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Challenges and Goals

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I'm very thankful for my challenges and goals that I have going on in my life at this moment. They are helping me push myself harder, eat better and make good decisions. I like competition and in the Positive Vibes Team I joined their April challenge. It has been very good for me as far as making sure I do crunches and squats every other day and it has me counting my water, fruits and vegetables. I always knew I drank a lot of water, but after 8 glasses I use to pretty much stop counting. Now I get points for each glass I drink and every fruit or vegetable I eat. Believe me if I'm feeling a little hungry I think about those fruits that I didn't always get in.

So today I had a 50th anniversary party to attend for my Aunt and Uncle. I knew there would be sweets so I made it a goal not to have any sugar. That is also a point award for the Challenge. I usually have 1 tsp in my tea in the morning so yesterday I bought a different tea which I thought I could drink without that teaspoon of sugar. This morning I started my day with my no sugar tea and then went to the party with that goal set. Someone asked me why I would make that goal today and I said for that very reason, not to have the dessert. So my cousin comes along and plops a piece of chocolate cake right in front of me, knowing very well what I love. I gave my piece away and didn't miss it. Well maybe a little, but I'm usually pretty good at keeping my mind set with what I want to do. There was even an emotional aspect to the whole day being my parents who were in the wedding 50 years ago are no longer with us to celebrate. That was sad, but I didn't give in to my emotional eating either.

This day I won!

  
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DAVESTOOK1913 4/11/2010 10:45AM

    Congrats on staying strong even when your cousin put the piece of cake in front of you. That shows some really strong determination. I think you have done an awesome job emoticon

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URSULA125 4/10/2010 9:12PM

    W@ow! Impressive! Good for you!

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WILLOW49 4/10/2010 9:12PM

    emoticon Good for you! Keep up the good work!!!


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So far...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Today marks my seven week and I have lost just over 15 pounds. I track all my nutrition and drink plenty of water. I walk as much as I can at work, I ride my recumbent bike a few times a week, and I have increased both my time and my intensity. I recently bought weights that vary between pounds so I can increase my levels of workouts. I also try to get in variable exercises at home and at work. I'm lucky enough to have a server room where I can go a few times a day and do some wall pushups, squats and calf raises. I have signed up for fitness classes at my local college and have gone from barely making it through to doing ok.

I can see myself improving on multiple levels. I have to continue with the motivational talks and give myself credit for all the positive changes I have made. Some days are easier than others, but in life we will have this.

  
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DAVESTOOK1913 4/9/2010 10:31AM

    Congrats!!! That is just awesome.

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AMETHYST0809 4/9/2010 9:50AM

    Good going! It's a great feeling to know you are headed in the right direction, and that there are people right there along side of you that know what you're going through (that would be us!). Keep up the good work, SparkFriend! emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/8/2010 10:08PM

    You're doing great! Keep up the good work!
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007JERSEYGIRL 4/8/2010 8:12PM

    Wow! You have accomplished so much in 7 weeks! It should be no problem to think positively about those accomplishments! Plus you can look forward to this momentum of improvement staying with you as you continue to move forward! emoticon

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A bit frustrated

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Today is the first day of the Healthy U Challenge and I really wanted to be totally pyched. I think the problem is that I looked at the results of the last challenge that just finished. There were both male and female winners and both percentage of body weight and most weight. The top winners, both male and female lost over 50 pounds each in only 12 weeks. Almost 5 pounds a week! How is that possible? I know I should not worry about others, but I was hoping this would be a Healthy Challenge, but I can't see myself losing close to that with my current rate of loss.

Tomorrow is my SparkPeople weigh in date and with my weigh in weight tonight, I don't expect much loss for tomorrow.

  
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FRECKS96 5/5/2010 10:07AM

    Good Luck with the challenge! I know that you'll do your best, no matter what happens. You need to focus on you and not worry about what anyone else is doing.

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DDOORN 5/5/2010 7:49AM

    Besides, unless those speed demons who've lost all that weight are VERY careful, they run the risk of packing those pounds right back on!

Just keep putting one foot ahead of the other and you will reach your goals in time and be able to KEEP that weight off!

Don

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WILLOW49 4/8/2010 12:59PM

    I wouldn't worry about what others do or what winners do; do whatever works for you. Losing weight that quickly is not healthy and probably won't stay off. Remember slow and steady wins the race! emoticon

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AMETHYST0809 4/8/2010 9:27AM

    I agree that reading those statistics can be daunting for those of us who lose at a slower rate, or maybe don't have the time to invest in as much activity as they do. We need to remember that any weight loss is beneficial, and doing it healthfully is the way to go. That's why we are here to support each other, right? Some days, I get to my personal "finish line" by just doing the minimum, such as getting through the activities of daily living (cooking,cleaning, working, etc.), drinking my 8 glasses of water, and having a few fruits/veggies during the day! Do I feel guilty? Sure, but then I think I have done more than I would have otherwise, and tomorrow is another day, and I have my friends here at Sparkpeople to commiserate with me...so I have won the race! Keep your head up! emoticon

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LADYWEZ 4/8/2010 4:00AM

    if you want the weight to stay off. Slow changes slow gains will result in permanent changes. Plug away slowly and it will stay away. Keep up the good work

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DAVESTOOK1913 4/7/2010 11:46PM

    Remember the children's story about the tortoise and the hare? The hare started off fast but the tortoise won because he went slow and steady. That's how I see losing weight. I think you're much more likely to keep it off if it takes you a long time and you have to to patient to reach your goal. I think as long as you're going at it healthy, then you're doing it so much wiser.

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/7/2010 10:21PM

    I agree with Brenda: As long as you are doing things the proper and healthy way, you are a winner!

Slow and steady wins!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 4/7/2010 9:37PM

    That is discouraging. It's hard to know what they are doing to lose that much weight. That's over 4 pounds per week. Are they losing it the healthy way, or doing some crazy unhealthy fad diet or taking pills or something? I have finally realized that my body just doesn't lose weight at the same rate as most people do. As long as you are doing things the proper and healthy way, you are a winner!

Brenda
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What do you do?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

So here is my challenge. I tried jumping jacks for a team challenge today and I wanted to add them to my fitness tracker. They are not listed under other exercises, but under cardio. However, they only have a listing for vigorous. My jumping jacks are not to the vigorous level at this point in my plan. Someday, when I weigh a bit less and my feet and back aren't feeling as bad. Now that is something to look forward to. I also track these by how many I do, not the amount of time I do them. Any suggestions?



  
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WILLOW49 4/6/2010 3:30PM

    That's what I would do, list them under calistentics.

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CGHENDERSON 4/6/2010 3:09PM

    Maybe you could log a certain number of minutes for jumping jacks under "calisthenics".....

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Awards and stuff

Monday, April 05, 2010

Well it was a nice surprise today to get some awards for my successes last month. I started getting the emails from others saying they liked a feed and then I had a few award emails. Positive reinforcement is a good thing.

I've been trying to reach different goals with some challenges from different teams. I have to keep it to a minimum or I will forget where I'm suppose to be doing what. I already feel as if I forgot to post my fitness to one of my team threads. I'll be sending lots of hugs to people since they get me points in one of my challenges. Speaking of I better get on with my workout this evening. I may even try some jumping jacks. I love points!

  
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MOOTWO 4/5/2010 6:30PM

    Amen, the tide of awards today was a great motivator- especially team members popping in "liking" them ;)

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MACKEYW 4/5/2010 6:23PM

    good job. I find out the same way by getting the emails that peopel tell me they liked my awards lol

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