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Starting the Spring Challenge - What Will be Different This Time?

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Today starts the Spring Challenge - I am on the A Team. I've done a number of these 5% weight loss challenges and thoroughly enjoy them. I've met great people on the teams, and enjoy having an area of focus each week. But if I'm honest with myself, I have not achieved the 5% weight loss once, and am still basically hovering around the same 5 pounds being lost/gained, over and over and over.

So what am I thinking about doing differently this time?

1) Exercise. I know myself well enough to know that this is critical for me. I work a lot - 60 - 70 hours a week - but I need to find a way to fit this in.

2) Visualize. When I'm having an exceptionally stressful work week like the last two weeks, I eat everything in sight. I want to create the discipline to pause and ask if it's worth it before I eat it. Is it worth it to skip exercise. In the context of how I want to feel on Memorial Day, on July 4th, and with all the incredible fresh veggies available in the spring (and that we are trying to grow in our container garden).

3) Learn. Ask myself at the end of each day how I did. Where could I have made better choices? Am I happy with the decisions I made?

Here's to a great Spring Challenge!

Carol

  
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NPA4LOSS 5/7/2011 10:48PM

    emoticon I am waiting to post my blog because I am finding so many great new ideas. emoticon

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BABYTUXXY 5/7/2011 7:49PM

    Great plan! You can do this and together we can all do this!!! Go A Team!!!! emoticon emoticon

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PSALM42 5/7/2011 1:18PM

    You can do this Carol! Best of luck to you!

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MOSTMOM1 5/7/2011 12:22PM

    Smart lady! Bet you've accomplished tons of other things besides a 5%. Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Go A Team!
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MINNA72 5/7/2011 12:01PM

    I'm so there with you! Good plan!

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KELLEEH 5/7/2011 11:38AM

    You have a great plan! I am in the challenge as well, and this is my first one. If I am going to meet the 5%, I will have to step up my game!

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READYRACHEL 5/7/2011 9:32AM

    GO A TEAM! Good luck on the challenge. You CAN do it!

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COOLPOODLE 5/7/2011 9:05AM

    OMG! Your wrote my blog for me!!!! : )

I'm with you. There just never seems to be enough time to get anything done that I want to do. My exercise secret lately has been my love of music. I have a treadmill and an ipod and when I am on the treadmill I can listen to any music I want and that is just the most amazing thing to me. I am the sole music person in my houseful of tv people. It seems I never get a chance to fill the house with music because the stereo is always blaring the television. My treadmill has become my way of getting me time and recharge time. Hopefully you can find a way to make that work for you too.

At any rate, call on me when you are stressed! I am either getting there, am there or been there and will be happy to be either a shoulder to lean on or a gentle push back on track -- your choice.

Jenny

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SEAWAVE 5/7/2011 8:47AM

    I'm on my second 5% Challenge, and I consider the first one a warm-up. We'll both do great this time around!
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Looking Ahead to April

Monday, April 04, 2011

I feel like March has a been a month of beginnings, and I'm looking forward to continuing some good actions into April and seeing what results it may bring.

I've known for some time now that while I could certainly be eating less calories in a day, my biggest problem is lack of movement. I have an office job and sit in front of a computer all day. I started using a pedometer in January, and boy, how eye opening to how sedentary my lifestyle can be with the nature of my job. Kind of sad when the most exercise I was getting in a week was when I traveled and walked through the airport! So, I've been steadily trying to get in steps by the little things (parking further away, walking around the entire building to get to the bathroom, getting home in time to walk the dogs with my husband at night). I've also started training for SP's 5K which I am really excited about - it's felt good. I was very active in Track and Basketball in high school, but now in my 40's, find that my knees are shot - didn't think I could handle running. But taking it slow with the SP 5K plan, it's worked, felt great, and been a confidence builder.

Also by tracking my steps on the pedometer, I've been able to trend my activities over days of the week. I found that I was the least likely to move on Mondays. So I made it a "rule" in March that I would always get in a good workout on Monday - with the theory that if I "fixed" the lowest day, I'd reap some rewards. Now Monday is my highest activity day and Tuesday the lowest - so in April, I'll focus on Tuesday.

All of this is in an effort to primarily get moving more. My husband is a wonderful cook and it is extremely rare for me to eat any junk food. I have no craving for chips, sweets, etc. We eat healthy, I am probably eating bigger portions than necessary - plus my husband likes to butter vegetables when steaming, etc. Generally speaking, I think the food will be easier to get under control if I can get my body moving.

Here's to April and making more progress on moving!

Carol
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JLWOF1 4/4/2011 2:24PM

    Love your attitude! Also love that you're finding ways to get steps in during the day. Keep up the great work!

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NASFKAB 4/4/2011 5:32AM

  That's the way to go taking it one step at a time. I f you active the butter will be a lesser problem. & we need fats also

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Slight success

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I returned last night from a long vacation weekend, and LOST HALF A POUND!!! I'm thrilled. I think it's because I was so good with my water and exercise - even achieving my first 10k step day while I was on vacation. Great feeling not to be starting over. Gives me some good motivation to keep it up!

Carol

  
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FRACKTHATNOISE 3/2/2011 8:16AM

    I wouldn't call your success 'slight' I'd call it AMAZING.

KEEP IT UP!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/24/2011 6:06PM

    WTG!! That is awesome!!

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NOVABLUE 2/24/2011 8:14AM

    Great job! What a fantastic accomplishment!

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CONTESSA63 2/24/2011 5:24AM

  YAY! that's fantastic. :)

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MINNA72 2/24/2011 5:17AM

    Awesome! Congrats on the loss!

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Keeping up the movement

Monday, February 21, 2011

Getting the exercise/movement into my day has been such a challenge for me. I'm proud of myself that I got out and went on a number of walks yesterday. I didn't hit 10k steps again, but I did get over 7k and it felt great to keep up a higher level of movement.

I also find it's much easier to do this on a long vacation weekend with beautiful scenery, when there isn't the pressure of early morning meetings, getting in to the office or to a client. I will need to find a way to work this into my routine when I'm at home, too.

Carol

  
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MINNA72 2/21/2011 4:14PM

    Way to go, Carol! Get those walks in!

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Finally - hit and crossed the 10,000 steps a day mark!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

MId January, I bought a pedometer. I thought that hitting 10k steps a day should be no problem. Wow - what an eye opener to how sedentary my lifestyle is with an office job. The pedometer has been so helpful to understanding how much more I need to be doing. And 10k steps isn't easy for me to find a way to get in.

I am so proud of myself that I FINALLY hit the 10k mark yesterday!

Woo Hoo!

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ROSE-100 2/20/2011 4:39PM

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READYRACHEL 2/20/2011 1:44PM

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We did a walking challenge at my work and that made me realize how little I actually walk even though I thought I walked a lot. It is a lot of effort to get to 10k a day.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/20/2011 12:05PM

    Congratulations!
Now the key is to keep at that level so that you can reap the benefits.

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TERRYT55 2/20/2011 10:30AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work........

I've been wearing a pedometer for almost a year and still find it hard to reach my 10,000 steps. I'll think I've been really active only to find I'm at 6000. I keep a mini- trampoline in my family room and run on it to get my steps if I'm low!

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INTHELOOP 2/20/2011 9:07AM

    Move it ~ Move it!! Baby Steps - 10,000 of them!
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I have had a lot of fun with my pedometer too...
My sisters and I would have mini contests etc.
Great Job!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/20/2011 8:45AM

    WTG!! I can still remember the day I finally made it to 10K steps!!

Some days it is still a struggle - but I'm worth it - You are worth it!!

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SDJOLLY 2/20/2011 7:42AM

    emoticon I had the same problem when I started out in December 2009. Now there's rarely a day that goes by that I walk less than 12 to 16 thousand steps. It's a great feeling, isn't it?

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