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Heavy...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

is the name of a show I just finished watching on Amazon prime. It was originally on A&E during 2011. This show chronicles the weight-loss journey of two people in each episode for a period of six months. In the first five episodes the people are in a controlled environment for the first 30 days. Here they are taught nutrition and exercise. They are then sent home and are given a personal trainer and are monitored for the next five months. The other episodes have the participants in a controlled environment for a full six months where they are taught the same information and are then sent home. In all cases the participants had large amounts of weight to lose in order to become healthy. In all cases the participants were able to accomplish their weightloss goals.

I learned several things watching this show. The first is that I am no different from those on this show. True, the amount of weight I want to lose may be different, but I still have to do the very same things they had to in order to do it in a healthful way. Next is that we can do all the losing weight we want but until we can change our mindset about it we will never keep it off. Thirdly is that we are all in our own process during this battle and we should not judge one another. Finally, there is no easy fix when it comes to becoming healthy...it takes hard work.

Every person had to relearn what was healthy to eat and what they needed to do to move their body. They all had to learn what was causing them to turn to food for comfort instead of facing things. All of them were a support for each other. All of them found that at the beginning of their journey things were really hard but as they put in the work they started to reap the rewards for that hard work. In all cases they were suprised that they could do so much.

Not everyone's journey will be the same. Just because I had weightloss surgery 9 1/2 years ago didnt mean it was a quick fix. I didnt mean I would keep the weight off automatically. It was a tool in my own journey. I initially lost 104 pounds. I started at 268 and ended up at 164. However I didnt stick to the rules I had agreed to and have regained 40 of those pounds. Now its time to do the work I should have done to begin with. This time I will take this one step at a time.

I guess the biggest lesson I learned from watching "Heavy" was that you can have all the help in the world to lose weight and get healthy but no one can do it for you. If you want to be successful it is, in the end, up to you.

  


Yay!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today I finally started again. Exactly 10 months ago today I started my first 100 days streak. I decided I wanted to do another 100 days. I technically started last night I guess. All day yesterday I was craving exercise. Finally in the evening I got out and walked. I convinced my son to go with me because I didn't want to walk it the dark. It was a good bonding time for us.

I have a goal to run a 5k this year. This morning I got up and walked over to the middle school that is near my home. There is a brand new track there. I walked around the school as a warm up and then went to the track. As soon as I hit the track I started to do a very slow jog. I ran 3/4 of the way around one lap!!! I finished walking that lap and jogged 1/2 of the next one!! That is more running than I have ever done! I am so excited. emoticon What a great start!

I'm very excited to have started this next 100 days. emoticon

  
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HOTPINKCAMARO49 12/27/2014 6:50PM

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MONTROSE28 12/27/2014 6:13PM

    Wow, what a great start to your hundred day streak! I'm sure that with such a great start, you are going to have no trouble being able to run 5k. this year. Keep up the motivation, and you'll be doing way more than just the 5k.
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Chris,
PS. You have just inspired me to make sure I get at least 15 minutes of exercise each and every day for the next 100 days, beginning today. No excuses. emoticon

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Begin again

Friday, December 05, 2014

I fell off the consistent exercise wagon about six months ago and stopped exercising all together about four months ago. I have tried to have good eating habits throughout it all and I am pleased to say I did pretty well. I even managed to lose a few pounds. Now, though, I realize I need to get back on the wagon if I do not want to regain the weight and put on additional pounds during the Christmas season. Today I decided it was time to begin again.

I have had a goal this year to run a 5k. I didn't meet that goal. I even trained with a C25k program. I still have that goal so today during my walk I decided to add in some jogging. I should say that my intent was to go out and do some jogging with a whole lot of walking in there! emoticon I came home pretty winded but pleased with what I had done.

So now just to keep going. Wont you join me?

  
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ROMAN8 12/19/2014 10:24PM

    That's so awesome that you like to run. Or at least that you push yourself to run. I've never been able to make myself, though I like to walk and I have dogs, so I do that a lot. Good luck with your 5K! 2015 is the year to succeed! emoticon Lori

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MONTROSE28 12/19/2014 8:29PM

    I'd have loved to join you, but my arthritic knees and hips don't allow me to get any faster than a medium paced walk. I never appreciated being able to run when I was young, not even at school, and to tell the truth, my mother was regularly writing notes to the PE teacher, with reasons why I needed to be excused from taking part in sport yet again.

It's only now that I know I'll never be able to run that I really regret not making the best use of what I was capable of doing when I was younger. Enjoy the challenge of getting back to running again, no matter how long it takes before you are doing more running than walking. So long as you run even for a few minutes each day, it means you are still capable of doing it. Don't end up like me, regretting lost chances to make the most of my body's ability.

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KALISWALKER 12/14/2014 4:13PM

    I am glad we are doing the 5% Challenge!

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LARABY34 12/12/2014 5:04AM

    Greetings my Friend,

I have run my whole life, but I have never done it consistently for years on end. Every single time I have to start where you are. The difference is that I have this experience that lets me know that this is same-o-same-o and there isn't something wrong with me. I also know from this experience that things like C25K work and that is not to say that C25K works, but that it helps you do the work. That it will be, but you actually can do your 5k, maybe not on January 1st, but shortly thereafter and it WILL BE GLORIOUS!! Stick with it. If you have the technical capability, add your favorite songs to the program...if you don't I find a pre-teen assist is always good. The point is that you can totally do this. The fact that I have done it before doesn't give me the power because of the physicality of it, but because I mentally accept this is the process. It is cliché, but true, one foot in front of the other and next thing you know you are eating your victory breakfast. If you doubt me, bookmark yourself today and then just follow the program for a week. Your workout for the day will be just as hard as it was at the beginning, but you will look at where you were during your work out at the minutes/miles you are today and be amazed. That is an absolute guarantee. You can take that to the bank. The quick/nearly instant improvement is proof that running is one of our natural gifts.

Don't worry that you wanted to do it by the end of the year. As much as goals are important, remember that you are the one that dictated the date in the first place. Look where you are right now and set a new date.

Let me know when it is, as I need a good excuse to set a goal!

Go OSDOWN Go!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 12/7/2014 6:53AM

    emoticon one day at a time

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This is silly

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Its been forever since I made a blog post and my motivation to do so right now is because I want the three points. I'm only 12 points away from my next level. Isnt that silly?!

  
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MONTROSE28 12/19/2014 8:30PM

    That's why the point system operates, I guess - to keep us wanting to stay involved and in touch with our fellow Sparkers.

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TODDERICKV 11/11/2014 12:39AM

    Good a reason as any. :)

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/28/2014 10:11PM

    yes it is but i love silly!! emoticon

ps... thanks so much for taking the time to celebrate 'a year of change' which makes the journey so much easier. Congrats on YOUR accomplishments and may your journey continuously be filled with blessings and success. Have a great day!

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CAROLJ35 8/16/2014 10:52AM

    Now do some more blogs. We can enjoy them!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 8/6/2014 5:59AM

    Yes, but those spark points help motivate..


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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 7/31/2014 2:08AM

    Well, you made me look at it :D

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BATCHICK 7/30/2014 11:07AM

    nope, spark points point you in the right direction.

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New goal

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I need to put this out there into the universe...I want to be able to run a 5k. Ok, there, I said it. Now, to make it happen.

Here is the plan...

Hmmm. I have to get back to you on that one.

  
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TODDERICKV 11/11/2014 12:40AM

    How is the progress?

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 8/6/2014 6:04AM

    You can do it!!

Determination = Victory!

I started back after a 4 year break June 1st.

Sign up for that 5K. There is one in September, The Midtown Race- 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. Right at North Hills...

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ANGELN325 7/2/2014 6:05AM

    You can do it!!!!!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 7/1/2014 9:45AM

    I believe there is a couch to 5 k C25K plan here on SparkPeople if that helps!

Great goal for you!

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