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Cycling is a Zen Reset

Wednesday, October 24, 2012



Ok imagine the worst day ever...
No need for details - you all know what that day looks like.
I was numb this afternoon, upset and staring mindlessly at the computer
A friend of mine recommended that I get the h*ll off my butt and go outside - smartest advice ever!!
As soon as I was cycling I got a surge of energy. Probably the best workout I have had all week - nothing like pedalling the angst away. About 20 minutes into the ride I realized I was able to breath again.

Sometimes we need to reset ourselves. Cycling reset my zen. What resets yours?

Loving the mountain air,
Spunky



  
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MELISSADALE 10/28/2012 8:41AM

    I love my stationary bike! Here in Canada we need to exercise indoors more often, Always resets my Zen

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KONRAD695 10/25/2012 11:17PM

    Just had a very bad day. Thank you for helping reset me too. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 10/25/2012 12:07PM

    You are so right Hollynn!
Nothing gets me back to point than an intense workout! I am able to focus on me, listen to my iPod, and work up a good sweat!
This is excellent advice!

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MARTY728 10/25/2012 10:42AM

    emoticon emoticon I know that Spinning, walking and running resets my Zen. I have been Spinning and walking. I want to get lighter prior to running again.

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KITT52 10/25/2012 8:20AM

    beautiful picture....I'm outside today too....enjoying the few days of warmth and sun shine


keep biking

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JEREMY723 10/25/2012 7:34AM

    Glad you had such a great time, and such wonderful weather I assume? It's to be another great day here in Ohio but I only run every other day. Maybe playing with my 3 year old....

Have a great day!

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-POOKIE- 10/25/2012 3:09AM

    *smiles* wonderful.

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KITHKINCAID 10/25/2012 1:45AM

    I love your exercise blogs :)


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PENGUITO 10/24/2012 10:53PM

    Looking Good!
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Staying off the (stupid) scale

Tuesday, October 23, 2012



So not weighing in is making me a little nuts.

Unfortunately I have traditionally let the scale have WAY (punny!) too much control over my mood. Here is how it goes: I will be having a great week, feeling thin and accomplished, proud of myself and then weigh in. Only 1-2 lbs? WTF??? Is that all I get for all of my hard work...(insert pouty face here).

So I decided on October 9th when I recommitted myself that I wasn't going to weigh until the end of the month. October 31st also happens to be my birthday, so I thought it would be a good birthday gift to see some nice new numbers on the scale.

The problem is I keep WONDERING where I am. I get on the elliptical and part of the set up asks weight. I think 225? 223? Not sure. And then I start to worry that I really expect too much and may be disappointed when I do weigh in. That damn scale is like a trap!!

So those of you who have figured a way out of the scale mind games - please share your secrets, or if you are also a slave to the scale, feel free to share that as well.

I do know that no matter what the scale says we are beautiful if we believe we are. It is the believing that I have to work on...

Love to my sparks!
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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DESTINYSCHOICE 10/24/2012 7:15PM

    Well, I am in the same boat as you and trying to stay off the scale. I actually put it in the hall closet today so I don't see it for a while. I was weighing almost daily and despite my recommitment, not seeing that number drop. I am just not sure when to weigh again...I think after 10 or 20 days of the 100 day exercise challenge, which I hope is really going to help! Here's hoping we see some low numbers when we do weigh. Spark on all!! emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/24/2012 7:02PM

    Konrad,

I hesitate to ask, but how much weight did you "lose"

with amusement,
Hollynn

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KONRAD695 10/24/2012 7:14AM

    Took a pea. Stepped on the emoticon

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KONRAD695 10/23/2012 8:13PM

    My scale owns me. emoticon It has a credit card receipt an everything. It makes me step on in the morning, emoticon after I work out, emoticon if it thinks I ate a big dinner (tonight), emoticon and before bed emoticon (because you have to monitor the night time weight fairy. I would like to just dump it!!! But it's one of those expensive ones that tells hydration and BMI. UGH UGH UGH UGH UGH then some other words too. emoticon

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BESTMEICANBE51 10/23/2012 3:15PM

    The scale has mind control over me, too. I hate it. emoticon

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CHAINEDFAYE 10/23/2012 1:45PM

    Ugh. I feel somewhat obsessed with the scale at times and other times not. Mostly when he's nice I like stepping on it and seeing that number again but when he is mean I ignore him lol. It mostly works cause he's usually nice again when I finally go visit.

I try to limit myself to twice a week though. Once before the weekend and once after the weekend. Its just my way of checking on myself. I don't think I could do without him like you are though. If I do I tend to forget to be good and stay stagnant. :( Using the tape measure is another possibility but it just doesn't give me the same high.

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KITHKINCAID 10/23/2012 1:31PM

    I keep the scale in my kitchen next to my fridge and currently weigh-in every morning. Helps to keep me on track and because it's a daily thing, I honestly don't think too much about it. But I also just came off a 3 month, no weighing marathon training schedule where my scale collected dust in storage. So it depends on where I am and what I want and what goals I'm going after.

I say weigh-in if your curiosity is getting the better of you. It's more about shaking the disappointment if it doesn't say what you want it to. But right now you're also spending as much time thinking about it as if you were doing the opposite of what you're doing now. Take away its power. If you're curious, hop on, read it, and then move on with your life. You're getting more benefit out of your exercise and healthy habits than you are from what it says anyway!

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MARTY728 10/23/2012 12:17PM

    Do whatever you want concerning the scale. Paraphrasing the a soliloquy from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, "To weigh, or not to weigh, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to not know my weight and suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take weigh myself against my commitment"

Whatever you do is right for you. Just keep the October 9th recommitment!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/23/2012 8:46AM

    Ugh, I've found myself hating the scale lately. I used to weigh once a week, then it went to every day, now, I hate getting on the scale, so it's been back to once a week. Kudos to you for waiting till the end of the month.

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SEBASTIANALADY 10/23/2012 8:36AM

  I don't own a scale. It didn't make the cut for some move and I never replaced it. On one hand it's good because I only weigh in at the gym. On the other hand, owning one might have clued me in that I was packing on weight quickly over a couple year period.

Why are you disappointed in a 1-2 pound weight loss though? That is fantastic. It's sustainable and lets you adjust your appetite and nutritional expectations gradually. Of course it's not the huge double digit drops that you see on Biggest Loser. But 1-2 pounds a week gradually and persistently is 50-100 pounds over a year. And you're less likely to decide that everything is too much work and give up.

I think you find wants to congratulate yourself and move forward. Scale one day, tape measure another, mileage one day, better fitting pants the next. Find reasons to be proud of the hard work you're doing. My big thrill this morning was using the smallest set of holes on my belt. I'm hoping to have to buy a new one in a couple months.

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-POOKIE- 10/23/2012 8:02AM

    I tend to weigh myself everyday, amused and horrified by the effects of eating something like pizza or Chinese with the sodium water retention (10lbs is my record up one day, gone the next) (never went to that restaurant again!)

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ROCKMAN6797 10/23/2012 7:52AM

    This has to be hard. I do weight myself everyday, using the number I see to think about my previous day's activities and what I did right and what I might do better next time. I know this is easier said than done so I understand why you want to stay off the scale. You are an intelligent, resourceful woman who knows what has to be done. You will do this and you will be proud of what you have done. I just know it!

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Fall Foliage & Hiking

Sunday, October 21, 2012







Finally had a day off today and headed out to the woods. As much as I don't mind exercising indoors - it is a completely different experience outside. Love the cool autumn air, the smell of the leaves and the dirt and the feel of the sun on my skin. Yesterday I was having a hard day with some waning motivation but today revitalized me.

Hope something this weekend re-vitalized you as well!

Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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KONRAD695 10/22/2012 8:44PM

    Looks like a nice walk. I hope to go out with the dogs tomorrow. Probably will not be as picturesque as yours, but it will be nice anyways. emoticon

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-POOKIE- 10/22/2012 3:11AM

    Beautiful!

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KITHKINCAID 10/21/2012 11:45PM

    So pretty! Reminds me of home :)

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MICHSTATE 10/21/2012 10:24PM

    Nice pictures!!!!

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FITMARY 10/21/2012 9:44PM

    I've been "off-line" for a while so your picture really struck me: you've made GREAT progress! Looking good, Spunky Ducky! Really, really good!
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JSTCHLIN 10/21/2012 8:35PM

    I totally agree. I need to get outdoors more and away from the typical indoor stuff.

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LOOZINITNOW 10/21/2012 6:23PM

    I love fall!!! emoticon

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BIERMA 10/21/2012 5:19PM

  I echo that thought! IA has been radiant color for several weeks. I LOVE IT!

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WENDIGAYLE 10/21/2012 5:15PM

  I think this has been a beautiful, colorful fall so far.

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10 days (and counting)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I am on FIRE!!!

In the past 10 days I have spent 18 hours exercising - and it feels awesome! I feel much more alive. I even got up at 5am this morning to make sure I had time to exercise before work (which is something I would usually never do - total night owl). One of my goals is to exercise every day - let's see how much weight I can lose in 100 days of exercise. In 2009 I lost 40 lbs in my first 100 days, and 32 lbs in the next 100 days. I will settle for 30. 100 days takes me to Jan 6th. Minus 30 lbs would take me to 204...(ok if I am honest I REALLY want to lose 35 - hello onederland...) I am 10% of the way there - WOOT

Anyone with me?
Feel free to join the 100 day challenge team if this appeals.
Thanks for all of the support!

Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

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ROCKMAN6797 10/20/2012 6:56PM

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I know that you can! I was inspired by an earlier blog of yours where you celebrated one year of exercising. I vowed that I would try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and I am proud to say that I am currently on a streak of 500+ straight days!!! You inspired me to do this so I know you will kill this 100 day challenge!

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KONRAD695 10/19/2012 4:31PM

    I'm with you on the exercise!! Doesn't it make you feel great emoticon
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KITHKINCAID 10/19/2012 2:00PM

    Great news! Keep going - if anyone can do this, I know you can. You're PROVEN in consistency!

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DESTINYSCHOICE 10/19/2012 1:53PM

    You are on fire, girl!! And thank you for being inspiring! I first saw this blog entry on my smart phone earlier and have thought about it since then. It will be very hard to fit in, but I am also going to join the 100 day challenge. The weight loss you had when doing in previously inspired me, alot! I was in Onederland for a minute...but need to get back there and just haven't had the initiative. That initiative has been back lately, like you! So I am in and hope to lose 30lbs. Go us!!! emoticon

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BALDWINJ_03 10/19/2012 11:39AM

    That is amazing lady!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNIE00 10/19/2012 10:11AM

    Im in and hoping for 39lbs which would take me to onederland before my bday on Jan 24! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 10/19/2012 9:20AM

    Love seeing you on fire again!!!! emoticon

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MYSHERIANN 10/19/2012 8:43AM

    Goodness- I need to get my butt over there!!!! GREAT JOB!!! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/19/2012 8:33AM

    You ARE on fire! Way to go!!!

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FAT2FITKECIA 10/19/2012 4:56AM

    I'm IN! On Day 4 and loving it!!! Let's do this!!! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/19/2012 4:08AM

    I feel YOUR fire!! You Go Girl - ONEderland awaits you!

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TADTURC 10/18/2012 11:29PM

    Im in! On day 3.

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MICKEYMAX 10/18/2012 11:22PM

    You are rocking it!!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 10/18/2012 10:57PM

    I am doing 100 days of exercise, too! To be honest, I am hoping it will help me kick these 10 pounds to the curb! We can do it!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 10/18/2012 10:44PM

    I'm with ya! I'm going to join now :)

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Sexy Boots & Short term goals

Tuesday, October 16, 2012



Above are the boots from my prior blog - I must say that they are WORKING - I am feeling sassy!

Spent a lot of time trying to think about some short term goals given how rough it has been to relight my fire. My short term overall goal is to KEEP IT LIT! Hence here are some things I am going to focus on until Nov 1st:

1. Exercise every day - simply essential
2. Move back from my size 18 pants to a size 16
3. Stay off the scale - it will be hard, but I don't want to start head games with myself
4. Log calories - also non-negotiable if I am going to stay honest
5. Think positively about where I am - and dress it up - THINK BOOTS!

Finally I will draw on the energy of all of you here to keep my own Spark lit until the fire is so strong, nothing can smother it!

Cheers
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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JLPEASE 10/20/2012 9:30PM

    Awesome boots! You can so totally do this!
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JENNIFERKCM 10/18/2012 9:34PM

    Ok, when I first glanced to the right of your page, I saw sexy booty shorts... emoticon I think you have great goals...knowing where you have been...YOU KNOW YOU WILL get there again! emoticon

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DESTINYSCHOICE 10/17/2012 11:25PM

    Love it! And I am sooo with you, so thanks for the pep talk...lol. I have done well maintaining for the last 10 months...just gaining and losing the same 5 lbs. But I should have lost another 25lbs or more by now. However, that beating myself up is what led to complaceny and not setting goals and sticking to them. Ian changing that along beside you. I have kicked my exercise back into gear, and tryin to eat right...hardest thing right now for some reason. But we can do this. Keep up the great work!!


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KITHKINCAID 10/17/2012 1:20PM

    Love it. You got this lady!

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KONRAD695 10/17/2012 8:16AM

    Struttin' Boots + Struttin' Body + Struttin' Attitude = One SpunkyDucky emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/17/2012 8:11AM

    LOVE those boots, I wish I could find some to fit my calfs, lol! I think those are excellent goals, and I'm with ya = )

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/17/2012 3:53AM

    Great short term goals and Great boots!! Sassy and Sexy!! emoticon

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/17/2012 12:34AM

    You are spunky! I just bought a pair of boots myself. They have wedge heels, something new for me and will take some getting used to but they make me feel sassy.

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DIET_FRIEND 10/16/2012 11:11PM

    The boots look great. I think your goals are very do-able.

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RHEYNKLW 10/16/2012 11:01PM

    Cuuute boots!

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LOOZINITNOW 10/16/2012 11:00PM

    Love the boot and the goals!!!

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ONMYWEIGH60 10/16/2012 10:56PM

    You have some awesome goals there that WILL get you to the finish line. Good luck in all of this healthy journey.

Love the bots!

Hugs
Suzzy

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