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And Now for the Rest of the Story

Posted by The Mint on February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

02/02/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (10)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (12 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps per day (5,240)
February Challenge: Walk 50k steps (31 miles) his month (9.38 miles so far) or 10,516 steps so far this month

Good morning!

Yesterday, I told you about our family friend, Katie who actually got on Wheel of Fortune. This was a feat in itself as Katie is an introvert and she didn’t even own a TV until she decided to try out for the show. What a wonderful gift she gave to my Auntie Marion, who is a Wheel of Fortune super fan! Her goal was to have fun and to win at least $1,000.  Katie taped the show last November and could not tell anyone the outcome until after the show aired. Katie DID make both her goals and if you would like to know exactly how she did, click on this picture from their party (btw there were about 50 people in attendance

Click on the photo to read the article and to find out the rest of the story!

Wheel of Fortune Party

 

Win or lose, our family is so grateful to Katie for huge act of kindness. I think Auntie Marion is still riding high.  I too, experienced an awesome act of kindness last week with the gift of a FitBit and I am also still riding high!

AffirMINTion: I am grateful for the awesome people in my life

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says she is grateful for her friends and me….. AND I LIKE IT!
hangin

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Good Fortune!

Posted by The Mint on February 2, 2014

February 2, 2014

02/01/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (12 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps per day (5,729)
February Challenge: Walk 50k steps (31 miles) his month (4.45 miles so far) or 4,288 steps so far this month

Good morning,

Lots going on this past week w/projects at work and some fun things going on in my family and personally.

First we have a close family friend who went on Wheel of Fortune as a gift to my 94 year old Aunt and Super Wheel of Fortune fan! Here is the story

www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/wishing-wheel-woman-competes-wheel-fortune-gift-longtime-neighbor 

Katie (the neighbor) is a VERY introverted person, and it was ONLY as a gift for my Auntie Marion that she went on the show. Not only that, Katie didn’t even own a TV before she entered to be on the show! Stay tuned for my next blog to see how it all turned out!

My question is: How often do you step out of YOUR comfort zone? I personally find it difficult to stay out of mine, and honestly, every time I write this blog is stepping out of mine!

It is difficult to be transparent; however, the results are worth it. This week, I came into work and sitting on my desk was a little gift with this little star
star

 

 

 

 

 

this star was on top of this gift bag
gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in the gift bag was this
fitbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was and am still blown away by the generosity of my friends in the office. I could not even read the card without crying and it chokes me up now while I am writing about it. I still do not know all that were involved so I am thanking you ALL this wonderful gift and for your support on this journey.

Now; however, I am REALLY going to have to step up my game and continue to move out of my comfort zone!

AffirMINTion: I love moving out of my comfort zone. 

Make it a GREAT day, IF you Choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT 

My mom put up this tree for the Wheel of Fortune Party…… AND I LIKE IT!
Wheel of Fortune

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Mints Just Wanna Have Fun!

Posted by The Mint on January 24, 2011

01/21/11 – 10 Minutes of Exercise – 10 10 10 Strength Training – H2O – 8 Glasses – 5,046 Steps
01/22/11 – 10 Minutes of Exercise – Dancing – H2O – 8 Glasses – 4,442 Steps
01/23/11 – 10 Minutes of Exercise – Dancing + 10 Minutes w/Minty on Floor– H2O – 8 Glasses – 4,652 Steps

Good morning Mintdom,

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

Speaking of fun – this is a GREAT video.  www.tinyurl.com/funpianostairs . It is a shame that we cannot have more of these.  Exercise IS a lot easier to do if you have fun doing it.  I love to dance (cardio) and play with Minty on the floor.  What sorts of things do you do to make exercise fun? Feel free to share your answers on www.Mintdom.com – I am sure you all have some fun ideas!

AffirMINTion: Dancing is fun and I like doing it every day

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to. 

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that she is succeeding with her exercise because I put the fun into it… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun xoxo

PS You know my mom had to give you this www.tinyurl.com/MintyFun
PSS AND you can have fun dancing to it! xoxo

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Take Time to Play! :)

Posted by The Mint on January 20, 2011

01/19/11 – 10 Minutes of Exercise Strength Training (10-10-10) – H2O – 8 Glasses – Steps – 4,300 +

Good morning Mintdom,

I feel good about getting my steps up there, and I actually did better then what you see above, but somehow I have misplaced my pedoMINTer or it fell off and that was about what it said when I last looked!  I hope that it is at the office or in my car.  If not, I am off to buy yet another one!  LOL!  It really helps me to wear a pedometer, as I am much more aware of moving during the day.

I have to be extra good with food and water today as tonight is our office’s happy hour.  By good, I mean I am going to eat correctly, with protein, fiber and a lot of water.  I do not want to be hungry or thirsty when I go, which will help me not over, indulge!  I am looking forward to it though.  Our happy hours are fun because the people are so awesome! I think it is always good to take time out to play, although some in my family might think I like fun a little too much! 

“Have fun in your command. Do not always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you’ve earned it; spend time with your families.” – Colin Powel

AffirMINTion: I love putting fun in my day!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that she has fun playing on the floor with me… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

Minty Plays!

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Try Something New – You Might Like It!

Posted by The Mint on July 7, 2010

07/06/10 – No Data
4 glasses of water
Streak: Met (5:30 am)
Good morning Mintdom,

I FINALLY found my pedometer – yikes! I do not like going without it; it is as if every step is wasted!  Lo Anyway, I have it back and I really NEED to get up to Weight Watchers and get a spare. 

Many of you have heard that I am a member of Spark People.  It is a GREAT site for learning how to live a healthy balanced life.  Yesterday, I signed up for a summer camp in one of my groups.  I think it is going to be similar to the TV show ‘The Amazing Race’.  There are challenges every day.  One of the challenges I accepted is to be out of bed BEFORE 6:00 am during the week.  I used to do that every day, but lately, I have slacked off.  I am trying to go for the longest streak of doing that, that I can. I will be putting this up every day.  I also need to track a nutrient each day, but I have not decided what I want to track yet.  I will let you know.  That did not sound too difficult for me. Well the kicker is, I members are given a partner to compete with other teams – Yikes!  I needed something new and here it is; it is a little scary, but I am up for the challenge.  If you are interested in getting involved visit www.SparkPeople.com and you can enter your OWN Amazing Race!

AffirMINTion: I love to take on new challenges!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!
A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”  – Dave Barry

My mom gave me a crumpled piece of paper yesterday– I was a little afraid at first, but then I liked it.

Life is Minty Fresh!

What IS that thing? Do you think it bites? Life is Minty Fresh!

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I’m A Hottie Now!

Posted by The Mint on June 30, 2010

06/29/10 – 4,214 Steps
5 glasses of water

Good morning Mintdom

I am still trying to get on schedule with the puppy so please bear with me.  I know my step count is low, but this morning it is already up to 3,454 steps – thanks to my sister Becky who asked that I walk with her two or three times a week at 6:15 in the morning!  I do not know if I should kiss her or curse her!  LOL I am kidding because anyone or anything that gets me out early in the morning is a great thing.  I do not know if you people that are in my area have been outside, but it was such a pleasant surprise; it is a gorgeous morning!

“Refusing to ask for help when you need it is refusing someone the chance to be helpful.” Ric Ocasek

Thank you, Becky for asking me to walk with you; it not only gave me the opportunity to help you, but I receiving the benefits of being helpful, exercise, and the pleasure of your company.

The other day I asked about this song, “I’m a Hottie Now”.  Thank you, Millie701 (Spark People) and a dear AOL friend who sent me links to the song! I now have it downloaded on my computer! Whoo hoo!

Here is the shortened link to download ‘I’m a Hottie Now’ I love it! http://tinyurl.com/AmazonHottie

There is nothing like having a good support system that helps encourage, nudge and even push you through to your goals.  My goal now is to get back to getting up by 5:00 am in order to do my writing BEFORE she comes at 6:15.  Anyone have a good trick to getting up extra early – especially when there is a cute little snuggler in the bed with me?  LOL

AffirMINTion: I am willing to ask for help when I need it

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom and I are Hottie’s now!

Life is Minty Fresh!

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Posted by The Mint on May 13, 2010

05/11/10 – 8,868 Steps

1-hour exercise

05/12/10 – 4,981 Steps

Good morning Mintdom,

 Tuesday was a GREAT day for exercise – lots of steps PLUS an hour of good exercise. Today will be good also as I have training and a community event. Yesterday, I stayed at my desk most of the day, but still managed to get in almost 5,000. I have increased my steps a lot in a year. I am still short the 10,000; however, I started at around 2,000 steps a day. Remember the tortoise won the race.

 “Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.” –Jim Rohn

I actually remember seeing this cartoon when I was a little girl. http://tinyurl.com/SteadyWinstheRace

Here is a more modern one; golfers will enjoy! http://tinyurl.com/TortoiseNHare4Golfers

AffirMINTion: Slow and steady wins the race!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

 

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I Was a Busy Beaver Last Week + A Birthday Wish

Posted by The Mint on May 2, 2010

05/01/10 – 6,231 Steps

One Hour of exercise 

Welcome to a Weekend Edition of Mintdom,

I had a great week last week. There was a lot on my plate at work and although I did not get everything done that I wanted to get done, I was very productive and accomplished a lot. That was on the work side.

 On my health side, I have exercised for 3 hours, and burned 1182 calories and I have until Wednesday to get my 5 hours and 1700 calories in for the week. I am hoping to go over that.

On the personal side, I had my family over for a cookout on my new grill that my dad, brother, and nephew put together. The only down side is that, that was the last dinner of the season with my parents as they just traveled to their home in Minnesota until late October. I am already counting the days until they return.

In addition, I attended a little birthday happy hour for a friend of mine; it was a lot of fun, and I met two women who are single and live in my area. I am looking forward to getting to know them.

As you can see, I was a busy beaver last week http://tinyurl.com/BusyBeaver

I was NOT like these folks who were busy doing nothing http://tinyurl.com/BusyDoingNothing

How was your week? Are you satisfied with what you accomplished? Do you think it was a balanced week? For me, I do not see how I could have accomplished more at work unless I had a couple more hours in a day! I think it was a fairly balance week. – All in all, it was an excellent week for me.

AffirMINTion: I lead a balanced life.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A special birthday wish goes out to my cousin, Billy. Billy’s mom is my godmother and I spent some great summers in Minnesota. Billy and I stayed up most nights until morning playing the card game, Smear. It really is not a two-player game, but we sure had fun playing it. I do not remember what I drank, but Billy drank Dr Pepper all night – no wonder we stayed up all night. Billy is one of the nicest, thoughtful, and fun people that I know. He has the BEST sense of humor of anyone that I know. Billy’s life has not been without adversity, but he deals with it with a sense of humor and always seems to get through it gracefully.

Last summer while I was traveling to visit, my parents Northwest/Delta Airlines (two bad airlines merging to make an awful airline) stranded me in Minneapolis. Even though it was close to 11:00 on a weeknight, Billy did not hesitate to pick me up and bring me to his home. Although we did not stay up all night playing cards, it was fun reminiscing about those days.

Happy Birthday Billy and I wish you many more! http://tinyurl.com/HappyBDayBillyD

 

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Let it Snow and Snow and Snow!!

Posted by The Mint on December 20, 2009

12/18/09 – 6,888 Steps

Food Journal – No

 12/19/09 – 2,414

50 minutes of cardio in the form of shoveling snow!

Food Journal – No

 Good morning Mintdom,

 It is 11:28 on Sunday morning and I wanted to get this started before I go out to shovel.  I had a low step count yesterday, but I added cardio because I yesterday we got almost 2 feet of snow and I shoveled my driveway to try and keep up with it a little.  I figure by the time I could get out.. I did not want to shovel the whole thing at once!  There is a huge mound at the end of my driveway.  Another good reason to get strong is to be able to shovel snow. 

About 20 Inches on my Patio Table

OK… it is afternoon… I have shoveled, cooked, ate lunch (leftover spaghetti and salad), talked with my daughter and worked on my farm.  Now I am listening to Christmas music and getting ready to put up some decorations.  I do not know about the rest of you, but I REALLY like this snow thing.  I am not getting steps in BUT I am burning a lot of calories!  Lol

Just Think of ALL the Calories I Burned!

  I had help with my driveway at the end.  My neighbors – two that I just met – helped dig out the last of it where the plow blocked my driveway.  It was the hardest part because it had not been touched.  <patting herself on the back> I have to say though… that I am proud of myself for shoveling all the black top.  Just think of all those calories burned!!!  I can feel it already though!

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”  – Dough Larson

 

:::::: running out and throwing a snowball at my house::::::  I do not  want to be accused of being old (shut up Bruce) lolol.  You can look at snow as you look at life.  You can look at it as an inconvenience, troublesome, an interruption, hard work, and difficult OR you can look at it as beautiful, wonderful, pure, a way to burn calories, a way to make new friends and lots of fun!  It is a choice.  I choose the latter. 

AffirMINTion:  I love snow and all the opportunities it brings!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

 Life is good!

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Mintdom – Back and Not Forgotten – I Hope!

Posted by The Mint on October 18, 2009

10/13/09 – 8,192  (whoo hoo!!)

Food Journal – No

10/14/09 – 8,461

Food Journal – No

10/15/09 – 12,517 (double whoo hoo!!)

Food Journal – No

10/16/09 – 8,035

Food Journal – No

10/17/09 – 5,467 (sigh)

Food Journal – No

Happy Weekend Edition, Mintdom!

Even though I have not posted since October 12, I HAVE been keeping track this week while I was away.  I love that my steps were in the 8,000, but my body (especially my left knee) is screaming at me! I have been icing my knee since yesterday, and after it calms down, I am going to try the elliptical machine.  I am also doing some of the knee exercises that I found on Spark People (www.Sparkpeople.com).  I know that I NEED to be diligent in this and I am comMINTing to myself to do so.

“Never Quit. “Don’t ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn’t quitting. If you quit you’ll regret it forever.” -Rudy Ruettiger

Check out Rudy’s story here http://www.rudyintl.com/

I spent this week with an awesome group of leaders in the real estate world, helping to put on a retreat.  We held team building exercises from the beginning to the end, both indoors, and outdoors in the rain – talking about never quitting!  It was wonderful to watch individuals (and even competitors in the real estate world) come together as a team!  We held the retreat at Nemacolin, in Farmington, PA, not far from Pittsburgh.  If you ever get a chance to go, go; it is fabulous!

One of the team building exercises was for each market center (there were nine) to put on a musical skit.  Here is an example of one of the market centers.  You can find others by going to www.YouTube.com and search KW Rocks ALC Retreat.  You can also find them on Facebook.  They are a hoot!

http://tinyurl.com/KWRocksLG

Although the retreat was work for me and my body is screaming at me, I loved every minute of it!  The group that I was working with is not only energetic, smart, capable, dependable, and upbeat, but they are also ALWAYS upbeat, and positive. We are very blessed with that same kind of leader, and one that thanks you with time at the spa!

I am excited to be home in my real life, and to regroup with a fresh outlook and approach to my health (trying the elliptical machine, and some new recipes), and mostly to be back with you!

AffirMINTion:  I love trying to ways to reach my goals!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to

Life is good!

PS  I cannot stop without posting these two items.  One is a poem from an unknown author, and the other are the lyrics to the song ‘The Climb’ I hope you enjoy and are as inspired as I am with these words!!

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

~ Unknown

http://tinyurl.com/ItsYourClimb2

The Climb

By Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe

(from the movie Hanna Montana sung by Miley Cyrus)

Miley Cyrus – The Climb Ringtone

I can almost see it,
That dream I’m dreamin’
But theres a voice inside my head sayin’
You’ll never reach it

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep tryin’
Gotta keep my head held high
Theres always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a up-hill battle
Sometimes i’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But, No, I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember Most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin’

And, I, I got to be Strong
Just Keep pushing, on
‘Cause theres always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a up-hill battle
Sometimes i’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side
Its The Climb

Yeah

Theres always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a up-hill battle
somebody’s gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side
Its the climb

Keep on movin’
Keep climbin’
Keep the faith baby
Its all about
Its all about
The climb
Keep the faith, keep the faith woah

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