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SHINING Bright!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shooting Stars shine brightly! Right now I am SHINING BRIGHT after my walk home from work! It is 85+ outside today and very humid. Not my favorite walking weather, but I took one of my long walks home and pushed myself to keep up my speed. A route that usually takes me 45 minutes at a moderate pace took me 33 minutes today. I was winded and quite sweaty when I got home, but it was worth it. And I intend to keep SHINING all summer long!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 5/29/2014 6:09PM

    emoticon Congratulations

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AMYBELLES 5/29/2014 1:19PM

    What a great time! That was absolutely fantastic! I have been a shining star lately, too, with all the humidity and pushing myself. The only frustrating thing (for me anyways) is you did such a better workout by making better time, yet you get less points for the team with the exercise minutes. But it is definitely better to get your heartrate up and burn more calories!!! emoticon

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PURPLEBIRD63 5/29/2014 1:02PM

    That is great... good for you!
Kudos to Kiwi!
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ROXYZMOM 5/29/2014 7:03AM

    Awesome job!!
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WONDERGALE 5/29/2014 1:04AM

    Shine On! emoticon emoticon

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KALISDAD 5/29/2014 12:34AM

    Keep up the good job making the choice to walk home.

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SHERYLP461 5/28/2014 10:46PM

    that is great, walking or doing anything really, in the heat is not for me. I applaud you for toughing it out. For me I am sticking to beach walks and dips in the pool.
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Motivation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sometimes we just need a little extra push to find the strength to make a good decision.

Today my boss brought in the leftovers from her Memorial Day party for us to enjoy. With all of the treats in front of me I made a good choice - fruit salad. Later in the day when I was tempted to eat a slice of gooey, caramel chocolate cake, even though I was not at all hungry after the soup and sandwich I had for lunch, I refrained. How did I manage to hold myself back when I have given in to such temptations many times before? I remembered that this is the last week of the Spring 5% challenge, and although I am not close to meeting my 5% goal, I would like to end the challenge lighter than I began!

I am ready to work harder this summer!
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HELEN_BRU 5/28/2014 8:17AM

    I feel exactly the same way, this being the last week of the challenge.

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SUNSHINE20113 5/28/2014 6:00AM

    emoticon Well done!!

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KALISDAD 5/28/2014 2:26AM

    Great choices. You are in control and very strong.

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SHERYLP461 5/27/2014 10:31PM

    Way to go! You are a strong lady!

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PURPLEBIRD63 5/27/2014 10:28PM

    I need to read inspirations like this probably 10 times a day!
Good job Kiwi!

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CERIUSLY 5/27/2014 9:52PM

    emoticon Be proud of yourself!

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ROXYZMOM 5/27/2014 9:24PM

    Woohoo!! Great job!!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/27/2014 9:16PM

    emoticon on not falling for the temptation. Keep pushing forward. You can do it.

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DOVESEYES 5/27/2014 8:53PM

    Great choices you stuck to your goal

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2BDYNAMIC 5/27/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon so glad for you!

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ABETTERBETTY 5/27/2014 6:36PM

    I am not going to make my 5% either. Now I need to lose what I gained over the holiday weekend. :(

But I know I can do it.

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Expanding my Comfort Zone

Monday, May 26, 2014

A continuation on the 5% Challenge theme:

Another benefit that I have experienced from participating in the 5% Challenges is that they have pushed me out of my comfort zone - in a very good way!

I have a very utilitarian approach to technology, I have a cheap laptop, a cheap (not at all smart) cell phone, and an old black and white Nook. By nature I am a fairly reserved person and, as you can probably tell by looking at my SparkPage, I am not entirely comfortable with the very public nature of the virtual world. I am not active on other social media sites; I don't belong to Facebook or Pinterest or Linked-In or Twitter; I don't really spend a great deal of time looking at random things on the internet or watching YouTube videos. I was on SP for quite some time before I took the leap to get involved with teams or participate in message board conversations.

My biggest reservation when I signed up for my first 5% Challenge was that participants are expected to be active on their teams. I took the leap and signed up. Being active doesn't mean that I need become someone I am not, but it has helped me to expand my comfort zone. Now on my third challenge, I am more willing to share aspects of myself and my life with my teammates, which I think is to be expected. More surprising to me is that I have found myself becoming more open to talking about healthy living, fitness and such topics with my coworkers and other people in my "real" world.

I am looking forward to the Summer Challenge and racing around the Earth with my fellow Shooting Stars!!!

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KALISWALKER 5/27/2014 8:34PM

    I am glad you are doing the Summer Challenge too!

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KALISDAD 5/27/2014 2:08AM

    Thanks for sharing in your blog and helping the Shooting Stars.

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PURPLEBIRD63 5/26/2014 11:28PM

    I'm kinda with you... I don't do any online social media except Spark... not Facebook, twitter, nothing.
I do , however, have a smart phone.... which I do love ;-)
It's great to be inspiring and helpful to others here ... and... to receive it! :)
Keep up the good work!
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Finding time for Fitness

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Again, a blog for the sake of gaining points in the Spring 5% Challenge for my Shooting Stars team!

One of the suggested questions for this week's blogging challenge is: How did the 5% Challenges help you develop a healthier lifestyle?

The change that is most obvious to me is that it has used the competitive part of my nature, and my sense of loyalty to my team, to my benefit - in this case it has increased my determination to find time for fitness every day. For anyone who doesn't know about the 5% Challenges, we are broken into teams and we take a virtual trip somewhere in the world each week with our exercise minutes counting as miles for the travel. Knowing that I am part of a team that is racing to a destination, and that my team is counting on me to help us to get there as quickly as possible, has increased my motivation to find time in my hectic schedule to exercise.

Before my first 5% challenge in the Fall of 2013, I was consistently exercising for 30-60 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. When the first challenge started, I made a commitment to do some exercise everyday for those 8 weeks. Throughout the winter and spring, I have managed to increase that so that I know manage 120 minutes most days of the week. With the incentive of the Challenge, I made some creative changes to my schedule to "sneak" in exercise in ways that I would have believed were impossible before.

Here are some examples of the changes that I have made to increase my exercise time:

For the past 10+ years, I have made spiritual reading and meditation my first activity of the day. I would generally spend about an hour curled up on my sofa with my coffee and a book for this. I am by no means a yoga or pilates expert, but incorporated some of those principles into my morning routine. I am still doing spiritual reading with my morning coffee, but I have moved the meditation portion of my time to my exercise mat so that body, mind and soul are all involved now.

Also, I live close to my place of work, and walk to and from work each morning. The most direct route is about half of a mile and gets me there in 7 - 10 minutes depending on my mood and energy level. Now I take a longer route at least one way, sometimes both, so I get a good walk or two in my daily routine.

I had been on SP for years before joining the 5% challenges, so I am sure that these little changes should have been on my radar long ago, but I do think that being part of the challenges is what gave me the incentive to actually do it.

There is one week left for the Spring Challenge, and the Summer Challenge team is forming if you are interested in joining you can check out the team by following the link below!
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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/26/2014 12:43PM

    emoticon on making these lifestyle changes so as to incorporate more time for fitness in your daily routine.

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HELEN_BRU 5/26/2014 10:49AM

    Sometimes change just takes time! You seem to have a great routine now, which has become a habit. That's so great and such a comfort, I'm sure.

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KALISWALKER 5/26/2014 12:54AM

    That's great that you are making a point of exercising more on your way to work.

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KALISDAD 5/26/2014 12:36AM

    The changes that you have made in your daily routines should be a good start towards a more active and healthier lifestyle. Congrats on your progress and support of the Shooting Stars team.

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ABETTERBETTY 5/25/2014 9:50PM

    I like the idea of walking to work. I don't have a traditional 9 - 5 job so I don't have a good reason not get my workouts in.

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    emoticon Sounds like you came up with a good routine that works for you!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/25/2014 7:38PM

    Sounds like you have embraced a lifestyle change that's permanent. emoticon and emoticon . Love your ideas for incorporating fitness minutes into the day.


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Being a STAR!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Let me begin by saying that my motivation for taking the time to write a blog today is to get the 5 points for my SHOOTING STARS Spring 5% Challenge team! I am very committed to my fellow STARS and although it is a Challenge for me to think of anything to say once the blog entry window pops up, I am willing to take on that Challenge to earn the extra 5 points for my Stars!! emoticon

This is my 3rd 5% Challenge, and I have already signed up for the Summer team, and to stay with my Shooting Stars! These 5% Challenges have been a great experience of all the best the SP has to offer: Support, Encouragement, Competition, point-based incentives to build healthy habits and honestly they are simply a FUN way to stick with and improve whatever personal "program" you follow her on SP.

If you have participated in 5% Challenges before, I hope that you have signed up for the Summer and if you haven't participated before, check out the team and see if it is for you!
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ROSAMARCELLE 5/25/2014 6:14PM

    Thank you for all your support. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 5/25/2014 10:16AM

    Great blog, I feel the same way about writing blogs. I am taking a writing class so I can do better press releases, maybe this will also help

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KALISDAD 5/25/2014 1:45AM

    Go Stars go. I also enjoy the feeling of contributing to the team's spirit and results. Will see you in the summer challenge as well.

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KALISWALKER 5/25/2014 1:02AM

    It's members like you who make the challenge teams so much fun. All the best in the summer challenge.

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Great blog too.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/24/2014 7:53PM

    Great blog considering you weren't sure what you'd blog about.

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CERIUSLY 5/24/2014 7:52PM

    Great blog! thanks for getting the word out there! I'm glad you enjoy the challenges!

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AMYBELLES 5/24/2014 7:29PM

    emoticon for getting started on the blog week right away! I blog once a week on my other challenge, but I also will do my best to do a daily blog for points this week. I have enjoyed the Spring 5% challenge and am looking forward to being more active during the Summer one as a Shooting Star again!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/24/2014 7:10PM

    emoticon blog! I love the 5% challenges and I love being a STAR. I usually blog once per week but plan to blog each day this week to get my points for my STARS.

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