CAROLISCIOUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAROLISCIOUS CAROLISCIOUS'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/ ROCK N FLY Half Marathon - In Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660102 I'm proud of myself for setting this goal and accomplishing it and (mostly) I'm so happy it's over. For years I said I would NEVER do more than 5K...and now I am a half marathoner. <BR> <em>366</em> <BR> My respect for those of you who do these races repeatedly...and especially for marathon runners...has grown exponentially. The training and commitment is intense. Kudos to you! <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> In contemplating my feelings about my own experience, it is apparent that the challe... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:56:35 EST Plank Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629624 I just finished this 30 day plank challenge. I can now do a 5 minute plank. I lost 1.5 inches in my waist. I'm not kidding. I have never seen results like this. This challenge may be over for me, but I will not stop doing planks. It works! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817440830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 2 - 20 seconds <BR> Day 3 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 4 - 30 seconds <BR> Day 5 - 40 seconds <BR> Day 6 - REST <BR> Day 7 - 45 seconds <BR... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:43:02 EST No longer the new kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618823 I am well into my 5th year of maintenance. I know the odds are in my favor that I will keep the 60 pounds off that I lost in 2008. I am fully aware of the struggle, and how awesome it is to be a long term weight loss maintainer. <BR> <em>510</em> <BR> <BR> Some days I miss the early weight loss triumphs....like the excitement of fitting into a new size that you thought you would never get into, or washing your hair and suddenly noticing you can feel the bones in your skull, or catching ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:37:11 EST My first 15K - Pensacola Beach Double Bridge Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612360 I've always wanted to do it, but never thought I could...today I DID IT! Thank you sparkpeople! I would have NEVER done this if I hadn't found this web site and changed my life! 9.3 miles over two bridges and an overpass! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350857299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950855863.jpg"> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:35:59 EST Super POWER Gurlz of Mission SLIMpossible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589559 I am fortunate to work for a company that promotes healthy lifestyles for employees. This year they launched a biggest loser style weight loss challenge. Four of my co-workers joined a team with me, and we are well on our way to 12 weeks of weight loss success! <BR> <BR> We are Team Super POWER Gurlz of Mission SLIMpossible! We each chose a superhero and made costumes for our "before" pic. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186110811.jpg"> <BR> Here we are! Rochelle ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:13:19 EST November 2013 Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559755 Tracking month to month makes it easy to see why my numbers are not going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Number of workouts down, % good eating days down, scale up. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Well duh? <BR> <BR> JULY <BR> LOWEST WT: 138; # WORKOUTS: 20; % GOOD EATING DAYS: 87% <BR> <BR> AUGUST <BR> LOWEST WT: 138.6; # WORKOUTS: 12; % GOOD EATING DAYS: 65% <BR> <BR> SEPTEMBER <BR> LOWEST WT: 139.7; # WORKOUTS: 15; % GOOD EATING DAYS: 70% <BR> <BR> OCTOBER <BR> LOWEST WT: 139.1; # WOR... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:29:38 EST October Summary, Vacation Pics, and another look at the Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531469 Considering I went on vacation for 10 days, October turned out pretty well. I owe that In part to the Spark Activity Tracker. It doesn't track everything exactly as I would like it to, but what it does do, it does well. I took it with me on vacation. It holds 2 weeks of data, so it was nice to get home and watch it upload all of the walking and the workouts I did in Vegas and not have to manually add it. Normally I would just skip it and not worry about getting credit for all of it. Also, it... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:34:01 EST September 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503010 <em>207</em> I've started keeping a monthly table of my numbers that are important to me. It may sound silly, but tracking these numbers keeps me diligent to the task of keeping off the 60 pounds I've lost. <BR> <BR> 2013 JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER <BR> LOWEST WT 138 138.6 139.7 <BR> # WORKOUTS 20 12 15 <BR> FITNESS MINUTES 1004 528 795 <BR> CALORIES BURNED 11,209 6,341 8,016 <BR> % GOOD EATING DAYS 87% 65% 70% <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> September was better than August, b... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:15:07 EST The Spark Activity Tracker...to keep or not to keep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499734 This is what I have recorded in my fitness minute notes this week regarding my first week using the Spark Activity Tracker. I am an avid HRM (Polar RS200) user and I do a variety of fitness activities. <BR> <BR> Sunday, September 22, 2013 <BR> On Friday I received the new Spark Activity Tracker. Yesterday and today I've just worn the tracker to get used to it and see how it syncs and offloads data. I've mainly worn in on my bra strap since it is the weekend and I am not wearing shoes. The tr... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:31:29 EST Thoughts on overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493165 Yep. I still do it. I have scheduled cheat days usually every weekend as part of my maintenance plan, but that's not what I am talking about. To me, a cheat day is having a bit more calories and carbs than I normally eat, but still making conscientious and reasonably healthy food choices. <BR> <BR> This is what I ate on Saturday, September 21: <BR> <BR> Ezekial 4:9 Low Sodium Bread (1 Slice), 1 serving 80 15 1 4 <BR> Smart Balance Chunky Natural Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp 100 3 9 4 <BR> Re... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:59:44 EST August 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473272 <em>312</em> Workouts - 20 (a combination of running, RIPPED, Boot Camp and weight lifting) <BR> <em>382</em> Calories Burned - 6,341 <BR> <em>18</em> Eating cheat days - every weekend...plus, I ate out 5 times <BR> <em>9</em> Weight August 1 - 139.2 <BR> <em>15</em> Weight August 31 - 141.2 <BR> <em>46</em> Average Weight - 141.6 <BR> <em>224</em> Lowest Weight - 138.6 <BR> <em>185</em> Measurement change - none <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Overall feeling about this m... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:17:32 EST July 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441510 <em>216</em> Workouts - 20 (a combination of running, spin, RIPPED, Boot Camp and weight lifting) <BR> <em>382</em> Calories Burned - 11,209 <BR> <em>363</em> Miles Ran/Walked - 24.8 <BR> <em>18</em> Eating cheat days - 4 (no eating out at all) <BR> <em>53</em> Upped protein to over 100 grams per day and increased weekday calories on July 22; made a real effort to keep calories under control on the weekends, even on days that I considered "cheat days" <BR> <em>15</em> Weight ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 20:52:50 EST Food Pics Weekend 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428786 Saturday: Calories-1746, Carbs-185, Fat-69, Protein-96, Fiber-28, Sodium-1684 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680743748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday: Calories-1646, Carbs-199, Fat-61, Protein-81, Fiber-31, Sodium 1331 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203674458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've just finished weekend #2 of food tracking and posting pics of everything I eat on facebook. I am blogging NOW and posting these pics so that I will not find my way bac... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:19:11 EST Facebook Food Frolics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423507 I've been struggling with gaining too much weight on the weekends. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> Well...gaining the weight is not the struggle. Eating too much is the struggle. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> I tried food tracking...and failed. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I had a crazy idea to track this past weekend and also post pics of my meals on facebook. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I did it! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I posted a pic of each meal and snack on Saturday with calorie counts, and fa... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:49:05 EST Independence from Holiday Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410924 Without intending to make light of the REAL meaning of America's Independence Day...I am very grateful of the sacrifices of our forefathers...but I am celebrating my own independence from overeating just because I have a day off from work. <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> We don't have a lot of holiday gatherings at our home any longer. Our extended families live far away, and our children are off with their other families or doing whatever they choose to do on their day off. Nor do we get invite... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:28:09 EST My Maintenance and Weight Loss Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381955 A recent blog post of mine about maintenance accountability was voted as a most popular SP blog post. That came about NOT because I am not a super-popular sparker, but because my blog was featured by the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team. I call them AGMTTM. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Thanks AGMTTM for that vote of confidence! <BR> <BR> Several of the comments on that blog thanked me for my tips on weight maintenance. Today I realized that the blog included very few... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 22:44:46 EST A Year of 5s - Accountability and Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367700 On Monday, May 27th, I will be 55 years young. This year also marks 5 years of 60 pound weight loss maintenance for me. <BR> <BR> I found/joined SP 6 years ago this month (I had turned 49 and my dreaded 50th bday was looming), but I didn't get serious about the work until 7 months later. <BR> <BR> At 49 and close to 200 pounds, I was very concerned about what the next 20 years would bring for me health wise. Now at 55...birthdays aren't so scary. I don't worry about the next 20 years so m... Sat, 25 May 2013 15:52:57 EST Vegas 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139519 This year's Halloween Vegas vacation was awesome...so much fun! I worked out every day except for travel days. It made me realize how easy it is to find time to work out when you aren't under the pressures of work and family commitments...if only life were that simple! <BR> <BR> I also ate WAY too much. I've already lost most of the weight gain. I've learned the secret is to attack the gain as quickly as possible...the faster you start working at it, the easier it falls away. Letting it h... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:21:48 EST 120ville and a Panty Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952637 This is a fun reward yourself idea... <BR> <BR> I bought a buttload (pun intended) of Victoria's Secret panties at this year's semi-annual sale whilst they were less than half price. I bought all kinds of crazy colors, stripes, polka dots, animal prints, flowers...all kinds. <BR> <BR> Here's the fun part...said underwears still sit all wrapped up in my cute VS bag...and I use them to reward myself for keeping health and fitness commitments...like working out, sticking with my food plan, d... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 21:29:08 EST Happy 54th Birthday to me...and getting old can just suck it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900456 I turned 54 today. I had a great weekend...time with my husband, the beach (my favorite place), a sweet visit from my granddaughter...tons of special greetings on my sparkpage and on facebook, emails and text messages from special friends and family, phone calls from my kids...very nice. <BR> <BR> Here's a little photoshoot to commemorate my 54th trip around the sun...and here's to many more! <BR> <BR> Dressy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289170813.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 27 May 2012 22:01:33 EST Write this down CAROLISCIOUS...so you will remember it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897827 Pre-Beach Week weigh in - 130.7 <BR> Monday after Beach Week weigh in - 138.1 <BR> First official Post-Beach Week weigh in (Friday...today) - 130.3 <BR> <BR> Yup! Vacation weight gain gone and then some! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What I ate on vacation... <BR> <em>262</em> (diet) <BR> <em>271</em> every day with REAL creamer! <BR> <em>181</em> almost every evening after dinner <BR> <em>439</em> it wasn't green <BR> <em>265</em> a few of these <BR> <em>491</em> ellie loves w... Fri, 25 May 2012 15:37:32 EST GHK Photo Shoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814896 I don't know if anything will come of it, but I have been contacted by SP about a possible article featuring me and my weight loss in an upcoming issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. They wanted pics of me outdoors in business or dressy attire. Hubby was kind enough to help me do a little photo shoot... <BR> <BR> I've had this Ann Taylor suit for two years. Never took the tags off of it...until yesterday. It's my size (6), but for some reason it was too tight. Not any more! <BR> <img ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:17:13 EST My annual game of "What do I Know" and something new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651364 At the beginning of 2011, I posted a blog of recapping what I have learned about me after 3 years on SP and 2 years of weight loss maintenance. Here is the link <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881151 </link> <BR> <BR> This blog is a continuation of that process...looking back...and moving forward. We never stop learning. <BR> <BR> The things I posted about me a year ago were spot on...and 2011 confirmed this. I didn't follow my... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:47:18 EST 60,000 Sparkpoints! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4621909 The 3 points I will earn for this blog gets me to 60,000 sparkpoints! WooHoo for me! <BR> <em>345</em> <em>252</em> <em>345</em> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> And here is a pic taken yesterday of me and my sweet granddaughter, Ellie! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l881772114.jpg"> <BR> I'm sticking with my holiday workout plan...something I've never managed to do in my 4 years on SP. There's always room for improvement! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 22:00:08 EST WEEKS 7-10...ON TO THE END OF TWENTY-ELEVEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601029 I promised myself I would post a remeasurement blog this with pics this weekend...I have compromised on that promise. Not completely broken, just compromised. Is that allowed? <BR> <BR> I did remeasure on Wednesday...the day before Thanksgiving...but I did not take pics. There was no change in my measurements except for... <BR> <BR> DRUM ROLL PLEASE... <BR> <BR> I lost an inch in both my upper hip and my lower hip. That's a total of 6.5 inches overall in 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I had made a... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:26:21 EST Ellie-Beans's 2nd B'Day Party and Streak Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592592 My Ellie will be 2 on Thanksgiving Day this year. Ghee Ghee and Popsi (that's me and hubby) hosted her second birthday party at our house yesterday. We planned a mostly outdoor party...and it rained. No worries, though...the party still took place, and my lil pixie was the star of the show...cute as a button and perfectly mannered in every way. <BR> <BR> Just sharing some pics... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217137058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 15:02:34 EST WEEKS 5 and 6: BRING IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582948 Today I started week 5 of a 10 week strength training challenge. It amazes me that I'm almost half way done. And it's clear to me that I won't be "done" when this 10 weeks is over. I intend to make this workout plan my "lifestyle workout plan." <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report that I persevered through the initial weight gain of beginning a strength training regimen, and now the scale has started to drop again. I'm at my lowest weight this year, and possibly the lowest since I've been on spa... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:58:10 EST WEEK 4: FEELING ENCOURAGED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571286 Three weeks ago I started a 3 day a week program that combines cardio with strength training. I've done this before, but I've never been able to stick with it. Every time I start a strength training program, the scale stops moving down. This discourages me...and I poop out on the pumping up. <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> This time, inspired by the Pimp My (P)Ride challenge by sparker YOOVIE, I decided to challenge myself to do this for 12 weeks, take before and after photos, and more imp... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 15:14:38 EST WEEK 3: THE STRUGGLE BEGINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559854 As usual, strength training has turned out to be less than fun. I'm struggling to stick with the plan, not because it isn't fun, but rather because the scale has stopped moving. No weight loss in two weeks...since I started this ST plan. Are the two related or is it just coincidental? I don't know. I don't see visible body changes either, but next weekend I will redo measurements and hope for some improvements there. <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> In the meantime, this week's workout is the sa... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 12:36:51 EST WEEK 2 OF CAROLISCIOUS WANTS MORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549122 How it feels after week 1...great, sort of. I know I am doing my body good by working out, but the scale has stopped moving...and has even gone up a little...which is a BIG bummer. Don't tell me it is because I am gaining muscle...one week of ST does not constitute that much muscle gain. I will believe that the reason could be that sore muscles retain fluid....and I am definitely sore. I'm still tracking my food...today is day 91 of that streak. I know it will all balance out and the scal... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 11:53:16 EST PLAN: 10 WEEK STRENGTH TRAINING STREAK-CAROLISCIOUS WANTS MORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538565 I totally whimped on the PIMP MY (P)RIDE challenge. I didn't feel like I was ready (LAME!). I was in the flurry of a food tracking streak, and having great success on the scale with it. I had gained weight, and I needed to focus on food tracking to get it off. Now that those 15 pounds are gone, I'm ready to start my own version of PIMP MY (P)RIDE. I took front and back pics of myself in very little clothing today (Exhibit A), and I see that even though I'm happily back into my smallest c... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:12:52 EST 10 things I have learned about ME after 2 years of maintaining 50+ pounds lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881151 1/1/11 marked 3 years since I started the journey (for the final time) to lose 50 pounds. For the FINAL time. That date was 1/1/2008. For the third year in a row, I have not had to start the year feeling hopeless about my weight. My sparkbuddy CJROMB wrote that about herself in her last blog. Those words jumped off the screen at me like bullets. For me...that's what makes it all worth it. <BR> <BR> Here is CJ's blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_indivi... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:29:12 EST 2010 Vegas Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771192 It's vacation pitcha time! Another GREAT vacation with my sparkgirl NVDONNA and her hubby! <BR> <BR> Various pics of our wild adventures! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454729910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Valley of Fire <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141895142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> More Valley of Fire <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691393705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The BEST ROCK EVER at Valley of Fire...don't stare at it for too long l... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 19:36:05 EST Cruise Review...the pics you have been dying to see! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279679 Just wanted to share pics from our cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We went with NVDONNA her hubby...7 days of fun, fun, fun! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l2276342.jpg"> <BR> This is Donna, Nancy (BAMAGIRL58) and me on the day we left. Nancy lives nearby and came to meet Donna at the airport...then we rushed off to Wal-mart for last minute shopping before we drove to Mobile. Nancy and her hubby are going with us next time! <BR> <BR> Donna and h... Sat, 29 May 2010 11:56:35 EST Help me list the reasons why... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3106234 I should keep doing cardio in the morning before work. I started this routine about a month ago...and hour on my treadmill or my elliptical every day before work...and it's getting a little boring. I miss the enthusiasm my evening spin classes. <BR> <BR> Here's my list of reasons to keep up with the morning cadio...are there more? <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio is done and over for the day. <BR> 2. I start the day with a minimum of 4 cups of water done before I even leave for work. <BR> 3. Morn... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 14:45:07 EST Carol's March Shuffle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3077556 My daughter puts pics of my granddaughter, Ellie, on the Wal-green's website so I can get prints of her made whenever I want. It's so cool and so easy. Always, before you "check out," the site offers you the option of a photo collage with the prints you have selected. Naturally...being the doting grandmother that I am, those collages are hard to pass up. They are even harder for Ellie's "Pops" to pass up (my hubby). AND...there's a fabulous option to shuffle the prints until you get exact... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 23:12:52 EST February 2010 Summary - Finding Closure and a VERY Fun Girl Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2937731 Caroliscious doesn't feel like blogging her monthly summary... <BR> <BR> 2010 started with weekly summaries, which quickly changed to monthly summaries...and now I don't even wanna do that...but I shall. <BR> <BR> As far as weight-loss, exercise and 2010 goals, I have done well. <BR> <BR> 1. Calories in - exceeded my calorie/sodium limits only 3 out of 28 days; that means I MET my goals 25 days out of the month. I overate on Superbowl Sunday (party at the son's house), at a business dinn... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 10:02:47 EST 2010 - Week 4 and January Summary...Progress Doesn't Require Absolute Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2820753 Summary of last week: <BR> 1. Calories in - exceeded my calorie/sodium limits 2 days out of 7. <BR> 2. Calories out - I did not meet my 2500 calories burn weekly goal (only burned 1958). I missed two cardio workouts, one because of a hair appointment, and the other because I chose to spend time with my daughter and granddaughter. We did not go out of town on the weekend as planned. <BR> 3. Strength Training - Twice a week...DONE! <BR> 4. Water - 10 cups a day...DONE! <BR> <BR> Weight loss ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:25:24 EST 2010 - Week 3...back in 130ville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2789588 This is my weekly journal entry to log my journey to lose the final 20 pounds. It is helping me stay focused. I have decided to start looking at the previous week, the good and the bad, and then plan for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> LAST WEEK <BR> 1. Cardio Goals - met...I did cardio 7 days this week. Wow. My goal is to do it only 5 days. I am resting today because I donated blood this morning. <BR> 2. Strength training goals - met...I am 6 for 6 ST workouts for 2010. I am very proud o... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 13:33:52 EST 2010 - Week 2...not a good week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2759650 I don't wanna do this, because I didn't do as well this week as I did last week. I don't like admitting screw-ups. The perfectionist and prideful side of me tells me I don't need to, but I know I need to get over that. <BR> <BR> I only lost 8 tenths of a pound this week, much less than I had hoped for. From an eating standpoint, this week was full of unique challenges. I traveled with a diabetes educator from Eli Lilly doing diabetes workshops that included wonderful catered food. I took... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:46:50 EST 2010 - Week 1...I must be honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2726334 I have a goal to lose the final 22 pounds and get my body fat below 25 % by May 15, 2010. On that day I will be leaving for a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise...hopefully with my best sparkbuddy NVDONNA. <BR> <BR> The first week in January, I laid out my SMART plan to reach these goals for all of Sparkdom to peruse and comment as they wished...and hold me accountable. I lost 3.6 pounds the first week and I have ALMOST made it through one whole weekend...and I am still on track. I will no... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:45:07 EST New paths to healthy habits are out there...right at your door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706428 I discovered a new running path yesterday...right outside my office door! <BR> <BR> I really needed a run yesterday. I did not want to go to spin, I wanted to RUN! (Who am I?) My Tuesday run is usually with my hubby after dark. He needed an ST day...so he wanted to skip the run. I didn't feel safe running our usual path in the dark alone. Then I realized... <BR> <em>3</em> <BR> I could RUN the streets right outside my office door. Since I could change clothes and just take off, I ... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 21:06:47 EST The baby was coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2695881 and I almost bailed on my workout...but I didn't! <BR> <BR> My daughter and her family live an hour away, but tonight she came to visit because she has a doc appointment here tomorrow. Of course, she brought my darling granddaughter, Ellie. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/9/b495002440.jpg"> <BR> I was so excited to see them...I struggled all day with going straight home instead of to the gym. I would workout at home I told myself...yeh right. <BR> <BR> Well, I decided ... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 00:39:58 EST Doing it again in 2010, Only SMARTer this Time Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2680488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/b429348288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Sparkfriends! New Year…New Decade, and the beginning of my 3rd year on SP. I joined in May of 2007, but I got really serious about it on Jan 2, 2008. <BR> <em>504</em> <BR> I went back and read my 2008-2009 blog to get prepared to write this New Year’s blog. That was a great blog I wrote. I motivated myself just reading it! If you are not blogging…you really should. It is great to go back and re... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:34:56 EST The Heart of SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2672325 I am working on my 2009-2010 blog with goals and all that shizz, but I had to put that aside and post this blog about getting through the holidays. I had set a goal to stay below 140 pounds through the holidays, allowing me a 5 pound weight gain. I did well through the birth of my granddaughter, Ellie, just before Thanksgiving... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/3/b13408998.jpg"> <BR> Isn't she beautiful? She is sleeping under my Christmas tree! (Sorry, just had to throw ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:44:04 EST My granddaughter rolled over at 8 days old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2608518 <link>www.youtube.com/user/EllieClaireColl<BR>ins </link> <BR> <BR> My newborn granddaughter, Ellie, has her own Youtube channel. This is the link. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Ellie rolled over from her tummy to her back...with no assistance. Did I mention she did this at only 8 days old??? In fact, she did it twice. Twice! I'm not sure what this means. I have never heard of a newbown baby doing this. <BR> <BR> Tell me...have any of you ever heard of this? Thu, 3 Dec 2009 21:42:59 EST PSEUDOBRITCHICK ain't the only one pulling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2591106 Last Sunday night, while PSEUDOBRITCHICK was shaggin' all night with her penguin (no, she wasn't "doing it" with a REAL penguin...she was having a spontaneous romantic evening with her love...her soulmate), I was pulling an all-nighter myself with my latest love interest... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/3/b633419313.jpg"> <BR> This is me with my first grandchild, Elisabeth Claire Collins, "Ellie", born November 24, 2009 at 2:06 AM, 8 lbs., 15.7 ounces, 19.5 9nches. <BR> ... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 23:45:11 EST No More Obesity or Glucose Intolerance and a Gold Star to Prove it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2513745 Today I had my annual physical. I used to dread the annual see-the-doc-so-he-can-tell-me-I'm-fat visit, but I don't anymore. Other than being petrified of going to the doc perfectly healthy and coming out sick from somebody else's Swine flu, I rather enjoy that annual visit now. <BR> <BR> I just have to share this really funny story about today's doctor visit. <BR> <BR> My doc is implementing electronic medical records. He announced to me that I was to have the honor of being the first... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 22:39:04 EST Picture this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2433271 Recently I was gifted with some fabulous clothes from sparker PSEUDOBRITCHICK. I promised her some pics and last night I finally rounded up the hubby for a little photo shoot. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I hate they way I look in these photos and I really don't want to post them. Yes, I've lost 55 pounds and I am much happier now with what I see when I am photographed than I was 2 years ago, but I still see all of my flaws. <BR> <BR> **Fat sagging upper arms** <BR> **Fat thighs** <BR> *... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 18:33:14 EST A Tribute to My Mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2351840 Helen Audrey Mae Dixon Kinsey, March 2, 1932 – August 21, 2009 <BR> A Tribute, by Carolyn Kinsey Clark, daughter <BR> <BR> August 27, 2009 <BR> <BR> My mother baked six pumpkin pies on the day she passed away. Now, lest you think that pumpkin came from a can and she just poured, stirred and baked, I shall clear up that misconception, now. She made those pies from “Sugar Pumpkins,” akin to the fall pumpkin, but one with a harder pulp and better flavor for pie baking. I am sure the Friday ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:05:16 EST