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7/26/10 2:02 P

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Yes it is free, however, I am now jogging too. I am upping my cardio to burn more calories, because I do not have as much to lose any more. I am now up to jogging 2 minutes straight. I am working at getting myself to at least jogging 5 miles straight at first.

You are more than welcome to join me!

Linda, CPT

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7/26/10 10:02 A

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Just introducing myself. I am new to SparkPeople. I currently weigh 188 lbs and my goal is about 135- 140 lbs. I recently gained 30 of those 50 lbs since quitting smoking last September. I have 3 regular workout videos that I rotate and do at home, one is 55 minutes of cardio & strength training with light weights, two is 45 minutes of body sculpting with weights and last is 25 minutes of absculpting - no weights. I have also been trying to get to the public pool at least once per week this summer. I am interested in the walking group you were talking about also, is that free? Nice to meet everyone and thanks for being here. emoticon emoticon

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6/17/10 9:44 P

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It will be fun!

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6/17/10 9:38 P

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Moderate - I like the sound of that. I'm looking forward to it now. Hopefully in the next two weeks I can build up my strength and stamina a little bit more. This should be fun.

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6/17/10 7:41 P

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You do not need to sign up in advance. You can pay $10 for yourself or $15 for family to receive the newsletter. That will also allow you to go on camping trips/hiking over the weekend with them, if you want. I am helping with the newsletter right now. From what I hear, the hike next Saturday is suppose to be pretty easy! It is called Moderate. They do more intense hikes.

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6/17/10 6:32 P

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Linda - Ok, I checked them out. Look like an energetic group of people (just the kind of people I need to get to know). I like the sound of the hike on July 3rd and that should work out ok for me too.

For the next two weeks, I'm studying and cramming for my state licensing test on July 2nd. Can't think of a better way to celebrate than to go on a great hike and meet some new people.

Count me in. Should I sign up before hand or can I do it on the day of the hike? Have you ever been on one of these hikes? Knowing where they're going, it's a pretty steep climb up to that cross on the hill.

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6/17/10 6:18 P

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Linda - Hmmm...that sounds interesting. Have you been on their walks before? Are they strenuous? My only concern is that I haven't really built up much strength and stamina at this point.

I walk by the hiking trails that are all along Long Canyon and the ones at the top of Wood Ranch and they seem so steep. I get winded just walking down Long Canyon (VERY small hills and inclines).

Saturdays are good for me and the library sure is close (heck, I can walk there). Is there more info online? Think I'll check it out; I'm definitely intrigued. Let me get back to you on that.
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6/17/10 5:40 P

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I want to start doing the Simi Valley Trailblazers hikes. Would you like to do that?

There is one next week over by Wood Ranch, Ronald Reagan Library. It is on Saturday! Sounds like fun!

Linda, CPT

PS. Sorry I did not read your blog.

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6/17/10 5:11 P

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Linda - Thx for the invite to workout together but I don't do gyms and even blogged it about at http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me
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I'm a walker. I love to walk and I'm actually trying to work up to being able to do some hiking on the trails around my house.

Don't yet have the energy or strength for that yet so in the meantime, I'm building up my stamina by walking. I walk up and down Wood Ranch Pkwy and down Long Canyon. At some point, I might even make it to Challenger Park.

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6/17/10 3:28 P

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Try not to focus so much on where you want to go right now! Focus more on getting healthy and healthier! Eating right and exercise! If you do that, the weight will fall off!

Are you a member of 24-Hour Fitness? If so, I would love to workout with you some time!

Linda, CPT

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6/17/10 2:47 P

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Linda - WOW! What a wonderful motivational post. LOVED IT! While I REALLY try not to focus on the weight I am, it is hard to see that the number didn't move from one to another after a week of hard work.

When I joined Sparks yesterday, I didn't even really want to put down a goal weight or the number of pounds to lose because, quite frankly, I had no idea how much weight I wanted to lose. All I wanted to do was get back down to a size 9, whatever weight that is.

On my good days, I try to remember that losing inches are more important than losing pounds. It doesn't matter to me how much weight I lose just as long as I get back down to the size that makes me happy (and healthy).


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5/2/10 11:12 P

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Please read:

I hope that this motivates everyone to do their very best and not give up!


Take the Stress Out of Weighing In
Regain Your Power Over the Scale
-- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert
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Does seeing the wrong number on the scale make you crazy? Many people find that a “bad” weigh-in ruins their mood and saps their motivation, making it difficult to keep doing what they know they need to do.

Things don’t need to be this way. You can learn to use the scale as a helpful tool, instead of giving it the power to dictate your feelings and your actions.

Many experts and experienced dieters will tell you that the only realistic way to take the stress out of your weigh-ins is to skip them altogether—or at least keep them to a bare minimum. After all, there are many other ways to measure your progress towards your health and fitness goals, especially since weight loss is rarely predictable or orderly.

Although we talk about weight loss in terms of numbers—calories in versus calories out—your body is not a calculator and it doesn't operate like a checking account. A number of things (like fluctuations in water weight, increased muscle mass, and your body’s anti-starvation mechanism) can and regularly do conspire to make the number on the scale the least reliable measure of weight loss success. And if you’re the type of person who needs to see that number coming down on a regular basis in order to avoid frustration, despair and panic, frequent weigh-ins may be exactly what you shouldn’t do.

But let’s face it. Expecting yourself not to weigh-in frequently is like expecting yourself not to scratch when you’ve got an itch. For many of us, it’s just not in the cards. And besides, there are some good reasons to track your weight frequently. Since most of us don’t exactly match the “average” person used in all the formulas for predicting energy expenditure, you may need a little experimentation to find the right combination of calories and exercise that will work for you. Watching the scale as you experiment can be an important part of that process.

So, maybe the real issue here is how you can have your cake and eat it, too. Here are three things you can do to make sure your love-hate relationship with the scale doesn’t cross over the line and become part of the problem instead of part of the solution.

3 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Your Weigh-Ins

1. Be clear with yourself about what that number on the scale really means. That number on the scale only tells you how much you weigh at that moment. It tells you absolutely nothing about what kind of person you are; what life has in store for you; whether or not you’ll ever look the way you want to look or feel the way you want to feel; or how other people see or think about you. If you experience thoughts or feelings like these just because you see an unwelcome number on the scale, then your expectations about what weight loss can do for you need a major overhaul. You may want to take the Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out? quiz to see if you need to do some work on that front—before you paint yourself into a corner you can’t get out of.

2. Remind yourself that you are choosing to use the scale as a weight loss tool. It is NOT your judge, jury and executioner. It’s probably a good idea to post this reminder where you will see it each time you step on the scale. It can help to include a short list of the most important reasons why you are trying to lose weight in the first place, and some of the ways you can measure your progress towards those goals (besides the scale).

3. Use the number on the scale to actually help your program work for you. If you’re going to use the scale as a tool, you might as well do it right. Try keeping a journal (or better yet a computer spreadsheet) where you track your weigh-ins (daily, weekly or monthly), your total calories eaten during that time period (from your Nutrition Tracker) and your calories burned through exercise (from your Exercise Tracker). Once a month, add the numbers up and see if things are going the way they “should” be. Figure out your total calorie deficit for the month, and see if your weight actually behaved according to the "3500-calorie deficit equals one pound lost" formula. If it didn’t, then try to figure out why, using a method like this:

* First, go back to basics. About 90% of the “mysterious” differences between what should happen and what does happen can be traced to underestimating calorie intake and/or overestimating calories burned. For the next few weeks, double check yourself on your calorie counting, portion estimating, etc., and make sure you’re not leaving anything out of your nutrition tracking.

* If that doesn’t solve the problem, figure that there may be something wrong with the estimates you are getting for your exercise calorie burning and/or your non-exercise calorie burning (your basal metabolic rate—BMR). Consider investing a little money in a heart rate monitor with a calorie estimating feature to wear during exercise, and/or having your BMR tested at a local gym with a device called the BodyGem (costs about $50). Use this info to adjust your calorie intake and/or your exercise, and see how this new plan works for the next month.

* If all else fails, talk to a dietitian or your doctor to rule out any unusual metabolic problems, or medical issues. But again, 9 times out of 10, it's most likely a simple problem with getting the right numbers.

Above all, keep in mind that it is NOT a lower number on the scale that makes all the work you are putting into your weight loss efforts worthwhile. What makes it worthwhile is the increased happiness and other benefits that come with doing the best you can to eat a healthy diet, being as fit and active as you can, and doing all the other things that make you feel good about yourself. These benefits depend much more on your attitude and the quality of your efforts than on any number you see on a scale.

Shifting your focus from the scale to the quality and consequences of your own attitudes, perspectives, and efforts is the first step in moving from a “diet mentality” (which doesn’t work) to a “lifestyle change” (which can get you where you want to go). You can read more about these issues in the following articles:

Stop Dieting and Start Living!
Dieting with a Positive Twist
6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid

This article is Step 2 in SparkPeople's Mind Over Body series, a 10-step program to ending emotional eating and creating a permanent healthy lifestyle. View the full series here or continue to the next step.

Linda, CPT

"A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something."

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