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Been a month already?!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Well looking at my last blog post, I realize it been more than a month since I blogged. I started off strong - for a little over a week, I was tracking my food and exercise. The SP Activity Tracker is certainly helping motivate me there, even if the counts are quite right. For some reason, almost every walk I do gets classified as a cycle event, so I have to reclassify, but its still motivating me. I've only forgot to put it on once since I got it.

I was doing great in at least signing into SP each day and spinning the wheel. Think I did that for the first 25 days of the year. Then I missed a day. But I've managed to get back to 11 days in a row now.

So on Monday, I finally got together with a new Hawaii SPer HUYANA_PHOENIX. It was raining out, so we went to the mall and walked for over an hour. It was great! We went when I got off work, and I know that if I hadn't had that commitment, I would have gone home, eaten dinner in front of the tv and not done any exercise! Yea!!! Hopefully we'll get together and do more things together to keep each other going. And hopefully soon we'll meet up with another HAwaii SPer, HEALTHYSLIM2 and do some Zumba!

I ran into a friend from the Zumba class I usually go to. For health and injury reasons, she's taking a break from Zumba and has found a yoga studio that she really likes. They have classes everyday and throughout the day. That's a big plus for someone like me who has a constantly changing schedule. She said she never really like yoga, but raved about her instructor. Its a donation based studio and you just drop in. So I've already checked out the schedule and think I'll try a class or two Monday/Tuesday.

I leave for a mainland trip in less than a week. I have several days off before my trip, which is good because I have a lot to do around the house, and to get packed up. I'll be in AZ for a cousin's wedding, and then South Texas for an airshow. Hopefully I'll remember to wear my tracker throughout so I can see how much I'm doing.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/12/2014 4:05AM

    We WILL get together for zumba and maybe a hike soon!
The motivation of meeting up is so good for all of us!!!
There is a zumbathon on Sunday March 2nd, from 2:00 - 4:00. It's at Kalihi-waena School. $10.00 pre-sale... what do you think??

Travel safely, and have fun at the wedding and AIR SHOW!...
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MCJULIEO 2/7/2014 11:39PM

    Hope you enjoy south Texas! I suspect wearing your tracker at the airshow would yield huge numbers!

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USMAWIFE 2/6/2014 9:25PM

    sounds like you are having fun

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Back on the wagon

Saturday, January 04, 2014

As I write this blog entry, I see that my last one was in September. And I see that entry was about the downward trend I saw on the scale.

The holidays and everything now have me at my heaviest. 195 according to my home scale. I am dreading going to the doctor's at the end of the month, as their scale will have me over 200.

Well its a new year, and time to reset. So far I've gotten my 8+ cups of water in 3 days in a row, and I've logged into SP each day since Jan 1. I also bought the SP activity tracker just before the new year, and it arrived yesterday. I got it this morning after my night shift, and after I slept, I activated it and am now wearing it. Its definitely a lot easier to track my steps with it!

My regular Zumba instructor has cut back her class days. Now its Monday and Wednesday Zumba, and Thursday is Toning. With my crazy work schedule, I won't be able to make as many classes. So I'm contemplating joining the Y. I was a member of 24 hour fitness several years ago when I did make significant progress in my weight loss/get healthy attempts, but there were just too many issues there. Several of the other Zumba instructors that I have tried do teach some at the Y, so that's why I'm considering that. I know I should be able to get out there and get exercise without the membership, but I've just found that it I have a place to go, I'm more likely to do it. At least that's what it was like last time. But of course with everyone else getting on the new year weight lot wagon, I know any place will be crazy. Hopefully next week when I'm off during the day, I can go down and sign up without it being too busy.

I have my cousin's wedding over President's Day weekend. So unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the Great Aloha Run this year. I'm already signed up, but I can't miss this opportunity to see my closet cousin get married! And to see tons of family. Because I'm not doing to the GAR, I have not been running, and that's really bad.

I do have the Epilepsy Foundation 5K at the end of this month. Although my husband and I aren't yet signed up, we will be doing that run. He does the 10K, and I'll muddle through the 5K. I have epilepsy, so its important to me personally to do that every year. Its a tough 5K (and I hear the 10K is tough too), but it is a pretty run over by Diamond Head. The Pro Bowl is that afternoon, and we've got tickets again. Last year the 2 events were the same day as well. So get up early, do the run, then head home and take the bus out to the stadium for some football.

Happy New Year's!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2014 2:19PM

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Hi dear Spark Friend! Missed you!

Don't worry - you're not alone. Even many of us who weren't completely off the wagon have lost ground to make up (ugh - all my clothes are TIGHT AGAIN!!) emoticon

But new year, new US!!
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We can do this and I started by writing out my weekly fitness schedule.
emoticon Step by step... we'll get there!!!

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Acknowledging it

Friday, September 20, 2013

So I wrote the other day that I weighed myself the morning after the bike/run/Zumba/bike event, but that I wasn't going to count that weight.

Well that weight has now appeared on the scale twice more this week. So I've logged it. 188.

I do tend to weigh myself a lot. I just don't log it a lot. With my rotating work schedule, its hard to find the same time to weigh, and under the same conditions. For some people, when they weigh themselves a lot, it stresses them out. Personally it doesn't affect me one way or the other. But after making the changes the last 2 weeks, its definitely a good feeling to see some change!

Although I'm working a night shift now, and that should be it for me, I picked up another one. A co-worker has called in sick for Friday's night shift, so I volunteered to take it. I've been getting a fair amount of sleep on these couple nights, and I didn't have any plans, so doing another night shift won't be too bad.

I did break down last night and tonight. I went to the candy jar. Both nights I got a fun-size M&M bag. But I did force myself to eat 1 M&M at a time, so at least I made sure to savor that little bag! :)

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/21/2013 6:14PM

    LOVE the savoring of one M&M at a time. Being the total sweet tooth girl myself, I have had to learn to make ONE candy have a big impact. It really works if you set your mind to it!!
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MCJULIEO 9/20/2013 8:29PM

    one M&M at a time is a challenge, but it's really the way to go, isn't it?!??

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Its clicking like never before

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I honestly don't know why this time has been/is different.

There has been no major life epiphany.

But I am finding it easier. Its been 16 days now since I started logging in, spinning the wheel and tracking my food and exercise. I'm not always staying in my calorie range for the day, but I'm definitely doing a lot better than every before. And even better, I'm thinking about my food choices. Most importantly I'm thinking about them instead of just blindly going into the kitchen and eating stuff.

And the scale is already starting to show it. I know based on past history, and with the choices I've been making in the last 16 days, that prior to that, I was probably routinely consuming more than 2800 calories. So its really no surprise that even if I'm not in my range, I'm seeing a difference.

Of course my run/Zumba event this past week helped in jump starting things as well.

I do need to increase my Zumba and other workouts, but I am focused on making sure I don't try to take on too much at once. Adding Zumba in when I can (meaning when I'm not working) is pretty easy, since I do enjoy the class. Doing other things when I can't do Zumba is the harder part.

And I really need to increase my water intake. I know that will also really help.

Keep it going!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/21/2013 6:16PM

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Keep up the great work!! You are doing terrific!!!!
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A great weekend

Monday, September 16, 2013

So yesterday's bike/run/zumba/bike went well.

I got up in plenty of time yesterday morning (thus the blog beforehand). Since I hadn't pre-registered, I still had an "out". But I didn't back out. I biked down to the park. I took it pretty easy, since I knew I had the run/walk to do. No line to register or to get my timing chip. Then I had about an hour to kill before the race started. I ended up seeing one of my Zumba instuctors there. She recently stopped holding classes at the Blaisdell Center and is only teaching at a gym now, so I don't see her much.

The race started and I took off at a very slow jog. Pacing has always been my weak point. I did my first mile in 14 minutes. The path was 1 2/3 around the park. I ended up by the finish line on my first time around just as the 1st place finisher finished. A marine who finished in about 19 minutes. When the race started, and everyone surged out ahead of me (or so it seemed), I wondered when everyone would start passing me! LOL!

Well at that point, I was more than a mile in, and I had run the whole time. So I kept running. I may have slowed down a bit, but I kept running. I finished in 45:21. Then there was about 1 1/2 hours until the Zumbathon.

I made sure to drink lots of water, and had a little to eat. I ended up doing about 45 minutes of Zumba. It was hot, and it was in the sun. And it was really crowded. Plus I knew I would have to bike home. So I peaced out.

And to keep the streak going, I even stayed within my calories yesterday. I weighed myself this morning and the scale is starting to go in the "right" direction. Further encouragement. I'm not counting it as an official weigh in though, since the morning after all that workout is probably a bit extreme.

Picked up my husband and 2 of our friends just a little bit. Tomorrow is back to work. I really need to make some breakfast sandwiches so that I don't go to campus center and get fried rice. I am planning to bike to work so I can go to my Zumba class right after work.

I hope all you SP-ers had a productive weekend!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/17/2013 1:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like SUCCESS from start to finish!
My weekend was not so successful, but I was right back in the saddle again yesterday!
Tried an aqua fitness class and boy, that is one good workout!! (which I knew it would be from years ago)
Here's to a successful WEEK - keep up the great work, SparkFriend!!! (and no fried rice!)

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MCJULIEO 9/16/2013 10:08PM

    What wonderful success you are having.... Way to go!

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