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Thank you, Sparkpeople! An update from me...

Friday, May 16, 2014

So it seems my page is being featured as the Motivator of the Day! What an honor!

It's been a while since I updated, so just want to let anyone wondering know...I am STILL more or less in maintenance mode after 4 years and some major life changes!

My original goal weight was 124 pounds, to make it an even 50 pounds of total weight loss.

I reached it a little less than 4 years ago. Everyone I meet that finds out I used to be heavier always asks what my secret is. They always seem slightly disappointed when I tell them because it actually involved effort and not some magic solution.

I initially lost the weight by tracking all my food and doing Jillian Michael's workout DVD, The 30 Day Shred (I did NOT do it for 30 days - I did it 3-4 times a week for months). I slowly incorporated other workout DVDs (I love the 10 Minute Solutions ones) to mix things up a little, as well as completed Couch to 5K.

Unfortunately, in January 2012 I injured my lower back badly and got two slipped discs as a result. Since that time, pretty much any excessive cardio screws up my back. I also went back to work (first 3, then 4 days a week) to a mostly sedentary job in September 2012. These 2 things have been a HUGE challenge in keeping the weight off. I am no longer 124 pounds, but I hover between 126 and 132 depending on the day, week, month. I am okay with this and still consider this maintenance mode because of the above mentioned challenges. I still track my food a good portion of the time and own a Fitbit, which has been an essential tool for me. Despite being at a sedentary job, I make an effort to get at least 10,000 steps in a day or 5 miles. Due to time and physical limitations, I am not able to exercise the way I could a few years back, but I am as active as a can be and I still fit in my smaller clothing, so I must be doing something right! I owe a HUGE part of that to tracking. It is something I recognize that I will always have to do.

Certain things remain a challenge for me. Strength training is still my nemesis. Every single week I promise myself I will start to strength train again because it's not as bad for my back as cardio but I always break my promise to myself. I would like to raise my fitness level to at least half of what it was 2 years ago, and I am having a hard time doing that. I would love my body to be more toned and I know strength training is the only way to do it!

Alcohol is another challenge for me. My consumption is much more moderate than it once was, but when I DO treat myself, it inhibits my ability to make healthy choices and is, in itself, a bad choice. I know this is one area I need to learn moderation in and it is taking me too long!

Overall, however, I think I have done well for myself in the fitness and health aspect over the past 4 years and I am flattered to be a Sparkpeople motivator. I look forward to being motivated by you all, as well, as I can always use a "re-boot!"

Wishing those of you beginning your journey a big cheer. Good luck and stay strong! You won't be sorry you started, but please don't be discouraged if you don't see results over night. These things take time and studies have shown that the longer it takes you to reach your goals, the more likely you are to maintain! To long time users/friends - hope you are finding continued success here!

I love being part of this community and consider it a second home. Glad to have you all as neighbors.


  
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GRAMPIAN 9/21/2014 5:08AM

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WILSHAR7 6/3/2014 12:14AM

    Glad you got the motivation award.
You sound like you are doing a good job maintaining even though your weight is fluctuating. You have learned the basics. Keep up the good work.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/30/2014 3:09PM

    emoticon Thanks for updating us, it means a lot.

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NASFKAB 5/22/2014 10:01AM

  great being Spark motivator congratulations

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MOONGLOWSNANA 5/19/2014 11:35AM

  Great blog! So having reached the pot of gold at your rainbow's end by reaching your goal there is yet another goal and another... to continue on your journey. Thank you for sharing that a goal can be reached and maintained as another goal. Life changes occur daily and we learn to roll with the punches. I will gladly follow you on my weight loss journey! Thank you for showing us that it ca be done and that the road never ends. Thanks for sharing the path with me! emoticon

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KWING517 5/19/2014 9:57AM

    Thank you for sharing!! It's helpful to know that I'm not the only one struggling to maintain, and that it's not all a bed of roses when you reach your goal weight!!

I make the same promises (and break the same promises) for ST every week! I want to do it, but it gets to be that time of day, and I think about the fact that all my kids stare at me like I'm crazy, crawling all over the kitchen floor (VERY tiny house) to do donkey kicks and push-ups - then I lose the ambition.

So many things in your blog struck me as "hey, that's me!!" - I really appreciate that you shared.

Have a great day!!




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SARAHMANI 5/19/2014 9:17AM

  Good job on your maintenance! Give a try to strength training, you will get amazing results in less than half the time it would have taken you to get them with cardio. 20-30 min of heavy lifting 3 times a week is all it takes! Good luck!

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HAPPYMENOW58 5/18/2014 5:10AM

    Great

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/17/2014 11:39PM

  you've come a long way and have done rather well in most areas.

Anyone can improve. If weights are a challenge, those stretchy things are easier.

I'm sure you can learn how to modify those little areas of concern.

It's great to see you here again, that alone might help emoticon

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CICELY360 5/17/2014 11:37PM

  good blog

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JSEATTLE 5/17/2014 10:02PM

  Love your story! Thank you for sharing with us!

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ROCKYCPA 5/17/2014 9:46PM

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JIBBIE49 5/17/2014 9:34PM

    emoticon Alcohol is something we can all live without and our livers will be thankful.
Glad u have maintained for 4 yrs. 95% of people regain nearly all the weight they lose within five years.

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JAMER123 5/17/2014 9:11PM

    emoticon emoticon Good job of maintaining!!

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NEWTINK 5/17/2014 7:16PM

    You have done very well emoticon

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SIMONEKP 5/17/2014 6:50PM

    Sounds like you're doing great

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PATRICIAANN46 5/17/2014 5:09PM

  It sounds like you are doing a great job!!!!! Having a back injury really does slow you down and prohibits many kinds of exercise, but it sounds like you have found the right mix to keep up with maintainence.
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SUSIEMT 5/17/2014 2:33PM

    Good job with maintaining your weight while injured! Been there and most certainly have done that myself. Keep up the great job! Woo Hoo you!

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DIANNEMT 5/17/2014 1:43PM

    Sorry about your back. The ST REALLY can be fun!! Try it!!

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JERICHO1991 5/17/2014 1:39PM

    Thanks for the update. Good to hear of your continued maintenance success. I hope you are able to incorporate strength training into your life soon. I find the benefit to my posture and balance to be tremendous.

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NONNAOF2 5/17/2014 12:40PM

  You've done a great job. Back problems can be a problem, but you are maintaining! Congratulations! :-)

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PATRICIA-CR 5/17/2014 10:00AM

    You are doing emoticon emoticon on everything you have achieved and on being able to identify what can derail you. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 5/17/2014 9:01AM

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TIHAITIEN 5/17/2014 8:48AM

    I'm glad your able to maintain your weight loss even with your back injury. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SHARON7464 5/17/2014 8:24AM

    Congratulations on your commitment to yourself with the challenges you experienced. You are inspirational. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 5/17/2014 7:51AM

    Thank you so much for the update Jaime!
It sounds like you have maintenance down. Who would have thought it would be a challenge to maintain but it really is and it sounds like you have a good handle on it. I love the comment you make about people inquiring what your secret is. I encounter the same response, too. Congratulations on being the MOD, too!
Remember, keep moving!

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/17/2014 7:45AM

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Thank you.

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IDICEM 5/17/2014 7:43AM

  Great story. Thanks for the update! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 5/17/2014 6:46AM

    Congratulations on making lemonade.

You might like to work with a personal trainer. I know that made all the difference to me - I went to him to learn how to strengthen the muscles in my weak back with the herniated discs. We worked on balance for the first 4 months and my back is MUCH stronger now. Also - involving someone else with my health helped me stick to it.

Wishing you a lifetime of maintenance.

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DSORGNZEDCHAOS 5/16/2014 3:39PM

    emoticon on being SparkPeople Motivator of the Day! 4 years of maintenance is awesome! {and I'm totally jealous!} Great job working through the hurdles, rather than letting them knock you down and out and back to where you started {like I did}. You are such an inspiration to me and many others!!

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CATRIPL 5/16/2014 9:59AM

  Great job!


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ZENALPACA 5/16/2014 9:52AM

    Wow Keep up the awesome work.

They were right to say you are an inspiration. 4 years and with the challenges you have had wow that is awesome! emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/16/2014 9:39AM

    Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey as you have shown us.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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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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NASFKAB 5/22/2014 10:20AM

  you can do it keep pushing

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

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DSORGNZEDCHAOS 4/7/2013 10:46PM

    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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DSORGNZEDCHAOS 3/30/2013 1:52AM

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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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NASFKAB 5/22/2014 10:19AM

  so true

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WILSHAR7 10/31/2012 3:02PM

    Have a happy and safe Halloween!!

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LAC936 7/14/2012 1:50PM

    Food for thought I guess...

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ROCKMAN6797 7/14/2012 12:53PM

    Nice!


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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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NASFKAB 5/22/2014 10:18AM

  thanks for the honest blog we all have our crvings but sure you will be able to overcome them

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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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