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Winter Challenge--First Day--Woohoo!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I think I've gotten hooked on exercise the way I used to be when I was about 25 years younger. I couldn't wait to get out this morning in the cold, and I hate the cold. My walking partner was late calling, so after having my cereal, I warmed up and did some yoga while waiting, then couldn't take it any longer and just forwarded my calls to my cell phone and got in 2 1/2 miles running before we began our 3 mile walk.

It felt great! And I am so proud of the effort all my team members put in. It's so much more fun to pull together to reach a goal. Our lbs. are going to start melting away. They have no choice!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/5/2011 2:27AM

    Wow! I hope to be able to run right away in the morning! I can walk but running early morning and outside...not yet...

High five, fellow Teddy!

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BRAVERUDE 12/4/2011 11:34AM

    You are so good!!! Ok, I'm headed to the gym right now... I will not be out-done!! Ha - would love to be your walking-buddy...we'd probably never stop!!!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/4/2011 9:40AM

    That is so great!!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/4/2011 8:46AM

    Glad you had a great run and walk!

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ZIPCONTROL 12/4/2011 6:48AM

  Love your enthusiasm ! hope its infectious ! emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/4/2011 5:40AM

    emoticon You sure are one energetic Teddy :-) emoticon emoticon

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MAYTE1975 12/4/2011 4:27AM

    Itīs true the challenge is a big motivation , today was my rest day but Iīm going to exercice , if we donīt arrive first to Ezeiza itīs not going to be because of me emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/4/2011 1:59AM

    You're certainly off to a great start! Way to go!

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PEPPERCHILD 12/3/2011 10:44PM

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Let's Psych-up for the Winter 5% Challenge

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today is "Ready, set..." day. We have all done this before. How will this time be different? I woke up thinking about this today.

It's going to be different because in planning and tracking my meals--monitoring myself better, noticing how I feel after I overindulge, have just enough, or eat too little, I know better how to handle myself even during a holiday season.

It's going to be different because having seen that I just plateau when I do my normal exercise routine, I know I have to add some minutes most days--and take NO days off, but certainly have less strenuous days.

That last one was the biggest surprise revelation for me. Since Thanksgiving Day during the lull between challenges, my goal has been just to maintain. At first I was so into the "attack the fat" mode and so scared that the extra dressing & mac & cheese would usurp my progress, I was still exercising like mad, and managed to lose almost another lb. Then I fell into an "I'm good, I got this" frame of mind, and ate a bit more--still tracking but coming in at the upper limits--and even had some days off from the exercise. I would go hard one day and then be so sore I'd just say,"Got to rest up" the next day. Well, guess what happened, those few extra 100 calories or so and those "rest up" days got together and put that lb back on. I waited to see if it would go away, and lowered the calorie intake a bit, but still skipped some exercise days--Nope my weight is in maintenance mode; that regained lb is just content hanging in there.

So that's fine for now and for the experience, but beginning tomorrow, it won't be fine--IT'S ON! And I know what to do. And so do you. Lower those calories, increase the exercise, and hide the scale until weigh-in day. Nothing to it but to do it! LET'S DO IT!

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BBONET 12/3/2011 12:12PM

    Hey Jonnie-- you should be so proud of all you have accomplished. You are alwyas so motivated and do so much, I wish I had your energy. Keep it up my friend. I am going to do the 5% - I am a Beautiful Butterfly -- sorry I couldn't make your team but I will still cheer you on!! emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/3/2011 12:24AM

    So great to have such an enthusiastic Teddy Bear! We're ready to see lots of progress this Challenge.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/3/2011 12:15AM

    Love your determination!!

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NOW4ME2011 12/2/2011 12:19PM

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BRAVERUDE 12/2/2011 11:20AM

    Your determination is FABULOUS!! I believe we should be "active" every single day - that's not necessarily working out in the gym every day, so the trick is in figuring out the best activity formula for these bodies, at this age! You are amazing and I am so happy to have you as my fitness-buddy!
(P.S. The wind knocked out my internet and cable this morning, so I posted my weight early, just in case... never a dull moment!!).

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/2/2011 11:06AM

    Go, go, go!

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MAYTE1975 12/2/2011 7:56AM

    Hi Jonnie , glad to see my favorite teddy bear so motivated emoticon

No offense but... that would be perfectly fine if it was me who was writting it. I have a lot of weight to lose and I can not afford even to maintain my weight , I have to lose it like it was no tomorrow. emoticon
But you are so fine , please donīt punish your body with so much exercice. , rest days are necessary , even Jillian Michaels with her killer programs recomends to rest one day a week.
Another important thing is that if you eat less than you should during a period of time your body enters the starvation mode and saves every calorie you consume. Iīm following a 1500 calories diet but my GP told me thatīs better to fluctuate between 1400 and 1600 to prevent plateaus.

emoticon Sorry for the tirade , I admire so much your determination my dear SP teddy bear friend.

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The 2nd day of the rest of my life

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In a featured blog today, Coach Nancy voiced so well my weight-loss problem, which makes me realize how common it is. My SPfriend Mayte from Spain describes herself as a "living yo-yo." All my life I've taken it off in the Spring, and put it back on in the Winter. The older I get, however, the harder it has become to get it ALL off in the Spring, so I've gradually added on a few lbs each year.

With the Fall Challenge I vowed to take off the 5% and not put a lb. of it back on before the Winter Challenge began (even though that period fell right on the Thanksgiving eat-til-you-pop Day). Although I had a couple of "freak-out" days when my weight fluctuated--up, of course--I managed to hold on to that scale number. Coach Nancy warns us to stop that mania by having some "flex" lbs. Normally, I wouldn't even have been weighing so often, but I was on a serious mission. Well, I consider that the Fall 5% was Day 1.

For the Winter 5% Challenge, somehow, I will slowly get a few more lbs off past my goal so that I have some "flex" lbs, and I will begin struggling with the hard facts of maintenance--which hopefully will replace the Winter gain/Spring diet ritual of the past. Coach Nancy quotes a spokeswoman of the National Weight Control Registry as saying that the secret to maintaining your weight is "long-term maintenance of behavior." The Winter 5% Challenge will give me a platform, held up by lots of supportive SparkBuddies, to learn to make this behavior a new way of life--to begin Day 2 of the rest of my life.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/1/2011 10:47PM

    Wonderful blog!!! With your attitude I see nothing but success in this challenge and the future for you!

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ADRIENALINE 12/1/2011 3:34PM

    You are so supportive and this post really nails the challenges we all face. It feels great to know we are all in it together. Thanks for getting me involved in this Winter 5% challenge. It has already giving me a very helpful push.

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MAYTE1975 11/30/2011 4:52PM

    Maintenance is hard but Iīm sure you will achieve it going step by step , like you are doing right now. Goodbye yo-yo , hereīs the new Jonnie with a lot of Sparkfriends to support her. emoticon

BTW I still donīt have team for the challenge

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NEWMAC2011 11/30/2011 4:15PM

    You can do it! The Winter 5% is just the thing we all need.

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/30/2011 8:52AM

    Sending lots of flex fairies to help you get to your goal during the winter challenge.

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PEPPERCHILD 11/29/2011 11:17PM

    You are so right. I've been working out like mad woman only to see my weight creep along at a snails pace. In just keep going with my goal in clear sight. The good news is that I have not gained any of the weight back...so far.

You'll do just fine on the 5% challenge - just keep your goal in the forefront.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/29/2011 10:08PM

    Glad to see we'll have so many people in Maintenance Mode in the 5% challenge. Congratulations on some great thinking and to work towards reaching that wonderful extra cushion.

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BBONET 11/29/2011 9:30PM

    You have said this so eloquent and this really makes sense!!! The older we get the harder it is to lose the pounds, but let's move forward with the challenge and give it all we have. emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 11/29/2011 8:28PM

    I'm so glad we will be on the same team again - we are already fabulous, you do know that, right? We're just planning to be 3-5% more fabulous!!!! And, my daughter is on our team, too!!

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New brakes...not NOW!

Friday, November 25, 2011

The car was stopping fine, so I kept putting off checking out the grinding sound I heard whenever I applied the brakes. Today I had to finally stop pretending I didn't hear it getting louder and louder (the mechanic said they were so worn, metal was grinding against metal).

But I need that money for Christmas presents!

Oh well, I've got to be safe on the road. Front and rear, pads and rotors.

And , well, to be honest, I've already spent a bit much on presents. So what did I do in the shopping plaza while they repaired my brakes? I stood in line for 1 1/2 hours to buy 1 little pair of size 2T jeans for my granddaughter (that with a coupon I got for FREE) and talked to a nice young lady with a TON of personal problems standing in line behind me. She really needed a shoulder today. My waiting time was well spent.

And the car drives so nicely.

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MAYTE1975 11/27/2011 4:21AM

    You did the best , safety comes first. And I think you spent time helping someone , listening to her problems when she most needed it. You are GREAT , really . I donīt know you personally but there are lots of things I admire about you.
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BRAVERUDE 11/26/2011 10:32AM

    She needed you - way to give back! emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 11/26/2011 1:18AM

    emoticon being there for someone else, even if it's just a shoulder to cry on. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

FYI - squealing is typically the 1st sign that your brakes need a look at. They design it into the pads, it's a little piece of metal that will hit your rotor and make a high pitched noise. Better luck next time.

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PEPPERCHILD 11/25/2011 10:10PM

    Must be "that" time of the year...."Brake Season". I just replaced my rear brake pads.
Glad you're safe as you don't want to be stopping the car with your feet emoticon

Those 2t jeans sound awful darn cute.

Keep on Sparking!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

May we all be thankful for our bounty. May you spend the day in a way that gives you pleasure and peace.

I can't resist passing along this hilarious poem I happened upon on another Sparker's site. Don't let this be you!


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ZEESPARROW 11/24/2011 8:00AM

    Haha that poem is funny! Thanks for passing it along.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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BRAVERUDE 11/23/2011 6:33PM

    You have a warm, wonderful holiday weekend - I'll send you an email after I eat and track...!!! emoticon emoticon

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MAYTE1975 11/23/2011 4:26PM

    Feliz acción de gracias , Jonnie

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BBONET 11/23/2011 3:19PM

    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend!!! emoticon emoticon

Enjoy your time with family and may you receive an abundance of blessings!!!


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TWNOMWE 11/23/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon Thanks for link.
Have a great thanksgiving day!!!

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JLPARKHURST 11/23/2011 8:11AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

Take Care

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