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Goals for the Biggest Loser Holly Jolly Holiday Challenge

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My goals:
This is my first Biggest Loser Challenge, but I felt I needed an extra push to get through my first holiday season as a Sparker.
Monday's challenge was to list our goals for the 5 week period of the challenge. I found that I had a lot more to say, so I copied the goals to a blog.

1. Increase my veggie intake and be more consistent. Right now some days are great, but others are pitiful.

I made out a fruit and veggie checklist- I tend to go overboard on the fruits and get way too few veggies. I realized that there were days last week when I had only fruit-no veggies. emoticon

2. Increase my water intake. I am drinking at least 8 cups per day now, but my doctor has suggested 10-12 to help my allergies.

This is a struggle-more water means more bathroom breaks-and I teach. But, I am adding a cup a week trying to get my body used to it.

3. Be consistent with the intensity of my workout. I don't walk well, so I am currently doing 50 minutes per day of cardio-chair marching. I want more of my cardio to be 120 steps per minute.

I found out last week that my pedometer registers when I do 120 steps or more per minute-so I am trying to do it more often.

4. I want to increase my Cardio workout from 50 to 60 minutes per day. I want to start walking. I will be using Nordic Walking Poles to help with my stability.

We have a beautiful little lake in our neighborhood. I want to be able to walk the blocks to the lake and walk around it and back home again-safely. I will start by using my walking poles to walk first up and down my driveway and eventually around the school in front of our house-it is a 1/2 mile walk.

5. I want to add 1 more strength exercise to my strength workj three times per week. I currently do 3 exercise with 3 lb. weights. I want to add an exercise to work on my triceps.

My arms are getting smaller, but the back is way too wobbly. I am looking through the exercises for a tricep that I think I can do with 3 lb weights-although I will go back to 1 lb. weights if necessary and work my way back to 3.

It takes 21 days for something to become a habit. I am hoping to add these things to the things I do automatically. Won't that be wonderful!

Spark On! We Got This!

I am a day behind on my challenges so here is the video link for today's challenge.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw&
ob=av2e


Everybody Dance Now!

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edit9:40 pm I just did my dance! emoticon

  
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THISISIT-PA 11/16/2011 6:09PM

    Very well thought out goals and plans to accomplish them! I love the lake idea.

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MSANITAL 11/15/2011 5:47PM

    Great plan and your goals are obtainable..
you will shine this Holiday.. take it day by day


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KRISZTA11 11/15/2011 4:03PM

    Wonderful plan : )
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I like very much the idea to train to walk to and around the lake,
nice scenery is perfect motivation to reach it, and to do it again and again!
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I Know Where I'm Going, Don't You Wanna Come Too!

Monday, November 07, 2011

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I am on my way. I have released 10% of my body weight since I started August . Next stop on the Healthy Express, 15 % and no longer Morbidly Obese-moving away from dying and definitely living my life.

This weekend, I took my best friend out for a belated birthday outing. We went to a doll meet, had lunch out at Pei Wei-Bangkok Noodles Rock and stayed in my calorie range-Woo Hoo! Then we went to Joann's to buy crafting supplies. The last time we went to a Joann's together, I had to sit down. Saturday, I made it all through the store. It was a great day!

I had done my strength work and cardio before I left home to play; so all i had to do when i got home was eat dinner and write. I didn't like how my story was developing, so I scrapped it and started over. Luckily, i make notes when ever a character pops into my head, so I pulled another from my files. I know this is the right one because i couldn't make myself stop writing until 3 a.m.

Sunday, I slept in. But, when I did get up, I had yogurt for breakfast and then did my cardio. I wrote some more, had lunch and went back to sleep. lol Woke up around 11 p.m. to take my meds and slept till morning. It was great to wake up completely rested this morning.

My day got even better-I weighed and was at the 10 % weight loss mark!!! For the last week, when I woke up my knees don't hurt. This may not be significant to you, but my knees have hurt every morning for more than two years. Waking up with out pain is waking up with joy.

Today in honor of my 10%, I have increased my Cardio to 50 minutes per day. Slowly but surely I am working my way up to 60 minutes a day. Each day builds on the previous day's lessons.

Next stop 15%-All Aboard the healthy Express!

Spark On! We Got This!

  
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CHANGING4ME49 11/10/2011 4:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon without a doubt!!

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KRISZTA11 11/10/2011 3:09PM

    emoticon to reaching 10% weight loss : ))
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Increasing exercise time is a great way of celebration!
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Your body responds to lifestyle change - getting rid of knee pain is worth the efforts by itself!

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SUSAN134 11/7/2011 8:59PM

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Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!! You are doing so well, I'm so happy for you and your enthusiasm is contagious! Yep, I'm gonna come too!

We got this!!!

Hugs

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AMANDASHRINKING 11/7/2011 3:58PM

    we got this!!!! thats all that needs to be said...besides congrats I knew and know you can and will do this...so proud of you by the way

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ASHBUG1 11/7/2011 3:09PM

    that is great news and yea, i want to go with youlol


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Update on Weekend Project

Friday, November 04, 2011

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Lat week I blogged about my weekend project. I had 5 areas to work on"
1. Lifestyle
I have started using my food tracker to help design my evening meals and using the recipe calculator to add up the calories in recipes i create.

2.Dating my husband
I am creating a movie and activity list for us to discuss over Thanksgiving. We are both doing Nanowrimo and don't want to give up any writing time in November.
3.Family and Friends
I have talked to both my dearest friends on the phone this week and made arrangements to spend time with one tomorrow . I have also blogged so distant friends would know what I was up to.
4. Household Management
My sink is clear, my clothes get laid out the night before and my lunch and breakfast are made the night before. I have also managed to at least pull the covers up on my bed instead of leaving it a complete mess.
5. Writing
I joined Nanowrimo and have written everynight since Tuesday, November 1st, when it started. My word count has not been as high as i would like, but it is improving as iget backj into the groove of writing again.

Best of all, none of my new lifestyle changes have been sacrificed so that I can write. I don't start writing until my excercise and chores are done for the day. progress for the win!

Spark On! We Got This!

  
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KRISZTA11 11/5/2011 1:28PM

    Wow, you managed to do a lot, it is amazing!
Re food tracker: using it to design evening meals is a great idea,
it helps to get in the nutrients missing and keep out extra calories.
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SUSAN134 11/4/2011 9:05PM

    Toooo cool! This is great - keep it up!

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THISISIT-PA 11/4/2011 6:12PM

    I'm so impressed! Congratulations on completing so many new goals! I'm inspired, especially about the family and friends one. Thanks for posting.

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RGEETING 11/4/2011 3:06PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!
I got my kitchen somewhat under control today! Felt good! And best of all, I had more energy/strength than I have had for quite awhile! :-)


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AMANDASHRINKING 11/4/2011 11:20AM

    We got this girly

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Weekend Project Spreading like "Wildfire"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"So I am going to leave you with a project this weekend. Make a list of five things you don’t like about your life today. Think back and ask yourself what were the past choices you made led to each of the five. Decide today on a plan to change all the items on your list. Create concrete goals, whether it is to lose weight, pay off your debt or get a better job, realize only you control your future." Vanyelmoon
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555176


Yesterday i read Wildfire Kristin's blog which led me to Vanyelmoon's blog and a link to her website:
www.healthysustainablelivingtoday.co
m/2011/10/taking-back-your-life.html


That got me thinking about what 5 things I wanted to change. But this is the blog that got me to write about it:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556538#c
omments


Her 5 things to change helped me sort out my own goals.

!. Lifestyle Change is number one for me. I am making changes, but I want them to become as natural as breathing. I want them to flow naturally from within and live in an environment that reflects who I am becoming. This includes not just the physical changes, but the mental and spiritual changes necessary for them to flourish. Realizing that good grooming is more than superficial-it is a reflection of how much I value the temple that God has given me.

2. Dating-My husband that is. emoticon Lately, we have been so busy that we have gotten away from our weekly dates. I want to synchronize our schedules and plan for them again. One change we will make is that previously our dates centered around places to eat. I want to find other activities we can enjoy together. This will require planning and research.

3. Family and Friends-I want to spend more time or at least stay in touch with my family and friends on a more consistent basis. At one point, I used to write letters weekly. Now, I don't, write, email, call and barely text. I will start by finding my Christmas Card List and making sure that I have cards, stamps and festive paper for my Christmas letter. I will write my letter in November and mail all of my cards by the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For the New Year, I plan to restock my card supply and also get some postcards so that I can write short notes and mail them.

4. Household Management-Everything from maintenance of our home to control of our finances. I want it organized. I hate running out of things or knowing I have it somewhere but not being able to find it. I want a home that is organized so that all my activities and supplies have a place. I want a home that welcomes and that I don't have to apologize for. To do this I shall turn to Fly lady and her babysteps:

flylady.net/pages/begin_babysteps.as
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Today I am going to change my linen, lay out my clothes for tomorrow, shine my sink and start decluttering 15 minutes at a time.

5. Writing- I have been a writer all of my life. NANOWRIMO is a gift I have given myself every November for the last two years. This year, I was planning to skip it because my lifestyle change is so important to me. But last night, I was dreaming of my main character for this year's novel and realized that it would kill a piece of my soul to not even start. So, I have signed up and given my yet unwritten novel a name.

If you have always wanted to write a novel and thought you couldn't give it a try. It is so much fun. I had so much fun the first time that my husband joined me last year.

www.nanowrimo.org/ I am richila there too and you are welcome to add me as a buddy.

These are my 5 changes-What are yours?

Spark On! We Got This!

  
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RGEETING 11/4/2011 3:03PM

    Great! Excellent goals... Mine are probably really close to yours - except for the writing one... :-)

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CULAINA 10/29/2011 9:29PM

    awesome! i've done nanowrimo a few times over the years and always found it tremendous fun. good for you xx

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I Figured It Out!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I figured it out
I figured it out
With a pencil and a pad I figured it out!
10 % weight loss doesn't seem a heck of a lot,
10 % weight loss doesn't mean a thing!
But if I lose it every three months
Four times during this year,
That's enough for me to be the bombshell I should be!

(rewritten from the Pajama Game song “Seven and a Half Cents”)

Okay, now I have revealed another strange habit. I re-write songs to suit my own purpose. So now I have added my Bombshell Theme song to my repetoire. It all started when I read the Spark Article below. It changed the way I look at my goals.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=454


When I started, I picked 175 as my goal weight. But, I just read the article above and I did the math for weight loss precentages. I am less than 5 pounds from 10%-Woo Hoo! I have already had a decrease in cholesterol and blood sugar meds. With these new ideas rolling around in my head, I have redone my goals 5% at a time to my goal-and my goal is a lower number than I have ever considered-166. What a shocking number that is to me- I was 16 when I weighed that last and a lot shorter than I am now. I don't know if it is possible, but 5% at a time I will find out. I am really excited about the possibilities.

Start Weight 301

Current Weight 273.7

10% 271
15% 253 (Less than I weighed when I graduated from H.S. and no longer morbidly obese)
20% 241
Halfway to goal 234 emoticon
25% 226 (about what I weighed when I married 20 years ago)
30% 211
35% 196
40% 181 (less than I weighed as a Freshman in college, after not eating all summer after graduation-not one of my smarter ideas)
45% 166 (what I weighed at 16 and 5'1" tall-I am 5'6" tall now)

I am excited! I have drawn myself a road map to success. What does your map look like?

Spark On! We Got This!

  
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THISISIT-PA 10/27/2011 8:19PM

    emoticon I've been wondering for months how to figure out my goal. This is perfect for me and I'm going to re-do my ticker on Sunday after my weigh-in.

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SUSAN134 10/27/2011 12:28PM

    Good for you! I think figuring stats like this out and putting them down on paper is a big tool to help us in our fight against this disease! You are doing it!!! You Got This Kiddo!



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KRISZTA11 10/27/2011 12:22PM

    Your way to success looks GREAT!
Breaking it down to one step at a time makes it more real.
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