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The number isn't enough

Sunday, April 07, 2013

My original goal weight was 124 pounds and I have managed to remain in a few pounds of that (plus or minus depending on time of year) for 3 years now. Yay me! When that challenge was over I moved on and did Couch to 5K and succeeded. After I hurt my back I was unable to continue running and was content with the fact that I have managed to maintain my original weight loss.

It's not enough anymore. Just because you achieve a number on the scale doesn't mean you are healthy! I am so blessed to have re-configured my metabolism! I am blessed to be able to eat close to 2000 calories a day and only walk 4-6 miles a day to maintain my weight. But I am realizing lately I am getting lazy! Just because I am not gaining the weight back doesn't mean I am doing my best. Things are not proportioned the way I would like them. I am flabbier than I would like. The way I look in clothes doesn't really reflect the way I FEEL in them and the feeling is more important! I want to be toned and fit. I have been putting wonderful foods in my body but lately I have also been putting some not so wonderful foods in it. I feel like a fraud because I look healthier than I am and I want to feel as healthy as I look.

So today begins a new challenge - toning up, losing inches and cutting down the junk. I took my measurements this AM and by the end of the summer I would like to lose a few inches here and there or turn the inches I have into solid muscle rather than extra skin. I want to keep eating healthy and learn some moderation again. Just because I CAN eat crap at night and maintain my weight loss doesn't mean I SHOULD. Eventually these bad habits will catch up with me and I won't be able to win this game every time.

The number on the scale is no longer my priority...I came, I saw, I conquered on that. It's time for me to shed this version of myself and not be satisfied with average. Time for me to step up my game and realize there is ALWAYS room for improvement and new challenges. Game on!

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MCFITZ2 4/7/2013 10:52PM

    Congratulations on all you have achieved. I am sure you will be successful with your new goals and focus. emoticon

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    Good for you for maintaining your goal weight for 3+ years! That's incredible!! You do have to do what makes you HAPPY though, so go for it! Set new goals and challenges for yourself! Some of my favorite strength videos are Jackie Warner & Jillian Michaels. They're cardio & strength in one! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 4/7/2013 6:35PM

    That last statement is so true, "there is always room for improvement."
I know that you have got this!


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AEROBISAURUS 4/7/2013 4:46PM

    You can do it! Build that muscle and you'll be toned up in no time! I'm like you - number is nothing, feeling is everything! emoticon emoticon

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Fitbit - One Year Later

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One year ago today I received my Fitbit Ultra in the mail and it has been - literally - quite a journey with this gadget!

In one year, I

~ walked 3,425,643 steps
~ went a total distance of 1,458.67 miles
~ climbed 2,542 floors

I won the following DAILY badges:

~ 5,000 steps walked (earned 295 times)
~ 10,000 steps walked (earned 165 times)
~ 15,000 steps walked (earned 29 times)
~ 20,000 steps walked (earned 7 times)
~ 10 floors climbed (earned 117 times)
~ 25 floors climbed (earned 6 times)
~ 50 floors climbed (earned 1 time)

I was originally on the fence about purchasing this item, but had some gift cards to reduce the price and ultimately was extremely satisfied with the purchase. This satisfaction increased ten-fold when Sparkpeople linked with Fitbit so that the 2 sites could share information - this "marriage" between the 2 companies made my life so much easier and made me work a bit harder physically since I didn't have to spend so much darn time at the computer linking everything together everyday. I especially like that Sparkpeople calculates the minutes that really "count" into your total activity. Likewise, Fitbit gets a thumbs up for continuously recalculating calories needed based on current activity. It takes all the guess work out.

I thought this device would make me more active and it did, but not as much as I originally anticipated. I was (and still am, to a degree) recovering from a back injury and had to put running on the back burner so I though this would be a good tool to measure my activity but it didn't give me as much motivation as I had hoped for. However, I am in maintenance anyhow and this device helped keep me there so I can't complain. I live on the 3rd floor of an elevator building and I took the stairs FAR more often than I did prior to getting this device, so there's a plus. It also made me more aware of my sleep patterns and I was able to see what things helped/hindered my sleep.

My only issues with the Fitbit are the following: the belt clip broke twice in one year! The first time, there was a backorder and it took almost 2 months to get. The second time they had no idea when one would come in and encouraged me to wear the Fitbit without the belt clip. I hesitated to do o b/c the design seemed flimsy and sure enough the device cracked open! This happened literally days before my warranty was up (earlier this week, in fact) and because it had been less than a year Fitbit is sending me a brand new, updated model! Great customer service for sure! Another issue I had, which I never addressed with Customer Service was the wireless connection. Although it was supposed to sync wirelessly, more often than not I had to un-plug, re-plug and then charge my Fitbit in order to get the info on the screen. Not at all a problem for me, but may be annoying for some.

So overall, a great purchase. It really became an obsession over time. On the rare occassion I forgot my FitBit at hme I almost felt like my activity wasn't really happening because I no longer had a record of it, lol. If you are considering purchasing one, I really think it is an amazing (and accurate) tool for the money!

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I've been on the fence about getting a fitness gadget and I think you just pushed me over! Thanks! Maybe this will actually motivate me to get back to my goal!

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CELIAMINER 3/29/2013 9:28AM

    Good luck with the new model. I assume they are sending you the Fitbit One. I recently replaced my Ultra with the One when my Ultra cracked open and fell apart like yours did. The One is my fifth Fitbit, and this time I checked out the warranty. The one thing I don't like about the One is the rubber holster the device fits into. It seems flimsy, and the clip is difficult to slip onto my clothes.

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TORTISE110 3/29/2013 6:40AM

    Great to get your perspective. Good to know about the service! Just a few months into it. And yes, nice stats! I have yet to reach 20K. WOW

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KIMBERLY_Y 3/28/2013 11:11PM

    I love my fitbit. Great review. I concur and think it is worth every penny.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/28/2013 9:25PM

    Congrats on your achievements!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/28/2013 8:00PM

    I have a body media from bodymedia.com. It works great and has never had issues. It's a better investment. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 3/28/2013 7:09PM

    AWESOME review!
I love the reactive calorie tracker that FB provides us. I am able to make better decisions with the amount of calories I have remaining at dinner time and it also will push me to get some activity in so that I can increase the number of calories I can have that day. I think you will love the One. It is slightly smaller, water-resistant, and, I think, a much easier screen to read at all times of the day.

BTW, very nice stats. I bet looking at those stats makes your head spin!


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Words to live by!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saw this on Swanson Vitamins Facebook page this AM and thought I'd share...

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WILSHAR7 10/31/2012 3:02PM

    Have a happy and safe Halloween!!

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AEROBISAURUS 7/14/2012 2:20PM

    Word emoticon

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LAC936 7/14/2012 1:50PM

    Food for thought I guess...

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ELRIDDICK 7/14/2012 12:19PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Overcoming obstacles

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This week on my Harry Potter team challenge, one of the ways to earn points is by writing a blog addressing the following topic:

What's something you're having to overcome in your journey? How are you handling this on your own terms?

~ I have had to overcome the obstacle of time by scheduling workouts around my family's schedules. It is difficult at times but I try to incorporate their schedules into my workouts (for example, after dropping off my older daughter at a class, I can jog back home rather than walk).

~ I have had to overcome the obstacle of a bad back. I haven't been able to run in months and every time I try I end up aggravating my injury. But I am still forcing myself to get lots of walking in. And I know I will be able to run again some day.

~ I have had to overcome the obstacle of alcohol. When alcohol is in my life on a regular basis, I drink more than a normal amount and in turn eat more than a normal amount because the alcohol clouds my judgments and confuses both my mind and body. I think I am handling this better as time passes, although I still occasionally treat myself at a party or nice meal out. I recognize that I have a hard time with the whole moderation thing and therefore will not allow myself to have it in the house.

There are plenty more obstacles, but these are the major ones!

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ECURTISSA 1/8/2013 11:07AM

  thank you for your honesty and transparency in describing your obstacles.
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AEROBISAURUS 7/13/2012 6:32PM

    I struggled really bad with alcohol. It actually made everything a bigger struggle than it had to be and it only held me back from moving forward. After I gave that up everything else was cake. :) emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 7/12/2012 3:12PM

    You are ovecoming your obstacles with good planning!
I wish you continued success in overcoming these obstacles!


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SUGARBEACHES 7/12/2012 2:05PM

    I think this was a good thing to blog about. It puts it in black and white so you can see where our problems truely are. Great job on recognizing your issues..

I am going to do the same thing. Writing down in black and white.. Thanks for sharing with us!!

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ALESHAWALKER 7/12/2012 1:51PM

    Sounds like you have your goals in order... I've found I can't do alcholo at all with out throwing everything out the window. Good luck!

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Hiding something HUGE

Sunday, June 10, 2012

One of the tasks this week on my Harry Potter team is:

Post a blog about something you've been hiding from yourself/lying to yourself about...anything from amounts of calories you're actually consuming to whether you should be sneaking that soda you said you'd given up.

So I saved this task for the last day of the week because I was avoiding thinking about it, but I have no choice ow.

After much deliberation I have determined that the biggest thing I am hiding from myself is THIS: I don't trust myself to have really changed.

I have been more or less this weight for 2 years which is HUGE...the longest I have ever maintained after a loss. But there are little ways I tell myself I don't trust me...the few larger pieces of clothing I refuse to part with (although most of it is gone), my refusal to re-size my wedding rings even though they have been on the wrong finger for 2 years and are practically falling off of THAT one, the way I still occasionally feel like I'll never be good enough. I still don't have a license...I say it's because I am scared to drive and because I am a city girl who prefers walking/public transport. To an extent, that's true, but really? I don't need an excuse to be lazy because if I had my license I'm afraid I'd take the easy way out every time.

And I realized a big part of this truth the other day. My youngest is starting school next year and I have to go back to work, at least part time, after being a stay at home mom for almost 6 years. I am TERRIFIED. I thought it was for the obvious reason - it's a big change, I will miss it, etc...but the truth is I am afraid of what it will mean for my body - I won't be able to getting nearly as much physical activity as presently, I will have less time and money to make healthier choices. I will have to put more effort in to this lifestyle and I am scared that when it's not as easy anymore that I will end up right back where I started.

So there you have it - the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...

I think my desire to stay healthy will override any backtracking, but only time will tell.

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ROCKMAN6797 6/10/2012 12:38PM

    Nice introspective blog. I think we all have similar fears. I have yet to get rid of many of my larger clothes. Somehow I think that if I get rid of them I will regain all of my lost weight and have to wear clothing that is obviously too tight! I know, a silly idea.

With regards to the time issue, I am amazed that you find the time to do what you do considering you are raising two young daughters! If you can do it now I am certain that you will be able to do it later.

Thanks for sharing!


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MALIAN1 6/10/2012 11:32AM

    This was a GREAT blog....even though you hated writing it. You are a wonderful person, who has done so much. You are strong and you can continue to maintain your weight - you may have to make adjustments, but you CAN do it!

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DSORGNZEDCHAOS 6/10/2012 11:17AM

    I think that a lot of this is just you trying to beat yourself up. For every scary or negative feeling you are thinking or having, you should aim to write/think something positive. The unknown and what-ifs are very scary. This I know though - you are an awesome person - a very positive influence and a great motivator to me! I think, in regards to taking the lazy way out if you have a license, it can be true for some people. However, you have access to public transportation every day and choose to use your feet rather than ride some where. We live fairly close to our downtown area and when I comment that I walked the kids to the library/bank/post office during the day, I'm hit with a bunch of "you walked THAT far!?!?" When in reality THAT FAR is only 15 blocks one way and a perfect distance for a walk.


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MARATHONDAD 6/10/2012 9:51AM

    love your honesty keep working at it you will get there. you have your spark family to back you up and give you support. and remember its ok to fall sometimes as long as you dust yourself off and get back into fight!!!!

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SRHALLIN 6/10/2012 9:11AM

    I appreciate that this wasn't just a "I snuck a soda." response. You really did think about what you've most hidden from yourself. I think that this concern has some validity.

I also think that success is planned. So, if you're going back to work, consider looking for employment that requires you to remain active.. so it becomes part of your career, instead of just one more thing that you have to set aside time for.

If you're afraid of other aspects of re-starting a career, look at ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into those arenas too. I know it is a difficult job market, and the future is not easily planned. But, why leave to chance the chance to achieve your goals and dreams? :D

Best wishes to you in your journey to good health and personal happiness!

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LISEIGHT 6/10/2012 9:04AM

    How very self aware, Jamie! It is daunting, when you have found a 'winning' formula, to have to face change, but reading this, undersanding your own awareness of the dangers, it look sto me like you are already well equipped to face this and come out the winner! You will find other ways to keep on eating healthy, and of exercising!
I too keep clothes for when I over do it, and I want tops that hide my tummy popping out. Maybe you can wait until you are settled in your new job/ lifestyle and when you realise that you can do it, resize your wedding rings, maybe as a Christmas present to yourself! Thank you for sharing this, it is good to know that maintaining is still tricky, even after 2 years of success!!!

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