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Saturday, May 03, 2014

A few weeks ago I ask my 13 year old, What is your summer project going to be this year? Do you have any ideas yet. He has had a summer project every summer since he started 1st grade. It has always been educational and interesting. From learning about Lewis and Clark and building a model fort that they stayed in, To watching tons of old movies and learning about special effects before computers.
This he plans to earn his Boy Scout Hiking badge, When he first told me I was excited until he has me find and print the worksheet. Reading the basic requirements it was like most of the others, share with leader that you will know what to do if someone gets hurt and are you (the scout) physically able. The only change I see to this is there is extra section on exhaustion. THis seems ok as well, we then plan to take a few weekend camping trips. Ohio state parks will be great.
Cam said there is a National Award that goes along with it and asks me to pull it up and print it too. This paper states if he earns his Hiking and Orienteering merit badges and hikes 100 miles including the miles hiked with the badges. I was speechless for about 5 min. He really wants to do this and he wants (he thinks I can do this?) me to do it with him. I reread the hiking merit badge worksheets.
The hiking requirements
Take 5----10mile hikes
Take 1----20mile hike (in a single day only stopping to eat and short breaks)

That is 70 miles so 30 more should not be that hard There is a few from the other badge as well.

Here is my problem, my steps vary greatly daily. 1500 to 8500 (avg) I have good days and bad days and busy days too.

Yesterday I reached over 8,000 enough to be tired but that is only 4.2 miles and most of the time I am only at 5000 I need to increase these steps to a comfortable, regular number of steps. How can I integrate steps into my daily life that is non exercise steps. Currently, I walk the long way, when I go to school I park in the front of the lot walk the the back of the lot walk back to the building, around to the back to enter reverse ant end of day instead and of going straight in. The downside, It is the end of term. Next semester I am only there one day at night, I will not be walking out back or to the back of the parking lot at 10pm.
I just need to do it. I would love any suggestions.

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VDALE4 6/23/2014 10:28AM

    Joanna, you have a big challenge and I know that you will make it, because you have the will and stamina to show him what his mom is made of. Good Luck on this adventure. There are lots of Great suggestions here from everyone.

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CINDILP 5/4/2014 11:06AM

    You can do it. I was surprised when I was in a TOPS group and the challenge one month was to do 100 miles. I kept track of all my walking and found out that I was averaging 100 miles a month without too many additions. I was a mother with very young children, so the walks were usually with the jogging stroller. So, I just kept up the challenge every month to complete 100 miles throughout that summer.

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USMAWIFE 5/3/2014 8:32PM

    if you do not already have on, get a fitbit or pedometer for your trips to record your mileage and then everyday it will keep you motivated

do some dancing or walking in place while waiting to do things.. adds on steps and keeps your body burning calories

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KAMMYJO3 5/3/2014 12:55PM

    "How can I integrate steps into my daily life that is non exercise steps"

HI!!! I just read your blog...are you a Spark Coach member??? This was just a topic of their's this last week that I had. It is called N.E.A.T. (non-exercise Activity Thermogenics)

Here is one article on it...

Look it up here on Spark...there is a lot of info about it on people's blogs and in the groups.

Here are a few ideas that pop into my head:
1. Use a further away bathroom.
2. If an office job, stand up and work if you can, you burn more calories standing
3. When going to sit down, do a squat first then sit down. Do the same when you stand up.
4. If you have stairs at home when you go up or down do an extra set...if going upstairs, run up, down, up before you head to what you are doing.
5. Exercise when watching tv
6. Turn on your favorite tunes as you are getting ready in the morning. Your body will just start moving to the beat and it is also provides uplifting positive feel good enzymes in your body.
7. March in place when at a baseball game or in line at the grocery store. People might think you are a bit weird but that's ok. They might ask what you are doing and that's then a great moment to spread some Spark!

Remember every little thing adds up! I have a fitbit and it helps to challenge me every day to get more steps in when I wear it. :)


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GEORGE815 5/3/2014 12:16PM

    Good thing keeping your son moving through the summer break.

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I Want Off This Roller Coaster Ride, NOW!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I know I am cut out for this. I can do it. I will do it. I wish I could say, it's not my fault. Is it my fault. Who care who's fault it is....What can I do to fix it. I honestly believe there is much more at play here than I really know. I think I am scared. I am scared that I will be treated like a piece of meat by men. I don't want to be treated like a sexual object. Is there something in my past that has screwed me up so bad that I have to deal with first? I have bounced my weight around my entire life. I just want to be healthy and active. I don't have the notions in my head as many women (sexy, happy, find love etc.) I was a size 16 before I even noticed my weight and by the time I was 18, I was an 18. At 20 when I had my son I was 228 lbs. by 2005 I was 250 lbs. After a stroke in 2009 I was 286 lbs. That was a wake up call lost almost 50 lb. Was very close to my pre-baby weight and freaked (I think) and plateaus. After going back to college I gained 30 lbs. Lost 20 of it over Christmas break. Now stuck between 245 and 250.
I am ready for the "lifestyle change" I need it.

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LADYHAWKES 4/14/2014 10:43AM

    Praying you find the right starts with close connection and walk with God everyday for me....NEVER before did I feel this weight loss issue was "worthy" enough to trouble God for asking for help. But as I began this journey God opened my eyes to the fact that not being balanced in my physical life is important him, it opens the door for a more balanced spiritual life. Praying for you...Daniel Sparkers love to pray for your needs and journey!

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    Keep writing! Keep digging into your feelings. I bet there is something there that is behind what you are feeling now. I had to do the same thing and finally found something that I had buried deep and totally forgotten about. You can do it too. Just keep on writing and searching. You can do this. You are soooooo worth the effort!
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GENRE009 4/14/2014 12:15AM

    I had to join weight watchers to learn a new life style. they teach you what , how , and when to eat. Without learning life style you'll always feel like you are on a roller coaster. Even skinner people that gain weight have problem over coming many of their bad habits. But I always say that when you get healthier you need to grow in your mind, body, and emotions. Many people need to get over their self esteem problems too. Or what ever had gotten them heavy in the first place. take care, hope this helped you. eva

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my Vacation. It was the break I needed. We went from the cold in Ohio. Missed the big snow storm and headed to Florida. We visited Family friends, visited 4 beaches, discovered a lot of history and was on the go from about 7 am till 8 pm checking everything out. Now I did gain some weight but I am not sure if that was from Christmas and coming off my Eat to live plan. My plan for success for at least 90 days is I am going to Power 90. I know for my size and current health this will be a challenge. My Dr. told me as long as I am not hurting myself, and eating healthy I can do what I want. With the exercise- I plan to stick to the schedule. I will try everyday, modify as needed and take breaks as needed. I will be moving at that is the goal! For Eating- I want to go back on Eat to live but modified a little. I still want to eat my veggies (the more the better) but I want to add more dairy, yogurt at least. I also want eggs at least 2x a week. I will still rotate my carbs ( cards for breakfast everyday) and light cards every other day. Chris Powel's method. Like I have said before, ! plan can not and will not work for me, I will modify as needed. I would love feedback about my plan and any advice you care to share especially about Power 90

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TREE57 1/8/2013 6:06PM

    What a nice break from the cold weather! Sounds like you have a plan to start the new year.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

There will be no more goal dates for me because I looked back in my food diary and weight loss journal and every time I set a goal to lose before such a date, I don't lose anything and a few times had gained. There is no lack of effort during these times. I went vegan for the past 4 weeks and I didn't hope for a number and I lost 16 lbs. I also love fruit and veggies. There is something magical about fresh spinach. I am still headed for my sexy mama goal of 227 lbs but I will not set a date. I want to lose 1-2 lbs a week. Lose something! I will use the 90/10 method 90 percent great healthy and 10 percent not quite that good. I will avoid sugar I want to eat a little processes food as possible. I need my granola bars! Thanks to all of you that has supported me this far. We still have a long way to go but the future looks bright and healthy. emoticon

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LAURAAT 11/14/2012 12:57PM

    Sounds like a plan perfectly suited for you. I'm glad you've found a way to personalize your plan so much. Awesome!!

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BETHELLE33 11/13/2012 9:16PM

    Sounds like a plan. I try not to do goal dates either. I focus on goal weights. Small ones that seem easy to obtain. When I was 275, my first goal was 250. When I reached that, my next goal was 230. I am now 11lbs a way. I hope to have that gone by Xmas, but won't be mad if I don't quite make it. I think you have a great attitude this time around and sometimes that is all it takes to get you to do what you need for yourself.

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CARRAND 11/13/2012 8:28PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

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DOLLBABE56 11/13/2012 7:32PM

    I have found the same thing when I set goals. It sounds like you have a good plan. Stay focused, and you can do anything.

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MIDROAD 11/13/2012 7:29PM

    Sounds like a great plan. Much success to you!

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The 2012 Holiday Slim Down

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I typically do not recommend anything. This new challenge team I have too. I was looking for a new challenge I could do with my son that wasn't just meals and ideas to get families moving. This team has too challenges. 1 The weigh in challenge for Halloween then 2. Best of all we are in a marathon to the North Pole. We add up our miles and or exercise time (converted into miles) We are headed to the North Pole to get Santa's sleigh and bring it back. There are also real and virtual prizes for most miles and other along the way. Just working together is getting me motivated. emoticon

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JUJIFRUIT 9/10/2012 10:19AM

    You are doing great too!! It is a fun challenge. Let's get to the Norh Pole!!!!

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