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Learn to Love Exercise

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I learned to love exercise during the BLC22. It started with midnight workouts and a workout buddy. At the beginning, I hated it and wasn't consistent. I joined the Official 10-Minute Exercise Streak Challenge and began doing 20 minute workouts, 10 minutes ST videos and 10 minutes SP Cardio Blast DVD. As the days went by, I kept my streak alive with these short workouts. I had found my motivation to exercise. I tried the 80's Aerobic workout on the DVD and fell in love. Memories of days gone by flooded my mind.I was truly having fun now. I started working with greater intensity as I found something I enjoyed. Then I began adding minutes slowly and doubled the time I worked out. This week I'm doing 40 minute workouts and next week i plan on increasing it to 60, Where will I go from there? The sky's the limit!

My advice: Find a time you enjoy working out. Start small and start a streak. Find a workout buddy. And find something you enjoy!

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 9/1/2013 3:22PM

    Isn't it amazing? I'm amazed how at my age I have learned , dare I say, to love my fitness classes. It's so key to find what motivates you such, such as type of fitness and time of day. Keep up the fabulous work.

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COOLMAMA11 8/29/2013 6:38PM

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KATI5668 8/28/2013 11:35AM

    great words...& yep know what ya mean about finding what you can love.
the music on the Richard Simmons work out DVD's is memory land for me..& I just feel better while doing his work out to music of my youth.

then I got a Country line dancing DVD...I used to love to TwoStep..
when in OK & TX it seemed there was a dance place on every corner & country was the music of the day..I had a partner that was super good & we could close the place down. Those days are gone but the music brings them back..

Sweet memories of days gone by!

Got to dash off to work..but enjoyed your blog very much!

Ta 4 now... emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 8/28/2013 6:57AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Midnight Workout

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I've been working out at midnight the last couple of weeks and I'm on an daily exercise streak. Today made day 12. emoticon My sleep time varies. I prefer to sleep in the mornings between 0600 and 3 pm. Wednesday, I got up at 0300 am and napped from 9 pm to 1130 pm, so basically today was an early morning workout for me. That works best. I had to delay my cardio as my DH was sleeping and I didn't want to be stomping around to my cardio DVD and wake him up. The delay only gave me an opportunity to try and talk myself out of continuing my workout. With the help of my husband and his encouragement when he got up at 3 am, i was able to push through and do 30 minutes of aerobic dance. Thanks DH!

  
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IMLOCOLINDA 9/12/2013 8:25AM

    I did my 5K at 2 a.m. I'm a nite owl...always have been! Good to know there are a few out there. I love to walk under the stars!

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TRYJESUS2DAY 9/2/2013 6:01PM

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KIWINURSE 8/25/2013 3:37AM

    That is great. I am a night shift nurse, so that would work for me! That is one reason that I joined Anytime fitness so that I could go anytime! I work 7P-7A so have been trying to work out before coming to work :)
Christine

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SWEETNEEY 8/24/2013 11:54AM

    One time when I was training for a marathon with a group of friends - we were scheduling our 20 miler. Previously we'd done 18 miles and left out about 4a.m. My suggestion was we should start at 9 p.m. and we'd finish about 3 a.m. Then we could go home and go to bed. I was overruled - we started at 3:30 a.m. - I basically didn't sleep that night. No we're not the fastest - but we're the most DETERMINED.

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/23/2013 10:44PM

    I sleep poorly at night and have been thinking about changing my sleeping times. I like your blog because it has given me some ideas. emoticon

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P.S. When you write comments to your friends right on your blog here, they may not know it since SP has not set up notices back to us. I wanted to tell you since you wrote some nice comments to your friends. emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 8/23/2013 2:43PM

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MELP06 8/22/2013 9:25PM

    Great job! emoticon emoticon

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BUNBUN2010 8/22/2013 7:05PM

    You workout at midnight??? Now that is true dedication..way to go!!!

-Ashley

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NELLIEC 8/22/2013 5:18PM

    I'm glad your hubby encouraged you! emoticon

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BARBANNA 8/22/2013 2:40PM

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7 Things That Are More Fun or Easier Now that I'm Healthier

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

1. Walking. When I first came to SparkPeople, I weighed 199 and was only able to walk a short distance without back pain. I stopped often, every 5 minutes to stretch my back just trying to get 15 minutes of walking in, Now, I'm able to complete a 5K without stopping at all in 50 minutes and have even begun incorporated jogging intervals. I love my morning walks/jogs in the fall and winter.

2. Sleeping. I had terrible insomnia when I first got here, unable to go to sleep for hours each night. I took the Official Better Sleep Challenge and now sleep at least 7 hours pretty consistently, falling asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow.

3. Just being out of bed. When I first got here, I laid in bed all day and night watching movies. Now, I'm active and out of bed. Except for my planned fitness, I'm still pretty sedentary, sitting at my computer all day but I no longer find it necessary to stay in bed.

4. Grocery Shopping. I love the produce section and the wide array of colors, textures, and tastes of the fruits and veggies (freggies). Before, I shopped in the aisles, buying junk food and highly proceessed foods.

5. Cooking by scratch. I love to cook by scratch now. I make SparkRecipes often. It used to be high calorie, high sodium, and high fat dinners as convenient as I could find frozen included.

6. Walk the puppies. This is way fun! My little chihuahuas are my walking buddies. They run by themselves trying to keep up with me. Poor puppies never got any exercise because I didn't.

7. Exercising, I remember getting a Special K workout video and couldn't get past the warm up without being out of breath and hurting. I ended up giving it away. This morning I worked out 47 minutes straight!

My life has gotten easier and more fun since becoming healthy and I know I'll have more ways the healthier I become!

  
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TRYJESUS2DAY 9/2/2013 6:06PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 9/1/2013 3:25PM

    Fabulous. Recognizing the changes is so pivotal to our continued journey. Celebrating the changes is just as important. So celebrate the you you are finding. emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 8/23/2013 10:22AM

    I love this blog...How awesome you are...Keep up the hard work and keep blogging..You are an inspiration to all of us. What is the Official Better Sleep Challenge?

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WAY2GOCAT 8/22/2013 1:25PM

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/22/2013 7:01AM

    You have really made progress. emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 8/22/2013 12:45AM

    That was a thoughtful question to answer.... emoticon

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NELLIEC 8/21/2013 8:20PM

    Being able to do more is wonderful!

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BARBANNA 8/21/2013 7:10PM

    Glad you are doing so much better. It makes an amazing difference in many ways. What happened to the other 7. Hope this has a continuation! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon

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Plateau - A Victory

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wow...I'm maintaining
I've been maintaining @143 lbs for 9 months.
i am not yet as low as i'd like to be.
and i am sort've stuck at the 56 lb weight loss level.
BUT--even though this is a plateau, i'll take it until i get to goal. emoticon
(plateaus are how you see them.)

  
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WAY2GOCAT 8/18/2013 3:17AM

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FUNGIRL81005 8/17/2013 3:08PM

    Your loss to date is great!! Maintaining is good... emoticon

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KPETSCHE 8/16/2013 11:31AM

    I know what you mean - I've been hoovering around the 142 pound range for way too long, but it's still better than I was 26 pounds ago. It's all how you look at it and I'm looking at it as "I'm at a healthier place right now"!

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LYNNIERN 8/16/2013 9:20AM

    Congratulations on maintaining your weight loss for 9 months; that is awesome!



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ARIESGIRL71 8/16/2013 6:47AM

    wow, 56 lbs is quite an accomplishment! Hold steady & im positive you will reach your goals. emoticon

Jennifer

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BEEJAY49 8/16/2013 5:36AM

    You are doing great! :) Maybe change up your routine from time to time and that will help you jump off that plateau. :) I love your attitude and you WILL do this! HUGS!

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LIVING4TODAY 8/15/2013 8:19PM

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Salt is Evil!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Well, not really! Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins you hear about, It's not fruit of the Spirit as in Galations 5:22, 23.

Last night, I lost control with the potato chips (again ) and I'm paying for it on the scales this morning. I went from 138 lbs to 144.8 lbs overnight! I can fluctuate this much with water weight, so I should know better. But I wasn't thinking of the sodium. Yeah, I noticed the cheesy, salty, greasiness of the chip and I...........loved it. Forgot about ME for a minute. The real ME, the ME that wants to eat healthy, the Me that wants to exercise, and the ME that likes to drink water. I followed the lust of the flesh, and just went for it But, there's always consequences to every action we take, whether to binge on potato chips or eat some yummy! rice cakes for the crunch, I should have went for the rice cakes. Now, I'm suffering the consequences for my behavior: bloating and weight gain.

It's time to repent, to turn it around, to get back up, and forgive myself. All is not lost! Yes, I missteped. I'm not perfect, but I misstep a whole lot less now than I used to. What can I do differently today? What are 2 steps I can take in the right direction for a healthier ME? I definitely need to OD on water and I can choose to eat healthy today, no potato chips, no trigger foods.



  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/19/2013 9:20AM

    Spiritual lessons aside, there are better forms of "salt" - and the evilness is in processors using the bleached salt "sodium chloride" on these YUMMMY potato chips!! I hear ya there, tho, because for me there is no such thing as "just one chip" or "just one single-sized portion". NoSireeeeBob!!

Pineapple, watermelon, celery, bananas, parsley even a little bit of milk all work as diuretics to help with the damage control - any of the food higher in potassium (fruits and veggies) will quickly help pull that water out and rebalance the salts.

I've gotten some useful information from reading about Sea Salts, Himalayan salts etc - where the salt is not processed to just only "sodium chloride" as in table salt... Rather, they remain a cluster of different salts all in their proper ratio to each other, the sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium etc. it's a complex subject which I have not mastered.

But to simplify, put the store boughten chips down and make your own veggie chips with a good quality unprocessed salt and results are just as yummy and satisfying and not as damaging to the scale readings!! Chef Meg has a few "chips" type recipes around.

Hope that helps!

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WAY2GOCAT 8/18/2013 2:56AM

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ASOBFALLS 8/15/2013 12:01PM

    Hmm Before deciding that 'Salt is evil' Consider that Jesus said (We are) the salt of the earth....
What attributes do we have that 'Salt' has? Salt draws in water and we are to draw in those who do not experience the Love available from God.

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FUNGIRL81005 8/12/2013 10:21PM

    BUT it Tastes so GOOD!!!! I love salt too....Totally understand emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 8/11/2013 12:19AM

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/10/2013 8:24PM

    I hear you! I just wrote a comment about that today - sometimes you just have to do it, but then you realize it wasn't as good as expected. It then starts happening less often.

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PEGGYO 8/10/2013 2:28PM

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STUDLEEJOE 8/10/2013 11:22AM

    You can't change what you did. Just pick yourself back up and continue on from today. Cheese curls are my biggest downfall. emoticon

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