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Focus of BLC25 Week 5 -

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wow, one month down and 8 weeks to go. Participating in the Spark BLC25 challenge with my fellow Maniacs on the Hot Mocha Maniac Team is proving to be a needed challenge for me while being so inspired and encouraged by my teammates.

So here's what I hope to focus on this coming week while participating in the challenge. I didn't see a loss on the scale this past week because admittedly I lost some of my focus when it came to food choices. Room for improvement this coming week.

Nutrition
1. Plan my menu for the coming week
2. Shop for groceries for the menu
3. Eat 7 freggies a day
4. Track absolutely everything I eat this week -
5. When tempted to choose a salty or sweet snack I will stop and choose a veggie or fruit instead -
6. Have a veggie tray prepared in the fridge and a basket of fruit ready on the counter so it's easier to choose the freggie option noted in #5 -
7. Drink 8 glasses water a day -
8. Measure absolutely everything I eat for accurate tracking -
9. Try one new healthy recipe -
10. Plan breakfast and lunch meals for 3 day road trip and pack necessary foods into the cooler -
11. Choose healthy foods when out for dinner on 3 day road trip and exercise portion control -


Fitness
1. Attend 2 aqua spinning classes -
2. Complete a minimum of 375 intentional fitness minutes
3. Complete the entire Amazing Race Challenge for BLC25 this week -
4. Walk 3 - 30 minute walks
5. Check one outdoor activity to with nieces/nephew off the list on Sunday
6. Use the fitness center at the hotel once
7. Use the pool at the hotel twice for 45 minute period twice during hotel stay.

Rest

1. Get 7 hours rest per night -
2. Relax 1 hour in the afternoon each day -

Reflect

1. Blog about my renewed vision for Part 2 of my journey to a healthy
weight - Watch out for my blog, "That's me next!"
2. Post photo from June 2013 when I was 20 pounds lighter on my bedroom
closet mirror for inspiration.
3. Post photo of my sister who is 10 pounds lighter than my goal weight on
my bedroom closet mirror for inspiration.


Weight

1. Start a loosing streak again -
2. Loose 2 lbs -


“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
― Paulo Coelho

Keeping my eyes open and concentrating this week. How about you?

  
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PATTISTAMPS 5/30/2014 10:02AM

    You CAN do it! I think you need those gold star stickers so you can see how very much you accomplish!!!

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KALISDAD 5/29/2014 10:56PM

    You have a plan laid out that shows you know the way. Now just go out and DO IT. Way to go!!

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NASFKAB 5/29/2014 10:54PM

  LOVELY

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 5/29/2014 10:09PM

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CINDYAST 5/29/2014 10:08PM

    Sounds like a great plan and yes, I'll join you on the "keeping my eyes open and concentrating" this week!
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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/29/2014 9:53PM

    emoticon plan! You can do it!

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RONI122 5/29/2014 9:39PM

    Maria you bring such a inspiration to our team. I'm so glad to be on this journey with you my Hot Mocha Manaic Friend! Thanks for sharing your goals.

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/29/2014 8:50PM

    Wow, what a great plan! I'm also tracking my nutrition like a hawk this week which is something I haven't been doing and need to do. Wishing you lots of success! :)

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ROXYZMOM 5/29/2014 8:34PM

    You will do it!!
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PRINCESS1959 5/29/2014 6:58PM

    What is BCL25?

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BIGPAWSUP 5/29/2014 6:39PM

    Sounds fantastic. You can do this.

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Focus for BLC25 Week 4 Reviewed

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This past week has had many successes but was not without it's challenges. Towards the end of the week I got side tracked with the nutrition plan. Being out to eat I didn't exercise the discipline I needed and after the extra snacking on Sunday it was not a good thing. That being said though I do celebrate that though I was not watching calories for a weight loss result I certainly did not eat crazy number of calories while out or fall into an attitude of letting one splurge derail me for the day or days following.

Nutrition
1. Plan my menu for the coming week emoticon
2. Shop for groceries for the menu emoticon
3. Eat 7 freggies a day emoticon
4. Track absolutely everything I eat this week -
5. Eat only nutritional food - emoticon Oops, ate a bag of chips of Sunday.
6. Drink 8 glasses water a day - emoticon
7. Measure absolutely everything I eat for accurate tracking - 4 out 7 days emoticon
8. Eat at the lower end of recommended caloric intake during the week days
9. Try one new healthy recipe - Enjoyed a beet salad recipe I hadn't tried before


Fitness
1. Attend 3 aqua spinning classes - emoticon
2. Attend 1 strength class - emoticon
3. Complete 5 km Run for Water on Sunday - Run the entire course - emoticon and set a personal best time emoticon
4. Complete a minimum of 375 intentional fitness minutes - Over 400 done
5. Complete all BLC25 team challenges emoticon
6. Walk 3 - 30 minute walks emoticon
7. Check one outdoor activity off the list on Sunday emoticon
8. Write down the list of possible outdoor activities with nieces/nephew in a blog - emoticon


Rest

1. Get 7 hours rest per night - emoticon
2. Relax 1 hour in the afternoon each day - some days; other days not

Reflect

1. Blog about my renewed vision for Part 2 of my journey to a healthy
weight - Watch out for my blog, "That's me next!" - Still waiting for the inspiration to write this one.
2. Post photo from June 2013 when I was 20 pounds lighter on my bedroom
closet mirror for inspiration. - pics on the computer and need to print out
3. Post photo of my sister who is 10 pounds lighter than my goal weight on
my bedroom closet mirror for inspiration. - Need to print out yet

Weight

1. Continue the loss streak I started 2 weeks ago - emoticon registered a slight gain - emoticon but today is the start of a new streak.
2. Loose 2 lbs - next week? gained . 6 lbs this week.

  
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SHERYLP461 5/29/2014 10:57PM

    Fantastic, with all that planned and done you can't help but be a winner. You are a fantastic lady and an inspiration to us all.

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ROXYZMOM 5/29/2014 8:39PM

    You are awesome!!

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JACKIE542 5/29/2014 6:41PM

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CHERIONE 5/29/2014 5:22PM

    Great goals, great plan! Yes you can!

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NILLAPEPSI 5/29/2014 2:53PM

    emoticon plan! emoticon emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 5/29/2014 2:40PM

    Sounds to me like you are doing a good job! A lot of goals to track, and you did pretty darn well, IMHO!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/29/2014 2:23PM

    Wow, you certainly have your duckies on a row. Proud of you!


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NEVER SAY NEVER

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Never say never!!!

I would never have believed that at this time in my life, mid fifties, that I would be running 5 km races. Absolutely not! I was never an athlete, I never enjoyed Phys Ed post Elementary School, I never understood that someone even had it them to run. Running had never been me, I believed I was never intended to be a runner, and I knew I'd never be a runner! And that's that!

Now after just over two years on Spark, I have participated in my second Run for Water 5 km Run in my community to raise funds for fresh water for Ethiopians. No, I didn't crawl. No, I didn't walk. I RAN!!! I ran to raise money and together we raised $230,000. for the cause.

I ran proudly wearing my newly purchased headband sporting the quote, "Never say never." I just had to have that one because it truly captured the spirit with which I was running.

My goal was to complete the race, run the entire course, and run in less than 45 minutes because I didn't believe I'd come anywhere near last year's time.
I ran the entire course and set a new personal best. "Never say never." I did come near last year's time and beat it by 35 seconds.

Before you believe you'll never reach your goal, never be able to accomplish a dream or perhaps even never be allowed to dream about what you can accomplish; remember, "Never say never."

Celebrate what you have already accomplished, determine what you wish to accomplish in the short term and make a plan, and keep your eye on the goal. Before you know it you'll be celebrating even more successes. You'll discover what you capable of and not limit yourself by what you believe you can't become. NEVER SAY NEVER!

Looking forward to hearing about your celebrations, Spark Friends!

  
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NILLAPEPSI 5/27/2014 11:13AM

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BIGPAWSUP 5/27/2014 10:47AM

    emoticon How terrific!!! I'm so happy for you!!! This it amazing.

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CINDYAST 5/26/2014 6:57PM

    You are AWESOME!!!! I am so very proud of you and all you've accomplished!
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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/26/2014 11:45AM

    emoticon on not only completing the 5K but also setting a new personal best record. Great fund raising for a great charity.

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PATTISTAMPS 5/26/2014 11:00AM

    Congrats! And I am so pleased to have been a supporter of this worthy cause! And will be happy to support you next year, too!! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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MLH148 5/26/2014 9:58AM

    Wow!! Congrats. You are inspiring!!

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KIWIANN 5/26/2014 9:03AM

    emoticon emoticon I am so happy for you - a well-run race for a good cause! Keep SHINING, you fabulous emoticon ! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 5/26/2014 5:17AM

    Great job! I'm impressed that so much money was raised for such a good cause.

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KALISDAD 5/26/2014 12:28AM

    WOW, that is great to have finished your 5k race and with a personal best time. Your fund raising is phenomenal and sounds like a worthy cause. Keep on staying active and making progress towards a more active and healthier life style.

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NASFKAB 5/25/2014 10:26PM

  what an inspiration say focused

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JACKIE542 5/25/2014 10:11PM

    You really are an inspiration, so proud of you. I so agree Never say never! emoticon emoticon emoticon I am having a party over here so happy for you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 5/25/2014 10:02PM

    You are one of the most amazing women I know, what an accomplishment! Congratulations you truly are a star!

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ABETTERBETTY 5/25/2014 9:54PM

    My goal is to completely run a 5K race. I hope to this in the fall. I am looking at a couple. emoticon

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Weekend Summer Activity Choices

Thursday, May 22, 2014

On the weekend I enjoy doing Outdoor activities with my 3 nieces and nephew during the warmer and drier months. Throughout the winter months we mentioned a variety of activities we might do together so I wanted to compile a list of the possibilities so its right there for us when we want to choose an activity. With a list we can also track our accomplishments which appealed to me. It'll be interesting to see what we accomplish together as we enjoy the great outdoors in each others company.

5 km Run For Water charity run emoticon
Hike Tea Pot Hill
Hike Seven Sisters Trail
Canoe Lightning lake
Hike Lindeman Lake Trail
Bike Derby Park to Fort Langley
Hike to the falls in Golden Ears Park
Bike along the Fraser River banks
Bike/Walk around Willband Creek
Bike the Sumas prairie area
Walk at Mill Lake
Swim to the bouys at Cultus Lake
Bike the sea wall in Stanley Park

Looking forward to what the coming months bring.

  
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MIRAGE727 5/23/2014 7:13AM

    What a fab list! Rock on!
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CINDYAST 5/22/2014 11:05PM

    OoOOoooooo! Can I hike to the falls at Golden Ears Park with you??? lol! That sounds like a great place! Your list is awesome!

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SHERYLP461 5/22/2014 10:57PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!!

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ABETTERBETTY 5/22/2014 10:46PM

    Sounds like a fun list. Can I come play? emoticon

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JINLYNN 5/22/2014 8:16PM

    These all sound like great fun!
Enjoy!
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PATTISTAMPS 5/22/2014 2:26PM

    Wow! We don't have wonderful hiking trails here in FL, and it is so hot that you don't want to hike, anyway, but this all sounds great! I know you will accomplish a lot of that list! Enjoy it!

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MAINEALI 5/22/2014 12:01PM

    That's an awesome list! Have a ton of fun!

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JACKIE542 5/22/2014 11:42AM

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NASFKAB 5/22/2014 10:24AM

  looking forward to your update on these

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BIGPAWSUP 5/22/2014 10:11AM

    Sounds fun. We want a report on each one!


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KIWIANN 5/22/2014 8:58AM

    Sounds like a great list!! Enjoy every minute!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 5/22/2014 7:20AM

    Great list! Sounds like you have a lot of trails near by.
Enjoy!

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MLH148 5/22/2014 6:06AM

    I love the idea of this list -- no struggle to find something to do! Hope you knock it all out.

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ROX5CAR 5/22/2014 5:26AM

    Oh how neat!! emoticon

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ONECALMMOM 5/22/2014 3:18AM

  Great list!!!!

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Focus for BLC25 Week 4

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Amazingly we are entering the 4th week or last week of our first month of the BLC25 Challenge. I am finding it beneficial to just chunk the larger 12 week period into smaller weekly periods to keep my focus. I believe that if I keep to the plan below I will have another successful week with my team, the Hot Mocha Maniacs.

Nutrition
1. Plan my menu for the coming week
2. Shop for groceries for the menu
3. Eat 7 freggies a day
4. Track absolutely everything I eat this week -
5. Eat only nutritional food -
6. Drink 8 glasses water a day -
7. Measure absolutely everything I eat for accurate tracking -
8. Eat at the lower end of recommended caloric intake during the week days
9. Try one new healthy recipe -


Fitness
1. Attend 3 aqua spinning classes -
2. Attend 1 strength class -
3. Complete 5 km Run for Water on Sunday - Run the entire course
4. Complete a minimum of 375 intentional fitness minutes
5. Complete all BLC25 team challenges
6. Walk 3 - 30 minute walks
7. Check one outdoor activity off the list on Sunday
8. Write down the list of possible outdoor activities with nieces/nephew in a blog -


Rest

1. Get 7 hours rest per night -
2. Relax 1 hour in the afternoon each day -

Reflect

1. Blog about my renewed vision for Part 2 of my journey to a healthy
weight - Watch out for my blog, "That's me next!"
2. Post photo from June 2013 when I was 20 pounds lighter on my bedroom
closet mirror for inspiration.
3. Post photo of my sister who is 10 pounds lighter than my goal weight on
my bedroom closet mirror for inspiration.


Weight

1. Continue the loss streak I started 2 weeks ago -
2. Loose 2 lbs -

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHERYLP461 5/22/2014 9:18AM

    Fantastic, you will go far on these!

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JINLYNN 5/22/2014 12:07AM

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NASFKAB 5/21/2014 9:14PM

  just keep on

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BIGPAWSUP 5/21/2014 7:51PM

    You got some great goals there. You are awesome and I know you will succeed!

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MARYDSAN 5/21/2014 5:43PM

    How were you able to get a photo from 2015?
These look like great goals and very doable-especially for someone as focused as you are!

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NEWCHINELO 5/21/2014 5:29PM

    Keep pushing!

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JACKIE542 5/21/2014 4:25PM

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KIWIANN 5/21/2014 4:08PM

    looking forward to seeing emoticon all over your review next week!! emoticon

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