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I Did Two Chair Videos Today

Friday, June 21, 2013

Since I'm having temporary foot problems suggestions were made to try the chair exercises. Wow, i didn't expect them to be difficult. The first I did was an 11 minute cardio because the Biggest Loser contest's task for today was to do a cardio video. I was only able to do eight minutes, and modified at that. The second was a seated core exercise video. I am really feeling that one. My abs and back aren't in pain, but they definitely feel like they have been worked. I'm going to do that one daily for a while. I don't think I will do the other one for a while. Two are a little too much on a single day. Making progress!

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MOTHEPRO 6/21/2013 6:30PM


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NEW2004 6/21/2013 12:22PM

    I sprained my foot a while back and tried some of the seated cardio videos. They are really challenging. I didn't expect them to be so difficult. I am glad I am back on my feet. Great job sticking with the exercises. emoticon

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INSIDEGIRL 6/21/2013 12:13PM

  Awesome! Which core one did you do? I need to improve my core strength.

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50SGRANNY 6/21/2013 12:01PM

    I've been doing chair exercises since I sprained my ankle 10 days ago. I started with Coach Nicole's cardio and core videos too, and then added some I found on YouTube. I found working out from a chair quite challenging. Despite doing many of the same basic moves, this different approach to them results in muscles being worked in a different way. I like to think that this could be a good thing.

My ankle is healing nicely, so I tried to do some walking videos yesterday, but that proved to be a bit too much - so I went back to the chair aerobics, the mat for lower body work, and then I finally decided to try to do some "ball marches" on my balance ball, and worked my way into some of the traditional "walking" moves...VERY challenging.

Good for you for not letting your foot problems become an excuse not to exercise! In the past, I have used far less valid excuses to sit on the couch - not today though!

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Trying to deal with pain

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I normally wear an orthotic for a fallen arch. Recently my foot dr took it to be repaired. They handmade me a makeshift one in the meantime. It's going to take about five more weeks before I get mine back. I have quite a bit of pain when walking right now, but I don't want to give it up...it's working. I worry that if I stop I'll either stop losing or gain it all back. I just can't give up at this point.

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SLIMMERKIWI 6/21/2013 1:42AM

    Chair exercises are the way to go in the meantime. It is safer for your back, your legs and your hips. You may even find that you find the change a fun experience :-)


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INSIDEGIRL 6/20/2013 1:04PM

  Hey Lady, I'll do a chair workout "with" you every day for a week! Pick one from the options here on Spark People and we will make it happen together.

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SWIMLOVER 6/19/2013 7:12AM

  emoticon I agree about the chair exercises. I do some of them and I get a very good workout. I am so sorry you are in pain right now when walking.

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MOTHEPRO 6/18/2013 9:45PM

    emoticon So sorry! Chronic pain is terrible. Have you tried any of Spark People's chair workout videos? They may help you stay active until you can get back on your feet.

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A Learning Experience

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I went to IHOP yesterday for lunch with my two daughters. It was decided upon to go while we were out shopping so I didn't do my usual look up of nutrition facts first. I could have used my phone to do it, but I felt like it would slow down everyone's ordering so I didn't do it. They had a chicken sandwich served with a small fruit bowl on the healthy menu at 410 calories. They also had a similar chicken sandwich served with fries, of course, no calories listed. I made the unwise choice of picking the sandwich with the fries. When I got home I looked up the calorie count. Wow, the sandwich with the fries was 1230 calories. I ended up just having a vegetable smoothie for dinner to stay within my calorie range. I am making a vow to myself to, if at all possible, look up foods beforehand, or just in general make what I already know is the better choice.

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SWIMLOVER 6/15/2013 12:25PM

  emoticon to you for sticking to your calorie range for dinner. A lot of people (including myself) might have said forget it and just eat a regular meal. You showed you had a lot of will power and self-control. emoticon

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SNOOPY6180 6/15/2013 11:44AM

    It's surprising how much is hidden in those pretty restaurant menu pictures. Good on you for staying within your range afterwards.


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MOTHEPRO 6/15/2013 10:11AM

    Restaurant meals can be so calories packed! I've picked a healthy sounding menu choice to later find out it's over 1000 calories.

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Reason Behind My Goals

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Today my coaching activity is to write about the reason behind my weight loss goals.
My main reason is my grandson. I absolutely adore being with him, but it is very physically tiring sometimes because I'm so overweight. I want to be able to take care of him, participate in activities, and frankly just be around to see him grow up. I am very aware that being this overweight is a great health risk. Time to end that.

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MOTHEPRO 6/11/2013 9:59AM

    That's the best motivation ever!

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NEW2004 6/11/2013 9:37AM

    I totally agree. My reason for getting healthy is my 2 year old granddaughter. She has so much energy it is hard to keep up with her. Grandkids are a great motivation!

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FITK34 6/11/2013 8:07AM

    What a great motivation you have! I wish my mom would focus on getting healthy so she can be active in her grandkids lives. I applaud you! You've got this girl! emoticon

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Hungry, hungry, hungry

Monday, June 10, 2013

I don't know what is up today. I am usually very satisfied. Today I feel like I can't eat enough. At this rate I'll be through my calories by noon. Any suggestions?

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HARMONYAGAIN 6/10/2013 5:12PM

    I cut a banana into small slices and eat with a fork one piece at a time at a table

I find that the deliberate pace and focus can curb the need to over feed

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MOTHEPRO 6/10/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon I hate when I have a case of the munchies! If you're craving something sweet, try herbal tea sometimes it works for me.

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