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10 Min/Day Streak - Week 1

Monday, September 22, 2014

Woohoo! I've managed to hit 7 days on my 10 minute walks streak! I just took a quick walk to get away from my desk at work to meet today's minimum.... but it was more in hopes that the walk would wake me up some.

These hours are taking a toll on me. I'm more than half way through this 12 day work "week" though. I can do this. I didn't sleep well last night and I'm in a lot of pain due to the knots in my back. I've had 2 massages scheduled, but both of them got cancelled so I'm just miserable now. The pain kept waking me up last night and I even had nightmares about finally getting a massage and it doing nothing for me.

Despite being in so much pain and soooo tired, I am not cancelling my hot yoga date tonight. I know my dear friend had to change a couple of things in her schedule to make an evening class with me, so there is no way I'm bailing out. I know that hot yoga wipes me out too, so hopefully that will be my key to a great sleep tonight.

Otherwise, my goals for this week are as follows:

-Min 10 min walk at work each day
-3 evening jogs - even if they are only 10 min
-Find a good breakfast option. I'm burnt out on green smoothies right now and Starbucks isn't going to help me reach my goals.

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FITMAMA_ 10/20/2014 9:55AM

    Awesome job!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/15/2014 12:54PM

    For some reason I didn't get the notification that you had a new blog.

Since this is a few weeks old - how is your back doing?

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/23/2014 3:38PM

    emoticon I hope the hot yoga session helps with your back pain. Hang in there friend:)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/22/2014 6:37PM

    I think yoga will help, too. There's tons of short yoga videos on youtube for back pain, too. They feel great!

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ARUNNINGKAT 9/22/2014 5:04PM

    Way to go on keeping the streak alive! I was thinking the same thing as Imelda - maybe the hot yoga will help your back. Here's hoping!

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IRP1114 9/22/2014 3:52PM

    Way to go keeping the streak! I am sorry to hear you have been in pain. Really hope you feel better soon. Maybe the yoga will help too?
Either way try to enjoy the hot yoga date ; )!
Good goals for the week. They sound totally doable for you! Keep pushing girl. You got this!!!
As for breakfast what about oatmeal or maybe something with eggs? You could make little quiche or muffins with veggies and eggs to have ready to go in the mornings? Or even just a simple whey protein mixed with water is a good option for quickly satisfying hunger in the mornings when you are short on time and are aiming to keep calories low. Let's us know what you come up with : )!

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ROBBIEY 9/22/2014 3:33PM

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FITWITHIN 9/22/2014 3:15PM

    Keep up the good work. Best of luck to you on your journey.

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10 Min/Day Streak

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone! Being that it's Friday it means I'm in 5 days of my 12 day work streak. UGH. 7 more days of being stuck in this HORRIBLE chair at work. BUT... I just completed my 10 minute walk to keep my 10 min/day streak going. Day 4... done!

I did my 10 minutes just now at work (actually, 12 because I'm an over-achiever emoticon )... I am leaving early today for a concert tonight and know I won't have time to do a walk at home. Getting out to do the walk at work was perfect. I think I really need to start trying to get out for a 10 minute walk twice a day. It helped mentally and physically since I'm stuck at this desk 9-10 hours a day, 5-7 days a week. Just two 10 minute breaks isn't much to ask for when I don't even leave my desk for lunch. I'll at least try for one walk during the work day next week.

Anybody have any fabulous plans this weekend? I've got the Blake Shelton concert tonight... work for a few hours tomorrow, then a massage (YAY!!!!), and work a few hours on Sunday then watching my boys in blue (Seahawks) kick some booty!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/19/2014 6:38PM

    Have a great weekend! I'm getting a massage this weekend, too. We both deserve one! :)

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IRP1114 9/19/2014 5:23PM

    Good for you! I bet it feels good to get away from the desk like that. Glad you started up this new streak for yourself!
Enjoy your weekend and the game! emoticon

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I love you!! YES, YOU!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank all so much for picking me up and dusting me off yet again. I love you all! It is so funny... this community. No matter how many times we pick someone up, we are always happy to do it again. It is such a constant challenge to lose/maintain weight.

Thanks to my dear friend, IAMZBEE, I took my first steps towards making this maintainable. I took a walk. A short, 1 mile walk, with hubs and pup. I know that I am all or nothing, and I know that works better for me than anything else, but I can be all or nothing in different terms. My all doesn't have to be a 5 mile run each day and 3 days of ST on top of that. My all RIGHT NOW is getting in a 10 minute walk each day (I just joined the official 10 minute challenge).

I need to ease back into things. I cannot allow myself to discouraged. I need to celebrate the small steps. So, for me, today is a day of celebration! What are we celebrating exactly? We are celebrating... walk last night! emoticon decision to make (and drink) a green smoothie instead of stopping at Starbucks for a 700 calorie breakfast emoticon commitment to the small steps by joining the official 10 minute challenge emoticon

...oh!! AND... making a hot yoga date with a friend next week. I'm pretty excited about that! emoticon

So, there we go. I'm ALL in. I'm going for ALL, not nothing. But today's ALL is much different than the ALL I was giving it a year and a half ago (when I was 25lbs lighter). Today's ALL will build the foundation for me to keep bettering my ALL.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/16/2014 7:29PM

    A perfect rebooting

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/16/2014 4:19PM

    Way to go Lynsey! Slow and steady wins the race!!!!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/17/2014 6:53PM

    Love, love, love this blog!! This will be the attitude that will make you successful, I think!

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JOYFUL62 9/17/2014 5:32PM

    Go all or nothing for loving yourself and caring for yourself. 10 minutes at a time is GREAT! Every step toward caring for yourself should make you feel good about yourself no matter how small it may seem. You go girl!

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ARUNNINGKAT 9/17/2014 5:28PM

    The all or nothing problem... I know it well, far too well. I am a perfectionist in all senses of the word and I have to daily fight the battle to skip doing something because it can't be done perfectly, or at least that is how I feel.

Congrats on taking that walk, drinking that smoothie and joining the 10 minute challenge. You are well on your way to achieving your goals, one step at a time. The hot yoga sounds fun too!


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IRP1114 9/17/2014 5:16PM

Happy to see you motivated again!!! emoticon

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IAMZBEE 9/17/2014 4:53PM

    Way to go on getting those steps in. I think it's so hard for those of us who were going strong, and then fell off, and having a hard time accepting that we need to ease back into the speed that we are going at. I know you can do this!! emoticon

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PJMX18 9/17/2014 4:51PM

  Good for you! emoticon

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    Your commitment to yourself is the biggest winner of all !!! Congratulations on every success you meet.

Live in Love


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Calling all friends!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I NEED HELP!!!! My motivation is gone. I need something to kick my butt into gear. I've lost all desire to do anything. Maybe its because my schedule is so busy right now and I'm always so tired... like this week I don't get a day off... Working Sept 15 to Sept 26 without a day off.

Regardless of the reason I need something. SOMETHING to get me excited again. Anybody have any book recommendations that I could read? The Spark book was motivating... but I read it when it first came out. I need new words of wisdom. A new challenge or something........... Any ideas?

READY.................... GO!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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YVETTEB57 9/17/2014 1:52PM

    What gets me motivated again is to join one of the Challenges!

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MARGARITTM 9/17/2014 7:35AM

    Lots of great suggestions here - really print off one of your favorite old blogs and post it somewhere that you will read on a regular basis.

Don't be too tough on yourself though this is a season change and it DOES affect us in strange ways,

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/16/2014 11:55PM

    I am with the others that suggested your old blogs because YOUR blogs inspired me!! emoticon

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MENNOLY 9/16/2014 7:45PM

    You have always made very ambitious lists of what you wanted to do. Right now when you are so busy at work, that is not realistic. Go back to basic Spark. Plan to do 10 minutes of activity each day. You know you can do that After a few weeks of having success, you can reevaluate and decide to do a bit more. Running a marathon is not necessary to be healthy. You can do it!

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HILLSLUG98239 9/16/2014 7:17PM

    I like IRP1114's idea - your old blogs may be your best motivation. What sparks you?

I read a lot of fitness books, but some of the things that motivate me most are the non-athletes who faced, and survived, adversity. Nien Cheng's "Life and Death in Shanghai" is an amazing story of a Chinese woman who stayed in China after the Revolution because her family believed they could help make China a better place; she was imprisoned for years as a "counter-revolutionary" during the cultural revolution, but she never gave up her hope or her dignity. Pierre Berton's "The Arctic Grail" is an amazing retelling of the quest to find the Northwest Passage and reach the North Pole. Imagine dragging lifeboats filled with gear across the ice and muskeg while you're starving.

I read these stories of extreme privation and the internal strength of the protagonists, and my whiny little snit fits about not being to run and my seeming inability to control my diet suddenly seem very, very small.

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ARUNNINGKAT 9/16/2014 4:45PM

    I am right there with you trying to get back on track. And what is it with this fall weather in the air that makes me so much more tired?? It's still hot and sunny here during the day, but the sun starts to go down and I feel like slipping into hybernation mode. emoticon

I am trying to focus again on just 2 miles a day of running. That is just 22 minutes on a slow day. I can fit that in regardless of what my schedule looks like. Not to say that it is easy.... even my dear hubby was trying to talk me out of my run last night, but I kept my focus. I HAVE to get back on track! I hate how I feel right now and I have to turn it around!

Maybe my rambling has helped give you a Spark! emoticon emoticon

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POISONGIRL999 9/16/2014 3:24PM

    The New Rules of Lifting for Women has got me all pumped up. I was kind of in a slump and a few workout buddies and I started this program and we are just stoked every day we have a weight lifting day.
The only other advice I can give you it to just keep chugging along. The month of August was bad for me. Just wasn't into the whole exercise scene. BUT I kept doing it, even when I didn't want to and I'm glad I didn't quite. Sometimes there is no motivation, just putting one foot in front of the other.

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IRP1114 9/16/2014 3:15PM

    I have an idea. Why not read some of your old blogs? It can be very insightful to read what you where thinking/feeling during high motivation times. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMZBEE 9/16/2014 3:11PM

    JUST DO IT!!!!!

Is that enough motivation?? hehe.

But seriously.... think about how GOOD you feel! How well your clothes fit! How much more confident you are!!

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ONTHEPATH2 9/16/2014 2:55PM

    Motivation? Wish I had that book for you - but I don't! Hmmmmm for me - it's my fat pants which are now big. It's reaching the Oklahoma border by the end of the month on my virtual walk. It's my friend who tells me he is inspired by my progress on my virtual walk - enough that he has set the goal of actually walking a trail across our state next summer and is now walking 5 miles each day! It is that lady at the Y who can do things on the rowing machine that I never knew could be done! she has this whole twisting routine she does while rowing - and she is ripped! It is the growing bag of scarves I have knitted while watching tv - to keep my hands busy so I don't eat - which I am going to donate to the homeless shelter this winter. It is having my doc say my resting heart rate is like that of a marathon runner! It is knowing that doing all those little right things - and even a few wrong things followed by more right things - has lead to a healthier me. Maybe you should sit down and make your list!!!


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Goals: Day 11 of 35

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ugh... Had a whole blog typed up and accidentally closed out of it. Here we go again:

I am not abandoning my goals, but I am revising them. This time of year is just too difficult for me to stay on track with my eating. I have 1-2 bad eating days and I am tempted to give up. So that I don't give up I am going to focus mostly on my fitness and less on my eating habits. I will still strive to get my water in (weekends are the hardest) and make better decisions on food most of the time, but not stress when it doesn't happen. I hope that focusing on fitness will still yield some weight loss, but it is not my focus.

I also want to dedicate one day each week to a good hard workout, and the day after to a long recovery workout. The hard workout will be a non-negotiable workout - if I only workout once in a week, this will be it. I will dedicate my Tuesdays to this workout which will consist of a long run for speed and ST. I will follow it up with a long walk and some yoga on Wednesdays.

On the plus side of all of these football outings, our walk to and from the football stadium from the bus is 1 mile each direction, uphill on the way back. So I will be getting that exercise in no matter what when we have home games.

My hope is that if I can focus mostly on fitness for the next few months it will be easier to keep it up after New Years when I also take my diet to the next step. No more all or nothing for me. I think I am FINALLY going to learn my lesson and only take on what I can handle for the time being, THEN start taking more on.

I am 32.4% of the way through my goals challenge:

Walk/run completed (217/1000min, 21.7%)
Squats (100/500, 20%)
Push-ups (40/300, 13.3%)
Planks (150/1000sec, 15%)

Tomorrow I will be doing the long run I was supposed to do on Friday (I bailed because of stomach issues). 4-6 miles, starting with intervals, then after 2-3 miles I will recover with a slow steady jog or walk, then finish strong with some more intervals. Then I will come home and hammer out some squats, push-ups, and planks... do some foam rolling then CRASH OUT!

I hope everyone has a great week!! Let's make it count!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/9/2014 2:43PM

    You are smashing your squat challenge!! emoticon

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IRP1114 9/9/2014 12:23PM

    Great plan. Keeping things simple is sometimes the best strategy. You got this! emoticon emoticon

Ps so frustrating when you lose a blog! Glad you still posted!!

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JOYFUL62 9/8/2014 10:14PM

    It's a great idea to revise your goals when you need to to stay on track. We need to recognize that life isn't about being perfect, its about continuing to make progress. If we demand perfection from ourselves we will end up quitting when we realize we can't meet our own standards. Keep working on your new goals and don't be afraid to revise as needed.

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POISONGIRL999 9/8/2014 3:40PM

    Wow that's some mileage you've got today! You go girl :) The food part is the hardest part for me. I really don't see how people can just give up things and go on living like part of their soul wasn't ripped out. But then again people think I'm crazy for doing half the workouts I do.

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