INSPIREBYNATURE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=INSPIREBYNATURE INSPIREBYNATURE'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/ Week 1 Fighting for Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687636 <BR> <BR> Regular (30 points) - Do at least 15 minutes or cardio at least 3 times a week for the regular points <BR> The plan is hiking Monday, Friday and Saturday for 30 minutes to an hour (listening to my bod) <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus (20 points): Blog or write about one thing you think keeps you from reaching your goal at this point. This may stay the same or may change over time so what is happening right at the time of this writing. What are you going to do to overcome it. <BR> <BR> FO... Mon, 5 May 2014 00:43:14 EST Baby has arrived....plan of attack to get back in shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685845 So, I got up to 265 during my pregnancy and I'm hovering around 245 now. That's a gain of 75 pounds during the pregnancy!! I'm at my heaviest again...time to get back to my lowest at 171. So here's my plan! <BR> <BR> While breastfeeding and not working out I'm going to eat 1800-2000 cals per day. Once I start wroking out I'm going to eat about 2000-2400 depending on what I need. I can't work out for another 4 weeks but here's my plan! <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Cycle or hiking for an hour (hiki... Fri, 2 May 2014 14:25:49 EST mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401338 http://www.mindfulnessdiet.com/science/min<BR>dful-eating-questionnaire <BR> <BR> I scored 2.4 on the mindful eating assessment..out of 4. I think had I taken this a month ago I would have been somewhere in the high 3s but I've been going through some stuff this month that has led me to being somewhat out of touch with myself. Back to it!!!!!!! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:17:55 EST honest musings - lost somewhere in the marathon journey (week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396531 It is week 9 in my marathon "training" and I haven't been blogging like I said I would. My beautiful friend Kathy has been blogging about her marathon journey and God....my journey is more internal.....while this may not appear to be directly a blog about marathon training, it is incredibly relevant to me. I was in fierce beast mode. I feel that the energy has transitioned for the time being.....I am still a fierce beast but I feel that right now it is more about being vulnerable and trusting... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:08:33 EST True Beauty by Daily OM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390462 Overcoming “Not Good Enough” <BR> From Overcoming “Not Good Enough” On-line Course <BR> by Pam Thomas, M.S., PMC, PCC <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from the "Overcoming 'Not Good Enough'" on-line course. If you would like to enroll in the course, click here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever known someone who was absolutely stunning on the outside, but the minute they opened their mouth they became the most unattractive person ever? <BR> <BR> There’s a reason for that. <BR> <BR... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:48:18 EST friends- tons of love....daily om http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385687 June 11, 2013 <BR> Friends <BR> Gifts We Give Ourselves <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Friends give us the gift of helping us learn more about our selves while also being a mirror for the other. <BR> <BR> <BR> Good friends enrich our lives in so many ways. Through a magical combination of similarities and differences, friends offer us the opportunity to know ourselves as we are and help us grow into who we want to be. Our similarities attract us to each other, comforting ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:35:54 EST Fontana Days Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376122 I was sitting here thinking about what to write and suddenly my legs started cramping up. What better to write about than the exciting weekend that I have had?! About 6 months ago I registered for a half marathon; not any old marathon, but my FIRST local marathon. This was my third half marathon to date. I made plans to meet up with friends at 4:15am. I thought I had all my bases covered when I decided to set 3 alarms the night before; one for 3am, one for 3:15am and one for 3:30am. To my sur... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:17:56 EST healing what hurts- daily om http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351929 This could not have come on a better day. My dad can't walk again, grandma was admitted to the hospital and today would have been my due date. Today I am honoring the angel that I miscarried in September. Nothing else seems to matter. Today I'm focusing on healing what hurts. <BR> <BR> <BR> May 10, 2013 <BR> Healing What Hurts <BR> Freeing Up Energy <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The longer we sit on pain the harder it is to allow it to surface and begin healing. <BR> <BR... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:01:04 EST Peaceful Warrior - by Dan Millman on the Daily Om http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347665 Master the Path of the Peaceful Warrior <BR> From Master the Path of the Peaceful Warrior On-line Course <BR> by Dan Millman <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from the "Master the Path of the Peaceful Warrior" on-line course. If you would like to enroll in the course, click here. <BR> <BR> Of the many factors that shape our lives -- geographical location, family dynamics, resources and influence, beliefs, self-concept, support systems, motivation, relationships, luck, karma or fate ... Mon, 6 May 2013 17:14:57 EST Ragnar Relay Del Sol February 2014 (Arizona) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346697 <BR> <BR> <BR> http://ragnarrelay.com/race/delsol <BR> <BR> Each team is $1200 so it'll be $100 each which really isn't a lot considering that's the cost of an average marathon and this is MUCH better! <BR> <BR> Leg distances are found here http://ragnarrelay.com/race/delsol/distanc<BR>es <BR> Legs already taken: 2, 3, 6, and 8 <BR> <BR> The Ragnar Relay Del Sol is the best starry night Ragnar in the series. You'll run past towering Saguaro Cacti and see the sunrise over the rich c... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:47:54 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335196 These are my major races. I also have the Mavericks mud run :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51193954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started a blog for my journey....I love spark but the fact that I can't post some pictures and things that I find motivating because they have a cuss word in them and someone gets offended leaves much to be desired so..... blaizeinspired.blogspot.com :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:03:06 EST a vision of the next year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332433 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489938462.jpg"> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:08:20 EST United http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1935665545.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930700041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will be wearing a race shirt tomorrow. I will go running before spin and strength training. Sending love and prayers to all those affected. I think every one of us changed a little today.....a community which was already strong has banded together even more. I will run in solidarity with this amazing community that I am proud to be a membe... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:53:55 EST know your food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318233 April 10, 2013 <BR> Know Your Food <BR> Eating Close to the Earth <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating organic local food will change your life for the positive in so many ways as you connect with the earth and your community. <BR> <BR> <BR> The food we eat is a multidimensional aspect of our lives. Food provides us with the energy that enables us to grow and prosper. Yet it can be, and frequently is, much, much more. Our food can be an experience in and of itself if we... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:37:13 EST Vegan choc shake...nom nom nom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306636 <BR> Vegan Chocolate Shake <BR> <BR> by Anna of Fit Sugar - <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> (makes 2 cups) <BR> • 1 tsp raw cacao nibs <BR> • 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder <BR> • 6-7 raw cashews <BR> • 2 tsp blue agave nectar <BR> • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract <BR> • 1 scoop organic dairy-free vanilla gelato <BR> • 1 tbsp almond butter <BR> • 1/3 ripe banana <BR> • 1/3 cup rice milk <BR> • 1/2 cup coconut water <BR> • 1/2 avocado <BR> • 2 or 3 ice cubes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:07:47 EST Self Sabotage- by Debbie Ford http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298830 Overcoming Self-Sabotage <BR> From Overcoming Self-Sabotage On-line Course <BR> by Debbie Ford <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from the "Overcoming Self-Sabotage" on-line course. If you would like to enroll in the course, click here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Overcoming self-sabotage is one of the most exciting conversations you will ever have, because on the other side of it is the emotional freedom and depth of joy that you were born to have. And the process of breaking through denial, fa... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:55:05 EST Springing Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272018 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1796580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most of this is obvious- Azali is the biggest picture on there because she is what inspires me most. The Long Beach Marathon and Operation Jack marathon are two big things I'm training for right now....the rest keeps pushing me everyday! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:57:24 EST You have control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268517 Daily Bliss Tip <BR> <BR> Wherever you now sit, you rest in complete command of your life. Feel the strength and sturdiness that this position affords you, the wisdom and knowledge that emanates from within. You are the benevolent ruler of each of your days. Think of your life as royal, and imagine those steps you can take to add even more majesty to your regal being... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:12:14 EST Commitment to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258746 I made a commitment to myself last night....NO MORE JUNK! I need to act in accordance with who I am and what I want to be. Eating an ice cream with GMO and dairy ingredients is not who I am...it's simply not. These spur of the moment decisions that I make will not make me feel better emotionally and spiritually and they sure as hell won't get my body matching who I am on the inside. I am making a commitment...a commitment to eat in ways that are true to who I am....vegan (except honey and rar... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:26:23 EST Doing it and doing it and doing it well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255056 Well, I have made a pledge to myself...I will not self sabotage this time...I will work through the emotions that I usually push down with food. It is time. I will be at 160 by the time the Springing season ends...and as close to 154 goal weight by my birthday! I've got this. <BR> <BR> Training for the week: <BR> Monday: yoga or rest <BR> Tuesday: running and st <BR> Wednesday: incling walking and stairs <BR> Thursday: Core, cardio and more class plus yoga class <BR> Friday: 3 milmile run a... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:34:56 EST Running, running, running for change!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242319 Well, I have been kicking some major booty with my training....kicking it up a notch for my strength training and what not. I am SORE! I also noticed that the first few days of TOM drain all of the energy out of me! Not a fan, but this too shall pass...now on to the fun stuff! <BR> <BR> After reading Born to Run (ok listening to it on audiobook, same thing right?) I have decided to start minimalist running. I am a bit nervous about this because I've heard you have to take it really slow, but... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 01:49:59 EST Dark Moon- time to purge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241843 This is from Daily Ohm <BR> <BR> Unseen Power <BR> Dark Moon <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last 3 days of a lunar cycle is a time to let go and purge anything in your life that you want to change. <BR> <BR> <BR> In ancient times, the moon was revered as a goddess, and each of her lunar phases – new moon, full moon, and dark moon – was said to correspond to the three phases of a woman’s life: maiden, mother, and crone. The moon has long been associated with our power... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:31:04 EST Training Schedule until it warms up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240435 Sunday: 830 body combat, 930 body pump <BR> Monday: Rest Day <BR> Tuesday: walk the dogs, 45 minute run/walk, 7:30 BootCamp <BR> Wednesday: 1 hour Run/walk, sweat room <BR> Thursday: walk the dogs, (possible 430 spin), 530 cardio core and more, 630 yoga <BR> Friday: 30 minute Run, strength training, sweat room <BR> Saturday: 930 Turbo Kickboxing <BR> <BR> <BR> When it warms up the schedule will change slightly (and I'm sad about it but I am training for the Operation Jack Marathon in Decemb... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 15:42:52 EST Weekly Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223429 Monday: 60 minute am run and upper st, core workout <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Walk the dogs 30 minutes, incline walking at gym, bootcamp 730 vv <BR> <BR> Wednesday: 60 minute am run and upper st, core workout <BR> <BR> Thursday: Walk the dogs 30 minutes, 530 core, cardio and more class, 630pm Yoga Victorville 24 hour fitness <BR> <BR> Friday: 60 minute am run and upper st, core workout <BR> <BR> Saturday: Turbo Kickboxing 930am vv (except feb 9th will be i heart zumba party) <BR> <BR> Sunday:... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:43:29 EST Plan of attack for this super exciting week!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206746 Today: REST! My leg is bugging me so I figured it is best to rest it. Subway for lunch <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Spin class. Dinner with my aunt for her birthday. Plan is to juice all day and then have salad and maybe soup. <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Walk and st <BR> <BR> Thursday: Spin Class <BR> <BR> Friday: Walk and st <BR> <BR> Saturday: Rest.....Disneyland Expo day!!!!!!!!! Meeting Kathy for the first tiem *squeeeeeeeeeeeek* <BR> <BR> Sunday: Tinkerbell Half Marathon <BR> <BR> Monday: Adventu... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:20:11 EST it is all about love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200492 What We Are Made Of <BR> Choose Love <BR> <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Make all decisions from pure love and the world will change. <BR> <BR> <BR> Love is often presented as the opposite of fear, but true love is not opposite anything. True love is far more powerful than any negative emotions, as it is the environment in which all things arise. Negative emotions are like sharks swimming in the ocean of love. All things beautiful and fearful, ugly and kind, powerful and small, come int... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:34:35 EST from Daily Om- the best year of your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194180 The Best Year of Your Life <BR> From The Best Year of Your Life On-Line Course <BR> by Debbie Ford <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from the "The Best Year of Your Life" on-line course. If you would like to take the entire course, click here. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the best year of your life! This program is a recipe for falling deeply and passionately in love – with yourself. You may wonder what loving yourself has to do with creating your best life. Well, in a word, everything! Hav... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:02:50 EST A little space goes a long way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180430 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548178203.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok so it may not look like much, but it is way more space than I had before!! I rearranged my living room to give me some space...Azali and I live in a small house so any bit of space I can make is extra special. My kinnect can see me so I can play the UFC game and I also have my jump rope, bosu ball, weights, resistance bands, yoga mat, etc. This means a lot to me! I'm working on a new schedule which includes wor... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:27:21 EST My Sunny Gal Gift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180427 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331469652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My secret sunny was Laura!!!!! I love my gifts so much! A yummy strawberry rhubarb soy candle. mango soy butter (which has worked wonders on my dry face and hands and Azali says it makes me smell like chocolate), and a beautiful bookmark. She also sent Azali some beautiful hair bows but Azali refused to let me take a picture of them for my blog. <BR> <BR> Yum!!! Thanks Laura! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:24:11 EST Blessing our Bodies from Daily OM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164279 Blessing Our Bodies <BR> Self-Body Scan <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We can detect subtle changes in our own bodies by performing our own energy scan on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> <BR> As the living vehicles for our spirits, our bodies deserve loving attention and care. We can positively affect our health, prevent illness, and heal injuries by regularly focusing our mental and spiritual energy on the workings of our bodies. This can be done by performing a body scan on ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:16:04 EST Plan of attack for dr ordered 14 day "rest" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156916 Last night I took aqua zumba and I loved it!!!!!! I plan on going back for sure! <BR> <BR> Today I plan on walking the dogs. I may decide to ride the bike at the gym, but I have to pack, do homework, make Christmas gifts and get reeady for the 8 hour train ride tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Thursday: complete rest day. Working until 1, car ride to train station, 8 hour train ride and we get in at 9pm. <BR> <BR> Friday- wakling with Azali in our old beautiful neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Saturday: Walkin... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 09:41:49 EST more of my BodyMedia BodyBugg review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155941 Since my last blog I have discovered a couple of new things using my BM. <BR> <BR> Polar vs BM <BR> Oooh! I finally got the chance to wear my Polar HRM FT60 with my BM. The difference in cal burn was about 200 calories...the polar being higher. I know that the BM is more accurate so basically I just took the difference and split it. I am interested to see how they compare as time goes on. One thing that I don't like about BM that I think they should add is to connect heart rate monitors with... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:13:53 EST Daily OM- Bloom Where you are planted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155727 December 4, 2012 <BR> Now Is the Time <BR> Bloom Where You Are Planted <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The time to blossom is now, not sometime in the future when you believe the stars will be aligned for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Having a vision for our future that differs from our current circumstances can be inspiring and exciting, but it can also keep us from fully committing to our present placement. We may become aware that this is happening when we notice our thoughts ab... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:17:07 EST sad face ankle update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152208 torn ligament, heel bone spur and inflamed tendon that is detaching. Dr gave me an inflammation shot and is putting me on naproxen. I as told not to run for 14 days...50 days until the tink half and I'm not ready. Sign. She said i can hurt myself a lot worse if I Dont rest it and heal. Wearing a brace and crutches for awhile....at least it wasn't a stress fracture. Sigh. The lesson? Listen to my body when I first feel pain and be grateful for my health! <BR> <BR> So.....I did emotional eat. ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 01:52:05 EST 2 Full Days using BodyMedia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151578 Well, I bought a BodyMedia at 24 hour fitness. Apparently, the new version of the BodyBug is actually the BodyMedia (they were always owned by the same company so it makes sense). I got the Link version so that it will synch to my phone. In retrospect, I wish I would have saved the $30 and gotten the Core version since I will be using my Polar HRM for live time calories while working out. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, it was a bit difficult figuring it out. It took me about 15 minutes to figure... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:26:52 EST Used shoe donations for a great cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148351 Hi ladies! I recently ran a Mud Run and the Soles4Souls organization was present collecting used shoes for homeless, and those in need. This got me thinking, how many of you have used athletic shoes that you don't know what to do with? There are quite a few organizations that collect used shoes to hand out to the needy. Please take a peek at this link for a compilation of a few of the organizations that accept shoes for donations. <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/running-shoe-ba<BR>sic... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:59:52 EST Falling for Fitness Vision Board Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1062851378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213584171.jpg"> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:39:01 EST Mud Factor So Cal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140646 Wow.....so much fun stuff to talk about! <BR> <BR> First, let me say that I was going to back out of doing this race....I was so scared that I would suck at it! lol! Enough of that! <BR> <BR> Our team was the pelophiles (organisms that thrive in mud). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1108202288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our wave was at 11am and it started running right before..not that it mattered considering how wet everything was. <BR> <BR> The race started with quite a fe... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:00:09 EST Yes, it's a choice (by the gracious pantry) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137364 Article can be found here http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/yes-its-a<BR>-choice/ <BR> <BR> Please excuse what you are about to read. While it may offend some, I hope more than anything that it will ispire the majority. This is quite simply put… a rant. <BR> <BR> There is a quote I read recently that has really stuck with me. It was exactly what I was thinking, but could not put into words myself. It goes like this: <BR> <BR> <BR> “Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:04:33 EST day in reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129116 Today I'm not feeling as great about my food choices..but I'm ok with them. <BR> <BR> breakfast was an amazing grass bar and a cup of herbal coffee with a teaspoon of sugar <BR> <BR> I realized that with the super cold weather and wind that we started having today (yesterday was the 80s) I did NOT want to juice, have a smoothie or salad so I made cheddar brocc soup. My snack and lunch was 2 coffee cups of soup. <BR> <BR> I drank....probably about 90 ounces of water <BR> <BR> A cup of moon... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 02:50:03 EST Recipes for Falling for Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128445 Juicing Recipes <BR> 1. Big RED: Beetroot, Carrot, Celery, Apple & Pomegranate. <BR> <BR> 2. Yummy Carrot: Carrots, Apple, Ginger, Turmeric & Lemon. <BR> <BR> 3. Greenie: Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery & Apple. <BR> <BR> Crockpot recipes <BR> <BR> 4. Mediterranean Stew <BR> http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Slow-Cooker<BR>-Mediterranean-Stew-Allrecipes <BR> <BR> 5. Potato Broccoli Soup <BR> http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Slow-Cooker<BR>-Potato-Broccoli-Soup-AllRecipes <BR> <BR> 6. Slow Cooker... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:30:37 EST another day of accountability-sans pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127993 40 ounces of water <BR> yerba mate tea with teaspoon non GMO organic sugar <BR> peanut butter amazing grass bar <BR> <BR> juiced: 4 carrots, half cucumber, 3 apples, 1 pear and about 2 handfuls of kale <BR> <BR> 5 baby carrots <BR> more water (about 30 ounces) <BR> <BR> lara bar and 20 ounces water <BR> <BR> 6 walnut halves <BR> <BR> 16 ounces water with lemon <BR> <BR> foot long veg subway sandwich (with cracker barrel cheese I added) <BR> 1 bite of my daughers choc cookie <BR> 1 bite... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 02:06:32 EST Accountability- sans pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127135 Herbal Coffee with 1/4 cup coconut milk and 1 teaspoon organic sugar <BR> Bora bora bar <BR> Clementine <BR> Water <BR> <BR> Trail mix- banana chips, almonds, goji fruit, raisins, apricots, sunflower seeds <BR> More water <BR> <BR> Banana, spinach, blueberry, peanut butter and oat milk smoothie <BR> <BR> 3 walnuts <BR> Water <BR> <BR> Water at the gym <BR> <BR> Greek salad and organic tomato bisque soup for dinner at the yardhouse. Oh and one elbow of macaroni (azali got it and I wanted ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:20:20 EST My food for the day- holding myself accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125497 Over 100 ounces of water <BR> <BR> A juice with kale, 3 apples, half cucumber, 5 carrots, wheat grass <BR> <BR> Herbal coffee <BR> <BR> Green Superfood bar <BR> <BR> Fruit salad <BR> <BR> 5 macademia nuts, 3 walnuts <BR> <BR> 2 baby pickles <BR> <BR> carrots, broccoli, cauliflower with some organic teriyaki sauce <BR> <BR> spinach, tomato, garbanzo bean salad with salad dressing <BR> <BR> pepperming tea <BR> <BR> if i have something for dessert I will add it...but I'm trying my tea ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 22:12:30 EST New username http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113697 Wow, after 3 years on spark I finally took the plunge...I changed my username! While I am a dancingearthmom......I felt that it no longer adequately portrayed who I am. I am working on a life coaching, nutrition counseling, personal training, and urban farm business called INSPIREmpowerMEnt and I felt it was fitting to go with a new username that encompassed my life purpose and current journey that I am on. I hope it doesn't cause too much confusion for people....I have quite a few spark frie... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:44:04 EST Week 1 Challenge- Articles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113599 http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=4_<BR>reasons_why_i_love_my_fitbit <BR> I read the article on the fitbit because I wanted to know what all the hubbub is about ;) while it seems like a handy tool, it seems a bit pricey to me for something that is a pedometer based gadget. I think I’d spend a little extra money for a body bugg. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn<BR>ess_articles.asp?id=929 This is on proper gym etiquette. It all seemed pretty simple to me and based on co... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:34:22 EST let the drums thunder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105290 Some days you just have to let it all out, to send forth the energy that’s boiling inside. Feel yourself pounding a great big drum—one that roars like thunder and booms with reverberation. Beat that drum now and hear it rumble—LOUDLY! Thump it and pound it. Let it resonate through you—feel the thrill of expressing yourself! And when you feel refreshed and invigorated, move into yourself. Be still and calm as the last reverberation fades away… <BR> <BR> Daily Bliss Trip <BR> Kerstin Sjoquist Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:04:34 EST Daily OM- Complementary Energies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102348 Complementary Energies <BR> Balancing Self with Family Life <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is vital to the energy of your spirit and the energy of your family unit that you take time for yourself each day to balance and center. <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of us have a hard time balancing taking care of ourselves with taking care of our family responsibilities. For people with young children, this can be especially challenging, but even people without children have obligations ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:13:16 EST Parts of the One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101149 From Daily OM <BR> <BR> Parts of the One <BR> Ants and Bees, a Metaphor <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We can learn a lot from watching ants and bees living in community and working for the greater good. <BR> <BR> <BR> When we see ants and bees out in the world, we often see just one, but this belies the reality of their situation. More than any other species, ants and bees function as parts of a whole. They cannot and do not survive as individuals; they survive as memb... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:47:13 EST dip into the well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093802 I sure have done this recently...it is so hard. <BR> <BR> What is that one thing that has been hanging over your head, the words you need to say, the deed you need to do, or the person you need to be? It’s time now to release the weight that has been holding you down, to take action and fly. Tune into that place within, that reservoir of resources. Watch as it fills with vigor, with bravery, with decisiveness. Like the Cowardly Lion of Oz, you already have exactly what you need. Dip into tha... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:09:42 EST