BUTRFLY_FREEDOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUTRFLY%5FFREEDOM BUTRFLY_FREEDOM'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/ WHat The Heck Happened To Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351085 My last post was 1162 days ago. I calculated that out... it's 3.18 years. Or 166 weeks. How the heck did that even happen? It doesn't feel like it's been that long. I remember writing it... fells like it's been a few months... maybe. And speaking of that post, I never did the Color Run. I decided I didn't want to. In fact, "I don't want" to has pretty much been the theme of these last few years. I don't want to exercise. I don't want to cook. I don't want to count calories. I don't ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:11:55 EST The Color Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623354 I found out today that The Color Run is (hopefully!) coming to MY town! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323627174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>thecolorrun.com/gainesville/2014-04-<BR>27/ </link> <BR> <BR> Now, I've never done a 5k, though I have hiked that far on numerous occasions. When you think about it, 3 miles isn't really that far. <BR> <BR> Except, I don't want to walk this sucker. I want to jog. And at the very least some combination of the two. <BR> ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:52:38 EST 5% Challenge - This will be the time that sticks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501379 This will be my fourth time participating in the 5% Challenge. And this will be my first time seeing it through to the end. <BR> <BR> My plan: <BR> <BR> I will be following the #fitfood and #skinnyjeans spark challenges for my nutrition and exercise guidelines and inspiration. <BR> <BR> Minimum of 3 days of exercise. <BR> <BR> Minimum of 6 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> Stay within my ranges. <BR> <BR> My main goal will be to complete the challenge, losing 5% will be an added... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:26:53 EST Stoutness Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498439 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was, and still is, my all-time favorite kids movie. <BR> <BR> And my favorite part is when Pooh does his stoutness exercises. And while being "short and fat" may not be the healthiest, Pooh's attitude certainly is. <BR> <BR> There is too much negative self-talk going on our brains, and Pooh loves himself just as he is. Which is why I love this guy so much. <BR> <BR> Here's the lyrics to his Stoutness exercises, and the link below is the Youtube vid... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:48:27 EST Recipe: Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474668 I've been meaning to try a green smoothie for some time now. But for whatever reason, I didn't get around to it until today. <BR> <BR> And rather than hunt up a recipe, I just started playing around with ingredients I had on hand, and this is what I came up with. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60748513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's not quite as green as I expected it would be, though that will come with adjusting the ingredients. And though this had a whole, pac... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 13:32:06 EST What's Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357396 <BR> Just a little humor to brighten your day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1576266138.jpg"> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:08:53 EST How Nearly Dying Was the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340886 For those who don't know, I was involved in a major car accident two years ago today. <BR> <BR> I decided to share my story on a wonderful new website called Medium. I'm not affiliated with this site, but it's a wonderful place to find heartfelt, honest posts - much unlike the drivel we see online these days. <BR> <BR> I'd love to invite you to read my full story. And if it inspires you, please click the "Recommend" button at the bottom of it - I hope to inspire as many people as I can! <... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:50:02 EST Tip of the Day Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329821 Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know that I've started doing a "Tip of the Day" video and sharing it on Facebook, G+ and Twitter to my followers on those sites. <BR> <BR> This video is today's video. <BR> <BR> Note: This is an experiment I'm running. If I get positive feedback, I'll keep making them. <BR> <BR> Also, I won't be uploading the video here each day (It's too time consuming to upload to both youtube and here) <BR> <BR> So, if it's something you want to see more of, let me... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:03:22 EST 5% LTGL - Blogging 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271872 As part of the Living the Good Life points for the 5% Challenge this week we're challenged to blog each day for the whole week on creating a healthy new habit. <BR> <BR> The blog will answer one question each day. <BR> <BR> My habit: Walk my dog most days of the week. <BR> <BR> Day 2) How will you do that? <BR> <BR> I will make sure to take the dog for a walk after lunch. I will use lunch as a reminder to get out and enjoy some sunshine. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:36:28 EST 5% LTGL - Blogging 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269848 <BR> As part of the Living the Good Life points for the 5% Challenge this week we're challenged to blog each day for the whole week on creating a healthy new habit. <BR> <BR> The blog will answer one question each day. <BR> <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> <BR> I want to walk my dog, most days of the week. I like being outside and Cheebs likes walks. Double good. <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:02:01 EST 5% Challenge- Countdown Activity Catch Up 6 - Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260896 And now to finish the pre-challenge activies! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 6. List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> Bored: I honestly don't know how to make it interesting for my personality, with what is available to me. I like to swim, but can't do that right now. I like zumba classes at the gym, but can't afford that. DVD's just aren't the same. I'... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:16:08 EST 5% Challenge- Countdown Activity Catch Up 1 - 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260601 So, I got super behind on the count down activities (read: never actually started on them), so here they are. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a plan <BR> <BR> Diet: Common sense healthy eating/Plate Method/ Sticking between certain Spark recommended ranges. <BR> <BR> Exercise: Cardio 4x week for 30 minutes adding in ST for certain body parts (Shoulders to restrengthen after an old injury and Core to help with better posture). At this point ST is not a primary focus. <BR> <BR> 2. Update Sparkpage <BR> ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:26:39 EST A Dose of Motivation From An Adorable Puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233345 This may just be my favorite video of all time. <BR> <BR> Pittie puppy + Exercise = Extreme levels of cuteness and squeeee. <BR> <BR> This is a video of puppy persistance. He wants to exercise with daddy, but can't seem to get he hang of it. <BR> <BR> From the video page: <BR> <BR> "It is so difficult to get in a workout these days. You try and make time but there's always someone hogging the treadmill at the gym. <BR> <BR> If all your fitness efforts fail, do like this puppy, and hop... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:21:55 EST How Many Calories DoYou Drink In A Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231902 I found something today that I want to share with you. <BR> <BR> And while I'd wager that the majority of us on SP don't do what I'm about to show you, I know some still do. <BR> <BR> And besides, this is sudden perpective changer. <BR> <BR> Imagine if you will... <BR> <BR> You wake up, drinking a glass of orange juice with your breakfast. You head out the door, stopping for a latte on the the way to work. <BR> <BR> First break comes around, you feel like you need a pick me up before ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:14:16 EST Are You Making These Huge Weight Loss Mistakes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229096 #1 for my Loving Challenge today is the post I wrote for my blog. It's the first weight loss post I've put up on my blog, and I'm counting this as a proud moment because I've been wanting to add this topic to the blog since I started it. And now I have. It's about common, but very important mistakes we make. And it has nothing to do with counting calories. <BR> <BR> I would love if you stopped by and commented on it, but don't feel like you have to! <BR> <BR> <link>www.uncopiedlife.com/... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:09:51 EST Loving Challenge (Day 6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227873 Almost a week down and still going strong! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I started my first day of class on Coursera. Entrepreneurial business class. Fun stuff. <BR> <BR> 2. I created a twitter account for the personal/writer side of me. I've had one for my website, which is dedicated to the topic of motivation, loving yourself, and such (which can be found here <link>https://twitter.com/UncopiedLife </link> ) but I wanted one that would express the fun, silly, writer side of me. That's here... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:04:02 EST And Day 5... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226382 Yes, two posts today since the post earlier was technically for yesterday. <BR> <BR> So I had to add my proud moments for today. <BR> <BR> And they are... <BR> <BR> 1. I tried fruit leather today. Verdict? Yum! <BR> <BR> 2. I got off the couch and actually exercised! I didn't do it for very long, but I'm experimenting with going harder/faster in short bursts. And I worked my shoulders today. My right shoulder is still very weak from being injured in the car accident a year and a half ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:18:50 EST Loving Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225503 OMG <BR> <BR> I totally forgot to post last night! <BR> <BR> That said, here are my 6 awesome moments (as promised) of Day 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I excavated my desk. After my PC crashed, my desk became the gathering place of all kinds of junk, sitting unused for many months. I had my laptop, so I just made myself comfy in my recliner. But when you're working/writing in a recliner all day.... man! My back was starting to bother me. So, I unburied the desk, and am sitting at it right now. ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:27:26 EST Loving Challenge (Day 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223698 Today was kind of a nothing day. I did very little, so I don't really have much to say tonight. I'm still posting so I can say I didn't forget! <BR> <BR> 1. Ate the dinner I cooked yesterday, rather than forgetting about it. (Which happens more than it should!) <BR> <BR> 2. I did not overeat today. <BR> <BR> 3. I had only one drink that wasn't water, and it was some deeeeeelicious limeade. Totally worth it. <BR> <BR> That's all I've got. But tomorrow, I'll make sure I fill up my five! ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:54:22 EST Loving Challenge (Day 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222258 On to day two of the challenge! <BR> <BR> Here are my 5 things for today: <BR> <BR> 1. I didn't overeat at dinner. <BR> <BR> 2. I completely reorganized my pantry. I can find things now! <BR> <BR> 3. I cooked a very healthy crockpot dinner... too bad I accidentally had it set on low and the meat was no where near done when I needed. So we had to eat out. Good news is tomorrows dinner is already done! <BR> <BR> 4. I made a lot of progress on my novel plot/outline. <BR> <BR> 5. I remem... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:36:09 EST Loving Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220554 After seeing GONABFIT do a Loving Myself Challenge on her blog, I decided it rocked and I wanted to do it too! <BR> <BR> The challenge is simple: <BR> <BR> List 5 things you feel proud of/did well/succeeded at or just want to give yourself credit for. <BR> <BR> I will do this for the rest of the month and for a full month in February. <BR> <BR> So here's today: <BR> <BR> 1. I made myself a Strawberry/Peach/Oatmeal smoothie for breakfast today. Those fruits had been spending too much l... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:33:14 EST Each of Us is Like a Mosaic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211675 I'm about to go out for my walk, but I just wanted to share with you a few lines from a book I'm reading "Just One Thing" by Rick Hanson <BR> <BR> "Each of us is like a mosaic, with lots of lovely tiles, some that are basically neutral, and some that could use a little-ah-work. It's important to see the whole mosaic." <BR> <BR> I just love this. <BR> <BR> If you're looking at yourself and hating what you see, you're looking at the wrong parts! Take a break and then focus on the lovely til... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:28:51 EST Happy Belated New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205216 Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I know this is rather late, but happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I'm making changes his year, and of course actually keeping this weight off is one of them. <BR> <BR> I've resumed my workouts and I'm feeling it (OMG Lunges suck!) <BR> <BR> I've also been working hard on my website (I'm holding a vote on our new logo. If you're interested, click here <link>www.uncopiedlife.com/2013/01/13/vote<BR>-for-our-new-logo/663/ </link> ) making sure that it's progressing too. ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:22:57 EST Slowly Keeping On + Awesome Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165451 I haven't been walking every day.. but here and there - taking the dogs with me. It would help if it would cool down some - I hate being sweaty - And well it's December, that shouldn't be an issue! <BR> <BR> My motivation today is pain. <BR> <BR> I've noticed an increase in pain since I've stopped doing ST... pretty much everywhere. <BR> <BR> My back hurts at night, my neck hurts during the day, my foot hurts each and every step I take (but that's not new. I accept that isn't going away... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:25:20 EST Motivations and Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157267 I've been keeping track of what motivates me to exercise... and so far this week, my motivations have been: <BR> <BR> Monday: Memories of my mother. Sunday night I stayed up very late going through a box of photos and letters that my dad brought me several months back, but had never taken the time to go through. In the box, I found many old love letters that my mom had written to my dad back in 81, right after they'd first gotten together. I was reading one of the letters and my mom mentione... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:46:43 EST Motivation Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150923 Yesterday, I blogged about "the missing piece" that usually ends up in quitting. And after reading a few of the comments that suggested "finding motivation", I just wanted to clarify that, that's what I was meaning. <BR> <BR> What I meant was: <BR> <BR> "What is your motivation that keeps you going?" <BR> <BR> I know there are lots of different things that motivate me... but not all are strong enough to motivate me out of my chair, if you know what I mean. <BR> <BR> Like, I'd love to... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:30:48 EST Just When You Think You Got This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149538 Has anyone else had that feeling where you KNOW this is gonna work, that you're in the groove, and nothing is going to knock you off the wagon this time? <BR> <BR> I mean, yeah, we all say that all the time, but much of the time it's just positive thinking, hoping we can will ourselves to keep going, even though we don't really think we'll succeed. Nothing wrong with that method... but I'm curious who out there truly believes it? <BR> <BR> I ask, because twice this year, I was absolutely ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:17:18 EST October Challenge - Week 1 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090542 Goal: Burn 2040 calories <BR> Completed: 205 calories <BR> <BR> So, yeah, this week was a major bust. I am starting the Fall 5% Challenge well, though. It began yesterday and I got in 45 minutes of exercise and 8 glasses of water. Today I did not exercise, but got 10 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will exercise... and the next day and the next and so on. <BR> <BR> I haven't considered giving up. It's not an option. <BR> <BR> Next week I'll do better. <BR> <BR> I had almost c... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:40:57 EST October Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079391 This is my get-your-butt-back-in-gear October Challenge (aka the Alt October challenge in the 50lb Challenge Team) <BR> <BR> This challenge has 5 parts: <BR> <BR> 1st- Goal: Burn 8200 calories by November 1. (This is my weekly goal x 4) I've always focused on specific tasks, and I get bored. Plus, I sometimes, pick "easy" things to get my minutes in, thus never burning enough calories to get anywhere. This will keep me from "cheating". <BR> <BR> 2nd- Reward: Eh, I'm iffy on a reward. I'm ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:26:56 EST Fall 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069092 Ah it's that time of year again - time for cooler weather (finally!!) and Halloween, and yes, the Fall 5% Challenge! <BR> <BR> This will be my third 5% Challenge (I did Spring and Summer of this year) and it's coming at a great time. After falling out of the Summer Challenge, and slowly moving back into Lazy Zone, it's definitely time to get a challenge going round here! <BR> <BR> So without further ado... <BR> <BR> I give you, My Fall 5% Challenge Commitment: <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> I ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:29:37 EST When You Think Your Hard Work Isn't Paying Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062157 So, you know how I mentioned in a previous post, that I had slacked off on working out? <BR> <BR> I did. For about 2 months. And one of those months was spent eating out almost every day. <BR> <BR> I'll wait while you pick yourself off the floor. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> .... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> <BR> And guess what? I gained about 8lbs. <BR> <BR> <BR> But this post isn't to whine about how sorry I am (I'm not - It was a learning experie... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:46:04 EST Why Fear is a BAD Reason to Not Do Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045453 This past week I did something that I've been literally wanting to do for years: pierce my nose. With one of those itty bitty little studs that almost looks like a speck of glitter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259312823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a spur of the moment decision and I'm very happy I finally did it. <BR> <BR> But it got me thinking about WHY I hadn't already done it. My list looked something like this: <BR> <BR> *I'm too old (I'm 28, but felt t... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:27:08 EST What I've been up to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039016 I'm still not quite back in the swing of things like I need to be, but I will. I have no doubt about that! <BR> <BR> And while this is certainly not an excuse in anyway, I wanted to share with you what I've been working on in my Spark absence. <BR> <BR> I decided that I want to motivate people. Not just on here. I want to help others realize that it's ok to be yourself and be proud of it - not ashamed because you aren't at "goal" yet. <BR> <BR> I want to help others realize that we are ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:43:54 EST What I learned from inattention (and what it cost me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025561 I disappeared, as one sparkfriend kindly pointed out to me today. <BR> <BR> And I thank her for it. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure exactly when I stopped logging in, and there isn't a specific reason why. <BR> <BR> I wasn't bored. I wasn't overwhelmed. I wasn't burnt-out. I wasn't hiding. <BR> <BR> What I WAS doing, was paying so little attention to what I was doing that I ended up doing nothing. <BR> <BR> A month and a half ago, I was regularly tracking my water intake, regularly exercisin... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:07:27 EST The Disturbing Realities of the Food Industry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970214 I've always been interested in reading about food- how it's made, where it comes from, what happens to it before it hits the grocery stores, etc. And the more I read about food and the way our society is (not just with food, but with health in general), the more alarmed I get. <BR> <BR> Compare YOUR childhood to that of today's children and you begin to get a picture of what I'm talking about. <BR> <BR> Tag vs MarioKart <BR> <BR> Campouts vs sugar-filled indoor sleepovers <BR> <BR> walk... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 16:20:22 EST The Fog Has Lifted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968786 So after I posted my last blog, I decided "wth, might as well get up and move now." <BR> <BR> And I did. <BR> <BR> I found a cardio video on Netflix and managed 13 whole minutes of it. It felt good to move, but I was huffing much harder than I should be and just felt that 13 minutes was plenty lol. <BR> <BR> Then I resumed my PuP schedule. <BR> <BR> It was hard. <BR> <BR> REAL hard. <BR> <BR> After waiting over a week between sets, I lost progress that I had made. Note to self: Do no... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:32:37 EST The Couch and I have become One. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963702 Yes. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> Being sick has really thrown a damper on my activity levels. I went from going to workout/swim daily to nada. zip. zilch. ZERO exercise. <BR> <BR> I week or so ago I watched the recorded Live! session that Coach Nicole did for planning workouts - She discussed working out when sick and her recommendation was if it's in the head, its ok to workout, if it's in the chest, skip it. <BR> <BR> Well, mine has been all in my head, but dang, the fog and the pressure ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:53:14 EST Light Your Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947858 I know this blog is a bit off-topic, but it's been on my mind for some time, and I feel this is as good of a place to unload it as any other. And it does tie in with weight loss, sort of. Anyway... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've struggled most of my life with feeling inadequate. <BR> <BR> And I think I'm finally beginning to see why- I let others dictate how I should think/act/work. And by "others" I'm referring to friends, family, strangers, and the commonly accepted ways of appropriate... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:47:03 EST Are You Someone's Pet? (aka Put Yourself First) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938802 Normally my fiance has the morning "shift" of walking the dogs because he's always up getting ready for work anyway. But today, was his day to sleep in, so that left me with poop duty. <BR> <BR> It was early, the sun was up, but it was so cloudy, you'd hardly know it. The grass was wet from last night's rain and this morning's dew. My dogs hate wet grass with a passion. Give em a pond and they're happier than a cat at a fishing tournament. But wet some grass and suddenly a quick potty trip... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:01:10 EST Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936478 Right now, I sit here, with an indescribable emotion flowing through me. This is good, but I just can't name it. I dunno. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about life, career, health and what I want out of all of them. I know what I don't want, but narrowing down what I DO want is decidedly more difficult to pinpoint. <BR> <BR> The thing is... where my mind is taking me right now, is somewhere 5 or 10 years ago, I'd never have contemplated. So, it's hard to decide if it's my brain going ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:18:58 EST 100 PuP, 15DVC, 5% Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933658 Just a little update on the random challenges/prompts I'm participating in: <BR> <BR> 100PuP: Yesterday was Week 1, Day 2. I completed the schedule (3,4,2,3,5) with little difficulty. I felt it though! And I'm reminded why I'm doing this- not just to tone my upper body, but to help my right shoulder which is still very weak since my accident. <BR> <BR> 15DVC: Write an exhaustive list of the reasons why it isn’t a question whether or not you are going to lose this weight, it is just a matter... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:18:18 EST Grilled for the first time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930066 As some of you may have seen from my status update last night, I pulled out the grill and cooked me up some yummy chicken for last nights dinner. I've watched people grill many, many times, but I've never actually done it myself. <BR> <BR> But yesterday, I decided to change that! And I did! And you wanna know something? (sssshhh don't tell the men this...) That was the best darn bbq chicken I've EVER eaten. <BR> <BR> I love the flavor of bbq sauce, but I can't stand gooey, sticky, messy c... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:26:40 EST Randomness: programs, workouts, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928433 You know sometimes it irks me that men tend to lose weight faster than women... <BR> <BR> It's mildly annoying that my fiance and I are (well... we were) the same height and same weight and yet he is losing weight and I am just sort of turtling by. <BR> <BR> He woke me up this morning (out of a wonderful sleep, mind you) because he was so excited that a pair of his shorts finally fit again. I'm very happy for him... I just, you know, want to see some progress too! <BR> <BR> Soooo, I got up... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:38:23 EST 100 Push Up Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926503 For a while now, I've been looking for the perfect little challenge (and I do mean little) to get me doing SOMETHING. Sure, I'm involved in lots of teams and challenges on here (Can't wait for Summer 5% to begin!), but most are small weekly challenges, or are weightloss challenges without specific guidelines. <BR> <BR> I super enjoyed the 15DVC challenge (new one beginning SOON! <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51680 </link> ) because it had frequent blog p... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:59:56 EST The Most Important Skill to Master http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918390 Ok, so I posted this in my team, but I wanted to share this here as well... because it's seriously THAT. FREAKING. AWESOME. <BR> <BR> As a kid we should be required to take some kind of "healthy mental habits" or "loving yourself" course to graduate high school and THIS post should be part of the curriculum. And it just happens to include my favorite buddha quote. Ever. <BR> <BR> If you have EVER disliked ANYTHING about yourself. Read this now. Seriously. Read it. <BR> <BR> <link>zenhab... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:30:11 EST Vitality Prompt 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912113 Final prompt for the Vitality Challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> What accountability (spending ___ minutes a day on SparkPeople, finding an accountability buddy, finding ___ workout buddies, joining a group fitness class at the gym and committing to going regularly, joining a coaching group, etc.) are you going to implement into your future plans to set you up for success? <BR> <BR> <BR> I spend my time here on Spark. I'm also in a challenge off spark with my sister and a friend... and now I have... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 20:05:13 EST 4 mi Hike w/Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908980 Since today was one of the first sunny days in over a week, we decided to get out of the house! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274119390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went to a nearby state park and hit the trails. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l739413169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a bit longer than it looked on the map - in all 4 miles - but I made it! No small feat considering I haven't walked that far all at once since before my accident.... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:20:11 EST 10 Strength Moves You Can Do Without Even Getting Out of Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622666636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not one with lots of fitness equipment. I have a core ball, a scale, 2 weighted sand balls, and the 3 resistance bands you see above. I had a stability ball and pedometer at one point, but seem to have lost them somewhere between moving 3 or 4 times. <BR> <BR> Sure there are lots of gadgets I want (like a fitbit), but that doesn't mean I can afford them. It also sometimes means I have to modify workouts to ma... Thu, 31 May 2012 13:13:56 EST Vitality Prompt 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904464 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737244871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this photo today and I realized I'm not a complete couch potato anymore. Yes, I do spend a lot of time sitting.... BUT I'm exercising at least 5 days a week and I'm finding more and more ways to get off my tushie. It's doing wonders for foot by the way. <BR> <BR> Anyway, on to the prompt - Write a letter to your future self at your goal. <BR> <BR> btw, I am going to be sad to see the end of this challenge! ... Wed, 30 May 2012 14:20:14 EST Days 9 & 10 Plus Storms and Veggies~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903321 <BR> Update for days 9 & 10: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness: <em>248</em> <BR> Self-love: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> In other news... <BR> <BR> Tropical Storm Beryl been unloading lots of rain on us for the last few days. I'm not complaining, though! I love rain. I love storms. I turned off my a/c today, opened my sliding glass door and listened as the rain pounded my porch. If I closed my eyes I could imagine myself on a lush tropical island st... Tue, 29 May 2012 20:15:40 EST