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What DOES NOT Work.

Friday, February 21, 2014

I subscribe to quite a few workout/training/therapy/rehab blogs, and today's email from Mike Whitfield (who has lost 100# lbs and still works out so he can eat pancakes) really struck a chord with me.

(Full disclosure: This person advocates "intermittent fasting," which I do NOT. If it works for you, great. But starving yourself is never a good idea.)

Some of you know how much side-eye I give to ANYONE who thinks you can "just" and see results. Mike feels the same way. His site: trainwithfinishers.com/

The excerpt:

Dr. Oz, you are sadly mistaken. The next big "breakthrough" drug, pill or miracle liquid will never, EVER transform the health, inside and out, of ANYONE.

I would love to say I took some magic potion or miracle pill to lose over 100 pounds.

But for anyone that happens to read this, I'll tell you the truth. My hands got dirty. I sweated. I made sacrifices. I had to drastically reduce my favorite foods. I had to make tough choices.

It was extremely painful at first. I remember to this day the feeling of doubt and fear I had after being exhausted just a few minutes into my first workout.

Heck, I'll admit it. I cried. That's right. I cried. There were times when I cried out of frustration and sometimes, the tears were all about a milestone.

Thousands of reps, thousands of "no thank yous" and thousands of minutes of commitment and never giving up is what got me here, 105 pounds lighter and keeping it off.

The only breakthrough "fat loss supplement" that helped was one that most people aren't willing to take... and it's a combination of ingredients like attitude, working with tenacity, being uncomfortable, discipline, faith and hard work.

It's simple. You blend all that up and drink it daily. And you know what? It's FREE.

I know, I know. "But that doesn't sell."

But don't worry, many people aren't willing to accept this freebie, so they spend their hard-earned money on the next new "breakthrough" fat loss supplement (AKA CRAP).


I don't sell fairy tales and you shouldn't either.

Mike Whitfield,
Loser of 105 pounds
Boom goes the truth dynamite.

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/28/2014 10:48PM

    Love it! And it's so very true! I've been working on proving to myself that I can do this all week, and it's all what he said :) Thanks for sharing!

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MNCYCLIST 2/22/2014 7:26AM

    I agree, so lifestyle transformation, hard work, and consistency are the keys. The "magic pill" is lifestyle change, not drugs. Thanks much for sharing!

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CHERIJ16 2/21/2014 8:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

Comment edited on: 2/21/2014 8:26:35 PM

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STEVEN_D 2/21/2014 1:54PM

    It does take a lot of hard work. And I think you can be a testamony to that. Loosing 50 pounds for me has been done the hard way. I don't know of a healthy easy way, do you?

I see you are from Columbus-me too, but moved to TX in '79, was up to see dad in October. Hope the weather is getting better, thanks for sharing you information on Mike Whitfield.

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The Picture of Happiness

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Since I'm here and posting before work...July 31,2013:

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This Will Never Stop Being Funny to Me!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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LKEITHO 2/6/2014 8:15AM

    Good one! Thanks for the chuckle.

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BILLALEX70 2/6/2014 7:55AM

    LMAO! Definitely more "fun"to get fat!

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/30/2014 8:32AM

  Love it! emoticon

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What Works.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Good morning, Sparkers.

I'm having a get-together this weekend and putting together a nice menu which is gluten-optional, dairy-optional, vegan-optional and low-carb-optional. "Paleo" people are out of luck, as there is no butter or bacon on the menu.

Can you guess what I'm serving??? (Bourbon is part of the "optional" menu, haha)


ANYWAY. It's the beginning of a new year, and while the super-cold temps have kept a lot of new folks out of the gym, being inundated with diet and exercise "advice" is part of the program, yes?

So - here is what has worked for me, over TEN YEARS of this journey, with a 100# loss maintained over the past six. YES, I have had to tweak, and change, and re-create to get results - as your body changes, so does what works best.

Also - some of these are anecdotal, meaning I do not have science to back me up, simply my experience or the experience of others I've known/worked out with/trained.

1. A lot of obese people have plenty of muscle, and greatly benefit from long bouts of cardio exercise. It works so well that we forget that our bodies burn both fat AND muscle - and there is a "tipping point" where we begin to tear down more muscle than fat, and when you hit a plateau - think "LIFT" rather than "RUN." You need muscle to burn fat! I could do an entire blog post on this...pondering...maybe a billboard? Or pop-up ad? :)

2. Drinking too much water can be detrimental. I know Spark encourages everyone to drink lots of water, if you're having leg cramps, stomach pain or headaches - ease back on the water and see if that helps. If you Google "hyponatremia Boston marathon," there is a study out there - made me uneasy, personally.

3. Eating properly. If your diet is not on point, you are not going to see the progress you want, at least in the long-term. I think we've all tried to outrun our bad eating habits! Didn't work! Doing all the boring things the folks in the National Weight Loss Registry do (breakfast, fruits and veggies, planned meals and indulgences) and don't do (binge, snack late) really does work! And a 10% reduction in calories may be all you need - I've done this twice with wonderful success - 30 lbs the first time and 14 the second. Still eating about 2000cals/day though.

Having said this, I am sitting here "hungry" because I decided I wanted a croissant and iced coffee from Starbucks this morning rather than my usual brekkie of a banana and toast with PB&J...um...not worth it. :P

4. Flexibilty and core training - pilates and yoga. I shaved off FOUR INCHES from my waist (I made the nurse measure me three times) in a year doing pilates 2x a week. No, it does not happen overnight, and yes, flexibility and core strength have to be consistently practiced, but - who gets up one day and runs 10 miles? My running and cycling are SO much better, and my pilates class (who all have known this much longer than I) believes flexibility and core strength are what drive all their other workouts. Truth.

5. Everyone's diet plan is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Or, it works for a short time, then your body rebels. It's a process that goes on and on. My body goes nuts on a low-carb diet - high blood sugar levels (I have Type I diabetes) and intense stomach upset. So - no. High fat diets, nada. Carb cycling - NOPE AAAH! Gotta work that out and keep tweaking. It gets easier with practice.

SO - having said all this - What works for YOU?

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READNKNIT 1/29/2014 10:37AM

    I'm so glad you wrote that everyone's plan has to be different! I've found that I cannot eat what spark says I can. I have to limit my calories to 1000-1100 per day. I have extremely low metabolism, and it takes A LOT of activity for me to burn 1700 calories. Normally, with a 45-minute workout where my heart rate gets up to 161, I only burn about 1500 a day. It's a bummer. Keep up the great work!

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And Here It Goes Again.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Once again, I am down to zilch on the Spark radar...just not here, other things are higher on the priority list...

I think I forgot to mention here (as I have in other venues, online and in real life) that I got married in July. Happy, here.

Getting married = new home, new routine, new person in my space. That seems to be a fairly smooth road, our place is lovely and we like each other. :)

Job #1 is fine, just buried under everything to be done.

Job #2 is good, figuring out how to deal with a board member with dollar signs in their eyes. That should calm down once he realizes we don't have any money!

Job #3 is good, I teach Pilates 2x a week and cycling on Fridays, filling in for other folks' classes when they need it.

Trying to save up for some additional yoga training. That stuff gets very expensive, and I am sticking with my resolution that job #3 is just that - a JOB - and I can only spend what I earn and no more. Otherwise, it is a hobby. Yoga insurance took a bite out of my discretionary training budget so I'm hoping for a comped class at work. *fingers crossed*

All things health and weight are lovely - I realized that my tracker has not budged, and neither has my weight, so I'm calling it a win. Double win that I am maintaining even though most weeks I only manage a session or two of cardio. Those bloodwork numbers are gold-star level, so hooray!

New year plans are...set by my new husband/household executive/social secretary haha. I'm going to keep going what I'm doing, and change if it's not working. That'll do.

Happy (belated?) new year!

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NIECYA 1/25/2014 11:17PM

    Congrats on getting married. Keep doing what your doing.

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TIMOTHY53 1/24/2014 1:03AM

    OK, so you are back. Keep chasing your goals.

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    Congratulations on getting married! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 1/23/2014 1:34PM

    Nice work!

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MJLUVSANIMALS 1/23/2014 1:14PM

    Congratulations on the nuptials! Been watching for you. Glad to hear your life has become so organized and new!!! Working on mine now!! I have always admired your stamina in achievement and goals, you are truly an inspiration to me and always have been. MJ emoticon

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