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Monday, July 14, 2014

I've been needing to shake things up a bit. So, inspired by Spark Guy (and all the other streakers out there), I want to start a streak of my own. I will exercise for at least 10 minutes a day, every day.


Today is Day One. Let's see where this takes me.

How about you? Are you into streaks?

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KPETSCHE 7/16/2014 12:25AM

Did you join the 10 minute daily exercise challenge and team? I found that I really got motivated by doing the initial 30 day streak and that's what kept me going. Good luck with your exercise streak!

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SNOWYOGA 7/14/2014 3:21PM

    That sounds great (good luck) I have some (water, getting to sleep in time, veggies, and a few others)

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KOFFEENUT 7/14/2014 12:37PM

    Good for you for setting a streak to help you get pointed in the right direction with your healthy lifestyle! I actually have a streak going that I'm determined not to break - I've (as of today) logged into SparkPeople for 512 consecutive days! Helps me keep in the forefront of my mind that I want to live a healthy lifestyle so I can be around longer to enjoy my fabulous life!

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Gaining Insight...Maybe

Thursday, June 19, 2014

For the past month, most days, I have been spending a good deal of time at my parents', helping my Mom as she recovers from her second surgery in 6 months, and helping my Dad hold down the fort. I am fortunate to be able to do this. They live about 15 miles away, my kids are old enough to not need me every second, my husband supports me in this endeavor, I work part-time (as I choose). But more importantly, this has been precious time with my parents. They have been gracious and loving in accepting help, and a joy to be with.

However, the quality of my eating has taken a nosedive. I try my best to be positive when I'm at their house, and I eat well there, but when I come home, I've been "unwinding" with a bowl or two of chips...or cheese and crackers...and a glass of wine...and some ice get the idea. I'm completely undoing any exercise that I fit in.

Then there is the unfinished business around here adding to my stress -- unopened mail, action not taken on our upcoming renovation, errands postponed, clutter piling up.

And I realized this morning, not only do I not mind helping my parents, in some ways it's so much easier (at least in the short term) to go to their house and help out, than to face the odds and ends going on here. And my "unwinding" ritual is so much easier than packing a bag for the gym, or planning a proper dinner so I'm not scrambling at 7pm to put dinner together. But in the long run, it's not healthy.

And many of my previous weight loss attempts have been foiled by taking the easy way out, and focusing on others, instead of me. What's easy right now just makes everything harder in the long run.

My Mom had good news today; another hurdle cleared. I'm going out of town next week with my family for a long-planned vacation, and hopefully this will be a chance for me to recharge and refocus. I hope to take on July with renewed energy to take the hard but worthwhile road for me.

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KBLASEN 7/10/2014 4:48PM

    have fun on your vacation!

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SCOTMAMA 7/4/2014 4:23PM

    Read your blog and know that changing your lifestyle is hard at any age, so the sooner you get started the better!

Your kids are probably old enough to do several things around the house, and there is no reason your husband can't do a few things also. If he can cook -- fine! If he doesn't know how to cook, teach him a few simple things -- all of them healthy, of course, so if he ever has to prepare a meal he can.

Good Luck on your journey!

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BMCOLLEY 6/22/2014 7:16PM

    You are blessed because you have your parents, a generous husband, and independent children. I would say it is time for your children start carrying their part of the family. For instance, are they old enough to cook if their dad is there in case they need help?


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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Well, I met some, but not all of my goals for May. I've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks helping my Mom after her hip surgery. While I didn't get to the pool as much as I had hoped, I was still able to go on lots of short walks in order to meet my 1000 minutes goal.

I also didn't get to track my nutrition as frequently as I planned, since they don't have internet. But on the days I did track, I saw that on most days, I went over my calorie total. So that explains the plateau. I'll have to snack less often and more wisely.

My Mom is doing better, and she and my Dad graciously accepted my help. Old age ain't for sissies, but I hope to get there in the best shape possible.

My goals for June:

1. 1000 Fitness minutes
2. Track my nutrition 15 days
3. Stay under my calorie limit for 12 of those 15 days
4. Swim 4000 yards

What are your goals for June?

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SNOWYOGA 6/3/2014 2:43PM

    Happy to hear your mom's doing better, and your a nice daughter! Sounds like even though you were away and pretty busy, you did good and I like your June plan I need to set some new one's for myself Thanks and have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Today I Can

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I read an inspiring weight-loss article yesterday on the Mind Body Green newsletter. Here's a link (hopefully).

What's encouraging is that the author, Ford Baker was successful with a one-day-at-a-time approach. It struck a chord with me because for the last month or two at least, I've been dwelling on my current plateau, and how much more I still need to do, and how I should probably never eat ____ again, etc. But a "today I can" attitude puts the focus on small changes, makes today a whole lot easier, and hopefully keep the momentum going.

Have a great day!


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SMILEYBEE 5/29/2014 1:46PM

    Loved reading that inspirational article! (I even read it aloud to John.) I really need to develop the "Today I Can" attitude and recommit to a healthier lifestyle!

Thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 5/16/2014 6:37PM

    Love chunking down goals to manageable size so not overwhelmed and give up.

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SNOWYOGA 5/14/2014 11:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon And thanks for sharing!

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UNSWEETMAMA 5/14/2014 5:04PM

    Thank you for sharing that!
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Goals for May

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I haven't set monthly goals for a while, and it's time to get back on track. I'm keeping it simple and manageable. So, in May, I will:

1. Hit 1000 fitness minutes.
2. Swim 5000 yards. (I'm a really slow swimmer, so it will probably take me a month to reach this goal!)
3. Track my eating 22 days this month. I find meal tracking somewhat tedious, but I need to see the writing on the wall.

What are your goals for May?

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SNOWYOGA 5/3/2014 8:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I just want to do well! emoticon

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