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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today I hit a new spark level award ---- there is now a gold crown next to my Sparkname and Ive hit 60,000 spark points. Quite an acheivement.

I joined SP in 2006-------------- weighing in at 140 pounds.............. 60,000 points and 8 years later - I weight 138 pounds ---------- still have the big bloated belly - and nnow have a gold crown award.

so whats wrong with this picture? Ive gone down as low as 130 pounds.................... wiggle right back up.

I admit I have learned alot about health - fitness and nutrition. I exercise regularly - am off all meds and am happy about that.......... BUT my body has not changed - and I have not successfully lost the inches - or the weight.

Something serious to think about - and something to focus and work on.

How to change - so that I change.................... that is the question

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FOUNDER3 11/4/2014 9:52PM

    We have not talked for a while.

I guess when I read this post, the good thing that stands our for me is that you have not gained 20 pounds, and have been practicing healthy living.

I think that is a win.

God Bless my friend

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REDDOTFLYER 9/28/2014 9:02AM

    Things have recently clicked for me. Research CLA - it helps with belly fat loss. I do kettlebells 30 - 60 minutes a day. Not all swings. I do others to help with the core body. Your bike rides and kettlebell work are both helping you stay strong! Be healthy & stay fit!

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    I have been one of those yo-yo dieters for years. I also have been a SP member for a while (2007) and still have never reached my goal of 160 lbs. I would do really well, lose about 50 lbs, then start putting it back on again. I know, however, exactly why that keeps happening. I stop tracking faithfully, back off on workouts, & eventually stop coming by SP at all, falling right back into my bad habits.

I'm praying that this time will be different, that I won't allow myself to ease up, get lazy, whatever you want to call it.

I pray that you too will find the motivation to make the changes that need to be made, and to stick with it!

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ERIN_POSCH 9/27/2014 10:24AM

    Congrats on your leveling. thanks for the honest post and a nudge on my own reality check. I have to sometimes think back to what I might be if I hadn't started to make some changes (like tracking) at all. baby steps are still steps that take me forward. WE CAN DO THIS. wishing you much success on your journey.

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right back to the start line

Sunday, September 14, 2014

looking back at my sparkpeople history ---------------------- last night i got on the scale - and there it was --- I joined SP in 2006 at 143 pounds................ and there was that number right back on the scale.

At that time I was on 3 or 4 meds - sluggish and unhappy ------------ didnt exercise at all - was not aware of proper eating and didnt take any vitamins .

So here nearly 8 years later ----------------- after raising 2 kids - moving to my retirement home ----------- and making lots of life changes - there is that dam number again. Good news is Im OFF all medications Im exercising regularly ------------ doing long distance bike rides - swinging a kettlebell and doing strength training - and aware of proper eating even though Im not really following a proper eating plan - WHICH BY THE WAY IS THE PRIMARY PROBLEM.

OK so ------------------------ time to push forward........... Im bound and determined to see one more time in life - what I would look like at 130 and toned - with a few muscles showing. Not such a ridiculous quest. I dont want to look 20 ---------------- just a savvy 61.

Ok so here I go AGAIN

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NJJAZZ 9/27/2014 10:01AM

    well night time snacks are definitely not helping me. A suggestions about a hot cup of sugar free cocoa............... that may be what I need - its a treat - a snack - not alot of calories.............

changed my eating................ now to stick with it.

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LJCANNON 9/16/2014 7:05AM

    emoticon I agree, Exercise is the "Easy" Part of this whole deal. I am working with a Trainer now, but I really have to keep a handle on the stupid eating!!
emoticon Good Luck to Both of us!!

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NJJAZZ 9/15/2014 10:05PM

    finally accepted eating right has to be a part of this........... Ok so a trip to the supermarket - fresh fruit and veges - eggs - tuna in water and a roasted chicken..............

mmm---------------- didnt get to the gym but will do that tomorrow - and then do a 6-7 mile walk with a walking friend.................. good for the body and the mind.

Will swing those kettlebells and then do my leg workout on the machines. The bike riding and walking will be my cardio.

Looking forward to it.

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THE_OPTIMIST 9/15/2014 6:00PM

    Me too! Different situation and even heavier than before .... but it can be done!

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LUNORZAHRA 9/14/2014 12:08PM

    Great attitude! That in itself is inspiring. emoticon

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ARRREAGLES 9/14/2014 9:37AM

    this is so heartwarming. It's the same, but different. And your attitude will carry you far. (That and kettlebells, they are killer, no?). Good luck, and remember to enjoy the small victories along the way.

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REDDOTFLYER 9/14/2014 9:18AM

    You can do it!!

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over and done

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Ok - well came home from Florida and have not spoken to my friend that I visited since. How did that happen? I didnt call - and he didnt either. simple as that.

Not even sure how I feel.............. this has been a very long term relationship that probably should have ended years ago...................... now we live long distance and it can morph ( or already has) into ending once and for all.

and life goes on..................... but Ive been turning to the wrong foods for comfort. I know not to do that. Going to have to let myself make this relationship adjustment - and then get back to my rerasonable eating. I cant change everything at one time.......

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NJJAZZ 9/13/2014 11:30PM

    well I ate away some of the sadness........... back up to 143 pounds and feeling like Im thru the worst of it. Ok so back to the gym - been bike riding and now need to work on eating.................... feeling like I lost some emotional weight............ and that feels ok

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NJJAZZ 9/9/2014 10:31AM

    you are all so right ------------------------- what I thought was a solid friendship turned out to be very one sided. And I have moved on.................. my head is in a much better place and Im emotionally moving on. Feels ok -

now to get back to my fitness goals................... Im back on the bike - doing 50 miles per week - and back to the gym swinging that kettlebell. Working on eating better ( Im always working on that it seems) finding some go to foods when I need to munch to soothe. LOL

fall weather is kind of here - nice night breezes and cooler days for riding and walking.

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BRENDAGAIL9 9/7/2014 2:55PM

    You are so much better without this person in your life that causes you stress. Yes, you will probably be sad about the 'what ifs' but anything or anyone that causes the stress is not good for you. I know that you know that deep down.

So pull up your boot straps and get on with your life and make some plans. I am sad about a lot of things but I don't turn to food because that just causes more trouble. emoticon and good wishes for a great future!

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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MIRAGE727 9/7/2014 9:47AM

    Point blank...you're letting someone else control your health. Break the chains of dependency and be free for you! Focus on making yourself the best you can be. Set the example as a Team Leader. You can do this! Show your strength. You know you have it! Rock a better you!

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TRESSWANN 9/6/2014 8:55PM

    Life does go on and there are new possibilities on the horizon

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body changes

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I honestly do know that my body will not change until I learn to eat better. I really do workout and get lots of exercise. I need to stop eating crap - and eat better stuff and less of it.

Plain and simple.

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REDDOTFLYER 8/18/2014 8:58AM

    I know how hard you work out and share your frustrations with my own diet. However, just keep in mind how healthy you are inside due to the exercise. How much more you can do because your body is strong. And..how much others younger than you wish they could do what you do. Let's see some of those 20 somethings ride 20 miles and toss 35lb bells around! You go girl. You are a great inspiration to me.

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TRESSWANN 8/17/2014 2:21PM

    You can and will do it. I totally relate. Struggling with necessary changes

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    Yes, change means change! Change in habits, change in lifestyles, attitude, activity, in just about everything! That being said, it doesn't all happen at once! YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon emoticon

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My July challenge to me.

Friday, July 04, 2014

In june I kind of discovered a love for working out with kettlebells. Made a nice and slow steady progression from learning the swing - to moving up both in reps and the weight of the bell. Kicked off July with a commitment to getting to 300 swings in one workout with a 25 pound bell. No easy feat for a newbie like me.

Well - Ive gradually worked up to 200 - and aiming at the next step up which will be 250......................... by month end hoping to be at 300.

measured the fat spots ( belly and thighs) and hoping to see some kind of difference by month end. Im headed to florida to visit that very special someone ( long distance relationships are rough) and hoping I can feel and see some kind of difference by Aug 19....................................... D day !

Mood is good - attitude is good - and commitment is strong.

This month I turn 61 ----------------whew !

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NJJAZZ 8/16/2014 5:24PM

    my sisters visit here is now over ------------ they all went home today ------------ Im headed to Fla in 2 days ---------------------- thats one week - then I can think about getting serious with workouts and eating. Fall season into fitness ................

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NJJAZZ 8/13/2014 11:19AM

    another month - another challenge and again ------------- not the results I was looking for but its because I didnt stick to the plan - SO I have no one to blame but me. I dont feel bad - I am seeing new muscles - and Im a little more toned than I was so there was some progress. Didnt eat as I should have - and missed a buunch of workout days with my sisters kids staying with me. Aug is not the month for a challenge since the kids will be here anoother week and then Im off for florida for a vacation . Picking back up in Sept ------------ with alot more knowledge and the same plan since I do know it will get results.

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TEACHING1ST 7/31/2014 9:38AM

    I'm so excited for you! This change is a great one. Happy belated birthday! You have made such great progress. I have a weighted medicine ball and started using it the other day. I have a dvd that came with it and found that. It's sort of like the kettlebells routine from the way the instructor says. I hope to strengthen my knees and ankles!

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NJJAZZ 7/31/2014 8:26AM

    last day of July ----------------- punked out a little on my swings this last week of the month. Could not get to the gym quite so often with company from out of town. Did add 20+ mile bike rides to my workout - and boy what a difference they make to legs.

Ok so - here are my month results;
weight is 135 - which means no change
belly is 38 - which means a one inch loss
calf muscles are there and thighs are tighter and toning -
butt and the back of my legs are firmer
Muscles deelolping in my arms - and starting to show .

While these do not seem like huge changes - they do make a difference - and Im toning up and trimming down.

Making a new personal challenge for Aug - and continuing on with this fitness side of the challenge - Nutrition has to be my next focus - and I know thats going to be even harder than the exercise component.

Good luck all................ reember - make a change if you want to see change.

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NJJAZZ 7/24/2014 8:28AM

    today is my 61st birthday - well had a few celebrations leading up to my birthday and ate a little more ( and the wrong things) and clearly reversed some of my progress......................... NOT the measurements - just the scale number which Im less concerned with anyway.
Also - got away from the exercise for 2 solid days - and had one light day - so today - to celebrate my own birth date Im headed back to the gym for a refocus .

Still have a long way to go on the nutrition part of this equation.......... I know Im building muscles - but in order to really see them - Im going to have to lose the fat that is covering them............... and thats going to mean some clean eating - lower carbs - a balanced healthy diet and doing it at least 5-6 days per week.................. I have been on Sparkpeople for 8 years - I weight 3 pounds less than when I started - Im healthy - Ive learned alot - but honestly havent changed my body too much. This year Im going to do it.............

also got away from walking - which I was doing alot of. Changed it to riding my bike which is good but not quite the same body workout. Will try to get back to walking to the gym - rather than bike riding.............

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TEACHING1ST 7/20/2014 8:51PM

    I am SO impressed with this, NJ! I have never tried the kettle bells. Remember Limastar? She used to do them a lot. I will have to look into it. you just swing them?! I love that you have 'a friend!' Best of everything in your new adventures!


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NJJAZZ 7/20/2014 7:28PM

    well here we are 20 days into July - and Im still sticking with my personal July challenge. Ive made some changes and have progressed to a heavier weight so not doing all 300 every day as I get used to the higher weight. Im now at a 35 pound bell - and swinging it 200 times - finishing up the last 100 with a 15 or 25 pound bell - when I have the strength and energy left. Im doing calfs and leg machines 4 times per week.................. ok so what are the changes?

I see some arm muscles I never ever had. small - but they are there.
I see calf muscles - again - small but I see them and my legs are a little more defined.
Belly measures 2 inches less - but I can still grab a handful of bellyfat - but the tape meAasure went from 39 inches to a little over 37.
Thighs are smoother a little bit ------------- cellulite in front is melting away some.
I can feel a difference in how clothing is hanging on me............
Those are slight - but definite changes. I have 11 more days before Im going to change up an Aug challenge for me. I leave for fla on Aug 19 so its going to be a 19 day challenge - then dont think I will have access to a gym while Im away.

Change is good ------------- change the right things and stick with it for some reasonable amount of time. Im taking baby steps but Im really happy with what I see and feel. I know I have to change my eating - I am not into any kind of radical diet ----------- I like to eat. Going to have to find some kind of compromise that I can live with longer term.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/15/2014 10:45AM

    Love hearing and learning about new things!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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NJJAZZ 7/15/2014 9:54AM

    well here we are half way into July and Im still at it. Have graduated up 10 pounds and am now swinging a 35 pound bell 150 times and finishing my 300 per day with the 25 pounder. Starting to feel stronger - and see some body differences.............. no real changes on the scale but Im not so concerned with that.

This is my one month challenge to me............. and Im sticking with it. Have a special goal of going away to visit a "male friend" in mid Aug - would be nice to feel like Ive made a body difference by then. May give me the extra confidence I need to change the end result of the trip. WOO HOO :)

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/6/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon birthday you are doing awesome keep pushing I am doing p90x3 at 54 lets keep challenging ourselves t stay young

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MOM_VICKI 7/5/2014 10:23AM

    Great goals - you can do it! emoticon

Have a great birthday month!!! emoticon emoticon

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