CHICKEYBABE's SparkPeople Blog CHICKEYBABE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just gotta say.... that getting "it right" is maybe not the way to go for me. I am like a gold fish "I just keep hitting my head against the bowl" with my approach to keeping it thinner. Maybe "thinner" for me is: <BR> <BR> * Staying off of the scale. <BR> * Remembering that whole foods are my very best friends. <BR> * Keeping the hula hoop spinning. <BR> * Letting my mind dwell in meditation. <BR> * Putting the "perfect" attitude away and living with me for the day. <BR> <BR> Just a thought..... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:27:59 EST One Hair Closer Every extra step puts me: <BR> <BR> Every minute of hooping puts me: <BR> <BR> Every piece of fruit puts me: <BR> <BR> Every glass of water puts me: <BR> <BR> Every tracked calorie puts me: <BR> <BR> Every passed up snack puts me: <BR> <BR> Every minute with Jessica Smith puts me: <BR> <BR> Every foregone serving of carbohydrates puts me: <BR> <BR> Every positive thought puts me: <BR> <BR> One hair closer to. . . . . . . . <BR> <BR> My goal weight but more importantly puts me one... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:48:08 EST It's a Miracle! Five weeks into a strength training routine for my arms and I am going strong. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> My goal for this round of BLC has been to add ST for my arms and see increased reps on a weekly basis. My routing includes: two sets each of seated triceps lifts and controlled biceps curls. Two sets each of seated triceps dips and overhead biceps lifts. Two sets each of standing triceps crunches and alternating biceps curls. <BR> <BR> I started out with 12 reps of each move and h... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:47:19 EST Free! Really? January has always marked a time for me to start prowling the aisles at my favorite store for the “magic” exercise DVD and/or latest piece of exercise equipment that will make me fit and trim. You know what I am talking about here! <BR> <BR> There has also been a time when I have been looking for the next greatest “weight loss secret”. I can’t even name all of them because I have tried so many different ones. <BR> <BR> BUT none of them worked, I mean really worked with sustained fitness... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:09:00 EST "A Year From Now, You Will Wish You Had Started Today" It is this very thought that has driven me for the past 6 months and 18 pounds. I am not going to regret one more day or one more year wasted. <BR> <BR> 7 days of JS FFW! Wow and that just proves my point, not 7 days wasted and spent toiling in disbelief but 7 days of hard work and results. <BR> <BR> Today I am: <BR> <BR> Tracking every BLT and keeping it under 1400. I have dinner planned with a friend which will include drinks and good food and will still stay under my 1400. <em>4</... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:13:01 EST JS FFC #6 I can't believe it has almost been a week of JS's Challenge and I am feeling awesome. I have found that "spark" I was looking for. Just a little something new can make a <em>283</em> huge difference. <BR> <BR> I did the Sunset walk today and it was perfect. Not too much and not too little. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nset-barefoot-indoor-walk/ </link> <BR> <BR> I did push rewind for a total of 44 minutes. <BR> <BR> Sticking with > 1,400 calories a... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:10:28 EST JS FFC #4 Jessica Smith's Fall Fit Challenge day #4 is in the bag! I did: <BR> <BR> Walk with Jessica for 45 minutes. <BR> Calories in less than 1,400 <BR> Walked the halls for 20 minutes <BR> 10 rounds around the core throughout the day. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>248</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My body is tired from all of the activity BUT I have lost 2.4 pounds this week. <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:41:21 EST My Plan! I am ready to knock my weight loss out of the park in November and I happen to have a plan to make that happen. This will involve two components for my success: <BR> <BR> 1) Track every BLT every day and keep it under 1,400. <BR> <BR> 2) Fitness and here is my plan for November. <BR> <BR> 1) 2,000 intentional fitness minutes for the month of November. <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> 2) Burn 10,000 calories in the NovemBURN Challenge. <BR> <BR> 3) Turbo Fire three days every week. ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:29:10 EST Power Thru It! In the world of bikers <em>537</em> it is generally known that you never ever stop on a curve and you always stop with your front wheel straight. You do these things to ensure that you stay upright when stopping. <BR> <BR> Last year while riding to work I was cut off by a car turning into my lane while I was executing a right hand turn. I was forced to slam on my brakes in the middle of my turn which meant that my front wheel was not straight. To make matters worse the road was grad... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:43:57 EST BLC 26 Coming Down the Road We are at the end of the first week of BLC 26 and I have put this off and put it off some more. I have a terrible history of an all or nothing attitude and I am in a comfort zone right now which equates to a "nothing" attitude. <BR> <BR> Kicking the "nothing" to the curb and moving over to "all". <BR> <BR> I have high expectations for this round of BLC. <BR> <BR> 1) 15 pounds! <BR> 2) Exercise 6 days every week with Sunday off to let the body rest. <BR> 3) Count every bite, lick and ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:38:22 EST This Tells the Story. . . . . . . . . This pic tells the story of my BLC 25 journey! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have always believed that your body will achieve what your mind tells it to! At the beginning of every new week I jot down on a note what my weight goal is for the week and I put it on my computer right where it is in my face all week. I also visualize the number and the excitement I am going to feel when I reach that goal. My subconscious mind knows w... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:53:59 EST In the ZONE I am in the zone and I feel like I can do anything! The "zone" is the place you go when everything is right: Tracking every BLT, working your exercise plan, eating yummy yummy nutritious foods, hanging with your SP friends and loosing weight. <BR> <BR> It is the zone that enables me to be successful in my weight loss journey and it is the zone that will keep me going with maintenance. I have always been able to find it but not maintain it for any significant amount of time. I think my lo... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:48:28 EST Where Did it Go????? Week 12 of the Biggest Loser Challenge 25! Several adages come to mind like “time flies when you are having fun” or “where did the time go”. Looking back I would say “time flies when you are having fun” BUT I don’t believe I would have considered the journey fun while still in the trenches of the 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> Where did the 12 weeks go and what exactly did I do with them? <BR> <BR> My great motivator at the onset was “A year from now, you will wish you had started TODAY.” Karen La... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:57:07 EST It is a "Mojo" Kind of Thing! Those of you who know me are probably saying right now "Oh no she is on that mojo thing again". <BR> <BR> Yup it is a refrain that I frequently mutter but I have held back on this round of BLC until I could really identify what "Mojo" is for me and why it is so important. <BR> <BR> This picture really sums it up for me and creates feelings and emotions that I find difficult to express or explain. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:16:07 EST "Are You Tired of this Fad?" My husband started a sentence with "are you tired of this fad" this week and my heart went to my toes. I honestly thought he was going to ask about our healthy eating habits that started about 6 weeks ago. I have such a horrible track record of "keeping it going" that I just knew he wanted to know when this was going to be over. <BR> <BR> But not the case! Whew! Dodged that bullet but it did make me think way deep down in my heart and mind. Is this a fad? NO! I know that we must keep ... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:10:18 EST To Track or not to Track, That is the Question Do you track what you eat? What tool do you use? How often do you track? Is tracking the answer to being successful with your weight loss plan? If I don't track then I don't loose and it is that simple and I track with SP because it is so easy. <BR> <BR> The Mocha's are working on tracking for four days next week and I have made out my plans on my tracker. <BR> <BR> Happy Tracking! Sun, 11 May 2014 15:27:28 EST Falling Off the Wagon??? I have always loved this euphemism and probably because it is so visual. Oh my holy heck is that Lisa in the dirt behind us? She must have fallen off AGAIN. Should we stop so she can catch up? No, just keep going she can run for us, she is always falling off. <BR> <BR> That in a nut shell is the story of my adult life and it is way past time for me to stop this self destructive behavior and get on the wagon and stay there! <BR> <BR> I have found that if I stay with SP then I remember to... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:04:26 EST In the Zone! I had an incredibly awesome week with BLC 25!!!! <BR> <BR> Weight down <em>248</em> <BR> Green Smoothies <em>248</em> <BR> Cardio <em>248</em> <BR> ST <em>248</em> <BR> Every BLT tracked <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY <em>248</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 10:22:03 EST Now It Is Public SMART GOALS BLC 25 <BR> Lose 12 pounds <BR> <BR> 1) Green smoothies 5/week <BR> 2) Exercise Plan: <BR> A) 10,000 plus steps M-F <BR> B) ST-3/week <BR> C) GOYBAD 3 a day on Tues and Thurs <BR> D) Additional walk in the evening 2-3/week <BR> 3) Track every BLT every day <BR> 4) On Sat. plan and shop for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> Why I Want It: <BR> <BR> 1) I want to hike our local mountains with my Honey this summer. Right now I can't even make it to the ... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:24:36 EST Hiding Under the Blanket! I did the BLC fitness test last night. What the holy fudge! I think I have been hiding under a blanket because I really thought it would be a piece of cake. THERE IS NO CAKE under the blanket. My muscles were weak after the 3 minute step test and then on to lunges for the TNT of the week. All I could hear was Jillian saying "don't phone it in" and I didn't. <BR> <BR> Today: My muscles are screaming at me AGAIN. Shouldn't doing just one strength maneuver cover all of the muscle group... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:35:32 EST Oh this so pains me!!! Every muscle in my body hurts! 45 squats yesterday and 45 push-ups total in 3 different sets. What was I thinking? Ummmmmmmm I HATE THE FAT AND THE FLAB!!! <em>100</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:04:14 EST The Long Black Hole Just starting to open my eyes and dragging my way back to the top. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:32:41 EST The Afghan 20! The Afghanistan adventure has finally come full circle and I feel like myself again!!! What a road my family traveled in the last year and I am so thankful that we are on this side of it. I would never have guessed in a million years how hard it would be and yet what an incredible adventure. It has been a year of learning and leaning on each other and a year of marveling at the power of my family. <BR> <BR> We supported each other, we cried together, we cheered together, we held hands a... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:31:02 EST By the grace of our Father in Heaven........... that I am losing weight. It is in his strength that I find mine. It is by his strength, that I have borrowed, that I am moving forward . I know doesn't sound like the Lisa you know but I have this little piece hidden deep in my soul and felt that it was time to acknowledge where my strength comes from on a day to day basis. I don't show this very often and just wanted everyone to know. Just saying. <em>9</em> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:11:07 EST Muuuuuuah (kisses) to all of my fans (I think so) out there! Thanks for reminding me what a strong group SP is and how we support each other. <em>212</em> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:42:33 EST and a drum roll please................. Because this woman has managed to pull herself out of the depths of hell and crawled back to Spark People with a smile on her face and ready to face a new challenge! <em>18</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:51:31 EST Just Bring It Week 5 Strong End Goals! Are we really starting week 5? Time really flies when you are having fun. <BR> <BR> I have been wallowing in a mud pit somewhere and have just crawled out and am covered with the mud of saying good by to my Son! <BR> <BR> The good news is that I am out and I am ready to get back into the fight. <BR> <BR> I think a watermelon is called for here so will be strutting right down to the market and finding one. I just may eat the whole honking thing! <BR> <BR> BBQ coming on for the holiday we... Thu, 24 May 2012 15:53:41 EST Where is this taking me? StrongEnd or Not? StrongEnds Work! <BR> <BR> Just a little reminder of what I wrote in the beginning: <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Stay Consistent. No wandering off the path here and taking side trips into the Fiesta Bowl. <BR> 2) Dream Big. If your subconscious mind believes it your conscious mind will do it. <BR> 3) Follow Thru. When I say I am going to do it I WILL DO IT. <BR> 4) No Excuses. There will be no whining and giving in. <BR> 5) Work Hard and Don't Let Up. <BR> 6) 10 pounds, 1... Fri, 11 May 2012 16:25:26 EST My Really Really Really Big Secret! I truly believe that whatever you consciousness tells your subconscious to do that it will do it and I live my life with that attitude. Sooooooooooooo sometime ago I started putting a note on my computer with the weight I want to be at the next weigh in. I don't put the first # just the last two that way absolutely nobody knows what it means only me and my subconscious. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I look at this all week and w... Fri, 11 May 2012 15:29:45 EST Really, is it week #3? BLC StrongEnd <BR> 5/9 WEEK 3: REST AND RELAXATION (Mother’s Day) <BR> <BR> Mmmmmm I love fresh strawberries and angel food cake. Really easy to fit into my food plan. <BR> <BR> Been a really long week for me soooooooooooooooo time to feed the soul and start feeling like the old me! <BR> <BR> 1) Track all StrongEnd <BR> 2) Find a bit of down time for ME! Ride my MC, read a little, soak up a little sun. <BR> 3) Work in the yard with my Hubby and burn a few calories while at it. We are planting!... Fri, 11 May 2012 14:38:45 EST StrongEnd: Week #2 Getting in the Groove 5/2 WEEK 2: FITNESS (My birthday) <BR> <BR> Track all StrongEnd. Got a written plan in place and will make sure to track! <BR> <BR> This isn't a big party time for me. I would much rather have a little quiet ME time. <BR> <BR> DONE! My Birthday was on Thursday and pretty much just cruised through it. We had a dinner out but no problem because Outback was out of the salmon I had planned on and that really irritated me because I had waited and planned for it all do so just had a salad a... Fri, 4 May 2012 22:45:46 EST I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! I have missed all of my Spark Buddies but I am back and ready to get rolling again! Fri, 4 May 2012 21:28:55 EST ZUMBA <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you thinking this is a work out not worthy of your time? THINK AGAIN <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Latin music and a whole lot of hip shaking. Holly Mackerel! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not to mention holding a squat and then doing heel lifts. Oh My Goodness <BR> <BR> Let the sweat flow... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:25:20 EST Guns a Blazin' <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> Get you guns on and start kicking it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:59:05 EST First Week-end Challenge!!!!! On it like Blue Bonnet. (I like how that sounds) If you are reading this and you are not in the BLC give it a go. Great focus for the week end which can be a stumbling block for a lot of us. <BR> <BR> BLC 19’s CHALLENGE WIDE WEEKEND CHALLENGE: Excuse: “I don’t know what to do” Friday 4/27 through Monday 4/30!! <BR> <BR> This weekend the ENTIRE BLC will be busting through the “I don’t know what to do” EXCUSE with a JUST DO IT attitude! We all know the first step is the hardest. But unless we take that first step we won’t go anywhere. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:25:21 EST Awake at 5 am and It Wasn't a Bad Dream <em>102</em> I woke up this morning at 5 feeling rested and ready to go for the day. What the Heck? I never wake up early and I am always bone tired when I get home at night. I thought about it all day and the following is what I have concluded: <BR> <BR> 1) I am not carrying about 15 extra pounds of fat any more. That has to make a difference in my energy level. <BR> <BR> 2) I quit eating crap and started eating clean and whole foods. I am fueling my body with good foods and amazi... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:19:29 EST StrongEnd Goals 1st Week 4/25 WEEK 1: NUTRITION (Two birthdays this week) <em>482</em> <BR> <BR> 1: Stocked up with freggies in the fridge. YES I WILL EAT THEM! <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> 2: Adding gummy vitamins to the game plan this week. I HATE swallowing horse pills and have wasted enough bottles of vitamins and calcium to keep all of China healthy. <BR> <BR> 3: Big party on Saturday! My son is leaving for a 6 month terrifying assignment and it is time for his Aloha party. In addition we have two b... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:23:17 EST Shout Out! Just a shout out here to all of my Firecracker Buddies: THANK YOU!!!! <em>304</em> i have marked 6.8 pounds since we started the 5% challenge and I was not a believer when we started. I thought there was no way that I could get to 163 in eight weeks. I an only 2 pounds away from my goal and I think I can do that in three weeks. It is only because of your friendship and kindness that I find myself here today. <BR> <BR> Love you Firecrackers! <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:35:03 EST AZURE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is time for a little blue water, warm breezes, island music, maybe a little something fruity and a thinner me! I can smell the warm ocean air and feel the thrill of victory. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:01:41 EST Warmed up and READY for BLC#19! Let's rock it girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:59:00 EST Good Bye Spanx! No more doing the Spanx Shimmy for me! I have been wearing these for years (not the same pair and I do wash them from time to time) and I am throwing them to the curb. I don't need to hold the fat in place any more because the fat is slowly melting away and I can comfortably fit into my pants without the aid of spandex. HALLELUJAH! <em>9</em> Think of me on Monday morning when I put on my work duds and roll on without the Spanx. <em>244</em> Can we say Non Scale Victory!!!!!!!! Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:20:26 EST I Think I Lost My Mind! I actually went to the market and bought fruits and veggies. "What the Fudge!" <BR> <BR> And it gets even better, I am actually excited to eat my new goodies. <BR> <BR> I bought: <BR> <BR> 1 spaghetti squash <BR> <BR> 2 yams <BR> <BR> 1 apple pear <BR> <BR> 1 small pineapple <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> 1 small watermelon. <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> These probably total more than I have eaten in the last three months and I had fresh fruit for breakfast. What the fudge! <BR> <BR> Go ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:22:26 EST BLC#19 StrongEnd Plan IF YOU ARE READING THIS check back often and keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> As you now know, this round we are putting more focus on our STRONGEND Challenge! <BR> <BR> How many of you, in your REAL life run around day to day with no plan, no schedule. You wouldn't DREAM of it, right? Your life would be pure chaos! Why should your "diet" be any different? How many of us think about our weight JUST from Monday morning until Wednesday morning? You chuckle, because there is truth in that :-)... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:20:36 EST Last week of pre-game warm ups! Off and running with the last week of BLC#19 warm ups. I can hardly wait to get started! On your mark, get set and goooooooooooooo. <BR> <BR> The warm up has been a great learning tool for me. I am an "Old Hand" at weight loss and have really thought that I know everything BUT I have learned bunches from this group and have tweaked my WL plan and feel like I am in better shape than ever to take off the last 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have added: <BR> <BR> GOYBAD (get up and dance your bu... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:21:44 EST Motivation (or not) I officially returned to Spark on February 13 after I saw this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can you say "FAT PIG". I know not very nice but those are my feelings. I was so embarrassed to think that my son had proudly introduced me to his unit on his reenlistment day. <BR> <BR> It is so easy to tell yourself that you are really not 20 pounds heavier and that it is really not a problem. DENIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR>... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 14:14:39 EST Biggest Loser Challenge #19 My first Weekend Challenge! <BR> <BR> Great ideas to step it up and increase your WEIGHT LOSS POWER! <BR> <BR> Weekend Challenge #1 SNAPSHOT! <BR> <BR> This weekend, we start by taking a look at where we are! <BR> <BR> PHASE I - Take a full body picture of yourself and put this somewhere you'll be able to find it at the end of the challenge (you're not required to post this, but DO take one!). Also, take your measurements - chest, waist, hips (the biggest part). You can track these he... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:56:29 EST Ooh La La I love the rewards of diligence! I moved 5 pairs of pants from my "I couldn't wear these if I cut off my right leg" side of the closet to the Ooh La La side where I can wear them whenever I want! What a great feeling and reward! <em>104</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:12:59 EST I CAN'T WAIT - - - - - for Saturday's weigh in! ! ! ! Who would have ever thought I could be this excited about weighing in? Firecracker's we have had an energy filled week and it has carried me every moment and reminded me to stick with my plan. THANK YOU! <em>243</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:05:45 EST The Brownie Monster <em>18</em> The Brownie Monster attacked me yesterday morning and I mean all morning! He (has to be a guy because a girl would never do such a thing) snuck up on me about 8 and whispered in my ear "Brownie, Brownie, Brownie". Can you believe that, what a hurtful thing to do. I fought with him all morning and finally around 1 I crawled out of the pit with him because I had won. YAY!! No guilt, no extra calories to pay for and best of all I felt outstanding having found that inner streng... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:52:07 EST Hibernation I have found in my life's journey that sometimes I just have to be a bear and pull back and crawl into my cave for a few days. I run at an extreme energy level and that just happens to be who I am "Ms. All or Nothing". In order to survive on occasion I need to just heel toe it for a day or two, pull back all of my energy and just regroup. Usually during these hibernation phases I manage to throw my weight loss or maintenance goals to the side and don't take them into the cave with me. NOT... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:12:25 EST