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Day 21

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I'm so glad that I decided today would be a day of nada! After playing 90 minutes of volley ball and then spending the rest of the day, from 1-5, helping my husband re-organize the garage, I am moving so very slowly today. EVERY SINGLE muscle on my body HURTS!!!!!!! I can't believe that I hurt this much. I knew I hadn't played volleyball in a long time but geesh! I am really outta shape! Guess yesterday I used muscles I haven't used in years. I don't even know if I could muster up the energy to get to the gym today if I had a workout planned. I just hope that tomorrow I will NOT be this sore.

Good points on yesterday, I was active for 90 minutes straight. I was sweating, had the heart rate up and had fun. I can't wait to do it again!


Day 20

Saturday, September 15, 2012


I went to the YMCA and played 90 minutes of Volleyball. Oh my gracious, that was so much fun!!!! We were sweating something fierce too! LOL I know at least two of us were drowning in it!! LOL
We all agreed that even if the YMCA "coach" isn't there, we're still gonna meet and play again. Its a workout that is actually a lot of fun!!! I am so glad that I signed up for it. I think I'll keep doing it as long as they have it. Its the one sport that I am pretty decent at! I can't play baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, football or hockey or even field hockey. So swimming and volleyball.

I'm so proud of myself! I'm on 20 days in to this! I've got a little extra bounce in my step when I leave the gym. I have to say was upset when I got there b/c the net wasn't set up, guys were still on the court playing basketball. The Coach wasn't there... UGH really!? I was ready to ask for a refund and go home. But I found two others who had signed up for the volleyball and stuck around. I'm so very glad that I did because that changed my attitude and it was a lot of fun.

Tomorrow will be a day of rest b/c my body is going to hate me tomorrow! LOL I was diving for the ball and hitting the floor and the ball pretty hard! I'll be surprised if my arms are not bruised tomorrow! LOL Oh the fun of it all!!!! Back it for week # 4 on Monday!!!

I'm still Sparkin and Lovin' It!

Go me!!! emoticon emoticon


Day 19

Friday, September 14, 2012

WOOHOO I have worked out a total of 15 days so far. Which is an accomplishment for me! WOOHOO!

Tomorrow is volleyball at the YMCA. I'm ready! That will be my cardio workout for tomorrow and then Sunday I have a free day!! YAY!!! Even my classes for this quarter end this weekend. So when I get my exams done today I will be completely finished with school for a couple of weeks. It will be nice to have a break from that! But not "breaks" from working out, only ONE day off a week if I can help it.

I need to figure out how to get more time put in on these workouts. I'm not meeting the suggested amount of fitness minutes per week! Hmmm I'll have to think on that one for a bit.

I'm still going strong 19 days after starting!!!

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MIDROAD 9/14/2012 1:31PM

    Sounds awesome! So happy for you!

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How Long Do I Wait?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I changed up my workout routine because I had been doing the same routine for about two years (off and on). But when I do the new workouts, I feel like I am "cheating" myself. I used to do 30 minutes of walking, then lower body machines and upper body machine and the ab machine. But now I just do one thing/area a day. Yesterday was upper body. Today is cardio. I just feel like its not making a difference. I just wonder how long I keep doing this routine before I see it actually working? First week I did great (on my old routine). But now that I am into the 2nd week of this new one, I've seen no change. Well I can't say absolutely no change because yesterday I did manage to complete all reps and sets completely, and I did increase the weigh on some sets. And going in I felt a little more skip in my step (if that even makes sense).

Its probably just my negative self trying to pull me down. I know this is doing me some good.I'm cooking healthier, making healthier choices for my husband and I. I'm active. I'm getting out of the house. Its a small bit of routine and structure. Because I have SO much free time on my hands, this kinda feeds my depression, which is NOT good at all.

I will stick to the 12 week program. I started it, I'm on day 11 of it so I might as well finish it out and see what happens. At the end of the 12 weeks if it hasn't helped, then I will not do it again. When I complete this 12 week program, that will be a HUGE accomplishment for me, since I typically quit everything I start. No more. I'm making this a more conscious effort. I WILL get this done. I've already accomplished 11 days on this program with an additional seven days on my old program. Wow, 18 days so far!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!

No more negative talk. No more beating myself up because I am worth it. I AM doing this. It will become part of a regular routine for me! I will not look the same next year. I WILL sit comfortably in the stadium seats at Heinz Field next year. Its time to get myself out and get my day started with a workout!

** Addition****

So I finally sat down and wrote a list of goals for this month thank so to BigJim5 for the idea!

September Goals:
1. Increase fitness minutes
2. Build myself up- no negative thoughts or comments.
3. Write every morning about a positive thought or motivational picture, at least a sentence or two.
4. Weigh myself ONLY on my weigh in day (Monday).
5. Increase water intake.
6. Increase fruit and/or vegetable intake.

Next month I'll do these same goals and see the reports in November as to what has changed better or worse!

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my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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Middle of Week 3

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

So its Wednesday on week 3 for me!!

While I am working on my weight, I am also working on my mental health since I battle depression quite a bit. My counselor says that I am way too hard on myself. Everything that comes out of my mouth and brain is negative. I have to start using more positive thoughts and words. I told my counselor I was trying to workout and lose weight and get to the gym... He was like you're not TRYING, you are DOING it. Stop saying trying because you are doing it. This positive self talk is new to me. I don't want people to think I'm snobbish or full of myself if I start writing and "praising" myself for little things. I guess that's my big issue, what others think of me and my thoughts... But not worrying about it any more. They don't live my life for me. They don't go through what I go through. So little accomplishment or big accomplishment I'm gonna celebrate it if I have to keep writing here or my other online journal!

I've decided that I am going to refuse the temptation to step on the scale every day. In order for me to avoid it, I may have to move the scale out of the bathroom. Its there and I'm always tempted to get on and see what the numbers look like. But that wouldn't be good because of how much our weight fluctuates throughout the week. I am also keeping up with the inches, as well as my weight. This way if my weight doesn't move I might have lost inches!

Today I did the upper body workout. I managed to do all the reps and sets I had planned. Some were harder than others, but I did get them ALL done. No cheating, no stopping, no shrinking the numbers. I even increased the weight on some! WOOHOO!!! GO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now its time to find a snack.. I'm HUNGRY!!!!!!!! Speaking of food, I gotta figure out what we're having for dinner tonight! Last night I made the broccoli and cheese soup from the SparkPeople Cook book.It was really good! Even my husband liked it!!!!!!!!!! Now to see what I can make tonight!

I'm on a roll! I can do this. I will do this. I will NOT be this weight next year or next month!!!!

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DOLPHINNUT 9/13/2012 1:49AM

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BBEAR407 9/12/2012 1:46PM

    Hello! I found your blog post very inspiring, as I believe I am currently battling some form of depression myself. Like you, I tend to be a very negative person, especially toward myself, and I'm trying very hard to be happier, healthier person all around. I have just begun going to the gym myself, however, I am currently only using the treadmill. I noticed that you said you were on Week 3 on a particular workout regimen that included your upper body... if it's not too much trouble, do you have a copy or link to that workout routine, by any chance? I'm interested in improving the strength in my arms and back, and I'm just curious what routines are out there that are working for other SparkPeople users. Take care! :)


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