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Little Changes Can Make A Difference

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Here are a few suggestions to increase the calories burned in a day. How many more can you name?

1. While you blow dry your hair or brush your teeth, do some stretching, just don't stand still.
2. Park at the far end of the parking lot at work or when you shop.
3. At the grocery store, always use a cart to take items to your car, even if you only have one light bag. If the parking lot isn't busy, jog pushing the cart. After you unload the cart, take it back to the store.
4. Walk around your house before you go inside.
5. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. You can also go up 2 stairs, down one until you reach the top.
6. When it's time to fold laundry, put the laundry basket on the floor and bend over to pick up each item before folding it. Try standing at a table to fold that laundry. Put the laundry for each family member away in a separate trip.
7. Don't try to consolidate trips in your home. If you iron, put each piece of laundry away after you iron it. Any extra movement will increase the number of steps each day.
8. Stand while reading or watching tv. Walking in place will also help when watching television.
9. Do some type of exercise during commercials.
10. Don't sit still. Do isometric exercises, stretch, or just wiggle like a small child.

11. JUST MOVE!!!!!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 3/20/2014 7:08PM

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RAUNESCA 3/20/2014 5:14PM

    When walking into campus on mornings, I do it at a brisk pace, instead of just strolling for that bump in heart rate

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One Word Answers (Copied from Madhu's page & Edited)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?
Family room

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

This isn't as easy as it looks. It's really hard to say what you want to in one word. It's good discipline, though. Give it a try (and let me know you were here so I can come on over and see how we're similar/different).

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    Fascinating! Good job!
emoticon for dropping by to encourage me and for the bday goodie! emoticon

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*MADHU* 1/4/2013 4:19AM

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Getting Back to Normal (If Normal Exists)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July has started out on a wild roller coaster ride, but hopefully the downward spiral is coming to an end. Last week I had 4 days that were 20 (or more) hours long. During my college days of long ago, this might have been normal behavior and I could have kept on going with little or no problem.

At the age of 60, this isn't the case. By Tuesday I was wandering through the house like a zombie, munching on anything that would qualify as food and having no idea what the word exercise meant.

Yesterday things started to change. I finally got 8 hours of sleep Tuesday night and went to the Y for a nice workout yesterday afternoon. Today my body is telling me just how much it missed the workouts, so today I'm headed out for a bike ride, then back home to do some house cleaning and run some errands.

It feels great to be rested and have a plan!

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BARBARASDIET 7/13/2012 12:36PM

    A good night's sleep does a lot!!

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*MADHU* 7/12/2012 11:11AM

    Enjoy the emoticon

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April has left me, the weight is still here!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

My healthy living routine during April was similar to the weather here during that month--hot one week and freezing the next!!! The best way I know to describe the month would be to say that sleep and exercise were lacking while food and stress were in abutdance. I did manage to maintain the weight loss of previous months, but I had hoped to be a few pounds lighter by now.

During May I need to find more time for me to exercise and sleep--I know it has to be there somewhere, and I am going to find it!

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BARBARASDIET 5/2/2012 2:46PM

    You can do it! Maintaining with the kind of month you have had is pretty impressive.

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I'm Getting There!

Monday, April 02, 2012

March has been a month of contrasts! A week of regular exercise and eating habits would be followed by a week of little exercise and eating foods that weren't as healthy as they could have been. This wasn't the way I had planned things, but as often happens, life got in the way.

During one of the weeks that I was derailed, I had several 18 and 19 hours days which were spent in traveling to visit a sick family member and taking care of his personal and financial affairs. On the days I was at home, the traveling had taken its toll, and I had to push myself to get things done at home, so exercise and meal planning moved to a lower priority.

Last week I started spring cleaning, and needed to prepare for a family visit, so a lot of my exercise was moving furniture, scrubbing floors, and pushing a steam cleaner across the carpets. Spring cleaning isn't finished, but the next part of the project will be fun! I need to clean out my closet and chest of drawers. In the last few days, I've discovered that I need to get rid of some of my clothes because they are way too big. It seems strange, but the clothes seemed to fit okay during the first 20 pounds of weight loss, but these last 10 has resulted in me looking like the local bag lady! When the closets are cleaned, I guess I need to go shopping and see if I can refill them with clothes to go with me through the next 30 pounds!

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MUMSKI 4/7/2012 12:20PM

    Sounds a bit like me Bonnie. I have a good week, followed by a week of unexpected events that seem to derail my eating and fitness plans. Maybe this is just life. Anyway well done on getting back on track after your recent surgery and losing the weight. emoticon

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*MADHU* 4/3/2012 4:59AM

    emoticonon your spring cleaning progress and weight loss too!

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BARBARASDIET 4/2/2012 12:54PM

    Cool! All that cleaning has been great exercise!

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