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My Newbie is Making Progress

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

emoticon = emoticon OK, I promised to let you know how "Georgie-Porgie" is doing so read this:

Lost a little bit every day, except that one slip-up when he was left on his own! And they say women aren't smarter than men? Who are they kidding! Since he has been back on the straight and narrow (and getting narrower all the time) there have been many days the scale rewarded him with .6 loss but also many days when he lost an entire pound! emoticon

I can't stress the importance of watching WHAT you eat and combining it with EXERCISE! There were a couple of times when a walk wasn't in the cards and there was no gym available, and of course those were the times the scale didn't budge much. But now that he has lost from 232 pounds down to 223 he's seeing the logic in all this, and surprise, surprise -- he even likes the food he's being served!

Can't wait to see what he's at next week!

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PSMITH3841 7/7/2010 10:02AM

    Great job you two!!!! You Georgie, for staying on the straight and narrow..and you Eve, for your guidance in keeping him there...(I think you might be able to drop the 2x4 now! emoticon) emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/7/2010 7:22AM

Tell him we are here for him all the way

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    Great news! Keep up the great job "SP Mentor" emoticon emoticon

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SARABETH_60 7/6/2010 7:42PM

    Sounds like you're both working hard! Congratulations on achievements!!


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Exercising when it's HOT outside!

Friday, July 02, 2010

emoticon I live in the Phoenix area. Summer means hot, HOT, and more HOT! Even if you get up at 5:00 a.m. the temperature is going to be very uncomfortable to exercise in. And if you don't have exercise equipment in your home and do not have access to a gym, what are you to do?

1. Turn on the TV or radio to some snappy dance music and have yourself a ball. In other words, "dance as though no one is watching."

2. Get down on the floor and do a few of the old fashioned gymnastics! These are easy to do, you're moving, and it's doing some good. Try leg lifts, sit-ups, crunches, anything and everything you can think of. You can even keep an eye on the TV as you're doing it. And did you know if you watch an hour show on TV and exercise during the commercials, you will have 20 minutes of exercise.

3. Put on the pedometer and even walking around in your home you can get a lot of steps done.

4. If you live in a 2-story home there is always the stairs -- this can use up a LOT of energy!

5. If none of the above appeals to you, go to the mall or a large store like Walmart and walk your heart out!


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BLESSED714 7/5/2010 2:18PM

    I also live in South Florida and lately the humidity is killing me, plus I don't have air conditioning in my car (it broke), so the only exercise I do is swimming, and for a short time, cause it is too hot to stay outside. The dancing sounds like a great idea, I have get some motivation to do some indoor exercises. Your ideas are revving me up, lol. Thanks.

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PSMITH3841 7/5/2010 12:28PM

    The east is working on another heat the 100's this coming week, 90's last week....with the humidity it's just yucky! We are so not used to this...the early morning and late in the evening is about the only time I can exercise poor Zoey....when I work out at home, floor work can get challenging...I have 3 cats and 1 dog trying to figure out why Mom' s lying on the floor flailing her legs! Thank goodness for the gym! emoticon

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    Where I live we get the odd hot spells and I'm feeling one now... did some light activity and all for the early morning workouts and thankful for the gym membership too!

Have a great week!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/3/2010 9:05AM

    emoticonideas, also can go to try out exercise stuff in a store but don't buy just try everything that is a good work out too. LOL

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BLESSED2BEME 7/2/2010 11:25PM

    Awesome ideas you shared - thank you:)

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GREEKGAL1 7/2/2010 5:43PM

  I know what you mean about heat. I live in South Florida and it is hot and humid even at 5:30am when I go out to run/walk. I am lucky that I have a gym membership and able to use the equipment when it is just too unbearable to be outdoors.
All your ideas are great. emoticon

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I've Taken a "Newbie" Under My Wing

Monday, June 28, 2010

emoticon Although I'm not claiming to be qualified to advise or instruct anyone on attaining a healthy lifestyle; over my 2+ years of being on Spark, I have picked up numerous hints and tips on what to do and what not to do. Hence, when a dear friend recently joined SparkPeople I found myself in the role of Mentor to them. When I get to spend time with him and supervise the foods he is eating he does really well -- off on his own he doesn't do so good. It's going to be a slow, but steady, progress. The good thing, which will be encouraging to him, is that in the beginning he will lose weight more rapidly. It is lovely that it just works out that way, after all, the more you have to lose the more rapidly (in the beginning) it comes off. Once you get closer and closer to your goal, things slow down, you have to work harder.

My friend, and I won't divulge his identity at this time, started his journey at 230 pounds. He lost 2 or 3 pounds, then we didn't see each other for a couple of days and his weight shot back up to 232.6 (rather discouraging to him), but last week we were both on the straight and narrow and he was very proud to step on the scale this morning and see a reading of 225.8 (and he should have been proud because it is a significant improvement).

For the sake of identity, I'll call my friend "Georgie Porgie" and I'll give you an update on a weekly basis! As for me, I'm trying to set a good example, so my own weight, while still being a regular yo-yo is in lower numbers, so I'm feeling quite good about myself also!

emoticon emoticon to all...Eat Right -- Exercise = GOAL MET!

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HELLORITA 7/11/2010 11:01PM

    I try not to get discourage because if I do nothing at all, I will be gaining weight.

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CATLADY52 6/29/2010 11:50AM

    Congratulations on having a friend who makes wise choices. Both in friends and lifestyles. emoticon on both.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/29/2010 10:58AM

    emoticonGlad it is working out for the both of you
I think I know who the friend is too. LOL
Have fun doing it together that helps a lot when the other half works with you.
Be good the both of you

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    emoticon emoticon Hip hip hooray, You success is paying it forward. Great Job.

Comment edited on: 6/29/2010 4:17:22 AM

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ANNANN63 6/28/2010 3:58PM

    Eve, don't care if you Yo-Yo as long as over time the range you Yo-Yo in gets lower. Some people's weight just fluctuates more than others.

Good job with helping your friend.


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PSMITH3841 6/28/2010 2:51PM

    emoticon Good luck with Georgie....I just brought my" best friend since 7th grade" on board....we were together over the weekend (check out my blog) after seeing my results, she was really excited to get started with Sparkpeople...wish us both luck! emoticon

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    emoticon I love encouraging others to join and love to see their passion for SP grow... Keep on spreading the Spark!!

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My New Summer Home!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

emoticon It's Happy Days at my house ever since I found a place to get away from the heat of Phoenix during the summer. As nice as it is during our winter months, when the temps climb to well over 100 it is just plain HOT! My dog doesn't like it because the air and the sidewalks are too hot, so there are no walks -- I don't like it because I just can't seem to function in weather that hot, even though there isn't much humidity.

Now I have a place to go during the summer months, or even at Christmas or other times of the year (if I want a change of season). Although it's not a stick built home, but a manufactured home, it's quite spacious, and there is a Master Bdrm, Kitchen/ Dining Area, Spare Bedroom, Office, Living Room AND a Den, plus 2 full baths, master has a jacuzzi! And there is even a laundry room -- it's everything I want or need and the floors are laminate (easy care) and the bedrooms and other living spaces have brand new carpet -- even had all the walls retextured and put in new appliances. It feels like new! Outside the yard is very large, about 1/2 acre and is completely fenced so it's wonderful for my dog and for planting flowers. I already have several grape vines, apple trees, pear and cherry trees -- it's just so much fun. Of course it keeps me busy filling bird feeders and making up the sweet syrup for the hummers, but what a relaxing thing to do in the morning; sit on the back deck and observe all the birds and wild life as I enjoy my morning cup of coffee.

I have no problem getting in my 7500 steps (my goal per day) when I am in weather cool enough to go for a walk anytime we please. Perhaps my weight will take a big plunge with all this healthy living while up here all summer. And I am close enough to my permanent residence to drive down and maintain the yard periodically, do my doctor appointments and that sort of thing.

I'm in 7th Heaven! Wish everyone could be so happy! emoticon

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LIS193 6/26/2010 5:21PM

    Sounds wonderful! Where is it?

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IMEOWASWELL 6/26/2010 2:52PM

  It is nice to have the best of both worlds! Congratulations

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/24/2010 3:49PM

    emoticonEnjoy it wish I could join you

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PSMITH3841 6/24/2010 1:19PM

    Sounds like a little bit of heaven....Enjoy!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 6/23/2010 10:43PM

    Woo Hoo!!!! Sounds like home to me!!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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ANNANN63 6/23/2010 6:30PM

    Congratulations. It is a real bonus when you can have the best of warmth in Winter and cooler in Summer. Good for you. Enjoy.

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JANLEEW 6/23/2010 3:11PM

    Sounds fabulous where is it? I'm on my way!

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CATLADY52 6/23/2010 2:58PM

    I sounds super. You are lucky. emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/23/2010 2:53PM

    That is awesome!

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The Miracle of Life!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

emoticon I came across this quotation this morning as I was browsing my emails and I simply love it -- it sums up everything a person needs to be happy in one short little sentence:

" There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein, physicist

OK, I'll admit if that says it all in just one sentence, why does it seem like I have the need to ramble on and on in my blogs. But seriously, isn't "talking" a form of exercise? I have one of the most flexible mouths in Arizona! lol

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ND774748 6/17/2010 11:25PM

  Great quote! emoticon

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    I'm living my life of Miracles now emoticon and SP is a great part of that miracle!!

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CATLADY52 6/17/2010 5:11PM

    That is so true. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/17/2010 2:24PM

    emoticonMe too never know when to be quite.
Love the quote.

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PSMITH3841 6/17/2010 1:14PM

    Just keep working that flexible mouth, my friend...we're happy to be your workout buddies! emoticon

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ALICIA214 6/17/2010 12:49PM


What a coincidence, I read that just this morning, and thought, how beautiful and how
true. Have a Beautiful day.!!


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FRENCHYFEVER 6/17/2010 12:43PM

    Very nice quote! Thank you for sharing.


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