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My Ultimate Goal Reward

Friday, October 08, 2010

Today, I started re-reading my blogs starting with the first one I wrote on May 16th, 2009. I got to thinking about that once I get to my goal weight, what am I going to do?

I have been thinking about this alot lately. My goal weight is 160... about 25 pounds away. If I really wanted to, I could try to lose that by New Year's. emoticon In all actuality, I want to lose about five pounds a month so I will probably reach it around March or April. That is really not too far away.

So, how am I going to celebrate?

Honestly, I am not too sure. Some people celebrate by buying a new wardobe. I have been doing that all along. Some people celebrate by having dinner at a lavish restaurant. I cannot really afford that and I don't really want to reward myself with food.

Hmm.. hmm..

I have thought about having a dinner party at a restuarant. Again, I would be rewarding myself with food. And, who would show? My friends seem to think I am a last priority for my birthdays. Would they know how important this is to me? emoticon

I could run a 5K. emoticon I think I would really enjoy that. Kinda strange? Also, would it be a big reward? I mean, I have run a handful of 5Ks this past summer already.

Anyhow, I still am not sure about it. Maybe I don't need to celebrate with people.. but do something for me.

I do know three things I really want to do.
-Make a quilt out of the t-shirts I didn't get rid of and make a quilt.
-Make a scrapbook with my blogs, race bibs, and pictures to look back at when I get discouraged or have trouble with motivation.
-Get a tattoo.

I am hestiate to get a tattoo at my goal weight. I already have three so I kinda want my next one to be my last one. I already know what I want. A phoneix. Here is a link for an example. tattoocolors.blogspot.com/2008/10/ph
oenix-tattoos.html
This is not exactly what I want but you get the idea.

I do know I also want to get a tattoo for my kids and when I graduate my college. I know my kids will be a major part of my kids. Also, college has been a struggle and I want something for that. Ya know.. knowing I did it.

Now problem.. I don't want to become a harley mama.. okay, I don't think that is possible as all my tattoos are tasteful. I just don't want to overdo it. The phoneix tatoo designs I have seen are huge. They take over the back. I want something as big as someone's palm. Not huge.

Anyhow, that is what I am thinking of doing when I have lost 100 pounds.

For those that are reading this.. I have one last question.. how do I know what is a healthy weight for me? I have looked at articles and there is no magic number. Do I shoot for 100#, celebrate, than maybe lose another 10#? Some say I should be 140-150. Maybe I will cross that bridge when I get there!

  
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WOMANCHEF 10/9/2010 9:45AM

    I chose a weight in the middle of a healthy BMI for my height. When you get to that range, your body will let you know what is the "right" weight. As far as the tatoo - do what you feel is right. I doubt you look like a biker chick or goth. You would need to get sleeves for that!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/9/2010 12:57AM

   

Isn't it fun to buy or give yourself a present? You sound so excited and a bit nervous at the same time. lol Whatever you decide on, just think how it will make you smile for all that you have done for yourself! Bravo!

Goal weight? I agree with LOSETHEWTIN08...you will know when you have arrived at THE weight that is right for you.



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LJOHN44 10/8/2010 9:30PM

    I have a new tattoo as one of my final goals too- not my ultimat goal- that's a trip to someplace really good (no idea where!). I've been eyeballing a phoenix tattoo for a long time (10 years) I won't allow myself to get it until I lose the weight. I plan on asking my doctor what my goal weight should be. For now I put down a number that is in the middle for BMI for my height (5'3")

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SHERYLDS 10/8/2010 6:49PM

    Think of the fun you'll have shopping for new clothes.


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FLIGGACHICA 10/8/2010 6:42PM

    nice!

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LOSETHEWTIN08 10/8/2010 6:22PM

    Sweetie your body will tell you when you are at the right weight. Have a great weekend.

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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 repeat..it'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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VICIOUS421 10/4/2010 4:41AM

    emoticon

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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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