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2/15/18 10:56 A

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How is everyone doing? I'm struggling to plan all meals in advance and consistently measure blood sugar and review the day. Think that I will try to set a reminder on my phone for evening review. If I log my foods into an app on my phone it will automatically remind me to check blood sugar but I need to make sure the alert is not on silent as I've been missing it.

We can do this!

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2/12/18 7:28 P

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JSIMMON, What great ideas. Thank you !! You sound experienced !! Thanks for the tips about YouTube videos. Those would probably be great. I know what the machines look like that I would like to learn how to use, so that should help. I will pay more attention when I am looking to see who and what may be being used in the correct manner. I love my gym, even if it doesn't have a pool. It is inexpensive and clean. All the helpers seem nice and willing to help. All the equipment is updated and in good working order, so I just have to come out of my shell a little bit which will be easier with a trainer. I am old, so I'm sure that they have a trainer especially for older clients. I was told that at the front desk, but I want to be sure that I like my trainer, so if I don't care for their elderly specialist I will find one that I can work with easily. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

Edited by: DEBTEVELDAHL at: 2/12/2018 (19:29)
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance - Samuel Johnson
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2/12/18 10:34 A

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DEBTEVELDAHL - I know what you mean, gyms can be intimidating. I applaud your dedication to get a trainer. They can be very helpful but remember a lot have no training so if what they suggest leaves you sore for more than a few days it might be too much. A couple of suggestions to help get the most of your trainers time:
Even before you meet with your trainer. Go to the gym and observe - you can usually watch others while you stroll on the treadmill (don't try to push yourself too much - you're there to watch). You can see how to adjust many of the machine, and get an idea of how much others in your range of fitness seem to be lifting - this is just a starting point you'll need to adjust for your body and strength level. You also may be able to observe some trainers in action and find one who seems to fit your style.
Most of the weight machines have illustrations and instructions - use them. Pay attention to the illustrations that show for instance where your shoulder should be relative to the height of the handles. Following these can keep you from injuring yourself. They also usually show where the adjustment handles are.
Take a notebook and note settings (there is usually a number that you can note and once you know that you save yourself a lot of time and look like a pro) and the weight that seems right for you - you should be able to lift at least 6 times but not more than 12 if you're trying to build muscle. Hopefully your trainer will instruct you to use a two and four count (or something similar) two counts to raise the weight, four to lower. Controlled movement pays off. The gym rats who let the weights slam down are not just drawing attention to themselves and possibly damaging equipment but also not getting the most from their workout.

Best of luck to you.

P.S. There are also some decent videos on you tube if you search "How to use machines at gym" but be aware that there is a lot of variety in equipment so observing at your gym may still be your best bet.


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2/12/18 10:16 A

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Thanks for setting the challenge. We have a family wedding towards the end of April so this will help me get ready for that.

My goals:
Track my days worth of eating B4 I eat it so that I can adjust as needed - but definitely add any cheat tastes or snacks
Shut my "Window of eating" by no later than 6:30.
Track blood sugar readings - first thing in the morning, approx two hours after each meal, and before hitting the sack
Set myself up for success with fitbit - check power and charge when needed.
Drink adequate water and take vitamins
Review the day before bed so that I'm ready for tomorrow. ie if I needed a snack-why? Not enough food at my meal, too long between meals? bored?

Over the years I've learned that while these may not guarantee success I generally don't do well if I skip any of them.

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2/11/18 10:16 A

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I need to do strength training, too. I keep saying I'm going to but I'm not sure where to start.

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2/11/18 7:01 A

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I need to pay closer attention to my strength training. I am too embarrassed to use the machines at the gym - I don't know how. The people who staff the gym, would be happy to help me, but that is also embarrassing. So, I think this next month I will buy a personal trainer for about three sessions. I will have him/her figure out a decent strength training routine and go with that for the next three months. Have a great Sunday !! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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2/10/18 7:50 P

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Welcome to the team and thanks for posting on this thread. I think we need to start counting down to Spring. I'm in another Winter Challenge and I noticed we are just a few weeks away from the end of the challenge. Yay! Then Spring!

I need to get serious about my food choices and getting myself on track.

Cindi
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2/10/18 7:15 P

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I'm working towards exercising 30 minutes per day and watching my portions/intake by tracking what I am eating. The dreaded belly fat is the issue with me....its just there and seems to be another part of my body at this point. The rest of me is doing ok, according to my daughter...any tips of getting this under control? Yes, I've already hit menopause. Hm....sigh...



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1/19/15 1:50 P

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Sunshine: Glad to see you here.

Working on my goal to get back on track with tracking. I'm feeling like it's got to be more tracking what I eat and watching portions.
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1/18/15 9:15 P

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first, let me say congrats to those who set goals for 60 days emoticon

second = I will work on increasing my protein :)

Sharon. Remember: "A body IN motion, STAYS in motion!" "Let food by thy medicine & medicine thy food."


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1/17/15 12:22 P

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Niarniarose: Great challenge goals.

Mine are to get back on track with my eating and tracking, continue and expand some of my current exercise. Keeping a positive attitude and work on other goals I've set for myself. To keep looking forward and not back or getting stuck.
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1/17/15 12:05 P

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Hi, Team! I'm going to wear my iFit band every day to track my steps. Drink my water, eat low carbs and high protein. I'm also going to LOVE MY SELF DAILY.

I GOT THIS.

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1/16/15 11:38 P

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There are 60 Days to Spring! Lets have a challenge to motivate us to keep working on our goals with the goal of Spring ahead of us. To do this challenge.

Post your goals for the challenge. Is it to lose weight, stay on plan, exercise more, or something else? You can have as many goals as you want.
Tell us about your goal and how you are doing on this challenge.

Cindi

Cindi
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