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The StanApp

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thanks for all your suggestions to help me remember to exercise and drink water at intervals throughout the day. I've decided to get the StanAPP for my Iphone to remind me. Thanks to MarciaC10 for alerting me to her blog that gives a wonderful description about it. I've got company this weekend, so I'm just using a timer on my computer to remind me. That works although it's super loud, but I have to keep resetting it, so I think I'll like the phone reminder better.

Because of various activities with the company, I did get my exercise in, but I wasn't able to drink the water each time because we weren't home (excuses, excuses), but I just chug-a-lugged when I returned.

It's going to take a while to become efficient at this new habit. But I CAN DO IT!

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_RAEVEN_ 3/3/2013 9:10PM

    YES YOU CAN!!!! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 3/3/2013 3:58PM

    Yes you can!

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LASARRE 3/3/2013 1:07PM

    I know you will get it!

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ANDYINBC 3/3/2013 12:29PM

    I will have to take a look at the StanApp! Thanks for sharing!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 3/3/2013 9:31AM

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WILSONWR 3/3/2013 8:44AM

    You certainly can do it - you seem to be able to achieve any thing you set your mind to!

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A New Habit

Saturday, March 02, 2013

A new habit that I will implement this week and hopefully make a lifelong habit is to exercise in spurts throughout the day and tie drinking my water into those short exercise sessions.

From what I've read, exercising throughout the day should help to keep my metabolism revved up, and any of you who know me, know that I have a heck of a time getting 8 glasses of water a day. So I'm thinking if I can tie those together, I'll be reminded to do both.

Now the trick is, how do I remember to do those extra bouts of exercise? I'm working from home, so I could have an alarm go off for each one, but I'm thinking that could get annoying after a while. Any suggestions?

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BRAVERUDE 3/3/2013 1:19PM

    I love the alarm idea (and the working from home!)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/2/2013 10:34PM

    What a great idea!!!! I agree with others although the alarm may be annoying it does make it seem more like an appointment. Let me know what you decide to do.

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IMIN2GENES 3/2/2013 9:41PM

    I like the idea of an appointment reminder. That's a good one. I love your new habit too. That's a great way to amp up your workouts and keep your metabolism revving!

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KATHY1204 3/2/2013 1:52PM

    You CAN do this, Jonnie!! I'm rooting for you! :-)

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MARCIAC10 3/2/2013 1:38PM

    If you have an iPhone or iPad, there's an app called StanApp that does just that. I wrote a blog about it, so if you're interested check out the blog on my page.

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MMHELGESON5 3/2/2013 1:03PM

    Sounds like a great idea. I hope it works for you.

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TEDDYBEAR662 3/2/2013 1:00PM

    Good idea... best of luck! emoticon

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KSW1963 3/2/2013 12:37PM

    There is a spark team called Quickfire that challenges each other to do these little 5 minute burst of exercise. You might check it out.

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PLUMSHORT 3/2/2013 10:57AM

    I keep my favorite water bottle handy and filled up wherever I go in my house or out! It helps to remind me to get my water in. When I am on track, I drink 2-3 cups of water before I eat anything, and try to do the same before each meal or snack... I like some of the other ideas other people have suggested for exercise like setting things up around the house, and using bathroom breaks as also fitness breaks. I hope you find a great new routine and make a healthy habit out of it!

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_RAEVEN_ 3/2/2013 10:50AM

    I set my house up like an obstacle course...
Weights in the kitchen, aerobic step in the hall, jump rope in the bedroom...
Every time I go in the kitchen I'll do 25 reps with the weights.
Every time I walk down the hall I'll do 50 step ups, each side.
30 jumps with the jump rope in the bedroom.
And every time I go to the bathroom its 20 squats....

I always want water after doing these things emoticon

Good luck. emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/2/2013 10:31AM

    That sounds like a great idea. Maybe each time you go to the restroom you could do a short burst? That way you'll be on nature's timer instead of a mechanical one. If you're drinking the water this should result in plenty of short bursts of exercise.

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MSCARCHICK 3/2/2013 9:34AM

    Good idea! Water and workouts are tried together for me. I can drink a little throughout the day but most of my water intake is with my exercise.

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MIATIA1 3/2/2013 9:33AM

    Great Idea for both exercise and water for a lot of us have been sluffing emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 3/2/2013 9:33AM

    Good idea to tie drinking water in with those short exercise sessions. emoticon

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LYNCHD05 3/2/2013 9:22AM

    I like the comment from Wilson.......putting it on your computer would certainly help with the scheduling. Good luck.

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WILSONWR 3/2/2013 9:02AM

    Although the alarm might be annoying, I'd still suggest scheduling your workout on the computer in Outlook (or your phone). If you treat it like an appointment, you're more likely to do it! Good luck!

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Down with the scale!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the TV show, "The Talk" today, they were discussing whether they were slaves to the scale. I liked what one viewer tweeted (paraphrased closely): "I won't be a slave to the scale; I know I'm overweight--I don't need a reminder."


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COLUMBINE2 2/22/2013 2:11PM

    When the scale went up & I was exercising my brains out, I just couldn't deal with it. So.....for the first time ever, I've stopped weighing in daily. In fact, I'm not weighing at all. Watching for non-scale victories & I'm starting to see them!

My current plan:
I'm eating better than ever. Have given up(again!) the really bad "old" habits that caused me to regain so much last summer/fall, doing ST frequently & increasing weights steadily and exercise of some kind at least 30 min. every day with 1 day of rest/week.

So if I saw the scale go up (even water retention) while I'm working this diligently...I'd probably shoot the scale (or whomever was standing nearby). The only thing I'm not doing (which I read is ineffective anyway) is excessive cardio.

I wish there was ONE truth for everyone about the effectiveness of mega-cardio for weight loss. But there are dozens of theories. Guess we just have to find what works for us, personally. emoticon

Of course, I'd prefer a "simple", clearly-define way to lose weight! Silly me! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/13/2013 7:01PM

    I have a love/hate relationship with the scale. I think NSV may actually be a more accurate barometer of how you are doing.

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WILSONWR 2/13/2013 4:27PM

    The scale can be a good thing -- it can gauge the progress you're making. It can be a bad thing, though, if that's the only thing you look at!

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MERRYMARY42 2/13/2013 4:24PM

    I am almost a slave to the scale, I seem to have to weigh myself 3 or 4 times a week, silly I know, and seldom is there a change, but I keep hoping emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 2/13/2013 3:59PM

    Everybody has their own personal needs for weighing or not. The main point is not whether or not you weigh, it's about how it affects you when your weight goes up or down. I weigh every day. It's a habit I got into years ago. But I only count what I weigh on Tuesday, after yoga class while I'm still in my yoga clothes. Weighing helps to warn me that I'm going off my eating or fitness plan and tells me I have to ratchet up how much I'm paying attention, but the only thing that would scare me is if my favorite jeans become uncomfortable.

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ANDYINBC 2/13/2013 2:42PM

    Because the NSV aren't always apparent I like to use the scale to help keep me pointed in the right direction.

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SNP_27 2/13/2013 2:33PM

    Well I like weighing myself and now it has become a habit...
I weigh myself now just to make sure i'm still on the right track
As long as you know how to use it, you won't be a slave to the scale emoticon

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Time for a hearty laugh!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Don't read this if you've just had surgery; you'll bust your stitches. emoticon


Dear Diary,
For my birthday this year, my husband purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god-- with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines... I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT! It 's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.

Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.
Bu_t hole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being a half an hour late-- it took me that long to tie my shoes.

He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine-- which I sank.
I hate Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.

Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.

The treadmill flung me off, and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun-- like a root canal or a hysterectomy.

I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

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COLUMBINE2 2/22/2013 2:01PM

    Love this! I get the shakes when my former personal trainer walks into the gym!!!!!! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 2/11/2013 1:26PM

    emoticon Love it!

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    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! That was funny!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing it!!!

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SONYALATRECE 2/6/2013 7:47AM

    LOL! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/6/2013 12:53AM

    I'm there in feeling your pain! -- funny but yet not too funny. I honestly don't know how these Biggest Loser folks keep up the pace that's demanded of them other than the cameras demand it of them. Give me a slower nature trail to manoeuvre or cleansing to chi routine and I'm so there!

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WILSONWR 2/5/2013 11:30PM


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    That is too funny! Thanks for sharing.

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5% Challenge is open to old and new members!

Monday, January 28, 2013

If you have already indicated your intention to join the Winter 5% Challenge, you need to go to the site below and officially join.

If you would like to join this challenge for the first time, or after having been away for a while, you also may join now by indicating your desire at the site below.

See (a little less of ) you soon, 5 percenters :)


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ADRIENALINE 1/29/2013 3:37PM

    I'm ready!! Thanks for the reminder!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/28/2013 9:47PM

    I am ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WILSONWR 1/28/2013 7:57PM

    Look forward to being on the team with you again!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/28/2013 2:33PM

    I in...already joined the Winter 5% Challenge. Sooooooo happy to be back!!! Hope to be a emoticon again, but whichever team I am placed on I will give it my all!!! Good to see you still moving ahead in your journey to optimum health JazzeBear.
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FIT4MEIN2013 1/28/2013 12:58PM

    I am ready! 10# more, here I come! emoticon

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