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It's Officially Fall

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chilly weather has set in but oddly I'm liking it. I'm more of a "mild weather" person but I have to say walking without sweating sure is nice!! My goals have changed from exercising every day to exercising 3-4 times a week. Too much stress for me when I try to plan a week of exercising knowing full well I won't do it because: 1. I'm not that motivated. 2. Not enough hours in a day. Pretty lame excuses but for now I'm still going for the 3-4 times a week!

Signed up for a Yoga class and paid in advance for six weeks so that will motivate me to go. Decided that working out in 10-15 minute sessions is better than trying to do a full half hour or one hour which it usually ends up being. I'll try to do that 2 times a week. So those two things plus my regular walking a couple times a week should be a good program for me at the moment. When this gets boring, I'll switch it up. I'm really getting great tips from both the regular SparkPeople and the SparkCoach Programs. Little tips here and there have helped me stay with the program when I feel like quitting. Gotta keep on keeping on! (Boy, that phrase dates me!!) : )

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LHLADY517 10/24/2012 10:49PM

    I thought we had fall, but it turned summer again: Mid 80's today with very high humidity.

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PJ2222 10/24/2012 9:37AM

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Vacation's Over

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Back from vacation yesterday. Can't say I followed the plan fully but I did get some exercise in if you count walking 2-3 miles a day at a "browsing" pace. Time to get back on the wagon and follow the program more carefully. I liked today's SparkCoach visualization..... made me think about what's important to me and what I would do if I could accomplish just ONE thing on my bucket list. If you told me I could go to Italy next year if I reached my goal weight by a certain time, I'd be all over it!!!! Obviously that's a very big item on my list, but because it's so important to me, I'd stick to my diet like flies to tacky paper!!!

So why not just try and reach my goal weight because it's "healthy" for me? I really enjoyed the scenery while on vacation that it occurred to me how lucky I am to be able to appreciate Fall and the many beautiful scenes it paints in my part of the country. I want to be able to experience that "feeling" for many years to come. I want to be able to walk through the leaves in the woods and not have any aches or pains in my knees, joints, back, etc. I want to have enough breath to breathe in as much fresh fall air as I can. Just to be able to do these things should be enough motivation for me to eat healthier and exercise more.

What do I appreciate these things only when I'm on vacation? Once home again, I let life get in the way of enjoying life! Maybe I should make up some flash cards or something like that to remind me to stop and smell the "leaves" along the way. And put them up all over the house and in my car!!!

Anyway, vacation's over..... but life is still good.


My Real Goal

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

After watching the video on SparkCoach today, I decided I needed to write down my reason for wanting to lose 10-15 pounds. Actually there are several but they all boil down to one thing.....TO BE HEALTHY! I want to be healthy as I get older and feel good. I saw my father in excruciating pain when he had a massive heart attack. He passed away 11 years later due to another heart attack. My family is prone to heart conditions. There is NO way I want to go through that! I can't even stand the sight of blood let alone having someone perform bypass surgery on me!!! Oh, did I mention I can't stand pain either???? Very low tolerance. So now that I think about it, my reason for losing weight is actually to avoid having a heart attack. I know the ONLY way to do that is to eat healthy, exercise and lose the weight. Ten to fifteen pounds may not sound like a lot, but on a short person like myself, it could do some damage. I'm already on medication for high cholesterol. One way to avoid the temptation of eating sweets (my downfall) is picturing the fat in those baked goods running through my blood and clogging up my arteries. Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't....... the point is that I do practice this exercise and will eventually get much better at it.

I have been very lucky health-wise so far and I need to take advantage of the fact that I can still walk, job, cycle, rollerblade, or whatever other exercise I like to do. I can't do the aerobics I did 10 years ago, but so what? If I didn't do any exercise I could have a heart attack and end up not being able to exercise at all!! So I need to take advantage of the opportunity now to get out there and do what I can to avoid the thing that scares me the most...... having a heart attack. I think I just talked myself in a nice long walk!!!! Gotta go.....

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SAINTBETH 9/25/2012 11:00AM

    self-examination is good

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Are You Serious?!?!?!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Went to Panera Bread tonight with my husband thinking I'd have a nice healthy dinner. I ordered the Turkey with Cranberry Panini on Ciabatta. Was I SHOCKED to find out when I left and looked at the chart (which I should have done when I ordered) that it was 770 calories!! MAMA MIA!!!! So that put me about 400 calories over my goal for today! Totally depressing!!!! I will remember to check the calories next time I order anything there!! Will have to work extra hard tomorrow during my work out. Should have followed the Beck Diet Solution rules that I'm trying to follow.....if I'm not "really" hungry, don't eat it! I could have been satisfied with half the sandwhich. But I got taken in by the goodness of it! Will have to remember to gage my hunger from now on! When I do that, it seems to help. Problem is ..... I forget to do that!

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TREECAT2 9/21/2012 10:18AM

    Oh, they have the calories listed at our Panera too ..... but did I check it out first?? NO!!! Like Slenderella said.....LESSON LEARNED!!!! : (

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CODILYNN2 9/21/2012 9:33AM

    Here they have the Calories listed right next to the price- the one day I was craving their Mac and Cheese and saw the 900 Cals and totally freaked me out- so I got the soup!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/21/2012 1:29AM

    Good lesson learned!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/20/2012 9:40PM

    I also went to panera today with my husband for lunch...he ordered the same sandwich you did except he had half sandwich and a cup of soup. I had half a cuban and was also shocked by the glad they post the calories thought makes it a little easier to stay within range.

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Just Another Manic Monday

Monday, September 17, 2012

Well it's Monday and, again, another busy day underway. Did get up early to get my walk in before I started my busy schedule. Seemed like the time went by so fast because I had so much on my mind today of all the things that I wanted to get done. I guess I should cut down my "list" of things to do and just be more flexible. Most important though is getting together with some friends today and driving along the lake looking for some good antique deals. I just like looking. And if they stop for ice cream....... oh well....... I don't need it!!! (Of course I say that now!) : )

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LHLADY517 9/17/2012 8:44PM

    Sounds like a great day.

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