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Got my SPARK back!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Today was a GREAT day! I haven't felt this good since I originally joined Spark months ago! I lost my spark after a month of no weight loss, minimal exercise, and just an overall self-destructive funk. I knew that I needed to get back on track and I wanted to start this week (and this leg of EPIC) on the right foot. I settled into bed last night and gave myself a stern talking to. I reminded myself that this journey I'm on will not always be smooth sailing and that I can't just give up everytime things gets hard. I reminded myself of all the reasons I joined Spark in the first place and all the goals that I vow to one day reach! I even included some positive thoughts about exercise, trying to psyche myself out that it really isn't as bad as I make it out to be. I created a schedule for myself to follow on MWF and kept thinking positive, happy, fun thoughts until I fell asleep!

When I woke up this morning, I was in a pretty great mood. I got up and got dressed and gave myself the pep talk I needed to get out the door. It's always the first step, especially in doing something new, that's the hardest for me. We can't really afford a gym membership right now, but luckily we have one here at the apt complex, so I walked over there right after they opened. Once I was there, standing on the treadmill I had to laugh at how silly I've been. What took me so long to get to this point? Why was it such a struggle to take that first step? It felt so good to be there, sweating, jamming out to the tunes on my iPod. After my 45 min flew by, I felt incredible. On top of the world.

Admitedly, I was a little worried if I would follow through with the rest of the workout I had planned. My goal was to do 60 min of cardio today (30 min on the treadmill and 30 min using one of my DVDs) and since I only had 15 min left to meet goal, I was worried I would just say "Oh, that was enough. I don't need to go anything else!" But I ate a snack, took a break, and then got right back up and popped in my DVD. I wasn't sure how that was going to go cause it was my first time using free weights. Again, I had a blast. I was so proud of myself and I couldn't help thinking how proud I was of myself. At this point I've done all of my DVDs enough that I know what's coming next, so this time I turned the volume down and put music on in the background which helped immensely. The cheesy music they use bores me to tears.

Another bit of excitement is that I have not smoked one cigarette today! Don't get me wrong, I've thought about it, but I've tried to distract myself instead of lighting up. I feel really good about quitting this time. I don't want to smoke. I smoke a lot out of boredom, but now that I have my new kitten Jellybean, I think about how that second hand smoke could affect her and I feel so guilty. She's the cutest thing I've ever seen and I don't want to do anything that would hurt my precious baby. Jellybean is probably part of the reason that I got my spark back. She makes me happy....she makes me laugh at her silly antics....and she melts my heart when she wants to sleep with me and follow me everywhere. I nearly killed her when I was doing my boot camp workout. She thought we were playing and tried to attack my foot when I was doing a front kick and I nearly kicked her in the head! I don't think I realized how bored and lonely I was during the day until I got her. Reiko said she heard me talking to the fish and the plant the other day and she knew something had to be done haha

So what did I learn today? Music makes everything better! It really makes a difference how I feel during the workout....how I handle it. The time goes by much faster and it becomes enjoyable for me to work out. I also got more sleep than I have been getting and I think that helped give me the energy that I needed. Since the BP meds make me feel fatigued, I have to almost counter balance them by getting more sleep than I normally would. I'm thrilled I've found my niche, my routine that seems to work for me! And I can tell I'm going to feel it in the morning. I'm already a little sore and I love it! Can't wait for ST and stretching session tomorrow!

Spread the spark! Make it happen! Keep pushing forward! Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah!!!

Love and Light,
TaMara

Here is another pic of JB! She's so cute I just had to share!

  
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TEXFLEA 6/29/2011 10:56AM

    Tamara - great job on getting the Spark back! It sounds like you are definitely on the right track. Music DOES make everything better! Do you have particular songs that help motivate you?

P.S. JB is a cutie!

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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 6/28/2011 11:32AM

    OMG--- cutest kitten ever!!!

Good for you for finding that Spark and literally running with it! I know how hard it can be to not really lose anything and to get into a funk over it--- look at me right now. with this health stuff, I feel like I am in limbo while I wait to find out if I can exercise again. No exercise throws me into a not-so-wonderful emotional place... and then I have less ability to say no to foods.

Moral of the story--- don't be me!!!!

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TRUE-NESS 6/28/2011 10:24AM

    I'm glad you got your Spark back just in time for the next leg of EPIC which you will be leading!! Go on and lead your team with spark and gusto!!! :-)

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LONGHORNHONEY 6/28/2011 10:03AM

  JB is adorable and she is lucky to found an incredible owner. Isn't it amazing how things like pets will inspire us to make changes in our lives!!

Welcome back to Spark! It is hard to get into. It took me a couple of times before I really got into it but once you are here it gets it hooks in you and doesn't let go. Which is a good thing. Keep up the good work. You are doing amazing and I love your positive outlook on this journey. It is the right one to have!


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CAROL5250 6/28/2011 9:16AM

    Cute kitty! I'm glad things are going well for you this week. Keep up the good work and thank you for all your support.

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POOKASLUAGH 6/27/2011 6:56PM

    I love this post! I'm so glad to hear you get your Spark back! You have been doing amazing this whole time and I didn't want things to stay so tired for you. Love the little kitty too. :D

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CANNIE50 6/27/2011 5:25PM

    She IS cute, and she is one lucky kitty to have found a home with you. Thank you for helping me with my dwindling Spark. I love that you pointed out about not quitting just because it seems hard for awhile. Your entire blog, and attitude, made me feel better - THANK YOU! emoticon

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Plan for the next leg of EPIC and AFTER pic

Saturday, June 25, 2011

This leg of EPIC was not what I had hoped it would be. I seemed to really struggle with weight loss this leg and I have a couple of ideas as to what the cause was. 1) I really believe that my BP meds and lower heart rate were a factor. I've been on the meds since this leg of EPIC started and it was really hard to get my heart rate up to it's target range when doing cardio. 2) There was definitely a lack of motivation on my part. I just couldn't seem to push myself to do what I know I needed to do. 3) Vacation definitely knocked me for a loop. I was active, but did not do any cardio or ST like I had planned. 4) My eating habits were all over the place this leg. There were several times I forgot to eat lunch because I wasn't really hungry and I was out and about. Then, by the time dinner would come around, I'd be starving and eat all of lunch and dinners calories in one sitting. Yes, I stayed in calories range, but that is so not good for the body. Varying from my usual has more of a affect on me then I thought it would. 5) This was my first leg as a leader and I think it takes time to find the right balance. I am in NO WAY complaining or blaming being a leader on my lack of weight loss. It's simply just one of many bumps in the road that I will encounter on my journey. I focused more on my team then myself this leg for sure.

So what have I done or what am I going to do to get back on track? 1) One of the things I most excited about is that I got some free weights. The resistance bands are nice, but definitely not the same thing as traditional free weights. I've only gotten to use them once, but I can absolutely tell a difference. I might still use the resistance bands, because they do offer a slightly different workout, a couple times a week. 2) I'm going to have a more positive outlook on my cardio sessions and do activities that I enjoy, instead of forcing myself to do things that I don't like which usually ends up in me not working out at all. 3) I'm really going to focus on not caring what people think of me so that I can get out there and try some new things. I've been TALKING about this running thing for over a month now and I still haven't done it and I'm getting pretty fed up with myself. 3) I purchased a new HR monitor because my old one was undependable. This way I can know for sure if I'm in my target HR range while working out and get a more accurate reading on the calories I'm burning. I had been using Spark and other online calorie calculators to gauge how many calories I was burning and I don't think I was getting correct information. 4) I'm going to create a schedule so that I get the personal time I need to focus on my journey, while still supporting and encouraging my team! I've come to love members of the SA Team and I want to be involved in their journey and help as much as I can.

I had started to get really discouraged this last couple of weeks. My BP meds make me feel fatigued and I don't think I noticed that the fatigue was affecting me mentally. I kept thinking I was being lazy, but it was more that I didn't have the energy to propel myself forward.So that negative thinking lead to negative self-talk and that led to me pretty much shutting down. "I'm so lazy, I'm never going to lose weight. I might as well just eat and do what I want cause it's not going to make a difference, etc..." Luckily, I caught myself (with the help of my Spark family) and reeled myself back in before I completely fell off the wagon. What I should have done, was broken up my cardio into 3, 10 minute sections and I would have been successful. But I'm stubborn and I wanted to be able to do my full 30 min at once, instead of stopping to think that breaking it up would be just as beneficial as doing it all at once.

That's what this journey is all about. Trial and error. The lessons I've been through were lessons that I needed to learn. I feel better and more prepared to carry forward and be successful. I probably won't reach my next goal by it's due date, but I'm ok with that. I feel really blessed that I didn't fall far off the wagon and gain all my weight back that I've already lost.

I did manage to lose the 2 lbs that I gained on vacation! Here is my AFTER pic for this leg of EPIC. This shirt is loser than in the before pic:


Stay Strong, Spread the Spark, and Don't Give Up! No one ever said this journey would be easy. Will you let it break you? No, I didn't think you would!

  
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4SPARKLEKITTY 6/27/2011 12:01AM

    I agree that you look Great!! the scale is one factor of the equation we are all trying to balance on this journey..
I wish you all the Best on leg 3
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CALIGIRLDIANA 6/25/2011 5:36PM

    You look good girlie!!! Way to go!!! (:

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 6/25/2011 5:20PM

    WooHoo! You are such inspiration girl! Thank you!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/25/2011 4:27PM

    Wow I have to tell you I can SO SEE the difference in your before and after pictures TaMara! Whether or not you had a great month on the scale, you definitely did in your pictures and size. I"m sorry your meds are causing so much problems! I hope you can get off them soon. It does sound like you have a great plan going forward! Good luck on this leg!

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SHELLYBABE2 6/25/2011 4:03PM

    I take BP meds and if you are on beta blocker type I read that it's not good to measure your heart rate whilst exercising for the reason you mention and the best way is to do the breathing/talking test. As long as your body is warming up, your breathing is deeper than at rest and that you can just about hold a conversation but not sing then you are working out at an aerobic rate that will burn calories and be beneficial to you. Listen to your body rather than relying on the stats to know that you aren't pushing yourself too hard.

When I started at the gym I aimed for my heart rate optimum and nearly fell off the machine with what felt like an asthma attack lol I was mortified, I'd been on the equipment less than 2 minutes and was nearly passing out, the only thing that made me go back was that I'd taken a 12 month subscription and I didn't want to waste my money lol. Since then my fitness level has improved and I go by how I feel on equipment rather than any of the readouts and sometimes I work better than others and burn more.

You remind me of myself in the sense that you get down about yourself and worry about what others think, struggle to stay on track, kind of fall off the wagon then give yourself a good talking to, a kick up the backside and get back on track.

Take care and keep strong try not to be too harsh and negative with yourself, you look gorgeous in your pic and I look forward to the next & hearing about your successes, no matter whether you achieve your goals on time or not.

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Lack of motivation and laziness blah blah blah

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I don't know what's wrong with me. I can't seem to get motivated lately. I lost weight earlier this month, but have managed to gain it back plus 2 lbs!! I seem to want the results without wanting to put forth any effort which I know is ridiculous. I have no problem eating healthy, which is a complete surprise to me! When I first started this journey, I thought the eating right would kill me, but I actually find it quite fun. I love that I eat fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains. I love making over recipes so they're healthier, but still have lots of flavor. To bad I can't say the same for my water intake. The water is still a struggle for me. At most, I've gone a full week getting in my 8 glasses of H2O a day, but it's so boring! And 8 glasses is a lot for me to drink...of any fluid. I'm just not that kind of person. I'm trying to get back in the saddle, but it seems like all I do is drink water. Thirsty or not....must drink water. Ugh!

Right now my biggest issue is working out. I hate cleaning and I've managed to clean the whole house today in a way to avoid working out. Dishes are done, clothes are washed and put away. I've vaccumed and dusted. Fed the fishie and the crabs. I've even rearranged the bedroom. At this point I've run out of things to do. I know that once I start working out I'll be glad I did and when I finish I'll be proud that I made myself do it. I'm even dressed in workout clothes, ready to get to it and here I sit...posting a blog to buy myself some time. Many of you have told me that you have this same problem as well and that you tell yourself: "Just do 5 or 10 minutes and then you can quit!" I'm trying that, but my inner self knows that once I start, I'll do my full 30 min, so she's not buying it.

The whole thing is silly really. I have Vegas coming up in August and I'm 20 lbs away from goal. If I had kept up my momentum, I would either hit goal or be real close. Now that's just a distant dream I know I can't realistically reach. I haven't seen any weight loss in a while and it's discouraged me. But why haven't I seen weight loss? Because I haven't been doing enough cardio! I do great with the ST. That doesn't seem to give me as much trouble, probably because I tell myself: "At least it's not a cardio day!"

Joining Spark has been beneficial in so many ways. I have learned so much in my short time here and everyday I continue to learn something new. I've met so many wonderful people in different stages of their journey. Everyone has been so supportive and kind. What Spark can't help you with is how to not be lazy! This journey I'm on is mine for the taking. I can make the most of it or I can sit on the sidelines and complain. I know that I'm not going to magically lose weight without putting forth some effort, so I've been thinking that I need to asses my issues and figure out how to over come them. Which is what I'm doing here if you couldn't tell.

I'm not working this summer so I really have all day, every day to fit in 30 min of cardio. I try to stick to a schedule so I eat, take my meds, and workout at the same time. I try to split up the rest of the day with cleaning, cooking, and whatever else I want to do. And I still can't bear a 30 minute workout? It's just absurd. What is wrong with me? And this isn't one of those woe is me, pitty party blogs. This is a valid call for help! Does anyone else have this problem? I know that if I was a workout enthusiast then I probably wouldn't have a weight problem, but I'm repulsed by it LOL. I understand that we all have off days or lazy days, but I have to go through this internal struggle with myself every MWFS. I have been thinking that maybe I should start working out in the morning. That way it's done and over with and I have the rest of my day to enjoy, but I am no morning person. I like sleep and when I wake up, working out is the last thing I want to do. I did convince myself that I could do it once, but I ended up not working out at all, so I need some other ideas!

I promised myself I'd workout at 2 and now it's 2:04. So here I go... Maybe I need to trick myself into liking cardio with phrases like: It's cardio day! I get to do cardio today! I can't wait to do cardio tomorrow! I love cardio! I don't think that will work, but we'll see. Pray for me people, I need it. Or a good slap in the face might work to! I'd kick my own butt if I could...but I can't reach it!

  
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GOLDENDOMER00 6/23/2011 10:24PM

    Did you end up trying a new class at the gym? I know you thought about trying Zumba or Flirty Girl? Maybe you just haven't found what you like yet. I know you like turning on the radio and just dancing...why not do that?

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 6/23/2011 1:03PM

    emoticonhun, hang in there!

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CARYLENE 6/23/2011 12:01AM

    Well, I don't like cardio either, really. I do a variety of different things, though, I do the elliptical and the treadmill at the gym, I walk outside with the dogs, I go to various parks and walk or hike with the dogs, I attempt to ride my bike, I get a wild hair every now and again and I try to jog/walk. I also do an occasional DVD, I have quite a few to choose from. I like the Firm ones the best really.

I also have found that my iPod is a really great thing. I like to listen to audio books which I get from the library, upload to iTunes and transfer to my iPod. I also create workout mixes of my favorites of the moment to use the next morning. A playlist I can't wait to listen to.

Also, I sleep in my workout clothes. I find it helps me to get into the mood first thing in the morning. I love morning exercise. I find if I don't do it early it doesn't get done.

I read a daily spark blog called 8 hard cold truths about exercise, or something like that and one of them was "exercise will always be hard". I thought, well, what a bummer, but it's true. It's not always the during that I like but the after. Actually it's hardly ever the during, but anyway, if exercise isn't hard, you're not really pushing to your edge. If you don't push to your edge, you won't expand your edge. So it should feel hard.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/22/2011 9:18PM

    TaMara, you and I talked earlier today about the BP meds and heart rate so I won't rehash that. I'm going to give you some good old fashioned tough loving on the cardio, because I feel the same way about it as you but we MUST do it, right?

Here is what I told Lillie when I did my first 5K with her back in December. When I am walking, either outside or on a treadmill and I want to quit I look at the ground and say, "On it or under it"....that's my mantra because I totally hate the treadmill and walking quickly but I would much rather be walking up on the ground then to be buried under it because I was too lazy to move my a$$.

I would do ST every day of the week if it weren't for the fact that my muscles need time to heal. If cardio wasn't an absolute necessity I would never do it. It's not my thing, but like every obstacle to my being healthy, I cannot allow it to beat me, and neither can you! Lillie has a great self-talk method to get her to do things she doesn't feel motivated to do. Follow her advice on this and say out loud, "TaMara, you are going to get you work out clothes on and you are going to go put a video in the machine and you are going to get your butt moving to that video until either you drop or the video is done. When you are finished with that video you are going to get a big glass of water and you are going to drink it down. After you have done that you are going to tell yourself how good you feel and how proud you are that you did it."

As to the fluid intake...well...you just have to. Once your body gets used to being super well hydrated it will begin craving water and you will experience real thirst that is often missing when you aren't adequately taking in enough liquid. The signals just get lost. Once that real thirst sets in, you will find it a lot easier.

You are strong, driven, and YOU CAN DO THIS! YOU KNOW IT!

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TAMARA6905 6/22/2011 4:08PM

    So I just got done with my workout and my HR monitor said my HR was only 98-100. Normally, I wouldn't believe that, but I hardly even broke a sweat! And I wasn't winded the way I normally am. Does anyone know, could this be related to my BP meds?

I finally got over the lightheadedness, dizziness, headaches, etc. The fatigue is really on the symptom I still have. But I'm curious if the BP meds are slowing my heartrate? If that's the case, I'm going to have to start working out more often and/or for longer periods of time to get any benefit!! This could be part of my weight loss issue!

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KIMMYLOU2012 6/22/2011 3:34PM

    have found that when you change your thinking from I HAVE to do this. to I GET to do this it makes a big difference.Rmember the old saying, if you don't use it you will lose it! Just think of all the people out there who would give anything to abel to do what we take for granted and sometimes, loathe doing!!

Just take baby steps and get out the door, pop in the DVD, whatever, you can make yourself do this and in time everything becomes a habit. Just give your self the little kick in the pants and think "I REALLY GET TO DO THIS!! Yah for me! emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 6/22/2011 3:30PM

    Oh, and one more comment.....

The things that helped ME to get out of the non-exercising slump was to challenge myself to do it for 40 days straight. That really was the trick for me. I challenged myself to exercise for 40 minutes for 40 days straight and I did it. I blogged about my journey every single day. I was accountable for what I was doing, or not doing (I missed about 3 days along the journey). But what I sought to gain (motivation, consistency) was ABSOLUTELY gained. Since that time, I have not missed a week of exercising. I exercise at least 4-5 days a week. THAT was the kick in the butt I needed for MYSELF. Find out what's going to work for you and do that! You can do it!

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CHAKA1709 6/22/2011 3:25PM

    I am the same way. lately I haven't been wanting to do cardio. I count work as cardio since I am up and walking for 6-8 hours and count it as walking at a slow pace for 2 hours, but I try to do strength training on those days. I am not a morning person either and go to bed between midnight and 3am and sometimes I end up working out at between 10pm and 12am. I love my stationary bike because I can watch tv and forget that I am on the bike for 30 mins to an hour. You might want to try something like that. Or find an activity that you actually enjoy or if you can afford it, a class you enjoy. Those work for me. I would love to start dancing again a few times a week or even join a cardio kickboxing class, but I don't have the money at the moment so I am stuck with outside, my bike, and dvds.

You can do it girl. Just think of your goal and how to want to achieve it.


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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 6/22/2011 3:24PM

    TaMara---- I know you can do this. I know how it is to go through those times when you are sorely lacking motivation and drive..... but I know you.... they are there, juuuuust under the surface! You just have to call them forth!

I think that your idea of thinking more positive about cardio is a good choice---- reminding yourself that you are ABLE to work out is a slap in the face--- many people are not. Celebrate your body and your ability to work out every day.... even when you don't feel like celebrating.

One thing I can say is that it take a solid 6 weeks or so to form a habit... and exercising is no exception. You have to do it for a long time to want to do it.

Another thing to think about is that maybe the exercise you are choosing to do isn't good enough for you. maybe it is time to start that running routine? Get engaged in your exercise... find things you like to do.

I hope something here helps!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/22/2011 3:17PM

    The only thing I can really tell you TaMara is that it took almost three months of cardio 5-6 times a week before I got to where I actually started enjoying it. It was miserable at times but I was very motivated so I pushed through it, and now I absolutely love my cardio. I wish I could give you that same love. It's wonderful that the healthy eating and ST is going well. I wish I could magically slot in enjoyment for cardio too so that you would be well on your way again!

Be the strong person you can be. Even if you DO only do 5-10 mins. It's hard in this heat and I know you're not a heat-loving person just like me, but sometimes even just a walk around the block can get you moving, and once you move, you might want to move more. I hope you find a way to love it soon!

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TRUE-NESS 6/22/2011 3:16PM

    I think what you're experiencing is called "sabotage." I don't know. It might not be in your case. But, sometimes when I GO FOR BROKE and have fabulous results, I find myself lacking in the day(s) or week(s) to follow. It goes up and down and up and down. I do consider it self-sabotage. I think you have to find a way out on your own. There is really nothing anyone can say. If someone could say something it would benefit you now but not next week. So, how do you stop the cycle.... a day at a time. You CAN count the marathon cleaning as cardio, you know. So, start with that. I haven't worked out myself yet today. I have church tonight. Soooo, I KNOW that I'm going to be up late just walking the treadmill. That's what I tell myself to get myself going. I pick the easiest workout possible. Then I decide to do that. It's just enough to get myself out of the funk. So, you like to dance. Why not just put the music on in the house with NO INTENTIONS of working out. Let the music take you where you didn't want to go. Then next thing you know... BAM!! You're working out!! Let me know how it works out.

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I'm back!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I really, really enjoyed our vacation to Missouri! I am so glad that we got to go spend time with the family, especially since Reiko's dad has cancer. He is such a sweet mild, mannered man who just wants to make everyone happy. The weather there is beautiful and soo cool compared to Texas. I am going to miss waking up to 60 degree temperatures with a cup a coffee on the porch before going to feed the animals and collect the eggs for the day. I'll miss getting to go to the garden and pick veggies for lunch and dinner and nibble on the blueberries growing there along the way. I will definitely miss seeing the baby peacocks grow up and all the other critters running around.

I had great plans in place to try and help me stay on track, but it didn't really work. So many impromptu things occured that I didn't get in any scheduled exercise or strength training. We did go hiking and fishing and shooting, but it wasn't enough to really count towards exercise. I managed to eat healthy the majority of the time (while we were there we ate healthy, but on the road we ate fast food). I ended up gaining two lbs while being gone. I didn't start running like I had hoped either. Didn't really track food or drink enough water...

But I really needed this break. I needed a week to just take some time off and recharge my batteries. I know that I gained 2 lbs, but I'm ok with that. It could have been a lot worse. I was starting to feel burned out and now I feel energized and ready to go. I feel much more prepared to get back on track again. I'm glad to be back though. I missed my Spark friends and I started feeling bad about being gone so long!

  
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SHELLYBABE2 6/21/2011 11:34AM

    Sounds like you had an idyllic trip & the main thing is you needed it and it did you good! The 2lbs will soon be a distant memory.

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CHAKA1709 6/21/2011 12:29AM

    That sounds like an awesome trip. I'm glad you had fun. Now that you had your fast food fix you can jump back up on the healthy, minimal fast food horse. I had plans for the time that I was going to the coast and those ended up falling through too. But its okay. We are back with a fresh mind.

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FLACA_CHIQUITA 6/20/2011 7:54PM

    Glad you had fun and that it was a much needed trip and you're ready to continue! :)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/20/2011 5:54PM

    I always gain weight when I spend much time in the car; travel bloat is a very real thing! I have a feeling those two pounds will go away very quickly. You did deserve the break and I'm happy for the good times you shared with Reiko and her family. I just love the country lifestyle with animals and fresh produce and clean, crisp, COOL morning air!

Now look at you, fresh back from vacation and right back to sparking! What an accomplishment that is in itself. You are going to do this, TaMara! Very proud of you and so happy to see you back!

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MINERVASPARKING 6/20/2011 3:18PM

    Glad you're back! And yeah, 2lb gain for vacation, I say that's pretty good. It sounds like even though you weren't tracking or had a daily plan (you were on vacation!!!) you were MINDFUL of what you were eating and doing, and that is priceless. Being mindful is a huge accomplishment in my book. YAY YOU!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/20/2011 2:28PM

    For a week off, two pounds isn't bad at all, and I think you'll find that you lose them quickly now that you'll be back to a regular schedule. When we travel we generally gain water weight anyway, so the gain might just be a temporary water blip!

Those days and mornings you describe sound so wonderful. The cool mornings, I would love that!!

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I can't do it. Oh YES you can!

Friday, June 10, 2011

If you're like me, you don't necessarily like working out and you get bored easily. I try to make this easier for me by changing up my workouts everytime I exercise. Sometimes that's just not enough. Sometimes I just don't want to work out. On days like this I have to be a little creative! So today, 3pm was quickly approaching and I still hadn't done anything. I decided today was going to be one of those days where I put the music on and dance around the living room, gyrating like a fool! This is a GREAT workout for me! No matter how much I don't want to move, I can't help but start shaking my boo-tay to the beat!

To really get a sweat going, I like to spice things up by doing 30-second cardio bursts in between songs. I'll do intervals of jumping jacks, running in place, high knees, and some kickboxing moves. This helps to really get my heart rate up in case the dancing isn't enough or if I start running out of steam. We have a wet bar in the living room with a wall of mirrors behind it and this is beneficial to me as well. Looking at myself in the mirror I know I look at hot mess, but it also gives me encouragment to keep going. When I want to stop, I just look at myself in the mirror and know that I can keep going and do my full 30 minutes. I want thinner arms and thighs and a smaller stomach and none of that is going to happen if I sit on my butt all day!

We often try to talk ourselves out of doing what's good for us. We're tired. We had a bad day. You ate one bad thing, might as well "start over" tomorrow, etc. These are phrases spoken by our old selves. They realize that every day we get a little stronger and a little smarter and they want us back. It's up to us to rail against those voices and SHUT THEM DOWN! Maybe you're not seeing the changes you would like. Does that mean you should give up and throw in the towel? Hell no! Any activity is better than no activity. You'd be surprised how much better you'll feel once you start moving. I'm often "tired" and once I start working out, I get a big burst of energy from those lovely workout endorphines. And the accomplishment you'll feel when you're done can't be beat! So get up and keep moving.

  
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KISSYTINA 6/13/2011 1:35AM

    Great job getting up and moving! Dancing around the house like a fool is actually one of my favorite ways to get exercise in! I strap on the HR monitor, and I find that I actually burn quite a bit when I just go crazy like this! I end up throwing in some crazy dance-aerobic moves too. I have actually made myself sore the next day doing this!

You are awesome.

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TURTLE_MOM 6/12/2011 8:37AM

    Love it! I actually wanted to do this the other day, and should have - but my kids were all home and I felt a little silly ;) Next time I'll just do it no matter what! Great attitude and so many of us need to hear this - just DO it!

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ELEXEY 6/12/2011 12:46AM

    Yes yes yes!!! Get up and DO IT!!! Dancing is my go to a lot of the time, especially when I just don't "feel like it" I'll put a playlist on and can't help moving, but I haven't tried the cardio intervals in between, I'm going to have to try that out. Thanks so much for sharing.

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THERMOKAT 6/11/2011 11:22PM

    I love the way you put how I am getting through this into words. Like so many people here I am think to myself 'just ten minutes and then you can go back to napping on the couch and then 40 minutes later I finish the workout and I feel great. It is crazy the amount of convincing it takes sometimes.

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SHELLYBABE2 6/11/2011 2:35PM

    Great minds - I couldn't be bothered going to the gym today so got a workout by washing the cars and rinsing them off with watering cans to make me walk more and lift some weight lol didn't make up for my fish and chip tea but at least I got some movement today lol

Take care & keep up the hard work!

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GOLDENDOMER00 6/10/2011 11:13PM

    I'm the same way! I'll tell myself, "ok, you need to do at least 10 minutes, and if you feel like you just can't do anymore, then you can quit. At least you did 10 minutes." I'm kinda relieved when those 10 minutes are done, but then I feel like I can now "choose" to keep going, lol. Those endorphins are awesome! And I love the feeling of accomplishment!

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CARYLENE 6/10/2011 8:47PM

    I love this too! We all have days where we just don't wanna. I have been known to tell myself "hey, if you still feel this way 10 mins into the elliptical, you can quit and go home" I never do, because by the time I am dressed, in the car, at the gym and 10 minutes into it, I ain't leaving. I have also been known to sleep in my workout clothes with my tennies & socks right by the bed, so the minute I get up I am in the workout mode. I have even promised myself a nice frap light from starbucks on tough days...LOL! Hey, we all need calcium, right?? There's milk in there!

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MESAMA 6/10/2011 8:33PM

    Ha! Just today, I did exactly as you described... got up and shook my boo-tay! I can't do an entire 30 minutes in one round but I go song by song! If I get tired in the middle I don't stop, just slow it down a little till I get my wind back and continue! Dancing is fun and there is such great music out there that makes you wanna just shake it! Great Blog! Keep up the good work dancing fiend!!!
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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 6/10/2011 8:24PM

    Great advice! thank you!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/10/2011 6:21PM

    My go-to activity when I'm feeling the blah like that is to go for a walk at my hiking park. If I can get myself out of the house and to the park, then I will do okay. I can even convince myself that I'll just do a "light" day of walking, get in 2.5 miles in my 45 mins, but once I get going I want to do more and will start marching or jogging in intervals. It's getting out of the house that's the hardest for me, and I know if I'm stuck in the house feeling blah about exercise, I simply won't do it. But if I force myself to get outside, then I'll be okay.

It's funny the ways we have to trick our motivation into working, especially since you're right - once you start moving, you DO feel better! It's like the logical part of our brain that knows this...just don't care or something, lol. :D

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/10/2011 6:16PM

    "We often try to talk ourselves out of doing what's good for us. We're tired. We had a bad day. You ate one bad thing, might as well "start over" tomorrow, etc. These are phrases spoken by our old selves"
I loved that part! I get like this and then yell at my "old self" and tell her, "You'll start over, NOW, Woman!"

I'm so glad to read that you danced and did some extra cardio in between. This is my "i'm bored" work out and it makes me laugh so hard when sometimes I do it to a dance work out video and try to keep up with those gals. I'm horrible but hysterically funny. I should record it one day and give everyone a laugh.

What a wonderful blog about getting up and getting on with it, TaMara! Loved it!

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