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January challenge: Winter Wellness

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Right now, I'm failing on this challenge, so I'm going to have to start blogging to make myself accountable. I love these challenges, but I'm five days behind on this one. I try to do them in order, but sometimes am tempted to check off the ones that don't require exercise, because I usually do those all the time anyway.

But to get specific..... the challenge I haven't addressed yet is "10 smart ways to Burn More Calories." I'll come back and report when I've read the article and finished the exercise.

The two I've chosen to do are "Focus" and "Don't Work Too Hard." I do need to focus better. I ponder about a million things when I either do yoga (which erases the good meditative effect of yoga) or other exercises. The "Don't Work Too Hard" addresses my consistency. I will neglect exercise for several days then try to catch up by doing too many minutes in one day. I got away with that when I was younger, but now it plays havoc with my joints.

End of Day: I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, and helped my concentration by doing interval workout. My first "all-out" effort was 1 minute to get my heart going, the subsequent ones were 15 seconds at a time, waiting a full minute till the next one. Twenty minutes goes fast when I'm playing games like that. My second exercise was indoor walking, while I walked around the house putting things away. I put real effort into this, borrowing ideas for Leslis Sansone's "Walking Away the Pounds" videos, even having about 15 minutes or so using weights. It's an interesting exercise unloading the washer while doing side-to-side kneelifts! I'm glad there are no hidden cameras in my house.

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8HABIT 1/18/2014 12:20PM

    Congratulations! You are doing great!

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JAOTAO 1/16/2014 3:18PM

    Understand this... I'm looking to build endurance and steps and sometimes overdo it on one day. So now I am focusing on 4000 steps for one month (while keeping up the tracker, water, etc.). I think these challenges keep us in awareness of what we're doing so we don't fall back asleep to good habits!


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GRANPATTIE 1/16/2014 3:09PM

    I completely understand!!!!

Speaking of winter, we actually had snow on the ground when I woke up this morning. Well, it was after 11:00 when I woke up, so I missed seeing it fall, but it was there. It is completely gone now! But it was pretty.

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ANDREA0301 1/16/2014 2:32PM

    You can do it!!!


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Here's some motivation

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

This lady is not on Spark People, but she's motivated herself to start the journey toward health. Just the way she talks and acts changes tremendously from first to last


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ANDREA0301 1/10/2014 2:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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8HABIT 1/9/2014 5:02PM

    It is good to find good motivation hints.

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JAKENELL 1/9/2014 9:43AM

    Thank you! This was just what I NEEDED to see today!

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GRANPATTIE 1/9/2014 12:01AM

    Yvonne, you are right...this was great. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hope you had a great Christmas in your new home! emoticon

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Spark start page

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My favorite thing, besides the "rolling for your team flag," is the marquee of your goals that roll past, and 5 spark points if you review them. I like the way I was guided through the process of adding my own personal goals, besides borrowing some from Spark People.

I'm really good at looking at the goals with my eyes and not listening and taking them to heart. For example: the shortest term goal I have is to walk a 10K by the end of the year. This was derailed by 2 weeks of being sick and another week of freezing, icy roads and sidewalks. I've been walking with my friend Leslie Sansone, but that's definitely not the same thing as stretching out on real sidewalks.

So... here I'm renewing that goal. It's definitely possible at my fitness level. I could probably do it tomorrow, but then I'd have to rest for a day. I'd like to walk 10K without it being really difficult.

Oh, yeah... there's that not pigging out on cookies thing too.... we'll see how that goes. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 12/12/2013 10:08PM

    I just love your honesty and candidness, and your sense of humor in this.

Best of, I won't say luck. Best sense of discipline and best rewards for it. That's what I wish for you, my dear friend.

Merry Christmas,
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8HABIT 12/12/2013 10:08PM

    I find that if I set goals, I do so much more than I would have without them. Do I miss my target? Sure, all the time. But if I did not set a goal, I would really miss the goal. Sometimes I set impossible goals, so I can reach the realistic goals. (The higher you aim, even if you miss, you do things you might not have achieved).

Good luck. My knees are keeping me from achieving so many of my goals. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 12/12/2013 9:04PM

  You can always renew and refresh your goals. There is up and downs, just keep moving forward. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 12/12/2013 8:57PM

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

We're home now, in Texas. Grieving over the upcoming move because I love this house we live in, and I love the church here. It's going to be sad to leave. Whenever I start feeling sad, though, I remember the tall forest we'll be living in after the move, and the scurry of birds flying into the bird feeders we filled while we were there. Outdoor living is going to be wonderful there, and I do like the house with its two complete kitchens.

Now, however, we have to shed ourselves of the impulse purchases we no longer need, the sale items that are just being stored somewhere, and many other things that just have no place in our lives any more.

There's such a direct analogy to the extra pounds I'm carrying... the impulse eating, and the eating for no other reason than boredom, which is now compromising my blood pressure, my cholestrol, and my knees. In the work I do to sort and toss, maybe I'll be shedding some weight at the same time. That's my plan, anyway. This morning I'm unsure and tentative about my ability to do that, given the emotional upheaval I'll be going through as well.

My coping mechanism will be exercise. I really do love it, and taking a walk helps me to sort through emotional stuff as well. Thanks to my friends here for the support that flows freely from all the Spark People world.


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8HABIT 11/19/2013 3:32PM

    I hope this move goes well. I loved the advice about focusing on the new instead of the past.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 11/19/2013 2:30PM

    Yvonne, I understand a little of what you're going through. We go through a "mini" purge and starting over, every 6 months.
Just think of all the pros of moving and ignore the cons and it will make you feel better.
Good luck!

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LOSTLIME 11/19/2013 10:55AM

    I know what you're going through. I went from a 3bedroom house to a 2 bedroom
apartment 10 months ago. I was lucky and gave the things I didn't want to my
church's yardsale and the other things went to the church's thrift store.

Don't stress out. You will get it all done. I wished that I lived closer but unfortunately I live on the east coast. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 11/19/2013 10:42AM

    I surely don't envy the hard work you face to get cleaned out, packed and moved. But just think of that gorgeous home you're going to. I couldn't believe the two kitchens when I looked at the pictures. I can't even keep up with one! LOL!

You're wise to think about the "extra" eating and how it's compromising your body. As I said in my last blog, when I really worked at stopping that (though that job will NEVER be done completely) it made incredible changes in me in just 4 months. So to think of it at the outset, you can avoid a lot of issues.

I'd help you if I could with all that packing, but I'll be thinking of you. emoticon There! That's done! emoticon

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ANDREA0301 11/19/2013 10:18AM

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SHORT CHECK IN... and then some more.

Monday, November 11, 2013

In the new house; no computer. Thumb-pecking on my Kindle is pretty laborious.

Challenge for today: Plan tomorrow's meals.

Mini Wheats w/banana & 2% milk

One bread Turkey sandwich with salad greens, milk, grapefruit

Frozen dinner

FOLLOW-UP! I did not follow the above menu, which is why I don't like to make them. What I did eat was fine and still in the program... just different. I don't think I'll ever be a good set-the-menu-ahead-and-then- follow-it-exactly person. I just love spontaneity too well. My daughter, on the other hand, has for years known exactly what she would cook for the following week. I really admire that, but if I try to impose it on myself... the rebellious dragon within rears its ugly head. On the other hand, I can cook for a week without following any recipe at all, and she can not. She's almost totally recipe driven.

Interesting, isn't it! Both of us are good cooks, and have things our families love to eat. I really think the difference may be that my husband does our grocery shopping and does not like specific ingredients that he has to look for. I tend to cook basic meals using herbs and spices and traditional cooking skills. My daughter does an admirable job of doing all their grocery shopping, staying on budget and using coupons.

I am home now; we have NOT moved to Missouri yet. Now comes the hard task of getting this house ready to sell and weeding through the unnecessary items we've accumulated the last 28 years in this house. Meanwhile, my DH and I have to finish working on the report he still has to do.

76 here yesterday. (It was 71 in Missouri). Had a great and short walk, trying to make sure I don't jump into too much exercise too soon after recovering from a cold and travel.

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8HABIT 11/12/2013 2:01PM

    Moving is so much work! I admire you for doing this! I wish you the best!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 11/11/2013 10:20PM

    Did you move already?! If so, good luck with getting settled in !
I'm looking forward to hearing about the whole experience!

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FEMISLIM 11/11/2013 8:29PM

    Great plan. Hope you get back on a PC soon.

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