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First 8 weeks of SP - reflections and updated goals

Sunday, September 19, 2010

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I joined SP 7/26/2010 after making the mental switch from “I should” to “I will.”
I can see outward change, but the support (THANKS SPARKFRIENDS!!!),
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daily goals, and opportunities to learn through all the articles and emails has really helped me feel more confident that this is my life from now on.
Now is a good time to take inventory, get remotivated, and aim for the next short term and middle goals.

Positive changes:
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Making my own meals
Trying new recipes
Less back pain
More active
– walk/run in preparation for half marathon 11/7,
-I’ve surpassed a personal goal of walking 1000 miles this year,
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-biking group 2x/month,
-tai chi weekly,
-dance classes,
-doing own lawn care
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New geek connections to SP (laptop & smart phone)
“Tip the scales in your favor” workshop at Duke

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Areas that still can use improvement:
Strength training
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Core strengthening (essential to reduce back pain)
Stretching daily
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Menu planning for the week
Anemic – physician prescribed iron supplement (still able to donate blood)
Sleep – going to bed earlier would help me with morning exercise goal
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Continue to declutter
More time DOING, less time on computer
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Finish reading The Spark book – do 28 day program emoticon

I’m in both the 10 by 10/10/10 and the Fall 5% challenges, but the scale is not going to be my main measure of success. I’m focusing on improving my fitness by aiming for my first half marathon, and getting the weight off will make that easier.
One step back - Two steps forward. Slow and steady wins the race.
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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 9/20/2010 9:35PM

    Congrats on your success and hard work so far! You are doing great.
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Thanks for adding me as a friend. Some of my overall goals are similar to yours! I try to stretch every day and strength train 2x per week to keep some lower back pain at bay (it really works!), I am newly working on decluttering my life and home, and I hope to run my first half marathon in the springtime. Oh, and I am anemic too, lol.
Hope you have a good evening!
Patti

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REJ7777 9/20/2010 8:30PM

    emoticon You've made some great progress!!! emoticon
You also have an excellent plan in place for continued success. Keep up the good work!
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VIVIBARAJAS 9/20/2010 10:45AM

    Inspiring! Truly. I joined in July of this year too and I am praying that I follow thru and really change my lifestyle once and for all.
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STILLPOINT 9/19/2010 10:11PM

    Wow. That's fantastic. I love how you list how far you've come and things you still need to tweak. You're doing great! emoticon

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THENEWME43 9/19/2010 3:27PM

    emoticon on all your accomplishments thus far! You are doing an emoticon job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKIE 9/19/2010 1:28PM

    tell me more about the tip the scales in your favor program at Duke pretty please?

and wow you've done very well!

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JWADDELL2 9/19/2010 11:53AM

    Wow - it has taken me YEARS to realize what you have in two months!! emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/19/2010 9:59AM

    Positive thought beget positive reality. BRAVO!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/19/2010 6:41AM

    Great goal setting and concentration on positives. Good luck!

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BEFIT014 9/19/2010 6:20AM

    You've made some emoticon in the past 8 weeks! I have no doubt that the next 8 weeks will brng about more life style changes for you, too!

I wish you the best!

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/19/2010 6:19AM

    I think you're doing great! You are so right - slow and steady does win the race.

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Where's a good man who understands chore-play when you need one?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Being a "single lady" who doesn't want anyone to "put a ring on it", I've either had to do the home repairs, delegate to professionals, or bribe male friends with my signature pound cake with lemon glaze...oops, sorry, didn't mean to mention food! Anyway, my disposal decided it was going to quit working, so I will find the broomstick to see if it is jammed or needs a plumber. Then, when I checked the oil before mowing the lawn, it was obvious it was time to refill so I went to the corner auto store and bought the appropriate brand of oil. Only, when I started the mower, it spewed out so much white smoke that I thought they had elected a new pope! Complete with smoke rings, and heavy enough that I could not have seen to walk forward. So I turned it off and called the Lowe's where I purchased the mower. The salesman asked me, "Did you recently put oil in the mower." Yeah... "You put too much in. It will burn off." If you say so...
So I start the mower back up, and after the smoke clears (which it did) I was able to get the yard done. But not before the bus driver who does the loop on the street in front of my house got out at his stop and came over to see if I was trying to start (or control) a wild fire! I reassured him that I, too, was initially alarmed but I had been assured by the professionals that I was not about to blow up the neighborhood nor violating the warnings of Smokey the Bear.
Reading the regular column of the exercise specialist in the local newspaper I had come across my new favorite word: chore-play. If it's not already in the dictionary, it needs to be. In fact, it should be added to all wedding vows and part of the first date questions for all couples. It's just such a perfect word! Be my Prince Charming, save me from the terrors of home ownership, update the Twelve Labors of Hercules and I will adore and admire you. Okay, I'm exaggerating. But I DO like that word!
I'm still going to have the mower serviced, and I'm glad to be able to enjoy my little home in peace and happiness. Soon it will be time to plant my daffodil bulbs so when March and April roll around, I can have a spectacular display of bright color.
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LIVINGONMYTERMS 9/21/2010 1:24PM

    Interesting topic! I finally got my SO to pull out the weedeater and eat down what I could not dig up or pull by hand. Yesterday I finally told him "You need to show me how to use this thing, and the chain saw, so I can just do it myself. That last minute "stuff" just makes me agitated. I would rather paddle my own canoe! Vows have nothing to do with it and I am glad we can do things on our own.

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SHAKENMA 9/18/2010 8:50PM

    My hubby works at Home Depot and STILL have to call out the repair guys. LOL

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WENCHMAID 9/17/2010 12:24AM

    I always have to bribe my bf to help me with stuff, however his time line is usually not the same as mine. His time frame works in months, whereas mine is usually in a few hours or days.

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MIZZDETERMINED 9/16/2010 11:28PM

    I love to do things like that. To bad my boy toy always takes over :( Have to hide things from him just so I can do it myself. I don't know but maybe I have found that 1 in a million everyone talks about!!?? We'll see LOL

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KTBEAR135 9/16/2010 10:04PM

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Good for you for fending for yourself. Our vows actually did mention housework, among other...nontraditional things.

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I got a Surprise compliment today!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I had taken an introductory chi walking clinic, then a half day chi running clinic earlier this summer, so I was REALLY excited to see my coach was offering local clinics for the next 4 weeks (I'd had to drive 45 minutes for the previous ones). I had several appointments, so I was running a little late and her husband waited at the New Balance store for me to arrive. When I finally got there, he gave me the waiver to sign and as I was filling it out he gave me the BEST COMPLIMENT EVER - he says, "I didn't recognize you - you've lost so much weight, you look great!" Boy, did THAT make me grin from ear to ear! It's been about 3 months since he'd seen me, so apparently, IT'S WORKING!
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I was so happy I treated myself to a new purse (one that will hold my laptop). HAPPY DANCE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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VIVIBARAJAS 9/18/2010 12:13PM

    I love when that happens!!
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LAURIEB27 9/17/2010 7:27AM

    Awesome!!!

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KALISWALKER 9/16/2010 7:22PM

    Gotta love that! Wow I will do the happy dance with you!

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ZELDAPLIFF 9/16/2010 4:35PM

    that's what we all want to hear! Way to go! emoticon

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SHERLYN-WILL 9/15/2010 6:09PM

    WHAT A NICE COMPLIMENT! I have not had many people notice I have lost 43 lbs.. but I am thinking maybe they just are not saying anything.. maybe they did notice? YOUR compliment makes me feel so good for you!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/15/2010 6:07PM

    What a feeling that must ahve been....smiling on the outside and being giddy on the inside! You surely are doing very well.

BRAVO!

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MICKIDEE44 9/15/2010 11:32AM

    Yaaaay! That is great, I know you were just tickled pink.

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FITJEANS 9/15/2010 10:12AM

    Love this that is awesome especially the treating yourself part, because you deserve it . It is always a great feeling when someone notices all of your hardwork. Keep up the good work because obviously you are doing one heck of a emoticon job.

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 9/15/2010 9:28AM

    Yay!! That is a great compliment!!

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REJ7777 9/15/2010 7:08AM

    You've been working really hard for this. I'm so happy for you! And at the rate you're going, that won't be the only compliment you hear!


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LIBRARYLASS 9/15/2010 1:36AM

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Yay, you!!

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ANDI571 9/14/2010 11:20PM

    How exciting! emoticon emoticon

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 9/14/2010 11:14PM

    YAY!!! happy dance is DESERVED! emoticon

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THENEWME43 9/14/2010 11:13PM

    Wow! That must have felt SO good! emoticon
Doing the happy dance with you! emoticon
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ARILLIUS60 9/14/2010 11:12PM

    Good Job! emoticon

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CLOWN54 9/14/2010 11:01PM

    awesome

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10 minutes a day challenge was the kindling for a real fire

Monday, September 06, 2010

Now that I've committed to the 10 minute a day exercise challenge, I know I won't go to bed before finding SOME WAY of getting a little exercise in. I sometimes don't stay on schedule for morning workouts, so like so many of us as the evening wears on the question becomes "should I just start again tomorrow?" Well, with a half marathon breathing down my back, I don't want to try to make up steps and risk an injury when just a little bit every day will help me get ready to cross that finish line (I can already see it in my head).
Knowing I just needed to get 10 minutes out of the way to be a success, I climbed on my elliptical and got pedaling. To distract myself, I continued reading The Spark book. And before you know it, 5K in the bag, followed by a 15 minute cool down. Now to do some core exercises on the exercise ball, stretch and get ready for a restful night of sleep - ready for a new day and another opportunity to see what my body is ready to take on in the morning!
So happy I didn't "start tomorrow!"
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REJ7777 9/15/2010 7:02AM

    Setting 10 minutes as a daily minimum is so "doable"! emoticon

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COLD_GOLD 9/14/2010 10:53PM

    wow! good job! You won't regret the training when you do the half marathon! keep up the good work!!

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CORPUSANNIE 9/13/2010 11:52AM

    I am lucky enough to get lots of my exercise in at work, pushing wheelchairs across campus, walking back, lifting clients (started wearing a belt for that), doing chores around the dorm, etc..The facility where I work used to be an airport and is very large. When I transport clients to work it is a diagonal walk across campus and back, making four trips for each client, two over , two back. About all I have time for at home is my daily 30 min of yoga . So, when I'm off work I just attemt to catch up on stuff around the house, cause when I get home every day I veg out(n we're not talking bout eating here!)
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TSUEMOMMY 9/13/2010 12:27AM

    10 Minutes? Hey I can do 10 minutes. Thanks for helping me off the couch, even if I wii fit for 10 minutes it would be a start...

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SHELLY_23 9/8/2010 6:53PM

    Was thinking about skipping my workout today since it's evening already...but not anymore! Thanks!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/7/2010 4:43PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/7/2010 1:16PM

    This is a great challenge. It really hones in on the idea that ever minute of exercise counts.

Rock all ten minutes.

Go rock star go!!

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LILWHA1104 9/7/2010 11:57AM

  Thanks, very encouraging. Keep up the good work.

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THENEWME43 9/7/2010 10:37AM

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What an inspiring blog! Thanks for sharing it!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/7/2010 2:01AM

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/7/2010 12:51AM

    Getting started is the hardest part. Way to go on getting that exercise in!!

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A Day Dedicated to Dance

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Earlier this year I took Flamenco lessons (no partner needed, lots of attitude) and when I went to sign up for my Tai Chi classes they had a flier offering 5 sample classes. Each was only $5 for 45 minute class, and if you wanted to take 5 classes you got an additional discount. Since I am going to be chi running on the day my flamenco classes are offered, it didn't take much prodding to convince me to come for the mini flamenco class. Following it was a Zumba class, then bellydancing or Pilates. Two later classes were offered, but I wanted to see the new movie Mao's Last Dancer that just came to the theater this weekend, so 3 was enough!
You don't have do dance well to move to music, and it works not only your muscles and heart and lungs, but your balance, your mind (learning a routine), and can be so much FUN! If you're embarrassed to be seen in public (believe me, you can hide out at the back of the room and most people are NOT looking at you - unless you step on their feet), you can always do a DVD or just put on your favorite music and shake your groove thang!
Try it, you may like it!
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REJ7777 9/15/2010 7:04AM

    Good for you!!!
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SHELLY_23 9/9/2010 6:40PM

    Shake it, sister! Been thinking about joining a Zumba class myself...I'm a little jealous!

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CATTI53 9/8/2010 4:02PM

    I love to dance. It's my favorite form of exercise and I don't feel like I'm exercising at all.....just having fun!

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THENEWME43 9/7/2010 10:30AM

    Sounds like FUN! emoticon

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COLD_GOLD 9/6/2010 9:06PM

    wow! what a wonderful day! flamenco sounds like fun!

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FITJEANS 9/6/2010 8:05PM

    You r rite that is a great form of excercising and fun too. I try to do that with my children everyday. To get a big smile on their face and to see them enjoy music as much as i do. keep doing what you r doing you r doing emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 9/6/2010 10:28AM

    Great blog....and dancing in wonderful exercise!!!! I'll have to look into a few different classes but I might be taking swing dance classes in the next couple of weeks!

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ADELCASALE 9/6/2010 8:26AM

    DRB13: Thanks so much for the blog....it actually brought back a really funny memory for me. When my husband and I were married just a couple of years, we bought a complete fixer upper house....so much so, that we had a rec room down the basement and we moved the kitchen down the basement while we did construction. We had no air conditioning.

It was before children and I was taking tap class. Outside of tap class, I had trouble fitting in practicing my steps. So one particular hot summer night, I literally hung up my work dress, stayed in my full lenghth slip, put on my tap shoes and started practicing my tap steps while I made dinner while my husband was outside setting up the remodeling project for the evening.

Next thing I know, I hear a quick knock on the front door and then footsteps down the steps. Low and behold, my dad was reporting as a helper for the evening's remodeling work. Wasn't he and I surprised at my little pattern of tap dancing in my slip while I made dinner. We laughed for years about that.

Thanks for eliciting a memory that I haven't thought about in years!

Have a great time with your dance class!

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