DEBSZOO74's SparkPeople Blog DEBSZOO74's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Silver Round of BLC My goals for the Silver Round of BLC: <BR> Maintain weight - SW is 138 and will maintain between 134-142 <BR> Increase the intensity of my workouts <BR> <BR> 1) Minimum of 70,000 steps weekly <BR> 2) Control night time snacking <BR> 3) Work on adding more freggies daily <BR> 4) Work on planning healthy meals and less processed food <BR> 5) Participate in team challenges <BR> 6) Try new workouts <BR> <BR> Other goals that are not weight related: <BR> Make time for cross stitch and other craf... Mon, 5 May 2014 01:30:07 EST My S.M.A.R.T. Goals For BLC24 Our first weekend challenge for BLC 24 includes setting SMART goals: <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Measureable <BR> Attainable <BR> Realistic <BR> Timetable <BR> <BR> My SMART goal is to maintain my MoM (master of maintenance) status, which means staying within 5 pounds of my goal weight. <BR> I will do this by continuing to track my food, water and exercise. I will participate in my team's challenges and log my weigh-ins every Wednesday. <BR> I want to maintain my MoM status throughout the 12 w... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 01:05:24 EST My Plan To Stay On Track Through The Holidays My plan to stay on track through the holidays is to continue with what I've been doing: <BR> <BR> Track my food <BR> Exercise at least 5 days a week <BR> Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily <BR> Weigh-in on Wednesdays <BR> Stay in touch with my team <BR> <BR> I may do some baking before Christmas if time permits. I plan to share the goodies with friends and family. If I decide to allow myself to have something, it will be limited and will be added to my tracker. I can have these ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:20:18 EST BLC23 Goals and Rewards The BLC23 twelve-week challenge is starting this Wednesday. I'm on the Ivory Falcons team. <BR> <BR> My goal for this round is to lose 5 pounds and then make the decision about going on maintenance or trying to lose a couple more pounds. Realistically, I think 5 more pounds is where I would feel good and maintenance would be possibility. <BR> <BR> In order to reach my goals I will: <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL my food each and every day on Spark or My Fitness Pal. <BR> 2. Track CICO <BR>... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 02:02:28 EST BLC22 TNT and Captains Challenge BLC22 started on Wednesday and I'm on the Sassy Shamrocks Sheriffs team. Every Thursday/Friday we have a TNT challenge (Tighten n Tone) and this week our captains added some things to the TNT for bonus points <BR> <BR> We were to do the following exercises and record our scores: <BR> <BR> Squats - 35 <BR> Plank (modified) - 38seconds <BR> Wall squat - 40 seconds <BR> Crunches - unable to do (health reasons) <BR> Arm curls with 7 pound wts. - 25 <BR> Wall Push-ups - 35 <BR> One mile walk ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 02:21:47 EST Will I Make It This Time? I have started yet another BLC challenge and this week we are working on setting our goals. <BR> Most of my goals are still a work-in-progress, so may the same as other rounds. <BR> <BR> 1. Track food <BR> 2. Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. <BR> 3. Cardio - Try for a minimum of 300 minutes each week <BR> 4. Healthy snacks (add more fruit) <BR> 5. Work together with hubby on planning meals <BR> 6. Participate in team challenges <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 5 pounds. It doe... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 01:59:08 EST BLC20 Final Assignment This is the last week of our 12 weeks of BLC20. It's been quite a struggle for me this round and I haven't seen the progress that I'd liked to. <BR> There were lots of new team members to get to know. There were personal challenges that sometimes kept me from focusing, but that's part of life and I need to work on not letting that get in my way as much as possible. <BR> We had some great SE (weekend) challenges. I have some time to think about what I'd like to accomplish in BLC21, but a ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:37:16 EST My 12-Week Plan For Success BLC20 started on September 12th. One of our first assignments is to write a blog with our plans for the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> 1. Track all food, good or bad, at least 5 out of 7 days weekly. <BR> 2. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily and track. <BR> 3. Aim for 300 minutes of cardio weekly. <BR> 4. No eating after 8:00 p.m. <BR> 5. Begin putting together a strength-training plan, and do it at least 2 days each week. <BR> 6. Participate in all team SE challenges Mon, 17 Sep 2012 01:12:10 EST Never Quit Pledge Sunday, August 05, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is wh... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:48:57 EST BLC 19 and 6-4-12 Update The 12-week BLC19 challenge started on April 25th. Our first assignment is to write a blog with our goals for this round. <BR> <BR> 1. Water - 8-10 glasses per day minimum <BR> 2. Participate in SE challenges <BR> 3. Start using hand weights again <BR> 4. Work on adding more freggies <BR> 5. Continue working on planning meals <BR> <BR> There are more things I want to work on, but these should give me a good start. <BR> <BR> 6. Work towards all of my goals - ONE DAY AT A TIME <BR> ... Tue, 1 May 2012 00:28:18 EST March Madness Goals My goals for March were: <BR> <BR> Weight: Lose 2 pounds <BR> Miles: 50 <BR> Wall Push-ups: 500 <BR> Fitness Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> <BR> My totals for March were: <BR> <BR> Weight Lost: 0 <BR> Miles: 54 <BR> \Wall Push-ups: 100 - oops...forgot about doing these <BR> Fitness Minutes: 1200+ <BR> <BR> Going to try adding some things for April. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 20:44:29 EST Missing Molly Yesterday we had to make the difficult decision to let our golden retriever, Molly, cross the rainbow bridge. I'm sad and miss her so very much! All our animals have something special about them, and Molly was no exception. Molly loved everyone she ever met, both human, canine or feline. They all loved her in return. Another special thing about Molly is that she's the only dog I've ever known to have a "boyfriend". Our pekingese, Riley, was her boyfriend. He was completely devoted and ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:25:27 EST MS Walk I’ve joined Walk MS to do something about multiple sclerosis now. At its most global level, movement is all around us, and whether physical or mental, we are always a part of it. <BR> <BR> People with MS know something about moving that most of us don’t understand—moving is not a guarantee. MS stops people from moving. Together, we can ensure that it doesn’t. <BR> <BR> Please help by making a donation to support my fundraising efforts. Money raised will support education, advocacy, researc... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:31:30 EST Two Hundred Sit-Ups A good Spark friend (hi Diane!) referred me to a website called <BR> <BR> If all goes well, I'm going to start their program on Sunday. I'm pretty sure that I've never been able to do 200 sit-ups in my life, and I know that I don't like doing them either. Since one of my goals for this year is to tighten and tone, I figured that I should at least give this a try. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have company in this attempt, especially if you're a beginner at sit-ups like me... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 01:43:51 EST BLC15 - NEW Challenge Friday January 7 through Sunday January 10 <BR> <BR> This is a CHALLENGE WIDE CHALLENGE. ALL teams will be competing together toward a larger goal--our health and wellness! <BR> <BR> For our NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGE, NEW TEAMS, NEW MOTIVATION, NEW YOU!!!! <BR> <BR> See how NEW is the Common Theme? <BR> <BR> It goes a lil sumthin' like this: <BR> <BR> N~Nutrition Know your Calorie Range and Stay within it, include 5 Freggies/Day. <BR> <BR> E~Exercise Get up and MOVE! Exercise a Mini... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 01:58:02 EST Week 9 Challenge - Orange Blossoms (BLC-14) WEEK 9 Challenge <BR> <BR> W O R K <BR> <BR> W - what wholesome foods did you add to your daily eating plan - 5 points for each day you added whole wheat & fiber rich foods to your daily food intake <BR> <BR> O - OXYGEN - exercises that are aerobic and get you breathing heavily 5 points for every 20 minutes of aerobic exercises...does not include breathing heavy over the phone <BR> <BR> R - Repetition - strength training - 10 points for each repetition on ST. Example, if u lifted wei... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:00:24 EST Two Challenges Starting Today I have two new challenges starting today - Sparktoberfest is part of the Rootin For Ruby Team, and Twelve Weeks to Christmas Challenge. <BR> <BR> Last year I gained around 7 pounds over the holidays. I completely lost site of my goals and went off track from everything I worked so hard for. It took several months for me get back to where I was last year before the holidays. I realize now that it totally wasn't worth it to splurge on so many goodies. I'm hoping that by joining these chal... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 21:03:07 EST Challenge of the Week - Beginning 9/22 CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK <BR> <BR> ________________ WIN CHALLENGE ________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> W = Water (8 glasses) <BR> I = IGNITE YOUR BODY(30 minute workout - your choice) <BR> N = Nutrition (5 fruits/veggies a day) <BR> <BR> W = 2 points <BR> I = 2 points <BR> N = 2 points <BR> <BR> If you get WIN you get 4 bonus = 10 a day <BR> <BR> <BR> If you get 7 WIN's you get 10 bonus <BR> <BR> Possible 80 points!!! <BR> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:54:52 EST Orange Blossoms Weekly Challenge -- 9/15-9/21 <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK <BR> <BR> ________________ SPARK CHALLENGE ________________ <BR> This will start Wednesday and run until Tuesday night <BR> <BR> S. Say hello to 1 Orange Blossom on their Sparkpage every day..5 pts for each day.. (.35pts max) <BR> <BR> P. Pick a new exercise from Spark..can be it once a day..(try something to challenge yourself)5 pts for each day.. (35 pts max) <BR> <BR> A. Add something to your Sparkpage..a new goal..a new pic.... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:16:49 EST September Challenge - Thanks TURTLE421! This was taken from part of a blog posted by TURTLE421. <BR> <BR> "The challenge is to complete at least 780 Minutes of Fitness in September. That comes down to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day for 6 days a week. You get one day a week for rest. The 30 minutes can be anything beyond your normal activity. An extra walk, a bike ride, weights, etc. I’m more than happy to say that so far I have 124 people signed up to join on FB and many friends ready to do it here on Sparkpeople. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 20:25:40 EST Decisions, Decisions... I've always had a difficult time with making decisions, and this one isn't any different. <BR> I work part-time (3 hours a day) at one of our local elementary schools as a noon-aide and have been there for a little over 14 years. I enjoy working there for the most part. The kids are so much fun! <BR> I've been toying with the idea of staying home full time. My work hours make it tough to get things done. I'm definitely not a morning person, and now that the joys of menopause are setting... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:57:49 EST Questions For A Saturday Afternoon Where is your cell phone? <BR> In front of me on the computer desk <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Watching something on tv <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Getting it cut and highlighted next weeked <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> In heaven <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> In heaven <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> My family, animals and Spark <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> Don't remember, but they're usually pretty strange <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> Iced tea and water <BR> <BR> W... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:55:11 EST June - Determination and Accountability Challenge This is my first monthly challenge on this team. <BR> <BR> My June goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat more fruits/veggies <BR> 2. Drink 10+ glasses of water daily <BR> 3. Lose 4 pounds <BR> 4. Do ST at least 2 days each week Tue, 1 Jun 2010 22:59:07 EST Weekend Challenge HELLO CHALLENGE. <BR> Would run from Friday through Sunday - 3 days <BR> <BR> H- H2O Drink your water - eight 8 oz glasses a day - 1 point <BR> E - Exercise - at least 30 minutes cardio each day - 1 point <BR> L - Legs - 3 sets of 25 leg exercises each day - 1 point <BR> L - Lats - 3 sets of 25 upper body exercises each day - 1 point <BR> O - Organize at least one thing that needs organizing - 1 point <BR> <BR> Max 5 point per day plus <BR> BONUS - do all 5 and get 5 bonus point - 1... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:29:21 EST Motivation One of my challenges on a couple of my Spark teams this week is to post a blog on things that motivate me. I don't post blogs very often because even though I have all these thoughts and ideas in my head, I have a hard time putting them down into words. I want to earn points for my teams, so I'm going to give this a try. <BR> <BR> Five things that motivate me are: <BR> <BR> 1) I have an amazing 28-year old son with severe developmental disabilities. I want to be around and able to car... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 19:32:36 EST Orange Blossoms Weekend Challenge HEAD TO HEAD CHALLENGE AGAINST THE SHAMROCKS!!! <BR> <BR> So we are going to SHOP with our sister team this weekend <BR> <BR> So I encourage all of you to join in on the Shopping and lets have some fun this weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Starts Friday at 12:01 am and ends Tuesday night at 11:59 pm. <BR> <BR> SHOP CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> S - Sleep away that stress. Sleep at least 7 hrs each night and get 5 points. <BR> <BR> H - Hype up your metabolism! 5 points for 30 mins of exercise (max 15... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:53:21 EST Bad Weekend It was not a good weekend for me and I'm feeling really down. This reminds me of when you're sick and inside the house, but it's a beautiful day outside and everyone is having fun and life goes on while you're inside feeling miserable. <BR> From the outside, everything looks fine, but on the inside I am really hurting! <em>24</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2009 19:09:37 EST What Would You Do? I need some suggestions or advice about some things I struggle with on a daily basis, and that are keeping me from making progress towards reaching my goals. The two challenges I'm dealing with are 1) night time unhealthy snacking even when I'm not hungry and 2) ice cream. <BR> How can I stop myself from getting a snack "just because"? I'm sure it's just boredom, because I'm the last one up and the house is quiet, but what can I do to stop myself from reaching for something to eat? As far... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 22:05:25 EST Frustrated! It's been a frustrating day! I want so badly to see progress on the scale! I've been doing a little better with eating and logging in my food, but have had to scale back a whole lot on my exercise. <BR> <BR> I've recently joined two really great challenges and want to do well not only for myself, but for my teams! An important part of both teams' challenges is cardio and I want to contribute. Some time during the past 2-3 weeks, I apparently overdid my activity and now I have a very sor... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 20:06:25 EST BLC-10 Weekend Challenge - 5/22-5/26/09 WEEKEND CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Since we have been pushing our bodies lately, this weekend's challenge is going to focus on nutrition. We are going head-to-head with TEAL TROOPERS, GOLDEN GLADIATORS, RED HOT CHILI STEPPERS and Yellow Amazon Warriors. <BR> <BR> MAY Challenge Friday through Tuesday <BR> <BR> M-Maintain your calorie range <BR> A-apples and oranges--get five freggies in <BR> Y-You must hydrate--drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> 5 points for each day...BUT whoever complete... Thu, 21 May 2009 21:18:42 EST Summer 2009 Challenge - 5/26 - 7/20 <BR> <BR> ---Staying withing your calorie range <BR> ---cardio minutes completed per day <BR> ---water consumed per day <BR> ---strength exercises done per week <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>464</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 22:37:32 EST BLC-10 Weekend CUT Challenge Crunches/Upper Body/Tush Challenge <BR> C - F:100 S: S: M: T: Total: <BR> U - F:100 S: S: M: T: Total: <BR> T - F:100 S: S: M: T: Total: <BR> <BR> <em>418</em> <em>34</em> <em>418</em> <em>34</em> <em>418</em> <em>34</em> <em>418</em> <em>34</em> Fri, 8 May 2009 12:41:59 EST