FIT2BEHEALTHY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FIT2BEHEALTHY FIT2BEHEALTHY'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/ Day 3 of my 5 pounds in 3 weeks challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433666 3 miles of interval training (walk/jog/walk/jog to raise & lower the heart rate) this afternoon and then jumped in the workout room and pushed play on Chalene Extreme's Extreme Core Circuit. There's a serious amount of ab work tucked into those 12 minutes! LOL And, I even ate healthy all day (Shakeology for breakfast, banana/peanut butter wrap for lunch), ending the day with a grilled porkchop, zucchini, and snap peas (all of those leftovers - love easy, easy, easy leftover meals!). <BR> <B... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:42:29 EST Day 2 of my 5 pounds in 3 weeks challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432601 As promised, to myself if no one else, I got in and did an hour of strength training via Les Mills Pump. I stayed at the same weight load on all of the exercises except the chest press. I actually went down 2.5 pounds on each side of the barbell. Doesn't seem like much, but when you're doing it for 5 minutes straight, those 2.5 pounds add up. I lowered that weight because I was still feeling the upperbody part of the Combat workout from yesterday. I'm pumped (no pun intended!) and excited abo... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:20:10 EST 3 weeks - 5 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432114 Ok, I'm putting this out here. My cousin's daughter is getting married in 3 weeks. I don't normally "event" diet or train. I'd rather just "train to be healthy" and keep that constant focus - always looking at the big picture instead of the short-sighted view. But, the truth is, with my neck injury earlier this spring and everything that has gone on in my family's life in the last 5 months (anyone who knows me personally, knows what all that has been), I lost focus, wasn't able to physically ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:47:55 EST Kurplunk. Kerplewey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213865 3:22AM and I'm at the computer. <BR> <BR> Bread in the bread machine at 2:30AM AFTER <BR> Out of the shower at 2:10 AM AFTER <BR> reading online reviews of ellipticals AFTER <BR> jumping OFF of the treadmill at 1:00 AM AFTER <BR> jumping ON the treadmill at 12:10AM AFTER <BR> jumping OFF the broken elliptical at 12:09 AFTER <BR> jumping ON the not-broken elliptical at 11:50PM AFTER <BR> getting home from a date night at 11:15PM ...... <BR> <BR> Yup, that's how my life rolls sometimes. <B... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 04:26:51 EST Down, Doggie, Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203105 I have NEVER had a stretch feel sooooo good and hurt sooooo much at the same time! I guess I thought I had to do it all tonight. I did Les Mills Pump 55 minute Revolution (strength training) first. And I, of course, in all my wisdom, made the decision to NOT lower my weights, but do it at the same level of intensity I had been doing it when I quit, well over a month ago. <BR> <BR> Next bright decision... since the girls weren't home yet, basketball was on the tv for DS, and DH had fallen as... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 03:06:43 EST Combat Shock Plyo HIIT - Should have been warned! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197289 Ok, I guess I should have known. There shouldn't have been any surprise, really. But, I'm obviously naive. Or, I've become so complacent in my physical fitness ability with Turbo Fire, that I thought I could handle anything Combat threw at me. Wow, I was wrong! <BR> <BR> I'm not all that sure what I expected from a workout called "Shock Plyo HIIT", but I really should have been forewarned by the name! I mean, really? Anything that has Shock, and Plyo, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Train... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:35:35 EST What our bodies were made for. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178362 Got my workout done this morning (Turbo Fire 55 EZ) and you can NOT believe how good that felt! Forget the weightloss for a moment, our bodies were designed to MOVE. Just think of all the joints, muscles, and cushioning that we were made with, in preparation for us to be ACTIVE! These last couple of weeks, I've been anything BUT! I was starting to feel sooooo stiff and achy. Much better now. Go push play, people! Your body will thank you for it! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Laurie Fri, 28 Dec 2012 01:48:03 EST Disbelief & Being Melancholy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157758 I'm being a little melancholy tonight. We have a local facebook page for buying and selling items and I have had it in the back of my mind to get a few things ready, pictures taken, prices set, etc to list on that page. So tonight I went down stairs to pull out of storage bins some old clothes that no longer fit. I knew what they were, but I didn't realize the emotions they would bring up to the surface. They've been in storage for 3 years, ever since I lost the majority of my weight. When I ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:33:53 EST Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090748 Yes, I learned a lesson in perseverance from a cartoon movie character. Remember Dory, the little fishy with the "never say die" attitude? <BR> <BR> I wanted a nice little 11 - 12 mile jog Sunday as I have exactly 2 weeks until my first 1/2 marathon and I really needed to up my speed and try to make those 13.1 miles in a timeframe that I've set for myself. Today was going to be a pretty good test run to that end. It was a little cooler out, but I run better when it's a little cooler, anyway,... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 02:19:51 EST I think I made a good choice today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090174 The typical Sunday morning/noon at our house looks like this: Up, shower, shakeology, makeup and hair, church, then home for bacon and eggs for dinner. This time of year the afternoon normally involves a football game for a while, at least, and then by the late afternoon or early evening I like to take off for my weekly run. Normally I'll go for 5-10 miles. A lot of that is determined by how fast my lunch has settled and how I'm feeling. That's what brought about this blog. <BR> <BR> <em>4... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:35:04 EST Start Next Week Out Right - On The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088431 If you're like many (including myself!), you kind of forget about your fitness plan during the weekend. You think you can let it all go on the weekend and start that diet or exercise program over again on Monday. Or maybe your feel you deserve to live it up a little, right? But this weekend, I'm asking you to think about next week already this weekend. Go into the weekend with long term goals, not short term pleasures, in mind. Stay on track this weekend, so you don't feel like you're startin... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:34:43 EST My Salsa Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030874 I had a request for this recipe, so since I had it typed up, I thought I'd share with you all! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l115485936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Salsa <BR> <BR> 3 onions chopped <BR> 3 jalapeno peppers ground (or chopped fine) <BR> 4 large green peppers chopped <BR> 3/4 C. sugar <BR> 1 Tbsp black pepper <BR> 2 Tbsp garlic salt <BR> 1 Tbsp paprika <BR> 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp lemon juice (I use Real Lemon brand) <BR> <BR> 1/2 C. + 2 Tbsp.... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:36:56 EST Very Inspiring - Not Just For Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028126 "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 twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." - John Bingham <BR> <BR> I didn't write this. I just found it, loved it, and wanted to share it. It was too much for a status update, so it's a blog instead! It really speaks to those who have entertained the idea of running, but just never saw them... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:29:49 EST 90% is better than 0% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025637 Yup, I learned something tonight - modification is key and something is better than nothing (but I still don't have to like it). <BR> <BR> I don't know why, but I'm the type that just can't bring herself to modify most things. I find that I have the feeling that I'm not getting the full benefit out of the workout if I don't do the whole thing, at the highest intensity my fitness level will allow. (I know, All or Nothing mentality.) Even when I did Insanity, I had to follow Shaun T's example... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:59:05 EST Race Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792094 <em>312</em> <em>137</em> <em>312</em> <em>137</em> <em>312</em> <em>137</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> It's our annual St. Patty's Day Brew & Stew! Yikes! That rolled around A LOT faster than I had planned on! Didn’t we just celebrate Valentines? How did the calendar fly by that fast and me not be ready for this race? I have to admit, that racing isn’t my forte. I think many people just LOVE racing for the race itself. For me, it was a little backwards. I was VERY overweight and unheal... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:12:43 EST HUGE money saving tip - just have to pass it on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789252 This has NOTHING to do with fitness, but I was so shocked, I just had to share it. <BR> <BR> We had an appliance repairman out today. Had been having problems build up with a few things and got them all taken care of at one time. But the big take-away this morning was with our clothes washing machine. It had, off and on, not wrung the clothes out properly. Our repairman said it was due to using too much detergent! For front load machines, you're only supposed to use 1 TABLESPOON of liquid d... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:10:25 EST I feel safe - I think... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788370 I'm out for my jog and a State Patrolman pulls off to the side of the road and just sits there and watches me jog. Of course, the first thoughts that go through your mind are that a family member is injured and they were sent to find you. But after I waved to him, he just waved back and drove away. I think he just saw me running and was making sure all was well. Either that, or he thought I was a criminal running from a crime scene! LOL <BR> <BR> For those of you who know me on facebook, I p... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 01:14:49 EST Recognizing Priorities and Working With Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606005 I have a cd series put out by Chalene Johnson (creator of Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, and Turbo Kick) called Car Smart. While the girls slept on the way home from Rochester last weekend, I listened to the first cd - the first step to success. On that cd, she says that someone asked her what the very first step was. First she thought it was a to-do list. Then she thought it was setting goals. Then she realized it's neither. It's deciding what your priorities are. What's REALLY important to you? Is ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:37:00 EST Are you really hungry, or is it something else? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503770 I had to ask myself that question this afternoon. I came into the living room this afternoon to see my husband and daughter sitting on the couch watching the Packers (yes, we're Cheese Heads! LOL) play against the Bears. They were sharing a little cheese and crackers as a snack. The power of suggestion was so strong that I immediately headed out to the kitchen to find me a snack, too. I got almost to the fridge and realized that I wasn't even hungry! In fact, when I stopped to really pay atte... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 21:48:54 EST Its Been A Monday All Week Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447071 Mondays have a certain reputation, don’t they? They are typically full, busy, unpredictable, and many times exhausting. On those days, you’re lucky to get your “gotta-do” to-do lists done, much less your “wanna-do” to-do lists, right? And, if the truth be told, which list is your fitness plan on? Hmmm? Yeah, thought so. <BR> <BR> Well, last week I had a Monday, pretty much every day of the week. Started out on Monday by visiting my husband’s aunt in the hospital and then running my daughter... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 02:42:14 EST Jumping Out of a Perfectly Good Airplane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408924 The old saying “Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane if it’s not crashing?” came to me one morning last month when my alarm clock went off at 4:30am. Then my thoughts went to, “Why am I getting out of my perfectly good bed, in the middle of the night, when there’s no fire in the house!” LOL <BR> <BR> The reason I, through my blurry eyes, was fumbling to shut my alarm off and dragging my sorry tush out of that very comfortable bed, was because I had pre-paid my registration for a 5K run... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:55:58 EST Eat but don't chew. Hmmmm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685470 Do you know how hard that is? To eat but not chew on anything (or much of anything, anyway). The last couple of days my top row of teeth havn't "fit in" with my lower set. They were misaligned. For the most part, you can live like that, until you go to open your mouth to put something in it - or to yawn. That was just nasty, not being able to yawn. Since the top & bottom were out of alignment, the "hinge" function of the jaw didn't work. So, I went to see my handy dandy chiropractor. He was ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:26:31 EST Stay The Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641513 How's your week going? It's half way through and I hope you've found time in it to do what you need or want to do for YOU! If not, what do you need to change to make it happen? Do you have a support person? Someone who's there for you, who will encourage you, who will help make it happen for you or with you? Or do you have people in your life who don't see your big picture? Who don't understand. <BR> <BR> The following quote really spoke to me today: <BR> <BR> “Whatever course you decide up... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:12:17 EST On the road again... my 5K tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623997 Okay, so some of you know that I signed up for anther 5K. I'm not really a runner (although Mary likes to make me think I am! <em>211</em> ) but I have found that I like to get out on the road every now and then and make a fool out of myself! I had that opportunity again tonight. <BR> <BR> It was called a Hippie Run! Pretty laid back! Some girls even showed up in dresses to run it! (all in fun, of course) A friend of mine sent me an invite through facebook and I just had to try it. The fir... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 01:33:51 EST Do you really want your kids eating this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3580021 Okay, technically this isn't going to be a real blog. Just something I want to make you all aware of. This Happy Meal was sitting on a shelf for 1 year and didn't decompose. This is just gross and I can't figure out how they can legally classify this stuff as food anymore. <BR> <BR> Let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> <link>www.examiner.com/healthy-food-in-kno<BR>xville/year-old-happy-meal-hasn-t-deco<BR>mposed-photos </link> <BR> <BR> <em>486</em> <em>489</em> <BR> <BR> Laurie Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:14:59 EST How to stay on track while traveling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3560934 Okay, I’m not necessarily an expert in this area, but I’ve had A LOT of practice in it lately! LOL In the last 14 days I’ve been in 4 hotels overnight. Two trips were due to Beachbody events and two trips were due to 4-H events. I’m a 4-H leader and our daughters are pretty involved in the program and were chosen to go to the Iowa State Fair to participate in a couple of communication events. So, that means mom drives! And, it’s far enough away that it’s just safer if we book a hotel room and... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:10:26 EST If you get the chance, I highly recommend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3517061 ....that you take advantage of any group workouts that come your way! This weekend I was at a corporate event for a company I'm doing online coaching for. After the Friday night presentation, we all did a group workout together. It was a BLAST! I know a lot of people have a tendency to NOT like working out in a group, for whatever reason. I'm sure that 90% of the reasons have to do with being self conscious about themselves, their performance, their bodies, etc. And I totally get that. I was ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 03:06:16 EST Changed my Sparkname http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3402619 I changed my spark name. I've been thinking about it for a while now. Recently I picked this name, fit2behealthy, for another site. I came to this name because it reflects better where I am right now. When I first signed up for Spark, I actually almost picked nancydrew09 as a screen name, just because my daughter and I had been playing a Nancy Drew computer game earlier in the evening! LOL I didn't put a whole lot of thought into the screen name, I believe, basically because I didn't really t... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 01:11:20 EST I'll take that as a compliment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3356291 Okay, so first off, it isn't really the poor lady's fault, but we did have quite a nice little chuckle over it. <BR> <BR> Last week my husband and I celebrated our 26 year anniversary by going out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants in a town about 40 minutes away from home. We go up there pretty regularily for our "date nights" and often run into someone we know. Well, last week we were finished eating and I was at the counter paying (Bob doesn't carry anything with him when we go out... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:19:46 EST 100 pounds gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3134240 I weighed in this morning at 162.6. That weight has a double meaning for me. I have lost 100 pounds from my highest weight about 8 years ago. Plus, I have lost 60 of those 100 here with Sparkpeople in the last 15 months! <BR> <BR> While no one wants to be reminded of unpleasant things (and sometimes these pictures can be unpleasant), I just feel I have to commemorate this day by acknowledging to all of you, my sparkfriends, how special this is for me. There is no doubt in my mind that I wou... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 21:47:30 EST "You haven't aged a day!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3119507 I had to take my daughter to the doctor today for a possible stress fracture in her foot. I ran into a lady there who used to do physical therapy for our son at least 10 years ago. When she saw me, she exclaimed, "You haven't aged a day!" <BR> <BR> That was probably one of the nicest compliments I've had in a while! I'm 45. At this point in my healthy journey, I'm pretty used to people commenting on my weight loss, but I've never had someone (other than my husband - but I figure he's preju... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 16:09:19 EST I know my weakness & it's name is..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093958 Popcorn! <BR> <BR> Alcohol - Never touch the stuff. <BR> <BR> Chocolate - I laugh in it's face. <BR> <BR> Potato Chips - They have no hold over me. <BR> <BR> But let me walk into a room & smell popcorn & I cave pretty darn fast! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Laurie Thu, 8 Apr 2010 01:56:22 EST They are my 5 miles & I can do with them what I want! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3067745 That's the attitude I adopted today. Earlier today I was determined to get out and jog this afternoon, but after much delay, for one reason or another, it was after 5:00 before I actually hit the road. Now the road I'm talking about is the paved road in front of our farm (We're quite fortunate to live on a paved road, many people in the area are on gravel & I just couldn't run on that when the cars go by & plaster you with dust!) This road runs east & west. The easterly route is flat as a pan... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 02:55:20 EST Sometimes most of it's mental. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3048167 I know that the "I've got to get off the couch & work out," attitude is mental. Sometimes it takes a while to talk ourselves into just getting moving. But the actual success of that workout also depends on where we are mentally. Like today. I finally got to my workout. Late. But I got it going finally. My head just wasn't in it. I was thinking about something else during most of it. Hard as I tried, I just couldn't get my HR up and keep it there - and it was Turbo Jam - I shouldn't have had a... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:06:16 EST How much can 2 - 12 pound dumbbells weigh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3027848 Actually, they can weigh, or seem to weigh, quite a bit more than you'd think. <BR> <BR> Sunday I went shopping for spring dresses with 2 of my girls. Days like these are always great days, full of good times & memories, but....when you've been a mom of teenage girls for as long as I have, you just know that you need to let them get in the clothing store first, let them wade through all of the options, and then, maybe an hour later, you show up and have to sit through the fashion parade of... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 02:12:21 EST Today's 5K. Fun Run; Fun Day! It's turning into a family thang! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3023937 Okay, I'm not a runner, so why do I keep ending up at 5Ks!?!? <em>211</em> Well, today's was different than the one I ran 2 weekends ago. This one was a true "Fun Run". There wasn't an official time keeper. There was no entry fee. We just showed up and decided if we would do a 5K, 7 mile, 10 mile, or 15K (I think those were the choices anyway). As a group, we all took off at the same time and then split off into our different routes depending on what we wanted to run. <BR> <BR> Today was ... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:47:13 EST I did it! My 1st 5K under my belt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2967760 Well, I certainly wasn't planning on doing this. I only found out about it last Saturday when I finally went through the newspaper from the week before (news isn't high on my priority list most of the time! LOL) When I saw it, I had a little flicker of a light bulb go on, but it extinguished itself pretty fast. I mentioned it to my girls. Bethany & Barbie decided that they wanted to try it and would train for it throughout the week. Well, I'm sure any of you who consider yourselves runner wou... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 01:45:27 EST Running my first 5K - Wish me luck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2965442 If I don't chicken out, I may run in my first official 5K today. I'm stressing over this a tad. I just did a practice run the other day and was fine. But because it's "official" and there will be other people there, it seems to take on a whole new worry of it's own for some reason. And the stupid thing is, I'm not even concerned about the time I complete it in. I just want to be able to say I finished it, even if I end up walking a lot of it. I think it's more that it's in front of people who... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 11:18:44 EST Why is it that.....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2929587 <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Why is it that when you're either sick or injured & stuck on the couch, you have this overwhelming desire to get up and workout? But when you're perfectly healthy, you can find every excuse in the book to sit on the couch. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Laurie (Who is already so tired of the couch she could scream.) Fri, 26 Feb 2010 02:37:56 EST The Heart & Soul of Sparkpeople - My Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2895995 The Heart & Soul of Sparkpeople - My Inspiration <BR> <BR> Our BSG (Buddy Support Group) this week has a new Challenge Mistress (big thumbs up for a good job, Christie!) One of her challenges to us this week was to blog about someone who inspires us. I’ve been really struggling with this because I just can’t name one person. I had run through a lot of options in my head, including Valerie Bertinelli because I just really identify with her & her weight loss journey. But I wasn’t really sold o... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 01:24:21 EST That Dress In The Closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2891307 That Dress In The Closet <BR> <BR> Last September I wrote a blog about a pair of blue jeans that I hadn’t had on my body since 1994. If you want to get a better idea of where I’m coming from on this healthy journey, you can read that blog here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2374989 </link> <BR> <BR> But the basic idea is that I had worked really hard all winter to lose about 35 pounds, contracted the chicken pox that spring (as an adult, that ... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:55:46 EST God's "Big Picture" - Not the way you planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2864007 I was given this story by a sparkfriend of mine, Casey. I love this story. We also have it in an illustrated book. The kids loved it when they were growing up. I think one of the things that hits me hard about this story is that we don't have the "big picture" view of our lives. We only have the "little picture" view. We don't know what we're being prepared for. But no matter what it is, we have to be willing to go where we need to go & do what we need to do. And sometimes in order to do what... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 01:09:07 EST Second Insanity Fit Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2802555 I did the Insanity Fit Test for the second time today. The first time was 2 weeks ago and those numbers are the first numbers. Today’s numbers are the second, just for comparison. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago when I did this, I was hurting and needed to go to the chiropractor, so I knew my form was not what it should be. So I was kinda nervous about doing it again today. I knew I wanted to pay way more attention to form, but there was a part of me that was afraid of having my numbers drop. So, l... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 01:14:12 EST The Insane Calorie Burn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2780158 The Insane Calorie Burn? <BR> <BR> I had someone ask me last week (sorry, I don’t remember who) how many calories I burned with the Insanity workouts I started about 10 days ago. I hesitated to answer that question because, being new to the workout, it might give people the wrong impression of what the burn really is. But, being into the workout long enough to track it now, I guess I will try to answer it here, the best I can. <BR> <BR> First off, I love tracking my workouts. I have a spre... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 02:31:20 EST Insanity Days 6, 7, & 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2765266 Insanity Days 6, 7, & 8 <BR> <BR> I took a little break from blogging about this workout. Basically just had a full weekend & didn’t get around to it until now. <BR> <BR> Day 6 was Plyo Cardio Circuit again, a repeat from Day 2. You can see the break down of the workout here <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=27<BR>41050 </link> if you like. I had mixed emotions about doing this a second time. The standing, jumping, & running drills were actu... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 01:29:00 EST Insanity Day 5 - Pure Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2755966 Insanity Day 5 - Pure Cardio <BR> <BR> I’m a little late in posting this, but we had company Friday night, 4-H meeting at our house Saturday, then more company Saturday night. So, it’s almost 1:30 Sunday morning and I’m just getting this written. <BR> <BR> Day 5 of Insanity was Friday. We did Pure Cardio. It really did push my limits. Like the others, it came in at about 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> It started out with pretty much the same warm-up that the other cardio dvds did. That warm-up las... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 02:39:20 EST Insanity Day 4 - Sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747940 Today was Cardio Recovery day. My blog won’t be very long about it because there’s really not that much to say. <BR> <BR> This workout was about 35 minutes long and was designed to give you a break from the cardio of the last 2 days. Shaun T. never promised a break from working out though! LOL Parts of this one were based in your basic yoga & pilate moves, but other parts certainly pushed the limits of my thighs like a nice Tamilee Webb I Want Those Buns lower body strength workout will. <... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 03:03:03 EST Insanity Day 3 - I might feel that in the morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2743099 So, according to the handy dandy workout calendar that came with Insanity, today was Cardio Power & Resistance day. Okay, like yesterday, I’m not sure what I was expecting. I didn’t preview this one. I went into it now knowing anything about it except just a couple of the moves that my daughter warned me about when she previewed it. So I knew there would be some arms involved, and actually, after yesterday’s very cardio intense circuits, I guess I was expecting a very “upper body” intensive ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 02:50:26 EST I survived Insanity Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2741050 I survived Insanity Day 2! <BR> <BR> Okay, Monday was the fit test. I already blogged briefly about that. Last night was Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I previewed it a couple of days ago and I was pretty intimidated when I saw the backgrounders dropping like flies! I kept thinking, “Who is this 45 year old mother of 5 kidding? I actually think I can do this???” My two daughters both did this dvd earlier in the day and kept asking them if they were sure I ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:06:14 EST Insanity Day 1 - Fit Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2732286 Insanity Day 1 - Fit Test <BR> <BR> Well, I did it! I started my 60 days of Insanity today. For those of you who don’t know, this is a program put out by Beach Body and features Shaun T. (from Hip Hop Abs fame). This is supposed to be the hardest cardio program ever put on disc. It probablyis and we’ll see if I make it through the whole 60 days. I’ve previewed the first plyo/cardio workout and it looks just crazy! <BR> <BR> So today I did the Fit Test. We’re supposed to do this 25 minute te... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:24:35 EST