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Challenges help keep me in line!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I have to say that when I first started this journey I wasn't sure how I would keep myself motivated, and little did I know that I would continue to add different challenges to my schedule to do it.

I try to not overwhelm myself with too many at a time, but I've always got a few going at once. Of course one helps the other and vise versa.

I have blogged before about my Healthy U 12 week Challenge and we just had our 8th week weigh in. I am currently in the running for the money at the end, but the people in position 1 & 2 had a huge loss this week. My 3 pounds two weeks in a row didn't even catch me up. However, I'm 19.8 pounds doen in that challenge and happy with those results! As much as their unhealthy large percentage drops are frustrating to me, I also realize I'm the healthier one losing at a regular pace and not to much at a time. After all I want to lose that fat not my muscle.

I started another fitness class at the local college called Interval Training. I encouraged one of my co-workers who is also in the Healthy U challenge with me to also take the class. I had to laugh when he told me yesterday that he wanted to strangle me because he was so sore, but then he went a weighed in and he wanted to hug me because he did so well. It makes me happy to see him succeeding.

The other challenges I'm in are a team based one with the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge - Go Mahogany Melters! That requires weekly weigh in's as well and will go on past the Healthy U challenge. I think being accountable to others is also helping me stay very focused. The other team challenge is with the Positive Vibes team and keeps me striving for more fruits and vegetables. Both the team challenges also focus on exercise, which the class helps to fulfill too.

Challenges and I are still going strong!

  
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WISLNDR 6/7/2010 8:07PM

    You're doing great, Seek to Astound Yourself!



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DENI_ZEN 6/4/2010 11:12AM

    You're clearly successful, committed, and at the top of your game! I think when people involve themselves in teamwork on so many fronts, it cannot help but sustain and reinforce our healthy new behaviors. So I say... emoticon! Congratulations on a fantastic weight loss, too! Have a great weekend - Sandi emoticon

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JOKNOWS 6/4/2010 8:56AM

    Way to keep yourself motivated and good luck on reaching all your goals! emoticon

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DDOORN 6/3/2010 9:18PM

    It's wonderful to have found a place that helps to keep you stoked and revved!

Nothing beats teamwork, whether SP, HealthyU or anything else! :-)

Don

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JUDY1676 6/3/2010 7:25PM

    emoticon and emoticon on what's happening with your journey! Keep it up!

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MOKOGIRL 6/3/2010 5:26PM

    Wow! I am very impressed with your success in losing weight at a healthy pace. You encourage me! emoticon

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 6/3/2010 5:16PM

  emoticonIt is great that you conscious of losing fat and keeping your muscle and not just focusing on a number on a scale. Keep up the great work!

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Fantastic Friday

Friday, May 28, 2010

I love the thought of having a Fantastic Friday. The whole idea came to me from a stranger that I now have nicknamed Mrs. Fantastic!

A couple of years ago our company changed their vacation policy and the employees could only accumulate 1 week over their normal yearly vacation time. If we do not keep our time below this amount we forfeit additional time.

Anyone who had amounts over what would be allotted had an option of using the extra up prior to a particular date or taking a pay out. I choose to use mine by taking every Friday off for most of one summer. That was a Fantastic Summer of Fridays.

Weather permitted I would take my dog on a nice long walk. There was this one house where a lady and gentleman sat out on their porch many of fridays I was walking my dog. They always waved and said hello. One day I asked her how she was and she said "Fantastic" with such enthusiasm that I walked away with a smile on my face and thinking that it was too bad more people didn't have that feeling or enthusiasm for that matter.

I have made it a habit to try to have more Fantastic Friday's, and the feeling that she gave me that day is right here at the surface of my memory. Let's all strive to be Fantastic and spread that to others! My wish to all is to have a Fantastic Friday leading to a Fantastic Weekend!

  
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2BHLTHY4LIFE 6/19/2010 11:40PM

    Fantastic Friday! I love this and thankyou for sharing this with us. It's amazing the power of positive thoughts and comments are so addicting and it really does lift your spirits and you find ways to have these fantastic Fridays and more days of the week like this. Happy Fantastic weekend to you Val! emoticon Diana emoticon

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WILLOW49 5/29/2010 8:43PM

    Great idea! More of us should have a Fantastic Friday, I think! emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 5/29/2010 3:28PM

    What a fabulously fantastic idea this is! Hope you don't mind if I start celebrating some Fantastic Fridays, too :)

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GRAMMACATHY 5/29/2010 1:55AM

    Thanks for giving me a Fantastic Friday too. Good moods are catching.

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DDOORN 5/28/2010 9:50PM

    What a SWEET deal for yourself!

I knew someone who treated herself to Power Wednesdays and NO ONE, not even her partner was allowed to plan ANYTHING involving her on Weds. as they were HER days to do with WHATEVER she wanted!

Don

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LUREAH21 5/28/2010 8:54PM

    I LOVE THIS!!

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CATANTIGO 5/28/2010 3:27PM

    Fantastic Friday to you too! emoticon

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3 months - Evaluating and rewarding goals.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Iíve been meaning to get this blog written for the last few days. I hit my 3 month mark with SP last week and felt the need to evaluate the goals I had set at the start of my program and adjust where needed. I also needed to reward myself for my successes since that was a step in the plan.

Iím happy to say that I have achieved my weight loss goals of losing 8 Ė 10 pounds a month, coming in at 29 pounds down! I will leave that goal as is for now since I still have a ways to go with my weight loss.

I also had a cardio goal of 3 Ė 4 times a week wanting to increase that to 5 Ė 7 days a week by the summer. I too have achieved that and now I have changed that goal to just do cardio 5 Ė 7 times a week.

I hadnít set a strength goal so I have now added that I want to do strength exercises 3 times a week. Although I hadnít put this goal in originally I have been trying to get more in and havenít succeeded. Hopefully that will change now since Iíve set it on my page and written it in this blog!

As for the rewards, my granddaughter and I went shopping yesterday and although I did spend more money on her than myself, I bought myself a new pair of sneakers and workout pants for my up coming fitness class that begins in June.

The bigger reward is a mini vacation to Maine, one of my favorite places to go. I have that set for my half way mark. I may not get there right at that time, but I will hopefully book it then.


  
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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/26/2010 11:09PM

    emoticon on updating your goals! emoticon

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NIKANN7493 5/23/2010 6:00PM

    Great Job!!

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DDOORN 5/23/2010 5:10PM

    Love all your ideas for rewards!

IMPORTANT STUFF! :-)

Don

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FRECKS96 5/23/2010 4:16PM

    Awesome!! You've done amazing and your new/revamped goals sound like they'll keep you on track. Good Luck! You'll earn that trip to Maine in no time! (I love it there, too...should convince the hubby to go.)

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LADYGWEN25 5/23/2010 3:50PM

    great Job! I love Maine... it's so relaxing and peaceful to be there.. :) Keep up the good work! :)

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KATJAMN 5/23/2010 1:47PM

    Good goals, I know you will achieve what you set out for.


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LUREAH21 5/23/2010 1:13PM

    Sounds like you're doing great!!

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SPARKGIRL32 5/23/2010 12:06PM

    Awesome job on losing almost 30 pounds and keeping up with SP for three months! You are amazing!!

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WILLOW49 5/23/2010 12:03PM

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Great job!!!

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SKINNYPAT62 5/23/2010 10:10AM

    Congratulations! You inspire me! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 5/23/2010 10:06AM

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LIBRATAH 5/23/2010 9:53AM

    You are doing such an awesome job! Have a great trip to Maine! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARLY47 5/23/2010 9:21AM

    Thats great,Have a good trip emoticon

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CARILOUIE 5/23/2010 8:03AM

    Ooooh a trip to Maine sounds like a great goal! I love Maine.

Sounds like you are doing a great job. Congrats on three successful Sparking months!

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JOKNOWS 5/23/2010 7:15AM

    emoticonon setting, achieving, and re-figuring your goals. Way to accept accountability. emoticon emoticon

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Good reminder today

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I receive the Healthy reflections email everyday and post a journal entry from it that often times is a reflection of the article. I have had a few that I received when I needed them most. Today was one of those days.

I get on my scale way to often, but I feel it keeps me going in the right direction because it keeps me accountable. I had a great weigh in through the weekend and even Monday morning. Today was another story though. I got on that scale and was not happy with the results.

Today's healthy reflections mentions giving yourself credit for what you have accomplished and not being to blinded by just what you want to accomplish. I really wanted to hit that 30 pound mark this week - I still may, but if not than 28 or 29 pounds is still a great accomplishment.

  
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_MRSFISH_ 5/18/2010 10:57PM

    Several times I've had good weigh ins, a day that it's up (or just not down the way that it should be), and then sometimes it is followed by an unexpected drop. I do weigh daily as well. I've tried to space it out, but I just like learning how I respond to sodium, etc like Donna mentioned. It helps me realize on those days that it doesn't show what I want that it will come down. You're doing great!
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DONNA_VT 5/18/2010 12:02PM

    I weigh daily to because I know if I don't I will get laid back. Weighing in daily also reminds me of how my weight fluctuates with fluids, salt intake and TOM.
You are doing great! I like the healthy reminder emails . . . they are often so insightful.

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/18/2010 10:12AM

    I also weigh daily. Doing it serves as a reminder that our weight fluctuates often (especially in the case of a gain so I don't get so frustrated) and also helps me with my sodium intake. Too much sodium leads to fluid in my ears, which causes vertigo for me. Vertigo can put me out of commission for several days. Whether you get to the 30 lbs. or not (I'm hoping to get to the 25 lb. mark next) this week, you are still moving in the right direction! emoticon

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POLLKAT 5/18/2010 9:33AM

    28 or 29 lbs is awesome. I can't wait to get there. You are doing a great job and should be proud of yourself. Remember a healthy lifestyle is a lifetime commitment, not a race!!

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TONYA_JO 5/18/2010 9:09AM

    I just went through some similar emotions last month after having weights and measures for a BL contest at my gym. I blogged about how far I have come in the last year instead of pouting over those numbers. It really put things in perspective and helped change my thinking. Keep up the great work!

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PLAYBLUES22 5/18/2010 8:56AM

    and emoticonon all the accomplishments you have achieved so far emoticon

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Challenges, Challenges, and more Challenges...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I consider myself and active sparker, and i like to get the most out of this site and sparking as I can. Needless to say, I started right out joining a few teams and have added more and removed some based on what they offer and if I connect to the other members or not.

In one of my teams a member brought to our attention another team with a 10 week challenge that is going to start soon. It is with the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge team. I decided to check it out and ended up putting my name on the very long waiting list.

Our Pre Challenge is to post a blog listing 5 things you would do to stay motivated during the 10 weeks of the Summer Challenge!

Here is that blog -

First, a "challenge" to me is motivation. This particular challenge is team based which puts that added feeling of I need to support the team, this is not only for me. I hope my teammates will feel the same wayas I do. I love a strong and capetitive team!

Second and third, I currently track my nutrition and fitness in the trackers and shoot to stay within my calorie range and also fulfill my fitness minutes so I will continue to do this. It has helped me to stay on track this far and I have confidence it will continue to.

Fourth, I will be joining another fitness class at the local college this summer that will keep me doing different excercise than my normal lunchtime walks and evening bike rides. I will continue to maintain the walks and rides as well and with better weather I hope to get more of this in.

The fifth motivator for me is the changes I see in myself so far and I know I will enjoy the benefits to come of less weight and more activity. There is no stopping me now!

I have just recently finished the Spring Fitness Challenge at our local college and will enjoy adding a new one to my list. The other challenge I'm involved in is a Healthy U challenge that requires weekly weigh ins at a local facility and cash prizes. I'm not all about the prizes, just about losing weight at a healthy pace and hopefully losing every week. This challenge only has a few more weeks so it is important to make sure I have other things in my aim.

  
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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/17/2010 8:18PM

    I will be in The Biggest Loser Summer Challenge as well! I'm with the Silver Sparks, and this will be my first time!

emoticon on signing up, writing your pre-challenge blog about what will motivate you along the way, and reaching out to others as well!

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TIME2JUSTDOIT 5/15/2010 3:35AM

    You are really motivated! I think that is wonderful...Keep up the great attitude! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 5/12/2010 10:34PM

    GREAT to keep your fires stoked & burning!

Woo hoo!

Don

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GLAMIT 5/12/2010 6:41PM

    You are doing emoticon Keep at it :D

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SKINNYPAT62 5/12/2010 4:00PM

    Good for you. I know you will do it! I set mini goals for myself each day; that motivates me to achieve them!

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DEBNICU 5/12/2010 3:24PM

    I agree challenges keep you motivated, especially if you know your team is counting on you. emoticon
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HOLISTIC5 5/12/2010 3:24PM

    Thanks this is motivating to me- I think I will take a look at the team- emoticon

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