ISLANDBRIDE's SparkPeople Blog ISLANDBRIDE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Moving to DC... Living in the Caribbean hasn't been easy. <BR> <BR> Sure, the weather's nice. We have a terrific view. And I made some amazing friends I hope to keep with me for life. The work situation for my fiance was very trying. I won't go into detail because we've filed a complaint against his former job. It was a very hard situation for him, and made it very hard on the both of us. <BR> <BR> My fiance worked with FEMA on Staten Island (he is from Brooklyn!) right after Hurricane Sandy. Getti... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:10:45 EST Springing into Action: Week 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's my inspiration board for what I want out of the challenge. <BR> <BR> I want to be fit and beautiful on my wedding day. <BR> I want to have better flexibility. <BR> I have been eyeing this jeweled top bikini from Victoria's Secret, and I want to buy it for my beach wedding. <BR> I want to complete my TurboFire workouts. <BR> I want to eat healthier. <BR> <BR> This is a great challenege. It really reminded... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:31:05 EST Photo: Magens Bay <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a photo of Magens Bay I took yesterday while at the beach. It was the first time I had taken my DSLR camera to the beach. I'm so nervous about it, but I've been missing out on gorgeous photo ops! Magens Bay is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I have it in my backyard. <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:53:37 EST Week Two Springing Challenge: Workout Game This week's challenge is to create a workout game, and do it at least twice this week. I thought about all the shows I watch, but I only watch them ONCE a week. But I do see a lot of commercials! <BR> <BR> So I split it the workout into three segments. First is legs, second is abs, third is arms. Repeat until end of commercial break. <BR> <BR> Commercial Break Workout <BR> <BR> Break One <BR> 20 Jumping Jacks <BR> 20 Lunges (alternating legs) <BR> 10 Squats <BR> <BR> Break Two <BR> Jog ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:21:37 EST Springing Into Action Challenge Week 1 About Me! <BR> <BR> I'm a 27 year old bride-to-be. I am originally from Philadelphia, but sadly haven't spent much time there in the past 3 years! :( I have my degree in Fashion Design, though currently I'm doing nothing with it. I met my fiance in 2009, we moved in together in Brooklyn (his home) in March 2010, and then moved to the US Virgin Islands in 2011. I've taken to the island very well. The johnny cakes, dumb bread, and pates have taken a liking to me as well. Especially my hip... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:51:08 EST Some goals, and then some. February Goals: <BR> 600 Fitness Minutes <BR> Wake up at 6:30am every day <BR> Eat Breakfast <BR> Stay within calorie limit 6 out of 7 days a week <BR> Read before bed, instead of watching TV <BR> <BR> Just a couple of simple February goals. <BR> <BR> TMI...Woke up with some cramps so I did not workout this morning. And I am not happy about it. I know I couldn't have worked out through the pain, it's just not possible for me. Now that it's hours later, I wish I wasn't at work so I can... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:47:45 EST Weight Loss Problems <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought that picture was funny...because it's SO true! <BR> <BR> I'm off from work today, so I'll be doing an afternoon TurboFire workout. I'm also going to try and eat on the lower end of my calories today, after the cinnamon bun debacle yesterday. <BR> <BR> Not really a debacle. It was worth every calorie. :-D <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:31:37 EST Went a little over... I went over on my calories by about 300. <BR> <BR> It was a delicious and gooey cinnamon bun calling my name. I refuse to beat myself up over 300 extra calories in a day. I did not fall off the wagon. I ate a cinnamon bun. I guess I am breaking one of my goals of eating healthier this week, though. I will forgive myself, and maybe do some extra exercises in addition to my TurboFire tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It was also my off day, and I did a wonderful 45 minute walk. And when it started to... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:10:24 EST Measurements, 1/28/13 Neck 13 5/8 <BR> Bust 38 <BR> Waist 31.5 <BR> L belly 38.5 <BR> Hips 39.25 <BR> Thigh 25.25 <BR> Calf 16 <BR> U arm 12 ¾ <BR> L arm 10.25 <BR> Body Fat % 33.25 (Classified as Obese on the Body Fat Chart. OUCH) <BR> Body Fat Lbs 51.20 <BR> Lean Body Weight 102.80 <BR> <BR> Was incredibly sleepy today. I gave my workout all I had this morning, but I am worried that was it for the day. I might be heading to bed soon, just to get an early jump on tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Ate a breakfast this morni... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:07:04 EST Goals, Week of 1/27/13 This past week, I "started" TurboFire. It's not something you can just jump right into! I did a couple of the workouts from Week 1, and decided that this week I am really going to try my HARDEST to stick to it like the schedule says. <BR> <BR> I was really proud of myself for the first week. I did 3 days of the classes, one bootcamp video, and walked for 45 minutes on 3 days. My eating wasn't 100%, but with working out in the morning, I find myself skipping the diet soda I normally hav... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:28:58 EST