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6,612 Baby Steps!

Posted by The Mint on January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

01/06/2014
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 6,000 steps per day (6,200)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (14.81 miles so far)

01/07/2014
H2O Challenge: Drink 8 glasses of water per day (8)
Exercise Challenge: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise per day (18 minutes)
Step Challenge: Walk 6,000 steps per day (6,612)
January Challenge: Walk 50 miles this month (17.99 miles so far)

Good morning, Mintdom!

I have made over 6,000 steps, three days in a row. I am even impressing myself! Two more days in a row and I will up it to 7,000 steps. My goal is to make 10,000 consistently. Taking baby steps seems to be working for me (sometimes I make my steps really tiny so I get more in LOL). Normally, I am much more aggressive when I start exercising; however, I also end up injuring myself and quit. Also, I am learning to fit my exercise into my lifestyle instead of adapting my lifestyle to my exercise. Every time I add something, I ask myself if I can do this every day for the rest of my life. So far, the answer has been, yes. On the down side, nothing is happening overnight. I’ve been at this for 79 days now. I am just trusting the process right now. Have you ever tried this approach? If not, maybe you should and see what happens.

“The principle is competing against yourself. It is about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” ~ Steve Young~

AffirMINTion: I am taking baby steps on the path to a healthy lifestyle

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 takes baby steps every day… AND I LIKE IT!

Minty is improving on her sleep!
improving sleep jan 8 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is Minty Fresh!

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Hitting the Reset Button

Posted by The Mint on September 4, 2012

7/09/2012 – 11,057 steps
7/10/ 2012 – 7,252 steps
7/11/2012 – 10,145 steps
7/12/2012 – 5,015 steps
7/13/2012 – 10,614 steps
7/14/2012 – 5,724 steps
7/15/2012 – 5,462 steps
7/16/2012 – 5,754 steps
7/17/2012 – 6,909 steps
7/18/2012 – 11,206 steps
7/19/2012 – 5,075 steps
7/20/2012 – 11,067 steps
7/21/2012 – 3,145 steps (yes that is correct)
7/22/2012 – 5,348 steps
7/23/2012 – 7,290 steps
7/24/2012 – 6,084 steps
7/25/2012 – 5,278 steps
7/26/2012 – 5,483 steps
7/27/2012 – 5,042 steps
7/28/2012 – 5,454 steps
7/29/2012 – 5,922 steps
7/30/2012 – 4,034 steps
7/31/2012 – 6, 184 steps
8/1/ 2012 – 5,476 steps
8/2/2012 – 3,421 steps
8/3/2012 – 4,093 steps
8/4/2012 – no data
8/5/2012 – no data
8/6/2012 – 4,026 steps
8/7/2012 – 5,532 steps
8/8/2012 – 5,417 steps
8/9/2012 – 4,446 steps
8/10/2012 – 6,113 steps
8/11/2012 – 2,289 steps
8/12/2012 – 3,420 steps
8/13/2012 – 5,956 steps
8/14/2012 – 5,465 steps
8/15/2012 – 5,923 steps
8/16/2012 – 5,711 steps
8/17/2012 – 9,247 steps
8/18/2012 – 4,312 steps
8/18/2012 – 6,772 steps
8/19/2012 – 5,432 steps
8/20/2012 – 6,743 steps
8/21/2012 – 6,671 steps
8/22/2012 – 4,962 steps
8/23/2012 – 4,092 steps + 1 hour of water aerobics
8/24/2012 – 5, 798 steps
8/25/2012 – 3,475 steps + 1 hour of water aerobics
8/26/2012 – 6,703 steps
8/27/2012 – 7,102 steps + 1 hour of water aerobics
8/28/2012 – 6,241 steps
8/29/2012 – 5,392 steps
8/30/2012 – 4,885 steps + 1 hour of aerobics
8/31/2012 – 7,044 steps
9/1/2012 – 3,297 steps + 1 hour of aerobics
9/2/2012 – 7,243 steps
9/3/2012 – 5,477 steps + 1 hour of aerobics

Good morning Mintdom!

<;;;;walking tentatively into Mintdom>;;;; It has been a long time since I posted – mainly because I did not feel like I had anything to share or was not willing to share; however, I missed being here and ALL of you. Even more so, I NEED all of you and the accountability that I get from writing regularly; therefore, I am hitting the Reset Button again.

The nice thing about the Reset Button is that it is always there and you can hit it anytime and as many times as you need to. There have been times that I hit that button more than once a day! The Reset button is nice, too, because once it is hit it is a FRESH START! The mistakes I made are in the past and are good only as learning experiences.

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” – Anne Sullivan

Have you ever needed to hit the Reset Button? Would love to hear your experience.

AffirMINTion: I will continue towards my goals!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

Minty is at the ER Vet this morning as she swallowed a vitamin tablet and needed medical attention. 😦 I am sure you will hear from her soon.

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Minty Mondays: Again and Again!

Posted by The Mint on March 19, 2012

03/19/2012

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori

My mom says… never give up on your dreams… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

I AM Serious!

Good morning Mintdom!

I am still wearing my pedometer and I will not bore you with a step count however, my steps are a low of 4,200 and a high of 11,339 steps. I normally stay in the 5,500 to 6,000 range. Looking at this, I need to step it up! LOL The one thing that I DO, do well when it comes to moving is that I keep putting that pedometer on and I keep working at improving.

I think I get that persistence from my parents who are of tough Minnesota stock. For example, my mom just had a hip replacement in January and she has amazed us all by her perseverance in getting back on her feet. She did everything right with determination and without complaint. She has been walking without a cane for a few weeks. My dad had chest pains on Thursday, his doctor admitted him to the hospital and on Friday AFTER a battery of tests had a stent put in. My mom was at his side the whole time. He was out of the hospital on Saturday, and ALL this is in the midst of getting their house ready to put on the market this week!

On a little side note – when my dad had his first EKG they told him he had the EKG of a 20 year old. After the Nuclear Stress test, they told my dad that he had an EKG of a 30 year old. I told my dad that he better get out of the hospital before he turned 40! BTW, my dad is actually 80 years old! He is a GREAT example of perseverance – he has exercised daily for his life!

I think this video is a GREAT example of perseverance.  http://youtu.be/wWt3CmSIcKA

AffirMINTion: I persevere.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!



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Renewed ComMINTment!

Posted by The Mint on August 15, 2011

08/15/2011 – Walked and talked with a good friend

Good morning Mintdom!

After last week’s conference on personal growth, I am renewing my comMINTment to my health. For me, this was a life-changing event. Par for the course, it seems that I keep reading things that reinforce my comMINTment for instance, I just read; “Improvement cannot happen without change”. One of the big changes that I have comMINTed to is to turn off the TV.  Although I have not been able to disconnect from the company yet because I have 10 months to go on a two-year contract with them, I have not watched any TV since I got home.  I am telling you, it has been a blessing for me.  I have not missed it at all and I am so much more productive with my time.  I also made a new comMINTment to Weight Watchers again and of course to walk 3 days a week and swim 3 days a week.

I admire the main speaker for the conference.  He really ‘Walks the Talk’.  What a great example to follow. This morning, I walked and talked with my good friend, Ann. I understand that, that is not exactly what ‘Walking the Talk’ means, but I just had to use it. LOL

Simply setting a goal is not enough. In order to reach a goal, you must take action, and if “ImproveMINT cannot happen without change” what one change will you comMINT your actions?

AffirMINTion: I love being TV free!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Every accomplishMINT starts with the decision to try.” – Unknown

My mom says that she made a comMINTment to turn the TV off… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
 

  xoxo
PS: Although I liked my new friends, I really love the one on one attention at All Aboard Dogs while my mom was away.

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I LOVE MONDAYS! (Shouting)

Posted by The Mint on August 1, 2011

08/01/2010
Good morning Mintdom
I love Mondays; it is the start of a brand new, fresh week! This Monday is even better because not only is it the start of a new week, it is the start of a new month, and I have had a GREAT start for this week and month.  I got up early and walked, a mile. I just got new shoes so I am breaking them in. By the end of the month, I hope to be walking at least 2 miles in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, my plan is to swim or do water aerobics.
August is a good month in other ways too.  This month I am attending with my sisters, a personal growth seminar.  I can hardly wait!  Dave Ramsey and author, Jon Gordon (The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, The Seed – and others) are the speakers!  I am so excited!  In addition, it is my youngest sister’s birthday and Becky and I will be on hand to celebrate with her!  Whoo hoo!
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~Maria Robinson~
I cannot tell you how excited that I am at this new prospect. I think August is going to be my month to make great strides towards a healthy, balanced life! What kind of week and month will you have?  Are you in need of a fresh start? You can start today, Monday, August 1, 2011.
AffirMINTion: I am creating a fresh new ending today.
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 we can start our day over anytime… AND I LIKE IT!
Life is Minty Fresh!

I love my life!

xoxo

I love my life!

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Reaching Goals – Are You Reaching Yours?

Posted by The Mint on June 6, 2011

06/06/2011

Good morning Mintdom,

I had a good week last week as far as exercise goes.  I went to the pool and swam on Sunday, Monday and Saturday.  I am going to try to add another day this week. I am working my way up to five times a week.  I know it has only been a couple of weeks since I started swimming again but I swear I already feel more energy!

Yesterday, I bought some fresh (local) vegetables that I plan to cook them on the grill.  I will let you know how that works out.  I want to step up on my vegetables. The US government has come up with a new symbol for food guidelines.  Instead of the food guide pyramid, the government has come up with a plate is divided into the proper proportions. Check out www.nutrition.gov – it is an excellent resource for healthy eating guidelines.  In order for me to meet my summer goals (see last week’s post) I need to immerse myself in healthy people, places and things. This week I am upping my vegetable intake and eating one fruit, which I have not bought yet!  Stay tuned!

If you have goals, what are you doing to reach them? To help me reach my goals, I have them written, I do a vision board that I keep in front of me, and I have started a visual or some call it a dream journal. It has more than physical health ideas and dreams in it.  It also includes my emotional, financial and spiritual goals.  I even have some farfetched dreams – who knows – maybe one day it will come true! Why don’t you take some time today to write down your goals or if you already have them written down, take time to think about them?

AffirMINTion: I work towards reaching my goals each day

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don’t like to do.”~ Albert Gray

My mom says that I need to add fun to my goals…. AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
                                                

xoxo


   

Having fun with my toys!

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The Pool is Open – Goals – Seed Planting

Posted by The Mint on May 30, 2011

05/30/2011 – Memorial Day
Good morning, Mintdom,
I just love that the outdoor pool is open!  It is not big enough for swimming; however, it is GREAT for treading water, and socializing.  I like to go swimming in the indoor pool and dry off outside.  It will be easy to go swimming after work now – yeah!
One of the reasons why I need to get stronger is that I am going to a conference in San Diego in August.  I really need to be stronger for that and the pool will help me prepare for a lot of walking at a large convention center. One of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon is going to speak.  He is author of several books, including The Energy Bus, The No Complaint Rule, and his latest, The Seed.  I am including a link to Jon’s latest book, The Seed. I strongly recommend it. I am so excited about seeing him! In addition, Dave Ramsey is speaking – maintain a working budget is also one of my struggles.  I hope to get some insight as to how to overcome some of my obstacles to keep that in order.
My top five summer goals are the following:
1. Work up to swimming 5 days a week
2. Work up to walking 3 days a week
3. Eat fresh, whole foods
4. Maintain my budget
5. Have fun with family and friends!
I actually did not have to list number 5; that is easy for me to do.  Minty and I LOVE to spend time with family and friends.  It is good though, because that is something that I KNOW I can check off easily, and checking off things on a list feels so good!  On a side note – I usually bring a list to the grocery store, and if I ‘forget’ to put something on the list before the store, I add it IN the store so I can check it off!  Unfortunately, it is something that I probably do not need to buy! LOL
Do you have summer goals that you would like to share?  What is your top goal? I would love to hear your answers.
AffirMINTion:  I plant the seed of good health each day!
Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.
What are you waiting for?
Life is good!

Finding Purpose and Passion at Work and in Life!

Minty Mini MoMINT
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today” – Author Unknown
My Mom says… I am her beautiful little flower girl, inside and out… AND I LIKE IT!
Life is Minty Fresh!
 
 xoxo
Flower Girl!

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Small Beginnings Again :)

Posted by The Mint on May 23, 2011

05/23/2011
 
Good morning Mintdom,
 
Minty and I had a rough night last night as she was sick and I had hot flashes – what a duo! I did want to get this off to you this morning, as it has been a week since I wrote, and I am trying to be more consistent in my writing.

I did go swimming again yesterday.  It was a week since I swam too.  Rather than beating myself up for not going more often last week, I decided that it was a baby step to getting back to exercise.  I guess some might think that this is a justification and perhaps it is a justification, or rationalization. I can tell you though, I feel like it was an accomplishment, and I am looking forward to doing two days this week rather than feeling bad about myself.

“All great things have small beginnings.” – Peter Senge

My plan for this week is to attend water aerobics on Thursday. What sort of things do you do that help you meet your goals, especially big goals?

AffirMINTion: I take small steps each day towards meeting my goals.

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 I will feel better soon… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh! (Still)

Tummy Ache 😦

 xoxo

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It’s NEVER Too Late!

Posted by The Mint on May 16, 2011

My mission is by sharing my journey towards a healthy balanced life; it will encourage and empower people to take charge of their own lives.

05/16/2011

Good morning Mintdom,

I know that I have not been consistent about writing lately. Mainly, it is because I do not have a lot to say.  I do not have a lot to say because I have been off the wagon with my exercise and often with my diet. Of course, it is my choice not to do what I know I need to do and so I have no excuse.  The only way I can explain it, is that frustration took over my desire to be healthy.

Yesterday, I made the decision to start again. I did a few things that I believe will help me to continue.  I made the decision, I did not turn on the TV until late in the evening, and I took action by going to the pool and swimming.  I cannot tell you enough, how good it felt to be doing something; almost as good as it feels to write this morning.

Above is my mission statement; it is the reason that I write Mintdom. It is the reason why I write the good, the bad, and the ugly! I want you to know that at times I fall.  I also want you to know that when YOU fall, it is ok to get back up. It is even OK if others SEE you fall. 

I am right there with this song. http://tinyurl.com/GetBckUp . I REALLY hope that by sharing my journey with you through Mintdom it gives you strength and encouragement in your own journey.

AffirMINTion: I am determined to be healthy!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
~Author Unknown

My mom says that it is NEVER too late… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

It's Never Too Late - Right?

xoxo
It is Never too Late

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Making Right Choices Today!

Posted by The Mint on February 8, 2011

02/02/11 – 10 Minutes of Exercise –Strength Training Legs + Arms + Chest Added (sort of) – H2O – 8 – 4,000 + Steps
02/01/11 – H2O – 8 Glasses – Strength Training Legs + Arms + Chest Added

Good morning, Mintdom!

I am a little behind the times, I know. I have been out of focus for a few days AND I lost my pedometer. I know it seems silly, but that pedometer seems to kick-start my day. I will get another one today after work. Jeepers!

The (sort of) behind the strength training above is because I did not complete the last exercise. I have been doing this exercise lying on a ball, and the last time I did it, Minty jumped on my chest and would not let me continue! LOL Last night I did it standing up. I know there are always solutions and no excuse for not doing them; it is simply my choice. I am now choosing to focus again. 

             “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” –Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

Today is a fresh new day, and I am excited to exercise, drink lots of water, eat healthy, track it all, and most of all, stay positive!

AffirMINTion: I choose to live a healthy lifestyle!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?*
tinyurl.com/WhatchaWaiting4

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My Mom says… getting some good sleep is part of a healthy lifestyle… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

*My mom also says…listen to the song above to encourage you to live healthy now

I love my beauty rest!

xoxo

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