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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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The Good and the Bad

Sunday, April 04, 2010

It is a little sad to not have family over for Easter. However, I at least was able to have time with my sons on separate days this week. Sometimes the individual time is better for quality purposes.

I will hopefully get a good yard work exercise in along with my regular scheduled exercise. I also have some very nutritious meals planned so I don't have to worry about over doing the eating.

I hope everone has a Healthy Easter.

  
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WILLOW49 4/5/2010 12:38PM

    I missed being with my son for Easter, but he had a wedding to attend in NC. We had a laid back quiet day, enjoyed time in the park. Seemed just right this year...

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JERICAJJ 4/4/2010 5:11PM

    Happy Healthy Easter to you!
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FRANNIEDID 4/4/2010 7:48AM

    It always makes me sad when I cannot share a holiday with my mom! I hope you have a peaceful day and enjoy your gardening!

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STACE48 4/4/2010 7:05AM

    It is always good to be with loved ones. Even if they are not around today you will be able to remember them as you work in the garden.

Have a great day and hope the spring is bringing lots of blooms to you.

God Bless
Stacey

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Some days there isn't much time.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I wasn't going to write this as a blog, but we have a challenge in one of my teams that gives me points for blogs. I would like to post one everyday, but I'm afraid I will run out of things to Blog about. The journal entry points are easy because I just write a little about the reflection email or something about my journey.

Today I had to run around early because we were having my son's family over for a cookout. We are still having very nice weather for this time of year. I didn't have enough time to get my regular planned exercise in so I had to make do with the little time I had. I took a quick ride on my bike and it was great to get some time in, but even with my "better" seat it still caused some pain and my back was not too happy with me either. The recumbent bike I have is much more comfortable. I will be glad when my back is completely better.

Even though the exercise wasn't as much as I wanted to get in, my nutrition was right on.

I will vow tonight to make sure to get in more strength tomorrow, and I also hope to get more yard work time. I do love to work outside in my gardens in the spring.

  
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DDOORN 4/3/2010 11:11PM

    Good deal on the nutrition! The other things will come along...keep the SPARK! :-)

Don

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