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Guilty Motivations

Monday, May 07, 2012

I do find the positive advantages of living a healthy, fit life more motivating than avoiding the trials and tribulations of obesity. However, just over a week ago I had the chance to see and interact with many relatives I don't see on a regular basis. It was really sad to see so many people whose lives are limited due to obesity. It makes me feel extra blessed that I finally found what works for me. And I might as well use the negative motivation (sure don't want to end up like that, etc, etc.) for my own good. I've heard about guilty pleasures. I guess I'll call this my guilty motivations.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2012 7:05PM

    You really do become more aware of obesity when you've been there and done that. Here's to many more years of healthy living for you Marsha!

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CANDOK1260 5/8/2012 12:06PM

    hey whaterver work for you

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DONNABRIGHT 5/7/2012 9:14PM

    This took courage to write - I watched my older sister last week using a walker and still struggling to be mobile. she needs surgery but is too great a risk so the doctors won't do it. She can't do any of the fun things she wants and even taking her out to lunch is an ordeal. That is not for me! I'll track food forever if it is what helps me to lose so I don't get to that point.



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JOYINKY 5/7/2012 8:42PM

    Yes, family and friends. Most of the friends I'm doing things with now are in their 50's. Have already lost too many that should be my age and the remainder "doing something" usually means going out to eat or possibly a movie. Not how I want to spend my time. The negative motivates me too Marsha. I don't want to lose mobility or independence; I've already spent to much time in nursing homes visiting others. Even the best are not how I want to live.

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 7:55PM

    Like you I try not to be self-righteous but I'll take my (private) motivations wherever I can find them. And yeah: the obesity gene runs in my family too. I'm just not permitting it any foothold back in my own life!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2012 5:45PM

    I understand. It was a huge leap for me from having such compassion for others that I wouldn't grab success for myself, because I didn't want them to be jealous. I know, twisted, unhealthy self-image... and we could psychoanalyze it, but what would be the point?

I hope to always keep the motivation before me that I don't want to go back there. It's a helpless, imprisoned state... and in my case, mostly self-imposed. It's in our hands to be as healthy as we can... let's use whatever motivation presents itself to do so!

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_LINDA 5/7/2012 4:27PM

    I am right there with you. When I see my sister-in-law trapped in a viscious circle with her obsesity -pre diabetic, high blood pressure, thyroid, depression, painful hip and knee preventing her from wanting to exercise, family who loves McD's and fried and processed foods, that is extremely motivating to not go down that road...She wants to improve herself but has too many factors against her :( My brother is obese too, but fortunately suffers no health problems yet as he does heavy lifting in his job so gets some exercise.
May you be a shining, motivating example to your relatives that it CAN be done!

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LALASLAND 5/7/2012 4:11PM

    Amen to that! I just stopped myself from M & M's and after your blog, I'm not going back to them, either! emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 5/7/2012 2:32PM

    I had to check your Blog out after your comments on mine, Marsha! Wow, seems we crossed frequencies.
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I'm working harder so I can get my 5K time better. When that happens, it's a road trip to Lakeland so I can run & keep up with you!
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Much love, Girlfriend!
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Not Too Sore

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Glad to report I'm not too sore from the new workout I started yesterday. I really have to bend and stretch to even find any soreness. I did 7 of the 8 Intermediate Runners Workout exercises, but I swapped the Back Extension on the Ball for Back Extension on the floor. I suspect that a couple months ago I strained my back when I did back extension on the ball, so I'll do the beginner version of that one until I feel stronger and more confident.

I'm enjoying this break from running, but getting my cardio in with walking and low impact aerobics. I don't sit much during the day either as I'm an active caregiver for my two grandkids. And I am trying to step up my housekeeping a bit, too.

Yes, I am enjoying the running break, but also looking forward to the half marathon training I've committed to start on June 9th. I think running with a group will be a hoot! Time will tell.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2012 7:01PM

    I'm so glad that you are taking it easy, Marsha. Good luck with your training.

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MIRAGE727 5/7/2012 8:23AM

    I like the way you are taking a break. I just started runni8ng with my church group and it's a bit disorganized. I've got to get used to this or just go with the flow on these days. I'm glad you are taking care of yourself!
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DONNABRIGHT 5/7/2012 7:36AM

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SLIMLILA 5/7/2012 2:06AM

    You're such an inspirational, brave woman... emoticon

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_LINDA 5/7/2012 1:44AM

    Well done! Great news. Good to be cautious with your back. Looks like it will be full steam ahead for you to train for this half marathon! I am so in awe of all that you are so capable of doing!! Keep on being your amazing self!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2012 9:50PM

    Glad you're being careful about the back, and taking it slow. It will be interesting to see how this "group training" / running works for you.

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 8:39PM

    I think group running should be great fun for you: I'm still not reconciled to "no more running" and keep wishing I could find a way (other than the cross country skiing in winter).

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A New Attitude

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I did it! I finally changed my ticker to no longer show weight loss but to show number of weeks of weight maintenance. That is simply a more significant accomplishment to track and celebrate now.

It was hard to give up that ticker showing that 80+ pounds lost. I like that visual, but I think I'll get to love the weekly addition on my current ticker and it will keep me focused on what really matters.

I am considering any scale number between BMI 20-21 (124-130 pounds) as my maintenance range. If I weigh over, but get back within a week, I'm counting that as maintenance. Right now my default weight is about 128 and I fluctuate from there. I had hoped to make it 126, but for now, I'm switching my goal from losing a couple pounds to eating as healthy as possible.

I'm really working on strength training now (and it may be better to gain muscle when I'm not trying to lose weight) and I'll start training for a half marathon on June 9th. I just changed my SP generated workout to the Intermediate Runners Workout. I'll use that stability ball workout when I can't get to the gym. I got a new workout for the gym , too, designed by a Wellness Coach just for me. I'm going to wait to choose the half marathon I'll run until I join the group. I'd like to find a buddy or two to run with and I may choose the the Disney night half marathon on November 9th. We'll see.

My current ticker reflects my new focus on celebrating maintenance. I've got a new attitude!!

  
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LALASLAND 5/7/2012 9:31AM

    I'm getting used to my maintenance, too. It's a challenge! emoticon But we are tuned in to healthy living, and we know what to do, so we can do it! emoticon

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ROOSTER72 5/6/2012 6:39PM

    I found it helpful to change to weeks maintenance on my ticker too. I don't want to be stressing if I am a pound or 2 up - just the big picture! Keep up the good work.

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 9:38AM

    Great decision!! I'm thinking that maybe 142 is my lowest sustainable . . . despite diligent tracing/exercise, I'm not seeing middle 3 so maybe I'm driving myself crazy!!

Thanks for your nose bag blog comments: I too have done many crazy things . . . but maybe not this crazy!!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 5/6/2012 6:36AM

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 1:24AM

    Well done reaching that milestone -you really ARE on maintenance now -so you can focus on other goals besides losing weight or getting to that ideal number. It looks like you are off to a running start to make yourself even fitter! Congrats on moving up to the intermediate runners!! You are awesome!! That Disney night half marathon sounds interesting, I hope you can find some buddies to run with!
Have a super Sunday!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2012 6:20PM

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INTHELOOP 5/5/2012 4:50PM

    Love it!! Have fun at this "new level" you have arrived!!! - Half Marathon!! You're Tough!!
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DONNABRIGHT 5/5/2012 2:40PM

    And it looks good on you!

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IAMWINNING 5/5/2012 12:01PM

    Love your attitude, and like the new ticker showing maintenance. I am to get to that point one day. : )

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MEXGAL1 5/5/2012 11:45AM

    Good for you to change that ticker!
Keep up with maintaining...........as you already know it isn't any easier than dieting itself.
Best of everything to you Marsha.
Enjoy your week end.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 5/5/2012 11:27AM

    I love your new attitude! WTG!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2012 10:52AM

    Sounds like a solid plan. Once again, finding a lot of parallels and SO glad you got your computer access back! Have a great weekend!

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Going for the HO!!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Sometimes it just seems repetitive. Plan. Eat. Track. Eat. Track. Exercise. Track. Eat Track. Plan. Eat. Track. Eat. Track. Exercise. Track. Eat. Track. Plan -- and do it all over again. And over again.

How much of this can I make habit and just do it like I brush my teeth or change my underwear without even thinking about it? And when is it advantageous to mix it up and try a new food, try a new exercise, take on a new challenge?

Got to find the right mix of habit and (I just said to Natalie that I can't think of the right word that means like innovation or newness or mixing it up and she suggested "HO!")- so the right mixture of habit and HO! WHOA!! is this really me doing this??

Yep. That's what it is going to take: strong, good habits with some unpredictable HO!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2012 6:18PM

    Good for you, Marsha! You can do it!!!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 5/5/2012 6:27AM

    I feel the same way at times. Let us know how you do emoticon Pat

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_LINDA 5/5/2012 2:39AM

    For sure trying new things, in both food and exercise will keep it fresh and keep the Spark alive! Knowing you Marsha, you are more than up to the task! It will be interesting to see what you come up with and inspire the rest of us maintainers with!

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SLIMLILA 5/5/2012 12:34AM

    you're one of those maintainers who keep my hopes up that one day it wil happen for me to...so HOpe, keep spreading it.
Lila

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JOYINKY 5/4/2012 8:07PM

    Spark Ho Marsha! Mixing it up is a good thing!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/4/2012 6:57PM

    I like it. "HO"... as in "Ho-ho-ho?" As in "Land, Ho!"

Or, in our case, "Maintenance, Ho!" Spark on! Thanks for the thought. emoticon

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 5/4/2012 3:51PM

    Thanks for keeping the voice of maintenance strong here on SparkPeople!

It is not just the "look how great I'm doing" blogs that help, it's often the "let's figure this out together" blogs! =)

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DONNABRIGHT 5/4/2012 2:43PM

    I like it - maybe we should all go for more HO!

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MEXGAL1 5/4/2012 2:02PM

    Sounds like a great plan to me. Funny thing, I have been so stuck in a rutt that I just had a conversation with myself to mix it up as well. So here's to us mixing it up!
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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MIRAGE727 5/4/2012 1:59PM

    Going for the HO!! I love it!
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I'm always looking to mix it up. It's never boring and keeps your body firing on all cylinders!
You and Natalie remind me of the time G & me had a tea party at one of my fave cafes in Dunedin! And we'll keep on doin' it!
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It's so good to have you back regular!
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Maintenance Motivation

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Thanks, SparkFriends. I appreciate all of you who suggested a shopping trip for my fading wardrobe. I'm going to set some goals and reward myself with some clothes. That will help.

I appreciated ONEKIDSMOM's observation that it takes about one year per 25 pounds lost for your self image to catch up with reality. She's right. I'm right on course.

JOYINKY has a great response about the predictable challenges of weight loss - 3 days, 3 weeks, (was there a 3 months?) and 3 years which is where I am. I'll go back and read it several more times. Lots of truth in her observations.

I also sincerely appreciate WATERMELLEN's understanding that the faded clothing is only part of it. Learning to live at goal weight and do all the things I need to do to stay there is an ongoing, never-ending challenge. Finding ways to keep my motivation up is essential.

I'm still processing this phase of my weight loss. This is the phase where I have finally come to think of myself as a person of normal weight. This is the phase where I no longer wake daily thrilled and surprised to find myself still slender. This is the phase, I suppose, in which I will switch from primarily emotion to primarily logic to keep myself motivated. I still need to think about it some more.

Again, thanks to each of you who have contributed to my maintenance motivation dialog!! -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/3/2012 9:15PM

    A very thoughtful blog, Marsha. I love the fact that you are thinking of yourself as person of normal weight. You can do this!!!

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MEXGAL1 5/3/2012 3:30PM

    sounds like you are really evaluating the who motivation and maintenance challenge. I have been maintaining for about 4 years and I just don't believe it gets any easier for me. I still count everything I eat and log it into sparks. I still weigh myself daily. these are just things/tools that help me stay in touch with the fact that my life has changed and I can not go back to bad habits. Everyone is different though and everyone's body is different. I find it a daily challenge to eat only 1000-1200 calories a day even with all the exercise I do. I just have the body type that won't allow for extra calories.
Oh well, have accepted that and will live with it as I enjoy the feeling of good health and fitting into my clothes more than eatting what I shouldn't.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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STARDUSTD 5/3/2012 8:47AM

  Thanks for sharing your experience and the feedback others have given you. I've struggled immensely with maintenance and appreciate reading other people's accounts for the perspective.

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MIRAGE727 5/3/2012 8:32AM

    I must be full of myself! When I broke into onederland, I already thought I was hot!
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30 pounds later...I was smokin'!
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Marsha, I'm a shopping phenom AND have excellent taste! (see, I'm still full of myself! :)) Ask DSSECRETS! I will be happy to drive over and accompany you on your shopping adventure! Strike a pose!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/3/2012 12:34AM

    Wait, it's going to take me HOW MANY years for my body image to catch up???

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JOYINKY 5/2/2012 9:36PM

    We are a normal size but I don't know that I'll ever feel like I can eat "like a normal person". Maintaining will require continued vigilance and tracking for me. Staying at goal weight is a process, not a destination. I know you will do this Marsha, the motivation has to come from within and the kind of life you want. The external kudos fade. Hugs.

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WATERMELLEN 5/2/2012 9:13PM

    That "self image" time lag is a very interesting comment: it did take me 5 years to have the confidence in my initial weight loss (230 to 150) to get rid of the size 20s, 18s, 16s, 14s, 12s. Five years!

And: I've still got some too big stuff in my closet -- most 10s are too large, some 8s are too large . . .

I suspect that you and I are alike, Marsha, in that we got quite a bit of recognition for various accomplishments over the years. And that kind of recognition (the As on essays, the publishing, the prizes etc.) just doesn't continue to be forthcoming. Hmmmm. Ditto recognition for losing weight when everyone is used to us at our new size!! Not prepared to put weight on so that I can get recognition for losing it again, however. Not happening!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/2/2012 8:34PM

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 5/2/2012 8:31PM

    Sometimes I still get excited that I can do what I want to do, without so much worry about being able to handle it physically (though for me that is a result of recovering from illness, not weight loss per se).

The challenge on the maintenance team helps some too.

Habit is one of the things that keeps me going. After all this time, it feels odd to *not* do the healthy things I do every day.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/2/2012 7:56PM

    Been thinking about motivation a lot, as I'm four days out from my half marathon outing. It's not nearly as "exciting" as it was a year ago. I am carrying about five extra pounds around, too... which worries me a bit. I don't feel as well trained... in short, I'm feeling a little "faded" in my fitness!

So... let's keep thinking about what we need to do to keep motivated in maintaining. Because I sure don't want to go back where I came from! I want to live healthy and fit.

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