IAMSHE-RA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMSHE%2DRA IAMSHE-RA'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/ 31 Days Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309602 Today marks 31 days back on Sparkpeople. 31 days of logging my food. 31 days of logging my exercise. I'm down 6.5 pounds and have already hit a plateau. I love when this happens (said no one ever). I was irrationally angry and depressed on weigh-in day because I gained 1 lb. I wanted to give up there and then. I wanted to eat bagels smothered in cream cheese. How, how, how?! But I know how. It just happens sometimes. Weight fluctuates up and down. No matter if you weigh yourself a... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:43:16 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295344 January 6, 2017 marked 8 years since I joined Sparkpeople. I've had great success and great failure during these years. I've lost loved ones, survived job turmoil, cried a lot and laughed a lot. I ran a 5K. I did my first full, unassisted pull-up! I did burpees like they were nothing. I threw my back out. I ripped my deltoid muscle. I lost 30 pounds, gained 10, lost 5, gained 20, lost 10, gained 30. *sigh* As you can see there has been a lot of back and forth. I try being philoso... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:05:21 EST Six Years with SP - Six Things I've Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846465 January 6, 2015 marks my 6th year Sparkiversary and it's been quite the ride let me tell you! I came to SP tired and chubby at 153 lbs looking for answers and during the last 6 years I've seen major highs and lows. I've also learned a few things about diet, nutrition and myself. Here it goes: <BR> <BR> 6. Perseverance and Patience. Rome wasn't built in a day. You won't get the body you want in a week. You won't get the body you want in a month or even in a year. It may take many ye... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:34:53 EST Feeling More Like My Old Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755051 The last few years have been tough. Job uncertainty, family issues, sickness and death have been all around me and the stress has been taking its toll. I've been eating way too much and drinking more than usual, taking in too many empty, useless calories. I've been feeling more like that chubby, tired woman who joined Sparkpeople back in 2009 and less like my idol SheRa. I recently committed (for like the gazillionth time) to eating less and to eating better and although its only been 2 we... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:03:11 EST LiveFit Phase 3 Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698305 Week 10 of the 12 week LiveFit program is here. I am hungry, sore and exhausted. Other than that the program has flown by!! I can't believe how quickly time has gone by. I did has some problems following the diet around weeks 5 and 6. It was my birthday followed by my son's birthday so there was some celebrating going on and I have to have me some cake. But I didn't stop there so I'm not where I was planning to be a this time. Time to pick myself up and get back to it. <BR> <BR> Had... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:27:03 EST LiveFit: Phase 1 completed, Phase 2 begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671845 My third rotation through Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer is flying by! I lost 8 pounds during the first 4 weeks by eating well and doing strength training. No cardio for 4 weeks! It was surprising to see that much of a loss. My other two rotations with LiveFit had me gaining weight during the first 4 weeks, so I'm happier this go around. <BR> <BR> Phase 2 starts today. I've already logged in my cardio for the day and will go to the gym after work for my strength workout. Phase 2 is ha... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:18:23 EST My Kid Is Stressing Me Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645147 My stepson, Bud, graduated from High School last June. He decided to take a gap year because he didn't know what he wanted to study in college. I know my stepson and I was against the gap year from the beginning, but I was overruled by my husband and his ex-wife. <em>198</em> My husband's ex lives in Europe. She moved there 2 years ago for work and has no plans of ever coming back. The plan was for Bud to go to Europe for a few months and do some traveling. A fantastic opportunity a... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:38:53 EST Work Advice Needed Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610163 I've just been given the opportunity to manage a co-worker. While it is a great opportunity for me I'm thinking of turning it down. Not because of the work involved, but because I've worked with this woman for over 10 years and we have a very good relationship. Back when I interviewed for this job she was one of the people who interviewed me! Also, she had the opportunity to manage me a few years back and refused. Oh and she's been with the company for over 25 years. I'm flattered but ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:44:47 EST Friday Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589019 To Brighten Your Day.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l439538511.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453060768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319172565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017093125.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319136085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464021710.jp... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:55:09 EST My Top 10 Christmas Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561955 Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! I forced myself to wait until after Thanksgiving before I would listen to a single Christmas song. Now that we are well past Thanksgiving Christmas music is ALL I'm listening to. <BR> <BR> My top 10 songs this year are: <BR> <BR> 10. Hey Santa - Carney & Wendy Wilson <BR> 9. My Grown-Up Christmas List - Kelly Clarkson <BR> 8. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Vince Vance & the Valiants <BR> 7. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses <BR> 6... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:09:52 EST Killer Butt Workout Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556886 Thanks to Muscle and Strength I may not be able to walk tomorrow. Their Butt Builder workout includes a 10 supersets of squats and leg curls at 10 reps each followed by4 sets of reverse lunges,3 sets of step-ups and 3 set of leg extensions to failure. I can feel it now!! <BR> <BR> Wowza! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116464512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:52:19 EST Hump Day Smiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556883 To brighten your day: <BR> <BR> True dat! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2139055615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Awwwwwwwwww! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1390837411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gah!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275291176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, that! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l797763774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hah!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:42:49 EST Getting Back to Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543488 Good news first. Francis does not have cancer. The tumor was benign. Yay!! Big sigh of relief there. Our home is still a mess. Kitchen reno day 11. No work today. The guys will be back tomorrow to start putting in the new cabinets. Template for the new counter top will be next, followed by the new stone backsplash. I can't wait to cook again. I'm sick of frozen microwave stuff and take out. I just gave up on trying to eat healthy. I let everything get to me and just gave up. I ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:30:15 EST What a Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530050 I used to love October. Fall, leaves burning, Halloween. Then October became the month my Dad died. I tried to get back the love, but the depression comes back just like it did two years ago when it all fell apart. This year was even worse. My stepson went for his annual physical and the doctor found a lump in his testicle. He's only 18 for Pete's sake!! We've been running around to doctor to doctor for weeks now. We finally found a surgeon we liked and he had the surgery yesterday. ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:44:39 EST Friday Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516986 To brighten your day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2084077186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1664196886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794224191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l554905546.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1414588577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:48:09 EST Food Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504252 Hi!! My name is Libbie ("Hi Libbie") and I am an addict. My addiction to food has taken me half a lifetime to admit. I've eaten food off the floor, off the street and out of the garbage can. I've eaten whole large pizzas with a side order pound bag of M&Ms. I've sneaked food from friends' pantries. I've walked 4 miles to purchase a Whoopie Pie (hey, cardio!), only to eat it all in about 2 minutes along with two cups of milk while my hands shook and sweat beaded on my forehead. I've ea... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:54:11 EST Inadequacies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495676 I had dinner last night with an Aunt and Uncle I see maybe once every 5 years if at all. They live far away and don't often visit. They have a pretty close to perfect family, with 5 beautiful grown children and about a dozen equally beautiful grandchildren. I've always felt like the ugly duckling of the family. My cousins were always slim, gorgeous and athletic. I was fat, awkward and sedentary. While I realize I've changed over the years and found my inner athlete, the awkward child ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:09:34 EST Schedule Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487326 I decided to change things up a bit this week. I usually workout at 6am before work, but the gym is so full of boys hanging all over the equipment and staring at the TVs that I'm often late for work. I thought I'd try going to the gym after work to see how that goes. I got to work early today and I'm leaving early so I can hit the gym before the after work crowd comes in. So far, I'm missing my morning workout. I'm so distracted with thoughts of hitting the gym this afternoon that I can'... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:08:26 EST I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process." - Thomas Edison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455902 I was reading my signature quote this morning and realized how very insightful Mr. Edison was. Every day that doesn't come out the way you want it to doesn't mean you're a failure. Ok, so you're disappointed that you didn't get that workout in or you ate cookies when you swore you wouldn't, does that mean you're a failure? Of course not!! Everyone has obstacles to overcome however insignificant those obstacles may seem to others. Those obstacles are still very real and significant to y... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:13:02 EST Muscle Really Does Take Up Less Space Than Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421828 You know how I said I was done killing myself to be a size 4? Well, I'm a size 4 again. How did I do it? Well I gained 10 lbs from the last time I was a size 4, but these pounds are all muscle or the fat has shifted or something. Not quite sure what happened, but there you have it. I've been following this fantastic workout from Bodybuilding.com and Kris Gethin. It's Kris' 12 week trainer and it's just a great workout. I've gained a lot of muscle and have become really toned. The scal... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:35:42 EST Burn Out! Vacation to the Rescue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394992 I've been taking a vacation not only from my life but from logging my food and my exercise on Sparkpeople. I keep a separate workout journal so I'm still keeping track of my workouts but the food journal was just burning me out and making me unhappy. I'm so tired of tracking everything that goes into my mouth even though it really does help with the weight loss. My goals these days have less to do with losing weight (although to lose 5 lbs would be nice) and more with keeping firm, being a... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:49:43 EST Our Boy is a Man Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346188 Francis turns 18 today. A fact he's not too thrilled about, but I'm looking at today as the beginning of a huge adventure for my son. Francis is actually my stepson, but I've been in his life since he was 7 years old and since he lives with me and my husband I feel I've raised him and he is in fact my son. I think he knows how lucky he is to have 3 parents who love him to death. I think I can speak for all 3 of the 'rents when I say I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. I'm so pro... Sun, 5 May 2013 11:31:27 EST 9 Days in Hawaii and 5 Incredible Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331001 Aloha!!! I just came back from a fabulous vacation on the North Shore of Oahu. Concerned that I would be missing too many workouts, I threw my resistance bands and jump rope in my suitcase. I'm not an "outdoor girl" but with the amazing views from our backyard and the occasional humpback whale breaching in the distance I found myself enjoying exercise al fresco. <BR> <BR> View from back yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1557700891.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:09:37 EST Pick Yourself Up and Start Over Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285046 Bad meal choices lead to bad eating days that compound to bad eating weeks, months etc. We've all been there. All your hard work seems to go out the window when you fall back into bad habits. So far 2013 has been one hell of a hot mess for me. I've watched good habits not only fly out the window, but get flushed down the toilet! Stress in my personal life and at work has sent me into binge eating mode like I haven't seen in years. My days start out pretty good, but something will set ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:05:12 EST A Kitty's Life Well Lived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281003 Angel Kitty - 3 months old <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058395907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Angel Kitty was diagnosed with cancer in January. I discovered a lump in her neck and when the vet examined her they found it was cancerous and the cancer had spread to her lungs as well. I decided not to pursue treatment so that the time she had left would be peaceful and happy. I worked from home as often as I could, making sure she was comfortable and I spent as muc... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:23:46 EST Saturday Morning Meltdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203472 Two weeks of intense workouts, tracking and eating within my calorie range has resulted in a 1 lb weight gain. I growled at the stupid scale and thought maybe it's muscle. So I tried on my favorite skinny jeans that have been a little tight for last few months but I could button them. Well, I COULD (past tense) button them. I can no longer do that. I broke down and cried. <BR> <BR> As a feeling of helplessness overwhelmed me, I tried to put my finger on what went wrong. I've done eve... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:03:54 EST Small Success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194576 I have successfully logged all of my food for 5 days straight. I don't think I've done that in over a year! <em>20</em> Today while logging my food plan for the day I noticed that I didn't have enough calories planned for the day! Wow! Talk about a shock. It's such a treat to be able to eat more!! <em>4</em> There have been some noticeable changes in my diet. I've been packing my breakfast, lunch and snacks and watching my portions at dinner. I'm trying to eat a piece of fruit o... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:19:27 EST January 1st - Confession Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183836 I have a confession to make. I have totally fell off the diet band wagon this holiday season. I've eaten boxes of chocolates, loaves of cinnamon swirl bread and I'm afraid to step on the scale. I can see the damage I've done (hello stomach pooch and cottage cheese butt) and I'm ashamed of myself. My one saving grace is that my workouts have continued to be awesome. I'm not afraid of a little sweat equity but I can't seem to find a nutrition strategy that works for me. Even though I am... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:41:54 EST Thanks to all for checking in on Bree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168371 Bree is doing very well after hip surgery. Her stitches come out on the 26th. They are driving her crazy with the itching! She has to wear the stupid cone until the stitches come out. The only relief she gets is from the cold compresses. Frozen peas on the butt work great! <BR> <BR> She says hello to all her fans!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459490382.jpg"> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 19:16:39 EST Cardio Boredom Buster - INSANITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152486 Today I decided to dust off my INSANITY dvds. I've had them for over a year and have been too scared to try them. <em>40</em> I've been doing steady weight training now for over a year thanks to Jamie Eason's LiveFit program and my current obsession, Lee Labrada's Lean Body Trainer, so I figured this would be a good time to give INSANITY a shot. So what if I my technique wouldn't be perfect. So what if I needed to rest more often! So what if I needed to modify the exercises because... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:21:15 EST LaBrada's Lean Body Trainer - Half Way Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145829 Hey all! I'm finishing up week 6 of Lee LaBrada's Lean Body Trainer. This is a great workout program! I really can't say enough about it. For a busy working woman you just can't beat it. Each workout can be done in 1 hour. Cardio days are only 30 minutes and while I haven't lost any weight (this is diet related and my own fault) I see more muscle tone and my strength has increased. The exercises can get a bit repetitive, but you can easily replace an exercise with something. For examp... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:21:48 EST Tired of Trying to Be Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133825 I had this epiphany this weekend. I was taking off my workout clothes, getting ready for the shower when these words just popped into my head: "I'm tired of trying to be thin." Needless to say this was somewhat of a shock. Who am I if not the woman trying to be thin? It's been my life-long goal!! My purpose for being! Ok, too dramatic but you get the point. I put so much stress on myself physically and mentally trying to be thin. In actuality I guess I am sort of thin, but it's nev... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:02:07 EST Is the Clean Eating Lifestyle for Everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121556 I'm a fairly healthy eater. I eat far less junk and fast food than I used to, but I've been unsuccessful at making clean and healthy eating a consistent habit. I don't know how many times I've tried. I'll do really well for 2 weeks and then I mess up, undo all my good work and start over yet again. My most recent success story was 1 week ago when I realized that I actually had a two pack on my stomach. I was so happy! Then I went to brunch, then I had a cookie binge, then I was perfect... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 14:08:35 EST New 12 Week Workout Program Courtesy of Bodybuilding.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101067 Hey all. I was thinking about going back on LiveFit, but since I've already completed two rounds I really wanted variety and change. Checking out Bodybuilding.com for more ideas I came across Lee Labrada's 12 Week Lean Body Daily Trainer. It includes everything that LiveFit has. Supplements, Strength, Cardio and Nutrition plus videos and recipes. Unlike Jamie Eason's LiveFit, Labrada's program has cardio from the start. The daily workouts don't seem incredibly long, but you do workout d... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:36:50 EST The Day My Life Changed Forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088063 A year ago this weekend my Dad suffered a heart attack. He was always as strong as an ox and just about as pig-headed. When I spoke to him I told him it sounded like he had a heart attack but he insisted he was fine. Two days later he agreed to go to the emergency room. I rushed from Boston, MA to Providence, RI to be with him in the emergency room and by the time they got him into a room in the cardiac care unit I knew my life would never be the same. <BR> <BR> While I knew my life w... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:10:44 EST OMG...I am a Junkie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057324 It's been over 2 years since my favorite sandwich shop and bakery moved across town from my office. This place had some of the most delicious cakes in the world and the BEST whoopie pie I've ever eaten. Needless to say when they closed down and moved I had to learn to live without my vice or find another "dealer". I chose to live without the whoopie pies and experienced weeks if not months of withdrawal symptoms including headaches and unfounded anxiety. Time though has been a miraculou... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:27:26 EST My Body Sculpting Saga: The Need for Balance (Long Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035062 In my ongoing saga to create the leanest, fittest, sexiest body I can, at the ripe old age of 44, I have tried about a dozen workout programs. It all started in 1988 with the purchase of my first fitness video. No it wasn't Jane Fonda! It was the first video released by The FIRM. Body Sculpting Basics with Susan Harris. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549485729.jpg"> This video changed my life in more ways than one. It introduced me to weight training and got me in... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:30:02 EST Size 10 is Plus Sized??? You guys see this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024625 Model Robyn Lawley is a gorgeous girl. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75141701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Would it surprise you to know that she is also a size 10 (12/14) and by fashion industry standards is considered "plus sized". Now doesn't that just piss you off? Size 10 is PLUS SIZED! Are these fashion folks insane??? Growing up I was a big girl. The term "plus size" has had a real negative impact on me. You think "plus size" and you think "fat", too fat t... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:33:57 EST Celebrate Everything Cuz It Counts!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016332 So I'm at the gym last night and I'm working my butt off lifting heavy weights with low reps. I'm so darn proud of myself after I finish the following: <BR> <BR> Plie Squats on Smith Machine 4 Sets/4 Reps 125 lbs <BR> Squats on Smith Machine 4 Sets/6 Reps 110 lbs <BR> <BR> It was a struggle, but I did it and it was a personal best! I was high-fiving myself...until. Enter teeny, tiny, whippersnapper with the most gorgeous hair I've ever seen. She proceeds to the Smith Machine, loads up 9... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:26:26 EST Motivation thanks to Amanda Latona! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984512 Fitness model and IFBB Pro Amanda Latona competed in the 2012 L.A. Grand Prix PRO BIKINI this past weekend. She placed third, which is awesome <em>380</em> , but I swear these judges must of been blind. Look at this woman!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43307937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She struts her stuff like no one I've seen. Confidence just oozes from her pores! Plus you can tell she's having a blast! <BR> <BR> Third place?! My gosh people...look at h... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:03:02 EST I apologize in advance for moaning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981768 I fear that my quest to gain muscle and increase my strength may be backfiring on me. I took some progress pictures today and I wasn't happy with what I saw. On the plus side I looked strong and firm, on the negative side I looked thick and matronly. Especially around the middle. I've always held weight in my stomach. But even as the scale inches down (at a snail's pace) I don't see the lean muscle definition I crave. How much weight and fat do I need to lose to see the muscle I've been... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:47:46 EST Mid-Year Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968415 Where has the time gone?! It's July!! How, how, how? Time to take a look back at the last 6 months and figure out where I'm at. <BR> <BR> My 2012 Goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. To get back to my goal weight. - Nope, not yet. I have been maintaining though. <BR> 2. Find a healthy alternative to manage stress. - My emotional eating is MUCH better. <BR> 3. Train harder! - <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Get Stronger! - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> So, two out of four goals met. Not too shabby. Sta... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:37:25 EST San Francisco - Walking and R&R - Napa Valley Romance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935914 My week in sunny California is over. <em>39</em> But I had a wonderful time walking around San Francisco, spoiling myself at the ISpa and indulging in delicious wine in Napa Valley. I hit the gym almost every day and stuck pretty close to my training schedule. I skipped one day of strength training, but that was the day I walked all the way to Sausalito! <BR> <BR> This is my photo journey! <BR> <BR> When I decided to keep on walking! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:23:44 EST Deloading Week Complete. Time for a new 12 Week Plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911229 I loved my deloading week! I took Week 11 from LiveFit and decreased the weights I usually lift by 75%. It was like a vacation, but an active one. Then I took the weekend off. My diet this weekend was terrible! As a result my stomach isn't feeling very good and I have a headache. So I get to the gym this morning sure that I'll feel week and sluggish, but I was raring to go!! Today was Day 1 of my new 12 Week Program from The Female Training Bible on Bodybuilding.com. The first 4 wee... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:43:32 EST Overtraining: Time for a Training Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897456 I've been feeling totally trashed lately. I'm exhausted and my workouts are suffering. I show up at the gym and I can't get through my workout! ThenI give myself hell for being a lazy, weak slob. It doesn't even occur to me that I may need a break. I'm afraid that taking a break of more than 3 days will completely derail my training. I did some research on the internet and found article after article on overtraining and training breaks. I also found lots of suggestions on how to "activ... Fri, 25 May 2012 10:47:37 EST Life after LiveFit - What now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883820 I finished my second round of the 12 week LiveFit Program. I'm feeling great and pleased with where I am headed. But since I'm Ms Mood Swing I may be feeling frustrated tomorrow! <em>246</em> Anyway, what now? I took 3 days off from working out and during my down time I combed the internet looking for a new workout. I really enjoyed LiveFit because of the structure. I've really become a person who thrives on routine and I never would have thought I'd become that person. Routine is ... Wed, 16 May 2012 09:18:05 EST LiveFit Week 12! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870118 It's here! The last week of my 2nd round of the LiveFit Challenge. This might have been a much more successfull venture if I was eating cleaner. I've made huge strides in eating better, but I still have a long way to go. I know I will never see the results I want unless I get on the clean eating bandwagon 100%, but I don't think I have it in me or maybe I really don't want to. LiveFit has not only educated me about working out and eating clean, it has educated me about myself. Who I am... Mon, 7 May 2012 09:19:57 EST Livefit Wk 11! Oh My Aching Back!! Carb Cycling Stinks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858978 Can I admit defeat? LiveFit Round 2 is kicking my butt! My back is not happy! Plus I'm sooo hungry!! This carb cycling is for the birds! I was able to stick with it for 2 days before feeling so sick I had to stop. This is insanity! I can't believe anyone feels good carb cycling to the extreme recommended by this program. Goes to show you that everyone is different and this is just not for me. I envy Jamie Eason, but I do not make a living in a bikini, so as long as I am content with... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:53:43 EST Thoughts on Strength Training and the LiveFit Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847894 I've made it to week 10 of my second round of the LiveFit Program!! I was thinking the other day that I really have learned a lot and I've realized/confirmed a few things along the way. <BR> <BR> 1. You don't need to do a lot of cardio to lose fat. Strength training burns fat too. The more muscle you have the more fat you burn. You may not feel that you're losing as much weight following a program like LiveFit, but you'll be smaller because muscle takes up less space than fat. <BR> ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:44:56 EST LiveFit Phase 3!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837527 Today I begin Phase 3! Hurrah!! I can't wait to shed some fat. I gained 5 lbs of muscle (hopefully, it's mostly muscle) during Phase 2 and I'm feeling puffy and unhappy. I remember going through the same thing the during my first round of the program. Time to up the intensity and shed some fat. I'm not sure I'm going to be doing the sprints though. I have a back/hip injury that won't heal and running exacerbates it. Might just stick to the elliptical to do the intervals. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:31:39 EST