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What a Winter...What a Challenge

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Team: The Challenge of Harry Potter
Forum: Quidditch
Topic: Winter Term Final Exams
House: Gryffindor

Winter Term SMART goals
#1.) Protein shakes for lunch Monday-Friday.
#2.) Meditate and prayer 10 minutes/day.
#3.) Stretch 10 minutes/day.

SMART goal #1 was about reinventing my lunch break on work days. At this time in my life that was the time of the day where my eating habits were out of control. I'm glad to report that on most days I enjoy my protein shake. My calorie intake at lunch has gone from 850-900 to 290. It is really showing up on the scale!! FINAL GRADE...B

SMART goal #2 was about emotional health. Winter is tough in Minnesota. The days are short and we don't see much of the sun. Prayer and meditation helped my inner sun shine. FINAL GRADE...B

SMART goal #3 There is nothing better than a good stretch. This goal was very attainable for me. I love to stretch! FINAL GRADE...B

Wrap these three SMART goals together and what do I have? A Gryffindor who made it through a MN winter feeling sunnier. A Gryffindor who is continually getting more flexible. But, best of all, a Gryffindor who has lost 13 pounds!!

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    Congratulations on your weight loss! Way to go on your SMART goals, too! I have a friend who just moved to Minnesota so I've heard how tough winter is there. Great job keeping a positive attitude. :) Looking forward to next term!

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A Change of Scenery

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Everything is exciting in a new place. I was at my sister's last week caring for her after a major leg break that required a 4 hour surgery. I was helping her with very typical even mundane tasks like cooking, cleaning, fetching things for her, doing laundry. While I was baking banana muffins -heart healthy, of course- it hits me, a warm, content feeling. I wanted to transport my whole life to that warm content moment. I concluded that even the most boring tasks that I perform every week in my own home were now interesting and exciting and gave me a very content feeling with a change of scenery.

Take that thought and inject this nutrition, fitness and weight loss scene...a new place of mind. Exciting, interesting, fresh, surprising. What happens when this new scene becomes familiar, routine, a habit? Isn't that what I should be trying to achieve? Getting in a familiar routine of good habits? My fear is this new scene, like house work, will then become less interesting, boring, and mundane. What may come next for me is lack of interest and then finally all but abandon this old boring scene.

So, the challenge is to keep the scene fresh. Hmmm…keep the scene fresh. I think I will apply the KISS method. Keep It Simple Stupid. Try a new recipe – how about hummus? Try a new sport – I live in MN, snowshoeing sounds good. I simply need to keep this very important scene, this new place of mind, fresh.

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KALYN89 2/25/2011 9:33PM

    So true- I've set a goal to make at least one new recipe a week this year to keep nutrition and healthy living FUN-- only way to achieve and succeed! Great post :)

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SONGOFLONGAGO 2/17/2011 5:48PM

    You are so right, the "habit of good health" needn't be complicated but it must be interesting, engaging and something that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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KRISTI2661 2/16/2011 1:13PM

    Great insight - food for thought!


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Put me in coach...I'm ready to play...the game...

Monday, January 31, 2011

Team: The Challenge of Harry Potter
Forum: Quidditch
Topic: Winter Term Week 5
House: Gryffindor

I've made the Quidditch team and here is my game plan.

Challenge 1 ~ Set 3 SMART goals
I want to set a game plan that will help get the quaffel through the goal. The 3 goals are weight loss, healthy mind and a healthy body.
Quaffel #1.) Protein shakes for lunch Monday-Friday.
Quaffel #2.) Meditate and prayer 10 minutes/day.
Quaffel #3.) Stretch 10 minutes/day.

1.) Protein shakes for lunch Monday-Friday. I have been tracking my nutrition in the food log for 2 weeks. It only took me 3 days to realize a problem area. Lunch. I live a mile from work and am able to go home for lunch most days. Where apparently I ate for the whole hour! In my first days of tracking, my lunch was adding up to 850-900 calories.
The bludger for me is the need to eat my stress. It is so easy to grab the whole bowl or plate of left overs in the frig, plop down on the couch, turn on some mindless sitcom while I turn off my mind and turn on my mouth. Some days are a real handful! I, as a good beater, will wack the bludger named stress and replace it with deep breathing.

2.) Meditate and pray 10 minutes/day. A mind is a part of my journey.
The bludger for me will be telling myself I don't have the time. I, as a good beater, will wack this bludger by writing in my day planner the time of day I will meditate and pray.

3.) Stretch 10 minutes/day. My Grandmother will be 100 years old in April. She can bend at the waist and touch the floor with both palms. That's what I want for myself.
Although I love to stretch (it gives me energy) the bludger is all that I have added to and changed in my life in the last 2 weeks. I start wondering if I really will have time to stretch each day? It's important. I will make it work. I, as a good beater, will wack this bludger by once again scheduling in my day planner.

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AMANDALADY 2/8/2011 1:08AM

    These are great goals, and you are so creative! I keep telling you that you are a writer...

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EUPHRATES 1/31/2011 12:44AM

    GREAT PLAN! (And I love the way you incorporated HP lingo - that's what I so love about this team! Makes it so much more fun!)
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12 Resolutions

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I am a person that likes to make a resolution at the beginning of the new year. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes not. As the new year approached I started to ponder what I would resolve to change or try new in 2011. My resolutions are usually not real serious. For example last year I tried to say "please" and "thank-you" more. A couple years ago I embarked on the resolution that has given me the most pleasure; I resolved to read the Harry Potter series. I had no problem with that one! I am now a huge HP Fan! But this year it just wasn't coming to me. I'm turning 50 this year so everything seems more dramatic. Even choosing a resolution? So, because I'm turning 50, how about changing it up a bit. I won't choose 1 big one for the year but 12 smaller ones. One for each month. Sure, why not. When I thought about it differently 12 resolutions came to me in a snap.

January is organize and begin a fitness program. SparkPeople!
February - get our taxes done. I am usually a April 15th kind of tax girl.
March - go to the dentist :( I haven't gone in more years than I can count.
April - learn a new craft.
May - run my weekend errands on my bicycle.
June - write a letter.
July - take a vacation.
August - run around the golf course.
September - go to 4 movies.
October - throw myself a party.
November - make a new recipe for Thanksgiving.
December - go out dancing.

I want to ask you, "What do you think?" But, I'm not sure what I'm thinking so it might rock my boat a little more than I could handle. With the help of SparkPeople (thank you AMANDALADY for turning me on to it) I can say...January? CHECK!

I'll keep you posted.

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AMANDALADY 1/26/2011 8:44PM

    This if FABULOUS! The goals are all things that I know are important to you, and you have scheduled each of them into the perfect time of year. I am so excited for you.

It also reminds me of the spark method.. You are going to do a lot over the course of the year, but through small, manageable steps.

Well done. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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A10TIVTRTL 1/26/2011 7:37PM

    I think it's a cool idea and I like your goals!

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Baby Spark Steps

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I feel like the character in the movie What About Bob that is constantly reminding himself to take baby steps. That was a real break through idea for him. I have adapted that theme for my first weeks working this site, changing my eating habits and changing my exercise routine. I'm doing my 8/8 water, waking up with 10 minutes of vigorous exercise in the morning, and working the food log.

What I have learned today...I eat way too much for lunch. I am off for 1 hour for my lunch. I live 1 mile from my work, so I go home every day to let our dog out rest and recharge and eat. And apparently I eat, and eat and eat... emoticon I have had my first ah ha moment. I'm making new plans for lunch, a protein shake.

Baby step drink my water, baby step heart rate up for 10 minutes every day, baby step watch what goes into my mouth.

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SONGOFLONGAGO 1/22/2011 5:42PM

    I keep thinking it's about time I stopped biting off more than I could chew!!
Literally AND metaphorically!
Baby Steps INDEED!

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LAURIELYNN50 1/20/2011 1:55PM

    Thank you!! As I write this, I'm at home drinking my protein shake for lunch. emoticon

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MSSTACYJ 1/20/2011 12:10AM

    I love Ah Ha moments!! Good Luck!!

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MIZPAM25 1/19/2011 11:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Best wishes on your journey! emoticon emoticon

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