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12/12/07 4:32 P

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Someone mentioned MOTIVATION earlier... and I just saw this quote in an SP Helathy Reflections...

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily."

- Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

Thanks again Skinnypup. I WILL get back to being VERY consistent with eating and exercise. I'll just keep working at it and not give up. Threads like these are VERY motivating. I get excited about getting to where I should be when I am involved in/reading these threads
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12/12/07 4:02 P

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Your story just gets better and better! One of myclose friends just lost 100 pounds and she's motivated to do her first 5k next year. It's a big move for her... but I'm so proud of her (and you)

I'm an avid runner- enjoy it and the one half marathon I like to commit to each year. I have a little triathlon experience as well. Now that is a lot of fun. I'm weak in swim but it's so much fun.

Wouldn't you agree that the energy at these events movivates you to stay the course and keep trying!

Your little run/sprint run/sprint is, in fact the right way to train for these events.

Girl, you SOOOOO know what you are doing and it sounds as if you have all the resources you need!

As to home being a distraction- well, I hear you there. I work from home half time and still struggle with the routine.

The best advice I can give is to treat it like you were at the gym. Pack or plan your lunch/meals, the night before. Treat your workout with the level of respect you'd treat your job. Give it time, give it a space in your calendar and make a promise to it. Make it a part of your routine- make it that important!

Sidenote: I bought my treadmill when I was 6 mos prego. As a result, I lost an extra 5 pounds putting me at a thinner place than I was when I got pregnant.

My son will be 10 in one month and my treadmill i s still going strong. I moved it INTO my home office. Now I use it more often!

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12/12/07 3:44 P

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"Can you say obsessive compulsive??" -- oh yeah! I'm working on getting back to just stepping on the scale once or twice a week too.

I WAS doing both weight training and cardio/running. And I loved it. I could tell my metabolism had skyrocketed. It took about 3 to 6 months, but I could really tell a difference. I got a Polar HRM with a fitness test on it that simulates VO2. The test is taken at rest and only takes a couple minutes. I had been exercising and walking for a good 3 months or so when I got it and took the test for the first time. It said I was in 'fair' condition. I was sooo disappointed. I kept exercising, upped my walking to running, and a couple of tests and 6 months or so later, I tested at 'good', or was it 'very good' -- Very good I think -- it's been a while.

I know I don't have to run for cardio, but I found that I actually LIKED running. When you run, your body will actually scream at you to get moving if you try to be sedate.

My running story: I was walking 3-4 times a week with a co-worker (who did the Chicago marathon that fall), as well as walking on my own at home. She jokingly said we should do the Steamboat classic (an annual run locally). I laughed it off, but then discovered it was only four miles. I thought, I could WALK that far in my sleep. So I decided it would be fun to see how fast I could walk it. So we set our goal to do it, and I began experimenting with some interval runs. My first time I ran a minute, walked for a minute or two, ran for a minute. Each time I'd run a minute, I'd think I couldn't do it again, but by the time I finished my waling interval, I'd think… okay, one more time. I only ran maybe 5 segments, but it was a start. Long story short -- I ended up running the four miles in 40 minutes. Not fast for a REAL runner, but I was very proud of my time.

I have a friend who is a physical therapist and he helped me learn how to use the machines at the local gym, and personalized my workouts. I gave up my gym membership to save money, and b/c their summer hours were so short I could hardly get there, AND we had collected enough equipment at home that I didn't have to go anywhere to workout. I will admit - it’s a lot easier at the gym (fewer distractions) BUT I can't afford that right now. I am starting to do better -- just have to work on the consistency.

Thanks for the info -- I look forward to seeing more of it. This has been a great thread.


Dee

"All things can be done for the one who believes." Mark 9:23

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” --Will Rogers
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12/12/07 12:51 P

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This is just the kind of motivation that we all need. So many of us try something and if we don't see immediate results, we quit. DeeAnn, you have been going at it for a long time, which is an indication that it can be done.

Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that it can encourage others.

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12/12/07 12:41 P

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DeeAnn,

Thanks for sharing that with us, the good, the bad and the ugly. (Ok, not really ugly.) I really needed to hear that today.

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12/12/07 12:26 P

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One last thing Deeann- 3 years is a long time to be consistent on a goal. Look how far you have come. Your journey hasn't been an easy course but you haven't given up. That's why you are still a success story.

Consistency is the key :)


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12/12/07 12:24 P

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I'm glad I can help. And I completely hear you on the pressure of making goal. I put that pressure on myself as well. I was just thinking today what a crock it is for me to want to reach it by end of year. Who needs it? I am doing far better nutritionally and just started a serious exercise plan again. So why put added pressure on? Lame. I'm not interested and will do my best to stop the insanity!

I want to share with you something you have probabnly heard many times before. The scale shouldn't matter. I'm a scale junkie who is also working to move past it. It's a personal goal for 2008- to weight only 1 x per week. Can you say obsessive compulsive?? :)

Now you said it yourself - that you started feeling and looking better and only failed when people started to take notice. The scale adds pressure. People add pressure, too, including you! Don't let them get in the way of your focus.

Example -I was around 155 when I started eating clean and noticing a nice little curvy shape. Prior to that I had been yo-yoing with 10 pounds for so long and feeling icky and flabby and lazy and just out of shape... Once I started focusing on eating more vegetables and fruit and just clean foods I noticed change. This took time AND the scale didn't budge much but my shape was changing drastically! I was getting lean!

You saw results from being consistent!!!! That is the big key here. Staying focused and commited and consistent and forgetting the digits on the scale. The scale can really ruin a good day- why go there!

Let's keep that in mind for 2008 and finish out the year in a state of wellbeing.

You can still plan ahead a little for Christmas. Cook /bring dishes that are healthy ... have some of those options at hand. But be sure to enjoy your life, your family. Be grateful and thankful for finding spark and look at all the super changes you have made. Look at this fabulous team. You are spreading good spark in others lives and you don't even see it!!!

Again, lets finish out the year proud of our efforts!

Here are some free tips for you from my personal trainer :)

(((((It's okay to ask for help when you are stuck. Yes, it's a bit costly but in the big picture, it's not and I am worth it. 8 sessions for 350 is not a lot of money when you need help! Getting help is okay :) So if you consider it, do it!!! )))))

Anyway, one of her goals is to help me let go of the scale. She is serious about this and I am grateful to have her help me with that.

The other thing she insists on is if you want to seriously lose weight you need to kick up on CARDIO at least 45 mins to one hour 4-5 days a week. You DONT have to jog, run, cycle or do anything crazy! Just walking is okay. That is all she does and she is a little powerhouse!!

So: get out your T.V (if you have a treadmill)
- or take the dog out for an hour. (You'll both be happier)
-or go to the gym with Ipod or again, T.V...

But step up and get on with cardio. Heart rate must go up!

The other thing is the over used word and sometimes boring subject of Metabolism. Why can't we get this right? It's a fact, if you want to start burning calories weight training will boost your metabolism. It's been proven, it works.

If you belong to a gym get instruction on how to use the machines or take a class there to learn. Or get a trainer for even one session!!! Or use your guest passes and invite a friend who may help? You should be doing strength training 2-3 times per week to boost metabolism.

:)

Weights/cardio and diet will get you moving. Don't be afraid to step up. :)

Okay. I should get to work now.

I love spark! And I'm happy to be on this super team. You can do it people. Stay the course ... there's a prize for consistency! Keep smiling..... emoticon

Edited by: SKINNYPUP at: 12/12/2007 (12:53)
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This is great information. I have been looking for some good and healthy ways of cleansing (the natural way) and this looks like what I have been seeking.

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12/12/07 9:35 A

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Thanks Skinnypup, and you are soo right about how we accept ourselves (or not). I can have a bad few days and not only feel awful physically from the bad foods, but FEEL fatter and unhappy with myself. And on the other hand I can have a good few days (even if I'd been off course for weeks prior) and FEEL thinner and better about myself. I think it's been about 3 years since I started this journey, and this is the longest I've ever gone without throwing in the towel. I have at least learned that I have to keep trying.

I also totally agree with the baby steps. And that's just how I began my journey. As I started counting calories and reading forums of people trying to be as healthy as possible, I was motivated to get healthy myself. I started out with working on getting my fat down to under 30% (it was REALLY high), then on getting my protein and fiber up, then sodium down, then potassium up, etc. etc.

My struggles seem to have started when I got a few messages from others congratulating me on being so close to goal. I had just been working on my healthy self, watching the scale drop, but had not realized just how close to goal I was. I was 14 pounds from goal! Which is REALLY close since I started out at about 160+ pounds from goal - LOL? Anyway. I think two things happened. One; I got in a hurry, tried to lower my calories a little more (in a hurry to get there), AND started backing off at the same time (makes no sense I know). But I'd think -- well, it wont hurt 'just this once' or 'one day won't hurt', etc.

Little by little, I put about 30 pounds back on and have just yo-yo'd the same 5 pounds or so for several months now. I get a good few days to a couple weeks, and then follow it by not so good days/weeks (enough to wipe out the good ones). I have found myself frustrated with the ground I lost both with eating (the scale) and exercise -- that I want what I had, but want it NOW! I know I have to re-lay the ground work, but have to focus on being healthy and take that one step at a time.

Thanks for listening and I'm so glad you're here. I soooo needed to hear what you had to say -- to help remind me of how I got where I am and re-enforce what I need to do to keep heading in the right directions. I've said/written more than once that if I focus on being healthy, the scale will take care of itself.

Lord, grant me patience, but I want it NOW! -- LOL (but all too true)

Thanks again. I look forward to seeing more of your insights. The more I learn and re-enforce what I know, the more motivated I remain.






Dee

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“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” --Will Rogers
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12/11/07 4:43 P

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Thanks Dee. We all have hiccups. You've come a long way so far in your journey. I am proud to just know someone like you! Give yourself a break, pretty lady!

One of the hardest transformations for the common American is to love oneself unconditionally :)

I saw a quote on someones page, "Start a revolution, love your body" and I thought it was so telling!

We need to love ourselves even on "off" days.

More importantly that means forgiving yourself quickly and move on. It happened- it's gone, don't look back. Start every day like a new day.

But do some planning ahead for you want to learn from this hiccup. So start shopping around to replace some of your processed food favorites.

Small steps- don't overwhelm and set yourself up for failure. I'm not a believer of deprivation.

However- we are so blessed and lucky to have so many healthier options even in some of the processed food choices.

If you must, choose/replace them with the lower fat brands.. the lower sodium (if it's possible)

side note: As soon as I started watching my sodium, I noticed change. Sometimes you need to watch other things. Are you tracking all nutrients including water... calcium... Look at how you eat and be sure to start focusing ono filling your nutritional needs instead of caloric focus.

Okay... so I have to ask where you shop?

If you have a Trader Joes or a inexpensive co-op around, start focusing in on that store and try to use the markets only for things Trader Joes doesn't have.

You WILL get more for your money and there are far less ingredients in many of their frozen foods...

It's changes like that ... that's what I'm talking about. :) Nothing major. You won't starve! Heck, my son and I love TJ's low fat cheetos!!! :) But it's all about moderation and getting away from emotional eating. :)


But don't overwhelm and get hard on yourself. Start with a plan for 2008, if you haven't already.

Think about this- and we should start a thread here..

What three things can you commit to changing in your food choices in 2008?

1.
2.
3.

I have two teams with this thread and each person is carefully thinking this through before commiting.

(you can always change it later :)

So forget the past- it's gone. :) The future is not for you to control BUT you can plan for a bit of success by

1. Shopping for less processed crud
2. cooking ahead and chopping and storing weekly foods that you eat often. This need not be perfect but when you have resources ready you will find yourself using them!!
3. Forgive yourself quickly and move on :)

4. Smile. You are an inspiration to so many, including me...

Okay. Nuff said for this soap box junkie! Have a great afternoon! I'm outta here :)



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12/11/07 4:23 P

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Awesome intro. I agree, I FEEL so much better when eating right. I lost control and went on a 3 day binge at Thanksgiving and I felt soooooooo bad. I couldn't wait to get back to eating right.

I'm not perfect and can get sucked into a processed food binge if I'm not careful, but I'm getting better -- trying to remember how bad it feels when I do that INSTEAD of re-living it - LOL.

Anyway, welcome to the group. I look forward to learning lots from you.

Dee

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Great to be here. I also forgot to mention that I've trimmed down on use of make up or the powder foundation I use for work in office days.

I just don't need it like I did. Again, the skin tone is improved.

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Thank you, for the introduction and the glowing testimonial of the benefits of a whole foods way of eating!

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I'm excited to see a team focused around some of my own growing beliefs.

I started my journey of belief by way of a 3 day cleanse by Jay Robb (dot com). It's a toxic cleanse but involves only pure protein powder and lots of raw fruits and vegetables and water.

In a nutshell, I felt so incredibly wonderful during and after the flush, that I started reading up on his books and found him to be so inspiring. Since then I was invited to take over the "eating clean" page on spark, and am now surrounded by health conscious folks who strive to live toxin free.

That was no accident :)

Some things I experience from eating God given natural foods that are not processed or sodium rich or laden with ingredients I cannot pronounce are:

-General wellbeing or Happiness (was I really depressed or was I nutrient lacking!!!???)
-no bloat (from an increase in fruits rich in water and fiber)
-Energy galore (well, duh :))
-A leaner physique. Eating cleaner, whole foods and lean meats has helped trim the fat. It's literally just flushed away. I can't tellyou how many compliments I receive over the last 6 months....

Losing weight is one thing, but commiting your lifestyle to a more permanent consistent healthy way of living is the best long term transformation one could hope for.

My skin has color and it's thicker... My hair is shiny... I am no longer susceptible to bags or black circles under my eyes..

:) I can carry on about this...but I shant. I just wanted to share how happy I was to found another ispiring team that is helping shape the (American)diet to be a better one!!!




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Edited by: SKINNYPUP at: 12/11/2007 (16:32)
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