IAMZBEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMZBEE IAMZBEE'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/ Timehop, reminding you how far you've come (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236825 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d18a196b-0316-49bd-a326-f1271251d324.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Progress from my 12 week strength program in doing with Kyra. I finished week 11 today. Can't believe how fast it's gone by. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c86d950-5020-4bfd-8ff5-7988b7f48d3f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> And just for fun... This is what 3 lb weight loss looks like.... (And about 2 sizes down) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/699b5e86-c851... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:40:12 EST Check in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229059 1 year since I started working with coach Kyra (www.kyrawilliamsfitness.com) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e380f3b-ab9d-479d-9089-bc6b72b6dfd1.jpeg"> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 15:03:13 EST May recap with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178444 Oh my gosh, I can't believe it's already June! Where has the time gone?!?! <BR> <BR> So my updates so far... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/073b441b-fea4-4b7c-9a80-44d86aaff75f.jpg"> <BR> I fit into these jeans from high school (It's been many, many years) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f14a344-017c-424b-af9e-4cb71dc6652a.jpg"> <BR> Still enjoying the progress along the way, even if I've taken some steps back. It's allllll a process.... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 16:20:56 EST April Recap (w/pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155632 I'm attempting to write this blog from my phone as its a lot easier to access my pictures this. The app failed me (go figure) so I hope I don't lose anything.... <BR> <BR> Anywho, April was an incredibly busy and stressful month (more than my usual!). I was traveling for almost a week and a half and had some high priority projects at work. However, I did manage to get all of my workouts in, but the food portion suffered tremendously. The scale was just teetering around all month. Gain a litt... Tue, 3 May 2016 14:17:40 EST March Recap, with pics (this is not a joke-- hehe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132420 March 24 marked the last day of the Commit 2 Fit challenge with Kyra. For 12 weeks I dedicated myself to stay consistent! I can do the workouts and I can do the food, but I have always and forever struggled with consistency. <BR> <BR> So, I started writing out my workouts and tracking my calories (almost religiously) every single month. And my goal-- was to just track and workout. I wasn't focused on how many DAYS of the week I could workout, how many calories I burned, or what exercises I d... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:50:35 EST #throwbackthursday (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110461 Those of you who follow me on instagram probably saw this already, but I had to share, and provide a more thorough backstory to this... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c60e4890-688c-434b-bc1b-da1fb7262146.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 2010- <BR> I hadn't weighed myself in years. I remember having to buy that dress in a large. I had never been a large, ever. I felt broken. Hopeless. Depressed. Defeated. Sad. Lonely. And here's the kicker... my wedding was 5 months away! I had bo... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 15:42:48 EST 2016 Check In... LOL (with some pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098914 I cannot believe that my last blog was in October. Oh boy. I'm trying to think of everything that's happened since. <BR> <BR> In a nutshell: <BR> - Quit my old job <BR> - Went on vacation <BR> - Came back from vacation to start my new job: commute is longer, I have to get up earlier, but with it all, I also have time to listen to podcasts <BR> - The holiday season was insane and I got a little "fluffy" <BR> - I recommitted with <link>kyrawilliamsfitness.com/ </link> (sometimes the best th... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:33:01 EST October Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015411 Haha, I can't believe I went from daily blogging, to once a week blogging, to now I'm lucky if I can get one in a month.... C'est la vie! <BR> <BR> An update since I finished my 21 day sugar detox challenge: it was fantastic! Really opened my eyes to possible food intolerance's I never realized I had. Oh, and a -8lb loss is pretty nice, too. I began, slowly, adding some foods back into my diet (can we say dark chocolate covered almonds!!!) and really evaluating how I felt immediately afterw... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:43:04 EST September Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003821 So, I'm finally calm enough to try to rehash what I lost last time. <BR> <BR> Since the last time I blogged.... <BR> <BR> I celebrated a huge milestone birthday. And my husband completely outdid himself this time! Started out with a surprise visit from my favorite family member, my cousin. He drove all the way from San Diego to wish me a happy birthday. Made. My. Life. <BR> <BR> Then, my best friend took me out to a baseball game the next evening and we had a blast. <BR> <BR> I actually h... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:12:51 EST Whoops! August check-in (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971404 I'll go ahead and start off by sounding like a broken record. Just been busy-busy-busy, especially this summer. <BR> <BR> Been going to A LOT of sports events! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d367b9c-2264-4ee0-b727-bcc80c259412.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e967c515-f23e-4ea5-9f4c-36a15df91fb4.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92c1ce1a-87c8-4920-8c30-aa23161a9cef.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I've started to slowly build my ho... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:16:03 EST Um.... here's another check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945671 I don't know what it is about this year, but I have just been incredibly busy. <BR> <BR> Here's what's been happening.... <BR> <BR> April: <BR> - I launched my online career development business. My primary focus is resume creation/revision and career coaching, but can help in other avenues as well, including interview skills and online presence (LinkedIn). You can find more information on my site, including several blogs that have been posted: <link>www.evolutionconsulting.biz </link> I... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:14:26 EST I was *THAT* crazy person last night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904791 OMG... 2 blogs in a week?!?!?! <BR> <BR> I just HAD to share this crazy thing that I did last night. <BR> <BR> I left work early so that I could make it to the gym before making it to see a movie with friends, but I knew that I wouldn't have time to eat dinner. So, I chugged down a protein drink right after the gym, heated up my food in the fridge, let it sit to cool off a bit as I quickly got ready (i had 15 minutes), and then... I PACKED MY DINNER WITH ME!!!! Rather than turn to the greas... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:53:51 EST Monthly Check-in! (there are no mean jokes in this blog! lol) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903591 So... the morning workouts fell off as soon as the time changed. IT'S SO HARD GETTING UP IN THE MORNING WHEN THERE'S NO LIGHT!!!! <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> My work decided to do a 4-week step challenge. There are 3 teams and we're all competing against each other. Some are using fitbits, some are using other activity trackers, some took it old school and got a pedometer, and some downloaded an app to their phones... either way, we're all about getting them steps. ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:17:45 EST Um... Hi. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889998 WOW! I cannot believe I have gone 2 months without a blog. My how things have changed. I used to blog DAILY with all of my food and pics of the heart rate monitor post-workout. I guess life is just getting in the way now. [P.S. Just because I'm not blogging doesn't mean I'm not around.... I've been lurking and reading your updates and blogs... well, that sounds creepy....] <BR> <BR> I have been on a roller coaster of things going on. After the trip, I got a bit on the lazy side and didn't re... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:53:44 EST Starting 2015 off right.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857988 So sorry for being M.I.A. here. I have been on a spark, just haven't had much to blog about. Busy with the holidays and then getting ready for my vacation. Unfortunately, I'm now back from the 10 day vacation. Went to Disney World and then on a 7 day cruise through the Caribbean. It was amazing. I want to go back to paradise. Wasn't the biggest fan of being on the cruise ship, but the day in St. Thomas made up for EVERYTHING. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l6113... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:18:54 EST Monthly Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818427 Wow, can't believe it's been over a month since I wrote a blog. So unlike me, yet I don't have much to say. <BR> <BR> My cruise is 53 days away. <BR> <BR> But before that, I still have 2 Thanksgivings, Christmas, and New Years to get through.... <BR> <BR> I've been following the Fit Girls Guide meal plan, and for the most part have been enjoying it. I will probably do another round again (I'm on week 3 now). I also purchased a few gadgets for the house to keep me mobile (A mini stair stepp... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:18:14 EST And now the countdown begins... (and weekend pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793366 96 days until the cruise. <em>340</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've got a mock plan in my head to keep me focused. <BR> <BR> Doing some morning HIIT sessions in addition to some evening fun cardio stuff. Eating my salad beasts for lunches. Prepping my dinners ahead of time. <BR> <BR> Eye on the prize! <BR> <BR> Ok, enough of that. How about some weekend pics? A good friend of mine got married this weekend and I was in the bridal party. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have alr... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:36:17 EST This happened last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789234 I know this is a healthy living site, but it's also about finding balance.... <BR> <BR> So find balance in these babies... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807111230.jpg"> <BR> Carmel Pecan Double Chocolate Brownies... <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <link>roxanashomebaking.com/irresistible-c<BR>aramel-fudge-brownies-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> I guess a better update will be coming soon.... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:29:15 EST Everything is fine.... just busy.... =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777174 Thanks to SDLEE514's gentle nudge, I come with an update! <BR> <BR> I've been working with my personal trainer the past few weeks, and in between doing a lot of running and whatever circuits he has be do. Ladies and gents... I have been RUNNING! It's crazy for me to think that since i'm NOT a runner.... I hate running. Really. But, since it's part of the plan the trainer has me on, I figured i'd give it a shot. I've already shaved off about 5-8 minutes off of my time, but this is treadmill r... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:21:10 EST Birfday Shenanigans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766754 Today is my birthday. YAY! <BR> <BR> I started the morning with the husband surprising me with beautiful Doctor Who jersey scarf. I can't wait to show it off when it gets a little bit cooler!! <BR> <BR> I came to work and my coworkers were showering me with Happy Birthdays (and i've only been here for 4 months!!! Incredible!) and my old coworkers were sending me messages. <BR> <BR> And tonight, my mom and I are going to see the Season 8 Doctor Who premier on the big screen, with never befo... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:36:11 EST It's been a whirl-wind! [pics] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757445 I feel like i'm starting to sound like a broken record.... and full of excuses, too! <BR> <BR> I didn't get to the gym last week as much as I wanted to. It's been crazy all summer for me. I did get a few days of yoga, which was nice and different. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make yoga this week. C'est la vie! <BR> <BR> I finally broke down and decided to get a personal training package. I'll be a bridesmaid in a wedding in 53 days. I cannot believe how fast the time went! I seriously ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:06:01 EST August..... [pics] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750343 WOW! I cannot believe how fast July went by.... And i also can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I last blogged. My bad! <BR> <BR> Firstly, I got sick.... Just an awful cold that really made me mad because I couldn't workout.... It just made my nose run, and whaaa whaaa whaaa <BR> <BR> But now I'm back on the exercise wagon, but still needing to find a good food balance. It'll get there, I suppose. <BR> <BR> I've decided to keep it simple for August. <BR> <BR> Mondays- Upper Body <BR> Tue... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:44 EST Dear Body.... I'm ready for you to cooperate now! (11/31) [pics] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739999 First, it tells me I've gained. <BR> <BR> Now, it wants to be SICK. SICK! In July! REALLY?? <BR> <BR> So... DH works in an open environment where 99% of the people are really gross and they keep the area ridiculously cold. Well... it caught up to him and he ended up catching a cold. It was pretty bad since i had to stay home for 2 days. Well, he also lovingly shared his sickness with me. So... as soon as I felt it coming on, I rushed to the pharmacy and stocked up on as many anti-cold stuff... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:38:00 EST HOWWWWW??? WHYYYYY???? (9/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735955 Well, i sweated like crazy last night. Got an amazing circuit done followed by a short HIIT and then cool down. I was wearing a tank top (usually I wear a tshirt) and I was DRENCHED!! burned over 700 calories. Today I decided to weigh my self just for fun... and I am up 2lbs from YESTERDAY!! WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Siiiiiigh.... one day at a time..... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:06:21 EST TGFC! (8/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735470 Thank Goodness For Cardio (TGFC). <BR> <BR> I'm trying to start a trend. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> .... No? Yeah... I'll stick to my day job I guess... <BR> <BR> Haha! <BR> <BR> But honestly.... had steady state cardio on the "menu" last night, and thank goodness for that! I was so tired and was in NO mood to do any circuits or HIIT... And, i got to read some more in my book. WOOHOO!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:13:51 EST Zombie (7/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734473 Well... I had a little bit TOO much caffeine yesterday, which led to less sleep, and which led me to today of being a zombie... On top of that, I had a very early morning professional event and a rather strong thunderstorm last night. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Going to take it a little at time today. Still going to go workout after work. Thankfully it's some interval stuff.... Whew! On the plus side... I had a REALLY good workout yesterday! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> The glass is always... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:43:03 EST I'm sure you all can relate... (6/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733810 Raise your hand if you OVER-celebrated this 4th of July long weekend holiday?? *raises hand* <BR> <BR> So.... it kinda feels like 2 steps forward, 1 step back, huh? I'm with ya on that one. BUT, i'm looking at it this way: better to have 1 step back than 3 steps back! Let's keep moving forward, friends! It was bound to happen... an fun, over-indulgent holiday celebrated with loved ones-- the memories that we'll never be able to recreate. So, it's ok! <BR> <BR> I worked out every day over th... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:29:29 EST 4/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732015 Happy Independence Day! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:32:53 EST 2/31 Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731312 7/2 <em>248</em> <BR> 35 minutes elliptical <BR> 300 Abs Challenge <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a fantastic 4th of July!! Stay safe and enjoy the time with your friends and family. <BR> <BR> Those of you who aren't celebrating... well, have a lovely weekend. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some pics to brighten up my blog... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1009093173.jpg"> <BR> ok, ok... this one isn't mine, but I had to share. Although US didn't win, it was on... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:28:21 EST How many days in July? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730454 Don't worry-- i'm not crazy. I know there are 31 days in July... <BR> <BR> I'm doing a mini challenge for myself (and whoever would like to chime in) to see how many active days I can get in July.... <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> July 1 <em>248</em> <BR> Fitnessista Summer Shape Up Week 2 workout + 15 min steady state cardio on the elliptical <BR> <link>www.fannetasticfood.com/summer-shape<BR>-up-2014/ </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:11:40 EST Plan revisions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727203 Well, all good plans must always come with a B & C... <BR> <BR> I decided to drop the AM workouts for now. It's getting pretty hot around here, which is already pretty miserable. Couple that with an increase in body temperature plus getting ready in the morning... well, that just leaves me very uncomfortable. I'm going to start back up with the AM workouts in September, when the heat starts to subside a bit around here. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, been going to the gym everyday this week. Taking t... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:04:34 EST Oh.My.Gosh. It’s been a while. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724285 … and I feel like this will be the norm for my blogs from now on. The new job has been keeping me busy, but I am NOT complaining at all. It feels so good to be treated like an expert. Coworkers and supervisors valuing my opinion and thoughts on a project. Having the opportunity to develop programs…. it’s like a dream come true. It’s taking me a little bit to get into the grove of things as this is an industry that I’ve never worked in (and I’ve worked in my fair share of different industries!... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:23:19 EST Gosh, I need to be more consistent... (pic heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704759 ... or not. <BR> <BR> It's been busy. Lots of traveling. Lots of celebrations. Lots of changes.... first and foremost: I got a new job. It's been going well and I'm really liking the atmosphere. Many people from the old place are still reaching out to tell me they miss me. It was a bittersweet ending, but it's all done.... <BR> <BR> I've been trying to stay focused on working out and eating well and maintaining my IF protocol. It's been working well for me and something simple enough for me... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:30:06 EST I think it's time for an update (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687988 It's been pretty hectic for me... and it won't be getting any better this month.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2014060805.jpg"> <BR> DH & I have been doing long Saturday morning walks recently, and we really like it. There's a trail behind our neighborhood that stretches for miles and miles. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1918014858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42529506.jpg"> <BR> Ther... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:52:04 EST I met Lisa Lillian, aka Hungrygirl!!!! (Pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674952 She is the reason I fell in love with creativity in the kitchen! And she is the reason I was able to get back down to fit into my wedding dress. I have all of her recipe books, and those who have been following me for a while know that I just adore her recipes!!! I was completely star struck that I got to meet her and have her sign my book. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549656010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to start diving into the book. My friend and I ar... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:46:53 EST Fly by update (with pics... Of course!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672161 Hey everyone!! <BR> <BR> Kinda doing a flyby update while I wait at the airport for my flight. Heading back home after an AMAZING weekend with my BFF in DC.... Just in time for cherry blossoms!! <BR> <BR> It was definitely a lonnnng weekend full of indulgence. I tried to maintain my IF, but it was very hard with all the walking we did. I'm terrified to get on the scale as I know I've gained and can feel the bloat. No more long weekend trips planned anytime soon so really buckling down and ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:56:18 EST 19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661668 I wanted to share this awesome article with you all because I think we can all relate to at least one point on here, if not all of them... I think we need to remind ourselves that the hard things, the challenges, is what makes us get to the next level. <BR> <BR> <link>luthas.com/2014/01/15/19-hard-things<BR>-you-need-to-do-to-be-successful/ </link> <BR> <BR> 1) You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. <BR> 2) You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. <BR> 3) You have t... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:59:24 EST Weekly Update (+ pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660691 Well, my weight loss is slowing down, but it's still going down. I can't complain about that. I am pretty sure I know the reason behind the slow down, too-- my diet. And my friend IRP1114 also pointed out that i took about a week off after I got sick, which also didn't help the weightloss. Hoping to see some higher weight loss in the next few weeks again (by higher, I mean something greater than .25-.5 pound loss....). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592397384.j... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:56:39 EST Weekly Update (+ pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655523 Well, I got pretty dang sick last week. Threw ALL of my plans for a loop. But, I still managed to lose 1/2 a pound. Yay. Not too bad! Back to the grind this week though. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076405553.jpg"> <BR> Friend and I somehow managed to match one day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403412433.jpg"> <BR> I felt pretty awesome in my spring power suit. Love that I can wear my cute stuff again!! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:56:27 EST Weekly Updates (+pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646903 I'm still working on IF and really enjoying it. There are days that seem harder than others, but I know i'm teaching my body out of a habit that I've been doing for years and years. <BR> <BR> I hope those of you who give it a try update me on your progress! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here are some pics... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690046020.jpg"> <BR> Sleepy puppy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519775564.jpg"> <BR> Ooooooh yeahhhhh... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:27:01 EST Week 4 Recap + Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639639 Oh my gosh! I cannot believe it's been this long since I last updated. This is SO not like me!! <BR> <BR> So, I somehow managed to either a) delete or b) not take pictures during the final round of Winter Shape Up, but it was successful! The Fitnessissta truly makes some awesome workouts! I'm continuing following her stuff through March, with small variations of my own stuff. <BR> <BR> Just an example, here's tonight's workout: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149239... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:23:48 EST Week 3 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626616 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161622189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032426931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1216555051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1294606631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348260948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194188763.jpg"> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:25:49 EST Week 2 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620347 Another STRONG week!! <BR> <BR> Following this workouts since they are AWESOME: <link>fitnessista.com/winter-shape-up-2014<BR>-intro-post-week-1-workout/ </link> <BR> <BR> Workouts (had a pretty icky snowy week so only 4 workouts this week): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259286616.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629937606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492461598.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:40:00 EST Ugh. What did I do to deserve this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616714 Someone rear-ended me yesterday. No injuries... except my ego. <BR> <BR> They hit my baby. <BR> <BR> Just slid right into it. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I did not make it to the gym last night. <BR> <BR> I may need another day of grieving. <BR> <BR> I know I'm making it sound like it's awful, but it's still drive-able. I just need to get a whole new bumper. <BR> <BR> The officer was speechless for a brief moment when he asked me for the mileage on my car. <BR> <BR> "two-eight-seven-fiv... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:28:30 EST Week 1 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614144 Well, I finished the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up Week 1 and it was FABULOUS! <BR> <BR> Workouts: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237359961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780675216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1146679982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426481104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980110215.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:59:09 EST February Ambitions (using SMARTER goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611099 There I go again... with my ambitions... because it's a little bit softer than calling them 'goals.' Trying to follow the SMARTER criteria (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely, Evaluate, and Reward) <BR> <BR> 1) I'm going to continue doing the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up for 3 more weeks. Here you go if you want to try it out: <link>fitnessista.com/winter-shape-up-2014<BR>-intro-post-week-1-workout/ </link> <BR> S - Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up Challenge <BR> M - Burn ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:40:01 EST Positive thoughts and determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611080 Positive thoughts and determination is what got me through this week. Changing up the routine and trying something new to see the scale move was the best decision I made... for this week. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Despite going out for a last minute dinner with some friends... and drinking a giant tall boy of beer & eating fish tacos.... I STILL managed to lose 0.2lbs this morning!! Man... imagine what it would've been if I DIDN'T drink the beer... or even go out! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:17:20 EST Funny how that works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610083 I remember a few years back VOWING to myself that I would never be *that* person who loses weight and then regains it, only to try to lose it again. <BR> <BR> You know what that got me? <BR> <BR> Weight gain. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, back at it... working harder than ever. At least I know that my fitness level is definitely a lot better than from the first time that I had started, so I can go faster and push myself further. But.... the clothes that I thought I'd never wear again had made a... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:27:04 EST A litte at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609336 Did my steady state cardio for Week 1. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l858236988.jpg"> <BR> SUCHHHHH an unflattering picture, but still posting it up for accountability. <BR> <BR> I had a delicious kale and spinach salad yesterday, with a garlic tahini dressing and grilled chicken. <em>4</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078814082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Dressing from today. I REALLY enjoy the lunch opt... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:16:45 EST Feels Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608031 I did the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up Week 1 challenge and I was DRIPPING with sweat. I REALLY wanted to give up since it was getting harder and harder, but somehow managed to push through. My friend and I did it and I knew I had to play motivator last night, so that's what kept me going. <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473549727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> [WARNING] Food pics below. Scroll at your discretion! <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:46:21 EST