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Overcoming: start of third BL challenge

Monday, December 08, 2014

This is the letter I wrote to myself as I begin the Winter Freeze Off Challenge -

Dear Barb,

Before you think about where you want to go with this challenge, take a brief look at where you've been.

This is your third BL challenge. The previous two you lost about 5 pounds each time. That's a great start to what you want to lose and you wish to be able to lose more than that amount in 10 weeks. However, that just doesn't seem to happen with your body. So as far as actual weight it seems best to set a target of 5 pounds lost for this challenge, especially dealing with the holidays during it.

Now consider the things that you have more definite control of - cardio, strength training, eating, sleeping, drinking water. Most of these you have been doing reasonably well. This is a good time to make some increases. Cardio has usually been 30 minutes 5 days a week with 60 minutes on Saturday. During this challenge, see how many days you can work up to having 60 minute workouts. This can be done in two separate workouts, morning and evening, or one shot.

Become more accurate with tracking your eating. You started using a new app that works well. Get back to using that every day. Include tracking the water you're drinking and be sure to get 8 glasses each day.

You do need to work on doing strength training again. Start with 10 mins. 6 days a week. Work to increase that time and then adjust to doing bodypump again. BP can be done as 60 mins. 2-3 times a week or 30 mins. 4-6 times a week.

Continue to make sure you get your sleep each night, or include a nap during the day.

Remind yourself of your goals each week and you should do well. Enjoy your involvement with this team and continue to press on with your ultimate focus to be fit for your King and to glorify Him. He has blessed you with health. Praise Him with thanksgiving through improving you fitness.


"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!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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(¸.* *Barb.•*

  
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-SEVEN- 12/18/2014 10:26PM

    Great planning! A modest goal is working well for me too. This is a marathon, not a sprint, right? emoticon

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Overcoming: replacing excuses with opportunities

Friday, September 12, 2014


Overcoming has been my theme and focus this year. Like so many things in life, I am realizing that this is an on-going process. Overcoming is not something that can be accomplished overnight. Nor does one come to a point when they have completed this task. Don't miss understand me. There are specific battles that we may get to the point of having overcome. This maybe overcoming a lack of an ability - learning to ride a bike, walking again after a serious injury, training to run a distance of miles, increasing ST with a specific amount of weight and number of reps. Or it maybe overcoming something unexpected that has hindered, injured, or detained us, such as an illness like cancer. But there will always be something else, something more that we will need to overcome. This is a valuable part in our life growth process.

Through the many years of "dieting" (not a word I like to use, but you understand what I am referring to) and of finally replacing my weight issue with a focus to eat health, I realized that all of this has been part of learning to overcome and replace old habits with new, better habits. I was not thinking about overcoming at the time, but I focused on making simple choices that would improve my health. I choose to replace soda with stevia flavored seltzer water. I choose to replace sugar treats with fresh fruit. I choose to focus on eating more veggies each day and replacing much pasta with veggies. I am continuing to learn choices that improve what I eat and result in keeping me healthy. As I daily make these chooses I am in the process of overcoming habits that I don’t what to have in my life any longer.

Today I am starting my second BL challenge on the Pink Panther team. In the Fall Fitness Frenzy our team focus is “no excuses”. As I pondered this focus I thought about how I have been learning to overcome poor eating habits and replace them with healthy choices. I wondered how I should overcome my excuses and with what I should replace them. Then I realized the best way to overcome excuses is to replace them with opportunities. For example, a few weeks ago I was in AZ visiting my parents. I had the excuse of not doing my workouts because I was not home with my DVDs and equipment. I took on the challenge of overcoming that excuse and choose the opportunity to run or walk each day while in AZ. Another time I had a day I was not able to do my usual exercise because of taking care of errands and shopping. I replaced the excuse with on opportunity to simply tighten my glutes as I did all that walking around – great ST!

And so my process of overcoming continues. I have targets I want to reach, but my mind seems to play the excuses game so easily. Now I have a tool to help overcome those excuses and I play the game of looking for an opportunity that will help me keep pressing on towards my targets.

Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan
Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it. -Helen Keller

"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!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent

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(¸.* *Barb.•*

  
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GLEORIA 9/29/2014 4:37AM

    Thank you for this blog. It motivates me to keep finding opportunities to do the good.

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2014 10:03AM

    Here's to the tools and willingness to accomplish our goals - so glad your healthy journey continues!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2014 8:17AM

    I like the way you think! Good luck on your challenge. Show em what you're made of!

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Overcoming: moving in June continuing into July

Sunday, July 06, 2014

June was a good month for staying active. I was able to do a walk and/or run almost daily. This took some planning to get up early many mornings to avoid heat and/or humidity. I was pleased to be able to put in some miles even most days of our traveling. I also ran a 5K race on Saturday, June 28. I've still been building up strength and endurance from sickness in April, so my target was set to complete the run in under 40 minutes. I was very pleased to complete it in 38:23.

Even with all the increased WO minutes and continuing to follow healthy eating, my weight still fluctuates in a 4 pound range. I am pleased with the fitness and nutrition progress I am making. I just wish I could see the number on the scale go down. I have a lot of clothes that I have not been able to wear because of the weight gain last year. I hate to think about buying new clothes when I know I'm working to bring it back down. The progress of weight loss is not going down as quickly as I had hoped.

The BL Sizzling Summer Challenge has been wonderful to provide me with additional motivation and accountability. It's because of that challenge that I pushed myself to get started again on the ST I had been planning to do. It is also helping me to watch my eating even closer than what I had been doing. I am very thankful that I was introduced to this challenge.

My summary for accomplishments in June: weight fluctuated within a 4 pound range and ended the month about the same place I started, put in 81.25 miles, total 1599 WO minutes, did not do bodypump at all but began to build up ST endurance, daily averages were 4.4 veggies, 2.23 fruits, and 10.3 glasses of water.

Target focuses for July: lose at least 3#, put in at least 2 miles a day, aim for 90 miles total, target a total of 1750 WO mins., start doing BP 2-3X week, increase daily average of veggies to at least 4.6, maintain averages of water at 10 glass and 2 fruit daily.

My plan: run/walk 6 days a week alternating days of 2 and 3 miles with increasing longer runs on Saturdays, encourage DH to walk each evening at least 1 mile, Bodypump at least 2X-3X week or replace with other ST, WO with DVD when able, complete 3-30 minute WOs a day whenever possible.

To WO three times a day can sound like a lot. However, for me these are not necessarily hard WOs. It those seem like I need several days of this timing with exercise to begin to get my weight to come down. Everything else - my eating, getting plenty of veggies and fruits, no soda, extremely limited amounts of sugar and processed foods, plenty of water, and sufficient sleep - are pretty much in line where they need to be. Hence my main focus of adjustment this month is my exercise.

I have my usual tracking calendar printed for July. I have included on it the weekly challenges for the Pink Panther challenge team I am with. These calendars have played an important role to keep me on track even when we're traveling and away from home.

"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!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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(¸.* *Barb.•*

  
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KALIGIRL 7/7/2014 8:30AM

    Excellent plan!
Here's to continued success.
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Overcoming: May much better, moving into June

Monday, June 02, 2014

May was definitely a much better month for me than April. It's been a long process getting over the upper respiratory infection. I still have some coughing from it. However, I can notice improvement every week and I have most of my energy back. I have built up my distance running to 3 miles a few days a week. Now I need to focus on faster pace and endurance with fewer and smaller walk breaks. I am also just beginning to get back to doing some BodyPump. One of my targets is to be able to do the full WO without breaks by the end of June and begin adding weight again.

So here's the summary for accomplishments in May: lost a couple of pounds (almost down to where I was before had to stop doing WOs), put in 61 miles, total 1135 WO minutes, did not do bodypump at all, daily averages were 3.9 veggies, 2.35 fruits, and 10.16 glasses of water.

Walking and jogging were the main WOs I did. I had hoped to do some ST and more aerobics, but I just wasn't ready for it. It did feel great to be able to be outside and increase the walking to more running.

Targets set for June: lose at least 4#, put in at least 2 miles a day, aim for 80 miles total, target a total of 1750 WO mins., start doing BP 2-3X week, increase daily averages to at least 5 veggies and water up to 10 glass, maintain average of 2 fruit daily.

My plan: walk at least 1 mile each evening with DH (he has been gradually chosing longer routes for us so the amount is increasing!), run/walk 6 days a week alternating days of 2 and 3 miles with increasing longer runs on Saturdays, begin Bodypump again at least 2X week and 3X by end of month usually on 2 mile days, WO with DVD when able.

The past couple of weeks I have increased my veggies by usually having two smoothies a day. The smoothies include 2 veggies (spinach or kale) and one fruit. I have one for breakfast and vary the fruit I use. My second one is an afternoon treat that includes half a banana and cocoa powder. Tastes like a chocolate shake! Sometimes I add a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. These give me 4 veggies. So having at least one at lunch and dinner I easily increase the number of daily veggies.

Water is much easier to take in than what it used to be. With the warmer weather I can easily drink 2-3 glasses after a running WO. I keep my 24 oz. water bottle with me all the time, wherever I go, so I'm always drinking from it. I very rarely drink soda anymore. At home my soda treat is seltzer water with root beer flavored stevia. I've just gotten to the point that I don't what to drink all those chemicals that are in regular soda.

I have my June tracking calendar printed and ready for use. This tool has been a huge help to keep me on target. I have also joined the Biggest Losers Team Challenge for the summer challenge. The requirements of this challenge will help keep me accountable as I report into the team. It will also add encouragement and motivation as I connect with others working toward the same challenges. I am very excited about being a part of this challenge. I believe it will push me closer to my maintenance target.

Looking forward to this summer and the enjoyment of continuing to connect with all my wonderful SP friends. Thanks again for being here!

"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!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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(¸.* *Barb.•*

  
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    Excellent plan!
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Here's to a wonderful month!

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GINTEX 6/3/2014 1:24AM

    emoticon Wow Barb! It sounds like you have had a wonderful month - Many great accomplishments. I am so happy that you are joining us on the Pink team. You will be an encouragement to me and other team members. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Overcoming: April illness, ready for May!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

As April began I was ready for a good month of WOs and running. Through March I had gotten into the routine of Bodypump for ST 3X a week and was doing an additional WO almost everyday. I was looking forward to April and the prospect of warmer weather to be outside more. The first weekend of April we took a road trip. However, I made sure I at least did some walking each day even if I couldn't do other WOs. When we returned home I focused on increasing my running distance. Then it hit - the middle of the month I came down with a bad case of upper respiratory infection. I suddenly found I had no energy to do anything at all. With meds and lots of rest it still took me most of the remaining of the month before I felt like I could go out for walks. Even then they were very short and slow going.

Targets set for April were: 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. These were all on task to be meet, except for doing Bodypump, when I got sick. There's no sense to figure totals or averages. I'm just ready to move forward again.

Coming into May I am finally feeling more energized again. I am starting to take longer walks with short intervals of jogging. This means my targets for the month have a focus of building up strength and endurance again.

Targets set for May: lose 4-6#, put in at least 1 mile a day, aim for 50 miles total, total 1500 WO mins., build up Bodypump to 2-3X week, keep daily averages at least at 4 veggies, 2 fruit, and water 9 glass average.

My plan will be build up to: 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.

Lord willing this will be a better month and He will help me to overcome the challenges April had. I am glad for the strength He provides when I am weak.

"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!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
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(¸.* *Barb.•*

  
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