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Tuesday, July 09, 2013



There was a great quote in the Best of Sparkpeople email on Tuesday morning;

Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
"There is no one-size-fits all solution for anything in life—certainly not for fitness and nutrition. Keep trying to find what works for you!"

That quote is so true! We are all individuals, and what works for me might not work for you...and vice versa. We all need to find our own way to go. As long as it is healthy, there isn't really a wrong way to lose weight and get fit.

For example...exercise. There are lots different types of exercise and workouts available. I enjoy hearing what others have had success with, and I love to try new things. Sometimes though, I will try an exercise that someone else has raved about, only to find that I personally just do NOT like it. I gave Zumba a shot, and Walk Away the Pounds, too. But neither one really appealed to me. There was nothing wrong with those workouts. I just didn't find them to be my cup of tea. So instead of forcing myself to do them anyway, I just moved on and tried other things.



I discovered that I like kickboxing well enough...but that I liked DDP Yoga, kettlebells, Pilates and stability ball workouts even better! And because I like these workouts, I am more motivated to do them than I would be to do a workout that I don't like. There is such a huge variety of workouts out there, so why force yourself to do something that doesn't appeal to you? It makes no sense to try to be a square peg in a round hole, so to speak.





There are also a LOT of different eating plans and weight loss programs out there...Weight Watchers, TOPS, etc. Again, as long as it is healthy, there is no wrong way to eat. My own eating plan is simple calorie counting, and trying to eat as healthy as possible. For me, eating as healthy as possible means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, tofu and beans for protein....and no meat or processed food. Its what works for me!



Another thing that works for me is not weighing myself. I would much rather stay off the scale and just focus on non-scale victories, such as the fit of my clothes or my endurance during workouts. I don't even own a scale, although I could weigh myself on my Wii Fit if I wanted to.



I'm not anti-scale, though. I believe the scale is a useful tool. Its just one that I prefer not to use. In the past, the scale would be a real motivation wrecker and self esteem killer for me. I would put too much emphasis on the numbers. I was so worried about those pounds and ounces, I never took the time to notice my progress in other ways. I was too busy beating myself up for "only" losing a pound. A bad weigh in would affect me for days, and sometimes push me into a binge. A bad weigh in would make me feel like a bad person...ugly, unworthy and like a failure.




But I know that some people need the scale, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. If you're someone who needs (or likes) to weigh in, then go for it! My only caution regarding the scale is to not let it destroy your self esteem. It really is just a number. If you are eating right and working out...if you are doing all you can to be healthy...then you are on the right track. Look for non-scale victories, and appreciate your body. Love yourself no matter what the number on the scale says!



Have a healthy day! Keep doing what works for you. And if you haven't found what works for you yet, keep looking! Be open to new things...and don't ever feel like you have to do what anyone else is doing. You know YOU the best. So don't try to be a square peg in a round hole!




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AJDOVER1 7/9/2013 6:24PM

    I love that we're different! I admire you and I respect you, but I ain't never going to BE you! It's great that we share this journey, each in our own way.

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WILDKAT781 7/9/2013 6:09PM

    great blog! - what works for one will not always work for the next. you have to find your own way to be able to keep at it!!!!

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DWSCHUYLER 7/9/2013 5:59PM

    You are right on! Having different options is the key - no right or wrong. Whatever works for you! Have a friend who gets up at 5 every morning to use her treadmill for 45 minutes. She lost a lot of weight, so it must be good, right? Yuck! I get up at 5 too, but I cannot workout then because I need to ease into my day. As for the treadmill, it was excruciatingly boring and I refuse to go on it anymore. After 3 minutes I was watching the clock. I have to mix it up every day in order to stay interested, but with food it is better that I stick with a small amount of choices. Weird, isn't it, that we are all so different. One size does NOT fit all! Thanks for the reminder! emoticon , Pixie!

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FUNLOVEN 7/9/2013 5:58PM

    I agree that it is important to find your own plan. Sometimes that just takes time with trial & error before you find your fit. It is another key to developing our healthy lifestyle and we all need to learn to be patient in finding what works for us. Thanks for another great blog.

BTW, what is DDP Yoga? I do yoga but have never heard of this type. Maybe it is just the initials I am not familiar with.

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GRAMMY7070 7/9/2013 5:53PM

    Great blog. That is what is so great with Spark people. I get lots of ideas for things to try and then I can decide what works best for me.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/9/2013 5:36PM

    Awesome blog, Pixie! We all have to find what works for us. You're doing awesome!!!

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SLIMLEAF 7/9/2013 5:36PM

    I know you're right about the scale and not letting it dictate how I feel about myself, but it's a tricky one to master!

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MIMOTOGO 7/9/2013 4:54PM

    Loved your blog today. Just what I needed. Thanks! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/9/2013 4:52PM

    Glad you found what works for you!

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SONYALATRECE 7/9/2013 4:47PM

    Great messages!
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GRAYLADY13 7/9/2013 4:40PM

    Wonderful, inspiring blog. Thanks. It gave me ideas about working out. Imagine working out because I like it! I promise myself I will find exercise I like. I had no idea there were so many choices. Gotta widen my scope. Thanks Pixie! emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 7/9/2013 4:40PM

    emoticon These are beautiful!

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MSGRANNYMAE 7/9/2013 4:37PM

    emoticon emoticon BEAUTIFUL!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/9/2013 4:24PM

    I love your pictures and captions. Great attitude.

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MARITIMER3 7/9/2013 4:23PM

    So true. If we try to force ourselves to do something that doesn't fit into our lifestyle, we won't stick to it long term.

Keep at it until you find the right fit.

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EGGBASKET1 7/9/2013 3:42PM

    GREAT BLOG !!! I WILL WORK ON SEEING WHERE I FIT INTO THE SCHEME OF THINGS ! DETERMINATION=SUCCESS !!!! THANKS FOR SHARING !

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MICKEYMAX 7/9/2013 3:22PM

    Kettlebells is way harder than I thought they would be! Glad you are finding what works for you!

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JANESLOSS 7/9/2013 3:15PM

    Great blog, Pixie!
Yes, you are so right in that everyone has to do what works best for them. I love my walking in the hills.

Thanks for being such a great motivator!

Big Hugs,
Jane

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JEANNETTE59 7/9/2013 3:05PM

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LOVINGKATE 7/9/2013 3:02PM

  Thank you so much for sharing your blog. You are so right about one size does not fit all.
I really do not care for walking on the treadmill, so boring. How ever, I can do other type of exercise that will do the same thing that I will enjoy better. I like to mix my days up, never
doing the same thing over and over. I do have my favorite ones but try to mix them up as well. Not a fan of the scale. My daughter told me it is better to watch your clothing and your endurance then the scale. She said the same thing you did Pixie about what the scale can do to your self esteem. Mine is low enough without that kind of help.
Thanks again Pixie for sharing, you are a great motivator.
Keep up your great work and you will go far. emoticon emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 7/9/2013 2:51PM

    Way to go on another great blog. I agree we all have to do what works best for us.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 7/9/2013 2:51PM

    I saw the same quote in SparkMail this morning, and it spoke to me too. You hit the high points about exercise, eating, and to weigh or not to weigh, and reminded us that there is no universal prescription for weight loss, fitness...or anything else in life! Nor does everyone take the same amount of time to lose or find themselves motivated by the same things. I think you do a real service by continuing to blog your story because you are always encouraging people to find their own way.
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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/9/2013 2:50PM

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TERMITEMOM 7/9/2013 2:28PM

    I really like the "butt" poster! Great blog.

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DEBPRE16 7/9/2013 2:10PM

    I like the one that says you can't out run your fork. Thanks for a great blog.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/9/2013 2:06PM

    emoticon for the great blog. We all need to find what works best for us.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/9/2013 1:51PM

    You're doing great! Awesome blog!

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COLOR-BLUE 7/9/2013 1:26PM

    AMEN, young lady!!! I loved this blog!!! I was so tickled when I read, "You're not going to get the butt you want, by sitting on the one you have." This is such a true statement, that some people won't understand or appreciate, but you're speaking gospel!!!

I'm one of those people, who NEEDS the scale. I'm still with MFP, and I've been with them for about a year and with SP about 3 weeks. Every week, when I emoticon weighed in, with MFP, I was having tremendous weight loss, and everybody was praising me for it. I felt a bit awkward, but I just sluffed it off. Well, one day, I gained .8 lbs. and I was devastated, until I put my skinny jeans and belt on!!! I reported to everybody on MFP that they celebrated with me every week, when I lost weight, and this is the first week, that I've gained. I quickly pointed out that the scale isn't the only indicator, for monitoring your weight loss. I told them that my success story was when I put my skinny jeans on and couldn't even keep them up, WITH A BELT!!! That did more for me, then weighing in all those times. I do know that I need the scale to keep me in check, but I look at every aspect of weight loss and then I CELEBRATE, when clothes are too big!!!

Thank you Pixie, for bringing this home in such a sensitive positive way!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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GARDENSFORLIFE 7/9/2013 1:17PM

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WORLDSERIES11 7/9/2013 1:13PM

    Well said!! Great Blog, once again!!!
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SUGAR0814 7/9/2013 1:13PM

    Awesome blog Pixie! So true! Thanks for sharing!

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TAMNIOWA 7/9/2013 1:12PM

    I love the thought of losing the scale. I too have put too much emphasis on the numbers. I would feel like throwing in the towel if it didn't tell me what I wanted. I like the idea of focusing on the non number victories, I will give it a shot. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. emoticon

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ANGELONE11 7/9/2013 1:07PM

    Great blog! Truly we all are different and should recognize the value in our differences and embrace them as they provide great learning experiences from others who are different and we can take bits and pieces to try and see if they work as you said!
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QTEALADY20031 7/9/2013 1:06PM

    Pixie, I really enjoyed this blog as it is so true. We all need to find what works for us. I too do not like to weigh myself too often. Like you I would rather focus on the non- scale victories! Have a great day Pixie and thanks for this excellent advice. emoticon

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AENTRIKEN 7/9/2013 1:05PM

    Thank you for all the encouragement and sharing what is working for you.

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