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Getting back on track; my plan.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The best way for me to stay on track is to be mindful. It is not just eating something that is not healthful, but eating something unhealthful and not thinking about it...until later. So knowing this can happen, this is my plan to get back on track:

1. Try to exercise (walking is best if I feel full) as soon as possible after going off track. This will start burning the calories and improve digestion. I hate to feel too full.

2. Eat more lightly the next day or so. Don't forget to keep up the exercise!

3. Be forgiving to myself and don't dwell on getting off track. Begin with renewed vigor and determination.

I am now in the maintenance phase of being fit, but I still need to be diligent about what I eat and exercising my body. It is really all about a healthy lifestyle and enjoying life more fully because I feel strong and healthy.

  
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GORIANA 5/10/2014 5:26PM

    Good job on having a plan. You can do it!

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KCSMOM9 5/10/2014 2:38PM

    Great plan!

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The Fitness Test

Monday, May 05, 2014

I very much like the idea of doing a fitness test as it is set up. I question the step test because finding your pulse rate after a timed amount of exercise doesn't mean much if you don't know what your starting resting pulse is, and also how long it takes you to get back to your resting pulse rate. For instance, my resting pulse rate is about 55 - 60 and after the step test, 96. My DH's resting pulse rate is about 79, so adding the same amount of beats to his RPR would give him about 139, even though we both increased the same number, it seems very different. I think it would also be good to have a flexibility component in it, too. I am very glad this is part of BLC this round and a wonderful way to be accountable.

I discovered I read the directions in the exercise section for abdominal crunches rather than for the test, so I just did regular crunches. Then a teammate explained about the six inches marker. I redid the test, but don't know how to edit my original test numbers that I submitted. Is this possible?

Thanks for adding this test to challenge us and give us a way to see our progress.

  


SMART plan - BLC 22

Sunday, June 09, 2013

SMART Plan - BLC 22

I have been with BLC for several rounds now, and my goals have pretty much been the same: maintain current weight, increase strength training, and get 10,000 steps per day. On a personal note, I have endeavored to develop my spiritual side and learn to manage stress. To most people, I appear calm and unruffled. But managing stress is more than appearing calm in stressful situations, but to actually develop a calm spirit that is not ruffled in difficult circumstances.

My big goal for this round is to develop health habits that are sustainable.
~ I plan to cut back a bit on the cardio, and increase the strength training. Over the long term, I believe ST will be more sustainable then more and more cardio.
~ I will take a rest day on Wednesdays. With my FitBit (which I love), I hated to have a day go by where I didn’t get at least 10000 steps, so I wasn’t taking any “rest” days.
~ I will continue working on managing stress through passage meditation. Spending time with Scripture and other spiritual readings will calm my mind and spirit, as well as bring me to a closer relationship with our Creator.

Not sure if I covered all the S.M.A.R.T. labels or not, but I will be happy if I succeed with the above.

  
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PAULALALALA 6/11/2013 1:36PM

    Very good goals, Anne! I like your distinction between appearing calm and really being calm. Your work out plan is right on target! Strength is a huge goal for me, too.
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3AUSSIES 6/10/2013 9:50AM

    Wonderful obtainable goals...relate to stress not being discernable that's why I joined a gym to get it all out in the open! Best to you, it will happen!

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LRSILVER 6/10/2013 7:26AM

    Great goals Anne. Looking forward to a great BLC22 with you.


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LJR4HEALTH 6/9/2013 9:14PM

    great goals for this round of BLC simple and to the point very doable

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MASTERCARE 6/9/2013 6:54PM

    Simple and precise! Wishing you the best round ever!

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LIFE-FAITH 6/9/2013 5:49PM

    Great job on focusing on what you want to do - and which goals you want to meet!

Take care!

Jean

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VISUALLYRICS 6/9/2013 5:35PM

    Anne:::..

Great simple Goals....:::and I know that your Sustainer has an incredible PLAN wired just for you. Here's to a closer relationship with Him

emoticon emoticon ...::strengthened through worship, Laura

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LIZARDG7 6/9/2013 5:10PM

    Anne - Wonderful blog and great goals! I would like to increase my strength exercises and spiritual development also so we are on the same path!

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JMCADE 6/9/2013 5:03PM

    Great goals. Suit you well.

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What's on My Mind? Faces, faces, faces!

Monday, March 11, 2013

For our BLC challenge this week we are writing ‘What’s on our mind.” Today my mind is filled with faces of people -- people from my own and extended family, plus faces of acquaintances and friends over the years.

A few weeks ago we finally opened the box of photos that belonged to the now deceased parents of my DH. The photos date back to perhaps late 1920’s. None of the photos were written on so we had to discard the ones we could not identify. Of course my DH had to do most of the identification of these photos and then I wrote who they were on the backs of the photos. This was very enlightening to me, seeing photos of people at a young age that I met when they were an older age. Also photos of my DH and his brother and cousins as they grew up. We finally finished that box of photos and continued on to the box of our own family photos dating since we were married in 1965. So that has been our task for several weeks and it has been challenging to remember dates, places and the faces of some of our children’s friends. I guess it’s been good memory exercise, though.

Over the years, I have made several photo albums so those photos are categorized but not written on. After our experience with DH’s parents’ photos, I think they should all be identified.

When we told someone what we were doing they said: “Why are you doing all that? Your kids will probably just get rid of them in a flash.”

That may be true. Our daughter asked us if we were thinking of digitalizing them. Most of our photos in later years are digital, but we usually have some printed because we like the prints. The task of digitalizing all the prints seems too daunting right now.

Once we get them all marked and sorted, we may leave it at that. Or we may put some in albums. Whatever happens to them after that is up to our children. I will say just going through them all and organizing them has been a very meaningful experience.

What do you do with all your old photos?

  
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AEHEGE 3/13/2013 7:22PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

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LJR4HEALTH 3/13/2013 7:06PM

    What a task you have done with your photo's I started the very same thing but need ot finish my project

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LRSILVER 3/12/2013 4:54AM

    I admire your progress. I have so many photos to go through.

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/12/2013 4:35AM

    I can imagine the hugeness of your job Anne. With family photographs we put some on our Ancestry site. Others I have in large albums but need to put some names to them. My Mum was one of ten and did not get Granma Na Granpa's photos and the person who did let their children destroy them. I have a vivid memory of my Granpa spending lots of time writing names on the photographs.

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 3/11/2013 11:31PM

    Unfortunately mine are just sitting in a box. I need to do something with them.

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Shooting for the stars and sustainability

Monday, February 11, 2013

This week we are reaching for the stars, and keeping with the theme, we are to review our current goals and see if we are setting them high enough. Are we shooting for the stars?
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What has been on my mind now for many months after reading a Spark Blog about aging and exercise sustainability. How long can a person sustain a robust cardio program as they age? The Sparker who wrote the blog found the most sustainable exercise program to continue throughout life was strength training. He said it could be done well into advanced age; the extra muscle gained also burns more calories, and a good program done three times per week is all the time you need to spend on it.
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In my current goals, I have Strength Training. But I usually end up doing it about once a week for the TNT (tone and tighten day). I am into logging steps on my FitBit, so I put off the ST and instead do more cardio to get steps. For a while I was trying to increase my steps every week. I found I could not sustain 15,000 steps a day; I would just hit a wall and have to rest a day or two.
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I will readjust my goals in the following way:
Strength training: KCM dvd on Mondays/Thursdays; Yogalatis on Wednesday/Saturday.
Cardio: 30 minutes minimum daily; 10,000 steps per day; 10 flights of stairs daily.
Mindful eating. Healthful snacks.
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Am I shooting for the stars? Am I reaching high enough? I want to do all I can for a healthy life, but now that I am 75 years old, I feel I must take a look at what would be the most sustainable, should I live to be 105!
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LIVINGLIFEAGAIN 2/12/2013 10:56AM

    emoticon on your exercising!!! emoticon Well said and keep up the emoticon work!

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FUZZIEBEAR3 2/12/2013 10:08AM

    I'm impressed that you are active and doing ST and Cardio at 75. You go girl!!
I'm sure you are 75 years young ... not 75 years old.



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WENDYDANCER 2/12/2013 9:56AM

    35 or 75 - your words are so true! I need to add more ST to my workouts. Thank you for the goodie!

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LIZARDG7 2/12/2013 7:45AM

    Anne - your blog makes so much sense to me! I can't sustain too much exercise either. Slow and steady wins the race, like the tortoise says. I don't have to overdo it, just be reasonable.

Thanks, Lizzie

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LRSILVER 2/12/2013 4:54AM

    Great. Goals should be attainable. emoticon

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JMCADE 2/11/2013 10:01PM

    Knowing how well you set and then keep goals, I am sure that you will be her standing strong at 105!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/11/2013 9:48PM

    75 & still shooting for the emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU CAN DO IT!!

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