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2020 Summer 5% Challenge: Personal Goals

1. Be consistent with cardio (minimum 100 minutes weekly)
2. Meatless meals at least one day weekly
3. Increase freggies to minimum 3 servings daily
4. Increase fiber to 20 - 25 grams daily.

I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep. … Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain … Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.
~ May Sarton

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together... all things connect.

- Chief Seattle -

Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs.
Frederick Buechner

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

- Lewis B. Smedes -

The real purpose of searching after facts is not so that we can manipulate the world to our advantage, but so that our own awareness can be transformed.
Peter Kingsley -

" Appreciation is a wonderful thing : it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well"~~~~ Voltaire

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Ann Wigmore

The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.

- Ziggy, cartoon foible

How do you keep everything in perspective?

Is there anything that Ziggy doesn't know? In the cartooning universe, he's often placed in hopeless situations, pitted against a world that doesn't make sense. He's an agreeable punch line for the quirks of human nature. Yet he's able to brush off his mishaps and focus on the opportunities that today brings. He can also look to the future with hope, knowing full well that more struggles may lie ahead. Most of all, he can look at himself and have a good chuckle. Do you make yourself anxious about things that might happen or stew over mistakes you've made? Don't let a preoccupation with tomorrow or yesterday rob your ability to face that crazy world with a smile. For Ziggy, today is today. It's not a good day; it's not a bad day. It's a day. And he knows that it's important to give that day the value it deserves.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

- William James, philosopher and psychologist

Living a Meaningful Life

Looking for meaning? Having trouble figuring out how to make a difference? The answer may be closer and simpler than you think. Ask yourself: If I were gone tomorrow, what will I be most proud of having left behind? The answer will be different for each of us, but it may tell you something about why you're here. Your answer can be as involved as a foundation you helped start, or as simple as a favorite picture that you took. Something will be here when you're gone. What would you like it to be? What one thing would tell the world what you were all about? Maybe it's your child. Maybe you're already working on something that could turn into one of your greatest accomplishments. If so, give it your all. The more of yourself that goes into it now, the more people will be able to see you later on.

Dear Aging Body,

We have been together now for 64 years with no major illnesses. Last year, you cried out for help with arthritis, acid reflux, and high blood pressure. I'm sorry that it has come to this and I know you are suffering because of my bad choices and decisions. I promise to honor & respect you from this day forward by eating healthy and exercising regularly. WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!!

Real power is usually unspectacular, a simple setting aside of fear that allows the free flow of love. But it changes everything.
~ Martha Beck

Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run.

Jenny Craig, diet guru

Battle scars from the Diet War

Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve took a bite out of that apple (so much for the low calorie, low fat, high fiber theory), and women (and men) have been at war with food ever since. Both of these quotes reflect this fact. Are your weight issues really a symptom of something else--boredom, depression, regret, or rejection? At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best. Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating? Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. Remember the sacredness of your own skin.

In the spirit of developing New Year's Goals, rather than resolutions, here are some goals that can make a real difference in the level of stress you experience, and the quality of life you enjoy:

Maintain An Organized Living Space:
A cluttered environment can literally drain your energy and cause additional stress! Conversely, a beautifully decorated, soothing environment can be a haven where you can escape from the stressors in your life. Working on de-cluttering your home, getting organized about cleaning, or even practicing Feng Shui are all ways you can work toward the goal of having a beautiful and organized living space.

Learn to Organize Your Time:
By keeping a schedule, learning to say no to excessive demands on your time, and utilizing shortcuts in your life, you�ll be less frantic, and have more time to do the things that energize and de-stress you. You�ll also have more time to do things that you enjoy in life.

Cultivate A Supportive Social Circle:
Those with a supportive social circle, or even just one close friend or partner to talk to and lean on in times of crisis, enjoy healthier, less stressful lives. (And they have more fun!) If you make the commitment to meet more people, and better develop the relationships you have, you�ll find that the payoff is more than worth the effort.

Take Care of Your Body:
If your body is healthy and in good repair, you�re better able to handle stressors in your life. However, an unhealthy body can cause great amounts of additional stress. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, getting massages and pampering yourself are all good ways to take care of your body and make stress management easier.

Renew Your Spirit:
We carry stress in our bodies, and hold it in our minds, so a stressful experience can stay with and keep affecting us after the actual experience has ended. Managing stress in your daily life can be much easier on your mental, physical and emotional state if you take regular breaks from it. There are many great stress-relieving exercises that can help you release both the tension from your body, and the stressful thoughts from your mind, making you more at peace and able to handle the stress that comes in each new day.
As you develop these stress-relieving practices in your daily life, you should experience less stress, and be better able to handle the stress you do experience, leading to a happier, more healthy life.

The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces.

- Philip Zimbardo -

Member Since: 5/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 49,238

My Goals:
My goals include working to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol levels through diet and weight loss. Also, I want to increase my physical activity. Specifically, work towards a 30 min. walk/ride daily, be consistent with stretching throughout the day. I need to add weight bearing exercises to my daily routine since I was recently diagnosed with Osteopenia.

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Personal Information:
I was born in north central California; living in Boise, Idaho. I am Mom to 3 sons ranging in age from 42 to 32. I married the love of my life on July 1st, 2007. Never give up on LOVE! Learn from your mistakes and move on to a better life! We have 4 Grandchildren: ages 16, 14, 11, and 9 years.

Other Information:
I lost 30 lbs. in 2003 with Weight Watchers but have gained back 15. My current goal is to achieve a maintenance weight of 178 by Dec. 31, 2016.
UPDATE: I achieved my goal weight of 175 in March, 2016. On to Maintenance...
UPDATE: I have gained 10 lbs. in the last 2 years! I'm once again focused on losing the weight. March 29th, 2018 My goal is to lose 9 lbs. during the 2018 Spring 5% Challenge.
UPDATE: I maintained my goal weight of 175 throughout 2019, but now find myself gaining weight. I'm up to 180 lbs.. My goal is to lose 5-10 lbs during the 2020 Summer 5% Challenge.

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