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I’m a Tracker – Are You a Tracker Too?

February 10, 2014

02/09/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day ( 8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (20  minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 7,000 steps per day (7,376 )
February Challenge: Walk 50k steps (31 miles)this month and I have done (52.40 miles so far) or 52,064  steps so far this month

Good morning!

If you are ever struggling with hitting a goal, I have found out that tracking is the key to breaking through. For the past 112 days, I have tracked my exercise, my water intake and my steps, including miles. I can see that I am gaining moMINTum. In one of the programs that I use, (www.SparkPeople.com) I get little trophies and badges for doing my activities. I received a silver medal for going over 40,000 steps in a week! I started out getting nothing, then I received a couple of bronze medals and now I am going for the gold which is 60,000 steps in a week. I will have to sneak in a couple of 10,000 steps to reach that goal!

Since I got my FitBit, I have tracked not only my steps, I have tracked my sleep too! I can see why I am so tired some days! I can also see some of my friend’s steps on the FitBit site. I can tell you that I feel REALLY good when/if I pass one of them and I am challenged to reach others; although, one of my friends does like 21,000 steps a day.  Hey – you never know! 🙂

The last frontier in my personal life of tracking is going to be my food. I have not done very well at that yet. I track breakfast and then I do not track for the rest of the day. Tracking at work is another thing and I need to bump it up there too!

Do you track, and if yes, what do you track and what tools do you use?  If you do not track, why don’t you?

AffirMINTion: I am a tracker!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?
http://tinyurl.com/WhatchaWaiting4

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says…. tracking will help you achieve your goals…. AND I LIKE IT
Are you tracking?

 

 

 

 

 

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And Now for the Rest of the Story

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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10,000 Steps and ‘The Gift’

January 20, 2014

01/19/2014
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 6,000 steps per day (3,356)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (46.03 miles so far) or 98,206 steps so far this month

Good morning, Mintdom!

So I am sure you have heard that it is recommended that we walk 10,000 steps a day by most health authorities. Do you know how this came about? The figure actually came from the 1960’s in Japan when a professor of health and welfare, Yoshiro Hatano, PhD.  tracked active walkers. His research team determined that the average man burned 300 calories – by walking about 10,000 steps; thus, was bornthe manpo-kei (translation: “10,000 steps meter”) or what we call the pedometer. Next time you are playing a  trivia game, this fact might come in handy!

Speaking of aiming for 10,000 steps, I have bumped up my daily step challenge to 7,000 steps. I will have to work hard on this challenge. After accomplishing that for 5 days in a row, I will bump it up to 8,000!

On another note, check out this awesome story of my Auntie Marion’s young neighbor. My Aunt is a wonderful person who has been one of the most popular town figures in Bemidji, MN. Just to give you a little idea, she still gets 250 trick or treaters (this year she came home from where she is staying to hand out full size candy bars). Katie is the kind of friend that Auntie Marion attracts. Katie is giving my aunt the most precious gift of her time and energy- what an inspiration. Thank you, Katie!

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

AffirMINTion: I want to remember to give the gift of my time.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says…. it is important to give to others… AND I LIKE IT.
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God or a Quick Server…

January 15,2010

01/13/2014
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 6,000 steps per day (6,896)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (34.87 miles so far)

01/14/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (11 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (7,576)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (38.84 miles so far)

Good morning Mintdom!

Last night I went for a quick dinner with a friend. It was a nice evening. My girlfriend left first, I paid the bill and I was just pondering whether I should finish (like one sip) my one glass of wine or leave it (how many of you have ever had to have that conversation with yourself LOL). Before I could make up my mind, the server came and snatched it up and was gone. The decision was made for me and it was a good one. Sometimes God (or a quick server) can do for me what I can’t do for myself!

“There are limits to self-indulgence, none to restraint.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Have you ever had a debate like that with yourself? If yes, who won?

AffirMINTion: I am practicing restraint

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 learning the art of restraint… AND I LIKE IT!
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Tennis Shoes and Tiaras

January 6,2014

1/3/2014 and 1/4/2014
I did not meet my goals, and especially 1/4

1/5/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (28 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,096)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (11.79 miles so far)

Good morning!

After not meeting any of my goals for two days, I am back and it feels GREAT! Actually Friday, 1/3 was close with some of them. Friday was the night of our office Best Year Ever Party. Lots of glitz and glamour! Since the holidays I have been wearing tennis shoes all the time because I have a tracker on one that counts my steps and my activity. I debated and debated and in the end, I wore my black tennis shoes with the hot pink soles. To off set the shoes, I also wore a tiara. My mom used to tell me that you had to suffer for beauty. While my pride suffers every time I wear tennis shoes; it shoes how serious I am about staying on the right path AND I was probably the most comfortable person in the room! Even though I did not make my step goal that night, I am not giving up!

“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – James Crook

AffirMINTion: I am willing to step 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 says…. it is haircut time… AND I LIKE IT!
haircut due

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Happy New Year – 2014!

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year Mintdom!

I am so excited for the New Year. I know that 2014 is going to be a GREAT year – maybe one of the BEST years EVER! For the second year in a row, I have a word for the year. My 2014 word is Legacy. I want to leave a good legacy for my family, friends and community. My focus for the year in everything that I do in my spiritual, family, financial, business and personal life will have to do with my legacy. Now that theme should keep me on the straight and narrow. LOL

One of these goals is to have a Clean House – Mintdom Clean. I do not mean that I am just going to clean my house. I mean that I am cleaning and organizing my life. I want to have a clean house emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and have my house and car clean too! Of course, my ultimate goal in my life is to lead a healthy lifestyle and I will be posting progress reports often. I am never giving up on this goal.

Lastly, one of my goals for the year is to complete writing my first book. I am very excited about it. I have some good plans to get me unstuck. I will let you all know. . I should have a very busy year this year!

Of course, I would be remiss in not sharing my exciting news that my oldest daughter is expecting a little girl in March! My youngest daughter and I will be heading to North Carolina as soon as we hear that she is in labor. Whoo hoo!

Thank you all for being in my life and for all the love and encouragement that you guys so generously give to me. I am grateful to each one of you. I hope this year bring you and yours much good health, happiness and success.

AffirMINTion: I love a Mintdom Clean House and I will have one in 2014!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

 A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says…. We are back… AND I LIKE IT!
We're Back!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can You See Your Dad in the Video?

Good morning Mintdom!


My dad is all of these dads in the video and more.  Before my dad retired, he was a high-powered executive. He went to White House dinners, met with CEO’s of large companies and traveled the world. Through it all, even as a self-centered teenager, I knew several things:

He loved my Mom

He loved his family

He loved his country

He loved his community

He loved his home

He loved me

My dad did not just say he loved, he showed it every day. My dad lived his love and devotion and all of these things remain the same today. Can you see your dad in the video – I can and much more

Happy Fathers Day , Dad  yesterday – I love you so much!

AffirMINTion: I want to follow my dad’s example

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to

Life is Good!

PS Yesterday, I also got to celebrate with one of my brother’s for Father’s Day – love you Jeff! Happy Father’s Day to my other brother – I love you too Jon!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says…. appreciate your dad and all he does every day… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!