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Monday, September 30, 2013

I'm doing much better friends, thank you for all your help! I'm able to work up a little sweat and my food choices are much improved. I'm logging my meals again and this is great because for me that is what keeps me on track.

Yesterday I finally got my new phone and graduated to the technology of 2013! I downloaded that Spark app and now when I'm at work I can log everything easily. I also downloaded Fitbit's app and find that very encouraging at work as well. Usually I had to wait till I got home when I was exhausted but now with my phone I'm staying on track. If you have a decent phone get that app, it is worth it! So much fun!

Again, thanks so much for the kind words everyone. Keeping a positive attitude is so important when trying to get healthy and you guys help me keep my chin up. I think I've come a long way and that's a good thing.


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UFEDAK85 10/1/2013 11:05AM

    Glad to hear you're doing better! I use Lose It app on my phone to keep track of things. :) Being able to track as you go throughout your day rather than all at once in the end is definitely helpful! Keep staying positive cause you're doing great things! :D

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LAMOURA 10/1/2013 1:02AM

    Glad your doing better!! emoticon

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MASRITE 9/30/2013 8:47PM

    Yes, we're always here for you!!!

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RAPUNZEL53 9/30/2013 7:59PM

  Good Luck!

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I'm Done Counting Days

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I've not been on Spark for a while though I've logged on every single day. Sadly, all my efforts to get strong and lose weight have backfired. I have been rather ill for the past two weeks because of an autoimmune malady. This is something I've dealt with for a long time but thought this time I had it all under control. Wrong.

I'm not totally sure what set it off but I think it was a matter of the perfect storm. My workouts were getting pretty intense. A long time ago I figured out if I do an intense workout one day the next day I should do a simple yoga routine. Well, I haven't done that because truthfully I LOVE tough workouts and I was getting away with it. Then I ran out of amino acids and stopped taking them thinking I was eating so regularly I didn't need them. They always helped me in the past, why did I think now was different. Then I started a new job and it is intense and I love it. Finally it is my allergy season. Put it all together and I end up down for the count.

Also, during this time I tend to start making poor food choices. I don't even want to get on the scale but I will to get my mind back in the game. I'm finally able to get in some light exercise so I think I'm getting better.

I am going to create a new plan for myself. It probably will be easier to follow and less intense but I must do it. I can't afford in any way to be sick not to mention it is unpleasant to say the least. All I can say is it is more important than ever to create a healthy life style. My life is too enjoyable not to be able to show up to it.

I'm down but not out.

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UFEDAK85 9/29/2013 6:47AM

    Glad to hear you are getting better! The good news is you know what you need to do in order to make your body healthy and strong. It's not fun to not be able to do things the way we want to do them (everyday intense workouts, etc), however, you can still move, workout, and get fit and healthy without having to push your body to the max everyday. I hope you feel 100% soon!

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MASRITE 9/28/2013 7:20PM

    Hope you feel better soon!! Are you going to do the carb cycling or find something else?

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2BDYNAMIC 9/28/2013 1:55PM

    You know your body best and it sounds like yu want to do what is best and healthy ......... Maybe moderation and easing back in is the right thing for now .......

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LAMOURA 9/28/2013 1:32PM

    You know what your body needs so thats a good thing....sorry your not feeling good...hope you feel better soon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 9/28/2013 9:58AM

  Perhaps a couple days off to regroup is what you need!

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Day 57 - New Year Improved Me

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I haven't blogged in a while because I've had so much going on I couldn't focus to even think about it all. This summer has been so much fun and a lot of change. Frankly the past 10 years have been insane with change! Like a lovely Spark friend said, a little boredom would be appreciated.

Despite vacations, including an ultra decadent trip to the land of butter and liquor, New Orleans, holidays, friend visits, parties and other activities, I have managed to lose 11 pounds in 57 days. I also have doubled my walking mileage and increased my intensity on interval workouts. I see my muscles returning and as well as my stamina. Sure, if I didn't have all of these events I would have lost way more weight and probably would be able to jog a full mile by now.

However, I cannot remember a time in my life where I enjoyed so much, lived and experienced everything I wanted and still moved forward with my health. The impatient part of me wants to be that size 8 right now but the part of me that sees the big picture says I've accomplished way more than I ever have before. The amount of food, wine and fun I've enjoyed this summer does not equate to weight loss in any way.

So how did I get there? I Sparked! I logged most days and decided I was human and if I missed logging I was aware and did better when I could. Every meal that I could I tried to make healthier choices even if it just meant leaving a bite or two left on the plate. I shared things instead of ordering just for myself. I exercised as much as I could and never exercised less than 4 times a week and most times 6. FitBit became my new addiction. Steps really do count and keep a 1 pound gain from being a 3 pound gain! Wouldn't you rather just have to drop a pound after a vacation than 3 or 5? I did not emotionally punish myself for eating things or slipping which left energy for making great choices when not distracted or following the crowd. I tend to eat more with friends and lose myself in the moment. I never brought crap food into the house. I tried on my skinny clothes once a week to feel how much looser they were getting to feel motivated. I drank a gallon of water each day no matter what! I asked for help from loved ones when I needed a push to exercise or to stay focused. I lived life and enjoyed it!

Being kind to yourself is the healthiest thing you can do. The trick is to have a healthy definition for being kind. It means to allow yourself to make mistakes without punishment but rather encouragement to get right back on track. It means going with the flow of life without feeling let down every time a goal isn't met in the time planned. It also means keeping a balance for your body and to keep it moving and properly nourished.

Being stressed about every bite of food or every calorie burned is not healthy in any way. I always have done that but not so much anymore. There are moments I become overly focused and miss the big picture but lately I can snap out of it. It does feel like a difficult dance at times but I'm doing it for the first time ever. I must go now and get some exercise in before the next dinner party starts. LOL

Have a great day fellow Sparkers!

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LAMOURA 9/14/2013 8:58PM

    AWESOME!! Very motivational!!! You rock!! And don't you just love muscle?? emoticon emoticon

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UFEDAK85 9/14/2013 10:24AM

    Love this! Yes, being kind to yourself is the best thing that you can do! Stressing over every morsel and worrying about every single calorie will only make you miserable and stressed out which in turn causes you to gain weight!

It seems like you have a very good outlook and approach on how to reach your goals! Keep it up and you'll reach your goal soon enough! emoticon

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    There is a llotg to be said for boredom! LOL!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Day 34 - Learning So Much

Thursday, August 22, 2013

For the first time since 2006 I feel like I'm getting my drive and desire back. I'm able to push myself and yet not get too obsessive (just a little) and see results. I feel strong and able and much more confident. Mostly I feel like I can trust myself. This is a big thing because for most of my life I've had to be the policeman treating myself like a criminal. That is soooo EXHAUSTING!

I am faithful to logging food and what I have learned is that if I stay mindful, even while eating less nutritious foods and eating with friends that EAT AND EAT, I can relax and enjoy because I will eat more than usual but I always seem to stop naturally at 2160 calories! No lie, each time I went out with friends and tasted a few more things than I planned, when I came home and logged the calories they were always the same! It is a combination of mindfulness and a sensation of getting more full than usual. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to go nuts with this but it makes me relax and enjoy life more knowing that my body knows and I can depend on it as long as I stay MINDFUL.

I tend to burn over 2300 calories per day according to my Fitbit. I actually think that is lower than the truth. Fitbit told me I was eating over a week's time too little in comparison to what I was burning. SP said I was on target. My weight loss had slowed and in social situations I was really tempted and hungry. I noticed every time I went out and ate more, in a day or two I lost a pound. I lost weight on vacation too. I think this is like Slingshot week for you Carb Cyclers. LOL. So I increased my calories by 150 and instantly lost all the water weight I was holding and lost another pound and feel better. 150 really isn't much but obviously it made a difference. It is another snack or a little bit more at each meal.

Since I won't be blogging for a while, I'm going on vacation again, I want to mention one more thing I learned. My family has always been focused on my weight and how often I get sick. In my 20's I was diagnosed with Lupus. Then I got Lymphoma. Chemo put the Lupus in remission and left me with Fibro type symptoms. Too much stress or exercise even and I get fevers and pain all over and even hives. Much of my family has had nasty things to say about my weight and the fact that I have to be more careful with my lifestyle. Frankly, I am not happy about my immune system but it does keep me making healthy choices so in the long run it may not be an awful thing.

Since my recent little weight gain a few family members gloated on my larger pant size. They also mentioned how I changed jobs just because it was "too physical". (Yeah I did because I wore the cartilage down on one knee from squatting and kneeling and 3am inventories were making me sick as a dog.) I used to hear what they would say and think they were right because THE MASSES SAID IT WAS TRUE.

What I figured out was truth doesn't come in the form of judgment and snide comments. Truth comes from kind conversations and involvement and concern. Judgment is always about the other person. Perhaps they wish they had the ability to make better choices or the freedom to choose based on their body's needs. I am lucky I can do that. I don't have 4 hungry kids at home that would starve if I switched jobs. But then again I don't have those kids because of my life situation.

In other words, judgment is not love and it is not kind. It isn't nice to do to others or yourself. This seems like a lot of stuff to learn from an online community but it is true. The time here has helped me focus on what is working and healthy in all facets.

It is amazing what you can learn in 34 days with a little effort (OK a lot of effort) and focus.

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LAMOURA 8/22/2013 2:24PM

    emoticon man I thought my family was harsh!! Man what are they thinking?? Your immunity system on how strong or weak it not your I was born with a very low immunity system...i was suppose to be sick most of my life but through healthy eating...mindful eating and exercise i am healthier now then most of my family!! go figure! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Oops posted it did it do that?? emoticon emoticon

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Day 29 - Ouch

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Goodness! That Fitbit should come with an addiction warning. I am a true sucker for praise, even if it comes from a stupid little piece of technology. I am seriously obsessed and it might be dangerous. LOL.

Because I set the goal for 10,000 steps a day and 5 miles I am busting my tush to do so and have pretty much done it since I got the Fitbit. The problem is the days that I do the Jillian Michaels DVDs. 5 miles of walking hills and then one of her workouts is a bit much for me but I can't seem to stop myself. On top of that I have been dealing with serious insomnia since I was a child and I'm finally going for a sleep study. Fitbit tells me I get less than 4 hours a sleep a night. I never go into Delta sleep is the issue. Still, no matter what I just love seeing that little gadget tell me how wonderful I am. I must be insane.

The past few days have been so-so. I'm exercising great. I had two times where I ate out with friends and ended up not sticking to my meal plan. Mind you I wasn't as awful as I used to be and didn't eat more calories than I burn in a day but I wasn't great either. It would be ok for maintenance but not losing weight. I'm chalking it up to working out more than usual, sleeping worse than usual and being a week late for that TOM. I'm up 2 lbs in water weight and while I know I am still losing inches (I can button my skinny clothes now but they still aren't street worthy) it is a wake up call not to get to loose with my plan.

Overall I'm doing great and I am so much stronger than a month ago. I'm just rather tired and impatient. Patience was never one of my virtues.

Well, excuse me, I can't type anymore because Fitbit told me to get moving...4 miles to go! LOL

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BRENJET 8/17/2013 3:50PM

    You sound EXACTLY like me!!!! Though I do have to say, once I got my fitbit and started walking my butt off, I did start to sleep better. I did get Melatonin from my health food store. I take 3mg. if I'm wide awake at bedtime, otherwise I just hope nature does what it's supposed to do. Good luck and keep up the good work!!


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LAMOURA 8/17/2013 12:26PM

    Have you heard of melatonin? I take just the walmart type regular strength and it works great!! And how in the world can you exercise with so much or at alll with only 4 hours of sleep???? emoticon emoticon But you do need more sleep! emoticon

I never ever weigh myself let alone more then once per week...I take measurements...the scale and I are not on friendly terms!! The scale can not tell you how much body fat you lost or how muscle you gained or how much water retention your body will only tell you the total of weight..that's it... the way you feel inside, the way your clothes fit, and the inches that come off are the stuff you should really focus on and care about. emoticon

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LITTLEBRUNO 8/17/2013 12:05PM

    I think I need to get one of those. Congrats on the skinny clothes, just a little more, don't lose step now!! emoticon

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