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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sometimes I wish I could bottle up the energy I get before TOM and ration it out during the month. I get this insane desire to cook and clean that's even surprising to me. I've noticed this pattern happening for the last 6 months.

With the cooking I challenge myself to see what I can cook up with things on hand in my pantry and refrigerator and stay on the healthier side. The added fact that we are also on a tighter grocery budget pushes me to this challenge also. This is actually fun at times. Not all meals are a hit but then I tell my family they are lucky I tried at all! I've learned to cook by trial and error, using cookbooks, cooking shows, and the internet is a great source of finding recipes very quickly.

Then I become insane with the house cleaning. This all usually lasts for a week maybe longer. What I'm trying to figure out is how to put that energy into a really great workout. I do exercise but it is mostly sporadic. Not that housecleaning doesn't burn calories and it does need to be done. But taking care of my body is also very important. If I'm going to reach my goal by this round of BLC I need to push the exercise. Calorie wise I am doing very well most days and I do allow a day here and there where I'm not so restrictive. It just seems that as I age it gets harder to lose so I really want to get things done now.

So today I cleaned and I cooked. Dinner was great. Everybody was happy. But I was in an emotional funk. I know it's the hormones but I still just wanted to bust out crying feeling like I'm not appreciated, life couldn't get any worse blah blah blah. This weather doesn't help either. So I am treating myself to a glass of wine, snuggle up with hubby and watch a movie, and try to get over this moodiness. I'm sure tomorrow will be a better day!

I feel better already!

Some random pictures closest to showing how I feel today. LOL

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JENSHAWN 3/10/2011 7:14PM

    It right before my TOM and I having been cleaning like a fiend! Hmmmm maybe there is a correlation there;}

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STRESSOUTCHICK 7/22/2010 12:22AM

    I know what you mean.

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TENNIS4EVER 3/2/2010 11:14PM

    Shar - I think you should come visit me before your TOM! I could use a little inspiration around here! Hope you're feeling more appreciated today.....

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KRZYKAT3 3/2/2010 9:47AM

    I just want any spare energy!

I found that yelling at myself while exercising, makes me do more! My cats and husband eyeba;; me funny but.. then..

What about incorporating into your ceaning. Use the bustling to do walking lunges, make sure you squat when lifting and do 5 at a time before you actually pick up the item!

maybe you can hook up a solar panel to your self and keep it charged up!!

emoticon emoticon you will do solar fitness! :)

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LENGELKE 3/1/2010 3:53PM

    I'm there today for sure! Normally, russ does all of the house work except what crazy stuff i come up with on the weekends. but normally, he has the dishes done, he makes me coffee and breakfast everyday and this morning he didn't want to get out of bed and it flat out pissed me off.

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RANAWAY 2/28/2010 4:28PM

    LOVE the pictures!! Moodiness sucks. Beer helps emoticon

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JSTINMT 2/28/2010 2:40PM

    Hey why don't you come to my house the week before, I'll let you groom my dogs, do my laundry, clean the bathrooms.....And let's not forget you're a great cook...My door is always open, you're welcome any time... emoticon

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LIVING_NATURAL 2/27/2010 9:17PM

    I'm glad you're cuddling up tonight and just relaxing. Enjoy...and, yes, tomorrow will be better. I promise you that.

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JANEYTEE 2/27/2010 9:12PM

    Shar, you are more than welcome to come over my house and cook and clean! I'll even take your moodiness!

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SHANTODD420 2/27/2010 9:01PM

    Wanna come to michigan and help me clean up after a 22 month old who gets into everything and then you have no idea where there are. Take care and have a great night. What ar eyou watching?


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NATURALLYJJ 2/27/2010 8:42PM

    Is that my problem? Today I cleaned the whole house and cooked a fabulous dinner and still have veggies roasting in the oven for tomorrow. Come to think of it TOM is just around the corner. I guess that is the only perk. Enjoy your wine, hubby, movie and relax, It's only life and nobody gets out alive! LOL

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RARAAVIS 2/27/2010 8:19PM

    oh man, you wanna come over my apt before your tom??? i NEVER clean! i hate it! haha. go you for trying new recipes and such. i only started learning to cook when i started on sp; i still don't enjoy it. but i know it's better for my health and my wallet (as you mentioned). just go jump on your bike and watch a movie emoticon

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BLC - BOWLS Challenge

Thursday, February 04, 2010

BOWLS Challenge

In honor of the upcoming NFL Super Bowl, the BLC Sister Teams are proud to bring you the BOWLS Challenge. This challenge will begin this Friday, February 5 at 12:01 AM and run until Monday, February 8 at 11:59 PM

B: Bed, 7 hours of sleep each night. 5 points per night.

O: Oxygenate the blood, as in cardio. 5 points per 30 minutes, not to exceed 20 points a day.

W: Watch the calories. Stay in your range. 5 points per day.

L: Limit sodium. Keep it under 2300 mg a day. 5 points per day.

S: Strength training. 5 points for every 25 moves, not to exceed 20 points a day.

For the S points, if a move is done using only one side of the body (like a bicep curl), both sides must be done 25 times to get the 5 points. However, if it is a move that uses both side at the same time (like a squat) you don't have to do 2 sets of 25.

The winner of the challenge will be the sister team duo with the highest average score per participating members.
Friday 2/5/10
B: 5
O: 5
W: 5
L: 5
S: 20
Daily Total: 40

Saturday 2/6/10
B: 5
O: 5
W: 5
L: 5
S: 20
Daily Total: 40

Sunday 2/7/10
B: 5
O: 5
W: 5
L: 5
S: 20
Daily Total: 40

Monday 2/8/10
B: 5
O: 0
W: 5
L: 5
S: 20
Daily Total: 35


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KRZYKAT3 2/6/2010 11:14PM

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get a strike!

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KRZYKAT3 2/4/2010 4:56PM

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I am too funny to let loose on the world ROFL! NOT!

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Back on the wagon.....

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Okay so today I really thought and thought about how I am going to work out but kept letting everything distract me from it. I've had a lot of stresses in my life the last couple of months that I've let get in the way of me working out.

So today I put on my big girl pants, grabbed my ipod and water bottle and headed downstairs to do some cardio. Luckily I do have cardio machines down there so why am I not using them? Because I have been lazy and uninspired. First I thought let's have a go on the elliptical. I have to tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with that thing! I love it but when I am on it I HATE it! LOL! So after 5 minutes of that I moved on to my recumbent bike. Much better! I was going for 30 minutes and wanted to hit 10 miles within that time. I didn't so it took me another 5 minutes to reach that and I'll tell you what...... I FEEL GREAT! The whole time while listening to Lady GaGa and her pumping me up I was thinking why haven't I been doing this sooner? Doesn't matter. I am doing it now!

With having said that I am feeling much more inspired!

So tonight we are going out dancing and am looking forward to burning more calories.

p.s. I will have a few drinks but I will stick to light beer and water.

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TENNIS4EVER 2/4/2010 12:48PM

    Shar - you need to get back on the bike & rock out to Gaga for me!!!!

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JANEYTEE 1/21/2010 3:59PM

    What? No Rum??????

Me too! I want to know who Lady Gaga is!

Great job Shar! The first step is the hardest. The next hardest is to keep going.

So did you work out today???

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VAMACKGIRL 1/18/2010 7:09PM

I am still trying to figure out if Lady GaGa is a lady at all???!
Have a great time tonight!!


P.S. I HATE my elliptical too!! Cant do more than 5 minutes. Hubby "had to have it" $1200......nice one.....but now his "knees" bother him so he cant do it...Put it on me why dont cha??? UGH!!! emoticon

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MAUVEGIRL 1/17/2010 11:52PM

    Good on you Shar, great to see you back on track! Keep it up! emoticon

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LIVING_NATURAL 1/17/2010 5:28PM

    Just posting again to stay subscribed

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LIVING_NATURAL 1/17/2010 5:27PM

    Shar, I don't know why we avoid doing the things that make us feel better, but that seems to be a pattern in my life. Especially when things are hard - why exercise and eat well and feel better? It's the little devilita in my brain! I'm glad you were able to knock her out of the way and move forward. I know you've had some hard stuff going on and hope it is getting better - starting with getting a GREAT job! Good luck today on your interview!!!

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KRZYKAT3 1/16/2010 8:29PM

    ok I am ignorant, who is lady gaga?

I feel good after a nice work out as well. goof for you for getting on the horse again...

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JSTINMT 1/16/2010 6:32PM

    That's great news Shar, I love the way I feel after a good sweat!! Enjoy the dancing too!

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RARAAVIS 1/16/2010 6:07PM

    i love lady gaga!! let me tell you how jealous i am that you have workout equipment! you better start using them, or i'm coming all the way from jersey and stealing them!

emoticon on getting back in control!!

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Two Year Sparkiversary!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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I've just completed my second year here at spark. The third year will be a charm.... I just know it! Just a few months ago I was only 5 lbs away from my goal weight. 5 lbs! I knew that last 5 would be the hardest but then the holidays came around and I kind of let go. Also with the added stress of the crappy economy and the idea of having to go back to work took it's toll on me and I gained another 5 on top of that from senseless eating. I just sort of gave up for awhile there. So now my second sparkiversary just passed and made me think of what I want to accomplish this year. I WILL lose the 5 I've gained over the holidays and work on the last 5 lbs. The last 5 I've decided that if I don't lose them completely I will tighten and tone and turn them into muscle! Because maybe just maybe I'm not meant to be at that weight anymore at this age. I must be realistic..... I will be 45 this spring..... not 25!

Still this past year was a tricky one for me. I managed to put on 11 pounds over what I weigh now and that was 2 pounds less than my highest pregnancy weight ever! That was a total eye opener. My cholesterol, blood pressure and all that stuff went way up too. I knew I had to lose it since family history reminded me of what can happen if I didn't take care of myself. If I don't take care of myself then I can't take care of the others who depend on me and I want to be there for them. So time to get working on a healthier and fitter ME!

This is me over 4 years ago below my current goal weight. I really dieted down the month before to attend this wedding and I still felt heavy. Now I would be happy to even be near that weight!

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LIVING_NATURAL 1/14/2010 1:37AM

    Happy anniversary, again!!!!! 2 years is good, but your 3rd year will be your best, so far (and better every year after that, of course!).

Yes, our bodies change in our forties. We will never be what we were, but we can be better in our own way - whatever way we want to be. So, GO GIRLFRIEND!!! You've got the smarts. You've got the strength! Do it!

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FITLIKENIC 1/13/2010 5:26PM

    Happy 2 years! YOU WILL do it this year!

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KRZYKAT3 1/13/2010 3:26PM

    happy versary! HEalthy is most important! And two years amkes you an expert on where you want to be!

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DONZO64 1/13/2010 3:07PM

    Happy Sparkaversary! emoticon

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NANCY-GIRL 1/13/2010 2:10PM

    emoticon Happy Sparkaversary!! emoticon
2010 is the Year of COMPLETION!!!
(I said so, so it must be true.)

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ROBINANN09 1/13/2010 2:09PM

    Hang in there BABY!!

You Can do it Shar! Go Sharbaby. . Go Sharbaby. . Go!!!!

Let's Make 2010 the Best Year ever!!!

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JANEYTEE 1/13/2010 1:58PM

    Happy emoticon

Shar - this will be OUR year. We both are so close we can taste it! If you ever need me to emoticon emoticon into gear, I'm there! I may need you to help me with my Dew problem. These last 5 pounds have been a killer. But I know if we stick together we can drop them!

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1THING 1/13/2010 1:50PM

    emoticon You will do fine1

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BPELTONEN 1/13/2010 1:44PM

    Congratulations on 2 years!

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RARAAVIS 1/13/2010 1:38PM

    i love eye-openers! and you look great in that picture (and every other picture i have seen you in!). congrats on making this your year!

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PPP Pound Plunge Challenge Tracker

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nessa, Kris, Lydia, Panda, Sandy, Sharlene

11/14 DAY 1 = 2
11/15 DAY 2 = 2
11/16 DAY 3 = 3
11/17 DAY 4 = 3
11/18 DAY 5 = 4
11/19 DAY 6 = 3
11/20 DAY 7 = 4

11/14-11/20 - TOTAL

Updated DAILY :)

DAILY CHALLENGES (Complete all 3 each day, 1 point each):
1 - Be within your calorie range (1-point)
2 - Drink 8+ glasses water, or calorie free fluids (incl in Tracker) (1-point)
3 - 30+ minutes cardio and/or Strength training per day (unless its a rest day) (1-point)

OVER THE WEEK CHALLENGES (Select 2 each day, 1 point each):
4 - Try a new food or a new recipe (PLEASE share with the team)
5 - Do a new Spark workout video, or home video, or new to you exercise… 2 or more times!
6 - Set 3 or more goals for the week ASAP (2 that are daily, 1 weeklong. Can set more as desired).

1 - Daily goal - eat breakfast
2 - Daily goal - get to sleep no later than midnight
3 - Weekly goal - do 30 minutes cardio minimum 3 x week

-5 points/day for completing the 3 daily challenges, and 2 of the weekly challenges .
- 35 points for the week max.

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LIVENLOVELIFE 11/14/2009 5:08PM

    Great goals Shar! Agree with nancy about setting measurable goals -remember SMART goals! Either way, I'm sure you're going to rock this challenge! Since I'm not on a team this time I get to cheer for go lavendar!

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NANCY-GIRL 11/13/2009 9:03PM

    Shar, those are good goals, but they are not really measurable... Might I suggest putting a value on them, like spending X amt of time on-line; get to bed by XX:XX, & getting X amt of cardio?? Of course, since you're Lavender, I would suggest setting high goals!!

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WALKERSSS 11/13/2009 4:20PM

    Shar-Lavender is growing in my front planter. Really easy to grow, I cut it down and it grows back healthier! I love your pictures and you page. I'm stealing a piece of it! Wishing you much success with the challenge. Although Lilac's rule!

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JANEYTEE 11/13/2009 2:44PM

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