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Today is the day AGAIN??

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Well today is October 20, 2010. Hmmm I am starting again.

I am not sure I ever quit but since the last blog I think I may have just taken a lapse from the Spark. I still did my calories & logged but just not here. I thought I would find the alternative route, find out what I was doing wrong. So I bought the BodyBugg (which by the way if anyone wants it, it is for sale, sparkmail me for info - $200 for all of it). This told me when I exercised and when I entered my calories there was this deficit. Okay so that told me one thing. I am not doing anything wrong. That told me there had to be something wrong. So off to the doctor I went, checking everything and anything, from Diabetes, to Thyroid, to the whole ball of wax. Everything for the most part came back okay. The rest you don't want to know about. ;)

So then I guess I needed to look at what I was eating. Hmmm, was I totally being honest of what I put in my trap? Was I measuring correctly? Was I counting the cup and a half of something has a cup? So I started making sure I was following to the "T" has I had done before. And sure enough it works. The weight can come off if you are totally honest to yourself. You know what I put on paper may look good but it is not helping me one bit.

Now I guess I need to get with this sciatica nerve problem I got going on. I am currently trying acupuncture and it seems to be working. I am glad for that. For the 4+ months that I have not been to the gym is killing me. It was part of me. It is just what I did every morning at 5:30, went to the gym. I did still get up at that time and try to get myself back to sleep. I was still having that urge to just go, but then I would hear my doc's voice telling me that you will just injure yourself more and become immobile. Well that my friends was not an option! That would drive me bonkers! Me not move, no way. So I listened and stayed away. That was when I got the bodybugg so I could keep track of what I was doing. And it worked. So time to move on.

Back to SparkPeople I come. Back to day by day. Back to friends & support. I am back to be here for yours also. I thank those that have stuck by me even when I was not here to cheer you on or help you in your low point. I was having mine. I was feeling terrible about not going to the gym. Not being active at this point. I am though hoping that my sciatica will be cleared by the acupuncturist so I can go again starting first of the year. That is my goal.

So anyway I am posting this blog on Oct. 20, 2010. To be the day to begin my quest, my journey back into weight loss & healthy me. Please join me.

Barb aka Puckygirl emoticon

PS if anyone has any other suggestions about exercising without irritating the sciatica or any similar problems let me know how you deal with it & exercise. Thanks in advance.
Thank you SparkPeople for being here for all of us. Making us friends & almost like family. Also thank you to my AP Jenn for helping me through everything I have been through in 4+ months.


8/23/10 OMG Small Stepper of the Day

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wow Thanks everyone. Not sure how this happened, but I am overwhelmed and almost extremely in tears.

I have been in a bad way lately, I have almost given up.

But not completely. Not yet. I am watching my calories, but not exercising, and that hurts. Hurts me. A few weeks back I was told by my doctor that there would be no more exercising until my back stops hurting or the constant pain goes away. Or if I can come up with exercises that I can do without it hurting. I have also found out that I have very weak abdominal muscles. Well that one took me by a big whack in the face. I have been doing crunches & ab pullups, etc. Me, weak ab muscles? How? But anyway to make it this far and have this be told to you by a doctor is enough to put the brakes on and totally throw in the towel.

I have made myself literally sick thinking about this and trying to figure out what to do. But now matter what I do my back hurts. i can't even walk. She did mention walking in water. But where I live that is $4 and hour. A little too much money to fork out right now. So I have been like giving up any hope until maybe after back surgery before I can get on track with things again.

But when I opened my email this afternoon and seen the sparkgoodies & the well wishes, it really helped open up my eyes that someone, somewhere is aware of my accomplishments. WOO HOO But for this brief minute I was very happy & overhwhelmed. Thank you so much.

Now back to reality of back pain & pain meds. But I do ask if any of you that read this can in any way help me get back on track with some form of exercises that would not use the back or hip muscles please let me know. thanks in advance

Barb (Puckygirl)

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ALK272 8/24/2010 9:18AM

How do you feel about yoga? I completely recommend you check out Peggy Cappy's Back Care Basics - Yoga for the Rest of Us

This series of adapted poses are beneficial to back care. Strong, healthy back muscles provide support for your spine and result in more energy and vitality in everything you do.

Back Care Basics Video“At last, Yoga poses to protect your back and improve your posture. These simple but powerful exercises stretch and strengthen your back muscles, alleviate back pain caused by muscular tension, and with regular practice, keep back pain from returning!”— Peggy Cappy

I first saw this on the PBS and after trying one of her DVD's from Netflix I was soon ordering them all.

Best wishes and stay strong!
Amy (alk272)

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KCWOOSLEY 8/23/2010 9:03PM

    you might try something I accidentally ran across one day - this is what I do at work and nobody can tell :)

Sit or stand normally, take a deep breath, and as you exhale, push your stomach toward your spine. It's more like tightening - as you do this, make sure not to lean forward or change body position.

Amazingly, you'll feel it in your abdomen and it's easy :)


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KIMMYD73 8/23/2010 5:55PM

    You are welecome..Hang in there there has to be light at the end of the tunnel..And even if exercising isn't in the future right now..Just still with the calories....It will even itself out...Great Job

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A Swift Kick - thanks Jenn

Thursday, June 03, 2010

“Stop the self deprivation! The pity parties end today! If you're here...if you're reading this...you've taken the first step. So stop feeling sorry for yourself, because...YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!”
I think this is a kick in the pants, but I also think it’s a more positive approach in delivering that kick. Do you agree?
I’m just having a difficult time right now with excuse making. I’m really struggling between the kicks and pats. I’m really struggling with that fine line between showing support and enabling. Are you feeling me?
I hope this puts a better slant on what I’m trying to say to people. I’m trying to be helpful and sensitive to beginners…but people farther along, like me, need that timely kick in the pants.We need to stop making excuses. We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. We need to stop saying… “I blew it today so I’ll start again tomorrow.” Or, “I stumbled last night and had a bowl of ice cream because the kids were too difficult to deal with.” Or one I like to use being a caregiver… “Dad was just way too difficult today. I need a can of Coke and a bag of chips. That’ll help me deal with it.”
Those are nothing but excuses my friends! Those of us who are farther along know better than that. We should have the discipline to wait…to take a deep breath…to take a pause…to drink a glass of ice cold water…to let the craving pass. We have to… because when we slip like that, what did it accomplish? We just sacrificed what we wanted most for what we wanted at the moment. There are going to be tons of those moments in our lives. What happens if we give in every time? That’s right…we’re right back off the wagon. Face it friends, it’ll be much easier to give in the second, third, and fourth time if we give in the first time.
And here’s the main point I’m trying to make. When we veterans get on here and post those messages that ask for sympathy, we need someone who cares enough to let us have it right between the horns. We don’t need someone saying… “Oh, it’ll be alright. So you slipped up once. At least you stopped it right there. Tomorrow is a new day, just start over again.” To me, that’s being an enabler. I won’t do that anymore! And I don’t want people to do that to me either! Mollycoddling someone who knows better is not helping them at all. I was mollycoddled way too much in my earlier attempts at weight loss and look where it got me…on the old yo-yo train. That Master Chief I spoke of earlier didn’t mollycoddle. He knew it was a matter of life and death and he had to be tough. Obesity is a matter of life and death too and I’m so thankful to the special people who gave me “Tough Love”. Do you know why? Because I am worth it! And so are you!

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EADAWSON223 6/5/2010 10:17AM

    Amen sister!

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Telling off skinny guy at the gym

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Told the skinny guy at the gym off this morning. He started in on me - Are you done with that machine yet or your going to hog it all day. I told him to worry about himself. He said hurry up - I told him to worry about himself. Then he said hurry up I want to use it and I told him to go to hell. Then I got off the machine walked to the water cooler to fill up my bottle and I let him have it. I told him I am sick and tired of him telling me what I am doing wrong all the time, for fu*ks sakes I can't even drink water right. He said "Wow we are pissy today" I said you are on me all the time is what makes me pissy and yes I am extremely pissy today so get off my back." I walked to the other room and he says to his brother who minds the shop on Tuesdays & Thursdays that what did you do to her to make her pissy today. He said you did this....

So anyway I shook myself off and walked out the door and told his brother to have a good day!

I just don't know what to do - it is the only gym in my area close. It is the only time I can go that nobody in my family will miss me. My work pays for it. I wish there was something. I am still have the mp3 player going so I don't have to listen to him. But he talked over it this morning.

Oh well I just have to let him not get to me and keep doing what I am doing. I got this far without his bullsh**. He must definitely have something wrong with himself that he has to be on me all the time. I am not the only one he does it to this. But the other people don't have fat issues like I do. They are on the trim side.

Just had to let it be known that I did tell him off anyway.
Wish I lived in a bigger town with more to choose from. Thank god for the MP3 player. LOL

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PATRICIA_LYNN 4/17/2010 10:17AM

    I saw in your previous post that this skinny guy is the owner's son, right? Have you thought about writing a letter of complaint to the owner? Make it clear that as a paying customer, you expect to be treated with courtesy and respect from staff and from other paying customers. Also, I would talk with some of the other patrons and see if they have had issues with the same guy.

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/19/2010 2:01PM

    Good for you for not taking his cr*p. I like the idea of bothering him to get off when he's on some machine, but you probably don't want to waste your time waiting around for him.

If it were me, the first time he asked I would tell him, "well, I have my workout with this machine to complete. All I can tell you is that I'll be finished when I am finished and not one second before then." If he asked again after that, my second comment would be "I promise you'll be the first to know when I am finished, but for now you need to leave me alone so I can finish my workout. I promise you that the more you bother me, the longer it is going to take me to finish."

Additionally - if he is there as either a co-owner or just because his brother owns/runs the place, he probably isn't paying full fees (or any fees for that matter) for using the facilities. As MK4LADY pointed out, you are a paying customer and have a right to get what you pay for.

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MK4LADY 2/18/2010 2:25PM

    You go girl!!!

It sounds as if his brother knows what a jerk he can be to you and others. If he is one of the owners there he should NEVER ask you to get off a machine. You are the paying customer and he should get his own workouts in when no one else is using the equipment.

Next time you go in there, hold your head high and get your workout in. Most of the time once someone stands up to a bully they back down.

Keep up the great work and good for you standing up for yourself.


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DULCINEA54935 2/18/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you. Even if it did not accomplish any major changes which the guy who is undoubtedly one of the world's worst jerks, you did what you needed to for yourself.

I can understand the need to use that particular gym, especially since your work assists with it, so hang in there and continue to be assertive when you need to be.


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KELLY1778 2/16/2010 2:11PM

  Next time he is on a machine, go over and ask him if he is finished yet because now you want to use it...

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IRISHSIDNEY 2/16/2010 2:04PM

    Every gym has it's idiots! I have had to decide that I want to lose weight more than I want to be irritated! (However, I still give myself the luxury of being irritated once in a while!!) emoticon Keep up the hard work!!

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JAZZYJAS 2/16/2010 2:00PM

    Well, at least you know it isn't because of your weight - it is because he is a jerk. Just do what you can to ignore him and don't let him keep you from doing what you have to do...

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1st Sparkversary

Monday, February 15, 2010

On my first spark anniversary I have a few things that I need to say.
I have not lost the weight that I "assumed" I would nor am I in any way shape or form the skinny person I thought I would be by now. haha

But I have little things that have helped me along the way to know that I am losing weight even if the scale is not moving. They are:
1. My watch is no longer pinching my wrist.
2. My bath towel fits around me.
3. My coat can now button.
4. My boyfriends arms can now reach all the way around me for a hug.
5. The kids are can touch when they hug me.
6. I can sit in a booth at a restaurant without being squished to the table.
7. My steering wheel doesn't rub on my belly when I am driving.
8. There is more space in my bed between me & the BF.
9. My tight pants are now my loose pants.
10. I feel good about myself.

I have learned to eat healthy. But I cannot monitor my sodium. I have only one day where my sodium intake is been good. So that is what I will work on this year. Here is to another year with sparkpeople

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FITN2014-TSP 2/16/2010 8:17AM

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KATHYGBENNETT 2/15/2010 8:32PM

    Congratulations. My Major accomplishment is I can fasten the seatbelt with my jacket zipped!!!

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MAWMAWTAMERA 2/15/2010 7:40PM

  Congrats your emoticon

I think the changes you noted are wonderful! BTW, I don't use any salt at all - period - and I rarely have a day where the sodium is within range and it drives me crazy. I look at labels and try to choose wisely including opting for low sodium options, but I am a sodium reducing dunce! I say that to simply say, be happy with what you do get changed.

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JANLEEW 2/15/2010 7:24PM

    Congratulations! Try Mrs Dash for seasoning(no salt), cut down on prepared foods/or buy low sodium versions. This has been a little hard for me also. Keep moving, keep tracking!

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