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Day 36 + Refections on 2011 and Goals for 2012

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I continued my streak of 10 min/day of exercise. Inspired by my reports I looked at last night and the goals I'll mention in a bit, I increased my time on the elliptical to 60 total minutes (three sets of 20). I also did my weight set one (biceps, delts, quads), crunches (regular, bicycle, reverse), and stretching. I worked out for two hours today (that did include some potty breaks from all the water I was chugging).

I reviewed my fitness minutes for Dec 2010 and Dec 2011 and I was right! The 10 minute per day challenge increased my fitness minutes for the month.
Dec 2010 - 573
Dec 2011 - 1035 (that's 462 more minutes)

Happy with these numbers, I decided to look at 2010 and compare to 2011, the entire year. I think I discovered part of the reason I didn't really lose any in 2011. Although December 2011 was better than Dec 2010, the rest of the year was not.

2010 fitness minutes - 13229
2011 fitness minutes - 9546

I realize there are some factors attributing to this decrease. In 2011, I set the goal and reached the goal of transferring my pharmacy license to Iowa. That took time for paperwork and studying. I also picked up a second part time job and trained a lot in the summer. I may have also been better at charting my fitness minutes in 2010, something I've improved on in the end of 2011.

Goals for 2012:

Nutrition: I have got to get my eating in control. Low carb works best for my body, so I have to return to that and stick with it more, no matter how many cookies are in the house. This month I'm trying to focus on eating veggies.

Fitness: I'm continuing the 10 min/day of exercise challenge as long as is reasonable. I realize an illness or injury could end the streak. If that happens, I will just start the streak over again. I also would like to get 1000 fitness minutes/month, with longer routines on days I can, but still working out on days where there's not much time. Just keep moving!!

I want to get back into my size 16 clothes I bought last spring, and get down into the 160's again for my weight. I haven't weighed recently, but think I'm around 175-178. My clothes fit like I'm in that range.

Here's to a successful and fun 2012!!!

  
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KPETSCHE 1/3/2012 10:16PM

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I know you can do whatever you set out to do. Keep the focus and look to your SparkFriends for motivation and help when you need it.
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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/3/2012 3:29PM

    Sounds like great goals! I have alot of the same ones - especially concerning food and exercising 1000 minutes a month.
You can do it!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/3/2012 2:31PM

    You can do it Chris!

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ALLISON145 1/3/2012 2:06PM

    You can do it!!

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Day 35

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today I felt a lot better. I spent most of the day in the kitchen. I wanted to finally finish my Christmas cookies. There were two batches of dough in the refrigerator since before Christmas. My grand total of cookies was: 551. I managed to finish making five double batches: chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter chip, cocoa pecan kiss cookies (like a chocolate pecan sandy with a kiss in the middle and covered with powdered sugar), oatmeal scotchies, and white chocolate peppermint cookies (my favorite). Cookies are fun to bake, but they ruin my good eating.

On a positive cooking note: I made my veggie drink for the week and I also made split pea and ham soup. Both are full of fiber and veggies. To go with the soup, I made homemade artisan bread.

I continued my exercise streak by swimming for 20 minutes. I was exhausted at that point, so I couldn't do 30. Guess those cookies are having an effect on me. Tomorrow I'll get back to eating right and will continue my exercise streak. I also want to look up December 2010 and compare the exercise minutes to 2011. I think there's a big difference since I took the 10 minute per day challenge.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 1/3/2012 8:59AM

    Let us know what the comparison ended up being! I'm exhausted just reading about baking all those cookies. I didn't do any holiday baking this year, but my downfall was the Holiday M&M's and Candy Cane Kisses (don't ask why I even buy them - I can't help it!). We can get back on track and put the holiday eating behind us. Have a great Tuesday!

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KPETSCHE 1/2/2012 11:53PM

    I bet you did a great job this past year. It will be interesting to see the comparison.

The cookies kind of speak for themselves - I've done a good job of going with one or two and letting everyone else have at 'em. You've been doing good with staying active with your exercise so that's a big positive.

See you at work next weekend - keep SPARKING!!
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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/2/2012 10:06PM

    I am glad the holiday season is over with. I really struggled with my eating this year. All those cookies sound SO good - it would be hard for me to resist.

Good job on increasing your exercising!

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Day 34

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Just a quick blog to say I've kept my streak intact, even though today I feel exhausted. I did 10 min on the elliptical, but went slowly so I wouldn't over do.

(I need to post the blog so I can keep count)

Happy New Year Everyone!!

  
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ALLISON145 1/2/2012 4:23PM

    Keep it going!

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KPETSCHE 1/1/2012 8:49PM

    Great job, Chris. I was hoping that you were still going strong and just too busy to blog about it.
Happy New Year!!
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MUSICMOMOF2 1/1/2012 7:55PM

    Here's to a great year! Keep that streak going!

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Day 30

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I need to keep blogging so I can keep count of what day I'm on. My SparkStreak ticker is inaccurate. I didn't set that up right BEFORE starting the 10 min /day challenge. Ooops!

Today is day 30 and I swam for 20 minutes with stretching afterward for my official exercise. Today we also went bowling, but I really didn't exert myself there. It was a lot of fun taking the kids bowling. We had the younger four on a lane with bumpers. I grew up in bowling leagues (like many other Air Force brats) so I tried to coach the kids a bit. I haven't been in a league since I was Mom-of-four, so I was a little rusty. Our local alley has a special this week while the kids are off from school. It's got me thinking maybe I should look into a league again, but I probably don't have time.

I sure do love this warm streak we are having. I don't think the kids miss the snow either. I would be happy if this lasted all winter, but I won't hold my breath. Even in snow, we manage to have family fun, sledding. Have a great evening everyone!

  
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JOPPAMOMOFSIX 12/30/2011 11:12AM

    Great job on your streak! I am really missing snow this year, though. It doesn't feel like it's the right season, and its throwing me all off! lol.

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KPETSCHE 12/29/2011 11:43PM

    Sounds like you had fun bowling with the kids. Good job on the exercise streak.
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/29/2011 12:16PM

    I would love for it to stay like this all winter (but, we all know what happens in Iowa!). Keep up the streak!

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ALLISON145 12/29/2011 12:08AM

    I'm with you - I'd love to keep this weather all winter! The hubs and I are constantly researching where we can move when the kids are grown that will have nice winters without being too hot in the summer. Georgia is the front runner at the moment... LOL!

Great job on your streak!

Allison

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Day 29 of 10 min/day

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Today I swam for 30 minutes, including 1000 backstrokes (2 sets of 500). It feels great to have such a streak going. It definitely makes me more motivated to keep up with it.

I'm trying to get my motivation back for eating better. So far, so good today. I've eaten poorly all weekend. It's time to get back on track, and fix my nutrition short falls. Once I do that, I'm sure I'll start getting back down to the weight I was last spring (around 166).

Thank you to Kelly and Kellie!! You both help me to stay motivated and keep at this for the long haul.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/27/2011 8:05PM

    My eating has been suffering lately too! Luckily, since I'm keeping up the workouts, the weight has been maintaining! Keep up the great work!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/27/2011 4:05PM

    Good job keeping up the streak!

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I just finished my fourth week of 10min/day challenge. Now, onto week 5. Keep up the good work!

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