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30 Blogs Hath September #29

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today's topic: "There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. "

As I mentioned on some of the other Challenge bloggers entries for today - this one offers the most opportunity to surprise each other... and find connections / differences!

1) I have 3 sisters and a brother, an ex husband and a son.

2) Both my parents have passed on, but both were writers. Dad was a journalist. Mom was a poet. No wonder I'm confused.

3) I am owned by a cat, but I'm really a dog person. RIP Diamond, 1996 - 2011.

4) I once tried the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) but for me it was a dismal failure. I got to about Veteran's Day before I ran out of words. One day I shall try again. I have a local friend who not only completed it, but published her novel!

5) I have been walking while reading since second grade, when my mom would let me walk to the neighborhood library on my own. My knees still bear the learning scars, but I'm pretty good at it by now.

6) I grew up without a working television in the house, from first grade through junior high school.

7) I find myself translating Bible verses in my head whenever a service I'm attending is using anything other than King James. The poetry of that version has been ingrained in my brain from childhood. Probably also explains my love for Shakespeare. It's a language unto itself, the English of that period.

8) I am definitely a morning person, not a night owl. In college I once answered a phone call in the middle of the night, sat up and delivered the message to my room mate when she returned at two a.m., and didn't remember any of it in the morning. Never trust what I say or do after nine p.m.

9) In my youth I worked as a directory assistance operator. I used to have about 100 frequently requested numbers in my memory bank. And one of my freakish talents even now is associating the names of small towns in Southeastern Nebraska with the 3-digit telephone prefixes of the wire phones there.

10) I have a love/hate relationship with approval / attention... you know what I mean?

LIFE is good. Spark like you mean it! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 9/30/2012 10:57AM

    Interesting information -so you were the forerunner of all these people walking around and texting lol. I could never do such a thing, I am too klutzy and need to watch where my size 9.5 mens shoes are being placed at all times. I also prefer to look at my enviroment and see things going on around me. But I do wish I could find more time to read. I may have given up TV two years ago, but its been filled with my computer time :P Sparks is all I have time for, and reading my friend's blogs like yours has been rewarding, entertaining and inspirational and I thank you for this excellent series of blogs you have put out. So happy they are getting the recognition they deserve!!
Spark on!

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/30/2012 1:51AM

    Yes, that was a good blog! Thanks I loved to read about other things than your health journey!

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DOROTHYKLOOS1 9/29/2012 8:00PM

  I am so glad you all have zest for life!

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DALID414 9/29/2012 6:47PM

    With you on #10

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LINDAKAY228 9/29/2012 5:30PM

    It was so interesting to read these facts about you and helps us get to know you a little better. Thanks for sharing them!

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DLDMIL 9/29/2012 4:43PM

    great blog. Thanks for posting. emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/29/2012 4:28PM

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QUILTINGB52 9/29/2012 4:22PM

    I can relate to many of your 'facts of life'. It was a bit embarrasing in the 60's to explain to my history teacher that I was unable to do my assignment because we didn't have a TV. In fact, when I moved out on my own I didn't buy a colored TV until the mid 80's and in the mid 90's I gave up cable and haven't had a working television in my house since 1995.

Reading books, creating quilts to donate and researching genealogy fills most of my time now.

I grew up with a wringer washing machine, an Iron-rite, and hanging your clothes outside to dry.

During high school, my first job was a zip coder. That was long before computers became handy. And after I graduated, I was an assistant cake decorator - a dangerous job, when you are an emotional over-eater!

I am very much a 'night owl' and spent about 90% of my work-life on night shift. Having the phone ring in the middle of the night, fixing problems and then rolling over and going back to sleep was my "normal".

And now when I get knee-deep in genealogy data....I can frequently be found heading to bed, quick before the sun rises!




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KARIDIAN1 9/29/2012 3:38PM

    Thanks for sharing! What a fascinating person you are.

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DEBRA0818 9/29/2012 3:08PM

    Another thing we have in common: I love the King James translation of the Bible (as well as the formal prayers in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer 1928). There's something so much more glorious and uplifting in the baroque expressions of worship.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/29/2012 1:39PM

    Fascinating! You can walk and read??!! Except on a treadmill under 3 mph, I definitely can't. My mother hated TV and still blames it for much of society's ills, but we had one from the time I was 6 years. So you actually grew up without one? Very interesting. Can't wait to learn more!!! -Marsha

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RONALANA 9/29/2012 1:34PM

    Nice to know a little more about you! emoticon

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BD3269PM 9/29/2012 9:58AM

    good hearing bits and pieces about you emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/29/2012 9:42AM

    You are simply amazing just with the reading and walking alone! You rawk!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2012 9:31AM

    You are such an interesting person! Walking and reading @ the same time for me would be utter disaster!!!! HUGS and enjoy the weekend.

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LEANJEAN6 9/29/2012 9:29AM

    Life just rolls on Barb---It can interfere with Sparking if we let it-----enjoyed yer blog--Makes me see that we all have to make choices---You are a great role model-Lynda emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/29/2012 9:28AM

    Loved learning more about you Barb!

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EBEAMS 9/29/2012 8:49AM

    8, 9 and 10 are totally what I can relate to. People at work call me a roladex but when you do that kind of work, it's just normal! Sounds like you've had quite an interesting life ... Drive on!

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DNRAE1 9/29/2012 8:49AM

    Cool blog! I loved learning new things about you! I used to (notice the "used to") read and walk at the same time as a kid too! Mom used to set me outside on a chair, so I'd get some sun while I was reading. emoticon

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30 Blogs Hath September #28

Friday, September 28, 2012

Today's topic: "What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? "

In fact, emotional, spiritual well-being is at the core of my program. Intellect is a tool in the process.

As a self-identified compulsive overeater, I keep 12 step materials around the house, and read them, I would say "daily", but that would be a perfectionist statement. Close to that. I both pray (talk to a power greater than myself, whom I choose to call God) and meditate (listen for what God has to tell me).

I journal, which helps me identify emotions and intellectually to deal with them. Some of this journaling is on paper and y'all never see it. Some of it is pretty open, right here in the blogs.

Reading is one of the great joys of my life, and I tend mostly toward fiction to fuel my imagination (and give me something to mull over while running, riding or swimming when I let my mind wander). I like themes of good versus evil and complex characters. Traditionally I have some self-help book or another "in progress" at any given time.

And I Spark. Spark is about far more than nutrition and exercise advice. It's also (for me) about finding kindred spirits, hidden around the world. We are not alone. We are journeying through our lives, working out the puzzle of what our personal missions might be... and hopefully, by sharing them, Sparking one another to make a difference in our lives, our communities, and ultimately, in the world.

Life is GOOD. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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FRABBIT 12/13/2012 4:54PM

  Inspiring!

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CADDYBROWN 12/11/2012 5:09PM

    Thank you for the thoughts. I need to keep these things in my formost mind to keep from failing.

Caddy

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/22/2012 12:14AM

    Love your blog! :) I need to build a better routine for myself :)

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SUPERSYLPH 10/16/2012 12:09PM

    Great blog, and your background full of pictures is motivating! I need to get out there and do some of that!

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NOVELAFAN 10/16/2012 11:42AM

    Haven't thought of the 12 step angle before. Definitely will keep that in mind going forward because I'm obviously a food addict too. Thanks and keep up the great work. Looks like you had a heck of a great time at that mud run.

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/11/2012 8:34AM

    Thank you!

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NLYR20 10/9/2012 11:14AM

  Awesome!!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/8/2012 12:08PM

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PENOWOK 10/7/2012 9:16PM

    well said!!

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JURASSICSUE 10/4/2012 12:25PM

    I agree about reading - have you ever tried audiobooks, I love that I can listen them whilst I walk, doubling up on the healthiness!
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KHALIA2 10/2/2012 1:04AM

  I also rely on the Higher Power in my life. I began my day with Him each morning. Then, and only then, do I began the rest of my day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/2/2012 12:21AM

    I love to read and I agree with you about Spark !

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FATHINSN 10/1/2012 10:53PM

    Agree wholly, especially the part about reading - that also one of the joyous things in my life :D

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MARYJEANSL 10/1/2012 9:05PM

  Well said - and I agree that you have your act together.

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LAWANDMUSIC 10/1/2012 7:18PM

    Thanks! You are an inspiration to me!

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MONTREAL12 10/1/2012 6:55PM

  Loved your inspirational blog! It takes courage and conviction to manage ourselves and you are certainly on the right track! emoticon

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OKGOATGAL 10/1/2012 1:22PM

  I appreciate your honest and upbeat outlook. :)

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LANEE24 10/1/2012 10:55AM

    So TRUE!!! Life is good!!!

Best to you in all of your endeavors.

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FARIS71 10/1/2012 9:29AM

    That is all awesome! You've got it together lady!

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DMEYER4 10/1/2012 7:22AM

  great blog. Thank you

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SLFGOLF 10/1/2012 1:00AM

    One thing that sparkpeople has done for me has shown me that life really is good. The more positive things we look at and find, the more positive happens.

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CHERYLSBUTT 9/30/2012 9:25PM

    Life is good and gets better as we find the person GOd intends us to be!!!

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PCASEY7 9/30/2012 9:01PM

    I agree life IS good and we shouldn't take it for granted! Great post - keep em coming!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/30/2012 8:53PM

  You are so right. Sharing thoughts with fellow Sparkers is an important part of every day of my journey. emoticon

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REENIE131 9/30/2012 8:38PM

    Thank you for sharing. Life IS good!

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LOGOULD 9/30/2012 7:17PM

    Oh, you are so right - life IS good! I, too, have come to the part in this program where it is less about losing weight, but about being happy and whole and fit - physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a balancing act to be sure, full of all kinds of challenges and goals to chase, but that is what keeps it interesting and keeps me motivated!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/30/2012 3:15PM

    Great post....

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SHAZG321 9/30/2012 2:56PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING emoticon

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52114ME 9/30/2012 2:55PM

    Thank you for reminding us that we are not alone in our journey.
You sure look like you enjoyed the mud run. Personally I can't imagine doing it.
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WONDERFUL2BME 9/30/2012 2:47PM

    Life certainly IS good!

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ARUSHING2 9/30/2012 2:04PM

  You share food for thought here, thanks.

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TDEMAIO2 9/30/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon life is SO good :D

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KELLYPAQ 9/30/2012 8:25AM

    Good read. Especially liked te last paragraph. Sometimes it's hard to remember that we are not alone.

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LEANMEAN2 9/30/2012 7:22AM

    Thanks for sharing

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JSTETSER 9/30/2012 6:46AM

    Nice blog!

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KASEYCOFF 9/30/2012 2:23AM

    You're my hero, Barb...
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CICELY360 9/30/2012 1:25AM

  Good blog

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EVWINGS 9/29/2012 11:44PM

    Great blog entry. Thanks for sharing. Hasn't this challenge been wonderful?

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JAMER123 9/29/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon LIFE is good! I think that all those are good but find the Sparking the best with the friends made that are friends for LIFE!!
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EDOODLE1 9/29/2012 10:58PM

    You diffidently look like you had fun, I did this too this year and it is a great cause emoticon for the breast cancer which I did it for.

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MICHELE142 9/29/2012 8:33PM

   
The reading of this blog came just at the right time. emoticon

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30 Blogs Hath September #27

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Link to TanyaP71's original question list, in case anybody wants to join the journey... you know there's no requirement you had to start on a specific date! I just thought it was a catchy title when I picked to start September 1st. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746


Today's topic: "Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? "

Absolutely I've hired, bought, struggled, etc.! In the end you do it yourself. But to ask a professional for help along the way? Well worth the investment, in my book.

Some people you probably already employ to help you on your life journey: how about your doctor or dentist? Your minister or priest? A therapist (physical or mental)?

Thing is, you cannot BUY a fitter self. It's a totally "do it yourself" project. But you can rent a lot of cheerleaders and find recipe books along the way.

I have joined gyms. I have purchased equipment. Bought books. AND I have hired personal trainers. I have taken advantage of workplace wellness and university coaching opportunities. I've learned a lot from the professionals I employed.

One tip I have if you *do* hire one... make sure the fit is right, that you can communicate. If you don't respect their style, or it ends up demotivating you... CHANGE trainers / coaches. It's OK... this is a professional relationship. It's not your job to please them. (This is addressed to the people pleaser in some of us.)

And leave Polly Perfectionist on the cutting room floor... some of these folks will give you conflicting advice, and you'll just have to figure out what works for you NOW... (this can change over time, trust me.)

LIFE is good, people... here's to appreciating every minute of it! Spark on! emoticon

  
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KARIDIAN1 9/27/2012 9:35PM

    A good fit is so important with any instructor. Even when I took guitar lessons it was important to feel good with his teaching style and instruction. The owner of the music shop had a big hand in that, he matched us up based on knowing me as a customer and knowing the instructor as a teacher. It worked out well.



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WATERMELLEN 9/27/2012 9:30PM

    LOVE "SUPPERED" as a past participle.

I've had a few too many "loud and bossy" personal trainers . . . I need that quiet meditative state, and I don't need anyone providing forceful or perky "encouragement" to exercise . . . not at all!!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/27/2012 3:54PM

    Life IS good and you are so right. We need to appreciate it RIGHT now. Not when we are at our ideal weight......

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KNEWMETODAY 9/27/2012 1:18PM

    The beauty of Spark is that you don't have to buy/rent/lease cheerleaders because they come free of charge!! For me, the friendships formed because of our common goal keep me coming back and keep me wanting to do more/better. I know exactly where to go when I need a boost...and I have never yet failed to get one.

There is absolutely positive strength in community.

Kathy

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NEW-CAZ 9/27/2012 12:44PM

    Oh to be able to afford such luxuries. I dun diddly did it all on my own and I am proud I did.

As you said only you can DO it! You have to be in the right frame of mind to want fitness and good health- it's hard work to start with but once you have the basics you know it's worth the journey and it becomes second nature and much easier.

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DLDMIL 9/27/2012 12:10PM

    Great advice. Thank you. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2012 11:48AM

    good advice to move on if the trainer/coach isn't a good fit for you! Doesn't mean they're deficient as a traininer/coach . . . just not meeting YOUR needs.

Ad as far as Polly Perfectionist . . . yeah . . . daily work on that one to keep her in her place. Not always easy, but with practice, a little easier each day.

Agree with Lynda -- you are a great role model!

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LINDAKAY228 9/27/2012 10:40AM

    You are so right about making sure the person you hire is a good fit for you. They can give direction but ultimitely it is up to us!

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KAYLA0041 9/27/2012 10:13AM

    I agree this is a do it yourself project - I am constantly trying to increase my knowledge and trying to figure out what works for me.

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DEBRA0818 9/27/2012 9:54AM

    There is so much good help out there if one uses it as help and not as a defense against change (like I did). I used to join WW or other diet program, gyms, etc. and think that they would change me so that I would become the person who would do the things that would get me to where I dreamed of going. No such luck. As you say, it's a DIY project; they are just the tools and/or cheerleaders.

Now I get it!

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DNRAE1 9/27/2012 9:08AM

    We would all love to have the "magic pill", but you're right, it is a work hard, do-it-yourself project all the way with helpers and pointers (for the right directions) along the way! Thank you for another great blog!

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LDRICHEL 9/27/2012 8:56AM

    I love these words - so full of wisdom!

I have quite enjoyed "getting to know" you these past 27 days. You inspire me every single day, y'know.


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LAURIE5658 9/27/2012 8:40AM

    I have a hire right now that is worth every penny and I love her. She absolutely fits my needs and my lifestyle. I have had some in the past that did not last long at all.

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DEBRITA01 9/27/2012 8:31AM

    A DIY project...I like that! Something to think about today... emoticon

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MIZCATHI 9/27/2012 8:26AM

    As soon as I can afford a few hours for a personal trainer I'm doing it! (unemployed)

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KALIGIRL 9/27/2012 8:13AM

    Life is good - and here's to going with the 'good' flow - finding what works and what doesn't and being willing to leave the remnants on the cutting room floor!
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LEANJEAN6 9/27/2012 8:06AM

    I've done just about everythjing to lose weight--It's the encouragement on here which helps me a lot too--Enjoy to-day Barb!--You are my role model!-Lynda emoticon

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Nebraska 5% Challenge pre-challenge items

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stole the title from AmyLouLopez!

Plan:
1. Your exercise - mine is to follow my half-marathon lead-up training plan. I have another 7 1/2 weeks of mapped out exercise, which includes two short and one long run a week plus cross training.

2. Your meals - I am following a maintenance range, Jenny Craig foods as part but not all of it, and track my food on another site.

3. Your involvement - this is my first challenge with the Spark Nebraska team and I'm hoping it doesn't push me over the edge to overcommitment, but just fits in nicely with what I'm already doing. My plan is to check in the challenge threads on the team site at least every other day.

Updated goals:
Maintain within 3% of 122 (my center of maintenance range).
Don't get injured while exercising.
Don't embarrass myself at the Governor's Cup (Oct. 21 15 K run) or the Women's Half Marathon (November 18th).

Head in to Winter with my head held high and my body fit.

  
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_LINDA 9/28/2012 11:58PM

    I don't think you have anything to worry about! You have got this!

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KALIGIRL 9/27/2012 8:20AM

    Don't get injured is right! You'll do super!

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LJCANNON 9/27/2012 6:52AM

    emoticon I Love that 'Not Getting Injured While Exercising' is part of your Plan!! That should be on EVERYONE'S List!!
emoticon I'm with DraftLover, I can't imagine a scenario where you should/could/would be Embarrassed?! You are doing an AMAZING Job and we are all Proud of you!!

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DEBRA0818 9/27/2012 5:36AM

    Hard to believe that 1/2 marathon is coming up so quickly -- but awesome that it is!

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DRAFTLOVER 9/27/2012 5:20AM

    Im not sure how in the world you could embarrass yourself? You my friend ROCK! What other site do you track your food on?

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    Great plan and goals! emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 9/26/2012 9:51PM

    You rock!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2012 9:21PM

    DEFINITELY a great plan and DEFINITELY hold your head high!!! HUGS

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30 Blogs Hath September #26

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today's topic: "Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? "

Mostly, I am a solo exerciser. I love those times walking, running, swimming, biking when my mind can wander and resolve whatever is out there to be resolved.

That said, I also love "eventing" when I am being active around a lot of other active people. I love walking or jogging slow and talking with a friend or with my son (miss him). Much philosophy and encouragement can be shared.

So, I'll take some from column A, B, AND C!

Life's good. Being able to move is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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_LINDA 9/28/2012 7:38PM

    I have always been solo, doing my own DVD's and exercise machine at home, but went to aquafit class because I enjoyed the music and different moves. I found it frustrating in some ways dealing with people, because in that class there were some people who seemed to be there only for socializing and were not even following what the instructor was saying and you would have to go around them when moving back and forth, but that is the only one. When I got the free pass to my city's facilities and started taking other classes, I enjoyed them and enjoyed the competition who could keep up the best, etc., etc. I walk & hike with Mom, but might as well be by myself as she insists on single file one behind the other to allow for bicycles to pass which are everywhere on the paths. She claims she can't hear me so we never speak. She also doesn't go as fast as I would like either. So while I experience all three, the bottom line is I am in my own world doing my own workout if I want to get a good one. I have quite a bit of focus and concentration as doing the movements properly (especially in kickboxing) is critical to prevent any injury.
So glad you can enjoy all of them!

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2012 10:25PM

    I like going to the gym with DH or a friend and then pretty much working out solo . . .

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KARIDIAN1 9/26/2012 10:10PM

    I usually do everything with my husband. Some bike riding alone while he is at work on my day off.

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/26/2012 1:11PM

    I love a good walk to find my center, but nothing like a group class to bring out the competitive in me, so I push myself harder. Not a bad thing!!!

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DLDMIL 9/26/2012 11:56AM

    I am mostly a loner, but enjoy meeting with my excerise group twice a week. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/26/2012 11:53AM

    I like exercising iwth a friend also once in a while, especially hiking, but I am also basically a loner exerciser. I like to be alone with my thoughts, or if using the stationary bike at the gym or the treadmill to read a book on my Kindle or watch netfix on my phone.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2012 10:44AM

    Definitely mix it up. I definitely do my best thinking when on a walk or ride but do like variety too. Great questions! Great blog.

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KAYOTIC 9/26/2012 10:29AM

    Mostly I work out alone, but have come to LOVE my small group fitness class, we encourage and push each other with the help and encouragement of our trainer...

I also have enjoyed the larger group classes I've taken, although the timing of them usually don't work that well for me, and I find they aren't as intense as I'd like, but they are fun.

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LDRICHEL 9/26/2012 9:30AM

    I am also solo...but was shocked to find that I don't hate running with a partner. Haha.

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DOGLADY13 9/26/2012 8:58AM

    I like solving the world's problems on a long run.

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KALIGIRL 9/26/2012 8:32AM

    Here's to 'mixing' it up!

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KAYLA0041 9/26/2012 8:31AM

    Overall I am a loner when I work out but enjoy like you when eventing I love the challenge of group.

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NEW-CAZ 9/26/2012 8:10AM

    My exercise time if my ME TIME and woe be tide anyone who interupts it LOL.
Having said that I'd love to try a small Zumba or Line Dancing club!

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DNRAE1 9/26/2012 8:08AM

    Actually, I'm an A, B, and C'er too! Love it all!

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46SHADOW 9/26/2012 8:08AM

    I like that you'll take from column abc or d. I used to rely on exercising with a friend to get me out of the house but found that it works better on my own juice. But I'd have to agree that sometimes it works to mix it up. Llove your back ground pictures of the mud run and the smile on your face.

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LEANJEAN6 9/26/2012 7:58AM

    SOLO-----I do my best thinking when out alone on the trail--love yer blogs--Lynda emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/26/2012 7:23AM

    I usually go solo but going with a small group
might be nice too.

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