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Thursday, December 11, 2014

I havenít blogged in a while, I just havenít had the time to just sit and write. I am typing this up at work as a WORD Doc. I can write in between calls and documenting, and then I can email it to myself, and add my pictures later.

First, the break-up. emoticon I have disconnected my Fitbit from my SP account. I like my Fitbit, but I am not as enthusiastic about is as I used to be. I originally had the Flex, but it malfunctioned. I received a replacement, but that one malfunction as well. As a replacement, they offered me the One instead. I was so frustrated, I decided to switch. I really miss having the Flex on my wrist. It was a great visual motivator, plus the buzz when you reached your step goal. I am almost always in fitness clothes (Sports Bra, T-shirt, and Capri length leggings) so the most logical and comfortable place to wear the One is clipped to my bra. I am also a Busty Girl, so wearing it there can give me elevated numbers. (I once accumulated 164 flights of stairs climbed while riding the Handi-Van emoticon ) The fitness minutes look great, but I donít like it when SP starts telling me I am not eating enough, because if I do my nutritional goals by my Fitbit average, I need to be eating about 2450 calories a day emoticon ! I have a hard enough time making my range at 1500 to 2000. I recently found out that the RunKeeper App syncs with SP. I like it better for tracking my bike rides, which Fitbit doesnít GPS track, and my walks. So I have RunKeeper for all my cardio and then I manually enter my steps and mileage from Fitbit.

Now, for three things that I love. emoticon emoticon emoticon
This is a Hydro Flask. I got mine as a gift, but I have been eyeing one for a while. It is steel, and it is a Vacuum insulated container. It will keep your beverages hot or cold for hours. I have filled mine with ice and left it closed for 24 hours, and there was still over half the ice in it. Because it is a steel vacuum bottle, it does not sweat. It comes in all sizes, from 12 oz to 64 oz. I have a 40 oz with a flip top lid, and I find it so much easier to drink enough when I can keep it at my desk, plus I donít have to refill as often.

This is a travel sized space bag. The gym I belong to is very small. We donít have a locker room, but we do have two bathrooms with showers, and you need to bring your own towels. I ride the bus after the gym and I do not want to go home without showering. I do not ďglistenĒ, I SWEAT! I keep about 3-4 space bags loaded with a change of clothes, a bath towel, and a turbie twist hair towel. I can just grab one and pop it in my gym bag with my toiletries bag, and head out. The bag compresses to save room, is water proof, and if I am dead tired when I get home (sometime after 3 am) I donít worry if it doesn't get put in the hamper right away.

Finally, this is an Adaptive Motion Trainer, Open Stride. It is similar to an elliptical, but you can adjust your stride/motion to simulate climbing, cycling, or running. It has become my new favorite cardio machine. For the same amount of time on the elliptical, I burn about 125 more calories. I am going through the different programs right now, but I really get a whole body work out. If you belong to a gym that has one, but you havenít tried it yet, give it a go, especially if you are no longer feeling challenged by your cardio routine.

Happy Sparking, Everyone!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIVEDAILY 12/14/2014 9:37AM

    Thank you for sharing the Three Things You Love! The space bag to go, travel size, is an excellent idea! I really like your Hydro Flask too. I'm going to have to search for that!

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KOFFEENUT 12/12/2014 8:26PM

    Thanks for the "3 things you love"!!! Your travel size space bag is an AWESOME idea. I haven't seen the adaptive motion trainer yet but will keep my eyes open!

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KATESCAPE 12/11/2014 10:40PM

    Sounds like you got a lot of things worked out! emoticon Thanks for sharing your dislike about the fitbit.

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VEG954 12/11/2014 6:45PM

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Improvements and Acknowledgements

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This is a two part blog entry. I will often peruse team member blog entries, just sitting and reading, but I don't always leave a comment. I don't write blogs regularly, I don't always know what to say, or don't feel I have anything to say. I know how I feel when one of my teammates or spark friends leaves a small comment, or encouragement. So, If I read your blog, I may not comment, but I will leave an emoticon. You will know your words were read.

That said, I did read a couple of blogs that really inspired me.
EJRANVILLE wrote a blog titled "So What Does "Fit" Look Like?" It helped me see how far I have come in this journey. I can "run" about 4.5 miles on the elliptical, I ride my bike 6-8 miles at least 3 times a week, and I have not missed 1 of my gym "appointments" since I have started going. I am a 44 year old mother of two. I have been over weight since my teens. I have stretch marks, a saggy belly, and my "wibble wobbles". but people who are smaller than me are amazed that I can ride my bike that far, and say they wouldn't be able to.
PINKIE78 wrote the blog "Improvements! Yay!!!" It reminded me that every little bit counts. I may only be able to lift 15 pounds on the Overhead Press Machine and Chest Press Machine, but that is 5 more pounds than when I started in the beginning of October, and I can make it through 12 reps!

So, I may not be losing weight at lightning speed, Thank you middle age metabolism, but I am improving.
Happy Sparking!!

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LIVEDAILY 12/6/2014 8:02PM

    You are moving forward! There are 2 quotes I really take to heart. The first one is from Will Rogers. He says, "It's one thing to be on the right track, but you'll still get run over if you just sit there." The second one not sure who said it first, "Two steps forward and one step back is still moving forward." Everyone makes their own progress. I think you're doing a wonderful job!!

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HOLLYM48 11/25/2014 4:42PM

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KOFFEENUT 11/24/2014 12:58PM

    That's one of the things I find helpful about SparkPeople. On my own I only seem to see how far I have to go, not how far I've come. It has been easier here to acknowledge that I CAN do more than before, that I AM more consistent, and that I AM making better choices (even if they aren't perfect!). Progress, not perfection!

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TIFFFIT 11/24/2014 12:16AM

    I get it! I had to stop working out for a couple of weeks after some minor surgery and it was the going back that showed me how far I'd come. I'm still not doing full workouts (hope to be released in early December) but I remember a bit of what it was like when I started and I'm so happy to have gotten to where I am today (or at least where I was pre-op LOL).
We need to keep celebrating every success along the journey, because it's not JUST about the destination.

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TERRY631 11/23/2014 11:12PM

    Do awesome! You are really doing such an amazing job. Keep up the good work!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

When I started going to the gym on October 1st, I hadn't been on the scale in about a month. The last weight I recorded was 185, but I believe I was closer to 188-189 at the time. I have been faithfully going and working my okole (Hawaiian for what you sit on, wink) off. I may not have been as good about my eating, but I have been trying to make good choices. I have had a few little budges on the scale here and there, but I have been paying attention to my NSV's along the way. I lost 3" over all in the first four weeks, and I have been able to down size my scrubs from an XL to a L. I have let the scale rule what I do in the past, and I refuse to let it do that again.

That said, I did a "HUH?!" when I stepped on the scale this morning. Got off, rubbed my eyes, checked my glasses, and then checked my weight again. The Cheshire cat has nothing on the grin I had on my face!

Next week I measure again, so here's hoping for more good news.

Have a great week, every one!

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TERRY631 11/20/2014 2:09PM

    Seeing this late but WOOOO HOOO!!!! Nice job! emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 11/17/2014 9:45PM

    You were so happy you took a picture of it!!
Good for you!!

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KOFFEENUT 11/17/2014 12:55PM

    You ROCK!!! Paying attention to living a healthy lifestyle and ignoring the scale can really pay off!

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CRUISEGAL55 11/16/2014 7:22PM

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Itís been an eventful two weeks. My son called me on the 13th, very upset. He started going on how he needed to move in with us and he was going to lose his job. When I got him to explain what the heck happened, it turns out he got into a bar fight and his front teeth were knocked out. He had called the local Health Center to see a dentist, but they told him he would have to wait 3 weeks, and then they werenít sure if they could even help him. He had called in sick to work, not because he has having pain issues, but because he was embarrassed about how he looked. I love my son, I really do, but sometimes I just want to take a 2X4 and whack some sense into his head! So, once I read him the riot act about dealing with the consequences of his actions and manning up to his responsibilities, I told him I would see if my dentist could see him sooner. I have a really great dentist, and they were able to see him the very next day for a consult and evaluation. The following Monday, he had a root-canal and a bridge put in on the top. Tuesday, I had an appointment to see my podiatrist. He confirmed my suspicions about plantar fasciitis. Wednesday, we were back at the dentistís to get a second root-canal on the bottom. Friday was Popís regular monthly appointment with the nephrologist. Add in work and I felt like I was constantly on the move.

I am very glad I decided to join a gym. I donít know if it is an ďI am paying for it so I better get my moneyís worth!Ē mentality, or if I am just enjoying the time I am spending on myself, but I have stuck with my schedule, even through the hectic week. I havenít seen any weight loss, but I took my measurements, and I have lost about 3 inches over all. That is enough motivation to keep at it.

I do need to work on my food. I need to do some meal prep so I can have things to take to work, and have healthy, lean protein available when my Dad decides to cook things like Manwiches. I need to make sure I have spinach and salad mix. I have not been very good about eating enough freggies.

Over all I am feeling pretty good.
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LIVEDAILY 11/1/2014 5:49PM

    emoticon for the gym!
emoticon for the lost inches!
emoticon for your great dentist!
emoticon for NOT taking that 2x4 to your son's head - boys will be boys, even when they're grown men. Glad you could be there for him!

Can't say enough about meal prep. Makes ALL the difference in the world. I come home, and the last thing I feel like doing is cooking, so it's awesome that I have things already cooked that I can just pull out of the fridge and heat up!

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KOFFEENUT 10/28/2014 12:24PM

    3 inches is FABULOUS progess - way to go!!!

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APRIL_V_2 10/28/2014 11:26AM

    You are a great mom! Way to go taking care of yourself and getting to the gym. I know it is tough to take time out for ourselves when there's so much going on, but it's so worth it! You're amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Monday, October 13, 2014

So I got on the scale today, and I was not happy. My weight was up. Not by much,(a measly 0.2 lb) and I should probably just shrug it off, but I have been working my okole off at the gym. I won't let it bother me enough to do something stupid (Like eating 3000 calories or complete stop going to the gym),but it got me thinking about the numbers. I am talking about the numbers in my calorie range.

When I set up my fitness goal, I figured it this way; 30 minutes of cardio activity 6 days a week (most of it would be my after work rides) plus 30 minutes of strength 4 days a week for a total of 300 minutes. I went with the calorie burn that SP calculated. First problem; I under estimated how long it takes me to do my strength, especially the upper body circuit. Second problem; I forgot how competitive I can be with myself. My cardio only days ended up being 60 minutes instead of 30, mainly because I wanted to see if I could. Once I took out the "All Day Activity" minutes from my Fitbit, I still had almost 100 more minutes than I had estimated. Third problem; I use either Runkeeper (when on my bike) or my HRM to calculate my calorie burn when I do cardio. I believe I end up with a higher calorie burn from them than SP would give. I started getting the red alert on Wednesday. You know, where SP warns you you may not be eating enough for the amount of activity you are doing.

I adjusted the numbers and I have a higher Calorie range, and I am going to do my best to stick to it, even if it means finding creative ways to add more healthy calories to many of my meals. (thinking nuts, healthy smoothies). As I was reviewing my nutrition tracker, there were days I was 200 calories UNDER what was recommended. So for the next two weeks, I am going to concentrate on making my calories. I want to see if that makes a difference.

On a positive, my body fat % came back lower, so I should probably take a set of measurements, and it would probably be a good idea to start a photo journal.

Have a great day, everyone.

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LIVEDAILY 10/13/2014 2:57PM

    I am all too familiar with that red alert. As hard as I try to eat more healthy calories, there's just something in my mind set that screams at me that I'm eating too much. Still working on that. Good luck to you. If any thing works for you, let me know?

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APRIL_V_2 10/13/2014 12:20PM

    You're doing great with the exercise and calories! It might not be the calorie range that's the problem. I don't ever eat my exercise calories personally. Sometimes our bodies will just do weird things. Two weeks ago I was up 0.2, then last week I was down 5 pounds. Keep up the great work and I bet you'll see a drop on the scale next week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 10/13/2014 12:08PM

    Although your adjustments sound like a reasonable approach, I wouldn't worry too much about .2 pounds. I've found an extra glass of water will do that to my weight, and suddenly I'll step on the scales and discover a BIG drop. Hang in there with all the good choices you're already making and you WILL see that scale cooperate (eventually!).

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RAPUNZEL53 10/13/2014 8:09AM

  Same for me, I was away and worked very hard and ended up gaining 1.6 lbs. which I had worked extremely hard to lose. My body fat came down too, by more than what I gained in weight.

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GOLFGMA 10/13/2014 8:06AM

    Making adjustments as we go along is necessary. Glad that you have made progress with fat %. emoticon

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