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Time to Kick It Up a Notch

Friday, August 01, 2014

I always love the first day of the month. Something about that blank calendar page holds all kinds of possibilities.

Last month I posted about my weight gain, and my efforts to get back to "happy weight." Happy weight is a place that seems relatively comfortable for my body. Not too hard to maintain, and I feel good about myself and my appearance. The last few years have been really tough at work, and I let some weight creep back on. I had some health issues to deal with this spring as well.

On July 1, I weighed in at 206.2 lbs. My goal for the month was to get to 198 lbs. Today I weighed in at 199.2 - close enough. emoticon

For August I'm going to focus on two things:

emoticon Keeping my food journal, and;

emoticon Weight training.

I want to start working on body composition. My weight isn't the only reason that my clothes are tighter than I want them to be!

I haven't set another mini-weight goal yet. I'll still work on getting solidly to 198. That will get me to my 100 lb. weight loss again, and get me comfortably back in Onederland. Maybe for August, that will be the goal... just really getting solidly below 200 again without too many fluctuations. I think that is doable and fair.

Consistency is key.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WOUBBIE 8/1/2014 8:49PM

    I like that you're doing really good, manageable goals - and meaningful ones! Staying comfortably under 200 sends a positive message to your brain!

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THINAGIN2 8/1/2014 5:37PM

    You have a good plan!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/1/2014 5:08PM

    Sounds like a great and doable goal.

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BRAINBENTT 8/1/2014 1:34PM

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Even the Best Laid Plans...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

So yesterday I posted four goals for July, one of which was to get to bed at a decent hour so I would have an easier time exercising in the morning.

I planned ahead, had everything ready for dinner, had decided on post-work activities, basically everything I thought I needed to make sure my head hit the pillow at a decent hour... Then life got in the way. emoticon

My sister had a car accident last week. She's fine, but the car was totaled. She's been using a rental, and needed to return the rental and pick up her bright, shiny, new car. We had talked ahead of time, and she was going to take care of the rental return, and then when I got off work I was going to pick her up to get the new vehicle.

Right before I get off work, she texts... She slept all day and didn't get the rental returned... Could I do the rental car return, too? IN ANOTHER STATE? emoticon

So I did... close to two hours at the car dealership, then two hours round trip to the rental place in Colorado, then back to the office to finish off some things, and to bed later than I'd been hitting the sack before I set the early bedtime goal. emoticon

Thankfully, it's a long month...

As a closing aside, how about that Tim Howard?!!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAINER_T 7/9/2014 9:32AM

    One step back........Two steps forward emoticon

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WOUBBIE 7/2/2014 6:45PM

    LOL! I have two teenagers. That is the blueprint of my life!

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/2/2014 5:23PM

    That is why the best made plan phrase. And you are correct, it is a long month.

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PRESBESS 7/2/2014 11:56AM

    "IN ANOTHER STATE"... oh my! Just that alone sounds like a dreaded drive. I'm sure you live pretty much on the line of the other state, so, overall, hopefully it wasn't that bad.

The main thing is no matter what comes your way... stay the course with your fitness and nutrition.

Press On

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LAURIE9404 7/2/2014 10:57AM

    That early bed is a doozy for me too. You can get this. Life does get in the way of some of our best plans. July 2 is a new day!

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Fly Like an Eagle...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The title doesn't really have anything to do with today's blog... the song was just stuck in my head. emoticon

Well, I've been back on the wagon for about a week now. The scale isn't cooperating yet, but that will come. In the meantime, it's a fresh month, so I need some fresh goals.

emoticon I need to start getting to bed earlier. An earlier bedtime means I'll be able to drag myself downstairs for an early workout in the mornings.

emoticon I need to stay hydrated. Especially since it's summer. And since I will be traveling most of this month.

emoticon Consistently track my food. I need a better idea of what I'm consuming each day.

emoticon Move more. I'm starting to get back to 10,00 steps a day. I'm also going back to my class at the gym. I've done a 5K, and I want to keep the momentum up.

emoticon Here we go!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WOUBBIE 7/1/2014 6:48PM

    I'm on my (fifth?) month of working on bed-on-time and consistent exercise. Verrrrry slowly becoming habits, but it's a work in progress. Great goals! Feel free to jump in with the rest of us on the monthly make-your-own-challenge thread:



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PRESBESS 7/1/2014 2:29PM

    Stay focused and keep going.

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/1/2014 12:30PM

    Sounds like you are doing great. Way to go!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/1/2014 10:28AM

    Great plan! You've got this. emoticon emoticon

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ASHESS85 7/1/2014 9:41AM

    You got some great goals there. I'm right there with you! Cheers to a successful July! emoticon


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BELLENGLISH 7/1/2014 9:39AM

    Welcome July. Keep up the good work with writing down your plan of action. emoticon

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This Feels Like Starting Over...

Monday, June 23, 2014

I know it's not REALLY starting over...

I've lost and kept off 100 pounds for more than six years now.

That's an accomplishment, and I don't want to spit on it.

But right now, my clothes are tight. My face is puffy. I've gained some weight back, and I've got to get back to basics.

What should be a little adjustment - eat more veggies, drink more water, take advantage of the warmer weather and walk every day, start lifting again... feels like an enormous defeat.

I've got to get my head on straight. One day and one bite at a time. One day and one step at a time.

The scale today was probably artificially high... lots of sodium yesterday and I'm really sensitive to that... but starting weight today is 206.2.

My mini goal is 198. Back to 100 pounds lost.

I plan to be seeing more of you guys (and less of me emoticon ).

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RHOOK20047 6/24/2014 9:30AM

    The best way to do this is slow and steady. Make small goals that are attainable and they will lead to big successes. Keep up the good work!!!

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CLYNNTHOMAS 6/24/2014 12:18AM

    Wonderful to see you back to the basics and back on track! Way to Go!

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JLAMING263 6/23/2014 11:32AM

    I am on my second 100 pounds, too. I lost the first 100 over a couple of years about 5 years ago. It came off as part of a "life style" change. The about 4 years ago I had a couple of stokes. (I guess the stokes were not enough to change my mindset.) I gained back maybe 20 pounds. And, I was not really into a healthy life style. Life has settled down now and I am again loosing. This time, The life style is to a more healthy outlook and exercise, tracking and Sparking. I am now down 138 pounds from my heaviest. (I don't really know how heavy I got. I just picked a max of 420).
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CHEFSOPHIE 6/23/2014 11:20AM

    And tracking food and exercise.

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WOUBBIE 6/23/2014 9:41AM

    And a daily checkin, to keep your focus in line!

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TRAINER_T 6/23/2014 9:39AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep pushing, do things that motivate you like what worked in the past.

Some ideas........
Vison board
Stars on a calender or planner
Little notes in a jar full of inspiration, read one each morning
Weekly reflection, journal about it

emoticon You got this!!!!

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On the Mend

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hello Spark Peeps. It seems like every time I write a blog lately it begins with a "long time, no blog" statement. This time I actually have a valid excuse!

I've been dealing with some health issues, and had surgery a couple of weeks ago to take care of some things. I've spent the better part of the last three weeks just sleeping, but tomorrow I'm going to try to get back in the swing of things. I'll go back to work half-time and try to get on the healthy eating/exercise wagon again.

Because my energy has been so low, I'm not going to have kick-ass goals for April. I'm going to take it a week (or maybe even a day) at a time. I want to work up to 5000 steps a day (now I'm lucky to get 2000) and really focus on staying hydrated. I'm not allowed to lift for another three weeks or so.

I'm looking forward to moving again, but want to be careful not to push too hard. Any ideas for going back to beginner exercise? I know walking is a given, but I'd like to have some variety.

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TRAINER_T 5/22/2014 2:20PM

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2014 11:13PM

    Hope u r feeling better emoticon

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CLYNNTHOMAS 4/1/2014 11:46AM

    Welcome Back KNH! I am so thrilled you are on the mend!

When I was healing from surgery, I liked to do the SparkPeople chair exercise videos -- they are fun and you can make them as strenuous as your body will allow. I also picked up some 5 pound weights and would do upper arm workouts while watching TV. I hope you find something that is fun and that works for you!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
~ Carol

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WOUBBIE 3/30/2014 3:35PM

    Start with chair exercises. It will keep your strength up without taxing you overmuch. Coach Nicole has at least 1 or 2 videos here.

Hope you mend and heal soon and feel better than ever!


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CHEFSOPHIE 3/30/2014 2:34PM

    Glad you are back. To take slowly.

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JLAMING263 3/30/2014 1:58PM

    Welcome back. I do not know you, but I always like to be welcomed wherever I go. So welcome back, and good luck with your recovery.

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SHEHULK86 3/30/2014 1:52PM

  Walking is always good - check with your doctor's office for suggestions on acceptable exercise, or a physical therapist is that was prescribed for you. Good luck!

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