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BLC20 Plan for Success

Monday, September 17, 2012

I've been thinking about how to organize my Success Plan and the best way for me is to keep it simple and basic.

1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by:
a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions
b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Training Academy
c. people- connect with all three of my children each week through phone or emails.
log into SPARK each day and read at least one blog and comment on it.
2. BODY~taking care of my body will ensure I take care of my health and that is imperative
a. eat within my calorie range with whole, clean and healthy foods
b. train according to my plan for marathons #11 and 12
c. get at least 7 hours of sleep 6 days a week
d. drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
e. limit time-wasting activities so I can concentrate on what is most important during my day.
a. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
b. do relaxing techniques each day (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
c. enjoy my hobby of cross stitching by completing at least 3 Christmas gifts.
a. listen to others
b. remain curious (there are no failures..just opportunities to learn)
d. food/recipes
The most important reward for me will be to be a healthier, fitter, more stamina filled runner who can continue to stay off of her high blood pressure medicine and complete the Preston Guild Race Series with the last race 18 November, one week before my 61 birthday!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/28/2012 11:24AM

    Great plans. I have full confidence you're going to check these all off:) have fun

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JDUBLANKO 9/19/2012 1:04PM

    Good plan as usual...still not sure how some of this is basic...lol

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WOLF-SPIRIT 9/18/2012 11:52PM

    Very interesting and well thought out. I will have to come back to this and check out the resources you are referring to. (It's bedtime for me right now.)
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SHARON10002 9/18/2012 10:59PM

    These are great goals and a plan! All are doable! emoticon

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JANEGSN 9/18/2012 4:32AM

    Lots of things to work on but all sound so good to do.

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    Looks like a doable plan for you.

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JAZZID 9/17/2012 6:24PM

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2BERUNNING 9/17/2012 5:53PM

    Awesome plan AB! You can do it, I believe in you 110% emoticon

I'm enjoying the Fire Starter Sessions, have a feeling it's going to be a real eye opener for me.

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WILSON1926 9/17/2012 5:39PM


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SIX years!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Today marks SIX big years since I found SparkPeople. emoticon emoticon
I remember that I had read a post on a running website about Spark and decided to check it out. I didn't jump right into anything as I was confused by it all. The main thing is, I stayed.
I kept showing up, day after day, week after week.. and now year after year! emoticon

What have I gotten out of Sparkpeople that would keep me here for six years?!
The great people, it's free, the amazing articles, the food/fitness tracking, and on and on.
I have learned alot about myself through my time here and continue to learn.
I came to Spark about 15 pounds heavier then I am now. However, I have maintained an over 50 pound weight loss for 10 years. Spark has helped me do this as well as my more active lifestyle...my name says it.. I run!

I will continue to stay on Spark because the journey isn't finished. I've got lots more to learn, lots more great goals to achieve, and many more people to help me along the way.
A huge thank you to each and every person that has touched my journey here. You have shared something with me that has changed me in one way or another. I am grateful for you and to this amazing website and all those who work so hard to keep it going.

May each of you reading this be blessed in your Spark and life journey. It's a great ride!

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SHARON10002 9/11/2012 9:17PM

    Six years, and 50 pounds; that's a HUGE achievement! emoticon
Even though I've only been on SP about 2.5 years, I totally agree with your reasons for staying! I wish you continued success! emoticon

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BUFFEDSTUFF-- 9/2/2012 6:56PM

  Yippee, emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/27/2012 10:31AM

    Oh I like that last quote. I need to remember that one.
Happy Sparkversary : )

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KELLEEH 8/26/2012 8:20PM

    Wow, I am impressed! Congratulations!

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    Can't imagine Spark without you.

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RAIDERMOM2277 8/25/2012 6:35PM

  Mary..Wow has it been that long? I think I joined shortly after you. It has been interesting to say the least. Congratulations on your 6 years with SP. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, your an amazing woman. emoticon

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LOPEYP 8/25/2012 6:18PM

    emoticon + emoticon

Happy anniversary. It is a great site and there are so many wonderful helpful people here.

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I'm an addict

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Ok.. there I said it.. I admit it.. I'm an addict...
I'm addicted to the London 2012 Olympics!!

What is the first thing I do when I go downstairs after putting the dogs out at 06:00?? Hmm.. Turn on the BBC Breakfast show and use it as background to get caught up on what will be happening in all the venues for the day.
I want to know what has happened overnight while I was sleeping!!!

I leave the TV on so long that it goes into sleep mode and I have to restart it to keep watching.

I plan my run so that I can be back in time to watch people like the Brownlee Brothers in the Triathlon! Make sure the dog walk fits in between the cycling kerin races so I see Team GB win! Leave the TV on while I am doing office work so I can run down stairs when the rowers are nearing the finish line.!!

I have watched sports that I didn't think I would find interesting! Judo, water polo, badminton, field hockey, and sports that I know a little about I have learned the ins and outs of the competition. I realized that I have done many of the sports/events growing up that are included in the Olympics.

I am staying up late to see how the day concludes. I am eagerly switching from one BBC channel to another to see what event is being shown in its entirety without commentary! I schedule my day around the most important events so I don't miss them. I study the boxing stance of the competitors, I watch the running style of the sprinters, I notice the rowing form of the double skullers!!

Like I said in the beginning of this blog.. I'm addicted! My one concern is what am I going to do when the closing ceremonies bring this amazing and wonderful London games to an end????!!! Will I suffer withdrawal?? What will I do to replace the void from all the athletic stimulus??
Ponder all this I will...and carry it forward into my own personal goals!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:17AM

    I got a bit addicted too, GB did so well!! At least you've got the paralympic games.

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JAZZID 8/15/2012 11:22PM

    ... hey, there are far worse things to be addicted to!!!!!! Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/7/2012 11:29PM

    This olympic I have not watched anything at all - but I completely do understand the addiction because I have been there done that somewhere back in the 1990th... and when it was over it was over and it was ok.

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2BERUNNING 8/7/2012 12:02PM

    Well if you are going to be an addict, that's not a horrible thing to be addicted too LOL Enjoy your time and to fill that void you could try a new sport emoticon

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    I am with you on certain events.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/7/2012 9:56AM

    hahaha-you will totally have olympic withdraw. I love your dedication. The Olympics are addictive. You got it, dig deep and muster up some amazing goals after being inspired by all these awesome athletes. Happy watching today:)

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MONTREAL12 8/7/2012 9:39AM

  Lovely personalization of a great event! emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Can't believe we are in month 8 of 2012.
I am not looking back but forward to the next 31 days:
My goals are simple and reflective of my previous blog.

2. PLAN my food and log it. I always keep a paper plan but have been slipping a bit in doing it ahead of time. It helps me to stay focused when it's planned in advance. I like the relief it gives my brain to know what I only need to do and not think about it at the last minute.
3. TRAINING: I am in week 6 of my marathon plan and it's going well. I will keep to what is already on paper. I have long runs this month that go up to 16 and then 18 miles. I struggle sometimes with not getting out early enough thus making a long day. My goal is to improve this and not put me towards the end of the day. Watch my empty time and not waste it
4. REST: biggest issue for me. I stay up too late for the daily early rise. Setting a sleep time and sticking to it is a major goal for me this month. I know in order to perform my best in training I need to be rested up for it. I'm setting the goal of a sleep streak of a 7 hour minimum each day. That means better planning on my part.
5. SOMETHING NEW: I WILL go to a Zumba class (DONE)

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AMARILYNH 8/1/2012 2:49PM

    Great goals!! emoticon

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PKCTTS 8/1/2012 11:39AM

    Great plan-no wasted time and the getting to bed on time are big issues for me too. And, I know that it makes such a difference if I'll get into bed on time. (Much of that "night time/wasted time" is spent here on Spark. - LOL)

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2BERUNNING 8/1/2012 10:48AM

    Ohhhh Zumba - I so wanna hear how this goes. emoticon

Great goals AB! You can do it, I believe in you emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/1/2012 8:11AM

    I think you can reach all of these! Our goals are VERY similar except I am training for a HM-my 1st. Keep us all posted as to how you are doing with these. I am cheering you on. Go Mary Go...Go Mary Go!
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AMANDAETR 8/1/2012 3:49AM

    emoticon Going to bed on time is hard for me too. I'm more of a night person, so going to bed early and waking up early is not easy for me!

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Summer Plan between BLC rounds

Monday, July 16, 2012

Assisgnment: to write about my plan to stay on track during the Biggest Loser Challenge break. To not over complicate things I put my plan in an outline form to keep me focused.
a. read- currently reading Live Fit and Be Well
b. podcasts- No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Traning Academy, Jillian Michaels
c. friends- share experiences, catch up,
d. Olympics/other sporting events
a. log onto CAMO chat thread daily
b. participate in a summer challenge
c. read positive blogs/posts each day
3. TRAINING (in the midst of training for marathons # 11& 12)
a. plan and log food
b. exercise according to plan (long runs/speed runs) cross training
c. keep an open/flexible mind
a. get to bed at set time to have at least 7 hours sleep a night
b. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
c. practice relaxing trechniques (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
a. Zumba class
b. Spin class
c. videos
d. food/recipes

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JANICEMC 7/17/2012 4:25PM

    Love the plan and the outline! I'll be seeing you on CAMO. Enjoy your break.

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ANNERBEES 7/17/2012 11:59AM

    Well thought out plans! I love it! emoticon

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2BERUNNING 7/16/2012 7:08PM

    Awesome plan AB! Together we are going to rock the break :)

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LOPEYP 7/16/2012 3:59PM

    I think you'll be very busy during your break doing lots of good things! Enjoy!!

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ZORAHGAIL 7/16/2012 3:44PM

    I like this a lot. Awesome plan Mary!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 7/16/2012 2:40PM

    emoticon plan!

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    Awesome Plan.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/16/2012 6:21AM

    Great plan! I might steal some of your points to work on myself, particularly the set time for going to bed.

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