CHERRY666's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHERRY666 CHERRY666'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/ New Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513281 After my last entry, I went for a good run and when I came back, I was looking at my SparkPage. I've pretty much reached the goals I set for myself. Now it's time to refresh those goals and have some new challenges to work toward! I was thinking of joining a group challenge, but those aren't really for me. <BR> <BR> New Goal #1: Eat dark leafy greens once per day (at least). <BR> <BR> Dark leafy greens are very good for you, but I don't eat them regularly. Making a pointed effort to bec... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:34:12 EST October Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506891 Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight: 172 - 10/7/2013 (171.4 - 8/7/2013, 161.2 - 12/28/2012, 164.4 - 10/20/2012, 167* - 9/28/2012, 162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -26 <BR> <BR> Waist: 30 - 10/7/2013 (31 - 8/7/2013, 28.25 - 12/28/2012, 28.75 - 10/29/2012, 29 - 9/28/2012, 29.25 - 8/29/2012, 29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 -... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:08:08 EST Back With August Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447526 I thought I was doing better lately, getting back on track for the most part with food and being better with exercising (not as good as I was or as I could be, but getting there), yet the scale keeps creeping up. Honestly, today getting on the scale and seeing that number was very upsetting. Maybe I'm overreacting or just having a bad day, but it's hard not to worry that you're going to gain everything back when you worked so hard to lose it. <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight: 17... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:58:38 EST "What are thigh gaps and why you probably aren’t going to get one from weight loss" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386921 <link>size10plz.tumblr.com/post/3934618039<BR>0/what-are-thigh-gaps-and-why-you-prob<BR>ably-arent </link> <BR> <BR> This morning I came across this blog and thought I'd share with you guys. I've accepted that I'll never have that thigh gap due to how my femurs are set and how my body is muscled and how it holds onto fat (more pear than apple). It's not necessarily good or bad. It's just how my body is, and that's okay. It can't hurt to read something that makes you feel a little better ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:22:20 EST Well! That was a surprise. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335230 Yesterday, I went to the doctor because I suspected I have a small hernia behind my navel. It turns out I was right about that, but luckily they think it's a bit of fat and NOT a bit of intestine that's pushed through. That was a relief. For now, I only need to keep an eye on it. It's tender and if I move the wrong way, it hurts, but otherwise isn't really a big deal. Phew! Obviously, if it gets much worse I'll need surgery, but hopefully that won't be an issue. <BR> <BR> The surprise w... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:28:20 EST December Measurements & Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178656 Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight: 161.2 - 12/28/2012 (164.4 - 10/20/2012, 167* - 9/28/2012, 162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -36.8 lbs <BR> <BR> So close to getting to the 150s! (I'm thinking I'd like to settle in around 150-155.) As you can see, I've been stuck in the 160s since JUNE! Sheesh! Honestly, though, I am pretty okay with where I am now. I'd like there to be less jiggle here, more t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:40:19 EST Kicking Diet Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134951 October 14th I decided to see if I could go 30 days without diet soda, and as of today I still haven't had any. Whoohoo! <BR> <BR> Now, off to the store to buy a couple two-liters! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Just kidding. <BR> <BR> I did consider a few times buying a regular soda, "Hey, it's not DIET. . . Right?!" But I managed not to. I have stocked up on herbal teas, though. Tasty stuff. I had a few artifically flavored drinks (Crystal Light, Arizona Diet Peach Tea), but only a few and ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:22:08 EST How To Track Your Food w/out Going Insane? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122360 This week's Living the Good Life challenge for the Fall 5% Challenge is tracking your food and staying within your calorie range. I had a bad feeling this would come up one of the weeks, and now it has. I know a lot of you do this every day, so I'm asking: How do you track your food and try to stay within your calorie range without going nuts and getting hung up on things being exact? I'm being 100% serious here. How do you do that? How do you not get completely stressed out by it? That's ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 10:32:00 EST October Measurements - 17 inches down total! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116578 Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight: 164.4 - 10/20/2012 (167* - 9/28/2012, 162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -33.6 lbs <BR> <BR> Waist: 28.75 - 10/29/2012 (29 - 9/28/2012, 29.25 - 8/29/2012, 29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -5.25 inches <BR> <BR> Hips: 40 - 10/29/2012 (40.5 - 9/28/2012, 40.75... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:08:52 EST September Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078203 Weight: 167* - 9/28/2012 (162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -31 lbs (was 36. . . bah. . .) <BR> <BR> Waist: 29 - 9/28/2012 (29.25 - 8/29/2012, 29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -5 <BR> <BR> Hips: 40.5 - 9/28/2012 (40.75 - 8/29/2012, 41 - 7/20/2012, 42 - 6/21/2012, 42.5 6/12/2012, 43 - 5/22... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:59:56 EST For a Jillian Michaels Related Laugh plus other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059478 I found this person on YouTube and she's hilarious. Those of you who do Jillian Michaels workouts would appreciate these videos. <BR> <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/uokIYCJX7xM </link> - Killer Buns & Thighs Level 3 ~ Jillian Michaels Is STRAIGHT UP TRIPPIN <BR> <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/bLhXOXNd87s </link> - BURPEES MUST DIE ~ and other workout stuff I hate <BR> <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/At8eusqdMRY </link> - Jillian Michaels "RIPPED IN 30" ~ SUCK IT, "KILLER BUNS & THIGHS" <BR> <BR>... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:20:27 EST DIY Foam Roller?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048835 I found this just now: <link>homemadestrength.blogspot.com/2011/0<BR>4/foam-rolling-is-for-church-moms_24.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's directions about how to make your very own foam roller. I wonder. . . I've been thinking that getting a foam roller might be a good idea, but when I saw the price of one at Target the other day (nearly 40 dollars!), I thought, "Well, nevermind that then!" I need to do more research, but the idea of making your own is quite exciting! Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:14:24 EST Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035778 Weight: 162 - 8/29/2012 (165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -36 lbs <BR> <BR> Waist: 29.25 - 8/29/2012 (29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -4.75 <BR> <BR> Hips: 40.75 - 8/29/2012 (41 - 7/20/2012, 42 - 6/21/2012, 42.5 6/12/2012, 43 - 5/22/2012, 44 - 4/23/12, 44 - 4/11/2012, 45.25 - 3/26/2012, 46 - 3/12/2012... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:30:47 EST Whoohoo! Plateau Over? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027647 It looks like the scale is finally moving in the right direction again! I'll have to cross my fingers that it stays in a downward trajectory. For the last month or so, it's been stuck. Despite all the exercise, it wouldn't budge. Not really. It's not like I actually gained anything which is a big positive in my book, but still. This morning the scale said lower than it has in a very long time, and yesterday morning was the same, so that's a good sign. I noticed the other day my collar bone... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:56:33 EST What to do. . . What to do. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017769 Monday, I ran 5 miles. It was okay. No problem there. Finished feeling like, "Whoa, I just ran five miles for the second time ever," but otherwise it was fine. Later that day, I did Day 1 of Week 1 of Ripped in 30, and mostly it was fine. In the last circuit, though, there were single leg hops, and I think I pulled my hamstring a little when doing them. Landed the wrong way and had sudden shooting pains, not fall on the floor sobbing but enough to scrunch up my face and find it unpleasan... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:11:18 EST John Bingham Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010395 "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for 20 years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get in. You just run." -John Bingham Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:48:00 EST Do You Like When People Comment On Your Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003336 I'm just curious. Do you like when people comment on your weight loss or would you rather they didn't? I thought about this yesterday when I was at a family gathering and my aunt commented on how I've lost weight in front of everyone else. What's up with that? You must be exercising to lose that weight. I just said I'd been walking and things like that and trying to eat a little better. I've lost a bit over thirty pounds, but not fast in any way. Less than a pound a week most weeks, I thi... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 11:25:03 EST 9:30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989273 I've been curious about how fast I can run a mile without completely dying. Lately, my time has been going in the wrong direction and it's been discouraging. When you finish x distance and you're beet red and dripping sweat then check your time only to find out you were even SLOWER than before (and you're already slow by most standards), well, it can be hard to take. (I'm going to blame the heat we've had. At least partly.) I try not to think about that type of thing too much and just enj... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:33:43 EST July Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978964 I was thinking of waiting until I was done with the 30 Day Shred, but it's been about a month since I last took measurements and didn't want to wait any longer! I haven't been doing the Shred every day, but probably 5-6 days a week. (I'm in awe of anyone who can do this without missing a day. They deserve major kudos.) I think today is day 9 of level 2, then I have one more day of level 2 and 10 days of level 3. After that, it's off to Ripped in 30, where I'll get my butt kicked all over ag... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:35:37 EST Scale vs Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972556 How do you know what scale is most accurate? When I started making it a point to eat healthier and exercise, I didn't have a scale so I weighed myself at my parent's house periodically. Okay. There's one number. <BR> <BR> In May or so, my boyfriend found a scale at a garage sale and picked it up for me since I'd mentioned it'd be nice to have one. He didn't know I didn't REALLY want one at home because I've been obsessive with them in the past and was nervous about keeping a scale in th... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:01:45 EST BMR and thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970403 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=385 </link> <BR> <BR> The link above is for a Spark article about calculating your basal metabolic rate (BMR). I was curious about what mine is since I haven't checked in a loooong time and didn't remember. I did the calculations, then multiplied it by 1.2 to account for light activity throughout the day, not counting exercise. 1,902. I don't count calories (gasp!), but it's interesting to see the numbers sometimes. <BR> ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 19:33:21 EST Why Not? (50 Questions) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965253 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> My first name, no. My middle name is after my grandma. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> A week or two ago. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Sometimes. Mostly, it's chicken scratch, though. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Turkey or roast beef <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> Sure. At least then someone would l... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:18:08 EST Next Thing to Buy. . . A quality sports bra! Eh. . . TMI? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944656 So I bought my running shoes a few weeks ago, and they're awesome. I'm so happy I sprung for them and went to a real running store, despite my fear about not fitting in there and looking like a fraud. Ridiculous, I know, but I still felt that way going in. (I found out one foot is normal and the other mildly overpronates. Who knew. I guess that explains the extra wear on the soles of my left shoes and the weird ridge of callous on my left heel that's developed since I started walking/runnin... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:22:57 EST Interesting Blog About Fitness Inspiration for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933685 "When I finished my workout, I felt like a beast. It was exactly what I wanted." (I just liked this quote.) <BR> <BR> <link>fitandfeminist.wordpress.com/2012/04<BR>/09/good-fitspo-is-hard-to-find/ </link> <BR> <BR> Another member linked to this blog and I thought it was worth sharing with you guys. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:41:55 EST Breathing While Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927695 I have a lot of things going through my head that I could write about, but right now I just want to write about a few short things (or a few things that probably won't be so short because I can't resist a good ramble). <BR> <BR> Today I did Week 1, Day 2 of the 10k program. This should have been Day 3, but oh well. At least I've been good about exercising in other ways and at least I got out there today. I'm not going to worry about it. Anyway, today it was a three mile run and I managed ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:06:00 EST 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908561 Wednesday, May 30th I ran 3.76 miles without stopping. It took 45 minutes, which puts me at about 12 minutes per mile according to SparkPeople's tracker. Before I started the 5k program, I couldn't run a minute without being a winded mess, so this isn't bad at all. (Not that I wasn't a winded mess after running 45 minutes!) I ran the longest stretch I have ever run in my life. That counts for a lot. A LOT. I'm just focused on running, even if I am slow. Speed will get better with time and ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:08:15 EST Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892576 Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight: 175 - 5/19/2012 (180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -23 lbs <BR> <BR> Waist: 30.5 - 5/22/2012 (31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = 3.5 inches lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 43 - 5/22/2012 (44 - 4/23/12, 44 - 4/11/2012, 45.25 - 3/26/2012, 46 - 3/12/2012) -3 inches <BR> <BR> Thigh:26.5 - 5/22/2012 (27.25 4/11/12, 28 - 3/12/2012) -1.5 <BR> <BR> Calf: 16 - 5/22/2012 (16 - 4/11/2012, 15.75 - 3/12/2012) +.25 (?) <BR> <BR... Tue, 22 May 2012 08:27:08 EST Leslie Sansone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866613 Well, I feel a little silly. All over SparkPeople, I've read about people working out to Leslie Sansone's DVDs and everyone says how great they are. Leslie Sansone. . . Walking at home. . . I just assumed it was some sort of workout you do on a treadmill (especially since people talk about doing miles) so I didn't even bother looking it up. <BR> <BR> Oooops. Not so, apparently. Heh. I looked up clips of her videos on YouTube and it looks like a great workout. I've been thinking I may ... Fri, 4 May 2012 16:21:48 EST It's About Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844212 Today I didn't want to do Day 2 of Week 3. It was drizzling and cold out, and I didn't want to go out in that. Of course, I reminded myself, "You can quit in five minute if you really want to," so I went out and (of course) didn't quit after five minutes. I was grumbling to myself, thinking "Why can't I just have a treadmill? Even one in the gross basement? Why can't I just have a gym membership? Why why why oh woe is me this sucks I don't wanna blahblahblah" . . .but doing it anyway. Only... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:13:45 EST Bluebird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92729182.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bluebird I saw on my walk today! <BR> <BR> Edit: Nooo. The picture is so little you can barely tell what it is. Here's a different picture from my walk. Unfortunately, no bluebird is in it, but it looks kind of cool: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265968814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh, and unrelated but today my stopwatch seems to have broken! I accidently knocked it off where it was han... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:29:09 EST 10 Positives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831960 GIRANIMAL had the smart idea to list positive things in her life, and I thought I'd copy her idea. I've been way too negative lately, and it's really affecting me badly. (I'm sure the people close to me aren't too fond of it, either!) <BR> <BR> So, here is a quick list of ten things I've currently thankful for or happy about: <BR> <BR> 1. There is a cat sitting in my lap and purring as I type this. <BR> 2. Waddlepuss. Nickname I thought of for this cat. I think it's hilarious. (I promise ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:22:46 EST Measurements Day & Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830060 Just took my measurements. Here are the results: <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> Weight: 191 - 3/13/2012 (198 - 2/08/2012) -7 lbs <BR> <BR> No idea what my weight is today since I don't own a scale. Hopefully it's moved down. <BR> <BR> Waist: 32 - 4/11/2012 (33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -2 inch <BR> <BR> Hips: 44 - 4/11/2012 (45.25 - 3/26/2012 (46 - 3/12/2012) -2 inch <BR> <BR> Two inches off both my hips and waist! Not bad at all. I measured repeatedly to make sure (Didn't really b... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 09:56:06 EST Avocado Pesto Pasta (Vegan) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784083 I made this today and it was SO good. I did wind up using less olive oil (I ran out) and a bit more lemon juice, but it was so delicious. I also used whole grain pasta rather than the usual stuff. <BR> <BR> <link>chefchloe.com/entrees/avocado-pesto-<BR>pasta.html </link> <BR> <BR> Perhaps adding some cilantro would be a good idea. Subbing another type of nut for pine nuts might be a good idea, cost-wise. Almonds, maybe? Walnuts? (Not that nuts in general are cheap, but. . .) A pinch ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:28:50 EST Real Age Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3243087 Last time, three months ago: <BR> <BR> Calendar Age 23.4 <BR> Difference +4.9 <BR> RealAge 28.3 <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS time: <BR> <BR> Calendar Age 23.6 <BR> Difference +2.6 <BR> RealAge 26.2 <BR> <BR> Whoo hoo! It's moving down! Great. Tue, 18 May 2010 14:20:27 EST The Agoraphobic Runner, March Goal Results & April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3070033 I thought of that the other day--how I could call myself "The Agoraphobic Runner" (Or Agoraphobic Wannabe Runner to be more precise) and it struck me as appropriate and kind of funny (Maybe I have a slightly warped sense of humor). <BR> <BR> My two main goals for March were to do 755 fitness minutes and to run a mile. As far as the first goal goes, I actually wound up doing a bit more than 755. As far as the second goal. . . Um. . . Yeah. That didn't go so well. I kept chickening out ... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:16:04 EST Another Link - Response to Glamour Mag's "Plus Sized" Spread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3016195 <link>thebellyproject.wordpress.com/2009/1<BR>0/13/plus-sized-my-ass/ </link> <BR> <BR> So apparently this is a bit old--October 2009--but I missed it and only saw it now. I agree with the author's response. Those women look like normal--albeit ridiculously beautiful--women. <BR> <BR> Original article link: <link>www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2009/<BR>10/these-bodies-are-beautiful-at-every<BR>-size?currentPage=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the slideshow "Supermodels Who Ar... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:22:14 EST "What Real Women Look Like" MyBodyGallery.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3000797 The DailySpark posted a link to this and I thought I'd repost it here since it's an interesting site: <BR> <BR> <link>www.mybodygallery.com/index.html </link> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:15:21 EST Whoa! The Crunch Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2978014 <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>fitness_articles.asp?id=1114 </link> <BR> <BR> I did this today and surprised myself with 47 crunches in a minute. That's only three away from excellent! Whoo hoo! How cool is that?! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>fitness_articles.asp?id=1113 </link> <BR> <BR> I also did the push up test, and managed to squeak out 22, which places me at average for my age. (Actually, that was pretty surprisi... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:32:33 EST Check Out This Blog Entry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2973989 Check out this great blog post by MYSTIC_BEAUTY. It's on the longer side, but it's worth reading all of it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2973555 </link> <BR> <BR> If you like it, remember to press the "I Liked This Blog!" button. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:06:45 EST Walking/Running Log: Week 1, Day 1 (Repeat) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2973808 Distance: 1.64 miles Time: 24 minutes <BR> <BR> What I Did: Four repetitions of 4 minutes walking/1 minute running, plus a little extra walking <BR> <BR> I almost thought I wouldn't do the last run/jog, but I caught my breath easier than I thought I would and did it! Yay. Since I know I went too fast last time, I tried to pace myself this time (Which was surprisingly hard). The extra walking at the end helped, and I made sure to stretch for a while afterwards, something I neglected to do ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 14:27:53 EST Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2972557 Weight: (03/08/10): 174 (BMI: 26.5) (184.0 BMI: 28 - 7/15/2010) (Highest Recorded: 198 BMI: 30.2, 5/??/09) <BR> Bust (03/08/10): 41.75 <BR> Chest, below bust (03/08/10): 33 <BR> Waist (03/08/10): 31.25 (32.50 - 7/15/2009) (Highest Recorded: 34) <BR> Hips (03/08/10): 43.75 (45.75 - 7/15/2009) (Highest Recorded: 47) <BR> Neck (03/08/10): 13.75 (14.00 - 7/15/2009) <BR> Thigh (03/08/10): 27 (27.25 - 7/15/2009) <BR> Calf (03/08/10): 15.25 (15.75 - 7/15/2009) <BR> Upper Ar... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 10:21:38 EST Walking/Running Log: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2949341 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Distance: 1.05 miles Time: 14:54 <BR> <BR> What I did: Three repetitions of 4 minutes walking/1 minute running <BR> <BR> I set out meaning to do all four reps, but after the last minute of running I just couldn't make myself do it. I was red as a tomato, huffing and puffing and couldn't catch my breath. Coughed up a lung for an hour or two afterward. (Lovely, I know. I am getting over a cold, though.) The first two running intervals were difficult to recover from... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:35:27 EST Fitness Goal #2 For March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2946314 Run a mile straight. <BR> <BR> I even bought shoes for it the other week. This month, I want to follow the plan laid out here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1004 </link> and run that one mile. Honestly, I'm not so sure I could jog for even a minute without being totally winded, but the plan as a whole really looks promising. <BR> <BR> Even when I was a kid, I was terrible at the mile run we had to do in gym class. Torture. Also, this is something I'v... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:42:25 EST Fitness Goal #1 For March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2944329 In February, I did a total of 555 minutes of exercise. (In January, I did about the same amount.) This month, the goal is to up that by 200 minutes. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 17:02:10 EST RealAge.com Part II: The Good & The Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2899557 I decided to go back and copy the good and bad so that I can look back on it in three months and really see how I've improved (and I WILL improve!). Here they are, starting with. . . <BR> <BR> THE GOOD: <BR> <BR> Learn more about ovarian cancer. <BR> Your RealAge is younger because none of your first degree relatives (that is, your biological mother or sisters) had ovarian cancer. <BR> <BR> Talk to your doc about screening. <BR> Your RealAge is slightly younger because none of your first... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:23:15 EST The Horror!!! (RealAge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2898403 Oh my god. I took the "RealAge" test at realage.com, and my results are: <BR> <BR> Calendar Age 23.4 <BR> Difference +4.9 <BR> RealAge 28.3 <BR> <BR> The horror! Jeez! I can't believe there's that much of a difference. This is kind of depressing. I've been doing better in the past month or two about getting my fruits and veggies, paying good attention to my body's signals and learning to recognize my needs, drinking my water, exercising more consistently than I have in the past, etc... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:23:14 EST Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2803433 I realized the other day that although I lost twenty five pounds, I never rewarded myself for it. Never did anything special, just gave myself a mental pat on the back. Lately, I've been stuck at this weight, and the two things clicked = rewards + needing motivation to stick with it (Who doesn't need a little extra motivation when stuck on a plateau?). I've decided that every five pounds or so, I'll reward myself with a little something. (Since it'll be easier to do on to 0s and 5s, I'll s... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:34:25 EST Other Goals: What Are Yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2777504 To anyone who reads this: <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm curious. What are your other goals? (The "Other Goals" tab shows up when you scroll over "My Tools.") The goals I have now are old and have gotten boring, so I'm looking for ideas. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:54:20 EST Homemade Laundry Detergent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2739575 I've been meaning to make some for a while, and today I finally did. This is oddly exciting. Ha. It's always nice to knock something off the to-do list, no matter how little. <BR> <BR> Anyway, all that's included is: <BR> <BR> 2 cups finely grated bar soap (I used some old homemade stuff) <BR> 1 cup washing soda (It's a powder and in the cleaning isle) <BR> 1 cup borax <BR> <BR> I skipped the essential oil since I don't have any and don't see a need for it. <BR> <BR> You use 1 tablesp... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:52:13 EST About 4 Weeks Without Smoking & Weight Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2598444 From start weight: 53 pounds to lose <BR> <BR> So far, I've lost: 25 pounds, or nearly half of what I intend to lose. <BR> <BR> Start weight BMI: 30.1 <BR> Current (174) BMI: 26.3 <BR> Goal (145) BMI: 22 <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> <BR> As of 5pm today, it will be four weeks since I last smoked (And, actually, four weeks ago at five it was only a few puffs that I had). This means that (As of right now, not *quite* four weeks, but close enough): <BR> <BR> 3 weeks, 6 days, 19 hours, 39 mi... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:44:55 EST