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4/1/10 10:35 A

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After months walking/jogging on the treadmill and not seeing any change in my measurements or weight I decided to do something else. I was actually bored to death on the treadmill. Oh sure I would set it at ramdom or set the incline at 10, but whatever I did, I didn't lose any weight or inches.

Now I go to a Zumba class 3x a week. What a difference it has made! I'm sweating more and losing inches. I'm so happy. I can see the effort is worth it. I also do a step circuit 2 x a week. These classes are 55 minutes long.

If I am going to be honest here, I am now exercising 55 minutes rather than 40 and at a more intense pace. I am sweating and love it. I also think the fast pace of the music energizes me. So for all of you out there who are walking and have hit a plateau, it may be time to find something more challenging. Good luck to all. I love Spark People and Shrink Yourself...the perfect marriage.







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6/22/09 9:00 P

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OOLALA, you're right .. upbeat music helps a whole lot. On days when I just can't stomach anything 'organized,' I will blast the stereo while I'm cleaning house and just work up a sweat that way .. sort of a '2 for 1.'

My goodness I did not NOT NOT! want to exercise today. This was last week's habit to work on, and I had a terrific exercise week - best yet. But, I'm on a PLATEAU (sorry for the yelling) and this is really really hard. Harriett was screaming, "Look, you're doing more than ever, even your husband says so, and you've been stuck for over a week, you've even gained 1/2 lb. Remember that old saying ... eat right, exercise, die anyway!." ARGGGG.

What helped? Looking at my motivation board. I know that seemed like a silly exercise, but it really has kept me going. There are some really lovely photos to remind me that I want to feel stronger, more beautiful, that I want to travel and fit better in airplane seats, and I want to be more active physically. If you haven't come to that exercise on the Spark Habits -- I really recommend it. A visual reminder ... not a negative one (a bad photo of yourself) but a 'hopeful' one, that depicts the life you really want, and your long-range goals. It got me off my butt and lacing on my shoes when I had at least 2 good reasons and several irrational ones not to.

Whew. It will have to get me through this plateau as well.

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Edited by: LADYIRIS313 at: 6/22/2009 (21:01)
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OOLALA53's Photo OOLALA53 Posts: 8,327
5/30/09 8:30 P

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I don't know how I have the nerve to respond right now as I have been in rebellion regarding many needed habits for awhile. However,...This is an old standby but research supports the habit of having upbeat music playing while you exercise. I like exercise tapes for that reason, as well as that they are close to dancing for me, which I love, but I can do them at anytime, instead of having to wait for the clubs to open!

Usually, once I start an exercise tape or go for a brisk walk, I don't have to contend with getting through it. I actually like doing it. I had some success recently using the Easy Glider and mini-stairstepper (both got from craigslist for a total of $60) by going back and forth between them for 10 and 5 minutes, respectively-and using music. I need a lot of variety as I've gotten older as I find I just can't repeat the same movements for as long as I used to be able to. That's another advantage of workout tapes/DVD's. I've gotten most of mine used for anywhere from $1-$5. Now I just have to use them! Finding that balance you asked about. That is the key, isn't it? I'm sure the supports of it will come from motivation-being very clear what we think the payoff will be, whether it be a result after exercise or becoming so involved in it that it also becomes intrinsically rewarding- and from practicing it for increments of time that we find doable. Go back to the 10 minute idea and extend from there, if need be.

It's a work in progress.

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Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/30/2009 (20:36)
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5/27/09 8:54 P

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I'm finding 'balance' is a problem in that I can start off really enthusiastic, and sustain it for a couple of months. But when something happens to get me off track for a few days, I just REBEL at the notion of going back ... its sort of an emotional temper tantrum. I'm working on this habit now. But I think Oolala is right ... start off with what your are comfortable with and be consistent. I suspect it is much better to get in 10 minutes a day, every single day (think of it like brushing your teeth, which we would never forgo), than to do 2 hours a day for a week or two then give up (my problem).

I wonder, what do people say to themselves to get themselves through? Sometimes I try to mentally distract myself .. think about something else while I'm exercising so it will just slip by without noticing (lol). Any other ideas out there?
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OOLALA53's Photo OOLALA53 Posts: 8,327
11/12/08 11:07 P

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Some people here do exercise a lot. It's another one of those things that each person has to decide for herself. Personally, I think it is best to start small, something that you could do consistently. So often when you hear of people who exercise consistently, they say that at first they didn't do a lot. I have exercised consistently at times, but I'm not now and I want to get back into it. I have some days that I exercise a lot because I attend a dance class or climb a local mountain that takes more than an hour up and down, but my 1st goal is just to do a minimum of 10 minutes of brisk exercise 4x a week. That could be a quick walk, some Pilates or yoga that I know, a weight workout, or dancing around my living room. Consistency is the first important element. It's a lot easier to increase the amount after you've made a habit of it. Obviously, it will take more than that to use up extra fat, but you won't know what's enough until you've been at awhile. If you're going to be travelling, learning some moves to do with resistance bands is a good idea because they are easy to pack.



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11/12/08 2:23 P

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I wonder what exercising enough is.......reading some of the posts around Spark People there are people working out several hours a day......I can't really do that-I have so much to do!Any thoughts, anyone?

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10/20/08 11:55 P

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I've had a sore throat since last Thursday. I usually go to at least one African dance class a weekend; I didn't this last one, though, because I thought I was coming down with a cold. Today, only a sore throat, still. No fever, etc. So I went for a 40-minute walk. It felt good! I hope it was the right thing to do.


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10/19/08 10:11 A

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Post here about your struggles and victories exercising enough to stay healthy.

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*Get to the next meal hungry!
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