GUNNSGIRL91303's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GUNNSGIRL91303 GUNNSGIRL91303'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/ Goodness, Gracious, Great Meatballs Of Fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678894 One day a few years ago I was pondering what to make for dinner. I had some ground turkey but felt no inspiration. I happened to be listening to an oldies station and the song "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis came on. I suddenly decided to make meatballs of fire! I took my ordinary meatball recipe, which is pretty good already, and added some heat. <BR> <BR> Here is the recipe but its best made when listening to oldies music! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 lb lean ground turkey... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:24:52 EST Progress be it ever so small! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677295 I'm happy to say that I'm making some progress in my fitness as well as healthy eating. Nope, not perfect yet but I'm working towards it and enjoying the process. As far as food, I'm mostly gluten free and eating greens every day, something I promised myself I would accomplish in 2014. I'm eating at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day and usually more and I'm not craving sugar and bread the way I used to. <BR> <BR> I rarely touch any processed food and eat largely organic, s... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:29:01 EST Italian Navy Bean Soup With Rosemary And Oregano http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677099 Here is a delicious and quick soup you can make that is cheap and waistline friendly! This comes my favorite book "The World's Healthiest Foods" by author George Mateljan and I wanted to share it with all my spark friends! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 medium onion, diced <BR> 1 medium carrot, diced <BR> 2 stalks celery, diced <BR> 5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed <BR> 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth <BR> 4 cups Kale, minced <BR> 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes <BR> 2 Tbsp chopped fresh oreg... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:08:34 EST Fennel and Thyme Vegetable Medley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677098 <BR> Here is a nice recipe for you to try. I found it in an old herbal called "The Herbal Home Companion" and its both delicious and healthy! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 small fennel bulbs (or 1 large) <BR> 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or whatever oil you prefer to cook with <BR> 1 cup sliced carrots <BR> 1/2 onion, sliced <BR> 1 cup sliced zucchini <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed <BR> 1 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried) <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:06:33 EST Working out with Jackie Warner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673847 I just wanted to share my new workout love affair with you all. I have been using 2 of Jackie Warner's DVD's and really love the shape my muscles are getting. My triceps are finally showing some progress, albeit small. The DVD's I'm using are called Personal Training With Jackie and there are 2 different DVD's/workouts. <BR> <BR> The first is the Power Circuit Training DVD with 5 different workout options. You can either do a 15 minute lower body, upper body or total body ST workout OR you ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:23:44 EST Honey-Dill Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673782 I wanted to share a delicious herbal salad dressing that is also great on potatoes and other vegetables. It couldn't really be much easier either! <BR> <BR> Honey-Dill Dressing: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or MCT oil (or whichever darn oil you like to use!) <BR> 2 tbsp herbal vinegar or apple cider vinegar <BR> 1 small shallot, finely chopped <BR> 1/2 tsp prepared mustard <BR> 1/2 tsp honey <BR> 2 tsp finely chopped fresh dill leaves <BR> pinch of salt and b... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:24:20 EST Creamy Peppered Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666504 Hi fellow sparkies! Here is one of our favorite recipes that is fast, simple and very diet friendly! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 boneless chicken breasts <BR> 1-3 Tbsp pepper (depending on how peppery you like it... I use 2 Tbsp usually) <BR> 1 8oz nonfat sour cream (or plain yogurt) <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Sprinkle chicken breasts generously with pepper. Spray nonfat cooking spray in large skillet and brown breasts on medium heat. Turn to low ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:31:17 EST Stinging Nettles For Seasonal Allergy Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663025 We are springing into allergy season and I got to wondering if any of you suffer from seasonal allergies? I do occasionally, some years more than others, though I'm lucky and my symptoms are usually mild. When I do get that runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes I reach for urtica doica, also known as stinging nettle. <BR> <BR> One of the main actions of stinging nettles is histamine so it lowers histamine levels in the body, thereby reducing allergy symptoms. No, its not a cure, but it can g... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:30:14 EST Quick Herbal Reference Guide For Better Health And First Aid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663011 I posted this for my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living Team but got to thinking that other sparkies who are into natural medicine or dabbling in home remedies might like to have this list also. It comes from the book "Idiot's Guide to Herbal Remedies" and is helpful as a general reference. <BR> <BR> Herbs by Body System: <BR> Digestive Stystem <BR> *Papaya <BR> *Peppermint <BR> *Aloe Vera <BR> *Ginger <BR> *Marshmallow <BR> <BR> Intestinal Sysmtem <BR> *Cascara Sagrada <BR> *Slippery Elm... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:16:48 EST Kelly's Vegan Eggless Zucchini Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659542 I love zucchini bread and make it often, especially at the holidays when I can give out little loaves as gifts to friends and neighbors. My immediate neighbors, who share a private driveway with us, are vegan so I had to come up with an eggless version of my favorite zucchini bread recipe. It turned out great and even good enough to share. I hope you like it as much as I do! <BR> <BR> Kelly's Eggless Zucchini Bread! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 cup organic sugar <BR> 3/4 cup oil of choi... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:47:51 EST Cook yourself healthy with herbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650361 The word nutrition means many different things to many people. Though I would never tell anyone how they should or should not eat , as I see diet as a personal choice that one has to make based on tastes and personal and/or religious beliefs, as an Herbalist I do believe that herbs used in cooking not only enhance the taste of the food but offer numerous health benefits as well and can be used no matter what type of diet or food pyramid you eat by. <BR> <BR> Herbs have been used to season a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:42:50 EST Delightful Herbed Crackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650352 Hi sparkfriends, about a year ago I found a simple and fun recipe for herbed crackers that you will enjoy making and take pride in serving to family and guests. They would also make great gifts! These homemade crackers have more substance than the store-bought variety and are great served with herbed dips and butters! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour <BR> 1/2 cup rye flour (may substitute with whole wheat flour) <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder <BR>... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:31:45 EST Natural Healthy Doggie Biscuits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649262 Here is a recipe that your dog will love! It is natural, healthy and can be altered to your pet's personal liking! My dog Fraulein loves them. And you can nibble on them too because there is nothing weird in them! <BR> <BR> Fraulein's Favorite Doggie Biscuits: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, or whatever you prefer <BR> 1 Tbsp vegetable or oil of choice (I usually use Safflower or Coconut) <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 1 3/4 cup oatmeal <BR> 1 Tbsp wheat germ <BR> 1 Tbsp ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:12:39 EST Me. Too. Negative. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649186 I have been feeling down lately and I know I have always been more the jar's half empty type of person but right now I am so negative I can hardly stand myself! When you annoy your own self with your own negativity it is time to do something about it! <BR> <BR> I didn't realize how bad it was until I was looking at my Balance and Moderation's team goals. I'm supposed to say 5 things I'm grateful for each day? I'm supposed to be kind to myself? How can I do that when I am in the "I hate e... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:31:18 EST Top O' The Mornin' Irish Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646502 Hi sparkfriends! I just wanted to share my favorite stew recipe with you in honor of St. Patrick's Day coming up and because Lamb is the healthy food of the week on my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living team. I shared it with the team but didn't want to leave the rest of my sparkfamily out! This is my own Irish Stew recipe. I call it "Top O' The Mornin' Irish Stew" and its hearty, rich and delicious! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 lbs. lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks <BR> 1 Tbsp... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:43:40 EST Sopping wet and almost naked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638774 Today I worked out very hard! I did the Last Chance HIIT workout and then followed that up with hard core lower body ST and 10 minutes of ABS. I put in extra effort today and added additional weight to my exercises. I started out in sweats, a t-shirt and a fleece but after the 1st of 6 circuits of the HIIT I tossed the fleece. After the 3rd circuit I tossed the t-shirt. After the 5th circuit I tossed the sweats. <BR> <BR> So I did my ST in my sports bra and underwear and shoes. The cl... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:27:39 EST Cowboy Pepper Slaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638593 This is my favorite version of coleslaw and I decided to share it with you because Cabbage is the healthy food of the week on the team I lead and it is such a refreshing and delicious treat! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 6 cups chopped cabbage <BR> 3 cups sliced bell peppers <BR> 1 1/2 cups sliced celery <BR> 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion <BR> 1 cup shredded carrots <BR> 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or oil of choice <BR> 1 1/2 tsp celery salt <BR> 1 tsp cracked pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp celery seed... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:54:31 EST Kelly's No Bake Energy Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638054 Time to get some balls people! I'm talking about my delicious no-bake energy balls. What did you think I meant? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> These little balls are no bake , vegan and delicious! Little bites of heaven for a good energy boost that is healthy and full of good ingredients. <BR> <BR> *I use organic dark chocolate chips but you can use any kind of chips you want. Carob is good too. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Number of Servings: 30 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> I like... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:37:58 EST Baked Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637980 My Natural Remedies For Healthy Living features a forum where we have a letter each week and we post recipes of foods that start with that letter. So, this week A is for baked Apples and I thought I'd share it with ALL my sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Baked Apples: <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 medium to large baking apples <BR> 1 Tbsp honey <BR> 1/3 cup canned unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained <BR> 2 Tbsp raisins <BR> Cinammon <BR> 2-4 cups unsweetened pure apple juice <BR> <BR> Directio... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:51:37 EST When the going gets tough I guess I better keep going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636463 Well my sparkfriends, I have to confess that I've been in a terrible funk lately. A deep, dark cloud of depression has been hanging over me to the point where it started to affect my job. You know its bad when your boss offers you a week off with pay just to get some rest and rejuvination. This coming from a boss who is financially in a pinch right now but still generous and kind. I of course turned her down, explaining that I could not leave the nurses in such a bind. We are going throug... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:23:34 EST I relapsed :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631164 Hello all my sparkfriends! When I first came back to SP in January I made a vow to drink no diet soda and made myself accountable to my SP community. <BR> <BR> I'm very sad <em>39</em> to announce that I relapsed yesterday. Yes, I drank a diet dr. pepper. Even worse, I loved every last drop of it. It was ice cold and calling my name! <em>222</em> <BR> <BR> Today I'm back on the diet soda wagon. No soda, of any kind, shall pass these lips! <BR> <BR> Thanks for your ongoing sup... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:17:39 EST The 12 worst and the 12 best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618215 Many of you probably already have this list somewhere handy but for those who don't here is a list of the "Dirty Dozen" worst foods to eat if they are NOT organic: <BR> <BR> Apples <BR> Bell Peppers <BR> Celery <BR> Cherries <BR> Imported Grapes <BR> Nectarines <BR> Peaches <BR> Pears <BR> Potatoes <BR> Raspberries <BR> Spinach <BR... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:30:34 EST Papaya Salsa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618199 My Natural Remedies for Healthy Living team features a healthy food each week and this week the star is Papaya. Here is a yummy salsa recipe using the yummy fruit. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> 1 large papaya, peeled/softened and chopped (2 cups) <BR> 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp finely chopped scallion <BR> 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 2-3 Tbsp grapefruit juice <BR> 1/8 tsp salt <BR> <BR> Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Tastes grea... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:02:39 EST Am I tired or lazy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618181 I have felt so fatigued and wiped out lately and its been keeping me from being productive at home. I give all my energy to work and when I come home I am beat. So I got to thinking today why I'm tired. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm 50 and in the throes of menopause. <BR> <BR> 2. I don't sleep more than 4-5 hours per night usually. <BR> <BR> 3. I spent all of 2013 studying for a national certification exam and my brain is tired. <BR> <BR> 4. My back and right hip ache often and I suffer a lot fr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:30:26 EST The Tudors is the new crack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605595 First, I promise to make this brief! <BR> <BR> Have you seen "The Tudors"? My husband and I have been watching the first season on my kindle fire and it is ADDICTING. We were hooked with the first episode and we are now staying up way too late at night to watch, can't turn it off...you can't put this "drug" down! Its the new crack! <BR> <BR> If you are a history buff and are even remotely interested in the life of King Henry VIII I very highly recommend this series. But be warned...it i... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:12:05 EST 99% !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605537 I am just writing to brag a bit. I recently took the AAMA national certification exam for medical assistants. I knew the day I took the test that I passed but had to wait 8 weeks for my score and today it came. And it is an amazing 99%! That puts me in the less than 1 percentile of people with that high of a score. <BR> <BR> I worked very hard for that score, believe me! I spent 4-6 hours a day through 2013 studying. On a light study day I only put in 2 hours. I guess the hard work ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:38:02 EST Good news from the Physical Therapist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600547 I'm a blogging fool today but I'll keep this very short. I just had some good news today. I found out that my "hip/groin" problem is not my hip or groin, its all in my back. I have no strength in my L-5 whatsoever and I'm extremely weak in my L-4 and S-1. I am not surprised really considering the serious back injury I had in 1991. I've re-injured it several times and its never been the same. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, I think this is great news <em>224</em> because its fixable, with time ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:13:26 EST My smoothie of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600272 I usually start my day with a smoothie and today is no exception. After my workout I threw one together with what was on hand. It turned out great, refreshing and packed full of nutrients! <BR> <BR> In my vitamix I blended together: <BR> 1/2 cup frozen organic peaches <BR> 1 small organic banana <BR> 3/4 cup fresh organic kale <BR> 2 tsp. fresh ginger (I keep it in the freezer and grate it over the blender for easy use) <BR> 2 tsp. fresh ground cinnamon <BR> 1 scoop of vanilla hemp/pea/... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:05:39 EST Three weeks into the new year and going strong! Plus a recipe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600060 This is the year I made a resolution. Very rare for me indeed. I've only made resolutions twice. I succeeded once, failed once and decided not to make them anymore. This year I changed my mind because I felt so completely disgusted with myself and knew it was time for a change. Not time to think about making a change but to REALLY do it. I decided to make myself accountable for this resolution so that I would REALLY stick with it. My new year's resolution this year is to learn to eat ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:16:03 EST Even the dog loved it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587429 About a week ago I started to read "The World's Healthiest Foods" which not only looks at the top nutritious foods but also the exact best method to cook them in order to get the very most nutrition, especially when it comes to vegetables. I found out, much to my dismay, that I have been overcooking my veggies even when steaming them. Yep, just cooking the good stuff right out of my food. So one of the foods, or a group of foods I should say, that I've been wanting but hesitant to try are ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:37:52 EST A New Year Resolution for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578003 I have not been one to make new year's resolutions in the past, mostly because I watch other people make them and fail. I hate failing! So, while I may have goals in mind, I never actually make resolutions. Until now. I'm fed up with eating lousy, feeling lousy and just generally hating life. <BR> <BR> I know that many of my problems come down to food. Not just the fact that I overeat and have gained some weight. What I now realize is that I've been eating mostly the wrong foods and ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:01:07 EST Shifting Gears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082087 I haven't blogged for a while because I've been busy, suffering with some health issues and evaluating my fitness program and how I'm doing. After a long appointment with my doctor, I decided to stop tracking my food for a while and to work out a bit less and a bit differently. I won't go into detail but my joints are highly stressed and I've become too obsessed with exercise and weight loss which puts me in danger for an Anorexia relapse. So with the advice of my doc, backed up by my husb... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:51:58 EST The Tabata http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073472 Today I did the Tabata Inferno, alone. I hate doing this one alone, I like having someone to share the misery with. I hate the first circuit! Its a hard way to start a tough workout, at least for me. I got through it, though I did struggle through the first circuit. After that I got into it and found myself doing 7-8 pushups today, an improvement but I still have a long way to go. I have found that having some high energy music in the background really helps me. The workouts seem to g... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:12:02 EST Today was a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066908 Today was day 14 of S90 and LEGS. I got up and did the workout prior to breakfast and found that I struggled a bit with a noted lack of energy. LEGS continues to be a challenge for me. I do see my legs getting more defined and toned but I am not noticing a huge increase in strength. I still have a hard time doing lunges with the 6 lb weights, which is frustrating considering the 12 lb weights feel too light for sumo squats and dead lifts. Those darn lunges get me every time. However I W... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:34:03 EST I'm guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065368 Today is day 13 of my 90 day challenge and the workout of the day was Cardio Challenge, and yes it was due to our indian summer and a very hot afternoon. I closed the curtains but it was too late. Oh well, extra sweat never killed anyone! I managed 7 full form push-ups today, an improvement over the 5 I could do just a few days ago. A small victory but a victory nonetheless! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have to confess my sins. I, who always say it is unwise and dangerous to weigh ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:07:54 EST A to Z all about me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061695 A. Are you at all artistic? Not in the true sense of the word, though I like to write and can sing beautifully. <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? dijon mustard, onions, lettuce, avocado. <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? green <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? Niether...I like colored gemstones! <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? I don't know if it counts as exotic but I would love to have a large tropical bird, that is if ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:36:17 EST Went out a' walkin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056601 Today Gunn and I had planned to take the dog for a long, strenuous hike but we ended up dealing with an ill cat this morning and decided we didn't have time for the planned hike. We didn't let it get us down, we compromised. We took a different hike that we love but it does not offer the killer vicious cruel workout that the other hike does. This hike follows a spawning stream and runs uphill at a 50% incline. I walk it briskly and today paid special attention to using my legs and glutes.... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:41:39 EST Deviation from the regular routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055099 I'm only a week into S90 and I'm already deviating from the schedule, another reminder that life throws curve balls and its up to us to react in a positive way and make it work, whatever it is. For me its simple this week...we are going on a very long, very strenuous hike tomorrow with trails that are 90% inclines and going down is even harder! The last time we did this hike we only did about 1/3 of the trails and the following day my legs and butt hurt in places I didn't know were there. ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:15:38 EST Supreme 90 Day Challenge is kicking my butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051428 Today I completed day five. I switched the 4th day's workout (the evil Tabata Inferno) yesterday with day 5's workout of Shoulders and Arms. I did this because Gunn wanted to do Tabata with me, which was due yesterday, but couldn't workout with me until today. So I switched. I noticed yesterday during Shoulders/Arm that my right bicep and deltoid were bothering me and on my 3rd let in the last circuit I had to reduce my weights from 10 lbs to 8 lbs to complete my reps. I was worried that... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 18:55:17 EST Supreme 90 Day Challenge...Round 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046053 As some of you know, since finishing my second round of Supreme 90 Day Challenge, aka S90, I had planned on doing my own exercise thing for a while, mixing up different videos and dvds for a well rounded program, but somehow without the regiment of S90 I found myself floundering and not giving my workouts as much effort as I did in the S90 system. So, I've decided to go back. I restarted today with Chest/Back and noticed that I've lost a lot of strength just since the end of June. Push-ups... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 19:40:26 EST Feeling disconnected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026329 Lately I've been feeling disconnected from SP and I realize I've done that to myself. When I went off S90 and started doing my own workouts I became less active with my S90 team and have blogged very little. I still log in daily, track my food and fitness, read blogs and articles but for some reason my heart has not been in it. I'm less in touch with friends and team members, therefore losing that motivation that they provide as well as the support and knowledge that I'm not in this alone.... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:19:00 EST I'm still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011367 I haven't blogged in a while, mostly because nothing much has changed so there has not been anything much to say. This blog will be short and sweet! I'm still exercising and still have not started another regimented workout system, sticking to my own dvd/vhs collection for so many workouts so I'm never bored and look forward to my workouts each day! I've gained a few pounds and am not sure why. My doc insists that it is menopause causing this weight gain just around my middle. I imagine ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:26:27 EST Another new workout to add to my repertoire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986633 Today I was due for a lower body ST workout and decided to try something new. I have a set of 6 workout dvd's that come from the land down under. They are called "Aussie Fit" and Gunn and I did the Great Legs workout today. The workout is 30 minutes which includes a warm up and cool down and mainly targets the upper legs, buns and inner thighs. The fitness group in these workout dvd's are very fit, very enthusiastic and bring a new twist to old favorites such as lunges, inner thigh toners... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:29:29 EST Just doing my own thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979505 Lately I've been all over the map with my exercise routine. I'm not following an exercise regimen these days, just winging it day by day and doing my own thing. I am enjoying myself with this, exploring new workouts and figuring out which ones are working best for me. I bought the Jillian Michael's No More Trouble Zones, or whatever its called, and I really like it. For a total workout I can do the whole dvd or for shorter workouts just go circuit by circuit. I've been concentrating on S... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:33:50 EST Hot and sweaty in Seattle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967730 We finally got some sunny warm weather here and its <em>345</em> ...no <em>27</em> in sight for days and days and...the only drawback is that on the days I work I get home around 1:30 or 2pm and its darn hot trying to work out, so I've been working up a sweat barely into the workout and am truly drenched when I'm done. <BR> <BR> I'm still having fun with all the variety in workouts I have between all the dvds and vhs tapes I have. Today I tried The Firm's Standing Legs and it was tough... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:30:08 EST Feeling better and working out again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962499 Last time I blogged I was ill and felt no end of my suffering was in sight. Since that time I have learned that I don't have Lupus, which is great news, but it leaves a lot of questions too. Why do I have so many Lupus symptoms, why do I suffer chronic pain in my joints and muscles, why am I deathly allergic to the sun, why am I chronically fatigued? I guess it doesn't much matter either way, I just have to work through the pain and fatigue, something I've done all my life. But the really... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:50:41 EST No relief in sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946705 I've been ill for 13 days now, but who's counting...me, thats who! I have had symptoms of severe body aches, not my typical arthritis or myalgias, sore throat and pounding headaches. The symptoms are mild in the mornings and gradually increase during the day and by evening I am completely miserable and unable to function. I finally broke down and went to see the doctor yesterday and of course got tested for many things, including strep throat and mono. Both were negative as I was sure the... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:54:05 EST New workout to tell you about! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941939 Hi all, today I did a workout that I have not done since early 2011. It is called Fitness Revolution and there are 3 dvd's that I know of. There is Above The Belt and Below The Belt and Total Body. Today I did Total Body. It starts with a 5 minute warm-up and then moves through the exercises, all of which you do for one full minute so I found myself using slightly lighter weights in order to get through the whole minute. You alternate with upper and then lower body exercises for about 15... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:10:08 EST Onward I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938030 Well I'm finally done with S90 and it feels good! <em>224</em> But that doesn't mean I get to take a break so I've been going through my extensive video and dvd workout collection and started to plan my workouts for the week. I'm going to do some S90 but on my own terms. I would like to do Tabata semi-regularly and the Cardio Challenge is a favorite but I really need to concentrate on ST too so plan to do various lower and upper body workouts. I plan to do both cardio and ST every day ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:53:30 EST Out with the old and in with the new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933949 Today I finished S90, <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>243</em> me! So that is out with the old! I was so excited to finish S90 I did days 89 and 90 this morning before I started my new job, which is obviously the "in the new" part of my title! <BR> <BR> I'm not doing step ups tonight but will do them tomorrow night. My brain is tired from all the information I soaked up today and my learning curve will be huge even though my job is so part time. It will be interesting and I'm trying ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:40:57 EST