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It is a New Year.  To eliminate difficulty finding where to comment due to the length of the last blog, I thought I would start a new page to have a fresh start.  New Year, Fresh Ideas,New Goals ,Reboot, Recharge.  Hopefully New Participants  For those who are able to, (some members are going through medical issues and pending surgeries) I think it is time to focus and get back to our challenges. 

'The original idea was to "get moving" at least 4 times a week, staying accountable to each other.  Post your accomplishments in the comments.   Any activity counts, as long as you get off your butt and get your heart pumping.  Who knows, maybe we'll lose a little weight or a couple of inches in the meantime.  I am doing a shout out to those who previously participated. If I missed someone please add their name.  There were a lot of comments to go  through to come up with this list.   We had a lot of fun and learned a lot from each other with over 2519 comments.  

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Here is the link to the original blog if you have questions about the guidelinesLet's Get Moving Challenge 


Happy 2018

Posted by stmand92 Jan 1, 2018

Happy New Years!!! Hope all is well. Keeping it short today, not a great start to the new year and I haven’t been able to get I out of this funk all day. I have not turned back and am still going strong with my quit. I hope you all have a great year and that you remain strong. My busy season is here but I hope to stop back in to say hi


Slow and Steady

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Nov 29, 2017

I have a regular routine of going to the rec center to EXercise with "the seniors".  Like I am not one, right?  I guess we are all working off that ham, turkey and potato salad.  I hadn't been since before the Thanksgiving holidays.  I am getting back on track.  This morning I did not want to go but I knew I had to no matter what.  Ugh!  Push Pull  Sometimes we have to push ourselves a tad in order to keep it MOVING regardless of our level of motivation .   There is a great sense of  accomplishment when we overcome the lack.  For me going is a way for me to interact with others.  When I walked in there was an announcement about the Christmas Potluck.  ugh!  I am sick of food right now.  My best friend told me I had to SIGN UP!!!!  Welcome back from the holidays and into another one. 


I did the usual calisthenics (cardio) and started my run/walk. As I was running I could see someone out of the corner of my eye behind me, my friend Kathy and her 3 yr old granddaughter Nylah trotting along.   After a lap grandma stopped running but Nylah and I kept going.  Nylah challenged me to go faster BUT I knew I  had to keep my consistent pace or I would/could not finish.   You can equate that to the process of quit smoking.   We have to keep going at a steady pace and not try to rush the process.  One day at at time.  When I am running sometimes I have to tell myself.....One step at a time.... one foot in front of the other just to keep going. The seniors sitting on the bleachers edged me on, teasing that I was letting a 3 yr old out run me.  I said she is younger than me.  I would not fall for it I knew I had to keep this consistent pace or I would be out of breath.  Sometimes we have to be a turtle to keep going no matter how slow.  It is about endurance not speed.  So endure what ever it is you have to to get where you want to go.  No matter what you are attempting. Be sure.  Be steady.  It will make it easier with less stress. BTW Nylah ran circles around me . She had more energy than I could compete with.  I had to do me, no matter what I could not go at her pace. Lesson here...Do your own thing.

We took a break, shared water, a turkey wrap. and great conversation for a 3 year old.  She asked me how did I feel.  I told her I was HOT.  She said.  "I am glad you are hot!  She responded telling me exquisitely she was "comfortable"."  Moving her arm up and down while expressing how she felt.  I am sweating and she is "comfortable."  SMH and laughing inside not knowing  what she is going to say next and not wanting to miss it.   She asked if I was tired? I told her no that I was refueling.  She sat with me and asked loads of questions.  What a nice conversation with a 3 yr old.  Then we got up and started again.  This time she ran at my pace and she stayed close imitating my movements.  We ended with stretching together.  She was so funny mocking my grunting when I stretched.  What a blast!  I was so glad to have gone to the EXercise class with "the seniors".  I got to met Nylah.  I hope she remembers me.  Some blessings come in small packages.    lol. 

I've been almost 2 months of smoke free. As of October 6th, 2017. In my 2 months of being smoke free I've been walking around breathing better. My clothes and hair don't stank anymore. I'm happy to say that I am blessed to be smoke free.

Stopped on 05 June 2017. 116 days without cigarettes. 14 Days from 130 days. No cheats. 14 Days on Patches. There after cold turkey. The "flat tyre" story helped me through stressful times. Non smoker has a flat tyre, gets out of the car and changes the tyre. A smoker has a flat tyre, gets out of the car and lits a cigarette, while starring at the flat tyre... Guest what? The tyre is still flat. Moral of the story. Nicotin is a horrible addiction and does not help you cope with anything. Cigarettes does not help you to cope with stress, anger, frustration or to be sociable. It help to maintain weight and I have gained weight and it is not nice, BUT you gain so much more, such as money in your pocket, savings on insurance and medical aid, 3-4 hours a day, self respect and easier breathing. Health is a problem still. Lower immunity. Struggling with bacterial infections, runny nose, sneezing and been diagnosed with 100 days cough. I smoked for 5 years (2nd attempt). Unrealistic to think that I will recover my health quickly. So from a non smoker- YOU CAN DO IT without dying in the process. Hahaha.

Day 11

Posted by Delania215 Aug 3, 2017

Im feeling pretty good so far just a bit more tired than before..exercise is still in the new routine, pleanty of water and healthier foods..but from what I have been told and have read is that in the beginning you become more fatigue because you're brain is like rewiring it's self..makes sense I always smoked it was a part of my everyday routine and now I have to get a hobby  

Good Morning Movers and Shakers.  Today is a new day. I hope everyone is feeling great.  My body take a few minutes to get MOVING.  So I am having coffee right now and planning how I am going to MOVE. I have been invited to a state of the art gym at NASA.  So I am forgoing my morning EXercise and wait.  Anyway let’s get PUMPED up no matter what we are going to do.

 The second order of business is to set the record straight.  I did not initiate this challenge.  I merely posted because there was no activity since it had been suggested by jdesco311   I haven’t seen them lately and it appears that I have been “unofficially” appointed to head this up mainly because I want to keep it going.   On that note….this is not a one wo/man show.  This is a group.  It is about all of us. 

 The third order of business is to help eliminate confusion.  It has been suggested by Giulia to post the challenge in one place.  To keep it simple we will post the challenge in _Let's Get Moving Challenge . This in no way limits the conversation when someone post about their move. If you would like to blog, comment, have a conversation, post pics whatever is going on in your MOVE feel free to engage in any shape form or fashion under the group Exercising and Health.   To also help,  if I start a conversation the link will also be in the post.Let's Get Moving Challenge .


 I AM PUTTING THIS OUT HERE AGAIN.  If you have suggestions to make this better, please feel free to let me know.  If you want to remain confidential you can inbox me and I will open a discussion.  The idea is to keep this MOVING.  Agreed.  


There are four challenges each week to meet.  The challenges are at your own pace.  If you want to do more that is up to you.  Do the best you can at whatever you do.  The most important thing is to be safe. NOW LET’S GET MOVING!!!!.


Get Movin' 6/18/17

Posted by Diannnnn Jun 18, 2017

Today I biked 2.17 miles in 20 minutes around 1:30p.  Wanted to keep going mentally, but the wind was brutal and I was worn out.  After I returned home, I realized that duh, I hadn't eaten anything but a Special K Nourish bar (which are like having a candy bar for breakfast) about 11am and had a Starbucks Double Shot around 10am.  How am I doing on that whole nutrition thing do ya think?


Are these weeks running Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday?  


And what did you guys do today, or am I the only one behind this week?


I Like To Move It Official Music Video - YouTube 


Just so you too can have this song stuck in your head! I know, I am too're welcome.  



A new day and a new beginning.  Everyday should be just that.  A new day, a new way, a new beginning.

I guess you all know that I am so EXcited with this new challenge thing.  jdesco311 thanks for the grand idea and bringing it to life.  Now it is very important that we keep it going or MOVING to be exact. It does not matter what you are doing, as long as you are "moving".  By the way AND whatever you can move. (Note for the Old Lady Caravan or  old lady buddies".  No offense taken.kristen-9.7.15  Me not included. lol  The challenge is within you, just like quitting smoking it is inside of us.  So let's start a new day with a new beginning.  If you can change your stinkin thinkin you can win.

FYI I did my #2 challenge for week two yesterday.  Low and behold.  I did my cardio, and my usual run walk jog and my tracker wasn't charged so I did not get the accurate count.  Uusally I do about 6500 steps doing those activities.  Anyway My # 2 Challenge is met I am going to do the #3 today.  I will update you when it happens.  

I would love for this group to continue and not fall by wayside so if anyone has any idea how to make this more user friendly or any other ideas please offer your suggestions. Mark your input is welcome.  Thanks.  I think it is important to continue to improve our lives along with being smokefree.  

Peace out.

 Let's Get Moving Challenge

Youngatheart.7.4.12, Strudel, gregp136, elvan, Thomas3.20.2010, Nancy95,Iamkfaz, jbliesmerBonnieBee.quit.2.8.15, Giulia and anybody else that wants to join. I believe this is an open group. 

Has anyone started the #1 Challenge for the week?   Nah nah nah nah nah.  I did.  Stepped 12229 steps yesterday.  Did 20 minutes Cardio and walk/jog 49 minutes.  Are you up for the challenge. jdesco311.  Anybody else?  Hellooooooo!!!!  Iamkfaz, jbliesmer, BonnieBee.quit.2.8.15,@Nancy95, Strudel, @Thomas

Let's Get Moving Challenge 


Oh What a Feeling

Posted by shashort Jun 8, 2017

Whew Wee I am finally starting to feel like me again.  These past few months with all the restrictions and can't do's have finally come to an end for now.  Today I got the GO AHEAD to resume normal activities that I used too do.  Woohoo went to swimming pool today and did water aerobics, walked the lazy river and soaked up some good vitamin D from the sun and enjoyed spending time with friends. Wow I feel like some normalcy back into my life. Oh what a great feeling!!  The best is I kept my quit safe through all these life happens moments and have 391 days of freedom. Making a commitment, saying NOPE and SINAO will get you success.  Thanks to the everyone for all your love and support through all these days. 

Today is a happy day darn it!   I've been smoke free for 38 days today.  I've been on my pity potty just moping around.  I get home from work and lay down and watch television all night.  I sleep the weekend away.   I have no interest in doing anything at all.  Sometimes I don't even want to leave the office because there's nothing to look forward to when I get home.  (I used to sit on my beautiful deck and have a wonderful glass of red wine with my smokes, before I start dinner).  Not anymore.  It's the depression I experience ever time I quit.   For those of you who don't know me, I've quit many times (one time for four years!)  It's like there is simply no more enjoyment in life.  I can't enjoy a glass of wine because it is my number one trigger -- alcohol.  I've learned that lesson  more than once.   I'm far from an alcoholic, but I do enjoy going out and having a few drinks on occasion (in addition to my glass or two of red when I get home).  I haven't had a drink since my quit date of May 1, 2017.   BLAH, BLAH, BLAH...


BUT NOT THIS TIME!!!!!  No, no, no.  This time I'm going to do something different.  I refuse to go down the same road.  What's that famous saying by Einstein?  "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?"  Well, insanity no more my friends.  I've decided to get off my couch and get my lazy butt moving.  This weekend I'm going to start living an active lifestyle.  I used to enjoy hiking, biking and kayaking and I do none of it anymore.  Everybody says that one of the best things for depression is getting outside and exercising.  Spring and sprung and there is no better time than now to start this challenge.


I'm looking for fellow Ex'ers to join me in my activity challenge.    I'm calling it the "Let's Get Moving" Challenge because I hate the word exercise.  Not only do I hate the word, I hate actually exercising.  LOL.  But really, all joking aside, I really do hate it.  But, I know it's the best thing for me.  I don't want to fail again.  I will fail if I don't try something different to get me out of this funk.


So, I challenge all of you to join me.  I'm going to try to "get moving" at least 4 times a week.  I'll stay accountable to all of you, which in turn will make me accountable to myself.  I promise to post my accomplishments and I welcome you to do the same.  Now that it should be easier for us to breathe, whadda-ya-say?  Do you want to take this journey with me?  Any activity counts, as long as you get off your butt and get your heart pumping.  Who knows, maybe we'll lose a little weight or a couple of inches in the meantime.