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What worked for me in 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

This was a healthy year for me. I'm at a good weight and I'm fitter than I've been in years. This is a good time to look back and see what worked to bring me to this point.

Running: This is certainly my biggest success. At this time last year I was suffering from a back injury and couldn't run at all. Today I can reliably run a 5k. I've actually run as far as 8.25 miles! Pretty surprising for a woman my age! I've got a lot of room for improvement. I want to run faster and further this year. I've got to work with my plantar fasciitis. I'm learning new techniques for stretching and taping my feet.

The 2-4-8 Challenge: When it was presented on a SparkTeam, I had no idea this challenge would make a such a difference in my fitness. The basis of the challenge is this: during an eight-hour period, get up once an hour and engage in two minutes of any fitness activity. That provides about 16 extra minutes of fitness per day. It took a while to really get into this. My job is terribly sedentary. I could easily sit at my computer all day, maybe getting up once or twice in 8 hours. For this challenge, I forced myself to get up once an hour and make a brisk loop through my office building, running down the steps at one end and up the steps at the other (taking a bit more than 2 minutes and adding about 350 steps each time). It was so unnatural at first, I had to set an alarm to remind myself to get up. It took weeks to get into it, but it felt good. Running the steps was enough to actually raise my heart hate a bit and I added more than a mile to my average daily total steps! It didn't interfere with my work -- I think it actually helped me to refocus my energies and made me a bit more productive. After more than a month of this behavior, I realized that many of my co-workers had noticed and it was a source of amusement among my colleagues. Believe it or not, I didn't quit. I'm laughing with them and I'm keeping it up.

The NutriBullet: I've eaten more kale since getting the NutriBullet than in my entire life before. I've been eating a salad for lunch and fruit for snacks each workday for the past several years. Adding a vegetable smoothie as a daily breakfast has made it easy to increase my fruit/vegetable servings to about 10 per day. It also has also enabled me to easily meet my goals for dietary fiber. That's got to be good for my health, especially considering my family history of colon cancer.

It's all about progress, not perfection, right? I made a great deal of progress in 2012. I intend to stick to those things that worked. There are plenty of other areas in my life that I need to address. I'm not actually making New Year's Resolutions. I'm developing habits that will serve me well in my life. I've got a lot to learn and a long way to go on this journey!

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FREGGIE 8/29/2014 2:54PM

    A very inspiring blog to read! Wow, are you still running up and down the stairs every hour?

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SHERRY666 1/7/2013 1:00PM

    YOU REALLY HAVE COME ALONG WAYS AURLIE......... ALL YOUR GOOD HABITS HAVE BROUGHT YOU TO YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT...... AND SO MANY MORE WONDERFUL THINGS TO ADD ON TO HOW YOU DID IN 2012.... I FEEL I HAVE ALSO ACCOMPLISHED MORE IN 2012 THEN I HAVE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.... IT'S A GREAT FEELING....... WHAT WORKS IS WHAT WORKS..... emoticon ALL THE BEST IN 2013....... emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 1/7/2013 1:00AM

    It was fun watching your progress this year and your determination and enthusiasm to improve your health, fitness, and habits. Your examples of small permanent changes are awesome. It is so much fun to be on this special journey with you, Aurlie. You are truly a remarkable woman! And I'm not just saying that. The proof is in all of your daily actions and examples! Thank you !
Happy New Year!

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_CYNDY55_ 1/6/2013 1:25AM

    "*2012*" A Wonderful Year!
Congratulations *"Aurlie"* !
You've made Tremendous Progress! Worked very hard with great determination!
You've made great strides, I'm very proud of You❤
Another glorious and successful Year in "*2013*" !


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/1/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon emoticon A very successful year!

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KITT52 1/1/2013 7:53AM

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/1/2013 7:39AM

    °•.•.¸ღ¸☆´
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.´*.¸.•´♥ Thanks!!

Awesome blog! Congratulations on the accomplishments and for speaking the truth: little changes, when you stick with them, make for BIG results!!

Thanks for being such a great friend and inspiration Aurlie!



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MEDDYPEDDY 1/1/2013 2:09AM

    It sounds really great to get up every hour and do something... running I can´t but maybe wal around the house...although that would take more than two minutes... treat idea, great success, congratulations!

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CARTOONB 12/31/2012 10:42PM

    I like the 2-4-8 challenge! Me Fitbit has pointed out that I am sedentary 65-70% of my non-sleeping time. Seems a little excessive to me. I'm going to try this challenge...starting January 1, 2013!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/31/2012 10:22PM

    Wow, this is so inspirational to me! I would LOVE to weigh 140 and I'm realizing that my habits MUST progress to the next level or it just won't happen. I'm determined to do more running this year, and to that end I'm joining a women's running group. I also see that among women at goal, fruits & veggies account for the vast majority of their diet, so I've vowed to ramp that up as well. I have to eat more than carrot sticks and apples though, because that becomes boring and uninteresting.

I have not heard of the Nutribullet but I assume it's a blender? I'll check it out. I also love the 2-4-8 challenge idea. I get the 2 and the 8, but where does the 4 come in?

You have had an AWESOME year and you should be so proud! Just knowing that you are tweaking your good habits instead of trying to overhaul them (like me) must be a source of great satisfaction. I'm determined that I will be writing a blog like this one next year! emoticon

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STORMIWEATHER 12/31/2012 10:19PM

    Finding what works is the key, I have not found it yet.

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