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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.

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FLORIDASUN 8/29/2014 10:05AM 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 know I'll be cheering you on!

Goooooooo bears! emoticon emoticon

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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 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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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!!
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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 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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_RAEVEN_ 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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_RAEVEN_ 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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