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Invite to the Winter 5% Challenge...

Monday, January 06, 2014

Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. There is a spot for maintainers, too!

I have participated in two 5% challenges. I lost weight and learned more about nutrition and physical fitness. And the support is awesome! This round, I hope to return on the "Shooting Stars" team.

Letís have fun, make new friends and get in shape this Spring!

Here is the link:

PS The Winter 5% Challenge Community closes (becomes private) Wednesday midnight. If you would like to invite your friends, now is the time to do it. No late entrants will be accepted, cutoff is Wednesday.

Hope to see you there!!

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    I can proudly say I don't have 5% to lose :)
Wishing you much success.

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IMREITE 1/7/2014 1:11AM

    i already joined a couple days ago. the 5% weight loss seems very doable and if i do a couple successfully i should get to ny goal weight loss for the year. i am not on a team yet. just waiting to hear back.

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LAURANCE 1/6/2014 8:23PM

  Maybe I'll do this. I am going to lose weight anyway.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/6/2014 7:14PM

    Best wishes with the challenge. See you there!

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FatLoser Thoughts and Training...

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Today I woke up feeling loads better than yesterday. I was sort of surprised because my husband and I had to drive down to my older son's house at 1:30 AM - he found his finished basement flooded out. Turns out he never turned the outside spicket line off for the winter and the pipe burst. He has water remediation people there tearing carpet and walls out today. Anyway, I thought I would be tired today but I have a lot of energy.

I completed my second coaching session of This is a Free 30 day mental toughness coaching recommended by ONEKIDSMOM. It is really making me think and is helping me to focus on my goals. Yesterday, the coach said something that really clicked with me; it is the idea that healthy people think about every single thing they consume and how it is going to help/affect their body. I thought about the 5% Fall Challenge I was just involved in. We focused on sodium intake one week, fiber another week. I thought about our SparkPeople food trackers which make it so easy for us to know what is going in our bodies and how everything we consume balances out. So yesterday and today I focused on the above whenever I cooked a meal and consumed anything - including water. And today, I learned, I need to do this 100% of the time for 90 days to get over old habits. This will be a challenge when I go out with friends and I will have to focus on being "mentally tough".

I completed my 4th iFit HM training. Today was the first time since I started running again that I fell into what I like to call "the zone" where I felt like I could run forever. I thought about adding another training to today's schedule and then decided to leave well enough alone - my knee is doing great and I am looking forward to my daily training with Jillian - "kicks my butt" - Michaels. I am in for the long haul and don't want to get discouraged, burn out, or injure myself.

I completed a couple SparkPeople videos too. I am in search for a good yoga video - I haven't found one yet. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Have a great week!!

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WONDERGALE 1/6/2014 10:03PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your son's basement. Thanks for sharing. If I thought about how what I eat will effect my body, I wouldn't be eating half of the stuff I eat. I'm going to give that a try. Way to go on all your exercising. emoticon

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INFLATED 1/5/2014 7:14PM

    I am so sorry about your son's basement.

I need to head for the basement and use the elliptical since it rained here today and it will be icy tomorrow.

You are always motivated to exercise and that helps me to at least try to get some in.

My husband is coughing and sounds like he has a mild case of what I had.

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MJREIMERS 1/5/2014 6:48PM

    Yay, for you!! (Sorry to hear about the son's basement. That really stinks!) I'm so happy to hear the knee is holding up. Yes, DON'T overdo it or you will be back to watching from the sidelines.

Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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SABLENESS 1/5/2014 6:06PM

    I'm trying to remember to ask myself if what I'm about to eat will give me the energy I need. Glad you're better. Hope you get extra ZZZs tonight!

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SUNSHINE20113 1/5/2014 5:42PM

    I like Rodney Yee's power yoga. You can find it on iTunes. It might be a bit out of date, but I feel he really gets me to stretch out and think about each pose. Sparkpeople have plenty too, with different people doing them, so you could decide which one suits you most and then buy the full DVD if you wanted.
Taking it slow is the way to go, especially with bad knees. It helps them recover properly.

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No Excuses...

Saturday, January 04, 2014

What started out as allergies has blown into a really bad head cold/maybe flu! I thought the acupuncturist had cleared it all out, but it came back with a vengeance! The fact that my husband was and still is really sick didn't help either. He wouldn't stay home from work - hung in my office - ugh.

Yesterday morning I was going to hop on my treadmill but he was sleeping. My husband complains that it is too loud. He is 51 but acts like a grumpy, old man sometimes!

So I decided to wait until after work. Problem was I felt worse and worse as the day went on. Needless to say, I felt wiped out and didn't get my daily HM training in.

So, today, after 11 hours of straight sleep, I took a cold/flu medication cocktail, drank 2 big mugs of coffee and headed for, what I called it today,
the "Sweatmill".

I figured I would sweat the illness out, while getting my next iFit HM workout in.

As I ran, I realized that my sweatmill wouldn't let me down. It didn't take into consideration that I was sick, my lungs were hurting (I can't breath through my nose!) -- it just kept on changing my running speed up and inclines up and down. There was no mercy. It brought me back to a personal trainer that I had for 3 years. He was brutal - there were no excuses. And, here I am again.

I can see the Elk River as I run on my treadmill. We are home to quite a few Canadian Geese in the winter on the river. As I ran, I saw a huge flock of geese paddling away in the river so it won't freeze over.

The geese honk at one another all day and all night. I believe they are encouraging one another to keep paddling so they will be able to get food from the river to survive. It doesn't matter if the water is freezing or they are tired. They have to keep paddling like I have to keep training - no excuses!

We, through SparkPeople, are like the group of geese. Each of us has a plan to get healthy, and we encourage one another to keep going.

So, keep moving, my SparkFriends and remember: No Excuses!!


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NEWKATHYNOW 1/5/2014 11:35PM

    Hope you feel better soon! You've got the right mind set!

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INFLATED 1/5/2014 5:00PM

    I hope you are feeling better today. Give your body time to rest during illness.
Thank you for your encouragement. I do hope 2014 will be our best year ever.

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_RAEVEN_ 1/5/2014 11:38AM

    I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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MBTEPP 1/5/2014 9:13AM

    Feel better soon. Do listen to your body. Sometimes warming up the body can help sweat out the cold. sometimes it can prolong it. My cold kept rebounding on me during holidays.

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INFLATED 1/4/2014 9:18PM

    I would get so breathless with this flu or whatever it is. I got on the elliptical for 2 minutes and did 3 yesterday. I went for a walk today around the block. It is the steps to the basement that get me.

The doctor put me on serotonin to get me out of the depression. It helps with sleep too. Generally, I am awake all night and then I nap through the day. If the phone rings, I don't hear it. I told her I am on a different schedule than the rest of my family and want to get back to sleeping nights and being awake days.

The sugar levels have me scared because I don't know how long I have been that high. I am working on it though.

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SUNSHINE20113 1/4/2014 4:51PM

    What an amazing analogy! And so true. I hope that you feel better soon and I'm really impressed you made it to the treadmill in spite of feeling so ill.

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MJREIMERS 1/4/2014 4:36PM

    No excuses is right! Thanks for the reminder and motivation!! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 1/4/2014 2:38PM

    A cold can be a an excuse for skipping a workout or a reason for skipping one. If that merciless machine doesn't cure you, I hope you'll consider another rest day. Feel better.

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KRISZTA11 1/4/2014 2:11PM

    That cold sounds bad, I hope you and your hubby will be healthy soon!
Take good care of yourself!

I'm glad you were well enough to run and got a chance to watch the river and the geese. Being close to water, nature and wildlife is so nurturing!

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Welcome 2014!...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I made today a great start to the New Year!

I got my iFit HM training in and followed it with the one hour SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD. I then went on line at Runner's World and found some motivational quotes. I stayed in my calorie range and drank lots of water.

Tomorrow I have my yearly physical. It consists of 2 visits. The first consists of blood work, memory testing, circulation testing, weight, etc.
The second one next week is where I meet with the Doctor to go over the results. My family has cholesterol issues, I have been taking Cholestoff (herbal) for years - hoping it is still working.

I hope you reach all your goals and have a fantastic 2014!

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ONMYMEDS 1/2/2014 7:11AM

    Great start!! Happy New Year.

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WONDERGALE 1/1/2014 11:17PM

    emoticon Happy New Year!

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SABLENESS 1/1/2014 9:20PM

    Great start!

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FITFOODIE806 1/1/2014 8:46PM

    Love it!

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Delaware Half Marathon Training Plan...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I went through my fitness magazines, Runner's World articles and and settled on a Half Marathon ten week training schedule using my ifit module and my treadmill. Training begins tomorrow! Why wait?? We are getting into yucky weather and by choosing this plan I will have no excuses. It will take me up to 12.5 miles comfortably by February 20th. The Delaware Half Marathon is May 11th so I will have time to work on speed for this one. I want to beat my PR of 2 hrs, 6 mins. I accomplished my PR running the Baltimore HM which is much hillier than Delaware's. I should be able to do it! I ran on a 4 man relay team at the Delaware Marathon 1 1/2 years ago and am familiar with the course. It is a beautiful run down the river, through Little Italy and winds through Rockford Park. The last leg is up a pretty steep hill and then it is all down hill to the finish line!

So, next on my list is to incorporate some cross-training. I have never mixed the two - always just ran. I am ready to mix it up. From what I have been reading, it should help my knees out. I am excited to learn something new. So - it's back to the gym I go :)

Nutrition is also going to play into my training plan. I am going to look toward my hard core running Sparkbuddies for advice as well as the Jeff Galloway book I had autographed and never read!!

I gotta plan! Spark on!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/31/2013 9:08AM

    Great plan!

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FITFOODIE806 12/30/2013 10:38PM

    I'm excited for you!!

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MWWENSIN 12/30/2013 7:13PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/30/2013 4:29PM

    emoticon You got this.

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BOILHAM 12/30/2013 3:37PM

    Good plan. With the less hilly terrain you should PR! Swimming, cycling, and weight/strength training all good for cross training. Have fun!

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PLMITCH 12/30/2013 10:54AM

    Good luck! Hoping to a 10K in 2014 so I can appreciate your "plan"!

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KIMPY225 12/30/2013 10:17AM

    Yes! Good luck with the training!


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MBTEPP 12/30/2013 8:53AM

    congratulations. That is a great goal. Good luck on your training and try to get out on mild days to run and stay in touch with the pavement. I am doing my short runs on the treadmill, I am doing long runs on a track if the weather does not cooperate. But I just read an article about training fully on a treadmill for a marathon. That's amazing. It did suggest getting out at least once a week near the end of your training to get your legs prepared for the road race. it sounds like you have plenty of time for that.

Have fun, stay strong.

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