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The Gym Is Like a Vitamin Pill

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One of the things I heard at the fitness seminar yesterday is that you should consider the gym kind of like you consider your multi-vitamin pill. Just as a pill supplements your good, healthy diet, the gym supplements your good, active lifestyle. I had never thought about it that way. Very interesting!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/19/2010 5:59AM

    I guess you have to schedule it in just like eating breakfast! It has to be part of your daily routine.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/18/2010 3:43PM

    Great idea Marsha!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/18/2010 3:42PM

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I never thought of it that way either!

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HAWKEYERANT 11/18/2010 10:36AM

    Great way to think about exercise! Hope it motivates me even more! :)

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JOYINKY 11/18/2010 7:24AM

    I like that; I know regular gym workouts are critical to my well being. That's where I started this journey. Thanks for the reminder.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/18/2010 7:24AM

    That is a great comparison! I agree! emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 11/18/2010 6:48AM

    That is an interesting thought
Our gym offers some supplements, like Zumba, balance , yoga and others along with some great equipment. Thanks for sharing this.

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WILD4STARS 11/17/2010 10:05PM

    MMmm... I've got to get better at taking some of my vitamins! Great thought, thanks.

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MEXGAL1 11/17/2010 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. great thought.
Sallie

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LEANJEAN6 11/17/2010 7:37PM

    great to think of exercise like that!!!

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JHADZHIA 11/17/2010 7:25PM

    More like a feel good pill ;) Who needs drugs to feel high when you can get those natural endorphins going at the gym??
Enjoy your evening!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/17/2010 7:11PM

    Hmm. Have to think about that. I forget which exercise guru said something to the effect that there was a pill to make you slender, it just took 30 minutes to swallow it. emoticon

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JO88BAKO 11/17/2010 7:11PM

    Very interesting. Thank you!!

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Free Workout Music!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My MP3 player really helps me get into my workouts. I like having a variety of music to choose from. In the past I blogged that I enjoyed downloads from Fitness Magazine and thought they were worth the money. Well, this time I found a source that is definitely worth the money - or lack of - because they are free! I downloaded two of the workouts yesterday and tried them. One was called Pace and the second Personal Best. There isn't much singing and the music is somewhat repetitive, but if all you need is a beat, they are great. Today as I was watching closed caption TV while using the elliptical at the gym, the beat was just right to keep me going enthusiastically without interfering with my attention on the TV. You may want to check out the offerings: fitmusic.com/

Happy cardio!

  
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MNNICE 11/20/2010 9:02PM

    I love FREE things! I'm going to check it out. I like music with a steady beat when I'm walking or jogging. You can also try wwww.podrunner.com. They have free downloads at different speeds.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/17/2010 5:12PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JHADZHIA 11/17/2010 7:08AM

    I love my Curves workouts because of the pounding beats :) I also have the digital music from my cable on when working out on my elliptical, it really does help. But I can't use those portables in my ears, they make me deaf. I wish there was some way to do it, as I know I would power walk better with music. In my neck of the city, the scenery is rather boring, especially in the winter..
Glad you found something you could use..
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/17/2010 7:04AM

    Thanks for the link Marsha!

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JOYINKY 11/17/2010 7:01AM

    Sounds like I need to recruit my grandson for some more tech support! Running out of books to listen to at the library. Thanks for sharing!

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MONTY68 11/16/2010 11:05PM

    Hi Marsha
I am having problems opening it, slow, but your idea is great. Thank you for sharing this.

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SLIMLILA 11/16/2010 10:58PM

    Wish I knew how to do all this high tech stuff... (I don;'t even use a cell phone..... that 's what happens from living in the boonies!!) I'll have to get dh to check it out for me...

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/16/2010 10:43PM

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Celebrating a Negative!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

This morning as I was selecting something from my closet to wear to work I was thinking. There is not one thing in my closet that is too tight -- not one thing that I would be embarrassed to wear due to my size or shape.

I can say that since I started on this mission to attain and keep a healthy weight on December 1, 2008, I have not gone up a size once. I don't think I could have said that of any other 23 month period of my life.

If you've been following my blogs you know I'm not telling you that I have been perfect; far from it. There have been days following my slips and splurges that I have felt a bit bloated. My weight has gone up as much as seven pound. I am still three pounds over my happy weight. But I actually think my waist has gone down a little bit more as my clothes are looser. Must be the strength training.

I guess a more positive way to put it is that everything in my closet fits. That's good. But I still feel more excited to say that nothing in my closet is too tight!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2010 8:10PM

    That is great! Good for you!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/16/2010 10:08AM

    NO MORE FAT CLOTHES, EVER!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/16/2010 9:36AM

    Absolutely awesome!

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JOYINKY 11/16/2010 7:59AM

    emoticonYou've certainly earned that good feeling! Congratulations!

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Great news Marsha! You have worked so hard for this.

Following your efforts and progress - along with several other friends - has been one of the main factors that has kept me on track and I'm grateful that you continue to share your progress.

I'm full of respect and admiration for your consistent efforts and positive influence.

Well done!

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I would say that is an absolute wonderful vindication that you have arrived at this healthy lifestyle permanently and are rocking it!!!

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XENA1956 11/15/2010 10:53PM

    Great job Marsha, isn't it great to know you look good when you leave the house. I know you will reach your goal soon.! Teri emoticon

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MONTY68 11/15/2010 10:11PM

    Hi Marsha
That is so exciting, You are so awesome and to be able to write a blog about having clothes that now fit is amazing. You have done a fantastic job on yourself. You learn from mistakes and adjust what you are doing. Without losing any real weight, I have lost 2 inches in my waist and I feel it is from walking.
You should be celebrating the negative and should also be very proud of all that you have accomplishment. You are a example for others to follow.
Thank you for sharing.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/15/2010 10:06PM

    I love your outlook!!!!

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JLPEASE 11/15/2010 9:04PM

    Excellent! Good for you!
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MEXGAL1 11/15/2010 8:41PM

    Wow, good for you. Just feels great to be able to wear anything. Keep on sparking.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2010 8:11PM

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And yes, it is the strength training! Well done, Marsha!

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Question from a Newbie

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I received an interesting SparkMail from a newbie asking me how I got started exercising. She asked if I truly am a "couch potato turned jock". It made me stop to think. I had many couch potato years. There were whole years I didn't even try to exercise, but in my typical year I would try one, two, or three times to do a specific program. Sometimes I spent big bucks to join gyms or buy equipment. Sometimes I would start out so hard, I was almost too sore to get out of bed the next morning. Over and over again I tried to make exercise a habit and just didn't get there.

So, what went right this time? One big factor in my success this time was Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. I will say it was the first time I found a program that just felt right. It was easy enough that I never dreaded it, but motivating enough I found myself getting into it -- lifting my knees a little higher, kicking a little more forcefully, squatting a little lower, stepping out a bit wider. It was the first time I really made exercise a regular part of my life. I didn't have SparkPeople then, but I did track it on my Weight Watcher tracker and it earned me extra food. What could be more motivating than that??

These days I still occasionally use Leslie Sansone's programs, usually when I've already finished a more strenuous program. So maybe I am a jock. I certainly exercise regularly, enjoy it thoroughly, and plan to continue.

  
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HAWKEYERANT 11/16/2010 4:10PM

    Great advice!!!

I was a self-professed exercise hater for YEARS. Years and years. This time was different... but why?? I'm not quite sure, but for me it was the SP combined with 20 minute exercise videos by Jillian (JM30DS). I told myself I could fit in 20 minutes, and I was right, I could. I started to love how I looked... and then this couch potato turned... well not jock, but definitely into someone who at least LIKES exercising.

Best of luck to the newbie!

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LIDASTROUP 11/15/2010 9:09PM

    I love her videos too! She inspired me to set a walking goal because the days were too nice to walk inside to her video. I wanted to walk 100 miles before November, and I was able to do it!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/14/2010 10:27PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/14/2010 6:53PM

    I love my WATP too - but I am not nearly as faithful these days, lol.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/14/2010 4:00PM

    The newbie picked a great person to ask Marsha!

You are a consistent performer and never do things by half. Thank you for being such a great role model for many of us.

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CAROLJEAN64 11/14/2010 1:32PM

    The best advice I ever heard about exercise came from a video course on health issues. The nurse practitioner who was the lecturer said keep trying different exercises until you find one you love. That is when you will "become" a jock. For me it has been yoga. I am still searching for a slightly more cardio intense workout that I enjoy.

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NOTFATCAT 11/14/2010 1:13PM

    Walking is the one thing most of us can do and all of us should do.
Keep up the motivation!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/14/2010 12:43PM

    As always, thanks for sharing. I think I could still slide back to the couch easily but I keep working at it!

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MONTY68 11/14/2010 12:37PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog and a good question. I was a couch potato most of my life, there was a short period of time, when I joined a gym and did work out consistently, they went bankrupt and I went back to the couch.
When I started on my weight program, I didn't exercise at all. In fact, after joining Spark, I didn't do much until I walked that 10 minutes that one day and off I went. I find it fun now, I love to walk and started doing some other exercises, One of the best I am doing is Zumba, It is hard, but I am having fun. I wouldn't call me a jock, but I am having fun doing what I do everyday,
You continually amaze me, when I see your comments and some of your days and what is involved. Maybe you are a jock, but I know for sure you are motivated and have a fantastic attitude and a wonderful example for others.
Thank you for sharing this.

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JOYINKY 11/14/2010 12:34PM

    When I found I was having trouble caring for grandbabies and having lower back pain; I got to the gym to get in shape!
I already had a good exercise routine going when I came here with regular gym and ST workouts as well as yoga. Where I was trailing was aerobic exercise. Getting Sugar for company on walks helped me there! Then challenges here, the WALK ACROSS AMERICA site, counting my fitness minutes and mixing up my routines. All of it! I am at least 5X more active than a year ago! My pedometer logging my aerobic minutes was a real wake up call for me! See my blog: I"M HOOKED ON. . . .
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JHADZHIA 11/14/2010 11:59AM

    That was a fabulous answer! The really important thing iS to start out slowly, like Spark says, small steps so its not overwhelming and you don't feel like quitting right away. I have always loved exercise so this was no huge stretch for me to get more focused and intense. For me the couch was usually enforced only because of health problems, and surgical recoveries. But I am even learning to get around those now.
Here is to living a healthy, active lifestyle!
Way to go Marsha for getting there, with bells on!!
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YICHE12 11/14/2010 11:55AM

    I think on Spark People, they truly encourage little steps at a time to a point where you can take a lot more challenges. Like you, I never really stopped exercising altogether, but the weight that I had accumulated did hold me back some. Initially, on this program, I did set small goals and built up from there to a point where I now eat within my calorie range, do exercises 6 days a week (sometimes 7) and when I do feel less motivated, there's so much to read on the site that it's hard not to stay focussed.

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Fitness Workshop

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I signed up for a workshop on Tuesday eve about getting the most out of your workout. It is a free event, or I should say, included in YMCA membership. I don't know for sure that it will apply to a 61 year old woman, but I plan to go and find out. I'm sure it won't hurt. I might just learn something!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/14/2010 10:25PM

    That sounds interesting! Right now I'm on a curtailed schedule and am working on un-stacking my daily schedule so I'll be unable to attend. Please let me know what they say.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/14/2010 9:38AM

    Age doesn't mean a thing, getting the most out of it will be great.

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JHADZHIA 11/13/2010 7:31PM

    That will be interesting! Can't wait to find out what you learn! I have learned a lot from Spark People, I have read every article they have on here..Retaining it is something else again or I would do way better with trivia lol.
Enjoy!

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MONTY68 11/13/2010 6:27PM

    Hi Marsha
I believe that a workshop on getting the most out of a workout would apply to everyone regardless of age , even a young woman like yourself, Enjoy it and bring back some ideas.
Thank you for sharing.

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WALKINGANNIE 11/13/2010 5:52PM

    You're one of life's constant learners and improvers Marsha - and many of us benefit from your positive influence.

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JOYINKY 11/13/2010 4:59PM

    Be sure to pass it on! I know you will. . have fun!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/13/2010 4:37PM

    I take my dad to his IDC lunches and I always learn something - so have a great time!

IDC = defibrillator/pacemaker

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