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Small Incentives as Rewards

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Have I said I struggle with rewards? Yeah. That. Still.

Well, SP offers some rewards, and I do find it a pleasure to find this in my inbox

That is

And I'm also happy to be getting back on this streak

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MTULLY 7/23/2014 11:27PM

    Always a good feeling to be back in the game! emoticon

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On Track

Monday, July 21, 2014

I have not been able to realistically continue to post a blog daily on a long term basis. I needed to do that during my 15 day streaks to keep myself accountable and motivated. But I'm working on some other things, too, and my time is limited. So I am just reporting in to say that I am 100% on track with my exercise plan for July of at minimum 10 minutes per day. It was tough to form the habit, but it's getting there.

As I've been determinedly pressing on to re-form this habit for my physical and mental health and well-being, I was delighted to read Sparkguy's blog about his journey. I could identify with it in many aspects. Here is a link if you want to read it for yourself.

A quote from his blog: "In my past attempts at longer streaks, I have found that the true magic starts to kick in somewhere between Day 90 to Day 180 (so, from 3-6 months)."

I found this somewhat comforting. I thought I shouldn't still have to be arguing with myself some days to get in that exercise. But I am not alone in the struggle.

I'm still pondering rewards.

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    3 - 6 months. Sigh.

When I was walking 10K a day, that was true for me as well.

So glad for you that you are on track!

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KITT52 7/22/2014 8:27AM


we are all different, we all need to find what works for us...
after 8 years with spark people I have just begun to feel like it is now my way of life...yet I can still fall back to some of my old habits....I still remind my self daily that I am worth all the hard work it takes to stay healthy....but it can be done

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    I loved his blog, also! emoticon

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Sustainable Exercise

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I came across this post this evening by Diane Carbonell who has lost 158 pounds and kept it off for 16 years. It echoes my thoughts, my goals, my philosophy.

I've said many times at the beginning of this journey: "changes I can live with for a lifetime." It's why I set a 10 fitness minutes per day goal to get back on track - because it's doable. When you have 100+ pounds to lose, doable is good; because, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Thanks, self. I needed that reminder!


I'm pondering something. Am I noticing a trend that when I'm doing strength training I don't lose? And when I exercise to extreme that I don't lose? I'm wondering if I would be better off to drop the strength training for awhile to get my weight moving downward again? Has anyone else noticed this type of trend for yourself?

Nevertheless, I'm all for sustainable changes that I can live with for a lifetime.

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    What came to mind when I read this was, I have read several gurus who say to exercise no more than 45mins at a time; 35-45 is perfect.

The people who say this say it's related to whole-body inflammation; that more than 45 mins completely stresses out the body.

I don't know if I believe them or not; it just sprang to mind when I read your blog. It fits your symptoms. Do a clinical trial on yourself; stop when you reach 40 mins. See what happens w/your weight that week.

I suspect this is one of those "true for some but not true for all" situations.

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LIVINGSIMPLY355 7/11/2014 2:11PM

    I too have had a struggle with the amount of exercise I do.
For me I find that if I do too much of anything it can cause my body to hold the weight instead of letting it go.
It would not be a good idea to drop strength training as we need that to increase bone density and muscle strength. However, the key here is to find the balance of exercise between cardio and ST.
For me, I find that 30-60 minutes a day total is a good balance.
So you may want to try and lower the total amount of exercise per day.
If you choose to do more, try doing something less strenuous.
Remember to keep drinking water when you exercise and use the trackers to keep track of the calories in and calories burned.

Hope you can find the balance you need!

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KITT52 7/11/2014 3:49AM

    for me it is the other way, when I strength train regularly I loose weight or have an easier time maintaining.....
wonder if you track food calories....if I don't plan my meals and watch my calories I gain weight ....For me I have learned to not count on exercise to maintain my weight...I rely on eating a mostly vegetable based meal plan....with learn protein...for me it's not just calories in and calories out...

But as I always say, find what works for you and stick with it...as you know I have maintain most of my weight loss for nearly 5 years.....

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    Have you tried reworking your nutrition and fitness goals area of your program to see if it will give you a different calorie range???

Keep working at a solution! There is one out there for you!!


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EMMACORY 7/10/2014 7:44PM

    Per Spark ST helps your metabolism. I would drop back on cardio not ST. It is all about finding the balance that works for us and not doubt it changes over time too. emoticon

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

So . . . the scale says I gained 9 pounds since last week's weigh in. Wha-a-a-a? I'm being faced with the temptation of giving up and eating whatever I please or restricting to an incredibly low caloric intake.

I know, I know! None of these are adult or reasonable, but really!?

That's my emotional rant.
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*There is no way in the world this can be fat gain. That's 31,500 calories. There is NO WAY that I even ate that many calories over the past week, let alone that many OVER my necessary intake.

*My eating has been under control.

*I have been faithfully exercising daily per my schedule.

*** I have a choice ***

Balancing emotion and fact - there must be something going on in my body that I can't explain, so here is my choice:

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    Heat and humidity can make you swell up. Literally. I never hear anyone talk about that.

If it's not the heat it's probably water and hormones.

Or all 3.

If you're constipated that could be 6lbs of it (sorry).

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KITT52 7/10/2014 7:12PM

    I agree. stay calm..maybe its water weight....this happens to me...


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NELLIEC 7/9/2014 11:27PM

    May I suggest seeing a doctor who might have some ideas that could be tested. 9 lb. doesn't sound reasonable.

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LIVINGSIMPLY355 7/9/2014 9:13PM

    I like the choice you have made in this situation.
"Keep calm and carry on".
It could be a number of things...too much salt, water retention, wrong types of carbs, the heat...I agree with Beverly on her points.

It can be frustrating when things don't go the way you want.
I too suggest that you take some time and reevaluate the possible causes of the weight gain. When things are put right, you may find the weight will come off very quickly.

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LNISDES 7/9/2014 9:04PM

    Excellent choice! And well said. Lately I feel like the scale and I are in a very unhealthy relationship....When it says what I want I get giddy, but when it does not meet my needs I am like a teen-ager getting stood up for prom, i.e. inconsolable! I try and try, but that scale does not love me back! lol. I finally bought a tape measure and took some measurements on July 1 so I have another objective way to see progress. Hopefully, we will have a more mature relationship than me and the scale! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/9/2014 8:51PM

    Don't give up!! Re-evaluate and keep pushing!!

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    A very good choice indeed!!! It could be muscle weight, water weight, medications, too much salt, not enough water, or too hot! It could be any number of things. Don't play the "what happened" game. Stay calm and keep moving forward!


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Rest Day

Sunday, July 06, 2014

In balance to my June 1 blog about how I gained 20+ pounds, I'm working on a blog about how I'm working to arrest that downward spiral into the dark abyss to turn it around into an upward spiral. I expected to share it with you today, but I am finding it taking a great deal of concentration to write and much more painful than I expected. Maybe I'm not quite ready - or maybe it will end up being a journal entry instead of a blog.

So, instead, I'm just here to say how much I'm enjoying my rest day from exercise. I am so thankful I've incorporated a rest day into my July exercise schedule. It's been beneficial to me in many ways. After all, the Creator demonstrated and taught us about a rest day.

Thankful today for a rest day.

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    I think I'm going to have Saturday, which is actually the sabbath anyway, as my day of rest, unless I'm working. I think I'll have Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. We'll see. Thanks to you I'm working on my weekly schedule. And thanks to you I think I'm just going to do 10 min exercise streaks. I think I'm going to do 10 day streaks; 3 per month for 3 months. I know everyone says to get 30 mins a day, but, just like you did on your streaks, I probably will most days, by telling myself I'm doing 10.

I can empathize with painful writing. It's always healthy but it's not easy. Part of The Journey, I suspect. Writing is one of the named tools of Overeaters Anonymous.

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LINDAF49 7/6/2014 9:05PM

    YES!!! I am so thankful for our day of rest each week - we work so hard through the week and then Sunday sleep in just a little bit. take more talk time with dear husband, church fellowship and worship time and then home to rest and catch up on facebook friends, famiy notes, filling in the prayer notes and request, study a little bit and Spark bit.

And I don't feel guilty if the pedometer doesn't even get put on for the day!!! Blessing to you dear one and looking forward to your next ventures. Love and prayers. Linda in WA

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    emoticon Recovering from the past year has been difficult for both of us in our own different ways! I know how you feel!


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KITT52 7/6/2014 6:18PM

    enjoy your rest day..I know I am enjoying mine

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