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Part 1 - My word of the year for 2017 is BELIEVE. Somewhere along the line in 2016 I lost my belief in me, what I can do, who I can be. This year I will direct my actions into BELIEVING in myself. That will start with achieving my goals for the year and for our 5% Challenges.

"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
What I've learned are challenging things for me:
1. I don't take care of need a plan to do that.
2. I am in control of my work hours so I need to learn to say "no."
3. I need to be my best advocate - particularly at work but also with friends.
4. That it is okay to not make everything better for everyone else.
5. Motivation to take care of me needs work.

What I know works:
1. I feel good about me after walking with my neighbor.
2. I need time away from people associated with work, even if they have become friends.
3. Morning meditation helps start the day on the right side.
4. Quiet time at home with Katie is healing.
5. When I eat healthy, I feel healthy.

The Plan:
1. Scheduling at least 2 morning walks per week.
2. Do strength training 4 days per week
3. Spending time with friends not affiliated with work.
4. My first 15 minutes of the day (after feeding Katie) will be spent in meditation.
5. Keep healthy snacks on hand.
6. Plan healthy meals at least 24 hours ahead.

This is my 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Plan.
"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: 33,432

My Goals:
1. Affection for self
2. Eat healthy - 3 smaller meals plus 3 snacks daily.
3. Track nutrition daily.
4. Do 15 minutes of strength training 4 days per week.
5. Do 30 minutes of focused walking at least 2 days per week.
6. Track exercise daily
7. Acknowledge blessings through blogging.

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(These are my words of the year for 2008-2017.)

�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!

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

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    34 days ago
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    45 days ago
    Hey Mauri, I was just admiring your avatar pronouncing your champions. Your quarterback and his wife don't eat deadly nightshades. I took a page from their "playbook" and have given up the tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes and eggplant. Eliminating all sorts of foods in search of what ails me. Thanks for the visit. Always great to see you. I'll be keeping an eye on you.
    60 days ago
    Hi. Good to hear from you. I thought you had left SP. Here's a pat for Katie. I got Josie cat two years ago and she is rather a one person cat. I read that tortishell Siamese tend to bond with one person after I rescued her from the pound. I like your word for 2017. It is so important to believe in oneself. I am still active on Biggest Loser and Inner Journey. Keeps me busy other than my reading. Still love curling up with a book with Josie in my lap.

    You are amazing. And don't you forget it!

    Hugs, Linn
    73 days ago
    Mauri with all the rain we had yesterday and the temps were suppose to drop I was worried how the roads would be today for our trip to Battle Creek, so thankful we didn't get snow or freezing rain, the roads were nice and dry, a good blessing. I wonder if we are going to get really dumped on at the tail end of winter, I sure hope not. I keep thinking each day gets us a little closer to spring, I am ready along with you. Have a great rest of your day.

    74 days ago
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