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Friday, July 11, 2014

What a day! Beautiful and full!

We were able to get in 2-walks today!!! 1st walk mid-morning for 6 miles and then again this evening after stuffing our face (Vacation mode) for another 2 miles

So total steps so far this evening. So clocked in 23,405 steps and 11.44 miles WHOO HOO! And to think I'm on a bit of a vacation with my gal pals. We have been walking 5 miles every morning, amazing what the buddy system can accomplish hu??

Today is our final day here as we return home tomorrow - Oh My an 8 hour drive, but hoping to get in a walk before we head out on the road again!

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KRISTA987 7/12/2014 9:32AM

    Awesome! Looks like you gals are having a great time!

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    What fun! emoticon

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B-Day week!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Whoo Hoo - yesterday was my - B-day and today is one of my gal pal’s . We are up north celebrating both our B-Days with another gal pal for a few days.

Great time away - actually getting in 5 mile walks each day away so far. We’er back from our morning walk and having a little lunch before heading out on the pontoon to float the lake for the afternoon.

We’re staying at friend’s parent’s cabin resort and these cabins are actually small little houses all decked out with cedar pine walls and beautiful old knick-knacks from eras past…Having a blast with my two bestest friends. Had a bonfire last night from about 9:30 to 1AM - WHOO HOO

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 7/12/2014 12:09AM

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/10/2014 6:45PM

    Wow - what a great way to celebrate your special day! Here's to another 365 days around the sun. Happiest of birthdays to you!

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February Funk…:-0

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Well although February may be the shortest month of the year I vote to just skip it all together. We have had a very ROUGH winter in the Chicago area but even so I was on my game. I sailed through the holidays wonderfully and stayed pretty much on track. Then new year came with great gusto

With the wonderful incentive of my SPAT (SparkPeople Activity Tracker) I pushed on into January. I began to push for 10,000 steps a day and each day continued, not wanting to break the streak. I was successful to complete the whole month of January with 31 days of 10,000+ steps per day. I have to admit that shoveling snow was a great help - LOL

But then, I attempted to switch it up a bit for February…not such a grand idea as I look back now over the past 23 days… I was going to settle back and try to incorporate some strength and flexibility into my activity and shoot for minutes of activity over steps conquered.

So in my return this time around, since returning to SP on 11/12/13 my new way of thinking has stayed true to ~ small steps equal long lasting results vs. large steps equals’ total burn out! Well at least that has worked for me, but then February hit. And for those of you who go to the gym, I’m sure you too have noticed a real decline of activity swarming the machines of late - right?

My reality check now on the 23rd of February is that I have NOT been active with any strength training nor much on flexibility with the exception of my usual once a week Yoga class, which I’ve been doing for over a year. So what the %$^ happened? I’m calling it the February Funk! Or maybe I should rename it to the February skunk! Because this month for me has STUNK! Oh I got my minutes in, but…my whole psyche has been in a real “funk” this whole month of February. I’ve been spiraling down, down, down into a big black abyss. And I began to come up with excuses such as…

1) Valentine’s Day
2) Winter Blues
3/ SAD - Seasonal affective disorder
4) Freezing Temps and TONS of SNOW
5) Coming up to the anniversary of husband’s death

You name it and I gave excuses to why I’ve been in a FUNK and MIA here as well. But then it occurred to me, “what was different this month from last few months?” And WHALA…it jumped out at me like a polar bear on ice. I wasn’t getting outside, no fresh air, even if it’s cold, no sunshine - a lack of drive, which just amplified the spiraling downhill faster.

So last night I pushed myself to get out and walk again…didn’t quite do 10,000 steps but just to get my self out the door was a real effort. Today I have over 9,500 steps and will complete my 10,000 today. So guess for me I need to keep on walking…and walk on a daily basis or else the black abyss will swallow me whole. So I am hoping the increased walking again will bring me out of this funk and lighten my spirits real soon, because we all know the groundhog saw his shadow - so winter is here to stay for a while more - but I can’t take much more of February like it’s been here for me. So I’m opting to just cancel February all together and get on with March! How many more days til spring???

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STEVENK87 3/18/2014 2:41AM


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TRISHWITCH 2/26/2014 5:55PM

    emoticon I feel the same way about March, many bad memories and not a happy month for me. Hang in there! emoticon

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WONDERGALE 2/24/2014 1:08AM

    Exercise is good for the soul! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 2/23/2014 5:52PM

    I called it the cat days of winter where you just want to sit inside and look out the window. I'm all in for spring!!!

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ROBBIEY 2/23/2014 5:31PM

  February for some unknown reason has me in a FUNK also, I refuse to let I get m down. I am fighting this month and feeling to he end. I always tell myself "This to shall pass"

Keep moving your mind will catch up to your body

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DEE1221 2/23/2014 5:08PM

    The first two weeks of February were hard for me as well. Then I woke up from my February Funk and told myself to get going!! Last week I got back on track and I plan to do good this week too!!

You will also get back into the groove!! This winter has been way to long and too cold!! WE NEED SPRING!!

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DIANNEMT 2/23/2014 5:08PM

    OH, I hear you on the bad Feb!! We are TIRED ow winter and snow--and yes, Chicago has had a HORRID winter. It is hard to get outside when it is -25. BUT--now you know WHY so you can figure out how to overcome it! You should be so proud of yourself for figuring that out!

Congrats on being so smart and on starting TODAY to address it!

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Momentum is waning....

Sunday, February 09, 2014

OK January was great, good...fine!

Now into February and Oh's the resolutions are beginning to wane a bit...HELP!!!!

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STEVENK87 3/18/2014 2:43AM


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UOFIGIRL 2/18/2014 2:43PM

    I'm with you. February is a beast.

I don't think I can salvage this month, but I'm trying to mitigate the damage so that I can refocus on March. Or, so I try to tell myself.

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TERRIJ7 2/17/2014 4:01PM

    I love Calvin & Hobbes too! In fact, I raised a son that could easily have been the inspiration for the comic strip!

Take a look at those resolutions and be honest about them--which ones are working and which aren't. You can pick a couple to stick with and relax on the others until later.

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KMVBBAM 2/9/2014 10:14PM

    You can do it, start small and find one thing that worked for you in January!

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CHERYL_ANNE 2/9/2014 7:32PM

    Rename them. Not resolutions any longer - what about calling them goals (or something else that you come up with)?

My P.O.V. is: You know what it is you gotta do every single day to achieve your goals. So just keep putting one foot in front of the other until you reach your goal.

If (and when) you find yourself in your way, step out of it, and continue. Yes, continue on your way. You are not going all the way back to the beginning to start over, you are simply continuing towards your goals.


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    What do you need that I may be able to offer to help with the whining-oops you said waning emoticon
I had been doing a bit of whining about how hard it is to not eat everything I want in the quantities that I want and whenever I want them. Oh my, there are an awful lot of I's in that statement I sound like a 2 year old emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 2/9/2014 4:07PM

    I love Calvin and emoticon Hobbes. I have all of the books.

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February - new month - new goals!

Monday, February 03, 2014

For the month of February I’m changing up my “activity” program. Today I focused more on strength & flexibility over steps of the past. Now I need to find a new motivator, since with the “steps” I was able to earn a GLOW GETTER AWARD. For January I was 31 of 31 for the month in accomplishing 10,000+ steps each day. This small feat for some was a movement of mountains for me!

Now I need to find a new motivator to get me through the next 25 days of February. My new “monthly” goal is to accomplish 30+ activity minutes each day of February. I guess when all else fails I can always walk it, but truth is I want to add in strength & flexibility to my activity.

My plans to meet my February activity goals will be by doing SP videos for the strength & flexibility area, on M & F, with Yoga class on Wednesday. Then I’ll kick back into the steps for cardio on T-Th-Sa. On Sunday I will allow whatever happens but remain active for 30+ on this day as well.

So my main reason to blog today is to 1) get my goals down in writing, as it holds me more accountable. 2) Blogging allows me to see it, read, it and process what my plans are. 3) And hope to have some input from those out in SP-land on ways they stay motivated through the days to maintain and stay on an active path.

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STEVENK87 3/18/2014 2:42AM


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BLONDEE53 2/11/2014 7:20AM

    Great goals and good planning! You go!

I honestly am farther behind as I don't remember setting any! My mind has been fuzzy I guess. is a new day and a fine day to START! Thanks for being an inspiration~

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LINDA! 2/8/2014 9:28PM

    I am so impressed with your goals!!!

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HERMIEME 2/5/2014 1:28PM

    Inspiring! Makes me want to follow your lead and blog some goals for February!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/5/2014 12:52PM

    Good goals. emoticon

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SUGAR0814 2/3/2014 11:38PM

    emoticon emoticon I stay motivated by viewing SP throughout the day. I also communicate with my best buddy ALL the time to keep me accountable & for encouragement. We send text to each other as a reminder to drink water, eat freggies, and to do some kind of workout daily.

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