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Not Finishing my Plate

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I have started to do something that now seems so obvious I don't know why I hadn't done it before. A couple of times this week, instead of finishing something off completely, I've listened to my body and simply stopped eating when I was no longer hungry. Bizarrely, I actually started this with a bag of chips. The dill pickle Old Barrel was calling to me and I gave in. But as soon as I was halfway into the bad, I realised that the craving was gone and so I stopped eating, folded up the bag and threw it into the garbage. No saving it for later to temp me back as the day wore on. It was liberating. Yes, I can give into cravings but it doesn't mean I have to eat it all.

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KM1116 1/14/2012 9:31AM

    That's a great accomplishment! I have trouble stopping before something is gone also... congrats! :)

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Accomplished! First Week

Friday, January 13, 2012

Okay, so first week on sparks so good. I've gotten both comfortable with the website, but also know that I haven't managed to take advantage of all the tools yet. Very encouraging. I am loving the daily tasks that the sparks points give you as it keeps you thinking about your health and your goals and somehow integrates the commitment into your lifestyle. My weigh in is on Sunday, so that will be another test. But so far, I'm really enjoying this and I can see how simply having something to do everyday to reaffirm your goal and commitment can be really effective.

Thanks so much!

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SLIMLILA 1/14/2012 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticonContinued success!

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The Office Workout

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I have a desk job that involves a fair amount of research, as a result I have developed an office workout routine to do as I read legislation, regulations or research papers to keep the blood flowing, move my body, and engage my brain. Enjoy!


Wrist Stretch Extend your arm in front, put your palm up and grab your fingers with other hand. Gently pull hand down on your fingers to stretch the forearm and then repeat other side.

Wrist and Forearm Press your hands together in front of your chest with your elbows bent and parallel to the floor. Gently bend your wrists to the right and left.

Back Twist Sit upright in your chair and twist to one side, hold and then twist to the other side.

Lower back Drap yourself over your lap (like you are picking up a pen) and breathe.

IT Band - Sit in your chair, cross your ankle over your knee and press down on the bent knee gently.

Calf - Stand with one leg behind yourself, press your back heel to the floor. Widen stance for greater stretch. Repeat.

Quad - Stand holding onto a chair or desk for balance, reach back, grab one foot and bring your heel as close to your backside as comfortable. Hold and repeat.

Hamsting - Standing, put one leg forward with the heal down and toes up keeping your leg straight, bend the opposite knee like you are sitting back until you feel the stretch. Support yourself with your hand on your thighs, chair or desk.


Leg Extension Sitting in your chair, engage your abs and then entend one leg up until level with your hip and hold. Repeat on the other side. (This one is great to wake you up if you are falling asleep in a meeting.)

Hip Flexion Sitting in your chair, engage your abs and then lift one bent knee up and hold. Repeat on the other side.

Inner Thigh Place a book, water bottle or other desk object between your knees, engage your abs, squeeze your knees together, repeat.

Chair Squat Squat down like you are about to sit down in your chair but stop an inch from the seat. Hover. Stand up and repeat.

Standing Hip Flexion Stand up straight, engage your abs, lift your leg straight up, hold, repeat.

Leg lift Stand up strait, engage your abs, lift your leg to the side, hold, repeat.

Toe-Ups Place one foot behind your other heal, raise the heal on your supporting leg as as high as possible, hold and repeat.


Front Raise Sitting in your chair, engage your abs and then lift an object to sholder level, hold and repeat. (Whatever you are reading can serve well, especially if it is a book.)

Tricep Sitting in your chair or standing, press something from your desk by extending your arm overhead, then bend your elbow to drop your hand down to the back of your shoulder, repeat.

Bicep Curl With a desk object in your hand, curl your arm from straight down up towards your shoulder, repeat.

Row Sitting tall in a chair with wheels, grab the edge of a desk (underhanded works best). Pull yourself towards the desk and then press yourself away, repeat.


Abs Sitting on the edge of your chair, with your back straight, engage your abs and then lean back until your shoulders touch the back of the chair. Come back up and repeat.

Pick up pen Sitting with your back straight, engage your abs and then reach down to one side and then the other as if picking up a pen. Repeat.


Stairs - Go up one or two floors every time you have to go to the bathroom. Just generally take the stairs when you can.

Walk - Get up and go see people in person whenever you can.

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EASTCANBOTTOM 1/12/2012 12:22PM

    That's a great list of deskercises .... going to save that to my desktop as an image so I remind myself to do them :)

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GIRLSEEKSTRIBE 1/12/2012 12:11PM

    I too have a sedentary job and I really appreciated this post! Thanks!

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How Can 8 Hours not be Enough?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For the past couple of days, even after getting eight hours of sleep, I have been waking up tired. How can eight hours not be enough? Is this a response to winter's dark or to increasing my exercise levels? I think I'm sleeping soundly, so I don't think it's a question of quality. Has the increased exercise opened me up to the built up bank of sleep deprevation that I carry around? I will try to go to bed a bit earlier tonight and will make a point of doing my winding down routine in the hope that it will help.


Tea - nectar of the gods

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I love tea. It is the everything drink. Hot, cold, bitter, sweet, it can be whatever you need it to be. It comes in endless varieties from the dark and strong to the perfumed and floral. Whatever occasion, whatever need, tea can address it.

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JUST_JESSIKAH 1/10/2012 12:23PM

    Totally agree. I am a tea addict!

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