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Hanging in there...

Friday, May 10, 2013

The new 5% Challenge is about to start and I'm reflecting on where I am. So far this year, I've focused on creating balance and health while managing the changes of my new job, and all the changes that brings - schedule, skills, people. I'm doing well sometimes, but struggling to keep up with things at home, and getting the rest I need to stay healthy. The past few weeks have been challenging with not feeling well physically, working on some financial challenges left over from being laid off for a year, and managing depression symptoms that are triggered by all that. I am making good progress in spite of that, and reminding myself that the challenges are temporary, and making good choices each day and week.

I will use this 8 week challenge to keep focused on the basics of exercise and diet, staying connected and accountable, and enjoying the season. I'll be starting with new health insurance in June, and am working on sorting that out this month, with plans to get caught up on some health maintenance needs, while working with my family members who need my regular help with their health needs, too.

I continue to walk at least 20 minutes most days, on my work lunch and enjoy the mild spring weather as the earth slowly wakens. The creek along the walking path is slowly swelling with mountain snow melt, while trees are beginning to show leaf buds. The ducks are pairing up and enjoying the season too.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALIGIRL 6/6/2013 10:25AM

    Hope it's going well for you!

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SWEETNEEY 5/28/2013 8:24AM

    How's it going? emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 5/10/2013 3:18PM

    Looking forward to doing this challenge with you! You are doing great if you are still making progress in spite of all of your challenges of the past year! Great job!
Go emoticon !!!!!

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NEWCHINELO 5/10/2013 12:38PM


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Catching up with the team...

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I'm glad to be part of the Starfish team, and working at contributing as we go along. I've been making it quick though, as the last month has involved starting a new job after being laid off a full year. I'm focusing on getting in a good rhythm with a different schedule, and working 6 days some weeks. I've mapped out a walking route at a park near work where I can get a 20 minute walk on my lunch break most days, and climb 2 sets of stairs 2-3 times each workday also. It is a sedentary job, so I really need to move on breaks! I also am taking healthy lunch and snacks to work, and eating small meals throughout the day, along with water and tea. I'm taking my supplements daily, and working on getting more sleep which has been a challenge for a long time. I tend to get 6-6.5 hours, then wake up, even though I need 7-8. I'm hoping the exercise and regular routine will help me get there. I'm tired most of the time, so sometimes I don't make it to log and blog as much as I would like to, but I'm always thinking of all my Spark friends and love reading your blogs too. My blog from the Fall challenge is still relevant for me also, so I reread things to remind myself.

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BADGER92 5/11/2013 10:35AM

    Congratulations on your job! I think it's great that you have a plan for moving throughout your day. Hope you have a great challenge! Go Starfish!

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BEE2LE 3/6/2013 8:01AM

    Congratulations on the new job and discovering how to fit your exercise into the day. Change, even when it's good, can be scary. Great job!
Also, thanks for your comments on my blog!

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CARLYG8 3/5/2013 6:00PM

    Congrats on the job!!! It sounds like you are being pro-active with diet and exercise instead of being re-active. Great planning!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/5/2013 4:24PM

    Good for you - I need to find more excuses to move at my sedentary job, too!

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HHB4181 3/5/2013 3:15PM

    Me four. This is a great goal! I really need to move more. I can't wait for nice weather so I can walk outside again.

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NEWCHINELO 3/5/2013 2:02PM

    That makes the three of us . . . Nobody to walk with me though.

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LISA0517 3/5/2013 1:10PM

    I also have a sedentary job, and that does make it harder to exercise. I found a friend at work who is walking with me on our breaks.


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Fall 2012 5% Challenge #1 pre-challenge

Monday, October 01, 2012

Why do I want to lose weight?

For me, this is about healthy lifestyle and quality of life as it affects my ability to do everything.
At 52, I am dealing with a combination of chronic health concerns that are often challenging to me, and I want to do all I can to prevent other conditions from occurring. Weight plays a role in all of these concerns.

Having read and researched each of my conditions, along with nutrition and exercise information through Sparkpeople, books, magazines, internet, and conversations with doctors, I still find it challenging to apply and take action on the many things I know about. Self motivation and consistency are my biggest challenges. With the right activities consistently performed, the benefits should occur naturally.

For this challenge, I am challenging myself to participate daily on the team logging, and do some sort of movement activity every day, developing a habit of physical activity, even on bad days (stiffness & pain). Sometimes, that may be only range of motion exercises, but also, strength training and aerobics 3-5 times per week. I want to get to that point where not doing it feels worse than doing it, so I'll be motivated based on that. I hope that this will gradually increase my energy level, improve length of sleep, and give me the momentum to pick back up with exercise when set backs occur.

My current exercise forms include Tai Chi, yoga, stretching, walking, stretch band exercises, other SP exercises. Now that the weather is cooler, my goal is to walk at least 3 times per week. My usual route is about 2 miles. I may need to modify that for days when I don't feel well. Shifting from doing the full route to a shorter route needs to be an option, instead of an all or nothing mindset.

Loosing weight is recommended for me by doctors, and beneficial to all conditions I am concerned about, from arthritis to blood pressure management, from depression to diabetes prevention.

I like to follow a diet based on SP guidelines, DASH diet, Mediterranean diet, and Anti-inflammatory diet, as these all have similar aspects and seem doable most of the time. I have to watch my portion sizes, and carb cravings that come up from hormone fluctuations, as well as a tendency to eat to distract from pain.

I plan to use huddles, spark goodies, visiting team member's pages, leaving comments, and an occasional blog of my own to support the team, along with consistent logging of exercise and LTGL challenge points.

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 3/3/2013 12:57PM

    hope it worked amazing

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56ROSE 10/25/2012 7:52PM

    "I want to get to that point where not doing it feels worse than doing it, so I'll be motivated based on that." Wise statement! Some time ago, I came to realize the same thing regarding my morning stretches. I feel so much better after stretching and the time invested is minimal. emoticon emoticon

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IOWADEB 10/5/2012 7:31PM

    Go for it!

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EDELWEISS33 10/1/2012 8:09PM

    great start

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JAE_HENNINGTON 10/1/2012 1:49PM

  great plan

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Check out this SP link

Friday, March 16, 2012

So I haven't been much of a blogger so far, but I wanted to share this blog I just saw with all of you as I thought it was great, and I also wanted to link to it so I can review it myself over and over:


It is already listed as a "Popular Blog Post" so you may have already seen it, but if not, I highly recommend it . The title is "Setting and Keeping Small Goals" and it is by an experienced SP member, and very encouraging. It is a video blog that goes about 15 minutes so do it when you have that much time available.

Thanks everyone for your ongoing support and friendship! emoticon

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LVMAMAW 3/16/2012 4:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you for shaing! emoticon
If you click add a link and then put the link address in there, it will become a link within your blog that we can just click on and takes you to the page. Just an idea. emoticon

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Good walk today!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Well, I did not make it to take my walking shoes to work today as planned. I got up late, and was running late, and didn't have time to think about it. I didn't get to take a lunch break anyway, and worked late too. Even so, when I got home, I just really wanted to go out and walk, so I threw all my stuff on the bed, put on my walking shoes and ipod, and went out for my two mile walk, racing the sunset. I completed the route I was doing last Spring and Summer while unemployed. It felt really good. I've been having a difficult time getting back to the exercise while working at my new job, so this was a great opportunity to show myself I can do it. I may not do it everyday, but will keep the momentum going with the challenges and Starfish team goals in mind. Before the winter weather set in, I had a 1 mile route around my workplace neighborhood that I can do on 30 minute lunch breaks, so I'll try to fit that in sometimes too.

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TERRIFICLYFIT 2/11/2012 6:48PM

    Yay for getting that walk in! That's awesome!!

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PJBOKC 2/25/2011 8:23AM

    emoticon Getting the exercise in is sometimes a challenge. You did great!!!! Keep up the good work.

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KIMBERLY2313 2/23/2011 5:47PM

    I cant wait until its warm enough to ENJOY a walk outside. Its waaay to cold still out to not just do something inside. Glad you had a good walk! :) emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 2/23/2011 1:03PM

    way to go, fitting in that walk! Hope it becomes easier to squeeze it in and something to look forward to!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 2/23/2011 11:46AM

    Great job getting your walk in! I know that sometimes when things don't go according to plan, we can give up and get frustrated. Kudos to you for going the other way!

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AMYLONGHORN 2/23/2011 11:34AM

    That is so cool that you have the opportunity to get out and walk during your lunch breaks. Good for you for getting out and walking last night! Walking and listening to music can actually be relaxing...what do you listen to? Keep up the great work!

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SASSACAIA 2/23/2011 10:39AM

    Isn't it great having the days last longer?? I'm so excited to be able to return to my after work walks every day!!

Spring is coming!!! emoticon

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KARENE10 2/23/2011 9:10AM

    Good job on getting your walk in! I miss the days that I don't get my "outside" walk in.

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KSMGLASS 2/23/2011 8:53AM

    Sounds like a good plan! I love walking and alternating with some run min. It helps clear my mind. Glad you found the time on Tues and enjoyed it too!!!

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