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Pixie Riches...Week 9

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Challenge runs THURSDAY - TUESDAY! Points should be logged to the tracking thread no later than Midnight Wednesday!

emoticonCI ~ Feed the Slots:
Earn $30 for each day you track every bite AND stay within your calorie range...not above, not below!

emoticonCO - Pixie Payout: All Planned, intentional CARDIO minutes count!
Payline 1: Earn $2 for burning between 100-249 calories
Payline 2: Earn $4 for burning between 250-499 calories
Payline 3: Earn $6 for burning between 500-749 calories
Payline 4: Earn $8 for burning between 750 - 999 calories
Max Bet: Earn $10 for burning 1000+ calories

When you’ve finished tracking all nutrition and fitness for the day, visit your SP daily differential report and claim your Jackpot! Earn $1 for each differential calorie (example -473 differential = $473) Max $1000 (not to exceed -1000 daily calorie deficit to stay within a safe 2 pound weekly loss range)

Thursday ~ Total Winnings: $1,038
CI: $30 (1426), CO: $ 8 (759), JACKPOT: $1000 (-1033)

Friday ~ Total Winnings: $1,036
CI: $30 (1232), CO: $ 6 (573), JACKPOT: $1000 (-1041)

Saturday ~ Total Winnings: $876
CI: $ 30 (1218), CO: $ 4 (360) , JACKPOT: $ 842 (-842)

Sunday ~ Total Winnings:

Monday ~ Total Winnings: $653
CI: $ 30 (1207), CO: $ 2 (128), JACKPOT: $ 621 (-621)

Tuesday ~ Total Winnings: $1036
CI: $ 30 (1212), CO: $ 6 (634) , JACKPOT: $ 1000 (-1122)

Total Challenge Winnings: $4639


I Caved...

Friday, March 02, 2012

...to the LIST! I know, I know....in the "Piece March" blog I said I wasn't gonna "make a long list" of goals, because I know what to do, and I do, but...here I am! emoticon I guess it's not really a list, more a "plan of attack" that's reward based!

You see, this is a big month for me! In less than 30 days I'll be sinking my toes in the sand of the oceans shore! That means soaking up sunshine in *gasp* a bathing suit, not to mention the Summer clothes of last year are a smidge snugger than I'd like! On top of that it's less than 45 days to my BIG race, the first ever, and I need to stay focused on running!

I figure I deserve something "fun" to work towards and DH has been after me to get my "Tiger stripes" back (LOL his description of highlights) for a long time! So...if I'm going on a beach vacation, now might be a nice time to treat myself! I never do that for ME! Of course, I'm gonna have to earn it, so here's the plan! I'm calling it "Waves of Change"! Waves of motivation and focus, waves of opportunity to earn, waves at leaving a few pounds behind and waves that I'll see when the vacation arrives!

Each day I'll have the chance to add to the bank by doing a few key things...
.25 each day in range
.25 each day burning 500+ calories
.25 each day of completing ST
.05 each 8 oz glass of water daily
.01 each minute of exercise complete (ST included, so double whammy for my weak spot)
1.00 weekly bonus for training 4 times
1.00 weekly bonus for having a perfect week

This bank list always gets me excited!! Being competitive with myself makes me go the extra mile with minutes too, since it's really the only opportunity to pile up the change everyday! It will also keep me focused on getting those training runs in as the days get busy the closer vacation day gets!

Since it's March, I thought I'd throw in one of my FAVorite exercises daily to keep it fun! I'll be March-ing through the month with a progressive Step Ups routine! Reps daily go like this....
Sunday ~100, Monday ~ 200, Tuesday ~ 300, Wednesday ~ 400, Thursday ~ 500, Friday ~ 600, Saturday ~ 700.....And then start all over the next week!

Visability = Accountability, so I'm updating my signature with the steps and adding my daily change earnings to the goal portion of my page! Just might even blog progress at the end of each week!

I guess you could say that I'm now on a "Piece March-ing through Waves of Change" mission this month! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MJK0430 3/6/2012 12:57PM

    I LOVE this! What a great way to self motivate. When I saw $ be added to your account I wanted to get in on the fun. Now it all makes perfect sense!

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MARY0001 3/4/2012 7:57AM

    Sounds like a great plan. You can do it; get those Tiger Stripes! And how great that you have the support of DH, too.
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HOLISTIC5 3/2/2012 9:10PM

    I LOVE your bank idea !!!!! I think I will try something like this !!! Good luck...

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FITLIKENIC 3/2/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon Wonderful way to reward yourself!

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DOOBRIE 3/2/2012 2:26PM

    Great way to motivate yourself and nice to have a holiday to look forward to.

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NEWNAC304 3/2/2012 1:34PM

    I love the idea of paying yourself when you meet a goal. I might have to try that. Good luck!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 3/2/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You can do it!! Go girl!

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100 Acre Wood Challenge...Week 8

Thursday, March 01, 2012

emoticonTigger has gone Woo Hoo Hoo WILD! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
He's expressing his zest for life, bouncing and pouncing all over the 100 Acre Wood! emoticon It's a technique he often uses to share his eagerness and happiness or even fondness amongst his dear forest friends!

Challenge runs FRIDAY - MONDAY! Points should be logged to the tracking thread no later than Midnight TUESDAY!

STOP 1: PIGLET's HOUSE! emoticonHere you'll fill up on Piglets love of bright colors and eat a rainbow of his favorite balloons. (1 serving each color: Red, Green, Blue/Purple, White/Tan, Yellow/Orange) (10 pts daily)

Tigger's emoticonyells echo through the forest!
At each of these stops you'll complete 100 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 200 crunches for 2 of your 100's, but the other 2 100's must be 2 different exercises! Strive to give yourself 2 of the 4 challenge days that you pounce on calorie burn and complete 100 fitness minutes as one of your 100's! (10 points daily for each 100 you complete ~ Max 4-100's/40 points daily)!

STOP 6, 7: POOH's HOUSE and the RIVER! emoticonPooh has been waiting at home for you to get there for a game of "Poohsticks" at the River! Swing by, grab him and proceed on for fun, fun, fun splashing sticks in 7 glasses of water! (10 points daily)

STOP 8: Is your final destination and bonus Picnic opportunity! emoticonIf you earned daily points at ALL Stops 1 - 7, proceed to a Forest friends page and leave some Tigger emoticon excitement for them with encouragement to avoid saying "Oh Bother"! Then sit back and enjoy the Picnic celebration with Pooh and friends in the center of the 100 Acre Wood! (40 bonus points daily for earning full points AND visiting a forest friends page)

emoticon"The wonderful thing about Tiggers.....Is Tiggers are wonderful things.....Their tops are made out of rubber.....The bottoms are made out of springs.....They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy.....Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.....But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is.....I'm the only one!" emoticon

FRIDAY: Lower (total points: 100)
Rainbow Balloons ~ WooHoo!
100 Fitness Minutes ~ WooHoo!
100 Side Shuffles ~ WooHoo!
100 Bridges 8#~ WooHoo!
100 Dumbbell Squats with rows 8# ~ WooHoo!
600 Step Ups ~ WooHoo!
7 Poohsticks ~ WooHoo!
Page Picnic Bonus ~WooHoo!

SATURDAY: Upper (total points: 100)
Rainbow Balloons ~ WooHoo!
100 Fitness Minutes ~WooHoo!
100 Walk Ups(ea arm) ~ WooHoo!
300 Punches w/weighted gloves ~ WooHoo!
100 bicep curls 5# +gloves(ea arm) ~ Woo Hoo!
700 Step Ups ~ Woo Hoo!
7 Poohsticks ~ WooHoo!
Page Picnic Bonus ~WooHoo!

SUNDAY: Core (total points: 100)
Rainbow Balloons ~ WooHoo!
100 Fitness Minutes ~ WooHoo!
100 Dumbbell Side Bends 12# ~ WooHoo!
100 Genie Sit ~ WooHoo!
100 Dumbbell Crunches 12# ~ WooHoo!
100 March-ing ~ WooHoo!
7 Poohsticks ~ WooHoo!
Page Picnic Bonus ~WooHoo!

MONDAY: Mixed(total points: xx)
Rainbow Balloons ~ WooHoo!
100 Fitness Minutes ~ WooHoo!
100 Curtsy Step Over ~ WooHoo!
100 Tricep Dips ~ WooHoo!
100 Dumbbell Chest Press 12# ~ WooHoo!
200 March-ing ~ WooHoo!
7 Poohsticks ~ WooHoo!
Page Picnic Bonus ~ WooHoo!

Total Challenge Points: 400


Piece March....Goals with pictures

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

After my blog yesterday, I started searching for the perfect "mindset" image to go along with my new March goals! I had a vision of what I wanted and thought I'd found the perfect one in a"Fixed or Growth Mindset" picture, but I continued to search JUST in case I found something better! LOL! The search led me to this awesome detailed diagram explaining the fixed or Growth Mindset and 5 Key mindset points: Challenges, Obstacles, Effort, Criticism and Success of Others! Here's what the basic characteristics are...

Those with a fixed mindset often have Intelligence that is static, which leads to a desire to look smart and therefore a tendency to...
*Challenges...avoid challenges
*Obstacles...give up easily
*Effort...see effort as fruitless or worse
*Criticism...ignore useful negative feedback
*Success of Others...Feel threatened by the success of others
As a result, they may plateau early and achieve less than their full potential. All this confirms a deterministic view of the world.

Those with a growth mindset have intelligence that can be developed, which leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to...
*Challenges...embrace challenges
*Obstacles...persist in the face of setbacks
*Effort...see effort as the path to mastery
*Criticism...learn from criticism
*Success of others...find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.
As a result, they reach ever-higher levels of achievement. All this gives them a greater sense of free will.

Having never put much emphasis on the "mindset" aspect of this journey, I found this quite intriguing, and while somewhat "stereotypical", for me was quite on track with my original thoughts that *I* am of the growth mindset! But there are a few I'd like to work on being better at!

This is where I really starting thinking and searching...when all the sudden a puzzle image jumped off the screen at me...not the whole thing, just this single green piece!

Immediately to me it resembled a person (I know you see it too), who appears to be moving, almost running maybe (yep, training for a race in April) and of course is green for growth!

I knew at that moment I'd found the perfect image, by combining that 1 piece with the other 3 in the puzzle square! Each one being directly related to the 3 main mindset details above that I plan to focus on ME for...
Yellow: For the challenges that each day brings!
Red: For the determined effort that goes into each day!
Blue: for the obstacles, frustrations and negativity that needs to be overcome!
Green: which represents the action of moving forward!
All interlocking and leading from one to the other!

A little "deep" some may say, but isn't that what the inner workings of plans are?...Deep, scattered about thoughts that uncover underlying reasons to provoke thoughts of solution?

Actually, when you really think about it, this whole "journey" process is much like working a puzzle! You dump all the pieces on the table, and having no idea where to start, you begin dividing the pieces into outer and inner piles! You always complete the outer edges first so you have a frame to work within...fitness, motivation, nutrition, water, choices, support, friends, etc! Once you have that complete it comes time to work on the inside, testing, turning and fitting pieces until they're all locked in place and only one missing before the masterpiece is complete!

My outer puzzle frame is all locked together! I know what I have to do to, so I'm not gonna make a big list! I'm just looking forward to locking into inner peace this month...or should I say Piece!
Happy March!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DOOBRIE 3/1/2012 6:39PM

    Great visual for March and interesting blog. Good luck with your goals.

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WINKERDINK 3/1/2012 12:00PM

    This is great Dawn, my little thinker! emoticon All of the pieces fit together to make a beautiful picture! Onward to Inner Piece!

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Snapping before I Fray!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

For the entire month of February everything related to this journey has felt DAUNTING! I wouldn't say *I* am in a "funk", but there's more than one thing contributing to my lack of "enthusiasm"! Most of which are all out of MY control, but frustrating and mind boggling and often makes me wonder "Why?" at times!!!

Several times over the month I've sat behind this keyboard and started a blog about how *I* feel and what *I* need to do about it, only to delete it before hitting post! Not this time! This time, I'm putting my thoughts in black and white! I'm snapping the thought cycle in the @ss with a wet towel before all the edges start to fray and become a big pile of unraveled threads!

I AM taking control over my days, my mind, my plans, my desires, my choices, my actions and my commitments! That's where it ends...with ME, because in the grand scheme of things MY journey is the one that matters! It's not being put on hold, pushed aside or buried in a sea of annoyance anymore.... Bottom line!

I'm resisting the urge to bust out into a rampage about all the things that "seem" to be standing in my way! That would be taking a negative approach to the solution, and negative is what got me here in the first place! Instead, I'm taking back what I deserve... the motivated, goal oriented, detailed plan kinda person I am! I'm not just putting an exercise or eating plan into place going forward! I'm taking a "focused on ME mindset" approach and working to my strengths instead of falling prey to weaknesses!

I'm done standing still, being stale and letting circumstance control the way I feel and see things! You hear me?.....I AM Done!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THE_TIME_IS_NOW 3/1/2012 1:52PM

    We are all cheering you on Dawn. We can do this together!!! Love Ya

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MGJARVI 2/29/2012 1:22PM

    I love the 'tude!! HECK YEAH!!!

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BEACHLVRMI 2/29/2012 10:46AM

    Here is to a new month!!
YOU CAN do this!!

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CALIGIRL33 2/29/2012 8:54AM

    I hear ya, Sister! I'm DONE, too! LET'S DO IT! Here's to March and getting it done!

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NEVADAPP 2/28/2012 11:29PM

    Never let the negative opinion of others get in your head and prevent you from reaching your goal(s)!! Remember this is YOUR journey. (No one Else's!) You've worked very hard to get this far, and you deserve all the things you've dreamt about!

Take control and just plow over those get in the way (or who always have the excuses or are always negative) This is your journey and it's time to make it happen!

(Would you like a "microphone" so that certain ears hear your message?) Lol!

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BLOOIZEANGEL 2/28/2012 10:52PM

    You are on fire woman! I'm glad to see your spirit back and out in the open. The Pixies, especially yours truly, are here for you.

Go get them tiger! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 2/28/2012 8:44PM

    YOU CAN DO IT! Go for it!

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DOOBRIE 2/28/2012 6:31PM

    Well, February's never a good month, in my opinion. Here's to a great March!

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SHRINKINGLULU 2/28/2012 5:32PM

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