GOLFCHICK2-0's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GOLFCHICK2%2D0 GOLFCHICK2-0'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/ Frustration and the scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650791 I am a Scottish Highland Game athlete. I am working on gaining strength right now. I am also working on losing the gut that I acquired over last season. <BR> <BR> It is a difficult task trying to lose weight. It is even a more difficult task trying to balance losing fat while gaining muscle. <BR> <BR> I. Am. Frustrated. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all the right things. I'm eating better. Lifting more. Challenging myself daily. And the scale doesn't budge. This has been over 3 months, so it's no... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:56:22 EST Eat more to lose weight??? Yep, for me it worked!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595969 This last year I went a little crazy. Ate too much, drank too much, gained back almost 30 lbs. It was the Highland games and there was beer and pasties and haggis. Dinners and camping and sweets. I did get injured. Holidays happened (seriously people STOP with the frickin cookies!!!) Mostly, there were excuses. Lots of excuses!! But what it came down to is this: <BR> <BR> I MADE BAD CHOICES. <BR> <BR> My pants are too tight or not wearable. I will NOT buy a size up!!! I am uncomfortable. I... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:07:57 EST DIY Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546344 DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> My Challenge Name: Suck it up, Buttercup!! Why?: I need to stop whining, get off my back side and get with the program! <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> MyStarting Weight: 190 lbs (approximate. My scale is dead and I really am not focusing on strength more than weight) <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: <BR> 1. Strength Level (low right now, coming back from an injury) <BR> ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:13:05 EST Starting over... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509874 It was a long season. I worked out. I golfed. I threw in Highland Games. I also drank too much. Ate too much. Ate the wrong things. <BR> <BR> And I gained weight. Gained my belly back. Made my pants tight. It has to stop! I need to pay attention. I had lost 62 lbs. I gained 10 back. NO MORE <BR> <BR> STOP MAKING EXCUSES!! Yes, I bought a house. Yes, I'm working out. Yes, I'm active. Yes, I am coming back from an injury. NO! That does not mean that I can Eat, Drink as much as I want. <BR> ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:55:55 EST I threw away ice cream today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441071 I've been fairly quiet on sp lately. I'm still plugging along. I'm still here. <BR> <BR> Since I got serious about Highland Games (If you don't know what they are, let me know, I can post a few links or you could look back a few blogs for info), I've been training to build muscle and not trying to lose weight. It's okay. I'm holding steady with the weight. I know that I've gained muscle and lost size and that is more important to me right now than the number on a scale. <BR> <BR> But I do ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:44:56 EST DietBet for Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332099 I haven't been concentrating on my weight lately. I've been in muscle building mode, and it's just too distracting to build and lose at the same time. <BR> <BR> As a matter of fact, I haven't stepped on a scale in over 2 months. And I'm still in my same size pants, fitting better than before if I do say myself! <BR> <BR> But I'm taking this as a sign. $20 per person. 60% of the pot will be donated to help people who were affected by the bombs set off at the Boston Marathon. Whatever is le... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:06:12 EST One family forever affected by the Boston Marathon bomb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328868 My first thoughts went to all of my family and freinds that I knew would or even might be at the Boston Marathon. <BR> <BR> I checked on my brother who used to volunteer at the finish line. When I saw him at Thanksgiving, he said this might be the year he starts up again. It took a while for him to call me back and he had NOT volunteered this year. His normal station would have been several yards away from where the bomb exploded. <BR> <BR> I watched the happy faces of friends on faceboo... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:47:06 EST Tangerines are WAY better than grapefruit!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288029 Now, before we start getting into a fruit war... look at this picture... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21737443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before anyone says the worst and most misleading statement (and here my whiny, mocking voice here!!) <BR> "muscle weighs less than fat" <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>101</em> <em>28</em> <em>15</em> <BR> It DOES NOT!! One pound = One pound. It doesn't matter whether its fat or muscle, iron or feathers. Muscle DOES take up a h... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:01:27 EST I'm walking a little taller today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248092 I had one of the ladies at my gym approach me after Zumba class last night. I've seen her off and on but only when her friend was also there. I noticed last week that she was there by herself and she had moved forward in class. I told her she was doing great and it was about time she got off the wall (typically, newer people stay to the back of the room 'against the wall' until they are feeling more confident). <BR> <BR> Last night, she pulled me aside and told me that she wanted to thank me... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:14:09 EST Be strong. Spark on!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214589 New Year's was a couple weeks ago. Already, the gym is a little less crowded. Resolutions don't have enough... resolve for many people. I have to admit, I'm happy that I'm not getting bumped from my favorite classes and don't have to wait on queue for equipment. But I am a bit sad for those who pin their motivation on a date in on the calendar and then lose their way so quickly. <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how many times I've started and stopped my journey. How many different diets, programs... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:47:52 EST Motivation to make it through to New Year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158299 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43065698.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497000781.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l399057233.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689362709.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302602023.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1925849353.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53366... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:57:34 EST Honesty is best. I had to reset my weight... up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134025 From time to time we all lose focus. For me, this spring I started a new sport. I am now participating in the Heavy Athletics of Scottish Highland Games. For those of you who don't know what that is, It is a bunch of people, wearing kilts, throwing things. Rocks, weights, trees, on occasion anchors, kegs, farmer's walks, etc. We tend to eat, drink and be merry while we're at it. <BR> <BR> So I added this to my world this spring as on a trial basis. I kept my normal workout routine and added... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:00:22 EST My first Highland Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008267 I competed in my first Highland Games last weekend in Spokane, WA. I managed to not hurt myself or anyone else, I didn't scratch on any events, I improved on my form and lengths. I picked the caber 3 times... didn't turn it, but I did pick it. Seven events, 7 PR's!! <BR> <BR> I was trying to think of the high point of the weekend. There are too many to count! But I have to bring up the farmers walk. Women had two 75 lb weights, men had 2x150s and the goal is to pick them up and walk as far ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:57:05 EST Scottish Highland Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925198 Several years ago I went to the Portland Highland Games for the first times. I should have felt the initial tug of the hook right then. I love the sound of bagpipes. Meat pasties, beer, scotch and other yummie treats. The Kilted Mile, the dancers, the arts and crafts, celtic EVERYTHING. But most of all, I should have recognised at that moment. I LOVE MEN IN KILTS!!!! <BR> <BR> I got hooked on watching these big, burly, muscled, (sometimes not the fittest) but damn athletic men, throw things.... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:40:16 EST Tale of the Tape (measure) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884395 FYI, I don't believe in the Biggest Loser approach to weight loss. Quicker the better, only one "Winner" allowed concept, from the tv show that I refuse to watch. Frankly, I believe it gives unreasonable expectations for general public that doesn't have 24/7 doctor, trainer, cook and psychologist. That being said... <BR> <BR> I joined the Biggest Loser style competition at my gym (Diesel Fitness ~ Woodburn, OR) this year. It was held February - April 23rd. If nothing else, I viewed it as a l... Wed, 16 May 2012 15:24:40 EST A grain of sand in my shoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859804 So I'm about 2.5 miles into my 5.25 mile walk, when the pain started. I swear, at the moment, I felt like there were legions of Huns behind me and I had been struck in the achilies by a spear. I was at a spot where I have a short walk back to my house before hitting the other side of the "loop". I almost just turned right then and limped home. <BR> <BR> So I says to myself, "Self... just stop for a moment and check it out". Not a spear. Not a rock. Frankly, it wasn't even much of a pebble. ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:14:04 EST 165 by 45, an update on my 2/15 post and goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796841 This is a short and simple update to my blog on Feb 15th. Keeping myself accountable is the best way to succeed!! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740338 </link> <BR> <BR> No more excuses. <BR> <em>48</em> Doing great with this!! Any time an extra session is offered, I do it. <BR> <BR> No more 'slower is better' used as an excuse so I can eat 'X' this: weekend, trip, holiday, random tuesday. <BR> <em>48</em> Eating to live while not... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:58:08 EST 50 pounds... GONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791133 I've been in this process for quite a while now. There have been ups and downs. Luckily, one of the few downs has been my weight!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here's what 50 pounds looks like... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470955366.jpg"> <BR> 4 sticks of butter in a pound... that's 200 STICKS OF BUTTER!! It takes me almost 2 weeks to eat one stick of butter now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l612165788.jpg"> <BR> 10 fully grown chiu... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:13:28 EST 165 by 45, drawing a line in the sand. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740338 My Goal weight is 165. My 45th birthday is Friday, June 1st. My goal is to get my weight to 165 by that date. That's 20 lbs and 15 weeks. <BR> <BR> In my lifetime, I have been at 165 twice. When I was blowing past it on my way to 180's in my teens and 8 years ago, before having major surgery. The first time, I was young, too much under the influence of family pressure and teen angst. The second time, I was ill and doing Weight Watchers... the wrong way. <BR> <BR> My life with WW was marre... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:00:21 EST My friend told me that I look 'shorter'... (insert head tilt here!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727070 I've been looking for 'thinner', 'stronger', 'fitter', 'hotter', but shorter? <BR> <BR> First of all, he's a stereotypical guy. Not so good with the communication. Not one with a compliment unless forced or coerced. A friend of mine for over 15 years with NO physical/emotional/relationship history other than friendship. Married to my BFF and father of 'my girls'. So we spend a fair bit of time together. <BR> <BR> I had just jogged down to the stop light with the 9 year old to hit the Walk... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:21:53 EST Small Things and 2012 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643385 Last March when I went to Colorado by plane, I fit in the seat... mostly. But I was squirting under the armrest so that it would slowly slide up over time. And then I'd ooze over towards the other seat. <BR> <BR> Flying home to Boston for Christmas, I pulled down the arm rest and it didn't touch!! There was no one sitting next to me and I still kept it down for most of the flight... because I could. No squishing, no sliding. <BR> <BR> I know that I have more to go. I know that I have to m... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:32:48 EST Is it worth it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624105 Is it worth the knee pain? <BR> <BR> Is it worth measuring portions, counting calories? <BR> <BR> Is it worth re-evaluating "the plan" when it's not working? <BR> <BR> Is it worth being hungry? <BR> <BR> Is it worth NOT going out on Friday night because you've already maxed out your calories? <BR> <BR> Is it worth NOT having seconds at Thanksgiving dinner? <BR> <BR> Is it worth it having carrot sticks when you want pizza? <BR> <BR> Is it worth logging the food and exercise? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:37:26 EST Before rushing to judgement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616520 ...take a moment to know what you are seeing. <BR> <BR> I had to take a step back last weekend. And had a realization. Sometimes we, as human beings, choose to believe what we *think* we see versus what is actually happening. Here is the situation. <BR> <BR> I was driving to a friends house. I was in the right turn lane at a stop sign. All of a sudden, the passenger door of the vehicle in the left turn lane opened. The person leaned out and began getting sick... repeatedly. Gross, I know, ... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 14:18:18 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590072 Don't compare yourself to others. Happy people judge themselves by their own yardsticks, never against what others do or have. Keep up with yourself - not the Joneses. <BR> <BR> Does the other person have a bigger house, better car, loses weight faster/easier, better hair, nicer clothes... I have one word... WHATEVER!!! On the flip side, do you have a better house, nicer job, college education when they don't... WHATEVER to that one, too! <BR> <BR> I can only do what my body allows me to d... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:12:46 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590040 Exercise Regularly. Physical activity produces "feel good chemicals" (endorphins) in the brain which promote satisfaction and well-being. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. <BR> <BR> Amen... nuff said!! But I'll say more anyway. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been on a bit of an exercise push. I tend to go to the gym 3- 4 times a week for 2+ hours a session. Group Power followed by Zumba. KickBoxing followed by Yoga. Boot Camp followed by whatever. And if there isn't a... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:53:14 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4588934 Be optimistic. A positive outlook is associated with better health, a longer life and greater joy. When you look to the bright side and believe people are good, you directly increase your own happiness. <BR> <BR> And according to this article on about.com... greater achievement, less stress and even more. <BR> <link>stress.about.com/od/optimismspiritua<BR>lity/a/optimismbenefit.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I've seen some articles on how optimism can hinder weight loss... I don't buy it. Here'... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:58:52 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585404 Start a Journal. Use it to record positive experiences and things you are thankful for. Read your own words during times when you feel down to remember how fortunate you truly are. <BR> <BR> What SparkPeople appears to be addressing is more of a Gratitude Journal. There are some benefits to writing about the 'good stuff'. <link>www.divinecaroline.com/22192/98776-b<BR>enefits-gratitude-journal </link> But there are also benefits of getting out the bad stuff as well. <BR> <BR> Years ago,... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:32:11 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585372 My favorite day yet!! <BR> <BR> EAT CHOCOLATE! <BR> Dark chocolate is healthy in moderation, but it can also increase well-being and boost your mood. Savor a small piece to satisfy that craving. <BR> <BR> Every day. I plan for at least some chocolate. EVERY DAY!! Last night I finished a wonderful bar of Dark Chocolate with chili and lime. It was YUMMY. It was 8 squares and lasted me 12 days... yes, twelve days. <BR> <BR> Here's a link about the benefits of Dark Chocolate <link>www.fitd... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:14:43 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579549 (Playing catch up still, yep, Making Time for Myself is still an issue!) <BR> <BR> "Simplify your life. Unburden yourself of possessions that lock you in the "rat race" of earning more money to pay for more things you don't really need. Spend time and resources on things that add real meaning to your life." <BR> <BR> This is a concept I have been working on for years. I still have work to do. My friends laugh at me because my TV is "so small". I think it's just right. It's what I NEED. My a... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:56:11 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579493 Savor every bite. <BR> <BR> I have never been a fast eater. I'm the one that people used to yell at to hurry up at Thanksgiving dinner. My family had already finished their seconds and was waiting for me to finish so they could start dessert. It doesn't mean I didn't eat a lot, I would eat plenty, just slowly. The one thing that did do is keep eating, and eating, and eating. <BR> <BR> By using the Principles of Mindful Eating I have been able to tone down the over-eats. I no longer eat un... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:11:01 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576301 Make time for yourself. Pursuing personal growth is just as important as spending time with others. Pencil in some "me" time, even if it's just a few minutes each day. <BR> <BR> I'm single, no pets, no roommates, have a M-F 9-5 job (if I'm not out on the course or at a special event). <BR> <BR> My problem is not HAVING "me" time. It's making better use of "me" time. I have been spending too much time staring at a list of all the cool things that I could do. I have been spending too much ti... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 12:04:27 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575023 Smile! Grinning, even if you don't feel happy, releases serotonin in the brain, instantly lifts your mood and makes you feel better. <BR> <BR> I try to do this as much as possible. Often, I am seen as weird stocker lady when I do <em>334</em> . But it is true. Smiling makes you feel better, which can put the people you are with at ease <BR> <BR> Here's an example. Recently, I went to a chain store. The poor lady behind the desk was dealing with a bunch of jerk customers. The line was slow... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 17:28:49 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 6 (one day late...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573309 Find meaningful work. <BR> <BR> I know that I need to re-evaluate how I do my job. It's an okay job, but I need to be more organized at it. Seems like I'm always playing catch up and the piles of paperwork on my desk are beginning to not only look bad, but get really frustrating. <BR> <BR> We were asked by our CEO last week to come up with a "Mission Statement" for our postion and goals and objectives for our department departments. <BR> <BR> (Once again, I think that SparkPeople is spyin... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 17:50:20 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570519 Take action. It boils down to this, if there is something in your life that you don't like, make a plan, take charge and change it. <BR> <BR> Some days I think the staff at SparkPeople are spying on me!?! <BR> <BR> I have never been good at housekeeping/organizing. My apartment has gotten totally out of control to the point where I didn't want to come home. It was so overwhelming that I didn't know where to start. Living in CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) was taxing me to my soul. ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 01:20:03 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568676 Cultivate Friendships!!! OOOoooh I like this one! <BR> <BR> I am single and live 3000 miles from my nearest (blood) family member. So holidays, birthdays, special events, COULD be pretty lonely. My last job, Bartender at a golf course (local blue collar course, not country club) I met tons of people and was 'adopted' into several families. My best friend and her husband are my family here in Oregon. I have spent many a holiday dinner, picnic, vacation with both of their respective families.... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 17:46:50 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566928 Develop your spirituality. <BR> <BR> This one is kind of tough for me. I don't belong to a church. I don't have religion. I guess I'd be considered more of an agnostic than an atheist. I believe that there is a power that guides us as human beings. I'm not sure if there is an afterlife. I am not against religion. I support other people's beliefs. I just haven't had 'the calling'. And yes, I have searched, I have prayed, I have read, researched, attended and discussed. <BR> <BR> But that ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 15:21:14 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564927 "Get Plenty of Sleep." Sleep is good. I like to sleep. I like to nap. I like to dream. Lately, my sleep hasn't been so great. I have trouble falling asleep some times, wake up through the night and then have even more trouble waking up. Here's my plan: <BR> <BR> 1. Put my microfleece sheets on the bed (like sleeping in my favourite sweatshirt!) <BR> 2. Plan on going to sleep by 10:00 on work nights <BR> 3. Journal before going to sleep. If something is bothering me, I can get it out of my he... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:59:03 EST 30 Days to Greater Happiness ~ Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563242 Sparkpeople gives us these wonderful calendars <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calenda<BR>r_2007-11.pdf </link> to Spark our well being. I know I could use a little happiness in my life... So what the heck. I'm going to give myself 30 days and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Day 1 Start a Hobby: <BR> Okay, so I have several that have been gathering dust. Calligraphy was very important to me for a while and I let that slide. It's time to dust of the workbech and get back to writing some p... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 12:57:46 EST Fall down 7 times, get up 8... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550844 It happened... again. I got off track. Fell of the wagon. Lost my focus. However you phrase it, it was a glitch. <BR> <BR> This time, a mental one. I went back to a bad habit of using food to "ease emotional pain". The eating, it didn't help. Now I just feel guilt as well as the extra weight. <BR> <BR> Fall down 7 times, get up 8. <BR> <BR> It's not about the failure. It's about learning from the mistake. It's not about what was broken, it's about how to fix it. <BR> <BR> Lesson learn... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:23:20 EST I want to be stronger and last longer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518180 Today we started a new session for Group Power. For those of you who don't know, GP is a strength training class, set to music, using weights and barbells. Over the course of an hour you pretty much work every muscle in the body... And then some! The class runs in 3 month cycles but my gym didn't provide the summer cycle. <BR> <BR> Other than free weights (which I admit I didn't do enough of this summer) I've been mostly Cardio and Golf Girl. <BR> <BR> My gym was doing a big kickoff for t... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 00:38:01 EST Waking up full of awesome... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473803 I saw this blog today <link>blog.pigtailpals.com/2011/08/waking-<BR>up-full-of-awesome/ </link> <BR> <BR> and it made me think... Yes, I had it. Yes, it was taken away. Yes, I let people take my awesome. <BR> <BR> But the best part is, I'm getting it back. I know that I'm beautiful. I know that I stand up for myself. I know that I stand up for others. I know my body is a work in process, a temple being built from the bones up. I know that I am strong and fit and smart and bold. <BR> ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:24:37 EST Let them eat cake!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4382661 My friend had a wonderful 30th birthday party last night. Dinner, drinking, dancing and of course... cake. It was beautiful 2 tiered chocolate with buttercream frosting. My favorite! <BR> <BR> I'd heard my friend talk about the cake several weeks ago. I was going to eat a piece. I planned for it before going to the party. Logged in my tracker. Fork in hand, cup of coffee at my side. <BR> <BR> And then, it was time for the first bite. <BR> <BR> One word can describe the taste... Meh. <BR... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 12:03:24 EST Suck it up Buttercup!! DIY Challenge entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333549 DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> My Challenge Name: Suck it up, Buttercup!! <BR> <BR> <em>278</em> My Starting Weight: 190 lbs <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: <BR> 1. Energy level (4) <BR> 2. Clothing size (14) <BR> 3. Time golfing and practicing (1X a week is not enough!!) <BR> 4. Tracking and measuring food. <BR> <BR> <em>278</em> If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:53:38 EST Father's Day, a tribute to my Dad who passed away 17 years ago. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311342 {This Blog was written last year. One of my Dad's sisters asked me to share it.} <BR> <BR> It's been 16 (now 17) years worth of third Sundays in June since my Dad passed away. I miss him daily. I was the baby of the family, and the only girl. Yeah, as much as I could have been, I was "Daddy's little girl". My Dad wasn't perfect. But I have come to a place where I choose to see the good parts and not the other stuff. My parents were divorced when I was in High School. I'm not sure how they ev... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:05:31 EST by the numbers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215135 I participated in a Biggest Loser competition at my local gym. Please note... I'm not a big fan of the show. I think that it gives people unattainable goals and says that in health, there can be only one winner. I don't believe that. I believe that we can ALL win. (see previous blog) <BR> <BR> Okay, off my soapbox and on to the results: <BR> Start Feb 7 End May 22 <BR> Weight 202 195.1 - 6.9 lbs <BR> <BR> Upper arm 13.5 ... Fri, 6 May 2011 19:34:14 EST Red Sox and the weight loss journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210485 I was sitting around thinking how happy I am that the Red Sox are playing better and winning like they should. It was like a light bulb went off. There are some parallels between the Red Sox season schedule and our Weight Loss journey. <BR> <BR> Before the season started, the Red Sox were lined up to go all the way, win the division and possibly even the World Series. We Sparkers start our weight loss mission thinking we are going to go out there and "win the World Series" by losing weight ... Wed, 4 May 2011 17:59:35 EST My jiggly belly and why I love it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4149613 I started seriously working out. Zumba, Group Power, kick-boxing, walking, weight machines, early last December. I'm still going with it. While the scale is taking it's sweet time moving downward, I AM OKAY WITH THAT. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after Zumba two of the ladies that I see sporadically in the class came up to me and asked me how much I'd lost. They told me how much difference they had seen. I had to tell them that I've only lost about 6 pounds overall. But it's all of the other stuff...... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 14:34:19 EST Organ Donation, think about it, talk about it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110039 My friend Stu is a wonderful, incredibly tall, person. He's one of those people who lights up a room just by entering it. The only problem with Stu is that his heart wasn't strong enough to keep pumping his blood. He has been waiting for over a year to have his heart replaced. A few days ago, he finally got "the call". His new heart was on the way to the hospital, and he was to pack his bags and get there ASAP. <BR> <BR> All went well with his surgery and Stu is resting, somewhat comfortabl... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:50:19 EST Like a moth to the flame.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4081810 That used to describe me and my attraction to foods that I should have eaten less of, as well as my love affair with my couch, when I could have been active. <BR> <BR> Now, I visualize something else… <BR> <BR> Since mid December, I’ve been working out almost daily, sometimes 2 hours plus per day. Zumba (2+) times per week, Group Power (weight lifting/toning to music, 2 X per week), contact cardio kickboxing, yoga, walking, weigh lifting machines, dreadmill, recumbant bike… Whatever it take... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:58:34 EST This one's for " The Girls" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025327 There are two discussion that come up at the gym almost every day: <BR> <BR> 1. What is the best shoe to wear for Zumba, treadmill, Group Power, or whatever exercise class you are doing? <BR> and more quietly <BR> 2. What is the best *ahem* "support" to wear? <BR> <BR> Today, I'm addressing the second question. Those of us that are more endowed know how bad it can be with the wrong kind or lack of support. The regular, step-through type of sports bra tends to give what has been termed "uni... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:59:41 EST