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Blast Cleaning

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Going on the same thread as my Blast Shopping, I do Blast Cleaning: I get all my supplies out and together. Put on my favorite music that I can dance to. I start at one end of a room and dance my way thru the dusting, wiping, sweeper running until that room is done and go to the next room. I can even continue to dance when loading and unloading the dish washer. The biggest thing I have to keep in mine is to make sure I us all my body to dance, not just my legs. Just what I do to make the cleaning go faster and get some real exercise in at the same time. Cleaning and dancing combined.

  
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OHIOMOM 8/7/2014 8:23AM

    I am certain the dogs in our house think I am having some sort of fit, but I am having fun while doing what has to be done and yes, working up that sweat. Just trying to work as many muscles as I can and get some housework done at the same time.

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LODI31 8/7/2014 12:22AM

  Sounds energetic and practical! LOL Might have to try this, but as badly as I dance, my dog would probably fall over laughing! :)

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SALLY5577 7/25/2014 4:02PM

    Must be good for the waistline.

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SHIRLEYX 7/24/2014 11:41AM

    Sounds like a fun plan!

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RISNGSUN24 7/24/2014 11:41AM

    I definitely have to try this! I usually turn on music while I clean but never thought to dance and burn calories when I'm doing it. Probably makes the boring chore a little more fun, too.

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Blast Shopping

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I was asked to blog about this, so this is a start: We all have busy days where we find it hard to get in some cardio time. I do what I call Blast Shopping, I get my exercise done combined with my shopping. I have my list in my mind that I need to pick up, I know exactly where they are. So I go in grab a cart, head straight for the produce section, grap and go, then head to the dairy dept, again grab and go, never stopping but pushing the cart as I go. Next I go up and down the isles, going back to front of store, grab what I need from the shelf and never stop, pick it up on the run. I do mean I do not stop for anything. Actually can work up a sweat if I am in long enough. The items I purchase there is no doubt as to price comparison, they are preferred and no substitutions. So grab on the go and on to the next item. Only stop when I get in the check out. I do push myself and usually only do this when I am in a tight time crunch. Today was one of those days, only 15 minutes, but I do start to feel it in my leg muscles. This is how, I combine need for exercise and store errand otherwise I might not be able to get to both and the thing most likely to go will be the exercise. Sort of a task turned into exercise. Usually these are just the basic items that are needed until I have the time to do a proper shopping trip.

  
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OHIOMOM 8/7/2014 8:21AM

    When I see a blockage of people in an isle, I quickly turn around and get what I need from another section and if I need to get some thing in that isle, I return after a few minutes of other shopping. I will admit once in a while I will have to stop, for those times, I grab my handbag, head to the spot I need and get what I need and return to my cart. The whole point is to do everthing I can to keep moving as a fast pace. Sometimes you can not help but get stopped for some reason, of course large isles helps, but between gossiping people and kids out of control, sometimes a pause is necessary, then off I go to continue my quest. Either way, I usually work up a gentle sweat and that is what I am going for, some work out sweat.

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LODI31 8/7/2014 12:25AM

  Might have to try this one, too....altho the little store I usually shop at has really narrow aisles and I can't tell you how many times I've had to come to a complete stop and stand there and wait because there will be a gaggle of gossipy ladies standing there blocking the aisle and talking....and they do not move for love nor money. It is so danged irritating. LOL

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LECATES 7/25/2014 7:22AM

    Good combination---hope you did not run over any other shoppers! LOL

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OHIOMOM 7/24/2014 11:42AM

    Thank you Tooterfish for your kind words. Risingsun, you were my inspiration to put the words to working for others. Thanks.

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RISNGSUN24 7/24/2014 11:39AM

    GREAT blog! So glad that you decided to post it for others to see, besides us at Paranormal Believers of Ghosts & Hauntings.

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TOOTERFISH 7/24/2014 11:30AM

    good morning,
your is the blog after mine today, so i thought i would stop and offer a hug message to a fellow sparker.
I think how you've combined both activities is fabulous. i have unintentionally done exactly as you described going through the store, though usually it was because i was late and HAD to get it done and done fast.
and you;re right you do feel it in your legs
excellent that you knew enough to plan in advance for your time crunch.
Thanks so much for your blog and for being a Sparker.
All the best
-Toot

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Nothing

Saturday, August 31, 2013

This is so very odd, I am not losing on the scale, but my clothes that is a different story. It is a good thing I never threw away clothes when they got to tight, because some fit, some are loose. This is so silly because the scale is NOT moving I can not get off the plateau. I keep biking my head off and some walking and strength exercises, but the scale, and it is a relatively new one, refuses to budge. grrrr I will stick with this because I must and because I have resolved to be more stubborn than this stubborn fat. Mind you I have not gone down so much in clothes except a few clothes just are really fitting loose and I am glad I do not have to spend money to find clothes to wear to work, just keep shopping in my closet until I find something that fits for now. Just want the scale to make some progress too. The jeans I wore today, I have not put on in 25 years, if they are the ones I think they are.

  
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KAYWEB555 9/5/2013 7:50PM

    You keep riding that bike. Muscle has more weight to it than fat! So your body must be breaking down the fat and you are gainning muscle mass ! WOOHOO !!!

Sooner than you know I figure that you will start to see a change on the scale also !

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OHIOMOM 9/1/2013 12:51PM

    I do have to watch that I eat enough. Today my daughter called and wanted me to meet her at Subway for lunch. As is my habit I ordered a footlong, half to eat for this meal and the other to eat tomorrow. So I wrapped the 2nd half and put it in the plastic bag, this is good because once upon a time I could eat the whole thing. Anyway I start eating the half that is today's lunch after only a few bites I know I am in trouble as I am already feeling full. I struggle to eat a few more bites, but get to the halfway mark on that half and I am done, do I wrap it up thinking I will eat it when I get home, which of course I hand it off to my garbage disposal son and in a couple bites it has disappeared after he has consumed the entire 12" of the one I purchased for him. Am I eating enough, probably not and this is the problem I suspect, once again I am not eating enough but what to do, I am full, I can not eat beyond the point of full. Especially this past week I fee stuffed only after a few bites of any meal. But I do continue to exercise and change it up to keep the body confused.

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LECATES 9/1/2013 7:42AM

    What could be happening is the the muscles are building up and becoming stronger--thus the clothes fit better--and muscles do weigh more than fat does---know we hate hearing that as we want that darn scale to move---try taking a 2 week break from the scale, keep up the exercise, and see where you can tweak the food intake---it could also be that you are now burning more calories than you are eating and the body sees itself in starvation mode---we do have to watch that, too.

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DREAMWEAVER1637 9/1/2013 6:14AM

    Good job Dot. Keep on doing what you are doing.

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OHIOMOM 8/31/2013 11:27PM

    Thanks Jamer


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JAMER123 8/31/2013 11:21PM

    You are doing great to be losing inches!! I am again on a plateau but my clothes are again getting a little looser as well. i always look at as my skin needs to catch up with the weight loss so I am getting a little smaller but remain the same weight. It will break eventually. It will for you as well. Hang in there!! Keep shopping in your closet!! I did today again!

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OHIOMOM 8/31/2013 9:38PM

    I do like getting to use all those clothes I promised myself I would wear again one day, this is true. lol

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DARJR50 8/31/2013 9:34PM

  way to go

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GINAC0 8/31/2013 9:26PM

    That is great, you got to love 'free' shopping! Stick with it!

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Start with a Bang

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Today being the 4th of July I have the day off. So as I promised myself I am using exercise, no party or picnic to go forward. Since I have not been consistent lately I think what I have done so far is getting off to a bang of a start, then I will settle into a steady routine.


So far today I have biked on the recumbent bike two sessions of 22 minutes each, I lowered the resistance from last night so it took longer to get to burn 100 calories, which I know is not the actual number because it is not based on my weight but some arbitrary number the computer in the bike is set on, but I use that as a marker or goal for each session today. I am doing multiple sessions throughout the day. I think I will up the resistance for the remainder of my sessions this afternoon and evening. Listening to the oldies as I bike helps keep me going. Moving my arms as I bike helps too, thought I would wear out faster, but the opposite is true.


I weighed myself this morning before I started I am exactly were I thought I was, so no changes there. We shall see were I end up by the end of the week end, Sunday night/Monday morning, I want to see results by then. I am determined to get off this plateau by the end of this weekend. I did a total of one hour last night on the bike. Drinking lots of water to make sure I stay hydrated.


Tomorrow I go back to work after this one day holiday, so I will not have time to bike as much as today, but will get in as much as possible after work. Then I intend on spending Saturday and Sunday doing as much as I can since I have no other plans except church. So I can devote the entire two days to exercise. In addition to the bike, I am doing a few other strength exercise, varies with the day and part of the body I want to target.


I know this is a grueling pace, and I know I will not be able to keep it up permanently, but it is a jump start to get this old body moving in the right direction. This plateau has dogged me long enough, I will get past it now!

One hour done on the bike and it is not even 4p done in increments, lots of time to get more done. Several strength exercises completed as well. Breakfast and lunch according to plan, dinner ready to cook, no surprises there either.

  
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OHIOMOM 7/5/2013 8:17AM

    Thanks, did a lot yesterday July 4th,two hours total in biking in small sections. Today I am at work so I will try to stay active as much as possible, desk job. Then hit the bike and do some different strength exercises when I get home, no sore muscles which surprises me but I am exhausted which does not surprise. I am determined to push thru the exhaustion. I think that is the only way I will get thru this plateau.

I think Saturday I will try to increase my small sections to a bit longer sections, if that is not to bad, then I may be able to increase my time on the bike in total for Saturday. I just have not decided what to do on Sunday, increase or keep the same, I can not come into work exhausted on Monday, Monday's are busy here especially after a holiday. One thing I know I will NOT do and that is take Sunday off from the bike. If I decide I need a day off from the bike, then it will be a weekday or it will not be a total day off, but a cut back day. If I gain momentum I do not want to lose it.

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JAMER123 7/5/2013 12:24AM

    My plateau was ongoing for over a yr. and then broke. I dropped about 10# and am again stuck but then I have been laid up for over a month so that could easily be the reason. Tracking your Na could help. Good suggestions! Good luck on the plateau busting program you are working on!!

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OHIOMOM 7/4/2013 2:38PM

    I have not tracked sodium for a long time because I usually came in below my minimum number. I do not add salt, either to my cooking or to my plate. I do not cook preprocessed foods so sodium has not been a problem in the past, except of course when eating out, you have to be careful. Thanks, I would not hurt to take another look.

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QUIERRA 7/4/2013 1:57PM

    Keep going, you can do it! Plateaus only test our determination. They may feel like forever, but if you keep pushing the moment you break it will be priceless. :D

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MYUTMOST4HIM 7/4/2013 1:00PM

    I know plateaus are part of this journey but they can drag on......

Just curious though - do you track sodium? It was a real eye opener to me

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I did it

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I finally got my calories up to 1200, just seems like an awful lot of food, but I hope to do this more often.

  
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KAYWEB555 4/19/2013 10:13AM

    Wonderful feeling when you make it to a goal, even one like this. Now hold it there and watch the pounds come off ! Knew you could do this !

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