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6 weeks into the new year, it's now Lent

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I had set an original goal of losing 13 pounds in 13 weeks this year.
6 weeks into the new year, I am down 10 pounds - SparkCoach has made a difference in me staying on track, although you can do it just with the free resources on the site.
I had set a minigoal for Valentine's day of trying to lose 12 pounds, so I came close. Have reset my goals for the 13 weeks (which will end April 1) to lose another pound per week. More importantly, I want to see my body fat percentage decrease.
For Lent I am going to try again to commit to strength training. Pushups and situps daily, and experiment with resistance band exercises.
Went in for my annual physical in January, and my cholesterol was too high. After taking generic Lipitor for a month, it is now below 200 (minor miracle!) and I plan to continue using the medication to reduce my risk of heart disease and stroke. I am genetically inclined to high cholesterol, but will be mindful of my nutrition even on the medicine. It's not an excuse to just eat anything.
I did really well in January, exercising daily. This month has gotten off to a rockier start, but my goal is to continue to aim for daily activity. My FitBit Ultra quit working, and they replaced it with the FitBit One. This is a great way to stay motivated, to aim for those 10,000 steps a day. Yesterday, it even called me an overachiever for passing 13,000 steps! emoticon
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    I like your plan for Lent I decided to go to Mass in the morning and then head to the gym for my 2 hour work out.. next week the gym is starting training for Bloomsday which is the first Sunday in May it a 12 K tun/ walk the gym is also have a contest to get everyone motivated for Spring so that should keep me Sparking along and your page is a great motivator to get us going . I know you can can meet your goals you have the right attitude and have had a great start already this year emoticon
    good luck on the cholesterol lowering project . Seem to be something a lot of us need to do i am also working on this task happy sparking to you keep us posted on how things are going.

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    1952 days ago
    Great job! I'm a fan of planks, push, ups, and sit-ups. I did 100 push ups yesterday in a cross training experiment, but I broke them down into sets of ten. Ten push ups, ten dips, 10 dumbbell lifts, and ten pull ups (with the cable). It was the most interesting work out I've done so far. Unusually I do 9 exercises with 3 sets of 15 to 20, but I try to sneak in sit ups and ab work whenever I can. I guess my point is if you don't like to lift weight, try body work. You're lifting your own weights, and I definitely count that as strength training.
    1954 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2013 11:30:43 AM
  • STRINGI719
    Heart disease runs rampant in my hubby's family. About 5 years ago he was told his cholesterol was high & he tried to manage it with diet and exercise before trying the meds. It didn't work, so he went on Crestor. Well, when I started on SP 3 years ago and we REALLY changed how we eat, he went off the meds. His cholesterol was OK without them. Now, we've made HUGE changes... last year we stopped eating all meat, most dairy, and cut our egg consumption down. He's lost almost 30 pounds in a year!!! And his bloodwork from October has his cholesterol down at 141. I know that not everyone is willing to make the commitment, but switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet is the best way to make yourself disease-proof. I'd highly recommend watching any of the Forks Over Knives or Engine 2 movies or reading any of their books. I'm currently reading The Engine 2 Diet book, and the science, the education, and the perspective it offers are mind-blowing. Really well written and down-to-earth, making the information very accessible.
    1955 days ago
  • MAGA99
    1957 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless, Dee
    1957 days ago
    10 pounds is so awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1957 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on all you have Achieved so far!! It has been a Great 13 Weeks!! I am looking forward to sharing the Next 13 with you!!
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  • MARTY728
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    1957 days ago
    Yea you!!!
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  • OTA_2012
    Good job! Keep on it. If you fall off, forget about it and get right back to it!

    Congrats on your 10lbs! You are doing good! Just move daily and feed your body with good nutrition!!!! emoticon
    1957 days ago
    Well done--great start to the year!
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