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Being the Model

I'm being a healthy role model, even when no one is looking!

Daily Affirmation: I make thoughtful decisions about nutrition and fitness that help me achieve my goals.

8/10/15
Struggling a little bit as I cope with the loss of a friend to cancer. It sucks, no doubt about it. July just wasn't good for me. I'm digging my way out of a hole after experiencing all time lows in June. Phooey. I just started the Cize Beachbody dance program. It's fun, a big calorie ...
I'm being a healthy role model, even when no one is looking!

Daily Affirmation: I make thoughtful decisions about nutrition and fitness that help me achieve my goals.

8/10/15
Struggling a little bit as I cope with the loss of a friend to cancer. It sucks, no doubt about it. July just wasn't good for me. I'm digging my way out of a hole after experiencing all time lows in June. Phooey. I just started the Cize Beachbody dance program. It's fun, a big calorie burner!

7/27/15
I tried the 21 Day Fix Extreme, my first experience with a Beach Body program. I like the portion controlled meal planning and most of the workouts are good, but they are workouts, so it's not something to get excited about! Each workout is only 30 minutes, so they're over before you can throw in the towel...most days anyway! I'm missing my Zumba for cardio.

6/29/15
I weighed in at an all time low again today. I'm doing this!

6/1/15
Okay, I'm ready to get out of the 210's already! I can do this. I need to buckle down on the evening calories and stick to my fitness streak. I'm going for 13k steps a day and doing Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred three days a week in June. Huzzah!

3/18/15
I'm out of the 210s! I'm 208.2 today. ONEderland is once again in sight.

3/3/15
6 months. That's how long it took me to firmly get out of the 220s. That's also how long I've been bumbling around in the 210s. Time for a change of scenery!

11/6/14
I had a cumulative loss of 1.8 pounds in October. What's not in that number is all the dedication and determination. Despite getting sick at the beginning of November, I plan to lose at least 4 pounds in November, which will bring me to 40 pounds overall...a new milestone achievement!

10/17/14
I'm struggling to break 220 for good. I've been hovering between 218 and 220 for some weeks now. Eating a sensible number of calories in the evening remains my greatest challenge. I did the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge and it worked! I don't know how, but something clicked and I no longer add natural or artificial sweeteners to my food or drinks. I need to find/create a challenge that fixes my evening eating.

8/1/14
I'm still learning, are you? I learned that I'm a green smoothie Rawkstar! I've been doing a 10 day smoothie cleanse and it's amazing. I also recently started DDP Yoga. I can't wait to take some after shots of my contortionist skills! Look out!

6/11/14
I discovered that I always lose weight when I travel. Why is that? Because I make healthy choices, even when no one is looking. So, that's my new motivation and motto: Be the model!

5/31/14
Another month comes to a close. Where am I? I maintained my weight this month, but I made progress on many fronts, including working out every day and adding strength back into my routine. Night time eating continues to be the monkey on my back.

4/25/14
Operation Lean Body, Kind Heart: Lose weight and retain/build lean mass while losing weight. Be a better spouse and friend.
Time for an update! Still maintaining in the 230s, working hard to move the needle. Another Boeing on the Move Challenge starts next month. It's nice because my Fitbit is already synced with the website they use to track our fitness. I added a new elliptical and rowing machine to my home gym. And that, my friends, is the last I need to spend on fitness. My focus now is to use the tools I've got and pay attention to the foods I eat. We know how this works. Time to put it all together!

11/29/13
I managed to maintain my weight this year. Thanks to planking, I also improved my ability to do real push ups. I got my PMP this year and my daughter got engaged.

9/2/13 Operation Bifurcate Brenda - it's on! Mission: Distinguish between the old and the new. Lift up the new Brenda with the great attitude and passion to excel. Put passive, couch potato Brenda in her rightful place in the backseat. Life is no longer a spectator sport!

6/15/13
I'm back in the 220s and determined not to retread this path again. What's changed? It's hard to explain. I know I can do it, so I'm doing it. I'm on a trajectory of about 1.5 pounds lost per week since May. My Facebook group started a weekly weigh in challenge and it's motivated me to lose. We also have a fitness challenge that kicked off at work last week. It's the perfect storm to lose, lose, lose!

3/3/13 Week 105
I turned the page on a decade last week. I'm starting Year 40 off right. I lost 4 pounds the first week. I'm doing my best to eat fresh and move often.

1/5/13 Week 97
I sort of checked out after Addee graduated from bootcamp. I regained half of what I had lost. But I have a plan and I'm working the plan *wink and a nod to Irish*

10/15/2012 Week 85
I'm still here! Still maintaining the 30. I took up a push up challenge today. I completed 72...working my way up to 100 consecutive push ups.

8/21/2012 Week 77
After being buried by an overwhelming workload, I've dug my way out and am doing fairly well! Despite being MIA for most of June, I managed to maintain my 30 pound loss. I should get something for that, right? That's a pretty big deal considering all the stress and lack of fitness. *generous back patting here* Awesome job maintaining! Now it's time to focus on that next 30..or the next 5, if breaking it down is more manageable.

4/21/2012 Week 60
Woo Hoo! I lost 30 pounds! ONEderland is in my sights!

3/31/2012 Week 57
I'm losing again, albeit slowly. 1/2 pound per week since the beginning of January. I'm back to my pre-holiday weight! After 19 weeks of purgatory, I'm ready to make this train move a little faster!

2/25/2012 Week 52
What I've found in my first year of Sparking: a pervasive healthy attitude.

2/12/2012 Week 50
"To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on. "

~Chaucer, A Knight's Tale

12/31/11 Week 44
Good grief! What a set back the holidays have been. Oh well, this is life! I'm still taking credit for the 20 pounds I kept off. If I do that five years in a row, I'll be at my optimum weight :)

11/19/11 Week 38
Still figuring things out and maintaining a 25 pound loss. Whew! The gym was a bust. It's just not my thing right now, maybe not ever. I lost 10 pounds during the 16 week Inspire Challenge. I'm not dropping weight like mad, but I'm trending in the right direction.

11/8/11 - Week 36
I'm still rockin' the Zumba..trying some new things at LA Fitness. I'm down 29 pounds from February.

10/1/11 - Week 32
I discovered Zumba in September. I go twice a week and am already noticing an increase in my stamina and flexibility!

8/26/11 - Week 26
Oh my gosh! I achieved my 20 pounds lost goal PLUS I made my August goal one week early!

8/14/11 - Week 25
I'm amazing myself! I've lost 2 pounds in two consecutive weeks. One more pound and I claim the 20 Pounds Lost Trophy. Woot!

7/29/11 - Week 22
Getting it DONE! I'm down 15 pounds. I hope to have a big breakthrough in August. I'm back to 45-60 minutes of cardio every day and being more disciplined with the food tracking.

7/4/11 - Week 19
I've kept off 13 pounds, a little under a pound a week. by biking at least 30 minutes, participating in a fitness challenge at work through the end of July, and half-heartedly tracking food. Still figuring out a fix for evenings.

6/2/11 - Week 14 Update
I recalculated when I started this odyssey and figure I've lost 15 pounds so far, a little over a pound a week.
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Member Since: 2/25/2011

SparkPoints: 69,617

Fitness Minutes: 66,636

My Goals:
Weight Goals
02/24/11 - 254 - DONE
12/31/11 - 234 - DONE
12/29/12 - 237 - DONE
12/29/13 - 240 - DONE
12/31/14 - 222 - DONE

2015
01/31/15 - 217.2 - DONE
02/28/15 - 215.2 - DONE
03/31/15 - 211.0 - DONE
04/30/15 - 211.8 - DONE
05/31/15 - 211.4 - DONE
06/30/15 - 209.4 - DONE
07/31/15 - 211.6 - DONE

My Program:
Things I love: Green smoothies, whole foods, hot yoga, Zumba, bodyweight resistance training (pushups, planks, wallsits)

Personal Information:
I'm 5' 5", 42 and live in Seattle with my loving husband. We have three grown daughters, a cat, and a new grand baby.


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JUNESHOPE
7/29/2015 12:45:28 AM

Thanks for the tip about coconut aminos. emoticon



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SPARKELSTAR
7/28/2015 6:55:01 PM

emoticon Hi Brenda!!!

I haven't tried that one... I tried the Avacado Basil Pesto Sauce...
I put in 1 Cucumber, some Fresh Basil Leaves, & some Avacado...
1/2 Avacado I think... Then, I ADDED QUITE A BIT of Some Italian Garlic Paste , made by Amoré. I was fully Ready to Sauté the Zoodles, but I was ASTONISHED!!! I LIKED 'EM RAW w/ that Sauce!!!

To answer U'r Question... Sadly, My Beau Remains Strictly a MEAT & POTATOES kind of guy. If it weren't for me, I doubt he would Ever Eat Anything Green!!!

Too Bad, cuz 2 of Our Sparkologist's Husbands had HEART ATTACKS, just THIS ROUND!!!

I started the Morning w a Fresh Young Coconut, & some Mango... Fortunately, at least the Beau likes Tropical Fruit. He's from Tonga & is pretty set in his ways. Oh well, at least he mostly Supports me in Doing This!!!

Let me know how U'r Recipes go.. I made some Salad Dressing last night, similar to the Basil Avacado Pesto & I ADDED PARMESIAN CHEESE... PROOF, GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!!!

xoxo ❤ Constance in Berkeley, CA / SparkelStar emoticon



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SPARKELSTAR
7/27/2015 3:02:55 AM

emoticon Hello Brenda!!!

So Glad U tried & liked one of Kristina's recipes!!!

I made her Avacado Basil Pesto Sauce, which I put over Raw Zoodles (Zuccini Noodles, made w/ my New Spiralizer - Less than $25 at Walmart)... I couldn't believe I was eating Raw Zuccini!!! (I put some Italian Garlic Paste in mine, that wasn't in her recipe).

Also, I made her "Nice Cream" in my Food Processor several times (Peach/ Banana, & Raspberry/ Banana). It went SO WELL & was SO TASTY, that I bought a Dessert-Bullet. The Dessert-Bullet makes it even EASIER & it's REALLY FUN!!! ($38 at Walmart) I took it over to my mum's along w/ some Frozen BlackBerries & Bananas the day before yesterday... She had so much Fun w/ it & confessed she'd been having ice cream bars almost daily lately, so she had me go out & get her one too!!! Hard to believe I'm eating just Fruit... No Sugar, No Dairy!!! (I do know Bananas have a High Sugar Content... But, unlike Ice Cream, ~ 1 Banana & ~1 cup of Fruit & I'm Satisfied... With ice cream I always want More!!!)

It's AWESOME to find Someone w/ So Many Recipes, who's so Artistic!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

xoxo ❤ Constance in Berkeley, CA / SparkelStar emoticon

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SPARKELSTAR
7/26/2015 6:25:22 PM

emoticon Hello Brenda!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

SO GLAD U ALSO LIKE FULLY RAW KRISTINA!!!! emoticon
I find her YouTube Videos & Photos on Pinterest & Instagram ALL FABULOUS!!! emoticon

& THX SO MUCH for Checking Out my YouTube Station!!! emoticon emoticon

As far as Portions, she doesn't usually talk about Salad Dressing Portions because she generally advises to stay away from All Oils... No oil, not so much of a worry.
She says she usually eats a big Rainbow Salad (Huge!!!) each night, w/ Several HEADS of Greens!!!

I would direct U to one of her Videos where she does discuss portions but I've watched So Many, I can't remember which ones discuss what!!! On my YouTube Station, I do have Several of her playlists saved... A 21 Day Chalenge, & 14 Day Bikini Body Challenge. Sometimes I had trouble finding some of her videos, but if I'm looking for something what I usually do is type "Fully Raw Kristina Salads" on the YouTube Browser Search... Or "Fully Raw Kristina Salad Dressing".

All her stuff is so COLORFUL & ARTISTIC emoticon that it just ALWAYS INSPIRES ME!!! In one of my YouTube Videos I describe her as my Mentor & New Best Friend (even though she doesn't know I exist) just because I find her so INSPIRING & SUPPORTIVE!!! (By the way, I'm not even Vegetarian, let alone a Fully Raw Vegan... Still, I LOVE Kristina because she simply Encourages people to shoot for 1 Raw Meal a Day &/ or Incorporate more Colorful Fruits & Veggies into their Diet!!!)

Always Great Seeing U'r Blogs!!! emoticon emoticon

xoxo ❤ Constance in Berkeley, CA / SparkelStar emoticon

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SUSIEGKORN
7/24/2015 12:43:04 PM

I have a busy day today so may not get to blogging till later if at all, but I wanted to check in with you. Did you remember your lunch today? LOL

I'm spending the day with life-long friends ~ a family of sisters that I grew up with. One of their daughters is getting married in October and the bridal shower is tomorrow. Today, I get to meet the groom's mom from Rochester, NY. I've been FB friends with her for over a year now so can't wait to meet her in person. We're meeting at Balcucci's Winery to do a food tasting for the rehearsal dinner, then heading for a little day trip to Astral Glass in a small town near my hometown. Excited for the day, and will be mindful while eating out today.

TGIF and have a happy weekend!



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