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Why don't I listen?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

So I panicked! I was either staying the same or losing a small bit and when I weighed in, found that I was NOT losing my fat on the Tanita scale. From experience (and my ex-trainer) I realized that I am losing muscle. My index for fat content was hanging at 20%. That aint bad, I know but felt that I should maybe listen to the wonderful SP who really klnow what they are doing.

Dont have any of the education they all have. I could teach them to drive a bus, but got a funny feeling they can teach me not to "starve" myself and get the PROPER Nutrition that is needed.

Gonna give this two weeks on a trial basis and see where it goes from here.

Have another question that has come up thanks to SP. Usually, TNT involves a full body workout. Should we even try an ST workout the next day? I believe SP is saying no. When I tried to setup a workout schedule on the tracker, they wouldnt let me put anythling in the next day.

After thinking about it I see the reasoning, so that is another change I will be making in my routine.

The "NO GRAZING" after the evening meal has been working out! It can get tough at times, as I said before, when GD is over or I am intent on a TV program but then I remember and remind myself WHY and can usually walk away from the temptatio

  
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THEMRSH 2/26/2012 10:29PM

  You are doing emoticon Don! On the ST just don't work the same muscles on back to back days. A full body workout on TNT day may include just the biceps in the upper body. You could still work your triceps, wrists, shoulders or chest the next day.

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FITAT50 2/25/2012 6:16PM

    First off don't pay attention to the fat % that your scale is telling you, those are not very accurate at all.

What are you doing different for the two week trial?

For the TNT I do mine on Wednesday so it won't interfere if we have ST in our weekend challenge. You are correct that you should not do ST two days in a row, meaning you should not work the same muscles two days in a row.

I've been "grazing free" for 11 days now!

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MAGGIEVAN 2/25/2012 6:04PM

    Hi Don - It is all a learning process and the bad news is that worked a year ago is not working now all that well. The good news is that the road we are on is exciting and there are very few dull moments.

I had to change my strength training completely to fit with BLC. I don't know if it is a good thing or not. I prefer not to do strength 2 days in a row but BLC requires it although one can exercise different muscle groups.

Experimenting... that is what I am doing now. I don't really know what is working for me now as far as exercise and nutrition goes, but as long as the scale is creeping downwards, I am not complaining.

Have a great weekend and please let me know what is working for you.

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Why don't I listen?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

So I panicked! I was either staying the same or losing a small bit and when I weighed in, found that I was NOT losing my fat on the Tanita scale. From experience (and my ex-trainer) I realized that I am losing muscle. My index for fat content was hanging at 20%. That aint bad, I know but felt that I should maybe listen to the wonderful SP who really klnow what they are doing.

Dont have any of the education they all have. I could teach them to drive a bus, but got a funny feeling they can teach me not to "starve" myself and get the PROPER Nutrition that is needed.

Gonna give this two weeks on a trial basis and see where it goes from here.

Have another question that has come up thanks to SP. Usually, TNT involves a full body workout. Should we even try an ST workout the next day? I believe SP is saying no. When I tried to setup a workout schedule on the tracker, they wouldnt let me put anythling in the next day.

After thinking about it I see the reasoning, so that is another change I will be making in my routine.

The "NO GRAZING" after the evening meal has been working out! It can get tough at times, as I said before, when GD is over or I am intent on a TV program but then I remember and remind myself WHY and can usually walk away from the temptation.

All in all, I think I am getting this life style thing and really want to continue. I am so proud that it has been AT LEAST five years since I have seen the 150s and plan on staying in them for a LONG TIME thanks to the SP program and especially our SPIES!!
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NO_SNOW_BODY 2/25/2012 6:32PM

    sometimes a change up is a great idea, I hope it works and I agree that taking the day off after a full body workout.

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DEE797 2/25/2012 6:18PM

    WTG on changing things up. Definitely don't do another ST the day after your TNT. Gotta give those muscles time to re-coup. WOOHOO on getting to the 150's! Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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It is ccccooooolllllddddd!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

After that bus trip in the snow yesterday, it started to get really COLD. We are told it is coming off the lake. Brought some snow with it but not much. So I spent the day inside today after my workout! It was a great day, too. First off went to the gym and got in my cardio and core. Spending about 90 min a day now as an increase from the 60 min. I was doing.

Then, after church when DW went to work, spent time in THE CAVE cleaning up. Had a nice fire going in the fire place and just relaxed while watching THED BODYGUARD! I enjoyed that movie when it first came out and with the shocking death of Whitney, I thought it very appropriate.

Also, just sitting here (listening to the Grammies) was thinking back about accomplishments. Over and above wanting to get more gym time and workout time, I realized that it is getting much easier to stay in range. I think it is finally becoming a habit. I have also realized that I MUST stay closer to the minimum rather than the top of the range. I have also realized that I do have to trtack EVERY bite because they do sneak up on you!

Getting closer to my goal, it seems harder to loose, but I am not sweating that. As long as I can hold my own or lose a lb or so every two weeks, I am not in panic mode. I really think I am beginning to accept me as ME! That is a great accomplishment. Even went through the Super Bowl without gaining and able to push myself away from the table.

One slight drawback is left (and I am really WORKING on it)! My downfall seems to be after 6:30 P (and after the dinner meal). The temptation is HUGE to go grazing and I know this is not good. Gonna work on that!!

So this COLD has done some good. Woke up a few of the old brain cells and given me some ME time and brought me this wakeup call. Hope everyone else is not freezing their butts off and can wait for the Spring thaw. I am looking forward to it. Thinking about camping AGAIN! emoticon emoticon

  
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JOPAPGH 2/19/2012 11:07AM

    I agree with MEADSBAY on the big breakfast. Since I rebooted on Spark at the beginning of the year, I try to get a mix of carbs, fats and especially work in some protein.

It sets me up for the day and I don't feel any night cravings. Working so far: I'm down over 10 lbs this year, with just 5 to go to reach my goal.

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THEMRSH 2/15/2012 1:36PM

  Hey Don! I second the cup of tea! It really helps. It is warm and comforting. I eat dinner late and there is no way I should be eating anything before bed. However, if more than 3-4 hours will pass between your evening meal and bed you should plan a small healthy snack. You could also try one square of dark chocolate (think Dove chocolates) right after dinner to satisfy a sweet tooth. Star mints are also helpful to me in the evenings. You are doing great!

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SHELLEY81 2/13/2012 11:19AM

    You are such an inspiration Don! When I find myself wanting to graze, I try a cup of green tea or offer myself fruit or veggie. Of course, sometimes, I really want the ice cream or the popcorn. I push it off for 10/15 minutes. If I still really want it then I let myself have some. I allow myself to have a moderate portion of something that will satisfy and then I don't find myself going back to the fridge/ pantry for more and more. When I pick just a pretzels or chocolate chips from the pantry, I find that I keep going back again and again...

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FITAT50 2/13/2012 9:32AM

    Don, I hear ya on the cold, thankfully it's warming back up this week.

I also have that night time problem, as soon as I finish dinner I'm looking for something sweet to eat. I'm fine all day long but I can't kill the sweet craving in the evening. I'm working on it but my DH doesn't help when he starts pulling out the sweets and setting them on the counter after dinner.

My last 10 lbs have been next to impossible for me to shed. I've been trying for the last 3 years and as soon as I shed a few they come right back the next week. I applaud your increased workouts, I may have to do that myself along with increasing the intensity.

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MAGGIEVAN 2/12/2012 11:24PM

    Hi Don - It is hot here in New Zealand but the sun is sitting lower on the horizon so I know it is on its way to warm you. I am a winter person as long as I am warm and cozy.

All the things you mentioned about healthy habits is wondeful. Thank you for sharing. I have also discovered that some things stick with me.

Did you see the medical article today? here is a copy and paste job... enough to scare the wits out me anyway...

"Older people who eat too much are at risk for memory impairment, a new study contends.

People 70 and older who eat between 2,100 and 6,000 calories a day may be at double the risk of these deficits in memory, which can be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, the study authors said.

"Excessive daily caloric consumption may not be brain-health friendly," said lead researcher Dr. Yonas Geda, an associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz."

So agree with you. The lower bit in the calorie range works for me from now on although I have maaaany years before I am 70!


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MEADSBAY 2/12/2012 9:33PM

    Sounds like you have got your healthy lifestyle well in hand, my friend.
One question- are you a big breakfast eater?
I ask because I am and never eat after dinner and my DH, who just has a small glass of oj for breakfast, grazes all evening, every evening.
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Transformation..on the way!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

What has changed in 14 mo. of the SparkPeople experience? I have learned that it is a CONTINUING experience and you cannot let up on your commitment. ONLY you can do it. Hey the team support is awesome, but if YOU dont want to go there, you aint gonna get there!
Last summer, I "took off" with all kinds of excuses and ended up back up 15 lbs. That will not happen this year! My DD (#3) has me going to her cousin-in-law who is a Chiropractor. Well, the biggest change I noticed is that the "bone cracking" he did, is now being done by stretching and ST. You can actually hear them bones a cracking and it doesnt cost a cent.
This past Christmas, little gifts are forthcoming from the kids and THIS YEAR, there was not a lot of candy, goodies, cookies, etc. There were a lot of grocery gift certificates which was both a shock and a very pleaqsant surprise.
Six months ago, you could see me looking for excuses NOT to go to the gym, and excuses why I went over my ranges in food recording. NOW, I really try to plan EVERYTHING around my workout...or figure out how I will get it in...even with a busy schedule.
So excited to seed pants "falling off my butt" and looking for those that we had hidden or put away. Doing this MAN CAVE, I find things that I never thought I would EVER wear again.
Then there is the "putting prescriptions on the shelf". Down to two BP meds and
a prostate med. I have put the rest away. Cant wait til my next MD Appt. and to see if I can get rid of another med. Any time I do my reading, it is like 110/70 (that is with meds.)
Also found out that set backs (like planters fasciatis) are only going to slow me down a litte, and dig deeper to see how to cikrcumvent, NOT using it as an excuse to STOP. It is a life change, I am beginning to realize that. Oh and to try new fruits and veggies that I never thought I would eat, AWESOME!!
And dont stop there. Got Rock lobster tails (to steam) and crab legs to eat. Oh ya, loving to prepare wild game that is now being offered to me more frequently.
Totally enjoying the added energy level I know I now have. Playing more with GD, and enjoying it more.
So it does make a difference. Yes, I see the transformation coming. I am going to capture it and not letting it go. Wearing the "old" clothes again gives me more motivation and if they get slighstly tight, I am not disgusted, but ENCOURAGED to the wakeup call and keep moving forward!
YES, it is worth it! YES it is hard work! But guess what?....YES, it is fun!

  
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JOPAPGH 2/19/2012 10:54AM

    Saw your fitness minutes on the Pittsburgh team page. You are going great guns!

Keep up the good work!

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LCDM83 2/1/2012 8:20PM

    I agree! We are continuing to transform. You have made great transformations. I'm so glad I'm a spy with you!

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MAGGIEVAN 2/1/2012 7:03PM

    It is my wish that I am sending out into the universe to be able to enjoy these with you one day....

"Oh and to try new fruits and veggies that I never thought I would eat, AWESOME!!
And dont stop there. Got Rock lobster tails (to steam) and crab legs to eat. Oh ya, loving to prepare wild game that is now being offered to me more frequently."

Keep on buzzing!


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THEMRSH 2/1/2012 5:30PM

  emoticon Blog Don! I love this " if YOU dont want to go there, you aint gonna get there!". Ain't that the cold hard truth! Nothing makes you go but you. I think all of your changes and transformations are fantastic! Do you think the change in gifts from the school kids came this year because they noticed your transformation? Keep up the hard work it's never ending but it's forever rewarding!

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MEADSBAY 1/30/2012 9:31PM

    Wow!!!
Sparkin' along now, aintcha?
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FITAT50 1/30/2012 5:28PM

    I love it, keep moving forward!

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JUSTCHELLE75 1/30/2012 2:25PM

    I love your attitude

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LARIESHA 1/30/2012 1:03PM

    Awesome blog. I am rooting that at the next Dr. appt you will be able to put away the meds for good! Keep it up!

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SHELLEY81 1/30/2012 12:58PM

    You totally rock DON! No more excuses! emoticon

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DOOBRIE 1/30/2012 10:26AM

    You're doing so well - keep it up!

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EUGENERUGOSA 1/30/2012 6:23AM

    Don - so glad to hear you are doing so well - you rock!

Tricia

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LUCYLU22 1/29/2012 6:43PM

    Couldn't have said it any better-- "I have learned that it is a CONTINUING experience and you cannot let up on your commitment. ONLY you can do it. Hey the team support is awesome, but if YOU dont want to go there, you aint gonna get there!" Thanks for putting it into words for ME!
Best wishes on your continued success!!

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DEBRAK14 1/29/2012 6:41PM

    Don, I love your attitude of working your life around working out, instead of hoping to squeeze in a workout somewhere. It is plain that you are committed to a healthy lifestyle. I am so glad that you have more energy to play with your grandchildren. Of all your successes, that is the one that makes me smile the hardest. Great job, Spy-friend! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 1/29/2012 6:31PM

    I loved your blog as there are a number of things that I could identify with.

The most important question I think is "how much do you want it and are you willing to pay whatever price to get there?" Once that is sorted the excuses fade and it is turning into a fascinating journey.

Congrats with your success. It is great. emoticon

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SAC

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Okay. So sac wasn't the success that I was hoping for. However, I think it would have ended up MUCH worse over the holidays if it was NOT there. I was good for three of the four weeks. Then went to DAyton for a R & R. Went to a Casino in Indiana, went out a couple nights. My SIL gave me a gift of Caramel-Chocolate apples. They were delicious.
New Years Day was a party too while watching the Steelers beat Cleveland (Sorry, Rhonda).
Anyway, it did prove that I NEED Spark to keep going. AT least, I need to record everything that goes in my mouth and need to keep moving. The foot is much better, but dont want to push it. Gonna spend more time on the Sta. Bike. Diversify my workouts more and put the time into the gym.
I have also stopped two of my RX and already feel a little better. Going to call the Dr. and get an appt. to see if I can get rid of more of the RXs. The BP has been down with exercise and diet and the meds. See what he says.
"Small snacking wont hurt" and "cleaning the plate" and "I'll try just a little" were the downfalls of the week before New Years. Also when on my own, I dont drink the necessary water.
So now I look forward to 18. I want to reach my goal this round or at least by the summer months. I want to form a new lifestyle so I dont blow it again this summer. I want to get in such a habit of exercise that I feel guilty when I dont go or dont move!!
So now I have one week to relax, refresh, regroup, retrain, realize how important this really is important and to get rid of the RXs, I MUST do this. So, Spies---PUSH me, kick me, punch me, but get me to these goals!!!

  
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FITAT50 1/5/2012 10:50AM

    Well I lost, gained and lost again to end up at the same weight I started SAC with. I've been having a hard time drinking all my water too but I'm back at it.

Round 18 invites with links will go out on Sunday, watch your Sparkmail!

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DOOBRIE 1/5/2012 2:33AM

    You have a great attitude and I'm sure you'll reach your goals by the summer. Congratulations on being able to give up two of your RX!

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2012 9:21PM

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