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Finished reading The Spark.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I have finished reading The Spark, and although I understand the reasoning behind the diet and the good that can come of it. I have found that the goal of just losing weight is not enough and I have also set a goal to exercise more. The exercise part is the part I am have problems with. I have never enjoyed exercising and I still do not like it. My husband says I am just lazy and maybe he is right but for me I feel like I am having to change my whole outlook on life, the way I eat and the way it is prepared and on top of all of it I have to exercise too. To me it just feels degrading. According to the book this will change and although I have my doubts I am going to continue with my "STREAK" and go with it. And believe me I have started small, with only 10min. a day. I have begun this week to increase it to 15 min. even though I really still don't like it. Maybe it's like they say...Fake it till you feel it....

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KERRYG155 7/6/2011 10:18PM

    I agree that the exercise is important. I have the book on my kindle/pc but have not finished reading the book. I spend so much time here and trying to finish the books a friend loaned me that I just haven't gotten there. I need to start forcing myself to get the evening exercise in. I have the bike here so I could ride it anytime, but just don't do it.

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FLPALM 6/27/2011 2:31PM

    I wanted to write to you to let you know you are not alone! Do not feel degraded, we are "older, wiser, and set in our ways." We probably grew up with a loving family, married and had a wonderful family, but now it OUR TIME!!! I hate to exercise as well, but guess what? I found something for ME!!! I am totally committed to 1+ hour every Tuesday and Thursday (presently the only time alloted at the Y) for ME!!! I go to the pool and DO NOT FEEL PRESSURE ON MY JOINTS. It has made wonders for ME!!! I am stressing the "ME" factor, for you to see that you might just find a "ME" for YOU!!!! Find one thing that you are willing to COMMIT TO! DISREGARD EVERYONE, EVERYTHING, THIS IS YOUR TIME!!! Once you start, you just might find that inner "ME too!"


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SANDRAB802 7/1/2010 8:18PM

    Don't get discouraged....I am reading the book now and have also started with 10 minutes. The way I look at it is something has to be better than nothing and hopefully it will become enjoyable. You are NOT lazy and neither am I...somethings come easier to some people and some things don't. Keep up the good work!

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Goals in Life

Sunday, June 27, 2010

As I read The Spark I am informed of the need to find goals both long term and short term goals. I admit I haven't finished the book yet so the answer may well be there and I just haven't gotten there yet, but, it is making me wonder what "goals" could a 60 year old woman have besides losing weight??I am not planning on starting anything in my life over again and it is too late to start something new of major importance except losing the weight. I realize that getting healthier is a goal and I also realize getting in better shape is a goal but according to what I have read so far there should be more to it than that. I have no other goals either short term or long terms other than the weight loss. I have already retired from my careers, my husband is retired from his career and there is not much else to look forward to in my life. My husband does not travel and our children are all grown so my only major goal is to loose the weight and be healthy enough to enjoy the grandchildren when they come to see us. I have taken the challenge to exercise at least 10 min. a day and that is the biggest challenge so far. I have not made much head way in the loss department and I have been trying to log in everything and stay within the caloric guidelines. I do enjoy the site and camaraderie I have with my favorite group but I'm not sure how this site is going to help me go much farther than I am right now. emoticon

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MISSY455 6/28/2010 12:52AM

    I am also still reading the Spark, and have not written out my goals yet. I have a couple floating around in my brain that I can't quite commit to yet. For one, I used to love to hike and haven't done any serious hiking in years. That maybe one that I could take up again after I loose another 20 pounds (which still puts me many pounds from goal.) I signed up to take a yoga class starting tomorrow. Yoga has interested me, but I never thought I would be comfortable in a class. Going to try it anyway.

I think your goals just need to mean something to you. Do you like to travel? Is there someplace you haven't been to because of your weight? Or something as simple as gardening. I don't think our goals need to be life changing in anyway, just something we used to love and don't do anymore, or something we have thought about doing and didn't feel comfortable attempting because of our weight.

Good luck on your journey!

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KATYKEENE123 6/28/2010 12:49AM


GOALS OVER 60? How about turning 70 and then 80, and feeling better than you do tonight?
I just joined today and I get what you are saying about 'over 60-now what?' I am still working and have days,(and nights) when I ask myself..what's ahead for me?

I was really thin until I hit 40. Stess and sudden single motherhood and the blues and a newborn all came together and I ate myself 90 extra pounds over the next few years. Here I am, 60 and finally starting to do something about it. FOR ME...YUP, JUST ME...BECAUSE if I stay this weight I know darn well that ill health is for sure ahead. 90 extra pounds causes pain just to carry around-physical and emotional. I want to to lose weight and get healthy so that I can feel better every day and get on with a healthy life.
I hope that you and/or your husband can set some goals together to enjoy your retirement. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START SOMETHING NEW. One of my goals, (aside from the weight loss) is to travel to Italy. Why? Not sure. All I know is that it's no longer about fitting into smaller's about getting a bigger life.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My hubby just went nuts about me putting my picture on Sparkpeople and Facebook. He is sure that the BAD GUYS, are just waiting for me to put something online for them to hack into and come and get US or do US harm. ATTENTION ALL BAD GUYS!! I am to old, fat, and broke to do you any good so just leave me alone OK? Thank You

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KOTTESEN 11/17/2010 2:01PM

    Oh, Sandra that is just too funny. Bad guys better beware!

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TEACHING1ST 11/16/2010 9:15PM

    I'm just now reading this, Sandra, and I'm ROTFL, too! You go, girl! We're all in this together. Watch out, Bad Guys!


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SASSY-LASSIE 5/19/2010 7:15AM

    ROFL. I have the same argument going on in my head. I put my pic on SP and then I wonder if I should. How the heck are the bad guys supposed to find us???? And like you said... too old... too fat. Look elsewhere bad guys!

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I am doing better..

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I seem to be doing better staying within my caloric goals but am wondering if I should lower my calories. I am not losing very much and it seems like I am eating an awful lot. Maybe I am just not used to tracking everything I eat like this. I have had some problems finding some of the foods that I eat in the food tracker, such as home made stuffing and also some candy that I had at Bunco. If I don't have the package I can't log it in on the "foods not listed" site. I have been choosing foods that compare to it until I figure out something better to do. I found a cup cake receipt on the receipt site and really enjoyed them. I needed something for my chocolate fix and it was just the thing...

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SANLOY 5/10/2010 12:19PM

    Thank you missy455 (Margie) I appreciate your comments. I haven't used the fitness tracker very much because I haven't been exercising much. I haven't talked myself into that yet. I know I should and it is in my brain just not my willpower yet. I am still working on the caloric intake then I will tackle the exercising with it.

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MISSY455 5/9/2010 6:22PM

    I think you just have to pick the food that comes closest to the item you ate when you can't find it on the tracker. I tried adding a recipe I fixed the other night, and because of how Windows Vista integrates with SP it wouldn't allow me too, so I had to find every ingredient and enter separately. When I looked through the recipes on SP there was one that was pretty close and the calories were within 10, would have been a lot quicker just to use that one.

I also feel like I am eating a lot more than before, but now most of the calories come from real food and not a coke and a candy bar! I don't know if you have used any of the reports features, but there is a great one there that shows you how many calories it takes to maintain your body every day, then shows what you eat in calories and what additional you burn in tracked fitness. If you use this, and take into consideration it takes a deficit of 3500 calories to loose a pound, you can see if you are getting enough calories. If you cut too many calories you can kick in the dreaded starvation mode.

Good luck on your continued journey to a healthier lifestyle!
emoticon Margie

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Very frustrated

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I have been working very hard, measuring everything I have eaten and logged in every little bite. Yesterday I even drank all of my water and picked 2 buckets of green beans out of the garden and all I got for it was my nights sleep interrupted with getting up to pee and with butt muscle cramps. And this morning I was rewarded with an increase of 2 pounds!!! WTF?? This is the kind of stuff that has blown every diet I have ever gone on and now here it is again. Is there such a thing as not being able to loose?? Jeez!!! I am so frustrated!!! And on top of this I have bunco tonight and since I don't know what they will be serving I don't know how to plan for it so I'm sure I will go over my limit tonight. emoticon

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SANLOY 5/6/2010 1:08PM

    Thank you all for your encouraging words. I am feeling a little better today, not because I lost anything yet but because I know you are all right. I did go over my calories by 400 calories yesterday but that really isn't so bad for one day, because I only go to Bunco once a month. And yes I did get right back on it today. Thank you again. emoticon

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SHARBEAR100 5/5/2010 4:01PM

    Sanloy - You'll see I wrote a very similar blog a few weeks ago. Even though I knew the rational answer, I was also frustrated and reached out in a blog. Here are some of my observations during this process. Your weight fluctuates throughout the day. My rules for weighing are, never right after a shower (our skin retains moisture for awhile), eat small meals, and wait 1 - 2 hours after eating. Since there is a scale in the restroom at my office, I weigh several times during the day and decided the best number to use is taken about 1 1/2 to 2 hours after I have breakfast. The number starts out higher, and gets even lower just before lunch, but this is the most consistent number for me. When I see that number stay constant for a several days, and the lower number getting even lower, I'll adjust my official weight number.

The other thing I noticed, and almost wrote a blog just on this, is that when I exercise hard or do other strenuous activity, I tend to either show a weight gain, or it seems to stall my weight loss. I think this is caused by inflamation and water retension. Our muscles are being exerted more than usual and our body is protecting us by hanging on to water and causing inflamation to keep us from moving our muscles too much while they recover. My official weigh day is a day after a rest day. I found that I will definately weight less after I have taken a day off from exercising.

Also, if you are exercising more than you did before you started this program, you are probably gaining muscle! I know it's not fun to see the scale stand still, but you'll appreciate the way you look and feel, and you'll still be shrinking. The weight loss will catch up eventually.

Finally, your frustration over the food that will be served tonight is very familiar to me. I go to my Mom's house 2 nights a week and I never know ahead of time what she'll have for dinner. I just try to reduce my calories a little bit the rest of the day, and make the best choices I can when at her house. But, don't sweat it! Going over a few calories one day is not going to increase your weight. And it's OK to treat yourself once in a while, as long as it's within reason, and you get right back to it the next day.

It sounds like you're doing great. Just stick with it and you'll be enjoying the benefits soon.

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/5/2010 2:37PM

    SKYWATCHERRS is quite correct. A person does not "gain" two pounds of fat overnight. That would infer that you ate an extra 7,000 calories on top of your normal daily calories. One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. So, to really gain 2 pounds of fat, you'd have to have eaten an extra 7,000+ calories in one day.

I don't think you did that. BUT, you said you drank a lot of water. If you don't flush your system of that water i.e. pee, then that water is still in your system. Water has weight and I can prove it. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. Then drink 4-6 cups of water. get back on the scale. did you gain weight ? YES. Did you gain fat ? NO !!!

What you're experiencing is nothing more than a water weight fluctuation. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day. Is that fat ? Nope... water retention.

Don't worry. The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight. So, you won't lose it overnight. You're going to have to be patient with yourself and your body. If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, the weight will come off with time.

But, once again, you've got to give yourself time to lose. This is not the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It could take 6-8 WEEKS before you see that scale budge. And that too is perfectly normal.

Remember, this is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change. Changes you make to your health today, you keep for the rest of your life, not the amount of time it takes to lose the weight. So, hang in there.


-- karen

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    Don't give up! Scales lie! Besides that with hormone fluctuations, and stress fluid retention can wreek havoc. Deep on keeping on. You will eventually see your reward.

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SKYWATCHERRS 5/5/2010 2:13PM

    How long have you been eating well? If it's been less than 4-8 weeks, you just need to give it time. Most people don't see a change on the scale for about 4-8 weeks. They usually see their clothes get looser before the scale goes down.

Are you exercising? It's secondary to food, but exercise is important. If you're doing cardio, weight training, and eating in a calorie deficit, you will lose weight - but it takes time.

The weight gain you saw is normal - it's not fat. There are many factors unrelated to fat gain/fat loss that can make the scale go up or not budge. They include too much stress, too little sleep, irregular bowel movements, changes to diet, exercising vigorously, and being female (normal hormone and fluid shifts).

so don't trust the scale -it's not always telling you the truth and it's not the best measurement of your progress. Too many things can influence the scale. Keep measurements of yourself - if your measurements shrink, you are losing fat no matter what the scale says.

Also - any time in the future that you change your eating habits, change the foods you eat, and change your workouts you will see a bit of a rise in the scale. It's normal, it's not fat, so take a breath and relax.

There are also more positive gains to this process than fat loss. You're reducing your risk for hundreds of chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer. You're improving your heart and lung health = cardiovascular disease is still the #1 killer of men and women. You're improving your body's ability to fight infection, you're improving your sleep, your blood pressure....

Keep in mind that this is a lifestyle change as well. You don't just drop these habits after you've reached your goal; these are lifelong changes.

Hang in there. You're doing just fine.

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