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September 26th, 2010, Second Day of the 5% Fall Challenge

Sunday, September 26, 2010

So happy to see everyone posting their exercise and blog and comment post. The excitement, is in the air, the plane is soaring the skies, it's a nice relaxing flight, ride is smooth, so passengers are taking advantage of the exercise room, made available, to the spark people, in the Fall Challenge. There is also a track around the edge of it, so those, not on the machines, can do their walking. I know we all have to stretch, after sitting, so long.

Conversation is flowing, encouragement is being offered, and invitation to join another in the lounge, is heard, throughout, the room. The lounge has various beverages, seltzer water, spring water, juices, beer, wine and liquors and alcoholic beverages, of your choice. There is a 2 limit drink per passenger,on those, but that is fine. They also surprised us, with fresh veggie trays, fruit trays, and even an assortment, of proteins beef, lamb, salmon, nuts, and seeds, also rye, pumpernickel, and manna bread are available, plus an array of hummus and other healthy dips. Enjoy, Exercise, Express Gratitude to Someone and always Remember to Smile and say hello. It might be the only one that person has gotten that day.

I like the tranquil, atmosphere, throughout the plane, the movie that is being enjoyed by some, the board games, set up between passengers. So much room, on this plane. It is like a dream come true. Now, all we need is a place to lay our heads down for awhile, dare we ask the pilot, if a bunk or two or three is available. mmmmm, think not, the energy level is so high, I doubt if anyone will be sleeping, for too long during this flight. Relax, Enjoy, Soar the Skies Beautiful Butterflies! We have a few more days to land this plane.

Onward and Downward
Hugs
Linda

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIBRARYLASS 9/27/2010 2:50PM

    Great post, thanks!! I'm going on an actual plane this weekend and I wish it could be like yours!
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TURTLE_MOM 9/27/2010 12:43PM

    Cute - thanks for keeping us going!!!

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HEALTHYKIM101 9/26/2010 10:49PM

    Love the very vivid blog! You are very creative. Thanks for keeping us motivated. emoticon

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JKTENTATIVE 9/26/2010 9:19PM

    What fun!! Felt almost like I was on the plane with you...


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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/26/2010 9:13PM

    lOVE THE BLOG.

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MIPPY265 9/26/2010 8:20PM

    I may not be a butterfly, but I sure do love the way u explained the plane ride. I know that the Firecrackers are all abuzz on our flight, too. Good Luck on the Challenge!!!

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MUNCHIE718 9/26/2010 8:11PM

  It is so exciting to start the new challenge! Good luck to you & your team!

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CERIUSLY 9/26/2010 8:08PM

    Very creative blog! emoticon Good Luck and have a great week!

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September 25th,2010, FIRST DAY OF THE 5% OFF FALL CHALLENGE

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I want to welcome all the new Butterflies, to the team and I want to welcome previous Butterflies, back to the team.

We are in this together, if one of us have a problem, we all do, because we fly together, so keep your eyes on the discussions, questions, exercise post and weigh in post, and if you see another Butterfly needing a boost or an answer, please be there for them and if you need a boost, don't be afraid to let us know. Set a plan for yourself, Work it to the best of your ability, and Stop by the team page, several times a day and see what is going on. It's a fun place, to be!

My plan for action, for these 8 weeks!

1. Track my food and do my exercise daily!
2. Wake Up with a Smile, and make my bed, as I get out of it, then it is done!
3. Empty my bladder, weigh myself, clean my bathroom, do my bathroom wall push ups.
4. Go to computer, check e-mail, spark, then go to living room, take my Glucose Reading,
take my meds and have breakfast.

I plan on losing 5%, plus I would like to get the extra 6.2 lbs I gained, in the two weeks between challenges off, also. I want to be able to say I lost 10% during the Sizzling Summer Challenge and the Fall Challenge.

I want to say Good Bye to the 3's and hello to the 2's for awhile and then finally hello to the 1's and say, I'm back home again, when I see those 1's, it's been at lease 46 years, so with a positive note:

1's I'm going to reach you, again! I make that promise to my body, I'm going to accomplish this!

Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda

Soar those Skies, Beautiful Butterflies, WE WILL DO THIS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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JILL313 9/25/2010 8:17PM

    You express yourself so well--and I can sure relate . . . I need to lose 100#s by the end of 2011. I'm giving myself plenty of time as I'm a slow loser--maybe I should join that team? I also am diabetic and take quite a few medications for it and other health problems.

I enjoyed your blog and I'm going to adopt your plan for action. A friend gave me a book on how you should eat according to your blood type. Did you say you are trying that? If so, is it helping you? Thank you for sharing . . . emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 9/25/2010 6:08PM

    I love these two goals you have listed:
2. Wake Up with a Smile, and make my bed, as I get out of it, then it is done!
3. Empty my bladder, weigh myself, clean my bathroom, do my bathroom wall push ups.

I need to do that, only empty my bladder first, weigh myself, have coffee, make bed, have breakfast, clean bathroom, workout, THEN get on the computer. And, of course, wake up with a smile.

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DRB13_1 9/25/2010 1:04PM

    Thank you for helping me find my way in this wonderful flock of butterflys emoticon. This will be my first challenge!
My 5% goal is 9lb, and with the excitement of visiting all these world heritage sites and getting to know my team mates, I am really motivated!
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TURTLE_MOM 9/25/2010 12:06PM

    Great morning plan - I do think I need to figure something like that out!

Thanks for being a great leader!!!

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CYNTHIALEE45 9/25/2010 11:23AM

    Nice blog! Best of luck in this challenge!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 9/25/2010 11:20AM

    Good luck i am on the Care bears team.

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THENEWCINDY 9/25/2010 10:42AM

    Good luck in the challenge!!!

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JKTENTATIVE 9/25/2010 10:18AM

    I just left a comment on your SparkPage - wiil miss you and the Butterflies this Challenge, but will keep in touch via blogging and boards. I wish you much success with your goals.

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TMCK-40 9/25/2010 10:06AM

  We are in this together. Good luck and you are worth it!!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/25/2010 9:33AM

    Good luck fellow butterfly.

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MOUNTAINMERMAID 9/25/2010 9:10AM

    emoticon An Uplifting Blog for Me!!!

I'm a returning emoticon , YES! We All need to watch each others back, Help with Motivation and Support to Succed with Our 5%..........


emoticon emoticon LET'S DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Fall 5% Challenge

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Are you trapped on a plateau and need a push? How about engaging in a challenge to improve fitness and lose weight while having fun. Check out the Fall 2010 5% Challenge, starting in two weeks, September 25th! The teams are limited so you will have to act quickly to reserve a spot. Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in eight weeks by participating in weekly team challenges focusing on exercise and healthy lifestyle habits. This fall challenge will race to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 56 Days!

Once you join the group, read the first thread "Just Joined the Team - READ THIS FIRST" for instructions on signing up for a team.

I have participated in3 of these challenges. I lost the 5% in the Summer Sizzling Challenge.

I encourage you to do something different and join in with team to enliven your journey.

Here is the Link, to use to sign up:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=45456



Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda
Beautiful Butterflies, weight leader

  
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KALISWALKER 9/17/2010 12:18PM

    Congratulations on your 5%! Lets get our 5% in the Fall Challenge!

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JKTENTATIVE 9/14/2010 10:19PM

    Yes - The Challenges are great! I am definitely in for the Fall challenge!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 9/14/2010 5:20PM

    Hi i am actually a member of the care bear team.I love the challenges.Lisa

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Monday, August 23, 2010 Inspiration

Monday, August 23, 2010

Reading these blogs, on a regular basis is very inspiring.


I get many ideas, from other people

Realizing, I don't need clutter, if I unclutter my life, it will be easier to handle
I will make an effort to do this.

Staying focused is so important, in achieving the end result, but realizing at the same time, one needs to take it a meal at a time, an exercise session at a time.

Seeing the reflection come back at you from a store window, a mirror, realizing that is you, and you are looking better. Seeing is believing. Sometimes as one becomes smaller, they do not recognize it, because it is oneself. We have to grab onto to the weight lost, claim it, to keep it. Notice the change in little things, like the size of your calfs, thighs, wrist, ring size, neck size, width of face, length of face, and especially notice you are smiling more. Keep that smile, keep a positive attitude, and live life each day to it's fullest, doing all you want to do, you live only ones.

Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda

  
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BETRME100 8/24/2010 3:47PM

    I'm with you...I've found so much inspiration in the blogs...and all the members of the 5% challenge have provided me with support and tons of great new ideas!! It's wonderful to be part of such a great group!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/24/2010 12:59PM

    We do need to take a minute and really SEE the improvements! Sometimes all we can see is how far we have to go instead of how far we have come; great reminder!

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JOANOFSPARK 8/24/2010 12:44PM

    It's the little things that make it all worthwhile and keeps us focused and going strong.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 8/24/2010 7:49AM

    seeing is believing!!!

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ERMYLIFE 8/24/2010 1:43AM

    Great post. It is the little surprising things we discover about ourselves that brings, at least, to me the greatest joy. I think I will make my blog post as a response to yours.

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MCSNYDER1 8/23/2010 10:19PM

    So right---like how someone at school said to me that the could see actual muscles in my calves!! When I got home----I looked and they were right! 2 tight little muscles!!!--very defined!!!!

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JKTENTATIVE 8/23/2010 9:46PM

    Yes - that mirror is amazing when it starts to show an improvement!

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Saturday, August 21,2010, My Latest Diabetic Discovery

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I talked to my doctor, about taking Byetta, for diabetic control, knowing that, one side effect, could be weight lost. He agreed and I started it last Friday, but something happened to my glucose numbers, they went up and stayed up, and went over 350, one time. That made me call the doctor's office, with this info.

He called me the next morning, told me Byetta takes two-three weeks to kick in sometimes, so I was to take a half a dose of my 70/30 Novolog (which is insulin and lantus ,mixed), twice a day, and to call him on Monday, and he would either adjust the novolog or, stop it again, depending on my numbers.

I'm hardly ever hungry, and need to look at the clock and know, it is time to eat, this is important, for a diabetic, to eat at a scheduled time. I never had that problem, before. I find it kind of amusing, after all these years being a diabetic, I think this may be the right medicine, for me. We will see. I was just tested, last week and my HA1C, was 7.5 down from 8.5, would like to get it to five.

I know getting all this under control, will help, to lead a more stimulating life!

Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 8/22/2010 4:29AM

    I hope this works for you!

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JOANOFSPARK 8/21/2010 11:59AM

    That would be really great if it does work as promised...another great tool in your arsenal against diabetes....good for you.....:)

forgetting to eat? I should be so lucky...... emoticon but wait, I actually do forget to eat when I get on here on SP.....*grin* of course, not for long because I too have diabetes and when I look at my tracker, I am reminded that I need to eat something....

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THENEWCINDY 8/21/2010 11:40AM

    I hope it works for you

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JKTENTATIVE 8/21/2010 11:19AM

    Wow! Not remembering to eat...can't even imagine what that's like. Hope the weight loss happens and that it has the side effect of reducing or excluding your need for meds.

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KARLOTTA46 8/21/2010 10:45AM

    I hope the new med is the right one for you! Don't forget your snacks, even with the new medicine you need to set a clock or something to make sure you eat properly.

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DIVALICIOUS7 8/21/2010 10:36AM

    Stick with it!! Diabetes is a horrible disease with nasty complications. Please don't invite trouble in the door!! 2 of my brothers have it - so my goal with spark is to NEVER be diagnosed with it due to excess weight!!. Genetics are another story Be strong Claire

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GRAMSIECAKES2 8/21/2010 10:34AM

    My hubby is a diabetic too. He has been try to get his numbers down more now too. He has had some success as he has now had it for about 5 years. He does know now tho that bananas, corn and white bread will bring his sugar up like NOW!!!

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