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2010: A Health Odyssey!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

2010: A Health Odyssey!

November hasnít been the stellar month that Iíd planned on. I just did a count-down-check and weíre heading to Barbados in 86 days! My hope to reach 170 by then is dashed.

After reading the 10% solution, Iím resigned to re-think things. Iíve set my sights on 180 pounds and once I reach that, Iíll aim for the next 10%. Iím not going to set a goal date, either. Iíd LOVE to reach my goal in 2010, but as long as I keep getting healthier, then thatís the main thing. As far as my holiday goes, Iíll lose what weight I can by then and treat myself to a new, size-appropriate holiday wardrobe!

Iíve set up a new team and named it ď2010: A Health OdysseyĒ Itís a public team and all are welcome. (special thanks to Judy and Heather who have joined me already!)

Each month, Iíll post a focus. The focuses will be general (howís THAT for an oxymoron?), such as ďsurviving the holidaysĒ, or positive thinking. Anyone with insight to the focus of the month is encouraged to share it.

Each week Iíll post a challenge. The challenges are non competitive, and only meant to challenge our own abilities.

Iím not going to wait until January 1st to put things into motion. Weeks of bad holiday habits are hard to break-off cold turkey. Iíd rather form good habits now and not have to make any Ďresolutionsí that shock my body and are destined for failure!

2010 is still 47 (or so) days away, but the Odyssey starts now! Whoís with me?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KIMCATUS 11/15/2009 12:26PM

    Oh I'm so here with ya! 2010 is THE year for us gorgeous witches!!! You're looking great lady and I am gonna be right there with ya!!!! :D

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SLCOLMAN 11/15/2009 11:57AM

    This team sounds very interesting... Going to check it out :)
Good luck in meeting those goals!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/15/2009 10:07AM

    great job Bonnie!!! good girl!!

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SHAPESHIFTER_V 11/15/2009 9:06AM

    Oh Bonnie, you're an angel!
Thank you so very very much for all your kind and encouraging words and comments, and especially for starting this team!
It's looks like a collection of so many amazing people, and I'm utterly excited!!!

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HOPEFULME 11/14/2009 8:42PM

  Sounds like a fantastic idea!!! See you on the team.

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SUETINGE 11/14/2009 6:42PM

    It sounds like a great idea, Bonnie. I'm going to check out your new team.

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    You have such a fantastic attitude. I could learn a lot from you! I'm going to check out your team...sounds like a great way to get back on the right track!

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CATIATM 11/14/2009 11:42AM

    I LOVE your idea, Bonnie! And WOO HOO! You are one hot, sexy witch! YOWZA!

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HPTHATBME 11/14/2009 11:23AM

    Any time lady!!! I am going to start working on my plans and will post them when they are there! Besides it will help having good habits in place for our fun move next year!!

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November Week Two:

Sunday, November 08, 2009

November Week Two:

November seems to be slowing down the sap in this big old tree! I need to kick the fitness up a notch and keep a closer eye on my eating. Last week was a calorie watching week. I started off doing very well, but got lax again come the weekend (go figure).

This week:
-Stay well rested. This time of year can start to get so stressful. A lack of sleep is a recipe for disaster. The Meadow will lead the way...

-Counting Calories (continued)
-No Ice cream (I've proven that I can not honestly measure myself out 1/2 cup)
-Meal-wise, I might try for a few more vegetarian days. I did so well in my vegetarian week that I'd be silly not to give that a try again!
-I need to work out some gym time! It's strength time at Hogwarts, so I'm going to slip into the Chamber of Secrets and pump some iron!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AFM-SPARK 11/14/2009 1:01PM

    Loved your blog! I try to have one treat a week, and once it was a single serving, 4 oz, of Hšagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream. It was great. Quite a change from the pint sized single servings I used to get! I have vampire kitties too!


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KIMCATUS 11/10/2009 9:10AM

    Love your goals and I KNOW you can do this!!!! Love the kitteh pics too....hehehehe!! I know I get lax on the weekends too....especially when it's a weekend when Brian doesn't work (every other weekend). Ugh. Just hang in there and I hear ya on the ice cream!!! Have you tried the no sugar low calorie kind? It's not as good but you can have a wee bit more....or maybe ice cream bars that are already a specific size and you don't have to measure yourself!!! Whatever you do sweets....I know you'll do great!!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/10/2009 6:35AM

    i remember when i lost 56 pounds in 6 weeks once. i measured every tiny cream was one. i was allowed half a cup. i said to the leader..can i pack it? she said you can sit on it i dont care as long as it fits in that 1/2 cup with no hangover you can eat it. amazing how much ice cream you can pack into half a cup...heck theres alot of air in ice cream! I still lost ...and about 3 pounds a week!
but i know how hard it is and i thinkyou are doing fantastic!!

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    Love your kitty pics! You are always so on top of things, and such an inspiration to me. You can do it!

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CATIATM 11/9/2009 12:25PM

    I love your kitty captions! And you have good gials, too. And the ice cream - sheesh. 1/2 cup is tiny!

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FITTYTIF 11/9/2009 1:10AM

    Love the chamber of serkrets cats LOL

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HRDWLBY 11/8/2009 11:13PM

    It's so good of the cats to help you with writing your goals. I always do better on strength training weeks. I prefer it to cardio.

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SLCOLMAN 11/8/2009 10:38PM

    I love that you have a plan!! Awesome!

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DISPATCHER04 11/8/2009 10:32PM

    You and me both, girl! We can do this! :)

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November Week One

Sunday, November 01, 2009

This week, my goals are to:

-get to the gym/pool at least 3 times.

to help get me there, I'm going to try to get to bed earlier and push myself out of bed early on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If I'm able to get to the gym AFTER work as well on some days, then that's even better...

-stay in my calorie range (1200 - 1550).

to help get me there, I'm going to stock up on fruits and veggies and limit my low-fibre "starch" servings. More meals of protein and veggies.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/4/2009 5:45PM

    what gorgeous kitties!!! and what great goals!!! You are the BOMB!

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ZIRCADIA 11/2/2009 3:18PM

    awww Healthy Lifestyle kitties! :D I love it!

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FITTYTIF 11/1/2009 11:27PM

    I tried to past earlier and it would not let me :( Any way I LOVE how you incorperatred you kitty pictures with your goals. TOO COOL!!!
Way to GO!

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KIMCATUS 11/1/2009 4:58PM

    Love teh kittehs!!!! And I know you'll do're an inspiration to me to keep plugging away!!!

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DISPATCHER04 11/1/2009 4:34PM

    Go forward and conquer, my Snakey Sister! :)

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HRDWLBY 11/1/2009 3:35PM

    Love the kitties! Those are some great goals!


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AMUNET_RA 11/1/2009 1:41PM

    Yeah...the cats are true role-models. Especially when it's sleep-challenge time!

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CATIATM 11/1/2009 12:43PM

    Great goals! I'm glad the kitties are showing you the way! emoticon

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Rates and Dates

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I lost 1/2 a pound this week!

I'm happy, but I realise that I need to re-evaluate my goals. I also must make a few more changes to my lifestyle!

I've picked a few key dates that I can use as milestones:

January 1, 2010
losing at a rate of 1/2 pound/week=198.5
losing at a rate of 1 pound/week=194
losing at a rate of 1 1/2 pound/week=189
losing at a rate of 2 pound/week=184

February 14, 2010 (St. Valentine's Day AND our Barbados holiday!)
losing at a rate of 1/2 pound/week=195.5
losing at a rate of 1 pound/week=188
losing at a rate of 1 1/2 pound/week=180
losing at a rate of 2 pound/week=172

June 11, 2010 (Somewhere around the Manitoba Marathon date: participant? spectator?)
losing at a rate of 1/2 pound/week=187
losing at a rate of 1 pound/week=171
losing at a rate of 1 1/2 pound/week=154.5
losing at a rate of 2 pound/week=150 (maintaining)

October 15, 2010 (my 40th birthday)
losing at a rate of 1/2 pound/week=178
losing at a rate of 1 pound/week=153
losing at a rate of 1 1/2 pound/week=150 (maintaining)
losing at a rate of 2 pound/week=150 (maintaining)

Losing at a rate of 1/2 pound/week I won't reach my goal weight until November 2011...

So... Time to cut back the calories a bit more. I could probably do without dessert EVERY night. I'm going to go through my excel food sheets and see where I can make some cuts/modifications


Time to send the exercise up another notch!

I have no illusions that I will (or should) lose 2 pounds a week EVERY week, but I'd like to aim for an average of 1.5 pounds/week.

To end on a positive note, I've discovered that, even if I only manage to lose 1/2 pound /week, I SHOULD be in "One"derland by the New Year!

So, on we go!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DANIMITE2 10/29/2009 7:55PM

    OK...I know I'm supposed to tell you way to go on your goals, so emoticon .

But the real reason for my comment is to tell you, your freckles are FREAKIN ADORABLE!!!! And your eyebrows are AMAZING! I took a picture of you in to the girl who does mine today. LOL. You're so cute!

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CATIATM 10/27/2009 6:23PM

    Definitely a participant!!!!!

Way to go with breaking it down into mini-events. I think that's a great way to approach the journey! (and I love the pics - you are utterly adorable!)

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DISPATCHER04 10/25/2009 6:13PM

    You can do it, Bonnie! How very cool to analyze it all like that. Very goal-oriented! :)


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SALONGIRL70 10/25/2009 12:11PM

    Your doing great! I am so proud of you. I love the cat on the treadmill by the way. A metaphor maybe?

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CJBAGGINS 10/24/2009 6:28PM

    Some great thought-out plans!
I agree that 2 pounds every week is not realistic, but it is certainly do-able once in a while. But 1 or 1.5 a week is achievable and I wish you all the best!

ONE-derland, here you come!


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KIMCATUS 10/24/2009 6:17PM

    Bonnie you have a GREAT plan and I know you can meet your goals.....we're right here behind you girl!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/24/2009 1:37PM

    WOW!! I havent seen onederland since 1977!!! You are the BOMB, girl!!
What good goals you have. let me know what i can do to help you reach them!!

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HRDWLBY 10/24/2009 1:20PM

    Good luck achieving your goals! I'd be happy if I could average even 1 pound per week!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/24/2009 12:50PM

    Wow! You are so organized! I think I need to do something like this to see where I need to make cutbacks and stuff. You are such an inspiration!!!!!

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DERBOPHOTO 10/24/2009 11:59AM

    You can do it Imzadi... I know you can! emoticon
I also appreciate you helping me lose my weight! We will both be looking great for Barbados!

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WILLOW_1956 10/24/2009 11:32AM

    Yay! ONE-derland by New Years sounds fabulous! I bet you'll be there before New Years!

Have a GREAT weekend and good luck obtaining your goals!

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SRAMB23 10/24/2009 11:23AM

    You have certainly put alot of thought into your program. I am sure you can do it. Good luck.

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Planned Fitness Schedule

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fitness Plan

Monday-lower body/cardio
Wednesday-lower body/cardio
Thursday-upper body/cardio
Friday-lower body/cardio


This is the rough plan for my fitness regime. I'm easing into it so I' don't get frustrated and/or injured...My husband, my mum and my dad are all work-out buddies, so I SHOULD have enough RL support!

Barbados is only four months away and I am determined to be healthier by then so I can make the most of each day!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HRDWLBY 10/14/2009 9:30PM

    Looks like a good regime! I'm sure you'll be in great shape for your trip!

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DANIMITE2 10/13/2009 4:10PM

    Gonna be a sexy, smokin Slytherina with this plan! You can do it Bonnie!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/13/2009 11:37AM

    good girl!!! you are already hot but you are gonna be SMOKIN!!!

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SUETINGE 10/13/2009 10:32AM

    Looks like a great plan.

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CATIATM 10/13/2009 12:25AM

    I am so proud of you for making a plan and choosing to be healthy! WOOT on the RL support - it makes a real difference! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 10/12/2009 10:51PM

    You can do this, my Snakey Buddy! How exciting--Barbados! :)

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FITTYTIF 10/12/2009 9:33PM

    Love the picture!! And the plan!

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    Such a fantastic plan!! You're going to look fab on the beach!

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KIMCATUS 10/12/2009 8:20PM

    What a great plan...and the kitty is so cute!!! You can do it...can't wait for the smexy pictures of you from Barbados!!! Although if you don't wanna share THOSE we understand!!! XD

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MUCHFASTER 10/12/2009 7:46PM

    Barbados is a fantastic goal! I'm a little bit jealous actually...

Good luck with your plan!

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