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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ruth has talked about and recommended the Camelbak hydration bottle. So I ordered one and received it last week.

I struggle with drinking water, but that's improving quickly with the Camelbak. Just keep it full of water, with me all the time and it's great. I got the 1000 ml bottle. Yesterday I had 13 glasses of water and didn't even try. Had about 5 tonight during our community group meeting at church, and wanted more. My diet soda intake has decreased by 50% or more in just a few days and I haven't missed it. I've an increase in energy and clear-headedness in the past few days.

I recommend the Camelbak. I guess any water bottle would do, but when I had bottles that required me to remove or pull a top, I just ignored it. The Camelbak works with a bite valve and straw.


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/23/2011 12:23PM

    I have the large camelbak too and I LOVE it!

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KIN59VARA 5/23/2011 5:39AM

    Thanks for the information, I really like using water bottles with a straw.

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RUTHXG 5/22/2011 11:09PM

    YES!!! I'm so glad you got one & are finding it useful! It's amazing what a difference those engineering details make. Whoever invented bite valves was a genius.


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Saturday, May 14, 2011

My weight was up 3 pounds this week - not a surprise to me. I've committed to two challenges - the Starfish, and a BIGGEST LOSER challenge among 30 something family, family of family, and friends of family - starts on Monday. So I've been a little loose with eating - not too bad. Also been on some steroids for asthma flareup which really adds some fluid.

I'm excited about all the accountability - with Starfish and Biggest Loser.


Excercise at least 45 minutes 6 days a week - strength and cardio

track food and stay within calorie and carbohydrate range

control, and balance of carbohydrates throughout the day - per recommendations I need to follow for Type 2 DM

drink 1/2 my weight in water

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KAREN_NY 5/15/2011 8:49AM

    emoticon You'll be celebrating success in no time!

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JAJOLLY422 5/15/2011 8:22AM

    You can do this - sounds like you have a great plan!

Good Luck!! Wish I had some face-to-face accountability partners!!!

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2KITTIES 5/14/2011 5:04PM

    Good luck! You can do this!! emoticon

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BOBF15 5/14/2011 11:54AM

    We just did a NAILS accountability challenge in April for the OKC Team, it was very helpful. Tracking, and then having others involved are PROVEN techniques to weight mgt. success.

Any help you need to stay on track, just let me know... I have often put in a person's name and what they want me to check back on for a later date.

Wish you the best, we are all in this together.


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Hang in there - refuse to get discouraged

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Well, I was hoping for more weight loss in this challenge. I had reconnected on SP a couple of weeks before the challege started, and had lost a few pounds prior to the challenge. Thought since I had just started, i would lose some initial weight faster than I have.

I've tracked food most days and almost always below my calorie limit, and exercised more this week. I showed about 3 pound weight loss on Friday, but then on Saturday was back up 2 pounds. Attended an open house for some friends here in Arizona on Friday afternoon, and did eat too much, but didn't "way over do it".

Also, I've been on vacation and am weighing on a different scale than when we started the challenge.

I refuse to get discouraged and commit to:
Increase the frequency of exercise
Continue to track food
Pay close attention to the carbs - I know I lose very slowly if I don't watch carbs, and keep them around 100-125. I'm Type II diabetic and when first diagnosed the dietician told me to keep them below 135

I feel much better than the weight loss shows and some of my clothes are a little looser. I'm going to focus on the positive changes I see and feel, and keep doing to do hoping the scale will follow me.

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GO-LOEW 3/30/2011 10:21PM

    Glad you aren't getting discouraged. The scale will follow your good work.

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KAREN_NY 3/29/2011 8:42PM

    emoticon for feelin' good!!! (There's no emoticon for that Yaaaaow! that James Brown does....)

Way to stay in the encouragement zone,

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KJNLDE 3/28/2011 7:58PM

    Sometimes the scale isn't our friend, but that doesn't mean we aren't making progress! You're doing fantastic... keep it up!

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SEATTLESIMS 3/28/2011 4:33PM

    I think water bloat is so often the culprit on sudden weight jumps, especially if you are eating food someone else prepared etc.. So keep at, it will turn back around.
I too watch my carbs especially at night so I don't retain extra water before weigh-ins.. maybe that is all mental, but I think it helps me?

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JDBD17 3/28/2011 12:59PM

    The scale is that LAST thing I use to measure my success!


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BOBF15 3/28/2011 11:39AM

    Weight is fickle, it is only one barometer. I agree with the last paragraph, and am firmly convinced the right road always leads out to the right place.

You have a lot of the elements of success. Keep on keeping on, you are a motivation and ray of sunshine to many.


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CARLYG8 3/28/2011 8:45AM

    When I first started I actually gained weight, but was feeling better, clothes fitting better...sometimes I think the scale is the last to reflect any changes. Don't get discouraged, keep that positive attitude, and it will happen.

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RUTHXG 3/27/2011 11:56PM

    Your last paragraph shows that you have been making good changes & are on the right track, Paula! The scale will catch up eventually.

Like you, I'm seeing changes in the way my clothes fit. It's very motivating!

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working up to exercise..........

Monday, March 21, 2011

I really have to make myself "get up and get out there" for exercise.... sometimes self talking for an hour or so.... Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don't. I always feel sooooo much better after getting it done.

I had a great workout today --- 150 minutes which included some weight training.

I hope I can eliminate the "get up and get out there" time and just get it done.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/24/2011 11:45AM

    I don't workout in the morning unless it's the weekend -- I just can't seem to do it. but I do find I still have that "get up and go" time even in the evenings... I dawdle around when I'm not feeling it, but I always set a cut off time for when I MUST be in my clothes and out the door for my workout.

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JMCADE 3/22/2011 4:33PM

    I exercise first thing in the morning and I sometimes postpone til the last minute. But you are right I always feel better once i get it done. I'm not sure there is a good way to change this issue unless you just schedule it like any other appointment.

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CARLYG8 3/22/2011 3:32PM

    I know it seems silly, but I make it a non-negotiable for the day. If I debate with myself, I usually don't go. So, I have learned to stop the debate going on in my head...it is non-negotiable. It has to be done! And like you said once you do it, we feel better for having done it, so why do we "think" about it?? I have done way better with the non-negotiable mantra than the I need to/ should have/could have nonsense.
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JDBD17 3/22/2011 2:43PM

    I try and go right after work. Sometimes, I'll walk for ten minutes at lunch to shorten the after work time.

Weekends usually are first thing in the morning, unless I've got some type of school gig (like I do THIS Saturday.)

But once I'm home... forget it!

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AMYLONGHORN 3/22/2011 9:24AM

    I know how that goes all too well! That's why I kind of like getting up in the morning and just busting it out and getting it over with! Then I don't spend all day trying to rationalize why I should or shouldn't go work out! LOL! GREAT JOB with your workout yesterday and keep up the AWESOME work!!

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MONAKIN314 3/22/2011 8:27AM

    I know what you mean. I tell myself I need to exercise more, but the battle in my head still goes on everyday. It is almost like angel and devil on my shoulders in the old cartoons. Except I have at little workout me and a little sit and read a book me, and the little sit and read me has been winning more than she should lately.

We can win the battle one day at a time!

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RUTHXG 3/22/2011 12:09AM

    I have to get everything set up the night before, so as to minimize excuses. It's always a challenge! Off to bed now so I don't have excuses tomorrow! emoticon

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trying a new exercise....

Friday, March 18, 2011

Today I used a Nu Step machine at the gym. I haven't seen these at other gyms, but am on vacation now and they have them at the gym I go to here.

I've used it when at this same gym, but don't know of any in my area.

I really love the machine. You can find a pic of one on the internet. Best way I can describe - ]it's like a recumbent stairmaster. It's very low impact and even though haven't been exercising regularly for some time, I can sustain the exercise for long periods. Today I did 60 minutes, really worked up a sweat, and could have done longer. Since it's recumbent, it's easy to get my mind involved in other activities - ie reading, listening to music etc and the time goes by quickly.

Wish these were available at more gyms.

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KAREN_NY 3/20/2011 11:53AM

Way to find a fun new workout while on vacation :) :) :) !!!!!!

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BOBF15 3/19/2011 3:44PM

    Yes, a lot of us have back or joint issues. Love it emoticon

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JDBD17 3/19/2011 12:06PM

    I followed the link. I'd certainly be interested in using that. I think I'll ask about it at my new (when my old one closes) gym.

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LJCANNON 3/19/2011 11:52AM

    This sounds GREAT!! Maybe you could suggest it to your Gym? If you get other members interested and asking for it, it could become a reality!!
emoticonCongratulations on getting in a Great workout even on Vacation!!

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RUTHXG 3/18/2011 11:47PM

    Wonderful! When I saw your status I was going to ask what kind of exercise you're doing--now you've answered my unspoken question. This sounds great--working up a sweat while engaging your mind.


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