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Building a new streak: 10+ minutes a day - Day 2

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I honestly contemplated breaking my new streak today; yes, on day 2!

Wow, looks like I'll need some serious practice getting out of my weekend slumps.

When did my weekends start being sooo passive? When did I start being so boring? Crazy how things sneak up on you. I really need to get a life!

We went to the movies today. Saw the last Harry Potter. DD has always been a big fan. The books started coming out just around the time she learned to read. She is now 21.

And yes, I changed my mind about breaking my streak. I did 10 minutes abs and legs tonight. That's all I could muster, but it's enough to keep it going.

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IUHRYTR 7/24/2011 6:44AM

    Many of my days have been like our weekends -- blah, laze around all day. Now I have to get my rear in gear and start my own streak. emoticon -- Lou

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CARTOONB 7/17/2011 10:23PM

    Your weekends are passive? Sweet! Will you come show me how? emoticon

Good job on day 2!!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/17/2011 2:17PM

    Unless, we are really ill, I think most of us can doSOME kind of exercise for 10 minutes. It we don't we just don't want to. It's a Choice.
I choose to move!

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MALEXANDER4 7/17/2011 7:21AM

    Good for you. Its funny my friend i've said the same thing....I need to get a life. Seems at this time I have none. lol.

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    One thing that helps me is having a time scheduled for exercise. I don't make plans and the time is pretty immovable. It seems silly to schedule 10 minutes, but it helps me build it into my day. Also, when you're doing "something else", it makes you sort of realize that you're probably not doing the right thing.

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TURTLERAE55 7/17/2011 1:35AM

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Building a new streak - Day 1

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Exercise performed daily will string together this new streak.

My most challenging days are Friday (very long work day), but also Saturday and Sunday, when I usually have no pressing engagements and plenty of free time on my hands, which I certainly don't spend favorably most of the time.

So my 10 minutes a day every day, no matter what, has a hidden agenda. On the weekends it is designed to get me off my couch and get moving.

Habits and routines are funny things, as we operate without giving these much thought.

Building a new habit takes awareness, presence of mind.

In this context I almost forgot about my new commitment when I came home last night. Just went about the usual; then remembered around bedtime that I still had 10 exercise minutes scheduled.

Ended up doing a quick strength routine.
Day 1: 15 minutes.

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MALEXANDER4 7/17/2011 7:20AM

    Proud for you. I know weekends for me tend to be lazy also. Not yesterday. I got in 80 min. I took the dogs for a much needed walk and got some time on my bike in the morning. Really it helped me stay on track. Now for today.

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CARTOONB 7/16/2011 10:30PM

    If you're like me, the ten minutes is likely to grow to more. You have a great plan and good for you for getting your ten minutes in!

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MARLINDA5 7/16/2011 10:20PM

    On the weekends I drag myself out of bed and do my treadmill in the morning - to get it out of the way -

Your plan is also good - to get in the 10 minutes no matter what. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/16/2011 3:42PM

    I'm glad you remembered. Soon it will be a habit and you won't
even think of it emoticon

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BETHV10 7/16/2011 10:28AM

    I like your plan. I have trouble doing exercise as well, but I should be able to do 10 minutes... emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 7/16/2011 10:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan!! emoticon

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Joining SparkGuy's 10 minute exercise challenge

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's Friday morning, 8:00 am, and I really should be in my car and on the way to work, but I have yet to feed and water my puppy, and I think it would be great if I also brushed my hair before I head out the door :) In short, I'm running late.

But hey, it's Friday! It's my long day at work; basically today I'll work until I'm done, until everything has been processed, which can easily add up to 12 hours or so.

And yes, I can flex, so today I choose to spend a couple more minutes on the computer. Wanted to put out my new challenge to myself.

Currently I exercise 3 to 4 days a week, 60 minutes each session. Usually this is Monday through Thursday. I'm not this dedicated on weekends, which often puts me into a tailspin, affecting my commitment to myself.

Going forward, I commit to putting in at least 10 minutes of some kind of exercise on my current non-exercise days. Goal is to do something EVERY day.

Now, I don't count cleaning house, mowing lawn, or any such everyday activities as exercise. These things are already included in my daily routine. When I say exercise, I mean doing something beyond that; something in addition to what I'm already doing anyway.

Okay, 10 minutes minimum every day starts today.

Goal is to increase motivation (especially on weekends), and reduce weekend "couch time" as there is too much of that right now.

Goal is to keep this streak alive through the end of the year.

I'll report back.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 7/16/2011 12:48PM

    I should join too. I tend to exercise the most/best Monday-Thursday and slack off for Friday though Saturday too. Might consider joining. Good luck to you!

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MALEXANDER4 7/16/2011 8:20AM

    I'm with you, I don't count cleaning or such. That is a bonus as far as i'm concerned and I would do that whether I was losing weight or not. but weekends i've noticed a trend myself. A lazy trend in both exercise and food department and this morning, all week in fact, i've been coming up with ways to quit this. So with this I begin a new week with the same goals in See ya at the finish line, if you get there ahead of me just be patient i'm coming.

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CARTOONB 7/15/2011 10:28PM

    You can do it. I'm rooting for you!

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IUHRYTR 7/15/2011 9:21PM

    Wishing you much success. You might be interested in reading a blog I wrote on August 26, 2009 titled: "Nearly 38 Million Minutes to Exercise" at

where the 10 minutes a day was promoted and put into perspective. -- Lou

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/15/2011 1:26PM

    I joined also. I'm doing ok so far

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74: New Workout and My New Pet Peeve

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Cardio is my go to for stress reduction. Particularly aerobics/kickboxing/taebo classes at the gym. Love all of them! So tonight I headed out and had my mind set on trying a new extreme cardio class, only to find out that the class had been cancelled.

That's how I ended up in a spinning class.
60 minutes of extreme pedaling. Who the heck ever moves their legs this fast? Felt like I was going 100 miles an hour.

Great workout. Driving home with jello legs. Sat in the driveway for 10 minutes, listening to the radio, unable to get out of the car :)

There's a good chance I'll incorporate spinning into my workout routine.

And my new pet peeve: People circling the gym parking lot in order to get a spot close to the entrance. You're going to the gym! Think that having to walk from the back of the parking lot will kill you? Helloooooo!!!

That's all. Stress gone, jammies on. It's Apple TV time :)

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MARLINDA5 7/14/2011 2:19AM

    That is great you are doing the spinning class - your legs will get use to it emoticon

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MIDNIGHTWOLF87 7/12/2011 1:04PM

    This gave me a chuckle. That is pretty weird for a gym, having people circle around. Maybe if it was cold out I could understand wanting to be closer. But really, that's just silly.

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CARTOONB 7/7/2011 11:23PM

    Spinning has never been my thing. Glad you enjoyed it! And I would extend that pet peeve to circling for a spot...ever. Burn a calorie, huh? LOL!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/7/2011 2:37PM

    Glad you got that off your chest. I too, just park where ever I
can at the gym and figure I'm here to exercise

Hope you rested well. Glad you like spinning, it's not for me,
although I never tried it. :) emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/7/2011 1:15PM

    It's fun to find something new and unexpected - so glad you enjoyed it (despite the jello legs).
I have never been able to understand the parking thing either - especially at the gym or a mall.

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INTOTHEJAM2 7/7/2011 9:09AM

    I may have to check into this spinning stuff... I've heard other people talk about it. Oh, and my friends and I have had so much fun laughing about the people who go to the gym and look for the closest park! We've learned to laugh about it, rather than let it bother us.

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MALEXANDER4 7/7/2011 7:17AM

    Loved this blog. THank you for the smile. I can't stand that circleing myself.

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    That really bothers me anywhere. What I find amusing is that I'll take a spot far away and beat the idiot into the building before they even park. Stupid.

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KNITTABLES 7/7/2011 1:39AM

    That is one pet peeve I have to and it make me wonder how hard they really work out. Enjoy your night.

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SUE5007 7/7/2011 12:38AM

    That bugs me too. You're at the gym people...the extra 20 yards is going to be good for you!
Have fun spinning!

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70: Life goes on - moving forward

Sunday, July 03, 2011

First off, I want to thank everybody for your tremendous support. You'll never know how helpful, encouraging, and inspiring your words are. Your concern and continued prayers definitely carried me through the month of June. SparkFriends really are the best.

And while the current situation still exists, truthfully, with no end in sight, I have taken steps to preserve my sanity, which at this point is my greatest asset.

Healthy living is high on my priority list at the moment. Good food and exercise will sustain me and help me keep my stresses in check.

June was a month of gauging calories and mostly winging it, a month of little exercise (I barely logged 600 fitness minutes, which is way short of my goal of 1000.) Yet, I dropped 4 lbs.

Moving forward, here it is now July.

My continued focus will be on my son's wellbeing, hoping to get him into counseling. I expect this to be another stressful month, and I am preparing for this, while hoping for the best.

I will work on stepping up my fitness and reach my 1000 minute goal this month. Keeping busy will chase the sadness out of my heart, even if it's only temporary.

As far as weight is concerned, I am planning on maintaining this month.

Thanks again, SparkFriends, you mean the world to me.

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MARLINDA5 7/3/2011 11:59PM

    When you work out - it does take the stress out of your body - When I just concentrate on just trying to complete the treadmill or when I am curves - I don't think of anything else - I listen to the music - and just focus on that.

I will be praying for you and your son during this time - and yes, keep us updated when you can. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 7/3/2011 7:25PM

    Goals are nice as long as we don't set them in stone and feel defeated if we don't reach them. They should be guidelines rather than destinations. Do what you can when you can and try to make every day as positive a day as you can. -- Lou

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BOVEY63 7/3/2011 4:38PM

    I am so sorry that I missed your previous blog, but know that you and your son are now in my prayers.

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CARTOONB 7/3/2011 12:09PM

    I'm glad to hear that you're making yourself a priority this month. Good luck to you in all your endeavors!

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/3/2011 8:38AM

    Well, you only need 33 minutes of exercise per day to reach your 1000, so I know for sure that emoticon

Hang in there, don't stress about the things you can't do anything about and I happy to hear you are handling things better. We all have stress, but it's basically how we choose to handle it that matters. Easier said than done, but I think you are doing emoticon and have a good attitude. You can beat this!

Prayers & Hugs

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    I am so glad to hear that you're hanging in there. Here, I thought we'd turned a huge corner with my son, only to find out that he got really trashed Friday night and drove home with his girlfriend after wrenching his keys from our daughter who had gone along to be the DD. *sigh* And there is no remorse. Well, we have to hang in there and stick to what we know to be right, don't we? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 7/3/2011 7:28AM

    My sweet friend I can only say from my own experience.....please take care of you. The stress will eat you alive if you don't. I keep my fingers crossed and a prayer in my heart for your son. Your goals are awesome. Continue day by day.

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ELYMWX 7/3/2011 2:34AM

    Good luck, and keep us posted...

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KNITTABLES 7/3/2011 1:11AM

    Good luck to you and to your son. Eating healthy and exercising will help you a lot. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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