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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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DOLPHINNUT 9/15/2012 1:28AM

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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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BUSYGRANNY5 9/13/2012 7:22AM


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MYBULLDOGS 9/13/2012 6:56AM


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

    You go girl, your doing great! emoticon emoticon

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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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Week 3!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

This is week 3 for me.... HOLY COW I made it to week 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously??!?!!! WOW!!!!!

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This is a first... Now to keep it up this week and next week.

Can't help but to wonder, is it wrong that I take the weekends "off" from exercise? I still eat in moderation and don't binge or eat a lot of junk food... well ok Sunday I did b/c of football. I made our queso dip and chips and a buffalo chicken dip and that's all that we had all day yesterday. I didn't cook anything else.

Saturday, I know its not the right exercise b/c I didn't get my heart rate up but we did a lot of walking on Saturday. We spent like 3 hours walking around 2 different stores. So I did get a little busy and I cleaned house on Sunday. I managed to sweep the living room and kitchen, did laundry and then mopped the living room floor. Ahhh semi clean house LOL I just have to clean the foyer and get dishes put away and de-clutter my kitchen table! LOL Any way.... time for me to go get busy at the YMCA. WOOHOO!!!! I got this!!!!

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DOLPHINNUT 9/11/2012 10:46AM

    Way to go, keep it up! Walking does more for you than you realize, it may not seem like much but it does help. That's why those little tips like park further away from the store do help, every little bit of fitness is a few more calories burned. Not sure about the taking weekends off. Guess it really depends on the person and what works for you, myself if I took the weekend off I would probably end up taking a few more days and then a few more!! Whatever works for you, hang in there! emoticon

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Tough Workouts On Me!

Friday, September 07, 2012

I was in a comfort zone for so long and now that I am in a new area, it HARD!!!!!! Oh my goodness, there are some muscles I don't work or haven't worked in a long time and there are others that I don't have such a difficult time with. I managed to complete the workout routines, even though I didn't quite do ALL the reps as planned but I did what I could and let me tell you, my arms are sore and my legs are sore. My arms more than my legs right now.

AND.... I signed up today to start playing volleyball at the YMCA. So first game is tomorrow at 11 am! Hmmm Do I go in early and workout before the game, or just let the game be my workout?! I'm not sure what to do there. This makes the second week that I've been active! I want to turn this into a habit... So I have what two or three more weeks to go!? I know I will reach a plateau at some point but hopefully I'll be in a routine that with no weight loss, I won't get discouraged. I know its not all about the weight. I could be losing inches and not weight!

Another thing, I've decided to keep track of weight and inches during the time that I am doing BFL. I even took a picture of myself in the full length mirror front and side with my phone. I know cheesy but until I can get my husband to take the picture for me, I don't have a choice. I want to attempt a picture every week so I can see the progression over time in the pictures... Wouldn't that be cool to put them in a power point and watch the weight melt away in pictures? Its a thought any way! Maybe I can sweet talk him in to taking the pictures for me.

How long before I start having more energy? I am soooo very sleepy every day around this time or earlier. I have got to figure out how to sleep better or something. I'm just way too tired to do much of anything else right now...

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DOLPHINNUT 9/9/2012 3:43PM

    sounds like you are really motivated. You can do it! Mzaybe you could try the sllep challenge and get some ideas to help you there. emoticon

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MIKIBA 9/7/2012 6:14PM

    You are doing a great job! I am so inspired by your dedication! Maybe try 500mg of Magnesium before bed? It works for me to help me sleep more soundly through the night. Keep it up!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/7/2012 4:26PM

    It sounds like you are on the right track. The picture idea sounds cool.

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ANJELIA1968 9/7/2012 4:21PM

    Sounds like you are motivated, and your motivation is paying off!
I'm can definitely relate to the pain of using new or less frequently used muscles. Yesterday I tried jogging for the first time in FOREVER. Like you, I AM IN SO SORE!!!
I'm taking a rest day today (10 min just to keep up my Spark streak) by I'll be back at it tomorrow! Meanwhile, I'm dealing with the pain in great, relaxing ways. I went and got a massage, and I'm going to soak in a hot bubble bath as soon as possible.
Hope your pain subsides soon! Keep up the hard work.

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