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Overcoming: March summary and April targets

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

March still had a lot of cold days in it. However, there were periodical breaks of warmer days to help get everyone through the snow days. It's the beginning of Spring now. Even though we may get hit with a few snowy days yet, the generally warmer days make a big difference in my attitude and motivation. We're even seeing signs of the first flowers coming up!! emoticon
Another emoticon that I lost 4 pounds in March. It was not a gradual loss, but it all happened within the last week and half. It was a challenge at times to stay with my plan, however, the final results are always worth it.

Targets focuses for March were: lose 4#, put in 50 miles, total 1500 mins. WO, continue to increase plank challenge, start doing BP 3X week, bring up daily averages to 4 veggies, 2 fruit, and 9 water, let body fast for 12 hours by not eating after 7 pm.

I was very glad I did the ST challenges in February. That made it so much easier to change to doing Bodypump 3X a week. I started the month needing to take breaks in various sections of the WO. Throughout the month I have been able to increase the weights on some sections and now I need only 1 break in a couple of the sections. I can definitely tell the improvements that have come. I also opted to focus on BP rather than staying with the plank challenge.

The last couple of weeks I backed off on the running I was doing because my knee was bothering me a little. I switched to doing walking, mostly with DH. So I only completed about half the miles I had hoped to do. The knee is feeling better now and I am gradually working from walking into running again.

Summary of accomplishments for March: lost 4# (WooHoo!), put in 27.5 miles, total 1610 WO minutes, did bodypump 3X weekly, daily averages were 4.2 veggies, 2.2 fruits, and 8.35 glasses of water.

Targets set for April: lose 4#, put in at least 1 mile a day, aim for 50 miles total, total 1750 WO mins., continue doing BP 2-3X week, keep daily averages at least at 4 veggies, 2 fruit, bring water up to 9 glass average.

My plan: walk at least 1 mile each day (preferably with DH), work running up to 3 miles 3 days a week, Bodypump usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, WO with DVD on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

I have the April calendar printed and starting to track my targets for daily workouts, water, veggies, and fruits. This tool along with journaling everything I eat and details of my workouts has been very helpful in improving my focus to come closer to hitting the bull's eye of the set targets.

I continue to appreciate the teams and connections I have made here at Sparkpeople. This has made a huge difference in keeping me accountable and motivated. Thank you to all who have given support and spoken words of encouragements. I could not have gotten this far without all of you!

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcomer!
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KRAZYKAT3232 4/15/2014 5:26PM

    You have a very sound plan, well organized, I love your energy!

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KALIGIRL 4/3/2014 9:05AM

    Here's to a great plan and successful tracking!
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Overcoming: February summary and March targets

Friday, February 28, 2014

February was a big motivational challenge for me. There were days I struggled with not feeling well and days the cold weather got me down. I didn't get to the Y to run as often as I wanted. Some of those days I was able to do a WO at home and at least get a few more minutes accomplished.

I decided to focus on improving my ST with the challenges I set in place rather than doing BP. The plank challenge progressed too quickly for me but I did work up to doing 1.5 minute planks the final week. Even though I didn't do the squat challenge each day, I did increase to 240 squats a day (more than established in the challenge) and I started doing them with the added weight of a barbell. I followed a bicep challenge that I was able to increase the set of reps to 4 sets for each exercise and also increased the dumbbell weights.

Target focuses for February were: lose 4#, put in 45 miles, total 1350 mins. WO, start doing Bodypump 2X week, follow squat, biceps, and plank challenges for the month, increase daily averages to 4 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit and 9 glasses of water.

Summary of accomplishments February: no weight loss only 2# fluctuation, put in 20.75 miles, total 970 WO minutes, didn't do BP, increased to 240 squats with barbell, 4 sets of bicep reps with heavier dumbbells, and plank to 1.5 minutes, daily averages were 3.9 veggies, 1.9 fruits, and 7.9 glasses of water.

Targets set for March: lose 4#, put in 50 miles, total 1500 mins. WO, continue to increase plank challenge, start doing BP 3X week, bring up daily averages to 4 veggies, 2 fruit, and 9 water, let body fast for 12 hours by not eating after 7 pm.

My plan: run or walk each day with intervals on Wednesday and longer runs on Fri. or Sat.; Bodypump on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; aerobics DVD on Tues. and Thurs. and optional Saturday. Sunday is always a rest day from WO's.

I have my March calendar ready to print with the plank challenge and tracking for daily veggies, fruit, water, and workouts. Having a tracking calendar has been very helpful. Also, the past couple of weeks I have been journaling when and what I eat as well as WO's including how motivated I am and how I feel about the WO.

Some areas were closer to hitting the center of the bull's eye of the target than others. I look forward to fine tuning my focus to hit those targets better in March!

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
I am an overcome!
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KRAZYKAT3232 4/15/2014 5:25PM

    You sound so focused, keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 3/1/2014 11:08AM

    Love your SMART goals and plan for March - you are well on your way and
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Overcoming: January summary and February targets

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Last year was a rough year filled with changes, stress, and transitions (details in "2013 - a year of transitions" blog post). The result was going back to undesirable eating patterns, losing motivation to WO, and putting on over 30#. That put my weight over what it was when I first started SP. However, 2013 is history, just a memory of the past. This is the year to learn from that experience, set all the failure aside, fight to press on and overcome.

Overcoming has become my theme for 2014. I have been deeply impacted and motivated by the video in my previous blog post of Mandisa's "Overcomer". I have a sense of being refreshed and renewed after all of the turmoil of last year. I am pumped and ready to press on into this year, filled with excitement to see what God has in store for me.

These are the targets I had setup for January: lose 4#, put in 40 miles to build up running endurance again, Bodypump for ST 3X week, total 1000 mins. WO, increase daily veggie intake.

Summary of achievements for January: lost 2.2#, put in 43.25 miles, no Bodypump or ST, did increase WO's and achieved 1035 mins, averaged daily 3 servings of veggies, 1.8 servings of fruit and 7 glasses of water.

Target focuses for February: lose 4#, put in 45 miles, total 1350 mins. WO, start doing Bodypump 2X week, follow squat, biceps, and plank challenges for the month, increase daily averages to 4 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit and 9 glasses of water.

My plan: short runs on Mon. and Wed., longer runs on Fri. or Sat.; Bodypump on Tues. and Fri. or Sat.; aerobics or Bodypump on Thurs. I have my February calendar printed and ready to go with the squat, biceps and plank challenges and tracking for daily veggies, fruit, and water.

A thought process that has been a big help to me is the establishing of targets rather than goals. When I set goals I found that if I blew it one day or one meal I felt that I had failed and was not able to reach that specific goal. It was easy to just quit altogether on reaching the goal. However, by focusing in on a target I have a different attitude. If things happen (as life adjustments are a real part of everyday living) that interrupt my plan, I may not hit the exact bulls eye, but I am able to continue to work on seeing how close I can get to the center of the target.

This thinking and the motivation from the "Overcomer" video have been key factors in helping me move forward.

So I am ready and set to jump into February with no goals, no resolutions from the new year, but with several targets excited about aiming for and seeing how close I will get to each of them.

"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." I John 4:4
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world, And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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KRAZYKAT3232 4/15/2014 5:23PM

    You are so right. I to look for targets, because if I reach a goal, it is already in my past, and I am not going to stop! Forward is the key, never stop, no distractions, and you will always hit each mark you aim for. You are doing Awesome!

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KALIGIRL 2/2/2014 10:19AM

    Here's to your excellent target approach to overcome!
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LLREED 2/1/2014 11:20PM

    I like the target rather than the goal. That makes a lot of sense. Not sure what it was about 2013, but I gained enough, too, to put me almost back to where I started. I finally got a new, digital scale and am getting a much better sense of just what my current weight is. That helps a lot.
Good luck! Let's rock February!
Lisa

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Motivational video

Sunday, January 19, 2014

This is a real inspiration for me. Will definitely add it to my running songs. Wanted to share it with others.

"Overcomer" by Mandisa

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You're not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now

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KRAZYKAT3232 4/15/2014 5:19PM

    Thank you for the song, made my day!

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61CINDY52 2/2/2014 10:20PM

  I listen to Mandisa often and absolutely love the lyrics of this particular song! So encouraging and such a reminder that we are not in the battle alone, but that God is strong on our behalf, especially when we are weak! Thanks for the reminder! God bless!

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PHOLT225 1/28/2014 8:24AM

  Thank you so much! We're really having a tough time right now, and this just lightened the load a little.

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LISAT78 1/26/2014 10:18PM

  Thanks for sharing! Needed to hear that one today.

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GRLTAZ 1/23/2014 9:46PM

    Beautiful song. Thanks for the up lift to my day. TC

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DALPONTEP1 1/23/2014 5:38PM

    Thank you for sharing this! I've heard it before, but never applied it to my struggle! God is just in time!

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MARAGRAM 1/23/2014 10:19AM

    Ditto! Thanks, it is a wonderful song!

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SHOYER 1/23/2014 10:00AM

    Thank you for sharing this link, it's now in my Spotify account and playing. Another example of "just what I needed, just when I needed it." Amazing.

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/23/2014 7:54AM

    Thanks for sharing this-it's a great video and song!! Some times we need that extra encouragement and this is a great one. emoticon

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TAMTAM64 1/23/2014 6:21AM

    Love it! It's a great song - I have been listening to it daily this week.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/23/2014 6:06AM

    Amazingly uplifting... this is definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

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SUSANBEAMON 1/21/2014 1:17AM

  good song.

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DLG0505 1/20/2014 2:41AM

    I had never heard this song before. What a great message and I love the video - brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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2013 - a year of transitions

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

For several years now I have asked God's guidance for a verse to adopt as a focus verse for the year. It is always interesting to watch how the verse challenges me throughout the year. For 2012 He gave me Psalm 37:7a as a focus- "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him." As little situations happened thru the year the verse came to mind with the thought "I can trust the LORD no matter what!" It didn't seem huge at the time. I sensed God's direction to stay with the same verse as we progressed into 2013. In time I realized that what was learned in 2012 was the foundation that would carry me through a year filled with stress, changes and transitions.

January 2013 - DH retired from being a pastor and shifted to Interim Pastor Ministries. We were leaving a church in NE where he had been for 23 1/2 years. Three of our 4 children went through HS there. Over those years we had seen and been involved in complete remodeling and addition of a basement to the parsonage. And there were so many close relationships built over that time. Many who were children when we came were now having children of their own. Not easy to say good-bye to all that.

February- DH starts an interim position in IA. Because of my involvement in the music program at a HS in NE we agreed I would stay in NE and finish the school year. This also gave time to finish packing our household. I drove 4 hours one way most weekends to be with DH. Sometimes we would look at potential houses to purchase. We planned to make northwest IA our home base.

March - we struggled with being apart. We called each other and did a lot of texting. A couple of times we thought we had found the house we wanted and then someone else suddenly purchased it.

April- more struggles being apart and trying to find a home of our own. We moved most of what we owned to storage with the plan of being able to move into a house by end of summer. I shifted the few things I needed to the guest area of the parsonage so an interim and his wife could move into the main living area. God was so gracious in allowing this to be a couple we knew - that made it so much easier.

May - I finished the school year and said my final good-bye to NE friends. We moved the remainder of our stuff to the apt. DH was in or added it to storage. I was no longer his weekend "live in" and we were together again. We were frustrated with not finding a house and had a peace to buy a lot in a northwest IA town

June-July - we saw the interim work in the IA church coming to a close. It would be done the middle of August so we prepared for moving again. We also worked on possible plans for building a house. In July I visited my parents in AZ to help them prepare for moving into assisted living.

August- we said good-bye to wonderful friends we were just getting acquainted with. We packed up what we had in the apt. not knowing where we would live until another church was available. My Dad had several mini-strokes and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks, then moved to rehab.

Sept. - we moved most of our remaining belongings into storage and went to stay with our oldest son. We thought in a couple of weeks another church would be ready for us. However, they changed their minds and we didn't know how long before another church was available. It was the hardest month for us - not having jobs nor a place of our own. We were very thankful for our son opening his home and did various things to help him. It was also a great time to get closer to one of our granddaughter's. But the uncertainty of the future made things really hard! Also during this month my Mom broke her hip, had partial hip replacement and then was moved to the same rehab my Dad was in.

Oct. - we were able to visit friends in NE and IA. By the end of the month we were looking to interim at a church in Illinois.

Nov. - we finalized the IL church. Before moving there we both went to AZ to help my parents for a week after they both came out of rehab. We came back, made final preps to move to IL and said good-bye to son and granddaughter. The church arranged for an apt. for us and we moved what we needed out of storage. It was good for DH to have work again and to have a place of our own.

Dec. - a hard time of adjustment, not knowing many people, small stores in a small town, home most of the time with little to do. Christmas week by Dad was hospitalized with pneumonia. Now he is doing much better and is enjoying a visit from my youngest sister's family. I am getting acquainted with more people, working to establish some routines, and have volunteered to help in the HS music dept.

Indeed a year full of stress, changes and transitions. I was not able to stay with the healthy eating habits I had learned, WO's were very sporadic, and many times I had no motivation to do anything. My relationship with God and trust in Him was the one thing that helped me survive.

We still don't have a permanent place of our own, nor do we know when or how that maybe possible. However, I'm ready to move into the new year and see what God has in store for us. The verse God has given me for 2014 is Philippians 3:10a "I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection." The word for the year: ALIVE. More on that in the next blog with targets for the new year!

Ever pressing onward!

  
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KALIGIRL 1/2/2014 9:22AM

    An amazingly stressful and challenging year...
May your faith sustain you as you continue your healthy journey.
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