IMIN2GENES's SparkPeople Blog IMIN2GENES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ferrari or Worlds Sh&%$iest Car? That's the title of my coaches most recent newsletter. It really resonated with me and I thought I'd share his video *here*. It's a short and sweet version of his newsletter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos/1397843853626911/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> Me, I'm a ferrari... just in she shop for a tune up! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> So, what are you? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:14:07 EST 200+ days of meditation! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so my blog it a little bit late for celebrating 200 days of meditation. I'm at 205! <BR> <BR> It is definitely something that has helped me immensely. On multiple levels. I deal with stress much better and I'm sleeping better. Those are the two biggies; but there have been many more. <BR> <BR> My family, friends, and coworkers have all noticed a difference even if they don't know wha... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 21:11:28 EST Working it out... Oops! I meant to be blogging daily; but I also have just realized that isn't a realistic for me. So, I'm just going to do the best that I can as often as I can. I am writing it for me... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> So, let's see. I'm in the midst of having a lightbulb moment / moments and sorting through my mental war. The book I've been reading at my coaches insistence was the catalyst for my moment. Just to recap... <BR> <BR> The book I'm currently talks about how people create their own hi... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:34:47 EST Self-sabotage... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I mentioned before that part of my doubling down efforts has been trying to fight the mental war. I've been plagued lately by a lot of self-sabotage and I've been struggling with it. <BR> <BR> My trainer is not only helping with my fitness, he's a certified nutritionist too. So I've got that covered. He's working towards being a life coach too. I've been fortunate enough that I star... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:48:13 EST Training... Someone asked... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yep... that's me all this week. Not basic training though. 8 am to 5 pm... Can you say acronym? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> 51 pages... that's all I'm sayin' <BR> <BR> It's been both good and bad. Bad in that I have to sit in a classroom; but good in that I am learning some things. Not all relevant to my job; but helps me understand better how I fit in to the big picture. <BR... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:23:58 EST Short and sweet! Another day of training... from 8 am to 5 pm. *sigh* I really am going to be brain fried! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Not too much to say. I really just want to get to bed early but I wanted to share my little celebration for today. <BR> <BR> With all this training - this was the 2nd day, I've got 2 more days - someone was being nice and brought doughnuts to share. <BR> <BR> I walked right on by! <BR> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <BR> I'll take that mini victory! <BR> <B... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:20:47 EST Sometimes it's just frustrating... Today has been an interesting day and this is just really a brain dump from a very tired brain. <BR> <BR> I'm in a training class for the whole week about structure, organization and management. It's interesting but quite full of acronyms... 51 pages of them. The "quick reference" card is bigger than a placemat. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It's quite in demand to get in to this class and our organization is honored to be hosting it. So, it's really a good thing. But still, it amounts to 3 9 ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:01:17 EST It's always better with friends... How true is that? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My trainer likes to harp on consistency and accountability. Two things I strive to be; but even with the best laid plans those are things that are hard to do on your own. Even with an iron will. <BR> <BR> So, my very good friend Mo and I are going to undertake a walk. She's kindly agreed to be my accountability buddy to help keep me in line and make sure I do my walking. Trust me... I know better than to try and get out of it. She'll call my train... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:55:33 EST Bad decisions... Help! What is wrong with me! Geez! <BR> <BR> I KNOW what I need to do to get back in shape. I was a competitive swimmer for 15 years. It's not like I'm afraid of a little hard work or lack the motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling real great. For whatever reason I had a terrible craving for fried chicken. It happens, right? No big deal. My dear hubby stopped by and picked up some Popeye's for me. I can even fit it in my plan... IF I just eat the breast, a single portion of fries, and half the bi... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:38:07 EST Bullet journaling... Hello! I'm back again. Last night was our mommy/daughter date night. We've been doing it for many, many years now. It's a great time. My daughter and I go to the salon and get pampered a bit. I figure she'll remember the time much more than I'll remember the money. I'm lucky enough to be able to do that for us. It means a lot to me. She's 15, so I'm not sure how many of these times we'll have before she's off on her own. *sigh* It makes for a very long day. Hence no blog yesterday. I start my... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:41:15 EST Muddy waters... <img src=""> <BR> I just love this quote. It truly speaks to me, especially in this moment. <BR> <BR> I'm fairly sure I'm suffering from the muddy mind. I'm definitely working through the mental side of this journey for me. I've also discovered it's the hardest part because it really a path you have to discover on your own. <BR> <BR> I hate to say that. Especially here. Spark pretty much encourages everyone to su... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:49:12 EST Climbing the mountains... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My daily meditation focus for today was quite appropriate. It's discovery. Within the message, the point was made that mountains contain the answers. Mountains represent the unknown aspects in our lives and minds. You never know what's on the other side of that ridge until you reach the top and climb over it. <BR> <BR> I whole-heartedly agree... I've been over a few of those moutains here m... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:25:03 EST Meditation morning... <em>213</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <BR> I'm back again. Maybe I should set blogging as a new streak to track. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I mentioned meditation yesterday. I decided to tackle that as my topic today. My trainer kept stressing it as a good idea to help me out. <BR> <BR> I've been having some trouble with my blood pressure. It's tied to some other health problems I have but pretty much everyone - me, my trainer, my doctors (yes, plural) - all would like to see it s... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:55:55 EST Mastering yourself... Wow! It has been a long time since I've written a blog. Almost a year on the dot. I figure it's time to start again... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It's been a long journey so far and I've still not reached my goal. I've had ups and downs. I also realized that I've arrived at the really HARD part of my journey... I'm fighting the MENTAL fight now. I KNOW what I need to eat, I KNOW what I need to do at the gym. Now I just need to buckle down and be consistent. <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I've n... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:22:50 EST VICTORY!! If I can then YOU can... Today I had quite the exciting victory or sorts... I came in dead last. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. On the surface, I'm an overweight, 46 year old woman. In fact, I'm about 100 pounds overweight. I've been on Spark for a few years now. I've had victories and I've had defeats. I've done the yo-yo thing too. <BR> <BR> But today, today's victory has to be one of the sweetest. Today I competed in a Fitness First Competition. It is my first competition in probably 20+ years... here's what it look... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:05:03 EST A Must See Story... This is really worth watching. Not just the main news story; but watch the video the trainer put together. Very powerful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>be-fitness-star-declares-finally-got-m<BR>y-perfect-body-sho/21175239/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl12%7Csec1_lnk2%26p<BR>Lid%3D1231528768 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to just her video. It just about made me cry. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And we wonder why so many of us... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:58:11 EST Transition, Growth, and Renewal... One of my goals for 2015 is to be less stressed and more grateful. I'm a perpetual optimist, so I don't have to worry about that too much... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> So, to help get me started each day, I've been taking the time to read inspirational, motivational, and positive messages. I've gotten several books to help with that in addition to the Spark Daily Motivational Message app on my phone. Each of my books has a theme for the month. My themes for January are transition, growth and ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:03:49 EST Personal VICTORY!!! <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <BR> I went to the gym last night... <BR> <BR> Why is that a personal victory? <BR> <BR> I mean I've been going to the gym 4 days a week for the last 3 months. So what gives... <BR> <BR> Let me tell you... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a horrible day for me. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I'm up against some pretty tough deadlines that a... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:47:05 EST Jeans, jeans, jeans... oh, my! Howdy my friends! It's been a while and I figured I'm due for an update on my progress with my new fitness regimen. <BR> <BR> So, I think the best update I can give you comes with a good laugh... <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks, I've been bugging my hubby about bringing my old jeans (i.e. smaller ones) up from a box in the basement. They were in good shape and I didn't want to get rid of them. Plus I had hopes to fit in them again. <BR> <BR> Well, time was passing and he still hadn't bro... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:22:03 EST I'm an inspiration... What??!? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I almost couldn't believe my ears. <BR> <BR> Let me explain a little... <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of my 4 days per week at the gym. I REALLY, REALLY didn't want to go. I was working in the lab all day yesterday and today and was in and out of the -80oC freezer (that's -112oF for all us non-metric folks... LOL!) both days. I started having a little bit of trouble with my breathing. Cold can trigger an attack for me. So I did a breathing treatment and tried ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:11:24 EST An update on my new program... Wow! It's been pretty long since my last blog... I didn't realize just how long its been. I've been quite busy and a lot has been going on here. Since I'm on an enforced solitude, I figured its a good time to catch up with a blog... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Enforced solitude you ask? Yep! <BR> <BR> My doc is keeping me home right now. I'm not even supposed to go outside. Turns out I've developed pneumonia. It was pretty sudden. I was fine last Friday. Felt like I was getting a little head... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:55:32 EST My scale, my albatross... Okay, first, let me make it clear... I AM NOT defined by my scale. I am just frustrated by it. So please, don't send me rotten tomatoes or anything. I'm just expressing my opinion, venting a little bit and trying to sort out thoughts. I'm putting it here for me so that maybe someone else will see it and it will help them too. I'll say it one more time, I AM NOT defined by my scale. <BR> <BR> Let me explain my frustration a little... <BR> <BR> My whole life, it seems someone has been watchi... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:31:17 EST What's this? A blog... from me... Where to start… <BR> <BR> Well, it’s been a hectic two weeks for me. I’ve been quite busy and haven’t spent much time here in Sparkland; but never fear… I’ve been tracking diligently and still working out regularly. I just haven’t had much time to blog or read. So, here’s a big update from me. <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Work: <BR> It’s been absolutely insane! Not in a bad way per say. I’ve just been super busy. Of course, when you’ve got more work than days stupid things go wrong. For exampl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:21:41 EST Lots to celebrate! ... and not a single one involves the scale! <BR> <em>11</em> <BR> So... it's been 12 days since I started working with my trainer. I've been pretty diligent about following the nutrition plan he's set for me. Not completely perfect, but pretty close. <BR> <BR> Here's what's happened so far: <BR> 1. I can buckle my belt 1 notch tighter comfortably! <BR> 2. I'm wearing my bra comfortably on the middle hook. It was tight on the biggest! <BR> 3. I stopped drinking a big cup of coffee every... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:45:32 EST I'm still here! Still going strong! Updates on days 3,4 & 5 Howdy y'all!! Sorry I missed touching base these past few days. Life sometimes just gets in the way... LOL! <BR> <BR> I was super busy at work then had a ton of house stuff to do. Then last night, I spent a bit of time planning my menu for next week. The local Co-Op organic market I discovered is close to work, so I usually go Fridays after work. It's just easier. It's only a few miles out of my way on my way home as opposed to making a separate trip which is 25 from home. So, tonight I'm fu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:17:19 EST Day 2 and still going strong... Well, today was a little easier; but I'm still feeling a bit stuffed. I think it will keep getting easier the more I learn. I figured this week would be the hardest. <BR> <BR> I also had some fun discoveries! I just got some organic, fair trade coconut oil. It's on my list of good fats and I need to incorporate them too. I also found almond butter. Yay! They had cashew butter too; but it was INSANELY expensive. So I skipped that. I also found some crackers that meet my requirements - they're... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:12:39 EST Stick a fork in me... I am done! Wow! So today was my first full day on the new plan with my trainer. Wow! I'm so stuffed I could likely pass for a Thanksgiving turkey. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I'm assured it will get easier. I sure hope so. It seems backwards to eat more to lose weight. But, I'm trusting my trainer and the process. I'm assured it does get better. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I'm proud to say that I exceeded by water goal. I'm targeting a gallon per day. At first I thought it was going to be hard, then I rea... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:42:19 EST A little bit intimidated... I've got the first part of my new program back from my trainer. Let me just say... OH MY GOSH!!! My first reaction was to ask him if he was sure about it. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> He said yes. It just seems a little bit odd to me. But then again, I wasn't making it on my own and reached out for some help. This is why I selected him. So I think I better listen to him... otherwise, it kinda defeats the purpose. Right? <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to trust the process. I spent a good deal of time ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:22:12 EST Why do it? Part of my new undertaking with my personal trainer/nutritionist was a getting started questionnaire. One of the questions was why am I doing this and what do I want to get out of it. Sounds like a blog to me... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> So I spent last night and a good part of today thinking about it. I know there's a mental battle to win if I'm going to be successful and not just a weight battle. I want and need to be honest. All the help in the world from this trainer won't mean anything ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:47:26 EST A new direction... and some cool pics! So, I'm counting today as a big NSV. <BR> <BR> I engaged the services of a personal trainer/nutritionist. I've finally come to the realization that to really become successful I'm going to need some help. I've got enough issues health wise and have yo-yo'd enough that I've decided it's time to invest in me. I don't have all the answers and I liked what I was hearing from this trainer as we were talking before I decided to take the leap. He's willing to listen to me and not just say "lose we... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:15:37 EST Just a little bit screwy... I just had to share this... <BR> <BR> An awesome quote from my favorite... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still playing catch-up. Will it ever end? Geez! I feel like I'm always just a little bit behind. Keep your fingers crossed, I've got my doc's appointment tomorrow. I'm going to guess that my thyroid levels are a little low; but I guess we'll see. It would explain a lot! <BR> <BR> And, just one more to close with... <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:08:57 EST Just keeping it real... <img src=""> <BR> Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to bed... <BR> Chris <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:07:36 EST Oh the irony... *sigh* Sometimes I get so dag-gone frustrated! I went to the doctor's office yesterday because I was feeling a little bit like I was the day before I had the whole respiratory issue. So, I figured I would go see the doc right away before anything got worse. <BR> <BR> The good news, all my breathing checked out just fine. I wasn't too worried because I could tell I was moving air okay and I check my blood oxygen frequently just to be sure. After describing my symptoms, my doc basically said ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:27:34 EST I did it! Well, I did it. I'm not one to ask for help. I've always been one to take care of myself. But today, I reached out and made contact with a trainer. I don't know if he'll be able to help me. But most importantly, I asked. <BR> <BR> I hate to ask for help. It's hard for me. I don't like to have to depend on other people. The fact is, I need to learn how to reach out too. <BR> <BR> I don't hesitate to help others. Any time I can, I jump in and do what I can. So, I suppose this is a step forwar... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:24:58 EST Catching back up... Well, we had a little bit of excitement last night. Our lights started doing this weird flickering thing, then the power flashed off and on several times and THEN it started making this woomp, woomp sound. Our HVAC system started making really crazy sounds so my DH ran down and shut off the power main to our house. Everyone of course started trickling outside... our whole neighborhood was out of power. Rumor is that it was a blown transformer just up from our development. <BR> <BR> Needless ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:36:59 EST So much fun! Well, the weather held for us. Yay! DH and I were able to get out kayaking on the lake for about 1.5 hrs. We found some pretty cool spots just dopping around. I was nearly run over by a great blue heron. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My DH says "look coming here" ... I no sooner got turned and it flew by just to our right. We saw another 3 during our trip. I kinda saw where one landed, so I was paddling over to see if I could see it a little bit closer. As I came around a tree, it took off... it... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:50:30 EST Thankfully uneventful day... Not that it wasn't CRAZY busy! It was another one of those days that I put in 3 miles in the lab. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Those are always interesting! At least it keeps me out of trouble. Plus I'm making progress on digging out from under the avalanche of backlog. That's the way science goes sometimes though. Feast or famine... <BR> <BR> That reminds me... I just found out another one of our article was just published! That's 2 this year. Woo hoo! It's always good to get the work out the... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:43:28 EST Can't wait for the weekend! This has been one heck of a week... <BR> <BR> Monday - got caught in horrible, road flooding storm. <BR> Tuesday - had mommy/daughter date night without daughter... :( <BR> Wednesday - work computer died <BR> Today - I hit a crow on my way to work... <BR> <BR> No, you didn't read that wrong. It was a CROW. As in the flying, black bird. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was minding my own business driving to work. I was just merging from one int... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:07:25 EST What a day... <img src=""> <BR> This was my morning greeting.... <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> It took the better part of the day; but our IT folks were able to recover it for me by the afternoon. I thought I was a goner when I got in and there was nothing but white letters spelling out hard drive failure. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> The good part of it happening today though was that I had a ton of data to review in the lab. So I most definitely wasn't bored... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:08:54 EST Continuing the thought... First, I want to thank everyone for their comments and support yesterday. After reading them and rereading my blog, I realized that I hadn't mentioned that I've already been honest with her. <BR> <BR> Smoke has been a trigger for my asthma for longer than I've known her. Even before we were married, both my DH and I have mentioned it as a problem for me. She's seen me use my inhaler. She's even scolded her now ex-husband when he was smoking upwind of me. Of course, she's also said to others... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:41:24 EST Make it count! I saw this quote and I just had to share... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How true is that? We only have 1 life to live. It's never too late to start to live it either. Sooner is always better than later; but I don't want to waste any more time on the "what if's" or looking back. <BR> <BR> Eyes forward. Let's go! <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are had a great weekend! Mine was lots of fun; but a little bit traumatic. My SIL is a smoker and that'... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:17:19 EST Another quickie... Today we were out and about at a party to celebrate our aunt's 80th birthday! It was a lot of fun and we got to see one of our cousins who lives in Colorado plus one of our uncles who lives in Arizona. It was a fun gathering; but over too soon. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great weekend! I'm ready for bed! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:23:48 EST The present moment... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forgive the brief blog... I've got to go celebrate 22 wonderful years with my DH! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sending wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all! Spark on my friends! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:48:49 EST Gummy Bears Strike Again... Ack!! What is it about those tiny little bears anyway??? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> They look so sweet and innocent... <BR> <BR> I don't have issues with sweets. Chocolate maybe a little; but that's another blog... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I don't crave sweets all the time. I can say no to cake, cookies, doughnuts, candy. I don't drink soda regularly. But stick gummy bears in front of me and you better stand back! <BR> <BR> Well, that's normal... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:47:26 EST Sharing an insight... Friends on one of the teams I'm on (One for All) posted an interesting article today that I thought I'd share. It's about artificial sweeteners "Sweeteners Trick More Than Just Your Tastebuds" - here's the link: <link><BR>k-more-than-just-your-tastebuds.html#i<BR>xzz2VWrHxVlk </link> <BR> <BR> I think it's worth sharing. It also reminded me of a personal experience which I think is worth sharing too. <BR> <BR> There came a time when I noticed I was g... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:22:24 EST What is a blog? I was pondering this question... <BR> <BR> I'm always curious. Why do some blogs get selected as "Featured" or "Popular"? Why do some get noticed and others not? What makes a good blog? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That when I realized that it just doesn't matter... <BR> <BR> I'm not writing a blog to move mountains. I don't have all the answers for anyone. Heck I'm lucky if I can find an answer for myself sometimes... <BR> <em>246</em> <... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:57:13 EST Little bit of a scare... I realize I've been MIA for a little bit. Sorry about that! <BR> <BR> First, I was trying desperately to clean out my closet and bedroom to make space for our new bed. Then we were trying to get ready for vacation last week. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to leave for the beach 2 Sunday's ago (6/22). Notice I said supposed to leave... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Well, all was good on Thursday before our departure. I was wrapping things up at work so I wouldn't have anything to worry about over v... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:23:06 EST Still here, still streaking... Just really stressed out this week... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I've had better weeks and I've had worse, so I'm not complaining. So far, despite being stressed out, I haven't gone for the comfort foods and I haven't binged on anything. In fact, when I got home from work yesterday, I was starving. I had missed my late afternoon snack (planned in my menu) because of work. Instead of reaching for something "quick and easy", I had a plate of celery with a little bit of peanut butter. <BR> <em>... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:31:39 EST Food, food, food... Still tracking... that's a 15 day streak!! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Some days are better than others. I'm in range more often than not which is good. It's just making me realize how out of whack I was after I stopped tracking. So, I've had a little bit of adjustment going on right now. And, DH & I are both working on changing habits. We're slowly eliminating the "junk" food around the house in favor of better quality foods. Things like rice for example, we're replacing the white with brown ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:38:27 EST Getting ready for the work week... DH just finished prepping my lunches for the week. This week I'm having foil packs again; but this time it's BBQ chicken with fingerling potatoes. A side of jello, sweet peppers and a smoothie for my late snack. I've got granola and greek yogurt for breakfast. He's kind enough to put it all together for me. Sometimes I just don't like cooking. <BR> <BR> So far planning and tracking like this have been working much better for me. I'm slowly getting back to the business of losing weight. Doing... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:00:12 EST