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Week 2: Past, Present, Future

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Challenge Runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY
Points should be logged to the tracking thread NO LATER than Midnight WEDNESDAY, your time zone!

emoticon Avoid PAST Mistakes:
Plan Ahead: Earn 50 points daily for tracking AT LEAST 2 meals in advance and stick to them! Nutrition IS 80% of the equation...You CAN'T out exercise poor nutrition! Being prepared takes the guess work out of split second decisions that lead to less than optimal choices!

emoticon emoticonMake PRESENT choices:
CI (Calories In):
Earn 50 pts for each day you track every bite AND stay within your calorie range...not above, not below!

CO (Calories Out):
All Planned intentional CARDIO minutes count!
Earn 5 pts for burning between 100-249 calories
OR
Earn 10 pts for burning between 250-499 calories
OR
Earn 15 pts for burning between 500-749 calories
OR
Earn 20 pts for burning between 750 - 999 calories
OR
Earn 25 pts for burning 1000+ calories

emoticon Earn FUTURE results:
DAILY CALORIE DEFICIT ~ (Using SP Daily Differential report)
Earn 10 pts if you have a daily deficit of -500 minimum
OR
Earn 20 pts if you have a daily deficit of -750+
NOTE**Differential found in My Trackers, Reports, Daily Calorie Differential or by following this link! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/myreport
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emoticon Visualize FUTURE You:
BLOG A LETTER: ~ How do you see yourself in 12 weeks? What will you DO to reach your goals? Write it down, make it S.M.A.R.T (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, timely)
One time 100 pts for completing letter!

F~ Plan: 50 pts (4 Meals), CI: Xpts (? calories), CO: Xpts (? burned), Earn: Xpts(? deficit) Total pts:
S~ Plan: Xpts (? Meals), CI: Xpts (? calories), CO: Xpts (? burned), Earn: Xpts(? deficit) Total pts:
S~ Plan: Xpts (? Meals), CI: Xpts (? calories), CO: Xpts (? burned), Earn: Xpts(? deficit) Total pts:
M~ Plan: Xpts (? Meals), CI: Xpts (? calories), CO: Xpts (? burned), Earn: Xpts(? deficit) Total pts:
T~ Plan: Xpts (? Meals), CI: Xpts (? calories), CO: Xpts (? burned), Earn: Xpts(? deficit) Total pts:
One time Blog: Xpts
Total challenge points:

  
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TERESA159 1/25/2013 2:04PM

    Wait. Is this for The 2013 Slimdown?

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ABC's of Me

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you?
~~Far beyond! lol I think competitive is my middle name!
B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)?
~~Long time! Feel older than the dirt covering Forest trails! A Pixie all the way!
C is for CHILDREN...you have?
~~2 DD's...DD1 19 and DD2, nearly 16!
D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation?
~~ Skipping meals!
E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? Both...I need to set a time limit and get enough sleep!
F is for FURRY FRIENDS...you have?
~~My 3rd baby girl...Cookie! She's a 3 yr old Bichon/Lhasa mix!
G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with?
~~Anything around the perimeter of the store, lots of whole foods, lean meat! I love greek yogurt and protein powder! They are my protein staples, without them I'd never get enough!
H is for HOME...what state do you call home?
~~Michigan, in the "Middle of the Mitten"
I is for INSPIRE...who or what is your roll model/inspiration?
~~I Love, love Bob Harper! ~~Inspiration-A "confident" bikini beach body!!
J is for JOB...What do you do for a living?
~~SAHM, former Accountant! Now work part/semi-full time doing local resort reservations!
K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE...What's your focus when short on time?
~~Meals - Planning them ahead to be prepared! ~~ Fitness - Step ups or quick spin on the treadmill!
L is for LOG...Do you use the Nutrition and Fitness trackers?
~~Just recently started again! I have the best results when I meet goals with both trackers daily!
M is for MARRIED, Single, Involved?
~~Married to the most fabulous, supportive man 20 years!
N is for NAME...What's the meaning behind your sparkname?
~~Dawn, Sunrise, New horizon daily! It's a double meaning name...Rise n' above the challenges to reach my goals, and when I've gotten there I will have Risen Above!
O is for OUNCES...How many ounces of water do you consume on a daily basis?
~~8-10 glasses minimum!
P is for PRODUCE...How many fruits and veggies do you consume daily?
~~Oh gosh...I love freggies! Rarely less than 5 or 6 servings, sometimes as many as 12-15!
Q is for QUOTE...what's your favorite?
~~"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities! ~ Stephen Covey
I also love Ralph Marston! If you don't know him, you'll meet him soon! :D
R is for ROUTINE...Average number of days and minutes you exercise weekly?
~~Depends...About 60 minutes average, 5/6 days a week! Unless there's competition, then Heaven only knows! :D lol
S is for STATURE...How tall are you?
~~5'6"
T is for TIME...What time zone are you in?
~~Eastern
U is for UNWIND...What is your favorite pass time or hobby?
~~Gardening/working outside... I love projects! Spending time with the family doing fun, active things!
V is for VACATION...If you could travel anywhere, what destination would you choose?
~~First I'd travel back to England with DD1, since that's where she was born! Someday want to see Italy!
W is for WEIGHT WORKOUT...Do you follow a consistent ST program?
~~Unfortunately not! Downfall #2! I KNOW all the benefits, but I get bored! ST circuits are the way to go for me...keeps things interesting! Just have to implement and remain consistent!
X is for "X" MARKS THE SPOT...What do you want to see happen these 12 weeks, other than the scale move?
~~I need more structure! With it I can accomplish what *I* need too!
Y is for YESTERDAY...Do you allow choices to push you forward or dwell on them?
~~Moments of weakness happen, it's what we learn from them that makes us stronger, informed and more determined! Accept, Acknowledge, Plan and Just Keep going!
Z is for ZERO...name one weight loss tool you couldn't live without?
~~HRM and running shoes for fitness! ~~Blender for nutrition!

  
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TERESA159 1/18/2013 10:28AM

    Hi, was nice to get to know you through this ABC thing. Think I'll do it next. I am discovering that most of you on the Amazing Race team were pixies too, I guess that was another team? A competitive team, I bet. You sound like you are doing all the right things, best wishes on your journey!

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LOSING4KATE 1/15/2013 10:05PM

    Looking forward to learning more about you! Any tips for a garden on a budget? I would love to get our yard looking better, but we are on an extremely tight budget these days.

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BLOOIZEANGEL 1/15/2013 12:41PM

    Great quote!

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NEVADAPP 1/15/2013 9:31AM

    Huh? You live in a Mitten? Lol! I've never heard that before! Lol!!

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CLMANCHESTER 1/15/2013 9:19AM

    emoticon
Love this!

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CICO...Week 4

Friday, October 05, 2012

emoticonPublic Tracker: Earn a ONE time weekend bonus of 100 points for having/making your nutrition tracker public! It's a large number of points because Nutrition IS 80% of the equation...You CAN'T out exercise poor nutrition! Not only does a public tracker help you stay accountable, but an extra set of eyes (or 30 sets in this case) is always a good thing!

emoticonCI (Calories In):
Earn 50 pts for each day you track every bite AND stay within your calorie range...not above, not below!

emoticonCO (Calories Out):
All Planned intentional CARDIO minutes count!
Earn 5 pts for burning between 100-249 calories
OR
Earn 10 pts for burning between 250-499 calories
OR
Earn 15 pts for burning between 500-749 calories
OR
Earn 20 pts for burning between 750 - 999 calories
OR
Earn 25 pts for burning 1000+ calories

emoticonDaily Calorie Deficit ~ Using Calorie Differential report!
Earn 10 pts if you have a daily deficit of -500 minimum
OR
Earn 20 pts if you have a daily deficit of -750+

emoticonEarn 10 bonus points each day by posting your CICO to the Forest chat thread: Visibility=Accountability, so come share!

FRIDAY~
Tracker: 100pts
CI: (1247) 50 pts , CO: (195) 5 pts , Deficit: (684) 10 pts , Post: 10 pts , Total: 175 pts
SATURDAY~
CI: (1246) 50 pts , CO: (510) 10 pts , Deficit: (1000) 20 pts, Post: 10 pts , Total: 90 pts
SUNDAY~
CI: (1279) 50 pts , CO: (621) 10 pts, Deficit: (1078) 20 pts , Post: 10 pts , Total: 90 pts
MONDAY~
CI: , CO: , Deficit: , Post: , Total:
TUESDAY~
CI: , CO: , Deficit: , Post: , Total:

  
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SOON2BSMALL1313 10/5/2012 10:14AM

    this is an awesome challenge! Which team is it for?

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October is here!

Monday, October 01, 2012

I'm taking on October with 2 focuses and they're all about 10's

10 glasses of water each day of the month! This is something I use to do faithfully, but have struggled with for a while! I KNOW how important proper hydration is and all the benefits, beyond just weight loss, that is provides! My plan of action is to fill the water jug I have to 80 oz each morning and make sure it's gone before I hit the pillow each night! I know from past experience it will only take a couple days of having to get up several times during the night to realize the importance of having all water consumed by 8pm! LOL!! Also know that after a few days of doing this it will become habit and my body will actually crave water!

10 minutes of planning each day! I know when I take time to be PREPARED for the next day I am most successful! Whether it's planning meals, making a grocery list, listing out ST exercises or deciding on the type of cardio to complete, I will spend 10 minutes on just ME!

These might seem pretty basic, but small changes are what create lasting habits! Once you start the forward motion it's easy to create more momentum!

  
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JCGALSHERE 10/1/2012 11:51PM

    Great obtainable goals Dawn!!

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LOSINGLINNDY 10/1/2012 11:11PM

    Keeping the goal steps to two for the month is a good idea as it does help build good habits. I like the idea of 10's. emoticon

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SKINNYSOON13 10/1/2012 7:26PM

    Smart. I'm not getting enough water due to heat and family jacking up my system. I think I'll look got a new container like you mentioned to help me grrrrr my 10.

Always wise you are :-)

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NEVADAPP 10/1/2012 4:59PM

    Simple and obtainable!

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 10/1/2012 4:21PM

    Sounds like a plan, Stan...er I mean Dawn! Seriously...10's are great to work with that's for sure!


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BLOOIZEANGEL 10/1/2012 2:37PM

    I love these simple goals for October! I think I may just borrow them, especially the planning one. emoticon

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BLUEFISH2 10/1/2012 2:14PM

    I too do so much better when I have prepared, I just have to be careful not to be too structured as I don't function well when I don't leave myself room to be spontaneous. Its a hard balance for me. Thanks for reminding me.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 10/1/2012 12:44PM

    Hey Dawn!
Great list.....I have had some bad days/weeks here but. Things are about to change!

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ELIZINJAPAN 10/1/2012 9:49AM

    Sounds like great things to focus on. Love a new, fresh month. *trots off to set some goals*

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BLC 20 Creative Writing

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blogs are generally easy for me, but I've been procrastinating this one because I can't place my finger on what it is I want! I know what I need, but lately sorting out the "how" has been the difficult part!

I'm just keeping it simple, breaking it down into categories!

emoticon Exercise -
September... Continue Step'tember 100-700 daily. In addition, 20 mins cardio (minimum) 3 days, C25K 3 days, ST 3 days!
October...Continue C25K, increase cardio to 30 mins (minimum)6 days, continue ST 3 days! Find a 5K race early/mid November!
November...Finish C25K and complete race. Increase cardio to 45 mins (minimum) 6 days, continue running, continue ST 3 days
emoticonNutrition -
September ...Continue 30 days Green Smoothie. Plan meals ahead and make whole food choices! October...Begin 30 days of Clean Eating with focus on meeting macros daily!
November...Yet to be determined depending on results of October... Probably diving deeper into number analysis!
emoticonOutside of Spark-
Establish a daily schedule that includes time for "me" and stick to it! Tackle the many "projects", one at a time, that clutter space and mind! Take time for "family fitness fun" at least twice a week!
emoticon Reward-
I'll establish a saving reward plan based on the above goals that also includes payment weekly for each pound lost, or deduction for pounds gained!

Now for the ugly and probably the biggest reason for procrastination...Pictures! These are just more PROOF that the scale doesn't tell the ENTIRE story, as the few pounds of increase doesn't reveal the changes seen here in appearance or muscle tone! Before you gasp, as I did, please know that the attire worn was intentional to see changes in before/after pictures! These are things that I would not wear in public at the present time, but are goals to be able to wear freely and proudly when the 12 weeks are finished!....Before that wouldn't be too bad either! emoticon


(Every Damn Day Just Do It ~ Nike)
And a special one for my GREEN friends.... emoticon

  
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COLLINSCJ2009 9/19/2012 1:57AM

    Cool pics. I like the red shirt with the beautiful green lawn for the background.

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JCGALSHERE 9/18/2012 10:00PM

    My goodness Dawn....you look amazing in those pics. I only WISH I could wear shorts above my knees. I'm sure up close you see all your own flaws that bother you...I think we all have them, but my dear, the rest of the world doesn't see them. Trust me on that. All your hard work has paid off and shows it. You need to look at yourself and realize that. You are beautiful inside and out. I know after these 12 weeks you'll finally FEEL what the rest of us already know emoticon

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MJK0430 9/18/2012 6:42PM

    emoticon I'm not quite sure what you red/green shirt says. But I'm going with smoothies. lol!

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THE_TIME_IS_NOW 9/18/2012 12:28PM

    You look absolutely beautiful Dawn! Love the green shirt

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BLUEFISH2 9/18/2012 11:41AM

    Love the T-shirts!

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MEINPROGRESS 9/18/2012 5:37AM

    The only gasping I'm doing is at how great you look!

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BLOOIZEANGEL 9/18/2012 12:59AM

    Woman! You had nothing to worry about. You look great and if you stick to your plan watch out world! Your hubby won't be able to keep his hands off of you. emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 9/18/2012 12:09AM

    Wow, Dawnie,

You look fantastic!!! Is this all the result of all those steppies? I think I have to rethink my resistance to them.

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FITLIKENIC 9/17/2012 11:41PM

    You look GREAT! So Beautiful!

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NEVADAPP 9/17/2012 10:09PM

    You look amazing!! Every Damn Day!! I love it!

BTW, who mows all that grass?!!

Comment edited on: 9/17/2012 10:11:02 PM

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 9/17/2012 9:44PM

    I am an advocate of the KISS method. You my dear look fantastic...!!!

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STEPHNS1 9/17/2012 9:30PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!! It takes a lot to post pics, trust me, I know. But, I don't know why you were procrastinating - you are stunning!! So glad to see who will be kicking our butt this round! emoticon

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HOLDINGMYOWN 9/17/2012 9:16PM

    oh to be that young and that good looking! emoticon YOU DAWN!
Cutie Pie you! emoticon

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WINKERDINK 9/17/2012 8:54PM

    You are so cute! I love the GREEN shirt. By the way, you're too hard on yourself, I think you look awesome. emoticon

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