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My motivation is a little black disk

Monday, November 10, 2014

Back in 2011, my company got into to the good health business by letting everybody have a little black pedometer and started tracking our steps on our computers. The first year my daily step average was 4,310 steps. There were days when the only time I left my chair was to go to the bathroom a few steps away. But even with this pitiful average they gave me $100 towards my health insurance deductible. I had finally accumulated enough steps for that on 12/30/2011 after my deductible had been used up but nevertheless it made me feel a little bit of accomplishment.
In 2012, I really stepped up my game. My average daily step count rose to 8,822, a 105% increase. Not too shabby. When I looked at how much I'd improved I really felt accomplished and I earned $300 by 11/7/2012 when we could actually use the money. Unfortunately, that rotten first year was all part of my lifetime average so by the end of 2012 my lifetime pedometer step average was only 6750. At this point I noticed that we could see the average lifetime step count averages for our age and gender across the whole population of pedometer users and also just our company as a whole. The average for our company was 8085. For all women it was 8153 and for my age group for both men and women together was 8833. I decided that I was going to work really hard to get my lifetime average over all of these averages.
In 2013, I really got in the groove and my daily average for the year finally got over the coveted threshold of 10,000 steps at 10,789 but my lifetime average only got to 8232. I had exceeded the lifetime average for my company and for other women but I couldn't quite catch the average for all of the people my age using the pedometer but I continued to work at getting over that average this year.
This year so far my daily average is up to 12,265. I passed the lifetime average average for my age group on 7/18/2014. My lifetime average continues to rise everyday and is now 9202. I want my lifetime average to exceed 10,000 and I'm hoping to get there by the summer next year. I have earned $600 and anticipate getting to $1000 soon.
These little personal goals get me out walking in the rain, the cold and in the heat. I walk every day usually covering at least 3 1/2 miles a day. I park farther and farther away from my work bldg all the time. It's a nice 3/4 mile walk right now every morning and each evening and I walk every day at lunch. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I walk with my work buddy Lynn. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I usually walk alone with my Ipod and get up to 14 minute miles or more. I feel great and so grateful that I can walk without any knee or hip pain. I truly believe we could beat obesity in the country if everybody had a little black disk like mine!

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EGRAMMY 11/15/2014 10:57PM


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LYNCHD05 11/14/2014 8:56AM

    I am so impressed by this and actually knowing how you are doing each year. I too use a pedometer but have not paid this close attention. Way to Go Girl!!!!,

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FEISTYLIZARD 11/11/2014 2:25PM

    What a great incentive program, and what a great motivator! Congratulations on your improvement too, it's definitely nice seeing the numbers improve. :D

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CRAMPERELLA 11/11/2014 12:41PM

    Great idea! I think it would be a great motivator for many companies.

emoticon Congratulations!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/11/2014 6:45AM

    I love this. Congratulations to you and to your company for being so proactive. Using rewards, especially money, for good habits is such a great incentive.

They bought reliable pedometers too. About 10 years ago our school bought $5 pedometers for us. That thing registered steps while I was driving to work. LOL
Turned out not to be a good investment at all.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/11/2014 12:45AM

    You Rock!!!!!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2014 11:34PM

    Wow, that is great! All of your walking as well as the company's incentive program!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/10/2014 10:30PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishments! Very inspirational.

Keep moving forward!


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PRETTYEYES668 11/10/2014 8:08PM

    emoticon .I think companies would benefit insurance and productivity wise if they offered some kind of incentive or program like yours does.

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Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its Trouble it empties today of its Strength!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I should have that saying tattooed on my forehead. Yesterday I had a punctoplasty. It is a 10 minute out-patient thing where the surgeon dilates the opening in your eye that leads to your tear duct and snips a little bit to allow the opening to stretch. The worst part about it was that the local anesthetic, lidocaine, stings when it gets into your eye. It didn't even hurt when the local wore off.

But the anxiety that the anticipation caused me had me stressing so much.I couldn't sleep the whole night before the procedure. I couldn't sit still, ate cookies out of a bag (about 15 of them) and generally made my husband's life miserable.

Why do I worry so much about things before they happen? I don't know. But I'm really glad this thing is over and it seems to have been successful.

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MJZHERE 10/22/2014 12:32PM

    What a truth - worrying does mess up our day and as we know, so often the thing we worry about doesn't even happen. Glad surgery went well!

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JAZZEJR 10/13/2014 9:29AM

    Ah, so this was the surgery...I'm just catching up. Well, my dear, you're only human. And surgery to your eye, well that causes worry for many reasons. Just glad you had the cookies and your hubby to take the edge off. That's what they're there for. :)
So glad everything turned out well.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/8/2014 6:17AM

    When anything medical is on the horizon, my anxiety gene kicks in. Yes, there is such a thing. I'm glad everything went well.

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LE7_1234 10/8/2014 5:27AM

    Glad it went well!

I think I'd go for tattooing it on my hand. Easier to see!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/7/2014 10:33PM

    I am glad the procedure went well. Since I am a worrier like you I can offer you no advice emoticon

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WIZKEY 10/7/2014 3:21PM

    It is always amazing to me how I can waste days worrying over something that will take less than 15 minutes. I did the same before my cataract surgery. Distraction- keeping yourself with exercise, chores, etc. seems to help me.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 10/7/2014 2:32PM

    While worrying is a very reactive and real state of mind, it does us much worse than if we would relax and let things go as they should. I guess part of it is that we never truly see what the end result will be, or we become terrified of the route to get there. I'm glad you made it through it. I'm sure your husband is forgiving...

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/7/2014 1:39PM

    Glad things worked out well. You know, in spite of a multitude of surgeries and out-patient procedures over the years, I still get a little anxious before any upcoming procedures. One thing that has helped me a lot is to understand precisely what is going to be done before I get there, but it sunds as if you did that and it doesn't help you.

Maybe try a little yoga / deep breathing and try to focus on something else?

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Here is today's score

Thursday, October 02, 2014

This Vocabulary score thing is really interesting. They chose the words you get so you may not get the highest score even if you get them all right. Since you get points for speed you can get hit the wrong answer just because you are rushing which is what happened today. Sometimes you're sure you know the answer but the choices don't seem to fit. This time I got 3335

Correct Answers

Pompous: Self-important (Easier)
Gist: Essence (Harder)
Garrulous: Talkative (Hardest)
Intrinsic: Natural (Medium) Your Answer: Trained
Plausible: Believable (Easier)
Jaded: Bored (Medium)
Liaison: Connection (Medium)
Poignant: Touching (Easier)
Germane: Relevant (Harder)
Gestalt: Spirit (Harder)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/3/2014 5:16AM

    I've got to try that.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/2/2014 10:48PM

    this looks like fun

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GOLFGMA 10/2/2014 2:24PM

    I'm sure it must be fun to play. emoticon

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A little NSV for me

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Today I really feel old. I had two 70+ birthday parties to go to this weekend and for some reason that has really gotten to me. I have a goal to see my my three grandchildren (ages 6 1/2, 3 and 16 months) thru college. I don't just want to be there at their graduations. I want to be a fit, thin and with it grandma also. emoticon

Besides my healthy diet efforts and my increased fitness I'm trying to embrace, I know I need to keep working to make sure my mind stays sharp. To that end, I'm struggling thru bridge lessons and looking for any mental challenge I can keep up with. I play Spark Trivia everyday and fight the urge to goggle the answers I don't know. I've also become a real Mathdoku addict too. .

Today I went to the Merriam Webster webpage to look up a word I didn't know from the book I'm reading emoticon . I saw that they had a vocabulary quiz so I decided to give it a try. It's a timed quiz emoticon that included words like Temerity, Subterfuge, contiguous and sacrosanct. They give you 10 words with 4-5 multiple choice answers. The words get harder if you get an answer right. My final score was 3260. The average score was 2490. A perfect score is 4200. I'm pretty proud of getting only one wrong and it was just carelessness since I really know what the words means. I call that a pretty good NSV

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LYNCHD05 10/1/2014 3:59PM

    you are right we di have to exercise our minds too. I need to get on that. That is a pretty awesome NSV!!!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/1/2014 10:48AM

    You are doing a good job of keeping your brain active. Congratulations on the good score.

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 10/1/2014 8:03AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/1/2014 6:39AM

    This is perfect for me to read today. This weekend DH & I will be visiting our #1 grandchild for homecoming at the University of Rhode Island. Our 6 grandkids are 12 - 19 so there will be high school graduations every year except 1 through 2020.

Yes, being there and being fit is an NSV worth striving for.

I've been playing trivia too and even recording my 'C' level score daily on the Feminist team page. Working on improvement.

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BA5454 10/1/2014 5:55AM

    I hear you about the mental thing as I get older I find myself searching for words, yikes. Will try out the Webster thing--that sounds like fun! Great job of keeping mentally healthy ;-).

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PHEBESS 10/1/2014 2:28AM

    Yup, we need to keep exercising our brains as we age - so good on you!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/30/2014 11:33PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

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5K today sweaty but super happy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today was the 17th annual fall classic fun run at my company. emoticon This is the 4th one I have participated in. My sport is typically brisk walking. I don't like running because it's too much impact on my knees and hips so I walk as fast as I can. Most days I do about 14 minute miles and I'm proud I can walk so fast.

Today, I'm super thrilled. I was able to keep up a super rate and I managed to finish in 40:31 at a rate of 13 minutes 7 seconds per mile. This is the fastest rate I'm ever tracked and my best time for a 5K emoticon

And I just found out I came in 2nd for my age group! I got a medal! emoticon

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LOSINGLISA 11/19/2014 7:43PM

    Good for you! I love 5Ks.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/1/2014 6:32AM

    How did I miss this?? Congratulations belatedly.
That is a fantastic time!
Sometimes I can edge into the high 13 pace, but never tried it for a whole 5k.

Do you do the race walkers swivel hip thing?

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TIMEHASCOME56 9/23/2014 5:21PM

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FLORIDASUN 9/22/2014 9:16PM

    Hurray! A medal! You really did a fine job representing! emoticon I've thought about running but I don't want to damage my knees or hips either. If there were a descent grassy area around here then maybe...but until then I'm 'Walking Matilda!' emoticon
Proud of you my know I AM! emoticon

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BA5454 9/19/2014 7:57AM

    Wowza--that's awesome! You walk fast! Congrats on the bling, too ;-).

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/18/2014 10:28PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 9/18/2014 10:06PM

    Good job! Congrats!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/18/2014 7:10PM

    well done!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/18/2014 6:42PM

    Congratulations! How motivating and exciting!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/18/2014 5:46PM

    Congrats! Great job!!

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TCANNO 9/18/2014 5:06PM

    Well done you have beaten me in the virtual 5k with a PB of 41 dead, keep it up.

You have given me something to aim for.

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