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Dear Scale:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I think you and I need a break from each other. We have this toxic relationship where I'm always trying to get validation from you - and you're just being honest, I get it, so it's not your fault. It's not you - it's me. I need to work on not relying on you to help me feel like a successful, healthy person.

So, Scale, I propose that we take a break til January 1. In the meantime, I'm going to work on myself, stick to my healthy habits, continue to work out, and not let the sun rise and set on the feedback you give me.

See you in 2015, Scale.

Best regards,
Suzanne

  
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LILLEAN 11/20/2014 10:42AM

    My scale and I was developing an unhealthy relationship. I was beginning to get obessed with it and that kinda frustrated and disappointed me a little. So here's what I did; last month I asked my husband to hide my scale and don't give it back until the end of November. I must be honest and say that I am thinking about it alot and I even think I miss it too; more like an addict at rehab but my mind is made up and I am not going to weigh until December 1st.

This is a very good decision you've made and I hope that you stick with it. Best of luck to you!!!

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EVIE4NOW 11/20/2014 10:32AM

  You CAN do it!

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JENSTRESS 11/20/2014 10:17AM

    That is the reason I mostly avoid it. I weigh myself RARELY. I just use clothing and the way it fits to gage what is going on. I weighed myself before and after insanity, and will weigh myself before I start 21 Day Fix again, and after, but aside from that, it really isn't worth the hassle that my brain starts giving me. It becomes an unhealthy relationship for me.

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LIMOM2TWINS 11/20/2014 9:32AM

    that sounds like a great idea - I think I am going to also take you up on that idea and - tell my scale I will see you in the new year also!! emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/20/2014 9:30AM

    Good for you!

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A great week, a great weekend...

Monday, November 17, 2014

And it's shaping up to be another great week. I'm feeling strong and motivated!

I didn't want to get up and do Insanity this morning - it's a cool, grey, rainy morning here, which is never conducive to getting out of bed, much less so for pushing yourself past your limits. But - I did it, and apart from nearly throwing up (it's called Insanity for a reason, folks), I felt really good! I can see myself improving in little ways - a little more "pop" here, an extra rep there. I'm also starting to *feel* a little more toned - even if my body and the scale are not really showing it yet. I'm determined to not get bogged down by numbers. As easy as it is to SAY "don't live and die by the scale," in practice, it's still really hard for me and it's a challenge I continue to work on.

I'm so mad that I left my Fitbit home on Sunday - I was actually really active that morning filming a safety video for a friend of mine. All those steps not logged! Gah!

Anyway... I'm hopeful for another really good week. Last week I was nearly spot-on, and I want to continue that momentum - especially in these days leading up to Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday season. Sooooo many opportunities to eat unhealthy, crappy food. Ugh.

Soldier on, friends! Keep fighting the good fight!

  
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CODEMAULER 11/18/2014 12:53PM

    Workouts are the best defense against holiday stress and everything else. It's important to stick to it! I hate walking to the Y (and sometimes homes again) in the dark, but it doesn't spoil me mood. It's always sunny when you workout!

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Book recommendation!

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you are looking for a handy, at-a-glance, easy-to-remember reference that'll help you make better eating choices, I highly recommend "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan. (I actually recommend ANY book by Mr. Pollan - that dude is revolutionizing the way we should be thinking about food, and I want to shake his hand one day.)

What I like about Food Rules is that it is just exactly what it says it is: a book of simple rules with short explanations for each. It's not a novel or a narrative; it's literally just a little primer of adages which are super easy to remember when you are staring down your choices and trying to make the best one.

It costs five bucks (which makes it super for any Amazon order that you need just a liiiiittle more in your shopping cart to qualify for free shipping!), and it's small enough to stash in your pocketbook or briefcase. My old copy used to live on the back of the toilet in the master bathroom... you know, for a little light reading. :)

Anyone else out there have a recommendation for a great supplement to what they're already doing?

  
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PLMITCH 11/15/2014 2:15PM

    Thanks for the tip. I'll look for it!

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GREGINPROGRESS 11/15/2014 8:02AM

    Thanks for the tip! The only recommendation i can think of is to work on posture if that's a weak area for anyone. It improves all other exercises. My solution is Tai Cheng in the evenings, but there might be Tai Chi on YouTube people can use.

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Cardio recovery day...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I do love this workout...

Some really good stretching going on here, but there are also some fantastic strength exercises. Love it!

Although I love it, it's not really too much of a calorie burner - so I may grab an "extra" tonight. I do love the Kenpo workout from P90X - I think I may do that one!

  
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USMAWIFE 11/13/2014 9:59PM

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JENSTRESS 11/13/2014 9:02AM

    I enjoyed that one too. The strength it it was fun! Max recovery is somewhat similar. I think I did an extra those days too!

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GOLFGMA 11/13/2014 7:16AM

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PJMX18 11/13/2014 7:05AM

    emoticon It's always good to love a workout!

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Getting older is not for wimps

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It is vitally important to develop healthy habits while you're young.

I started being earnestly serious about my health in my early to mid-thirties, which isn't such a late start, I guess - but in hindsight, I wish I'd been better about it in my 20s. I was fortunate in that I have mostly always been a really healthy eater (save for that year between 2005-2006, when I got waaaaay out of control), but I truly wish I'd have been better about exercising in my 20s.

Fortunately, it's NEVER too late to start taking care of yourself by eating better and moving! The effects are almost immediate.

This is especially true if you are female... because OH GOOD GRIEF do our bodies go through major changes during our lives. First, when we hit puberty and start to menstruate, our hormones go all nutty... then, when we get pregnant, again with the hormone craziness... and then, when we get older, our bodies change AGAIN when we prepare for and go through menopause. (Why do they call it menopause? Shouldn't it be called menoSTOP?)

Along with these bodily changes come a host of physical side effects that can make even the healthiest person feel like crap: cramps, fatigue, bone loss, anemia, migraines, endometriosis... and the list goes on, believe me.

Fortunately, eating clean and exercising helps minimize a lot of these physical side effects - and the earlier you develop the habit, the easier of a time you will have.

I bring this up because last night, I had my first hot flash. At 38 years old, this is a little worrisome (perimenopause? primary ovarian insufficiency? something else?) - and I'll bring it up at the doc. The intensity of it was shocking to me; I woke up in the middle of the night completely drenched, and I could NOT cool off. If there had been snow on the ground outside, I would have gotten into my bikini and gone outside and rolled around in it - which is dramatic by itself, but especially so when you consider my personal trait of hating cold, snow, and ice.

So, now that it appears my body's going through some changes (regardless of cause), it just underscores how vitally important it is to be proactive about my food and exercise choices. A healthy, fit body and heart is much easier to treat than an obese, weak heart and body that is full of sugar, chemicals, and crappy food.

  
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JENSTRESS 11/13/2014 10:29AM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! I'm there with you (not on the hot flash thing) but with the wishing I had started it all earlier!

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CRUISEGAL55 11/12/2014 10:45AM

    I understand your concern. I am Post- Menopause (59). Went through it at 54. If you are experiencing early signs, look at your diet. If you are on a (primarily) plant based diet, make sure you are not consuming too much soy.
Unfortunately, most Doctors are useless to women wanting a healthy transition. I have given up dairy & most sugars...80% organic now....my flashes are all but gone.
You are already logging your food on Spark... so now start logging your symptoms. Check what foods might 'spark' your symptoms.
Recommended reading: The Wisdom Of Menopause- Dr Christiane Northrup
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