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September 1, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

I am very pleased with my results so far. I pulled off a whopping 1,818 minutes of cardio fitness which was about 60 minutes averaged per day in August! Wow! I lost 7 pounds during August, which puts me at a total loss of 15 pounds since June 1, 2011. Something else I am very pleased about. I also managed to average just over 10,000 steps per day on my pedometer. Go me!

Now for September's goals....

2,000 fitness minutes, I really wish Spark added up Strength Training into my monthly fitness total, the lack of it's addition seriously hurts my motivation to do it. If anyone knows of a way to get it to add in, please let me know!

10,000 steps average per day.

Lose 7-8 pounds.

Walk Sara for 1 or 2 miles per day, Mon-Fri. Weekends would be a bonus.

Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds work outs every day. 2 miles minimum. I want to do a 4 or 5 mile walk once a week.

Follow my Spark recommended full body strength training session 3x a week for 10 minutes a day.

Stay within my calorie and nutrient goals and get my water in each day.

Read my Bible every day.

Go to church every Sunday.

40 crunches and 17 push ups for my monthly fitness test.

Work on crocheting my brother's Bucs blanket that I want to complete and give to him for Christmas this year. Below is what it looks like so far...

Keep my house clean and organized.

Get the weeds in my yard under control. It's not as daunting a task when I know I can count the time as fitness!

Okay, I know that is a lot, but it's mostly just a continuation of what I have been doing anyway and adding a few extras to keep pushing and challenging myself. I like to compete and I am fortunate that my brain accepts competing with myself =) My husband has also mentioned working on getting himself in shape and losing weight in order to keep up with me. That's another little goal I have, to weigh less than him by the end of the month. Last he checked he was 238, I am 240, but dipped to 239 once this week and sure I will be there again in another day or two.


God bless you all =)

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 9/5/2011 2:05PM

    WOW!! You are really doing great and have great goals set too. It's great you have influenced your husband too, what a great challenge. Mine isn't too interested and really dislikes exercise, but gets his with so much yard. At least we are cooking healthier together, that's a big plus!!

Great job!!

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SWEETBEETL 9/1/2011 7:23PM

    that is a great list of goals
I am inspired:)

Way to go!!!

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SWAYDE 9/1/2011 2:38PM

    Thank you all for the encouragement!

I know it sounds like I have a lot on my plate, but I am home all day long almost every single day. Yes, I am home schooling my son, but he's 16 now and requires very little instruction from me, so I have a ton of free time.

Our house is modest with minimal furnishings and decor so it doesn't really take that much time to clean it.

My husband plays on his computer most of the evenings and sometimes I join him, or I do my own thing, again, lots of free time.

I used to be very athletic and active when I was younger until I was plagued by injuries and let too many things give me excuses to be lazy. So I actually feel more alive when I am pushing myself to move a lot more and I really need it. I might as well take total advantage of all of my free time while I have it! emoticon

That blanket is fun and much easier than you'd think to make. It is entirely single crochet stitches following a cross stitch chart. The problems I have with it is that it gets very hot working on it and my dog wants to play with it and she sheds a lot.

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JEANUT 9/1/2011 2:05PM

    Great goals
congrats on the fitness minutes you got in last Mo
you are one exercising queen
Love what I see so far on the blanket, can't wait to see it finished

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BESTCK 9/1/2011 12:46PM

    Whew! That's a lot going on! Make sure you put in time to get some rest in there so that stress doesn't become a factor.

Beautiful blanket you're making! I've never seen crochet done like that. It's almost like weaving.

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BIG_BEAR73 9/1/2011 12:21PM

    woo hoo way to go! you will beat your brother! my sister is half my size and now I got her running 5K's with me, and she actually beat me last race by 2 minutes! its a great feeling when you get others motovated! keep up the great work! emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 9/1/2011 12:10PM

    Keep up the awesome work!

That blanket is incredible. I would never know how to crochet like that!

Good luck on all of your goals!

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Week 4 Completed

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I am down 3 lbs since last Thursday (where I'd gained 1 lbs due to TOM)... Woohoo!

That puts me at 8 lbs lost since I joined SparkPeople and 13 lbs. lost since June 1, 2011 when I decided to begin changing my life.

This week has been a bit weird. I have managed to stay within my nutrition goals, and kept up with my exercising, but I've had to really force myself to get moving. My back is still not 100%, my allergies have been acting up big time and I miss my son and now my husband's back is hurting him.

I haven't been walking my doggy in several days. I can't leave Rocky home alone and he's got too many issues for me to walk him. I just don't have the patience for that. So I've been doing 2 walks with Leslie each day and sometimes just marching in place while watching TV to keep my step count up. I did somehow manage to average over 10k steps each day last week. So that is pretty cool and much better than I thought I was doing =)

Sorry this isn't very exciting. I think my brain is still asleep this morning lol. Going to have to work real hard to lose weight in this upcoming week. My grandmother is staying at my mom's house today and through the weekend and I promised to go visit and well, they like eat, and feed people... a lot. At least my son will be back home tomorrow morning. Monday we start 10th grade and get back to our normal daily routine. That should be good for me.

Well have a wonderful weekend everyone!

God bless!

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TWNOMWE 8/25/2011 2:33PM

    emoticon on 8 lb loss.
I do walk out door though any change I get on a good day.

Hope your back and your DH's get better.

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PALIZ81 8/18/2011 1:49PM

    Sounds like things are going well. Hope your back is better soon.

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MARGEUOF2 8/18/2011 9:41AM

    I no longer have a dog. (circumstances dictated it, I didn't want to give him up). Congrates on those 8 lbs!! I just started my 3rd month here. I started May 4th on my on and lost 6 lbs before finding spark. I lost another 17 here since then for a total of 23lbs "good bye'd" (And I WILL NOT MISS THEM!!!) emoticon

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KEEPITUP05 8/18/2011 9:16AM

    Congrats on the 8 lbs!! I am so done with walking my dog!! She needs Cesar Millan..lol emoticon

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Week 3 Completed

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I am up 1 lbs. this morning from last week. I don't think I actually have gained any weight though. I think it's just because of my period starting up. I can tell my fingers are retaining fluid. So I am not worried about it and will continue doing what I've been doing. I should see the scale go down in a few days as my body settles back down. I know my weight runs high at this time of the month typically.

My back is doing better. It's not 100%, but it is not hindering my daily activity at all. I can tolerate quite a bit of pain thanks to the years of pain I went through with my knee and being a Grade A, All American, Super Klutz =)

Today, after going for my allergy shot, I headed over to the mall to get my new shoes. I decided to go to Foot Locker and take the advice of the sales people. I got myself some Asics GT 2160's. They are cute and the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They were a little bit more money than I had wanted to spend, but they are still less expensive than joining a gym and will hopefully help keep my feet, ankles, knees and back safer while I walk and work out. I'm sure I will walk more too if my feet remain comfortable.

I've been keeping up with my fitness minutes and everything pretty good this week. I have stayed within my calories range, drank my water, done my cardio and even throwing in modified push ups and crunches to help core out a little more. I'd like to start doing my Stability Ball work out twice a week either this week or next, depending on how my back is feeling.

Temptation to over indulge will be high this week. My son is going up to visit my brothers and spend a week with them to celebrate his birthday, he turns 16 this month. With him gone my husband likes to go out to dinner more and stuff. So it will be a challenge to stay within my calories ranges, but I know if I plan it right, I can do it and not gain weight.

Thanks for reading. Have a terrific weekend.

God bless,

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MOM2MONKIES1 8/11/2011 7:52PM

    Before you go out to eat, look at their menu online and count the calories. You can do it! I got a little confused when you said have a terrific weekend. I didn't realize that tomorrow is Friday. lol This week has flown by!

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NIKOBLUE 8/11/2011 3:34PM

    I am the same way! I retain water the week before my period and often see little loss or a little gain...it's the 2 weeks after where I really see the weight come off. Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job with your program! :)

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BESTCK 8/11/2011 2:34PM

    Don't worry about that pesky one pound! Especially when you know what it is. Up your water and I used to find that even though I was thinking CARBS, what I really needed was Protein!!

Is there a restaurant within walking distance that you and your Husband can go to? Or maybe talk him into going for a walk afterward. Otherwise, splitting an entree with some salads is a good option. I tend to lean toward the same things when eating out. Pick a few "safe" items that I know the caloric count and don't vary a lot in preparation. (Like a Chicken Quesadilla.)

Good luck!

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SWAYDE 8/11/2011 2:20PM

    Thank you for the tips! I do find myself craving chocolate. I bought some of those 90 calories Fiber One brownies. They aren't as good as home made triple chocolate Hershey brownies, but they aren't bad either and I can certainly live with them as a healthier option for my sweet tooth. I plan to continue working out, even if I am more tired, just will do shorter duration work outs, but the same total time per day.

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BLUEROSE73 8/11/2011 1:42PM

    Just so you know, exercising through your period, if you can, will help. It relieves the stress, and also helps the whole process along. Eventually they will hurt less - that is if yours are painful.

But be good to your body. It's already working hard. You will become tired faster. Blood pressure drops easier - mine did anyway. I easily got light headed. I tended to need to eat a little more as my metabolism was different during TOM.

And you are going to crave all your not so good foods. Be prepared. Have alternatives, or small portions ready to go. It really does help. If you're anything like me, there is no reasoning with TOM brain. Forget it.

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ASTORRES1 8/11/2011 12:58PM

    Yes, don't worry with a pound gain...our bodies can fluctuate all the time. If you have been doing your exercise...that will be building muscle. Keep up the hard work!!!


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SWAYDE 8/11/2011 12:30PM

    I did that when we went out to dinner with my mom and stepdad Sunday night. I even looked up their menu online and planned exactly what I would and could eat to still meet my calories goals without going over. I do so much better with a plan than just trying to wing it.

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KEEPITUP05 8/11/2011 12:26PM

    Sounds like you are doing very well! I have those running shoes too! I It was the most $$ I have ever spent on running shoes but definitely worth it.

I know you probably already know this but divide the food as soon as the server brings it to the table and stick to only eating that much. You can always have the rest for lunch the next day! :)

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I really just need to vent

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Since I am an emotional eater and I know it I figure I better do something else before I hunt down every last scrap of bad food left in my house and scarf it down.

My sciatica started acting up yesterday on me. I did a walk around my neighborhood and then just did a 1 mile Leslie walk without any boosters to stay moving, but not cause further pain or injury to my back. I also took Ibuprofen before going to bed to help relax everything.

I woke up, after a very rough night of sleeping, in even more pain. It's from my lower back down to the heel of my left foot and is especially bad along my lower thigh, knee and upper calf areas. Even hurts to touch. Feels like it's on fire. I know it's my sciatica because I've been through this before.

Not to mention my period is starting and it's being a difficult one with lots of cramps and between that and my back, well I am not in a good mood.

So I decided to suck it up. I've certainly survived worse than this and come out stronger because of it. So I went out with my dog this morning. She was annoying as could be. It's garbage day and she decided to be scared of every damn garbage can along the way and refused to go anywhere near them. Not a pleasant experience. But we survived.

I came home, ate breakfast and read my book for a bit, but not too long because even laying down is very painful so I can't just stay in one spot long.

So I decided to take a shower and get dressed. I figured I'd better go to the store and get some food so my son and I could eat lunch. Yeah, well then comes the lightning, thunder and rain. Really?!!

We really need some food in order to eat. But I guess it's going to have to be a can of soup for us. I was really looking forward to a deli sandwich too. I planned for it! It's my special treat.

Well I get all ready to leave. Tell my son to look after the dogs, especially the little one because he's scared of storms. I grab my purse, put my shoes on, get my list and coupons in my purse and go to grab my keys....

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ... yes that loud boom was me losing the last thread of my patience, not the thunder booming overhead.

My husband took the car yesterday to go to the dentist. He apparently took my car key as well because sometimes his alarm thingy doesn't work so he took mine to be safe. Well he did NOT RETURN MY KEY.

So now I cannot go shopping until after he gets home. I HATE GOING SHOPPING IN THE LATE AFTERNOON! The stores are more crowded, the sale meat is gone and I really hate having to cook dinner right after I just spent over an hour on my feet shopping. Plus it's hotter =(

I am trying to be patient, but it's just not in me right now. I am trying not to get too upset. I know within me somewhere, that God is in control and things like this happen for a reason. But I am also hormonal and just plain frustrated.

And now I've given myself a headache. UGH.

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GRAMLORI 8/10/2011 8:50AM

    All I can do is pray for you, emoticon
give you a couple of emoticon,
and let you know that I am with you and for you emoticon
like you've been there for me!

I pray that your Wednesday will be better! emoticon


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BESTCK 8/9/2011 2:21PM

    I envy you that gift. Both the husband and I are unable to work the budget thing well. Our grocery bill is ridiculous! I understand what you mean. Feel better soon!

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SWAYDE 8/9/2011 1:41PM

    Thanks for the advice. The Yoga pose sounds comfy actually. I tend to prop my legs up on the back of the couch, or on my stability ball while laying flat and it does help. I'll try the wall.

I took an 800mg Ibuprofen and a Tramadol and while I still hurt it's tolerable now. It was getting real bad there and hopefully when the drugs wear off it will still be tolerable.

My husband doesn't mind picking up food, but I need to do a full blown shopping expedition and he's not good at that. I discovered long ago that even with a cell phone and a very detailed list with exact brand names, aisle numbers and descriptions he still bought the wrong things. And he's not a couponer or bargain shopper at all. So I definitely want to do it myself. I work really hard at our finances to keep us going on a single income and still be able to afford our house, car, home schooling, pets and fun stuff. It's a gift I have, and he most definitely doesn't possess it lol.

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BESTCK 8/9/2011 1:29PM

    OMG, I am so sorry for your crap day. Day's like that are horrible and I hate them - when nothing catastrophic has happened but everything you touch just gets under your skin?! Can your husband stop on the way home and pick up your food?

Here are a couple of tips that help me with my sciatica:

1) Sleeping on the floor. Seriously, it works sometimes.
2) There's a yoga pose where you lay on your back next to a wall so your butt is up against the wall and your legs are pointing up the wall (like you're sitting on the wall and leaning up against the floor). That's a little difficult for me with my big belly, but it does work.
3) Change up your shoes. Especially if you've been doing a lot of running/walking/cross training. There are times when I have to change shoes a couple of times a day. Husband has the same problem.

Hope this helps. Feel better soon. emoticon

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LTRUM71 8/9/2011 12:34PM

    I feel you on the pain issue :( It is no fun. Sounds like you need time to just decompress. Hope the day gets better for you.

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SWAYDE 8/9/2011 12:01PM

    I am definitely not cooking. IF I go to the store today, I will get my deli sandwich and have it for dinner. My son can have one as well and well, my husband can fend for himself because I am too annoyed about the whole car key thing to be nice lol.

Thanks for the encouragement and comments. Made me smile, quite an accomplishment today =)

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MRE1956 8/9/2011 11:10AM

    Oh, boy - spouse could REALLY use a GOOD OL' FASHIONED "TALKING TO"! I SOOOOO hate it when family members cause inconvenience......makes ya almost want to just run away and crawl under a rock!

Hope you at least insisted that you NOT cook dinner.....

Sheesh - some people.....

Here's wishing you a better day!


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MEGMCDO 8/9/2011 11:09AM

    I, too, have sciatica that's acting up right now, so I literally feel your pain. I also know how that pain colors every little thing. You're definitely having a tough day. Hang in there, and take some deep breaths. It isn't permanent, and you'll get through it. Just wanted you to know that you're not completely alone.


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A Small Victory Over Temptation

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I did it and I am proud! I did not take a nap no matter how tempted I was. I took Sara for our morning walk and I liked it. I stayed awake until lunch time and beyond. I did my after lunch aerobics for 31 minutes and now I felt totally accomplished. I am right about 8,500 steps for the day. Oh yea, I even did some push ups (girly style of course lol) and some crunches. Adding them to my daily goals. I scrubbed toilets, read my Bible, listened to some uplifting music while dancing around the house cleaning stuff up. I have stayed within my calorie range and am at 12 glasses of water.

So yea, take THAT temptation!

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CRUZIN2LOSE 8/4/2011 8:09PM

    Way to keep moving! Very inspiring!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOM2MONKIES1 8/4/2011 7:12PM

    That is great!! Since I started working out I haven't napped. I used to try to take a nap everyday while my youngest son napped. But I am pushing myself to stay awake during the day.

I need to clean. I guess I will do that tomorrow. Glad you had a good day!

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LTRUM71 8/4/2011 6:50PM

    emoticon That is awesome!

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