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Off to the Rodeo...Week 7

Friday, October 21, 2011

We've taken the most popular events and attractions at the Rodeo and "BLC-ized" it! Here you have it, the BLC RODEO Challenge:

Challenge runs FRIDAY - MONDAY.

emoticonChuck Wagon = Food, track and remain in your calorie range. 5 points for TRACKING and 5 points for STAYING WITHIN RANGE each day. Max 10 daily!
F: 10, S: 10 , S: 0 , M: 0
emoticonTeam Roping = Post in your team chat thread and leave a comment on a teammate's page. Max 5 daily!
F: 5, S: 5 , S: 5, M: 5
emoticonCalf Roping = Arm Exercises. 5 points for each set of 15. Max 10 points!
F: 10, S: 10, S: 10, M: 10
emoticonBarrel Race = Heart Raising Cardio. 5 points for every 20 minutes. Max 15 daily!
F: 15, S: 15 , S: 10, M: 10
emoticonBull Riding = Leg Exercises. 5 points for each set of 15. Max 10 daily!
F: 10, S: 10 , S: 10, M: 10

emoticonF: 50, S: 50, S: 35, M: 35
Total Points: 170 (Max 50 daily)

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ELIZINJAPAN 10/21/2011 8:38AM

    Yay, Pixies! It's going to be a great challenge!

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Bank...It's building!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It hasn't been exactly a week since I started this on Thursday, but considering my savings account is loosely tied to WI/Rewards, I want to keep reporting in line with Wednesday results!

Let me tell ya it is building!! I'm not talking about just the bank account, but focus and motivation!

I stayed in range with balanced nutrition all of last week! Even when plans changed late in the day, there was no doubt in my mind I'd stay on track! I adjusted my food and packed it to take along...even making sure to take an extra snack, one that still fit in my range, just in case!

Water was in check also...10 glasses of plain water daily, with a few extra glasses of herbal tea thrown in here and there for good measure!

Where this "bank" really hit home was in the exercise department! It helped that the weekend BLC challenge had me busting my butt, and that I have committed to completing Supreme 90 with some dear SP friends! Given all that, there's still more to it! Yesterday for instance...after 4 days of racking up ST reps and 90 mins daily of cardio, I had decided that Tuesday would be an "easy" day! I planned some leisurely cardio to keep moving, but leisurely for me means low calorie burn! How would I earn my .25 for burning 500 calories then?...exercise longer, so that's what I did! Even though my muscles were sore, I wasn't gonna let my Tuesday .25 pass me by for ST, so I planned some easy ST moves! Last night at 10:00 I realized that I'd forgotten, so to the floor I went and busted them out! Total NSV!! emoticon

Here's how my week looked:
Thursday ~ .92 (slow start, but I came up with the idea late in the day)
Friday ~ $2.27
Saturday ~ $ 2.38
Sunday ~ $ 1.75
Monday ~ $ 1.77
Tuesday ~ $ 2.31

Total Banked: $11.40
Scale translation ~ -2.6 pounds!

Bring on the coming week! emoticon

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HAPPYHARTZ 10/19/2011 1:34PM

    This sounds like a great motivator! emoticon

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MEINPROGRESS 10/19/2011 12:42PM

    emoticon Glad you've got your mojo back!

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Bank on it Baby!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Mirror, Mirror blog left my mind spinning and reflecting a little more about all those things I've accomplished!

I realized that the first year of my journey was the most successful...but the question is why? After pondering most of the day I came to the conclusion that it's because I had something to look forward to! Losing at that time was happening fast, meaning I was constantly shrinking out of my wardrobe and needing to find new things to dress my body with! I also was constantly incorporating new fitness equipment, video and such along with creative motivation to keep myself focused!

With all that said, I'm revisiting one of my favorite things I came up with and adapted it to where I am in my journey now! I am determined to get the scale and tape progress moving in a downward fashion again! I've given some thought to a couple scale milestone rewards, but more important are the things I need to focus on to get them! That's right...if I want it, I have to earn it!

Of course, the accountant in me has a spreadsheet already prepared to keep a "savings account", and here's what will allow the deposits to start and bank to build!

.25 each day of ST
.25 each day in range
.25 each day 500 cal burned
.01 each 8 oz of water
.01 each minute of exercise

I'm banking on .10 daily for water since 10 glasses is fairly easy! As for the exercise, I'm not setting any expectations, but I know me well enough and I'm sure it will push me even beyond what I'm doing now! :) Since I have an issue with consistent ST, I'm giving myself a double dose of deposit for minutes and actually completing the ST!

My biggest reward is somthing I've wanted forever....a Garmin! That beauty isn't coming out of the savings though! To earn it I'll have to actually complete all 9 weeks of race training!

Now I'm excited! Look out...my piggy bank is gonna be getting fat, while my body gets nice and toned!

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MEINPROGRESS 10/15/2011 10:53AM

    That is awesome incentive and I think basing your earnings on actions instead of the scale is a great idea! I might try something like that when I hit maintainanace mode, because the healthy habits don't end when you get to goal.

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WINKERDINK 10/15/2011 10:28AM

    I love that you have a spreadsheet!!! I'd expect no less! emoticon

You can do this, I have faith in you! emoticon

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DOOBRIE 10/14/2011 2:49AM

    emoticon Cookie!

I'm cheering you on all the way.


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Heigh - Ho!!...Week 6

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's time to Dig, Dig, Dig in the Mines...where a million Diamonds shine!

Challenge Runs FRIDAY - MONDAY

emoticon emoticonHeigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it's off to work we go! emoticon emoticon
DIAMONDS - earn 1 gem for each 15 reps Core ST exercise you complete!
(no max daily)
RUBIES - earn 1 gem for each 15 reps Upper ST exercise you complete!
(no max daily)
EMERALDS - earn 1 gem for each 15 reps Lower ST exercise you complete!
(no daily max)
MINE EXCAVATION - earn 1 mine mile for each 15 minutes of planned, intentional CARDIO you complete! (Max 6 miles/90 minutes daily!) Bike miles need to be divided by 3, so 3 miles = 1 mine mile! *Please note this is cardio only, not total fitness minutes!

Let's dig deep into the mine, gather up all the precious gems we can and shine with 100% Pixie participation! emoticon

Friday(Chest/Back/Lower) ~ D: 0 , R: 20 , E: 20 , Excavation: 6 mine miles
Saturday(Core/Abs/Lower) ~ D: 35, R: 10 , E: 10 , Excavation: 6 mine miles
Sunday(Biceps/Triceps/Lower)~ D: 6, R: 36 , E: 0 , Excavation: 6 mine miles
Monday(Core/Abs/Lower) ~ D: 25 , R: 0, E: 16, Excavation: 6 mine miles
Total Gems: 66 Diamonds, 66 Rubies, 46 Emeralds, ~~ Total Miles: 24


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!

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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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