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new treadmill, need some advice, please...

Monday, September 12, 2011

good morning to all ...
my husband surprised me with a new treadmill, awe,..he is so sweet !
anyways, i need some advice on how should i do this as a work out?
how many min should i walk?
should i keep it flat or at an incline?
it can go up to 10 mph.shows minutes ,and distance and calories burned.
how fast should i walk?
and should i walk more than once a day?
this is a new piece of equipment for me, so i just thought y'all could help me out on some questions that i have..
thanks for any advice..
i am so stoked to start on it...:)

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RGEETING 1/13/2012 4:57PM

    I have no wisdom or advice to add - but I'll be happy to say
for an awesome surprise and an awesome husband!

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MOMMY2TWO07 9/15/2011 2:46AM

    Wow your hubby is awesome ! I want a treadmill so bad so maybe I could work up into running eventually, but haven't had any luck finding a used one and can't afford a new one right now. I am thankful I have a stationary bike though. Hope you enjoy your treadmill !

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JESSICA2140 9/13/2011 2:58PM

    Your hub ROCKS!! We might need to introduce him to my hub...although I'm afraid mine might rub off on yours, instead of the other way around :)

As for the treadmill...slight incline is better for your knees and joints (you aren't pounding straight down on your joints that way, it's more of a muscle push/pull). As for the speed and duration...listen to your body at first (for a week or so). Do what you can, check your heart rate periodically to make sure that you are both in the fat burn range and also not exceeding the fat burn range. After that, it depends on what you like to do!! I like HIIT training on cardio machines, but longer steadier workouts do just as well...they just take a little longer. It's really about your personal preferences and what your body can handle!!

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KITTY_M 9/13/2011 9:47AM

    I read in an article that putting the incline to 1% helps bump your calorie burn closer to what it would be if you were walking outside.

I usually warm-up at a slower pace for five minutes and cool down at the end for five minutes. How many minutes in between depends on how fast I'm walking or if I'm doing an interval workout.

I either walk a longer walk first thing in the morning with maybe a short one before dinner or a series of shorter walks.

It's really up to you. I'd start slow and see what feels like a good speed for you to start with. Then work on having minutes of walking faster or adding hills or playing with it from there.

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SKYRUNHER 9/13/2011 5:23AM

    Congratulations on getting your own Weapon of Ass Reduction (WAR for short)!! I love mine! I would suggest that you start at your regular walking speed with no incline.. and walking on it so that you don't have to hold on.. once you get used to walking on it, then you can start bumping up the incline and/or going faster. Check to see if yours has different programmed workouts. I do and I occasionally do them as it puts some variety in the work out. As for the time frame, it depends on you, I try to get at least a half hour though. I have to be honest.. I have mine in the den, not far from my computer so I occasionally drop in a DVD or watch a TV show I missed and use that as my time frame. When I do, I'm on it for much longer then a half hour!

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/12/2011 4:25PM

    HI. I have NO IDEA!!! I have never had or used a treadmill. ( known as a dreadmill to many )LOL. I am sooo jealous. I would love one but we have NO room! I think you have a very special DH and he deserves a big kiss emoticon. Have a great time and walk, walk, walk away the pounds.


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I'm no expert but I would say walk at a regular pace, where you fell comfortable and you don't have to hold on to the hand rails. By all means use the clip that attaches to your clothes from the machine, that shuts down the treadmill if you should slip or fall it will shut down very quickly. I started really slow at 2.8 mph 3.0 mph and stayed there for a while but everyone is different. There is an SP team i think for people who use treadmill...You can do it just take your time. In a while you will be running on that thing!


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BBORDEN86 9/12/2011 10:53AM

    Wow, what an awesome husband!! I agree with AMY. It's completely up to you. At first, definitely start slow until you are used to walking on it. How long is completely up to you too. Don't do too much at one time, you don't want to hurt yourself. Just feel it out first. It takes some getting used to, but once you do you'll love it. Look online, or Spark for walking plans, they have interval training. Which is change the pace/incline throughout the workout. Enjoy your new machine!!! : )

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AMY_1217 9/12/2011 10:38AM

    Yay! That's great!! What a wonderful surprise from the hubby.

I'd say just hop on and start going! Once you get a feel for how stable you'll be on the treadmill, you'll know how fast you can go on it safely. I tend to stay pretty slow on a treadmill, because I don't have the best coordination. If I get up over 3.8 or so, I have to hold on to the rails the whole time or I feel like I'm going to trip.

With the incline, again, its up to what you feel comfortable with. I'd start flat and then work up to an incline. You can do intervals with speed and incline as well. Always start off slow and flat, then you can increase the speed or pitch for a designated amount of time, then back it off a bit to catch your breath for a minute or so, then do another interval. There's lots of versatility on a treadmill.

Congrats on the new machine! That's going to be my next big purchase. I'll be saving for a while though. The one I want is almost $2000. lol

Have a great time on there! Congrats again. :D

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just a little humor... plink! plink! plink!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A middle-aged woman seemed sheepish as she visited her gynaecologist.
"Come now," coaxed the doctor, "You're been seeing me for years!
There is nothing you can't tell me.
"This one's kind of strange...."
Let me be the judge of that, the doctor replied
well she said, yesterday i went to the bathroom in the morning and heard a plink-plink-plink in the toilet, and when i looked down, the water was full of pennies.
"I see "
that afternoon i went again and there was nickels in the bowl
that night, there was dimes, and this morning there were quarters !
you've got to tell me what's wrong with me !
the doctor put a comforting hand on her shoulder...
"there, there. it's nothing to be scared about.
you're simply going through the change."

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SKYRUNHER 9/1/2011 4:10AM

    that's too funny!!

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RONNIE0404 8/31/2011 11:43PM

    Wew! Glad I'm not the only one this happened to!

I'm baaaaaack! emoticon

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RGEETING 8/31/2011 1:44PM

    FUNNY! Tho' my hubby said, "that's sad - no - worse than that.. pitiful!" - but I literally laughed out loud!

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I don't know how long.....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I am very sad this morning,
I got some news that a dear friend of mine is not doing good at all. She is in the hospital and has a heart problem.
Her heart should be pumping 65 % but it is only pumping 20 % and sometimes goes lower , and she found out something is wrong with her liver too.
She is only 43 years old.
The hospital is sending her home in a day or so and is setting up for hospice to come to her home and check on her, to me that is not a good sign..
She told me that she, maybe has 6 months to live or sooner, she could go into cardiac arrest or stop breathing.
She has 1 daughter and 2 sons, all whom are in the 20's and she has 10 grands. some are step grands but never less, their her grands.
she told me,... she's not ready to die, she has to much to live for, and grands to watch grow up....
my heart is heavy, ... i don't know how to comfort her, i don't know what to say,... i'm shocked and stunned and sadden by all of this , it's just so sudden.
I pray to GOD, that he takes care of her and her family.
I pray for the best for her and hope she can be with us longer than what the doctor's have told her.
I ask of you all,... to keep her( Louise) in your prayers...
thank you for listening...

hugs, Terri emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 8/18/2011 4:10PM

    Prayers sent. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOONBIRD 8/17/2011 10:43PM

    I'm so sorry about your friend. emoticon

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RGEETING 8/13/2011 4:09AM

    Terri - I, too, am sorry for your grief... It really is sudden, but I'm thinking... God has given her a gift of time (albeit not a lot of time). She has the opportunity to treasure every minute with her kids and grandkids... A chance to say or write what needs to be communicated. A lesson we all need to practice every day that God gives to us.

Praying for your friend and her family - and for you, my friend!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 8/12/2011 7:57AM

    I am so sorry for your frined.I know how hard it is.Just remember we are here for you.

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SKYRUNHER 8/12/2011 3:48AM

    I'm truly sorry to hear about your friend.. that is shocking news. If you need a friend to reach out to.. we are here.

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ROCHELLE62 8/12/2011 2:53AM

    The heart failure can be overcome in some cases, my brother recovered from an ejection faction of 17, but the hospice isn't good at all. they have given up on her recovering. I'm so sorry. Today my blog was dedicated to my brothers and their heart failure. Live well.

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RONNIE0404 8/11/2011 10:50PM

    Terri, I am so sorry for your sorrow and Louise's health issues. There is nothing that God cannot do. I will keep you and Louise in my prayers.

Sending hugs your way my dear friend. emoticon

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KARENDEE4 8/11/2011 12:06AM

    emoticonSo Sorry! emoticon
I think being there for her is so wonderful!

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JEANBAPTC 8/10/2011 7:35PM

    So Sorry to hear about your friend Terry. She, you and her friends are in my prayers... emoticon emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/10/2011 2:41PM

    I am so sorry! I'll be praying for your friend!


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Have you ever ???

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Good morning,...
I was looking at some old pictures and it hit me like a ton of bricks, how did i let myself get so big? how come i didn't see this weight creeping up ? why don't family or friends just tell me that i was getting bigger?
how come now, i can see how big i was, why not then?
did i really just look at my face in the mirror and not my body?
or did i really just avoid looking at myself all together?
i was just wondering if anyone has done the same thing?
i guess now that i have lost some weight , i can see the difference. i am going to make a promise to myself, i am going to try my hardest never to avoid that mirror again, i will be more aware of how i look .so that this weight will not creep back up on me.

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BECKYB73 8/5/2011 6:09PM

    Been there, done that...struggle to keep looking sometimes, but you have to.

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MOONBIRD 8/5/2011 4:02PM

    I did the same thing. I knew I was big, but I didn't realize how big. I saw a photo taken of me, a full body shot, and cried, and from then on started losing weight. I look back at them often to remind myself how far I've come.

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SRHALLIN 7/29/2011 9:54AM

    So much insight in such a short post. I think that there is an almost (though, not quite) universal disdain for having pictures taken when we are unhappy with ourselves. Appearances aside, I think that the general tendency is to avoid being in a position to look at ourselves or whatever painful experience is prompting us to wound ourselves.

That isn't just a statement about weight. I think that it is more a mental state of 'punishing' ones' self to the point - for whatever reason - that we are no longer able to look at the abused creature we have become.

Some of us find the strength as we journey through this world to look up and see the results of our punishing behavior, and decide to defend ourselves. I think most - if not all - SParkers are on that new course. We are ready, now, to look at ourselves - at where we are coming from - and to find a healthier way of dealing with those past hurts and frustrations. Certainly, you sound ready as one gets. Well done!

Best wishes to you on your journey to good health and personal happiness!

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CONICONSTANCE 7/28/2011 6:30PM

  Yea I totally get this. I look in the mirror sometimes and I'm OK.. but then I'll see myself in a three way mirror at the mall and I about die. I'll catch a glimpse of this person in a security camera and I look around only to realize that is me! I too wear a weird goggle that hadn't allowed me to see the real me. I wonder if that is a defense mechanism in our brains?

I'm glad you are changing to a healthier new you. It is a wonderful thing

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PAULKNUTH 7/28/2011 4:54PM

    It is mental image thing.

I did not notice the first 50 pounds lost because my mental image was probably 50 - 75 pounds lower than reality.

Even now - my mental image is probably 25 pounds lower than reality but that's okay - I'm digging being smaller.

You are one of the great Sparkers!!!

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SKYRUNHER 7/28/2011 5:46AM

    I go through that a lot to be honest. Some days it gets depressing so I stop. I have to remind myself that I'm no longer in that situation and being active is a big part of my life. I still think that I'm the same size though.. I keep seeing myself at my heaviest weight..

Being aware of what we do and how we look helps us along on this journey but don't focus on the bad.. focus on the good that you are doing.. because trust me my friend, you are doing a lot of good!

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RONNIE0404 7/27/2011 8:35PM

    I think a lot of us got to where we are with blinders on. The good thing is that you started making changes for the better.

I knew how I looked. I was just didn't care back then. Guess what? I care now!

You're doing great Terri. Keep up the awesome job! emoticon

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SHELLIEBELLIE2 7/27/2011 2:40PM

    oh man ya i remember when it hit me like a bagel gone bad!!!!!!!sitting in the docs office and looking at his chart and my bmi was 54% ya, realizing i was half fat hit me harder than the numbers on the scale !!!!!! when did it happen, how could i have let myself become this,,,,who was this person looking back at me in the mirror, and would i ever find ME again????? ya , ive been there......lets all join hands and take the journey not back to where we were, but the new and improved who we are work ing on now...... emoticon

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KIMSPDX 7/27/2011 2:21PM

    When I look at old pictures, I remember how fat I thought I was and wonder why I couldn't see that I was really okay. I think as I gained weight I stopped looking at myself, though, because I just couldn't accept already thinking I was horribly fat and yet still getting bigger.

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KARENDEE4 7/27/2011 12:15PM

    Good for you!!

I did not see the weight either. I think I had " Fat goggles" on. I saw what I wanted to see.

You can do it!!!

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I'm so happy,... i could just,.... spark !

Monday, July 11, 2011

let me start off by saying,... for those who don't know i have been stuck at the same number since june 25th, was getting very discouraged and having thoughts of being defeated on this battle to lose weight, yet i would cheer on my fellow sparkies, but at the same time wasn't telling myself, that it will happen ,just have patience.
i guess some of us wants this weight to come off as quick as it can! i know i do !
i'm almost at the 50 lbs lost mark, only 2 more lbs to go and i'll be there.
still hoping to get to my goal by dec. don't know if i will, but i'm going to hang in and try my hardest to continue to take it off.
i had a very busy weekend, lots of outside work, i picked blueberries and went to a farm down the road and picked peaches.
jacob and i did our normal routine and got the yard work done too.
i have put up alot of blueberries and peaches into the freezer, whew , that took up quite a bit of time,so for the last 2 evenings that's what i've been doing ,
i had picked 2 bushels of peaches and 1 bushel of blueberries to put up in the freezer.
i got 24 , 2 quart bags of blueberries, and ended up with 20 ,2 quart bags of peaches, when it was all done,plus i gave some to my grandsboys and family.
i just wanted y'all to know i have been grinning from ear to ear ever since i weighed and did so over and over for the past 2 days to make sure . lol
keep on sparkin my friends, hugs to all !

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GEORGIA_KAY 7/16/2011 4:27PM

    it really can be so terribly frustrating when we get stuck for awhile without losing anything. I'm so glad you recaptured your spark--and also really grateful that you take the time to spread that spark around to other sparkfriends (like me) :)



48 pounds is a WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO moment!
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MOONBIRD 7/14/2011 9:52PM

    I so feel ya on this one! I have been stuck for a while too, and it's frustrating. We plan on going blueberry picking soon too and I can't wait. I am glad you're feeling more positive now. Stay that way and I know good things will happen for you!

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AMY_1217 7/13/2011 12:43PM

    I'm glad your spark is shining again. And thank you for all your support. Especially last week, when I needed it most.

I'm sorry the weight loss has stalled out. It sucks when you want to see that number go down so badly you can taste it, and it just won't budge. But like you said, only 2 pounds to go to get to 50. That's a huge accomplishment!

Thank you Terri, for being such a wonderful spark friend!

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-KATHERINE- 7/11/2011 11:24PM

    emoticonThat's totally awesome! You are going to get there! What a great way to stock up on your fruits emoticon

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LISAWILLBEFIT 7/11/2011 6:26PM

    Woohoo i am so happy for you...and fresh picked peaches yummy

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PAULKNUTH 7/11/2011 4:03PM

    That's great - you finally got the scales to move. Awesome.

May the next plateau be far away!


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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 7/11/2011 3:48PM

    Yay! I know how slow this process can be, but every small choice we make to take care of ourselves is a step in the right direction, no matter what the scale says.

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RONNIE0404 7/11/2011 3:40PM

    Who's got their Spark on?.... Who? Who? Who?
Terri's got her Spark on!...Woo, Woo-Hoo!

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KITTY_M 7/11/2011 3:15PM

    Way to go!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 7/11/2011 3:02PM

    So proud of you!

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TAZZIT1 7/11/2011 2:09PM

    very cool wtg Hugs

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