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An email from Tommy Europe

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I know the Sparkpeople policy is to link but I can't because it's an email SO, read my words carefully, I DID NOT WRITE THIS!! emoticon This beautiful, knowledgeable man did.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Watch out, or that junk food will come creeping back into your pantry. Decide here and now to adopt a zero tolerance policy when it comes to junk food in your house. Be vigilant and stay strong when your kids start to whine for their old favorites. Replace the junk with wholesome food such as fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, and lean meats.

The Junk Has Got To Go

Today I'm going to dole out a little tough love, so brace yourself and know that this is for your own good.

It's time that we had an uncomfortable little talk about a very important issue...

That junk food in your house.

You know the stuff that I'm talking about. The ice cream jammed into the back of your freezer. The packaged cookies that you say are for the kid's lunches. The candy stash that's leftover from the last few holidays. Those bags of crunchy, salty snacks in your pantry. The bottles of soda that you know you shouldn't drink. And the list goes on...

Here's the bottom line: If you eat junk food then you'll get fat. Junk = Fat.

Now I know that you have justified the presence of junk food in your house, so let's walk through these justifications and I'll shine some truth on it for you.

1) It's For The Kids: This is the oldest excuse in the book when it comes to keeping junk food in the house. It's flawed for many reasons, namely because you know you eat some of it. When junk is in the house you are bound to eat some of it at times. And your kids should NOT be eating junk food on a regular basis, such as in their lunches. It's not good for them and it's not good for you.

2) I Didn't Buy It: Oh, I didn't buy it. My in-laws, friend, sister, kids, spouse bought that. OK, it's still in your house. I understand why you may be hesitant to throw out food that someone else gave you, but look at the big picture. By throwing junk out of your house you are protecting your health and the healthy of everyone who lives under your roof. That's huge!

3) A Little Bit Won't Hurt: When you keep junk food in the house you're fooling yourself if you think that you only eat a little bit of it. The contents of your kitchen become the things that you habitually eat. If there's junk in the house then you habitually are eating it, and a little bit of junk every day adds up to a LOT of junk over a week or month. And you wonder why you haven't lost the weight yet...

4) It's My Favorite: I understand that there may be junk foods that you've become so used to eating that it's hard to imagine going a day or more without it. In this case, you really need to cut the junk out in order to achieve your ideal health and fitness level. Birthdays, holidays, and special occasions are the time to have a taste of your old favorite junk. And after you've stopped eating it daily you may find that it doesn't even taste as good as you remember.

5) Life's Too Short: YOLO, right? (You Only Live Once) If this is your excuse for having junk food in the house, then I've got a new one for you. YOLO, so why not live that life in a healthy, fit, attractive body that's full of energy, free from aches and pains and looks amazing?! Being fit and healthy is so much more rewarding that eating a favored junk food every day. Nothing tastes as good as fit and healthy feels.

Now it's time for you to take action. All you need is a big black trash bag and the determination to be fit and healthy. Grab that bag, march into your kitchen and start pitching the junk.

Look for anything in a package that contains processed sugar, grains and high amounts of sodium. Go get ‘em!

Wheeew! Didn't that feel great? Your kitchen is now wholesome and healthy, and your body will be too.

Eating a healthy diet, free from junk, is one side of the equation when it comes to getting into amazing shape. The other side is consistent, challenging exercise.

I'm here to take care of the exercise in your life. All you have to do is show up when I tell you and then give it your all for that short amount of time. Easy enough, right?

This small investment of time and energy truly will transform your body and your life. Call or email today to get started on the last exercise program that you'll ever start, and the one that gets you into your best body ever.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TWNOMWE 6/6/2013 3:38PM

    emoticon e-mail and straight talk.

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TKAYSMILES 6/5/2013 9:34AM

    The sad thing is I can't even use junk food as my excuse. I still don't buy it or eat it. Great email though!

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ABBYANDYNME 6/4/2013 10:57PM

    Thanks for the kick in the pants! Cabinets and fridge are ready to go and so am I!

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JOPAPGH 6/4/2013 10:08PM

    Nothing left here that I know I can't handle.

Bring it...

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LIZZYP609 6/4/2013 10:04PM

    great article! Thanks for sharing your email!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/4/2013 5:23PM

    Great article.

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PKCTTS 6/4/2013 4:47PM

    I love this - gonna post a link on the Outlaw thread.

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BLC21 - Weight Tracker

Friday, April 12, 2013

Starting: 125.5
Week 1: 124.5
Week 2: 124.0
Week 3: 122.5
Week 4: 124.0
Week 5: 123.5
Week 6: 125.5
Week 7: 124.0
Week 8: 122.0
Week 9: 123.0
Week 10: 124.0
Week 11: 126.0
Ending: 125.0

January 16 through April 9, 2013 emoticon Maintenance achieved!

According to my records, during that time I did workouts. Including:
emoticon 21 activities for a total of 19 hours and 50 minutes
emoticon38 activities for a total of 36 hours and 47 minutes OR 307.9 kms
emoticon 3 activities for a total of 2 hours and 50 minutes
emoticon 2 activities for a total of 33 minutes or 4.43 kms (new found enjoyment here...)

What would really be interesting is to find out how many calories I've eaten and burned over the course of that time. Unfortunately, I'm too lazy to manually do the number crunching and Spark won't do it for me. Maybe for round 22 I'll keep a spreadsheet just for shiggles.

In the end, though, I'm pretty happy with how this round turned out. I even ran a couple half marathons:

February 9, 2013

March 23, 2013

Tried snowshoeing:

Visited with Tommy Europe:

All in all, a heckuva fun time.
Not sure what I'll get up to this round but I *KNOW* I'm going to enjoy it. I've heard I may be water-skiing in July. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BILLALEX70 4/16/2013 12:37PM

    Rock on!

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CASSIOEPIA 4/13/2013 10:39AM

    Water skiing is so much fun. Be prepared for some quad action there!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 4/13/2013 8:09AM

    WTG, Penny! I want to be just like you when I grow up.......except I'll bike instead of run......................... emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 4/13/2013 7:39AM

    What a great accomplishment!! emoticon

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PKCTTS 4/13/2013 12:09AM

    You make maintenance look like fun! As it should be . . . congrats on making it work.

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BLC21 - Weekly theme, "Go Army!"

Friday, March 15, 2013

I love it!!


Just as the ARMY has core values they strive to live their lives around, so here in the BLC we also have core values as we travel on this journey to improve our lives. Here are you BLC Army Core Values:

Courage: We have the courage to endure, no matter what, to achieve our goals.

Duty: Our duties are healthful eating, regular exercising, drinking plenty of water, sleeping well, and trying to attain top physical and mental fitness.

Loyalty: Team loyalty is a BLC ideal. We believe in and support each other and the team as a whole. We have made a serious commitment to advance the goals of the team and each individual member.

Service: We serve our teammates with support and encouragement. We also serve ourselves in our fitness journey. We commit to go a little further, endure a little longer, and try a little harder.

Respect: We respect our teammates, we respect our bodies, we respect our distinctive personalities.

Honor: Being an honorable BLC-er means living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, service, and courage as they relate to team and individual goals of health, fitness, and happiness.


Pretty much sums up my experience with the challenge.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/18/2013 5:28PM

    I liked it. COURAGE made me think of other things as well. It takes COURAGE to:

-- Say "NO" (whether it's to tempting foods or a needy relative or friend). Every choice that we find challenging takes courage when we make a good decision and stand by it.

-- Make Changes. Change is scary, even when we know it is good for us. Every habit, big or small, that we alter in our lives takes courage to make the shift and stick with it.

-- Stand up for our own value and worth. Too often it is labeled Selfish by those who want the focus on them, so it takes real courage to say "No, ~I~ need this and it is important."

-- Get back up and keep going. Many battles may be lost before the war is won. We must have the courage to stand back up, no matter how low our morale, and face the next battle with a determination to do all we can.

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RUNNINGWILD 3/16/2013 7:54PM

    Well, to be fair, most of it was written by BLCs MJARVI.... I just wanted to save it.

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RONI122 3/16/2013 2:59PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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What's on my mind.....

Monday, March 11, 2013

There are so many things buzzing around in my head lately. First and foremost, I'm trying to figure out how to get/stay fit and not drop any other of the balls in my life. I thought I had it all together and then I was told on several occasions by a couple key family members that they hardly see me anymore as I'm either working, at the gym or running.
And then there's SparkPeople. I spend a lot of time here, or I used to before I started driving the big, yellow bus. Now I feel as though I'm neglecting that, too. UGH.
There has got to be a way to keep up with everything I need/want to do in my life, right?

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HOWIEANN 3/13/2013 10:35PM

    Finding that balance can be so hard!

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TKAYSMILES 3/13/2013 4:39PM

    I have parred my spark teams way down. And as you might notice don't post at night much or on weekends. Just do what you can with spark. Good luck finding your balance...but remember if you don't take care of you no one will!!

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CASSIOEPIA 3/12/2013 11:41PM

    Tough one. I was feeling the same way last fall, and cut my FaceBook friends in half. It was tough mentally to do, but I couldn't keep up with my family and close friends, especially in the busy harvest season.

Make a priority list, and try to work off that. Remember that you have a very small child that takes a lot of time and energy. Time will come back as she gets older!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/12/2013 12:24AM

    It can definitely be challenging to balance it all. One thing that might be interesting to pay attention to: during the times when you aren't working, aren't at the gym, aren't online, aren't running, what are you and these key family members doing? Are there times you're around, but they're off doing their thing? Or times when you're both around, but one person watching TV and the other in another room doing something else? Or is it scheduling conflicts where you or they are not available for most of those hours even if you wanted to spend the time together?

I found personally with DS and DDa when they were smaller that we could be in the same house for hours on end and not be doing any of any value together -- but they'd complain if I was out of the house for a couple hours a day.

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PKCTTS 3/12/2013 12:12AM

    I love the idea above. Invite them to go with you everywhere you go. When they say no, whose fault is it that you aren't spending time together. LOL

About a year ago, I pared the Spark teams I post to down to just one (BLC). It is so easy to spend way too much time on Spark.

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ONMYMEDS 3/11/2013 3:34PM

    So, take those key family members with you the next time you head for the gym or a run. They'll probably want to take a pass on going to work with you.

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The plan for today (March 7)

Friday, March 08, 2013

To be honest, the plan for today wasn't much different than yesterday's or the day before. I need to build my base again and, I think, starting with basics and mastering those is the way to go. SO! This morning I set out to:

emoticon drink my water.
emoticon avoid caffeine AFTER my morning cup.
emoticon stay within calorie range.
emoticon eat AT LEAST 5 servings of freggies.
emoticongo to BodyPump
emoticon meditate before bed. (5-10 minutes)

It's 11:13 and I've only missed on the "avoiding caffeine". The "meditate before bed" is on the agenda for after I hit send.

How'd I do yesterday?
Well, I had a small coffee around dinner time, did everything else that I set out to do but did NOT meditate. To be honest, I was just too tired. Really though, if I'm already drifting off to sleep, do I really need to?

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CASSIOEPIA 3/8/2013 10:53PM



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BILLALEX70 3/8/2013 12:19PM

    Meditation to me is just turning off electronics and reading something.

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MARGARITTM 3/8/2013 11:53AM

    Good goals!

I'm right there with you on the coffee.................aka life's blood

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