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T-Minus 26, Virtuous Cycle

Friday, August 22, 2014

Virtuous Cycle, don't you like the sound of that? I read it today in a new project Spark Guy is working on. Vicious cycles are what we are more accustomed with. But a virtuous cycle, well, that's just emoticon Apparently, the term is nothing new. It has applications for consumerism, medicine, organizations, and pretty much anything that can get better with focused efforts and improvement. I personally like this adaptation from Praxia:


I'm starting a virtuous cycle today. My focus will be fitness. I almost got the nutrition nailed. But lately, my energy to workout has waned. I stopped working out in the morning. I still go into work later than I should, but I get up and spark around on my phone and check on my Facebook peeps. Well, I need to regroup because some of that time could be better spent. I'm reconvening my morning workouts. I started with a 35 minute Walk Slim DVD workout this morning. emoticon emoticon

I've had some BLC recruits add me to their Fitbit Friend List, so I need to "be the model" there as well, so I'm renewing my 10K steps per day goal.

My daily fitness goals for the week:
1. 30 minutes of fitness daily (yoga, strength, walking, elliptical) emoticon
2. 1 walk at work. emoticon Just got back! It was in writing, so I had to! emoticon
3. 10k steps per day. I'm at about 6,700 right now. A quick spin on the elliptical tonight and I'll be there!

I'll try to check in with a blog every day to monitor my progress. Are you creating a virtuous cycle?

  
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VEG954 8/22/2014 7:39PM

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RYDERB 8/22/2014 6:05PM

    Great blog Brenda! Love it! Virtuous cycle is perfect!

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SUPERKARA36 8/22/2014 3:57PM

    Very nice!

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AJB121299 8/22/2014 3:31PM

    nice

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T-Minus 28, BLC Open Enrollment

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If you're new to or interested in returning to the Biggest Loser Challenge, the registration team is now open.

Take a chance on YOU! You are worth it!

Here's a link to the registration team where you'll spend a few weeks learning the ropes before you are assigned to a team: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63524

  
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ZANNACHAN 8/22/2014 11:32AM

    Whoo hoo!

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MCFITZ2 8/20/2014 10:42PM

    A great challenge.

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T-Minus 30

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm contemplating doing the full smoothie cleanse, which is 3 smoothie meal replacements plus veggie and protein snacks (boiled eggs, seeds/nuts). I'm nervous to try it. I'm not adding protein powders to my smoothies, so a batch for the whole day usually doesn't exceed 500 calories. Maybe I'll do a trial run today and check my macro-nutrients at the end of the day. I feel like the cleanse has the potential to be under 1200 calories, which I'm not comfortable doing. So, I may need to eat more protein snacks. The book is not easy to follow to the letter, which is good for me. I don't tend to follow rules well!! I'll figure it out and make it work for me.

Are we excited for the next round of BLC yet? I'm going to help the new recruits settle in this season.
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MRSP90X 8/19/2014 4:07PM

    Personally, I am not a big fan of these as muscle tends to be lost on these VLCD, and you would have to be careful after the cleanse eating. But it's your journey! I am just as crazy starting the Whole30!

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/19/2014 5:12AM

    Good luck for the full cleanse!

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ZANNACHAN 8/18/2014 11:14PM

    Good luck! I don't know much about cleanses but I think you're smart not to let your calories drop too low; I think as long as you get the macronutrients that you need (especially protein) you should be fine.

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RYDERB 8/18/2014 9:40PM

    Oooh. A full 10 day cleanse sounds interesting. If anyone can do it, you are that person. Good luck. The BLCs always make wonder if they'd be fun or too much pressure to blog. I don't blog on demand well. I hope it's a fabulous new season. You can do it!

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T-Minus 32, I need to workout!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yikes! I need to step it up in the workout department! I kinda checked out this week for no good reason. I can catch up a little now. I love the weekends!

My husband and I are considering relocating to Charleston, South Carolina. Is anyone familiar with the area? I'd love to hear from you!

  
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MRSP90X 8/16/2014 5:39PM

    I just love the South period. People there are so much more friendly than here up North. I haven't worked out in a while. DH is working out without me since I am in too much pain, but not for long!! Get with it girl and start cranking out those FM! I will catch up as soon as I can!!

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VEG954 8/16/2014 11:14AM

  Haven't been there for several years.
I remember it being a great city.
Most folks have a kind and gentle personality.
The area is beautiful as well.
Please keep us posted.
Wish you the very best!

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T-Minus 33, Cheesecake Factory

Friday, August 15, 2014

I went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner with the family. The last time we were there was 2 years ago when we saw my daughter off to boot camp. I think I might have ordered the same thing. I cannot pass up seared Ahi tuna! It was delightful! So were the few bites of the red velvet cheesecake we split four ways. Everyone got there fill and there was plenty left over. I was proud of everyone for not thinking they needed to polish it off.

Now it's time to renew my sugar free streak!
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POSITIVEHOPE 8/16/2014 5:35PM

    I love the Skinnylicious menu especially the Tuscan Chicken. I calculate the cheesecake to be 90 calories for 1/10th of a slice or to me one bite. Better have several friends to share it with.

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 8/16/2014 1:54PM

    Cheesecake Factory used to be the absolutely worst restaurant for dieters, but I'm impressed with their new light menu. Glad because I love their food. Good job! emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/16/2014 1:30PM

    We have a brand new one here. Our teacher in water aerobics spent a good part of class yesterday talking about her lunch there and the cheesecake she had. It was torture. emoticon

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