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5% Fall Challenge!

Friday, September 16, 2011

I am starting the 5% Fall Challenge on the 24th of September. This is a new group for me and I am excited to start on this new motivating team and get my body and my scale moving! Going to keep up my commitment to 6 day a week aerobics, 3 day a week weights and 5 day a week core body exercising! Working on losing 1 pound a week as I continue to follow the spark diet and keep up the 8 glasses of water a day and increase my potassium and fiber with more fruits and vegetables! Will add in some new challenges as my team competes together to meet our goals. Looking forward to an awesome fall and slowly seeing my bikini body become a reality one season at a time! Smiles Barb

  
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ZIPCONTROL 9/19/2011 1:46PM

  We are all in this together. Yay !!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/17/2011 7:41AM

    Sounds like you will bring a lot to your fall team (hope you are added to the Teddy Bears! We can always use people who bring great plans to the table!). You'll enjoy the format of the Fall 5%, this is my 4th one, and I love the accountability and support of being on a team! Good luck as you loose that 5%!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/17/2011 12:31AM

    I monitor seven nutrients regularly (calories, fat, protein, carbs, calcium, sodium and fiber). I have noticed I have a hard time getting in my minimum of potassium so this may have to be a new add sometime soon. I've eaten so many black and regular chickpeas recently, I've exceeded my fiber most of this week, but drink lots of water to compensate. Cheers to a great 5% challenge!

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LESLIELENORE 9/16/2011 10:57PM

    emoticonI think it will be fun!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/16/2011 3:23PM

    One more week! I really think you will like the challenge.

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 9/16/2011 2:15PM

    Sounds good.

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NELLYCFIT 9/16/2011 2:14PM

  Sounds like a great plan! You can do it!

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Almost to 1 year at Sparkpeople!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Next week my daughter will start her 2nd year at college. This 2nd year for her is a gauge for me. I decided last year on her 1st day of college that since I was no longer homeschooling that I would take some time to make a better more healthier me happen!
I have spent to last 11 1/2 months doing just that. I have last 35 pounds, have lowered my blood pressure and have more energy to do the things I love. I recently went with my family on a 2 week camping trip to the ocean and was able to go bike riding and hiking and wave jumping! I felt much cuter in my skort and short outfits and enjoyed vacation while still sparking my calories! Though I did gain 4 pounds (added them to the tracker today!) and will be working to lose them all over again I still feel good about the last year of goal completion and thankful for the support and encouragement of sparkpeople and my spark teams and friends!!

As I look to the beginning of year 2 with sparkpeople in October I am excited and motivated to lose the next 30 to 35 pounds and find that just right goal weight this year. I am in the middle of an amazing get healthy journey and know that I will succeed at reaching my goal weight and living this new healthy lifestyle for the long-term!!!
To all of my sparkbuddies...I wish to recommit to you that I will be walking on this spark journey with you for one more year and celebrating our successes and encouraging you as we handle each new struggle together as well!
Let's get sparking and working on our future bikini bodies together.
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NANCYLEE46 9/23/2011 9:48AM

    I so remember when you started Spark and I am glad you are here and on some of the same teams.
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Nancy

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 9/15/2011 8:39PM

    It seems like you have been on our team a lot longer than that. Can't imagine you not being a part of us. Thanks for sharing.
Donna

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FUNFROG79 9/15/2011 9:50AM

    Congrats! You are such an inspiration! emoticon

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MOTLEM 9/14/2011 11:51PM

    You have done so very well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 9/14/2011 11:31PM

    You have done very well!
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/14/2011 7:03PM

    This is a great blog! I love your line "let's get sparking and working on our future bikini bodies together"! You've come such a long way in only one year so I hope you are mighty proud of yourself. Sounds like you had a lovely vacation too!

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Passing along a great blog post!

Friday, September 09, 2011

My sparkfriend crazydogladybo posted this and it made me smile. Thought I would share it with all my sparkbuddies! Enjoy and pass it on...

"I'm not hot or gorgeous. I don't have an amazing figure or a flat stomach. I'm far from being considered a model, but I'm ME. I have curves, love my PJ's, and I go without make up. I'm random and crazy, I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. I am who I am. You can love me or not, it won't change ME!!!"

Give yourself a hug today and smile at yourself in the mirror and be thankful
for who you are today!! There is only one you and she deserves to be cherished!
Hugs Barb

  
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/14/2011 7:00PM

    It is so true, isn't it!? Thanks for posting this!

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MOTLEM 9/9/2011 9:41PM

    Yes, it's pretty cool.
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NANCYLEE46 9/9/2011 4:26PM

    Thanks for the lift in spirits and thank crazydogladybo for posting her original blog on this.
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TYME2BME 9/9/2011 3:13PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed reading it and it is so true.

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FUNFROG79 9/9/2011 1:41PM

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Vacation and Exercising at the Beach

Friday, August 12, 2011


Can you say VACATION!!!
We are heading out to go camping in our trailer at the beach next week. We will be staying at an RV resort for 2 weeks and away from the normal exercise routine of home. I am leaving the exercise bike at home (it doesn't fit in the trailer!!!) and have come up wih a set of vacation exercise options...
1.Taking my bike along so can ride around camp, into town near our campsite, to the beach and on the beach when there is a low tide, and on trails in local state parks
2.Taking a kick board along so that I can swim laps in the pool during "adult pool time" at the RV park pool.
2.Planning some beach walks and hikes in the nearby state parks
Also need to keep eating healthy while enjoying the local cuisine!!
1. Plan to keep eating my daily morning oatmeal to keep my fiber levels up
2. Going to buy local shrimp and make bbq chicken tenders and make salads to take to the beach in a cooler for lunch or make tuna salad or chicken salad sandwiches.
3. Will plan in the calories for meal out and plan lots of barbecue dinners at camp
4. Definitely need to budget in some calories for smores, ice cream sundaes and smoothies! Vacation won't be vacation without the favorite foods!!

I am making a plan and going to have a healthy and fun vacation! How about you sparkbuddies? What do you do when you go on vacation...do you make a healthy plan? Do you say whatever...it's vacation and not worry about it? Do you think my plan sounds OK?
I know that I will not keep up the exercise if it is not fun and part of our daily activities so I am sticking to things we all love to do as a family or that are available to me during resting at camp times. I plan on burning some calories jumping in the waves, playing pool volleyball and riding funny ocean bikes too! Building Sandcastles should also be on the Sparkpeople daily exercise plan (don't you agree!!) Summer and Camping and the Ocean have been part of my life since I was a little girl and it is such a healthy vacation destination. I just need to put down the library book, get out of my beach chair and enjoy the view as I go walking and riding along the coastline...what's so hard about that?? emoticon Smiles and Sunshine to you today!

  
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NANCYLEE46 8/25/2011 6:18AM

    Can't wait for an update Barb.

I know you will do just fine.

I usually get more fitness in while on vacation - the time to be creative and also try new activities.

Thinking of you.

Nancy

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AMBERLOU_87 8/13/2011 6:43AM

    I love the idea of biking around at your destination instead of driving! It's been something I've wanted to do myself when at the beach but I've always had a baby with me when I went or was with my family who weren't into that kind of thing. I hope you have an amazing time and and reward yourself by choosing things you feel good about eating!

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MOTLEM 8/13/2011 5:33AM

    I am sure you will enjoy.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/12/2011 7:17PM

    Have a great time!

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SANDMSHELL 8/12/2011 4:27PM

  Excellent plan and I am sure you will find other activities as well. Enjoy your vacation!

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JESSIEJUICE 8/12/2011 1:17PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I try and budget for some indulgences but overall eat the same as I would at home (or I purposefully seek out lighter options at new places). There are a lot of options for exercise near you- I bet you'll end up torching more calories than you think because you'll be having so much fun doing it!!

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FUNFROG79 8/12/2011 10:37AM

    YOU ARE GONNA DO AMAZING! ENJOY! emoticon

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My Feel Great Weight?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I have decided to continue with my weight loss and get healthy goals with a new thought on my mind. I am going to seek to find my "FEEL GREAT WEIGHT!" I want to get to the point where my body looks good to me, I feel comfortable in the clothing that I wear each day and where I am in a healthy BMI range. From what I read this will be a weight range in which I can be stable and comfortable with just my regular healthy eating and consistent exercise routine. Not sure what the scale will say when I get there but don't think it really will matter if I can look in the mirror and feel cute and curvy and happy with what I see. What do you think Sparkfriends? Do you think there is a "Feel great weight" for all of us and how can we know when we find it? Would love to read your thoughts as I set some new goals and reach for the new healthier Barb!! I think I will find her somewhere in the next 25 or so more pounds...Hmmm....Smiles Barb

  
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NANCYLEE46 8/6/2011 10:57AM

    Love your idea - whatever works for you to look and feel better about yourself. I love you anyway and so does GOD but since we are journeying towards being healthier this is an awesome motivator.

Nancy

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ALMOMMA 8/2/2011 10:38PM

    I think a " feel great weight" is the best way to go. We can set a number goal to give us an idea of where we need to get to, but only our body knows for sure what it needs! When it says "I FEEL GREAT" and you agree then that is when to stay put and love life as you are! We can all do it!

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MOTLEM 8/2/2011 2:10AM

    Yes there is a 'feel great weight'. Your idea is good.

Trouble is with me is, when I get there, I get complacent. Maybe it's a subconscious thing, like if there's not some weight there to get rid of, what do I do? Ya! I must have weight to get rid of, because I have had weight to get rid of all of my life! Take that objective away from me, and what have I got? Ya!

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FUNFROG79 8/1/2011 8:35AM

    I like"feel good weight" and that's what I'm aiming for. I think you are doing an amazing job on yourself! emoticon

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FITKITTYMAMA 7/31/2011 10:31PM

    I definitely agree that there is a "feel great" weight for everyone. There is a range that our bodies function and feel their best.

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VICTORIA_THOMAS 7/31/2011 6:30PM

    I actually think that finding your "feel good weight" is much better than setting a goal weight. Some people may come up with these super low numbers that may not fit their body frame or agree with their genetics and they end up crashing and burning at the end. I think that if you set a feel good weight, the only way you'll know that you made it is when you start feeling good! That means that progress can be endless and the scale can never disappoint you. I think this is a really cool thing to do Barb! emoticon emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/31/2011 5:36PM

    I love this! This is how I am starting to think too! I think that we will know it when we are comfortable, fit and healthy!


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