CRYS828's SparkPeople Blog CRYS828's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Eat the Rainbow List <em>437</em> Eat the Rainbow <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> List of food by colors <BR> <BR> ** RED ** <BR> Red Apples <BR> Blood Oranges <BR> Cherries <BR> Cranberries <BR> Red Grapes <BR> Pink/Red Grapefruit <BR> Red Pears <BR> Pomegranates <BR> Raspberries <BR> Strawberries <BR> Watermelon <BR> Beets <BR> Red Peppers <BR> Radishes <BR> Radicchio <BR> Red Onions <BR> Red Potatoes <BR> Rhubarb <BR> Tomatoes <BR> <BR> ** GREEN ** <BR> Avocados <BR> Green Apples <BR> Gr... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:07:28 EST PAWSE (Day One) PAWSE <BR> <BR> P - Plan/Prepare for the coming week! Take stock of your fridge, clear out junk that crept into your pantry, track/plan meals in advance and hit the grocery with a list! Take a look at the calendar to see what obstacles lie ahead, make adjustments and schedule exercise into your days! A prepared person who has planned ahead is far more successful! <BR> <BR> Thursday - Run errands, grocery shop <BR> Friday - Quiet day! <BR> Saturday - Concert tonight <BR> Sunday - Finish pr... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:47:10 EST Jungle ABC's of Me A is for ABOVE and BEYOND... <BR> Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> <BR> Usually <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... <BR> Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> <BR> I Guess I'm a Goldie, this will be my 7th round. <BR> I have been a Golden Phoenix, a Navy Ninja and a Mocha Hunter. <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN... <BR> you have? <BR> <BR> I have three beautiful daughters ages 18, 16 & 14 <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL... <... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:13:33 EST BLC 20: 12 Week Plan This round of the BLC we are to create a plan for success: <BR> <BR> Creative Writing 101: Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Post your 12 week plan in a BLOG entry to receive 150 points. (complete any day, receive one time points) <BR... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:36:03 EST BLC 20 Before Pics These are my before pics, taken at Walt Disney World, the first weekend of BLC20. <BR> <BR> Just a quick note: I am not the one in costume! <BR> <BR> This shows my better half: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love that Donald Duck has bigger hips than I do: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:51:45 EST 50 Things About Me 50 Things About Me (stolen from dawnwaterwoman) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, my great-grandmother on my fathers side <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> A few nights ago watching a movie <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Sometimes <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Honey Maple Turkey <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> Yes three daughters 17, 15 & 13 <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU B... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 05:08:08 EST BLC19 S.M.A.R.T. Goals BLC19 S.M.A.R.T. Goals <BR> <BR> What are S.M.A.R.T. Goals? They are goals that are: <BR> <BR> S - Specific <BR> M - Measurable <BR> A - Attainable <BR> R - Realistic <BR> T - Trackable <BR> <BR> So what are my goals for the 12 weeks of BLC19 and how am I going to there? <BR> <BR> My goal this round is to, once again, find Onederland. <BR> <BR> To reach this goal I plan to: <BR> <BR> * Weigh and measure my food <BR> * Track every bite <BR> * Stay within my calorie range <BR> * Have a... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 02:28:53 EST One Word Game One Word Game - Snagged this from another person's Spark Blog! Some are not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. All answers have to be one word! <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> pocket <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> yes <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> straight <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> nice <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> great <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> family <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> hmmm <BR> <BR>... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 01:27:42 EST Don't Quit I am definitely not ready to quit, but I found this poem very encouraging, especially when things just aren't going right. It helps me to keep my perspective, I hope it helps you too! <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't Quit <BR> <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> So What! You went over ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 14:38:38 EST Freggie Servings This was posted on a friends blog and I thought it was awesome! <BR> (Thanks Grace <em>41</em> ) <BR> <BR> Many people are not sure what size a 'serving' is of fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I saw this chart posted somewhere and thought it was brilliant so I'm sharing it with all! <BR> <BR> VEGETABLE SERVINGS: SIZES <BR> <BR> Asparagus, canned 7 spears <BR> Asparagus, fresh 5 spears <BR> Avocado Half <BR> Auvergne One-third of a large one <BR> Baby sweet corn 6 <BR> Baked beans... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 00:59:13 EST Emoticons People have been asking what other emoticons are out there. So... I think this will work. :) <BR> <BR> I tried to copy a list of emoticons that have some that are not listed on the website(hidden). Sadly, it did not work <em>39</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 12:08:32 EST Fairy Tale Week You know how it goes, “Once upon a time, in a far away land….” <BR> <BR> WELL, FORGET ABOUT IT!! <BR> <BR> We are living HERE and NOW in REALITY! But does that mean we can’t have a “happily ever after ending”? We sure CAN! At least when it comes to our weight loss journey!! <BR> <BR> It isn’t always easy. Hey, those fairy tale characters didn’t always have it easy either! They DID get their happily ever after, though. And WE CAN TOO! <BR> <BR> How? Well, in this FAIRY TALE CHALLENGE… ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 03:49:55 EST I've found Onederland! <em>244</em> I've found Onederland! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Over the past few months Onederland has shown up on my scale just long enough to tease me and then disappear as fast as a bolt of lightening. <BR> Not this week, it showed up everyday as if to say, I'm here to stay! <BR> And that it will, if I have anything to say about it! Thu, 6 Oct 2011 02:14:04 EST Weekend Challenge This is a pre BLC17 weekend challenge. No competition, so do the best you can. <BR> <BR> B: Bite it, write it...Track every calorie consumed 5 points <BR> L: Lift it: Strength training (10 min/day) 5 points per 10 minutes, max 15 points/day <BR> C: Cardio (20 minutes/day) 5 points per 20 minutes, max 15 points/day <BR> 1: Leave a comment on 1 fellow BLC'ers page 5 points per comment, max 10 points/day <BR> 7: 7 cups of water a day 5 points <BR> <BR> Max points per day: 50 <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 01:08:24 EST BLC Weekend Challenge THE N.E.W. CHALLENGE (8/26 thru 8/29) <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>311</em> <em>267</em> <em>17</em> <em>265</em> <em>324</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> Weekend Challenge Tracking <BR> <BR> F - (15) Sa - (10) Su - (15) M - (15) Total = (55) <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> (I lost 5 points on Friday because we went to Jaxsons for ice cream to celebrate my birthday.) <BR> <BR> <BR> N~Nutrition ~ Know your Calorie Range and Stay within it, include 5 Freggies/Day. <BR> <BR> E~Exercise ~ Get up a... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:31:56 EST My Twelve Week Journey WHY am I on this Journey? <BR> I have been overweight since getting pregnant with my oldest daughter 17 years ago. I've decided it's time for me to find a thinner and healthier me. <BR> <BR> WHAT is my MOTIVATION? <BR> I don't want to be just the nice girl with a pretty face. I want the whole package! I want to enjoy trying on and buying new clothes in smaller sizes. I want the confidence that comes with looking and feeling good about myself. <BR> <BR> WHAT are your Goals? <BR> To... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:37:41 EST BLC Letter to Self To be read August 13, 2011; <BR> <BR> Ten weeks ago you started your second BLC Challenge, the BLC Summer Slimdown Challenge. The 10 weeks of this challenge promised to be some of the most difficult weight loss weeks you have had since starting SparkPeople.The kids were home from school, we took a 2 1/2 week long vacation and when you started you were struggling with a plateau that was already 6 weeks long. <BR> <BR> While on vacation you did your best to make smart menu choices(even thoug... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:56:24 EST Recap of Week 2 What a week! <BR> <BR> I seem to be struggling in several areas. <BR> <BR> My exercise has been lacking. This week I have done only 4 days of cardio and one of those was for just 15 minutes and another was spent fishing. I did manage in the other two days to walk 5.20 miles. <BR> Strength training, what is strength training? I don't seem to know this week. While I was on my Biggest Loser team I usually averaged around 210 minutes a week, this week I did absolutely nothing, a big fat ZERO!... Sun, 22 May 2011 01:57:15 EST Take me out to the ball game <em>300</em> <em>335</em> <em>300</em> <em>335</em> <em>300</em> <em>335</em> <em>300</em> <BR> Take me out to the ball game, <BR> Take me out with the crowd; <BR> Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, <BR> I don't care if I never get back. <BR> Let me root, root, root for the home team, <BR> If they don't win, it's a shame. <BR> For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out, <BR> At the old ball game! <BR> <BR> Last night my daughter played the National Anthem with her middle school ... Tue, 10 May 2011 12:00:49 EST Cardio and Relaxation <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> After DH headed off to work, my daughters and I decided to enjoy the afternoon in the pool. (no swimsuit shots yet!) <BR> We turned on the CD player and had fun swimming <em>237</em> and dancing (cardio) <em>218</em> to the music. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> As the girls grew tired of the aerobic activity they grabbed floats to lounge arou... Mon, 9 May 2011 03:17:04 EST Day 1 of the Spring 5% Challenge I started my day a little later than I should have. <em>128</em> I say late because I live in sunny South Florida and if you don't get moving early or wait until the evening, exercising outside this time of year can be a bit unbearable due to the heat <em>67</em> and humidity <em>27</em> <BR> But... this is <em>249</em> , and I am determined to do as well as I have in the previous two 5% challenges, so late or not, I started my day with a 2.5 mile <em>311</em> . <BR> <BR> After my wal... Sun, 8 May 2011 00:02:03 EST Fifty Pounds Lighter Nine months ago, on August 4, 2010, I rejoined SparkPeople and set a goal to lose 50 pounds in 10 months. After a very long plateau in April, I finally met my goal one month early. As of May 1, 2011 I have lost 50.5 pounds. WooHoo! <em>244</em> I'm not finished yet, I would still like to lose another 25-30 pounds, but after losing 50 pounds, those numbers don't scare me. Never, in all of my weight loss efforts, have I ever lost this much weight at one time. I have SparkPeople, my Spa... Thu, 5 May 2011 09:30:56 EST 50 Questions I borrowed the 50 Questions from ABB698's blog and enjoyed reading her answers. I hope you enjoy reading mine: <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, my great grandmother <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> I don't remember <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Honey maple turkey <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> Yes, 3 beautiful girls <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSO... Mon, 2 May 2011 01:03:48 EST Spring 5% Challenge - My Trigger Foods Trigger Foods and Situations (Assignment #4) <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> A Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course for the next hour (possibly causing a binge) and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. <BR> <BR> List ALL your trigger foods: <BR> Ice Cream, pumpkin seeds, and salty, crunchy foods <BR> <BR> Is it a snack food or part of a meal? snack foods and some desserts <BR> Are they sweet or salty? Usually salty, I even prefer ice creams with a saltier taste ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:07:49 EST BLC Week 3 This week I started out dragging my feet, just to tired to exercise. <em>102</em> <BR> I also had a little trouble staying in my calorie range a couple of days, for some reason I felt a little hungrier than usual. <em>4</em> I did my best to not allow the hunger to turn into a binge and managed to only eat an extra 200-400 calories over my range. In the past, I know I could have consumed well over 1000 calories. <BR> <BR> This week I also had to attend a funeral for a close family frie... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 02:01:39 EST BLC Week2 Today marks the end of Week 2 on the BLC Spring into Action Challenge team as well as the end of Week 4 of the Winter-1 Challenge Team. Two teams? Yes, at first I thought maybe it would be too much or maybe even confusing, but the truth is the challenges, although different for each team, work together to push me in the right direction. <em>311</em> <em>34</em> <em>194</em> <em>324</em> <em>344</em> <em>488</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the Winter-1 Challenge team exercise ... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:39:59 EST BL Spring Into Action Week 1 I just finished this weeks last Diva daily challenge, which completes my first week on the BL Spring Into Action Challenge. <BR> <BR> I managed to complete over 500 fitness minutes this week, which also helped me on my Winter-1 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> This week because of the Diva daily challenges I did more strength training <em>34</em> than I usually do. My upper body handled it well however, my inner thighs were screaming <em>46</em> after the first day of exercise. I am happy <em>4... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:56:57 EST A-Z about me Futureyogi, Veddie78, and Vitasana all posted an A-Z blog and I enjoyed reading theirs so much, I decided to do one myself. <BR> <BR> A. Age: 47 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: Anything that sounds like a chore <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: I have two Yellow Labs, Prince (7) and Princess (7.5) <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: A shower <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Blue <BR> <BR> G. Gold or silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5'7" <BR> <BR> I. Instrum... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 02:13:50 EST Met My Goals... Today, after I finished tracking my food for the day, I checked my daily feedback and WOW was I surprised, I managed to meet 6 of my goals: protein, fat, carbohydrates, calories, fiber and sodium. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Usually, my totals fall into the correct range for 3-4 and occasionally 5 of my nutritional goals, but I think this is the first time in the 7 months I have been on Sparkpeople that I have met 6 of the goals. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I just need to figure out what I did... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 00:23:07 EST 5% Winter-1 Challenge Goals Today is the beginning of the 5% Winter-1 Challenge. On my last 5% challenge I exceeded my goal and lost 6% of my beginning weight, I hope to do as well on this challenge also. <BR> <BR> I find the challenges a positive asset to my weight loss journey. It's not necessarily about the competition between the teams, but more about working together as a team, toward two common goals, earning points and losing weight. <BR> TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More <BR> <BR> My Goals and commi... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 13:35:41 EST Today is my 6 Month Sparkversary! Six months, wow it's really been 6 months! I can't believe it! I have followed other weight loss plans, but I don't think I have ever stayed with one for an entire 6 months. <BR> <BR> <em>516</em> Six months of Sparking and it really does show: <BR> <BR> I have lost 37 pounds <em>192</em> and 20+ inches off my body! <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> I have dropped 2 clothes sizes (no more plus sizes) <em>244</em> and even my shoes fit better! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see what I can accom... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:53:42 EST I Did It! I finished a Sparkpeople challenge with flying colors! <BR> <BR> And it wasn't a short one either! <BR> <BR> An eight week team challenge of exercising, weighing and measuring, drinking water, eating fruits and veggies, eating breakfast, getting plenty of sleep, and watching your fiber and sodium intake. <BR> <BR> I joined the 5% Winter Challenge on December 4th and completed the eight weeks today. This challenge proved to me that with the right amount of determination you can acco... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:46:22 EST Winter Challenge The 5% Winter Challenge came at just the right time for me. I was losing momentum and the holidays were rapidly approaching. I debated my commitment to a team but 15 weeks of dieting (lifestyle change) were usually around the time I falter and I knew the holidays would be my downfall. <BR> <BR> So, I committed myself and....I have amazed myself with my participation and weight loss during the holidays. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would exercise and lose weight during ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 01:49:00 EST Finally, my first blog. With just a few days of 2010 left to go I have reflected back on the beginning of my Sparkpeople journey. I started sparking the first week of August 2010 and to date I have lost 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> 30 lbs in 21 weeks <em>244</em> I can't believe it! <BR> <BR> What is even more amazing than the weight loss is: <BR> <BR> That this time the journey has been much easier. Yes, I have had my share of weak moments and a binge or two or three, but I always manage to somehow get back on pl... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:13:57 EST