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!!
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,
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!!
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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