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It's on Like Donkey Kong!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

This is Day One of my first-ever Spring Challenge and I am on it! First challenge assignment is to blog every day and pick a habit to work on. So, here goes--

The habit Iím going to work on this week is (drum roll please): 
Recognize and celebrate non-scale victories. (cue applause) 
See, my scale doesnít seem to move very quickly. It just doesnít. Sometimes it gets really boring, just seeing it sit there. Since I have the attention span of a cocker spaniel, this can get tedious and discouraging. If I get too discouraged, I might even start thinking about the Q word. (yes, I confess, Iíve been a quitter)

BUT, taking a page from SparkGuyís book, Iím looking at lots of other things besides the dull, monotonous scale. Here are some NSVs Iím celebrating today:

I took my measurements this morning and, lo and behold, Iíve shrunk! I knew something was up when I had to move down a jeans size. I was suspicious when I kept having ďwardrobe malfunctionsĒ and had to buy a smaller bra. (sorry if thatís TMI) The scale had barely moved, but I ended up losing 6 inches from my waist, 1.5 inches from my hips (they donít lie, baby), 2 inches from my arms, and five from my er, um, bust. Thatís a whopping total of 14.5 inches off the fat suit!!

Fitness Tests: 
I took the fitness tests found in the measurements section. I can do 21 push-ups in a minute, which is good for a woman my age. Side note: Donít you hate the phrase ďgood for a woman my age?Ē Seems like a sideways compliment. Letís just lump it into an acronym, shall we? I can do 27 crunches (the ones where you have to reach a designated marker) in a minute, which is GFAWMA. My score on the 3-min. step test was not GFAWMA. It was 121, which is slightly below average. But heck, that 12 inch step is pretty high, and now I have something to shoot for next time. I also walked a mile in 17:47.7, which is decidedly not GFAWMA, but itís my personal best time, so woohoo anyway.

So, itís on--itís on like Donkey Kong! Go A-Team!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARKATSPARK 6/27/2015 6:46AM


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TRAILWALKERJO54 5/3/2014 10:45PM


Think I was drawn to this older blog of yours tonight..
Tomorrow I weigh in and take my measurements

I know I won't get discouraged by the scale and will be happy with even a little less of me to measure .

thank you

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PGMONSTER 4/20/2012 11:23AM

  You are an awesome writer and very funny. Thanks for keeping coming and reminding us not to focus so much on the scale when sometimes it doesn't move.

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EMELEE82 2/29/2012 10:42PM

"Since I have the attention span of a cocker spaniel, this can get tedious and discouraging."

ditto that!

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GRACEGREEN13 2/18/2012 5:46PM

    GFAWMA! lmbolmbo emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/8/2011 12:28AM

    You are a hoot! I will keep an eye on you during the challenge you are at 215 and I am at 219.4. Let's race to 199! I wish you all the best in the challenge my friend!



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UNIQUELY_BELLA 5/7/2011 11:32PM

    wow I can SO relate to your scale woes !!! emoticon i have to keep reminding myself that measurements and endurance count as well ...

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GRNDMOM43 5/7/2011 11:15PM

    emoticon I like the goal you have chosen. I can tell how much thought you have put into this. emoticon

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LLREED 5/7/2011 10:03PM

    I had really thought I didn't want to do the measurements; I've done it so many times and they're always the same - - for the past 20 years. But after reading your blog, I will definitely be measuring! Thanks! Lisa

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CHANGING4LIFE 5/7/2011 9:21PM

    Go A TEAM!!!


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DANCINCAJUN1 5/7/2011 8:51PM

    Fantastic losses ..... so impressed .... I'm set for the measuring tape this week .... hoping it looks good .... ALL my clothes STRETCH so I'm not sure about a "smaller" size and have definitely NOT had any malfunctions (especially around the bra) ....

That ole scale gets me rather disgusted at times ... and I just HATE it when it shows one number then JUMPS a pound ... like ... why? wha???

Great numbers kiddo ... keep going strong !


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BABYTUXXY 5/7/2011 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a great blog! You've got some wonderful points and you put them out there in a fun upbeat manner! Loved it!

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    Good Blog, Congratulations on the inches lost and thanks for the compliment on my page. I really need to make some NSV from myself, forgot about those fitness tests, maybe I'll try a couple of those.

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NICKILIZMATH 5/7/2011 5:04PM

    Great habit to get into! My favorite NSVs come in little decisions I make every day, like eating an orange instead of a chocolate bar.

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ELISOS 5/7/2011 4:49PM

    emoticon blog, I love it. emoticon emoticon

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FITFABJENN 5/7/2011 3:48PM

    Way to go! I think it is SO important to celebrate the non-scale victories. Those are the ones that really count anyway.

You are rocking it, Spark friend!

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SETAGOAL1 5/7/2011 3:07PM

    Hi thanks for the comments on my page emoticon
My scale moves like yours emoticon

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    Oh, what a cheerful, upbeat blog! I love it! I need to get busy and think of a habit I want to start this week. Thanks for reminding me because I almost forgot!

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MINNA72 5/7/2011 2:25PM

    Hey! You're funny! :D

I whole-heartedly applaud you for trying to recognize non-scale victories! Good for you!

And GFAWMA is not going to become my favourite acronym, sorry to say! LOL!

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FYREDRAGYN 5/7/2011 2:24PM

    I personally feel 21 push-ups in a minute is good for anyone, I couldn't even come close to you there. emoticon
Thank you for putting a smile on my face, your writing is very entertaining and congrats on the NSV's! emoticon

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ROSE-100 5/7/2011 1:36PM

    emoticon I don't go by the scale either. Your doing wonderful! Good luck with the challenge.

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PSALM42 5/7/2011 1:23PM

    you crack me up! congrats on losing the inches. I'm going to take mine today too- thanks for the reminder!

i think the step test should be "you did great for your height". I mean, come on, it is easier for the tall people (okay, maybe it's just me :)

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READYRACHEL 5/7/2011 1:00PM

    Wow! You are doing amazingly even if your scale doesn't show it. Good luck on the challenge!


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SPARKCHANTAL 5/7/2011 12:04PM

    ha ha, you better run, us cats are gonna get you! meow!

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