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"Countdown to the Challenge" - Assignment #1

Monday, February 04, 2013

Our assignment #1, get ready for the 5% Winter Challenge.

*Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, work out DVD etc. ready to go? Yes, these are my everyday thing in my life style now. My treadmill is shine and well oiled. (*^^*) So I don't need any special preparation for it. It's ready to go with me.

* Next, plan on what you will do for exercise?
Currently, I am doing treadmill in the AM. used to be in PM as well, but getting lazy nowadays, but thinking about adding back on few time a week. and keep going to gym 3 time a week to mostly for use of weight macine for 30-45 min. And jump in sauna and pool. ( love the sauna, sometime whool pool too.) This is a such a treat for me, after the hard work of strength training. I think, sauna is contributing of my weight loss, by raising the heart rate and sweat. But not for sure... but it does feels good, So I will keep on going this regiment. I have quite a bit of work out DVDs, so I am plan to do some DVD work out as well as my KB work out. I've tried Michaels Jillian's yoga Meltdown DVD and love it. Need to try her 30 day shred. My favorite is , Coach Nichol's 28 day boot camp, and sculpting DVD.

*Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods? I drink my home made veggie, fruits smoothie every morning. I do not have particular Diet to follow. I just needs to lean more about foods general. Especially, the healthy one. Today I went to the Book Exchange a used book store. And got " the new Mayo clinic cook book." It has many beautiful healthy foods recipe's, pictures and all the recipe come with nutrient info. I have no idea what's a Mayo clinic diet is but just like the cook book. Hopefully help me cook bunch of yummy healthy foods. (*^^*) I also got Susan Powter's books as well, yeah~ bit old but hey, it's a start. This book should teach me why choose healthy foods over Junks.

*Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
Not yet, I don't know yet, which team I am going to assign to. But when I found out I will be introducing myself to my new teammate true team thread and if I have question, I will ask my thread or SP mail.

*Did you update your Spark Page for the commitment of your 5% challenge?
Yes, here is my commitments to follow.

* Try to get my daily goal of walking 5 mile a day.
* Work harder for my Strength training.
* Drink lots of water!!
* Don't give in to whatever.
* Stop late night craving.
* No food at bed room.
* Do my very best for all.

***I think student is ready, and just waiting the bell to ring. This is my very first challenge what's so ever since I joined SP way back in time.. It's a time to "kick up a notch." Lol)) it's kind of feels bit nerves and excited same time. I hope I will do great.

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BLOOMINGLENA 2/8/2013 3:46AM

    I joined the 5% challenge and it is my first time in this challenge and I do not know which team I will take part in. We will see! Good luck and emoticon


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KIMPY225 2/5/2013 4:39PM

    I am glad you joined the challenge! emoticon emoticon

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FISHER011 2/5/2013 12:25AM

    You go girl! You are ready to excel!
Best wishes

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POPSY190 2/4/2013 11:47PM

    You'll enjoy it! Let me know when you have your team name. I'm in Casual Travellers.

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DALID414 2/4/2013 11:17PM

    You WILL do great!! You're well prepared. Take before and after photos to see your progress. I'm excited for you!!

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** Need Some Help on my foods...**

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I always said I need to work on my portion control. But tell you the truth. I really don't know yet, What portion to work with, how much portion to control with. For me to follow my healthy foods diet and exercise plan, and become healthy and fit.

I realized, I need to learn more about " THE FOOD " it self. Like how many calorie my favorite veggie and fruits smoothie has, or mixed bean soup with squash and chorizo, and Mangu (plantain) with garlic and green onion. I have no idea how much calorie I am consuming, when I eating those of my favorite food. Actually, don't knows most of foods. How people determine their calorie if you cook your own foods? It's easy if you follow the recipe maybe. They already indicated how much calorie there is. But how about home made stuff? How do you know how much is that of calories the meals you are making?

I really would like to have better relationship with foods. If I understands better, I can have more choice or have better choice. And how much to eat. I often hear " you should eat at least 5 or 6 serving of veggies and fruits." How much is the 5 serving? How do you determined 1 serving size.? What is a complex carbs vs. simple carbs? I don't know so many things about foods and there are so many to learn about. I need some little bit of help here for lead me to right directions on my foods journey. I have started to track my foods here on SP. The foods tracker is very helpful. But there are so many foods its not listed there, and I have no idea how to log in some of the foods I eat. Most of the time I log the foods closed to it. But sometime, it is very frustrating and make me want to give up and quite tracking.

I would like to know, how people learned about foods, calorie and tracking?
Is there any suggestion or books teaches me about foods and calories?
Any good web site maybe I can go to?

*Thank you for reading my blog, your time and support. Any thoughts, ideas, reflections you have would be greatly appreciated! thank you (*^_^*)

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NEWRUNNER2 2/4/2013 2:11PM

    I was wondering if you still had questions about keeping track of your foods or if you've got enough information to go on.

I sometimes find SparkPeople's tracking system a bit frustrating when particular foods aren't in there. Much of the time, I just track my calories on a piece of paper. But I definitely like SparkPeople's report at the end of the day. Have you used that? It tells you if you have gotten enough of certain nutrients (or too much).

Let us know if you have any more questions!

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WALKINGGIRL6 1/31/2013 4:15AM

    It is a lot of work at first to enter your foods in to the food tracker but once they are there it is easy to keep track of things. Yes it is frustrating at first and overwhelming. I'm older so find things harder to find on the internet. I bought a book years ago from my local bookstore that has a lot of foods in it. With homemade food, once you find out the calories of a food, you just add all the totals of the food you put in your soup then divide it into servings.

I found a few things for you. Chorizo is very high in fat and calories. I link 2 oz. is 273 calories and 23 g. of fat. Plantain is 89 calories for 1/2 cup.

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SH9719 1/31/2013 1:43AM

    Recipes are the best way to track. After that read the container the food came in. That will give you the serving size and calories for the food much of the time. But, you will find that someone has probably already entered that food and you can find it using the search tool in the food tracker. If you are in doubt you can select a pre-entered foord and look up its nutrition information and compare it to the package. If you enter something you eat a lot, mark it as a favorte so you can just select it from your favorite list. If it is not on the package and you cannot find it using a search of SP, do a general web search. There are a lot of sites that will post nutrition information on foods. You can manually enter the information from these sites and add that to your tracker. If you go to the message boards there are a number of help threads that are often monitored by SP coaches and they are more than willing to help.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/30/2013 11:44AM

    I see you got some good advice, I hope it gives you all the help you need. If not, just reach out again!

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KIMPY225 1/30/2013 10:25AM

    Have you tried using the Spark recipe calculator? That may help you out a bit.

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POPSY190 1/30/2013 2:03AM

    This site has a section on good sites for calorie lists.

Other than that, I do what ITSMATT does and make my own recipes to add to my favourites; I also use the search for other members' entries and if I don't find what I need there (living in NZ means most American or British entries are no help to me) I enter them myself, especially if the food has the details on a label.

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DALID414 1/29/2013 11:02PM

    Don't give up on the food tracker, it's an excellent tool.
Since you mentioned buying a book, why not take a nutrition class at a community college?
You can find lists for fruit and veggie servings online, just search: fruit and vegetable serving sizes.
I hope this helps Mickey.

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ITSMATT 1/29/2013 10:13PM

    Hi there - how are you doing?

So I solve the homemade foods by taking the 10 minutes to create the recipes so I can track them. If you know what's in the recipe, you can get in the ballpark by adding those things to the recipe.

When there isn't a match in the database, I'll add a new item by looking elsewhere - other sites - for the item and copying the info.

The nutrition info here on SP is good. I would encourage you to read it all if you have the time.

Make it a great day!

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" Natures Flu shots " (*^_^*)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Many of my dear Spark Friends are now catching a cold/flu.
I've found this online and its sounds good to me to get lid of the nasty cold.
I just decided to share this in my blog. I hope this will help.

For me, I guess I am so lucky that I haven't catch cold or got sick for years now.
Most of time, I've been eating healthy and I am drinking fresh veggie juice or I call it My "power smoothie" in the morning. (*^^*) this has been working for me and I feel so energetic thru out of my day. I also take my daily vitamin, which mine is called "super antioxidant".

***To my Friends those who are suffering from cold, please get well soon.
I am praying for your well being.
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GRANNY2B2 1/27/2013 6:45PM

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NEWRUNNER2 1/23/2013 11:07PM

    This sounds very interesting. Hopefully I'll be so healthy I won't need it, but I'll keep it in the files in case I do get sick.


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/23/2013 8:22AM

    So glad you are healthy and don't need this cure! I did have the flu last month so hopefully I'm done being sick for this winter!

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POPSY190 1/23/2013 3:17AM

    Thank you. I'll save this for when our winter comes.

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FISHER011 1/23/2013 1:04AM

    Thank you so much!
I have had this respiratory infection for a while now...
I've been drinking lemon water...your drink sounds like it's healthier & more effective than just plain lemon water!
I look forward to making this & getting better! emoticon

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" My Human Revolution " began a year ago today..

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Today is 1/20/13. My journey to human revolution has started exactly a year ago today. Yes, become healthy and fit. Today, I looked my weight history, and the recorded number astonished me. My weight was 30 + pounds heavier then today.

I've lost 30 pounds.
I could have lost much more weight, if I did not rebound in mid May. A year ago I was very depressed and miserable fat woman. I began to really hate myself and I could not stand myself anymore. If I don't do somethin about it. I would had to destroy or erase myself. I said to myself, " it will be much easier if I could erase myself just like turning TV remort off. " Yes, "click !!" Just like that. But since I couldn't do it, just like that.

I realized I need to stop hating myself. In order to stop hating myself, I need to do something.

I had to do something. so I made determination. Determination to become healthy, fit, thin enough to start liking myself.

Be come beautiful again.

I started exercise and eating healthy. In the beginning it was very hard. I wanted to give up. but I never gave up. More i do it, I started to believe in myself . I can do this !!

Day in and day out, I worked hard with my exercise and planed my meals and eat right.
Weight loss is very hard, it takes perseverance and determination and consistency and patience. But, Step by step, day by day, little by little I push myself to move forward.

I often regret my past and why I did this or didn't do it to be like this. But I have learned regret doesn't take me no where. I have to realize I have the power to change.

But I have to take responsibility for what I did or didn't do it. And be Strong and move forward.

More I work out, more I eat healthy day in and day out, I started feeling better and have more energy. I am so glad, the hard work I've been doing finally, started to pay off now. I am 30 + pound lighter today. Also I feel great and I am so proud of myself. I can finally said now, "I am glad who I am."

I have learned with in this one year of time. Since I started my human revolution health journey. It is all about choice. The choice you make will differentiates your life.

According to my BMI, I am still in the renege of over weight. And I have renewed my goal and made new determination to keep challenging myself, until I truly be come healthy and fit. Yes, I can do this. I did till now and I became so far.

**To my Spark friends, thank you for all your support. I did it and will continue to do this and you can do it too. We can continue help each other. "Yes, we can do this!!"

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SPUNKYONE72 1/23/2013 8:24AM

  Congrats Mickey on your 1 yr anniversary! Your journey and commitment are inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 1/21/2013 7:17PM

    What an awesome blog! You have done fantastic this year! Hugs!
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JIGGILY 1/21/2013 5:46PM

    Awww Mickey, you are such a beautiful person and your blog was very touching. For those of us at the beginning of our journey it shows what strength and determination can do, yes it is a struggle at times but one I have realised is worth fighting for.
You are a fantastic Spark Friend and I am so pleased I have had the pleasure of getting to know you.
Absolutely AWESOME, my friend.
Thank you for all your support and hopefully I can be here for you too while you continue your success.
Big Hugs
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/21/2013 9:10AM

    What an inspiring blog! Thank you, and congrats on your successes. I am wishing you many more successes!!!!

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CHRISTINASP 1/21/2013 9:07AM

    BEAUTIFUL! Thanks.

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MAPETITECHOU 1/21/2013 8:26AM

  emoticon Beautiful blog! I love the inspiration!

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SHERYLDS 1/21/2013 3:32AM

    emoticon Gorgeous

beautiful blog
Just remember that size doesn't define who you are...
It's usually the result of how you responded to what was going on in your life. And making the decision to love yourself and therefore doing things to take care of yourself are a big sign that you are on the road to where you need to be.
Wishing you continued success.
I know you can do this.

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POPSY190 1/21/2013 2:34AM

    Congratulations on your year of health. You have come a long way and it's great to see all these affirmations and to hear your determination to continue. Thank YOU for all your positive comments and goodies and here's to the next successful year Sparking!

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SARAL72 1/20/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon I wish you all the best for your new goal!!! emoticon

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USMAWIFE 1/20/2013 11:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats on your sucess to date I know you will accomplish all you set out to acommplish

I will always have your back to support you


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DALID414 1/20/2013 10:36PM

    Congratulations on being in a better place today. emoticon

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Kettlebell Challenge !!

Monday, January 14, 2013

I love this January. It is a beginning of a year and almost everyone is committed to their healthy living with finess goals. For that reason many of the store who handle sports goods and equipments are going to have huge new year sales.

Today I found a great deal on kettlebell at Sportauthority. it was 57% off the price. Regularly they are selling it for $ 69.99. But now $29.99. which comes to $ 40.00 savings. This kettlebell comes with set of 3 with stand. Even with full price, I think it's a good buy compare to buying individual kettlebell, just one for $29- Believe it or not, they are normally much expensive then dumbbells. So I was very happy when I found this deal. It is made with real cast iron with vinyl coated. I think they looks cute too. I am so excited to add this to my work out routine.

This will make a great work out. I have decided to do some kettlebell challenge.
I really needed to work harder on my strength training. I know This will help my not so great strength work out make it great. Love my kettlebell. Woo-hoo !! *\(^o^)/*

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KTREK32 1/24/2013 11:16PM

    I just bought a kettlebell yesterday and I love it also looking forward to learning some exercise routines on youtube

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MAPETITECHOU 1/20/2013 9:46PM

  I've heard great things about kettlebells! It sounds like you're off to a wonderful start (and major kudos on your 35+ weight loss). emoticon

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SARAL72 1/20/2013 7:12PM

    Great deal!!!! I hope it will help you a lot in your fitness routine!! emoticon

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LISAN0415 1/18/2013 1:10AM

    I love kettlebells, strength training makes soooo much difference in weigh loss, it helps prevent loose skin and cellulite, keeps our metabolism faster, gives attractive muscle definition and is sooooo healthy for our bones and joints!

Good for you, keep up the great work, and keep us updated on your progress!


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JAVAMONSTER 1/17/2013 11:33PM

    Way to go! How is it using them?

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ITSMATT 1/16/2013 10:25PM

    Great buy on those!

Looking forward to hearing how your KB workouts go!

Make it a great day!

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PEPPYPATTI 1/15/2013 8:00PM

    Way to go on finding such a great deal! Kettle Bells are an awesome workout!
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WALKINGGIRL6 1/15/2013 4:45AM

    Thanks for the pinwheel. Great price on the kettle bell looks like fun. Have a great week.

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DALID414 1/15/2013 12:10AM

    That is a great deal! Congrats on a great buy!

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SHERYLDS 1/14/2013 3:20AM

    anything that makes you play with exercise is a great buy.
go for it

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POPSY190 1/14/2013 1:14AM

    Good buy!

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