been inspired by our success to start this journey too. We did this last Wednesday too, and when we all got together this Monday (another weekly appointment) with her for our "meeting" we gave her the new duds we found. It was so exciting for all of us!
We finished our visit today with a 2+ mile brisk walk. We never stop talking, and we are so excited about how much better our stamina is than where it was a year ago. We have such a great time together, and it's awesome that we both love being active together...of course we also both love to eat together...we just help each other make better choices now.
What a great day!

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GORIANA 6/11/2012 6:35PM

    Sounds awesome.

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 6/10/2012 10:54AM

  It's so great that you help each other into healthy behaviours of many kinds! Sounds like your summer will be among the best. I'm surprised that your school-year is already finished. Up here in Canada, school typically runs from the beginning of September to the end of June.

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KAYOTIC 6/8/2012 9:47AM

    It's great to have that support! Sounds like you are all on the right track! emoticon

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ILOVEPEOPLE 6/7/2012 7:54AM

    Love this blog. My best friend and I also get together to exercise, shop and eat. We get together every other Friday. It really makes a difference to have a buddy to be healthy with.

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That's what I'm talking about!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Oh yeah! So proud of me today!
Set two goals for myself when I got up this morning, and I met them both.
#1 Stay within daily target today...I've used 42 of my 49 extra allowance for the week in the first 2 days
#2 Get out and ride my bike all around town to earn back some of the extras I've consumed the last few days

So, it's almost bedtime, and I've stayed right on target for today, and it's looking like I'm going to make it to bed without binging on anything...last few days have been rough that way:)
I also went on a long bike ride with my sweetie. We helped each other stay accountable on something today with that bike ride. He lives 10 miles out of town, and he'd brought the bike in to ride with me yesterday, and had left it packed up in the car. I sent him a text to see if he'd be interested in a ride after work (I wanted the activity and something to physically keep me away from the temptation of another carb binge), and he sent message back saying that sounded good, otherwise he would go home and crash, then not fall to sleep at decent time for bed tonight (he just switched to 10 hour days today, so he has to get up an hour earlier).
Mission accomplished- I stayed away from the junk, got my activity in, and hopefully he will sleep like a baby tonight when he goes to bed early (probably by now)-I'll have to ask him about that tomorrow.
It was a good day for meeting some small goals- and it had built in rewards- I got to spend quality time with my sweetie and got the enjoyment of a scenic ride around town.

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HONEYBUNCH24 5/14/2012 11:07PM

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KAYOTIC 5/14/2012 9:45AM

    Well done! How nice to be able to bike with your boyfriend, and burn off some calories! Time well spent...

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GORIANA 5/8/2012 12:56PM

    WIN WIN WIN, sounds like a great day. BTW, do you have any suggestions on bikes. I'm thinking of getting one, but I often find them uncomfortable and don't know what to look for.

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 5/8/2012 2:26AM

  Good for you! I'm rooting for you! emoticon emoticon

That's your lovely new bike, isn't it? You talked at one point of maybe using it to travel to and from work. Would that be safe? I worry about cyclists who ride in heavy traffic. Not all drivers are considerate. In fact, in the past, I got yelled at by a cyclist who was absolutely right; I unthinkingly did something that put his life in danger. Since then, I am very conscious when I am driving past a cyclist & will take any measure to make sure they stay safe.

I'm so happy you had a good day!

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