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Gotta get me off this plateau

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's lovely having gotten this far in my weight loss, but it seems like I have now been camping on this plateau for a long, boring time. I love the fitness and weight release I've achieved so far, but I'm only half way to where I hope to be. It's time to shake things up and get moving again.

One of the ways I intend to do this is by joining DOGLADY13's 3 week blog challenge www.sparkpeople.com/mypa ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=5527780 and do some introspection and cogitation publicly on my goals, motives, and motivation. As you probably realize, I'm a very intermittent blogger, so daily blogging will be a challenge and shakeup in itself.

You're welcome to join, too. Just take the link over to check it out. And watch this space--see you tomorrow! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/1/2013 2:22AM

    Yay, so glad you,re on board.

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A Fit Bit to Get a Bit Fitter

Sunday, August 25, 2013

For a long time I've been interested in trying an activity monitor, but as I get most of my exercise in the water, I wanted a waterproof one and none seemed to fit my requirements. Then I saw the Fitbit Flex. Perfect!

Not only is it waterproof, but I love the discreet bracelet design with the minimalist display of a few tiny lights in the black strip. And even those don't show unless you tap the bracelet. It's really a triumph of design. It's flat and thicker on the display side, which makes it always stay right-side up and not twist around the wrist. Watchmakers could take note. And the clasping device is completely flush with the surface so it never catches or scratches.

The bit itself is a little bug that comes out of the back side to plug into its charger, and it charges very quickly. Mine's charging while I write this blog, and it will probably be done before I am.

I was curious to see how the Flex would handle water exercise. The web site warns that it doesn't convert swimming into steps very well, and I can report that the same is true for water aerobics. That's ok. I'm used to exercise being calibrated for landlubbers rather than mermaids, and I've grown used to ignoring underestimates of calories burned. (You're lucky to burn anything at all when you're all wet, right? emoticon ) I can handle it. Everything's different in the water. There still is no better gauge than perceived exertion for intensity of water exercise, because heart rates are different in water. So no surprise that for a half hour of intense interval training in the pool, I am awarded only 9 "very active minutes".

That's all fine, because although I want to wear my monitor in the pool, that's not what I got it for. I wanted motivation and feedback to help me be more active in the rest of my day, and the Flex fills my bill admirably in that department. I need to get up from the computer more often, go up and down stairs more often, park further from my destination, and it definitely helps with that.

I deeply dislike being constantly nagged by numbers, and that's why the 5 little lights on the Flex please me so. I can tap it at any time to find out the proportion of my step goal for the day accomplished so far, but I would hate to get obsessive about how many steps I got walking the dog just now, or which area of the grocery store parking lot gets me the most steps. Nor do I want to share any of my data with anyone. This is just for me. If I want numbers, I can go to the web site and sync, but once or twice a day is enough for me.

I was intrigued by the sleep mode, and it has been interesting to use it and see that my sleep is very regular in quantity and quality. There's a calculation of sleep "efficiency", and I'm happy to note that I'm apparently a very efficient sleeper--96 - 99%! It's great to find out that I've been doing this so well! And even more interesting to let my husband wear it for a night and find out that in spite of his perception that his sleep is lousy and intermittent, he sleeps about as long and efficiently as I do! emoticon

So all in all, I'd say that the Flex is the right monitor for me, but it probably wouldn't suit everyone, especially the data-driven. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get my bit out of the charger, strap it on, and get MOVING!

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GEORGE815 8/28/2013 5:33PM

    Great testimonial!

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MAGNOLIA416 8/28/2013 10:39AM

    Cool, I've been thinking of getting one. I have small wrists though I'm wondering if I should get this or the One. I don't swim much, but I do swim so the Flex might suit me.

Good review!

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WETPTARMIGAN 8/26/2013 12:25PM

    Nearly 3 weeks, in the water most days and still doing fine! The little bug seems pretty well sealed, so as long as it doesn't go deep in the water and the charging contacts don't get corroded it should keep going.

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USMAWIFE 8/26/2013 11:09AM

    good luck with it it is water resistant not water proof.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/25/2013 4:13PM

    I am a major fan of my FitBit. I don't like to share data but I do like to taunt my husband when I am outstripping him. Which is very rarely these days. Since most of my exercise is in the water I have a 5000 step goal, which I aim to exceed, especially on non water days.
Yay for the fitbit flex!

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ERRANTMAGPIE 8/25/2013 4:11PM

    I have a different FitBit, but I like it a lot. I'm glad you're liking yours!

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The Magic Beans

Friday, August 09, 2013

I have a group of friends I meet with approximately monthly, and last month someone noticed and commented on my weight loss (40 lbs and counting!). Suddenly the one comment turned into a flurry of "Omigosh you look so great; how much have you lost; how long have you been doing it, etc. etc. etc." And then the big one: How Did You Do It??

I launched into the list of changes I've made over the time I've been sparking: changes to the way I eat, increasing my exercise, the attitude shift I had at the spa, and being accountable on the web site. Bla bla bla bla.You can see the details on my spark page and other blogs, I won't get into it here. The point is that I've changed a lot of things over time, thoughtfully, intentionally, and worked hard to make them the habits of a new lifestyle. I didn't just put them on like a new pair of shoes and stride away 40 pounds lighter.

Not, unfortunately, what my friends wanted to hear. They joked and smiled about it, but they wanted me to have one simple solution to hand them: I went on the X diet; I do the Y exercise video every day; I joined Fatwatchers Anonymous; I became a vegan Buddhist. Eventually I joined the joking, "I was taking my cow to market and traded her with a stranger who gave me a handful of magic beans. I ate the beans and my hips instantly melted away!"

There isn't a simple solution, not even "eat less and exercise more." Healthier body size is a very individual thing. Different for different people. We all have to work out what makes us succeed and then persist with it. If there are magic beans, they are Keep Doing What Works For You. Don't quit; don't give up. Experiment some more, tweak your program, but keep going through plateaus, through injury or illness, through the changes that life throws at us.

Spark on, brave sparkers! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/9/2013 3:26PM

    Oh what a wonderful image, the magic beans, the magic shoes that melt your hips... No, wait, didn't I see an ad for those on the Internet! (LOL!)
I'm glad you had that affirmation, you know my Zumba Fan Club have been giving me feedback that I appreciate. And it's a shame that the affirmation of your group turned into all about them.
You are so right, that glazed look as soon as you start to answer 'how did you DO it?". And as you know, I HAVE been doing a 'miracle' rapid weight loss diet. But as soon as people hear, 9 weeks, 'Oh, I couldn't do that!'. And, I would only divulge to people who really could stand to lose quite a bit of excess fat.
So I have learned to just deflect, I say, I Zumbad it away, or, 'I've been exercising and watching what I eat, and I FEEL heaps fitter now, thank you' and that does it for most people.
Oh, and BTW
emoticon on your emoticon work releasing those 40 lbs.
May they fly to the hips and chins of your enemies and take up residence there.

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Further News From One-derland

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sitting here on the other side of the 2 - 1 landmark, I have realized that various things have changed while I was preoccupied with the scale.

#1--I don't snore any more. I sleep very soundly, but apparently my husband didn't for quite some time. Now he gets his beauty rest, too! emoticon

#2--My "bad" knee feels just fine now. There is still some arthritis there, I'm sure, but I don't get any complaints from it, not even when I teach a class completely from the pool deck. I only realized this when I carried a 30 lb sack of dog food up the stairs and felt some discomfort. I had been doing the equivalent of carrying that dog food everywhere every day! emoticon

#3--My blood pressure is better and steadier. No more dramatic spikes, and a small amount of medication now keeps it where it should be. emoticon

#4--I am more flexible and agile with less chub in the way. I can cross my legs more easily, hop out of the pool quicker, sit on the floor more comfortably. Still creaky getting up from the floor, though. emoticon

It's been a real boost that people I see every day have started to notice and comment on my smaller size. It's amazing that these changes have occurred with the weight release to date. I'm very excited to see what will come with my next goal, moving my BMI out of the obese range. emoticon

And I WILL get there, with patience, persistence, and consistency. One pound, one day at a time. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/21/2013 4:14PM

    Awesome work, you are doing GREAT!
I've noticed all those things for me,too. Aren't we doing well!

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GEORGE815 7/13/2013 2:00PM

    Good luck.

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WHYNOTJ1 7/11/2013 8:16AM

    Keep up the great work! emoticon

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My Weight Begins with a 1!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

This is epic. This is amazing. Pardon me while I celebrate with a few fireworks.
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For at least 20 years my number on the scale has always started with a 2. There have been gains and losses, ups and downs, but never during that time did I make it past that 2 barrier. Pushing through just now wasn't easy. For weeks I have been at a plateau that made me wonder if my scale was capable of going any lower. Turns out that with patience, persistence, and consistency, it is!

I've been working on this a long time. I joined the site in 2009 and got to work first on the exercise. Tracking my exercise, building streaks, getting rewarded for something positive I was doing for my health was very reinforcing. The streak just flashed on my page: 230 weeks of at least 90 exercise minutes per week.

The food part of the equation just lurked in limbo. I hate counting calories. I hate tracking food. I hate feeling like there is a ticking meter in front of my jaws. Nonetheless, by the beginning of this year, I was ready to get to work on the food angle. Soon after I got started, a spa visit reformed some of my attitudes and expectations. (See previous blog post) It wasn't easy, but suddenly it was do-able. I had already changed some of my eating habits for the better; I changed a few more and strived for better consistency. And, of course, nothing succeeds like success. Trite but true. When the scale shows a lower number, when your pants get loose, when you can feel those beautiful muscles better under a shallower layer of fat, you want to keep up those good feelings.

The sparkpeople web site has doubtless been an element of my success so far. It has infinite patience with my slow pace, recognizing my positive achievements while not hounding me about my deficits. I help other people; they help me; we are all in this together. It takes what it takes, which is something unique for each one of us.

I still have a long way to go to where I want to be. My BMI is still well into the obese range. But my belief in my ability to get there has increased massively with the crashing of that stupid 2. Patience, persistence, and consistency. On I go.

Thanks, fellow sparkers, for all you do!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/21/2013 4:17PM

    Next week I will be in Onderland too. How awesome it will be.
Good for us!

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/10/2013 12:19PM

    Great job on reaching wonderland. I'm working to get there too and it's in inches of being obtained by me. I have to keep going and I have also made all the changes required to get there. Your story sounds like mine. Hanging on forever and my hardest part was giving up the fat and I don't know why, but as soon as the doctor said, NO FAT! because of the pending GB surgery, I followed his instructions and cut out ALL FAT, which is nearly impossible to do as there is fat in almost everything. But I did my best and weight started coming off, almost 1 pound per day. I lost 8 pounds, had the surgery, gained 4 pounds back because of all the fluids they poured into me and now I've lost those 4 pounds again and I'm moving on down. I will get to onederland too. Congrats on a job well done! How exciting. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 7/3/2013 7:47PM

    Congratulations on reaching Onederland!

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JILLYMAUI 7/3/2013 7:36PM

    OMG!!!!!!!!! Girlfriend!!! That is so wonderful ! YOU are going to DO IT!!!! I am so proud of you and so happy, you give me HOPE!!!!!


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THINAGIN2 7/3/2013 4:06PM

on your success
and a job

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GYPSYROVER 7/3/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is so awesome! Enjoy that longed-for number - you've worked hard for it and it's going to continue to get lower & lower! emoticon


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MADABOUTCATS 7/3/2013 12:30PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon

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