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No Negatives

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Don't talk to yourself in negative terms.
Would you tell your friend who is struggling to build consistency in exercise "You'll never do it." Or would you say to your neighbour "You don't stick to anything you start."

Then why say it to yourself.

Today use phrases that will help and not hurt. Be positive and not negative.

Words to say to yourself....

You've been adding those fitness minutes to your routine. Good for you."

"You've gone three days now with out going over your calorie count."

Just as you would for your best friend,
find words to encourage and not discourage;
build up and not tear down;
cause a smile and not a frown;
foster a sense of accomplishment and not a sense of defeat.

Okay, self, now don't you feel better? Are you going to buckle down and try to keep the momentum going?

Self replies, Yes, thanks for the boost, it's just what I needed today.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/12/2014 7:07PM

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RITEEBEE 1/3/2014 10:23AM

Just what I needed to hear!! I need to work on positive self talk so much!! I'm getting there!!

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PURPLEPEONY 12/5/2013 9:51PM

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SUBMOM2 12/5/2013 5:44PM

    I agree. Thanks for the reminder!

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NELLIEC 12/4/2013 3:36PM

    Yes, we need to be our own best friend, rather than an enemy!

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My X's are moving............. Whoopee!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I discovered some fascinating, awesome facts this week as I was going through my closet looking for clothes that would stay up. emoticon I looked and tried and pondered and wondered then I smiled, emoticon laughed emoticon and then did an improvised jig. emoticon

I noticed that my X's have moved....
emoticon All my x's live in ?????? emoticon emoticon emoticon

I no longer have any clothes with a 3x marked on them. Could not find one sweater, pair of pants or skirt with a 3X on them. Gone. They got way too big last year. emoticon

I pinched myself to see if I was really in the real world after I went through my closet again and I couldn't find any labels marked 2X. where oh where have the 2X gone???? emoticon

At this point I was absolutely sure I had died and gone to heaven but then I reckoned if I had I should see a white robe or two in the closet but no, none there.

The third survey of clothes labels and tags showed me I only have a few items left with 1x on them but even more eXciting is the new position of the X on the garment. Many of my clothes now have the X in this position "XL" I haven't seen them placed like that for nearly 20 years.

So yes it's working, the Spark People program. Yes, I'm working... working out that is.

Yes, my X's are moving.... OUT.... OF.....MY..... CLOSET.

Yipee, Whoopee, Hurrarah, whatever.... emoticon emoticon emoticon X's

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MAYASVEIL 12/19/2013 7:57PM

    You made me smile. I needed that! emoticon

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JENNY712 11/6/2013 6:21AM

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PERKYPAT3 11/5/2013 8:31PM

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Very inspiring blog! Thank you Stephanie! All this sounds very similar to my current story - except ... I still have some 2X's for a few of my tops.

Keep it up! You really make me want to go exercise again tonight! emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 10/24/2013 6:35PM

    way to go, great news what a long way you have come

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CANDY58 10/23/2013 6:04AM

    emoticon so happy for you. Keep it up and soon no more X's at all.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/22/2013 8:58PM

    X-tra special goodbye to them emoticon
Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing your good news.

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WANDA68 10/22/2013 6:40PM

    way to go that is fantastic news! I loved this blog by the way very movivating!

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Fall 5% challenge

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Recently I was invited to this 5% fall challenge team. emoticon Great, I thought. I'm up for a challenge.
I have been slipping behind on my committment lately. I have put 5 lbs back on that I thought I had permanently lost somewhere in the woods. emoticon But I didn't stay away far enough or maybe long enough to stop those pesky 5 pounds from creeping up my legs to attach to my middle again.

So when this invitation came I said emoticon

Little did I realize how this challenge would be set up as I had never did one before.

Detailed and daily are the pre challenge orders and now I'm starting to realize this challenge is only for those seriously intending to lose 5% of their body weight. emoticon

So am I ready? Not at this moment but by the official start date of October 12 I will be ready.

My gym shoes will be out emoticon

the fridge will be stocked emoticon emoticon

the measurements taken emoticon emoticon

the scale stepped on.......... emoticon

and I will be saying to myself emoticon

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LARRI2010 10/12/2013 9:59AM

    Sounds excellent! emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 10/9/2013 6:21PM

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. emoticon emoticon

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DRROON 10/9/2013 5:31PM

    4Kwalk -- can anyone do it, or do you have to be invited? I'd be interested!

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NELLIEC 10/9/2013 3:17PM

    I suspect that is the reason for the pre-challenge orders -- to get people ready!

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I'm Sparked Again

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Todays challenge in Spark Coach was to look back and see how far I've come.
I did and now I'm smiling from ear to ear..... emoticon

16 months ago when I joined SP I could not get down on the floor to do any of the mat exercises. Maybe I could get down but I knew I could not get up again. So I didn't ( get down or up) emoticon

Today I was on the floor for 30 minutes - Nope, I didn't fall and Nope I wasn't just lying around.

I was actually doing floor exercises like leg lifts, leg curls, and a move we called modified sit ups way back in high school but now are called triple toners, - with a new name like that I hope it burns three times the calories. emoticon

The sweat was dripping by the time I was done and I can feel every inch of muscle - Whoa - now where did they come from? - emoticon

Then like the obedient student of physical education that I am emoticon I did about 5 minutes of stretches. I stretched so far I almost did a half body split emoticon

Now looking at the time I see it is only 11:05am so I have time to rack up another 6000 steps on my zip, and tonight is BOWLING................ emoticon and again emoticon

How good can a day get?

Yes I have come a long way. The journey has not been easy and it certainly had its fair share of roadblocks and detours but what a journey it has been.

Diets - Bah!!! Humbug!!!!

Spark People emoticon

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SARAJANE_82 7/11/2013 12:42PM

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NELLIEC 6/25/2013 4:22PM

    I do my floor exercises on the bed. Not because I can't get up from the floor, but because my dogs would be way too "helpful." On the bed, I still have helper kitties, but they don't interfere as much. emoticon

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PATJOONWW 6/25/2013 4:01PM

    That is awesome!

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ITSABSURD 6/25/2013 10:12AM

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Hurray for Fitbit.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

I recently got this great little tool called Fitbit Zip.
For some strange reason it has motivated me to walk, move, run or jump - any movement to count as a step.
On the second day I had this handy dandy attached to my belt I crossed over the 5000 step mark.

Yesterday on the 19th day that I had been wearing that cute little Zip I reached the magic number of 10000+ steps.

Now today I had this strange emoticon urge to get out and reach that magic number again. I walked for 3+ kms and logged 5000 and a few steps. I have kept moving since I got home and now there are the numbers 7000 showing under steps taken.
I know before this day is finished I will get at least 10 000 steps again. emoticon

So what is there about this itty bit of portable technology that urges me to walk, move, skip or bike - anything - just move move move?

I can't answer that question but I know I'm going to keep on using it. I got my mojo (often called motivation) back. I feel like moving. I feel like dancing. I feel so good.

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KBLASEN 6/22/2013 1:11PM

    The virtual challenges sound neat! I know I don't walk 10,000 steps in a day or even close...I would be afraid I'd lose it though

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-SHOREIDO- 5/9/2013 9:19PM

    Great little motivator or (MoJo) as you nicknamed it. i agree with you on this 110%
I lost mine and miss it a bunch. Can't wait for the new one be ready!!
Your doing a great job here!! emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 5/3/2013 6:50PM

    fitbits are neat little gadgets, I have had mine for over a year now

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WAY2GOCAT 5/2/2013 7:53PM

    Wow, your zip has made a huge difference! Thanks for sharing the numbers. I've read in other blogs that the zip increases the motivation to move, but no one has ever said how much in how long.

I've been thinking of getting a fitbit one day when I can afford one and to see your motivation to move increase only solidifies the idea even more. There's lots of things on my fitness wish list; i'll just have to add another! My husband won't be very pleased. lol.

Today, even though I could have parked at the front door of two stores I went to, I purposely parked as far away as I safely could to get in the extra steps. Sure would love to track my steps.

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USMAWIFE 5/2/2013 5:56PM

    fit bits are great. I have had mine for 14 months now and it is truly motivating

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NHES220 5/2/2013 4:22PM

    Well good for you and way to get moving! They are coming out with a FitBit Flex that you can wear on your wrist and I pre-ordered one. In the meantime, I use my heart rate monitor because my wellness program at work gives me credit for each workout I do. So that motivates me to get moving for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. Isn't it funny what gets us moving. I can't wait until I get my FitBit Flex. I'll have to check out the virtual challenges that Linda mentioned.

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LINDAKAY228 5/2/2013 3:43PM

    I don't know, but it works for me too! First I got the Zip, which was a gift, the 3rd of January. It really motivated me to move more. And I joined a team on the fitbit site which is virtually hiking the Appalachian Trail, which is fun for me. Then the end of February I decided to upgrade to the One, so it would track "floors" I climb. I don't have access to steps most of the time but our area is pretty hilly so I get at least a few floors going out for a little walk, and more if I go for a longer one or go hiking. Then I joined another team on the fitbit website that is virtually climbing the 7 Summits, which is the tallest peak on each continent 10 feet is considered one floor, so if I do 5 floors in a day I've gone 50 feet up towards the peak. Some days that's all I get, but some days I get 40 or 50 and a few times I've gotten over 150 floors in a day on a long hike. Some days I don't get any floors. But that's okay. That has motivated me to look for more hills to climb, when before I often tries to find the flattest route. So it's really made moving more a lot of fun for me. Great job on the progress you're making. Before Fitbit, I would reach 10,000 some days, but a lot of days I wouldn't. After I got it and started building up my steps it's not very often that I get under 10,000 steps in a day and usually more. I did take time to build up my distance though. So you are doing a great job and you'll be surprised what you'll find yourself doing!

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