Monday, September 05, 2011
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it.... Yep! I just learned that I was accepted as the Extra Leader for my firecrackers Team for the 2011 Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge! What? You don't know about the 5% Weight Loss Challenge? Well, pull up your stationary bike or your treadmill or your mini-trampoline or your running shoes or.... (Well, you get it) and let me tell you all about it!
The 5% weight loss challenges have been going on for awhile, but I joined up in the first Winter 5% challenge in 2010. We all get together and can request to be on a team, but the esteemed and awesome team leaders try to make sure each team has an equal amount of people on it to keep it all fair! Anyhow, you get with a team and each team competes against each other team to reach destinations first! Well, you say, how do we reach these destinations? We do it by moving our bodies! Each minute of exercise = 1 air mile and generally we can earn up to 120 minute/air miles per day. Sometimes the team leaders allow us to get as many miles as possible in a day, but 120 minutes keeps us all equal and honest and well, alive! Along with air miles for exercise we also earn points for Living The Good Life! LTGL challenges might be drinking water and you earn a point for every 8 ounce cup of water you drink each day, or for staying within normal limits of sodium or fiber, or eating breakfast, or blogging and reading and responding to your teammates' blogs.... The leaders are creative and make it fun to do what is good for our bodies each day! They do us good for our souls and minds too by rewarding us for blogging, relaxing, stretching.... It is all friendly competition, but for me it keeps me motivated and I have a competetive streak and don't like to let teammates down, so I exercise and do my LTGL challenges to help my team win!
Did I say this? My team is the Fabulous, Fit, Fun-loving, Friendly Firecrackers! We rock by the way! KABOOM! Your team is there to support, to encourage, to motivate, to understand! I have found so much support from my Firecracker Friends! Sometimes it has been them who pulled me through!
What's the purpose? To aim to lose just 5% of your body weight in 8 weekes. 5% is doable. OK, so I haven't done it yet, but I'm closer than I was a year ago! I'm closer than I was in the Winter 5% challenge! I'm close and will do it this time! Wanna join me? Feel free to pick any team, but I invite you to be a Firecracker. It is a fun way to reach exercise goals, pick up healthy habits and make new friends!
How? visit this link and pick a team.... Cat Lover? there is a Cat team. Teddy Bear Lover (hint, hint Missy), there is a Teddy Bear team. Sassy & Sparkly? Well, there is my team, the Firecrackers! Check it out:
I guess I have to wait to see if the overall leaders will accept me as the Extra Leader on the Firecracker team, but I feel hopeful and all fired up! I weigh less than I have in probably 8 years and I owe alot of the loss to these 5% challenges! C'mon, I dare ya!
Sunday, September 04, 2011
September has always been somewhat of a difficult month for me. I lost my eyesight (began to lose) in September; my brother and sister's (both deceased) birthday is in September; I had a couple serious break-ups in September and it is the end of summer after all!
This September started off good! I'm at a lower weight than I have been in a long, long time. I hope I am able to keep losing! The 5% Challenges are the best things that ever happened for me!They keep me moving, keep me accountable and offer me the support of some Fab Firecrackers who keep me motivated and encouraged!!
My sister and brother's birthday is September 6. Yes, they were twins and yes, they died in the same year (2004), but in separate incidents. I miss them every day, but in our family birthdays were always a big deal and we never let one pass without either seeing each other or at least calling each other! This would've been their 43rd birthday. I miss them so much!
We are supposed to have a cool front over the next few days. Highs only in the 70s which means my pool water will get cold! I hope we have at least 1 more hot front so I can get in and scrub the walls and then close it for the fall & winter season! I love having the pool right outside where I can just go get my exercise without having to rely on others for rides! I'm missing it already and it isn't even closed! But, those of you who know me, know I never face a dark spot without shedding some light and the good news here is as soon as we close the pool down for the season we are having a brand new deck and sun room built on! The sunroom is brand new and will have my plants in it and be just a sunny spot to sit! The deck is being redone with the composite wood that doesn't splinter or get hot! WooHoo! It is going to be great! I'm also having the interior of the house painted and some much needed decluttering done as soon as the pool doesn't take up my time and attention!
Also.... I get to go back to VA Beach this coming weekend to stay with my new friends at their island home and attend the Harbor Festival with them! They are such great hosts and I am excited about going. The following weekend my dance instructor was able to set up a professional belly dance workshop here in my hometown for us! It is a really reasonable price too! Awesome! On the 16 I am taking my nephew to see Styx who he happens to love! They were my fave group when I was a teen and he loves them and I love that! He is my sister's son and he is now 11! I want to share his excitement as we attend the concert! The following weekend is a trip up to Smith Mountain Lake where my friend can use a lakehouse and we can go to the SML wine festival via boat! Awesome! Then I can rest! Whew!
So, while the blues slip in now and again I will be busy enough to keep my mind occupied with alot of adventures to keep me active and moving too! September might not be so blue after all!
BTW, don't know why those break-ups still come to mind! I have a wonderful husband and he ain't going any where!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
First, let me apologize to my Firecracker Friends! I know I usually contribute right much to our mileage, but I have been sick for the past few days and can't seem to do anything! Y'all know I am sick when I am not exercising! My friends here call me the Energizer Bunny, but my batteries are low! I'll be back in it next week to make up for this lazy, sick week!
I have a lovely summer cold. It has it all.... Sore throat, runny nose, achey muscles and complete lack of energy! The good thing is that the sore throat came on yesterday which was my last day to teach for the week! So, hopefully I havent spread this to my students! I am supposed to teach my cardio belly danceclass tomorrow, but going to see if a friend can cover for me. I hope to feel better, but don't want to zap any energy I may gain! Another good thing is that I don't seem to be running a fever. I feel certain it is just a summer cold. My throat is not hurting as bad as it was yesterday and I'm thinking it is probably a good thing that the congestion has sorta "broke loose" and is working its way out! It's annoying, but better out than in, right?
I had soup for dinner last night and have been eating watermelon all day today which has felt really good on my throat! I also have been drinking my green tea and just relaxing! Glad I have an old Janet Evanovich book I haven't read yet here too!
I hope none of you catch this crud! I know i will be better in a few days, but boy do I hate a cold! Today is nice and hot again too but I think I'd better stay out of the pool! Take care!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We haven't felt any after shocks here in South Central VA, but my friend in Richmond said they have experienced a couple minor after shocks. It is just plain weird for us to have an earthquake at all. They say there was a small one in DC last June, but I don't even remember hearing anything about that. I've spent some time in CA, but never experienced a quake and I have to say it was the last thing on my mind yesterday! I knew it was different and weird, but never even thought of a quake! I have not heard of any others, but haven't had the news on and have been busy working on my class!
I developed a sore throat today. I spent Saturday and Monday with an 8 month old baby who is teething and her stuffy nose and irritability has been attributed to her teething and now I wonder if she isn't sick and I caught it! Not like she can tell us if her throat hurts! I know mine does and it hurts more than what Jack's shedding can do to me!
BTW, he barks and jumps at every rumble now! A truck, the school buses, you name it and if it makes a rumbling noise he barks at it! It is getting on my sore throat nerves!
I bought new silverware! I love it! Most of our forks seemed to have disappeared when we had Anthony's 50th birthday party.... I had plastic forks and spoons, but I guess people wanted something more sturdy and it seems like most of my forks ended up in the trash or in people's pockets.... I don't really believe that, but they are gone! So, bought new and fancy stuff. Will hide it for the next party! Very pretty. Called Oneida Satin Aquarius if you care to look it up! Too pretty to put up for special occasions, so am using it for every day!
I really wanted soup today, but my cabinet somehow got all disorganized, so will have it for dinner. Thinking it will soothe my throat! Thinking a popsicle for dessert!
OK, just wanted to let everyone know where I was today.... Staying in bed and feeling poorly and working too! I'll try and check in on my teams!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Yes, I was in the middle of a great strength training session, but that isn't why the earth moved! We actually had an earthquake! I live in South central Virginia and we don't have earthquakes! I was watching my soap as I sweated and lifted weights. My dog, Jack, was perched on his throne next to the front door. He has been acting weird all day, so I don't know if he sensed the earthquake coming or what, but he has been barking his nervous bark all morning. anyhow, it was a little after 2 I think and the whole house shook. At first I thought maybe a big truck was passing and made the house tremble, but it was much stronger than I ever felt and Jack was going cracy. There was a low rumbling noise too and the dishes in the hutch and my wine glasses in the wine glass caddy under my cabinets were rattling! It lasted about 6 seconds. I thought maybe a really bad storm was approaching. I thought maybe the wind was doing really weird things and I did worry since I felt the trembling under my feet. I thought perhaps Jack & I were to become Dorothy & Toto and our house to be blown somewhere! The news broke in a few minutes later and said there was an earthquake centered b/t Richmond and Charlottesville, both about 3 hours away from us BTW! It was a 5.8. It was weird. I'm sure those of you on the West coast would find a 5.8 funny, but I have never experienced an earthquake in my life! Wow! Had to share this new experience with everyone!
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