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A Little Introspection

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I have not been successful during the past two 5% challenges. I get the fitness minutes in, but I don't lose the weight. I seemed to be so busy getting big "fitness" numbers with easy and fun activities that I wasn't doing enough of the really strenuous aerobic exercise. I also was still recovering from the recent passing of my wife, and I wasn't watching my diet very well.

I was just about ready to not sign up for the next challenge, when it really hit me. I was simply "whining." I certainly can't blame the 5% challenge or my wife's passing for not losing weight - there is only one person responsible for that. So I have signed up for the Summer 5% Team and I've started a 10K Walk/Jog Program starting today. I just finished 35 minutes of walking for 4 minutes, then running for 1. I followed it up with another 10 minutes of just walking to cool down. I went 3.1 miles at a 14:32 pace during the 45 minutes. Instead of concentrating on just fitness minutes this next time, I'm going to start concentrating on aerobic minutes and add other minutes (mowing lawn, disc golf, etc) as I can. I owe it to myself to get back in shape.

Thanks for all the encouragement - especially to that great Teddy Bear team!
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    You've been through a lot and the grieving process is ongoing in many ways. I'm glad you're joining the new challenges . . . I've been getting a little complacent myself and am hoping to make some progress towards Onederland this challenge.
    1426 days ago
    Bill, I'm just seeing your introspection-kick-yourself-in-the-
    behind blog :) Yes, you can do it, and you have begun a great program. Adding in those little jogs will really fire up the metabolism, and eating about 20% less will help too (I don't care what the charts say). I'll be right behind you, so don't slow down!
    1428 days ago
    So glad you signed back up! You'd be sorely missed!!

    Sounds like you've got a good plan going now!
    1433 days ago
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    1445 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    Yup, me too! Need to really get off my duff, and start meeting some goals! Thanks for the reminder and inspiration! Have a great day!
    1447 days ago
  • JOYFUL1977
    1450 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Hi Bill, just dropped in to check on some spark friends and you were one I had to know how was doing...So saddened to hear of the passing of your wife but delighted in reading of your vacation to VA and Pa and then Mardi Gras

    I have had my life changed greatly - gradually got more tired and weak through the winter and finally got heart test on May 1 and then the 23rd had two heart stents put in...Just recuperating and adjusting to being pain free and the long gradual return of strength. Started with three minute walks, increased for 4 minute and the last two days did 3 walks of 5 minutes each on perfectly level ground or in house ... so will continue to increase one minute every two days if I continue to do well. Still not allowed to do stairs or lift more than 5# or drive car but hoping for Dr release on the 11th. Also learning HEART healthy diet which is too broad a term but fine tuning the concern against sodium and "bad fats" and taking a new handful of pills daily...thinking I will return to SPARKS as the computer seems to be agreeing with the changes that they have done. God bless you and looking forward to news from other Sparks friends too.
    1452 days ago
    Awesome attitude Bill! It can be slow going but it's worth it to hang in there. Just think of all of the small changes you've made that are now good habits. Build on that and you'll get there- one good choice and a lot of sweat at a time! I'm ramping up my cardio too- really need the fat burning. emoticon

    1452 days ago
    So glad you didn't give up! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1453 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    you are really breaking up the time and doing different things.. grab a neighbor's dog and toss them a frisbee!!haha!!

    Good for you for revving your engine!!!
    1454 days ago
    I am cheering for you Bill. Doing something new changes things up and you aim for new milestones.
    1456 days ago
    You can do it Bill. It's been a rough time for you but you are a fighter and a persever and you will succeed. You 've done it before and you will do it again. Keep pushing and hang in there.

    1456 days ago
    emoticon I'm glad you signed up for the Summer Challenge. I think this is the first 5% Challenge where I have gained weight instead of lost. I was the Last Teddy Bear Standing in the Winter Challenge and will most likely have the distinction of having gained the most weight in the Spring Challenge. Life happens...but still we press on! In previous years I would get depressed and give up for months only to undo the good I had accomplished & gain even more weight. My objective now is to hang in there and move toward my goals, even when I get off the path for a bit. I'm so happy you are choosing Not to give up. Keep moving forward my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , cuz we are emoticon emoticon
    1457 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2014 2:43:22 AM
    I am so glad you signed up!!!!!!!!!!!! You can do this........I am here if you need to be reminding of this fact.
    1458 days ago
    I am very glad you signed up for the 5% challenge! I know that I can definitely relate to the feeling of frustration when it doesn't seem to come off, but know that it isn't the program...it is just me.Thank you for blogging about this!
    1458 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    You ar so right fill. And, we are all,happy that you are going to be part of our team again. I too work out quite a bit but I do lack the aerobic activity. Which I know I need to increase. We should talk!!!!! 8-))
    1458 days ago
    I'm glad you signed up for the summer 5% challenge and to be a Teddy Bear again. It's understandable to gain weight after such a tragic loss.

    Realizing that eating properly is a big key in this is half the battle. You seem like you are getting your head back in the game, so to speak. It sounds like you're getting back on the right track.

    We'd miss you if you weren't a Teddy Bear again!

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    1458 days ago
  • NHES220
    Good for you. I think it is always good to take a step back and look at the situation. I'm sure you've been going through a tough time. But I know you have the strength to do this and you will succeed!
    1458 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I'm finding the same thing. It's time for me to really focus on me, and on doing the right things to get healthy and more fit.
    1458 days ago
    It's a wise decision to re-up for the 5%. Your plan sounds right on. Run/walk intervals are great for me. I run 30 sec. Walk 45 seconds. I like the shorter intervals even though it seems kind of goofy.
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    1458 days ago
    Thanks for joining the Teddy's again. Gaining weight after a tragic loss is practically expected. It has happened to me each time I lost one of my family folks, Mom, Sister and Dad.


    When you are ready you'll be able to get back on the program and the pounds will fly off!
    1458 days ago
    I, too, can understand where you are coming from. If I don't track my food, plan ahead for meals and snacks, all the exercise in the world isn't going to make this work. It is a combined effort that creates the results and I KNOW that - just don't always follow it.

    Thanks for joining the Teddy's again. I'd miss you if you weren't in the den. You know you have the support of all the bears. Onward and forward!
    1458 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I can really relate to what you wrote here. I need to kick up my cardio so the weight comes off and not just concentrate on getting the fitness minutes in.

    Are you going to be a Teddy Bear again?

    1458 days ago
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