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5% Fall Challenge

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

These are assignments 4 and 5 for the challenge. They are kind of the same but I did my best.

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Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being?

I made my September fitness and nutrition commitment and posted it in a blog on my spark page.

Do you have it where you see it often?

I am on sparkpeople everyday and do check what I am to do for fitness that day. I plan my meals out a week in advance and check the tracker in the morning before eating breakfast.

Please tell us what works for you.

Tracking my food a week in advance has always worked for me. It also saves me money at the grocery store because I am not buying extras. I buy what I need for that week, not well, I might want to eat this. Sometimes I do make changes but they are usually within the same nutritional value.

Do you have questions Team Members here can answer for you?

I do need tips on motivation for exercise. I really struggled this summer and I am basically starting over in September. I do have my gym back packed for the pool tomorrow and my alarm is already set.

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Do you already have a daily routine that includes preparation for a successful tomorrow?

As I stated, my routine is on my spark page. If I have the pool the next day, my gym bag is packed with my bathing suit, towel, rubber soled shoes and my physical therapy exercise sheet. I refuse to shower there. It is 3 minutes from my house. If I am going to use the gym equipment, I have my sneakers with me. If I am going to do a DVD it is taken out of the cabinet and laid out on my desk the night before.

All my frozen meals that I am going to eat for the week are taken out of the big freeze and put into the refrigerator freezer. This way I am not digging through the freezer chest every night.

Do you have it where you see it often?

Yes

Please tell us what works for you.

The food routines has always worked for me. I am just trying the exercise routine to see if it motivates me more. If I see the DVD out in plain sight, will it motivate me to do it more instead of looking for it in the cabinet and then doing it.

Do you have questions Team Members here can answer for you? not right now.

Win Tomorrow Check List

Do you already have a daily routine that includes preparation for a successful tomorrow?

As I stated, my routine is on my spark page. If I have the pool the next day, my gym bag is packed with my bathing suit, towel, rubber soled shoes and my physical therapy exercise sheet. I refuse to shower there. It is 3 minutes from my house. If I am going to use the gym equipment, I have my sneakers with me. If I am going to do a DVD it is taken out of the cabinet and laid out on my desk the night before.

All my frozen meals that I am going to eat for the week are taken out of the big freeze and put into the refrigerator freezer. This way I am not digging through the freezer chest every night.

Do you have it where you see it often?

Yes

Please tell us what works for you.

The food routines has always worked for me. I am just trying the exercise routine to see if it motivates me more. If I see the DVD out in plain sight, will it motivate me to do it more instead of looking for it in the cabinet and then doing it.

Do you have questions Team Members here can answer for you? not right now.

Have a great day everyone. It is sunny, hot and humid. yuck

  
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Assignment 3--5% Fall challenge

Monday, September 01, 2014

Assignment 3 is update your spark page. I have already done that. I usually update my page once a month depending on what is happening that month. My background is the same as last month. Last month was Gary and Tyler's birthday on August 8 and my niece Kim's birthday on August 3. This month is Brianna's birthday on September 4. She was born on Labor Day in 1995. She is sort of on my sh*t list right now.

We had severe thunder storms last night. The winds were high. There was no damage around here, but the street over had a tree down. We didn't lose power and I was able to see Flipping the Block. It is cloudy and very humid today.

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day. I am staying home. My family doesn't do anything on Labor Day or Memorial Day. Gary is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere on a cruise. $%%^*&^%^$^$& I do have to run to the store and get some milk, if that's what you want to call it. I will walk the aisles to get in some steps

  
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MRS_TOAD 9/2/2014 9:18AM

    Those extra steps add up! I walked the mall yesterday because it was so hot and humid.

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GABIBEAR 9/2/2014 12:18AM

    Happy Labor Day Bonnie. We don't really celebrate it either. This weekend was a trip for us because the plumbing is giving us a lot of problems. The plumber and the septic tank people are coming tomorrow. Can't wait until it is done!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/1/2014 8:46PM

    Happy Labor Day - hope you enjoyed it anyway!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 8:23PM

    Well, hope you got th milk!

OH boy, what is it with 19 yr. old young women . . . they know how it agitate, don't they!

Hope you did have a good Labor Day.

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/1/2014 7:45PM

    I'm so glad to hear you weren't affected by the storm last night! I hope you have a nice and relaxing Labor Day!
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ICECUB 9/1/2014 6:12PM

    IT FEELS LIKE 100 TODAY. I MADE MY PAGE HALLOWEENY. I USUALLY WORK ON LABOUR DAY.

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LIVEDAILY 9/1/2014 3:14PM

    Enjoy the walk in the store!

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GABY1948 9/1/2014 1:19PM

    I love getting my steps in a store! Have a great day!

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Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition Commitment

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This is assignment #2 for the 5% Fall Challenge. I have lost the weight that I regained. I am once again maintaining my weight. emoticon Right now since I am not really exercising, I usually eat under 1250 calories. Starting this week, I will start back with an exercise routine emoticon but will continue with about 1200-1350 calories to begin with. I have no idea how many calories I am burning in the water, because you can't wear your fitbit. I can't find anything on sparkpeople for what I do in the water. I don't know if I would burn the same number of calories doing it in the water as doing it on land. The exercises are the same.

I have noticed over the last few weeks that I am getting only 2-3 servings of fruit & vegetables. I am going to have to increase that. I stopped buying so much fruit because it was going bad so fast. I will just have to remember it is in the refrigerator. I know apples are high in carbohydrates, but I am going to have to start eating them again. I can't remember the last time I had one.

I will increase my fruits & vegetables, keep daily carbohydrates below 60%, protein at least 20% and fats at least 20% I will have at least 2 daily snacks.

I have to revise my schedule for tomorrow. The pool is closed.

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PINKPANTHERS 9/1/2014 8:36PM

    Awesome plan, you can do it! I buy 3-4 types of fruit and cut it all up in a fruit bowl, then it is already prepared for me to take to work. I also throw diced peppers into my scrambled eggs or strips in my sandwich. Whatever I can think of to add them in here and there.

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MRS_TOAD 9/1/2014 10:06AM

    Your goals are a reminder to me that I need to rethink my fruits and veggies! Thanks!

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STEVEN2GO2 9/1/2014 1:16AM

    For your water exercises there is general swimming, water walking and water aerobics. I am not sure what you do in the pool. If you type swim in your fitness tracker there is a list of water activities!

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GABIBEAR 8/31/2014 11:03PM

    Excellent on the maintenance again!!! Sounds like a great plan Bonnie!!!! You can and will do it!!!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/31/2014 10:07PM

    Gooid luck w/your September plans. Keep your out front in the fridge. That's where I keep mine, so they're always in view, reminding me "EAT ME!"

Good luck.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/31/2014 8:03PM

    Awesome plan for the month of September! Remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Hugs and love,
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AJDOVER1 8/31/2014 7:56PM

    Best wishes to you! I enjoy most fruits at room temperature, so I put what I plan to eat for snacks for the day in a bowl on my counter. I'm sure you'll do fine as soon as it becomes a habit again.
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LIVEDAILY 8/31/2014 2:11PM

    Hey Bonnie, in response to you wondering if you burn the same amount of calories on land vs water, I ~think~ that you you'd burn more calories in the water because of the resistance of the water itself as you are moving through it. I'd do some research on other sites and see if you could find something that closely approximates what you do and then type it into your SP fitness tracker.

Fruits and veggies - the BEST tip I can share with you, is to buy fruits and veggies that you know you like, no matter the cost. Me? I LOVE blueberries, and so I always have at least 1 container of them in my fridge year round. Same with Gala apples - they are my favorite. I like carrots, and you can buy them and spend a few minutes peeling, and cutting them and then store them in water in your fridge and then they are ready for you to grab and munch on! I do the same with celery and radishes. I buy radishes with the greens on them still - they're not as "hot" as other radishes. The thing is, if you have your fridge full of fruits and veggies that you KNOW you like, then you'll eat them.

Keep up the great work!!

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WIFE48 8/31/2014 1:54PM

    Great plan

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SINFULLYQUAINT 8/31/2014 1:45PM

    It sounds like you have a great plan! One good tip about fruit that I'm trying out this month is washing and prepping the fruit when you buy it whenever possible - then having bowls of fruit in your fridge that is ready to eat. Works well with grapes, blueberries, etc. - I've been thinking of putting some cucumber in he the fridge like that too. Good luck on your goals!

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ICECUB 8/31/2014 1:23PM

    emoticon I notice when I buy fruits and leave them out they go bad fast. especially bananas. sounds like you have a good plan.

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GEORGE815 8/31/2014 1:13PM

    Wow. Under 1250 calories for a while.

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Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Friday, August 29, 2014

I have signed up for the Starfish team again. Maybe this will help kick my butt into gear. All I know is I only have 2 more months on my membership and I am wasting money. If I am going to have the double knee replacement this winter, it would be in my best interest to be in the best possible condition before the surgery. It will make recovery a whole lot easier. I know all these things, but it doesn't seem to either matter or click. emoticon emoticon Very puzzling to say the least.

This is assignment one to get ready for the challenge. Make your exercise commitment. I am going to start out slow, because I am actually a beginner again. I hate starting over. I think this is like my third time starting over with exercise. This time I have an excuse with the surgery but I was cleared at least 3 weeks ago.

Monday--Pool exercise routine given to me years ago by my physical therapist. Starting with the 1 rep of whatever she has.------------------Walk laps----------------bicycle(tread water)15 minutes.

Tuesday--cardio for at least 10 minutes

Wednesday--kettlebell DVD or use workout generator for dumbell exercises. pool??????

Thursday--rest day

Friday-- pool

Saturday--cardio for at least 10 minutes

Sunday--rest day

I am not going to wait for the 5% challenge to start this. Come Monday morning I WILL go to the pool. I will shoot myself if I don't. I am totally disgusted with my numbers this month. Not so much disgusted, as ashamed. My spark friends are the only ones not making me feel bad. My Mom Gary everyone is letting me have it with both barrels. My jeans still fit me in the waist but they are tight in the calf and thigh. emoticon I am sure my sister is enjoying it.

emoticon friends for being so supportive and not throwing it up in my face. I know emoticon . I really enjoy the pool, it is just a matter of starting.

  
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GABIBEAR 8/31/2014 1:42AM

    I know how hard it is to start again and the first step is always the hardest. You can and will do it Bonnie! Have a great time at the pool and the rest of this Labor Day weekend!!!

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PINKPANTHERS 8/30/2014 9:14PM

    emoticon I'm super proud of you for making awesome plans. I have a very supportive husband, but I have some very unsupportive family members that consistently attempt to sabotage me. I am slowly learning tools to deal with that, but it is sooo hard. (I generally do a good enough job sabotaging myself - I sure don't need help!) emoticon emoticon emoticon Just keep your head up, try to ignore the negativity and focus on you! You can do this!

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SINFULLYQUAINT 8/30/2014 12:24PM

    You can do it! You are making great choices because you know what is best of you! So so sorry to hear that you have unsupportive family members - just try to ignore them and do what's right for you. Enjoy swimming, sounds fun!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/30/2014 10:38AM

    Sounds like an awesome plan! I know you can do this! I am routing for you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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MRS_TOAD 8/30/2014 9:35AM

    emoticon Each minute of exercise helps break the cycle. Together, emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 8/30/2014 12:45AM

    Atta girl!!! You can do it!!! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 8/29/2014 10:40PM

    I know YOU know you can do it!!
Let's do it together!!
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AJDOVER1 8/29/2014 6:38PM

    Best wishes to you! I know you can do it!

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ICECUB 8/29/2014 6:17PM

    emoticon ONCE YOU GET STARTED IT WILL BE EASIER EVERYDAY.

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GABY1948 8/29/2014 3:02PM

    You do plan well! And you have it figured out! emoticon emoticon

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Here's to your future success!!!!!!

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ROCKPORT9 8/29/2014 1:57PM

    Those first steps back are the hardest. I know....I am working back to healthier habits.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/29/2014 1:28PM

    Sounds like a great workout plan. I know you can do this.

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WIFE48 8/29/2014 1:13PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. emoticon

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KATIBUG49 8/29/2014 11:31AM

    Good luck you have a lot planned. I love the way you have each day planned out!

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I have become pathetic since June

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fitness minutes goals 1500
Fitness minutes this month 200
Fitness minutes to goal 1300

8/1- 28
8/2- 5
Weekly total 33
8/3-8
8/4-29
8/5-8
8/6-4
8/7-22
8/8-5
8/9-2
Weekly total 78
8/10-8
8/11-7
8/12-4
8/13-3
8/14-26
8/15-8
8/16-4
Weekly total 60
8/17-5
8/18-3
8/19-3
8/20-3
8/21-3
8/22-3
8/23-9
Weekly total 29
8/24-4
8/25-3
8/26-
8/27-
8/28-
8/29-
8/30-
Weekly total
MONTHLY TOTAL 200

This says it all. I use to get a 2000 fitness trophy every single month.

  
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WESTERNSAGE 8/30/2014 9:52AM

    Your numbers actually show amazing determination. No matter how little time was available you still made some effort - meaning you had some success - every day! Now you can just build on it. We all have times when life and/or our bodies will not cooperate. Your efforts may be less than you wanted but YOU ARE NEVER PATHETIC! You are a great person. In the words of one of my best friends, sometimes you just have to allow yourself to be human.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/29/2014 1:35PM

    You see failure.. So many see success. Things have changed, you had issues you haven't quit. you are still moving. You can do this We have faith in you. You always are their for us encouraging us. Now it is our turn to support you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 8/29/2014 1:42AM

    dust off and tie your shoes and head out you can do
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JANIEWWJD 8/27/2014 11:52PM

    That's ok, don't feel that you let yourself down!!! Start over September 1. All is not lost!!!
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MRS_TOAD 8/27/2014 8:44AM

    Today is a new day! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 8/27/2014 2:02AM

    Maybe your body needed a rest? emoticon
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1CRAZYDOG 8/26/2014 7:43PM

    You have identified the situation here, and you can make a plan to ease back into it! You CAN do it -- you've done it.

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ICECUB 8/26/2014 6:32PM

    JUST START OVER. TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY A NEW START.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/26/2014 5:19PM

    Don't beat yourself up about it! Tomorrow is a new day and in another week you will be able to start a fresh month! I know September is going to be an awesome month for you! Thanks for sharing! Sending you extra hugs today!
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ALICE_TENNIS 8/26/2014 3:46PM

    It's time to sweep August out of the books emoticon

and get a fresh start with September. Every day (and every week & every month) brings new opportunities.

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2014 1:32PM

    Aww Sweetie .. What happened? Are you not well ? ..
Don't beat yourself up love .. We all have times that we just cannot keep going ..
Try to do just what you can .. You know we are all here for you ...
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LIVEDAILY 8/26/2014 1:04PM

    Oh my, you HAVE hit a slump, haven't you?? Have you tried thinking/writing about what's got you in this predictament?? How have you been sleeping? I know you had a couple of health issues recently. Are you still worried about them? You know what you have to do. All you have to do is take ONE step, and then keep right on going! Fall is coming - cooler weather with it - nice for outdoor walks. Just take one more step today than you did yesterday. Come on - you can do it!

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WIFE48 8/26/2014 12:39PM

    emoticon You have identified the problem, now let's get going.

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OMMAMA7 8/26/2014 12:26PM

    I understand the disappointment, though it's better than a big zero, and a new month is fast approaching. Shake it off and get back to it! :) emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 8/26/2014 11:23AM

    I see what you think of these numbers. Whereas, I see triumph! Think of health and life issues that have attacked you. I see you fighting back.....each day! emoticon hugs, Laurel

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