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It's about time....

Monday, September 22, 2014

Well, I am back and excited for this challenge. I am thinking about what I want to do differently. It seems as though I know what I need to do to be successful, but I let other “needs” get in the way. If someone else needs help, I am there. If a co-worker needs ideas, I am there. If the house is getting messy, I don’t ask for help, I do it. I know that I put in many, many more hours on my job than I should, but I am not happy unless all five of the levels that I teach have the best lessons I can provide. Something always has to give, and it is always time for “me”. I do not want to stop doing all of the above, but I do have trouble putting time (to plan meals, prepare healthy snack, work out, and sleep) as a high enough priority. I watch my husband. He is an amazing man and a true sweetheart. He, however, has no problem putting the gym first. He is there every day and often for several hours. I need to find a path a bit closer to his.
I cannot promise big change here. I have promised myself more time before. However, I will try very hard to allow myself more time and I will be more attentive to my needs. So, to be more specific, I plan to set aside time each weekend to put that “me” time on the calendar and, as much as possible, treat it like all those commitments that I am good at keeping.
Onward- to the best challenge yet!

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LEANJEAN6 12/6/2014 8:11AM

    Hi Donna----YOU are important!

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HAPPYINHK 10/6/2014 12:39AM

    Donna - I completely recognize what you write in this blog. Beforehand when I am trying to put in me-time I always feel guilty. But once I went out for that run or sat down just for myself to make time to plan my meals I always feel better for it. What is also surprising is that the people around you will actually appreciate you for the fact that you are doing this. When you are happy and healthy and proud of your progression or (healthy/sporty) achievements they will be proud of you too. I know you are doing great in the BLC at the moment and I am happy you are my team member this round! Let's schedule in just that extra bit of time for ourselves. To read through the tasks and challenges, respond to the chats and to make time for exercise.

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/1/2014 10:10AM

    I understand about doing everything for everyone, but you can't take care of anyone else until you take care of YOU! (believe me, everyone you take care of/work for, will appreciate it!)

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WOLFRUNNERONE 9/25/2014 6:40PM

    Sometimes life gets in the way and other times we do put others first before ourselves I wish I had the answer - I guess we just do the best we can - emoticon

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Smart Seal Goal BLC 24

Saturday, January 18, 2014

This is similar to my last blog, but I have revamped it a bit to meet the SMART criteria
In order to do my best in this challenge, I am adding this SMART goal.
Goal- to meet each of the criteria listed below (that I had written for the previous blog) at least 5 out of 7 days throughout the challenge. Doing so, will give me more consistency and allow me to progress further than I would otherwise.
So I have made a little chart that I can use to keep track day by day (chart does not post well- but I have it on my computer)
S Sip- 64 ounce water and tea per day
P Participate in current challenge
R Recharge yoga/meditation/ quiet time
I I- time Be sure that I give myself 7+hours of sleep
N Note every BLT
G Get moving Some type of exercise each day

SMART criteria
This is specific and easy to measure. By saying 5 of 7 days, it is attainable and realistic. I plan to do this throughout the challenge. This will be my best Challenge yet!

REWARD: Each week that I meet this goal,
I will carve out an hour on the weekend to either play with pictures and scrapbooks on the computer or play piano (2 things that I never get to) while enjoying a lit candle and a light latte. Just a dream hour

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MRSKATEDUVALL 1/21/2014 6:02PM

    good goals.

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CFMOSS 1/20/2014 10:48AM

    I like it; I like it - doable - I like the SPRING outline as well.

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GOING-STRONG 1/19/2014 11:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATLOW 1/19/2014 8:05PM

    Great rewards. I couldn't come up with any rewards You inspire me to think of something.

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    I love your goals & rewards. You definitely need to take some time for yourself emoticon emoticon

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AMAZINGAMY14 1/19/2014 9:13AM

    Sounds like great goals to me. Piano time sounds awesome and I need to make time for it too. It is so relaxing.
You can do it!!!

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BLC 24 12 week plan

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I am so excited about this challenge and I feel poised to move forward. Since this challenge take us into spring, I decided to use SPRING to plan for it.

This is what I will do and I will refer to it often!

S Sip water and tea all day everyday- a minimum of 64 ounces
P Participate in the challenges and post frequently
R Relax, rest and recharge daily. Yoga classes or quiet time daily
I Carve out I or ME time to rest and SLEEP enough. Evaluate often.
N Note everything and track food and activity daily (Catch-up if I have to miss)
G Get moving. At least 4 cardio sessions and 2 strength each week plus YOGA.

In order to keep on to of this, I will take some I/me time each weekend to plan ahead and then a bit of time each evening to see where I am and recharge. Since cortisol has been a big issue for me, stepping back, saying no, and sleep will be my 3 S goals.

For my SIP goal, I plan to drink a glass of water before my first coffee and between all other beverages. For this season, I hope to use a lot of herb tea as well.

On the I/me time...I leave very little time for me to be successful. I teach 6 different classes with 180 students and I pride myself on giving my best. I also advise several clubs and people know that I usually say yes to whatever they need. However, I am working to set better limits on myself because my health and my future time with family is so important. I guess that I am trying to be a recovering workaholic and I plan to address that every day.
There is no reason for me not to give myself time to plan, to workout, and to sleep. I intend to make great strides in this area.

For my Note Everything Goal, I have rejoined weight watchers online. I hope to track a lot on spark as well, but minimally I will track on WW

For my Get Moving goal, I plan to do a spin class at least twice a week, I plan to get back to Zumba and try water Zumba, and I have added the 5K walk challenge. This I will do on the treadmill. Even though I would like to try the jog or run 5K, I want to see how my ankle responds. I also plan to return to dance outings with my husband (he promises that we will take it slow on my ankle which is much better than it was- but, not nearly strong enough to do everything I want).

I am looking forward to each day of this journey.

Rewards for making weekly goals-

I will carve out an hour on the weekend to either play with pictures and scrapbooks on the computer or play piano (2 things that I never get to) while enjoying a lit candle and a light latte. Just a dream hour!

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AHARRIS02 1/14/2014 2:11PM

    emoticon Plan!!


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A1KAYOS 1/13/2014 1:31PM

    LOVE your "SPRING" Goals!!!

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CHERIONE 1/13/2014 5:37AM

    Good planning! emoticon

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CFMOSS 1/12/2014 9:45PM

    Oh excellent....Good plan - and it's doable. SMART!!! Here's to a great BLC24.

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BLC 23

Monday, September 23, 2013

I am so looking forward to this challenge. It is another new start and I just feel that I am ready to make a lot of progress. What do I plan to do?
1) I plan to track carefully. I will try to use my phone when I can't get to a computer. I also plan to rely on my new Spark book for some of the recipes.
2) I plan to do more short workouts. Since I injured my ankle this summer, I have been unable to do some of the things I am used to. However, I have seen a lot of short workout options that do not rely on ankles and I plan to do at least two short workouts per day.
3) I plan to carve out a bit of me time at least 4 times per week so that I can catch-up with posts and get to know others on the team.
4) I plan to earn ass many points as possible in every challenge!

As for Rewards.
here is my list...
For each week that I meet my goals, I will get one of the following:
2 hours me time to play with the pictures and digital scrapbooks that I never get to.
A cute new mug to take to work
A new shower caddy for the gym
An uninterrupted hour at the piano (I have a new keyboard that I've touched about 4 times in 6 months)
An hour to read

These things sound basic, but I seldom do them.
This challenge is going to be amazing!

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A*L*P* 9/24/2013 8:42AM

    Love the BLC! We got this!

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GOING-STRONG 9/23/2013 11:23PM

    Great plan and love your rewards. Taking time to do what you love to do is so important... those are the things are add to our happiness!


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MABELL1WFTX 9/23/2013 9:56PM

    Your plan will certainly get you closer to your goal and all those rewards.

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KRISTY927 9/23/2013 9:31PM

    sounds like a great plan!!! emoticon

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November- Week One Status- happy and inspired

Sunday, November 08, 2009

November 8th- 2nd Blog
Progress report November 1-8- Down 3 pounds!!
I am very excited! And to top it off, it is nearly 70 degrees up here in Wisconsin!
This has been a very stressful week at work and usually I would have dropped the workout ball easily. Instead I have been logging on every day and it has helped. I am so excited- this November will be the month that my weight stays on the downward course. Good luck and best wishes to all!

Exercise – Not as much as I’d like, but more than usual
SUN- Strength class
MON- Rowing class
TUES- Pilates and treadmill
WED- nothing- too many meetings…
THURS- Cardio class
FRI- “rest”
SAT – treadmill and pi-yo

calorie range – most days 5/7
water- usually 4-6 cups- I plan to do much better next week- I will try to drink at least 4 cups by noon- that should help!

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SUSIEMT 11/10/2009 4:48PM

    I would say you have had a wonderful week with the 3 lb. loss. It looks like you have been pretty active this past week. Keep up the good work.

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