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Day 1...Today is my birthday! :) Summer refocus goals

Friday, June 27, 2014

Today is my birthday. I was visiting with my sister this week and I realized I truly have lots to celebrate this year. I have made some improvements in healthier habits and my weight is down. I have had my share of set backs, particularly this spring. I am enjoying my family and have made some real improvements to my home and yard. I had a great teaching year and my business is doing well..... LOTS to celebrate and thank God for the many blessings.

I would like to refocus on my health and fitness goals for the remainder of the summer. Spring challenges derailed me a bit with my healthy habits. Time to recommit to these higher goals and get back to my best self.

Into my favorite jeans by start of school by exercising, sparking and recording food
Rejuve my running program again with C25k and working out with my daughter
Garden (Sprinklers, weed free) by working in the mornings when its cool
Helping my family with their projects
Finish painting/cleaning outside of my house
10 projects for business
Deep clean house
Five sewing projects
Fun family vacation

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/27/2014 10:35PM

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KATIBUG49 6/27/2014 4:47PM

    Happy Birthday - hope it goes great! emoticon emoticon

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2BEHEALTHY2014 6/27/2014 10:54AM


I hope you enjoy your special day. You do have lots to celebrate!

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Goals for the remainder of February.... System reset.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Valentine's chocolate avalanche kind of got me yesterday..... just need to refocus to reset my computer to my healthy habits for the remainder of the month. I have been doing ok, but last week was more than busy, didn't get to the gym as much as I had hoped and yesterday was the chocolate icing on that cake..... So system reset, here we go!

Goals for this weekend: Hit the gym Saturday and Sunday, "aerobic cleaning" my house this afternoon, get caught up with paperwork from work, sew for fun and for work finishing 4 projects, Watch at least 2 movies with my family and plan a spring break trip with them!

For the rest of February:
Down 5 more pounds.... (By staying the course of my healthy habits prior to the chocolate avalanche! Sparking keeps my focus!)
Deep cleaning the rest of my kitchen..... clean remaining cupboards, sorting the ridiculous amounts of storage containers I have etc.
Research garden plans.

.... a little accountability goes a long way! Off to the gym with my daughter!

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TKA54321 2/15/2014 12:09PM

    Good for you to get straight back at it - a great attitude to have emoticon

Keep going, you'll get there!

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Writing a new story for myself .... a new chapter for today.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I found this little gem in a SPARK article entitled "Secrets to Motivation Part 2..."

"But history is not destiny. From a psychological point of view, emotional "reality" is the product of whatever story you tell yourself about how things are and why you are the way you are. If you want (or need) to change your reality, then change the story you are telling yourself. This does not mean denying or ignoring your past or present circumstances, or inventing a nice fairy tale to take their places. If you are a single parent with a full-time job, a person with major medical or emotional issues to contend with, or someone who is so large that physical activity is very difficult, this will be harder for you than for some others. You need to acknowledge that and be realistic about the changes you can hope to make and how easily you can make them. But you CAN rewrite your story so that these circumstances are not the determining factor in your success or failure. Your new story can be about how your creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance enable you to find full or partial solutions to these challenges, and to do the best that you can with what you've got to work with.

The story you are telling yourself at any moment is the foundation of your motivation, or lack of it. Make sure you are telling yourself the story you need to hear. And the best way to really come to believe your story is to see it come true in the small, well-chosen steps you take every day."

I have begun a new challenge with my Hogwarts team that has involved digging through some pretty emotionally charged mental baggage. As part of that challenge I was doing some reading/research for tools to help tackle some of my baggage and came across this amazing quote. How powerful is the idea that "history is not destiny"?! Our patterns trap us, only for as long as we mentally allow ourselves to be handcuffed by them. I also am very moved by the idea that " emotional "reality" is the product of whatever story you tell yourself about how things are and why you are the way you are. If you want (or need) to change your reality, then change the story you are telling yourself. " I have some serious health issues that are at times very overwhelming and I have chosen to mentally allow them to overshadow the moment/days/weeks of surprisingly great health. I know there are others that face these challenges moment by moment in perpetuity and I am stuck in my own little paranoia of "waiting for the sky to fall." It truly is such a waste. Time to start a new chapter.

This chapter is going to star me as the heroine rescuing the victim I have become over the past few years. In the past I have chosen to be depressed, at times hopeless and angry over my health challenges and I have failed to act in healthy positive ways on the many days and moments that were good. Reality is, my disease will claim me again at some point, but by acting and enjoying healthy lifestyle now I claim victory over it today. And today is my story. Today is the only day I truly have any power over. When I go to sleep tonight I want to rest my head on the pillow knowing that today I was a heroine and did not allow my disease (the villain in this little tale) to steal a day of healthy life away from me.

I hope you conquer your villain today, whatever it may be and do not allow history to be your destiny. Chose to tell yourself the story you need to hear today to be the superhero in your own life!

Best wishes to all of you. I am very grateful to the Spark community. Wonderful resources and wonderful support! Thanks all!

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CHAR8026 1/16/2014 1:59PM

    Wow, what a great blog. I love the change your story! Good luck to you on your journey and becoming the heroine. And who doesn't love a great heroine. Keep it up.

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NBARNES 1/13/2014 1:39PM

    "Today is my story," wow - what a great phrase. I'm going to adopt this because it's so true and so powerful.

I hope you have many, many wonderful today stories in your future.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 1/12/2014 8:38AM

    BRILLIANT, Shirley!! This is exactly what I needed to hear today!! Thank you sooo MUCH for guiding and directing, not only yourself, but *me* as well as many others who will find your words a healing and an uplifting for their journeys!!

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MLDRLD 1/11/2014 11:06PM

    Well written blog! I hope you continue being the heroine conquering the villain. You can do it, one moment, one step at a time!!!

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    I love the new Hogwarts challenge. Hmmm...perhaps love/hate. Doing our work is vital to moving ahead into the next chapter of our story. History does NOT define us and can only pull us into an abyss if we allow it to. The joy is in the journey! Onward and upward! emoticon

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SMILES_CAN_DO 1/11/2014 4:15PM

  This is a powerful blog. LOVE the motivational piece that history is not destiny. You are also right on so many points. I love it. I'll probably refer back to this blog many times. I wish you TONS of success in overcoming whatever may come your way.

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NESHAMA123 1/11/2014 9:45AM

    Well written,. The deep, inner work is so vital in the transformational process. And so critical. Keep sharing!

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Hoping to see a little PILGRIMS PROGRESS by THANKSGIVING! Join me in a pre Turkey Day Dash Challenge

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My personal pilgrimage to burn some extra calories prior to Thanksgiving..... Join me!
My plan in 30 minutes of cardio(bike or jog) and either strength training of somekind or yoga each day prior to Thanksgiving.

I will reward myself with a Black Friday fitness goodie when I'm shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Week 1
Sun 2.5 mile wog with the dog, 40 minutes wii fit
Mon 20 minutes on stationary bike
Tues 30 minutes on stationary bike
Wed Nope, didn't get the job done
Thurs 30 minutes on stationary bike
Friday Nope.....
Saturday 38 minutes wog with the dog.
Week total 158 minutes cardio... 40 minutes strength training

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Week 2

Sun 42 minutes wog with the dog
Wed Have not been feeling great..... no workouts lately.
Thurs 34 minutes strength training, 20 minutes stationary bike
Week total=

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NBARNES 11/18/2013 10:30AM

    Good for you - I love the Black Friday Fitness goodie! I already do my 60 minutes on the elliptical - but I'll add a mile on the treadmill just for you! We're hoping to do the Thanksgiving turkey trot here in town so that extra will be just the ticket!

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NUTRON3 11/18/2013 8:41AM

    I love it

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/17/2013 9:14PM

    you go girl .... good idea ... Roc

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Checking in on progress for Fall into Fitness BLC challenge goals....

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Disheartened by my consistency this past week. Not feeling great and pressure mounting a bit at work meant a week of non progress.

My goals were:
Hang my favorite jeans up in my bathroom and try them on weekly.
Track food daily ..... very inconsistent with this and when I don't track calories get out of control
Wear Body Media daily ... great progress here and truly enjoying activity feedback
8000+ steps daily On days when I do my cardio I sail by this goal, on non exercise days my average is closer to 5500
20 minutes cardio (jog/bike) and 10 minutes strength training 5x week ... started out strong here. Need to be very consistent in the next few weeks to meet the 100 mile ITC challenge and I want that one.
Plan/eat healthy lunches with some protein ... not being proactive with lunch planning, which means late afternoon over eating for me
Stay sparking with my pink panthers daily .... loving being a part of Pink Panther team. The ITC are keeping me going despite limited results...... Thanks Pinkies.
Plan my time and work my plan to minimize stress..... sigh
Stay balanced with work and life by making choices without guilt ... little better I think

I have lost 4 pounds.... just need to keep focused on my healthy eating and exercise. Get on with it girl!

5k on the treadmill by 9 a.m.
healthy breakfast/brunch with family
drink 6 glasses of water
check in on the ITC relay challenge tonight and do it (so rack up those relay challenges Pinkies!)
clean house for 1 hour with family
pin on quilt
cook healthy new recipe for dinner
read inspirational book
start book for reading club
update grades for school

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NBARNES 10/8/2013 7:11PM

    Looks like you've got a good plan - now stick with it girl! LOL We are number one here at the Pink Panthers. I love having such an active group on the boards. I've been gone and so busy I'm not pulling my share, but doing the best I can!

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DANCINCAJUN1 10/6/2013 10:27AM

    sounds like you have a great plan ... Pinkies are No. 1 !!! Roc

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