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Make Exercise Fun!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I've always said that if you make exercise fun, you'll always find time for it.

And, if you have a friend to exercise with, you'll be more committed to working out!

I hope these videos give you a smile, but more importantly, give you some ideas about making exercise fun!
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Thanks to my teammate, Molly, who inspired me by sharing the first video with me.

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JANETRIS 2/13/2014 5:10PM

    Love it Nancy! Very fun the watch! emoticon

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JOYINKY 2/11/2014 10:05AM

    You know I agree! We're in this for life. Make it fun!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/11/2014 9:09AM

    Okay now I need a huge piano and a walrus? Come on! Lets get laughing and mooooving!

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HOPERISING 2/11/2014 3:22AM

    You are so right. In fact I just read another article that made the exact same point. The exercise that burns the most calories is the one you ENJOY doing. I gotta confess, I don't really enjoy what I'm doing, but I'm not sure how to fix it. Have a great week!

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2013 in Review - Goals for 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

These were my 2013 goals and how I did --
1/1/13 Starting Weight 153.8
12/31/13 Ending Weight 155.8 (+2 lbs.)

* Spend 15 minutes reading and meditating on scripture daily by setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier. (Successful most days.)
* Always be present in the moment by not multitasking. (Still needs work, but I am much more conscious of when I am multitasking.)
* Find something to be in awe of daily by being present in the moment. (Still needs work! I actually forgot that this was one of my goals.)
* Participate in 2 outdoor triathlons and 1 indoor triathlon. (I did 2 outdoor and 5 indoor triathlons!)
* Run 2 5K races. (Laps with Chaps and Turkey Trot - not to mention numerous training runs.)
* Reach and maintain goal weight of 145 +/- 3 pounds. (Not there yet. I'm starting 2014 two pounds heavier than 2013.)

2014 Goals
I like the goals that I set for 2013, so will repeat them for 2014. Many of these are lifestyle changes rather than destination goals, and I want to change my life, not just my weight.

1/1/14 Starting Weight 155.8
12/31/14 Ending Weight (goal) 145

* Spend 15 minutes reading and meditating on scripture daily by setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier.
* Always be present in the moment by not multitasking.
* Find something to be in awe of daily by being present in the moment.
* Participate in 2 outdoor triathlons and 1 indoor triathlon. (Already registered for 2 outdoor tris. Waiting for clearance from doctor before registering for indoor tri this month.)
* Run one 5K race.
* Bike one 25K+ ride for charity.
* Reach and maintain goal weight of 145 +/- 3 pounds with no worries by doing the Shaklee 180 Lean and Healthy program.
* Get 6+ hours of sleep nightly. (This will be the really challenging one for me.)

I love the saying in this photo. It's the small daily changes that add up over the year to make the really big changes. It's about discipline - one day at a time.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/7/2014 12:23AM

    WOW Nancy! you are doing great. I'm right there with you on the weight gain though. not a happy camper on it either. grrrr! lets get the best of the scale this year!

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PELESJEWEL 1/2/2014 4:51AM

    emoticon You accomplished a lot in 2013!!!
emoticon Here's to a very healthy 2014!!!

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MSANITAL 1/1/2014 6:55PM

    Nancy love your goals and so obtainable and I have to say a 2lbs weigh gain for the whole year is fantastic I mean that shows control and shows motivation towards healthy living.. which you do ... looing forward to hearing about that 25k bike ride too .. you can do it

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QUEENMOXIE 1/1/2014 5:05PM

    emoticon Lifestyle change is a big one for me, too. emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/1/2014 3:57PM

    Discipline and Consistency! Great goals and I know you can do it! One day at a time! Hugs.

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Have you ever participated in a charity bike ride? Lots of fun!

Monday, September 16, 2013

On Saturday, September 14, I participated in Lorie's Lakeside Century bike ride in Chesterton, IN (no, I didn't ride for 100 miles, although many others did!). The ride was to benefit the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Porter County, IN. The VNA provides a broad spectrum of health and social services that can be delivered to recovering, disabled, chronically ill or terminally ill persons in their home environment - a very worthy cause.

If you haven't participated in one of these bike rides for charity, I strongly recommend it. It is NOT a race; rather it is all about camaraderie and fellowship and eating!

It was a brisk 40* overnight. We left Naperville at 6am to drive to Chesterton and got to see this beautiful sunrise!

Here is our "team" representing Emerson Industrial Automation, one of the race sponsors. Left to right - Tiffany Epler, John Vroom, Andy Darrol, Nancy Haines, Dan Burgey, and Harry Fischer.

You can start the ride anytime between 7-10am. At 7am, it was around 50* with a slight wind. We delayed our start time from 7am to 8:30am to let it warm up a bit - it might have been 55* when we started. Pretty brisk, especially in the shade, but it warmed up nicely the longer we rode. The first SAG (support and grub) stop was about 12 miles into our ride. The longest ride Harry had done previously to this was 16 miles, so he was a little concerned about going 28 miles.

This was the view at our first SAG stop - gorgeous! There was a wedding party on the beach taking photos. At this stop, Harry said he was feeling pretty strong and confident that he could make it 28 miles. It was my intent to ride 38 miles.

Who knew that Indiana was hilly? The 12 miles to the next SAG stop was all uphill - gently rolling uphill, but uphill just the same! Harry said he should have realized that going TOWARD Lake Michigan would all be downhill for watershed. At one point, there was a rather steep uphill climb. When Tiffany and I, who were leading our team, reached the top of the hill, there were about a dozen riders taking an unofficial rest stop in someone's front yard. We joined them to wait for the guys. Harry was feeling his knees ache on this climb. He was so grateful for the unofficial stop.

Our second SAG stop was at the Art Barn - which came complete with chickens and crowing roosters. Dan thought that the rooster must have known that we were eating chicken sandwiches at that rest stop, and the rooster was alerting the other birds to that fact!

John, Harry, and Andy refueling at the Art Barn.

If I was going to do the 38 mile ride, the Art Barn is where I would have parted ways with my team. But, due to the nature of this being a ride and not a race, we were never in a hurry to leave the SAG stops. Harry and I had tickets to the Wine & Food Festival back in IL, so time was running short. I returned back to the starting line with the rest of my team for lunch. Yes, I said lunch! The race sponsors put on a pulled pork and corn on the cob luncheon for us.

Harry, Nancy, Tiffany, and Dan pointing out the Emerson Industrial Automation race sponsorship on the banner.

I forgot to start the Map My Ride app when we started to ride (that's a great FREE app, by the way). Map My Ride clocked us at 28.85 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes with 1,336 calories burned. Dan's computer said that we went just a hair under 30 miles. I think we ate more calories at SAG stops and at the luncheon than we burned off riding!

This ride was 30 miles of beautiful scenery with wonderful people. The volunteers at registration, the SAG stops, and at the luncheon were awesome. They couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. I will do this ride again next year - and perhaps go 38 miles. Although Tiffany told me that she did the 38 miles in a previous year and it was even MORE uphill from there!

If you ever get a chance to participate in one of these charity rides, I highly recommend it. Find a cause that you want to support and get out there for some fresh air, exercise, and an extremely fun time!

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MSANITAL 9/17/2013 10:33AM

    Nancy... way to go girl.. I am so proud of you, and I am going to do this ride with you next year.. .. I guess I would have to drive down because I will not put my bike on a plane.. LOL..

It sounds like you had a ton of fun and doing it for a charity makes it even more fun, I got my first 100 coming up on the 27th so excited..
keep up the good work..

Ride on

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TXPATRIOT 9/17/2013 12:33AM

    Sounds great!


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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/16/2013 9:28PM

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun. And who knew that Indiana had such a beautiful beach!

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JOYINKY 9/16/2013 7:36PM

    Sounds, and looks, like a wonderful day with a great group! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JANETRIS 9/16/2013 7:35PM

    How nice to be able to take in the whole experience and not be in a hurry! What a wonderful opportunity to live in the moment and share some fitness with friends. The bonus is that it was all for a good cause! So happy for your great experience! Ride on! emoticon

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LEANNROCKS 9/16/2013 6:45PM

    Nancy, I believe walking, running, or cycling is much more enjoyable when you have that kind of eye popping scenery. The icing on the cake is being surrounded by wonderful friends!

You are absolutely awesome in all that you do!

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How heavy is it?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

This was a great lesson I read on Facebook...

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed incapable of doing anything."

Remember to put the glass down.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/29/2013 9:37AM

    Been there. Done that. Never again. emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/27/2013 6:32PM

    How true!

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GK1963 7/27/2013 4:04PM

    good advice

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Shake it off and take a step up

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This story was in my Facebook feed this morning. I thought that this was good advice for us on our Spark journeys - Shake it off and take a step up!

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

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JANETRIS 7/27/2013 2:01PM

    Love that Nancy! Very good reminder. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/25/2013 12:17AM

    I love that! Heard It years ago. It's such a great reminder for us all!

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MSANITAL 7/24/2013 8:11PM

    Saw this as well this morning and I really enjoyed the way you shared it.. thanks for the reminder Nancy..

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TONYATIME 7/24/2013 2:02PM

    Thanks for your blog post, its very true!!!!

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WILDASTER 7/24/2013 1:57PM

    Very good.

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JOYINKY 7/24/2013 1:50PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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