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7/23/11 10:44 P

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pantry ok. need new veggies.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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SAIDTHEFAE's Photo SAIDTHEFAE Posts: 1,841
7/23/11 12:29 A

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Reflection of this week:

The planning helped me of course. I have to stay on top of this! Even a vague plan helps me.

I am still learning that times of transition are almost impossible for me. Thursday was the last day of teaching summer school. Had a class party, went out for a late lunch with co workers, and crashed later that night- crap eating and no exercise (well except for moving furniture and boxes around). I need to really hone in on my focus on those types of days. If they were a rare exception, it would be one thing...but I have a lot of off days in my life. Sunday is a trip to the theme park. I am not drinking, which is one big help. But, I need to avoid the funnel cakes, frozen lemonade etc. Maybe I will choose one treat to share with a friend there, and then no more indulgences. Another friend is bringing her fantastic healthy sandwiches for lunch. And I will just chow on water all day.

Everyone is doing amazing this week. Thanks for your inspiring thoughts and motivation.

Always looking for spark buddies!

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ATHLETELORI's Photo ATHLETELORI SparkPoints: (23,668)
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7/22/11 10:21 P

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I didn't get my exercise in at all this week. My mom's unexpected surgery plus getting sick mid-week messed things up. I still feel crummy now, but I think I'm getting better.

On the plus side, when I ate meals at the hospital, I made good choices. We ended up having some of the dinners we planned out early in the week. My awesome husband cooks!

When mom gets out of the hospital, I will stay with her for 2 weeks. I will be cooking for both of us, so it will be especially important for me to make healthy meals. My usual forms of exercise won't be available, so I need to figure out an alternative.

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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 15,272
7/22/11 3:54 P

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planning the strength exercises made me do yhem in spite of the heat.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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7/22/11 1:40 P

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Reflecting back on this week....

--I need to plan my foods better.
--I need to STICK to my workout plan.

This was an odd week for me. I spent most of the week battling insomnia, headaches and stomach cramps. I think the insomnia kicked my butt and set me up for the rest of the ailments.

This was a great challenge ... and I do need to learn how to plan more. I need to overcome my "allergy" to planning. The more I plan, the less choices I feel I have, the more hemmed in I start to feel and the more I rebel against myself. This cycle HAS to stop.

**Susan**
co-leader of Weekly Challenge Team

TURN IMPOSSIBLE into I'M POSSIBLE!!!

1. I have the ability to handle anything that life throws at me.
2. The universe is conspiring to help me get everything that I want.
3. I can achieve anything I focus on with persistence.


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 15,272
7/21/11 9:50 P

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too hot to go out. rode bike while on phone instead of walking. did the 5 exercises plus others once i started.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 15,272
7/20/11 9:08 P

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having company saturday. planning to serve food i don't mind eating. imagine they will appreciate, too. at least i hope so.

my exercise plan this week is to do at least 5 spark strength exercices per day. and to walk most days.
my long term goals are to be fit and healthy.

short term i'm not making any progress with losing 5-10 pounds

Edited by: MINNIE at: 7/20/2011 (21:25)
keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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7/18/11 10:29 P

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Sunday: Foods are "planned enough" - breakfasts and lunches have only a little variety, and dinners consist of whatever veggies are ripe from the garden or the CSA

Monday: Workout plan? I better write this one down:
- Sunday - walked in the mountains
- Monday - did zumba
- Tuesday - go to fitness class
- Wednesday - off day/full schedule.
- Thursday - zumba
- Friday - hike, walk, or bike ride.





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7/18/11 7:43 P

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SUNDAY: My husband and I planned our meals for the week.

MONDAY: My mom was admitted to the hospital for heart problems. I spent the day there. She needs bypass surgery. I don't if that's going to happen tomorrow or when. My week will not be easy to plan. I will go to "plan B." I can eat healthy at the hospital. I will find out where healthy food is nearby in case the cafeteria is closed. I will bring my walking shoes and walk by the hospital if I can't get exercise my normal way. I have strength training back up plans if I can't make it to the gym.

TUESDAY: I just created my short term goals a few days before this week's challenge started. I have several short-term goals, but the primary one is working on eating fruits and veggies. This is a hard one for me, but I'm determined to make it work.

WEDNESDAY: I have several long-term goals too, but my primary goal is to lose 110 pounds.

Edited by: ATHLETELORI at: 7/22/2011 (22:15)
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SAIDTHEFAE's Photo SAIDTHEFAE Posts: 1,841
7/18/11 7:02 P

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I learned how to cook many veggies that way! And I would get a box of veggies through a local vegetable delivery service (had to quit eventually because it was expensive). I would get my veggies and then plan meals around them.

If you make a tentative plan on Tuesday - then you still met that part of the challenge!

Always looking for spark buddies!

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7/18/11 8:35 A

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SUNDAY: Fail -- I don't plan a weekly menu because I shop at the farmer's market on Tuesday's and never know what is going to be looking great that week. I stock up at the farmer's market on fruits and vegetables and use them throughout the week trying new recipes.

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY: ... Long Term Goal ... I want to reach my target weight of 125 by the time my husband comes home next year for R&R in May. Which means ... I have to lose over 50 pounds by then.

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:

Edited by: SERENITY0808 at: 7/20/2011 (15:36)
**Susan**
co-leader of Weekly Challenge Team

TURN IMPOSSIBLE into I'M POSSIBLE!!!

1. I have the ability to handle anything that life throws at me.
2. The universe is conspiring to help me get everything that I want.
3. I can achieve anything I focus on with persistence.


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SAIDTHEFAE's Photo SAIDTHEFAE Posts: 1,841
7/17/11 11:46 P

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Monday: Ok, so I made a plan for the week, and it is up on the fridge. I also went to Trader Joes and stocked up one some healthy snacks so I am prepared for cravings!

New long term goals:
- Track foods, work on staying in ranges consistently. Work on making the healthy choices more consistently than before. Weight loss is not a goal at this point (expecting)
Short term goals:
- Find new workouts to do. 30 minutes movement per day. Start new stretching program. Take vitamins daily. Increase calcium intake.

Thursday: met!

Friday: about to make this post

Saturday:
cleaned up pantry a little. Will make list for grocery store on Monday.

Edited by: SAIDTHEFAE at: 7/24/2011 (02:57)
Always looking for spark buddies!

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SAIDTHEFAE's Photo SAIDTHEFAE Posts: 1,841
7/17/11 11:46 P

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Minnie- you can still plan even if you won't be home to cook! I have to put into my plan that Sunday I will be at a theme park...but thinking about it ahead of time will help me stay focused so I don't eat funnel cake, nachos, and hot dogs!

Always looking for spark buddies!

Coleader: Crunchy Mamas- come visit!


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 15,272
7/17/11 7:27 P

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great challenge, but not one i'll likely meet. tomorrow is a wedding. after that i'm at the mercy of my husband.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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7/17/11 12:21 P

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Terra, I LOVE this so much!!!!!! Thank you for posting! I'm going to try and be accountable each day according to your challenges. Today I'll plan my menus!

Susan--wife to Dennis and mom to 8 super blessings.

"You either sacrifice today to reach tomorrow's goals, or you give up your dreams in favor of the fleeting comfort that's distracting you." Dave Griffin

"I'm a simple Jesus girl on a journey to finding deeper motivation than just a number on my scale for getting and staying healthy." Lysa Terkeurst


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7/17/11 12:13 P

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So, every successful sparker I know is a planner. You don't get healthy by chance or by winning the lottery. Health comes from planning and working hard to get there (though the hard work will be the most rewarded in your life).

So this week, let's take a look at our planning skills. Have you made goals, and are you setting yourself up to meet these goals. In my job as a special education teacher, we have a teaching strategy called errorless learning. This is used to teach skills in such a way that in the beginning the child has no chance to make an error (this is great for those kids who are perfectionists or used to getting everything right and fall apart at mistakes). We set them up to be successful in the beginning, so by the time we slowly pull back our support, the child only knows how to do the activity in a successful way. Error is not part of the equation.

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Now, I am setting up this challenge to be a series of mini challenges every day. Please feel free to move these around and complete them on different days as necessary. You can even combine days if you need to.

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Make your meal plan for the week. This is planing ahead. When I do this, I am so good at eating all week long! I start with what is in my pantry and fridge and plan meals to use up fresh foods first. Then, I figure out what I need to get at the grocery store and by which day I have to go. I like to put off grocery shopping as long as possible personally!

Monday:
Plan your workouts for the week. Are you getting at least three days intense cardio in? Or are you spreading your workouts to less intense sessions on more days? Let us know what you have coming up. Again, if you plan it, you are more likely to go through with it.

Tuesday:
Look at your short term goals. Do you have a couple set up? What are they? Are they still relevant to you? Do you need to refresh them? Share them here if you would like.

Wednesday:
Look at your long term goals. Do you have any? What are they? Are they relevant to you? Do you need to refresh them? Share them here if you would like.

Thursday:
Go to one of your friends or team mates and encourage them and their planning skills. Leave a comment on their page or sparkpage.

Friday:
Look back on the week. Reflect on this challenge (share in a new post instead of updating your usual post). Did you plan? Did it help keep you on track?

Saturday:
Take inventory of your pantry and fridge so you can be prepared for the next upcoming week.


Always looking for spark buddies!

Coleader: Crunchy Mamas- come visit!


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