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Healthy habits challenge - End of week two

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Week two's challenge was to take one negative behavior and find a positive solution to it. I chose to correct my habit of leaving my lunch making until the last minute. It worked! I did it all five applicable days last week (read: work days). I stayed within calories every day except Friday when I went a little less than 100 cals over. I'm continuing with that this week

The challenge for week three is to really focus on one habit only and then develop a plan on how you are going make this work for you. emoticon My one habit to work on this week is: resist temptation during times of stress.

Thankfully, stress has been good to me in that I haven't had much but my first reaction when it does happen is to eat junk. I'm going to fight that urge with chewing gum. I figure if I can give up XL double/double by drinking Carnation light and regular coffee then I can do this, too.

Hurrah for healthy habits!

  
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ONE*BUSY*MOM 5/18/2010 10:20PM

    Great work, Penny! Keep it up.

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COOPSM 5/18/2010 8:17PM

    Penny---you are doing so good...keep up the great work!!!

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HAPPYSPARKGIRL 5/18/2010 12:53PM

    I have the same problem of waiting until I'm ready to run out the door and grab whatever I can find fast! Thanks so much for sharing your success with it. You gave me something to work on, too. I'm gonna check it out on the motivational section and see if I can get in on it, too. See you there and keep it up, girl!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/18/2010 9:07AM

    Great job Penny.

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RUNNINGWILD 5/18/2010 9:01AM

    Kate, I found this challenge in the motivational section of SP. Coach Nancy is leading this one. Last month, Coach Jen lead the Plateau Buster challenge and I was part of that, too. It's good for me to have something to focus on and these mini-challenges are just perfect.

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KEAKMAN 5/18/2010 8:28AM

    So Penny, is this a book you are reading or are you making these up on your own? I am intrigued and would like to "start at the beginning" on my own.

Focusing on ONE goal per week seems so sensible, and it's working for you! Great job! emoticon

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Healthy Habits Challenge - End of Week One

Monday, May 10, 2010

Last week's challenge was to choose healthy goals for this month. I picked:
1) no more hitting the snooze button - it just gives me a broken sleep resulting in crankiness.
2) no "away" coffee. I figured my Tim Horton's habit is equal to 8400 calories a month. I don't need that. I'll just have coffee at home with light hot chocolate mixed in if I need a fix - it's only 45 cals.

I made it through week one meeting BOTH of my goals!!

This week's challenge is to take one negative behavior and find a positive solution to it.
~ ok, I can do this ~ I have a really bad habit of leaving making my lunches until the very last second in the morning. This leads to throwing "whatever" into my lunch kit. Starting tonight, I'm going to put everything together the night before. Not only will this ensure that I make healthier choices BUT it'll also give me more "relax" time in the morning.

  
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BUGGYS 5/11/2010 1:45PM

    The lunch thing is awesome...did that when my kids were growing up and it helped getting them the nutrious meals they needed. I try to track everything I want to eat the night before and try sticking to it and that seems to be helping me...planning ahead...as for the little goals, you are doing fantastic...week two should be a breeze! emoticon

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MIAMIA7 5/11/2010 12:21PM

    Woohoo Penny, you sure are on a roll! Keep it up.

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COOPSM 5/11/2010 10:04AM

    Penny---great goals!!! Love that you conquered the 2 last week.....I have to do my lunch the night before for the same reason....once you get into the routine with it, it will be a no brainer...

Great job on moving that scale!!!

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RUNNINGWILD 5/11/2010 9:47AM

    And the bonus... I'm down to 127 today!

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KEAKMAN 5/11/2010 8:55AM

    Great work on your goals! I love them - simple, specific to you and your needs and habits, and very obtainable. You are making me think about some simple changes I can and ought to make myself!

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SKOUET 5/11/2010 1:41AM

    Good job on meeting your goals! Baby steps :) I have the same issue with snoozing... Can't seem to trick my brain. Ugh! Good luck on week 2!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/11/2010 12:15AM

    The lunch idea is fantastic Penny! Great job on week 1, now go get week 2!

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The Big Run - May 1, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Last Saturday, I ran my 14th half marathon. It was the second time that I ran this route. The route is pleasantly flat for the first almost 15 kilometres and then it goes to heck in a hand basket... the next three kilometres were uphill. The kind of uphill that crests and makes you think you've reached the top and then starts to climb again... good thing I was mentally prepared this year. Last year I wanted to throw myself off the ridge. The good news is that I finished in 2:13:36 which is just a little less than two minutes faster than last year. The GREAT news is that all my runners finished (I "teach" a HM clinic) with a PB for this course. Except, unfortunately, one. My best bud, Howard took a spill at the 2 km mark. Despite the fact that he had blood running down his leg and his knee and hand were road rashed AND he had a heckuva bruise starting on his shoulder, he finished in 2:40. He's my hero.
It was an amazing day for a run, too. BEAUTIFUL! I couldn't go stop for photos on Saturday so I went back and walked some of the route on Sunday... here are some pics.






I can't wait to run this one again next year. Maybe some of my H2C peeps will come join me emoticon How about you Suezette? You like hills, right?

  
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MIAMIA7 5/8/2010 9:30PM

    Penny-great job on your (oh my goodness) 14th half! Beautiful pictures too. So as soon as I am cleared I am going to start back at the hill running! I want the great butt AND be as excited as you about hills...don't know if that will ever happen! Maybe I will join Suezette and come run with you all.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/8/2010 9:00PM

    Woohoo Penny on your improvement, in time and mentally!!! The course looks gorgeous, and that blue sky would be wonderful to run under. Great shots.

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COOPSM 5/7/2010 8:13AM

    Penny---congrats to you and all your runners...course looks awesome!!!

Feel bad for Howard.....looks nasty!!!

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ZSAZSA4EVER 5/6/2010 10:31PM

    I did that run also. I injured myself about 3 weeks before the run. I did it...I crossed the finish line, when I wasn't sure I would make it. It was my first 1/2 marathon and I was upset about being hurt, but still glad I finished, regardless of my time. The second half of the run was tough.

The course WAS beautiful until the latter part. Hole-Y!!!! LOL

Next year I will know what I am getting myself into, at least.

You made great time...congrats. I aspire to have 14 1/2's under my belts someday. Only 13 to go.....

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ETTEZEUS 5/6/2010 10:08PM

    Penny, those are some gorgeous pictures...well, except for the last one...I'm not a fan of blood.

I'D LOVE to run this with you!! I am in the process of getting my passport. Wonder how long it would take me to convince my DH I HAVE to do these hills? Guess I got a year to work on him,huh?

Oh yeah, and WAY TO GO on #14!! You are my hero! Gosh you are such an inspiration to me!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 5/6/2010 2:39PM

    Congrats on your 14th HM! And kudos to your friend who continued on despite his fall. What an inspiration you both are.

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PEHASS2 5/6/2010 11:31AM

    Congrats on #14 and a PB for the course :)

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GEOGIRL 5/6/2010 11:24AM

  Congrats on your half!!! I wasn't even aware of this race until you mentioned it, I obviously have lots to learn about the race season in Calgary! I live somewhat near this area and I do lots of my training in and around Bowness Park, I'll have to keep this on in mind for next year.

Great pictures!

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KEAKMAN 5/6/2010 9:46AM

    Looks like a gorgeous day for a run! And Mike ought to come run with you since he likes hills so much.....

Howard is a machine! If I took a spill like that I would want to sit on the edge and cry for the rest of the race. WAY TO GO HOWARD!

And speaking of machines - 2 minutes off of your time is AWESOME! emoticon

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SKOUET 5/6/2010 3:13AM

    Thanks for the comment :) And congrats on your 14th half! Thanks for the pics, it reminds me that Alberta can be nice... emoticon emoticon

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KAYAKID 5/6/2010 2:17AM

    Penny, I love the pictures thanks for sharing them with us. You did great asnd congrats! Your 14th half! WOW! You are my hero congrats to your friend for sticking it out.

Mike

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Plateau Buster Challenge - End of Week Four & The End

Monday, May 03, 2010

The challenge was to answer these questions -
Am I physically feeling better?
Do I have more energy?
Do I sleep better?
Do I feel more self-confident?
Am I happy about the changes I'm making? and if I could answer yes to ANY of them then it shows that I'm making progress regardless of what the scale says.

Your challenge for this week is to set one new health-related goal that's not focused on the scale. My goal was for my HM - to beat last year's time.


So the answer to my quetions are: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and DONE!


Incidently, I lost 1.4 kgs to return to 58 kgs...or 128 pounds
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JOPAPGH 5/4/2010 6:35PM

    Great job!

I am so excited to be able to run again. Two whole miles today!

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KAYAKID 5/4/2010 6:16PM

    Your a Rock! Very well done my friend!!!!

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MIAMIA7 5/4/2010 5:56PM

    Wow Penny, way to go! Awesome job! Can't wait to get out there and run again so I can catch up to you (yeah, right!).
Anne

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ASPENJULES 5/4/2010 3:48PM

    Woohoo!! Congrats! Great job!

I may have to go back through your blogs again and see if I can do this challenge as well...

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CASSIOEPIA 5/4/2010 2:43PM

    Five yes's in a row - great job! Some weeks just can't get any better, eh?

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COOPSM 5/4/2010 5:18AM

    Nice job Penny!!!

I want to find some hills now to run..

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ETTEZEUS 5/3/2010 2:59PM

    Way to go Penny!! You're awesome!

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RDARLING 5/3/2010 10:15AM

    GREAT JOB! You accomplished a lot these last 4 weeks and should be proud of yourself!

I found the challenge to be very helpful to get through some of my struggles.

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Plateau Buster Challenge - End of Week Three

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I did absolutely no strength training this week. Moving on....

This challenge begins on Sunday, April 25th.
This week's challenge is going to be a little different. We've been focusing a lot on what you can change about your program to bust your weight loss plateau and get the scale moving again. But I think so much focus on numbers and make it easy to overlook some of the other positive benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Ask yourself some of these questions:
Am I physically feeling better?
Do I have more energy?
Do I sleep better?
Do I feel more self-confident?
Am I happy about the changes I'm making?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you are making progress regardless of what the scale says. Your challenge for this week is to set one new health-related goal that's not focused on the scale. Hopefully that can help you see that progress is about much more than numbers. It's about a healthy lifestyle as a whole.

  
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COOPSM 4/30/2010 5:55AM

    Penny---curious about this challenge....

Hope this week is a success for you....

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