ALLELUIA525's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALLELUIA525 ALLELUIA525'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/ emotional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899622 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 246.5 <BR> <BR> It has been an emotional day. Many tears have been shed -- some out of frustration, some out of fear, and some out of a grateful heart. <BR> <BR> In all of that, I have not been emotionally eating. I am continuing to track food before eating it and it's going pretty well. I will be at the low end of my calorie range when all is said and done today. <BR> <BR> I pre-made lunches for the rest of the week which will help with tracking before eating. <BR>... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:07:40 EST better...sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899053 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 248 <BR> <BR> Today was a much better day. I was able to stay within my calorie range and much lower than the last three days. <BR> <BR> However, I am not feeling all that well. I'm definitely fighting something. I am determined to continue tracking my food; I will do my best as to the exercise. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:55:57 EST stupid choice ~ smart choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898436 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 247.5 <BR> <BR> I had a couple high calorie days this weekend. To CYCLE my calories, I planned on having a low day today and was doing pretty well until... <BR> <BR> We went to Chick-fil-A for supper. I split an order of chicken nuggets and waffle fries with my daughter (which netted 434 calories). If I had stopped there, I would have been fine. Alas, I did not stop there. I chose to get a small cookies & cream shake as well. <BR> <BR> STUPID CHOICE! When I got h... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:41:05 EST week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896918 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 247 <BR> <BR> I lost 3 pounds this week for a total of 7.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> NSVs: I've had an emotional week and I'm in the midst of one of the three busiest times at work. I am proud that I did not dive head first into the 2 bags of chips in my kitchen. (I'm sensing a theme with my NSVs -- I knew chips were a problem; I just didn't know they had such a stronghold on me.) <BR> <BR> STOP snacking after 9pm: I was able to do this successfully all week. <BR> <BR> MOV... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:02:10 EST low days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896087 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 248 <BR> <BR> I know I said in my changes for this week that I was not going to worry too much about staying within my calorie ranges and just focus on calorie cycling. However, today was the first day that I stayed at the high-end of my calorie range for a "low" day. I don't feel like I've been overeating. I've been making decent choices. I just can't get low enough to actually CYCLE my calories. <BR> <BR> I will keep trying. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:55 EST sometimes the scale doesn't make sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894834 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 247.5 <BR> <BR> I so don't "deserve" a 2 pound loss since yesterday. Upon seeing 247.5 this morning, I stepped on and off the scale 3 times to be sure. My calorie range and sodium were high yesterday -- as in "I had movie theater popcorn with butter yesterday" high. I totally expected and braced myself for a gain this morning. <BR> <BR> I was a little surprised that I *only* lost 1 pound last week. (Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for any loss.) I figure yester... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:56:54 EST five and ten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893880 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 249.5 <BR> <BR> Down five pounds and in a new "decade"! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:49:48 EST CYCLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893614 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 250 <BR> <BR> The change I will make this week is to calorie CYCLE. I went back to my SparkPage description about how I CYCLED previously: <BR> <BR> My calorie range is 1200-1550. I usually try to eat between 1200-1275 on my low days then 1475-1550 on my high day. I have figured out that 2 low days then a high day works best for me. <BR> <BR> My Weekly Progress on my Nutrition page reveals that I CYCLED a bit without even trying: <BR> <BR> 1,784 - 1,359 - 1,576 - 1,51... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:23:07 EST week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893033 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 250 <BR> <BR> I lost one more pound this week. <BR> <BR> NSVs: For many months, I have had no self-control when it comes to chips. I have not been able to keep a full-size bag of chips in my house for more than a day and a half. I had to resort to buying single-serve bags. I bought a bag of chips earlier in the week. It is in my kitchen and it still has chips in it! <BR> <BR> STOP snacking after 9pm: I was able to do this successfully all week. <BR> <BR> MOVE and ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:30:07 EST a productive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890945 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 250.5 <BR> <BR> Sometimes, there are just not enough hours in the day to do all I want to do. <BR> <BR> I got so engrossed in some "fun" work for my job last night. When I looked at the clock and realized it was 11:10pm, I freaked out because I had to do laundry for my daughter to have jeans to wear to school in the morning. So I put the laptop down, got a load of laundry going, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, got a glass of water, then went right back to work. ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:15:32 EST on TRACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890161 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 253 (not surprising) <BR> <BR> Eating out twice yesterday, showed up on the scale today. <BR> <BR> Though I officially only ate out once today, I did have leftovers from last night's dinner for lunch today. So, in essence, I ate out twice today as well. I will not be surprised if it shows up on the scale again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I forgot how hard it is to TRACK food at local restaurants. I also forgot how quickly the calories add up. Though I am nowhere near my ca... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 22:40:55 EST a new week, a new change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889487 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 251 <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are to MOVE more, STOP snacking after 9pm, and TRACK every BLT. <BR> <BR> Today, I TRACKed all my food. I kind of wish I didn't choose a Sunday to start TRACKing, since my calories are always high on Sundays (eating out twice in one day does that). I did eat less at dinner because I knew that I was going to track it. <BR> <BR> My goal was not to stay in a set calorie range though. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be honest with myself ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:26:15 EST MOVE more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888620 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 251 <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the week, I dragged the aerobic step out from under the couch so I could MOVE for 10 minutes per day. I have used it while watching TV every day this week. I haven't done anything fancy. However, I am feeling its effects! I am raising my heart rate, I am comfortably out of breath, and, man, my hips are sore! (I would love to feel its effects on the way my jeans fit, but I know that will take a little more time and losing about 5-10 mo... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:35:35 EST it's okay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888007 ...to go to bed hungry. <BR> <BR> As I was doing a little work and watching TV last night, I felt something I haven't felt in a long time...hunger pangs. I didn't snack at all after dinner. When I felt the hunger pangs, I looked up and saw that it was 9:57pm -- well past my STOP snacking after 9pm time. So, I finished my work, drank my water, MOVEd for 10 minutes, then went to bed hungry...and I was okay. <BR> <BR> It gives me hope that I will be okay once I start TRACKing on Sunday. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:14:28 EST streak-ing is fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887739 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 252.5 <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about the MOVE and STOP changes for this week. I am building confidence, consistency, and momentum. <BR> <BR> I am almost ready for the next change -- TRACK. <BR> <BR> I say *almost*, because I am a bit apprehensive when I think about this change. I am not looking forward to seeing the amount of calories I've been eating. However, I am committed to being honest with myself. So, I will start the next change on Sunday and I will TRAC... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:53:08 EST restarting ~ rethinking ~ rereading ~ reminding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886736 SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 252 <BR> <BR> Restarting is not easy. The hardest part for me is the mind games. <BR> <BR> I decided to make 2 changes this week: MOVE and STOP. <BR> <BR> MOVE - exercise for 10 minutes each day <BR> <BR> STOP - no snacking after 9pm <BR> <BR> I have been rethinking these changes. I am tempted to add to these changes already. I know what it takes to get the weight off. I've done it before. I keep thinking that I need to do everything I was doing when I was 145lbs.... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:23:03 EST getting honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886109 I need to get honest with myself. <BR> <BR> I am heavier now than when I started this journey 7 years ago. <BR> <BR> The seams on my jeans are starting to hurt and I refuse to buy larger jeans. <BR> <BR> I am uncomfortable when I sit in some chairs with arms. <BR> <BR> No more denial. <BR> <BR> So here I go... <BR> <BR> Weigh-in on March 1: 254.5 <BR> <BR> Ugh! <BR> <BR> Today's weigh in: 253.0 <BR> <BR> I am thankful for a team challenge that inspired me to get moving again. <BR... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:30:31 EST my wake-up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190342 I knew I gained weight. <BR> <BR> I knew I was buying sizes I never wanted to see again. <BR> <BR> I knew I was breathing hard going up a flight of stairs or doing anything remotely strenuous. <BR> <BR> I knew I needed to get back on track. <BR> <BR> But I did nothing about it. <BR> <BR> That is, until I got my wake-up call on Sunday. <BR> <BR> It snowed on Saturday night -- the first good snowstorm of the season -- and my daughter wanted to go sledding with me. I couldn't say n... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:30:55 EST calorie cycle fail... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881739 Who am I kidding?!?! Not only did I fail to stay on the low end of my calorie range today, I ate two times more calories than suggested by SP. I also failed to stay at mid-range yesterday or the high end on Saturday. Holidays and birthdays are killers. <BR> <BR> In order to get back on the "cycling" track, I will stay at the low end of my calorie range tomorrow and Wednesday. Mon, 14 May 2012 22:54:50 EST changes...week 3, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878210 Week 2 is done with a 5 pound loss! <BR> SW - 221 <BR> CW - 210 <BR> GW - 145 <BR> <BR> I met all the goals for the week. Yesterday, I alluded to the fact that the set times for drinking water and going to bed were not working so well. I did meet those goals, but I think I totally missed the reason why I set those goals. The purpose of drinking my water before 10pm was to start drinking throughout the day, but it didn't work out that way...I just drank it all between 9 and 10pm most da... Sat, 12 May 2012 11:18:52 EST self-imposed goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876740 I made it through yesterday...still on track with my goals. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm rushing to drink my water by 10 and to get to bed by 11. I'm not sure I like that feeling. I will have to reevaluate those goals for next week. I know they are just self-imposed goals and I don't need to be so strict (I should be able to allow myself to go to bed at 11:15 instead of 11:00), but I want to be able to say in all honesty that I met all my goals at the end of the week. Fri, 11 May 2012 09:16:22 EST so tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875175 I've been going to bed earlier...I took a nap Monday and yesterday...yet, I still feel tired. I don't get it. Maybe it's the rain, maybe I'm hormonal...I have no idea. Despite my exhaustion, I exercised yesterday...so I'm still on track for meeting my goals for the week. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 May 2012 09:08:21 EST how low can you go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873523 <em>244</em> I finished Tuesday at exactly 1200 calories, which makes 2 low days in a row! <BR> <BR> I am still on track to meet the adjusted goals for the week. I do have to remember to exercise today...usually, Wednesday is my day off (late night at work), but I already took the day off on Saturday. Wed, 9 May 2012 08:15:00 EST planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871805 I am on track to meet my goals for the week with the adjustments made to the calorie cycling. <BR> <BR> I am taking SHANNISHELL's advice to plan and track my food ahead of time. I currently have 15-115 calories left to stay on the low end of my calorie range. It's great to know I have a full day's worth of food tracked and I still have room for a snack or a small second helping. Tue, 8 May 2012 08:12:51 EST having to readjust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870090 I'm not sure why I am having such a hard time staying at the low end of my calorie range this time around. I did fine on Saturday, but I hit the high end Sunday. <BR> <BR> So I have to readjust the calorie cycle for this week: Sat - low, Sun - high, Mon - low, Tues - low, Wed - high, Thur - low, Fri - mid <BR> <BR> I have to readjust my eating and figure out how to stay on the low end of my calorie range more than one day in a row. Any ideas????? Mon, 7 May 2012 09:09:24 EST checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868961 I remembered a project I need to get done before Sunday morning...at 10pm on Saturday. Since I had put off exercising all day (which I usually do), I had to choose between the two. Unfortunately, the project took precedence over exercising. This means I will not be able to take a day off the rest of the week. So, I'm on track for meeting my goals for the week as long as I keep that in mind. <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 14:00:22 EST changes...week 2, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867421 Week 1 is done with a 6 pound loss! <BR> SW - 221 <BR> CW - 215 <BR> GW - 145 <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I met 3 out of 5 goals. I wasn't able to officially measure some of the food I ate at work, but I did track it. I also ended up on the high end of my calorie range instead of the low range. <BR> <BR> This week's goals: <BR> * Calorie cycle: Sat - low, Sun - low, Mon - high, Tues - low, Wed - low, Thurs - mid, Fri - high <BR> * Track food intake daily...weigh and measure whenever possible.... Sat, 5 May 2012 10:05:22 EST changes...day 7, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865956 I was close enough to all 5 goals yesterday that made me feel really good about the day: <BR> * I exercised for 30 minutes. I started at 10:32pm which affected my last goal of getting to bed at 11:00pm, but I did it! <BR> * I tracked my food intake to the best of my ability. <BR> * My tracker says that I was at 1685 calories (135 over the high end of my calorie range and 35 over my goal for the day), but I usually overestimate when I can't weigh and measure accurately. So, I think I came in... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:09:55 EST changes...day 6, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864269 I met all 5 goals yesterday. I had a donut at staff meeting, so I had to rethink dinner to account for it and still stay on the low end of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> I really need to work on getting my water in throughout the day and not between 9pm and midnight. Yesterday, I drank 80 ounces of water between 9 and 10:30, then went to bed...which meant I was up multiple times going to the bathroom. Kind of defeats the purpose of going to bed early. <BR> <BR> So, here are my goals for to... Thu, 3 May 2012 08:15:17 EST changes...day 5, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862288 I met all 5 goals yesterday. I was hungry after dinner, but I chose not to eat anything. I decided it was okay to feel a little hunger. I realize that some of the hunger may have been my body "growling" for more sleep. <BR> <BR> Today is my day off from exercising, so I will add a new goal... The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will pack a lunch for work <BR> * I will weigh and measure and track my food intake <BR> * I will stay on the low end of my calorie range again <BR... Wed, 2 May 2012 00:03:37 EST changes...day 4, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860384 I met 4 out of 5 goals again yesterday. I went over my calorie range by approximately 103 calories (I say approximately because the restaurant didn't have nutrition facts), but everything else was on target. <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes <BR> * I will pack a lunch for work <BR> * I will weigh and measure and track my food intake <BR> * I will stay on the low end of my calorie range <BR> * I will drink 10 8-ounce glasses of water Tue, 1 May 2012 00:04:41 EST changes...day 3, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858746 I met 4 out of 5 goals yesterday. I did not stay on the low end of my calorie range, but I did stay within range. I was "stomach growling" hungry after 9pm and chose to have a banana and 1T of peanut butter. I am pretty pleased with the day overall. <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes <BR> * I will track my food intake <BR> * I will eat low cal for breakfast and lunch since we will be going out for dinner <BR> * I will stay within my ca... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:55:03 EST changes...day 2, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857142 I met my goals yesterday (despite some relational challenges that had me thinking about comforting myself with food)! <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes <BR> * I will make my food at home <BR> * I will weigh and measure and track my food intake <BR> * I will stay on the low end of my calorie range again <BR> * I will drink 10 8-ounce glasses of water Sun, 29 Apr 2012 06:57:39 EST changes...day 1, take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856311 So, the changes I made during the last year and a half have been anything but healthy: <BR> * I stopped exercising <BR> * I started eating out...A LOT <BR> * I stopped tracking my food almost completely (and when I did I was always over my calorie range) <BR> <BR> As a result, I have regained 75 pounds. <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes (most likely in 2 15-minute increments) <BR> * I will make my food at home <BR> * I will weigh and measu... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:53:50 EST accountability ~ encouragement verses judgment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213095 In "Made to Crave", Lysa TerKeurst points out the benefits of accountability found in Ecclesiastes 4 ( <link>www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search<BR>=ecc%204:9-12&version=NIV1984 </link> ): <BR> <BR> 1. help to recover from failure (v. 10) <BR> 2. comfort and companionship in adverse conditions (v. 11) <BR> 3. help in defending against attacks (v. 12) <BR> <BR> As I worked through the next few questions in the study guide, I realized that I need encouragement from an accountability partn... Thu, 5 May 2011 20:28:09 EST "Made to Crave" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178217 I've started the Made to Crave small group study and reading the book by Lysa TerKeurst. So far it has been encouraging and convicting and I'm only on chapter 4 of the book. I have started a Made to Crave SparkTeam to discuss the concepts presented in the book and to find support and accountability as we learn to crave God, not food. <BR> <BR> Check out Made to Crave's website and get the book: <link>www.madetocrave.org </link> <BR> <BR> Then join the Made to Crave SparkTeam: <link>... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:05:03 EST 1,000 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148216 I just realized today marks 1,000 days since I joined SP. <BR> <BR> Nothing profound to say...just wanted to mark the day! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:14:39 EST winded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3978603 I had my NSWUC (Non-Scale Wake Up Call) today. When I went to volunteer at my daughter's school, I was winded walking up to her third floor classroom. I hated that feeling! I tried in December to get back on track with exercising, but it didn't "take". Now it has to! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:03:47 EST the fourteenth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3853225 <em>248</em> 15+ minutes walking <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift today was adrenaline pumping...walking back to the car after a heart-stopping, nail-biting Patriots win! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 01:36:30 EST the thirteenth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3851571 <em>248</em> 15 minutes done! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The gift of the day was a step in the right direction...in fact, that was basically the gift of the week as I have been struggling with various physical setbacks all week. I didn't quite make the 90 minutes of fitness this week, but I worked out nonetheless...it's a step in the right direction when compared to November's fitness (or lack thereof). Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:04:47 EST the twelfth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848552 <em>248</em> 15 minute workout done! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> The gift of the day (Thursday) was received a little late (I am writing this at 1:15am after finishing my workout), but it was received nonetheless! It has been a very long day and it's time to give myself the gift of sleep now. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:16:15 EST the eleventh gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3846584 <em>248</em> 25 minutes of fitness <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift I received tonight was "lost". I got lost in a show while working out and lost track of time...completing my 15 minutes + 10! Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:58:30 EST the tenth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844655 <em>248</em> 15 minutes done - though I don't know if you can call it cardio as it was a slow-go tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The tenth gift I gave to myself was the ability to complete a workout even though I felt like I was slugging through mud. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:46:56 EST the ninth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3838820 <em>248</em> 15 minutes finally done <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> I didn't learn anything from yesterday's gift. I procrastinated to the point where I wanted to go to bed so badly (knowing I have a very early morning and even longer day tomorrow), but I gave myself the gift of accomplishment tonight and completed a 15 minute workout anyway! <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 00:00:56 EST the eighth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837209 <em>248</em> 15 minutes done <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> Today's gift was a feeling of relief as I completed my workout *early* (or at least earlier than usual) and didn't put it off until the last possible minute. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:57:39 EST the seventh gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3835406 <em>248</em> 20 minutes of fitness completed! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> I opened the gift of commitment to myself tonight...as I didn't want to exercise (yet again), but I did it anyway. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 23:57:18 EST the sixth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3831121 <em>248</em> 15 minutes + 5!!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 95 fitness minutes completed this week! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> The gift of the day was completing the 15 minute challenge then going for 5 more! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 23:34:46 EST the fifth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3828824 <em>248</em> 15 minutes completed during the Pats game! <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift I opened tonight was remembering to use the stationary bike...a gift I should have been taking advantage of all last month when I didn't want to get off the couch. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 22:45:42 EST the fourth gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826555 <em>248</em> 15 minutes done! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The gift I gave myself tonight was the gift of resolve. I did NOT want to exercise tonight, but I did it anyway...I had no motivation to exercise, but I followed through on this commitment...and I am glad I did!!! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 00:05:36 EST the third gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3822735 <em>248</em> 15 minutes DONE! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> The gift I received tonight was the ability to work out away from home with no "equipment". Fri, 3 Dec 2010 23:02:50 EST