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Stepping up the pace

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mmm. Note to self: When wearing too-loose pants, might as well skip the pedometer.

Yesterday, I peeked at my pedometer around my morning break and thought, "um, that's not right." So I specifically walked purposefully around the building and counted my steps in my head and peeked again....and while I counted 350 steps....the pedometer added 27. I realized throughout the day that the pants I was wearing (laundry day, only pair clean, LOL) were so loose at the waist that they sorta flopped at the waistband...and so did the pedometer. I don't expect perfect count from a pedometer...but 27:350? Not close enough for my purposes, LOL.

I am again realizing that I'm NOT getting enough cardio, period. My food intake is not out of line...but I'm not burning remotely enough calories. I suspect since I'm busy all the time, I feel like I'm "doing" it...but the numbers are not coming up to support that. I need, at minimum, to start walking the dog again and PLAN my exercise. If I don't plan don't happen.

Midweek....then 9 days off. Very pleased about that!

So, fess you have a regular plan of cardio?? Tell me, please!

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WORKINGSTIFF 6/21/2010 8:00PM

    Recently I was in a weight loss competition at my job (a hospital). The sessions included a dietician who monitored what we were eating and made good suggestions toward better choices and rehab/exercise specialists who worked us out twice a week. What did I learn that really helped? First of all, they stressed that we had to do at least 20 minutes of cardio in our "target heart rate zone." For me that was between approximately 140-150 beats per minute. Dang! 20 minutes of that seriously made me sweat! We kept track of our cardio minutes but they only counted it if we were in the target zone.
Second thing I learned? I'm almost 50 years old, and in order to really do damage to the pounds, I needed to move a lot more than I had been previously. The experts are not kidding when they suggest an hour of workout (and not a leisurely stroll) in order to lose weight.

I can't tell you exactly how to get more cardio in, but you should do what you love and do it hard enough to break a sweat/get your heart rate up most days. During the 8 week competition, my workout partner Dee and I averaged 35 minutes a day (in the target zone). And we are "old ladies" ages 50 and 60!

You can do it!

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Took the long way home...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm working on increasing my steps per day. This is not a simple task, as I sit for a living. In order to increase the steps on my pedometer, I've started "taking the long way" as much as possible. I'm hoping the steps will add up more quickly this way!

Food has been pretty on track....still struggling with getting the multivitamin and supplements for arthritis, etc, down.

That's me in a nutshell.

How do YOU work extra exercise into your day??? Do share...

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DREAMC1 6/15/2010 12:18PM

    That's a great thing! I try to park further away in parking lots or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I'm not always in the mood but I make myself do it.

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Happy Friday...

Friday, June 11, 2010

My Friday was made significantly happier when I weighed in today.

I use the Wii as my scale and I hadn't stepped on it in 53 days. At first, I was really busy...then I was sick...then I was scared to weigh. So this morning, I thought "this will be good motivation, one way or another" and so on I stepped.

And I weighed exactly the same as last weigh in. Considering everything that's gone on in the last 53 days, that's pretty fabulous. It was motivating to know that despite not everything being perfect, I'd done pretty darn well.

I credit better food choices completely. Breakfast and lunch have been spot on 5-6 days a week, with steel cut oats for breakfast and brown rice, vegetables and 4 oz of protein for lunch. I'm excited to see what happens now that I'm back on the health wagon and beginning to exercise again. I made a very modest goal of losing 2 pounds in two weeks.

I feel good about it. I feel even better that it's FRIDAY!

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SINABUNN 6/11/2010 12:56PM

    Isn't it a great feeling? Keep it up, chica! You can do this!!

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JUDY4652 6/11/2010 10:32AM

    Keep up the good work! Have a super weekend!

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KRO-BAR 6/11/2010 10:29AM

    emoticon Keep up the great choices and great work!

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Good food

Thursday, June 10, 2010

We spent the last weekend at a casino for a bellydance event. There were several restaurants within the casino and a truck stop across the street...and that was it. It was out in the middle of nowhere basically. They had a lot of food choices, but I quickly noticed anything that might have been healthier choices...tasted like crap. Veggies were so over done they were mush and often seemed to be from the day before....salads were iceburg lettuce with a token tomato wedge and carrot curl. Now the calorie-laden, fatty food? It was done very well...I didn't go wild by any means, but I didn't have the kind of food I was accustomed to...and I felt absolutely gross for three days after we came home. Like I had cement in my stomach. Finally yesterday I started feeling human again.

Since my back went out, I've been working on stretching daily...with hit and miss results. Today I put on the pedometer again and start working on racking up steps. Money is very tight, and figuring out healthy food will be an important part of the next two weeks.

My only "goal" for the next week is to log into spark EVERY SINGLE DAY - it's so easy to get off track when I don't start the day here.

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JULIEIRENE 6/10/2010 4:15PM

    I think that's a great goal! Attainable, manageable and spot on!

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KRO-BAR 6/10/2010 10:07AM

    Me too...logging keeps me honest!

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JHADZHIA 6/10/2010 9:48AM

    I have always had a problem with North American restaurant veggies being way over cooked and mushy. I like Asian food for that reason -cooking them in a wok leaves them nice and crispy. They never over cook them. Hope your back feels better soon! I never miss tracking my food if that is the only thing I do with Sparks!
Just buy your fruits and veggies in season, it when they are cheapest. Try new ones if the price is low on them. Its the processed foods that are expensive. I eat mostly raw fruits and veggies and my budget is lower then when I used to eat canned and packaged goods. For cereal and bread I get what is on sale as long as its whole wheat. Buy in bulk and quantity if its a good deal -you can freeze some of it so it won't spoil. All the best with it!

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TBGRABAR 6/10/2010 8:59AM

    I think that is how it usually is when there is a variety of food choices....the healthier choices do not move fast enough for them to spend effort to make it taste good and fresh. Good luck with your back!

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Eeek! It lives!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Uh, yeah. that would be me. Where have I been anyway? Sheesh. Let's see....four days flat on my back from being so foolish as to try to bend down and look on the bottom shelf of the pantry. Yep. Dangerous stuff. Couldn't stand up again. Too much fun, believe me. Before that I was training a new person and wasn't even at my desk for about a week.

thus was the end of May. I went back to work yesterday, and today leave for a weekend road trip.

So suddenly (to me) it's June! whew. My oldest daughter will turn 24. I'll be performing quite a bit..and working on new choreo. I'll also be figuring out how to add in more exercise. My arthritis has been a bear and i think it's because I've let off on the exercise. Pretty direct correlation when I look at the timing of the arthritis flares. More stretching...I saw a massage therapist when the back went out and she said "your hamstrings are soooooo tight, I think it's got to be contributing to your low back issues".

Leads me to: June goals
1. CONSISTENT exercise. There's that word again...consistency. When will I learn?
2. Concentrate on incorporating more fresh fruit and veggies - it's the season for it!

Good 'nuff.

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PRYDEQUEEN 6/4/2010 9:47AM


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BACHMAN64 6/4/2010 8:15AM

    You can do this!! Just gotta believe in YOU!! I do...I know you can..Signing in everyday is a good start...working well for me anyways!

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