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Going to try yogapilates.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I got this video a while back and only did it twice. i got to the cat. and then i was done. This video is a mix of Pilates and cardio. It is now very Cold in Washington State. It's raining all the time and cloudy and cold. No one wants to go out walking in it. not me anyway. So I am going to try this new video. It will be a first for me as I have not been working out due to being depressed. but now i am on anti depressants. so i am just going to see how long I can hang in there. Anyway, it's something to start with. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/29/2012 1:22AM

    Enjoy your yoga-pilates !
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/28/2012 7:09PM

    Good luck with the new workout. It sounds like my cup of tea!

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Exercising to the Extreme or no exercise.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I have a problem. I seem to either want to exercise till I am exhausted or don't want to exercise at all. One day i walked five miles, it did take me three hours with my dog and then I walked two hours the rest of the week. But then I got a blister on my heel and then I didn't exercise again for a week. My Doctor even told me to exercise 45 minutes a day for five days a week. not to go EXTREME.

I don't know what is wrong with me. I think I have to beat my best and then when i have to just do 45 minutes. I guess i think i am not doing much. But Sparks Coach said all things in moderation. So today after no exercising due to mediation for a month, I am taking my trusty dog Nikita out for a 45 minute walk. And i am going to time it.

The week i walked all those hours i didn't even lose a lb. just thought you should know. I was upset. So I am going to try to exercise in Moderation and see where that gets me.

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LOSINIT52 10/28/2012 1:31PM

    I think you have hit the nail on the head. I will make a goal for myself to exercise 30 minutes EACH and EVERY Day!
Good luck with on your journey. With SP we can do this.

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SIMPLY4DHEART 10/18/2012 11:06PM

    I have that all or nothing personality too! I have to pace myself, I tire easy and know my heart health is the reason. I wish you the best. Do your best. Any exercise is better than none. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 10/9/2012 7:58PM

    Hey Kathy,
sorry to hear you are upset, but you think we'd know these old bodies of ours by now, if we want it to drop some fat,it won't, I wonder if we want to gain, if it just wouldn't... - don't know never had that problem.

I did just walk 30 min. with Leslie on the Walk Away the Pounds video... I also walked 105 min. on Friday on the boardwalk, but I have to get some consistency going again.. I weighed in this a.m. and am back up 4 lbs., so that is 11 since I got here, so much for thinking I lost 2 last week and it was great, because this week I found those 2 + 2 more... So much for Thanksgiving.. that is not something to be thankful for. But, I did walk, so for that I can and WILL be thankful. Mother is going away tomorrow, so I better make myself walk then too. Feeling pretty lonely and worthless, so eating is filling that void again, I know only too well what the result of that is..
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SNOWSHINE1981 10/9/2012 2:48PM

    Thank you for all the comments. I have started walking 20 minutes with Nikita. She would walk for ever if she could. haha. It's going to start raining here soon. but we wear rain gear, so we will do fine outside; Thank you again for the comments.

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BETHYSMAMA 10/8/2012 6:05PM

    The big thing is to make it part of a routine. I do a mile in the morning and a mile in the afternoon. Not much more then walking but the trick is that I am consistently making a goal. (10miles a week)
You sound like how I am with my housework. I will do a marathon cleaning spree and work until I pass out on the couch and then let it slide for 4-5 days Then I have even more work then if I kept it up.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/7/2012 4:00PM

    You have already received some emoticon comments !
Lucky you, to have such a wonderful walking partner ! Does Nikita
get you doing some brisk walking, just to keep up with him/her ?
If so, that would be good ! They say that you should aim for doing
a brisk walk - as if you were trying to catch a bus, before it's gone !
It's good, to get your arms involved, too, with "pumping", to help
get your heart-rate up. I wish you and your dog, many years of healthy,
happy walking ! emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 10/6/2012 6:53PM

    I thought about your blog for a long while before I wrote this. And then I realised what I want to say. I looked at the background of your page, and saw those heart-warming eyes of your dog - is this Nikita? Look into those beautiful eyes and trust in the wisdom of your devoted pet. He/she wants you to be happy and energised and walk with you every day. Ten minutes would be fine, 45 mins if you like, but he/she doesn't want you to overdo it until you are sore... you wouldn't do it to him/ don't do it to yourself. He/she looks kind and patient and healthy and awesome... I wish all these qualities for you too. Just look back at your goals; think about why they are important to you; and know that every day you are getting closer to realising them... with a loyal friend by your side to give you a big hug/licky kiss to reinforce your belief in yourself.
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MARINARALEMAN 10/6/2012 3:56PM

  Maybe its just that you want to feel the burn of exercising. I feel the same. If i dont sweat by the time im done exercising i am not satisfied. So what i do is pick workout video that are more active that i know will make me sweat. Try some intense workout videos.

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No more Mocha Frappachino's

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The last time I had a mocha frappachio was about three weeks ago. I looked up the calories and I think it said it was about 350 calories and I forgot the fat and protein but i guess they were high also. So if i wanted to just have that for lunch that was it. It also was not good for my diabetes.

I learned from that mistake by telling myself WHERE DOES ALL THAT SUGAR GO? and do i really need all those extra calories? when i could be eating something alot better.?

Now i drink venti iced latte's or now that the weather is getting colder I am drinking venti latte's with six splenda , so no sugar and its only 170 calories and with non fat milk i am getting my milk in for the day. so it's not so bad.

I am trying to do this with all my food and drinks. Sometimes you just have to have something that's a bit fattening. like my birthday cake for instance, but i had one slice and it was so dry and terrible we ended up taking it back. and we didn't get another cake. which was probably good as i would have ended up eating it .

So these are a couple of things I am doing to correct my former mistakes that I have made. They are helping, Losing weight and having a more healthy diet.

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SIMPLY4DHEART 10/5/2012 1:59AM

    I did not know,I am glad I don't drink that! Thank you for the information!

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BETHYSMAMA 10/1/2012 11:17AM

    I saw an interesting article that showed a 1500 calories just by having drinks through out the day.

I did something really drastic last month with my coffee choice and cut out adding sweatners altogether.

What I found was after a few weeks when I did have coffee that was sweat I no longer cared for it. I also found I had less sugar cravings in general.

My normal coffee drink is now a regular drip with half n half. Less then 50 calories. Didn't need all the milk either.

But really play around with your drink order and what you put in it. There are so many alternatives.

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/30/2012 3:32PM

    I save a few calories for a salted caramel mocha frap (light with no whip) and a pumpkin spice frap this time of year. I only allow myself one every 2 weeks, but I budget for it and enjoy it!

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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 9:47AM

    I too love the Mocha Frappachinos at Starbucks. I saw on Dr. Oz that if you order the smallest size with non-fat milk, and no whip that it's only clocks in at 150 calories.

I did however find this recipe on Spark People for an even lighter version:

I hope this helps you to enjoy your treat once in awhile. I always make room for it in my nutritional tracker for the day, too.
I am hooked on their Pumpkin Spice lattes and Fraps. I am so happy when Fall arrives so that I can have one. I usually reserve it for a birthday treat. Yesterday I found a recipe for the syrup on the internet, and made my own with Domino Light which is a combo of Stevia and sugar. It's 5 calories for a tablespoon. So this morning I'm going to make my own Pumpkin Spice latte using Unsweetened Almond Milk and my homemade low cal syrup.
Spark Recipes does take care of us in helping to offer healthy alternatives to our favorites.
Good luck with this SP version. . . Hope it helps you enjoy your favorite drink without breaking the calorie bank!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/30/2012 1:51AM

    All the best, on your SparkPeople journey !

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YOBOELI 9/30/2012 12:56AM

    I did the same when I saw what was really in them I decided it wasn't worth it Good Luck

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Talking Lithium, a weight gainer.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I have been tested today for heart and blood work at the local hospital. About six years ago I weighed 135. My doctor put me on Lithium, which is a salt, and I gained about 80 lbs in eight months., about ten lbs a month. Now I haven't lost any weight since March 2012. I Don't know why? I have been exercising and eating right. I have gone up and down maybe by two or three lbs but have always ended up at the same weight. Now I am up by two lbs.

If my doctor puts me on Lithium tomorrow and I start to gain weight, I don't know what I am going to do. I need it for my mental state. But It's not going to help with my weight loss efforts. I lost 168 lbs on Weight Watchers from 04 to 06 when my top weight was 319. i got down to 135. I managed to stay there for six months until I went into the hospital for depression. That is where they put me on the lithium.

I am just praying to God that I am not going to gain weight this time. and That i will feel good enough to go out and exercise my dog and myself. Because as of now I don't want to do anything. I am not eating all day long. I have had a hard boiled egg so far today and its four pm. I am drinking some tea. Last night I had a can of beans, Van DeCamps. I am in a mixed state. spending alot of money I don't have and very depressed that I don't want to do anything with anyone do anything. So it's my illness that is messing with me.

I don't know what else to say. I go to see the psychiatrist tomorrow at noon. Then he will give me the prescription for Lithium and tell me how to take it. The rest is up to God. Like I said before I am really hoping it will make me feel better so I CAN exercise and eat better. Sparks Coach suggested writing a blog about how we were doing and this is how i am doing. Not very well. emoticon

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SIMPLY4DHEART 10/5/2012 1:58AM

    Oh that is such a tough position to be in.Weight gain from RX is so frustrating.I hope this will work out more positive somehow with no weight gain. emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 9/30/2012 10:20AM

    Tell him how your body reacted on it previously and see if there is an alternative he can prescribe. Most of the time there is.
You also need to be eating small, healthy snacks throughout the day to help keep your metabolism functioning to help burn off those calories. If you are eating only a hard boiled egg and it's 4 PM your body is already cutting back on burning those calories for fuel because it thinks it's in starvation mode.

I posted a blog on Metabolism, and here is one of the facts from it:
"When you fast for more than 12 hours, your metabokic rate decreases by40%."
So even though you believe you are doing the right thing by eating less, you are actually slowing things down.

One thing that has helped decrease my cravings and hunger is adding more protein throughout the day. It helps to stave off my hunger. Spark People can actually help you plan your meals in your nutrition settings. I also have cut processed foods from my meals. Just the decrease in sodium from that alone made a difference. I track my daily sodium intake in my nutrition tracker, too.
These are simple changes to make that can help get you on the road to eating healthier and feeling better. Also why not use your WW knowledge of points etc to help you with what you eat?

I hope that your doctor can help you find another medication has less of an impact on your body. This lifestyle change is not easy, and it takes constant tweaking, but as you move forward with small changes that soon become new habits you should begin to feel better and that will help you continue to do more.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/27/2012 3:30PM

    You are in my thoughts, and prayers !
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suggestions !
All the best !

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/27/2012 9:32AM

    Keeping you in prayer. Talk to your doctor about your concerns, maybe he will be able to help you.

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KITT52 9/27/2012 7:27AM

    tell him about the weight gain andd try some thing else...there are a host of other medications, I'm no doctor but have worked in the mental health field for a long time and weight gain is a big problem...

I'm praying they find the right combination....

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BJPENNY70 9/27/2012 4:47AM

    I hope this medicine helps you. I know you don't want to go out or do anything, but try to make yourself. I know that is easier said than done, but try very hard everyday to eat regular meals, even if they are small meals and get outside with Nikita. I am praying for you and want to encourage you to fight this thing with all you have. You are right you are in GOD's hand's. But you have to remember you are a soldier of the Lord and HE says to Stand in Ephesians 6. Stand even when you are wounded with this disease. Be strong and of good courage. You have to decide to fight and remember GOD is right there with you. Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world. emoticon

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Sabotaging my own weight loss efforts.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I was suppose to write a blog about others sabotaging my own weight loss efforts, but I can't think of anyone. So I am going to write about my own. Last night I was on some medication and I was so tired I made some Hamburger Helped. It came to about 500 calories and 44 protein as I ate two cups. I was with in my calories but on the higher end. Then I made SMORE, with out melting it. I have a swollen jaw so I only ate half of it. One cracker and a three piece of chocolate and a smore marshmellow, which is flat. I didn't need to eat that. I have corn on the cob, acorn squash, fresh green beans, peaches and banana's. The doctor put me on Valium for my swollen jaw.

It's kind of hard to eat with that. So I don't think the corn is a good idea. But I know it's only me who is sabotaging my own efforts. I know when i do it also. But like I read somewhere on someone's blog. Even if I do something wrong eating wise. I can always do better then next meal. So I try to tell my self that I need to eat later in the evening as I get hungry at night time unless I go to bed at nine pm.

I went camping over the past week for three days and every night I went to bed at nine or nine thirty. Well when i got home I was so tried at nine I started to go to bed at that time. No time to eat at night. time. But last night I stayed up till Eleven pm. and that's when I ate the SMORE. I have a BIG piece of Chocolate in my freezer. I can't seem to throw it away. I am just trying to keep it there to have a little piece of it every now and then. with a graham cracker and a marshmellow. I know graham crackers are essentially no calories and neither are marsh mellows. so it's only the little bit of chocolate I am eating. And it's the only treat besides Light Popcorn that I eat.

So if I can stay away from Starbuck's Mocha Frappachino's and other calorie laden foods, I will be okay. We can only look to ourselves in the end anyway. It's all up to us.

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SIMPLY4DHEART 10/5/2012 1:55AM

    That sounds so good! emoticon emoticon

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BJPENNY70 9/13/2012 1:48AM

    Sorry you are having trouble with the swollen jaw. What is causing it? Are you taking anything for infection?
I is great you are looking at self-sabotage. Sometimes we are in deniel of it. But you are facing it head on. I am proud of you. Corn can be cut off the cob to make it easier for you to eat. The Smore if eaten in a small amount just once a day should be a big thing. A little treat helps us stay true to our diet, as long as we plan it into our daily tracker. Take care of that jaw. Have you put cool clothes on it? That might help ease the pain. Take care my friend! emoticon

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FEMISLIM 9/12/2012 3:55PM

    Good that you can identify where you are tilting. I am sure you can handle it. Just keep trying. Remain blessed.

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