BECKYQUIGLEY's SparkPeople Blog BECKYQUIGLEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And AGAIN! 12 weeks of badger. It's that time again! The BLC 29 gates have opened, and I'm a Honey Badger again! As before I have goals for this round, but this time, I'm pushing myself a little further and expecting more of myself. <BR> <BR> Here I go: <BR> 1. 13-pound weight loss. That should put me within 5 pounds of my goal weight. <BR> 2. I'm planning to lift heavier. Next week I'll be trying out Crossfit, and I think that will be a good push in the right direction. <BR> 3. I want to become a consistent runner. Not ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:20:15 EST BLC 27: Reflections <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This round of the BLC will end on April 8. Tonight I’ve been thinking back over the past 10 weeks and how far I’ve come. <BR> <BR> It’s amazing, really. I’ve been on several wonderful teams in the BLC over the years. I’ve made amazing friends and have learned from many people. However, in this particular round I seem to have met someone new: Me. <BR> <BR> This time things have clicked in a way they’ve never click... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:26:49 EST SMARTypants Goals Ugh. So it's my own fault that the Honey Badgers have SMART goals as part of the WEC challenge this week. Why would I do this to myself?? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> 1. Have at least one (maybe even paying!) client by the end of August 2015. For some people, that may seem to be a long way away. But considering that I still have close friends who don't even know I'm studying to be a personal trainer (and yet strangely, I'm okay with saying it here in a public forum that's probably ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:49:46 EST Vision Board January 2015 I just barely got it in for January...but this counts, right? I miss doing these every month like I used to. Maybe that should become a habit again... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:56:21 EST BLC 27: Annndddd GO! First day of BLC 27! First day, first day! <BR> <BR> Last night I sat down to figure out my goals for this round. I've got from now until April 8, so that's 84 days. I did these in the same format I did my New Years Resolutions in (which I haven't blogged yet, but should): with number goals for each one. Here they are... <BR> <BR> Between now and April 8, I will do the following: <BR> --40 sessions of boot camp <BR> --30 runs (I'm aware that this doesn't seem like a lot to my runner friends... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:31:34 EST Christmas Week Post-It Daily Challenges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My plans to stay on track this week. On each day you'll find: <BR> <BR> 1. My plan for exercise. <BR> 2. My plan for nutrition. <BR> 3. My plan to do something for myself. <BR> <BR> Each day when I've completed the three (so most of the time it'll be at night after I've eaten dinner to get in the nutrition one), I'll put up the picture of the completed post-it. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:45:00 EST The Halfway Post: BLC looking back & forward We are now in week 7 of this BLC round, which means we're over halfway there. This blog is my reflection on how I've done and new goals for the rest of the way. <BR> <BR> This BLC has shown me just how much I need the challenge. I should not take time off. Having a team that keeps me accountable MAKES me login, think, post...and take care of myself. I haven't done as well this first half as I wanted and here's why: I lose focus. <BR> <BR> We have a weekly weekend challenge from Friday-Mond... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:00:35 EST Important Halloween Candy Reminder... <img src=""> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:01:08 EST Inspirational Statement :) <img src=""> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:35:11 EST Resiliency: As part of this weekend's BLC challenge, we have been asked to write about a time we were disappointed, and whether we bounced back after the disappointment. My own disappointment that I'll write about was disappointment in how I handled something and how poorly I bounced back. <BR> <BR> Four years ago this week, my biological father passed away unexpectedly. Well, I say unexpectedly because I wasn't expecting it. I think he was expecting to die long before he did. He had a brain aneurysm t... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:12:44 EST Today's Inspiration Brought to You By An 8-Year-Old <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's my daughter a few months ago. She watched my trainer on a Facebook video, doing handstands with weights...and BOOM! She grabbed weights, turned herself upside down, and there she is. <BR> <BR> This isn't the first time I've been inspired by my little bundle of energy...It's awesome to have someone who loves to be active with me! <BR> <BR> (Not that you'll see a picture of me doing that...) Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:12:31 EST How I ended up in the middle of a lake in my sports bra… I’m not someone who bares my midriff often (read: EVER), so finding myself outside on a lake in just shorts and a sports bra was not something I expected this weekend... <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, a friend posted about SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga on Facebook. My friend is Fit and Healthy, with a fairly regular yoga practice. Guess what I’m not? Well, at least in my own perception: I’m not Fit or Healthy, and I definitely don’t have a regular yoga practice. I’ve been a beginner at yoga fo... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:44:30 EST Cover Your Eyes! Week 1 Pics Below... In addition to measuring my hips and waist, I took my "before" or first week pictures today. My goal here is to post these each week. Surely it can't feel worse than this first one ever again... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:04:55 EST Jumping-Off Point <img src=""> <BR> [Jump off the cliff by Flickr user M01229 <link><BR>01@N06/ </link> ] <BR> <BR> It's tempting to delete my profile and start a new one, to pretend this is the first time I'm starting with SparkPeople. It's not. It's...maybe the 4th? I don't know, it doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> This is the jumping-off point for me. defines jumping-off place/point this way: <BR> <BR> ju... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:06:08 EST BLC 23: HERE WE GO! The new round of the BLC starts TODAY! I am stoked and have big plans for this one. I'm frustrated with myself for my lack of progress in the last BLC. I didn't give it my all and it shows. <BR> <BR> Life is hectic, but I have to make this a priority. Being in the BLC with likeminded friends helps tremendously. we go again. This time with feeling! <BR> <BR> BLC 23 Goals: <BR> 1. Track every bite, lick, taste. 12 weeks is a very long time for me when it comes to focus and consiste... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:19:34 EST Empowerment & Paleo <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look! It's my prep for Paleo yesterday and lunch today! I know, not super-exciting to see someone else's food. But I love the pretty colors of fresh fruits and veggies. The chicken and steak weren't as pretty, so they don't get to be in the pictures. <BR> <BR> I've jumped on the bandwagon, I suppose, though it's not so much different from what I w... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:21:38 EST July's Vision Board: My Visual Playlist Whew, I got this made during the month of July (just barely!). This month's vision board is my visual playlist of the artists on my "Running" playlist on my phone. The beat from the songs on my playlist are just what I need to keep me going... When I'm running, I don't want songs that inspire or songs with meaning...I just want a fast song that'll make me pick up my feet. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's who they are: <BR> 1. Cob... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:44:07 EST BLC 22: A New 12 Weeks! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This vision board took me a few days to create because life is a little hectic right now. Work is stressful, and the kids and I try to fit a whole week's worth of summer fun just into three day weekends... <BR> <BR> That very "busyness" is one thing I want to tackle over this BLC challenge. It's very easy for me to work late instead of going to boot camp or to take work home instead of spending time with my kids... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:32:46 EST BLC 22: SMART Goals For this first weekend challenge of the BLC 22, we’ve been asked to set SMART goals for the next 12 weeks (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound). I must confess that before we got started, I sat down and decided I should have 22 goals. You know, since it’s BLC TWENTY-TWO... <BR> <BR> I looked at those goals again this morning and decided that they aren’t very SMART. Some of them are great, but 22 of them? I don’t think I could remember them all! So I’m going with my lucky n... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:48:23 EST BLC 22 WOOHOO! Before Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am at the beginning of the newest BLC challenge! A new round started yesterday, so I expect some awesome changes in the next 12 weeks! <BR> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:22:07 EST April's Vision Board: Positive Thinking (while I wait) This month I am waiting. I've had heart palpitations that concern my doctor (and me, obviously, since I went to the doctor in the first place), so I've been told to stop exercising strenuously until I have an appointment with the cardiologist on April 30. So...I'm waiting. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to keep my thoughts positive so that I won't backslide on my hard work and the changes I've made to my nutrition. So the positive thinking is what inspired this month's vision board. There's less to i... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:00:24 EST The Girl I Want To Be Like When I...Grow Down? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See that tiny girl on the rock climbing wall? That's my 7-year-old daughter. I've come to the realization lately that SHE is the girl I want to be. <BR> <BR> My daughter will speak her mind, no matter what. She has all of these...opinions. And she believes she's right. And if she thinks you are wrong, it doesn't matter who you are, she'll tell you. She's not rude about it (unless you're her big brother), but stil... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:54:36 EST Checking in at the End of Boot Camp #2 This morning was the last boot camp class for the second boot camp I've done. With this boot camp, we meet every morning for four weeks, then we have one week of rest. The next boot camp will start on March 18... <BR> <BR> I am amazed at how strong I have become. Here's what we started with today (mind you, this wasn't the entire workout--just the beginning): <BR> 10 Burpees <BR> 1 Squat <BR> 1 Burpee <BR> 1 Squat <BR> 2 Burpees <BR> 2 Squats <BR> 3 Burpees <BR> 3 Squats <BR> 4 Burpees <BR> ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:36:33 EST March's Vision Board This month's vision board was inspired by what I've read so far of "Unlimited," by Jillian Michaels. I'm playing with what I want to do with my life when I grow up (today's my birthday, by the way. It seems my age is growing up faster than my brain). This vision board has a few possibilities... <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:36:32 EST The Vacation I've Always Wanted <img src=""> <BR> This collage represents everything I'd want in the perfect vacation... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:19:13 EST Learning To Count and Breathe Day 3 of no sugar and of course, still no wheat. And no dairy. Oddly enough, I don’t miss it...yet. Day 3 is pretty early in the game, though. Stay tuned for angst. <BR> <BR> In my handwritten journal yesterday, I wrote about something that I’d like to share. Want to read it? That’d be awesome if you would. <BR> <BR> In boot camp yesterday, I counted OUT LOUD. This morning in yoga (Yoga! I went to a yoga class!) I did a big loud exhale--over and over. OUT LOUD. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else s... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:36:48 EST How I Can Be Taylor Swift and Augustus Gloop All In One Blog Post Okay, so I've processed it for a day in my head and I spent a good portion of the afternoon after work processing it the way I seem to process best--by cutting out pictures and putting words all over a page in no particular order... <BR> <BR> Now I think I'm ready to start talking about the changes with real, coherent sentences... <BR> <BR> In December a very good friend convinced me to buy a Groupon (those are everywhere, right? Everyone knows what a Groupon is? You know--a “Group” “Coupon... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:18:52 EST My Dream Board Feb. 2013 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know, I posted a new one at the beginning of January, then this one in mid-February...What if I do a new one every month? That can only be a good thing, right? Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:12:30 EST Another Fat Girl Picture: UGH!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So there it is. I'm the girl on the far left in the yellow t-shirt. The one with the belly sticking out. The ONLY one with a belly sticking out. <BR> <BR> Argh. I am so frustrated right now. That picture was taken the last day of my most recent 4-week bootcamp. I know I worked hard. I know I counted calories. And I know--I know, I know, you don't have to tell me--that it takes awhile for a body to really look dif... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:27:15 EST A quote from a BLC 21 Teammate "The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your <BR> life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, <BR> rely on, or blame. The gift is yours -- it is an amazing <BR> journey -- and you alone are responsible for the quality of <BR> it. This is the day your life really begins." <BR> <BR> -- Bob Moawad <BR> <BR> Thanks to Monica of the Violet Venus team for sharing! This is one to remember... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:00:29 EST Making Exercise Fun... So I stumbled across a blog on SP this morning in which the Sparker seems to be having a great time on her health journey. Her blog and SparkPage were colorful and fun and she has made "play" a big part of her exercise... <BR> <BR> That's my inspiration today. I haven't exercised since Wednesday because I was dreading a run. I realized this morning that if I'm dreading a run...I should walk instead. I love walking and it's still exercise. The dog and I just went for a 3.5 mile walk...and I l... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:45:54 EST Vision Collage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So here's what it all means... <BR> --I want to learn to sail. My husband and I plan to take sailing lessons next summer...but it will be a much longer wait before we can ever own a boat... <BR> --I want to learn to scuba dive. This is on my list, but I haven't planned when to do that. <BR> --Audi Roadster TT. The car I want when the kids are older. <BR> --I want to earn my master's degree in...something. Most lik... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:26:41 EST Setting Goals: Let's Get Real Okay, I'm starting to really feel the motivation again today, so before something comes along and takes that away, I need some momentum behind it. To that end, I've come up with goals for myself: short, medium and long-term goals for weight and fitness. The jury is still out on what specific goals I should set for nutrition. Right now I'm upping my water intake and my next step is to eat more fruits and vegetables... <BR> <BR> For Weight: <BR> --Long-Term: Lose 41 pounds by June 1, 2013 (inc... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:04:14 EST 3 Non-Scale Measurements I'm on Day 5 of the free trial week of SparkCoach. If anyone reads this and is using SparkCoach, I'd love to know how people who are subscribed to it like it. I'm still on the fence, though I am leaning toward subscribing... <BR> <BR> Today's action step is to find three non-scale measurements to track so slow weight loss (or non-weight loss!) weeks don't throw me off track. And they do...that's one of many things that throws me off... <BR> <BR> So here they are: the other three things I'll... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:18:05 EST Stress Didn't Win! So I'm not the first person to be stressed out seems like every team I'm a member of has at least one member who has posted about being stressed today. Maybe there's something in the air... <BR> <BR> Work has gotten to be ridiculously busy. I work with wonderful, wonderful people, serving online students in getting them back into school. I LOVE this job, I do. But...the downside to feeling close to the people I work with is that when I get behind, I feel guilty. <BR> <BR> Regist... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:21:16 EST A Quote to Remember "Learn to get in touch with the silence inside yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose." --Elizabeth Kubler-Ross <BR> <BR> That's important for me to remember when I'm halfway through a busy day at work, resisting the urge to just work straight through lunch. Time for a little silence... <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:00:02 EST Time-Out for the Dragon Lady Ahhh...the night before school and work starts again after a three-day weekend. The night I become an evil witch hiding in the kitchen, griping and complaining about having to make lunches again (even though my husband has been making lunches for the past week without me even having to ask) and having to make sure the kids' uniforms are clean and why aren't my work clothes clean and how come no one helps me...and... <BR> <BR> Sheesh. Really, I need a time-out. I am horrible at transitions, w... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:04:32 EST One of My Inspirations: My Daughter :) I'm writing this blog entry with my daughter here beside me. She's almost 7 years old, and she is a major motivator for me getting myself healthy. She has a wonderful way of looking at life. I think I'll try to be more like her. <BR> <BR> And I'll let her pick her favorite emoticon here: <em>200</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:04:47 EST Better...Getting there slowly... Just a quick note to say thanks to the SP members who reached out after my last post. I really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> This week I've stopped beating myself up (well, mostly), and I've started reading The Spark book again. I had forgotten just how much I got from that book, and I find I'm reading it in a much new way now. <BR> <BR> I have two small goals right now: drink at least 64 oz of water a day and exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I've successfully done both today (Day 1), so I'm... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:53:02 EST Anger "The person we are usually the most angry with is ourself - for letting it happen; for not listening to our intuition; for making choices out of the weakest parts of ourselves." <BR> --Katherine Woodward Thomas, "Calling In The One" <BR> <BR> So I should admit I've never read the book I just quoted. A friend quoted it on her blog, and this particular quote jumped out and smacked me in the face. <BR> <BR> I am so damn angry these days. I mean, not angry all the time, really. Not an angry dr... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 19:58:04 EST BLC 17!! Goals and S'Mores Challenge! Okay, after being away (but doing okay, if not great, on my nutrition and exercise), I'm back! It's Week One of BLC17, and this time around I'm a co-captain of the Crimson Butterflies! I love it! <BR> <BR> Tonight I sat down to create my goals for the BLC17 12-week challenge, so I thought I'd post them here to help me hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> 1. Weight loss goal for the challenge: 10 pounds. That will put me just 15 pounds from my goal weight by November 30! <BR> 2. Calorie Range ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 21:51:56 EST Rock Star Mama Summer Challenge 7 (7/22-7/24) <em>346</em> <em>335</em> <em>344</em> <em>67</em> <em>346</em> <em>335</em> <em>344</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Prove that you got a workout in. Be creative. Take a picture. Have your hubby notorize your tracker. Doesn't matter. Prove it. <BR> This morning's run on <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> If you are in an area suffering from the heat wave, be smart about over-working yourself and ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 19:59:06 EST Summer Accountability Challenge for the Weekend: Planning Meals & Snacks! Of the four options Courtnay gave us for this weekend, this looked the most challenging for me, so...I'm doing it! I thought if I planned it out here and now, I'd be more likely to stick to it... <BR> <BR> Friday <BR> BF: protein shake <BR> SN: grape tomatoes, protein bar <BR> LN: 1/2 serving lasagna (not the healthiest choice, but not a lot of it either) <BR> SN: blueberries <BR> DN: steak & veggie kabobs, whole wheat toast, salad <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> BF: protein shake <BR> SN: apple; ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 19:01:11 EST (DIY) Rock Star Mama Summer Challenge Assignment 6 I promise I've been keeping up; I've just been posting on the threads instead of on my blog. This blog is so darn busy! <BR> <BR> DIY Challenge 7/18-7/21 Assignment 6 <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> <em>335</em> <em>344</em> <em>67</em> <em>346</em> <em>335</em> <em>344</em> <em>67</em> <BR> What did you accomplish this weekend!? <BR> <BR> --Mostly this weekend I accomplished a PLAN. I wasn't very active this weekend, but I did plan out the next 90 days: P90X, baby! I'm loving the energy ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:31:23 EST Day 1: P90X: Chest & Back (or "How I Can Hang From a Pull-Up Bar") This morning began our 90 days of P90X. We've both done this workout before: me two times previously, Ike now I can mutter along with the people in the video. <BR> <BR> Not only have I begun memorizing their lines, but I'm also seeing some actual PROGRESS here. Chest, back, and arms aren't my strongest muscles, so when I say "progress," what I mean is...I'm not quite just hanging there when I grab the pull-up bar. I can do a few (like 4) pull-ups when I use a chair for support, but m... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:55:52 EST Day One Tomorrow: P90X & Eating Clean Woohoo! My husband and I are getting serious about P90X tomorrow. We've been doing it off and on for a few weeks, but we weren't paying attention to nutrition. It wasn't that we were eating crappy food, but we weren't eating enough calories. And not enough healthy calories at that! <BR> <BR> So tomorrow at 6am, we'll be working out with Tony Horton on our screen and we'll be eating Day One of the meal plan (slightly modified for foods we don't like--cottage cheese, for example. Blech.) <BR>... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:39:37 EST Second beautiful healthy meal this weekend (DIY Challenge) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight! Organic lettuce, organic tomatoes from a friend's garden, just a little leftover spare ribs, and fresh croutons...Yummy. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:58:33 EST First beautiful healthy meal this weekend (DIY Challenge) <img src=""> <BR> So I think you have to love oatmeal to think this is beautiful, but there it is. <BR> <BR> Yummy blueberries and oatmeal... <em>4</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:35:16 EST The Image That I Should Have Posted Before July 1st Here it July 2011 picture. Ugh. But showing it anyway. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 23:48:13 EST MY DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (FROM UNHEALTHY HABITS) Okay, this was super-fun to write! Happy 4th to those in the US. <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> When, in the course of my own life, it becomes necessary for me to dissolve my relationship with unhealthy foods, and to assume the strength of my own muscles, that which the Universe wishes for me, a decent respect of myself requires me to declare the causes of my separation from flab. <BR> <B... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 18:24:19 EST