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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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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 she has some good ST exercises and also 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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February Goals

Saturday, February 01, 2014

So January is over and February has begun. So, here are my February goals.

2/1: Track my food

2/2: Start doing yoga again

2/3: stretch more

2/4: continue my 10,000 steps or more a day streak

2/5: make sure I have enough books to read on my nook..........this is my me time

2/6. do some wii fit

2/7. do planks

2/8: do wall push ups

2/9: squats

2/10: try a new recipe

2/11: crunches

2/12: bubble bath

2/13: strength train

2/14: do something romantic with DH

2/15: Walk away the pounds....3 miles

2/16: mani/pedi

2/17: belly dance

2/18: stationary bike

2/19: climb 50 flights of stairs

2/20: bubble bubble baths

2/21: walk outside

2/22: sleep in

2/23: punch the heavy bag

2/24: read team mates blogs

2/25: drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

2/26: put new music on my IPod

2/27: Dance to my new music

2/28: sleep in

These are my goals for February. This is my month to take care of myself.

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SPARTAA 2/17/2014 3:30PM

    Wonderful goals, and very inspiring for my own list!

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HEALTHYBARB1 2/6/2014 1:58PM

    Like how you did a goal for each day!!
Go Mo!!
Smiles Barb

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IMIN2GENES 2/2/2014 9:59PM

    Great goals and a good plan!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/2/2014 9:18PM

    You've answered with a terrific example and quality dare!

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BDTHOM 2/2/2014 11:28AM

    Do something good for YOU every day. Fantastic!

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KALISWALKER 2/2/2014 11:09AM

    Great goals Mo. Let's make Feb a great month!

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JUSTME29 2/1/2014 10:27PM

    I need to take the time to make a list of my own.

Today's was - go grocery shopping and bring home good stuff. I did that, so now I just need to think of 27 more daily goals.

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ONYX_SHADOW 2/1/2014 9:53PM

    Great goals!!!

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LYNCHD05 2/1/2014 9:22PM

    Awesome planning!!!!

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    Great ideas. I especially like the 14th! I hope that happens for you.

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LILYDOG11 2/1/2014 8:47PM

    Wow I thought I made lists for a day or 2 in advance was organization. You will meet your goals you gave me a couple ideas. Go for it !! emoticon

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Need to get back to a schedule

Monday, January 27, 2014

I have been really off kilter with my schedule lately. I have been going to bed late and sleeping later which makes me feel rushed all day. I have a tendency to do my fitness after I do all my chores for the day.....which makes me feel energized which makes me stay up later.....see the pattern here? I have tried getting up earlier but then I am just tired and cranky. I think I am going to have to put in my fitness minutes sometime in the afternoon and let my chores wait until I am done. I also think I will move my bedtime up 15 minutes each night this week and see how that works. Thanks for listening. Have a great week everyone!!

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FLORIDASUN 2/1/2014 8:50AM

    I know you will adjust to the best schedule suited for you. You are a fighter girl and you know you need that exercise to keep your endorphins happy and swimming around your brain!

Go for it girlfriend...make it your 'me' time. I'm so unbelievably PROUD of me~self for sticking to this new diet plan. It's working in spite of the CRAZY amounts of food I eat. Happy nourished body...happy to let go of some fat stores. That seems to be the premise.

Hugs to you and keep on keepin' on! emoticon emoticon

We are TEDDY BEAR proud! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 1/31/2014 10:14AM

    Mo I hope you are getting enough sleep and adjusting you internal clock.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/30/2014 10:59PM

    I hear you! I have no schedule at all right now and it's killing me. Have you made any changes?

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2014 12:44AM

    My first thought was, "get a housekeeper!" -- But then, that was my thought for ME when I think of all the chores I have let go by undone. Yikes! It's a balancing act of sorts -- I hope you find what works best to get your schedule back in sync. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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ONYX_SHADOW 1/28/2014 12:09AM

    The last time I had major success with weight loss it was a simple matter of not allowing myself on the computer until my workout was complete. Its amazing how hard a person will push to get something they want. emoticon
You can do this honey!!!! It just takes some thought a few test runs to find what works for you.

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IMIN2GENES 1/27/2014 8:24PM

    Sounds like a good plan to readjust! Just remember to make YOU a priority. Put yourself on the calendar. You're even more important than the chores! Honest! Yes the bills need paid, groceries gotten, clothes cleaned... BUT if you don't take care of you, then who will do the chores?

I have the same problem with workouts too. I can't sleep if I do it too late. Now I switched it up so that as soon as I come home I put on my workout gear and go to it for at least 30 minutes. If I get more, great! If not, well that's okay too. At least I get in the 30. Then comes everything else... It works most of the time! Sometimes things like orthodontist appointments mess me up though...

Maybe we should start a Teddy Bear Sleepy Anonymous or something? LOL!

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PEPPYPATTI 1/27/2014 7:39PM

    Ah, I have been having that issue lately as well! I used to wake up early, do some Sparking, then some exercise, then clean house & maybe exercise some more after that. But lately, with being sick I am so out of my routine. Let's hope we both find it soon!
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GRACEOMALLEY 1/27/2014 1:54PM

    I know just what you mean. I try to get a good bit of my exercise/activity in early in the day because otherwise it gets me kind if wired if I do it too late in the day. I tend to be nocturnal anyhow, so I have to be careful about getting myself to sleep early enough to be up no later than 6:00 a.m. to get the critters fed and a bit of workout done and get myself to work on time.

If the workout energizes you, why do you wait until after your chores? Why not before them? Just curious. Meanwhile, they say it is best if you go to sleep and wake up the same time every day. Find times that work to provide you with adequate sleep and start making those your goals. If you hit them every day for several weeks, it will start to be a habit. Good Luck!
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JUSTME29 1/27/2014 8:40AM

    I need to figure out my schedule too, but in my case it's more a matter of fitting everything in than trying to reset my clock. Moving fitness ahead of your other chores makes sense, but if you're like me it's hard to self-justify moving something you "want" to do ahead of something you "need" to do. No matter how much we need exercise, somehow is always gets moved to the bottom of the list for me and then suddenly it's too late to start.

Let us know how it works for you this week.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/27/2014 8:05AM

    That sounds sensible!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/27/2014 7:56AM

    Hopefully your plan works.... keep on keeping on...

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NYARAMULA 1/27/2014 6:35AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. emoticon All the best.

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LYNCHD05 1/27/2014 1:19AM

    It is good when we take the time to think about how we are doing and how we can do better. I know you will work it out and do what is best for you.
You are an awesome Teddy and I know you will be successful!!!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/27/2014 1:16AM

    You my dear friend need your rest as you know. I think your plan to move your exercise time early in the day and bedtime gradually earlier in the evening is great. I've gotten my biological clock out of whack before too. It takes consistency to get it back to normal. Would doing your workout in the middle of your planned chores help? Just a suggestion. I thought since your workout energizes you, that it would also help to get the second half of chores done more quickly. Maybe you won't run out of steam. Work your plan kiddo and stay rested. emoticon

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The Season Of A Healthy Me (AKA The Winter 5% Challenge) Part 2

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I believe my diet and exercise plans have not worked in the past because I let other people talk me out of it. Now, please don't get me wrong I AM responsible for what I put in my mouth and planting my butt on the couch but I allow myself to be swayed by my husbands wanting to go out for dinner or him complaining that I never spend time with him is the same with my daughter when she is home. I will continue to go out for dinner with my husband but I will make healthier choices from the menu. I will try to talk my hubby into an after dinner walk or I will schedule my exercise earlier or later depending on his schedule. The most important thing I will do is remember that I am responsible for the decisions I make.... it is my health to take care of. This means I will watch what types of food I eat and to make sure I do intentional exercise. I am not waiting for the Winter 5% Challenge to begin to begin my healthy journey. I am getting in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and getting back onto my stationary bike. I have removed all junk food from my house. I am ready to start this challenge and to support my team mates!!! Let's all get healthy!!!!!!!!!!

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JDUFORD 1/12/2014 8:38PM

    Great motivation! My hubby and I had a discussion about negative comments during my exercise time....

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ADRIENNIE 1/11/2014 8:56PM

    You inspire me! I have days where I don't get to 10000 even though I walk for an hour or so every day. How do you do it! We'll jump into success together my friend. We are in it to win it!

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IMIN2GENES 1/11/2014 8:43PM

    emoticon You've got this!!

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FLORIDASUN 1/11/2014 8:14PM

    You are READY girl! And I'm ready too! Finally wrapped up the last of the birthday celebrations tonight and ready to get on board with my Speed up your Metabolism Diet Monday. I'll get the necessary foods tomorrow and then I'll be all aboard for the Monday start date. I'll let you know how it sounds good in theory but as we all know the day to day reality is the actual tests.

Hang in...and remember you are the valuable one that you need to take care of. No one and nothing should deter you from that! Hugs! We are ON this challenge! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/11/2014 2:31PM

    Make it so! You can do this. Continue to make stride and rocking this next 5% challenge. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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KALISWALKER 1/11/2014 12:49PM

    Mo you are motivated - removed all junk food from my house! That is a big step! All the best to you in the Challenge and you are getting a head start. Let's get our 5%

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LYNCHD05 1/11/2014 9:44AM

    You are right. We are the ultimate decision maker as far as how we look after our own bodies. We just have to figure out how to make it work for us. You are definitely making us think about how we are going to do it. Way to go girl!!!

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JUSTME29 1/11/2014 9:24AM

    I'm the same way. I let other people sway me way too easily, and I have to take back control.

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JYGETSFIT 1/11/2014 6:45AM

    Sounds like you have it all worked out, I hope you meet all of your goals in the challenge.

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NANFITGRAN 1/11/2014 6:06AM

    Yes! Choose to be the hero in your own life! emoticon

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The Season Of A Healthy Me( AKA The Winter 5% Challenge) Part 1

Friday, January 10, 2014

I have updated my page and my profile picture in anticipation of this challenge. I chose this picture of the female warrior because she is strong and beautiful but also she is is looking ahead to future battles and not back at past battles. This is how I am approaching the Winter 5%
Challenge, I will not look back at pass challenges, this is the challenge that starts my healthier future. I have dusted off my stationary bike,gazelle, and put fresh batteries in my Wii. I have my
shoes ready (Santa bought me a new pair) and my Fitbit Force is ready to record my steps!!!
I went through my kitchen and removed all of the unhealthy snacks and I will be grocery shopping next week for healthy foods. I will be going through Spark recipes,my cookbooks and health magazines for new healthy recipes.
My diet plan is to stay within my calorie range and to increase my consumption of veggies. I also plan to cut way back on processed foods and cut back on my wine. my exercise plan is to get at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and add strength training at least twice a week. I really need to work on the strength training.
I am not a list maker as far as my fitness is concerned,I find I tend to became to fixated on completeing the list and then I become upset if I don't complete that days exercise. As I am an all or nothing type of person this makes me feel like a failure and it becomes a viscious cycle.
I have however decided to make a weekly list of all the things I did right. I tend not to appreciate myself. So this is als the season of loving myself. I do however have a few things I do to make it easier to plan my day. I plan my dinners out for two weeks in advance. I make sure there are quick and healthy things on hand so I will not skip breakfast, such as yogurt, fresh fruit, and healthy cereals to name a few. I am doing all of this to get healthy and oh to lose weight. To be honest all of this started to lose weight but then became all about getting healthier. Don't get me wrong I still want to lose weight, losing weight will help make it easier to breathe with my COPD, it will also help my knees from aching so much. I also want to look good in my tie dye dress again!!!! I want to have more energy and confidence. To lose the weight I have to watch my triggers. I have given this a lot of thought, I do not have trigger foods..... I have trigger emotions. Lonliness and stress are the biggest, when these hit I go grazing and I have discovered that any food will do. I perfer salty foods or ice cream but if these aren't available I will find something else....anything long as it isn't healthy.
I have to learn not to sweat the small stuff, sometimes I stress over things and realize that they aren't worth getting worked up over. I am sure the world won't end if I don't run the vacuum every day. I probably wouldn't be so lonely if I actually got out of the house and met people. So I will work on these things to keep the triggers away.

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IMIN2GENES 1/11/2014 8:42PM

    Sounds like you're getting your plans together! You know I'm here for you and have your back! From one all or nothing gal to another, let's rock 2014!! This is our year sister!

Oh, by the way, if you ever feel lonely... you know how to get me!
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THETURTLEBEAR 1/11/2014 11:51AM

    I liked seeing all the names of my old team, posting on your page. You have determination and will rock this thing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/10/2014 11:30PM

    Great blog . . . you're on fire for good health, girlfriend! You can do this!

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HONEYBUNMINI 1/10/2014 10:43PM

    Mo I'm with you we will succeed no matter what I am going to be 60 in July can not go through an other year of missing out on healthy. Must be more on track. Good luck and see you at the end. Ok friend always. Lucie

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ADRIENNIE 1/10/2014 4:13PM

    You are ready! Me too. Let's go!

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KALISWALKER 1/10/2014 10:50AM

    Mo it's great that you know how you tick and can make it work for you. I agree it seems like weight loss is the focus but getting healthier is more important.

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LYNCHD05 1/10/2014 10:31AM

    This is great planning and I know you will do well in the challenge. I so love all your profile pics!!!

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LASARRE 1/10/2014 9:19AM

    Are you sure this wasn't my blog? Your plan is great for the upcoming challenge emoticon

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JUSTME29 1/10/2014 8:46AM

    Sounds like you have a good solid plan. Much of what you've written could have come out of my head too.

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NINJA-NED 1/10/2014 8:20AM

    I can relate to so much of what you've written. I too am an all or nothing person, which can really mess things up some times. It's something I'm always working on. Making a list of positive choices is a great idea - I'm going to steal it! I'm trying to focus on being kinder to myself as well, especially when I look in the mirror, which is when I tend to be my harshest critic. I'm also working on letting go of the small stuff. In my case, I need to lighten up on my kids when they haven't picked up every article of dirty clothing, homework, etc. It's not that important in the big scheme of things.

You are a kind, thoughtful, supportive person. I have faith in you!

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NANFITGRAN 1/10/2014 6:10AM

    Fantastic blog! Sounds like you've really done some great planning to get ready for this challenge. Like you, I tend to get obsessed by lists and feel like a failure if I don't accomplish each little thing. What a great idea to make lists of all the positive things you've accomplished rather than what needs to be improved! I think you're really ON to something here! emoticon

Good luck on this start to a healthier, fitter, happier you!

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144AUTUMN 1/10/2014 1:58AM

  You can do it!!!

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