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Goals for the 2013 Summer 5% Challenge

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Challenge will begin in 2 days, and I am so ready! Even with a couple of personal challenges, I will overcome, persevere and be victorious over these stubborn 9 lbs.

Challenge #1, the small challenge: The first 3 weeks of the challenge I'll be visiting family--eating, eating, eating. In all fairness to my son, however, he went grocery shopping for all the fruits and veggies needed for my plant-based diet. My veggie-fruit smoothies are already a big hit, even with my grand kids.

Challenge #2, the big challenge: I have a partially-torn achilles tendon and will not be able to walk for exercise, although the extra effort it takes to get around with one leg doing most of the work (especially stairs) must be using some extra calories. I'll be limited to calisthenics and weights for my exercise minutes for the entire challenge.

But there will be no whining; I will somehow find a way to make this work and still get those lbs off.

I'm anxious to get started! Let's go, Teddy Bears!

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/1/2013 2:49PM

    Looking forward to this great 5% challenge. Even with limitations, we always find a way to rock these challenges while making progress towards our health goals. Get ready . . we're off to Hong Kong on Saturday! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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LYNNIERN 7/29/2013 8:33AM

    You have a great plan and I know you'll be successful even with the extra challenge you've got. I'm looking forward to celebrating those loss of those stubborn 9 pounds at the end of the challenge with you!

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CANDOK1260 7/27/2013 6:27PM

    i love your attudie you will suceed with itr i am sure

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FLORIDASUN 7/27/2013 9:31AM

    We're all here for your back up girlfriend! Don't think for one moment that anything can deter a motivated Jonnie bear...absolutely NOTHIN' emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/25/2013 10:54PM

    I know if anyone can do it, you can do it!!!!

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ROCKYCPA 7/25/2013 1:16PM

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ROCKLAND2010 7/25/2013 11:54AM

    Enjoy the Challenge! it will be VERY challenging for you. I am on the Beautiful Butterflies Team.

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WALKTHROUGH 7/25/2013 10:25AM

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2013 Summer 5% Challenge is open to old and new members!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

If you have already indicated your intention to join the Summer 5% Challenge by selecting your team, you need to go to the site below and officially join the overall challenge.

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. It's a supportive team effort to encourage each of us to lose 5% of our weight during a period of 8 weeks.

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


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BBONET 7/25/2013 10:13AM

    I am ready to shed those pounds! I am all ready and happy to start this challenge! Let's make a bearyyy good one!!! Let's go Teddy Bears!

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/11/2013 11:30PM

    I'm ready! These 5% challenges are great to keep our healthy habits at the forefront of our thoughts about preparing good meals and snacks.

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FLORIDASUN 7/10/2013 8:22PM

    I'm looking forward to the challenge...this time I'm going to try something new and different...like lose some weight! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 7/7/2013 6:31PM

    Hope I'm back on the Awesome As...
Guess I bonded with them after two 8 week sessions...
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WILSONWR 7/7/2013 11:56AM

    I guess there is no requesting to be on a special team this time? Oh well, at the end of the summer challenge, maybe I can get back on the Teddies...

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STEVIEBEE569 7/7/2013 3:12AM

    Can't wait until July 20th. See you there!

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The good news is...

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I passed my self-defense test with two bruiser, burly police officers and lived to tell the story.

The bad news is--either when I was stomping and kicking one of them or when he caught the back of my ankle and calf while I was trying to get away, I sprained, bruised and generally messed up my right, lower extremity. I did RICE immediately afterward yesterday, so I'm just walking stiff today--not hobbling.

It was a great experience. I feel empowered. We were warned that in real life, where we're not dressed in protective gear (I looked like a Ninja warrior), we're likely to do harm to ourselves while executing the moves necessary to free ourselves. But being injured and alive is a good alternative.

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/4/2013 2:45PM

    Having 2 police officers to test your ability and passing sounds like you did great!! Hope your ankle feels all better quickly!!
Smiles Barb
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LASARRE 7/3/2013 1:51PM

    Great job passing the test!

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ADRIENALINE 7/3/2013 12:41PM

    Wow, more powerful than ever. You go girl!!

When I lived in NY a took a much more wimpy self defense that talked about carrying change in your pocket to throw at an assailants face or keys to use as brass knuckles and aim for the eyes. This sounds so much more empowering. Remember the best defense is to run like hell.

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FLORIDASUN 7/3/2013 10:24AM

    Woo hoo...no one had better mess with our Jonnie girl! emoticon I myself prefer the whimps way of self preservation....PEPPER SPRAY...b**S***T***D! emoticon emoticon Actually I'm pretty much of a pacifist...if I see someone scary I immediately take myself out of danger!

Good training from my many years working in banking. That's the ONLY good thing I can say about THAT profession! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/2/2013 11:50PM

    Glad to hear you passed! Stay safe and may no one ever bother you where you need to use these great, new skills.

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    Way to go on passing the course!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great accomplishment!!!!!
Take care of your ankle!!

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SPARKLE1908 7/2/2013 2:50PM

    That's great news (not about your calf, ankle)!!! Self defense is a good thing to know....hope you never "need" to use it

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/2/2013 2:26PM

    You Go Girl. emoticon emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 7/2/2013 1:03PM

    You are soooo AWESOME!!!! take care of the injury - patience is the toughest part!! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 7/2/2013 11:28AM

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I'm proud of you for mastering self-defense. WooHoo!!!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 7/2/2013 10:41AM

    Wow! Great course to take! Sorry you got hurt, but keep RICEing and you'll bounce back in no time!

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BBONET 7/2/2013 10:37AM

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Now just rest your ankle!!! Sounds like that was fun and you don't know your own strength!!! emoticon

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ROCKLAND2010 7/2/2013 10:13AM

    Congratulations! That was smart to take class. It's good to know the right way to protect yourself.

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NKING1982 7/2/2013 9:52AM

    Hope you heel fast, a self defense class would be fun to take

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WILSONWR 7/2/2013 9:51AM

    I guess you really did pass the test! Sounds like they didn't take it easy on you, but that's good - great preparation if you ever really need to use it! Hope you feel better soon!

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WooHoo! I'm going to Paris!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Wanna join me on the journey?
Some of my Sparkfriends have formed their own Summer Mileage Challenge. I'm starting a week late, so I just filled in my exercise for the missed days.

Here is the original blog:

Template for Summer Mileage Challenge

June Mileage Goal/Estimate: 25 miles
06/21: 3.1
06/22: 3.1
06/23: 3.1
06/24: 3.0
06/25: 2.0
06/26: 3.0
06/27: 2.0
06/28: 3.0
06/29: 3.0
06/30: 2.0
June Actual Total: 27.3

July Mileage Goal/Estimate: 80
07/01: 3.0
07/03:1.0 (darned sprained ankle!)
07/05: 1.0
07/06: 2.0
07/07: 0.0
07/08: 0.5
07/11: 1.0
July Actual Total:

August Mileage Goal/Estimate: 80
August Actual Total:

September Mileage Goal/Estimate: 80
September Actual Total:

T:otal Summer Mileage:

Here's to being in Paris by the end of the summer! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 6/29/2013 3:55PM

    I thought you were really going as well! I was so excited for you! Well, I'm still excited for you...because this is a super challenge! Good luck!

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LASARRE 6/29/2013 3:05PM

    I was doing this with another group.

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SONYALATRECE 6/29/2013 11:41AM

    Dang! I was hoping you were going literally.
Uh...give me more details in an email.


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FLORIDASUN 6/29/2013 7:36AM

    Hey...I've got my Paris guidebook...let's GO! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/28/2013 9:52PM

    Glad to have you with us!!!!!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/28/2013 2:01PM

    Great motivation for regular walkers or runners. You can do this.

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ADRIENALINE 6/28/2013 2:00PM

    What a great idea! Give my regards to the tour d'eifell

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Back on track

Monday, June 24, 2013

You guys boost me up so high, I have no choice but to prove you right. I'm back on track with a vengeance, and have lost the water weight gained through my "indiscretion."

Breakfast today--a green smoothie (packed with fiber): kale, spinach, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, banana, soy protein, almond milk. Yummy! Now I'm ready for yard work--WooHoo!

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MMHELGESON5 6/26/2013 1:50AM

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FLORIDASUN 6/25/2013 9:11PM

    Good job on getting back on the health wagon...and I'm SO stealing your uber cool post on you are what you eat....LOVE IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BBONET 6/25/2013 11:53AM

    You are the one that inspires!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/24/2013 10:14PM

    Knew you would do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SCARLETCURLZ 6/24/2013 9:47PM

    Great job!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 6/24/2013 8:57PM

    You inspire me!

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ADRIENALINE 6/24/2013 8:27PM

    I knew you'd be back on the applecart in no time! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 6/24/2013 7:53PM

    Love it!

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LYNCHD05 6/24/2013 4:11PM

    Go get em girl!!!!

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