BLUEROSE73's SparkPeople Blog BLUEROSE73's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Today's Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:06:27 EST Day 14 of DietBet10 - Day 21 of DietBet4 I'm back on track today. <BR> <BR> I really can't be too hard on myself for this weekend. I walked a half marathon Thursday evening. Friday was off to rest. Saturday I went for a light walk. Within the first mile, I was feeling some pain in my one leg - an indication I needed more rest. <BR> <BR> So that's all I did on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sunday I was feeling so down I didn't do anything. Monday too. <BR> <BR> But today I changed all of that. <BR> <BR> I went to spin class... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:37:36 EST Day 11 of DietBet10 - Day 18 of DietBet4 I ran my We Stand With Boston Virtual half marathon on Thursday. Actually walked it. <BR> <BR> Today I'm not feeling very good, so I decided to go for a little walk. I stopped as soon as I realized my legs were hurting and not loosening up - I got in a mile. <BR> <BR> I've been very cranky for the past two days. <BR> <BR> I know I'm in control of how I feel and how I respond to things, but hubby is really pushing my buttons this week. <BR> <BR> After the half marathon on Thursda... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:23:50 EST Day 8 of DietBet10 - Day 15 of DietBet4 Yesterday was a good day. It was my first day back at fitness after being so sick. I was also on track with my water. I ate very low in my calorie ranges - too low in fact. Today I'm planning on eating higher. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am also starting to get more sleep. That's good to see. I've been trying to not worry about it. In all honesty though, when you are trying to not worry ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:12:22 EST Day 7 of DietBet10 - Day 14 of DietBet4 Things haven't been going well since I last posted. I've been sick. Chest cold. On the weekend, hubby and I had an overnight road trip. Those trips are harder on my system than I want to admit. I love them, but... To avoid having to stop for a bathroom break aver 5minutes, I cut back on my water. Often I cut back too far and pay for it after the trip. It also involves a lot of eating out. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, with the cold I stopped my fitness for a few days to let my body he... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:07:28 EST National Siblings Day I just found out it's national siblings day. So here are my pictures with my siblings. Some of them are old - like 40+ years old. lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This one is me - I'm the youngest one - with my two older sisters. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me with my two younger brothers. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:00:51 EST Day 3 of DietBet10 - Day 10 of DietBet4 This one will be short and sweet. <BR> <BR> I'm sick. <BR> <BR> Full on ill. My cold has moved into my lungs. No cardio for me today. I cancelled work today too. I have a bit of a fever with this cold. <BR> <BR> Eating was okay. I did go a little over - I still fall back on my comfort foods when I'm not feeling well. That and the delicious soup hubby made me for supper. Yummy. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, off to the city tomorrow. We'll be staying overnight. I'll try to check in tomorro... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:53:03 EST Am I listening to my body? Or am I finding excuses? I'm still not feeling well. In fact, my cold is coming to it's peak soon. It's mostly a head cold. <BR> <BR> I usually don't let a cold keep me from getting out there and getting it done. <BR> <BR> But today I'm wondering. <BR> <BR> Am I listening to my body? Or am I letting my laziness talk me out of doing what I need to do today? <BR> <BR> On my schedule for today: <BR> spin class <BR> bellyfit flow <BR> taking one client for lunch <BR> taking another client to yoga this evening. <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:47:31 EST Confession Time I try to keep focused in my blogging. Stay positive about the progress I've made, and that I can keep making progress. <BR> <BR> But right now I'm going to be honest. <BR> <BR> I'm worried. Worried I won't meet my next weight loss milestone. <BR> <BR> Worried I won't be able to loose this weight. <BR> <BR> Worried that I will push my body hard, work out hard, and still not see losses on the scale. <BR> <BR> Worried that my trouble sleeping will keep my body from doing what it needs... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:44:32 EST Day 2 of DietBet10 - Day 9 of DietBet4 So far so good today. I got on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This one is for DietBet4 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DietBet10 <BR> <BR> As you can see, both goal weights are within a half a pound. So basically, I'm aiming for 227lbs by the end of April. <BR> <BR> That leaves me with 6lbs to get there. 6lbs in 3 weeks. That's a high goal, but if I stay focus... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:30:14 EST Today's Kick in the Butt I really don't like mornings at the best of times. But today I really don't want to get up. I'm feeling sick. This head cold is wearing heavily on me. On top of that, I didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> I know I'll feel better after going for a run today. I always do. It's just getting out the door on mornings like this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to do this for me. I'm the only one who can make me do it. ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:36:44 EST Day 1 of DietBet10 - Day 8 of DietBet4 Yep. You read that right. I'm in two DietBets. One is a 4 weeks to loose 4%. The other is 6 months to loose 10%. They kind of work together. One to keep focused on this month in front of me right now, one to <BR> <BR> I figured that blogging is the way to go on this journey. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, here are my two most recent weigh ins: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> April 4, 2014 DietBet4 Weigh in <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:09:04 EST Day 3 of my DietBet4 This morning was an interesting morning. I jumped on the scale and it was at 234.4 - where I was on Tuesday morning. 10min later, I jumped on again, and it was back down to 233.8. I know my digital scale has some fluctuations at times, and that's not what I'm focusing on. <BR> <BR> Rather, I'm focusing on something else. My weight on day 3 has not really moved since day 1. It has not gone up, which is good. It has minimally dropped, and that is good too. <BR> <BR> My fitness on Day ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:43:56 EST Day Two of my DietBet Yesterday was a successful day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday included: <BR> over 8 glasses of water <BR> 5 servings of freggies <BR> a 45min spin class <BR> 30min on the elliptical <BR> 20min swim <BR> I was just over 1500 calories yesterday, and in all my ranges. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning. It's still moving in a downward trend. That is empowering. To see that you are doing things right and making progress towards your goals. My official weigh in is next Sunday/Monday. I've ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:00:24 EST Day one of my DietBet I know I've been hit and miss on this site. Work and life tend to get in my way far too often. <BR> <BR> But I've just signed up for a dietbet - loose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks to spit the pot. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:01:49 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:30:31 EST Reflection Every morning I wake up. All I want to do is keep sleeping. Or the couch grabs my butt and I melt there until it's time to go for work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I end each of my days with regret. Regret that I've let myself regain all this weight. Regret that I didn't do ANYTHING to change this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This picture was taken in early De... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:05:06 EST Trying to find my motivation again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:52:23 EST Another Makeup Blog - 3D Lashes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got these 3D lashes from Younique. I also ordered the mineral eye shadow. I wore it out dancing the other night. No itching. No smudging. And I didn't have an allergic reaction - itching and scaly patches over the next three days - like I have with most makeup. Even Clinique causes a reaction sometimes. <BR> <BR> Love this product. It's a definite keeper in my make up bag. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:40:13 EST WalkFit Orthotics - Day 1 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Today is my first day with the orthotics. So far my foot is not really happy <BR> <BR> The arch in my Right foot has fallen a bit. I'm not flat footed, but it's fallen enough the physiotherapists feel that might be what's causing my runners knee in my right knee. I am going to see an podiatrist on March 7. In the meantime, a friend recommended trying these. They cost much less than a custom orthotic, so I figured why not. <BR> <BR> I'm only ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:12:04 EST 103 Days Left Even when I'm sick, the countdown continues. <BR> <BR> Time to focus on today. <BR> <BR> My tummy isn't hurting as bad. That's a good thing. <BR> <BR> I'm going to focus on getting in all my water - I woke up feeling dehydrated this morning. That's not normal for me. I usually am lately, but I don't feel it. So time to change that. <BR> <BR> I have some left over salad from supper last night for lunch today. Butter lettuce, cucumber, pear, cranberries and home made salad dressin... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:53:39 EST 110 Days Left I'm still feeling so tired and weak. <BR> <BR> I know nutrition plays a role in in this, but this is beyond what nutrition is causing. <BR> <BR> I've had a mild headache now for at least 5 days. I never have headaches. <BR> <BR> Hubby was home from work for two days last week. He was sick with a cold. I know I'm fighting that off now. I've had to go to the doctor again for anti-virals. My nose was about to break out with blisters again. Every cold I've had since I had those shi... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:59:17 EST 112 days left - the Countdown Begins In 112 days I am running my next half marathon. Calgary. June 1. It's the start to a 3 week holiday that will end with my following half marathon in Anchorage Alaska on June 21. <BR> <BR> I am also booking a boudoir photography session in May - not too long before I go for my run. <BR> <BR> I am holding myself more accountable this time around. <BR> <BR> I'm posting status daily of how much time is left, and what I've done to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> The hope is that I will tone... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:10:14 EST a rough day ... week ... month. I am slipping back into a depression. I'm trying to not let it happen, but I'm not winning... yet. <BR> <BR> I've been taking fitness classes. I somehow hurt my one shoulder. I've been resting it, hoping it will heal. Instead, it seems to be getting worse. I'm so frustrated. I am angry that I feel I have to actively heal my body, rather than let time and rest heal it. <BR> <BR> I also noticed I haven't fueled my body properly lately. I have NO energy for my fitness classes. Top t... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:26:27 EST Today's Kick in the Butt I'm sitting here on the couch. I woke up about half an hour ago. I actually had a good sleep last night. First time in a long time. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous. It's tapping my energy. So I'm hoping I can kick my own butt out the door and get my run done before my energy is completely tapped. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I already missed my run on Sunday. This week, I have an early yoga class with one of my clients. I'm looki... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:57:56 EST Excited, but worried at the same time. I am awake. I had Zumba and Kettle Bells last night. During the class I was pretty tired. It's been a long couple of days. And lots of excitement too. Tonight I'm teaching the flash mob choreography to a group of people here in town. I guess we'll see how it goes. So far it's all women. My hubby's coming too, but... <BR> <BR> Anyhow, that excitement and worry that goes with it has me a little worn out. Even this morning. The worry is draining me. <BR> <BR> What if I can't pull th... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:36:39 EST Fitness Classes - One week down, Five to go! This past Monday I started some group fitness classes. I haven't taken a group fitness class in almost 10 years. <BR> <BR> I am taking a one hour Zumba class, followed by a 45min Kettlebells class. The only reason I'm doing them both on the same day, is that's how they are offered. Both classes on both Mondays and Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> Zumba is great. I need more practice to figure out the movements/routines for the songs, but other than that, it's great fun. I used to do aerobics,... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:12:28 EST Today's Kick in the Butt Last night I wasn't able to fall asleep. It was very frustrating. <BR> <BR> I finally fell asleep and am now awake. I'm drained, and behind the time I wanted to be at, but I'm up. <BR> <BR> Do I go for my run now? I think so! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, technically I could take this morning off and do it tomorrow. But why? I'm not in pain. I'm not sick. I'd just be postponing finishing my week strong. In fact, I... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:15:24 EST January 15, 2014 So far this week I'm on track. I've done my Zumba and Kettlebells class on Monday. I've gone running Sunday and Tuesday morning. I've been on track with my eating and water. <BR> <BR> Today it's another Zumba/Kettlebells evening. I'm a little sore still, but nothing major. My butt and the back of my legs. That shouldn't really surprise me though. Kettlebells really works out these muscles. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see if I'm making progress on the scale. <BR> <BR> I'm excited f... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:29:06 EST Today's Kick in the Butt Been awake for just over an hour. Had some breakfast - fruit and water. Now time to gear up and get today started. <BR> <BR> I have lots I want to do today. <BR> <BR> I want to make a loaf of gluten free millet bread. I ground my own fresh millet earlier this week, so everything is ready to go. This is supposed to be a fantastic sandwich bread recipe, so I can't wait to try it. I also have a baked french toast recipe to use this bread in. Maybe I'll make that for supper tonight. Hmmm... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:22:36 EST Small Stone of the Week - Jan 12 to 18 A new week is starting in just under an hour for me here. I'm still up because I can't sleep. But it gives me a chance to clearly define my plan for this next week <BR> <BR> My fitness classes start on Monday. They are Monday and Wednesday evenings. Zumba and Kettlebells both nights. <BR> <BR> So the plan for this week is: <BR> <em>68</em> RUN: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. <BR> This week will focus on Week 1 of C25K training <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> <em>353</em> Zumba & K... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:22:41 EST January 7, 2014 hehehehehe. I remembered the date - 2014 now. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, with the stress over the past few days, I kind of fell off. Not completely, but a little. I didn't get my water in. I didn't track all my foods. But I didn't go off the deep end and eat everything in site. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I talked last night. He told me he wouldn't be happy if DD had to come and stay, but he wouldn't outright say no. I told him I understand this, and did not want to push the issue or fight about ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:36:22 EST January 5, 2014 I just realized. I've been dating my last few blogs with the wrong year. Oops. Guess I need to pay attention to that. lol <BR> <BR> Anyhow, today is a rough day. It's -50C/-58F with the windchill out today. My car won't start. So I went for a walk. I dressed for the weather - I actually was sweating by the time I got to where I was going. <BR> <BR> I needed the walk. I'm struggling with some excess stress today. <BR> <BR> My daughter called yesterday. She asked if she could mov... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:13:21 EST January 4, 2013 I'm feeling so blah this morning. <BR> <BR> I couldn't sleep last night. It was about 2am before I fell asleep. <BR> <BR> So now I'm sitting here. Groggy. But I've had my fruit and I have my water beside me for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I started my car today - it's brutally cold outside. I guess I need to go and get some groceries today. At least my car started. Now to round up my recipes so I know what to get. I am trying a couple of new salad recipes here right away. Some with ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:18:05 EST End of Day Review Today was a very productive day for me. <BR> <BR> I got in all my water, plus some extra <BR> <BR> I ate well all day, except for a handful of potato chips I had late at night. It was only a handful, then I went and made some sleepy time tea. The biggest "harm" from these will be the salt, not the calories. <BR> <BR> I did some kitchen cleaning, but it did not register as fitness on my bodymedia. grrrr <BR> <BR> I made some gluten free french bread, and a loaf of sandwich bread. I n... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 01:33:19 EST January 3, 2013 So far this year, I've been doing okay. I haven't even really started much for fitness, but that's my downfall right now. Instead of focusing on how much I'm failing there, I want to focus on what I'm doing well. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking my water <BR> <BR> I've cut back on coffee <BR> <BR> I'm eating more freggies <BR> <BR> I'm much more conscious of what I'm eating, and tracking all of it. <BR> <BR> I am aware that I need more fitness. I have signed up for a couple of classes - Zumba a... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:41:01 EST End of Day Review Today was another good day. <BR> <BR> I got in 8 glasses of water. <BR> I ate lots of freggies. <BR> I am low in my calorie range, and my tummy is full. I don't think I'll be up tonight for a snack. <BR> <BR> I talked myself into doing a deep cleaning in the kitchen for my fitness today, then almost didn't do it. In the end, I did half of it. I'm frustrated with myself about that, but I won't let it stop me from doing better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> So overall it was a good day. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:06:52 EST My Ventures so far this year - Vanilla Extract, and Ombre dying Set this one up today. It'll take at least 2 months, so I'll let you know how it turns out then. I'm making my own home made vanilla extract. My Organic Madagascar Vanilla beans came today. I'm thinking of ordering some Tahitian beans too, and maybe some Mexican. Apparently each have a distinct flavor to them. Anyhow, here are my Vanilla Extract Pictures: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:39:37 EST January 2, 2013 Last night I was hungry. I tried to sleep, but I ended up getting up and grabbing something to eat. I had a bag of Crispy Mini`s. I didn`t reach for the ice cream. Between the Crispy Mini`s and the White Hot Chocolate I had earlier in the day, I was over my calories. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, it is what it is. It`s past and there is no changing it. Time to move forward <BR> <BR> Today <BR> <BR> Water: I already have had 4 glasses. I`ll be filling my bottle up again soon. I may have a co... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:23:15 EST End of Day Review Food: Awesome for today. within all of my ranges. Ate more freggies. Tried a couple of awesome new recipes. Definitely going to keep them as part of what we eat regularly <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2311198 </link> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=177 </link> <BR> <BR> Water: Got in all 8 glasses already today. Might have more. We'll see <BR> <BR> Fitness: I did get out with the dogs for a walk. It was... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:24:41 EST Janurary 1, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so disappointed in myself. I let myself get right back to where I was weight wise when I first joined SP in 2009. <BR> <BR> It really sunk in when I saw these pictures we took last night. <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm not exactly back where I started, but I'm almost there. <BR> <BR> I tried to loose weight last summer/fall when I was training for the half marathons during that time. I saw the photo/video of me... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:58:59 EST News!!! <img src=""> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:19:28 EST New Kitchen Island with pics The new kitchen island arrived today. The UPS guys left it outside in the snow. Somehow I managed to drag all three 70+lb boxes into the house. <BR> <BR> Then I decided to start to put it all together. <BR> <BR> I was able to get it almost all together before my hubby came home. He had to help me put the top onto it. It was a 2 person job to lift the top on. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:30:31 EST Small Stone of the Week - Dec 6 - 14 I know. It's not Saturday yet. But I'm not willing to put this change in my daily goals until Sunday. <BR> <BR> I've had to face a reality to day. I've met the "letter" of my goals for the past week, but not the "spirit". <BR> <BR> So I'm switching things up to meet the spirit of my daily goals as well. Starting tomorrow. Plus I'm giving it an extra week to keep working on them <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are: <BR> <BR> Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day <BR> Eat at lea... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 18:12:19 EST This Weeks Progress - or lack there of :( I can't believe how poorly I'm doing. I just finished tracking my food for today. Once again I'm over my calories. <BR> <BR> Okay, I know. I promised myself I would not care as long as I stuck to this weeks goals. <BR> Drink water <BR> track everything <BR> eat 3 servings of freggies. <BR> <BR> I still have time to get my water in today <BR> <BR> I will have had two servings of freggies, but not my 3. I guess I can easily fix that. Get out a banana. lol <BR> <BR> I am tracking eve... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 18:01:08 EST Ombre Dying some Jeans My new white skinny leg jeans came today. I ordered them online from Long Tall Sally. I LOVE that they are more than long enough <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I loved them so much I went right back online and got another pair in a yellow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also got a pair in pale pink too. I can't resist a sale. lol <BR> <BR> The plan with these jeans? Ombr... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:36:14 EST Learning to Apply Makeup - Progress <img src=""> <BR> No Make up <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No Make up <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dec 4 Eye - I think I'm getting better at this eyeliner. It's almost there. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:48:58 EST Learning to Apply Makeup - Blank Slate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All of these above are the blank slate. Clean face. No Make up. Just moisturizer. <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:42:34 EST Today's Progress and Motivation Today is off to a great start. This morning, instead of my regular routine - quick trip to McDonalds for eggs and coffee - I made a change. <BR> <BR> Half a cup of coffee at home. Filled up my water bottle (1L) and it's almost empty already. And an asian pear. I was getting really hungry and needed to eat something right away. It was just enough to take the edge off. <BR> <BR> The plan now is to make some scrambled egg whites with extra veggies. Finish my water bottle, fill it up, a... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:11:25 EST Small Stone of the Week - Dec 1-7 Week one is behind me. It was a short week, but it was 80% successful. <BR> <BR> I know where I fell short, so the plan is to keep focusing on those shortcomings, but also to keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> My choices for adding things to focus on for this week could include fitness or nutrition. I have a lot of work to do in both. <BR> <BR> I decided yesterday. I'm going to focus on the one that has been harder for me for a long time. Yes, in the short term, fitness looks harder to... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:34:37 EST