GABRIELLAH99's SparkPeople Blog GABRIELLAH99's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Turbo Sisters' Plea! Turbo Jam has changed my all started on one little sick day, nothing on TV, and a fun infomercial sucked me in. Next thing I knew I was rocking out to fun music, burning calories, researching Turbo, Beachbody and most importantly, Chalene Johnson. After reading the information she offered on <link> </link> , I was hooked. I reactivated my twitter account and met all sorts of Turbo fans from across the country...including Chalene's sister, Jenelle. After seve... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:58:16 EST Updates on my main blog! I've posted a couple new blogs including info on to-do lists (which you see a hear about a lot from me if we're twitter or facebook friends) on my main blog. Enjoy! <link> </link> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:41:58 EST Catching up .. again I've posted a few blog entries on my main blog...check them out at <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 07:46:37 EST Do Less to DO MORE My favorite phrase that I've picked up from Chalene Johnson has to be "Do More". I've bought her hat and am going to set a special goal soon and my reward for achieving this goal will be the DoMore twittabling necklace. Why do I love this phrase so much? Because it pushes me to not settle. I don't just do what needs to be done - I do more! <BR> <BR> Recently though I realized that there's a difference between doing more and doing things that don't add value to my life - that I need to combin... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 17:34:30 EST I forgot the videos! I forgot to add the videos in yesterday's blog. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 3 Oct 2010 12:53:39 EST Football and Weddings and Family - Oh my! So I finally am catching up and posted a blog but it's loaded with pictures so if you don't mind...please go catch my post on <link> </link> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 11:29:28 EST The most important blog I'll ever write... Susan G. Komen has asked everyone out there to help turn the virtual world pink today and as breast cancer is now a cause very near and dear to my heart, I wanted to do my part. <BR> <BR> Did you know that EVERY 69 SECONDS a woman diest of breast cancer? That is too many too often. Lately it seems that everyone I talk to, everywhere I look...breast cancer is around. Pink ribbon magnets are on cars (including mine!) and rallies to raise awareness and funds for research happen on nearly every... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:50:15 EST Past few weeks It's been a little while since I posted a good "update" blog...I included a ton of pictures so please visit <link> </link> to check out my blog! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:21:49 EST 12 minutes.... So I'll keep this short and sweet...Just needed to let ya'll know that I took 12 MINUTES OFF my 10K time this past weekend! I ran the Salmon Chase 10K in South Bend, IN in 1 hour and 6 minutes!!!! My goal is to break 1:05:00 next time! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:22:32 EST That four letter "D" word.... Thanks to our societal definitions of "pretty" and "beautiful" millions of people each year try to lose weight. We start working out more, change how we eat...and I say "we" because I'm still trying to lose weight...both for my vanity and health. But as I'm taking off those last few pounds and shifting into "maintenance mode" I'm keeping my eating habits as healthy as I can and I've gotta vent a little here...I'm sick of the " on a diet?" comments, looks and snears as I order health... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:11:09 EST Please help! Making the case for Brandywine I just found out that Brandywine High School is in the running for $500,000 from Kohl's Cares but we need more votes. I'll try to keep this short and sweet because your time is precious but if there was ever a school that needed that money, it's Brandywine. The students who get involved in projects, teams, clubs, etc. are genuinely passionate about what they're doing and the district is fortunate to have teachers and coaches who share in that passion. They just don't have the resources to rea... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 08:51:50 EST 5K and Confidence A few pictures and a lil blog entry. Check it out! <link> </link> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 08:04:59 EST A little delayed but I ran a 10K I included pictures in this one again...check it out at my blog.... <link> </link> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:41:15 EST Before he was famous Posted a new photo filled blog at <link> </link> of pictures of my friend's photos at the Michiana Hematology Oncology center. So proud of Brian Wolfe!! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 04:58:50 EST Turbo Kick Instructor Training A couple weeks ago I took training to become a Turbo Kick instructor. Check out the vids - including one of me teaching for the FIRST TIME EVER! at <link> </link> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 22:17:32 EST Dedication So I'm back from the family camping trip and I had a blast. Can't wait to put together the multimedia extravaganza which will be my "What I did on Summer Vacation" entry here probably this weekend. Pictures and vids and fun - oh my! I also owe all of you a few other blogs on what is in the TurboFire box, how my first couple TurboFire workouts have gone (video form!), and how instructor training went! I have videos from all through that day too! <BR> <BR> For now though you'll have to settle ... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:58:57 EST Miss me while I'm gone!! I am going camping with my family starting this afternoon and will be away from my computer. If I get signal and have something to share, I can easily post pictures and little blurbs to my blog at <link> </link> so check it out there. Talk to you Monday! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:45:02 EST TurboFire plan Figured its about time I posted my TurboFire plan for the 30 days. I took one unscheduled rest day yesterday and tomorrow I'm doing Turbo Kick instructor certification instead of TurboFire but I'm going to stay on track as best I can! For those of you who have TurboFire - I'm following the class schedule but start my week on Tuesday, not Monday. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, July 6st: Fire 30 + Stretch 10 <BR> 7/7: HIIT 15 + Stretch 10 <BR> 7/8: Scheduled rest day <BR> 7/9: Supposed to be Fire 30 + Str... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 11:11:18 EST Pictures to go with the wrap-up ....are on my main blog! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 7 Jul 2010 15:23:39 EST Turbo Challenge Update! Jam wrap up and FIRE start! There's a video on the blog and for some reason I can't upload it here so I'd like to ask you to check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 6 Jul 2010 18:19:18 EST Summary of my weekend with my sister - with pictures! So normally I just copy and paste my blog entries but this one had several pictures so this is a little easier...please visit my blog here: <link> </link> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:47:46 EST Slight Change in Plans.... So if you go back to the Turbo Challenge schedule ( <link><BR>0/05/part-i-of-turbo-challenge.html </link> ) you'll see that this is supposed to be the last full week of Turbo Jam before starting TurboFire on the 1st. I'm afraid I have to make a slight change. <BR> <BR> As much as I believe that exercise and healthy habits can help stress, we all fall victim to being overwhelmed I have this week. I promise I"m not completely off the wagon..... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:19:16 EST I knew I was forgetting something! When I realized this morning that this is my last full week of the <BR> Turbo Jam half of my Turbo Challenge, the biggest advantage of <BR> TurboFire is the afterburn effect that come from any HIIT (high <BR> intensity interval training) workout. Thanks to the elevated <BR> intensity, you can burn calories at a higher rate for 24 - 48 hours <BR> (yes you read that right) after your workout. How awesome is that?!? <BR> Now I'm a numbers person.... Comes from the engineer in me I think. <BR> Ho... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 17:44:37 EST Happy Father's Day to my Daddy - the best! I have the best Daddy in the world. No really. I do. You can try to compete all you want and I'm sure you all have wonderful and spectacular fathers but really - mine's the best. <BR> <BR> I can't remember a time that I ever felt like my Daddy didn't treat me with the upmost respect...even at times that I'm sure it was tempting to respond to a 12 year old's "I'm TOO STRESSED DADDY!" retort with something indicating that the trauma of a tween was so much simpler than his day at the office, b... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:46:07 EST Quick update... Posted on my main blog while getting my hairs did last night! <link> </link> Enjoy! Sat, 19 Jun 2010 06:05:19 EST Summary of the Cleanse Wow. That's the best I have to say...just wow...The cleanse has felt great and yielded great results. Here's the wrap up. <BR> <BR> I lost 3 lbs in Day 1! I did still workout that morning but have never been so excited for a dinner salad in my life. I found near the sandwich meats grilled chicken chunks and those helped me prepare a good, fast, yummy salad (for the rules of the cleanse, check my earlier posts). Unlike most other cleanses I've done, I didn't feel jittery, shakey, sick to my s... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:00:51 EST Days 1 and 2 of the Cleanse in Review Sorry - was going to post this yesterday but got super busy! Still have a major project for the boss man but I'll give you a quick update. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - I've never looked forward to a big salad so much I don't think but it was totally worth it. Did my shakeology for a couple meals, had some fruit and nursed my green tea all day. In the end I lost about 3 lbs! <BR> <BR> Day 2 - I put my salad as my lunch meal thinking that would didn't. I ended up having another little snack... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:52:39 EST Shakeology Cleanse Starts Now! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Sorry its been a few days since I last updated. Things are going well, I'm on track and I feel great! <BR> <BR> I started my Shakeology cleanse today which is going to mean a slight change in the Turbo Challenge. For the next three days I am only going to do 20 minute Turbo Jam and then any cross training I can handle. The reason for this is that my calorie count is going to drop a bit and I want to focus on eating right. I'm starting the cleanse at 155 lbs. which is... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:55:03 EST Get over the hump! You know when you start a new workout program and for the first week or so your body is still adjusting and getting used to the increase of physical activity, the different moves, the new routine? I feel like my body fights that. My moves get slower, I'm tired, I'm mentally just not. there. The good news is I know that if I stick with it and get over the hump I'll be strong in each workout. <BR> <BR> Over the past two days I've burned 1,000 calories in workouts! Woah! Still on track with th... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:11:59 EST WooHooWednesday Progress and Turbo Challenge Update Please also check out my blog at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Alright so I've made some AWESOME progress but I'm going to make you read the rest of the update before I tell you ;-) <BR> <BR> Last night I did a double... had to make up for missing Monday's workout. I ended up doing 80 minutes of Turbo Jam! 20 minute TJ then errands to break it up a lil...then 40 min Cardio Party and finished hard with a BURN from the 20 minute Ab Jam. I'm n... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 09:25:38 EST Not the update I wanted to give... Ok I always meant this blog to be full disclosure so I hate to have to post this but its the truth: I didn't workout last night. I'll spare you the details but I came home feeling sick to my stomach, tried a couple things to make it better, laid down to let things settle a little and next thing I knew it was time to get up, post this update and go to work. Tonight is a shorter workout so I'm going to combine yesterday and today for a good extra intense workout. The Turbo Challenge is still on... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 09:55:17 EST Weekend Wrap up! Alright so its been a few days...let's catch up! <BR> <BR> Thursday our volleyball games were early and I got out of work late but I still got in a workout! Did my volleyball and even though we lost we had a great time! One of the girls brought Hustler t-shirts for the girls to wear to encourage team spirit. Only problem I have with the picture is how ridiculously tall I look compared to the other two girls on my team!! <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 18:42:29 EST 2 Days Down copied from my blog at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Alright I'm waiting for a train trying to get to work and I figured I'd blog! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Cardio Party went better than expected! I haven't done a lot of Turbo in the weeks leading up to this challenge so I was a little nervous about doing a 40 minute intense workout I wasn't sure I could finish. I couldn't believe it! The workout went so quickly! It wasn't the most intense I've ever Tur... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 08:17:33 EST Let's get it started...Let's get it started in here So I promised starting measurements and here they are! <BR> <BR> Weight: 157 lbs <BR> Body Fat: 27% <BR> Waist: 30.375" <BR> Hips: 39.5" <BR> Thighs: 23.75" <BR> Chest: 40" <BR> Upper Arm: 11.375" <BR> <BR> Took a couple pictures too but I'll put those at the end. <BR> <BR> I started day 1 of my Turbo Challenge yesterday and it went well. I find myself cueing and talking along to the DVD so I think this Challenge will help me be more confident in my prep to get my instructor certification ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 08:42:02 EST Part I of the Turbo Challenge starts tomorrow! For those looking to join me, the challenge starts tomorrow! I'm doing 30 days of a Turbo Jam based plan, followed by 30 days of TurboFire. Can't wait for TurboFire to come out! <BR> <BR> If you'd like to join me, let me know! <BR> <BR> And no, you're not missing anything... I don't know the TurboFire packet well enough to set up a plan yet but since the release date is JUNE 18th! (woohoo!) I'll stick to the plan provided with the workouts but I'll post it here so everyone can see how its g... Mon, 31 May 2010 22:30:40 EST It may silly but it works for me! I'm going to start my Turbo Challenge on Tuesday and I don't think any of this could have been more perfectly timed. The long holiday weekend, the start on the month on the day we start up again after the holiday weekend, my visit to Toledo to meet up with my fellow Beachbody coaches and see Jenelle (Chalene Johnson's sister), a 5K with my family on Saturday...none of it could be better timed. My favorite part of that list though is the long holiday weekend. Why? Because I can clean. <BR> <B... Sat, 29 May 2010 10:26:04 EST Coming to a blog near you! So we're hearing all these AMAZING things about TurboFire and I have no doubt it will be everything we're hearing and more. To celebrate the new workout and test TurboFire myself, I'm going to do two 30 day Turbo challenges. <BR> <BR> June: Turbo Jam for 30 days. 5 TJ workouts per week, 1 cross training day and 1 rest day. I'll keep track of my results, wear my bodybugg and report calories burned...its going to be awesome. <BR> <BR> July: As if Turbo Jam isn't awesome enough, TurboFire is g... Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:34 EST Soccer season wrap up For any of those following my tweets, just wanted to toss out a quick wrap up of my youth soccer season. I coached 4th through 6th graders the past several weeks and we finished with an undefeated regular season! They were awesome - so strong, they all got along, they were all good kids...I had a blast! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had our tournament last night and they played two strong good clean games. I couldn't be more... Tue, 25 May 2010 13:29:20 EST Crutch kicking week #2 - traveling! Sorry! I fell asleep before I posted this last night. I'll make this relatively quick as I am on a business trip today but I wanted to make sure I busted some more excuses :-) <BR> <BR> With travel season coming I know a lot of people are going to be spending days or weeks on the road and in hotels, cabins, etc. Even without summer vacations, many of us travel for work, to see family or just to get away for a few days. Don't let getting away mean you get away from the hard work you've been d... Tue, 18 May 2010 09:35:54 EST Frustrating Moments So if you've been following my tweets (GabriellaH99) you'll know that I've been sentenced to staying off of my swollen foot and ankle for a week. This couldn't have come at a worse time. I've been getting back into the swing of things. I've a very busy week ahead which was supposed to include a visit to a supplier's plant and a banquet for the U-M alumni association. Oh well. What's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> Well today I'm having a hard time pulling myself from my funk. I had so many goals on ... Sat, 15 May 2010 18:19:39 EST Minor set back but it's goin' alright! So just a mid-week update. I'm going to have to be happy with anything that isn't a gain this week at Sunday's weigh in. I had an awesome practice on Tuesday with my soccer kids but somewhere in that awesome-ness I pulled my calf. I'm actually wearing sneakers today because I am having trouble walking. The good news is that my mid-week "unofficial" weigh in shows no gain which is awesome because I went over calorie intake a couple days in a row and I brought a good breakfast and lunch for tod... Thu, 13 May 2010 09:10:24 EST Rough day but going to stay on track So I let my frustrations get the better of me for a few minutes in a drive thru line today...and my frustrations only increased because instead of the healthier sandwich that I picked (to balance out the fries and small shake I was craving) they gave me a BLT. Ugh. The good news is that I am still within my caloric range for today and am planning on a light dinner tonight before going to bed. <BR> <BR> I'm planning this lighter meal for a few reasons: <BR> - I passed out last night...hard. I... Tue, 11 May 2010 16:10:12 EST Crutch kicking Week #1! Crutch kicking step #1 <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So one simple little thing. Nothing earth shattering. I just keep my Shakeology, scissors, protein powder, blender, single serving / to go blender, and to go cups in the same place in my kitchen. I'm sure you could make that happen in your own kitchen in less than 5 minutes. Would you believe me if I said that can help you reach your goals? Its worked for me! <BR> <BR> If you've heard it once, you've h... Sun, 9 May 2010 21:47:21 EST Bring it into focus So I'm realizing this blog is severly lacking the same property I'm lacking in making my goals: f-o-c-u-s. I'm going to use this now to explore and share tips I've thought of while mapping my search for my "inner statue" but haven't quite implemented. Excuses are the worst enemy of anyone trying to achieve any goal but they seem to be even more prominent in the journey of health. I'm sending my statue on a crutch kicking spree. <BR> <BR> Starting next Sunday I'll post a 12-sec vid ( <link>12... Mon, 3 May 2010 13:52:08 EST Can't even take baby steps... Posted this in the "panic button thread" too but I wanted to keep it here to have it recorded so I can look back and remind myself what I do what I let my emotions get the better of me.... <BR> <BR> Please help! I need a good kick in the rear lately. I keep saying I'm going to get back on track and I just keep failing. <BR> <BR> Against my better judgement I went out to grab lunch...the day after I decided I'd start a small baby step goal - 5 lbs this month. Not ridiculous...less than 2 lbs... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 16:36:36 EST Almost forgot! This week's plan and reward: <BR> <BR> Plan: 20 minutes or more Turbo Jam / other cardio daily; strength training 3 days this week; additional 40 minutes or more Turbo Jam / other cardio on non-weight days <BR> <BR> Reward: Still aiming for that tanning! Realized while watching my form at the gym yesterday that this girl is pasty white! $10 / month unlimited tanning is on the line! Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:57:57 EST Day 1 of The Decision From my <link> </link> blog: <BR> <BR> Yesterday my mantra was "Determination is not a feeling, its a decision" (from a member on the Secrets to Success files) and I used it for all it was worth! I got up, did my 20 minute Turbo Jam, ate to plan, and did an upper body weight routine. It felt great to be that on top of things. <BR> <BR> And then I forgot to set the alarm for this morning. <BR> <BR> Never fear! I am determined. I've decid... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:53:22 EST Success begets success Another one I posted at <link> </link> yesterday <BR> <BR> I do have one great thing to report though! Yesterday I presented three awards for SAE at the regional International Science and Engineering Fair...completely impromtu. I found out about 5 minutes before getting called to the stage that I should make an introduction of the award and say a few words on behalf of the organization. Granted with the place I have on our SAE Chapter's board, I should have e... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:02:47 EST 2 steps forward and 1 step back wrote this and posted it on <link> </link> on Sunday but I forgot to put it here! <BR> <BR> As I prepped for my run yesterday, a million thoughts were churning in my mind...mostly around how I've gotten so off track and so out of it I'm ashamed. I've been talking to one friend in particular about how I was doing and I've managed to inspire her but I can hardly inspire myself....until this past Friday. <BR> <BR> I got to spend some time with my man on Friday ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:01:29 EST Breaking it down So I realized as I’ve been struggling with the big changes that I need to get back to basics. Break it down. Make sure that I’m making small changes that overhaul my life over time instead of trying to do it all at once. I’ve hurt myself enough times trying to just “jump into it” that you’d think I’d learned. I haven’t but this time I’m documenting the decision and hopefully that will force it. I’m going to pick one little action each week that I want to develop into a habit and work on that.... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:00:24 EST