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Friday, October 11, 2013

Sometimes the social part of SparkPeople can be mentally exhausting.

Actually, I guess the social part of anything is mentally exhausting for an introvert. And yet, isolation is not the answer so I just keep plugging away, adapting to the changes, going with the flow.

I used to go visit with teams, "huddle", all that stuff. I didn't really find it very rewarding. I suppose it expands my exposure to the Spark universe, pulls a few more planets into my field of gravity, but eventually they move away again. C'est la vie.

The other day I got one of those "free" publications dropped off at my door. It's like a mini-magazine, professionally done with editors and experts and the like. It was supposed to be dedicated to Health & Lifestyle -- which means it was about one-third short articles written by people with "Dr." in front of their name (interspersed with ads for supplements the articles were touting) and two-thirds advertorials for various brands of makeup.

Melatonin not helping you sleep better? Cover those under-eye dark patches with X brand BB creme. Hmph!

Anyway, one short article on health talked about tracking food, and they recommended SparkPeople as one of three methods for doing that. To me, that is SparkPeople's strength: tracking food and fitness. That is what I will always use it for.

On a different note, my fitness regimen has changed since losing the weight and losing my first personal trainer. I switched from treadmill to Step class for my cardio, which leaves me tied to the schedule of when classes are offered. I usually get in 3-4 classes a week. With my new trainer, my personal training sessions are now less about machines and more about bodyweight exercises. (This is a good thing!)

On my own, I am doing less weight training but trying to be a bit more efficient about it. When I need a quick full-body workout, I do three machines: Chest Press, Mid-Rows, and Leg Press. I usually try to get a session in on the Captain's Chair, too, and occasionally the Roman Chair. (It's all about the core!)

In the past two weeks I have dropped under 140 and I seem to be staying here, after spending the entire summer hovering around 142-145. I suspect some of the weight I have dropped is because I have scaled down the weight training. But I am also eating less, because I am not going out to restaurants as much.

Which brings me full circle. Going out to restaurants is a social thing. Even though socializing can be exhausting (and adds calories to my week), I miss it. I will be glad when things settle back to a more reliable norm. Everything is out-of-kilter right now.
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  • no profile photo CD14253479
    When I feel out of kilter it means something is changing in me or something has changed in me. I don't quite know where I fit in the scheme of the Universe quite yet. I feel off, out of sorts and can't put my finger on it. I feel this way often when I'm on program and losing weight etc., like right now in fact. So, I go about my day as though I totally fit in and I simply wait and breathe and put one foot in front of the other.

    I truly hope I have gotten your meaning of this blog. You certainly got mine today.

    On another note: You absolutely RAWK out with your training. Wow, here I physically work 6 days a week and I couldn't even fathom trying what you do.

    Hugs and emoticon Karen
    2737 days ago
    I couldn't agree more! I love the food and fitness tracker-it is what drew me to the site to begin with ... I generally visit teams to get some spark points, but I am not really into the whole social element. I do visit a few blogs on a regular basis because they seem to consistently capture some of my own thoughts-yours would be on that list and this blog is a perfect example. I don't do Facebook either-LOL.
    Hoping your Kilter gets balanced soon=spark on and keep blogging!
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    2738 days ago
    I didn't know that other introverts felt the same way. I have a handful of people I feel connected with on here, and I hipe I find more, because since I retired on disability I hardly socialize with anyone, I kn emoticon ow, it is hard to believe. BTWm thanks for the technical stuff on my blog. That is so what I was hoping for, Now tell me how to reset my page, and if I do, will I lose anything on my site. See, I need a techy. You are so good for me, because you get me, I am pretty sure. Thank you for being you.
    2738 days ago
    Introvert to introvert - the social part of SP is a little awkward ... some folks do seem to find buddies ... but the sites tools for tracking the nut-and-bolts essentials of weight loss/fitness are fantastic.

    sorry things are off kilter - but it sounds like you're still working out - still making good choices ... and as long as that's the track you're on - the off-kilter feeling will pass - and the fun part of social the will return

    Hang in there and God bless!
    2740 days ago
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