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Ready and Set to GO for the Spring 5% Challenge

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I've weighed and set my goals--we don't post weight until Saturday morning, but believe me, I won't lose any more by then. During the challenge I will be exercising and tracking like mad to lose 4 lbs. -- 2 lbs back to goal and a 2 lb cushion.

4 lousy, little lbs, you say! Well, let me remind you that I'm 66 years old, which I tend to forget myself, except for my slow-almost-dead metabolism.:) Fortunately, I'm blessed with good health and great energy. And I'll be using it. If the last challenge is any indication, I'll be lucky to average the 1/2 lb loss necessary to lose the 4 lbs in 8 weeks.

No, let's revise that. I WILL lose the 4 lbs and continue exercising this time to keep it off. I also took my measurements today and had to note a few more inches gained, reflected as well in my slightly elevated body fat level. The challenge will get me firmed and toned back up.

Ready to get it ON! Rollin' in the Deep!

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SPARKLE1908 3/17/2012 11:58AM

    Good luck Soror....I KNOW you are going to be successful though!!!!!!

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BRAVERUDE 3/16/2012 9:55AM

    4 pounds, eh? I think we should do more...maybe look at inches to lose, or days of stretching, ST, or something else? C'mon, let's really go after this one...!!!!
I miss you and am very happy to be with you on this team!!

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GLORYANDME 3/15/2012 11:45PM

    You will lose that 4 pounds! You are going to do great! You are an inspiration to team teddy! emoticon emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 3/15/2012 10:01PM

    I hear you! I need to lose a bunch to get back to my lowest. We'll be working it together.

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MAGGIE101857 3/15/2012 8:31PM

    I know exactly what you mean! At 54, menopausal, lack of sleep, etc. the pounds are staying put no matter what! But I am going to tackle the challenge, do my best and see what I can learn from others!!! Good luck on the challenge!

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JLPARKHURST 3/15/2012 8:03PM

    emoticonJonnie! emoticon

emoticonGO TEDDIES!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/15/2012 8:00PM

    Let's rock this! Let's roll! Here we go! emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 3/15/2012 7:33PM

    Love your beat...Rollin' in the Deep! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/15/2012 7:20PM

    emoticon I know you can, you know you can! Let's do this ;-) emoticon

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LASARRE 3/15/2012 5:22PM

    You can do it and 4 lbs is nothing to sneeze at!

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SONYALATRECE 3/15/2012 3:59PM

    Need to join this challenge with you...

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NWILKER 3/15/2012 12:17PM

You can do this!!!
Yeah teddy bears!

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A Workout with Gilad

Friday, March 09, 2012

Yesterday, I happened the catch part of Gilad's workout and felt really energized in just a few minutes, so I set an SP calendar reminder to tune in at 6:00 a.m. today. He runs 2 half-hour segments 6:00-7:00 EST, doing updated routines that are really doable; the time goes fast. I can't get over how long he's been doing this, how good he still looks, and how well he moves. Maybe he's going for Jack LaLanne's record.

Anyway, if you want to catch his workout for a change (a little of everything--aerobic, upper & lower body ST and abs), I found him on the cable channel Discovery Fit & Health , DFH--used to be FitTV. It's so hard to find fitness on TV nowadays in my area. Most of the day this channel is showing horror ER stories. Reality TV has taken over (wonder why fitness isn't considered reality--oh, I know--not even manufactured drama).

Earlier another Sparker told me about On Demand having fitness programs on the sports channel. They changed it around a bit, but I found it today under Sports--Mag Rack--Fitness & Yoga.

Tomorrow I'll get back with Coach Nicole, but today this was a nice change. Variety is the spice of life.
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BRAVERUDE 3/13/2012 7:28AM

    I miss you, too!!! The internet connection is very hit-and-miss, here... I am eating my way thru Florida and will need the Spring Challenge very badly when I am done! How is your hip?

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LUVPOETESS 3/12/2012 6:01PM

    Thanks for the info

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GLORYANDME 3/9/2012 10:49AM

    Glad you had a good work out with Gilad. Thanks for posting this blog because I didn't know that exercise shows even existed on tv anymore. I thought they were a thing of the past. Now with DVR capabilities, we can work out with the pros at a convenient time. Thanks again! emoticon

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How to Stay Young (last of 3)

Friday, March 02, 2012

Mary Southerland's advice Friend to Friend (end)

11. Don't worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.
12. Read more and dust less.
13. Spend more time with your family and friends and less time working.
14. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.
15. Do not "save" anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.
16. Wear your best outfit to the market.
17. Don't save your good perfume for only special occasions. Use it even if you are going shopping or just to the bank.
18. "Someday" and "one of these days" should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.

From Jonnie: I do a lot of these now--try to do whatever I can to enjoy every day. I only wish I had begun earlier, in my younger years. In those days I put too much value on things--the good china was for special occasions (the kids would just break it). Now I drink my wine from my crystal wine glasses, and my morning coffee from a china cup (and they cost 3 times as much now to replace, but somehow it just tastes better), and when the grandkids are here for Thanksgiving or just Sunday dinner, we all eat off the china and crystal. We're all special--everyday!

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1TRESCHICAKA 3/3/2012 7:28PM

    I will be drinking my tea from my "Special Paris - Eiffel Tower cup" and dream of having it at an outdoor cafe in Paris :0) Merci! Thanks for reminding us to take pleasure in the everyday things..like the trees & flowers starting to bloom here, birds chirpping happily in am, pretty sunsets at night...La Vie En Rose...I will make an effort to stop & smell the roses!

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IMIN2GENES 3/3/2012 7:03AM

    How true! Thanks for sharing this. I think I'll go have my coffee in my glass mugs from England. I keep them on a shelf for fear of breaking them. No time like the present to dust them off!

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YIWEN39 3/2/2012 6:56PM

    That's great! very special advice... that I want to put in practice! Right NOW :-)
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend :-)

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How to Stay Young (cont'd)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mary Southerland's advice Friend to Friend (cont'd)

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with us our entire life is ourselves.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country - but not guilt.
10. Tell the people you love how much you love them every chance you get. Never assume they know.

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IMIN2GENES 3/3/2012 7:00AM

    Good advice!

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GOLFGMA 3/2/2012 7:39AM

    Great advice. emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/1/2012 7:22PM

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COLUMBINE2 3/1/2012 12:47AM

    This is an outstanding manifesto...I'm keeping it at my fingertips & sharing with my dearest friends. Several statements really jumped at you-know-who. Thanks for sharing it with me! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/29/2012 8:54PM

    Nicely said! I also like to keep my curiosity always on the go....every now and then I feel like I know it all....until I find something new and go exploring

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How to Stay Young

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The following was sent to me in an email. It is a gem, and expresses so many of my own sentiments, I wanted to share it with you. She has quite a long list of suggestions for living your life to its fullest, so this will be the first of about 3 installments. More to come:

February 23, 2012
How to Stay Young
Mary Southerland

Friend to Friend
In April, I will celebrate my 61st birthday! It seems every day of life has been jam-packed full of both wonderful and horrible things I wondered if I would survive and yet, here I am, going strong and wondering why there always seems to be some kind of helicopter still landing in my life.

I have some advice for you, girlfriend. If you are a young woman, it really is true that you should cherish every day and every moment with your friends and family because the older you get, the quicker the days fly by. I look at my children who are married and having children of their own and wonder where all of those years went. How did this happen?

If you are an older woman, take a deep breath and celebrate the fact that you are breathing. I believe if you are alive, God has a purpose and plan for your life. Give yourself a pat on the back for your survival skills. Take a few moments to reflect on your life and don’t get hung up on what might have been. Celebrate what is and what will be.

I have discovered some wonderful advantages to growing older and have learned some valuable lessons along the way. Each chapter of life seems to grow more exciting and I keep wondering when that “slow down” thing is going to kick in. I am no longer overly concerned with a lot of things that once kept me awake at night. There is great freedom in having paid a lot of “life dues” because I have already been there, done that and don’t really care about getting the T-shirt.

I can say with authority that you probably will live through that crisis you think will be the death of you. What defines you today may very well seem ridiculous in ten years or even ten days. Stupidity will give way to wisdom learned the hard way. I now give myself permission to do or not do things I once would have felt compelled to do simply because it was someone’s ridiculous expectation … not God’s plan. My audience has certainly changed over the years from the people who love to leer at me through the glass bowl in which I live to running the race of life for an audience of One.

Yes, there are moments when I have made a frenzied and desperate attempt to stay young. But then, why would I want to do that? There are many years of my life I really do not want to revisit and there is so much of my life now that I love. During one of those youth seeking moments, I came across the following list of ways to stay young and found it quite interesting.

How to Stay Young
1. Throw out non-essential numbers such as your age, weight and height.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members to fill that need.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.
4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college that is all you can afford. When they are grown, and you are on retirement, that is all you can afford.

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YIWEN39 2/29/2012 6:35PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing :-)

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SONYALATRECE 2/29/2012 6:28AM

    Thanks! Will note these words of wisdom...

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VETTRANGER 2/29/2012 12:33AM

    A lot of good thoughts, one poor one. One way to stay young is to die young. A good way to do that is to neglect your health. So I disagree with the notion of ignoring weight.

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IMIN2GENES 2/28/2012 12:33PM

    This is great! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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BRAVERUDE 2/28/2012 12:27PM

    She's a keeper! emoticon emoticon

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GLORYANDME 2/28/2012 11:50AM

    Amen!! Thanks for sharing. Very inspring! emoticon

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