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BLC17 Team ~ Crimson Butterflies!

Monday, September 05, 2011

On the BLC17 Team you get to apply for 3 teams and then you are placed on one of them by the team administration. Today was the team announcements and I am on the Crimson Butterflies! This is the description of the team when I applied:

CRIMSON BUTTERFLIES

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." ~Author Unknown

This team is about change. Changing our negative thoughts into positive actions. Changing the way we think and feel about ourselves and about diet and exercise. We are here to support and motivate and challenge each other as we work together toward our own individual goals. We encourage each and every team member to participate in daily and weekly challenges, we require you to post a minimum of three times a week, and we expect you to respect and value others opinions/beliefs.

Each week will begin with Wednesday weigh-in, Thursdays are TNT days (Tighten N Tone), every week-end (Friday-Monday) there will be different challenges, and Tuesday is LCW Day (Last Chance Workout). Participation, not perfection, is our number one goal. Most of all we want you to have fun, form new friendships, make daily exercise a habit and learn lifestyle/nutrition changes that will last a lifetime.

ACCOUNTABILITY and COMMITMENT are the keys to make both you and this team successful. So

Are you ready to make a change? If you are tired of being a caterpillar and long to be a beautiful butterfly this team is for you.

Here are the other lucky Spark members on my team:

CRIMSON BUTTERFLIES TEAM

TRESSA48 ~ Captain
BECKYQUIGLEY ~ Co-Captain
RUMBLETIGER ~ Co-Captain
ANGIE_1230
ATRANSFORMATION
BARB4RICK
BIZZYBRITT
BURGHGIRL
CARMELB66
CHARITY_DAWN
DOMESTICDIVA76
EMMA2311
ETIDWELL0
FEARLESS06
FOCUSPOINT
GETFITBFOR40
GSPEIRS
JLBAKE
JUDYGREG
KOZENNE
LIVINLIFE4ME1
REDROZEZ88
RLKADEL
SAMAARA
SILVERCATSPARKS
SOOKGAL66
SSDOWNS
TASHANCARRION
TX.PATRICIA
VIAFREE

I am looking forward to getting to know you and offering my support and encouragement to you all. I know I will be needing your help also during this challenge and look forward to the times you will be there to help me through the rough patches. I hope to be able to stop by each one of your SparkPages to say Hello and lend support to you when necessary! emoticon

  
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INIT2LIVEIT 9/6/2011 3:08AM

    Yay! emoticon

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BLC17 Weekend Challenge

Friday, September 02, 2011

The Biggest Loser Challenge 17 Spark Team challenge begins this Wednesday, 9/7/11, and runs for 12 weeks! On Monday we find out which teams we are on, which everyone is anticipating! I have mixed feeling about the challenge, as I am just starting to try to plan when I have time to exercise, as well as getting back into the routine of getting up early to take my daughter to school. I want to lose at least 5 lbs before my 40th birthday next month. The scale hasn't budged for me in quite awhile, so I am trying to do the best I can to fix that!

Below is this weekend's team challenge that I will be keeping track of here.
Best wishes for a successful 12 weeks to all my fellow BLC17 team mates!
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9/2-9/4 B L C 1 7 Weekend Challenge

B: Bite it, write it...Track every calorie consumed 5 points
L: Lift it: Strength training (10 min/day) 5 points per 10 minutes, max 15 points/day
C: Cardio (20 minutes/day) 5 points per 20 minutes, max 15 points/day
1: Leave a comment on 1 fellow BLC'ers page 5 points per comment, max 10 points/day
7: 7 cups of water a day 5 points

Max points per day: 50

Tracking template:
B: F(5) S(5) S(5) M()
L: F(5) S(5) S() M(10)
C: F(10) S(10) S() M(10)
1: F(10) S(10) S(10) M(10)
7: F(5) S(5) S() M()

(F) Points: 35
(Sat) Points: 35
(Sun) Points:15
(Mon) Points:

1:(F)-MOMMY_ASH & ASEERAL's Pages
1:(S)-SUZIEW27 & LINDAR11201
1:(S)-MELODIEO & KARONIL
1:(M)-DOMESTICDIVA76 & LIVINLIFE4ME1

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GETFITNLEAN 9/3/2011 5:24PM

    I DID NOT want to get on the elliptical or do any strength training today after all the morning work I have done. This challenge MADE ME DO IT! I would've rather laid down and took a snooze (like my hubby is doing), but I feel better knowing I got in my exercise. Not sure I will get it in tomorrow, but I will try to motivate myself again! emoticon

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MAUREENMOZ 9/3/2011 2:35PM

    Good luck!

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/3/2011 1:35PM

    I have the same feelings of anticipation and apprehension. But I think it's going to be awesome! Hope we end up on the same team!

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WELLNESS_WOMAN 9/2/2011 9:12PM

    I can appreciate your ambivalence about this new weekend challenge--we're still learning how to gear up for the ongoing intensity of the BLC! Still, it looks like you're off to a great start--best wishes for a healthy and fit weekend!

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Re-Cap Of The Last Few Days

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wed 8/24 Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC17) Training begins! Weighed in 1 lb more than I was.
30 minutes on the elliptical on Intermediate 1 Level.
Cleaned, went to pharmacy for Rx's, allergy shot appt., visit to public library

Thur 8/25 BLC 17 Training TNT Thursday 50/50/50-completed 50 push ups, 50 crunches & 50 squats! Cleaned, went to daughter's speech therapy appt., stopped at an orchard stand for fresh fruits, stopped @ Dunkin Donuts so the kids could use their coupons from the library summer reading program, prepared for my daughters friend to sleep over that night.

Fri 8/26 No elliptical workout like I wanted to do. Got my daughter's friend packed up to go home with her Mom, went to the grocery store for a few things, started making ice and put most of the items on the floor in the basement off the floor in preparation for the hurricane.

Sat 8/27 30 minutes on the elliptical, wrote down most of what I have eaten today (this is a start for me, since I am t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e at recording my food). This day has really gotten away from me. Anxiety about this storm is to blame I think. I made a lot of ice and we have snacks and canned items. Just hoping we don't lose power for an extended period of time. I hope I'll be able to post tomorrow!

This was not the beginning to the BLC17 Training that I had hoped for, but I'm going to try to do better this coming week. There has just been too much going on. My 8 year old starts 3rd grade on Monday (crossing fingers it won't be cancelled due to flooding from the storm) and the yearly schedule will be falling into place soon. I'm kind of looking forward to more of a schedule again.

  
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EMERALDGREEN1 8/31/2011 10:48PM

    Well at least you took the 1st step and got something started! Yeay to that! emoticon

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LOSER05 8/28/2011 8:40AM

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Hurricane Irene ~ Heading To PA

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I just wanted to check in here quick to let my SP friends know that we are preparing for this hurricane and hoping for the least possible rain. We've had basement flooding issues in the past, so I spent a part of Friday afternoon moving things off of the floor or into plastic tubs. My husband has a water vac set up and another pump in case it gets too deep and can't keep up with it. My husband works for our township, so he may be out in the hurricane dealing with pump station issues, while I'm at home with my daughters dealing with basement issues. Only time will tell now.

I plan on trying to get on the elliptical some time tomorrow morning to release some stress and anxiety. If the winds are as bad as they say they may be, we may be without electricity for awhile. Again, only time will tell. I will keep my laptop battery charged for as long as I can so I can try to update on here. I planned on working out today, but too much going on. Just trying to take things little by little, as I'm anxious and my kids are a bit nervous too.

Prayers for all the areas that are in this hurricane's path, especially all of the people on the coast, near the beaches. This is a BIG storm with a lot of rain and wind. emoticon
Looking forward to this being over with and seeing the sunshine again emoticon

  
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RR1_RR1 8/28/2011 1:40AM

    Its coming to NY too w some apparent tornado watches. Cant wait til Monday,praying we all stay safe.

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DAS92687 8/27/2011 5:57PM

    Be safe ... Irene will be here in Delaware later tonight as well. DH and I are snuggled up at home with our pets.

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EDUCGRAD 8/27/2011 3:21PM

    We are in Raleigh,NC.we had rain all last night,then windy this morning/afternoon.then rain started again

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/27/2011 2:39PM

    Stay safe! Glad you got that workout in too!!!

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/27/2011 12:27AM

    You and all those in the are threatened by Irene are in my prayers! Be safe, and I hope you are able to get some elliptical time in., as I know, for me, it sure helps me deal with those stressful times! emoticon

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ELLSKI85 8/27/2011 12:20AM

    Be safe! I'm in NJ and we're going to get it pretty bad, but my husband is a cop in a town right on the coast. I'm more worried about him than me. Hope you get some elliptical time in (I may do the same), some stress relieved, and make it through Irene dry.

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JANTWO 8/27/2011 12:20AM

    Take care and know that God is in control!!!! emoticon

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Kitchen Remodel/Backyard Photos!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm finally posting pictures of our newly remodeled kitchen.


We still need to purchase the light fixture for over the table and a new kitchen table.

This was an addition to the kitchen. You can see the before pictures on this blog post:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392291


Here are the photos of how messed up our backyard is because of the addition of our concrete pad:

This is the side of our house.

This is the left hand corner of our backyard.

I took his photo standing at the left hand side of the yard.

And this one was taken from the right hand side of the backyard.

So, as you can see it's been quite a mess around here. It's been really hard for my kids because there isn't much room for them to play out back. Now that the weather will be getting cooler, I see more time for going to the park in out future emoticon I'm also going to try to plan my exercise time starting this week because I need a schedule so that I make sure I get my exercise in. That was next to impossible to do this summer because of everything going on. So now, it's time to move on! emoticon

  
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LILIVW 8/29/2011 9:45AM

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Nice big back yard too. Most of the yards here in AZ are quite small.

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MAUREENMOZ 8/22/2011 2:32PM

    Wow! It looks amazing--worth all the chaos that takes place during the remodeling! Enjoy:)

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JUNEBUG160 8/22/2011 11:30AM

    Looks like you took the kitchen right from the showroom and installed it. Very nice. I'm kinda jealous! Our big expenditure this year is, hopefully, a furnace and heat pump, no where near as pretty to look at :)

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SUZIEW27 8/22/2011 11:23AM

    Wow--your kitchen looks amazing!!! Congrats and I hope you enjoy it a lot! emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 8/21/2011 9:00PM

    Thanks for sharing your remodel! It's exciting. It's a good kind of disruption. Now that school and fall are around the corner, you'll get back into your exercise groove!

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MRSMILLER777 8/21/2011 7:43PM

    emoticon that's awesome!!!!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 8/21/2011 6:55PM

    It's a beautiful kitchen. Perfect for making healthy, delicious meals.
:)

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