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College visit with son

Friday, October 05, 2012

We took our son for a college visit today. Although the food I consumed wasn't the best (the school provided pizza- I did pass on the fruit cobbler and drank unsweetened tea), I have a health victory to celebrate.............We did quite a bit of fast pace walking across campus, up and down several stairs ------and I did great!!! No huffy or puffy. I was able to keep up with those with young legs. I hardly felt the stairs!!!! AND it was cold and rainy--the worst kind of weather for those of us with fibromyalgia. The exercise felt GOOD!!!

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INNER-ME 10/10/2012 4:11AM

    That is something to celebrate, congratulations all round

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ASOBFALLS 10/6/2012 12:50PM

    emoticon That certainly is an exciting time of life emoticon and scary !! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 10/6/2012 12:00AM

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DMSPEER93 10/5/2012 5:46PM

    Praise God for answered prayer, Heidi! He is so faithful!!! emoticon

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October S.M.A.R.T. goals

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Since I didn't reach all my SMART goals in September, I am tweeking them a bit for October. I have discovered something about myself in the process. Something I'm not pleased to learn about myself. I need goals, but not so many of them because once I see I'm not hitting several of them, I get lazy and unmotivated to hit any of them.

So here are my SMART Goals for October

(Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely.)

1. Consume at least 6 glasses of water each day-and all before 9pm
2. PowerWalk at least 1 mile 3 days per week
3. Practice yoga 3 days per week
4. Strength train 2 days per week
5. Get outside and do something active at least 6 days each week
6. Remember my blessings and thank God for them each day

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TOPAZ-TURTLE 10/7/2012 12:33PM

    Great goals! I like how you were able to re-adjust when you saw that last month's program wasn't working for you. Awareness and flexibility will help get you where you want to be!


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GOPINTOS 10/4/2012 6:21PM



Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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CINDHOLM 10/4/2012 12:15PM

    emoticon Goals emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/4/2012 11:10AM

    Fantastic S.M.A.R.T. goals. Wishing you success for October.

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EMMAEKAY 10/4/2012 10:34AM

    Thanks for reminding me! I need to blog my October goals, too. These are great goals and ALL attainable with hard work. You can do it!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/4/2012 10:07AM

    Great goals!! Best wishes :)

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YOGAWITCH 10/4/2012 9:21AM

    I need to formally write this out too. Thanks for the inspiration

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I pledge....

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today, I pledge I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed by:
Leisa (Sunflowergal40) 04/26/12
Chris (chriskenandkids) 04/26/12
Linda (scoutmom715) 04/27/12
Nancy (tedybear2838)(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)
Vicki aka VICKI-B--56
Pixie (Pixie-Licious)
Gloria (GloriaB73)
Sarah (Millie 5522)
Shelby (theshelbster)
Beckie (BIRKIE528)
Debaune (Doobie893)
Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012
Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012
Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012
Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.
Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012
John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012
Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012
Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012
elizabeth (MEADSBAY) Saturday June 30, 2012
Caz (NEW-CAZ) Saturday June 30, 2012
Julie (Shawfan) Saturday, June 30, 2012
Michele (BeFit012) Saturday June 30, 2012
Cheryl (Clavinova) Saturday, June 30,2012
Sarah (NOTGIVINGUP49) Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Bobbi (SLIMMER_197) Saturday, July 28, 2012
Cherie (BIGSKYCHERIE) Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Janet (EATVEGAN) Tuesday, July 31, 2012
( ESILBO) AUGUST 1, 2012
Jenn (Plynsn316) AUGUST 2, 2012
MaryAnn (MARYANNGI) AUGUST 2, 2012
Diane (DianeDoesSmiles) August 8/2/2012
Helen (Helen_Bru) August 3/2012
Maria (winfield28) August 5, 2012
Marjorie (MARJORIEWRIGHT) 5 August 2012
Pat ( Kin59vara) August 5 2012
Jane (2beefit) August 29 2012
Andi (MSEMBERSTORM) September 19, 2012
Kelly (MiPalady23) September 20, 2012
Heidi (HeidisHope) September 21, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?

To do so, copy and paste and put on ur page under blog. :)

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GOPINTOS 9/22/2012 2:29PM

    Great Pledge!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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Major Fitness Goal Achieved!

Monday, September 10, 2012

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This morning (Sept. 10, 2012) I walked a 5k for the first time! emoticon

Since I started SP on May 19, 2011, it has been my goal to walk around a lake just down the road from our home. From my house, down the road, and around that lake, it is 6, 460 steps. Up and down hills, around countless curves, across 3 bridges, no sidewalks, and 2 country roads. 60 minutes. Just a tiny bit over a 5k.


When I joined SP, I had to start slow and short....just 10 minutes of walking. That's all I could do. Slowly I then began walking our 1/4mile gravel lane and back. When that got easy, I then walked the gravel lane, down the road and back for a total of 1 mile. Once 1 mile became too easy, I walked 1 1/2 miles. Slowly, I built up my endurance so I could walk 2 miles. Then 2 1/2. Each step along the way took months and months, just to make sure I didn't cause myself a fibromyalgia flare-up. At different times, I started 2 different SP challenges and had to drop them along the way since they build up much too quickly for me and my body and I had fibro flare-ups.

I tried not to let those times discourage me. I kept doing what I could do and be successful. Winters and summers meant walking indoors to a Leslie Sansone dvd since my body can't take cold, damp, heat, or humidity.

It has taken 15 1/2 months....but I DID IT!!!!

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STILLWATERSSB 9/23/2012 8:42PM


Wonderful, Heidi! What an inspiration you are!!

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LINDAF49 9/16/2012 9:47PM

    Heidi, I am so happy, proud of you and excited and most of all encouraged to set up walking goals and DO IT!!! Oh I am just thrilled for you!!! God Bless you and keep me in your prayers that i will make and meet goals like this no matter how long it takes!!!

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ASOBFALLS 9/11/2012 1:14PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great example! Start slow and steady but be consistent and YOU are the winner!

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CINDHOLM 9/10/2012 9:20PM

    EXCELLENT!! emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 9/10/2012 8:06PM

    Excellent, I'm so excited and proud! Celebration Time!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2012 5:24PM

    Totally awesome!!!! Excellent!!!

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This is FABULOUS!!!!! So proud of you!! You're doing a great job and now there's no question in your mind that you CAN do it!! Such great, great news. So happy for you. emoticon emoticon

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EMMAEKAY 9/10/2012 4:27PM

    GREAT example of perseverance! If something doesn't work - you try something else. Awesome accomplishment! You rock.

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INNER-ME 9/10/2012 3:24PM

    Excellent news emoticon emoticon emoticon

That's the way to do it, emoticon, when you keep pushing at something you achieve in the end

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JANEMARIE77 9/10/2012 2:18PM

    Oh dear that is just so wonderful great job of sticking with it and not giving up
Start where you are, use what you can, do what you can. Arthur Ashe

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LEVAGES 9/10/2012 2:17PM

  Congratulations! Reaching goals is so rewarding, especially when you work so hard for them. Your blog post is inspiring; you're amazing! emoticon

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S.M.A.R.T. September Goals

Thursday, August 30, 2012

S.M.A.R.T. September Goals for getting back on track after backsliding this summer and feeling overwhelmed with a new schooling routine, canning, hitting bottom, then rebooting and recommitting.

(Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely.)
1. Lose 2 lbs. by September 30-----lost 2 lbs by Sept. 15!!
2. Drink at least 1 cup of green tea per day, but no more than 2 cups
3. Eat a balanced, healthy breakfast each morning
4. Trade 1 glass of iced tea for water each day
5. Drink only 1 glass of Pepsi Max each day
6. Consume no less than 6 glasses of water each day-all before 9pm
7. PowerWalk at least 1 mile 3 days per week
8. Practice yoga 3 days per week
9. Strength train 2 days per week
10. Get 8 hours of sleep at least 6 nights each week
11. Log food in Nutrition Tracker at least 4 days per week
12. Plan and pack a healthy lunch for co-op day
13. Plan and eat a healthy snack and rest for 15 minutes after co-op so my reserves donít get too low and so I stay in control of my appetite
14. Check SparkRecipes for more healthy lunch ideas the whole family will eat
15. Get outside and do something active at least 6 days each week

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TOPAZ-TURTLE 9/5/2012 1:16PM

    Super goals, Heidi!
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    I LOVE this! I just copied down the "SMART" acronym to make up my own goals! emoticon

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    Good for you!! Never doubt that you CAN do it. Lean on me if you need a pep talk!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INNER-ME 8/30/2012 4:39PM

    Great, I like this idea. I need to make some S.M.A.R.T. goals for myself this September. Looking forward to your end of September results.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2012 4:03PM

    Definitely S.M.A.R.T. goals! Rock it. I know you will!!

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YULLABELLE 8/30/2012 2:43PM

    You are all set for reaching your goals emoticon emoticon

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PALIZ81 8/30/2012 9:13AM

    get goals and they are definately S.M.A.R.T.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 8/30/2012 8:58AM

    Good luck. I know you are capable of obtaining all of these goals!

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MIPALADY23 8/30/2012 8:52AM

    Wooo Hoooo Heidi Girl ~ These are lovely goals!! I see you really having an amazing September!!! Do you add any of these to your "other goals" for tracking?? I have found that helps me track my success each time I check it off and then see the report which shows consistancy!!!

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LASKIE2 8/30/2012 8:35AM

    You have inspired me, I'm making me a S.M.A.R.T. Plan

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