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Just do it!

Correction: 2021 is the Year of Me. Still working on my 2020 goal.

2020 is the Year of Me as I journey towards improved health and wellness. With a great Q1, Q2 & Q3 were overshadowed by stress eating from the pandemic. I am determined to finish Q4 strong, from my commitment and actions and Spark support and the Fall 5% Challenge. Q4 was a disappointment. Just started Winter 5% Challenge. Week 1: Lost 5#. My resolve feels strong. I WILL do this!

Member Since: 9/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 145,379

My Goals:
Live a healthy fit life, NEVER quit.

Though I have loved the 5% Challenges.....my break from them is O-V-E-R

2014 Summer 5% Challenge Results:
(my best Challenge)

Weight: Lost 11#
Hips: Lost 2"
BMI 25.5 just short of goal to achieve healthy range of 25
WHR .72
Size: 12 (from sz 14)

My Program:
100 Days of Accountability, Ongoing Chapters

Make good with actions for progress on Program

Reflect on the positives and blessings in every day.

5% Challenge Programs. They keep me actively engaged.

Exercise 5 days for 30 min; 2 days for 10 min

Eat a healthy balanced 1200 - 1555 calories daily. 5 of 7 days will be 1100 calories or less. Holidays, family events, vacation option: max daily calories=weight x 15 calories.
Snacks are healthy choices and if not, VERY limited
No eating past 7p.

Personal Information:
Happily married with 3 terrific grown boys, 4 lovely grandkids. Took an early retirement in 2009, which presented many new lifestyle changes. Have a bookkeeping business going that has me working much too much; watch 6 yr old granddaughter 2 days weekly and grand toddler the same 2 days....and still must make time for my client work, so I am very busy all of the time.

Other Information:
Enjoy time with family and friends, mini vacations, a little gardening, online jigsaw puzzles, and when time permits reading. Recently got interested in watercolor after a class...haven't really found the time to continue this interest.

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    11 days ago
    Meditation is challenging which is why most refer to it as a practise. It took me a long time to find my meditation groove. I figured out mostly through taking yoga classes years ago what I don't like about meditation. I don't like guided meditation because it never feels like I'm really unhooking from anything. It feels like someone keeps interrupting my meditation groove with their voice or story. So I tried other types of meditation I discovered along the way just by trying this and that. YouTube is a great resource.
    I was browsing the Apple App store, and found an app (called Oak) that I liked that contains many sounds to help one meditate, like rain on a roof top, or white noise for example. I settled on "cave water" and liked that pretty well until I discovered a loop of music on the same app called "Clarity" which really makes me swoon! I just adore that music and it sends me into a meditative state pretty quickly. It took me years to discover my groove, but in order to discover it I had to try many things, so don't give up! Meditating 20 minutes a day will rewire your brain in good ways and you will be able to handle stress more effectively too.
    P.S. I do not sit up to meditate. My yoga teacher said "comfort is king when meditating," so I lay on my bed, a blanket over me and my iPhone is beside me on the table with my app running and I have my ear buds in.

    "Brain scans have shown that a few years of meditation make the brain bigger, expanding its essential parts and strengthening its connections. The practice has also been found to weaken the amygdala, the part of the brain that is responsible for negative emotions and the creation of trauma."

    "Meditation is shown to thicken the pre-frontal cortex. This brain center manages higher order brain function, like increased awareness, concentration, and decision making. Changes in the brain show, with meditation, higher-order functions become stronger, while lower-order brain activities decrease."


    12 days ago
    Thank you Vicki. Yes I broke my walks up today. Was cold but beautiful this morning. I had to stock up at the store too.
    Hey I hope your foot is ok. I remember how you hurt it once before.
    Be careful out there.

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    Have a nice evening Vicki, getting ready to have dinner but stopping by first. emoticon

    12 days ago
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    “Be careful what you water your dreams with.
    Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.
    Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.
    Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.
    Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
    ― Lao Tzu
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    May you follow your dreams and always believe in yourself.
    Keep your eyes on the stars and hope in your heart.
    Have a nice day Vicki emoticon
    15 days ago
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