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5% Challenge Week 2 - Everyday healthy habit to develop: Daily F&V servings

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Iíve been on the SP diet now for almost 3 months, with good results. I manage to stay within my recommended ranges every day, with only a few exceptions. So, Iíve learned how to control that fairly well, but what I havenít been tracking is the fruit & veggie servings. I suspect itís been ok, at least when I can plan my meals, otherwise I'd be hungry at the end of the day (calories). But I think I should focus a bit more on this, to be sure Iím getting proper nutrition, especially since Iím not always in control of what I eat (lunch and/or dinner may be served in business meetings, etc.)

I had a severe iron deficiency last year, and donít want to take the chance on that happening again. It was horribleÖI was so tired at one point, I was trying to pack for a trip and all I could do was to cry. DH made me cancel the trip and I went to the doctor next day and discovered my iron was so low, it was barely measureable at all! No wonder, huh?

So that is what I will focus on to make sure it is part of my eating habits, to ensure I'm getting proper nutrition.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VONBLACKBIRD 3/3/2013 1:21PM

    Sounds like you are on your way. Keep it up!!!

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POPSY190 3/3/2013 3:33AM

    Tracking specific nutrients where there has been a problem previously is a very good idea. Enjoy your freggies!

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MICKEYH 3/3/2013 1:22AM

    You know Alie, I am just so proud of you. I see you are all over the planet, traveling and meetings and yet, you are doing so well on this SP diet and your fitness plan. And you are great contributor to out awesome A team. I am amazed how do you do it? I think you have a great determinations and diligent about what you do and you must have great hope and dream. Thanks for sharing your greatness and courage with us.

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NUCLEARMUM 3/3/2013 12:17AM

    Sounds like a great habit. I lose sight of those too in trying to meet the calorie range.

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    That is a great habit to form. That's why I love to log in my food on my app because see the things I need more of and what I need less of. It has REALLY paid off!

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NINETOZE 3/2/2013 11:42PM

    I think I should make this one of my improved healthy habits too. I eat too many fruits and not enough veggies!
Thanks for sharing!

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    A great goal!

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Winter to Spring 5% Challenge Commitments - restated for my team mates!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I put my commitments on my Sparkpage last weekend before I got a team assignment, and some of this is in my blog of 2/16/13, but I thought I'd restate my commitments in a blog so that my team mates in the emoticon A team can easily see them (from the team stream). So, here you go....

My commitments to my team mates for the 8 weeks are below.

I will continue to meet my goals for the February Bootcamp and the 5K for Rookies program, including a 5K race in April.

I will continue with Zumba 2 days a week as cardio and/or cross-training, and also add these 5% Winter Commitments:

I will exercise daily for a minimum of 10 minutes.

I will follow my SP recommended diet, tracking all food eaten every day.

I will record my daily exercise minutes and points.

On Saturdays I will weigh in and record it.

I will check in with my team daily and leave a comment on the Discussion Board.

I will read and comment on blogs as I have time.

I will lose 5% or more of my starting body weight over the 8 weeks challenge.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MICKEYH 2/20/2013 11:18PM

    Great commitments !! Go Alie!! Go emoticon A's emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 2/20/2013 6:59PM

    YAY, Alie! You can do it!!!

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GWINNER1 2/20/2013 4:01AM

    Enjoyed your blog Alison! emoticon emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 2/19/2013 3:29PM

    Thanks friend.

Well, they kind of get lost in the Community team, I thought. But then again, my life is too complicated, so I try to make things simple and efficient. Funny, that's what I actually do for a job...efficiency expert!

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POPSY190 2/19/2013 3:11PM

    This is a good idea.

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My journey so far, and some of the next stops on the way

Saturday, February 16, 2013

One of the assignments for the 5% Winter to Spring challenge I joined today is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight, what do I want to change, how do I want to look, how do I want to feel, what things will I be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that I want to change!

So, some of this I already put on my Sparkpage when I became active again on SP in December after 4 years off. But I should restate some of it, and expand it a 5 years ago, when I joined originally, I was overweight, stressed, unhappy and SP helped me meet weight loss goals, but I didn't really "buy in" totally, so I soon fell back off the wagon. I hadn't really changed anything, and still didn't have a healthy lifestyle. Back then, I never really joined in the SP community, didn't even ever set up a Sparkpage, so that's one of the things I determined to do differently this time, and why I'm expanding now on how I got here and where I want to go next on this journey.

This fall, I realized that I had to take charge of this, I was heavier than ever before in my life, and could no longer do the physical activities I used to do and enjoy. A walk up a flight of stairs made me pant, and walking much made my feet hurt and made me tired. So, I decided this was NOT how I wanted to live anymore, I had ordered some Zumba disks so I could start to looked fun in the ads, and I figured I could take it with me when I travel. I travel quite a bit in my job, and that was one of the "excuses" why I had gotten so out of shape, and dowright FAT. I figured if I could only learn to do it, I could carry it with me and play on my laptop in hotel rooms. And that if I only got some exercise, it would all get better. So, this I did, and although it took me purely forever (or at least it seemed like it), I learned it and got where I could actually do the full disk without pausing to pant and recover, first a 40 minute one, then a 60 minute one! Amazing...I had better stamina and energy, and I even took my disks and did Zumba 3 times a week on a 10 day cruise my husband and I took in late November. Somehow, during that trip, I let someone take some pictures of us on a beach. OMG, I knew it was bad and that my clothing size had increased from an 8 to a 16, but we both looked so bad and unhealthy, I never NEVER want to see another picture of me like that again, and I refuse to hide from cameras.

So, while I had met my goal on that trip to stay at the same weight and not gain any more, but I obviously needed more than that, so I decided I needed to get serious....When we got back home, I re-activated my SP account, and determined to do things differently this time to make permanent lifestyle changes and become a healthier, happier me.

I think it's serendipity that the day I reactivated, reset my goals, meal plans, weighed in, etc. was the precise 5 year anniversary of my first joining SP in 2007!

Bottom line, this time, I will do it right, andit won't be a temporary weight loss. It IS hard to find time to plan healthy meals, shop for food, and cook. It IS hard to eat healthy when I am in airports and hotels. It IS hard to find time and be committed to exercising properly. BUT I WILL DO ALL THESE THINGS. And I will change all the bad habits that got me where I was.

You can see from my tracker that I've been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week consistently since I reset goals. My goal weight should be attainable by June 2013. I'm increasing my fitness level by continuing with Zumba, walking, and doing strength training using SP videos. The January Jumpstart challenge gave me a great introduction to the videos, and pointed out to me the areas I needed to do the most work in. I made some Sparkfriends with similar goals, and we encourage each other. The February Bootcamp is a continuation of the January Jumpstart to me...keeps me doing the strength training. I started the 5K for Rookies program, finished Week 1, and am signed up for a 5K race in mid-April. (Already paid the entrance fee, and it's sponsored by work and people there know it, so no backing out!) I'm committed to all these things this time, and it's working...I know this works, and how amazing will it be when in another 7 weeks I can RUN a 5K race, when I couldn't hardly walk that far 3 months ago!

Today, I found the 5% Winter to Summer challenge and it sounded like a whole lot of fun, and a good way to keep accountable to my goals, and to get to know more SP members. I don't yet know my team assignment, but I know it will be awesome, and we'll be able to fly around the world!!

I WILL enjoy my life, and be healthy so I can do the things I enjoy.
I WILL NOT hide from cameras while I'm doing them!
I WILL feel good, and sleep well.
I WILL be an example that I can be proud of to people that I know.
I WILL be around to enjoy my grandsons grow up, and be able to take them hiking, camping, and fishing.

So, this was a long way around the pole barn, but this is my journey so far, and where I plan to go from here.


P.S. I just found out I'm to be on the Awesome A Team for the Winter to Spring 5% Challenge. WooHoo!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALISWALKER 4/14/2013 12:20PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog!

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SLIMLEAF 4/6/2013 1:31PM

    As you're the Awesome A Team's member of the day, I've just visited your page and read this blog post. I'm so glad I did! You're doing so well! All your determination and hard work is obviously paying off. Keep up the good work - it's great to have you on the team!

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MINNA72 4/6/2013 1:23PM

    emoticon blog!

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DASU1949 2/27/2013 11:59AM

    Great blog.
I agree and feel mostly the same way. I am hoping / planning for this challenge to be my kick start to keeping to a more healthy lifestyle.
Good luck to you.
Glad you are on the Awesome A team!!

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MHNGJR 2/17/2013 4:00PM

    Loved the Blog! Welcome to the Awesome A's. It's a very motivating, friendly group. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 2/17/2013 1:12PM

    emoticon to the emoticon A team! I look forward to seeing you progress during the challenge. I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing that you have restarted your journey. emoticon emoticon

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MTNGRL 2/17/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon Blog. Much success during the 5% challenge! I totally forgot to sign up until yesterday so I am waiting for my assignment. Way to go doing Zumba on your trip. It is so much fun!

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MICKEYH 2/17/2013 11:26AM

    Great blog !! I can relate to you on this blog. And I am so proud of your new determination. Good luck on your health journey. I also joined 5% challenge. But don't know yet, which team I am in. Hopefully I will find out soon. Take care.

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CATHY629 2/17/2013 9:14AM

    You can do it.

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POPSY190 2/17/2013 1:14AM

    Great blog. This all sounds good and I'm so pleased you came back to SP. I'm a Casual Traveller - if you're not on my plane I'' see you in the airports!

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DWROBERGE 2/17/2013 1:14AM

    Keep focused for success. You can do it. Go for it.

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