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crash and burn

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So...i set a short term goal, I'm just about 3 weeks from a big event and I was ready to rock and roll it...and ....

yesterday I leaned over at work to pull some files...and pulled my back out. Missed half a dy yesterday, will miss today. Can barely walk, can't sit, can't work out...

I'm really tired of my body breaking down. while I am extraordinarily discouragd right this minute, I've decided I'm going to work really soon as I can get my body in line with my health goals.

so my sparkie friends, while I have to go back to bed to lay flat on my back with a muscle relaxant...I ask you a favor. Be my personal trainer today and cmment with ideas, tips, etc, for my goals...tell me what a personal trainer would tell me, or point me to articles or something. Please!

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BELLCAT22 8/19/2010 3:36PM

    No advice, just sending good thoughts your way. Stick with healthy nutrition and you'll be taking good care of yourself as your back heals. Hope you're up and at 'em soon!

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KRO-BAR 8/19/2010 12:50PM

    Stay focused on your eating habits while you're down and out! That will totally help! Do you see a chiro for your back? My guy changed my life!!

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ZLOIE2 8/19/2010 12:23PM

    Hope you start feeling better soon. A heating pad sometimes helps the muscles relax. If you dont have a heating pad put some rice in a sock and microwave it for about a minute. Good time to for your wife to give you a deep massage emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 8/19/2010 9:42AM

    This might be a good time to research back-strengthening articles and books. My sister threw her back out last year. She was laid up for more than a month. One of our first excursions out of the house was to go to the library to look for books on back-strengthening exercises.

Go to Amazon and enter "back exercises" and you'll find a lot of resources!

Rest, take your meds, and eat sensibly. Feel better soon!

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CHASGAL1211 8/19/2010 9:26AM

    all you can do at this moment is rest and get your body back to being able to work towards your healthy goals!! I hope that you have a speedy recovery and are back in the saddle in no time!!!


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MYBULLDOGS 8/19/2010 8:52AM

    emoticon get well soon emoticon

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Short term goal

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I have a really hard time looking at an event six months in advance and making that a goal event, you "lose 10 pounds by my sister's wedding" kinda thing. For me, a month or so is about as far ahead as I can focus on...and I'm about a month out from a 4-day event that I'd like to attend feeling really good about myself.

I'm not going to set a weight loss goal other than my regular 2-3 pounds a month. I seem to be cycling the same 5 pounds around (STILL) and focusing on the numbers on the scale only seems to bring me down...not motivate me. However, I can focus on what does make me literally feel better:

5+ fruits and veggies a day, at least 5x a week.
250 minutes of cardio/exercise a week - this may sound like a lot, but my dance classes are back in full swing and I teach 3x a week so it's built right into my schedule, I just have to exercise 40 minutes outside of dance class to make that goal. It will take perserverance, but I think I can do it short term.
Water. I am so far off the mark on water, it's not even funny. If I coud improve this to even half the recommended 8 glasses...I know I would feel better.

So those are the three goals I'm focusing on till the weekend after Labor Day, when we travel to Myrtle Point, Oregon, for a women-only 4-day bellydance retreat where I'm teaching a workshop, my troupe will perform, some of my students will perform, and I will perform. Built in to that goal is getting my choreo finished and learned so that i'm happy when I walk off that stage rather than just improvising and wishing I'd prepped more.

Haven't been on spark much, hoping to catch up with my sparkly peeps and get back to earning those points, LOL, the real reason I'm here!

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RJANE40 8/18/2010 8:55AM

    Have you thought about the possibility that you're gaining muscle which is why the scale is not cooperating? Do you take your measurements? Are you eating enough? Just a couple thoughts for you to consider.

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MINIDRIVER63 8/17/2010 9:37AM

    You can't go wrong with fruits, veggies, and exercise!

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BECKYANNE1 8/17/2010 8:51AM

    I don't make long terms goals either because I never seem to achieve them. I just like to take it from day to day. I do the best I can everyday. Good luck and I hope you make your goals.

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SJSLIM2B 8/17/2010 8:50AM

  Great plan!

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Weekend, cars, and life

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekends are notoriously difficult for me - no routine = no good for me. I forget to eat (I know, how does a fat chick forget to eat?), then I over eat because I'm started, I do too much and don't get rest and by Monday, I'm exhausted.

I'm sure that will all be even better once I start college classes in the fall again...sigh. Better get myself better organized!

It's been sitting at the shop 2 weeks, he was backed up. Heard this's toast, for me anyway. Threw a piston, big hole in the exhaust blah blah blah...cost more than it's worth, and certainly more than I have, to fix. I live in an area that does not have good public transport, and I'm going to have to get another car....which means a car payment I can't afford. Yay. Due to my credit, or lack thereof, I'll be paying through the nose for it too, unless something amazing pops up. We have an awesome lil old mazda that runs like a charm and costs 14 to fill....and gets about 30 mpg. Sure would like to stumble upon one of those right now! Not excited about the news on my car, at all.

I'm grateful, despite the car. Grateful I am alive, grateful I have a job, grateful I have a place to live, grateful my kids are all healthy, grateful I have a partner who loves me, grateful for the many ways the Universe takes care of me.

Working on 5 fruits/veggies again this week, and I have enough exercise scheduled I should be good for 5 x this week...we'll see. Yippie foot in front of the other, eh?

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RJANE40 8/17/2010 7:54AM

    Weekends are terrible for me, for the same exact reason!

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SHAR140 8/16/2010 5:31PM

    emoticon focusing on the positives!


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Personal Demons

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What is the single biggest thing standing between me and my goals - not just weight, but dance, finances, etc?

PROCRASTINATION. Putting it off. Shoving it to the bottom of the pile.

I am presented with something...let's call it an "opportunity". For example...a dance event coming up where I am pretty much expected to roll out a solo performance.

First reaction: " I have plenty of time! i can do that LATER..."

time rolls on. "Hmm. I need to get on that".

Next..."wow that stresses me out" (cause you know I've lost time by not dealing with it).

"I can't do this, I'm so stressed out!"

"it's next week/this weekend/tomorrow!" and i roll out a performance I'm not happy with...

Change the details to financial...and there are late payment fees tacked on, or worse.

Now, am I a slacker in all areas? Of course not. I'm so freaking responsible at work it's sort of pathetic. I work on not letting my family, my students - OTHERS down. But I will push myself to the bottom in a heartbeat...usually in the form of procrastination.

"I can't work out because XXXX needs me to...." "I was going to eat healthy, but XXXX wants me to go out to eat to Pork Rind House..."

and I think, well, I've got the rest of my life, i can do the things for me .... LATER.

To put my demon procrastination in it's place...I've been working on the "JUST DO IT ..NOW" theory. It's helping. But I have years of practice at procrastination - it will take effort and attention to make a change.

What's your personal demon....and have you banished it?

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WORKINGSTIFF 8/13/2010 2:46PM

    I am a procrastinator as well. I waited until the last day, yesterday, to turn in an entry form for my son to possibly win 4 years of textbooks (he'll be a freshman this fall). Will he win? Of course not! But at least he had a chance!

As far as taking care of others and putting yourself last, think about flipping that script. If you don't take care of yourself, who will? It takes tremendous courage to let the world know that "Yes, I am worthy." Scary, almost, to value one's self as much as we value others and to treat ourselves as well as we treat our loved ones...

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RJANE40 8/12/2010 10:04AM

    OMG tell me that you dont really hav a restaurant called PorkRind House? Made me giggle.

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HLEIGHH 8/11/2010 1:28PM

    ME TOO. (Except I do it with work and home maintenance as well.) I've been thinking about this a lot and it's reassuring to read your experience!

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SUSIEQ911 8/11/2010 12:24PM

    I am also a procrastinator and that is fed by my ADD.

I have been better since being diagnosed but slip back into it often still.

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PRYDEQUEEN 8/11/2010 9:47AM

    I have been starting with the little things - just doing it. And I will work up to the major things! It takes time!

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MINIDRIVER63 8/11/2010 9:14AM

    Oooh, I could have written that sister! If I hadn't procrastinated, that is.

Half of my stress is self-induced from putting off stuff I don't want to deal with until it explodes. Then I complain about dealing with the explosion!

The only remedy that works for me is making lists. I must do what's on the list, and it's so satisfying to cross stuff off! But if I put off making the list, I'm sunk.

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KBISSELL3 8/11/2010 8:22AM

    I know but we can't give up or dwell on it. W just have to try again

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SWINKIE57 8/11/2010 8:02AM

    OMG did this hit home! I like your new theory and am going to try it. emoticon

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ANGELBEAR94 8/11/2010 8:00AM

    I know we are almost all guilty of that. We can only strive to take better care of ourselves and put ourselves first sometimes.

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Bump it up...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I've been playing with the same 10 pounds over several months, and the same 5 pounds specifically over the last few weeks. Gain 2...lose 2....gain 2....lose 2.

I want results and I want them NOW...but .. you know..I don't really want to give anything up or change anything...


So this week is the week of stepping up to the plate....Last week was successful in fruits and veggies and exercise...this week I must maintain that AND bump it up...bump SOMETHING up...if I want to see results, period.

Non-scale dance, there is something called releve (rel-uh-vay). In bellydance, it's lifting the heels off the floor and balancing on the balls of the feet while dancing. Because I weigh over 200 pounds, have arthritis, knee problems, and an old ankle injury..I seriously thought I had kissed the days of releve goodbye. When I tried, I couldn't keep in releve long at all and it hurt. We're working a new choreo...and I thought the last few practices "just see if you can do releve for just this part, 2 of 8...come on..." and last night, I was able to do it every time....with no pain.

bump it up bump it up bump it up.......if I can do it for releve...I can do it with diet/exercise....and ugh...water.

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KRO-BAR 8/16/2010 3:12PM

    All that exercising and healthy eating IS paying off!! Keep it up and the consistency will keep the scale on the downward trend!

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RJANE40 8/12/2010 10:02AM

    What is up with the same-5-pound-battle? I do that all the time too. Grr, drives me crazy.

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MINIDRIVER63 8/10/2010 11:02AM

    One of my favorite exercise videos is a Bollywood workout that has lots of hip action. There are still a lot of things I can't do because of knee pain, but it's a lot of fun.

I think it's very important to evaluate what's working and what's not. If you're not progressing the way you'd hoped, you do need to "shake it up" and try something new.

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