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Part 1 - My 2019 Word of the Year is SELF-CARE.

After the first hospitalization of my life, I found the need to reflect on what got me there after managing to not go back after I was born.It was quite apparent - and also pointed out to me - that I am on the bottom of my list. My diagnosis confirms this needs to change. Protecting my private time is of paramount importance if I want to continue doing the work I love. This is the year I make the change.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” —Saint Francis de Sales
For the 2019 Winter 5% Challenge, I am going back to a simple plan that is more specifically defined. Because my work schedule can be exhausting, I need to have a simple plan to stay on track with clearly outlined activities. My food plan is based on nutritional amounts recommended by SP. Each meal below is at this recommendations. Vegetarian meals. Beverage is water, except for breakfast.

1. Pray upon rising
2. Breakfast – includes a protein, carb, beverage.
3. Exercise for 12 sessions @ 10 min each (medical limit of 20 min/day) – 1 morning; 1 evening; includes walking, Qi Gong and/or strength training.
4. Meditation @ 10 minutes – time will vary with schedule.
5. Mid-morning snack – yogurt, fruit, or snack bar.
6. Lunch – prepare “brown bag” lunch for work (prepared meal, yogurt, fruit, leftover from previous night’s meal)
7. Mid-afternoon snack – yogurt, fruit or snack bar.
8. Dinner – seafood, veggie based entrée, pasta, other choices
9. Evening snack – fresh juice, small yogurt, a dark chocolate.
10. Pray before sleep. (Additional meditation session in evening is optional.)

Schedule will be adjusted for each week’s LTGL.

"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary." - Winston Churchill

Member Since: 7/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 59,988

My Goals:
1. Quiet time.
2. Eat healthy.
3. Track nutrition daily.
4. Exercise daily..
5. Track exercise daily
7. Acknowledge blessings daily.

My Program:

(These are my words of the year for 2008-2019.)

"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."~~ FB page of "Paying It Forward - One Day at a Time"

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Books are my transport out of my little world into the universe! Nothing better than curling up with my cat Katie, book & a cup of tea...or glass of water! Love theater and movies, too!

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” —Saint Francis de Sales

"Lost time is never found again." - Benjamin Franklin

"Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going." ~ Chantal Sutherland

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    The flowers and blossoms are filling the air with the smells of Spring. This is the time to start preparing for the Summer. Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of June. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    Here are some of the members comments written on a Survey Monkey poll:

    “It helps me stay focused on my goals. It also keeps things interesting and not boring.”

    “I find that the challenges make me be more cognizant of my food intake, better choices etc. The fitness ones encourage me to try new exercises and to keep doing exercises. I think there is a good possibility I wouldnt do as much if I didnt track it for challenges or tried to do better on challenges”

    “My leaders are all wonderful...they stay in touch with team members and do their best to keep us involved and feeling a part of the team.”

    “They motivate me to eat healthier and to be more active. “

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the the link below, or click on my username and leave me a message or click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Waitlist thread.

    Note when using the link above you may have to drop the // or even the //www.

    7 days ago
  • v KERRYG155
    I hope all is going well on your journey to good health.
    8 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie and anniversary wishes. It is much appreciated!

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

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    It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop...
    Wishing you success on the scale today and with the coming Week's Challenge !!

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    12 days ago
  • v no profile image MARYPHONE
    Thank you for my spark goodie!
    13 days ago
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