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Today I Needed Inspiration & Found It!

Monday, March 18, 2013

I am having issues with my pelvis. After I sit for a long time, an hour or so, my hip bones seem to lock in place and I am unable to walk for a couple of minutes, and then my first steps are painful. Regardless of cause, I need to lose weight quickly and stay mobile to be my best.

This morning while thinking about it, and how I would do it, I read the blogs of a couple of inspiring friends. One is on Day 77 of a streak and her weight is continuing to trend downward. I know how hard she works on it, and how pleased she is with the results. The other friend lost 94 pounds and doesn't even recognize herself in pictures. She made big changes in what she eats and she tries new types of physical activities.

I worked hard before and was losing weight till my routine was interrupted for medical treatments. I know how hard I had to work but I was so happy with the results. How can I get there again?

What am I afraid of? failing? hard work? low impulse control? lacking consistency?

What is the Spark thing we hate the most? Tracking calories! That's it. I don't have to stay in my calorie range or pre-plan my meals, I have to consistently record what I eat. My streaks starts today. My weight is 219.9 pounds.

Thank you Spark Friends!

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  • KIMPY225
    Life definitely "interrupts" our routines! I am one pound away from my healthy weight goal, but I can't get there! I have been so busy because of tax season. Sometimes we have to take small steps to reach big goals.

    If you are having a hard time tracking, maybe you could try eating the same thing more often? If you know a sandwich for lunch is worth X and your breakfast is worth Y... then you could have Z for dinner and not be over for the day? Sometimes I track in my head when I do not get the chance to Spark. I may not be accurate, but at least I have an idea of how much I ate in the day. If I had a snack before lunch, then I try not to have one before dinner. Or if I didn't have any veggies for lunch, I try to add extra to my dinner. Good luck figuring out the best way to track!
    1890 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Lynn, yes, I track every day. That's why I joined SP in the first place. What an emoticon tool!

    I am going to recommend getting in the water. I love water aerobics and the healing properties of the water. I can persoanlly attest to the healing benefits of walking in the water, too. Much less stress on the joints and more of a workout than walking on land or the treadmill. Got my DH in there last weekend, and he said 2 days later that he was still feeling the endorphins and the other numerous benefits - more relaxed, better sleep, greater flexibility and range of motion . . .
    1891 days ago
    I know you can make tracking a streak!!!!! Remember you are worth it!!
    1891 days ago
    Lynn.... Oh boy can I relate! I have been depressed since my mom died in December and then hurt my shoulder and then my dog got sick and it has been one difficulty after another keeping me from exercising and eating well. I have been tracking and feel so embbarrassed when I go over my range and it really helps to keep me accountable! Jeanette mentioned Curves and I too really like it. Once I was able to move more and better I did Curves smart which challenges your body to do more! I am also a huge fan of any type of water workouts! Tracking works. You know that. I hope you are on your streak now and doing well! Sending healing vibes up your way! Love to Carley!
    1891 days ago
    Tracking is one of the most important things for me to see if I'm doing okay for the day. emoticon on starting your tracking streak. It gets easier the more often you do it. emoticon emoticon
    1892 days ago
    I am having similar problems and am determined to get back on tract too. Good luck!
    1892 days ago
    emoticon . For me, not tracking is the first step into denial...it's the most important thing I do to continue on the right path. Good luck! emoticon
    1892 days ago
    Hi Lynn
    You've had so much advice I hesitate to add one more, so I'll be brief
    1. yes, do track--I have a hard time with that too
    2. If it is in your area, try Curves for Women--I have severe joint pain problems-the machines there adjust YOUR body needs/ability and will give you a total workout-every joint, every time.
    I have found it to be very gentle and very thorough.

    That's my 2 cents and I'm stickin' to it.

    Jeanette emoticon
    1892 days ago
    emoticon You're on TRACK now Melissa! When I don't track I feel out of control and eat whatever tastes good. There's something about accountability that the tracker helps me with. I've definitely been there with medical issues that DeTracked me too! But remember, it's not worth regaining most of the weight you fought so hard to lose...I did 2 yrs in a row (serious medical issues sidelined me) and have lived to regret it.

    Here's to Staying on TRACK with the trackers!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1892 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    1892 days ago
    I am horrible at tracking calories consistently also. I smell an LTGL!!
    1892 days ago
    Way to go! You can do it! emoticon I'm with you about hating to track what I eat so I think starting a new streak is just emoticon Just like you!
    1892 days ago
    emoticon will become Day 2, then Day 3....... emoticon
    1892 days ago
  • MINDY502
    Tracking is important part of it in reaching our goals. I paid more attention to that last week and it paid off for me in a weight loss. Here is to a successful streak!
    1892 days ago
    emoticon Great decision and I know you will do it!! emoticon
    1892 days ago
    it's not only the weight . I have a friend less than half my weight and she has the same issues. I do pilates to keep me mobile and out of stiffness and pain.
    1893 days ago
    try some qigong, there are plenty of videos on youtube you can follow.
    one powerful 'master' is MingTong.
    1893 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Tracking is so important. I know you can create a great streak. Walk everyday too. I get so stiff and can barely walk after sitting. Once I loosen myself up, walking does help. Even just a few minutes a day - try at least 10 and you'll have another streak! I know you can do this!
    1893 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Great going with the thoughts!! Tracking what we eat is one of the best ways to see where we fall down, but I found out that I wasn't losing weight because I didn't eat within my calorie range and it was high. Took some time to get there with healthy foods but I did it and lost 83#, hit a plateau and now haven't been able to stay up in that range again. I seem to under eat and try hard to keep in range.

    Best of luck on your journey!! Hang in there and it will happen!! Keep a daily tally to see how long a streak you can get.
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    1893 days ago
    Great resolution! You can do this, even though it may be annoying at times :)
    1893 days ago
  • TANYA602
    Have you tried water aerobics? I saw another recommendation of yoga. Hopefully it's nothing too serious.
    Small streaks - gotta love them! I've found that since joining SP I am so darn competitive with myself that I actually enjoy tracking. Something must be wrong with me!

    1893 days ago
    Right on target the only way to start a streak is by the 1st step of tracking nutrition emoticon
    1893 days ago
    Great plan!
    1893 days ago
  • ANNE1123
    Thanks for making that blog and for getting all the fabulous feedback, that was inspiring too! Keep on tracking! emoticon
    1893 days ago
    Good look on starting a a new streak! . emoticon emoticon
    1893 days ago
    emoticon Deciding is the first big step!
    1893 days ago
    Do it because you are worth it.
    Don't think of what you'll give up....think of what you're going to get by doing it.
    1893 days ago
    I did this same thing about 1 1/2 weeks ago. I was so frustrated with my calorie intake, but not wanting to track. It seems such a hassle. Well I sat myself down and said...

    Just do it anyway.....

    so far so good.

    You can too!
    1893 days ago
    Good luck on your new streak.................... emoticon
    1893 days ago
    I def think one of the keys to my success so far has been tracking. Way to go!
    1893 days ago
    I find the SparkTracker to be cumbersome to utilize; that's my excuse & I'm stickin' to it! emoticon

    But I can't recommend yoga highly enough for those chronic aches n' pains...

    (I just bought a YinYoga book, which emphasizes slow deep stretches, no calisthenics)
    1893 days ago
    You will get there. Just keep tracking, and sparking. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1893 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    You will get there as you have recognized the problem and now you are doing something about it. Yeah you!!!!
    1893 days ago
    It can start only with our own decision - nobody can do it for us (unfortunately).
    You have a load of folk behind you in your next stage of your journey.
    1893 days ago
    day one is the best way to start!! Glad that you found the inspiration that you needed! I am sure you can do this.

    1893 days ago
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  • PCOH051610
    Great blog! emoticon
    1893 days ago

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    1893 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2013 4:19:50 PM
    I lose track of who I mentioned this to, so forgive repetition. When one door closes, another will open. So It's difficult to move on land, at least sometimes. How about in the water? a nice warm heated pool at a gym with classes for arthritis? and Aqua Zumba or Silver Sneaker Aqua Aerobics? Water helps to take a lot of pressure off of our joints.

    And have your checked out the low mobility resources on SP? Do you have a physical therapist who could suggest movement that might improve your situation, instead of taking you in the wrong direction?
    1893 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    I had to laugh at the comment that she always tracks but someitmes lies to the tracker. And it sounds like you know exactly what to do. I'm sorry about your pelvis problems. Start slow on the exercise. There are alot of good stretching exercises that will help with that. If not here look on utube. Happy Tracking.
    1893 days ago
    Never give up on yourself! Keep moving forward. emoticon
    1893 days ago
    It all starts with a decision, you are well on your way now! Go for it!

    1893 days ago
    Good plan! I always track, but sometimes I lie to my tracker. I need to track truthfully!
    1893 days ago
    Ready, set, go! Isn't it a great feeling??!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1893 days ago
    Sounds like a plan! After you've been tracking for a week or so and have that under your belt, just add another new habit. You'll be back to where you want to be in NO TIME!
    1893 days ago
    You can do this! That's a good start, to just track what you eat. It is a pain to track sometimes, but I have found that it is what keeps me grounded. It keeps me realistic. It truly is a numbers game when it comes to weight loss. Tracking calories in vs. calories out.

    I also have some issues with my lower back and my hips. The more sedentary I am, the more they hurt! Some mornings when I don't want to get out of bed and exercise because I'm in pain, I tell myself to just get up and walk slowly on the treadmill. No need for speed or breaking a sweat, just get moving. Once I warm up, I start feeling pretty good! Just take it slow. There are times when I think I should be running or I should be going faster and should be breaking a sweat and out of breath, but I don't have to. Not yet. I will get there some day, but for now, I do as much as I can without causing any injuries or aggravating any existing issues. Just take it slow and track those numbers!

    I'll be here cheering you on! emoticon emoticon
    1893 days ago
    Good luck! You have good inspiration and a solid plan so you are ready to go. I currenlty hit day 75 of recording all of my food. Once you get into the routine it is a piece of cake. Whoops I mean it is a stalk of broccoli. emoticon
    1893 days ago
    I'll be watching you create your streak. I know you can do it! emoticon
    1893 days ago
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