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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fitness minutes. I get lots of comments , very nice congratulating ones on how many fitness minutes I have accumulated.
The number is pretty good considering how long I have been on this life changing
journey. From May 17. 2010. But didn't start fitness for a couple of months. As of today my fitness minutes were 68.730.
I went on the fitness leader board to check them out. I show for March 3,040. total for 2012, 9,835 and am ranked 351. There are over 178,000 members listed.
Then I went to where all my fitness minutes and stuff is listed and it show minutes for March at 5,120. It seems they put a cap of 120 minutes on the Fitness board. Even though some member do exercise more per day. By capping it ,it's more fair, less chance of anyone cheating.
Now there used to be a time when that would bother me. I was all caught up in getting as many minutes as I could. But no matter how long I seemed to workout, there were always people who had a lot more than I did.
Sometimes I would go to their page and read about them, see what they did, how was all the exercise was contributing to their weight loss.
Sometimes I found people walked a lot. Or they had jobs that kept them very active.
Not everyone fit into a exercise mold. What might work for one doesn't another.
I learned that it's not the amount of minutes you put in, it's the intensity at which you workout.
I can walk for 5 hours a day and would only use up as many calories as someone who spends 45 minutes on the elliptical.
I workout with weights and machines and burn in 45 minutes what it takes me 90 minutes of water aerobics.
I do a slow walk with my dog and burn about 130 calories. But if I power walk by myself I can burn that in 12 minutes.
I don't mean to down play the amount of minutes I accumulate. But sometimes quantity is not as important as quality of minutes put in.
All forms of exercise are important.
When I slow walk, I get movement , balance, and it increases the muscles in my legs
and coupled with deep breathing increases my lung capacity and stamina.
Then when I walk a faster 5K or 10K .I am in better condition to finish .
But if all I did was walk around the block a few times, I don't feel I would be getting in enough cardio and certainly not any strength training.
But when I started walking a block was all I could do. Even less at first. But one has to move on to longer walks. And if at al possible a brisk walk. You can walk at different speeds. Start medium, increase to faster, and back to medium speed. You want to increase your heart rate and a slow leisure walk is not going to do that.
My heart cardio exercise is mostly in the form of water aerobics and Zumba. Plus my walking. But also some excellent DVD's . You don't have to go to a gym to get good workouts.
My aqua aerobics has always included some water weights to help build muscles. We go through 2 sets of 10 reps working different muscle groups.
I just recently added water weights when I work out in the water. My workouts were getting to easy. I needed more resistance. Get my heart rate up even more.
Here's the five pound ankle weights and the water gloves I ware to give me more resistance.
I do strength training in the form of circuit training and free weights. Starting a group power class next week.
When you lose a large amount of weight the body doesn't know to lose only fat. You lose muscle too. So you really need to add strength training to build muscle. The more muscle you have burns more calories. Even after you have finished your strength training workout, you continue to burn calories.
Losing weight and strength training and cardio go together. You have to have all three to be successful in your program.
Now we come to when do you exercise: Is it when you find time? Will you try to fit it in ? If you answered yes , you need to rethink that answer.
Exercise needs a plan. It needs to be a regular part of your life.
You should think of workouts as important as what you eat.
Make exercise a regular part of your day. You don't have to devote a lot of time, remember quality more than quantity.
If you think of your fitness is as important as the kids sports game, you schedule that, so schedule your time for fitness.
If you have a family do exercise as a family. Make it fun. You can workout at the park. If you go to the kids sports games. Run up and down the bleachers. Walk around, don't just sit. There are so many things one can do.
Get up 15 minutes early and workout. Do another 10 or 15 minutes later and you have your days exercise in.
You might be thinking, sure Tisha you are single and have lots of time to do whatever. That might be true, but I run a business. I also have a designer jewelry business. I volunteer . Right now I am dog sitting for two adorable Maltese dogs, while their parents are on vacation. Plus have my own Titan to look after. My time to workout has become a routine, as important as any other responsibility I have. It does help that I like water exercises. I used to jog, so walking is the next best thing. And the gym I attend is modern , with knowledgeable instructors and lots of fun members. It's also very social. I have met some very nice people and we have become friends.
Spark is a wonderful site. It's very social, besides being very informative.
When we read articles, message boards, blogs, leave comments, participate on teams and challenges, this all helps us on our journey to a better fit, healthy life.
But one can get so caught up in Sparking and accumulating points that it takes away from time needed to workout.
My challenge to everyone, for every 45 minutes spent on Spark, Include 15 minutes of fitness. That would be a well spent 60 minutes.
I had to take a break from this blog. My friend called , needed to go to Keizer Clinic to have her cast adjusted. She is one of my gym friends. She had a hand operation, somewhat similar to the one I am going to have.
I had cooked two beef pot roast this morning. The roast was too big for the slow cooker. So I cooked half in a dutch oven in the oven. It was finished. The other is still cooking in the slow cooker.
When Lynn called I got the idea to give her the oven roasted one. She and her husband are trying to get by on his cooking and some take out. She can't do anything with her right arm in a cast.
So that solved the question of what would I do with two pot roasts. I hope they enjoy the way I cooked it. Seasoned that one a little hot.
The weather broke just long enough for Titan and I to walk day 88 of our mile a day walk. I had 46 days of earlier walking so I am on day 134. Sounds so strange. For so long I could hardly walk from one room to another. What a difference a year makes,. Lose weight, have my knees replaced and I am a new women.
My house smells like my Grandmothers used to with slow cooked pot roast simmering away. Too bad no one here to eat it but me.
BF is away on business. My kids are on spring break vacation. Just Titan and me.
Thought for today." I don't know about the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."Bill Cosby.
Take care, Stay positive.
Take me up on my challenge. 45 minutes Spark, 15 minutes exercise.
Peace and Love.
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  • SUE_2U
    "...for every 45 minutes spent on Spark, Include 15 minutes of fitness." Now that would really be a fantastic challenge, because I end up spending so much time in this chair! It's great!
    Thank you so much for friending me. I need the encouragement and seeing how wonderfully you're worked the Spark, it's definitely motivating for me, and I need that motivation right now, because I've been discouraged all week.
    You look awesome!
    3215 days ago
    Once again, you are showing us all up Tish! You amaze me with all your fitness minutes--you jut never stop. Like you, two years ago I could hardly walk from one room to another. I remember getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and when I got back in my chair (I couldn't sleep in a bed all night--hurt my back too much--so I slept in a recliner beside my bed, half the night for over 10 years!), my heart would just be pounding, racing in my chest. That scared me. But still I didn't make the changes I knew I needed to make. I would promise myself that tomorrow I would start my diet, and then tomorrow never came. I am lucky. I woke up and realized tomorrows would be very limited for me if I didn't get my weight under control.

    I'm going to start a new 100-day challenge. With the good weather now I shouldn't have any excuses. Today was already day 5 of walking at least 1 mile every day. It isn't much. I can do it. You are my inspiration!
    3217 days ago
    I like your Cosby quote on the key to failure. It took me a long time to understand and act on that.

    PS - overall I think I do better than your challenge, but not every day.
    3218 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2012 10:37:32 PM
    Tisha, you're awesome! Thanks for the reminder to get up and MOVE! I try to stay active but there have been a few days lately when I did not commit time to exercising as I should. I'm in for 15 minutes every day!

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    3219 days ago
    Tisha,i always enjoy reading your Blogs.Your" No Noncence Approach "to health and fitness is so refreshing.I have never done an Aqua Fitness Class,but you have inspired me, (again!)i'm going to give it a try!
    Thank's for sharing what you have learned on your journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3219 days ago
  • JILL313
    Such helpful and good suggestions Tisha. If anyone is fit enough to give others advice and suggestions it is you! I'm aware I do spend too much time sitting and I've read how bad that is for you. If I took you up on your Challenge I'd be doing hours of exercise every day much like you. Thank you for always trying to help us.


    3219 days ago
    great blog .... very good information ... Roc emoticon
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    3219 days ago
    Tisha, you are such an inspiration to me! Your blogs are always enlightening! You are a great SPARKFRIEND, and I see just a great friend to others, too! How lovely you made two roasts and were offered the opportunity to give one to a friend in need! Lovely! And I am sure Titan will help you eat the crock pot roast! LOL!
    Have a great week and thanks for your insight and lessons learned!
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    3219 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Tisha, this is an excellent blog, very informative and very much to the point. Minutes do count which is why I have cut back on Spark. It does take away from exercise and moving around. I have similar ankle weights and I can change the weights....there are little pockets where you can add the weight or remove them. I also have glove weights that I wear during a walking program. You are doing great, it is good that you have a schedule and have exercise in your plan every day as I do too. I am sure that your friend will love the pot roast dinner. Is your hand surgery coming up soon? Here we are just about in the middle of the week, hope the rest is a great one for you. emoticon
    3219 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2012 7:48:52 PM
  • TMW54812
    Good stuff! Too bad you can't burn calories for typing... You would top the leader board !....lol emoticon
    3219 days ago
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