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Reached every goal

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I reached every one of my daily goals today (except, so far, for posting a blog!). I don't know what set me up for such success, but in recording it I've reached my last goal!

'Nite!

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RWETHAIRYET 4/9/2010 11:15AM

    woohoo!
I fell a little short on my goals this week...but I suspect I got the priorities done, so I'll feel good about that. Sadly it was the exercise ones that got set aside...but then again all that dusting and scrubbing (and steaming and fuming) must have been worth something, huh?

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LADYIRIS313 4/8/2010 9:36PM

    Look at you go!
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BETHGILLIGAN 4/8/2010 9:33PM

    YAY! for you!! emoticon Now you deserve a good night's sleep! emoticon

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There Are No Mysteries

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Now that Iím walking at least an additional mile a day, if not two or more, Iíve been fretting about not seeing the weight melt off like Iíd expected. I keep thinking, ďGeez, my summer clothes feel tight, and Iím up 7 pounds from last summerís weight. And I donít know why, Ďcause Iím doing all this walking! Wah! Wah!" emoticon

Well, my friends, there is a rational explanation for all things ...

I ran a calorie differential report, over time, starting with last summer and ending now, and guess what? At some point along the line, I consciously decided to maintain at a higher weight by increasing my calorie consumption, and then I proceeded to get nice and comfortable with that. Meanwhile, I forgot that I did it. However, the calorie differential report shows the calorie increase as clear as day.

Moral of the story: There are no huge mysteries to weight gain or loss. Everything comes down to calories ingested and calories burned. And Spark can help you solve any apparent mysteries, as long as you keep using the trackers faithfully.

  
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FROGFRIEND 4/7/2010 8:53PM

  I love the way tracking helps me know when I've had enough to eat and then I see some weight come off as a result of that and some good activity!

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SHIRLEYSAUL 4/7/2010 5:34PM

    Less eating, eating healty foods, and moving the body all help to at least maintain. emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 4/7/2010 3:51PM

    Having some thyroid issues...sometimes the mystery is a little harder to solve than calories in/calories out. But you're right, if I'm struggling with weight gain, either A. I'm eating too much...or the wrong things or B I'm slacking on the exercise and need to get back to the program or C. time for a blood test to get my thyroid levels/meds adjusted. So I just go right down that list, pretty much in that order.

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A big thank you to my SparkFriends!

Friday, March 26, 2010

If it weren't for several of my SparkFriends reading my weight-loss rants and gently urging me to look at more than just my weight on the scale, asking me how my clothes fit, how I felt, how my muscle tone was, I don't think it would have dawned on me that, even though I eat healthy, have a low weight, walk three miles a day, do pushups, weights, and flexibility exercises, I'm not aerobically fit. Every once in a while, one needs an attitude adjustment, with a little help from your friends and a new routine. I might even stop worshiping the scale so much now, and start looking at overall aerobic fitness and muscle tone.

Many thanks especially to the intrepid DDHEART, RWETHAIRYET, MORTICIAADDAMS, CATHERINEW3, HJFOGARTY, and YARDWALKER. You might not have known you were pushing and motivating me, but you were! (I nominated those of you who weren't already "SparkPeople Motivators.") All my other friends, I love you dearly, too. We're in the same boat together, and if you ever need a boost, those ladies should be among your go-to girls!

Now I'll stop before this becomes an embarrassing Oscars moment like Sally Field's! It's only a pedometer, after all.

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JOHAL52 4/2/2010 10:29AM

    Wow you are learning all that from your pedometer?? I must be missing something with mine....

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RWETHAIRYET 3/29/2010 3:43PM

    That's why I tune in and visit....can you hear me singing "I'll get by with a little help from my friends"?
I know I'd be in way worse shape...literally and figuratively, physically and emotionally, if it wasn't for the friendship and support I find here at Sparkpeople!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/26/2010 4:19PM

    emoticon Pedometers are great tools. All that feedback is both motivating and rewarding.

I remember my ah ha moment when I started using a heart rate monitor to make sure I was exercising aerobically as I got fitter.
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BETHGILLIGAN 3/26/2010 1:56PM

    Good for you on your self discovery!! The people you mentioned and many others like them are exactly why this site is so amazing, encouraging, and comforting. emoticon

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LADYIRIS313 3/26/2010 12:56PM

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A Blowout Exercise Day!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Well, today was my first day wearing a pedometer, and the dang thing prompted me to make some BIG changes in my routine. This week, I was aiming to walk just 1 more mile a day to give my metabolism a boot in the patoot. By the end of today, wearing the pedometer, I was aware of a lot more than just that mile. Mainly, I realized that I wasn't getting ANY aerobic activity. After checking recommended daily aerobic activity for weight loss or maintenance, I set myself a new goal of 45 aerobic minutes, 5 days a week. So I both walked the dog AND had aerobic walks, for a (shockingly astounding!) total of:

14,682 steps
10,034 aerobic steps / 90 minutes
7.4 miles

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It helped that I was working at home today and had that little bit of extra time!

  
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SUZYMOBILE 3/26/2010 11:09AM

    Update: And I wasn't sore last night as a result. I was a little worried about that.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/26/2010 8:34AM

    Geez Louise!!!! That is amazing!! You go, girl!!! I'm struggling to get more than 5000 steps a day (in addition to cardio workout). emoticon

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LADYIRIS313 3/25/2010 10:20PM

    Holy moly... you did a LOT. Well done!
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FRIENDOFBACH 3/25/2010 10:11PM

  Great! Keep at it!

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Changing things up!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Now that Iíve started wearing a pedometer, Iíve had some AHA moments:

- Iím not burning as many calories in a one-mile walk as Iíd thought. No wonder I need to walk more than 3 miles a day to see any change!
- Iím getting ZERO aerobic benefit from walking Dingo. Even though we walk briskly for part of the time, it isnít continuous enough for the pedometer to even register it as aerobic activity. So I need to do something about that. Like add at least one good walk every day sans dog, which I just did and it felt great!
Thereís no other way I can get aerobic activity, other than hard laborócanít run because of arthritis, canít afford a gym, no room for machines in the house and hate them anyway, no bike. (However, getting a used bike and actually riding it would mean overcoming a big fear Ö hmmmm. Do you think a person can ride a bike completely swathed in padding?) emoticon

All of which proves that itís a good thing to change things up every once in a while!

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PATTYCAKE49 3/26/2010 10:50PM

    I did not used to be but because I have fallen several times I am afraid of riding a bike, too. I would probably try to ride one again if I could find an inexpensive one with large tires.

Glad for the lead about the bike by Stamina in Motion.

Just what I needed to hear, to get myself back on track....I just need to find the right combination.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/25/2010 2:19PM

    I used to bike with hubby and kids but we moved to northern VA and the traffic scares me, not the bike!! I have 2 beagles and they are either on a scent and about dislocate my shoulder or they are sniffing and looking at each other. I live in a hilly neighborhood so walking is good cardio for my. This winter I've been doing Leslie Sansone walking videos. I've set up a bit of a rotation to get cardio, strength and some yoga for stretching and trying to stay flexible. Wish I could say that this has made me slim and fit but I seem to often have many "important" things to get done emoticon leaving me no time to exercise. I have once again climbed on that horse and hope I can maintain for a little longer than 3-4 weeks.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/25/2010 1:20PM

    Walking with a dog often isn't as aerobic as you think it might be. When my dog was younger, I could take her out, and as long as I didn't change routes (So that she had to stop and sniff and mark every other piece of shrubbery)I could get in a pretty good cardio workout, booking it along and hitting the local hills hard.
Now that the poor girl is getting old, it's a dwaddling stroll for shorter and shorter distances...so I usually take her once I've come back from mine and use it more as a cool-down/breath deep and enjoy the moment time. So it's still doing something for me....and is probably her high point of the day, other than lunch or dinner, lol.
I'm a little scared of bikes myself. Didn't used to be until when I was 17, riding with a friend around the city I lived in when I was in Brazil for a year and almost got taken out by a cargo truck. Haven't been on one since. Though I do think about it once in a while while walking the rail trail near my house.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/25/2010 12:24PM

    Yay! I knew I'd get advice from my friends! I just thought of something else. Is T-Tapp good aerobic exercise, Berni?

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LADYIRIS313 3/25/2010 12:20PM

    emoticonI can just see you pedaling a bike, all bundled up, until you are fluffed out like the Michelin Man, or the little boy in Christmas Story who had so many layers on, he couldn't lower his arms. Hey .. how about a used recumbent bike? I've been considering one of those. I don't think you even could tumble off that, but if you did, you would practically already be on the ground!

You know, I get what you are saying about exercise choices. My shoulder has a problem - though what precisely, I don't know as my doc didn't see fit to film it. She thought it was tendonitis, but I think its a bone spur in the shoulder joint. Upshot - the workouts I used to do to raise my heart rate where you do lots of arm movements over the head -- out. Without those movements, it is hard to get my heart rate up where it needs to be. Because of heel spurs and Achilles problem - no jogging or running. I've been thinking of a bike too. Too bad I'm not rich and own a house with a nice heated swimming pool! I would invite you over! emoticon

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DDHEART 3/25/2010 11:57AM

    Aren't tools fun and enlightening?! I am laughing to myself while I picture you swathed in bubble wrap while trying to ride a bike.....too funny! I have an elliptical that is only the footpads...no big framework and it has a footprint of only about 2 sq feet....I don't care for inside exercize but with winter weather I find I can plunk this down in front of the tv and do this while watching something that is engaging...a compromise situation. Brand is Stamina inmotion if you're curious.

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