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Short term goal: "going the distance"

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I joined the body boot camp and I'm going to do their challenges, even if I have to modify them for me. But as I went on from that one this morning (it's tomorrow's challenge, they give them to us in advance)... I found myself walking on my treadmill at a brisk and energetic pace to Ethyl Merman (youngsters in the crowd may not know who that is) and Mary Martin singing on the Classics channel.

As I walked, I saw the distance meter ticking upward... and this whisper of a goal started growing in the back of my mind... and here it is: by the end of January, I want to be "going the distance" twice a week. The distance is.... 5K. Yes, reading about other people who are actually out there running 5K's and half marathons and all that has me envisioning a "bib" in my 2010. Or at least to be "going the distance". In my 45 minutes this time, it ticked up to 2.98 miles, which is 0.12 miles short of that 5K. I should easily be able to get myself into shape to walk 5K in 45 minutes by the end of January! And I don't promise not to break into a little jog step from time to time, although I don't think my knees are up to a whole lot of that!

Wish me luck... and I wish the same to all my fellow Sparkies!

Oh, and the book... according to the e-mail... has shipped and is due to arrive on the 6th. That's something of a bummer in that I pre-ordered and I don't get it until other folks have had it in their hot little hands for a whole week! But... end of whine... I'm an adult. I should learn some patience, already! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/2/2010 7:11PM

    You'll be doing a 5K before the snow melts! emoticon Excellent goals!
Have a fantastic weekend!

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SMARTIEBEE 1/2/2010 2:47PM

    Barb, You CAN DO IT! I don't know how you can walk on the treadmill WITHOUT breaking into a jog now and then! LOL I will be cheering you on! You will be doing 5K and more before you know it! And I want to see some pics of that bib!


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DEBRA_T 1/2/2010 12:59PM

    I can tell by your enthusiasm and practical reasoning that you will be able to make your goal by the end of January -- and probably even before then. I'm excited to be coming along with you on the fitness quest and will also be rooting for you from the buzzing surface of my own treadmill!

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SUNNY332 1/2/2010 12:53PM

    Great goal! I will be rooting for you.

Hugs, Sunny

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SEESKO 1/2/2010 12:38PM

    You are a wonderful writer. I love how you came to your goal of 5k. You can and will do it. Can't wait to read your blog on Jan. 30th to read about your accomplishment.

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I have started TWO blog entries today...

Friday, January 01, 2010

and neither one made it to published!

First one was a rejoicing retrospective on entering 2010 a pound lower than what I started 2008 at... and the loss in 2009 of what I had regained during 2008. I'm ME again, and it feels great!

Second one was a whiny mid-day "this is hard" one... because for me, maintenance IS hard. It's harder than losing, in my book. When you're busily losing weight, you can see the progress in the numbers on the scale. You're actively measuring something, getting to a goal.

Maintenance goals are a little more subtle.

Since that time, I have done my strength and cardio workouts for today, and got past that nasty boring mid-afternoon period... without hitting the kitchen or pantry. . oO(Good for me. Mental pat on the back)

So, 2010 looks like taken one day at a time, we're off to a good start! Good luck to everyone who's doing the SparkPeople's Official Spark Your Body Bootcamp. I got the e-mail with the Sunday challenge and stepped along to it today. I'm hoping this (and the book, The Spark, which STILL hasn't arrived) will help me get a good handle on maintenance!


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JGOLFER 1/2/2010 11:38AM

    Sorry about the lost blog. Sounds like you are off to a great start for 2010! One day at a time is a good strategy. I'm excited about starting the Spark Your Body Bootcamp and hope it will keep me motivated. Have a great weekend!

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SUNNY332 1/2/2010 10:20AM

    I got a message from Barnes and Noble that there would be a delay on shipping my book.

I was kind of disappointed as I have been patiently waiting.

Take care and have a Super Saturday. I am off to eat some fruit and exercise.


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NELLIEC 1/1/2010 10:11PM

    I haven't gotten my book either. emoticon Hopefully soon as I know it shipped about 3 days ago.

Yes, maintenance can be hard! The one day at a time is most likely the best approach!

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PATRISNA 1/1/2010 8:30PM

    I feel your pain! I lost a post to a blog of a SP friend. Oh well, I think I may start writing my blog in MS word and then do a copy and paste as my DH suggested the first time I lost a blog. Hope you have a happy New Year!

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New Year's Goals

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I got the notification that "The Spark" has shipped... anticipating it on my porch step soon! Meantime, the links to the special bonus stuff have shown up, and my fingers are itching on the mouse, but I'm not going to be pre-mature: book first, click after it gets here & I start reading!

I've been giving careful consideration to my New Year's Goals. I will not call them resolutions! But that's another whole semantic discussion. Being my age, I find that I have a wealth of past years' experience to draw on in knowing what works and what sets me up to fail.

What works is reasonable, and balanced. What doesn't work is trying to add the last straw to a camel that's already straining under the load. So, here they are, my hopes, my dreams, my goals for 2010.

1. I want to leave 2010 in at least as good a shape as I enter it. I am so close to my stated goal of 150 pounds, I hope to achieve that in January. That's do-able. But far beyond the number of the scale, my desire is to maintain and increase my level of fitness.

2. What does that mean? My level of fitness? From a functional perspective: to be able to actually shovel the snow, even if I complain about it, and not endanger my back or my cardio-vascular system! To have choices of activities that are fun or useful. More specific fitness goals or activities to achieve it will be defined as I go along, I tend to use shorter-term ones to support the long term ones.

Beyond that, aspirations for things to do in 2010:

Attend at least one live concert, play, ballet, opera, etc... i.e. culture!
Get to at least one "game night" with friends or family... have fun!
Ride a horse! (I haven't done this in probably 30 years)
Get a massage! (Three years since I last did this!)
Tramp some "different" territory with the dog once a month (i.e. take her to a different park, lake, etc. than the back yard or immediate neighborhood.)
"Re-do" the lower level of the house, clearing out the junk the kids left when they moved out 3 years ago!
Welcome my son home.

That's it for me for now... what are yours?

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MSLZZY 12/31/2009 10:38AM

    I'm afraid if I started a list, it would fill more than one page! But you have some very good goals and I am sure the last on your list is the first you want to accomplish.
Stay strong and focused and 2010 will be your best year ever. Happy New Year!

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NELLIEC 12/30/2009 3:11PM

    They sound like great goals -- and the last one sounds the best of all!!!

May God bless you!!!

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SUNNY332 12/30/2009 12:27PM

    I like the last Goal....

Sunny emoticon emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 12/30/2009 10:15AM

    Great Goals Barb! I wish we were closer, I would love to go ride a horse with you! It has probably been 45 years since I last rode! It would be fun!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/30/2009 8:43AM

    Great goals! Thanks for sharing. I hear you about the book first. I'm sure that's good advice. Will wait for mine, too.

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CONCHA77 12/30/2009 8:08AM

    2010 sounds like it's gonna be a mighty fine year for you. I would even bet on your behalf that everything on your list will be checked off by this time next year. Way to be!


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First box shipped

Monday, December 28, 2009

Back to work today, and on the way I visited my local post office and the box of goodies that my daughter in law and I put together yesteday went off on its way toward my son. A friend at work told me it used to take about ten days for something to ship from here to her son when he was deployed to Iraq a few years ago. We shall see if that holds true.

On the diet and exercise front, we had a lovely Christmas dinner yesterday... treats, but ones we had planned for. It tasted so good... regular food I cook myself, my own healthy recipes. And proper portion sizes, as the two of us have learned and practiced during 2009. In the morning I had the leftovers of snow shoveling: the walk to the corner. In the evening I hopped on the treadmill to The Sound of Music. All in all a good day.

And now... four days til the New Year? Resolutions / goals / plans to be considered... they are percolating!

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/29/2009 12:56AM

    Another day int the life... your blog communicate a calm and balanced faith that is very reassuring for me, thank you!

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KALIGIRL 12/28/2009 10:56PM

    Sounds wonderful - glad you were able to enjoy Christmas, even a little late. Hope your package arrives quickly,

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MSLZZY 12/28/2009 10:39PM

    Put your thinking cap on! I'm sure you'll come up with some outstanding goals! emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/28/2009 9:30PM

    You are a great Mom. Anything from home is always welcome and wanted.

Take care and join you in the new year.

Hugs, Sunny

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It isn't even January but I'm thoroughly sick of snow

Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is my little portion of the Christmas Blizzard of 2009. Just now I finished clearing ONE car width of driveway from the garage to the street so that tomorrow my daughter in law will have a place to put her car and we can have Christmas dinner.

It took three shovel bites in a spot to lift this stuff and get to pavement. I went out in half hour sessions. Sometime in the hours of 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, and 2... which makes about 3 hours worth of shoveling and I haven't done the sidewalks yet!

It's enough to turn a body into a grinch. However, before it got well underway, had a nice Christmas eve with two of my sisters and their families:

Hope that Sparkers everywhere have had a good holiday and are able to face the New Year with fresh determination to live healthy!

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LINDAJOYWK 12/28/2009 7:07PM

    I feel ya! I was able to get down the hill to work today-but couldn't get back up-had to
back all the way down(with some slight getting stuck)Moses didn't get his food/potty
break & he is psycho! They are calling for more wintery mix/snow-pray for SUN!!! And
may you find warmth in the days ahead-Linda

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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/27/2009 7:11AM

    Don't forget to count your snow shoveling as cardio. It burns a pile of calories.

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MSLZZY 12/26/2009 9:31PM

    We've had 18-20 inches of snow and the drifts are 6-8 + feet high in places.
This could have waited until 2055 LOL! Then I wouldn't have to shovel it.
If nothing else, it will keep me humble and limber. emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/26/2009 6:45PM

    Oh, my, what a lot of snow shoveling. The only up part of it is all that exercise to track! Just don't shovel yourself sick!!!

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KALIGIRL 12/26/2009 6:33PM

    Glad for your Christmas Eve celebration.
We had to clean 1/2 the street as well as the drive because of drifting snow, but it is beautiful (now that we can get out...)

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/26/2009 4:30PM

    Yeah, up here in North Dakota we're in the middle of a major winter storm. First one for this season. We have been having an amazingly light winter up till now. But now the drifts are so high - even knee deep - or highter - in the streets.

As long as I can stay inside there is something really beautiful about a winter strom. The night winds blowing the snow, seeing the drifts piling up - just something lovely in nature. (Like the beauty of tornados - as long as you're not in one).


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