SOFT_VAL67   84,763
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
SOFT_VAL67's Recent Blog Entries


Sunday, April 28, 2013

found a few things i wanted to share....

i just thought that one was funny, havent we all been there?

i feel that last one is so true...i dont want to change who i am, i do want to change the body i carry me around in, and maybe with that, i have to change just a little on the inside, but im doing it to make me happy, not others.

and so i did, survived my food cravings and ate healthy fruits and veggies and got my protein and am working on healing my foot and getting my mind and spirit healed as well and love to all my spark friends and family who are there to help me survive another day....

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ARCHIMEDESII 4/29/2013 1:59PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
CAPECODBABE 4/29/2013 7:25AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

    Such a positive and upbeat blog. LOVE it! I especially loved that 2nd pic, it's perfect.
Have an awesome day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOVINGAFRICA 4/29/2013 4:30AM

    This is such a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAT609 4/28/2013 9:13PM


Report Inappropriate Comment

work your magic bone stimulator!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Finally got this bone growth stimulator today. I am supposed to wear it as close to 10 hours per day as I can.
So, to bed, if I can keep it from coming off, I am pretty much a left side sleep and its my left food, which means my foot and the unit will be right against the bed.
Will try it tonight and see what happens, it velcros on and I can wear a sock over it or an ace bandage.
I have only had it on for about 15 minutes now, I cant feel anything, she told me I might feel some heat once the blood flow begins to return to the area.
But there is no kind of vibration or tingling such as with a tens unit.
Now here is my problem, I cant walk with it, so I have to turn it off and take if off when I need to get up, which I already can see I will soon.
To turn off the fan, cause its getting cold in here now and shut the front door and turn on the kitchen light.
This is going to take some getting used to and planning to be able to sit for long periods of time with this thing on my foot.
I intended to get some grocery shopping done today, but upon walking into walmart and seeing that they were so very crowded and as usual maybe 4 registered open and people lined up as far as the eye could see, I turned tail and ran and came home with a Sub and yogurt, will try to get to my grocery shopping before the weekend is over.
And so now I am gonna put on my pajamas and watch some tv and relax the rest of the night and finish my housework tomorrow.
Will keep updates coming on the progress of my foot.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FITMARY 4/26/2013 8:19AM

    Oh, my. That will be inconvenient.... But I hope it helps you feel better soon!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

it has been a very bad day,

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

APACHESTEVE 4/24/2013 4:31PM

    Hi Soft Val, remember me, I'm back! Hope your day went better today

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAPECODBABE 4/24/2013 8:34AM

    So sorry, want to vent?

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNA89 4/23/2013 9:25PM

    emoticon FEEL BETTER!!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CJJANISS 4/23/2013 9:04PM

    emoticon to hear that... emoticon hope tomorrow is better!

Report Inappropriate Comment

thanks commenters of worker outer blog

Thursday, April 18, 2013

So, I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks to all those who posted on my last blog. "ADVICE FROM REAL WORKER OUTERS NEEDED"...If you havent read it, please feel free and leave me any advice or opinion you want.
Everyone really gave me positive feedback.
I am going to continue to lift weights and not little girly girl weights either.
Of course, I am not going to be dead lifting 200 pounds anytime soon, or probably ever.
But, I feel better about doing 10 lb dumbbells, since the 5 lbs just wasnt giving me the resistance i felt I needed anymore.
But exercise is exercise and what little bit I did today was no match for my appetite.
Seems I went wayyyyy over my calories, I dont really know why.
But, I did go to the walking track, only for 20 minutes, but little by little I am getting back to walking and my foot hasnt been bothering me too much.
I did feel a slight bit of discomfort about 15 minutes into my walk.
I am really looking forward to this foot being healed and my walks increasing to an hour and maybe more.
So, I had an ok day today...had Subway with my friend Amy and a great tan session, I loved sweating it out in the tanning bed.
Hope tomorrow is equally as good.
Thanks again for the comments on the last blog.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ICEDEMETER 4/18/2013 8:48PM

    But, but, but.... what's wrong with deadlifting 200lbs? I do that every morning just getting myself out of bed! emoticon

That's great that you're staying with the 10lb weights for now, and don't be afraid of going upwards when you feel that it's the right time to. You've already shown that you can recognize when the resistance just isn't enough, so trust yourself to know when that happens again.

I'm so envious of you being able to lift right now! I'm on restriction (flippin' surgical hernia) and miss my strength. I sure hope that you enjoy the training as much as I always have!

From what I understand, the "hungries" are more likely the day after a major workout, because that's when your muscles are repairing and building. I know that I generally need more fuel the next day, and sometimes even the day after that. I tend to go for a major protein binge on the day after a big workout, but now that I've seen the pattern it's easy to plan for and keep my ranges in line on average for the week.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

advice from real worker outers needed....

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I got a little ticked off at a FB friend today after posting that I had done my squats using 10lb dumbbell in each, I am trying to include arm and upper arm workouts as well as some cardio and some strength training.
She suggested that for a woman I should only be using 3 to 5 lb weights, unless I want to bulk up big enough to move a refridgerator..
For one, maybe I do...and for two, this woman is all of five foot tall and maybe 120 lbs at best...
She might be right, I might be adding too much weight, Personally I dont think I am.
I need to increase muscle, calorie burn, whatever, I just need to get some exercise and do it in my own way.
If she had to comment, why not just say, thats good or way to go or whoopee or something...why try to correct someone and make me adhere to her style of workout????
What do you all think SP friends...?
Am I adding too much weight???
Should I stick to small dumbbells and not add more weight????
Believe me, I would have to work out at a much higher rate and much more intense to ever bulk up as she said...
I have a long long way to go to even have definetion in my muscles...
I guess I am just really ticked off cause I have all these other issues going on and for me to workout at all was fantastic, I was feeling so high and endorphins running wild and then kabam
someone stomped all over it and made me feel stupid like I am too dumb to know how hard and how far to push myself.
Other than this, I have had a good day.
I got up early, enjoyed my coffee while listening to the rain and trying to work on these tough decisons...
I took a good shower and the Vaseline cocoa radiant body spray moisturizer makes me smell so good and feel so silky soft.
Nah, I am along way from bulking up.
Thanks for reading my rant.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ARCHIMEDESII 4/18/2013 2:01PM

    I notice you're going to get the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I also recommend you find a copy of Bill Philips Body for Life. Your local library should have it. I've even found copies for a dollar at my local Goodwill. Amazon sellers have it for cheap too. It's a good book that will teach you the basics of strength training. It was one of the first books I read on the subject.

Don't be afraid to try heavier weights. You're going to have to do some experimenting to see what weights fatigue you for certain exercises. When I work with a female client who's never lifted, we start with 5s, 8s, 10s, 15s and even a 20 pound. Different body part being used, different weight needed.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAPECODBABE 4/18/2013 9:08AM

    You know your body better than anyone.

Go for it

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANASARI 4/17/2013 8:12PM

    Don't you just love unsolicited advice? haha :) Hang in there!! Glad we have a personal trainer commenting, and I was really interested to read that wrap-up, too, so thanks also, Archi!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIDNIGHTER1 4/17/2013 8:06PM

    HDHAWK is correct. Working with heavier weight will not make you She- hulk. Just need to warm -up really well since this is not a weight you usually lift. You lack testosterone ,so you cannot look like a man,baby.( Austin Powers referance,sorry) Building up muscle burns fat,which you already know since you are using them. Tell your FB friend to educate themselve a little better,you got this. Hello by the way.Rude of me. Iceing afterwards goes a long way towards muscle soreness relief.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HDHAWK 4/17/2013 5:02PM

    That's the complete and total opposite of the information she should have given you. Women can't bulk up like men because we don't have enough testosterone. Lifting weights is the only way to truly change how your body looks. Cardio alone isn't enough. Do what is right for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JBAILEY1122 4/17/2013 4:40PM

    Totally ignore that person and enjoy your well-earned endorphins!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARCHIMEDESII 4/17/2013 4:10PM

    Hi, Val ! I'm a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. So, I can speak with a certain amount of authority on this matter. ;)

Your friend is misguided.

There is a misconception that women need to use light weights to "tone" up. Women do not pack on muscle the same way men do. We don't have the necessary testosterone to get bulky. Unless a woman has an injury of some kind, there is absolutely no reason she can't lift a heavy weight.

What many women don't know is that some muscles are stronger than others. Five pounds might be the right amount to do something like a shoulder press, BUT it's not enough to do a row or a chest press. A person should be using a variety of weights to challenge the different muscles of their body.

I've been strength training for a while now. This is what I can lift. I can do a chest press with two 45 pound dumb bells. that's 90 pounds total. I can bench a 110 pound bar without a spotter. I can do a single arm row with 45 pounds, occasionally 50. I can squat with over 100. I can deadlift over 100.

Is this typical ? No there are women who can lift more than me ! LOL ! the point ? Women are stronger than they think. a woman should never be afraid to lift a heavy weight for fear they will get bulky. Unless they have a higher than normal level of testosterone, they won't.

Tell your friend that you will not turn into a body builder if you use 10-15 or even 20+ weights. What you'll get are SCULPTED muscles !!

Here's something you can tell your friend to prove how strong she really is. Get her to weigh her hand bag. Her hand bag or gym bag probably weighs a good 10-15 pounds. If she can lug her bag around all day, she can lift significantly more than 1-3 pound weights. I only have my clients use those kinds of weights IF they have an injury.

Most times, I encourage my clients to lift heavy. I prove to them they really are stronger than they think.

Hope that wasn't too long winded !


Report Inappropriate Comment
MUFFINSKI 4/17/2013 3:59PM

    All of the posts so far are correct! Unless you're taking steroids, I don't think women are built to bulk up. I've been thinking I need to up my weights. Good for you, she's full of it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ICEDEMETER 4/17/2013 3:41PM

    First of all --- you are amazing, and you did a great workout! You should be proud of yourself!

Secondly --- she obviously hasn't been keeping up with science versus myth - you don't have the testosterone to bulk up like a man, no matter how heavy you lift! You might want to refer her to the New Lifting Rules for Women.

Thirdly --- you need to keep increasing the weights to continue building muscle and strengthening your ligaments and bones. You are doing exactly the right thing to not only be stronger, but healthier over the long haul.

Finally --- there is nothing more beautiful and feminine than a woman who is strong and confident! There are tons of SparkPages of women who do some seriously heavy lifting, and they are looking and feeling fabulous.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
8MORE2GO1 4/17/2013 3:19PM

    She is wrong you are not going to bulk up using those weights. That is a myth.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARGARITTM 4/17/2013 2:32PM

    You are right and she is wrong - but let it go.

You have probably gotten way beyond 3 - 5 pounds on squats.

When your legsa are strong and firm - she will still have jello thighs!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARASDIET 4/17/2013 2:31PM

    Look int he resource material on the site, but I am sure I have read that thinking that about weight is a fallacy.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 Last Page