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Heathy Blog Day # 7 Woo Hoo Teddy Bears & 5% Challengers...You Rock

Friday, March 08, 2013

Hi Teddy Bear Team Mates and 5% Challengers!!

I am using this opportunity as we end our week of required healthy blogging to think back on why we do these Challenges and how this weeks LTGL has benefited me!!
I began the week with some basic goals...mix up the kind of exercise that I do, increase my fiber intake and decrease my fat intake. All with the goal of better health and seeing weight loss on my scale. As the week progressed I determined that I want these changes I have made to become permanent life style changes.
I realized that as I blogged daily and got feedback from my team mates that what seemed like a possibility at the beginning of the week has become a reality. I know I can do this one day at a time because the ideas and encouragement of by fellow bears and spark buddies has not only made this week possible but has motivated me to keep going!!
So I want to thank the 5% challenge leaders for this assignment!! Won't you give them a Woo Hoo too!!! They have made this weeks LTGL one that has motivated all of us to step out of our comfort zones and make some amazing changes!!
I also want to thank each of I have walked through this week you have made comments on my blogs and left notes and sparkgoodies on my spark page (I was Teddy Bear in the spotlight this week too!!)!!! All of your support and ideas and encouragement have made me not only able to make changes this week but to see them as possible as part of a long term healthy life style.
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    Great job on forming you new habit. I also loved your comment about the leaders taking us out of our comfort zones. I am rarely blog other than this week, but I'm glad I had too. It helped me. That's what a challenge is to challenge us to do something we wouldn't normally do or feel comfortable doing. Thank you Teddy Bear leaders!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNCHD05 3/8/2013 5:12PM

    I liked your comment about the leaders taking us out of our comfort zone. That so applies to me this week and yes I want to thank the leaders for that opportunity. We are off to a new challenge next week and that won't be an easy one either. But we can do it!!!

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MMHELGESON5 3/8/2013 4:02PM

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MAMAPOSTIE 3/8/2013 3:28PM

    You are so right, the teddy bears are great, and I'm so pleased to be a part of it. Thanks for your lovely blogs.

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LINDAF49 3/8/2013 1:57PM

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Thanks for your good work ..i learn each day in this challenge and so thankful you invited me even if it did scare me to start!

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MIKAEELA 3/8/2013 1:15PM

    Thank you for being a supportive and uplifting fellow Teddy!!! :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LASARRE 3/8/2013 1:02PM

    You are right! They are the best and this is the best team!

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Heathy Blog Day # 6 I need motivation and advice! Can you help??

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Hi Sparkbuddies!!
Today the assignment on my Challenge team healthy blog is to ask others for advice and help as I seek to make changes to my current spark plan. I am working on changing up my exercise to see if I can get out of my exercise rut. I love to ride my exercise bike and I am trying to add in intervals to this routine as well as doing some walking and would love some other aerobic ideas from my spark friends. I have fibromyalgia and back problems and so low impact exercise is all that my health allows. If you have some ideas for things that you do that would add variety to my current routine, I would love to hear them.
I am also seeking to increase my fiber and lower my fat intake levels in my diet. I have celiac disease and so some grains are off limits and so I currently eat gluten free oats daily and am trying to increase my intake of fruit and veggies. Daily salads and raspberry smoothies help with this. Any other ideas you have to share with me would be much appreciated.
So thankful for all of my spark buddies and your willingness to share, encourage and support me on this journey.
Take care!!
Hugs Barb

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CINDYTW 3/7/2013 10:55PM

  I agree with the suggestion of Aqua fit classes. If you don't have a gym or Y that has this, there are often community rec classes at the sschools or rec centers that you can sign up for. It is nice because you work, but the water also makes it relaxing and gentle. I used to love starting off my week with aqua class to kind of EASE back into the swing of things! Yoga feels wonderful, and helps a lot with my general aches and pains, not that that compares but on a small level maybe it could help?

I rarely have a problem with fiber intake, I just plan and eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Add one or more to every meal and snack and look up the fiber content of things you like and pick that way. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 3/7/2013 9:23PM

    I add flax seed to my smoothies for the extra fiber. Also sometimes for lunch I will have spinach sautéed or cooked in the microwave. I love this for lunch. The 10 days I spent with my granddaughter were wonderful and an eye opener for me. She is also a celiac and she never stops eating but it is all so good. We had wonderful gluten free veggie patties that we bought at Costco and they were yummy. Lots is tofu, stirfries.
For exercise swimming, water aerobics bike riding, maybe yoga or tai chi even mat Pilates.
Hope this helps.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 3/7/2013 7:36PM

    Do you have access to a gym or fitness center with a pool that offers water aerobics or aqua fit (as they call it at my gym)? Water aerobics is one of the best low impact aerobic programs out there. Our local parks department even has classes at some of it's indoor pools for low cost. I hope that helps!

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    Look here on Spark. I bet they have a few low impact aerobic videos!!! I agree with Dave about chia and flax seeds....nuts might also help with the fiber.

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-DAVE- 3/7/2013 4:52PM

    Hi Barb,

I add chia and flax seeds to my smoothies for extra fiber. I also eat raisins and dates when a sweet attack is looming.

I have a treadmill and bike at home so I alternate 10 mins on each to change up the scenery. I also vary the levels each day and incline so my body is always guessing.

Hope this gives you ideas too!

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Healthy Blog Day #5: What can you improve upon?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

"Two roads diverged in the woods and
I took the one less traveled by and
THAT has made all the difference!"

As I choose to make variety of exercise, increasing my fiber levels and decreasing my fat levels in my diet a priority this week I am also choosing to see this as a new commitment to change in these 3 areas of my health for a lifetime. Each day that I write this blog and stay on track with these changes, I find myself excited to see how they will effect my long term health and I also see that it is not as hard to change these as I thought. I believe that LONG TERM COMMITMENT is the best improvement I can make as it is often much easier to change behavior once I have something to motivate me in making it for a few days and get started!!
Thank you Teddy Bear Team and 5% challenge leaders for this assignment and also for your support and encouragement this week as we as a team seek to make healthy changes for the long run and for our health!!
What long term commitments to change can you make for your health today??
Have a great day sparkbuddies!!
Smiles Barb

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BRAVERUDE 3/6/2013 10:37PM


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ADRIENALINE 3/6/2013 4:01PM

    Two wonderful thoughts, long term commitments and Thanks to our challenge leaders for this great assignment. It has really improved my thoughts about fitness and health even though all of the blogging is taking quite a toll on my work productivity. :-(

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KISAKATT 3/6/2013 2:50PM

    What a great point you make that we all need to make these changes long term!

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MAGGIE101857 3/6/2013 2:15PM

    It's hard work, but this challenge is certainly making us think, plan, and strive to be better!!!


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MIKAEELA 3/6/2013 2:01PM

    You are doing so great! I have to agree with you that the spirit of Teddy Bear team is beyond words! emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/6/2013 1:03PM

    I, too, will likely continue to take the road less traveled. Continue to have a great week. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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MMHELGESON5 3/6/2013 12:55PM

    Excellent! emoticon

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WILSONWR 3/6/2013 10:09AM

    Commitment is the key to success. And keeping a long-range focus gets you over the minor setbacks. After the news yesterday that I'm a borderline diabetic (despite my great improvements), I certainly have a new (and stronger) commitment to make sure I eat healthy!

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ANDYINBC 3/6/2013 9:34AM

    You are so right! This is more about long term commitment and less about short term gain. You can, and will, be successful!

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TEDDYBEAR662 3/6/2013 9:01AM

    That is one of my favorite poems!!! I have it framed and read it often... hee hee.

Great advice and sounds like you're doing great! Best of luck to you!!!

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LYNCHD05 3/6/2013 8:53AM

    I agree. This blogging and really thinking about the changes makes a huge difference. It sort of centres you on your commitments. Good thoughts barb and good luck.

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Healthy Blog Day #4 How are you doing day by day with your goals?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

On this day of the week blog journey I am to share how the day by day changes I am implementing are working. I am working to bring variety to my exercise routine, increase my fiber intake and decrease the amount of fats in my daily diet.
So far I think I am doing great on this daily journey. For the last 3 days I have added in intervals on my exercise bike, gone for 2 walks with my DH with one of them being at a local lake so a change of scenery was very encouraging too! I also have increased my fiber daily and by adding in smoothies, salads, soup with veggies and beans and purchased some new crackers that were higher in fiber too. I have stayed in range for my fat intake on my spark nutrition trackig as well. I am also doing well with these goals today!!
I am enjoying using this daily blog to keep me sharing as well as keeping me accountable to these needed health changes and I am hopeful that after one week these changes will become a permanent part of my healthy lifestyle!!!
How do you add in new things to your routine and make them become habits sparkbuddies??
Getting healthier one day at a time!!
Smiles Barb

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/6/2013 12:35AM

    Great! I don't change things up very frequently and this week of blogging takes an incredible amount of time and energy for someone with introvert tendencies.

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AMYJEAN911 3/5/2013 9:10PM

    Mmmmmm, smoothies are the best!!


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PLUMSHORT 3/5/2013 7:25PM

    You are doing amazing!! WTG on staying on track and making those day to day challenges really stick. You are on your way to forming some very healthy habits!!

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MAMAPOSTIE 3/5/2013 4:28PM

    Well done, you are doing really well. Several goals all at once, awesome. All the best


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Healthy Blog Day #3 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?

Monday, March 04, 2013

What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
On my journey to change up my exercise and add in more fiber while eating less fat I am taking one day at a time and making small changes. I love today's assignment because it gives me the opportunity to look at ways to encourage myself along the way.
Today I am going to give myself a spark goodie and a real goodie of a smoothie. I love smoothies and today's will have lots of fiber with raspberries, chocolate coconut ice cream and almond milk.
I will also be doing my exercise outside along the boardwalk at a local lake front park and walking with my DH. Promises to be a fun day that both encourages me and keeps me on track with meeting my new goals.
What are you doing to encourage yourself on your spark journey buddies?? Love to hear some of your plans!!
Hugs and Smiles Barb

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GINGER_BEAR 3/4/2013 10:32PM

    Sounds like great ideas to encourage yourself and keep on track!

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KATHY1204 3/4/2013 9:35PM

    Barb, I love how you are making your day so much fun! WTG!!

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BBONET 3/4/2013 9:31PM

    That sound so delicious and healthy- enjoy!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 3/4/2013 9:23PM

    Ooh! Sounds like an awesome day! Enjoy the smoothie.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/4/2013 4:11PM

    Very good! And yes, it's wise to make changes in fiber in small doses. I'm fortunate that I already have a love for water -- as water is important to a high-fiber diet.

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MMHELGESON5 3/4/2013 12:59PM

    Sounds like fun. Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 3/4/2013 12:58PM

    Sounds like a good plan and an awesome day. Make sure it is a good goodie!!!

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LINDAF49 3/4/2013 12:31PM

    You have found the joy of the fruit convince me on delicious green ones! HaHa I joke but am also serious ...i need my veggies and want to LIKE them --not just take them like medicine! Love you Barb, have a Sssmmmooooooth day.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 3/4/2013 12:21PM

    I love smoothies, too! Enjoy your day!

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MANDELOVICH 3/4/2013 12:09PM

    Sounds like a yummy goodie!

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