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Healthy Habits! 4 Days = 4 Habits

Thursday, October 28, 2010

emoticon Wow! Just trying to think positively and come up with a new Healthy Habit each and every day makes me really concentrate. The first one or two days were easy, then you had to think harder about what you were doing.

So far the healthy habits I've incorporated into my daily life have proven to be a good thing. I dropped a half pound so I'm no longer on that 6-day plateau that was bugging me! And while the idea I incorporated into my routine today does not really have anything to do with getting healthy, it does remove a wee bit of the stress in my life. I just decided that I would eliminate one of the items on my "to do" list that was bugging me. So I have a room in my home now that is cleaner and more organized than it was before -- and that relieves a bit of the stress in my life. Certainly can't hurt.

Here's my life for those of you out there who are keeping track:
1) 8 glasses of water daily
2) 5 portions of fruits/veggies daily
3) circuit training every other day, starting today, next time w/b Friday
4) do at least one item on your "to do " list

I'm down a bit over half a pound, have one room that is much cleaner, and I'm proud of myself for living a healthy lifestyle.
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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/31/2010 5:12PM

    good for you

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OLDERDANDRT 10/31/2010 4:26PM

    Great going!!! Along with all the other great news....(including the weight loss)!!, now you have a room of your house neated up!! Times like these, I love telling you I told you so b/c I know you're happy about how it all has worked out!!! emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are soooo super!!

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Jayne emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/30/2010 6:31AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work .... You got me thinking about it!

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STILLFLYIN 10/29/2010 12:21PM

    Relieving stress is a great healthy thing!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/28/2010 10:59PM

    Woo Hoo! Great progress:)

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PSMITH3841 10/28/2010 9:57PM

    Woo Hoo my friend! Good bye to that plateau... Great job!...I also like that" one thing on the to do list"...Do you mind if I borrow it?

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 10/28/2010 9:29PM

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Healthy Habits! 3 days = 3 habits!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon After thinking it over about what I should do for my third healthy habit; it suddenly dawned on me that as a new Fitness Center Member -- why not start doing the circuit training every other day, as recommended. There were several machines that I had never tried, especially those concentrating on arm muscles -- I just figured, "What do I need that for?"

So I head over to the gym about 1:00 and sneared at my BF when he said we'd be in there until 2:00 or 2:30! How can it possibly take that long to do a few of those machines I tell him! He replies, "well, I went there on Monday -- all you did was sit around with the personal trainer."

To show him I didn't just "sit around" I told him I'd show him a couple of the new exercises she had shown me. One was laying on the mat, grasping a really large ball between your feet and raising it over your stomach at a 90 degree angle, then reaching up with your hands, arms outstretched and lowering it over your head, arms still outstretched. Then raising it back with your hands to a 90 degree angle over your stomach, reaching up with your feet to get it and lowering it to the mat. BF had a tough time with it. The next exercise was sitting on the mat, bending your knees, raising your feet off the floor, and with a 6 lb. medicine ball in your hand, swinging it from side to side, nearly touching the floor on each side. That one was easy for me, but BF couldn't do it at all.

So with my point proven (being a woman) I was ready to start circuit training. I did three reps on each machine, skipping maybe two of the machines that were redundant to my goals. When I finished I did a few of the above exercises that I had shown the BF, then got on the bike for 6 minutes and rode for 2 miles. I feel I had a really good workout!

So my healthy habits have added up as follows:
1) 8 glasses of water daily
2) 5 portions of fruits/veggies daily
3) circuit training every other day, starting today, next time w/b Friday

Let's see if I can break that plateau I've been in the about 6 days now.
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STILLFLYIN 10/28/2010 4:44PM

    New exercises are great!

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PSMITH3841 10/28/2010 1:19PM

    Hey girl...this should do the trick! Looks like a true plateau buster to me! Good luck! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/28/2010 11:36AM

    This is great! I may try those exercises, too!! This may be the thing to bust you plateau all to pieces! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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THPEAKY 10/28/2010 10:10AM

    That's awesome! I think I will try that, too!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/28/2010 9:51AM

    Enjoy your new exercise routine!

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MATAYASDREAM 10/28/2010 1:33AM

    Best of luck breaking the plateau!! You can do it!

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Healthy Habits! 2 days = 2 habits!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Day Two of my new healthy habits made me think of what was second in importance to drinking your 8 cups of water daily. I think, for me at least, it is eating 5 portions of fruits/veggies. I added that as Habit #2. So for now we have:
1) 8 glasses of water daily
2) 5 portions of fruits/veggies daily

I'm sitting on a plateau right now so I need to bump up my exercise a bit. Perhaps tomorrows Healthy Habit will need to be in that area.

How many have joined me in this fun journey? emoticon ME TOO!

  
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STILLFLYIN 10/27/2010 1:46PM

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/27/2010 6:27AM

    Hang in there and keep living life.

You could be someones only smile today make it count.

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BLESSED2BEME 10/27/2010 12:56AM

    These are the two things I'm already trying to work on right now. Can't wait for tomorrow's goal!

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PSMITH3841 10/26/2010 10:53PM

    Great minds think alike...I added fruits and veggies too! See you tomorrow! Keep on Sparkin' you'll jump down off that plateau....Increase the pace and distance of your walks, just a little bit...Amber will love it!

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Healthy Habits! One Added Each Day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

emoticon emoticon Reading a friends blog, I can see that writing a blog about doing something healthy is kind of like making a New Years Resolution -- by writing it down and putting it out there for the world to see, it sort of commits you into DOING IT! At least that's my theory. I'm going to start today and run this through the end of the month. Each day doing the same and adding one more.

So, for Day 1 - drank 8 glasses of water

Have a good day while I ponder what to add for tomorrow! emoticon

  
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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/26/2010 12:02PM

    Great plan, I can't wait to see what you do and if those are changes I need to make also. Go healthy you!

Be the reason someone smiles today!

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THPEAKY 10/26/2010 8:16AM

    I know it has helped me a great deal: I travel throughout the day from facility to facility and keep "home water" with me. When I feel like I am ABOUT to turn into a fast food place (I carry my own lunch most days) I grab the water and drink drink drink! I have 2 1 liter bottles plus an insulated stainless steel bottle so like the girl scout I used to be...I'm prepared!

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/26/2010 5:38AM

    Great plan emoticon

I think I'll add "More Veggies" for my emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 10/25/2010 11:29PM

    Can I join too? Still working on getting my 8 glasses of water down though. I used to love water but lately I've had to force it and I'm not doing so well:(

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PSMITH3841 10/25/2010 9:36PM

    Great idea....I think I'll join you....Thanks! emoticon
(Hope you don't mind...OK?)

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2010 7:49PM

    Great idea!!! Looking forward to how you do and the great results you will see!!!

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Sore Muscles!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oh! My aching back (legs/arms/butt) -- yes! we've all been there. Do some new exercise or some type of work that targets those unused muscles and wham! you know they are there because they're so sore you can hardly move!

And here you thought you were doing a thorough workout! It just goes to show that even the most diligent exercise and training can leave us with unworked muscles. Did you know that swimming is considered one of the best exercises you can do? It seems to exercise MOST of the muscles in your body. I don't happen to be a good swimmer, and as my gym doesn't have a pool and we don't have one at home, it's just not a theory that would be easy for me to test.

It doesn't take much to find those unused (or maybe under-used) muscles. Any movement that is repeated several times can bring it on. Yesterday I planted a little over 100 tulip bulbs. Sounds easy enough, even the soil was soft -- but after using the little bulb planter, which seemed to work best when pressure was applied and a sort of twisting motion, I found that later that day I had sore muscles in my right arm and all the way down my rib cage. Looking for the "silver lining" which I always try to do, if you get sore muscles you can just imagine those inches floating off into space!

A good night's sleep, a hot shower or a soak in the tub can do wonders! I'm back among the living today and ready to tackle another job for my "unused" muscles.

  
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STILLFLYIN 10/27/2010 1:24PM

    Coach Nicole talks about what you have to do to keep your muscles in shape in some of her blogs.

http://www.dailyspark.com/b
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You have to keep changing things up. It sounds like you did a surprise change. Be nice to yourself and keep on keeping on.
:-)

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/25/2010 8:10AM

    I love to swim that is why I love summer for I swim a lot - Sorry you was sore but glad the hot shower helped and a good night sleep now move around and you will feel fine.
Can't wait to see the pretty flowers
Have a great day
vicki

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BLESSED2BEME 10/24/2010 9:14PM

    I love the sore muscles I get after a good long hike. Its a good kind of hurt for some reason. Congrats on getting those bulbs planted. We still need to winterize the yard and house...sigh...

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LIS193 10/24/2010 8:36PM

    Auch! Hope you feel better after a hot bath with lots of bubbles :)
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PSMITH3841 10/24/2010 7:21PM

    I have that work to do next weekend, I absolutely MUST get the yard and garden, ready for winter, and I always seem to find those muscles I never knew I had...I'll be all achy and stuff next weekend.....Oh boy! We just need to continue to think "calorie burn!" emoticon

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DHSPARK 10/24/2010 6:23PM

    Ohhhh...it hurts so good! You'll enjoy the fruits (flowers) of your labor next year. We CAN feel it when we do movements we're not used to doing.

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Deb :)

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THEWINNER33 10/24/2010 5:43PM

    How motivational you are! That is great positive thinking and I am a great believer in that. I can see those inches and pounds of fat floaring away. Unfortunately for me, thay are yours and not mine emoticon Glad those muscles are OK today. Enjoy thosr tulips next spring

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OLDERDANDRT 10/24/2010 5:17PM

    I heard that gf!!! I tried to clean up the garden this afternoon and I am sure I'll feel it tomorrow. I did sit-ups with my DGD last week and the third day, it was really hard!! Man! Those muscles said "OOooooooowwwww!!!!"
Yep that nice hot shower or bath helps tons!!! Glad you are back among the living today so you can get out there and do it again!!! Let's dothis thing!!! Hoping to get enough practice to get it all right soon!! hehe

Hugs,
Jayne

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