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Monday, December 16, 2013

I have spent a great deal of time in the past making up elaborate plans to get me through difficult times. What I have found is for me simple works better. When I am trying to do too many things....I end up unravelling!!!

So this Christmas season I will take it one choice at a time. I will exercise every day and I will practice moderation with my food. I have found that I don't do well with "NO" having learned that I now am allowing myself whatever I would like but in much smaller portions with the knowledge that it is a choice. So far it is working well...............

Merry Christmas!

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BKWERM 12/16/2013 4:48PM

    Simple is good. I know you can do it. Enjoy.

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/16/2013 7:52AM

  That is a wonderful plan!! emoticon

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Reflections - BLC 22

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The end of BLC 22 is upon us and it is time for me to look back and reflect. This challenge was a bit of a struggle for me. Started it off with almost 3 weeks of vacation and a injured Achilles that did not want to heal. My food was not the greatest, my attitude was bad and my movement left a lot to be desired. What this challenge did do however, was help me to get past all my negative feelings with the help of some really great team mates.

My goal for between the rounds is to continue in a more positive way on my journey. You can't always control what life gives you, but you can control how you meet each challenge and what you do to make each experience as positive as it can be.

In order to accomplish my goal, I have written on the calendar a plan for my exercise and I will continue to track all my food and be mindful of what is going into my mouth. I have been starting each day looking at the positive things in my life, accepting the challenges and working hard on keeping my focus.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 8/29/2013 2:42AM

    emoticon idea to book all your exercise time on the calendar.
I read somewhere when I started my journey with spark how important it is to keep those appointments with ourselves just as we would keep appointments with dentists, doctors, etc. With exercise appointments with ourselves we'll just cancel when other appointments we'd make greater effort to keep or at least reschedule. That realization struck a chord with me and all my fitness is now on the calendar and the habit of making the appointments has gotten me into regular routine of fitness.

A positive place is a great place to start each day. With your determination and plan you should have a successful break. Just go easy on yourself when you evaluate your success. It's so easy to come down too hard on ourselves, focus on the things we missed and forget to celebrate that we accomplished. I know from experience and am trying hard to change that.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 8/26/2013 11:18AM

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BKWERM 8/26/2013 10:48AM

    Good girl. An attitude adjustment sounds like just the ticket for you. I know emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 8/25/2013 11:09PM

    You can do it!!!

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GLASSART43 8/25/2013 6:25PM

    Good plan, Karen, and I'm right there with you!

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BLC 22

Saturday, June 08, 2013

I have decided to try a new approach for BLC22. As I learn more about myself and my journey towards living a healthy lifestyle, I have decided to take a different approach to "my plan". "Diets" do not work for me...I can be somewhat stubborn and if I think that I can't have something, or am told that I can't, then out comes that child in me that stomps its feet and has a hissy fit.

For this challenge, I am committed to recording EVERYTHING that passes my lips and to be very mindful of what I am choosing and why. My goal is to work towards at least 30% of my daily calories to be from vegetables and I will choose whole foods whenever possible.

I will push myself to find new and enjoyable ways to move my body and to build my strength and will do some form of healthy movement on a daily basis.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 6/11/2013 6:51PM

    We're each our own person and we need to find what works for us in order to experience You can do this Karen.

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BKWERM 6/11/2013 1:03PM

    Good girl! I know you can do these things as they're very realistic and sensible.

Hope you're having a great vacation and looking foward to hearing from you soon.

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/11/2013 4:34AM

    That's my Karen - pushing through with a strong mindset!! It
s YOURS, baby!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/10/2013 12:45PM

    Good for you! Getting healthy is the whole point for me too. Making healthy changes takes time and dedication. You can do it! emoticon

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LADYJ6942 6/10/2013 11:17AM

    Very simple and well put. Good luck and I agree with Pam - NO diets/no omissions.

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PKCTTS 6/8/2013 8:01PM

    You must have found internet access at Jan's or something. LOL

No diets, never tell yourself you can't have something, trade the stuff you don't care so much about for those things you love, and know that you only have to behave 80% of the time to make a difference. I've also found that finding a way to just turn the exercise intensity up a skoach makes a big difference.

Hope you are having a wonderful time camping and meeting new/old friends.

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The exercise challenge

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I joined Spark in January 2007. I had been on more diets than I can count. When I joined it was with a new plan.....forget the dieting, I wanted....I learn healthy.

I can say that I have finally got my food to a place that it feels comfortable. The last 6 months of 2012 was very hard for me...I turned to food a great deal. What I learned however looking back is while I did gain weight and did make a few unhealthy choices...for the most part my choices were healthy and I gained far less weight than I have ever gained before while moving through a difficult time. When it comes to food choices, I feel I have actually learned healthy.

Exercise is where I struggle. I love to walk, hike and swim. I never have to push myself to do any of these activities and walking is something that I do daily. I would love to swim more but unfortunately that is something that is limited to the summer, as basically is hiking. However, putting a DVD in and doing an actual workout....well that is a push. I have succeeded in doing some sort of what I call "extra" workout (lifting weights, yoga, sculpt or cardio dvd) for a maximum of 3 months but I have yet to make it something that I do "willingly" on a regular basis. I always have to push myself....and I am finding that push very difficult these days.

I want to make it a habit, I know I need to make it a habit, and yet it is a constant battle. I am feeling that perhaps I need to look harder at finding things that I truly love to do so that I can let go of the battle and just enjoy.

The one thing that I am proud of is the fact that I haven't given up. I am still searching, I am still determined to live as healthy a life as I am able, and I am proud of all that I have learned so far. My weight might not be where I want it to be but I am a much healthier person than I was back in January 2007.

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IMAGINE_IT 2/6/2013 7:00PM

    Everyone is different....and maybe that is why DVD's are not your thing. Try and keep exploring different ways to find the exercise that fits you best. emoticon

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PKCTTS 2/3/2013 8:16PM

    Really all the walking you do is great. And I know you throw in some ST too. The only thing I have added to my workouts is a "Sprint" factor and that is just taking the walk to a jog or the bike to a higher speed or jumping jacks . . . whatever. Just throw a couple of 3 min sprints into whatever you are doing. That will be enough exercise to keep you really healthy.

Will it be enough to get you to the weight you want - maybe not, that will still be about the food unfortunately. LOL

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/3/2013 2:17PM

    Something I have learned over myself this past year is that I need to get out of the house to do my exercise. Through a 3 month gym membership a few times over I learned that I found activities there which I enjoy. I booked my time into the day timer each day and kept my appointment with myself. It was difficult at first but now it's habit.

I always thought I wanted to get a treadmill and/or stationary bike at home but I know myself well enough that I need to be away from home to enjoy my exercise.

Just wanting to let you know that we each have to really evaluate what works for us and not necessarily what works for others.

You are obviously engaged in self evaluation from what you're writing in your blog. I feel thats an important part of the process to determine what works for us individually.

As I read on a Spark Pals site this morning: Try one more's then that we find success. Keep trying and don't give up. You know what you want.


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KRZYKAT3 2/3/2013 12:58PM

    here is my tip for getting to love exercise.

do intense 10 minutes a day, there is a spark team for this. It is part of Sparkguy's philosophy.

try something different every day, the spark videoes are a good way to start. turn them on and follow along and prettty soon your 10 mnutes are done. You might even tell yourself in a month "WOW taht was easy, let's do two!"

I know you are not goign to give up, so I thought I woudl throw out an idea. Hope you find a journey that works for you!

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NMSUSTUDENT 2/3/2013 12:18PM

    Quote: "Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities."─Bertrand Russell

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    So proud of you for not giving up. You like walking so try some of the walking DVD's. I have one I use that I love.

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Being the "numbers" person on our team has made me much more aware of who is participating and who isn't. This has actually been really difficult for me and is one of the reasons that I was considering not signing back up for co-capt for next round.

I do realize that sometimes it is really difficult. As others have often interferes with our plans. However, for me, what I am trying to do is make changes in the way I live and treat my body. Those changes are lifestyle changes and they are forever. I am not on a diet and trying to exercise so that I will lose weight, I am working on changing my lifestyle and eating habits to become healthier and hopefully give myself the chance to live longer and do more as I age. Because of these reasons, participating in challenges and helping my team has become an added benefit. I move my body every day. When I can I do more, when I can't I still do some. Don�t have time to get to the gym before, during or after work? Does that mean that there isn't 30 minutes that you can take out of your day to do SOMETHING for you and your body? Rushing here and rushing there, some have incredibly busy lives but really, we NEED to carve out a few minutes for ourselves every day. I completely understand, if you are sick, sick, sick, then you might miss a challenge, you might not be able to participate in moving your body. But all of the other reasons are they really valid? Can we really explain to our bodies why we are not paying better attention to them?

Since this challenge started my life has not been easy. I have gone for quick walks around hospitals, counter top pushups in hospital washrooms, lunges beside hospital beds, wall push ups in door ways of buildings (when no one was looking) crunches while seated on a chair and hand weights while sitting and watching TV when I did get some down time. I am not saying this because I am trying to pat myself on the back (although I am very proud of what I have learned and how far I have come) but rather to show that WE CAN move our bodies in terrible or busy situations, perhaps not as well as we should, but still move them, if we make the decision to do it. AND in the process we can also support our team, the one that we joined that let us know from the beginning that participation was an expectation....not perfection....just participation.

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PKCTTS 11/6/2012 11:44AM

    Squirming burns a few calories. emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 11/6/2012 6:27AM

    AND I HAVE LOVED PAM's idea from the git go - but we do have some that SQUIRM!!

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PKCTTS 11/5/2012 11:10PM

    Karen, I see you have a whole new appreciation for why Jan can get a little cranky. LOL

I know we are supposed to be charitable and say things like "everyone is in a different place with this lifestyle change," but it has such a negative impact on the whole team when there are a number of slackards.

On the Outlaw team, we post everyone's scores to the chat thread after each weekend challenge, LCW and TNT - sorted by point total, complete with zeros. That way we celebrate the great scores and have a bit of in your face accountability for those who don't bother.

Hope you decided to stick around as a co-cappy.

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POSITIVEONE2 11/5/2012 8:32PM

    Karen I totally agree with everything you have said. Please don't let the ones who have let the team down with their participation stop you from co-captaining the team. Jan and the rest of us need you. Awesome job in the ways you have learned to keep your body moving through some extremely difficult times.

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BKWERM 11/5/2012 3:31PM

    Well said, Karen. If you, who has had so many issues personally, can still participate then I think everyone on our team should participate. I just don't understand why someone would join a challenge and then not participate and if they aren't going to participate then they should at least let the Captains know and withdraw so that our numbers are better.


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IMAGINE_IT 11/5/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon Blog karen...very motivating to read that you did wall push ups...crunches etc...while spending time at the hospital... emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 11/5/2012 2:20PM

    Well said.
I couldn't agree more. emoticon
Thank you.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/5/2012 1:59PM

    Very well said. I may not be captaining or co-captaining, on the same team, or even looking at numbers as you are, but I try to approach every challenge from the perspective of what CAN I do rather than why I CAN'T do something. (Even if I don't get as many points in a challenge, everything I do trying for those points has a positive benefit. My body gives me points.)

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A-STRONGER-ME 11/5/2012 11:20AM

    This is why I love you and why we need you as co in our team!

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LADYJ6942 11/5/2012 10:40AM

    I couldn't agree more. You have done an awesome job keeping up despite the challenges in your own life, in encouraging and support those of us the team as well. Your creativity for fitting in your fitness is an example of what can/should be done vs the other way around. Those of us on this journey should be thankful that our bodies haven't failed us despite the abuse we've put it through. Now is the time to turn it around and treat it like the temple it is. Us it and push yourself to achieve all you've dreamed of because only you can do it.

Thank you for all you do for the team and I hope you'll continue as a co-leader because you have provided a great example of what any and all of us can do.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 11/5/2012 10:08AM

    Totally agree with you. This is a challenge. You joined a challenge. I never understand how some people can't add up even a few points for participation. You are letting your team down and also letting yourself down. What I like about BLC is there is always something you can do in each challenge to earn points no matter what your fitness level.

Hope you decide to come back as co captain, you are more aware of the issue and might be able to bring it up with your team. It is frustrating but this might be a push some people need.

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    Participation NOT perfection. Each challenge is designed in such a way that as a former Cappie I can say unequivocally that everyone can find SOMETHING to earn points for themselves and the team each and every time. It IS hard; that's why it is called a challenge! emoticon emoticon

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GLASSART43 11/5/2012 9:14AM

    I absolutely agree, Karen. Very well said! Everyone who has joined the team can do something for the challenges, even if the exercise is seated in a chair following a Coach Nicole video.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 11/5/2012 9:12AM

    You said it so well HAVE had more than your share and yet you still find time ......... some for you...........some for your family...........some for the team. I don't get the participation issue either............and my pom poms are starting to wilt just a bit.

I do hope you come back as are doing a wonderful job............

.........and you are a wonderful friend.

Thanks from *all* of the Warriors!!!

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