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Excited to be a STARFISH! and a new family "bucket list"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Yay! I have a fall 5% Challenge team! I am now officially a Starfish! From the looks of the team page, lots of fun will be had while we are working towards that 5%! Hello teammates! I look forward to getting to know you!

On a slightly related note, our family has a new "bucket list"--we are going to try to visit every state park in MN, hopefully by the time our 6th grader graduates from high school. Now, there are 67 Minnesota state parks, so that means we have to try to visit 11 per year. Hmmm, not sure how reasonable that is, but we started on our quest today by visiting the nearby Frontenac State Park. The great thing about this bucket list is that it will help me get LOTS of walking, biking, and hiking! Not to mention swimming and canoeing! Today the youngest three kids and I hiked for 2.6 miles. The little guy (will be 4yo this month) pooped out about half way, so big sis and Mom had to take turns toting him piggy-back. We figured we get BONUS exercise points for that! We are also tracking all of these outings for our homeschool phy ed program.

Oh, and we saw a bit of wildlife today--a young buck standing on a rocky bluff on the hike (kids thought he looked like Bambi when he is grown up) and a couple of bats hiding out behind the glass in the information kiosk!

Here are the kids near where we saw the deer:

Hiking selfie!

I think next on the list will be either Big Woods or Sakatah--both nearby so they will be daytrips. This is going to be fun!

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MSBEKANATOR 9/17/2014 11:24PM

    I am so glad you are on the Starfish team!!!! It's going to be a great fall challenge!
What an awesome "bucket list" idea!! It sounds like it will be a lot of fun!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/17/2014 3:25PM

    Awesome goal, great for you and the family! Welcome to the Starfish! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/17/2014 12:46AM

    Love the State Parks goal . . . I often visit Amnicon Falls (Wisconsin State Park) a couple times a week and just came from their tonight having taken six international students with me. We had a blast! Lots of great photos. For me, getting to the state park 12 times per year is my version of what you're about to do. You have a very lofty goal. Have fun!

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SPARKLED146 9/16/2014 7:24PM

    Have fun with the fall challenge. I'm a part of it also, only on the Shooting Stars team.

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OTEN36 9/16/2014 8:03AM

    I am so happy we are on the same team! That will double the fun.
I'm also excited about your family challenge to hit all the Minnesota state parks cause that
Means at one point you will be near me so we can mee
t in person! Hugs

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Facebook Fast

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I homeschool my 3 youngest kids (6th grade, 4th grade, and pre-k). I decided to go on a Facebook fast for two weeks while we got our homeschool under way. It's been an interesting experiment. I have done this before, but always let myself check in one day a week. Well, this time, I said it would be 2 weeks with no checking. I have found myself sitting at the computer wondering what I should do next... I check my email and SP, so now what! haha! Well, it has given me the extra time I felt I needed to carve out for homeschooling, but it has also given me more time to get outside, think about meals, go for a walk. It has shown me that when I do check my facebook again, that I need to be diligent about limiting my time. No more aimless surfing from friend to friend to this to that and another link. I've also decided not to put facebook back on my phone. I DO love to post photos from my phone, but I will limit that to only through the browser so that I'm not tempted to jump to see what someone posted every couple minutes.

I seriously love the connections that facebook gives me with my friends. I won't completely give it up, but I will work to keep it in it's proper place in my life. Moderation in all things. :-)

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/11/2014 10:27PM

    The world could use a few more Facebook fasts! I find it imperative, come election time, to take a break when politics (and the hateful side of sincerely faithful people) begin with all the hate speech.

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BABCIATEA 9/11/2014 3:42PM

    good blog . time management is always a challenge no matter what . You are setting a great example for your young ones good for you

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OTEN36 9/11/2014 6:32AM

    Great Blog! How is school going?
Best of Luck emoticon

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Over 200 lb... wait. WHAT?!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Yeah. 205. That number is not who I am or what I feel like. BUT it's reality. Just a year and a half ago I was down to 174. At that time I had worked consistently, tracking everything, and I saw the weight drop off. I felt GOOD. Since then I have had a succession of fits and starts, but never stuck to it again. I haven't kept up on SP, which I really NEED to do. I don't like the clothes I'm wearing now, I don't like how I feel. I want to feel GOOD again.

So today was day 1 back at it. I commit to this week. I will track every day. Every bite. I will log in, collect my happy little sparkpoints and visit with my sparkfriends. Then next week I will recommit again.

I am determined to lose that 30 pounds by New Years Day.

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    You can do it

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HEIDE69 9/4/2014 2:16PM

    Glad to hear you are back! I am restarting again too! About 30-35lbs. to lose! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/4/2014 12:21PM

    In many regards, you wrote my story! I need to loose about 35 lbs to return to a healthy BMI. This does horrible things to my BMI, but I'm determined to be okay with who I am while making healthier choices. emoticon

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OTEN36 9/4/2014 10:54AM

    Super happy for you April.
I've am so in that same spot.
Gotta get back into the saddle and stay there
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April goals

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

emoticon It's the first of the month already!!!

So, I was just looking over my last post... goals for March. I have to say that I did pretty well on most of them. I have increased my activity after a terrible slump... got back to the gym and got in a couple outdoor runs now that it is a little warmer (and the mud wasn't too bad). In the last two weeks I've refocused my food goals--aiming for "clean eating" with no white sugar and no white flour. So far so good, minus a couple little blips. DH and I are really enjoying the weekly small group that meets for our lenten retreat. I hope that the group will continue to meet after Easter, even though we will need to move to a new study.

Since I had not been running much at all, I've been building back up to getting to 5k in a single run. I dumped my "increase 10k speed" training plan for the time being. I just couldn't do it on the treadmill. YUCK! Now that I'll be getting outside more, I'm setting my sights on a circuitous route on our rural roads that would be just over 7 miles total. That is my goal by this summer. I have added some short sprint intervals into my running game and that helps, too. Biking is another thing on my goal list for this spring/summer. I want to get out on my bike at least twice a week. We have a nice biking trail near us, so with a quick ride "into town" we can hit a pretty, relatively flat paved trail. I go running there sometimes, too. DH and I tried to hit the trail running this past weekend, but once we got out of the part maintained by the city (read: plowed) there was still a lot of snow so we turned back. It's only a matter of time, though... the snow has got to melt of SOMETIME!

Sleep is one thing I really need to work on harder. For the last week, I've been getting to bed before midnight, which is a step in the right direction. Before that, though, I was out of control. Now I look at the clock on the computer, and it's 11:30 p already... I better shut this down quick.

So, looking at April, I commit to continue working on the goals from last month. I'm seeing some progress, albeit slow.

May spring be upon us soon!!!
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HARVESTER54 4/29/2014 8:53AM

    Hi April, I hope that you are having a good April

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MNNICE 4/2/2014 1:35PM

    It's so important to have those specific goals. You've made a plan and will stick to it!

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OTEN36 4/2/2014 5:32AM

    Great Goals April!
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I downloaded that training/running site and my phone found you pretty fast.
I'll get back to you on how I like it. I don't get off work until Friday morning so I'm thinking that Saturday will be the next time I can run on the road. Sunday starts a new week for me and I'm trying to balance my job/12 hour shifts with water aerobics, running and my days off.
I envy you for having a bike trail. That would be super fun. We bought bikes two years ago but the road one direction leads to a highway only 1..1 miles away. The other directions has a pretty good hill. I think that is what stopped us that first year. It's one of my goals also to get back at it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your blog!
PS. I only have my peppers going and a few flowers. This weekend I decided to fire up the greenhouse and really do some damage....LOL

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Monday, February 24, 2014

emoticon Time to set some goals! emoticon

March is just around the corner. This is the time of year I feel like doing something--starting seeds, getting outside (even if there are piles of snow 5-12 feet tall!), organizing the house, etc. etc. So I'm going to set some goals for myself to hold myself accountable and to also maximize the benefits of my "spring" burst of energy and organizational prowess!
( emoticon emoticon hahahaha...have I LOOKED outside?! hahahaha. Maybe I'm getting a little crazy...)

On to my goals!

emoticon WATER! I will keep hydrated. That means at least 64 oz of water daily, preferably more!

emoticon FOOD TRACKER! This is a must! I need to track at least 5 days a week. In those days I will aim for 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits, many of them raw. I will also strive to keep within my ranges for fat and calories while increasing my fiber and protein intake. To do this I need to make some rough mealplans, buy plenty of produce, and not let it go bad in the fridge!

emoticon emoticon FITNESS! I need to have at least 3 days of cardio work and 3 days of strength training. My goal this next month is to get out on runs 3-4 days a week, following my "increase 10K speed" training schedule. I know from experience that every other day works best for me. NO EXCUSES! I also need to get into SNAPfitness at least 3 times each week and do a well-rounded strength training routine. At least 3 sets of 15 reps on 4 machines and some core "floor work."

emoticon Get my garden underway! This means getting dirty and planting some seedlings (as soon as my seeds arrive!), prepping my cold box and greenhouse, finishing up my garden plan, and sketching out the plans for the garden addition. I need to be ready to work out there when this snow finally melts away!

emoticon GET OUTSIDE and enjoy the fresh air! So this week I will go out and shovel snow and find our deck. As soon as the weather gets above 18F and the road is not icy I will run outside a couple times a week. I will go out sledding with the kids!

emoticon WORK ON BETTER SLEEP HABITS! I need to tame my inner night owl. This month I will work on getting to bed before midnight at the latest, but aiming for 11:00 IN BED.

emoticon GOD. Hubby and I signed up for a 6 week Lenten retreat. I will do my assigned reading, schedule prayer time in my day, and be honest in my retreat booklet. I also plan on spending extra time with Jesus on Fridays.

emoticon DATE NIGHT. Hubby and I need this. At least twice in March. We will put it on the calendar and go out, just the two of us!

There you go! April, you are required to check back in on this list at the end of March. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! emoticon


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OTEN36 3/4/2014 6:16PM

    Very wonderful goals April!
Now tell me what Snapfitness is.
Any suggestions on training for a 5k?
I'm currently using SparkPeoples 5K group/calendar.
I'm on week #2.
I hope your week goes well. If you need more flower seeds let me know.
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MNCYCLIST 2/24/2014 9:29AM

    Great blog, very creative, thanks so much for sharing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/24/2014 2:25AM

    Great goals! I love your enthusiasm.

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144AUTUMN 2/24/2014 1:18AM

  You can do it!!

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