ALPHAPREP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALPHAPREP ALPHAPREP'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/ Another 5K PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937785865.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Had a lot of fun this weekend running the Bill's 5k! <BR> <BR> There is something deeply satisfying in setting off on a new adventure and having it work out. That’s how this running thing has been for me over the past several months. I’m actually a little perplexed at how much I’ve enjoyed running and racing. It just never seemed like something that I could do. – Full Race Recap on my blog: <link>www.thesecond... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:13:56 EST I RAN My first 10k! The Tufts 10k for Women. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l3392438.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And yet another thrilling fitness accomplishment – I ran my very first 10k (and my second race, ever!) this weekend. <BR> <BR> Full re-cap up on my blog: <link>www.thesecondlunch.com/2012/10/tufts<BR>-health-plan-10k-for-women/# </link> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:18:03 EST An inconcevable accomplishment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087271 Yesterday I learned how to do HANDSTAND PUSHUPS. <BR> <BR> We'll just ignore the fact that without my glasses I look 12, and apparently being photographed upside down is the least flattering way to photograph yourself EVER. BUT. HAND.STAND.PUSHUPS. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l293309402.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The whole story over on my blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.thesecondlunch.com/2012/10/a-cha<BR>llenge-breakthrough/ </link> <BR> <BR> I pretty much have no... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 23:51:13 EST My favorite from today's walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081264 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119755952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a gorgeous day today after the rain stopped! More here on the blog: <link>www.thesecondlunch.com/2012/09/after<BR>_the_rain/ </link> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:57:34 EST My first 5k!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l744895663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ran my very first 5k this weekend!! Three years after my c25k, I actually went through with it and signed up for a real race. <BR> <BR> My full recap with lots of pictures of me excited and red-faced here on my blog! <BR> <BR> <link>www.thesecondlunch.com/2012/09/charl<BR>es-river-center-5k-my-first-5k/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'd love for you to swing over and check it out :) Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:06:51 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033395 Howdy Sparks Friends, <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've been actively participating here, so I'm going to take a few minutes to use this space to define some new goals. The good thing is that the fitness is happening. I've been going to CrossFit twice a week for the past 3 months, and getting in plenty of walking in the interim days. The not so good part - food, overindulging, way too much stress. <BR> <BR> 1. Water. Water. Water. <BR> <BR> 2. Meal Planning: It's happening... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:19:49 EST Fish Taco Salad + Crossfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968882 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l453117128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been doing CrossFit for the past two months, and it has energized me more than any other fitness experience I've ever participated in! I've also been inspired to blog more, eat healthier and cook at home more often. {I love to cook, so this isn't that surprising}. <BR> <BR> This week I took these beautiful swordfish steaks and made some awesome fish taco salad (minus the taco). The recipe is here on my blog:... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:43:36 EST I love my Fitbit! Do you have one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658425 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894746077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I absolutely love my Fitbit. I posted about it over at my lunch blog with screenshots of how it measures data (and why it is better than your normal pedometer). <BR> <BR> It's also really cute! I highly recommend it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthylunchidea.com/2011/12/20/<BR>healthy-lunch-gift-idea-fitbit-ultra/ </link> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:29:08 EST Weekly Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655570 I thought I'd copy this from one of my blogs – Healthy Lunch Ideas – that I write from my small corner of the internet. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthylunchidea.com/2012/01/02/<BR>weekly-meal-plan-1212/ </link> <BR> <BR> My meal plan for this week! (More info, and links to recipes over on the blog). <BR> <BR> Monday: Turkey and vegetable chili (no recipe!) with tomatillo salsa (from the Homesick Texan Cookbook), topped with pepper jack and yogurt. Side of spinach, either under the chili, or... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:26:37 EST Happiness Project January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650601 I'm a big fan of Gretchen Rubin's 'The Happiness Project' - it's a wonderful book to motivate and inspire! <BR> <BR> While I think it's important to create your own projects, and adapt to your own sets of goals, I really like her January resolutions, so I'm going to post them here as a reminder. <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> :: boost energy <BR> :: VITALITY <BR> <BR> 1. *Go to sleep earlier.* <BR> <BR> - I've been using my fitbit monitor, and a new app called Sleep is An Droid to measure ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:14:35 EST January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648639 I've been quiet around here. I finished up the year at almost the exact weight I was one year ago, which is pretty good! <BR> <BR> Goals for January! <BR> <BR> Ok, here are my goals for the month (for which I'm going to write up weekly updates to stay on track. ) <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> #1: 10 minute fitness streak! 10 minutes, every day, no excuses. <BR> <BR> then: <BR> <BR> :: 1400 minutes + (350 minutes a week, or more of cardio) Ideally, 60 minutes EVERY day. (10k steps and... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:36:46 EST Today's Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366337 Sets: 3 <BR> Reps: 15 <BR> Weight: 5-pound dumbbells & body weight <BR> <BR> Workout: <BR> <BR> Push-ups (on knees) <BR> Upright rows <BR> Shoulder press <BR> Hammer curls <BR> Bent-over fly <BR> Dips <BR> <BR> And a 2.5 mile walk. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:07:43 EST Weekly Meal Planning + Spring Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4116233 I'm lifting this from my actual blog because I haven't posted anything here on Sparkpeople in a while. Here's to easing back into things! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78586790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve been thinking about spring time habits lately – I’m working on my seasonal to-do list this week. List making is a happy habit. I love drawing from design blogs, food blogs, books, even movies and finding things that would make me happy to do or participate in. I’ve... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:03:34 EST Weekly Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287849736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was last week’s farm box from Eatwell (December 15th). In the box: Spinach, Lettuce, Dill, Celery, Broccoli, Carrots, Red Ace Beets, Leeks, Fuyu Persimmons, Satsuma Mandarins, Diane Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash. And eggs. <BR> <BR> This week’s influences: At Home with Madhur Jaffrey, the new issue of Sunset Magazine. Meals are listed by breakfast, lunch, and dinner. <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> - scrambled eggs... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:04:15 EST This past week's meal plan: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3849294 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733513383.jpg"> <BR> [Thai fish and corn curry from Tori Ritchie's Braises and Stews <link>amzn.to/f7OZwu </link> ] <BR> <BR> I realize that I didn't post this here. <BR> To give an idea of my meal plans, here is another from this past week. I've written the changes I made when I actually sat down to eat, to get an idea of things. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <BR> Brunch: big ole’ salad with all the leftovers [hazelnuts, celery, radishes, sar... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 12:38:38 EST Word of the Year: Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3825609 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521014679.jpg"> <BR> One of the better books that I read this year was Gretchen Rubin's 'The Happiness Project'. [ <link>amzn.to/f0F4dC </link> ] I took it out of the library, read it, and loved it so much that I bought it. (I generally restrict my book buying to cookbooks, unless I really, really enjoy something). I found her organized, systematic approach to achieving happiness incredibly appealing. I generally get more done when I make li... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:18:05 EST Savor Simplicity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824700 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l885763121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Photo via artisticrealism.com <BR> <BR> I found this nugget of gold on Leo Babauta's Zen Habits: <BR> <BR> "Meals: While the trend these days is super-sized meals of greasy, fried things (more than two people need to eat actually), I have been enjoying smaller meals of simplicity. Just a few ingredients, fresh, whole, unprocessed, without chemicals or sauces. My meals usually include: a breakfast of steel-cut oat... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 01:44:54 EST Farm Box + Weekly Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116367548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is last weeks Eatwell Farmbox. Lots of delicious stuff! Leftover from last week, I have kuri squash, red pepper, tatsoi, and some leeks. <BR> <BR> This coming week, I'm picking up the new box, on Wednesday which will contain: ‘Wonderful’ Pomegranates, Pink Lady Apples, Broccoli, Spinach, Baby Lettuce, Watermelon Diakon, Collards, Potatoes, Winter Squash, French Breakfast Radish and Napa Cabbage. <BR> <BR> B... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 23:17:16 EST A few tracking notes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796061 Weigh ins: <BR> It took me forever to post an actual weigh in on here. I knew a few weeks ago that I was at the high end of my comfort zone, and yet, I didn't update my weight to reflect it. I've lost a pound or so, so at least it feels better, but I think I would lose better if I was actually weighing in and writing it down. Well, it's done now - and here's to get it in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Water: <BR> I'm not sure why getting my water for the day has been such a struggle. For so... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:06:20 EST What to do after a Big Weekend of Eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341279931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This past weekend I went to the FoodBuzz Festival, a big social weekend for food bloggers here in San Francisco. It was fun to meet so many new people, try some tasty treats, and play tourist in my own city. I even got to meet SP_STEPF who blogs at Dailyspark! (I actually squealed out loud when I heard she was from SparkPeople). <BR> <BR> Because it was a FOOD festival, there were temptations all around. Even tho... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:06:57 EST New CSA Farm Box/ Monday Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786408745.jpg"> <BR> <em>291</em> *Pro Tip*: One of the most successful ways of adding vegetables to your diet is to simply have them on hand in abundance, ready to cook with and eat. <BR> <BR> I find that rather than making the decision (or not) to buy certain vegetables (such as leafy greens), it helps to actually get a farm box to minimize my decision making process, and ensure that I actually get seasonal produce that I will eat. <BR>... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 17:14:37 EST Quick Start Breakfast + French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638161 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496101609.jpg"> <BR> In the past few weeks I've been reading the French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook, ( <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439148961<BR>?ie=UTF8&tag=theseclun-20&linkCode=as2<BR>&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASI<BR>N=1439148961 </link> ) Mireille Guiliano's newest book to accompany her 'French Women Don't Get Fat' books (which I love). Rather than diet books, they are simply books about living and eating well, mindfully,... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:54:03 EST July Goals + a picture of dinner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3387869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378909770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Check out my soup tonight - finishing on a strong note! A bowl of summer minestra with carrots, tomato, zucchini, lettuce, and a dollop of home made pesto. Served with a thick slice of home made toast, and a small pat of Kerrygold butter. <BR> <BR> On to the goals! <BR> <BR> Ok, here are my goals for the month (for which I'm going to write up weekly updates to stay on track. Last month I had the same goals, and ... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:44:29 EST Trusting Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3353343 A friend shared this with me this week. It's funny, I used to really hate those circulating chain positive emails that my mom would forward me - but nowadays, I really enjoy reading affirmations, and other small poems like this. I find that if I'm open to receiving things like this, I actually feel better and feel happier. <BR> <BR> "Trusting Yourself" <BR> <BR> <BR> Trusting yourself is allowing <BR> <BR> Whatever occurs inside you <BR> <BR> To bubble up unrestrained. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:25:27 EST Weekly Goals Check-up~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3306474 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746341374.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The truth? When I actually do an update of my goals and accomplishments I am more focused to get them done! I don't know if it is competition, bragging rights, or just visualizing my goal, but writing down these goals for June has set me off on the right path! <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> #1: 10 minute fitness streak! 10 minutes, every day, no excuses. [DONE <em>48</em> ] <BR> <BR> :: 1400 minutes + (350 minute... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 15:39:17 EST The little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3302097 The little things... <BR> <BR> Add up. <BR> <BR> It's funny - when I'm in the Spark "zone" I feel unstoppable. <em>334</em> I've been so inspired over the past week reading everyone's spark blogs, sticking to my goal list, and the weather being beautiful. <BR> <BR> A few great things over the past few days: <BR> <BR> The importance of having a good doctor: After my (wonderful!) doctor appointment on Wednesday I felt so encouraged. I went for a long walk on Wednesday, and then was sched... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 23:56:35 EST Great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3295186 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68086062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me hiking the Dipsea last week - and this is the view: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563194498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How is June going for you all?? I'm sleeeeepy! But I thought I'd go ahead and blog tonight just to keep track of things. Blogging here on Sparkpeople is a great way to keep focused, celebrate successes, vent, etc. KARVY posted a great reminder post about keeping a P... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 00:46:38 EST Tuesday, June 1 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3291128 Hope everyone is having a good day! It's June! Time for a fresh start for summer - I'm looking forward to kicking into gear every day of June and being present and active on Sparks! Hope you all join me! <BR> <BR> Today I: <BR> <BR> 1. Got my farm box. This was a tasty week - bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, baby potatoes, lettuce, peaches, a honeydew melon, and blueberries. (I think I'm forgetting something.) I made breakfast with the blueberries and some plain yogurt topped with a little ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:12:27 EST 5 Steps to a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3283769 FITNESS!! 1. Got in a 1.5 hour walk before work today. All the way through the Castro, and back up through the Mission alongside the parade route! All that drumming and dancing made me happy! I've been trying for the past few weeks to be accountable to an hour a day of exercise (for both health and mood.) <BR> <BR> HYDRATE!! 2. Drank all of my water for the day! And then some. I had been slacking on the water - and boy does my body appreciate when I drink it! <BR> <BR> COOK!! 3. Home made d... Mon, 31 May 2010 00:52:58 EST Goals for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3282543 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954288131.jpg"> <BR> (This photo is from the juice bar at Farmers market. This week I went for a "green shot".... <BR> <BR> I can't believe it is June already. (Well, almost.) For this month, I'm going to copycat my goals for February (last time I wrote down goals... grrr...) <BR> <BR> Ok, here are my goals for the month (for which I'm going to write up weekly updates to stay on track. <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> #1: 10 minute fitness ... Sun, 30 May 2010 15:33:53 EST Weekly Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3254612 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812137266.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After attempting twice to course correct, it seems like I've finally been able to stick to it and see some good results! What did it take? Some accountability help! Last week at my weekly study group, we all set goals that we would like to be accountable to. <BR> <BR> Mine were: <BR> <BR> 1) 1 hour of exercise at least 5x a week (if not all seven days). Ideally, it would be 350 minutes of exercise per week, and a... Fri, 21 May 2010 16:19:53 EST Weekly Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141373 <BR> I can't believe that it has been over a month since I have last blogged on Sparkpeople. Actually, I can believe it. I've been letting myself go, and went from 138 all the way up to 145 before realizing that I needed to course correct, asap. <BR> <BR> For the past week I have been recording all of my food, and forcing myself to get out and exercise. I say forcing, alas, because that seemed to be the problem - for the past month, I've been feeling utterly sedentary, not wanting to move a... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:06:55 EST Post-workout Photos, and daily blogging. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2992761 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532966840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am post-yoga! <BR> <BR> Recently, posting daily on my blog <link>www.healthylunchidea.com </link> has meant that I've not been spending as much time on sparkpeople (boo me.). But I've been finding that the daily blogging is pretty great for accountability. <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of cooking lately as well, including this recipe for chickpea and dill curry (recipe here: <link>www.thesecondlunch.... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 19:08:51 EST Body Composition Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2898645 I went in yesterday to the gym to get another reading of my Body Composition. One of these days I'm going to head out to find a body pod to get a really accurate measurement, but I'd like to actually have results by then that I'm super proud of. <BR> <BR> Here's yesterday's reading: <BR> <BR> (Note, it was taken mid-day, after I had already had some food and drink, so the weight is a little bit higher than my actual base line) <BR> <BR> Body Type: Standard <BR> Gender: Female <BR> Age: 23 ... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:27:19 EST Blogging Daily as New Accountability, and a Favor to Ask http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2895795 As I get SO CLOSE to my goal, I've been thinking of different ways to add accountability and keep myself motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle FOR LIFE. <BR> <BR> One of my new commitments to accountability is a bit radical: I'm going to be photographing and blogging all of my meals, including snacks. (I already do a significant amount of blogging and writing, but this is a new challenge. I'll continue to post blogs on spark people - but this way I can continue to spread the spark to the wor... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:50:53 EST Easy Weeknight Fish Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2876248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/3/b330909975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In honor of the Olympics, I made myself a really tasty mediterranean inspired fish dinner this evening. And I also got in my 10,000 steps, yeehaw! <BR> <BR> Here's the rest of the post: <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthylunchidea.com/2010/02/12/<BR>easy-weeknight-fish-dinner/ </link> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 02:27:05 EST Goals for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2827439 Ok, here are my goals for the month (for which I'm going to write up weekly updates to stay on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> #1: 10 minute fitness streak! 10 minutes, every day, no excuses. <BR> <BR> then: <BR> <BR> :: 1400 minutes + (350 minutes a week, or more of cardio) <BR> <BR> :: 8 strength sessions (Erm... I'm not a fan of strength.. just gotta do it!) - I'm stealing Hugmonkey Mom's goals: <BR> <BR> Goal 1. 1100 situps! This is roughly 40 a day. Towards the end of t... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 19:43:16 EST I ate 20 pizzas last year, and lost over 20lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2810144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/2/b921791264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve only eaten about twenty pizzas at Cheeseboard this year, my favorite pizza place in Berkeley. Yes, that’s right, I said twenty pizzas. And it’s a modest estimate. Now, if you’ve seen me recently, you will notice that I’m more than twenty pizzas thinner (a loose pizza to pound estimate) than last year, so it’s safe to say that this pizza has fit in perfectly fine with my healthy diet. <BR> <BR> This particular pi... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:56:34 EST Healthy Dinner (with picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2797661 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b532417523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Mixed green salad, with citrus vinaigrette. <BR> <BR> 2. Roasted butternut squash (about 30 minutes at 400 F, flipped over after the first 15) <BR> <BR> 3. Roasted Veg. Fritatta <BR> <BR> while roasting the squash, roasted assorted veg: broccoli, onions, leek, shallot, carrots. <BR> <BR> Then chopped up the roasted veg, and added them to some turkey bacon in a pan, and covered with 3 eggs (for the two of ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:55:03 EST Back into the Swing of Things (And some pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2797536 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/9/b9987155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took a little bit more than a week off sparks, and I've been missing things! I had the strong urge to head back to the east coast and have dinner with my Grandmother, who just moved into a new (swanky!) place, which I hadn't seen yet. It was definitely a splurge, but I decided to make the trip back for about 2 days. This was the "before shot" and indeed, a week without tracking I'm up about 3 pounds! But it was worth ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:08:53 EST Photo of the Day, Spinning, and New skinny jeans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2701494 I just came back from my first ever spin class. AND MAN DID IT KICK MY BUTT, and I was even a little wimpy about it. But the wheel kept turning the entire class! And I'm going to do it again even though I wanted to die. <BR> <BR> I've been doing my photo of the day project this week, and am having so much fun with it!! <BR> This is today's photo (the rest are at <link>www.alphaprep.posterous.com </link> ) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/6/b762596334.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:17:45 EST Making your own opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2693203 ***ASK ASK ASK - THE WORST THEY CAN SAY IS NO!*** <BR> <BR> I got this a few weeks ago from sparkpeople in my inbox, and wanted to reflect. <BR> <BR> "Making your own opportunities" <BR> <BR> "Wow! Three for one! If you see a common theme between the three, it's no accident. It's up to you to make sure your goals come to pass. If there are things standing in your way, waiting for someone to take care of those obstacles will result in a long wait. When things aren't going your way, change g... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:34:34 EST New Things for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2678562 Last night I went to a really fantastic new years party. Our host was Japanese, and we ate soba noodles with dashi, scallions, seaweed, and yuzu zest at midnight, a great way to start the new year. <BR> <BR> We made resolutions and they were read anonymously aloud - after hearing mine, people commented that it sounded like something Oprah or Anthony (Tony) Robbins would say. I'll take it! I committed to fitness, better health, happiness, taking full advantage of my life opportunities, and sh... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 23:22:26 EST New Coat Pic!! And some other things.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2657990 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/3/b231563884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Thai" lettuce wraps - big leafy salad, mint, basil, quick pickles of cucumber and carrots, glass noodles, bbq pulled pork, and sweet chili dipping sauce. I went heavy on the veg, and let the man eat the majority of the meat. <BR> <BR> I slightly over did it the past two days - Fried Chicken and Waffles on christmas eve, and then Chinese food on Christmas day. (Hey, I'm Jewish, it's tradition.) But, I wanted to show ... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 00:31:01 EST Recuperating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2657183 Well, unfortunately I broke my 10 minute streak this week, and a few other streaks as well. <BR> <BR> I finally broke down and went to the doctor, and got some medicine to breathe and for my coughing - I've been sick for over two weeks. I'm definitely on the upswing though. I was ordered bed-rest! And for once, I agreed with them! So, no working out, and no walking in the cold. Things seem to be looking up! <BR> <BR> I had two big meals - fried chicken and waffles at Ad Hoc ( One of Thoma... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 16:19:11 EST December Goal Status - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2646963 Week 1-3 <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> #1: 10 minute fitness streak! 10 minutes, every day, no excuses. [DONE!!!] <BR> <BR> then: <BR> <BR> :: 1400 minutes + (350 minutes a week, or more of cardio) <BR> I'm at 889 for the month so far - it's been rough, because I've been SICK FOR TWO WEEKS!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> :: 8 strength sessions (Erm... I'm not a fan of strength.. just gotta do it!) <BR> Fail. But - I've been doing more of the leslie sansone videos which add some upper body and low impa... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 23:18:07 EST Best new thing to do before bed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2619830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/1/b516759266.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I posted this on my newbie Spark team page that I'm leading this week, but I thought that maybe some of you all might benefit as well, and are further along in your journey and willing to try some new things: <BR> <BR> As you are just starting out on your journey, I'd like you to put aside the notion that this is a little hokey, and try out this exercise. <BR> <BR> ***Tonight, when you go to bed, no matter how your ... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 15:44:21 EST Oatmeal Obsession. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2619534 There are two blogs I read on a regular basis: <link>www.katheats.com </link> and <link>www.eatliverun.com </link> who consistently make these amazing oatmeal breakfasts that have me in awe. So lately I've been doing some oatmeal magic of my own. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/1/b118847220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's creation: Kashi Go Lean Vanilla Oatmeal, 1/2 Tbs. Pumpkin Butter, 1/2 Tbs. Almond butter, and sprinkles of cinnamon, flax seed and coconut. <BR> <BR... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 13:37:07 EST December Goal Status - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2616676 Week 1 <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> <BR> #1: 10 minute fitness streak! 10 minutes, every day, no excuses. [DONE!!!] <BR> <BR> then: <BR> <BR> :: 1400 minutes + (350 minutes a week, or more of cardio) <BR> [REALLY CLOSE about 330 min - derailed by some freezing weather that caught me off guard, and then catching an actual cold. ] <BR> <BR> <BR> :: 8 strength sessions (Erm... I'm not a fan of strength.. just gotta do it!) <BR> [FAIL.... I didn't do it. I gotta do it. I KNOW... GRRR...] <BR> ... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:37:26 EST Bean Crazy : A pound per pound lost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2608147 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/6/b162785912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Two days ago I was looking for a good reward for myself at my 15 pound loss mark. I had planned on getting a few new exercise tops, but I've been doing ok with the ones I have, so I decided on something a little different. <BR> <BR> In a fit of passion, I ordered a massive quantity of beans from Rancho Gordo. <BR> ( <link>rancho gordo </link> ) a company here in California that grows really great heirloom beans. Th... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 18:53:06 EST