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Fitness Suggestions Wanted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I have enjoyed the Spark Your Body Bootcamp workouts. They are short enough that I hardly feel like I'm doing anything, but then my body has a touch of soreness and I know I did.

Also, the bootcamp exercises have made me realize that my general fitness level has really improved. As a kid I never could do push ups or sit ups. As an adult I tried over and over to do these two exercises. For the first time in my life I can do them both!

I'm not really sure how it happened. Maybe it was Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone on and off, but mostly on, for several years. They might have gotten me fit enough, especially in the core, that I could begin to do what I couldn't do before.Maybe just losing the weight helped. I think I lucked out into coming to SparkPeople and the SP generated strength training just at the right time for me.

Now what? I want to maintain and even continue to improve. Maybe a gym is what I need next. I'm thinking. Any suggestions?

  
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AMBUDMAN 1/23/2010 9:31PM

    I belong to the YMCA and have been a member of Curves for over 5 years. Just joined YMCA last July so I could do water aerobics. I love them both and I have met some really nice people. For my age I prefer Curves. Spark People gives me the extra motivation I need to exercise every day.
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REDGRAMA 1/21/2010 7:22PM

    Marsha, I think that a Gym membership is an individual choice.
You appear to be VERY SELF MOTIVATED.You have accomplished a
GREAT DEAL. You have LOST the weight you wanted,and you exercise
every day ( i think )so, now if you want to try a Gym,choose
carefully, and with no long term commitment. I have tried GYMS
MANY,MANY times. They are NOT for me. When I work out I am not
very social. I put my nose to the grind stone,and work.
Let us know what you decide.
Hugs Nancy M.
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AQUAGIRL08 1/21/2010 8:59AM

    You have many options as far as gyms go. The Y usually requires a year membership. Although many years ago they would let you sign up for a particular fitness class at a higher rate (you just couldn't use the facilities for anything else) Lifestyle Family Fitness is month to month but they collect the first and last month up front and it takes 60 days to cancel. The Kelly Rec center is pay as you go - $3/day for the gym, $3/day for the pool and $2.50 per class for water aerobics.

Spark People has a whole series of fitness DVDs that you could experiment with but you'll need a stability ball, some dumbbells, a mat and perhaps those stretchy exercise tubes. Another alternative is to start riding a bike along some of the bike trails. I know that there is a great one going from Bartow to S. Lakeland. I would do this with at least one other person just to be safe.

I hope this is helpful! Let me know if I can help you in any way. Walking, exercising etc. Once I get well again, I'll be looking for a workout buddy!

Hugs,
Cyndi



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JCORYCMA 1/20/2010 2:16PM

    I love going to the YMCA. It's so much more than just an exercise facility as they have activities that are low cost for the whole family. When my grand daughter visits, I can take her to the childcare and she loves it. I can choose my cardio, strength train, take swimming lessons, or a yoga class. You can spin or do step aerobics. Give it a thought if there is one in your town!
Joanne

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MYMONSTERSX3 1/20/2010 1:47PM

    I totally agree with EPGIVENS especially Biggest Loser dvds and good shoes. And totally have fun with whatever you choose.

Good Luck.

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EPGIVENS 1/20/2010 1:39PM

    GET YOURSELF ONE OF THOSE BIG EXERCISE BALLS AND DO SOME SITUPS. EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE WORKING OUT, THEY ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN DOING SIT UPS ON THE FLOOR AND PUTS LESS OF A STRAIN ON YOUR BACK. ALSO A FEW TENSION BANDS, A GOOD PAIR OF WALKING SHOES (i RECOMMEND SKETCHERS WALK-FITS...EXCELLENT SHOE) AND SOME 5LB, 10LB FREE WEIGHTS, SOME GOOD MUSIC TO WALK TO AND A "BIGGEST LOSER" WORKOUT TAPE. WITH THESE THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE UP YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINES, GET FIT AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME.

GOOD LUCK

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Big Boned!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

At a Weight Watchers meeting earlier this month I sat by a woman who asked me many questions about my weight loss journey. I shared with her several of my favorite recipes, products, and ways to earn activity points. At one point she commented that because she had a delicate frame she was concerned that WW wouldn't work for her, but now that she saw that it worked for me, who she considered likewise petite and small boned, it just might. I certainly wanted to encourage her, but my head was spinning!

Me. Petite?? Small boned??? When I was growing up I remember weight charts with three columns: one for small framed people, a second for medium framed people and a third for those with a heavy frame, also known as "Big Boned." My relatives from sturdy German peasant stock all assured me that I was as big boned as they come. I had always thought of myself as extremely Big Boned. I got my growth early and in 5th and 6th grade I think I would have convinced an alien that I was a different species from the other kids in my class. I was a head taller and twice as wide!

Recently when my doctor gave me the results of my bone density test she said she'd never seen anyone my age with bones so strong. I commented that I'd never missed a nutrient and she smiled, but assured me that bones like mine had to be hereditary. So here it was recently confirmed. I am Big Boned.

But here this lovely woman saying I am petite like her. I look at her delicate wrist. I look at mine. Well, maybe there was a time when I was Big Boned.

  
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ZELLAZM 1/20/2010 9:57AM

    If big bones means strong bones, then I want big ones!



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PEGGYANNSCH 1/20/2010 9:22AM

    In your pictures you look little

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AMBUDMAN 1/20/2010 1:24AM

    What a nice complement. From your pictures I would never guess you are big boned.

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PO_PAZZA 1/20/2010 12:34AM

    Isn't it amazing how one's perspective gets tossed for a loop? I completely identify with your blog because, recently, a friend who hadn't seen me for about six months said, "I need to lose weight. How did you do it?" Before I could open my mouth she said, "Oh, but it's easier for you because you're small-boned." And right there she shot down my lifelong excuse of why I was overweight. How could anyone with these huge wrists ever be petite I used to think? I guess there was a thin wrist in there screaming to get out.

Mary

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2010 8:23PM

    You see, it's all a matter of perspective. Now you have a different image of yourself. Imagine if those types of thoughts were planted early in life? Have a wonderful evening.

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JERIBERI1 1/19/2010 5:36PM

    It's strange to find out how others perceive us, when we've had ideas about ourselves for so long. I'm glad you were able to give the woman hope. That's really great!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/19/2010 4:53PM

    I once overheard someone saying, "She's not big boned, she's little exercised".

Unlike you, she obviously hadn't completed Day 17 of Bootcamp!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/19/2010 4:49PM

    At least you gave this other woman hope.

Just looking at your wrist is not the way to determine frame/bone size. Neither is wrapping your fingers around the wrist. Measuring the wrist comes closer.

I measured mine and I am large boned. That and $5 will get you a StarBucks coffee.

At least you gave this other woman hope! That is priceless.

Love you,
Linda

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FIDESVIVA 1/19/2010 4:35PM

    I think "Big-Boned" was mostly just a euphemism used by well-meaning people to acknowledge that a young lady is bigger than others, but not so much that it's a "Terrible Shame". My grandmother in particular used to tell me I was Big-Boned when I was in high school. I think it was mostly just that I was somewhat tall for a girl, and a bit overweight besides.

But I've been looking at my wrists lately, and thinking that perhaps I'm not so Big-Boned as I was always led to believe! I can wrap my fingers of one hand aroung the other wrist and have the fingertips overlap by at least a half-inch! I've either got abnormaly long fingers, or my "frame" isn't as big as I thought...

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4DOGNIGHT 1/19/2010 4:21PM

    You might want to read my spark blog, How I became slim, thin and healthy. Day 17. I think it was day 17. Anyway, I was reading Natural Health and they were describing the three body types and I am a slug, oops kapha, the earthy type, big boned sort of woman. Kind of funny.

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SANDYSKY1 1/19/2010 4:18PM

    So last night I was lamenting to my husband that we weigh almost the same. He, trying to make me feel better said, "But you have big bones". I clocked him over the head.

Nice try but sometimes a thin person (husband in this case) can never say the right thing to someone not so thin (wife, with normal sized bones, thank you very much!).

Cute Blog. Thanks

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WOW!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My daughter let me know yesterday that she is expecting our second grandchild probably in September. WOW!

  
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REDGRAMA 1/19/2010 3:27PM

    CONGRATULATION TO ALL. What happy NEWS.
Marsha, now you will
only NEED 5 MORE to catch up to my 7. The REAL FUN begins when
they get ALL together or when its time FOR GIFTS. LOL.
I'M TRULY HAPPY FOR YOU.
HUGS Nancy M.
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PO_PAZZA 1/18/2010 2:01PM

    Great news. I hope this nullifies the previous blog. Oh, and I'm terribly jealous.

Mary

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WALKINGANNIE 1/18/2010 1:42PM

    What lovely news! Thanks for sharing it.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/18/2010 1:31PM

    This is great news! Congratulations!
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DONNABRIGHT 1/18/2010 12:30PM

    Congratulations!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/18/2010 11:01AM

    Congrats to all with this happy news. Have a wonderful day.

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Which Do You Want First - the Good News or the Bad?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Bad News is that I'm just feeling kind of blue, blah, bleck. There's some conflict in my family that we just can't seem to get over and it is repetitively disheartening.

The Good News is that for years I would have sought comfort in food, but now I am committed to taking good care of my body and mind. I will not let this situation trip me up. Maybe a solution will even present itself if I'm not numb with food. Maybe.

  
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SCIGEEK 1/17/2010 4:03PM

    Good for you! I understand completely I feel the same way and have some crazy family issues right now that just won't resolve itself! Pat yourself on the back for not caving into the comfort in food routine...that for sure will not fix the problems.

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FRAN0426 1/17/2010 3:19PM

    What progress!!!! When one can control the desire to mindlessly eat, eat. eat, that is a marvelously giant step in the right direction, I am impressed and so happy for you ---YOU ARE DOING IT.

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PO_PAZZA 1/17/2010 2:39PM

    Wow, just think of the progress you've made by not using food as an anesthetic, the kind of anesthetic that only works a few minutes and then has awful side effects, both short term and long term.

The wisdom you've garnered and the humor that bubbles up in you will get you through this and everything else "life" tosses at you, and that's a very good thing. Of this I am very confident.

Mary
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WALKINGANNIE 1/17/2010 12:18PM

    I'm so sorry about your family conflict and hope that things will improve with time.

It's great that you've 'got' that bad food choices would only make you feel more blue, blah and bleck. No doubt your intensive Boot Camping will also help you to work out some of the physical tension that stress can cause and this will make you stronger for you and for your family.

You're always so upbeat in your blogs and I'm grateful that you share some of the downs as well as the ups. Thanks. You remind me that we can't always change the cards that we're given but we can decide how to play them.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/17/2010 11:43AM

    WTG!

Isn't it awesome to see the changes we are making in ourselves!!

You are incredible!!

Love,
Linda

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/17/2010 10:01AM

    Hope it works out for you and your family. Congrats on not using food as a comfort.

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Strong and Happy Streaking!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just finished Day 14 of Spark Your Body Bootcamp. One of my good SparkFriends commented yesterday that she considered 13 days a streak! Okay. It's officially a streak now.

One observation of today's workout is that SparkPeople strength training works. Today's video contained bicycle crunches and planks that I have been doing as part of my regular SparkPeople core strength training. It was easy for me to do the advanced version of these moves, while other moves I needed to do at a lower level. Good confirmation that I am making progress.

Wishing you happy streaking, too!

  
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ICANDOIT63 1/17/2010 9:19AM

    Well hello there..i really have to say I do enjoy your blogs. They are full of normal I think. isay that meaning, we live this life wanting to be thin and wanting to loose weight but reality is we live this life wanting to do the best we can at the time and you do that. That is my goal to live the best life I can at the time. Keep it up one streak at a time!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/16/2010 5:09PM

    I'm full of admiration. My planks are improving and I'm getting better at bits of strength training but you're a true source of inspiration.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/16/2010 2:52PM

    Congratulations on your streak! I've had to back off on the bootcamp but plan to start again after I've had my MRI on Tuesday (assuming all is okay). The most I've been able to do for the last week is slow walking for 30 minutes a day. This too shall pass!

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