Sunday, December 04, 2011
Hi..I'm feeling my way around this challenge and hope to be helpful to my team..lots to learn and to do so I'll just flail along for now.
It seems like a very active team and challenge so hope I can keep up..
So far I've entered my starting weight and tracked my exercise..so far so good.
I've met some other Starfish and if nothing else that will be worth it :)
Thanks for all the comments on my blogs..I appreciate you stopping by..
Lets go Starfish!!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Hi..I joined the 5% winter challenge and we get in groups and I'm a Starfish..I've also been assigned a mentor and a sibling. This new challenge has me excited and motivated..it starts Dec 3 with weigh-ins.
I have a few pre-challenge assignments..so I thought I'd do a few of them here...
Make December a turning point in your life...
My 5% winter challenge commitment...
dust off the scale and get out workout clothes..done
plan exercise...30 mins daily on Xbike and as much other various exercise I can fit in..
decide on a diet..stay in calorie range and track daily..include 8 glasses of water, lots of fruits and veggies, tea and way less treats than I have been eating!!
record x mins, living the good life points and weekly weigh-ins
how will you support your team? I want to get to know lots of the other starfish and offer them support..like check in daily..give goodies..
Next assignment...update spark page..I'm working on that..
and the next..list reasons to lose weight...biggest one is to be healthy and happy..look better...feel good about myself..
#4 list all your trigger foods..this time of year..sweets, cookies..any time of year..ice cream.. meat...baking of all kinds
#5 know your numbers..to lose 5% will be around 10 -15 pounds..
#6 tidy the fridge, pantry, make a shopping list, plan diet...well I just put down the new lino in the kitchen so we have our new fridge in place and I can't wait to fill it with great healthy foods. I'd been holding off grocery shopping until we got it in the kitchen. The fridge has neat fruit and veggie bins on the door that are clear and will be great for my plan!! My shopping list will include lots of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean protein...
#7 ways to cut calories..some of my favorite ways are to have oatmeal and dates for breakfasts, buy a huge bag of spinach and put big handfuls in baggies for salads and have baggies of prepared veggies to add to the salads...then have tea in evenings instead of snacking...
#8 team assignment..get to know your team mates..introduce yourself..done..also made some new friends..visited pages etc..
#9 List what has not worked in the past..diet reason..I just eat too much
diet reason...get preoccupied with life and just eat whatever
strategy..commit to healthy eating
exercise reason...get preoccupied with life and don't do planned exercises
strategy...commit to following the exercise plan!!
Well..that is my pre challenge assignments!!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Hi..I'm microwaving a cup of water to make some chai tea...I've already had beer and am watching a hockey game..what else.
I've had a busy day..I started Christmas baking and made 11 different things so I'm more than half done :)
Now for the November goal recap...
Refresh my page..I never did get a tea pic up but did refresh it
Tea daily...I did drink tea almost every day and some times several cups..on toward making tea drinking a habit. Quite often I make tea in a travel mug for on the road
Blog daily..well I did blog lots but not daily
Go back to basics and track food, etc...well I started out strong and then missed quite a few days toward the end of the month
Log in and get spark points..hey I haven't missed a day and I'm way over the 1000 points so I have less than 400 to get in December to get to level 14..woohoo me :)
Exercise daily..I've been back on my bike most days and have done lots of walking and chores and other farm work..just yesterday I forked manure for over an hour to help hubby clean a shed..and I bet you thought living on a farm was glamorous..haha
Eat Nov/fall foods..I have had oatmeal microwaved with a couple chopped dates for breakfast for every morning in November..I really like to have auto meals and I really like the date oatmeal :) I've also had lots of homemade soups and fall root veggies..I love sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots a lot
Giving projects to family and friends..I have done lots of that in person and lots on Spark too..gave goodies and comments and encouragement to Spark friends and Thanksgiving wishes to my American friends
Simplify..my house..my belongings..my life..get balance..this is a work in progress and I have been working towards these goals
House projects..got back to painting from last fall, I painted my porch and ceiling and thoroughly cleaned it; painted the inside of the kitchen cupbaords; painted the ceiling in the family room; painted the basement stairs and landing...we also have new lino for kitchen, porch and bathroom and a new fridge for the kitchen to put in when we do the lino..maybe tomorrow???
Start Christmas...that is going great..I have the outdoor lights all up and the rest of the outside decorations up; the cards are almost finished... just have a few more to address and then add the letters (all done yesterday) and a picture; over half of the shopping is done and I did over half of the Christmas baking today.
Well all in all November has helped me move toward a healthier life..I've inched a bit closer to my ticker weight but still a way to go. I've joined the 5% winter challenge and hope to jump start some weight loss..I'm a STARFISH..that's one of the sub groups..more on that in a separate blog and also in December goal blog...
Thanks to everyone for dropping by for tea in November..keep on Sparkin
Reading tea leaves...
If you are cold tea will warm you
If you are too heated, it will cool you
If you are depressed, it will cheer you
If you are excited, it will calm you.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Hi..it seems as the end of the year gets closer the weeks fly by faster and faster. I have just a quick update...It's been a week when I can finally stay home lots and hubby has been working on repairing fences and corrals so doesn't need my help for awhile so I've been dong some of my own stuff.
Our son came home on the weekend to go deer hunting with hubby..it was really cold and they didn't get any deer yet, son might come back down again next weekend....
On Monday I washed all the windows, screens and curtains and some light fixtures. Yesterday I went to town for mail, banking, other errands and groceries and drinking water. It's really warmed up here..melting..so I was able to put up the Christmas lights and outdoor decorations..so glad that's done before it turns cold again. Today I painted some of the insides of the kitchen cupboards, painted in the 2 porches and did some more cleaning...and did lots and lots of laundry...I was way behind!!
I was just figuring out how much water the two of us go through in a week..we haul drinking water from a public well and get about 4 five gallon jugs a week so we each drink 10 gallons of water weekly..the water is used only for drinking and for coffee..all the cooking etc is done with tap water..We do get lots of fluids..I need to make that less coffee and more tea!!! or just plain water.... :)
How are your Christmas preparations coming? I have all my cards (bought last Jan for 1/2 price at Walmart) letter paper ( bought last week at the $ store) picked up my stamps yesterday..now to write the letter and and take a picture and make some copies..I really like to send cards. I've picked up most of the ingredients for baking and have quite a few gifts so far..maybe half or more...I feel that things are progressing fine!
So far I have 3 Christmas get togethers planned and they are all the first week of December...a supper and ladies night out with friends and shopping: hubby's work party and a get together for lunch with 2 high school classmates that live close..this is hopefully the start of a new tradition... Family Christmas get together will be a different day than Christmas as my 2 granddaughters will spent this year at their Dad's....
Well this has rambled on and is not a quick blog after all, haha
Thanks for dropping by for tea..my new favorite is the apple spice kind..keep on Sparkin'
Reading tea leaves
This is from my team leader Ellie 1220, team Project Make Yourself...
"Releasing the pressure, it's good for the teapot and the water. Try it sometime"
PS..Happy Thanksgiving to all my American SP friends!!
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