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New Habit Day 7 - Wrapping it up!

Friday, March 08, 2013

For our last official blog entry, we can write about anything else we'd like to share with our team.

Whew! This has been quite a challenge but I feel that I learned a lot by writing my own blogs and reading the blogs of so many other team members. I'm not anywhere I'd like to be with the new habit I was trying to develop this week, which was to go to bed earlier and get more sleep. Progress was slow but I did shave some minutes off though and I hope to increase that in the weeks ahead.

I'd like to thank everyone for being so open about your own journeys and all the experiences and tips you've been willing to share. Even if we may have different goals and obstacles to reach them, we can still relate and always take away something that will help us too.

Good luck with the upcoming weeks in the 5% Challenge and with your weigh in on Saturday. Whether the scale shows that we're up, down or have stayed the same, we're here so that means we're not giving up and we're that much closer to our goals than we were the day before. That is success right there and means so much more than a few numbers on the scale.

Hope you have a great weekend. Go emoticon !

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REBECKY441 5/25/2014 2:19PM

    You blog really well! Let's hear some more from you to know how you are doing!
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SMILE2HAPPINESS 3/23/2013 7:40PM

    Progress takes a long time to develop and even longer to become a habit! Congrats on setting a goal and working at it! You have to start somewhere! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/9/2013 1:49PM

    well done for completing the week. Every journey starts with the first step but there was always a thought before the action

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LYNMEINDERS 3/9/2013 3:09AM

    You have a great weekend as well and a great weigh in...woohoo...
It has been a great week

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CAROLYN0107 3/9/2013 2:11AM

    I finally started another blog for my SP blogs. carolyn0107.blogspot.de.

Congratulations on all the blogging you've done. I hope it's helping you to lose weight!

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WALLAHALLA 3/8/2013 11:37PM

    Have a fantastic weekend and a very successful 3rd week!

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LWADE1963 3/8/2013 11:31PM

    good job

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FUSCHIA6 3/8/2013 11:20PM

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On to the next challenge!

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New Habit Day 6 - Do I need motivation or advice?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Thought and focus for today: Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!

I have met so many wonderful people since becoming a member of the SparkPeople community along with a never-ending access to articles, blogs, recipes, workouts, challenges and so much more. Spark members give to others unselfishly and are always right there to send a goodie, leave a "Woo Hoo" and "You Can Do It" on your SparkPage and encourage you along the way.

This week I have received so many positive comments, suggestions and support on my blog pages and SparkPage. I have read about your own journeys and that has inspired and motivated me to hang in there and I have learned from you. A big thanks to all of my fellow Sparkers and to everyone that helps maintain this website for all of us! No one ever said it was going to be easy but it sure helps to have someone there to share the journey and cheer you on to meet your goals together.

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BEE2LE 3/8/2013 10:37AM

    It is an amazing community, isn't it? I felt the same way.


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NEENSTER1 3/8/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon I am your biggest cheerleader also, emoticon emoticon emoticon Let's go. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/8/2013 4:44AM

    We are all in this together

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/8/2013 3:31AM

    "right back @ you!"

This is a journey for us all. Some of us are taking it all in, some of us are focussed very hard on a goal, some of us are perpetual students. It's natural to gravitate towards like minded people and share our triumphs and disasters. Story telling is something we can all do.

Now, get off the computer and get to bed on time!

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NUOVAELLE 3/8/2013 2:52AM

    What a positive, kind and thankful blog! It's true that this site and the Sparkpeople community are full of people who are always eager to offer support selflessly and wholeheartedly!
Thank you, right back!


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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/8/2013 1:50AM

    yes this is a great site love.i thank you for all your support and encouragement love.it is really appreciated so a great big thank you . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNACFIT 3/7/2013 11:24PM

    Great blog..thanks for all you do and for all your encouragement and comments :)

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WALLAHALLA 3/7/2013 10:59PM

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BEATLETOT 3/7/2013 9:55PM

    You are such a sweetie. Thanks for posting this blog!

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TEXASTITCHER 3/7/2013 9:48PM

    Hearing and getting support form others always helps to maintain the internal motivation that we need.

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REBECCATKD 3/7/2013 9:22PM

    Thank you right back! You have been and continue to be an inspiration to me, especially as I push myself to catch up to your fitness minutes.
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New habit day 5 - What can I improve upon?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

New habit I'm trying to develop: Going to bed earlier and getting more sleep. emoticon

Unfortunately, I haven't seen much progress this week. emoticon The evenings seem to fly by and the hands on the clock emoticon always move a lot faster than they do at work. emoticon

So what can I do to improve?

1. Limit computer time. Turn the computer off at a certain time. If necessary, set a timer and when I hear the "ding" it's time to shut down no matter what.

2. Don't turn on the TV just before bedtime. I didn't follow that this week.

3. Don't wait to do things until it starts to get late.

For some reason, all of this is difficult for me because I like to extend my evenings but it's starting to catch up with me so I have to keep pushing.

Thanks to everyone that has left a comment on my blogs this week and has provided encouragement and support. I really appreciate it!

  
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GINA180847 4/29/2014 9:08PM

    Keep trying to get to bed earlier. It is amazing to feel well rested in the morning. Could be addictive.

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LJR4HEALTH 3/7/2013 6:35PM

    Like the idea of limiting computer time and not turning the TVon before bed time I think I read its 21 days for new habit to take root emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/7/2013 7:48AM

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/7/2013 3:43AM

    like the timer idea

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BEATLETOT 3/7/2013 12:20AM

    I really like this goal. It's one I can work on, too. You've got some great ideas!

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RUTHXG 3/6/2013 11:47PM

    These are good strategies, I think! I hope you try them & let us know how it goes!

Your sister in sleep-seeking! emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/6/2013 11:41PM

    You can do all of these.....sometimes progress takes a wee while

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DONNACFIT 3/6/2013 9:58PM

    emoticon One small step at a time..

Good luck!

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TEXASTITCHER 3/6/2013 9:54PM

    Way to go for looking to make changes. I find that drinking decaf (either tea, for me, or coffee) in the evening also helps. Do you read before bed any? That can be relaxing as well.

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New habit - how am I doing day by day?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

It's day 4 of this week's 5% Winter Challenge and here's what's been going on so far.

emoticon I selected the habit to focus on this week and that is to go to
bed earlier and to get more sleep.

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and to keep on track.

Today's question: How am I doing day by day? The answer to that question is
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Last night was the perfect time to really make some real progress but it didn't happen and the same for the two previous days.

Well, I'm not going to become discouraged or throw in the towel. Although what does that expression really mean and where did it come from? Where do you actually throw the towel? Does it go into the hamper or just where does it go? I looked it up and although there is probably another origin or two, it seems that it came from the boxing world. When a boxer was too beat up to continue, his coach threw a towel into the ring to signal that the fight is over. We generally know that expression to mean to surrender, quit or wave a white flag to show that someone has given up.

But how long does it take to form a good habit? I also looked that up and the answer varies but I do know that it takes a lot longer than 3 days so I have a lot of time ahead of me to work on this. I'm folding the towel, I'm putting it away on the shelf in the closet, closing the closet and I have no plans to take take that towel out.

Tomorrow's topic: What can I improve upon? No problem finding something to write about there!
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CARLYG8 3/6/2013 10:14PM

    The throwing of the towel question--In our house where it "goes" depends on who you are. If it is my towel, it gets hung up to air dry. If it is hubby's towel, it ends up in a soggy mess, usually left at the foot of the bed until I hang it up to air dry. If you are my 12 year old son, it is left in a puddling mess on the floor until I hang it up to air dry. LOL Seems as if there is a lot of towel throwing goin' on around here!

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/6/2013 3:26AM

    sometimes you don't realise it's a habit until you try NOT to do the thing!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/6/2013 2:06AM

    I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to break a habit however even aftyer longer than that I can so easily digress back to old habits....lol

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KOKITTY 3/6/2013 12:33AM

    I've heard it takes 3 weeks to build a habit, but in reality I believe it just takes consistency! Even if you fall off the wagon just try and get back on as soon as you can!

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DONNACFIT 3/5/2013 11:56PM

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/5/2013 8:53PM

    If you've ever heard of flylady (www.flylady.net), she says it takes 28 days to develop a habit. I feel like I am just getting started, laying the groundwork to make my targets a habit. When I saw your turtle, I was thinking slow and steady! Sometimes slow progress is best because it becomes more ingrained! Keep it up!

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New Habit - how will I encourage myself and keep on track?

Monday, March 04, 2013

Today is Day #3 of this week's challenge. Again, my challenge is going to bed earlier and getting more sleep. I thought I was on track yesterday but someone called and we talked for a while. That set me back about 30 minutes and then I still had to finish some work that was due today. Although I had tried to take care of things a little earlier, I still didn't make much progress with this week's goal.
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Well, yesterday is in the past and today is a new beginning. emoticon

I still have time to finish up with SparkPeople and make an effort to at least shave off some of those minutes from yesterday. Am I up for the challenge? Yes!

To keep on track I won't turn on the TV so I don't get hooked on a show or movie. I'll keep my goal in mind and avoid picking up a book, cell phone for email, puzzles and radio. No distractions. That's where I usually go wrong.

To encourage myself, I'll think about how much better I'll feel after a good night's rest. If I don't have any distractions, I will do only what I have to do and then it's lights out.
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Okay! It's ready, set, go! emoticon More tomorrow.

  
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LJR4HEALTH 3/5/2013 6:01PM

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SPEEDY143 3/5/2013 2:52AM

    emoticon sweet dreams emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/5/2013 2:39AM

    you are making life changes here, it's never easy. Good luck with the rest of the week

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LYNMEINDERS 3/5/2013 2:34AM

    Go you...you can so do this

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DONNACFIT 3/5/2013 12:28AM

    Great habit...Sweet Dreams...

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TEXASTITCHER 3/4/2013 10:58PM

    Way to go - Getting enough sleep is a hard one. I have a lot of problems with that also

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CAROLYN0107 3/4/2013 10:50PM

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THUNDERCAT 3/4/2013 10:32PM

    Sounds like you and I are working onthe same goal this week. I find I have total mismanagement of time along with being a procrastinator.

Stay focused on the goal. New habits are just as hard to incorparate as is getting rid of the old ones. Your off to a good start and you will get it done.



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CHOCOHIPPO 3/4/2013 10:28PM

    Sounds lovely to me. Sleep well!

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