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Motivation: We all want it but only we can give it ourselves!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

It is all over the boards, and blogs among other places on SP. Motivation is what people what to know about. People what to know how get motivated and stay that way. This is the big question when starting something new.. like the weight loss journey

The truth?
Only we can motivate ourselves. Each of us are motivated for different reasons. Some are motivated by their family. Some are motivated by their health.

My advice?
Find what motivates YOU and use it to help you lose the weight!

So.. are you still wondering what motivates me?
Depression. I know if I do not work out everyday I get irritated and eventually, it turns into depression. Also, I will have too much energy and won't be able to get to sleep.

What keeps me motivated?
It is no longer a choice. It is something I have to do everyday.. like showering or brushing your teeth. You know how it just doesn't feel right until you shower or brush your teeth for the day? Well, that is how it is for working out. My day hasn't start until I have worked out. The sooner in the day, the better!

There, that is one person's take on motivation! Now let's all go for a emoticon!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/8/2010 1:11PM

  YOU have come so far!!!!! I remember when WORKING OUT wasn't one of your favorite things to do and now it is what motivates you. I am impressed. emoticon

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-NAMASTE- 10/8/2010 1:07PM

    Amen to that!

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HEART4HOME 10/8/2010 6:34AM

    Love your attitude! You are so right and I am about to get that walk done in a few minutes.

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SHERYLDS 10/7/2010 7:58PM

    You motivate me. emoticon
And I agree with HOTTEXAN

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HOTTEXAN 10/7/2010 2:58PM

    I can totally relate! Sometimes we have to act then motivation follows.
I love it when that happens!

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HRMM, P90, and more..

Monday, October 04, 2010

The HRM has to go.

I was going to give it at least a week. Nope, it's trial didn't last that long. I can already see it is not going to work for what I want. I understand that a HRM varies when I do group exercise classes or even when I run. Tonight, I wore it when I did the elliptical for 30 minutes. When I was done, it said I burned 100 calories. emoticonI do not believe that. I was sweating like crazy. I know at times SP can be a bit high but I'd rather deal with that. You see.. I have lost 75# with SP, there is no reason I can't lose the rest the same way. emoticon

Day 2 of P90.

Today helped me fall in love with this program. Last night I was like I barely broke a sweat. For someone that hated to sweat before this lifestyle, I now insist on it in my workouts. I was kinda sore. I like that feeling. It means, yes, something is happening in my body. But, it wasn't an overwhelming soreness.

Beyond the soreness, I needed a good workout today. I have been crabby and irritable all day long and needed to work it out. At this point, I already did 30 minutes on the elliptical and felt way better. Than, I got to do yoga (not my favorite) than we moved to kickboxing (my favorite). I felt like I was preparing for tomorrows self defense class! emoticon

When I made the choice to lose 5#, I didn't realize it was going to turn into a lifestyle change. I just wanted to feel better about #1... that's me!
emoticon Well, 5# turned into 75# and now I have made some lifestyle changes. Honestly, I love every single one of them. The two that I have noticed lately the most are needing my exercise and veggies/fruit. If I do not get these things, I get super irritable and crabby. emoticon

In the last couple weeks, I have been slacking on working out in the morning.. and boy, have I regretted it! I am just so more happier and in control of my life when I have worked out in the morning. Not only that, I have felt less stressed.

Besides that, the less available fruits/veggies have really taken a toll on me. I cannot control when they serve it in the caf'. Like today, because it is no abnormal, I had a WHOLE plate of carrots and broccoli. emoticon It seems like they either have veggies and fruit.. or they don't. We do have a regular salad bar but that just doesn't cut it for me.

Anyhow, those are my main updates! I hope everyone has a emoticon start to the week!

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LCORTEZ7 10/5/2010 3:01PM

    I am so glad that I read this. I was planning on visiting Wal-Mart this weekend. I'm sorry it didn't work for you but it sounds like you know what to do. Keep up the great work. I'm planning on starting p90x real soon. Are you doing Power 90?

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BAILEYS7OF9 10/5/2010 2:12PM

    My HRM is insane on the calories it says I burn. I don't believe it. And SP I think is way to low on some and way to high on others! Seems like you can't win!

I have run keeper app on my iPhone and I believe that one completely!!!

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SUMMERWINDS 10/5/2010 8:23AM

    I totally hear you! Our basement (my exercise area) is torn apart due to a failed sump pump. I'm totally thrown off track! Yesterday, I didn't get my exercise in (between no basement and it was pouring rain outside) and I was miserable! I didn't realize why until I thought about it a bit. Now today appears to be a's pouring rain again. Thinking I'm going to have to develop a Plan B! Congrats to you on all your healthy lifestyle changes, what a wonderful thing to be proud of! Big pat on your back girl:):):):)

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VICIOUS421 10/5/2010 5:28AM

    emoticon You are doing really great and this was a very inspiring blog!!!!!

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NAMSMOMMY 10/5/2010 12:24AM

    See, mine was the opposite. My HR monitor has become my bff. It shows me what I am actually doing, and its been higher than spark on most. (YAY!) And honestly I feel I can trust it more because it is measuring my HR and has my weight and stuff (I got a higher end brand, Polar). But, it isn't for everyone.

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Day One of the Power 90

Sunday, October 03, 2010

emoticon of Power 90.

The most important thing is... I did it! emoticon

Quite honestly, I kept putting it off.. I had the excuses. I was too tired. Not enough time. Too nice outside to work out inside.

Than, my friend, SHERYLDS gave me the emoticon I needed. She asked how it was going. Well, it wasn't.. because I haven't started. I cannot say that anymore, I did emoticon of the circuit.

The circuit didn't seem super hard. Sure, it got me sweating and could feel my heart rate up there. But, how everyone talked about the program.. like it is impossible to do or something. I kinda was doubting myself. No, I can do the circuit... and I believe anyone can!

I peeked at the cardio, tomorrow's workout, and it will definitely work me. emoticon That is the one thing I like about the elliptical.. it seriously works me and I can feel it!

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HEATHERSCOTTTN 10/4/2010 10:39AM

    WOOOO WHOOOOO You did it!

keep it up!

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KIMPENNEY 10/4/2010 9:33AM

    Way to go! Keep it up!

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LCORTEZ7 10/4/2010 12:46AM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 10/3/2010 5:57PM

  Good For You!!!!!
That SHERYL always has great advice....... emoticon

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Trust the HRM?

Sunday, October 03, 2010

A couple days ago, I made an impromptu purchase and got a new weight loss toy. I brought a HRM. I have wanted a bodybugg or a GPS HRM for a long time. The one I brought was a $40 HRM from Walmart. I am really hoping it is accurate.

Among its many feature, it has a pedometer and tells me my calories burned. Right now the pedometer is all messed up due to operator error. I also have such a time getting that stride measured right.

As for the calorie feature, I am wondering if it is right. Basically, it is creating a trust issue with me and Sparkpeople. Today, I went for a 3 mile walk/run. HRM says 166. SP says 285. 199 difference! emoticon

Lately, it feels like I have been burning less calories than the tracker says I have. This is a problem. Because if I am eating more and not burning as much as they say.. I will not lose weight. emoticon

The solution?

Since I am going to be starting the P90 soon (SP doesn't have an accurate way of counting that either), I am going to count on my HRM for calories burned and see if it helps me lose weight. In the last few weeks, it seems to be a struggle to lose weight. It shouldn't be this hard to lose weight when you are doing everything right.

For how long?

I am not sure how long I am going to run this experiment. Within the first week, I should start to see new results.. right? Maybe I will give both the P90 and the HRM 30 days to show results.

What do you think? Do you have trust issues with the fitness tracker?

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/4/2010 3:32PM

    Does your HR monitor allow you to input your age and weight? Both make a difference in terms of calorie burn.

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EDWINA172 10/4/2010 3:15PM

    There are quite a few different HRM out there. If yours has a chest strap with it, its probably accurate. If not, I'd look for one with the chest strap. I have a Polar FT4. We make all of our clients use a HRM with a chest strap for safety, and incentive. They love to see their calorie burns. Good luck and have fun!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/4/2010 12:18PM

  Stick with the HRM. It shows more accurately what YOU are burning. emoticon

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LCORTEZ7 10/4/2010 12:53AM

    I would go with the HRM as well. Which one did you get?

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/3/2010 5:15PM

    DEF trust the HRM! The sp fitness tracker gives averages but the HRM is tailored to your HR during the workout! I manually enter all workouts! :)

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JENDOOD 10/3/2010 4:48PM

    I did look up some info on the Body Bugg on Spark People, and it does seem like the consensus is that SP calorie burning estimates are rather high, as are the calorie estimators on the machines at the gym...

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New Plan

Friday, October 01, 2010

TGIF! Seriously.

On Wednesday night I went to Perkins and ate and ate. The next day the scale told me I gained FIVE pounds to 191ish. Is that really possible to gain five pounds overnight? I am done to 190.. with my size 14 pants still fitting. Okay, they have stretched over the week I have been wearing them.

Also, I noticed I haven't been really working out either. It's like I don't care to work out on the ellitpical. On MWF, I have to get up by 7 am so I can beat the HHP class to the fitness room. IF they are in there, you can't be. I tend to oversleep until 8ish.

My friend has the P90 program and has offered to borrow it to me. I think I am going to try it. Basically, you are supposed to get "ripped" but just want to be toned. I have tried the 30 Day Shred and didn't care for it. Hopefully, I will like it.

Mainly, I need to mix things up. Even if I stick with it for a month.. I still mixed it up!

Here's the new game plan for October!

-Weigh in every 10 days and take measurements (October 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th)
-Start P90 TODAY and finish it
-Complete the Couch to 5K Program
-Continue with Zumba and Self Defense

Lastly, this has been in the news with different approaches. I really liked Ellen's message. Please listen.

There are bigger things than our issues. I need to remember this.

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CTUCCI 10/3/2010 3:36PM

    You can do this!!! We believe in you!

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BOOKWORM27S 10/2/2010 9:23AM

    Great plan!

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SHERYLDS 10/1/2010 6:37PM

    On average it takes at least a day for food to travel through your you gained less than you think. You know the drill. You're a woman with a plan.

As for's a damn shame. It has no solution. In this instance they could determine who the bully many other situations they won't be able to. There are a lot of cruel people in the world who think it's funny to humiliate someone for the sake of entertainment.

Comment edited on: 10/1/2010 6:38:13 PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/1/2010 2:25PM

    Well, glad that you had a good day. It is true about salt. It is a demon when it comes to holding on to fluid!! Keep drinking water, though. That gets it out of your system.

You go! Great on the grades. Keep up the good work. You're worth it!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/1/2010 11:57AM

    You go girl :)

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GOZEKIGRL 10/1/2010 11:37AM

    that overnight gain is probably water or salt weight. 1 grain of salt can hold up to 50 times its weight in water!

as for P90X - i've heard its a really challenging program - and way more intense than the 30 day shred. i have a friend at work who is doing it and he swears by it.... i'd be interested in trying it but would like a woman's opinion - let me know what you think!

great goals for October! you'll do fabulously!

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