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Time for Changes

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Springtime brings feelings of renewal and change and I feel like I need to do that with my weight loss efforts as well. I have been having a struggle with my health and have had to overcome some serious obstacles along the way. But, I am working with a doctor that is helping me fix these problems and I am starting to feel pretty good.

Now that I am feeling some relief I am able to focus on my fitness goals. What I have done is overhaul my workouts. I have been stuck in a rut. I have been doing the same workouts for the last 2 months and I have seen and felt no results. So, I have compiled all of my workout DVD's and I have arranged them where I have my workouts planned out a month in advance and I do a different DVD every day. I have also put the workouts down on my monthly calendar as an appointment so I have no excuse not to do them. So far I have done this for a week and it seems to be working! I am not bored and I am feeling changes happening in my body! I feel slimmer, taller, and stronger. No change on the scale yet but I can definitely feel the difference! I think I found what is going to work!

As for my nutrition, I have gone out and bought all the healthy foods I need to have a cleaner lifestyle. I have made smart substitutions that are healthier alternatives. For me, food is very important because I love it so much, so I have to find ways of having my favorite foods that are a bit healthier. So far so good on this too. I have substituted ground beef for ground turkey, low fat milk to almond milk as examples. I am also eating more greens and eating greek yogurt and hummus to name a few. I think that making these small changes are going to make a tremendous difference in my weight loss efforts.

As for support, I have my mom who I live with and we help each other be healthier. I have my friends here on Sparkpeople as well as on Facebook who I constantly turn to in times of need.

There are some things that I also would like to work on. One is to get more general daily activity going. Like wear my pedometer and get 10,000 steps a day. The other thing would be to get a Fit Club going of some kind. Where we meet and do workouts or walks together. These things are next on my list.


I am hoping these changes put the spark back in me to keep going and reach my goals!

  
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ARKANANGEL 4/16/2012 11:37PM

    emoticon Your ideas are good ones! You are so disciplined and determined and a real inspiration! Great suggestions to beat the boredom and stay interested. Best of luck to you staying focused on yourself and your goals! emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 4/12/2012 3:18PM

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Those all sound like wonderful and, maybe more important, sustainable changes.

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How to be a Winner at Losing

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I just wanted to share some of my tips and tricks on how I have been successful at losing weight. If you implement these into your daily life and stick to them you will be successful too.

1. Upon waking- Drink a glass of water or herbal tea and do some stretching to start your day. Have positive happy thoughts first thing in the morning. It's important to start your day with good intention and positivity. Start your day with a smile. Read a funny joke or story or something truly inspiring. This will set the mood for your day.

2. Once awake- Within 1 hour of waking up, eat something...even if its just a piece of fruit or a slice of toast...you have to get your metabolism kicking in.

3. Get your workout done early in the day. That leaves less time for procrastinating or using no time as an excuse. It makes it easier too if you wear your workout clothes to bed. You should be doing: Cardio- at least 30 minutes 4-5 days a week and Weight training at least 15 minutes 2-3 days a week. Schedule in your workout time. It's as important as brushing your teeth. Most important, keep your workouts fun and varied to combat boredom.

4. Drink a protein/meal replacement shake as one of your meals daily. I do this after my workout. It gives me my vitamins and nutrients, gives me more energy, keeps me feeling fuller longer, and it reduces my cravings for sugar.

5. Eat smaller portions of your favorite foods. Eat on a smaller plate and use a larger fork. Also, when eating out share a meal with someone else or when ordering your food ask them immediately for a take out box and box half to take home before you start to eat. I also search out healthier versions and recipes of my favorite foods to try out at home.

6. Drink lots of water throughout the day. This helps to not only keep you hydrated, but it keeps you feeling full. Actually our bodies trick us sometimes by making us think we're hungry when we are actually thirsty. So drink up on the H20.

6. Cut back on sugary carbs, drinks, and foods. And, try and stay away from fried foods and fast food!! This is an important one!!

7. Remain active. Find ways to be more physically active during the day. Take the stairs and park farther away and walk. Stand and stretch at your desk. Take mini fitness breaks while at work. Wear a pedometer and track your steps.

8. Track your food and exercise and keep a journal. It's amazing what the power of journaling can do. Writing everything down helps to keep track of what your eating and how much your doing. It's a great motivator to try even harder to stick with your goals too.

9. Have a strong support system. Buddying up with someone is a great way to stay accountable with your goals and can help the other person stay on track too. It's a great way to coach each other along as well. The more friends you have on board that are living a healthier lifestyle the better.

10. Treat yourself on occasion, without the guilt! For me I don't want to feel deprived of anything that I want when it comes to food. Just allow yourself to splurge every once in a while...just do it moderately. It will only make your chances of losing much greater this way. If you are being too restrictive on yourself you are only setting yourself up for catastrophic failure. Also, treat yourself to some nice gifts for a job well done. After all, you deserve it!

  
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SPARKLER1001 10/7/2011 6:08PM

    Great Advice! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARKANANGEL 10/6/2011 11:12AM

    You are doing marvelous, Kristen! These tips are easy to follow and a great reminder to what we need to do to reach our weight-loss goals! Best of luck to you staying focused and to your continued success in dropping pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/6/2011 12:53AM

    Sounds like very good ideas.
Thank you!
Congradulations on your weight loss! emoticon emoticon

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On the right track

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Well, my fellow Sparks, I am so glad to report that I am back to being a loser again. I have changed my attitude about weight loss and myself and this has opened up some real positive changes in my life. I decided to stop hating what I have been seeing in the mirror. I see this beautiful and intelligent woman staring back at me and saying to myself..."darling, you are just a lovely work in progress!" I have been practicing and applying positive thinking in everything I do and it's been magical how this is working for me. I am attracting more positive people and things to myself. And for two weeks in a row I have lost pounds...2 pounds per week actually! I am not focusing on the weight that I am right now and not thinking negatively about it. I am happy and proud of who I am right now! Its all about feeling confident in your own skin so I think I am onto something. I am grateful for this body and all the things it can do. There are other people who aren't so lucky so I have found a renewed appreciation for myself. It all comes down to loving yourself and who you are! Once you do that, then eating better and exercising more just fit right in when you love yourself. I really think that losing weight starts with your soul and your mind. If we can focus on what truly makes us happy and feeling good the rest will follow suit. I am going to keep this up and see where this wonderful journey is taking me!

Thanks to all of my Sparkfriends out there too for all of the support and guidance that we have shared..you are all beautiful and wonderful too!

  
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ARKANANGEL 5/10/2011 7:27PM

    You have the right attitude and are an inspiration to me! The power of positive thinking will take us down the road to beauty, inside and out. emoticon If you keep losing at that rate, Santa won't recognize you! emoticon emoticon

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New Year, New Changes

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Well this year my only resolution I have is to be down two pants sizes by my birthday. That is six months so I think that is pretty reasonable. I have been walking on my treadmill 5 days a week for half an hour a day and I do my toning bands 3x a week for strength. Since October I have seen a 14 pound loss. So far down a pants size! yay! But of course with the holidays, which have come and gone, I wasn't following a very good diet and I went up a couple of pounds and now I am trying to get it back down again. I am in need of amping things up now for myself now that its a New Year.

I plan to make another change in my fitness plan and to join a fun dance class like Zumba. I need to change things up a bit because I am not seeing as much change happening now with just the walking.

I hope that by adding something new to my routine that it will be just what I need to starting losing those pesky pounds again.

I will keep everyone informed of my progress.

  
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1647GINGER 1/25/2011 1:19AM

  Sounds like a good plan Kristen. 14 pounds is a lot of weight to lose. Good for you. Congrats on your determination.


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COTTRELL11 1/6/2011 2:43PM

    It sounds like you are really in tune with yourself and how to work your routine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPAWNY1 1/6/2011 12:51PM

  Oooo you will LOVE Zumba! No stress on the joints and you can burn 500 calories in one class. And it is sooo fun. I just this minute got back from a class I take at my workplace.

I would like to lose about 25-30 pounds over the next year. Is so frustratingly difficult.

Good luck to you.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 1/6/2011 12:49PM

    Good for you for recognizing the need to "change things up a bit"! Good luck!

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Doing something right

Friday, November 05, 2010

Well guys, I went a made a purchase for myself last week and it was a big purchase. I got myself a really nice treadmill, yep, I was worried about spending the money but now I feel differently. I have been on my new trusty treadmill every day (except for the days I have been working) for 30 minutes at 2mph. And much to my surprise, in one week I lost 3 pounds! I haven't seen the scale budge like that for a very long time! This is just the motivation I needed to keep going. I will eventually increase my speed, incline, and length but for now I am getting into the swing of it and loving it! I have more energy during the day and I can actually feel the difference in the one week. I think that buying this treadmill has been a lifesaver and I have never been so happy with any purchase I have made before. I plan on using it as often as I can because now there are no more excuses for me to not get the exercise! Lovin it! Looking forward to seeing more pounds drop! Yay!

  
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COTTRELL11 11/21/2010 2:16AM

    Congratulations and this greatly intrigues me. I believe it is time for me to explore the purchase of a treadmill. How much physical space does yours require? Can you share the brand and the price? I will use it as the drawing board case upon which I will compare others. What are it's strong points and weak spots? Any information to start me on my journey would be appreciated. Thanks, Trish. emoticon

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VODKALIME 11/15/2010 9:58PM

    I am glad you are happy with your purchase! May it work well for you. emoticon

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VICTORYB 11/5/2010 1:16PM

    That's awesome about your purchase and your pounds lost! I bought my treadmill about 3 years ago and absolutely love it. It, too, has saved me, since I can hop on it any time of the day without having to worry about what the weather is like.

Once you master it and if you ever get bored, try walking (very slowly, mind you) backwards on it. I found that it worked out a different set of muscles and made it interesting. But only try it after you've gotten used to the feel of your machine.

Enjoy!

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PAMROPER 11/5/2010 12:52PM

    You go girl!!! Great for you emoticon

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