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Fitness Goals July and June Recap

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

June Goals Accomplished:
1) 200 fitness minutes per week 100%

2) Eat out only once per week (unless force to by work) 100%

3) Track 4 Days a week 100%

July Goals:

1) Eat out only once per week (unless someone else pays)

2) Track 4 Days a week

3) Strength train twice per week in addition to the cardio, sports and biking I normally do

  
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CHEETARA79 7/2/2014 3:42PM

    Wow! Those are great goals. I'm impressed that you're going to take on ST as well as all your cardio.

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Fitness Goals June

Sunday, June 01, 2014

#1 Goal (tracking)
100%

#2 Goal (commute to work once per week one way on my bicycle)
100%*

*(I did not ride my bike once per week, but I did make the journey 4 times. I should edit this to say once for EVERY week :))

#3 Goal (personal)

For June, this is what I'd like to accomplish:

#1 Track 4 days per week perfectly

#2 Track 200 fitness minutes per week.

#3 Eat out (takeout, restaurant, fast food, delivery, etc.) only once per week and that includes if someone else buys me food. I think this will help me save money and also my cooking is way healthier than restaurant food. One caveat of this is if I have to travel for business, this becomes impossible. I know the first week I will have one quick trip.

  
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CHEETARA79 6/2/2014 12:12PM

    We can do it! Take small bites!

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HEALTH4MICHELLE 6/1/2014 9:38AM

    Those sound like great goals! Congratulations for your success on your May goals!
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You know that feeling you get when you are about to do something you really don't want to?

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Alright, so next month (February, 2014) I am doing a healthy living challenge again, and I need to write about it now, so I can make sure I follow through. Writing this entry is tough though, because I feel like it is committing in advance to doing something uncomfortable. Here it goes.

February will be a sweets free month.

To those of you who say "Oh that doesn't sound that bad" you know what? Eat me. This blog isn't for you. I struggle with sweets, they are one of my favorites. Especially cookies. But in February, my wonderful DW and I will be having a baby, and I need a healthy living challenge that will not take up time like doing 30 minutes of cardio a day etc. I also am trying to focus now on detaching emotions from eating and relating to food as fuel, and not as emotional crutches etc. So I think having a sweet free February will be a good, tough challenge for me, especially with the new baby.

Oh and one more thing...I will still be putting sugar in my coffee.

  
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HIPPICHICK1 3/12/2014 11:20AM

    My hubby has a really hard time with sugar. He LOVES it! and he love sweets, but recently he's been reading up on the Paleo diet and has ditched sugar (mostly) and switched to Truvia, which he researched like crazy before deciding to buy it. He's confident that Truvia is safe to consume. I, on the other hand, prefer stevia to sweeten things. I use xylitol for baking sweets, but I don't bake much. Xylitol comes from North American hardwood trees. It's a very low carbohydrate tree sap that has 10 calories per tsp., but it is ridiculously expensive - $10 a pound. If one prefers real food over chemical compounds (like Splenda which was discovered while trying to make a better rat poison), then maybe xylitol is for you.
How did you month without sweets go?
P.S. I'm Spark friends with your lovely wife.

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JANEMAR2 1/10/2014 11:08AM

    From one person with a sweet tooth to another, I understand how hard a struggle this can be.

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UOFIGIRL 1/9/2014 11:48AM

    Congrats on the baby! And giving up sweets is too much for me. That takes some serious courage.

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CHEETARA79 1/9/2014 11:43AM

    You are my sweetie. Not eating sweets will make you no less sweet to me. Sweeeeeeeeeet challenge!

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December Spark Challenge

Saturday, December 07, 2013

It has been difficult to come up with an elegant way to start this blog so I won't: I'm not an alcoholic. I just think it is pretty hard to argue that drinking alcohol is good for you, it is mostly for fun. Yes I know that it is said a glass of red wine a week is good for your heart and so forth, but I am fairly certain there are not studies published that say NOT drinking a glass of red wine a week is BAD for your heart. Anyways, I enjoy a drink every now and then, but I think in the spirit of monthly fitness challenges I am going to have the Dry December Challenge, which will end on the New Years Eve party. I got this idea when I realized just how much carbs and sugar are in alcohol in conjunction with the negative effects it can have on your sleep and your metabolism. So lets tip our glasses (of seltzer) to a dry december! I have made one of my dashboard goals No Alcohol and will check it off every day when I log in.

  
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SPEEDY143 12/19/2013 5:17PM

    emoticon Cheers to a Virgin December... sort of goes with the season doesn't it emoticon

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REJOHNSON3 12/8/2013 6:45AM

    Congratulations GREGORY on your commitment to set an achievable goal and work towards it with a reward in mind at the completion of reaching your goal. Keep up your good work and just keep doing it too for your good health.

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CHEETARA79 12/7/2013 8:15AM

    Yay! Great challenge. I will support you as best I can. I will make you mocktails and we will have sober good times together!!!

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Enough of the pity party

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So as many or none of you (well at least one of you) knows, I am currently in the process of finishing up my doctoral dissertation. The last couple weeks I have retracted from all activities except for preparing my work in order to finish my writing, which includes tracking my food and exercise. Obviously, finishing something like a doctorate should come above all other activities, however, i think not sparking was much more of an excuse to self indulge to help deal with my stress. Luckily, I havent "gone off the rails" so to speak, though I have been eating a little extra and exercising a little less. Well, this morning I considered just getting some donuts to go with my morning coffee, and decided "enough is enough!" I might not have time for the next few days to work in my regular exercise routine, but i certainly have time to NOT eat a donut. So I am back to tracking, I have been walking every day, and I look forward to a good long workout after I submit my draft. Happy sparkling everyone!

  
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AROSSER- 8/30/2012 8:43PM

    Good luck! If you can keep up the healthy lifestyle AND finish your dissertation, the achievement will be even sweeter!!!

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HHB4181 8/30/2012 1:37PM

    It's never a good time for a donut. Great job knowing when to stop.
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CHEETARA79 8/30/2012 8:40AM

    Yes! Don't forget that the healthy food will do more to fuel your dissertation writing than some lousy donuts. Even if you wind up at Dunkies and are considering the donuts, it will only take them a few more minutes to prepare you an egg white flatbread. At least then you'll be getting some protein, right? You can do this!!! I love you. You will get through this and emerge on the other side DOCTOR GREGORYCOLE!!!!!!!

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