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Taking the "Fat to the Mat!"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

As many of you know, I have been on Spark People for a wonderful blessed 5 years now!

I have learned to care about myself, eat very healthy, exercise and be so much more active! Even my thoughts towards myself are so much more healthy!
My body has changed so much including my shape...a lot! I have lost several sizes. But the scale has moved so, so slowly! Slower than a turtle in molasses and concrete!!
I am NOT one that gives up, ever! Did I mention that I never give up?

So, I decided to attack this weight issue from another angle. You know me...go, go, go even when the scale isn't going down. In fact it went up 5 pounds over the last few weeks even though my diet has been fine and I have been getting lots of outdoor exercise.

So I am taking the "fat to the mats!" I am recording all that I eat in my Fitbook and have been doing that for about 8 weeks now. I am not completely consistent, but I'm getting better and really am so much more mindfull of everything I eat.

I have found that consistency is a real issue for me especially with homeschooling 3 of my kids who are all special needs including issues of AD/HD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, and other neurological disorders. My daughters attending therapies two days a week to help them and I am so thankful for that. My youngest daughter who will turn 7 next week has many medical issues including neurological, wiring, and processing issues along with a GI disorder and complete incontinence and lack of bowel control. We go to specialists and Drs. frequently and they aren't close by! It is a lot to handle and a lot of stress, even though I feel so wholeheartedly blessed!

Continuing on my "Fat to the mat" plan includes the following...
I have saved up for a wonderful piece of exercise equipment that has gotten top ratings all over including SparkPeople. It is called a Fitdesk pedal desk. Basically it is an upright exercise bike with a small desk attached to the handlebars for a laptop to be used or nook.
I am including the link to for it so you can see a picture and also there is free shipping which saves A LOT on an item of 33 pounds!

Though I get a lot of exercise with house cleaning, gardening, yard work, and playing with the kids (not to mention the planned exercise on the elliptical and treadmill) I just am not taking off the weight. The Dr. says I'm healthy and doing all that I need to. She also said that there is a population of people that is believed to be "healthy overweight!" Somehow that wasn't reassuring even though it explains a bit of my problem. Stress is also a huge factor. But I wasn't ready to settle for that.

Even though I am so very active, I spend a lot of time on the computer and reading books on my e reader. I am always researching something (part of having Aspergers I believe!) regarding my kids challenges or healthy issues, or for our homeschooling.

Amazingly with my new Fitdesk, as I have been typing this blog and doing email and other research, I have been pedaling away for almost an hour!! How cool is that?! I am exercising while getting work done, using my time wisely as with my schedule, fitting in workouts is so challenging!

The Fitdesk is very comfortable (seat is more generously sized, thankfully!), well designed and just perfect for what I need. And it is much more affordable than a lot of the equipment out there. It is very quiet, smooth and stable. And there is a tension control knob to increase the intensity. The Fitdesk does have a control panel that will record and scan for time, distance, speed and cals. I am not sure yet how accurate it is, but that is the small stuff. I let my Fitbit which is very accurate measure my stats. This is truly a win-win situation!

So, when the scale won't budge, take the fat to the mat! Find a way that works for you that makes you feel good, and really makes a difference in your health. I am so pleased!!

I hope all of you have a very healthy happy day! You are so worth it!!

Hugs to all, Cathy emoticon

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    That is amazing! Hope it works for you Cathy! emoticon
    2426 days ago
    What a great blog entry!! I joined SparkPeople in March of 2010 and lost 45 pounds promptly. But when I hit my first major plateau and the just scale just would not move, I became incredibly frustrated. I was eating well and exercising, yet the weight would not come off. That's when I feel off the wagon! I gained 25 pounds back, but here I am again. I recommitted myself earlier this month and have lost 10 pounds. Net, net I am down 30 pounds versus 2 years ago.

    Thank you for telling this story!

    3066 days ago
    I struggle with consistency, too. But struggling with something doesn't mean it has to defeat us! Tracking can be a really helpful tool - I'm not sure how anyone finds time to do it every day, but it can make a huge difference when things aren't quite working. And the fitdesk sounds *fabulous*!
    Hang in there, and keep up the good work!
    3171 days ago
    WOO HOO! Well done Cathy! Thank you for posting this. You continue to inspire me. x
    3195 days ago
  • DEE797
    With all that you do and have going on in your life you still find time to inspire and motivate the rest of us. Thanks for the link to the Fitdesk, looks interesting. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon
    3214 days ago
  • TINA2016
    You are such an inspiration to many Cathy and your weight will drop, even though slowly . hugs
    3215 days ago
    Thank you Cathy for sharing this with us, and I am looking at the fit desk now. I will pray those last few pounds disappear soon for you. Hugs dear friend. You are such an Inspiration.
    3215 days ago
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