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Spell It! Challenge

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I found this challenge in one of my groups but they were just going to do it for one day. Challenges that change on a daily basis are just not my cup of tea. I like challenges to be at least a week long, so I can plan what Iím going to do on a daily basis.

But I need a challenge to help me motivate myself to do things. So, Iím going to take this challenge and make it a month long. I had to change a few of the activities because of my current limitations.

Earn letters to make any four letter words by doing the action beside each letter. Each four letter word you make gives you 25 points and you can make as many as you can as long as you do the action to earn the letter. If the word contains the same letter multiple times, you must perform an action for each occurrence.

A - Eat an apple
B - Brush up by reading an article on high fiber foods and their role in losing weight
C - 10 crunches
D - 10 arm exercises with dumbbells
E - 10 min. of any type exercise
F - 10 min. of any fun time for you
G - 10 min of go to hobby, any kind
H - Holler ďI am worth it!Ē
I - Say ďI believe in myselfĒ 10 times
J - Tell a joke
K - 10 min. of kettlebells
L - 10 min. of leg lifts
M - Meditate for 10 min. or take a 10 min. rest
N - Eat a piece of fruit
O - Do something opposite, ( walk backwards, eat with your left hand, etc.)
P - Do something you put off like clean the desk out, mop the floor, write a letter, etc.
Q - Ask yourself a Question and answer it. Make it a question like why do I defeat myself, why can't i stick with something etc. Something you really want to know.
R - Repeat these words, ďI am a miracle and as such I can do anything!Ē
S - Sing a song
T - Toss a salad or take out the garbage or eat a tomato, or talk to a friend
U - Unsure of the next days meals, plan one
V - Vacuum a room or eat a vegetable
W - Wash something, a dish, the car, yourself, dog or anything else
X - A freebie
Y - Eat something yellow or drink something yellow
Z - A freebie

Iíll put the word and the activities used to spell the word in my Status every day.

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CREATIVEHEART5 4/15/2014 3:05PM

    What a neat motivation idea. emoticon
How fun. Very cool ......... I understand the one day challenge idea it can seem inconsistent. emoticon
I have found doing less more often in a week and adding a little more each week works better for me too. emoticon
Hugs and Prayers

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EVILDUCKS 4/11/2014 8:52AM

    This look like a really good idea! If you do it with someone else, you could see who could spell the most words, or the biggest words. You could really have a lot of fun with it. I think this is such a great idea! Have fun!!

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TCANNO 4/9/2014 5:33AM

    If you want to be motivated join the 10 minute 4 week challenge. It is good fun and a great team.

I have been a member for months as well as a few others. It really does get you into the habit of exercise.

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RAPUNZEL53 4/8/2014 7:00PM

  Sounds like fun!

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Hiatus Is Over

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Well, my hiatus is now officially over. I started back on SP Tuesday, 4/1.

Some of you might remember that I broke my ankle 12/8. Iíve gotten to the point in my recovery where I can walk on my ankle, as long as I have my walking boot on. Iím not allowed to start rehabbing that leg until he (my orthopedic surgeon) allows me to start walking without my boot.

I originally expected to only be gone from SP for a few weeks. Well, that has turned into a few months instead. It just took me a lot longer to get everything worked out. It is amazing how much effort everything little bitty thing takes when youíre handicapped. I tried not to whine too much but when youíve been talking care of yourself your whole live, it is just lowering not to be able to.

I was really worried that I would gain back a lot of weight while I was laid up but luckily I didnít Iím still in the size 16s I bought last fall. Some of them are a little tighter but Iíll get that back off. While I was laid up, I tried to watch what I ate and skipped the junk food, which is really hard for me when Iím not feeling up to par.
The only true exercise Iím going to be able to do for awhile is upper body strength training. I canít stand on my leg for very long yet, it hurts and is tiring. On the upside, it takes a lot more effort just to walk around the house, so may not be walking very much but the walking I do is harder.

Below are some pictures from my ordeal, including my X-rays showing the plates and screws in my ankle. I have to say, the best think they ever came up with for injuries like mine is the knee walker. It allowed me to get around so easily, while not having to worry about putting any weight on my leg. Even though Iím walking know, I still use it to get into the office or across parking lots.

The Beginning:

Bone Growth Generated (Use it every day for 20 minutes):

My casts:

Kneewalker (Love this! It allows you to get around while still being non-weight bearing.):

Once I was allowed to start walking at 50% pressure:

X-rays of My New & Improved Ankle:

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LAURA7051 4/7/2014 2:43PM

    Welcome back! That was quite a healing process. I just saw a man with a knee walker over the weekend and it looked a lot easier than struggling w/ crutches or a walker. Best wishes to you when you begin rehab on the leg.

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TCANNO 4/7/2014 1:17PM

    Well done, it just goes to show that with your head in the right place you can do it.

Be careful and you will get back to normal.

Get well soon and ask for help if you need it.


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PEANUTSMOM96 4/6/2014 9:00PM

    Welcome back! I love your positive attitude and determination.

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GINNABOOTS 4/6/2014 8:33PM

    That looks very painful, I am glad you are on the mend. It will be so nice for you when you are completely mobile. Take care!

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Short Hiatus from SparkPeople

Monday, December 16, 2013

Iím going taking a short hiatus from SparkPeople.

On December 8, I fell down a couple of steps. The result of this was little fall was that I dislocated and broke my left ankle. They fixed the dislocation in the ER but I had to have a more ďinvasiveĒ procedure to fix the break.

I ended up having surgery on December 12. This made the break a lot more stable. However, I learned that I broke the bone to each ankle twice, instead of just once as they originally thought. So, I have even more screws in my leg than expected. Iím not allowed to put any weight on the ankle for at least 6 weeks, maybe more.

Iím hoping to get my hard cast this coming Thursday (12/19), when I see my surgeon.

One of the things my ortho surgeon is having me do is use a Bone Growth Stimulator. I had never heard of this before they brought the device into my hospital room. It looks kind of Ďspace-ageyí, if you know what I mean. It produces some sort of magnetic field that stimulates the cells that make the bone grow back together again. I really hope it works as well as they say it does.

I have to say that all the working out Iíve done over the last year is really paying off. I am way ahead of where my physical therapist says the average person is at this point in the recovery process. I can get myself up from most surfaces, walk further than expected with my walker, and do more exercises than they planned to have me do.

However, with all the PT, OT and pain meds Iím on, Iím going to take a short break from the tracking in SparkPeople and all the challenges I entered at the beginning of the month. Iím hoping it will only be 3-4 weeks, starting on the day of my accident (12/6), but Iím just too tired right now to worry about SP along with everything else. Iím still watching what I eat (my sister cooks excellent, nutritious meals) and getting some exercise through my PT.

Iíll be back as soon as possible because Iíll miss it too much.

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LAURA7051 1/13/2014 5:06PM

    I'm seeing this about a month after your post - I hope your recovery is going well and you're back to SP soon. emoticon

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TCANNO 12/21/2013 6:46AM

    emoticon but be careful as friend did his knee in last September doing what you did and he his going to be laid up until March the say

Try and have a good Christmas

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NHES220 12/17/2013 10:39AM

    Hope it heals quickly! Take good care!

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USMAWIFE 12/17/2013 9:13AM

    emoticon emoticon So sorry about all these. hopefully you wll contnue to eat healthy and get some crafting in while you are healng

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MAWMAW101 12/17/2013 9:00AM

    Oh Peg I am so sorry! My prayers are with you that you will heal fast and be back to new soon! Take good care of yourself.

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LADYDL 12/17/2013 4:30AM

    Peg....that looks really painful! It is good that your exercise and weight loss this past year has made you healthier and will help you with this fracture/dislocation.
Get well soon!

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HARPIE 12/16/2013 11:46PM

  Ooh, that looks painful! Good luck with your healing!

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SUNSHINE99999 12/16/2013 11:17PM

  ouch. I hope you have a full recovery. emoticon

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LINDA! 12/16/2013 11:09PM

    I took a fall a couple of years ago and broke several bones. I know it is not fun - tough to have it during the holidays. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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MODEGIRL1970 12/16/2013 10:51PM

    Get well soon emoticon

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Signs I'm Healthier, Happier and Fitter

Monday, December 02, 2013

The SparkCoach assignment today was to blog about all the signs that Iím getting healthier, happier and fitter through my lifestyle changes that donít involve using a scale.

There are a few thinks that jump to mind right off the bat.

1 Ė Iíve gone from a size 20-22/1-2X to a size 16/XL.
2 Ė I now eat breakfast every single day and my body definitely reminds me if Iím running late.
3 Ė I can walk further and faster for longer periods of time.
4 Ė I can do a 5K.
5 Ė I automatically pick healthier meal options when eating out.
6 Ė I do more cooking at home and less eating out.
7 Ė My complexion is smoother.
8 Ė I drink a whole lot more water and a lot less pop.
9 Ė People have noticed and commented on my weight loss.

I have a ways to go but I like where Iím at and I love where Iím going.

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MAWMAW101 12/3/2013 7:13PM

    I do believe I could have written the same words. It is always good to have a reminder that we are moving forward!
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SMITTY4RL 12/3/2013 3:35PM

    Those are awesome NSV's! Keep up the great work--and super congrats on the weight loss, too!

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LAURA7051 12/3/2013 1:59PM

    That's a good exercise to go through. emoticon

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VKKESU 12/2/2013 8:00PM

    Great list !! Sounds like you are doing awesome !

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WATERONE 12/2/2013 7:35PM

    emoticon NSVs You are rocking this.

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NEVERGIVEUP57 12/2/2013 4:31PM

    You have that right, there are so many other things to focus on and you found the right tool to point you in realizing how far you have come!! emoticon emoticon

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ZAEMOM 12/2/2013 11:00AM

    I really love your last line. Good for you!

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Non-Workout Excuses

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My assignment today was to list the excuses I use most often to not workout and then make a plan to counter each one of them.

So, here I am thinkingÖ..and thinkingÖ..and thinking. What excuses do I use to not workout? And you know what Iíve figured out? I really donít make excuses for myself. When I donít feel like working out, I just donít work out. I donít try to justify it to myself or anyone else. I just say, ďI donít want to.Ē It isnít an excuse, just a state of mind.

Now I have to think about how Iím going to overcome that state of mind. Because when Iím working out, I really like it. I like the feeling of my muscles working and getting sore and tired. I enjoy the tired feeling after Iím down. I donít even mind being sweaty during and after a good workout.

So how do I overcome the state of mind that it is okay not to work out when I donít feel like working out? I am having a hard time coming up with anything besides just making myself ďDo It.Ē And Iím not limber enough to kick myself in the rear endÖ..

I have come up with one idea. Starting December 1st, Iím going to set a clear glass container of some sort on the mantle in the living room, where I can see it all the time. Then for every minute I work out, Iíll put in some amount of money. I canít decide if that should be a penny, nickel or dime. Iíd do a dollar, but Iíd have trouble with Monday-Thursday when I do get lots of exercise.

Then I have to decide how to use the money. Should it just go into my vacation savings account? That way I might get to visit my daughter in Tucson more than once a month. Or should it just be a monthly reward? To purchase something I want/need but usually have something better to do with my money.

I have three days to finalize my plan. Thoughts?

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VKKESU 12/2/2013 8:05PM

    I'd have two separate jars. Every 3 months or so decide if you want to add it to the vacation jar or just spend it on something else. It will also be extra motivation seeing it fill up and knowing what it took to get it filled up. Sound like a good idea. I may have to do this myself.

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NEVERGIVEUP57 12/2/2013 4:35PM

    I like the jar in preparing to visit your daughter.

For me, I love working out as well, but someday's I just don't feel like it, I say I'm too tired, etc.

Then I tell myself, well challenge myself more or less to go for at least 10 minutes..once I start I usually go the whole time and most often more..cause once the body starts to move it wants to keep going..

Hope your jar fills fast!

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MAWMAW101 11/28/2013 4:28PM

    Awesome idea--thanks for sharing. I think the 10 minute challenge sounds good because if I do 10 I usually go for more. It's getting started that is challenging!
Good luck. The money should go for whatever you want.
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TCANNO 11/28/2013 9:02AM

    Idea, don't wait until the 1st just do it now!!

Make it a rule that you workout at a time when you can say this is my time.
Join the 10 minute challenge for 30 days which has got a lot of people started, it is fun to do so you will stick with it

Good luck

BTW next week will be my 17 week at the challenge other have a lot more

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DELIA38961 11/27/2013 5:17PM

    good idea ...I may have to do that myself emoticon

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LUANN7 11/27/2013 2:47PM

    good ideas to overcome the I don't want to exercise feeling.

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ERINLINDSAY83 11/27/2013 10:45AM

    The only way I can overcome that attitude is by reminding myself how I always feel better after having done the workout. How I usually regret skipping one for no reason. (And if that doesn't work...i start playing with my belly fat, lol. Kidding... kind of. haha!)

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