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MINI CHALLENGES

Friday, December 31, 2010

Set up mini challenges, like going to the gym for 30 minutes twice a week for a month. When you achieve that, hit yourself with another mini challenge by adding a day. These microchanges will lead to macrochanges.

Plus, figure out what kind of exerciser you are: a competitor, an enthusiast or an escapist. For competitors, improvement is key, so set up a challenge with measurable goals. Enthusiasts should focus on fun, find exercises they love or work out with buddies. For escapists, keep exercise barriers low: for example, do crunches in front of the TV.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY SPARKFRIENDS!

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ANIMALMAGIC 1/1/2011 9:13AM

  Great blog - depending on how I feel I can be any of these exercisers!
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Jay x

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/31/2010 5:32PM

    I'm with you for 2011.

Stop beating ourselves up over every little slip-up.

Let's celebrate the Victories!

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NINALEE35 12/31/2010 11:53AM

    I've been a walker before, but I can't anymore—bad back and neuropathy in my legs—but I'll find upper body exercises to do. This was thought-provoking. Thanks for the blog. Nina

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JUDITHANNIE 12/31/2010 9:04AM

    Have a great new year too. Judy emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/31/2010 8:24AM

    Have a great New Year too.

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SJTEBB 12/31/2010 7:44AM

    I am an outside enthusiast I love to walk hike bike outside but quickly get bored if doing treadmill or bike indoors.

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55WALKER 12/31/2010 7:29AM

    I like the question of what kind of exerciser you are. I haven't ever thought about that before and can see how it would really matter.
Tks.

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WANTPOWER

Thursday, December 30, 2010

You have to find your inner "wantpower", not just your willpower. Research shows that women who focus on big picture benefits - for example, improving your energy, happiness or even your sex life - exercise more and stick with it longer than women who turn exercise into just another 'should'.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/30/2010 5:03PM

    I know you are right and I am really going to concentrate come Saturday and the rest of my life to make time for me

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/30/2010 1:02PM

    Glad you posted this tip. Very timely.

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CARMEL466 12/30/2010 7:18AM

    Getting there. Thanks for the reminder

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JURI62 12/30/2010 6:40AM

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Shady Business

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

If you're among the 57% of women who skip wearing sunglasses in winter (yup, that's me!), it's time to see the light (preferably behind a pair of protective lenses). Ultraviolet radiation is a danger even on cold or cloudy days. Plus, fresh snow reflects almost 100% of the sun's ultraviolet rays, doubling your exposure.

That could result in sunburned eyelids or corneas (Ouch! Have you ever burned your eyelids? I have - and it REALLY hurts). Even worse, lifetime UV overexposure could lead to cataracts.

Whether you're on the slopes or out for a brisk run or walk, don a pair of shades that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and have these safety features:

Wraparound design protects the delicate skin near your outer eyes against cancer.

Amber tinted lenses block UV light as well as blue light, which may both cause retinal damage.

Shatter resistance-check specifications to see if they meet ANSI impact requirements.

It's funny, because I KNOW this stuff...but I still don't wear sunglasses. I really, really have to start wearing them.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/29/2010 7:07PM

    That is emoticon information.

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MOM4407 12/29/2010 8:12AM

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Alway important.
Snow is more reflective than the grass.

Do you think you need to wear sunscreen too???? Ha! Ha!

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DIANE7786 12/29/2010 6:57AM

    Great reminder. Thanks!

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EACH MONTH, MODIFY YOUR GOALS

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

Not every tip you try will work. Some sound great, but prove impractical. Others sound crazy, yet would be surprisingly effective if you gave them a shot.

By tracking your progress, you will be able to determine which of your tips are working and which ones need tweaking.

For some people, something as simple as using a tablespoon instead of a serving spoon to dish out your food can make all the difference for you.

Keep on trying new things - when you find the ones that work for you...keep on doing them!

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/28/2010 6:07PM

    Upward & onward to newer and better things!

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/28/2010 4:04PM

    Think I need to serve myself with a teaspoon. One thing I like to do is to pretend I have has lapband surgery. My friends can eat only a half to a handfull of food at a time. I take the smallest desert bowl I have and serve myself what ever it holds and let that be my meal. Then wait at least 2 hours before eating again.

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GETDONE 12/28/2010 10:17AM

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LLLAWSON 12/28/2010 8:18AM

    Great reminders.

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JUDITHANNIE 12/28/2010 8:16AM

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/28/2010 7:30AM

  More sound advice - thanks for sharing!
Jay x

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TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Monday, December 27, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

It takes about a month to break an old habit and replace it with a good one.

Many people struggle to follow their plan unless they write it down. Try the Power of Three checklist. Take a piece of paper and write a month's worth of days across the top, then write your three daily goals down the side. At the end of each day, check off the changes you made that day. Not every day will be perfect, but the idea is to track your progress so you can see that you need to work on.

Some SparkPeople use their daily blogs to "write it down". Use whatever method works for you - but try it...it works to track your progess visibly.

  
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JUDITHANNIE 12/27/2010 9:11AM

    good idea Judy, thanks used to but kind of got away from it...will go back to it now.... emoticon

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MOM4407 12/27/2010 7:49AM

    I could not agree with you more. Writing it down really does work. I read the article and it sounds so easy but yet it is so hard to put into practice.

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/27/2010 7:48AM

  Great idea! I may well try this myself....
Jay x

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/27/2010 7:17AM

    You are so right. When we write it down it makes us more aware of what we are doing and the choices we are making.

Good thought to start the new year off right.

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