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My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 7 is Here!!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 7 is Here!!!

Today was the seventh day of my seven day challenge and I did it! I completed seven days in a row using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim – 3 Fast Miles!

It was an interesting experiment. I didn’t give myself the option to skip a day and that may have been a key point. I just knew I had to do it each day.

Were there days when I didn’t want to do it? Sure, but once I did I was glad I did. Sounds like my normal response to exercise…I’m always glad when I do it. Did I feel guilty about spending 45 minutes each day ‘just to exercise?’ Yes, but I really shouldn’t have. I usually walk 60 plus minutes a day outdoors. While some days I do it continuously, most days I break that time up – so why feel guilty about doing it in a 45 minute block. And for the time spent, it is a good work out.

If I would commit to doing this DVD 5 days a week in the winter (when I can’t walk out doors)…it would be a fine goal for me to make. Even if I alternated between the 2 mile and the 3 mile it would still offer me a challenge and a way to get my exercise in – without leaving home.

It would be economical – I wouldn’t have to purchase a pass at the local high school to walk and I wouldn’t need to spend money on gas to drive there and back. The most convenient point being: I can do it whenever I want to. No set time like at school, which was easy to talk myself out of – especially on those cold, icy winter days.

My new Spark Friend “Moody9” asked if I had a reward planned for completing this challenge. I told her I hadn’t thought about it, but maybe I should. Maybe the purpose of a reward is to acknowledge a job well done and to encourage the continuation of planning and reaching new goals.
I am planning a day out shopping with my two sisters and my mother in October. I have a couple gift cards to a book store to use, so I probably will buy a new book. A new healthy cookbook maybe. Thanks for the idea, Jenn!

Today I was reading an article here titled: "3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency.”

I do believe that consistency is essential to successfully making the changes in my lifestyle that I want to make.

The 3 points were:

1. Never Tell Yourself “I’m not Motivated.”

2. Build Momentum one step at a time.

3. Always have a Plan B.

I think I did employ these points along the way this past week.

I told myself with your wonderful encouragement that “I can do this!”

I did it one session at a time…one day at a time.

And if I couldn’t get to it in the morning like I had hoped, I still had many other hours of the day and I made sure I did fit it in. Actually this work out is my “Winter Plan B” – indoor walking.

I was afraid it wasn’t going to be as good of a work out, but I was wrong. This is way more intense and it truly is a total body work out.

Will I stay with it? Yes.

Will I do it tomorrow? I will do either the 2 Mile or the 3 Mile Fast Walk tomorrow. My schedule is tighter…but not so tight that I can’t continue to plan for exercise.

When one plans, one sets themselves up to succeed.

Thank you everyone, my faithful cheerleaders. You gave me the support and momentum I needed to prove to myself that I can stretch outside my comfort zone and grow – even with exercise.

Have I fallen in love with exercise? No, not yet. But I think I’m liking it better.

Thanks, everybody!

Have a Terrific Thursday!!!


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WINFIELD28 9/30/2010 7:24PM

    Thanks to eveyone for your encouragement this past week.
You kept me accountable and I appreciate that!
I think I have found part of my Winter Routine!
Thanks again!!!

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ROSEWCI 9/30/2010 6:40PM

    emoticon Maria! You did it! There was never a doubt!

I must say that you've inspired me to challenge myself when it comes to physical activity. I've been kinda wimpy when it comes to exercising. Now I may have to step it up a notch!

Congratulations for completing your 7 day challenge! Go ahead & treat yourself to something special on your shopping trip! You deserve it!

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    CONGRATS! You made it through the big finish! Hope you still somewhat enjoy it when our lovely winter comes :)


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MOODY9 9/30/2010 1:12PM

    YAY Maria! Congrats on the big finish. Your reward sounds super fun. Just goes to show we can do anything we set our minds to.

Thanks for the article information. I'm going to go check that out!

Have a great day!


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SNARDEESNIFF 9/30/2010 12:15PM

    This is a really great blog, Maria. I am impressed by your commitment and determination! You have really given yourself a good boost on those getting to those winter workouts, while I am still thinking about what to do! :-) Wishing you well, my friend! You did it and you will continue to do it, I have no doubt.

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My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 6 Update!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 6 Update!

Day 6 is history! I finished my sixth time using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim – 3 Fast Miles!
Just noticed that this DVD is mark “Intermediate.”

Had I known that sooner, I probably wouldn’t be doing this challenge. LOL

I didn’t consider myself an “Intermediate” when it comes to Leslie’s workouts. But am becoming one!

She claims that we engage every muscle in our bodies when we do this workout.
If we aren’t, we must come close to it.
Which is really great! It is a full body work out. Very different from my usual outdoor walk.
I’m doing what she calls “talking to the waistline” with standing ab work. I really can feel it tightening my waist, an area I hope to reduce via exercise!
There are Mambo moves in this DVD also. Now, I don’t have my mother, the high school music teacher’s aptitude for rhythm …so any dance move is a challenge for me. I love that according to Leslie, “you can’t do this wrong; there are no wrong moves.” So I try and am getting better each day (I think). One thing I like about Leslie’s approach to fitness is to ‘just do it.’ I’m not judging myself like I have in the past.

I just get to it, do it, and feel good because I did.

Day 7 is on my calendar for tomorrow. Day 7, already? WOW! Time sure flies. Small goals really can motivate…motivate me to make some more goals…to reach for. Small steps do lead to bigger and better things!

Thanks again for being my cheerleaders!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!


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IMSMILEY88 9/29/2010 11:08PM

    Yeah! One more day to go!!! You can do it!

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    Congrats on having only one more day to go! And doing the Mambo moves with no rythym! Doesn't matter as long as you laugh and sweat!! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/29/2010 3:16PM

    emoticon emoticon Nicely done!

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MOODY9 9/29/2010 1:10PM

    You're doing great!!! One more day and you've made it! Have you decided on a way to reward yourself for getting through these 7 days?

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SNARDEESNIFF 9/29/2010 1:08PM

    The others commenting are right--you CAN do it. You have made great progress during this challenge week, especially in light of the fact that your are doing intermediate work and didn't even know it! Yay! You are doing a wonderful job. Keep it up, friend!

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COOKWITHME65 9/29/2010 12:41PM

    Maria, you are doing emoticon Keep the momentum going. It will become habit before you know it.

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TOFUCUTIEPIE 9/29/2010 12:40PM

    One more day! You can do it!

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My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 5!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 5!!!

I can check Day 5 off and I have Day 6 on my calendar for tomorrow!
Double knee lifts are getting easier.

Points I heard Leslie make today were:
Life is about choices…
Start today…(I am always saying to myself: If not now, when?)
60 year olds that exercise can move like 20 year olds. Now that sounds encouraging!

I am going to keep going!

Thanks everyone for your encouragement and support, it means a lot to me!

Have the best Tuesday ever!

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ROSEWCI 9/28/2010 5:20PM

    emoticon Keep going! You're doing great!!!

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COOKWITHME65 9/28/2010 1:01PM

    Maria you are doing awesome. I did find some of Leslies videos on you tube but Im not sure which ones are best. emoticon

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SNARDEESNIFF 9/28/2010 12:28PM

    You definitely cannot stop now! You are almost there. Wow--60 year olds that move like 20 year olds! What a concept, huh? But something worth striving for! You go, girl.

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My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 4!

Monday, September 27, 2010

My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Day 4!

I did it! I just finished my fourth time of using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim – 3 Fast Miles! DVD. I’m well into my 7-Day Challenge and so far, so good! I think I will keep going…

I was much better today at staying with the pace. And my left leg/knee is getting with the program, too! Again, I feel good!

Points I heard Leslie make today as I was doing this DVD:
- Leslie claims that I can burn off a meal a day by doing this DVD. That would be wonderful!
- She also claims that this should boost my weight loss; another motivating point for me!

***On a Footnote: This morning I took a Poll in the “Poll Center” about the Food Tracker.
The question was: Love it or Loathe it: Food Tracking. Would you believe I said “Love It?”
I never wanted to track my food again when I decided to get healthier! Guess what? I think it has been the MOST important thing that I have done that has helped me be successful.
I not only have lost weight because I’ve kept an eye on the calories, etc., I have learned a great deal about my eating patterns. I finally am learning the true purpose of tracking one’s food. To enlighten and educate! Great gain for me!

Have a fantastic Monday everyone, and thanks for your continued support!

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SNARDEESNIFF 9/28/2010 12:26PM

    Great job, Maria. This is exciting and motivating. It is getting me thinking a little more about winter exercise. Of course, I don't snow and only occasional freezing temps. But when it gets COLDER and it is humid or even a little rainy, it goes right through me. So some exercise will definitely have to be indoors. Thanks for the great blog. You keep up the good work--I am counting on you and pulling for you!

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REEDSKI 9/27/2010 7:48PM

    Great blog. Boy are we on the same page!!!
Leslie says the same thing on the 4 Mile Walk Slim. (I didn't even know there was a 3 Mile Walk Slim! I would've started with that one.)
I believe her!!!
I believe we can walk away a meal a day!
I have 5 Leslie DVDs. I switch them around from day to day. I think I need to make another trip to the used book store and pick another one up. Sometimes I'm lucky there. Or I buy them at Best Buy or Walmart.

When I started SP my knee hurt. Now, there is no pain. Isn't it great what losing weight can do to your knees? I would recommend it to anyone with knee pain.

You are doing awesome with the tracking. I track in a notebook. Religiously!!!! I used to track on SP but I can't always get to a computer so I use a food journal. I do think tracking your food one way or another really helps!

emoticon Here's to tracking our food!

Comment edited on: 9/27/2010 7:48:51 PM

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COOKWITHME65 9/27/2010 1:16PM

    Thats awesome maria. I dont have her dvd's but I heard she may be on you-tube. my istight right now so I may check it out. emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/27/2010 12:01PM

    Ain't it great that we're so HAPPY about being ACCOUNTABLE to ourselves! And ain't it great that we're so proud to be meeting our own EXPECTATIONS! And ain't it great that we're feel so ACCOMPLISHED after we exercise! And doesn't it feel AWESOME to be taking such good care of ourselves after all the many years of taking care & looking after others!

You're doing great Maria! emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work!

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My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Update Day 3!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable – Update Day 3!

I finished my 3 Fast Miles for today! That’s Day 3!

I did struggle a bit today. My left leg was kind of stiff, but got loosened up as I eased into it. I just kept going until I could reach the pace I was supposed to be at.

I really am getting a good workout. I break into a sweat with this…so I know I’m working hard.
Harder than I probably push myself when I am walking outdoors for 60 minutes. I do feel good, though!

Another reason that I am doing this "Personal Challenge" is that I am looking for a way to spend less time exercising, but to get more out of it.
I want to find a way to ‘exercise smarter.’
This may be one way to do that. It’s 45 minutes at a high, constant pace and it’s equal to 3 miles. This would be a great addition to the winter routine I am trying to develop to replace my summer outdoor walking program.

So, I can Check-off Day 3…Plan for Day 4, Monday, September 27th – it’s on my schedule.

I’ll keep you posted and thanks for the support!!!

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ROSEWCI 9/26/2010 6:42PM

    LQQKIN' good Maria! Way to go on Day #3! We're LOVIN' that Leslie!!!

emoticon Keep going! You're doing great!!!

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WOOMY58 9/26/2010 11:42AM

    good for you. I know that is sometimes hard to keep up with a routine on a regular basis, but the feeling of completion is so worth it. You will find that you will be more relaxed and sleep better

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