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BLC22 Weekend Challenge 2

Sunday, June 16, 2013

So, here I am working on my fifth round of BLC. One of the challenges this weekend was to create a "Staples" grocery list and store it on your phone. Since I'm just the kind of person who will accidentally delete important stuff, or will have it deleted by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless, I'm putting it in this blog along with a few other things I'd like to keep.

Staples:
1% milk
Cheddar cheese
Eggs
Greek yogurt
Baby bel cheese

Whole wheat bread
Brown rice
Granola bars (Nature Valley or Kashi)

Salmon filets
Pork loin
Lean ground beef
Chicken breasts
Tuna (low sodium packed in water)

Frozen vegetables
Fresh seasonal fruit
Bananas
Baby carrots

Healthy frozen dinners for "emergencies"
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Another "challenge" for the weekend is to plan my meals for three days. This isn't always easy BUT, with the above list, it is easier...

Breakfasts will continue to be my usual cheerios mix and a cup of coffee.
I have two snacks a day which include: almonds, baby bel, greek yogurt, granola bars and a piece (or two) of fruit. At the moment, my fridge has grapes, strawberries, oranges and apples.
Lunch will either be a sandwich and soup or salad depending on how my morning has gone and what kind of salads the store has when I go shopping tomorrow night.
Dinner:
Tuesday - salmon, rice and vegetables
Friday - pork chops, pasta, vegetables
Saturday - BBQ'd burgers & salad

And that's all for me tonight... I'm hoping to score a schwack of points for this BINGO points but I'm not going to get the card full. I'm disappointed because I didn't stay as on track as I'd hoped but it is what is is. I should have been paying closer attention to some things and I let myself veer... I will get back on track and move on.


  
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CASSIOEPIA 6/17/2013 8:31PM

    Your list and mine are almost exact! Except that I almost never buy frozen veggies. My garden usually leaves me with my own frozen prizes, so I buy fresh in season when I need to.

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BLC 22 thoughts and goals

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The next 12 weeks I'm committing to the following goals for round 22:

For myself -
emoticon Strength training a MINIMUM of twice a week.
emoticon Running a minimum of three times a week. (With 8 half marathons before the end of the year to train for, this shouldn't be too hard)
emoticon start making yoga a part of my cross training routine. I've discovered a fondness for hot yoga so this, too, should be easy.
emoticon stay hydrated. Make sure I'm drinking my 64 ounces a day.
emoticon maintain my habit of tracking. Focus on being with my range 5/7 days a week.

For my team -
I promise to interact with you every day. I promise to do my best to keep you motivated and accountable. I further promise to hunt you down, to the best of my ability, if you go AWOL.


So far this week:
+ I've run twice
+ I've done ST once
+ I've done yoga once
+ I've been in calorie range for since Monday
Bottom line, if I intend to remain in maintenance, I have to remain committed to my plan. This week, I'm on the right track. emoticon


www.sparkpeople.com/mobile5/article-
detail.asp?articleId=1651 from SparkPeople.com.

  
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JO88BAKO 6/9/2013 10:45PM

    Great goals! You are a runnin gal!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/8/2013 9:59PM

    You are an excellent example of what it takes to make maintenance work. Your goals are reasonable and doable so I think you are going to rock them. emoticon

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PKCTTS 6/8/2013 6:18PM

    You always set a great example for the team. You are doing a great job of maintenance.

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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.

  
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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

RUNNINGWILD Penny
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

  
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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!!

"WEEKLY THEME: GO ARMY!
THIS WEEKS THEME IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE BLC20 VIOLET VENUSES!

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.

HOO-AH!!!"


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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