IRP1114's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IRP1114 IRP1114'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/ 46 day streak/Recovery week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765006 Today marks day 46 in my new streak of sticking to my daily morning routine. <BR> <BR> As listed on my page here are my morning rituals/habits. <BR> *Smile <BR> *Meditate/Yoga/Breathe <BR> *Lemon Water <BR> *Run 1 mile <BR> *Appreciate MY life <BR> *Appreciate MY body <BR> *Feed my mind then Nourish my body <BR> <BR> I feel really good about setting my mind to doing these things for myself every day. Especially fine tuning the timing these last few weeks of summer to make sure I cont... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:01:12 EST Food... Eater's mind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758409 As I mentioned in my feed. I can certainly make some improvements in the food/diet side at the moment. Exercise is not enough. Don't get me wrong I am super proud of my current streak and am actually surprised at how well I have been able to hold on to this streak. <BR> <BR> But keeping "control" of diet is a whole separate struggle. <BR> <BR> It is just way too easy to replace all the calories we burn. That alone is enough to keep us from making progress. <BR> <BR> Then there is all the e... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:19:12 EST More reasons to keep up daily mile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755793 New study says just 5-10min a day of running (even slow running like I tend to do lol). Can help us live longer. <BR> <BR> Plus I just feel good running every morning . That is enough reason for me! <BR> <BR> Video link <BR> <link>www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/07/28<BR>/runningmortality </link> <BR> <BR> And the study article <BR> <BR> <link>content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?<BR>articleID=1891600 </link> <BR> <BR> Really any kind of exercise counts. So do whatever you have ti... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:53:09 EST Slowly but happily moving toward my goals. In pics : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754364 As of today I have a 30 day streak of not just a minimum one mile morning run but also making sure I am starting my day the best way possible. <BR> <BR> I might not be in control of every part of life to where I can set my mind on having every day be great from start to finish. But I can set my mind on starting every day in the best ways possible! Setting myself up for success and be ready to face whatever the day brings. <BR> <BR> My morning routine includes lots of littl things (they are... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:14:14 EST New treadmill : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733886 Happy Monday sparkies : )! <BR> <BR> Very happy to report we finally got a replacement for the old treadmill. It wasn't that old. I think we only had it about three years but since it was a replacement paid for by the warranty for the one we had nearly 10 years before that one there was a little bit of confusion on the remainder of our paid warranty service and it ended up expiring on us without notice. So we couldn't get another one to get it serviced and fixed. The cost to fix a treadmill ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:23:27 EST Extreamely grateful today/Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726480 All I can say is God was with us yesterday morning when that crazy guy drove his car into that walking trail we were on fleeing from police. <BR> <BR> It was a very scary moment for us. You just don't expect something like that ever! I run on this trail all the time! All of a sudden my 14 yr old says "what the?" I look and the car is coming straight for us. We just started screaming not wanting to move with out my four year old standing a few feet behind us. He hit the breaks just enough to... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:38:25 EST Monday check in. On track with challenges around the corner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719111 Happy Monday sparkies. I have to say it feels good to have made it a great week last week when I decided to finally get back on track. Very happy with the results of my efforts in taking off the bloat. Basically took off 6lbs in 5 days! Sounds crazy but thankfully it came off because it was mostly bloat. Amazing how our bodies can hold on to so much when we put not so clean foods in us regardless of calories, cleaner foods just keep us lighter. <BR> <BR> I am staying accountable and letting ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:53:46 EST Temptations and good mornings : )! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715800 So it is day three of getting back on track. Although I don't really think I went completely off... But it is day three none the less and I am feeling good about being on a roll again and moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I am not beating myself up about where I could have been at this point or where I should be. I am where I am in this journey and that is what I am working with : ) <BR> <BR> Bloat is coming off a little at a time so that feels good and is motivating. <BR> <BR> Of ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:16:41 EST 6wks off track. Weight up. Back on track. Tracking or not? Finding my happy place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714294 Time to come clean. <BR> <BR> So after my 12 weeks of tracking I went and switched to 3 weeks at a time. Tracked the three weeks and accomplished nothing really. Ended up with about a calorie surplus of about 500 calories. That was depressing. Started thinking I should take a tracking break. Turned out I decided to do this at the right time because I was able to rip off that habit like a band aid. <BR> <BR> April was stressful to say the least. Thankfully it has passed. But it did affect m... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:47:29 EST Summer is coming pics : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710750 Hard to beleive it is already June! But it is clearly here with the end of the school year showing up! Caught me by surprise that is for sure. Hardly feel ready for it but I guess I will have to be now : )! <BR> <BR> This little guy was exited to go in for his last day of preschool this morning. I had to run to keep up with him lol! Blurry pictures are proof of it! Reminds me of trying to take pictures of him walking. Always blurry... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 19:08:15 EST When the negative thoughts come... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709102 "When the negative thoughts come - and they will; they come to all of us - it's not enough to just not dwell on it... You've got to replace it with a positive thought." <BR> Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> Happy Monday Sparkies! It is June! Wow. It did get here fast. <BR> <BR> Hard to keep working on goals some times when you see half the year go by and not have reached the ones you thought you would see by know... But it is all how we see things and I am for the most part staying positive and focus... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:10:17 EST Keep Calm and Love Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704615 It has been a while... Lots has happened in life pulling me away. I don't want to write a book so I will just talk about something I am currently working on. <BR> <BR> I was listening to this podcast a few weeks back that I found on a cool Marathon training podcast show I found that I found very interesting in many ways. This one on body image I feel is something many of us can relate too even if we don't run marathons regularly. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the article where you can also ... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:40:38 EST Working on balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674446 So day two was not perfect. It was mostly clean just not as low in calories as I would have liked to see but still good. At least good enough to not cause damage. I am feeling good and that matters way more than a number on the scale. By the way I have successfully stayed away from the scale too! Going to keep off of it except for my weigh in day witch is Saturday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a bit more food than Tuesday... I mean of course it is easy to stay that low in calories on a day af... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:27:38 EST So there IS a word for it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673697 A word to describe what we are leaning towards when we let ourselves get obsessive with our own versions of "healthy eating" ... <BR> <BR> <BR> orthorexia <BR> <BR> Here is an article about it. <BR> <link>www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/eatin<BR>g-clean-vs-orthorexia </link> <BR> <BR> Blog #2 for me today but I had to share this since I was kind of noticing a bit of this in my self after my last blog thinking of how I felt about eating out! <BR> <BR> EDIT <BR> need a place to keep thes... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:33:34 EST Time for a clean streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673592 After so many days in a row of over eating I just had to snap out of it and just get back on track! Monday was another fail. I ate a lot at dinner again... <BR> <BR> So yesterday I decided to just get back on. I didn't weigh myself. Thought about deleting what I have so far for my 21 days of tracking and starting over but I didn't. It is frustrating to look at "bad" numbers/days but it is what it is. I can't go back and change them I can only do better today. Plus keeping the numbers will he... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:51:49 EST 12K run & the rest of Sunday in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672077 Ran the Seahawks 12K with my good friend Kim again yesterday morning! Finished at a much better time than last year because we didn't stop once this time. Last year stopping probably added at leas 10min or more because the lines to the bathrooms where so long! <BR> <BR> Glad we didn't this time. It felt good to just keep going : )! Kept a pace of 10min 27 sec. Not bad for me. That is usually my fastest pace unless sprinting. Most of the time I run between a 10-12min pace to take it easy on... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:57:51 EST Last 4 pounds. 21 days at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664516 After completing the 12 week challenge I set for myself in Jan I went right into the next challenge. This time focusing on breaking it up into a shorter time frame. <BR> <BR> I like 21 days. It just feels like the right number for me. Long enough to achieve something but not too long that it feels either overwhelming or lets me take it too easy because I still have lots of time! <BR> <BR> I am continuing to track all the same things as I did the last 12 weeks. Only thing I started to add ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:35:36 EST 12 weeks of tracking/review/weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662776 Finally making time to post my 12 week tracking challenge blog! <BR> <BR> Guess I can start with the best part. Progress : ) <BR> <BR> Day one Jan 6th weight was 120.2 and after tracking for 12 weeks March 31st weight was 114.1! <BR> <BR> Lost 6.1 pounds and lots of inches. About 7 total off my entire body. Most of it off of my top half. 1.25 off my waist and enough off of my chest measurements to really reduce every angle of bra fat and back fat! <BR> <BR> That makes me happier than ev... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:38:35 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661916 Had to share this! <BR> <BR> <link>www.weightlessproject.org </link> <BR> <BR> I know many Sparkers have a fitbit already! Hope some of you can join this! <BR> <BR> Happy April 1st Spakies <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:28:23 EST Week 6 review! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628252 Back on track and I have to say it is finally a week that looks really good to me. I surprised myself last week. <BR> Week #6 Feb 10-16 <BR> Y FW 14hrs 2202/100= +125 <BR> 186Carbs 27FIber 89Fat 165Protein/33.8%C 36.3%F 29.9%P <BR> M FC Y 18hrs1460/303= -820 <BR> 164 Carbs 23Fiber 52Fat 95Protein/43.6%C 31.1%F 25.2%P <BR> M Y FW FC 20hrs1636/191= -522 <BR> 173Carbs 49FIber 68Fat 102Protein/40.5%C 35.8%F 23.7%P <BR> M FW FC 20hrs 1583/635= -1029 <BR> 113 Carbs 25Fiber 50Fat 179Protein/... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:09:41 EST Making progress. Feeling motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623180 Check out my abs progress blog here. I edited it to keep posting pics as I make progress on my most stubborn fat area. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602583 </link> <BR> <BR> I am down about an inch already and it feels great to be able to see the difference. You might not see it as much but I can see it and feel it in my clothes! <BR> <BR> In a recent blog I mentioned possibly doing less extended fasts after seeing I had lost one pound ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:07:25 EST Week 5?/Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621387 Last week was week 5. I will "review" it in one word. Maintenance. <BR> <BR> I do not want to bore all of you with the list of drama and issues overwhelming me at the moment. <BR> <BR> Instead of wasting time tracking everything only to feel guilty for not giving it more effort I decided to just keep it balanced and aim for maintenance. <BR> <BR> I really feel with how much I have going on it would be counter productive for me to overwhelm myself further by putting extra stress on myself... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:21:14 EST Digging deep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614985 Me this am post sprints : )! Got up to get my sweat on nice and early this morning before the boys got up for school. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591603016.jpg"> <BR> For the first time since Nov I did some sprints! It felt really good. Was out of breath and my mouth was dry as I followed up with 20 jump squats after each sprint but it was awesome! <BR> <BR> So happy I am finally 100% pain free when running and able to add high intensity training back to my work... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:00:42 EST 4 weeks down 8 to go! Week review and carb notes. And project pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614081 Still going on my 12 week goal! This is the longest challenge I have set for myself and I am determined to stick to it. Tracking everything for 12 weeks with the goal of getting as close to goal weight as possible! I need to create a total calorie deficit of 35000 calories to get to 110 by the end of March. <BR> <BR> So far at the rate I am going I will only reach 23,949.6. That is less than 7 pounds. I want to lose the full 10. Sigh. 7 will still be great I am sure but it is a little disapp... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:47:52 EST Week 3 review/Plan for first attempt to intentionally carb cycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608340 First the review. <BR> <BR> Week #3 Jan 20-26 <BR> 14hrs 2777/0= +800 <BR> 227 Carbs 37 Fiber 92 Fat 90 Protein/43.4% C 39.5%F 17.1%P <BR> M FC 12hrs 2698/480= +241 <BR> 369 Carbs 53 Fiber 106 Fat 96 Protein/52.4% C 33.9%F 13.7%P <BR> M Y FC 13hrs 1682/1364= -1659 <BR> 174 Carbs 33 Fiber 67 Fat 111 Protein/40%C 34.6%F 25.4%P <BR> FC Y 1473/307= -811 <BR> 106 Carbs 21 Fiber 77 Fat 98 Protein/28.2% C 45.8%F 26%P <BR> FC 14 hrs 1872/374= 479 <BR> 136 Carbs 92 Fat 131 Protein/28.8%C 43... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:53:51 EST Just going to do it! Abs progress pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602583 I really do not care so much about being at a number more than I care about getting lean and having a flat tight tummy. But I know for best results I do have to focus my efforts on one thing at a time. I will focus my energy for these 12 weeks like I said on losing weight. Fat preferably if I can help not losing muscle I will! Then the next 12 I will come up with a plan to add more muscle again. I think it will workout best this way too since I am still recovering from the inflammation post h... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:32:15 EST Week 2 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601435 Well compared to week one it is an improvement. <BR> <BR> Week#2 Jan 13-19 <BR> Y 12hrs 1385/511= -1103 <BR> 112 Carbs 28 Fiber 75 Fat 80 Protein/31.1%C 46.6%F 22.3%P <BR> FC 14hrs 2021/792= -748 <BR> 223 Carbs 56 Fiber 73 Fat 136 Protein/42.64%C 31.3%F 26.03%P <BR> 12hr 2025/316= -268 <BR> 241 Carbs 41 Fiber 79 Fat 94 Protein/46.9% C 34.8% F 18.3% P <BR> M FC 16hrs 1728/659= -908 <BR> 165 Carbs 34 Fiber 75 Fat 108 Protein/37.3% C 38.3% F 24.4% P <BR> Y FC 15hrs 2296/541= -222 <BR>... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:21:09 EST Week 1 of 12 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592576 Week one is behind me and I am realizing I did not do much to really get myself back in "progress mode" aside from simply starting to track everything. Sigh. I guess I have to take that as a positive. I started and well its a start! <BR> <BR> I failed at cutting out sugar for most days of the week. Only had one day I can say I was completely sugar free. As for the extended fasts I did really good though so there we go another plus lol! (yea I am trying really hard to find the positives here)... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:58:54 EST Breaking the sugar habit always easier said than done... Need motivation? (video link) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592404 I know I DO! <BR> <BR> I was getting info together to review week one and I realized the biggest failure was the sugar. <BR> <BR> The one thing that really makes all the difference in this and I totally failed on it. Instead of going 6 days sugar free I think I ended up with one! Did the opposite of what I intended to do. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I will post the week one review blog later. For now I thought I would share this link. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ndTEu_qDGA ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:08:03 EST NOT all or nothing 12 plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588106 I decided it is time to set a goal. I want to hit my next goal weight of 110 in 12 weeks. I got as low as 112 last month so even though I am looking at 120 again this week I feel motivated and ready to get to that number I have not seen since Jan 09 at the beginning of my last pregnancy. Pre pregnancy weight was between 105 and 108 but 110 is close enough for me at this point! <BR> <BR> CURRENT GOAL 12weeks to goal weight 1/6 through 3/30 <BR> <BR> List of things I will track <BR> *calori... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:56:11 EST 2013 weigh ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588024 Updating page so I needed a place to put these numbers : )! Will come back and add more to this blog at a later time. <BR> <BR> 2013 Weigh ins <BR> Weight / waist / lean mass weight / body fat percentage / fat pounds <BR> <BR> Jan #122.9lbs / 28 / 95.25lbs / 22% / 27.65lbs# <BR> 1/5-121.5 <BR> 1/12-117.9 <BR> 1/20-120.9 <BR> 1/26-122 <BR> <BR> Feb#121lbs /27in / 95.59lbs / 21% / 25.41lbs# <BR> 2/2 -121.1 <BR> 2/9-121 <BR> 2/16-119.6 <BR> 2/23-120.2 <BR> <BR> March#120.5 / 26.5in / ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:52:51 EST Back to routines! (plus a link) and some pics : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585714 Like most people, I did manage to gain back some weight over the holidays. Not proud but I am not beating myself up over it either. Just jumping back into routines so I can get my mind and body back into progress mode! <BR> <BR> In my last blog I was determined not to gain again.... At first I did okay but after Christmas I started doing really bad with food. At least when it comes to portions, not snacking and too much sugar! Did even worse after NY! We had way too much food and treats in t... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:36:58 EST Self Motivation. Shopping in my closet in pics... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561445 So this month is so not going "as planned". Like they ever do right. Still trying to fully recover from this inflammation caused by not enough rest after the half : ( I really do not want this turning into a chronic thing so I want to fully recover. <BR> <BR> It is hard. Like super hard because I am the type of person that is almost addicted to working out/running. I crave a good sweat. All I need is a few days off to make me miss it so this is taking a lot out of me right now. But I am lis... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:19:38 EST Goals updates NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556937 Completed my first half on Sunday <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here I am nearing the finish line with my friend Kim. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l917230393.jpg"> <BR> It was super fun. Can't wait to do it again! <BR> We are thinking we might be doing the full marathon next year : )! <BR> <BR> I can ramble on for about it all. But I will try to keep it short! Time was not important to me/us. We did it for fun. Only goal was to not walk and we did just that. Over al... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 16:30:09 EST Time to detox! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539254 Ugh. Okay I have to admit. Even though I thought I was still super focused and had my mind set on creating a much less ambitious total monthly deficit of 10500 calories to finish the month at 112.... I let myself relax a little too much all of last week with the clean eating.... <BR> <BR> Even though I hit my numbers averaging a 350 calorie day this month. I know if I keep going this way I will NOT get the results I want. <BR> <BR> I am not weighing in daily just on Sat. And this Sat I got ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:25:49 EST 5 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532755 All year I had been "trying" to get back to the pre holiday weight of 115..... <BR> <BR> Trying and stressing so much over those 5 pounds that by summer I turned it into 12 pounds! <BR> <BR> Yep. I sure was "trying" hard. <BR> <BR> I think this was my turning point blog <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo <BR> urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405449 <BR> <BR> Luckily for me I do enjoy working out so staying motivated to workout is hardly ever an issue. My issues are with foo... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:23:40 EST 30 days of tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532225 Day 1 of 30 days of tracking <BR> <BR> 15hr night fast. <BR> Mid day workout before lunch. <BR> 1627Calories 125Carbs 36Fiber 94Fat 91Protein <BR> 49.6%Fat 29.2%Carbs 21.2%Protein <BR> <BR> Day 2 <BR> <BR> Fasted cardio 16hr fast <BR> 1560 Calories 114Carbs 36Fiber 96Protein <BR> 47.6% Fats 28.4%Carbs 24%Protein <BR> <BR> Day 3 <BR> <BR> 13hr night fast <BR> Rest day <BR> 2019 Calories 193Carbs 33Fiber 91Fat 127Protein <BR> 38.9%Fat 36.8%Carbs 24.1%Protein <BR> Not too bad for an "off/... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 18:30:48 EST Today's trail run in pics : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525772 I decided to take my camera with me since it was just gorgeous out this morning! I knew today's trail run would be worth sharing <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> A little cold and windy. So as usual I bundled up! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631432599.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1855133069.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109790303.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1072240050.jp... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:07:27 EST Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481072 So as I just updated on my feed. Dr says I am not allergic to anything. As a kid I was allergic to eggs. The last time I remember eating them I was probably 8 so what is that... 24 almost 25 years now! (I broke out in hives needed a shot. It was by accident. It was in fried rice at a party) So it will be fun adding such a great food into my diet. We get organic eggs delivered weekly for the rest of the family so looks like I might need to increase our delivery amount now : ) <BR> <BR> Please... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 22:04:57 EST Food and yard work pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410900 I am going strong on day 6 here. Any other time I would be using the long weekend as an excuse to not be so focused... But not this time : )! <BR> <BR> Staying with my basic plan as previously posted keeping it simple but focused. As always the first few days with re sparked motivation are easy but as the days go on it does get a little tougher. Yesterday was a challenge for sure with hunger levels and other things like going to the movies in the morning with the boys. I took my own snacks a... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 19:41:14 EST Not stressing it. Just doing it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407486 FIRST TIME EVER. I started on a Saturday lol! So here I am Monday on day THREE! <BR> <BR> I stuck to my plan this weekend and did not give in to the hubby offering me drinks. (Even though he had agreed not to offer!!!) <BR> <BR> He was like "Its Sunday just relax and have one"... Later "common try this one" (made a mojito) <BR> <BR> I seriously had no desire to drink. I already felt super thirsty from the temps being so high that I couldn't stop drinking ice water. Probably had half gallo... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:30:37 EST No perfect time. So mad at myself right now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405449 Life will never give us that perfect time to stick to our "plan". <BR> <BR> There will always be drama, problems at home at work, money problems, too many bills, grumpy teenagers, whinny toddlers, kids breaking rules, fights with family or significant others and just in general life not giving us what we want at the moment. <BR> <BR> If we always let those things break our commitment to getting healthier, losing weight, leaning out or reaching whatever goal we have set for ourselves we wil... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:57:35 EST Picking myself up and refocusing my efforts . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392091 Happy Monday Spark world! I am picking myself up and refocusing my efforts this week! Had an awesome an over indulgent weekend again... I feel super bloated so I have to get right back to it and not let the bloat turn into an actual gain by continuing to over do all the stuff that I know I should be limiting. <BR> <BR> I will tweak my current plan and keep doing everything else I planned. I pushed a little too hard with it and probably picked a bad week to start IF so intensely. (tom week) E... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:41:05 EST I think I did "give up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390103 Hate to admit this but I have been so off track since Thursday. Makes me wonder if I even want to lose this layer of tummy fat the bugs the heck out of me most days... <BR> <BR> It is just so hard to stay in that mind set ALL day some times. I do not have a good grip on my stress levels in any way and life just makes it harder to not stress over everything. <BR> <BR> Two quick examples. Less than two weeks ago an accident at hubby's work nearly killed a guy when he accidentally sliced his ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:05:22 EST Another 21 days! My current plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386173 Okay so I mentioned in my last blog I would be starting a 21 day challenge to re start progress mode again since I still have not made much progress all year. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my anxiety lack of progress blog <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373797 </link> <BR> <BR> So now that things are a little more calm around here and my mind set is back in the "I can do it" zone, I decided to start another little 21 day challenge that star... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:14:34 EST I don't want to obsess but I do want to feel good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377655 Spark is not the problem. I started missing it just thinking about leaving yesterday lol! <BR> <BR> I have been letting myself get obsessive about this in some ways. <BR> <BR> That stops today! This is day one of a less obsessive me <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Instead of starting the day stepping on the scale, the first time I heard the little birds chirping outside my window I stepped outside! <BR> <BR> Did a few stretches, warmed up running up and down the steps, did a couple min of jum... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:37:46 EST Anxiety/Questioning my self/ Half of the year and not much progress, but grateful : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373797 I am always questioning myself/ doubting myself. When it comes to the plan I chose and or if I can or not reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Even though lately I have been highly motivated and exited with my new "plan" with detox....., <BR> <BR> link to blog with plan <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350221 </link> <BR> (I restarted this with the goal of 2 weeks "on" again on Tuesday) <BR> <BR> Inside (and even more so on rough days. Like today) ... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:14:10 EST Link to mini challenge from Bob Harper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371736 Have you done these yet? I just had to share <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> There a few good ones like this. I did them after my cardio today along with a few other ones and some of my own stuff. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVyqlPJyrfw </link> <BR> <BR> Got my calorie burn up to over 1600 from just workouts today. I am up over 10,000 fitness min for the year now by the way! I will be meeting my year goal for sure ; ) <BR> Feeling good about kicking it up for summer. Are yo... Wed, 29 May 2013 17:14:06 EST Happy Friday : )! We got the tree in. (Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366919 Had to share since I mentioned it in my blog earlier! <BR> <BR> This morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817173950.jpg"> <BR> Now <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1565106458.jpg"> <BR> I love it even more now lol! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1963458184.jpg"> <BR> We think it is a cherry tree. Hubby saved it from going to the dump after it was removed at a construction site. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Fri, 24 May 2013 17:13:53 EST Letting go of the all or nothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366637 So this week I have really been working on not being so all or nothing. It is a hard thing to do. I know I have done this a lot in the past. <BR> <BR> Like last week! Ugh. Last week was such a struggle.... I so wish I could have balanced it better and not gained back everything I lost while being so good : ( <BR> <BR> Thankfully it is mostly with my diet but sometimes with workouts too as in just going way over board and doing too many super long workouts in one week instead of keeping the... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:06:49 EST