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Spark Challenges

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I never realized what I was missing by not taking advantage of the Spark Challenges. Participated in one starting Jan. 18 & signed up for TWO spring challenges, one of which is wrapping up in another week.
WANTING to get plenty of exercise minutes--both cardio & ST, looking forward to drop in weight, etc. And exercising has become SUCH a habit as a result of the challenges that I have to FORCE myself to take a day off. And sometimes, even then, I just go for a walk.
So down 21#, am anxious to finish up these challenges & will sign up for another for the summer--just one, this time, tho'. emoticon

  
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Strength Training

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I was NOT thrilled when this week's challenge focus was on strength training. Yes, I do ST 3x/week, but I couldn't IMAGINE possibly achieving the (seemingly) ridiculous goal of 150 minutes! I ALWAYS do more than that of cardio, but ST??? I'm lucky if I do 60!
That being said, I have some videos that I do every day--both cardio & ST. What I happily discovered was that ST ALSO includes certain ab work, so found some KILLER workouts to do with Jessica Smith, sweated up a storm, emoticon & got in 50 minutes today! emoticon emoticon
And rather than crashing from exhaustion, I had an INCREDIBLE amount of energy, so did a number of chores around the house--both in & out--including 40 minutes of cleaning up BOTH front & back yards of twigs, fallen branches, etc.

  
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Dangers of Winging It-UPDATE

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I was NOT perfect, but instead of all the snacks & treats loaded with fats & sugars I had an apple, two Brazil nuts & a 1" square of the tiramisu I'd made, which I'd entered on my nutrition tracker. All in all....... emoticon evening!!!

  
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FIT4MEIN2013 4/20/2014 5:36PM

    WooHooooo!

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DNRAE1 4/20/2014 9:00AM

    Super!!! You did so well! Give yourself a pat on the back. Have a terrific day!

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BABYSOX 4/20/2014 6:51AM

    Great choices.

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The dangers of 'winging it'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Am going to a gathering with 15-20 women or more tomorrow for a game night, with everybody bringing snacks & treats at 7pm. At first I wasn't going to have dinner & was going to 'wing it' by having maybe some cheese & crackers, a little dessert, fruits & veggies.........
We ALL know how those 'little bits' always turn into more, so I made a decision: I'm going to eat a filling dinner before I go: maple salmon (a spark recipe, altho' that's just what I call it), 1/2 cup of brown rice & 2 cups of broccoli. THEN at the gathering I plan to have a cup of tea & have fun chatting & playing games.
I have a weigh-in on one of my spring challenges Saturday morning & I don't want to sacrifice the work I've done up to this point, so am planning my evening around fun rather than food, & I just had to blog about it, so it's 'out there.'
I'm so close to goal weight & in the past I've NEVER been able to maintain my health & fitness & my weight, but I want this to be different. There will ALWAYS be a party, a gathering, a get-together, a celebration, a holiday......& if I don't learn what to do NOW, I'll never be able to maintain a weight loss. I've spent too many decades doing the yo-yo thing, & I refuse to do that any more. A snack, a fave appetizer or dessert.....none of those things is worth going back to my old habits. I'm done.

  
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LCERVERA 5/3/2014 1:16PM

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/18/2014 11:59PM

    WooHoo!!! What a great plan. How did it go?

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ISLENAA 4/18/2014 5:24PM

  great plan and I know you're going to do it. and a big congrats on your spunk and progress!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DNRAE1 4/18/2014 1:44PM

    Wow, you've got it nailed! Have a great time!

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ROCKMAN6797 4/18/2014 9:36AM

    Excellent planning!
I love the mindset. It is all about having fun with your friends and food does not have to be the centerpiece of the occasion.

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DFOLKARD 4/18/2014 8:29AM

    Awesome plan!

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TERI-RIFIC 4/18/2014 8:11AM

    That is a great plan!! I've eaten a full dinner before a pot luck DINNER and just nibbled.

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ANOTHER Active Day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Don't know what's going on, but had another active day yesterday: 40 minute cardio workout with Jessica Smith (free on-line videos), then hiked with a friend for an hour, then needed a few things from the store, so biked 25 minutes round trip to get a few groceries! No WONDER I'm losing weight! And the more I do, the more I WANT to do! emoticon that side-effect!

  
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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/15/2014 12:49AM

   
I know ... there's such a synergistic relationship between doing more & wanting to do more! Amazing how that works emoticon

Do be careful not to do so much in one day that you're too beat up for the next few days!

Marie

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