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Getting back on track

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Having a birthday seemed like a good time to reset my goals. I turned 53 on July 8. I've been pretty much in a holding pattern with my weight for quite a long time now, gaining back a little, losing it again, etc. Iíve never quite reached my second goal weight, and it's time to get focused again.

My eating is whatís holding me back. I do eat healthy foods, but the trouble comes when I also eat too much of the unhealthy stuff, which I've been doing more and more of. I don't believe in denying myself foods, but I DO believe that I need to eat those foods a lot more moderately than I have been. I also need to be more mindful of when and why Iím eating.

I have been keeping up with the exercising though, which I guess is why I haven't gained back more than a few pounds. I snow shoed all winter, as well as doing various dvds, and shoveling of course. This spring and summer, Iíve been walking, or walk/jogging, just about every day with the dog. I've been doing more strength training also, and mowing the lawn.

So, as I said, I reset all my goals and Iím keeping it simple. Having too many places to check into, or too many things to track, tends to get overwhelming and frustrating after awhile. I want to spend LESS time on the computer, not more. So for now, Iím simply logging my calories, water and fruits/veggies, and tracking my cardio minutes and strength training. Iíve made my own training schedule, and Iíve got SparkPeopleís nutrition guidelines, so Iíll go from there. I can do this!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/19/2011 6:33PM

    Happy belated birthday! I love your goals. Hope you are being consistent and getting results.

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YELLOW09RED 7/10/2011 8:36PM

    I am glad you had a wonderful birthday.

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Have a great summer,

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1HELPLESSMOM 7/10/2011 7:04PM

    You can do this.

I am in the same boat. I am trying to find my focus again. I can feel myself gaining weight and I don't like it. I understand the stressors that you have.

I wish you much success in getting back on track.

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Remembering, Resetting, Recommitting

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Itís been a little over a year since I began my journey to better health here at SparkPeople, and itís time for some changes. Iíve changed my goals and streaks, and updated my page. However, I donít want to forget what came before, so this blog is to preserve what I wrote a year ago on my page, the goals I had, my accomplishments, my streaks and some of my reports. Iím very close to my second goal weight of 120#, and Iíve set a final goal of 115#, but I donít really care how long it takes me. Right now I really need some new challenges and goals to motivate me to continue to eat healthy and exercise daily. If you read through this, thank you. If you donít, itís ok, thereís nothing terribly exciting here, itís mainly so this information doesnít get lost.

This what I wrote in August and November of 2009:

Having recently turned 51, and being rather sporadic about exercise and healthy eating, I've decided the time is now to get serious. I'm hoping SparkPeople, with all the great tools it has to offer, will help keep me motivated.

Nov. 8, 2009 update: It's been 3 months since I joined SP. I joined in August after a scare that landed me in the hospital. It turned out to be nothing serious, but it got me thinking about my health and how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. It motivated me, not necessarily to lose weight (although I needed to drop a few pounds), but to become fit and healthy for the rest of my life. I am on my way to doing that. I've lost 10 pounds so far, which is fine by me. The first month I spent just relearning good eating habits and getting used to tracking my food here. I wanted to lose the weight slowly. I've learned to set goals, small attainable goals, for things other than weight loss. When the scale slows its downward trend, I have other criteria by which I can measure progress. I'm stronger, I sleep better, I have fewer headaches, and when I get them, they're not as bad. I have more stamina, I almost never take an afternoon nap anymore. My tight pants are fitting comfortably, the pants I wore in August are falling down! I've started jogging, something I haven't done in years. I'm not going far or fast, and it's mostly still walking, but it's a start. I'm taking advantage of all SparkPeople has to offer, and all the motivation SparkPeople members have to offer. I also belong to Leslie Sansone's Walk Club, which also has a great group of people who are a constant source of motivation and inspiration. However long, or short, my life may be, I believe I am on my way to making it a healthy, fit life.

These were my goals and my program:

My Goals:
The Ultimate Goal: to be healthy, to feel better, less tired and more energetic, to sleep better, to lessen my headaches hopefully, to be around to see my kids have families of their own.

1)To lose 25 lbs (reach 130 lbs)
met Feb. 2010
2)To reach 120 lbs
so close
3)To lower my cholesterol (right now I can do that with diet/exercise, it's not too high)
don't know, need a checkup in Sep. 2010
4)To fit into some smaller pants
met several times
5)Do 20 modified pushups
met and exceeded
6)Do 2x20 modified pushups
met and exceeded
7)Hold a full plank for 60 seconds
met and exceeded
8)Hold a full plank for 90 seconds

My Program:
1)Walking, outside or with Leslie Sansone dvds, or doing other cardio, 5-6 days/week, for at least 60 minutes.
2) Strength training at least 3 time/week using various SP videos and my own free weights
3)Stretching daily after every walk to maintain flexibility
4)Drinking at least 64 oz of water daily
5)Eating at least 5 fruits/veggies daily
6)Eating oatmeal at least 5 days a week
7)Having fun! Playing and doing workouts that I enjoy!
8)Tracking food and activity here at SP, to keep myself motivated and honest!

Some of my streaks were:

Exercise for at least 90 minutes a week: 58/58 weeks, 100%
Consume at least 8 cups of water per day: 382/403 days, 95%
Eat at least 5 fruits/veggies per day: 358/396 days, 90%
Walk 10,000 steps per day: 143/199 days, 72%
Walk/run 30 minutes per day: 175/200, 88%
Stretch 10 minutes 1 time per day: 170/200, 85%
Write in your walking/running journal 3 entries 1 time per day: 199/200 days, 100%
Lights out by 1am 7 times per week: 57/58 weeks: 98%
Eat oatmeal for breakfast (or other meal) 5 times per week: 54/56 weeks, 96%

I did some fitness tests, but those results are lost now. I thought I copied them, guess I was wrong. I do know Iíve increased the number of pushups, modified pushups and crunches I can do, as well as how long I can hold a plank position. The step test score is better also, as is my resting heart rate.

So, that in a nutshell is the past yearís journey toward health and fitness. Thank you all my SparkFriends and others who have helped me along the way. Hereís hoping for another good year.

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YELLOW09RED 9/27/2010 11:46AM

    I hope your FUN times increase. Enjoying what you do is the BEST. We benefit from being happy.
Your goals are great ones. Your friendship is wonderful. I thank our God for you each day.
I know you will reach your goals one at a time.
Blessings in all you do for others & yourself.
Hugs & Smiles

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/19/2010 6:48PM

    Looks like you have done well in the past year. Don't forget to record any fitness tests this year so you have something to compare next year.

Hope you have as successful a year this year as you did last year!

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Family Feud Game

Friday, August 20, 2010

(Got this from a Spark Friend, thanks Cyndi)

You are NOT allowed to use my answers ... you must use different ones!!!

Remember, you can't use the same answers as the person who sent it to you....

1. Name something you use in the shower?... shampoo

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield?....bug guts

3. Name something a man might buy before a date?

4. What is something you cook in the microwave?....popcorn

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving?....sofa

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? ... her money

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner? Barks a lot

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for?.... blood test

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for?....Outdoorsman

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it?....thereís no place like home

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth?

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day?....pop quiz

13. Name something that can brighten your day? .... a hug from my son(s)

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? ...crow

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? ....socks

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? ... bar of soap

Remember...NO copying!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/20/2010 10:59AM

    I'm jealous. You got the easy version. The person I got this from had many of the same answers you came up with. I had to be creative. LOL! Not that I'm complaining mind you. Just an observation that many people come up with the same answers.

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XRAYSOTO 8/20/2010 10:21AM

    This is fun i will have to do this!!!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Thanks for this idea Krausemouse and Lumeth, and whoever else posted one of these.

A - Age: 51

B - Bed size: twin

C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom

D - Dog's name: Bear

E - Essential start your day item: a glass of water

F - Favorite color: green

G - Gold or Silver: silver

H - Height: 5'2 3/4"

I - Instruments you play: played alto and tenor sax in school, and I can play some simple tunes on the recorder

J - Job title: mom, which means I do absolutely everything

K - Kid(s): 2 boys, ages 22 and 11

L - Living arrangements: married, living in a big house with a big mortgage

M - Mom's name: Audrey

N - Nickname(s): none that Iím aware of

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: had intestinal flu in the 1st grade, stayed a few days. The births of both my boys. Last summer had some chest pain, turned out to be a pleural effusion, spent a couple nights in the hospital for that.

P - Pet Peeve: when my husband puts a dirty glass directly under the faucet, but doesnít turn the water on to rinse it out

Q - Quote from a movie: "Oh I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow.Ē Scarlett from Gone With The Wind (my favorite movie). Iím a great procratinator

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: none

T - Time you wake up: 6:30 AM during the week, 7:30-8:30 Sat and Sunday. Although the weekly time changes in the summer when school is out, probably 7:30-8:30

U- First word that comes to your mind for U: undead (sorry, I play WoW too much)

W - Ways you run late: donít usually run late, but sometimes I sit on the computer too much and donít do things that I should as quickly as I should

X - X-rays you've had: Teeth (at the dentist), wrist (broke it in 5th grade), ankle (broke it in college), knee (twisted it in early 40ís), chest (last summer when I was in the hospital). Also had a CT scan at that time

Y - Yummy food you make: everyone loves my zucchini bread, and my lasagna.

Z - Zoo favorite: the big cats

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/18/2010 3:08PM

    I always love to learn more about my friends. Thanks for sharing!

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LUMETH 5/18/2010 10:01AM

    Woot, a WoW player! What race/class if I may be so nosy?? I used to play, but gave it up a year or so ago... My DH still wants to play, but his computer can't handle it graphically anymore. Need to upgrade it for him!

Anywho, thanks for sharing a bit about yourself... it's fun to read these as people post them!

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ZANNACHAN 5/18/2010 12:11AM

    Mmm, love zucchini bread. My mother-in-law makes it and it's wonderful, unfortunately my husband is allergic to it so we don't get it very often (I also love love love banana bread, but as being in the presence of bananas can make him stop breathing, I only get that if I am away from home and he's not with me.)

This is a fun survey! Thanks for sharing!

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My Cinco de Mayo Results: Goal Met!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

In case anyone is interested, here are my results from the little challenge I set for myself yesterday (see previous blog). It was fun, and it kept me from eating junk food, knowing I had to fill up on all that good stuff. I stayed closer to my calorie max than I have in quite some time, only going over by 128 (darn those 6 Hershey kisses I had). I was a little over on fiber (all those fruits and veggies, and beans, but that's not really a bad thing), a tad over on cholesterol (that one egg, darn it, but that was part of my protein, didn't think to just have the white), well within my sodium range, well above the minimum for protein, which I don't usually get enough of, a little high on carbs (again, fruits and veggies), good on fat, calcium, magnesium and folate (folate is hard sometimes to meet the minimum), and for the first time I think, I met my potassium goal. I had a lot of energy yesterday too, I think the protein helped. I slept very well last night. All in all, a successful day, I should do that more often emoticon

My Cinco De Mayo plan: emoticon

5 different workouts: emoticon
1. Walk Your Belly Flat dvd, including mat work at end
2. Ab Attack from Kick Start Your Metabolism dvd
3. 4 mile outside walk
4. Walk and Kick dvd
5. 30 minute upper body free weight workout

5 Leslie Miles: emoticon
3 mile Walk Your Belly Flat
2 mile Walk and Kick

5 outside miles: emoticon
1/2 mile behind the house
4 miles on the 4-wheel trail
1/2 mile behind the house again

5 servings of fruits: emoticon
1. ľ cup raisins
2. 1 orange
3. 1 banana
4. 1/2 cup cantalope
5. 1 cup grapes

5 servings of veggies: emoticon
1. 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
2. 1 medium tomato
3. 1/2 cup canned beets
4. 1 cup baby carrots
5. another cup of carrots (love my baby carrots)

5 servings of protein: emoticon
1. 4 Tb peanut butter
2. 3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
3. 1 hard boiled egg + 2 egg whites
4. 3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
5. 1 cup beans (the dried kind, cooked, not green beans)

5 x 2 8oz glasses of water (10 glasses or 80oz) emoticon
10 +

5 five- minute walks emoticon
1. 5 minutes back and forth in the house
2. ditto
3. again
4. one more time
5. and last one

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/6/2010 5:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Sounds like you had a very busy and healthy day. Congrats!

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GRYFFINSONG 5/6/2010 12:57PM

    That's totally awesome!!! You're an inspiration!!!


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LUMETH 5/6/2010 10:42AM

    emoticon Great job!

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ZANNACHAN 5/6/2010 10:32AM

    Good for you!

And I think it's a good thing you ate the yolk, cholesterol aside. Eggs are loaded with essential vitamins, but most of those are stored in the yolks--so if you just eat the egg whites, you aren't getting most of the nutrients that the eggs have to offer.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/6/2010 8:36AM

    emoticonway to go!!

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