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Friday, March 27, 2009

I expect to be losing faster and get frustrated at the slowness. Yet, I'm a lazy exerciser. That is, I do a lot, but not at a rate that would make my metabolism stand at attention. I've really gotta step it up. I've got that new elliptical that I'd intended to bond with by now, but it's not a likeable form of exercise for me, so I don't last long on it. And I've recently stopped using it. What a lot of nerve - to expect more loss while being an easy-does-it kinda gal when it comes to activity.

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BINEMELLES 3/28/2009 9:48AM

    oh yes, i know that ... during my last move i said good-bye to my thickly dusted stationary bike. i never got around to using it regularly. it seems i'm that get-out kinda girl, i need to GO SOMEWHERE for exercise. i'm perfectly happy to bike for an hour to buy the perfect loaf of bread, and i can even walk for an hour without that deeper purpose. but i can't do an hour of exercise staying in the same spot all the time. i tried watching tv, listening to music or reading a book while on the stationary. no use, i hate it. i guess it's not a bad thing getting out for exercise and fresh air, but i have a hard time during the cold and rainy days.

i think maybe you still have to discover the kind of exercise you can love enough to make it a habit. for me swimming did the trick. i guess a good approach might be, if you want to step it up, to try a variety of new things. you might just discover something that gives you unexpected joy!

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JANEYJ. 3/28/2009 8:15AM

    Exercising can be addictive once you get in the habit.

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SPARKLESSENCE 3/27/2009 8:44PM

    Yes...I like SPARKHOPE's idea. How 'bout just trying ten minutes here and there? Also, do you have an iPod or other music or TV source to keep you occupied? Boy, I am not one who enjoys exercising, especially since it's usually painful for me. Yet I've got to do I rely on my iPod. Good luck, and it'll be interesting to see how it goes for you! - Sara emoticon

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-DEBY- 3/27/2009 2:31PM

    I hear you....

I was slow to get into the exercising... and now I LOVE it...

sometimes I get frustrated with the slow pace at loosing the weight...
and then I remind myself I AM CHANGING my life... and that helps me remember.... it took me my LIFE time to get here so on that scale the change
is coming REAL QUICK

blessins allways

have a FUNtastic Friday and Weekend ~~~0:)

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SPARKHOPE 3/27/2009 2:26PM

    There is nothing like doing something you don't enjoy. Try to find ways you could sweeten it up. Ask yourself , what do you find so negative about this exercise(?) How could you make it more interesting? Start off small like 10 min. and do that for a week or two then up a little at a time. Would rewards help? If you can find no way to make it work then sell it and look for another form of exercise. Just a few thoughts.

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HONEYNAJAR 3/27/2009 12:25PM

    Jesse - you are NOT alone! I'm with ya girl and we are sharing the same podium! My problem is I think I've suffered from ADD for my entire life and exercise just doesn't CUT it. It's thoroughly boring to me. We've been going to the gym 3x a week and I hit the bike in the cinema room but 25 minutes is IT for me - regardless of the movie. I feel like such a failure that I can't just "do it" and get it done. All those exercise freaks out there have no idea what its like to just NOT wanna "go" there. lol There are So many other things we could be doing - things that are interesting! You've got NERVE alright - to admit it. LOL (hands on hips - stomping my foot - why can't we lose weight by what we DON"T eat??How many times have you told yourself - NO??????) How unfair is THAT? emoticon On to better days my friend! Better days.................. emoticon Hide

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Anyone Familiar with Teledoc.Com?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A few months ago, I first read about Sparkpeople in a magazine. Last week, I read about I wonder if anyone has had any experience with it.

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BEFIT014 3/27/2009 1:19AM

    Never heard of it. Sorry!

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A Sparkfriend's Goodbye Email

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I just opened an email from a sparker friend who advised me and others on her friends list that she was totally giving up on herself and cancelled her SP page. It made me sad to think of all of the times we want to quit, and that some people actually do. Even though she'll never see this post, I wish her the best and send good vibes over the miles. Here's to our keeping on keeping on - no matter how difficult it gets.

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CHRISTIEC73 3/25/2009 8:34AM

    I wish her the best of luck and may she find a way to believe in herself.

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KUNGFOOD 3/25/2009 7:38AM

    Close a door, open a window.
It might take some time for her to remember why she came to SP. I hope she does see your blog post, and I hope she realizes sooner rather than later that as a person she is truly worthy of every kind word, of good health, and of loving friendships along the way, wherever her path leads her.

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BINEMELLES 3/25/2009 6:42AM

    emoticonhow sad and frustrating, that you didn't even get the chance to reach out and try to convince her to stick with it. it's always so painful to see people give up on themselves, when really they are so totally worth all the effort to get healthier.

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LULUBELLE1102 3/25/2009 6:26AM

    I so wished we had know early enough to maybe help convince her that she is worth the work it takes to realize your dreams. I am one of those who from time to time give up. But then I realize that it takes work to become the person we want to be. I maybe going slow but the day will come when I will win the race.

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ARTHURTOM 3/25/2009 5:09AM

    There are a couple of people on my friends list that have given up...not to the extent that your friend has but still given up nonetheless.

Changing your lifestyle is a difficult thing to do. I know...I didn't want to change for a while. It is tough enough to go it alone, but add others around you such as a husband, wife, children, an unsympathetic get the picture...the toughness multiplies greatly.

Sometimes there is an underlying fear of that change. The strategies and activities that spark people have been designed to incorporate those changes into your lifestyle in order to help you to realize that it is going to take time to get to where you want to be (healthy) and there is no overnight fix for it. Even when you arrive at healthy...your job only gets tougher and really begins at that point to maintain your goal weight and newfound health.

Had I known how good I would feel, I would have never let myself get to 380 pounds. I had been well on my way to where I am at right now before I joined spark people.

Joining spark people has reinforced my good habits and behaviors. Spark people has taught me things about my nutrition that I have let slip into the darker abscesses of my mind and brought around full circle the nutritional part of my program.

What spark people has impressed upon me and taught me (that I already knew for the most part) is that becoming healthy is no quick fix. Some people join with the best of intentions on seeing it through to their healthy conclusion but in the sad reality of life, some people for whatever reason just can't give up their habits to take the steps they need to get to the healthy them that they want to be.

Stay strong Jesse.


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MARSHA74 3/25/2009 4:22AM

    that is such a shame, how awful to have to do that??
thats a good idea of sending her an email every so often. maybe she had problems with a partner or something, i know some men can get a bit funny with us being on social sites etc.

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    Oh no that is so sad :(

~ Kimmie, leader of the HOTTEST SparkTeam No Topic Off Limits! ~

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KFILANOSKI 3/25/2009 12:29AM

    aww that is sad.. I couldn't imagine ever completely giving up on myself and I'm glad you can't either. Hopefully she'll just continue her journey in another style :) and cheers to keeping on - never give up :)

- Katie

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BARB7983 3/25/2009 12:29AM

    If you have this person's personal e-mail address, send them a note every week or so to let them know you care....maybe they will come back!!

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Can it Be True that 2/3 of Americans Take Prescription Meds?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Now, I'm not passing judgement because I know that some of these are needed to combat illnesses. But it seems that more and more meds are advertised on TV and I wonder if we've become a nation of addicts. I heard the statistic that 2/3 of Americans take legal drugs. Sure, I know that any substance - even caffeine - is viewed as such. But whenever they list the side effects in these commercials, it seems that they are more serious than the original ailment. As for me, I try not to even take an aspirin unless I need it. Maybe because I was brought up in the day when antibiotics were prescribed like candy throughout childhood and I've grown to take pity on my liver for having to process all that.

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ARTHURTOM 3/24/2009 12:20PM

    I used to be one of the 2/3 of Americans...until I got off my fat keister and started doing something about it.

I was on:

*Lasix- all that fluid need help getting out of me and my heart couldn't handle all of it when I was huge

*Prinivil- my blood pressure was through the roof

*Prilosec- I couldn't eat anything because of my digestive problems that was borne out of my obesity that didn't cause me gastric upset!

Since I went under 300 pounds...all of that stuff is GONE!

I'm happy to be in the 1/3 now!

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LAINYE 3/24/2009 10:59AM

    I agree with you. Some people see these ads and think - there's a problem I have so I better ask my doctor for this medicine. I do have to take meds for my various ailments, but they are regulated and I follow up with blood work frequently. I do know others who have irresponsible doctors that just keep doling out pills without any followup.

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Another Thing I Make Myself Do While Sparking

Monday, March 23, 2009

I recently blogged about adding water while I'm on this website. That is, while on SP, the rule is that I have to be drinking water. Yesterday, I came up with an additional component. It's been two months since I first logged onto the Sparkpeople site and ,as much as it's wonderful, I've been spending more time on the computer than I thought I would. So, I put my mini-cycle under my desk and when I spark, I pedal. It's worked out great and now those minutes that fly by are being used to maximum benefit.

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SPARKHOPE 3/23/2009 6:57PM

    emoticon Great idea! I need one of those things.

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/23/2009 5:09PM

    Well done on the lateral thinking. You're not wasting one moment. All the best.

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ARTHURTOM 3/23/2009 4:37PM

    A true multi-tasker! Way to go!

Keep on rollin' & sparkin'!!!


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MINDY1968 3/23/2009 11:06AM

    great idea!! I also spend too much time on the computer......the water thing is perfect for me, lol it might even make me spend LESS time online since I'll be in the bathroom after awhile of drinking and sparking!!

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MARSHA74 3/23/2009 11:00AM

    what a fantastic idea!!!! the water one is good too, i shall be doing that from now on!!
i can picture it now, thousands of women around the world at their pc's...drinking, pedalling and working on their pelvic floors all at the same time!!.. god i hope no one is watching!!.. haha x emoticon

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