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Prepping to clean the hardwood floors (I "heart" wood!)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Keeping this image for inspiration!

Honey, when I say "prepping," I mean, like, for doing this a few days from now - not right this moment! LOL...

I'll write some more later. emoticon

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    I remember hard wood floors from a previous house. I truly think you can count the cleaning as fitness minutes. Go for it, girl!

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    You will feel so good when this job is behind you. Keep us updated on how you are doing.


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NATPLUMMER 5/19/2014 4:31PM

    Have fun.

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Weekly fitness "checklist" from trainer Shaun T, on his FB page

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hi, everybody! Hope you had a good weekend, and hope we're all preparing ourselves for a good week ahead.

Stopped by Shaun Thompson's Facebook page, where he posted a short but useful "checklist for the week."

For his whole post, here's the link to Shaun T's FB page:

1. Make your workout calendar.
2. Try to switch things up a bit.
3. Find workout partner for the week.
4. Make a meal list.
5. Dig deep and make every second count.

Wish I COULD find a workout partner or two! So far, this has eluded me! Have a great week, everybody!!

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CAMEOSUN 6/1/2014 11:35PM

  emoticon Sounds good.

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NATPLUMMER 5/19/2014 9:30AM

    Excellent list. Have a fab week!

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Raw chocolate truffles, The Rawtarian - OMG

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OMGoodness... A recipe for raw chocolate truffles. This is from The Rawtarian.

This is so healthy. And sweetness is provided by dates - which also have lots of fiber!

You'll need the following ingredients and a food processor. emoticon

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or any other seeds you have on hand)
1/2 cup walnuts (or any other nuts you have on hand)
1/2 cup dates
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons raw cocoa powder


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MZLADY77 4/27/2014 8:24AM

    One day I will make some! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MSBOOTCAMP 4/27/2014 12:08AM

    Any time! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/24/2014 11:01AM


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    Thanks for sharing! Us chocolate hounds need as many ways as possible to partake our favorite food.

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Midlife Women! "The One Exercise Motivation that Really Works" (MORE Magazine)

Monday, April 21, 2014

This piece really may help some of us! MORE Magazine, November 2008 - "The One Exercise Motivation That Really Works: An expert reveals the surprising ways we sabotage shape-ups and how you can — finally! — get motivated to exercise."

By Virginia Sole-Smith

As someone who’s spent the last 14 years studying the exercise habits of midlife women, Michelle Segar,PhD, MPH, knows a thing or two about what makes us tick when it comes to working out. Here, the 42-year-old psychology researcher at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender shares what really works for us.

Q. Where do women over 40 go wrong when it comes to fitness?

A. They exercise for the two least motivating reasons: to lose weight and to protect their health. In our study of 156 women, 61 percent reported one or both of these as their top motivators, and they did the least amount of exercise.

The rest of this article is here:

Originally published in MORE magazine, November 2008.
Next: 28 Ways to Jump-Start Your Shape-Up Routine

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ECCOVISION1 5/7/2014 9:27AM

    I liked the article from More magazine. Thank you for the link!

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CELIAMINER 4/25/2014 9:25AM

    Good article! Looks like I need to retrain my brain. I have a tendency to let exercise slide, then do too much, suffer DOMS, get frustrated, let exercise slide.... And my "motivation" has been to lose/maintain weight. I like the idea of committing to 4 sessions over three weeks. I never stop and reflect on how my mood has changed or if I feel less stressed.

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SOKKERNUT 4/22/2014 7:20PM

    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing!

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    Interesting that the article states that the motivation that works is this: To improve your state of well-being -improving mood and reducing stress. The article states further that few women say they exercise for mental health benefits, but those women exercise more than those who stated their top reason as physical health benefits or weight loss.

I don't know, does improving mood and reducing stress sound a little more self-interest than society would like women to be? That we should be exercising for more noble reasons?

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BOBINVA 4/22/2014 4:00PM

    Hope you find the motivation you need.

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NATPLUMMER 4/22/2014 10:22AM


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SUNSET09 4/22/2014 6:14AM

  I enjoy exercising and have learned this over the years. I like the way it makes me feel, look and is good for my overal being! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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About that word "NO"- it has a purpose!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I started this post on the Spark 'Fitness and Exercise' forum, where someone asked a great and honest question about how to make yourself a priority more often.

What I wrote on the forum was that one way to make yourself a priority for yourself is to get comfortable with telling other people "NO" more often.

Not trying to be mean; just being honest, and trying to be more fair - to ourselves!

Often (daily?), this is a women's issue. Most of us already are over-commited. So we have to find - or create - ways to open up a bit more time for OUR needs and interests. Not just "some of the time," but regularly. Some things we need daily, some weekly, other things monthly, seasonally, or yearly, and so on. Even if it's only for 10-15 minutes. But sometimes this needs to be 10 or 15 days, and some things 10 or 15 months!! LOL!

A lot of us have no problem saying "NO," but only to ourselves. As women, many of us do this far too often. That doesn't seem very balanced. Self-denial has its limits, and we can learn to say "no" to others with love and respect for them and for ourselves.

When we don't say "no" enough, sometimes the spirit, mind or body will do it for us! And, sometimes, with little or no warning! Usually we call this a crisis.

I learned there are 1440 minutes in a 24-hour day. Let's invest more of those in ourselves, and keep and use, for us, a bit of the 'money' in our daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and yearly time banks.

My two cents! emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/11/2014 8:15PM


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MSBOOTCAMP 3/13/2014 6:17AM

    Thanks so much, everyone, for reading my blog, and sharing your comments. Glad you found it useful! - MsBootcamp emoticon

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DARKCHILD 3/13/2014 6:17AM

    I have been a master of saying "No" for years! I agree with you saying no to someone or something is not being mean or selfish, it's being truthful. It is better to give someone an honest NO, than a sacrificial YES, meaning saying yes and then being miserable because you really didn't want to do whatever it was they asked you to do in the first place. I did that for years until I realized sacrificing myself didn't do anyone any good. We were all happier if I was truly happy. I also learned that when you tell people no, they might be upset at first, but if they are really, truly a good friend and care about you, they will understand and get over it. If they can't or won't understand, then, you are probably better off without them anyway. One last thing, people will always go to the person they know will say yes first, you're the easiest target, once you start saying no, they will find another easy target. Bottom line, To Thine Own Self Be True!
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/11/2014 10:46PM


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    This is fantastic! This bit really caught me: "When we don't say "no" enough, sometimes the spirit, mind or body will do it for us! And, sometimes, with little or no warning! Usually we call this a crisis." That is SO true.

And the last paragraph is a wonderful eye-opener. I love little facts like that.

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    So true! And remember that when you say 'No' you are giving somebody else the chance to say 'yes.'

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MSBOOTCAMP 3/11/2014 1:22PM

    Thanks, NatP!!

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