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A Healthy Dandelion is a Happy Dandelion. :)

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A Healthy Dandelion is a Happy Dandelion. :)
Swap Coordinator:hollycm6 (contact)
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Number of people in swap:4
Location:International
Type:Type 1: Electronic
Last day to signup/drop:March 12, 2011
Date items must be sent by:April 10, 2011
Number of swap partners:1
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Another of our famous self-improvement swaps!! I just can't seem to get myself back exercising regularly, and I NEED TO!!! It's Spring, and the weather should start warming up in most of our DandelionZones ... so there's NO EXCUSE. (not that there was an excuse before...)

Exercise DAILY for a full month. (You are allowed 5 'Weedy Days'... these are the days when the Dandelion feels more like a weed than a useful blossom, and simply can't move!) It doesn't matter what the exercise is, as long as you know you have given it your best shot for the day. PM your partner daily if possible, OR at the end of each week if you prefer, and give her your update. He month begins Sunday March 13 and ends Sunday April 10.

Remember, it is not healthy to work your body hard, and in the same way, every day! So to do this swap effectively, you will need to learn to budget your exercise time accordingly. Your exercise can be a five mile jog, a triathalon, a ten minute walk, a two hour walk, five minutes with hand weights, or sit-ups during your favorite sit-com... your call each day.

Re: rating this swap... if you feel your partner has seized the spirit of the swap and has been trying to exercise more regularly, she should get a five. If you feel she has been needlessly sporadic, a three would be in order... but OUCH, talk through it first.*

(*) Unless I am your partner. If I am your partner show NO mercy, offer NO quarter, and give me NO grace. I need to earn my five, please. That's the point. Without the threat of a one I won't do it. PS... I will start strong but after a week I may try to wheedle my way out of it. DO NOT ALLOW THIS BEHAVIOR. :)

Discussion

Loonstruck 03/10/2011 #

You're on Holly! My 12th wedding anniversary is at the end of this challenge and this would be a fabulous gift for both my husband and myself!

thehappyhoneybee 03/10/2011 #

Gifts to one's husband of one's self...tee hee.

LadyStephanie 03/11/2011 #

I'm in. No pain, no glory.

LadyStephanie 03/11/2011 #

Okay, so I'm not into pain. But there's no time like the present.
I did 30 minutes on my exercise bike this morning. Wahoo!

hollycm6 03/11/2011 #

You rock!

Loonstruck 03/11/2011 #

What do you think about walking the kids to the park (6 blocks away) and playing with them, then walking back as exercise?

hollycm6 03/12/2011 #

I was wondering today about walking the dog, etc. I almost said you should have to break a sweat... but I'm not sure I would do that doing sit ups in front of the TV...

I think anything that is decided movement, that you normally wouldn't be doing, that is on a more difficult scale. (like, not leisurely walking at the pace of a four year old, but yes a long walk and exerting effort at the park, pushing the stroller at a clip or keeping up with kids on bikes...especially if you haven't been already doing that every day.) If YOU feel like you exerted yourself, then count it!!

What do you think?

LadyStephanie 03/13/2011 #

Yeah, what Holly said. So do we start today.....sweet!

Loonstruck 03/13/2011 #

I agree with Holly.

Sadly, I don't walk my kids to the park that often. It's mostly a spring/summer thing so I haven't done it in months. We live on steep hills so walking anywhere in our neighborhood is a bit of a chore!

hollycm6 03/13/2011 #

Sorry I was late in assigning (as usual!).. get working, ladies! It's 9:21 PM and I haven't done it yet... so I am off to walk right now!!!

I know you each only have one partner but any of you are free to PM me as well (or e-mail) and I promise to answer... we need all the encouragement we can get. :) Now... go get healthy, Dandelions!

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