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5% Challenge Assignment #8

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals?

Anyone can set a goal, but it takes preparation, planning and motivation to see it through to the end. Are you on the path to success? Try this quiz.


I took this quiz and I am prepared for success!

Q1 asks: Is your goal specific, meaning that it includes details like numbers (lose 20 pounds, eat 5 fruits and veggies, walk 30 minutes) and dates (by January, every day, each week)?
~~I had to sit down and make that specific plan... and here it is:
Over the next 8 weeks I will
-eat 6+ raw fruits and veggies each day
-zumba (or other exercise) for at least 20 min each day
-drink 8+ glasses of water each day
-limit sodium, flour, corn, rice, sugar, bad fats, bad carbs to a bare minimum or altogether.
-lose at least 12 lbs
and my reward... I'm open to suggestions, but I'm thinking of getting myself an iPod. I don't have an mp3 player and I think I'd finally like to get one... perhaps the shuffle in blue. :)

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LIBRA73 2/15/2013 1:25PM

    My kids love their shuffles! Get ready to boogie! I know you will hit your goal!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/14/2013 10:22PM

    You can do this.

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JUSTME29 2/14/2013 9:21PM

    Sounds great! I'm still trying to figure out what my rewards will be. I'm thinking maybe kindle audio books to listen to while I walk or ride my exer-bike.

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LJR4HEALTH 2/14/2013 8:08PM

    Great goals and I love your reward

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GMO_JEN 2/14/2013 6:17PM

    I think it sounds like a great plan, and the reward is awesome! You can do it :)

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 2/14/2013 5:03PM

    On your mark, get set, GO!

You've got your game on!

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WIZKEY 2/14/2013 3:25PM

    I love your plan!! And the reward is great!! emoticon

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5% Challenge Assignment #7

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Track Your Progress with a Measuring Tape

Body measurements can be a useful way to track your progress. Many times you'll see a loss of inches even if the scale isn't moving. To ensure accuracy, measure in exactly the same place and under the same conditions each time.
~~the dreaded measuring tape. I hate it almost as much as I hate the scales. I'll get those measurements on the first day of the challenge... but don't look for me to post those numbers!! LOL!

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LIBRA73 2/15/2013 1:27PM

    Love that pic!

I am with you on that. This girl will also not be posting numbers! It's painful enough posting my weight!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/14/2013 2:54AM

    Yeah - some of those measurements are super awkward!
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Hang in there - you can do it!
When you see those numbers creep down, you will be so glad you did it!!

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HWNHMMBRD 2/13/2013 7:58PM

    I am not doing actual measurements this time. It is a hassle and I need to get some one to help me to make sure its done properly. I have taken two articles of clothing, a pair of jeans and a blouse, and try them on every 4 weeks. I take pictures and compare the difference in fit. Not as scientific, and I have only done 2 sets of pictures so far, but I can already see the difference. emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 2/13/2013 5:31PM

    Those skin calipers are kinda awkward to use; especially, in the beginning.

You can do it!


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BIGPAWSUP 2/13/2013 9:30AM

    That picture is how I feel taking measurements! I lose to the tape every time!

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GMO_JEN 2/13/2013 12:16AM

    Love the picture! I love measurements-it can show progress even ehrb thr scale is being stubborn!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 2/12/2013 9:50PM

    You can hate it now, but you will love it when the numbers go down! For me I was doing so many things right for what seemed like forever but I was not seeing the scale go down. So the tape measure gave me some vindication that I was making progress. Without the tape measure I might have thrown in the towel and quit because all the hard work wasn't worth it. I'm glad that I stuck with it because although the scale didn't show much difference, my pants were hanging on me. Stick with it, you will see results!

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NGCHILD 2/12/2013 8:06PM

    I hate it too but it's a good way to track your progress!!

You are already a hot momma!!


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JUSTME29 2/12/2013 7:22PM

    I love the picture. Mine certainly makes me look fat.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/12/2013 7:05PM

    Cute picture! I have so much trouble with the measuring tape--everytime I do it I get a different reading plus, I can lose 10 lbs and then the next time I measure my boobs they're bigger. Its so inaccurate when I do it.

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5% Challenge Assignment #6

Monday, February 11, 2013

List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!
~~First of all, looking at it as a diet. something to go on then go off of. Every time I went OFF a diet, I picked up where I had left off with my old eating habits and the weight came back. STRATEGY: I decided to stop dieting and to start eating healthy.
~~Second, not enough focus or good days in a row. If I made a mistake I'd throw in the towel on the whole day and start over "tomorrow." STRATEGY: Since I'm not on a diet, there are no mistakes to be made, no towels to throw in. I eat what I want... my main focus is health, not weight loss.
~~Third, lack of time. Here is where exercise comes in...or doesn't. When I did have the time to exercise I always found something else that needed done, or there was someone home and I don't like exercising around anyone. STRATEGY: Working on it still. I need to make exercise a priority and get over my issues of needing to be alone and who might see me exercising. How I'll do that I'm not quite sure. I've got something in the works... but it will be a while to see if that pans out for me. (a different job with fewer hours so I can have a couple hours at home alone) If it doesn't, I reckon I just have to get over myself and my issue and suck it up and just do it.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/14/2013 2:48AM

    EXCELLENT blog. You are on the right track, and the best part is how honest and clear you are being with yourself. Keeping it simple and knowing that any excuse you make only stands in your own way!
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GMO_JEN 2/13/2013 12:12AM

    I have very similar excuses-it all comes down to time for exercise. Strategy is going to really help -you can do it :)

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JUSTME29 2/11/2013 8:10PM

    it's good that you've got an actual strategy. I'm still really struggling to find mine.

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MNABOY 2/11/2013 3:48PM

    Great success in the 5% Challenge.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/11/2013 2:32PM

    I think I"m going to follow this challenge too, even though I'm not in the team. So far it has been GREAT!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/11/2013 11:55AM

    Ok, no excuses hun?!? I'm going with you.

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NGCHILD 2/11/2013 10:58AM

    I have the same exercise excuses!! ugh.


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5% Challenge Assignment #5

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Is there something you eat often that you have learned to cut the calories on? What works best for you? Do you have something you can share with us?
~~Salad dressing has often been an issue for me. I love a thick creamy dressing. Most often I would grab a Caesar dressing, but the calories in that are so very high. I tried many of the "light" or "free" varieties and ... yuck. A few months ago I found a roasted red pepper Italian that is really good and much lower in calories, however, being a new raw foodie, and one who is paying more attention to what is in the foods I buy, checking out the ingredients list on the red pepper dressing was disappointing. I do not like eating preservatives or other additives that I really don't know what they are or why they are in my food. So, being the spicy, Mexican food lover that I am, I just started using salsa on my salads. Even with some bought salsas... I recognize all listed ingredients, and they are good... plus, salsa is even lower in calories than my previous "find!" :)

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MELMOMOF4 2/11/2013 10:00AM

    that is a great idea. I thought about trying salsa to sauce my food as well. I like the thick creamy things to add flavor. so I will try this. thanks for sharing.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/11/2013 9:21AM

    Great idea! I would not have thought of just adding salsa to the salad! emoticon I'm going to try that tomorrow (I only like my salsa after it has sat in the fridge for a day or so. I'll make it after work today!)

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LINWASH23 2/10/2013 11:16PM

    I used apple cider vinegar and kill two birds with one stone, it takes some getting used too, but you can use the fat that you save to eat a few more nuts. emoticon

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JUSTME29 2/10/2013 8:18PM

    I like salsa on my salads too. I also make my own homemade light Ranch dressing that I'm pretty happy with.

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MNABOY 2/10/2013 7:53PM

    Salsa is a winner! The light "No Fat" dressings are not so good for us. I love Blue Cheese dressing, dah, but have two tablespoons in a bowl on the side and I enjoy the "taste" and cut the calories that I was getting by dressing the whole salad.

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JULESJET 2/10/2013 7:49PM

    Just remember to watch your sodium intake, too! Some of those bought salsas can be very high in sodium!

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MAGA99 2/10/2013 7:39PM

    I have started using cottage cheese as my salad dressing

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Zombies Are Attacking!!!! (For Fun.)

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/14/2013 2:56AM

    A file folder - a big, green, legal sized one, full of lots of paper! emoticon

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NEWLEAF16 2/12/2013 7:26PM

    An empty bowl with a spoon in it

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MIDNIGHTER1 2/12/2013 7:13PM

    A coffee cup. emoticon

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OHANAMAMA 2/12/2013 7:09PM

    I love all of these! Right now I'd have to grab my curtains. :)

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NAYPOOIE 2/11/2013 12:13PM

    A back scratcher

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STARSMEMBER267 2/11/2013 8:41AM

    A book. At least encyclopedias are heavy! emoticon It's too early for ZOMBIES!!

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NEWLEAF2013 2/11/2013 7:05AM

    My husband! emoticon Who said chivalry was dead? Hahaha!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/11/2013 6:26AM

    Bottle of leather cleaner!!

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WINGLESS98465 2/10/2013 6:45PM

    A half-full water bottle. lol

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G.I.JANE 2/10/2013 5:29PM

    A water bottle that is 1/4 full. Lol!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/10/2013 4:58PM

    I bashed them in the head with a "magic 8 ball".

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HWNHMMBRD 2/10/2013 4:39PM

    My Water Cup emoticon emoticon

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NGCHILD 2/10/2013 3:28PM

    A 10 pound Diva named Derby!

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GMO_JEN 2/10/2013 12:59PM

    Yadi my dog....he may zip around enough to distract them while I run for it....then he'd run back to me leading them to me...i'd probably be a gonner!

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STUFFANFLUFF 2/10/2013 12:40PM

    Cup of coffee. Not hot enough to do any damage, but I guess I could hit them with it.

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ALISHAB3 2/10/2013 10:24AM

    Zombie Run App? I used an orb of heavenly light. How about you?

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SHARJOPAUL 2/10/2013 9:47AM

    A bottle of aloe hydrating spray for Dora dog.

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DOGSTARDADDY 2/10/2013 6:40AM

    A mouse.

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JUSTME29 2/10/2013 1:35AM

    my cat

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    My pincushion

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BORN2BLOSSOM 2/9/2013 10:27PM

    A scarf? Well then...I guess I'd be a goner lol

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MICKEYH 2/9/2013 9:56PM

    One pound hand held weight. Love your wall paper. (^o^)

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MAGA99 2/9/2013 9:42PM

    a throw pillow

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    A grocery ad! (maybe it keeled over from shock by looking at the price of groceries?)

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BATCHICK 2/9/2013 9:21PM

    a ballpoint pen.

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/9/2013 8:55PM

    A video game controller. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/9/2013 8:44PM

    A glass, but it's a heavy glass. emoticon

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JULESJET 2/9/2013 8:02PM

    Glass of water.

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NIKKICOLE83 2/9/2013 8:01PM

    Well I have a glass in my left hand. Either that or my humidifier. Maybe I can throw the humidifier at them and use the glass to stab anyone that avoids the humidifier.

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CAYCESMOM 2/9/2013 7:59PM

    Work phone

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MOBLUEBIRD 2/9/2013 7:50PM

  a tape dispenser

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BIGPAWSUP 2/9/2013 7:22PM

    My dog? Or the try table she is laying under.

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OHANAMAMA 2/9/2013 7:17PM

    a couch pillow!

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