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9/21/06 10:06 P

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Mornings are the best time I can get my workouts in... otherwise there are too many reasons that come up later in the day to not workout - work, kids, tired, etc... So, mornings are my best option. I get up around 5 most mornings... if you can get yourself on a schedule for a few weeks it actually becomes easier to get up.

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I am not a morning person either, but can get up when I have to. I try to make my morning workout something I REALLY want to do, like a good bike ride. Or something that has to be done at a certain time, like a group run. Then if I hit the snooze, I'd miss something fun.

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Sorry Ms. Jenny, I don't know what to tell you on that one either. I get up at 4:45 with my boyfriend when he goes to work and get in an hour of cardio before I get the kids up, pack lunches, get them to school and me to work by 8. I like your quote-A weak mind... I guess you could think of that when you go to hit the snooze. Or think of a pair of pants that are too small that you want to get into.

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Not sure of any tips. I try and get up at 5 am and workout but the past month I've been having a much harder time getting out of bed. The big thing I try and tell myself when the alarm goes off is I'll be so much happier when I get off work and don't have to squeeze in a workout. I can't workout within about 2 hours of eating so ideally if I don't workout in the morning I need to do it before I eat dinner. Often I need to run errands after work or I just get stuck working late. So I can come up with lots of excuses not to workout. But if I do it first thing in the morning it's done and I feel so much better!



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oh man, don't know what to tell you there. if it were up to me, life would work on a clock that started about 3 hours later every morning. I'm a night owl, so I crash hard around 530p from getting up at 7a every morning, bc I just am not tired/cannot sleep starting at 10p until at least midnight.

BTW, as anyone heard or seen NMCELRATH around all week? I hope everything is okay. She usually sets the next weekend up on like...Tuesday.

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9/20/06 10:15 P

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hey all!

I have a qestion for tips on how to get out of bed in the morning to work out, instead of hitting the snooze button?

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In memory of my son, Bradyn, Jan 28, 2009- Jan 29, 2009.

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." JOHN 14:18

"Appreciate life regardless of what may be the outcome. Relish the pursuit while accepting the possibility of failure. Happiness is not a destination, it is a choice."





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I will be out of town this weekend. My weekend commitment is to pay attention to what goes in my mouth. I hope to get a lot of walking in too. Check in next week.

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Yes, that's pretty much it. It's a great forum to get support and remember that I -- I mean you (LOL) -- are not the only one who finds weekends a challenge.

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9/20/06 1:14 P

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I'm so anxious to become a weekend warrior instead of a weak weekender. I am sick of having to work so hard the next week after a bad weekend. So, this is the main forum and we report our weekend goals/results in seperate topic forums?

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WALKERMI25,
Good luck on your 10K. It sounds like you are doing great and should be ready for the race on 10/1! We'll be thinking about you here...

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9/19/06 3:19 P

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Hi Buckeyekells - I just posted to you on last weekend's thread. I think everyone is on the specific weekend thread... however, I always check in on this main one during the week.
I'm already getting excited about how I WILL stay on track this coming weekend and have 2 consecutive WARRIOR weekends. I am doing a 10K on Oct. 1st, so am feeling good about that weekend and today ran 5.5 miles which is the farthest I have gone in a long, long (probably 7 years) time so I'm feeling good momentum. That and 710 cals burned does not suck - I'll be eating at the upper end of my range today, thank you very much :)

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Where is everybody?

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Hi all! Get ready for the weekend.. it's almost here!!

I bought Turbo Jam this morning. I had a terrible day yesterday so in order to help myself get back on track, I bought it. I am really excited for it to get here.. I can't wait! Hopefully it will give me something to keep me on track for awhile.

I'm heading to bed.. I just wanted to say hi!

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P.S. - In case you didn't see, a new thread for this coming weekend has been started, so check it out!

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Hi all! Gearing up for another weekend and hopefully we are all excited about staying on track with our goals. I know I am... after my bad weekend last weekend I am looking forward to putting some distance and getting back on a winning streak.

Jenny - You should feel sooo great that you have lost 4 lbs in about a month... that is GREAT. About a pound a week is terrific even though we'd all prefer to have it come off instantly. Just think of how quickly the weeks are flying by (I think we are on our 5th weekend challenge!!) and if you stick with your plan and goals, you'll get there!!
You also might double check your calorie range for how much you are working out... I think a lot of people are trying to stay around 1200 and I would say if you are doing quite a bit of activity, esp. high intensity, that may just not be enough and you may be fighting yourself a little. But either way, you are losing at what seems like a good rate and you should celebrate!!

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9/13/06 11:46 P

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Hey everybody!

I just wanted to check in real quick before I went to bed.... see if anybody else had an exciting night because I certainly didn't!

I wanted to try to get a work out in, but by the time I finished rush hour traffic, made dinner, cleaned up dinner, and tackled the project of weeding out clothes that no longer fit my youngest daughter: surprise, surprise- I ran out of hours in my day. :(

At least I can pat my back that I stayed in my calorie range, but things are moving soooooooo slow. I have been at it a little over a month, and only lost 4 pounds.

Granted, I did have the state fair, and other minorly bad calorie days, but I have been working out like a mad woman..... what gives?!

This is a little frustrating.

Anyway- theory says it has to keep going in the right direction, but in a perfect world it would be much quicker!!!

Edited by: MS.JENNY at: 9/13/2006 (23:48)
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I am glad to see people ar talking about exercise videos. Winter is just around the corner for us in the midwest and I am trying to find other things to do besides walk away the pounds.

Ms Jenny - thanks for the reminder to look at ebay. I always seem to start looking when I'm in a sporting good store or Target.

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I am definitely considering investing in the Turbo Jam videos, I've heard nothing but great things about them! It would be great to add a few more videos to my collection. I made a deal with myself that if I lost 5 pounds by the end of September I would buy it for myself, but seeing that I've only lost a pound so far, I don't know how feasible that is.

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P.S.

I just noticed the polar heart monitor talk and it is also very helpful (as you already heard !) The turbo jam that you might be trying to track comes in between 430-529 calories for the 40 minute workout, depending on your exertion. This has been my experience so far (the last couple of weeks).

This may be helpful until you get your own monitor, another idea may be to go to wowy.com. They are always suggesting it in the turbo jam video, perhaps they have an average calorie burn there for their workouts?!

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Hey all!

I have noticed a few of you are looking into "Turbo Jam" and I just want to let you know I have it (I just did it tonight) and I love it!!

If you are considering the purchase you should first check out ebay. Many people are selling the set that I bought for the full price for much less. Often times people buy this stuff with the best of intentions but never use it- thats how we get the chance to get it for less. Lucky us!!

If you do decide to check out ebay, look at the pictures in the listings. One of them will say at the bottom right of the 2 disc set (on the cover) a list of 5 workouts (cardio party, ab jam, turbo sculpt, learn & burn, and one more I cant recall this second). Anyway, this is the cd that you get from beach body at full price, so if you can get that particular set for less- I'd do it.

(hind sight is of course 20/20)

Good luck with your purchase- either way it is a blast!

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Hi everyone! I want to join this team because weekends are my absolute downfall. They've always been a struggle but this time of year it's so much worse. I'm a huge Kansas State fan and we have season tickets and live in the KC area. With tailgating, games at times throwing meal time out it just makes it very hard! For example this past Saturday I did great all day and then on the drive back home we stopped and I got mucho nachos from Taco Bueno at 11 pm. I didn't need that!!!!! Hoping we can all pull from the strength of each other.



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Motomom, I just noticed no one talked about the Polar monitors. Polar is a compnay that makes heart rate monitors. If you want to make sure you are working out within a certain heart rate to optimimize your cardio workouts, a heart rate monitor is a good way to go. Polar is not the only company to make them. For example, I have a Timex (it is a women's size watch). The heart rate range is different for everyone, and the instructions that come with the monitor are very helpful. I would suggest you go to a store that sells them (Dick's, Sports Authority, local running or cycling shops) and talk to the people there it get some ideas before you buy one. Walmart and Target don't have enough of a selection to do any research, so first decide what you want the monitor to do, then you can search for the cheapest, if that is a concern for you.

And yes, if you use a heart rate monitor for Turbo Jam, you should be able to track calories burned.

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Hey all!

I just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing this week! I also wanted to see what kind of cardio you like the best. I personally love TaeBo, aerobics and walking. I am looking into buying the Turbo Jam workouts but only if I reach my goal of 115 by the end of the month! I really hope I make it.

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Well to be honest I wasn't as strict as I could have been with keeping within my calorie range this weekend, but I think I figured out that it is Friday night that tends to start the weekend out badly, so if I can just concentrate on getting through Friday I think I will be okay during the weekends. I like to have a cheat day once a week, but I am thinking maybe that should be mid week so I dont use it as an excuse to cheat all weekend!

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Welcome to the group, to all of our new members!

Looking at the prior posts it seems like everyone has explained what we do here, but if you ever run into a question you need help with- just post it here!

We have some incredibly involved members who have a strong involvment with Spark People, and who are very motivated and active with food and exercise tracking. Just check out the top 5 in the list :)

Good luck with your diet and tracking this week, and remember that we have a brand new challenge coming up in 5 days!! :)

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Hey everyone! I just joined. I think this group is exactly what I've been looking for, especially when I go home to see my parents. It is always a struggle eating healthy when I am not in my apartment. I do really well when I stay at home, but I go home often so it's hard. I will catch up with the posts later, have a great weekend!

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Welcome all you new members youve come to the right group, everyone here is wonderful, and wont hesitate to help all of you on your new lifestyle

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Hi New folks! Welcome, welcome. Sounds like you have the same challenges as most of us that have been on this Weekend challenge. I think what helps us out on this team is coming and posting our plans for the weekend before it actually starts. Saying "out loud" what you are going to do stay on track, what workouts you have planned, etc. Then, during the weekend, use SP to keep tracking if you can, come vent or share success, and just generally stay active on the SP site for motivation. Then on Monday, come report that you were a good Warrior! And if you weren't, then keep yourself accountable by sharing with everyone what your challenges were, where you had some pitfalls, etc.

I think the food you have in your house is key. For me, if I have it in the house, I'm going to eat it. So, I try to keep all my usual healthy foods and snacks... still want to eat too much of that food sometimes, but at least I can help myself make choices such as grapes, carrots, etc. for snacks vs. chips, cookies, etc.

Also, someone usually starts a specific thread for each weekend, so check the Team Room for the upcoming weekend.

The weekend is around the corner! Hope we are all ready!!

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I too am new to this group, and weekends are a tough time for me too. I'm just not as busy as I am during the week so there's more time to snack. My solution so far is just to not to have food in the house. I've been grocery shopping 3 times a week only buiying a small amount each time. It's been working so far... but then again it's only been two weekends since i've started my Spark life.

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Hi everyone. I just joined this challenge. Weekends are without a doubt my worst downfall. If it weren't for those darn weekends I would be so much farther along by now. I do so well during the week, but when the weekend come I give in to all temptation. I need some support to get me through. Help!!!! I am also part of the Halloween challenge and my goal is to lose 16lbs by Halloween so hopefully with the help of both these challenges I can meet my goal and finally be closer than ever to breaking the 200 range. emoticon

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Hello to everyone in the weekend warrior challenge! I am new to SP and was wondering how I was going to make it through the weekend as I normally do ok throughout the week and HERE YOU ALL ARE! I am really excited to be participating in this challenge. Kinda time sensitive right now so I will finish reading all the replies when I get home from work tonight! Also I was wondering what a Polar Monitor is? Is it something that will help me track my calories burned once I start doing Turbo Jam?

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Oh my - cookies, Halloween candy, Christmas treats... temptation and more temptation. I love sweets especially baked goods. I think I make some of the best choc. chip cookies ever and sadly I try not to bake them at all anymore b/c I end up eating all of them! My motto for these holidays is "everything in moderation" - and it is that "moderation" part that is hard for me. We'll have to start gearing ourselves up now for these holidays and give oursleves holiday warrior challenges. I know I'm going to enjoy it all on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, but I'd like to stick with better moderation on the other days, dinners, parties, etc.

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Ive also never tried hypnosis, but a good friend of mine did, and it helped her a lot, she dropped over 100 pounds and looks and feels great.

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I've never tried hypnosis, but it seems to work for people.

And Christmas is definitely the hardest. On top of the fact that everyone else bakes the most delectable things, I love to bake too. I can usually give most things away, but since it is usually cut things (like brownies) or cookies, I end up with a few "samples." One thing I do is put whatever baked goods in the freezer. That way, they are there if I need a dessert to share with guests, but for snacks, they are not immediately available--they still have to defrost! Usually, that is enough time for me to do something else and hopefully forget the craving.

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Hypnosis has worked for me as well....it is not an all out cure...but it does help you to change your subconsious thoughts.

Try hypnosisdownloads.com. Each segment is between 15 - 20 minutes long. They are less than 10 bucks each and get cheaper if you order more than one. You can download them to your ipod or burn the tracks to cd. then find a nice quiet place and enjoy. I tried the "Think thin"...which was good and has helped me...next I am going to try "Binge eating" so I can stop this self inflicting derailments each time I lose a few pounds!

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I do the same thing, that is so funny, we think a like. I buy things that I do not like and that helps me during Easter and Halloween. NOTHING works for me over Christmas, OH Christmas! My favorite holiday and my enemy at the same time. People always tempt me with the wonderful homemade bake goodies. This year now that I know we can still eat it but in portions only. I might even go and see a hypnist. I think I spelt that right. A friend of mine has done it and she is doing wonderfully with Sparkpeople. She lost 28 pounds and still losing.

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My sister has a great "trick" for halloween. She only buys the candies she doesn't like, and then she doesn't snack, or stash leftovers. I'd mention my least faorites, but they'd probably tempt others... You know which one don't get eaten in your household!

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I KNOW THOSE Cookies!!!! They attacked me too!!! Luckily my fiance stepped in...and between him and my kids they took care of the rest of them!!!

What a gentleman! emoticon

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Talking about chocolate reminds me of my daughters famous home made chocolate chip cookies, they are sooooooooo good and she made another batch on Monday, Ive tried to be good but 2 of them forced my mouth open and jumped in and down my throat.....honest!! Okay Okay I did help chew but thats all! thats my story and Im sticking to it...
Well I guess Im due for a lot more walking for the next week.......or more.

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In place of ice cream, which is my favorite this time of year, sherbert or yogurt ice cream is a healthy way to go with less or no sugar added. I agree all holidays is a killer on our waiste line. I love to bake and I do love homemade goodies.

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honestly, just talking about halloween candy made me crave chocolate ice cream! For the last few minutes it all I can think about. MMMMM.....

ahhh, I need to find something else to think about!

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Dont forget about the upcoming holiday of Halloween!

If you have kids, you soon will have gobs of candy piled high in plastic pumpkins, just sitting there, waiting for you to walk by and swipe one (or two) right off the top!

Beware! :)

"Every now and then God picks a rose...."
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And homemade!

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8/30/06 2:44 P

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I know exactly what you mean about not being able to give up desserts. I think that is why Christmas is the worse time of the year for all of us because everything is so attempting.

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LOL--Audra, I log in on weekends. I was asking others who can't if they still track on Monday, and if they could identify the pitfalls for them. You were thinking exactly along the same lines as I was!

As for suggestions on how to be a warrior on the holiday weekend, I would recommend tracking--writing down everything, food and exercise. Even if you can't log in, it makes you aware of your activities--good and bad. You'll begin to notice when you turn the wrong way. For example, if you go all weekend without exercising, it will remind you to be active on Monday. Or if you list of foods is so long, maybe that will trigger a reminder to skip some of the side dishes at the barbecue.

The hardest part of this is everyone is unique, with different issues. I don't have a problem with working out, but I hate to pass up dessert.

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Any one have suggestions for getting through Labor Day weekend as a warrior?




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Great, I always like to see if everyone is in on this together and agree in a new challenge for themselves. Good way to keep yourself motivated. It is a lot of fun with a team.

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What a great idea! count me in, this sounds like a real challenge for me to try to accomplish.

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If you do not keep track over the weekend on how much you eat, exercise,etc.- You can always back track on the calendar on Monday and log it in to see if you went over the calories on that day. Best remember what you ate and how much you ate for better accuracy. Good luck in remembering unless you write it down for yourself to remember. There is always away Drc2205... emoticon

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I like that idea. And September is right around the corner--a great place place to start. For people without computer access on the weekends, do you still track what you ate, and log it in on Monday?And do you find it it WHAT you eat, or HOW MUCH?


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