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Holiday Challenge

Sunday, November 08, 2009

For the impending holiday season I joined a Biggest Loser Style challenge with The 20-somethings with 50-99 to Lose Team to help keep me on track and to push me off of the current plateau I am riding.

My goal in joining SparkPeople is to lose pounds and inches and gain some physical stamina back, and I am well on my way to doing those things. However, my program hit a slump, so this challenge is going to help me re-energize my offensive. I am not looking forward to weighing in on a weekly basis, but I haven't been weighing in consistently on my own. In addition to moving the scales and clothing size, I am counting on the support to keep my good through the holidays with the extra food and travel that throws a wrench into my regimen.

Go Team Confetti!

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JACQUELINEJO 11/8/2009 10:50PM

    Good luck to you! Those goals are absolutely achievable. I'm glad we're on the same team.

Let's go! :)

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CANDYM4 11/8/2009 5:06PM

    You will make it, good luck to you.

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BIZBYPEARL 11/8/2009 1:56PM

    Congratulations on your excellent insights and goals! It's such a relief to get things pared down to manageable size, like, "I will weigh in every week." Even if it's not our favorite thing, you know it'll help and all you have to do is take actions. Nice.
Best of luck to you! Keep us posted on your progess ~

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JENBEN9 11/8/2009 11:40AM

    good luck!!

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Change the World Challenge

Sunday, October 25, 2009

This week the challenge is to replace a conventional product with a recycled product, or if you currently use only recycled products discuss reclaimed materials.

I'm going to try recycled tp again.



Climate Change

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The facts supporting climate change have been widely reported across numerous media outlets; I wanted to post this to add one more blog to the list in support of making drastic changes to our lifestyles.

Climate change is just one of the many ills our society suffers because of our addiction with fossil fuels. Looking for purportedly cheap coal, we send fellow citizens to work in coal mines; once the vein dies or becomes too expensive, we raze the mountains and dump the top into the surrounding valleys creating wastelands in lieu of forested habitats. Those stream beds supply someone’s water somewhere in the chain are then filled with poisons and waste from the mining, and during rainy years like this one the fills can create huge landslides (which if it doesn’t kill you isn’t covered under a homeowner’s policy).

Our love of the automobile has lead us to build massive expanses of blacktop. The power of the car has allowed us to move further and further from work and commercial centers which leads to more traffic congestion then demand for less congested roadways. The fuel for these vehicles will not last forever, and even if it did, its exhaust is killing us. Furthermore is the fuel worth the national security risk; what would the economy do if for whatever crazy reason OPEC decided to stick it to us tomorrow? Public transportation was squashed by domestic automakers, and many people still argue public transportation will never be self-sustaining. Funny how the sweetheart lease deals we make with big oil doesn’t impugn them. However, as our population grows the stress on the current roadways will increase while the demand for housing increases, and no one wants to live near the noise and smell of major roadway.

Our food is tied closely to energy prices because almost everything Americans eat is soaked in oil starting from the time the seeds are delivered from Monsanto to their drive to your home in plastic bags in the back of your car. If you are eating processed foods then you have even more oil on your hands not to mention the spare tire around your middle.

Even if our elected officials refuse to act, we can each do something small like grow some food, bring your own boxes and bags to the store, do without the car, or insulate your home. These little things when compounded will help, but a phone call or email to elected officials can’t hurt.

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SLARTYB 10/16/2009 7:44AM

    Unfortunately less people are going to believe this as a leading (pro) climate change scientist is predicting a 20 year dip in temperatures before things heat up again.....


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FETTERLESS 10/16/2009 5:48AM

    *sigh* There's so many problems out there related to climate change! I liked your writing on it. it is all connected, though! the root causes are obvious once you think carefully. the question of how to stop the destruction seems impossible, though :(

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Fitness Points Maxed Out!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Today is the first day I maxed out my fitness points, and I am so stoked. I walked the dog and his buddy to the park and back then I walked to the bus stop then I killed some time before my yoga class on the elliptical then I sweated through my 90 minute yoga class. I also spent three hours volunteering for Organizing for America so I feel so good about today.

On the food side, I have moderated all day. For breakfast I had one slice of leftover pizza, and for lunch I had the the two remaining slices. At the ice cream shop I had a split (two flavors) single rather than a split double.



Weigh In

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I checked by weight earlier this week, and lo! I was down two pounds. This is great, but even better was that my thighs 1.5" slimmer! I have been tracking my food again, and I got to the gym three times this week. However, two of the three times I arrived to find the class was full. Lesson learned; arrive earlier and bring tennis shoes so I won't have an excuse not to lift some weights in lieu of my class.

The dog and I didn't hit our ten mile target, but we are going to crank out a couple of miles this afternoon in the woods (well I will get a couple of miles, but he'll likely get three times as many because his girlfriend is coming too).

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FOUCUST 8/29/2009 10:48AM

    Good post! Congratulations.

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