AffirMINTion, Health and Fitness, Mintdom, Weekend Edition

Reward Your AccomplishMINTs!

09/25/09 – 4,568

Food Journal – Yes

09/26/09 – 5,440

Food Journal – Yes

Welcome, to the Weekend Edition of Mintdom!

I think you can see that I am struggling with getting my 6,000 steps in.  I only hit my goal three out of seven days.  Looking back at the weeks before though in September, I actually did better this week then others except for the first week when I went over every day except two and I had two 10,000-step days!  Am I losing momentum?  Maybe a little bit.  The beauty of keeping track though, is that I can see what is going on.  I have no illusions.  Today is day 90 of keeping track on the calendar.  I certainly have not lost momentum on my tracking.  Wow – I just did 90 days of doing something consistently!  <Patting myself on the back> I think I need a reward for that.  Hmmmm I suddenly see a flaw in my program.  I have not come up with a reward system for myself.  I am going to have to think about that for a little while.  Do any of you have any ideas?  Rewards need to be healthy, fun (anyone who knows me, knows that I am all about the fun!), and inexpensive (or FREE).  What kinds of things do you do to reward yourself?  Please feel free to share with me here, or on Mintdom.  It is easy to comment on Mintdom.  Just click on, go to the bottom of the subject that you want to comment on, type in your comment and click Reply.  It is easy!  I cannot tell you how therapeutic it is to post and think about the many people you will help.

Since I started on, it has helped me go deeper into my program.  There are many forms of support.  There are articles, videos, and the wonderful Spark People that share the ups and downs of their journeys.  Many of you know that I am not a Yoga person, and that not long ago I tried it again.  I found out that my mind did not match what my body could do.  Today, I found a Yoga video on that I can actually sort of do.  Here it is for anyone that wants to try it. It is from the Livestrong website that is another great site.  I hope that you at least take a peak at the sites that I give you here.  I understand that it takes time, but don’t you think that you are worth the time it might take? I believe we ALL are worth taking time out to do something good for ourselves.

Speaking of doing something good – as I am writing this, I am listening to a beautiful CD by Moonlit in the Sun.  It is their latest CD called Happy Interludes, and it is just that – a very happy interlude.  I wish I had a picture of the cover – even that is happy!  If you go to you can buy a copy.  Moonlit in the Sun is a local group, and you can often hear them at First Friday in Leesburg.  They are available for weddings and receptions, and we just had them play at a broker open for a special property that we are selling.  Anyway, my something good is listening to their beautiful music as I write.

Happy Interludes
Moonlit in the Sun Happy Interludes: Carla Deniz,Viola/Violin; Nancy Prestipino, Piano; Alban Deniz, Violin; Valerie Wride, Cello (not shown)

Now I am off to continue to work on my speech for Toastmasters tomorrow.  The title is ‘See What you Want, Get What You See’ – I will let you know how it goes!

AffirMINTion:  I take time for myself and I reward my accomplishMINTs!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to

Life is good!

Fun Stuff, Health and Fitness, Mintdom, Weekend Edition

The MintBlitz!

09/19/09 – No Data

Food Journal – Yes

Welcome, to another Weekend Edition of Mintdom!

Ok, there is no data from yesterday because I did not even put on my pedoMINTer (Michelle <smile>).  I slept in until 8:00 yesterday and I got productive right away by making my bed.  I had a nice smoothie for breakfast, and got ready to go to the pool.  I walked out the door and it was actually TOO cold to go to the pool.  I chose not to walk too.  I figured I would go to the pool later in the afternoon when it warmed up, and if it did not warm up, I would swim in the indoor pool.  After 2:00, I made it up to the pool.  It was beautiful!  I finished the book I was reading “Training Camp” and decided to go in and swim.  Well, I never made it inside.  I saw a girlfriend and we ended up sitting out in the sun for the next hour or so, and then I ended up going home.  Therefore, yesterday did not walk, swim, or go to gym.  Do you see a lesson in all this?  I certainly see it.  The lesson for me is, ‘Do It Now’ or it will probably not get done. Jeepers – September is looking a little skimpy on the exercise.  I need to really need to have a Mint Blitz until the end of the month, which is only a little over a week away.

My Mint Blitz starts or I should say, started today in the form of my retreat with myself.  (To see retreat schedule, click on MintBlitz tab) My daughter Patsi laughed and said that most people call this alone time.  She asked me if I was going to put signs up on my doors to designate which room had which activity!  Well, I am not putting up any signs, but I am having different activities.  I learned my lesson from yesterday, and I started by making my bed before it cooled off, got dressed in gym clothes, turned on FitTV , and did a cardio workout WITH my pedoMINTer on.  I did the low impact exercise because my knee is giving me a fit, and I am getting nervous now that the doctor might tell me to stop, so I am babying it.  I still had a GREAT workout and worked up a good sweat.  I am going to try this for a while along with swimming a couple of days a week after work.


I also discovered the best site that I have come across.  It mixes health and life goals together, and the BEST part is that it is FREE – EVERY part of it is FREE.  It began when Chris Downie started an auction site that was so successful that EBay bought it.  Now Chris’s mission is to Spark people to meet not only their health goals and to lose weight but any other goals you have in mind, AND he has already spent $5 million dollars of his own money to do this.  Watch this video for more details.

Fox News Video Sparks People
Fox News Video Sparks People

The site is  It is such a robust site, AND you get points for meeting your goals, which perfect for us Facebook game people!  My name is TheMint2 (TheMint was already takenL) and if you decide to sign up, please write that TheMint2 referred you because I get points!  LOL!  Anyway, it is an amazing site, started by an amazing man – try it today.

Well, I have six minutes before my next retreat activity, so I will sign off for today.  Try FitTV and Spark People – I promise it can help you.  Now… on to my next activity – cleaning out the refrigerator!

Make it a MintBlitz day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!