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How much is too much?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

So I went to the mall looking for a good pair of walking shoes. I asked the clerk what would be a good pair. He asked me how much I walk & when I told him about 3 miles a day, he said most people walk under 2 miles a day.

So my question is how much is too much. I do not feel like I am overdoing it. I actually feel like I could walk farther somedays! My hubby just looked at5 me & said "your not most people so keep doing what you fell comfortable with" I remember my grandma walking 5 miles a day.

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DDHEART 7/17/2012 8:30AM

    Well, Brenda, it is true that most americans don't walk much...that's partly the pedometer is calibrated to my stride and 2000 steps is a mile for me...I know that a lot of what I've read here and elsewhere suggests we strive for 10,000 steps a day to lose wt and optimize our cardiovascular health...5,000 steps a day to just maintain fitness I for me that would be 5 miles a day to lose and 2.5 miles a day to just stay where I'm that's very simplistic but I guess what I'm saying is the guy in the store was trying to complement you saying more like wow...most people don't do that much...and your husband is so right...what you've been doing has not only felt good to you but it's been working! So, don't let anyone make you think otherwise.

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MNTWINSGAL 7/14/2012 6:25PM

    I think you are going at it in the best way - like your DH says, do what feels comfortable for you. I definitely don't think 3 (or more!) miles are too much if it isn't hurting you. Go for it!

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LOLAINSC 7/14/2012 2:27PM

    True, most Americans walk under two miles per day, which is one of the main reasons we tend to be heavier than Europeans. According to Leslie Sansome, two miles about three times per week is the minimum for maintaining good health (of course, different experts vary, what else is new?) Doing the two miles more frequently makes a positive impact on health and weight loss and three daily miles done more than three times a week makes a major impact on weight loss for someone who is eating a healthy diet, and also tends to make major differences in cardiac health and other health indicators (cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure etc.) I personally consider 3 miles for 5-6 days a week to be plenty, but Dr. Oz encourages people to aim for 10,000 steps a day (@4.75 miles) which is doable by having a 4 to 4.5 mile walk plus your normal daily activity. Dr. Oz would have loved your grandma. Breaking the distance into several shorter walks is fine and easier on the feet. Your husband gives the best advice--do what feels comfortable for you and you will find yourself naturally wanting to go further as you get slimmer and gain strength and endurance. Push yourself to miserable lengths too soon and you are more likely to quit. Of course, doing any walking is better than nothing. Even 5 minutes a day improves the blood pressure of people who were previously not walking at all. Add some basic strength training and after-walk stretches if you want to start feeling like the clock is rolling backwards.

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SUNNSHYNE72 7/14/2012 1:55PM

    Thanks, I never even thought about it that way. I did work my way up to it starting at 1 mile then 1& 1/2 and then to 2. I am at about 2.75 miles a day & want to be doing 3 by the end of the month.

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EMMANYC 7/14/2012 1:48PM

    I know someone who runs 75 miles a week, and it's not too much for her. I know someone else who probably would find it too much to walk 1 mile every other day.

I think the answer depends on your level of fitness across a range of measures - cardio-respiratory, muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, etc. If you had been completely sedentary and suddenly started walking 3 miles a day, 7 days a week, there's a fairly good chance you could end up injured. But if you've built up to walking 3 miles a day gradually, you don't have any lingering pain or discomfort (i.e., discomfort that lasts more than 48 hours), you're not feeling run down, you don't seem to be more prone than usual to illness, and you don't have any underlying medical conditions that would suggest that this is inappropriate, then 3 miles a day seems fine. In fact, in a month, you'll need to do more.

I'll bet the guy in the store was asking because he was trying to get a sense of how much wear and tear you already had put your shoes through (how many miles on them already) and how frequently you'll need to replace the pair you're buying. Or maybe he was complimenting you for doing more than average.

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Will Power vs Want Power

Monday, May 28, 2012

People say that they have no will power to day what they should be doing. What exactly is will power? Is it willing your self to do the things you should, or is it simply telling yourself that you will do it but never do?
I have adopted the "Want Power" attitude!! I WANT to lose weight therefore I WILL lose the weight! Like my husband is always telling me, " you have to WANT to change before you can actually change". I do agree with him.
So if you are reading this I think that Want power comes before the Will power & then they go hand in hand & you will succeed!!


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ONEDERLAND2013 5/30/2012 9:30AM

    You are absolutely right - I have never thought about it that way ! Words are amazing things - when the drive in person asks "do you want fries with that ? I will remember what it is that I really want - Thanks !

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JANET552 5/29/2012 4:30AM

    Excellent point!

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CATANTIGO 5/28/2012 9:40PM

    What a thought inspiring blog. Have a great week.

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What doesn't kill you....

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I am sure if you all listen to the radio, you have heard Kelly Clarkson's song "Stronger"?
Well I have come to adopt the phrase "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" as my mantra the last couple months. It is the first song I play when I start my walk/jog & I actually did find out that after I took that first step, it didn't kill me just makes me stronger! It is so much easier to be able to do what I should be doing for myself & should have probably started a long, long time ago instead of letting insecurities get in the way. Although as I was walking/jogging this morning my thoughts kind of went along the lines of insecurity. I still find myself hiding behind my big bulky sweatshirt (not to mention that it seems to be a lot longer than I remember) & sweat pants thinking "what if some one I know sees me? My DH's friend lives right next to the old football field/track behind my house that I use (because I am afraid to go around the neighborhood) & I find myself wondering if he knows it is me. I am constantly watching to make sure nothing is too jiggly when I jog because I can still hear my mother's words of wisdom in my head (I know, even the music doesn't drown out that voice)! I go out in the early morning when it is still somewhat dark & the town is still some what asleep just so no one knows it is me out there. One day I know I will

So I guess what I am trying to get at is that it hasn't killed me yet so I know I am getting stronger!! That song could not have come out at a better time in my life! Now if only I could just feel a little less insecure about myself I could do just about anything! emoticon

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SUNNSHYNE72 4/29/2012 2:50PM

    Thank you! Yes it is hard to let go of many years of insecurity brought on by being told that you are no good & worthless! It wasn't until just recently that I started believing my DH in that I am worth something! Now it is just a matter of finding my inner self!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/29/2012 2:25PM

    Old habits die hard, and we do have insecurities brought on by years of not feeling "good enough." Keep doing what you're doing....getting stronger every day...and one day soon you'll feel ready to burst out of your shell. Can't wait to see that happen! :)

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MPLANE37 4/29/2012 2:20PM

    People at work frequently remind me of the good old "if it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger"... It provides motivation for me too especially when things don't work out the way I like them to.

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JEANIE07 4/29/2012 2:16PM

  i would like to offer you a bit of support, and say to you that maybe you need to think about all the positive changes youve made. so what if something jiggles, we are women we are meant to jiggle now bounce thats a different story ( if its that be like me i waer a swimming cossie underneath even if im at horse riding lol )

stop worrying about what people think, noone will ever judge you as harshly as you are doing to yrslf, they will see someone trying to get fit and probably youll be making them feel guilty in some way, ie maybe i should be out there enjoying my life as much as her.

so dont care about anyone else, pamper you, love the gain in yr fitness, put a smile on yr face, and show the world that yre in charge ( you may not believe it at first but youll be amazed at the change in how folks treat you )

good luck and well done on all yr changes xx emoticon

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It's the little things.....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My husband chuckles at me, or maybe with me! We went to the store & I bought a pair of fitness pants in a regular size 16-18 & I found myself happy because I didn't have to pay the extra $2.00 for them being a plus size!! That was Monday evening, then last night I went to paint my toenails (not an easy task for me), & I could actually pull my feet up on the arm of a chair in front of me & paint them myself for a change!! Yeah!!

Like I said, they are little things but to me they are a HUGE accomplishment!

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SUNNSHYNE72 4/28/2012 10:48AM

    Thank you for all your support! I couldn't have done it without you all!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/26/2012 9:57AM

    Way to go! You're doing great!

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ONEDERLAND2013 4/26/2012 9:20AM

    Congratulations - what a great motivation to be able to shop in an area that doesn't have a "Plus" size sign. My long term goal is to get out of round numbers - I want to be able to wear a size 15 - whatever that is ! (Not sure if the sizing is different in your part of the world but here there is a HUGE difference between a size 16 and a size 15 - who made that rule ????

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CATANTIGO 4/26/2012 8:02AM

    What wonderful NSV's. (non scale victories)

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MNTWINSGAL 4/26/2012 12:42AM

    I agree 100%. Even if it's an 18, I'm excited not to see that "W" after it...and the ease of painting my toenails, and even shaving my legs.....what "uppers" these little things can be!!

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MESEATURTLE 4/25/2012 10:04PM

    They definitely are!!!!!!

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KATRINAKRAUT 4/25/2012 9:59PM

    Absolutely and very cool. Way to go!

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Life Lessons

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Okay, I am not sure how I got co-winner of our challenge this week! I didn't even try to do any extra workouts & I didn't actually try hard to workout at all!!

Anyway, My husband finally told me that he can actually start to see that I am losing the weight! emoticon

Since he is a real quiet person, I took that as a great compliment! I told him of my plan to start running & I showed him the print-out of the program from SP that also says to cross-train in between each walk/run days with giving myself one day off during the week. He still thinks it is too much, but he says that I just need to mix my cardio up. Won't really be that hard since I have so many games with dance & zumba.
Anyway, it is time to get back to business. I actually went & bought some capri's by Danskin in my usual size & 1 pair in the next size smaller, but guess what?? I have to return the larger ones! Wow I can't believe that it is finally happening. I think I just really let life do it's own thing, with all the kids activities & not time for myself. Now that i have time for myself, I have learned to be kind to myself (even if it means sore muscles from exercising)! As soon as I get this program started I am going to figure out how to use the Bowflex we were given & add some ST.

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DDHEART 4/16/2012 10:01AM

    I think you really won the prize!!! Love when you have to size down! One thing about starting running...the training plan is a great place to start but keeping your husband's thoughts in mind, remember you can always modify and combining walking and running is always an option...all runners, even elite runners, will sometimes do some walking at some time or other. Listen to your body...your body knows what you need to do.

Now, a big cheer!!! WOO HOO!

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ONEDERLAND2013 4/15/2012 7:43PM

    That is awesome - you have worked so hard and deserve the praise that you are getting (and the smaller size). Maybe it is time to get rid of the "fat pants" before they fall completely off and your ******* manager finally recongizes that you have done this with hard work and perserverance. Congratulations ! When I get rid of this last eleven pounds to get me into my onederland dream I will be yelling from the rooftops !

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WASCALLYWONE 4/15/2012 3:42PM

    Congrats! You rock!

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SUNNSHYNE72 4/15/2012 1:26PM

    Thank you. I have been trying to get my daughter to take some new pictures. Hopefully tonight I can get some.

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MNTWINSGAL 4/15/2012 1:07PM

    Oh, Brenda,,,I am so proud of you! You have definitely turned a corner and you are making it happen! Really, this blog brought a tear to my eye - you are such an inspiration!

Can't wait to see you post some new photos of the new you!!

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