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Confessions of a Checklist Junkie

Friday, November 25, 2011

I am a very visual person. I need to have a checklist or a picture of what i need to do to remind myself to do it. That is why Sparkpeople works so well for me. Cute litte icons to remind me. I just read a blog about making 36 changes to a healthier you by the New Year.

Her use of cute icons inspired me to create cute checklists for myself to go in my Challenge Book.
Drat! for some reason I can't paste them into my blog. If you are interested in a copy, PM me with your email and I will send them to you. I created checklists for Word for exercise, water, fruit and veggies and a master list. It was just so much fun.

Spark On! We Got This!

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DIVA-TO-BE 11/26/2011 9:49PM

    Love this idea! Look for the email!!

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SUSAN134 11/25/2011 11:52PM

    I'm also a very visual person and confess to making A LOT of lists (however I often don't follow them emoticon )

I do like your friend's blog and adding one simple thing, is certainly very doable!

Thank you for sharing this!

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RGEETING 11/25/2011 11:45PM

    I am VERY visual! and VERY much a list person!

You're doing great! emoticon

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THOMS1 11/25/2011 6:09PM

    emoticonAnything that helps! emoticon

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

I have mentioned before that I don't want to be just healthy and fit; I want to be a bombshell. I have been looking for modern images and I have found one and made a collage for my challenge book. Melanie Brown aka Mel B aka Scary Spice is a favorite of mine. I don't want to look like the super fit Mel B-I want to look like she does right now. Mel B just did a fashion shoot at the beginning of Novemberand listed her current weight at 75k or 165 pounds. She is 5'5" tall. Since I am 5'6" tall, have the bust and my goal weight is 166-I see this body as doable.

I first became aware of Mel B on Dancing With the Stars when she danced with Maks.
Another Maks dancing partner leads me to my second collage for inspiration. She is 60, 6 years older than my 54 and one of the inspirations that I can do it too. I loved watching her shrink on DWTS .

This collage is also being added to my challenge book.
Kristie has not only gone through the struggles so many of us face with out weight-she has done in front of the media.

Visalizing and Inspiration will help me meet my goals.

Spark On! We Got This!

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ALL4MEE11 11/25/2011 11:14PM


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CHOOSE2BELIEVE 11/22/2011 10:47PM

    Oh I love this! Kristie Alley is a HUGE insperation to me...she is older yes, but she is so darn pretty! Ricky Lake is another one...I watched her shrink on DWTS and am totally amazed and how they both look...and realize now that it's not only the exercise but the fact that weight loss is movement!! No matter what it long as the bodies in motion...the weights gonna come off!!

I just might work on something like this to post on the wall by my computer thats in my bedroom....something I will see everyday countless times during the day...

thanks for this blog its just what i needed!!

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KRISZTA11 11/20/2011 5:14AM

Visualizing is a splendid idea, much more real than just saying '166 pounds".

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Honoring the Journey

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Years ago, I read a wonderful book called The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size. I lost over 50 pounds doing many of the things that we do here, but I never bought into the physical fitness that she advocates. One thing that I did buy into was that we should honor those things that are important to us. She suggested buying beautiful bound books for yourself for journaling. My choices were leather bound books in pumpkin spice. I still have quite a few of them (They didn't sell for Hallmark, so they ended up at Half Price Books for $5.00 each-I bought all available in the DFW area) Yesterday, I started my Challenge book. I printed off this week's challenges, cut them out and pasted them in my book. I will also use it for personal journaling during the next 5 weeks. Last night, i bought myself a beautiful pen and pencil set to go with my lovely journal. It is my way of honoring the journey.

Spark On! We Got This!

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CULAINA 11/17/2011 5:57PM

    I buy myself special books too, lovely idea x

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KRISZTA11 11/17/2011 3:59PM

    What a creative idea!
Your Challenge Book will be amazing : )

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KASEYCOFF 11/17/2011 11:22AM

    That's brilliant! I totally agree with finding a journal that appeals to you - and mine become more scrapbooks, I guess, than just written journals, as I will paste things in them, doodle little pix, what-have-you.

Love the p&p set, too!

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SUSAN134 11/16/2011 9:53PM

    This is a great idea! I tried keeping a journal (like you, I purchased a beautiful leather bound book), several years ago, but I didn't keep at it. Maybe I should attempt to journal again.

You are doing great!!!

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IWANAFEELPRTTY 11/16/2011 2:25PM

    That's a great idea. Becuase I try to keep a journal but end up using different writing pads, so really I have no idea were my journal I want to honor my journey too! emoticon

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RGEETING 11/16/2011 12:16PM

    Great way to honor the journey!

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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.

Everybody Dance Now!


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 : )
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

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 : ))
Increasing exercise time is a great way of celebration!
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!!!


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    we got this!!!! thats all that needs to be said...besides congrats I knew and know you can and will do 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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