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Choosing a path to follow

Monday, September 22, 2014

Spark People has provided many resources for healthy living. I can find my path to good health going off into many directions. It is up to me which way I go and how dedicated I am to the journey.

There are also many opportunities for me to put action to my quest, such as the One for All and All for One team and being on the beautiful Azure Destinations island in BLC26. After being ill this past summer in dealing with thyroid issues and Plantar Fasciitis, I have found myself feeling the need to focus on my own health with a renewed zeal and importance.

There are many things that we cannot control about life, especially in the aging process. Caring for my StepMom in her final days made me realize how important it is for me to be as strong as possible. My goals at this point in my life are different than when I was younger. First of all, it is NOT all about losing weight.

Now, my goals are to be stronger, have more stamina, work on balance, and get my body in the best shape as I can to face whatever life has in store for me. It is about quality of life. I want to remain an active Grammy, someone who can interact with the grandkids without restrictions.

To meet these goals, I have already taken action. I am proud of my decision to seek a Personal Trainer and workout at the gym 4 times a week. Since August 1, I have been increasing my exercise program, as far as time and added weights. Walking is my main cardio and I am now meeting my goal of 10,000+ steps daily. I am adding more floor exercises, with the help of my PT and BLC.

The most positive and motivating actions I have taken are my interactions on my One for All team via our Walk Across America and rising to the demands of BLC. The online commitment and interaction with others who share my goals, is essential to my success.

This is my path, my goals:
~ Be stronger, more flexible, more 'balanced'
~ Have more stamina
~ To eat intuitively without overeating
~ To find my natural weight

These are the actions that I am taking to follow my path:
~ 10,000 steps 6 of 7 days
~ Work out at the gym 4 days a week
~ Increase my floor exercises with weights and keep increasing
~ Make healthy low carb food choices
~ IE, listening to my hunger and stopping when just satisfied
~ No overeating
~ Sugar very rarely
~ No nighttime eating

I am committed to evaluating my progress along the way and tweaking what is working and what is not. I am excited about this path I am taking to being the best ME I can be. I am honored to have each of you by my side.

We will prevail.

Lady Carol

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/24/2014 7:13PM

    Beautifully written and very well thought out. I am so glad we are Azure teammates. emoticon

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RDEE22 9/23/2014 8:55AM

    emoticon You are the "One" Carol! I am proud to be your friend emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/23/2014 4:33AM

    Great blog, and I am sure that you will make great strides on your journey over the coming months.

Have a great day

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STONECOT 9/23/2014 3:23AM

    I could have written your blog about myself! I hope we both succeed.

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KATELJM 9/22/2014 9:08PM

    Carol, I'm with you, we are going to need all the strength we can muster to enjoy our golden age. I still need to lose weight, if only to stave off medications, but I feel so much better now that the ST is heating up.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/22/2014 8:40PM

    You have nailed it! You've got a plan that will allow you to succeed.

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BUSYMOM911 9/22/2014 7:02PM

    I know you will succeed. I love your plan, but more so, I love your determination! You have the most important ingredient in this: Motivation. Without that, a plan is just a plan.

I look forward to hearing all about your small successes in the coming weeks. You are strong! emoticon emoticon

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Reflections on Week 1 BLC

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

emoticon I couldn't be happier! I am meeting my goals.

I feel better, I am increasing my stamina, and am more flexible. Besides that, I lost 4 lbs!

This is the real test coming up: Week 2!

What worked?
~ Exercising 60 mins 6/7 days
~ Making healthy food choices

What needs tweaking?
~ Need to do weights and floor exercises more often in the week
~ Watch quantity of food and pay attention to hunger; STOP eating when satisfied
~ Vital to continue no nighttime snacking

What do I need to remind myself of?
~ This is NOT a race! Be consistent.
~ Participation and accountability are crucial.

Now, that I know the secret to success can I do what is required? Yes, plain and simple.

How are you doing in your journey, my Spark friends? I'm by your side cheering you on! emoticon

Peace always,
Lady Carol

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RDEE22 5/9/2014 7:27AM

    Congratulations on the 4lb lost never to return again. I knew you could do it.
Go Carol!!

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LADYRH 5/8/2014 4:58AM


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    emoticon Consistency has always been a struggle for me too, many ups and downs but sounds like you know what you need to do. Keep it up and congrats on the 4 lbs gone this week!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2014 5:55PM

    Awesome job, and congrats on the 4 lbs. released to the universe, never to be seen again!


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Monday, May 05, 2014

Well, this may be the quickest BLC blog assignment ever. We are supposed to write about our reactions to our fitness test. The test was made up of some basic fitness feats to measure, such as push ups, crunches, (both to be done in 1 min), time a 1 mile walk and complete a 3 minute step exercise.

First of all, I customized, I confess. It was just 2 years ago that I had open heart surgery and although I could do perfect pushups before (yeah, right), I cannot do them now. I did chair planks. Still a challenge for me, so don't scoff. Crunches are a breeze, been doing those. The 3 minute step exercise sure got my heart racing. My 1 mile walk took 19 minutes, not great, but that will improve by the end of the 3 months of the BLC.

Actually, that is the purpose: IMPROVEMENT. It is a good way to measure where I am now and where I will be later. Sure hoping the ending blog will have good news. My overall goal for the BLC is to improve my stamina and strength. Looks like I am on my way.

I am holding my head high and allowing myself to customize any exercise to my capabilities. I hope I can be an inspiration to others who are not athletes and are trying and giving of their best. I did that in BLC23 and I did well. I WILL IMPROVE. I will be breathing easier and longer!!!

Good luck to all my teamies on their personal challenges. Be yourself. Know your limitations, but always push yourself forward. WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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    Amendment are always acceptable! You rocked it!

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RDEE22 5/5/2014 10:40PM

    Chair planks sounds great. I have only got to the edge of the kitchen bench!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2014 3:34PM

    Proud of you! This isn't a "one size fits all" world! So, customize away! THAT'S what you need to do to make it work for YOU!

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DAY 1 - BLC25

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

First of all, I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE TENACIOUS JUNGLE TIGERS TEAM with this BLC25. I can tell already that the combined personalities, dedication to our common goals, and commitment to participate and give of 100% is going to propel us to VICTORY!!

Spark People has provided the resources to make my goals come true. Being active at SP is vital to my success. I am also on another team that gives me great pleasure, the One for All and All for One team. We are beginning a cyber Walk Across America that will fit perfectly into my goals. This team provides the intimacy of a smaller group, but also great encouragement and support.

I believe it is important for me to be specific as to what I want to accomplish and how I am going to achieve my goals. I will examine what is working and what is not along the way. This is a journey, my Spark friends, not a race. It is important to take time to smell the roses along this road to good health and to make lasting changes.

~ Stamina.
I want to be stronger in body, no limitations in walking when travelling or exercising. To have more arm strength.
~ Flexibility. Because I am aging (almost 69), it is vital that I work my
~ To feel good overall
No indigestion from overeating, no headaches and achiness from not moving. Not to have that 'stuffed' feeling that leads to laziness and depression.
~ To drink more water!
~ To be rid of the diet coke habit
~ To overcome nighttime eating
~ Overcome stress eating
~ To lose 12 lbs and stand taller and straighter

You notice that losing weight is last, instead of first. When losing weight is my primary goal, I tend to think of the effort as a diet, instead of a lifestyle change.

~ Do my weight exercise 3 X week for stamina and strength.
~ Do yoga exercise for flexibility
~ Over time by making health food choices and exercising, I will naturally feel better
~ Drink 8 glasses of water daily
~ NO eating after dinner, except for a piece of fruit
~ Cardio 6 X week for 60 mins. 10,000+ steps per day
~ Find other ways to cope!!! Exercise. Post, post, post. PARTICIPATE, SHARE AND SUPPORT ON TEAMS.

I truly believe that you get back what you put out in the wonderful world of ours. I strive to put out positive energy. I strive to listen to my friends and family and to support in every way I can. I commit to this program, my goals, and actions to achieve them.

I hope that each of you, my Spark friends, are with me in this journey to good health. I believe you are because we are here together. I wish you only the best in your personal journeys.


Lady Carol emoticon

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RDEE22 5/2/2014 7:38AM

    Great Plan Carol. emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 4/30/2014 9:26PM

    Great plan, very thought out and detailed. I have no doubts you will reach your goals- we are in this together! Let's Roaaaaaaaaaaar!!! emoticon

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ISLENAA 4/30/2014 7:11PM

  a strong and positive blog!! all the best on the challenge and your goals!! emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/30/2014 6:37PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/30/2014 2:32PM

    Good job!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push?
I thrive on competition!! YOU are what motivates me. Bonding with others who understand my struggle and are determined to 'get it right' are my inspiration.

B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)?
This is my 3rd BLC round (22 and 23) as a fiesty Golden Phoenix.

C is for have?
I have 2 grown kids and 2 deeelightful grandbabes that are the light of my life.

D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation/excuse?
SUGAR! I battle the Sugar Monster constantly.

E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl?
Night Owl definitely.

F is for FURRY have?
None now, sadly. Do love my 5 granddogs and kitty though.

G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with?
Low carb on good days. Sugarfree drinks. Chopped salad fixings. Fruit

H is for HOME...where do you call home?
Wild and wonderful West Virginia, eastern panhandle. Have lived in DC and lots of other places during our Air Force career.

I is for INSPIRE...who or what is your roll model/inspiration?
People who overcome obstacles. Recently, those that come to mind: Dr. Jennifer Arnold, who along with her husband, Bill, are The Little Couple. Jen has overcome cancer, adopted 2 children, has a stellar career and amazes me constantly by what she overcomes daily. Amy Purdy on DWTS is another. Amy makes dancing with no legs easy. What she has overcome and shown the world that she has no limitations.......AMAZING.

J is for JOB...What do you do for a living?
Retired from U.S. Senate as a staffer. Worked on Cap Hill for over 20 years. It is wonderful to work with my own State and help people every day.

K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE...What's your healthy focus when short on time?
Make smart, healthy food choices and listen to my hunger.

L is for LOG...Do you use the Nutrition and Fitness trackers?
Yes, most of the time. SP has wonderful resources that keep me on the straight and narrow.

M is for MARRIED, Single, Involved?
Married for 47 years.

N is for NAME...What's the meaning behind your sparkname?
Wanted something classy, but fun and energetic.

O is for OUNCES...How many ounces of water do you consume on a daily basis?
Not as many as I should. Probably 50. It is something I really focus on during the challenge.

P is for PRODUCE...How many fruits and veggies do you consume daily?
3 - 5 Love them.

Q is for QUOTE...what's your favorite?
“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?”
― Anthony Robbins

R is for ROUTINE...Average number of days and minutes you exercise weekly?
5 out of 7 days, 30 - 60 daily. I wear my ped and try for 10,000 + steps daily.

S is for STATURE...How tall are you?

T is for TIME...What time zone are you in?

U is for UNWIND...What is your favorite pass time or hobby?
Dancing. Mah Jongg. Love to bead. I make pictures/tapestries with the teeny beads (size of pinhead) using a needlepoint pattern. Would have to say watching tv and LOVE to read.

V is for VACATION...If you could travel anywhere, what destination would you choose?
Mountains! Canada, Switzerland, Peru, Rocky!!!

W is for WEIGHT WORKOUT...Do you follow a consistent ST program?
Yes, I have customized my own weight, floor, and exercise program.

X is for "X" MARKS THE SPOT...What do you want to see happen these 12 weeks, other than the scale move?
I want to see ME move! I am determined to increase my stamina and gain body strength.

Y is for YESTERDAY...Do you dwell on poor choices or allow them to push you forward?
Yesterday is gone, but I have learned from my behaviors. I am always looking at what works and what does not. It is a process. The past is my foundation to good works ahead!!

Z is for one weight loss tool you couldn't live without?
Wouldn't want to live without Spark People and the challenges. YOU, my team, keep me going.

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    Come on up to the Canadian Rockies, I will show you around! I love having this as my backyard.

47 years is a very impressive accomplishment.

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PEACEJENN 4/25/2014 3:05PM

    47 years! WOW! Congratulations, that Rocks!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/25/2014 9:58AM

    I really enjoyed reading your ABC blog! emoticon

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ZENRYAKU 4/25/2014 5:42AM

    Great to meet you. Having had one round with the Tigers, I know they/we'll get you moving.

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BLOOIZEANGEL 4/25/2014 12:13AM

    Woo Hoo! We'll get you moving and stronger here in the Jungle!

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RDEE22 4/24/2014 9:38PM

    Thanks for that Carol. So good. You are emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 4/24/2014 9:05PM

    I love the casino in West Virginia!! Wild and Wonderful indeed!! Great ABC's!! emoticon

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MEINPROGRESS 4/24/2014 8:58PM

    Great ABCs!

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SALGUOD2 4/24/2014 7:49PM

    welcome to the team

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CARDAMOMMA 4/24/2014 6:20PM

    Great post! Nice to meet you.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2014 5:57PM

    Wonderful! Creative!

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