Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Moonwalk Challenge Nears the Finish Line

The 6-month Moonwalk Challenge is coming to an end and my hardworking team has proven we are much better at walking than raising money for worthy causes. It looks like we'll exceed our goal of walking enough miles to circumnavigate the moon, but we've raised a pitifully small amount for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.

I've personally walked an average of 26 miles a week. With more than 500 miles under my feet, I'm one of the lowest mile people on my 10 person team. I feel bad for only raising $225 for the cause. I'm glad I don't earn my living via fund raising. Clearly, I'd be unemployed.

MS is a horrid disease that strikes both children and adults. I personally know two adults who were struck in their prime. Neither is a close friend, but it is still difficult and humbling to watch relatively young people fight to keep normalacy in their lives while an unseen predator saps more of their physical abilities each day.

Accelerated Cure is a four star charity working to find the cure that will eliminate MS. You can help!

Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit public charity. When you donate to the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (which is rated a four star charity by Charity Navigator) via this link: Donate Here your tax deductible donation (US tax payers only) will go directly to the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Also if you enter “Logica” in the message/comment box after you’ve entered your credit card details, our team will receive recognition for your kind donation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Week #3 - Pound a Week and 6-month Moon Walk Challenge

This has not been a good week. I only logged two hours in the pool, seven miles walking and the numbers on the scale are still rising. Since starting the moon walk challenge in June, I've gained nearly twenty pounds. I joined the pound a week challenge determined to reverse the trend. To say I was angry this morning when I checked the numbers would be quite an understatement. On the bright side, I did decide to behave like a grown-up and not throw the scale through the window. I didn't even throw it in the trash. Instead, I gave myself five minutes for pouting, followed by ten minutes of planning. Next week will be better.

I have a big decision to make. One of my co-workers in Chicago has started training for a triathlon. Swimming is his weak spot, so every day we're in the hotel, he'll spend time in the hotel pool. Another co-worker may coach him. Do I dare squeeze myself into a bathing suit and swim along? I love swimming, but no one I work with has ever seen me in a swim suit. The closest they've come is seeing vacation photos of me in my dive gear. I don't think I can do it, but maybe I can find out what time they're training and log some hours at a different time. I have to do something different. Walking alone is obviously not working.

Steve's tip this week is about Isometric Exercise. Check it out.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Week #2 - Pound a Week and 6-month Moon Walk Challenge

Week 2 has come to a close and I'm going backwards! Too bad the goal isn't to simply make the scale change by a pound every week. I'd be doing great then.

I mentioned on KK's blog that I walked more than 20 miles this week and managed to gain weight. After I pushed the save button, it occurred to me that I shouldn't just spout off numbers like that when I have a pedometer and can be more accurate.

So how far did I walk over the last 7 days?

Friday - 1
Saturday - 1
Sunday - 2
Monday - 4.5
Tuesday - 4
Wednesday - 5.5
Thursday - 4.5

Looks like 22.5 miles! On a side note - any guesses which days I was in Chicago with its temps in the mid-80s and which days I was roasting in Houston?

So 22.5 miles and a gain of 1 pound. This brings to mind a visit to the doctor's office when I was about 11 years old. My mom wanted him to recommend exercises for me. His suggestion? Try pushing away from the dinner table sooner. I didn't fully appreciate that advice then, but I think it might be time to give it a try.

Steve's tip for week three concerns setting a timer when you sit down at a computer so you remember to move at least once an hour. He also shares an entertaining story about his adventures at Target. I can put this week's tip to good use when working in Houston. However, when working is Chicago, I'm generally in a conference room with 10-15 other people for the bulk of the day. We don't take hourly breaks. My first reaction was - well I can't use the timer in Chicago. My second thought - hmmm, wonder what they'd do if I got up once an hour and walked around the room. It might be fun to find out.

I'm off to celebrate my success in the moon walk challenge with a stroll around the block. While walking, I'll be thinking of ways to improve results in the pound a week challenge.

What challenges have you set for yourself and how are you doing?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week #1 - Pound a Week

The first week of the great Pound a Week Challenge has come to an end. How did I do? I'm probably cheating a bit as I didn't weigh in until Friday morning (instead of Wednesday), but I did manage to take off a pound. I'm going to stick with Friday weigh-ins from now on, so I'll be out of step with the group, but, for various reasons, Fridays work better for me.

This week's tip from Steve - take the stairs! My first thought when I read that tip was "I already do that!" However, on further thought, I don't always take the stairs. In fact, in one building I frequent, I don't even know where the stairs are. I plan to find more stairs to climb this week.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

6-Month Moonwalk Challenge 2011

I’ve volunteered to raise money as part of what is called, the 6-Month Moon Walk Challenge. I am a member of a team of work colleagues committed to walking 3 miles a day for the next 6 months. When complete, my team will have walked approximately 6,800 miles or the circumference of the moon. There are 4 other Logica teams taking up the same challenge for 4 different charities. My team is walking for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis which is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the cure of MS by facilitating research that determines the causes of MS. I hope that you’ll help by donating any sum of money to this worthy cause.

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system affecting over 400,000 people in the US and 2 million individuals worldwide. MS often results in severe disability including the inability to walk, impaired vision or in some cases blindness, cognitive dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, extreme fatigue and other serious symptoms. Unfortunately, no one knows what causes Multiple Sclerosis, there is no known cure for the disease, and treatments are modest at best.

Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit public charity. When you donate to the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (which is rated a four star charity by Charity Navigator) via this link: Donate Here your tax deductible donation (US tax payers only) will go directly to the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Also if you enter “Logica” in the message/comment box after you’ve entered your credit card details, our team will receive recognition for your kind donation. Once a donation has been processed you will receive an email that serves as a receipt for your donation and may be used to apply for a charitable contribution tax deduction on your US federal income tax return.

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis as your charity of choice and feel free to forward to anyone you think might like to know about this organization.

Let’s be a part of finding a cure for MS.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pound a Week Challenge

This morning, in my 4 AM stupor, I signed up for Steve Mancini's Pound a Week Blog Challenge. I missed the blog part - - - was focused on the challenge of losing one little pound a week. It sounds so doable. So, I signed up. Then I read the guidelines and learned I'm supposed to blog about the experience. So here I am...blogging because I signed up. Haven't done anything else, mind you. But I've committed.

In the introduction, Steve introduced the idea of eating a bit slower, taking time to actually taste food. And here's a novel idea - - - if you find you don't particularly enjoy what you're eating, stop eating it. That sounds easy enough.

The other tip was a small lifestyle change that I'd already incorporated for a different challenge. The tip is


When you drive to the store, park further away from the entrance.

The reason I'm already parking further away from the entrance? That has to do with that other challenge I mentioned earlier - the Moonwalk Challenge. More on that tomorrow. I'm off and running, er, walking.

Friday, April 15, 2011

National Health Care Decisions Day

"April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day -- an invaluable opportunity for families across America to begin to make informed health-care decisions or revisit the decisions that have been made. And, imparting a lesson learned from my recent experience, I implore everyone to start the process of advance-care planning for yourself. Figure out what you want, document your wishes, inform your loved ones and urge them to do the same."

- Kristi C. Guillory
attorney, health policy consultant and freelance writer
full article here.