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Sometimes goals are so hard to maintain

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I set a goal to run 15 miles a week and today is Thursday and I have not yet run 1 mile. However, I am getting my yard work done - I spent a over 5 hours raking and mowing my yard and I am not done yet. I am getting a great arm workout.
Here is a photo of a small part of my yard before the leaves dropped:

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WINACHST 10/25/2011 4:52AM

    oh, and FYI - I reached my goal for the week - yeah me!

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KELLEEH 10/22/2011 8:56PM

    Ooooh.. .pretty!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/20/2011 1:14PM

    I love the trees!

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JITZUROE 10/20/2011 11:06AM

    such a beautiful area! Wow that was a lot of yard work. Sometimes obstacles slow you down from 'the goal list' but the week is NOT over yet! You just might make the running goal after all!

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LIV2RIDE 10/20/2011 10:39AM

    You may not hit your 15 mile goal but you are outside working hard and enjoying a peaceful day. I say that's a win. Your arms, shoulders and back will get a great workout. emoticon emoticon

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Addiction or Choice?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lately, my DH has been on a sweet attack and he cannot seem to get enough treats. I am trying to be on my best behaviour. However, I am not being very successful and my running times are showing it. It is time to get THINNKING again. I need to start giving serious consideration to the foods I am eating and eat the foods that will fuel and nurture my body rather than assault it.

It is so easy to blame him for what I am eating, but it is no one's fault but my own. I choose what I put in my mouth. It seems like we are too quick to point the finger at someone or something else. I eat way too many sweets and read about how it's not my fault because sugary fatty foods are addicting and I have become addicted. So, it must be the food manufactures fault that I am eating all that junk. NOT. That is just an excuse for not to taking responsibility for what I am putting into my body.

As much as I'd like to think that I have an addiction and therefore, I really cannot help it, I cannot honestly think that way because I am aware that seconds before I pop that morsel into my mouth, I made a choice to do so. Even when I am mindlessly eating, it all starts with a choice to put that food into my mouth. It is not an addiction, it is a choice I make.

So, I need to make the proper choices of what I am going to eat so that I can be healthy and have the fuel, (good clean fuel), my body needs to function at its best.

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WILD4STARS 10/19/2011 6:02AM

    You are so right. But I also can't be tempted by what's not in the house. My hubby deserves treats, but I only buy him the kind of treats that don't tempt me. In my moments of weakness I don't want there to be any potato chips in this house. It would be way ugly!

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MNNICE 10/17/2011 11:42PM

    Definitely sweets, and for me especially chocolate, is very hard to resist. I try my best to limit it -- I don't think I could ever give it up entirely, and really I don't think I WANT to give it up entirely. I have been working hard at teaching myself to enjoy it in moderation, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Whether it's a choice or an addiction, there's no doubt for those of us who have a sweet tooth, it is definitely a love/hate relationship!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/17/2011 12:03PM

    The sweet tooth is also attacking me-must be trying to fatten up for the cold winter.

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MARTHASPARKS 10/17/2011 11:59AM

    I think that we all do this to some extent. However, eating something sweet does increase the desire in your brain chemistry to do it again. Eating is supposed to be pleasurable or we'd all die. Make a list of "healthy" sweet options and put it on the fridge to reduce temptation and give your body instant information about that better choice that you want to make.

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LIV2RIDE 10/17/2011 11:05AM

    So true! I love how I too make these choices then berate myself afterward. Then I have this conversation with myself. "Seriously, you have no one to blame but yourself. You CHOSE to put that in your body. Now choose to do something about it." I find that I do much better during the week than I do on the weekends. Too much idle time for me. Just know you aren't in this struggle alone. I'm right beside you hopefully making healthy choices that fuel my body, mind and spirit. emoticon

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Killer Workout!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I was reading an old issue of Fitness magazine (June 2009), you know, the magazine that uses super skinny models with no muscle definition for the photos of workouts. emoticon Near the back, I found this little workout that seemed easy enough to do in a short time. NOT!

1.) Do 10 push-ups (count "one one-thousand, two one-thousand." etc., as you press up and down).

2.) Using heavy weights (12 - 15 pounds), hold dumbbells at your sides and perform 10 forward lunges and 10 backward lunges.

3.) Starting on elbows, hold the plank position for 1 minute. Straighten arms into full push-up position, hold for 1 minute. Lift right leg 6 inches off the floor for 30 seconds. Repeat with left leg. Rest 30 seconds.

4.) Repeat circuit 3 times.

My first attempt: Push-up have never been easy for me so I did the girlie push-ups, I don't have 12-15 pound weight so I used my 8 pound weights instead, and to do planks with variations for 3 minutes - are you kidding me? Do 3 times! I don't think so.

My second attempt was better. My third attempt was better yet, I graduated from the girlie push-ups and actually managed to do 10, yes, I said 10 push-ups! emoticon emoticon 10 was my max with good form. I did the lunges, then the plank with my stop watch in between my hands (didn't want to do a second more on the planks emoticon.

Result: I managed to do 2 circuits. My goal is to complete this workout 3 times a week for 1 month.

So, for starters, I am cheering me on:
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( be continued)

10/15/2011 -- still working on making it that 3rd time.

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SWEETLIPS 10/13/2011 11:16PM

    Sounds really good!!

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KELLEEH 10/13/2011 7:34PM

    Great progress! This sounds like a fun workout. I'll have to give it a try!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/13/2011 1:17PM

    Thanks for the info

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ELEMENOPEO 10/13/2011 1:03PM

    Wow! That is great to hear! emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 10/13/2011 12:00PM

    Sounds like a great workout - way to go!!!

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LIV2RIDE 10/13/2011 11:42AM

    Sounds like a good one! Good f you!! Sometimes those "little" workouts can be HUGE. emoticon

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ZEESPARROW 10/13/2011 10:45AM

    That actually sounds like a tough workout! And a good one too, with multiple muscles worked at once... pushups, lunges, planks... all great exercises. Must be why I hate them so. emoticon

I'll have to give this one a try tonight!!

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BALDWINJ_03 10/13/2011 10:41AM

    WAY TO GO!!! That is awesome. You are going to keep doing wonderful!!

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Just Getting Around to Introducing Myself :-)

Monday, October 10, 2011

My name is Nancy and I am a wife, mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 3. I never had a weight problem as a child but when I turned 30 my weight gain began. I found that my usually attempt to stop the gain (exercising a bit more and eating less) no longer seemed to work and slowly the pounds began to add up.

When I was younger, sizes were more standardized and I wore a size 12. As I aged and grew in size I continued to wear a size 12 through the years. I found it sort of comforting in an odd sort of way that I was not outgrowing my jeans size as my waist grew. Aren't vanity sizes a wonderful invention? They let you imagine you have not really gained all that much weight.

However, in my 40's I was not so fortunate and had to buy a larger size. It was when I started to outgrow the size 16 that I said enough is enough. I found Spark People and began to use the online food tracker. I was shocked during my first attempt to log the food I had eaten that day. Did I eat all that food? Then came time to add in that bag of bite-size candy bars I had just eaten in one sitting. Too be honest, I could not bring myself to do it, but I realized right then why I had gained weight and was continuing to add on the pounds.

I decided to do something about it. The first thing I did was cut back on the junk food and began to eat more wholesome foods. After a few weeks, I decided to track my foods again and this time I actually did it. Doing so was one of the best things I ever did because I was then able to take a look at what I was eating and then evaluate where I needed to make improvements. I still found that I ate too much junk food in the form of chips, candy, cakes and donuts.

During this time, I as I neared that big 50, I read a magazine article that stated as we age we begin to lose muscle and, to my recollection, the article stated that once we were in the 50’s if we lost muscle it was gone for good. I did not want that to happen to me so I started to exercise. It was difficult at first and I tried many different things. Then my oldest daughter got a job that required here to travel and since she was a single parent, my husband and I decided to let our granddaughter live with us. She was 4 years old at the time and I decided to enroll her in preschool.

That was one of the best thing I ever did since we lived so far from town and school was 2 hours, I joined a gym to occupy my time while I waited. My weight loss journey began! I familiarized with the treadmill, elliptical and rowing machines. I even got adventuresome and went into the weight room. The time I was at the gym happened to be the weight lifting class was going on. I never joined the class but I watched and listened to what they were doing. I began to enjoy lifting weights once I knew how to use the machines and began to see the inches come off and I began to get some muscle definition.

At 49 years, I decided to go back to school and decided on a Culinary Arts program. There I struggled with my sweet tooth. We were allowed to eat the pastries and donuts and the lunch we prepared. If that were not bad enough, I became addicted to Brach’s Caramel Peanut Clusters and would often buy a bag for the drive home and before I got home the whole bag would be gone. It was only when one of my classmates commented that I ate way too many sweets that I realized I needed to change my ways.

So, after class I went to the school’s gym and worked out for an hour before I went home for the day. I lost 15 pounds those two years I was there, but the first year was gain and lose, gain and lose. My second year, I began to lose weight by no longer eating the foods we prepared and for lunch I’d have a huge salad loaded with lots of veggies. I also found a podcast for the couch to 5k program by Robert Ullery. He coached when to walk and run. I found that I could not run very far or for very long. A 60 second run left me breathless and gasping for air. I challenged myself and set a goal to be able to run to my neighbor’s mailbox. It took me almost a year to do so. But I did it!!!

For my 51th birthday, my hubby gave me an IPod Nano and I discovered this neat little tool called the Nike+ sport that measured my distance. I began to enjoy my weekly podcasts of the couch to 5k and started to see how much I improved in my endurance as well as distance. This is also the time I broke through that year long plateau and began to lose weight again.

It has been two years since I have been using those little gadgets and now I can run to my neighbor’s mailbox and beyond. I am at my lowest weight that I can remember but I still struggle with that sweet tooth. I still eat way too much junk food even though it is not nearly as much as I used to.

My journey here on Spark People has been an on and off, on again and off again, and now it’s the on again. I joined the team Tame the *Sweet Tooth* back in April of 2011 and there was no leader. I took on the challenge and became the leader and for some reason the membership exploded. This tells me there are a lot of us that want to be in control of that little monster that has a tantrum way too often when it does not get its way.

It is not easy, there is no quick fix and it takes a lot of effort and determination. But it is worth it! Please join me and together we can tame the sweet tooth.

Oh, I should mention that I am currently wearing a size 4 jean. However, if I look on a pattern, according to my measurements I am a size 12 again. Question for you: Do you think vanity sizes are beneficial or not?

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LIV2RIDE 10/10/2011 3:30PM

    Vanity sizing....UGH! I commented to a sales person at the Levi store that the size 2 I was buying looked like the size 8 I used to buy. He said it is! I guess that's why Europeans go by your waist size.

Sweets are also a problem for me. I find that if I make them myself I at least know whats in them. I also try to limit myself to 1 or 2 rather than the whole sleeve of Oreos like I used to do. LOL Good luck with your new team!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/10/2011 12:04PM

    Wow! good blog!

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MNNICE 10/10/2011 12:03PM

    That sweet tooth is a problem for me too. When I hear people say "I can't eat that - it's tooooo sweet", I'm thinking "there is no such thing as TOO sweet!" I've decided that I do not want to totally give up sweets (esp chocolate), so my goal that I continue to work on is to learn "moderation." Yes, sometimes it triggers a binge, but I think it's getting better. As for vanity sizes .. I don't really care what the number is, but I sure wish the sizing would be more consistent. I can wear anywhere between a 4 and a 10 depending on the brand. Congratulations to you on your progress and success. A couple of my teams have been inactive, so I may be taking a look at Tame the Sweet Tooth.

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It takes effort to be different,

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

but it is worth it. That is a quote I heard for some program and I think I have to agree; especially when I eat out. It is so hard to find health supporting items on the menu at the majority of resataurants.

We have been eating out a bit more than usual these past few weeks and I am amazed at how most items are deep fried or topped with a sauce or gravy. Once or twice I ordered a BLT but decided to have the french fries and I just did not as good as I do when I eat a huge salad of greens and raw veggies. Those times I left the restaurant asking myself why didn't I order a salad and/or baked potato and veggies on the side.

The other day I went to the warehouse store and loaded up my cart with fruits and vegetables. At the checkout, the lady bagging commented "You sure do eat healthy, my cart never looks like this when I go shopping."

Just simple things like ordering at a restaurant and loading up one's grocery cart can cause me to be different, but you know what? It takes an effort to be different, but it is worth it! I feel so much better now and weigh less than I did years ago.

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    its an empowering feeling to lay your grocery items on the little conveyer belt and see healthy fruits and veges. It adds a little bounce to my step and swing in my hair.

You also have to watch even the healthy foods at restaurants, the outback next to my house the grilled chicken meal is more calories than a steak adn neither are low calorie items. They coat the chicken in oil before grilling and it adds a ton of calories. When I go out, I always order a to go box as soon as they bring the food and take half the meal and go ahead and box it up. This way I know I can eat whats on my plate and if I am hungry later on I have something to nibble on or dinner for the next night (if hubby doesnt eat it as soon as we walk in the door lol) I guess being broke has its benefits, we havent been able to go out to a restaurant in 6 months or longer. Anniversary is next week so I'm sure we'll be making up for lost time.

emoticon Happy Smiles being sent your way :)

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CANNIE50 10/7/2011 1:01PM

    Nice blog, good points. Thank you for commenting on my "bully" blog - I appreciate your support. You've definitely got this.

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TRENTDREAMER 10/5/2011 8:55PM

    "Just simple things like ordering at a restaurant and loading up one's grocery cart can cause me to be different, but you know what? It takes an effort to be different, but it is worth it!"
* amen!

Whenever I eat out for dinner, the salt in and of itself. dehydrates me and makes me feel lousy. Almost invariable i get a poor night's sleep.

Thanks for commenting on my recent blog i really appreciate it.

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WITCHYWOMAN45 10/5/2011 12:58AM

  I've had those comments at the grocery checkout as well. And not just from the cashiers either, from the folks ahead or behind me in line. But ya know what? I like being different! emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 10/4/2011 6:08PM

    Yes, it IS worth it to be different. Y B normal?

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JITZUROE 10/4/2011 4:42PM

    very inspiring! It IS hard to navigate through confusing menu's, and then likely confusing the server, etc etc. It can seem easier to just throw in the towel and get 'the special' : (. I am guilty of that!

Kudos for your healthy cart contents and for a great approach to health!

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LIV2RIDE 10/4/2011 11:37AM

    It is well worth the effort. I would rather be different than to be suffering like most people are on the standard American diet. Thankfully we are enlightened to a better/healthier way to live.

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