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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Well, the elliptical machine is again my first choice for regular endurance minutes. Easier on the knees. And the back. But I just realized that the SP calculators really seem to overestimate the calorie burn per 30 minutes. I guess I'll just pretend I don't know or believe that and keep on relying on the SP totals for my stats. Funny, I've never been a stat person -- as I have no predilection for that kind of math-induced scaling. But...hmmmm... the SP goals are SO inspiring ... and distracting in the best possible of ways -- (like the red lights on the treadmill, varying the course, making the time go by differently).

So folks... Me ... I'm listening. Just keep it up, my friend. More minutes means perhaps less days a week. Less minutes means more times a week. Stay on course. Log it all in, and let the SparkPeople lead you to water ;-) emoticon

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JODIANN421 8/15/2010 10:17PM

    I had that SAME problem! I don't know who to believe. I went with a number somewhere in the middle :) I too want to buy a HRM. That will answer many questions I have :)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/15/2010 3:01PM

    I've stopped caring so much about the caloric burn (everything says something different) and started concentrating more on the amount of time working out. It will happen if we are consistant!

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CAROLINAMUSED 8/15/2010 2:49PM

    watch out for the elliptical's calorie count, too. we ended up getting a heart rate monitor and we think the darn thing (the elliptical, I mean) is calibrated for a 150 lb male, seriously. the HRM calories burned are consistently quite a bit less than what the elliptical reads. I had changed my weekly fitness goals to match what I *thought* I was burning but for some reason, my weight loss was slow or stalled. once I got the HRM and readjusted (and got over the disappointment of burning far less calories!) I have begun to really see results.


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New Vision Boards -

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What fun to remember the free flow... letting the collage come. Keeping it simple. I made two (one board, reversible). Side One - Motivation (outsmart temptation, eat sustainably, move...); Side Two- Kitchen Coach. Yay, for me!

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JODIANN421 8/14/2010 9:07PM

    Great job!!

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JENJENSKSF 8/14/2010 7:56PM

    Nice job on the boards - I need to do something like that!

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SCOOTER4263 8/14/2010 7:40PM

    Both sides - that's really clever!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/14/2010 6:21PM

    It's great! :)

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Motivating the Elephant

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

There's a great metaphor used in a book called "Switch", wherein the author speaks of the two parts of our selves -- the Rider (analysis, knowledge, director) and the Elephant (the day to day, Do-er and mover). I'm delighted with how SparkPeople is speaking to both of me.
I'm tuned in and keeping it that way.
I could really use some help setting up better goals for my fitness tracking.
I'm really pleased with the Nutrition Tracking and the way it's working for me.
Daily discipline. Daily Maintenance. Daily Attention. Steady process. This is my quest.
I'd love to lose a pound a week.

And I know I oughtn't weigh myself more than 1x week.
Tomorrow's my day. And I already feel a sense of trepidation -- the number whatever it is has no particular power, it will encourage me to see it go down and i will not let it discourage me if does not. I know so many people know this story.

Just putting it out there.
With love for my self.
And those sharing the road.


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UUCEEJAY 8/12/2010 1:17PM

    I also read Switch and was struck by how Spark People and Switch seemed to fit well together. The Spark goodies are motivation for the elephant and the goal setting and tracking sets the situation up so that the rider isn't constantly having to make decisions and fight with the elephant. I found routine to be my best friend in getting in the exercise. I planned it for the same time everyday and pretty much did the same type of exercise. I tried to act like this path was set in stone, no opportunity for deviation, at least not for a few weeks, until the new pattern was established. There were times when my elephant would complain that it was just too tired after work to go to the gym, but the path was laid out for it- smoothie to entice it and give it a kick then off to the gym, that is just the only path presented to it.

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/12/2010 12:59PM

    You can do it! It sounds like you are most definitely on the right track, maybe step it up with your cardio? Good luck! :D

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Visit to Dr O Today -- No more "free pass"

Monday, August 09, 2010

I've never before had "high blood pressure". Over all the many years of my life, I've always come in at a beautiful 120/80 or thereabouts. And, this, no matter what I weighed; and for most of my years, i have been, in the medical nomenclature, 'obese'.
Today, at age 52, at my regular physical with my treasured gp of many years (dr o has been my gp through the better part of my 40's and into today)... today I came in at (drum roll please...) a whopping 154/90. That's huge. That's arresting. This is me... crossing a line. "No more free pass," I said. "This means that I don't get-away-with the hardships to my body anymore." So I say a thank you, today, out loud, for how lucky I am to have been so protected by my genetic fortune to this day. Good thing I'm already on a path. Good thing I'm remembering to stay hydrated. Good thing I found Sparkpeople and am finding the resources and assistance to be exactly the right sage friend/advice/talisman/medicine at the right time. The days of cavalier russian roullette confidence are officially over. And I can praise that too.

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/9/2010 4:19PM

    Sometimes it takes a wake-up call like that to really motivate you (I know that's what happened with me!) Now you get to use this knowledge to change your life! You can do it! :D

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BETH0279 8/9/2010 3:37PM

    Good Luck on your journey. I have every confidence you can succeed! emoticon

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