4-1HEALTHYCYNDI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4%2D1HEALTHYCYNDI 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI'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/ BLC 27 registration open http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834604 I know I do this about once a quarter, but this team is the ONE team that has consistently helped my meet my goals and to maintain a healthier weight over the past several years. So it is that time where those who have not been involved in BLC 26 can register for the new round starting mid January. So this will not take time away from your Holidays. It will help you to overcome the inertia that often comes mid-January after the New Year Resolutions start seeming hard and overwhelming. <BR>... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:57:02 EST Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829833 I need a plan for between BLC rounds. Yup, just in time for the Holidays we are officially on break between rounds. This is a very mixed blessing for me. First I don’t have to try to keep up with a team during a very hectic time of year, including time away for vacation at some point which is a blessing. But… it’s also the Holidays when many (including myself most years) need the extra push to keep our healthy living goals active. So the focus challenge this week on my team is to look at... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:21:12 EST Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814399 This week on the CAMO Crew team of the BLC 26 we are talking about motivation. I was going to post this in the team thread but it got a “bit” long. So I’m going to turn it into a blog <BR> <BR> Motivation - Do I have it? Yes, but probably not in the traditional sense. I have motivation... I want to be healthy and active, to avoid living with pain and stay out of a wheel chair. These are all motivating factors in the reason I am here on Spark People, the CAMO Crew BLC team and trying to ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:22:13 EST Goals, Goals, Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783118 It’s that time again. Once more I am looking to find my goals (and motivations) for the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) that I’m involved in. We took our first weigh in (WI) on Wednesday. I am not where I wanted or hoped to be, but I’m not far off from where I expected to be. <BR> <BR> I took the summer off. I rarely exercised. I just lazed the summer away. It was my choice. I needed the rest I think as even with getting on average about 3,000 – 4,000 steps a day (and many days less tha... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:04:15 EST BLC 26… starts soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773516 The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> I have been involved with the BLC for several years now. It is one of the most motivating and positive teams I’ve been involved with. It has kept me moving and focused during those times I was tempted to give up... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:18:52 EST BLC 25 Silver Lining part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744444 3. Make a PLAN for maintaining or losing over the BLC break then post or blog about your plan <BR> My plan for the break between rounds (which is extended this time as we won’t start again until September, with new contestant sign-ups starting in mid August) is to continue using the CAMO Crew weekly template. This template has us committing to weekly goals to focus on. This format has shown real promise for me in getting results. So here are my weekly goals for between rounds. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:50:40 EST BLC 25 Silver Lining Challenge part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744422 This is the final week of round 25. As part of the last challenge we are to do 3 things in a blog. I will tackle the first 2 parts in this blog and then once I’ve considered the plan a little more post a second blog with part 3. <BR> <BR> 1. Post or blog the best thing about your experience with the BLC this round or about the progress you made due to your participation in BLC <BR> If you’ve seen the TV show you may have some very strong reservations about belonging to a group called the B... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:09:39 EST 6 week recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720132 Wow! Has it already been six weeks since my last blog?! EEP! I meant to do much better than that. Anyway we did our 6 week fitness tests to look for improvements. Here’s mine for comparison. <BR> <BR> Week 6 recap: <BR> I feel that I did better overall with the tests. I made some great improvements overall, although, the crunches didn’t improve at all. I am working on learning to do a crunch like they say to on the crunch test this next 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Pushup Test: <BR> wk 1: ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:08:17 EST BLC25 Starting Fitness Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687644 Wow! I took the 4 fitness tests with a few surprises. The tests were pushups, crunches, 3 minute step test and walk/jog/run a mile. Here are my results and thoughts about them for future comparison. We are retaking these tests in week 6 & 12. <BR> <BR> Crunches... do you know how much I despise this particular test? I can not even reach the distance requested. That's right I got a big fat 0 on this particular test. I could only reach 3" total, at my best. So I know I have to work on ... Mon, 5 May 2014 01:18:40 EST CoH Writing Week 5 option 3: Prose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685791 BLC 25 Pyramid <BR> Also known as, Things you can change in 12 weeks for 250 points, please. <BR> <BR> This week in the BLC 25 we are challenged to come up with and discuss our goals for the next 12 weeks of this challenge. What do I want to achieve? What CAN I achieve realistically in 12 weeks? I have been thinking about these since the doors opened on this round. There is so much I *want* to do. But… Yeah, that little yet mighty word that limits what I want to do. <BR> <BR> A frien... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:59:25 EST CoH Writing Class Week 4 Option 3c http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674590 For this week's prose assignment I chose to write about someone finding a key. This story came to me late last night as I was drifting off to sleep. <BR> <BR> Charity’s Key <BR> <BR> Charity pauses, her hand on the knob of the door. She takes a deep breath as if to steel herself for what comes next. She glances both left and right without really seeing the beautiful wood paneling or the various works of art on the walls. She seems as though she’s not sure if she is hoping for someone ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:40:56 EST CoH Writing Class Week 2 Option 3c http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664498 Write about a reflection in the mirror. <BR> <BR> Reflections in a Mirror <BR> <BR> A young woman stops as she sees her reflection in the mirror. At first she starts to turn away and then with a guilty look around she stops and takes a better look. There she is in all her glory. She is slender but curved, somewhere on the short side, but still cute in all. Her hair is full and shines in the light. She notices her eyes and pleasing face and smiles. She does not see the shine that comes... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:54:56 EST CoH Writing class assignment 1 parts b & c http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658728 blog # 1 <BR> Article response: <BR> I loved all the articles. They all had good information and made me think about why I want to write and how personal blogs, essays or short stories, etc daily can help with creativity, anxiety and keep the mind active. Keeping the mind active is one of the keys to living a healthy and happy life. One of my big fears is of living without being aware, such as with Alzheimer’s or dementia. I also have trouble focusing on many days and seem to be sleepwalk... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:56:29 EST CoH Spark Wheel Spin Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651750 CoH GAME - 5 POINTS ON SPARKWHEEL = Blog about something you are looking forward to. <BR> <BR> What I am looking forward to right now is something kind of mundane and really isn’t all that much in the grand scheme of things. You see I lead a pretty boring life. I do the same things most weekdays and also follow a pretty set pattern on the weekends too (although a little different from weekdays). So what am I looking forward to? <BR> <BR> Getting my hair cut/colored tomorrow. No, really ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:52:34 EST Love letter to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626916 I love taking part in challenges and blogging (so why am I not blogging more? Good question.) So this weekend's challenge includes writing myself a love letter. I'm going to give a bit of background first, because writing this is a little more difficult than I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> I was taught that the Bible says to love thy neighbor. The rest of the sentence was conveniently left out... as thyself. So I was taught to think of everyone else before me. Their needs ALWAYS take... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:14:45 EST YOU are cordially invited... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624227 Need a change to spice up your Spark experience? Do you need accountability but want flexibility, too? Do you like being part of a team? Do you enjoy competition but also value cooperation? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Then I invite you to consider joining the HOGWARTS Spring*TermOwl*Mail Team. It's a waiting list <em>195</em> that will set to private on Wednesday, February 26. After the Sorting Ceremony on Friday, February 28, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m EST, invitations to join the spring*term challen... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:43:45 EST Which Witch on the Quidditch Pitch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608552 This homework was brought to you by Challengers of Hogwarts, Which Witch on the Quidditch Pitch. For extra credit make a list of foods you love/comfort foods and plan menus for the week around them. You don’t have to eat them every day, just have the list around for when you need it. <BR> <BR> Foods I want to have on hand to help me beat those boggarts (bad habits/challenges) into submission. These are foods I love that will fuel me right and keep me on track with sleep and exercise. <B... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:54:44 EST 2014 – Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595124 There are so many things I want to accomplish this year. I’ve been reading blogs, organizational sites, tough love and all this, still has me asking what my goals are for this year… starting with 12 week goals for BLC 24. <BR> <BR> I read (or was it watched a video, no I think this one was read) stating that resolutions and goals set us up for failure. What we need are systems to get things done. The goals will then take care of themselves. He gives examples. I truly do need systems to ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:53:51 EST Reflections... 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587239 I’ve been busing about the coming of 2014 since before Christmas. Like many I did not reach all my goals for 2013. Most notably among them…I didn’t go rock climbing (not 1 time). I also did not learn to scuba dive, didn’t go kayaking or hiking, and oh yeah, didn’t hit my goal weight either. (I went and found my goals for last year... these were unspoken.) So while contemplating the New Year and reflecting on how I did for 2013 I was starting to get depressed. Perhaps a few others out th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:58:10 EST Hogwarts Holiday Festivities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566605 So I showed you my ball "gown" earlier. Now it's time for a few more things to share. We are decorating for Christmas/Holidays. For the Sugar Plum Feast I'm sitting at the Winter Wonderland Christmas Memories themed table. So I thought I'd share some of my memories of Christmas Past. And then, if time permits I'll show the rest of my wardrobe for the Feast and New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> When I was younger my family would get together with all my cousins for Christmas (or New Year's Eve d... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:40:27 EST Hogwarts Winter Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558552 Hogwarts is holding a winter ball. So of course we need a ball-gown and a date. <BR> When first thinking about a gown for the ball I thought I might go for something like this one. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261581272.jpg"> <BR> But I thought it made me look like a Christmas tree. So then I thought of this “little” number. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793716799.jpg"> <BR> But for some reason it just didn’t feel ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:34:18 EST HAPPY HALLOWEEN OR ALL HALLOWS EVE OR... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527688 I love this season. Halloween also known as all hallows eve or Samhain is a wonderful season. I love to walk and look at all the houses decorated up. I love the background of the Holiday too. <BR> <BR> One of the traditions I've always "known" about is that Halloween is to dress up as whatever scares you the most so they can not find you for the next year. Which is why many people started wearing witch, werewolf and other scary costumes. <BR> <BR> Another one, one of my friends summ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:27:21 EST And here I thought… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509976 I was just joining the Hogwarts challenge to keep me going, to help me focus and have a little fun. And now?!? I’ve been voted Prefect by my house! OH MY! WHAT HAVE I DONE?! I staved off being head girl by nominating my friend Panda. Whew! I am/was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to fulfill the duties and extra activities of head girl. I thought, whew! Dodged that one. Who knew that the very next week Prefects would be chosen? And it would be me! <BR> <BR> Oh the nerves. How... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:19:22 EST BLC 23 Cruise Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496150 First I have to define what I want. I want to be healthy, live happy, fit and like how I look. OK, that was easy. Now for the hard part… making goals from what I want. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound. So I’m breaking this down into 3 areas, Nutrition/Eating, Healthy Home & fitness/exercise. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> <BR> Goal 1! Eat Gluten Free DAILY. NO EXCUSES! NO EXCEPTIONS! <BR> <BR> To accomplish this goal I will: <BR> <BR> 1. Buy good... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:18:04 EST What I want from this term http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475719 I have joined the Howgwart's Autumn term (challenge). One of the assignments this week was to post in our team what we want to accomplish during the fall term. I thought that this was worth putting where I could refer back to it. <BR> <BR> As a brand new (or newbie) Hogwarts student I am so excited to be here. This will definitely be a different type of challenge for me. <BR> <BR> What am I hoping to gain from this term? <BR> I am hoping to continue learning to eat more healthfully. I ha... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:48:26 EST BLC 23 Registration OPEN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469107 It is here! BLC 22 is officially over. I had a lot of fun. Made some really good friends. Lost a little weight, gained some confidence. Yeah, it was a good round. <BR> <BR> For those of you interested in a true challenge I'd like to invite you to sign up for the next round. Registration is open. There are many teams which all are focused on helping each team mate grow and live the healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> As it's influenced heavily by the Biggest Loser TV show teams compete, bu... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:32:00 EST My legacy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460228 One of the assignments from the C.A.M.O. Crew challenge is to write a blog about what legacy we want to leave behind. What we want to be known for. So here it is. <BR> <BR> I want everyone to remember me kindly. That I was the one who was always there doing something. To be known as the one who always talked about I will… I can… rather than I can’t… I won’t. To be known as the person who always had a smile and a kind word, no matter what was happening in her life. <BR> <BR> To be the o... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:36:17 EST Week 4 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407789 Whew, where did the weekend go? <BR> <BR> OK, I know it’s been awhile. I’ve been busy and every time I start a blog something comes up and I get distracted, then the blog gets deleted before it gets uploaded. Ah well, I have motivation today so whether I get through it all or not I’ll at least post something before the end of the day. Gotta get my challenge points after all. <BR> <BR> I meant to write this on Friday, then Saturday… etc until it’s already late afternoon and no blog. So, ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 19:15:04 EST BLC 22 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384451 Yup it’s that time. The first week of the new round of BLC has started and it’s time to set some goals. I’ve been thinking a lot about this for the past week but not writing them down. It’s been one of those weird times where I’ve once again had some brain fog, been busy and just not sure what I wanted to accomplish this round. I’m still not sure, but I’m running out of time to get them done in time for the weekend challenge. Nothing like leaving it for the last minute, huh? This is a 1... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:33:51 EST BLC (BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE) 22… COMING SOON... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355419 BLC 22.. is coming soon for those of you who were not in round 21 but would love to be in round 22. This is a competitive yet supportive team that breaks us into sub-teams who compete against each other within the main team. <BR> <BR> That being said, it is one of the biggest reasons I have NOT given up and keeps me committed to living healthy and making strides towards being the healthy Cyndi that I’m striving for. Do you think it’s not for you? You may be surprised. While yes, it is ... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:55:46 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312956 I know it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Just been busy living my life. ; ) I’ll try to recap and keep it positive as it should be. I’ve accomplished a LOT this month. <BR> <BR> First – My MIL visit went really well and she never set foot in my house. Which was a good thing as it wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but it was a lot better than it was before. We went to a seafood restaurant with my parents, his mom & her husband on the ocean in Long Beach. It was a wonderful time w... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 19:25:03 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312955 Saw this on several of my Sparkfriends Blogs. (Thanks Bonnie & others I saw this on) <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I wou... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 19:24:36 EST Weekend in perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263531 Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. <BR> – Virginia Satir <BR> <BR> Friday (Friday night after work starts my weekend and time away from Sparks) evening after work knew I needed exercise and steps! Oh boy did I need them. I only had like less than 2K when I got home from work. EEP! I was supposed to exercise before work but I was hurting and didn’t budge from bed until I had to get ready for work. So I decid... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:38:45 EST Love letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251899 Dear Cyndi, <BR> <BR> I hope this letter finds you doing spectacularly well. I know that in the past several years you’ve had a lot of challenges to overcome. You are doing fantastic in accomplishing your goals. <BR> <BR> Although you may not see it others notice how resilient you are. You always bounce back from any setbacks you may have. You never let anything keep you down for long. Even when you want to give up and give in for a short time you ALWAYS find a way to start moving aga... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:03:04 EST Loving yourself/myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239118 Today my friend wrote about self-love for the month of February. She is an awesome person and really has some great points in this blog. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=FITNHEALTHYKAL </link> <BR> <BR> Self-love. What does that really mean? How can you get it if you don’t have it? What is it worth? Why is it so hard to remember to love ourselves? <BR> <BR> Do I love myself? Most of the time I do, however, I don’t often treat myself that way.... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:18:47 EST Introducing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233441 SUB DUSK <BR> The newest, bestest, ever super hero! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415543248.jpg"> <BR> Superpower is Meditation <BR> Weakness is Quizzes <BR> Weapon is Your Poison Shotgun <BR> Mode of Transportation is Pony <BR> <BR> She is ready and willing to go out and hunt down those tremendous bad guys of extra calories, clutter and procrastination. She'll stop them cold with her poisonous shotgun! She'll get you moving no matter what the situation (After a... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:36:36 EST Just "Do It" update plus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219041 Wow! Has it really been 4 days since I last checked in at all? I haven’t even spoken to any teams/mates since Thursday; I think… maybe a quick post on one team on Friday? I can’t remember. I need to go check in today. Will check in as I can today. <BR> <BR> Weekend recap: <BR> <BR> Friday – Work kept me way too busy to talk on Sparks. I spent over an hour and a half on the phone with a customer, 45 minutes including the head of AR, to set us up as a vendor on their new system. Yeah... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:51:33 EST Just "Do It" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211661 The first weekend challenge is getting us back into the swing of things focusing on getting back to the basics of tracking our food, moving and... figuring out how to get rid of things that are weighing us down. <BR> <BR> DO IT <BR> <BR> D: DECIDE to just DO IT. Have a break-through this weekend. Attack anything that has been holding you back. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I am going to FINALLY call our waste management service and arrange for a large item pick up. We have 2 water heater... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:09:32 EST Bring it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196891 I’m ready for the next round of life to start. BLC 21 starts next week. For the first time in a year I feel ready and able. To have fun with it… to visit and chat… to… live, I mean really live. I feel positive about my health and myself for the first time in a year too. Not just walking around in a cloudy funk like so much of last year. What happened to create that change? I’m not sure. I know I’m just tired of being blah all the time and that may have something to do with it. Howeve... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:01:41 EST New Year’s Goals: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186328 1. Be more social. <BR> a. Start by reconnecting with friends. Call and chat, send emails/texts or even get back on facebook. <BR> b. Clean the house so I can have friends over for dinner without feeling the need to apologize or delay it. <BR> c. Get on Spark teams at least 4 days a week. I get a lot of strength from friends working towards similar goals and can give support as well. Also think about culling a couple of teams because of time constrictions. I can’t be on Sparks for hours... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:13:05 EST Updates: Cruise, Christmas and Challenge (BLC) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177904 Wow! Has it really been that long since I did a blog? Guess so. I was just blah and blech for a long time this year. This coming year is going to be a LOT better! I will make it so. <BR> <BR> Cruise news. We spent the two weeks around Thanksgiving cruising from Barcelona Spain to Miami. It was a very restful two weeks once we got on board the ship. If you are thinking of cruising on Oceana I'd give it a pass unless you have a lot of money and have a butler. It was good for what it w... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:21:31 EST Color Run 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125318 When Jenny (from Azure's) first talked about doing a 5K in San Diego, I thought cool, I'm close enough to go down and do it. Hmm... I wonder if my husband would do it with me? Well, that's mostly because I probably wouldn't have gone without my security blanket & backbone. After all, this is the first time meeting anyone from Spark People. I was anxious and leery, because I'm normally really shy until I get to know someone. Then Katrina (Kat, former Azurita and one of the founders of the... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:45:29 EST BLC - Reboot part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111331 Original Goals: <BR> <BR> Eating <BR> Track everything, every day no matter what! Stay within calorie range a minimum of 5 days a week and as close a possible on the others. No more 2K food days. <BR> <BR> Exercise <BR> 1. Exercise 20 minutes (minimum) 5 days a week. <BR> 2. 2 days a week do strength training focused workouts. <BR> 3. Swim at least 1 day a week until it’s too cold. <BR> 4. Get at least 10,000 steps a day (or 45 minutes “active” walking minutes) 5 days a week. (5K on rest da... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:09:41 EST BLC – REBOOT NEEDED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110376 OK, we were asked to blog about our goals and where we are now since we are half way through this round. <BR> <BR> I’m sad to say I’ve failed at almost everything I wanted to accomplish this round, except exercise. <BR> <BR> Food ~ I’ve been eating out and not making the best choices way too often. Using any excuse to choose poorly. I expect I will have another gain this week as I’ve been eating way too many desserts and other bad choices. I want and have to do better. <BR> <BR> Exercis... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:03:19 EST Life goes on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102963 I have had so much going on in my head during the past 2 weeks that I’m not sure where I am or what’s going on. They have been a blur and I really don’t remember much. Where to begin? <BR> <BR> So on the first of October I started a challenge and as most of you probably know someone else won it in 1-day… 100,000 steps… one day! Seems to me someone cheated but that’s not my call to make. I got depressed and lost all motivation for about 20 minutes. Then my husband challenged me to take a... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:02:43 EST Stepping challenges update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085600 For the stepping challenge with Zannachan (consistency) <BR> <BR> 9/26 - 13,586 <BR> 9/27 - 11,423 <BR> 9/28 - 14,845 <BR> 9/29 - 10,911 <BR> 9/30 - 8,487 <BR> 10/1 - 34,418 <BR> 10/2 - 36,025 <BR> <BR> OK, now for the fun stuff, or more challenges updates. <BR> 1. The challenge of getting to 100,000 steps first starting 10/1 is over. Someone post over that amount yesterday morning, before I even got out of bed. Sigh. <BR> 2. The challenge of who can take the most steps from10/1 - 10/15 ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 18:38:22 EST Here we go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082611 OK, the last challenge of 500,000 steps is done and I succeeded! Now what? It's a new month and a new quarter so I guess it's time for some new challenges. After all, I've got an 18 day streak going with at least 30 minutes of "active" walking. So what's the plan? <BR> <BR> Step 1 ~ Join a walk challenge from work. Done... actually I joined 2. The first one is a short term (probably one week) to get to 100,000 steps first. The challenge started today. The current leader (no, not me) ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:54:10 EST Whee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080758 I had a lot of fun yesterday, although it was a VERY long day. You see it all started about 3:30 in the morning when we got up and drove approximately two hours and one Starbucks Chai Latte (venti of course) later. We missed the turn to the place where we were meeting for the hot air balloon tour. Check in was from 5:30 - 5:45 (actually until just after 6 AM). For those of you who don't know me, I'm the original night owl. Well, I used to be anyway and getting up at the time I often get ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:30:30 EST Weight loss Survey & updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077187 This quiz was taken from PROUDLILMOM’s blog. After yesterday’s blog I thought it would be an appropriate quiz to maybe help me think about the things I want. <BR> <BR> 1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight? <BR> Highest weight: 199 <BR> Current weight: 166.7 <BR> Goal weight: 1350 - 140ish <BR> <BR> 2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight? <BR> My health. Being diagnosed with RA and knowing that getting the weight off takes a lot... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:49:00 EST Running in place?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076232 Somehow I find myself doing the same things over and over. It seems to work for awhile and then... well... it stops. WHY?! Why do I do this to myself. I SAY I want... to lose weight, to get stronger, to look great for my cruise. But... do I REALLY want it? Past experience says... NO. <BR> <BR> I start out great. Then... I eat... peanut butter by the tablespoonful. Or a lot of snack bars, or... well, you get the idea. Then, well... I skip a workout, then 2, then... it's been a mo... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:56:56 EST