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A fresh start: 2013 Fall 5% challenge

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I need a fresh lifestyle start, to accompany and help smooth out the big change in my life: after almost 5 yeard in China where I had friends, a life, a nice flat, an enjoyable and steady job... I moved back to France, where I need to build all of this up again.
Last year was a bit rough and so busy that I slipped and tumbled and fell, and it took me all this time to find my feet again. But I'm back up again, and I know being active on SP worked wonders for me before, the same can and will happen again.
I've committed myself to the Fall 5% challenge, I used to be a Teddy bear, but I don't know which team I'll be on this time. Regardless, I'm looking forward to making new friends!
I will track my exercise and nutrition daily, as I know tracking makes me accountable and helps me spot my mistakes.
Nutrition wise, I will go back to my healthy habits of eating plenty of beans and legumes with fresh veggies, less meat and dairy.
Exercise will be kept simple but as steady as possible: walking mostly, indoors if necessary, plus Chalene Johnson 2 or 3 times a week as I get so much energy from her videos. I need to take baby steps again, my fitness level is low oh so low these days. But that's OK, we all have to start where we are.
That's all for me, folks.
Looking forward to meeting my new teammates soon!


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LADYVOLSFAN1954 10/12/2013 1:33PM

    Welcome back to SP. What a transaction you're making once again. You can do this.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/9/2013 6:59PM

    Welcome Back!!!!!!!!!!! Fresh starts are great and you definately have a great plan. I know you can do this!!!!!!!!

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NWILKER 10/9/2013 6:55PM

    Woot! Way to go!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/7/2013 9:15PM

    Woohoo, it is so wonderful to see you back here!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/3/2013 12:42AM

    I love fresh starts! Am doing one myself. Let's rock this fall challenge together . . . even if we may land on differing teams. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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WILSONWR 10/2/2013 10:46PM

    Good to see you back! I was away from the Teddies during the last challenge, but I hope to be back this time around. Sounds like you are ready!

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_JODI404 10/2/2013 6:09PM

    So glad to see you back again Eve! I thought of you on our 2 year Spark Anniversary. This is definitely the place to come to make your healthy lifestyle changes work well for you, as you know!

Hopefully you will create a wonderful life for yourself in France...day by day.

Best wishes, you can do this!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/2/2013 8:12AM

    Good to see you around again. :)

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JACKIE15108 10/2/2013 4:08AM

    Good luck! We all have to start somewhere and usually it is at the beginning just like you. Good luck with the fall challenge. I am thinking about doing that challenge also.

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Fall 5% challenge commitment

Friday, September 21, 2012

And... I'm back for my 5th 5% challenge! 5th one already, who would have thought?...

For the 8 weeks of the Fall challenge I commit to:
- eating and cooking healthy, mostly vegan food
- exercising a minimum of 10 mns a day as an ongoing streak, plus cardio and strength training, with Leslie Sansone and Chalene Johnson.
- tracking everyday, and posting daily fitness minutes and LTGL points on my team's page (we want to land that plane!)
- keeping my tapping streak going

Goal for this 5% challenge is to release 3.5 kgs. RELEASE not lose...
Why? for better health, stamina, and confidence. Because releasing is part of my journey and part of my process.
Possible hurdles on this journey? Getting addicted to SP!!!

Are my workout clothes out and ready? YES
Is my fridge stocked up with healthy food? YES
Do I know how to connect with my team? YES
Boarding pass ready? YES

See you on the 1st plane!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/25/2012 4:08PM

    As a fellow freggie lover, you'll appreciate next week's challenge as we travel to India. I'm a bit disappointed that we will be limited to getting credit for as a maximum of ten freggie servings in any one day. I hope to exceed this number as I can average ten servings a day without even trying (although I count a few things as freggies that don't count in this particular challenge: potatoes, lentils, and beans). You asked me once if I was still doing Tai Chi . . . I've been missing this element and may have to return as it's a little easier on me (arthritic knee), while still counting as quality fitness minutes and working well to improve my core balance. I like fitness that is both functional and beautiful!

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SHERIO5 10/1/2012 6:57PM

    You have some great plans in place! You can do this!!

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1BEACHWALKER 9/21/2012 11:05PM

    Good for you!!! Good luck!! Hope you lose the 5%! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Summer update

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello Sparkies!

A quick update before going away to the Pays Basque (a region in France's south-west) for a week...
When I left China and headed back to France for the summer holidays (I teach in a university.... lllooonnnggg holidays ;-) I had all these plans and ideas about how I'd fill my summer with new ways to exercise, new weight watchers' recipes, long hikes... and, well, very little of that actually happened! Yes I did go on a few hikes, I did swim and jump on a trampoline, I did have fun with my nephews... but that's about it really! I did not, far from it, meet any of my goals scale-wise and I have not been quite as super-active as I'd planned on being, although I didn't do too bad. I've stayed away from the computer a lot, which means that I've not been a great help to my Teddy team for this Summer challenge; I'm sorry aout that.
The new term will start soon, I'll head back to China, my job, my everyday life and I'll return to my healthy habits of good eating and lots of fitness minutes. Happily so, but without regrets either for what could have been. Yes I could be fitter and lighter already. I'm not, and that's OK.
I've adjusted my spark page, with my new weight loss goal for this second spark year: go from 72 to 59 by next summer. I started obese, I'm now overweight, and at 59 I'll be in the normal range. It's a slow journey, I'm not in a hurry. Not anymore!
There would be a lot more to say, about this summer, about other goals for the next 12 months, about health issues and new techniques.... but it will all have to wait, because I've got a suitcase to pack ;-)
Have a great day Sparkies and Teddies;
see you all later and lighter ;-)


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1BEACHWALKER 8/17/2012 10:47PM

    Have missed you! But, glad you are enjoying your break! Summer can be fun! Especially if you are traveling! Have fun! Stay strong! See you later.... emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 8/17/2012 3:05PM

    You sound very positive, so that let's me know you probably enjoyed your break, and that's what we should do on our breaks!

I hope you enjoy your last leg of your vacation, and we will "see" you when you get back! Maybe some pictures as well?

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JERSEYFLOWER 8/16/2012 11:43PM

    It sounds like you had a much-deserved mental break! That will be better for you in the long haul. You rejuvenated. :-)

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GIANTPANDA 8/16/2012 3:47PM

    Enjoy your time off! Have lots of fun!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/16/2012 3:27PM

    I love your goal for next year! Slow is the only way to go if we want to succeed long term! I am so happy you are having such a great summer... Enjoy every minute of the rest of your holiday!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/16/2012 2:20PM

    It sounds like you're having fun, which is important! It's good to take a break periodically, I think!

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A few steps back is NOT quitting

Friday, June 08, 2012

No, I did not quit. No, I did not give up. But did I slow down? Yes. Did I take a few steps back? Yes. Did I slide? Yes. Did the world end? No emoticon
emoticon if you don't fight him, he's not all that scary.
So, this is all about MORE, not less.
More happiness, more joy, more power, more strength, more confidence, more miles, more pulls and pushes, more energy, more flexibility, more challenges, more dreams, more love, more possibilities, more good food choices, more, more, more!
I've stopped fighting. Sure, I am stronger than chocolate and cakes. No doubt. But I like them. So I make room for them too, alongside mangoes and grapes, broccoli and peas.
I am stronger than my DVDs. But I like them too. So I use my "double relaxation method" and get the best of both worlds.
This is about getting more of the good stuff. And there's no "bad stuff", not really. Unless you make it so.
This is also about getting there slowly. I've always liked emoticon, lucky me.
My initial goal was 59 kgs by the end of July. Well, that's not happening. Maybe by the end of the year. Or maybe not. I don't really care, as long as I keep on getting "more". I want strong, not skinny. I want fit, not frustrated. I want healthy and happy.
Have a great day Sparkies. There's no doubt in my mind: I would not still be on this journey if it weren't for you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/19/2012 7:24PM

    Healthy and happy is the only way!!!!

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BBONET 7/19/2012 1:41PM

    Never give up, never say no. Stay focus and get healthy that is all that matters. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARVEEME 7/4/2012 7:10PM

    Sometimes, we have to back up to get a running start to clear the next hurdle, ya know?

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RIVADERCHI 6/28/2012 12:54AM

    Hi Yiwen! I "liked" this blog. Very positive! I'm sorry I haven't been corresponding regularly with you but it sounds like we have been on a similar journey! Good luck, hang in there, one day at a time! emoticon emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 6/24/2012 4:50PM

    You are doing fine!
And back to France, eh? My daughter just set sail from Marseille and will return there, next Saturday!

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MINIUM 6/15/2012 3:20AM

    I loved this blog! You're absolutely right - it doesn't matter how long it takes because you ARE making progress and learning everyday.
Just like you, I made room for chocolate by incorporating smart chocolate recipes.
But nowadays, believe it or not, with all the sweet fruit full of nutrients I'm eating, I don't crave it at all. It's been almost 3 weeks and I just don't miss it. I still like it of course but I don't 'need' it.
Time is wonderful! Go, Yiwen, go!

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CELLISTA1 6/10/2012 1:57PM

    The tortoise and the hare --- hurray for the tortoise!!!! Healthy & happy are the best things to want. Wonderful blog.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 6/10/2012 1:38PM

    Great blog! You will succeed at your own pace. Sometimes we set goals and when we don't reach them we get all bent out of shape. There are many other victories we have other than the weight on a scale. Keep doing all the good things and you'll get to where you want to be. The trick is to enjoy life as you work towards good health and lower numbers on the scales. Love yourself now and always! emoticon emoticon

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LISALGB 6/10/2012 10:42AM

    Very wise, indeed!! I agree, you need to enjoy this journey!! Otherwise, you will eventually burn out and no one wants to do that. I see great success in your future, dear Eve. Maybe it will take a little longer, but that is just fine.
And, BTW, I have always been partial to the turtle, too!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/10/2012 5:26AM

    I love your attitude, dear Eve! There is no hurry, you'll get there! And the journey is the reward... Let's enjoy it!!!
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STRIVER57 6/10/2012 5:21AM

    that is totally and completely correct. the hard part of maintaining for me is precisely figuring out just how much slack to cut myself ... how often i can have a treat (in a reasonable quantity) without creating problems ... because damn it, i like food and treats. i like strawberries a lot , and in season we eat them 3-7 times a week, with just a tiny bit of sugar if necessary. but once or twice a year in a shortcake or fraisier, and another time or two with chantilly is really nice -- and ok. have a great summer and yell if you're in the neighborhood!

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SHERIO5 6/9/2012 12:08PM

    Excellent words to live by!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 6/9/2012 1:02AM

    That is a great attitude! I feel the same anymore! Sometimes you can just push yourself too much and just get overwhelmed! I have had that happen to me and have done the same-pulled back a bit. Just keeping on track, enjoying life, eating healthier, exercising and the pounds and inches lost are a big bonus! I know I will get there, slowly but surely! And you will too! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MISTYBLUE716 6/8/2012 9:41PM

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GLORYANDME 6/8/2012 4:25PM

    Love your blog. Very encouraging. We can do it! emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 6/8/2012 11:54AM

    Loving yourself, every bit of you...body soul and spirit! That's great!

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JERSEYFLOWER 6/8/2012 9:37AM

    How very positive and realistic! This is *exactly* why you will succeed.

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GINGER_BEAR 6/8/2012 9:36AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 6/8/2012 7:55AM

    If we don't have some time to slack periodically, we'll quit. Or we'll go crazy at the end. I fully believe that. Sliding back a bit isn't too a big deal, especially when the payoff is worth it, and it's definitely got giving up. I plan to do the same later this summer when I'm at my in-law's house for two weeks. I'll need it right about that time, and I will be happy to take that time for myself. Not going to beat myself up, and I'm glad you're not beating yourself up either. :)

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May (Mighty in mAny waYs)

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

My "taking it one week at a time" seems to be working fine for me.
Last week was "tracking" and "curbing the emotional eating", and I've got that under control now.
This week is "starting the Mighty hundreds" = building up to 100 push ups, 200 sit ups (my own version of them anyway) and 200 squats. Decided to skip the 150 dips program for now.

In May, I want to
- get on with the Mighty hundreds
As I now know that I feel pressured when I set myself "long-term goals" (not that one month is all that long at all...), I've decided to take this, again, one week at a time. So, one week at a time of "clean eating" looks like this:
- If I can't track it, I'm not having it
- bread max 3 times a week, and pasta max 1 time a week
- NO emoticon, NO emoticon, and NO emoticon. WAIT! What? No emoticon??? Now you understand why I MUST take this a week, even a DAY at a time! Because the thought of NO chocolate for a whole month is just too much emoticon But I want to try, see how I feel.
- More green smoothies

Apart from that, I'm happily educating myself, this week by following the Food Revolution Summit broadcasts, and next week, all going well (I'm no technology wizz), following the Tapping World Summit. (Much credit is due to GIANTPANDA for sharing tons of useful info in her blogs. THANK YOU :-)

Something I heard this morning in one of the Food Revolution Summit broadcasts and which really resonated with me:
"The subtle energy of your food becomes your mind" - David Wolfe
Now, what kind of energy do I want in my mind? Hearing this just reinforced my eating clean goal for this week and this month ;-)

What about you Sparkies?
Where will your journey take you this month?

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TOTALREDO2013 5/16/2012 10:24PM

    Sounds like a great plan!!!!!! One week a time here too

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1BEACHWALKER 5/9/2012 1:33AM

    Good for you! Making goals and keeping them is so encouraging! I have been incorporating more exercise in my daily routine. The bootcamp challenge team gives me a 10 min. video to do each day for 28 days. emoticon
I take it a day at a time and no looking back! We can do this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/5/2012 7:41AM

    Great goals! And one week at a time is a perfect way to stay focused and motivated. Make it a great MAY!

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HEALTHYBARB1 5/4/2012 11:27PM

    Wow!! Way to go Eve! Taking one day at a time and watching to see how these changes benefit you sounds wise!! You'll have to let us know what you do eat and what benefits you notice! Just do it!! Hugs Barb

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SHERIO5 5/4/2012 8:49AM

    I'm glad your new one week at a time plan is working for you...you've given me "food for thought"! emoticon

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MARVEEME 5/3/2012 8:28AM

    Hopefully, May will bring more movement for me. April was stagnant. I MUST change that!

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    emoticon Good to read you are doing so well! I was surprised by your goal to have bread 3x a week and pasta 1x a week. What about rice? Are you limiting it too? Is there a specific reason for limiting pasta and bread? What foods are you focusing on instead? (sorry, being very curious!)
Your 'Mighty Hundreds' sound fabulous... Go Eve!!!

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