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Thursday, January 01, 2009

I found this while reading ADNAW_YOTS'S PAGE and it is so wonderful that I am blogging it! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AD

I hope the above link works to take you to her page. Wonderful page!

M: Make a short term goal here, reach it, add another
O: Out with negative thoughts.
T: Think of why I WANT IT every time I log in
I: Imagine how I will feel when I reach goals.
V: Visualize the future me !
A: Acknowledge my successes not by failures.
T: Treat myself with respect. I deserve that.
I: Investigate new foods/ideas/ activities
O: Obey my weight loss plans/goals

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TAHOEMAMALOI 1/2/2009 10:07AM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing! Great words to bring in a new year!


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TABBYKAT75 1/1/2009 9:05AM

    Love it
Thanks for sharing

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What is your opinion of New Year Resolutions?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I actually didn't like making Resolutions because they are always broken?

But here at SP I was given the option of carrying over to next year my lifestyle changes.

So that is what I am going to do. I "resolve" to carry my lifestyle changes over to 2009!

And I am not yet at my goal weight so I guess I "resolve" to stay with my program until I reach my goal and then I am going to learn how to maintain and tone up.

Happy New Year!

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_VALEO_ 1/3/2009 7:09AM

    I agree with you, "resolutions" is not a word for me either.

I wish you to carry over you lifestyle changes in 2009!

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JENIFIREHARP 1/1/2009 7:17PM

    Cheers to a New Year! emoticon

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AMYSM04 1/1/2009 8:59AM

    I TOTALLY know what you mean about resolutions and I love the idea of lifestyle changes. Your goals sound fantastic and I KNOW you will reach them in 2009! (New year, new you)


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MOB8/2009 1/1/2009 8:43AM

    I just think of resolutions as turning to a clean page in my Book of Llfe. I don't make resolutions because they're usually not very specific (I resolve to lose weight) and they're too confining. So I "resolve" to continue focusing on ME and my journey to health and I "resolve" to do one new thing this year. For me, that would be the half marathon which still scares me to death!

Here's to great 2009, eh girlfriend????

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RODEOMOMSK 12/31/2008 11:42PM

    Great goal to have!

I gave up on resolutions a long time ago.
So I'm just challenging myself in new ways. emoticon


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MARTY19 12/31/2008 8:51PM

    You will reach your goal weight very soon. I love this resolution. But I already knew how committed you are.


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DINA:-) 12/31/2008 8:44PM

    i agree- "new years resolutions" are meant to be broken! haha... i think it's because we make unrealistic expectations. i like your resolution- that is perfect! i will make 2009 my healthiest year yet.


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TABBYKAT75 12/31/2008 7:53PM

    I now call them my new year goals and i only make a few broader ones or ones I know I will do my best to keep and like lose 50 pounds not 120 pounds.
Have a super new year

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Ok, so now I have another problem...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Good morning!

I don't know that I can or would blog daily, even to get another spark point but here goes - - -

So I have another new problem. It hurts when I sit!! My tailbone is hitting my toilet seat and even my balance ball! And now today, I am sitting on my hip bones!

On the flip side I have to tell you it is hilarious when you hear a hornet bounce off your balance ball!

Y'all have a great day!
emoticon emoticon
**edit: No, I did not hurt myself, I just lost all my padding! emoticon emoticon

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TABBYKAT75 12/31/2008 7:51PM

    Sounds like a good problem i think lol

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MARTY19 12/30/2008 2:40PM

    No whinning! This is exactly what you wanted to do. Hurray for you.

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SUPREME5 12/30/2008 11:37AM

    tailbone? what did you do girl/.
dorene emoticon

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MOB8/2009 12/30/2008 8:54AM

    You lost me! Did you injure your tail bone? emoticon

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141.9 feels so fine!

Monday, December 29, 2008

OMG! Today 141.9 feels so fine!!

I am almost as small as I was when I was 33 at 148 pounds. Now I understand that "Roll Away The Inches" must have been like a physical body-wrap and I must have lost water weight! But I did look fine back then, and I looked toned! But I wasn't toned because I hadn't been exercising. I guess looks really can be deceiving.

I am within inches of my waist and my hips if my memory is any good - so I am guessing that the equivalent weight would have been around 10 pounds or so lower than I was at the time.

The biggest difference is this time I am learning how to decide what to eat and I am doing the calculating of my daily calories. (When I was 33 it was my mother laboriously doing all the calculating for us. It was a family affair with my mom, dad and I all losing 40 lbs in a year with mom doing all the work.)

This means that this time I will be able to maintain with the help of SparkPeople and all you "sparkettes" out there in SparkVille.

I wish to thank each and every one of you for your assistance in 2008! I still need you and I will be available for those needing me in 2009!

Hugs y'all,
Love you guys,
picture is Virtual Model at 138 lbs

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TABBYKAT75 12/29/2008 8:56PM


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MARTY19 12/29/2008 2:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are awesome!


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SUPREME5 12/29/2008 1:31PM

    and will it be a itsy bitsy one with poka dots

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MOB8/2009 12/29/2008 8:48AM

    Woo-Hoo!!!! And I want to know.....will your 138 lb picture be in a bikini????

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Just an observation, not necessarily a correct one...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Since March 27, 2008 I have been reading a lot of articles and blogs. I have visited many Forums and read more postings than I could count. Here is what I have observed.

There are 2 types of person here at Sparks

1 - Those that do strength training
2 - Those that do not do strength training

Cardio seems to be done with either type of person

This leads to my next observation

1 - People that lose inches
2 - Pepole that lose pounds and inches

It seems to me that those people doing the strength training are getting abs, buns, thighs of steel but not losing weight - they are losing tons of inches.

Those of us not doing strength training are losing tons of pounds along with inches but getting jiggly as we go.

While I have read many articles and many forum postings I must confess that I would rather be losing the pounds and inches than only the inches. From what I have read here by Coach Dean, when the weight goes so does a certain amount of muscle. You can minimize the muscle lost but you cannot stop the musle loss. There is absolutely no way to only burn off the fat regardless of the amount of exercising you are doing.

At 57 years of age I feel that for me it is more important to get this weight off safely and as quickly as is possible without going over the 2 lbs per week rule.

Seeing the scale drop is, for me, motivation to keep on keeping on.

Watching the scale go up and down is like setting myself up for failure and failure is not an option.

I am doing some strength training exercises but I am not getting into extreme weights and have just had enough with all the challenges at all the different teams I belong to. I love my teams! Really, I love every one of them for different reasons. But I am only human and there is just no way I can join in every single exercise challenge and stay sane. There has to also be time for living, some "ME" time. And I don't work! If I feel pressed for time, what do the people with jobs feel?

So I am going back to my cardio and losing weight now. I will tend to the toning up later. Am I right or wrong? I don't know and quite frankly at this point in time I am not concerned. At 57 and married for 22 years, thankfully "hot" is also no longer a goal for me. I only need to be "hot" for one man and he thought I was "hot" at 210 pounds! I asked him if my flabby jiggling bothers him and the way his face glows tells me that when he says, "nope," I can believe him! For everyone else I can wear sleeves and bermuda shorts or slacks.

I do my WATP videos faithfully and my thighs have gone from 26" to 20.75"; my arms from 15.75" to 13"; my waist from 35" to 29.75" and hips from 41.5" to 37.5"

Unfortunately I didn't measure anywhere on March 27, so the earliest figures are from April 20. But I would say I am still losing inches without all that weight-lifting and compulsive strength training.

I will admit to compulsive cardio though, lol. Wearing a pedometer will do that to a body.
I look forward to warmer weather so I can get back to my longer walks outside.
But I have to admit that I enjoy the higher calories burned on the treadmill.

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WALKING_GIRL 12/28/2008 12:31AM

    And just think doing all that walking, you are working the biggest muscles in your body.. :-)

And I think Leslie tapes are great for toning! Right now I am being naughty and doing nothing but promise to get back to it after the 1st, I know..hiding..lol

Pedometers Rock!!!!!

I am so proud of you!!

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JENIFIREHARP 12/24/2008 11:15PM

    I don't know about your observations being right or wrong, but for me, as long as I focus on cardio, the weight keeps coming off. I was doing basic ST twice a week for a while now, along with my walking, but once Thanksgiving came and the cold weather, it was hard to stay on track! And yes, I am still "jiggly" as you put it. LOL. Just getting off most of the fat was a big hurdle for me so far anyway. You know what? I just decided this year to accept my body as is, and then get healthy! And it has worked so far...

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SUPREME5 12/24/2008 11:02PM

    nol matter what our goal is, to meet it is a chalange we all do. and you are right each has thier way of doing so . guess thats why we dont do the same things. only you know you need and i think you are doing it. emoticon

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BONMACK 12/24/2008 9:15PM

    I've cut back on my strength training as of this week....truthfully, I got logger jammed with my weight loss for the past couple of months, and I didn't measure so don't know if I've lost inches, but I must have 'cause I'm now in my partner's clothes, which I wasn't just a month ago. BUT I have to confess, I began the strength training not so much to firm up but more to work on improving my osteoporosis......with no health insurance, being self employed, my biggest fear (especially with snow and ice this year) is that I'll fall and break something, so was vitally important to me to work on building more bone mass,hence the strength/resistance training. But I found that I enjoyed it a whole lot more than the cardio, so got a little obsessive with it there for a bit. That's when my weight loss trickled down to just bits and pieces. So I've radically cut back on the strength training for now, in an attempt to get the weight loss going again, and cut back on my calories again. Still doing it three days a week, just went back to doing free weights instead of the Bowflex and weights. And I'll go back to it more heavily when I get down closer to where I wanna be, so I'm pretty much doing the same thing you are right now.

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CRTSANG 12/24/2008 2:46PM

    I think I'm not doing enough simple cardio. Strength training is supposed to build up muscle, and that will speed up your metabolism. By default I've not been exercising much this week, so we'll see if the scales respond. (Terrible weather has made my trainer cancel one workout--snow--and I've cancelled the other one--icy roads.)

One of these days I'll find my winning formula! Thanks for helping with your observations and encouragement!

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MARTY19 12/24/2008 1:30PM

    When I started I was doing both and I did lose pounds and inches. I have become slightly lazier about strength training and the inches are not going as fat.
2009 means I am back to kicking butt - even my own it need be.
There are all kinds of people each doing what is best for them. That is what makes SP the best site ever. So many options and paths to choose to reach your goal.


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MOB8/2009 12/24/2008 8:55AM

    I just adore you, Linda 2! I love the way you sit down, think things through, and then share. I agree 100%. You have to do what is best for YOU and we all know this isn't a "one size fits all" journey to good health. You are a real inspiration to me. I DO do weight training, but for me, weight loss isn't the issue. Toning and strength is my issue so my goals are different as are my methods for getting there. The important thing is that we HAVE GOALS!!!

You keep on rockin', girlfriend. I think you look "hot" in those red shorts, but then I'm 58!!!! emoticon

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