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5% Challenge Assignment #3

Friday, February 08, 2013

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight.

What do you want to change?
~~My overall self-perception, the way I look, the way I feel, the way I move, the way I eat.

How do you want to look?
~~Fit, healthy, attractive, beach-worthy

How do you want to feel?
~~Confident, energetic, healthy, pretty

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
~~be more active, shop in the smaller sizes and look great in anything I want to wear, wear Minnetonka moccasin (or any) boots I like, wear a swim suit in public and still feel great about my appearance, climb stairs without getting winded, have improved self-esteem and confidence, leave my pants buttoned and zipped and still be able to breathe when I bend over to tie my shoes, get in and out of small cars with ease (daughter has a Miata that just kills me!), fully enjoy a theme park (especially the roller coasters!), be confident and feel great on the beach, not mind having pictures taken of me, maybe even become a fitness instructor somewhere... now wouldn't that be something! :D
And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!
~~be much more organized!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/9/2013 3:07PM

Keep up the great work!
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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/9/2013 12:50PM

    I like this challenge! It looks like it makes people really think things through and puts the goals right out there in front. I know this is going to help you a lot. I might have to do this too.

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JUSTME29 2/9/2013 10:41AM

    Those sound great! Best of luck in your challenge.

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DISPATCHER04 2/9/2013 1:48AM

    You can totally do this, Renee! :)

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/8/2013 11:05PM

    This is a useful self assessment--it sounds like a great challenge.

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CMFARRELL36 2/8/2013 6:04PM

    Great goals - thanks for sharing.

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GMO_JEN 2/8/2013 1:18PM

    Great goals- keep us up dated, I know you can do it :)

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BIGPAWSUP 2/8/2013 12:06PM

    I'm in on the wish list!!! I know you will do it!

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FITMOMMA4LIFE 2/8/2013 10:36AM

    I agree many of the things listed are also on my wish list!


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LOVESLIFE48 2/8/2013 10:24AM

    Great blog!! You will accomplish all on your list!!! emoticon

(sounds a lot like me!!)

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5% Challenge Assignment #2

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Time to re-do and update my sparkpage.

I do this all the time.

So you better check it out often... ya never know when it will look different! :)

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    Me too, I like to freshen things up! BUT I have been sticking with my current for awhile now, I really like it. =)
I can't wait to see your new look.

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MCJULIEO 2/7/2013 10:43PM

    I need to do that, too!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/7/2013 10:12PM

    I don't think I have updated mine in like 18 months. People still think I am traiing for the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. That was 11/5/2011.

Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 10:13:38 PM

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5% Challenge Assignment #1

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
Got my sweats, shorts and t-shirts ready, I still need new shoes! My water bottle is full and I'm ready!

What is your exercise plan?
to exercise. I'm horrible in this area and want to create a new habit of exercise, including loving it instead of hating it. Illness in my family has made starting this hard this month, but I am just as determined! My plan is to break out and make good use of many dvd's I have including several cardio hula dance, zumba, samba reggae, and SP workout dvd's: 28 day bootcamp and the new total body one. I'll probably throw in walking as well when I can, maybe even bring my exercise bike back in the house.

Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
I am going raw. So my diet will consist of lots of fresh veggies and fruits, very little dairy and lean meat/poultry/fish, basically NO wheat, rice, corn, sugar, or anything with preservatives or artifical ingredients. I bought a couple of books on going raw, so yes, I do have recipes. :) But not stocked up... hard to stock up on fresh foods. :)

Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
Sure do!

Did you put your Winter 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?
About to do that now.

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LIBRA73 2/7/2013 12:33PM

    Wow! Girl, I want to know how "going raw" goes! I am too chicken to go there!

Woohoo! I know you will rock this!

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JUSTME29 2/7/2013 1:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/6/2013 9:07PM

    Looks like you are on your way, you have a plan and determination, these are key ingredients to success! Best Wishes!!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/6/2013 7:36PM

    Wow - best of luck. You can do this.

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STUFFANFLUFF 2/6/2013 3:14PM

    Wow, very nice. Keep us updated on how the raw movement goes. That's some dedication there!!

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NGCHILD 2/6/2013 2:56PM

    You can do it!!


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    Way to go.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/6/2013 2:16PM

    You'll be in better shape to take on all that once whatever is ailing you goes away. Please take care and don't overload yourself. I pushed too hard last year and paid for it. I don't mean to lecture. I just would hate to see that happen to you. Seems like you'll have time to get better before the challenge officially starts.

I don't know what team I'll be on. I did the last 3 seasonal challenges and think I told the leader the wrong one I was on in the fall. I really don't care which team I'm on. The idea is to do well and help others to do well.

emoticon At the end of 8 weeks we'll get to pat each other on the back and say emoticon !

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2013 the year of the snake

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Hey! This should REALLY be my year... I was born in 1965... also the year of the snake. :)

I have a starting point... and I know where I want to be exactly one year from today. I know how I'm going to do it, too. :) One step at a time.

My main focus... is staying focused ...and motivated... even when I'm feeling very UN motivated.

So here I go. Day one of creating a new me. :)

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/2/2013 7:35AM

    Wonderful attitude! Keep on keeping on!

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GMO_JEN 1/1/2013 10:05PM

    I am with you-new year, blank slate, and a great starting point!

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SPARKNMOM 1/1/2013 8:00PM

    We can do it!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/1/2013 6:28PM

    Woo Hoo! This should be an awesome year for you! You can do it!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/1/2013 5:24PM

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Great blog... short and to the point!!
Here's to a great 2013!!

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MAVERICK59 1/1/2013 3:34PM

    You can get this done if you focus on just one day at a time.

Set daily goals and don't think about anything beyond that.

Have a plan for when you feel cravings;Go brush your teeth, read success stories, set a timer for 30 minutes and hold off until then...what ever works for you.
Meet the goals you set for yourself each day and the rest will just fall in place.

Good luck and Happy, Healthy New Year to you!


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SARAHST0T 1/1/2013 3:02PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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Morning Exercise...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I found this on You + Me = Fit ( www.youmefit.com/2012/08/16/waking-u
Several good ideas!

Tips for Waking Up Early
1.Lay out the clothes you plan to exercise in the night before and set your socks and shoes in front of your bed.
2.If itís comfortable, go to sleep in your sports bra and running shorts. That way, half the work is already done when your alarm goes off.
3.Whether youíre using a phone or alarm clock, put it far away enough so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. ***(this is a good idea... just don't reset the clock and go back to bed anyhow... which I have done before! ~Renee')***
4.Set a bottle of water close to your alarm clock, preferably with some lemon juice in it. Also, keep some no-bake energy bites nearby. Youíll need those first thing.
5.When your alarm goes off, DO NOT HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON! I really canít stress this one enough. Just donít do it. Set the alarm for the latest time possible, so you trick your brain into thinking youíre in a hurry, rather than thinking, ďI can sleep for 10 more minutes.Ē That 10 minutes wonít make you less tired. It will, however, turn into 20 minutes, then 30 minutes, then no workout for you. Trust me on this one. ***(True! I have done this, too! ~Renee')***
6.While youíre up, grab that bottle of water you set aside the night before and drink a good amount. The lemon juice will kick start your metabolism and help your body wake up faster. Then eat an energy ball or two. Chewing will let your digestive system know itís time to start working, and the protein-packed bites will fuel your workout.
7.Before you even think of heading back to bed, put on your sneakers and the rest of your workout gear. Put in your headphones and start listening to some music. Now youíre ready to go before your brain has figured out what just happened.

The recipe for the protein bites is on the same page as the link... just scroll down. They look like they'd be pretty good!

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SPARKNMOM 12/31/2012 10:34PM

    Boy....the snooze tip rang true for me! LOL

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MAGA99 12/31/2012 5:03PM

    TY so much for sharing

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NGCHILD 12/31/2012 11:02AM

    Sounds like a good plan!! Thanks for sharing!!

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MAVERICK59 12/30/2012 6:03PM

    Nice way to start the day.

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FAVALL 12/30/2012 5:52PM

    Thanks for the pointers.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/30/2012 5:04PM

  First thing in the morning exercise is the best way to live my life..thanks

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JUSTME29 12/30/2012 4:56PM

    These are great ideas. In college I used to have my alarm clear across the room. It didn't always work though - there was more than once I'd get up, hit snooze, and go back to bed anyway.

My problem (among many others) with morning workouts is that my alarm wakes up my little guy so once I'm up so is he. I've tried to get up quietly, but as soon as he hears me up and about he figures he should be too. Then no workout for me anyway.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/30/2012 3:44PM

    Very cool.

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