GRACIEC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GRACIEC GRACIEC'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/ Best Challenge Team on Sparks starting soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839569 <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? With the variety of teams we offer, you can find one... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:17:18 EST "Fried" Crispy Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813314 “Fried” Crispy Chicken <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208581850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Serves: 8 <BR> Ingredients <BR> • 4 cup(s) rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies), lightly crushed <BR> • 3/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan (3 oz) <BR> • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil <BR> • 1 tablespoon(s) paprika <BR> • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin <BR> • Kosher salt and pepper <BR> • 1 cup(s) low fat plain yogurt <BR> • 8 (6-oz each) boneless skinless chicken breasts <BR> • Sautéed spi... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:40:39 EST Who Inspires Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808459 I needed to write a blog for a challenge telling who inspires me! I didn't even have to think twice about it - my Sparks' friends inspire me every day that I interact with them. They cheer me on when I'm doing well and they push me when I'm struggling. They share their successes and failures - they show me what persistence and hard work can achieve. They listen to me when I'm down and boost me up! They are always there for me. Especially my Navy Ninja team on the team BLC26 (Biggest Los... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 01:30:29 EST BLC26 Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784407 My expectation for this round is to have a loss every week - hopefully one pound. I realize that I need to focus more on my Nutrition. <BR> <BR> So my plan is to: <BR> <BR> -stay in my range <BR> -eat a minimum of 6 Freggies a day <BR> -eat planned snacks only <BR> -track every bite <BR> <BR> Of course I need to keep doing the things that have become habits - exercise and water! But I also will focus on ST and make sure I work out three days each week. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:49:36 EST Are You Ready to Become The Biggest Loser? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763850 BLC-26 = Biggest Loser Challenge - Round 26 <BR> <BR> Are you ready to do something for YOU this fall? <em>128</em> It's TIME! The Registration Team for BLC 26 is NOW OPEN! Follow the LINK below to save your spot! We have LOTS of different teams that provide SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and if necessary, that KICK in the behind to get you moving towards your goals! <BR> <BR> Make sure that you JOIN the team, then follow the STEPS that will get you REGISTERED! <BR> <BR> Make sure that you f... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:28:16 EST Biggest Loser Challenge - The Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741879 <BR> BLC25 may not have been the best round for me in the way of weight loss, but if I had not been participating, I would be dealing with a big gain! I have been doing the BLC for several years now and I have lost weight every round - not always huge amounts or quickly but I'm learning what I need to do to make living a healthy lifestyle a habit. <BR> <BR> Because of the variety of challenges in the BLC, I no longer consider exercise a chore! I love competition and the challenges push... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 03:31:50 EST Front Yard Landscaping Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733376 In early June, we started re-landscaping our front yard. It was looking trashy with plastic showing through some of the landscape rocks and weeks coming up everywhere. We also had railroad ties as part of the landscaping and were advised by the exterminators who treated our house for termites, to get rid of them - especially close to the house. We procrastinated for more than a year but finally decided to get it done this spring. <BR> <BR> These are "before" pictures of the yard. <BR> ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:50:04 EST Spark Friend Meet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731659 <em>104</em> I finally got to meet Steph - a Sparks friend for 7 years now! She was captain of the Red Hot Chili Steppers when I first joined the BLC challenge team. We've been friend ever since. Three years ago I was visiting here and did not realize that I was in her town! I had lunch at a restaurant 5 minutes from her house. It wasn't until about 6 months later that I found out where she lived - we were so close to meeting then! <BR> <BR> But we finally had our meet. She is just a... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 01:05:34 EST Back-up Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693634 My back-up plan if I fall off the wagon - <BR> <BR> Plan my meals <BR> Track every BLT (Bite, lick taste) <BR> Exercise every day - include some ST <BR> Get support from my Sparks' friends Mon, 12 May 2014 18:58:15 EST Laugh For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691657 I just love this! Thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885008523.jpg"> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:47:37 EST BLC Week 1 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688522 OK, I suspected it already but now I've got proof! I'm out of shape! <BR> <BR> Push Ups - 17 <BR> Crunches - 40 <BR> One Mile - 22 minutes <BR> Step Test - 96 pulse count <BR> <BR> Actually, after my first time with the step test, that number is pretty good. The first time I did the test, I didn't realize that my stop watch had quit - I must have been stepping for 5-6 minutes before I realized. My pulse rate was REALLY up there! <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 23:43:25 EST BLC25 - SIGN UP NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678801 We are the BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE in our 25th Round...More fondly referred to as the BLC25! <BR> <BR> We will Supply you the Tools to Help Keep Your FOCUS and Working toward Your Goals of Better Health and Wellness in 2014. <BR> <BR> This is a 12 Week Challenge Comprised of about 20 TEAMS, made up of approximately 25 -30 Challengers per TEAM. <BR> <BR> We Recognize Our Weekly Individual BIGGEST LOSER and TEAM BIGGEST LOSERS. Results of ALL Challengers posted Every Week so you can Track... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:20:56 EST Favorite GOYBAD's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649180 <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> <em>351</em> <em>350</em> <em>355</em> <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>351</em> <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for GOYBAD's (Get Off Your Bootay and Dance) that I enjoy so I decided that I needed a place to keep a list of links. What better place than Sparks' Blogs! <BR> <BR> Boom, Boom - (Black Eyed Peas) <BR> <link>www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Zumba+D<BR>ance+Workout+Hip+Hop&Form=VQFRVP#view=<BR>detail&mid=CC3422F26BFD601C25E0... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:14:58 EST REVISITING MY SMART GOALS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598415 BLC24 SMART GOALS <BR> <BR> Long term goal – get into a healthy BMI range <BR> <BR> Short term goal – Onederland <BR> <BR> I will reach my goal by: <BR> <BR> My WW Program Plan <BR> -stay in my points range <BR> -eat a minimum of 2 veggies a day <BR> -eat freggies for snacks <BR> -weigh or measure everything <BR> -track every bite <BR> <BR> My Exercise Plan <BR> -at least 20 minutes of exercise a day (6 days a week) <BR> -ST three days a week <BR> -mix it up (do... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:47:15 EST Christmas Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566157 I gave this card to my mom one year! She has this thing about outhouses! When she first started teaching in Southern Illinois in a one room school house, she was a boarder at a local farmhouse which had only an outhouse. As a big city girl from Chicago, she was appalled! When she went home to Chicago at Christmas time, she told the superintendent that she wasn't coming back unless he found her a place to stay that had indoor plumbing. They checked around and found two old maids who wou... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:24:42 EST Staying on Track for the Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563901 How can I keep up with a healthy diet and fitness program—let alone lose weight—with so much going on? The Christmas season lasts for weeks! There are more parties, more potlucks, more food gifts, more cookies and well, just more everything! How do we survive? <BR> <BR> That answer is simple: Stick with your plan. I've overcome temptations and slip-ups before. Every day poses challenges, Why should the holidays be any different? If I want to lose weight this month, I can. I just have to ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:09:53 EST Rejuvenating Mind & Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529675 I read an article about different ideas for rejuvenating your mind and body! I would normally say that I have a pretty stress free life but there are still times that I get overwhelmed. I've found many ways to relax and keep my mind from dwelling on my stress factors. <BR> <BR> - exercise (before Sparks, I wouldn't have thought of it!) taking a walk or doing some ST <BR> - visiting my favorite chat threads and sharing my thoughts with Sparks friends <BR> - taking a nap (no more than 15 mi... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:24:41 EST Quilting/Embroidery Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441683 This is the Embroidered Quilted Wall-hanging that I've been working on for the last week! I finished it just in time for my niece's birthday party tonight! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1029034804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The second picture is of the Embroidered Quilted Advent Calendar that I did for my SIL's birthday in May! She didn't get the completed project until this week because I couldn't find the fabric that I needed to finish the binding! Finally found the fa... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:43:25 EST SMART GOALS for BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381660 <BR> BLC22 SMART GOALS <BR> <BR> Long term goal – get into a healthy BMI range <BR> <BR> Short term goal – Onederland <BR> <BR> I will reach my goal by: <BR> <BR> My WW Program Plan <BR> -stay in my points range <BR> -eat a minimum of 2 veggies a day <BR> -eat freggies for snacks <BR> -weigh or measure everything <BR> -track every bite <BR> <BR> My Exercise Plan <BR> -at least 20 minutes of exercise a day (6 days a week) <BR> -ST three days a week <BR> -mix it up (do Shred,... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 16:20:29 EST Join Me in the Best Challenge Team on Sparks - the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361321 If you'd like to push yourself and hold yourself accountable, I would suggest that you join the BLC22 - a Biggest Loser Challenge team that is getting ready to start round 22. We have over 600 members competing and many success stories! You need to commit to pushing yourself for the next 12 weeks but you'll be rewarded with success (and many new friends with the same goals!) Here is the link - read the rules before you join and see if the BLC is for you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeopl... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:12:52 EST Interval or Circuit Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338909 Sparks Coach is suggesting that I change up my routine to get my weight loss moving again. I've decided to set up a circuit training routine for myself. I can include the ST that I've wanted to do and mix it up with some time on the treadmill or other cardio. It's too late to start it tonight (when I check in with my Sparks Coach at the end of the day) but I will make the time to do it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My initial plan is to walk on the treadmill - 3 minutes to warm up - stop and do 2 s... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:47:21 EST Sparks Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335837 I bought the book, "The Sparks Solution" and was given a gift certificate for 3 full months of Sparks Coach. I decided to try it again and follow through with the program for the full 3 months. Hence this blog! <BR> <BR> Sparks claims that blogging your goals makes it more likely that you'll follow them so - I'm following the program: <BR> <BR> My short term goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue with my low carb eating program. <BR> <BR> 2. Do ST 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> 3. Do 20 minutes m... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:21:30 EST Shoot for the STARS Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248472 Shoot for the STARS Challenge <BR> <BR> We just completed a week long challenge on our Ninja team. It was really motivating - there was a lot of enthusiasm and friendly competition! It pushed me to exercise much more than I would have normally. My exercise goal this week was 275 minutes and I finished the week with 419! Exceeded that goal by more than a little bit! <BR> <BR> The theme of the challenge was about reaching goals. I managed to reach the goals that I had set for myself th... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:08:38 EST Letting Stress Derail Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236349 I should know better. But during this past week I have let stress derail my efforts. My DH is having some medical issues and I'm worried about him. Waiting to get in to see the Dr. is frustrating - I want answers now. But no matter the results, I shouldn't let that stress interfere with my own healthy habits. I turned to comfort food and didn't plan my meals - which in turn caused me to eat too many calories. My weight jumped up already! I have made an effort to get back on track - at ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:33:15 EST Oh, the Places You'll Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223649 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” <BR> ~Dr. Seuss ~ Oh, the Places You'll Go! <BR> <BR> Hi me! <BR> <BR> Too bad that book was written in 1990 - a few years before you turned 16 (quite a few years). You could have learned so much and had so much more confidence in yourself! You might have realized that you didn't need... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:23:00 EST Weeklong CICO Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199779 SIMPLE CICO WEEKLONG CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> This challenge is simple! Set a goal for fitness minutes and calorie/point intake, AND reach that goal! How? How many calories or points are you supposed to eat in a day? Multiply that number by seven. Is this the number you want to aim for? Then, mark it down and do not deviate!!! USE your team to lean on as much as you need to! You CAN do this!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Your Weeklong Intake Goal = 84,000 Calories/Points <BR> Your Weeklong Fitness Goal... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:44:15 EST What Have I Done? Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194197 It's been a week since I wrote the first blog and I stated that I was ready to start baby steps! I'm happy to report that I meant it and followed through. It was difficult for the first few days but once I got past the cravings, it got easier and easier to stick with it. I was rewarded with a nice drop on the scale! <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> But, I'm realistic enough to acknowledge that It's still a matter of taking it one day at a time! I'm getting back into routines that prove success... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:22:24 EST BEST 12 WEEK CHALLENGE ON SPARKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187071 The BEST 12 week challenge available on Spark is still taking registrations for the 21st round which starts on January 16th. There is limited space left so HURRY so you can JUST DO IT in 2013 and kick your year off right!! <BR> <BR> Join the registration team, follow steps 1, 2, 3 and then join the chat! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58447 </link> <BR> <BR> Sparkmail me or comment on this blog if you have any questions. I will be captaining... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:41:35 EST JUST FOR TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184632 This was published in our local paper in the Dear Abby section. Abby took it from the original credo fo Al-Anon. It's a great way to start the New Year with healthy resolve! <BR> <BR> <BR> JUST FOR TODAY <BR> <BR> JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. <BR> <BR> I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I h... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:39:35 EST What Have I Done!!! Part One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180042 What have I done to myself? Why do I keep doing it? When will I learn? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Those are the questions that I've been asking myself over and over during the last few days. I know that the holidays are a difficult time for maintaining weight loss and I even had a plan - a very good plan. I think the day that I wrote it was the last day that I looked at it! Everything that I have learned on Sparks, every good habit that I've acquire, every success that I've achieved wen... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:08:20 EST STOP Holiday Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144699 My plan to stop Holiday gain is simple! I need to follow Sparks to the letter. I know that I lose weight when I - <BR> <BR> * track my food and stay at the low end of my range <BR> <BR> * exercise every day - minimum of 20 minutes <BR> <BR> * plan my meals for the week (and stick to it!) <BR> <BR> * post on the threads for support and encourgement <BR> <BR> * participate in challenges <BR> <BR> * do my ST at least three times a week <BR> <BR> When I follow the program, I get res... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:22:54 EST Jewel Box Candle Mat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120776 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l313888597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491589453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the candle mat that I made for family and friends last year. It involves simple sewing and I used Heat and Bond to adhere the felt backing. It was simple and fast. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are the directions and patterns <BR> <BR> <link>www.phillipsfiberart.com/media/uploa<BR>ds/2010/12/06/files/candle_mat-1.pdf </link> <BR> ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:16:35 EST WEEKEND SNACK CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119675 WEEKEND SNACK CHALLENGE Nov. 2 thru Nov. 5 <BR> <BR> The Scarlet Starlets would like to invite you join our Week 8 focus challenge on eating healthy snacks. Challenge dates (11/2 - 11/5) <BR> <BR> S - Strategize. Make a meal and exercise plan for the upcoming week.( One time points for 200 points. ) <BR> <BR> N - Night Night. Ensure you get a minimum of 7 hours sleep a night. (100 points/day ) <BR> <BR> A - Aqua. Minimum of 8 glasses of water. (100 points/day ) <BR> <BR> C - Choices an... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:32:17 EST Tracking is the Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114653 I'm not doing very well right now with 'my program'. But I do know what the problem is - now I just need to fix it! <BR> <BR> It's TRACKING MY FOOD. Even when I'm eating things that I shouldn't, when I track my food, I'm AWARE. It helps me to do better the next day or change my meals around so that I have a 'lighter' dinner to compensate for a higher calorie lunch. But when I don't track, I don't REALLY know how bad I've been and I don't KNOW to make adjustments. <BR> <BR> I don't k... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:31:27 EST Freggies By Color http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110085 RED FRUITS & VEGGIES~ <BR> Red Apples <BR> Blood Oranges <BR> Cherries <BR> Cranberries <BR> Red Grapes <BR> Pink/Red Grapefruit <BR> Red Pears <BR> Pomegranates <BR> Raspberries <BR> Strawberries <BR> Watermelon <BR> Beets <BR> Red Peppers <BR> Radishes <BR> Radicchio <BR> Red Onions <BR> Red Potatoes <BR> Rhubarb <BR> Tomatoes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> YELLOW FRUITS & VEGGIES~ <BR> Yellow Apples <BR> Apricots <BR> Cape Gooseberries <BR> Cantaloupe <BR> Yellow Figs <BR... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:09:53 EST Revisiting My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107550 When I wrote my goals, I knew that they were SMART goals and attainable. As I read over them and ponder why I haven't achieved them, I realize that I didn't follow through on a few important ones. The main ones being "stay in range" and "track every bite". I won't use the excuse that I'm traveling - I still have my laptop, my food scale and Sparks. Even though it's been difficult tracking food because other people are inviting us to their houses for dinner or we're eating out - the fact i... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:28:14 EST BLC20 Smart Goals - to be continued! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058375 <BR> <BR> BLC20 SMART GOALS <BR> <BR> Long term goal – get into a healthy BMI range <BR> <BR> Short term goal – Onederland <BR> <BR> I will reach my goal by: <BR> <BR> My WW Program Plan <BR> -stay in my points range <BR> -eat a minimum of 2 veggies a day <BR> -eat freggies for snacks <BR> -weigh or measure everything <BR> -track every bite <BR> <BR> My Exercise Plan <BR> -at least 20 minutes of exercise a day (6 days a week) <BR> -ST three days a week <BR> -mix it up (do ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:08:17 EST SMART Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850898 <em>249</em> <em>52</em> <em>249</em> <em>52</em> <em>249</em> <em>52</em> <em>249</em> <em>52</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a great SparksArticle on setting goals with some good guidelines. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=103 </link> <BR> <BR> SMART Goals <BR> A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we've included in parenthesis), SMART usually... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:17:03 EST Broncos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669553 Alice, I had to post this picture somewhere so you could see it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347843832.jpg"> <BR> This picture says it all! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 19:12:58 EST Give Thanks for BLC17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602042 Thankful for BLC17 <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that I found SparkPeople and the BLC Team Challenges. BLC17 had many NSV moments for me. I’m feeling fit and I’m building muscle. I may not always see the results on the scale but I’m seeing it in the clothes I wear. <BR> <BR> I was traveling in our RV for much of BLC17 and faced challenges with eating out and with friends and family that we visited. It was difficult to control sometimes but having my connection to Sparks and being involved in ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 00:39:18 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598018 <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to all of my wonderful Sparks friends! <BR> <BR> May your stuffing be tasty <BR> May your turkey plump, <BR> May your potatoes and gravy <BR> Have nary a lump. <BR> May your yams be delicious <BR> And your pies take the prize, <BR> And may your Thanksgiving dinner <BR> Stay off your thighs! <BR> ~Author Unknown~ <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> ... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:40:42 EST S'MORES Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476092 BLC WEEKEND CHALLENGE WIDE CHALLENGE = S'MORE Challenge <BR> <BR> SWEAT ¨C 5pts. for every 15 minutes of cardio (20pts. max) <BR> <BR> MUNCH your Freggies ¨C 5pts. per day for eating 5 servings of freggies (points are all or nothing) <BR> <BR> ORGANIZE ©\ get ready for the challenge by setting goals, making menus for the week, making a healthy shopping list, organizing a cabinet in your kitchen, etc ©\ 5pts. per project (only 1 project per day) <BR> <BR> REST ©\ 5pts. for getting in 7 ©\ ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 19:02:13 EST N.E.W. CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447761 THE N.E.W. CHALLENGE (8/26 thru 8/29) <BR> <BR> N ~ Nutrition ~ Know your Calorie Range and Stay within it, include 5 Freggies/Day. <BR> <BR> E ~ Exercise ~ Get up and MOVE! Exercise a Minimum of 20 minutes per day <BR> <BR> W ~ Wellness JOURNAL~BLOG~LOG If you Bite it Write it...if you Nibble it Scribble it. At the end of the day sit down and have a talk with yourself...What did you Accomplish Today... Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow! <BR> <BR> This NEW Challenge will... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:11:38 EST BLC17 Starting Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433735 The Biggest Loser Challenge Team (BLC) is ready to start round 17. They are accepting Newbies now and the link below will take you to the team sign-up. It's a 12 week challenge with weekly weigh-in, challenges, competition and different teams to suit the individual. It will be open registration for only a few days and then the team will go private so sign up now if you're interested! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=52088 </link> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 23:00:26 EST Health Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366607 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457180078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HEALTH MESSAGE: <BR> 1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. <BR> 2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat. <BR> 3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. <BR> 4. A tortoise doesn't run, does nothing ..yet lives for 450 years. <BR> <BR> AND <BR> <BR> YOU TELL ME TO EXERCISE! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:22:22 EST Last Hardcore Challenge for BLC16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334352 FRIDAY, JULY 1 - MONDAY, JULY 4 – WEEKEND CHALLENGE – HARDCORE V <BR> <BR> This challenge can be spread out however you would like over the weekend! Points for each letter are all or nothing! <BR> <BR> H = Hydrate with 32 cups of non-caloric liquid = 10pts. <BR> A = Accumulate 120 cardio exercise minutes = 20pts. <BR> R = Reinforce your upper body, lower body, and core in some SERIOUS strength training (at least 2 sets of 12 of 5 exercises per zone) = 10pts. <BR> D = Discuss your thoug... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 01:38:35 EST OLYMPIC NINJA TRIATHLON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4284621 OLYMPIC NINJA TRIATHLON - WEEK-LONG CHALLENGE <BR> Wednesday, JUNE 8 through Tuesday, JUNE 14 <BR> <BR> There are approximately 168,960 feet (32 miles) in an OLYMPIC triathlon which is about 67,584 steps. You and your DUO partner will need to work together to complete the OLYMPIC NINJA TRIATHLON!!!! <BR> <BR> Event #1: No alcohol or sweets over 100 calories AND no eating after 9pm each day. (500 steps) <BR> Event #2: Post your CICO on our team thread AND stay in range each day. (500 steps)... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 01:24:16 EST CHAOS Reigns! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4266373 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151316132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm ready to face the challenges of Chaos! I don't know what I'm getting myself into but let her rip! Tue, 31 May 2011 01:47:45 EST NOW Challenge - 5/27 - 5/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259009 NOW WEEKEND CHALLENGE WIDE CHALLENGE – ALL BLC TEAMS!!! <BR> Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30 <BR> <BR> N: Nutrition: Stay in Calorie Range, Eat for Health! Keep Track, Log your Food and Stay in Range! You may track in a Journal and then Log in SP or whatever tracker you use later if it is easier or necessary. And YES Counting Points for WW will be admitted. Reflecting shows some 'truths' some good (increased freggies, when cravings strike) and some eye openers (stressful news = ME wanting ju... Fri, 27 May 2011 01:03:34 EST Carpe Diem Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4246442 Friday, May 20 – Monday, May 23 <BR> <BR> 1) Eat a healthy breakfast. (5pts. per day) [Friday 5] [Saturday ] [Sunday ] [Monday ] <BR> 2) Knock out at least 20 Cardio FM. (5pts. per day) [Friday 5] [Saturday ] [Sunday ] [Monday ] <BR> 3) Get at least 7 hours of sleep. (5pts. per day). [Friday 5] [Saturday ] [Sunday ] [Monday ] <BR> 4) Complete your strength training – 2 sets of 12 – 5 exercises per zone – (upper, lower, core, whole body). (5pts. per zone) [Friday 5] [Saturday ] [Sunday ] ... Fri, 20 May 2011 23:43:08 EST