Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I am assuming that by now everyone appreciates that eating healthy, drinking lots of water and getting in that well-needed exercise is all it takes to do the body good.
Lots of interesting personal opinions have popped up over the past few days. Itís good to have a diverse group. We must not forget, however, that though we all may be in the same boat .. our views are somewhat different. There is no right or wrong answer when dealing with our humble opinions. There is a lot of information out there. Innumerable diet plans. A magnitude of trainers and coaches. More exercise equipment than you can even imagine. Best selling health books by the millions. Just so much darn stuff. Everyone brings something different to the table. So it would be impossible to follow everything that we read. Indeed, so many books contradict the other. I suspect, in the past that is probably what most of us did. Followed this book, that video, those infomercials, that diet. Diets like eating only ice cream, bananas or that dreaded cabbage soup. (You can tell I know a lot about this .. lol). And no doubt that is how most of us ended up in the same boat. Some of us have lost the same weight .. over and over and over. Its been like a flippiní boomerang .. just kept coming back to us. Wave your hand if this is you.
So here we are again. Giving it another whirl. This time around we say we are going to get to our goal .. and stay there. And, guess what, this time we really will! But in order to stay focused on this never-ending journey we need to determine our own outlook on what will keep us on this path towards a healthier and fitter body. What works for one does not necessarily work for the other. It is extremely important to discuss, compare, encourage, motivate and inspire each other. And thanks to Sparkpeople, we are doing that. But no one should tell us what time of the day is really good to exercise. Only we can know that. Some do well in the early mornings. Others do great late at night. No one should tell us this is the only food we should be eating every single day. Some can eat beans and other fibers and get the greatest benefit .. while others ..well you know what I mean (teehee). Its just the way we are. With our different physiques, different genes, different genders and obviously different basal metabolic rates (BMR), we must find our own personal niche. You know, what really works for us!. What works for us that we can do forever. Because forever is a long, long time.
So be true to yourselves, all you lovely members. Read and comprehend! Learn what is fad and what is factual! Donít fall for the too good to be true ads. Listen to your body. Nourish it with heart healthy foods. Replenish it with lovely refreshing water. Build your stamina by exercising frequently. By doing so, we will eventually remove these unwanted pounds, gain abundant health, and forever be the loser who won .. and eventually get out of the boat.
Thanks for listening.
This is Anne
Friday, August 01, 2008
Today is my anniversary; my anniversary with Sparkpeople, that is. Simply put, I have been eating sensibly (well most of the time) and exercising according to plan. Along the way I shed 35.5 pounds. Woo hoo!! Whereíd they go!!!! It took me a while .. but thatís fine by me. I got a healthier heart and a whole new outlook on life in the fitness lane. So, as I pat myself on the back saying ďwell done!!!Ē I realize I have come a long way. And Iím not going back.
Funny thing about this journey though. It appears I must have met some of you before .. because we seem to be coming from the same place; a place none of us will be going back to. I feel sorry for anyone stuck back there Ö itís not a nice place. It was full of fatigue, discomfort, low self-esteem, displeasure, you name it .. itís there.
So, if you are stuck back there. Now is the time to get out. Itís relatively easy. Who knew! Just put one foot forward .. and the other will follow and just walk. Thatís all you need to do. Walk at least 30 minutes a day, in segments if you must. You donít need to walk fast .. just at your own pace until you get fitter. And the fitter you get .. the more youíll want to do. Oh! And while you are learning to walk .. start to make healthier food choices. Instead of candy .. eat fruit. Instead of cake .. eat fruit. Instead of soda Ö drink water. Instead of a bags of chips .. an ounce of nuts. Follow the Sparkpeople healthy eating program .. youíll surely learn a thing or two.
All these small changes will make a big difference. Trust me. It may be slow in the beginning .. but once you get the hang of it .. it becomes more of a lifestyle.
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention, unfortunately, you may hit a few stumbling blocks along the way. Thatís all a part of life. But, continue on this journey towards better health and a fitter body .. and along the way the unwanted pounds will be lost. Lost where!! No one really knows .. but who cares.
So continue to Spark .. and wonderful things will continue to happen. I still have miles to go .. but I am doing them .. one day at a time.
By the way, if you are not a member of a team .. you should be. There are many. Thatís where you will find support, comfort, motivation, inspiration, and friendship. Itís really a never ending journey .. but itís the journey toward longevity .. and we are all going to get there .. eventually..
Thanks for listening
This is Anne
Monday, April 28, 2008
My daughter, ANALYZETHIS, emailed this article to me. We do not know the original source. It was NOT created by us. I simply copied and pasted the email. I had to ďeditĒ a few choice words too. Other members may have seen it before. I thought it was funny. I hope it is not offensive to anyone.
A WOMAN'S WEEK AT THE GYM
If you read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong
with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a
regular workout routine.
For my birthday this year, my daughter (the dear) purchased a week of
personal training at the local health club for me.
Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football
cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead
and give it a try.
I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named
Belinda, who identified herself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and
model for athletic clothing and swim wear.
My daughter seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club
encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. ?Tough to get out of bed, but found it
was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Belinda
waiting for me. She is something of a Greek goddess - with blond hair,
dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!
Belinda gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching
the skillful way in which she conducted her aerobics class after my
workout today. Very inspiring!
Belinda was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already
aching from holding it in the whole time she was around. This is going
to be a FANTASTIC week-!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.
Belinda made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air
then she put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the
treadmill, but I made the full mile. Belinda's rewarding smile made it
all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!! It's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the
counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a
hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to
steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Belinda was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other
club members. Her voice is a little too perky for that early in the
morning and when she scolds, she gets this nasally whine that is VERY
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Belinda put me on the
stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an
activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Belinda told me it would help
me get in shape and enjoy life. She said some other sh** too.
Belinda was waiting for me with her vampire-like teeth exposed as her
thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being
a half an hour late - it took me that long to tie my shoes.
Belinda took me to work out with dumbbells. When she was not looking, I
ran and hid in the restroom. She sent another skinny b**** to find me.
Then, as punishment, she put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank.
I hate that b**** Belinda more than any human being has ever hated any
other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic,
anorexic little cheerleader. If there was a part of my body I could move
without unbearable pain, I would beat her with it.
Belinda wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And
if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the damn barbells or
anything that weighs more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition
teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach
or the choir director?
Belinda left a message on my answering machine in her grating, shrilly
voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing her voice made
me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the
strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight
hours of the Weather Channel.
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and
thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my
daughter (the little sh**) will choose a gift for me that is fun -- like
a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend
over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!
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