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The Adventures of Doofus and Ding-a-Ling

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Well, I crawled into bed last night after walking 7 km and going to my very first "aquafit" class. The hike was a lot of fun because I didn't notice how far I was going because I was too busy laughing at "Doofus" and "Ding-a-Ling" (my two dogs) exploring their new surroundings! It was actually the Pom (Ding-a-Ling) who led the way as Louie (Doofus) kept backtracking to look for "momma". We even stopped along the way for a snack....actually I'm the one who should be called Doofus because I brought snacks for them but forgot some fruit for me. Had lots of water though so that helped! I've never walked that far and it didn't feel too bad! I'm giving myself a pat on the back!

Oh, I also deserve a pat on the back for going out in public with a bathing suit on! At the aquafit class I was relieved to know I wasn't the only big girl and I wasn't the only one who had to worry about her boobs flying out....they wouldn't have fallen gracefully! A wee bit sore today but nothing like I imagined! I've got my pass bought for Thursday's nights class.

I'm slowly starting to believe I can do this! It is pretty sad that I didn't believe in myselff when I joined up with SP! I know it has only been three weeks but I think I'm hooked! I've been eating breakfast everyday (that is a miracle in itself) and I'm really putting some effort into this!

Have a great day one and all! I hope the sun is shining wherever you may be! It is a beautiful day here in Newfoundland!

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PCOH051610 9/15/2010 9:35AM

    Thank you to all who responded! I think your support is getting me through the days I just want to quit! Actually, I haven't felt like quitting yet but I know you guys have my back!

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SUZIEGREY 9/14/2010 11:40PM

    Sounds like you had a fun walk with the dogs. It's amazing how much easier it is to motivate yourself for a walk if you have dogs.
Aquafit is a great way to get into exercise. Keep up the good work.

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TEMPEST272002 9/14/2010 3:19PM

    I smiled at the image of you, doofus & ding-a-ling trundling along. 7 km is a long way! My favourite exercise is hiking/running with my dogs. Sadly, I lost both our big dogs this last year (old age) and I just have a little Boston Terrier, Lola, left. I've started taking my in-law's oversized & overactive golden retrievor with us... his name is Dooley, but usually I just call him Doofus!

I remember very well that feeling you describe. The tentative hope that this time will be different. And here I am six months later and it IS different. You CAN do this! One healthy choice at a time!

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GAYLE-G-63 9/14/2010 2:06PM

    The more you use SP, the more addicted you'll become. I started off just looking for a site where I could track my food. Now, almost seven months later, I can't start my day without Spark!

I'm glad you enjoyed the class, it's some of the best exercise you can do. You're going to do great!!!

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PAMNANGEL 9/14/2010 1:52PM

    Sounds like you're off to a good start. I'd like to take the aquasize classes at our local pool one of these days. Just got to get some other things checked off my list first to make room on the calender.

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Week 3 and I'm lovin' it!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Well today makes it three weeks that I've been plodding away on my journey! I am taking it one day at a time and thus far have not fallen off the bandwagon of my healthy makeover. I know it will happen in the future (just as I know my depressiono will flare up again!) but I am building a strong foundation to make it easier to crawl back on when it does. I've officially lost 5 pounds which is more than I ever lost with WW AND I don't feel hungry! Tonight I am going to squash myself into a bathing suit and go to a water aerobics class with a friend. Wish me luck with a) the bathing suit part and b) the stamina to stick with it! The sun is out today so I am taking my afternoon off and am going to pack up the kit bag and take my dogs for a much deserved hike. It is moose hunting season here now so we have to be careful where to hike but a nature park should be fine. Thank you to all who read my blogs and to those who inspire me!

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FRECKS96 9/13/2010 6:24PM

    Congrats on having such a strong start to your journey!! Keep up the great work!

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SUZIEGREY 9/13/2010 4:44PM

    Congratulations on the 5lb loss. I hope you had a great hike with the dogs. It's great to get outdoors and walk.

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REMEMBER2BME 9/13/2010 4:12PM

    I am not a swimmer but a hike with the pups sounds like heaven! My older pup is getting a bit older (don't tell her) and I just need to make more time! Good 4 u!

Keep up the good work!

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TEMPEST272002 9/13/2010 3:38PM

    Congrats on your 3 weeks of healthy choices! You're doing fantastic and you're starting to see results. There certainly will come a time when you fall off the healthy wagon... the important thing is to just dust yourself off and get back to it! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 9/13/2010 12:59PM

    Congratulations on the five pound loss! That's traffic!

Enjoy the aerobics. It's really fun!

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A good night's sleep + more calories = a more energized me!

Friday, September 10, 2010

I went to bed extra early last night and fell to sleep with my copy of "The Spark" in my hand...actually it fell on my head and woke me up, but you all don't need to know how klutzy I am! Anwyay, woke up at 6:00 this morning and felt good! After work today I decided to try out our treadmill and I'm very proud to say I walked 2 miles in 50 minutes. It may not sound like much to many of you but......
The Spark teaches us to visualize our goals and success so I focused on a lot of your profile pictures while on the treadmill. I could almost feel you all cheering me on and for that I thank you! I hope sometime in your busy day you knew you were being thought of!

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PCOH051610 9/11/2010 6:17PM

    Okay, it seems I've mislead you! I wasn't using the treadmill and the computer at the same time. I have some of your pictures drilled into my mind and you act like my guardians, cheering squad, support system even when I'm not online! I actually tried out my iPod and was getting right into the tunes ....my husband told me later that I sounded like a cat with turpentine on its bum...oh well! Thanks guys though for being by my side!

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REMEMBER2BME 9/11/2010 11:12AM

    I do that all the time. It is amazing how I think of my spark friend and how I want to tell them that I made the right food choices or how I hear them in my head cheering me on to keep going a "long slow distance"... that is what I tell myself.

We ARE with you cheering you on. Keep up the good work!

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JHADZHIA 9/11/2010 1:23AM

    Way to go!! I wish I could exercise while on the computer. I don't even have a place to put a book while on the elliptical, I just rock to music!
Keep up the good work!!

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I'm so tired.....is this normal?

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hi! I've got a weird question for you all. Since I started my Spark journey I've been abnormally tired despite getting enough sleep every night. I've been doing this for about 10 days and I also went back to work so that might account for some of it. I've also noticed my calorie count is lower than what it should be. I know calories equal energy so that is probably it. Now, it seems I've answered my own question! Also, does anyone have a good idea of a high fat but low calorie food/treat? The last few days I've missed out on my fat quota as well. I hope you are all doing well at your respective stages. It is a dull day here and even my dogs are snoozing the afternoon away! P.S. I made the Chef Meg's baked beans yesterday...yummy!

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PCOH051610 9/10/2010 3:33PM

    Thanks! I'm not sure what you mean about setting the fitness tracker. I've set it on mileage....ie....I want to walk a minimum of 10km a week (low, I know but it is manageable right now!)My required calorie range comes up on my nutrition page and I barely make it most days. Last night I munched on a bowl of oatmeal to which I added some ground flax and blueberries. That seemed to make a big difference and I really don't feel so tired today! I really appreciate that you take the time to read my blog!

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JHADZHIA 9/10/2010 12:52PM

    I use natural almond butter, 8g fat 90 calories in a tablespoon. Any nut will do, but you can only have a small handful or the calorie count goes up.
I LOVE baked beans!! So yummy!!
Be careful with your calories, if you go too low your body will go into starvation mode, and you won't be able to lose any weight. Also make sure your Fitness Tracker is set to how much exercise you are doing in a week so you know for sure how many calories you should be getting!

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September 8 - Need to feel motivated

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Okay, here is my idea for anybody who needs to feel motivated.,,,get a dog! I have two and to see them flopped on the floor with pure looks of boredom gets me off the couch and out for a walk...wtih them of course. When I see them after a walk....eyes excited, bodies tired...I think how much good exercise is doing to them...so why not to me too? Am about to head out the door....wish me luck!

P.S. I never wear my iPod when walking the dogs...after all, I think it is kinda rude to them...sign of a dog nut! I would also like to thank the ladies who read my blog and were kind enough to send encouragement! I'm new so I need all the encouragement I can get!

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REMEMBER2BME 9/11/2010 11:08AM

    Too funny. I have been terrible about walking my pups, long story but I never wear my ipod either. I think it is rude to them. I thought I could be the only one. :)

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PCOH051610 9/8/2010 5:07PM

    So glad to know you are a dog lover too! Our beloved Peaches (shih-tzu mix) was our neighbours who adopted us and we loved her for 17.5 years. We had to make that awful decision in May. She sat on my knee when my husband proposed and she was our flower-dog when we were married. When the judge asked if anybody objected she barked! True. We also adopted a Pomeranian about two years ago that was neglected by his first two homes and about a month ago we adopted a golden lab. I volunteer with a local humane society so I'm an animal nut. Ours get walked at least twice a day and get off leash once or twice to play! I don't see the sense of having a dog or any animal if you don't interact with them! Thanks again for your kind comments!

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JHADZHIA 9/8/2010 2:27PM

    Thank you!! thank you!! thank you!!! From doggie lovers everywhere!! Hope they get off their butts and give their fur babies all the exercise they can both handle!! A well exercised dog is a happy dog :)) And so will you be too :)) And not just walking! You can have fun too!! I haven't see a dog yet that doesn't like playing! Whether its a ball or frisbee toss, a tug of war or a good get on the ground and wrestle, they can't get enough!! So to love your dog is to love yourself and both lead a healthy, happy lifestyle! I live in an apartment so no dog :( but my sister's dogs and my mother's dog have adopted me emoticon

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