BEAKIEBEAN's SparkPeople Blog BEAKIEBEAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The little things The kiddo and I went outside today with her sled to enjoy the beautiful afternoon. We sledded, ran around, and momma dragged her all over the place non-stop for an hour. Before I started sparking I'm not sure I would have lasted 5 minutes (and man that kid is heavier than the last time we did this!) <BR> <BR> This is what Sparkpeople means to me-that I can enjoy the little things with my daughter and create the big memories. Every sweaty workout, every thoughtfully planned meal, every day t... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 17:42:23 EST Don't Quit! So one of our challenges from our fearless pirate ninja hooker leader Kate is to write a blog about exercising and the 100 day challenge. <BR> <BR> For full disclosure-I was a regular exerciser before I started the 100 day challenge. I'd hit the fitness center 3-4 times a week and walk or jog. So the exercise thing-it wasn't starting from scratch. <BR> <BR> That's not to say that it hasn't been a learning experience. Since we've started the challenge I've discovered a couple things-one was... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:35:23 EST 2/3 of the way through...I love me some Mommies! So we're 2/3's of the way through the Rants challenge and I gotta say-there's nothing like a big ol group of snarky snitches to help you change your life. I'm eating better-and more thoughtfully that I ever have, I've got more energy, I'm actually getting bicep-like the kind you can feel and even see a little bit when I flex-madness. I think I'm actually in better shape now that I was after Army boot camp. <BR> <BR> And through the whole journey I've had this great group of ladies cheering e... Sun, 22 May 2011 22:37:27 EST Dear Fitness Fairy Dear Fitness Fairy, <BR> <BR> There seems to be some confusion between us. Now don't take this the wrong way-I totally understand your job is so much harder than the tooth fairies-I mean all she does is come along, pick up a tooth, drop a dollar, and leave. You on the other had are apparently in charge of fat removal from all parts of the body. Obviously a very complicated job. <BR> <BR> My problem fitness fairy is this-you seem to be removing all the fat from my tush and chest area. Now th... Wed, 11 May 2011 13:03:07 EST Clean eats I was really excited to see that part of our challenge this week was to do some cleaning eating reading and eating. It's something I've been interested in and trying to incorporate more of in my diet so the extra kick in the pants was great. <BR> <BR> My clean eating menu for tomorrow (and I'll be sticking with it because I've all ready entered it into my nutrition tracker and I'd rather poke out my eye than go back and redo all that!) <BR> <BR> Breakfast - smoothie (1/2 cup homemade yogur... Tue, 10 May 2011 22:53:45 EST 10 snacks and a meal plan Coming up with 10 snacks was actually pretty hard-I'm not a big snacker and I tend to snack on fruit when I do snack. I'm a lazy snacker and don't like to actually make a snack so I tend to grab what's there and easy-so as long as what's there and easy is something healthy I'm good to go. I also snack while I do other things so I like having something like blackberries or grapes that I can stick in a bowl on the table and nosh on while I do stuff. Nestle sno-caps-ok-not totally healthy but th... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:55:50 EST Is this a pep talk? Is that what I'm doing here? So this last week I've seen lots of my RFML friends doing a lot of self bashing for falling off the wagon, for letting life get the better of them, for not having them motivation to get going (and seriously-it's hard to get going when the sun seems to have gone into PERMANENT FREAKING HIBERNATION!) <BR> <BR> So to all my fellow mama ninjas I just want to throw out a big hug and say cut yourself some slack. Taking care of yourself, becoming a stronger and healthier person, it's a journey tha... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:52:28 EST Real food-a new found love affair. My favorite food in the world-grapefruit. I know, I know, but please refrain from rolling your eyes I really, really, really love it. Once citrus comes into season our local grocery store has 18lb bags of grapefruit for $5. I think I went through 4 of those bags in 3 months. Sadly grapefruit is back to being $1 a piece around here so it's been dethroned from the 4 grapefruit a day habit and is back to an occasional splurge. I'm trying to fill the hole with copious bags of cuties but it's just... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:35:47 EST Sickie I got nailed with one of those colds that settles right in the head and starts pouring concrete in the sinuses earlier this week and since I can't smell nothing sounds good or tastes right. I've mostly been living on smoothies (because the cold feels good on my sore throat) and the pot of ham and bean soup and cornbread I made the other day (because the hot soup actually loosens things up in my head.) <BR> <BR> I haven't had my mess up day (unless you count not hitting the minimum of any of... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:33:34 EST In regards to the munchkins... I think the single most driving force behind my desire to live a healthier lifestyle is that I want to have more strength, endurance, and energy to keep up with my daughter. And I want to be around a good long time-she's turned out awfully great in the 6 years I've had her-I want to be along for the rest of the ride! <BR> <BR> One of the upsides to this healthier lifestyle-I've lost some weight, gained some muscle, gone down a couple pants sizes, look a lot better in a bathing suit, and got... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 21:07:25 EST Tracking the roughage Reflective blog post in 3, 2, 1.... <BR> <BR> I've been tracking what I eat for 2 weeks now as part of the RFML challenge and I think it's been one of the most beneficial aspects of the challenge. I was a little worried that I was going to end up being obsessed with everything I put in my mouth, how many calories were in it, having to remember to write it all down, and basically giving myself a complex-cuz I'm all OCD like that-it's how I roll. <BR> <BR> Instead I've found that the food t... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:31:39 EST Completely unbalanced. So week one of RFML 100 day challenge. The most surprising thing so far is that the most challenging part has been the balance team. When I signed up for all 4 teams I though Balance-pffft-no prob-I'll just whiz right through that. Except I seem to be most excellent at finding an hour in the morning to work out and really bad about finding 5 minutes to meditate. Go fig. And the reflective blog post-yeah-I've started that about 17 times and it's Saturday evening and I still haven't pushed the... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:39:27 EST