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Mirror, Mirror...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dear Dawn,

Once upon a time...not so long ago, you saw your exterior in a way that left your interior broken! You worked hard to make everyone else happy, but set yourself, your wants and needs aside! Despite the huge task that stood before you, you made a choice, took that first step and continued taking another day after day! You may not be there yet, but you've come a long way!

Remember the times that to avoid temptations you'd hit the pillow early? Or when staying in your range was the hardest thing to do? Just look at you now, eating clean nearly all of the time! Exploring new foods and not just eating to stay in range, but planning meals to fuel your body! Passing on the love of cooking and sharing healthy meals full of colorful veggies to your family!

For years you had mounds of fitness gadgets, videos and equipment that taunted you almost daily, collecting dust but yet you added to the collection hoping to find the "right" thing! For days you researched the perfect stationary bike to purchase...hoping it would finally be the answer, but fearing an expensive coat rack purchase! You placed it in the livingroom, and a 30 minute session made you feel like you'd die! You kept at it, even on the days that your legs hurt too much to even move them, much less stand or walk! Who would have thought then, that someday you'd willingly challenge yourself to ride a marathon! Or that you'd once again become addicted to the rush of running that you felt in your late teens? Nevermind even the thought that you'd love the feeling of dripping sweat or the powerful satisfaction of pushing farther, longer, faster, stronger than before!

In a world of the sedentary and increasing obesity you are setting an example for your children and teaching them the meaning of being "healthy"...inside and out! While the days aren't always bright, I'm proud of your strength to look beyond the weak moments, ability turn them into a learning experience and continue searching for balance! Every day you continue absorbing information to learn, grow and share! You often see personal progress as perfection, but deep inside know that it's your desire to strive that really matters when the day is done!

Your determination has carried you a long way...give yourself credit for the road you've traveled, love the person that you've become and keep looking forward to all the things you have yet to discover! Keep Rise N Above the challenges and face the sun...because when you do the shadows of doubt always fall behind you!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ELIZINJAPAN 10/14/2011 8:30PM

    So good!! emoticon

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GETNHEALTHY4ME 10/14/2011 7:23AM

    emoticon You just had to make me cry this morning, didn't you..? Very inspirational, Dawn.

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BLOOIZEANGEL 10/13/2011 4:48PM

    That was beautiful! I truly showed the strength you have withing. The strength I see in you as a friend and leader.

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MJK0430 10/13/2011 10:33AM

    Fantastic love letter!

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*ERICA* 10/13/2011 10:06AM

    Awesome Blog!

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MARY0001 10/13/2011 6:54AM

    Thank you for your beautiful and inspirational blog. You are an inspiration for us all!
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MEINPROGRESS 10/13/2011 5:12AM

    Dawn you are a truly inspiring woman, and this blog is a wonderful reflection of that! emoticon

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RUNNERJUDY 10/13/2011 1:10AM

    Thanks for sharing and showing us how to be positive!

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JCGALSHERE 10/13/2011 12:33AM

    I love your blog Dawn! You really are an inspriation and I'm happy to be traveling this journey with you! you have been such a great leader and friend. You definitely should love yourself as we all love you!! emoticon

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NEVADAPP 10/13/2011 12:14AM

    Wow! You have such energy in this blog! This is why I love being part of your weight loss journey and you being part of mine! You motivate me!
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JUSTJUSTY 10/12/2011 10:19PM

    Fabulous! Come back and read it often. emoticon emoticon

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BEACHLVRMI 10/12/2011 9:59PM

    You are a true inspiration!!

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WINKERDINK 10/12/2011 9:53PM

    emoticonYou are awesome Dawnie!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/12/2011 9:28PM

    Great blog emoticon

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WooHoo 100's Whack! Challenge 5

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Forest PILLOW FIGHT!!!! emoticonGO Team Blinkin' emoticon


Challenge will run FRIDAY - TUESDAY

Your challenge is to complete 5-100's of anything you want each day! All strength and planned fitness minutes count! You pick your pleasure every day, but you must complete at least 3 different things daily! In other words you can do 300 crunches for 3 of your 100's, but the other 2 100's must be 2 different exercises...if you only complete 3 100's they must all be different!

For every 100 you complete each day you'll earn a emoticon "whack" for your team! If you complete all 5-100's in one day you'll earn an emoticon "pillow buster" bonus!

Try to give yourself 2 of the 5 challenge days that you take a solid "swing" at calorie burn and complete 100 Fitness minutes! It's suggested that you plan Tuesday as one of those days to avoid too much strength training the day before WI! It's also suggested that you focus your ST 100's on core Tuesday as well!

Points are awarded as follows...
1 point for each emoticon"whack" you complete daily! (max daily points 5)
5 point emoticon "pillow buster" bonus if you complete ALL 5-100's for the day! (max daily bonus points 5 or 0)
Total of 10 points possilbe daily, including the bonus!

emoticonDon't get caught snoozing this weekend, your team needs your help! The winning team will be determined based on average number of points per team member, so participation and is key! Come out swinging and hit it hard this weekend Pixies, let's shed some fluff from last week and turn the lights out for the the other BLC teams again next week!

Here's my plan...will update daily with emoticonWhacks and emoticon Pillow Buster when completed!

FRIDAY: (Upper/Minutes)
100 Walk ups
100 Tricip Dips
100 Bicep Curls
100 Modified Push Ups
500 Step Ups
100 Fitness Minutes
Daily Points: 5 emoticon emoticonDaily Bonus: 5 emoticon

SATURDAY: (Core)
100 Dumbbell Side Bends
100 Seated Knee lifts with Chair
100 Standing Side Crunches
100 Lying Straight Leg Raises
100 Back Extensions
Daily Points: 5 emoticon emoticonDaily Bonus: 5 emoticon

SUNDAY: (Lower)
300 Step Ups
100 Adduction
100 Abdiction
100 Bridges
Daily Points: 5 emoticon emoticonDaily Bonus: 5 emoticon

MONDAY: (Upper/Minutes)
100 Walk Ups
100 Dumbbell Flys
100 Tricep Dips
100 Bicep Curls
100 Dumbbell Pullovers
100 Minutes
300 Step Ups
Daily Points: 5 emoticon emoticonDaily Bonus: 5 emoticon

TUESDAY: (Core/Minutes)
100 Standing Side Crunches
100 Dumbell Side Bends
100 Stability Ball Crunches
100 Back Extensions
100 Fitness Minutes
100 Butt Kicks
400 Step Ups
Daily Points: 5 emoticon emoticonDaily Bonus: 5 emoticon

Total Whacks and Pillow Buster Points: 50 points

  


Rockin' Rainbows, Rollin' Sweat Challenge 4

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Challenge will run FRIDAY - TUESDAY! Points must be logged to the tracking thread no later than Midnight Wednesday to count for participation!

emoticonROCKIN' RAINBOWS emoticon

emoticonEach full serving of freggie consumed, 1 point (no maximum)
emoticonEach color you incorporate into your day 1 point (maximum possible 5/day, 1 ea color)
Red
Yellow/Orange
White/Brown
Green
Blue/Purple
emoticonFor each day you ROCK a Full Rainbow you get 5 bonus points!

emoticonROLLIN' SWEAT! emoticon

emoticon Sweat for a total of 225 minutes of cardio over the 5 days of the challeng! 5 points!
emoticonIf you ROLL out a total of 400 cardio minutes over the 5 days earn an additional 5 bonus points!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon F11, S8, S9, M9, T10 = 47
emoticon F5, S5, S5, M5, T5 = 25
emoticon F5, S5, S5, M5, T5 = 25
emoticon F, S, S, M, T = 5 (346 minutes...so close)
Total challenge points = Rainbows 97, Roll 5 = 102

  


Superstar CICO Challenge 3

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nutrition week wouldn't be complete without the "Superstar" Challenge...Calories In ~ Calories Out (CICO)
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Challenge runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY
CICO points must be logged to the tracking thread NO later than Midnight Wednesday, your time zone!

emoticonCI (Calories In):
30 pts for each day you track every bite and stay within your calorie range...not above, not below!

20 pts for each day you stay at or below 2000mg Sodium!

10 pts for each day you hit at or above 2000mg Potassium!

emoticonCO (Calories Out):
5 pts for burning between 100-499 calories
OR
10 pts for burning between 500-999 calories
OR
15 pts for burning between 1000-1499 calories
OR
20 pts for burning 1500+ calories

emoticonYou can earn 5 Bonus pts each day by posting your CICO to the Forest chat thread:
Visibility=Accountability, so come share! Max daily points fall etween 70 and 85 depending on your level of calorie burning!

F: CI: , CO: , Sodium: , Potassium: , Bonus: , =
S: CI: , CO: , Sodium: , Potassium: , Bonus: , =
S: CI: , CO: , Sodium: , Potassium: , Bonus: , =
M: CI: , CO: , Sodium: , Potassium: , Bonus: , =
T: CI: , CO: , Sodium: , Potassium: , Bonus: , =

Total CICO Points:

  


Saturday Night Fever Challenge 2

Thursday, September 15, 2011

This weekend is no time to chill out if we're gonna see far out results on the scale Wednesday...Can you dig it?

Challenge runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY
Points must be posted to the tracking thread NO LATER than Midnight Wednesday, your time zone, to be counted for participation!

emoticonPEACE~ 15 minutes Stretching or Yoga each day.
(4 pts daily all or nothing)
emoticonLOVE~love those freggies, eat 7 full servings each day
(4 pts daily all or nothing)
emoticonHAPPINESS~that 30 minutes sweaty cardio brings each day!
(4 pts daily all or nothing)

emoticonFEVER~Complete over 98.6 fitness minutes on SATURDAY!
All planned fitness minutes count stretch, yoga, cardio, ST...Yes, even your 15 minutes "Peace" stretching and 30 minutes "Happiness" minutes for Saturday count towards your 100 Fever!
(Bonus 10 points)

Max challenge points: 70

Get Psyched, feel the Fever and ROCK ON Pixies! emoticon

F: P~ 4, L~ 4, H~4 = 12
S: P~4, L~4, H~4, F~ 10 = 22
S: P~, L~4, H~4 = 8 ~Dang...forgot to stretch! :(
M: P~4, L~4, H~4 = 12
T: P~4, L~4, H~4 = 12

Total: 66 points

  


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