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Week 2 Completed

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Today is my official 2 week anniversary with SparkPeople! Since joining I have lost 5 lbs. Woohoo! That puts me at a total loss since my journey began on June 1, 2011 to 10 lbs!

I am finding that tracking my food every day and my exercise is really helping me to keep my focus and to make healthier choices throughout the day. I made my food log public to help keep me accountable. It makes me think about "Do I really want people to see I ate a candy bar?" and no, I don't. I'd rather people see I ate a banana =)

I am definitely noticing results. My work outs are not killing me any more. They actually feel good and surprise, surprise, I am having fun!

I have been doing pretty good on my calorie consumption too. My goal range is 1490-1840. I have only gone over that twice during the last 2 weeks where I got around 2000-2100, which really isn't that bad and is probably about what I'd need to maintain weight.

I have managed to walk my doggy every single day. If for some reason I don't make it out in the morning, like if it is raining, then I've made it up after dinner. That has the added bonus of my husband joining me =) He's not up to going every day, but once or twice a week is quite a bonus and I'll take it! He needs to get in shape as well. Actually one of my unwritten goals IS to inspire him,

Speaking of inspiration.. I've been posting my fitness and success and everything on Facebook just to give me an added boost of accountability and motivation. Well this morning I had posted this status...

"So tired. I did not sleep well. Too many interruptions. Going to require much will power to get my butt moving today and do my walking and aerobics =( Think I'll bribe myself with a nap if I meet my goals"

To which a friend of mine promptly replied...

"You can do it! Just so you know, you have inspired me to make exercise a regular thing again. So far this week I'm 3 for 4, in that I've walked in the mornings and evenings 3 days and now 4 mornings...it sucks in the a.m., but I sleep much better and through the night if I do. :) I too am looking forward to seeing the scale go in the right direction again!"

WOW! I was so touched I cried. I told her she totally made my day =) And then I got my shoes on and my MP3 player and sunglasses, leashed my dog and went for our walk.

Last thing I want to put down into this Blog entry is that I am due for a reward. I need some good walking shoes. I know that my sandals are not going to cut it and will not help keep my knee from too much impact. So whenever the tax free weekend hits I will brave the mall *shouldn't be too bad now that I am not afraid of walking a little more!* and go buy myself a good pair of walking shoes =)

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SWAYDE 8/4/2011 8:10PM

    Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my blog and post comments. It means a lot to me =)

I am planning to go to Lady Footlocker or something to get my shoes. I want them to fit me and recommend something that will hopefully work out really good for me. I'd seriously go barefoot my entire life if it was safe and no such thing as hot pavement, glass shards, sand spurs and dog poop outside lol. But I know a good pair of shoes for walking will definitely help a lot, especially keeping my knee safe. I really don't want another surgery on it.

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FITNFUNJEN 8/4/2011 8:01PM

    You're doing great! Good walking shoes make a huge difference! No matter which brand I tried, I always hated my tennis shoes. I couldn't wait to get them off of my feet. After 14 years of walking, I finally went to a running store where I got personalized attention. I was able to try on a ton of different shoes that worked for the way I walk. The shoes I bought are the most comfortable tennis shoes I've ever worn! It makes a huge difference when you're racking up the miles. Keep up the great work!

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MOM2MONKIES1 8/4/2011 7:17PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!! You are doing awesome!

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DATTEBERR 8/4/2011 1:08PM

    Congratulations on the 10 pound lost.
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BESTCK 8/4/2011 9:19AM

    Way to go! 10 pounds is awesome. You definitely deserve a reward. Go get it!

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NUTRON3 8/4/2011 8:57AM

    Great blog!

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July 31, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

So I started this day off by having to wake up at 5am. My husband is on call and his phone rang and he had to go in for work. He's fiber optics field tech for the local cable company. I took advantage of being awake when the sun rose though and took my Sara for our morning mile walk. We did it in 25 minutes, not our best time, nor our worst time.

Then I splurged on breakfast because hubby offered to bring home Hardee's on his way home and I can't resist a Frisco breakfast sandwich.

I wanted to go to church, but I fell asleep around 9am and didn't wake up until 11am.

I did good for lunch and just had a turkey and cheese sandwich with miracle whip and pickles. Pretty typical for me.

Then I totally amazed myself by completing Leslie Sansone's 3 mile advanced walk with stretchy bands. Super stoked I made it through the whole 50 minutes! I'd been doing the 30 minute 2-mile brisk walks all week and figured it would be worth a try on the 3 mile. I could always stop after the 2 mile point if needed and still be making progress. Yay me!

Then I blew it for dinner. It was a healthy meal, but included whole grain pasta which isn't bad, but high calorie and I went back for seconds because I was really hungry =( My dinner ended up being 1100 calories and sent me 250ish calories beyond my range. Doh! I need to remember to have a small snack before I let myself get that hungry.

I did really well on my water drinking. I believe I ended up with 18 glasses and I got over 11,000 steps on my pedometer. Hopefully my over eating tonight and last night will not set me back too badly with all the extra effort I am putting into my exercising. If it does, well I'll just have to be more careful.

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SWAYDE 8/2/2011 1:37PM

    Yes I did have to pee about every 10 minutes lol. It does seem to cut down on my hunger. Keep in mind though that water is typically the only beverage I drink. I occasionally have a small glass of orange juice, 100% fruit juice or V-8 juice with breakfast, but that's about it. So it's really not that much I think. I'm also in Florida where it's hot, and humid and you sweat a lot just walking out your door. Or maybe I am just overly sweaty lol. I'm up to 9 glasses already today and about to go grab another bottle. I drink 24 ounce bottles, that's why my count is usually a multiple of 3 =)

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THESHELBSTER 8/2/2011 1:32PM

    Congrats on making it to the 3 mile walk. That is fantastic. And 18 glasses of water! Wow. I bet you have to be every 10 minutes. Sorry. LOL. You probably know by now I don't have that much of a filter. Perhaps I should start drinking more water. I drink 10 glasses a day. Does the extra water you are drinking make you less hungry? Just curious. You are really doing awesome. Woohoo!

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SWAYDE 8/1/2011 10:13AM

    Thank you ladies for the encouragement. You are all probably right. We'll see come Thursday how I've done for the week. That's my low day for weight typically and the one I use to really check progress =)

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GRAMLORI 8/1/2011 7:52AM

    Sounds like a busy day! Hang in there....it'll all balance out!
Happy August!

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LTRUM71 8/1/2011 5:57AM

    I agree you probably needed a few extra calories from all the exercise you did. Good job :) I bet today you are even better about staying in your calorie range!

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KEEPITUP05 7/31/2011 11:47PM

    You were probably very hungry because you are doing more exercise! It should be fine. emoticon

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Busy Day

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I am quite proud of myself. Instead of my standard lay on the couch reading and playing on my computer all day Saturday, I got busy!

I started off with a mile walk with my baby girl, Sara (puppy.) We did it in 23 minutes, which was 3 minutes faster than the day before. It was so hot I think we both just wanted to hurry back to our A/C at home lol.

Then I did my daily Bible reading. I'm reading from John MacArthur's daily Bible which has his commentaries in it as well. It is one of those one year Bibles. It has every day some Old Testament (in order) then some Psalms and Proverbs and then New Testament (in order.)

Then I went outside and pulled weeds from my planters for 20-30 minutes. I didn't get the exact time I went out there. I filled up an entire black garbage bag. I got some sun and polished off my 9th glass of water for the day.

Then I did my 2 mile brisk walk with Leslie Sansone and used the stretchy bands to boost it up. That took 31 minutes with the warm up, work out and cool down.

Then I lugged out the vacuum cleaner and vacuumed the entire house, including the tiled areas. 12 glasses of water down.

Now I am about to take a very much needed shower. Then I will relax and read for a bit, probably eat a banana and then get ready to head over to my mom and stepdad's house for dinner and a family night around 5-6pm =)

The best part is... I feel fantastic! I really feel like I have seized the day instead of totally wasting it.


A quickie

Friday, July 29, 2011

When I went walking today around my neighborhood with my doggy, I came precariously close to twisting my ankle on some uneven pavement. Now I know you guys don't know me from Adam, but my friends and family know that I am notorious about spraining, twisting and even tearing ligaments and tendons in my ankles. I'm a disaster on my feet lol.

But... NOT TODAY! I was able to gracefully recover my balance and I was able to avoid injury. I do believe it's because of my daily exercise. It could have been a devastating fall, but I believe it's a sign of all this effort paying off.

Thank you God for giving me this burning desire to get fit and please give me the strength to continue!


Week 1 Completed

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I have been on this site for 1 week now. During this week I have managed to track my meals every day, drink my water, read my Bible and reach my minimum fitness goals. YAY!

I actually began trying to lose weight as of June 1, 2011 when I was at a weight of 255 lbs. I had managed to lose 7 lbs. by the end of June, however I went on a trip to visit family in early July and regained 2 lbs. putting my weight at 250 lbs. when I discovered this site and the The Spark book.

Currently I am at 246 lbs. so I managed to re-lose the weight I gained on my trip AND have lost 1 additional lb. for a grand total of 9 lbs. lost over 2 months. 4 of which have been lost during my 1st week with Spark.

I am feeling really good physically, I have noticeably more stamina for my work outs and I feel a strong desire to keep adding a little bit here and there to my exercise each day, to do just a little bit more as I feel so good. My knee is holding up well. My back feels great! The only issues I've had so far is my left elbow feels a bit strained and I got a blister on the heel of my right foot.

I should be receiving a tape measure that I ordered either today, or tomorrow so I can take measurements of my body to see how that's changing in black and white, although I can personally notice a difference in my legs getting slimmer, especially my thighs.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SWAYDE 7/29/2011 9:21AM

    Thank you for the encouragement =)

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PALIZ81 7/29/2011 8:56AM

    Good for you!!!!! I hope you continue to have success. emoticon

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