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Healthy Living Challenge

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Here I am again.. Attempting a 2nd Team Challenge... I tried one last year but didn't keep up with it and didn't finish the challenge. This one is for 9 weeks. This is week one. So far not too bad. I managed (2) 20 oz and (1) 16.9 oz bottles of water yesterday. Which is MORE than I normally drink which is 0 water. ( S.N.: Does it still count as water if I ad a green tea mix to the water? I have tons of questions!!) This challenge seems to have started off better than the last one I attempted. This team has some very encouraging people on it! I like that. Lord knows I need all the support and encouragement I can get on this journey!

I went and did water Cardio at the YMCA yesterday morning. I didn't work as hard as I have in the past. I didn't feel myself getting worked up. But then again I wasn't in the deep end of the pool with the belt on either! But the main thing is that I went and I was actively participating! Which is much better than sitting home doing nothing! I think that after I finish my coffee I will get dressed and take a walk this morning. Since the water class on Tuesdays is from 7-8 p.m.

I understand that in order to lose weight I have to burn more than I consume. Looking at what I burned for that one exercise yesterday versus what I ate yesterday made me realize that I'm not doing enough. No where even close. But good gravy, do I have to work out multiple times a day in order to reach that point of burning more than I consume?? I don't want to get myself in over my head and make myself tired or sore or to the point that I don't want to workout any more.

Back in 2006/2007 I lost the weight without trying or meaning to. I was just walking for stress relief and quiet time to myself. I would pop in my earbuds, get music going and walk and talk to God. Back then there was a lot more stress in my life. Maybe that's why I lost all the weight, but then again it could have been a combination of everything! Seems like when you are trying to lose the weight its hard but when you don't try it drops off so easily!

UGH!!! I have to create a new playlist for walking... I hate SLOW music when I'm walking... So now I gotta find stuff that's fast and upbeat that I like. Guess its time to clear out the old playlists and create a new one based on cds and stuff I have around here. Can't afford to buy any!!!

Guess I better get off of here so I can get my walk done before it gets TOO hot to be outside!

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VETTRANGER 6/26/2012 11:45PM

    Almost anything you drink counts as water. There are two exceptions:

If the drink has caffeine in it, only count 75% of the volume, since caffeine is a diuretic.

Alcohol is a net diruetic, so you don't get to count ANY ounces of fluid when you drink an alcoholic beverage. LOL

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METSFANWIFE 6/26/2012 9:01AM

    Good job going to the YMCA! You will find things that you enjoy and help you to get pepped up when you're working.

I don't want to spend hours working out either. I read somewhere that some actors keep their slender figures eating whatever they want, but they exercise two to three hours every day! Hello! I do NOT have that kind of time in my day - even if I got up at 5am, my girls would still be up before three hours was done. LOL

You just have to find your own rhythm. Find what works, what you can do consistently, and go from there.

"Tomorrow's a new day with no mistakes in it." Anne Shirley :) So have a good one!


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ELRIDDICK 6/26/2012 8:31AM

  Thanks for sharing

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First Physical in YEARS!!!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Since I now have insurance after years of no health insurance, I made an appointment for myself for a physical. The results of that physical are not that great but they aren't that bad either. I have a vitamin D deficiency, so he gave me and RX for that. My bad cholesterol is high but not high enough for medicine, so I have to change everything to LOW fat. Ok manageable. And he said that I am "pre-diabetic", which has a lot to do with my weight. So he said wants to watch me closely over the next 3-6 months.

Watching my husband's battle with his diabetes is rough. His body produces too much insulin and his body turns it into sugar but we can't seem to get it under control. He's the only one working so money is limited so I make cheap meals which is usually a lot of pasta stuff. Which I know we're not supposed to have now, along with a long list of other things.

Being told I am pre diabetic is kind of my wake up call. This is my opportunity to get things under control before I end up with it and can't get it under control or end up with it for life. I'm only 34 and do not want to be bound to a needle and glucose monitoring for the rest of my life. So no more excuses for me. My weight is causing so many issues. I think once I get this weight off of me again I'll feel better, be happier, be more energetic and might actually be able to focus again.

I think I need a workout buddy who will go with me to workout. I tried to get my son interested in the water cardio but I can't seem to get him interested in anything other than video games! I guess I just need a way to be accountable and have someone push me or give me a nudge.

I just need to find a way to be more persistent in this. I've put it on my calendar for six days a week to do my one hour of water cardio. I hope that I can stick to it. I know it helps and it work b/c I lost 20 lbs in a month along with inches. I have to do this. NO MORE EXCUSES FOR ME. I've ran out of excuses. Time to keep my butt in gear!!!!!!

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GAELA-I-CAN 6/5/2012 10:53PM

    I was a pre diabetic for years.. Finally a couple of months ago. It happened. Now I'm a diabetic and surprise. Now I'm going into renal failure to boot. Wish I had seen the writing on the wall when I was pre diabetic . I respect you so much for taking action before worse things happen. emoticon

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UMBILICAL 6/5/2012 10:43PM

  Good move!

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Going Again

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I swear my weight is a huge roller coaster ride. And it does NOT help that I can't stick to something. I have to find a way to stay on track and get this under control. I'm 34 years old and weigh 323 lbs. My son is 14 and weighs 239.2!!!! I try to get him to get active but the issue is he watches me and says "Well you don't do anything, why should I?" And the old mom thing of "Because I said so" doesn't really work on him when it comes to the issue of weight. So now I have to really get focused and devoted not just for me and my health but for my son's as well! I'm always so TIRED but I've got to find the energy from somewhere. I know I can lose the weight. I've done it before. I found an OLD journal and in 2007 I weight 257! That's 68 lbs from where I am now!!! I am determined to get back to that and lower. I have to do this. I have to get my son active to save him from diabetes and other health issues.

So no more putting if off.

I went to the Y today. I tried the Zumba class but its NOT for me. My knees and my hips were hurting too much for me to complete the class. I did manage about 35 minutes of Zumba before I quit. Then I went and walked for 25 minutes. I think I'm just gonna stick with the water cardio because that seems to be the most beneficial for me. I just wish my son liked it as much as I did. He doesn't like doing anything but sitting and playing video games. Well that's gotta change and NOW.


Still going!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Its a new year. I've been slacking a lot about losing this weight. But I haven't totally given up. Back in November I stepped on the scale and saw 300!!!!!!!! I haven't seen that number in over 3 years!!! I was ecstatic. But that didn't help b/c I didn't continue working out. And so I went back up to 311.4 lbs. With the new year came new wants and goals. I say this every year and well as long as I try and work on losing the weight, I'll keep making the resolutions to lose weight. At least I've managed to stay down from 325 when I last started this! So that's progress right?! As of right now I'm at 309.2 !!!! Its progress!!! I have a program that is 4 minutes of Cardio heat, 3 minutes of core exercises, 2 minutes of toning and then 1 minute of stretching and deep breathing. For now I do that once a day. I have to get used to this working out again and when I feel I can complete 2 a day I will move up to two workouts a day and so on. But for now its one. Its an attempt. I started working out at home, alone and recording the videos so I can watch them and make sure that I'm doing things correctly and also so I can see progress over time!

Another cool part of this whole change is that I have now gotten my 220 lbs 14 year old working out with me. He's worked out 3 days in a row now! I'm proud of him for putting forth the effort. I keep talking to him about his weight and the complications the weight will cause over time. I guess I'm getting through because he's started working out! I'm so proud of him so far! I want to be a good example for him. So far its working.

For now we're off to a great start!!!!! 2012 New year, new me! Let's go!


Seeing some results

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wow, I haven't written since May 27th?! Geesh! I guess by reading my journal you can tell I don't stick to things very well. I don't know why I just don't. I got on the scale the other day and found out I am down to 303 now! I can actually see under 300 coming!!!! I was ecstatic to see 303 on the scale. I know that's not a number to be happy about to some people. But to me its another victory, another stone turned, another goal down. Little by little. I am NOT where I wanted to be by this time, but I'm still working, SLOWLY, I'm still going.

I have an LG Ally Android phone, that doesn't have cell service anymore but I can access wifi on the phone. So I've downloaded an app that tracks my workout. So when I walk out the door of my house, hit start on the app, it plays music from my phone and as I walk it keeps track of where I'm walking, how fast I'm walking and how far I've walked and for how long. I think its pretty nifty! LOL So I've used it twice now to track my workout, I only wish that it would interface with SparkPeople too b/c it allows me to post my work out info to Facebook. Since my son is now in HIGH school, and has to get up at 5:30 in the morning, I think that I'll start walking after he gets on the bus in the mornings. Since I'm already up and about I figured I might as well get it in!

Any way, small steps at a time. I've not given up on it. I'm still going. For now the goal is to get down to 250. So 53 pounds to go! I CAN and WILL do this!!!!


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