HHB4181's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HHB4181 HHB4181'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/ 1,000 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615015 Wow, I've been on Spark for 1,000 days! <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:32:43 EST 1st day of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293768 It's here! <em>104</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Now if someone would tell the weather that it's Spring, we'll be on our way. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I did hear that we might get snow two more times during the next week. Hopefully "they're" wrong, and Spring will really be here soon!! <BR> <em>378</em> <em>376</em> <em>379</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:43:54 EST 5% challenge, Q7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279527 Anything else you would like to share with your Team? <BR> <BR> Just that I hope I'm feeling better soon so I can contribute more to the team! <em>141</em> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:56:10 EST 5% challenge, Q6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277932 Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> <BR> I don't think I need motivation right now, I just need this cold to go away. Once I feel better, I think I'll be able to get back into strength training. As far as sweets, I'm doing okay there lately. <BR> <em>141</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:23:42 EST 5% challenge, Q5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275997 What can you improve upon? <BR> <BR> **Add strength training back into my workout <BR> <BR> What I really need to do is feel better and get rid of this cold. I think this is the tail end of it, or at least I'm hoping. I really miss exercising. If it was nicer out- at least I could walk, but it's just too crappy out. My asthma will act up and I'll just get worse. Vicious cycle. I'm still dog tired and just wiped out when I get home. <BR> More snow is on the way.... <em>425</em> <BR> ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:39:43 EST 5% challenge, Q4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274862 How are you doing day by day? <BR> <BR> **Add strength training back into my workout <BR> -So far, not great. I really miss exercise but I'm, you guessed it, still sick. I can't seem to get this cough to go away. <BR> <BR> **Less sweets/candy/sugar <BR> -Not bad. I did have a cookie today, but I planned for it and stayed within my calories. Yesterday I did great. I think the rest of the week should be fine. We had a meeting today and my boss had me order cookies and coffee. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:15:41 EST 5% challenge, Q3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273376 Q3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> **Add strength training back into my workout <BR> -Being sick (still) I'm still so tired. I haven't done any cardio is a while because of my breathing, but lately I've just been too tired to do much. I have done some weights at home (I have 5lb & 8lb) but haven't made it a habit yet. I really need to start/restart one of those bootcamps. I wish I felt better. I need to really carve out some time at night and just do s... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:22:37 EST 5% challenge, Q2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271755 Yesterday I blogged <BR> 1) Two things I need to work on are: <BR> -adding strength training back into my workout <BR> -less sweets/candy/sugar <BR> <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> -I really enjoy Coach Nicole's 7-day bootcamps. They're short and effective. I was doing them for a while but then stopped. I need to get back into those. <BR> -This one is harder, especially since my husband and I went to Godiva today. I will try to keep sweets away. If I feel like I want something sweet... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:13:21 EST Fish Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270303 What's cookin', good lookin' Round 4 <BR> <BR> I combined two recipes to make dinner tonight: <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=749133 <BR> I made the fish (cod i/o tilapia) as directed in this recipe. I kept the broccoli slaw but added the cilantro sauce to the broccoli slaw from this recipe <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta<BR>il.asp?recipe=296155 <BR> <BR> Substitutions: <BR> cod i/o tilapia <BR> lemon i/o lime <BR> greek plain yogurt i/o ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:11:08 EST 5% challenge, Q1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270289 Question 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> <BR> When I'm feeling better, I'm usually do well with my water, sleep, exercise and can usually do well with my calories. <BR> <BR> Two things I need to work on are: <BR> -adding strength training back into my workout <BR> -less sweets/candy/sugar Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:02:02 EST Barley and Red Bean Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245468 From Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, pg. 173 <BR> <BR> This is supposed to be a side, but I could eat this as a meal too <BR> <BR> 3C veggie broth <BR> 1C uncooked pearly barley <BR> 1 (14 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed <BR> 1/2C chopped yellow pepper <BR> 1/2C chopped green pepper <BR> 2tbsp (vegan) Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1/4C olive oil <BR> 1 garlic clove <BR> 2tbsp chopped fresh parsley <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> In a medium bowl, bring broth to a... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:12:34 EST Pomegranate and Brussels Sprout Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245450 From Skinny Bitch, Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, pg. 130 <BR> <BR> I told Andy_54 I'd give this to her. If I were to make this, I would omit the tofu, but this is the recipe as written. <BR> <BR> 3C Brussels sprouts <BR> 1C thinly sliced radicchio <BR> 2C chopped romaine lettuce <BR> 1/4C pom seeds <BR> 1/2C mandarine oranges or tangerine wedges <BR> 1C firm tofu, drained and cubed <BR> 1/4C roasted hazelnuts <BR> 1/4C balsamic vinegar <BR> 1T soy sauce <BR> 2tsp mirin <BR> 1/4C olive oil <... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:00:40 EST Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243128 A blizzard is coming to MA. Work was cancelled yesterday for today, so I slept in (which I really needed, I was so sore). <BR> When I got up it had already started snowing, but the storm is supposed to get worse tonight into tomorrow, so while I had time, I went for a run today in the snow. It was great. Not too cold, only 34 degrees. It was so peaceful. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:46:40 EST Winter 5% Challenge Assignment #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241712 For the purpose of this assignment a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appetizer and then... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:29:30 EST Winter 5% Challenge Assignment #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240147 Assignment: Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> Responses: <BR> I want to lose some more belly. It doesn't need to be flat, just less of it <BR> I'd like to have more definition in my arms, tone them up, maybe even do some arm balances ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:51:36 EST Winter 5% Challenge Assignment #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240114 This is my second challenge and I hope it goes better than my first one last fall. I was sick for most of it and didn't do nearly as well as I had wanted to. <BR> <BR> I would like to make it to my goal weight (3 more lbs) by the end of the 8 weeks. If I lose more, that's great too, but I'm mainly focused on those three pounds. <BR> <BR> I will : <BR> continue to track my food <BR> continue to get my water <BR> cardio 3-4 times a week (spin, zumba, running/walking) <BR> add strength tr... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:30:27 EST First run under 35 degrees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235759 Today was my first run where the temperature was under 35 degrees. It was 25 degrees out. I had just got a new running thermal shirt and a running headband from Brooks last week. I was going to just walk, but it was so cold I had to run. It felt great! <BR> <em>312</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:38:12 EST Gross week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229359 Ugh... this week is an awful food week! <BR> <BR> Sunday was an off day for me, so I only went to yoga, no 'real' exercise. Monday was fine, ate fine and went to spin class. <BR> <BR> Today I ate great all day with the exception of 3 small chocolate truffles. Then I got home after Zumba and my mother had dinner made. Whole grain linguini with shrimp. One cup is (and I should have looked before I ate) a disgusting 800 CALORIES! I just tracked it and that blew me away. I went WAY over today... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:11:08 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214964 Didn't get a chance to exercise today. Took me a while to get up and going. By the time I got to the grocery store, did my shopping and checked out and did a few errands it was 12:00. I had to be somewhere at 1pm, so I unpacked groceries, did a little laundry, changed and left. I got home around 5pm. <BR> <BR> I had a great breakfast and an mediocre lunch. I had a BLT on wheat with french fries, but I didn't eat them all. No booze, only soda water. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I started d... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:43:29 EST Review of EatingWell's Bulgar with Ginger and Orange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214909 I made this tonight and it was awesome. I loved it. <BR> <BR> I read the recipe wrong and I zested both oranges instead of just one. My brother thought it made it too orange-y and made me put some extra soy sauce in it. I did omit scallions because I forgot to buy them. I used light brown sugar instead of regular. I used walnuts instead of almonds. I could have done with out them. <BR> <BR> It was a little more time consuming that what I normally make, meaning more prep time. I do wish it... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:53:05 EST Friday Jan 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213571 Kind of a gross day today. My brother's friend was supposed to bring over dinner last night, but got sick, so I had no lunch to bring to work today. We had a welcome breakfast for one of the new girls at work, so I had a piece of bacon quiche and half of a raspberry danish. Since I had no lunch I had another piece of bacon quiche. Not my best idea. <BR> <BR> Then I had two mini twix and a few pretzel M&M's. I don't usually eat like that, so I was hungry and more than half way on my calories... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:17:54 EST I'm annoyed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206972 I thought I should start blogging more, so here goes. <BR> <BR> I joined the January Jumpstart Challenge and really just can't get into it. I'm at least a week behind. I did try and catch up and did three videos on Saturday. I usually really love these boot camp type things and I try and do the videos when I get home but lately I keep forgetting. <BR> <BR> Last week I met my calories burned goal and burned 1537 calories for the week. That doesn't take into account the two yoga classes ei... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:34:38 EST Everyone should be on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673983 As I was coming back from getting tea this morning, I passed a very heavy man with his "breakfast." His breakfast consisted of a soda (diet??) and a bag of something. With all of my knowledge that I have learned here on Spark and from my nutrionist, I just want to grab him by the shoulders and yell, WHERE IS YOUR PROTEIN? WHERE IS YOUR FIBER?? THAT ISN'T A GOOD BREAKFAST!! <BR> <BR> But I don't. Instead I smile politely and say good morning. What I want to do is sit down and tell him why ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:43:51 EST Why am I sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595827 I spin twice a week, I run on the treadmill 2-3 times a week, strength twice a week, practice yoga once a week, I get 8 hours of sleep just about every night, I eat very well and stay within my 1500 calories a day, I take good care of myself... <BR> <BR> Why am I sick?!!?!!?!!?!!? I'm so aggravated. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 19:08:51 EST Trouble goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584131 Yes, I am in #4 of the Lifestyle Change strategy. <BR> <BR> My trouble goal, and something that has always frustrated me, has always been my arms/upper body. I don't like the 'bye-bye" flab. That's when you wave bye-bye, and the fat on your under arm jiggles. I don't like to wear dresses with small straps because I feel like a look like a linebacker. I think I just look 'big.' I really want to be able to wear cute dresses. <BR> <BR> I've been doing more upper body strength training, and m... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:45:56 EST Trouble goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584130 Yes, I am in #4 of the Lifestyle Change strategy. <BR> <BR> My trouble goal, and something that has always frustrated me, has always been my arms/upper body. I don't like the 'bye-bye" flab. That's when you wave bye-bye, and the fat on your under arm jiggles. I don't like to wear dresses with small straps because I feel like a look like a linebacker. I think I just look 'big.' I really want to be able to wear cute dresses. <BR> <BR> I've been doing more upper body strength training, and m... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:45:54 EST It's NOT a diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498774 Today I was walking down the hall with my counterpart at work and she said, I think I need to start eating breakfast... I'm so hungry! I said, you don't eat breakfast?? She said no. I don't have time in the morning and by the time I get in here to work, I'm starving and I don't want anything up in the cafeteria (we're very lucky to have a nice café upstairs). <BR> <BR> I said why don't you make it at home the night before and bring it with you? that's what I do. She said - what do you make?... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:30:19 EST