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The Me I Dream To Be

Friday, March 22, 2013

I want to be the me to whom exercise is a must on a daily basis, that if she misses a workout or an opportunity to be active it pains her within... the me to whom eating fresh raw veggies and fruits is the only way to eat and that anything else is thoroughly unappealing and doesn't cause any temptations no matter what... the me who doesn't dwell constantly on what to eat or what I look like... the me to whom food is really a non-issue... the me who prepares delicious meals for my family... the me who loves to garden and grows the most tasty veggies and fruits... the me who has and maintains a beautiful flower garden as well... the me who never wastes time watching mindless tv shows or spending hours on the computer mainly doing nothing... the me who couldn't care less who's twittering what or the current statuses on facebook... the me who can pop on sparkpeople just a few minutes a day to chat with friends and offer words of encouragement... the me who loves the outdoors and spends as much time there as possible... the me who feels half her age... the me who rides roller coasters, goes bike riding, runs up stairs, is willing to learn to surf, loves to dance and does so at any opportunity... the me who loves her work and does work she loves... the me who keeps her home clean enough to be comfortable and able to find all she needs, yet messy enough to see that a family lives there... the me who loves the beautiful, healthy skin she's in and that glow shows without (without make-up!!).

especially on the beach. :)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/26/2013 6:54AM


On a scale of 1-10 (1 being not even started and 10 being 'I'm there!!!" where are you right NOW for each of those desires? How are you going to get that number to get higher?

Oh dear. I think I feel a blog coming on about my "1-10" desires....

Thanks for Sparking me!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHARLIE-B 3/23/2013 4:32PM

    You Dreamed it!
I hear if You Can Dream It, YOU CAN BE IT!!! emoticon

I'm so Happy For You! Happy emoticon plus emoticon


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LIBRA73 3/23/2013 2:08PM

    I think you are awesome RIGHT now!!

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NGCHILD 3/23/2013 10:43AM

    I think you are fabulous as you are today! One step at a time mama.


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ASILLA 3/23/2013 8:40AM

    LOVE the positive vibes!! I wish you only all the very best and that you achieve all that your heart desires :) Thank-you for posting!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/23/2013 4:06AM

    That sounds like an awesome "me"! You are on the right path, and remember, if you can conceive it, and then write it down you are well on your way!!
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SPARKNMOM 3/22/2013 10:06PM

    LOVE this!!!

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JUSTME29 3/22/2013 9:23PM

    That's the me I'd like to be. I think I'd settle for about halfway between there and the me I am now.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/22/2013 6:17PM

    Wow, thats the "me" I want to be too. This was a powerful blog. If you wrote this yourself, girl, you have talent and the ability to really motivate people with your words. And if you found it somewhere, you are super adept at recognizing when something is really worth sharing! Thank you for posting it. And you are going to AMAZE yourself!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/22/2013 5:38PM

    This is a very emoticon blog. Some day you WILL be that person with some hard work. I never thought I would become a person who actually LOVES to exercise. But, I started out slow, and now I am. It becomes kind of addictive actually. A good addiction that is.

I wish you lots of luck on your transformation to be the person you want to be.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/22/2013 5:29PM

    emoticon blog! Keep working on your goals one at a time and little by little you will become the person you dream to be! Just keep saying "I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can!!" emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 3/22/2013 3:27PM

    Wow! I like it.

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MRSBETH99 3/22/2013 3:26PM

    That's a lovely picture! I've read that "daydreaming" our goals, probably called visualizing :), is a powerful tool. Keep dreaming!! And one step at a time, you can get there. Start a streak on one of those dreams and see where that one success will lead you!

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To everyone who posted on my assignment blogs....

Monday, February 18, 2013

All your words of encouragement and support mean so much to me and I thank you all so much for taking the time to read and post your comments. I plan on the 8 week challenge being just a terrific beginning to all new habits!

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MAGA99 2/19/2013 2:37PM


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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 2/19/2013 10:45AM

    Go Renee Go!

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NGCHILD 2/19/2013 8:43AM


That is what friends are for! Good luck to you!! I know you can do it.


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LIBRA73 2/19/2013 7:59AM

    You will do it!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/19/2013 12:50AM

    It is a pleasure to support and encourage you!
You are awesome!! emoticon
Thank YOU for your lovely thanks, above!!!
Have a great week.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/18/2013 11:27PM

    I know you will do great!

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GMO_JEN 2/18/2013 10:42PM

    I'll second that-you are going to great :)

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BIGPAWSUP 2/18/2013 9:21PM

    You are going to be AWESOME!! I know it.

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5% Challenge Assignment #10

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The other Count Down Assignments required thinking and writing. This one will take a little more effort - time to look at the diet plan, clean the fridge, tidy the pantry, make a grocery list and shop. If you don't have time to do it now, write down what you will do. We need to have our food in order for Day 1 of the Challenge.
~~Diet plan... check
~~Clean the fridge... good idea, will do this weekend.
~~Tidy the pantry... I do that regularly, will do again.
~~Make grocery list & shop... I'll also make my menu. I have this week to get all that done to be ready to rock this on day 1.

I'm Ready! I'm Ready! I'm Ready!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/22/2013 12:33PM

    emoticon Rooting for you!
Keep up the great work!!

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GMO_JEN 2/18/2013 3:13PM

    Sounds awesome! You are ready for this, and inspiring me that I have to plan a tad better too. Hope you have a great week!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/18/2013 2:45PM

    You are just rockin' and rollin'! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 2/17/2013 6:38PM

    emoticon Renee you are so ready to rock this challenge

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SCHNOOTIE 2/17/2013 3:25PM

    Sponge Bob is a really good sidekick. He is always happy and positive and believes that no evil will ruin his good day. :)

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NOMORESTALLING 2/17/2013 10:45AM

    Absolutely! Setting one's self up for success is a very important step.
I did exactly that when I tarted out over a year and a half ago now with Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live lifestyle change and have never looked back 100 and some pounds later and into a size 14/16! Rocks!

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 2/16/2013 8:28PM

    You are ready!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/16/2013 3:35PM

    I love these blogs of yours! OK I did tidy up about half of the pantry and I'll get the other half today. The fridge...its so stuffed I'll HAVE to wait until we eat some of the produce because I can't even see in there right now..

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    Way to go.

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NGCHILD 2/16/2013 2:51PM

    Sounds like a good plan. We did this at the start of the year! Out with the old and in with the new!!


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JUSTME29 2/16/2013 12:31PM

    Sounds good. I'll be doing a lo of the same this weekend.

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5% Challenge Assignment #9

Friday, February 15, 2013

Know your numbers.
A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss?
From my last weigh in which was 239. I need to lose 11.95... let's say 12 lbs to reach my goal.

Current Weight: 239
Target Weight: 227
By When: April 20th, 2013

According to:

I will burn 358 calories doing 30 minutes of zumba. So 358x5 = 1790 calories burned each week.

When entering my new goal (239 to 227 by 4/20) under Goals & Progress/Pounds Lost it recalculated my calories to be 1440-1790 per day. However, I know myself and I think that is too many calories for me. I am going to scale back to 1200 - 1400 calories daily. I think that is more realistic for me to see results. And where my calories come from counts too. I will be eating mostly fresh vegetables and fruits, very little lean meat and dairy and virtually NO sugar, flour, corn, packaged or processed dead foods.

so ... now I know my numbers and how to achieve them:
My goal is to eat 1200 to 1400 calories per day
My goal is to burn 1790 calories per week doing 30 minutes of zumba 5 days per week
My weight loss goal is to go from 239 to 227 by 04/20/2013

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SCHNOOTIE 2/17/2013 3:31PM

    Good numbers, I think you are on to something :) Kicking it in high gear with them Zumba classes?.... I bought the Zumba DVD's and absolutely love them. Especially the Zumba weights with their chaca-chaca sound lol. I even use them if I just do simple aerobics patterrns in front of the TV at night. :)

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GMO_JEN 2/15/2013 10:16PM

    Very cool numbers-you can do this :)

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LJR4HEALTH 2/15/2013 9:33PM

    Renee sounds like you have it all figured out emoticon

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TERESA159 2/15/2013 7:27PM

    Woohooo!!! That's a great plan!

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    Sounds like a good plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBRA73 2/15/2013 1:23PM

    Here we go girl! Flab beware!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/15/2013 10:41AM

    You can do this!

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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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