I understand how you feel that the scale has not moved but you need to look at how you feel about you now. It is a great deal to have gone from the 16 to a 10. I have hit a few plateaus on my way down. I'm on one now. If you feel better take that as good news and let time help you go down further.
I am right there with you!!! In the last year I have gone from a size 16 to a size 10, but the scale has move well...NONE! I track all my foods, I exercise and portion control is really good. My friends are amazed at the amount of food I do not eat anymore, even if I am eating more. They are calling me the healthy Hobitt. But that demon scale! discourages me every time I started weighting myself once a month...If I can msuter the courage.
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (119,490) Posts: 2,188 1/3/10 4:48 A
Think I don't track????I track EVERY THING I eat----control my portions as well---inches are receding---but that stubborn little thing----just doesn't budge!!!Oh well tomorrow's always a better day---at least my insides are benefitting!!!
I so agree with you on the tracking. It is very important. I know what you mean about eating better. I also learned that I can have the extras (deserts), as long as I am aware of what I am eating (portion control) during the day. Success is something that has taken time but don't let set backs or plateaus stop your travels to where you want to go.
current weight: 150.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,232) Posts: 27,137 1/1/10 8:21 A
For me, TRACKING is the answer. I learn a lot about how I'm eating and always know how many calories, carbs, fats, etc. I've had for the day. I'm very thorough in my tracking and I'm eating a whole lot better since I started.....and the tracker moves.
I became aware of portion control in this process and know I HAVE to measure. I'm still prone to nudge amounts up otherwise...and that won't move my ticker.
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Pounds lost: 22.0
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I am "suffering" from a few ailments like Cancer and an Ischemic Heart Problem----I need to remain fit but work out in an easy paced manner.Hopefully Cancer medication Pills will end 2012----the other pills---only The Almighty knows when!!!This sounded like a fun forum----let's all end up having fun!!!!!!
ARDY YOU ARE MY KIND OF PERSON USING THE STAIRS INSTEAD OF THE EASY WAY HA HA ...THE THING IS I HAVE NO CHOICE NOW..SINCE I HAVE FALLEN DOWN THE STAIR TWICE CAN'T GET DOCTORS TO FIND OUT WHY MY RIGHT LEGS FOLDS UP ON ME IT JUST GOES AWAY THEN THE FLUID COME BACK AFTER A WHILE...I WAS A TOMBOY FOR YEARS YEP EVEN AS A YOUNG ADULT....SO GLAD WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE STILL TAKE THE STAIRS WHEN THEY CAN THAT IS THE HEALTHY WAY OF LIFE...ENJOY IT....
I am enjoying the help of Sparkpeople.com and the motivation from others. I started out this last year in January and was 177 lbs. I use the exercises from sparks and the wii fit almost daily. In the time I've done this I have dropped 32 lbs and now enjoy being 145 lbs. I would like to be about another 10 lbs down. Daily tracking has helped a lot. I am a grandparent of two very active boys that live in my home. I work at a local high school, am a trainer with the Girl Scoout and active in my church. Busy is the key around my house.
Now you really have my creative spark going I even have the perfect park in mind for the treasure hunt. The Juniors (ages 9-11) Have a landscaping patch that they needs to complete and we usually use a park that has tons of acreage that has tons of running trails, we could tape the clues on the trees and end the hunt with a beautiful picnic. AWESOME idea!!!
Hmmm... you could even make the hunt like an obstacle course.. like on clue one, they have to do some pushups before going where they think the next clue is... clue two, they have to sprint to some object then take a left (or whatever instruction), clue 3, they would have to list 3 healthy snacks and leave those suggestions in a basket or box before advancing... You could get creative !
The treasures could be jumpropes, a pedometer (then you could show them how to use it)
Ladies: Thanks for the ideas. San Antonio in the summer is not place for outdpoors but springbreak is fast apporaching and we are planning a short camping trip and both of you just gave a tons of ideas. Scavenger hunts outdoor huh? I think they are call tresure hunts but that do sound great.
HI ARDYS....If you have been in the Army, then you know all about calisthenics, etc. For your girls outdoors anything that gets your heart rate up. That's the key. A casual walk is wonderful, but doesn't really do much for the cardio part of exercising. Swimming, softball, running, skipping or jumping a rope, playing running games or dodgeball....those are all great. Indoors and if you have use of gym equipment, there's no better way to get the heart pumping. Volleyball, basketball, doing pilates, dancing, lifting light weights....indoor activities of all kinds are great for the cardiovascular exercising. Sometimes we have to change our mindset to build or keep muscle. Good luck on toning and building some of those muscles and those of your scouts. Great going...congrats on your weight loss! Keep up the good work! HAPPY NEW YEAR! XO MaryAnn
I tried canoeing this past Fall and loved it, plan to purchase one in Springtime.
Outdoor "scavenger hunts", there is a name for this and even some teams on SP, I think some people use GPS, but maybe you could design your own to use with the scouts.
Rock climbing is a great workout and you don't have to do major cliffs. There are always small ones, work out walls at some rec centers and you can do something called "boldering". Boldering is moving side to side along the bottom of the rock or workout wall being only a foot or two off the ground... a great workout and no falls or heights to worry about!
My daughter recently got a Wii fit. I don't think it's much of a workout so far, but I'm understanding you can put together a workout after you unlock more exercises. However... it does analyze your BMI, balance, weight, etc and could be a learning experience in that respect.
Hello everyone the name is Ardys: Active duty Army and after a year in Spark.com I have lost four dress sizes but not much weight. I am not much of a gym person, I am the type of person that will park that extra space back so I can get the extra steps or will take the stairs two at a time instead of going to the gym. My favorite work out consist of a nature hike with the Girl Scouts, but the reward is hearing from my scouts mothers how much they are learning from their girls how to bake healthy and how to stay healthy. I like to get more ideas on how to make things fun indoors and outside of the gym since I think it will not only help my scouts but their parents as well.
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