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In Sorrento, Italy on our honeymoon.
I really need to start making the scale go down and not up. This photo is a bit of a wakeup call (I'm the tall one on the right). I look pudgy and droopy. Time to track food for real and naybe buy a better bra!
Nothing like a great pair of new shoes for instant motivation!
Apparently 2 someones think I'm gorgeous. I'll take it!
At my daughter's 2nd birthday party, May 2016
Just finished my workout. Felt great!
Yesterday - so close to 10k!
Practicing single legged squats while waiting for my allergy shot. #multitasking #getthoserepsin
3 day streak of meeting my 10k steps. Let's try for 4!
Cleared by the physical therapist to try running again! First time in at least 6 months, probably longer. Tiring but felt good!
So ... I am 40 cals over my goal for today. But I had the following successes:
- exercised for 66 minutes, including my first jog in over 6 months
- reached 10k steps for the 4th day in a row
- forewent chocolate cupcakes for dessert on favor of tea and fruit
- AND lost 1.4 lbs since Monday.
I'd call that a successful day!
A good day for stepping!
Standing desk today in an effort to get to my 10k step goal. It doesn't add much, but every little bit counts. #getupstandup
Way too tempted to eat the peep off one of these cupcakes in the breakroom. Send encouragement. #staystrong #justsayno
Victory yesterday! I love when it flashes green to show I reached my goal!
Walked, didn't drive, to the farmers' market. You find beautiful things when you walk!
Thanks to the spring 5% weight loss challenge and especially my Fitbit workweek hustle challenge for inspiring me.
Look who I saw on today's walk around the office complex! #everylittlebitcounts
Delicious healthy lunch: romaine salad with broccoli and radish sprouts and blue cheese, topped with salmon. Oil and vinegar dressing. Fruit for dessert. All produce from farmer's market. Yum!
Vacation in Puerto Vallarta
That moment when you're over your calories for the day, and then you realize you forgot to track a 45 minute walk ... And you're within calories again!
Another 1.1 lbs down. Slow and steady reaches the goal!
Present from my husband! 😍
Question: here is my weight tracker from the app. How do I get everything before April 1 to disappear? I'm doing well since I've recommitted but would like to make the old weight gain stop showing up (on my body, too, but for now just asking about the graph). TIA!
Well, didn't win my workweek hustle challenge, but I'm on the podium!
Survived a trip to McDonald's and still on track!
Beautiful hike with the family enjoying the last of California's super bloom and ocean views!
Ready for a beach bike ride and lunch with an ocean view!
Healthy, protein-pqcked lunch of poke, seaweed salad, and brown rice at the halfway point of my beach bike ride! 🚴🚴🚴
Refreshing grapefruit mint water with ingredients from my garden.
Hey, look! I didn't want the rest of my cereal so I didn't finish it! That's huge for me!
In other news, cold cereal isn't a very good breakfast for me. I need to be better about preparing breakfast the night before: baked oatmeal, chia pudding, or something else that fits my breakfast criteria of slightly sweet, cereal-y, but also protein packed.
Summer is coming!!! (But I didn't buy any peaches today - they'll be far more delicious next week.)
Somehow convinced that I look chubbier around the midsection today than yesterday. Couldn't have happened, right?
Healthy and fresh lunch in the spring sunshine!
Searing grouper for dinner. We usually have salmon - hope this is yummy!
Mid-walk treat from my favorite coffee shop. Cold-brewed coffee with about 1 oz of half and half = 39 calories of delicious refreshment.
Phew! Swimming is one of the best (and most exhausting) full body workouts I can think of!
My hard work has been paying off this month! Down 4.5 lbs.
Seasonal fruit bowl on the counter!
Such a beautiful day for a walk! Here is one house we saw on our way. Gorgeous roses, perfect weather!
These shorts were too tight to wear comfortably a month ago; now they fit great! #NSV Next step, tighter abs too!
Today was a great day for stepping!
Remains of a delicious brunch eaten al fresco: breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, laughing cow cheese, and Trader Joe's turkey bacon on a whole wheat English muffin. Grapefruit half for "dessert". So satisfying!
My daughter was painting with Grandma over the weekend. What a fun fridge we have today!
Enjoying some relaxation in the front seat while someone small and cute snoozes in the back :)
Getting ready for the week: zucchini and tomatoes for roasting, sweet potato soup in process, and onions and peppers sauteing in the back for thick and hearty black bean soup.
Healthy snack under 200 Cal, full of protein and some fat: 2% Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries and cinnamon. 🍓🍓🍓
I have been doing Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates abs for two days now in order to get rid of some of this bulge. Very sore abs! Let's see if I also get visible results.
Canned salmon salad for lunch, eaten with celery instead of a fork. Watermelon for dessert. Lots of protein and healthy fats!
Summer fruit is here!!!
Back to jogging again! (Ok, intervals.) Over 1 mile, and over my 10,000 steps for the day. Nice and sweaty. #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Pilates abs - day 3!
Today's try at a healthy protein m–filled lunch: spinach salad topped with leftover salmon and sprouts, cup of hearty black bean soup with labneh, tangerine.
Using my daughter's dance studio time to do my physical therapy leg exercises. Stronger every day!
My colorful lunch! #tastetherainbow
Didn't want to go to the gym but did anyway. 10k steps, 1.5 mi. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Mushroom soup simmering, and black bean chilaquiles ready to go into the oven. #cincodemayo
Empty gym here today on Cinco de Mayo. But I showed up! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
So close to winning this challenge! Do I have 4000 more steps in me before 10pm?
My old scale (left) stopped taring. Hello shiny new petite friend!
Well ... I really wanted to win my work week hustle challenge, but the other ladies were stepping and I just couldn't pull past them. But I beat my personal best! #smallvictories
Yummy treat! Steak salad :)
Things I didn't eat today:
- birthday cake
- tortillas and rice from fish tacos
- CUPCAKES! (In a cupcake chandelier too!)
Workout done, 10k steps reached.
6 min elliptical warm-up
25 min leg exercises and other strength training
23 min jogging intervals + cool down
I got a trophy yesterday! Thanks Jerri and other fellow scarlet dragons!
Lunch: poke, Brussels sprouts salad with dates, broccoli salad with ricotta salata. Yum!
First outdoor run with couch to 5K app. Run periods were shorter than I have been doing on the treadmill,so I ran into the walk intervals a little bit. If I keep with this program, I'll be doing an all running 5K (or at least 30 minutes straight) in 8 weeks! 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️
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I always feel a bit lost when my Fitbit is charging. Hope I don't forget it today - I'm in two different challenges!
My family eats cereal for breakfast, but it's not a good breakfast for me: too many carbs, two little protein, and too easy to overindulge. Today: baked oatmeal! Packed with Greek yogurt, eggs, and protein powder, as well as healthy carbs and fiber from oats and coconut, plus chia seeds and flaxseed meal, it's a great, filling breakfast that keeps me going until lunch.
Afternoon treat for only eating 2 bites of the kids' Nutella crepe.
Because of spark and my Fitbit challenges, I forced the kids to walk (not drive) to and from the farmers' market. Healthy and fun for everyone! And I am almost at 10k steps!
No run today, but 7 miles on stationary bike. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Couch to 5k day 2. Harder than last time!
Look what I found at the supermarket today! Cherries are here!
Not sure what this flashy green screen means on my Fitbit app, but I know that I like it!
Lunch prepped for tomorrow's long day at work: big salad with salmon, cherries, assorted veggies, fruit, cheese, and yogurt. Yum!
I bonked on my evening walk - ran out of blood sugar (I guess I didn't have enough dinner!), but I did get an award!
And, now I'm within my calories!
Workout time truncated due to preschool mother's day festivities. But they were super cute! Now for an extra fast workout.
Fastest run pace 5.5! I prefer to run outside, but there's something to be said for the consistency of the treadmill. #running
I'm officially down to 180.5, which is below my official pre-pregnancy weight. Down a total of 6.5 lbs. Still have more weight to lose, but can't blame on the kids!
This is the first time in over a decade that I have really felt I can make a difference in my weight. What an amazing feeling!
I'm currently leading in my workweek hustle Fitbit challenge. (Enjoying it while it lasts!) #fitbit #10ksteps
I won one!
Goofy curly hair after an evening jog! I got to go while my husband and relatives cleaned up from mother's day dinner. Aww. Couch to 5k day 3.
The benefit of hosting mother's day dinner is leftovers for lunch the next day!
- salmon topped with pesto and pistachios
- beet salad with parsley and feta
- roasted asparagus
- fruit salad
I also made walnut raisin bread, but there were no leftovers of the loaf! (And strawberry pie, but didn't bring that to work 😋
Happy belated mother's day, everyone!
Excited and inspired to see a runner shaped like me on an ad for Women's Running magazine. Maybe I can be a real runner after all!
Low on time and couldn't make it to the gym, but I fit in Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates abs and 9-minute arms and shoulders workouts. I definitely feel the burn!
Chicken prepped and ready to stick in the oven before this afternoon's workout. Healthy dinner for the week: ✅
Crêpe at the farmers market: lunch of champions!
View from my treadmill today. C25k day 4. Fastest run pace 5.6 mph. Made me perversely proud to see I was faster (when running) than the people on either side of me. #running
Lunch was yummy - a Mexican-style salad with carne asada, brown rice, beans, a little cheese, and lots of salsa. But I'm full, so instead of finishing it, I'm going to save the rest for later. #smallvictories
Was at work from 8am-8pm but still managed to get 10k steps and stay within calories! #winning #smallvictories
My royal walking partner for this morning's trip to the library and grocery store.
So, I bought a bra online. Now it's a little weird that every time I look at Spark on my computer (even at work), I get images of bras. Um ...
Healthy treat for lunch: spicy poke!
Beautiful run today - my first on the strand since my surgery. (It's concrete - hard on knees.) feels great so far. Can't believe I get to exercise in such a gorgeous place! This is why I want to run!
Happy birthday to my daughter! I may be on a mission to eat healthier, but I can still make a beautiful cupcake for my daughter's birthday. (I'll sample it but will try hard not to finish mine.)
Had one bite of cupcake (plus the tastes of whipped cream I snitched while frosting). Now here's my delicious dessert.
Today's healthy goals:
- eat within my calories, preferably at the low end of the range
- get 10k steps to win my five (!!!) Fitbit Goal Day challenges
- wear lots of sunscreen and don't get burned at the beach! ⛱⛱😎😎☀️☀️🌊🌊
Treats for everyone! (Mine is the coffee :)
note - my kids don't have treats all that often, but I really do believe that in order to form a healthy relationship with food, they should eat 80-90% healthy (which we do at home) and then truly enjoy the treats they get, with no guilt.
I feel a bit self conscious about wearing this form fitting dress, but it's a hit day, and gosh darn it, I'm going to do it anyway! In any case, it's the jewelry that really makes the outfit :)
Had one bite of the buttercream frosting (my kryptonite), and said no to the rest! Hadn't planned to have any, but that's how it goes ...
Healthy lunch: chicken apple sausage with a big green salad and cut up veggies. Tastes great after saying no to bagels, cake with frosting, and mimosas at a birthday party. My husband's suggested caption: this is what I'm reduced to eating!
Today's run was on the greenbelt (wood chip trail). Hot weekend, but not too hot to run at 5pm. C25k week 2 day 3. 🏃🏃🏃 #sweatyselfie
Extremely unfocused and unproductive morning. Hoping a chance of scenery and some caffeine will help.
Couch to 5k week 2 day 3 repeat. Phew! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfie
Look who decided to join me for morning toothbrushing and squats! #morningmultitasking
Summer berries are here!
Another Tuesday, another family walk to and from the farmer's market. 🚶🚶🍓🍑🍏🍎🐟🍿☕️🍒🥒🥕🥑🥚🍊🍋 #healthymom
I was a rockstar today!
Snakes prepped for the workday.
Alternative use of the flip belt: it holds my keys when I run, and also holds ice on my injured knee while driving.
OK, I love hot dogs as much as the next person, but this is NOT a balanced meal. Where are the freggies?
Happy anniversary to my main squeeze! 8 years of marriage today - here's to many many more healthy years to come. ❤
Officially out of the 180s and feeling amazing! Now time for my workout.
Couch to 5k Week 3 day 1. Runs are now 3 min long - much more difficult. But I'm progressing! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Gorgeous and healthy lunch of leftover salmon over a green salad with sprouts, radishes, and sprouted lentils. 😋
Off to San Francisco!
A wonderful first day of our trip. Here's to day two!
What a beautiful breakfast at this B&B! (There's also breads, quiche, cottage cheese, etc.)
Today was a great day for stepping!
Good morning! Back from our short vacation and back to eating sensibly and mindfully and fitting in bursts of exercise when I can. (And no more 25k step journeys across San Francisco, waah!) #morningmultitasking
Happy Memorial Day! First day of the summer season here in the US!
Booyah! (Ok, it helps that I chose a heavy walking weekend for this challenge, but still!)
It doesn't photograph well, but overnight, this will turn into delicious chocolate peanut butter Chia pudding for breakfast tomorrow.
Here's what overnight chia pudding looks like in the morning (with strawberries). Yum!
Farmers market day treat!
Leftovers of a delicious and healthy dinner: seared salmon; salad with sprouts, raw turnip, and blue cheese; and red carrots. Not pictured: tomato soup (from a can - what can you do?).
Had sort of a grumpy day. Over calories, despite eating only good choices, and under my 10,000 steps. But I know how to fix that! #letsdothis #gymratandproud #running
In fact, I DO feel better! Endorphins FTW! Couch to 5k Week 3 day 2. #running #sweatyselfie
Mini inspiration board inside a picture frame I made at moms' camp. The text around the side is hard to read, but it says. "I will run a 5k in 2017!"
I clean up good and can totally impersonate a competent professional. I am really convinced my waist is more defined than the last time I wore this :) #smallvictories
So weird - I realized today that the gym is actually my happy place!
I'm still hungry after a small dinner, so I'm having a healthy protein packed dessert: Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and Splenda stirred in, topped with strawberries. Tastes decadent, but full of healthy ingredients.
Some new bathing suits and summer dresses. Hope they fit! (And several hundred dollars with of food ...) #costco
Lunch for two al fresco! (Canned salmon salad, veggies, fruit, iced tea.)
My fave summer snack: cottage cheese with fresh fruit, sprinkled with sprouted lentils.
Couch to 5k Week 3 day 3. This was hard - I think I didn't eat enough beforehand and bonked during my cooldown. But I'm proud of myself for doing it!
Very excited about tonight's salad, which feature spinach, strawberries, pistachios, radish sprouts, and red onions soaked in icewater to remove the bite. Also chicken and fresh corn! Shabbat shalom!
Another workweek, another workweek hustle won. These small rewards help when the scale doesn't change!
Physical therapy drills completed while waiting for kids to leave the synagogue! #multitasking
Doggie cake in process for tomorrow's birthday party for my daughter!
Stretching after #running. Couch to 5K week three day two, but I was focusing on longer runs - up to six minutes – and slower runs. Still felt very hard today, possibly because I didn't take a rest day in between runs.
Lots of energetic dancing at tonight's Bar Mitzvah reception! Phew!
Wanted to post a different shot so you could see both the awesome Fosse-esque hat (a dancing prop given out at the party) as well as my fabulous necklace and awesome cleav. I so rarely get to embrace the low neckline look these days!
Happy third birthday to Mila, who loved her doggie cake!
Gym bag packed so I can fit in a workout after work! Healthy snacks packed too! And leftover cake to feed my co-workers and get it out if the house!
Fresh and healthy treat for lunch!
Intervals! I was cleared to register for a 5k, so I ran for a longer distance - 5 min running, 2-3 min walking recovery. #running #sweatyselfie
Healthy snacks and dinner prepared for a long day at work!
This made me smile. Hope it does the same for you. Have a wonderful weekend, Spark brothers and sisters!
Quick and healthy treat before the gym. #pokelover
Today I learned why is a bad idea to go for a jog right after lunch. Uurgh! Jog cut short. #sweatyselfie Maybe I'll fit in another run later tonight, but more likely tomorrow.
A breakfast worthy of a restaurant! Whole wheat English muffin, laughing cow light cheese, sunny side up eggs, and lox topped with sprouts.
My goal is 10k steps/day. I've hit that goal every day since May 16! #streakpower
The best cure for a bad mood? A run! 3.1 miles of intervals not counting warm-up and cool down. 5k here I come! #running #sweatyselfie
Need inspiration to exercise?
Lunch for one al fresco: tuna salad eaten with fresh veggies instead of a fork, fresh seasonal fruit, iced tea.
Want a great motivation boost? Try listening to the theme music of your favorite adventure movies or TV shows! Who doesn't feel like a bad-ass when working out to the Indiana Jones or A Team theme song?
Beautiful run on the beach! 4-6 min runs, 2 min walks. 3 miles. #running sweatyselfie
Corn chowder on deck for dinner. Once the veggies are sauteed, I'll add the broth.
Corn chowder, lemon balsamic chicken, roasted cauliflower. Dinner is served! (With plenty of leftovers for the week ahead :) 😋
How's this for motivation? I REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST 5K!!!!
Well, I WAS enjoying my salad until I discovered a bug in it! I think I may have eaten one, too (sudden unexpected bitter taste). PSA: always wash and check your lettuce thoroughly, especially if it's organic! #hazardsofhealthyeating
Healthy habit: if I'm needlepointing or knitting while watching TV, my hands are busy and I'm not snacking! Working on the background of this beauty.
I ended up with an active day yesterday and then went a little nuts because Spark was down for maintenance and I couldn't post about it. 😂 #addictedtospark #thestruggleisreal
Hope this success carries forward into a good morning weigh in!
Determined to have an efficient morning and both finish my report and fit in a run before preschool pickup. We can do it!
Another beach run! Only 2.77 miles including warm up, but I'm confident I can do the whole 3.1 (5k). I actually passed another runner (then she passed me back, ah well.) 13 min mi run pace.
Delicious and healthy fresh veggie salad!
Goals for today:
- make progress on grading for class
- clean up house
- cook a healthy dinner
- exercise - strength training or cross-training
- 10k steps
- track all food and stay below 1800 calories
- no nighttime snacking
Fresh summer bounty for lunch!
Arms and legs, worked out. Look at all that beautiful sweat! #sweatyselfie #crosstraining
Posting photos of dessert as a proxy for eating it :)
Advantages of nighttime walks:🌙🚶♀️
- fresh night air and time to decompress from the day🎑🌙🌘
- exercise points so I'm not over my calories for the day 😎😎😎
- being out walking means I'm not home snacking 🚫🍰🍭🍪
- hopefully I'll win this week's Workweek Hustle Fitbit challenge :) 🥇🏅🏆
Sharing my breakfast with Maggie the dog, lambie, and baby robot!
Healthy and active family fun day at the beach!
10k steps daily for 40 day streak!
What do you call the main meal of the day when eating at 4 PM? How about, delicious? Fried eggs over a bed of steamed spinach, and leftover ground bison and lentils.
Another run on the beach. 5k in just 7 days! (My phone died partway through, so I took this photo after I got home.) #running #sweatyselfie
Epic summer day spent playing, walking, biking, and running at the beach. Happy summer, everyone!
I was craving coleslaw the other day, so I made some! Sausage on the side for protein, and of course some fresh fruit for dessert.
Despite my overall lassitude today and the frustration of being stuck in a plateau, this weekend I won a hard-fought weekend warrior challenge. Thanks to all my fellow dragon competitors! #smallvictories
Finally off to the gym. Only 80 min later than planned. But should still have time for strength training for upper body and core, and for speed work for running. We can do it!
Intervals! (Surges workout on Runkeeper): 5.5 mph fast pace (30 sec), 2 min recovery at 4.2 mph (still a slow jog for me). Faster and stronger every day! 🏃🏃🏃
Workout also included 5 min rowing warm-up, and 20 min of upper body and abs strength training. 💪💪🏋️♀️🏋️♀️
#sweatyselfie #running #gymhairdontcare #sweatisfatmelting
Added bonus of working out in the afternoon: I shower after dinner, which means I don't need to shower in the morning. So I get a few more minutes to hang around in my jammies. (check out my awesome pajama shirt, left over from my college days)
Cottage cheese, fruit, and cereal for breakfast!
Avocado toast with lox. #lunchspiration I should remember I can make this at home too (but should add more protein :)
Farmers' market day! The best day of the week! (And we walk there = over 10k steps and it's only 3pm)
Lunch for tomorrow: check! Way healthier and more delicious than anything in the commissary!
Woke up this morning feeling sore from yesterday's workout. But today I need to do a morning jog. Totally unmotivated. Quick, someone day something that will fire me up!
Who cares if I didn't lose this week? Just ran 1.5 miles at 4.6 mph, walked half a mile to recover, ran 1.1 mile at 4.5 mph. That is the most I have ever run, EVER. 5K here I come!
Saw duckies while coming out of the gym! Now that's unusual!
A good day in step-land!
Workout complete! Hip hop dance (50 min, fun but not as good of a workout as I'd hoped), 20 min running speed work, 14 min strength. Phew! #sweatyselfie #running
Weight lost! At last! Probably a result of using a different scale and I didn't actually lose 5.9 lbs overnight, but I'll take it! This is the motivational boost I needed!
Over 10,000 steps, and found three geocaches with my son while on vacation. A great day! And if you haven't tried it, geocaching is a really fun way to get your steps in.
Tomorrow is race day! Up at 5:30 to be there at 6:30 for a 7:30 start time for the Manhattan Beach 5K. my first 5K! So nervous and excited!
About to start my first 5k!
First 5k completed! 41:13.17. A personal record. The medal is a cookie!
Post race breakfast of champions.
Post race breakfast of champions.
Well ... over calories today due to mismanaging food after the race. I was just so hungry! But LOTS of physical activity, and a successful 5k completion, so I'll consider today a success even if it wasn't a weight loss day. And I tracked all my food, too! Back on the wagon and within calories tomorrow!
Beach-bound in my new tankini with healthy picnic lunch in tow! Goals for today:
- stay within calories, include protein and fats in every meal
- over 10k steps
- don't get sunburned!
Regularly scheduled exercise (and work) resumes tomorrow.
My kids had ice cream at the beach. My treat? 7 ounces of plain Greek yogurt mixed with cocoa powder and Splenda, topped with strawberries. Delicious and packed full of protein!
Lunch for tomorrow! Canned salmon salad, coke slaw, fruit, veggies, other snacks.
32 min of intervals: fast speed 5.7 mph, slow speed 4.2 mph. Getting stronger and faster every day! #sweatisfatcrying #sweatyselfie #running #gymhairdontcare
Got to take a walk on the Disney studio lot today. Pretty cool place, even in 90 degree heat!
How do you keep your avocado toast safe? Put lox on it!
How do you keep your avocado toast safe? Put lox on it!