Wednesday, June 22, 2011
i've been looking at strength training in a new way. there are even websites you can google to get some ideas. here are some of them.
* grocery shopping
*carrying grocery bags into the house
*putting your groceries away
*changing the sheets - that good old tug and pull
*carrying a laundry basket full of wet clothes
*even opening the frig, washer, and dryer doors,
*putting in and taking clothes out of the washer/ dryer
*cleaning out your car
*picking up and taking in the dry cleaning
*buying and carrying in the pet food bags
* same for cat litter
*picking up and putting down children, pets,
*talking on the phone while holding a child
*walking up the steps to you home or those inside your home
so...... re-think how you count your strength minutes and never record a zero or 5 min. again .
what others can you add?
linda in bama
Thursday, June 09, 2011
I'm thinking this moring about what role being consistent plays in being successful.
then i think, well....dhu! of course. everything that gets done, gets done b/c someone was consistent...put one foot in front of the other day after day.
and it has to be the same with getting healthy and losing weight.
it's the old, if i keep doing the same old things i've always done, i'll keep on getting the @#$#@ things i've always gotten.
my only plan to be consistent is with little baby steps:
* - to get my sparkexercise done first thing in the morning
* drink my water is easy in this 90 degree weather
* baby steps in sticking to my low carb eating - one meal/ one snack at a time.
* do 15 minutes of FLY housework several times throughout the day
* stay in touch with my sapphire biggest loser spark group daily.
what did i leave out?
Monday, June 06, 2011
I don't do rewards. I mean, since I retired, what greater reward can there be? I sleep as late as i want, i stay up as late as i want.
I was careful in my retirement planning so that I can pretty much buy whatever i want when i want it, within reason.
but i read something on spark tonight that 'spoke to me'. the article said to plan small rewards.
for the summer biggest loser challenge, i am planning on taking baby steps. i'm not new to spark, but baby steps feels right to me.
so, of all the things i saw on the small rewards list, i like the one of putting a $1 in a jar when i have mostly reached my goals for the day.
then when i get some money built up, i'll spend the money on something small: maybe have someone come in and clean my windows which have not been done in a long time, or take my car to be cleaned up - i always do it myself, or get a 30 min. massage instead of paying the price for a whole hour.
i like the idea of NO PRESSURE. i'm gonna give that a try for the summer challenge - NO PRESSURE.
maybe i could even try to make them very small rewards, for fun. have someone clean just the windows on the front of the house first. or have them vac out the car really good but not wash the car, maybe get half of a subscription to my fav magazine that cost too much for a whole year so i don't get it, and maybe just a 15 min. massage on my shoulders. this could be fun.
this could really wind up being fun. maybe put a $1 in the jar for small accomplishments each day, and then when i have $7, just look around and see what great LITTLE thing i can find to spend it on as a LITTLE REWARD.
over the 11 week challenge, i could have 11 very small but very special $7 rewards.
what do you think?
Saturday, June 04, 2011
I agree Spark buddies, making Spark important in my morning will get the job done.
and it does make me feel good all day, knowing that i've done my cardio and stg for the day - gotten it out of the way.
and as hot as it is, getting chores done in the morning is a great way to check them off my list also.
even if i only do 10 or 15 min. of exercise early, that leaves time in the day for me to add more if i feel like it or h ave the time. but at least, i know that i have the minimum done.
any other ideas?
Friday, June 03, 2011
OKAY, HERE'S THE DEAL.....
over the past two or three spark biggest loser challenges, i've developed a check off sheet to keep me on track. i love making check off sheets. it helps me feel so organized.
i do a little spreadsheet, get it all neat and nice. cut it to fit a small stenopad notebook, run them off, cut them up, paste enough weekly pages for the whole challenge,
at the end of the challenge.....
there they sit, all nice and neat in that little stenopad notebook. the first week might have a few checks in it, but none afterwards?
i don't think that i am alone in this. what is there about me/us that makes us drop the ball and NOT FOLLOW THROUGH????
i had set this same goal for myself again for the summer challenge. i am even printing, cutting and pasting little reminder sheets to put on my mirror, frig, cpu, in my car, to remind me to FOLLOW THROUGH.
does anyone have any other suggestions to share that helps you follow through?
i'm gonna check back at the end of the summer meltdown and see just how much i've improved by FOLLOW THROUGH using my charts.
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