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Treadmill ponderings

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It is soooo humid here it isn't funny....so I workout and sweat more....why not!

I weighed myself today...it's been a steady week of exercising differently and eating waaaay better and I'm still at 150 (just fine by me). I've noticed the body changes that come with exercising more consistently and the energy and things aren't as sore. I'm using this as a point of takeoff so I don't get discouraged about the scale not moving. I think sometimes losing 5 pounds is more daunting than losing 25.

Anyway, while on the treadmill, I noticed that my rings were really tight & my fingers puffy the last few days. I know humidity plays a part in body expansion...I was wondering just how much? and does the humidity effect or correlate with the weight on the scale?

Ever get dressed real pretty and the dress fits great, and by the end of the night, after dancing, sweating and not eating to much, you swell up like a tick? It's kind of what I'm talking about. I remember that happening during my wedding....couldn't wait to get the dress thing off of me & I barely ate b/c of nerves and the high heat & humidity.

Maybe I'll see if my cookee pondering are on the fitness boards...or maybe I'll post a thread if noone answers here... like the song goes..."Things that make you go Hmmmm...."

  
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MKPQ51 8/1/2009 4:10PM

    By all means, humidity certainly can cause you to retain water, causing puffiness in your fingers. Try drinking more water to see if you can flush out that water retention.

In Arizona, there's no humidity unless it's the Monsoon season and then compared to the east coast (Remember, we have a home in Florida.), that's nothing! We get a good laugh at the Arizonians when they'd complain about the humidity during the rainy weather. Gee, can you imagine what they'd have to say if they had to move to an area with high humidity?

Oh, by the way, you look great in your anniversary picture.

Kat

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DWEXCEL 7/29/2009 11:32AM

    Hey Girl!

I know what you mean about the HUMIDITY. It is awful over here in Michigan, but it just got that way in the last week. Just a couple of days ago I mentioned to my husband that all of a sudden my fingers were swollen up, and that I could feel all the inflammation in my body. Even a couple of mornings, it was so muggy that I thought I was going to throw up during my workout.

I have been doing good though, with my workouts. I am very consistent with them. I've been doing the Biggest Loser Cardio Max, The Biggest Loser Bootcamp, which is a great circuit training workout, and Jari Love's Ripped to the Core. I've been mixing these up, so I don't get bored, and I'm working out at least 4, maybe 5 times a week. When I'm done, I don't have a dry spot on my body. I should be pretty darn skinny from all the buckets of sweat my body sheds!

However; I have held under 150 pounds ever since I got back from Florida, which is awesome. I was struggling to break 150 for a LONG time. I would hit it, but never seem to be able to hold it. Right now I've been right around that 147 to 148 mark, since I've been doing these workouts.

I was looking at how similar our stats have been; I'm about 5'4". I thought I was 5'3" all my life and I was just measured at the Dr's at 5'4". I think doing this exercise stuff for the past 4 years, has really worked on my posture, too, and straightened my back out some. I don't think I really grew in height; I think it's my posture. My highest weight was 177, probably in 2005/2006. It's been slow to come off, but it's been coming off! And it's still coming off!

My Dr has told me 135 to 138 would be an ideal weight for me, but when that was 40 something pounds ago, I never thought it was reality, but now that I'm getting down to maybe only 10 pounds away, I'm so excited, and I KNOW I'm going to make it. It may take me another year, at the rate I'm going, but as long as it doesn't go the other way, I'm fine with that.

I was so excited when I got down to 155, because that was my normal "overweight weight". I used to get so disgusted with myself when I would get up to 155, it was "sickening" to look forward to hitting it from the other side. But I did it. I truly remember a time when I thought I was fat at 135 pounds. Now I would kill for that. Ha!Ha!

I does seem that the 150 mark is a turning point in my body, where I don't look fat to me anymore. I start to see that I do have collarbones when I hit 150. It's funny though, I never really saw myself as fat, even at 177. The image I held of myself was probably at about 135, but when I saw pictures, the reality would come crashing in, and it would be depressing. I couldn't even believe it was me.

On top of all that, I was suffering with severe disc problems in my lower back. I could hardly walk, stand up straight, or just plain function. I was 46 years old, and it felt like I was 80. And I wondered what the hell I was going to be like at 60........and it didn't look too good.

My husband wasn't very supportive at that time either. He couldn't understand my back pain, and he was very critical of my weight. It would really hurt, because he was gaining the weight, too, right along beside me. We both gained 40 pounds in the 15-16 years, we had been married. I guess he just didn't see himself as gaining, just me.

I would try to go for walks, and attempts at other types of exercise would just wrench my back even worse It was a vicious cycle. Finally, after probably 4 tries of physical therapy, I got a therapist who was awesome. He loved what he did, and he was sooooooo good at it. He taught me so many basic things, and I learned how to take care of my back, so that I could improve. And one of the biggest keys, is exercise. Not that exercise had not been part of the PT routines before. There was just something that opened up in my brain. He told me no matter what I do, don't stop moving. That really goes against everything you know about back pain. Because the first thing you do, is do nothing. You sit, you lay down, you do nothing, because everything you do hurts so bad.

When I finished that 2 weeks of physical therapy, I decided to join the gym. I signed up with a personal trainer, explained to her that I had back problems, and she was very in tune with helping me to continue to strengthen my back. I would never have believed I would be able to do some of the things she had me do. Also, I would never in a million years believed that I could eventually move the 70, 80, 90, and 100 pounds weights. When I started at that gym I weighed 168 pounds.About this same time, I got really serious about portion control. I haven't really changed that much about what I eat, it's how much I eat. I learned to stop when I get full. I lost 10 inches in my thighs. And when I really started doing strength training (not body building), but just making my body functionally stronger, that's when the inches and the pounds really started coming off. Along the way; however, I had to listen to my critical husband saying...."I don't know why you keep doing this stuff, it's not doing you any good." I will never forget those words. Thank God, I didn't believe them.

Now at 50 years old, and 147 pounds, I have a much stronger back, I have good muscle tone, and I'm in better shape than I was since I was in my 20's! I feel good, and I feel good about myself. And I'm on my way to being a sold size 8, which I will be thrilled to no end.

And, don't think my husband hasn't noticed that is definitely done me some good! He asks me all the time about exercise, and how to do this and how to do that. And I see him trying to do something about his weight, and that makes me feel good too.

Boy, did I get sidetracked into a rambling rage! Hey, but that's my story, and I like how it came out, so I think I'll copy it and put it on my blog.

You keep going girl, because I know we both can do it. You have inspired me, and I admire what you have done.

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Donna

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IAMLION 7/29/2009 7:30AM

    I take off my rings and bracelets before each workout due to swelling and also because when I workout w/weights my rings hurt my fingers. And I don't know why we swell when were hot. Sorry, I'm no help for ya on that one.

Scale?? What is this thing you call a scale?? I've been so far off track lately I'm afraid to get on it! emoticon Maybe I'll give it one more week before I hop on it.

Have a great day! emoticon

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 7/28/2009 12:21PM

    I know my fingers swell when I get hot hence why I usually don't wear them when I know I'm going to be "active".

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OAKBORN 7/28/2009 10:24AM

    It makes sense that you swell up under different conditions! I know that my hands swell if I dangle them to the sides while I am walking...

I'm up to about 143, so I'm getting nervous... need to rebuild the exercise habit!!



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The stumpy sister

Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm just going to vent this to the world and get it off my chest:

I WISH I HAD A REAL WAIST!!!!

I WISH I HAD A SMALLER RIB CAGE/BACK WINGSPAN!!!

I'm the short and stumpy sister out of 3...not to mention the oldest...which sometimes makes it seem WORSE that I am short and stumpy. AAARGH!!!!! emoticon My sister's wedding is coming up and I'm working my butt off to look better than the bride in my silly dress! LOL Hey, don't judge... It's motivation! ROFL

OK - I feel better now emoticon

Now back to my bicycle crunches emoticon

  
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IAMLION 7/29/2009 7:25AM

    Where is that darn staple button that makes life easier! Does it only work on office supplies?? I need it to overhaul my entire bollom half! It would be so awesome to be able walk into a regular store and buy jeans that would fit without all the extra material in the waist! I have a huge gap at my waist and my butt & thighs are packed into the jeans like a sausage and forget about bootcut!! I can't wear it. Has to be straight leg! My sister didn't get the "big bottom girl" syndrome that I got! Those dang little sisters emoticon

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OAKBORN 7/27/2009 8:13AM

    I have a ribcage from hell... so I GET that! (My mom's side of the family are all barrel chested and short)... you oughta' see my cousin Linda (her son would do chin ups on her arm when he was little).

You will look fabulous dahlink! Just keep using the motivation that you need!

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Venting is the key

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sometimes all you need is a good cry, some time alone, a good vent, and sushi.

The dawn always brings a new day.

While waiting for work to begin, I did my crunches.
At lunch, I satified my sushi craving with my lovely sister-in-law and I held my beautiful little 4 month old goddaughter. That's all I needed. By the time the meal was over, even she saw that I was just fine....and was glad cause she was worried a bit. Hubby felt dissed, but he got over it pretty fast b/c I was only gone for an hour.

All better. emoticon

  
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IAMLION 7/24/2009 11:40AM

    I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. I'm sending happy healing thoughts your way.

Sushi huh? I'll have to trust you on that one (I'm not much on seafood).

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OAKBORN 7/23/2009 7:33PM

    Sometimes the smallest and simplest things can have the biggest healing powers.

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Completely out of sorts

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

That has been today. Completely out of sorts. Like someone is possessing me. I haven't had a July like this is a very long time. Came back from my anniversary trip and was not feeling well at all - had a headache for 2 days...part of which I blame on tequila (LoL)..but still something was not right.

So today on facebook, talking to my sister in law, it popped into my head.

Twenty years ago today, my mother told me she was going to die.

A week later, she was.

Pancreatic cancer.

No wonder I've been in such a funk. I'm not very good company right now, but my husband understands completely. Seems like my brother in Colorado is going thru the same thing...the annual funk. I wonder if the other 3 siblings are in the same funk. For some reason, this year it hurts more.

I guess crying is a good thing to do - It lets things out and then I can move on.

I cried a lot today.

  
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IAMLION 7/24/2009 11:33AM

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 7/24/2009 10:24AM

    Understand (also 20 years since I lost both parents) - no matter how long it's been, it still hurts and sometimes hits you at the most unlikely time.

With me, it seems like it's always at mushy movies where something happens with the parent.

Sometimes, I just want my mom.

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OAKBORN 7/22/2009 8:50PM

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I so understand. Best to you my friend. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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Computer problems and more.....

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hey all! Just wanted to let you all know that I'm still here, but my PCs and routers are all screwed up. One PC needs to be redone and now my wireless router is on the fritz causing my other laptop to be a pain to work on. I'm at work right now just to blast this out there!

Let's see - I've been busy being mom as usual and we went on a very stressful camping trip to Lancaster, PA. Full moon and my PMS brought about weird behavior from everyone in the family....but in the end we all had fun and learned a lot about each other - Family bonding - gotta love it! LOL Best lessons learned - 1) never camp for 7 days...keep it to 5 max....2) never leave after school ends....wait at least a week for the kids to decompress and then go in July.

The diet and lifestyle went right to the side of the road too...gained some back, but in a few days, the water weight is off and I'm still at my original goal of 150... NO COMPLAINTS!!! I beat myself up a lot during the camping trip b/c things were a little tight (Duh, period came) and I was all mental...but hey, it happens. I had a heart to heart with my husband too about how much stuff I had been doing for the family and how my stress level was uber-high b/c I never had time to take care of me....thus my constant yelling at everyone...thank goodness he listened to me and actually HEARD me. I started my walking again, and he did as well today. Happy happy ----joy joy! :)

While we were away, my sister booked her wedding date - Aug 29th of this summer!! I already have another wedding to get in shape for on Sept 5th, but now I really have to get on the ball! She wants me and my other sister to pseudo-match in the color department...Marge is a size4 and well....I'm not! LOL Completely different body types! This should be very interesting finding a dress! I'm going to look on the bright side, maybe I can use the same dress for both weddings! Always the economist. LOL

So that is it in a nutshell. The computer problems STINK...so if I'm quiet, you all know why. When I'm up & running again in a more normal fashion, I'll be back with a gusto. Until then, stay well everyone! I'm rooting for you all and thinking of all my sparkfriends quite often...I miss being here a lot.

Cross your fingers that my computer geek can repair me soon!!! emoticon

  
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OAKBORN 7/14/2009 5:14PM

    Hey girl! I'm still out here, as are you! Hey 2 weddings, 1 dress makes sense to me (esp considering I just did that for the March & June weddings I had to attend).

Camping with your period... whew, you are a braver woman than I Gunga Din.

Good job to both you and hubby for communicating!!

Boo to computer problems!!

Hang in there! emoticon

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GRALLEN 7/8/2009 4:28PM

    My fingers are crossed!!

It's helpful when the hubby's can lend a hand at home but also neat when they join us in this weight loss journey. It can make it so much easier to do on a daily basis.

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