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Fall 5% Challenge Assignments 1 to 8

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hello, I am am doing the Fall 5% Challenge, I have dusted off my scale and finally got all my daughters stuff out of my exercise area. I have wiped down my stationary bike and total gym now that I can get into the area. I have also dug out a few Wii exercise programs that I haven't done in a while. My exercise plan is basically to get in my 10,000 steps a day and to add different exercises weekly. I will keep switching things around so I don't get bored and my body doesn't get used to a routine. My nutrition plan is to say in the calorie range that Spark has set for me.
I also plan to get in more freggies,also my doctor told me to get a little more lean fiber in my diet. I cleaned out my fridge and kitchen of junk...this was met with stiff resistance from DH and DD. I for see things finding thier way back into the house thanks to them, so I also will get some healthy snacks for myself so I won't cave.
My daily plan is to make sure that I have a healthy breakfast shortly after waking up, this will help keep me from grazing later in the afternoon. I also think a daily to do list would help keep me better organized and open up more time for exercise. Making weekly menus and building a stronger support system will go a long way in helping me achieve my goals.
I want to lose this weight so I can be healthier. Less weights means my heart and lungs won't have to work so hard. It also means that my knees won't have to carry around so much and I have no doubt my lower back would feel a lot better. Then there is the vain part of me who wants to look good. I want a waistline and I don't want my butt and thighs to jiggle. I have a dress that I fit into but Iwould like it to fit where I do not look like a 10 pound bag of potatos in a 5 pound bag.
In order to accomplish weight loss I must also face and admit my triggers. I am an emotional and stress eater. If I feel sad, angry, bored ,lonely are am stressed out I EAT...maybe I should say continously graze. Now I am sure you all know that I don't go running for the celery and carrots, oh no not I. The number one all time best stress food in my world is ice cream.....it doesn't even matter what kind as long as it is ice cream!!!! Chocolate is another trigger food....can't just have one bite. I am thinking riding my bike or stationary bike (if weather is bad) is a better way to handle sadness and lonliness, and my total gym is a good way to handle stress.
My diet and exercise plans have failed before because of..........me. I let things get in the way, my husband or my daughter wants me to do something so I drop workout to do want they want me to do. I change the healthy meal I planned to go to something my family wants because they claim I don't make anything they like any more. I let thier moods affect my self worth. I let........ those are two very powerful words. The first thing I need to do to turn things around is to admit my responsibility for being where I am. I need not to take other peoples bad moods personally or as a sign I have done something wrong. I do not have to change the meal I had planned...I am the one cooking and heck it's better for them also. If I am working out and someone wants something well....they can do it for themselves. The main thing I need to do is to learn how to love me. More to come

  
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LYNCHD05 9/17/2014 3:48AM

    Boy does this ever sound like most of us women.......Mothers and wives. Why do we think their wants are more important than ours. Good blog and one we all need to think about.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/16/2014 11:47PM

    All so true ! Also how about adding in some FUN hobbies? All work, makes jack a lonely boy.

I wish you the BEST !! Also TY for doing the Leadah Spotlight. That's just an added bonus,, we will all enjoy.

Plz do NOT let DD/DH interfere with ur new life style, of course if they do not see the need for changes,, they will not make it. I ve heard more than once "show me by exrercise
And NOT by nagging,, or tryin to make ME change. I will if I only see a benefit, or the need to".

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/16/2014 10:42PM

    You CAN do it, Sweetheart!!!!
I believe in YOU:) :) :)
Hugs,

Jes

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SIRIUS2014 9/16/2014 9:09PM

    Great blog. We are responsible. Let's stay accountable to do all we can. emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/16/2014 3:10PM

    emoticon To just put YOU first for the Fall Challenge! Woo HOO! emoticon emoticon
BTW - we have nature trails here that are awesome. The area where we live is quite barren, so having the trails nearby is a real godsend. The corps of engineers recently updated the park and trails here so we blessed. Ride On! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 9/16/2014 1:44PM

    Mo your blog has really inspired me. I will be thinking of it today while I am working. I can relate to much of what you wrote. Come back and read this and you will keep on track.

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MAINEALI 9/16/2014 12:24PM

    Sounds like a great plan. It's got to be so hard when you have to take family members into consideration. My DH eats whatever I put in front of him so no worries there. Good luck with the Fall 5% challenge!

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KATESCAPE 9/16/2014 12:02PM

    Looks like we will be team mates for the 5% Fall challenge...Go Starfish! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 9/16/2014 10:40AM

    You have GREAT reasons to want to be healthier, and a good strategy for getting there. Know there are lots of us right alongside you, cheering you on!

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WILSONWR 9/16/2014 9:35AM

    Sounds like you've got a good strategy, Mo!

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OXYGEN9 9/16/2014 7:52AM

    Those are great goals and very good achievements so far! Keep it up emoticon

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GOLFGMA 9/16/2014 7:16AM

    Great blog and planning strategy! emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/16/2014 5:41AM

    Great job on getting these words down

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SWEDE_SU 9/16/2014 3:57AM

    it sounds like you have a good solid plan, and with the encouragement of the challenge, emoticon

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To All The Fall 5% Challenge Teams

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some of you may have noticed me hanging around your team pages and wondered who I am. I thought it would be quicker to write an introductory blog than to introduce myself team by team.
I am Mo, I am one of the OELs, I am new at this position so please bear with me. I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2008. I have lost track of how many of these challenges I've done, while I have yet to make my 5%, I have gotten stronger both physically and mentally. I also have learned a lot about myself.
I am 55 years old and just recently celebrated my 29th anniversary with my husband and best friend. I am the mother of three grown children, a son who is 38 and two daughters ages 28 and 20. I am also a grandmother of two lovely granddaughters. I look forward to getting to know all of you and wish all the best in the Fall 5% challenge.

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/16/2014 11:49PM

    TY Mo, for letting us know morah about ya !

It'll be FUN getting to know you morah. HOP by the Dawggie Team,,,, and watch us have so much FUN as with ALL the teams. Wishing ALL the VERY best !

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/16/2014 10:44PM

    We are so happy to have you, Mo!!!
You rock, Sweetheart:) :) :)
Hugs,

Jes

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SIRIUS2014 9/16/2014 9:11PM

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/16/2014 2:26PM

    You can hang around all you want, Mo! Always pleased to "see" you! emoticon

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KATESCAPE 9/16/2014 12:11PM

    Hi Mo, I am Kate. It's nice to meet you. I encourage you to check out my page and read up on me and add me as a friend if so inclined. New to the 5% challenge and to some of the abbreviations too, can you educate me on what OEL is? Also, can you direct me to where the assignments are? You mentioned the assignments on your other blog from today, but i am yet to find a thread listed as such. Slightly overwhelmed with this new team, but excited just the same! Thanks and goood luck meeting your 5%...together..... emoticon

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WILSONWR 9/16/2014 9:33AM

    Way to stay involved, Mo!

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ROXYZMOM 9/16/2014 7:42AM

    Nice to meet you!

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NOLAHORSERIDER 9/16/2014 7:41AM

    Welcome Mo! Great to have you on the Team! It is a pleasure to meet you and I wish you well in the up coming challenge! :) emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/16/2014 5:45AM

    Wonderful - thanks for the info

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/16/2014 1:01AM

    Mo! emoticon Great to meet you! Love all the little notes you have been leaving on the my page and the Champions Page. Hope you do well this Challenge!
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TOVEYTWIRL 9/16/2014 12:58AM

    Hello, nice to meet you emoticon . I too didnt do great in the last challenge but I,ve pulled up my sock,s and will give this one my best shot. Good Luck to you too... emoticon...

P.S. I,m a Determined Daisy emoticon .

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KALISWALKER 9/16/2014 12:56AM

    Mo great way to introduce yourself! emoticon

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Not The Best Summer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So, I did the summer 5% challenge. I started off great, I was watching my food and getting in plenty of exercise. Then I started suffering from overwhelming fatigue, I did keep exercising but no where near the intensity I needed. This lead me to feel frustrated which led me to eat.....and eat...... and not healthy either. I am still feeling fatigued but have decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back on track starting with my food. I will start walking a lot again and then add more intense exercise. I also joined the Fall 5% challenge...... this will really help with my motivation. Anyone want to join me? It is a great way to get fit. lose weight and you have fun while you do!!!! Here Is the link to the challenge.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63518

  
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BA5454 9/15/2014 8:03AM

    I know this blog is fairly old, but I had to comment--love the spirit that's coming thru here. We all have off days (months?), but it looks like you've made a commitment--here's to the new fall challenge! I, for one, am really looking forward to it emoticon !

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BEVIEANN 9/14/2014 10:51PM

    Thanks for your encouraging comment on my spark page... I to have been suffering with overwhelming fatigue to the point where i quit walking and actually have been very depressed... a lot of family issues to deal with over this past year but am doing better today... i will join you with the healthier eating and getting back to my walks... I always feel better when i can get out for a walk... wishing you all the best in this fall 5% challenge. we need to do this for our health... I need to do this so i can actually do my hour long walks again without suffering so much pain... thanks again

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FLORIDASUN 8/29/2014 10:05AM

    Mo...you are the MOST amazing warrior woman I know! You ALWAYS inspire the heck out of me during our challenges. I have had severe fatigue this summer too. I sometimes wonder if we aren't picking up the stressful vibes of the world. There is SO much to worry about...and being a sensitive you absorb it more like me.

Just do your best to move your body and eat healthfully...you know I'll be cheering you on!

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KALISWALKER 8/25/2014 8:24PM

    August is almost over so hopefully you can relax a bit.

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LILYDOG11 8/22/2014 11:22PM

    I did the Summer 5% challenge and didn't lose any weight. But I joined the a Fall 5% challenge and would be happy to Buddy up with you. My problem is getting off the couch ( truly ) !! Here's to a better Fall challenge.

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LYNCHD05 8/21/2014 7:14PM

    Isn't this what it all about. We have our down times but we come back here and keep on trucking!!! Happy to hear you are getting back on track!

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LASARRE 8/21/2014 2:13PM

    emoticon We'll get em next time!

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ADRIENALINE 8/21/2014 1:43PM

    It is so easy to get tuckered out. I end the day exhausted but I never regret getting my walk in. One step at a time!

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GRACEOMALLEY 8/21/2014 12:24PM

    None of us are perfect, so start with that. Know you've goofed and how you goofed is about 90% of the battle. You're already getting yourself back on track and the next challenge is right around the corner. You know - if at first you don't succeed . . . . Onward toward the Fall 5% and success will be ours!
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PATRICIA-CR 8/21/2014 10:56AM

    It's an awesome challenge! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/21/2014 9:27AM

    You have a good plan!

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JUSTME29 8/21/2014 8:56AM

    Good for you getting back on track! I'm sitting out the fall challenge to focus on other things, but I know that you will be successful. Starting out with walking is a great beginning, I know I always feel better (physically and mentally) after a nice long walk.

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WILSONWR 8/21/2014 8:29AM

    I tell you what, Mo. I'll join you on the food tracking. I am really gaining the weight back since my Colorado trip. Let's support each other on our "friends" page. We can do this!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/21/2014 8:21AM

    Have you seen the doctor about your fatigue? I have been suffering from the same problem, but the tests don't show anything .What's really weird is that I went through all of this last summer too, and it resolved to just my regular fatigue after the summer passed.

Good for you for getting back on track, despite the fatigue. We have to keep pushing ourselves forward.

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STEVEN2GO2 8/21/2014 8:14AM

    You don't give up!!! One step back two steps forward!!! I hope the overwhelming fatigue is gone for good! I hope you have fun with the 5% Fall challenge, challenges are awesome motivators and help with accountability too!

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The Summer Of Mo AKA The Summer 5% Challenge

Saturday, June 21, 2014

As usual I am behind on my 5% challenge assignments so I will put them all into this blog. I have got my water bottle ready,my workout clothes and shoes are out and waiting for me. I went through the kitchen and fridge and tossed out the unhealthy foods. I went shopping and replaced it with healthy fruits,vegetables and grains. I made up a menu for this weeks dinners.
I will make up a menu of dinners every week of the challenge so I will know what I will be eating.
My basic nutrition plan is to track my food and stay within the calorie range that Spark has set for me which is between 1200 and 1550. My exercise plan is to get at least 10,000 steps daily, to start and stick with a strength training program and to add power yoga twice a week.
I want to lose this weight for my health, I would also like to look fabulous in my clothes. I do not want to look ultra thin....I want to look healthy and fit. I want to feel strong and confident. There quite a few things that I need to do to make this happen, one of those being keeping my trigger foods out of the house. So no ice cream and potato chips are allowed in my house.
These are the foods I go to when I am sad and stressed, I also tend too gravitate towards them when I am bored. I also need to take a look at why what I am doing isn't working. I know that my eating has been a major problem so I need to get that under control. I think one of the things that causes my eating problem is I am an all or nothing personality,so one slip and I feel guilty and then I eat badly. It takes me along time to get back track which makes me feel
like a failure and then I tend to deprive myself of food. So, I have to work on this all or nothing attitude. I also need to put my wants and needs first. I tend to let my family guilt me out of my healthy lifestyle...........if you wouldn't exercise so much we could spend more time together, you never cook anything we like anymore. I wind up feeling guilty and wind up doing something unhealthy, this has to stop. So I have decided this challenge I am going to treat myself well, I will not let anyone make me feel guilty for wanting to be healthy. I am going to make this summer my summer!!!!!

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/1/2014 11:31AM

    Hi Mo...just came across your blog and want you to know that anything MO puts her pretty little head to...she can succeed at! I just KNOW this to be true! I'm cheering thou on...you KNOW that! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/23/2014 5:46PM

    Happy Summer Solstice and the beginning of the Summer of Mo! I, too, seem to overdose on ice cream when it's in the house -- even in individual portions, two and three portions were becoming the norm. Sure hope we make progress together as we rock as a team! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/23/2014 5:24AM

    emoticon plan! Good for you for putting yourself and your health first. It's easy to let others control what you do and how you eat especially when it's family. Not keeping things in the house that are triggers for you or hard to control is a definite must. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PCOH051610 6/22/2014 1:31PM

    I share your "all or nothing mentality" but I think admitting it is half the problem! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/22/2014 12:39AM

    I like your plan no ice cream and potato chips. My thing is bread, when the toaster is out I am not losing weight. I know what you mean about others. Hubby calls his 'diet' - he eats whatever I put in front of him and he is good about it. When others are around I try to accommodate them without sabotaging me, but then we have desserts, gravies, etc. and of course I eat it too. Having kids around, I find I am making things for them and I eat something a little different. When you find something that works for you, please let me know.

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LYNCHD05 6/21/2014 2:13PM

    Great plan. And, when you put it in writing it is then a commitment to yourself. I know you can do it!!!

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JUSTME29 6/21/2014 10:16AM

    That sounds like a great plan! I have a tendency to let other people control my eating and exercising too and it has to stop! What's convenient for them doesn't always work for me, and emotional binges only end up hurting me. Those things are so easy to recognize and say, but so much harder to control. That will be my focus this 8 weeks. We will do this, together we are stronger and together we will be the support we need.

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WILSONWR 6/21/2014 8:42AM

    What a plan! Eat healthy and don't worry what the others think. They are the ones with the problem!

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GOLFGMA 6/21/2014 6:40AM

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Teddy Bear Heading To The Spring Challenge

Saturday, April 05, 2014

It is time for the Spring 5% challenge and once again I am lucky enough to be a Teddy Bear. I love these challenges, they make you take a long hard look at yourself and encourage you to become stronger and healthier.
I have my water bottle ready, my shoes are ready, heck I have my bike all geared up and ride ready....can't wait to hit the trails. I have cleared my kitchen and fridge of all junk food. I have stocked up on fruits and healthy cereals, whole grain bread, and healthy snacks. My diet plan is to stay in my calorie range that SparkPeople has set for me. I will cut back on sugar and fat. I will also track and measure my food to keep my portions under control.
My exercise plan is to keep moving. With the warmer weather coming I will be doing more walking and hiking. I will also be doing some bike riding. I love riding my bike on the Great Allegheny Passage trail. I will get at least 10,000 steps a day. I need to add strength training to my routine. I don't know why this one is so hard for me but I will be working on it.
I am an emotional eater,therefore my triggers tend to be sadness, frustration,anger and lonliness. I plan not to keep and of my go to trigger foods (ice cream,chips, licorice) in the house. I plan on doing some meditation and boxing to help deal with my emotions.
I will huddle with my Teddy Bears daily. I will also post my exercise minutes and my LTGL minutes daily and read and comment on team blogs as I can.
I am looking forward to this challege........good luck to all who are participating.

  
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HEALTHYBARB1 5/24/2014 11:53AM

    Hope the challenge is going well for you Mo!!
Smiles Barb

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GZELLEFRO 4/21/2014 7:07PM

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/6/2014 5:20AM

    emoticon You are a determined woman!! You are all set. To help with the strength training you might want to check out http://www.jessicasmithtv.com/ she has some good ST exercises and also http://www.fitnessblender.com/. They are also on YouTube which might be faster than their own private websites. Goooo Teddy Bears!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/5/2014 8:46PM

    Mo you are really ready to rock the challenge. You have really thought it out. Let's remind each other to come back and read our starting blogs and keep up the energy.

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LYNCHD05 4/5/2014 3:57PM

    Except for the weight training part this sound so just like me. If you do all this you will have an awesome challenge. Go Teddy Bear go!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/5/2014 1:44PM

    I, too am ready to rock this challenge with you for the sake of our health. Teddy Bears rock!

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JUSTME29 4/5/2014 9:54AM

    Good luck to you to! This is the one were I actually lose the 5%, I just know it. We are both going to be fantastic.

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GOLFGMA 4/5/2014 7:32AM

    Sounds like a warrior in action! emoticon

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LILYDOG11 4/5/2014 3:52AM

    I'm on Determined Daisies Team. I've done summer challenge before but that was almost a year ago ... Since then I've become more positive and feel ill be able to be successful for Spring 2014 Challenge. Great ideas you have. Best wishes to you.

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144AUTUMN 4/5/2014 2:33AM

  You can do it!!

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