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Why are challenges so challenging????

Sunday, June 16, 2013



Here's to us fellow Golden Phoenix! Be the change!

  
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LADYHYJINX 6/27/2013 9:54PM

    Well, for sure we Golden Phoenix are challenged and changing for the positive.

Love it!

Carol
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GFYOGAMOM 6/19/2013 12:26PM

    We're ALL seeking CHANGE!! GO FOR THE CHALLENGE!! Thanks, Duffy!!

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LYNNANN43 6/17/2013 10:03PM

    So much Truthiness!!! emoticon

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BUTRFNGRZ 6/17/2013 9:18PM

    That's for sure! emoticon

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 6/17/2013 2:10PM

    Change is definitely happening! Great quote!
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TEDYBEAR2838 6/16/2013 10:24PM

    I definitely plan to be the change in my life
with the Help of God! He can see us through
anything!

Glad you are so positive! LOVING IT! emoticon

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BECCA315 6/16/2013 7:40PM

    Amen to that! Becca

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BLC 22 Goals- Golden Phoenix Team

Sunday, June 09, 2013



It's good to have goals- Really I know that in my brain and in my being. I'm a big goal setter- at work! And at work I'm good at checking in on my progress (and the progress of the organization). At home and in my personal life? Not so much. I set goals- then loose sight of them and then set goals again (usually the same goals!)

I understand the concept of measurable and attainable goals- goals that are tangible. Today I'm setting goals for the Biggest Loser Challenge 22 (BLC 22). This challenge lasts from June 5th (just one week away) until August 28. Here's what I hope to accomplish in twelve weeks:

Weight: Lose 24 pounds. I expect to weigh 198 pounds on 6/5. So my goal for 8/28 is 174 pounds. If I do this the section of my closet that has size 12 clothes will be available to me again and will fit comfortably! I might even by myself a new suit for work emoticon

Fitness: I will increase my cardio endurance and speed each week so that I can walk my normal route (3.7 miles) in less than 60 minutes. 55 minutes would be good- that's 4.0 miles an hour and quite honestly at 5 feet tall my short legs can't do much better than that! On the elliptical I will build up to doing the fat burner program at level 3 for 60 minutes. Right now I can do it at level 1 for 45 minutes. If I'm able to build up to running I will register for a 5K! emoticon

Food: I will stay in my calorie, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein range everyday and track everyday. I know I can't deviate from tracking and measuring food. I know this from years of experience. When I think I have it under control I get out of control! emoticon

Attitude: I need to set a goal to maintain a positive attitude by motivating others and myself. I can do this, we can do this. I am not alone in this journey. Another goal I have is to keep up with all that's required of this team! OMG

WFFA: Weight, Fitness, Food, and Attitude- those are my goals.

The picture is from my daughter's wedding in October. I weighed about 190 then. I was 170 when I bought the dress at the end of May 2012- then proceeded to engage in stress eating all summer and into the fall- gained 20 pounds. Continued to eat and not exercise until I was up to 218 (again). Started over on April 1st.

I'm down to 201 today- but I think this picture still says it all: What was I thinking?

By the way- here's a picture of me from October 2006 at 125 pounds!


  
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 6/11/2013 8:06AM

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LESLEYMTN 6/11/2013 8:02AM

    Great blog & you are not in this alone. I have gained back a bunch of weight as well. Your right tracking is key. Thank God SP is free so we don't have the excuse tonot track. Let's rock this BLC challenge!

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TRICIALICI 6/10/2013 10:53PM

    Best of luck with reaching your goals! You can do it! Let us know if you need a little extra encouragement! We'll be there to help!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 6/10/2013 10:51PM

    Great goals and lovely wedding photo! It's also nice that you have the photo of yourself from your ideal weight. Very good for visualization and motivation!
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LOOKINGUP2012 6/10/2013 10:31AM

    Wow! That's an awesome walking goal. emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/9/2013 7:10PM

    Your daughter is a beautiful bride!

You have worthy goals and I know emoticon

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MOVINITMORE 6/9/2013 6:39PM

    Great goals!! As I was reading your blog I could relate to allot of what you said. We are here and emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 6/9/2013 4:39PM

    We are in this together. I have been up and down all over the scale. But small steps in the right direction will be rocking! We got this!

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KIMI_SILVA 6/9/2013 3:32PM

    Love the goals! I have shared a link on the team chat thread that may be very helpful for you, about willpower and the strategies found to help - they are not what most people think.

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KIBAISREADY 6/9/2013 2:41PM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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-DIAMOND 6/9/2013 2:03PM

    We're all behind you - you can do this!!! emoticon

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Jump Start June!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

One of my real life friends (and a Spark friend) wrote a blog today about starting a summer of fitness on June 1st. Great idea! While today isn't the actual first day of summer I agree that June 1st is the unofficial first day of summer so let's join her in this summer of fitness.

I'm going to jump start my healthy lifestyle in June by drinking more water (I know that doesn't sound like much of a goal but I really don't drink enough water and I think it's slowing down my weight loss). Of course I'm not stopping with water! I will also:

Eat a balanced diet within my calorie range everyday
Exercise at least 60 minutes a day at least 5 days a week
Get enough sleep (7-8 hours)

My goal is to lose 10 pounds a month in June, July and August!

What are your summer goals?

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TURTLETALK 6/2/2013 9:58AM

    Sounds like a great plan. I am finding that I am doing all that and the pounds are still not moving much. Cursed post-menopause.

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TEACH4110 6/2/2013 8:50AM

    Excellent! Let the games begin! Or actually let the game continue! Woo hoo! We're doing this! emoticon emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/1/2013 3:52PM

    All of the above is Do-able.

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The important thing is setting goals then reaching for them!

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EVIE4NOW 6/1/2013 7:39AM

  Great goals. Git r done!

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MARYJOANNA 6/1/2013 7:35AM

  Drinking more water is a start!

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Now and Then

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Well pictures tell a thousand words. I'm adding this blog entry to document my 'before' photo for the BLC 22. I have 'now' a photo of me at my daughter's wedding in October (around 190 pounds) and 'then' a photo of me celebrating my 50th birthday (and 120 pounds lost) in October 2006 (around 125 pounds). So six years later I had managed to gain back almost 70 pounds. No worry- I didn't stop there. By April 1, 2013 I was up to 218 pounds.

Today's weight- 201. Goal weight- 125. (I'm giving myself until April 1, 2014. (93 pounds in 52 weeks or an average of 1.8 pounds a week).

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 5/30/2013 5:51PM

    Hi, nice to see you blogging.

Just do the best you can do and be the best you can be.

That is all we can do. As long as you are on your journey
to your goal, you will get there. Sometimes out bodies
don't cooperate, but there a so many positives along
the way.

Stay strong, you can do it!

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TURTLETALK 5/27/2013 7:51PM

    Both pictures are beautiful. Good luck with the challenge.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/26/2013 3:50PM

    Hope this BLC will be for you. Best wishes.

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It's good to have goals!

Sunday, May 26, 2013



It's good to have goals- Really I know that in my brain and in my being. I'm a big goal setter- at work! And at work I'm good at checking in on my progress (and the progress of the organization). At home and in my personal life? Not so much. I set goals- then loose sight of them and then set goals again (usually the same goals!)

I understand the concept of measurable and attainable goals- goals that are tangible. Today I'm setting goals for the Biggest Loser Challenge 22 (BLC 22). This challenge lasts from June 5th (just one week away) until August 28. Here's what I hope to accomplish in twelve weeks:

Weight: Lose 24 pounds. I expect to weigh 198 pounds on 6/5. So my goal for 8/28 is 174 pounds. If I do this the section of my closet that has size 12 clothes will be available to me again and will fit comfortably! I might even by myself a new suit for work emoticon

Fitness: I will increase my cardio endurance and speed each week so that I can walk my normal route (3.7 miles) in less than 60 minutes. 55 minutes would be good- that's 4.0 miles an hour and quite honestly at 5 feet tall my short legs can't do much better than that! On the elliptical I will build up to doing the fat burner program at level 3 for 60 minutes. Right now I can do it at level 1 for 45 minutes. If I'm able to build up to running I will register for a 5K! emoticon

Food: I will stay in my calorie, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein range everyday and track everyday. I know I can't deviate from tracking and measuring food. I know this from years of experience. When I think I have it under control I get out of control! emoticon

Attitude: I need to set a goal to maintain a positive attitude by motivating others and myself. I can do this, we can do this. I am not alone in this journey.

WFFA: Weight, Fitness, Food, and Attitude- those are my goals.

The picture is from my daughter's wedding in October. I weighed about 190 then. I was 170 when I bought the dress at the end of May 2012- then proceeded to engage in stress eating all summer and into the fall- gained 20 pounds. Continued to eat and not exercise until I was up to 218 (again). Started over on April 1st.

I'm down to 201 today- but I think this picture still says it all: What was I thinking?

By the way- here's a picture of me from October 2006 at 125 pounds!



  
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JENSHAINES 5/27/2013 3:48PM

    Great Job! emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/26/2013 1:10PM

    I think challenges are a big help. Our team mates really keep us focused on what we need to do. Best wishes!

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DIANEWITHASMILE 5/26/2013 9:45AM

    Unwanted advice: I found that by using a whiteboard (in my bedroom) I write down the specifics of what I will be doing for exercise...right down to the name of the video or YouTube video I will be using (example - Sunday - Bodyrock "the trainer who shagged Me"; SP Bootcamp Day 6; yoga "by the beach"). That way when I get up, it's in my face AND I know the specifics of what I am doing...

But, my goals don't include losing pounds, that is a positive by-product of my exercise and healthy eating...(I've been back at it for 3 weeks and my whiteboard has kept me in line)!

I hope you find what you need to succeed!

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