08ESCAPE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=08ESCAPE 08ESCAPE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy 1 Year Spark Anniversary to Me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438246 I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve joined Sparkpeople. This community has the perfect formula for my success. Everything I need is here. Workout videos, Food tracker, Support, Recipes, Sparkfriends, Motivation …. So much information and it all free! No one is trying to sell me anything! No magic pill. No fad diet! <BR> <BR> I started a year ago by following these basic rules: <BR> <BR> -Tracking my food <BR> At first it wasn’t easy… Tracking your food can be a pain u... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:13:40 EST Some days are just harder than others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374496 Some days are just harder than others. Today is starting off as a hard one. Went for a run this morning and had to push myself the whole way. I had to stop and walk for a bit, but I did manage to do 5k. I hate days like these...I'm hungry and crabby too! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am waiting for the day I actually enjoy my run, and the voice in my head stops telling me I can't do it. I want to run! It's the hardest thing I have ever done... <BR> <BR> There is A 5K race two weeks from to... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:11:49 EST Running at 5am...?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348837 If you would have asked me a year ago if I would get up at 5 am to run I would of said “No Way!!”. I love my sleep, and I normally hate getting up. <em>102</em> I’ve always said I could never workout first thing in the morning. Hahaha funny how much things can change in a year. Did my first 5 am run this morning and I actually enjoyed it!! <BR> <BR> I will be up again at 5am on Thursday…. I hope I feel the same way then <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <img src="htt... Tue, 7 May 2013 16:06:45 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327292 So I actually did it last night. I ran 5K outside without stopping. <em>224</em> I didn’t have the greatest time but I did do it in less than 40 minutes. This is just another example that my hard work really pays off. <BR> <BR> Distance <BR> 5.23km <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Duration <BR> 38:34 <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Avg Pace <BR> 7:22 <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I started to work on my running last fall. I have been running on the treadmill a couple times a week and h... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:08:10 EST Mud, Sweat and Tears?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305532 I had a girlfriend ask me to join her and compete in a Mud, Sweat and Tears 5k race. The race is September 1st ! I have plenty of time to get ready for it, and I pretty much said yes that I am doing it. <em>224</em> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> The thought of doing it scares the heck out of me but I need to do it! I need this to keep me on track and to push myself a little harder. I am stepping out of my box!! I have 155 days to get ready for this.... I can run 5k on the treadmill but this ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:32:27 EST Lessons learned about making the healthy choice when having dinner with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206442 I went out for dinner on Saturday night with some friends. We had picked the restaurants a couple of days ahead so I had time to check out the nutritional guide they have posted on their web site. I like to have a couple of healthy choices in mind to choose from before I go cause you just never know what you are in the mood for when you sit down to order. After reading the nutritional guide I had three choices in mind: Salmon (310 cal), Steak (410 cal) and Ravioli (490 cal). The Salmon and St... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:27:34 EST I haven’t posted a blog in a while. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200006 I haven’t posted a blog in a while. With work and Christmas, I have been so busy. <BR> <BR> I wanted to take some time and reflect on my progress over the last 6 months. I am not one for tooting my own horn, but I think I need to put in writing the things I have achieved. I want all the changes I have made to be permanent ones. <BR> <BR> My Top 10 Achievements!! <BR> <BR> 1. I can lose weight while being happy. <em>30</em> <BR> All my previous weight loss successes were tied ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:42:16 EST Get Fit Without Leaving the House - Article # 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114383 Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable <BR> <BR> This is the forth and final article I have read and reviewed this week for my team challenge. I chose this article because hubby and I are looking at purchasing a Bowflex as our Christmas present to each other, and we already have a workout room in our basement. So, I wanted to see if there were any other improvements or additions that we could make to the room. <BR> <BR> The article explains that building home gym is something you can add ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:35:00 EST Why Women Don't Lift Weights - But Should - Article # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113336 This is the third article I have read, and reviewed this week for my team challenge. I chose this article because I am trying to add more strength training with weights to my weekly routine. <BR> The article explains the benefits of women lifting weights for as little as 20 minutes a week. The advantages include improved in muscle tone and strength as well as fighting the aging process and maintaining lean muscle. The article also claims that women who regularly exercise with weights have h... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:03:56 EST Exercise Does Not Have to be Painful - Article # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112133 This is a review of article number two for my challenge this week. I have always heard the saying "No Pain No Gain".... maybe that old staying might not be true. <BR> The article explains that we should think about your moves when we are exercising. The idea is do the moves slower, more efficiently and with confidence. However, they are only really talking about doing Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi. The article claims these types of exercises will help build endurance, flexibility, and reduce... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:12:41 EST Relax Your Mind and Body with Yoga - Article # 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111310 Part of this weeks challenge I was asked to review four SP Fitness articles. I chose this article to review because one of my goals is to incorporate yoga into my weekly routine. <BR> <BR> The article explains the different benefits from practicing yoga, like alleviating physical and emotional stress. Reducing stress can decrease your risk of heart disease and other illnesses. They also claim in the article that yoga can actually reverse some physical effects of aging like arthritis, sti... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:53:15 EST TV Commercial Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104680 I found this on Pinterest! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1309291686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Great commercial break workout ideas! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:39:46 EST Refection and Moving Forward.... Rock It Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103634 What’s has worked for me so far? <BR> <BR> Tracking my food has been the biggest help for me. Being honest about what I am eating, and how much I am putting in my mouth has helped me lose 19 lbs so far. <BR> <BR> Other things I have accomplished: <BR> <em>364</em> I can run 5K in 35 minutes (started at 40+ minutes) <BR> <em>362</em> I have committed to working out at least 5 days a week (started at 3-4 days per week) <BR> <em>140</em> I have increase my Fruit and Veggie int... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:56:08 EST Visual Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093682 I love having my own space to workout. My husband helped me create this room on a shoestring budget. We used leftover paint from our living room. Purchased peal and stick tiles from the Dollar Store. A neighbor and a family member gave me some old mirrors. My mother in-law gave me some motivational quotes for my birthday. I also purchased a Treadmill from a co-worker for $200.00. My room was looking good. :) <BR> <BR> The only issue I have with the room is there are no windows in it, and tha... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:31:28 EST Workout Playlist! Rock it Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092402 I cannot workout without music playing. Just like my profile picture says: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964692597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I listen to Fit Radio! I love this app, and it's free! My favorite Fit Radio station is the Top 40. The music they play are remixes that average 128 BPM, which is prefect for running. I compiled two playlist based on the music they play on this station. <BR> <BR> <BR> Playlist #1 <BR> Zedd – by Spectrum <BR> Where... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:31:18 EST What inspires you to live healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078541 What inspires you to live healthy? That is a good question. <BR> <BR> Simply put...I want to be healthy because I am happy. At 43, my life is in a good place. I am in a happy and supportive relationship. I have a good job. My children are fully-grown and are living their own lives. I feel like it is my time....and from this comes my inspiration. <BR> <BR> 10 Inspiring Quotes for Healthy Living <BR> <BR> 1. To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to ke... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:44:37 EST Am I a Runner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076775 I have always wanted to run but never thought I could do it. Back when I was a smoker, I could not even run around the block without losing my breath. I have not smoked in over 10 years, and even though I am heavier, I am in much better physical shape. So, over the last couple of years, I have tried to run.....but... it's hard! <BR> <BR> Since joining SP, I have recommitted myself to becoming a runner!! <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> I have signed up for the virtual 5K Trick or Treat Trot <BR... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:30:55 EST My weekend workouts need some motivation!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075528 I really have no excuse for not exercising; all I need is to make the time to do it. During the week, I normally have no problem getting my workout in. I always workout as soon as I get home from work. However, on the weekend I just cannot get motivated to do it. My idea of working out on the weekend is walking the dog. <BR> <BR> I am making this list to remind myself of the endless options that I have to get in a workout on the weekends! <BR> <BR> 1) Run on the treadmill (doesn't alway... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:50:14 EST How I got here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074060 My struggles with my weight started in my early twenties after having children. I started on the yo-yo diet roller-coaster. I would lose, and I would gain. Here are some of the crazy, and dangerous ways I have tried to lose weight over the years. All of these things offered me a quick fix, and most of them never delivered: <BR> Laxatives (Very stupid) <BR> Diet Pills <BR> Adkins <BR> Diet Pills (again) <BR> Purging (only a couple of times) <BR> Diet Pills (again :s) <BR> Apple Cider Vinegar... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:10:16 EST Being Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068860 Being Positive <BR> <BR> I will never try to say my life is prefect, but it is good. I believe the reason my life is good is because of my change in attitude. Not so many years ago, I was miserable and tried to make everyone around me feel the same way. That is hard to admit but I know it is true. I cannot pin point the exact thing that help me change my poisoned outlook. I think I was tired of being miserable, and realized that being miserable was a choice. So everyday I choose to be hap... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:59:58 EST 'Plan B' Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058715 This weeks main challenge was to find two 'Plan B' options for when I am out, and can't eat a nutritional meal at home. Eating out is always something I get stressed about. Most times I am with my husband, so I want us to eat places where we both will be able to find something to enjoy. I had two occasions this week where I had to actually find a 'Plan B'. <BR> <BR> We were out grocery shopping on Sunday, and as usual it was taking longer than planned so we stopped for lunch at McDona... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:27:56 EST WEEK ELEVEN BONUS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057188 My bonus challenge this weeks was to complete 3 videos of my choice from the SparkPeople library..... So here are my choices: <BR> <BR> 1) 18-Minute Boot Camp Cardio Sculpt <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>detail.asp?video=32 </link> <BR> I am currently doing the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge so this video was an easy choice. I love the different intensity levels that Coach Nicole offers. I find her easy to follow and very motivating. <BR> <BR> 2) Bootcamp: ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:42:56 EST Food Blog Day # 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049482 Fifth and final food blog! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l3515105.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast Shake & Coffee <BR> <BR> Dairyland 1% Milk White, 1 cup <BR> Costco Frozen Fruit Medley, 1 cup <BR> 110 cal yougurt per cup, 1 serving <BR> <BR> Coffeemate Creamer French Vanilla, 3 tbsp <BR> Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz) <BR> <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 392 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444541689.jpg"> <BR> Snack <BR> ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 09:02:33 EST Food Blog Day # 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047665 Food blog day # 4 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385625663.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast Shake <BR> <BR> Dairyland 1% Milk White, 1 cup <BR> Costco Frozen Fruit Medley, 1 cup <BR> 110 cal yougurt per cup, 1 serving <BR> <BR> Coffeemate Creamer French Vanilla, 3 tbsp <BR> Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz) <BR> <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 392 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601247590.jpg"> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> Oranges, 1 frui... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:00:47 EST Food Blog Day # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046634 My food blog day # 3 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l411920964.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> Dairyland 1% Milk White, 1 cup <BR> Costco Frozen Fruit Medley, 1 cup <BR> 110 cal yougurt per cup, 1 serving <BR> Coffeemate Creamer French Vanilla, 3 tbsp <BR> Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz) <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 392 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935279556.jpg"> <BR> Mid-Morning Snack <BR> <BR> Banana, fresh, 1... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 07:19:01 EST Food Blog Day # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044463 Food blog day # 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l648820436.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast Shake <BR> <BR> Costco Frozen Fruit Medley, 1 cup <BR> Dairyland 1% Milk White, 1 cup <BR> 110 cal yougurt per cup, 1 serving <BR> Coffeemate Creamer French Vanilla, 3 tbsp <BR> Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz) <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 392 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206504603.jpg"> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> Banana, fresh, 1 smal... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 19:32:57 EST Food Blog Day # 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042990 Food blog day #1 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362083916.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> Coffeemate Creamer French Vanilla, 3 tbsp <BR> Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz) <BR> Cottage Cheese, 2% Milkfat, 0.25 cup (not packed) <BR> Hard Boiled Egg, 2 large <BR> Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia) <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 360 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799995145.jpg"> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> Oikos greek yogurt, cherry, 1... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:34:35 EST Finding my way on SparkPeople ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035802 So this is my 5th week on SP, and I love the tools and support this community has to offer. This truly is an amazing place! I love the food, fitness, and weight trackers. I use them everyday, whether it's on my phone or logging on to the computer. I have purchased the 28 Day Boot Camp and Cardio Blast videos....I have everything I need to achieve my weight loss goals and to commit to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend is very supportive and also wants to lose a little weight and... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:44:21 EST