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Saturday, January 28, 2012

I have been with SparkPeople for 4 1/2 years and I actually weigh more than when I started. I definitely need to turn over a new leaf and get serious about my program (quit kidding myself with positive self-talk regarding my weight and fitness).

I need to change what I am doing or I will regain all of the weight I worked so hard to lose 5 years ago. I lost 100 lb in 18 months on a program which is now called Slimgenics (it was called Slim 4 Life) and I spent a lot of money to get 1:1 weekly meetings, etc. I thought I could do it on my own but regaining over half of that 100 lbs back is proof that I need to change what I have been doing for the past 5 years.

I did sign up to do a 90 day weight challenge at LifeTime Fitness where I am a member. I get officially weighed in a week from today. There are meetings once a week (I think this is a group setting) and I also can call my nurse consultant from my insurance company for support which I plan to do.

I know when I lost weight in the past I kept a very careful diary of each morsel I swallowed and though this is rather tedious it did work. When I showed an upward drift of my weight I could look back and see where I went astray.

I plan to keep a log book in my purse and note down everything I eat and no cheating (or kidding myself). I also will log my exercise. I have been swimming about 3 times a week for 30 minutes but I need to add walking and working on stair climbing to strengthen my legs. My two knee replacements really set me back and I have slacked off on rehabbing myself. In addition to being able to walk up and down stairs more easily I also have a goal of being able to get off the floor in case of falls. The last time I had a fall (about a year ago) I was in the doctor's office and finally two large nurses had to pull me up. My orthopedic doctor scolded me and my physical therapist said if I am unable to get up from the floor I could eventually end up in a nursing home (really?).... so I know these two goals are tantamount to achieve in the next 6 months as I don't want to feel so helpless.

As far as weight loss, during the 90 day challenge my goal is to lose 25 lb which is about 2 lb a week which I have read on SparkPeople is a safe amount of weight to lose.

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CTUPTON 2/1/2012 9:28PM

    I need a kick in the pants to get serious. Thank you for describing your situation. till something really bad happens we just put off this project. At least you did do something about it before! Good for you. And good for you for catching yoursself early before it turns into a major slide. Good luck! Chris emoticon

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FRAN0426 1/29/2012 4:44PM

    Tracking both food and exercise is so benifical to keeping yourself in the know of how one is doing. I joined the Ja. kickstart program as I have been on Sparks almost three years and have lost and regained all through these couple of years. Yes, medication has helped me keep from losing great amounts, but need to start losing and keep losing. So your not alone in gaining but we vcan do this. You can get back to rehabing you knees and continue with your exercisae too, besat of luck you can do it.

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MSLZZY 1/29/2012 2:23PM

    You have a lot ahead of you but I know you can do it!

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FITMARY 1/28/2012 7:53PM

    Those are GREAT goals! We want to be able to get up when we fall, both metaphorically and for real!!! And I know what you mean about getting serious. I'm just now doing it myself. I've been exercising quite a lot since the summer, but my eating was always "Oh, it's probably fine if I just have one more." Uh-uh! Time to drag out the old nutrition tracker. I've been doing it for a week now and I take tell the difference already! So, let's do it! 2012, woo hoo!

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walked for 10 whole minutes this morning before work on treadmill

Friday, January 20, 2012

My original goal was to walk a mile but I am at 2 MPH and walked for 10 minutes which is 1/3 mile. Will gradually increase every few days as I don't want to overdo and have to completely stop walking.


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MOIRA48 1/25/2012 9:33AM

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BALL12 1/22/2012 7:19PM

    You are right not to over do it.
Well done and enjoy it! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/20/2012 9:33AM

    Slowly increasing your time to avoid injury is the smart way
to build up to a longer distance. WTG! HUGS!

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MINICOOPER452 1/20/2012 8:26AM

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That's awesome....10 minutes more than if you hadn't.....

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BD3269PM 1/20/2012 7:14AM

    Great--stay motivated and keep on moving! have a wonderful day emoticon

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Feeling wonderful and optimistic about exercise...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plan to walk 1 mile this morning. Have treadmill, no excuse (weather cannot be used as excuse today).

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MSLZZY 1/18/2012 6:52AM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/17/2012 9:52PM

    Hope you were able to dust off your treadmill and had a good walk today. That's exactly what I did!!

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MILLISMA 1/17/2012 8:38PM

    Way to go, Teddy!!!

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KRISTINE99 1/17/2012 7:25AM

    Yeah, I hear you. Sometimes illegitimate, weak excuses whisper to me to try to knock down my exercise and diet plans. Wishing you a good work out today!

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BALL12 1/17/2012 6:58AM

    Hope you enjoy it, Weather lovely here too - you have made me commit to a 5 km cycle thanks

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Yesterday signed up for health improvement program ...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This is sponsored by my insurance company and will give me a $1000 discount on my health insurance in 2013. If I can get my husband to participate I can get a $600 discount on his premiums. But since he has mild dementia it may be a big project for me to get him to comply as he does not like to exercise and he thinks he can have unlimited sodium in his diet...however, they may not expect too much of him since he is normal weight, has good blood pressure and is not diabetic, does not smoke or drink and he is only on 3 prescriptions as opposed to my 13 prescriptions.

I am going to encourage him to sign up, too and then I may save $1600 on next year's premiums (hope the premiums don't go up more than that!!). I am a bit suspcious of the insurance company as last year the spouse only had to get a nicotine test to qualify for a discount (of $200).

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/17/2012 9:57PM

    Wow!!! Wish ours would give us incentives like that. I hope it works out for you.
Blessings and hugs,

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KRISTINE99 1/17/2012 7:27AM

    Wishing you best of luck with your insurance discounts! I wish I knew more about the pharmacy companies and how drugs are made, because sometimes when I pick up prescription medicines I am taken aback by the high prices, and I think, "Heck! What are they putting in this stuff? Gold?"

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/16/2012 10:48AM

    Wow, that's an amazing incentive. Good for you! Enjoy.

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MILLISMA 1/16/2012 10:46AM

    Hope things workout for you.

hugs....Mary Anne

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PUDLECRAZY 1/15/2012 7:50AM

    I love that incentive!

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SUPERMOUSE35 1/14/2012 11:43AM

    Oh my, that's quite an incentive! I hope things work out for you. :D

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Fat vs muscle (5 lbs of fat is larger in volume)...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I found a website which shows a model of 5 lbs of fat next to a model of 5 lb of fat. Would love to see a picture of 2 150-lb people with different fat compositions.

Muscle weighs more per cubic inch than fat, but 5 lb of muscles doesn't weigh more than 5 lb of fat (5 lb is 5 lb).

Here is the lilnk:


Enjoy the view.... emoticon

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JESSYVIRGINY 1/10/2012 6:00AM

    That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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