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My Story in Emoticons & Joined the YMCA

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just for fun I did my Fall 5% Challenge story in emoticons - what I did over the summer; my Fall 5% diet & exercise plan to lose 10 pounds 8 weeks.

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Hubby and I took a tour of the YMCA and joined today. I need some extra motivation so we got the Plus Membership which is a separate and private locker room, etc. described as - Looking for a little bit extra to make including fitness in your busy day a bit easier? Our Plus Membership offers extra amenities like towel service, toiletries, private steam room & whirlpool and lounge with big-screen TV and computer. There is an ironing board, clothes steamer, aroma therapy sachets for the steam room, rest area, private showers and changing rooms. Yes men's and women's are separate and it feels like a spa retreat.

When we were leaving I ran into my friend Monica and she goes to the daily yogas classes, so that an extra incentive to go often. Hubby is thinking of walking the 7.5 km to the Y and I will drive and meet him there. He walks that far daily already.

I am a CPA so I work to deadline, but don't like to leave things to the last minute so I am glad we joined today; needed to get that done before the Challenge starts on Saturday. I am working on the mindset that my diet and exercise are my top priority for the next 8 weeks.

  
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ZELLAZM 9/20/2014 7:07AM

    Let's do this! I want this to be my - and all of our - best challenge ever!



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SISSYFEB48 9/19/2014 11:42PM

    Wow...good for you. Sounds really smart to take advantage of the Y. We do not have one here in Duncan, but I try to get to our Aquatic Centre once a week. Would like to go twice a week, but just not possible at this time. However, several of us are going to the free sportsplex with a soft walking track 3 times a week for about 30 minutes. And that is a big improvement for us. Good Luck to Us! emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 9/19/2014 3:27PM

    emoticon on your YMCA membership emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Your health journey in emoticons is cool.

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BECOMEFEARLESS 9/19/2014 3:06PM

    The emotion story of your summer made me giggle. Good luck with this 5% challenge and hope you enjoy your new gym.

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SLIMLEAF 9/19/2014 12:22PM

    I liked your emoticon blog!

But what's a CPA?

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NHES220 9/19/2014 11:55AM

    The Y sounds great. I go to the gym a couple of times a week for strength training and classes and to work with my trainer. The other days I hit the road for my runs. Great that you joined together!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 9/19/2014 11:54AM

    Cute blog! it was smart of you yo join the Y before the challenge starts. I tried to,restart my workout routine this week. Only got in 3 days. Best wishes for a successful challenge

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/19/2014 10:37AM

    Loved your emoticon story!

emoticon at joining the Y

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BA5454 9/19/2014 7:56AM

    Great job! And your Y sounds utterly fantastic--I recently joined my local one and love it! Good luck with the challenge ;-).

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SWEDE_SU 9/19/2014 4:27AM

    sounds like a great y with super amenities! good motivation to get there and do what needs to be done!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/18/2014 11:30PM

    Yes, you are a top priority! WooHoo!

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CAROL_31649731 9/18/2014 10:45PM

    Wow, that is extra motivation indeed! How wonderful . . . go for it, all the way! Very happy for you! Use all that incentive to your advantage & have fun doing it, too!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/18/2014 10:31PM

    Your Y sounds awesome!!!!! I know you will succeed in the Fall Challenge!!!

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SUEARNOLD1 9/18/2014 10:05PM

    Wow!

I loved this is too cute.

You have an awesome Y. You're going to enjoy this!

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LILYDOG11 9/18/2014 9:24PM

    Great start !!

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LUCYCAN7 9/18/2014 9:17PM

  WOW! That sounds awesome,may have to check ours out.Thanks for sharing.
Sure you and Hubby will enjoy! emoticon

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JANISMKW 9/18/2014 9:14PM

    I've belonged to the Y for a few years. Mine doesn't have those perks, but does have lots of stuff and I've tried many classes... tai chi, yoga, NIA, TRX, Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Water Aerobics, Deep water workout, even took swimming lessons. Also do strength training, cardio machines, swim and deep water jogging on my own. I keep doing Tai Chi classes.

Summers they have had free memberships for teens so I signed my son up and we went to the outdoor pool.

Enjoy your Y!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/18/2014 8:55PM

    You are on a roll! Joining the Y is a great step forward -- good job!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/18/2014 8:55PM

    Sounds awesome! You are all set up for a emoticon challenge! Loved the story in emoticons, too fun!

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SHERRY99992 9/18/2014 8:50PM

    Wow our Y does not offer those amenities. Nice!!!!!

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KRISTA987 9/18/2014 8:42PM

    wow that YMCA sounds awesome! I might have to check out the one near me!

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TERI-RIFIC 9/18/2014 8:17PM

    What a nice Y. Lucky you.

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ROXYZMOM 9/18/2014 7:58PM

    Great job with the pictures! I followed right a long. I have been thinking about joining our local Y so I can swim. Our Y doesn't look anything like yours does!!
Enjoy!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/18/2014 7:39PM

    Sounds like a great YMCA. Hope you enjoy it. emoticon

PS - I am a retired CPA/CFO.

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ROCKPORT9 9/18/2014 7:02PM

    Enjoy your exercise and spa!

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WIZKEY 9/18/2014 6:55PM

    The Y sounds amazing!! What a great incentive to work out!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/18/2014 6:46PM

    Wow!! I had no idea the YMCA offered such things. I'm fairly sure ours doesn't.

Loved the emoticon story. LOL.

I had to take my spakpage off line for a while so if you ever need to reach me you will have to send a sparkmail.

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/18/2014 6:45PM

    emoticon Wow! Your Y sounds so emoticon Lynn! Need to go check out ours here. I feel my mind is set for the Challenge when it starts Saturday!
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ILOVEREDPOPPIES 9/18/2014 6:15PM

    I'm jealous! Our Y doesn't have all those goodies! Enjoy!

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ADRIENALINE 9/18/2014 6:05PM

    Sounds great. You really got motivation now.

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MAINEALI 9/18/2014 5:57PM

    Your Y sounds awesome! I don't know if mine offers that plus package. emoticon

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Act, feel, and think size 10!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Yes that is me when I was a size 8 or 10

What would I do at size 10?

Walk 10,000 steps
Water Aerobics
Be more active with friends
Eat 1,500 calories a day

emoticon My inspiring Spark Friend, great idea to think size 10!

  
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GRACEOMALLEY 9/18/2014 1:29PM

    LOVE IT!
I suspect many of us have a "me at size 10" on our bucket list or in our memories, but the concept of getting yourself to adopt the mode of "I am size 10" is positively BRILLIANT!

You know that saying: "Say it and it shall be so?" I think this is another way toward that ending! GREAT BLOG!
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/18/2014 12:44PM

    You can do it!

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KIWIANN 9/18/2014 10:23AM

    emoticon that's a great way of thinking!! emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/17/2014 10:33PM

    Your post made me smile...Getting healthy one day at a time with you!
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KAYLEESMEME 9/17/2014 7:44PM

    I'm with you, I am thinking size 10!!!!
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/17/2014 6:21PM

    Great thinking! A healthy BMI for me would mean thinking anywhere from 10-14. I'm thinking now that a 12/14 would be just what the doctor ordered. You can do this! We can do this! For me, that means ridding the house of the unhealthy foods that only end up derailing me. I'm thinking that solidly making "Onederland in 2014 should also be part of our thinking. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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PINKPANTHERS 9/17/2014 2:59PM

    emoticon What a fabulous idea! You are gorgeous!

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SLIMLEAF 9/17/2014 1:13PM

    Enjoy being size 10!

1,500 calories a day still seems remarkably low to me although I know lots of Spark People stick to that limit or even less. I struggle to keep within my (much higher) limit!

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MAINEALI 9/17/2014 12:11PM

    You are adorable! You make such a good point about acting as if we are already at the size we want to be. I was thinking about this yesterday.

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OXYGEN9 9/17/2014 6:19AM

    Great photo! emoticon

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SPAMUNDY 9/17/2014 6:00AM

    Great idea, I'm going to work at adopting it too. emoticon emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/17/2014 4:09AM

    Great idea! emoticon

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LILYDOG11 9/17/2014 2:32AM

    Yes size 10 is a good size to put our sights on !!

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/16/2014 11:34PM

    I like this! I'm right there with you working for a size 10 and loving water aerobics. emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/16/2014 11:27PM

    ALWAYS Lynn, stay POSITIVE,,, it'll quickly help you to reach ur goal !

I am trying to stay around 1500 cals, unless I do under 40 mins of exercise,,, than I drop it down. I am still 2 challenges from ONEDERLAND, but I WILL make it

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/16/2014 10:59PM

    What a lovely photo and premise I like it !

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/16/2014 10:50PM

    Beautiful photo!!!!! You can do it!!!!

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SUEARNOLD1 9/16/2014 10:30PM

    What a great idea. I love the picture,

I think I was born a 12. Then again 12 is good and much better than a 20.

Have a great rest of the week.

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MADMANSMAMA87 9/16/2014 10:22PM

    Beautiful:) :) :)

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/16/2014 10:02PM

    Is that you in the picture?

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SIRIUS2014 9/16/2014 8:53PM

    Yes We Can! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/16/2014 8:44PM

    I would love to be a size 10!!

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NICOLES0305 9/16/2014 8:28PM

    You are SO WELCOME! This blog makes my heart sing! :D emoticon emoticon

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 9/16/2014 7:57PM

    That is what I am working on, right now. Best wishes and good luck for the upcoming Fall Challenge. emoticon emoticon
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ADRIENALINE 9/16/2014 7:17PM

    You can do it!

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My Before Picture - Fall 5% Challenge

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Sept 8th at the Britainnia Beach Mining Museum. DSIL on the left, me on the right.

Today I was looking for a motivational picture of myself and I chose this silhouette as my 'before'. I can see I have to work harder if I am going to see changes.

Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape!

Last day to join!

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SISSYFEB48 9/16/2014 2:56PM

    Great idea to post the start inspirational photo.
We CAN do this! Here's to US!
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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 9/15/2014 7:56PM

    I love this idea! What a great picture!


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JLOVESDOGS 9/15/2014 5:09PM

    emoticon Great idea to have a before picture. Here's to 5%!!! emoticon

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OPHELIE 9/15/2014 4:20AM

    Would love to join the challenge! emoticon emoticon

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HAKAPES 9/15/2014 2:19AM

    Great motivator silhouette!
Let's rock this challenge!

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LYNCHD05 9/14/2014 7:04PM

    great idea and very inspirational. I think we should all have before and after pictures. It will help with the maintenance so we don't go back!!!
I like the idea of hiking the Squamish trail too. Will have to think about thT one.

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/14/2014 2:59PM

    Good idea. I'll get a before and after picture done of me too! emoticon

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LYNNIERN 9/14/2014 12:21PM

    Such a great leader you are, walking the walk and talking the talk.

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MTNGRL 9/14/2014 11:03AM

    I think we all need to work harder and I am joining you on that goal. Let's make this a great challenge!

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ROXYZMOM 9/14/2014 8:56AM

    You are a strong teammate!! And so inspirational!
Let's do this!!

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/14/2014 12:48AM

    The motivationI is awesome when I do the 5% Challenge! I truly believe emoticon emoticon emoticon together. Your going to do emoticon Lynn.
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/14/2014 12:47AM

    I have to work harder too

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    I am with you, I really have to work harder also. emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2014 10:33PM

    You are very inspirational! Go get em!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/13/2014 10:07PM

    You look a lot different today! Good luck with the challenge!

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LEANNARW 9/13/2014 9:24PM

    Great motivational idea. I look forward to the challenge and STAYING motivated. Stay strong!

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KAYLEESMEME 9/13/2014 9:04PM

    emoticon I love the 5% challenges!!! I do so much better when I am working with a team!

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PATRICIA-CR 9/13/2014 8:38PM

    Good idea! emoticon You're ready for the challenge.

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KATIBUG49 9/13/2014 7:22PM

    You can do it!

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LESLIELENORE 9/13/2014 6:43PM

    You've got this!

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DOUGLYE 9/13/2014 6:28PM

    203 pounds! You are within striking range of ONEderland.
That silhouette will be a thing of the past (like the mining museum) before you know it.

Keep pushing your ventures North. Try out the new Squamish Gondola - or walk up and take the Gondola down. It's better than the Grouse Grind ;-)

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/13/2014 5:45PM

    Wishing you success! We have thousands of pictures on our computer and have them in a slideshow, so I am constantly seeing my before pictures. It is a great motivator! emoticon

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LILYDOG11 9/13/2014 5:28PM

    I'm really going to have to buckle down and work at this !! I'm on Tiger Monarchs Team.

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Triggers - Fall 5% Challenge

Thursday, September 04, 2014

For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good.

Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories.

Being around other people.

1) This summer being with the kids, I was buying/eating more carbs than usual - ice cream, bread, pasta, cookies, crackers. Carbs make me crave more carbs.

2) Friends dinner parties - snacks, appies, desserts. This is my worst, foods I don't usually eat and I am woofing it down - crackers, cheese, pepper jelly, etc. Also dinner is served later.

3) Sometimes when I can't get to sleep I prowl the kitchen - crackers and cheese, honey nut cheerios with milk. etc.

4) A glass of wine makes it party time and I will eat and eat - at a party or playing cards

5) Restaurants - freshly baked bread, taco chips and salsa served before the entree

List ALL your trigger foods - salty food, junk, carbs, appies

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods - Meals with family or friends, my kitchen

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks -

I am at a party and start grazing and keep eating.

Playing cards and having a glass of wine at home.

Can't sleep.

Do you see a pattern? YES!!!

Parties - I am out of control because I must be hungry, and I want to eat all the goodies I don't usually have at home.

How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should?

I should eat a healthy VERY filling 300 calorie meal before I go to the friends. Then I will KNOW I am not hungry and I will feel full. I will also remember that if I start nibbling, I will not stop. I will stand back from where the food is.

Don't buy crackers or ice cream - EVER!

My positive behaviors – At home I do not have junk food, I eat earlier and I do not eat in the evenings. When I haven't been sleeping well, I will occasionally take a sleeping pill to prevent forming the habit of eating when I can't sleep. In a Mexican restaurant I will set the taco chips to the side till my entree arrives.

What did you learn from doing this assignment? That I am a piggy when I go to my friends. I need to assume I will do it again, so I will have control BEFORE I go out.

Fall 5% Challenge - Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Fall. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and IMPROVE our health!

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KRISTA987 9/14/2014 10:45AM

    One of the most important steps is to recognize these triggers so you can stop yourself before they happen. Awesome work! You can totally do this!

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SIRIUS2014 9/11/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon You're winning the battle.

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BARB4HEALTH 9/11/2014 6:56AM

    Stress is my trigger. I know I am a stress eater, Discovered that here on Spark. One of my personal motivators is, "Just one, please."

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IRON_RESOLVE 9/10/2014 7:50AM

    Same here!! So what works best for me, is when I have these snack events out, I skip dinner, and decide in advance what I will eat and how much. It works when I pay attention, and plan in advance.
You hit Wonderland last challenge, so you can do this.
In fact, you can do anything!

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ROXYZMOM 9/9/2014 7:53AM

    Awesome blog! You listed all of mine!!

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KATIBUG49 9/8/2014 11:38AM

    Great job!

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VTORIA3 9/7/2014 2:04PM

    Great list of triggers, most of which I am intimately familiar, regrettably. A good reminder to keep one' defenses up or avoid certain situations entirely.

Inbetween wraps up this week, and I'm trying my best for a strong finsih. Looking ahead with enthusiasm (well today anyway, lol) to the Fall Challenge. New season, new challenge..... emoticon

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AALLEY2 9/6/2014 9:18PM

    emoticon Well written and planned out. I have some work to do, that's okay, I'll add it to the previous one that I'm struggling with, but will conquer! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/6/2014 8:12AM

    You've clearly given this careful thought and, as a result, come up with a good plan of action.

Well done!

I'm setting time aside this evening to work through some of the preparation assignments for the 5% Fall Challenge. If I can be as specific and organised as you are, I'll be doing really well!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/5/2014 11:09PM

    Isn't ice cream evil???

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LESLIELENORE 9/5/2014 5:02PM

    My problem is when I wake up in the middle of the night hungry.

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/5/2014 4:56AM

    Been there, done that. We all need to work on strategies to help us overcome temptation and one of them is getting temptation out of the way. Your blog has given me food for thought. emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/5/2014 12:35AM

    Sounds vaguely familiar LOL!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/4/2014 9:06PM

    Trigger situations for me are eating away from home. I always mean to say, "I will have a salad with grilled chicken and light vinaigrette." And then I hear myself say, "I'll have the mega burger with a large fry." Too many carbs and then I'm ready for ice cream! I never pass on ice cream. I try to just eat a serving now though.

Some of my worst trigger foods are pasta and homemade bread. They will set me in motion to eat, eat, eat, eat, etc.

Buffets - I am doing better at them but still have this weird mentality and have to remind myself I am not eating my last meal. I don't have to sample everything I like.

Smells trigger me. I go to town and smell grilled meat and I feel I have to eat.

The good thing - I stop eating at 7 P.M.



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SUEARNOLD1 9/4/2014 8:53PM

    I loved your blog - I can identify with a lot of what you said.

Especially the part about being a piggy when I go to my friends - it makes me think of our covered dish dinners at work but I'll be better this holiday season.

Have a great Friday and weekend Lynn.

Thanks for all your help.

Sue

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PATRICIA-CR 9/4/2014 8:50PM

    I can totally relate to you!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/4/2014 7:24PM

    Can I just say "Ditto" for this assignment? Thanks for putting this into words.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/4/2014 4:31PM

    You can get a handle on this!
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DLITE719 9/4/2014 4:30PM

    emoticon Great food for thought. No pun intended.

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ADRIENALINE 9/4/2014 3:38PM

    Great idea to start the challenge I love it

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BAHAMAMARG 9/4/2014 1:16PM

    Ummm - think you just described 99% of the population!! emoticon

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Motivation for 56 Days For the Fall 5% Challenge

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

From the 5% Challenge - Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!

Have a written record to remind yourself of your goals and motives. During the 56 days of this challenge it will keep you going when you remind yourself why you are doing this.

Think of yourself at the end of the Challenge having accomplished your goals!

Wow what would I like to accomplish by the end of the challenge -

10 pounds lighter
I want to look slimmer
I want to be more fit
I want to feel like an athlete again
improve my health
continue doing athletic things with friends
clothes fitting better
buy new clothes a size smaller for fall/winter
feel great
10,000 step streak going strong
more energy
motivate family members
have more healthy habits

5% Challenge - Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Fall. Join a supportive team and let's have fun as we lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and IMPROVE our health! Please read the FAQ before clicking to join. We get great results, but we are a very active and competitive community!

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OPHELIE 9/15/2014 4:20AM

    Love the goals and motivation!

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/9/2014 5:50PM

    Don't give up!
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ROSAMARCELLE 9/4/2014 8:51AM

    Great goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 9/3/2014 12:13PM

    Excellent plan and goals. You're going to rock!

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FRUITYFUL 9/3/2014 12:02PM

    I love your list. Mine would probably be almost identical to yours. You sound very motivated, so I'm sure you're going to do this!

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LESLIELENORE 9/3/2014 11:51AM

    I bet you can do it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/3/2014 10:31AM

    I know you will do very well on the challenge!! emoticon

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SUEARNOLD1 9/3/2014 8:04AM

    You rock Lynn!

WooHoo I'm soooooooooooooooooo ready for this!

Have a great day!

Thank you for all that you are doing with this challenge!

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