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Vicki
Feb 03, 2022
In Vicki's Blog
Last month, I set a goal to get myself going with a routine. This month I am adding regular fitness activity. (Feeling grateful that my foot is almost all better.) I really struggled with activity after foot surgery on Dec 23. I am a social exerciser and radically committed to functional fitness. This week I taught my regular evening water class. Yesterday, I went to Body Pump at my Y. Today, I competed a couple mile snowshoe hike with community ed.☃️ It was pretty cold at 0 degrees. I'm glad to be back at it. My muscles are very tired and I am happy. I continue to be inspired by all of you. Let's get it! 💖 PS - I tried to upload a photo, but it got stuck. :(
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Vicki
Jan 29, 2022
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I have "been-gonna" clean out a linen closet for years. I am lucky enough to have been living in my home for over 20 years. This is a double edged sword. I also picked up a dresser and decided to clean my office. It took me all day yesterday, literally. I filled both my giant trash and recycle bins with papers dating back to 2017. I even found a pass for my daughter to the nurse - she graduated 13 years ago. This morning when I woke up, I had a renewed sense of vigor and energy that I haven't felt in a really long time. My spirits are happy and I am looking forward to going for a walk with a tiny human today. (He's 5.) I am excited to get exercise in later today. Instead of wallowing and struggling, I feel fresh. Never underestimate the power of tidying up your space.
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Vicki
Jan 09, 2022
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Calories are logged and at deficit. ✔️ Yesterday I shoveled...in my cam boot. It took me a long time, but I did it very carefully. I also completed a seated belly dance video. (You can find anything on you tube, I swear!) Today, I did a Zumba gold 20 minute video and a 10 minute seated cardio video. 💯 For many, this may not be much, but, for me, right now, it is what I set out to do, and I'm doing it. Thanks for reading.
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Vicki
Jan 06, 2022
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"Just be who you are supposed to be, solve some problems and smile anyway, and things will fall into place." I am tearing up a little. These words have moved my soul. Thank you, @Roberta, for putting yourself out there day after day. Task #2 from the previous post: come up with a routine. I need some routine. I have been messing around with some ideas. I have chosen to say, "I am learning" versus "I'm not very good at this." So, I am learning how to manage myself. It's tough when I was just getting started and then, foot surgery. I decided to jump back in here. Some forums are just plain energizing. This is one of them. (Instead of just taking, I am giving a little too.) Here I sit, feeling a little sorry for myself. Then I read. and I recommit. and I falter. and I try again. Here I am-again. I am going to "embrace this day" -not yesterday, that's gone. My brain likes to rattle on and on to me that I'm not good enough, and that I didn't get it done yesterday, so why try today? I choose the try today. I am working on some brain training in order to get my body moving. It really is commitment over desire. You get what you focus on, right? I remember, that calorie intake is like a credit card. This isn't about the single purchase. It's the whole month. If I ate too much yesterday, I eat less today, not more because I screwed up. I got on the scale this morning because my pants mysteriously became tighter... I have been at this a long time. I know that. I don't have many in-person folks I can share that with. So, here I am. I have learned these principles from you all. I thank you. I just have to remember the commitment, not the desire. And Smile Anyway. That recognized, here is my routine as I tiptoe back in the water. I am not a morning person. God bless those of you who are. If I commit to something too early I will fail. I am the person who will stay up until 2 or 3 am to get it done. "Just be who you are supposed to be"!!! Wake up, read the three, short, objective newsy emails I receive. Get up, make a cup of coffee. Complete morning devotions. Dress and "embrace the day, whatever it brings". Errands, appointments, etc. Limit social media to 30 mins/day. Log all food, no exceptions. This works really well for me because I don't like to see that number as a negative. Until I can return to fitness classes and swimming at my Y, I will do at least 30 mins of video at home. I am a social exerciser, and I know I need to have guidance. I started belly dance classes online and there's lots of upper body activity to work on. I have hand weights. I will use those. Next week, I will up it to 45 mins. At the end of the day, crawl into bed and read for an hour. Meditate, sleep, and repeat again tomorrow. I welcome any thoughts or suggestions to improve this plan.
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Vicki
Jan 02, 2022
In Vicki's Blog
Hi ladies, I am tiptoeing back in. Today is the right day. This year, I will complete these primary tasks. I have others which will reveal themselves as time marches forward. Task 1) Arrive at my goal weight and feel comfortable in whatever I want to wear. I just bought a 2 piece swimsuit that I will wear in June. 👙 I have been hovering over the last 10 (now 15 after the holidays and foot surgery) for over a year.😳 Task 2) Establish a routine now that I am retired from full time paid work. 📝 Task 3) Become faithful to this blog and log progress weekly. With warmth and deep respect for all of us as we forge ahead.
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Vicki
Feb 15, 2021
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Greetings and warmth to all of you, I'm not sure how to begin when I admit to failing in my own commitments to myself. I have been struggling with even getting basic tasks done. I am working through my own guilt of not following through on my fitness objectives. However, I am pleased with the fact that my diet choices are mostly healthy and my weight is steady. Interesting how when I log my food, I am more consistent in my choices. Last month, I started a remodeling project in my kitchen. I have dreamed of this project for 20 (yes, 20) years. Having never done this before, I had the contractor tear out the entire kitchen before I even ordered the cabinets. I now know that was a bad idea. I have been living without a kitchen AT ALL since the new year. As someone who depends on food prep each week, this threw me for a loop. I am making due and struggling in survival mode. What I want to do is order pizza every day and not think about it. But, then I remember so many of the lessons I have learned from fellow Nibbles Goddesses (especially @Roberta) know how much I appreciate you.
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Vicki
Dec 01, 2020
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I've made a commitment. I need to stay the course. -then- Whoosh - life tugs on the rug and I run down the rabbit hole of distraction accompanied with a healthy dose of old habits. Thanksgiving was lonely and I have leftovers. I need to measure - "nah, just eyeball it" old me prods. Since I didn't record that... "just start again tomorrow" old me chides. Should I even log in to this community because I .... excuse, excuse, excuse "You didn't yesterday or the day before, just quit" old me triumphantly cheers. Then, Ro sweeps in with a little encourager, "How about a little challenge?" Old me knows that I cannot resist a challenge. I dust myself off and open the app to log my food. I will win this. I will make the new me stronger than old she. I will start moving today. Every choice counts. The "credit card" can always be paid off. Nibbles ladies and @robertasaum, you are the best "credit counseling service" available. The weight scale hasn't changed, but my pants are tight on the waist line after a full and sugary weekend. Just like it takes time to put up my tree, the finished product is always worth the effort. Accountability = humility. Here I am humbly throwing out my crazy head space to anyone who reads. Baby steps. More later. Be well.
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Vicki
Nov 25, 2020
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Today is a new day and every day is a fresh start. Commitment is a funny thing. It is not like how I see "motivation" which is largely external based on what I have been given. For example, I go see a motivational speaker because they are giving that to me. I read other people's blogs because they give me motivation. As a direct result of taking in motivation, I grow a thing inside of me I call commitment. I have returned to logging all my food. It is so easy to nibble and forget. Also, we are not gathering for Thanksgiving. While I am feeling really sad about this, I get it. My youngest (who is an extraordinary baker) pops over to my house last night to drop off some monster cookies. She is so sweet!! I want to eat them all and lick out the bag!!! But then, my inner goddess, whom I have been nursing, reminds me of the commitment I have made to her and I am out of calories today. She also reminds me of the motivational words from our fearless leader @robertasaum - "I can have more tomorrow." So, I cut a chunk off the cookie and enjoy every morsel. I am excited for the next bite today!
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Vicki
Nov 24, 2020
In Vicki's Blog
So, I have decided to follow through. It's been along time since I actually have felt this little niggling inside of me. I also know I have that dangerous all or nothing spirit. I read reread these posts which help remind me that 1) I am not alone, 2) I am enough, and 3) I can make my own way. So, I dust off that TRX and pull out the app to do a simple workout. I remember that my head does not equal my body's stamina right now. Baby steps, listening to my inner goddess calling me to be my best self. Food is on point too! I won today. I'm starting to look forward to tomorrow. Baby steps. Thanks for reading. More later. Be well.
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Vicki
Nov 22, 2020
In Vicki's Blog
I have decided to ditch the all or nothing mind set. I have choices all the time. I have this elliptical sitting in my living room...dusty. A couple days ago, while waiting for coffee to brew I started to do squats and lunges in the kitchen. Today, I put water on for tea. I thought, I'll just jump on the elliptical until the tea kettle squeals. I jump on thinking it would be only a couple minutes... I don't start a timer. I jump start moving my carcass... How long does it take for water to boil? Long enough for me to break a sweat. Baby steps. Thanks for reading. More later. Be well.
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Vicki
Nov 20, 2020
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I am currently quarantining because a household member has covid. I do not (so far). I am going stir crazy. Sit, sit, sit some more at more computer. Ish, so stiff. I have to go out. I go for a walk. Not just any walk, but I decide to go up the bluff. I haven't been at all this year. I'm remembering that have a goal and my inner goddess needs a drink of natural elixir. So, I go for a little hike up the bluff. I LOVE it up there! Especially now in November where there is hardly anyone out here in Minnesota. So, I climb. And I climb. And I am happy. Baby steps. One day at a time. One Choice at a time. What healthy choices did you make today? Thanks for reading. More soon. Be well.
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Vicki
Nov 18, 2020
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I am committed, I think. No, I am. Really. Be brave---channel my inner goddess. Ok, if I can be brave enough to show selfies, then I had better well be brave enough to post my scale weight....
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Vicki
Nov 17, 2020
In Vicki's Blog
I teach water fitness on Mondays. I have not been getting in the water because of space in the pool. Also, my knee has been killing me. So, today I grabbed my fins and decided to channel my inner goddess. If I can be accountable with meal prep, I can be accountable with activity too. Right after class, I take a seat on the deck trying to decide if I am really committed. Then I remember how AMAZING I feel after swimming - every time! So, I swim. I play. I do some somersaults. After I get out of the water, I am feeling fierce and brave. I decide to take one more step toward being accountable. While still wet and feeling brave, I think about taking pics to mark this moment. I am in the process of creating a new normal. I am excited. I think of @MissConsistency. I take the pics. I feel so vulnerable. I do not suck in my gut. But, I am so excited to grow into this new goddess I am imagining. Baby steps, one day at a time. Thanks for reading. More soon. Be well.
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Vicki
Nov 16, 2020
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Hi all, Today, is just another day. But, somehow it feels a little different. A pandemic has interrupted everyone's lives. Last spring I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a TRX because if I am going to learn how to exercise alone, I might as choose something I know about and enjoy. I used it for the first couple months, now it has gotten dusty. Like all my workouts. However, after years of learning from Roberta and others, I know something about this process. Exercise is not the first step, food is the first step. One thing I know for sure is that food prep is a thing for me, and it works. I have invested in a local farmer where I pick up locally grown vegetables weekly from May until November. I have tried foods I never even knew existed like celeriac and delicata squash. Each week, I empty out my fridge and put all the veggies on the counter. Then, I decide what I might want to do. I usually make two different batches because I like to eat two different meals each day. Often one is made to heat up and the other cold. Today, I decided on a standard favorite of mine, oven roasted veggies. The other thing I decided on was coleslaw. So, I put on some music and begin to peel, slice, and chop away. I often find myself dancing while I am doing this. :) This week, the oven roasted veggies were seasoned with a spicy curry blend of seasonings. This week the veggies are carrot, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, celeriac, purple onion, red pepper, and cabbage. The salad part this time is made of green peppers, purple onion, purple and green cabbage. The coleslaw dressing is 2 parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part olive oil and 1 part 100% maple syrup. I also season liberally with powder mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper. Because I am trying to be balanced (thanks, Roberta) and have enough protein, I always make sure there is an intentional serving of protein in the meal. This week I included soy chorizo in the vegetable curry and pepitas with the coleslaw. The curry veggies have a little over 2 cups of veggies and 1/5 of the chorizo. The coleslaw is 1 1/2 cup slaw and gets 1/4 cup of pepitas. This means each meal has an intentional 10 grams of protein. My downfall has been late night snacking. I get home, I'm tired and I'll scrounge for something to snack on. Knowing this, I don't keep very much open-n-eat food around. Now, that I have shared this out, I will be more vigilant about sticking to my plan. I open to feedback or suggestions on how I can improve this process. Thanks for reading. More soon. Be well.
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