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Not As I Planned, But It's Okay

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today was a bit of a rough day. Not so much because it was the 1st day of the Fall 5% Challenge, but because I was pulled in so many directions (as usual) and I wanted to try to focus on me! I thought my husband would be around to help me get some of that 'me' time, but it didn't turn out that way.

I did manage to get in 20 minutes on my elliptical on beginner level 1. Five minutes into my workout my 3 year old needed me to attend to her on the potty (#2). But I managed to finish that workout and burn 330 calories. I also did really well on drinking my water for the day, as well as NOT binging on any junk food. I actually think I did pretty well today after the way I have been binging on junk this past week.

I'm telling myself that tomorrow will be a better day and I will accomplish even more.
Positive Vibes to everyone on the emoticon team! We can do this!

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SCAROUSEL1 9/26/2010 12:16PM

    Congratulations on Making It Happen you busy mom you!

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SEARCH4BALANCE 9/26/2010 8:14AM

    Hey, one day at a time, just do the best you can that day. Good job for fitting in the exercise and controlling the junk food.

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SMYLEERED 9/26/2010 1:15AM

    A busy mom who gets in some exercise is to be commended. You're doing great!

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ANITA012 9/26/2010 12:18AM

    Sounds like a great day to me too! Keep it up! You are doing better than you think, especially when there are so many things to juggle. emoticon

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JMCADE 9/25/2010 10:57PM

    Sounds to me like you did really well today. If you can make that much progess everyday, you will be well on your way. Go starfish we can be the best!!!

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CONNIESUIT 9/25/2010 9:22PM

    emoticon I decided not to participate in the fall 5% challenge, but your progress today was great! You did awesome on the elliptical as well. We have one, and I love it. It is a great calorie burner. Good luck in the challenge! emoticon

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Challenges Ahead!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tomorrow begins the Fall 2010 5% Challenge for many Spark friends here at SparkPeople.
I am on the Starfish Team in case any of you are wondering emoticon

For this challenge I need to lose 5% of my current weight by November 20th. I want to do this. I truly would love to be lighter before Christmas. I want to succeed and I know this is not going to be easy, but I am going to give this everything I got!

This 1st weeks challenge is exercising & blogging!
The most I can exercise in a day is a maximum of 120 exercise minutes. I will earn 5 points for everyday I post a blog. I will earn 1 point for each time I visit a team mate’s blog (including Community Team) and leave them a comment.

I have also decided to try the Dr. Oz Just 10! Challenge. This is going to take a lot of re-shaping of habits, but I am going to do this in baby steps.

1. Cut Out Soda
2. Stop Eating at Least 3 Hours Before Bed
3. Move for 10 Minutes Each Day
4. Exercise Portion Control (Don't eat any snacks larger than the size of you fist.)
5. Weigh Yourself Every Day
6. Take a Vitamin B Complex Every Day
(Vitamin B Complex metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins and and fatty acids in the body giving you the energy to exercise.)
7. Take Your Vitamins
8. Recipe Reinvention

Next Month I will be starting a challenge on the Pushing 40 Team, which is to use the inventory we own. (exercise equipment, DVD's, etc.)

So, now that I have it all planned out, I hope I can come back to this blog entry to remind myself that this is something I really want for myself. I want to be healthy. I want to feel good about myself. I want to have energy. I want to buy stylish clothes and look awesome in them. I want to teach my children healthy eating habits so that they do not grow up to have the issues I struggle with. Only I can do this. Other people can cheer me on, help motivate me, or lend an ear to listen to my struggles. But only I can make the changes needed in order to get healthy. I must control what I eat and how much. I must make a commitment to establish an exercise routine. I must be responsible enough to take care of my body. Only I can do this. No one else. I am stepping up and holding myself accountable. emoticon here I come!

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SCAROUSEL1 9/26/2010 12:16PM

    You CAN do it!

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SEARCH4BALANCE 9/25/2010 9:03AM

    Having a plan is the first step and you are well on your way. Good luck!

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ANITA012 9/25/2010 1:05AM

    Keep us all posted! We would love to be your rooting team!
Go Girl! YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon emoticon

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UMUCGRAD 9/24/2010 11:35PM

    Good for you! It's great to have a plan. Go for it!

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SMYLEERED 9/24/2010 11:10PM

    Good luck with the Challenge(s).

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LOLA_98CHIC 9/24/2010 10:36PM

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BARBARACT 9/24/2010 9:01PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan to follow! Good luck with it! You can do it!


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Busy & Positive!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yesterday was a very busy day. In the morning I started my laundry and ended up doing 4 loads. 2 were the kids clothes, 1 was my husband's work shirts and the last were blankets. I hung all of it up on the wash line, took it down, folded it and put it all away. I also re-arranged the back part of our basement which is the kids play area and vacuumed our sectional sofa really good because of the dog hair that was shed on it. I pulled weeds from my flower beds and put away some outdoor decor. Lastly, I helped my husband cover our pool.
Let me tell you, I over did it. My feet, legs and behind my knees hurt and throbbed last night. I had a difficult time sleeping because of the aches and should have taken some pain medication....but didn't think of that last night.
So, today, although I planned on doing my elliptical, I think it'd be best to take a day of rest for my body. I hope to get a good night's sleep tonight so I can do a great elliptical workout tomorrow.
I signed up for the Fall %5 Challenge today which you can also join here:

Last week I did not do so great on the Dr. Oz 'Just 10' Challenge, but I am hoping to step it up a notch this week. Positivity!!!! emoticon

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CURBUR 9/22/2010 10:09AM

    When you finish at your house can you come and work on mine?(lol) After working all week I feel like I am doing good to catch up on the laundry on the weekends. You deserve a day off.

I have found that when I am busier I am much more focused on and positive about my weight loss efforts. Keep up the great work.

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SMYLEERED 9/21/2010 9:47PM

    Busy Busy Busy Lady...good that you rested instead of pushing your body. Good luck with the Fall Challenge. Thanks for sharing.

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BIBS4664 9/20/2010 8:01PM

    You surely did a lot. Listening to your body is a great thing. Keep on going!!

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KENDALL7261 9/20/2010 7:32AM

  Busy lady!

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GETFITNLEAN 9/19/2010 8:56PM


My Mom always hung laundry when it was nice outside. I have a dryer, but in order to do as much laundry as I had, it is easier to just hang it out....especially the heavy blankets. Easier for them to just flap in the breeze and dry. Also, it saves on my electric bill, is good for the environment and incorporates exercise for me! IN a few months though, the line drying days will be numbered and I will have to use the dryer all of the time over the winter.
hanks for all of your comments everyone. I rested today and hope to get back on the elliptical tomorrow! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/19/2010 6:03PM

That is a great deal of activity! It is good to listen to our bodies and give them some rest. Too much of even a good thing isn't always healthy. Balance is key.
A positive attitude is so important to our overall health and well-beign. Thank you for the important reminder.
I have found challenges to be extremely helpful. Perhaps at some point we may run into each other as we try something new.
Best wishes as you continue your endeavors to health.

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    It sounds like you were VERY busy! I have never had to hang clothes on a line before, I have always had a dryer. You definitely must have burned some extra calories with that! Keep up the hard work!

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FITXFORTY 9/19/2010 4:25PM

    Takin' it one day at a time!

Love it!


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STATCHMO 9/19/2010 4:23PM

    You had a very busy and productive Saturday! After doing that much labor around the house, you don't really need to workout, especially if you are sore and your body is telling you it needs a break.

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DHOLLOWAY60 9/19/2010 3:58PM

    Yup take a day to rest.
You probally need it.
Our bodies sometime tell us that.
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Comment edited on: 9/19/2010 4:00:00 PM

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QUEENBME2 9/19/2010 3:52PM

    Even though you were sore, you did a great job in getting in exercise. Good work!

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Dr. Appt. Completed!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So, I am back from the Dr's office. I had my first physical in over 6 or more years. Nothing was said about my weight, but then again, both the nurse who took down my info and the nurse practitioner who saw me for the physical, weighed way more than I do. Not that this means anything, but it didn't seem like there was any concern over my weight. I am concerned and I will continue to try to be as healthy as I can be!

All in all I do believe I am in good health. The main reason I made this appointment is because since I stopped breastfeeding my daughter in January 2008, I slowly have worked up to uncomfortable digestive issues. The nurse practitioner thinks it may be IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), so she gave me a prescription for Levsin (I got the generic version Hyomax SL). I am NOT big on taking medications at all, but this med is only used when you have the symptoms, so I guess I will try it out. It does make you sleepy though, so I will have to watch when I use since I am always driving/picking up my daughter from school and such. I have a follow-up appointment for October 12th to see how the meds are working for me. I am also going for blood work the week before the follow up appointment. She is checking my basic metabolic panel, lipid panel w/LDL, diabetes, and thyroid. I've had thyroid, metabolism and diabetes checked for in the past with no issues. I've never had my cholesterol checked though, so I am hoping those numbers aren't as bad as I am thinking they are. The nurse practitioner did say that if the meds do not help me, she will refer me to a gastro enterologist.

If you are reading this, thank you for your time and support. I think I will join the IBS Team just to gain more knowledge and insight.

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SMYLEERED 9/21/2010 10:04PM

    It's good that you're keeping tabs on your health. Taking meds isn't something we enjoy but when you have a health issue it's the way to go. Good luck with the blood work and the IBS. Joining that team is a great idea.

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HOCKEYMOM.DANI 9/14/2010 9:40PM

    Good for you for getting yourself to the doctor. I hope the meds help and you find some relief. Joining the IBS team is a great idea, I'm sure you will get lots of advice there.

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BIBS4664 9/14/2010 8:58PM

    Taking care of yourself is a good thing. Keep on the journey.

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LORKAT 9/14/2010 5:44PM

  I hope you are feeling well. I have never been officially diagnosed, but I believe that I have had IBS since having my gall bladder removed years ago. Not fun! I had a little chuckle when I read the beginning of this blog, because I can really relate to it. I used to be nervous about going to my yearly physical, but my doctor never says anything about my weight most likely because she weighs more than me.

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Just 10 Challenge!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Dr. Oz Show is conducting the 'Just 10 Challenge'.
Although I do not get to watch his show as much as I would like, I'm a fan of how he is educating the public about health issues. I learned about this challenge through the Dr. Oz Spark Team, found here:

I will be adding this challenge to the teams that I am a leader of because I think it not only will help people lose weight, but also teach some valuable habits along the way.

To sign up for the challenge through Dr. Oz's site, go here and receive a FREE bracelet if you reside in the U.S.A.:

Please read through the challenge steps, as there is a lot of important information there.

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LORKAT 9/14/2010 5:35PM

  Thank you for the link! I'll be sure to check it out.

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JONESSM11 9/14/2010 5:27PM

    I love Dr Oz too! I think it's amazing how easily he seems to be able to TEACH people about their amazing bodies and all that we put them through! Thank you for sharing this....I'm going to check it out right now!

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