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Starting the Fall 5% Challenge... Pre-Challenge Assignment # 1 - PREPARE!!!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Exercise clothes out in the open (not hiding at the bottom of a closet or dresser drawer) emoticon - Gym bag is beside the door and ready to go!

Shoes for exercising (no stilettos or cowboy boots) - emoticon running shoes at the door, sensible shoes to work every day for lunch time walks

Pedometer ( to help us count those 10,000+ steps we should take each day) -- need to start using it more often. It's sitting on my dresser, waiting to be used.

Heart rate monitor if you use one (remember, unless our kitty cat ticker is working hard, we are hardly working on reducing calories) - don't use one.

Clean off your exercise equipment (I know, where else are you going to hang your laundry) - need to move my stepper to a more conspicuous spot to use it more often

Find/purchase workout DVDs aerobic dance, zumba, biggest loser, walk the pounds away -- not really my thing, but I'll try some SP videos that I have bookmarked

Now you are ready to answer some questions
What will you do for exercise?
Walk 30 minutes per day on my lunch break, gym 2-4 times per week for cardio and strength.

On your Spark Page write up your Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment. What type of exercise will you do? How many minutes and how often will you exercise?

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WALLINMW 10/7/2013 11:26AM

  Great blog!

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My Pledge

Friday, August 02, 2013

My Pledge:

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Signed Liz / Lizzyp609 30 July 2013
Linda /Ljr4health 30 July 2013
Penny/popsy190 1 August 2013
Joanne/jmcade 1 AAugust 2013
Mary-Beth/skippyalto 2 August 2013


Preparing for Summer 5%

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight.

"What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!"

I want to be more fit.
I want to be able to walk upstairs without being winded.
I want to be able to shop for clothes in any store, not just stores that have a good selection of plus-sized clothes.
I want to have more energy.
I want to be healthy so that hubby and I can conceive and raise a healthy baby.

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CANDOK1260 7/23/2013 5:09AM

    emoticon wonderful goals vewry similir to mine

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WALKTHROUGH 7/17/2013 3:32PM


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SONSHINESUE518 7/17/2013 3:30PM

Awesome! I am doing this challenge too, looking forward to supporting you.

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MJRVIC2000 7/17/2013 3:23PM

    Remember there is a Big Difference between a DECISION and a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Struggling to stay motivated

Thursday, July 04, 2013

This week is an up and down week... I'm really finding it hard to stay motivated this week. After a lovely, relaxing weekend at the trailer, all I want to do it seems is to rest and not be active. I think I'm overdue for a day off to just do nothing. A day at home, to loaf in my own bed, on my own couch. Yes, I did some loafing at the trailer, but it was on an unfamiliar (kind of uncomfortable, at least for me) futon.

Even though this is a short work week, I'm exhausted and feel stressed. Nothing at work is stressing me out, things are going smoothly, I just feel "not right" and uncomfortable. That could also be a hormonal thing this week, but it's a stronger discomfort than I've felt in a long time. I think I'm hitting a burnout point.

I will try to push myself to go for my walk at lunch today. I just hope it's not too hot out. I have to go to my tutoring job after work, so I won't be able to go to AquaFit, and probably won't get to the gym tonight (I get home from tutoring around 8:30-9 pm, and still need to eat at some point), so I need to walk today!

I need to get more sleep, but I can't seem to find enough hours in my day for everything I need to do/want to do to get me to bed in a reasonable time. Maybe I should go back to what I did when I was in high school and schedule everything out - I used to block out time for everything from dinner to homework by subject - maybe then I'll be able to find time to do everything that needs to be done.

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MOTHEPRO 7/4/2013 4:30PM

    Definitely take a day and put your feet up. You've earned it!

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DEEGIRL50 7/4/2013 10:31AM

    I like how you came up with a suggestion on your own. Some times talking (writing) it out really helps.

Sometimes when it's been a really rough day at work, I will go out to my car and roll down the windows and just close my eyes and rest during my lunch break. 5 or 10 minutes of peace does wonders.

emoticon Dee

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DAWNSJOURNEY 7/4/2013 9:55AM

    I hope you find something that works for you ..Take a Breath and step back .. Take a good look at all you do. Sometimes we need to slow it down , get back to basics and just work at it everyday.. When we try to do it all sometimes just doesn't work and burnout is not good.. so take a good look and be truthful in what you "need to do and what you want to do " ...

Best wishes on your JOURNEY ,

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Relaxing weekend

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Spent the weekend at Dad's trailer. We did pretty well staying within our calories all weekend. We know we went over, but we didn't go crazy over. We limited ourselves to a few drinks around the fire and didn't pig out too much. I didn't exercise at all this weekend. I'm kicking myself for that now. Even if I'd just gone for walks around the trailer park in the evening, that would have been better than nothing. But I think sheer exhaustion, and the country air took over for most of the weekend. All I wanted to do was relax and not move very much at all. Sometimes that's more needed... and I think it was for me this weekend!

Going to work to keep up with my plan for the rest of the week. The weather will be fairly comfortable today, so I'm going to go for a walk at lunch. AquaFit tonight. I think my mother-in-law will be joining the class tonight. My in-laws all signed up at the same gym as hubby and me about a week ago.


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