Looking for Fitness Buddy, for Accountability

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traceyinva

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 12:26
Staunton, Virginia, 47 - new diagnosis, Sacroilliac Joint Disorder - Tired of the upward spiral. Kids are grown, finally got a good job, but it's not a very active one. Weight has gone up and down for years but now spiraling upward. I'm sick of it, need motivation and accountability. Most of the groups here number in the thousands and I need small group interactions to be comfortable. Anyone nearby? or far away but can identify?
Minimizeme

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 17:07
Hi Tracey. I'm a few years older than you, 51, and not nearby, Oregon, but I sure do understand frustrating weight issues. I've been so frustrated for the past 4 years trying to keep my weight down. I also have a sedentary desk job and haven't been strict with exercise. My favorite exercise is pilates and I do walk at home dvd's and I really need to develop some consistency with both diet and exercise. I can see where most cardio exercise may be a problem for you, but strength building in a gentle way might be okay. Have you addressed it with your doc? I used to have horrible pain in my joints and never got a definite answer as to what it was. I was in my 20's when that came on. It seems to help keeping the muscles surrounding them strong. Do you have pain on both sides? Anyway, I'm here if you need a buddy. I thought it would be neat to have a group of people with similarities and compare what's working/not working. Every group I've joined like that has not had much activity. Not quite sure how to make that work.

MJ
traceyinva

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 18:07
Ok MJ ... lets do this. (sigh/smile) Smile

I'm at 171, so it looks like we're both about even. I'm pretty short though (5'2"Wink so that's pretty heavy for me. Here's a little bit of my story:

47 years old, 2 grown kids who don't live at home. 1 room mate but she does her own thing. I teach computer repair and A+ preparation at a vocational school within a rehab center. So I am not really desk bound, I'm up and down a good bit, with some occasional lifting of computers and equipment but I do get the students to do most of the heavy work so I can't really count it as physical exercise Smile

After years of cooking for a crowd I'm on my own now and I'm tired of cooking and don't have an oven right now anyway (long story), so I've ended up eating a lot of lean cuisine type/ww frozen meals and shortcut stuff.

I have to be honest enough with myself to admit that if it's not easy I just won't do it. I am back to counting calories right now as atkins kinda grosses me out and I like my carbs too much to give them up completely. I'm terrible about eating vegetables, not good about water, or exercise. I have a gym membership but rarely use it. You'd think carrying that silly keybob tag around and paying $20/month would help but noooooo, you still have to actually GO there (sigh)...

Portion control is a big part of my issues, and making good choices of course... and I've already mentioned that I don't want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. I was at Walmart today and found the Hormel Compleats meals... kind of high in sodium but man do they taste good, and plenty of food for the calories, and no refrigeration/freezing required. I only bought a couple to see how they tasted and I'm pretty impressed with the first one.

What I REALLY need to do is limit my liquid calorie intake and drink more water. Problem is I just really don't like water, and I know the diet powder crap isn't good for me either.

ARGH! SUCH A QUANDRY Smile


If I get just a couple more responses to this message, we can start our own group and hopefully it will stay active? Honestly, if I just post to you everyday it would probably help a lot.

Tomorrow I vow to drink at least 32 ounces of water and count every calorie that passes my lips. I've already been weighing daily just to keep an eye on things.

How did you get that little weight bar to appear under your post?

Tracey
Minimizeme

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 19:35
I could almost say ditto to all you said. I have two grown boys, one of which is living downstairs while still in school. Really it's just me and my hubs...and that is where the problem lies. We love going out to eat. So the first change I need to make is to stop that, or at least take it down to once a week. I did do Atkins for a while, and though it did work and I lost weight, I know me and my love for pasta, and I could not make it a life long habit. So, it's counting calories. I'm aiming for 1500/day and see how that goes. If no loss, I'll take it down to 1400. Pilates 3x week and try to fit some walking in there too. I used to not like water also, but I now have a bottle with me always. Guess it grew on me. I think we should create a group so we have somewhere to go to post our PROGRESS. Maybe if I know you're watching I'll be more apt to behave. To add the weight ticker I think you go to 'My FatSecret' and find where you add a signature (look on the right side bar) and there should be an item, like a check box for you to choose.
traceyinva

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 20:55
Ok, I started the group. Hope it suits? I think I invited you, not really sure since I don't know what the heck I'm doing Smile I also think I accepted your buddy request? I was trying to figure out how to send one and there was an option to accept yours so I did. Here goes nothin'! Smile
Minimizeme

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 23:25
Got the invitation and made my entry. Yeah, we're on our way!
pam-u-la

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 07:57
Hello.. just wandered across your post and thought I would give a small suggestion for your drinking water... I personally do not like plain water so I add a slice of lemon and ice cubes.. I find the colder the water is the easier it is to drink
Good luck with your group... CHEERS



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