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Doin' the February Math

Friday, March 02, 2012

MLIANNE inspired me to actually take stock of a month just to see what the numbers were. Maybe I can make this a new habit. Time will tell.

Weight loss: 0.5 pound.
During February, my scheduled weight loss line on my graph dipped below my actual weight loss line for the first time since I started this journey. However, I haven't been too bothered by that, since my brain thought 150 was a good goal from the very start. I revised my goal down just to give myself a pad to define a maintenance range that would top out at 150, but when 150 appeared, I stopped trying to maintain my calorie deficit every day, and honestly, I didn't exercise as much. Think I'll see what the next few weeks hold, then decide if I want to declare victory or go for 145 as the center point of my maintenance range.

Goals Met:
- Meditate at least 10 minutes daily
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

Goals Not Met:
- Walk 10,000 steps per day. Made 10,000 steps 15 of 29 days. Best week all 7 days; worst week 3 days.
- Move 25 minutes per day (Virginia Sparker Team Goal). Made goal 17 of 29 days. Best week 5 days; worst week 3 days. Have to figure out how I could not give myself credit for moving 25 minutes if I walked at least 10,000 steps.
- Yoga 2X/week. Six yoga sessions during the month. Best week 3; worst week none.
- Strength training 2X/week. Seven ST sessions (close on average). Best week 3; worst week none.
- Sleep at least 7 hours 5 times per week (I Need Sleep! Team Goal). Slept at least 7 hours 15 nights. Best week 5 nights (made goal 2 weeks); worst week 2 nights.
- Declutter at least 15 minutes 7X/week. Eight decluttering sessions. Best week 3; worst week 1.
- Sign into work gym 12X (average 3X/week). Two measly times. Need to reassess this goal to keep, pitch, or modify.

Observations: Did very little cardio during the week when time was short, then piled on the cardio/ST/flexibility on the weekends. Also, did very little while on travel, even though I had time and access to the hotel fitness center, but I was also suffering with a pinched nerve in my neck, so that didn't inspire me to lift weights or do a lot of bouncing around, so I walked a lot.

There you have it. Or I have it. I don't expect that anyone else wanted to stay awake through this whole thing ;-)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MLIANNE 3/2/2012 10:36PM

    You're doing GREAT even if you didn't meet some of your goals! I'm glad I inspired you :) Keep it up!

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UUCEEJAY 3/2/2012 4:55PM

    You have done well! emoticon

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CLAIRESML 3/2/2012 12:04PM

    You've done so well and still are. Great idea to track all these things. I really need to structure some small goals and reduce my alcohol (being realistic here; not quit) but that is hard to do..... I hope to get back on track in March myself.

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THJORA 3/2/2012 12:03PM

    Sounds like a really successful month to me!!! Good going!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 3/2/2012 11:53AM

    Wow awesome, what a great idea!!

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New Habit - Cut Online Time in Half (Winter 5% Challenge)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Finally Friday, and I'm so glad. Last week I was evaluating how much time I spend online and looking to cut down to spend more time on relationships and fitness. Then what happens? Our fearless leaders post a challenge that requires *even more* time online to complete. Being the driven person I am, I put off the "less time online" goal to help my team. Now I can get back to the goal. I'm not saying "buh-bye" to everyone; I just won't be checking e-mail, Facebook, and SP as much during the day. Enjoyed reading all your blogs, though!

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MARYHOLMAN 2/1/2012 2:11PM

    I had to give up a lot of computer time to do some important things-like read, meditate and read more. You're doing what many of us have done and it is a good thing!


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JIBBIE49 1/30/2012 11:21AM

    I quit watching TV several years ago, so my PC time is about what I'm interested in.

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CANDOK1260 1/22/2012 4:25PM


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SHARON10002 1/22/2012 12:20PM

    Yeah, can't say I cared too much for the read 10 blogs a day challenge, and it did take quite a bit of time. I too did it for my team. I usually answer about 3-5, but read more.
I find that usually I get the perspective I'm needing that day.

I do check email every day, but Facebook I can live without. I have an account that I set up when my son deployed. I still check in once a week or so just to see what family and friends are up to, but do not spend hours there.

Out of all my computer time, I do love SP the most as I feel I am putting that time to good use through education, leaning, and becoming healthier.

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SARAWALKS 1/20/2012 8:06PM

    I agree with this goal 100%. I've enjoyed the challenge AND the January Jumpstart challenge but it's been time-consuming. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 1/20/2012 7:39PM

    LOL I blog daily, well almost dailyl sometimes 2x day. lol but I have to say don't think I answer 10 I do read that many but it has been a challenge to say I have to find 10 and read and respond but lol not a hardship. and the next one the no salt on table.... no problem don't even know whwere our salt shaker is! LOL

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BUTEAFULL 1/20/2012 4:26PM

    emoticonglad this was the final day of THIS challenge, I too did it for my team but yeah, need more hours in a day to do everything

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LAURELSPARK 1/20/2012 3:49PM

    Sparking can be addictive, can't it!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/20/2012 10:55AM

    Good goal to work towards, I set myself a time limit, and I stay within it, although some days more difficult than others.
Have a great day

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FUNKY5RED 1/20/2012 9:33AM

    The computer really can drain the minutes away. Setting priorities is important, so do what you need to do.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/20/2012 9:16AM

    This is great. Not something I can commit to, however, as I can't seem to break the cycle of checking in to see how everyone is and to catch up with them!

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REBECCAMA 1/20/2012 9:00AM

  Great goal! Congrats!

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New Habit: Forgiveness (Winter 5% Challenge)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Forgiveness is tough for me, whether forgiving myself or others, and holding onto guilt and grudges is just too fatiguing. This year, I will cultivate an attitude of forgiveness. I have already added the following statement to my daily affirmations:
I forgive myself and others for hurts, real or perceived.

In addition, I will add at least a short forgiveness meditation to my daily remembrances. Finally, I will find at least one reading a week on forgiveness.

I'm open to suggested readings!

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SWTHNY- 3/4/2012 12:33PM


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SHARON10002 2/21/2012 5:31PM

    Good Daily Affirmation, Celia. I found it very interesting that we both were working with this same thing, and on the same day! So very glad you enjoyed the blog. Thanks for reading and commenting on it! Why not check for some good reads on Amazon?

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JIBBIE49 1/30/2012 11:22AM

    Watch the wonderful Japanese movie "RED BEARD" and see what helping others and forgiveness is about. Love that movie.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/19/2012 10:33PM

    Great goal!

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HEALTHY4ME 1/19/2012 5:21PM

    I will say I learned awhle back after some counselling that not forgiving lets the person have a huge hold on you and your life that they may not even know they have. My MIL was super extremely mean and rude to me while she was living with us, I was married 20 years by that time, and suddenly she let it be known she hated me, I had "stolen" her son, oh a ton of things. I have finally forgiven her and can be civil etc. I don't be alone with her as she will immediately start poor Murray... thank fully hubby was totally on my side and she has done this to 3 other of his siblings. Oh well. I also had to learn to forgive my hubby as he has depression anxiety issues that have led to some poor decisions on his part.
Not sure what to suggest to read, have to think but do know that it is powerful and I found it hard at first to understand the forgive doesn't mean you have to forget....

HUGS and a good thing to work on.

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SARAWALKS 1/19/2012 3:51PM

    Great idea! I find that saying the Lord's Prayer helps me think of people I need to forgive and if I ask for help to do it, it does come...

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/19/2012 1:40PM

    This is an awesome goal, not sure of readings at the moment but will let you know if I do!!

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CANDOK1260 1/19/2012 12:06PM

    can;t think of any suggest reaing but sound like a great goal

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New Challenge - Walk/jog a 5K race (Winter 5% Challenge)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DH and I said a few weeks ago we would do this, and we have not made any move to get started. So now it's time to start working toward the Yellow Jacket 5K on April 14 at my trainer's son's school. Although I ran 5K and 10K races when I was younger, I've shied away from races these days because of arthritic knees, but Spark friends have told me there are races that are walker-friendly. Since I already participate in walking events of 10-20K a day, walking 5K is not a real challenge, and I still jog a bit, so to make it a challenge, I will aim to complete the 5K with a combination of my "running" (a slow shuffle-jog that's not so hard on the knees) and walking in 40 minutes. I hope that's a reasonable goal for outside. My past virtual 5K's have all been on the treadmill, some flat and some with random incline, and have ranged from 50 minutes (last February, when I started SP) to 36:41 (running before the knees got too painful).

Today: Measure out a trail in the neighborhood
Walk/jog at least 3 days/week with interval work to increase speed

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SHARON10002 1/18/2012 10:15PM

    Good luck Celia! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 1/18/2012 6:57PM

    AWESOME!!!! I too have said I am going to do a 5k this year, June 10th to be exact for arthritis. Hubby is a tad worried as I can't even walk 2 blocks right now cos of the pain in my R knee. I am waiting for insurance to say yes to a knee brace. I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees my R being the worse right now. But used to walk way farther but I will do the arthritis one and pray that I won't be incapacitated for days after.
HUGS and ON with the TRAINING!!!

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REBECCAMA 1/18/2012 10:08AM

  Awesome! Good luck!

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CLAIRESML 1/18/2012 9:56AM

    I also do a 'slog' or slow jog....
I do about 14 mins/mile. your goal would challenge me for sure as I do it in 44 mins.
I will try to improve to 13 mins/mile this spring when I can go outdoors again.
I just do my own 5k routes thru the neighborhood and use the mapping feature on the mileage tracker.
Good luck to us both!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/18/2012 9:02AM

    Great goal! I know you can do it! I am slower than a turtle, lol. I would love a 40 minute time! Good luck and keep us posted.

Just an FYI, in the area, in case your interested there is a Kyle Wilson Walk for Fitness 10K in April each year. It is free to participate. Kyle was a local firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2007. He had a passion for fitness. They make money selling raffle tickets for awesome prizes and shirts/hats, etc. The money they make goes to GMU School of Recreation and Health. (Sorry if you know this already since you're in the area). I've done it every year since it started in 2008 and it's an incredibly moving event. It starts at Hylton HS and goes up and down Spriggs.

Here's a link to my blog about last years when it was unfortunately pouring down rain and COLD:


And here's the year before when it was nice weather:

Wanda and I go every year and would love to have you join us!

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New Habit - Organization (Winter 5% Challenge)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I'm working on the decluttering effort, as I posted yesterday, and, while getting rid of clutter is a component of organization, it is not the same as being organized. My organization challenge is that, whether at work or at home, I tend to do the next thing that comes along, especially if it's a job I think I can knock out quickly. Well, "quickly" is a relative term, because while I'm busy at one small task, I get sidetracked by others I see, and before long I have a bunch of partially finished small tasks and not even a start on major projects. So here's what I'm gonna do in the next 15 minutes:
1. List my work projects.
2. Outline the subtasks in each project.
3. Assess where I stand in the subtasks.
4. Prioritize the top 3 subtasks for today.

In the last 15 minutes of the work day, I will take stock of what I accomplished to see if I used my time wisely and if I was a good judge of the time needed. Then I will set up a *prioritized* list for tomorrow (as opposed to my usual exhaustive list of nit-noids with the big things never getting attention).

When I get home this evening, I will spend 15 minutes on home projects, especially financial, so we don't get into the tax filing crunch again.

Signing out to work. Carry on.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/17/2012 7:41PM

    sounds like you are on track!!!

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CANNIE50 1/17/2012 7:30PM

    I can relate to this. I blogged about this very subject, shortly after New Year's Day, because I tackle projects in lieu of making resolutions. I get VERY side-tracked especially because I would rather do 20 little tasks than focus on one big task. One thing I use a lot is a timer. I set it for anywhere from 5 minutes, to 45 or more, and tell myself "stay here, do this, until the timer goes off". It helps me stay focused and reminds my restless brain that I won't be stuck doing this particular thing "forever". 15 minutes per day, esp on paperwork, is such a good goal. If I did that consistently, I would not get the stacks of paperwork built up, which I then begin to dread dealing with. Okay, you have inspired me to resume my own de-cluttering and organizing. Thanks!

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HEALTHY4ME 1/17/2012 7:13PM

    LOL so funny, me and my sorting, cleaning, etc sounds familiar.
I am shredding things from 8 years ago as we don't need them anymore. I have to get a lot purged so we can move dad in here as he is having our basement in the fall. whew what a huge job ahead but thats okay.


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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/17/2012 2:49PM

    Similar to my plan. Hope we both succeed!!

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MTULLY 1/17/2012 2:03PM

    I often get side-tracked as well. I think writing a list is a great way to keep focused. Great idea!

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CANDOK1260 1/17/2012 12:20PM

    sounds like a good pln

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