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It's hard--that's why it's a challenge!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In my enthusiasm, I suggested to my A Team members that we challenge ourselves more this week --we would increase our exercise time by whatever amount we felt we could commit to.

I led the charge by challenging myself to double my daily exercise time this week. I'm determined to do it, but it's killing me. I have sense enough to know I'm not going to run every day, and when I do it's for no more than an hour. So I'm constantly looking for something to do to add up to the 120 min. Heck, I need to retire just so I can exercise.

Bet I'll drop a lb. this week though. For sure.

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ZERNIKE 11/1/2011 1:54PM

    I love the title of this post. Great reminder!

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BRAVERUDE 10/20/2011 11:23PM

    Mix up your activities and have fun with it! Hey...I love the idea of retiring just so I can exercise more...sign me up!!!

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AKCHELLE 10/19/2011 11:19PM

    Good Luck! Stay hydrated and keep sparking!

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MOSTMOM1 10/19/2011 10:14AM

    I'm adding extra hooping time. More miles, more fUn.

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ZEESPARROW 10/18/2011 3:16PM

    I responded with a commitment of 750 minutes for the week, which is over 100 minutes per day. I don't think I'm going to make it, given what I've done so far. It's tough to do so much!! I am going to kick it up a notch for the rest of the week... already have one hour done today and plans to do another one tonight to help make up some of my 'lost' time.

I mix it up with dog walks (some relaxed, some more spirited pace) and walks with coworkers at lunch, my C25K runs, bike rides, elliptical, Wii Fit game and Pilates! That last one is my new favorite "get more minutes without killing myself" exercise.


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MAYTE1975 10/18/2011 2:10PM

    120 min. of daily exercice is A LOT , no wonder you are strugling to do it. Bet
youīll lose more than a lb. emoticon

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CHELEMIA 10/18/2011 10:46AM

    Exercise on Demand, cable tv, the Wii and spark exercise videos are some ideas.

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Fall 5% Challenge -- Week 3 completed

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's weigh-in day. Bah-humbug! No, I didn't start out being a Scrooge about it. Even after all the cross-training I did this past week, while trying to give my hurt knee a rest, and all the meal tracking and posting every day, I knew there was a good chance the old scale wouldn't show any weight loss. It's just stubbornly evil that way.

But this morning I got clear indications that THIS time, results might be different. I looked at my stomach in the mirror--definitely DOWN. I turned to the side and bent over--worse possible angle for a stomach--decidedly smaller, a lot less flab. And those side rolls, barely a crease!

So now I excitedly stepped on the scale, and what did I get--the darn BOUNCE UP! I was prepared for no loss, but the bounce up; that's an insult!

Well, I know the mirror doesn't lie, so obviously the scale does. It's old, after all--I know not to ever step on it twice, the second time is always up a lb. Doesn't matter--I like the way my body is looking in the mirror.

Oh, I'm not giving up the fight with the scale: it's on now. I will win! I'll outbox, outfox, outrun--OUTLAST it. 'Cause I've found a way to lose weight eating in a manner that I can use for years to come. However long it takes....It's on!

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MAYTE1975 10/16/2011 1:06PM

    Youīre right , they are only numbers. Meaybe was caused by water retention or because you are creating muscle and it weighs more so that may be why the scale didnīt go down this time. But donīt give up , you are doing it great , itīs amazing te number of fitness minutes you have.
Congrats for the changes you feel in your body , thatīs the best.

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ZEESPARROW 10/16/2011 9:23AM

    Great attitude... the right one to have! You are doing fantastic!!!

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CHELEMIA 10/15/2011 9:13PM

    whenever there is in injury even if you see no swelling there is water weight. YOu are right. You will win out!! Keep on keepin on emoticon

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BBONET 10/15/2011 10:49AM

    Jazz... We are on the same path!!! I got on the scale and it was the same - no loss, no gain.. but just like you I like what I see in the mirror and my clothes are fitting better. However, in you case I know you have been working out like crazy so your loss has been shifted to you body in other places!! Feel good with yourself and keep going... You will win this fight!!! emoticon emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 10/15/2011 8:00AM

    Persevere!!! I've been running for 3 weeks so far with only a 1 pound loss! Depressing? Yes!!! It should be 10 for as much as I'm sweating! My friend says it takes awhile when we shock our body. It doesn't believe we are really doing this. So keep it up and it'll believe it and drop the weight. Also, the way the clothes fit tell the true story! Keep on truckin' ....to date myself!

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To cure insomnia, go to bed later!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This week I joined the Better Sleep Challenge, and I'm logging my sleep/wake cycles. It's surprising that I function so well during the day. I'm not getting any great quality of sleep. So today I see this article, and it's worth a try (notice the average age of participants--I'd better get a handle on this now:

New study: Researchers gave 79 women with insomnia (average age 72) printed material on good sleep habits or four weeks of behavioral therapy that included in-person counseling. Result: Those who received therapy significantly improved sleep by going to bed later, waking up at the same time each morning and limiting time in bed. Theory: Turning in later increases one’s natural sleep drive. If you have insomnia: Go to bed later, when sleepy, and get up at your usual time each day. Your total time in bed should equal your average amount of actual sleep plus no more than 30 minutes.

Daniel Buysse, MD, professor of psychiatry, Sleep Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Sounds easy enough, but I'll take any suggestions you have. Got any tricks for getting a good night's sleep?

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THISTIMEMYWAY 10/22/2011 6:59AM

    When I am 72, I will finally be able to sleep because my kids will finally have gotten out of my bed and out of my house!!! LMAO

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COLUMBINE2 10/18/2011 12:22PM

    I don't have this problem, but I recently read that using the computer before going to sleep does something to your brain that makes it hard to go to sleep. It also advised against having your cell phone on nearby (the constant light) and frequent interruptions...even if it's only an incoming text. I have friends (and also tons of twenty & thirty-somethings) who sleep with the bloody thing right at their fingertips & answer it even after they're asleep.

Put the computer to bed in a separate room an hour before your bedtime and put the cell phone in the bread drawer for the night! Good luck!

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BBONET 10/13/2011 1:57PM

    Jazz, i also belong to that team and I have no problem falling asleep, I just wake up every hour on the hour (due to the pain in my shoulder). I function well during the day, but i am exhausted at night and as soon as I sit down I am ready for sleep (which is usually late), but can't sleep all the way. Welcome to the team. emoticon

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BLUESKY104 10/12/2011 11:04PM

    Very interesting info there -- I have no problem staying up later-- it's the getting up at the same time every day that gets me -- I have no usual time to get up-- maybe that's my problem emoticon

Good luck with the Better Sleep Challenge


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GOLFGMA 10/12/2011 5:14PM

    I am one who lives on 5, 6 or at the most 7 hours of sleep. I take melatonin (10mg) and that does it for me. I also read for a while after going to bed to get really sleepy. On the days I play golf I have no trouble. I'm tired enough to sleep then. LOL


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MAYTE1975 10/12/2011 5:13PM

    Very interesting. The problem is when you wake up a lot of times during the night and you have to be at work at 7:00. emoticon
Give it a try , maybe it helps.
Something that worked for me is to avoid any caffeinated drinks during the afternoon.

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CHELEMIA 10/12/2011 9:47AM

    I have had insomnia as well. meditation helps if you are strong willed. I drift so it doesn't work for me. Although I am not near the 72 age range LOL I find that going to bed tired is right. but I also find If I am reading a good book, blogging, playing computer, I will work past the tired zone and enter Zombie stage...then I am in trouble because Zombie stage affects memory and stress modes and I ly down and review oh..what I did today, what I will do tomorrow, why I did this, what bills did not get paid, what I should have done, what could be done, what.....
and so on.
So Tired zone is important to learn and recognize.
Then I have to use music; preferably with no words. I use cable music but timed radios, CD's, MP3s, and IPODs would work too.
No words help so I don't bebop instead of relaxing.
I use oldies and zen music but thats your choice.
then I either focus on the music or on a short story line....Not life!!!!
I am usually out by second verse or after a character intro.
It doesn't matter what you occupy your midn with as long as it is irrevelant to you.....
wait does that even make sense???
Also I find once a weekish, sleeping in or even a nap isn't a bad thing.

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MBW209 10/12/2011 7:59AM

  Interesting blog! I am trying to go to bed later and restrict any naps to keep my sleep at 7-9 hours per day. Staying up later is the big challenge - especially staying up later without eating! How are you doing with this?


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Fall 5% Challenge--Week 2 completed

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Today is weigh-in day--I am so happy! I dropped 2 whole pounds! After being an avid daily weigher, I embraced the idea of weighing only weekly. I might have lost the first lb. the next day after the first weigh-in where I thought I had lost nothing--who knows. If you're going to lose it, it will be gone whether you're watching it fall or not.

I am so proud of the ATeam's effort with tracking our meals and exercising. I think we just about made the trip to the Galapagos Islands ROUNDTRIP. Go A-Team!

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/11/2011 8:07AM

It is very encouraging to read of your 2 pound success!
Congratulations you are probably half way to your overall goal!!!!

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VETTRANGER 10/10/2011 10:21PM

    Way to go! Its great to see you get such a nice drop all at once, because I know you worry about the process from time to time. One thing I do is not worry about the bounce up and down, either. If I'm always in the right calorie range, I don't log an increase in weight, just new lows, because the increases aren't fat, its just food and liquids making their way in and out.

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BBONET 10/9/2011 4:03PM

    Way to Go!!! JAzz!! Congratulations on those 2 pounds, see how things do pay off after awhile.. I am really happy for you and keep up the pace!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 10/8/2011 11:19PM

    2#!!!! Good for you! As close as you are to your goal...it's awesome. It's obvious you're working hard on your challenge and for you team!

Keep up the dedication and those cute white slacks will be baggy!

You can do it! emoticon

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MAYTE1975 10/8/2011 5:15PM

    Congrats Jazze , you are doing it great.
Not only losing 2 pounds but resisting the temptation of weighing daily. The best you can do is weigh in weekly , and even then they are only numbers. Taking your measures once a month is also a good idea.

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TEACHING1ST 10/8/2011 1:57PM

    Congrats on your 2 pound loss, Jonnie...way to go!


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Fall 5% Challenge--Week 1 completed

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I'm enjoying the comraderie of the A Team as we post our daily activities, emphasizing exercise minutes and drinking water. There's no pressure, except we do want to accomplish our goals.

I'm not impressed with my week 1 accomplishments. Oh I have great excuses for not sticking to my plan, but I'm just not going to whine and am jumping back into the game with both feet today.

Going out now to do my 3 miles. Oh, let me chug-a-lug a coupla cups of water first.

On to Marrakesh! (It's a friendly competition we have going.)

Oh, that's right. Now it's on to the Galapagos Islands!

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    You go, girl! Even though I'm on a different team:) New week is here. We can do this.

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BLUESKY104 10/1/2011 9:41PM

    Good job -- Keep on chugging emoticon

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MAYTE1975 10/1/2011 5:23PM

    Congrats , each small step counts emoticon

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BBONET 10/1/2011 12:31PM

    Great job on completing week one!! emoticon Don't worry that you did not accomplish all you wanted but at least you are on the right track and have a goal!! Good luck in week 2!! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 10/1/2011 8:31AM

    And now, off we go to the Galapagos Islands! WOOHOO!
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