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5% Challenge- Countdown Activity Catch Up 1 - 5

Saturday, February 23, 2013

So, I got super behind on the count down activities (read: never actually started on them), so here they are.

1. Make a plan

Diet: Common sense healthy eating/Plate Method/ Sticking between certain Spark recommended ranges.

Exercise: Cardio 4x week for 30 minutes adding in ST for certain body parts (Shoulders to restrengthen after an old injury and Core to help with better posture). At this point ST is not a primary focus.

2. Update Sparkpage

Will do as soon as this is posted.

3. List the reasons you want to lose weight

I am officially at my highest weight EVER. In the last few months, I've gained back all that I lost after my accident, plus a few. I have got to stop this before it really gets out of control.

I want to have the energy I know I can have

My dogs getting fat. I once read something "If you're dog's overweight, it's time to get off the couch." Well.... it's time.

I know I can do it. I just have to DO it.

All of the other reasons: I want to feel sexy, spontaneous, healthy, vibrant, glowing. I want to know I'm treating my body as the special thing that it is.

4. What are your trigger foods and trigger situations?

Trigger Foods: Fast food ANYTHING, Cheese, Bread, Anything greasy or carby, Cheesecake

Trigger Situations: Realizing it's 6pm and I haven't thought about what's for dinner. By this point it's too late to start cooking (Kids have an early bedtime). Being out in town and hungry.

I can solve these situations by thinking ahead and planning dinner in advance. Not necessarily the day before or anything, but at least by lunchtime the day of. And I can make sure when I'm out, I have something handy to curb hunger, be it nuts or a granola bar, or something like that.

As for the foods themselves, I am not going to eliminate any food completely. This is a long haul thing, and I believe with control, there is room for any food in a healthy diet. So, I will see if the food fits into my diet plan and if not, is it worth the calories? Can a snack be swapped out somewhere else?

5. Ways to Cut Calories

This one doesn't really have a straightforward question or prompt other than listing ways I know to cut calories.

I guess, I don't know a whole lot of them.

FF dairy products, use less sugar - especially in drinks, make sure it's really hunger by drinking water first, satisfy a sweet tooth with fruit first, avoid packaged and processed "food".


That's almost half of em. But I'm getting some pain in my hands from typing, so the rest will come tomorrow - errr rather later today since it's past midnight.

Which happens to be day one of the Challenge.


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GLOMER 2/24/2013 12:14AM

    Go Dawggie!!!

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A Dose of Motivation From An Adorable Puppy

Friday, February 01, 2013

This may just be my favorite video of all time.

Pittie puppy + Exercise = Extreme levels of cuteness and squeeee.

This is a video of puppy persistance. He wants to exercise with daddy, but can't seem to get he hang of it.

From the video page:

"It is so difficult to get in a workout these days. You try and make time but there's always someone hogging the treadmill at the gym.

If all your fitness efforts fail, do like this puppy, and hop alongside your workout buddy. And while paws offer the best traction for dealing with incline and speed, there is an important lesson to learn from this agressive and persistant puppy if at first your exercise efforts flop, try and try again."


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EJOK170 2/20/2013 9:34PM

    I liked this quote! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BEETH52 2/4/2013 1:45AM

    very cute!!

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JINLYNN 2/3/2013 8:09PM

    This was so cute! I love the little fellows determination! I could use a little of it when it comes to my fitness commitment!
Thanks for sharing this!

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    Thanks for sharing emoticon

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DRPOOH63 2/1/2013 9:42PM

    So cute! Thanks for sharing. Love it.

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WALLAHALLA 2/1/2013 4:52PM

    adora bull

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LAC936 2/1/2013 3:10PM

    That is the cutest ever video. I was laughing out loud!

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EWL978 2/1/2013 2:42PM

wwwwww!!!! Cute puppy!!


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How Many Calories DoYou Drink In A Day?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

I found something today that I want to share with you.

And while I'd wager that the majority of us on SP don't do what I'm about to show you, I know some still do.

And besides, this is sudden perpective changer.

Imagine if you will...

You wake up, drinking a glass of orange juice with your breakfast. You head out the door, stopping for a latte on the the way to work.

First break comes around, you feel like you need a pick me up before lunch, so you grab a soda.

At lunch you grab a fruit punch with your meal.

Getting off work you head home for dinner, with a cool glass of sweet tea. Maybe afterward to meet some friends for a quick beer.

Sounds like a "Typical" day....

only what you don't realize is................

Is that you've drank your ENTIRE days worth of calories.... and not counted for a single bite of food.

Really makes you look at things differently, doesn't it?

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/1/2013 12:41PM

    The only calories I consume from a drink is 30-60 from 1-2 small cans of low-sodium V8 juice...heated with a few splashes of Tabasco. Mmmmm. Thanks for sharing the enlightening info!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 1/31/2013 7:12PM

    So true! Every once in a while I budget in a latte or mocha for a "snack" instead of actual food LOL. I was always one of those people that said I couldn't drink 8+ glasses of water a day, but I made myself start doing it, and my body adjusted after a couple of weeks (so I wasn't peeing all the time LOL) and now if I don't get at least 10+ glasses a day I can tell because I feel like crap!

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KALISWALKER 1/31/2013 6:30PM

    Thanks for the info. I try not to drink my calories, but I drink milk for calcium so that's about 300 calories.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/31/2013 5:34PM

    I find it somewhat fascinating the amounts that are considered typical as well. Aside from the orange juice, just about everything listed is two servings worth (or more) rather than one. For example, 20 oz of soda when 6 or 8 oz is an actual serving!

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CHRISTINA791 1/31/2013 3:43PM

    And that's the reason I rarely drink anything other than water and my one daily coffee. I'll occasionally have a pop or some other sweet drink, but it's in the same category as a dessert for me. So many people would be shocked if they actually tracked this. I'm so glad that I genuinely think water is the best tasting drink in the world.

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PAPASMURF1957 1/31/2013 3:38PM

    Excellent point!!!

The only drink I have that contains any calories during the day is my morning Breakfast Smoothie. Otherwise it's water or unsweetened herbal tea.


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TKRYSTINA 1/31/2013 3:33PM

  I just drink water most of the time. I only drink orange juice if my sugar is low from not eating soon enough. I have a soda once in awhile less than 12 a month because if I do not I get caffeine withdrawl MIGRAINES & they are really bad. I usually drink Pepsi Max. No coffee. Tea only once in awhile.

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CRZYMOM04 1/31/2013 3:27PM

    Dang that is crazy to think about that. thanks for the post.

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Are You Making These Huge Weight Loss Mistakes?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

#1 for my Loving Challenge today is the post I wrote for my blog. It's the first weight loss post I've put up on my blog, and I'm counting this as a proud moment because I've been wanting to add this topic to the blog since I started it. And now I have. It's about common, but very important mistakes we make. And it has nothing to do with counting calories.

I would love if you stopped by and commented on it, but don't feel like you have to!


2. Minion 2 (step son) had a major meltdown today, screaming his head off for 25 minutes straight. And believe it or not, he's not 2 or3. He's days from turning 8. (Does this ever stop??) And I didn't get angry. I kept my cool. Even though I'd prefer nails on a chalkboard over whining.

3. I'm halfway done with week one of my business course. Ahead of schedule!

4. I remembered to defrost the meat for dinner on time!

5. I made it through the day. Without going nuts. Today, this is a real accomplishment.

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KALISWALKER 1/30/2013 2:08PM

    Congratulations on enrolling in the business courses!

I enjoyed your blog. It's so true!

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CHEFBUFFY 1/29/2013 6:06PM

    Thanks for the great blog. Love the "mistakes" and will save it to review later.

Once I realized that my kids had tantrums when they were hungry, tired, or having trouble with transitions, it helped ME cope a lot. It also helped to hear Dr. Phil say that I needed to act like the adult (calm) when my child was out of control. Learning to deal with tantrums will definitely help you prepare for the teenaged years. : ) Give yourself a pat on the back for remaining calm.

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BOSS61 1/29/2013 5:49PM

    Thanks for the hyperlink to the mistakes web site. Good points there.

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Loving Challenge (Day 6)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Almost a week down and still going strong!

1. I started my first day of class on Coursera. Entrepreneurial business class. Fun stuff.

2. I created a twitter account for the personal/writer side of me. I've had one for my website, which is dedicated to the topic of motivation, loving yourself, and such (which can be found here https://twitter.com/UncopiedLife ) but I wanted one that would express the fun, silly, writer side of me. That's here: https://twitter.com/KimThirion Of course, you don't have to click on either of those links.

3. Started reading a new book today "The Snow Angel". For fun. I'm a big reader, so ordinarily this wouldn't be anything to mention. But for the longest time anything I've read has been for learning. Time to enjoy myself.

4. I did not eat any sweets today.

5. I put down the laptop while watching tv with my better half today. Usually, I'm typing, watching, reading etc... all at the same time. It was nice to just enjoy something.

Hope your Monday went well!


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