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January Report Card ... February Plan

Monday, January 31, 2011

January Goal ... log 26.2 miles by running/walking/elliptical. I smashed it! Here's the breakdown:
TOTAL: 48.3

February Plan:
Match or better my monthly mile totals.
Bootcamp for minimum of 28 days.
Sit-ups = 10 a day for the 1st week, 20 a day for the 2nd week, 30 a day for the 3rd & 4th week.

I'm in a temporary funk so I joined two challenges on SP. This is where the rubber meets the road so I'm pushing through it and finding my way. Failure is not an option and neither is a "break." I'm finding something new to spice things up or at least not allowing me to check-out.

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ELSAG83 2/15/2011 1:02PM

    wow this is outstanding. I myself have started tracking mins that I work out to see where I am at the end of the month. I will probably beging to track the miles I do as well. This will keep me motivated. So this sit up challenge. Do you do that set once a day? Do you break down the set or do it all at one time? I'd like to work my mid sections so this sit up challenge sounds great! Do you do a standard sit up or variations. Keep kicking butt friend, you're doing great!!!!

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KCBYTHEC 2/8/2011 8:27AM

    Good for you KT,

I did a bootcamp yesterday, woohoo....and I can sure feel it today. Workout with a trainer, this month is fatburning month, then we switch up next month with weights and cardio. I don't wi or very rarely, but inches are gone...6.5.

Keep up the great work, challenges are always great, I like to try to get up the ranks on the teams I'm on as well, fun to do.



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TRENTDREAMER 2/4/2011 8:35AM

    "January Goal ... log 26.2 miles by running/walking/elliptical. I smashed it! Here's the breakdown:
TAL: 48.3"

* Thanks for the inspiration on this.

Best of fortune to you on your goals and challenges this month!

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ENDUROVET 2/3/2011 12:04PM

    That's great! I wasn't logging total mileage, but clocked in around 35 mi on TM for January...

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KITHKINCAID 2/1/2011 5:54PM

    Challenges are good. back breaking, but good :)

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SWELL10 2/1/2011 7:56AM

    Great job on January! You kicked it's butt! Keep up the good work.

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The Seed

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The morning routine was going as planned. Then it happened. The Seed. The Seed of Sabotage tried to plant itself. It tried to embed itself and grow. It tried to take root. Aware and awake I noticed.

At 6:30 a.m. my brain chemistry tried to rationalize drinking a soda. "I can have just one. One won't hurt!" I didn't want one there and then. No, I was plotting my self sabotage to take place 6 hours later. REALLY?

If we are not diligent. Aware. On guard. Awake. The Seed will plant. Grow. Take hold.

Not today! Not Me! I'm Aware. On guard. Awake. I'm gonna push it to the limit and give it more.

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TRENTDREAMER 1/30/2011 7:41PM

    "Not today! Not Me! I'm Aware. On guard. Awake. I'm gonna push it to the limit and give it more. "
* Yeah, I hear you. Congrats on not giving in. It can be a daily struggle.

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I really appreciate it

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ABB698 1/28/2011 2:42AM

    You are in control! I love that about you!! Spark on!!

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STACYBH 1/27/2011 10:23PM

    I'm trying to get off soda, it's been 2 days. Sometimes doing the right thing is so hard. I read a book by Kim Bensen, "Finally Thin". She says in her book, (something like this) It's hard being overweight and it's hard losing weight, which choice are you gonna make?

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BBGYRL4 1/27/2011 1:35PM

    Great blog! You're absolutely right about being aware and awake. It's so easier to cop out and not take control but if we are serious about our health and the things that we want we need to push past that feeling. Keep that great attitude!!

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KITHKINCAID 1/27/2011 1:06PM

    This is already happening with me today too. I know I'm going to an Irish Pub tonight, and then out to a cocktail party afterwards. I want to have a glass of wine at the cocktail party, but I also want to eat fish and chips or a burger or nachos or something else really really bad for me at dinner...and then I just say, well I'm going to be over my calories anyway - there's no way I can't be over my calories, so I may as well "do it up good" and eat everything in sight. Stupid seed. It's bad. But I'm also worried that if I don't have the burger tonight, that I'll carry that "deprivation" over to the weekend and do worse damage later...guh!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Food, it sustains or it kills. There is truth in dramatics.

My past ... I lived to eat. Food was/is my drug. Cravings. Mood Swings. An Obsession. Draining. A silent killer.

My present ... I eat to live. Sustaining! A passion.

My future ... alive. Living. Creating. Free.

My Life Lesson, after all - I don't live without faults:
If itís here and itís naughty, I will eat it.

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ABB698 1/27/2011 12:05AM

    My hubby and I were just talking about this in reference to a family member yesterday.....Eat to live vs. Live to eat.....
I mean why were we willing to let FOOD slowly kill us? Ewwww

Spark on Sister!!! emoticon

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Midnight Promises

Monday, January 24, 2011

I rest. I ponder. I promise. Promises are made in the darkness of the night. In the darkness I feel safe. Plans are made. They are midnight promises. Dreams. I plot. The course is set. I sleep. In the morning light those promises seem like dreams. I ponder. In the light I stray off course. I lose site.

Today I promise. I ponder. I rest ... assured this course has been set. Set in the morning light.

Today ... I plotted. I pondered. I researched. I promise in the morning light ... boot camp starts tonight. Boot camp four times a week along with my favorites, running, step and elliptical.

I shall be strong! In mind, body and spirit.

Today's promises were not made in the light of the moon.

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KINSBAILE 1/25/2011 6:53PM

    You can do this! Boot Camp is not easy but you're strong enough!

Thank you for your encouragement! I really appreciate it!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/24/2011 8:32PM

    You write beautifully. Very poetic.

Best of fortune to you on your promises/goals.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Below is an e-mail message I received from Doc. I thought the content warranted a post on my SP blog.

Why water is important

Increasing your water intake can:
Help you lose weight
Increase your energy
Improve your mood

Reduce digestive problems like heartburn and constipation.


Most people have lost their normal sense of thirst due to long term dehydration (the brain literally shuts off the thirst signals after a period of time)

It is easy to mistake thirst for hunger and develop a tendency to overeat rather than drink water.

Rules for Water

Your body is mostly made up of water and needs to be re-hydrated properly every single day. If you are new to drinking adequate amounts of water you can use a lemon or lime or orange slice to add some flavor, you can also put a pinch of high quality sea salt in each glass you drink to get a good balance of minerals.

When you become dehydrated your body will literally "dry up" the mucous membrane tissues which include the sinus passages, stomach and intestines, this predisposes people to sinus infections, stomach problems like ulcers and creates problems like constipation. Lack of water also will cause the spinal discs to become dry and fragile and lead to problems with neck and back pain.

Lack of water also forces us to hold on to toxins since they are not being flushed out quickly enough and this leads to an excess of body fat since we store these toxins in body fat. As you drink appropriate amounts of water you will flush out the toxins and start to burn off the fat. In addition, the more toxic people become the more they tend to hold on to fluid and become bloated, drinking water also helps reduce bloating again because toxins are flushed out of the system.

Water also has zero calories, is relatively inexpensive compared to other products we drink like coffee, juice and teas.

So for the next 30 days focus on this one issue WATER, drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. If you feel you may have been dehydrated for a long period of time then you can base your water intake on your body weight and drink Ĺ your body weight in ounces of water per day, in other words if you weigh 160 pounds you should drink 80 ounces of water per day, or about 6-7 twelve ounce glasses.

I highly recommend using a water bottle that you refill throughout the day so you can easily track how much you are consuming. I use quart size glass mason jar myself, refilling it four times each day to get my allotment of water in.

Other general ideas: try to drink most of your water in the morning and early afternoon, before dinner so you don't have to wake up at night to urinate. Avoid drinking too much water with meals, between meals is best. After about 3 weeks of being properly hydrated you will start to regain your normal sense of thirst and will actually look forward to your first glass of water in the morning.

I know this may sound a bit strange if you are used to being dehydrated, but after 30 years of being properly hydrated, one moment of my day I always look forward is my first glass of water in the morning. It refreshes me, reminds me I'm alive and energizes me. It's a true joy of my life to drink water, it feels that good.

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ABB698 1/22/2011 2:01AM

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Thank you for sharing! It is so true! I wake up looking forward to my water! If someone asks me what ONE thing has been the most helpful in my journey (besides SP and Sparkie Friends), it's definitely water that has made a HUGE difference!

Cheers! emoticon

Have a wonderful weekend!

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ERIKO1908 1/21/2011 9:22PM

    Excellent blog!! It takes everything we already know & gives us that much more info!! Off to grab another glass full!!

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TEDDYBABE 1/21/2011 8:44PM

    This is GREAT information! Thanks for taking the time to share with us! emoticon

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15LOVEHARRY 1/21/2011 6:12PM

  This is so true. In college the cafeteria had a problem and had to shut off the pop machine. So drinking choices were limited. I learned quickly how to lose part of my water bloat by drinking more water and less pop. I was very thirsty. It works and can be done.

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