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TNT and Planks

Friday, November 08, 2013

A friend had a link to this picture on her Facebook page and it reminded me of how I felt doing the planks in today's TNT. Enjoy!

  
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MELP06 11/9/2013 12:26AM

    This is one of my favorites! Probably a little "too" true also! emoticon

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GRANDMA125212 11/8/2013 10:35PM

    laughter is great medicine

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EMMACORY 11/8/2013 10:28PM

    That put a smile on my face! Thank you! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 11/8/2013 9:42PM

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KAYMOM 11/8/2013 11:30AM

    LOL!

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STONECOT 11/8/2013 8:58AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon when I first started trying to do planks, when I rested on my forearms my tummy was still on the floor!!! So I know exactly how you felt! emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 11/8/2013 8:32AM

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COOLMAMA11 11/8/2013 7:04AM

    Love it, had a great chuckle..thanks Sally!

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AJB121299 11/8/2013 12:38AM

    nice

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Purging and Bite Size Pieces

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

It's incredible how much I have accumulated in 20 years of living in one place, combined with inheriting a bunch of stuff. I have decided that decluttering, purging and cleaning my home is my primary job until November 22. Like losing weight and getting healthy inside, decluttering and purging is a bit overwhelming. I keep reminding myself..."how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time".



One "bite" at a time by breaking down an overwhelming task into bite size pieces and any overwhelming project can be completed, whether it's my home or my weight. The analogy of eating an elephant breaks down a little for me because I have no desire to actually eat an elephant, This next photo reminder works a little better for me. One bite at a time and the apple is eaten.




Weight loss and home purging will contribute in the long run to a healthier me. I will feel better owning less and weighing less. I think I will enjoy living here more if everything has a place and everything is in its place. I think I will be more hospitable and happier if I can finish this purging job plus meet my 2013 weight loss goals.

To keep me motivated to finish the job by November 22:




I choose to find a way to get rid of the stuff in my home and in my body!!!



  
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KAYMOM 11/6/2013 11:02PM

    You are always an inspiration to me! Glad you're a part of our team!

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PEACH209 11/6/2013 10:57PM

    Thanks for the words of wisdom. emoticon

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MELP06 11/6/2013 7:10PM

    I love the quote from Pete Walsh! emoticon

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HARRIET8AL 11/6/2013 3:48PM

    Thanks for a Great Blog. I live with pack rats so I try to set a rule- if something comes into the house, something must go out. It works for me :-)

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/6/2013 3:10PM

    So clever and so motivational. Thank you for posting this.

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BOB5148 11/6/2013 11:38AM

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MYTHMYTH 11/6/2013 11:22AM

    Way to go!!

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EMMACORY 11/6/2013 11:22AM

    I talk more about de-cluttering than actually doing it . I am going to join you and make this a focus. Thanks for the great blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/6/2013 10:07AM

    THANK YOU - this was JUST the blog I needed to read today!! In January I set getting my house completely decluttered and organized as my main goal for the year 2013. I made a lot of progress but then life happened...... and you know the rest of THAT story!!

I'm with you - its time to get off the computer and onto clearing the STUFF I don't REALLY need out of the house. There is someone out there who REALLY needs it!! emoticon

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LOOD1962 11/6/2013 9:58AM

    This hit me right between the eyes. I have so much stuff everywhere in my house and I really need to get rid of a lot of junk! Thanks for helping me see I can do it a little at a time because now it seems so overwhelming.
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Trick or Treat 5K - done!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I had a spooktacular time this morning racing in a local 5K. A small crowd of 120 dressed in costumes raced through a local park and marsh. It was walking distance from my house. Easy to get to, easy and pretty to run through, and easy to get home. I would definitely do it again. Because the most of the course runs on a trail through the marsh, there are no spectators to cheer you on for miles 2 and 3. So it's just you and the beautiful scenery around you to keep you going.

For most races that I participate in, I'm in the middle of the pack because there are a good number of walkers signed up. Before signing up for today's race, I looked at last year's results. My usual time would place me in the last 10% to cross the finish line. The participants in this race are 99% runners and not run/walkers like me. I wasn't sure how I would feel being just about the last one to finish a race. Well, I didn't finish last but it felt like it. There was a dad and young son who stayed just ahead of me for most of the race. I just couldn't catch them. I don't know who was behind me but I was told there were at least 5 people behind me. I'll find out when they post the results online.

One lesson I learned: eating well in the days leading up to the race make a difference. I ate poorly the last couple days and I definitely felt sluggish today and had little energy. Just like a car, our bodies need the right kind of fuel. We can put garbage in and our output will be slow and sluggish. Or we can eat clean and healthy, consuming good proteins and fibers, and feel fast and energetic.

Here's a picture of me shortly after crossing the finish line in my costume. You can't see them but I was wearing wings. Wished they were real wings during the race. At least I was still smiling.


  
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GRANDMA125212 10/26/2013 10:46PM

    emoticon on the race and the outfit

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EMMACORY 10/26/2013 9:03PM

    You look darling. It does not matter where we finish as long as we finish. emoticon

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MAMACAPPI 10/26/2013 6:51PM

    Awesome!

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CATLOVER110 10/26/2013 5:52PM

    Cute costume! Way to go for doing the race! emoticon

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MALAMI518 10/26/2013 5:04PM

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Nice job! I also "ran" a costumed 5K today, but it was a very small one with only about 33 people participating. I had fun, though, and my son ran it, too. I'll get a blog up soon.

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BUGSMIMI 10/26/2013 3:02PM

  Well done! And I like lady bugs. emoticon And no matter where you finished in the ranks, you finished. That is way better than the ones who never started...

Rel

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COOLMAMA11 10/26/2013 2:01PM

    Well Done! emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 10/26/2013 12:32PM

    Too much wind drag from the wings and antenna! Need to be a sleek bug next year! LOL

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SUNSHINE99999 10/26/2013 10:51AM

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Clearing out the Cobwebs and Clutter

Saturday, October 26, 2013

(With Halloween around the corner, I guess I've got cobwebs on my mind, thus a little fun with cobwebs in my blog).

I've been fall cleaning my home (like spring cleaning, only because it's fall, I'm calling it fall cleaning). While cleaning, I've noticed how busy the spiders have been, putting up cobwebs in a lot of the corners. The spiders are diligent and persistent. I can learn a lesson from these unwelcome creatures. If I want to achieve a goal, I need to be diligent and persistent. One of my 2013 goals is to declutter my home, to only own what we need and enjoy. It's crazy how easy it is to accumulate stuff and how hard it is to get rid of it.

I started cleaning out my clothes closet tonight.

I have an average sized closet and until the kids moved out of the house a couple years ago, I managed to keep my clothes confined to my closet for 25 years. When the kids moved out, I started taking over their closets and stopped cleaning out the closets. My mission in the next couple days: completely empty out the kids' closets and confine my clothes back to just my closet. Less is more here!

Well, guess how many T-shirts I had in my closet (make that closets now)?

50!!!!

About 10 of them are from 5K runs (yep, t-shirts are generally part of the swag you receive for signing up for a 5K race). Another 10 or so are t-shirts with team shirts from my college or my kids' colleges. The rest are shirts received from family reunions, softball teams, vacations, etc.

I kept 10, mostly for their quality and color, and the rest went out the door to charity. Those 50 shirts took up 14 inches of space in my closet. Ridiculous!

So, today when I went to the packet pickup for my 5K race tomorrow, I was glad that the swag wasn't a T-Shirt. It was a light-grey knit cap, good for cold weather runs.

My DH returns home Sunday night. Hopefully, I'll have our bedroom back to normal. I've got piles of clothes to sort through after the 5K tomorrow. I'm determined to get my closet organized and filled only with clothes I like and that I really will wear.

  
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EMMACORY 10/26/2013 9:06PM

    Good for you. Most of us wear the same thing over and over again. I need to follow your example. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 10/26/2013 8:40AM

    Loved this blog!!!

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CATLOVER110 10/26/2013 1:29AM

    Good for you for cleaning out your closets! emoticon

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My Skinny Rule #5

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Don't skip breakfast, ever.

Breakfast - it's the meal where you break the fast of not eating since the day before. It's the meal that provides the energy needed for the day ahead. Start the day by giving your body foods that provide energy and nutrients. Eating breakfast helps jumpstart your metabolism, which is at its lowest after sleeping, and this meal provides food that will be used for energy as you go about your daily routine.

Studies show that people who ate their biggest meal at breakfast or lunch lost more weight than those people who ate their biggest meal at dinner. Other studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are more likely to eat too many calories later in the day and have a greater chance of obesity.

Not hungry at breakfast? Eat less for dinner and go to bed a little hungry.

There's a ton written on what to eat for a healthy breakfast. What has worked well for me is a combination of protein and fiber. I love plain Greek yogurt (Fage brand is my favorite), mixed with a little muesli and some cut-up fresh fruit. I love oatmeal, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg...no sugar, and some raisins cooked in it. Although I'm allergic to eggs, I will occasionally make a simple egg scramble (scrambled eggs with a touch of salsa on top). There are a million options for a healthy breakfast. Just don't skip it!

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

  
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WORTHIT374 10/24/2013 9:08PM

    Yes, I can feel the difference when I don't eat enough protein for breakfast or eat too many carbs for breakfast. It's amazing what a difference it makes the rest of the day!

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MYTHMYTH 10/24/2013 12:37PM

    emoticon If I don't have a blaanced breakfast, I am fighting the urge to eat things for the rest of the day.

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EMMACORY 10/24/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon You might want to check out my blog called Eat Breakfast. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 10/24/2013 4:50AM

    Totally agree with you! Whenever I have a cooked breakfast of poached egg, bacon, steamed mushrooms on wholemeal bread I am full up for most of the day and easily keep below 1300 calories for the whole day!

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