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    AWESOMECHELZ   31,647
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My Monthly Results (Weight, inches off, emotional improvements)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Good morning everyone! emoticon

My friend SNOOPYMOMMA2 (Barbara) and I decided to start weight training a month ago. My consists of dumbbells and a resistance band but most of the time I either just use my own body weight and dumbbells, and I use the Workout Generator in the Fitness Page to help me find workouts. You can also find the Workout Generator in the main Fitness area here in SparkPeople. The highest weight I have used is 2 lbs. I have been doing this now for 4 weeks.


WEIGHT: up 3 lbs.

WAIST: down 0.5 inches (I can ware, TIGHTLY, a size 14) emoticon

HIPS: down 1.3 inches

THIGH: up 2 inches

ARM: up 0.5 IN

MILE TEST: 16 MIN./MILE (for my age, 50 years old, my results went from poor to average)

The results make a lot of sense to me because of the weight training I have added to my walking routines. As muscle increases, so will the weight.

As I get in better shape, my waist and hip inches have decreased, and as I gain in strength, the thigh and arm measurements have increased. emoticon

I am doing GREAT!! I am improving in my fitness level, feeling better, getting stronger, and my mood is improving too. I suffer from severe depression that went from severe to moderate most days. emoticon But, most of all, my PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) has gone down to where I don't have the horrible nightmares anymore (knock on wood!!!) emoticon

I am so excited about all of this, my friends!!


**Multiple Sclerosis
**Asthma (mild to moderate)
**Eleven (11) knee surgeries (will need replacement for both knees in the future)
**PTSD (horrible nightmares most nights)

I am improving!! I AM IMPROVING!! I AM IMPROVING!! emoticon

I don't record my weight but once a month so I don't have an obsession with the scale. For example, last month my weight went up and down as high as 5 lbs. but I didn't record it or think about it; just noted it in my mind (it is called mindfulness). After a month, my weight is up 3 lbs. which makes sense with weight training.

I will be doing this for 2 more months since I think it will take my body time to adjust to all that I am doing and those changes don't just happen overnight.

But, for me, the MOST significant change has been in my emotions. I can't believe that I am not having nightmares anymore and my anxiety has gone down. What a journey! And I want to thank ALL OF YOU, my Spark Family. Without you, I truly believe I wouldn't be able to do this at all (I tried and didn't work). I need the compliments, the ideas from you, your energy. I need to read your blogs, see your struggles and triumphs and be part of a loving community. I live alone and this means SO much to me!! For those of you who live with non-supportive people, this is your Wellness Family too.

God bless you all in your journey, my friends. WE CAN DO THIS! WE ARE emoticon

I LOVE you very much (I mean it!)

CHELSEA emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IUHRYTR 8/15/2013 2:46PM

    emoticon for improvement! When ship captains order their ship emoticon to maintain course they say, "Steady as she goes." A good saying to remind us to remain steadfast in our determination and persistent in our efforts. (And, no, I'm not calling you a ship!) emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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JUDITH316 8/14/2013 6:53PM

    I know this is my 3rd visit but wanted to cheer you on and tell you what a great job you are doing, keep up the great work, you are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 8/11/2013 8:44AM

    Some times I was successful when I went on the right path no more chiming the wrong walls

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KENWANNE2013 8/10/2013 8:00AM

    emoticon You are truly inspiring.

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JUDITH316 8/8/2013 3:02PM

    Came back to cheer you on your journey, you are doing a good job, keep up the emoticon work emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 8/7/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you are doing emoticon I'm so proud of you, I cheer you on your journey, keep up the good work, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 8/5/2013 2:26PM

    Wow-this is fantastic news Chelsea!! You go girl! So happy for you and proud of you! You have such a positive, good attitude despite what you go through! What an inspiring blog for all of us! Shows you how you can do anything you set your mind to and the body responds in kind! emoticon emoticon
Thanks for all your support, you help all of us too! emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 8/4/2013 9:57AM

    Fantastic! You are doing an awesome job and your results are great. Keep up that strength training and before you know it you will be where you want to be! emoticon emoticon

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IS1GAR 8/2/2013 10:33AM

    Chelsea, thank you so much for your support in my blog.
I'm taking your advise, I will start adding the strength training regularly, for me is a lot easier to jump in the treadmill or stationary bike and do cardio but I have been told even by one coach I need to increase the strength training to see better results. As you see I'm very consistent with my nutrition and I have improved my eating habits almost to perfection....... emoticon I guess we can't ever be perfect or we will not be humans, but I try the best I can.
I'm so glad you are feeling better and the nightmares are gone emoticon you inspire me to do some weights too....Is not like I don't have all the! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm 60 and you know the saying is not easy to teach an old dog new tricks emoticon
I'm happy to be your friend and together we will figure this out to get better results....I don't want to be emoticon I just want to feel good and be healthier.

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    AMAZING!! you are a bit of a star aren't you?

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SLACHETKA103145 8/1/2013 8:20AM

    Chelsea Great work!!! I am so proud of you against all the odds that you have!!!!

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PEGGYO 8/1/2013 7:06AM

    way to go!

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/1/2013 2:41AM

    emoticon That is awesome results!!!

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POPSY190 8/1/2013 2:37AM

    You hit the nail on the head, Chelsea. State of mind is so much more important than a number on a scale, as is general fitness. One of my hobbies is genealogy and I think I could make a great family tree of my Spark friends - so helpful and supportive. emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/1/2013 2:07AM

    emoticon Great job. I'm glad you are feel better while on this program. Your an inspiration!! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 7/31/2013 10:20PM

    You have done so well, Chelsea, keep it up!

You are such a wonderful person, and great friend!

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BARBIEE52 7/31/2013 9:40PM

What an accomplishment (or should I say, lots of accomplishments). You have come along long way, and I am so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MOTLEM 7/31/2013 9:18PM

    emoticon I'm knockin' on wood for you too, girlfriend! emoticon

ST is such a great thing and combined with cardio, you have the ultimate weapon to fight anything!!

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/31/2013 6:18PM

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KADULAC 7/31/2013 5:15PM

    emoticon You are doing great. Strength training and keeping moving should also keep you from being more than pre-diabetic. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 7/31/2013 4:56PM

    emoticon I am happy for you, especially that you are feeling better on the inside!

I feel like this is part of my "wellness family" too.

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PATRICIA441 7/31/2013 12:55PM

    You sound emoticon . So very happy for you Chelsea. It is always wonderful to lose weight and inches but even a great bonus of mentally feeling so much better too! You Go Girl!!!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 7/31/2013 12:43PM

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Congrats on all the improvements you are making in your life!

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MICKEYH 7/31/2013 11:36AM

    Way to go Chelsea!! So glad that you are feeling great and doing great!! You are a such an inspiration to all of us!! I am so happy for your progress.
Great blog. Thank you for sharing.
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KATWELL88 7/31/2013 11:34AM

    To my girlfriend with Sunshiny shine, emoticon

Reading your report on your fitness... I WANNA SING ALL WEEK or Longer.....( Your Engery SHINES through your blog!) Here COMES the SUN!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

I was bit worried when you have PSTD ( what is NVS???) / depression days... This fitness plan of strengh fitness seems to writing for you. I'll have to that strength thing and other fitness things later on. emoticon emoticon

I go on Sparkpeople to learn many thing articles, blogs, encourcouragement when I'm down cheering kick in butt to wake up, meet people, keep my fitness and other goals for myself to be better. I get lonely from time to time but I set date with friends and semi proactive in many things. emoticon emoticon

One of Jounrey of life is you never know what life bring... Rediscovering friends and life, you are important teacher in my life in postive ways and Care and love u too girlfriend....( handle life-- Good and ugh days , keep in touch , seeking new goals to improve ourselves etc.)
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I gotta write here comes the sun in a upcoming blog ( thanks for the inspiration) One thing is it too soon to celbreatblte throw a party????
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MSHEL7 7/31/2013 11:04AM

    Great job, glad you have gotten to a place where you're emotions have improved so much. That is really a great accomplishment.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 7/31/2013 10:25AM

    Chelsea .. I am so proud of you and to call you friend.. YOU are doing awesome things for you and it is showing.. Day by Day you are doing this .. and coming through with flying colors..

hugs and love,

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REBIRTHDIVA 7/31/2013 9:12AM

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God bless you!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 7/31/2013 8:59AM

    We love you too hun! And congrats on all of the wonderful changes going on in you! So proud of you! I might steal your first pic for my Friday blog if that's ok with you! Thanks either way hun!

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REMEMBER_THIS 7/31/2013 8:55AM

    Good for you!!!! Keep it up!!!! That is so great!!! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 7/31/2013 8:43AM

    It's so great to read that someone is doing great with knowing herself and her body. You have done fantastic this past month. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/31/2013 8:28AM

    Good job!

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SANDRALEET 7/31/2013 8:19AM

    We aim to be healthy have stremght to be whot God made us

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KARENKANDO 7/31/2013 8:18AM

    This is absolutely beautiful! And what an awesome attitude you have - about everything! You are quite the inspiration to me and I just wanted you to know it!!! I totally agree with what you said about the folks here at SP - about the support we get and give - the ideas, the encouragement, the inspiration - all of it! Doing life "alone" is hard. Doing life with others. . . well, it's just better. Thanks for the reminder and much continued success to you! You are on your way and I just can't wait to celebrate with you in another 60 days when you achieve and realize just how very far you've come! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINA180847 7/31/2013 8:05AM

    Dearest Chelsea, what is the PTSD all about? Nightmares most nights would get you down too much. It makes me feel lucky and blessed that I lose a bit of sleep but often I just lay there and pray for a while and either fall back asleep or get up.

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AUTUMNHOPE 7/31/2013 8:03AM

    Great quote !! emoticon on increasing your strength & fitness ! You are looking at it in the right way. The older we women get the more we need weight bearing exercises , too, because we are losing muscle fast.

emoticon YAY for your NSV's !! Especially the nightmares. I , too suffer from severe anxiety & depression & God, exercise & the Spark community have helped my symptoms lesson , too.

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