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Plan of Attack - Part I

Sunday, January 01, 2012

One of my goals for this year is to eat healthier. So here is my "plan of attack":

1) Eat 5 small meals a deal
2) Snacks will consist of fresh fruits and veggies
3) Track food consistently and stay in calorie range
4) Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, but I'm aiming for more like 10-12
5) Pay attention to my sodium levels
6) Cut down on my soda intake
7) Consume less carbs and more fiber and protein
8) Make smarter food choices when eating out

Eating lots of carbs, not drinking enough water, consuming lots of sugar from the soda, and not getting enough freggies makes me feel fatigued and lazy which means exercise is almost impossible to get motivated for. In doing all of the things listed above together it will increase energy levels which will make working out a little easier. It's only one part of my Master Plan to bave a successful 2012! Stay tuned for Part II

I hope 2012 is getting off to a great start for my Spark fam! We can do this. It probably won't be easy. It might suck sometimes. We might want to quit and give up, but we won't. Because we're fighters. We want to get healthy for ourselves and our loved ones. Don't lose hope, don't give up. Keep pushing forward and remember every second of every day is an opportunity to do the right thing! Even if you over ate at lunch, don't take that as an excuse to blow dinner. Tomorrow is always a new day, but why waste an opportunity to make the right decision now!

Peace and Love

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ELEXEY 1/2/2012 10:29PM

    Amen! Let's do this!!!

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BACKATITAMY 1/2/2012 12:37PM

  Sounds like very reasonable goals Tamara. You'll do great this year. Btw, love your new profile pic, very prettyful :)

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POSITIVE_ONE 1/2/2012 8:04AM

    Tamara, I expect that you will be shining brightly in 2012 - no doubt about that! With the same determination you showed in finishing your education, this year is about new growth (and style) for you.

SPARK ON IN 2012!!

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ELEXEY 1/1/2012 11:47PM

    Amen! Let's do this!!!

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    Love that you can call yourself out on bad habits from 2011 and regain a positive outlook for 2012!!! I love your 'plan' and I hope you attack it with all you've got! Your so right about energy levels and workouts. Go for it TaMara with all you've got!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/1/2012 9:35PM

    You can do it TaMara! Let's make this year fantastic!

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Go check this out!! Body type calculator!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ok, so a month or so ago I posted a blog about a website called mybodygallery.com. You can read that blog here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
My body gallery allows you to enter your height and ideal weight range and you'll get pictures of women that meet your requirements. It is helpful because it gives you an idea of what you could look like and if your ideal weight is right for you.

I stumbled across this website today: www.superskinnyme.com/body_type_calc

It is a body type calculator based on the measurement of your wrist or elbow breadth. Basically it says that there are three different body frame types. Ectomorphs - "skinny" (Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz), Mesomorphs "athletic"(Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna), and Endomorphs "fat retainers"(Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Marilyn Monroe).

It talks about each body type, what you tend to look like and where you tend to carry your fat, and what type of diet/exercise will work for you. I, of course, am a Endomorph. I have a slower metabolism and have to work harder than others to lose weight and keep it off. I retain fat more than other body types and I have a curvier figure. It also confirms what I've always thought, that I have a larger frame than other women. I found it helpful, and hopefully you will to!!

Oh and here is the link to my body gallery: www.mybodygallery.com

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TAMARA6905 12/31/2011 12:03PM

    mybodygallery.com is still my preferred site. It's the most realistic!

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TXLADY110 12/31/2011 11:27AM

    Neat site,
Lots of fun to play with the numbers. It actually is right on for me.
Thanks for Sharing.

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DONTRUSHME 12/31/2011 3:27AM

    Thanks I looked both of those websites up they are great. It claims I am a mesomorph which not sure about that I am far from athletic but ok. I like the ideal weight they set for me though. :)

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POSITIVE_ONE 12/30/2011 6:49PM

    Wait - I do not want the body type of a woman!! Do they measure guys too??


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POOKASLUAGH 12/30/2011 3:25PM

    Interestingly, according to that calculator, my wrist size shows a small frame, but my elbow a large frame...I've had this calculated in clinic, though, and I'm a medium-to-large frame, so I know my ideal weight is between 135 and 155 lbs for my 5'6 frame. Not the 125 lbs I was in college, or the 118 from high school that I tried to get back to for years...sheesh I was way too skinny! I'm hoping to settle into a comfortable 140-145 lbs after hitting a healthy BMI of 155.

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REALKIEKEY 12/30/2011 2:31PM

    Sounds interesting; I'm going to check it out.
I've used the wrist measurement and confirmed I have large bones.

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USMAWIFE 12/30/2011 2:07PM

    I have tried this before and it says I am small framed because of my wrist size but even at my idea weight my hips are 38 inches which definetly is not small frame especially at 5 foot 7.

I am best medium framed at my idea... So like the other poster, not buying it at all and pray there are not gullbile teens out there doing it and starving themselves to fit it.

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/30/2011 1:52PM

    This is called Somatotyping and it's largely considered quackery.


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Preparing for 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I want to set some general, non-specific goals for myself for 2012. I want to put them in writing for all to see, to help me stay on track. I won't make excuses for 2011, I won't make myself feel guilty. No past, just the future.

This is what I'm aiming for in 2012:

Eat healthy
Exercise consistently (4-5 days/week)
Quit smoking...again
Get organized

Thant's it. Simple, attainable goals.

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NANNBIRD 12/30/2011 11:10PM

    Tamara, with your focus and drive, 2012 is going to be a great year for you! Keep it up!!

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SBEAR5 12/30/2011 10:15AM

    we should team up on our goals... make mini goals for ourselves and hold eachother accountable! :) You're gonna rock 2012!!

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TXLADY110 12/29/2011 7:55PM

    Totally do able.
Perfect goals not to specific or a how to plan.

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POSITIVE_ONE 12/29/2011 6:54PM

    All good stuff, Tamara. Keep focused and remember, this is a journey. Do not get discouraged if you fall short on something in 2012.

You can do this, as I know you have the will and spirit to be successful.

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BACKATITAMY 12/29/2011 3:41PM

  Great goals, your right simple and attainable. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/29/2011 3:17PM

    You can do it TaMara! Especially now that you're not working two jobs and going to school at the same time. Make 2012 YOUR YEAR!

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SOPKAMANJU 12/29/2011 2:53PM

    I like your attitude I can learn from it. emoticon emoticon


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Interval Timer

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Does anyone use one? I'm thinking of getting one. I like HIITS when I workout and if I got a timer I could make up my own routines...

Have any of you checked out bodyrock.tv? I had come across it before, but never really paid any attention to it. The pictures make the website look really sexually suggestive, but if you can get past that and watch some of the workouts, they are actually really good. They even have recipes and other helpful stuff to.

Just thought I'd share.

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CARYLENE 12/28/2011 6:30PM

    If you have a smart phone, I know there are free interval timer apps for android, and I am sure there are some for iPhone too

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FALLINTOFLIGHT 12/28/2011 5:20PM

    I love bodyrocks :] its so motivating! Intervals are awesome but ive never used a timer on them either.

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POOKASLUAGH 12/28/2011 4:26PM

    I haven't used one, but I have to say that I ABSOLUTELY HATE interval training. I really tried to love it and do it and I know how good for me it is, but even just the thought of it makes me want to go run into a cave and forget about exercising. :D

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POSITIVE_ONE 12/28/2011 3:52PM

    Thanks for the info on bodyrock.tv. I cannot say I use an interval timer however. So, I have nothing to offer you there.

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Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas y'all!

Baking a new york style cheese cake now and then a pumpkin pie. I'm even going to make homemade whip cream!

I hope that everyone has a blessed holiday season!

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POSITIVE_ONE 12/26/2011 12:03AM

    Merry Christmas, TaMara. Hope your baking came out good.

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TXLADY110 12/24/2011 10:17PM

    Merry Christmas to you!!

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    Merry Christmas!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/24/2011 5:08PM

    Merry Christmas to you too!

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