EDENFELL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EDENFELL EDENFELL'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/ Sparking again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956113 Today after a long time I felt like sparking again. I almost was going to close the account down awhile ago but kept it open (just in case) and I think that was a good decision. I think this blog provides that space where you can just blog for yourself when you need to. <BR> <BR> Today was the first day I've actively "sparked" in ages and then decided to come here and blog about it. For me "sparking" means putting the scale away and focusing on exercise, constraining calories, loads of h2o... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:58:54 EST Blogging After Ages - a couple epiphanies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833932 So I had a couple of spark related epiphanies and came back to blog about them because I knew that fellow sparkies would understand. <BR> <BR> A lot has happened since I last blogged. I lost my dad, someone who I loved so much. He went through so much during the last year. I feel like we all fought so hard for him and then suddenly he was gone. I didn't know how to process it..stil don't actually. I think I was slightly in shock and have only now started to grieve. <BR> <BR> I think when ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:30:56 EST How do you exercise when you have a hectic schedule? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730463 <em>362</em> I'm thinking of adding workouts back into my schedule which has been slightly nuts with a family member in the hospital. The problem is that I'm running around all day and am tired all the time - the only time I have to realistically cram in a workout is really early morning or late at night, both of which times I'm completely exhausted. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem? Any advice? I'm sure there's a workable solution..I just need to try different things. <BR> <B... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:22:51 EST Tuesday morning blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729788 <em>287</em> So I was off caffeine for awhile but slowly and surely it has reappeared in my life..it is soo tempting to grab that diet soda or strong cup of coffee. Coffee is definitely a comfort drink for me. I need to get back into substituting tea or just plain lemon water. Sigh and double sigh. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> On the plus side, I've discovered South Beach protein bars and love them for a quick snack. They have tons of fiber and protein and always feel very fillin... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:27:32 EST Chocolate is good for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729056 <em>32</em> After a lot of thought I put my scale away a couple weeks ago and went back to focusing on regular, structured good meals with fruit for breakfast, a light lunch and a good dinner with a piece of chocolate every once in awhile. Things have been so hectic that I haven't had time to exercise so I assumed that I must be maintaining..I finally got on the scale a couple days ago and I had lost 5 lbs.. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> Chocolate, lack of deprivation and consistent healthy m... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:08:15 EST Wednesday catchup blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725773 <em>137</em> So I've finally gotten into a routine on the nutrition front although exercise hasn't been at the top of my priority list because of everything that goes with having a family member in the hospital. <BR> <BR> I've also sworn off my scale for the month but I can tell that having a structured and balanced meal routine is making a difference at the very least in how I feel! <BR> <BR> I was reading a book that talked about "finding your tribe" or finding places you belong in orde... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:53:19 EST Singular focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722247 On one hand I'm coming to the conclusion that obsessively worrying about weight is not the way to go. On the other hand..I feel like I need to have a singular focus on health and just get it done! <BR> <BR> How can you be balanced if you want to be obsessive one minute and completely hands off the other!!! <em>198</em> Anyone else go thru this? <BR> <BR> So back to the idea of singular focus. The thing is that if each day is a conscious and purposeful effort to be healthy it will build u... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:02:14 EST New perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720115 <em>126</em> So a close family member is in the hospital not doing well at all. For some reason everything else has fallen away and become unimportant. Today I logged into spark and wondered why I had been stressing so much about every pound when there are so many more important things in life than beating up on yourself about some fat deposits. That even sounds funny. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm naturally eating differently now that I see how easy it is to end up in the hospital..not to say that ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:29:50 EST the baby icecream cone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709901 <em>184</em> I've decided that success on the nutrition front is based on finding a balance between deprivation and pigging out. I think I managed that today. <BR> <BR> I've been driving past this made from scratch ice cream place every day for a week in hot summer weather. Each time I gazed longingly at the big sign that said homemade brownie fudge ice cream with walnuts. Today I stopped by and opted for the tiniest size. They actually have a tiny version that is smaller than the kiddie s... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:02:31 EST HIIT workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708279 <em>375</em> <em>17</em> I was reading that a 10 minute HIIT (high intensity interval) workout burns the same number of calories as a 20 minute regular elliptical or gym class aerobic workout. This has me curious. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>312</em> Has anyone got better results with HIIT workouts or noticed a difference in your weight loss progress when you've incorporated HIIT? <BR> <BR> I just found this 20 minute workout that I'm going to try today: <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:27:16 EST Monday evening humor: some funny medical definitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703948 <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Benign: What you be after you be eight. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Bacteria: Back door to cafeteria. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Fibula: A small lie. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Seizure: Roman emperor. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Cauterize: Made eye contact with her. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 23:14:28 EST Edamame and other thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702783 <em>148</em> My latest adventurous snack is edamame - in the snack packs. They are only 130 cals each and 13 gms. of protein which is quite impressive for such a light snack. I love that they have the same crunchy feel that potato chips do. I used to *love* potato chips but have now stopped even purchasing them. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> For today's inspiration - this quote popped up on my pinterest page today: <BR> <BR> “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not g... Sun, 25 May 2014 12:23:20 EST It takes discipline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701567 <em>362</em> It really takes discipline to stick with a healthy lifestyle! Structure, discipline, stick-to-itiveness for the long haul, faith, self-belief, trust and again..discipline! <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I go through peaks and valleys in my fitness life. It's so easy to throw in the towel when the going gets stressful or tough and I've thrown in at least a truckful of towels over time! <em>41</em> Basically I need to hang on to my towel for life in order to get to where I w... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:53:13 EST Surprising night time snack that works to curb those cravings.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699304 <em>67</em> <em>481</em> Oatmeal! <BR> <BR> It sounds unappetizing but it actually isn't! I make one of the Quaker oats single serving packages and throw in a few blue berries. I'm finding that this is the perfect night time snack. It gives that comfort food feeling late at night at only 130 - 150 cals. <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> The other thing I've been doing is adding turmeric (1/4 to 1/2 tsp) to my herbal tea because it is apparently supposed to reduce inflammation and be extremely ... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:40:44 EST Avocado and tomato http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695119 I'm loving this combination. Mash up avocado and add in chopped tomato. Add some salt, pepper, lemon juice and paprika and spoon the mixture on some multi-grain toast for a great open faced sandwich! <em>41</em> <em>258</em> . What are some of your quick and healthy snacks? <BR> <BR> I also tried yoga this week after a shred class and it was so relaxing and peaceful. Great way to unwind. <em>416</em> <BR> <BR> Hope your week is going well sparkfriends <em>41</em> <em>67</em> ... Wed, 14 May 2014 18:26:18 EST Be gentle with self .. getting rid of the all or nothing mentality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691623 So my new exercise strategy is now the complete opposite of what it used to be. I used to write up big challenging schedules filled with all kinds of different forms of exercise for the week and then fizzle out mid-week. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> My new strategy is to just be gentle with myself and push myself just enough to get started. Then, I listen to my body and when I'm done I'm done. This is actually helping me increase my exercise minutes because I actually feel great... Fri, 9 May 2014 23:25:21 EST Eeek..is it the end of April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678792 I keep meaning to blog but haven't in ages.. <BR> <BR> April has been going well. I've slowly been increasing my exercise minutes which i am so happy about. I'm scheduled to go for spinning today - I used to really resist going to this class but now i'm finding that I look forward to it every week. The music is fabulous and I've figured out how to modify so it works for my current fitness levels..I think I was burning myself out before! <BR> <BR> On the food front I'm incorporating dark cho... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:39 EST veggie overload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645609 My latest thing is to eat veggies at all three meals. Today was day 1 of what I would like to have be a streak. <BR> <BR> So.. <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> I had 2 carrots with a small healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> 2 cups of broccoli with a small healthy lunch <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> 1 cup of cauliflower with a small healthy dinner.. <BR> <BR> I hope lots of healthy things are happening in my body because I'd really love to have pizza just about now.. <em>4</em> <em>4... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:26:21 EST chamomile tea - new favorite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643180 <em>87</em> Happy weekend everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been trying out different night time teas in an effort to substitute late night munchies with tea..i got some Bigelow chamomile tea and am loving it. It's very light but good. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any favorite non-caffeinated teas? I'm looking forward to adding more to my collection. <BR> <BR> I have an early morning workout scheduled for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday sparkfriends. <em>67</em> <em>148</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:37:21 EST believing in self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641517 <em>362</em> It always happens that on days I'm confident in my abilities, have faith in myself and generally kick $butt in all aspects, I do well on the nutrition and exercise front as well. <BR> <BR> I think self confidence and self-belief are so strongly linked to weight loss success. <BR> <BR> I'm adding a self-confidence goal to my March exercise goal ..I want to make a conscious effort to walk into each day with complete confidence in myself and my abilities to achieve all the goal... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:09:09 EST oatmeal love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639537 I've been shunning oatmeal as an option although I know it has a large number of health benefits. <BR> <BR> <em>258</em> Today I decided to give it another chance and made a spicy salty oatmeal with veggies for breakfast (I wanted to have a sugar-free option) and it tasted really good! I think that this version of oatmeal is going to enter my breakfast rotation regularly now. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have favorite ways to prepare breakfast oatmeal? <BR> <BR> Have a great day spark friends... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:00:46 EST A good man.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638916 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456028879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> too cute .. and true! <em>41</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:54:12 EST March..time flies.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636954 <em>2</em> I can't believe it's March 2014! <BR> <BR> I started the day with 50 ab crunches..my abs are letting me know that they don't enjoy being woken up first thing in the morning. <em>41</em> However, I think adding in tiny habits to start the day with is an excellent way to motivate yourself the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>81</em> I've also downloaded a neat free phone app that allows you to make youtube playlists of songs that you can play while working out or at other ti... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:56:48 EST Quinoa madness & 3000 ab crunches in March challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636106 I've been substituting out regular grains with quinoa for the past couple weeks. I've finally figured out a way to make it taste good. I add in tofu, veggies, soy sauce, honey and some other spices to make a sweet and sour quinoa pilaf. I'd highly recommend trying some version of this if you're interested in trying quinoa. I'm finding that I don't like it on its own as a substitute for rice. <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> On another note, I've been inspired by so many blogs about fellow-sparker... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:38:13 EST Bad Poetry about working out :)..yes, I'm procrastinating..should be at the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635470 A workout a day <BR> keeps the jiggle away <BR> <BR> It makes you lean <BR> and very very mean.. <em>234</em> <BR> Let's not forget..a complete machine <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Would you rather be droopy <BR> Or very very firm? <em>344</em> <BR> A huffer and puffer <BR> Or embrace the burn? <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> If you hate working out <BR> And wonder - "where's the poetry in this?" - <BR> (um, there's none..okay, actually) - <BR> <BR> Just go for that run <BR> And find ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:55:25 EST Shallow reason that is prompting me to workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625679 Okay, so I was incentivizing (is that a word? spell check is yelling at me) myself to exercise by telling myself that I want to get healthy, have more energy..ya da ya da ya da.. <BR> <BR> Here is a shallow but oh so much more motivating reason - <BR> <BR> I want to look HAWT.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else on board with that motive? I mean what's the harm in looking great as well as being healthy.. <BR> <BR> End of Sunday discussion. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's h... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:27:43 EST 6am workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621111 I am not typically a morning person but yesterday on a whim I signed up for an elliptical class for 6am this morning. It was actually great to get the workout out of the way that early in the morning! <BR> <BR> On the minus side, I just came to spark to search for articles on how to stay awake in a healthy way without the help of a million cups of coffee if you've woken up at an unearthly hour to workout.. <em>41</em> ..bad news, there aren't any articles with that title (yet).. <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:56:35 EST Do or not do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614395 Lately I've been feeling slightly mad at myself mostly because I'm having a case of the "do or not do's"..There really is no try. I've been trying for ages but the bottom line is either you stay within cals or not. Either you exercise to burn those calories or not..I mean..there's no in between.. <em>198</em> Sigh..end of rant at self. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's day is going well..! <em>378</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:55:40 EST 10 lb February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613611 Okay, folks, it is Feb 3, 2014..I can't believe that January has just flown by. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that my nutrition & exercise have been atrocious over the past month. I have found every excuse for that but now have run out of excuses so I need to get back to sparking with intensity. <BR> <BR> My goals is to make this 10 lb February with a loss of 10 lbs this month. I know this is going to take a complete reversal in habits on my part but I'm ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I've ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 03:36:51 EST Thoughts before the New Year - it's 2014..really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576619 <em>145</em> My year has sort of gone by in a blur.. I have to say that my focus was not on health and fitness for a variety of reasons. <BR> <BR> 2014, however is going to be more of an intentional and joy filled year. I'm going to let go of all the beating up on self and make this year about the following things: <BR> <BR> #1. Building relationships..this is something that I want to put in a lot more effort and clear thought in..it is so easy to just take everyone around you for grante... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:44:02 EST Lean and Strong - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573834 Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> I've decided to start a lean and strong streak for the new year a bit early.. <BR> <BR> Here is are the 3 main goals: <BR> <BR> #1. ST - 5 days a week, no excuses <BR> <BR> #2. cardio mixed with functional training - 3 days a week no excuses <BR> <BR> #3. food prep - every night for the next day. <BR> <BR> These are simple goals, but they work so here's to a year of success! <em>41</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:51:51 EST Comfort food on special occasions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571662 Today is definitely a comfort food day so I thought I'd take a minute to write about the whole emotional eating thing! I've been struggling with not turning to comfort food automatically during times when it is so readily available. <BR> <BR> I think the most important piece of this is creating an identity for myself as a healthy, lean, fit person who doesn't use food as a coping mechanism or as a way to socialize. I find that whenever I lose sight of that vision of myself as a healthy, l... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:13:36 EST Starting no dairy, no wheat one week diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570027 <em>411</em> I've been having some allergies lately so I'm going to try a no dairy, no wheat diet for a week to see if that makes a difference. I was kind of on a no dairy plan for the longest time any way with the exception of cheese once in awhile..but I'm eliminating that as well. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> The no wheat part is sooooo hard! <em>40</em> My favorite bread is sourdough and I really don't enjoy rye and other non-wheat breads. No bread is so not an option! Anyway, I'm work... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:23:19 EST It's almost Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550058 <em>465</em> This year has flown by. I'm so surprised that it's Thanksgiving already. It is getting colder where I am as well --- brrr! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I'm still recovering from a bout of bad sinusitis which is leaving me tired and frustrated about the fact that I can't do more to get rid of those germs! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> On the plus side, I have no cravings for junk food at all and all I want is soup! <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> On the minus side, exercise... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:00:12 EST Everything Food Represents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545238 <em>147</em> I realize that I need to find healthy cooking rituals. <BR> <BR> Food has always represented so much more than sustenance in my family when growing up. Huge meals represented family, love and tradition. The ritual of getting together and cooking was a huge part of what family meant. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> When I go the healthy route I tend to stop cooking as much and focus on salads, fruits and vegetables. This is a good thing but it does have one con that leads to that ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:14:26 EST Changing Assumptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544825 I've been feeling completely off lately and kind of down about the fact that I've been on spark for awhile and can't get this weight loss thing down. <BR> <BR> It's that word "can't" that keeps coming up that I need to change. I was reading an article on how our subconscious assumptions can fight with our daily goals. So if we've decided in the back of our minds that we "can't" do something and that it's just not going to work out, it turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy..so here are my su... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:14:18 EST A piece of fruit at every meal.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544520 <em>67</em> I've kind of scoffed at the piece of fruit at every meal advice that I've gotten so many times - it just seems like fruit overload.. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Well, I bit the bullet and went for it and I have to say that this strategy does reduce cravings. I think the more fibrous fruits like pears and apples work better than a banana which is more glycemic. Anyone else resisting fruits and veggies? <BR> <BR> I still have my evening workout to go and I *really* am resisting it ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:47:40 EST Sunday check-in - coffee banana smoothie recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543782 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> I've sort of been having an up and down week. Huge problems on the nutrition front..sigh! So to turn that around this week, I've been researching some great healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> Here's one for a coffee banana smoothie I found on pinterest that I am going to try tomorrow: <BR> <BR> Coffee Banana Smoothie - <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> Night before: Slice 1 banana and freeze in a ziplock Brew strong coffee and freeze in an ice cube tray In the mo... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:55:36 EST Foods with Probiotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541883 <em>302</em> I'm trying to add more foods with probiotics in my diet - I found this list to keep on hand: <BR> <BR> 1. Yogurt with natural ingredients with live and active cultures <BR> <BR> 2. Kombucha tea (fermented tea found in Asian grocery stores) <BR> <BR> 3. Miso soup (tofu and vegetable broth soup) <BR> <BR> 4. Soy milk with live and active cultures (this is new on the market) <BR> <BR> 5. Kefir (cross between yogurt and milk) <BR> <BR> 6. Sauerkraut <BR> <BR> 7. Milk with ad... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:26:27 EST Fitness phone apps I'm loving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541096 <em>3</em> I've been experimenting with a few different free apps on my phone for fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> The two that I find myself using every day and loving are "Lose It" and the 7 minute workout app. I was using the spark app but actually find "Lose It" easier and more intuitive to use. <BR> <BR> The 7 minute workout app gives you no excuse for not fitting in mini-workouts during your day. The workout is simple, however, it definitely accomplishes a lot in those 7 minutes. <BR>... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:27:42 EST Tuesday evening blog - fitness goals for November.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533272 I'm down with the flu while planning my fitness goals for the month of November. I'm not sure why but being sick is actually inspiring me to focus on wellness! <em>198</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I recently came across this definition of fitness that I really like. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> "Fitness is the achieving a combination of physical and mental well-being. It is a way of living that includes high self-esteem and belief in yourself. Fitness encompasses choosing to treat your bo... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 20:26:31 EST Great way to sneak extra fiber into your diet.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525919 So I bought a couple of cereal boxes with extremely high fiber content (fiber one, grape nuts) that don't taste very good to me. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> They were languishing away in a kitchen cupboard until I had a brilliant idea. I added a small scoop to my morning fruit and yogurt smoothie and blended away. This is such a great way to add texture and fiber without having to deal with bland taste. <BR> <BR> I think this is going to be a part of my regular... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:22:02 EST I just got asked this question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524757 "How important are your goals to you?" <BR> <BR> My answer: "Very." <BR> <BR> Response: "Then why aren't you doing something about it right now?" <BR> <BR> I think it's easy to get overwhelmed and give up and not realize that in the process, the goals that are so important are sliding further away from our grasp. <BR> <BR> Kind of a great wake-up call. <em>41</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:34:28 EST My Detox Day Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518626 Last week I was having a tough time getting into gear on the nutrition front so I decided to have a detox day with just teas and clear soups. <BR> <BR> I started the day with green tea with lemon and two glasses of water. <BR> <BR> For lunch I had a clear vegetable soup which was delicious followed by black tea with lemon and a glass of water. <BR> <BR> At dinner I had another serving of clear vegetable soup followed by tea with milk and sugar and another glass of water. <BR> <BR> I thoug... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:00:20 EST Thin for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507290 So these are tips from "Health" magazine on how to keep pounds off for the long run: <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> 1. You have to move every single day. Even if you don't have one big block of activity, you should have spurts of activity throughout the day. <BR> <em>258</em> 2. Maintaining muscle matters = resistance training a few times a week (add in sets of squats and lunges into few minute sessions every day) can increase your resting calorie burn by 100 calories a day. <BR> <em>550</em... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 19:11:43 EST My cheetos confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503881 Well, after a 6 day workout streak, and no sign of weight loss on that scale, I woke up this morning and had a big bowl of cheetos for breakfast..I know, not a good thing. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I had a long conversation with myself and asked myself if I wanted to be the cheeto eating couch potato or a fit, lean and healthy person..the cheetos sort of won out on that conversation but I did go to zumba this evening. <em>413</em> I'm hoping one will cancel out the other! <em>41</em> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:54:28 EST a small streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499865 Well, I just had a minor streak..I didn't want to jinx myself by writing about it but I'm just so pleased I had to blog. <BR> <BR> For the first time in a long time, I've worked out for a little over an hour for 4 days in a row which may not seem like much to a lot of people but I've been so sporadic with working out lately that I'm happy I fell into a rhythm with this. I've been adding in ST after cardio and then some back and ab exercise..this definitely feels like a more complete workout... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:27:48 EST Where did the week go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493197 I can't believe it's Monday in a few short hours. <BR> <BR> I was reading an article on spark about "cardio crimes" that people most often commit and here are mine..apparently I'm *very* guilty <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Not drinking water during a workout at various intervals..I usually don't drink water during a workout - I workout at the gym, go home and then drink water if I remember. <BR> 2. Stretching before a workout - apparently you're not supposed to do this, just warm up. <BR> ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:46:37 EST Back to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479480 I had to take a break from spark for awhile because so much was going on, on the home front. <BR> I feel like I'm finally in the mind space to get back to focusing on fitness. I was really resisting the gym while things were stressful but now that I have more time, I'm actually looking forward to going again. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how sometimes taking that break is exactly what you need to start fresh! <BR> <BR> I was watching Chris Powell being interviewed the other day and I love his si... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:18:25 EST The slightly whiny blog.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434413 Okay, actually this is a full-out whiny blog. I want to complain and complain and complain. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But I won't. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Okay, maybe just a little. I've been working out and eating right but that scale won't move. So then I think what's the point. I'm stressed out about so many things as it is. So why add the additional stress of finding a time to workout..and make that extra effort to cut up those fruits and veggies when it isn't going to make a differen... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:27:05 EST