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My goals for this new 5% winter challenge, in summer here...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

The 2010 5% Winter Challenge I have just become a part of, as part of the Spark Spirit team is, hopefully, the added motivation I need to get over the slump I seem to be in lately. I've been feeling really unmotivated, and have to force myself to exercise. When I do I enjoy it, and resolve never to think that way again, but next morning, back to that old finding-excuse- not-to-exercise thinking is back again.

The answers to the following questions are Challenge #3 -

WHAT DO I WANT TO CHANGE?
I want to wake up feeling positive, energized and ready to eat wisely - a wide range of healthy foods, prepared in ways I will enjoy. I want to enjoy exercising and to be more motivated towards making it a regular part of my daily routine. Come to that, I want also to work out a daily routine whereby I can fit everything I need to into each day, including some 'me' time just to relax and do the things I enjoy.

HOW DO I WANT TO LOOK?
I want to have clear, healthy skin and a glowing complexion as a result of lots of water, good foods and exercise. I don't want to have hips almost two sizes larger than the rest of my body, and I want to be able to wear fitted clothes which do just that - fit - all my body, not just parts of it. I want to get rid of those thighs of jelly, so I can wear skinny jeans which don't show bulges where there shouldn't be. I want to see my reflection and not wonder why I am not standing upright instead of slumped over, and to hold my head high and my shoulders back.

HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL?
I want to feel positive, I want to feel energized, I want to be filled with the joy of life and the fact that I am here on this earth and am blessed with a home, a family, good friends, better health and pets who love me. I want to feel that because of my example, other people can feel encouraged to try to improve their own lives by improved diet and exercise.

WHAT THINGS WILL I BE ABLE TO DO IN THE FUTURE WITH A SLIMMER HEALTHIER BODY?
Even at 56, I have a dream that one day I will be able to run - not marathons, not out in public, not race, but just run. I have bought myself a treadmill as an early Christmas gift, and I would love to be able to at least jog on that. For me, that is my ultimate fitness goal - to be able to run. I also want to be able to squat down and stand back up again without having to be helped. I was told by an orthopedic surgeon I needed 2 knee replacements, but have so far managed to eliminate all pain medication and can now walk and do some things I couldn't do before, thanks to my cardio twister. I want to squat or even kneel and get up again by myself - gracefully, not like a beached whale.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER THINGS I WANT TO CHANGE?
I want to get my front yard looking nice, not just neat. I want to put in more garden beds, and plant trees, add smaller plants between them, make it worthy of having people smile when they walk past. I don't want anything perfect, I will settle for welcoming and friendly. I want to work out a way of having a vegetable garden somewhere Ned can't either dig it out or eat it up. I want to paint the 2 bedrooms, lounge/dining/kitchen areas.

I want to set up a designated fitness area in Dad's near empty unit next to mine. I want to have that set aside for my own use, with my walk aerobics dvds, my cardio twister, my treadmill, stability ball, adduction bands, and somewhere cushioned on which to do my floor exercises.

  
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THIAGRAM 12/9/2010 10:12PM

  It seams to me that these things are all within your reach. You will be able to do these things as you work at it daily. Doing a little here and there. One day you will be able to look back and see how much you have done and then you will realize how you have accomplished these things! Just keep working on it one thing at a time and don't be discouraged because it doesn't happen all at once. Of course you already know this. The trick is to remember it when you start to feel discouraged! These things are within your reach! You can do it!

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SILLYHP1953 12/9/2010 12:55PM

    Ditto...ditto...ditto...to how you're feeling and how you want to feel and look. Me too.
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GINA-GMB 12/6/2010 5:56PM

    WOW! GOOD LUCK. You really know what you want and feel and etc.... I would have to think about that a lot ... but ... (sorry I do have a but this week) I don't have time to even go to the bathroom this week. I can't wait till the 24th. It is a day off work. YA!

GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK.

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BKWHITE3 12/6/2010 3:21PM

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LEXIE63 12/6/2010 2:25PM

    I love your new background! Very spiritual. :-)

I wish I knew what to suggest re the wanting to exercise and yet not wanting to. I go through patches like that and never know how to deal. Most times I push through and do it anyway, and feel better for it, but there are times when the flimsiest of excuses will get plucked out of the air not to, and I always regret falling for that afterwards. :-)

I really like the sound of a designated fitness area. That would probably help you get more focused. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GR8VIEWS 12/5/2010 12:41PM

    Great goals... I like several of them including to be a runner and standing up straight! I also would like a vegetable garden as an activity and to support eating right. Hmmm... I'll have to add those to my goals as well!

You will do this. No doubt about it.

Diane

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TIGGERIFFIC123 12/5/2010 12:38PM

    Chris,

What a great blog. Wonderful to remind ourselves often of why we are wanting this healthy lifestyle and all that we will gain from it!

Those are great goals and highly motivating reasons to achieve them. YOU CAN DO IT!!

((HUGS))
Rhonda

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NOREGRET2010 12/5/2010 9:54AM

    Great goals! I too long to be a runner! We can do it!

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GRAPHICKAT 12/5/2010 7:50AM

    I love your goals. I'm 57 and ran my first 5K in February. Now I have my older grandchildren running with me! That's not to say you want to run a race, but you can walk in one. Get a friend to join with you both in conditioning and entering the race. It's loads of fun & gives you a short term goal to reach.

However you do it, you look determined to reach those goals. Good luck!

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MIZZSB 12/5/2010 7:28AM

    emoticon to the spark spirit team, the best team there is hihihi!

you know what you want to achieve, the only one who is standing in your way is you.

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/5/2010 1:34AM

    "What will I be able to do in the future..." I sa tha "Mamma Mia" movie on Dvd again and was reminded that Meryl Streep inspires me a lot. At 59 she skips and jumps and runs down a mountain and I remember seing that the first time and thinking "Wow, it IS possible to do that at 59, I want that too!

Thanks for reminding me, only one year left to get there... better work on!

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SPARKIE1964 12/4/2010 11:56PM

    Welcome to the Spark Spirits! Together, we WILL do this!
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Looking both ways...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Well, December 1 is here and so too is the thought of all the things I need to have done before Christmas - all the gifts, all the visits, organizing beds for Julie, Terry, Kurt and Emily, food while they're here, Christmas....

Last month was one of ups and downs, lack of motivation to exercise, lack of willpower/won't power, and changes to get me back on the right track again. Main reason was the pressure of getting all the assignments and projects done, checked and handed in on time so I could finish the course I was doing. I managed that, and also attended an information evening for next year's (hopefully) Aged Care course.

December now, and I will be trying to get back into exercising more regularly, hopefully incorporating more dog walks and walking into the pool into my daily routine. I will have the Brisbane contingent of my family here for a few days midway through the month. Julie, being a cook, loves to create really rich, calorie laden meals, so I am going to have to make sure we have some healthy lower fat/carb meals this time instead. Barbecue weather, so hoping to have lots of yummy salads with out barbecued meat/fish/poultry.

I've joined the 2010 Winter 5% Challenge after reading of it in a friend's blog, so hope this will be the thing to start me losing weight again. Seem to have been the same weight for months now, with a pound or three variation. I need to get the scales moving downward again. To lose 5% of my weight over 3 months sounds simple - only 8 pounds, which roughly works out to 2 pounds per fortnight - why haven't I been doing this already? In theory I should have be almost at my goal weight, but I'm not. Hoping this is the challenge I need to be losing again, and exercising, and eating right...

Wishing you all luck with your plans for December, and hoping the enthusiasm is renewed if its been lacking of late. Let's start the new year knowing we have done well in this last month of 2010. Thank you all for making Spark People, and our teams, the wonderfully supportive and encouraging resource they are.

  
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LEXIE63 12/6/2010 2:43PM

    That sounds like just the right challenge and motivation for you.
Go Girl! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 12/1/2010 4:34PM

    Sounds like you are on track to have an amazing December and I cannot think of a better way to start off the new year! You have accomplished so much this past year, we are oh so very proud of you.

You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to, we have seen that first hand!

Rhonda

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/1/2010 12:15AM

    I am determined to focu on my health in december, quite a silly month to do it but since I had a chaotic november it feels good to think back on track

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THIAGRAM 11/30/2010 9:46PM

  Wow! I love your encouraging blog! I do believe you can and will do it and enjoy it also! Hugs!

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SILLYHP1953 11/30/2010 7:14PM

    December 1st there already? I have a few more hours. That challenge sounds interesting...I'll have to check it out. I've been staying the same for a while, too, which is better than gaining!
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CHRISTURTLE 11/30/2010 6:40PM

    Thank you Sparkie! As soon as I read of this challenge I knew it was the kick start I needed to get back that enthusiasm and motivation. You're right, not only CAN I do this, I WILL do it! And what's more, I am going to enjoy every moment of losing that 5%.
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SPARKIE1964 11/30/2010 5:16PM

    Welcome to the Spark Spirits! We can accomplish what we believe! You CAN do this & I'm right beside ya!

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Gratitude - Day 8 of 30...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finding it more convenient to blog each morning, so...

Yesterday ...

...amost all the front garden cleared of the thousands of tiny saplings (?- are they saplings when they are only a a few inches high?), with some of the strongest saved for planting in more suitable places or to give to friends. I did offer them everywhere and to everyone I could think of. No takers though. Some will survive and grow to provide welcome shade and beauty for myself and friends in the future.

...an unexpected trip out of town (which explains why the above wasn't finished) which led to lunch out at a wonderful Italian restaurant who is known for their wonderful pizzas. Instead of pizza though, I chose to have caesar salad, and it was so delicious I ate the entire bowlful. Certainly better than pizza - much more diet friendly and really yummy.

...walked in the pool with a friend for the first time in ages, possibly 12 months, and it was a great hour of conversation and enjoyable exercise, which we topped off with a 15 minute spa, then a shower. We both left feeling great!

  
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SILLYHP1953 11/30/2010 7:08PM

    What a really cool day you had! Of course you're talking about gratitude so you could be leaving some things out. I'm not sure the official size of a sapling? Good question. I'd probably have succumbed (had to test the spell check on that word!) to pizza, but if I had a pool to walk around in that would have helped work off the calories!
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SROUS1340 11/30/2010 5:36PM

    Sounds like a delightful day!

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SPARKIE1964 11/30/2010 5:13PM

    Love your attitude! We're gonna have some fun with the Spark Spirits... Welcome!

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BKWHITE3 11/30/2010 4:49PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day.

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Gratitude - Day 7 of 30...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Today I am grateful for...

...being able to lie down and sleep when I wasn't feeling well, after which I woke still not feeling as well as normal, but did feel much better.

... having the time to sit and do some knitting this morning for 15 minutes, the afternoon for 40 minutes, and this evening for 60 minutes. This is the most knitting I've done in months, and is definitely going to be a regular part of each day while I'm on holidays from college.

... being outside early enough to watch the antics of the galahs, the rosellas and the young magpies all going about their business in the early morning sunshine, completely engrossed in what they were doing and not even bothering that Rhani and I were sitting watching them.

  
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TIGGERIFFIC123 12/1/2010 4:49PM

    Hope you are feeling better. Sounds like you enjoyed a great day of sunshine and getting caught up on your knitting which you so enjoy! All great things to be grateful for!

Rhonda

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SILLYHP1953 11/30/2010 7:03PM

    I've always heard sleep is when our bodies heal, so glad you got some. Have I told you yet I bought a book called Stich 'n Bitch Knitting? It looked like my kind of book, so hoping I will learn to knit this winter. We had a Robin build a nest four feet from our backdoor this summer but I didn't ever see any babies.

I'm grateful to read your blogs!
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BUGGYS 11/30/2010 7:51AM

    Too often we forget to see the blessings that have been given us every day!

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/30/2010 12:22AM

    You remind me that I forgot to be grateful yesterday evening. As I turn of my light I send a thought of thankfulness to my higher power, a "thank you" for all I got and all I get. Itīs six a clock in the morning and I am grateful now, itīs really cold outside which I donīt like and I have not gotten the hang of the heating system in my house yet, so it is chilly inside, luckily I have wollen sweaters and new slippers...

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BKWHITE3 11/29/2010 10:45PM

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TAKINGTHETIME 11/29/2010 10:26PM

  Taking the time to be grateful is such an important part of life. it is so easy to let things get out of control unless you stop and take the time.

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Gratitude - Day 6 of 30...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Today...

...so many encouraging and supportive comments from my fellow Sparkers about what I have chosen to think of as 'The Plum Pudding Incident'. You have made me realize once again that we all have moments when we are unable to resist temptation and that afterwards the best thing we can do is to put it behind us and take steps to ensure the same situation doesn't arise in the future. No more plum puddings in my house, not till I make one the night before Christmas!

...my two dogs being so willing to follow me out to the back yard first thing this morning, even though it was raining and the wind was blowing. They are now used to being shut in the back yard rather than spending the day inside with me, which gives me a chance to give the house a thorough clean and minimizes doggy-game-related damages. They do have a choice of two dog kennels and a steel shed with an insulated floor and doggy beds, plus a container of dry dog food out there, lol. Not exactly being forced to brave the elements...

...sitting down this afternoon watching a travel show and knitting. Its been a long time since I've had the chance to do this and I enjoyed every moment of the two hours. More to follow tonight after dinner.

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 11/29/2010 12:19AM

    I want to get yarn to start knitting too!

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SILLYHP1953 11/28/2010 3:31PM

    I think you should share your plum pudding recipe with us, unless it's a family secret to be handed down in a locked box. I've heard of it in nursery rhymes my whole life but never eaten any. Yeah, I think your beloved dogs will be just fine, and happy to let you enjoy two hours of knitting with a travel show. I plan on learning this winter and finishing a pink baby afghan I started crocheting a long time ago. Let's just say the baby is not a baby anymore.
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THIAGRAM 11/28/2010 1:20PM

  It's nice to have Sparking friends to help us through the plum pudding incidents! Hope you have nice weather soon. We are just starting into winter and it's coming in with a flurry! Enjoy the knitting!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 11/28/2010 9:44AM

    Lynn,

Great reasons to be grateful once again! So nice that you take time out to remember them...I think I might try a gratitude journal myself by choosing three things each day to share!

So glad the dogs are allowing you the time to do what you need to do. They sure can't complain with their living conditions inside or out!!

Enjoy your show and knitting! Hope you enjoy the remainder of your day!


Rhonda

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BKWHITE3 11/28/2010 9:13AM

    Love the things you are grateful for.

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