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Making some changes in my goals.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I Have noticed that things have gotten a little easier for me lately. I can walk a little farther easier. emoticon My legs don't hurt as much my back doesn't start screaming as soon as I walk 50 feet. My knees don't pop and lock up as much. So it is time to increase my distance of walks and time of fitness daily. Instead of 5-10 minutes of exercise at a time I am going to try for 20-30 minutes at a time. I started at 15-30 minutes a day I think I can do 1-2 hours a day.
I haven't lost any weight in awhile but I know I am healthier. My clothes are a lot looser. I started at Spark People wearing a size 4-5X shirt and 3-4X pants. I am now in a 3x top almost to a 2X top. My pants are now 2x. I am firmer. My stomach is tighter and flatter. I'm not saying that my stomach is flat but it is better than it was. My thighs are tighter, not as flabby. So I am happy with my progress but I know I have a long way to go.
I can honestly say that coming to Spark People has changed my life. I have met amazing people here. They are friendly, very supportive, a wealth of knowledge and can make you laugh when you are in the mood to cry. They help you feel alive and that you have the right to feel that way. emoticon They encourage you to dance. emoticon emoticon Hugs to all my friends at Spark People. LET'S GET IT DONE
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    What a positive blog!! That is the way to look at it! NSV are so important and you are doing great! Have you noticed the pie chart at the bottom of the nutrition tracker now? I really like it...helps me to know what I need to do throughout the day...what I am lacking and to back off of. It has really helped me!!
    Also, have you tried chair exercise? Maybe find some chair stretching too. I start my day off (I am so stiff in the morning I have to) with 10-15 of chair exercise (low intensity) then I stretch for 10-15 min. It sure does help with my back and knees! I can link you to some if you want me to, just let me know.
    Keep going!! I wouldn't be still doing this if it weren't for this site and all the wonderful people I have met here!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Pat that is fantastic progress! We are all so proud of you! The smaller sizes will keep on coming!

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    I know you are feeling like you can conquer the world, but from experience, don't make too big of a jump at a time and then have a set-back.

    emoticon If you are at 5-10 minutes, the next step is 10-15, then 15-20, then 20-30. Increase the frequency along with the time. Jumping from 3 x10 minutes (30 minute total) to 4 x15 (60 minutes) or even 6 x15 (90 minutes) will get the total time up while letting your muscles build up to increase their endurance. By participating in more frequent work-outs you also keep the 'after burn' going longer, and burn more calories per minute. I hope this makes sense when you are reading it.

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    Pat, I'm so proud of you! Your strength, determination, consistency, ability to be flexible without losing sight of your goal, ---you rock!! Congratulations on those NSV's! They are so much more significant than numbers on the scale. Keep making healthy choices and the scale will move eventually. Be well! Keep going! You're doing it!! emoticon
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    I try to do alternate days for fitness. One day I walk further, the next I try to walk faster. It's slow progress but I am getting better at both. You can do this and you will be so happy with the results.
    Think about doing this with your nutrition, too. It might get your numbers to move more easily. Whatever calorie number you are at, do that 4 days a week but try dropping down a couple hundred for the other 3 days a week on alternate days.
    So proud of you!

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    You're making great progress, Pat! Congratulations on the smaller clothes and on generally feeling better and healthier.

    Great idea to gradually increase your exercise. Is it Tuesday that you see the doctor about your shoulder?

    I absolutely agree that Spark Friends are emoticon , and I'm glad that you are one of mine!

    Hugs, Gail... remember, emoticon
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    Dang girl ... you are doing GREAT!!!! It took me 3+ months to build up to 45 minute treadmill walks five times a week. Don't hurt yourself ... add a little at a time. I did mine in 5 minute increments every other week.

    I will be on a 3+ week camping trip with little to no internet access starting tomorrow. Keep on track. What did the doc say????
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    you're doing fantastic!
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    Climbing the hill is difficult. But reaching the apex and then ascending down will be worth of your efforts!

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