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Am I "Holding My Own Very Well"?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I just read what is going to be my new focus for this portion of my Sparkjourney. I was reading my friend PUDLECRAZY's blog about the annual auction at her school, and the lovely dollhouse she crafted for it, and that is all very neat, but as I indicated to her, what is going to stay with me was her statement about holding her own very well.

So, am I? Am I holding my own very well?

I reached goal 8/2012. I dropped a bit below, and then decided to see how maintenance was going to work...and it worked fairly well until 11/2012. I began to be lax with tracking and with walking. DH and I were helping my DS and BIL get a building ready to move their restaurant into and I thought I was getting more than enough exercise to excuse not walking and any extra eating. And, if truth be told, I was probably also escaping a family situation that I had grown weary of dealing with...By the time I got myself back into "healthy mode", I had gained almost 20 pounds...I can still pack it on very quickly. I had lost 6 of those extra pounds, and then learned the hard way that I can eat out occasionally, but I certainly cannot do it for 5 days in a row while in FL, even if only one meal a day is eaten at a restaurant. Sodium Land afflicts me badly. So I am still learning.

As far as fitness goes, I am beginning to explore just a bit. Walking is my preferred mode of fitness, and I have increased that in the past six weeks, but I just recently tried resistance bands and I love them! I think I am mostly a loner when it comes to exercising - that may be because a hearing problem makes it difficult for me sometimes when in groups where there is a lot of talking, plus music, plus paying attention...I know I should have been doing some type of strength training all along, but the resistance bands appeal to me much more than weights at this time.

I am going to be thinking about this new awareness and make decisions based on whether or not I am holding my own very well. Thank you, Pudlecrazy!
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    Great job Tammy!!! It's all good!!! Perhaps you can try some small weights too! Like maybe 2 lbs...they are great for toning & defining your muscles!

    You GO girl!!! emoticon
    1795 days ago
    I can identify with your blog very well. Since I got out of the hospital Hubby has taken me out to eat a lot more and it is beginning to take it's tole on me. With all the snow storms we have had this winter I can't get out and walk either. I wear hearing aids and walking is my main exercise also. Thanks for opening my mind. ((Hugs))
    1796 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy you have found how emoticon resistance bands are. I have used them from the beginning. I was in the diabetes challenge and I bought them for that. I use them so often. My Favorite is Coach NICOLES 20 minute seated resistance band work out.

    That is what helped my leg issue better than any PT. I still use them and I love to do Leslie Sansonne stretchy band walking video.

    Using weights often hurt people. The weight can tire you and it just drops and can easily pull something. With resistance bands they just go lax when you are tired or over exerting. I have overdone it once in a while but never been hurt.
    I hope you can look at that 20 minute work out. That and a walk makes my day HUGS Pat in Maine, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1796 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I'm learning along with you!

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    1797 days ago
    You are most welcome, sweet friend! It is a wonderful goal. With regards to losing weight walking, it was my fitbit which let me know why I wasn't losing even though I thought I was walking a reasonable amount. I had thought I was doing well with 10,000 steps per day, but found that, for me at least, 10,000 is fine for maintenance, but not for shedding those extra pounds. When I increased to 15,000 a day, I started losing. The other thing that helped speed up losing those last stubborn pounds was weight lifting.

    I'm happy your found those resistance bands and are enjoying them. I need to get mine out again!

    Here's to holding your own. Very well!!!!

    1797 days ago
    Thank you for your blog it is very good and is also making me think Walking for me to, have had some trouble with my knees, But there's nothing wrong with emoticon
    To you wish you well! emoticon emoticon
    1797 days ago
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