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February goals

Monday, January 31, 2011

Now that I'm getting over that terrible cold, it's back to business!

Goals for the next 4 weeks:
1. Lose weight. Specifically at least 5 lbs of body fat.
Bonus if I can get back to overweight instead of obese status.
2. 1000 plus fitness minutes. 30 minutes a day is not too much to ask for health.
3. Cross train in preparation for triathlon and half marathon in March.
4. Improve my fitness level (V02max) - bonus if I get to average for my age & gender.
5. Continue weekly tai chi.
6. Continue weekly personal training.
7. PLAN MY MEALS.
This is probably the weakest link in my past, so the most opportunity for improvement.
8. Earn over 500 Spark Points (for the monthly reward).
9. Get more than 5 hours sleep a day.
[EDITED ADDITION: For my buddies who are concerned, I'm wired in such a way that my prior habits were to go to bed at 1am...or 2 or 3 and get up around 7am. So I am committing to doing better! I know how important it is. THANKS for your concern. It was a real advantage for me to have that ability when I had to stay up all night delivering babies, then see a full load of patients the next day...]
10. Drink more than 64 oz of water a day.
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CATIATM 2/5/2011 12:02PM

    I like this. Work these goals, and make it happen!

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ABSOLUTZER0 2/2/2011 7:05PM

    We got the plan, now let's implement and execute! YOU GOT THIS!!!

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FITJEANS 2/1/2011 12:28PM

    Sounds like a awesome plan. Im 100% sure that you can do this! Woo hoo lets do this!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/31/2011 8:20PM

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PRIN1978 1/31/2011 8:16PM

    Great goals. Try and get more sleep though. It helps with weight loss!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/31/2011 6:49PM

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Glad you are feeling better :)

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GEMINISUE 1/31/2011 3:40PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!

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REMEMBER2BME 1/31/2011 1:08PM

    Glad you are on the mend. The goals look good and solid except.... 5 hours of sleep. How you can consistently get more than that. ;)

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/31/2011 12:46PM

    Great February goals emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAR2009 1/31/2011 12:44PM

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Sound like very realistic goals!

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LALASLAND 1/31/2011 12:28PM

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SKIRNIR 1/31/2011 12:22PM

    What is VO2 Max?

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TURTLETALK 1/31/2011 12:11PM

    Sounds like a great plan. You go girl! emoticon

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sickness makes me delirious...

Friday, January 28, 2011

emoticon I'm rarely sick (or so I used to think) but I have gotten two really bad colds so far this winter, the kind that make me question my mortality. The past few days, I have been completely out of commission. All I can do is groan, sleep, and hydrate. No need to go into nasal function details. Today I am finally able to breathe, but that just raised a new and interesting "problem" - I put on Pandora for company, and discovered I'm having my own karaoke bar, complete with singing WAYYYYYY off key. Now I KNOW I'm sick. Between coughing fits, which make my back spasm, and dragging myself to refill the hot tea mug (can you say over 15 cups of water in a day? All together now...) Okay, you can see I'm delirious. Pulling the covers back over my head and happy there are no dogs to howl at my bad singing... hope to be back Sparking after the weekend. Y'all be careful out there, and remember to wash your hands and get that flu shot, for heaven's sake!
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ABSOLUTZER0 1/30/2011 4:24PM

    Get better soon!

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KASEYCOFF 1/30/2011 4:44AM

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Tea 'n' sympathy... hope you're feeling up to snuff soon!

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RACHELSBAMA 1/29/2011 9:43PM

    Being sick is awful. I am impatient with myself when I get sick. I just want to move on, get it over with....aggggghhhhh
Get well soon.
Love Carol

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RUNANDRUN 1/29/2011 12:56PM

  so sorry to hear this hear you're under the weater! drink lots of water and take it easy...feel better soon

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/29/2011 10:58AM

    Take care of yourself, this flu really kicks butt emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 1/28/2011 9:12PM

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather!!! Feel better soon!!!

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LALASLAND 1/28/2011 8:39PM

    I'm so sorry! I hope you feel better fast! I get my flu shot every year whether I want one or not, and I haven't been sorry for doing it yet! Take good care of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/28/2011 6:56PM

    Was that YOU singing over there while I was delirious yesterday? Must have been!

Hope you feel better soon, too! emoticon emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 1/28/2011 6:48PM

    Sure hope you feel better. I just went to the doc last week and did NOT get my flu shot. I do exercise and also take my vitamins and have EmergenC most days.
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Wishing you good health very soon and continued good health.
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GETFIT2LIVE 1/28/2011 6:46PM

    Oh, no--take care of yourself and feel better soon!

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REJ7777 1/28/2011 6:45PM

    So sorry to hear that you're sick! emoticon I see you're drinking your liquids. Hope you can get a lot of rest, and that you'll get better quickly! emoticon

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BROWNIEISLANDER 1/28/2011 6:35PM

    So sorry...Wishing you better soon..It seems to be cold and.....
sinus season everywhere..stay warm...use the required meds!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Monday's been fun

Monday, January 24, 2011

Got up early and swam in preparation for super sprint triathlon in March emoticon
This meant drying hair emoticon but it was worth it.
Oatmeal for breakfast with fruit.
Personal training this afternoon was pylometrics emoticon Trainer says he can already see visible changes even though "after" pictures are still weeks away.
Turkey on wheat bread (with plenty of veggies) for lunch.
Still feeling good, so will do some house cleaning and plan to get on the elliptical tonight.
Then, a full night's sleep emoticon, that "missing link of weight loss."
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MOOMOO40 1/26/2011 9:25AM

    It sounds like you are doing emoticon!! Keep up the good work!!
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STRINGI719 1/25/2011 8:15AM

    Isn't it funny the way other people can see the changes better than we can ourselves? I recently saw a few people I hadn't seen in months, and they were just amazed at how different I looked - it's weird to me, because I just don't see it!

Oh well, I can't wait to see your after pictures when you get them taken!!!
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KASEYCOFF 1/25/2011 5:18AM

    Oh, girl, you are doing GREAT!!!
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    emoticon You're starting the week off RIGHT! emoticon

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CATIATM 1/24/2011 8:40PM

    A super sprint triathalon sounds amazing! And YAY for already seeing visible results! WOOT!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/24/2011 5:18PM

    What a great start to your week, even with the hair thing .... LOL

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/24/2011 4:31PM

    GO GET IT!!!

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Small decisions 1/22/11 - Greatday.com

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today's Daily Motivator by Ralph Marston is a real winner! Check it out at greatday.com. And keep Sparking! emoticon

  
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COLD_GOLD 1/23/2011 6:02PM

    thanks for the link!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/22/2011 8:59AM

    I really enjoy his quotes and comments!

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    thanks!

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have posted part of it on my friend feed

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KASEYCOFF 1/22/2011 5:35AM

    Off to go 'n' do, even as I type, lol...
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    Ok.... emoticon and you have a great weekend!

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Reflections before my 6 month Sparkversary... (long)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I've been eating junk lately...going to clean out the refrigerator and start from scratch WITH A WEEKLY MENU WRITTEN OUT. This is probably my most consistent deficiency on this journey. I get a craving for salty and sweet and before you know it...scale is heading in the wrong direction.
Just have to remind myself not only how GOOD veggies taste, but that fueling my body with nutritious foods helps me feel better overall. And veggies servings are a LOT of food! No deprivation there! It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle.

After the half marathon, I never quite kept up my workout schedule. Achieving a major life goal can be like reaching the top of the mountain, then you have to come back down. I have heard of Olympic athletes who get really depressed after the games.
It's the consistency that matters in the end. So I will commit to little bits of exercise daily - it doesn't have to be running long distances - stretching and improving my flexibility are part of staying healthy and sane as well.

Winters are tough for me - I HATE cold weather. Fortunately, I live in the South, so we have pretty mild weather (jacket weather this past week, although the snow we got for Christmas broke a 47 year record).
With a triathlon on the schedule in March, I have the excuse to crosstrain, which is always better for me; I get bored easily.
I have started water aerobics again, and love the upper body resistance as well as the chance to be in the water and let it soothe tired muscles. Now if someone would come up with a cure for the munchies after swimming - I am always so hungry afterward!
The triathlon is the shortest I've ever heard of, and I hope to finish the whole thing in an hour (250yd swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run - shorter than a sprint distance).

So over the next 3 months, I am looking forward to getting BACK to the overweight instead of obese category in BMI, improve my running, continue to make strength trainning a part of my daily routine, and be able to wear pants that zip instead of elastic waistbands.
People really noticed when I was just 10 lbs lighter, and I need to reclaim those "recycled" pounds for good.
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69NURSE 1/23/2011 11:29AM

    Life does get in the way at times and things happen to get us off track. Last September we took a hiking/sightseeing/camping/fishing trip with our son and his wife to Montana/Wyoming/Utah. Had a wonderful time. HOWEVER, up until then I was finally getting in my 8 glasses of water a day and tracking most of my food. Since the trip, I have not been able to get back into the water thing and tracking has been such a drag. I am doing better with the cardio/ST portion of my lifestyle change though so that is a plus. Good luck on your triathelon. I'm preparing to do my 2nd HM in March.

BTW - where are you living? Somewhere near Raleigh? Our son just moved there last year and was amazed at the winter he has had so far....not part of the plan to move south where it is suppose to be warmer. LOL.

Again - good luck with your goals and challenges. I know you will succeed. emoticon emoticon Bev

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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2011 7:04AM

    That shorter version of the triathlon sounds really good - let us know how it goes!
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REDDIRTRUNNER 1/22/2011 11:46AM

    I love that you are going to "reclaim those recycled pounds". I went through this kind of funk after my half= Oct 30th. My training changed, my eating was focused on fueling my long runs- I stopped ST because of problems I was having with my calf and my theory that I should focus on endurance activities...Next time it will definitely be different. I can keep up with core & strength training and running & not put myself on that plateau and then funk..THen winter hits and we are stuck indoors for exercise.. BLAH- I'm back on track as of these last 2 weeks- had to really change things up and start tracking food again- You can do this too. Sounds like you've got your motivation in front of you with that Tri. I'm here to cheer you on and poke you when you need it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 1/22/2011 11:46AM

    I love that you are going to "reclaim those recycled pounds". I went through this kind of funk after my half= Oct 30th. My training changed, my eating was focused on fueling my long runs- I stopped ST because of problems I was having with my calf and my theory that I should focus on endurance activities...Next time it will definitely be different. I can keep up with core & strength training and running & not put myself on that plateau and then funk..THen winter hits and we are stuck indoors for exercise.. BLAH- I'm back on track as of these last 2 weeks- had to really change things up and start tracking food again- You can do this too. Sounds like you've got your motivation in front of you with that Tri. I'm here to cheer you on and poke you when you need it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRINGI719 1/22/2011 11:00AM

    I'd love to do one of those short triathlons! However, there's not an abundance of options out here in the middle of nowhere, plus I don't own a bike anymore! I hadn't ridden in about 10 years, so when we left Phoenix, I donated it to charity! Oh well, I'll focus on my 5K's for now, and someday I'll buy another bike and do a tri!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/22/2011 10:46AM

    The winters are tough for me too.

You rock that triathalon. It is an amazing goal for an amazing person.

You rock!!!

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PAIGESMAMA 1/22/2011 9:44AM

    I am doing the same with food today. I have been working on a meal plan for the week. I have also been looking at things I ca make for lunch. I am terrible about making my lunch, which leads to not so healthy eating.
I know how much better I feel when I am not eating junk. I just don't understand why I start letting it slip back into my life.

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MEMES74 1/22/2011 8:45AM

    You can do it...Sounds like you have a good plan, and I admire you for doing a triathalon..

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CHARMIN608 1/22/2011 7:50AM

    You have a plan and you are focused. I wish you the best of luck!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/22/2011 6:37AM

    Good reflections. Know exactly what you mean about reaching a major milestone, and coming back down. That takes some special mental "work". If you ever figure out a good formula for it... let me know!

Your upcoming tri sounds like a great event and timed right at the end of Winter / beginning of Spring... good motivating goal.

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