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How I hate breaking my new great habits

Saturday, March 31, 2012

We'll be returning home from the conference tomorrow, and as much as I enjoyed the sessions I attended, I did so hate having to eat on a schedule (never waiting until I was actually hungry) and over-eating at every meal. At an international conference, of course we sampled food from all over the world. Good intentions consistently went out the window. To my credit at the end of a fantastic African dance concert last night, I did join others on the stage to shake a few of those calories off.

Things will be back to normal when I get home. Thank goodness for opportunities to get away to experience something out of the ordinary, and thank goodness for the familiar routine of home.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/1/2012 11:37PM

    it is ok to to splurge once in awhile. The most inportant thing is that you had a good time!!!

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VETTRANGER 4/1/2012 10:20PM

    Well, you know that part of the benefit of getting to a healthy weight is that we CAN afford to do some things like that from time to time. Sounds like great fun sampling all that food! I'm envious. :-)

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YIWEN39 4/1/2012 7:06PM

    Glad you know how to enjoy yourself no matter what ;-)

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WHITE_ELEPHANT 4/1/2012 2:52AM

    It can be tough to stay on track while traveling. But good for you that you actually prefer your new healthier habits! I think that's a good sign you're on the right track. :)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm heading out today for a conference of the Midwest Institute for International & Intercultural Education. This year it's in St. Louis. So if any Sparker friends are in St. Louis, I'll give you a shout out.

I probably will have too many meetings to see much of the city by day, but we'll certainly check out the night life. I remember years ago going to the top of the arch and looking out for miles over the city.

Anyway, I'll take my laptop and certainly check in with you while I'm gone, and I will walk every chance I get. I did my weigh in for the challenge today because I seriously doubt I'll find a reliable scale.


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BRAVERUDE 3/31/2012 3:14PM

    Isn't that ride to the top of the arch the weirdest?? Been there and had to do that! Wish I had known...I could've met you there on a business trip - now that would have been fun!!

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GLORYANDME 3/30/2012 12:43AM

    Have a safe trip to St. Louis! It would be wonderful if you could connect with a spark buddy! Enjoy! emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/29/2012 7:20PM

    Have a great time in St Louis :-)

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SPARKLE1908 3/29/2012 1:14PM

    Enjoy the sites when you can but stay safe!!!! Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

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SONYALATRECE 3/29/2012 12:14PM

    Sounds like a get away. I sure could use one of those even if work-related.
Never been to St. Louis...So tell me about it when you return.

Your Soror,

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/29/2012 11:52AM

    Have a emoticon time JonnieBear! Stay safe and we can't wait to hear all about it in your upcoming blogs. emoticon for posting your weight in advance...you are such a good little emoticon always doing what you can for the Team! I really appreciate your enthusiasm!!!
Sending you emoticon emoticon & emoticon emoticon in beautiful St. Louis, BevBear

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Even though members of the Spring 5% Challenge pursue exercise with unmatched vigor in an attempt to lose 5% of our weight, we are also encouraged to celebrate non-scale victories.

I was walking along today and my hand brushed my thigh. I thought, "Hmmm," and gave it a good feel. Yes, it's true, it felt firm--I mean hard. For someone my age, that's saying a lot. Since beginning SP, I can count a number of NSVs:

Toned leg and arm muscles
Ability to exercise for an hour and not become winded
Feel energized even at the end of a work day
Much better sleep pattern
Not derailed by potentially stressful situations

Great list, I'd say. I'm pleased. Do you have any NSVs to report?

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VETTRANGER 4/1/2012 10:23PM

    They're great, aren't they? :-)

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/25/2012 3:42PM

    Way to go!
My NSV has been that I no longer own any 1x clothes :D emoticon
I am wearing L and XL now depending on the size.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/24/2012 10:52PM

    Great NSV's! emoticon Since starting Spark, one of the NSV's that I am most proud of is that I can now complete REALLY HARD workouts (P90x, Insanity, X-Factor:ST)!

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YIWEN39 3/24/2012 7:50PM

    Fantastic NSVs Jonnie :-) emoticon
The other day I could feel my biceps!!! Me? Hard biceps? I think that's a new for me emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 3/24/2012 3:18PM

    Oh, Jonnie, I am sooo very jealous of your firm legs. But if anyone has earned & deserves firm legs & arms, it's certainly you! You have worked doggedly and achieved so much in such a short time. And you've inspired many, many SPers including me!!!

In fact, your whole list is impressive and is sure to result in a healthier life every day from now on! And that's the bottom line. Period.

Yay!!! Great job, my friend!
Nancy emoticon

PS I've been planning to share my NSV in my latest blog. Stay tuned.

Comment edited on: 3/24/2012 3:19:50 PM

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BRAVERUDE 3/24/2012 1:32PM

    Great list!!!
I have some... more give-away clothes, smaller sizes that even seem too big (!), more actual fun when wearing clothes!! I've added color to my all black-and-white (ok, mostly black) wardrobe!
I saw your weight-loss for week 1 - fantastic, as per usual!!
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GRAMMYNSC 3/24/2012 12:22PM

    congrats and God bless!!
peace and luv
K@ emoticon

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A productive, slow walk

Monday, March 19, 2012

Normally I walk rather fast, or even run/walk, but I'm taking it easy as my left hip is still a little sore from when I overdid something--I think it was the rope jumping--a while ago. So I decided to just enjoy the warm 80 degree temps. and take short steps so that it didn't hurt (I read this was good to do to aid healing).

I didn't take my ipod nor my step counter. I took my normal route backward, and just took in the sounds and smells of spring and began planning my retirement activities. I read a book that suggested things to plan before retirement--not how to save money, a bit late for that now, but activities to fill your time.

So I made my mental lists. Which months I would spend in a warm, sunny place during the Michigan winters, trips I would take, what I would do when I was back home in Michigan. What did I want to do.....? First I want to take a course or two in investing--after nutrition and fitness, that's a subject that I'd like to really understand better. Then I can better manage my own retirement. There are some business matters that I will also just make myself go on and take care of; I'll volunteer from time to time in the public schools; I'll meditate; I'll try lots of new dishes, and invite friends over to help me eat them.

A productive walk, I'd say.

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    Great walk - I also like my quiet thinking time that I have on my walks.

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NWILKER 3/21/2012 11:02AM

    Yeah! What a great time!
Any time you want to cook, i'll come over for dinner!

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JUICENUT 3/20/2012 4:24PM

    Congrats! I am still waiting on it to be warm enough to walk here.

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COLUMBINE2 3/20/2012 12:55AM

    I think you'll love being retired. Some (young) folks think that means "doing nothing." What a misperception. Likewise, I tried to avoid getting so involved that I was as stressed out as I was at work...with a paycheck. There's something really wrong with THAT picture! lol

Love the idea of a s- l-o-w walk. Haven't done that in years (since SP, to be exact.) At least one slow walk/week should be required...I'm puttin' that in my rule book! lol

Have a great week on your challenge. Sure hope your injuries improve soon!

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BRAVERUDE 3/19/2012 9:58PM

    Wow... a great walk! When are you visiting Southern California?

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MARTHAWILL 3/19/2012 9:16PM

    Yes- the best kind. Way to go!

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YIWEN39 3/19/2012 8:03PM

    Great walk :-) You'll be an awesome retiree ;-)

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BBONET 3/19/2012 7:47PM

    Always doing great things!!! You need to make sure you don't hurt yourself and continue with your goals. Thanks for your words and support my friend. emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 3/19/2012 6:52PM

    Thats a great walk! Good for you! SOunds like a great retirement!

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LYNETTEMOM 3/19/2012 6:23PM

    definitely a productive walk: exercising the body and the mind!

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Happy First Day of the Spring 5%

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hope you are all having the beautiful weather we're having in Michigan, sunny and the perfect temperature for taking your workout outside.

I am so proud of all my SP friends that are doing the Challenge, whether we're on the same team or not--doesn't matter. I'm proud of you for stepping up and being willing to be accountable for your weight loss and general fitness! So much the better that we can have fun encouraging each other with swift kicks in the derrière when we lose heart or just start slacking off.

It's true that we can't keep doing what we've been doing if we want better results. My good friend Braverude commented on my last blog: "Ah, C'mon. We can have better goals than just to lose 4 lbs; how about inches to lose, stretching, or more ST for toning up?" She's right, and so I've taken my measurements and added to my goals. I know she'll accomplish her goal, and I'm not going to let her beat me!

I need that friendly push, and I'm ready to pass it on to YOU!

Now, I want to see some impressive exercise minutes today!

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YIWEN39 3/18/2012 12:10AM

    Go on Jonnie, lead the way, we're right there with you :-) emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 3/17/2012 11:47PM

    I've started doing interval training so I'm getting better results in less time. I'll be pushing myself during the Challenge for sure. I agree that it's about so much more than the lbs lost. I changed my focus last year to getting fit and being less concerned with the number on the scale. I think that will make a big difference for me.

I added a measurement thread for the Teddies so hope you'll join in posting there.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/17/2012 5:40PM

    Ok Miss! I am going to go do another 15 mins of dance and 15 mins of walking and 15 mins of dance again with the kids. Those will my breaks between reading. That will make 120 minutes today.
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I will try to find the measurement tape and get my hubby to measure also. He is taking care of the kids so I better get back to reading!

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PCOH051610 3/17/2012 4:49PM

    I love your team spirit! I am just hauling myself out of a deep hibernation mode after a fairly rough and inactive few months. I saw your comment on the huddle wall you inspired me to exercise for a full 120 minutes today! Not saying I will be able to do that everyday but I am glad for your encouragement!

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