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Progress Report

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I havent been spending much time on Spark because Ive been spending time at the gym. 2013 was the year I finally started making real progress. This was mainly because I had three bouts of pneumonia in 2012 resulting in a bronchoscopy in January of 2013. I realized that I needed to do something to take care of me if I was going to continue taking care of everyone else. So I started with 10 minutes of walking per day.

Now I do some kind of activity (weights or cardio at the gym or walking outside) almost every day. I spend at least an hour, many days two hours, working out. I often walk 8-10 miles per day. I find that I am not very hungry anymore and that I gravitate toward nutritious, high quality foods.

I didnt take measurements at the start, but my starting weight was 220. Here are the stats in June, when I started weight training and on January 1 of this year:

I bought one hour of trainer time when I first joined the gym so I could learn how the machines worked. Otherwise, its all been me. Seventy-four pounds of persistence.

This year, I want to do more with weight lifting (although I dont particularly like it) because I have some loose skin. I think adding some muscle in those places will help me look better.

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_LINDA 1/8/2014 12:19AM

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Fantastic work!! I was guessing you were doing great seeing those pounds dropping away on the friend feed!
Strength training is so important, so glad you focused on doing it right and getting it done!
Keep up the great work!!

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LOPEYP 1/7/2014 7:25PM

    Great progress! emoticon

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SHERRYLHBB 1/7/2014 6:35PM

    Wow! You've made incredible progress! And very close to goal according to your ticker. I admire your stamina and persistence in healthy eating, fitness, and working hard to achieve your goals.
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Time for Some Changes

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I've been on SparkPeople for quite some time. I've made some changes in my diet and tried to work in exercise. I had some success with that, and I lost some weight. Then I started on a constant round of illness. I've had pneumonia 3 times in the past 12 months, for example. This has to stop. I have to change what I'm doing that is allowing me to get so rundown, or nature is going to make the change for me. Like many Sparkers, my problem is not food--it's simply manifested in food.

So, I'm looking for a new job and will take one that pays less if necessary to cut my hours and stress.

I have an appointment with a pulmonologist next week to see if we can determine what's causing my breathing problems.

I am making a list of the projects that still need to be done in my massive home remodel and prioritzing them so I can tackle them one at a time or pay someone else to do them. I think having them unfinished is stressing me more than I realize.

I am going to spend some time thinking about what/who is really important in my life and comparing that list to where I put my energy. I don't think the two match up well, and I suspect the mismatch leaves me struggling to cover both when that's impossible.

Let's see what sort of correlation this has to weight loss and whether working through these problems helps me come to grips with my obesity.

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NEPTUNE1939 2/21/2013 10:40AM

    Making a list is a great start. I'm a firm believer in people having guardians - some call it intuition, serendipity, etc. unfortunately many of us pay little or no attention to insight. Go for it gal, Earl emoticon

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I Love Walking

Monday, July 30, 2012

This photo was part of a SparkPeople e-mail message today. I figure it's supposed to mean "I love walking as an exercise." That's one possibility. It struck me a different way, though: "I love being able to walk." If I don't do something about my complete lack of exercise, I'm not going to be able to walk, whether I enjoy it or not.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/2/2012 5:40PM

    I love being able to walk too..


Go girl!!

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_LINDA 7/30/2012 7:45PM

    Its a lesson I learned early on in my disease. If I don't move, I will lose my abilities to walk, to do, to live. Yes, it may be painful and a struggle to get out of bed in the morning and take that first step towards my exercise. But once I get over the hump, and I loosen up and start to feel better and the endorphins start to flow, I feel on top of the world. My exercise keeps me feeling alive. The key is making it enjoyable and fun. Walk in a beautiful park with soft earth trails. Listen to your favorite music. Lose track of time and your worries and just notice your surroundings. You might be surprised at what you discover. A gorgeous yard, nicely laid out. A cute dog. A beautiful bird. A quiet park. Discovers corners of your city you never knew existed.
You can do this! Walk away those worries!
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Im giving up too!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yup. Im giving up too. Too, as in Im too tired to exercise. Im feeling too bad to eat well. Im too fat to wear a swimsuit. This is battle against obesity is too hard. Im too tired to get out of bed. Im too busy to spend time with my family. Its too hot/cold/wet to go outside for a walk. Too, as in Ill have dessert, too. Ill take on that project, too. Too should mean an addition to something, but for me that word has turned into something that takes away from the life I could have. So, Im giving up too! Im going to leave some Post-It notes around with the word too on them. Maybe then I can catch myself saying too and really consider whether the too is adding or subtracting from the life I want to live.

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SMOCKON 6/1/2011 4:30PM

    Not real hot! Well, I've managed to delete "too" from my vocabulary, but I haven't added in "exercise." I seem to have lost my focus. Struggling on, though!

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LOPEYP 5/20/2011 11:50AM

    Stopping by for a reality check - how is the new habit going?

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SHERRYLHBB 3/29/2011 4:18PM

    I salute you and encourage you on your valiant quest. The word "try" has all but been driven from my vocabulary. May the toos be well!

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JHADZHIA 3/29/2011 11:38AM

    You can never have too much motivation posted around!
Try this with your post it notes: before you are allowed to eat one morsel of food in the morning, you must do the exercise on the post it note you have put on the fridge, can be a brisk 10 minute walk, a short 7-10 minute Spark video, etc.
Before you can touch one key on the computer, you must perform the task you have put on your monitor with the post it note. So you think of something and post it before you go to bed things that need doing. Make them short, try to make them fun or interesting, but anything to get you moving.. Do this every day, and soon it will become a habit..
You can do it too!!
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Have a terrific Tuesday!!

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MARIE625 3/29/2011 11:03AM

    Excellent thinking!

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RAD062010 3/29/2011 10:40AM

    Too bad....


But I think that simple is best.... if the "too" is becoming TOO much, you are free to ditch it.


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September Goal Analysis

Friday, October 01, 2010

I promised to set out goals and hold myself accountable for reaching them. My goals for September were:

emoticonDrink 8 glasses of water per day
emoticonStay within my set calorie range
emoticonFind at least 15 minutes to exercise each day, even if it's only walking.

How'd I do?

emoticonDrank 8 glasses of water per day ACCOMPLISHED FOR 29 OUT OF 30 DAYS
emoticonStay within my set calorie range ACCOMPLISHED FOR 25 OUT OF 30 DAYS
emoticonFind at least 15 minutes to exercise each day, even if it's only walking. ACCOMPLISHED FOR 26 OUT OF 30 DAYS

I wish I'd been able to post 30 out of 30 for all 3 goals, but I'm okay with my B+. I am actually pretty proud of getting so close to my exercise goal because it was couch to 20-30 minutes per day.

October goals? I need to think about this.

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/15/2010 10:04PM

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SMOCKON 10/1/2010 1:11PM

    Thanks for all of the support!

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MLAYESKI 10/1/2010 12:43PM

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/1/2010 12:41PM

    Great job! I'd say that's more like an A-, but I won't quibble over your grading.


The main thing is, you met your goals the vast majority of the time, and that adds up to SUCCESS on this journey and the development of healthy habits for a lifetime.


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FROGHEMOTH 10/1/2010 11:51AM

    Great job! Even though you didn't get 100% on your goals, you were darn close! You can't be 100% all the time. Mistakes will happen, and that's actually good because we can learn from them and improve ourselves. You should really be proud of yourself for your accomplishments in September. Let's raise our water glasses to a great October!


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SCRIPTDUCK 10/1/2010 11:49AM

    thanks for sharing your triumphs!
YEAH for walking!

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