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Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Spark Tracker came in the mail yesterday, and put it on this morning for the first time. I've cleaned my house and trimmed my bushes in the front yard for about 90 min. and only have 2838 steps in so far! It looks like the daily 10,000 steps a lot of people set as a goal will be a challenge for me. Supposedly the tracker is set for 6,000 when purchased, so I'll aim for that today, and gradually work toward the 10,000. I'm still going to mow the lawn so that will add a bunch. It's been interesting to see the hourly breakdown. It promises to be a motivating little tool!

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LAURELSPARK 4/18/2014 9:28AM

    What a busy bee you are..........good luck with all of those steps!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 4/17/2014 9:33PM

    You will figure it out in time. So Susie, which tracking device did you settle n? After years of having crummy ones, I need a good one.

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BABYSOX 4/17/2014 7:18PM

    Congrats! There is no magical starting number. It is whatever is attainable. Then just try to increase it either weekly or monthly. I am using mine just to monitor myself and see whether I am consistent this month, both good and bad emoticon . I still get surprised sometimes.

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opinions needed on tracking devices (ie FitBit)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I'm considering getting a tracking device for my walking/other exercise and have been told the Fitbit Flex is the way to go. I'd like some feedback on what tracking devices you use and the pros and cons.

Commit and carry through,

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STLOUISWOMAN 4/4/2014 12:22AM

    Hi Susie. I have the FitBit One & love it. I do also use it to track my sleep patterns. That is another problem area for me. It syncs with SP & is so small that you can wear it anywhere.

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BABYSOX 4/3/2014 5:47PM

    I currently have the fitbit flex and I love it. I put it in my pocket and it is very accurate. I had the fitbit one (old version of ultra) but it started cracking st the spine after 1 year. Others have had the same problem, so I believe it is a flaw.

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WORLDSERIES11 4/3/2014 2:43PM

    Hi Susie.....I use the FitBit One, and I love it! It's very small, so easy to put in a pocket, or your bra, or on your shoe. And it syncs with SP! Also can track your sleeping if that's something you're interested in.

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Staying Busy & Doing Well

Monday, March 17, 2014

I know I've not posted for a while but that's because I've been busy. I've had a few appointments, am participating in several Lenten activities per week at my church, been walking almost every day 1-2 miles, attending bible study, and running errands to get ready for an upcoming trip. My eating could be better, but I'm working on it. I did lose .8 according to my Monday morning weigh-in today. I'll take it.

I leave on Thursday for a trip to the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. Here's a list of some of the things we're going to do: Constitution Village, U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL
Festival of Flowers Show and Mobile Carnival Museum Tour in Mobile, AL
Bellingrath Gardens and Home tour and Shrimping boat tour in Biloxi with a shrimp boil dinner
Explore the "French Quarter" of New Orleans, Tour of Mardi Gras World where floats are made, City Tour of New Orleans with step-on-guide
Steamboat Natchez Riverboat dinner/jazz cruise
Southdown Plantation House Tour
Annie Miller's Son's Swamp and Marsh Tour, Enjoy Cajun cuisine and Cajun music
Oak Alley Plantation tour including lunch
...and more...Each day is activity packed, and involves a lot of walking!

Not sure if I'll be sparking when I'm on vacation but I'll be ready when I get back!
Hope you are all doing your best!
Commit and carry through!

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SPICEMWE 3/18/2014 10:23AM

    Have a great trip! Take some pictures to share with us!

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BABYSOX 3/18/2014 6:54AM

    Have a wonderful trip. New Orleans is one of the places I want to go to in the future. emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 3/17/2014 10:42PM

    Sounds like you're going to be having a great time, with lots of exercise!!
Congrats on the weight loss!!
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March Goals, etc.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Getting back on track. I tried walking at the mall the on Tuesday (due to cold weather) for the first time since my surgery. I had done laps inside my house, but nothing more. Shocking how worn out I got when I added more distance. It wasn't my breathing, but my body endurance was different. It got better on the second length (which I did after a little shopping:) I didn't buy anything, but it was fun to look at the beautiful spring colors and fashions. Maybe that was my motivation. LOL

I went back to my bible study/weight loss/exercise class last night after being away for a month. One week was cancelled due to icy weather, the other 3 were hernia related. I was anxious to get on their scale. Pleasant surprise: I weighed exactly the same ~ to the tenth of a pound! Since I've not been cleared to participate in aerobics yet, I asked the instructor if I could walk in the gym while they were doing their workout. Of course she said yes, and a cool thing happened. Another woman in the class had such a bad cold, she was just going to skip the workout. She told me she'd join me for a 15 minute walk. She left after 15 min. and I stayed for a bit longer. I got my 30 minutes of walking in for the day, and felt better than yesterday! I hope to actually walk outdoors today ~ still a bit chilly, but the sun is shining, and all the ice and snow has melted from the streets.

March Goals: (thanks babysox for motivating me to do this)
Walk 30 minutes 5 of 7 days per week and go up and down the stairs twice a day. (doc said not to over do the stairs so I think that will help keep my leg strength up)
Track all food and drinks 6 of 7 days per week.
Drink 8 or more cups of water daily.
Eat at least 5 fruits/veggies daily.

Have you set your March goals?

Commit and carry through!

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SAPHRAEL 3/6/2014 7:33PM

    Thanks for posting on my blog today, dear. I love to hear from you!!

Do you have any tips on tracking food? I really have a tough time getting my evening food into the tracker. I wonder if I should just settle tracking on paper for awhile to get into the habit.

Happy walking!

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BABYSOX 3/6/2014 5:55PM

    Congrats. I hope you realize how motivational you are. I see it and look at the woman who joined you for your walk. emoticon

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SPICEMWE 3/6/2014 1:18PM

    I love that you motivated someone else to put in some work! Way to go!!!

Great goals for March. I'll need to come up with some myself!!

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New Month ~ Checking In

Monday, March 03, 2014

Glad to report I'm still down 5 pounds since New Year's Day. I've not been eating the healthiest lately, and haven't been able to exercise since my hernia and surgery so I wasn't sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale this morning. I did gain half a pound since my last weight posting in February, but I'm okay with that. Time to get right back at it!

The POWER OF PRAYER is amazing! I had my post op appointment with my surgeon last Wednesday and her face showed total surprise when I told her I had some, but not much pain, since my surgery. She told me I was the first person that ever told her that after hernia repair involving mesh. I learned they actually tack the mesh in with plastic tacks, hence the expected pain! So THANK YOU to everyone who prayed for me to have a smooth recovery! Your prayers are working. A few more weeks of not over-doing it and I'll be good as new!

Fun Facts
1. mesh is 11 cm (about 4.25 inches) in diameter
2. the plastic tacks holding on the mesh will dissolve in about 9
months and the mesh will be incorporated into the surrounding tissue
3. I can start lifting over 10 pounds again on March 10
4. I can begin strength training, aerobics, water aerobics, riding the
stationary bike again on March 18
5. recurrence of a hernia is 25% and generally occurs when the mesh pulls away
6. I have a strange 'dimple' in my belly now where the incision is, but can lessen it my massaging the surrounding tissue a few times daily
7. Besides a bit of my intestine protruding from the hernia, the doc said she also had to push some of the fascia back through. I do have to say my muffin top is noticeably smaller now. That's a good thing!

Hope to be down a few pounds by the beginning of April!

Commit and carry through,

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WORLDSERIES11 3/3/2014 8:04PM

    Great News Susie!! I have my 1st post-op appt. Wed., hoping to get the ok to move around some more and to drive! Going a bit stir crazy having to stay indoors and can't do much moving, other than gentle walking. I'm feeling good, very little pain, I just tire easily...just have to be patient!!
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BABYSOX 3/3/2014 5:27PM

    Very interesting facts. Try to get your eating back on track and then you will be ready for the exercise. emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 3/3/2014 12:00PM

    Good news, good news, good news! Minimal pain probably means you're healing faster too. Awesome! So glad to hear things are going well.

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