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March Roundup (Hits and Misses)

Monday, March 31, 2014

In March, I set the following goals:

- 1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy
- Strength Training 3x/week
- Water 8 cups/day
- Cardio 16x/month (4x/week)
- Burn 7000 Calories
- Step 200,000

So, how'd I do?

FITNESS MINUTES: Well, I gained a 2000 Fitness Minutes Trophy this month! Yay! That goal was met!

STRENGTH TRAINING: I only did strength training about 4x this entire month. So, I still have some work to do in that area... as usual. I don't know why strength training is such a struggle. But, I'm determined to do it with some consistency. I'm going to keep trying until I figure it out.

WATER: I didn't even track my water. Though I started off the month pretty strong in this area, I kind of dropped the ball midway through.

CARDIO: I didn't make my 16x's this month. But, I did get in 12x's. I'll get it next month.

BURN: My SP report says I burned 12,022 calories. So technically, I guess I met that goal. However, that includes FitBit entries. When I set the goal, I didn't even know I could sync my FitBit with SP. So these activity minutes I get through FitBit for just getting steps in, was not expected. Sooooo, I went through my fitness tracker and just added up my formal exercise calories burned and the total was 5,356. No bad at all. Because I really want to know my formal exercise cardio burned, I think I won't sync my FitBit with SP next month.

STEPS: I almost made my goal! LOL I got in 184,154 steps this month. I know I could have made my goal if not for a few days when I was laying in the bed pretty much all day doing absolutely nothing. Soooo, next month it's ON! I'm going to make that goal! I'm thankful for my 10K a Day team challenge which starts back up in April. I've repeated my 200,000 a month goal!

So, that's my March roundup!!

I'm happy for another chance in April to make those goals a reality! Let's Go!!

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PINKBEANBOO 4/3/2014 2:10PM

    I think the FitBit is really motivating you exercise. emoticon on a great month!

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STAY39 4/2/2014 12:45PM

    You had a great month of March! I know you will continue to build and have an amazing April! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 4/1/2014 9:26AM

    I love the idea of the steps-in-a-month challenge. I'm charging up my Fitbit for the first time since the end of November, and will probably start wearing it instead of my Spark activity tracker, which I'm not sure I really like...

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KRISZTA11 4/1/2014 2:57AM

    Congrats to reaching those goals, and to getting close to the others!
Sounds like a pretty good month to me.

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DALID414 4/1/2014 12:12AM

    Progress, not perfection. By that rule, you did awesome! emoticon

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My New Favorite App: Lose It! (short blog)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Last Saturday when I was watching the weekend Today Show, Jenna Wolfe spotlighted an app called, Lose It!, stating that she thought it was the best app out there for tracking and weight loss. Well, I can't attest to that since I've not tried a lot of them. But, I can say that it's the best one that I've used so far. It's absolutely great!

For me, what makes the app so great is it's EASE OF USE!

When you first download and open the app, it'll ask how much you weigh, your goal weight and how much you want to lose per week. From that it'll give you a target amount of calories that you need to eat per day to accomplish that.

I said that I wanted to lose 2 lbs per week and it gave me a calorie consumption goal of 1,145. I thought that was kind of low because mine has always been a range of 1200-1550 with Sparkpeople. But, it's been fine. But, it's been a week, and I've lost exactly two pounds! I hope that trend continues for next week.

And the thing I love the most is the food tracking component. You can actually just scan the bar code of foods and it'll automatically brings them up in your tracker and all you have to do is change the amount/measurement. That saves me a lot of time and I love that aspect of it.

The exercise tracker is okay. I don't like that it doesn't have inclines for walking intensity; but it's cool. As soon as you exercise, it automatically adjusts the amount of calories that you can take in for that day, allowing you to eat more. I love that instant feedback. I feel like it's probably underestimating my calories burned. It's always lower than what it shows in Sparkpeople. But that's fine. I'd rather it underestimate the calories burned and I stay in my range for eating than if it overestimated the calories burned and I went over.

So, that's the wonderful app I wanted to tell you all about! Give it a try! :-)

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KTTAYLOR21 3/30/2014 4:58PM

    It slipped my mind to download it, but it's downloading as I type! LOL

Thanks for the tip.

(Can you believe it's snowing???? SMH)

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STAY39 3/29/2014 10:18PM

    I just downloaded it! Thank you for sharing this! And congratulations on your weight loss!! You are doing awesome!

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DALID414 3/29/2014 10:23AM

    emoticon on your weight loss with this new tool.

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LIVELAUFLUV 3/29/2014 9:03AM

    Thanks for the info!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/29/2014 8:49AM

    I have a friend that was using that app to lose weight and she really liked it, too, though she said she thought it got to where it detoured into having her eat too little over time, and her weight loss plateaued when it did. It sounds a lot like My Fitness Pal - you put in your weight and how much you want to lose, as well as your non-exercise activity level, and it gives you your calorie level for the day, which increases with exercise. I think it also has a bar code component, though I've never used it because I don't eat a lot straight from a package. Plus MFP has all the local foods and stuff built in, which makes all the recipe building I do super easy. I've enjoyed it and found it useful, and it sounds like Lose It would be super useful too! This is awesome! :) Congrats on your first week, too. :)

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KITT52 3/29/2014 8:08AM

    sounds interesting..glad that it is working for you

have a healthy week end

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FERRETLOVER1 3/29/2014 7:46AM

    Sounds interesting - I might have to check it out. Thanks! emoticon

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My experience with Kelp Noodles!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Last week when I was grocery shopping I saw something in the organic section at Wegmans called, Kelp noodles. I've been trying to limit my consumptions of breads and pastas so I thought it might be nice to try.

They don't require cooking and you can eat them right out of the bag. So, last night, I finally opened them up and tried them...

Right out of the bag, they are crunchy and have absolutely no taste at all. I mean NO TASTE at all. Of course, it says that on the packaging but I had to see for myself. It's a weird sensation to be eating something that has no taste. This is what they look like in a bowl... it's about 3 ounces of the noodles in this bowl:

These noodles are super low in calories... only 6 calories per 4 ounces!

But, the plan was never to eat them plain... I bought them to try with spaghetti sauce, and that's what I poured over them last night. They just absorb the flavor of whatever you mix them with and they become soft and the crunch disappears. So, if your sauce or broth is good, the noodles will be good. And mine was good! :-)

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LEGALSEC20 3/3/2014 12:52AM

    I really like the kelp noodles. I can only get them on-line as we don't have any place here that carries them. I sometimes cut them and put them into stir fries. I'm trying to limit my carbs and starches also.

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STAY39 2/28/2014 12:46AM

    Wow you are in the zone! Thanks for posting your experience!

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DALID414 2/28/2014 12:28AM

    Sounds like my kinda cookin' emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 2/27/2014 4:15PM

    Definitely have to try to find these!

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PINKBEANBOO 2/27/2014 4:07PM

    Very interesting! If I see them at my store I might have to try them.

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KTTAYLOR21 2/27/2014 3:35PM

    I will give them a try!

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KRISZTA11 2/27/2014 2:33PM

    Sounds amazing...
I have never heard of them, had to find out what kelp is on the internet, and learned it is sea weed. I guess they must be rich in nutrients, other than calories.

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For only the second time in my life...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hello Sparkfriends!!

For only the second time in my life, I have worked out in a gym! The first time was as a guest at my sister's gym a few years ago. But this time, I worked out at MY gym!!

I joined Gold's Gym on Friday and today (Monday) was my first workout!! It was so GREAT! I absolutely loved it!

I never knew how much I was missing out on by not belonging to the gym. I've always been content (or so I thought) to workout on my treadmill in the basement. But, my treadmill hasn't seen any action in a while. I don't know if I was getting bored or not. I just know that I wasn't really using it...for whatever reason.

But, the gym has absolutely EVERYTHING!!! Well, Gold's Gym does. I was like a kid in a candy store. There are so many options!! No excuse to get bored and stop exercising anymore. Variety is VERY motivating!!

I took my mom with me. The reason I joined a gym in the first place was so that we could workout together and motivate each other.

We started out on the recumbent bikes for 20 mins. Then we got on the treadmill for 20 mins. The treadmill goes up to 30% incline!!! What in the world?! I've never heard of such a thing! My treadmill at home only goes up to 10% incline. I waited until the last 10 mins of my workout to test out that 30% incline. Ummmm, yeah, no. I lasted about 3 mins and I was done with that incline. LOL Back to 3% for the remainder of the workout. Our workout was done at this point; but we proceeded to try out the other machines: lateral trainer, elliptical, stairclimber, rowing machine, arc trainer, and something else that I don't even know the name of. LOL We didn't test out any weight machines though... maybe another day. But, sooooooo many options!

I can't wait for my next workout at the gym! I'm so glad I joined!


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CELLO23 2/15/2014 8:14AM

    Hey True-ness! How are you? Have been awol but am getting back in the game. Hope you've had a great 2014 so far emoticon

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STAY39 1/21/2014 12:34PM

    This is awesome! I am so happy for you! I feel the same way about my gym. I love walking in those doors and I also love walking out feeling so accomplished after a great workout. Congratulations on a great decision for your health! It's going to be a great year for you (and your mom)!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/21/2014 12:12PM

    Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. Do you have a schedule worked out so you can keep going together?

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KTTAYLOR21 1/20/2014 10:50PM

    I love the Gym!! And I love Gold's Cinema room!! It's a great thing to workout and watch a movie at the same time!!


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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/20/2014 10:44PM

    Good for you! I spent alot of wasted time avoiding the gym myself and when I did join I would stick to one machine and be out. I just started venturing over to the weight machines Saturday and was all kinds of excited. Let's keep the momentum going!! emoticon emoticon

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    What a great boost to your New Year's commitment to yourself! Wonderful job! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 1/20/2014 7:02PM

    That's great! Enjoy your gym membership and enjoy exercising with your mom! But watch out for that incline on the treadmill - I have heard that it's not a good idea to do the inclines - hard on the knees. emoticon

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    the gym is my favorite place ever. you'll have your favorite machine that you'll always go to and get pissed when someone else is on it lol. well, maybe that's just me!

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LESLIES537 1/20/2014 2:45PM

    Woohoo!! That's awesome! You're really going to enjoy the variety that the gym has to offer. So excited for you!

I also love that you and your mom are working out together. It's so much better when you have a workout buddy!


p.s. Thanks for checking in on me in my absence! I'm trying to be a better sparkie now and will check-in more often. Take care and good to hear from you!

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Ready for 2014!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 was not a good year in regard to health and fitness for me. It was miss after miss after miss. But, that was THEN. That was 2013. I'm not even going to spend time writing reflections about it. It's over.

Its 2014!! And, I'm MEGA-excited about it!!!

I'm finally ACTIVELY engaged. I feel the change within me and I'm finally READY for it!!


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BEEWALKING 1/3/2014 2:53PM

    I too am working on getting it right. Let our actions prove us emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 1/3/2014 11:31AM

    Happy New Year, Vanessa! I love the energy you have.
I want to ROCK 2014 with you. emoticon

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STSCOTT11 1/2/2014 1:24PM

    I am excited and excited FOR YOU too.
emoticon Woo hoo for a new year!
Always happy to see another and for all the optimism and hope it ushers in.

For me, last year I counted it as one of preservation. Preserving how far I am come and NOT taking a round trip to the starting line.
I hung on...I can't say I won or wave a checkered flag...yet.
BUT I DID NOT give up.
I consider it all part of MY JOURNEY.
I am not grading it. I just keep moving and only use the time as LESSONS to move forward in the present and future.

Praying you your hearts desire this year...success on the road of healthy living for 2014 and beyond.

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STAY39 1/1/2014 5:50PM

    Sounds good to me! Let's get it done! Let's make 2014 the healthiest year yet! emoticon

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JOYSONG50 1/1/2014 5:41PM

    Well alright now. That's the spirit. Never give up!
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DALID414 1/1/2014 5:02PM

    Happy New Year

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POOKASLUAGH 1/1/2014 2:37PM

    YES YES YES! We are going to DO THIS!

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