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Extra Exercise Update

Friday, July 11, 2014

I started doing extra exercise during the day and seeing how much I did by doing things a few minutes during the day.

I get my main exercise done in the morning before breakfast then I do the extras during the day. Simple things like counter top pushups, hula hoop without the hoop, march on the spot, bicep and triceps curls, seated crunches and butt squeezes.

I was surprised to find that I get another 15-20 minutes in a day easily I must remember to add this to the totals for my exercise on the Start page. I keep forgetting to add this on as I have only just started doing this so note to self:

Add the extra exercise minutes up and record them

So today was my weigh day and the result was

emoticon One Pound Down emoticon

So the extra exercise is helping and I am watching the portion size, drinking water and slowly getting results.

I am happy and feel better, energy has increased and pain levels are not as great so something is working and that is what matters. The scales are not everything and one pound down is good.
If I level out and don't lose every week I am not going to get all upset I know I can do it and the effort is so worth it.
None Scale Victories are important and I am remembering to add these to my Journal so I do not get fixated on the scales only.

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KAYLEESMEME 7/12/2014 1:11AM

    Your doing great!

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L*I*T*A* 7/11/2014 11:35PM

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SUNHOME 7/11/2014 10:51PM

    emoticon I'm glad that you feel better than before!

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    great job and great attitude .. and that is an unstoppable combo !! remember, Quit is Not an Option !! keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon

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MORGANSMOM52 7/11/2014 11:16AM

    hmmm I tend to not think of the isometrics as exercises and don't put them on my exercise mins. either. Maybe I should pay more attn. to how long i'm doing them and add. Thanks!

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NASFKAB 7/11/2014 11:05AM

  great job doing extra exercise

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I love my walks

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Today I walked 3 miles with Leslie Sansone emoticon emoticon
It is the first time I have walked 3 miles using the video I saved on Youtube and it felt good.

Then after breakfast I went to the Shopping centre and walked around the mall. When I walk from a store named John Lewis to Marks and Spencer and back up the other side to John Lewis again it is 1 mile.

So I got off the bus and walked all the way around the mall before I started my shopping.
Then I walked to the stores I needed and got my shopping done and walked back to the bus stop to get the bus home.

Today I walked 5 miles that was 3 Leslie Sansone miles and 2 miles in the shopping centre.
I am not a fast walker when walking around the mall but I did it and that is what counts.

I am getting into walking and really loving it. The days that I am not able to do as much as I have today I will still walk and do chair marching and exercise.

Now all I to do is keep it going.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/7/2014 10:15AM

    Walking was the guide to running for me and I am finally learning to love it! It's so good for the soul!

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WILSONWR 7/5/2014 11:47AM

    You're right - walking does wonders for me. It not helps relieve stress, but it gives you a sense of accomplishment and self worth when you get to be able to do longer distances, quicker times, etc. Thanks for the great blog!

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TRUCKERSMRS 7/5/2014 11:23AM

That is so great. You are a real inspiration. I know how long that Mall Walk will have taken you. Super impressed.

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L*I*T*A* 7/5/2014 10:57AM

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TOOTERFISH 7/5/2014 10:04AM

    good morning,
yours is the blog after mine today, so i thought i would stop and offer a 'hug' message to a fellow sparker.

I so enjoyed your post. Walking is indeed a wonderful activity and i can tell you are being happily successful with it. Thanks for including the benefits lists, they are good reminders to add walking into each day.
Thanks for being a sparker.
All the best to you

"The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step"
Spark on!

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NASFKAB 7/5/2014 10:02AM

  awesome you are doing a great job

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NEWVINE 7/5/2014 9:49AM

    emoticon I Love walking too

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1MORNINGWALKER 7/5/2014 9:43AM

    emoticon I so agree, I love walking too emoticon emoticon

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Extra Exercise Plan

Thursday, July 03, 2014

I like to do my exercise in the morning when I get up it sets me up for the day but I want to get in more exercise with out doing a complete workout.
So I decided that I will add a few minutes here and there and see how it adds up.

My plan is to do simple things like:

Seated Abs crunches

No I don't wear high heels but I can do the crunches.

Waiting the kettle to boil:
Grab two cans and do some of these

Cleaning my teeth

I tried this today and it is possible to clean your teeth and do this.

Waiting for the food to grill toast or to pop up

Hula Hoop without the hoop sort of like this

This is something I will try as well

I can do some of these sat down and even in the kitchen.

Counter top push ups

Modified Jumping Jacks

I love these and do them sat down as well.

Basically if I can do something for a few minutes I will do it. I want to see how many minutes extra a day I can get in without having to do an extra full workout. I will get a small notebook and jot down how many minutes I have done so that I can add them up along with my morning workout and see the result.
It will also be interesting to see if it makes a difference to my overall fitness so July is going to be an experimental month.

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MARINEMAMA 7/4/2014 7:10AM

    Great! emoticon

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PAULAAUTUMN 7/4/2014 5:40AM

    I have got all the links to work I did not realise they didn't but taking out the 's' in the http thing did the trick

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TRUCKERSMRS 7/4/2014 3:36AM

    Wow, what a plan. I shall try and give some of these a try myself!
Love the end poster!!

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L*I*T*A* 7/3/2014 11:27PM

    love words on the poster!

Comment edited on: 7/3/2014 11:28:11 PM

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JAWATKINS 7/3/2014 3:28PM

    Good plan! I hope it gives you the results you want!
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FIT4MEIN2013 7/3/2014 3:01PM

    I have started dancing in place at my desk at work. I *plan* for 5 minutes/hour, but usually do 15" every 2.

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NASFKAB 7/3/2014 12:33PM

  great ideas thanks for posting

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Goals for July

Monday, June 30, 2014

July has two celebrations in it and day out.

The 2nd of July is my Husbands Birthday and he has already got in what he wants for his Birthday dinner. A Chinese meal that he got from Marks and Spencer so not that naughty compared to a Take away.

The 14th July is our 19th Wedding Anniversary. This year I have no idea what DH wants do he has not said much and that usually means he is planning something that involves a meal out.

Then the 29th July we go out for the day and that will mean a meal out for certain.

So My Goals for July will be:

Do the minimum of 60 minutes for 6 days and 30 minutes chair exercise on a rest day.

Watch the portions like a Hawk and make sure I stay within my calorie range.
On the celebration days make sure I don't go back for seconds and don't load my plate.
If out for a meal go for the healthier options and forgo either dessert of starters.
At the end of July on our day out go for a lighter meal and make sure I drink water.

I am not letting anything stand in my way of achieving my ultimate goal of being fitter and healthier.

Today I was out shopping and after being snubbed by my son I felt awful and when upset I usually head for food. This time I went into my favourite coffee place and ordered a decaf Americano no milk and a glass of water.
I felt rather pleased with myself I have come a long way and I have no intention on ruining what I have done for anyone.

I have made up my mind that this time I will reach my goal

Only I can do that and that is not going to happen

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MRS_EVA_K 7/2/2014 2:44PM

    Enjoy your Big July. This is vacation month for us. I face 11 days straight with DH and Bug "controlling" activities. That usually means too much food.

You have a plan! You'll work it!

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NASFKAB 7/1/2014 5:51AM

  great you did not let the hurt from your son make you eat way to go & you will do ot all the besr

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L*I*T*A* 7/1/2014 1:03AM

    all the best with your new goals!!!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/30/2014 6:44PM

    I know you will! You are determined and don't let your son cause you emotional pain. Just let it go. I know it isn't easy but you can do it.

Now you have inspired me to redo mine also. Thanks Paula. You are terrific and grand.

P ush forward on those goals
A lways tell yourself " you are worth it"
U nderstand what makes you overeat
L earn from it and forge ahead
A llow yourself room for a one is perfect.

You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/30/2014 5:36PM

    These are fantastic goals! Your outlook about the rough scenario and how you will change your habits is fantastic! Great choice you made.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 6/30/2014 5:23PM

    Great and SOLID goals, Paula!! Wonderful!

How I love that last pciture's message:

"YOU CAN'T STOP ME" is sooooo fantastic!!

Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!

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    great job today after running into your son .. you should be proud of yourself .. and your July goals are awesome .. emoticon you have a good outlook and a good head about you so you will succeed .. sorry about your son .. why is he snubbing you?? anyway, sorry you had a rough day .. feel better .. emoticon

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COPOOLGIRL 6/30/2014 4:59PM

    Good luck with your new goals!!

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TRUCKERSMRS 6/30/2014 4:26PM

    Your goals for the month are great and I know you will do well.
Good for you for not turning to food.
Enjoy your celebrations this month and your day out.

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JAWATKINS 6/30/2014 1:28PM

    emoticon making a healthy choice when feeling depressed!! I still struggle with that.
emoticon You will make your goals!!

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USMAWIFE 6/30/2014 11:34AM

    Good luck with achieving all your goals

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MOLLYJ96 6/30/2014 10:53AM

    You are an inspiration! And with that outlook you WILL achieve all of your goals. Keep on rockin', girl! I'm right here cheering you on!

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My Scavenger walk

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On 55+ Females we are doing a Scavenger walk all this week and today I decided to share my walk .

After doing a lot in the garden this morning, (I was gardening at 7am as I wanted to do stuff before DH got up), we decided to go for a walk down to the canal and take some lunch with us.
Along the foot/cycle path we saw a man cycling with his toddler in a seat on the back of the bike, she was very sweet and full of 'Look Daddy ....' as they went along.
Someone else was painting their house and had stopped for a cup of tea and called out 'Nice day isn't it' as we passed by.
Amazing how a bit of sun makes people more friendly, any other time they don't speak to you.

It was lovely to walk along the canal as we have not done it in a long time. Sitting on the bench we ate our lunch and relaxed for a while drinking in the peace and quite.

A Heron flew along the canal and landed close to us I took a picture and added the text when I got home. I like to keep pictures of anything we see like this and a note of where it was added to the picture this means we don't foget and I add it to a folder to the computer with todays date as well.

It just stood there for a few minutes then flew off again, a canal boat was chugging along and the people on board called out to us. 'Afternoon, lovely day'
I got a picture of it before it got close to us, I love canal boats

On our way back we took a different route and I spotted a white stone on the ground that I picked up and took home to add to my bird bath.

I have a simple birdbath made from a large flower container that is really too deep to add plants it would take a lot of compost.
I weighed it down with some broken paving slabs. I added a large plastic saucer that goes under garden containers and filled it with some stones to the top of the container. The stones make it possible for the birds to drink from it easily and stops it being blown or knocked off.

This is the stone I found

It looks like marble but is just a white stone that is pitted and green lichen is growing in the tiny holes.

This is my Bird Bath

I loved walking by the canal and taking lunch with us made the meal nicer some how, we will have to do this again if DH feels like it.
It all depends on how his back and hip is, today he felt like going for a walk so we did and I am so pleased that we did it.
There is nothing nicer than spending time in nature and enjoying some time sat by water enjoying the view and forgetting all the stuff that happens and de-stressing.

All my other Scavenger walks have been close to home or close to the canal without walking along it. I am careful when on my own and don't take anything with me not even my house keys. Too many people have been attacked so I make sure I stay close to houses or walk around the shopping centre or outside the centre.
So today was a real treat and I loved every minute.

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SDEHNKE 7/1/2014 12:24PM

    I would love to be able to walk with you along your canal. You got a picture of a heron too! We only occasionally catch a glimpse of one out in the country. They aren't very common here.


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LADYDL 7/1/2014 10:18AM

    Beautiful place to walk!

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JAWATKINS 6/27/2014 3:41PM

    Sounds like a fun day!!
I might add, take your ID with you when you do go out. I always try to slip it into my pocket. You never know when you might need it.

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L*I*T*A* 6/26/2014 11:34PM

    great share..........

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/26/2014 3:54PM

    Sounds like a fantastic idea that our family will have to enjoy over our vacation time next week! Thanks for sharing your joys with us.

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SUNHOME 6/26/2014 1:04PM

    Your picnic walk was such a pleasure to read! I agree that people tend to be friendlier when the weather is nice.

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    sounds lovely .. i hope the rains staves off so i can get outdoors for a walk today.. maybe i can see if i can find a natural trail and do some 'scavenging' myself .. what a great way to spend a day !!

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NASFKAB 6/26/2014 11:38AM

  thanks for sharing

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